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  1. Bird Appointed Ricordi London GM

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ricordi London, a unit of Universal Music Publishing Classical, has named Jonathon Bird GM. Bird has extensive experience with Universal Music Group International, serving at Decca Music Group as licensing manager and then at Universal Music Class ...

  2. Ad-Supported Airtist Site Goes Live

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST The French market has its own ad-supported free music download platform, Airtist. The new service went live in mid-December and is available for free, provided visitors complete a free registration process. Users can then download a DRM-free track ...

  3. Bosé On The Double At Premios Ondas Awards

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Miguel Bosé picked up two awards at the 54th Premios Ondas gala in Barcelona on Dec. 4. Bosé took trophies for best Spanish artist and best album for "Papito" (Warner Music) - his biggest selling album over a 30-year career, with more th ...

  4. Sugar's Usuelli Joins Ad-Funded Download Firm

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Riccardo Usuelli, GM of the Italian indie label Sugar, is leaving the company at the end of this month to become director-general of the ad-funded download start-up company Downlovers. Downlovers opened for business in the summer and "is the ...

  5. Italian Pirates Handed Massive Fines

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Four illegal music uploaders have been handed fines totalling €12 million ($17 million) by Italian authorities. The fines follow a series of raids by officers in the "Guardia di finanza," or fiscal police, in the town of Melegnano, near ...

  6. Italian Tributes Flow For Pavarotti

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Leaders of Italian government, business and the arts continued to pay homage today for opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, who passed away yesterday morning. Italy's head of state, President Giorgio Napolitano, said that Pavarotti "managed t ...

  7. Springsteen Hitting North America, Europe This Fall

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will tour North America and Europe before the end of the year in support of their new album, "Magic." The trek begins on street date for the Columbia set (Oct. 2) in Hartford, Conn., w ...

  8. Italian Job For Scottish Opera

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Scottish Opera's new music director, Francesco Corti, has outlined his plans for transforming the troubled company's fortunes. "There are a lot of Italian titles which have never been played: the less-popular Verdi, the lesser-known ...

  9. Buble Rises To European Chart Peak

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Michael Buble goes straight to No. 1 on Billboard's composite European Top 100 Albums chart with "Call Me Irresponsible" (Reprise), after bestselling starts in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands. The Canadian singer's album als ...

  10. Italia Wave Love Festival Program Unveiled

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Organizers have unveiled details of the new-look Arezzo Wave festival, which will be held from July 17 to 22 under the banner of Italia Wave Love Festival. Since its inaugural edition in 1988, Arezzo Wave had developed into a key independent music ...

  11. Venice To Host Heineken Jammin' Festival

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Italy's Heineken Jammin' Festival, which has been the country's main outdoor rock event since its inception in 1998, is moving to Venice. The organizers, brewing company Heineken Italy, and concert promoters Milano Concerti, said Th ...

  12. Vaccaro Takes A&R Int'l Role At Edel

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Edel music has promoted Max Vaccaro, marketing manager at the company's Milan-based Italian operation, to head of international A&R for the entire group. Vaccaro will work in both Milan and Hamburg and will report to both edel CEO Michael ...

  13. Dave Matthews Band Unveils 2007 Tour Plans

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Dave Matthews Band will kick-off their 2007 tour two-night stand at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas on March 23 and March 24, with The Fray set to open. The band will then head down under on March 31 for a two-week jaunt through Australia, fo ...

  14. Italy's Sugar Sells Messaggerie Musicali Stores

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sugar, the Italian company that owns the indie label of Andrea Bocelli and extensive music publishing interests, has sold its two flagship Messaggerie Musicali stores to Mondadori Retail. The latter f Sugar, the Italian company that owns the indie ...

  15. EMI, Archos Pre-Load Depeche Mode

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Music France and French multimedia device manufacturer Archos have launched two limited-edition portable players pre-loaded with music and videos from British alternative rock act Depeche Mode. EMI Music France and French multimedia device man ...

  16. Jet Postpones Part Of Euro Tour

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jet, the Australian rock group from Melbourne, has had to postpone a significant section of its current European tour after lead singer Nic Cester was diagnosed with nodules on his vocal chords, follo Jet, the Australian rock group from Melbourne, ...

  17. Scissor Sisters Still Dancin' Away With Euro Charts

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Billboard's pan-European charts welcome another double-winner, as Scissor Sisters move 2-1 with "Ta-Dah" (Polydor) on European Top 100 Albums and with "I Dont' Feel Like Dancin'" on Eurochart Hot 100 Billboard� ...

  18. Stones Set To Relaunch 'Bigger Bang' Trek

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After a break that included brain surgery for Keith Richards and rehab for Ron Wood, the Rolling Stones are gearing up to relaunch what could be the top-grossing tour of all time. After a break that included brain surgery for Keith Richards and re ...

  19. Stones To Resume Tour As Richards Gets OK

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has made a "complete recovery" from his mysterious accident in Fiji, and the rock band will belatedly begin its European tour in Milan on July 11, according to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richar ...

  20. Stones To Resume Tour As Richards Gets OK

    June 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has made a "complete recovery" from his mysterious accident in Fiji, and the rock band will belatedly begin its European tour in Milan on July 11, according to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richar ...

  21. Rosi Rises At Sony BMG

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment has elevated Andrea Rosi to VP, digital business development, southern Europe. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has elevated Andrea Rosi to VP, digital business development, southern Europe. In this new Milan-based role, R ...

  22. Milan Entertainment Launches DVD Arm

    May 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT First title, "Moro No Brasil," out June 13. Milan Entertainment, best known for releasing soundtracks, has launched a new DVD division with "Moro No Brasil" (The Sound of Brazil) out June 13. The new DVD arm will release up to ...

  23. Orchard Pacts With Warner/Chappell On Ringtones

    March 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST London office expands with exec appointments. Digital music distributor the Orchard has inked a deal with Warner/Chappell Music to sell ringback tones and master ringtones in the U.S. Under terms of the non-exclusive agreement, certain songs from ...

  24. Police Probe Shooting At Kanye West Concert

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Two security guards were shot at a Kanye West concert in Birmingham, England after a man tried to get in without a ticket, police said today (March 1). Two security guards were shot at a Kanye West concert in Birmingham, England after a man tried ...

  25. Italian Biz Anxious On Criminal Code Changes

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The war on music piracy in Italy has undergone a serious setback following the passing of the Ex-Cirielli "Save Previti" Law by the parliament's lower house. MILAN -- The war on music piracy in Italy has undergone a serious setback ...

  26. Italian Cops Raid Illegal CD Operation

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Members of Italy's Guardia di Finanza (fiscal police) made an arrest Nov. 1 during a raid on an illegal CD burning facility in Poggioreale, near Naples. MILAN -- Members of Italy's Guardia di Finanza (fiscal police) made an arrest Nov. 1 ...

  27. Legislation Poses Setback To Italian Biz

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Italy's on-going war on musical piracy will face a severe setback if the Berlusconi government passes a controversial piece of legislation, industry executives warn. MILAN -- Italy's on-going war on musical piracy will face a severe setb ...

  28. EMI Strengthens Global Marketing Team

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Paravella, Shackell promoted in London. EMI Music is strengthening its London-based global marketing division by promoting two executives to newly created senior positions. Giampietro Paravella is the new VP, global marketing in charge of the Capi ...

  29. Italy's FIMI And AFI To Merge

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Two Italian music industry representative bodies, FIMI and AFI, which were rivals until a few months ago, have signed a federation agreement Oct. 7 which will subsequently lead to a merger. The new or MILAN -- Two Italian music industry representa ...

  30. Italian Police Raids CD Production Center

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Officers in Italy's fiscal police "Guardia di Finanza" uncovered on the night of Oct. 5 an illegal CD, DVD and videogame production centre in Palermo, the Sicilian capital. MILAN -- Officers in Italy's fiscal police "Guard ...

  31. Italy's Indies Looks For SIAE Recognition

    October 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT PMI (Produttori Musicali Indipendenti), the new representative body for Italy's indie labels, has engaged a dialogue with Italian collecting society SIAE with the view to be fully recognized by the ri MILAN -- PMI (Produttori Musicali Indipen ...

  32. Sugar Finds New Italian Distributor

    September 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Indie label signs with Warner Music. Italian indie label Sugar has signed a domestic distribution deal with Warner Music Italy. The three-year agreement becomes effective on January 1, 2006. Sugar has been distributed in Italy by Universal Music I ...

  33. Italy's SIAE Elects New Prez

    September 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Italian collecting society SIAE has elected a new president, Giorgio Assumma. MILAN -- Italian collecting society SIAE has elected a new president, Giorgio Assumma. Assumma, a 70-year-old lawyer who specializes in entertainment-related issues, won ...

  34. Grainge Unveils New UMGI Management Team

    August 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A new management structure has been put in place at the newly-renamed Universal Music Group International, Billboard.biz has learned. The company's chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge, who took over from Jorg A new management structure has been put i ...

  35. Italian Gov't Delays Decision On SIAE

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Italian government delays its plans to place collecting society SIAE under special control. MILAN -- The Italian government has delayed its plans to place collecting society SIAE under special control. The government's "commissioners ...

  36. Italy's Indie Defectors Create PMI

    July 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Italy has a new representative body for its independent record labels. The new Milan-based body, Produttori Musicali Indipendenti (Independent Musical Producers), currently consists of 21 organization MILAN -- Italy has a new representative body f ...

  37. Italy's Indie Defectors Create PMI

    July 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As of today (July 1), Italy has a new representative body for its independent record labels. The new body, Produttori Musicali Indipendenti (Independent Musical Producers), currently consists of 21 or As of today (July 1), Italy has a new represen ...

  38. BMG Ricordi Publishing Appoints Deputy MD

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Italian industry executive Graziano Ostuni has joined BMG Ricordi Music Publishing Italy as deputy general manager. In that Milan-based role, Ostuni will oversee the publishing firm's pop musi Veteran Italian industry executive Grazia ...

  39. Italian Officials Bust P2P Network

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Officials from Italy's postal police division have uncovered an illegal file-sharing network involving some 100,000 individuals, including schoolteachers and college students. MILAN -- Officials from Italy's postal police division have u ...

  40. Italy's FIMI Elects Officers

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Italian record labels' trade association Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana (FIMI) elected Enzo Mazza as its new president during an assembly May 31 in Milan. Italian record labels' trade association Federazione Industria Musicale I ...

  41. Italy's FIMI Elects Mazza As Pres

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Italian industry association FIMI has elected Enzo Mazza as its new president during an assembly this morning (May 31) in Milan. At the same time, the trade body appointed a new governing committee. Italian industry association FIMI has elected En ...

  42. Italy's SIAE Prez Resigns

    May 17, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Franco Migliacci, president of Italian collecting society SIAE, resigned May 11, effective immediately. The society will be run by an interim president, Silvano Gauriso, who is one of the five members MILAN -- Franco Migliacci, president of Italia ...

  43. Indies Exit Italy's FIMI En Masse

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sixty independent Italian labels have left the country's main industry body, Federazione dell'Industria Musicale Italiana (FIMI). The labels -- led by Nar International, Edel, V2, Carosello and Sugar MILAN -- Sixty independent Italian la ...

  44. Italian Biz Plans Tsunami Benefit

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Italian music industry will hold a concert March 21 to raise funds for tsunami victims. The lineup for "Music for Asia" -- to be held at the Filaforum auditorium in the Milan suburb of Assago -- w The Italian music industry will hold ...

  45. Italian Biz Plans Tsunami Benefit

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Italian music industry will hold a concert March 21 to raise funds for tsunami victims. The lineup for "Music for Asia" -- to be held at the Filaforum auditorium in the Milan suburb of Assago -- w The Italian music industry will hold ...

  46. BMG Ricordi Scaling Down Rome HQ

    March 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST BMG Ricordi's Rome office is shedding 43 of its 62 employees, according to trade union officials. Officials from the recording industry trade union last month expressed concerns of sweeping staff cuts BMG Ricordi's Rome office is sheddin ...

  47. Italian Live Music Biz Soars In 2004

    February 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST The revenue generated by live music events in Italy in 2004 grew by 54.1% compared to the previous year, according to new figures. The revenue generated by live music events in Italy in 2004 grew by 54.1% compared to the previous year, according t ...

  48. Italian Live Music Biz Soars In 2004

    February 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST The revenue generated by live music events in Italy in 2004 grew by 54.1% compared to the previous year, according to new figures. The revenue generated by live music events in Italy in 2004 grew by 54.1% compared to the previous year, according t ...

  49. Italian Unions Concern On Sony BMG merger

    February 18, 2005 12:00 AM EST Trade union members at the BMG Ricordi offices in Rome have expressed concern on the consequences of the Sony BMG merger in Italy. Trade union members at the BMG Ricordi offices in Rome have expressed concern on the consequences of the Sony BMG me ...

  50. Cammas Takes Over MTV France

    January 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks Europe has named Thierry Cammas as VP/GM in France. He is also named president/GM of games at MTV-owned videogame channel Game One. MTV Networks Europe has named Thierry Cammas as VP/GM in France. He is also named president/GM of game ...

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