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  1. MTV Teams With 5 Gum For Artist On The Rise EMA Category

    November 04, 2013 4:06 PM EST MTV has announced its first Artist on the Rise category for the European Music Awards (EMAs), set to air in the U.S. this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, a socially-driven, fan-voted award sponsored by Wrigley’s 5 Gum. Nominees for the inaugural category a ...

  2. Road Work: George Jones, Sigur Ros, The Hives

    November 19, 2012 12:57 PM EST Timeless hearts: After a near six-decade career, country music legend George Jones has begun what he's terming a farewell tour. Dubbed the Grand Tour and booked by the Richard de la Font Agency, the run kicked off Nov. 11 at the Mansion The ...

  3. Road Work: Death Grips, Two Door Cinema Club, Alabama Shakes, Trey Songz

    October 15, 2012 7:19 AM EDT Trouble makers: Sacramento, Calif.-based rock group Death Grips will take controversial new album "NO LOVE DEEP WEB" on an international swing booked by Robert Frazer of William Morris Endeavor. Starting with a headlining gig for Pitch ...

  4. Max Vangeli and AN21 Ready Their First Album on Swedish House Mafia Member's Imprint

    June 21, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Watching them pogo, fist-pump and otherwise wild out in festival booths across the globe, one might not think of Max Vangeli and AN21 as old souls. But when talk turns to classic house music and the dancefloor experience, they sound like old-schoo ...

  5. Backbeat: The Weeknd's London Debut, With Katy Perry, Florence Welch, Barry Weiss, David Joseph, More

    June 07, 2012 7:24 PM EDT London's Wilton Music Hall hosted The Weeknd 's debut London show earlier tonight (June 7). Rumored to have sold out within two minutes, the gig lasted just an hour, but equally interesting as the vocal acrobatics taking place onstage wa ...

  6. Willie Nelson Talks Songwriting, Snoop Dogg and Family at Billboard Summit in Nashville

    June 05, 2012 7:26 PM EDT Willie Nelson with interviewer Ray Waddell at Billboard's Country Music Summit in Nashville on Tuesday (Photo: Michael Seto) You don't even have to know about Willie Nelson's history to know that he's got stories. Anyone who wr ...

  7. Jamaican Artist Busy Signal, With Top 10 Album on Reggae Charts, Arrested on Extradition Warrant

    May 22, 2012 12:34 PM EDT Jamaican sing-jay Busy Signal, 33, was arrested on May 21 by members of the Fugitive Apprehension Team on a provisional extradition warrant at Kingston's Norman Manley International Airport as he disembarked a flight arriving from the UK afte ...

  8. Adam 'MCA' Yauch of Beastie Boys Dead at 47

    May 04, 2012 1:06 PM EDT Beastie Boys rapper, musician and video director Adam Yauch, known as MCA in the groundbreaking hip hop trio, died early today (May 4) after a lengthy illness. He was 47. An obituary provided by the group's representatives follows: It is with ...

  9. Madonna's 2012 Tour 'On Track' To Be Among 'Top 10 of All Time': Live Nation's Arthur Fogel

    April 19, 2012 4:41 PM EDT Ongoing chatter that the Madonna tour, and by extension her multi-rights deal with Live Nation , are underperforming is "baseless," according to sales figures provided by tour producer Arthur Fogel, chairman of Live Nation Global Touring ...

  10. How EMI Plans To Grow EDM: A Q&A With EMI Dance Network Head Bart Cools

    March 30, 2012 10:52 AM EDT EMI Music Executive VP, Marketing Europe/Rest of the World, Bart Cools is head of the newly-formed EMI Dance Network - the label's international, label-wide A&R and marketing network dedicated exclusively to dance artists and records. In ...

  11. Kaskade, Swedish House Mafia's Steve Angello to Headline New Insomniac NYE Event

    December 01, 2011 7:35 PM EST Insomniac Events, the Los Angeles-based company behind massive electronic music events such as Electric Daisy Carnival, is announcing a new two-day California-based New Year's dance music festival called "White Wonderland." The even ...

  12. Business Matters: Don't Bury the CD Just Yet -- Study Predicts a Slow, Graceful Demise

    November 08, 2011 6:45 PM EST Don't Bury the CD Just Yet… -- Technology research firm Gartner forecasts global digital music spending (by end customers) will be up to $6.3 billion in 2011, from $5.9 billion last year, and the company's analysts see global digital mus ...

  13. Beatport Launches Baseware, Will Begin Selling Music Through iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Mobile Apps

    October 19, 2011 12:50 PM EDT Yesterday (Oct. 18), Beatport - a digital music store with one of the largest collections of electronic music - announced the creation of Baseware, a new digital music distribution company that will simplify the process of packaging, distributing ...

  14. Iceland Airwaves Festival Draws With Big Indie Names but Keeps the Focus Local

    October 19, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Over the past week, Iceland's capital city of Reykjavík was taken over for five days by the 13th annual Iceland Airwaves festival, with Americans like Beach House, John Grant, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and Tuneyards playing alongsid ...

  15. South Africa's Freshlyground Tries to Repeat World Cup Anthem Success With Rugby

    July 22, 2011 9:30 AM EDT South African Afro-pop outfit, Freshlyground, expanded its domestic and international fanbase following its 2010 FIFA World Cup Official Song collaboration with Shakira, "Waka Waka (It's Time For Africa) (Sony). Now the Cape Town-based s ...

  16. How Twitter Raises 'The Voice's Ratings

    June 21, 2011 7:15 AM EDT If The Voice twisted the TV talent show formula, it damn near revolutionized the use of social media in the live viewing experience. For every participant in the process -- contestant to coach to couch potato -- the show provides engagement in mul ...

  17. Business Matters: Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011?

    March 04, 2011 7:58 PM EST Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011? -- After many false starts, is Qtrax on its way to a launch? And is it too late? The "free and legal" download service has completed a licensing deal with EMI and may hav ...

  18. Dutch Artists Stage Protests Against Cuts

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Singers, painters and television presenters were demonstrating across the Netherlands at the weekend against the government's plans to slash funding and subsidies for the arts as part of an €18 billion ($25 billion) austerity package. Thousan ...

  19. Madrid Promotes Its Musical Nightlife

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Madrid Cool Night will be staged between Nov. 22-28 in order to promote the city's nightlife with dozens of gigs taking place under the Cool Night banner. Madrid Cool Night (MCN) will include 104 concerts in 55 venues with more than 300 artis ...

  20. AC/DC, Stones, Slash Win At Classic Rock Awards

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Classic Rock magazine held its annual awards ceremony at London's Roundhouse, with the big winners including AC/DC, the Rolling Stones, Cheap Trick and Led Zeppelin . The Nov. 10 Marshall Classic Rock Roll of Honour event kicked off with a pe ...

  21. Attendance Booms At Amsterdam Dance Event

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the Amsterdam Dance Event say this year’s edition hit new heights of attendance, with the event selling out for the fourth successive year. In total, 2,500 delegates from 58 countries attended the event, which doubles as a trade conf ...

  22. Solomon Burke Dies At Amsterdam Airport At 70

    October 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Solomon Burke, the larger-than-life "King of Rock and Soul," whose songs blended soul, gospel, country and R&B, died early Sunday at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport at age 70. Born to the sound of music in an upstairs room of a Phi ...

  23. New Streaming Site Shuffler Targets Indie Crowd

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The recently launched Amsterdam-based music streaming site Shuffler offers a new take on Internet radio and music discovery. It's not necessarily the next big thing, but it's definitely a fun way to listen to new music. Tim Heineke and f ...

  24. Business Matters: Media Levies, 'Three Strikes,' Pirate Bay and more

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BLANK CD FEES DROP -- In Sweden, levies meant to compensate copyright owners for private copying are dropping as consumers buy fewer blank discs and more items that do not carry a levy. As a result, fees from the sale of blank CDs and DVDs have fa ...

  25. CTS Eventim Acquires See Tickets Germany

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CTS Eventim in Bremen is acquiring 100% of Hamburg-based See Tickets Germany and Ticket Online Group. The share purchase agreement and a 12-year exclusive ticketing contract with Stage Entertainment Germany were signed today (July 5). Hamburg-base ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Business Matters: PlayMPE, EMI, CD Baby, WMG and more

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - PlayMPE , a digital delivery system used by labels to service promotional music, was hacked last week and a number of albums were leaked as a result. AbsolutePunk posted an email PlayMPE sent a letter to one of the band’s whose release had been ...

  28. Volcanic Ash Grounds Artists, Disrupts Biz

    April 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Flight restrictions have been extended in the U.K. and Europe because of the volcanic ash cloud, leaving tour plans and promotional campaigns in tatters. Several U.K. acts missed the Coachella festival at the weekend, including Gary Numan, the Cri ...

  29. U.K. Bands Grounded By Volcanic Dust

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Flights from the U.K. have been grounded for a second day by volcanic ash, which has left several acts' appearances at Coachella in doubt. The restrictions on U.K. airspace will continue until 1am BST on April 17. Transport minister Lord Adon ...

  30. Holland's Avalon Launches 'Luxury' Entertainment Retailer

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Avalon Holdings, owner of the second largest Dutch chain of entertainment shops Music Store and digital platform Digital Media Power, will introduce a new retail formula in April. The new retailer has been dubbed 'Must,' which derives fr ...

  31. Free Record Shop Posts $1.6 Million Loss

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Free Record Shop Holding, the largest Benelux chain of entertainment stores, posted a loss of €1.2 million ($1.6 million) in its financial year ended Sept. 30, 2009. Total income for Free Record Shop (FRS), consisting of 313 stores and 37 franchis ...

  32. U.K. Court Clears P2P Site Owner Of Fraud

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a blow to the U.K. music industry's efforts to tackle piracy, a jury at Teeside Crown Court has cleared a 26-year-old software engineer who ran the BitTorrent tracker Oink of conspiracy to defraud. Alan Ellis from Middlesbrough was accused ...

  33. Brands Urged To Engage With Music Fans Via Social Networks

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music is playing such a critical role on fast-growing social networks that brand owners can no longer ignore it for brand-awareness strategies, says a new report by Heartbeats International, the Sweden-based international marketing agency. Called ...

  34. Death In Vegas Winds Up ADE

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Highlights of Saturday's publicly-attended sessions on the final day of the 14th annual Amsterdam Dance Event included a session on production by U.K. dance trio Dirty Vegas and a presentation of Activision's new game "DJ Hero." ...

  35. Pirate Bay Owners To Appeal Dutch Ruling

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The owners of controversial Swedish file-sharing site the Pirate Bay have announced that they will appeal a July 30 injunction that prohibits the site from operating in the Netherlands. The ruling by the district court of Amsterdam ordered the Pir ...

  36. Digital Briefs: Mams Taylor, Verizon Wireless

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- UK artist Mams Taylor is promoting his new album tHe R-eVoLuTiOn oF rUnK" by making it available as a free download exclusively on P2P service Mininova . The BitTorrent tracking service has emerged as one of the leading replacements to the ...

  37. Pirate Bay Founders Sent Summons Via Twitter

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Dutch entertainment industry group has demanded Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay be shut down in the Netherlands and says Pirate Bay founders have been sent their court summons via Twitter and Facebook. Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN said ...

  38. Mika Unveils New Songs In London

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop artist Mika unveiled new material at an intimate, acoustic gig at London's Sadler's Wells theater last night (June 8). The singer, whose "Life in Cartoon Motion" (Island) debut album has sold 1.6 million copies in the ...

  39. Lil Wayne Loses Documentary Lawsuit

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A state court judge has refused a request by rapper Lil Wayne to block the release of a documentary titled "The Carter," based on his life. The artist sued QD3 Entertainment - a company owned by producer Quincy Jones III, son of legendar ...

  40. Live Nation: Stateside U2 Sales Strong

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With sales this morning (March 30) of more than 82,000 tickets sold in New York, 72,000 in Boston and 65,000 in Chicago, the U2 360° Tour will set the largest single-day attendance record in each city, according to tour producer Live Nation. In Lo ...

  41. Strong Ticket Sales For U2

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 have sold over 215,000 tickets in under 24 hours for the U.K. and Ireland leg of their global "360°" tour, according to Live Nation. Tickets for U2's dates, which include performances at London's Wembley Stadium (Aug. 14) an ...

  42. Live Nation's Mojo Finalizes Amsterdam Venue

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mojo Concerts, the Dutch branch of Live Nation, has revealed that its new arena venue will be called the Ziggo Dome. It is named after the Dutch cable company that will be provide sponsorship. Mojo Concerts stages major acts in the Netherlands eit ...

  43. Online Concert Service Fabchannel To Close

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fabchannel, the Amsterdam-based company that films rock concerts from the Dutch capital's Paradiso and Melkweg (Milky Way) clubs and broadcasts them through its Web site, will cease doing so as of March 13. The site also had partnerships to f ...

  44. U2 Unveils 18 Stadium Shows

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 and Live Nation have confirmed the first tranche of stadium dates on the band's global "360°" tour. As first revealed on Billboard.biz on Friday (March 6), the tour, produced by Live Nation Global Touring and sponsored by "s ...

  45. Dutch Dance Promoter ID&T Opens Up Down Under

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amsterdam-based dance promoter ID&T is setting up offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this month, its managing director Duncan Stutterheim tells Billboard.biz. "The dance scene in Australia is very healthy," says Stutterheim. & ...

  46. Bertelsmann Unveils BMG Rights Management

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German media group Bertelsmann is investing in the music business again: BMG Rights Management will be opening its head office in Berlin as of Jan. 2009. In the coming months offices are also to be opened in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Madrid and Mi ...

  47. Rock The Bells To Make European Debut

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells will make its European debut this fall with performances by Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, the Pharcyde, EPMD, Supernatural and Scratch, among others. The European trek launches Oct. 31 at the T-Mobile Arena in ...

  48. Updated: Busta Rhymes Allowed To Perform After Being Denied Entry To U.K. For RockCorps Debut

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Busta Rhymes will be allowed to headline the Orange RockCorps concert, following a successful High Court hearing in London. The rapper had been detained at London City airport by immigration officials, ahead of his scheduled headline appearance at ...

  49. Ice Cube Tours In Front Of 'Raw'

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ice Cube is on an international tour in support of his upcoming eighth album "Raw Footage," which hits London's Electric Ballroom tonight. "Raw Footage" hits shelves Aug. 19 via Ice Cube's independent label, Lench Mob ...

  50. Triffids To Lead Hall Of Fame Inductees

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Triffids are among the acts set to be inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame next month. They join the New Zealand-formed rock bands Dragon and Max Merritt and the Meteors, and Melbourne-based singer so ...

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