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  1. Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers Elects New President

    July 26, 2013 10:59 AM EDT The Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers, known as SGAE, has elected José Luis Acosta Salmerón as the organization's new president. The move to name a new leader comes only a few weeks after the troubled Madrid-based organization voted ...

  2. Bon Jovi Waives Performance Fee, Lowering Ticket Costs for Beleagured Spanish Fans

    May 30, 2013 10:35 AM EDT U.S. rock star Jon Bon Jovi and his band are waiving their performance fee for a concert in Madrid as a gesture to their Spanish fans hit hard by the country's severe economic crisis. El Mundo newspaper and other media outlets said Thursday ...

  3. Morning Fix: Big CMA Wins for Blake and Miranda; Alt J's Mercury Prize; Hurricane Sandy Relief

    November 02, 2012 8:24 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters BLAKE SHELTON, MIRANDA LAMBERT, LITTLE BIG TOWN WIN BIG AT CMA AWARDS: Once again, tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved ...

  4. Three Dead in Stampede Following Steve Aoki Concert in Spain

    November 01, 2012 5:15 PM EDT At least three young women were trampled to death Wednesday night at a festival in Madrid, Spain, headlined by DJ Steve Aoki. The fatal injuries occurred as the crowd rushed one of the exits. Two more people remain in critical condition. Register ...

  5. Spain's Music Industry in Crisis as Music, Ticket Sales Plummet

    July 20, 2012 11:25 AM EDT It's official. This year is the worst for Spain's music industry in history. Labels and agents are going out of business, thousands of jobs and millions of euros are being lost, and what's worse, the next Alejandro Sanz or Placido D ...

  6. BMG Rights Management Acquires Francis Dreyfus Music

    May 30, 2012 10:44 AM EDT BMG Rights Management has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Francis Dreyfus Music, an independent music publishing and recording company headquartered in Paris. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Francis Dreyfus Music was founded by its ...

  7. Telefonica's Terra From Spain to Offer Legal Music, Film Streaming in Europe

    May 01, 2012 6:00 AM EDT MADRID - Telefonica's media unit Terra plans to introduce online films and music in Europe, starting with Spain and Portugal by the end of next month, news reports said Monday. Spanish Court Dismisses Case Against Major P2P Site No one was im ...

  8. Will Placido Domingo Sing At Madrid's Royal Theater? How Spain's Economic Crisis Is Hurting Opera

    April 27, 2012 12:28 PM EDT The Show May Not Go On: The Madrid Royal Theater website's promotion for its production of Cyrano de Bergerac is threatened by a financial dispute stemming from government cutbacks. (Screenshot) The pain spares no one in Spain. A salary dispu ...

  9. Spain Touring Notes: Sizzla Dates Canceled; Dylan Headlining FIB; James Murphy, Lana Del Rey at Sonar; More

    March 28, 2012 2:52 PM EDT Line-up for Spain's 2012 Festival Internacional Benicassim featuring headliner Bob Dylan Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla Kalongi had three April concerts in Spain canceled under intense pressure from gay rights groups over lyrics, seriously ups ...

  10. GSMA Mobile World Congress Launches in Barcelona

    February 28, 2012 6:15 AM EST MADRID - The wireless industry turns its attention to Barcelona this week as the Mobile World Congress kicked off Monday, promising potentially game-changing announcements and glimpses of flashy technology to shape how mobile devices are used. The ...

  11. Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band 'Wrecking Ball' U.S. Tour Dates Announced

    January 24, 2012 10:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band launch the first US leg of the 2012 'Wrecking Ball' World Tour on March 18 in Atlanta, the singer announced today. Springsteen's 17th studio album, "Wrecking Ball," will be released ...

  12. The Year In International Music Biz: Our New (Interconnected) World Order

    January 10, 2012 2:00 PM EST Perhaps nothing speaks more to our increasingly interconnected globe then a look back at the year in international music business news. Here, flash mobs in Rio sing K-Pop songs; a spirited debate at a music conference in Singapore is re-tweeted in ...

  13. Is Pablo Soto Spain's P2P Robin Hood Or A Music Piracy Enabler?

    December 28, 2011 9:16 AM EST MADRID - Pablo Soto is a hero, a Robin-Hood of sorts, for the global peer-to-peer (P2P) community, a title he rejects even after his recent epic court victory against the American music and movie industries that have targeted him for years. His lu ...

  14. Backbeat: Mary J. Blige Previews 'My Life II' at 'American Express Unstaged' Concert

    November 21, 2011 7:41 AM EST Nas and Busta Rhymes, both of whom are featured on Blige's new album, joined her in celebration post-concert. (Photo: Charley Gallay) Blige acknowledged her celebrity guests, including Anthony Anderson (pictured here with a guest), by shoutin ...

  15. Acquiring EMI Music Was 'Not Urgently Necessary' for BMG, CEO Says

    November 15, 2011 2:39 PM EST "The acquisition of EMI Music Publishing would have been an interesting deal for us," Hartwig Masuch, CEO of BMG Rights Management in Berlin, told Billboard.biz following the company's sale to a Sony-led group of investors last week ...

  16. Exclusive: MTV's Bruce Gillmer on Executive-Producing the EMAs, Host Selena Gomez and Getting 62 Million Votes

    November 04, 2011 5:45 PM EDT Bruce Gillmer, MTV European Music Awards Executive Producer, says this weekend's program is the "crowning jewel" of MTV's international events. Bruce Gillmer, the executive producer of this year's 18th annual MTV European ...

  17. Kelly Clarkson Makes 'Strong' Social 50 Debut Despite Weak Facebook Promo

    November 03, 2011 12:45 PM EDT With the release of Kelly Clarkson's latest album "Stronger" on Oct. 24, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 this week, the singer also edges her way into Social 50 tally and debuts at No. 45. In the days following "Str ...

  18. What's the Strategy Behind Coldplay, Tom Waits Bypassing Subscription Services?

    October 27, 2011 7:45 PM EDT As debate about the financial impact of streaming royalties heated up this week, albums released this week by Coldplay and Tom Waits are noticeably absent from leading subscription services. While it is not uncommon to see catalogs of legacy artis ...

  19. Lady Gaga Tops MTV European Music Awards Nominees

    September 19, 2011 2:27 PM EDT After taking home multiple MTV Video Music Awards last month -- in drag, no less -- Lady Gaga continues a banner year with six nominations for the MTV Europe Music Awards, to be held Nov. 6 at Belfast's Odyssey Arena. Behind the widespread ac ...

  20. Backbeat: Sony Music Latin Spanish Singer/Songwriter Beatriz Luengo debuts in L.A.

    August 24, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Beatriz Luengo, Sony Latin recording artist from Spain. Photo: Sony Latin Sony Latin Music artist Beatriz Luengo performed her first showcase in Los Angeles during a label presentation to introduce the Spanish singer to U.S. media and members of t ...

  21. Rock in Rio 2011's Sellout, by the Numbers

    August 15, 2011 10:19 AM EDT Rock in Rio 2011's Sellout, by the Numbers Brazil's renowned music festival has come back to its homeland for the first time since 2001 and has done so in a big way. Rock In Rio Returns Home Rock in Rio 2011 edition will be held over sev ...

  22. Warner Music Spain Acquires Newiscom

    August 12, 2011 1:09 PM EDT Warner Music Spain has acquired Madrid-based Newiscom, the events production/marketing agency, as part of its strategy to diversify revenue sources for its local acts and touring international artists. The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, m ...

  23. Eduardo 'Teddy' Bautista, President of Spain's SGAE, Resigns After Financial Investigation

    July 12, 2011 7:44 PM EDT Eduardo "Teddy" Bautista, the president of Spain's powerful Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE), has resigned less than two weeks after the organization's offices were raided by national police who were investigating for misa ...

  24. Spain's SGAE Offices Raided, Executives Detained In Financial Investigation

    July 02, 2011 6:03 PM EDT In a stunning piece of news that's dominated the front pages of Spanish newspapers, the offices of the country's powerful Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE) have been raided by national police who are investigating the organization fo ...

  25. Country Gigs in Croatia? Panel Explores International Opportunities at Billboard Country Summit

    June 07, 2011 5:44 PM EDT International touring for U.S. country artists is as close as crossing the border into Canada or as exotic as performing in Croatia. Either way, the performers are in a win/win situation because they are adding to their fan base and expanding thei ...

  26. Flamenco Icon Enrique Morente Dies In Madrid

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Enrique Morente, one of the great living flamenco singers and a composer/musician who pushed the boundaries of the genre to unimaginable directions, died Dec. 13 in a clinic in Spain. Morente suffered complications following an ulcer operation. Mo ...

  27. Mario Pacheco Dies Aged 60

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mario Pacheco, a legend of the Spanish indie music scene, has died at his Madrid home after a long illness. He was 60. In 1982, Pacheco founded one of the first authentic indie labels in Spain, Nuevos Medios. Pacheco, who was also a producer and p ...

  28. Madrid Promotes Its Musical Nightlife

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Madrid Cool Night will be staged between Nov. 22-28 in order to promote the city's nightlife with dozens of gigs taking place under the Cool Night banner. Madrid Cool Night (MCN) will include 104 concerts in 55 venues with more than 300 artis ...

  29. Spanish Govt Backs Live Music

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish culture minister Angeles González-Sinde today (Nov. 15) presented a pioneer project to support live music by emerging acts across the country. "Touring Through Venues" (GPS), a state-backed circuit for popular music, will receive ...

  30. Lady Gaga Tops MTV European Music Awards

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga topped the winners at the MTV European Music Awards 2010 in Madrid, scooping the awards for best pop, best female and best song for "Bad Romance." Lady Gaga thanked MTV and her fans via satellite from Budapest, where she was pe ...

  31. Spanish Online Piracy Remains Rampant

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than 97% of all music obtained via the Internet in Spain during the first six months of 2010 was downloaded illegally, according to a study by IDC Research. The confirmation of Spain's continuing piracy problem was confirmed by Internet ...

  32. Bon Jovi Announce U.K. Outdoor Shows

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi have announced that they will play three massive outdoor shows in the U.K. next summer. The veteran rock band will play Edinburgh's Murrayfield stadium June 22, Manchester Old Trafford Cricket Ground June 24 and the "Hard Rock C ...

  33. BMG Rights Management To Launch In Australia

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management's rapid expansion continues: the Berlin-based company will launch an Australian operation in early 2011. Tim Prescott, former CEO of Albert Music and a long-time BMG executive, is assisting BMG Rights Management with fur ...

  34. Bon Jovi To Receive Prize At MTV Europe Awards

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi will receive a Global Icon prize at next month's MTV Europe Music Awards in Madrid, the music channel said. Bruce Gillmer, executive VP of music and talent at MTV Networks International called Bon Jovi "one of the most beloved a ...

  35. Calle 13 Performs At 500,000-Strong Spanish Procession

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An estimated 500,000 people filled a one-mile-long central Madrid avenue to accompany a mobile live performance by Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Calle 13, reported Spanish public television service RTVE. The forecast rain failed to appear, and La Mar ...

  36. EMI Spain Prez Backs New Talent Search

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Around 350,000 young people have been invited to enter a project to find new music talent in a bid to alleviate the deep crisis afflicting the Spanish biz. The Mad Sound Project was presented Oct. 5 in Madrid by EMI Music Spain president Simone Bo ...

  37. Business Matters: Live Nation, We7, RIAA and more

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Live Nation Pushing Back On Artist Guarantees -- Lower ticket prices appear likely in 2011, and artist guarantees will be pulled down in order achieve those lower prices. So said Live Nation CEO M ...

  38. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry Lead MTV Europe Nominations

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Gaga and Katy Perry go head-to-head at the MTV Europe Music Awards in November, with five nominations apiece. The U.S. pop princesses are both shortlisted in four categories -- best pop act, best song, best female act and best video. Completi ...

  39. MTV Spain Goes Free To Air

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV Spain celebrates its 10th anniversary tomorrow (Sept. 16) by going free to air on digital terrestrial television (DTT) at 9pm. At the Madrid presentation today (Sept. 15), Rafael Annechino, the director general of MTV Iberia, told Billboard.bi ...

  40. Benicassim Fest Attendance Slumps

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spain's highest-profile summer music festival, the international Benicassim festival (FIB) on the eastern Mediterranean coast, suffered an alarming slump in attendance this year. The total attendance of 127,000 over the July 15-18 four-day fe ...

  41. BMG Acquires Publisher Stage Three

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management (BMG) has agreed to acquire Stage Three Music , a leading independent, international music publisher based in London, from its shareholders Apax Partners, Ingenious Ventures and the management. Stage Three was founded in 2003 ...

  42. Metallica Sonisphere Cinecast Seen By 100,000

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Sonisphere cinecast from the Sofia, Bulgaria leg of the touring rock festival was seen by more than 100,000 fans, according to promoter Stuart Galbraith . The global June 22 cinecast featured the 'Big Four' of metal - Metallica, Slay ...

  43. Spain Celebrates European Music Day

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the Spanish music industry is in the economic doldrums, music events remain popular - especially if they are free, of course. Spain is one of a handful of European countries that celebrates European Music Day every June 21, but this year the ...

  44. Attendance Down At Rock In Rio Madrid

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Attendance at the five-day Rock In Rio Madrid festival fell to 250,000 from the 290,000 who attended the five shows at the 2008 festival. Rock in Rio founder and director Roberto Medina blamed the drop in numbers on bad weather on June 11 and the ...

  45. Web Trends: Shania Twain, Paramore, Waka Waka and More

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 4pm) 3. Frédéric Thiébaud Shania Twain, whose divorce from Robert "Mutt" Lange finalizes this week, was seen with Frédéric Thiébaud at the Swiss Red Cross Ball on May 29. Youtube Music Most Viewed Toda ...

  46. Web Trends: Star Spangled Banner Lyrics, The Beatles, Eminem and More

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 11am) 1. Star Spangled Banner Lyrics A marine veteran stunned a Tea Party crowd when he broke into the lesser known fourth verse to The Star Spangled Banner. Youtube Music Most Viewed Today 1. DJ Earworm - Like, OMG Baby (Capi ...

  47. Spanish Judges Compare P2P To Lending Libraries

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spain's anti-piracy campaigners have suffered a new blow following yet another court ruling that clears a web site that offered links to protected cultural content of infringing intellectual property legislation. Three judges closed the five- ...

  48. Web Trends: Lollapalooza, Lady Gaga, Marvin Isley and More

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 4pm) 2. Lollapalooza 2010 Lineup The 2010 Lollapalooza Lineup was announced today with headliners Lady Gaga, Green Day and Soundgarden as well as Cypress Hill, Erykah Badu, Devo, Drive-By Truckers, Blues Travele ...

  49. Web Trends: Marvin Isley, Baby Gaga, Souleye, Alanis Morrisette and More

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 11 am) 4. Isley Brother Died 16. Marvin Isley Marvin Isley, bassist of the family band Isley Brothers, died on Sunday. He was 56. 5. Baby Gaga A spoof on Lady Gaga's "Telephone" music video featur ...

  50. Web Trends: Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lopez, Dizzee Rascal, Shakira and More

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4pm) 2. Tom Cruise and Jennifer Lopez Tom Cruise reprised his Tropic Thunder character, movie exec Less Grossman, for a hip-hop dance routine with Jennifer Lopez at the MTV Movie Awards. Youtube Music Most Viewed Today 1.  ...

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