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  1. Depeche Mode Tops Hot Tours With $29.7 Million Gross

    March 27, 2014 6:10 PM EDT Depeche Mode’s international Delta Machine tour is now on the books with the final box office stats reported from the tour's closing European leg of 40 cities over a four-month span. The legendary electronic music group tops this week’s bevy ...

  2. Pussy Riot Members Detained Alongside 200 Others in Moscow Protest

    February 24, 2014 11:07 AM EST Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, the two Pussy Riot members recently whipped by Cossacks in Sochi immediately following a media blitz in New York, have been arrested again while taking part in a protest outside of a Moscow courtroom. Th ...

  3. Pussy Riot Pair, Reunited in Siberia, Vow to Fight Russian 'Totalitarianism'

    December 24, 2013 11:51 AM EST Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alokhyna are discussing the launch of a prison reform movement before flying to Moscow to meet the world's press on Friday. More than 18 months after being jailed for staging an anarchic musical protest in a M ...

  4. Study: Online Music Sales in Russia to Grow by 158 Percent in 2013

    September 25, 2013 3:52 PM EDT Legitimate online music sales in Russia are to more than double this year, a local research company says, adding that iTunes’ presence in the market has a serious impact. In 2013, Russia’s legitimate online music market is to reach $8 million, a ...

  5. Paul McCartney, Adele, Madonna, Radiohead, Patti Smith Among 100 Musicians to Call for Pussy Riot's Release

    July 22, 2013 12:33 PM EDT Amnesty International says that more than 100 leading musicians are calling for release of jailed members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot. Amnesty said Monday that Adele, U2, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Radiohead, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Ke$ ...

  6. Pussy Riot Lawyers Seek to Reverse Conviction

    July 05, 2013 1:01 PM EDT The appeal will be based on the band's attorney's argument that the hooliganism verdict was "illegal." Lawyers representing the two imprisoned members of Pussy Riot are set to launch an appeal to Russia’s Supreme Court to rev ...

  7. Dave Brubeck, Jazz Composer, Pianist, Dead At 91

    December 05, 2012 12:07 PM EST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- Jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck, whose pioneering style in pieces such as "Take Five" caught listeners' ears with exotic, challenging rhythms, has died. He was 91. Brubeck died Wednesday morning of hea ...

  8. Live Nation Expanding Into Russia

    December 04, 2012 8:15 PM EST Live Nation Entertainment has announced plans to expand into Russia and the Ukraine. The company will open a new office in Moscow in 2013. Tim McWilliams has been tapped as managing director of Live Nation Russia and Ukraine. He previously served ...

  9. Morning Fix: Billboard Women In Music Honorees; HMV Sells Mama Group; Zep Honored by Obama; iTunes Coming to Russia?

    December 03, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters BILLBOARD ANNOUNCES 2012 WOMEN IN MUSIC HONOREES: Billboard announced its Women in Music honorees, which recognizes achievement, talent and ...

  10. Pussy Riot Member Freed, Two Bandmates Remain in Moscow Prison

    October 10, 2012 11:42 AM EDT MOSCOW (AP) -- A Moscow appeals court on Wednesday unexpectedly freed one jailed member of punk band Pussy Riot, but upheld the two-year prison sentences for the two other women jailed for an irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin. Al ...

  11. Is iTunes Launching In Russia?

    September 26, 2012 10:09 AM EDT MOSCOW - A local Russian newspaper has reported that an iTunes store is coming to the European country in late 2012 or early 2013. vThe business daily Vedomosti quoted anonymous sources in the online and publishing businesses who claimed Apple is ...

  12. Morning Fix: Lucian Grainge on UMG-EMI; Barclays Center Vs. MSG; PSY Tops YouTube; Pussy Riot at NYU

    September 24, 2012 7:38 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. UMG's CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE ON GIVING UP PARLOPHONE, THE 'PROPAGANDA WAR.' FOR REGULATORY APPROVAL: After a whirlwind Friday in which Universal Music finally r ...

  13. Pussy Riot Could Be Freed October 1, As Russian Prime Minister Medvedev Calls For Release

    September 12, 2012 12:57 PM EDT MOSCOW (AP) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called for three members of the punk band Pussy Riot to be freed, saying further prison time would be "unproductive." Medvedev's comments on Wednesday could signal the band me ...

  14. Black Keys, Pulp Among Western Musicians Avoiding Russia in Wake of Pussy Riot Verdict

    September 04, 2012 5:30 PM EDT MOSCOW -- The recent high-profile court case against the members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot has made some Western artists reconsider their plans for touring Russia, but local promoters say it might not have a long-lasting effect. Patrick ...

  15. Pussy Riot Release New Single, Madonna Calls 2-Year Jail Sentence 'Inhumane'

    August 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT The Russian band/art collective known as Pussy Rio has released a new song entitled "Putin Lights Up the Fires." The news follows the guilty verdict and two-year sentence a Russian court handed the band last Friday (Aug. 17) on charges o ...

  16. Pussy Riot Sentenced to Two Years By Russian Court (Updated)

    August 17, 2012 8:45 AM EDT UPDATE 11:00 a.m.: A Moscow judge sentenced three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison each on hooliganism charges on Friday following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia's int ...

  17. JD Samson On NYC's Free Pussy Riot Event, The Riot Grrrl Movement, Band's 'Courage and Strength'

    August 14, 2012 2:40 PM EDT Members of Pussy Riot performing a punk prayer inside a Moscow's Cathedral in protest against Vladimir Putin. This Friday (Aug. 17) a final verdict is expected in the trial of Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samucevich, t ...

  18. Madonna Gives Support To Russia's Imprisoned Pussy Riot at Moscow Show Despite Threats of Violence

    August 08, 2012 9:28 AM EDT MOSCOW (AP) -- Madonna has expressed support for the jailed members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot by donning a ski mask and scrawling the group's name on her back. In March, two weeks before Vladimir Putin won Russia's presidency for t ...

  19. Russian Prosecutors Ask For 3 Year Sentence For Pussy Riot's Anti-Putin Protest

    August 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT MOSCOW (AP) -- Prosecutors on Tuesday called for three-year sentences for the members of a feminist punk band who performed an anti-Vladimir Putin stunt in Moscow's main cathedral, ignoring demands by human rights groups that the three women ...

  20. U.K. Musicians Pete Townshend, Jarvis Cocker, Neil Tennant Seek Release of Russia's Pussy Riot

    August 02, 2012 8:53 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Some of Britain's leading musicians have published a letter calling for Russian officials to release a punk band that has been jailed following a protest in Moscow's main cathedral. The Who's Pete Townshend, former Pu ...

  21. Pussy Riot, Russian Anti-Putin Punk Rock Band, Reject Hooliganism Charges

    July 30, 2012 7:30 AM EDT MOSCOW (AP) -- Three Russian feminist rockers rejected charges of hooliganism for performing a "punk prayer" in Moscow's main cathedral against Vladimir Putin's return as president as a trial against them opened in earnest on M ...

  22. Dima Bilan, Yolka Win At Russia's Muz-TV Awards; Lady Gaga Controversy Overshadows Show

    June 04, 2012 10:23 AM EDT MOSCOW - The 10th edition of the Muz TV awards, handed out in Moscow's Olimpiisky sports center late on Friday, June 1, brought few surprises but stirred some controversy. Dima Bilan was awarded as the best male singer, collecting the award f ...

  23. Axl Rose Writes Letter To Rock Hall, Says He's Not Attending Induction

    April 11, 2012 6:03 PM EDT Fed up with "reunion lies" and looking to avoid awkward situations with ex-bandmates, Axl Rose has decided to not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Guns N' Roses this Saturday (Apr. 14), and has asked to ha ...

  24. Estonia's Fast-Rising Music Scene Gets Its Shine at Tallinn Music Week

    April 03, 2012 1:22 PM EDT As the home of Skype, Estonia already has its place on the world stage. A vital country, Estonia is historically and culturally connected to the nearby Scandinavian countries and is also a conduit into its neighbours Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. ...

  25. Madonna Refuses To Cancel St. Petersburg Show Despite Russian City's Anti-Gay Regulation, Planned Protests

    March 26, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Madonna's Facebook post on the controversy surrounding her St. Petersburg show. MOSCOW -- Madonna's new album "MDNA" may have come out today, but a concert scheduled for Aug. 9 in St. Petersburg is already causing controversy. ...

  26. Russian Publishers, Labels Boycotting Nokia and Samsung

    March 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT MOSCOW - Russia's biggest music publishers and labels are boycotting Nokia and Samsung for their alleged failure to pay music license fees. The labels and publishers which signed the manifesto estimate their losses at 1.2 billion rubles (abou ...

  27. Madonna Announces 2012 World Tour Dates -- Her Biggest Tour Yet

    February 07, 2012 3:00 AM EST Fresh of her halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVI (which was viewed by 114 million people) comes details of the Madonna 2012 World Tour. The trek will begin May 29 in Tel Aviv, Israel, and will be her most extensive tour ever in terms of number ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, 41 Execs Honored at Billboard's 2011 Women in Music Ceremony

    December 02, 2011 5:30 PM EST When Taylor Swift first convinced her parents to move from suburban Pennsylvania to Nashville at the age of 14, she had Billboard magazine delivered to her doorstep to stay in the loop on industry news - and fantasize, of course. See all of Billbo ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Backbeat: Alice Cooper Returns to the Whisky A Go-Go With Robbie Krieger, Kesha

    September 16, 2011 6:10 PM EDT I'm (Older Than) 18: Kesha (left) joined Alice Cooper on stage last night tour to perform for his song classic "School's Out." (Photo: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images) "We're a bar band tonight," Alice Cooper decla ...

  32. Tchaikovsky Competition Gets Makeover

    June 10, 2011 3:30 PM EDT The world-renowned Tchaikovsky competition is shedding its controversial image this year with a new chair, new rules and a foray into the digital age. The "Tchaikovsky," which starts on June 14 and runs until July 1 and is held simultane ...

  33. Dima Bilan, Vera Brezhneva Big Winners at Russia's Muz-TV Awards.

    June 06, 2011 12:13 PM EDT MOSCOW -- Russian singer Dima Bilan won best male singer award at the Muz TV music awards, held in Moscow this past weekend (June 3) at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow. Vera Brezhneva, a former member of the girl band VIA Gra won best female singer. ...

  34. Deep Purple Helps Foster Diplomacy With Russia, President's a Huge Fan

    March 24, 2011 7:50 AM EDT Ardent British rock fan Dmitry Medvedev got his wish on Tuesday night when the Russian president hosted Deep Purple at his luxurious residence near Moscow, the Kremlin said. Medvedev, 45, dressed in jeans and a black jacket, drank tea with the roc ...

  35. Russian Music Rights Collection Agencies Shuttered by Courts

    March 07, 2011 11:35 AM EST MOSCOW - Attempts by the Russian authorities to bring order to royalty collection and payment have resulted in utter chaos with rights holders standing to lose significant revenue. Under recent court orders state accreditations issued to VOIS (to ...

  36. How Much Can A Top-Name Artist Make For Private Shows?

    March 03, 2011 4:00 PM EST Nelly Furtado and Beyonce proved this week that artists can bring in big bucks even when they aren't headlining a major world tour. Both singers have scored a cool $1 million for performing for family members of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddaf ...

  37. Beyonce, Usher, Furtado's Gigs For Gadhafi Raise The Question: Which Private Shows Are Unethical?

    March 02, 2011 3:32 PM EST Moammar Gadhafi (Photo: Salah Malkawi/Getty Images) As revenues from recorded music and other sectors dwindle, corporate and private shows are welcome income for artists at all levels. But given the negative publicity artists including Beyonce, Ma ...

  38. Iron Maiden To Play U.K. Arena Shows

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Iron Maiden has confirmed a U.K. arena tour for next summer, which will be the culmination of its Final Frontier World Tour. The Live Nation tour kicks off at Glasgow SECC on July 20, and also calls at Aberdeen AECC P&J Arena, Newcastle Metro ...

  39. Billboard.biz Q&A: App Developer/Dream Theater Keyboardist Jordan Rudess

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jordan Rudess' claim to fame may be as the keyboardist for the progressive rock outfit Dream Theater, but he’s also emerging as a leading voice for the music app development community. Rudess has created or assisted in the making of several m ...

  40. Bono Asks Russian President For Help In AIDS Fight

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Russian President Dmitry Medvedev welcomed U2 frontman Bono to tea yesterday (Aug. 24) ahead of the group's first ever Russian concert, and the Irish musician asked for Russia's help in fighting AIDS. "Taking care of people is not j ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Global Ad Industry Eyes Boost From Mobile Devices

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The global advertising industry is eager to capitalize on booming use of mobile phones for Internet access as more enhanced devices are coming to the market to get more consumers reachable online. The trend is promising bumper returns in future ye ...

  43. Ash Cloud Grounds Metallica Tour But Show Goes On

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Metallica braved long bus and boat rides — and bitter memories of a band member's death — to dodge the fallout of an Icelandic volcano and stick to its rigorous European tour schedule. Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett told reporters in Vilnius, wh ...

  44. Russian Consumer Body Sues Over Nixed Tokio Hotel Show

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Russia's consumer rights society is suing the venue in Moscow where German pop-rock act Tokio Hotel's appearance was canceled last month. The consumer rights society (OZPP) filed a law suit with Moscow's Meshchansky court against th ...

  45. Tokio Hotel Nixes Second Russian Show

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST German rock-pop act Tokio Hotel has canceled another Russian date amid a dispute with the promoter. Despite statements from the promoter and the band's management that they were doing all they could to make the March 10 show happen, the conce ...

  46. Tokio Hotel Pulls Russian Show

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST A show by the German pop-rock act Tokio Hotel at St. Petersburg's 12,000-seat Ice Palace was canceled at the last minute, allegedly due to a dispute between the artist and the promoter. "Due to a very material contractual breach and viol ...

  47. Russian Biz Down 15 Per Cent

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Russia's music industry shrank by about 15% in 2009, the Moscow-based entertainment research bureau InterMedia said. According to data collected by InterMedia, the country's legitimate music industry's turnover, including physical a ...

  48. Russian Collecting Society Sues Over Beyonce Concert

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Russian collecting society RAO is suing a company it identified as the promoter of Beyonce's November 2009 Moscow show for allegedly violating public performance rights by not obtaining a license from RAO. The show was staged Nov. 2 at Moscow ...

  49. Leonard Cohen Delays Europe Tour After Back Injury

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Leonard Cohen has postponed an upcoming European tour by six months after hurting his lower back while exercising. A statement said his doctors advised the 75-year-old to follow the same four- to six-month regimen of physical therapy as athletes d ...

  50. Nokia To Close U.S. Flagship Stores

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia will close its two flagship stores in the United States, saving costs on a market where the world's top cellphone maker is struggling to gain ground. Nokia has opened 12 stores in major cities around the world, hoping to copy the succes ...

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