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  1. Spotify Planning Launches in Italy, Poland and (Reportedly) Japan: What Are the Challenges?

    October 12, 2012 1:31 PM EDT Spotify is planning launches in Italy and Poland, judging from job postings at its web site, and according to a report Friday it's considering a launch in Japan in early 2013. The company has recently posted job openings for growth managers i ...

  2. Road Work: Kreayshawn, PVT, Frankie Rose and Lower Dens

    September 19, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Dream big: Indie electro-rockers Lower Dens just expanded their European and U.S. tours. The group kicks things off at Cincinnati's Midpoint Music Festival supporting Dirty Projectors (Sept. 27) before joining Grizzly Bear for dates in Chicag ...

  3. Virile Videos Rely On Music For Hits

    August 24, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Films' music-focused promotional clips are proving just as powerful online as they were on MTV decades ago. After years of lackluster efforts in using music to generate lines at the box office, film studios are starting to wake up again to th ...

  4. Jeffrey Jolson-Colburn, Former THR Music Editor, Dies

    June 25, 2012 6:15 AM EDT Jeffrey Jolson-Colburn, a former music editor for The Hollywood Reporter, died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles, the website Hollywood Today announced. The cause of death was not immediately known. Jolson-Colburn, who was in his mid-50s, founde ...

  5. Pavarotti Manager Herbert Breslin Dead At 87

    May 17, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Herbert Breslin, the hard-driving manager who helped propel Luciano Pavarotti to international fame during the 36 years they worked together, has died, his wife said Thursday. He was 87. Breslin collapsed at his hotel in Nice, France, on Wednesday ...

  6. Madonna's 2012 Tour 'On Track' To Be Among 'Top 10 of All Time': Live Nation's Arthur Fogel

    April 19, 2012 4:41 PM EDT Ongoing chatter that the Madonna tour, and by extension her multi-rights deal with Live Nation , are underperforming is "baseless," according to sales figures provided by tour producer Arthur Fogel, chairman of Live Nation Global Touring ...

  7. La Scala Projects Tough Finances in 2012

    January 25, 2012 7:00 AM EST MILAN (AP) - La Scala general manager Stephane Lissner's first goal when he arrived at the renowned opera house in 2005 was to balance the budget, which he did that year and every year since. This year could be different, he warned Tuesday. L ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Aurotone Network Launches in UK, Connects Music Licensing Dots

    November 28, 2011 1:29 PM EST The Aurotone Network , a new global initiative that aims to revolutionize the way that music is sourced for advertisements, film and computer games, has launched in the United Kingdom. The organization comprises of over 40 music experts and indust ...

  11. Daniel Barenboim Signs With Universal Labels

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim agreed a wide-ranging recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics . Barenboim is music director of Berlin's Staatsoper and Staatskapelle and maestro scaligero at Milan's Teatro a ...

  12. Italian Biz Slumps

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The total financial worth of the Italian music industry in 2009 was placed at €3.7 billion ($5.1 billion) - a 9% decline on the previous year -- according to a report produced by an Italian university in association with collecting societies SIAE, ...

  13. Take That Announces European Stadium Shows

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Reformed U.K. pop group Take That has confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in the music biz -- the band will tour European stadia next summer. The announcement was made today (Oct. 26) at London's Savoy Hotel where all five original band m ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Italian Promoter Avoids Jail After Springsteen's Overrun

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Claudio Trotta, head of the Milan-based promoter Barley Arts, was found not guilty of disturbing the peace after a Bruce Springsteen show breached the venue's curfew. He was facing a one-month prison sentence following the Springsteen concert ...

  17. Italian Artists' Concerns Over Earthquake Funds

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Last year the Italian music industry mobilised to raise money for the victims of the L'Aquila earthquake in the Abruzzo region. Yet prominent artists are now expressing their frustration at the slowness with which the money they raised is rea ...

  18. Italian Indie Sugar Revives Insieme Brand

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sugar , Italy's leading indie label, is reviving its Insieme ("Together") brand as a management company. The Insieme label was originally founded by Caterina Caselli in the late 1980s. It was subsequently replaced by the Sugar label ...

  19. Italian Radio Lifts Boycott Of Int'l Acts

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now in its fifth week, the Italian record industry's showdown with RNA, a group representing 10 leading commercial radio networks, has taken a new turn. On May 7, the stations stopped playing new releases, both Italian and international, sent ...

  20. Roger Waters Taking 'The Wall' Across Europe

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Roger Waters is taking a new production of "The Wall" on the road in 2011, with 28 European dates confirmed. U.S. arena dates, running September to December 2010, were confirmed last month and sold out within hours according to a stateme ...

  21. Labels United In Battle With Italian Radio

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italy's record labels have decided to present a united front in the current showdown with the 10 national radio networks that stopped broadcasting new records two weeks ago. This morning (May 24) in Milan, all four CEOs of the country's ...

  22. CTS Eventim Acquires Italy's TicketOne

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German concert promoter and ticket company CTS Eventim has completed its strategic acquisition of TicketOne in Milan, the leader of the Italian ticketing market. It is part of the Munich-based company's European expansion strategy. Last m ...

  23. Italian Collecting Society SCF's President Quits

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gianluigi Chiodaroli has resigned as president of the Italian broadcasting and neighboring rights collecting society SCF. His decision follows the society's assembly, which was held in Milan on April 20. Chiodaroli is succeeded by the society ...

  24. Court Rules Bushido Plagiarized French Act

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German rapper Bushido stole parts of songs from the French band Dark Sanctuary and must now pay a sum of €63,000 ($84,000) in damages to the original composers, a court has ruled. This concerns 13 Dark Sanctuary songs, parts of which Bushido u ...

  25. .Biz Exclusive: How Global Deals Get Done At MIDEM

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST MIDEM, the international music industry convention, and its digitally focused MidemNet Forum will open shop Jan. 23-27 in Cannes. The events will draw some 10,000 executives from nearly 100 countries, representing the recording, publishing, live, ...

  26. HMV Unveils Curzon Cinema Store

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV plans to screen live concerts from its own venues at its new hmvcurzon cinema in Wimbledon, south London. The impressive, three-screen cinema above the existing Wimbledon store is a partnership with Curzon Artificia ...

  27. Noel Gallagher Quits Oasis

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lead guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher has quit Oasis, according to a statement he posted tonight (Aug. 28) to the band's website. The announcement came shortly after the last-minute cancellation of the group's scheduled performanc ...

  28. Gloria Estefan Confirms European Dates

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After playing sold-out shows in Chile, Uruguay and Argentina, countries where she performed for the first time in her career in May and June, Gloria Estefan will play a series of European dates, beginning July 16 at the Latinoamericando Expo in Mi ...

  29. Los Van Van Cancels Tour

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Major Cuban salsa and timba band Los Van Van has canceled its European summer tour after drummer and music director Samuel Formell suffered a domestic accident in his kitchen in Havana. Formell, son of Van Van double-bassist, leader and founder Ju ...

  30. UPDATED: Michael Jackson Mourned By Friends, Fans, Fellow Musicians

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson died June 25 after reportedly being found unconscious in his Bel Air, Calif., home. Paramedics rushed the 50-year-old icon to UCLA Medical Center, where he was declared dead. Below, a round-up of the music industry's reaction ...

  31. Italian Piracy Operators Forfeit $3.3 Million

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An Italian judge in Milan has ordered the operators of pirate music Web sites to forfeit more than 2.4 million euros ($3.3 million) following an investigation into copyright infringement. It follows an investigation and legal proceedings against v ...

  32. Italian Wind Awards' Ratings Inch Up

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the Italian Wind Music Awards show say they are pleased with the slight increase in TV ratings for the first broadcast of the 2009 event. The show was recorded in the picturesque Roman Arena in Verona over the weekend of June 6 and 7 ...

  33. Anti-Piracy Raids Over Italian Charity Song

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Italy's piracy problem appears to have reached new depths with the news that the Guardia Di Finanza (Fiscal Police) have uncovered a P2P group that was illegally uploading the charity single "Domani 21/04/09." The track was recorded ...

  34. Mika Unveils New Songs In London

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop artist Mika unveiled new material at an intimate, acoustic gig at London's Sadler's Wells theater last night (June 8). The singer, whose "Life in Cartoon Motion" (Island) debut album has sold 1.6 million copies in the ...

  35. Rome Stadium To Stage Abruzzo Earthquake Benefit Concert

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rome's Olimpico soccer stadium is to host a benefit concert on Saturday, June 20, with proceeds going to the victims of the recent earthquake in the country's Abruzzo region. The event will be known as the "Corale per il popolo d� ...

  36. Female Benefit Concert For Italian Earthquake Victims

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Latin Grammy winner Laura Pausini will join fellow Italian female artists in a benefit concert benefit for the victims of the recent earthquake in the country's Abruzzo region. The event, which is being organized by Live Nation Italy, will ta ...

  37. Strong Ticket Sales For U2

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 have sold over 215,000 tickets in under 24 hours for the U.K. and Ireland leg of their global "360°" tour, according to Live Nation. Tickets for U2's dates, which include performances at London's Wembley Stadium (Aug. 14) an ...

  38. U2 Unveils 18 Stadium Shows

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 and Live Nation have confirmed the first tranche of stadium dates on the band's global "360°" tour. As first revealed on Billboard.biz on Friday (March 6), the tour, produced by Live Nation Global Touring and sponsored by "s ...

  39. Springsteen Skips San Siro After Complaints

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen will not be playing at Milan's San Siro soccer stadium this summer. He will, however, play three other Italian stadium venues, namely Rome (July 19), Turin (July 21) and Udine (July 23), during the course of his "Workin ...

  40. Italian Publishing, Label Exec Gramitto Ricci Dies

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Giuseppe Gramitto Ricci, who was an important figure in Italian recording and publishing during the post-war era, passed away in Milan on Jan. 5 at the age of 87. Gramitto Ricci, who was born in Palermo, Sicily in 1921, joined the management of th ...

  41. EMI Unveils New Divisions

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Restructuring at EMI is continuing, with the company splitting its recorded music operations into three main business units: new music, catalog and music services. EMI Music chief executive Elio Leoni-Sceti is presenting his new vision and strateg ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Campo Dall'Orto Steps Up At MTVNI

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks International (MTVNI) has promoted Antonio Campo Dall'Orto to executive VP of music brands. Campo Dall'Orto will continue in his current responsibilities as managing director of MTVN Europe South, which covers Italy, France, ...

  44. Italy's PMI Appoint Exec Team

    July 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italy's PMI, the indie representative body whose members broke away from FIMI in 2005, has re-appointed its executive committee for the next three years. PMI's members confirmed Nar International GM Mario Limongelli, who led the 2005 exo ...

  45. Promoters Pleased With Italy's Second Wind Awards

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Milan-based concert promoters Friends and Partners have expressed their satisfaction with the TV ratings for the second edition of Italy's Wind Music Awards. The show, a non-competitive event which simply gave prizes to Italian artists who so ...

  46. Milan's Rock FM Leaves The Airwaves

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rock FM, the Milan-based radio station, will cease broadcasting at 6 p.m. local time on May 31, after 18 years on the air. Its last few days have witnessed guest appearances by many of the Italian acts whose music it has played over the years, suc ...

  47. Mazza Appointed FIMI Pres

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Italian major labels representative body FIMI has confirmed Enzo Mazza as president and named its new executive committee, following a May 22 assembly in Milan. Universal Music Italy CFO Corrado Filpa has been appointed vice president. The body� ...

  48. Legendary Italian Publisher Ricordi Leaves The Building

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A long chapter in Italian musical history has drawn to a close with the news that the famous Ricordi publishing company has left its offices in Via Berchet, in the heart of Milan, after 200 years. The publishing company was part of BMG Ricordi Pub ...

  49. Italy's Wind Awards Open Dialog With Indies

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The second edition of Italy's Wind Music Awards will likely be held at the Rome Auditorium in late May or early June and broadcast on the Silvio Berlusconi-owned network Italia Uno in two parts, on June 5 and 12. A source at organizers Friend ...

  50. Downlovers Parent Plugs Into Flash Memory Biz

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Kiver, the Milan-based digital content provider, has launched a new division, Flashport, which will specialize in preloading content for digital flash memory cards. Kiver, founded in 2003, is co-owner of Downlovers , which launched last summer as ...

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