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  1. AEG Live, Royal Parks Ink Summer Concert Deal in London's Hyde Park

    November 05, 2012 5:12 PM EST AEG Live and the Royal Parks have announced a five-year deal to produce six summer concerts each year at London's Hyde Park, beginning in 2013. Further details about the events are forthcoming. Register today for the Billboard Touring Confere ...

  2. Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones Regroup for DVD Press Conference, Not Tour

    September 21, 2012 11:58 AM EDT The surviving members of Led Zeppelin (L-R): John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page appeared at an event launching their new DVD "Celebration Day" and managed to evade all talk of a future reunion. (Photo: Getty Images) The three s ...

  3. Business Matters: Site-Blocking Shows No Signs of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy

    July 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Site-Blocking Shows No Sign of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy -- Ordering Internet service providers to block access to file-sharing websites doesn't appear to be a quick fix for piracy. But that's hardly a surprise. Campaigns against pira ...

  4. Updated: Radiohead Stage Collapse Under Investigation, Toronto Police Seek Witnesses

    June 17, 2012 4:34 PM EDT Helicopter views of the collapsed stage at Downsview Park in Toronto Saturday (Video: Associated Press) Toronto Police and emergency personnel are working to determine the cause of the stage collapse that killed one person and injured three at Dow ...

  5. Morning Heds: CES & SOPA Cud Chewing, L.A.'s Music Box Closes, Homer Backs the Nuge

    January 09, 2012 8:14 AM EST CES 2012: Here's What The Music Biz Will Be Watching For Billboard.biz The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which launches today, has long been the go-to event for the tech and mobile industries and is increasingly becomi ...

  6. Morning Heds: Music Biz's 2011 Recovery, Why America Loves Skrillex, Frank Ocean & Def Jam Make Up

    January 06, 2012 8:07 AM EST Music Sales, Show Tickets Rose in 2011 Wall Street Journal The music industry showed signs of potential recovery in 2011, as sales of albums and concert tickets reversed declines, though it would be premature to declare a full-fledged recovery. Th ...

  7. Business Matters: Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise

    October 31, 2011 6:38 PM EDT Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise -- Grooveshark's Facebook app has seen its number of daily users increase fourfold in the last two weeks. Numbers at AppData show the music service's Facebook app went from 100,000 daily a ...

  8. Ian Hargreaves Q&A: The Man Behind The U.K.'s Groundbreaking Digital Copyright Reform Plan

    September 23, 2011 2:28 PM EDT Digital Renaissance Man: Ian Hargreaves, professor of digital economy at Cardiff University, Wales and former editor of The Independent and ex-director of BBC News. To seal controversial loopholes in the reportedly rashly-adopted U.K. Digital Econ ...

  9. Business Matters: Sony Music Revenue Up; UK Court Orders ISP to Block Web Site

    July 28, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Sony Music Revenues Up -- Sony Music Entertainment revenue increased 7% to $1.35 billion in the quarter ended June 30, although the company's earnings release shows a 0.6% decline in yen-denominated revenue due to the currency's apprecia ...

  10. Coldplay Reteams with Brian Eno for Concept Album

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Although Coldplay earned a Best Rock Album Grammy for 2008 album "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends" and scored a hit with its single "Viva la Vida," the band appears to be thinking even bigger for its in-the-works fift ...

  11. Business Matters: Court Votes Down 'Three Strikes,' AEG, Metallica and more

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Court Rules 'Three Strikes' Law Not Enforceable -- UPC, the Irish ISP, won a legal victory when an Irish court ruled that laws to identify and punish users suspected of copyright infring ...

  12. Business Matters: Live Nation, We7, RIAA and more

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Live Nation Pushing Back On Artist Guarantees -- Lower ticket prices appear likely in 2011, and artist guarantees will be pulled down in order achieve those lower prices. So said Live Nation CEO M ...

  13. Business Matters: Ourstage, HMV, iTunes and more

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. ROCK IS DEAD? AGAIN? -- BBC News has an interesting story about the lack of rock titles on the UK singles chart. Sales of rock singles are down nearly 18% in the first eight months of 2010. In con ...

  14. Business Matters: EMI Pension Fund, Fake Reviews, Bananarama

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI'S PENSION PROBLEMS -- It would be ironic if EMI 's biggest problems came not from its debt but from a liability unrelated to the credit bubble or the recorded music downturn: its pension fund. As ( Billboard.biz has reported ), the U ...

  15. Business Matters: Hastings, Gigaboxx, 'Physical Is Dead' and more

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hastings To Buy Back Stock -- Entertainment retailer Hastings has announced a stock repurchase of up to $10 million. Previously announced stock repurchase programs amount to $27.5 million. Chairman and CEO John H. Marmaduke says in the press relea ...

  16. Business Matters: Playlist.com, Ticketweb, Lollapalooza and more

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Playlist.com Files For Chapter 11 -- Playlist.com (also known as Project Playlist) has filed for bankruptcy, according to a report by CNET. The company insists it will “conduct business a ...

  17. Business Matters: Live Nation, SeatGeek, Perf. Royalties and more

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WALL ST. JOURNAL ON LIVE NATION: 'TRANSPARENCY NOT ENOUGH' -- The reverberations from last week’s Live Nation investor presentation continue. At the Wall Street Journal, Martin Peers reflects on last Thursday’s event and the reasons for ...

  18. Business Matters: Pirate ISP, Pandora, Slacker, Apple and more

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT PIRATE ISP TO LAUNCH IN SWEDEN -- It was bound to happen: The Swedish Pirate Party plans to launch an ISP that allows users to roam the Internet anonymously. Pirate ISP is starting with a small launch and will roll out to the entire country later ...

  19. Business Matters: Live Nation, Ticket Pricing, Radio Royalties and more

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 'AN HONEST TALK ABOUT TICKET PRICES' -- “When 40% of tickets across the industry are going unsold, you have to have an honest talk about ticket prices,” says Jason Garner of Live Nation in an article at the Wall Street Journal. It’s the ...

  20. Snoop Dogg Banned From Dutch Festival

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Snoop Dogg spent several years fighting for his right to party in Britain. But the hip-hop star now finds himself not welcome in the Netherlands, where authorities had him removed from the lineup of a free concert planned on June 27, according to ...

  21. Business Matters: Mick Jagger On Digital Piracy, Shazam Tops 75 million Users, and More

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter here -- Mick Jagger on digital piracy: “I am quite relaxed about it. But, you know, it is a massive change and it does alter the fact that people don't make as much money out of records. But I have a take on th ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Business Matters: EMI, Sony Music, Project Playlist, AOL and More

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - EMI has moved closer to a deal with Sony Music to license its North American recorded music catalog, according to the Telegraph. ( The Telegraph ) -- Industry trade group UK Music is calling for a new government cabinet committee to shape polici ...

  24. Business Matters: Spotify, Citizen Cope, IODA and More

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Spotify CEO Daniel Ek tells BBC News a U.S. launch is ...

  25. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Trans World, Spotify and More

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Department of Justice is set to approve the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger as early as this month, according to M&A Web site The Daily ...

  26. Business Matters: We7, Playdar, Linn Products

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Screenshots of We7 's iPhone app are posted to TechCrunch Europe. According to the blog, CEO Steve Purdham is holding back the app because ...

  27. Business Matters: EMI, Comcast, John Taylor, Wolfgang's Vault

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- More on EMI 's debt with Citi : The Financial Times reports Terra Firma has written down its investment in EMI by 90%. "Mr Hands want ...

  28. Business Matters: Sky Songs, The Pirate Bay, DJ Hero

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The European Parliament dropped from a Telecom bill an amendment that would have protected citizen’s right to Internet access. In doing away wi ...

  29. Business Matters: P2P, Spotify, The Pirate Bay, Creed

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A story on Tuesday had some incorrect numbers on 2009-versus-2007 decline in album sales. The correct two-year decline in album sales are: 23.9 ...

  30. Business Matters: Rhino Records, Verizon, A2IM

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Rhino Records laid off 30-40 employees on Thursday, according to a report. Jobs were cut from all departments, according to the report. In a st ...

  31. Artists Back Lily, Call For Three-Strikes Law

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After a three-hour meeting in London called by the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), the artist community has reached an agreed position on tackling illegal file-sharing that would result in technical sanctions against persistent infringers. It fo ...

  32. Briefs: U2, Sugarland, Radiohead

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Copyright attorneys William Patry and Ben Sheffner provide a point-counterpoint on Patry's new blog, Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars . In the first post of the series, Patry addressed Sheffner's view that file sharers' court ...

  33. Opinion: A Fresh Take On Napster

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A deal with the original Napster was not possible, wrote the BPI's Geoff Taylor in an op-ed piece about Napster and file-sharing at BBC News . How very true . Such an admission is refreshing because it is all too rare. Taylor, BPI's chie ...

  34. Reports: Sweden's Internet Traffic Falls On First Day Of Anti-Piracy Law

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Internet traffic in Sweden has fallen 30% on the first day a new anti-piracy law took effect in the country, reports BBC News and The Local , an English-language news site in Sweden. From the BBC News article: "By 2pm on Wednesday, internet t ...

  35. China Toughens Regs On Imports

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT China further tightens media regulations controlling foreign participation in television and the distribution of foreign online games and newspapers. BEIJING (The Hollywood Reporter) -- China has moved to further tighten media regulations controll ...

  36. Six Named To Gramophone Shortlist

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Gramophone Magazine has named the six finalists for its 2004 award for record of the year. In a continuing effort to boost the profile of the prize, six U.K. celebrities from outside the music world h Gramophone Magazine has named the six finalist ...