1. Russian Collecting Society Director Explains Reform Plans Amid Widespread Criticism

    December 28, 2015 11:27 AM EST Russian Authors' Society (RAO), the country's sole state-approved authors’ rights collecting society, is in the process of major reforms, all aimed at stepping up the organization's transparency and efficiency. "To improve the ...

  2. Russia Vows to Ban Most Popular Torrent Sites

    December 28, 2015 11:13 AM EST Roskomnadzor, which regulates the Russian telecom and media industries, has decided to permanently block the country's 15 most popular torrent sites next year in a move to crack down on piracy. It's unclear which sites will be blocked in ...

  3. Dance Festivals in India Told to Add Security Following Alleged Terror Threat

    December 17, 2015 10:48 AM EST Two high-profile dance festivals being held later this month in India will have increased security following an alleged terror threat from ISIS. The Sunburn and Supersonic festivals are both taking place Dec. 27-30 in Goa, a popular area for touri ...

  4. From Reid to Red Bull: Inside the Business of Jamaican Sound System Clashes

    December 16, 2015 4:07 PM EST Thirty years ago on a snowy late December night in Brooklyn, thousands of reggae lovers were crammed inside the Empire Roller Rink to witness a much-anticipated competition between renowned British DJ David Rodigan and Jamaican radio legend Bar ...

  5. European Officials Agree on Data Protection Rules Ahead of Digital Single Market Plans

    December 16, 2015 11:31 AM EST Europe, as part of its move towards a 'Digital Single Market' -- which looks to standardize access  to digital content across the 28 member states on the continent -- the European Commission, Parliament and Council yesterday agreed on ru ...

  6. Adele's '25' Cruising to Another Week at U.K. Chart Summit

    December 16, 2015 2:50 AM EST Adele's 25  (XL) continues to do impressive business in the U.K. where it’s a near-certainty to reign on the albums chart for another week.  The British singer’s third album has rung in another 158,000 sales (platinum certification in the U.K ...

  7. Parisians 'Culturally Resist' as Post-Attack Live Business Rebounds Across France

    December 15, 2015 12:30 PM EST While the French concert market experienced as much as an 80 percent drop in concert attendance in the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Nov. 13, the concert industry has rebounded, though not yet to pre-attack levels, according to a ...

  8. Richard Branson Targets Australia's Prime Minister on Drug Decriminalization

    December 15, 2015 12:12 PM EST Outspoken entrepreneur Richard Branson has another quarrel on his mind these days: drug decriminalization in Australia. The debate on how law enforcement officials should tackle this matter was recently elevated following two drug-related fataliti ...

  9. M.I.A. Talks Western Culture's Effect on Refugee Crisis

    December 15, 2015 11:20 AM EST M.I.A. knows a thing or two about a refugee crisis, and joined NPR this week to discuss the West's effect on and responsibility towards those refugees seeking its borders. The artist was born in London but spent her childhood in Sri Lanka, wh ...

  10. Midem to Celebrate 50th Anniversary With New Awards, Programming Tools

    December 15, 2015 8:00 AM EST The international music industry trade show Midem will celebrate its 50th anniversary next summer, marking the occasion with the launch of new awards and tools to better assist its participants.  The 2016 Midem will take place in Cannes, France, o ...

  11. Indonesian Dance Fest Djakarta Warehouse Project Draws an Estimated 75,000, Bolstering a Scene

    December 14, 2015 4:41 PM EST The 8th edition of the Djakarta Warehouse Project (DWP) dance event in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta took place on December 11-12, and the growth of this powerhouse fest mirrors the development of the overall dance market in Indonesia. Held at t ...

  12. Wait, Is Streaming Actually Encouraging Record Sales? Survey Says 'Yeah... Maybe'

    December 11, 2015 4:13 PM EST Streaming may have been hailed as the death knell of the CD and download, but new research suggests that services such as Spotify and Apple Music can actually drive sales -- at least for dedicated music fans. According to a new survey produced on ...

  13. This $25 Billion Global Music Industry Isn't Everything

    December 11, 2015 11:55 AM EST The global music business, at least what's tied to music copyright, is worth over $25 billion. Actually, it's worth $25.3 billion, according to Will Page , the director of economics at Spotify who calculated the figure. But that's j ...

  14. Saavn Hires Exec to Guide Post-Music Expansion

    December 07, 2015 4:04 PM EST Saavn, India's leading music streaming company, is taking concrete steps towards expanding its service beyond music. Saavn has maintained an impressive user growth rate through this year, adding seven million users between March and September ...

  15. First-of-Its-Kind Report Assembles Hard Numbers on the World's Creative Industries

    December 03, 2015 2:14 PM EST Creative industries contributed $2.25 trillion to the global economy, but the creators behind the boom are not properly compensated, according to an in-depth report presented by global rights group CISAC at a press conference in Paris this morning ...

  16. Google Play Music's Free Tier, Podcasts Come to Canada

    December 02, 2015 5:52 PM EST Canadians will now have access to Google Play Music’s free ad-supported streaming service that has been available in the US since June, and the podcast portal that has been in the U.S. for a month. Google Retires the Songza Brand The two services ...

  17. Russian Music Producers Threaten to Withdraw Tracks From Collection Societies Over Transparency

    December 02, 2015 10:16 AM EST Russian music producers are demanding the country's collection societies make fundamental changes to their operations, threatening to withdraw tracks from their catalogs if an agreement can't be reached. A group of producers, including V ...

  18. Spotify Tops Pandora as World's Most Popular Music Streaming App

    December 01, 2015 7:39 PM EST Spotify is now the world's most popular streaming music service, according to a new report from app analytics firm App Annie . Pandora, Apple Music and a Music Streaming Market in Flux The champion title formerly belonged to Pandora, but in t ...

  19. Spotify's Kevin Brown Takes Up Official Charts Company Chairman Role

    December 01, 2015 1:14 PM EST Kevin Brown , Spotify's head of European label relations, has been appointed to the role of chairman for the U.K.'s Official Charts Company (OCC). Effective from January 2016, Brown replaces outgoing chairman, Korda Marshall , who has he ...

  20. New Order Respond To Ex-Bassist Peter Hook's Impending Royalty Suit

    December 01, 2015 10:45 AM EST For several years now, Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner have been slinging mud, bitter accusations and barbed jibes in each other’s direction via the press. Now it seems that the onetime friends and founder members of two of Britain’s most revered an ...

  21. U.K. Government Launches Competition Review Into PRS for Music 

    November 30, 2015 5:57 PM EST British government agency the Competitions and Market Authority (CMA) has launched a review into U.K. collection society PRS for Music. The investigation follows a CMA-led consultation in July, which sought views on a number of "market remedi ...

  22. Adele's '25' Sets Biggest U.K. Opening Sales Week, Most Downloaded No. 1 Album

    November 27, 2015 1:43 PM EST Adele has officially rewritten the U.K. chart record books, as confirmation arrives Friday, Nov. 27 from the Official Charts Company that 25 (XL Recordings) has recorded the biggest opening sales week in history. Unavailable on any streaming servi ...

  23. German Court Rules Internet Providers Are Obliged to Block Pirate Sites

    November 26, 2015 3:17 PM EST Germany's Federal Court of Justice has upheld a legal ruling that effectively obliges Internet service providers to block access to copyright infringing websites in instances where the site's operators and hosts are unidentifiable. Germa ...

  24. Paris Live Music Industry Seeks Emergency Aid

    November 25, 2015 10:10 AM EST France's live music industry has appealed for €50 million ($53 million) in state aid, following the Paris terrorist attacks. Prodiss, France's National Union of Producers, Distributors and Theatres, said that the emergency fund was requi ...

  25. £1.3 Million Lost To Ticket Fraud in Six Month Period, According to New Report

    November 24, 2015 4:29 PM EST British music fans were robbed of almost £1.3 ($2 million) through purchasing counterfeit music and entertainment tickets in the second half of this year, according to new research from U.K. fraud and internet crime reporting organization Action F ...

  26. Canadian Radio Exec Explains Letter That Ended in His Resignation

    November 23, 2015 2:59 PM EST Rob Farina, the broadcasting executive who left his position at Rogers Media earlier this month after sending an “urgent letter” to fellow broadcasters calling for the boycott of Republic Records signings, posted a candid, personal note on his Fac ...

  27. U.K. Prime Minister Visits Bataclan Theater in Paris

    November 23, 2015 2:20 PM EST Prime Minister David Cameron  of the United Kingdom appeared with President François Hollande of France on Monday morning outside Le Bataclan theater, where scores of concertgoers were killed during the Paris terrorist attacks. "President Ho ...

  28. Tomorrowland, Foo Fighters Among Finalists for European Festival Awards

    November 23, 2015 1:23 PM EST Tomorrowland, Pinkpop and Rock Werchter are among the finalists for this year’s European Festival Awards . Artists in the shortlist to win best headliner include Foo Fighters , Alt-J and Kylie Minogue . Over 800,000 votes were cast by fans from ac ...

  29. Adele's Streaming Decision: Not Unexpected, Not Easily Copied

    November 19, 2015 6:39 PM EST Adele 's much-anticipated album 25 will not be available on streaming services on Friday, but it's not the kind of news that would shock Vegas oddsmakers. "I don't think it's a surprise. She didn't do it with 21 ,&quo ...

  30. Bob Shennan, BBC Director of Music, Discusses Adele's Beeb-Exclusive TV Comeback

    November 18, 2015 3:34 PM EST Due to be broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on Friday 20 November, the same day as the launch of her third studio album 25 , Adele -- Live at the BBC marks the all-conquering British singer’s first television appearance since she performe ...

  31. How Much Will Concert Security Change After Paris? Industry Insiders Weigh In

    November 18, 2015 2:48 PM EST As mass shootings in movie theaters and churches have shocked the world in recent years, many music business ­insiders quietly wondered how long it would be before concert halls would suffer a similar tragedy. On Nov. 13, those concerns became ...

  32. Two Dance Music Museums to Open in Germany by 2017

    November 17, 2015 5:11 PM EST If all goes according to plan, by 2017 both Frankfurt and Berlin will be home to their own electronic/dance music museums, each run by pioneers of the genre.  German Watchdog Agency Probes iTunes, Amazon In a new interview with Insomniac , Dimitri ...

  33. Jean-Michel Jarre, Composer and CISAC President, Issues Response to Paris Attacks

    November 16, 2015 11:27 AM EST Jean-Michel Jarre, a foundational and highly influential music composer, was elected president of CISAC ( Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Auteurs et Compositeurs , or International Confederation of Authors and Composers Societies) ...

  34. Calle 13's Rene Perez Receives Nobel Peace Summit Award

    November 16, 2015 5:29 AM EST Rene Perez has been awarded a Nobel Peace Summit Award for his song lyrics and his support for social causes. The rapper and songwriter, best known as Calle 13  frontman Residente, received the award at the 15th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureat ...

  35. Adele's 'Hello' Extends Streak Atop Australia's Singles Chart

    November 16, 2015 2:55 AM EST Adele’s “Hello” (Remote Control/Inertia) is the best-selling single in Australia for a third successive week, while Justin Bieber  (Def Jam/Universal) lands three tracks in the top 20.  "Hello" retains the No. 1 slot on the new  ARIA Sin ...

  36. Apple Music to Beef Up Publisher Relations in China

    November 12, 2015 12:42 PM EST Apple Music is looking for a few good publisher relations employees to ensure songwriters around the world get paid -- with an emphasis on that big red nation in Asia: China. The streaming music service launched in the world’s most populous countr ...

  37. Major Lazer & DJ Snake's 'Lean On' Becomes Spotify's Most-Streamed Song of All Time

    November 11, 2015 2:02 PM EST Major Lazer  &  DJ Snake 's singlw with  MØ , "Lean On," officially claims a prestigious Spotify title. It's now the most-streamed song of all time with a whopping 526 million plays worldwide, dethroning " Thinking ...

  38. Radio Exec Who Accused Republic Records of Broadcast Favoritism Reportedly Resigns

    November 11, 2015 11:15 AM EST Rob Farina, Rogers Media's vice president of programming and content who sent out an “urgent” letter to all Canadian broadcasters Nov. 6 asking for a boycott of Republic Records artists and suggesting further sanctions, has resigned, a source ...

  39. Universal & EMI Music Videos Reportedly Banned From Australia's Foxtel Channels

    November 10, 2015 7:29 PM EST Music videos from Universal Music have reportedly been banned from appearing on any of Australia's Foxtel-owned music channels over the past two weeks, meaning no Justin Bieber ,  Weeknd or Drake .  TuneCore Launches in Australia Australia� ...

  40. Very Soon It Will Be Much Harder to Operate a Streaming Service in China

    November 10, 2015 11:22 AM EST Beginning early next year, China's music streaming market may be a lot less interesting. The government has released a list of rules -- "Notice on Further Strengthening and Improving the Management of Online Music Content" -- for st ...

  41. Drummer Dies to Bring Romanian Club Fire Death Toll to 45

    November 08, 2015 7:25 PM EST The drummer of a heavy metal band playing when a fire broke out at a nightclub has died, bringing the death toll from last week's tragedy to 45. Bogdan Enache, drummer in the Goodbye to Gravity band that was playing in Colectiv on Oct. 30, di ...

  42. Death Toll Rises to 39 in Romanian Nightclub Fire

    November 07, 2015 2:26 PM EST Seven more people succumbed to burn-related injuries on Saturday (Nov. 7), just over a week after a fire broke out in a Bucharest nightclub, authorities said, bringing the death toll in the tragedy to 39. Many in Romania have blamed lax government ...

  43. Russian Social Network VKontakte to Pay Damages Over User-Uploaded Music

    November 06, 2015 3:17 PM EST Under a recent court ruling, the Russian social network VKontakte, a local equivalent of Facebook, will have to pay 750,000 rubles ($11,600) in damages to the local record label Nikitn for illegal uploads of music tracks by its users. The appeal ...

  44. Alibaba Agrees to Pay $3.7 Billion for 'China's YouTube'

    November 06, 2015 9:13 AM EST Chinese online video giant Youku Tudou, known as China's YouTube, said Friday it has agreed to be fully acquired by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group for $27.60 per American depositary share (ADS), slightly more than originally offered. The defi ...

  45. Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame Inductees Announced for 2016

    November 05, 2015 4:12 PM EST Canadian Music Week has announced four of the inductees to the 2016 Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame: singer-songwriter Andy Kim, broadcaster Rob Steele, and Quebec live music veterans and cultural influencers André Menard and Alain Simard. Th ...

  46. Cuba's First Music Magazine 'Vistar' Speaks to New Generation

    November 05, 2015 1:48 PM EST Starting a new music magazine anywhere today is a risky business -- some would call it crazy. How about starting a new music magazine in a country where, as a citizen, you can’t legally start your own magazine. Where there is no advertising. Where ...

  47. Steve Angello Defends Streaming, Says Artists Who Complain Do It for Publicity

    November 05, 2015 9:43 AM EST Producer and former Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello has a theory about why artists shun certain streaming services when it’s time to release an album. “It’s publicity,” he said this week at the Web Summit in Dublin . "A lot of people ...

  48. Value of U.K. Music Industry Grows to $6.3 Billion

    November 04, 2015 7:00 PM EST At a time when grassroots venues across the United Kingdom are finding it increasingly difficult to survive, a new report outlining the value of the British music industry illustrates the sector's importance to the country's financial we ...

  49. Rolling Stones to Play Mexico City on 2016 Tour

    November 03, 2015 4:45 PM EST The Rolling Stones will play Mexico City during the band's 2016 Latin American tour. That news, anticipated by rumors among local Stones fans, was confirmed by Mexican promoter CIE President Alejandro Soberón on a radio show Tuesday morning ( ...

  50. Russian Culture Ministry Makes Royalty Proposals, and Collection Societies Scoff

    November 03, 2015 2:03 PM EST As the saga over copyright royalty collection continues in Russia, the culture ministry has comes up with a set of proposals aimed at improving the system. However, collection societies say the proposals are unfeasible. According to the ministry&# ...

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