International relations

  1. Jimmy Cliff To Celebrate Brooklyn! in June

    February 28, 2012 3:52 PM EST Reggae pioneer Jimmy Cliff will open the 34th season of the Celebrate Brooklyn! Performing Arts Series, one the nation's longest-running free summer festivals, on June 5 in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. Jimmy Cliff, 'Sacred Fire': ...

  2. The Biz Q&A: Jasper Donat, President of Music Matters

    June 02, 2011 1:32 PM EDT Jasper Donat, President of Music Matters gesticulating from the stage in Singapore last week. (Photo: Courtesy Music Matters) Music Matters 2011 , the premiere Asian music industry conference, just wrapped up last week in Singapore. Launched six y ...

  3. U.S.-China Copyright Conflict Heading Towards Possible Trade Sanctions

    April 19, 2011 2:12 PM EDT China and the United States started the clock on a new stage of their trade dispute over films, books and music on Tuesday, a signal Washington will go ahead with a threat to seek retaliation rights. The battle, one of a series between the world&# ...

  4. U.S. Companies Make Combating Intellectual Property Theft A Top Priority To China's Visiting Leader

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST U.S. companies have long demanded that China let its currency rise to make U.S. exports cheaper. But as President Hu Jintao visits Washington this week, U.S. companies are stressing other goals: Stopping the theft of intellectual property. And get ...

  5. Alejandro Sanz Back In Venezuela

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz is in Venezuela to perform for the first time in years after concerts in 2007 and 2008 were canceled amid friction between the entertainer and President Hugo Chavez's government. Sanz was in the western city of ...

  6. Spanish Anti-Piracy Law Clears First Hurdle

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The slow march of Spanish anti-piracy legislation resumed today (Sept. 24) when the broad-ranging Sustainable Economy Law (LES) passed its first parliamentary test in the Congress lower house. The law was approved by a margin of just seven votes ( ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Morocco Gives Elton John A Rapturous Welcome

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Elton John defied hostile Islamists to headline Morocco's biggest music festival and received a rapturous welcome from a crowd of thousands. Politicians from the opposition Islamist PJD party said the gay British star was not welcome in the c ...

  9. Editorial: Don't Forget Chile

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Days after the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Latin music acts responded with an outpouring of generosity that the genre had never seen before. Artists pledged money to rebuild orphanages, schools, hospitals and homes. They recorded pub ...

  10. John Mayer Donates 'Heart Of Life' Song To Haiti Efforts

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST John Mayer is once again throwing his support behind the American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. The singer-songwriter has donated his song "The Heart of Life" -- from his 2006 album "Continuum" -- to a national TV and radi ...

  11. Wyclef Jean Calls For Action On Haiti Disaster

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Wyclef Jean has called on the international community to offer emergency assistance to Haiti, which was hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake. Thousands may have died as a result of the quake, which hit the Caribbean nation around 5pm ET on Tuesday (J ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. NZ Acts Line Up For Tsunami Victims

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Some of the biggest names in New Zealand music are banding together for a benefit concert for the Tsunami-ravaged Samoan Islands in the South Pacific. Hip-hop stars Savage and Scribe, plus Neil and Tim Finn, Bic Runga and Dave Dobbyn are among the ...

  14. Beyonce Won't Be 'Naughty Girl' At Malaysia Show

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce Knowles has sung about partying like a "naughty girl," but Malaysians can expect her to be on her best behavior for a concert in this Muslim-majority country next month, the event's organizer said Thursday. The R&B super ...

  15. China To Appeal WTO Ruling

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China will appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that orders an end to state control of movie, book and music imports. "We are actively preparing the documents to appeal," Ministry of Commerce spokesman Yao Jian said Monday (Aug. 17) ...

  16. China Might Appeal WTO Ruling

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China said Thursday it might appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that told Beijing to ease restrictions on imported movies, music and books in its latest trade dispute with Washington. The Commerce Ministry insisted Beijing does not hamper im ...

  17. Spanish Fest Organizer Quits Over Morocco Row

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST An organizer of Spain's 15th La Mar de Músicas (Sea of Music) world music festival has resigned, after festival authorities acceded to Moroccan embassy demands to withdraw invitations to two Moroccan dissidents opposed to the rule of King Moh ...

  18. The Year In Music & Touring: In With The New In Latin America

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST From legislation to artist activism to mobile music, 2008 was a year of firsts: 1. Uruguay drops VAT: Uruguay became the first country in Latin America-and perhaps the world-to grant an exemption of value-added taxes from the sale of music CDs and ...

  19. Regional Mexican Summit: Challenges On The Road

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Regional Mexican acts' heavy touring schedules -- where top acts perform about 80 dates per year -- are both a challenge and an opportunity in terms of getting sponsorships and the involvement of major promoters, panelists noted today (Oct. 7 ...

  20. Taiwan Establishes IPR Court

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Taiwan's first IPR Court was inaugurated on July 1, marking the latest in a series of moves by the Taiwanese government to improve intellectual-property rights. The court, which is modeled after similar courts in the United States, Japan and ...

  21. The Indie World

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SOUTH AFRICA Indies Provide Vital Outlet For New Talent Africa remains woefully underserved by the major labels—but its thriving indie scene continues to gain vital exposure for the continent's artists. With piracy rampant—estimates suggest s ...

  22. Argentinian Indies Team For 'Discos' Project

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In an effort to promote independent music and independent music production in Argentina, the country's Chamber of Music and Video Producers (CAPIF) has joined with the Nacional System of Public Media (SNMP) in an initiative dubbed "Argen ...

  23. Argentina Bucks Trend, CD Sales Grow

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While record sales virtually all around the world continue to decline, in Argentina they continue to grow. According to Argentina's Chamber of Record and Video Producers (CAPIF), Argentine CD sales grew by 3.82% for the first quarter of 2008 ...

  24. Wyclef Jean Launches New Initiative To Help Haiti

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Haitian-born hip-hop star Wyclef Jean launched a new initiative to help his impoverished homeland on Tuesday following last month's deadly food riots. The initiative is aimed at raising $48 million over the next six months to fund expanded fo ...

  25. Indian Music Biz Rises Slightly In 2007

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Indian music industry failed to keep pace with double-digit growth in other entertainment sectors in the territory last year, according to a report released March 17. While the local entertainment industry's retail revenues totaled 513 bi ...

  26. Live Nation Hungary MD Splits

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Hungary has reshuffled its executive team following the departure of founder and managing director Laszlo Hegedus. Hegedus will focus on Multimedia Sound & Light, the production company he founded in 1982, according to the live mus ...

  27. Sanz Shows Hit Snags In Venezuela

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Political maneuverings have forced Spanish star Alejandro Sanz to cancel a sold-out Feb. 14 concert at the 15,000 seat Venezuela's Poliedro de Caracas. Sanz was forced to cancel after being declared a "persona non grata" (or non-wel ...

  28. Barkah Named As Universal Indonesia Head

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Indonesia has turned to the digital music sector to hire its new GM, Bimbom Barkah, appointed with effect from today (Jan. 25). Jakarta-based Barkah was previously managing director of Jakarta-based digital-download Web site Import ...

  29. Soundbuzz Starts High-Quality Online Music Store

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Singapore-based digital-music services provider Soundbuzz on Dec. 18 launched what it claims is the first online music store in Asia to offer high-fidelity downloads. Soundbuzz says the store - at www.soundbuzz.com/sls - uses a technology called S ...

  30. Sources: Universal To Buy Belgium's ARS

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Belgium is eyeing-up leading Belgian independent ARS Entertainment, Billboard.biz has learned. And unconfirmed rumors circulate that ARS founder and managing director Patrick Busschots is to be tapped as the new Universal Belgium M ...

  31. Belgian Online Archive Trawls 60 Years Of History

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Belgian market has a new online music archive, which covers 60 years of domestic talent and record releases. Belgian Flemish language broadcaster VRT, industry body IFPI Belgium, neighbouring rights organization SIMIM and Muziekcentrum Vlaande ...

  32. Universal Music Indonesia MD Exits

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Indonesia managing director Anthony Shih will leave the company in September after 15 years' service to launch his own independent company. The still-unnamed management and production venture will focus on artist management an ...

  33. Ezpeer, Kuro Ready China Download Service

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Undaunted by China's rampant piracy, Taiwanese music-download service Ezpeer and Kuro, previously Taiwan's largest unauthorized P2P platform, will jointly launch a PC-based music-download service in mainland China on July 9. It will mark ...

  34. Universal Music Exec Monterio Advances

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sandy Monteiro moves up the ranks as senior VP, Universal Music South East Asia, overseeing the company's operations in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Monteiro continues in his current post as managing director, Universa ...

  35. Geldof, Bono Fight On For Africa Aid

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bob Geldof, U2 frontman Bono and German rock singer Herbert Groenemeyer fronted a rock concert in Rostock, North Germany yesterday as part of an appeal for world leaders to ramp-up support for the people of Africa. More than 70,000 people attended ...

  36. EC: China Accounts For 93% of Pirate Euro CDs

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has called on the European Union to add its weight to the World Trade Organization challenge against Beijing to reduce China's piracy rates. The international trade body's discourse comes as European Commission figures reveal th ...

  37. Bono Lobbies Nations For Aid

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rock icon Bono Tuesday urged rich nations to take the "smart and strategic" choice of fulfilling their aid promises and debt relief programs for the world's poorest countries. Speaking in Brussels after a meeting with European Commi ...

  38. Captains Of Industry Meet With German Chancellor

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A roll call of Europe's leading recorded music industry executives grabbed a rare opportunity yesterday to meet with the German chancellor and raise the issue of the alarming downturn of the national market. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is a ...

  39. U.S. Filing WTO Actions Against China

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The United States is filing actions against China with the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva tomorrow. The claims charge that China, a member of the WTO, has failed to comply with agreed rules to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) a ...

  40. Worms Receives ICMP Award

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT International music publishers trade association ICMP/CIEM will present their "International Award for Serious Music" today to Michèle Worms, publisher of France's "La lettre du Musicien." The presentation, at the Frankfur ...

  41. EC Rounds On Taiwan Over CD Replicating

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has launched an investigation into Taiwan's alleged copying of compact-disc technology, and could start a World Trade Organization suit to stop what it calls unlicensed abuse of patents. Taiwan makes an estimated 80% o ...

  42. Italian Internet Pirate Handed Massive Fine

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Italy's Guardia di Finanza (Fiscal Police) handed out a massive fine ­estimated at 363,000 euros ($477,927 US) to an alleged pirate. On February 21, officers in Desenzano del Garda, near Brescia in northern Italy, raided the home of a 40-year ...

  43. IFPI Anti-Piracy Units Raid Global Markets

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST IFPI anti-piracy units in Brazil and Paraguay, in conjunction with local authorities, conducted major seizures of counterfeit CDs and DVDs in their respective countries in late January. In Brazil, authorities seized over half a million CDrs and DV ...

  44. Int'l Leaders Assemble For Piracy Meeting

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST Officials from the European Commission and U.S. government met with business representatives in Geneva Thursday (Feb. 1) to develop new methods to deal with counterfeiting and piracy. The meeting was set in the context of a new wave of European an ...

  45. World Economic Forum Dances To African Beat

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST A selection of Africa's top artists will get the chance to showcase their talents this weekend before an audience of global leaders. The acts will perform Jan. 27 at the "Celebrate Africa" party, which will cap the World Economic Fo ...

  46. Argentine Officials Wrap Up CD-R/DVD Investigation

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Culminating a one-month investigation, Argentine customs officials seized three million blank CD-Rs and DVDs Jan. 4 at the port of Buenos Aires. The investigation was prompted by discrepancies between the declared and actual weight of the shipment ...

  47. EU Ratifies UNESCO Cultural Treaty

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST A UNESCO convention that allows countries to protect their music, movies and other cultural activities will formally come into force next March after European Union nations ratified the treaty today (Dec. 19) in Brussels. The convention on cultura ...

  48. EU Sets Out Anti-Piracy Measures

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST A €324 million ($428 million), six-year program to fight fraud and counterfeiting at the European Union's borders was confirmed Tuesday (Dec. 12) by the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. The EU scheme is expected to tighten procedure ...

  49. U.S., Russian Gov'ts Sign Bilateral Pact

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pact sealed Nov. 19. Russian promises to beef up intellectual property protection are part of the bilateral market access agreement signed yesterday (Nov. 19) by the United States and Russian governments. The agreement takes Russia, the largest pi ...

  50. GLOBAL PULSE: U.K. ALT-ROCKERS AGREE 'PRINT IS DEAD'

    November 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST For an overview of the United Kingdom's thriving alternative music scene, one place to start is "Print Is Dead Vol. 1" (V2), released Nov. 6 in the United Kingdom, Germany, Scandinavia, Belgium, Luxem For an overview of the United K ...

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