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  1. CMT To Air NBC's 'Nashville Star'

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT CMT has entered into an agreement with NBC to re-broadcast episodes of the upcoming season of "Nashville Star," the music reality show series that moves from USA Network to NBC. Season six of the show kicks off on Monday, June 9 on NBC. ...

  2. Chinese Search Engine Zhongsou Fined

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Zhongsou, one of China's top five Internet search engines, has been found guilty of infringing record companies' copyrights by the Heibei provincial government's Copyright Bureau and the city of Cangzhou. The authorities have ordere ...

  3. Chinese Orchestra To Make Landmark Vatican Performance

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The conductor leading the China Philharmonic Orchestra in a landmark concert Wednesday at the Vatican said he feels honored to perform for the pope, saying music breaks down cultural barriers. Ties between the Vatican and China's communist go ...

  4. Chang Upped To MD Of Universal China

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sunny Chang has been promoted to the newly created position of managing director of Universal Music Greater China, effective immediately. "Sunny is a very experienced music man who has been with our company for 28 years," Universal Music ...

  5. China's Midi Fest Postponed

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Just days after receiving performance permits, organizers of Beijing's Midi Modern Music Festival have been told by local police that they cannot provide security, meaning the festival will not be held. The ninth annual Midi festival -- China ...

  6. 30 Foreign Acts Approved For Beijing Rock Fest

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Performance permits for 30 international bands have been approved for the ninth annual Midi Modern Music Festival, China's longest-running outdoor rock festival. But the Shanghai edition of Midi is a no-go. Midi had planned to expand the even ...

  7. Baidu Responds To Lawsuit

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Popular Beijing-based search engine Baidu has responded to a copyright-infringement lawsuit filed against it on Feb. 4 by Universal Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Hong Kong and Warner Music Hong Kong. The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People ...

  8. Baidu Challenged With $9M Copyright Lawsuit

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court has agreed to hear a copyright-infringement suit against web portal Baidu. The suit was filed Feb. 4 by Universal Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Hong Kong and Warner Music Hong Kong, the IFPI ...

  9. Dandi Wind Blows-Off Shanghai Date

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canadian dance-music duo Dandi Wind is the latest overseas act to experience difficulty in trying to play live in China. Dandi Wind was scheduled to kick off its debut mainland-China tour at Shanghai's Shelter club on April 4. But a statement ...

  10. Celine Cancels Beijing Concert

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite attempts to reschedule the show, Celine Dion's "Taking Chances" Beijing April 13 concert has been canceled. "Due to some difficulties in securing the appropriate venue, organizers for Celine's Beijing concert annou ...

  11. Celine's Beijing Date Postponed

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Celine Dion will miss her scheduled Beijing debut on April 13, after rescheduling shows in the Australian segment of her "Taking Chances" world tour because of a throat infection. "We regretfully announce that this rescheduling has ...

  12. Korea's SK Telecom Buys Stake In China's TR Music

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST SK Telecom (SK), South Korea's biggest mobile carrier, said March 5 that it has acquired a 42.2% stake in Chinese record label Beijing Taihe Rye Music (TR Music) as part of its plans to expand across Asia. SK says it will jointly operate the ...

  13. Bjork's Shanghai Surprise For Chinese Authorities

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Icelandic singer Bjork's first major concert in mainland China on March 2 may have been her last, after she chanted "Tibet" several times during "Declare Independence," the closing song in her set at the Shanghai Internati ...

  14. MCSC, R2G Fire Shots At Baidu

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beijing-based Web portal Baidu has once again been accused of copyright violation -- this time by authors' group the Music Copyright Society of China (MCSC) and digital music distributor R2G. "Baidu has camouflaged its illegal activities ...

  15. World Peace One Reaches Out To Top Artists

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST World Peace One, a not-for-profit global peace advocacy group whose mission is to bring peace to the world through a 10-year global campaign of concerts, education and government initiatives, has targeted some of the top acts in the world for a se ...

  16. AEG's Leiweke: We Won't Go 360

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST AEG president/CEO Tim Leiweke made it clear that the Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment presenter doesn't intend to adopt the same business model as competitor Live Nation, during his keynote address at the Grammy Foundation's 10 ...

  17. Universal Talks With Google, top100.cn On China Service

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music confirms that it is holding talks with Google and Beijing-based music-download service top100.cn to provide music via the Web in China. "Universal has expressed interest in participating in Google and top100.cn's legal mu ...

  18. Baidu, Sohu In Crosshairs Of China Legal Fight

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The IFPI is stepping up its campaign against Internet piracy in China. The international labels body said legal proceedings were filed by member labels Feb. 4 against China's biggest internet company, Beijing-based Baidu, as well as Web porta ...

  19. China's R2G Music, MCSC Strike Partnership

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beijing-based digital music distributor R2G Music and local authors' body the Music Copyright Society of China (MCSC) on Feb. 1 unveiled a "strategic partnership" they say will better serve both rights-holders and Internet service p ...

  20. Aussie Venue Operator To Manage Beijing Arena

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australian venue operator AEG Ogden has reached an agreement to manage the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena (BOBA) - the first NBA-style venue of its type in Asia. AEG Ogden has formed a strategic partnership with the Beijing Wukesong Culture & ...

  21. China Concert Debuts For Björk, Maroon 5

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Björk and Maroon 5 will make their Chinese live debuts in March, Shanghai-based concert promoter Emma Ticketmaster said Jan. 24. Both acts are set to play one date each at the 4,000-capacity Shanghai International Gymnastics Center; Björk will per ...

  22. Celine Dion To Make China Debut

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Celine Dion will make her mainland China debut on April 13 at a Beijing concert marking the start of official celebrations leading up to the 2008 summer Olympics, which are being held in the Chinese capital. The concert will take place at Beijing& ...

  23. 8th Flamenco Festival Line-Up Unveiled

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Major Spanish flamenco music and dance artists will take part in the 8th Flamenco Festival five-country tour, which starts Feb. 6 in Los Angeles and ends May 25 in Brussels. The full bill for this year's festival was unveiled today (Jan. 14) ...

  24. China Court Rejects Yahoo China's 'Deep Linking' Appeal

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court on Dec. 20 rejected an appeal by Yahoo China against an April ruling that found it guilty of copyright violation due to its practice of providing "deep links" to Web sites offering unaut ...

  25. MEF Appoints Asia Board

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Representatives from Sony Pictures Television International, Indian telecom Tata Teleservices and mobile-billing services specialist mBlox have been voted on to the Mobile Entertainment Forum's Asia board. Hong Kong-based Sony Pictures Televi ...

  26. Live Nation Beefs-Up HK Biz

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Live Nation is stepping-up its activities in the Far East. The live music juggernaut has struck an agreement with Chinese company Cosmedia Group that sees it manage the new 10,000-capacity outdoor Pop TV Arena (Zhong Tian Di) in Hong Kong. The mul ...

  27. China's Hurray, Enlight Merge

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Beijing-based Hurray Holding Co. Ltd., whose activities include artist development, music production and provision of mobile-music services, says it is merging with Enlight Media Ltd., a leading Chinese entertainment-content production and distrib ...

  28. Biz Chiefs Urge EU To Solve China Syndrome

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST The cream of the international recorded music industry today called on the European Commission to help solve China's overwhelming music piracy issues. European Union trade commissioner Peter Mandelson met with a heavyweight industry team whic ...

  29. Yahoo China Appeals 'Deep Link' Ruling

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Yahoo China this week launched an appeal against an April 24 ruling by the Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court that found Yahoo China parent company, Beijing-based Alibaba, guilty of copyright violation due to the portal's practice ...

  30. C-Media Steps Up Ipeer Funding

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT C-Media Electronics Inc, a leading Taiwanese computer audio product maker, has injected a further $6 million of investment into Ipeer Multimedia International Ltd, the parent company of online music stores Kuro and Ezpeer+. The investment is seen ...

  31. Reznor To Fans: Steal Music

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In response to high CD prices, Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor offered advice to his Australian fans while performing at a Sydney concert in this YouTube video . "Steal it. Steal away. Give it to your friends," said Reznor. The s ...

  32. AIM Readies China Trade Mission

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. independent trade body AIM is taking a fourth music mission to China next month, with ten companies signing up to the Beijing trip. The mission, which runs from Sept. 8 to 14, intends to help the independent sector prosper in China's gro ...

  33. Spice Girls Add Tour Dates

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The reunited Spice Girls are expanding their upcoming world tour to cater for "overwhelming demand" for tickets. An extra three dates have been tacked onto the tour, bringing the total to 14 performances across nine countries. Vancouver ...

  34. Universal Forges Label Deals With Dong, Linfair

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is enriching its Far Eastern creative business through a pair of label deals. The music major has entered into an exclusive license arrangement with Dong Music, to develop and promote the recently-launched Beijing label' ...

  35. Ezpeer, Kuro Ready China Download Service

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Undaunted by China's rampant piracy, Taiwanese music-download service Ezpeer and Kuro, previously Taiwan's largest unauthorized P2P platform, will jointly launch a PC-based music-download service in mainland China on July 9. It will mark ...

  36. Baidu, Rock Records Team For Chinese Music Service

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Beijing-based Web portal Baidu and independent Taipei-based label Rock Records are launching an advertising-supported online music streaming service in China. Baidu users will be able to listen to songs from Rock's catalog free of charge whil ...

  37. AEG Live To Produce Spice Girls Dates

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live will produce arena shows by the reunited Spice Girls in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and London. The ‘90s pop sensation announced the reunion at the O2 Arena in London yesterday. The five-piece group will perform shows in 11 cities i ...

  38. Update: Spice Girls Get Ready For World Tour

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Spice Girls today confirmed one of the pop world's worst-kept secrets when the girl group announced they would reunite for a world tour. At a press conference in the O2, London -- formerly the Millennium Dome -- the five-piece group annou ...

  39. Quincy Jones Hits Branding High Note

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Quincy Jones is looking to leverage his status as a perennial icon of musical cool with his own lifestyle products and digital media. In a major branding initiative kicking off at this week’s Licensing International trade show in New York, the 27- ...

  40. EC: China Accounts For 93% of Pirate Euro CDs

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has called on the European Union to add its weight to the World Trade Organization challenge against Beijing to reduce China's piracy rates. The international trade body's discourse comes as European Commission figures reveal th ...

  41. Ticketmaster Grabs Stake In China's Emma Entertainment

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster has bought a majority stake in Beijing- and Shanghai-based ticketing and event promotions company Emma Entertainment Holdings. Terms were not disclosed. The purchase marks the third investment Ticketmaster has made in the mainland Chi ...

  42. The Crimea Breaks Mold With Download Offering

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British alternative rock act the Crimea has taken a radical approach to building a following. The group -- currently out of contract after they split last summer with their former label, Warner Music -- has made its new, self-financed, album " ...

  43. Court Orders Yahoo China To Pay "Deep Link" Damages

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A Chinese court has found Yahoo China guilty of copyright violation, the state-run New China News Agency (Xinhua) reported April 24. Eleven record companies, including the four international majors, in January sued Beijing-based Yahoo China operat ...

  44. Labels Line-Up To Sue Yahoo China

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Eleven record companies, including the four international majors, are suing Beijing-based Yahoo China operator Alibaba for violating copyrights. The lawsuit, which seeks damages of 5.5 million yuan ($711,288), was filed in Beijing No. 2 Intermedia ...

  45. Labels File Suit Against Yahoo China

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Record labels in China have filed suit against the operator of Yahoo China for providing access to free music. According to Shanghai China Daily , 11 labels -- including Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group --filed the joint suit against t ...

  46. Report: Strong Measures Required To Restrict China Piracy

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST European businesses lose billions of euros in China every year because of lax intellectual property rights protection, according to a European Commission report published Tuesday. The report said around 95% of audiovisual materials sold in China a ...

  47. Wei Wei Launches Album Via DotMobi

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Chinese singing superstar Wei Wei is the world's first artist to launch an album exclusively via dotMobi, the first Web site address domain dedicated to mobile content. Wei Wei made a personal appearance today 3GSM Congress mobile-industry tr ...

  48. Siemens, BDT Team On China Mobile Download Service

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST Beijing Digital Telecom (BDT), China's largest retailer of mobile handsets, and Munich-based Siemens Networks are set to launch what they claim is the territory's first DRM-protected mobile-based music download service. BDT and Siemens s ...

  49. "Noodle" Maker Wins At Channel V Awards

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST Beijing musician Xiao Fei found the recipe for success at Channel V's 13th annual Chinese Music Awards ceremony in Shanghai on Jan. 26, winning the inaugural Wireless Original Music Award for his novelty song "Instant Noodle." The c ...

  50. EU Sets Aside China Piracy Funds

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Union has unveiled a €37.2 million ($48 million) grant to help China stamp out piracy, as the two sides kicked off negotiations on a trade agreement that is intended to boost copyright protection. The EU grant -- confirmed today (Jan. ...

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