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  1. Aged 92, Dame Vera Lynn Has Britain's No. 1 Album

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a new U.K. album chart otherwise dominated by Beatles remasters, 92-year-old Dame Vera Lynn yesterday (Sunday, Sept. 13) became the oldest living artist to have a bestselling title as "We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn&quo ...

  2. Inaugural Hamburg Prize To Be Awarded

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The industry association Music City Hamburg will award the inaugural Hans - the Hamburg Music Prize on Sept. 24. With this new award, musicians who live in Hamburg will be honored in the category artist of the year, while there are additional awar ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Ladyhawke, Midnight Youth Up For 6 NZ Music Awards

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ladyhawke and Midnight Youth head the list of nominations for this year's New Zealand Music Awards. Vodafone is once again sponsoring the country's premier music industry event the Tuis, which will be held at the Vector Arena in Auckland ...

  5. ARIA Hall of Fame Inducts Five More

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Australian Recording Industry Association added five more names into its Hall of Fame Thursday (Aug. 27) night. The artists ranged from '70s pop singer John Paul Young, whose hits "Love Is In The Air" and "Yesterday's ...

  6. Magic Dirt's Dean Turner Dead At 37

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dean Turner, bass player and founding member of Australian alternative rock band Magic Dirt, died Aug. 21 after losing his battle with a rare form of tissue cancer. He was just 37. "As a founding member of Magic Dirt, Dean was the linchpin, t ...

  7. Pierre Tremblay Departs Nettwerk

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pierre Tremblay has left his role as SVP at Canada's Nettwerk Music Group, claiming the company has "lost focus." Tremblay has taken Toronto band Billy Talent with him for his new venture, Vancouver-based Hive Management. The rock a ...

  8. Spotify To Launch Service In China

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fast-growing Swedish Internet firm Spotify on Wednesday announced an agreement with Chinese media conglomerate Tom Group to bring Spotify's digital music-streaming service to China. Tom Group, which already has partnerships with eBay and Skyp ...

  9. Ticketmaster Names Ex-EMI Head As International CEO

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster Entertainment, the world's leading ticketing company, said on Monday it has appointed veteran EMI Music and Warner Music executive Roger Ames as its new chief executive of international operations. Ames, who most recently ran EMI ...

  10. Pan-European Deal For Warner, 7Digital

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music has extended its existing partnership with U.K.-based music store 7digital to sell Warner's Music's catalog across Europe. Effective immediately, the new deal allows 7digital stores in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and ...

  11. Latin Briefs: Movic Records, EMI, Sergio Vallin

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Mexican indie label Movic Records has signed an international licensing deal with EMI . Movic previously distributed through Warner, and achieved platinum sales in Mexico for its rock group Panda under that arrangement. Under the deal with EMI, ...

  12. Perez Hilton Gets Sliimy

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music's French pop artist Sliimy has become the first act signed to the major's Perezcious Music label, run by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton in the U.S. Sliimy, who sings in English, has had success in his native France and relea ...

  13. Hostess Entertainment, Beggars Form Partnership

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese independent music company Hostess Entertainment has reached agreement with leading indie Beggars Group on a licensing deal. The strategic licensing deals means Hostess will exclusively release Beggars' repertoire from its labels ...

  14. Alicia Keys To Guest On Upcoming Alejandro Sanz Album

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys will be a guest artist on Spaniard Alejandro Sanz's upcoming studio album. Keys tweeted a picture of herself with Sanz to fans, taken from a video shoot for the single "Looking for Paradise." The song will be included in ...

  15. Nokia Gets Skates On For Little Boots

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop act Little Boots is set to appear at next month's Nokia Skate Almighty event, as part of a promotion with the mobile manufacturer for her debut album "Hands" (Sixsevenine/Atlantic). The partnership includes a joint outdoor ...

  16. Industry Exec Zamora Launches Label

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Latin industry executive George Zamora has launched a new label, Zamora Music Group (ZMG). ZMG will be distributed by Sony Music Latin, which has an equity interest in the upstart label and is backing it. Zamora describes ZMG as a "bo ...

  17. Zebralution To Distribute Moby Album

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Moby's new independently released album "Wait For Me" will be digitally distributed across Europe by Zebralution. The New York-based electronic music artist is releasing the album via his own Little Idiot label after a long relation ...

  18. Alesha Dixon Fronts Toblerone Campaign

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop act Alesha Dixon is to front a new campaign for Toblerone chocolate, offering fans a free download of an exclusive new track. The free track is called "Before the Sun Goes Down," her label Asylum U.K. confirmed. The label is a d ...

  19. Oasis Vinyl Re-Issues

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock act Oasis will re-issue all seven of its albums plus its b-sides collection from July 13 in a limited edition vinyl re-press. Released through the band's own Big Brother label, the albums will be available worldwide through Warner M ...

  20. Green Day, Linkin Park Rock On Blu-Ray

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Entertainment has announced the release of key titles from Green Day, Linkin Park, Michael Buble and Josh Groban on Blu-ray for the first time, on June 22. Green Day's "Bullet in a Bible" is a video documentary of the b ...

  21. Spotify Previews Mobile App

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music streaming service Spotify has shown off its new mobile service working with Google's Android platform. The company, based in London and Stockholm, has posted a demo online at YouTube . The company stressed that the app for Android-power ...

  22. Final Major On Board With MUZU

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has signed a licensing deal with Irish-based MUZU.TV, a music TV Web site and distribution platform available to consumers in the U.K. and Ireland. MUZU now has all four majors on board for the service. The deal gives MUZU users ...

  23. Fiasco For Infectious Records

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Northern Irish three-piece General Fiasco has become the second signing to Infectious Records, the London-based independent recently re-launched by Warner Music U.K. managing director, Korda Marshall. The band formed in early 2007 and has since sc ...

  24. Gatecrasher, Rhino Join Forces

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Global club brand Gatecrasher and Rhino U.K., a division of Warner Music U.K., have joined forces to release Gatecrasher-branded compilation albums and a clubbing-related merchandise line. Products will be marketed and distributed internationally ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Fans Drive Ticket Sales On New Australian Service

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian Web site Posse.com launched this week, offering fans the chance to sell tickets for their favorite acts and to make a 5% commission on each sale. Posse.com was set up by alt-rock trio Evermore's manager Rebekah Campbell, managing d ...

  27. Nokia's Comes With Music Reaches Italy, Sweden

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's unlimited music offering Comes With Music has launched in Italy and will be rolling out in Sweden this week. The service debuted in the U.K. last October, followed by launches in Australia and Singapore earlier this year. Italy is the ...

  28. Business Briefs: Music Row, Pirate Bay, CD Baby And More

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - One word you will hear a lot in 2009 is "metric." Here's a profile of RockDex, an online service that lets bands track their online buzz and the latest in a growing line of band metrics providers. RockDex provides easy-to-understa ...

  29. Google Launches Free, Legal Music Downloads In China

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc on Monday launched free downloads of licensed songs in China, while sharing advertising revenue with major music labels in a market rife with online piracy. Lee Kai-Fu, president of Google in greater China, said one reason Google lagged ...

  30. Borsato Lights Up Edisons

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Domestic pop superstar Marco Borsato was a double winner at the Dutch music industry's annual Edison Awards, held last night at the Rotterdam World Trade Center. Borsato, who has been a major artist in the Benelux countries since the mid-1990 ...

  31. Vodafone Takes Lead On DRM-Free Mobile Music

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone is claiming it will be the first global mobile network operator to offer music free of DRM when it makes the switch to a large proportion of its Vodafone Music Store catalog for mobile and PC by the summer. Universal Music Group, Sony Mus ...

  32. Swift Steady at No. 1 While 'Slumdog' Slides Into Top Five

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" is a non-mover at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, sticking around for an amazing 11th week at the top ... the chart's top debut comes from metal band Lamb of God, while the Jonas Brothers also ...

  33. Vetusta Morla's Triple Win At Premios De La Música Awards

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pop-rock band Vetusta Morla has won all three awards it was nominated for in Spain's 13th Premios de la Música national music awards. The winners were announced in Madrid Feb. 26, and the televised gala ceremony takes place in the western cit ...

  34. Chris Brown Included In MTV Australia Awards Noms

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Beyonce, Lady GaGa, Flo Rida, Pink and Kings of Leon are in the running for the coveted best video trophy at the Vodafone MTV Australia Awards, nominations for which were unveiled Thursday (Feb. 19). Chris Brown has two nominations. Beyonce's ...

  35. Banana Republic To Kick Off Artist Ad Campaign

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sara Bareilles, Liz Phair, OK Go! and Tommy Torres will join five other artists as the faces of Banana Republic’s spring and summer ad campaigns. The national campaigns will feature print advertising, window displays and billboards identifying the ...

  36. MIDEM 2009 In Quotes

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The music industry's annual five-day trip to the south of France for the MIDEM international music market and conference is over, and most of the execs should now be back at their desks. Here Billboard.biz rounds up the best quotes of the con ...

  37. Marshall Brings Infectious Records Back To Life

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Former Warner Music managing director, Korda Marshall has re-launched Infectious Records, a label he founded in 1994 that produced names like Muse, Ash, Garbage and Paul Oakenfold. Marshall also plans to launch music publishing and artist manageme ...

  38. MSN Mobile Launches U.K. Music Service

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft has launched a new music service that will offer U.K. consumers full-track, Realtones and music video downloads via its MSN Mobile portal. An exclusive partnership with digital music service provider, VidZone Digital Media will provide t ...

  39. Coca-Cola, Warner Plot 'Happiness' Download

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Coca-Cola and Warner Music are to partner on a download release as part of the brand's new "Open Happiness" global marketing campaign. The track, titled "Open Happiness," was announced at the MIDEM international music Mark ...

  40. MIDEM Gets Message On Radiohead Experiment

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Brian Message, co-manager of Radiohead, Faithless and pop act Kate Nash, revealed how management and artists now work together to build a fan base without the backing of a traditional record label, during a keynote at MIDEM. Message, a partner in ...

  41. One Little Indian, FatCat Find New U.K. Home

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K.-based independents One Little Indian and sister label FatCat Records have signed a new deal with [PIAS] U.K. following the collapse of their former distributor Pinnacle in early December (Billboard.biz, Dec. 4). The deal will see products fro ...

  42. Qtrax, PRS Sign Pan-European License Deal

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society PRS for Music announced a new licensing deal with Qtrax during MidemNet in Cannes. Following an abortive launch for Qtrax at MidemNet in 2008, when labels denied they had agreed a deal after it was announced that they were ...

  43. Alejandro Fernandez Signs To Universal

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mexican superstar Alejandro Fernández, who during his career has successfully married ranchera and pop music, has signed a new recording deal with Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE). The deal, which had been negotiated for months, was fina ...

  44. Swedish Telco Launches Unlimited Service

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Swedish telco TeliaSonera has launched Telia Musik, an all-you-can eat download service available to more than 13.3 million mobile customers in six countries. Telia in Sweden was the first to release the service on Monday (Dec. 8). It will be foll ...

  45. U.K.'s Dramatico Exits Stricken Pinnacle

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST London-based independent label Dramatico -- the U.K. home to multi-platinum singer/songwriter Katie Melua and Carla Bruni -- has struck a new distribution deal with Warner Music's Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA). Dramatico was previou ...

  46. Pinnacle Collapse A 'Nightmare' For Indies

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. independent labels' representatives have consulted a lawyer through trade body AIM after independent distribution company Pinnacle went into administration on Dec. 3, roughly equivalent to Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Around 60 labe ...

  47. Warner Music Latina Taps Garrocho

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Latin music industry veteran Miguel Garrocho is joining Warner Music Latina as director of marketing, based in Miami. Garrocho, whose most recent major-label post was EMI Televisa's senior marketing director, has been running his own GIG Ente ...

  48. Arjona Posts Career-Best Sales Week

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST With sales approaching the 18,000 unit mark, singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona notched his best-selling week ever on the Billboard charts, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Arjona’s new studio album, “5to Piso,” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top La ...

  49. Rhino Admits To New Order Sound Problems

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music's catalog label Rhino Records will allow New Order fans to exchange copies of new reissues after numerous sound problems were discovered on the bonus discs. Rhino reissued collector's editions of the U.K. alternative act ...

  50. Bertelsmann Triples Profit

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bertelsmann AG, the Germany media company, has reported figures for the first nine months of 2008 including a tripling of its net profits to €387 million ($493 million). The figure to the end of September was up 193% from €132 million ($168 millio ...

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