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  1. Psy To Be Honored By South Korean Culture Ministry

    November 08, 2012 4:50 PM EST "Gangnam Style" sensation Psy will receive the prestigious state orders of cultural merit this year, along with eight other laureates, according to South Korea's culture ministry. How PSY Went From Viral Video To American Pop Sensat ...

  2. Mexican Doc 'Hecho en Mexico' to Feature Music By Cafe Tacvba, Alejandro Fernandez, Others

    November 07, 2012 4:15 PM EST "Hecho en México," a documentary that explores the soul, psyche and the current socio-economic state of Mexico with the music of diverse Mexican artists, interviews and intimate footage of the country's lesser-known landscapes, will ...

  3. MU:CON Seoul 2012 Focuses On All Things PSY

    November 06, 2012 12:45 PM EST MU:CON Seoul 2012, the first international music conference in Seoul, South Korea, ended in success despite the fact that hurricane Sandy prevented some U.S. presenters from attending. The event, held Nov. 1-3, was sponsored by the South Korean go ...

  4. Rita Ora Praises Roc Nation in 'Roc the Life' Single

    July 24, 2012 10:29 AM EDT Not content with conquering the U.K. alone, Rita Ora continues her American take-over with her new rock-infused single, "Roc the Life." The Roc Nation signee has been performing the fiery song at her live shows for several months now, fi ...

  5. Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen, Nelly Furtado to Perform at MuchMusic Video Awards

    May 25, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Canadians Nelly Furtado, Justin Bieber and rising pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen - who all performed on last weekend's Billboard Music Awards - have been added to the MuchMusic Video Awards lineup, along with pop band Marianas Trench. The 2012 M ...

  6. Australia Cuts Funding For Radio Broadcasters

    May 11, 2012 7:12 AM EDT Australia's independent music community is poring over a federal budget which contains some real surprises, not the least a particularly sour note for the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project. There's a financial boost for music indust ...

  7. Facundo Cabral Murder Suspect Arrested in Colombia

    March 13, 2012 10:13 AM EDT Colombian authorities said they have arrested the man suspected of ordering the murder of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral, who was gunned down last year in an ambush in Guatemala. Folk singer Facundo Cabral Killed in Guatemala Alejandro Jimen ...

  8. Rio Music Conference Draws Top-Shelf DJs, Thousands of EDM Revelers During Carnival

    February 24, 2012 12:30 PM EST The entrance to the Rio Music Conference trade show (Photo: Eduardo Llerena) Electronic dance Music (EDM) may have reentered American mainstream in 2011, but it also expanded globally. Witness Brazil which this year hosted EDM festivals such as Ul ...

  9. France To Launch Organization To Preserve Local Music

    February 17, 2012 11:41 AM EST French Minister of Culture Frederic Mitterrand has announced the launch of CNM, the French National Center for Music, designed to support local French creativity and diversity in terms of record and concert production. This announcement was largel ...

  10. Live Nation Opens Up South Korean Office

    December 21, 2011 12:05 PM EST Live Nation is set to move into some new territory: the home of K-Pop. The corporation announced Tuesday it had opened a concert promotion office in Seoul, South Korea, the third largest economy in the far east, behind China and Japan. The country ...

  11. Cesaria Evora, Grammy-Winning Singer, Dead at 70

    December 17, 2011 12:48 PM EST Cesaria Evora, who started singing as a teenager in the bayside bars of Cape Verde in the 1950s and won a Grammy in 2003 after she took her African islands music to stages across the world, died Saturday. She was 70. Evora, known as the "Bare ...

  12. Backbeat: Dari Awards Honor AMC, Producers Guild, Venture 3D, Billboard

    December 16, 2011 7:30 AM EST KCCLA director & consul Jaewon Kim welcomes guests and honorees at the seventh annual Dari Awards. (Photo: Aki Kaneko) Bridging cultures and building relationships through strategic media and business partnerships was the focus of the seventh ...

  13. Wyclef Jean Defends Charity in Wake of Questionable Spending Report

    November 28, 2011 8:27 PM EST Wyclef Jean is defending his charity in the wake of a report that his Yele Haiti Foundation donated less than a third of the $16 million it collected last year to Haitian relief efforts. The hip-hop star told the Associated Press that he's pr ...

  14. Australian Live Music Industry Worth More Than $1.2 Billion

    September 21, 2011 8:05 AM EDT Australians love a drink and a show. In fact, the live music culture has become so ingrained in Australian society it's worth more than a billion dollars to the country's economy, a new study reveals. Collecting society APRA on Monday is ...

  15. Foals To Headline Malawi's Lake of Stars Festival

    June 13, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Mercury Prize nominees, Foals, and multiple South African Music Award-winners, Freshlyground, have been named as headliners for the 2011 edition of Lake of Stars Festival in Malawi. This year taking place from Sept. 30 to Oct.2nd, the festival has ...

  16. The Biz Q&A: Jasper Donat, President of Music Matters

    June 02, 2011 1:32 PM EDT Jasper Donat, President of Music Matters gesticulating from the stage in Singapore last week. (Photo: Courtesy Music Matters) Music Matters 2011 , the premiere Asian music industry conference, just wrapped up last week in Singapore. Launched six y ...

  17. Moroccan Activists Slam Mawazine World Music Festival as Corrupt

    May 31, 2011 7:31 AM EDT RABAT, Morocco - With Shakira and other top international artists performing in open air venues around Morocco's capital - often for free - the annual Mawazine world music festival doesn't at first seem like something anyone could dislik ...

  18. Mana Announces Global Trek In Support of 'Drama y Luz'

    April 18, 2011 7:21 PM EDT Mexican rock act Maná has announced a world tour to coincide with the release of its latest album, "Drama y Luz." Several years since the group's last major tour, Maná returns with a new show that begins June 16 at Coliseo de Puerto ...

  19. Will Bob Dylan's China Shows Be Censored?

    March 09, 2011 7:14 AM EST Despite the threat of censorship, American music legend Bob Dylan will try to scale the musical Great Wall of China in April, a year after he scrapped planned concerts here for reasons still unexplained. Overnight Tuesday, popular online ticket ag ...

  20. Music Export Norway To Open Berlin Office

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music Export Norway (MEN), the Norwegian music industry's international advocacy group, will open an office in Berlin on January 27, 2011 for the German speaking countries of Austria, Switzerland and Germany. "In Germany there is already ...

  21. EU Demands Italy Repay Elton John Concert Costs

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The European Union said Friday (Nov. 19) it has ordered Italy to repay almost $1 million in EU money that was used to pay Elton John for a concert in Naples last year. Italy used €720,000 ($983,000) in EU money - typically used for investment proj ...

  22. Alejandro Sanz Back In Venezuela

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz is in Venezuela to perform for the first time in years after concerts in 2007 and 2008 were canceled amid friction between the entertainer and President Hugo Chavez's government. Sanz was in the western city of ...

  23. Live Nation Buys Ticketnet In France

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Concert promoter Live Nation Entertainment Inc., which merged with Ticketmaster this year, said Tuesday that it bought France's second-largest retailer of tickets, Ticketnet. Terms were not disclosed. Live Nation said the acquisition was a &q ...

  24. Italian Biz Slumps

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The total financial worth of the Italian music industry in 2009 was placed at €3.7 billion ($5.1 billion) - a 9% decline on the previous year -- according to a report produced by an Italian university in association with collecting societies SIAE, ...

  25. Calle 13 Performs At 500,000-Strong Spanish Procession

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An estimated 500,000 people filled a one-mile-long central Madrid avenue to accompany a mobile live performance by Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Calle 13, reported Spanish public television service RTVE. The forecast rain failed to appear, and La Mar ...

  26. Mixed Results For Live Biz Down Under

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's live entertainment circuit made more money in 2009, but sold fewer tickets. And the cost of going to concerts continues to rise. That's the low-down of Live Performance Australia's latest "Ticket Attendance and Reve ...

  27. JASRAC Elects New Chairman

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Shunichi Tokura has been elected chairman of the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC). Tokura started in the role on Aug. 12 with his term of office concluding March 2012. JASRAC's former chairman Toru Fun ...

  28. Lagos To Host MTV Africa Music Awards

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lagos in Nigeria has been selected as the host city of this year's MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMAs). It will be the second time in three years that the awards have taken place in Nigeria, following the inaugural MAMAs, which was held in Abuja ...

  29. J.Lo Cancels Controversial North Cyprus Show

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer Lopez called off a controversial birthday show in the breakaway north of Cyprus, provoking celebrations Friday by Greek Cypriots while Turkish Cypriots denounced the move. The furor over a luxury hotel inauguration showed how easily bitte ...

  30. Free Record Shop Hails Sales Tax Cut Campaign

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Free Record Shop in Belgium said that its one-day price drop, intended to mirror a cut in sales tax from 21% to 6%, increased CD sales significantly. Free Record Shop reported a boost in CDs sold of 37 % in units, accounting for a raise in turnove ...

  31. Australian Live Revenue Tops $1.6 Billion

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's live music industry employs more than 13,800 full-time staffers and contributes in excess of $1.1 billion Australian ($944 million) to the national economy, according to a new study. The $1.1. billion Australian figure is total pr ...

  32. Morocco Gives Elton John A Rapturous Welcome

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Elton John defied hostile Islamists to headline Morocco's biggest music festival and received a rapturous welcome from a crowd of thousands. Politicians from the opposition Islamist PJD party said the gay British star was not welcome in the c ...

  33. Morocco Resists Islamist Calls To Ban Elton John

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Elton John will headline Morocco's biggest music festival this week despite calls by religious conservatives for the gay singer to be turned away, the event's organizer said. Allowing the British singer and songwriter to perform at the M ...

  34. Expansion Team: Broadcaster SBS Beefs Up Entertainment Division

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Best-known as an owner and operator of radio stations, Spanish Broadcasting System is expanding its footprint in live entertainment. Through its SBS Entertainment division, the Coconut Grove, Fla., media company has promoted Latin music concerts s ...

  35. Shakira, Juanes Among Stars Supporting 'Ay Haiti'

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Thirty Spanish and Latin American artists and soccer players say that almost every cent raised by a song and video they have produced to aid victims of the Haitian earthquake three months ago, will go to relief efforts in the country. The only exc ...

  36. Better Know A Panelist: Pedro Guzman, VP A&R, Universal Music Latino/Machete

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name : Pedro Guzman Title : VP A&R, Universal Music Latino/Machete Panel : "Rising Above: The Evolution of the Latin Urban Movement" (Tuesday, April 27, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.; more information at billboardlatinconference.com . At this mom ...

  37. Paolo Franchini Emerges At Italian Publishers' Body

    March 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italian publishers' trade body FEM has appointed former Edel Music Italy president Paolo Franchini as secretary-general. The appointment comes shortly after Franchini abruptly exited the indie, taking with him Edel Music Italy's small (2 ...

  38. Editorial: Don't Forget Chile

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Days after the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated Haiti, Latin music acts responded with an outpouring of generosity that the genre had never seen before. Artists pledged money to rebuild orphanages, schools, hospitals and homes. They recorded pub ...

  39. Nacional To Release Comp For Chile Victims

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Latin alternative label Nacional Records will release a compilation next week to benefit victims of Chile's 8.8-magnitude earthquake. "Fuerza Chile" will retail for $5.99 at all digital outlets and includes tracks by Chilean artists ...

  40. John Mayer Donates 'Heart Of Life' Song To Haiti Efforts

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST John Mayer is once again throwing his support behind the American Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. The singer-songwriter has donated his song "The Heart of Life" -- from his 2006 album "Continuum" -- to a national TV and radi ...

  41. Don Omar Organizes Haiti Aid

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Urban Latin star Don Omar is the latest Latin music star to venture into Haiti in an effort to help victims of the earthquake. Don Omar (real name William Omar Landrón) is flying to Haiti later today with actor Vin Diesel on a private plane loaded ...

  42. Aventura, Ricky Martin Among Acts Assisting In Haiti Relief

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Latin artists are pitching in to help victims of last week's earthquake in Haiti with everything from benefit concerts to donations to volunteer work. Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Wisin & Yandel are donating $200,000 to rebuild an orphanage ...

  43. Argentina Extends Copyright Term

    December 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Argentina has extended the term of protection on sound recordings from 50 to 70 years. The move, which will benefit labels and performers, was announced at the "Tango National Day" celebrations in Buenos Aires when the modification to Ar ...

  44. F1 Rocks Set To Top 30 Million Viewers

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The inaugural F1 Rocks music event in Singapore, sponsored by LG, is likely to top 30 million viewers globally according to the organizers. The three-day event on Sept. 24 to Sept. 26, staged alongside the Formula One race, attracted a total of 27 ...

  45. Italian Biz Bemoans Broadband Cut

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Italian record industry has expressed its concern about the government's decision to block €800 million ($1.2 billion) in funding that had been destined for the development of broadband networks. The block is part of a series of spending ...

  46. Outrage Over Wall Blocking Free U2 Berlin Concert

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fans hoping to catch a glimpse Thursday of U2's free concert celebrating 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall will have to "scale these city walls" after organizers threw up a barrier to block the view for those without ticket ...

  47. Gloria Estefan Buys Concert Tickets For PR Jobless

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Thousands of laid-off government employees in Puerto Rico will be doing the conga for free, thanks to Gloria Estefan. The Cuban-born singer bought some 2,000 tickets for her weekend concert and they will be distributed by raffle among the nearly 1 ...

  48. Beyonce Won't Be 'Naughty Girl' At Malaysia Show

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce Knowles has sung about partying like a "naughty girl," but Malaysians can expect her to be on her best behavior for a concert in this Muslim-majority country next month, the event's organizer said Thursday. The R&B super ...

  49. Billboard, ViewLife Partner For Billboard Korea Launch

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Billboard will launch in South Korea through a partnership with Korean media company ViewLife, Inc. The first-ever Billboard Korea charts will launch with a consumer Korean language music Web site and mobile music applications. Billboard and ViewL ...

  50. Live Nation Expands Into South Africa

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has entered into a strategic alliance with South Africa's BIG Concerts. As part of the alliance, BIG Concerts will serve as the exclusive promotion partner for all Live Nation tours in South Africa. BIG Concerts sells more than 40 ...

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