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  1. Pirate Bay Founder's Hacking, Fraud Sentence Reduced

    September 27, 2013 3:43 PM EDT A Swedish court has dismissed part of the hacking and fraud charges against the founder of the popular file-sharing website Pirate Bay and reduced his prison sentence from two years to one. The Svea Court of Appeal on Wednesday dismissed cases a ...

  2. Independent Study: Cascine

    June 04, 2013 10:17 AM EDT Label: Cascine Founded: 2010 Location: Brooklyn, NY Number of Employees: 2 Next Release: Selebrities, Lovely Things , June 25 Distributor: Redeye Twitter: @cascine_ Website: cascine.us "Independent Study" is a new column that will pro ...

  3. Morning Fix: Black Friday Music Discounts; Myspace Plans Analyzed; Bon Jovi Tour

    November 20, 2012 9:00 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters BLACK FRIDAY PREVIEW: BRAND-NEW RELEASES FROM P!NK, CLARKSON, ALDEAN, PITBULL, MORE AVAILABLE FOR $5 & $7: It's beginning to look a lot ...

  4. Radical.fm, Swedish Streaming Start-up, Takes Aim at Spotify's Crown

    November 19, 2012 11:55 PM EST Sweden, the country that brought the world Spotify, is spawning another free on-demand music service via Radical.fm. The Stockholm-based company, which launched last year as a radio streaming service in Sweden , on Tuesday is adding an unlimited o ...

  5. Backbeat: Journalists Aboard Rihanna's Weeklong '777' Tour Spiral Into Madness...

    November 19, 2012 4:25 PM EST Billboard.com's Erika Ramirez is on a continent-hopping seven-day trip with Rihanna and 250 journalists and fans that is taking in concert stops in Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London, and (finally) NYC, where the trip will ...

  6. Road Work: Death Grips, Two Door Cinema Club, Alabama Shakes, Trey Songz

    October 15, 2012 7:19 AM EDT Trouble makers: Sacramento, Calif.-based rock group Death Grips will take controversial new album "NO LOVE DEEP WEB" on an international swing booked by Robert Frazer of William Morris Endeavor. Starting with a headlining gig for Pitch ...

  7. Spotify U.K. Reports Revenue Growth; Operating Losses Narrow Dramatically To $3.4 Million

    September 27, 2012 3:42 PM EDT Strong growth in subscriptions helped Spotify's U.K. operation generate £95.5 million ($154.9 million) in total revenue in 2011, up from £63.2 million ($102.5 million) the previous year, according to its latest financial statement, as reporte ...

  8. Avicii: Looking For The Next Level

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Based on the worldwide smash 'Le7els,' Avicii has become one of the most recognizable names and sounds in EDM. Now a new endorsement deal means he may be the music's best-known face as well. Sundown was no relief from the heavy heat ...

  9. X5 Signs Up Alligator, Highway 87, Nacional, Six Degrees Records

    August 07, 2012 5:10 PM EDT X5, which specializes in curating genre compilations for the digital format, continues to sign up labels to broaden its musical scope. In its latest signings, the New York-based operation of the Stockholm, Sweden-based label announced that it had ...

  10. Niki and the Dove Fly

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Swedish electronic pop duo Malin Dahlstrom and Gustaf Karlof have been friends for more than a decade, but it was just two years ago that the Stockholm-based musicians teamed up to form Niki and the Dove. "When we started working together it ...

  11. R&B Favorite D'Angelo Returns to Live Gigs

    July 12, 2012 6:35 PM EDT On the evening of July 6, without any introduction, Michael Eugene Archer, better-known as D'Angelo, stepped onstage at the Essence Music Festival. The neo-soul singer performed a 75-minute set, filled with funky guitar riffs, tight harmonies ...

  12. Green Day: How the Year's Most Ambitious Project Came Together

    July 11, 2012 6:45 PM EDT Two hundred fifty people packed into the Tiki Bar in the Orange County city of Costa Mesa, Calif., on Aug. 11, 2011, paying $20 a head the day before to see one of the world's biggest rock bands after an eight-month hiatus. That audience - al ...

  13. Paul Simon, Yo-Yo Ma Share Sweden's Polar Music Prize

    May 08, 2012 8:38 AM EDT STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Singer-songwriter Paul Simon and cellist Yo-Yo Ma have won the 2012 Polar Music Prize, Sweden's most prestigious award for musicians. Simon and Ma will receive 1 million kronor ($166,000) each and an invitation to the prize ...

  14. Sizzla Returns to Roots On New Album as Protests, Show Cancellations Continue Over Past Anti-Gay Lyrics

    April 24, 2012 7:15 AM EDT How Jamaica's Sizzla Kalongi can sing righteous lyrics decrying social and political injustice on his new album The Chan" (out on Afro jam, a subsidiary of the Munich-based Kosmo Music), while violently and unjustly denouncing homosexual ...

  15. Backbeat: Rodriguez Plays Riveting SXSW Showcase, Screens 'Sugar Man' Doc

    March 18, 2012 10:34 AM EDT Left, film marketing executive Jennifer Bedwell, "Searching for Sugar Man" director Malik Bendjelloul, Rodriguez and his girlfriend Bonnie being photographed by Billboard's Phil Gallo (right) . The bright lights of Paramount Theater ...

  16. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 14, 2012 2:11 PM EDT March 20, 2012 | BACKBEAT Backbeat: BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at SXSW BMI, Billboard, Suntrust and Austin's Four Seasons Hotel teamed up to host the BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at the South by Southwest Music Festival on Fri ...

  17. Frank Ocean To Open For Coldplay On European Dates

    March 05, 2012 2:59 PM EST A little over a year after releasing his Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape, which included a creative cover of Coldplay's "Strawberry Swing," Frank Ocean will be galavanting around Europe with the U.K. arena rockers later this summer. Warner ...

  18. Platform Collapses at Avicii Concert in Sweden, Injuring 20

    March 02, 2012 9:27 PM EST Police in Sweden say a set of bleachers collapsed during an Avicii concert in Stockholm, injuring about 20 teenagers, one of them seriously. The accident happened during a performance Friday by the Swedish DJ at the Globe Arena. Police say about 3 ...

  19. Randy Goodrum, U.S. Songwriter, Making Bid for Eurovision 2012

    February 10, 2012 11:30 AM EST When the second heat of Sweden's Melodifestivalen 2012 takes place Saturday night at the Scandinavium arena in Gothenburg, there will be at least one American at the venue - Arkansas-born songwriter Randy Goodrum, a rare U.S. visitor at this ...

  20. Backbeat: Joss Stone, Tom Silverman, Richard Gotterher @ Kobalt MIDEM Party

    January 31, 2012 3:36 PM EST From left: Attorney Patrick Grafton Green; Kobalt's Willard Ahdritz; Staffan Boström, Kobalt's long-time attorney and a partner at the Stockholm law firm of Bird & Bird; Ralph Simon, co-founder of Zomba Group and CEO of the Mobilium ...

  21. German Politicians @MIDEM Weigh in on Music Biz; GEMA Signs With Deezer

    January 31, 2012 7:45 AM EST "The German delegations are a mainstay of MIDEM and thus form part of its core," said MIDEM CEO Paul Zilk at the opening ceremony of the German joint stand on Sunday afternoon at MIDEM in Cannes. Numerous politicians flew from Germany in ...

  22. Business Matters: SoundExchange Royalties Smaller Than Downloads, Bigger Than Subscriptions

    January 18, 2012 6:26 PM EST Subscription Services Get All The Attention, Pay Artists Less Than Webcasts SoundExchange made 18,000 payments totaling $89.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. That brought its 2011 distributions to $292 million, an increase of 17 percent fro ...

  23. File Sharing Group In Sweden Says It Is Recognized As A Religion

    January 05, 2012 3:56 PM EST STOCKHOLM (AP) -- A file-sharing group that considers itself a spiritual organization said Thursday that Sweden has recognized it as a religious community. According to documents provided by spiritual leader Isak Gerson, 20, his Church of Kopimism ...

  24. Spotify Unveils New API Platform, Announces Partnerships With Billboard, Rolling Stone, Others

    November 30, 2011 1:27 PM EST Spotify Founder and CEO Danel Ek at the New York press conference where he announced the opening up of the music streaming service's API to outside developers. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek announced the launch of a new API (Application Programming I ...

  25. Business Matters: Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music

    November 16, 2011 9:13 PM EST Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music -- It's official: Google is in the digital music business. At an event in Los Angeles on Wednesday the company unveiled a new MP3 store that is integrated with its existing cloud stora ...

  26. Rihanna Cancels Second Swedish Show This Week Due To Illness

    November 03, 2011 7:47 AM EDT STOCKHOLM (AP) - Organizers say Rihanna has been forced to cancel a show in Sweden due to exhaustion for a second time this week. Live Nation spokesman Kristofer Akesson said the singer felt ill ahead of her concert in Stockholm on Wednesday night ...

  27. Rihanna Cancels Sweden Show Due to Exhaustion

    November 01, 2011 7:55 AM EDT STOCKHOLM (AP) - Organizers say Rihanna was forced to cancel a show in the Swedish city Malmo at the last minute after falling ill. Live Nation spokesman Kristofer Akesson says Rihanna didn't feel well Monday and tour organizers contacted a d ...

  28. F8 Conference Was Digital Music's Generational Divide

    September 23, 2011 11:34 AM EDT Facebook's f8 conference on Thursday may not have been a changing of the guard in digital music, but it will certainly go down as a critical inflection point. There was a noticeable generation gap in the day's events. Missing from f8 wer ...

  29. Patti Smith, Kronos Quartet Win Sweden's 2011 Polar Music Prize

    August 30, 2011 4:00 PM EDT STOCKHOLM (AP) - American string quartet Kronos Quartet and rocker Patti Smith have received the prestigious 2011 Polar Music Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf. The musicians accepted their awards at a glitzy ceremony in Stockholm on T ...

  30. Swedish Label X5 Hires Ex-Amazon Employee Griff Morris For U.S. Operation

    August 17, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Stockholm, Sweden-based label X5, which was created in 2005 to take advantage of digital distribution, has further beefed up its U.S. presence by hiring former Amazon employee Griff Morris. In his new role at X5, Morris will be in charge content d ...

  31. BitTorrent Reconsidered: How the Demonized File Sharing Protocol Can Help Your Band (Legally)

    June 06, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Sick of Sarah, whose album "2205" was legally downloaded more than 1.7 million times thanks to BitTorrent's Artist Spotlight . (Photo: Amber McDonald) Sick of Sarah is hardly a household name, but the all-girl punk band from Minneap ...

  32. 'Glee' Producer Adam Anders Launches Record Label

    May 06, 2011 7:30 PM EDT After co-producing more than 100 Billboard Hot 100 hits for Fox's "Glee," the show's executive music producer, Adam Anders, is looking to capture some of that lightning in a bottle for recording artists on his own label. Ande ...

  33. Patti Smith, Kronos Quartet Awarded Polar Music Prize

    May 03, 2011 7:27 AM EDT STOCKHOLM - American string quartet Kronos Quartet and rocker Patti Smith have won the 2011 Polar Music Prize, the prize committee announced Tuesday. The musicians will be invited to Stockholm later this year to accept the prize of 1 million krono ...

  34. MIDEM Photo Gallery II: Night Owls from Ministry of Sound, Mobile Roadie, Musicmetric, Mobile Ally, Tommy Boy And More

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Left to right: Hiroki Beck, International A&R Coordinator, Ministry of Sound U.K.; David Dollimore, Managing Director of Recording, Ministry of Sound U.K.; Dipesh Parmar, Sr. A&R Manager, Ministry of Sound U.K. Ministry of Sound was well r ...

  35. BMG Rights Management To Launch In Australia

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management's rapid expansion continues: the Berlin-based company will launch an Australian operation in early 2011. Tim Prescott, former CEO of Albert Music and a long-time BMG executive, is assisting BMG Rights Management with fur ...

  36. Music Streaming Seen Boosting Mobile Sales: Study

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile operators should ditch their music download stores and opt for partnerships with music streaming services if they want to generate more revenue and make customers stick, a study found. A typical Western European operator -- with 20 million ...

  37. Spotify Takes First U.K. TV Commercial

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spotify has run its first TV advertising campaign in the U.K. The Stockholm- and London-based streaming service promoted its free ad-funded offer from Sept. 18 to Sept. 30 via digital TV channels ITV1, ITV2 and ITV4. The advertising run included a ...

  38. Pirate Bay Appeal Begins

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Four men behind torrent site the Pirate Bay have launched their appeal bid in Stockholm against their one-year prison sentences. That April 2009 ruling was seen as a victory for the music and movie industries against the Swedish Bit Torrent tracke ...

  39. Nadine Coyle Releases Debut With Tesco

    September 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nadine Coyle will release her debut album exclusively with mass merchant Tesco in the U.K. and Ireland. Tesco has previously released physical exclusives from veteran acts Simply Red and Faithless, but this is the first debut release from a new ar ...

  40. Bonnier Amigo Becomes Cosmos Music

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bonnier Amigo Music Group, the leading Nordic independent music company, has been renamed Cosmos Music Group. Each of the local affiliates in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland will take the new name, with immediate effect. The change follows a s ...

  41. Bjork, Morricone Accept 2010 Polar Music Prize

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Italian composer Ennio Morricone and Icelandic singer Bjork have received the 2010 Polar Music Prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf. The musicians accepted their awards at a ceremony in Stockholm. Each award is worth 1 million kronor ($13 ...

  42. Sonisphere Festivals Draw More Than 700,000

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sonisphere Festival, which visited 11 countries across Europe this summer, had a total attendance of more than 700,000 across 19 dates, according to the organizers. The rock festival benefited from a line-up that included the big four of metal - M ...

  43. Kelis Announces European Tour

    July 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kelis has confirmed a 17-date European tour in support of her recently released studio album "Flesh Tone" (will.i.am/Interscope). Starting at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on Oct. 1 the tour visits Paris (Oct. 6), Brussels (Oct. ...

  44. BMG Acquires Publisher Stage Three

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management (BMG) has agreed to acquire Stage Three Music , a leading independent, international music publisher based in London, from its shareholders Apax Partners, Ingenious Ventures and the management. Stage Three was founded in 2003 ...

  45. Business Matters: Freemium, 'Idol,' Twitter, MySpace and more

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT THE FREEMIUM DEBATE -- Writer/educator/consultant Clay Shirkey says sites with paywalls will underperform. Plus, he’s worried that content behind paywalls will not be part of public discourse. “When we talk about newspapers, we talk about them bei ...

  46. Metallica Sonisphere Cinecast Seen By 100,000

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Sonisphere cinecast from the Sofia, Bulgaria leg of the touring rock festival was seen by more than 100,000 fans, according to promoter Stuart Galbraith . The global June 22 cinecast featured the 'Big Four' of metal - Metallica, Slay ...

  47. Roger Waters Taking 'The Wall' Across Europe

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Roger Waters is taking a new production of "The Wall" on the road in 2011, with 28 European dates confirmed. U.S. arena dates, running September to December 2010, were confirmed last month and sold out within hours according to a stateme ...

  48. Mobile Music Downloads Struggle To Make Headway

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fewer than 2% of mobile users in the United States and western Europe used their phone to download music in the first quarter, showing the uphill task facing Apple iTunes challengers like Nokia . Although 24% listened to music on their phone, the ...

  49. Spotify Launches In Netherlands, Offers New Services

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spotify launched in the Netherlands today (May 18). It's the seventh market where the ad-funded streaming music service is active, following launches in the U.K., France, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Finland. The Stockholm and London based compa ...

  50. Ash Cloud Grounds Metallica Tour But Show Goes On

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Metallica braved long bus and boat rides — and bitter memories of a band member's death — to dodge the fallout of an Icelandic volcano and stick to its rigorous European tour schedule. Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett told reporters in Vilnius, wh ...

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