1. Twitter Expects Hundreds Of Advertisers

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter plans to have hundreds of advertisers using its new ad system in the fourth quarter as the company ramps up plans to become a self-sustaining, profitable business. COO Dick Costolo said the company's newly-launched advertising system ...

  2. Mobile Music Downloads Struggle To Make Headway

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fewer than 2% of mobile users in the United States and western Europe used their phone to download music in the first quarter, showing the uphill task facing Apple iTunes challengers like Nokia . Although 24% listened to music on their phone, the ...

  3. PPL Strikes New Deal For Germany

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s neighboring rights society PPL has joined with other international societies in a new partnership with GVL in Germany. ADAMI (France), AIE (Spain), RAAP (Ireland) and SENA (Holland) have also reached an agreement with the German so ...

  4. Edge Invests In Former Mama Chief

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment industry investment fund Edge Performance VCT is to back former Mama Group co-chief executive Adam Driscoll in a new venture, Granon Entertainment. Granon Entertainment will operate in music and related businesses, although there are ...

  5. Spotify Launches In Netherlands, Offers New Services

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spotify launched in the Netherlands today (May 18). It's the seventh market where the ad-funded streaming music service is active, following launches in the U.K., France, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Finland. The Stockholm and London based compa ...

  6. EMI Notes: Pension Controversy Back, Questions About Citi's Intentions

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- EMI 's pension fund has been a cloud hanging over Terra Firma since the private equity firm acquired the music company. Now, Britain's pension regular is calling on Terra Firma to fill a £250 million gap in funding . Extra payments in ...

  7. YouTube Reaches 2 Billion Daily Streams

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube gave itself a little pat on the back today, boasting a new milestone of 2 billion video streams per day . The stat came as part of a 5-year anniversary post on the company's blog, noting that the number is "nearly double the prim ...

  8. McCartney Says EMI Keeping Beatles Off iTunes

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT According to Paul McCartney, EMI Music is the reason there's no Beatles music for sale on iTunes . "It's been business hassles, not with us, or iTunes," he told BBC Newsbeat . "It's the people in the middle, the recor ...

  9. Australian Fitness Class Music Fees To Soar

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Phonographic Performance Company of Australia has out-muscled the country's fitness industry as a long-running battle over music fees comes to a conclusion. Australia's Copyright Tribunal today (May 17) ruled in favor of the PPCA and ...

  10. Analysis: UK Live Market Gains Go To Established Acts

    May 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live and recorded music segments are faring well in the UK, but dig into the numbers and you’ll see that spending growth was not evenly distributed. As reported on Friday at Billboard , PRS for Music, the UK performing rights collection society, a ...

  11. Great Escape Day Two: Making Piracy Socially Unacceptable

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The second day of the Great Escape, the U.K. music conference and festival in Brighton, focused on the importance of digital marketing and digital services for the music industry. A keynote conversation with Universal Music International's VP ...

  12. Ninja Tunes Marks 20th Anniversary

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie Ninja Tune celebrates its 20th anniversary with the release of the Ninja Tune "XX" box set. It includes original artwork from Ninja designer Openmind and three hardcover cases filled with new material and an exclusive hardcove ...

  13. Thom Yorke To Play Big Chill Fest

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke has been announced as one of the main acts for this year's Big Chill Festival , joining MIA and Massive Attack on the Deer Park Stage this summer. Other previously announced acts for the 40,000-capacity festival ...

  14. EMI Confirms Terra Firma Equity Cure

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI has confirmed that it will receive "additional sums" from Terra Firma and its investors - thought to be £105 million ($153 million) - that will avoid a breach of the major's loan covenant with Citigroup. Maltby Capital, the inve ...

  15. Graham Norton Replaces Jonathan Ross At Radio 2

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT TV presenter and comedian Graham Norton will be the new host of the Saturday morning show on U.K. AC network BBC Radio 2 . Norton will take over the three-hour show on Oct. 2, 2010. Norton has been standing in for breakfast host Chris Evans this w ...

  16. Global Ad Industry Eyes Boost From Mobile Devices

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The global advertising industry is eager to capitalize on booming use of mobile phones for Internet access as more enhanced devices are coming to the market to get more consumers reachable online. The trend is promising bumper returns in future ye ...

  17. Great Escape Day One: U.K. Live Sector Thriving

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Great Escape music conference and festival in Brighton focused on the U.K.'s burgeoning live industry on its first day. U.K. live revenue - £1.39 billion ($2.04 billion) - moved ahead of the British retail value of recorded music - £1.31 ...

  18. Australian Venues May Hand Out Earplugs

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's live venues may soon have to distribute earplugs and place warning signs if their music is deemed to be too loud. The country's Senate committee has put forward the recommendations and many others in an extensive report into ...

  19. BBC 6 Music Audience Soars To 1 Million

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BBC has unique problems with the latest RAJAR figures: the digital station that management wants to close increased its audience by 50%, while the surprise ratings boost for Radio 2 's breakfast show will enrage commercial rivals. New aud ...

  20. Michael Jackson, Susan Boyle Boost Sony Results

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp's Music division - including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) and the 50% stake in Sony/ATV - reported a 35% year-on-year increase in sales to 522.6 billion yen ($5.6 billion) in the fiscal year ended ...

  21. New U.K. Venues To Open In Midlands

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. will soon have two new venues in Birmingham and Leicester in the Midlands. Birmingham's Digbeth Institute is to re-launch as the HMV Institute in September, following a major refurbishment. The main room is 1,500-capacity with a seco ...

  22. U.K. Glade Fest Nixed

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Glade Festival has become the first victim of the U.K. summer festivals, with organizers blaming its cancellation on the increased requirements for policing, security and stewarding. The 15,000-capacity event was scheduled to feature Orbital, ...

  23. What Does U.K. Govt Mean For Digital Economy Act?

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jeremy Hunt has been appointed secretary of state for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport in the new U.K. government by prime minister David Cameron . The role makes him a key government figure for the music industry. Hunt held the shadow culture r ...

  24. Bertelsmann Revenue Inches Up

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German media group Bertelsmann reports an operating EBIT that rose to €284 million ($360.9 million) in Q1 2010, more than twice the figure for Q1 2009, which totaled €115 million ($146.1 million). First-quarter revenues were up slightly year-o ...

  25. Struggling Nokia Revamps Management Team Again

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Top cellphone maker Nokia Oyj revamped its management team for the second time in seven months, placing veterans in two key roles to revive its core business units and fend off rivals like Apple Inc. Nokia's management has been under increasi ...

  26. Apple Questions Android Smartphone Surge

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc questioned recent data showing smartphones using Google's Android operating system surpassing iPhone sales in the United States, and said there are no signs that the competition is gaining in the smartphone market. Smartphones using ...

  27. Turkish Metal Fan Caused Twitter Chaos

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT That Twitter bug that caused so much havoc yesterday (May 10) was apparently caused by a Turkish fan of the German heavy metal band Accept . According to Gizmodo , the fan sent the otherwise innocuous message "Accept pwnz" (Internet spea ...

  28. Julie Andrews' Comeback Disappoints

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The promoters for Julie Andrews ' London comeback are considering demands for refunds after she sang just two solo songs. Andrews' return to the London stage after 30 years prompted complaints from fans. Some tickets cost more than £100 ...

  29. Report: Terra Firma Secures EMI Funds

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group owner Terra Firma Capital Partners has reportedly secured investors' approval to raise £105 million ($156 million), to avoid a breach of the major's loan covenant with Citigroup. Terra Firma needed the support of 75% of its inv ...

  30. Google's Android Takes No. 2 Spot From iPhone

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc displaced iPhone maker Apple Inc to become the second most popular provider of smartphone software in the United States during the first quarter, the latest sign of the increasing competition in the fast-growing mobile market. But Googl ...

  31. BBC 6 Music Scoops Two Sonys

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Threatened BBC music stations 6 Music and the Asian Network hit back against their proposed closure by winning gold awards at the Sony Awards. BBC 6 Music, which has attracted support from many music stars and the U.K. music industry, won gold for ...

  32. GEMA Talks With YouTube Break Down

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German collecting society GEMA has ordered YouTube to remove 600 videos by its members from the video-sharing platform's German service, after contract renewal talks broke down. GEMA has taken a defiant stand against YouTube and won the suppo ...

  33. Sony Denies EMI Bid Report

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment is not in talks with EMI about making a possible bid for the U.K. major, contrary to reports over the weekend. Amid the ongoing speculation about the fate of debt-laden EMI, a comment by Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rolf S ...

  34. iPad's International Launch Slated For May 28

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc said it will launch the iPad tablet computer in nine international markets on May 28, following a strong debut in the United States last month. The iPad will go on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerl ...

  35. Study: Australian File Sharers Will Pay For Music, But Not Much

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yet another study indicates most digital pirates will pay for music – if the price is right. News.com.au and market research firm CoreData surveyed over 5,700 people who said they had illegally downloaded or streamed music in the previous 12 month ...

  36. Australian Labels, Broadcasters Set For Court

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Neighboring rights body the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and trade group Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) will square up in Australia's Federal Court during June to do battle over Internet simulcast rights. The date fo ...

  37. U.K. Clears Ticketmaster/Live Nation Merger Again

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Competition Commission cleared the proposed merger of the two U.S.-based live music giants, Live Nation Inc. and Ticketmaster Inc., for the second time on Friday (May 7). The U.K. regulatory body dropped its objections to the deal i ...

  38. Industry Veteran Bob Mercer Dies

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music industry veteran Bob Mercer, the British CEO of the NOW compilation business in the U.S., has died aged 65. Mercer was headhunted by EMI from General Foods in the early '70s and tasked with shaking up the major's marketing. He went ...

  39. Simon Cowell Honored At Business Awards

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell received a special recognition award in California for his contribution to television and entertainment in the U.K. and U.S. Cowell was presented with the award at the inaugural BritWeek U.K.T.I. Business Innovation Awards, staged at ...

  40. Murdoch Admits To MySpace 'Mistakes'

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch has admitted to "mistakes" with MySpace, after the division which houses the social network posted a loss of $150 million. News Corp. earned $839 million in the fiscal third quarter, which ended ...

  41. WMG Q2 Revenue Stable

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group's total revenue in the second quarter, to March 31, 2010, was down 1.3% year-on-year to $662 million. The decline was 6% on a constant currency basis. WMG said the performance reflected a light release schedulue, the contin ...

  42. Survey: Hong Kong Residents Open To Graduated Response

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A survey of 1,000 people sponsored by International Federation Against Copyright Theft – Greater China (IFACT-GC) indicates Hong Kong residents are fairly receptive to the idea of a graduated response approach to fighting piracy. Most (87%) of peo ...

  43. Melissa Etheridge Joins Hard Rock Calling Line-Up

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Melissa Etheridge, Alejandro Escovedo, Florence Rawlings, Rox, Rumer and Diane Birch have been confirmed for the Pepsi Max Stage at Hard Rock Calling in London's Hyde Park on June 26. As previously reported, Stevie Wonder will headline the 50 ...

  44. Controller 'Enormously Proud' Of 6 Music

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BBC 6 Music controller Bob Shennan says he is "enormously proud" of under-threat digital radio station. There is now less than three weeks left of the public consultation on the closure of 6 Music. Labels trade body the BPI sent a delega ...

  45. Court Approves German Private Copying Levy

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Munich's Court of Appeal has reversed the injunction it had previously imposed on the German Central Organisation for Private Recording Rights (ZPÜ) regarding the introduction of a private copying levy on computers. The original ruling on Feb ...

  46. Funeral For A Friend Partners With Pledge Platform

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pledge Music, the London-based fan-funded online investment platform, has partnered with Welsh rock band Funeral for a Friend on the financing for a new EP. The band will record a new, limited EP in June and it will be made exclusively available t ...

  47. UMG To Acquire Finnish Indie Group

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has agreed terms to acquire the group of Finnish rock and pop music companies Johanna Kustannus, Love Music Publishing and Siboney. The deal also includes the recorded music catalog of Love Records, a label that operated from ...

  48. AEG In Frame To Take Over London Olympic Stadium

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AEG has lodged an interest to take over the Olympic Stadium in East London following the 2012 Games in London. AEG, which also operates the O2 complex in the capital, is among 106 parties that have expressed an interest in taking on the 80,000-cap ...

  49. Singing Artist Nominated For Britain's Turner Prize

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Berlin-based Susan Philipsz, whose artworks center around recordings of her voice singing folk songs in public spaces, is one of the four nominees for Britain's top art award. The Turner Prize, awarded to British artists under the age of 50 f ...

  50. Robots In Disguise Partners With Cosmetics Brand

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. electro-rock act Robots In Disguise has release its new single "Wake Up" (President Records) with the backing of cosmetics brand Barry M. The duo approached the firm after seeing a commercial with the tagline 'wake up your make ...

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