1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Electioneering: U.K. Politicians Debate Future Of Biz

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With less than a week to go before the May 6 general election in the U.K, politicians from the main parties have finally got round to debating the future of the music industry. So far, the election has been dominated by issues such as the budget d ...

  20. One In Four Germans Think Illegal Copies O.K.

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twenty-five percent of Germans think that it is acceptable to use illegal copies of music, films or software according to a survey commissioned by BITKOM, the German Federal Association of Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media. ...

  21. 5 Things You Need To Know From The IFPI Industry Report

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI’s 22-page “Recording Industry In Numbers 2010” report offers a great deal of information on global revenue trends, approaches for dealing with piracy and the business models of tomorrow. Here are five important takeaways: No bottom in sig ...

  22. BPI Takes Save 6 Music Campaign Online

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. labels body the BPI has followed its lobbying efforts to save under-threat digital radio station BBC 6 Music with a new Web site, showing British artists' support for the modern rock and alternative station. The BBC Trust is holding a pu ...

  23. Warner Licenses To Germany's Simfy

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simfy, a German subscription music streaming service based in Cologne, and Warner Music Germany announced a deal that will make Warner Music's audio and video repertoire available via simfy.de. "Simfy's subscription offer is easy to ...

  24. IFPI Backs Danish Telco In Song Royalty Tariff Battle

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT IFPI Denmark has come out in support of TDC in the Danish telco's clash with collecting society KODA regarding tariffs from TDC's unlimited music service Play. TDC Play offers broadband and mobile subscribers DRM-enabled unlimited music ...

  25. We7 Makes Ad-Funded Pay

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. streaming service We7 says it is now able to cover all costs for its on-demand streaming from advertising on the site. The company had its first month where money owed to rights holders was paid for by display and audio commercials, suggestin ...

  26. Pirate Bay Acquisition Back On

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The acquisition of the Pirate Bay Web site appears to be back on. Sweden's Global Gaming Factory set out to acquire the domain name and trademarks of the Pirate Bay, with the intention of creating a legal service with a new business model. Bu ...

  27. Nokia Unveils New Flagship Phone

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia unveiled details of its first phone with new Symbian 3 software, designed to challenge the iPhone and Blackberry at the high-end of the market. Last week Nokia cut its profit outlook and delayed the sales launch of Symbian 3 phones until the ...

  28. Global Recorded Music Market Down 7.2%

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Trade revenues for global recorded music market totaled $17.03 billion in 2009 according to the IFPI - a year-on-year decline of 7.2% . The trade group's annual "Recording Industry in Numbers" shows that physical sales were down 12. ...

  29. Hoodoo Gurus Frontman Among Big Sound 2010 Speakers

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hoodoo Gurus frontman Dave Faulkner, Australian music industry veteran John O'Donnell and American music writer Michael Azerrad are in the first batch of speakers confirmed for the Big Sound 2010 conference, to be held Sept. 8-10 in Brisbane. ...

  30. Spotify Takes Aim At iTunes, Goes Social With Facebook

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It may not yet be available in the U.S., but Spotify firmly planted its flag in the digital music landscape of tomorrow with a major upgrade that, yet again, positions it as the digital music service to beat. In what the company calls its "bi ...

  31. Italian Collecting Society SCF's President Quits

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gianluigi Chiodaroli has resigned as president of the Italian broadcasting and neighboring rights collecting society SCF. His decision follows the society's assembly, which was held in Milan on April 20. Chiodaroli is succeeded by the society ...

  32. Israel Lifts Ban On Imports Of Apple iPad

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Israel has started allowing people to bring Apple iPads into the country, two weeks after customs began confiscating the tablet computers for fear they would interfere with other wireless devices. "Following the completion of intensive techni ...

  33. Edgar Bronfman Tops U.K. Music Rich List

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group chairman and chief executive Edgar Bronfman has topped the 2010 Sunday Times British Music Millionaires chart, with a fortune of £1.64 billion ($2.5 billion). Bronfman qualifies for the list after moving from New York to London ...

  34. Rough Trade's Jeannette Lee Speaks Out On 'Sexist' Biz

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Industry veteran Jeannette Lee, co-founder/joint director of the iconic U.K. independent music group Rough Trade, last night (April 21) attacked the music industry for still being sexist in the 21st century. Lee and her Rough Trade business partne ...

  35. German Collection Societies Agree USB Levy

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German collection societies united in the ZPÜ (Central Organization for Private Copying Rights) have reached an agreement with the Federal Association for Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media (BITKOM) on the levy for USB-st ...

  36. Business Matters: Nimbit, Rhapsody, Anti-Piracy Measures and More

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Nimbit has unveiled nimbitPro, a comprehensive suite of direct-to-fan tools. It features content management tools, an unlimited number of promotional product offers, the ability to manage multiple artists with one account, and promo code redemp ...

  37. Investment Group Edge Raises Almost $50 Million

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT London-based investment group Edge said its specialist entertainment funds raised $49.6 million in their latest fundraising round. The entertainment industry investment and advisory group said the amount was almost three times last year's tot ...

  38. Apple Results Smash Street View, Outlook Strong

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's results blew past Wall Street expectations on the back of record iPhone sales, and the company gave a strong revenue forecast, sending its shares up more than 5% to an all-time high. The results and forecast should boost Apple ...

  39. Terra Firma To Ask EMI Investors For Much More

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guy Hands' Terra Firma Capital Partners plans to ask investors to put a further £360 million ($555 million) into EMI - three times the amount Terra Firma previously indicated would be needed to make up shortfalls against the loan covenants. A ...

  40. Marek Lieberberg Honored In Hamburg

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Frankfurt-based Marek Lieberberg (MLK) was awarded with the German Live Entertainment Award (LEA) as tour promoter of the year. MLK presented shows by Depeche Mode, Coldplay, Linkin Park, Green Day, Xavier Naidooo and U2 last year. DEAG Classics i ...

  41. RIAJ: Double-Digit Q1 Decline In Japan

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Assn. of Japan (RIAJ) released figures for physical music market production in Japan for the first quarter of 2010 showing the market down 10% by volume and 16% by value. International repertoire continued its slide, droppin ...

  42. Live Nation Launches Concert Business In Australia

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment Inc. is launching a concert promotion business in Australia, the seventh largest music market in the world. The company, formed by the combination of concert promoter Live Nation and Ticketmaster, said Monday it named Luk ...

  43. Michael Buble Dominates Juno Awards

    April 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Bublé took home three Juno Awards during a televised show from St. John's, Newfoundland, adding to the single award he received on the untelevised portion of the awards. Bublé took home album of the year for "Crazy Love," as ...

  44. German Live Body Signs Up With Reeperbahn Fest

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Hamburg Reeperbahn Festival and the German Federal Association of the live entertainment industry (IDKV) in Hamburg have formed a partnership. During the Reeperbahn festival, Sept. 23-25. September 2010, the IDKV and its 235 members will have ...

  45. Arvato Partners With Ministry ON D2C

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arvato digital services, part of the Bertelsmann group, has signed a global fulfillment deal for direct-to-consumer (D2C) services with the independent label and dance music brand Ministry of Sound. Sven Deutschmann, CEO arvato digital services EM ...

  46. Dutch Industry Veteran Gerry Oord Dies

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gerry Oord has died aged 96. He was widely regarded as "the godfather of the Dutch record industry." Born in 1913, Oord virtually grew up in the record store of his father. It was in that period that he decided to start a record business ...

  47. Google Profit Rise Fails To Impress

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc posted a 23% jump in quarterly revenue on a rebound in Web advertising, but its stock fell 5% as the company disappointed some investors accustomed to blowout results. Investors were also caught off guard by the company's announcem ...

  48. Mflow Launches In U.K.

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The social music discovery service mflow has officially launched in the U.K. It was has been operating a closed trial for 10,000 invited users since October 2009. From April 15, it has removed access restrictions, though it remains for U.K residen ...

  49. French Biz Launches Lobbying Group

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French music business has launched the umbrella organization Tous Pour la Musique (All for Music), designed to lobby for the sector and to help educate the public on online legal offers. Similar in the concept to British organization U.K. Musi ...

  50. Business Matters: GAO Report, Sirius XM, DMCA Takedowns and More

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- CNET’s Greg Sandoval has a time-saving recap of a lengthy report on the economic effects of counterfeited and pirated goods by the non-partisan General Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress . In its research, the GAO attempte ...

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