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  1. Leonard Cohen Dazzles At New York Tour Warm-Up

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Tuning up for a spring North American tour, Leonard Cohen played his first show on American soil in 15 years last night (Feb. 19) at New York's Beacon Theatre. The three-hour performance featured all of Cohen's classics, including " ...

  2. Nokia's Unlimited Service Heads Down Under

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia's Comes With Music service should arrive in Australia later this month, following a groundbreaking licensing arrangement struck with the Australasian Performing Right Association and sister organization the Australasian Mechanical Copyr ...

  3. Digital Briefs: INgrooves, Nokia, iPhone App Store

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Digital distributor INgrooves has joined Nokia's Comes With Music program. The Nokia service already has licensing deals with the four major labels, including INgrooves investor Universal Music Group. Anyone owning a compatible Nokia phone ...

  4. Nokia Unveils Online Software Shop

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The world's top cell phone maker Nokia unveiled on Monday its new online software and media store, hoping to follow the runaway success of Apple's App Store. The focus of the cell phone market has been shifting to software development si ...

  5. Nokia Continues European Rollout

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia is expanding its mobile music services worldwide. The mobile operator has launched a Nokia Music Store in Austria and Switzerland, part of its European rollout that has been adding new countries every few months since late last year. The ser ...

  6. Nokia To Cut Production

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Cellphone maker Nokia said on Wednesday it would cut production at its key Salo plant in Finland as demand for handsets has dropped. Cellphone sales are set to dive this year, affected by consumers' reluctance to spend on new gadgets in the m ...

  7. Total Music Shuts Down

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Total Music, the joint venture backed by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, among others, has shuttered, Billboard.biz can confirm. Multiple sources directly involved in the venture said all concerned agreed to stop funding the ef ...

  8. Premios Premmusa Awards Set For March

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Regional Mexican promoters' association Promotores Unidos is holding its second Premios Premmusa Mar. 19 at the Nokia Theatre near Dallas. The awards show, which recognizes touring achievements among the genre's biggest acts, is a joint ...

  9. Latest News: The 51st Annual Grammy Awards

    February 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST For Billboard.biz's Grammy Awards microsite featuring exclusive articles, interviews, sales analysis and more, click here . 2009 Grammy Award Winners The full list of winners from the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held Feb. 8 at the Staples Cente ...

  10. Attorney Cooper Honored At Law Initiative Luncheon

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Veteran entertainment attorney Jay Cooper received the Entertainment Law Initiative Service Award today (Feb. 6), in honor of his dedication to improving the music community. Cooper, now an attorney at Greenber Traurig LLP, has represented everyon ...

  11. Ricardo Arjona Sets 18-Stop U.S. Tour

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ricardo Arjona announced the dates of his summer tour in support of his latest Warner album, "Quinto Piso." Arjona's trek will take him to major markets from Miami's American Airlines Arena July 30 to Las Vegas' the New Jo ...

  12. Nokia Music Store Launches In Mexico

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia has quietly opened its Nokia Music Store in Mexico. Though the handset maker has yet to launch its all-you-can-eat Comes With Music service in Mexico, a visit to the store reveals downloadable music from Warner, EMI and Sony. Albums sell for ...

  13. AEG Launching HD Studio In Downtown L.A.

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sports and entertainment entity AEG said Wednesday that it has created AEG Prods., a multiplatform HD studio under construction near the Staples Center. The $15 million facility will overlook L.A. Live, the recently opened residential and entertai ...

  14. Recording Academy Honors Blue Note

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Blue Note Records received the President's Merit Award from the Recording Academy on Tuesday night, in recognition of the jazz label's 70th anniversary. In that time, Blue Note artists have ranged from Thelonious Monk to John Coltrane to ...

  15. Disturbed Drafts Killswitch, Lacuna Coil For Tour

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 2009 installment of Disturbed's Music As A Weapon trek has been expanded into a full-fledged festival tour. The 38-city Music As A Weapon IV Festival will feature two stages of hard rock and metal acts, traveling tattoo artists, extreme s ...

  16. MIDEM 2009 In Quotes

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The music industry's annual five-day trip to the south of France for the MIDEM international music market and conference is over, and most of the execs should now be back at their desks. Here Billboard.biz rounds up the best quotes of the con ...

  17. SGAE Licenses Repertoire To Nokia

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spanish collecting society SGAE has signed a pan-European licensing agreement with mobile vendor Nokia for its all-you-can-eat service Comes With Music. SGAE will make available the work of its 93,000 author and publisher members, as well as its e ...

  18. Nokia Misses Forecasts, Sees Weaker 2009

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Top cell phone maker Nokia reported a worse-than-expected dive in fourth-quarter profit, and warned market volumes would shrink 10 percent this year as the economic slowdown hits consumer spending. Analysts had forecast an 8-percent fall in the ha ...

  19. Microsoft Misses Profit, Plans To Cut Up To 5000 Jobs

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp stunned Wall Street with disappointing results that included plans to slash up to 5,000 jobs and a warning that profit and revenue will almost certainly drop over the next two quarters. The news from the world's largest softwar ...

  20. UMPG, SACEM Unveil Digital Deals

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Universal Music Publishing Group and Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers Of Music (SACEM) celebrated their one-year old Pan-European licensing agreement by christening it: "D.E.A.L" (Direct European Administration and Licens ...

  21. Nokia's Ojanpera Talks Comes With Music In Cannes

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia's Dr Tero Ojanpera, EVP entertainment and communities, delivered an optimistic keynote at day one of MidemNet, revealing a "breakthrough" in licensing negotiations that will enable the service to roll out across Europe in 2009 ...

  22. Billboard Q&A: MIDEM Director Dominique Leguern Talks Charles Aznavour, Attendance Figures

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 43rd edition of the MIDEM international music market and conference gets under way this weekend in Cannes, starting with MidemNet, the international forum focusing on the music business in the digital age, on Saturday, Jan. 17. Dominique Legue ...

  23. Price Cut On Nokia's Comes With Music

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three months after its launch in the U.K., the price of Nokia’s unlimited music pre-licensed handset has been slashed from £127.10 ($189.90) to £82.18 ($122.79). The move comes amid speculation that the service, set for a roll out in other territo ...

  24. Exclusive: UMG Signs Licensing Deal with Kyte

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group recently closed a deal with Kyte, the media platform which enables companies to connect with audiences in real time on the internet or through mobile phones, Billboard has learned exclusively. Under the worldwide agreement, a ...

  25. Nokia's Ojanpera Set For MidemNet Day 1 Keynote

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST MidemNet delegates can expect a hard-hitting keynote from Tero Ojanpera, Nokia's executive VP of entertainment and communities, on Saturday, Jan. 17. MidemNet, which runs Jan. 17-18 in Cannes, is the international forum that focuses on the mu ...

  26. Digital Briefs: Comes With Music, Musiwave, ManiaTV

    January 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Nokia’s manager of entertainment and communities in the U.S., Trevor Madigan, tells MocoNews that early Comes With Music results shows the service is proving popular with mothers tired of giving their kids music allowances. -Mobile content provid ...

  27. Web Reaction: Apple Drops DRM

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple iTunes' announcement that it will begin offering DRM-free music from all four major labels and will add a new pricing scheme for tracks today was, to say the least, covered extensively. Below, a round-up of reaction from around the Web ...

  28. The Billboard Q&A: Universal Digital Chief Rio Caraeff

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has never been shy about shaking things up in the digital music space. The company demanded a per-device payment from Microsoft before licensing music to the Zune Marketplace. It spearheaded efforts to monetize online music v ...

  29. The Year In Music & Touring: Five iPhone Apps That Will Help The Music Business

    December 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST This was not a good year for mobile music. Ringtones sales are declining, over-the-air downloads are still little more than a blip on the radar, and the potential of ambitious initiatives like Nokia's Comes With Music is still unknown. There& ...

  30. No-Show Queen Of Soul Pipes Up At Benefit Concert

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Organizers of a military benefit concert in New York say Aretha Franklin missed an award presentation but showed up for the main event hours later. The Queen of Soul was a no-show when she was to receive the Torch of Freedom Award on Sunday in Tim ...

  31. The Year In Music & Touring: Indie Musicians See Mixed Returns In Ad Campaigns

    December 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST For most of the summer, Santi White, who records as Santogold, gazed down at the New York Billboard offices from a Converse ad hung high above Astor Place. Her image and her songs seemed to be inescapable-during the course of the last year, she pr ...

  32. NARM Adds Board Members

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers adds Nokia director of global digital music Adam Mirabella to its board of directors, replacing the seat vacate by Napster's Chris Gorag, who resigned following Best Buy's acquisition of the ...

  33. Swedish Telco Launches Unlimited Service

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Swedish telco TeliaSonera has launched Telia Musik, an all-you-can eat download service available to more than 13.3 million mobile customers in six countries. Telia in Sweden was the first to release the service on Monday (Dec. 8). It will be foll ...

  34. Franco De Vita Books Anniversary Tour

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Venezuelan singer/songwriter Franco De Vita is celebrating his 25th anniversary in the music business with a U.S. tour that kicks off March 5 at the Nokia Theater in New York City. De Vita's "Simplemente La Verdad" (Simply the Truth ...

  35. Nokia: 2009 Handset Market Down 5%

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Global mobile phone industry sales volume will fall more than expected as consumers cut spending, the world's top cellphone maker Nokia said on Thursday (Dec. 4) in its second warning in three weeks. "The most recent incremental impact i ...

  36. Adele, Duffy, the Jonas Brothers Nominated For Best New Artist Grammy

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Adele, Duffy, the Jonas Brothers, Lady Antebellum and Jazmine Sullivan were nominated tonight (Dec. 3) for best new artist at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards. For the first time this year, the Recording Academy unveiled nominations in the top catego ...

  37. Lil Wayne, Coldplay Lead Grammy Nominee Field

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Tha Carter III?" Not even close. Try "Tha Carter VIII." Lil Wayne - who is on track to have the best-selling album of 2008 - also leads the nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards with eight nods, including album of the ...

  38. MySpace Delivers Video To Mobiles

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST MySpace users with mobile phones are about to find out if they can walk and watch TV at the same time. On Wednesday (Dec. 3), News Corp's online social network will make video clips from its members' pages available for viewing on mobile ...

  39. R&B, Gospel Briefs: Randy Crawford, Kevon Edmonds, LL Cool J

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Singer Randy Crawford reunites with Joe Sample for the March 2009 release "No Regrets.": The PRA Records project features the pair covering such R&B and jazz classics as the title track, "Respect Yourself," "Today I ...

  40. Chris Brown Wins Big At American Music Awards

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST R&B singer Chris Brown swept the American Music Awards on Sunday, winning three prizes including artist of the year. The 19-year-old star, famed for his on-stage athleticism, overshadowed Alicia Keys, who led the field with five nominations, a ...

  41. MIDEM Gets Message

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Radiohead's co-manager Brian Message will deliver a keynote speech at the 2009 MIDEM international music market in Cannes, which runs Jan. 18 to 21. Message, of Courtyard Management, also represents singer songwriter Kate Nash and dance act F ...

  42. Foos, Mayer Set For Grammy Nominations Show

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Foo Fighters, John Mayer and B.B. King will perform at the first Grammy Nominations Concert, to be held Dec. 3 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live and broadcast on CBS. In addition to the performances, the event will reveal the nominees in several as-yet-u ...

  43. Sony Music Gets Creative With Exposure

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment has formed a pan-European creative agency with international marketing agency Exposure. The joint venture, named SBX, aims to develop artist endorsements, synch deals, product placement, live performances, ad-funded progra ...

  44. CELAS Secures Digital Partners

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST CELAS has reported steady progress in the licensing of digital and mobile music rights across Europe. It offers a "one-stop shop" for pan-European licensing. The organization, which operates from offices in London and Germany, was set up ...

  45. U2 Honors Grainge At MITs

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST U2 was among the artists saluting Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge at the Music Industry Trusts' Award ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Universal-signed pop acts Mika and Take That performed at t ...

  46. The Killers Unveil 2009 Tour Plans

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Killers will begin an early 2009 tour Jan. 17 in Denver in support of their third Island album, "Day and Age," due Nov. 25. First single "Human" is No. 58 this week on the Billboard Hot 100. Before the year is out, the Kill ...

  47. Tech Test: Comes With Music On The 5310

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A week after its launch, U.K. retailer the Carphone Warehouse says the Comes With Music 'unlimited music' package from Nokia is performing well. But, like Nokia, the company declined to give any figures in relation to the exclusive partn ...

  48. Nokia Q3 Sales, Profits Fall

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's third-quarter sales and profits fell from a year ago, hit by weaker cellphone demand in its European markets, but the world's top handset maker soothed growing fears about the fourth quarter. Handset makers have started to feel t ...

  49. Grammys Turning Nominations Into TV Special

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Grammys are turning a dry nominations announcement into an hourlong TV special. "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" will air Dec. 3. The Grammy Awards are scheduled for Feb. 8 on CBS. The ...

  50. Alicia Keys Leads AMA Nominations

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys leads the nominees for the 2008 American Music Awards with five nominations, including artist of the year. Following up in the nominations tally are Coldplay and the Eagles with four nominations each. Coldplay was nominated for artist ...

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