International Federation of the Phonographic Industry

  1. One Direction Named Most Popular Recording Artist for 2013

    January 30, 2014 11:13 PM EST They’ve already chalked-up “U.S. chart-toppers,” “box-office sensations” and “touring juggernauts.” One Direction can also add “most popular artist in the world” to their list of achievements for 2013. The British-Irish pop band nudged out Eminem ...

  2. IFPI’s Frances Moore Emphasizes Growth, Challenges at Filaie/IFPI Latin American Meeting

    June 28, 2013 5:43 PM EDT Latin America’s status as the fastest growing region in terms of digital growth in 2012 and the second fastest growing region in terms of performance rights income were central points of the speech delivered by IFPI’s Frances Moore at the Filaie ...

  3. IFPI 2013 Recording Industry in Numbers: Global Revenue, Emerging Markets Rise; U.S., U.K., Germany Drop

    April 08, 2013 5:00 AM EDT An increase in digital, performance rights and sync revenues, combined with the rise of rapidly growing emerging markets, contributed to a 0.2% rise in global trade revenue generated by the recorded music industry in 2012, according to the Inter ...

  4. Record Labels Invested $4.5 Billion in A&R, Marketing in 2011: IFPI Report

    November 12, 2012 12:52 PM EST A new Investing in Music report from international music-industry trade body the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) concludes that, globally, record companies invested $4.5 billion in A&R and marketing in 2011, of whi ...

  5. Business Matters: Global iTunes Revenue Falls in Successive Quarters

    July 25, 2012 6:35 PM EDT iTunes Expanded, But Revenue Dropped in Fiscal Q3 iTunes started showing its age as its revenue dropped $100 million to $1.8 billion in Apple's fiscal third quarter from $1.9 billion in the fiscal second quarter. The decline occurred even tho ...

  6. Sweden's Unique Music Story Continues: Subscriptions Up Big, CDs Flat in First Half of 2012

    July 13, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Music revenues are quite healthy in the land where streaming rules. Figures released this week by the Swedish Recording Industry Association say recorded music revenues grew 30% in the first half of 2012, according to a report at the Swedeish Engl ...

  7. Universal Accused of Delaying IFPI Market Share Report

    June 27, 2012 2:39 PM EDT Universal Music Group is alleged to have caused a delay to the publication of an IFPI report into market-share by attempting "to put its own spin" on its findings, according to the New York Post . In a story published today (June 27), Th ...

  8. IFPI 2012 Report: Global Music Revenue Down 3%; Sync, PRO, Digital Income Up

    March 26, 2012 9:28 AM EDT Trade revenue generated by the global recorded music industry in 2011 dropped by 3% to $16.6 billion, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) annual "Recording Industry in Numbers" report, pub ...

  9. Business Matters: Subscriptions and Anti-Piracy Efforts: Helping the Record Industry Make Progress?

    January 24, 2012 8:30 PM EST Subscriptions and Anti-Piracy Efforts: Helping the Record Industry Make Progress? -- Subscription services have finally, pretty much arrived while anti-piracy efforts are showing positive results. The music industry needs to play both offense and ...

  10. IFPI Digital Music Report 2012: The Effectiveness of Anti-Piracy Strategies

    January 23, 2012 7:01 PM EST The main news to come out of IFPI's Digital Music Report 2012 is that digital sales and services grew by 8% in 2011 to $5.2 billion, combined with a slowing decline in the overall recorded music market, which fell 3% from a total trade value ...

  11. Record Industry Loses P2P Case in Spain

    December 19, 2011 8:52 PM EST The developer of file-sharing applications was found innocent of copyright infringement and unfair competition by a Spanish court on Monday. Pablo Soto and his companies were sued for 13 million euros by the four major music groups and trade group ...

  12. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Frances Moore

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 33 (tie) Frances Moore CEO, IFPI Website: Ifpi.org Twitter: @IFPI_org This year brought a major victory for Frances Moore as CEO of IFPI, the international trade organization of the recording industry. Moore has been a leading force in the dri ...

  13. EU Extends Copyright Term To 70 Years

    September 12, 2011 9:03 AM EDT The European Union has extended the term of copyright protection offered to sound recordings from 50 to 70 years, following a prolonged campaign from the music industry. The legislation, which was first proposed by the European Commission in 2008 ...

  14. Q&A With Placido Domingo, IFPI Chairman, Opera Star

    August 24, 2011 1:00 PM EDT The legendary Placido Domingo strode into London in late July like the opera colossus that he really is and unleashed an astonishing piece of news: the "multi-faceted" opera star had been appointed to the newly created role of chairman a ...

  15. Placido Domingo Named IFPI Chairman

    July 26, 2011 12:00 PM EDT Legendary opera star Placido Domingo might have played a record 134 operatic roles in more than 3,500 career performances during his more than 40-year career. He may also have made more than 100 recordings of complete operas, plus arias, duets and ...

  16. Raul Vazquez, IFPI Latin America Regional Director, Steps Down

    April 28, 2011 2:40 PM EDT Raul Vazquez has stepped down as Regional Director of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) Latin America, the organization announced April 28. For ten years, Vazquez represented the Latin American branch of the organiza ...

  17. 'Rethinking Music': A Guest Post From Allen Bargfrede, Executive Director of Berklee's Rethink Music

    April 25, 2011 1:06 PM EDT (Rethink Music : Creativity, Commerce, and Policy in the 21st Century, presented by Berklee and MIDEM in association with Harvard Business School, takes place in Boston tomorrow and Wednesday (April 26 - 27). The conference brings together creator ...

  18. How Germany Overtook The U.K. To Become Europe's Largest Music Market

    April 11, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Having long played second fiddle to the United Kingdom, Germany now ranks as the largest music market in Europe, according to international music trade body IFPI. The reversal was announced last week with the publication of IFPI's annual &quo ...

  19. U.K. Music Biz Reacts To Fourth Place Slide In International Rankings

    April 05, 2011 8:05 AM EDT The United Kingdom's music industry may have slipped to fourth place on the IFPI's world rankings, but it is still performing robustly in a number of key areas, say U.K. execs. According to international trade body IFPI, Germany has now ...

  20. IFPI 2011 Report: Global Recorded Music Sales Fall 8.4%; Eminem, Lady Gaga Top Int'l Sellers

    March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Trade revenue generated by global recorded music sales totaled $15.9 billion in 2010, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) annual report. That represents a year-on-year decline of 8.4% compared to 20 ...

  21. Digital Music Sales Are Slowing, IFPI Report Says

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Global revenue from digital sales and services grew by just 6% in 2010 - half the growth rate from the previous year - and the overall recorded music market shrank by between 8-9% in total trade value (both physical and digital), according to a ne ...

  22. IFPI Hopeful About Performance Rights In China

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST IFPI chief executive Frances Moore has called for stronger "deterrent penalties" for repeat copyright infringers who are hampering the development of China's music industry. Speaking at a World Intellectual Property Organization (WI ...

  23. IFPI, BPI Back Digital Education Campaign

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The IFPI and U.K. trade body the BPI have backed a new consumer education campaign to ensure children can access entertainment content online safely and legally. The campaign has launched in the U.K. this week and is set to roll out to multiple co ...

  24. IFPI Strikes Against Unauthorised "Masterbox" Sellers

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Industry body IFPI has partnered with police forces in four European countries to tackle a suspected piracy ring which had generated more than €19 million ($26.3 million) in illegal sales. More than 100 police officers were involved in the operati ...

  25. Europe Set To Strengthen Anti-Piracy Stance

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the focus on anti-piracy measures has recently been on the legislation in France and the U.K., Europe-wide action is now firmly on the agenda. The European Parliament today (Sept. 22) voted for the adoption of the Report on the Enforcement o ...

  26. Bulgarian Pirate Sites Shut Down

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What IFPI claims was the largest-ever operation to tackle internet piracy in Bulgaria has resulted in the closure of four websites suspected of illegally distributing music, films, games and software on a massive scale. Bulgarian web sites nanoset ...

  27. Finnish Govt Criticized For Soft Anti-Piracy Draft Legislation

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Finland's IFPI affiliate has expressed its concerns about potential inadequacies in proposed legislation that would force ISPs to issue warning notices to customers accused of copyright infringement. The draft proposal was published by the Mi ...

  28. Jailed U.K. Music Pirate Must Pay Labels Compensation

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A joint operation led by the IFPI and U.K. labels body the BPI has led to a convicted music pirate being ordered to pay £170,000 ($263,000) in record company compensation. The ruling was made today (July 27) by Judge Inigo Bing at Snaresbrook Crow ...

  29. IFPI CEO John Kennedy To Step Down

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Kennedy and the IFPI have announced that he will step down as CEO and chairman next month, after five years in the role. His replacement has already been confirmed. Frances Moore , EVP and regional director, Europe at IFPI, will step up to th ...

  30. IFPI Tackles Google On Pirate Bay

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following U.K. trade body the BPI's takedown notice to Google (Billboard.biz, June 21), the IFPI has also taken action against the search engine. The BPI's takedown notice demanded it remove links to 17 songs from artists including Emine ...

  31. Sweden’s Carrot-and-Stick Digital Marketplace: A Model for Others?

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s often said the music industry needs to show consumers a carrot while they give them the stick. Anti-piracy measures – the stick – have had mixed or no results in most countries. Legal alternatives to piracy – the carrot – exist but often fail ...

  32. Danish Court Rules On Pirate Bay Blocking

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Supreme Court of Denmark has ruled that telco Telenor has responsibility to block its customers' access to the Pirate Bay. Two lower courts made the same decision after organizations representing intellectual rights holders brought suits ...

  33. 5 Things You Need To Know From The IFPI Industry Report

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI’s 22-page “Recording Industry In Numbers 2010” report offers a great deal of information on global revenue trends, approaches for dealing with piracy and the business models of tomorrow. Here are five important takeaways: No bottom in sig ...

  34. IFPI Backs Danish Telco In Song Royalty Tariff Battle

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT IFPI Denmark has come out in support of TDC in the Danish telco's clash with collecting society KODA regarding tariffs from TDC's unlimited music service Play. TDC Play offers broadband and mobile subscribers DRM-enabled unlimited music ...

  35. Global Recorded Music Market Down 7.2%

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Trade revenues for global recorded music market totaled $17.03 billion in 2009 according to the IFPI - a year-on-year decline of 7.2% . The trade group's annual "Recording Industry in Numbers" shows that physical sales were down 12. ...

  36. Russian Biz Down 15 Per Cent

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Russia's music industry shrank by about 15% in 2009, the Moscow-based entertainment research bureau InterMedia said. According to data collected by InterMedia, the country's legitimate music industry's turnover, including physical a ...

  37. Promusicae Laments 'Blood-Curdling' Spanish Sales Decline

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish labels body Promusicae believes the only hope of survival for Spain's crumbling music business is that the government delivers on its proposed anti-piracy legislation. The legislation, if finally approved by parliament later in the ye ...

  38. IFPI Warning On Spain, France, Brazil

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has warned that music markets in Spain, France and Brazil are "suffering acutely" from piracy, as it issued its annual Digital Music Report for 2010. The music industry's global trade body had more positive news on digital ...

  39. Argentina Extends Copyright Term

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Argentina has extended the term of protection on sound recordings from 50 to 70 years. The move, which will benefit labels and performers, was announced at the "Tango National Day" celebrations in Buenos Aires when the modification to Ar ...

  40. IFPI Denmark Shifts Danish Music Awards

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST IFPI Denmark will move its annual Danish Music Awards (DMA) ceremony from an early springtime scheduling - as it has been for the past 20 years - to a date in the fall. The organization made the decision while planning for the 2009 DMA event. A ma ...

  41. Italian Appeals Court Rules against Pirate Bay

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Italy's Court of Cassation has ruled against BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay in a decision that has been greeted by the country's recording industry. Italian access to the Swedish file-sharing site had originally been blocked in August ...

  42. Two More Argentine File-Sharing Sites Shuttered

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of the closure of Argentine file-sharing site Qsound , international labels body IFPI announced the shutdown of two more sites in Argentina. Zona-mp3.com.ar, which had nearly 11,000 users and more than 2,000 postings of mostly local r ...

  43. IFPI Concern About Russian Collecting Society

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI Chairman John Kennedy has sent a letter to Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, expressing his concerns about the fact that a Russian collecting society has begun collecting royalties for IFPI members without having proper agreements with t ...

  44. Pirate Bay Hires Ex-Grokster Prez Wayne Rosso

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Former Grokster president Wayne Rosso says he has been hired to help relaunch the Pirate Bay, which the Swedish software firm Global Gaming Factory is in the process of acquiring. Last month Global Gaming Factory (GGF) said a new business model fo ...

  45. Latin Briefs: Pepe Aguilar, Qsound

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Contemporary mariachi star Pepe Aguilar is launching his own clothing label, The Pepe Aguilar Signature Line, beginning with men’s shoes and boots and branching into women’s shoes, clothing and accessories. The shoes will be sold initially throug ...

  46. Pirate Bay Snapped Up By Swedish Software Firm

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has reacted with cautious optimism to the news that notorious BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay is being bought by a Swedish software firm, Global Gaming Factory (GGF) AB, which has said a new business model will compensate copyright owne ...

  47. U.K. Arrest In P2P Pre-Release Investigation

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A 33-year-old man has been arrested in the U.K. in connection with a group leaking pre-release music on P2P file-sharing networks. He was arrested in Portsmouth following a joint enquiry by trade body the BPI and IFPI, in conjunction with the City ...

  48. Report: Majors Pursue Pirate Bay Hosting Co

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following the Swedish court victory against BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay in April, the majors are now reportedly taking further legal action against three of the men convicted and the Web company that is said to host the site. According to Sw ...

  49. IFPI CEO Hails Pirate Bay Result

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy tells Billboard.biz that the Swedish court ruling against four founders of the Pirate Bay "is a big success" but he stresses that "the battle continues" against services which facilitate illeg ...

  50. Pirate Bay Founders Get Jail Sentences

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Swedish court has found four men behind the BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay guilty of assisting in making copyrighted material available and sentenced each of them to a year in jail. They were also ordered to pay damages of 30 million kronor ( ...

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