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  1. 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 ...

  2. Backbeat: Indies Go To China: A2IM's Trade Mission To Shanghai

    October 01, 2012 1:05 PM EDT World Party: The A2IM trade mission to Shanghai, from left: Randy Chin (VP Records), Jean Hsiao Wernheim (Chief International Executive a-Peer Synergy), Bill Zang (CEO & GM Shanghai Synergy Culture & Entertainment Group), Sam Alpert (Eleve ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. U.S.-China Copyright Conflict Heading Towards Possible Trade Sanctions

    April 19, 2011 2:12 PM EDT China and the United States started the clock on a new stage of their trade dispute over films, books and music on Tuesday, a signal Washington will go ahead with a threat to seek retaliation rights. The battle, one of a series between the world&# ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Google Risks China's Ire With Slap To Censorship

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google shut its mainland Chinese-language portal and began rerouting searches to its Hong Kong site, unleashing Beijing's ire and prompting worry over its prospects in China. China lost little time in warning Google that its spurning of self- ...

  10. China Warns Google, Internet Row Deal Expected

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST China warned Google, the world's largest search engine, against flouting the country's laws on Friday (March 12), as expectations grow for a resolution to a public battle over censorship and cyber-security. The chief executive of Google, ...

  11. China Says Ways To Resolve Google Issue, U.S. Cautious

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST China sought on Friday (Jan. 15) to play down a threat by Google Inc to quit the country on hacking and censorship concerns, saying any decision by the Internet search giant would not affect U.S. trade ties. The United States said it was too soon ...

  12. China Defends Censorship After Google Threat

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST China defended its extensive censorship and brushed aside hacking claims on Thursday (Jan. 14), telling companies not to buck state control of the Internet after U.S. search giant Google threatened to quit the country. The Google dispute could sto ...

  13. RIM Announces Blackberry China Distribution Deal

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital China, a Hong Kong-listed information technology company, is to distribute Research In Motion's Blackberry handsets, accelerating RIM's effort to expand into mainland China. The agreement will "help RIM further expand its bu ...

  14. Beyonce Confirmed But China Cancels Other Foreign Acts

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As China celebrated the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic Thursday morning (Oct. 1), one of the country's top independent labels announced the cancellation of all foreign acts at its upcoming music festival. The M ...

  15. China Unicom In 3-Year Deal For Apple's iPhone

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple's iPhones will go on sale later this year in China, the world's largest mobile market, its partner China Unicom confirmed on Friday, after the country's No. 2 mobile carrier posted first-half profits that fell 45% yet beat exp ...

  16. China To Appeal WTO Ruling

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China will appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that orders an end to state control of movie, book and music imports. "We are actively preparing the documents to appeal," Ministry of Commerce spokesman Yao Jian said Monday (Aug. 17) ...

  17. China Might Appeal WTO Ruling

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China said Thursday it might appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that told Beijing to ease restrictions on imported movies, music and books in its latest trade dispute with Washington. The Commerce Ministry insisted Beijing does not hamper im ...

  18. The Orchard Signs Up For China's iMusic Service

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard has entered into an agreement with Chinese mobile services provider ZTEMT to program the English language genre sections of China Telecom's updated iMusic service. The digital music service will re-launch in September and the Orch ...

  19. China Says Google Spreading Illegal Vulgar Content

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday accused Google's English language search engine of spreading vulgar content that violated the nation's law. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang did not directly answer a question about wh ...

  20. China Attacks Google Over 'Pornographic' Links

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China's Internet watchdog condemned the Chinese-language version of Google on Thursday for "disseminating pornographic and vulgar information." The China Internet Illegal Information Reporting Center said it had complained twice to ...

  21. China Ups Security Ahead Of Tiananmen Anniversary

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Chinese security forces blanketed Tiananmen Square on Wednesday ahead of the 20th anniversary of the June 4 crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, while Twitter and Hotmail Internet services in China were blocked. Black police vans lurked at the s ...

  22. Royalties Inch Upwards In Netherlands

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dutch authors' rights society Buma/Stemra saw revenues rise 2% in 2008, despite a 13% decline in mechanical right collections. In a statement, the body claimed it had "managed to achieve satisfying results over 2008 in turbulent market c ...

  23. 'Unafraid' China Apparently Fears YouTube

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China is not afraid of the Internet, its Foreign Ministry said, even as access to the popular video sharing site YouTube was apparently blocked. YouTube, owned by search giant Google Inc, has been unavailable for users in China, which filters the ...

  24. China Closes 91 Web Sites In Crackdown

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST China has shut down 91 Web sites for pornographic and other "vulgar" content, as well as a political blog portal, since announcing its latest bid to ensure Internet morality, state media said. China's ruling Communist Party is wary ...

  25. Promoter China West Suspends Operations

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Shanghai-based China West Entertainment, which has promoted shows by Norah Jones, James Blunt and Kanye West in China, has suspended operations. Following a lengthy career as a promoter in the U.S, Steve Sybesma launched China West Entertainment i ...

  26. China Targets Big Web Sites In Internet Crackdown

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST China has launched a crackdown on websites as the country enters a politically sensitive year, with officials accusing search engines including Baidu and Google of spreading pornography and vulgarity. A report on an official news website (www.chin ...

  27. China State Media Blasts Guns N' Roses Album

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST A newspaper published by China's ruling Communist Party is blasting the latest Guns N' Roses album as an attack on the Chinese nation. Delayed since recording began in 1994, "Chinese Democracy" hit stores in the U.S. on Sunday, ...

  28. Beijing's Modern Sky Festival Returns

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Beijing-based independent rock label Modern Sky will hold its second annual Modern Sky Festival on Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Beijing's Haidian Park -- China's first outdoor concert event since security concerns around the Beijing Olympics led t ...

  29. iTunes China Back Online

    August 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Users can once again access iTunes in mainland China. Apple's US-based online music store was fully blocked last week after it emerged that Olympic athletes in Beijing had used the store to download the compilation "Songs for Tibet." ...

  30. U.K. Acts Set For Handover Celebration

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live performances by major U.K. acts The Feeling, Il Divo, Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and McFly will form the core music element of the Aug. 24 Handover Celebration, an event marking the end of the Beijing Olympic Games and the start of Lon ...

  31. China Confirms Extra Scrutiny For Int'l Artists

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT China is tightening the screws on political expression, saying it will ban foreign artists and entertainers who have ever engaged in activities deemed to "threaten national sovereignty." The notice, posted Thursday on the Ministry of Cul ...

  32. Hung Tik Joins Live Nation

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation is bolstering its business in China with the hire of local label veteran Hung Tik to its team. The executive, until recently Universal Music's managing director Hong Kong and China, has joined the live music giant as senior VP for ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. China's Mobile Music Market Slips

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT China's once fast-paced mobile music market experienced a decline last year due to a government crackdown on anti-consumer practices. An estimated 20%-30% of Chinese wireless customers signed up to mobile music subscription services had done ...

  39. MySpace Launches Test In China

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT News Corp.'s MySpace launched a test in China this week, extending the popular social network into the one of the fastest-growing regions of the globe, the companies involved said on Thursday. MySpace China is a locally owned, operated and ma ...

  40. U.S. Filing WTO Actions Against China

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The United States is filing actions against China with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva tomorrow. The claims charge that China, a member of the WTO, has failed to comply with agreed rules to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) a ...

  41. EC Report Illustrates Swing Toward Online Piracy

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said in a report Friday (Nov. 10) that seizures of counterfeit movies, music and software plummeted by 50% last year. But the Commission -- the European Union's executive body The European Commission said in a report F ...

  42. Mandelson: 'EU Won't Sue China At WTO'

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson on Tuesday (Nov. 7) ruled out European action at the World Trade Organization against China over its failure to clamp down on rampant piracy. EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson on Tuesday (Nov. 7) ruled out ...

  43. Mandelson: 'EU Won't Sue China At WTO'

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson on Tuesday (Nov. 7) ruled out European action at the World Trade Organization against China over its failure to clamp down on rampant piracy. EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson on Tuesday (Nov. 7) ruled out ...

  44. EU Demands China Improves Anti-Piracy Measures

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Commissioner Mandelson unveils China strategy. China must bolster its efforts to crack down on piracy and counterfeiting or face trade sanctions, European Union trade commissioner Peter Mandelson said Tuesday (Oct. 24). He was unveiling the Commis ...

  45. EU, China Boost Anti-Piracy Efforts

    September 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New pilot program launched to monitor sea ports. The European Union and China have revealed plans to introduce "smart and safe" trade lanes on the seas in a bid to counter rampant piracy, including the shipment of illegal CDs and music D ...

  46. China iPod Libel Claim Slashed

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A Taiwan-funded company has slashed a libel claim against two Shanghai journalists, who said workers at a plant making iPods were mistreated, from 30 million yuan ($3.77 million) to just 1 yuan, Xinhu A Taiwan-funded company has slashed a libel cl ...

  47. EU Commissioner Warns China On IP

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson on Thursday (June 8) called on China to do more to clamp down on music, movie and software piracy, warning the country would face a backlash in Europe unless it d EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson on Thurs ...

  48. EU Commissioner Warns China On IP

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson on Thursday (June 8) called on China to do more to clamp down on music, movie and software piracy, warning the country would face a backlash in Europe unless it d EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson on Thurs ...

  49. Britain's AIM Unlocks China Stream Pact

    April 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Association of Independent Music is powering on in China. After establishing a presence there last year, the trade body today (April 10) unveiled a groundbreaking agreement to stream music The U.K.'s Association of Independent ...

  50. Schwarzenegger To Help Fight Piracy In China

    November 29, 2005 12:00 AM EST California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been in talks with China's government about lending his celebrity status to making an anti-piracy message for Chinese TV, California officials said. BEIJING (The Hollywood Reporter) -- California Gov. ...

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