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  1. Borders Says Recovery In Spending May Take Years

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A recovery in U.S. consumer spending on discretionary goods could take "many, many years," the chief executive of U.S. No. 2 bookseller Borders said on Thursday (May 7). "Our view increasingly is that in certain discretionary catego ...

  2. Kylie Minogue Plans First North American Tour

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue will tour North America for the first time with a six-date trek that will begin Sept. 30 in Oakland, Calif., before ending in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Oct. 11. Bill Silva Presents will produce the ...

  3. Latin Radio Broadcasters Lobby Against Royalty Act

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lazer Broadcasting is a significant player in the Hispanic radio world on the West Coast. The Oxnard, Calif.-based operation, headed by president/CEO Alfredo Plascencia, owns and operates 18 Spanish language radio stations in 10 California markets ...

  4. Business Briefs: Nokia, Decca, Imeem, NAB

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Nokia's Comes With Music is estimated to have 23,000 subscribers in the UK (population 61 million). ( Music Ally ) - Decca Records is merging back-office, marketing and promotion with Deutsche Grammophon, also part of Universal Music Classi ...

  5. Updated: FCC's Adelstein Calls For PPM Inquiry

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT FCC commissioner Jonathan Adelstein Wednesday morning (April 8) called for a government inquiry into how Arbitron's Portable People Meter (PPM) collects data and affects minority audiences and broadcast stations. "I'm hopeful that t ...

  6. ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman Steps Down

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Marilyn Bergman, who has led the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for 15 years, is stepping down as president and chairman of the board. Her successor is expected to be elected at the next ASCAP board of directors meeting late ...

  7. Business Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger, StubHub, TrueAnthem and More

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- NPD Group found that 87% of U.S. digital music buyers used iTunes in 2008 versus 16% who used Amazon.com's MP3 store . Those figures do not indicate volume of purchases, just the percent of consumers who have purchased music at each store. ...

  8. 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, ...

  9. RIAA Appeals Royalty Rate Determination

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA today filed an appeal to the Copyright Royalty Board’s Final Determination on Royalty Rates in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In the appeal, which lists the Librarian of Congress as the appellee, the RIAA ...

  10. Federal Appeals Court Considers Motion Against CRB Judges

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Royalty Logic motion filed almost a year ago questioning whether the Copyright Royalty Board Judges are constitutionally appointed had its day in court yesterday, as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit considered the issue as part o ...

  11. Radio, Artists Urged To Negotiate On Royalties

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins lead vocalist Billy Corgan was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday (March 10) to support pending legislation that could force new fees on broadcasters. Corgan's appearance, which advocated "fairness" for providing intellect ...

  12. Anti-Performance Fee Resolution Gains Support

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST "The Local Radio Freedom Act," the NAB-backed resolution circulating on Capitol Hill that opposes the introduction of "any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge" on radio stations, has picked up nine more backers a ...

  13. Ticketmaster: AEG May Cancel If Merger Succeeds

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster's chief executive sought Thursday to allay antitrust fears over the ticket seller's planned merger with concert promoter Live Nation by revealing that a major venue operator has threatened to cancel its contract if the merge ...

  14. Obamas Praise Stevie Wonder At White House Concert

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle honored Stevie Wonder with an award and a White House concert, crediting the Motown legend's music for helping to bring them together. The multi-Grammy winning soul singer was presented the Library ...

  15. MusicFirst Coalition Lobbies Congress On Performance Right

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST In a move to bolster its campaign to get Congress to pass the Performance Right Act, which calls for artists and master rights owners to be compensated when their songs are played on terrestrial radio, the musicFirst coalition visited the halls of ...

  16. Stevie Wonder to Perform At White House

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Esperanza Spalding, Martina McBride, Mary Mary and will.i.am are among the lineup of performers for “Stevie Wonder in Performance at the White House: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize.” The Feb. 25 concert is in hon ...

  17. SoundExchange Makes New Settlement Offer To Webcasters

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the Feb. 15 deadline to reach a compromise on webcasting royalty rates approaching, SoundExchange has made a new settlement offer to small webcasters, Billboard.biz has learned. Under the terms of the deal, different rates are being offered t ...

  18. Performance Right Act Reintroduced To Congress

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected the Performance Right Act has been reintroduced jointly to Congress today with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Corker (R-TN), and B ...

  19. Performance Rights Act To Be Reintroduced

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Performance Rights Act - which would require radio stations to pay royalties to artists and labels for songs they broadcast over the air - will be reintroduced into the new 111th Congress this week, according to a letter signed by members of t ...

  20. Los Fabulosos Cadillacs To Tour U.S. In April

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Los Fabulosos Cadillacs will kick off their initial leg of U.S. tour dates April 3 at Chicago's Congress Theater, followed by an April 5 show at New York City's Hammerstein Ballroom, Miami's American Airlines Arena April 8 and Los A ...

  21. Kinky Preps Club, Theater Tour

    December 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Electro/alternative Mexican group Kinky will accompany the physical release of their album “Barracuda” (Nettwerk Music Group) with a 16-date U.S. tour that kicks off February 21 at San Francisco’s Grand Ballroom. Kinky released “Barracuda” in digi ...

  22. Opinion: Copyright Experts Must Be Proactive To Foster Change

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Earlier this year, BMI, in association with the Creative & Innovative Economy Center at the George Washington University Law School, launched Creative Industries in Transition, a series of symposia that focus on the future of creativity and in ...

  23. Law Professor Fires Back At Song-Swapping Suits

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST The music industry's courtroom campaign against people who share songs online is coming under counterattack. A Harvard Law School professor has launched a constitutional assault against a federal copyright law at the heart of the industry ...

  24. An Obama Victory Could Be Good News For Labels

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT If Barack Obama wins the election, the music business will get a valuable friend in Washington. But although stars from Bruce Springsteen to Jay-Z have stumped for the candidate, it won't be Obama himself. Vice presidential hopeful Sen. Josep ...

  25. Copyright Royalty Board Issues Decision

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board is standing pat with the 9.1 cents mechanical royalty song rate for both physical and digital albums, sources say. Meanwhile, it is setting the mastertone rate at 24 cents, according to sources. The Board also adopted t ...

  26. Online Retailers Await Royalty Decision

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board is scheduled to vote whether to increase royalty rates on digital downloads this Thursday. The outcome of the vote is likely to have a major impact on such digital retailers as Apple iTunes and Amazon.com as its hike on ...

  27. Senate Passes Webcaster Settlement Act

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Senate passed the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008, sending it to President Bush's desk for signature two days after the U.S. House of Representatives okayed the bill. The bill allows for SoundExchange, on behalf of copyright owners ...

  28. Lupe Fiasco Readies Tour

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lupe Fiasco will kick off a US tour Friday. The MC also recently released a remix of his last single, "Paris, Tokyo" featuring Q-Tip, Sarah Green and Pharrell along with a jazz remix, crafted by Chris Paultre, via his Myspace page . Here ...

  29. Webcasters Welcome House Vote On Royalties Negotiation

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio stations can extend their negotiations with labels and artists over performance royalties following a key vote in the House Of Representatives. The legislation, H.R. 7084, was passed on Saturday night (Sept. 27) and now moves to the ...

  30. Judge Grants New Trial In Thomas Downloading Case

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge granted a new trial to a Minnesota woman convicted of pirating music files in the nation's first file-sharing trial, ruling Wednesday he made an error in the jury instructions that "substantially prejudiced" her righ ...

  31. Trade Unions Back "Instruments On Planes" Campaign

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Musicians' Union (MU) has secured the backing of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) for its campaign to change the aviation industry's policy on the transportation of musical instruments. The MU has been campaigning on the issue si ...

  32. New York AG Investigates PPM

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pressured by a group of Hispanic broadcasters and Inner City Broadcasting in New York City, New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo has initiated an investigation into Arbitron's portable people meter (PPM) system. Arbitron received a subpoena ...

  33. Stevie Wonder To Receive Gershwin Prize

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Legendary singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder has been chosen as the second recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The award presentation will take place in the Library's Great Hall on Feb. 23, 2009. A concert celeb ...

  34. Promotional Value Of Music On Radio: $2.4 Billion

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One day after the contentious Performance Rights Act sailed through the House Subcommittee on Courts , the Internet and Intellectual Property, NAB president and CEO David Rehr pegged the promotional value of music broadcast on terrestrial radio at ...

  35. Copyright Office To Debut Online Registration System

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Copyright Office in the Library of Congress will debut a new online registration system on July 1, according to the organization. The move is part of its multi-year effort to move from a paper-based to a Web-based processing environment, ...

  36. T.I. Hits The Road

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT T.I. has embarked on a sporadic tour with his Grand Hustle Entertainment roster including Young Dro, DJ Drama and newcomer rapper, Alfamega. The series of dates kicked off earlier this month and will end on August 31 in Seattle. The run coincides ...

  37. Berman Blasts Broadcasters Over Rights Bill

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The notion that record companies "have put a ring through the nose of artists" and are leading them to fight for royalties from radio broadcasters "ain't the world today," Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.) charged to broadcast ...

  38. Verizon Backs Camila Trek

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Verizon has launched an exclusive alliance with pop group Camila that officially kicks off today, coinciding with the start of the band's U.S. headlining tour. The Mexican pop trio will play the first of 17 dates on June 6 at the Filmore in M ...

  39. Royalty Logic Files CRB Challenge

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The federal Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., just granted the motion of Royalty Logic to file its supplemental brief in the appeal of the Copyright Royalty Board's webcaster rate decision last year, Billboard.biz has learned. The brief a ...

  40. Int'l Performance Right Community Gathers In London

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "Getting a fair deal for music" was the underlying theme of a two-day international industry summit this week in central London which focused on the steadily growing income stream that is performance rights revenue. Public performance ri ...

  41. Company Hopes To Challenge CRB's Existence

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Royalty Logic hopes to challenge the very existence of the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board, which sets rates for compulsory licenses under federal copyright law. The company filed a motion on Tuesday with the federal Appeals Court in Washington, D.C. ...

  42. MPA, Amprofon Team For Mexico Anti-Piracy Effort

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Motion Picture Assn. and music industry organization Amprofon have joined forces to form a new entity that aims to combat Mexico's rampant piracy. Dubbed the Mexican Film and Music Protection Assn., the anti-piracy watchdog will be workin ...

  43. Sirius, XM Merger Approved By DOJ

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sirius Satellite Radio's $5 billion buyout of rival XM Satellite Radio received the Justice Department's green light Monday as government lawyers found that the combined company competes against a broad universe of electronic entertainme ...

  44. The Billboard Green 10

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Going green has become top of mind for artists big and small in the past few years, via everything from carbon offsets to philanthropy. Below, Billboard spotlights 10 acts that, through their actions in the past 12 months, are making a major diffe ...

  45. Billboard Q&A: Reverb's Adam Gardner

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Adam Gardner has come a long way since nicknaming his band's tour bus "the Earth Eater." Last October, the Guster guitarist/vocalist, who also co-founded environmental nonprofit Reverb, traveled from his home in Portland, Maine, to ...

  46. Music Goes Green

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT From artists remaking their studios to promoters with an eye on changing the world, the (recycled) pages of our second annual Green issue showcase every sector of the music business, blazing trails for concertgoers, music diehards and casual fans ...

  47. Supreme Court To Hear Broadcast Indecency Case

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Supreme Court will hear a challenge from America's major broadcast networks that questions the FCC's ability to fine broadcasters for so-called "fleeting expletives" heard during live broadcasts. The highest court said this ...

  48. House Subcommittee Passes IP Bill

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A House Judiciary Subcommittee late last week passed a bill intended to strengthen the government's intellectual property (IP) enforcement efforts. Reps. John Conyers, D-Mich., Howard Berman, D-Calif., Lamar Smith, R-Texas, and others had int ...

  49. NYU To Name Robinson 'Visionary'

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New York University's Steinhardt Music Business Program will be honoring publishing icon Irwin Robinson with its first visionary award. The award is bestowed upon a noted business figure for his or her lasting and positive impact on the music ...

  50. C3 Presents To Book Chicago’s Congress Theatre

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Austin-based C3 Presents continues to expand its Chicago presence with a new exclusive, multi-year booking agreement with the Congress Theatre, a 4,200-seater that has been an open room in the past. The deal is effective immediately. It's the ...

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