Eurovision Song Contest

  1. Brandle's Global Bits: iTunes Radio Launches in Australia, Eurovision Cracks Down On Vote-Rigging, New CEO At MAMA

    February 11, 2014 6:41 AM EST iTunes Radio Tunes Into Australia: Apple has launched iTunes Radio in Australia -- marking the service’s first expansion outside the United States. The streaming music operation dropped with little fanfare today, boasting more than 100 stations wh ...

  2. Bribery Allegations Force Rule Change at Eurovision Song Contest

    September 23, 2013 12:52 PM EDT The Eurovision Song Contest, Europe's ever-popular annual cross-border TV singing competition, has unveiled changes to its rules following allegations of bribery and vote buying. This year's contest was marked by controversy after it w ...

  3. Dima Bilan, Yolka Win At Russia's Muz-TV Awards; Lady Gaga Controversy Overshadows Show

    June 04, 2012 10:23 AM EDT MOSCOW - The 10th edition of the Muz TV awards, handed out in Moscow's Olimpiisky sports center late on Friday, June 1, brought few surprises but stirred some controversy. Dima Bilan was awarded as the best male singer, collecting the award f ...

  4. Eurovision Song Contest Promotes the Wacky and the Exotic

    May 25, 2012 11:22 AM EDT BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- A memorable melody. Distinctive stage presence. Some horse-trading of votes. Those are secrets to success in the annual Eurovision Song Contest, a televised pan-European extravaganza viewed by some 125 million people world ...

  5. Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma Share Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    May 08, 2012 8:38 AM EDT STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Singer-songwriter Paul Simon and cellist Yo-Yo Ma have won the 2012 Polar Music Prize, Sweden's most prestigious award for musicians. Simon and Ma will receive 1 million kronor ($166,000) each and an invitation to the prize ...

  6. Eurovision or Euroderision? The UK's Engelbert Humperdinck Has A Plan

    May 04, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Engelbert Humperdinck's Plan To Transcend The Eurovision Song Competition Englebert Humperdinck, 76, is the U.K.'s Eurovision Song Contest entrant and the competition's oldest male . The 57th annual Eurovision Song Contest's gr ...

  7. Sandie Shaw Obtains Rights From EMI To Entire Catalog

    November 28, 2011 4:42 PM EST After several months of negotiations with EMI, British pop icon Sandie Shaw has reached an agreement that gives her back the rights to her entire catalogue. Shaw, who had eight U.K. top ten hits between 1964 and 1969 including the No. 1 singles &q ...

  8. Business Matters: Eventbrite Launches Concert Confidential Series

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  9. Inside The 2011 Polar Music Prize Ceremonies Honoring Patti Smith, Kronos Quartet

    August 31, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Patti Smith receives the 2011 Polar Music Prize from King Carl XVI Gustaf at the Concert Hall, Stockholm. (Photo: Patrik Österberg / All Over Press Sweden) Patti Smith will perform live tonight at the Stockholm Concert Hall, the final event in a c ...

  10. Patti Smith, Kronos Quartet Win Sweden's 2011 Polar Music Prize

    August 30, 2011 4:00 PM EDT STOCKHOLM (AP) - American string quartet Kronos Quartet and rocker Patti Smith have received the prestigious 2011 Polar Music Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf. The musicians accepted their awards at a glitzy ceremony in Stockholm on T ...

  11. Dima Bilan, Vera Brezhneva Big Winners at Russia's Muz-TV Awards.

    June 06, 2011 12:13 PM EDT MOSCOW -- Russian singer Dima Bilan won best male singer award at the Muz TV music awards, held in Moscow this past weekend (June 3) at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow. Vera Brezhneva, a former member of the girl band VIA Gra won best female singer. ...

  12. Could the Eurovision Song Contest Go Global?

    May 17, 2011 7:20 AM EDT DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - The Eurovision Song Contest has become so popular around the globe that there may be scope one day for a Worldvision Song Contest, executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand told Reuters. The Norwegian director of the 56-ye ...

  13. Azerbaijan's Ell & Nikki Win 2011 Eurovision Song Contest

    May 16, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Dusseldorf - Ell and Nikki from Azerbaijan won the 56th Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf on Saturday evening in a show watched by over 130 million TV viewers in 55 countries. With their song "Running Scared", the duo comprised of vo ...

  14. Patti Smith, Kronos Quartet Awarded Polar Music Prize

    May 03, 2011 7:27 AM EDT STOCKHOLM - American string quartet Kronos Quartet and rocker Patti Smith have won the 2011 Polar Music Prize, the prize committee announced Tuesday. The musicians will be invited to Stockholm later this year to accept the prize of 1 million krono ...

  15. Russian Music Rights Collection Agencies Shuttered by Courts

    March 07, 2011 11:35 AM EST MOSCOW - Attempts by the Russian authorities to bring order to royalty collection and payment have resulted in utter chaos with rights holders standing to lose significant revenue. Under recent court orders state accreditations issued to VOIS (to ...

  16. SonicAngel: How a Lord of Acid Intends to Save the Music Industry

    February 17, 2011 3:15 PM EST Sonic Angels? Bart Becks (foreground) and Maurice Engelen (a.k.a. Praga Khan). Online music platform SonicAngel is crossing borders, signing distribution deals with the majors, and promoting and marketing musicians with an unusual business model. ...

  17. Dusseldorf To Host Eurovision 2011

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 2011 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 14, 2011 in Düsseldorf at the Esprit Arena football stadium. The location was confirmed today (Oct. 12) by German broadcasting organization ARD. The venue has a 50,000-capacity. German entran ...

  18. Bjork, Morricone Accept 2010 Polar Music Prize

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italian composer Ennio Morricone and Icelandic singer Bjork have received the 2010 Polar Music Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf. The musicians accepted their awards at a ceremony in Stockholm. Each award is worth 1 million kronor ($13 ...

  19. Web Trends: Vanessa Carlton, Lady Gaga, Eminem, K'naan and more

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4pm) 4. Vanessa Carlton Singer Vanessa Carlton reportedly declared herself a "proud bisexual woman" for the first time in front of a crowd at the Nashville Pride Festival at which she was headlining. 11. Lady Gaga Ya ...

  20. Web Trends: Lady Gaga, Yankees, The Game, 2Pac and more

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 11am) 4. Lady Gaga Yankees Lady Gaga was rumored to have been banned from the New York Yankee's clubhouse for inappropriate conduct after attending a game; however claims were dismissed by Yankees GM Brian Cashman who sai ...

  21. Jack Johnson, Eurovision Winner Top Euro Charts

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jack Johnson scores his second consecutive No. 1 on Billboard's European Albums chart with "To The Sea" (Brushfire/Universal Island). Lena Meyer-Landrut 's Eurovision Song Contest winner "Satellite" (USFO/Universal) i ...

  22. Web Trends: 'Get Him To The Greek,' Kanye West, Justin Bieber and More

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4 p.m.) 13. Get Him To The Greek Review Get Him To The Greek, which reprises Russell Brand's character Aldous Snow from Forgetting Sarah Marshall released in theaters today. Youtube Music Most Viewed Today 1. Lady Gaga - ...

  23. Web Trends: Kellie Pickler, Lady Gaga, Obama Joins McCartney and More

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 11 a.m.) 7. Kellie Pickler Country singer Kellie Pickler performed her single "Making Me Fall In Love Again" on "Fox & Friends'" "All American Concert Series" this morning on Fox News Cha ...

  24. Web Trends: Lady Gaga, Eurovision, Bono, 'American Idol' and more

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 4pm) *No trending music terms at this time* Youtube Music Most Viewed Today 1. Lady Gaga - Alejandro (Teaser) 2. Sexion D'assaut 3. Taylor Swift & Carrie Duel Lady Gaga Telephone Alejandro Music Video C ...

  25. Web Trends: Gucci Mane, Janet Jackson, Diddy, Rick Ross and more

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 11am) *No trending music terms at this time* Youtube Music Most Viewed Today 1. Lady Gaga - Alejandro (Teaser) 2. [CLIP OFFICIEL] SEXION D'ASSAUT - CHANGEMENT D'AMBIANCE B.O DU FILM L'AGENCE TOUS RISQUES 3. Tayl ...

  26. Web Trends: Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and more

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 4pm) 8. Drake Thank Me Later Leak Drake's upcoming release "Thank Me Later" has seen more tracks leaked to the internet this week. 17. Mariah Carey Pregnant Rumors that Mariah Carey and husband Ni ...

  27. Web Trends: Drake, Lady Gaga, Greyson Chance, Christina Hendricks and more

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 11am) 1. Charlyne Yi Michael Cera and longtime girlfriend comedian-musician Charlyne Yi have reportedly split up in the midst of a publicity tour for their upcoming romance mockumentary "Paper Heart." ...

  28. Eurovision Winner To Defend Title

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lena Meyer-Landrut, the 19-year-old German winner of the 55th Eurovision Song Contest, is to defend her title at next year's event - the first winner to do so since the Netherlands' Corry Brokken in 1957/1958. The surprise decision was a ...

  29. Web Trends: Ray Stevens, Outside Lands 2010, Kings of Leon and More

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 4pm) 6. Ray Stevens Country singer-songwriter Ray Stevens is garnering attention for a video that takes on the immigration issues in Arizona. 8. Outside Lands 2010 Lineup The lineup for the 2010 Oustide Lands mu ...

  30. German Teenager Wins Eurovision

    May 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nineteen-year-old German Lena won the 55th Eurovision song contest with the British-styled pop number "Satellite" on Saturday, beating 24 other contestants in one of Europe's most watched TV programs. Lena, the second German winner ...

  31. Oslo Set For Eurovision

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rehearsals have been underway today (May 28) in Oslo for the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo on Saturday (May 29). After two semi-finals, 25 countries have gone through to compete in the contest in the Norwegian capital, which will be screened acr ...

  32. AC/DC Holds Off Stones On Euro Chart

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AC/DC 's "Iron Man 2" soundtrack (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) withstands the challenge of the Rolling Stones to start a fifth week atop Billboard's European Albums chart. Stromae moves into a ninth non-consecutive week a ...

  33. AC/DC Makes It 4 Weeks Atop Euro Chart

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The front-runners on Billboard's pan-European sales charts both extend their stays at No. 1, AC/DC's "Iron Man 2" soundtrack (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) for a fourth week on European Albums and Stromae for an eighth non ...

  34. ABBA, Hollies, Genesis, Iggy Pop Enter Rock Hall

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An English band steeped in harmony, a reggae pioneer, progressive rockers who thrived despite a defection, four Swedes who combined their nation's traditions with their rock heroes and a man who prowled a ballroom floor singing "I Wanna ...

  35. Abba Members Attend Abbaworld London Premiere

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Björn Ulvaeus, one half of the legendary Swedish pop group ABBA, made a rare joint appearance last night (Jan. 27) to mark the official opening of Abbaworld - a grandiose interactive exhibition staged at London's Earl&# ...

  36. Abbaworld Exhibition To Get London Premiere

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Abbaworld, an interactive exhibition produced in association with members of the Swedish pop group, will receive its world debut at London's Earls Court venue on Jan. 27 next year. The exhibition will be staged at the central London location ...

  37. Putin Wants Song Contest With China, Central Asia Allies

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has suggested that China, Central Asian nations and Russia should hold a song competition to boost cultural ties. Putin said the joint song competition could be called "Intervision" to rival the annu ...

  38. Sell-Out Tour Drives Cliff Richard Album Sales

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Evergreen British pop star Sir Cliff Richard - who turns 69 today (Oct. 14) - and his band the Shadows have moved almost 80,000 albums in three weeks, during their 50th anniversary farewell tour. Live Nation says the tour has shifted 230,000 ticke ...

  39. Kiss, Chili Peppers, LL Cool J Nominated For Hall

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kiss, LL Cool J and the Red Hot Chili Peppers could be among next year's inductees at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are part of an eclectic group of 12 acts in contention for the 2010 class. Other first-time nominees include Genesis, J ...

  40. Cliff Richard 'Reunited' On Record With Shadows

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cliff Richard, the most-charted British artist in the history of the U.K. singles survey, is reuniting with his original group the Shadows for their first album together in more than 30 years. "Reunited," which consists of newly-recorded ...

  41. Bryan Ferry Honored At Russian Awards

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Roxy Music frontman and solo artist Bryan Ferry was honored at the seventh Muz-TV awards, organized by the Muz-TV channel, held at the Olympiyski sports center in Moscow. Pop-singer Sergei Lazarev picked up the best male artist award, beating last ...

  42. Norway's Eurovision Triumph

    May 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Norway's Alexander Rybak won this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which came to a close in Moscow in the early hours of Sunday (May 17). The singer and violinist scored 387 points, a record figure in the event's history. Audiences a ...

  43. Ireland Out Of Eurovision

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ireland's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest has failed to make the final on Saturday (May 16). Sinead Mulvey and Black Daisy did not get past last night's (May 14) semi-final stage at the Olimpiysky venue in Moscow with their song &q ...

  44. Russia Launches Its First Ever Eurovision

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, which kicked off at Moscow's Manezh exhibition center last night (May 10), could be the most lavish and expensive to date judging by the Russian broadcaster's plans for the event. The official opening ce ...

  45. Songwriters' Online Response To Google

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. songwriters and composers have launched a new Web site to highlight concerns over the use of their work on the Internet. The site, fairplayforcreators.com, went live today (March 25) and has the backing of Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Robbie ...

  46. Georgia Eurovision Entry Exits Over Putin Lyric

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Georgia's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, which is scheduled to take place in Moscow on May 12-16, has pulled out in the midst of a controversy over the lyrics of the selected song. On Wednesday, the Georgian Public Broadcaster, which i ...

  47. Abba Star Hits Out At Pirate Bay

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Proceedings have ended on the third day of the Pirate Bay file-sharing trial, a case that has prompted Abba star Björn Ulvaeus to criticise demands for Internet freedom. The case finished for today (Feb. 18) at lunchtime following the defendant� ...

  48. Germany Chooses Eurovision Act

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Alex Swings Oscar Sings is the act representing Germany at the 54th Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow on May 16, with the song "Miss Kiss Kiss Bang." The duo features Alex Christensen from Hamburg, and singer and dancer Oscar Loya, who c ...

  49. Peermusic Signs Hitmaker Hoffmann

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Hamburg-based music publisher Peermusic has signed one of Germany's most successful composers and producers, Peter Hoffmann and his publishing company Capellmeister Musikverlag. Hoffmann is credited with discovering and producing German band ...

  50. Aznavour Honored At MIDEM

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Legendary French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour has been awarded MIDEM's Lifetime Achievement Award for 2009. At a ceremony in Cannes' Carlton Hotel, Reed MIDEM CEO Paul Zilk handed over the prize, hailing Aznavour as "a rem ...

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