1. We7 Repositions With Focus On Radio

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. ad-funded streaming service We7 is to relaunch with a greater focus on radio, like automated recommendation services Last.fm and Pandora. Two years after its full launch as a streaming service - founder investors included Peter Gabriel, E ...

  2. Live Nation Buys Ticketnet In France

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Concert promoter Live Nation Entertainment Inc., which merged with Ticketmaster this year, said Tuesday that it bought France's second-largest retailer of tickets, Ticketnet. Terms were not disclosed. Live Nation said the acquisition was a &q ...

  3. EMI Signs Hikaru Utada To Worldwide Deal

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Some good news for EMI Music who just lost Queen to Universal Music Group: they have signed best-selling Japanese singer Hikaru Utada to a worldwide deal. Utada is one of the most successful singers of all time in Japan. According to EMI, 9.9 mill ...

  4. IFPI, BPI Back Digital Education Campaign

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The IFPI and U.K. trade body the BPI have backed a new consumer education campaign to ensure children can access entertainment content online safely and legally. The campaign has launched in the U.K. this week and is set to roll out to multiple co ...

  5. Shake-Up For BRIT Awards

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music U.K. CEO/chairman and BRIT Awards committee chairman David Joseph has made some big changes to the awards ceremony. The move to London's O2 Arena, which was confirmed in September, signaled that the ceremony organized by trade ...

  6. Queen Signs To Universal In Another Blow To EMI

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST British band Queen has signed to Universal Music Group after nearly 40 years with EMI, and preparations are under way for the release of remastered versions of Queen's studio albums in 2011. The switch, first reported in May and confirmed tod ...

  7. AOL Hires Advisers For Options As Eyes Yahoo: Report

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST AOL Inc is exploring strategic options, which include a possible tie-up with Yahoo Inc, and has retained financial advisers to do so, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday (Nov. 7), citing unnamed sources. A source close to Yahoo told Reuters ...

  8. 10,000 Sign Up To France's Digital Subsidy Scheme

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French government has revealed that music consumers have purchased 10,000 of the state-subsidized music cards for digital services, following the launch on Oct. 28. The "Carte Musique" offers young consumers the chance to get double ...

  9. U.K. Aims To Foster New Silicon Valley In East London

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The British government will create a new "entrepreneur visa" and reform its intellectual property laws to try to develop a budding cluster of start-ups in East London into a hub of high-tech firms to rival Silicon Valley. Prime Minister ...

  10. Controversial Songs Dropped From Sanremo

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italy's state-owned RAI TV has dropped plans for performances of two historic, yet controversial songs at the 61st edition of the country's flagship Sanremo Festival, which is due to run from Feb. 15 to 19. Its follows protests by a numb ...

  11. Motorhead To Issue Album With Classic Rock

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. hard rock veterans Motorhead will issue its new album, "The World is Yours," with a special edition of Classic Rock magazine in the U.K. The partnership between Motörhead Music/UDR, EMI Label Services and Future Publishing follows t ...

  12. Facebook Revs Up Mobile Effort With Deals

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Facebook, revving up its mobile services for the 200 million people who now use the world's largest social network on their phones, has created an avenue for retailers from Macy's to Gap Inc to offer deals to nearby customers. The new De ...

  13. BBC Apologizes For Band Aid Story

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BBC apologized on Thursday (Nov. 4) for reports this year which gave the impression that millions of pounds raised for Ethiopian famine relief by the Band Aid music charity were used by rebel groups to buy weapons. Irish singer Bob Geldof comp ...

  14. Spanish Online Piracy Remains Rampant

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than 97% of all music obtained via the Internet in Spain during the first six months of 2010 was downloaded illegally, according to a study by IDC Research. The confirmation of Spain's continuing piracy problem was confirmed by Internet ...

  15. Bob Dylan To Headline Byron Bay Bluesfest

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of Byron Bay's annual Bluesfest have pulled off a major coup with the announcement today (Nov. 3) that Bob Dylan, BB King and Elvis Costello will headline the 2011 edition. The triumvirate are all first-timers at the popular Bluesf ...

  16. New Zealand Edges Towards Three-Strikes

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand has edged closer to adopting a "three-strikes" policy. Parliament's commerce select committee has recommended several changes to the Copyright (infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill, and contains a compromise on Intern ...

  17. Daniel Barenboim Signs With Universal Labels

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim agreed a wide-ranging recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics . Barenboim is music director of Berlin's Staatsoper and Staatskapelle and maestro scaligero at Milan's Teatro a ...

  18. Jamaican Artists Honored In Brooklyn

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Venerable Jamaican entertainers Glenroy Anthony "Ernie" Smith, 62 and Manley "Big Youth" Buchanan, 61, were awarded Congressional Proclamations for their ongoing contributions to the development of Jamaican music and culture. T ...

  19. Fally Ipupa, P-Square Lead MAMA Nominations

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The home crowd is likely to show strong support for domestic artists at this year's 2010 MTV Africa Music Awards in Lagos: Nigerian acts have earned 13 nominations in total. Among these were three nominations for duo P-Square (artist of the y ...

  20. Powderfinger Bowing Out On A High

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Powderfinger is going out on a high, quite literally. The Australian rock group has raised more than $150,000 Australian ($148,000) for charity in a unique high-flying stunt just days before wrapping-up their towering career. The veteran five-piec ...

  21. Spotify Pays Rights-holders $55 Million

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European music streaming service Spotify service claims to have paid out a total of €40 million ($55.5 million) to rights-holders since its launch in October 2008. Of that €40 million, €30 million ($41.6 million) was paid in 2010, a spokesperson f ...

  22. MIDEM Taps Glee's Bloom For Sync Confab

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "Glee" music supervisor PJ Bloom has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at the first MIDEM Sync conference. Due to take place Jan. 24 in Cannes, France, MIDEM Sync is a daylong conference dedicated to the music sync business, which runs ...

  23. French Youth Can Double Their Money With Music Card

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French government has unveiled its promised music card initiative, which offers discounted streaming service access and cheap downloads to consumers aged 12-25. The "Carte Musique" was officially unveiled yesterday (Oct. 28) at a pre ...

  24. Technics Turntables To Stop Spinning?

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT According to Japanese media reports and a bevy of blogs, an icon of the analog age -- the Panasonic Technics turntable -- is about to be consigned to history. In a move which could have DJ's shedding tears over their 12-inchers, Panasonic has ...

  25. Terra Firma's 'Speculative' Testimony Disallowed

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wednesday night turned out to be a costly one for Guy Hands dreams as billions of dollars in potential damages went up in smoke when the theories behind them were disallowed in the lawsuit between Terra Firma and Citigroup. According to press repo ...

  26. Danes Deny 'Three-Strikes' Reports

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Despite a spate of online speculation, Denmark will not be following other European nations and introducing anti-piracy three-strikes legislation any time soon, a government official tells Billboard.biz. Reports that the Northern European country ...

  27. Lachie Rutherford Appointed Warner Music Japan CEO

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Industry veteran Lachie Rutherford has been named CEO Warner Music Japan (WMJ), following the recent death of Takashi Yoshida. In addition to his new role, Rutherford will continue to serve as president, Warner Music Asia Pacific and chairman Warn ...

  28. BBC's Urban Station Grabs New Listeners

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. urban station BBC 1Xtra has registered its highest audience share to date, attracting over 800,000 weekly listeners in the third quarter, according to the latest RAJAR figures. The digital network increased its audience from the 600,000 it lo ...

  29. Juno Awards To Stage Anniversary Gigs

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Canada's Juno Awards will celebrate its upcoming 40th anniversary by staging a series of live concerts and tied-in events in the run-up to next year's ceremony. Beginning Dec. 4 at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern venue, Canadian indie la ...

  30. U.K. Arts Council Announces First Phase Of Budget Cuts

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. arts funding body Arts Council England has revealed how its plans to implement the 29.6% cuts to its budget, announced earlier this month as part of the Government's Spending Review. As previously reported, Arts Council England's go ...

  31. Universal Music Japan Chairman Kei Ishizaka To Retire

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kei Ishizaka is to retire from his post as Universal Music Japan (UMJ) chairman at the end of October. Ishizaka had occupied the role of non-executive chairman of the Tokyo-based major since Nov. 1 2009. The respected music exec first joined Unive ...

  32. French Anti-Piracy Scheme's 25,000 Daily Reports

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Three weeks after the first warning messages were sent by email to online infringers, French body HADOPI remains quiet on the process and its results. However, Billboard.biz has learned that rights-holders are reporting 25,000 music related copyri ...

  33. U.K. Musicians' Union Condemns Arts Cuts

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Musicians' Union (MU) has condemned the government's cuts to arts funding body the Arts Council as "devastating to music and culture." Arts Council England's government grant of £449 million ($706 million) will be cut ...

  34. Report: Google To Help Fight Piracy In India

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google India has partnered with three companies on a music service to direct users of the search engine to legal tracks, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Web giant has joined with Indian music company Saregama India in the move to help ta ...

  35. RIAJ: Int'l Repertoire Still Sinking In Japan

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In Japan the decline of physical music production continued according to figures released by the Record Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for the January-September period of 2010. Total audio shipments in this period were 150.4 million units, d ...

  36. ARIA, iTunes To Stage Awards Concerts

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian labels body ARIA has teamed with iTunes for a five-night series of concerts and award-presentations in the build-up to this year's flagship ARIA Awards ceremony. For the first time, ARIA has broken-out 16 so-called "genre awar ...

  37. Nokia To Cut 1,800 Jobs After Strong Q3

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia reported stronger-than-expected profits for the third quarter, boosted by solid demand for its cheap smartphones, and said on Thursday (Oct. 21) it would cut up to 1,800 jobs under its new chief executive. Third-quarter underlying earnings p ...

  38. Gold Badges For Heather Small, John Paul Jones

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There was industry recognition for a diverse list of figures at the 37th edition of the Gold Badge Awards in London. The event was staged by the British Academy of Songwriters, Authors and Composers (BASCA) in association with PRS for Music at the ...

  39. Professor Green Joins Doritos Promotion

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rapper Professor Green, who's signed to EMI/Virgin, has joined the Doritos Late Night campaign . Rihanna first revealed her involvement in a Doritos campaign - with the "Who's That Chick?" video of a track recorded with Da ...

  40. Inquest Into Ex-Stereophonics Drummer's Death

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable died aged 40 in June after a heavy drinking session. Cable, who left Stereophonics in 2003, choked on his own vomit. Cable had been drinking whisky and vodka, police told the coroner. He was found dead on ...

  41. U.K. Radioplayer To Launch In December

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Around 50 radio stations will be available on a new U.K. Internet service, the Radioplayer, which provides access to BBC and commercial networks via a single online destination. Listeners will be able to search by station, program and genre and th ...

  42. RIM's Balsillie Responds To Barbs From Apple's Jobs

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Research In Motion's Jim Balsillie brushed off Steve Jobs' critique of RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook tablet computer, saying the Apple CEO's barbs made no sense outside of his company's "distortion field." Jobs on Mo ...

  43. Update: Is Tim Quirk Google's New Head of Music? Answer: No

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Former Rhapsody VP of music programming Tim Quirk is heading to Google, according to a vague message he posted to Facebook and Twitter yesterday (Oct. 18). "First day at Google," it reads. Exactly what Quirk is doing at Google is not cle ...

  44. 7digital Bundled With iPad Rivals

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. digital entertainment company 7digital is going to be busy with various new partners in the months ahead, and it's covering all the bases for digital music from mobile apps and tablets to browser access and even image recognition. The co ...

  45. ITV Renews 'X Factor' To 2013

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. TV network ITV has agreed a new, three-year deal for "The X Factor" and "Britain's Got Talent" with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and production company Fremantle Media. As part of the renewal, the broadcaste ...

  46. U2 To Play South African Soccer Stadiums

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U2 will become the first international act to make use of two stadiums built especially for the 2010 FIFA World Cup when its 360 Tour lands in South Africa next year. An announcement made today by Live Nation Global Touring and Big Concerts confir ...

  47. Rupert Murdoch Launches Ticketing Service Down Under

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rupert Murdoch's News Limited has launched a new Australian ticketing service which it bullishly claims will take on the country's two biggest players, Ticketek and Ticketmaster. The new Foxtix business has three chief aims, explains New ...

  48. Music Streaming Seen Boosting Mobile Sales: Study

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile operators should ditch their music download stores and opt for partnerships with music streaming services if they want to generate more revenue and make customers stick, a study found. A typical Western European operator -- with 20 million ...

  49. In The City Day 3: Nick Mason Talks EMI Court Battle

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During the third and final day of U.K. music conference In The City in Manchester, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason likened the band's recent court case with EMI to "fighting a rear-guard action." In March this year Pink Floyd won a Lo ...

  50. EMI Reaches Deal On Pension Fund

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group has reached a funding agreement with the Trustees Board of the company pension fund. In a statement, EMI said a multi-year payment plan has been agreed to provide £197 million ($316 million) in additional funding including an immediate £ ...

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