Sweden

  1. Sweden's Unique Music Story Continues: Subscriptions Up Big, CDs Flat in First Half of 2012

    July 13, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Music revenues are quite healthy in the land where streaming rules. Figures released this week by the Swedish Recording Industry Association say recorded music revenues grew 30% in the first half of 2012, according to a report at the Swedeish Engl ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Convictions Upheld In Pirate Bay File-Sharing Case

    November 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST A Swedish appeals court on Friday (Nov. 26) upheld the copyright convictions of three men behind the Pirate Bay, a popular file-sharing site that remains in operation despite attempts by authorities to shut it down. The Svea Appeals Court agreed w ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. @SXSW: Pirate Bay Founder On Piracy, Record Labels and More

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Joining a SXSW panel via webconference from Sweden, Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde downplayed the damages of piracy and called for people to consider drastically different business models and smaller music companies. “The rock star dream is gon ...

  6. Majors Target Pirate Bay Duo

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The four major record companies have reiterated their call for two men connected with the Pirate Bay to be fined 500,000 kronor ($71,000) each. In a petition filed at Stockholm District Court by EMI, UMG, WMG and Sony Music Entertainment, the majo ...

  7. Swedes Deny Owning Pirate Bay In Dutch Court

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lawyers for three Swedish men denied in a Dutch civil court that the men are the owners of the Pirate Bay Web site. The site, one of the largest on the Web, provides an index to BitTorrent files, which are commonly used for trading movies, music a ...

  8. Toby Keith, Wyclef Jean To Play Nobel Concert

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Will Smith and his wife, the actress Jada Pinkett Smith, will co-host this year's Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo featuring Wyclef Jean, Toby Keith and Donna Summer, organizers said Wednesday. The Dec. 11 show - a day after the award ceremo ...

  9. Pirate Bay Shut Down Briefly, Takeover Doubt

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Infamous Swedish file-sharing service The Pirate Bay returned to operation Tuesday after being briefly shut down by a Swedish court yesterday. The court ordered its broadband supplier, Black Internet, to cut bandwidth support for The Pirate Bay un ...

  10. Swiss Pirate Bay-Style Site Shut Down

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Swiss anti-piracy association SAFE has shut down local file-sharing site Shimux Streaming, according to IVD, a lobby group for video retailers in German-speaking Europe. Similar to Sweden's the Pirate Bay, Shimux did not host copyright-protec ...

  11. Sunde Steps Down As Pirate Bay Spokesman

    August 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Peter Sunde, one of three co-founders of Swedish file-sharing site Pirate Bay, is stepping down as its spokesman with immediate effect. Describing his resignation as the public face of the troubled site as "the end of a small era for me" ...

  12. Pirate Bay Owners To Appeal Dutch Ruling

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The owners of controversial Swedish file-sharing site the Pirate Bay have announced that they will appeal a July 30 injunction that prohibits the site from operating in the Netherlands. The ruling by the district court of Amsterdam ordered the Pir ...

  13. Pirate Bay Deal Could Be Dead In The Water

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Plans to turn Sweden's infamous file-sharing site the Pirate Bay into a legal service could be dead in the water. A new studio-backed suit against the site and questions about the feasibility of takeover plans by would-be white knight Global ...

  14. Would-be Buyer Of Pirate Bay Backpedals In Court

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The would-be buyer of Web site the Pirate Bay backpedaled in a Dutch court, saying that it is uncertain whether the purchase will ever be completed. Lawyer Ricardo Dijkstra said Sweden's Global Gaming Factory X would only buy the Pirate Bay i ...

  15. Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster, Anti-Piracy In Sweden

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The UK Competition Commission, an independent public body that investigates mergers and regulated industries, announced yesterday it is looking into the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger. “If the inquiry group considers that the merger may be exp ...

  16. Pirate Bay Lawyer Calls For Retrial

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Peter Althin, the lawyer representing Pirate Bay spokesman Peter Sunde, says he intends to demand a retrial following Swedish reports that the judge presiding over the recent trial of four men behind the BitTorrent tracker is a member of the same ...

  17. Sweden: Hundreds Protest Pirate Bay Conviction

    April 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Wearing bandanas and waving Jolly Roger flags, hundreds of supporters of file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay demonstrated on Saturday against a Swedish court's conviction of the Internet site's organizers. The Stockholm district court on Fri ...

  18. Pirate Bay Founders Get Jail Sentences

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Swedish court has found four men behind the BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay guilty of assisting in making copyrighted material available and sentenced each of them to a year in jail. They were also ordered to pay damages of 30 million kronor ( ...

  19. Reports: Sweden's Internet Traffic Falls On First Day Of Anti-Piracy Law

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Internet traffic in Sweden has fallen 30% on the first day a new anti-piracy law took effect in the country, reports BBC News and The Local , an English-language news site in Sweden. From the BBC News article: "By 2pm on Wednesday, internet t ...

  20. Pirate Bay Verdict Due Next Month

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Pirate Bay trial has concluded at Stockholm district court, with a judgement expected on April 17. According to English language Swedish publication the Local, today (March 3) the defence counsel representing one of the defendants, Fredrik Nei ...

  21. Labels' Legal Counsel Sums Up In Pirate Bay Case

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Peter Danowsky, counsel for the record company plaintiffs in the Pirate Bay case, has made his summing up during the trial at Stockholm district court. The four men on trial are accused of breaking Swedish copyright law by enabling users to downlo ...

  22. Abba Star Hits Out At Pirate Bay

    February 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Proceedings have ended on the third day of the Pirate Bay file-sharing trial, a case that has prompted Abba star Björn Ulvaeus to criticise demands for Internet freedom. The case finished for today (Feb. 18) at lunchtime following the defendant� ...

  23. Pirate Bay Prosecutor Amends Charges

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The second day of the Pirate Bay trial at Stockholm district court began with a surprise move by prosecutor Håkan Roswall to amend the criminal charges. Roswall has removed "complicity in the production of copyrighted material" from the ...

  24. Robyn, Laleh Take 3 Swedish Grammis

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST With three awards each, newcomer female artists Robyn and Laleh dominated the 24th annual Swedish Grammis Awards, presented last night (Feb. 7) in Stockholm. With three awards each, newcomer female artists Robyn and Laleh dominated the 24th annual ...

  25. Robyn, Laleh Take 3 Swedish Grammis

    February 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST With three awards each, newcomer female artists Robyn and Laleh dominated the 24th annual Swedish Grammis Awards, presented last night (Feb. 7) in Stockholm. With three awards each, newcomer female artists Robyn and Laleh dominated the 24th annual ...

  26. Kent Nabs Nordic Music Award

    October 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Swedish alternative rock act Kent was named best Nordic act Saturday (Oct. 29) night at the second annual Nordic Music Awards, held at the 6,000-capacity Copenhagen Forum. Swedish alternative rock act Kent was named best Nordic act Saturday (Oct. ...

  27. Timbuktu Wins Two At Sweden's Publishing Awards

    October 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hip hop artist Timbuktu scooped two awards last night (Oct. 27) at author's body Svenska Musikförläggareföreningen's third annual Swedish Music Publishers Awards, held in Stockholm. Hip hop artist Timbuktu scoo ...

  28. Saybia, Kent Lead Nordic Music Awards Nominations

    October 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Danish alternative rock band Saybia and Swedish act Kent top the list of nominees for the second annual Nordic Music Awards, to be held at Copenhagen's Forum on Oct. 29. Each band are up for best act Danish alternative rock band Saybia and Sw ...

  29. Swedish Gov't Shuts Down Alleged Piracy Site

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The Swedish anti-piracy bureau, Svenska Antipiratbyran, claimed a major victory in the ongoing battle against online piracy Sept. 26 as it announced the shutdown of BlueCrap, a server used to illegall LONDON (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The Swedish ...

  30. Global Pulse

    June 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Following the domestic success of her self-titled fourth album, Swedish pop/R&B singer/songwriter Robyn is seeking to license it internationally. Read Tom Ferguson's column. Following the domestic success of her self-titled fourth alb ...

  31. Export Music Sweden Names Executive Director

    April 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Hjelmtorp to replace Lundblad in June. Anders Hjelmtorp has been appointed executive director of Export Music Sweden, effective June 29. He will replace Christer Lundblad, who is joining Swedish distribution company CDA as executive director after ...

  32. Swedish Biz Shrinks In Q1

    April 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sweden's recorded music market continued to shrink in the first quarter, new figures published by industry body GLF reveals. Sweden's recorded music market continued to shrink in the first quarter, new figures published by industry body ...

  33. Universal Music Publishing Gets A&R Man Lidell

    January 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Pelle Lidell, the former managing director of independent Swedish publishing company Murlyn Songs, has been named to a European role at Universal Music Publishing. Pelle Lidell, the former managing director of independent Swedish publishing compan ...

  34. Swedish Shipments Suffered In 2003

    January 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST The trade value of music shipments in Sweden fell 14.7% to 1.33 billion kronor ($181.5 million) in 2003, according to figures released by labels body Grammofonleverantörernas Förening (GLF). The trade value of music shipments in ...

  35. Swedish Shipments Suffered In 2003

    January 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST The trade value of music shipments in Sweden fell 14.7% to 1.33 billion kronor ($181.5 million) in 2003, according to figures released by labels body Grammofonleverantörernas Förening (GLF). The trade value of music shipments in ...