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  1. Rihanna Cancels Indonesia Show

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Rihanna has canceled a concert scheduled Friday in Indonesia over security concerns. Dive Purnomo, a spokeswoman for the event organizer, said the 20-year-old singer had been scheduled to perform before a sold-out crowd of 6,000 in the capital, Ja ...

  2. iTunes China Back Online

    August 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Users can once again access iTunes in mainland China. Apple's US-based online music store was fully blocked last week after it emerged that Olympic athletes in Beijing had used the store to download the compilation "Songs for Tibet." ...

  3. China Confirms Extra Scrutiny For Int'l Artists

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT China is tightening the screws on political expression, saying it will ban foreign artists and entertainers who have ever engaged in activities deemed to "threaten national sovereignty." The notice, posted Thursday on the Ministry of Cul ...

  4. Cocker To Headline New Israel Fest

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Israel has a new summer festival. Organizers have booked Joe Cocker to headline the inaugural Gilboa Co-existence Festival, which begins Aug. 26 at the 6,000-capacity Charod Springs Amphitheatre in the Gilboa municipality of northern Israel. The t ...

  5. Taiwan To End Mainland Live Ban

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan may lift its ban on live performances by acts from mainland China. Tseng I-hung, director of the Government Information Office's department of broadcasting affairs, tells Billboard the ban - which doesn't affect promo appearances ...

  6. Stage And Screen Launches In India

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian entertainment travel brand Stage and Screen has formally launched operations in India, after opening an office in Los Angeles last October. The new affiliate will provide travel and logistics management to India's film and televisi ...

  7. Jordan Opens Up To Live Biz

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Middle Eastern Kingdom of Jordan will host a month-long music and arts festival this summer. Mika, Diana Krall and Placido Domingo are just some of the artists confirmed to play the Jordan Festival, to be held July 8-Aug. 9 at Amman Petra, in ...

  8. MTV Asia Awards Head To Malaysia

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Malaysia is playing host to the MTV Asia Awards ceremony for the first time this year. The eighth edition of the annual show will be held at the 6,000-capacity Arena of Stars in Genting, northeast of Kuala Lumpur, on Aug. 2. Hosting the event will ...

  9. AMRA To Collect For ACUM

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Israeli mechanical rights society ACUM has signed an agreement for American Mechanical Rights Agency to handle licensing and royalty collections for the organization in the United States. ACUM represents Israeli writers and publishers of music ...

  10. Hung Tik Joins Live Nation

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation is bolstering its business in China with the hire of local label veteran Hung Tik to its team. The executive, until recently Universal Music's managing director Hong Kong and China, has joined the live music giant as senior VP for ...

  11. China's Midi Fest Postponed

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Just days after receiving performance permits, organizers of Beijing's Midi Modern Music Festival have been told by local police that they cannot provide security, meaning the festival will not be held. The ninth annual Midi festival -- China ...

  12. Taiwanese IPR Court To Begin Hearing Appeals

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan will modify its legal system in July by adding a special appellate court dedicated exclusively to intellectual property matters. The court's judges will be well-versed in IPR issues and assisted by patent specialists, says Margaret Che ...

  13. Dandi Wind Blows-Off Shanghai Date

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canadian dance-music duo Dandi Wind is the latest overseas act to experience difficulty in trying to play live in China. Dandi Wind was scheduled to kick off its debut mainland-China tour at Shanghai's Shelter club on April 4. But a statement ...

  14. Korean Industry Bodies Form KFCI Lobby Group

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ten culture-related Korean industry associations, including local labels body the Music Industry Association of Korea (MIAK), on Wednesday launched a unified body for lobbying the government and helping to shape cultural policy. Members of the Kor ...

  15. Indian Music Biz Rises Slightly In 2007

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Indian music industry failed to keep pace with double-digit growth in other entertainment sectors in the territory last year, according to a report released March 17. While the local entertainment industry's retail revenues totaled 513 bi ...

  16. Bjork's Shanghai Surprise For Chinese Authorities

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Icelandic singer Bjork's first major concert in mainland China on March 2 may have been her last, after she chanted "Tibet" several times during "Declare Independence," the closing song in her set at the Shanghai Internati ...

  17. Grooverider Gets Four Years In Dubai Drug Case

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST A Dubai court sentenced DJ Raymond Bingham, better known as Grooverider, to four years in jail on today (Feb. 19), three months after he was caught in possession of marijuana. The 40-year-old disc jockey was arrested at Dubai airport on Nov. 23 wh ...

  18. Koch Links With International Media

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Koch Entertainment Distribution signed an exclusive distribution deal has been signed with International Media LLC, a production, marketing, and distribution company launched by former VP of programming for PBS Gustavo Sagastume in 2007. In March, ...

  19. Fuji Rocks In July

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST This year's Fuji Rock Festival will be held July 25-27 at the Naeba ski resort in Niigata Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, promoter Smash Corp. has confirmed. Tokyo-based Smash Corp. president Masahiro Hidaka says that because 2008 marks 150 y ...

  20. JASRAC, KOMCA Sign Copyright Deal

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) has signed a mutual music copyright management deal with its South Korean counterpart, the Korea Music Copyright Association (KOMCA). Under the pact, which takes effect ...

  21. Live Nation Beefs-Up HK Biz

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Live Nation is stepping-up its activities in the Far East. The live music juggernaut has struck an agreement with Chinese company Cosmedia Group that sees it manage the new 10,000-capacity outdoor Pop TV Arena (Zhong Tian Di) in Hong Kong. The mul ...

  22. Melody Tunes Ramps Up Arab World Campaign

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Melody Tunes brings modern Western music to the Arab world. Does the Arab world want its Melody Tunes? More precisely, does it want an all-English channel playing Western music by artists such as 50 Cent and Madonna? Melody Tunes, a channel that l ...

  23. AIM Readies China Trade Mission

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. independent trade body AIM is taking a fourth music mission to China next month, with ten companies signing up to the Beijing trip. The mission, which runs from Sept. 8 to 14, intends to help the independent sector prosper in China's gro ...

  24. Universal Music Thailand Names GM

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ron Kamnuanthip has been named GM of Universal Music Thailand, effective Sept. 5, according to Universal Music Group International (ASEAN) senior VP Sandy Monteiro. Based in Bangkok and reporting to Kuala Lumpur-based Monteiro, Kamnuanthip will be ...

  25. SA Culture Minister Jordan Kicks Off Moshito

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT South Africa's minister of arts and culture Dr Z. Pallo Jordan has promised his ministry's help in setting up "state-of-the-art" studios for South African musicians. The politician made his pledge Aug. 22 when he delivered the ...

  26. The Orchard, EMI Pakistan Ink Deal

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.S.-based digital music distributor and marketer the Orchard has signed an exclusive deal to distribute and market more than 150,000 tracks belonging to Karachi-based EMI Pakistan Ltd. The agreement represents the first move by the hitherto CD-on ...

  27. Ezpeer, Kuro Ready China Download Service

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Undaunted by China's rampant piracy, Taiwanese music-download service Ezpeer and Kuro, previously Taiwan's largest unauthorized P2P platform, will jointly launch a PC-based music-download service in mainland China on July 9. It will mark ...

  28. China's Mobile Music Market Slips

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT China's once fast-paced mobile music market experienced a decline last year due to a government crackdown on anti-consumer practices. An estimated 20%-30% of Chinese wireless customers signed up to mobile music subscription services had done ...

  29. U.S. Filing WTO Actions Against China

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The United States is filing actions against China with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva tomorrow. The claims charge that China, a member of the WTO, has failed to comply with agreed rules to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) a ...

  30. So. Korea Agrees To Higher IP Protection

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The United States and the Republic of Korea reached a free trade agreement yesterday that sets high-level standards for protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights. The agreement, not yet available to the public, also reportedly extends ...

  31. Jazz Acts Line Up For Indonesian Fest

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST More than two dozen international artists will gather in the Indonesian capital March 2-4 for the third annual Jakarta International Java Jazz Festival, billed as Asia's biggest-ever jazz event. Acts scheduled to perform at the event include ...

  32. Taiwan Takes MIDEM Spotlight

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Three Taiwanese bands -- ChthoniC, Lim Giong, and the Hohak Band - will be perform at the 41st annual MIDEM trade fair, marking the first time acts from the territory have played at the Cannes, France event. "This is a very important step for ...

  33. Asian Music Expert Moviebox Teams With MCPS

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Birmingham, U.K.-based Moviebox, one of the world's leading Asian music publishing companies, has joined British composer/publisher collecting agency MCPS-PRS Alliance as a direct member for the world. "A substantial and successful Asian ...

  34. U.K.'s MCS Goes East

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hong Kong JV launches Monday. A British music publisher has set up shop in Hong Kong to capitalize on what it sees as Asia's improving environment for copyright recognition, Billboard.biz has learned. London-based Music Copyright Solutions (M ...

  35. U.K.'s MCS Goes East

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST A British music publisher has set up shop in Hong Kong to capitalize on what it sees as Asia's improving environment for copyright recognition, Billboard.biz has learned. A British music publisher has set up shop in Hong Kong to capitalize on ...

  36. Oricon To Shutter Download Service

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Plug pulled at end of November. Japanese music trade magazine Oricon has revealed that its Oricon Style PC-based music-download service will cease operations at the end of November. Tokyo-based Oricon said on Oct. 31 that the service, which was in ...

  37. EMI India Recalls Slayer Album

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Christian group condems 'Christ Illusion' cover art. Mumbai-based EMI Virgin India Ltd said Friday (Oct. 6) it will recall all copies of the new Slayer album "Christ Illusion" following protests by a Christian group, Mumbai-bas ...

  38. Universal SE Asia Pres Hui To Exit

    September 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music South East Asia president Harry Hui will leave the company to "take up a new challenge in the entertainment industry" when his contract expires in January, Universal Music Group Intern Universal Music South East Asia pres ...

  39. China iPod Libel Claim Slashed

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A Taiwan-funded company has slashed a libel claim against two Shanghai journalists, who said workers at a plant making iPods were mistreated, from 30 million yuan ($3.77 million) to just 1 yuan, Xinhu A Taiwan-funded company has slashed a libel cl ...

  40. South Korea Warms Up For Summer Fest

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After a seven-year hiatus, South Korea has a summer music festival this year. Organized by local promoter Yellow Nine Entertainment, the 2006 Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival takes place July 28-30 on After a seven-year hiatus, South Korea has a su ...

  41. South Korea Warms Up For Summer Fest

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After a seven-year hiatus, South Korea has a summer music festival this year. Organized by local promoter Yellow Nine Entertainment, the 2006 Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival takes place July 28-30 on After a seven-year hiatus, South Korea has a su ...

  42. Warner Launches Groundbreaking Korean Joint Venture

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is setting up a precedent-setting joint venture with leading South Korean telecom operator SK Telecom that will handle Warner Music Korea's stable of domestic acts. Warner Music Group is setting up a precedent-setting joint ...

  43. Green Day, Clarkson Win MTV Asia Awards

    May 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Highlights of the fifth annual MTV Asia Awards ceremony, held May 6 at Bangkok's Siam Paragon arena, included Kelly Rowland's world-premiere live performance of her new single, "Gotsta Go," and Lee Ry Highlights of the fifth an ...

  44. Glitter Set For Appeal In Vietnam

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT One-day hearing set for May 19. Disgraced British "glam rocker" Gary Glitter, sentenced to three years in a Vietnamese jail for molesting children, will appeal to the country's Supreme Court on May 19, his lawyer said on Wednesday ( ...

  45. UME Names Davis Exec VP/GM

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Most recently held exec position at UMVD. Mike Davis has been named executive VP/GM of Universal Music Enterprises (UME) by UME president Bruce Resnikoff. Based at the company’s Los Angeles headquarters, Davis reports directly to Resnikoff. Most r ...

  46. Queen Of Israeli Song Damari Dies

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Shoshana Damari, considered by many in the Jewish state to be the queen of Israeli song, died on Tuesday (Feb. 13) after a short illness, her family said. She was 83. Shoshana Damari, considered by many in the Jewish state to be the queen of Israe ...

  47. Hong Kong To Host Industry Summit

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST International and Asian music business heavyweights will gather in Hong Kong from May 10 and 11 for the inaugural Music Matters Conference. International and Asian music business heavyweights will gather in Hong Kong from May 10 and 11 for the ina ...

  48. Schwarzenegger To Help Fight Piracy In China

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been in talks with China's government about lending his celebrity status to making an anti-piracy message for Chinese TV, California officials said. BEIJING (The Hollywood Reporter) -- California Gov. ...

  49. China Censorship In Spotlight At Global Conference

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The plot of award-winning Chinese film "Nuan" was front and center Nov. 15 at the 2005 China Global Conference in Los Angeles. Except that one of the filmmakers, Dong Fan, president of Beijing Aureape LOS ANGELES (The Hollywood Reporter) ...

  50. China Begins 90-day Drive Against Piracy

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Under increased pressure from the World Trade Organization and ahead of a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush, China has launched a three-month campaign to fight piracy and pornography, the Ministr BEIJING (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Under incr ...

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