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  1. Mixcloud Adds Two Paid Tiers

    August 20, 2014 10:41 AM EDT Mixcloud , the London-based Internet radio company that specializes in long-form EDM content, is offering paid tiers of service to complement its advertising-free radio product. The premium-tier account removes advertisements and costs $6.99 per m ...

  2. Eels’ Mark Oliver Everett Awarded Freedom Of City Of London

    July 25, 2014 12:24 AM EDT Mark Oliver Everett, the hirsute frontman of Eels, was once mistaken as a terrorist on a visit to London. Now he’s been handed the keys to the city. The artist and producer, also known as E, was honored with the Freedom of the City of London durin ...

  3. Trial of Former 'X Factor U.K.' Judge Tulisa Contostavlos Nixed Over Lying Claims

    July 22, 2014 4:44 AM EDT The drug trial of a former British "X Factor" judge collapsed on Monday after the judge said the star prosecution witness, an undercover reporter known as the "Fake Sheikh," had lied under oath. The Rupert Murdoch-owned Sun on ...

  4. U.K.'s Music Managers Forum Criticizes Sony/ATV's Recent Posture

    July 17, 2014 7:22 PM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing's note to writers , sent last week, re-iterating that it might withdraw completely from the two large performing rights societies, ASCAP and BMI, has drawn a response from the London-based Music Managers Forum. The g ...

  5. Rough Trade to Open New Retail Store in Nottingham

    July 02, 2014 4:11 PM EDT British music retailer Rough Trade will open its first U.K. store based outside of London this fall. The new outlet will be based in the city of Nottingham and follows Rough Trade Retail Group's acquisition of a majority stake in fellow U.K. ...

  6. Brian Epstein, Sage of the Beatles' Early Career, Receives Blue Plaque Honor in London

    June 30, 2014 9:28 AM EDT One of pop music's most famous businessman is honored in London. A Blue Plaque was unveiled yesterday (Sunday), by U.K. body the Heritage Foundation, in honor of former Beatles manager Brian Epstein, on the site that housed the London offices ...

  7. Ed Sheeran's 'X' Fastest-Selling of the Year in U.K.

    June 30, 2014 8:13 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s sophomore set “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) has become the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of 2014 to date. It sold 182,000 units to Saturday at midnight to debut atop the Official Charts Company’s new survey, 14,000 more than Coldplay’s pre ...

  8. The World Cup's Top 10 Syncs (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 6:15 PM EDT World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by Mc ...

  9. WIN's Alison Wenham on Licensing Imbroglio: 'YouTube Is Trying To Devalue the Streaming Market'

    June 06, 2014 2:41 PM EDT The on-going dispute between independent labels trade body The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) and YouTube over licensing terms for its new music subscription service shows no sign of abating. On Wednesday June 4, it was confirmed that the Eur ...

  10. Gary Glitter Charged with 8 Sex Offenses

    June 05, 2014 11:25 AM EDT British prosecutors say they are charging former pop star Gary Glitter with eight sex offenses involving teenage girls. The charges against Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, are related to two women who were aged 12 and 14 at the time of the ...

  11. UBC Media Acquires 7digital in Reverse Takeover Deal

    May 21, 2014 2:30 PM EDT UBC Media has conditionally agreed to buy British digital music company 7digital in a £16.5 million ($28 million) reverse takeover deal that will see the two companies merge to form a new entity called 7digital Group PLC.  The new, enlarged compan ...

  12. Beggars Group's Martin Mills on Why He's Abandoning the 50/50 Streaming Split (Exclusive)

    May 02, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Speaking at a MusicTank event in London last month, Beggars Group head of digital, Simon Wheeler, revealed that the U.K.-based indie label group is planning to lower the 50/50 streaming royalty rate that it and many other independent labels cur ...

  13. ABBA Takes Over Tate Modern to Toast 40th Anniversary

    April 16, 2014 11:44 AM EDT ABBA stars Björn Ulvaeus and Frida Lyngstad took over London’s Tate Modern, along with thousands of fans, to celebrate their 40 years of worldwide success. In 1974, ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden with their song "Waterloo.&qu ...

  14. U.K.'s PRS Releases Positive 2013 Numbers

    April 07, 2014 1:37 PM EDT PRS, the U.K.'s performing rights organization representing over 100,000 members, has announced its overall numbers for 2013. Almost across the board, numbers were up. PRS collected £596 million in revenue distributable to its members in 2013 ...

  15. U.K. Program Looks to Cut Off Pirates' Ad Dollars

    April 02, 2014 3:50 PM EDT U.K. pirate profiteers, take heed: your days may be numbered. The City of London Police has announced the launch of its Infringing Website List, a compilation of websites determined to be hubs for copyright infringement, developed in order to give ...

  16. Kate Bush Sells Out 22 London Comeback Concerts in 15 Minutes

    March 28, 2014 1:12 PM EDT English singer-songwriter Kate Bush is performing live for the first time in 35 years, so it's no surprise the tickets have turned into a hot item. Still, though, the response to Bush's Before the Dawn concert series has been astounding ...

  17. UK Music Trade Body AMP Calls On Labels To Split Streaming Royalties 50/50

    March 13, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Last week, London-based trade body Artists, Managers, Performers (AMP) - a loose alliance between U.K. organizations the Musicians’ Union (MU), the Music Managers’ Forum (MMF) and the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), which collectively represents ...

  18. The Orchard Acquires BalconyTV (Exclusive)

    March 06, 2014 12:45 PM EST The Orchard today announced it has acquired BalconyTV, a global music channel featuring artists playing on balconies from across the globe. Past performers on BalconyTV include such artists as Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J ...

  19. Capitol Music Group Names Geoff Harris as New CFO

    February 10, 2014 11:30 AM EST Geoff Harris, a financial executive previously at the head of Universal Music's UK label division, has been named Capitol Music Group's new CFO. Harris will be relocating from London to Los Angeles for the position and will report to CMG ...

  20. Prince Wants to Charge $10 for Concert Tickets

    February 06, 2014 3:50 PM EST The price of Prince? $10. During a secret show in London -- held in the living room of his friend, singer Lianne La Havas, and attended by approximately 10 people -- the singer announced that he wants to charge just a fistful of dollars for ticket ...

  21. Over 80 Injured In Partial London Apollo Theater Collapse (Updated)

    December 19, 2013 4:09 PM EST The ceiling of a London theater partially collapsed Thursday night, showering a packed audience with heaps of plaster, wood and dust. More than 80 people were injured -- at least seven seriously -- and several trapped theater-goers had to be rescu ...

  22. Executive Turntable: Ari Taitz, Kenny Weagly Promoted at ADA; Shawn ‘Tubby’ Holiday Joins Columbia, More

    November 12, 2013 3:09 PM EST Taitz, Weagly Promoted ADA International ADA, Warner Music Group announced two key appointments to strengthen its international concerns.  Ari Taitz was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, ADA Worldwide and Kenny Weagly is expanding his role as ...

  23. Rihanna Shines Bright Atop Hot Tours with $68 Million

    November 01, 2013 2:54 PM EDT Rihanna ranks at No. 1 on Hot Tours with sales reported from her Diamonds world tour's European jaunt that spanned nine weeks from late May through the end of July. Ticket sales from the summertime swing through 14 countries totaled more th ...

  24. The Top Hollywood Music Schools

    November 01, 2013 1:27 PM EDT The Hollywood Reporter's ranking of the top 10 music schools reveals a unique hierarchy of institutional standing. Based on a survey of academic and entertainment insiders -- including composers, arrangers, music supervisors, editors and en ...

  25. BMI Names John Lydon an 'Icon,' Recognizes a-ha and Many More at 2013 Awards

    October 15, 2013 5:39 PM EDT At its annual award ceremony  in London, performing rights organization BMI has awarded Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. frontman John Lydon its Icon Award, given to artists in recognition of their "unique and indelible influence on genera ...

  26. ASCAP's 33rd Annual Awards Held in London, Winners Include Steve Mac, Universal, Patrick Doyle

    October 09, 2013 4:30 PM EDT ASCAP's 33rd annual Awards event, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London today and hosted by ASCAP EVP of International Roger Greenaway and VP of Membership Seán Devine, has named its winners and crowned its special honorees, including ...

  27. Viacom International Media Networks Partners With Twitter

    October 08, 2013 1:12 PM EDT Viacom International Media Networks said Wednesday that it has partnered with social media giant Twitter on Twitter Amplify. The social media program will provide the companies a platform to set up social video advertising campaigns around the b ...

  28. Thomas Miserendino Appointed President & CEO, AEG Europe

    October 07, 2013 8:52 AM EDT Veteran live entertainment exec Thomas Miserendino has been named President & CEO, AEG Europe, it was announced today (Oct. 7) by Jay Marciano, Chief Operating Officer, AEG.   Effective immediately, Miserendino moves from his current post as ...

  29. !K7 Label Services Signs Up Friends of Friends in Europe, Acid Jazz Worldwide

    September 27, 2013 1:50 PM EDT !K7 Label Services, a division of the Berlin-borne, London-based label and one-stop music biz shop , has announced another round of label partnerships, this time with the fast-on-the-rise L.A. label Friends of Friends (Shlohmo, Groundislava) and ...

  30. Gallo's Film/TV Briefs: Emmys Dominate Ratings with Much Music; Danny Elfman Preps Tim Burton Concerts; Tupac Biopic Gets Financing

    September 23, 2013 5:01 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Film & TV Music conference in Los Angeles Oct. 29-20 at the W Hollywood Use promo code 'BIZ13' to get a special discount. The most musical Emmy Awards telecast in recent history attracted 17 ...

  31. Ask The Pros: CAA's Cara Lewis, Clear Channel's Tom Poleman, Virgin Mobile FreeFest/9:30 Club's Seth Hurwitz on Robin Thicke’s Touring Prospects

    September 06, 2013 8:06 AM EDT Robin Thicke’s monster summer hit “Blurred Lines” may finally be  slowing down at radio , but its success has created numerous live performance opportunities that probably wouldn’t have existed if the single hadn’t dominated airwaves in recent m ...

  32. Cassette Store Day Co-Founder Steve Rose on Top 5 Exclusive Tapes, 'Cassette Stores' (Q&A)

    September 04, 2013 3:27 PM EDT A month and some change ago, a small corner of the web was alight with the news of " Cassette Store Day ." It was something that, at the time, no one could be sure whether they were looking at a time-consuming troll or a promising, if ...

  33. BMG Rights Management to Acquire Bulk of Primary Wave's Publishing Assets (Exclusive)

    September 02, 2013 2:05 PM EDT Updated 11:13 AM -- BMG Rights Management, a subsidiary of German media conglomerate Bertelsmann, has agreed to acquire the bulk of publishing assets owned by the U.S.-based independent music publishing and management company Primary Wave, the ...

  34. Clear Channel Taps Emeli Sande, Jake Bugg, Rita Ora For Bloomingdale's U.K. Style Campaign, NYC Concerts

    August 30, 2013 4:42 PM EDT Clear Channel has teamed with Bloomingdale’s to celebrate the fashion retailer’s celebration of Great Britain style with a multi-platform campaign that will include live shows, online radio and exclusive interviews. The custom partnership kicked ...

  35. Luaka Bop and Sonic Cathedral Announce Label Services Partnerships with !K7

    August 01, 2013 4:43 PM EDT Luaka Bop, the New York-based label founded by avid cyclist (and Talking Heads founding member) David Byrne, alongside Sonic Cathedral, a shoegaze-concentrated independent label from London launched in 2006, have both unveiled their collaborat ...

  36. Dougie Bruce and Steven Melrose to Head Epic Records U.K.

    July 11, 2013 4:21 PM EDT Dougie Bruce and Steven Melrose have been appointed joint managing directors of Epic Records U.K., reporting to Sony Music Chairman & CEO Nick Gatfield. Effective immediately, Bruce and Melrose replace previous Epic Records U.K. joint managi ...

  37. 'The Voice' Executive Named Global Production Head for 'Idol' Producer FremantleMedia

    July 11, 2013 10:10 AM EDT Former Talpa Media manager Diana Buddingh takes over as global entertainment production boss of the giant that is also behind "X Factor" and "Got Talent." Dutch TV veteran Diana Buddingh, who most recently headed up internati ...

  38. Mark Knopfler Signs Worldwide Deal with Universal Music

    July 09, 2013 12:24 PM EDT Universal Music Group announced a worldwide deal with singer/songwriter Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame. Knopfler, who was previously signed to Warner Brother Records for 35 years, will release his forthcoming album, "Privateering," ...

  39. The Boss Returns to No. 1 on Hot Tours

    June 28, 2013 1:26 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen claims the top slot on the weekly Hot Tours ranking, leading the top 10 tours list for the second time this year.  His Wrecking Ball World Tour with the E Street Band last took the top ranking during the first week of April whe ...

  40. Legendary Set-Designer Mark Fisher's Greatness In Context

    June 28, 2013 7:39 AM EDT Legendary architect/set designer Mark Fisher, whose creations brought scale, creativity, and “wow factor” to many of the highest grossing and most critically acclaimed megatours of all time, died Tuesday of an undisclosed illness in London. He ...

  41. Mark Fisher, Set Designer for Stones, U2, Devo, AC/DC and More, Dead at 66

    June 27, 2013 6:19 PM EDT On June 25th, Mark Fisher, one of the most highly-regarded set designers in the concert business and who worked with artists like the Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga, and Elton John, passed away at age 66 after a long, undisclosed illness, according t ...

  42. U.K. Ad Watchdog Cautions AEG Live Over Ad for 'One-off' Kanye West London Show

    June 26, 2013 5:00 PM EDT Britain's advertising watchdog on Wednesday issued a caution to concert and live event powerhouse AEG Live for promoting a "one-off" Kanye West show in London, to which it later added two more gigs. AEG had in an email promoted th ...

  43. StubHub Becomes Official Ticket Re-Seller for London’s O2 Arena

    June 03, 2013 11:33 AM EDT Secondary ticketing service StubHub has partnered with London’s O2 arena to become the venue’s official ticket re-sale vendor.   Effective immediately, the deal sees The O2’s primary ticketing platform AXS.com become fully integrated with StubHu ...

  44. Timberlake to Headline iTunes Festival in September, Joins Jessie J, Thirty Seconds to Mars

    May 30, 2013 10:29 AM EDT Justin Timberlake will be the headliner when the iTunes festival kicks off in September in London. The superstar is among the acts slated for the annual music series, which will be held each night that month and streamed on Apple devices like th ...

  45. R.I.P. Terri Anderson, Former Billboard Contributor and U.K. Music Biz Veteran

    May 28, 2013 11:14 AM EDT Terri Anderson, much respected in the U.K. industry as both a trade press journalist and as a corporate communications executive at the BPI, EMI Music, MCPS-PRS and AIM, died last Friday (May 24) after a battle with cancer. She was 66. Anderson ...

  46. Muse to Perform at 'World War Z' Film Premiere In London

    May 23, 2013 9:16 PM EDT Muse, whose music is being used in Paramount's "World War Z," will perform for 15,000 fans after the premiere of the film on June 2 in London. In an unprecedented marriage of a full-scale concert and a film premiere, Muse will per ...

  47. Rara.com With BMW Launches European In-Car Streaming Service

    May 22, 2013 2:30 PM EDT The next generation of in-car music entertainment has moved up a gear following the announcement that U.K.-based music streaming service rara.com has partnered with BMW to launch what is billed as the first direct-to-car music streaming service ...

  48. Primary Wave Nabs $125 Million Financial Partnership

    May 09, 2013 5:55 PM EDT Primary Wave Music has announced a new financial partnership with Credit Suisse and SunTrust Bank that's valued at $125 million and expands the music company's seven-year relationship with the two banks. Primary Wave's current man ...

  49. Record Store Day Q&A With Graham Jones of 'Last Shop Standing'

    April 18, 2013 10:02 AM EDT Record Store Day has made “Last Shop Standing” -- a new documentary on U.K. record shops -- the official film of this year’s edition of its annual event. “Last Shop Standing,” released in the U.K. last year and coming out April 20 on DVD, has ...

  50. Backbeat: Singer Sinead Harnett Lights Up London Gig for Full House of A&Rs

    April 11, 2013 5:38 PM EDT LONDON -- Sinead Harnett is hardly an unfamiliar name to UK A&Rs. Over the past couple of years, she’s been featured on major tracks from Rudimental ("Hide," "Baby") and Disclosure (“Boiling”), among others, while build ...

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