1. Amendments To Canadian Copyright Bill Tabled

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Canadians will be allowed to copy legally acquired music to their iPods and computers but will be barred from getting around digital locks, according to draft copyright legislation proposed by the country's minority Conservative government. T ...

  2. NZ Tribunal OKs Royalty Rights Hike

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A long-running dispute over radio royalty rights in New Zealand has finally been resolved, resulting in a hike in rates. Ruling on a case originally brought last year by New Zealand neighboring rights collecting society Phonographic Performances ( ...

  3. MIDEM Director Leguern To Step Down After 2011 Event

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dominique Leguern is to step down from her role as director of Cannes, France-based industry conference/trade fair MIDEM after its 2011 edition. Announcing the decision today (June 3), Leguern said in a statement that she had been "proud to l ...

  4. Chartfixer Ruffles Aussie Industry Feathers

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A digital media venture which promises to "get any song" into the Australian sales charts for a fee is causing a stir down under. Chartfixer aims to do exactly as its title suggests. Essentially, its model is a cashback system where down ...

  5. Michael Parisi Launches New Label

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Australian record biz executive Michael Parisi has returned to the label scene with a new imprint, Wunderkind Music. The former Warner Music Australia president of A&R has made teenage pop artist Owl Eyes -- real name Brooke Addamo -- ...

  6. Guvera Inks Oz Deal With Liberation

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian ad-supported digital music service Guvera has struck a content partnership deal with indie Liberation Music Group, part of the Melbourne-based Mushroom Group of Companies. The Australia-only licensing deal is the first news from the Gol ...

  7. MTV Japan Awards’ Viewing Figures Rise

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Viewing figures for this year's MTV Japan Video Music Awards grew by 300,000, rising to 7.5 million from 7.2 million in 2009, according to figures released by MTV Japan. The 2010 awards ceremony, which was this year rebranded "MTV World ...

  8. Australia’s Indigenous Artists ‘Disenfranchised’

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's indigenous artists aren't getting a fair break on radio down under, according to the findings of a new research project. The findings are published in a comprehensive new study entitled "Song Cycles," a joint projec ...

  9. iPad Sales Top 2 Million

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple says global iPad sales have topped 2 million since its U.S. launch on April 3. Following the iPad's Stateside bow two months ago, the iPad went on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the Unit ...

  10. Wind Music Awards Bring Out Italian Music Industry

    May 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Italian music industry gathered at Verona's picturesque Roman arena on Friday (May 28) and Saturday (May 29) nights for the fourth edition of the Wind Music Awards. Rather than awarding prizes in individual categories, the WMA show is for ...

  11. Crowds Turn Out For European iPad Launch

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Huge crowds have turned out to purchase an iPad in European territories. The Apple device went on sale today (May 28) in nine countries, following its U.S. launch on April 3. The international launch in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, J ...

  12. Australian Winery Touring Circuit Expands

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian promoter Dainty Consolidated Entertainment and Sandalford Wines are toasting a new partnership which should add dozens of concert dates to the country's maturing winery circuit. DCE, Zaccaria Events Present, Ticketek and Sandalford ...

  13. Buyers Flock As Apple's iPad Hits Asia

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's iPad launched in overseas store shelves on Friday (May 28), with buyers storming Japanese and Australian shops to be among the first outside the United States to snap up the long awaited tablet PC. The device, which has a 9.7-inch ...

  14. Simon Fuller To Bid $600M For "American Idol" Owner CKX

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller is trying to buy the company that owns the hit show. Sources confirm to Billboard.biz that the TV mogul and ex-Barclays Capital banker Roger Jenkins will submit a letter outlining a $600 million bid f ...

  15. Sweden’s Carrot-and-Stick Digital Marketplace: A Model for Others?

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s often said the music industry needs to show consumers a carrot while they give them the stick. Anti-piracy measures – the stick – have had mixed or no results in most countries. Legal alternatives to piracy – the carrot – exist but often fail ...

  16. GEMA Hit By Fraud Case

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German collection society GEMA has apparently been affected by a heavy case of fraud. The Munich-based society confirmed the fraud inquiry to Billboard.biz today (May 27). Two of its employees have already been suspended pending an investigati ...

  17. Australian Radio To Launch Podcasts Over Airwaves

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Commercial Radio Australia has struck a strategic partnership with Beijing Jolon Digital Media Broadcasting to develop and promote a technology that will allow podcasts to be sent via the DAB+ broadcast band. Dubbed "Push Radio," Jolon h ...

  18. Microsoft CEO Unconcerned With Apple Market Cap

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft Corp chief Executive Steve Ballmer was unperturbed a day after rival Apple Inc shot past his firm as the world's biggest tech company by market value and said his aim was to develop a good product line and earn more profits. Microso ...

  19. The Billboard Q&A: THR Editorial Director Janice Min

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Janice Min took over as editor of Us Weekly in 2003, the weekly magazine was "hemorrhaging money" (her words) and focused almost exclusively on television and movie actors. By the time she left in 2009, she had made the publication ...

  20. RIAJ Q1 Figures Show Digital Decline

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) released digital music figures for the first quarter of 2010 and they show sales down for mobile, but up for Internet Downloads. Overall sales were down year-on-year. The digital music market in J ...

  21. Dizzee Rascal, Fatboy Slim To Play World Cup Shows

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With just over two weeks to go to the opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, a slate of live music events have been announced as part of the entertainment taking place around the month-long tournament. Leading the charge is Cool Br ...

  22. Deadline Day For BBC 6 Music Consultation

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BBC strategy review public consultation - which will consider views on the proposal to close radio network BBC 6 Music - concludes today (May 25). The public and other interested parties still have a few hours to have their say about the propo ...

  23. 88TC88 Inks New Deals

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Berlin-based 88TC88 was one of the music-based startups which launched at the SXSW Interactive Conference earlier this year. The Web-based service is designed to help artists translate their names, songs and album titles into Chinese to better rea ...

  24. CTS Eventim Acquires Italy's TicketOne

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German concert promoter and ticket company CTS Eventim has completed its strategic acquisition of TicketOne in Milan, the leader of the Italian ticketing market. It is part of the Munich-based company's European expansion strategy. Last m ...

  25. Study Shows More Australians Illegally Downloading

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's buoyant recorded music industry still has a mountain to climb if it is to convert file-sharers to legitimate digital music offerings, a new research paper reveals. According to the findings of a new report, entitled "CCi Digi ...

  26. Harmonix Reports Early Success For Rock Band Network

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Rock Band Network initiative is proving to be a hit with early adopters, according to developer Harmonix , a subsidiary of MTV Games . Speaking at Liverpool Sound City - a 4-day music and international business conference held annually in the ...

  27. U.K. Labels Target 'Physical Fanatics,' Aim To Boost Digital

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The demise of the physical CD and vinyl formats in the digital age has been well and truly exaggerated, at least in the United Kingdom, said speakers at the Music Tank debate in London. Called 'Never Mind the Box Set: The Album Post-iTunes,&# ...

  28. Dizzee Rascal Leads Euro Exclusives For Def Jam Rapstar

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British rap stars Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah are both set to feature in the U.K. edition of interactive hip-hop game Def Jam Rapstar - one of several European exclusive versions of the forthcoming game, which will each contain territory specif ...

  29. Digital Radio Scrappage Scheme For U.K.

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. radio industry has introduced a 'scrappage' scheme in an effort to boost sales of DAB digital radios. Described as a Radio Amnesty, it mirrors the 2009 car scrappage scheme in the U.K., which aimed to boost sales under a volunta ...

  30. Sony Music CEO Invests In Start-Up Fund

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment in New York, is one of four investors of the newly founded company Hanse Ventures based in Hamburg. His partners are Dr. Bernd Kundrun, former CEO of the publishing company Gruner+ Jahr, Jochen M ...

  31. MTV, Indies Forge New Aus Partnership

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks Australia and independent labels association AIR have finally struck a licensing arrangement that will see the broadcaster pay to play indie videos, Billboard.biz can reveal. Through the new deal, MTV will service the Australian trade ...

  32. Rock In Rio Madrid Sales Up, Says Organizer

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With two weeks to go before the start of Madrid's five-day Rock in Rio festival on June 4, the organization said it has sold 10% more tickets than at this stage before the city's first Rock in Rio in 2008. Organizers expect the total aud ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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