Politics

  1. Warner Music Australia's Military Tribute Album Shot Down by Armed Services

    April 13, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Warner Music Australia has had to yank an upcoming album project intended to celebrate the nation's war heroes after the album's title ran afoul of the armed services. The album "The Diggers" was to be recorded by three serving ...

  2. Watch Charlie Crist's Gratuitous Apology To David Byrne For Unauthorized Use Of His 'Unique Voice' In Campaign Ad

    April 12, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has settled a lawsuit filed by Talking Heads singer David Byrne after Crist used one of the group's songs without permission in a campaign ad last year, both parties confirmed Monday. Terms of the settlement ...

  3. Bob Dylan Plays Vietnam To Half-Full Venue

    April 11, 2011 7:20 AM EDT After nearly five decades of singing about a war that continues to haunt a generation of Americans, legendary performer Bob Dylan finally got his chance to see Vietnam at peace. The American folk singer and songwriter known for his anti-war anthem ...

  4. Musician Michel Martelly Wins Haitian Election

    April 05, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Singer and political outsider Michel Martelly is the winner of Haiti's presidential election, beating former first lady Mirlande Manigat, according to official preliminary results, a senior electoral council official said on Monday. "Mar ...

  5. Canadian C-32 Copyright-Reform Bill Dies (Again) With Election Call

    March 28, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Canada's copyright reform bill is defunct again. Bill C-32, which had gotten past the second hearing in November, afterprevious bills failed to move beyond the first stage in 2006 and 2008, died when a general election was called for May 2. P ...

  6. Deep Purple Helps Foster Diplomacy With Russia, President's a Huge Fan

    March 24, 2011 7:50 AM EDT Ardent British rock fan Dmitry Medvedev got his wish on Tuesday night when the Russian president hosted Deep Purple at his luxurious residence near Moscow, the Kremlin said. Medvedev, 45, dressed in jeans and a black jacket, drank tea with the roc ...

  7. House Votes to Cut Funding to Public Radio

    March 18, 2011 7:40 AM EDT The House of Representatives voted Thursday to end federal funding for National Public Radio, following recent controversies that entangled some of the organization's senior executives. Republicans said the move, which passed by a vote of 228 ...

  8. House to Vote on Cutting off Funds for NPR

    March 17, 2011 7:30 AM EDT House Republicans are preparing another strike against public broadcasting with legislation to bar federal funding of National Public Radio and prohibit local public stations from using federal money to pay NPR dues. The House last month voted to ...

  9. Australia's One Movement For Music Fest Under Government Review

    March 03, 2011 11:40 AM EST Almost $3 million of taxpayer money has been tipped into Western Australia's annual One Movement for Music conference and festival . Now, a parliamentary inquiry wants to figure out whether the cash was put to good use. The Australian state&# ...

  10. Beyonce Donated $1 Million From Gadhafi Performance To Haiti Relief

    March 02, 2011 6:16 PM EST Following in the footsteps of Nelly Furtado , Beyonce has announced that she has handed over the $1 million she earned performing for family members of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi to charity. The singer -- who performed with Usher at a 2009 Ne ...

  11. White House Nominates Former RIAA Lawyer For Solicitor General

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Donald Verrilli Jr., a deputy counsel to President Barack Obama, was chosen Monday to be the next U.S. solicitor general. Obama announced his intention to nominate Verrilli. If confirmed by the Senate, Verrilli would succeed Justice Elena Kagan as ...

  12. China Arrests 4,000, Vows Tougher Punishments For Copyright Piracy In Advance of U.S Trade Talks

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST China has arrested more than 4,000 people for violating intellectual property rights (IPR) since November and will enforce tougher punishments to combat the "rampant" problem, a senior government official said on Tuesday. Gao Feng, deput ...

  13. Powerderfinger to Reunite for Australian All-Star Flood-Relief Concert?

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Australia's music industry is playing its part in local flood-relief efforts, with an all-star concert said to be taking shape. A major benefit concert will be announced shortly, funds from which will support the flood-stricken state of Queen ...

  14. Court Gives Google Another Shot At Microsoft Deal

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST A federal judge has sided with Google Inc. in a lawsuit alleging the U.S. Department of Interior improperly favored Microsoft Corp. in a deal that could have had ripple effects on future software contracts with other federal government agencies. T ...

  15. WikiLeaks Document Reveals Italian Prime Minister Feared The Wrath Of Bono

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST U2 singer Bono may have more influence on world events than previously thought. In the latest round of published WikiLeaks, the Guardian newspaper revealed that Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi considered increasing foreign aid to Africa i ...

  16. Universal Music Group spent $790K lobbying in 3Q

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group, the major recording company that belongs to Vivendi SA of France, spent $790,000 in the third quarter to lobby the federal government on a bill that would pay performers and labels for songs played over the radio, among othe ...

  17. Italy's Fastweb Launches Subscription Service

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Fastweb, one of Italy's leading providers of broadband, cable and landline communication, has announced the launch of a new digital subscription music service. It is called Fastweb Music, and will be run in collaboration with the digital cont ...

  18. Dutch Rock Fans Snap Up Tickets To Avoid New Tax

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tickets for a Dutch rock festival sold out in hours, even though it's nearly nine months away and not a single act has yet been announced. The lure? Buy now, sock it to the man, and avoid higher ticket taxes. Lowlands Festival organizers put ...

  19. Dutch Artists Stage Protests Against Cuts

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Singers, painters and television presenters were demonstrating across the Netherlands at the weekend against the government's plans to slash funding and subsidies for the arts as part of an €18 billion ($25 billion) austerity package. Thousan ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Outgoing Florida Gov. Wants Jim Morrison Pardoned

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist wants a state pardon for long-dead rocker Jim Morrison, who was convicted of exposing himself at a raucous 1969 concert in Miami. Morrison was lead singer for the Doors and a Florida native. He was appealing the ...

  22. What Do The Election Results Mean For The Music Biz?

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Nov. 2 U.S. election brought Republicans more control in states and districts across the nation, but will the shift in power have an impact on the music industry? Daryl P. Friedman, VP of advocacy and government relations at the Recording Acad ...

  23. Danes Deny 'Three-Strikes' Reports

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Despite a spate of online speculation, Denmark will not be following other European nations and introducing anti-piracy three-strikes legislation any time soon, a government official tells Billboard.biz. Reports that the Northern European country ...

  24. Anger As Russian Gov't Appoints Collection Society

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Russian Copyright Owners' Union (RSP) has been appointed as the country's sole organization for collecting levies on recordable media and related equipment, but the decision has left a sour taste in the mouths of its competitors. The ...

  25. UAE Says BlackBerry Dispute Resolved

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The United Arab Emirates rescinded a threat to suspend BlackBerry services after resolving a dispute with Canada's Research in Motion, maker of the devices, the state news agency (WAM) said on Friday (Oct. 8). The UAE had said it would suspen ...

  26. BamaJam Founder Ronnie Gilley, Others Indicted in Alabama Bingo Probe

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The owner of Alabama's largest casino, four state senators and several lobbyists face federal charges of conspiring to buy and sell votes for millions of dollars to get electronic bingo legalized, according to an indictment released Monday. O ...

  27. Reeperbahn Festival: GEMA Under Attack

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A democratic structure, fair distribution of earnings to members and greater transparency of their activities: all of this was called for by the conservative CDU member of the German parliament, Dr. Gitta Connemann in a panel discussion on GEMA. S ...

  28. Zimbabwe Bars Freshly Ground From Performing

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A South African pop group known for its World Cup collaboration with Shakira has been barred from performing in neighboring Zimbabwe after releasing a video depicting President Robert Mugabe as a chicken, band members said. Freshlyground singer Zo ...

  29. Alejandro Sanz Appeals To Hugo Chavez

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spanish singing star Alejandro Sanz wants to declare peace with Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez and play in Caracas. The Miami-based artist saw his November 2007 concert in the Venezuelan capital canceled for "security reasons," after S ...

  30. Pensions Regulator To Decide On EMI

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Pensions Regulator has been asked to rule on the funding of the EMI pension scheme because the trustees and the company cannot reach agreement, the BBC reports. It will be the first time the Pensions Regulator has decided how much extra c ...

  31. Activists Detained Ahead Of U2's Moscow Concert

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Moscow police say they detained five activists from human rights group Amnesty International who were handing out leaflets to the audience before a concert by U2. Police spokeswoman Zhanna Ozhimina said Thursday (Aug. 26) the activists were detain ...

  32. IPads Set For Official Israeli Launch

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Israeli importer of Apple products said it would begin selling iPads in Israel in a few weeks, four months after the government lifted a ban on people bringing the device into the country. Israel's government stoked public anger in April ...

  33. Ex-Deputy: Wyclef Jean To Run For Haiti President

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wyclef Jean is about to announce his candidacy for president of earthquake-ravaged Haiti, according to the former head of the country's Chamber of Deputies. Former Deputy Pierre Eric Jean-Jacques told the Associated Press that the hip hop art ...

  34. Finnish Govt Criticized For Soft Anti-Piracy Draft Legislation

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Finland's IFPI affiliate has expressed its concerns about potential inadequacies in proposed legislation that would force ISPs to issue warning notices to customers accused of copyright infringement. The draft proposal was published by the Mi ...

  35. Letter To The Editor: EA Exec Calls For Continued Dialogue On Israel

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the recent article "Line Of Fire" by David Prince , Billboard reported on the growing - and alarming - trend of artists canceling performances in Israel in protest of actions in the West Bank and Gaza. While the piece represented both ...

  36. Google's China Webpage License Under Review

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google's application to renew its webpage license in China is currently under review with no set deadline, a government official said on Wednesday (July 7). "Google's annual check-in is under way," Wang Lijian, chief propaganda ...

  37. Tokio Hotel Writers Sign With Kobalt

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The songwriters and producers of the internationally successful German pop group Tokio Hotel have signed an exclusive publishing contract with the Kobalt Music Group in Berlin. David Jost, Dave Roth and Pat Benzner have agreed a deal that provides ...

  38. Sales Tax Hike In U.K. Emergency Budget

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music industry is to be hit with an increase in V.A.T. (value added tax) from 17.5% to 20%, as the new Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government begins to tackle the country's budget deficit. The general increase in the ...

  39. Berlin Stakes Claim As Major Music Capital

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Berlin plans to highlight its status as one of the world's major music capitals with a large-scale week-long campaign. Berlin's political and business institutions, associations, groups and companies have joined forces to present the cul ...

  40. Hall & Oates Join Arizona Boycott, Cancel Phoenix Gig

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The rock duo Daryl Hall and John Oates announced Monday they will not be playing Phoenix next month following an Arizona Diamondbacks game. Their manager Jonathan Wolfson told The Associated Press from Los Angeles that Hall and Oates will not play ...

  41. Pixies Calls Off Israel Concert

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pixies has canceled a concert in Tel Aviv in the wake of Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla. The group's Tel Aviv promoter, Shuki Weiss, relayed a statement from the band announcing the cancellation "with great regret ...

  42. Amendments To Canadian Copyright Bill Tabled

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Canadians will be allowed to copy legally acquired music to their iPods and computers but will be barred from getting around digital locks, according to draft copyright legislation proposed by the country's minority Conservative government. T ...

  43. This Could Change Your Business: House To Update Communications Act

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The leaders of several House committees and subcommittees announced on Monday they will "start a process to develop proposals to update the Communications Act." The first step in the process is in invitation to stakeholders to take part ...

  44. U.S. Claims On Copyright Piracy 'Groundless,' Says China

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Foreign Ministry has dismissed as "groundless" U.S. accusations that China is failing to crack down on copyright piracy, ahead of talks with top U.S. officials next week, Xinhua News Agency reported. It quoted Foreign Ministry spokes ...

  45. New U.K. Govt Won't Repeal Digital Economy Act

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. government has outlined its coalition agreement - and there is no proposal to repeal the recently passed Digital Economy Act, which includes measures to tackle piracy. The music industry will welcome the development, while small venues wi ...

  46. Elvis Costello Cancels Israel Concerts

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Costello has canceled two concerts in Israel this summer because of what he called the "grave and complex" sensitivities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Costello had been invited to appear at the Caesarea amphitheatre north of ...

  47. What Does U.K. Govt Mean For Digital Economy Act?

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jeremy Hunt has been appointed secretary of state for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport in the new U.K. government by prime minister David Cameron . The role makes him a key government figure for the music industry. Hunt held the shadow culture r ...

  48. Electioneering: U.K. Politicians Debate Future Of Biz

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With less than a week to go before the May 6 general election in the U.K, politicians from the main parties have finally got round to debating the future of the music industry. So far, the election has been dominated by issues such as the budget d ...

  49. Promusicae Urges Govt To Match U.K. Anti-Piracy Law

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spanish labels' group Promusicae has applauded the passing into law of the U.K.'s Digital Economy Act, and called on the Spanish government to "follow the British example." The Act includes provisions for ISPs to write letters ...

  50. MPs Vote For U.K. Digital Economy Bill

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Digital Economy Bill has passed its final stage in the House of Commons with key clauses tackling online piracy in place and will now head to the House of Lords for final approval. However, further parliamentary scrutiny and industry cons ...

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