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  1. Brandle's Global Bits: Tony Wadsworth In Major Label Comeback? Max Hole's Music Matters Keynote, Google's Thunder Down Under

    March 14, 2014 12:47 AM EDT Tony Wadsworth To Join Sony Music? Could Tony be joining Sony? That’s the big question doing the rounds this week.  The surprise departure of Nick Gatfield from the top job at Sony Music’s U.K. affiliate has created a void at the music major, and ...

  2. Biz Q&A: BPI Chief Geoff Taylor On Google's Search Problem, HMV's Future, Moribund Digital Economy Act

    January 30, 2013 7:55 AM EST The United Kingdom may only have a population of 60 million, but when it comes to generating music artists that resonate around the globe the U.K. consistently punches well above its weight. According to labels trade body the BPI, U.K. artists acc ...

  3. U.K. Music Launches Equality & Diversity Charter

    February 09, 2012 1:23 PM EST Keith Harris, director of performer affairs at U.K. collecting society PPL and spokesperson for the Alliance for Diversity in Music & Media (ADMM), horrified an audience of music and media folk yesterday (Feb. 8) at the launch of the British m ...

  4. BPI Establishes Fund for Indie Labels Impacted By London Riots

    August 15, 2011 11:32 AM EDT U.K. music trade body the BPI has set up a fund to help indie labels affected by last week's fire at the Sony DADC distribution centre in Enfield, London. More than £100,000 ($163,350) is to be made available to U.K. imprints that lost stock ...

  5. U.K. Indies Get German Invite

    July 29, 2011 11:43 AM EDT U.K. labels association the BPI is teaming up with funding body UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) in an attempt to ease British independents' access to the German recorded music market, which earlier this year was confirmed as Europe's la ...

  6. OCC Looks To Cash In On U.K. Charts

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. charts compiler the Official Charts Co. (OCC) will expand its commercial activities, following the appointment of former video games executive Giles Jones to the newly created role of head of commercial development. In his new role, Jones wil ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Biz Welcomes EU Term Vote

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. industry bodies the BPI, AIM and Musicians' Union have joined with labels' and performers' licensing organization PPL in welcoming a European Parliament vote in favor of extending the term for copyright on sound recordings from ...

  9. Musicians Lobby EU On Term Extension

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. licensing body PPL organized a reception in Brussels to help artists press their case for a fair copyright term deal at the EU level. The current term for copyright in sound recordings is 50 years and the European Commission proposed extendin ...

  10. Barclaycard To Sponsor Mercury Prize

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Barclaycard and the Mercury Prize have joined forces on a four-year partnership that sees the credit card company become title sponsor of the prestigious U.K. music award. Effective immediately, Barclaycard -- an arm of global financial services p ...

  11. Report: RIAA Drops File-Sharing Lawsuits

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Association of America has signalled its intention to switch tactics in the battle against piracy. It stopped filing mass lawsuits early this fall and will now attempt to cooperate with ISPs on tackling users who are uploadi ...

  12. MP3 Logo To Raise U.K. Awareness

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Key digital music retailers in the U.K. have joined together in support of a new campaign to increase consumer awareness about the MP3 format. The home pages of seven companies -- 7digital.com, Digitalstores.co.uk, HMV.com, Play.com, Tescodigital. ...

  13. Brits Honor For Pet Shop Boys

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran U.K. dance-pop duo the Pet Shop Boys will receive the outstanding contribution to music award at the 2009 Brit Awards at Earls Court on Feb. 18. The Pet Shop Boys will also perform at the awards, which are screened on ITV1. The BPI, the U. ...

  14. Mixed Bag Of Mercury Nominees Unveiled

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock veteran Robert Plant squares off against teenage singer/songwriter Adele on the 12-album shortlist for the 2008 Nationwide Mercury Prize, announced in London this morning. The list reflects "a remarkably rich year for British music," ...

  15. Fake Bollywood Discs Seized In Paris

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST A haul of 3,000 counterfeit Bollywood CDs and more than 200,000 illegal DVDs has been seized during a raid in Paris. Officials from the IFPI and BPI were present at the Feb. 13 raid on the Thamilan Music Centre, which was carried out by officers f ...

  16. Wadsworth Out At EMI U.K.

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tony Wadsworth has left his role as chairman and CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland, it was announced today (Jan. 8). The move is described in a statement from the company as part of the "ongoing restructuring of EMI Music" under the new ...

  17. Hands Demands Trade Body Change

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Guy Hands is calling into question the necessity of trade bodies the IFPI, RIAA and BPI, Billboard.biz understands. Hands, chairman of EMI Group and CEO of Terra Firma, the equity firm which now owns EMI, is understood to have sent a damning lette ...

  18. No Smiles At Dramatico As Comedy DVD Hits German No. 1

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Katie Melua's record label has attacked changes in German chart rules that have seen her "Pictures" (Dramatico) album kept off No. 1 by a comedy DVD. Comedian Mario Barth's spoken word DVD "Männer Sind Primitiv, Aber Glück ...

  19. Talbot Joins OCC As MD

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Official U.K. Charts Company (OCC) has appointed Martin Talbot to the newly-created role of managing director. Talbot, who has edited Music Week for five years, will join the company on Oct. 1. The OCC says his appointment is part of a drive t ...

  20. Legal Anti-Piracy Boost For U.K. Biz

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry is welcoming a landmark court verdict which could prove vital as it steps up its fight against copyright crime. Wendy Fair Markets Ltd directors Nicholas Hobday and Sally Ward, together with the company itself, were found g ...

  21. Martin Splits With BPI

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST David Martin has departed as director of the BPI's anti-piracy unit. It is understood Martin left the London-based organization in early December for personal reasons. BPI anti-piracy investigator David Wood will temporarily fill the void as ...

  22. BPI Receives Positive Co-op From ISPs

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K. music industry association BPI said today (July 12) it welcomed indications that British Internet service providers Tiscali and Cable & Wireless will suspend the accounts of serial illegal fi U.K. music industry association BPI said t ...

  23. BPI Receives Positive Co-op From ISPs

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT ISPs willing to disconnect file-sharing offenders. U.K. music industry association BPI said today (July 12) it welcomed indications that British Internet service providers Tiscali and Cable & Wireless will suspend the accounts of serial illega ...

  24. Report: New Acts Boost U.K. Q1 Sales

    April 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Releases from newcomers Arctic Monkeys, James Blunt and Corinne Bailey Rae helped push first quarter artist CD album sales in the United Kingdom to a record 27.9 million units, according to sales figu Releases from newcomers Arctic Monkeys, James ...

  25. BPI Takes P2P Fight To High Court

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Labels' trade group, the British Phonographic Industry, has for the first time lodged formal proceedings against illegal uploaders of digital music. LONDON -- Labels' trade group, the British Phonographic Industry, has for the first time ...

  26. BPI Takes P2P Fight To High Court

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Labels body the British Phonographic Industry has for the first time lodged formal proceedings against illegal uploaders of digital music. High Court proceedings are being issued today (Aug. 1) agains Labels body the British Phonographic Industry ...

  27. BPI Takes P2P Fight To High Court

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Formal proceedings launched for first time. Labels body the British Phonographic Industry has for the first time lodged formal proceedings against illegal uploaders of digital music. High Court proceedings are being issued today (Aug. 1) against f ...

  28. BPI Finds Live 8 Pirates On eBay

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The British Phonographic Industry is calling on eBay to tighten up its anti-piracy measures. LONDON -- The British Phonographic Industry is calling on eBay to tighten up its anti-piracy measures. Thousands of pirated DVDs of Live 8 were discovered ...

  29. BPI Tweaks Fees To Encourage Indies

    January 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Trade body sees indie participation as a priority. The British Phonographic Industry is revamping its subscription system in a move that it hopes will encourage greater membership take-up from the indies community. Under the new arrangement -- whi ...

  30. U.K. Music To Impact SXSW

    January 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Billboard.biz has learned exclusive details of a significantly upgraded British presence at this year's South By Southwest festival, set for March 17-21 in Austin, Texas. Billboard.biz has learned exclusive details of a significantly upgraded ...

  31. U.K. Music To Impact SXSW

    January 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Billboard.biz has learned exclusive details of a significantly upgraded British presence at this year's South By Southwest festival, set for March 17-21 in Austin, Texas. Billboard.biz has learned exclusive details of a significantly upgraded ...

  32. OCC: Brit Biz Buoyant In 2004

    January 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST Britain's recorded music market continued to register growth in 2004. New figures issued today (Jan. 7) by the British Phonographic Industry illustrate that a record 163.4 million albums were sold ov Britain's recorded music market conti ...

  33. Scotland Raid Nets 14 Pirates

    August 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fourteen people were arrested and £1 million ($1.82 million) worth of counterfeit product was seized Aug. 17 during a multi-agency raid on Paddy's Market in Glasgow, Scotland. LONDON -- Fourteen people were arrested and £1 million ($1.82 mill ...

  34. Scotland Raid Nets 14 Pirates

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fourteen people were arrested and £1 million ($1.82) worth of counterfeit product was seized yesterday during a multi-agency raid on Paddy's Market, in Glasgow, Scotland. Fourteen people were arrested and £1 million ($1.82 million) w ...

  35. Scotland Raid Nets 14 Pirates

    August 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fourteen people were arrested and £1 million ($1.82) worth of counterfeit product was seized yesterday during a multi-agency raid on Paddy's Market, in Glasgow, Scotland. Fourteen people were arrested and £1 million ($1.82 million) w ...

  36. British Government Launches Anti-Piracy Plan

    August 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The British government has unveiled a national strategy on fighting counterfeiters, with a special focus on intellectual property (IP). LONDON -- The British government has unveiled a national strategy on fighting counterfeiters, with a special fo ...

  37. U.K. To Get Download Chart

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The United Kingdom's first Official Download Chart will launch September 1, compiling sales data from online retailers such as HMV, iTunes, MSN, Mycokemusic, Playlouder, Virgin and 7 Digital Media. The United Kingdom's first Official Dow ...

  38. U.K. To Get Download Chart

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The United Kingdom's first Official Download Chart will launch September 1, compiling sales data from online retailers such as HMV, iTunes, MSN, Mycokemusic, Playlouder, Virgin and 7 Digital Media. The United Kingdom's first Official Dow ...

  39. U.K. Download Sales Pass Half-Million Mark In '04

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sales of legal downloads in the United Kingdom for the year to date have surpassed 500,000 songs, compared to "virtually none" in the corresponding period last year, according to a new report publishe Sales of legal downloads in the Unit ...

  40. U.K. Download Sales Pass Half-Million Mark In '04

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sales of legal downloads in the United Kingdom for the year to date have surpassed 500,000 songs, compared to "virtually none" in the corresponding period last year, according to a new report publishe Sales of legal downloads in the Unit ...