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  1. Guvera Reveals User Numbers, Plans Expansion

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported digital music service Guvera has revealed some user-habits for the first time since its March launch. The service currently counts more than 75,000 users across both its U.S. and Australian operations, with a nudge over 40,000 hailing ...

  2. Daddy Yankee Sues Universal Music For Copyright Infringement

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Daddy Yankee has sued Universal Music for $10 million over alleged copyright infringement and unjust enrichment, stemming from what the reggaeton star says is the company's unauthorized exploitation of his albums. The lawsuit, filed last week ...

  3. Business Matters: Guy Hands, EMI, Apple, Music Lockers and More

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Guy Hands has reportedly chosen to raise £105 million ($160 million) – far lower than the £360 million ($548 million) Terra Firma recently set as a target – and has little time to do it. Terra Firma’s largest investors have given a verbal commi ...

  4. Business Matters: PlayMPE, EMI, CD Baby, WMG and more

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - PlayMPE , a digital delivery system used by labels to service promotional music, was hacked last week and a number of albums were leaked as a result. AbsolutePunk posted an email PlayMPE sent a letter to one of the band’s whose release had been ...

  5. Mflow Launches In U.K.

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The social music discovery service mflow has officially launched in the U.K. It was has been operating a closed trial for 10,000 invited users since October 2009. From April 15, it has removed access restrictions, though it remains for U.K residen ...

  6. Universal, German Savings Banks Partner On Downloads

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has launched a partnership with the German Savings Bank Association (DSGV) on the Soundaccount credit card package. For an annual subscription of between €12 ($16) and €20 ($26.70) - different banks can decide on the amount they ch ...

  7. A&M/Octone Records CEO Diener To Keynote NARM

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT James Diener, CEO/president of A&M/Octone Records, will deliver the opening keynote address on May 16 at the association's annual convention, which will be held at the Hilton Chicago on May 15-17. In his address, Diener, who founded Octon ...

  8. Bandit.fm Expands Into Streaming Service

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australia has leapt into the online subscription business via its Bandit.fm music portal. Bandit first went live as a download-only MP3 store in November 2008, and currently has more than 187,000 members, according to Sony Music Austral ...

  9. Court Rules Bushido Plagiarized French Act

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German rapper Bushido stole parts of songs from the French band Dark Sanctuary and must now pay a sum of €63,000 ($84,000) in damages to the original composers, a court has ruled. This concerns 13 Dark Sanctuary songs, parts of which Bushido u ...

  10. Crowded House Leaves EMI For Universal

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Crowded House has a new label home, and a new album on the way. The celebrated antipodean melodic rock act - comprising Neil Finn, Mark Hart, Nick Seymour and Matt Sherrod - will release the new studio album "Intriguer" this June through ...

  11. Bundled Music 'Worth $155 Million To U.K. ISPs By 2013'

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST A study has found that bundled digital music services could generate £103 million ($155 million) of potential direct revenue a year for U.K. Internet Service Providers by 2013. Global industry analyst Ovum was commissioned to produce the study, &q ...

  12. Lady Gaga Wins Big At ECHO Awards

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Gaga was the main winner of the ECHO German music awards, held in front of an audience of 4,000 in Berlin. Lady Gaga - who did not attend - got the awards in the categories female artist rock/pop international, best newcomer of the year inter ...

  13. Veoh Closing Down, UMG Lawsuit Blamed

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Online video sharing site Veoh is going out of business. The AllThingsD blog says it cut the entire staff yesterday and a bankruptcy filing is expected soon. So far no word on exactly what happened, but one of Veoh's boardmembers, Todd Dagres ...

  14. Universal's Deutschrock Partners With Arvato

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Arvato Digital Services, which is owned by the German media group Bertelsmann, is to partner with Universal Music's Berlin-based merchandising company Deutschrock. Deutschrock was founded in the early '90s by the German band "Die Är ...

  15. Exile Triumphs At Billboard Japan Music Awards 2009

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Exile was the big winner at the inaugural Billboard Japan Music Awards, held at the Billboard Live venue in the Roppongi Midtown shopping and business complex in central Tokyo. Chart-topping 14-member pop act Exile picked up artist of the year 200 ...

  16. @MIDEM: South African Licensing Platform Unveiled

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Cape Town-based Keevision used the MIDEM trade fair and conference to announce the launch of Africori, a business-to-business platform for licensing of African music. The announcement was made in Cannes by Africori founder and CEO Yoel Kenan, a mu ...

  17. Virgin Media: What Does 'Unlimited Music' Mean?

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seven months after Universal Music signed up to Virgin Media's proposed all-you-can-eat MP3 service, the UMG exec behind the U.K. deal admitted there was a "philosophical debate" in the biz about the meaning of unlimited downloads. ...

  18. Guy Ritchie Signs Pub Band To New Label

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Film director Guy Ritchie has launched a record label named after his London pub the Punchbowl. Punchbowl Recordings, a subsidiary of Universal Music, has already made its first signing -- the pub's in-house Irish group called the Punchbowl B ...

  19. Def Leppard Developing Cartoon Series

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Def Leppard is getting animated about its career. The veteran British metal group has entered a wide-ranging deal with music publishing company Primary Wave, which is developing various marketing and branding opportunities. Among them is a cartoon ...

  20. EMI Acquires European Merch Distributor

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has acquired Loudclothing.com, Europe's largest independent music merchandise distributor, from Completely Independent Distribution (CID). Terms were not disclosed. The U.K. company will now operate as part of EMI's global merc ...

  21. Paulina Rubio To Perform At Premios 40 Principales

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mexican singer Paulina Rubio zipped into Madrid to receive platinum and gold discs today (Dec. 10) for her latest album and single, and to perform tomorrow at the Premios 40 Principales '09 awards gala in front of 15,000 fans in the Spanish c ...

  22. Virgin Media Making 'Good Progress' On Music Service

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. media company Virgin Media has insisted it is moving ahead on its unlimited MP3 subscription service, which was due to launch by the end of 2009. It follows a report by New Media Age suggesting that EMI was finalising an agreement to join the ...

  23. Publishing Briefs: Hal Leonard, EMI Music Publishing

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Hal Leonard Corp. is taking over exclusive distribution of the publishing catalog of Randall and Nancy Faber , the husband-and-wife team of authors/educators, which have more than 200 publications in their catalog. The long-term global deal for ...

  24. U.K. Music Biz Monitors Developments At Borders

    November 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry is keeping a watchful eye over developments at troubled book retail chain Borders U.K. following the company's recent fall into administration - roughly equivalent to Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (Billboard.biz, No ...

  25. Ladyhawke Wins 6 NZ Music Awards

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ladyhawke was the big winner at the New Zealand Music Awards, taking home six of the awards - known as 'Tuis' - in Auckland. The U.K.-based artist, whose real name is Pip Brown, won the album of the year for "Ladyhawke" (Modula ...

  26. K'Naan Celebrates His World Cup Anthem

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Somalian-born, Canadian-based hip-hop artist K'Naan has spoken about the "unity and celebration" that will connect with his song "Wavin' Flag," after it was chosen as the official anthem of Coca-Cola's 2010 FIFA ...

  27. Orange U.K.'s 'Monkey' Promoted At Malls

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Telco Orange U.K. will promote its new music streaming service, Monkey, with hologram screenings of performances at shopping malls across the U.K. The service operates in partnership with Universal Music. Commencing Sept. 19 and 20, the gigs will ...

  28. Russian Download Store Fidel Returns To Original Owners

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fidel.ru, one of Russia's largest music download stores, has returned to its previous owners following financial problems for majority stakeholder RBC. The media group RBC, which has recently faced major financial problems, obtained a control ...

  29. Sony Mexico 'Disappointed' By Police Raid

    September 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music says it is "surprised and disappointed" by a prosecutor's raid that seized thousands of discs from its Mexico City offices as part of a legal dispute with ranchera singer Alejandro Fernandez. Sony Music Entertainment Mexi ...

  30. Authorities Seize Alejandro Fernandez Recordings From Sony Music Mexico

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The management office of Mexican singer Alejandro Fernández confirmed that Mexico’s Federal Public Ministry conducted a search of Sony Music’s Mexico offices and seized albums, master recordings and cover art of Fernández. The search and seizure w ...

  31. Music Label Video Site Vevo In Talks With CBS, NBC

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vevo, an online music video start-up backed by two major music labels and supported by YouTube's technology platform, is in talks with CBS Corp and NBC to license and develop shows for the Web, according to two people familiar with the talks. ...

  32. Orange Launches $8 Million 'Monkey' Campaign

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Telco Orange has launched a £5 million ($8 million) U.K. marketing campaign for its new mobile music package, Monkey, which offers free streaming of Universal Music's catalog. The service, on which it has partnered with Universal Music and Ch ...

  33. Pearl Jam Offers Ticket, Album Bundle Down Under

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pearl Jam is bundling their new album into ticket sales for their upcoming Australasian stadium tour. Ticket-buyers have an option to buy two separate "Backspacer" bundles. One version contains the forthcoming album and an exclusive, liv ...

  34. Michael Jackson, Black Eyed Peas Control U.K. Charts

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas, already boasting the longest successive stay at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with 17 weeks in total for "Boom Boom Pow" and "I Gotta Feeling" (Interscope/Universal), jumped 3-1 in the U.K. with the latter s ...

  35. Universal, Orange Target Youth Market

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Telco Orange has partnered with Universal Music on a free mobile and PC streaming service aimed at young people in the U.K., which the major describes as an "anti-piracy initiative." U.K. broadcaster Channel 4's 4Music brand is the ...

  36. U2 Equals Global BBC TV Sales Push

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BBC Worldwide Music, part of the commercial arm of U.K. broadcaster the BBC, has unveiled two major new U2 shows that it is making available for sale to international broadcasters. The programs include the Irish band's roof-top performance on ...

  37. Warner Music, YouTube Still Talking On Deal

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is still in talks with video sharing site YouTube to license its artists' music videos even after all its major rivals have renewed their deals. EMI Music, the smallest of the big four music labels, quietly renewed its deal ...

  38. Orange Goes DRM-Free

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Orange Music Store is to offer music free of Digital Rights Management in the U.K. in partnership with Universal Music, EMI Music and a number of independent labels. The DRM-free catalog amounts to more than 700,000 tracks and it will be " ...

  39. Next Move For Marshall Chess

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Marshall Chess has joined with industry figures Eddie Piller and Fredrik Ekander to form Tri-Sound, a new label specializing in contemporary soul. The label's first release will be the Third Degree's northern soul reworking of Duffy' ...

  40. Black Eyed Peas' Tour Heads Down Under

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Black Eyed Peas will be heading down under for a six-date tour in support of their chart-topping latest album "The E.N.D." (Interscope). Michael Gudinski's Frontier Touring Company will promote the Australasian leg of The E.N.D. Wor ...

  41. Violent Soho Wrapping New Set

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Aussie buzz band Violent Soho is currently camped in the Welsh countryside putting the finishing touches to their awaited new record for Thurston Moore's Ecstatic Peace label, Billboard.biz can reveal. Gil Norton (The Pixies, Echo and the Bun ...

  42. Death Row Back To Life With Publishing Deal, New Releases

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music publisher EverGreen, which owns the catalogs of 2 Live Crew, Third Eye Blind, MC Hammer, Tupac Shakur and others, has signed a deal with WIDEawake, the Canada-based development company that acquired the assets of Death Row Records earlier th ...

  43. Regulator Shows Mercy For Duffy Coke Commercial

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected complaints that a commercial for Diet Coke featuring Welsh singer Duffy conflicted with health and safety practices, and was inappropriately influential for children under 12. The ...

  44. Biz Reacts To Digital Britain

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Despite a pledge in the Digital Britain report to ultimately oblige Internet Service Providers to employ technical measures against copyright infringers if there is no "significant" reduction in illegal file-sharing, the music industry s ...

  45. Virgin Media, Universal Offer 'World First' Unlimited MP3s

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telco and cable TV company Virgin Media has partnered with Universal Music on an unlimited download service described as a "world first" in that users will be able to keep all the MP3 downloads forever. The announcement appears to p ...

  46. A-ha To Play Commercial Radio Awards

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Multi-million selling Norwegian pop act a-ha will perform at the 2009 Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards in London on June 5. The appearance precedes the U.K. release of the Universal Music act's ninth studio album, "Foot of the Mountain,&qu ...

  47. Majors On Board For Streaming Service Jiwa

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT French digital music platform Jiwa has signed licensing agreements with Warner Music, EMI Music and Sony Music Entertainment for its on-demand streaming service. Following an earlier deal with Universal Music, Jiwa now has the four majors on board ...

  48. ARIA Honors No. 1 Acts Down Under

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new brigade of Aussie artists were on song today (May 13), when labels body ARIA presented its seventh annual No. 1 Chart Awards at Doltone House in Sydney. ARIA's ceremony celebrated those domestic acts who topped the national singles, a ...

  49. People's Music Store Signs Universal Deal

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT People's Music Store, a new London-based digital download platform that allows fans to market music online, has signed a deal with Universal Music to license more than 300,000 tracks including songs by Amy Winehouse, Duffy, U2, Kanye West, Ja ...

  50. Amazon Launches German MP3 Store

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.de is the latest Amazon online retail platform to offer digital downloads. The German service launched today (April 1) with a catalog of 5 million DRM-free tracks. Like the U.K. Amazon MP3 store, which launched in December, prices are compe ...

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