1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Nas Music Documentary Sells Worldwide at Cannes

    May 20, 2014 1:36 PM EDT “Nas – Time is Illmatic,” from multimedia artist One9, has sold to Japan, Australia and across Europe. "Nas – Time is Illmatic," a music documentary on the seminal New York rapper, has been a hot seller at the Cannes film market, with sa ...

  4. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV's Neighboring Rights Division Signs Pharrell, Robin Thicke, More; Printz Board to Atlas; Disney Nabs TRiON

    May 20, 2014 9:45 AM EDT -- The neighboring rights division launched by Sony/ATV Music Publishing last year has announced a spree of signings including such artists as Pharrell Williams , Robin Thicke , Nile Rodgers , Clean Bandit and the estate of Lou Reed to a roster th ...

  5. Twitter SoundCloud Acquisition Would Grow Two Birds With One Stone

    May 19, 2014 5:21 PM EDT The potential Twitter acquisition of audio-streaming platform SoundCloud would kill two birds with one stone. The popular audio-sharing service would grow under the ownership of one of the world's biggest social media service. It would als ...

  6. Lyor Cohen on Twitter Acquiring SoundCloud: ‘It Would Be a Wonderful Day’

    May 19, 2014 4:20 PM EDT “It would be a wonderful day,” was how Lyor Cohen described reports that Twitter is exploring the possibility of acquiring music streaming site SoundCloud. Of course the esteemed music industry vet, who once helmed Def Jam and Warner Music and rec ...

  7. Exclusive: Rdio Now Playing In Nine More European & Asian Countries

    May 19, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Streaming service Rdio is now available in nine more countries, thanks to a series of new launches in Europe and Asia. Subscribers can now stream on-demand music and custom stations in a total of 60 territories spanning the globe. In Asia, Rdio ad ...

  8. Ennio Morricone Cancels North American Tour Dates

    May 19, 2014 11:50 AM EDT Italian composer Ennio Morricone has canceled three North American tour dates because of ongoing health concerns, reports Variety . The legendary 85-year-old maestro, whose prolific legacy includes classics "The Good The Bad and the Ugly" ...

  9. Downtown Music Publishing Expands to Amsterdam

    May 19, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The New York City-based music publisher has launched Downtown Music Benelux, a new, Amsterdam-based venture with Hot Streak Music, a division of Cloud 9 Music, one of the leading Dutch music publishers. Hot Streak co-founder Lucas van Slegtenhorst ...

  10. Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons Win Big at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Justin Timberlake received seven Billboard Music Awards Sunday, taking home trophies for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album ("The 20/20 Experience") in a three-hour show at at the MGM Grand Arena. Imagine Dr ...

  11. Pepsi Launches Label With Caroline, Releasing Soccer Album With Rita Ora, Kelly Rowland, Timbaland

    May 16, 2014 12:38 PM EDT In 2012, Pepsi took a chance by tapping then-emerging DJ-producer Calvin Harris to create an original song for a European soccer campaign on behalf of its fledgling sugar-free soda Pepsi Max. The result? “Let’s Go,” a global hit featuring Ne-Yo ...

  12. German Econ. Minister Mulls Google Breakup Following Complaints

    May 16, 2014 9:02 AM EDT Germany's economy minister says Google may have such a dominant market position that a breakup of the company "must be seriously considered." Sigmar Gabriel says such a move would be the "ultima ratio," or last resort, in ...

  13. In Developing Asian Markets, Mobile and SoundCloud Dominate Listening

    May 15, 2014 3:07 PM EDT Western music services attempting to reach certain emerging markets in Asia will have to contend with a fragmented market for music apps, according to a new study by brand marketing platform developer Jana Mobile . The report examined Asia’s fast- ...

  14. While Sony Corp's Fortunes Decline, Music Holds Its Own

    May 15, 2014 12:25 PM EDT While Sony Corp. had a tough year , losing 128.4 billion yen ($1.25 billion) on sales of 7.77 trillion yen ($75.5 billion), the company's music and visual media operations held its own, posting an operation income of $488 million on sales of ...

  15. Lindy Morrison, Drummer with the Go-Betweens, To Receive Australia's Ted Albert Award

    May 15, 2014 5:44 AM EDT Lindy Morrison, drummer with critically-revered group the Go-Betweens and a tireless advocate for artists and people working in the music industry, is this year's recipient of the prestigious Ted Albert Award For Outstanding Services To Austr ...

  16. East Village Radio to Close, Cites High Cost of Licensing

    May 14, 2014 1:22 PM EDT East Village Radio, a commercial-free station launched in 2003 and located in a New York storefront on First Avenue, has announced that it will be fading out its broadcast at the end of next week. "We are ceasing operations as of the 23rd ...

  17. Spotify To Launch in Brazil This Year (Updated)

    May 14, 2014 11:25 AM EDT A well-placed Spotify source has confirmed that indeed the music streaming service will arrive in Brazil sometime this year. In addition to posting a strategic partnership manager career opportunity in Sao Paulo, the music streaming service invite ...

  18. Sony Sinks to $1.3 Billion Quarterly Loss

    May 14, 2014 10:18 AM EDT Sony Corp., Sony Music's ailing parent company, sank to a $1.3 billion quarterly loss, hit by costs from selling its personal computer business, and is forecasting more red ink as it struggles to execute a long-promised turnaround. The Tokyo ...

  19. Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and Univision Team Up to Find Ultimate Latino Boy Band

    May 13, 2014 10:07 PM EDT Univision and Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment have announced the creation of a new TV show called “La Banda” (The Band), in which contestants across North and South America compete to join the ultimate Latino boy band.  Related Articles SFX ...

  20. Nash the Slash, Mysterious Canadian Experimental Musician, Dead at 66

    May 13, 2014 5:23 PM EDT He was a mystery until the end who few knew by face. Nash The Slash, the intriguing experimental rock musician who wrapped his head in gauze bandages and wore glasses, a top hat, bowtie and tuxedo — and who esteemed music crit Lester Bangs once de ...

  21. Deltasonic Records Founder Alan Wills Dead at 52

    May 12, 2014 3:41 PM EDT Alan Wills, the founder of U.K. indie label Deltasonic, home to The Coral and The Zutons, has died aged 52, following a fatal road accident in his native city of Liverpool. Wills was a highly popular and influential figure in the current day Liver ...

  22. Samsung Chairman Hospitalized After Heart Attack

    May 12, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Lee Kun-hee is in stable condition after undergoing a stent placement procedure early Sunday. Samsung Electronics Co. chairman Lee Kun-hee remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday after being treated for a heart attack, company officials s ...

  23. Plaid Provides the Latest Example of Web-Based, Tech-Art Releases

    May 12, 2014 12:55 PM EDT For many musicians these days, simply releasing a song is not enough. Cut Copy shared the first single off "Free Your Mind" via a geo-positioning app accessible only at remote billboards around the world; fans could only hear Little Drag ...

  24. Take That Members Face Huge Bill For Tax-Avoidance Scheme

    May 12, 2014 12:34 AM EDT Take That is in trouble with the taxman.  Members of the British boyband face having to pay back tens of millions of pounds after a U.K. tribunal ruled that they and others took part in a mass-scale tax avoidance scheme. A judge has ruled that Gar ...

  25. Simon Cowell Wants His Own Version Of 'Frozen'

    May 09, 2014 3:01 PM EDT Simon Cowell is betting that "Frozen" and "Despicable Me 2" are not isolated incidents of animated films creating musical hits. This article first appeared in the May 17th issue of Billboard Magazine . Animal Logic Entertainmen ...

  26. U.K. Providers and Trade Bodies Drafting Program to Address Infringement

    May 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDT A quartet of UK internet service providers have come to an agreement on how to address copyright infringement, according to the BBC. Virgin Media, BT, Sky and TalkTalk are drafting a program that will have the companies monitoring filesharing netw ...

  27. Ruben Mendiola Named President of mun2

    May 09, 2014 11:54 AM EDT Cable channel mun2, the leading name in bilingual, bicultural programming in the U.S., seems poised for a change with the appointment of Ruben Mendiola as its president this week. Mendiola, who was most recently SVP and GM of multicultural service ...

  28. Apple to Unveil iPhone 6 This Summer (Report)

    May 09, 2014 10:23 AM EDT Following rumors around the arrival date of Apple's long-anticipated iPhone 6, the tech giant will release the iPhone's next model this summer, Reuters reports .  Business Matters: Apple & Beats, In Search of the Ultimate Bundle Deco ...

  29. How Canadian Music Week and NXNE Are Learning To Get Along

    May 09, 2014 10:07 AM EDT It is not a death match. It's not even a heated battle. It’s what both sides call healthy competition, but it would be foolish to think there isn't inherent tension between Toronto's Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast, gi ...

  30. Peter Gabriel Cancels Kiev Concert Over Security Concerns

    May 09, 2014 8:43 AM EDT English singer Peter Gabriel has canceled his show, scheduled to be held in Kiev on May 10, over security concerns against the backdrop of the ongoing political turmoil in Ukraine. "Due to the on-going unrest in Ukraine it has become clear th ...

  31. Business Matters: Apple & Beats, In Search of the Ultimate Bundle

    May 09, 2014 8:30 AM EDT A year or two from now, when the music subscription business will surely have been transformed further by dealmaking and consolidation, the acquisition of Beats Electronics by Apple may be viewed as the turning point in the story of how the sect ...

  32. Deezer Knocks Spotify Out of Shazam in Four Countries

    May 08, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Shazam's new deal with Deezer puts Spotify in the corner. Music-identification app Shazam has added on-demand streaming service Deezer as a partner, enabling Deezer account holders in four countries to listen to full-length songs immediately ...

  33. Chuck Berry, Opera Director Peter Sellars Share Sweden's Polar Prize

    May 08, 2014 11:20 AM EDT U.S. rock legend Chuck Berry and American opera director Peter Sellars have been awarded the 2014 Polar Music Prize, Sweden's most prestigious award for musicians. The prize committee on Thursday praised the 87-year-old Berry as a "rock ...

  34. New Michael Jackson Song Backs Jeep Summer TV Campaign (Watch)

    May 08, 2014 8:32 AM EDT Today Epic Records and Jeep launched a global brand campaign for the car company’s Altitude Edition in which Michael Jackson’s new single “Love Never Felt So Good” is featured in four 30-second TV commercials. The campaign will air from today (May ...

  35. Latin Recording Academy Launches Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation

    May 08, 2014 8:00 AM EDT It's been 15 years since the launch of the Latin Grammy Awards, and as part of the anniversary the Latin Recording Academy is introducing a new educational initiative with a global reach.  Overseen by Latin Recording Academy vice president Ma ...

  36. Australian Record Producer Martin Erdman Dies At 77

    May 08, 2014 6:38 AM EDT Martin Erdman, the Australian record producer and sound engineer who worked on Peter Allen’s 1980 hit “I Still Call Australia Home” and served as house producer for Festival Records, has died at the age of 77. Erdman got his start back in the mid- ...

  37. Bertelsmann Reports Q1 Sales Spikes Following Buying Spree

    May 08, 2014 4:51 AM EDT German media giant Bertelsmann posted near double-digit growth in the first quarter of 2014 as revenues from continuing operations rose 8.5% to $5.4 billion (€3.9 billion) driven by a series of high-profile acquisitions. The mega-merger last year ...

  38. Venezuelan Up-and-Comer Oscarcito Signs to Sony U.S. Latin

    May 07, 2014 7:48 PM EDT Back in early 2013, Billboard flagged Venezuelan singer/songwriter Oscarcito as a face-to-watch based on catchy tunes that were gaining chart traction both in his home country and here. Oscarcito’s performance of his own “Tu eres Perfecta” (You’re ...

  39. Jim Donio Opens Music Biz Assn. Convention with Honors for Sylvia Rhone, Jonathan Poneman

    May 07, 2014 5:31 PM EDT In his opening address to the Music Business Assn. convention in Los Angeles, the trade group's president Jim Donio noted that, while the growth of streaming was more than offsetting declining download sales, IFPI data also showed physical wa ...

  40. Enrique Iglesias Scores His 25th No. 1 with 'Bailando'

    May 07, 2014 3:04 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias is a force to be reckoned with. He holds the record for most songs to ever top the Hot Latin Songs chart, and now scores his 25th No. 1 (which will be updated tomorrow on billboard.com) with the ever-catchy “Bailando,” featuring h ...

  41. Behind Live Nation's Q1 Revenue Growth: Expanded Concert Season, Stadium Shows, Artist Nation Synergy, More

    May 07, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Live Nation's earning call yesterday provided rich insight into the largely positive numbers revealed by the live entertainment giant's Q1 earnings report , including details on how specific business areas are performing within the Live ...

  42. Data Breaches Offer CEOs New Nightmares

    May 06, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Add hackers to the long list of things that give CEOs insomnia. Target's chief executive, Gregg Steinhafel, is the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a theft of customer data. His exit from the helm of the nation's th ...

  43. Google Play Music Expands to Canada

    May 06, 2014 12:14 PM EDT Google Play Music has expanded to Canada, the online radio streaming service posted to its blog on May 5, the eve of Canadian Music Week . In doing so, Google's digital distribution platform makes its bid for a subscription-based music stream ...

  44. AIM Signs Blanket Licensing Deal with BBC

    May 06, 2014 9:00 AM EDT U.K. nonprofit trade organization the Association of Independent Music has negotiated a blanket licensing deal with the BBC, MusicWeek reports . Effective immediately and retroactively, the agreement allows labels and BBC Worldwide to use the broa ...

  45. China Hires 'Sexual Content Appraisers' for Content Crackdown

    May 05, 2014 3:57 PM EDT As part of an initiative dubbed "Cleaning the Web 2014," authorities are closing websites, while tech companies are hiring young people to evaluate erotic content -- and receiving a lot of interest. A nationwide crackdown on pornography ...

  46. Quincy Jones, Deadmau5 Keynote, SFX's Shelly Finkel: Canadian Music Week Preview

    May 05, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Snow and sub-zero temperatures are not on the schedule for the first time in Canadian Music Week’s 32-year history. The annual music industry conference and festival, held in Toronto, has moved from March to May (6-10). Jammed with 397 speakers (p ...

  47. Rob Hallett on AEG Live Departure: 'I've Got My Own Ambitions’ (Exclusive)

    May 05, 2014 10:12 AM EDT Rob Hallett has exited his post as President of International Touring for AEG Live with about a year left on his contract, he tells Billboard.biz. Hallett had been with the live entertainment division of global sports, venue and live entertainment ...

  48. Jim Donio on What to Expect at This Week's Rebranded Music Biz (Read: Not NARM) Convention

    May 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT With the first annual Music Business Association (Music Biz) convention being staged in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel from May 6-9, Billboard caught up with the trade group's president Jim Donio to see what was in stor ...

  49. Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent' Continues to Dominate Saturday U.K. Ratings

    May 05, 2014 8:29 AM EDT Simon Cowell's "Britain's Got Talent" on ITV continued to dominate the Saturday night ratings in the U.K. The fourth episode of season 8 this weekend drew an average audience of 9.6 million for a 46 percent share of the British ...

  50. New Signings: Rufus Wainwright to CAM, ICM Signs T-Pain, Epitaph Inks Roll the Tanks, O.A.R. Joins Reach Music

    May 02, 2014 9:52 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 -- Brazilian singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto signs with ...

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