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  1. R.I.P. Terri Anderson, Former Billboard Contributor and U.K. Music Biz Veteran

    May 28, 2013 11:14 AM EDT Terri Anderson, much respected in the U.K. industry as both a trade press journalist and as a corporate communications executive at the BPI, EMI Music, MCPS-PRS and AIM, died last Friday (May 24) after a battle with cancer. She was 66. Anderson ...

  2. Adele, PJ Harvey, Lana Del Rey Win at 57th Ivor Novello Awards

    May 17, 2012 2:54 PM EDT British hit machine Adele continued to roll in the accolades when she collected two awards today (May 17) at the 57th Ivor Novello Awards, which recognizes the best songwriters and composers in the U.K. and Ireland. Adele won two, for Songwriter o ...

  3. British Pubs To Rock Even Harder: Why the U.K. Live Music Act Matters

    April 19, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Victory Lap: Musician Bernard Butler, Lord Tim Clement-Jones, UK Music Chairman Andy Heath, singer Martina Topley-Bird, UK Music CEO Jo Dipple and MU General Secretary John Smith at a reception to celebrate the passing of the UK's Live Music ...

  4. PRS For Music Reports 3.2% Rise in Royalties in 2011

    April 02, 2012 8:14 AM EDT An upbeat U.K. collecting society PRS for Music is attributing the 3.2% increase in the amount of royalties collected in 2011 to growth in income from legitimate digital-music services and the continued popularity of U.K. repertoire overseas. PRS ...

  5. Spirit Music Group Joins IMPEL, Pan-European Licensing Debate Remains Unresolved

    January 26, 2012 5:20 AM EST New York-based Spirit Music Group has become the first U.S.-based member of IMPEL, the initiative launched by U.K. collecting society PRS for Music to enable independent publishers with Anglo-American repertoires to navigate the complicated pan-Eu ...

  6. Olly Murs, JLS, Merseybeats, Limehouse Lizzy Top PRS For Music's Hardest Working UK Bands List

    December 23, 2011 7:30 AM EST The X Factor magic, the influence of Simon Cowell's hit music-talent TV show that helped push recorded-music sales in the United Kingdom, appears to have enchanted U.K. live music as well, according to the 2011 ranking of Britain's Harde ...

  7. Are Artists Demanding Too Much Money To Play? U.K. Industry Discusses at Music 4.5 Event

    December 20, 2011 9:00 AM EST Things got a bit heated at a music industry conference on social media and touring entitled "Social Live Music Industry: Where Is the Money?" Organized by U.K.-based European music and technology events-and-networking specialist 2Pears, ...

  8. Business Matters: Will Boinc's Business Model Get Stale Before It Launches?

    October 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT Will Boinc's Business Model Get Stale Before it Launches? -- Boinc, the innovative music service by Beyond Oblivion, could revolutionize the way people consume music. But the industry is going to have to wait a bit longer to see it in action. ...

  9. Q&A With Placido Domingo, IFPI Chairman, Opera Star

    August 24, 2011 1:00 PM EDT The legendary Placido Domingo strode into London in late July like the opera colossus that he really is and unleashed an astonishing piece of news: the "multi-faceted" opera star had been appointed to the newly created role of chairman a ...

  10. U.K. Report Underscores that Labels Must Look Beyond Digital Music Sales

    August 08, 2011 6:42 AM EDT The recording industry's salvation no longer lies in digital music alone. Instead, based on market dynamics at play in the United Kingdom, revenue diversification appears to be the key. According to IFPI, the total trade value of U.K. recor ...

  11. Analysis: Diversity, Not Just Digital Sales, Will Save the Recording Industry

    August 05, 2011 4:40 PM EDT The recording industry's salvation no longer lies in digital music alone. Instead, based on market dynamics at play in the United Kingdom, revenue diversification appears to be the key. According to IFPI, the total trade value of U.K. recorde ...

  12. Ticket Trust Launches, UK's 'Ethical Ticket Exchange' To Combat Fraud, Scalpers

    July 12, 2011 4:05 PM EDT Despite predictions that the U.K. live-music sector is set for a revival this year after a downturn blip in 2010, the controversial topic of secondary-ticket sales heated up this week with the launch of The Ticket Trust on Monday (July 11). Set up ...

  13. PRS For Music, U.K. Royalty Collection Society, Predicts Difficult 2011

    May 31, 2011 8:23 AM EDT PRS for Music, the U.K.'s royalties-collecting society, can expect a rough ride this year, after an equally difficult one in 2010, declared CEO Robert Ashcroft at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) last Thursday (May 26). Speaking to an audienc ...

  14. Plan B Scoops Three UK Ivor Novello Music Awards

    May 19, 2011 3:57 PM EDT LONDON (Reuters) - Rapper Plan B was the big winner at this year's Ivor Novello music awards in London, carrying off three prizes. The 27-year-old from London -- whose real name is Benjamin Drew -- won Songwriter of the Year as well as the Al ...

  15. BMI To Honor Don Black

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British songwriter Don Black will be honored as a BMI Icon next month. The lyricist's long career will be recognized at the U.S. performing right organization's annual London Awards on Oct. 5 at London's Dorchester Hotel. Black wrot ...

  16. PRS Report Says U.K. Music Industry Up 5% In 2009

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry has performed well during turbulent times. In fact, it was up 5% last year, according to a new report by U.K. collecting society PRS For Music. In "Adding Up the U.K. Music Industry for 2009," Will Page and Chris ...

  17. PRS Proposes Piracy Levy On ISPs

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has proposed a levy on Internet Service Providers based on the levels of piracy on the individual networks. The idea of a levy is contained in a discussion paper, "Moving Digital Britain Forward Without L ...

  18. PRS Launches Live Rate Consultation

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has launched a customer consultation on its royalty rates more music events. The rate, which is currently 3% of ticket receipts, was last reviewed in 1988. PRS for Music points out that this is one of the lowe ...

  19. PRS For Music Sets Out Digital Income Plan

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music's new CEO is planning to work more closely with and monetize emerging digital music distribution platforms. That was the key message from Robert Ashcroft, at his first annual general meeting (AGM) in Lond ...

  20. PRS For Music Teams With MySpace

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT PRS for Music has made a strategic partnership with MySpace. The partnership aims to promote MySpace as the online destination to share and discover music, and underline the importance of PRS for Music membership for songwriters on MySpace. With m ...

  21. New Structure For PRS For Music

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has unveiled a new structure, as part of an operational review led by new chief executive Robert Ashcroft. Two key divisions at the center of the organization will be Licensing (generating revenue) and Operati ...

  22. PRS For Music, iTunes, Strike Pan-European Deal

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has signed a pan-European performing rights licensing deal with iTunes. Effective immediately, the deal gives iTunes pan-European access to the repertoire of all PRS members for whom it handles performing righ ...

  23. Don Black Honored By PRS For Music

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. performing rights society PRS for Music has awarded lyricist Don Black the PRS Award for extraordinary achievement. The award was presented in recognition of Black's exceptional contribution to British music and culture. Black attended a ...

  24. U.K. Biz Welcomes MySpace Music Launch

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has largely welcomed the long-awaited launch of MySpace Music, despite it arriving, as one observer notes, a "little late to the party." Commenting on the long-delayed U.K. bow for MySpace music, which took place ...

  25. MySpace Music Launches In The U.K.

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Over a year after its U.S. rollout, MySpace Music has made its long-awaited bow in the United Kingdom, going live at 00.01 U.K. time today (Dec. 3), following a launch gig by U.K. rock band Kasabian at London's Heaven venue. As with the U.S. ...

  26. U.K. Govt Changes Licensing Rules For Charities

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Performing rights society PRS for Music and neighboring rights society PPL will develop a pilot joint licensing scheme for charities a not-for-profit organizations in the U.K., after the government announced a shake-up of the music licensing rules ...

  27. McCartney, Coldplay Honored At ASCAP Awards

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney, Coldplay and the Ting Tings were among those honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) at its London awards ceremony. The ASCAP Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London tonight (Oct ...

  28. Police Defend U.K. Live Assessment Form

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The possible threat to the U.K.'s live music business from stringent provisions within the 2003 Licensing Act was once again the focus of attention, during an emotionally charged debate in London. But the Metropolitan Police defended the cont ...

  29. BMI Icon Donovan Honored In London

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sixties survivor Donovan was honored as a BMI Icon tonight at a gala evening in London's Dorchester Hotel. The Glasgow, Scotland-born singer/songwriter enjoyed 12 consecutive top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 during the 1960s, including &q ...

  30. YouTube, PRS Agree Licensing Deal

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. users of YouTube will once again be able to watch premium music videos on the service, six months after Google's video streaming site blocked access in the territory as a result of a licensing rate dispute. U.K. authors' and publish ...

  31. BMI To Honor Donovan

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.K. singer songwriter Donovan will be named a BMI Icon at the annual BMI London Awards in October. The awards, to be held Oct. 6 at London's Dorchester Hotel, will recognize the U.K. and European songwriters and publishers of the pas ...

  32. PRS for Music Revenues Down 3%

    July 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has issued unaudited results for the six months to June 30, 2009, which show revenues down 3% to £282.1 million ($463.7 million) from £289.9 million ($476.5 million) in the first half of 2008. In a statement, ...

  33. Briefs: FCC Chairman, CDBaby, Spotify, EMI

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Julius Genachowski, the FCC’s new chairman , has been sworn in and has named his staff. Edward Lazarus, from he law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, will be his chief of staff. Bruce Liang Gottlieb, who was legal advisor to Commis ...

  34. European Licensing Deals For Comes With Music

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's unlimited music service Comes With Music can roll out across Europe after authors' and publishers' collecting society PRS For Music brokered licensing deals with several publishers. Working with PRS for Music, Warner/Chappel ...

  35. P2P Study Questions Long Tail Theory

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. authors' and composers' collecting society PRS for Music has published a report showing new research into file-sharing over a 12-month period that casts doubt on the long tail theory. Will Page, chief economist at PRS for Music, tea ...

  36. Steve Levine Helms Music Producers Guild

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Steve Levine, producer of the Culture Club, the Beach Boys and Motorhead, has been appointed chairman of the U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, effective immediately. He takes over from Mike Howlett, who leaves to take the associate professor and ...

  37. Songwriters' Online Response To Google

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. songwriters and composers have launched a new Web site to highlight concerns over the use of their work on the Internet. The site, fairplayforcreators.com, went live today (March 25) and has the backing of Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Robbie ...

  38. Dozens Of U.K. Acts Set For SXSW

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More than 200 members of U.K. songwriters' collecting society PRS for Music will be performing at SXSW this year, with some British acts benefiting directly from the support of the society. Overall, the U.K. is the second biggest represented ...

  39. U.K. Study Claims Live Beats Recorded Music Revenue

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT This year's ILMC (International Live Music Conference), the annual confab for international promoters, agent and venue owners, kicked off with a positive outlook despite the global recession. The event, which took place March 13-15 at the Roy ...

  40. U.K. Music Slams 'Cynical' Google

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, the umbrella organization for the British music industry, has criticized Google's decision to block access to premium music videos on YouTube for users in the U.K. As previously reported, Google began blocking videos March 9 after ...

  41. 2009 South By Southwest Music Conference

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Full coverage, news and analysis from the 2009 South By Southwest Music Conference, being held March 18 - 22 in Austin, Texas. Editorial: SXSW 2009 Reflections March 22, 2009 - BillboardBiz Billboard editorial director Bill Werde reflects on this ...

  42. Publishers 'Dismayed' At YouTube Decision

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Music Publishers Association (MPA) has voiced its concern at Google's decision to remove music videos from YouTube over a rates row with collecting society PRS for Music, while there are reports the dispute could affect the My ...

  43. Qtrax, PRS Sign Pan-European License Deal

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society PRS for Music announced a new licensing deal with Qtrax during MidemNet in Cannes. Following an abortive launch for Qtrax at MidemNet in 2008, when labels denied they had agreed a deal after it was announced that they were ...

  44. HMV Passes On Sales Tax Cut

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K market leading entertainment retailer HMV has pledged to pass on the new 15% rate of VAT sales tax, which the British government announced in its pre-budget report. The VAT (Value Added Tax) rate will be cut from 17.5% to 15% from Dec. 1 for a ...

  45. Dido, Kate Nash Honored At ASCAP Awards

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored U.K. artists including Dido, Kate Nash and pop-rock band The Kooks at its London awards ceremony. The ASCAP Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel tonight (Oct. 15), reco ...

  46. Sky Arts Boosts Music Programming With 'Songbook'

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sky Arts, the U.K. arts and culture niche TV network operated by Rupert Murdoch's satellite-delivered BSkyB platform, is launching its new "Songbook" series on May 1. Sky Arts says the eight-part, one-hour weekly series, sponsored b ...

  47. BPI Dispute With MCPS-PRS Heats Up

    July 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Label's trade body the British Phonographic Industry has been accused of "driving down the value of music" by referring collecting society MCPS-PRS Alliance to the Copyright Tribunal over its online f Label's trade body the Bri ...

  48. BPI Dispute With MCPS-PRS Heats Up

    July 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Label's trade body the British Phonographic Industry has been accused of "driving down the value of music" by referring collecting society MCPS-PRS Alliance to the Copyright Tribunal over its online f Label's trade body the Bri ...