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  1. Google, Apple Pile Pressure On Phone World

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST At next week's mobile trade show in Barcelona you can find a program that measures how high you can throw a Nokia smartphone, an apt metaphor for Nokia's efforts to raise its game. But gravity might not favor the world's biggest mak ...

  2. Microsoft Planning Zune Phone?

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST An analyst report on Monday sparked renewed speculation that Microsoft may soon unveil the long-expected "Zune phone." Jefferies & Co. analyst Katherine Egbert says she expects Microsoft to unveil a phone in the next two months, perh ...

  3. Take That Lead U.K. Music DVD Sales Surge

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop act Take That's "The Circus - Live" (Universal) was the biggest music DVD release of 2009 in Britain, moving 574,000 copies according to the Official Charts Company. Overall, music video sales ended the year up 14.1% compar ...

  4. Shakira, Black Eyed Peas Win At Premios 40 Principales

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Shakira and Black Eyed Peas each walked off with two awards at the Premios 40 Principales gala ceremony in Madrid before some 18,000 fans and a live TV, radio and Internet audience in Spain and eight Latin American countries. It was the fourth Pre ...

  5. Iron Maiden, Rammstein To Headline Sonisphere

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST International touring rock festival Sonishphere will expand to three days in the U.K. in 2010 following its launch this summer, with headline appearances from Iron Maiden and Rammstein. The festival will call at 11 international locations next sum ...

  6. Spanish Confusion Over EU Warning On Internet Access

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain's telecommunications industry is perplexed by public comments from the European commissioner for the society of information, Viviane Reding, who warned that Spain faced conflict with the European Union over its plans to approve disconne ...

  7. Carlos Baute Triumphs At Premios Ondas

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Madrid-based Venezuelan singer Carlos Baute crowned "the year of Baute" by lifting two of the six music awards at Spain's 56th Premios Ondas gala in Barcelona. Baute took awards for best single for "Colgando En Tus Manos" ...

  8. HMV Unveils Curzon Cinema Store

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV plans to screen live concerts from its own venues at its new hmvcurzon cinema in Wimbledon, south London. The impressive, three-screen cinema above the existing Wimbledon store is a partnership with Curzon Artificia ...

  9. Leonard Cohen Returns To Stage After Collapse

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Leonard Cohen celebrated his 75th birthday in Barcelona at the last concert of his 10-date Spanish tour, just three days after collapsing on stage before 6,000 fans at a sell-out in Valencia. Some 14,000 fans at the Palau Sant Jordi stadium stood ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Benicassim Fest Hit By Hurricane-Force Winds

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The FIB Heineken festival at Benicassim, the most international music event in Spain, was suspended for part of its four-day run because of hurricane-force winds. Headline act Kings of Leon was unable to perform. As well as the adverse weather, th ...

  12. Madonna Visits Workers Injured In French Stage collapse

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Madonna visited on Sunday workers injured while building a stage for her concert in southern France, as well as meeting the family of one of two workers killed in the accident. A French worker was killed on the spot on Thursday when part of the ro ...

  13. U2 Opens World Tour With A Bang In Barcelona

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 kicked off their first tour in three years, rocking a raucous Barcelona crowd of around 90,000 and reaching for the stars with a live link-up to the International Space Station. Featuring one of the biggest concert stages ever built, the U2 360 ...

  14. Los Van Van Cancels Tour

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Major Cuban salsa and timba band Los Van Van has canceled its European summer tour after drummer and music director Samuel Formell suffered a domestic accident in his kitchen in Havana. Formell, son of Van Van double-bassist, leader and founder Ju ...

  15. U2 To Launch World Tour In Barcelona

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Irish rock group U2 kick off their first tour in three years on Tuesday (June 30), playing to 90,000 fans in Barcelona on one of the biggest concert stages ever built. Over the next four months U2 will perform to an estimated three million fans in ...

  16. Spain Embraces European Day Of Music

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Spanish music industry celebrated the European Day of Music with unprecedented enthusiasm and participation, with lines of fans forming at 9am for concerts beginning at noon and lasting until midnight in four cities - Madrid, Barcelona, Valenc ...

  17. M.I.A. Protege Rye Rye To Join A-Trak Tour

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT M.I.A. protégé Rye Rye will go on tour for A-Trak's "Hamburger" tour, taking off in Shangai, China, on May 28 and capping off at Hard Festival in Los Angeles August 8. "I was out one day and [DJ] Blaqstarr called me saying I sh ...

  18. Los 40 Principales, Coronita Back Beach Campaign

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spain's most popular national music radio network, Top 40-format Los 40 Principales, has teamed up with Mexican beer brand Coronita in an effort to clean up one European beach a year. And Los 40's 4 million daily listeners, according to ...

  19. Youssou N'Dour To Close Africa Vive Series

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Senegalese musician Youssou N'Dour will play the last of a series of concerts across Spain as part of the month-long Africa Vive festival to celebrate Africa Day on May 25. N'Dour's closing concert is on May 29 in Santa Cruz de Tene ...

  20. Cafe Tacvba Announce World Tour

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mexican rock legends Café Tacvba announced details of their 20th anniversary world tour today. The trek will take the Grammy and Latin Grammy winners to 20 cities in Central and South America, the U.S. and Europe. Also as part of the anniversary, ...

  21. Live Nation: Stateside U2 Sales Strong

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With sales this morning (March 30) of more than 82,000 tickets sold in New York, 72,000 in Boston and 65,000 in Chicago, the U2 360° Tour will set the largest single-day attendance record in each city, according to tour producer Live Nation. In Lo ...

  22. Strong Ticket Sales For U2

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 have sold over 215,000 tickets in under 24 hours for the U.K. and Ireland leg of their global "360°" tour, according to Live Nation. Tickets for U2's dates, which include performances at London's Wembley Stadium (Aug. 14) an ...

  23. Lily Allen Joins Spanish Fest Line-Up

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop singer Lily Allen, Scottish alt-rock act Glasvegas, reformed British post-punk band Magazine and indie-pop act Mystery Jets have been added to the line-up of the four-day FIB (Festival Internacional de Benicàssim) Heineken 09 summer festi ...

  24. Ratings Rise For Spain's Premios De La Música

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spain's only national music awards gala gained a slightly better TV audience than last year, after the winners of the 13th Premios de la Música were announced two weeks before the ceremony. The unprecedented decision to reveal the winners in ...

  25. Fonsi Honored At Premios Dial Gala

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi performed at the 13th Premios Dial music award gala in Tenerife ahead of the five-date Spanish leg of his current world tour. Fonsi was one of 13 Spanish and Latin artists to receive a Dial award for their contribution ...

  26. Online Concert Service Fabchannel To Close

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fabchannel, the Amsterdam-based company that films rock concerts from the Dutch capital's Paradiso and Melkweg (Milky Way) clubs and broadcasts them through its Web site, will cease doing so as of March 13. The site also had partnerships to f ...

  27. U2 Unveils 18 Stadium Shows

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 and Live Nation have confirmed the first tranche of stadium dates on the band's global "360°" tour. As first revealed on Billboard.biz on Friday (March 6), the tour, produced by Live Nation Global Touring and sponsored by "s ...

  28. Exclusive: U2 Readies '360' Global Tour

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST U2 360°, U2's world tour in support of the band's new album "No Line on the Horizon," will play stadiums around the world, beginning June 30 in Barcelona, Billboard can exclusively reveal. Details of the tour will be announced ...

  29. Sony Ericsson Unveils New Mobile Phone Strategy

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson unveiled a new strategy for its struggling mobile phone business in an attempt to share content on its handsets with other devices in the home. Called Entertainment Unlimited, the initiative seeks to integrate mobile phones with such ...

  30. Omnifone Unveils Unlimited Music For ISPs

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST London-based Omnifone, which powers various all-you-can-eat services with mobile vendors and operators around the world, has unveiled its latest unlimited offering during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and confirmed it is in talks with lea ...

  31. Nokia Unveils Online Software Shop

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The world's top cell phone maker Nokia unveiled on Monday its new online software and media store, hoping to follow the runaway success of Apple's App Store. The focus of the cell phone market has been shifting to software development si ...

  32. Promoters Clash Over Rival Rock Fests

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The launch of a new global touring festival, Sonisphere, headlined by Metallica, has provoked a war of words between promoter Stuart Galbraith and his former employer Live Nation U.K., which operates the rival Download festival. Sonisphere was unv ...

  33. Spain's Premios De La Música Nominations Unveiled

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nena Daconte, Amaral, Vetusta Morla and Russian Red have won three nominations each for Spain's 13th Premios de la Música awards, announced simultaneously in offices of the Spanish authors' and publishers' collecting society SGAE in ...

  34. Filmax Launches Spanish Digital Music Service

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST European digital distributor 24-7 Entertainment announced its entry into the Spanish market with the launch of Filmax's music download store musica.yodecido.com. The store is powered by 24-7 Entertainment, describing it as one of "a myri ...

  35. Spanish Biz Suffers 10% Fall

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain's music market continued to slump in 2008, falling by 10.4% in combined physical and digital sales value to €254.4 million ($338 million). An 8.1% increase in digital sales to €29.2 million ($38.8 million) was not enough to make up for ...

  36. RightsFlow Inks New Indie Deals

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST RightsFlow has signed on three new clients for its Outsourced Music Licensing system, FLOW: CAM, Creazioni Artistiche Musicale, an independent record label and music publisher based in Rome; La Cupula Music, or House Of Music, an independent digit ...

  37. Boost For Spanish Live Biz

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Two live music initiatives for small venues have kicked off to help new talent and strengthen a live music circuit, in both the Spanish capital Madrid and the country as a whole. The moves come amid the general financial crisis, an anti-live venue ...

  38. Calamaro Named Best Latin Artist At Premios Ondas

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Argentine singer and composer Andrés Calamaro took the best Latin artist award at the 55th Premios Ondas ceremony at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house, a week after winning the Latin Grammy prize for best vocal rock album, "L ...

  39. McCartney Hopes To Release Beatles Track

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Paul McCartney says it's time an experimental Beatles track saw the light of day. McCartney says he wants to release "Carnival of Light," a 14-minute experimental track the Fab Four recorded in 1967 but never released. The band play ...

  40. Chuck D. Set to Address Red Bull Music Conference

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chuck D., one of the founders of seminal hip-hop group Public Enemy, will address the Red Bull Music Academy this weekend in Barcelona. The Red Bull Music Academy is a conference put on by the energy drink maker. This is the 10th year anniversary ...

  41. SGAE Gets ARTeria Pumping

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish authors and publishers collecting society SGAE has opened its second cultural center outside Spain as part of its ARTeria project to promote and foment music and other cultural activities. ARTeria is a division of SGAE's promotion arm ...

  42. Artists Line Up For Womad

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New York-based Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra (AAO) has been confirmed as one of the additions to the bill at the 14th Womad Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, to be held in the Spanish Canary Islands, off West Africa, Nov. 6-9. This year's festival, ...

  43. Spain's Grupo Zeta Launches Label

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish media conglomerate Grupo Zeta is launching a "360-degree" music label called El Volcan Musica. The Barcelona-based group says its new arm has three chief aims: to árecord and release "quality Spanish music made in Spain" ...

  44. Performances Of Classic Indie Albums Generating Box-Office Bumps

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When Built to Spill announced its fall tour in May, fans took notice. That's because rather than a typical jaunt around the country promoting a new album, the three-month trek will find the band performing its 1997 release, "Perfect From ...

  45. Woody Allen Drafts Little-Known Band For 'Barcelona'

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Like Woody Allen's new film, "Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona," the song "Barcelona" by the band Giulia y los Tellarini is about what comes of chance meetings and subsequent love affairs, including one with the city itself. &qu ...

  46. Warm Welcome As Coldplay Kicks Off Live Dates

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There were some miscues and some cobwebs, but Coldplay can be satisfied with their return to the stage at Brixton's Academy on Monday night. The limelight is well and truly focused on the British band at the moment, thanks to the phenomenal e ...

  47. Coldplay's Latest On Target For U.K. Year-Best

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's new album release is off to a hot start in Britain. Retailers are reporting that early sales of "Viva La Vida" are on track to make the album the fastest and best-selling set of the year. The EMI release went on sale in t ...

  48. Production Issues To Delay Coldplay Tour

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay has been forced to postpone the start of its North American tour by two weeks due to unspecified "production delays which mean that the show simply won't be ready" for its planned June 29 kick-off in Philadelphia. The itine ...

  49. Madonna's 'Candy' Sticks At No. 1 In Europe

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's another triumphant chart week in Europe for Madonna, who retains leadership of both European Top 100 Albums with "Hard Candy" (Warner Bros.), for a third week, and Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "4 Minutes" featuring ...

  50. Coldplay Confirms Free Barcelona Date

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's anticipated free Barcelona concert will be held June 17 at the Espacio Movistar venue, the British band's record label EMI confirmed today. The Spanish gig, which was initially leaked by frontman Chris Martin during a radio br ...

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