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  1. Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC

    June 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Top executives from Sony Music and BMG will take center stage in Brussels this week for the European Commission's oral hearing on the proposed merger of the companies. The June 14-15 hearing with the Sony, BMG To Defend Merger Plans Before EC ...

  2. Punk Guitarist Robert Quine Dead At 61

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Guitarist Robert Quine, one of punk rock's most daring soloists, was found dead Saturday (June 5) in his New York apartment. He was 61. Guitarist Robert Quine, one of punk rock's most daring soloists, was found dead Saturday (June 5) in ...

  3. Panel: Ringtone Market Needs Reform

    June 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The rapid development of the ringtones market is creating industry problems that need to be resolved soon, panelists concluded yesterday (June 2) at the Mobile Entertainment Market conference in Londo The rapid development of the ringtones market ...

  4. Ecast Inks Juicy Deal With Fatburger

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Ecast Inc. -- a San Francisco-based distributor of broadband-connected jukeboxes for bars, restaurants and other businesses -- has inked a deal with fast-food chain Fatburger. Ecast Inc. -- a San Francisco-based distributor of broadband-connected ...

  5. Love Parade Will Miss Berlin in 2004

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The annual Love Parade will skip Berlin this year after organizers failed to raise the necessary funds. This year's street party was scheduled to take place in the German capital on July 10. The annual Love Parade will skip Berlin this year a ...

  6. Love Parade Will Miss Berlin in 2004

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The annual Love Parade will skip Berlin this year after organizers failed to raise the necessary funds. This year's street party was scheduled to take place in the German capital on July 10. The annual Love Parade will skip Berlin this year a ...

  7. Merge Signs Four Acts

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Noted indie label Merge Records has added four new acts to its roster. Noted indie label Merge Records has added four new acts to its roster. The Chapel Hill, N.C.-based label will release in June a 7" vinyl single featuring a new track each ...

  8. CNET Going Live With MP3.com

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Nearly six months after acquiring the assets of MP3.com, San Francisco-based CNET Networks is set to re-launch the site today (May 3). The revamped site will not directly sell online music, and instea Nearly six months after acquiring the assets o ...

  9. Eu Moves Forward With Piracy Initiative

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT BRUSSELS--The European Commission last Monday formally adopted the European Union's Enforcement Directive, which provides a legal framework against piracy and counterfeiting. <br clear="none"/><br cle Olsen Twins Sue Acclai ...

  10. CNET To Indies: Downloads Welcome!

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT CNET's <A HREF="http://www.music.download.com" TARGET="new">Download.com</A> has opened its doors to independent music artists seeking a free platform to upload their songs and make them available to CNET' ...

  11. Napster Investors Face The Music

    April 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Napster has been reborn as a legal online music service, but the ghost of its former renegade song-swap self is trailing about $17 billion of legal baggage. On April 27, music labels and publishers wi Napster has been reborn as a legal online musi ...

  12. Napster Investors Face The Music

    April 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Napster has been reborn as a legal online music service, but the ghost of its former renegade song-swap self is trailing about $17 billion of legal baggage. On April 27, music labels and publishers wi Napster has been reborn as a legal online musi ...

  13. Phair To Head Up 'Chicks With Attitude' Tour

    April 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Liz Phair is set to headline the Chicks With Attitude Tour, which will visit 18 North American cities from August to early September, Billboard.biz has learned. Other artists set to appear include Car Liz Phair is set to headline the Chicks With A ...

  14. Koch Distribution Names Key Sales Exec

    April 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Bill Kennedy has been named West Coast senior sales director for Koch Entertainment Distribution. Bill Kennedy has been named West Coast senior sales director for Koch Entertainment Distribution. Kennedy was most recently VP of sales for Alternati ...

  15. Musicphone, Shazam Bow Music Recognition In U.S.

    April 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music recognition, a service that allows wireless subscribers to identify music wherever it is heard, is now available in the United States. Musicphone, a San Francisco-based technology company, has p Music recognition, a service that allows wirel ...

  16. Musicphone, Shazam Bow Music Recognition In U.S.

    April 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Music recognition, a service that allows wireless subscribers to identify music wherever it is heard, is now available in the United States. Music recognition, a service that allows wireless subscribers to identify music wherever it is heard, is n ...

  17. Clear Channel Gets Patent For Instant Live

    April 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has acquired a U.S. patent for its Instant Live post-concert CD technology. CCE says the patent was granted "for the business method of creating and distributing conc Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has acq ...

  18. Clear Channel Gets Patent For Instant Live

    April 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has acquired a U.S. patent for its Instant Live post-concert CD technology. CCE says the patent was granted "for the business method of creating and distributing conc Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) has acq ...

  19. Academy To Name East, West Regional Execs

    April 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Academy has restructured two positions in a move that has resulted in the departure of longtime New York executive director Jon Marcus. The Recording Academy has restructured two positions in a move that has resulted in the departure ...

  20. BMI Licenses Songs To Digital Jukebox Firm

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST BMI is licensing the public performance of the 4.5 million songs it represents to San Francisco and Tokyo-based Ecast Inc. NEW YORK--BMI is licensing the public performance of the 4.5 million songs it represents to San Francisco and Tokyo-based Ec ...

  21. Jackson's Contract Suit Vs. UMG Advances

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST NEW YORK--A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has cleared the way for Michael Jackson to pursue a lawsuit against Universal Music Group for breach of contract. Jackson can now conduct an audit of UMG's BMI Licenses Songs To Digital Jukebox Fir ...

  22. Kurt Cobain's Guitar To Go Up For Auction

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST The late Kurt Cobain's Mosrite Gospel Mark IV electric guitar will be offered for auction beginning April 17. The auction, by Dallas-based Heritage Galleries and Auctioneers, will take place in associ The late Kurt Cobain's Mosrite Gospe ...

  23. EMI, Sony, BMG Ink Deals With Verizon Wireless

    March 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST EMI, Sony Music and BMG have announced deals with Verizon Wireless' Get It Now mobile-phone software store, as has indie Epitaph Records. In his keynote address today (March 24) at MobileMusicCon 2004 EMI, Sony Music and BMG have announced de ...

  24. The Firm Merges With IEP

    March 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Management/production company the Firm has further diversified its services through a merger with Integrated Entertainment Partners (IEP), a high-profile Hollywood marketing venture. Management/production company the Firm has further diversified i ...

  25. The Firm Merges With IEP

    March 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Management/production company the Firm has further diversified its services through a merger with Integrated Entertainment Partners (IEP), a high-profile Hollywood marketing venture. Management/production company the Firm has further diversified i ...

  26. Clear Channel Turns Up Volume on Instant Live

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) is expanding its concert-recording program Instant Live. The technology will be put in place at several CCE-booked venues, allowing for a wider range of talent to chu Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) is expanding ...

  27. Clear Channel Turns Up Volume on Instant Live

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) is expanding its concert-recording program Instant Live. The technology will be put in place at several CCE-booked venues, allowing for a wider range of talent to chu Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) is expanding ...

  28. Kazaa Case Hits New Snag

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST SYDNEY--The Australian record industry's attempts to launch a copyright infringement case against Kazaa is facing another stumbling block. Lawyers for Kazaa's Sydney-based parent Sharman Networks lodg Internet Giants Join Forces Against ...

  29. California's Amoeba Expands DVD Inventory

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Amoeba Music is enlarging the DVD stock at its San Francisco-area stores. A DVD "store-within-a-store" featuring 30,000 new and used DVD titles is being inaugurated this month at the retailer's 19,000 Amoeba Music is enlarging the D ...

  30. California's Amoeba Expands DVD Inventory

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Amoeba Music is enlarging the DVD stock at its San Francisco-area stores. A DVD "store-within-a-store" featuring 30,000 new and used DVD titles is being inaugurated this month at the retailer's 19,000 Amoeba Music is enlarging the D ...

  31. MTV2 Sets Second 'Headbangers' Tour

    March 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST A second MTV2 Headbangers Ball Tour has been packaged for this spring, beginning March 25 at House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. A second MTV2 Headbangers Ball Tour has been packaged for this spring, beginning March 25 at House of Blues in ...

  32. Kweller, Death Cab Link For Tour

    March 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ben Kweller has solidified tour dates to support his second studio album, "On My Way," due April 6 on ATO/RCA Records. Kweller will co-headline with fellow indie rockers Death Cab For Cutie, beginning Ben Kweller has solidified tour date ...

  33. South By Southwest Conference Panels Offer CLE Credits

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST The South By Southwest Music Conference (SXSW) will offer continuing legal education (CLE) panels in Austin, Texas, March 19-20. The South By Southwest Music Conference (SXSW) will offer continuing legal education (CLE) panels in Austin, Texas, Ma ...

  34. Clear Channel Yanks Howard Stern Off Six Channels

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST <ul><li> Victims' Relief Aid Fund Proposed In Wake Of R.I. Nightclub Deaths</li> <li> Calif. Sen. Backs Proposed New Internet Piracy Bill</li> <li> South By Southwest Conference Panels Offer CLE Credi Clear ...

  35. Sales/Label Vet Launches Indie Distributor

    February 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Forte Distribution LLC, a new independent distribution firm, will ship its first releases in March. The New York-based company is headed by Jack DeSalvo, who has previously served as a sales and label Forte Distribution LLC, a new independent dist ...

  36. Prince Set To Tour, But Label Is Up In The Air

    February 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST Prince next month will embark on his first major tour in six years. He also has a new album, "Musicology," but a label deal remains up in the air. Prince next month will embark on his first major tour in six years. He also has a new albu ...

  37. 100,000 Orders Placed For iPod Mini

    February 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Apple Computer Inc. said today (Feb. 18) that it has received 100,000 orders for its iPod mini digital music player, which goes on sale Friday at Apple's retail outlets, its online store and through r Apple Computer Inc. said today (Feb. 18) ...

  38. 100,000 Orders Placed For iPod Mini

    February 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Apple Computer Inc. said today (Feb. 18) that it has received 100,000 orders for its iPod mini digital music player, which goes on sale Friday at Apple's retail outlets, its online store and through r Apple Computer Inc. said today (Feb. 18) ...

  39. Crusty Demons Extreme-Sports Tour To Debut In June

    February 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST The debut Crusty Demons tour will play some 20 U.S. arenas this summer beginning in June. The tour, which does not feature live music performances, includes extreme-sports athletes performing to recor The debut Crusty Demons tour will play some 20 ...

  40. Apple Facing Class-Action Suits Over iPod

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Apple Computer faces five class action suits filed in December claiming it misrepresented the battery life of its iPod digital music player, the company said today (Feb. 10) in a regulatory filing. Apple Computer faces five class action suits file ...

  41. Apple Facing Class-Action Suits Over iPod

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Apple Computer faces five class action suits filed in December claiming it misrepresented the battery life of its iPod digital music player, the company said today (Feb. 10) in a regulatory filing. Apple Computer faces five class action suits file ...

  42. Indie Polyvinyl Links With ADA

    February 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Champaign, Ill.-based alternative rock label Polyvinyl Records will be exclusively distributed by Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) in New York, effective Feb. 9. Champaign, Ill.-based alternative rock label Polyvinyl Records will be exclusi ...

  43. Gloria Estefan Show Hits Big Screen

    January 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST A Gloria Estefan concert recorded live at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas has been adapted for the big screen and will premiere nationwide Feb. 10. A Gloria Estefan concert recorded live at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace ...

  44. Gloria Estefan Show Hits Big Screen

    January 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST A Gloria Estefan concert recorded live at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas has been adapted for the big screen and will premiere nationwide Feb. 10. A Gloria Estefan concert recorded live at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace ...

  45. CCE Initiates Signing Wave

    January 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST As vowed by Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) Music Division President/co-CEO Dave Lucas (Billboard, Nov. 15, 2003), the concert promoter has announced a wave of national executive signings. As vowed by Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE) Music Divi ...

  46. Top Artists On Board For Hendrix Tribute Concerts

    January 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Billboard.biz has learned that Experience Hendrix is launching a pilot tour of three concerts celebrating the Hendrix legacy. Billboard.biz has learned that Experience Hendrix, the holding company that oversees the Jimi Hendrix estate, is launchin ...

  47. Haynes Joins Dead; Osborne, Barraco Exit

    January 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST In the ever-evolving cast of the Dead, vocalist Joan Osborne and keyboardist/vocalist Rob Barraco have exited, to be replaced by jam-band guitarist extraordinaire Warren Haynes, sources say. In the ever-evolving cast of the Dead, vocalist Joan Osb ...

  48. Haynes Joins Dead; Osborne, Barraco Exit

    January 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST In the ever-evolving cast of the Dead, vocalist Joan Osborne and keyboardist/vocalist Rob Barraco have exited, to be replaced by jam-band guitarist extraordinaire Warren Haynes, sources say. In the ever-evolving cast of the Dead, vocalist Joan Osb ...

  49. SXSW Invests in Digital Rights Agency

    January 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Digital Rights Agency (DRA), a distributor of independent music to digital music services, has received an equity investment of an undisclosed amount from SXSW Inc., the company behind the South by So Digital Rights Agency (DRA), a distributor of ...

  50. Francis Ford Coppola To Launch DVD Label

    December 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST Director Francis Ford Coppola is starting a video imprint, American Zoetrope DVD, with the Jan. 27 release of his 1982 musical "One From the Heart." The title is being distributed by San Francisco-bas Director Francis Ford Coppola is sta ...

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