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  1. Nirvana, Regina Spektor, Lez Zeppelin: Record Store Day 2011, NYC Report

    April 17, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Thousands of shoppers flooded New York City's record stores on April 16 lured in party by roughly 300 exclusive releases made available for the fourth annual Record Store Day. At Permanent Records in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, when the store opene ...

  2. Rebecca Black Reportedly Threatens Legal Action Against 'Friday' Producer Ark Music Factory

    April 01, 2011 8:34 PM EDT Forget about the back seat, front seat debate. Rebecca Black and her mother are behind the wheel of potential legal action, accusing "Friday" producers Ark Music Factory of copyright infringement and unlawful exploitation of publicity ri ...

  3. Hot Topic To Shut ShockHound.com

    March 29, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Hot Topic Inc will discontinue ShockHound.com, its website that sells music merchandise and MP3s, and said Amy Kocoureke, the merchandising chief of its namesake division, left the company as it overhauls its business. The changes kick off the rei ...

  4. Pocket Hipster, New Snarky App From Echo Nest, We Are Hunted Debuts

    February 23, 2011 10:34 AM EST Music intelligence company the Echo Nest has announced a partnership with Australian web app development company We Are Hunted to produce a snarky new app called "the Pocket Hipster." If users can't make the trip to Williamsburg or ...

  5. .Music Domain Debate Is About Control, Not Opposition

    January 26, 2011 5:23 PM EST As with any debate over the music industry's reaction to any kind of online advancement, the hubbub over the .music domain registry is rife with inaccuracies and confusion. On Jan. 5, that ugly head again reared based on a letter sent by 15 n ...

  6. Alexandre Bompard To Head Fnac

    November 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Alexandre Bompard has been appointed as CEO of French leading electronic, music and cultural goods retailer Fnac, effective at the beginning of 2011. He will replace Christophe Cuvillier, who has headed the company since 2008. Cuvillier is leaving ...

  7. Merlin Signs With Audiotube

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Global indie music rights agency Merlin has signed a worldwide licensing deal with online music video platform Audiotube. Billed as the "home of independent music," Audiotube underwent a re-launch in September this year and recently inke ...

  8. Foxy Brown To Fight Charge In Neighbor Dispute

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rapper Foxy Brown says she'll fight charges of violating a court order stemming from a confrontation with her neighbor in New York City. Her lawyer, Salvatore Strazullo, refused to accept a plea deal in the case during a court hearing Tuesday ...

  9. 'South Park' Sued For 'Stealing' Music Video

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Less than a month after "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker were forced to apologize for lifting material for a spoof of "Inception" from the website CollegeHumor, the show is again facing accusations of content th ...

  10. Jamaican Artists Honored In Brooklyn

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Venerable Jamaican entertainers Glenroy Anthony "Ernie" Smith, 62 and Manley "Big Youth" Buchanan, 61, were awarded Congressional Proclamations for their ongoing contributions to the development of Jamaican music and culture. T ...

  11. Converse Teams With Bernard Sumner, Hot Chip

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Footwear brand Converse is releasing the first of its music collaborations featuring U.K. acts today (Oct. 6). It is part of a year-long campaign centered around British talent. The first track features Bernard Sumner from New Order and Bad Lieute ...

  12. Fashion's Night Out: Pharrell, Kanye, Gwen Stefani, Draw Fans to NYC

    September 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music stars and industry VIPs grace the front rows of New York Fashion Week each season, but at this year's Fashion's Night Out, they mingled with everyday fans. As retail stores ranging from Nine West to Balenciaga opened their doors to ...

  13. Gwen Stefani, Diddy Set for Star-Studded Fashion's Night Out

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The fashion industry is turning to the music business to boost its fortunes as part of the second annual Fashion's Night Out on Sept. 10. Musicians will perform at some of New York's top fashion houses as part of the event, aimed at luri ...

  14. Americana Awards Celebrate Legacy Of Wanda Jackson

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wanda Jackson had no idea the influence she would have on future rock 'n' roll women when she carved a sharp, distinctive line across the heartwood of the new genre back in the 1950s and '60s. The rockabilly queen with the knockout ...

  15. Timberlake Fashion Line Partners With Target

    July 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT William Rast, the fashion line by Justin Timberlake and his childhood friend Trace Ayala, has a new partner: Target. The retailer announced Thursday that a William Rast collection, including denim, outerwear and sportswear for men and women, would ...

  16. German Police Defend Safety Steps At Music Fest

    July 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German police defended how they handled security at a massive techno music festival that ended with 19 people dead and more than 300 injured in a stampede on Saturday but gave few clues as to how the tragedy occurred. In a news conference on Sunda ...

  17. Hastings Makes Big Push Into Comic Books

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment retailer Hastings is extending its footprint in comic books, a segment that has taken on greater importance as its music sales have fallen. In the 12 months ending April 30, Hastings’ music sales were down over 15% while books were d ...

  18. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Lexus' Steve Jett

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Steve Jett Title: National Marketing Communications Manager, Lexus Division - Toyota Motor Sales Panel: Lexus Case Study on Tues., June 15, from 2:35pm - 3:20pm. For more information visit Billboardevents.com . What's the last album you ...

  19. Funeral For Lena Horne To Be Held In NYC Church

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lena Horne's funeral is to be held at a Roman Catholic church in New York City. Celebrities, relatives and friends will gather Friday (May 14) morning at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in Manhattan to remember Horne. The singer and actress ...

  20. German Live Body Signs Up With Reeperbahn Fest

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Hamburg Reeperbahn Festival and the German Federal Association of the live entertainment industry (IDKV) in Hamburg have formed a partnership. During the Reeperbahn festival, Sept. 23-25. September 2010, the IDKV and its 235 members will have ...

  21. Share A Green Music Tip

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Artists like Dave Matthews Band and Jack Johnson have done great things on their tours to bring their music to the masses in an earth-friendly way. But now -- in honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day in April -- we're turning to you, the ...

  22. Hot Topic Revenue, Profit Drops In Q4, 2009

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Hot Topic earned $8 million in its 2009 fiscal fourth quarter (ending January 30) and $12 million for the full year, according to its Wednesday earnings release . The teen retailer reported fourth quarter revenue of $214 million, down from $238 mi ...

  23. Slacker Powers New Hip Hop Station By The Source

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Source Magazine has teamed up with online radio service Slacker to create a hip hop station. The free Source Magazine station, programmed by The Source staff, will be available on Thursday (March 4) at three places: The Source's Web site, ...

  24. Job Losses Expected At PRS for Music

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Back-office job losses are imminent at U.K. authors' body PRS for Music, which is due to unveil its results for 2009 within the next few days. The cuts emanate from the transfer of the responsibilities of the collecting society's copyrig ...

  25. @MIDEM: Brands Reveal Music Strategies

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Brands were the focus for several of the panels at the MIDEM music conference in Cannes, with executives from Converse, NASCAR, Carhartt and PepsiCo revealing details of their music strategies. Sonic branding agency Banshee Music, based in Wiscons ...

  26. Full Coverage of MIDEM 2010

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Full coverage of the 2010 MIDEM global trade fair and conference in Cannes, France, which runs Saturday, Jan. 23 - Wednesday, Jan. 27. *** CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF KEY MOMENTS AT MIDEM 2010 *** @MIDEM: Attendance Down 10% January 27, 2010 As the M ...

  27. @MIDEM: South African Licensing Platform Unveiled

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Cape Town-based Keevision used the MIDEM trade fair and conference to announce the launch of Africori, a business-to-business platform for licensing of African music. The announcement was made in Cannes by Africori founder and CEO Yoel Kenan, a mu ...

  28. Records: Jackson's Funeral Cost Nearly $1 Million

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson's private family funeral was fit for a king and had a price tag to match: roughly $1 million, according to court documents just released. Although Jackson died in June and had a large public tribute at the Staples Center in Lo ...

  29. Man Made Music Opens Doors On 'The Ledge'

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Man Made Music, the company behind NBC's theme for the Super Bowl and artist partnerships like Ice-T teaming with the History Channel for music for their show "Gangland," is debuting a new invitation-only music production library, a ...

  30. TV Broadcasters Sue SESAC

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST A group of television broadcasters have filed a class-action anti-trust complaint against SESAC, according to the Television Music License Committee, a non-profit organization which represents 1,200 local television broadcasters in negotiations on ...

  31. WMG Names Outrigger Media Ad Sales Partner

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fresh off the heels of its new licensing deal with YouTube , Warner Music Group has named Outrigger Media as a key advertising sales partner. Under the deal, Outrigger will work with Warner marketing staff to sell advertising and other sponsorship ...

  32. Inaugural F1 Rocks Concerts Staged In Singapore

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music South East Asia SVP Sandy Monteiro has described the inaugural F1 Rocks in Singapore as "electrifying" while acknowledging some "setbacks" at the event. Artists including Beyonce, No Doubt and Black Eyed Peas pe ...

  33. Wicked Cool Records Partners With The Music Playground

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Steven Van Zandt’s Wicked Cool Records is partnering with The Music Playground, a music supervision and licensing company for creative collaborations in film, TV and advertising. As part of the deal, the Music Playground will release the Wicked Co ...

  34. Regina Spektor Set To Pen Music For B'way Musical

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Regina Spektor has set her sights on Broadway - writing the music for a show inspired by "Sleeping Beauty." Elephant Eye Theatricals says the singer-songwriter will collaborate on "Beauty," a contemporary retelling of the Grimm ...

  35. Beyonce Sued Over Fragrance

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A battle between the pop star and the fashion brand just turned fierce. Abercrombie & Fitch Co, the apparel retailer known for sexy advertising and casual looks, has sued the singer Beyonce Knowles, claiming her plan for a new fragrance to be ...

  36. 6 Questions With Michaelangelo L'Acqua

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT W Hotels Worldwide has just appointed Michaelangelo L'Acqua as the hotel chain's first global music director, assigning him the task of creating partnerships with labels, curating the company's compilation CDs and finding other ways ...

  37. Heavy Expands To Radio

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Young-male Web destination Heavy is going offline. The site is launching a terrestrial radio program in a bid to expand reach. "Sumosonic" is a retooled show from one offered by Heavy online. The new version is hosted by Guns N' Ros ...

  38. Los 40 Principales Partners With Fashion Retailer

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spain's most popular national Top 40 radio network and a leading domestic fashion chain have created a music and fashion brand called the Music Collection, which is launched Sept. 10 in a central Madrid clothes shop for young people with an i ...

  39. Merlin Signs Up With Muzu

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On-demand music video streaming service Muzu.tv has signed a global video licensing deal with Merlin, the indies' digital licensing agency. It is the first video licensing deal that Merlin has signed. Dublin-based Muzu.tv provides free access ...

  40. Report: Knitting Factory L.A. To Close This Fall

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Knitting Factory in Los Angeles will reportedly shutter this fall, according to the company’s CEO Morgan Margolis. Margolis says the Hollywood club is opting not to renew its lease, which expires on Oct. 31, according to Los Angeles Times musi ...

  41. Mobile Firm Dada Cuts Staff

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Off-deck mobile content provider Dada Entertainment has begun laying off a number of employees. The scope of the layoffs is not yet clear, nor is the future disposition of the company. Dada Entertainment was a joint venture between Sony Music Ente ...

  42. South Africa Centre Stage At MIDEM

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MIDEM has announced that South Africa will be the country of honor at the 2010 edition of the international music market and conference in Cannes. The focus on South African will be organized in partnership with the South African Department of Art ...

  43. ASCAP Brief Pushes Royalty For Ringtones

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Should wireless operators have to pay performance royalties for ringtones? According to a brief filed by ASCAP (.pdf), in support of an ongoing lawsuit against AT&T Mobility, the answer is yes. The collecting society is arguing that ringtones ...

  44. European Fest Awards For 2010

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The first European Festival Awards will take place Jan. 13, 2010 in Norway during EuroSonic Noorderslag, the annual European music conference and showcase festival. The concept has been developed in association with European festival organization ...

  45. Liyana Defies Disabilities For Music's Sake

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music as an uplifting force takes on new meaning after hearing and watching Zimbabwe's Liyana perform. Despite physical challenges ranging from spina bifida to congenital joint impairment, the eight-member group-ages 17-23-offers up a stirrin ...

  46. Wood, Oates Triumph At Radio 2 Folk Awards

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST English folk stalwart Chris Wood and Jackie Oates, a former Young Folk Awards finalist, each won a pair of Radio 2 Folk Awards at the ceremony in London. While much of the U.K. capital came to a standstill with the snow, London's trendy Brewe ...

  47. MIDEM Numbers Down

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Attendance at MIDEM and MidemNet 2009 fell to around 8,000 participants, according to conference organizers. That represents a fall of around 12% on 2008's total of 9,100 and, while some delegates may have anticipated a steeper decline after ...

  48. PRS For Music Launches In Cannes

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society the MCPS-PRS Alliance has re-branded and will now be called PRS for Music. The new name was announced during the MIDEM international music market and conference in Cannes and becomes effective Monday (Jan. 19). A new writer ...

  49. El Puma To Honor Sandro With New Album

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Venezuelan pop star José Luis Rodríguez, better known for his nickname, “El Puma,” is releasing an album that pays homage to Argentine icon Sandro. The album “Mi Amigo El Puma,” named after the hit song, will be released in the first quarter and w ...

  50. Times Square Virgin Megastore To Close

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Times Square Virgin Megastore, which is the highest volume music store in the U.S., will shut down come April. The store has been at the center of speculation since August 2007 when the Virgin Entertainment Group North America was acquired by ...

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