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  1. U.K. Providers and Trade Bodies Drafting Program to Address Infringement

    May 09, 2014 12:30 PM EDT A quartet of UK internet service providers have come to an agreement on how to address copyright infringement, according to the BBC. Virgin Media, BT, Sky and TalkTalk are drafting a program that will have the companies monitoring filesharing netw ...

  2. Morning Fix: Beyonce's Sales Soar; Lipmans Re-Up; Indies & Higher Postal Rates; SiriusXM Earnings

    February 05, 2013 12:09 AM EST INCREASED POSTAGE RATES FORCE INDIE LABELS TO CHANGE TACTICS A new round of shipping rate increases from the United States Postal Service— which now charges on a sliding, weight-based scale— is putting palpable pressure on indie labels that rely o ...

  3. Business Matters: Spotify UK Shows That the Freemium Model Is Not 'Unsustainable'

    October 09, 2012 6:11 PM EDT A business model that pays rights holders nearly every dollar, euro or pound generated is clearly not sustainable. This fact is obvious to Billboard readers as well as a digital service's management and the company's investors. Last week ...

  4. Morning Fix: 'Jay-Z's Nets,' Cooking Vinyl's New Rock Label, Sir Paul on Pussy Riot, Elvis

    August 16, 2012 8:48 AM EDT No, Jay-Z Is Not The Brooklyn Nets Majority Owner From the outside looking in at all of his contributions to the new Brooklyn Nets franchise - from lobbying for the new arena to designing the team logo -- one would think Jay-Z would own more than ...

  5. Business Matters: fun., Gotye, Justin Bieber Drive Big YTD Gain in Digital Track Sales

    May 04, 2012 4:13 PM EDT Top Few Songs Behind Digital Boost A handful of songs have accounted for a big share of the 31.6-million unit - equal to 7.2% -- gain in track sales in 2012 through April 29. The top 3 songs represent 10.3% of the gain. The top 10 songs account fo ...

  6. British High Court Orders ISPs To Block Pirate Bay

    April 30, 2012 1:28 PM EDT The British High Court has ordered five of the U.K.'s biggest ISPs to block users from accessing illegal file-sharing site the Pirate Bay. The ruling by Justice Arnold was made late last Friday (April 27) and was officially announced today. I ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Business Matters: Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise

    October 31, 2011 6:38 PM EDT Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise -- Grooveshark's Facebook app has seen its number of daily users increase fourfold in the last two weeks. Numbers at AppData show the music service's Facebook app went from 100,000 daily a ...

  9. Spotify Now Has 2 Million Global Subscribers, Up 400,000 Since July

    September 21, 2011 4:43 PM EDT Spotify now has 2 million paying subscribers in eight countries (the US and seven markets in Western Europe). The number, revealed during a CNBC interview with CEO Daniel Ek, according to a company spokesperson, implies Spotify has gained about 40 ...

  10. Business Matters: Games Top Mobile Apps Category, Music Fifth

    July 06, 2011 6:19 PM EDT Gaming Tops Mobile Apps; Music, Not So Much -- Games are the most popular category of mobile apps but music isn't too far behind, according to new figures released by Nielsen. Game apps have been used by 64% of app downloads in the previous 3 ...

  11. Spotify Announces U.S. Launch

    July 06, 2011 1:26 PM EDT After years of promises and excuses, Spotify has finally made its U.S. launch official -- sort of. The company went live today with a launch page saying that it will go live in the U.S. "soon" and asking anyone interested to enter their ...

  12. Spotify, Virgin Media Partnership Is the Future of Recorded Music

    July 06, 2011 11:48 AM EDT /bbbiz/industry/digital-and-mobile/business-matters-spotify-reportedly-launching-1005251182.story ...

  13. Virgin Media to Partner With Spotify: Report

    June 30, 2011 11:05 AM EDT After years of planning an innovative music service, British telecom Virgin Media will instead partner with Spotify, according to a report in The Guardian . The report went on to say the company is planning a limited trial of the service this summ ...

  14. Business Matters: Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011?

    March 04, 2011 7:58 PM EST Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011? -- After many false starts, is Qtrax on its way to a launch? And is it too late? The "free and legal" download service has completed a licensing deal with EMI and may hav ...

  15. U.K. Govt Says Wants Europe's Best Broadband By 2015

    December 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britain should have a digital hub in every community to help it build Europe's best broadband network by 2015, which could create up to 600,000 new jobs and add 18 billion pounds ($28 billion) to GDP, the government said. Culture ministers Je ...

  16. Report: Virgin Media set To Partner With Spotify

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Internet service provider Virgin Media is reportedly set to join with European streaming service Spotify for a music subscription offer. The Daily Telegraph reports that Virgin Media is close to agreeing a deal with Spotify. In June 2009, Vir ...

  17. U.K. Digital Economy Act: What Labels Will Pay

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following a consultation, the U.K. government has set out how costs are to be shared as part of the Digital Economy Act's measures to tackle online infringement of copyright. The Act will create a notification system - overseen by telecoms re ...

  18. Virgin Media Unveils Mobile Music Service

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Media is launching its new Virgin Music Media Store mobile download service at the U.K.'s V Festival this weekend (Aug. 21-22). The U.K. service goes live with 1 million tracks on Aug. 21. Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and EMI ...

  19. ISPs' Legal Challenge to U.K. Anti-Piracy Law

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telcos BT and Talk Talk are seeking a judicial review of the Digital Economy Act, which was voted through parliament in April. The BBC reports that the two Internet Service Providers want the High Court to clarify the legality of the new law. ...

  20. Ofcom Publishes U.K. Anti-Piracy Plan

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A proposed code of practice covering the anti-piracy measures for the U.K. has been published by the telecoms regulator Ofcom. It will allow for the implementation of legislative measures contained in the Digital Economy Act. The code is now subje ...

  21. Noel Gallagher Jams With Paul Weller In London

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher joined Paul Weller on-stage at the Modfather's intimate London show. Gallagher -- who split with Oasis last year - guested last night (April 21) on guitar and vocals on versions of Oasis' 2005 song " ...

  22. Business Matters: Merlin, Virgin, Sirius XM, Tower Records and More

    March 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- As the gateway to the Internet, record labels see ISPs as a natural partner for music services. But nobody said it was going to be easy. Case in point: Indie label alliance Merlin has not reached an agreement with Virgin Media for the ISP’s upc ...

  23. Virgin Media's Delayed Subscription Service Still On Track

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Media 's music subscription service is late but still on track. The company's head of media relations said the service is "well progressed" but added the company is "still working" on licensing deals with conte ...

  24. Digital Radio U.K. Appoints Chairman

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital Radio U.K. has appointed Adam Singer as its chairman. The radio industry body tasked with preparing the U.K. for digital switchover said Singer will take up the role with immediate effect. He will work alongside chief executive Ford Ennals ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Kings Of Leon, Kasabian To Headline V Fest

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s V Festival will marks its 15th anniversary with headline sets from Kings of Leon and U.K. rock act Kasabian in 2010. The festival is sponsored by Virgin Media and staged on two sites - at Hylands Park Chemlsford, Essex and Weston P ...

  27. The Rise of Lucian Grainge

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lucian Grainge was once described by Doug Morris, the man Grainge will replace as CEO of Universal Music Group (UMG) on Jan. 1, 2011, as a "killer shark." "He is so deceptive with that little kind face and those little glasses," ...

  28. 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. ...

  29. Business Matters: IFPI Sweden, Guvera, Virgin Media, Pemberton Festival

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Recorded music sales in Sweden posted a big turnaround in 2009. According to IFPI Sweden , music sales were up 10.2% -- the first increase since 2000. Digital sales rose 99%, but accounted for only 16% of total sales. Perhaps not coincidentally ...

  30. U.K. Consumer Group Urges EU Licensing Reform

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Consumer Focus, the independent watchdog for U.K. consumers, has called for an online database to make information on licensing freely available. The recommendation is part of Consumer Focus's response to the consultation document issued by t ...

  31. NME Radio To Go National On DAB

    December 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Alternative rock radio network NME Radio will launch on national DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) radio, effective Dec. 22. The eight-month trial period commences at 7am GMT. It launched on DAB in London only in May 2009. "Since launch, NME R ...

  32. Business Matters: Apple, Vevo, Virgin Media, Spotify

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Apple 's acquisition of Lala : What it might mean for both iTunes and record labels? Lala executives will be in "very significant rol ...

  33. Business Matters: MySpace, Imeem, Virgin Media, Google

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- On the day MySpace Music closed its purchase of Imeem , the imeem.com domain was redirected to myspace.com/imeem and visitors were greeted with ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Virgin Media To Trial U.K. File Sharing Analysis

    November 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. Internet Service Provider Virgin Media has partnered with British technology consultancy company Detica to trial technology that monitors levels of file-sharing traffic across its network. According to a spokesperson for Virgin Media, the Det ...

  36. Analysis: The Demos P2P Study and Other File-Sharing Numbers

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST As content owners lobby for anti-piracy legislation, the impact of file sharing on music purchases is more important than ever. A recent study on British file sharing by the think-tank Demos (and funded by Virgin Media, who will soon launch its ow ...

  37. U.K. Watchdog Recommends Liberalizing Media Ownership

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Britain's communications regulator recommended relaxing rules on ownership of local media to help commercial providers of regional news struggling to survive a slump in advertising. If approved by the government, the new rules recommended by ...

  38. Peter Norris Named Non-Exec Chair Of Virgin Group

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Former Barings Bank head Peter Norris has been announced as the non-executive chairman of the board for Virgin Group, the holding company that owns brands such as Virgin Media and Virgin Atlantic. Norris, 54, will take up his new role on November ...

  39. UK Report Guides Debate On Govt Anti-Piracy Role

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The All Party Parliamentary Communications Group apComms , a group created to provide discussion between the communications industry and British Parliamentarians, released a report on Thursday that is the culmination of an inquiry into what role g ...

  40. Business Matters: Global Gaming Factory, Live Nation, Spotify

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global Gaming Factory , the Swedish company that planned to buy The Pirate Bay and transform it into a legitimate company with a bold business ...

  41. Briefs: BT, Melodis, The Pirate Bay, Schuba's

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- BT , Britain's largest ISP, plans to launch a music subscription service and is reported to be in early talks with the four major music groups. BT's entry would be the third such service. Sky has planned a service, which may be out la ...

  42. Ladyhawke Among New U.K. V Fest Acts

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand-born pop singer Ladyhawke joins Lightning Seeds and Danish act Alphabeat as the latest additions to the U.K.'s 2009 V Festival. Held simultaneously in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire over the weekend of Aug ...

  43. MTV Networks Expands HD Service

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Germany, Hungary and Switzerland have become the latest territories to launch the international high-definition service from MTV Networks International (MTVNI), MTVNHD. The service will be hosted by Deutsche Telekom in Germany, Hello HD in Hungary ...

  44. AIM Members Urge BBC To Back Indies

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A vote of the AIM membership has approved a proposal for the U.K. independent music companies' trade body to lobby the BBC to play a wider range of independent music on national top 40 station Radio 1 and AC network Radio 2. The proposal won ...

  45. Lucian Grainge Delivers Bullish Keynote At BPI AGM

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge gave an optimistic keynote address at the BPI's annual general meeting in London, as the U.K. trade body issued figures showing an increase of 7% year-on-year for record company re ...

  46. Doherty Added To U.K. V Fest Line-Up

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Peter Doherty heads a raft of newly announced acts to appear on the Virgin Media Union stage at this year's U.K. V Festival, which takes place simultaneously in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire on Aug. 22 to 23. British ...

  47. Analysis: What the Virgin Media-UMG Deal Means

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Virgin Media, a UK Internet service provider, and Universal Music Group announced their plan to launch a music subscription service, the recording industry took major, positive steps in a new direction. The new service will feature UMG conten ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Carphone To Buy Tiscali U.K.

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British telecoms and retail group Carphone Warehouse has agreed to buy the British assets of Italian Internet service provider Tiscali for £236 million ($355.6 million) in cash, free of debt. Tiscali, with more than €600 million ($805.2 million) i ...

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