Electronic music

  1. Kraftwerk Copyright Case Overturned In Germany

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Germany's highest civil court has dealt electronic band Kraftwerk a blow in ruling that sampling music does not in principle violate copyright. Thursday's decision overturns a Hamburg state court ruling in Kraftwerk's favor that sai ...

  2. Amsterdam Dance Event: Day One

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The 2008 edition of the Amsterdam Dance Event has exceeded organizer expectations so far with 800 delegates registering on Oct. 22 and a further 700 the following day, the first full day of the dance music business conference and club festival. Th ...

  3. Bjork's 'Wanderlust' Triumphs At Inaugural U.K. Music Video Awards

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Icelandic alternative act Bjork made her mark at the inaugural U.K. Music Video Awards (MVAs) taking out three categories for her visionary video for 'Wanderlust' (One Little Indian). The seven-minute video, directed by American team Enc ...

  4. IMPALA Sales Award Winners Announced

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pan-European independent labels body IMPALA has named Adele, Pink Martini and Scooter as recipients of platinum sales awards for European shipments of 500,000 units. In the latest round of IMPALA awards, Adele earned the accolade for her Mercury M ...

  5. The Billboard Q&A: WME's Joel Zimmerman

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With the recent launch of William Morris Electronic (WME), a joint venture between the William Morris Agency (WMA) and British DJ Pete Tong, the Los Angeles-based talent agency aims to create a "boutique agency model within the larger agency, ...

  6. EMI Recruits Melrose To Senior A&R Role

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran music manager and A&R consultant Steven Melrose has been appointed VP, A&R labels for North America, U.K. and Ireland. Nick Gatfield, EMI's president of A&R labels, recruited Melrose, who will be based in Los Angeles. Melr ...

  7. William Morris Agency Forms Electronic Division

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The William Morris Agency will expand its electronic music roster through a new joint venture with British DJ Pete Tong. New York-based booking agent Joel Zimmerman will head up the new division, dubbed William Morris Electronic. Under the new div ...

  8. Cream Rises To Ingenious Live Deal

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K.-based media investment and advisory group firm Ingenious has re-upped its long-term relationship with British dance music empire Cream. Through the new agreement, which builds on an association dating back to 2001, the Ingenious Live Venture ...

  9. AATW: They Got The Beat

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When the Beatles sang of "four thousand holes in Blackburn Lancashire" in their sublime 1967 song "A Day in the Life," the puzzling lyric gave the northern English city its first music industry name-check. Now, one company is g ...

  10. French Artists Find A U.S. Audience

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Long considered nigh-impossible to export, a new wave of French music is finally breaking on U.S. shores. When French-Israeli pop singer Yael Naïm's "New Soul" (Atlantic) hit No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February, it marked the ...

  11. Coke Taps Artists For Olympics Push

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As part of its advertising surrounding the run-up to the Olympics Coca-Cola turned to eight electronic artists to create music that consumers can download for free. The eight-- Tiësto, Benny Benassi, Kaskade, Jes, Serge Devant, Lucas Prata, Cezar ...

  12. Fatboy's Southern Fried Gets New Oz Deal

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. DJ and producer Norman Cook's label Southern Fried Records has found a new home Down Under. Liberator Music will distribute the label in Australia and New Zealand after striking a deal with Cook -- who records under various guises, the b ...

  13. Cut Copy Debuts At No. 1 Down Under

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A second homegrown act has debuted at the top spot of the Motorola Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart in the month of March. Following Perth band Gyroscope's high debut with "Breed Obsession" (Mushroom/ Warner), ...

  14. Touring Briefs: Virgin Fest, Grammy Tour, Movement '08

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- The Foo Fighters and Oasis will headline Toronto's third annual Virgin Festival , to be held Sept. 6-7 on Toronto Island. Other artists scheduled to perform are Bloc Party, Wintersleep, Constantines, Spiritualized, Paul Weller, Stereophoni ...

  15. Aphex Twin, Goldfrapp, Tankian Join Coachella Lineup

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Aphex Twin, Goldfrapp, Kate Nash, Serj Tankian, Redd Kross and Adele have joined the lineup for the 2008 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 25-27 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. As previously reported , Jack Johnson ...

  16. eMusic Boosts Catalog

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Indie digital retailer eMusic recently inked a spate of new label partnerships, with records by 43 new labels and aggregators being added to their catalog. The new partnerships will bring the total number of tracks in the eMusic catalog to over 3. ...

  17. Dolls, Simpson, Disturbed Lead Operation MySpace

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Pussycat Dolls, Jessica Simpson, Disturbed, Filter, DJ Z-Trip and comedian Carlos Mencia will perform for U.S. troops at an undisclosed military base in Kuwait on March 10 as part of Operation MySpace, a three-hour concert that will also be br ...

  18. Sasha & Digweed Plot First Tour Since 2002

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST It's not history-making like their previous outing, but DJ/producers Sasha and John Digweed are hitting the road together again this spring for the first time since 2002. The duo's 21-date, one-month bus tour will kick off at Mansion in ...

  19. Fatboy Slim Headlines Reshaped O2 Wireless Fest

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has restructured its O2 Wireless Festival in the U.K. DJ Fatboy Slim will headline the July 6-8 festival, which will take place only at London's Hyde Park after the city of Leeds was dropped from the line-up. Harewood House, Leeds ...

  20. Touring Briefs: Keys, Ultra Music Festival, Rooney

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST -- Lexus will present Alicia Keys ' upcoming 32-city U.S. tour, scheduled to begin April 18 in Hampton, Va., and wrap June 18 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Keys will be on the road promoting her latest album, "As I Am," whic ...

  21. Redeye Inks Deals With Warp, Bella Union

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Redeye Distribution has signed exclusive US distribution deals with indie labels Warp Records and Bella Union Records. Warp Records was founded in England in 1989 and has released albums by Battles, Grizzly Bear and Flying Lotus. They were previou ...

  22. Moby, Housecat Enlist Strictly Confidential

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST European indie publisher Strictly Confidential has signed publishing deals with Moby and Chicago DJ and producer Felix da Housecat. Under a sub-publishing deal, the publisher will represent Moby's songs on his new album, "Last Night" ...

  23. Justice Moving The Crowd On MySpace Tour

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST After launching its inaugural music tour last fall with headliners Say Anything and Hellogoodbye, MySpace has snagged French electronic duo Justice to anchor its second branded trek, set to begin March 3 at Stubbs in Austin, Texas. Diplo, DJ Mehdi ...

  24. German Composer Stockhausen Dies

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Karlheinz Stockhausen, whose electronic works made him one of Germany's most important postwar composers, has died, German state broadcaster ZDF reported Friday. He was 79. Stockhausen, who gained fame with avant-garde compositions in the 196 ...

  25. Ingenious Backs Sia Album

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K.-based media investment and advisory group firm Ingenious has backed Australian singer Sia Furler's new album by the tune of slightly more than £1 million ($2 million), through its venture capital trust (VCT) 2. The album, entitled " ...

  26. Schnur, Chuck D Wrap ADE 2007

    October 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The changing face of the music industry was brought under the microcope when Steven Schnur, worldwide executive of music and marketing, Electronic Arts, held court on the closing day of the Amsterdam Dance Event. In his keynote speech, Schnur stat ...

  27. Corsten Spins Tales On ADE Day 2

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The big names took to the stage on the second day of the Amsterdam Dance Event, with Chuck D and Ferry Corsten both heavily involved in today's panels. In his Q&A, Corsten revealed that he started mixing after listening regularly to iconi ...

  28. Bedingfield, Chemicals Among BT Digital Winners

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bedingfield, who performed her current single "Say It Again" at the awards ceremony in the Roundhouse venue last night (Oct. 2), was named Best Pop Artist. Funeral For A Friend beat Razorlight, Rihanna and Bloc Party to the Artist of the ...

  29. Touring Gets Spotlight At Regional Mexican Summit

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Immigration raids may be hurting attendance at regional Mexican shows, but a paucity of new acts that can move tickets - and outsize demands by artists who can - are just as much to blame. That view was expressed by several concert and dance promo ...

  30. German Indie !K7 Moves Into Live Biz

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Berlin-based independent label !K7 has set up a dedicated agency to book concerts for its acts under the name of !K7 Bookings. The agency is to be managed by Paul Fowler, who previously worked as booker for the Littlebig Agency in Berlin. "Th ...

  31. EMI Publishing, Mute HQ Relocate

    September 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The London headquarters of EMI Music Publishing and Mute Records are moving house. In mid-September, EMI Publishing will move from its long-time offices on Charing Cross Road to EMI Group's Wrights Lane premises. An EMI insider says the decis ...

  32. Kanye, Pumpkins To Headline Bang! Music Festival

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West and Smashing Pumpkins will headline the 2007 Bang! Music Festival, to be held Nov. 10-11 at Miami's Bayfront Park Amphitheatre. Tickets go on sale Saturday (Sept. 1). Thirty acts are expected to perform at the Haddad Productions-st ...

  33. Shins, Ween, M.I.A. Help Open New NYC Venue

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Shows from the Shins, Ween, M.I.A., the National and the Decemberists are among the first confirmed for Terminal 5, a new venue opening in early October on the west side of midtown Manhattan. Launched by Bowery Presents, the venue at 610 W. 56th S ...

  34. Underworld Rings International 'Bells' Release

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. electronic act Underworld will release its long-awaited fifth studio album "Oblivion with Bells" on Oct. 15 via London-based label-development firm Integral and pan-European indie label PIAS. Issuing the album on their in-house labe ...

  35. Rage, Daft Punk, QOTSA, Shins Set For Vegoose Fest

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As tipped here last month , Rage Against The Machine will co-headline this fall's Vegoose Festival at Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium, alongside French electronica duo Daft Punk. The event is set for Oct. 27-28; two-day passes go on sale Sat ...

  36. EA's Schnurr To Keynote At ADE

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Steve Schnurr, worldwide executive of music of games giant Electronic Arts, will deliver the keynote speech at this year's Amsterdam Dance Event, to be held Oct. 18-20. The daytime itinerary of Europe's leading dance music conference is ...

  37. Indie Rockers Midlake Ready Stateside Tour

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie rock outfit Midlake is gearing up for a fall trek that will hit 270- to 1,400-capacity venues across the United States. The outing follows the Denton, Texas-based act's album "The Trials of Van Occupanther" (Bella Union/World& ...

  38. Incentive Launch Second Life Office

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. dance music company the Incentive Music Group has set an office in virtual online world of Second Life. The London-based operation -- run by Nick Halkes who set up XL Records and developed EMI's Positiva Records dance label -- believes S ...

  39. Wireless Festival Sets Webcast Record

    June 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT More than 55,000 fans watched live streaming from London's four-day O2 Wireless Festival -- the highest Webcasting figures ever achieved by telecommunications company Tiscali. Tiscali partnered with Live Nation for the shows, which took place ...

  40. Fontana Links With PIAS

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fontana, the indie music pipeline of Universal Music Group Distribution, has signed an exclusive U.S. distribution agreement with PIAS America. The label was previously with EMI-affiliated Caroline. The U.S. home of the PIAS Group and Vital Distri ...

  41. Virgin Fest Beefs-Up Bill

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Virgin Festival by Virgin Mobile in Baltimore, Md., has added a string of performers. Modest Mouse, Velvet Revolver, Wu Tang Clan, Cheap Trick, the Fratellis, Amy Winehouse, Paolo Nutini, the Crystal Method, 311, Incubus, Chris Cornell, Ben Ha ...

  42. Kylie Grabs DJ/Producer Via MySpace

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kylie Minogue is reportedly working with a previously unknown DJ and songwriter from Scotland on her next album, who she discovered via the social networking site MySpace. Calvin Harris is a DJ/producer who became an Internet hit with his single & ...

  43. The Prodigy Wave Ragged Flag Deal

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST Britain's self-styled "electro-punks" the Prodigy have a new label home. The Liam Howlett-led trio have established their own label, Ragged Flag, which will handle their next album release, and projects from any subsequent signings. ...

  44. Fontana Gets Swank

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fontana has added Las Vegas-based dance/electronic label Swank Recordings to its exclusive roster of distributed labels in the U.S. The independent distribution arm of the Universal Music Group will also handle releases from Swank's sister la ...

  45. Primary Talent Booker Hopewell Exits As MD

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Veteran artist booking agent Martin Hopewell has stepped aside as managing director of London-based Primary Talent International after 16 years in the role. He will continue at Primary Talent in an advisory capacity, and will remain as an agent ha ...

  46. Vice Strikes Licensing Deal With Ed Banger

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Atlantic-affiliated Vice Records will distribute releases from Paris-based Ed Banger Records in the U.S. via a licensing agreement. The French label was founded by longtime Daft Punk manager Pedro Winter, and Vice is already the U.S. home for the ...

  47. Ninja Tune Leaps Into Second Life

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a groundbreaking move, independent U.K. label Ninja Tune is to launch a music video channel in the Second Life virtual realm. Supported by U.K. digital music research firm Music Ally, the new Ninja TV station will feature several hours of full- ...

  48. DJ Legends Opine At ADE

    October 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Giants of the nightclub world played to a different beat on Friday (Oct. 20) during the daytime program of the Amsterdam Dance Event. In a packed-out afternoon panel session titled "The artist debate," a panel of master DJs drilled into ...

  49. DJ Legends Opine At ADE

    October 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Giants of the nightclub world played to a different beat on Friday (Oct. 20) during the daytime program of the Amsterdam Dance Event. In a packed-out afternoon panel session titled "The artist debate, Giants of the nightclub world played to a ...

  50. ADE 2006 Conference Up And Dancing

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Technology, multi-tasking and routes to a prosperous future were the hot topics on the daytime agenda as the 11th annual Amsterdam Dance Event, Europe's main dance music convention, kicked off Thursda Technology, multi-tasking and routes to a ...

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