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  1. The Power of Music and Madiba: An 89th Birthday Party for Mandela and the History Books (Guest Post)

    December 10, 2013 10:25 AM EST By Ralph Simon as told to Florie Brizel Ralph Simon, a world-recognized leader in the fields of mobile entertainment and music, is a native South African living in London. Florie Brizel is a freelance writer in Los Angeles and co-author of “Words ...

  2. Business Matters: Mobile Phone Study Brings Both Good and Bad News for Digital Music Services

    October 22, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Nearly half of the world's population has a mobile-phone subscription, according to a new study. The bad news? Just a fraction of those people can subscribe to the music services of Western markets. The world's mobile phone population is ...

  3. Backbeat: Music Unites Launches at LA's House of Rock With Women Music Execs, H.S. Students, BRMC, 30 Fender Strats

    September 25, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Women in Music: From Left: Warner Bros. Records VP of radio promotion Julie Muncy; KIIS LA assistant PD/music director Julie Pilat; WBR artist Helena; ICM music agent, Caroline Yim; What's Trending co-founder/keynote speaker Shira Lazar;, Kin ...

  4. International Jazz Day Celebrated at United Nations, New Orleans With Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett, Others

    May 01, 2012 6:30 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- As the morning sun spilled over the New Orleans' skyline Monday, jazz musicians Herbie Hancock, Ellis Marsalis and others kicked off International Jazz Day with a sunrise concert that included ritual drumming and a string ...

  5. Herbie Hancock, U.N. Ambassador, Launches International Jazz Day

    March 20, 2012 8:18 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy. The renowned jazz pianist's first major initiative since being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz ...

  6. Watch: Kim Dotcom Defend Legality of Megaupload

    March 06, 2012 6:44 AM EST The U.S. government has formally filed papers to extradite Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom from New Zealand to face trial for breaking copyright laws. The move has been expected for some time. Federal prosecutors filed the case against Megaupload ex ...

  7. Business Matters: Lessons from the Annual Village Voice Critics Poll

    January 26, 2012 8:37 PM EST Lessons from the Annual Village Voice Critics Poll -- The challenges of today's record business are on full display in the latest Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll . The annual list compiles music critics' votes for the year' ...

  8. How Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Trey Songz Helped USAID Raise Funds for Eastern Africa

    January 03, 2012 7:30 AM EST As a devastating famine rips its way across eastern Africa and America continues its economic slump, the U.S. government's development arm has teamed up with MTV this holiday season to try a new way to raise much-needed funds to help many of ...

  9. Farm Aid: Making a Difference Since 1985

    November 29, 2011 8:02 AM EST With Music Business Support, Farm Aid's Main Players: Dave Matthews, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson Leave Impact This is what the music business has long known about Farm Aid: On one day, each year, since 1985, Farm Aid co-founders Willie Nel ...

  10. Rick Riccoboo Responds to Jim Griffin's Call for WIPO to Create International Music Registry: Guest Post

    July 01, 2011 8:00 AM EDT ( Rick Riccobono is an International Rights Licensing Consultant at the U.K.'s New Media Law .) An Open Letter in Response to Jim Griffin's Comments Regarding WIPO's International Music Registry It was with mixed feelings that I rec ...

  11. Business Matters: Pandora Raises IPO Price, BTIG Analyst Advises Investors to Pass

    June 10, 2011 4:14 PM EDT Pandora IPO: Bulls vs. Bears -- Pandora is feeling good about its initial public offering of common stock. The company has upped the number of shares and its target price for its IPO, according to a revised S-1 SEC filing . The original plan was t ...

  12. Pub Briefs: Bug Lands Sugar Hill Catalog; Harry Fox Offers Discount; Plus, Danzig!

    May 25, 2011 4:23 PM EDT --Bug Music has entered into an exclusive agreement to administer the rights to Sugar Hill Records' music publishing catalog, which is comprised of 600 songs in the country, bluegrass and Americana genres. The rosters at Sugar Hill Records� ...

  13. Sohanny, Francisca Valenzuela Rock BMI Showcase at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    April 28, 2011 1:10 PM EDT The BMI Showcase in Miami's Warehouse District featued a diverse slate of up-and-comers (Photo: Arnold Turner/A. Turner Archives) Wednesday night's BMI showcase at the Billboard Latin Music Conference faced challenges from the start. Fir ...

  14. Musician Michel Martelly Wins Haitian Election

    April 05, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Singer and political outsider Michel Martelly is the winner of Haiti's presidential election, beating former first lady Mirlande Manigat, according to official preliminary results, a senior electoral council official said on Monday. "Mar ...

  15. RICHARD ASHCROFT -- "UNITED NATIONS OF SOUND'

    March 28, 2011 11:04 AM EDT Richard Ashcroft We can lament that the Verve's 2008 reunion didn't take, or we can remember that Richard Ashcroft solo has been a pretty good thing since "Alone With Everybody" arrived in 2000. But his first solo album in fo ...

  16. Oscar Nominee Hans Zimmer Talks 'Dark Knight Rises,' Next 'Pirates Of The Caribbean'

    February 25, 2011 3:42 PM EST Guitar sounds have been big in film composer Hans Zimmer's life lately. If he picks up his second Academy Award Sunday the nod will owe a debt to the performance from ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr on "Inception." "Rango," ...

  17. Robin Gibb, Roger Faxon To Give Keynotes At 2011 World Copyright Summit

    February 23, 2011 3:30 PM EST The World Copyright Summit, to be held June 7-8 in Brussels, has announced its schedule. The event will feature a slate of keynote speakers, including the WIPO director general Francis Gurry, two European Commission officials, CISAC president Robi ...

  18. MIDEM 2011: Billboard.biz Will Be All Over It!

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST This weekend, the annual MIDEM conference gets underway, bringing the music industry together in Cannes, France, to assess the current state of the business and set the stage for the year to come. Billboard's team -- including Editorial Direc ...

  19. Richard Ashcroft Signs With Razor & Tie

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following the brief reunion of British alt-rockers The Verve in 2008, frontman Richard Ashcroft has signed with Razor & Tie for the North American release of "The United Nations of Sound," his fourth solo album produced by No I.D. (J ...

  20. Songwriter Camp Launches At Reeperbahn Fest

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The first German Songwriter Camp was attended by more than 20 authors from Germany, Sweden, England, Japan and Australia in a studio in Hamburg during the Reeperbahn Festival. It was organized by the two Hamburg-based music publishers AMV Talpa an ...

  21. Wyclef Can't Appeal Haiti Poll Exclusion: Council

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A ruling by Haiti's electoral council that disqualified hip-hop star Wyclef Jean from running for the presidency is final and cannot be appealed, a council lawyer said on Tuesday. The Haitian-born and U.S.-based singer-songwriter said on Sund ...

  22. Wyclef Resigns From Charity Before Haiti Campaign

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wyclef Jean has stepped down as leader of the embattled aid group he founded as he prepares to formally declare his candidacy for the Haitian presidency. The singer released a statement that he was resigning the chairmanship of Yele Haiti effectiv ...

  23. Eminem's ‘Recovery’ Continues In Europe

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Eminem's "Recovery" (Interscope/Universal) started its fourth aggregate week at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday, as "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The World/UMTV) by Yolanda Be Cool & Dcup mov ...

  24. Australian Indigenous Singer Ruby Hunter Dies

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Celebrated indigenous Australian singer, songwriter and storyteller Ruby Hunter passed away this morning after suffering a heart attack. A two-time ARIA Award nominee, Hunter and her partner in life and music Archie Roach provided the enduring voi ...

  25. The Hours Label Launches Climate Change Download

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French independent label the Hours has targeted 50 million downloads as part of a new climate change initiative, which aims to gather global support by distributing a free track. The 'tck tck tck' campaign, designed by French adverti ...

  26. Editorial: Playing For Peace

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes' Peace Without Borders concert, slated for Sept. 20 in Havana's Plaza de la Revolución, has unleashed a maelstrom of debate about the ethics of performing in the country. Juanes will perform with Puerto ...

  27. International Acts Sign On For Juanes' 'Peace' Concert

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An international lineup of Latin acts will join Colombian rocker Juanes at his controversial "Paz Sin Fronteras" (Peace Without Borders) concert, scheduled for Havana, Cuba Sept. 20. The free concert, which coincides with the United Nati ...

  28. Christina Aguilera Onboard With Yum! World Hunger Relief

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Christina Aguilera is raising her voice to help fight world hunger. Yum! Brands announced today that the singer will be the global spokesperson for the company’s World Hunger Relief effort. Aguilera will appear in public service announcements and ...

  29. Bruce Springsteen, Wilco Soar At Bonnaroo

    June 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen on Saturday night found himself in a position he probably can't remember last being in: having to preach to the not necessarily converted. Springsteen and the E Street Band's headlining slot at Bonnaroo was only the ban ...

  30. Stormy Bonnaroo Kicks Off, Jimmy Bufffett Added To Lineup

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As predicted throughout the week, the rains came down midway through opening night at Bonnaroo on Thursday, scattering campers, bringing the ponchos out early and cutting up the festival grounds into mud puddles on an otherwise temperate and diver ...

  31. Time Life, TV One Musically Chronicle The Civil Rights Movement

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST With Barack Obama's recent inauguration as the nation's first African-American president, Black History Month (February) takes on added significance in 2009. Among the music-related projects being rolled out this month is Time Life' ...

  32. Day-By-Day: The Obama Inauguration Music Guide

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The official Presidential Inauguration kick-off event featuring Bono and Bruce Springsteen on Jan. 18 is one of dozens of Washington D.C. bashes celebrating President-elect Barack Obama's Jan. 20 swearing-in. Aretha Franklin, the Dead, Beyonc ...

  33. Live Earth India Canceled After Attacks

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Live Earth India concert, scheduled to be held in Mumbai on Sunday, has been called off after terror attacks in India's financial capital killed nearly 200 people, organisers said. American musician Jon Bon Jovi, British rocker Roger Wate ...

  34. New Canadian Copyright Legislation To Come

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New Canadian copyright legislation will be introduced tomorrow, the federal Conservative government said this afternoon. The music industry blames lax copyright legislation for the proliferation of file sharing in the country and a decline of more ...

  35. Report: Apple Readies HD Radio Push

    December 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST According to a story at iLounge.com, an independent provider of information about all things iPod- and iPhone-related, Apple plans a push during the Macworld Expo event in San Francisco next month for HD Radio-equipped boom boxes that have iPod do ...

  36. Kylie Debuts At No. 1 In Oz

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kylie Minogue's tenth studio album "X" opened at the top of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart this week. The set, her first in four years, shipped platinum (70,000 units), according to her Australian label M ...

  37. Warped Tour's Lyman Delves Into Film

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As this year's annual Vans Warped Tours comes to an end Aug. 25 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., tour founder and producer Kevin Lyman will soon have his hands full with another project: the upcoming teen comedy flick "Endless ...

  38. Copyright Row Dominates Summit

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Day one of the inaugural CISAC Copyright Summit has wrapped, after an afternoon session dominated by a stand-off between delegates and controversial Creative Commons founder Prof. Lawrence Lessig. Creative Commons issues copyright licenses that al ...

  39. Eurovision Win Boosts Serbia Mood After Tough Year

    May 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The victory of Marija Serifovic at the 2007 Eurovision song contest caused an outpouring of national pride in Serbia, a country more used to rebuffs from Europe over its wartime past than to accolades. Serbs took to the streets with flags, tooting ...

  40. White Stripes To Visit Uncharted Territory

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The White Stripes have locked down plans for a 27-date summer trek that will take the duo into select North American markets for the first time, beginning June 24 in Burnaby, B.C. "For the 10th anniversary of this band, we're going to pl ...

  41. Thailand's King To Receive WIPO Award

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be the recipient of the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Global Leaders Award in recognition of his contribution to intellectual property as an inventor and active proponent of int ...

  42. MySpace Hosting Concerts For Sudan Relief

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Site will organize 20 concerts. The online hangout MySpace.com will organize 20 concerts featuring bands promoted on its site as part of a campaign to raise awareness and money for humanitarian relief in Sudan. The site, which grew in popularity t ...

  43. Jay-Z Touring To Spread Water Crisis Awareness

    August 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT MTV documentary on issue will air Nov. 24. Def Jam president Jay-Z will trek to several countries plagued by the world's water crisis for the MTV documentary "Diary of Jay-Z: Water for Life," which will air Nov. 24 on MTV stations w ...

  44. U.S. To Retain Oversight Of Internet

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) voted Nov. 16 in Tunis to retain U.S. oversight of the Internet. The Bush administration and Congress pushed for an Internet free of i WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The United Nations World S ...

  45. U.S. To Retain Oversight Of Internet

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Vote took place at U.N. World Summit. Vote took place at U.N. World Summit. News ...

  46. U.S. To Retain Oversight Of Internet

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Vote took place at U.N. World Summit. The U.N. World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) voted today (Nov. 16) in Tunis, Tunisia to retain U.S. oversight of the Internet. The Bush administration and Congress pushed for an Internet free of int ...

  47. UNESCO Endorses 'Cultural Diversity'

    October 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The United Nations' cultural agency, UNESCO, approved a convention yesterday (Oct. 20) that allows countries to protect their music, movies and other cultural activities. The United Nations' cultural agency UNESCO approved a convention y ...

  48. EU Insists On International Control Of The Internet

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The European Union insisted Sept. 30 that governments and the private sector must share the responsibility of overseeing the Internet, setting the stage for a showdown with the United States on the fu BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union insisted S ...

  49. This Week's Top Stories

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT <UL> <LI>FCC Moves Up Deadline For Digital TV Tuners</LI> <LI>Diller Sells Stake In VUE</LI> <LI>Ritmo Refuses Shakira Set</LI> <LI>U.S. Faults U.N. Diversity Treaty</LI> </UL> For these ...

  50. MTV Ups Roedy, Scannell

    March 17, 2005 12:00 AM EST Execs add vice chairman title. Viacom's MTV Networks has named Bill Roedy and Herb Scannell as vice chairmen. The two also continue in their roles as MTV Networks International president and Nickelodeon Networks president, respectively. Both ...

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