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  1. BPI Rejects Law Firm's Pursuit Of File-Sharers

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. trade body the BPI has distanced itself from the methods employed by a law firm in chasing file-sharers. The BBC reports that ACS:Law has sent thousands of letters to people it claims have infringed copyright over the Internet. Those accused ...

  2. Simon Cowell's Haiti Single Out Feb. 7

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST The cover of REM's "Everybody Hurts," organized by Simon Cowell to raise money for the victims of the Haiti earthquake, will be released Feb. 7. The BBC reports that the song features Robbie Williams, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Kyli ...

  3. Business Matters: Spotify, VC Funding, Citi, EMI and More

    January 22, 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 is a very sustainable financial model&q ...

  4. BBC's U2 Promo 'Inappropriate'

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC has been criticized by its editorial complaints unit over its coverage of U2 for its "No Line On The Horizon" (Mercury/Universal) campaign. The publicly funded U.K. broadcaster breached guidelines by using a "U2=BBC" on ...

  5. Fox Asks Apple To Kill Rogue iPhone App

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Want to read all of the latest Fox News headlines on your mobile phone? There’s an app for that -- but it's not owned or produced by Fox. An independent company called RIV Creations has crafted a string of media applications for Apple’s iPhon ...

  6. Zemeckis Finds Beatles for 'Yellow Submarine'

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST It's "all together now" for the cast of director Robert Zemeckis' upcoming Beatles feature. British actors Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell are in negotiations to portray the members of the Fa ...

  7. Solid Ratings For 'Top Of The Pops'

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The return of U.K. music TV chart show "Top of the Pops" for Christmas Day and New Year's Eve won decent ratings for the BBC. The weekly chart countdown was pulled from the schedules in July 2006 after a 42-year run. Various revamps ...

  8. BRIT Winner Ellie Goulding Tops BBC Poll

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding has come top of the BBC Sound of 2010 survey, which polls 165 critics, broadcasters and bloggers to identify the U.K.'s rising stars. Goulding, who combines folk and electronica, has already won a BRIT award, ...

  9. Terry Wogan Signs Off From Breakfast Show

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Veteran U.K. presenter Terry Wogan hosted the final edition of his hugely popular Radio 2 breakfast show on Friday, telling listeners it was a sad day that he had been dreading. "I'm going to miss you. Thank you. Thank you for being my f ...

  10. Late Steven Gately Tops Google U.K. Search List

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Former Boyzone singer Stephen Gately, who died Oct 10, topped the list of most popular topics searched for over the past 12 months by U.K. Google users. The only other music artist to appear in the top 5 was Lady Gaga, who appeared at No. 5 in the ...

  11. Susan Boyle Makes U.K. Chart History

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Former "Britain's Got Talent" contestant Susan Boyle made a record-breaking debut on Sunday's new U.K. chart with her debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment). It sold 410,000 units to bec ...

  12. Spotify CEO Confident For 2010 U.S. Launch

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of music streaming platform Spotify, has said that he is confident that the service will launch in the U.S. in the first half of 2010. Speaking at U.K. industry confab the Media Festival, where he was interviewed by medi ...

  13. BBC, Commercial Radio Unveil Web Radioplayer

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The publicly-funded BBC and the U.K. commercial radio sector have collaborated on a new online radio player. The U.K. Radioplayer, due for launch early next year, is intended to offer the output of every licensed U.K. radio station and to enable u ...

  14. U.K. Watchdog Recommends Liberalizing Media Ownership

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Britain's communications regulator recommended relaxing rules on ownership of local media to help commercial providers of regional news struggling to survive a slump in advertising. If approved by the government, the new rules recommended by ...

  15. Delegate Attendance Holds Steady At In The City

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the U.K.'s 18th annual In The City (ITC) claim attendance at the conference held steady this year, while declining to reveal official figures. They did state that the three-day conference and live music showcase (Oct. 18-20), wh ...

  16. Imagem Music U.K. Ups Minch To CEO

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT John Minch has been promoted to CEO of Imagem Music U.K. Based in London, he will report to André de Raaff, co-founder and CEO of the Imagem Music Group. Minch's new role will incorporate his position as CEO of classical publisher Boosey & ...

  17. Blizzards Blast Into U.K. At 'Hitchhiker's Guide' Bash

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Platinum-selling Irish rock act the Blizzards launched their first U.K. album release with a performance at an event to mark 30 years since the publication of the comic science fiction novel "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." P ...

  18. Amy Winehouse Backs Young Lioness

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Amy Winehouse will make a rare live TV appearance in the United Kingdom this Saturday (10) to sing backing vocals for her 13-year-old God-daughter Dionne Bromfield, the first signing to Winehouse's Universal Island-distributed Lioness label. ...

  19. Glastonbury 2010 Sells Out

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 2010 Glastonbury festival has sold out within 12 hours of tickets going on sale. Tickets for the U.K. event at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset went on sale Oct. 4 at 9am BST, but at 9pm, the festival's official Web site posted a message ann ...

  20. Beyonce, JLS, N-Dubz Win Two MOBO Awards Each

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British bands JLS and N-Dubz shared the limelight with U.S. star Beyonce after all three acts won two MOBO awards each. The ceremony celebrates black, urban music. Two of Michael Jackson's siblings also appeared at the MOBO (Music Of Black Or ...

  21. Leonard Cohen Due To Return To Stage

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Singer Leonard Cohen is expected to return to the stage on Monday after he collapsed during a concert in Spain on Friday and was rushed to hospital. The Canadian, who turns 75 on Monday, was halfway through a performance of his hit song "Bird ...

  22. In The City Unveils Digital Forum, Showcase Partners

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Manchester's 2009 In the City (ITC) music conference has added Anthony Volodkin, founder of the Hype Machine blog, and secondary ticket service Seatwave's CEO Joe Cohen to its list of speakers. The conference runs Oct. 18 to Oct. 20. The ...

  23. Mighty Boosh Star Joins 'Buzzcocks'

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Noel Fielding, best known for his work with radio and TV comedy series "The Mighty Boosh," has been confirmed as a captain on the new series of BBC Two pop quiz "Never Mind the Buzzcocks." The show, now in its 22nd series, will ...

  24. Gaming Industry Opens Music Discussion Forum

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT TIGA, the representative trade body for the U.K. video games industry, has launched a new service on its Web site called 'Creative Industry Switch,' which invites music companies, artists and games developers to come together in discussi ...

  25. Smokey Robinson To Play BBC Electric Proms

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Soul legend Smokey Robinson will perform at the BBC's five-day Electric Proms festival in London next month, along with U.K. indie-rock act Doves and rapper Dizzee Rascal. The event runs Oct. 20-24. Now in its fourth year, the festival return ...

  26. Sales Boost For Mercury Winner Speech Debelle

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sales for Speech Debelle's debut album "Speech Therapy" (Big Dada/Ninja Tune) have soared by around 1,000% compared to last week, following her Barclaycard Mercury Prize victory on Tuesday (Aug. 8) evening. The U.K. hip-hop newcomer ...

  27. Speech Debelle Scoops Mercury Prize

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hip-hop artist Speech Debelle is the winner of the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 2009 with "Speech Therapy" (Big Dada) for the best album of the past year by a U.K. or Irish artist. The debut set proved a popular winner among the audience at ...

  28. Beyonce, Dizzee, Kanye Earn 3 MOBO Nominations

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rapper Dizzee Rascal, Beyonce and Kanye West have each picked up three nominations for the 2009 MOBO Awards, which will move from London to Glasgow for the first time in their 13-year history. The MOBO Awards, which recognizes music of black ...

  29. BBC Beatles Doc Uncovers New Outtakes

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The BBC is to broadcast never-before-aired outtakes and conversations from the Beatles' final Abbey Road recording sessions as part of a weeklong tribute to the band to be aired on terrestrial Web BBC2 and arts channel BBC4 in September. Narr ...

  30. Who's Who On The Mercury Prize 2009 Shortlist

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bat for Lashes - "Two Suns" (Parlophone/EMI) "Two Suns" is the second album from alt-folk act Bat for Lashes, the brainchild of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Natasha Khan. According to the Official Charts Co (OCC) ...

  31. Big Hitters React To Mercury Nominations

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alternative acts Kasabian and Bat for Lashes have both expressed their delight to Billboard.biz at being nominated for the 2009 Barclaycard Music Prize. The acts were among the nominees present at the Hospital club in London today (July 21) for th ...

  32. Florence, Kasabian Lead Mercury Prize List

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alt-rock acts Florence & The Machine and Kasabian have emerged as the bookmakers' favorites for the 2009 Barclaycard Mercury Prize, the U.K.'s album of the year award. The two acts were quoted at odds of 5/1 by leading U.K. bookmaker ...

  33. Timberlake, 'Idol' Get Emmy Nods

    July 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT If Justin Timberlake decides to ditch the entire music thing, it looks like TV will welcome him with open arms. Timberlake received three nominations Thursday (July 16) for the 61st Annual Emmy Awards. Two came in the category for outstanding orig ...

  34. AIM Members Urge BBC To Back Indies

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A vote of the AIM membership has approved a proposal for the U.K. independent music companies' trade body to lobby the BBC to play a wider range of independent music on national top 40 station Radio 1 and AC network Radio 2. The proposal won ...

  35. Lady Gaga Tops BBC Interactive Glasto Results

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga was the most popular artist on the BBC's online Glastonbury service, as the U.K. broadcaster achieved record numbers for its interactive coverage of the British festival. Viewers could watch 'on demand' through the dedicat ...

  36. 6 Million-Plus Watch Jackson Memorial In U.K.

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More than 6 million people in the U.K. watched the live prime-time broadcasts of Michael Jackson's memorial service on domestic TV channels. The service was screened live on BBC Two, which attracted an average 4 million viewers and a 19% audi ...

  37. World Will Watch Jackson Memorial

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Talk about event television: The mega-blowout to celebrate Michael Jackson's life and music is expected to draw some of the biggest daytime audiences stateside in decades and through-the-roof ratings in Europe, where the show will air live in ...

  38. Michael Jackson Left 'Endless' Supply Of Unreleased Music

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson had a mountain of unreleased recordings in the vault when he died — music that is almost certain to be packaged and repackaged for his fans in the years to come. The material includes unused tracks from studio sessions of some of J ...

  39. Glastonbury Sales Surge On Amazon

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Online retailer Amazon.co.uk has reported a surge in sales for acts featured at the U.K.'s Glastonbury festival, which had extensive media coverage over the weekend. The event was broadcast on multiple BBC TV and radio channels as well as onl ...

  40. Glastonbury Gets 1.9 Million Ratings Peak

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Blur's headline set at Glastonbury got 1.9 million viewers for the BBC's live coverage of the final night of the festival. Blur, who reformed for summer dates, wrapped the 170,000-capacity event on the Pyramid Stage in Some ...

  41. Jackson Dominates iTunes, Amazon, Twitter

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The death of Michael Jackson has had an immediate impact on his sales. Five of the top ten "trending topics" on Twitter are currently Jackson-related and his death dominates Google trends. The singer dominates the U.S. iTunes store' ...

  42. TDC Play Wins Mobile Award

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Unlimited music service TDC Play won the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) honor for best music service at the global mobile trade body's 'Meffys' awards ceremony. TDC Play, which is available in Denmark, is powered by European mobil ...

  43. U.K. Govt Plans $82,000 Fines For Online IP Offenses

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has outlined proposals to improve copyright licensing and increase financial penalties for online infringers. The proposals, which were part of the Digital Britain report, include legislative changes to ...

  44. Play.com Named Best Online Retailer

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Play.com has won the best online retailer category for the second year running at the U.K.'s third annual Which? Awards, which celebrate the companies and individuals best serving the interests of the consumer. At a ceremony held at London� ...

  45. Govt Minister Backs 'Regulation' To Tackle Piracy

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There is a need for further regulation to help tackle piracy, a U.K. government cabinet member told the annual general meeting for PPL, the record labels' and performers' royalties collecting society. Member of parliament Alan Johnson, t ...

  46. Green Day Set For Top On Two Days' Sales

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Green Day's comeback album "21st Century Breakdown" (Reprise/Warner Bros) is likely to secure the U.K. No. 1 based on just two days' sales, according to U.K. entertainment retailer HMV. The new Green Day set went on sale today ...

  47. Depeche Mode Soars To European Albums Summit

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Depeche Mode races 67-1 on European Top 100 Albums with its new, 12th studio set "Sounds of the Universe" (Mute/EMI), while Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal) moves into a tenth week atop European Hot 100 Sing ...

  48. Ojos De Brujo Members Refused U.K. Visas

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Leading Spanish hip-hop/flamenco fusion act Ojos de Brujo had to cancel its London concert at the Roundhouse venue, because the United Kingdom consulate in Madrid refused to issue visas to the band's two Cuban musicians. Ojos de Brujo's ...

  49. MOBOs Head To Glasgow

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. MOBO Awards will be staged in Glasgow this year, the first time the ceremony has been held outside of London. Glasgow SECC will host the 2009 MOBOs on Sept. 30. The announcement was made today (April 17) by awards founder Kanya King, R&am ...

  50. Spandau Ballet Reforms For World Tour

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. '80s pop act Spandau Ballet has reformed for a world tour, following a reconciliation among the five members a decade after a bitter court battle over royalties. The reunion after 20 years was announced today (March 25) on board HMS Belf ...

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