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  1. Military Wives Top Springsteen on UK Album Charts

    March 19, 2012 7:52 AM EDT As Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Island), featuring Kimbra, started a fifth aggregate week atop the U.K. singles chart, the Military Wives moved to the album summit yesterday, Mothering Sunday, with "In My D ...

  2. Jez Bell, Peter Bradbury, Matt DeFlippis Discuss: Do We Need Music Collecting Societies in the Digital Age? @SXSW Panel

    March 16, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Jez Bell, Director of Licensing Omnifone; Matt DeFilippis VP New Media & Technology ASCAP; Peter Bradbury Head of Rights BBC (Photo: Jason Gross) Who cares about companies who collect royalties for songwriters and publishers (i.e. ASCAP, BMI)? ...

  3. Business Matters: Finally Global? Turntable.fm Doing Deals with Labels (Report)

    March 08, 2012 6:31 PM EST Turntable.fm's Could Go Global With New Major Licensing Deals Turntable.fm has signed a licensing deal with EMI and is close to completing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, according to CNET. The status of discuss ...

  4. Michael Jackson's Unreleased Tracks Among 50,000 Songs Stolen From Sony By Hackers

    March 05, 2012 6:58 AM EST Hackers have reportedly stolen more than 50,000 music files from Sony Music, including Michael Jackson's entire back catalog and a large number of unreleased songs from the late King of Pop. According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, th ...

  5. BBC, ITV, Sky Accused of Coercing European Composers To Give Up Copyright

    February 29, 2012 8:48 AM EST BRUSSELS (AP) -- A group representing composers and songwriters is alleging that some of Europe's most prominent broadcasters are coercing them into giving up the copyrights to their work, sharply diminishing their earnings. The European Comp ...

  6. Megaupload Raid Energizes European Online Piracy Debate

    January 31, 2012 3:58 PM EST The Megaupload homepage as it currently reads following the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department's decision to shutter the site and arrest its founder and key executives on copyright violation charges. The action has reverberated across the At ...

  7. Billboard Power 100: Jay Brown

    January 26, 2012 8:00 PM EST No. 48 Jay Brown Co-Founder/President Roc Nation Twitter: @rocnation [Roc] Nation Builder... As president and one of four founders of Roc Nation, the joint venture between Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter (see No. 13) and Live Nation (John Meneilly ...

  8. Madonna Reveals New Album Title

    January 11, 2012 5:40 PM EST Madonna has announced her latest album title, and it is -- drumroll -- "M.D.N.A.," an abbreviated play on her name. The singer revealed the news in a pre-taped interview on Wednesday's edition of The Graham Norton Show on the BBC. T ...

  9. Little Mix Has U.K. Chart's Biggest 2011 Single Debut; Michael Buble Tops Amy Winehouse

    December 19, 2011 8:38 AM EST In the last charts before the U.K.'s coveted Christmas No. 1 titles are revealed on Christmas Day, Sunday's (Dec. 18) new data showed Michael Bublé regaining the album chart crown with "Christmas" (Reprise/Warner Music). Little ...

  10. UK's International Festival of Country Music Adds Charley Pride, Asleep at the Wheel

    December 09, 2011 12:47 PM EST The International Festival of Country Music, which will return to U.K. stages in February, has announced the addition of Charley Pride and Asleep At The Wheel to the Wembley Arena bill. Pride, now 73, will play only the Wembley show Feb. 26, but A ...

  11. This Week in Billboard History: Frank Sinatra's 'Mysterious' Record Label; Live Aid's Bootlegging Scourge

    December 06, 2011 9:30 AM EST Frank Sinatra at a recording studio with coffee and cigarette. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty ) 1960: Let's Call the Whole Thing...hmmm? Billboard revealed that the debut of a new label founded by Frank Sinatra was just two months away, though ...

  12. Independents' Day

    December 01, 2011 3:18 AM EST A Complete List of indEpendent nominEES By Category The nominees listed here are independent releases as defined by the American Assn. of Independent Music-that is, master recordings not owned by the four major label groups. Each entry lists the t ...

  13. Sandie Shaw Obtains Rights From EMI To Entire Catalog

    November 28, 2011 4:42 PM EST After several months of negotiations with EMI, British pop icon Sandie Shaw has reached an agreement that gives her back the rights to her entire catalogue. Shaw, who had eight U.K. top ten hits between 1964 and 1969 including the No. 1 singles &q ...

  14. Ken Russell, 'Tommy' Director, Dead at 84

    November 28, 2011 11:51 AM EST LONDON (AP) -- Ken Russell got Oliver Reed and Alan Bates to wrestle naked, turned Vanessa Redgrave into a demonic nun and cast Ringo Starr as the pope. Critics and mainstream audiences often hated his films. Actors and admirers loved him. The ico ...

  15. Adele, Bjork, SBTRKT, Frank Turner Honored At UK's AIM Independent Music Awards

    November 11, 2011 10:05 AM EST Throat surgery may have temporarily taken her out of the live market, but Adele continues to dominate the awards season. The U.K. singer won two prizes at the inaugural AIM Independent Music Awards, held in central London last night (Nov. 10). The ...

  16. Business Matters: The Problem With Pete Townshend's 'Digital Vampire' Vision of iTunes

    November 01, 2011 3:58 PM EDT The Problem With Pete Townshend's Vision of iTunes -- Pete Townshend recent remarks about Apple have gotten a great deal of attention; negative comments about such a beloved company tend to make headlines. But they should have made headlines ...

  17. Pete Townshend Calls iTunes 'a Digital Vampire'

    November 01, 2011 8:45 AM EDT In remarks that seemed oddly timed for Halloween, the Who's Pete Townshend said iTunes "bleeds [artists' works] like a digital vampire" at the inaugural BBC 6 Music John Peel Lecture. The rocker argued that Apple, whose iTunes ...

  18. Jimmy Savile, Eccentric 'Top of the Pops' Host, Dead at 84

    October 31, 2011 8:11 AM EDT LONDON (AP) - Veteran British broadcaster Jimmy Savile, a famously eccentric culture figure, has died at his home in northern England. He was 84. Savile, known for his garish tracksuits, chunky gold jewelry and boundless enthusiasm for pop music a ...

  19. Barney Wragg Named Managing Director of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group

    October 14, 2011 11:15 AM EDT Barney Wragg, a former executive at Universal Music Group and EMI in the early days of digital distribution, is extending his entertainment resume with the newly created position of managing director at The Really Useful Group (RUG), the company t ...

  20. Vevo, iHeartRadio Among New Partners for Microsoft's Xbox Live

    October 05, 2011 2:08 PM EDT Music companies and other TV and entertainment companies are the newest partners of Microsoft's Xbox Live entertainment service for the Xbox 360 gaming platform. The new services will launch with Xbox this holiday season. Nearly 40 companies ...

  21. U.K. Retailers Hit Out At Digital Economy Act's Lack of Progress

    September 15, 2011 8:33 AM EDT A lack of progress in implementing the U.K. Digital Economy Act is costing British retailers millions, according to U.K. trade body the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). Speaking at the organization's annual general meeting, held in ...

  22. Business Matters: Make No Mistake, EU Copyright Extension Is Good for Record Labels, Too

    September 12, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Make No Mistake, EU Copyright Extension Is Good for Record Labels, Too -- Artists and performing musicians are feeling the love in the European Union while record labels are being a bit overlooked. If you've read news reports about the EU ...

  23. BBC Proms Has Banner Year With Over 300,000 Attendees

    September 12, 2011 3:32 PM EDT Not That Kind of Prom: The Proms, which held its finale last night at London's Royal Albert Hall (above), dates back to 1895. It was originally set-up to allow ordinary people to see live classical music. (Photo: BBC/Chris Christodoulou) The ...

  24. eMusic Partners With The Echo Nest to Create eMusic Radio

    August 30, 2011 10:57 AM EDT eMusic has partnered with The Echo Nest to build new products for its digital music service using The Echo Nest's music intelligence platform. The first result of the partnership is eMusic Radio, radio programs hosted at eMusic that help list ...

  25. Bjork, Domino Records' Laurence Bell To Receive AIM Independent Music Awards

    August 24, 2011 2:08 PM EDT The Association of Independent Music has announced that Björk and Domino Records founder Laurence Bell will each take home the inaugural Independent Music Awards at a ceremony this fall. Björk will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music tro ...

  26. Foursquare Partners with Songkick For Live Music Check-Ins

    August 18, 2011 2:01 PM EDT Foursquare, the popular social networking site that allows users to broadcast their current location to friends, has announced partnerships with Songkick, ESPN and MovieTickets.com to help users further narrow down their current locations. The par ...

  27. Leona Lewis Settles Court Dispute Over New Single

    August 17, 2011 10:20 AM EDT Leona Lewis and her record label, Simon's Cowell's Syco, have settled a high profile legal dispute with Swedish dance music producer and DJ Avicii over the "Bleeding Love"-singer's new single, "Collide." Avicii, ...

  28. Three Arrested Over Sony Warehouse Fire During London Riots -- 25 Million Discs Destroyed

    August 11, 2011 9:49 AM EDT Three teenagers were arrested Wednesday in connection with the fire that destroyed Sony DADC's warehouse during the London riots Monday , gutting the inventories of more than 150 independent labels. According to a BBC report this morning, two ...

  29. Sony Distribution Center Destroyed by London Rioters, Indie Labels 'Devastated'

    August 09, 2011 7:14 AM EDT A London warehouse containing stock for a number of U.K. independent labels -- including XL Recordings, 4AD, Beggars, Domino and Rough Trade - was destroyed by rioters during a third night of unrest in the British capital. The three-story building ...

  30. Paul McCartney To Contact Police Over Phone Hacking, Calls It 'Horrendous Violation of Privacy'

    August 05, 2011 7:30 AM EDT LONDON (AP) - Former Beatle Paul McCartney said Thursday he would contact police over his ex-wife's claim that the couple had been spied upon by a British newspaper. In comments to U.S. television journalists delivered via videolink from Cinc ...

  31. Nirvana's 'Nevermind' 20th Anniversary Editions Include Unreleased Recordings, Alternate Mixes, More

    July 26, 2011 1:57 PM EDT Nirvana's sophomore album and major label debut, "Nevermind," celebrates its 20th anniversary next month, and Universal Music Enterprises is re-releasing versions of the album with deluxe editions, exclusive content and more. Releas ...

  32. Will Amy Winehouse's Third Album Be Released?

    July 25, 2011 7:17 AM EDT After the initial shock of Amy Winehouse's death subsided, speculation turned would whether fans would ever get to hear her long-delayed third album. The five-time Grammy winner was originally supposed to release the disc months ago. She had ...

  33. Adele, PJ Harvey Top Mercury Prize Nominations

    July 19, 2011 8:33 AM EDT It looks as if the U.K. gambling community is betting on either Adele or P.J. Harvey to walk away with this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. The albums by these two currently unstoppable British female soloists were amo ...

  34. Analysis: 35 Million Reasons Why Jennifer Lopez Might Not Return to 'American Idol'

    June 15, 2011 12:24 PM EDT How about we just call it like it is: Jennifer Lopez's recent admission to the BBC that she's "on the fence" about returning to "American Idol" next season is likely nothing more than a ploy for a pay hike. Lopez' ...

  35. Biopic Report Card: The Status of Films on Tupac, Queen, James Brown, Jeff Buckley and 21 More

    May 31, 2011 2:55 PM EDT Biographical films about music icons often go through lengthy development periods. Changes in directors, writers and stars are common - witness projects involving the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Brian Wilson and the Mamas & ...

  36. Poly Styrene, X-Ray Spex Singer, Dies at 53

    April 26, 2011 11:30 AM EDT P oly Styrene , the braces-wearing singer who belted out "Oh bondage, up yours!" with the band X-Ray Spex , has died at the age of 53. Styrene, whose real name was Marion Elliott-Said, had been suffering from cancer. A statement on the s ...

  37. Adele Sells a Million, Sets U.K. Charts Record

    March 07, 2011 10:31 AM EST Adele's "21" (XL) sold its millionth copy in the United Kingdom last week to secure a sixth week atop the album chart, while its "Someone Like You" track started a third week as the U.K.'s No. 1 single. As the English ...

  38. MTV Base's Top U.K. MC List Sparks Controversy After Last Minute Changes

    February 25, 2011 5:32 PM EST Swagger Like Us: MC Tinie Tempah, who topped both MTV Base lists and won two Brit Awards (Photo: Getty Images) Fans of MTV Base U.K., the cable and satellite-delivered urban-music TV network, became outspoken when some claimed they suspected somet ...

  39. Pocket Hipster, New Snarky App From Echo Nest, We Are Hunted Debuts

    February 23, 2011 10:34 AM EST Music intelligence company the Echo Nest has announced a partnership with Australian web app development company We Are Hunted to produce a snarky new app called "the Pocket Hipster." If users can't make the trip to Williamsburg or ...

  40. Audio Network Expands Latin Catalogue

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Audio Network, the music library for content creators that licenses pre-cleared tracks for broadcast and digital use, has launched an extensive catalogue of Latin music to serve both Latin and non Latin clients. Audio Network made its announcement ...

  41. BBC To Close 200 Websites In Cost-Cutting Move

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Britain's state-backed public broadcaster the BBC said Monday it would close 200 websites over the next two years in a drive to slash costs and reshape online content. The move, which includes the loss of 360 jobs, is part of a raft of cost-c ...

  42. Business Matters: Will Apple and Google Bid on EMI?

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Will Apple and Google Bid on EMI? -- Now that Citigroup's takeover of EMI seems to be a near certainty, it's time for the pundits to ponder possible acquirers. If history offers any lesson it is that Apple and Google will be frequently c ...

  43. Captain Beefheart Dies at Age 69

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Visual artist, singer, musician, composer and American iconoclast Don Van Vliet, known throughout the world as Captain Beefheart, has died at the age of 69 from complications related to multiple sclerosis, an artist representative stated on Friday ...

  44. MTV U.K. Tips Far East Movement, Mona, Willow Smith

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. acts Far East Movement, Mona and Willow Smith have made the MTV Networks U.K. & Ireland list of 10 emerging acts it predicts will break big in 2011. "Blackberry Presents: Brand New For 2011" was unveiled at London's Koko ve ...

  45. Take That, Cheryl Cole Added To Royal Variety Performance Bill

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Take That and U.K. solo star Cheryl Cole are among the music acts set to perform at this year's Royal Variety Performance, held at the London Palladium, Dec. 9. Performing alongside Take That and Cheryl Cole, whose sophomore studio set " ...

  46. Queen Signs To Universal In Another Blow To EMI

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST British band Queen has signed to Universal Music Group after nearly 40 years with EMI, and preparations are under way for the release of remastered versions of Queen's studio albums in 2011. The switch, first reported in May and confirmed tod ...

  47. BBC Apologizes For Band Aid Story

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BBC apologized on Thursday (Nov. 4) for reports this year which gave the impression that millions of pounds raised for Ethiopian famine relief by the Band Aid music charity were used by rebel groups to buy weapons. Irish singer Bob Geldof comp ...

  48. Business Matters: Android, Lady Gaga, Google TV and more

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Android Hits 100K Mark -- Android has reached 100,000 apps in its app store, a threefold increase since March. Google says there are now 270,000 developers writing software for Android. Apple’s Ap ...

  49. Reggae Star Gregory Isaacs Dies Aged 59

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Reggae star Gregory Isaacs has died at the age of 59, his manager has confirmed. The Jamaican singer passed away this morning (Oct. 25) at his London home, following a long battle with illness. Known as the "Cool Ruler," Isaacs recorded ...

  50. Keith Richards: 'Jagger Enraged Me'

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Keith Richards says the Rolling Stones almost imploded because Mick Jagger thought he was "bigger than the Stones." The pair's stormy relationship is described in Richards' memoir "Life," published next week. Intervie ...

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