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  1. China Hires 'Sexual Content Appraisers' for Content Crackdown

    May 05, 2014 3:57 PM EDT As part of an initiative dubbed "Cleaning the Web 2014," authorities are closing websites, while tech companies are hiring young people to evaluate erotic content -- and receiving a lot of interest. A nationwide crackdown on pornography ...

  2. China Censorship: Lady Gaga Unbanned, Rock Legend Cui Jian Shuns Official Favor

    January 19, 2014 11:25 AM EST Three years after the diva is banned, new album "ARTPOP" gets the green light, while China's "Godfather of Rock" turns down chance for Lunar New Year gala show amid censorship concerns. It's been a mixed week for free ...

  3. China's Media Regulators Silence TV Singing Contests

    July 31, 2013 4:57 AM EDT China’s media regulators have ordered the country’s satellite television stations to stop producing new singing-contest programs and to cut down on melodramatic elements of those currently airing. Chinese authorities are “controlling the total n ...

  4. Morning Fix: SoundExchange Financials; 2013 Grammy Voter Guide; Xmas Sales; Lady Gaga Doc

    December 26, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other newsletters HERE. EXCLUSIVE: SOUNDEXCHANGE FINANCIALS: HOW MUCH PAID VS. HOW MUCH IN LIMBO? SoundExchange had a $363 million cash balance on Dec. 31, 2011 on its Form 990, the annual r ...

  5. Shanghai Touring Market Heating Up for International Stars

    December 12, 2012 10:51 AM EST Jennifer Lopez rocking Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena on Nov. 24. (Photo: AEG China) The city of Shanghai, the largest in China, has seen a surge of top-level international acts touring the city, and the trend looks set to continue. In a firs ...

  6. Morning Fix: Apple's Music Strategy; Samsung's Profits Surge; Aguilera, Reid, Lovato Light Up Billboard Conference

    October 26, 2012 8:25 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters APPLE RADIO SERVICE RUMORS CRUSH PANDORA STOCK: Press reports claiming Apple is on track to go live with its streaming radio service in 2013 sent Pandora's stock sinki ...

  7. Nicola Benedetti, Classical Violinist, Hits The UK Album Charts (Ahead of Justin Bieber)

    September 14, 2012 12:31 PM EDT Classical violinist Nicola Benedetti topped Justin Bieber on this week's UK album charts (screen shot) "Chasing vacuous fame as if it's something in itself just isn't remotely fulfilling. This obsession must be fought against.& ...

  8. Zebra Music Fest Reaches China's Rapidly Expanding Rock & Pop Touring Market

    August 13, 2012 1:34 PM EDT The crowd at the Zebra Music Fest at Jinshan Beach, near Shanghai. (Photo: Rob Schwartz) SHANGHAI -- The Channel Young Zebra Music Festival has emerged as one of the potent forces in China's nascent touring scene, a market that is expanding r ...

  9. Are Adele, Rolling Stones, Spice Girls, Madness, George Michael, One Direction, Kate Bush and/or Muse Playing Olympics Closing Ceremony?

    August 09, 2012 8:31 AM EDT LONDON -- Kate Bush is one of the biggest music names mentioned here as a potential performer at Sunday's star-studded closing ceremony for the London 2012 Olympic Games. The singer's name is being bandied about in the British media alon ...

  10. Apple Pays $60 Million to Settle iPad Dispute With China's Proview

    July 02, 2012 7:50 AM EDT BEIJING (AP) -- Apple has paid $60 million to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market. Chinese Authorities ...

  11. CAA's Rob Light to Take Part in Executive Q&A at Billboard Country Music Summit

    May 22, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Rob Light, head of the Music department, a partner, and Managing Director of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), will sit with veteran Billboard live entertainment writer Ray Waddell for an in-depth discussion at the Billboard Country Music Summit at t ...

  12. Exclusive: Timothy Xu Named Sony Music's CEO, Greater China

    April 04, 2012 7:44 AM EDT Sony Music has appointed former EMI exec Timothy Xu to helm its activities in the Greater China region, Billboard.biz can reveal. Xu has been named CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, Greater China, with responsibilities for China, Taiwan and Hong Ko ...

  13. Chinese Authorities Seizing iPads

    February 16, 2012 7:30 AM EST BEIJING (AP) - Authorities have seized iPads from retailers in more Chinese cities in an escalating dispute between Apple Inc. and a struggling local company over the trademark for the popular tablet computer, news reports said Thursday. The Chine ...

  14. Billboard Power 100: Rich Bengloff

    January 26, 2012 11:28 PM EST No. 97 Rich Bengloff President American Assn. of Independent Music Twitter: @A2IM Indie Advocate... When Rich Bengloff was named president of the American Assn. of Independent Music in 2007, the then-2-year-old trade group was still struggling to ...

  15. Why Converse, Scion, Intel, PepsiCo, Others Are Spending Big on Underground Music

    November 29, 2011 7:00 AM EST During October's CMJ Music Festival, Rochester, N.Y.-based indie-pop band Joywave booked some free time in one of Brooklyn's hottest new studios. The state-of-the-art recording space had more than enough features to make an upstart, unsi ...

  16. Backbeat: Florence + The Machine, Justice, Karen O Hit Brooklyn For The Creators Project

    October 17, 2011 5:33 PM EDT In the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge: "Origin" by United Visual Artists at the Creators Project event in Brooklyn. The installation is up through Sunday, Sept. 23. (Photo: Courtesy the Creators Project) The Creators Project, an event pro ...

  17. Creators Project With Florence & the Machine, Karen O, Justice Comes to Brooklyn Courtesy of Vice, Intel

    October 14, 2011 1:00 PM EDT A thirty-foot square installation by United Visual Artists (UVA) will be on display this weekend in DUMBO. This weekend (Oct. 15 - 16), the Creators Project will descend upon Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood for a free two-day festival that will ...

  18. Placido Domingo Signs With Sony Classical

    September 22, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo has signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical, the label has announced. Domingo, one of the most influential singing actors in opera, recorded music for CBS (which was purchased by Sony in the late 19 ...

  19. AEG Launches Axs Ticketing Platform To Rival Ticketmaster

    August 22, 2011 8:56 PM EDT Anschutz Entertainment Group has taken its first step in establishing itself as a significant player in the ticketing market and rivaling Live Nation's Ticketmaster by launching a website for its new ticketing platform, axs Ticketing . On Mon ...

  20. Will.i.am To Play U.S. State Dept 100,000 Strong Beijing Concert

    August 01, 2011 7:20 AM EDT BEIJING -- The Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am is heading back to China in support of the Obama Administration's 100,000 Strong initiative, designed to boost the number of American students studying in the Asian country, for a concert announc ...

  21. Chinese Search Giant Baidu's Major-Label Licensing Pacts Signal a Promising Shift

    July 22, 2011 1:46 PM EDT Can the piracy-ravaged Chinese market represent a sales opportunity for record labels after all? Sparking such hopes is a licensing agreement between One-Stop China, a joint venture of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner M ...

  22. Entire Apple Stores Being Faked in China

    July 21, 2011 7:35 AM EDT BEIJING (AP) -- At first, it looks like a sleek Apple store. Sales assistants in blue T-shirts with the company's logo chat to customers. Signs advertising the iPad 2 hang from the white walls. Outside, the famous logo sits next to the words ...

  23. China's Baidu Launches Online Muisc Service, Reaches Deal With 3 Major Labels

    July 19, 2011 7:32 AM EDT BEIJING (AP) - Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, said Tuesday it will distribute music from three global labels in a deal that its partners say could help clean up China's piracy-plagued music market. Music c ...

  24. Chinese Online Music Providers Form Industry Association

    June 20, 2011 3:00 PM EDT The first instance of an industry-coordinating organization of online music operators and online music content providers has been established in Beijing. The organization, The Alliance of the Digital Music Industry (ADMI), consists of more than 20 ...

  25. The Biz Q&A: Jasper Donat, President of Music Matters

    June 02, 2011 1:32 PM EDT Jasper Donat, President of Music Matters gesticulating from the stage in Singapore last week. (Photo: Courtesy Music Matters) Music Matters 2011 , the premiere Asian music industry conference, just wrapped up last week in Singapore. Launched six y ...

  26. China Piracy Cost U.S. firms $48 Billion in 2009: Report

    May 19, 2011 7:31 AM EDT China piracy cost U.S. firms $48 billion in 2009: report BIG SKY, Montana (Reuters) - Chinese piracy and counterfeiting of U.S. software and a wide range of other intellectual property cost American businesses an estimated $48 billion in 2009, the ...

  27. U.S. Lays Out International Policies on Cyberspace

    May 17, 2011 7:44 AM EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States launched a new initiative Monday designed to stamp the Internet with U.S. values such as freedom of expression, saying cyberspace must remain open, secure and reliable. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clint ...

  28. Bob Dylan Denies His Chinese Concerts Were Censored by Goverment

    May 13, 2011 1:11 PM EDT In a rare and lengthy post on his official website titled "To my fans and followers," Bob Dylan slammed what he characterizes as inaccurate reports that claimed he censored his setlist during his recent first shows in China . First, he r ...

  29. China Sets Up New Agency to Tighten Grip on Internet

    May 05, 2011 7:00 AM EDT BEIJING (Reuters) - China announced a new State Internet Information Office on Wednesday to unify the squabbling agencies that oversee the Chinese Internet, which Beijing views as both a potential gold mine and a political threat. The State Intern ...

  30. Rock Records Marks 30 Years at Beijing's Bird's Nest

    May 02, 2011 7:03 AM EDT BEIJING - One of Chinese pop's top record companies has marked its 30th anniversary with a star-studded concert at Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium. Founded in 1980 by Taiwanese brothers Sam and Johnny Duan, Rock Records has become one ...

  31. Bob Dylan Plays Vietnam To Half-Full Venue

    April 11, 2011 7:20 AM EDT After nearly five decades of singing about a war that continues to haunt a generation of Americans, legendary performer Bob Dylan finally got his chance to see Vietnam at peace. The American folk singer and songwriter known for his anti-war anthem ...

  32. Bob Dylan Gets Rapturous Reception at China Concert With 'Approved Set'

    April 07, 2011 7:21 AM EDT Counter-culture hero and 1960s protest singer Bob Dylan got a rapturous welcome from fans on Wednesday at his first gig in China, despite agreeing to sing an approved set so as not to offend political sensitivities. Famous for his songs against in ...

  33. Baidu to Launch Licensed Music Service in May

    April 06, 2011 7:23 AM EDT Baidu Inc, China's top search engine, will launch a licensed music search service in May, in a move to legitimize its current music search that critics say enables music piracy. Baidu will launch Baidu Ting sometime in May, said Kaiser Kuo, a ...

  34. Bob Dylan Clears China's Censors, Playing First Shows in April

    March 11, 2011 7:42 AM EST Censors have cleared Bob Dylan to make his China debut despite worries that the country's authoritarian government would block his planned shows given the American folk icon's antiestablishment reputation. China's Ministry of Cultur ...

  35. Will Bob Dylan's China Shows Be Censored?

    March 09, 2011 7:14 AM EST Despite the threat of censorship, American music legend Bob Dylan will try to scale the musical Great Wall of China in April, a year after he scrapped planned concerts here for reasons still unexplained. Overnight Tuesday, popular online ticket ag ...

  36. Chinese File-Sharing Site Xunlei Plans U.S. IPO

    March 04, 2011 8:26 AM EST Google-backed Chinese video and music file-sharing firm Xunlei, once sued by six Hollywood studios for film piracy, hopes to raise $200 million in a U.S. initial public offering and is hiring JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank to get ready. The comp ...

  37. Bob Dylan's April Gig in China Held Up By Chinese Government

    March 03, 2011 8:20 AM EST China is reviewing an application from Bob Dylan to stage concerts in the country, a year after the American folk legend's planned concerts in Beijing and Shanghai were canceled, an official at the Ministry of Culture said Thursday. The appli ...

  38. AEG's Leiweke And Outbox's Rosen Talk to .Biz About Competing With The Ticketmaster Juggernaut

    February 04, 2011 12:13 PM EST The new AEG/Cirque du Soleil/Outbox joint venture is well positioned to make inroads in the volatile ticketing market through its combination of content, venues, credibility and innovative model. But that doesn't mean it will be easy, as Tick ...

  39. U.S. Companies Make Combating Intellectual Property Theft A Top Priority To China's Visiting Leader

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST U.S. companies have long demanded that China let its currency rise to make U.S. exports cheaper. But as President Hu Jintao visits Washington this week, U.S. companies are stressing other goals: Stopping the theft of intellectual property. And get ...

  40. Wanted: More Than 2,000 In Google Hiring Spree

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Inc plans to hire more than 2,000 people around the globe, bumping up its workforce as it expands into new markets and battles for talent with faster-growing rivals. The world's largest Internet search engine, whose finance chief told ...

  41. IFPI Hopeful About Performance Rights In China

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST IFPI chief executive Frances Moore has called for stronger "deterrent penalties" for repeat copyright infringers who are hampering the development of China's music industry. Speaking at a World Intellectual Property Organization (WI ...

  42. Sony Ericsson Sees Big Smartphone Growth In China

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson it expects half of all mobile phones sold in China to be smartphones by 2015, as prices for handsets fall amid growing popularity. Sony Ericsson, a joint venture between Sony Corp and Sweden's Ericsson, also a ...

  43. China Preps For iPhone 4 Launch

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT China Unicom, China's second-largest telecommunications operator, may start selling Apple Inc's iPhone 4 in the mainland market in September, state television reported on Thursday. "China Unicom has reached an agreement with Apple, ...

  44. Apple In Talks To Buy China's Handseeing

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc is in talks to buy Chinese software maker Handseeing, an executive at the Chinese company said on Friday (Aug. 6), a deal that would mark the iPhone maker's first acquisition in the country. "We should have a decision in about ...

  45. Google Android Gains Pace, Social Web A Focus: CEO

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT About 200,000 smartphones and other devices based on Google's Android operating system are sold every day, CEO Eric Schmidt said, underscoring the strong challenge to rivals like Apple's iPhone. The world's No.1 search engine is hun ...

  46. China Satisfied With Google Search Engine Tweak

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT China is satisfied that U.S. Internet giant Google Inc is complying with Chinese laws after it tweaked the way it directs users to an unfiltered search page, a senior official said on Tuesday (July 20). The comments from a Ministry of Industry and ...

  47. Clampdown Rumored As China Twitter-style Sites Down

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chinese social networking websites that provide Twitter-like services have suddenly reverted to testing mode and access has been spotty amid reports of a government clampdown. Although Twitter has been banned for more than a year in China, Chinese ...

  48. Apple To Open Second Flagship Store In China

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc will open its second flagship store in China, in the heart of Shanghai's financial district on Saturday (July 10), the company said on Thursday (July 8). The retail outlet, featuring a 40-foot glass cylindrical wall, is located near ...

  49. Google's China Webpage License Under Review

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google's application to renew its webpage license in China is currently under review with no set deadline, a government official said on Wednesday (July 7). "Google's annual check-in is under way," Wang Lijian, chief propaganda ...

  50. Sun Valley Confab Kicks Off

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment industry power players have descended on Sun Valley, Idaho, for the annual post-July 4 tradition known as summer camp for moguls. Several hundred media and tech execs, financial types, agents, lawyers and assorted sports, entertainme ...

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