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  1. Justin Bieber Graduates High School, Announces 2013 UK Tour Dates, Has No. 1 Album

    July 02, 2012 1:37 PM EDT For most high school graduates, the things generally top of mind during commencement ceremonies might be prom, college, and perhaps summer employment. But for teen pop superstar Justin Bieber, his graduation might seem almost tangential compared t ...

  2. Perez Hilton on His New Gym-Ready Compilation, Failed 2009 Tour, Gold & Platinum Discs

    June 28, 2012 9:17 AM EDT Perez Hilton's "Liston to This" section of his website where he recommends new music. Say what you will about the lightning-rod that is celebrity blogger Perez Hilton (nee Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr.), the fact is the man lives fo ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. UK ISPs Called Upon To Police Copyright Infringement

    June 27, 2012 6:17 AM EDT LONDON - U.K. media regulator Ofcom said Tuesday that it expects key legislation against piracy to reach parliament around the end of 2012. New draft measures against illegal downloads outlined in an Ofcom post that are now open for comment " ...

  5. Universal Music Parent Vivendi Ordered to Pay $956 Million in Liberty Media Suit

    June 26, 2012 10:50 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi, the parent company of Universal Music Group, saw its shares slip in European trading Tuesday after the entertainment and telecom conglomerate lost a stage in a court case to John Malone's Liberty Media. Analysts said most in ...

  6. Business Matters: Twitter Now a Place to Debut New Music

    June 25, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Blur to Debut New Songs Via Twitter Feed Twitter is the new MySpace -- in a good way. Blur will debut two new songs live on Twitter when they perform two new songs via a worldwide live video stream on Monday 2nd July. The event will take place at ...

  7. Justin Bieber, Maroon 5 Top UK Charts For First Time

    June 25, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Justin Bieber landed his first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (24) as "Believe" (Def Jam/Universal) outsold Cheryl Cole's new release "A Million Lights" (Polydor/Universal) by some 3,000 units. Maroon 5, meanwhile, topped the ...

  8. Out Of Synch

    June 21, 2012 7:45 PM EDT Sound-Alike TV Ads Cause Major Controversy In early June, just as Beach House was enjoying a top 10 debut for its new album, "Bloom," the Baltimore indie band was also getting ready to do battle. After learning that a new Volkswagen ad a ...

  9. Max Vangeli and AN21 Ready Their First Album on Swedish House Mafia Member's Imprint

    June 21, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Watching them pogo, fist-pump and otherwise wild out in festival booths across the globe, one might not think of Max Vangeli and AN21 as old souls. But when talk turns to classic house music and the dancefloor experience, they sound like old-schoo ...

  10. Exclusive: TuneIn Adds Fox News, Bloomberg and More

    June 21, 2012 1:28 PM EDT Online radio service TuneIn has announced partnerships with more than 20 major broadcasting companies that will add 600 stations to its existing directory of over 50,000 AM/FM and Internet-only broadcasts. The deal includes top talk brands Fox New ...

  11. Amanda Palmer Partners With U.K. Indie Cooking Vinyl For European Album Release

    June 21, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer has signed a distribution and label services deal with U.K. indie Cooking Vinyl for the European release of her forthcoming studio album "Theatre Is Evil." As previously reported and detailed in this week& ...

  12. Radiohead Producer Nigel Godrich's 'From the Basement' Series Goes 3D with The Shins, Feist, More

    June 20, 2012 11:40 AM EDT Grammy winning record producer Nigel Godrich's music series From the Basement is getting the 3D treatment for broadcast on 3net in the U.S. and Sky 3D in the UK, as well as a multiplatform 2D release on Crackle. From the Basement is produced ...

  13. Radiohead's Ticker Tape Touring One of Four Companies Under Investigation In Stage Collapse

    June 19, 2012 9:40 AM EDT The Ontario Ministry of Labour , the Canadian government department that develops and enforces workplace health and safety standards, is looking at the roles of at least four companies involved in the staging and staffing of Saturday's stage ...

  14. U.K. Retailer Tesco Buys We7, Digital Music Service Co-Founded by Peter Gabriel

    June 15, 2012 7:44 AM EDT U.K. supermarket giant Tesco has acquired London-based digital music service We7 for £10.8 million ($16.8 million), in which music legend Peter Gabriel owns a stake. The deal expands Tesco's digital entertainment offerings that already includ ...

  15. Zulu Winter Reboots

    June 14, 2012 4:50 PM EDT Zulu Winter has been working full-time for only six months, but that hasn't stopped the U.K. rock band from making a rapid impact on the indie scene. The London-based five-piece, all former childhood friends from Oxfordshire, England, last ye ...

  16. Adele's '21' At 24; Alan Jackson Debuts At No. 2

    June 14, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his latest effort, "Thirty Miles West." The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 2 ...

  17. Warner U.K. Launches New Artist & Label Services Division Headed by Dan Chalmers

    June 14, 2012 1:44 PM EDT Warner Music U.K. is expanding its label offerings with the launch of a new Artists and Label Services division. Effective immediately, Warner Music Artist and Label Services will be headed by London-based Dan Chalmers, managing director of Rhino ...

  18. Amanda Palmer Changes the Way Albums are Funded Through Kickstarter

    June 13, 2012 7:20 PM EDT You may have missed it, but music business history was made May 30 when singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer raised $1 million in less than a month for an album no one has heard. She did this on Kickstarter, an online platform that has helped thousands ...

  19. Linkin Park Use New Marketing Techniques to Connect with Fans

    June 13, 2012 5:10 PM EDT A 38-second video posted May 26 on YouTube features Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda congratulating the winner of a scavenger hunt that included clues on five continents, lasted 16 days and concluded at BBC Radio 1 during Zane Lowe's show. Whe ...

  20. UK's PPL Posts Record Revenues, Lambasts London Olympics, Global Digital Media Owners

    June 13, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Despite announcing its best annual financial results in the organization's 78-year history with total license fee income jumping 7% in 2011, speakers at today's (June 13) annual general meeting for PPL, the licensing body representing U. ...

  21. Alan Jackson, Beach Boys, Neil Young Debut High On Billboard 200 Chart; Adele Returns to No. 1

    June 13, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Country king Alan Jackson debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with his latest effort, Thirty Miles West . The set sold 73,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album is his first for EMI Nashville after more than 20 years wit ...

  22. Estates of Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Jim Morrison Considering Hologram Shows

    June 13, 2012 8:44 AM EDT The King may have left the building, but a virtually resurrected Elvis Presley will soon return to a concert venue near you. With estates of deceased musical acts exploring the revenue possibilities of virtual live performances, the visual effects ...

  23. Danny Boyle Details London Olympics Opening Ceremony Plans With Two New Underworld Songs

    June 12, 2012 10:44 AM EDT LONDON - Oscar winning director Danny Boyle plans to transform the opening ceremony of the London Olympics 2012 into a surreal vista of a "green and pleasant land" at the newly-built host stadium in Eastern London. Boyle, wearing his hat ...

  24. Business Matters: Access Models Peacefully Coexisting with Purchase Models

    June 11, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Spotify Accounting For Growing Distribution Revenue, But Not Replacing Downloads There is now a bit more evidence that Spotify has not lead to a reduction of music purchases. Contrary to some people's fears, it appears that many Spotify users ...

  25. Backbeat: The Weeknd's London Debut, With Katy Perry, Florence Welch, Barry Weiss, David Joseph, More

    June 07, 2012 7:24 PM EDT London's Wilton Music Hall hosted The Weeknd 's debut London show earlier tonight (June 7). Rumored to have sold out within two minutes, the gig lasted just an hour, but equally interesting as the vocal acrobatics taking place onstage wa ...

  26. The Making of Baby Bieber: How Austin Mahone Is Riding Social Media to Superstardom

    June 07, 2012 9:06 AM EDT If it weren't for the walls covered in handmade signs drawn in bold, glittery letters by hundreds of obsessed teenage fans declaring love and devotion to him, the San Antonio bedroom of Austin Mahone wouldn't be much to look at. Barely 8 ...

  27. Adele's '21' Going For 24th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    June 06, 2012 8:40 PM EDT That Adele reign just won't stop. The diva's "21" album could return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week, according to industry sources. Those in the know suggest the set will sell over 70,000 copies by week's en ...

  28. The Jubilee Bump: How The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Is Boosting UK Music Sales

    June 06, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Robbie Williams performing at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace on Monday (June 4). (Photo: Getty) As the U.K. awaited an in-depth post-match report on the effects of the four-day (June 2-5) Jubilee celebrations on ...

  29. John Mayer's 'Born and Raised' Scores Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart; Regina Spektor Debuts at No. 3

    June 06, 2012 11:00 AM EDT John Mayer's Born and Raised hangs in for a second week atop the Billboard 200, selling 65,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 70%). It's Mayer's first album to spend more than a single week at No. 1, following solitary ...

  30. How Prince Harry Came to Play On UK's No. 1 Album

    June 06, 2012 8:41 AM EDT For just the second time in the history of the Official U.K. Albums Chart, a member of the British royal family is heard on a No. 1 title. For only the second time in the history of the Official U.K. Albums Chart, a member of the British royal fam ...

  31. Paul McCartney: He'll Close Olympic Opening Ceremony

    June 04, 2012 7:26 PM EDT Paul McCartney has confirmed an Olympic-sized rumor, saying he'll be the closing act at the London 2012 opening ceremony. Earlier this year the former Beatle disclosed that he was in talks to play a role in the celebrations. On Monday, he con ...

  32. Gary Barlow's Diamond Jubilee Project Tops UK Album Charts

    June 04, 2012 7:22 AM EDT Gary Barlow of Take That scored an instant U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (June 3) with his Diamond Jubilee-inspired project with the Commonwealth Band, "Sing" (Decca/Universal). East London electronic quartet Rudimental debuted atop the sin ...

  33. Regina Spektor, Edward Sharpe Heading For Top 10 on Billboard 200

    June 01, 2012 8:17 PM EDT John Mayer's newest album, "Born and Raised," seems to be set for a second week atop the Billboard 200 next week, but a couple new releases might break into the top 10. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on t ...

  34. HMV Sells London's Hammersmith Apollo To Stage C For $49 Million

    May 31, 2012 4:15 PM EDT London's HMV Apollo opened in 1932 as the Gaumont Palace, a cinema designed by Robert Cromie in the Art Deco style. It became the Hammersmith Odeon in 1962 and famous destination for live music. The name changed the Apollo in the 1990s. Stage ...

  35. Usher to Recruit Digital Dancers For American Express Unstaged Performance

    May 31, 2012 11:44 AM EDT The Tupac Hologram Effect continues: without resurrecting legendary artists, R&B song-and-dance man Usher has some tricks up his sleeve in terms of crowd-pleasing, futuristic concert antics. The singer will use digital dancers to back him up d ...

  36. Exclusive: Universal Opens Door for Robert Plant and Artists Den

    May 30, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Universal Music Group has signed a worldwide distribution deal with Artists Den to release the public television show's episode featuring Robert Plant and the Band of Joy. It is the first time UMG and the show have worked together and Univers ...

  37. Beatles Musical Books L.A. Date Prior to Broadway

    May 30, 2012 5:41 PM EDT "Backbeat," the musical that details the birth of the Beatles, will make its final pre-Broadway stop in Los Angeles early next year. An adaptation of 1994 Universal Pictures film, "Backbeat" will play L.A.'s Ahmanson Theat ...

  38. Exclusive: Songkick Allows Artists To Update Tour Data With Tourbox

    May 29, 2012 9:40 PM EDT Songkick, an online repository for concert information, has made it easier for artists to get their tour dates to a multitude of digital services like Spotify, YouTube and Vevo. Called Tourbox , the new product allows any artist to tap directly in ...

  39. London's Southbank Centre Wins Top UK Venue Honors

    May 29, 2012 3:05 PM EDT London's Southbank Centre located beside the River Thames . London's Southbank Centre has snatched the No. 1 spot in the 2011 top 100 U.K. music venues as compiled by PRS for Music, the U.K. authors' collecting society. The news, ba ...

  40. Amanda Palmer Hits $1 Million Mark on Kickstarter Campaign

    May 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Amanda Palmer has been burning through milestones since launching a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her new album May 1, and today she hit another, surpassing $1 million raised with more than two days to go . Moments after reaching the milestone ...

  41. Sweden's Loreen Wins Eurovision Song Contest

    May 29, 2012 8:04 AM EDT BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) -- Sweden's Loreen clinched the top spot at this year's Eurovision Song Contest with her dance hit "Euphoria," pushing aside competition from a sextet of Russian grannies and a Serbian balladeer. Juries an ...

  42. Emeli Sande Squeaks Past Joe Bonamassa to Top U.K. Albums Chart

    May 28, 2012 12:57 PM EDT In a nailbiting finish, Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé kept bluesman Joe Bonamassa from a notable first U.K. No. 1 album, as the Official Charts Company's new sales data was unveiled yesterday (Sunday). "We Are Young" (Fuele ...

  43. Mercury Prize Announces New Venue, Live Gigs, Broadcast Partner

    May 23, 2012 7:53 AM EDT The Barclaycard Mercury Prize has announced a new location for this year's event, as well as increased television coverage and, for the first time, a series of gigs featuring nominees for the prestigious award. The awards show itself will mov ...

  44. Michael Jackson's 'Bad' Turns 25; Epic/Legacy to Release 3-CD, Concert DVD Box Set This September

    May 22, 2012 2:03 PM EDT Michael Jackson's Bad is all grown up, and getting the full deluxe treatment this Fall. The King of Pop's chart-topping 1987 album, which sent five songs to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100, a feat not duplicated until Katy Perry sent ...

  45. CAA's Rob Light to Take Part in Executive Q&A at Billboard Country Music Summit

    May 22, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Rob Light, head of the Music department, a partner, and Managing Director of Creative Artists Agency (CAA), will sit with veteran Billboard live entertainment writer Ray Waddell for an in-depth discussion at the Billboard Country Music Summit at t ...

  46. AEG Live Leads Bidding for UK's HMV Live (Report)

    May 21, 2012 12:05 PM EDT AEG Live is leading the race to acquire HMV's profitable live division, according to British newspaper the Daily Mail. The Daily Mail reports that AEG Live has been granted preferred bidder status to purchase the HMV-owned Mama Group, which t ...

  47. Bee Gee Robin Gibb Mourned and Hailed in Britain

    May 21, 2012 8:54 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- One day after he succumbed to cancer, Bee Gee Robin Gibb was hailed in his native Britain Monday as a master musician whose interests went far beyond the recording studio. The distinctive singer, who wrote and arranged numerous hits ...

  48. Keane Holds Off Tenacious D Atop UK Album Charts; Rita Ora Has No. 1 Single

    May 21, 2012 7:53 AM EDT Sunday's new U.K. sales data from the Official Charts Company showed a second week atop the album chart for Keane's "Strangeland" (Universal Isand) and on the singles survey for "R.I.P." (Roc Nation/Columbia/Sony Musi ...

  49. Robin Gibb of The Bee Gees Dies

    May 20, 2012 7:07 PM EDT Robin Gibb once said that "an artist is an artist because he is not happy with the world, so he creates his own existence." And the singer and composer, who died today at the age of 62 after a series of health issues, certainly created a ...

  50. Van Halen Postpone Over 30 Tour Dates without Explanation

    May 17, 2012 8:14 PM EDT Van Halen's 2012 reunion has hit a snag -- the final three months and 31 dates of the group's North American reunion run have been abruptly postponed. The Van Halen tour will continue as regularly scheduled through the group's May 2 ...

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