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  1. Samsung Chairman Hospitalized After Heart Attack

    May 12, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Lee Kun-hee is in stable condition after undergoing a stent placement procedure early Sunday. Samsung Electronics Co. chairman Lee Kun-hee remained hospitalized in stable condition Monday after being treated for a heart attack, company officials s ...

  2. South Korea Shipwreck: Entertainment Industry Halts Amid Rescue Efforts

    April 17, 2014 2:40 PM EDT Festivals, album releases and liquor commercials are called off as 278 people go missing at sea. SEOUL -- As South Korean authorities rush to resolve a devastating ferry disaster that has left nearly 300 missing at sea and the rest of the nation i ...

  3. Samsung's Profit Falls As Smartphones Get Cheaper

    April 08, 2014 8:21 AM EDT Declining smartphone prices hit profit at Samsung Electronics Co. for a second straight quarter. The consumer technology heavyweight said Tuesday that it expects operating income of about 8.4 trillion won ($8 billion) for the January-March quarter ...

  4. Q&A: A2IM President Rich Bengloff Talks Export Mission to Brazil

    April 29, 2013 11:58 AM EDT With an eye toward nurturing new revenue streams and increasing their share of the global music market, representatives from 11 independent record labels headed to beautiful Brazil last week to meet with their South American counterparts. The tr ...

  5. The MUSIC Act Aims to Help Independent Labels in U.S.

    December 12, 2012 7:45 PM EST Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) introduced legislation Wednesday that would make it easier for U.S. independent music labels to access the global marketplace. The Making United States Independents Competitive (MUSIC) Act aims to help small label ...

  6. Shanghai Touring Market Heating Up for International Stars

    December 12, 2012 10:51 AM EST Jennifer Lopez rocking Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena on Nov. 24. (Photo: AEG China) The city of Shanghai, the largest in China, has seen a surge of top-level international acts touring the city, and the trend looks set to continue. In a firs ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. From This Week's Billboard: How PSY Went From Viral Video To American Pop Sensation With Help From Scooter Braun

    October 26, 2012 4:05 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from BIllboard's cover story on PSY, the South Korean pop phenom who has rocketed to international stardom via a viral video (and a little help from Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber's manager) in a matter of months. Appro ...

  9. Mumford & Sons, PSY, Green Day, No Doubt, Rihanna, Ke$ha, Maroon 5 Vie For Top In Busy Chart Week

    October 02, 2012 9:45 AM EDT Get ready music fans. Tomorrow, Oct. 3, looks to be one of the busiest chart days in recent memory as major new releases by some of pop music's biggest acts look to top of the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts. And, depending on the outcome, w ...

  10. Backbeat: Indies Go To China: A2IM's Trade Mission To Shanghai

    October 01, 2012 1:05 PM EDT World Party: The A2IM trade mission to Shanghai, from left: Randy Chin (VP Records), Jean Hsiao Wernheim (Chief International Executive a-Peer Synergy), Bill Zang (CEO & GM Shanghai Synergy Culture & Entertainment Group), Sam Alpert (Eleve ...

  11. Morning Fix: The Lyor Cohen Exec Shuffle; MySpace Eye Candy; Psy's Topless Promise

    September 25, 2012 7:44 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. LYOR COHEN, POST WARNER MUSIC: WHO WILL REPLACE HIM, AND WHAT'S HIS NEXT MOVE? The announcement of Lyor Cohen's imminent departure from Warner Music Group sent a ...

  12. Chart Moves: Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Debuts on Hot 100 Chart

    September 14, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Hot 100 As previously reported , Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" spends a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100, marking the longest reign for a country song in almost 32 years. Swift also scores the chart&# ...

  13. Morning Fix: EMI/Universal; Scooter Lands Psy; AEG's Michael Jackson Emails

    September 04, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's FREE music-business newsletters. SCOOTER BRAUN, KOREAN VIRAL VIDEO SENSATION PSY ANNOUNCE LABEL PARTNERSHIP: Scooter Braun and Psy, the Korean pop star whose video for "Gangnam Style" this summe ...

  14. A2IM Using Federal Grant To Expand Trade Missions, Bolster Indie Music

    August 31, 2012 5:12 PM EDT A2IM went to Washington, D.C.'s U.S. Trade Information Center at the Ronald Reagan Building to pick up the award certificate for the MDCP funding. From left: Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services Maureen Smith, who ...

  15. 'Gangnam Style' Viral Video Sends Psy Onto Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    August 10, 2012 9:25 PM EDT The wacky antics of Psy have captivated the Internet's attention this past week, as the K-Pop artist erupts out of United States obscurity and debuts on the Billboard Social 50 at No. 25, thanks to the viral success of his video for "G ...

  16. Opportunities for Western & Asian Tours Increase in Japan

    August 08, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Japanese fans couldn't get enough of Lady Gaga. During the American superstar's "Born This Way" tour of Japan, Gaga played the Saitama Super Arena in May and sold out one show. Then another. Then another. In all, Gaga moved 96, ...

  17. Meet EDM's Power Trio: Atlantic's Craig Kallman, Astralwerks' Glenn Mendlinger, Interscope's Dave Rene

    May 15, 2012 7:25 AM EDT For more than a decade, electronic dance music has been an indie label's business. In the mid- to late '90s, when acts like Fatboy Slim, the Chemical Brothers and Prodigy surged, the majors launched or acquired imprints: Warner had F-111 ...

  18. Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Radiohead: Asia Sees More Live Music Than Ever

    April 23, 2012 7:44 AM EDT KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- When Lady Gaga launches her hotly anticipated "Born This Way Ball" world tour Friday on what is expected to be an elaborate castle-like stage, fans in Asia will be the first to see it. The singer leads off ...

  19. Spain Touring Notes: Sizzla Dates Canceled; Dylan Headlining FIB; James Murphy, Lana Del Rey at Sonar; More

    March 28, 2012 2:52 PM EDT Line-up for Spain's 2012 Festival Internacional Benicassim featuring headliner Bob Dylan Jamaican reggae artist Sizzla Kalongi had three April concerts in Spain canceled under intense pressure from gay rights groups over lyrics, seriously ups ...

  20. Ultra Music Fest Expanding To Six International Sites

    February 17, 2012 6:02 PM EST The Ultra Music Festival, which has long been a staple of Miami, is branching out in a big way. It was announced via a video uploaded on YouTube yesterday that the electronic dance music festival would be expanding beyond its Miami home base (Marc ...

  21. Exclusive Info: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way Ball' Tour to Hit Asia, Europe, Latin America This Year; North America in 2013

    February 08, 2012 1:47 PM EST Lady Gaga unveiled dates for her "Born This Way Ball" tour in Asia and Australia today, and those shows will be followed by dates in the rest of the world, Billboard.biz has learned. Gaga will tour Europe and Latin American later this ye ...

  22. Billboard Power 100: Rich Bengloff

    January 26, 2012 11:28 PM EST No. 97 Rich Bengloff President American Assn. of Independent Music Twitter: @A2IM Indie Advocate... When Rich Bengloff was named president of the American Assn. of Independent Music in 2007, the then-2-year-old trade group was still struggling to ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Business Matters: Veoh Wins UMG Copyright Infringement Case

    December 20, 2011 8:47 PM EST Veoh Wins UMG Copyright Infringement Case -- An appeals court has affirmed a lower court's ruling that online video service Veoh is protected by the DMCA's "safe harbor" that limits digital service providers' liability for ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Why Converse, Scion, Intel, PepsiCo, Others Are Spending Big on Underground Music

    November 29, 2011 7:00 AM EST During October's CMJ Music Festival, Rochester, N.Y.-based indie-pop band Joywave booked some free time in one of Brooklyn's hottest new studios. The state-of-the-art recording space had more than enough features to make an upstart, unsi ...

  27. 2NE1: K-Pop's K-Hoppers Storm Japan With Drake, Nicki Minaj Covers; Will.i.am Produced-Tracks

    October 18, 2011 1:15 PM EDT Girlz In The Hood: South Korea's 2NE1, who cover Drake and Nicki Minaj tracks, keeping it street. Billboard has covered in depth how Korean pop princesses Girls' Generation and Kara, among others, have risen to the top of the Japanese ma ...

  28. Backbeat: Florence + The Machine, Justice, Karen O Hit Brooklyn For The Creators Project

    October 17, 2011 5:33 PM EDT In the shadow of the Brooklyn Bridge: "Origin" by United Visual Artists at the Creators Project event in Brooklyn. The installation is up through Sunday, Sept. 23. (Photo: Courtesy the Creators Project) The Creators Project, an event pro ...

  29. Creators Project With Florence & the Machine, Karen O, Justice Comes to Brooklyn Courtesy of Vice, Intel

    October 14, 2011 1:00 PM EDT A thirty-foot square installation by United Visual Artists (UVA) will be on display this weekend in DUMBO. This weekend (Oct. 15 - 16), the Creators Project will descend upon Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood for a free two-day festival that will ...

  30. EMI, Live Gamer Partner On Facebook Apps; U.K. Rapper Professor Green First To Benefit

    October 11, 2011 4:14 PM EDT EMI Music has stepped up its artist social network offering by teaming with e-commerce company Live Gamer to create a series of bespoke Facebook Apps specifically tailored to grow fan engagement and monetization. U.K. rapper Professor Green is the ...

  31. Rain, Korean Pop Sensation, Joins Army Leaving Fans in Tears

    October 11, 2011 7:45 AM EDT UIJEONGBU, South Korea (AP) - Leaving behind hundreds of tearful fans, South Korean pop star Rain put on hold one of the most successful entertainment careers in Asia as he entered boot camp Tuesday to begin nearly two years of military service. T ...

  32. Billboard Pro's D.I.Y. 50 Indie Labels (Part I)

    August 15, 2011 12:19 PM EDT Just Give Me Indie: Culling the list down to 50 American indie labels was no easy task... Trying to get signed? Universal and Sony laugh you out the door? In Billboard's second-annual DIY Manual, we listed 20 great indie labels along with str ...

  33. Sony Launches Android Tablet, Challenges Apple iPad's Market Dominance

    April 26, 2011 8:04 AM EDT Sony launched its first tablet computers in an ambitious attempt to grab the No 2 spot in a market dominated by Apple's iPad and set to quadruple in four years. The gadgets, based on Google's Android 3.0 operating system, could be one of ...

  34. Ultra Music Festival Extending Global Reach to Asia, Australia

    March 30, 2011 7:39 AM EDT Once a humble beach party, Miami's mega-hip Ultra Music Festival is expanding to Asia and Australia after a sellout, three-day rave this past weekend that left revelers nursing a nasty hangover on Monday. Around 150,000 sun-baked party-goers ...

  35. Japan Earthquake Impacts Music Industry; Jack Johnson, National, Iron Maiden Postpone Tours

    March 14, 2011 1:29 PM EDT The disastrous 8.9-magnitude earthquake that occurred Friday in northeastern Japan, as well as the resulting tsunami and nuclear reactor disruption, have profoundly affected every segment of Japanese society, including the music industry. While th ...

  36. Business Matters: Maybe Gwyneth Paltrow Could Sell a High-Priced Digital Album...

    March 10, 2011 7:43 PM EST Maybe Gwyneth Paltrow Could Sell a High-Priced Digital Album… -- In response to my post on a hypothetical breakeven point for a $900,000 Gwyneth Paltrow album deal, I got an e-mail from an executive regarding the profit margin on digital albums an ...

  37. RIM Takes On Apple's iPad

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, a late entrant in the booming tablet market, will take on Apple's iPad with competitive pricing of its rival Playbook device. The Canadian firm's tablet, set to launch in the first quarter of next yea ...

  38. Mourners Bid Farewell To South Korean Actor

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wailing mourners wiped away tears Friday (July 2) as they bid an emotional farewell to a popular South Korean actor and singer whose suicide stunned fans at home and in neighboring Japan. Park Yong-ha, 33, killed himself Wednesday (June 30) in dis ...

  39. South Korean Actor-Singer Commits Suicide

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A popular South Korean actor and singer killed himself Wednesday (June 30) in distress over career pressures while caring for his terminally ill father, police said, the latest in a string of high-profile suicides in the Asian country. Park Yong-h ...

  40. Spain's Sonar Fest Heads To Chicago

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sonar, Barcelona's experimental and electronic music festival, is to hold its first event in Chicago between Sept. 9-11. Sonar was founded in 1994, but since 2002 has held parallel events outside Spain. Its first excursion into the United Sta ...

  41. Chart Beat: Going For The Gold (and Platinum)

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST As the Olympics reclaim the sporting world's spotlight, Chart Beat looks back at how the Games have impacted Billboard's charts. (We'll leave out any songs by the R&B band known as the Olympics, "Snow (Hey Oh)" by Red ...

  42. Killers Pull Asia Dates

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Killers have cancelled their six-city Asia tour, scheduled to begin Jan. 24 in Singapore, "due to unforeseen circumstances," according to a statement posted on the band’s official web site. The group's tour was set to take them ...

  43. OK Go Runs Into Label Policy - Again.

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST OK Go has a knack for attracting attention on the Internet. First it was their innovative, cheaply produced videos . Now, the band is running into problems promoting its innovative, cheaply produced videos. In a post at the OK Go forum , singer Da ...

  44. UMG Partners With Korean K-Pop Firm

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a strategic partnership with Korean artist and music production company Play Cube Entertainment, in an effort to boost the Korean pop (K-Pop) business domestically and internationally. The strategic alliance covers ...

  45. Business Matters: Qtrax, EMI, MySpace Music, Grand Ole Opry

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Qtrax is reported to have hired CLSA, a brokerage firm, to help it raise an additional $50 million . The company, the creator of an ad-supporte ...

  46. Jackson Movie To Get Mass Worldwide Premiere

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Michael Jackson movie "This Is It" -- based on footage from concert rehearsals before his death in June -- will have simultaneous premieres in more than 15 cities around the world next month, the studio behind the film said. "Th ...

  47. MidemNet Day 1: Artist-Fan Relationship In Focus

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The opening day of MidemNet, the two-day conference in Cannes dedicated to the digital music business, dedicated several panel discussions to the means of monetizing the artist-fan relationship. Judging from Nine Inch Nails' direct approach, ...

  48. Universal Appoints Korea Managing Director

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Korea has appointed Beom-Joon "BJ" Yang as managing director, effective Jan. 1. He will be based in Seoul and report to Max Hole, president, Universal Music Asia Pacific Region, and executive VP, UMG International. Yang w ...

  49. Sony/ATV Targets Karaoke Companies

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing is suing karaoke companies and individuals based in California, Korea and the Cayman Islands for copyright infringement and unfair business practices. The publisher claims that more than 200 songs are being used without p ...

  50. Soribada Gets OK For Legal P2P Service

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Soribada, South Korea's top P2P music service provider, claims it has received approval from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to launch a legal subscription-based P2P music-download service May 1. A Soribada spokesperson explains t ...

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