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  1. Chart Moves: Album Sales Hit New Low; Madonna's 'MDNA World Tour' Debuts; Earth, Wind & Fire Reaches Chart High

    September 20, 2013 9:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Keith Urban beat out the Weeknd for the No. 1 slot by less than 3,000 copies. Urban's "Fuse" debuted at No. 1 with 98,000 copies, while the Weeknd's "Kiss Land" started w ...

  2. Mexican Doc 'Hecho en Mexico' to Feature Music By Cafe Tacvba, Alejandro Fernandez, Others

    November 07, 2012 4:15 PM EST "Hecho en México," a documentary that explores the soul, psyche and the current socio-economic state of Mexico with the music of diverse Mexican artists, interviews and intimate footage of the country's lesser-known landscapes, will ...

  3. Business Matters: Pandora Adds 400,000 Listeners in July

    August 06, 2012 4:26 PM EDT Pandora Adds 400,000 In July Pandora increased its monthly active users to 54.9 million in July from 54.5 million in June. Listener hours increased to 1.12 billion -- up 76% year-over-year -- from 1.08 billion. Perhaps most importantly, Pandora re ...

  4. Rita Ora Praises Roc Nation in 'Roc the Life' Single

    July 24, 2012 10:29 AM EDT Not content with conquering the U.K. alone, Rita Ora continues her American take-over with her new rock-infused single, "Roc the Life." The Roc Nation signee has been performing the fiery song at her live shows for several months now, fi ...

  5. Australia Cuts Funding For Radio Broadcasters

    May 11, 2012 7:12 AM EDT Australia's independent music community is poring over a federal budget which contains some real surprises, not the least a particularly sour note for the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project. There's a financial boost for music indust ...

  6. France To Launch Organization To Preserve Local Music

    February 17, 2012 11:41 AM EST French Minister of Culture Frederic Mitterrand has announced the launch of CNM, the French National Center for Music, designed to support local French creativity and diversity in terms of record and concert production. This announcement was largel ...

  7. French SCPP Report: Rights Income Increases 10 Percent, Digital Continues Growth, Illegal Copyright Claims Down

    January 24, 2012 11:06 AM EST The SCPP, the French society in charge of royalty collections for music labels - including the four majors - saw a nearly 10 percent growth in income in 2011, up to €71.2 million from its 2010 level. This growth can largely be attributed to the ri ...

  8. Cesaria Evora, Grammy-Winning Singer, Dead at 70

    December 17, 2011 12:48 PM EST Cesaria Evora, who started singing as a teenager in the bayside bars of Cape Verde in the 1950s and won a Grammy in 2003 after she took her African islands music to stages across the world, died Saturday. She was 70. Evora, known as the "Bare ...

  9. Australian Live Music Industry Worth More Than $1.2 Billion

    September 21, 2011 8:05 AM EDT Australians love a drink and a show. In fact, the live music culture has become so ingrained in Australian society it's worth more than a billion dollars to the country's economy, a new study reveals. Collecting society APRA on Monday is ...

  10. Moshito Music Conference in Johannesburg: The New Mediums Are The Message

    September 02, 2011 9:18 AM EDT An opening address by Jim Griffin, Managing Director of Virginia-based digital music delivery consultancy, OneHouse LLC, on Aug. 31st set the tone for the three-day Moshito Music Conference in central Johannesburg. Now in its eighth year and due t ...

  11. Italian Biz Slumps

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The total financial worth of the Italian music industry in 2009 was placed at €3.7 billion ($5.1 billion) - a 9% decline on the previous year -- according to a report produced by an Italian university in association with collecting societies SIAE, ...

  12. Spanish Anti-Piracy Law Clears First Hurdle

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The slow march of Spanish anti-piracy legislation resumed today (Sept. 24) when the broad-ranging Sustainable Economy Law (LES) passed its first parliamentary test in the Congress lower house. The law was approved by a margin of just seven votes ( ...

  13. Mixed Results For Live Biz Down Under

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's live entertainment circuit made more money in 2009, but sold fewer tickets. And the cost of going to concerts continues to rise. That's the low-down of Live Performance Australia's latest "Ticket Attendance and Reve ...

  14. JASRAC Elects New Chairman

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Shunichi Tokura has been elected chairman of the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC). Tokura started in the role on Aug. 12 with his term of office concluding March 2012. JASRAC's former chairman Toru Fun ...

  15. Australian Live Revenue Tops $1.6 Billion

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's live music industry employs more than 13,800 full-time staffers and contributes in excess of $1.1 billion Australian ($944 million) to the national economy, according to a new study. The $1.1. billion Australian figure is total pr ...

  16. Morocco Gives Elton John A Rapturous Welcome

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Elton John defied hostile Islamists to headline Morocco's biggest music festival and received a rapturous welcome from a crowd of thousands. Politicians from the opposition Islamist PJD party said the gay British star was not welcome in the c ...

  17. Morocco Resists Islamist Calls To Ban Elton John

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Elton John will headline Morocco's biggest music festival this week despite calls by religious conservatives for the gay singer to be turned away, the event's organizer said. Allowing the British singer and songwriter to perform at the M ...

  18. Shakira, Juanes Among Stars Supporting 'Ay Haiti'

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Thirty Spanish and Latin American artists and soccer players say that almost every cent raised by a song and video they have produced to aid victims of the Haitian earthquake three months ago, will go to relief efforts in the country. The only exc ...

  19. Better Know A Panelist: Pedro Guzman, VP A&R, Universal Music Latino/Machete

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name : Pedro Guzman Title : VP A&R, Universal Music Latino/Machete Panel : "Rising Above: The Evolution of the Latin Urban Movement" (Tuesday, April 27, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.; more information at billboardlatinconference.com . At this mom ...

  20. Paolo Franchini Emerges At Italian Publishers' Body

    March 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italian publishers' trade body FEM has appointed former Edel Music Italy president Paolo Franchini as secretary-general. The appointment comes shortly after Franchini abruptly exited the indie, taking with him Edel Music Italy's small (2 ...

  21. Ricky Martin PSA Aims To Help Rebuild Haiti, Chile

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Puerto Rican star Ricky Martin has produced a new PSA featuring multiple Latin acts and calling for donations and help in rebuilding Haiti and Chile. The PSA calls for viewers to join the Ricky Martin Foundation and Habitat for Humanity, and donat ...

  22. President Sarkozy Backs French Digital Strategy

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST France's mission to improve the growth of legal digital services for cultural works has hit the headlines, thanks to its proposal to tax advertising revenues from online giants such as Google to support the creative industries hit by the digi ...

  23. French Market Down, Piracy Law Delayed

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The value of the French wholesale recording market fell 16.4% year-on-year during the first three months of 2009 to €118.7 million ($158.6 million), labels trade body Snep reported at a press conference held in Paris. Physical sales were down 18.5 ...

  24. The Billboard Green 10

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sure, gas is back to $2.50 per gallon and people are more concerned about saving their jobs than the whales. But the artists who made the Billboard Green 10 this year dedicated time, money and their fame to showing that environmental progress shou ...

  25. Spanish Fest Organizer Quits Over Morocco Row

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST An organizer of Spain's 15th La Mar de Músicas (Sea of Music) world music festival has resigned, after festival authorities acceded to Moroccan embassy demands to withdraw invitations to two Moroccan dissidents opposed to the rule of King Moh ...

  26. Puerto Rico Biz Conference Set For March

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Registration for the second annual Puerto Rico International Music Business Conference closes Feb. 27. The conference will take place March 6 in Puerto Rico and is geared toward independent artists. The conference, created by promoter/manager/entr ...

  27. The Year In Music & Touring: In With The New In Latin America

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST From legislation to artist activism to mobile music, 2008 was a year of firsts: 1. Uruguay drops VAT: Uruguay became the first country in Latin America-and perhaps the world-to grant an exemption of value-added taxes from the sale of music CDs and ...

  28. Pirate Bay Block Ordered In Denmark

    November 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has welcomed a Danish court ruling involving the Pirate Bay Web site, ordering it to be blocked in Denmark. The Sweden-based Pirate Bay is a file-sharing site that currently has 3.1 million registered users. A Nov. 26 judgment delivered b ...

  29. Regional Mexican Summit: Challenges On The Road

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Regional Mexican acts' heavy touring schedules -- where top acts perform about 80 dates per year -- are both a challenge and an opportunity in terms of getting sponsorships and the involvement of major promoters, panelists noted today (Oct. 7 ...

  30. Bigger Venue, 3-Year Sponsor For NZ Music Awards

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT This year's New Zealand Music Awards will be the biggest yet, with the event to be staged at Auckland's largest indoor entertainment venue the Vector Arena. The move -- which comes at the same time as the signing of a new sponsorship pac ...

  31. The Indie World

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SOUTH AFRICA Indies Provide Vital Outlet For New Talent Africa remains woefully underserved by the major labels—but its thriving indie scene continues to gain vital exposure for the continent's artists. With piracy rampant—estimates suggest s ...

  32. Argentinian Indies Team For 'Discos' Project

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In an effort to promote independent music and independent music production in Argentina, the country's Chamber of Music and Video Producers (CAPIF) has joined with the Nacional System of Public Media (SNMP) in an initiative dubbed "Argen ...

  33. BPI Plots Japan Trade Mission

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BPI will launch its trade mission to Japan on Aug. 3 in conjunction with the program of events to mark the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.K. and Japan. The U.K. music industry trade body is running its Japan trip for t ...

  34. Argentina Bucks Trend, CD Sales Grow

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While record sales virtually all around the world continue to decline, in Argentina they continue to grow. According to Argentina's Chamber of Record and Video Producers (CAPIF), Argentine CD sales grew by 3.82% for the first quarter of 2008 ...

  35. NZ Gov't Pledges Cash For Music Projects

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The New Zealand government's support for the local music industry is continuing, with more funds being allocated in its latest budget to international promotional programs. As previously reported, the Labour Coalition Government has already i ...

  36. Middelheim Jazz Fest Boss Vanattenhoven Dies

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Miel Vanattenhoven, radio producer and organizer of Belgium's Middelheim Jazz festival, passed away April 2 when he lost his battle against cancer. He was 63. Vanattenhoven started his career in Belgian Flemish language public radio in the 19 ...

  37. Live Nation Hungary MD Splits

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Hungary has reshuffled its executive team following the departure of founder and managing director Laszlo Hegedus. Hegedus will focus on Multimedia Sound & Light, the production company he founded in 1982, according to the live mus ...

  38. NZ Music Takes To The Air

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Air travellers in New Zealand will get a dose of New Zealand music before they fly from this week. The country's national carrier Air New Zealand has adopted a policy of playing only New Zealand music videos on its fleet of 14 domestic 737 ai ...

  39. Whitcoulls Plans Borders Swoop Down Under

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The company behind some of Australasia's biggest book chains has confirmed that it is in the market for the Borders Group's assets in the region. A and R Whitcoulls, which is based in Auckland and listed on the New Zealand stock exchange ...

  40. Universal Music Indonesia MD Exits

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Indonesia managing director Anthony Shih will leave the company in September after 15 years' service to launch his own independent company. The still-unnamed management and production venture will focus on artist management an ...

  41. Worms Receives ICMP Award

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT International music publishers trade association ICMP/CIEM will present their "International Award for Serious Music" today to Michèle Worms, publisher of France's "La lettre du Musicien." The presentation, at the Frankfur ...

  42. Argentine Officials Wrap Up CD-R/DVD Investigation

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Culminating a one-month investigation, Argentine customs officials seized three million blank CD-Rs and DVDs Jan. 4 at the port of Buenos Aires. The investigation was prompted by discrepancies between the declared and actual weight of the shipment ...

  43. Bertelsmann Opens In The Far East

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST German media giant Bertelsmann is to establish its fourth international office, in the Chinese capital of Beijing. In a statement issued Dec. 8, Bertelsmann said the Beijing office would cultivate relations with government agencies and provide ove ...

  44. Castello Branco Splits With Universal Iberia

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT López takes temporary charge of Spain, Portugal. López takes temporary charge of Spain, Portugal. News ...

  45. Reach Global Goes Down Under

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories of Australia and New Zealand. New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories o ...

  46. Reach Global Goes Down Under

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories of Australia and New Zealand. New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories o ...

  47. EMI Austria Appoints Thron MD

    February 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Thomas Thron has been promoted to managing director of EMI Music Austria, with immediate effect. Thomas Thron has been promoted to managing director of EMI Music Austria, with immediate effect. He succeeds Albert Manzinger, who exited as managing ...

  48. EU Unveils Border Breakers Awards Winners

    January 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ministers of culture from seven European Union countries will today (Jan. 22) attend the third edition of European Border Breakers Awards at the Midem trade show. Ministers of culture from seven European Union countries will today (Jan. 22) attend ...

  49. Spain Starts Long-Awaited Piracy Campaign

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Spain today (Dec. 19) launched its first national anti-piracy campaign eight months after the initiative was first announced. The country's culture ministry is spending €1 million ($1.2 million Spain today (Dec. 19) launched its fi ...

  50. Spain Starts Long-Awaited Piracy Campaign

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Spain today (Dec. 19) launched its first national anti-piracy campaign eight months after the initiative was first announced. The country's culture ministry is spending €1 million ($1.2 million Spain today (Dec. 19) launched its fi ...

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