1. London's New Mayor May Be a Boon for the Music Business

    May 09, 2016 11:36 AM EDT Umbrella organization UK Music has welcomed the appointment of new London Mayor Sadiq Khan, citing his support for arts and culture as a timely boost for the city's world-famous music scene. "UK Music knows that Sadiq is a music fan. Tha ...

  2. X Japan's Yoshiki On Pain, Loss, Prince and the Band's First Album in 20 Years

    May 06, 2016 11:02 AM EDT At first, the story of X Japan feels familiar, almost like un-ironic stock footage left on Spinal Tap 's cutting room floor. Five musicians dressed in over-the-top glam outfits with huge multi-colored hair and too much makeup ride a delicatel ...

  3. PRS for Music Reports Record Revenues for 2015, Leaders Chide the 'Value Gap'

    May 05, 2016 7:59 PM EDT U.K. collection society PRS for Music has reported record revenues for 2015 with royalty income rising 7 percent year-on-year on a constant currency basis to total £537 million ($778 million). As a result, pay outs to PRS members climbed to £461 m ...

  4. U.K. Distributor Proper Music Group Upgrades Space to Meet Demand for CDs, Vinyl

    May 04, 2016 3:56 PM EDT Proper Music Group, one of the U.K.'s largest music distributors, is to grow its warehouse capacity to meet increased demand in its CD and vinyl business. The expansion follows record revenues for the South London-based company, which saw tur ...

  5. Cuban Festival Musicabana Scaled Down Significantly After Approval Delays

    May 04, 2016 11:09 AM EDT When organizers announced Havana’s Musicabana festival at the beginning of this year, they called it an event that would “usher in a new era of cultural diplomacy” between Cuba and the United States, “offering a once-in-a-lifetime experience with ...

  6. Apple Loses 'iPhone' Trademark Case in China

    May 03, 2016 2:26 PM EDT As improbable as it may seem from this side of the Pacific Ocean, Apple has lost a trademark suit over the "iPhone" name in China. Xintong Tiandi Technology, which manufactures leather cases branded "IPHONE," applied to registe ...

  7. Music Cities Convention to Meet in Brighton May 18

    May 02, 2016 11:45 AM EDT Urban renewal and regulation, public health, busking policy and the “night time economy” are among the subjects to be explored during the Music Cities Convention on May 18. The all-day conference, to be held at the University of Brighton, is the t ...

  8. Germany Passes New Bill Governing Collective Management Societies

    May 02, 2016 9:12 AM EDT Germany's lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, overwhelmingly passed a bill for a new Act on Collective Management Organisations (CMO Act) on Thursday, April 28. The new law replaces the 50-year-old Copyright Administration Act. German F ...

  9. Viacom's Logo to Air Eurovision Song Contest Live in U.S. for First Time

    May 02, 2016 8:56 AM EDT The Eurovision Song Contest, the pan-European musical competition known to produce kitschy acts, will air live in the U.S. for the first time ever on Viacom's Logo, the European Broadcasting Union said Monday. Logo, which is available in near ...

  10. China's Biggest Search Engine Signs Agreement to Tackle Piracy

    April 29, 2016 12:05 PM EDT China's biggest internet search engine Baidu has pledged to do more to tackle copyright infringement. Earlier this week representatives of Baidu signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Publishers Copyright Coalition ...

  11. Russia's Gazprom Buys Share of Hip-Hop Channel A-One, Rebranding as TNT Music

    April 28, 2016 9:18 AM EDT Gazprom Media, the broadcasting wing of the Russian natural gas giant Gazprom, acquired a share in the music television station A-One, which now can become a major player in the struggling music television segment. "Investment in A-One will a ...

  12. Nigeria Steps Up Drive To Collect Public Performance Royalties

    April 27, 2016 3:59 PM EDT Nigeria's burgeoning music industry hopes to intensify efforts around collecting and enforcing public performance rights on sound recordings.   The announcement was made by Lagos-based collection society The Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSO ...

  13. Indian Streaming Service Saavn Expands Into Middle East

    April 27, 2016 11:55 AM EDT Saavn, the second-most popular streaming service in India, has announced a partnership Saudi Telecommunications Company subsidiary VIVA Bahrain that will bring the service to the small island nation, which lies just to the east of Saudi Arabia. In ...

  14. Apple Responds After China Shuts Down Its Film and Book Services

    April 22, 2016 11:40 AM EDT Apple Inc.'s iMovie and iBooks services on the iTunes Store have abruptly gone dark in China amid government pressure just six months after they were launched there. China is Apple's second-largest market by revenue, and the shutdown cou ...

  15. SGAE Elects New President

    April 21, 2016 4:04 PM EDT SGAE, the Spanish Society of Authors and Editors, has named its 40th president: musician and composer José Miguel Fernández Sastrón. Sastrón was appointed to the post Wednesday after a vote by the Madrid-based organization’s board of directors. He ...

  16. A Closer Look at the Bataclan's Renewal -- Will the Cure Be One of Its First Headliners?

    April 21, 2016 11:00 AM EDT The live music industry in France is still coming to terms with a new world order six months after the terrorist attack at Paris venue the Bataclan, where, on Nov. 13, 2015, Eagles of Death Metal were ­performing when gunmen stormed the venue, ­ki ...

  17. Summerstage Latin Alternative Line-up Announced

    April 21, 2016 5:41 AM EDT The artists for the Latin Alternative Music Conference’s 2016 concerts at Central Park Summerstage have been announced. The Mexican Morrissey cover project Mexrrissey, popular Argentine reggae band Los Cafres , and Paris-based Cuban urban artist L ...

  18. Alibaba Releases Planet, a First-Of-Its-Kind, All-In-One Music App

    April 19, 2016 1:22 PM EDT Alibaba, the Chinese digital commerce giant with a market capitalization of $198.76 billion as of this writing (putting it just behind Visa and just ahead of Chevron, worldwide), has announced the launch of Alibaba Planet, a new music-focused plat ...

  19. American Policies Make It Difficult for Canadians to Tour Stateside, New Study Finds

    April 19, 2016 11:34 AM EDT The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) has released a new study  on the challenges musician face crossing into the United States for business, such as difficulties obtaining visas and high withholding taxes, and makes specific recommend ...

  20. Timbaland Added As Keynote Speaker for Midem's 50th Anniversary Conference

    April 19, 2016 11:01 AM EDT This summer, international music industry conference Midem will celebrate its 50th anniversary June 3-6 in Cannes, France with an exclusive keynote from artist, producer and executive Timbaland on June 4. He joins previously-announced keynote spea ...

  21. European Commission Unveils Details on Digital Single Market

    April 19, 2016 10:44 AM EDT The European Commission (EC) has proposed over €50 billion ($56 billion) in investments as part of its strategy to create a Digital Single Market. Included among the cross-industry initiatives are plans to coordinate national and regional strategi ...

  22. Sony Stock Tumbles in Tokyo Amid Earthquake Fallout

    April 18, 2016 8:42 AM EDT Sony Corp. shares fell 6.8 percent in Tokyo on Monday, hurt by earthquake damage to an image sensor plant on the southern island of Kyushu. The fallout from two earthquakes late last week and the strengthening of the Japanese yen, which hurts expo ...

  23. 5 Takeaways From the IFPI's Country-by-Country Report on the Global Record Business

    April 15, 2016 8:34 PM EDT Dig into the IFPI’s Global Music Report and you’re likely to find reasons for optimism and concern about the global music business. Some markets are thriving and helping guide the global business into slight year-to-year growth. Other markets seem ...

  24. Panama Papers Bombshell Inspires Some Playful Musical Protests in Iceland

    April 15, 2016 3:10 PM EDT Iceland has made a name for itself as a country of great music, beautiful nature, elves. The island has become a hotspot for tourists over the past few years, to the point where there aren't enough hotel rooms to accommodate all that want to ...

  25. War of Words: Labels and Trade Groups Target YouTube's 'Value Gap'

    April 13, 2016 2:57 PM EDT In case you haven’t noticed, YouTube has come under attack . A perfect storm of “simmering issues,” as one industry executive put it to Billboard , has provided rights owners and their trade groups multiple opportunities to push the message that Y ...

  26. Alibaba's A.I. Program Successfully Predicts Winners of Chinese Reality Show

    April 13, 2016 8:48 AM EDT The real winner of China's wildly popular reality TV show I Am Singer wasn't one of the contestants -- it wasn't even human. Instead, what captured viewers attention most was Alibaba Group's artificial intelligence program, whi ...

  27. Bono Urges World Powers to 'Act Smarter, Think Bigger and Move Faster' on Refugee Crisis

    April 12, 2016 1:09 PM EDT U2 frontman Bono has penned a New York Times op-ed to coincide with his visit to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify at a Senate hearing on violent extremism. His article, titled "Time to Think Bigger About the Refugee Crisis," is his rea ...

  28. IFPI Global Report: Digital Revenues Surpass Physical for the First Time as Streaming Explodes

    April 12, 2016 8:28 AM EDT The global recorded music business reached an important tipping point in 2015: Digital services now account for 45 percent of recorded music revenue and outstripped physical revenue for the first time, according to numbers released Wednesday by th ...

  29. 'Should Be Growing Much Faster': IFPI Releases Global Report Alongside CEOs in London

    April 12, 2016 8:22 AM EDT Global digital revenues climbed above physical for the first time in 2015, helping overturn nearly two decades of almost consecutive falling music sales, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) annual & ...

  30. Adele, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth Lead 2015 Global Albums and Digital Song Rankings

    April 08, 2016 1:57 PM EDT With the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) set to release its annual Global Music Report on Tuesday, the organization has unveiled two of its top charts, which cover the global recording industry, today. Covering the ent ...

  31. New EU Regulations for Collection Societies and Pan-European Licensing to Take Effect This Weekend

    April 08, 2016 1:33 PM EDT More than two years after they were first passed by the European Union, new regulations governing European collection societies and multi-territory licensing come into force this Sunday (Apr. 10), with rights holders and digital services among the ...

  32. Russian State Media Mostly Ignore Panama Papers

    April 06, 2016 12:51 PM EDT Russia's state-run media almost entirely ignored the recent report by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), more commonly known as the Panama Papers , despite the fact that the released documents mentioned close fr ...

  33. PRS for Music Foundation Launches New Program to Provide Support For Emerging Acts

    April 06, 2016 10:57 AM EDT The booming live industry may be where the majority of artists make their money, but for new and emerging acts the costs of touring can still be prohibitive. In response, PRS for Music Foundation -- the independent charitable arm of the U.K. colle ...

  34. The Weeknd, Buffy Sainte-Marie & More Honored at Juno Gala Dinner & Awards

    April 03, 2016 11:57 AM EDT The Weeknd was busy at rehearsals for his performance on the Sunday (April 3) Juno Awards national telecast when his name was called not once, not twice, but three times over the course of the 2016 Juno Gala Dinner & Awards in Calgary Saturday ...

  35. How the Juno Awards Chose Arcade Fire to Receive This Year's Humanitarian Award

    April 01, 2016 4:07 PM EDT Arcade Fire will be honored Saturday night (April 2) in Calgary at the Juno Awards gala dinner with the 2016 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award. The Montreal indie rock band follows such fellow philanthropic recipients as Rush , Neil Young , Bryan Ad ...

  36. Norwegian Band Slutface Changes Name Due to 'Social Media Censorship'

    April 01, 2016 11:24 AM EDT April føøls or proof that punk is dead? Norwegian pop-punk quartet Slutface have reluctantly changed their name to the more commercially-friendly moniker of Sløtface to try and beat what they term as "social media censorship." "We h ...

  37. Physical Sales Boost Italian Music Industry Revenue For Third Straight Year

    April 01, 2016 10:52 AM EDT For the third consecutive year in a row, music sales in Italy grew in 2015. Recorded music sales for the year 2015 totaled €148 million ($169 million), up 21 percent on 2014’s figure of €122 million ($139 million), according to umbrella associatio ...

  38. Is Samsung's Milk Music the Next Canary in the Coal Mine?

    March 31, 2016 6:04 PM EDT Cutting one’s losses might be the future of digital music.   Australia will soon have one fewer music streaming service for its 23 million residents. Samsung announced Monday it will retire Milk Music just over a year after its launch in the world ...

  39. Jamaica's Violent Political Divide, Bridged By a Song for Peace

    March 31, 2016 12:43 PM EDT Despite differences in their governing approaches, the leaders of Jamaica’s two major political parties, Portia Simpson Miller of the People’s National Party (PNP) and the now-incumbent Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) led by Prime Minister Andrew Holnes ...

  40. María M. Iturriaga Named Executive Director of Berklee Valencia

    March 30, 2016 12:43 PM EDT María Martínez Iturriaga has been appointed executive director of Berklee in Valencia, Spain, the music college’s first international campus. Iturriaga, a native of Spain, has worked at Berklee since 2008, most recently as the associate executive ...

  41. U.K. Review of PRS for Music Finds '90s Processes Are 'No Longer Relevant'

    March 23, 2016 1:10 PM EDT A government review of U.K. collection society PRS for Music has concluded that a number of “market remedies" introduced twenty years ago at the behest of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (MMC) are no longer relevant. The review was carr ...

  42. Major Lazer Joins Digital Sticker Craze on Line, Japan's Streaming and Messaging Leader

    March 22, 2016 11:52 AM EDT Emojis are fine if you want to show how you feel in a text, but imagine if you could have a celebrity character do the emoting? For those familiar with the big-in-Japan messaging app Line, digital sticker packs are omnipresent -- and some artists ...

  43. Bertelsmann Reports Highest Profit in a Decade, CEO Rabe Talks China Strategy and Music Investment Numbers

    March 22, 2016 11:03 AM EDT "BMG's revenues grew by 40 percent last year... this means that we are substantially widening our share of the market -- particularly in the case of music publishing, [which] is stable and [expected] to grow slightly, [by] around two per ...

  44. European Court of Justice Opinion Says Public Wi-Fi Operators Not Liable for Piracy

    March 17, 2016 7:56 PM EDT Shop, hotel or bar owners who provide free public wi-fi access cannot be held liable for users who commit online piracy, according to a preliminary opinion by the Court of Justice of the European Union. The recommendation was made during a long-ru ...

  45. How Cuba Got Its First SXSW Showcase, With a Little Help From Anthony Bourdain

    March 11, 2016 11:58 AM EST President Barack Obama will unfortunately miss the chance to hear the fruits of his rapprochement with Cuba following his and First Lady Michelle Obama 's keynote on March 11 at South By Southwest. The first-ever keynote by a sitting presiden ...

  46. Pussy Riot, Edward Snowden and Ai Weiwei Join Campaign to Protest Cyber Censorship

    March 11, 2016 11:46 AM EST AdBlock is hoping you’ll let at least one message through on Saturday (March 12) as it teams up with Amnesty International for the World Day against Cyber Censorship. Throughout the day, AdBlock’s 40 million users will be asked to see messages abo ...

  47. Moscow Street Performers Hit With Strict Rules: 'Musicians Are Being Harassed'

    March 09, 2016 12:21 PM EST Moscow city authorities are introducing control over street music performances -- a segment that is believed to be worth millions of dollars a year but haven't been subject to any regulations so far. Recently, Moscow street musicians have bee ...

  48. Brit Awards Chairman Responds to Criticism Over Lack of Diversity in Letter

    March 03, 2016 12:47 PM EST The 88th iteration of the Academy Awards, which took place this past Sunday (Feb. 28), spent much of its three hours and thirty-seven minutes holding its audience over the coals for a lack of diversity among the past year's nominees, with hos ...

  49. Russian Lawmaker Floats Retaliation Over Ukraine's Eurovision Submission, Singer Denies Song Is Political

    March 02, 2016 10:21 AM EST Controversy over Ukraine's entry in the Eurovision song contest continues as hardline Russian legislator Vitaly Milonov accused Ukraine of entering a politically charged song and suggested Russia submit a song to the competition, via Poland, ...

  50. The Cuban-American Musical Detente: Inside A Native Son's 40-Year Road to Havana's Newest Festival

    March 01, 2016 1:58 PM EST This weekend, Major Lazer will perform in Havana, the first in a succession of big musical events that include a concert by The Rolling Stones later in the month and a massive international festival later this Spring. With U.S. embargo regulation ...

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