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  1. Benjamin Grosvenor Youngest To Scoop Classic BRIT Critics' Award

    October 03, 2012 10:42 AM EDT Twenty year-old Essex pianist Benjamin Grosvenor became the youngest male recipient of a Classic BRIT Award last night, snatching the Critics' Award from Sir Simon Rattle and Jirí Belohlávek at the ceremony which took place at London's A ...

  2. Legimate Streaming Services Cut Down on Piracy, Report Suggests

    October 03, 2012 12:00 AM EDT Does the presence of legitimate music streaming services cut down on piracy? The folks at Musicmetric, a London company that tracks online activity, think so. In a Digital Music Index report set to be released on Wednesday (Oct. 3), Musicmetric fo ...

  3. Business Matters: Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Smashes Spotify Streaming Record

    October 02, 2012 8:35 PM EDT The argument that subscription services cannibalize sales hit a bit of a snag last week. Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," blew past Spotify's record for streams from an album in a single week. Spotify users in th ...

  4. Ron Perry Named Songs Music Publishing President and Head of A&R

    October 02, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Songs Music Publishing has named Ron Perry President and Head of A&R. CEO Matt Pincus, who Perry will report to, made the announcement yesterday (Oct. 1). Perry has been head of A&R title since the company was founded in 2004. Register tod ...

  5. Benjamin Grosvenor, UK Pianist, Becomes Youngest To Win Double Gramophone Awards

    September 28, 2012 9:26 AM EDT British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor has become the youngest artist to achieve double-award win at the Gramophone Awards. The 20-year-old (who was also the youngest soloist to open the BBC Proms and the youngest pianist ever to be signed by Decca) w ...

  6. Universal Completes $1.9 Billion EMI Recorded Music Acquisition

    September 28, 2012 8:47 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi's Universal Music Group said Friday that it has completed the $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI's recorded music arm. "This is a next step towards ensuring the health of our industry," said UMG chairman and CEO L ...

  7. Universal-EMI: Lucian Grainge, IMPALA, Martin Mills, Other Reactions to Deal's Approval

    September 21, 2012 3:14 PM EDT As expected, the approval by the European Union and the Federal Trade Commission has inspired a number of dramatically opposing comments and reactions from the parties affected by and involved in the deal. Here's a collection of several we� ...

  8. From This Week's Billboard: EMI Opens Up The Vault

    September 21, 2012 2:04 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the feature story "EMI Opens Up The Vault" -- a look at EMI's attempts to create an API to encourage app development -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features our cover stor ...

  9. Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones Regroup for DVD Press Conference, Not Tour

    September 21, 2012 11:58 AM EDT The surviving members of Led Zeppelin (L-R): John Paul Jones, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page appeared at an event launching their new DVD "Celebration Day" and managed to evade all talk of a future reunion. (Photo: Getty Images) The three s ...

  10. AEG CEO Tim Leiweke On Impending Sale: 'We Won't Miss a Beat'

    September 20, 2012 3:28 PM EDT According to Anschutz Entertainment Group President/CEO Tim Leiweke, if a press release had never been issued regarding the potential sale of AEG two days ago, "No one would have ever noticed the change." While the announcement of AEG be ...

  11. ATP's Barry Hogan on His NYC Festival Debut, Landing Frank Ocean, Greg Dulli's Curating, Finances

    September 20, 2012 2:25 PM EDT The poster for NYC's first ATP I'll Be Your Mirror music festival This weekend's ATP's "I'll Be Your Mirror" music festival marks its NYC debut after holding it for the past four years at out-of-town locales Kuts ...

  12. Beach Boys Wrap 50 Years As Questions Arise About Their 51st

    September 19, 2012 5:05 PM EDT The Beach Boys at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles for a new exhibition on the band. From left, museum executive director Robert Santelli, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Brian Wilson, David Marks, Al Jardine, and EMI Music North America Catalog senior ...

  13. Publishing Briefs: Reservoir Media/Reverb Music, Steve Perry/Universal, Imagem, BMG/Little Green Cars, Hit House/Danail Getz

    September 19, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Reservoir Media Acquires Reverb Music Reservoir Media Management has acquired Reverb Music, a U.K. music publishing firm, with 30,000 copyrights and agreements and more than 100 songwriters. As part of the deal, Reverb MD Annette Barrett will rema ...

  14. AEG Sale Likely to Attract L.A. Consortium Bid

    September 19, 2012 2:40 PM EDT AEG, which owns the global No.2 concert promoter in AEG Live, has been put on the block and is expected to bring in around $7 billion to $8 billion . The Los Angeles-based firm is likely to attract a bid from a local consortium, according to peopl ...

  15. Universal Music-EMI Deal Approved By Australian Regulators With No Divestments

    September 19, 2012 6:18 AM EDT Australia's competition and consumer commission t he ACCC has given the thumbs-up to Universal Music's planned purchase of EMI Music. With its green-light in this region, Universal Music's tie-up with EMI strides one step closer to ...

  16. Updated: Anschutz Company To Sell AEG

    September 18, 2012 8:32 PM EDT The Anschutz Company is considering selling sports and entertainment company Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), the Wall Street Journal reported late on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. A news release was later sent confirming tha ...

  17. Anschutz in Talks to Sell AEG Entertainment Unit

    September 18, 2012 7:28 PM EDT Anschutz Group is considering selling AEG, the world's second largest live music company, the Wall St Journal reported late on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter. AEG, whose sports and entertainment assets include the Barclays Ce ...

  18. Backbeat: Creed, Alter-Bridge's Mark Tremonti's First NYC Solo Gig With Wolfgang Van Halen, Sevendust, Wind-Up, eOne, AEG Execs

    September 18, 2012 2:58 PM EDT Mark Tremonti (center right) made his initial impact in rock as part of multi-platinum band Creed, signed to Wind-up Entertainment. Backstage Wind-Up President/CEO Ed Vetri (second from left) and executive Diana Meltzer (send from right) pay their ...

  19. Backbeat: Thrill Jockey Celebrates 20th Anniversary In NYC With Future Islands, Liturgy, Tortoise, Matmos, Bettina Richards & Co.

    September 17, 2012 11:39 AM EDT Merch Peeps: (L - R) Thrill Jockey publicist Jonathan Williger, director of marketing and digital media Jamie Proctor, Shipping and Mail Order Manager Josh Koonce, Shipping, Mail Order Assistant Doug Kaplan, Director of Sales and Distribution Erik ...

  20. Nicola Benedetti, Classical Violinist, Hits The UK Album Charts (Ahead of Justin Bieber)

    September 14, 2012 12:31 PM EDT Classical violinist Nicola Benedetti topped Justin Bieber on this week's UK album charts (screen shot) "Chasing vacuous fame as if it's something in itself just isn't remotely fulfilling. This obsession must be fought against.& ...

  21. Morning Fix: UMG-EMI Merger News; iPhone 5 Mania; Dangerbird Shake-Up; Billy Corgan's Tea House

    September 14, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. UNIVERSAL MUSIC-EMI DEAL GOES TO EU VOTE NEXT WEEK; FTC DECISION BY END OF MONTH: SOURCES: The Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI is headed for the e ...

  22. Band of Horses' Peaceful, Easy Feeling

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Alt-country group matures with fourth album 'Mirage Rock'. Things are good for Band of Horses. The South Carolina alt-country quintet's third album, "Infinite Arms", was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award and debuted at No. ...

  23. 6 Questions with DWIGHT YOAKAM

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT A new chapter, and yet a homecoming -- that's a dichotomy, to be sure, but it's also an accurate way to describe Dwight Yoakam's Sept. 18 release, "3 Pears". It's his first new album since 2007's "Dwight Sin ...

  24. Album Reviews: The xx, Deadmau5, Melissa Etheridge & more

    September 13, 2012 12:35 PM EDT DEADMAU5 >Album Title Goes Here< Producer: Deadmau5 Ultra Music Release Date: Sept. 25 He recently wrote on Tumblr that he plans to "unplug for a wee bit" as a result of being "pretty miserable right now." But bef ...

  25. Avicii: Looking For The Next Level

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Based on the worldwide smash 'Le7els,' Avicii has become one of the most recognizable names and sounds in EDM. Now a new endorsement deal means he may be the music's best-known face as well. Sundown was no relief from the heavy heat ...

  26. Morning Fix: Google's Cloud Negotiations, Adios Apple Ping, Dave Matthews' Record, Bonnaroo 2013

    September 13, 2012 7:42 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND HEADING FOR RECORD SIXTH STRAIGHT NO. 1 ALBUM ON THE BILLBOARD 200 Dave Matthews Band should become the first group to score six consecutive No. 1-debut ...

  27. Jessie Ware, Michael Kiwanuka Talk Mercury Prize Noms; Plan B, Richard Hawley Favorites For Award

    September 12, 2012 4:20 PM EDT British urban artist Plan B and Sheffield-based singer-songwriter Richard Hawley, a onetime member of Britpop band Pulp, lead the betting for this year's Barclaycard Mercury Prize for Album of the Year. Register today for the Billboard Hollyw ...

  28. AEG Attorney Fires Back Over Michael Jackson Emails: 'Nobody Is Telling the Story Properly'

    September 11, 2012 5:24 PM EDT A series of controversial leaked e-mails related to Michael Jackson's doomed "This Is It" residency in London -- involving promoter AEG Live president Randy Phillips, Concerts West co-president Paul Gongaware, and "This Is It&q ...

  29. Omnifone, Powers Music For Sony, BlackBerry, Rara.com, Turns Profit

    September 11, 2012 12:58 PM EDT Profits of any kind are rare in digital music, but there's money to be made powering other company's services. White-label service Omnifone announced Tuesday its first annual operating profit in the company's nine-year history. The ...

  30. Exclusive: Interscope To Re-Release Nero's 'Welcome Reality' With New Tracks, Skrillex Remix of 'Promises'

    September 10, 2012 1:32 PM EDT Nero may have sent six tracks from debut album Welcome Reality onto the charts in the U.K., but Interscope A&R rep Dave Rene thinks the EDM band has only scratched the surface of its success in the U.S. "They have such a massive following ...

  31. Morning Fix: Spotify Browser; Jay-Z, Rihanna Join Coldplay; Concert Safety Standards; Led Zep's Facebook Mystery

    September 10, 2012 7:37 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. SPOTIFY PREPARING BROWSER-BASED VERSION: REPORT: Spotify is preparing a " completely overhauled browser-based version of its streaming music service" that will e ...

  32. Backbeat: Fool's Gold's Day Off Party With A-Trak, Danny Brown Plagued by Gate-Storming, Police Shutdown

    September 04, 2012 3:17 PM EDT A-Trak and Fool's Gold staff handle the crowd/police situation sidestage, not long before the event was shut down. (Photo: Devon Maloney) Every year, Fool's Gold takes over the backyard of City Winery in Soho on Labor Day for its Fool� ...

  33. Morning Fix: EMI/Universal; Scooter Lands Psy; AEG's Michael Jackson Emails

    September 04, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's FREE music-business newsletters. SCOOTER BRAUN, KOREAN VIRAL VIDEO SENSATION PSY ANNOUNCE LABEL PARTNERSHIP: Scooter Braun and Psy, the Korean pop star whose video for "Gangnam Style" this summe ...

  34. Rita Ora Tops UK Album Charts, Emeli Sande Has Year's Best Selling Album So Far

    September 04, 2012 7:26 AM EDT London-based pop act Rita Ora followed her No. 1 single of two weeks ago, "How We Do (Party)" (Roc Nation/Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), with a chart-topping debut for her debut album Ora yesterday (Sunday). Emeli Sandé's Our V ...

  35. Yinka Adegoke Appointed Deputy Editor of Billboard

    August 30, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Billboard announced today the appointment of Yinka Adegoke as Deputy Editor, effective September 17. In this role, Adegoke will be responsible for driving the business editorial coverage for Billboard Magazine, the Billboard Bulletin e-newsletter, ...

  36. The Journey Is The Destination For Two Door Cinema Club

    August 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Traveling prompts Two Door Cinema Club to slow things down, including the tempo of new LP 'Beacon'. For Two Door Cinema Club, which will release second album "Beacon" on Sept. 4 on Glassnote Records, two or three years is a lon ...

  37. Bubbling Under: Jayme Dee 'Tip Toes' Up; Also Devlin, Jekalyn Carr, Los Cadillacs

    August 30, 2012 12:42 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Jayme Dee, Devlin, Jekalyn Carr and Los Cadillacs Jayme Dee Southern California sin ...

  38. Rolling Stones To Play London, Brooklyn In November: Source

    August 29, 2012 8:38 PM EDT The Rolling Stones rehearsing in 2007 (Photo: Getty Images) The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, a source tells Billboard.biz. Richard Branson and Australian ...

  39. Backbeat: 'Voice' Finalist Chris Mann Squirms (Needlessly) as Paul Anka Hears His Version of 'My Way'

    August 29, 2012 1:47 PM EDT From left: Chris Mann, Susan Markheim, Paul Anka, Joel McNeely, Ron Fair at Conway Studios in Los Angeles. Paul Anka visited Conway Studios Monday to hear Chris Mann 's new version of his song "My Way" for which he recently revised ...

  40. Madonna's 'MDNA' Tour Brings Big Numbers to North American Premiere Tonight

    August 28, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Madonna's "MDNA" tour hits North American shores tonight with a show at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. The European leg of the tour wrapped last week in Nice, France. The tour, which began May 29 in Tel Aviv, has grossed $1 ...

  41. UK's Proms Classical Music Fest Going 3D

    August 28, 2012 10:04 AM EDT For the first time ever the U.K's famous Last Night Of The Proms will be screened live in cinemas across the country. Taking place on September 8, 22 Odeon cinemas across the U.K will be screening the iconic classical music event in 3D, with ...

  42. Vivendi Names Canal+ Chairman Bertrand Meheut To Lead Content Business Review

    August 20, 2012 4:39 PM EDT LONDON - Vivendi said Monday that Canal+ chairman Bertrand Meheut will play a key role in its strategic review, which is expected to lead to the sale of at least some of its businesses. The French entertainment and telecom conglomerate's supe ...

  43. Backbeat: The Kills Celebrate New Book With Signing, Free Converse City Carnage Show

    August 20, 2012 11:43 AM EDT (L-R): Photographer Kenneth Cappello and The Kills' Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart share a laugh with each other and a fan during their book signing at BookMarc in Manhattan's West Village. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) Saturday was offi ...

  44. Morning Fix: UK Olympics Bump, Best Buy's New CEO, Beyonce's 1B Friends, Death at V Festival

    August 20, 2012 8:22 AM EDT Olympics Bump Sends Emeli Sande (and 123 Others) Up UK Charts Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's album is back to No. 1 on the U.K. charts following her appearance at the London 2012 Olympics. Fifty-seven of this week's Top 200 alb ...

  45. Olympics Bump Sends Emeli Sande (and 123 Others) Up UK Charts

    August 20, 2012 7:29 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's huge exposure via her performances at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 12 sent her debut album Our Version of Events (Virgin/EMI) back to No. 1 on the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), as ...

  46. Mumford & Sons Debut on Social 50 Chart After Long 'Wait'

    August 17, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Thanks to the release of its new single "I Will Wait," Mumford & Sons make a long-delayed debut on Billboard's Social 50 chart , arriving at a lofty No. 13. The chart premiered in December 2010, but the band never generated enou ...

  47. Bruce Springsteen Reaches Philadelphia Landmark With Upcoming 'Wrecking Ball' Shows

    August 17, 2012 10:46 AM EDT It's no secret that Bruce is big in Philly, but when Springsteen and his E Street Band return the market for a Labor Day weekend stadium double of the Wrecking Ball tour Sept. 2 and 3 at Citizens Bank Park, they will set a remarkable mileston ...

  48. Psilocybin

    August 16, 2012 1:26 PM EDT Magic Mushrooms Psilocybin mushrooms are fungi that contain the psychedelic compounds psilocybin and psilocin. Some species also contain analogues of these compounds in addition to them, namely baeocystin and norbaeocystin. There are multiple coll ...

  49. JD Samson On NYC's Free Pussy Riot Event, The Riot Grrrl Movement, Band's 'Courage and Strength'

    August 14, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Members of Pussy Riot performing a punk prayer inside a Moscow's Cathedral in protest against Vladimir Putin. This Friday (Aug. 17) a final verdict is expected in the trial of Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich, t ...

  50. Shazam Nets Over One Million Interactions During Olympics' Closing Ceremony

    August 13, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Shazam's social engagement strategies are paying off again. Today the company released a few statistics showing the number of interactions the platform received over the course of the Olympics, including more than one million interactions dur ...

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