Social Issues

  1. AARP, Other Charities Score At CMT Awards

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While Kellie Pickler took home the most trophies at the 2008 CMT Awards on April 14, it was her designated charity, the AARP Foundation Grandparenting Program, that took home the most money. The charity garnered $15,000 thanks to Pickler's th ...

  2. Digital Briefs: 'iTunes Tax,' Gabriel's The Filter, Zomba/Jive

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Lawmakers in California rejected a bill to tax internet download sales by only one vote, motivating supporters to keep the measure alive and go for another attempt as early as next week. California is one of many states considering a tax on digi ...

  3. Spanish-Language Listenership Jumps

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bucking a trend of declining listenership at English-language radio, Spanish-language radio has seen its audience grow 10 percent in the last decade among listeners aged 18-34. Citing Arbitron studies, Gary Stone, Univision Radio's COO, gave ...

  4. Morrissey Accepts Apology For Mag's Racist Claim

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Morrissey today accepted a public apology at London's High Court from the publishers of British music monthly Word Magazine over a suggestion that he was a racist and hypocrite. The former Smiths singer, whose full name is Steven Patrick Morr ...

  5. ISPs Can't ID File-Sharers, German Court Says

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The German record industry insists it is unconcerned by a recent court ruling which protects the identity of file-sharers. The German federal constitutional court in Karlsruhe on March 19 ruled that only in "heavy" cases such as terroris ...

  6. Death Row Founder Knight Develops Reality Show

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Death Row Records founder Suge Knight has filmed a reality show called "Unfinished Business." The series is an "Apprentice"-esque show where Knight is building a new record label called Black Ball records and participants compe ...

  7. Charities Will Also Win At CMT Awards

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For Willie Nelson it's Farm Aid. For Reba McEntire it's Habitat for Humanity. And for Taylor Swift it's St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Whatever their designated charity, artists who win at the 2008 CMT Music Awards will ...

  8. Michael Jackson Faces Forced Sale Of Neverland

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson's famed Neverland Valley Ranch in California will be foreclosed and sold on March 19 unless the pop star pays a balance of nearly $25 million, property records showed on Tuesday. FoxNews.com reported that Jackson has been form ...

  9. Dr. Dre Seeking Death Row Documents

    February 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Dr. Dre wants to investigate Death Row Records Inc. to determine how much the record company owes him for unpaid royalties from sales of his records. Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, has already tried to sue the record label for royalties ...

  10. EverGreen Copyrights To Bid On Death Row

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST EverGreen Copyrights co-CEO David Schulhof has confirmed to Billboard.biz that his company is bidding on the assets of Death Row Records, which are currently in bankruptcy. Warner Music Group placed a bid for $25 million for the assets with the ba ...

  11. WMG Makes $25 Million Bid For Death Row Assets

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Death Row Records wants to sell its music-related assets, including the rights to recordings from rappers Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, for $25 million to Warner Music Group Corp., subject to higher bids at an auction. The court-appointed ...

  12. TJ Martell To Honor WMG Exec Liles

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST The TJ Martell Foundation will honor Warner Music Group executive VP Kevin Liles and his family March 2 at the 9th Annual Family Day fundraising event at the Jacob Javits Center in New York. Along with being an avid participant in past TJ Martell ...

  13. Burnham Becomes U.K. Culture Secretary

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Andy Burnham is Britain's new culture secretary. Burnham, chief secretary to the Treasury, becomes secretary of state for culture, media and sport after a reshuffle which sees incumbent James Purnell take up the role as pensions secretary. Pu ...

  14. France Prepares For Digital Radio

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST French minister of culture Christine Albanel on Wednesday signed an order to confirm the adoption of Terrestrial Digital Multimedia Broadcasting (T-DMB) and Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) as digital radio standards in France. This follows a series o ...

  15. Pensions Regulator To Step Into EMI Pension Talks

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Pensions Regulator said on Wednesday that the trustees of EMI's pension scheme had asked it to step in to adjudicate in talks with the music group's new private equity owner Terra Firma over scheme funding. The watchdog said the sche ...

  16. Gabriel, Lennox Set For South African AIDS Benefit

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first-ever Johannesburg 46664 concert will be headlined by a diverse roster of artists, including stalwart supporters of the HIV/AIDS prevention campaign such as Peter Gabriel and Annie Lennox. The concert takes place on World Aids Day (Dec. 1 ...

  17. R. Kelly Drafts Cole, Holiday, Ne-Yo For Winter Tour

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT R&B acts R. Kelly, Keyshia Cole, J. Holiday and Ne-Yo will join forces for a U.S. fall tour, beginning Nov. 14 at the Columbus Civic Center in Columbus, Ga., and wrapping Jan. 13 at a venue to be announced. The 40-city arena trek follows Kelly ...

  18. European Survey Tells Floyd 'Wish You Were Here'

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A Pink Floyd comeback would be the greatest gig in the sky, according to the findings of a new Europe-wide poll. When asked "Which band would you most like to see re-form," more than 26% of respondents to the census, published today by d ...

  19. Belgians Win Jackson Song Dispute

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two Belgian composers, and not singer-songwriter R. Kelly, wrote the Michael Jackson hit "You Are Not Alone", according to a Belgian appeals court ruling today. The 1995 hit, Jackson's last U.S. No. 1, was credited to R. Kelly, who ...

  20. Report: Rock Stars Die Earlier

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A U.K. academic study has found that musicians were two to three times more likely to die prematurely than the general population. Between 1956 and 2005 there were 100 deaths among the 1,064 artists scrutinized by researchers at the Centre for Pub ...

  21. Mexican Authorities Target Illegal Jukeboxes

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jukeboxes have become a new target for anti-piracy efforts in Mexico. On August 21, Mexican authorities executed raids on four outlets in Mexico City and seized 12 illegal jukeboxes containing 17,000 unauthorized music tracks. The raids, executed ...

  22. Large Webcasters To Enhance Royalty Reporting

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Following the deal reached earlier today over crucial terms covering large webcasters' royalties they must pay to stream recordings over the next few years, the Digital Media Assn. (DiMA) revealed that its member services will begin providing ...

  23. Dr. Dre Sues Death Row Over Album Rights

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rapper and music producer Dr. Dre filed a lawsuit in bankruptcy court against defunct label Death Row Records over who owns the rights to the 1992 album "The Chronic." Dr. Dre, whose real name is Andre Young, alleges in the suit that he ...

  24. U.S. Civil Rights Group Holds Funeral For 'N-Word'

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Demonstrators marched in a mock funeral procession through downtown Detroit on Monday in a symbolic burial of the "N-word" and an effort to persuade black Americans to stop using a variant of the racial slur in hip-hop music, comedy and ...

  25. Mayors' Conference Prioritizes Anti-Piracy Fight

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Conference of Mayors passed an historic resolution this week that prioritizes the implementation of stronger training, education and enforcement policies across all levels of government to fight the theft of U.S. intellectual property (IP ...

  26. Euro Parliament Approves New Support For Artists

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Parliament voted Thursday for new measures providing job support for singers, musicians and songwriters across Europe. At its plenary session in Brussels, the Parliament voted to introduce a special electronic social security card for ...

  27. Best Buy Expands HD Radio Lineup

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Best Buy, which has partnered with the HD Digital Radio Alliance and iBiquity Digital Corporation, has become the first national retailer to make the HR Radio products available throughout its national chain of 832 stores. The HD Digital Radio All ...

  28. Montaner To Receive Billboard Spirit Of Hope Award

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Venezuelan superstar Ricardo Montaner will be honored with the Billboard Spirit of Hope Award at this year’s Billboard Latin Music Awards. Montaner, a singer/songwriter known for his emotive vocals and well-crafted lyrics, receives the award for t ...

  29. Warner's Bronfman Sues Over Vivendi Pension

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group chief executive Edgar Bronfman is suing his former employer Vivendi S.A. for cutting his pension payments by about 65%, according to a complaint filed in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday. Bronfman resigned from Vive ...

  30. Study: More Than Half Of U.S. Latins Go Online

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A broad study released this week by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Pew Internet & American Life Project indicates that when it comes to Latin's accessing the Internet, language is the key. Latins make up 14% of the U.S. population, accor ...

  31. Who are the most powerful gatekeepers in digital music today?

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Who are the most powerful gatekeepers in digital music today? This Wall Street Journal article , points to iTunes staffers -- who increasingly are demanding special exclusives and bonus content in return for prime placement on the front page of th ...

  32. Country Music Looks To Hispanic Market For Growth

    March 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Hispanic listeners don't tune in all that much to country music stations, but they tune in enough to be considered an audience with significant growth potential. According to a survey released by the Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) and Ediso ...

  33. Warner/Chappell Inks Refugee All Stars

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music will be administering publishing rights for the primary writers of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. The publisher has entered deals with Reuben Koroma, Ashade Pearce and Francis 'Franco' John Langba. Koroma an ...

  34. Sony BMG To Be Sued For Racial Discrimination

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST A former BMG marketing rep is expected to file a racial discrimination lawsuit against Sony BMG Music this week in a New York federal court for wrongfully terminating her after the 2004 merger of Sony and BMG. The suit follows the U.S. Equal Emplo ...

  35. Nielsen, SOCAN Forge Data Deal

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nielsen Entertainment and the Society of Composers Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) have struck a data and information services agreement. Effective immediately, Nielsen BDS data has been integrated into SOCAN's performance anal ...

  36. CAA, Revver In Partnership For Viral Video

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Agency to bring opportunities, talent to site. Agency to bring opportunities, talent to site. News ...

  37. Reports: Softbank, News Corp Prep Myspace Japan

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Social networking site due to launch this week. Social networking site due to launch this week. News ...

  38. MySpace Taps Gracenote To Fight Copy Misuse

    October 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Social networking site to review all audio before its posted. Social networking site to review all audio before its posted. News ...

  39. MySpace Taps Gracenote To Fight Copy Misuse

    October 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Networking site to review audio before its posted. Social Networking giant MySpace says it plans to start blocking distribution of unauthorized music copyrights on its site. The company has inked a deal with Gracenote to provide it with fingerprin ...

  40. NA2R Event Bolsters Unsigned Australian Act

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT winner is Celebrity Drug Disasters. 2006 winner is Celebrity Drug Disasters. News ...

  41. U2 Swaps Island For Mercury In U.K.

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Irish supergroup's hits set arrives November. Irish supergroup's hits set arrives November. News ...

  42. Radius Equity Out Of Tower Records Bidding

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Auction began today (Oct. 5). Auction began today (Oct. 5). News ...

  43. Canadian Cops Arrest DVD Counterfeiters

    August 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Raids reveal largest label in Canada. Raids reveal largest label in Canada. News ...

  44. Scissor Sisters To Cut Up Trafalgar Square

    August 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT AIDS benefit gig to be held Sept. 16. AIDS benefit gig to be held Sept. 16. News ...

  45. MySpace Launches In France

    August 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT First non-English version of social network site. First non-English version of social network site. News ...

  46. French Council: Individuals Can't Bypass DRM

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Removes key points from copyright bill. Removes key points from copyright bill. News ...

  47. Koch Licenses Death Row Catalog For Mobile

    July 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Works include Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre. Tupac is finally coming to a mobile phone near you. Koch Records has licensed the entire Death Row Records catalog to Hudson Entertainment, which includes music recorded by the likes of Tupac Shakur, Snoop ...

  48. India Biz Shaken By Terror Blasts

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT -plus people die after Mumbai attacks. 180-plus people die after Mumbai attacks. News ...

  49. Judge Orders Bankruptcy Takeover Of Death Row

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge on Friday (July 7) ordered a bankruptcy trustee takeover of Marion "Suge" Knight's Death Row Records, saying the record label has undergone gross mismanagement. A federal judge on Friday (July 7) ordered a bankruptcy ...

  50. Legal Matters

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT See how a suit against James Joyce, the world-renowned Irish author and poet, may change copyright law. Read Susan Butler's column. See how a suit against James Joyce, the world-renowned Irish author and poet, may change copyright law. Read S ...

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