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  1. Bon Jovi Scores 2008's Top-Grossing Tour

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bon Jovi's Lost Highway tour tops the list of the biggest tours for 2008, based on data reported to Billboard Boxscore from Nov. 14, 2007, through Nov. 11, 2008. The trek, promoted in North America and Europe by AEG Live, grossed $210.6 milli ...

  2. EU Amendment Against 'Three-Strikes' Dropped

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST French independent labels bodies SPPF and UPFI have welcome a move by Europe's Council of Ministers to reject a European Parliament amendment covering Internet rights, that would have been at odds with France's three-strikes legislation ...

  3. French Biz Falters, Digital Remains Strong

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The wholesale value of the French recorded music market in the first nine months of 2008 decreased to €382 million ($484 million), down 13.9% from the corresponding period last year, according to new figures issued by labels trade body SNEP. It fo ...

  4. EMI Unveils New Divisions

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Restructuring at EMI is continuing, with the company splitting its recorded music operations into three main business units: new music, catalog and music services. EMI Music chief executive Elio Leoni-Sceti is presenting his new vision and strateg ...

  5. Virgin Classics Marks Two Decades With Gala Concert

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paris-based classical label Virgin Classics is celebrating its twentieth anniversary with a unique French concert this weekend in Nice. The star-studded birthday party takes place on Nov. 1 as part of the C'est pas Classique Festival in Nice. ...

  6. Albarn's 'Monkey' Gets The Edge

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Edge Performance VCT is backing the opera production "Monkey: Journey to the West," created by Gorillaz collaborators Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett and Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng, as it prepares for a 31-date run at London's O ...

  7. French Culture Minister Wins Backing For Three-Strikes Plan

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT French culture minister Christine Albanel has received backing from the independent music community for her government's anti-piracy measures, which would see the authorities regulating internet service providers with a three-strike scheme un ...

  8. Boury Upped At EMI

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI has appointed Morvan Boury as EMEA VP marketing services and digital business development, a position newly created by EMI Group. He has been EMI France VP strategy and development since 2005. Based in Paris, Boury will be handling marketing s ...

  9. French Culture Minister Launches Cultural Independents Conference

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT French minister of culture Christine Albanel has launched the "Arenes europeennes de l'independence" (European Arena Of Independence), a two-day conference session gathering European independent companies from the cultural field - m ...

  10. Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Police Lead Touring Award Finalists

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, and the Police are among the finalists for the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. All three of those tours are finalists for the Top Tour and Top ...

  11. Bertelsmann Unveils BMG Rights Management

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German media group Bertelsmann is investing in the music business again: BMG Rights Management will be opening its head office in Berlin as of Jan. 2009. In the coming months offices are also to be opened in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Madrid and Mi ...

  12. Director Wenders Recruits Lou Reed For Berlin Concert

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German film director Wim Wenders has given a keynote address at day two of Popkomm in Berlin, where he also unveiled plans for "The Music of Wim Wenders - Live" featuring Lou Reed. Reed will be the guest star at the concert at Berlin Tem ...

  13. France's Believe Acquires mTunes

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paris-based digital music distribution and marketing service Believe Digital has acquired German digital distribution company mTunes for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2003, MTunes distributes a catalog of 100,000 tracks from about 800 independent ...

  14. Lupe Fiasco Readies Tour

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lupe Fiasco will kick off a US tour Friday. The MC also recently released a remix of his last single, "Paris, Tokyo" featuring Q-Tip, Sarah Green and Pharrell along with a jazz remix, crafted by Chris Paultre, via his Myspace page . Here ...

  15. Rock The Bells To Make European Debut

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells will make its European debut this fall with performances by Nas, Mos Def, De La Soul, the Pharcyde, EPMD, Supernatural and Scratch, among others. The European trek launches Oct. 31 at the T-Mobile Arena in ...

  16. Gallagher Ailing, Oasis Postpones More Shows

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Oasis has postponed three additional shows in the wake of injuries suffered by guitarist Noel Gallagher during a Sept. 7 onstage attack in Toronto. According to the band's Web site, Gallagher has three broken and dislodged ribs and has been a ...

  17. Pilavachi Out At EMI Classics

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Costa Pilavachi has stepped down as president of EMI Classics, with immediate effect. His is the latest high-profile departure during the restructuring of EMI Music. Until a successor is found, London-based Pat O'Driscoll, currently EMI Music ...

  18. Hot 100 Online Exclusive: Rapped In Brands

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When Paris-based branding agency Agenda monitored brand mentions in the Billboard Hot 100 from 2003 to 2005, the company found brands and products were most frequently name-checked in hip-hop. That's hardly a surprise to anyone who possses a ...

  19. First Half Slump For French Market

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The wholesale value of the French market decreased to €278.7 million ($390.74 million) in the first half of 2008, down 12.2% from the corresponding period last year, according to figures released by French trade body Syndicat National de l'ed ...

  20. Musical Innovator Hector Zazou Dies In Paris

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eclectic French composer and producer Hector Zazou has died in Paris at the age of 60. Algerian-born Zazou, who died on Monday (Sept. 8), was a prominent figure on the French music scene who spent his career exploring and mixing music genres, espe ...

  21. Pavarotti To Be Remembered Around The World

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The world will mark the first anniversary of the death of Luciano Pavarotti with a series of concerts, an exhibit and other events, organizers and his family announced Friday. Among the tributes planned for the celebrated tenor, who died Sept. 6, ...

  22. Crooner Conte Unveils New Universal Album

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Italian singer/songwriter Paolo Conte unveils his new album tomorrow after changing record labels at the age of 71 to join Universal Music Italy. The veteran artist, who had been with CGD/ Warner Music Italy for most of his recording caree ...

  23. Winehouse May Face French Lawsuit

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Amy Winehouse is facing the threat of legal action after failing to perform at French festival Rock en Seine on Friday (Aug. 29). The troubled U.K. singer was scheduled to close the 6th edition of the event, which is Paris' main rock festival ...

  24. Madonna Starts 'Sticky And Sweet' Tour In Wales

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Even at 50, the queen of pop just can't stop courting controversy. As Madonna kicked off her international "Sticky and Sweet" tour Saturday night in Cardiff, Wales, she took a none-too subtle swipe at the presumptive Republican nomi ...

  25. Doors Legal Dispute Nearing Resolution

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The end is near for a bitter legal dispute between the three surviving members of the Doors now that the California Supreme Court has refused to take up their case. Keyboardist Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger are on the hook for more than ...

  26. Juanes, Bose, Betancourt Call For Freedom At Paris Concert

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former hostage Ingrid Betancourt took the stage and shook her hips to a Colombian superstar's guitar riffs, leading the crowd in chants of "Freedom for all!" at a concert Sunday dedicated to captives held by Colombia's FARC reb ...

  27. French Digital Briefs: Zaploop, Ayo, Jamendo

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Warner Music France has reached an agreement with French music community platform Zaploop, which will enable the service's users to sell music from Warner catalog through widgets in a licensed "super-distribution" scheme. Warner M ...

  28. Live Nation Finds New Home In France

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has acquired a controlling interest in the Main Square Festival held in Arras, France. The addition of the new multi-day event brings Live Nation's portfolio of festivals around the world to 30 in total. In a statement, Alan Ridge ...

  29. Australia's Helpmann Nominations Unveiled

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Three of Australia's biggest festivals will go up against each other at the Helpmann Awards, nominations for which were announced Monday night at events held simultaneously in Sydney and Melbourne. The awards, held July 28 at Sydney's Ly ...

  30. Sacem Posts Slight Collections Rise

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT French authors rights society Sacem has reported collections of €759.1 million ($1.182 billion) in the financial year ending Dec. 31, 2007, an increase of 0.4% on 2006. Sacem's revenue growth was slowed by a 7.7% decline in income from CD and ...

  31. SFR Launches Music Platform, Music Venue

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT French mobile carrier SFR has unveiled the beta version of its new music platform, which gathers all its previously established online music services. The new site, at attentionmusiquefraiche.fr, will serve as the virtual hub for the company' ...

  32. Woody Allen Drafts Little-Known Band For 'Barcelona'

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Like Woody Allen's new film, "Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona," the song "Barcelona" by the band Giulia y los Tellarini is about what comes of chance meetings and subsequent love affairs, including one with the city itself. &qu ...

  33. French Artists Find A U.S. Audience

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Long considered nigh-impossible to export, a new wave of French music is finally breaking on U.S. shores. When French-Israeli pop singer Yael Naïm's "New Soul" (Atlantic) hit No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February, it marked the ...

  34. The Police Pick Madison Square Garden For Final Gig

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Police's last-ever show will be held Aug. 7 at New York's Madison Square Garden, with proceeds to benefit New York public television stations Thirteen/WNET and WLIW21. Tickets will only be available via donations to the station, star ...

  35. Madonna's Upcoming Tour Garners Strong On-Sales

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On-sales for Madonna's upcoming Sticky & Sweet tour continue to sizzle in many markets. In Europe, high demand for tickets in Paris for Madonna's scheduled Sept. 20 performance led to a second show added the following night. The Zuri ...

  36. Reed Pulls Plug On 'Amazia' Plans

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The clash of Asian television trade shows is believed to have ended, with exhibition organizer Reed Midem pulling the plug on plans for the inaugural Asian multi-media event Amazia, market sources said over the weekend. "AMAZIA set for axe,&q ...

  37. Offer Process Takes Its Toll As Chrysalis Incurs Losses

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chrysalis Group plc saw interim losses build, as the British music company felt the pinch from being dragged through a failed offer process and the experience of a "difficult" period for its music publishing activities. The company has r ...

  38. Bruni's 'Promises' To Arrive This Summer

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Carla Bruni, the singer, former supermodel and headline-grabbing wife of France's president Nicolas Sarkozy, will release a new album in Europe this July. Paris-based independent label Naïve will issue the new set, which will be named "C ...

  39. Madonna Sticky & Sweet Sales Off To Strong Start

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Initial onsales for Madonna's upcoming Sticky & Sweet tour are off to a strong start, with weekend sell-outs reported in Paris (Sept. 20), Boston (Oct. 15) and Chicago (Oct. 26), followed by sell-outs in New York this morning. Performance ...

  40. Universal Onboard With France's Deezer

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has signed an agreement with French ad-supported on-demand streaming service Deezer, which will provide users from 35 European and Mediterranean countries free access to almost 1 million titles. Deezer co-founder Jonathan Benassaya ...

  41. Fame Game For Scarlett Johansson

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Scarlett Johansson describes the recording of her Tom Waits covers album, "Anywhere I Lay My Head," as an "intimate experience—almost private, in a way." Of course, when you're an actress, Louis Vuitton model and occasiona ...

  42. Madonna Plots Upcoming 'Sticky & Sweet' Tour

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna is set to embark on a world tour beginning Aug. 23 in Cardiff, Wales with dates through the end of the year. Billed as the Sticky & Sweet tour, the trek will span three continents and include between 50-60 shows total, Billboard.com ha ...

  43. Madonna's the Queen of Charts

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna's "Hard Candy" album makes a sweet entrance at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 280,000, giving the diva her seventh chart-topper and the third biggest sales week of the year. A whopping 26% of the album's first we ...

  44. French Cultural Accolade For Kylie

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kylie Minogue is to be presented with one of France's highest cultural awards. The Australian singer will receive the prestigious "Chevalier dans L'ordre des Arts et Lettres" (Knight in the Order of Arts and Letters) at a cerem ...

  45. Can Newcomer Santogold Transcend Hipster Acclaim?

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Take a stroll down Broadway in New York near the Billboard offices or wander down an alley in Austin, and you're likely to see some fresh graffiti. Spray-painted in gold letter on sidewalks and alleyway doors is a simple declaration: "I ...

  46. ICMP Names Hatton Secretary General

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) has appointed Ger Hatton to the role of secretary general. Hatton assumed the position April 7, and reports to the board of ICMP, which is now based in Brussels. Long-time ICMP general cou ...

  47. Chrysalis Off The Market

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chrysalis Group Plc is no longer for sale. The London-based music company has rejected a 155 pence-per-share cash offer, which would have valued the business at about £104 million ($205 million), and terminated formal discussions with potential ac ...

  48. Festival Network Unveils 2008 Schedule

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With new festivals in Whistler, British Columbia; Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Monte Carlo, Monaco; and San Francisco, Festival Network has officially announced its 2008 season schedule (see full list below). Lineups for most of the jazz/folk-themed festiv ...

  49. Feist Bags 5 Juno Awards

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Feist, the eclectic singer who rose to fame through exposure from an iTunes commercial, led the field with five Juno awards, including three last night (April 6) during a televised event in Calgary, Alberta. Taking single of the year for "1 2 ...

  50. Samsung Dials Up Madonna Deal For France

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mobile manufacturer Samsung will be the official mobile partner in France of Madonna's upcoming album "Hard Candy", which is due out on April 25. The full album and the video of the single "4 Minutes" will be preloaded on ...

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