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  1. U.K. to Introduce Age-Based Rating System for Online Music Videos

    August 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT Overtly sexual and explicit music videos distributed online are to carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom from October as part of a pilot scheme 'to help parents protect their children from graphic content,'  British Prime Mini ...

  2. BPI's Platinum, Gold, Silver Awards Will Tally Streams, Too

    June 26, 2014 10:28 AM EDT The British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) has announced that its Certified Awards Programme will include single streams when awarding sales certifications to singles, starting next month, as Music Week reports . Lana Del Rey, Ella Henderson Lead U ...

  3. Morning Fix: Wadsworth to Step Down from Helm at BPI; MP3Tunes Founder Liable for Copyright Infringement; Sylvia Rhone to Head Epic Records

    March 20, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE TONY WADSWORTH TO STEP DOWN AS CHAIRMAN OF BPI & BRIT AWARDS "After almost seven years in the role, I have decided to make 2014 my final year as chairman of BPI and BRIT Awards Ltd,” Wadswo ...

  4. U.K. 2013 Albums Sales Drop As Streaming, Singles Spike

    January 02, 2014 5:37 AM EST Robin Thicke’s "Blurred Lines," featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, and Daft Punk’s "Get Lucky," featuring Nile Rodgers and Williams, were the biggest-selling singles of 2013 in Britain. Overall singles sales for the year in t ...

  5. UK Vinyl Sales Hit Highest Level in a Decade, Daft Punk Leads 2013 Sales

    October 18, 2013 2:16 PM EDT Releases from Daft Punk, David Bowie and the Arctic Monkeys have boosted sales of vinyl LPs in the U.K. this year. Year to date, almost 550,000 records have been sold, the first time since 2003 that the half-million mark has been crossed in Brit ...

  6. R.I.P. Terri Anderson, Former Billboard Contributor and U.K. Music Biz Veteran

    May 28, 2013 11:14 AM EDT Terri Anderson, much respected in the U.K. industry as both a trade press journalist and as a corporate communications executive at the BPI, EMI Music, MCPS-PRS and AIM, died last Friday (May 24) after a battle with cancer. She was 66. Anderson ...

  7. Morning Fix: Rara Expands; Today's Apple Event; Bertelsmann, KKR & EMI; ATP Merger

    October 23, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters RARA ADDS IOS, EXPANDS MUSIC CATALOG, PARTNERS WITH LENOVO: On-demand subscription music company Rara has launched its service on Apple's iPad and iPhones , as well de ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. BPI AGM Touts Global Success of UK Artists, Demands Gov't End 'Love Affair With Big Technology'

    July 03, 2012 3:44 PM EDT The success of British artists on the global stage and the need for stronger Government action to combat piracy - and help ensure the U.K.'s continued status as a major exporter of musical talent - were the two dominant themes at the BPI' ...

  10. U.K. Album Sales Drop 13% In Second Quarter

    July 02, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Despite on-going growth in the digital market, U.K. album sales fell by 12.7% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2012, according to new market data released by British labels trade body the BPI. Total U.K. album sales -- comprising both physica ...

  11. Digital Revenue Outstrips Physical in U.K. For First Time

    May 31, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Digital has overtaken physical as the biggest source of recorded music revenue in the United Kingdom, according to new figures released by British labels trade body the BPI. Digital format sales accounted for 55.5% of U.K. trade revenues in the fi ...

  12. British High Court Orders ISPs To Block Pirate Bay

    April 30, 2012 1:28 PM EDT The British High Court has ordered five of the U.K.'s biggest ISPs to block users from accessing illegal file-sharing site the Pirate Bay. The ruling by Justice Arnold was made late last Friday (April 27) and was officially announced today. I ...

  13. U.K. Album Sales Drop 15% In First Quarter

    April 05, 2012 8:01 AM EDT Digital now accounts for almost a third of all U.K. album sales, according to new market data released by British labels trade body the BPI - but that's not enough to prevent a 14.7% year-on-year slide in quarter one album sales. According to ...

  14. U.K. Artists Score Biggest Share of North American Album Market This Century

    March 19, 2012 2:44 PM EDT British artists' share of the North American albums market climbed to a record high in 2011, with U.K. acts accounting for approximately 1 in every 8 albums sold, according to new figures released today by U.K. labels trade body the BPI. Acco ...

  15. U.K. Music Market Slips 3.4% Despite 25% Growth In Digital, Says BPI

    February 16, 2012 12:15 PM EST Digital music revenues in the United Kingdom climbed by 24.7% in 2011, but it was not enough to prevent a 3.4% decline in the overall music market, according to new figures released by labels trade body the BPI. Total recorded music trade revenue ...

  16. Adele Helps UK Pop Music Sales Reach 11-Year High, Rock Sales Drop

    January 17, 2012 11:20 AM EST Big-selling albums by Adele, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga helped push pop sales in the United Kingdom to their highest level in over a decade, according to figures released by British labels body the BPI and the Official Charts Company (OCC) . Adele&# ...

  17. The Year In International Music Biz: Our New (Interconnected) World Order

    January 10, 2012 2:00 PM EST Perhaps nothing speaks more to our increasingly interconnected globe then a look back at the year in international music business news. Here, flash mobs in Rio sing K-Pop songs; a spirited debate at a music conference in Singapore is re-tweeted in ...

  18. U.K.'s 2011 Digital Growth Fails To Offset Falling Music Sales (Again)

    January 03, 2012 9:15 AM EST Strong growth in digital and a record breaking year for singles was not enough to offset a further annual decline in total U.K. music sales, according to year-end figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) and British labels trade body ...

  19. Business Matters: Bands Can Now Sign Up for Google+ Pages

    November 07, 2011 7:20 PM EST Google+ Pages + Your Band = Your Band In Google Search Results -- Google has opened up its social network, Google+, to brands and businesses and made it easier for individuals to immediately connect with them. Google+ Pages is the business side of ...

  20. U.K. Digital Album Sales Climb Nearly 25%, But Overall Music Market Drops

    October 03, 2011 2:23 PM EDT The continued growth of digital album sales was the one positive note in some otherwise depressing quarter three figures, released today by U.K. labels trade body the BPI. According to BPI data, digital album sales rose 24.2% year-on-year to 6.1 m ...

  21. U.K. Report Underscores that Labels Must Look Beyond Digital Music Sales

    August 08, 2011 6:42 AM EDT The recording industry's salvation no longer lies in digital music alone. Instead, based on market dynamics at play in the United Kingdom, revenue diversification appears to be the key. According to IFPI, the total trade value of U.K. recor ...

  22. Analysis: Diversity, Not Just Digital Sales, Will Save the Recording Industry

    August 05, 2011 4:40 PM EDT The recording industry's salvation no longer lies in digital music alone. Instead, based on market dynamics at play in the United Kingdom, revenue diversification appears to be the key. According to IFPI, the total trade value of U.K. recorde ...

  23. How Germany Overtook The U.K. To Become Europe's Largest Music Market

    April 11, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Having long played second fiddle to the United Kingdom, Germany now ranks as the largest music market in Europe, according to international music trade body IFPI. The reversal was announced last week with the publication of IFPI's annual &quo ...

  24. 2010 British Album Sales Down 7%, Digital Up 30%

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Album sales fell by seven percent in Britain last year, despite a 30 percent jump in the number of digital albums purchased, industry lobby group the BPI said on Wednesday. The figures compiled by the Official Charts Company extend the trend of re ...

  25. Secondary Revenues Boost U.K. Music Biz

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. labels body the BPI has released figures showing that British record companies' secondary revenues -- income generated outside of CD sales and digital music services -- grew by 6.6% to £193.5 million ($305.8 million) in 2009. Secondary r ...

  26. Jailed U.K. Music Pirate Must Pay Labels Compensation

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A joint operation led by the IFPI and U.K. labels body the BPI has led to a convicted music pirate being ordered to pay £170,000 ($263,000) in record company compensation. The ruling was made today (July 27) by Judge Inigo Bing at Snaresbrook Crow ...

  27. BPI's Wadsworth Urges Labels To Invest In New Artists

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BPI chairman Tony Wadsworth has warned labels not to cut back investment in new artists. Addressing the U.K. trade body's annual general meeting at London's May Fair Hotel today (July 8), Wadsworth identified many positives for the biz. ...

  28. Deadline Day For BBC 6 Music Consultation

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BBC strategy review public consultation - which will consider views on the proposal to close radio network BBC 6 Music - concludes today (May 25). The public and other interested parties still have a few hours to have their say about the propo ...

  29. BBC 6 Music Audience Soars To 1 Million

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The BBC has unique problems with the latest RAJAR figures: the digital station that management wants to close increased its audience by 50%, while the surprise ratings boost for Radio 2 's breakfast show will enrage commercial rivals. New aud ...

  30. What Does U.K. Govt Mean For Digital Economy Act?

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jeremy Hunt has been appointed secretary of state for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport in the new U.K. government by prime minister David Cameron . The role makes him a key government figure for the music industry. Hunt held the shadow culture r ...

  31. Lady Gaga, Lily Allen Boost U.K. Pop Sales

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Albums by Lady Gaga, Paolo Nutini, Lily Allen and Robbie Williams helped pop claim its biggest share of U.K album sales last year since 2003. The figures from labels trade body the BPI showed that the genre accounted for 29% of album sales in 2009 ...

  32. Panel Highlight: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Vs. Industry

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A rare appearance yesterday by The Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi highlighted the “Tomorrow Never Knows” panel debate in London . With Geoff Taylor, CEO of BPI, also on the panel, it was sure to be a point-counterpoint discussion. Music Ally ...

  33. BPI Takes Save 6 Music Campaign Online

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. labels body the BPI has followed its lobbying efforts to save under-threat digital radio station BBC 6 Music with a new Web site, showing British artists' support for the modern rock and alternative station. The BBC Trust is holding a pu ...

  34. U.K. Recorded Music Revenues Inch Up In 2009

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI said a strong fourth quarter and rising digital sales helped push the recorded music market into growth in 2009. The BPI reported a modest 1.4% year-on-year increase in trade income of £928.8 million ($1.44 billion), based ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. U.K. Acts Maintain Market Share In North America

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI has released figures showing that British artists were responsible for almost one in ten artist albums sold in the U.S. and Canada last year. The market share dipped just slightly from 10% in 2008 to 9.6% in 2009, according ...

  37. BPI Meeting BBC Trust Over 6 Music Closure

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. labels trade body the BPI is meeting with the BBC Trust to express concern about the proposed closure of digital radio station BBC 6 Music . BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor and label executives are due to meet with chairman Sir Michael Lyons ...

  38. U.K. Biz, IFPI Welcome Digital Economy Act

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry and the IFPI have welcomed the passing of the Digital Economy Bill through parliament. The legislation including anti-piracy measures was rushed through the Commons - to the concern of some MPs, Internet Service Providers a ...

  39. Bundled Music 'Worth $155 Million To U.K. ISPs By 2013'

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST A study has found that bundled digital music services could generate £103 million ($155 million) of potential direct revenue a year for U.K. Internet Service Providers by 2013. Global industry analyst Ovum was commissioned to produce the study, &q ...

  40. Protests At BBC Radio Closure Proposals

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The BBC's proposals to close modern rock digital station 6 Music and the Asian Network has met with protests from listeners and the music industry. Artists including Mark Ronson and La Roux have spoken out in defence of 6 Music. Ronson said t ...

  41. U.K. Biz Backs BBC 6 Music

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has come out in support of under-threat BBC 6 Music, the modern rock digital radio station. U.K. labels trade body the BPI and indies counterpart AIM have voiced their concern about the potential closure of the station . Al ...

  42. Dizzee, Florence BRITs Duet On iTunes

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. trade body the BPI has partnered with iTunes on an exclusive release of the BRIT Awards duet between alt-rock act Florence and the Machine and rapper Dizzee Rascals. The pair will perform "You Got The Dirtee Love" - a mash-up of Flo ...

  43. @MIDEM: BPI: 'U.K. Government Will Pass Anti-Piracy Bill'

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britain’s Digital Economy Bill will be passed before the General Election despite a shortage of parliamentary time, according to U.K. labels body the BPI. “We’re doing everything we can to convince [U.K. Prime Minister] Gordon Brown he doesn’t nee ...

  44. 2009 U.K. Album Sales Decline 3.5%

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. album sales declined by 3.5% in volume to 128.9 million in 2009, according to new data from the Official Charts Company. Trade body the BPI said the 3.5% year-on-year decline was not as sharp as it could have been thanks to a strong release s ...

  45. BPI Says Non-P2P Web Piracy Growing

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. trade body the BPI says that while levels of P2P file-sharing remained steady in 2009, alternative Web-based illegal services have grown. While the focus in recent years has been on tackling illegal file-sharing, there are now other online th ...

  46. U.K. Music Biz Reacts To Three-Strikes Pledge

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A combination of fierce criticism and welcome support was the mixed response from the U.K. music and digital industry following proposals outlined today (Oct.28) by U.K. cabinet minister Lord Mandelson to tackle unlawful P2P file-sharing. Mandelso ...

  47. U.K. Cabinet Minister Promises P2P Legislation

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lord Mandelson, U.K. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has promised legislation to tackle unlawful P2P file-sharing. Speaking today (Oct. 28) at "c&binet forum" -- a three-day business and creative industry conf ...

  48. Downloads Push U.K. Singles To All-Time High

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Downloading has helped 2009 become the biggest-ever year for single sales in the United Kingdom with more than 117 million units sold to date, according to labels body the BPI. The previous record figure for U.K. single sales was set in 2008 when ...

  49. Lucian Grainge Delivers Bullish Keynote At BPI AGM

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge gave an optimistic keynote address at the BPI's annual general meeting in London, as the U.K. trade body issued figures showing an increase of 7% year-on-year for record company re ...

  50. 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 ...

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