Social Issues

  1. NY Ex-employee, 51, Accuses 'Diddy' Of Age Bias

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A New York woman has sued Sean "Diddy" Combs, saying he fired her because of her age two decades after she helped launch his career. Fifty-one-year-old Francesca Spero filed the age discrimination lawsuit Wednesday (Sept. 1) in federal c ...

  2. Business Matters: EMI Pension Fund, Fake Reviews, Bananarama

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI'S PENSION PROBLEMS -- It would be ironic if EMI 's biggest problems came not from its debt but from a liability unrelated to the credit bubble or the recorded music downturn: its pension fund. As ( Billboard.biz has reported ), the U ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. RIAA To Google: Help Us Fight Piracy

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A wide-ranging group of more than a dozen music industry associations has sent a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt requesting more information about the anti-piracy implications of the company’s recent network management plan with Verizon . The as ...

  6. Poll: English-Speaking Latinos Turn to Spanish TV

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An automobile technician by day, Miguel Ramirez often returns home in a mostly white Dallas suburb to a world of romantic telenovelas, futbol or the latest U.S. news on Spanish-language TV. "When there is a Mexican soap opera that is really j ...

  7. Report: U.S.-Born Latinos More Tech Savvy Than Foreign-Born

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While Latinos have long been touted as early adapters of new technologies, a new study released by the Pew Hispanic Center found that technology use among foreign-born Latinos continues to lag significantly behind that of their U.S.-born counterpa ...

  8. No Charges For Jackson Doctors

    July 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT State investigators probing the death of Michael Jackson have decided not to file charges against seven doctors who treated him, authorities said Wednesday (July 28). The doctors were part of an investigation by state Attorney General Jerry Brown& ...

  9. Simon Cowell Being Sued By 'Talent' Contestant

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell's name is in the dock as the world's favorite nasty judge finds himself being sued for £2.5 million ($3.8 million) by a former contestant on the U.K. version of his "Got Talent" show, according to British press rep ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Dr. Dre Loses Round In Death Row Court Battle

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Dr. Dre has been feuding with Death Row Records since his former record label was bought out of bankruptcy last year. The new entity, WIDEawake Death Row Records, put out a new version of his iconic album "The Chronic," as well as ...

  14. Vicente Fernandez Cancels Phoenix Concert

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ranchera icon Vicente Fernandez has canceled his July 18 show at the US Airways Center in Phoenix. Live Nation didn't respond to inquiries at press time about the specific reason for the cancellation. But it comes in the wake of other Latin a ...

  15. Consumers Ease Away From Spending Cuts

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After a year in which most people claimed to be spending less -- and many were actually doing so! -- Gallup polling finds Americans easing away from austerity as their default position. While the economy may not be robust, austerity fatigue seems ...

  16. Opinion: Facebooks New Privacy Settings Only Step One

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After several weeks of controversy over its privacy settings, Facebook introduced a new set of consolidated privacy controls that, among other things, allow users to turn off third-party applications completely. The key element of the new setting ...

  17. EMI Notes: Pension Controversy Back, Questions About Citi's Intentions

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- EMI 's pension fund has been a cloud hanging over Terra Firma since the private equity firm acquired the music company. Now, Britain's pension regular is calling on Terra Firma to fill a £250 million gap in funding . Extra payments in ...

  18. Pitbull Cancels Phoenix Concert To Protest Arizona Law

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pitbull has canceled the May 31 stop of his AEG Live-promoted “Mr. Worldwide’s Carnaval” tour at Phoenix' Celebrity Theatre, as a protest against Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law. “I am canceling my concert in Phoenix on May 31... Ho ...

  19. Conjunto Primavera Cancels Arizona Show In Protest

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Veteran chart-topper Conjunto Primavera has canceled a June 19 show at Phoenix' Dodge Theatre to protest Arizona's new immigration enforcement law. The romantic norteno group, which was to have performed on a double bill with Los Rielero ...

  20. Survey: Hong Kong Residents Open To Graduated Response

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A survey of 1,000 people sponsored by International Federation Against Copyright Theft – Greater China (IFACT-GC) indicates Hong Kong residents are fairly receptive to the idea of a graduated response approach to fighting piracy. Most (87%) of peo ...

  21. Country Artist Chely Wright Comes Out: The Business Impact?

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Growing online buzz and speculation came to a head this past weekend when it was revealed that country artist Chely Wright, 39, would announce that she is gay in this week's People Magazine. The move is obviously not without precedent; Ricky ...

  22. Ricky Martin Criticizes Arizona's Immigration Law

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ricky Martin joined in the criticism of Arizona's new law that will allow police to stop anyone they think might be an illegal immigrant. Appearing at the Billboard Latin Music Awards ceremony, Martin said the law "makes no sense," ...

  23. Poll: Hispanics Optimistic On Economy

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hispanics are the most upbeat when it comes to the prospects of an economic recovery, per a new report from Ipsos and Telemundo. The poll, released today, found that four out of five Hispanics "feel that the economy has stabilized or that it ...

  24. Arbitron Settles With PPM Coalition

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron's travails with minority broadcasters over its portable people meter ratings system may finally be winding down. Following four months of dialog, Arbitron and the PPM Coalition announced the two have "settled their outstanding d ...

  25. Death Row Court Fight Heads To NY In May

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The battle over Death Row Records continues, with the Mississauga, Ont. firm that bankrolled the acquisition going to court in New York seeking on the grounds that the label's former CEO made “materially false statements.” The latest salvo in ...

  26. Suge Knight Sought After L.A. Rapper Robbery

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Los Angeles police want to talk to Suge Knight after a rapper initially accused the former Death Row Records chief of robbing him before recanting the story. Detective Jeff Briscoe says 35-year-old Jerold Ellis, who uses the name Yukmouth, reporte ...

  27. Study: French Law Fails To Deter Piracy So Far

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A French academic study is casting doubt on the likely success of the French 'Hadopi' anti-piracy law. The three-strikes plan was voted through in France in September 2009, although has yet to be implemented. Hadopi is the name of the go ...

  28. Bob Geldof Dismisses Live Aid Arms Claims

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Aid concert organizer Bob Geldof and the Ethiopian government have denied allegations that millions of dollars in aid for Ethiopian famine victims in the '80s went to buy arms. The BBC reported claims by former rebel leaders, who said th ...

  29. Simon Cowell Backs U.K. Anti-Piracy Plan

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell is among the signatories on a letter to parliamentarians urging them to vote in favor of the U.K. government's Digital Economy Bill. Cowell rarely gets involved in such public policy matters, though he has sought government suppo ...

  30. MTVN, Quantcast to Laser-Target Web Video Ads

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks plans to offer advertisers the ability to purchase specific demographic and lifestyle target audiences within its online video inventory as part of an ongoing partnership with the Web analytics firm Quantcast. According to MTVN offici ...

  31. 5 Mantras For The New Music Business

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST The future of digital is access models, according to many top executives. But, there's one main problem: to trade CD and download dollars for access model dimes and nickels, music services need a level of consumer adoption well beyond what ha ...

  32. Dr. Dre Sues Over Unpaid 'Chronic' Royalties

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Dr. Dre has sued the new iteration of Death Row Records claiming the label failed to pay royalties and released a new version of his iconic album "The Chronic" without his permission. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, filed the suit F ...

  33. NYC Pensions Helped Finance Terra Firma's EMI Deal

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST While much attention is set firmly on whether or not Terra Firma's ownership of EMI will be torpedoed by the 2.7 billion pounds ($4.23 billion) it borrowed from Citigroup, the investment firm is not the only institution with funds at risk in ...

  34. Social Issues Lead Super Bowl Buzz

    February 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST The pre-game buzz surrounding ads touching on contemporary social issues is outpacing the hype for traditional brands. That's according to data collected by Nielsen -- and the research company reports that spots both airing in and rejected fr ...

  35. Voto Latino, iTunes Team To Boost Census Participation

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Voto Latino is partnering with iTunes to encourage participation in the 2010 U.S. Census. The organization, which promotes political engagement among youth and was co-founded by actress Rosario Dawson, is offering a free download of 25 songs to an ...

  36. Report: More Hispanics On Web, Prefer Content In English

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST A new survey of Hispanics online finds that the number of Hispanics accessing the web has grown significantly - outpacing the U.S. general population - and that the majority of those online Hispanics prefer English on the web, even when they are b ...

  37. Robbie Williams To Release Sporting Charity Single

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Robbie Williams is to release this year's official fund-raising song for U.K. charity Sport Relief. "Morning Sun" -- taken from the U.K. pop singer's 2009 studio set "Reality Killed the Video Star" (Virgin/EMI ) -- wi ...

  38. Univision Jumps Back Into Upfront Market

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish-language broadcast network Univision is returning to upfront week after a one-year hiatus, planning to hold its presentation on Thursday, May 20. David Lawenda, Univision’s ad sales president, said the decision to forego an upfront present ...

  39. Op-Ed: Instant Replay

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Founder/principal of Hispanic USA, a marketing and communications firm based in Miami. They say if you stick around long enough, you can see history repeat itself. That's exactly the case with the current debate surrounding Arbitron's Po ...

  40. Judge Issues Interim Ruling In Death Row Case

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST A New York Supreme Court judge issued an interim ruling today (Dec. 8) overturning a temporary restraining order sought by the former chief executive of iconic gangsta rap label Death Row Records. Last month, Lara Lavi, a music lawyer who had been ...

  41. Ronnie Wood Arrested For Possible Assault

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones has been released on bail after being arrested for possible domestic assault. The guitarist was picked up by police Wednesday evening near his home in Esher, in southern England and released the following day. &qu ...

  42. Juanes Honored With Colombian Peace Prize

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes was awarded his country's National Peace Prize for his involvement with the problems generated by Colombia's armed conflict. Juanes has worked actively with his Mi Sangre (My Blood) foundation to reduce ...

  43. Court Rules Death Row Chief Removed, Prohibited From Interacting With Company

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST A Superior Court judge in Ontario has issued an interim relief order prohibiting Death Row Records chief executive Lara Lavi from interacting with the company, amid allegations she deposited company royalty checks in a personal account. The order ...

  44. Death Row Stand-off To Continue In Court

    November 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST The struggle between the Canadian firm that acquired Death Row in January and the hip-hop label's apparently exiled chief executive is set to continue in a New York City court. Songwriter and music lawyer Lara Lavi became Death Row CEO earlie ...

  45. Death Row Receives Court Injunction Against New Solutions

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The chief executive of Death Row Records has received a court injunction in New York against the Canadian financial company that bankrolled the acquisition of the rap label in January. Death Row CEO Lara Lavi issued a statement Nov. 18 saying she ...

  46. U.K. Govt Changes Licensing Rules For Charities

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Performing rights society PRS for Music and neighboring rights society PPL will develop a pilot joint licensing scheme for charities a not-for-profit organizations in the U.K., after the government announced a shake-up of the music licensing rules ...

  47. The Hispanic Market Is Set to Soar

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Hispanic Americans continue to grow in number at a rate four times that of the general population, with the 2010 Census expected to show their total rising to nearly 50 million, from 38 million in 2000. And second-generation Hispanics are fast bec ...

  48. Minority Radio Ownership Stagnant

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Although the number of FCC-licensed radio stations has increased in the past three years, minority radio ownership has remained flat during that time period, according to a study released by the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) ...

  49. Arcade Fire, David Byrne Help Raise AIDS Charity Funds

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A charity compilation featuring songs by Arcade Fire, David Byrne and Feist, among others, has raised over £400,000 ($662,370) for charity. The album, "Dark Was The Night," was released internationally in February this year by U.K. indep ...

  50. Moby Takes Stand Against Calif. Domestic Violence Budget Cuts

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Electronic artist Moby understands better than most the importance of domestic violence shelters for women in need, having grown up with a mother who was involved in several abusive relationships. At the age of eight, "I had to stop her from ...

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