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  1. Believe Digital Studios Sign Queen, Monty Python

    June 04, 2014 10:47 AM EDT Believe Digital Studios have signed Queen, Monty Python, Arab recording artist Nancy Ajram, and independent record labels Demon Music Group and Toolroom Records for a global video distribution and channel management deal.  The U.K.-based digital d ...

  2. Chart Moves: Bruno Mars' 'Jukebox' Hits 2 Million Sales, 'Wicked' Album Logs Big Week for Broadway

    February 21, 2014 10:54 AM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Eric Church scored his second No. 1 album , as "The Outsiders" sold 288,000 copies in the week ending February 16. It was the only debut within the top 10, as the next-highest debut belongs to ...

  3. Queen's 'Greatest Hits' Becomes First Album to Sell Six Million in U.K.

    February 10, 2014 6:34 PM EST Queen's "Greatest Hits," which is already the biggest selling album of all time in the U.K., now becomes the first album to have sold more than six million copies in that country. According to the U.K.'s Official Charts Company ...

  4. Music Biz Veteran Jerry Sharell Hospitalized After Machete Attack

    September 16, 2013 6:01 AM EDT The executive-turned-DJ, who has worked with The Carpenters and Joe Cocker, was held hostage in his new girlfriend's home early Sunday. Jerry Sharell, a music industry veteran who played a role in the careers of The Carpenters and Joe Cocke ...

  5. Chart Moves: Christina Perri Logs Another 'Thousand Years' On Hot 100 With Help From 'Twilight Breaking Dawn Pt. 2'

    November 23, 2012 9:00 AM EST As previously reported, Rihanna scores her 12th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Diamonds." What other acts shine bright on the Hot 100 and other singles charts? -- Christina Perri: As parent album "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: ...

  6. Album Reviews: No Doubt, Mika, Ben Folds Five & more

    October 09, 2012 6:33 AM EDT Mika The Origin of Love Producers: various Republic Records Release Date: Oct. 16 The surviving members of Queen have done well with Freddie Mercury stand-ins Paul Rodgers and Adam Lambert. But British singer Mika is lurking out there as another ...

  7. Spice Girls, George Michael The Who Rock Olympics Closing Ceremonies; Digital Album Released

    August 13, 2012 8:03 AM EDT T he reunited Spice Girls playing the London Olympics' closing ceremony. (Getty Images) With a little British pomp and a lot of British pop, London brought the curtain down on a glorious Olympic Games on Sunday in a spectacular, technicolor p ...

  8. Catalpa Festival's Dave Foran on Why NYC Is a 'Graveyard for Music Fests,' and Why His Will Be Different

    July 24, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Dave Foran, seen here at the Florianopolis leg of the recent Snoop Dogg Brazilian tour, is the founder and promoter of NYC's inaugural Catalpa festival and believes the event has staying power. Dave Foran, founder of this summer's inaugu ...

  9. One Direction's 'Up All Night' Overtakes Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' as 2012's Second-Biggest Selling Album

    July 20, 2012 2:41 PM EDT The Billboard 200: On the Billboard 200 this past week, Zac Brown Band scored its second No. 1 album, as "Uncaged" debuted atop the tally with 234,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marked the best sales week yet for the country ...

  10. Queen Manager Jim Beach on EMI-Universal Deal: EMI Shouldn't Be Owned by a Private Equity Firm

    May 08, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Jim Beach, manager of U.K. rock band Queen, has spoken out in support of the proposed Universal-EMI merger. In a letter published in the British newspaper The Times on May 5, Beach said that: "Today's music business is very different to ...

  11. Mary J. Blige Testifies for Burger King Chicken In New Commercial

    April 03, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Jay-Z isn't the only musician making news for a commercial appearance this week: None other than the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige, is the star of Burger King's latest ad for chicken snack wraps. "Crispy chicken, fresh lettuc ...

  12. Emeli Sande, Gotye Return To the Top of the U.K. Charts

    March 05, 2012 9:22 AM EST Scottish breakthrough artist Emeli Sandé returned to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday) with her debut album "Our Version of Events" (Virgin/EMI). Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Island) s ...

  13. Michael Jackson's Unreleased Tracks Among 50,000 Songs Stolen From Sony By Hackers

    March 05, 2012 6:58 AM EST Hackers have reportedly stolen more than 50,000 music files from Sony Music, including Michael Jackson's entire back catalog and a large number of unreleased songs from the late King of Pop. According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, th ...

  14. Backbeat: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Theophilus London, Mark Ronson Rock at 'Rocked,' Mick Rock's Photo Exhibit

    December 08, 2011 2:23 PM EST British music photgrapher Mick Rock Musician Theophilus London, whose portrait was featured in the "ROCKED" exhibit The watcher became the watched last night at the W Downtown. Legendary British music photographer Mick Rock , a star in h ...

  15. Updated: Queen Talking With Adam Lambert For Additional Concerts

    December 06, 2011 6:27 PM EST While Queen drummer Roger Taylor is at the finish line in creating a band-authorized Queen tribute band, he and his bandmates have begun discussions with Adam Lambert to front Queen in concert. The former "American Idol" star sang with T ...

  16. U2, Adele, Coldplay, WU LYF Win Q Awards

    October 25, 2011 7:47 AM EDT LONDON (AP) -- Rock icons U2 have something new to brag about - winning Q Magazine's Greatest Act of the Last 25 Years award. The annual music awards by Britain's best-selling music monthly took place Monday in London and the Irish quart ...

  17. Universal Music Publishing Extends Joy Division Deal; Peter Hook Dismayed By New Order Reunion Shows

    October 04, 2011 5:07 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing has extended its worldwide administration deal with pioneering U.K. rock band Joy Division. The legendary Manchester band first formed in 1977 and achieved cult status with its two studio albums "Unknown Pleasures&q ...

  18. Queen Rocks Billboard's Social 50 Chart on Freddie Mercury's 65th Birthday

    September 15, 2011 5:33 PM EDT Queen rocks Billboard's Social 50 chart, debuting at No. 15 on the tally, following buzz generated by what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday on Sept. 5. On the band's official YouTube channel, 17 videos ran to commemor ...

  19. Business Matters: Deezer's Limits on Free Users Increased Subscribers Five-Fold

    September 06, 2011 10:26 PM EDT Deezer's Limits on Free Users Increased Subscribers Five-Fold -- French digital music service Deezer has won a court victory against Universal Music France that reaffirms its ability to stream Universal's catalog. The case stems from Uni ...

  20. MTV Video Music Awards: Lady Gaga, Adele, Katy Perry, Pregnant Beyonce Steal Show

    August 28, 2011 11:53 PM EDT The JayBey Spawn: Beyonce stole the 2011 VMAs announcing her pregnancy on the red carpet (above) and later striking a similar pose post-VMA performance (Getty Images) The MTV Video Music Awards returned to L.A.'s Nokia Theatre Sunday (Aug. 28 ...

  21. Sirius XM Brings BBC Radio 1 Back to U.S. with Internet Station after Last Week's Cancellation

    August 16, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Sirius XM announced today that it will be bringing the U.K.'s BBC Radio 1 broadcast, along with exclusive concert performances, to its Internet Radio starting Friday, Aug 19 as a part of a multi-platform agreement. This follows the Aug 10 can ...

  22. Chart Moves: Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' Continues Dominance -- Even Crosses Into Latin Pop

    June 23, 2011 4:34 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100 : -- Adele : "Rolling in the Deep" banks a seventh week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, spending a fourth frame atop Hot 100 Airplay (153 million in audience, up 1%, according to Nielsen BDS). It drops, however, ...

  23. Biopic Report Card: The Status of Films on Tupac, Queen, James Brown, Jeff Buckley and 21 More

    May 31, 2011 2:55 PM EDT Biographical films about music icons often go through lengthy development periods. Changes in directors, writers and stars are common - witness projects involving the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Brian Wilson and the Mamas & ...

  24. Lea Michele to Receive Billboard Honor

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lea Michele, the 24-year-old Broadway ingenue-turned-breakout star of Fox's "Glee," will receive the Triple Threat Award at the 2010 Billboard Women in Music Event on Dec. 2 in New York. Michele will be celebrated alongside Jazmine ...

  25. EMI Signs Hikaru Utada To Worldwide Deal

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Some good news for EMI Music who just lost Queen to Universal Music Group: they have signed best-selling Japanese singer Hikaru Utada to a worldwide deal. Utada is one of the most successful singers of all time in Japan. According to EMI, 9.9 mill ...

  26. Queen Signs To Universal In Another Blow To EMI

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST British band Queen has signed to Universal Music Group after nearly 40 years with EMI, and preparations are under way for the release of remastered versions of Queen's studio albums in 2011. The switch, first reported in May and confirmed tod ...

  27. 'Borat' Star To Play Freddie Mercury In Movie

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "Borat" star Sacha Baron Cohen is set to play flamboyant rocker Freddie Mercury in a dramatic feature focusing on his glory days as the frontman of Queen. The untitled film is being written by Peter Morgan, the British scribe behind &quo ...

  28. BACKBEAT: Universal Celebrates Freddie Mercury's Birthday

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With Universal Music widely expected to acquire rights to the Queen catalog outside North America from early 2011, it’s perhaps not a total surprise that Universal Music Group International staffers in London got into the spirit of “Freddie For A ...

  29. Web Trends: Jackie Evancho, Richie Hayward, Carrie Underwood and more

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4pm) 14. Jackie Evancho video This 10-year old girl made headlines with her Susan Boyle-esque performance on "America's Got Talent" earlier this week. 19. Richie Hayward The Little Feat founder and drummer passe ...

  30. Web Trends: Wale, 'Inception,' Double Rainbow Song and more

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 3:30 pm) 5. Wale “More About Nothing” Mixtape Wale released his new mixtape, “More About Nothing,” on Rap Radar this afternoon. Digg Music Video 24 Hours 1. How The “Inception” Score’s Main Song Was Constructed 2. This is Why ...

  31. Muse Honored At O2 Silver Clef Awards

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Muse 's fearsome live reputation helped secure them the O2 Silver Clef Award in London today (July 2). The award was presented to Muse by Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen . Taylor described the Warner-signed trio as "pro ...

  32. Queen Version of 'Guitar Hero' Coming

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Queen guitarist Brian May confirmed to a Swedish news site that there will be a Queen-branded version of "Guitar Hero" coming out next year. Queen has been quite prolific on the videogame front. It’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is featured on bo ...

  33. Stars Turn Out For Lucian Grainge Farewell

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music biz said goodbye to Universal Music Group kingpin Lucian Grainge last night (June 16) at a star-studded "bon voyage" party in London. Executives and artists gathered at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in West London to see off ...

  34. 'Rock Band 3': Keyboard Confirmed

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The rumored keyboard controller for "Rock Band 3" is real. USA Today got the scoop , confirming the 25-key instrument will focus on the same five colored keys that correspond with on-screen prompts just like other instruments. Those othe ...

  35. Business Matters: Sony, EMI, Village Voice and More

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz was quoted by a German Sunday paper as saying, ”We are in a position that allows us to seize every opportunity in the market - including EMI .” Many in the press took that statement to mean Sony i ...

  36. Pink Floyd Wins U.K. Court Battle With EMI

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Pink Floyd won its court battle with EMI on Thursday (March 11) with a ruling that prevents the record company from selling single downloads on the Internet from the group's concept albums. The outcome of a dispute over the level of royalties ...

  37. EMI Acquires European Merch Distributor

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has acquired Loudclothing.com, Europe's largest independent music merchandise distributor, from Completely Independent Distribution (CID). Terms were not disclosed. The U.K. company will now operate as part of EMI's global merc ...

  38. Business Matters: Guvera, Mewbox, Guy Hands, SXSW

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Unlike most ad-supported sites, the upcoming Guvera will offer downloads and streams. And its take on advertising in unique: it plans to align ...

  39. Leona Lewis, 'X Factor' Top U.K. Charts

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST ITV's "The X Factor" series tightened its stranglehold on the U.K. sales charts, securing a double victory for creator/judge Simon Cowell's Sony Music-distributed Syco Music label. The 2007 "X Factor" winner Leona Lew ...

  40. Business Matters: Sky Songs, The Pirate Bay, DJ Hero

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The European Parliament dropped from a Telecom bill an amendment that would have protected citizen’s right to Internet access. In doing away wi ...

  41. Business Briefs: Pandora, ASCAP, Sprialfrog, 'Drum King'

    May 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Pandora is the latest music service to adopt Gracenote's music lyrics licensing program. The deal will allow Pandora users to view the lyrics of any song streaming from the service at any time, so long as they are covered in Gracenote' ...

  42. Activision Readies Music Releases

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Activision Blizzard is releasing three new music-based games this year: DJ Hero, Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero, and also confirmed the existence of Guitar Hero: Van Halen. Few details were provided for any of the games. DJ Hero, which was previously ...

  43. Record Store Day Preview: Events, Releases

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT From an exclusive Queen EP and performance by Talib Kweli to Wilco's advance of its new concert DVD, there will be plenty to celebrate during the second annual Record Store Day (April 18). Over 1,000 indie retail stores worldwide are playing ...

  44. Metallica, Pearl Jam Get Their Games On

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Metallica has finally confirmed "the worst-kept secret in rock'n'roll" and unveiled details of the upcoming "Guitar Hero" game devoted to the band. According to Metallica's Web site, the game "allows you to ...

  45. Simmons Sounds Off At Touring Conf. Keynote

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Having recently completed a 30-plus-date European tour, Kiss will "eventually, when we're ready, tour America," co-founder Gene Simmons said during a keynote address today (Nov. 20) at the fifth annual Billboard Touring Conference, ...

  46. Queen + Paul Rodgers 'Rocks' Virtual World

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hollywood Records and Universal Music have called upon Vivaty to create a virtual world listening party for the new Queen + Paul Rodgers album "The Cosmos Rocks." The company, which specializes in creating social virtual scenes, has buil ...

  47. London's O2 Claims 10,000,000 Visitors

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AEG Group says this week will see the 10 millionth visitor to its O2 entertainment site in London since it opened in June 2007. The figure counts visitors to all areas of the O2 site, which includes the main O2 Arena, the smaller Indigo2 venue plu ...

  48. Metallica's 'Magnetic' Reigns On Euro Albums Chart

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Metallica's "Death Magnetic" (Vertigo/Universal) marks its first full week on release by starting a second week atop European Top 100 Albums. Meanwhile Katy Perry's run at No. 1 on Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "I Kissed ...

  49. 'Now' Compilation Celebrates Silver Anniversary

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI will celebrate the 25th U.K. anniversary of the "Now That's What I Call Music" compilation series with the release of a special edition, triple-CD set. "Now 25 Years" (EMI TV), will be released Oct. 27 in the U.K., wil ...

  50. Planet Rock Solid After Buy Out

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT An unlikely team of veteran rockers has pitched in to save the U.K.'s Planet Rock from extinction. The digital station owned by radio group GCap has been acquired by businessman Malcolm Bluemel (chief executive of British passport and visa se ...

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