1. IMS Biz Report: Global Electronic Market Up 3% to $7.4 Billion

    May 24, 2017 6:30 PM EDT The International Music Summit in Ibizia today released its 2017 IMS Business Report, an annual in-depth economic study of the electronic music industry. The report, which looked at industry data from 2016, reported the dance music market was up ...

  2. L.A. Reid Confirmed for MIDEM Speech Despite Epic Exit

    May 19, 2017 4:43 PM EDT L.A. Reid's sudden dismissal  as CEO of Epic Records last week after Rob Stringer had taken over the reins of Sony Music raised a number of questions: Why was he dismissed when his label was on an upswing over the last few years? Did recently ...

  3. France's Sacem Posts Record Revenues of $1.5 Billion

    May 19, 2017 1:00 PM EDT French authors' rights society Sacem has reported record revenues with royalty income rising 3.9 percent to €1.37 billion ($1.5 billion) in 2016. Of that total, €1.2 billion ($1.3 billion) was paid out to members and affiliate neighbouring ri ...

  4. UK Music Trade Group Launches 5-Point Election Manifesto    

    May 11, 2017 10:49 AM EDT Umbrella trade organization UK Music has launched its own manifesto ahead of the forthcoming general election, which will determine who leads the country through Brexit negotiations. The five point plan sets out a number of priorities, including s ...

  5. Eurovision: Pop, Politics and a Dancing Ape (But No Russia)

    May 11, 2017 9:26 AM EDT Sprinkle the sequins, spark up the disco lights and get ready for battle -- it's time for the Eurovision Song Contest , a celebration of kitsch and cheesy pop with an undercurrent of politics and patriotism. More than a singing contest, it� ...

  6. Live Nation Launches Front Gate Tickets In The UK

    May 10, 2017 5:24 PM EDT Live Nation is targeting further growth of its European festival business with the U.K. launch of its white-label ticketing solution company Front Gate Tickets.  Acquired by Ticketmaster in June 2015 —alongside the acquisition of DIY ticketing and ...

  7. SESAC Latina Music Awards 2017: La Septima Banda Set to Perform

    May 08, 2017 12:33 PM EDT Regional Mexican band La Séptima Banda is set to perform at the 2017 SESAC Latina Music Awards, which will take place June 7 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.  La Séptima is the first artist confirmed to take the stage at the annual awards ceremony that ...

  8. German Music Publishers Hold 'Historic' Meeting to Show Unity Amid Royalty Sharing 'Crisis'

    May 03, 2017 11:50 AM EDT Germany's music publishers are coming to terms with one of their biggest challenges ever, after a court decided in November that performing rights society GEMA is not required to give them an equal share of all income.  The German Music Publi ...

  9. VKontakte (Russia's Facebook) Launches Built-In Music Streaming Service

    May 01, 2017 9:47 AM EDT Russian social network VKontakte, the local equivalent of Facebook, has launched its long-awaited legitimate music streaming service, moving further away from its piracy past. The built-in music service allows users to choose between the subscript ...

  10. UK Music Appoints Labour MP Michael Dugher as New Chief Executive

    April 27, 2017 2:45 PM EDT Trade organization UK Music has appointed politician and former shadow cabinet member Michael Dugher as its next chief executive. Dugher will be only the third person to lead UK Music since it launched in 2008, and replaces Jo Dipple , who announc ...

  11. China Rising & Downloads Falling: 5 Takeaways From the IFPI's Global Music Report

    April 27, 2017 1:20 PM EDT This week on April 25, the International Federation of the Phonograph Industry, or IFPI, released its annual Global Music Report , analyzing the health of the global recorded-music industry in 2016. And while the overriding storylines -- 5.9 perce ...

  12. Residente Compares His Music to Broccoli (In a Good Way!) During 2017 Billboard Latin Music Conference

    April 26, 2017 6:25 PM EDT Puerto Rican rapper/singer-songwriter Rene Perez Joglar , better known as Residente of Calle 13 , wants people to think of his music as broccoli. No, really. Too much Latin music is like junk food, he said. "Everything has turned into like Mc ...

  13. Beyonce's 'Lemonade' Highest-Selling Album Globally in 2016; Drake Lands Top Song: IFPI

    April 25, 2017 10:49 AM EDT This morning (April 25), the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) released its annual Global Music Report , an analysis of the revenue of the recorded-music business worldwide. The biggest headline: the global music busines ...

  14. Latin America Leads the Way in Music Revenue Growth, Fueled By Gains in Streaming: IFPI

    April 25, 2017 10:34 AM EDT Music revenue grew 12 percent in Latin America in 2016, the highest increase for any region internationally, according to IFPI's just-released Global Music Report 2017 . It was the seventh year in a row that growth in Latin America topped tha ...

  15. IFPI Global Report 2017: Industry Sees Highest Revenue Growth in Decades, But the YouTube Issue Remains

    April 25, 2017 8:08 AM EDT Strong growth in streaming throughout the world helped lift global music sales by almost 6 percent in 2016, the biggest year-on-year rise in revenues since the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) began tracking the market ...

  16. Another Pop Star Placed in Middle of Russia-Ukraine Tensions

    April 24, 2017 10:07 AM EDT A conflict between Russia and Ukraine over Russian artists blacklisted in Ukraine has escalated as singer Lolita Milyavskaya was denied entry to Ukraine and taken off the train on Sunday. She was traveling to Ukraine to visit her sick daughter, wh ...

  17. David Bisbal Named UNICEF Ambassador

    April 19, 2017 2:30 PM EDT Latin music star David Bisbal has been named a UNICEF ambassador by the organization’s Spanish committee. “The children can’t take any more pain,” the Spanish pop singer said in an announcement distributed by UNICEF Wednesday (April 19). Bisbal ca ...

  18. Juno Awards Returning to CBC After 16-Year Partnership With CTV

    April 19, 2017 9:04 AM EDT After 16 years with CTV, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has signed an exclusive six-year exclusive broadcast partnership with the nation's pubcaster CBC. "We are excited to embark on our partnership with the ...

  19. UK Music Outlines Brexit Blueprint For Growth As Prime Minister Calls Snap Election

    April 18, 2017 6:04 PM EDT On the same day that Prime Minister Theresa May announced plans to call a surprise snap election, umbrella trade organization UK Music has outlined five key priorities for the incoming government to support and strengthen the British music industr ...

  20. German Collection Society GEMA Tops Billion Mark in Revenue

    April 18, 2017 1:44 PM EDT For the first time in its nearly 80-year history, the German collection society GEMA generated more than one billion euros, or €1.024 billion ($1.10 billion), on behalf of its 70,000 members and rights owners. That's compared to €893.8 millio ...

  21. CAA China Launches With CMC Capital Partners

    April 17, 2017 8:44 PM EDT CAA has partnered with CMC Capital Partners to form media and entertainment platform CAA China, according to the agency. As part of the pact, CMC—a major Chinese investment firm with stakes in Oriental DreamWorks and Warner Bros.’ Chinese studio F ...

  22. UK Music Sales Jumped 5 Percent in 2016 on Strength of (You Guessed It) Streaming

    April 13, 2017 10:52 AM EDT Record sales in the U.K. climbed to a five year high in 2016, driven by sustained growth in streaming and the continued resilience of physical formats. Total sales for the year were £926 million ($1.2 billion), up 5.1 percent on 2015, according to ...

  23. Russia's 'Google Tax' Increases Prices for Apple iTunes Match and Google Play

    April 11, 2017 4:32 PM EDT Prices for iTunes Match and Google Play Music have gone up in Russia as foreign online companies operating here now have to pay "the Google tax" – the value added tax (VAT), which they were previously exempt from. Apple has raised the pr ...

  24. Nacho Signs Co-Management Agreement With UMLE, Renews as Solo Artist

    April 11, 2017 10:58 AM EDT Venezuelan singer-songwriter, Miguel “Nacho” Mendoza, has renewed his contract with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE) as a soloist, and signed a new contract for co-management and as an executive producer, Billboard has learned.  This new ...

  25. BMG CEO 'Cynical' About Streaming's Growth, Citing Artist Contracts

    April 10, 2017 12:14 PM EDT The RIAA's 2016 year-end report released last month showed a U.S. music industry experiencing its largest single-year growth since 1998, as revenue from streaming services overtook sales for the first time as the dominant source of income for ...

  26. Udo Lindenberg Wins Big, Beth Ditto, Rag'n'Bone Man Rock Germany's Echo Awards

    April 07, 2017 2:49 PM EDT Udo Lindenberg was last night's big winner at Germany's 2017 ECHO Awards, in which the Deutsche Phono-Akademie -- an association of German record labels -- honored outstanding achievement in their country's music industry. Lindenber ...

  27. Can Conscious K-Pop Cross Over? BTS & BigHit Entertainment CEO 'Hitman' Bang on Taking America

    April 06, 2017 9:32 PM EDT On April 2, BTS played the fifth and final date of a sold-out U.S. arena run, performing to the shrieking fans who helped the group's second full-length album, Wings , become the first K-pop project to crack the top 40 of the Billboard 200 in ...

  28. Facebook Launches Resource To Spot 'Fake News'

    April 06, 2017 6:32 PM EDT Facebook is launching a resource to help you spot false news and misleading information that spreads on its service. The resource, similar to previous efforts around privacy and security, is basically a notification that pops up for a few days. Cl ...

  29. Music Biz Reacts As U.K. Formally Begins Brexit Negotiations: 'It's Hard To Think Of Any Positives'

    March 29, 2017 4:49 PM EDT Britain has officially begun the process of exiting the European Union (EU), ushering in a new period of upheaval and uncertainty throughout Europe that carries potentially huge ramifications for the music business. On Wednesday 29 March, Britain ...

  30. BMG Revenue Up Double Digits in 2016, Thanks to Streaming, Global Deals, Portfolio Adds

    March 28, 2017 10:26 AM EDT German media conglomerate Bertelsmann announced its financial results for 2016 on Tuesday, touting bumps in operating earnings and sustained growth in publishing and recorded music. Last year, overall revenues remained virtually unchanged at 17 b ...

  31. Eurovision Offers Banned Russian Singer an Alternate Way to Perform; TV Networks Balk at Airing Contest at All

    March 23, 2017 12:13 PM EDT The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the organizer of the Eurovision song contest, has offered Russian participant Yulia Samoilova , banned from entering Ukraine, an opportunity to still take part in the contest this May by performing via satell ...

  32. Ukraine Bans Russia's Pick for Eurovision Contest

    March 22, 2017 11:58 AM EDT Ukraine has banned Yulia Samoilova , Russia’s entry in the Eurovision song contest, from entering the country, ruling out her participation in the contest. "The Security Service Ukraine [SBU] banned Russian citizen Yulia Samoilova from enteri ...

  33. Global, UK Radio and Television Leader, Adds To Festival Portfolio

    March 21, 2017 5:42 PM EDT Global, a leading British media and entertainment company, has added to its fast growing live portfolio by taking majority stakes in European festivals Victorious and Hideout. Global only entered the festival business two years ago when it acquire ...

  34. James Grant Group Acquires Deckstar, Clients Include Blink-182, Steve Aoki, Smashing Pumpkins

    March 20, 2017 8:41 PM EDT LA-based Deckstar, which represents Blink-182 and Steve Aoki, is to come under the wing of the global sports, music and entertainment management company James Grant Group (JGG) as part of a multi-million dollar merger. Headquartered in London and ...

  35. PRS for Music's New Anti-Piracy Platform Proves Effective

    March 14, 2017 5:04 PM EDT One year after launching, PRS for Music’s Anti-Piracy System (MAPS) is striking a blow for artists and rights holders. In the past 12 months, the U.K. collection society claims to have located 5 million infringing URLS and removed over 80 percent ...

  36. Massive Concert in Argentina Leaves Two Dead, 11 Injured

    March 14, 2017 1:19 PM EDT ,000 people descended upon a town about 200 miles from Buenos Aires on Saturday (March 11) to see a single artist perform; one that most of the world has never heard of. Twice the amount of expected spectators crushed to see El Indio Solari, a ...

  37. Russia Announces Eurovision Entry, Ending Boycott Talk

    March 13, 2017 10:27 AM EDT Russia has announced its entry in the upcoming Eurovision song contest, seemingly putting an end to speculation that Russia might boycott the politically charged competition in Kiev. Several Russian lawmakers and entertainment stars have called to ...

  38. Airbnb Turns To Live Music With New 'Music Experiences' Initiative

    March 08, 2017 6:04 PM EST Having already revolutionized the travel and home rental market, Airbnb, the Silicon Valley accommodation company recently valued at $30 billion , is now tentatively making moves to enter the music space. Officially launching today, Airbnb is roll ...

  39. Avicii's Former Manager Ash Pournouri Launches Fan-Driven Digital Talent Search Platform

    March 07, 2017 6:06 PM EST "We don’t discover, we create," proclaims the homepage of At Night Management’s website. It’s a mantra that founder Ash Pournouri has followed throughout his career -- including making Swedish DJ Avicii into a global star -- but is one h ...

  40. China Blocks Korean Entertainment on Streaming Platforms Over THAAD Row

    February 28, 2017 1:30 PM EST According to reports out of Korea, Chinese audiences won’t be able to watch South Korean television shows on streaming services anytime soon, due to an ongoing political dispute disrupting ties between the two countries. Over the weekend, Korean n ...

  41. Why Half of This Year's Best Reggae Album Grammy Noms Are Not Jamaican

    February 10, 2017 1:37 PM EST For the first time in the Best Reggae Album Grammy category’s 32 years, three out of six nominated releases are by American reggae artists. This contrasts sharply with many previous nomination rounds which were comprised solely of Jamaican contend ...

  42. Audit of Russia's State-Backed PRO Reveals Possible $3.8 Million Embezzlement

    February 10, 2017 10:57 AM EST An independent audit of finances of RAO, Russia's state-approved authors' rights collections society has revealed that about $3.8 million was funneled out of the organization by its previous management in 2016 alone. "A detailed rep ...

  43. British Government Proposes Stronger Protection For Vanishing Venues

    February 08, 2017 4:50 PM EST New measures to preserve and protect live music and cultural venues in the U.K. have been proposed by the British authorities. The planned regulatory changes include stronger safeguards for venue owners against developers looking to build resident ...

  44. The Weeknd, Drake, Shawn Mendes Lead 2017 Juno Awards Nominations

    February 07, 2017 12:38 PM EST The Weeknd , Drake and Shawn Mendes lead this year’s Juno Awards nominations with five apiece, The Canadian Academy of Recordings Arts and Sciences announced this morning from the spectacularly renovated and renamed Rebel nightclub (formerly Sound ...

  45. Kidz Bop Partners With Universal to Move Into U.K. Market

    February 07, 2017 11:09 AM EST Multi-million selling children’s music brand Kidz Bop is taking its primary-colored singalong pop across the Atlantic and launching in the U.K. Universal Music On Demand (UMOD), formerly known as Universal Music TV, has signed on as label partner ...

  46. Live Nation Acquires Majority Stake in Tel Aviv's Bluestone, Launches Ticketmaster Israel

    February 07, 2017 10:38 AM EST Live Nation is expanding its operations in the Middle East after acquiring a majority stake in leading Israeli promoter, Bluestone Entertainment. Formed in 2014 as a joint venture between Guy Oseary , Guy Beser , Shay Mor Yosef and Gadi Veinrib , ...

  47. Concert Halls From Kansas City to Hamburg Call on This Japanese Engineer to Shape Sound

    February 07, 2017 9:38 AM EST Behind some of the world's most reputed concert halls is a Japanese engineer whose finesse in shaping sound is so perfectly unobtrusive that all listeners hear is the music - in all its subtlety, texture and fullness. Yasuhisa Toyota 's ...

  48. ASCAP Expands Asia-Pacific Strategy

    February 06, 2017 7:02 PM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has announced it has hired CML Consultancy Services PLT to work on the PRO's Asia-Pacific strategy and help expand revenue opportunities. According to CISAC , 2016 performance rights r ...

  49. Muslim Musicians, Execs Fear the 'Chilling Effect' of Trump's Travel Ban

    February 02, 2017 12:33 PM EST President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27 executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days has deeply complicated plans already in motion involving ­sectors of the U.S. music industry that work with those countries. Not only ha ...

  50. Billboard Latin Music Awards 2017: Telemundo Sets Date for Announcement of Finalists

    January 31, 2017 2:37 PM EST Telemundo will announce the finalists for the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards on Tuesday, Feb. 7 via live stream on the network's official Facebook page . iHeart radio personality Enrique Santos and Telemundo host Jessica Carrillo are annou ...

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