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  1. Merlin's Board Takes Shape

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Independent labels' global digital-licensing agency Merlin is in the process of finalizing its full board of directors, an announcement on which will be made in August. Merlin, which is working with the international accountancy group KPMG to ...

  2. Live Earth Istanbul Show Cancelled

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Istanbul, Turkey, leg of July 7's Live Earth global concert extravaganza has been cancelled. Organisers are now seeking a site to erect giant screens in the city to take TV feeds from the remaining eight shows around the world. Reports in ...

  3. Lucky Jeans Preps Denim Highway Tour

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rock 'n' roll-rooted and vintage-inspired Lucky Brand Jeans kicks off its Denim Highway Tour June 26 at its corporate office in Vernon, Calif., with a live performance by Mexico's Kinky. The bus will then trek across the United Stat ...

  4. EMI Music Charity To Aid Music Education

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Some U.K. primary schools have just 22 pence (43 cents) per pupil per annum to spend on musical instruments, according to research carried out on behalf of the EMI Music Sound Foundation (EMI MSF) charity. The report was published today to coincid ...

  5. Siljemark Adds Finnish To Nordic Role

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International (WMI) has re-structured in the Nordic region, adding its affiliate in Finland to what was previously its Scandinavian arm. WMI has appointed Warner Music Scandinavia Jonas Siljemark as the president of the newly-re-named ...

  6. OurStage Reveals Bonnaroo Performance Winners

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music and film talent site OurStage.com has announced its May winners, who will perform at this year’s Bonnaroo Music Festival. Starting tomorrow, winners Ashleigh Flynn (June 15), American Babies (June 16) and Nico Stai (June 17) will perform set ...

  7. Dylan Wins Prince of Asturias Arts Prize

    June 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bob Dylan today won the coveted Prince of Asturias prize for the Arts 2007, Spain's equivalent of the Nobel awards. The Prince of Asturias arts jury chairman, former Spanish trade minister José Lladó, said Dylan "is a living legend" ...

  8. Crocs To Sponsor Green-Friendly Next Step Campus Tour

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Crocs will be the title sponsor of this fall’s Next Step Campus Tour, headlined by Guster. The tour will play college campuses in September and October. Produced by St. Louis-based 360 Productions, the Next Step tour teams up with the non-profit R ...

  9. Ciara To Rock Rocawear Ladies Line

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rocawear has tapped Ciara as the spokesperson for its ladies fashion line. The singer will be the centerpiece of a fall 2007 campaign launching under the tag line, “I Will Not Lose.” According to reports, the campaign will also feature video testi ...

  10. Q&A: Dr. Benjamin Chavis

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of radio host Don Imus' firing over racially insensitive comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team, many activists in the black community have turned their attention to rap's misogynistic lyrics and begun to que ...

  11. Porter Takes Charge Of MCPS-PRS

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The search for a successor to former MCPS-PRS Alliance chief executive Adam Singer is over. The U.K. collecting society today confirmed the elevation of Steve Porter to CEO, with immediate effect. Porter has served with the Alliance as managing di ...

  12. Klaxons, Rapture Set For Urban Outfitters Shows

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As tipped in the April 7 issue of Billboard, Klaxons and the Rapture are confirmed to participate in the Yaris/Toyota and Urban Outfitters Free YR Radio campaign--specifically its concert series platform. Klaxons kick off the Free YR Radio trek Ap ...

  13. U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Posts 'Best-Ever' Results

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance has reported banner revenues for the year 2006. The Alliance's collections exceeded £545 million ($1.067 billion) for the year, up marginally from a "best-ever" year in 2005, the collecting society r ...

  14. Rocawear Acquired For $204 Million

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Iconix Brand Group Inc., an owner, licenser and marketer of consumer brands including Candie's and Bongo, on Tuesday (March 6) said it agreed to buy Rocawear brand for $204 million in cash. The purchase price also includes contingent payments ...

  15. Rick Ross Boosts Wade 2.0 Campaign

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Converse continues the product launch of NBA star Dwyane Wade's newest signature shoe, Wade 2.0, and apparel line with the debut of Converse's fully integrated All In ad campaign. The campaign kicks off March 3 and encompasses print, TV ...

  16. Radio Study Quantifies New Music's Audience Impact

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST The first major research study presented at Country Radio Seminar, which runs Feb. 28 through March 2 in Nashville, offered insight into the kind of behavioral research programmers will be tapping with the advent of electronic audience measurement ...

  17. Review: Fall Out Boy "Infinity On High"

    February 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST With "Infinity on High," a shamelessly melodic, wild and powerful pop record, the Chicago outfit has reinvented itself as the world's biggest boy band. The set, which opens with an intro by Jay-Z ("Yo! FOB!"), wraps catchy ...

  18. NARM, Hall Of Fame To Unveil 'Definitive 200'

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST In March, the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, working together, will launch the Definitive 200 campaign aimed at promoting the most commercial or critically successful albums in history. Beginning Marc ...

  19. Merlin Pulls Snocap Deal Out Of Hat

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Just 24 hours after unveiling its service to the music industry , the independent record sector's new licensing agency Merlin has struck its first agreement. Merlin has agreed to terms with Snocap, which will enable works from indie labels to ...

  20. Indies Cast Collective Digital Spell With Merlin

    January 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST A slew of top independent labels and trade groups have joined forces to launch Merlin, described at the MidemNet event in Cannes today (Jan. 20) as "the world's first global new-media rights licensing agency." Accounting for almost ...

  21. Digital Jukebox Co. Inks With The Orchard

    January 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST TouchTunes, the digital downloading jukebox company, has forged a music licensing deal with The Orchard, to bring the digital distributors vast catalog if independent and world music to its Internet-connected jukeboxes. Music from The Orchard will ...

  22. Spectacle Teams With Front Line

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Andy Gould and Dan Dalton's Spectacle Entertainment Group has entered into a strategic alliance with Front Line Management, the Los Angeles-based firm headed by Irving Azoff and Howard Kaufman. Gould and Dalton established Spectacle Entertain ...

  23. MAKING THE BRAND: URBAN ENERGY

    October 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Several days ago, a friend suggested I log on to the newly launched DKNY Jeans Web site. My friend was confident that I would be pleased by what I would see—and hear. He was right. Hip fashions and Several days ago, a friend suggested I log on to ...

  24. MisRolas Presses Button On Six Stores

    October 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Digital music store misrolas.com has launched six free, online music stations. Digital music store misrolas.com has launched six free, online music stations. MisRolas specializes in Latin music with a focus on indie acts and labels and hard-to-fin ...

  25. MTV Cuts Hit Asia Pac

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Robbins out, 84 sacked in Singapore. MTV Networks Asia Pacific on Wednesday (Oct. 11) confirmed a wide-ranging reorganization based on decentralization of regional functions and corporate roles. Billboard.biz reported the restructuring on Oct. 9. ...

  26. James Blunt Song Tops Bereavement List

    October 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 'Goodbye My Lover' most played at funerals in 2006. 'Goodbye My Lover' most played at funerals in 2006. News ...

  27. MPA/MPAA Counsel To Shift Role

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Barsky becomes special counsel to top execs Aug. 14. Simon Barsky, executive VP/general counsel of the Motion Picture Assn. and the Motion Picture Assn. of America, will be shifting his duties. He will become special counsel to MPAA chairman/CEO D ...

  28. Minogue U.K. Dates Lined Up

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Earls Court to host 'Homecoming' gigs in Jan. Earls Court to host 'Homecoming' gigs in Jan. News ...

  29. Report: Bertelsmann To Optimize Sony BMG Stake

    July 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sale of BMG Publishing a necessary 'sacrifice.' Sale of BMG Publishing a necessary 'sacrifice.' News ...

  30. Making The Brand

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Crystal Method's fast and furious beats gives Nike a run for the money. Read Michael Paoletta's column. Crystal Method's fast and furious beats gives Nike a run for the money. Read Michael Paoletta's column. News Crystal Method ...

  31. Making The Brand

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Crystal Method's fast and furious beats gives Nike a run for the money. Read Michael Paoletta's column. Crystal Method's fast and furious beats gives Nike a run for the money. Read Michael Paoletta's column. News Crystal Method ...

  32. Kylie To Resume Tour After Cancer

    June 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Aussie pop star to hit road on 'Homecoming' dates. Aussie pop star to hit road on 'Homecoming' dates. News ...

  33. Making The Brand

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT During the 2006 FIFA World Cup June 9-July 9 in Germany, Jim Noir plans to attend one of the England games. Already, though, his music is associated with the World Cup, thanks to Adidas. Read Michael During the 2006 FIFA World Cup June 9-July 9 in ...

  34. Making The Brand

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT During the 2006 FIFA World Cup June 9-July 9 in Germany, Jim Noir plans to attend one of the England games. Already, though, his music is associated with the World Cup, thanks to Adidas. Read Michael During the 2006 FIFA World Cup June 9-July 9 in ...

  35. Q&A: HANS ZIMMER

    May 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "The Da Vinci Code" is mired in religious controversy. Hans Zimmer, who just finished scoring the film, sets the record straight. "The Da Vinci Code" is mired in religious controversy. Hans Zimmer, who just finished scoring the ...

  36. UMG, Sony BMG Battle In Court Over 'Da Vinci'

    May 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group and Sony BMG today (May 19) settled their row over an album which was said to cash-in on blockbuster movie "The Da Vinci Code." Universal Music Group and Sony BMG today (May 19) settled their row over an album which ...

  37. UMG, Sony BMG Settle 'Da Vinci' Clash

    May 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group and Sony BMG today (May 19) settled their row over an album which was said to cash-in on blockbuster movie "The Da Vinci Code." Universal Music Group and Sony BMG today (May 19) settled their row over an album which ...

  38. Retail Track

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT As the music industry moves further into the digital era, major label veterans are wondering if record companies will make the same mistakes twice: Will the foibles of the physical word happen all ove As the music industry moves further into the d ...

  39. Retail Track

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT As the music industry moves further into the digital era, major label veterans are wondering if record companies will make the same mistakes twice: Will the foibles of the physical word happen all ove As the music industry moves further into the d ...

  40. Retail Track

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT As the music industry moves further into the digital era, major label veterans are wondering if record companies will make the same mistakes twice: Will the foibles of the physical word happen all ove As the music industry moves further into the d ...

  41. Jackson Gets To Work On New Album

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Untitled set expected to bow end 2007. Untitled set expected to bow end 2007. News ...

  42. EMI Germany Appoints Adels As Pres

    March 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Exec joins from Prada Group on April 3. Exec joins from Prada Group on April 3. News Exec ...

  43. Germany's Jamba Preps Download Service

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST German mobile entertainment company Jamba is expected on Thursday (March 9) to unveil its anticipated music portal at the Cebit electronics trade fair in Hannover. German mobile entertainment company Jamba is expected on Thursday (March 9) to unve ...

  44. Germany's Jamba Preps Download Service

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST German mobile entertainment company Jamba is expected on Thursday (March 9) to unveil its anticipated music portal at the Cebit electronics trade fair in Hannover. German mobile entertainment company Jamba is expected on Thursday (March 9) to unve ...

  45. CBS Radio In '06: 'Tough To Read'

    February 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Post-Stern analysis begins. Howard Stern is still having an effect on CBS Radio, in part because the financial comparisons to revenue performance from last year are just starting to emerge. Also, in part, because of the confusing state of radio an ...

  46. Warner Appoints Tan As Greater China Chief

    February 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Warner Music has appointed Holly Tan as chairman/CEO of Warner Music Greater China, Billboard.biz has learned. Warner Music has appointed Holly Tan as chairman/CEO of Warner Music Greater China, Billboard.biz has learned. He takes over from Samuel ...

  47. Making The Brand

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rbk--Reebok's more street-inspired imprint--will unveil new shoes from the IceCream (Pharrell Williams), Derrty One (Nelly) and DY (Daddy Yankee) in March and April. Read Michael Paoletta's column. Rbk--Reebok's more street-inspired ...

  48. Making The Brand

    January 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Rbk--Reebok's more street-inspired imprint--will unveil new shoes from the IceCream (Pharrell Williams), Derrty One (Nelly) and DY (Daddy Yankee) in March and April. Read Michael Paoletta's column. Rbk--Reebok's more street-inspired ...

  49. MMF Stands By MCPS In Royalty Row

    December 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Summers relected pres of trade body. British artist managers have renewed their support to the MCPS-PRS Alliance ahead of the collecting society's upcoming tribunal hearing over an online royalty rates row. Music Managers' Forum chairman ...

  50. MMF Stands By MCPS In Royalty Row

    December 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Summers relected pres of trade body. British artist managers have renewed their support to the MCPS-PRS Alliance ahead of the collecting society's upcoming tribunal hearing over an online royalty rates row. Music Managers' Forum chairman ...

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