Italy

  1. WikiLeaks Document Reveals Italian Prime Minister Feared The Wrath Of Bono

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST U2 singer Bono may have more influence on world events than previously thought. In the latest round of published WikiLeaks, the Guardian newspaper revealed that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi considered increasing foreign aid to Africa i ...

  2. Italy's Fastweb Launches Subscription Service

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Fastweb, one of Italy's leading providers of broadband, cable and landline communication, has announced the launch of a new digital subscription music service. It is called Fastweb Music, and will be run in collaboration with the digital cont ...

  3. EU Demands Italy Repay Elton John Concert Costs

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The European Union said Friday (Nov. 19) it has ordered Italy to repay almost $1 million in EU money that was used to pay Elton John for a concert in Naples last year. Italy used €720,000 ($983,000) in EU money - typically used for investment proj ...

  4. Web Trends: Bebe Winans, CMA Awards 2010, Kanye West and more

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Trends (As of 4PM): 5. Bebe Winans The gospel singer will be hosting his own Sirius radio show "The Bebe Winans Experience." 13. CMA Awards 2010 The Country Music Awards will air tonight (Nov. 10) on ABC at 8pm ET. Digg Music News ...

  5. Controversial Songs Dropped From Sanremo

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italy's state-owned RAI TV has dropped plans for performances of two historic, yet controversial songs at the 61st edition of the country's flagship Sanremo Festival, which is due to run from Feb. 15 to 19. Its follows protests by a numb ...

  6. Italian Biz Slumps

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The total financial worth of the Italian music industry in 2009 was placed at €3.7 billion ($5.1 billion) - a 9% decline on the previous year -- according to a report produced by an Italian university in association with collecting societies SIAE, ...

  7. Italian Radio Ends Boycott Of New Domestic Tracks

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Even though there doesn't appear to have been any resumption of negotiations in Italy's on-going radio dispute, commercial networks belonging to the RNA representative body are once again playing new tracks by Italian artists affiliated ...

  8. Italian Artists' Concerns Over Earthquake Funds

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Last year the Italian music industry mobilised to raise money for the victims of the L'Aquila earthquake in the Abruzzo region. Yet prominent artists are now expressing their frustration at the slowness with which the money they raised is rea ...

  9. Italian Radio Lifts Boycott Of Int'l Acts

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now in its fifth week, the Italian record industry's showdown with RNA, a group representing 10 leading commercial radio networks, has taken a new turn. On May 7, the stations stopped playing new releases, both Italian and international, sent ...

  10. Wind Music Awards Bring Out Italian Music Industry

    May 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Italian music industry gathered at Verona's picturesque Roman arena on Friday (May 28) and Saturday (May 29) nights for the fourth edition of the Wind Music Awards. Rather than awarding prizes in individual categories, the WMA show is for ...

  11. Labels United In Battle With Italian Radio

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italy's record labels have decided to present a united front in the current showdown with the 10 national radio networks that stopped broadcasting new records two weeks ago. This morning (May 24) in Milan, all four CEOs of the country's ...

  12. Paolo Franchini Emerges At Italian Publishers' Body

    March 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italian publishers' trade body FEM has appointed former Edel Music Italy president Paolo Franchini as secretary-general. The appointment comes shortly after Franchini abruptly exited the indie, taking with him Edel Music Italy's small (2 ...

  13. Italian Biz Bemoans Broadband Cut

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Italian record industry has expressed its concern about the government's decision to block €800 million ($1.2 billion) in funding that had been destined for the development of broadband networks. The block is part of a series of spending ...

  14. Tiscali Partners With EMusic

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment and media portal Tiscali.co.uk, part of the TalkTalk Group, is to launch a DRM-free download-to-own subscription service in partnership with digital retailer eMusic. Entitled Music For Life, the service launched in the United Ki ...

  15. 'Father Of Italian TV' Mike Bongiorno Dies

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mike Bongiorno, "the father of Italian television" and a frequent presenter at the country's flagship Sanremo Song Festival, died in Montecarlo today (Sept. 8) of a heart attack. He was 85. Bongiorno was born to Italian immigrant pa ...

  16. Italian Piracy Operators Forfeit $3.3 Million

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An Italian judge in Milan has ordered the operators of pirate music Web sites to forfeit more than 2.4 million euros ($3.3 million) following an investigation into copyright infringement. It follows an investigation and legal proceedings against v ...

  17. Italian Wind Awards' Ratings Inch Up

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the Italian Wind Music Awards show say they are pleased with the slight increase in TV ratings for the first broadcast of the 2009 event. The show was recorded in the picturesque Roman Arena in Verona over the weekend of June 6 and 7 ...

  18. Tiscali Shares Jump On U.K. Sale Talks

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Shares in debt-laden Italian Internet service provider Tiscali surged 15% on Wednesday, boosted by a report that Carphone Warehouse is still seeking to get a deal to buy its British assets. The Times newspaper said the talks might continue into th ...

  19. French Market Down, Piracy Law Delayed

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The value of the French wholesale recording market fell 16.4% year-on-year during the first three months of 2009 to €118.7 million ($158.6 million), labels trade body Snep reported at a press conference held in Paris. Physical sales were down 18.5 ...

  20. File-Sharing Site Unblocked In Italy

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Access in Italy to the Swedish-based file-sharing site Pirate Bay has been unblocked. The site was blocked in August by Italy's Guardia di Finanza (Fiscal Police) in the northern Italian town of Bergamo, following a ruling by a local court. L ...

  21. Britain Agrees Plan To Tackle Online Music Piracy

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Some of Britain's biggest Internet service providers have reached an accord which voluntarily binds them to a code of practise intended to sharply reduce illicit file-sharing. The six ISPs -- Virgin Media, BSkyB, Carphone Warehouse, BT, Orang ...

  22. Italy's Festivalbar Scrapped

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italy's Festivalbar, a summer-long event that has been a central part of the musical calendar since the 1960s, will not take place this year. Festivalbar director Andrea Salvetti confirmed the news in an interview with Italian press agency, A ...

  23. Italy's Festivalbar Program Faces Upheaval, Sources Say

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT This year's edition of Italy's long-running Festivalbar contest is to be downscaled. Although organizers have yet to make an official statement, sources say the festival, which plays in different cities throughout Italy, will lose some e ...

  24. Promoters Pleased With Italy's Second Wind Awards

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Milan-based concert promoters Friends and Partners have expressed their satisfaction with the TV ratings for the second edition of Italy's Wind Music Awards. The show, a non-competitive event which simply gave prizes to Italian artists who so ...

  25. Milan's Rock FM Leaves The Airwaves

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock FM, the Milan-based radio station, will cease broadcasting at 6 p.m. local time on May 31, after 18 years on the air. Its last few days have witnessed guest appearances by many of the Italian acts whose music it has played over the years, suc ...

  26. Italy's Second Wind Awards Takes Shape

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eros Ramazzotti, Luciano Ligabue, Elisa, Miguel Bosé, Biagio Antonacci and Zucchero have been confirmed to perform at the second edition of Italy's Wind Music Awards, which will be held at Valle Giulia in Rome on June 3. During the course of ...

  27. Italy's FPM Pleased With Anti-Piracy Efforts

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italy's anti-piracy organization FPM reports "noteworthy results" in the area of neighboring rights enforcement in the first quarter of 2008. The organization has provided technical assistance to the country's Guardia di Finanz ...

  28. Italy's Wind Awards Open Dialog With Indies

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The second edition of Italy's Wind Music Awards will likely be held at the Rome Auditorium in late May or early June and broadcast on the Silvio Berlusconi-owned network Italia Uno in two parts, on June 5 and 12. A source at organizers Friend ...

  29. Park, Police, Pistols Play Italy's Jammin' Fest

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Police, Sex Pistols and Linkin Park have been named in the line-up for the 11th edition of Italy's Heineken Jammin' Festival, to be held at the Parco San Giuliano near Venice on June 20, 21 and 22. Alanis Morrisette, the Stooges and ...

  30. Report: Pavarotti's Condition Worsens

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Luciano Pavarotti's health has deteriorated and and he's in serious condition, the Italian news agencies ANSA and AGI reported Wednesday. Citing medical sources, ANSA said the 71-year-old tenor, who has pancreatic cancer, was believed to ...

  31. Tiscali Streams O2 Wireless Fest Exclusives

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mercury Music Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy and chart-topping dance act Faithless are among the high-profile U.K. performers appearing on the exclusive "Tiscali VIP Sessions" being Webcast by Tiscali, the U.K. Internet service provider. A ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Venice To Host Heineken Jammin' Festival

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Italy's Heineken Jammin' Festival, which has been the country's main outdoor rock event since its inception in 1998, is moving to Venice. The organizers, brewing company Heineken Italy, and concert promoters Milano Concerti, said Th ...

  34. Italian Gov't Passes Music Industry-Friendly Budget

    December 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Italian parliament has passed the 2007 budget law which includes legislation with specific fiscal benefits for the music industry. The budget, which was presented by the centre-left coalition led by prime minister Romano Prodi, was debated and ...

  35. Italian Government Set to Install Industry Incentives

    October 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT To be debated in parliament later this month. The Italian music industry has expressed its satisfaction with the news that the government coalition led by Romano Prodi has inserted a series of specific fiscal incentives in its 2007 budget, which w ...

  36. BPI Receives Positive Co-op From ISPs

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K. music industry association BPI said today (July 12) it welcomed indications that British Internet service providers Tiscali and Cable & Wireless will suspend the accounts of serial illegal fi U.K. music industry association BPI said t ...

  37. BPI Receives Positive Co-op From ISPs

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT ISPs willing to disconnect file-sharing offenders. U.K. music industry association BPI said today (July 12) it welcomed indications that British Internet service providers Tiscali and Cable & Wireless will suspend the accounts of serial illega ...

  38. Italian Biz Unites Before New Gov't

    June 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT -point plan intended to revive music sector. Executives representing the breadth of Italy's music industry have jointly presented the new Italian government with a 10-point plan which is intended to boost their beleaguered sector. The propo ...

  39. EMI Italy Creates Digital Biz Role

    March 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Italy has appointed Claudia Lisa to the new post as digital business development manager. EMI Music Italy has appointed Claudia Lisa to the new post as digital business development manager. Based at the company's Milan headquarters, ...

  40. Italian Senate Passes Ex-Cirielli Bill

    November 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Law to come into effect before year's end. The Italian Senate on Tuesday (Nov. 29) passed the controversial Ex-Cirielli Bill, which, by reducing the statute of limitations in trials for a broad range of crimes, threatens to debilitate the cou ...

  41. Italian Senate Passes Ex-Cirielli Bill

    November 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Italian Senate on Tuesday (Nov. 29) passed the controversial Ex-Cirielli Bill, which, by reducing the statute of limitations in trials for a broad range of crimes, threatens to debilitate the coun The Italian Senate on Tuesday (Nov. 29) passed ...

  42. Italian Biz Anxious On Criminal Code Changes

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The war on music piracy in Italy has undergone a serious setback following the passing of the Ex-Cirielli "Save Previti" Law by the parliament's lower house. MILAN -- The war on music piracy in Italy has undergone a serious setback ...

  43. Italian Biz Anxious On Criminal Code Changes

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST The war on music piracy in Italy has undergone a serious setback following the passing of the Ex-Cirielli "Save Previti" Law by the parliament's lower house. The law, approved Wednesday (Nov. 9), is y The war on music piracy in Ital ...

  44. Italian Biz Anxious On Criminal Code Changes

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST The war on music piracy in Italy has undergone a serious setback following the passing of the Ex-Cirielli "Save Previti" Law by the parliament's lower house. The law, approved Wednesday (Nov. 9), is y The war on music piracy in Ital ...

  45. Italian Cops Raid Illegal CD Operation

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Members of Italy's Guardia di Finanza (fiscal police) made an arrest Nov. 1 during a raid on an illegal CD burning facility in Poggioreale, near Naples. MILAN -- Members of Italy's Guardia di Finanza (fiscal police) made an arrest Nov. 1 ...

  46. Italian Cops Raid Illegal CD Operation

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Members of Italy's Guardia di Finanza (fiscal police) made an arrest last night (Nov. 1) during a raid on an illegal CD burning facility in Poggioreale, near Naples. Members of Italy's Guardia di Finanza (fiscal police) made an arrest la ...

  47. Italian Cops Raid Illegal CD Operation

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Members of Italy's Guardia di Finanza (fiscal police) made an arrest last night (Nov. 1) during a raid on an illegal CD burning facility in Poggioreale, near Naples. Members of Italy's Guardia di Finanza (fiscal police) made an arrest la ...

  48. Legislation Poses Setback To Italian Biz

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Italy's on-going war on musical piracy will face a severe setback if the Berlusconi government passes a controversial piece of legislation, industry executives warn. MILAN -- Italy's on-going war on musical piracy will face a severe setb ...

  49. Legislation Poses Setback To Italian Biz

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Italy's on-going war on musical piracy will face a severe setback if the Berlusconi government passes a controversial piece of legislation, industry executives warn. Italy's on-going war on musical piracy will face a severe setback if th ...

  50. Legislation Poses Serious Setback To Italian Biz

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'Previti Law' could wipe music piracy cases. Italy's on-going war on musical piracy will face a severe setback if the Berlusconi government passes a controversial piece of legislation, industry executives warn. Prime minister Silvio ...

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