1. Apple Delays International iPad Release

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple has said in a statement that it will delay the international release of the iPad by one month to the end of May. Demand for the product in the U.S. is "far higher than we predicted," the company said. The full statement reads: Alth ...

  2. BPI Meeting BBC Trust Over 6 Music Closure

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. labels trade body the BPI is meeting with the BBC Trust to express concern about the proposed closure of digital radio station BBC 6 Music . BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor and label executives are due to meet with chairman Sir Michael Lyons ...

  3. Deezer Partners with McDonald's

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT French on-demand streaming service Deezer has reached an agreement with McDonald's in France. Each of the 1,161 local restaurants will be able to access a dedicated application streaming playlists customized by Deezer. "This new original ...

  4. Ayumi Hamasaki, Kumi Koda For Avex Touring Fest

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japan's powerhouse domestic label Avex Group Holdings announced the line-up for the ninth edition of its touring festival, a-nation. The festival once again features a mix of Avex's top acts and up-and-coming artists. In 2010 the event c ...

  5. PRS For Music Teams With MySpace

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT PRS for Music has made a strategic partnership with MySpace. The partnership aims to promote MySpace as the online destination to share and discover music, and underline the importance of PRS for Music membership for songwriters on MySpace. With m ...

  6. PPL International Revenues Up 40%

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. recorded music licensing body PPL collected £21.6 million ($33.2 million) of international revenues in 2009, an increase of 40% on 2008. PPL has 45 deals across 24 different countries, which represent 90% in value terms of the performance rig ...

  7. Smartphone Maker Palm Seeking Buyer: Report

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Smartphone maker Palm Inc is looking to sell itself and is seeking bids for the company as early as this week, Bloomberg said, citing three people familiar with the situation. Palm, which makes the Pre and Pixi phones and develops WebOS phone soft ...

  8. China 3G Standard Phone Sales To Surge

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sales of cellphones using China's own 3G standard (TD-SCDMA) will grow seven-fold this year, boosted by China Mobile's push of new phones and services, said research firm Strategy Analytics. The research firm did not unveil total sales e ...

  9. Carrier Meets Content in Japan: Softbank May Buy Stake in Victor

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Japanese telecommunications company Softbank is in talks to acquire a stake in Victor Entertainment from JVC Holdings Inc., the Daily Yomiuri reported Wednesday. Softbank is expected to buy a minority stake and increase its ownership beyond 50% ov ...

  10. Aspiro Streaming Service Launches In Denmark

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The streaming subscription service WiMP, operated by Swedish digital entertainment company Aspiro, will launch in Denmark on April 15 for customers of telco Telenor. The service launched in Norway in February as a partnership between Aspiro, Telen ...

  11. Island Embraces mflow Service

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Island Records is so impressed with the campaign for emerging singer-songwriter Lauren Pritchard on mflow, the new U.K. digital music-discovery service that launches commercially April 15, it has gone back for more. "We're so happy with ...

  12. MTV Networks Germany Cuts Jobs

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks Germany in Berlin has laid off 20 employees and adopted a strict cost-cutting course. Shows previously produced in Germany for MTV and VIVA are now being externally sourced from Berlin-based production company Strandgutmedia, which is ...

  13. Universal, German Savings Banks Partner On Downloads

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has launched a partnership with the German Savings Bank Association (DSGV) on the Soundaccount credit card package. For an annual subscription of between €12 ($16) and €20 ($26.70) - different banks can decide on the amount they ch ...

  14. MPs Vote For U.K. Digital Economy Bill

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Digital Economy Bill has passed its final stage in the House of Commons with key clauses tackling online piracy in place and will now head to the House of Lords for final approval. However, further parliamentary scrutiny and industry cons ...

  15. Nokia's Comes With Music Launching In China DRM-Free

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia is to launch its Comes With Music service in China, a move which suggests the Finnish mobile manufacturer is looking to emerging markets to boost its unlimited download service. Last month the company confirmed it would launch in India and i ...

  16. Business Matters: Hole, Britain’s Digital Economy Bill and more

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Hole has a new album coming up and is taking the increasingly popular route of the multi-tiered release. At the band’s web store it is offering three packages. The cheapest is $54.99 for the CD, vinyl LP and cassette USB with album and unreleas ...

  17. B'way Bow Of 'Love Never Dies' Delayed Until 2011

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Broadway will have to wait a bit longer to find out what happens to Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom. The producers of "Love Never Dies" announced that the sequel to "The Phantom of the Opera" will now open in New York in spr ...

  18. MPs Dismiss Radio Industry's 'Double Taxation' Claim

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee said it is "not convinced" by arguments made by the commercial radio sector about the impact of the music licensing system in the U.K. Andrew Harrison, chief executive of trade body ...

  19. AOL Says To Sell Or Shut Down Bebo In 2010

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AOL Inc plans to find a buyer for its social networking site Bebo, for which it paid $850 million in 2008, or shut it down. The level of competition in social networking makes it difficult for the company to fight larger players such as Facebook a ...

  20. Business Matters: Digital Britain Bill, Google, VC Round-up and more

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- As the Digital Britain Bill gets its second reading at the House of Commons, Jez Williams of British band Doves says piracy has greatly reduced ...

  21. 7digital, Imerge Launch Home Entertainment Service

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital download retailer 7digital has launched its online music store for high-end entertainment systems in partnership with Imerge, the U.K. manufacturer of hard disk home entertainment servers. The Imerge XiVA Music Store has been developed wit ...

  22. Scouting For Girls, Boyzone Top U.K. Charts

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT London pop trio Scouting For Girls scored their first U.K. No. 1 single on the new sales charts published yesterday (Sunday) by the Official Charts Company with "This Ain't A Love Song" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment). Boyzone' ...

  23. M.I.A., Massive Attack To Headline U.K. Big Chill Fest

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT M.I.A. and U.K. dance veterans Massive Attack are to headline the U.K. Big Chill festival, held at Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire, Aug. 5-8. Other acts confirmed to the play the Festival Republic-organized event, which celebrates its 16th ...

  24. Lady Gaga Bags 5 MTV Japan Award Noms

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga has picked up five nominations for this year’s MTV Japan Video Music Awards, to be held May 29 at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo. The singer was nominated five times for her global hit “Poker Face,” including nods for best video, best ...

  25. Bandit.fm Expands Into Streaming Service

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australia has leapt into the online subscription business via its Bandit.fm music portal. Bandit first went live as a download-only MP3 store in November 2008, and currently has more than 187,000 members, according to Sony Music Austral ...

  26. Lawrence Arabia Win Inaugural Taite Music Prize

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Alternative folk band Lawrence Arabia has been crowned the first winner of the Taite Music Prize, New Zealand’s equivalent of the annual U.K. Mercury Prize. The artist’s second album "Chant Darling" (Honorary Bedouin) was named the best ...

  27. CEO Geoff Jones Exits Oz Ticketing Company Ticketek

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ticketek CEO Geoff Jones has left the Australian ticketing company after more than two years in the role. Jones, who took the reins at Ticketek in June 2007, has joined sports management group Sports and Entertainment Ltd (SEL) in a director capac ...

  28. Reformed Libertines Play Brief Acoustic Set

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. alt. rock band the Libertines marked its official comeback earlier today (Mar. 31) with a characteristically shambolic press conference, which saw singer Pete Doherty chastise a member of the assembled press for "ruining people's li ...

  29. U.K. Committee Criticizes Digital Radio Switchover

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An influential Lords committee has hit out at the British government's plans to switch the majority of U.K. radio stations from an analog signal to digital transmission within a five-year time frame. Published this week, the House of Lords Co ...

  30. Eddie Vedder Guests At Who London Show

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder made a surprise guest appearance at The Who's concert in London, last night (Mar. 30). Vedder joined the legendary British band onstage at London's Royal Albert Hall venue as they performed their 1973 conc ...

  31. Billboard.biz Q&A: Feargal Sharkey

    March 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Feargal Sharkey, chief executive of umbrella trade group, U.K. Music, has his sights trained on the American music industry. U.K. Music's recently-published manifesto "Liberating Creativity" (Billboard.biz, March 29) is a seven-stag ...

  32. Guns N' Roses, Arcade Fire, Blink 182 For Reading/Leeds

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT North American rock acts occupy all three top-of-the-bill slots at this summer's twinned Reading and Leeds festivals with Guns N' Roses, Arcade Fire and Blink 182 set to headline the long-running U.K. events. Other acts confirmed to appe ...

  33. Missy Elliot, Friendly Fires Added To Wireless Bill

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Multiple Grammy Award-winner Missy Elliot has been added to the bill for this year's three-day Wireless Festival, held in London's Hyde Park July 2-4. Elliot, who will make her only U.K. festival appearance this year at the Live Nation-p ...

  34. Spotify Set For Q3 U.S. Launch

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European streaming music service Spotify plans to launch its U.S.-based service in the third quarter, according to details shared in a recent interview. Senior VP Paul Brown made the statement to Bloomberg in an interview , where he reiterated the ...

  35. Simon Cowell To Receive International Emmy

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell will receive this year's International Emmy Founders Award. "Simon Cowell is an entrepreneur and performer in equal measure," said International Academy president and CEO Bruce Paisner. "He has built an internation ...

  36. Industry Unites For Music Matters Campaign

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new cross-industry campaign, Music Matters, has launched in the U.K. to highlight the value of music and educate consumers on digital services. It is being led by Niamh Byrne, Universal Music U.K. head of creative content, and formerly of CMO Ma ...

  37. YouTube Outage: How Much Revenue Do Labels Lose?

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube went down because of "technical issues" for an unspecified period this morning (March 25). So Billboard.biz calculated the likely impact on the major labels from an outage on the video site. According to TubeMogul analysis, Vevo ...

  38. Report: Deutsche Telekom To Launch iTunes Rival

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Deutsche Telekom and its European peers plan to launch a rival to Apple's iTunes store by year end, Financial Times Deutschland said, citing sources close to the company. The platform will build on existing German media platforms Mediaload, V ...

  39. Universal Music Says Not In talks On EMI

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is not holding talks with Terra Firma about a deal for struggling EMI, a UMG spokesman said. Speculation has swirled in recent weeks that private equity owners Terra Firma could look to sell certain EMI assets or break the gr ...

  40. Virgin Media's Delayed Subscription Service Still On Track

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Media 's music subscription service is late but still on track. The company's head of media relations said the service is "well progressed" but added the company is "still working" on licensing deals with conte ...

  41. Stevie Wonder To Headline Hard Rock Calling

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Stevie Wonder will headline the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London's Hyde Park on June 26. The supporting bill for the 50,000-capacity show includes Jamiroquai, James Morrison and Corinne Bailey Rae. Stevie Wonder has also been tipped to pl ...

  42. Canadians Prefer Web Over TV, Says Survey

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Canadians surfing the digital wave for the first time are spending more time on the Internet than on the couch watching TV. Pollster Ipsos Reid reported that Canadians with high-speed Internet access currently spend around 18 hours each week onlin ...

  43. EU To Seek Publication of Anti-Piracy Deal

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The European Union said it wants the United States and others to publish a draft global anti-piracy deal to end rumors that it advocates cutting off Internet access for illegal downloaders. European Internet service providers said last month that ...

  44. Google Risks China's Ire With Slap To Censorship

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google shut its mainland Chinese-language portal and began rerouting searches to its Hong Kong site, unleashing Beijing's ire and prompting worry over its prospects in China. China lost little time in warning Google that its spurning of self- ...

  45. Live Nation, Starwood Expand Sponsorship Beyond North America

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide will expand their existing sponsorship partnership beyond North America to include Europe, Asia and the Middle East. In 2009, Starwood became the official hotel partner for Live Nation throug ...

  46. South Africa Set For Digital Music Expansion

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Charles Goldstuck, president of and CEO of TouchTunes Interactive Networks, predicts that South Africa's broadband network will be robust enough by mid-2010 to see the potential roll out of several global digital music platforms in the countr ...

  47. 6 Questions: Max Hole

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the new COO of Universal Music Group International (Billboard.biz, March 15), Max Hole will be a serious contender for the title of "most powerful label executive outside America." He'll take over UMGI's central functions fr ...

  48. U.K. Anti-Piracy Law To Allow Appeals

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government says it will add measures to the Digital Economy Bill that will create an appeals procedure for those accused of online copyright infringement. Stephen Timms, the minister for Digital Britain, confirmed today (March 22) that &q ...

  49. Australia Embraces Digital Radio

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australians are tuning in to digital radio at a surprising rate, new data suggests. According to the inaugural Digital Radio Industry Report, published today by trade association Commercial Radio Australia (CRA), 449,000 Australians are listening ...

  50. Chinese Shrug Shoulders At Possible Google Pull-out

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With speculation swirling that Google Inc will soon announce the closure of its China-based Internet portal, the reaction from some Chinese has been hurry up and leave, or simply: so what? On Friday, the China Business News reported Google may mak ...

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