1. Argentinian Indie Trade Body Website Hacked, Redirected to Pirate Bay (Report)

    July 01, 2014 2:34 PM EDT A recent court-ordered blockade of The Pirate Bay throughout Argentina was circumvented on Tuesday, if briefly, after hackers created a fully functioning proxy on the site of music industry group CAPIF. The mirrored site, which has since been remo ...

  2. The Greatest of Oz: Concert Promoter Michael Chugg's Legendary 50 Years

    July 01, 2014 1:29 PM EDT From ABBA to Keith Urban, Australia's Michael Chugg celebrates a half-century of concert promotion. This article first appeared in the July 5th issue of Billboard Magazine . Michael Chugg has a surprising well of energy, especially for a man ...

  3. Rebelution Scores Best-Selling Debut Sales Week with 'Count Me In'

    July 01, 2014 10:43 AM EDT “Count Me In," the fourth album from California reggae band Rebelution, released on June 10 as a joint venture between the band’s 87 Music label and New York City's reggae independent Easy Star Records, is their second consecutive debut ...

  4. 'Rising Star' Artists to Win UMG Deal; Capitol Set to Release Show Music

    July 01, 2014 8:49 AM EDT "Rising Star" producer Keshet DCP has signed a deal with Universal Music Group by which artists on the ABC interactive singing show will win a record deal with Universal label Capitol Records. Capitol will also release the full studio re ...

  5. Brian Epstein, Sage of the Beatles' Early Career, Receives Blue Plaque Honor in London

    June 30, 2014 9:28 AM EDT One of pop music's most famous businessman is honored in London. A Blue Plaque was unveiled yesterday (Sunday), by U.K. body the Heritage Foundation, in honor of former Beatles manager Brian Epstein, on the site that housed the London offices ...

  6. Ed Sheeran's 'X' Fastest-Selling of the Year in U.K.

    June 30, 2014 8:13 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s sophomore set “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of 2014 to date. It sold 182,000 units to Saturday at midnight to debut atop the Official Charts Company’s new survey, 14,000 more than Coldplay’s pre ...

  7. IMPALA Files Complaint Against YouTube with European Commission

    June 27, 2014 4:54 PM EDT IMPALA, the trade group of European indie labels, has finally filed a complaint with the European Commission against YouTube, which has been accused of engaging in antitrust conduct. Warner Music Working With Impala, Merlin to Sell Parlophone Asse ...

  8. Filter Magazine Ends Its Run as Co-Founders 'the Alans' Part Ways

    June 27, 2014 4:23 PM EDT Good music will (still) prevail, even though  Filter , the Los Angeles-based music magazine and Culture Collide festival promoter and organizer, will cease operation by summer's end.  Filter co-founders Alan Sartirana and Alan Miller have par ...

  9. Ex-Google Exec Alexis Giles Named SoundCloud Director of Business Development

    June 27, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Alexis Giles is the new director of business development at SoundCloud. Based in San Francisco, Giles will look to develop partnerships for the company with platform and distribution partners. Exploration.io's Aaron Davis on Maximizing YouT ...

  10. RedOne: From Lady Gaga to Soccer's Go-To Hit-Maker – with Love to Real Madrid (Q&A)

    June 27, 2014 11:49 AM EDT Amidst the World Cup madness that’s swept even America, it’s easy to forget that for the 47 months between the mega-tournament most of the globe is about just as excited about soccer as we all are right now. Moroccan-Swedish producer, songwriter a ...

  11. German Publishing Association Names Dr. Rolf Budde President

    June 26, 2014 2:32 PM EDT At the annual meeting of the German Association of Music Publishers (Deutscher Musikverleger-Verband, or DMV) in Osnabrück on Wednesday, music publisher and professor Dr. Rolf Budde of Berlin, owner of independent publishing company Budde Musikver ...

  12. Spotify and Beats' Canadian Launch Still Up in the Air

    June 26, 2014 1:33 PM EDT Despite recent reports , the arrival of Spotify in Canada may not be as imminent as suggested. Representatives from Beats and Spotify deny these rumors. A source told Billboard that "It would be inaccurate to claim it's even close to a l ...

  13. Drake Manager and OVO Founder Oliver El-Khatib Started From the Bottom, Too

    June 26, 2014 12:40 PM EDT Oliver El-Khatib rarely gives interviews. The October’s Very Own (OVO) founder and Drake co-manager, who has helped turn OVO into a global brand, isn't aloof or inarticulate -- he’s just a busy guy who prefers the spotlight to be on the a ...

  14. BPI's Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards Will Tally Streams, Too

    June 26, 2014 10:28 AM EDT The British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) has announced that its Certified Awards Programme will include single streams when awarding sales certifications to singles, starting next month, as Music Week reports . Lana Del Rey, Ella Henderson Lead U ...

  15. Aphex Twin's $46k Record, Minecraft and a Benevolent Internet Community

    June 25, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Minecraft is as much a cultural phenomenon as it is a video game, drawing millions of children and parents into its strangely addictive, retro-stylized open world since its release in 2011. The game has made its creator, Swedish programmer and des ...

  16. Scotland's T in the Park Relocating to Strathallan Castle

    June 25, 2014 10:26 AM EDT Scotland's largest music festival, T in the Park, will relocate from its longtime home of Balado to Strathallan Castle in 2015, DF Concerts & Events has announced. Eminem Touches Down at T in the Park Susan Boyle Sings for the Pope in Sco ...

  17. Amnesty International Apologizes To Iggy Pop For Unauthorized Anti-Torture Ad

    June 25, 2014 7:07 AM EDT Iggy Pop was the poster child for punk rock. Amnesty International has made the mistake of making him the face of torture…without asking him.  The human rights organization’s Belgian affiliate ran a French-language campaign which featured an image ...

  18. Vivendi’s New Chairman Touts Focus on Universal Music, as Grainge Looks On

    June 24, 2014 1:44 PM EDT New Vivendi chairman Vincent Bollore, the French billionaire who owns a 5 percent stake in the conglomerate, on Tuesday signaled his hope for improved cooperation and synergy across the company's operations. Bollore spoke at Vivendi's an ...

  19. Bono Teases Apple for Inconspicuous (Red) Branding, Solicits Marketing Ideas at Cannes

    June 24, 2014 1:06 PM EDT A packed crowd of the world's top marketers thought they were turning out today to see Bono. What they didn't realize was that he was actually there to see them. The U2 frontman spent much of his Cannes Lions presentation urging brands ...

  20. NXNE, CMW Remove Radius Clause While 'Why NXNE Sucks' Panel Rages

    June 24, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Just when a handful of invited detractors on the Why NXNE Sucks panel were griping about the 45-day radius clause imposed on artists performing at the Toronto music festival (June 18 to 22), publicists for NXNE and Canadian Music Week had already ...

  21. Vance Joy, Sia, Lorde Win Big at APRA Awards

    June 23, 2014 11:19 PM EDT Vance Joy, Sia Furler, Lorde and Birds of Tokyo were among the big winners at the annual APRA Awards, held Monday night at Brisbane City Hall. Melbourne-born singer-songwriter Vance Joy (real name James Keogh) took out the coveted song of the year ...

  22. A Look at Britain's Festivals, Where It Actually All Began

    June 23, 2014 4:53 PM EDT Decades before the festival boom changed the touring landscape in America, music fairs already were an industry mainstay in the United Kingdom, providing prime plays for acts and immersive experiences for fans. The 10 largest jamborees in the coun ...

  23. Disgust, In Digest: The Top Five Reasons Indies Are Mad at YouTube

    June 23, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Last week, Billboard obtained a typical contract being offered by YouTube to its indie label partners for its new subscription service. Here's a breakdown of the five things that are really upsetting your favorite indie label. 1. YouTube i ...

  24. U.K. Singles Chart To Incorporate Music Streams For First Time

    June 23, 2014 8:59 AM EDT The United Kingdom’s Official Singles Chart is to undergo one of the biggest shake-ups in its 62-year history next month when it begins incorporating audio streams for the first time.   The first Official Singles Chart Top 40 to include streaming ...

  25. SFX and Viagogo Sign Five-Year, $75 Million Global Sponsorship Deal

    June 20, 2014 5:16 PM EDT EDM conglomerate SFX Entertainment has signed a five-year, $75 million international sponsorship deal with ticket reseller Viagogo. Under the new deal, Viagogo becomes the authorized source for resale tickets for all of SFX’s festivals and events ...

  26. EDMbiz Conference: Why EDM Equals Millenials and a $6.2B Valuation Is Just the Beginning

    June 20, 2014 9:14 AM EDT The EDM industry is currently worth $6.2 billion, per a recent report at IMS Ibiza -- but depending on who you asked on Day 1 of the third annual EDMbiz conference in Las Vegas Wednesday, that number could be wildly conservative. “$6.2 billion ...

  27. Merlin Doubles Earnings, Digital Accounts for Half of Members' Revenue

    June 19, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent music sector, says it collected $89 million from digital music services for its members in the year ended April 30, 2014. The figure is double the amount that it had collected in the prior year ...

  28. Beats Headphones Banned at World Cup (Which May Be Exactly What They Wanted)

    June 19, 2014 2:27 PM EDT It’s been a surprising week for World Cup fans, with reigning champion Spain eliminated, heavily-favored Brazil struggling and the U.S. somehow beating Ghana, despite Jozy Altidore’s hamstring injury. But perhaps more unexpected is Beats By Dre& ...

  29. One Direction Member Buys English Soccer Club Doncaster Rovers

    June 19, 2014 1:54 PM EDT One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson is the new co-owner of English soccer club Doncaster Rovers. The team plays in the so-called League One, the soccer league two levels below the top-flight English Premier League. Financial details weren't ...

  30. Luciano Luna Wins SESAC Latina Composer Of The Year, Dulce Maria Music Takes Publisher Prize

    June 19, 2014 1:00 AM EDT SESAC Latina celebrated its 20th anniversary with the annual celebration of its SESAC Latina Music Awards, held June 18 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Writers and publishers were honored for the top-performing tracks of 2013 a ...

  31. How YouTube's Subscription Terms Will Hurt Indies – No Content Removal Required

    June 18, 2014 1:25 PM EDT 16 1.009 k 149 0 YouTube might not, in fact, take down music from indies it doesn’t have an agreement with... but it won’t pay them either. Right after Amazon appeared to take independent labels for granted with a take-it-or-leave-it payment scheme for it ...

  32. Bertelsmann Shuts Its German Book and Music Club Business

    June 18, 2014 9:02 AM EDT Marking the end of an era, German media giant Bertelsmann has shut down its German book and music club business, saying the division will be rolled up completely by the end of 2015. The Bertelsmann book club was set up in 1950 by company founder R ...

  33. NXNE President Michael Hollett on Fine-Tuning and Growth, 'Taking Over' Toronto (Q&A)

    June 18, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Toronto’s North By Northeast, whose music festival begins June 18 -- and includes an “Interactive” digital media conference (18-21), comedy (17-22), art (16-22) and film component (ran 13-15) -- is expected to attract more than 350,000 people to i ...

  34. J. Lo’s $40M+ Cash Flow: Inside Jennifer Lopez's Diverse Earnings Portfolio

    June 17, 2014 12:38 PM EDT 0 7.278 k 13 0 This is an extended version of an article from the new Billboard. Pick-up a copy here.   Jennifer Lopez has a lot of titles on her business card these days. At this point in a career stretching back more than two decades, she’s less a music ...

  35. Enrique Iglesias’ 'Bailando' Chosen As New Telemundo Soap Theme

    June 17, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Enrique Iglesias’ new hit single “Bailando” (feat. Descemer Bueno and Gente D’Zona) will be the theme song of new Telemundo soap opera, “Reina de Corazones.” The series, billed as a “story full of mystery, espionage, conspiracies, intrigue, crime ...

  36. Indie Game Soundtrack to 'Transistor,' Even with Uncounted Sales, Has Impressive First Week

    June 17, 2014 10:39 AM EDT The score to Transistor sold a startling 13,000 copies, debuting at No. 7 on the Soundtracks chart. This article first appeared in the June 21st issue of Billboard Magazine . The soundtrack to the sci-fi indie video game "Transistor" is ...

  37. BBC Unveils New Music Strategy, 'Strongest Commitment to Music in 30 years'

    June 16, 2014 7:11 PM EDT The BBC on Monday unveiled an ambitious music strategy, including new shows, partnerships and other initiatives, such as a music awards show.  The U.K. public broadcaster said its plans, which also include a Genesis documentary that will reunite t ...

  38. Harry Styles Erotic Fan Fiction Heads to Hollywood

    June 16, 2014 12:31 PM EDT 1 28.052 k 866 0 Hollywood is shopping a piece of One Direction fan fiction that just landed a six-figure book deal after receiving 800 million reads online. This article first appeared in the June 21st issue of Billboard Magazine . If One Direction fan A ...

  39. Hedley, Drake Win Big at Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 16, 2014 4:17 AM EDT Hedley, a Vancouver rock band that headlines arenas in Canada and has just released their new album in the U.S., not only kicked off the 25th anniversary broadcast of the MuchMusic Video Awards with a performance of their latest single, “Crazy For ...

  40. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Personality, Dead at 82

    June 15, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Casey Kasem, the American Top 40 radio host who crafted a long and lucrative career out of counting down to No. 1, has died. He was 82. Kasem, who hosted the syndicated weekend show for nearly four decades, died of complications from dementia at S ...

  41. Univision Sale Talks Underway (Report)

    June 13, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Univision, the country's biggest Spanish-language network, is looking to sell. According to a published report on Thursday from the Wall Street Journal , the network's owners have begun discussions with major media companies. The network ...

  42. Warner Music UK’s Max Lousada Appointed BRITs Chairman

    June 13, 2014 9:53 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. CEO Max Lousada has been named chairman of the BRITs Committee, assuming creative responsibility for the 2015 edition of the U.K.'s biggest annual music awards show. Lousada succeeds former Warner Music U.K. CEO Christian Ta ...

  43. Jim Keays, Frontman With Aussie Rock Legends Master's Apprentices, Dies At 67

    June 13, 2014 5:43 AM EDT Jim Keays, frontman of celebrated Australian rock group the Master's Apprentices, has died at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer. Born Sept. 9, 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland, Keays performed on a raft of domestic hits from the band’s i ...

  44. Executive Playlist: Piotr Orlov’s World Cup ‘Boof, Eat My Goal! The Liquid Futebol Master Mix'

    June 12, 2014 1:49 PM EDT This week’s Executive Playlist, the "Boof, Eat My Goal! The Liquid Futebol Master Mix," is related to all things World Cup, the massive global sporting event kicking off today in Brazil. Piotr Orlov is a writer/editor who also runs Ras ...

  45. Celine Dion Has New Manager as Rene Angelil Steps Down

    June 12, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Veteran Quebec live entertainment exec Aldo Giampaolo is headed to Las Vegas to become CEO of Feeling Productions. Rene Angelil is stepping down as manager of wife Celine Dion, making way for veteran live entertainment exec Aldo Giampaolo to steer ...

  46. Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora, Ellie Goulding's Turn First Mgmt Company Run By 'Lionesses'

    June 12, 2014 11:50 AM EDT This article first appeared in the June 14th issue of Billboard Magazine . Iggy Azalea’s management company, Turn First Artists, is that rare thing in the music business: a power center controlled by women. In 1996, when she was pregnant with he ...

  47. ACCC Conditionally Approves APRA’s Licensing Arrangements for 5 Years

    June 12, 2014 5:43 AM EDT The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has reauthorized APRA’s collective arrangements to administer and license performing rights in musical works for a five-year term.  The arrangements, however, are subject to certain conditions. An ...

  48. BBC to Cut 15% of Radio Staff, Consolidate Management

    June 11, 2014 2:17 PM EDT The BBC has announced it will be cutting its Radio division's staff by 15% by 2017. The British media behemoth, funded principally by a license fee charged to British taxpayers which brought in £3.6 billion in 2012/13 (as well as an additiona ...

  49. Heads of RCA, Republic, Atlantic, More Talk Regrets, Data vs. Heart, Austin Mahone Syndrome at New Music Seminar

    June 11, 2014 11:10 AM EDT “You would be amazed by how many people at some very high levels who are managing some very good acts who really don’t know shit," said president and COO of RCA Records Tom Corson Monday at a freewheeling New Music Seminar panel entitled “Lab ...

  50. Apple Under Investigation By E.U. Over Irish Tax Deals

    June 11, 2014 10:45 AM EDT The European Union's antitrust regulator has launched an investigation into tax deals that Apple, Starbucks and Fiat struck with some European countries, the start of a wider push to keep multinationals from taking advantage of loopholes. EU ...

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