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  1. Discount Price For Allen Sophomore Set

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop singer Lily Allen's new album will be sold for just $3.99 to download at Amazon.com and MySpace Music. Allen will also promote "It's Not Me, It's You" (Capitol) at free MySpace Music Secret Shows in London, Tokyo ...

  2. Taylor Swift Plots First Headlining Tour

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected, Taylor Swift will embark on her first headlining tour this spring, beginning April 23 in Evansville, Ind. The 52-city trek will feature "multiple costume changes" and a stage with a "fairy-tale castle," according t ...

  3. Billboard Extended Q&A, Part 2: Don Ienner

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Don Ienner, IMO president/owner and the former Sony Music chief, recently sat down with Billboard for his first extensive, on-the-record talk in more than a decade. In this second part of the two-part interview ( first part is here ), Ienner and b ...

  4. Summer Sonic Fest Expands

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based Creative Man Productions is expanding its music festival Summer Sonic from two days to three this year. Summer Sonic has been held simultaneously in Tokyo and Osaka on the first weekend in August for the past nine years. It will retain ...

  5. TV Ratings Up For Japan's Red & White Singing Contest

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 59th edition of NHK's New Year's Eve show, the Red and White Singing Contest, an industry-leading program, bounced back after two years of slipping ratings. It scored a 42.1% audience share rating in the Kanto (Tokyo) area for the se ...

  6. CIRPA Hails Debut Japanese Showcase

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Independent Record Production Association said its first showcase in Japan was a resounding success. The show was part of the organization's second trade mission to Japan in as many years, running Nov. 10 to 14. Four acts -- Bedo ...

  7. EMI Unveils New Divisions

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Restructuring at EMI is continuing, with the company splitting its recorded music operations into three main business units: new music, catalog and music services. EMI Music chief executive Elio Leoni-Sceti is presenting his new vision and strateg ...

  8. Sony Profit Plunges On Strong Yen

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp.'s quarterly profit plunged 72% as a surging yen wiped out perks from flat-panel TV and PlayStation 3 sales, as well as box office revenue from the movie "Hancock." Sony said Wednesday it posted a net profit of 20.8 billio ...

  9. Soul Empress Linda Jones Remembered On New Album

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of the more distinctive voices in R&B/soul history is Linda Jones. Best known for her 1967 No. 4 R&B hit "Hypnotized" as well as subsequent hits "What've I Done (to Make You Mad)" and "Your Precious Love,& ...

  10. Lupe Fiasco Readies Tour

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lupe Fiasco will kick off a US tour Friday. The MC also recently released a remix of his last single, "Paris, Tokyo" featuring Q-Tip, Sarah Green and Pharrell along with a jazz remix, crafted by Chris Paultre, via his Myspace page . Here ...

  11. Ichii Appointed President, CEO EMI Music Japan

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT San-e Ichii has been appointed president and CEO of Tokyo-based EMI Music Japan effective Oct. 1, replacing Shoji Doyama, who left the company June 30. Ichii, previously senior managing director and chief financial officer at Tokyo-based Warner Mu ...

  12. Usen Corp. Unveils On-Demand CD Kiosks

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based cable broadcaster and broadband supplier Usen Corp. has set up a new company with independent labels Avex Group Holdings Inc. and Victor Entertainment Inc. to produce on-demand music CDs over the counter at dedicated kiosks in Japanese ...

  13. Tanaka Joins BMG Japan Board

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BMG Japan senior VP, international and direct marketing, Hirokazu Tanaka been named a member of the board, the Tokyo-based label announced. Tanaka has been with BMG Japan since 1989 in a variety of strategic and international marketing roles. BMG ...

  14. Ryko Links With Liberation

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ryko Distribution will be the exclusive distributor of all Liberation Entertainment video releases in the US beginning October 1. The agreement covers both new releases and catalog titles. Launched in 2006, Liberation Entertainment offers over 300 ...

  15. Live Earth Returns In India

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi will join Bollywood stars for a one-off Live Earth concert in Mumbai, India, on Dec. 7. Live Earth India will take place at the 20,000-capacity Andheri Sports Complex. Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan is also on the bill. The event will be ...

  16. Opry Star Charlie Walker Dies

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Grand Ole Opry star Charlie Walker died this morning (Sept.12) in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville, Tenn. Walker, 81, had recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. He is survived by his wife, Connie, as well as 10 children: Ronnie, Cindy, A ...

  17. Japanese Labels Deny Master-Ringtone Monopoly

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Four Japanese labels have filed lawsuits seeking nullification of a July 24 ruling by the government's Fair Trade Commission that they violated the Antimonopoly Law by allegedly preventing other companies from entering the master-ringtone bus ...

  18. Microsoft Recruits EMI Japan Pres Doyama

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Japan president Shoji Doyama will join Microsoft Japan as vice president in charge of consumer and online business effective July 1, the Tokyo-based subsidiary of the U.S. computer company has reported. Neither Doyama nor EMI Music Japan ...

  19. Hostess To Release New Beck Album In Japan

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based independent music company Hostess Entertainment has announced that it will release the new album from singer/songwriter Beck in Japan this August. “We’ve been leaping like salmon just to hear the album, having got a sneak preview of th ...

  20. Exile Wins Big At MTV Japan Awards

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Male R&B vocal group Exile were the big winners at this year's edition of the MTV Video Music Awards Japan, which were presented May 31 at the Saitama Super Arena north of Tokyo. The group, which is signed to Tokyo-based label Avex, bagge ...

  21. Bono Earns Honorary Doctorate

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U2 vocalist Bono has received an honorary doctorate from Tokyo's prestigious Keio University in recognition of his anti-poverty campaigning efforts. "We believe in taking people out of extreme poverty, and Japan is more successful (in th ...

  22. Billboard Japan Hot 100 Finds Global Audience

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The recently launched Billboard Japan Hot 100 finds a global audience tomorrow (May 22) when the chart joins the menu at billboard.com and billboard.biz. Assembled by Billboard licensee Hanshin Contents Link Corp., the Japan Hot 100 anchors a set ...

  23. E-License Strikes YouTube Content Deal

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based music-copyright agency e-License Inc. said May 20 it has concluded a comprehensive licensing contract with Google for the use of e-License-managed music on Google's YouTube video-sharing site. Under the new agreement, users can le ...

  24. Solange Knowles Gets Personal On 'Sol-Angel'

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Matthew Knowles, Music World Entertainment and Geffen Records hosted a media-only listening session May 13 for Solange Knowles sophomore album, "Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams," scheduled for an August 26 release. On the eclect ...

  25. CME Registers Big Full-Year Loss

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based label Columbia Music Entertainment (formerly Nippon Columbia) recorded a consolidated net loss of ¥2.4 billion ($23 million) in the year ending March 31, 2008, compared with the previous year's net profit of ¥561 million ($5.3 mil ...

  26. Tsutaya Strikes Distribution Deal For Fortune Star Film

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hong Kong-based media/entertainment company Star and Tokyo-based online content provider Tsutaya Discas have forged an agreement whereby Tsutaya will distribute 20 movie titles from Star's Fortune Star library via the Internet in Japan. The t ...

  27. Japan's Hostess Ushers In NIN Deal

    May 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based independent music company Hostess Entertainment says it has signed a deal with Nine Inch Nails to distribute, market and promote the industrial-rock unit's new album, "Ghosts I-IV," in Japan, with a June 4 release date. ...

  28. Japan's Chaku-Uta Reaches 200M Download Milestone

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Label Mobile, a Tokyo-based mobile-content provider owned by leading Japanese record labels, reports that its Chaku-Uta Full R full-track mobile-download service racked up a total of 200 million downloads as of April 30. The service has been provi ...

  29. Coldplay Sets Dates for Extensive "Viva La Vida" Tour

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" world tour -- which will land in North America, Europe and Japan -- is set to begin at Philadelphia's Wachovia Center on June 29 and extend well into next year, Billboard.biz can reveal. Save for the P ...

  30. Reunited X Japan Confirm U.S., Europe Dates

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Visual-kei band X Japan, fresh from three triumphant reunion shows this past weekend at the 50,000-capacity Tokyo Dome, have announced their first-ever overseas shows. At an April 3 press conference in Tokyo the group said they will play a gig at ...

  31. JRC Strikes Content Deal With YouTube

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based copyright-management agency Japan Rights Clearance (JRC) says it has reached a comprehensive copyright agreement with Google on the use of JRC-managed content on Google-owned YouTube. The agreement enables YouTube users to upload video ...

  32. CME Sheds 100 Staff

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based label Columbia Music Entertainment said March 14 that it will cut a total of 100 jobs as a restructuring measure to cope with falling sales of CDs and DVDs. The company will shed 60 regular employees through a voluntary retirement prog ...

  33. Hip Hop Briefs: Lupe Fiasco, Mick Boogie, Talib Kweli

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Rapper Lupe Fiasco recently wrapped up his second official video, "Paris Tokyo," from his sophomore album, "The Cool." The video will sport a 1940's theme and features the rapper on a camel trudging through the desert. & ...

  34. Fuji Rock Fest Unveils Line-Up

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Reformed U.K./Irish alternative rock act My Bloody Valentine will join dance outfit Underworld, former Stone Roses singer Ian Brown and Bootsy Collins' Tribute to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, at this year's Fuji Rock Festival. Tok ...

  35. Coldplay, Pistols, Verve Set For Summer Sonic

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Coldplay has announced its first show of 2008 at Japan's Summer Sonic festival, to be held Aug. 9 in Tokyo and the following day in Osaka. The group will be flanked by the Verve, the Sex Pistols, the Prodigy, Alicia Keys and Fatboy Slim, amon ...

  36. Billboard Q&A: Viper Room's Harry Morton

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Pink Taco Restaurants founder Harry Morton will get a taste of the live music business following his recent purchase of Los Angeles' 250-capacity Viper Room, which sits on Hollywood's Sunset Strip. Morton, whose father Peter Morton found ...

  37. BMG Japan, Hostess Strike Distribution Deal

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST BMG Japan has struck an agreement to exclusively distribute Hostess Entertainment's catalog and new releases, with effect from March 1. The deal will cover all the Tokyo-based indie label's repertoire from partnerships in the market, inc ...

  38. L.A.'s Viper Room Sold To Morton

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Viper Room, which sits on Los Angeles' Sunset Strip, has been sold to Pink Taco Restaurants founder Harry Morton, whose father Peter Morton founded the Hard Rock Cafes and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Financial terms of the ...

  39. Koda Apologizes For Radio Remark

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Chart-topping Japanese female vocalist Kumi Koda is in hot water after saying on a radio program that women should have babies early because once past age 35 they have "rotten" fluid in their uteruses. The resulting protests caused Koda& ...

  40. Indie Avex Topples Sony In Japan

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based Independent label Avex has edged out Sony as Japan's top CD label in market-share terms, according to SoundScan Japan. The music-sales tracking service says that Avex Marketing had a market share of 15.4% in 2007, while Sony Music ...

  41. No Summer Flight For Zeppelin

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Don't expect to see Led Zeppelin on the road near you this summer. The current incarnation of the veteran rock act has no plans to play live -- until at least after September, says guitarist Jimmy Page. Speaking in Tokyo today (Jan. 28), Page ...

  42. Google, Kadokawa Group To Launch YouTube Site

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Google and Tokyo-based media conglomerate Kadokawa Group Holdings announced a "new content partnership" today (Jan. 25) based on Google-developed video identification technology the two companies have been jointly testing. "As the t ...

  43. YouTube, Kadokawa To Unveil 'Content Partnership'

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST YouTube and Tokyo-based media conglomerate Kadokawa Group Holdings on Jan. 25 will announce a "new content partnership" including video-image recognition technology, according to informed sources. Last July it was reported that Kadokawa ...

  44. Legendary Japanese Rockers Reform

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Legendary Japanese "visual-kei" band X Japan will play two reunion gigs at Tokyo Dome March 28 and 30, the band’s drummer/leader Yoshiki announced Jan. 19. In 1992, X Japan became the first Japanese band to sell out the 50,000-seat Dome. ...

  45. Fuji Rocks In July

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST This year's Fuji Rock Festival will be held July 25-27 at the Naeba ski resort in Niigata Prefecture, northwest of Tokyo, promoter Smash Corp. has confirmed. Tokyo-based Smash Corp. president Masahiro Hidaka says that because 2008 marks 150 y ...

  46. Reports: Apple Gearing Up For Japan iPhone Launch

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Unconfirmed media reports say Apple Computer is holding talks with Japanese mobile carriers as it prepares for the expected launch of the iPhone in Japan next year. According to the reports, major Japanese telecoms NTT DoCoMo and SoftBank Mobile a ...

  47. VPD, Hostess Team On Japanese Sales, Marketing

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Digital music services firm Vital PIAS Digital has struck a sales and marketing deal with Hostess Entertainment, the Tokyo-based label management, promotion, sales and distribution company, with immediate effect. Through the arrangement, unveiled ...

  48. Japanese Hostess Ready For Radiohead

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based independent music company Hostess Entertainment is gearing up for its Dec. 26 release of the Japanese edition of Radiohead's album "In Rainbows." Digital promotion activities, including a Japanese version of the existing ...

  49. EMI Japan Enters Management Unit

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based label EMI Music Japan said Thursday (Nov. 29) that it is launching a management company to enhance and broaden the services it offers to artists. EMI Entertainment Japan will manage all areas of artists' careers, including music p ...

  50. Indie Rockers Feel The 'Frequency' In L.A.

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall will host two concerts this January as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic-presented Concrete Frequency, a series of events that explores the effects of urban environments on music and art. The first c ...

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