1. Libertines to be Paid 'Filthy' £1M for Hyde Park Reunion Show

    May 02, 2014 10:21 AM EDT Following rumors of a  £500 million Oasis reunion , the U.K.'s other golden gods, the Libertines, are reportedly being paid 1 million pounds to perform together at London's Hyde Park on July 5 for the first time since their 2010 appearan ...

  2. Universal Music Group and Daniel Barenboim Launch Digital Imprint Peral Music

    May 01, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Daniel Barenboim, legendary conductor and pianist, has launched a new digital-only label in partnership with Universal Music they're calling Peral Music. Peral Music will be offered in the iTunes Store's ‘Mastered for iTunes’ format, and ...

  3. Bloom.fm Says It's 'Game Over,' But Is It?

    May 01, 2014 12:57 PM EDT Is it game over, or a hard reset for the lovely looking app? Bloom.fm , the U.K.-based streaming app that secured over 1.1 million users in its first year, has announced it's "game over" for the company after an investor unexpectedl ...

  4. Viacom Profit Rises to $503 Million in Second Quarter

    May 01, 2014 10:26 AM EDT Viacom said Thursday that its second-quarter profit rose 4 percent, boosted by its TV networks, and beat Wall Street predictions. The New York company, which owns Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures, earned $502 million, or $1. ...

  5. TuneCore Inks Deal with KKBOX, Top Asian Music Subscription Service (Exclusive)

    May 01, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Digital distribution platform TuneCore announced Thursday it has signed a deal with KKBOX, one of the largest digital music subscription services in Asia. Effective immediately, music distributed through TuneCore will be made available in Japan, S ...

  6. Sony Forecasts Wider Full-Year Loss at $1.27B

    May 01, 2014 8:15 AM EDT Sony Corp., the parent company of Sony Music, announced Thursday it is expecting a larger than predicted loss of $1.27 billion (¥130 billion) for the financial year to March, up from the $1.1 billion loss forecast the company made in February.  Th ...

  7. Scooter Braun, CAA's Rob Light on the Future of Music at Milken Conference (Video)

    April 30, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun and CAA Music Dept. head Rob Light were two of the six panelists holding forth on “The Evolution of Music and the Music Consumer” at yesterday’s Milken Institute Global Conference at the Beverly Hilton. They wer ...

  8. Vevo Launches in Mexico

    April 30, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Vevo today officially launched in Mexico, which now becomes the 14th country to offer the service. Mexican viewers will be able to watch over 100,000 official music videos, original music programming and live concert events via vevo.com and will a ...

  9. Santana, Wyclef, Avicii, Alexandre Pires 'Find a Way' to the World Cup

    April 29, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Featuring the Brazilian drum beats that have become the soundtrack theme of the 2014 World Cup, and Santana’s signature electric guitar, the FIFA single “Dar Um Jeito” (“We Will Find A Way”) is now out on digital music outlets and Vevo. Wyclef, Av ...

  10. Prince: A Guide to His Complex Web of Label, Distribution & Internet Deals

    April 29, 2014 12:46 PM EDT This is an expanded version of an article originally published as a companion piece to an article on Prince getting ownership of his original Warner Brothers' masters which ran in the May 3rd issue of Billboard . Since Prince left Warner ...

  11. Deezer CEO Axel Dauchez Stepping Down

    April 29, 2014 11:12 AM EDT Deezer, the global music streaming service based out of France and which claims 5 million paid subscribers has announced that its CEO Axel Dauchez will be exiting the company in September to "pursue a new professional opportunity." Dauch ...

  12. SFX, Syco Entertainment, T-Mobile Partner for 'Ultimate DJ' TV Show

    April 29, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Robert "FX" Sillerman's SFX Entertainment, Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment, and mobile service provider T-Mobile have partnered to launch a new TV show, "Ultimate DJ," which aims to cover electronic music culture wh ...

  13. Vevo Owners May Be Looking to Sell (Report)

    April 29, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Google and Abu Dhabi Media are considering a sale of Vevo, the music video streaming platform launched in 2009, according a report from Bloomberg. The company is said to be mulling bringing on Goldman Sachs to ov ...

  14. Sony Australia Appoints Tim Kelly To Asia Pacific Marketing Role

    April 29, 2014 4:10 AM EDT Universal Music Australia GM marketing Tim Kelly will join Sony Music Australia as GM marketing Asia Pacific, with effect from June 2. Based at Sony’s East Sydney offices, Kelly will be responsible for directing the marketing of Sony Music's ...

  15. Warner Acquires Gold Typhoon Group To Grow China Presence

    April 28, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Warner Music Group has signed a deal to acquire the recorded music catalog and artist roster of Gold Typhoon Group, one of the largest independent music companies in Greater China. The deal was formally announced Monday (April 28) and is due to ...

  16. Demi Lovato and Shazam Announce Deal to Let Fans Plan New Tour

    April 28, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Pop star Demi Lovato and Shazam have announced a first-of-its-kind partnership today that will put her fans (or those simply curious as to who she is) into the driver's seat of her tour van. The partnership will yield a European tour schedul ...

  17. Four U.S. TV Shows Yanked From Chinese Websites

    April 28, 2014 6:49 AM EDT Chinese authorities have ordered video streaming websites in the country to stop showing four popular American TV shows, including "The Big Bang Theory" and "The Good Wife," representatives from two sites said Sunday. The move ...

  18. AEG Live Pres. of International Touring Rob Hallett Leaves Company

    April 25, 2014 12:22 PM EDT Rob Hallett, AEG Live's president of international touring, has left the company with immediate effect. His surprise departure was announced this morning (Apr. 25) in a brief announcement from AEG Live, which stated that Hallett “now feels th ...

  19. Spotify Likely to Surge Past iTunes in Europe (Report)

    April 25, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Spotify has amassed more than one million active users in the U.K., one of the streaming service's biggest markets, in the past four months.  With these numbers, Business Insider reports , Spotify is likely to surpass iTunes as the largest ma ...

  20. A2IM Libby Awards: Chvrches, William Onyeabor, ATO, Glassnote Among 2014 Nominees (Exclusive)

    April 25, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Chvrches and William Onyeabor lead the artist nominees for the third annual A2IM Libera Awards (known as the LIBBYs), to be held June 19 at the Highline Ballroom in New York. A2IM is a not-for-profit trade organization represending the independent ...

  21. Marc Anthony’s Salsa Revival Sweeps Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 24, 2014 11:17 PM EDT Anthony Picks Up 10 Awards. Bocelli, Vives And De Vita Receive Special Honors A remake of an Algerian song, set to a salsa beat, helped propel Marc Anthony to become the top winner at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired live on the ...

  22. Billboard Latin Music Awards 2014: Complete Winners List

    April 24, 2014 11:00 PM EDT A remake of an Algerian song, set to a salsa beat, helped propel Marc Anthony to become the top winner at the  2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards , which aired live on the Telemundo network on April 24. Anthony took home 10 awards, including Artist ...

  23. Rdio, Shaw Communications Form Strategic Alliance In Canada

    April 24, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Digital music service Rdio continues its global expansion with a newly announced strategic partnership with media company Shaw Communications, the companies announced on Thursday. The marketing, content and promotion pact that will aim to grow Rdi ...

  24. Latin Conference: Afo Verde, Sony Latin CEO, on the 'Art of A&R'

    April 24, 2014 4:25 PM EDT In some ways music executive Afo Verde, who gave a presentation during the Billboard Latin Conference in Miami yesterday, is a rock star. He not only provided keen insights into the industry during his talk, but at one point a member of the audien ...

  25. Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff on Launching in Mexico, Mobile as TV Boxes (Video Q&A)

    April 24, 2014 2:33 PM EDT See All Our 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards Coverage Here Following his Billboard Latin Music Conference Industry Q&A, Vevo president and CEO sat down for a one-on-one video interview where he discussed some of the many issu ...

  26. Fred Davis, Rainmaker Who Sheparded Spotify, Sticking Around as IPO Talk Ramps Up

    April 24, 2014 12:39 PM EDT This article was first published in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . When Spotify founder Daniel Ek finally shares details on his company's plans to file an initial public offering (IPO) -- probably later this year -- Fred Davis w ...

  27. Lenny Kravitz Releasing New Album ‘Strut’ In September Though Kobalt Label Services (Exclusive)

    April 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Lenny Kravitz has signed a worldwide agreement with Kobalt Label Services (KLS), which will release and promote his upcoming tenth studio album “Strut” due out Sept. 23. The album will be released through Kravitz’s Roxie Records imprint. An upcomi ...

  28. Justin Bieber's Shrine Visit Angers Korea, Twice

    April 24, 2014 7:57 AM EDT While South Korea remains heavily focused on a devastating ferry disaster, that didn’t stop local media and fans from noticing Justin Bieber’s visit to a controversial Japanese shrine -- and his failure to mention Korea in his apology statement af ...

  29. Latin Conference: Gloria Trevi, Kat Dahlia, Leslie Grace and La Marisoul at Divas Panel

    April 23, 2014 7:55 PM EDT The divas have spoken! The annual panel of Latina superstars sharing their experiences and advice at the 25th Annual Latin Billboard Conference and Awards starred veteran Gloria Trevi and a newer generation of muchachas musicales – Kat Dahlia, Les ...

  30. Meet the Lamb of Wall Street, Broker of Sub Pop-Warner Deal, Buyer of DiCaprio's Cockatoo

    April 23, 2014 1:35 PM EDT "A Bacchanalian orgy for 10 years." This article first appeared in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . "Leo Dicaprio is like my little brother," says Dana Giacchetto, 51, sipping Viking Blod Mead honey wine during a $4 ...

  31. The Jam's Paul Weller Cries Foul After Record Store Day

    April 23, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Paul Weller has joined the chorus of critics challenging Record Store Day and the sales flips, mostly on eBay, that result of the day's exclusive releases. Writing on Facebook, Weller said that the practice "[is] such a shame because as ...

  32. Latin Conference: RCA's Tom Corson 'Can't Imagine' the World Cup Without Music

    April 23, 2014 10:54 AM EDT An estimated 6 billion people will watch soccer star Leo Messi get his shots on goal come June, but less than two months from the start of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull's official Cup song, “We Are One (Ole Ola)," h ...

  33. Justin Bieber Apologizes for Trip to Japan War Shrine

    April 23, 2014 9:51 AM EDT Justin Bieber apologized Wednesday to those he offended by visiting Japan's Yasukuni war shrine this week, saying he was misled to see it as only a place of prayer. The Shinto shrine in Tokyo honors 2.5 million war dead, including 14 convicte ...

  34. Latin Conference: Vevo's Rio Caraeff Talks 5.5B Views, Expanding to 20 Countries, Consumers' Emotional Response

    April 23, 2014 8:49 AM EDT Can Rio Careff save the music business? That was a question readily floated around industry circles in 2009. That year, Caraeff -- who raised Universal's mobile division to nearly half (45%) of the label's digital revenue before going on ...

  35. Latin Conference: Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards Winners Announced

    April 22, 2014 9:04 PM EDT Winners of the Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards were announced Tuesday at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Conference. They included Honey Bunches of Oats, State Farm and RadioShack. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage Powered by CLIO a ...

  36. Latin Conference: Juanes on Connecting With Fans, Starts Every Day With 'Breakfast and Twitter'

    April 22, 2014 8:13 PM EDT There is no doubt that the music industry has changed, shifting much of its focus on digital and social media. Latin Conference and Awards: Full Coverage And there is no question that one of the stars who has best adapted to that new environment i ...

  37. The National Cancels Summer Concerts In Russia, Ukraine Over Political Crisis

    April 22, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Add rock band the National to the list of musical acts canceling concerts in Russia and the Ukraine because of political unrest in the region. "Due to the ongoing political crisis in the region, we are sad to report that we have decided to ca ...

  38. Late 'Top of the Pops' Host Jimmy Savile's Sexual Abuse Victims Offered $100K

    April 22, 2014 10:20 AM EDT People claiming they were victims of sexual abuse carried out by Jimmy Savile are to be able to make claims against the Savile estate, the BBC and the National Health Service, with payments capped at $101,000 (£60,000) each. Jimmy Savile, Eccentri ...

  39. The Beat: Capital Cities' Team Dishes on One-Hit Wonders, Touring With Katy Perry

    April 20, 2014 4:41 PM EDT "People always talk about one-hit wonders, but so many bands are no-hit wonders" says Daniel Weisman of Roc Nation, who manages "Safe And Sound" pop-rockers Capital Cities, backstage at the band's show the second weekend o ...

  40. Record Store Day’s Michael Kurtz on Exponential Growth, Not Selling Out (Video Q&A)

    April 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT  As Record Store Day's stature has grown over the last seven years, it's easy to lose sight of the international music retail celebration's humble beginnings. Here, on the eve of Saturday's (April 19) event, Billboard sat down ...

  41. South Korea Shipwreck: Entertainment Industry Halts Amid Rescue Efforts

    April 17, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Festivals, album releases and liquor commercials are called off as 278 people go missing at sea. SEOUL -- As South Korean authorities rush to resolve a devastating ferry disaster that has left nearly 300 missing at sea and the rest of the nation i ...

  42. Enrique Iglesias, Wisin, Sean Paul, Cristian Castro, Michel Teló to Perform at Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 17, 2014 12:16 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias, Wisin, Sean Paul, Cristian Castro, and Michel Teló have joined the all-star lineup set to perform at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards.   The newly announced performers will join Chayanne, Marc Anthony, Prince Royce, Franc ...

  43. Juan Gabriel in 'Stable Condition' After Falling Ill, Adds Replacement Tour Dates

    April 16, 2014 8:56 PM EDT Mexican singer Juan Gabriel, who on Monday was hospitalized and diagnosed with pneumonia, is now listed in "very stable condition " in Las Vegas where he is resting. Additionally, new tour dates have been announced for shows he canceled ...

  44. The Jam's Paul Weller Wins Photo Case Against Daily Mail (Report)

    April 16, 2014 1:09 PM EDT Paul Weller, former frontman and guitarist for The Jam, has won £10,000 in a case brought against the Daily Mail's parent company Associated Newspapers for publishing photos of his children, the BBC has reported . The photos, published in Oct ...

  45. Kim Dotcom's Assets, Including $10M, Returned

    April 16, 2014 12:24 PM EDT Days after the major labels (and Hollywood ) filed a suit against Kim Dotcom and his previous company Megaupload, the German-born data storage entrepreneur has received an large infusion of cash -- in the form of his previous assets. Dotcom will h ...

  46. ABBA Takes Over Tate Modern to Toast 40th Anniversary

    April 16, 2014 11:44 AM EDT ABBA stars Björn Ulvaeus and Frida Lyngstad took over London’s Tate Modern, along with thousands of fans, to celebrate their 40 years of worldwide success. In 1974, ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden with their song "Waterloo.&qu ...

  47. France Drops Anti-Discrimination Case Against Bob Dylan

    April 16, 2014 10:47 AM EDT French prosecutors have dropped the charges levelled at Bob Dylan last year after the singer made comments about Croatians that were alleged to violate the country's anti-discrimination laws, the Wall Street Journal reports . Instead, law off ...

  48. Hans Zimmer Composes Theme Music to EDM Festival Tomorrowland (Video)

    April 16, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Oscar-winning film and music composer Hans Zimmer has created the first official hymn to mark the 10th anniversary of Tomorrowland, a leading electronic dance music festival held every year in the Belgian town of Boom, outside of Brussels. The 201 ...

  49. Roselyn Sanchez, Raul Gonzalez and Laura Flores to Host the Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 15, 2014 6:29 PM EDT TV personality Raul Gonzalez, actress Roselyn Sanchez and singer/TV host Laura Flores have been tapped to host the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 24 live from Miami on Telemundo.  Register today for Billboard's 2014 Latin Music Co ...

  50. Coke’s Joe Belliotti Talks World Cup and Coca-Cola’s Global Music Strategy (Q&A)

    April 15, 2014 2:34 PM EDT “We’re not a record label, we’re a beverage company and we do really good marketing.” As Coca-Cola’s head of Global Entertainment, Joe Belliotti is behind “The World is Ours,” Coke’s FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil anthem campaign, the largest music ...

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