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  1. SGAE Relents Over Charity Gig Bill

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spanish collecting society SGAE has again got itself into hot water over its zealous enforcement of its public performance licensing system. This time it has promised to repay in the form of a "voluntary donation" the €5,629 ($7,564) it ...

  2. New Ownership, Format For Cultura Urbana Fest

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cultura Urbana, Spain's leading hip-hop and urban music festival, returns on May 16 to a new 16,000-capacity site in Madrid with an international line-up and a one-day 18-hour format. Control of the event has moved from indie label Boa Music ...

  3. Ojos De Brujo's U.K. Visa Ruling Reversed

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spanish hip-hop/flamenco fusion band Ojos de Brujo will be able to play the three U.K. dates on its world tour after all, following a decision by the U.K. consulate in Madrid to overturn an earlier ban on issuing visas to the group's two Cuba ...

  4. Ojos De Brujo Members Refused U.K. Visas

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Leading Spanish hip-hop/flamenco fusion act Ojos de Brujo had to cancel its London concert at the Roundhouse venue, because the United Kingdom consulate in Madrid refused to issue visas to the band's two Cuban musicians. Ojos de Brujo's ...

  5. Joao Gilberto, Jackson Browne For Madrid Guitar Fest

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Brazilian Joao Gilberto, who helped create the bossa nova music genre 50 years ago, is to be the star performer at Madrid's inaugural Guitar Festival to be held in the Spanish capital May 15-June 21. Gilberto will play and sing in solo perfor ...

  6. MySpace, Live Nation In Spain Concert Pact

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace and Live Nation have entered a marketing partnership for a series of concerts in Spain. The shows, called “MySpace Music Live Presents,” begin April 3 with a Franz Ferdinand concert at Madrid’s Palacio de los Deportes. More shows were expe ...

  7. Strong International Presence At SXSW

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Artists, record labels and other music companies from across Europe and from Australasia are attending this year's SXSW in Austin Texas. While the U.K., Mexico and Canada are the three-biggest countries outside the U.S. in the terms of the nu ...

  8. Ratings Rise For Spain's Premios De La Música

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spain's only national music awards gala gained a slightly better TV audience than last year, after the winners of the 13th Premios de la Música were announced two weeks before the ceremony. The unprecedented decision to reveal the winners in ...

  9. Fonsi Honored At Premios Dial Gala

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Puerto Rican star Luis Fonsi performed at the 13th Premios Dial music award gala in Tenerife ahead of the five-date Spanish leg of his current world tour. Fonsi was one of 13 Spanish and Latin artists to receive a Dial award for their contribution ...

  10. Spain's Dover Signs With Sony

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dover, one of Spain's most important rock bands of the past 15 years, has signed a multi-album deal with Sony Music Entertainment Spain. Led by sisters Amparo (guitarist) and Cristina (singer) Llanos, Dover has sold more than 1.5 million unit ...

  11. Vetusta Morla's Triple Win At Premios De La Música Awards

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pop-rock band Vetusta Morla has won all three awards it was nominated for in Spain's 13th Premios de la Música national music awards. The winners were announced in Madrid Feb. 26, and the televised gala ceremony takes place in the western cit ...

  12. Bosé Wins Premios De La Música Tour Award

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Singer Miguel Bosé, Spain's biggest selling global star of the past three years, has earned a best 2008 tour award in the 13th Premios de la Música awards, whose televised gala ceremony takes place in the western city of Badajoz on March 12. ...

  13. SGAE Scholars Heading To Berklee

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Berklee College of Music and Spanish collecting society SGAE are strengthening relations with a February 23-26 selection of SGAE scholarship winners. The successful Spanish candidates will study for three years at the world's leading modern m ...

  14. Spain's Premios De La Música Nominations Unveiled

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nena Daconte, Amaral, Vetusta Morla and Russian Red have won three nominations each for Spain's 13th Premios de la Música awards, announced simultaneously in offices of the Spanish authors' and publishers' collecting society SGAE in ...

  15. Filmax Launches Spanish Digital Music Service

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST European digital distributor 24-7 Entertainment announced its entry into the Spanish market with the launch of Filmax's music download store musica.yodecido.com. The store is powered by 24-7 Entertainment, describing it as one of "a myri ...

  16. Spanish Biz Suffers 10% Fall

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain's music market continued to slump in 2008, falling by 10.4% in combined physical and digital sales value to €254.4 million ($338 million). An 8.1% increase in digital sales to €29.2 million ($38.8 million) was not enough to make up for ...

  17. Arrests Over Alleged Blackmail Of David Bisbal

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spanish paramilitary Civil Guards and Dominican Republic police have arrested four people in that Caribbean nation who are accused of demanding more than $100,000 from Spanish multi-platinum singer David Bisbal in return for not making public demo ...

  18. Physical, Digital Sales Combined For Spanish Chart

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain will from this week unify physical and digital tracks sales lists into a single chart, in line with the practice in many other countries, labels body Promusicae announced January 12. In addition, gold and platinum disc awards will now be the ...

  19. Concerns Over Live Biz In Madrid

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live music in small venues is in danger of extinction in the Spanish capital of Madrid, and urgent measures are necessary to save the sector. This is the message of the city's 45-venue La Noche En Vivo (Live Music At Night) campaign in an ope ...

  20. El Canto Del Loco Wins Big At Premios 40 Principales

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Spanish band El Canto Del Loco won all five awards they were nominated for at the third Premios 40 Principales gala in Madrid in front of an audience of 18,000. Jim Carrey, who was in the city to present his latest film, and singer Beyoncé were am ...

  21. Spanish Indies Sign Digital Partnership

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Two of Spain's leading indie labels have signed an exclusive digital distribution deal to boost online sales. As a result, the progressive underground-leaning catalog of Subterfuge Records will be placed on the most important online shops in ...

  22. Boost For Spanish Live Biz

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Two live music initiatives for small venues have kicked off to help new talent and strengthen a live music circuit, in both the Spanish capital Madrid and the country as a whole. The moves come amid the general financial crisis, an anti-live venue ...

  23. Gold Discs Presented To Spanish Acts

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Thirty of Spain's top-selling Spanish artists in 2008 received their gold disc awards at the inaugural Night of Music party organised by labels' association Promusicae. The Night of Music in a central Madrid venue replaced the Premios Am ...

  24. Calamaro Named Best Latin Artist At Premios Ondas

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Argentine singer and composer Andrés Calamaro took the best Latin artist award at the 55th Premios Ondas ceremony at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house, a week after winning the Latin Grammy prize for best vocal rock album, "L ...

  25. Wireless Carrier Movistar Debuts Label, Store In Colombia

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Wireless carrier Movistar has brought its fledgling digital label, Sello Movistar, to Colombia. Artists can post their music and create a profile at artistasmovistar.com or via the label’s mobile portal, and have their music heard and rated by oth ...

  26. Ritmonet To Promote Spanish Singles In U.S.

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Spanish labels body Promusicae is asking U.S. music radio stations to use its free online digital distribution service Ritmonet to source new Spanish singles. Carlos García Doval, Promusicae's director of planning and development, visited New ...

  27. Venegas Launches Multi-Artist Latin America Tour

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The ninth "Rock en Ñ" Spanish-language tour of Latin American countries starts today (Oct. 30) with a concert by Mexican singer Julieta Venegas in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. This year's annual tour to promote "rock en esp ...

  28. Bertelsmann Unveils BMG Rights Management

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German media group Bertelsmann is investing in the music business again: BMG Rights Management will be opening its head office in Berlin as of Jan. 2009. In the coming months offices are also to be opened in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Madrid and Mi ...

  29. Julieta Venegas, Mana Nominated For Premios 40 Principales

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mexican singer Julieta Venegas and pop-rock group Mana each have three nods for the international section of Spanish radio group Union Radio's Premios 40 Principales. Winners in the 19 categories are voted by the public in Spain and eight Lat ...

  30. Cuban Pianist Valdes Honored At 90th Birthday

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cuban pianist Bebo Valdes has celebrated his 90th birthday in Madrid ahead of a tour of Spain with his son Chucho. The pair have toured the country together before, and between Oct. 23 and Nov. 15 they will perform in eight Spanish cities. Bebo Va ...

  31. Columbus Celebration VivAmerica Wraps In Madrid

    October 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT More than 50,000 people danced through the streets of central Madrid for the finale of Festival VivAmerica, a week of cultural events including concerts by Latin American and Spanish artists in several city venues. VivAmerica is organised by the C ...

  32. Popkomm Day 3: The Second Coming Of Qtrax

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eight months after its abortive launch at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, Qtrax is back on course according to New York-based CEO and chairman Allan Klepfisz. During the demonstration of Qtrax - a free, ad-funded "legal" hybrid P2P se ...

  33. SGAE Gets ARTeria Pumping

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish authors and publishers collecting society SGAE has opened its second cultural center outside Spain as part of its ARTeria project to promote and foment music and other cultural activities. ARTeria is a division of SGAE's promotion arm ...

  34. Spanish Label Launches For Female Artists

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Two Spanish biz veterans have launched their second indie label in three years. Fernando Delgado, who works with Fernando Portalo, says their three-year-old Madrid-based label 2Fer Records "was thought of for ladies to dance to, while [new la ...

  35. ARTE To Host 25th Anniversary Fiesta in Madrid

    September 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish music biz associations and artists will attend a music fiesta on Oct. 14 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 400-strong managers, promoters, booking agents and festival directors group, the Association of Entertainment Technical Repre ...

  36. SGAE Launches World Music Label

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish authors and publishers collecting society SGAE has launched a world music label called Musica de Autores del Mundo (MAM), which aims to release five albums a year recorded in Spain by immigrant musicians living in the country. The first tw ...

  37. Spanish Streaming Service Launches

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spain's first online streaming-only music service has been launched, claiming to offer 2 million songs by 50,000 artists from major and independent labels. Yes.fm compares itself to other services such as Last.fm in the United Kingdom or Pand ...

  38. Spain's Grupo Zeta Launches Label

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish media conglomerate Grupo Zeta is launching a "360-degree" music label called El Volcan Musica. The Barcelona-based group says its new arm has three chief aims: to árecord and release "quality Spanish music made in Spain" ...

  39. Solis Set For Billboard Regional Mexican Summit

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Latin superstar Marco Antonio Solís has been confirmed as one of the star Q&A artists for the Billboard Regional Mexican Music Summit, taking place Oct. 6-8 at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles. The Solis Q&A takes place Oct. 8, one ...

  40. New AC/DC Album To Be Wal-Mart Exclusive

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, AC/DC's new album, "Black Ice," will be sold exclusively in the U.S. via Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and the band's Web site, beginning Oct. 20. First single "Rock'n'Roll Train" will hit U.S. radi ...

  41. Spain's Oreja Reveals New Singer

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spain's most successful pop group of the past decade, Latin Grammy winner La Oreja de Van Gogh, has a new lead singer. Leire Martínez, 29, was presented to the media in Madrid on Monday. She joins the four male founder-members of LOVG ahead o ...

  42. Marco Antonio Solís Tops Latin Albums Chart Again

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a week with a soft Latin release slate, Mexican superstar Marco Antonio Solís comfortably maintained his No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart for the third consecutive week with "Una Noche En Madrid" (Fonovisa). The live ...

  43. Rock In Rio Madrid Pulls Monster Numbers

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spain closed the doors on its biggest-ever festival at 6am today, the Rock in Rio event, which gathered more than 290,000 visitors, according to organizers. Festival-goers paid between €49 ($77) and €65 ($102) to attend the festival, which spanned ...

  44. Spanish Biz Must Adopt Tough Piracy Tactics, Says Kennedy

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Two leading lights in the European fight against digital piracy and illegal P2P file-sharing have thrown their support behind a new Spanish music and movie business campaign to end Spain's black image as the worst piracy offender among the to ...

  45. Telefonica To Sell IODA Content

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Telecom operator Telefonica has entered into a worldwide partnership with the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) to make IODA’s one-million song catalog available to mobile users in 24 countries. IODA’s independent music will be avail ...

  46. Spanish Cops Crack Piracy Ring

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish police have smashed an organized criminal syndicate based in the Madrid region that produced up to 150,000 counterfeit CDs and DVDs a day, and was worth €219 million ($339.5 million) a year. In simultaneous raids in six towns to the south ...

  47. Sizzla Ejected From Spain Amid Homophobia Fears

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jamaican reggae star Sizzla was forced to cancel two sold out concerts in Spain this week after the artist was detained and later barred from entering the country. Sizzla was held for several hours at Madrid's Barajas airport on May 27, befor ...

  48. Spanish Bands Tap New Model With Realidad Musical

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The reality of today's indie music business is recording, releasing and selling records without having a record label. That's the conclusion reached by several Spanish alternative rock groups one month after quitting their labels and set ...

  49. Peermusic Acquires Half Of Unisono Musica

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Peermusic has acquired a 50% worldwide ownership interest in Spanish independent publisher Unisono Musica. The purchase price was not disclosed. Madrid-based Unisono Musica's catalog contains over 800 titles, including bands such as Mago de O ...

  50. Police Reunion Trek Enters Final Phase

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Police began the final leg of their reunion tour last night in Ottawa, the first of 47 shows this summer in amphitheaters, arenas and stadiums primarily in North America and Europe. Most stops are in markets not played in 2007, when the Police ...

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