Electronic music

  1. Milton Babbitt, Synthesizer Innovator & Composer, R.I.P.

    January 31, 2011 5:54 AM EST Composer Milton Babbitt, who was known for his complex orchestral compositions and credited with developing the first electronic synthesizer in the 1950s, died Saturday. He was 94. Paul Lansky, a composer and Princeton University colleague who was ...

  2. Portishead Curating ATP 2011 In Asbury Park, NJ

    January 26, 2011 8:07 AM EST Portishead's Beth Gibbons (Photo: Mark Venema/WireImage) All Tomorrow's Parties announced its fourth annual New-York-area show will be curated by British trip-hop band Portishead. The music festival will be held for first time in Asbury ...

  3. Two Questions at a Bar With Ultra Music's Patrick Moxey @ MIDEM

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Ultra Music founder Patrick Moxey is a perfect representation of the music industry evolution being showcased at this year's MIDEM. His career has run the gamut, from managing DJ Premier and Guru to being SVP of A&R at Virgin Records. Bil ...

  4. Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons to Play Coachella: Sources

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons and PJ Harvey are booked to play the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival (Apr. 15-17) in Indio, Calif., sources confirm to Billboard.com. The Canadian band, English folk act and U.K. singer/songwriter are the ...

  5. Web Trends: Daft Punk, Shaq Conducts The Boston Pops, Wisin Y Yandel

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Trends (As of 4 p.m.): There are no trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: 6. Did Daft Punk Plagiarize their TRON Video? (Watch) YouTube Most Viewed 24 Hours: 1. Shaquille O'Neal Conducts The Boston Pops 2. Wisi ...

  6. Mumford & Sons 'Over The Moon' At Double Grammy Nod

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST British folk-rock act Mumford & Sons is celebrating its double Grammy nod. The band has recently returned from a tour in the U.S. where it has moved 428,000 copies of its debut "Sigh No More" according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band ...

  7. The Cure To Headline Bestival

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Cure has been confirmed as one of the headliners for Bestival 2011, staged on the Isle of Wight's Robin Hill Country Park on Sept. 8-11. The appearance is described as the alt-rock veterans' only European show of 2011. In recent year ...

  8. Amsterdam Dance Event Day 1: Celebrating Birth Of Techno

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The first day of the Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE) kicked off with a major surprise. So many delegates (1,100) arrived for the daytime sessions that a queue stretching some 50 meters down the street formed. It was the first time this has happened, a ...

  9. Strictly Confidential Snags Editors

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European Music publisher Strictly Confidential Music has signed an exclusive, worldwide deal with U.K. alt-rock act Editors. Brussels-based Strictly Confidential is part of the PIAS Entertainment Group. The publishing arm launched in 1987 and gain ...

  10. Mute Goes Indie Again, EMI Keeps Depeche Mode

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and Mute found Daniel Miller have reached an agreement over the future of the label, which will once again be independent - albeit with a label services deal with EMI, who will also take a minority stake. The label specializing in altern ...

  11. DJs Unite For Charity Love Parade Track

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Paul Oakenfold, Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk have collaborated on a new track, "Remember Love," in response to the tragedy at the German dance festival Love Parade in July. Twenty-one people died and more than 500 were injured durin ...

  12. Faithless Unveils U.K. Arena Tour

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British dance act Faithless will embark on a U.K. arena tour this fall to promote its latest studio set "The Dance" (Nate's Tunes). The nine-date tour, promoted by SJM (DF Concerts in Scotland), begins Nov. 30 at Bournemouth BIC and ...

  13. Faithless, Fiat Partner On TV Promo

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.K. dance act Faithless is experimenting with new methods of reaching its audience during the current album campaign. Faithless' sixth studio album, "The Dance," was released on its own Nate's Tunes label in May. The b ...

  14. Kelis Announces European Tour

    July 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kelis has confirmed a 17-date European tour in support of her recently released studio album "Flesh Tone" (will.i.am/Interscope). Starting at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on Oct. 1 the tour visits Paris (Oct. 6), Brussels (Oct. ...

  15. Beth Orton Joins Anti Roster

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BRIT Award-winning British singer/songwriter Beth Orton has inked a worldwide deal with Los Angeles-based Anti- Records. The artist has scored three Billboard 200 chart entries to date, peaking at No. 40 with 2002 studio set "Daybreaker" ...

  16. French Music Veteran Francis Dreyfus Dies

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Francis Dreyfus, the founder of recording and publishing company Francis Dreyfus Music, has died aged 69. Dreyfus was considered a high-level music industry talent scout in France. He produced albums by major French artists such as Alain Bashung a ...

  17. Nettwerk Signs With ADA

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yet another label has left a major distributor and struck a deal with an indie. In the wake of Robbins Entertainment’s departure from Sony and subsequent agreement with RED, Nettwerk Records has announced it has departed from Sony and inked a new ...

  18. We Love Sounds Fest's Perth Leg Nixed

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of Australia's We Love Sounds festival trek have dumped the Perth leg from the program due to slack ticket sales. Perth's Supreme Court Gardens was due to host the traveling dance and electronica-oriented show on June 6. But t ...

  19. Business Matters: DOJ, Paperless Ticketing, Bowery Presents and More

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter or e-mail him at gpeoples AT billboard.com. -- While the press descends on the news that the Department of Justice is investigating Apple for possible anti-competitive behavior, only eMusic has confirmed on the reco ...

  20. Dizzee Rascal, Fatboy Slim To Play World Cup Shows

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With just over two weeks to go to the opening match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa, a slate of live music events have been announced as part of the entertainment taking place around the month-long tournament. Leading the charge is Cool Br ...

  21. Great Escape Day Two: Making Piracy Socially Unacceptable

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The second day of the Great Escape, the U.K. music conference and festival in Brighton, focused on the importance of digital marketing and digital services for the music industry. A keynote conversation with Universal Music International's VP ...

  22. Ninja Tunes Marks 20th Anniversary

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie Ninja Tune celebrates its 20th anniversary with the release of the Ninja Tune "XX" box set. It includes original artwork from Ninja designer Openmind and three hardcover cases filled with new material and an exclusive hardcove ...

  23. Tesco Snags Faithless For CD Exclusive

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. dance act Faithless has signed with mass merchant Tesco as the exclusive retail partner for its new album "The Dance" on May 16. The band, previously signed to Sony BMG, releases its first studio album in four years on its own label ...

  24. David Guetta, Tiesto For U.K.'s Creamfields Fest

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Recent Billboard cover star David Guetta and Dutch DJ/producer Tiesto have been confirmed as the headline acts for the 2010 U.K. Creamfields Festival. The two-day dance music event will be held at Daresbury, Cheshire on Aug. 28-29. Other live acts ...

  25. Umphrey’s McGee Plans Text-driven UMBowl

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rock jam band Umphrey’s McGee is, again, using text messaging in an innovative way to direct their live performances. After holding several concerts during which the band would alter their improvisational jams based on keywords texted in from the ...

  26. Warner Snags Ministry Of Sound In Germany

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Central Europe in Hamburg will commence with the distribution for the dance label Ministry of Sound in Germany, Austria and Switzerland with immediate effect. The contract includes future releases and back catalog, which will be trans ...

  27. Scooter Scores Official Ice Hockey Anthem

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German euro-dance act Scooter will present the official song for the Ice Hockey World Championship 2010, which takes place from May 7-27 in Germany. The band will present the song "Stuck On The Replay" live at the opening ceremony of ...

  28. Dutch Music Exports On The Rise

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST A survey commissioned by Buma Cultuur, a foundation dedicated to the promotion and support of Dutch music copyright, shows the export of Dutch music has risen by 15% in 2008, compared to a year earlier. In 2008, Dutch music export had a value of € ...

  29. Business Matters: MySpace Records, Dannie Flesher, eMusic

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- MySpace Records has reduced its staff. A source confir ...

  30. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt Music Signs Tiesto, BMI Grammy Panel

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Kobalt Music Group has signed a deal to represent DJ superstar Tiësto for global administration and to provide creative services. The deal was signed with the artist's After Midnight Productions Ltd, which does business as Musical Freedom ...

  31. Fatboy Slim, Editors, De La Soul For Snowbombing Fest

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. dance artist Fatboy Slim is among the acts set to play next year’s Snowbombing festival, held April 5–10 in Mayrhofen, Austria. Other acts confirmed to play the annual music and winter sports festival, which takes place 2,000 meters above sea ...

  32. Pendulum Swings Into U.K. Arenas

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian dance act Pendulum will headline its first U.K. arena shows in May 2010 as part of a major tour promoting its new Atlantic album, provisionally titled "Immersion." The band played a series of European festival shows in summer ...

  33. Fans Pledge $89,000 For Denmark's Dico

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pledge Music, a new London-based fan funded investment platform, has raised around €60,000 ($89,000) for Danish artist Tina Dico. Dico, who has recorded with U.K. electronica act Zero 7, worked with Pledge Music to offer fans a series of premium a ...

  34. Death In Vegas Winds Up ADE

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Highlights of Saturday's publicly-attended sessions on the final day of the 14th annual Amsterdam Dance Event included a session on production by U.K. dance trio Dirty Vegas and a presentation of Activision's new game "DJ Hero." ...

  35. Noel Gallagher Goes Psychedelic

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Oasis' Noel Gallagher is to join psychedelic group Amorphous Androgynous for a one-off special live show in London. The gig, which is billed 'a monstrous psychedelic bubble exploding in your mind', takes place Sept.17 at London' ...

  36. Zebralution To Distribute Moby Album

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Moby's new independently released album "Wait For Me" will be digitally distributed across Europe by Zebralution. The New York-based electronic music artist is releasing the album via his own Little Idiot label after a long relation ...

  37. Empire Of The Sun Goes Live

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian psychedelic pop duo Empire of the Sun will make their awaited debut live appearance at this years Parklife Festival, which will span the country for five dates beginning Sept. 26 at Brisbane's Botanical Gardens. With little fanfare ...

  38. Electric Daisy Carnival Announces Lineup

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Thievery Corporation, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, the Crystal Method, Shiny Toy Guns, STS9, Groove Armada (DJ Set) and Tortured Soul, among others, are scheduled to appear at the 2009 Electric Daisy Carnival. The event will be held June 26-27 at ...

  39. Canyons Sign With Modular, Mushroom Publishing

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian DJ and producer duo Canyons will be looking to turn their dancefloor buzz into a chart boilover after striking separate deals with Modular Recordings and Mushroom Music Publishing. The adventurous electronic act, comprising Leo Holiday ...

  40. The Hi-Fi Venue Brand Expanding Down Under

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Melbourne's the Hi-Fi live music venue is poised to expand its brand north into Brisbane with a new 1,000-plus capacity venue. A free show this Wednesday (April 29) featuring alternative Melbourne rock act the Drones will launch the new site ...

  41. Turbo, Last Gang In Deal

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Turbo Recordings signed an exclusive distribution deal with Last Gang Records in North America. The labels have been collaborating informally since 2006 on acts such as Tiga, Chromeo, and Boys Noize. Forthcoming Turbo releases include albums from ...

  42. Basement Jaxx, Tiësto Top Creamfields Bill

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Basement Jaxx, Tiësto, Paul Van Dyk and Dizzee Rascal have been confirmed as the headline acts for the 2009 U.K. Creamfields Festival. The two-day event will be held at Daresbury, Cheshire on Aug. 29 to 30. Other live acts confirmed to appear at t ...

  43. Diplo's Mad Decent Teams Up With Downtown Records

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Producer Diplo, best known for his work with M.I.A., has announced a joint venture between his label, Mad Decent, and Downtown Records. Upcoming releases from Mad Decent will include music from Philadelphia punk band Popo, London's dubstepers ...

  44. Cut Copy Preps Third Album

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian electro-pop outfit Cut Copy is itching to get back into the studio to record tracks for a new album. The Melbourne-based band's exhaustive stretch of international dates over the past year in support of their critically-acclaimed s ...

  45. Australia's Central Station Relaunched

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian dance label Central Station Records has been revived within the Universal Music fold. The specialist dance firm will be guided by GM Jamie Raeburn and founders/former owners Morgan Williams and Giuseppe Palumbo, along with Ministry of S ...

  46. !K7 Label Group Ink Deal With RED

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Indie distributor RED has signed a deal with !K7 label group, which took effect February 1. RED will release all the upcoming albums released by members of the group, which includes labels !K7, Gold Dust, STRUT and Rapster. The group plans on rele ...

  47. Touring Briefs: Ultra Music Festival, ICM, Celtic Thunder

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST - The Black Eyed Peas, MSTRKRFT, Shiny Toy Guns, Sneaky Sound System, Josh Wink, Stanton Warriors, Heidi, BT, the Bloody Beetroots, Riton and Rye Rye, among others, have been added to the 2009 Ultra Music Festival , to be held March 27-29 at Bicen ...

  48. Depeche Mode To Debut 'Wrong' At Echo Awards

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Depeche Mode will debut their new single "Wrong" at the 18th Echo German Music Awards at Berlin's O2 World on Feb. 21. The appearance by the U.K. synth-pop veterans, which is televised live on German TV, is billed as a "worldwi ...

  49. McCartney, Killers, Cure Anchor Coachella Lineup

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Paul McCartney, the Killers and the Cure lead the bill for the tenth Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 17-19 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. Also confirmed are My Bloody Valentine, Amy Winehouse, Morrissey, Leonard ...

  50. Radiohead Snags Kraftwerk For Spring Shows

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Radiohead has drafted legendary German electronica act Kraftwerk to support its spring tour of Latin America, which begins March 15-16 in Mexico City. Kraftwerk will also play headlining shows April 25-26 in Wolfsburg, Germany. However, the group& ...

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