1. Norway Moves to Block Piracy Sites

    June 10, 2014 9:16 AM EDT Norway could soon join numerous other European countries in blocking access to The Pirate Bay and similar online piracy sites. Pirate Bay Founder Arrested in Sweden European Court Rules ISPs Can Block Piracy Sites Music Piracy Shrinking as Online ...

  2. Thinking and Acting Globally at the New Music Seminar

    June 09, 2014 9:09 PM EDT As the Internet age matures, it has eased international music distribution and changed artists’ touring strategies around newly developed global fan bases. This was the topic of "The Globalization of Music," a panel that was part of New ...

  3. New Signings: The Orchard Signs CYHSY, Angaleena Presley Joins Slate Creek, Round Hill Music Nabs Tesla

    June 09, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.     RECORD LABELS  -- Northern California “hip-pop” duo Kalin and Myles sign ...

  4. The Seekers Recognized in Queen's Birthday Honours List

    June 09, 2014 3:49 AM EDT Folk-pop icons the Seekers can add the Order of Australia to its long list of accolades. The four band members -- Judith Durham, Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley -- were appointed Officers of the Order of Australia (AO) with the publicati ...

  5. Tom Silverman on the 2014 New Music Seminar: 'Who Needs Another Music Convention?'

    June 07, 2014 12:50 PM EDT “There’s really no reason for another conference, there's enough out there,” says Tom Silverman who is three days out from the 23rd iteration of his New Music Seminar , which starts this Sunday, June 8 at New York's Wyndham New Yorker ...

  6. WIN's Alison Wenham on Licensing Imbroglio: 'YouTube Is Trying To Devalue the Streaming Market'

    June 06, 2014 2:41 PM EDT The on-going dispute between independent labels trade body The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) and YouTube over licensing terms for its new music subscription service shows no sign of abating. On Wednesday June 4, it was confirmed that the Eur ...

  7. Jimmy Iovine’s 'Secret iPod': How 'Jungle' Became the New Beats Song

    June 05, 2014 5:08 PM EDT While Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and a dizzying array of the globe's biggest soccer stars are featured in the new Beats promotional film short entitled “The Game Before the Game” released today, the real star of the clip, as is the case with mo ...

  8. European Court: Viewing the Internet Doesn't Require Copyright Permission

    June 05, 2014 12:30 PM EDT A court ruling in the European Union holds that copies of infringing content on browser screens and in hard drive cache are merely transient and incidental. An appeals court in Europe has delivered a big decision that knocks down the notion that b ...

  9. Gary Glitter Charged with 8 Sex Offenses

    June 05, 2014 11:25 AM EDT British prosecutors say they are charging former pop star Gary Glitter with eight sex offenses involving teenage girls. The charges against Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, are related to two women who were aged 12 and 14 at the time of the ...

  10. A2IM, WIN Join to Fight YouTube's Licensing Tack

    June 05, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music, has joined its European counterparts in asking the regulatory agencies to intervene on their behalf with YouTube, which it accuses of using heavy-handed tactics to force them to license the vide ...

  11. Midem Moving to June in 2015

    June 05, 2014 4:00 AM EDT Midem, the long-established international music industry festival held in Cannes, announced today it is moving the event from the winter months to spring with the 2015 iteration of the confab taking place June 5-8. In addition to the date chang ...

  12. UK's PPL Grows Revenues To $300 Million, 'Get Lucky' Tops Most-Played Poll

    June 04, 2014 1:34 PM EDT U.K. music licensing company PPL grew revenues to £176.9 million ($296.5 million) in 2013, a 4% increase on the previous year, it was announced at the organization's AGM, held today in Central London. Broadcast and online income accounted for ...

  13. Believe Digital Studios Sign Queen, Monty Python

    June 04, 2014 10:47 AM EDT Believe Digital Studios have signed Queen, Monty Python, Arab recording artist Nancy Ajram, and independent record labels Demon Music Group and Toolroom Records for a global video distribution and channel management deal.  The U.K.-based digital d ...

  14. Worldwide Independent Network to File Complaint Over YouTube's 'Strong-Arm' Tactics

    June 04, 2014 7:22 AM EDT The industry body that represents independent music labels worldwide says it has had enough of YouTube's aggressive negotiating tactics and will bring its case to the European Commission for review. The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), wh ...

  15. Universal Music Australia Restructures, Michael Taylor & Darren Aboud Promoted

    June 04, 2014 5:05 AM EDT Michael Taylor and Darren Aboud rise at Universal Music Australia as part of a restructuring at the music major. Taylor and About are appointed joint managing directors for Universal Music Labels Australia, the division that includes the leading r ...

  16. The Angels Frontman Doc Neeson Dies At 67

    June 04, 2014 12:41 AM EDT Bernard "Doc" Neeson, the frontman of hitmaking Australian rock group the Angels (also known as Angel City and The Angels from Angel City), has died after a battle with brain cancer. He was 67. At its peak, the Angels was the quintessent ...

  17. How Marty Friedman Went From Megadeth to the 'Ryan Seacrest Of Japan'

    June 03, 2014 11:37 AM EDT "Chubo desu yo!" translates into English as “It's the Kitchen!,” and it's a mainstay of Japanese TV. Each week the show's jovial host Masaaki Sakai, a singer-comedian and household name, cooks a meal while engaging guests ...

  18. Spotify Offers Price Reduction for Summer as Streaming Price Wars Heat Up

    June 03, 2014 11:04 AM EDT Not to be outdone by Beats Music's recent, if modest , price reduction on the heels of its acquisition by Apple, Spotify has announced a far less demure drop of its own. Beginning today and ending June 15th, the service is offering customers ...

  19. Germany's MusikWoche Purchased by Busch Business Media

    June 03, 2014 10:50 AM EDT Busch Business Media, the specialized media organization owned by Cologne publisher Timo Busch, will purchase all shares in Munich-based Gruner + Jahr Entertainment Media GmbH, effective July 1. The deal extends to 22-year-old business weekly Musi ...

  20. Apple Adds Shazam Integration at WWDC, But No Mention of Beats

    June 02, 2014 6:14 PM EDT Apple’s integration of song identification service Shazam was among a host of new features introduced along with two new operating systems at its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 2. But company executives onstage never mentioned newly ac ...

  21. RCA Records and VP Records Team for Rising Soca Star Bunji Garlin's Newest

    June 02, 2014 10:40 AM EDT 4 1.898 k 127 0 The upcoming album by Trinidadian soca star Bunji Garlin, whose career has soared internationally since the release of his soca-meets-EDM single “Differentology (Ready For The Road)," will be released through a joint venture between R ...

  22. Pirate Bay Founder Arrested in Sweden

    June 02, 2014 9:10 AM EDT Peter Sunde, one of the founders of file-sharing website Pirate Bay, was arrested in Sweden this past weekend to serve an outstanding sentence for copyright violations. Sunde has been on the run for almost two years since a Swedish court in 2012 f ...

  23. 'Britain's Got Talent' Live Semi Pulls Low Ratings

    June 02, 2014 5:44 AM EDT The final live semifinal episode of the eighth season of Simon Cowell talent show Britain's Got Talent on ITV this weekend drew the lowest ratings for the competition this season. According to one observer, the performance also marked the low ...

  24. Is Trent Reznor Out At Beats Music?

    June 02, 2014 4:19 AM EDT Reps for both parties are pouring cold water on reports that Trent Reznor has stepped down from his position as Chief Creative Officer for Beats Music. USA Today has published a feature in which the Nine Inch Nails frontman is said to have “report ...

  25. World Cup: Where is the Real Brazilian Music?

    June 01, 2014 8:12 AM EDT "The Girl From Ipanema" turns 50 this year, and Verve/Universal is celebrating with a reissue of "Getz/Gilberto," the Grammy-winning Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto album that includes the English-language version sung by Astrud ...

  26. PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Hits 2 Billion YouTube Views

    May 31, 2014 1:08 AM EDT PSY's "Gangnam Style" has hit an unprecedented milestone – again. The mega-hit has just become the first video in history to surpass two billion views on YouTube, a little more than 17 months after becoming the first to surpass the ...

  27. EDMbiz Announces First Wave of Panelists, Speakers Including Hardwell, Tom Windish, More (Exclusive)

    May 29, 2014 1:43 PM EDT EDMbiz Conference & Expo today announced the first wave of speakers and panelists to appear at the annual industry event’s third edition this June. EDMbiz Returns to Vegas in June, Bigger Than Before Hardwell, Dyro & Dannic Talk Upcoming P ...

  28. U.K. Music Industry's Sync Revenue Rose 3.2 Percent in 2013

    May 29, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Revenue from music placed in TV programs, movies and ads rose by 3.2 percent in the U.K. in 2013. Recorded music industry organization BPI said the so-called "sync" business  provided the U.K. industry with revenue of almost $31.8 millio ...

  29. Spotify Launches in Brazil

    May 29, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Spotify is now available in Brazil.  After reports that the online streaming service, which had been available in the country as an invite-only trial version, was gearing up to launch in the eighth largest market in the world (and the biggest Sout ...

  30. Vance Joy, Birds of Tokyo Top APRA Awards Nominations

    May 29, 2014 7:06 AM EDT With four nods each, Vance Joy and Birds of Tokyo lead the nominations for this year’s APRA Music Awards. Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) is up for breakthrough songwriter of the year, and his international hit “Riptide” is in the hunt for most ...

  31. One Direction's Pot-Smoking Video 'In the Hands of Our Lawyers'

    May 28, 2014 3:07 PM EDT A representative for One Direction says the band's lawyers are dealing with a video showing two band members smoking what the singers referred to as an "illegal substance." British tabloid The Daily Mail posted the clip Tuesday of Z ...

  32. 'Britain's Got Talent' Ratings Drop for Second Live Show of Season

    May 28, 2014 8:40 AM EDT The second live semifinal episode of the eighth season of Simon Cowell talent show Britain's Got Talent on ITV drew fewer viewers on Tuesday than the equivalent episode in 2013. ITV Renews Simon Cowell's 'X Factor,' 'Brita ...

  33. Marlon Wayans to Host MTV Africa Music Awards

    May 27, 2014 10:36 AM EDT Viacom-owned MTV is bringing back an African music awards show after a three-year hiatus and is looking to give it a global push. Marlon Wayans will host the so-called MAMAs, short for the MTV Africa Music Awards, which will be held in the coastal ...

  34. Russia Launches Song Contests As 'Alternative' To Eurovision

    May 27, 2014 9:16 AM EDT In the wake of this year's Eurovision win by cross-dresser Conchita Wurst, Russia's defense ministry is running a children and youth song contest, billed as "an alternative to bearded Eurovision," while another song contest, se ...

  35. Taylor Swift Cancels Thailand Concert Following Political Unrest

    May 27, 2014 9:14 AM EDT Taylor Swift has canceled a sold-out concert in Thailand, which came under military rule last week after a coup d'etat. Taylor Swift & Selena Gomez Dance Away Feud Rumors at Met Gala: Watch Man Accused of Saying He's Taylor Swift ...

  36. ARIA Launches New Award To Recognize Chart-Topping Success

    May 26, 2014 11:49 PM EDT Artists who top the sales charts in Australia will now receive something tangible to commemorate their special achievement.  Charts compiler ARIA is now presenting a “#1 Chart Award” to those acts whose single or album reaches the peak position Do ...

  37. Alex Sancaya Named Managing Director of Sony Music Indonesia

    May 26, 2014 11:37 PM EDT Alex Sancaya has been promoted to managing director of Sony Music Entertainment, Indonesia. In his new role, Sancaya will be responsible for the music major’s operations in Indonesia and he will continue to be based in Jakarta, reporting to Sydney ...

  38. From the Archives: Music During Wartime

    May 26, 2014 8:30 AM EDT War affected the music industry throughout the last century in a number of ways, from vinyl supplies to manufacturing facilities to the music itself. On this Memorial Day, here's a look at how music was involved via the prism of Billboard ...

  39. Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez World Cup Song a Flop?

    May 25, 2014 6:12 PM EDT The official World Cup song is definitely striking a chord - the wrong one with many in host country Brazil. Since the recent release of FIFA's "We Are One (Ole Ola)," hordes of fans in Brazil have been slamming the official 2014 Cu ...

  40. Kanye & Kim Kardashian Wed at Florence's Forte di Belvedere, $420K Rental

    May 24, 2014 9:06 PM EDT  Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are officially "Bound" to each other. The celebrity couple, who have made a habit of over-the-top, public displays of affection, got hitched Saturday in a decidedly private spot: a Renaissance fortress in F ...

  41. UMG's Max Hole Delivers Music Matters Keynote, Says Asian Consumers 'Hold Key to Music Industry Future'

    May 23, 2014 12:26 AM EDT Asian music consumers hold the key to the music industry’s future. That’s the basis of remarks made by Universal Music Group International chairman/ceo Max Hole in his keynote speech this morning at Music Matters in Singapore, Asia’s leading music ...

  42. Trans World Entertainment Reports 7.2% Sales Decline

    May 22, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Trans World Entertainment reported a loss of $386,000, or one cent per share, on sales of $87.2 million for the fiscal first quarter ended May 3. That compares with the $1.6 million, or 5 cents per share, in profit that the company reported in the ...

  43. Sony CEO Says Entertainment Is Core of Business While Cutting Costs

    May 22, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Sony Corp.'s entertainment operations are as important as the electronics manufacturing division on which the company was built, CEO Kaz Hirai said at a strategy meeting at the company's Tokyo headquarters on Thursday.  Sony Music, the w ...

  44. Spotify Growth by the Numbers (Infographic)

    May 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT With Spotify finally announcing its latest subscriber numbers —ten Million globally and three million in the U.S.—Billboard wrangled more data and put together this infographic showing Spotify's rise and key data points. Most interesting is h ...

  45. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Hitting 10 Million Subs, Apple-Beats Deal, IPO (Q&A)

    May 21, 2014 7:16 PM EDT On Wednesday Spotify revealed it now has ten million paying subscribers and 40 million active users. CEO and founder Daniel Ek spoke to Billboard about what the numbers say about where the industry and his own business is right now. Billboard: ...

  46. Mark Lawrence Named CEO of Association For Electronic Music

    May 21, 2014 4:45 PM EDT The Association for Electronic Music (AFEM) has appointed Mark Lawrence as its inaugural chief executive. AFEM was launched at the start of last year as a not-for-profit trade body representing the common interests of global companies and individu ...

  47. Robyn's First Commercial: Inside Volvo's New 'Made By Sweden' Ad

    May 21, 2014 3:30 PM EDT "I've never done commercials before, or anything like this," says Robyn, discussing her appearance in a new Volvo television spot while video-chatting from her kitchen in Stockholm. "I really wanted to make sure I could make so ...

  48. UBC Media Acquires 7digital in Reverse Takeover Deal

    May 21, 2014 2:30 PM EDT UBC Media has conditionally agreed to buy British digital music company 7digital in a £16.5 million ($28 million) reverse takeover deal that will see the two companies merge to form a new entity called 7digital Group PLC.  The new, enlarged compan ...

  49. Spotify Now Has 10 Million Paid Subscribers, 3 Million In U.S. (Exclusive)

    May 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT New numbers important to both the industry and the music streaming company. The number of paying Spotify subscribers has grown to ten million globally driven by mobile usage -- noting a major landmark number for the music industry as it looks ...

  50. Jasper Donat on Music Matters 2014: 'Every Year We Bring Something New to the Party'

    May 20, 2014 1:49 PM EDT Music Matters, the largest and most important music conference in Asia, starts Wednesday (May 21) in Singapore and runs through Friday with live music showcases for the event continuing through Saturday. The conference is part of a larger set of e ...

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