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  1. Ancienne Belgique Launches Ticket Exchange

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Brussels concert venue Ancienne Belgique (AB) is to implement a number of measures to fight ticket scalping including a legitimate ticket exchange system. The system becomes effective Jan. 22, the date for a sold-out show from Belgian metal band C ...

  2. Belgium's Sonica Retail Group Files For Bankruptcy

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Sonica Group of Belgian entertainment and electronics retailers has filed for bankruptcy with the Brussels court of commerce and 421 staffers of the company were laid off Nov. 18. Meanwhile, the official receivers have announced to aim for a c ...

  3. Sony Music Secures Future Of Germany's SPV

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment Germany in Munich and Hannover-based independent music company SPV Schallplatten, Produktion und Vertrieb GmbH have forged a comprehensive partnership. Subject to anti-trust clearance in Germany and Brussels, Sony Music wi ...

  4. PIAS U.K. Picks Up Sub Pop

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT PIAS U.K. has signed a digital and physical distribution deal with Seattle record label Sub Pop. The deal becomes effective on Sept. 15 and will see PIAS distribute all future Sub Pop releases in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including forthcomi ...

  5. Tiesto Inks Multi-territory PIAS Deal

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dutch dance artist Tiesto has partnered with Brussels-based PIAS Entertainment Group for the release of his fourth album "Kaleidoscope." The distribution and service deal sees PIAS working alongside N.Y.-based Compete Control Management ...

  6. Belgian Collecting Society SABAM Under Fire

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Brussels public prosecutor has accused authors' and publishers collecting society SABAM of the incorrect distribution of royalties to the rightful authors, composers and publishers. The decision of the prosecutor is based on the results o ...

  7. Deeper Look: EU Chief's Anti-Piracy Plans

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EU Telecommunications Commissioner Viviane Reding believes music download pricing should be simplified and harmonized in order to prevent piracy. Reding made these comments last week during a speech about digital Europe at an event in Brussels hel ...

  8. Mika Unveils New Songs In London

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop artist Mika unveiled new material at an intimate, acoustic gig at London's Sadler's Wells theater last night (June 8). The singer, whose "Life in Cartoon Motion" (Island) debut album has sold 1.6 million copies in the ...

  9. EU Commissioner Welcomes Pan-European Progress

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Neelie Kroes, European commissioner for competition, has welcomed progress towards pan-European digital licensing solutions, including agreement by French collecting society SACEM that it will cooperate on such arrangements. The antitrust issue wa ...

  10. PIAS Launches Synch Service

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT PIAS Entertainment Group has launched a dedicated synchronization service, PIAS Synch & Brand, which will position its label and artist repertoire to brand and media platform partners. The new service is a division of the Brussels-based compan ...

  11. CISAC To Stage World Copyright Summit in June

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers will hold its second annual World Copyright Summit on June 9 and 10 in Washington D.C., with a line-up of more than 100 speakers including the Bee Gees' Robin Gibb, songwri ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Featured Artists Back U.K. Govt On Term Extension

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The recently formed Featured Artists Coalition (FAC) has given its backing to the U.K. government's decision to vote against the EU proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. While other music industry bodies voiced their d ...

  14. U.K. Biz 'Disappointed' At EU Term Extension Rejection

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry has collectively voiced its disappointment, after the Council of the European Union rejected a proposal on term extension for copyright in sound recordings. A proposal on the term directive, put forward by the Czech preside ...

  15. Sharkey Attacks U.K. Government

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. Music CEO Feargal Sharkey has launched an attack on the British government over its lack of support for rights holders. Speaking at a reception for the British music business umbrella group at the MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, former Un ...

  16. Artist Guy Peellaert Dies

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Artist, photographer and illustrator Guy Peellaert, who designed covers for the David Bowie and the Rolling Stones, died Monday at age 74, according to the Telegraph UK . The Brussels-born artist, who created posters for a number of top films, inc ...

  17. French Culture Minister Wins Backing For Three-Strikes Plan

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT French culture minister Christine Albanel has received backing from the independent music community for her government's anti-piracy measures, which would see the authorities regulating internet service providers with a three-strike scheme un ...

  18. Gibb Raps EC In Popkomm Keynote

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bee Gee member Robin Gibb has opened Popkomm 2008 in Berlin with a keynote speech in his role as president of CISAC, the umbrella group which represents 222 authors' societies in 118 countries. He accused the European Commission of behaving i ...

  19. Musical Innovator Hector Zazou Dies In Paris

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eclectic French composer and producer Hector Zazou has died in Paris at the age of 60. Algerian-born Zazou, who died on Monday (Sept. 8), was a prominent figure on the French music scene who spent his career exploring and mixing music genres, espe ...

  20. PIAS Pacts With We7

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PIAS Digital, part of the Brussels-based European indie labels company PIAS Entertainment Group, is to make its repertoire available to We7, the soon-to-launch digital music destination co-founded by Peter Gabriel. The songs, from the more than 25 ...

  21. PRS Wins Legal Battle To Halt Pan-Euro Licence

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society the Performing Right Society (PRS) has a won a court case to prevent its Dutch equivalent, Buma, from issuing an unauthorised pan-European licence for online rights. Buma announced on July 19 that it had issued such a licen ...

  22. EC Hands Down CISAC Decision

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT CISAC, the umbrella trade groups for performing right societies, must reform its royalty collection practises and has been told to remove all obstacles impeding the pan-European licensing system after losing its long-running battle with European r ...

  23. EC Proposes Extended Copyright Term

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission today formally proposed an extension in the term of copyright for recorded performances from 50 to 95 years, rewarding the tens of thousands of British artists and the trade bodies which have lobbied intensively for new mea ...

  24. MU Urges Action On Term Of Copyright

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Musicians' Union is reiterating its call for European Commissioners not to "short change" performers as they mull over Commissioner McCreevy's proposals to extend the term of performers' rights in Brussels t ...

  25. Euro Composers, Songwriters Appeal With EC Pres

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A delegation of composers and songwriters today met with European Commission president José Manuel Barroso to discuss their concerns on a looming decision which they claim could have a "lasting disaster for all Europeans, culturally." Th ...

  26. AIM Blames Losses On MoS, Gut Bust

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A public spat which culminated in Ministry of Sound and Gut defecting from AIM's membership was today cited as a reason behind the indie association's widening losses in 2007. Speaking at AIM's annual general meeting today at London ...

  27. Impala Renews Appeal Against Sony BMG Merger OK

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT European independent music companies trade association Impala has launched another appeal with the European Commission contesting regulators' clearance of the Sony BMG merger. Brussels-based Impala said today it had lodged an appeal last Frid ...

  28. ICMP Names Hatton Secretary General

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) has appointed Ger Hatton to the role of secretary general. Hatton assumed the position April 7, and reports to the board of ICMP, which is now based in Brussels. Long-time ICMP general cou ...

  29. Societies Promote Pan-European Licensing

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Over the last three years, the way music publishing rights in Europe are licensed for online uses has been going through a process of change. It's the subject of a feature article in Billboard magazine that hit the street on April 11 (Billboa ...

  30. Fatboy's Southern Fried Gets New Oz Deal

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. DJ and producer Norman Cook's label Southern Fried Records has found a new home Down Under. Liberator Music will distribute the label in Australia and New Zealand after striking a deal with Cook -- who records under various guises, the b ...

  31. Winehouse Doubles Up On Euro Chart

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST It's "as you were" on Billboard's pan-European charts this week, as Amy Winehouse secures a second consecutive and ninth aggregate week at the helm of European Top 100 Albums with "Back To Black" (Universal Island) wh ...

  32. Indie Mobile, VP Records Forge Content Pact

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile marketing and digital distribution agency Indie Mobile has struck an exclusive content and mobile rights agreement with reggae label VP Records, covering the world excluding Japan, North America and the Caribbean. Through the deal, Indie Mo ...

  33. IMPALA Unveils New Board at MIDEM

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Pan-European independent labels body IMPALA has unveiled its new management structure at MIDEM, promoting current secretary general Helen Smith to executive chair. The trade body for European independent labels has also elected a triumvirate presi ...

  34. PIAS Strikes DRM-Free iTunes Deal

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Brussels-based pan-European label group/distributor PIAS has struck a global deal with with Apple Inc.'s iTunes service that will see more than 44,000 tracks added to its DRM-free iTunes Plus service. The tracks come from PIAS' own label ...

  35. 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) ...

  36. PIAS Makes Vital Name Change In U.K.

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. sales and distribution business Vital is to change its name as part of a major re-branding programme by owners PIAS Entertainment Group. The company will now be called PIAS U.K. in line with the group's other companies, which operate in ...

  37. Sony BMG Merger Ruling Scrutinized In EU Court 'Opinion'

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST A leading EU judge today said its lower court was correct to annul the 2004 clearance of the merger of the recorded music units of Sony Corp and German media company Bertelsmann AG. Juliane Kokott, the advocate general of the European Court of Jus ...

  38. Indie Chiefs Talk Shop With Euro Commissioners

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Impala seized an opportunity to network with European lawmakers this week when the independent music companies trade body held its annual summit in Brussels. Members of the European Commission and Parliament were among the guests involved in the d ...

  39. VPD, Hostess Team On Japanese Sales, Marketing

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Digital music services firm Vital PIAS Digital has struck a sales and marketing deal with Hostess Entertainment, the Tokyo-based label management, promotion, sales and distribution company, with immediate effect. Through the arrangement, unveiled ...

  40. Europe's Court Of Justice Hears Sony BMG Case

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Court of Justice has heard Sony and Bertelsmann's appeal against a ruling last year to annul the original 2004 Sony BMG merger. Representatives from Bertelsmann, Sony Corp and Europe's independent music community met yesterd ...

  41. Impala Calls EC To Check UMG's 'Creeping Dominance'

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Impala is calling on European regulators to scrutinize Universal Music Group's "creeping dominance" in the light of the music giant's buying spree. The European independent music companies' trade group is also asking Bruss ...

  42. PIAS, Indie Mobile Team On Mobile Services

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Brussels-based independent music firm PIAS Group is acquiring a 50% stake in mobile marketing and distribution agency Indie Mobile for an undisclosed sum. The "significant investment," explains PIAS in a statement issued today, will pool ...

  43. Apple, Majors To Meet In Brussels

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Executives from Apple Inc and major music labels will visit Brussels on Sept. 19-20 for an antitrust hearing with the European Commission over the iTunes Music Store. The development comes five months after the Commission -- the European Union ...

  44. Underworld Rings International 'Bells' Release

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. electronic act Underworld will release its long-awaited fifth studio album "Oblivion with Bells" on Oct. 15 via London-based label-development firm Integral and pan-European indie label PIAS. Issuing the album on their in-house labe ...

  45. ISPs Held Responsible In Belgian P2P Case

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A Belgian court has made the unprecedented ruling of declaring Internet Service Providers (ISPs) responsible for illegal peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing via their networks. The June 28 ruling, in a case originally brought by Belgian collection soc ...

  46. Smith Named Impala Secretary General

    July 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Helen Smith, co-manager of Brussels-based creative-industry consultancy KEA European Affairs, has been appointed as the new "stand-alone" secretary general for Impala, the pan-European trade association for independent music companies. T ...

  47. Multi-platinum Melua Heads Impala Honors

    June 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K.-based singer-songwriter Katie Melua's sophomore album "Piece By Piece" album leads off a new batch of European sales awards from Brussels-based pan-European independent labels body Impala. "Piece by Piece," released S ...

  48. Euro Parliament Approves New Support For Artists

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament voted Thursday for new measures providing job support for singers, musicians and songwriters across Europe. At its plenary session in Brussels, the Parliament voted to introduce a special electronic social security card for ...

  49. Stones' Bigger Bang Rolls On In Belgium

    June 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Rolling Stones kicked off the second leg of their European tour in Belgium Tuesday with the concert creating a 30km traffic jam, and Mick Jagger being whistled by fans because he addressed them in the wrong language. The band, who invited Iris ...

  50. 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 ...

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