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  1. Finetunes Strikes Didiom Deal

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hamburg-based digital service provider Finetunes has signed a distribution deal with U.S. mobile media service Didiom. The deal, which takes immediate effect, will enable Didiom users to purchase songs from the Finetunes catalog, which includes ma ...

  2. Former Vivendi Boss Ordered To Stand Trial

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi SA says its former CEO Jean-Marie Messier and other former top executives have been ordered to stand trial on charges of misleading investors while they were transforming the once-stodgy water utility into a high-flying film, music and pay ...

  3. Paul McCartney Announces European Tour

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney will return to Hamburg, where the Beatles honed their craft, to launch his first European tour in five years. McCartney announced Thursday he will play the German city on Dec. 2 to kick off the "Good Evening Europe" tour. ...

  4. 200 Spanish File-Sharing Sites Identified

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The names of 200 Web sites that offer links to illegal downloads in Spain are to be given to the Spanish industry ministry as the first major move in the fight against online music piracy, it was announced in Madrid today (Oct. 19) at the presenta ...

  5. Madonna, U2, AC/DC Among '09 Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Madonna, U2 and AC/DC are among the top tours, venues and companies recognized as finalists for the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards , which will be handed out at a special reception in New York on Nov. 5. The finalists for the Top Tour and Top Draw ...

  6. French Indies Body Calls For Digital Tax Credits

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT French independent labels trade body UPFI has called for the government to introduce a tax credit scheme for consumers buying cultural digital products online. Under this scheme, users would be able to offset part of their purchases, for an amount ...

  7. Liam Gallagher Confirms Oasis Split, Plans 'Next Step'

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Liam Gallagher has insisted U.K. rock act Oasis is no more, following Noel Gallagher's departure from the group in the summer. Although the brothers have always had a rocky relationship, Gallagher insisted this split was for good, during an i ...

  8. Zimbalam Expands Into Italy, Germany

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Zimbalam, a French-based digital distribution service for unsigned artists, has extended its operations to Italy and Germany. The Zimbalam service was set up two months ago and forms part of Believe Digital, a Paris-based company that has been act ...

  9. The Hours Label Launches Climate Change Download

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French independent label the Hours has targeted 50 million downloads as part of a new climate change initiative, which aims to gather global support by distributing a free track. The 'tck tck tck' campaign, designed by French adverti ...

  10. Tokio Hotel Checks In To Virtual Tour

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German pop-rock act Tokio Hotel is launching a 3D holographic tour - a "virtual" performance to be shown in 12 cities across seven countries. The promotion, which uses ground-breaking new technology, launches tomorrow (Oct. 2) in Berlin. ...

  11. Diddy Signs Bad Boy Label Deal With Interscope

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sean "Diddy" Combs has signed with Interscope Geffen A&M in a deal which includes his future albums and creates a new joint venture with Combs' Bad Boy label. The first release on the new Bad Boy/Interscope joint venture will be ...

  12. Diddy To Exit WMG, New Deal Reportedly In Place

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After a five-year run, Sean "Diddy" Combs confirmed with Billboard that he is exiting his exclusive deal with Warner Music Group/Atlantic Records at the end of this month. A new, as-yet-not-officially-announced deal is in place, accordin ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Snow Patrol Deps For Oasis At U.K.'s V Fest

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Oasis was forced to cancel its appearance at the second leg of the U.K. V Festival, held in Chelmsford, England on Sunday night (Aug. 23), after lead singer Liam Gallagher was diagnosed with viral laryngitis; Snow Patrol took over the vacated head ...

  15. Bravado Secures Rolling Stones Merch Deal

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Global music merchandising company Bravado is to manufacture and distribute merchandise for the Rolling Stones. Bravado is a unit of Universal Music Group (UMG); the Stones moved to Universal from EMI last summer. This exclusive agreement - announ ...

  16. Mariah Carey, Diddy, Lil Wayne Albums Delayed

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Some of the most highly-anticipated albums of the summer have been delayed, including Mariah Carey's "Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel," Sean "Diddy" Combs' "Last Train To Paris" and Lil Wayne's "Rebi ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Sacem Mechanical Revenues Down 15.9 Per Cent

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT French authors' and publishers' collecting society Sacem has revealed a 15.9% decline in income from CD and DVD mechanical rights to €100 million ($139.9 million). While its headline results had already been unveiled in January, Sacem ha ...

  20. Los 40 Principales, Coronita Back Beach Campaign

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spain's most popular national music radio network, Top 40-format Los 40 Principales, has teamed up with Mexican beer brand Coronita in an effort to clean up one European beach a year. And Los 40's 4 million daily listeners, according to ...

  21. Elbow Aims For Late 2010 Album Comeback

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As it approaches the end of an extensive campaign for "The Seldom Seen Kid" (Fiction/Polydor), U.K. rock act Elbow is looking ahead to its follow-up to the award-winning album. After three well-received records, the Manchester, England-b ...

  22. Medici.tv Clocks Up 2.3 Million Concert Viewings

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Classical music webcast service Medici.tv, which has just celebrated its first year of operation, has reported figures showing that the site has recorded 330,000 unique visitors and 2.3 million concert viewings since launching online. Medici.tv no ...

  23. Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Win Big At Classical BRITS

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards won the biggie at this year's Classical BRIT Awards, beating platinum-sellers Katherine Jenkins and the Priests to NS&I album of the year with "Spirit Of The Glen." Teenage singing sensation Faryl ...

  24. Cuba's Rodríguez Claims Seeger Birthday Ban

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Leading Cuban singer songwriter Silvio Rodríguez has criticised the U.S. government for not granting him a visa to perform at the Madison Square Garden concert in New York to mark Pete Seeger's 90th birthday. Dozens of stars and musician frie ...

  25. French Market Down, Piracy Law Delayed

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The value of the French wholesale recording market fell 16.4% year-on-year during the first three months of 2009 to €118.7 million ($158.6 million), labels trade body Snep reported at a press conference held in Paris. Physical sales were down 18.5 ...

  26. R&B/Hip-Hop, Jazz, Pop Briefs: Beyonce, Freddie Hubbard, Will Downing

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In conjunction with her U.S. "I Am..." tour, Beyoncé and her Survivor Foundation are partnering with General Mills' Hamburger Helper and Feeding America to launch the Show Your Helping Hand campaign. The initiative will deliver 3 ...

  27. Beyonce Unveils Summer Tour Dates

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Beyoncé and her all-female band will kickoff a 22-date North American tour at New York's Madison Square Garden in June and will wrap with a four-night residence at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas July 30-August 2. Winners of her "Single Ladies& ...

  28. The Hours Label Launches Paris Fest

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT French record company the Hours has launched a three-day festival in Paris, featuring U.K. BRIT Award winners Elbow. The festival runs until April 17, when Elbow will headline at the 1,500-capacity Bataclan venue, where Dan Black performs today (A ...

  29. Rodney Jerkins Becomes ‘Starmaker’

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In addition to working on upcoming albums by Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mary J. Blige and Toni Braxton, songwriter/producer Rodney Jerkins will appear as mentor/head judge on MTV’s new reality series “Starmaker.” Created by Combs and reality show guru Ma ...

  30. Composer Maurice Jarre Dies At 84

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A French musicians guild says Oscar-winning film composer Maurice Jarre has died at the age of 84. Jarre is best known for writing the haunting song "Lara's Theme" from the film "Doctor Zhivago." SACEM head Bernard Miyet c ...

  31. Iggy Pop's French Connection For New Album

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Iggy Pop has appeared in Paris to announce the release of a jazz-influenced album via EMI France. The Stooges singer said today (March 26) that he was inspired by the novel "The Possibility Of An Island," written by controversial French ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Industry Veteran Harvey Geller Dies

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Harvey Geller, lyricist and a former sales executive for Billboard magazine in a music career that began in the mid-1950s, died Thursday (March 12), after a brief illness. He was 86. A Tarzana resident for 50 years, Geller also worked as writer, w ...

  34. President Sarkozy Pays Tribute To Alain Bashung

    March 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT French pop-rock legend Alain Bashung died aged 61 of lung cancer on March 14 in Paris, his agent Garance Productions said in a statement. The multi-platinum artist received three awards at the Victoires de la Musique ceremony, which was televised ...

  35. French Assembly Debates Web Piracy Law

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Debates on the 'Creation and Internet' draft law have started in the French Assembly. The draft law would introduce a three-strike scheme, under which infringers could ultimately see their Internet access cut. The text, adopted by the Fr ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Fnac To Shut Bastille Store

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST French entertainment retailer Fnac, which leads music sales in France, has announced the closing of its only music-dedicated store in Paris, located on the Bastille place, effective by the end of 2009. The 60 employees will all be offered jobs in ...

  38. Extreme Music Inks Deal With Rodney Jerkins

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Extreme Music, the worldwide production music library unit of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, has signed songwriter/producer/musician Rodney Jerkins to be an executive producer of nine albums within an 18-month period. The initial three albums are plan ...

  39. Future Uncertain For French Distributor Nocturne

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Paris-based indie distributor Nocturne, which distributes over 300 independent labels, is under serious financial pressure and its managing director was unable to deny it was facing bankruptcy when contacted by Billboard.biz The company has alread ...

  40. Sugarland Heads To Europe

    February 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Grammy-winning duo Sugarland will embark on their first European tour throughout the month of March. Traveling to seven different countries they will perform in 11 different European cities. The dates are a mix of appearances at U.S. military inst ...

  41. Diddy Makes A Date For 'Paris' Trip

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sean "Diddy" Combs has set a Sept. 22 release date for his new artist album, "Last Train To Paris." The-Dream, Tricky Stewart, the Neptunes, Marion Winans, T-Pain, Rodney Jerkins and the Souldiggaz are among the producers on th ...

  42. Butler, Eno Honored At Producers Awards

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bernard Butler was named producer of the year the inaugural Music Producers Guild Awards in London. Butler, formerly the guitarist in U.K. rock act Suede, was recognized for his work on pop act Duffy's debut set "Rockferry" (A&M ...

  43. Festivals Return Despite Struggling Economy

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The international music festival market took a hit last week with the cancellation of the Langerado Music Festival in Miami and the Hydro Connect Festival in Scotland, but other large-scale music festivals are returning for a second year despite a ...

  44. Bergonzi Honored At MIDEM Classical Awards

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Italian tenor Carlo Bergonzi, who has performed alongside artists including Maria Callas during his career, was honored with the lifetime achievement award at the MIDEM Classical Awards in Cannes. He received a standing ovation during the presenta ...

  45. Aznavour Honored At MIDEM

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Legendary French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour has been awarded MIDEM's Lifetime Achievement Award for 2009. At a ceremony in Cannes' Carlton Hotel, Reed MIDEM CEO Paul Zilk handed over the prize, hailing Aznavour as "a rem ...

  46. French Producers Call For Increased Private Copying Tax

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST French producers' collecting societies SPPF and SCPP (which includes the four majors) unveiled contrasted figures for 2008, both subject to later fine-tuning. SCPP income was down 4.8% to €58.3 million ($76.5 million). According to SCPP, the ...

  47. Spoleto Festival USA Unveils Modest 2009 Schedule

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Tributes to longtime chamber music director Charles Wadsworth, a return visit by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and an operetta inspired by movie actor Peter Lorre highlight a more modest 2009 season of the Spoleto Festival USA. The 33rd s ...

  48. French Order Of Merit For Tina Arena

    December 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Australian singer Tina Arena is to be awarded one of France's highest civil decorations, the Ordre national du Mérite (French Order of Merit), during a ceremony in Paris this coming February. France's President Sarkosy will present Arena ...

  49. Morrissey Inks U.S. Deal, Plots Spring Tour

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Morrissey has inked a U.S. deal with Lost Highway for the release of his new album, "Years of Refusal," Billboard can reveal. Due Feb. 17, the project will be issued in conjunction with the former Smiths frontman's own Attack imprin ...

  50. Morrissey Unveils New Album

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Morrissey was on hand tonight (Dec. 11) in London to introduce a playback of his new Polydor/Decca album, "Years of Refusal," but he made no comment on recent reports of a Smiths reunion. A spokesman later declined to comment on a story ...

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