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  1. Beggars, Domino and Secretly Canadian's 'Union' Re-ups with Alternative Distribution Alliance, Continuing Pressure

    March 19, 2014 11:16 AM EDT The Independent Distribution Cooperative (IDC), a consortium of five indie labels, has re-signed with the Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), but mainly for physical distribution. The five labels -- Beggars Group, Domino Records, Merge Record ...

  2. Australia’s Harvest Festival is Cancelled

    September 17, 2013 2:01 AM EDT Australia’s three date Harvest Festival has been scrapped just weeks out from its third edition. The event was due to start Nov. 10, visiting Australia's three biggest cities (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane) with a bill that counted Massive At ...

  3. Black Keys, Pulp Among Western Musicians Avoiding Russia in Wake of Pussy Riot Verdict

    September 04, 2012 5:30 PM EDT MOSCOW -- The recent high-profile court case against the members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot has made some Western artists reconsider their plans for touring Russia, but local promoters say it might not have a long-lasting effect. Patrick ...

  4. U.K. Musicians Pete Townshend, Jarvis Cocker, Neil Tennant Seek Release of Russia's Pussy Riot

    August 02, 2012 8:53 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Some of Britain's leading musicians have published a letter calling for Russian officials to release a punk band that has been jailed following a protest in Moscow's main cathedral. The Who's Pete Townshend, former Pu ...

  5. Domino Catalog, Including Arctic Monkeys and Animal Collective, Back On eMusic

    February 17, 2012 12:00 PM EST Domino Records has signed back on to have their music sold and streamed on eMusic in the United States. The label, whose artists include Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand, joined up with eMusic back in 2008 and enjoyed the supp ...

  6. Sony, Apple U.K. Still Decline Comment on Whitney Houston Price Hike in the Hours After Her Death

    February 14, 2012 11:35 AM EST Reps for Sony and Apple in the U.K. have declined to comment on the label's decision to ramp up the price of the singer's "Ultimate Collection" album by 60% in the hours after news of her death reached England on Sunday. Sony M ...

  7. Backbeat: Not Your Daddy's World Music: 2NE1, Yuna, La Vida Boheme Rock MTV Iggy Concert:

    December 16, 2011 4:00 PM EST All of the Lights: 2NE1 on the Times Square Jumbotron during MTV Iggy's Best New Band 2011 concert. (Photo: James Scheiber) Walking up to the NYC's Best Buy Theatre on Monday afternoon the scene outside resembled nothing so much as a mul ...

  8. Bjork, Domino Records' Laurence Bell To Receive AIM Independent Music Awards

    August 24, 2011 2:08 PM EDT The Association of Independent Music has announced that Björk and Domino Records founder Laurence Bell will each take home the inaugural Independent Music Awards at a ceremony this fall. Björk will receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music tro ...

  9. Sony Distribution Center Destroyed by London Rioters, Indie Labels 'Devastated'

    August 09, 2011 7:14 AM EDT A London warehouse containing stock for a number of U.K. independent labels -- including XL Recordings, 4AD, Beggars, Domino and Rough Trade - was destroyed by rioters during a third night of unrest in the British capital. The three-story building ...

  10. The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Cee Lo Green Lead Virgin Mobile FreeFest Bill

    July 11, 2011 12:08 AM EDT The Black Keys, Deadmau5, Cee Lo Green, TV on the Radio, Patti Smith, Empire of the Sun, and Cut Copy are among the acts booked for the third annual Virgin Mobile FreeFest, a free music festival set for Sept. 10 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion i ...

  11. Merlin Announces New Board Members, Labels

    June 20, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Non-profit global rights agency Merlin has voted four new U.S members to its board in a recent member election from several major independent record labels. The new appointments are Dave Hansen, General Manager, Epitaph (Weezer, New Found Glory); ...

  12. 'The Big C' Soundtrack with Staple Singers, Sara Bareilles, Franz Ferdinand to Benefit Stand Up To Cancer

    May 04, 2011 11:22 AM EDT Profits from sales of "The Big C" soundtrack will be donated to Stand Up To Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. Epic Records will release the soundtrack to the Showtime series on June 7, the same day the show' ...

  13. Record Store Day Releases: A Complete Guide

    April 14, 2011 2:03 PM EDT Record Store Day takes place Saturday, April 16. Below is a list of all titles being released in conjunction with -- and exclusively for -- Record Store Day in the U.S. Each entry has artist, title, label and format. Some entries also include the ...

  14. Strokes, Arctic Monkeys To Play Beniscassim Fest

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, Portishead and Primal Scream are the first artists to be confirmed for Spain's 16th Benicassim International Festival (FIB) at the eastern Mediterranean coastal town of Benicassim between July 14-17, 2011, said or ...

  15. ASCAP Honors Coldplay, Taio Cruz

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored Coldplay with two awards at its 2010 London ceremony Wednesday night (Oct. 13) at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin fro ...

  16. Lily Allen Wins Three 'Ivors'

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A tearful Lily Allen won three Ivor Novello Awards at the ceremony for British songwriters in London - and said she now plans to focus on writing for other artists. There were also awards for alt-rock act Bat For Lashes , singer songwriter Paolo N ...

  17. HMV Secures Mama Group Shares

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV Group said it has secured acceptances of 56.4% of the shares in live venue joint venture partner Mama Group. HMV had the backing of the share-holding Mama company directors for its Dec. 23 offer of 5.4 pence (8.6 ce ...

  18. Benicassim, Rock in Rio Madrid Fests Unveil Line-Ups

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rihanna, Shakira, Bon Jovi and the Prodigy are among the first artists confirmed for two of Spain's most important summer festivals. Both the 16th International Festival of Benicassim on the eastern Mediterranean coast, known as FIB Heineken, ...

  19. HMV On Course For Mama Takeover

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is on course to purchase its live music joint venture partner Mama Group, after rival bidder SMS Finance confirmed its offer had lapsed without managing to secure the necessary shareholder support. Last month Luxemb ...

  20. HMV Agrees Deal To Buy Live Partner Mama

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has agreed a bid for its live music joint venture partner Mama Group, which values the London-based company at £46 million ($73.4 million). In a statement today (Dec. 23), HMV said its offer of 5.4 pence (8.6 cents) ...

  21. Digital Year-End Lists Reveal Glimpse At Services' Demos

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Now's the time of year for everyone ( including Billboard ) to serve up their "Best of 2009" lists. Digital music services are no different, with iTunes, YouTube, Last.fm and others all sharing details on what content stood above th ...

  22. EMI Music To Launch Abbey Road Live

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Following test runs at several recent U.K. concerts, EMI Music has announced plans to officially launch Abbey Road Live, a new live music recording and instant production service. Headquartered at Abbey Road Studios in London, Abbey Road Live will ...

  23. Blink-182, Weezer To Headline Free Virgin Fest

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After months of speculation about the fate of the 2009 Virgin Mobile Festival, organizers have made an announcement that should please music fans who've felt the economic pinch of the recession: this year's event is free. With headliners ...

  24. Global Rights Deal For BBC's 'Big Weekend'

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Worldwide Music, a division of the publicly funded U.K. broadcaster's commercial arm, has secured international television distribution rights for national Top 40 station Radio 1's 'Big Weekend' event. It will offer interna ...

  25. Mama Group Profit Up On HMV Deal

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live music, marketing and artist services company the Mama Group has increased profit after tax to £4.94 million ($7.4 million) for the six months ending Jan. 31, 2009. The London-based company benefited from the sale in January of a number of sub ...

  26. McCartney, Morrissey, Cohen Kick Off Coachella

    April 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The 10th annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival got off to a fab start Friday (April 17), thanks to Sir Paul McCartney, who headlined the event with a marathon performance worthy of his long and lauded musical legacy. Proving himself the ...

  27. Weezer, Fall Out Boy For Fuji Rock 2009

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT International acts Weezer, Fall Out Boy and Franz Ferdinand are among the first acts confirmed for headline slots at this year's Fuji Rock Festival, Japan's leading annual outdoor music event. The 13th edition of the festival will take p ...

  28. U.K. Festivals Reveal Latest Additions

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST A number of high profile U.K. events have confirmed more major acts for the 2009 summer festival season, including Scotland's T in the Park and the Isle of Wight festival. Newcomers to the T in the Park line-up include the Killers as headline ...

  29. Scotland's Hydro Connect Fest Rests In 2009

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Scottish promoter DF Concerts has announced that boutique festival Hydro Connect will take a break in 2009, in the face of growing economic pressure from the global credit crunch. In a statement released by the Glasgow-based promoter, "very h ...

  30. Franz, Kings For Benicassim 2009

    December 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kings of Leon, Franz Ferdinand and Paul Weller have been confirmed as headliners for the 2009 FIB Heineken Benicassim Festival in Spain. The 2009 festival, running July 16-19 will be the 15th annual Benicassim event. The festival, which has become ...

  31. Liverpool Sound City Deemed A Success

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural Liverpool Sound City conference and music showcase event has been declared a "massive success" by its organizers, following the confab's culmination last weekend. From May 27-30, more than 200 bands staged concerts in ...

  32. Touring, Indies Rule Midem

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live music and independent labels held sway on the third day of Midem panels. Laurence Bell, founder of Domino Records - home to Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand -- was the big draw as he opened-up on some of his guiding business and creative ph ...

  33. Horseshoe Tavern Kick-Starts 60th B'day Festivities

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Horseshoe Tavern, arguably Canada's most famous concert venue, has kicked off celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Toronto club's opening. Beginning Dec. 9, the club is hosting a month-long period of celebration, featuring pe ...

  34. Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern Celebrates 60th Anniversary

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Horseshoe Tavern, arguably Canada's most famous concert venue, kicked off celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Toronto club's opening on Tuesday. "This is a very historic venue and we wanted to do something special to ce ...

  35. Arctics, Winehouse Make Mercury Prize Shortlist

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The shortlist for the Nationwide Mercury Prize has been unveiled in London, featuring a typically broad range of musical tastes dominated this year by new, alternative artists. The award, which highlights the best 12 British or Irish albums of the ...

  36. Blue Note To Sponsor Jazz Tent At Bonnaroo

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Bonnaroo Music Festival is adding a jazz tent to its sprawling festival, sponsored by the renowned Blue Note label. Among the performers slated to perform at the festival, scheduled June 14-17 on a 283-hectare farm about 100 kilometres southea ...

  37. EA To Go Mainstream With Videogame Tunes

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Electronic Arts is mounting a new drive to integrate videogame music into the mainstream culture. The company is making music available for use in television, films and other media from many of its best-selling selling videogame franchises, includ ...

  38. Domino Makes Push In Asia-Pacific Markets

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Domino, the British independent label to the Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand, is gaining a presence in the Asia-Pacific markets with SWAT Enterprises acting as its consultant for the region. SWAT brokered distribution and licensing deals for Do ...

  39. Animal Collective Inks Deal With Domino

    January 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Experimental indie outfit the Animal Collective has signed with the U.K.-based Domino Records, the label home to Franz Ferdinand, Clinic and Four Tet, among others, Billboard.biz has learned. The New York-based group is slated to head into the stu ...

  40. Courtney Love Rules BBC Radio Waves For A Day

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Courtney Love is being made an honorary music controller for the day of Dec. 11 on BBC 6 Music, the digital radio station operated by the United Kingdom's public broadcaster the BBC. As the "6 Music Selector," as the all-day program ...

  41. Inaugural Impala Awards Handed Out

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pan-European independent labels body Impala has named the first honorees under its new certification scheme, which recognizes indies' trade shipments across the continent. Pan-European independent labels body Impala has named the first honore ...

  42. CAA To Open U.K. Music Office

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Emma Banks, Mike Greek join as agents. Creative Artists Agency (CAA) in Beverly Hills, Calif., revealed today (Sept. 29) that former Helter Skelter agents Emma Banks and Mike Greek will join the company, effective Oct. 2. The agents will be based ...

  43. Paradigm Acquires Little Big Man

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Paradigm has acquired Little Big Man Booking, the New York-based booking agency which is home to Coldplay, Sarah McLachlan, the Fray, Barenaked Ladies, Franz Ferdinand, Dido, Snow Patrol, Avril Lavign Paradigm has acquired Little Big Man Booking, ...

  44. U.K. Industry Readies Trade Mission To Japan

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Aims to boost U.K. sales. The U.K. music industry is embarking on a trade mission in Tokyo from July 31 to Aug. 4 to give the British music business an insight into Japan's digital and mobile music developments. Spearheaded by British industr ...

  45. South Korea Warms Up For Summer Fest

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After a seven-year hiatus, South Korea has a summer music festival this year. Organized by local promoter Yellow Nine Entertainment, the 2006 Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival takes place July 28-30 on After a seven-year hiatus, South Korea has a su ...

  46. South Korea Warms Up For Summer Fest

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After a seven-year hiatus, South Korea has a summer music festival this year. Organized by local promoter Yellow Nine Entertainment, the 2006 Incheon Pentaport Rock Festival takes place July 28-30 on After a seven-year hiatus, South Korea has a su ...

  47. Banks Honored By Music Manager Forum

    April 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Event held April 19 in London. Simon Banks, manager of U.K. breakthrough artist K.T. Tunstall for SB Management, will tonight be presented with the music manager of the year 2006 trophy, sponsored by Vodafone, at the Music Managers Forum’s annual ...

  48. BT Rings Up Content Deal

    April 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telecommunications giant BT today (April 10) said it has clinched agreements to distribute more than 500 concerts and documentaries on BT Vision, its new on-demand interactive TV service. BT Visi U.K. telecommunications giant BT today (April ...

  49. BT Rings Up Content Deal

    April 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telecommunications giant BT today (April 10) said it has clinched agreements to distribute more than 500 concerts and documentaries on BT Vision, its new on-demand interactive TV service. BT Visi U.K. telecommunications giant BT today (April ...

  50. Gudinski Sets Up Liberator To Tap Global Acts

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski has launched Liberator, a Melbourne-based imprint to sign and develop acts and labels from territories outside Australia. Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski has launched Liberator, a Melbourne-based i ...

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