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  1. Rolf Schmidt-Holtz Joins German Publisher's Board

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO Sony Music in New York, will become a member of the supervisory board of the Hamburg-based publishing company Gruner + Jahr in March 2011. Schmidt Holtz was also appointed to the board of trustees of the Bertelsmann Stiftun ...

  2. ARIA Awards Artists Get Sales Boost

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The TV ratings were a shocker, but the ARIA Awards still managed to breathe new chart life into recordings from performers and winners on the night. After taking out two of the big trophies at the Nov. 7 industry gala, Angus & Julia Stone have ...

  3. ARIA, iTunes To Stage Awards Concerts

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian labels body ARIA has teamed with iTunes for a five-night series of concerts and award-presentations in the build-up to this year's flagship ARIA Awards ceremony. For the first time, ARIA has broken-out 16 so-called "genre awar ...

  4. Business Matters: Majors Back Video Site, Android Gains Steam, Hulu CEO Offers Content Strategy and more

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Majors Onboard With Russian Video Portal -- All four majors have licensed their content to Russian online music video service iviMusic. The content of an additional 20 Russian music companies is a ...

  5. BamaJam Founder Ronnie Gilley, Others Indicted in Alabama Bingo Probe

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The owner of Alabama's largest casino, four state senators and several lobbyists face federal charges of conspiring to buy and sell votes for millions of dollars to get electronic bingo legalized, according to an indictment released Monday. O ...

  6. Muse Ink Global Synch Deal With Virgin Atlantic

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock band Muse has signed a global synchronization deal with Virgin Atlantic to soundtrack the airline's biggest ever TV campaign. Muse's cover of the evergreen classic "Feeling Good," originally made famous by Nina Simone ...

  7. Business Matters: Pandora, Net Neutrality Bil, Liz Phair and more

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. 'Staggering' Pandora Fact of the Day -- One in five people aged 12 to 24 have listened to Pandora in the past month, according to a new study by Edison Research. Eleven percent has liste ...

  8. Wireless Mics Freed From Interference

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Artists using wireless mics onstage rejoice! The FCC today (Sept. 24) voted to protect the section of wireless spectrum that wireless mics rely on from interference from other types of devices. The Recording Academy was a leading force in the figh ...

  9. Paul McCartney, Merle Haggard Among Kennedy Center Honors

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey and former Beatle Paul McCartney top the list of show business luminaries to be saluted for their contributions to U.S. arts and culture at this year's Kennedy Center Honors. Rounding out the roster of 2010' ...

  10. Ex-Deputy: Wyclef Jean To Run For Haiti President

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wyclef Jean is about to announce his candidacy for president of earthquake-ravaged Haiti, according to the former head of the country's Chamber of Deputies. Former Deputy Pierre Eric Jean-Jacques told the Associated Press that the hip hop art ...

  11. PRS Proposes Piracy Levy On ISPs

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has proposed a levy on Internet Service Providers based on the levels of piracy on the individual networks. The idea of a levy is contained in a discussion paper, "Moving Digital Britain Forward Without L ...

  12. Canadian Copyright Reform Debate Turns Nasty

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Canadian federal politician James Moore has lashed out at opponents of his made-in-U.S.A. copyright reform package as "radical extremists." "They will find any excuse to oppose this bill, to drum up fear, to mislead, to misdirect an ...

  13. Music Rights Now Campaign Launches, Urges Biz To Call On Gov’t

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In conjunction with the RIAA, Universal Music Group Distribution has started a Facebook page where it is encouraging the public to lobby elected officials in Washington for stronger measures against online music piracy. The “Music Rights Now” Face ...

  14. Spain's Sonar Fest Heads To Chicago

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sonar, Barcelona's experimental and electronic music festival, is to hold its first event in Chicago between Sept. 9-11. Sonar was founded in 1994, but since 2002 has held parallel events outside Spain. Its first excursion into the United Sta ...

  15. Country Music Legend Jimmy Dean Dies

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country music artist Jimmy Dean, who topped the charts in 1961 with the crossover hit "Big Bad John," and later became a sausage entrepreneur, has died, police said on Monday (June 14). Dean, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, d ...

  16. U.S. Claims On Copyright Piracy 'Groundless,' Says China

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Foreign Ministry has dismissed as "groundless" U.S. accusations that China is failing to crack down on copyright piracy, ahead of talks with top U.S. officials next week, Xinhua News Agency reported. It quoted Foreign Ministry spokes ...

  17. A2IM Heads To Washington

    May 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A2IM is going to Washington at the end of June to try and get export subsidies for independent labels, organization's president Rich Bengloff told Billboard at the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers convention. While there, A2IM will m ...

  18. The Tony Nominations Are Here

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nominations for the 2010 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards, were announced this morning. The full list: BEST PLAY: "In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)," "Next Fall," "Red," "Time Stands Still." B ...

  19. Five Killed After Mexico Concert Stampede

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At least five people were trampled to death when concert-goers panicked at the sound of gunfire and caused a stampede in a city which has been on edge since drug violence flared. Hundreds of fans at a gig in Monterrey, northern Mexico - who were w ...

  20. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ryan Tedder Guest On Oakenfold Album

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British dance star Paul Oakenfold has recruited a host of big name artists for his next solo album "Pop Killer," including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gnarls Barkley vocalist Cee-Lo and One Republic's Ryan Tedder . "I've go ...

  21. 'Next to Normal,' Hank Williams To Receive Pulitzer Prizes

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "Next to Normal," a musical about the complexity and heartbreak of a woman's mental illness and its effect on her family, has won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Paul Harding's "Tinkers," a debut novel released by ...

  22. Search Traffic Points To A Growing Record Store Day

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Judging from frequency of "record store" as a search term at Google, as viewed at Google Analytics, the only exception to the record store's waning popularity is the annual Record Store Day event held at indie retailers around the c ...

  23. Apple Fans Eagerly Touch and Swipe First iPads

    April 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now that the iPad is in the hands of early adopters, the hard work for Apple Inc. begins. Eager customers intent on being among the first owners of this new class of gadgetry stood in long lines across the country Saturday. They seemed willing to ...

  24. Calle 13 Rocks Cuba, Braces For Miami Backlash

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Puerto Rico's Calle 13 brought its edgy mix of reggaeton and hip-hop to Cuba's capital, rocking thousands of screaming fans from an outdoor stage while serving up a heaping dose of bitterness toward U.S. policy. The Grammy-winning group ...

  25. SXSW Pulls Record Numbers To Austin Fest

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For fans that crowded into Austin's streets, clubs and even churches last week, the South by Southwest Festival was about drinking a lot of beer, eating barbecue and hearing some of the world's hottest bands. But for music executives tha ...

  26. Google Risks China's Ire With Slap To Censorship

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google shut its mainland Chinese-language portal and began rerouting searches to its Hong Kong site, unleashing Beijing's ire and prompting worry over its prospects in China. China lost little time in warning Google that its spurning of self- ...

  27. Chinese Shrug Shoulders At Possible Google Pull-out

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With speculation swirling that Google Inc will soon announce the closure of its China-based Internet portal, the reaction from some Chinese has been hurry up and leave, or simply: so what? On Friday, the China Business News reported Google may mak ...

  28. Rapper Sam Adams Brews Fame On iTunes, Billboard Charts

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The name "Sam Adams" most commonly has been associated with several American historical figures and a favored Boston beer. But the city of Boston is laying claim to yet another Sam Adams: an upstart Trinity College rapper who emerged fro ...

  29. Coolest. Congressman. Ever.

    March 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Box Tops and Big Star leader Alex Chilton died on Wednesday, there came, amidst the expected tributes from admiring musicians and writers, a most unexpected shout-out from, of all places, the floor of the House of Representatives. Congressman ...

  30. U.S. To Roll Out Major Broadband Policy

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.S. regulators will announce a major Internet policy this week to revolutionize how Americans communicate and play, proposing a dramatic increase in broadband speeds that could let people download a high-definition film in minutes instead of hour ...

  31. Xerox, Starwood Hotels Back Upcoming Sting Tour

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sting’s world tour with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will feature Xerox as presenting sponsor and Starwood Hotels and Resorts as the official hotel partner. The tour will find Sting performing his most well-known songs re-tooled for sy ...

  32. MIDEM 2010 Preview: Streaming Goes Mobile, World Cup, Key Start-Ups and More

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The MIDEM global trade fair and conference in Cannes remains an essential destination for many industry executives -- not least because of the opportunity to head to the south of France and escape the January freeze. But organizers say they had to ...

  33. China Says Ways To Resolve Google Issue, U.S. Cautious

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST China sought on Friday (Jan. 15) to play down a threat by Google Inc to quit the country on hacking and censorship concerns, saying any decision by the Internet search giant would not affect U.S. trade ties. The United States said it was too soon ...

  34. Domingo Announces 5 Productions Of DC Opera Season

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Washington National Opera will stage five productions in the 2010-2011 season, including a production of Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" that's new to the nation's capital. General director Placido Domingo will re ...

  35. US Museum Exhibits Celebrate Elvis Presley

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST On the 75th anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth, the Smithsonian Institution is showcasing the King of Rock 'n' Roll's ubiquitous image through exhibits opening Friday in Washington and Los Angeles. "One Life: Echoes of E ...

  36. Kennedy Center Honors Bruce Springsteen, Dave Brubeck

    December 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST With a little help from Carol Burnett, a new star from the hit TV show "Glee" and other top entertainers, political Washington is saluting five of the nation's top artists with the Kennedy Center Honors this weekend. A surprise list ...

  37. US Library of Congress to honor Paul McCartney

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Library of Congress is awarding Paul McCartney its third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Librarian of Congress James Billington announced the prize Monday. An all-star tribute concert is planned for spring next year, though the library hasn&# ...

  38. Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Trent Reznor Crank Up Volume On Guantanamo Debate

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of artists outraged that music — including theirs — was cranked up to help break uncooperative detainees at Guantanamo Bay is joining retired military officers and liberal activists to rally support for President Barack Obama's pu ...

  39. Chris Brown Announces 'Fan Appreciation' Tour

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Last month, New York radio station Power 105.1 (WWPR) announced Chris Brown would be headlining its Powerhouse concert this year, marking his first major promotional event since his February 8 altercation with ex-girlfriend Rihanna. Now, Jive Reco ...

  40. Madonna, U2, AC/DC Among '09 Billboard Touring Awards Finalists

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Madonna, U2 and AC/DC are among the top tours, venues and companies recognized as finalists for the 2009 Billboard Touring Awards , which will be handed out at a special reception in New York on Nov. 5. The finalists for the Top Tour and Top Draw ...

  41. Juanes, Miguel Bose Defend Cuba Peace Concert

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Only a hurricane can cancel the historic and controversial concert to be held this Sunday (Sept. 20) in Cuba, Spanish singer Miguel Bosé said today (Sept. 17) in a press conference in Madrid arranged especially to counter criticism that the event ...

  42. Mary Travers Of Peter, Paul And Mary Dead At 72

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mary Travers, one-third of the hugely popular 1960s folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, has died. The band's publicist, Heather Lylis, says Travers died at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut on Wednesday. She was 72 and had battled leukemia for seve ...

  43. U.K. Minister Defends Internet Suspension In MPAA Speech

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. intellectual property minister David Lammy has defended the government's revised proposal to include suspension of Internet accounts as an option to tackle illegal file-sharing, while calling on industry to help develop new services. Lam ...

  44. China Might Appeal WTO Ruling

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China said Thursday it might appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that told Beijing to ease restrictions on imported movies, music and books in its latest trade dispute with Washington. The Commerce Ministry insisted Beijing does not hamper im ...

  45. 'Glee' Cast Hits The Road With 'The Gleek Tour'

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT This summer eight members of the "Glee" cast will be traveling the country on "The Gleek Tour" to meet fans, sign autographs and give a sneak peek of the new fall comedy on Fox. "Glee" actors Cory Monteith, Lea Michel ...

  46. Briefs: Terra Firma, Joel Tenenbaum, Spotify

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Terra Firma investors have approved a £300 million ($495 million) equity injection into EMI . The injection may be part of a larger refinancing move, still months away, that would repay some of the debt owed to Citigroup. "Citi, which face ...

  47. Drug Agents Raid Jackson Doctor's Office

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. drug enforcement agents and Los Angeles police raided a Houston clinic owned by Conrad Murray, the doctor who was with pop icon Michael Jackson when he died, looking for evidence of manslaughter. Agents with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administ ...

  48. Briefs: Mobile Streaming Growth, Radio Is Dead?

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In its Global Mobile Broadband Traffic Report for Q2 2009 , Allot Communications says mobile HTTP streaming, with sequential quarter growth rate of 58%, is the fastest growing use for mobile data. HTTP streaming covers sites like Hulu, MySpace ...

  49. Timberlake, 'Idol' Get Emmy Nods

    July 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT If Justin Timberlake decides to ditch the entire music thing, it looks like TV will welcome him with open arms. Timberlake received three nominations Thursday (July 16) for the 61st Annual Emmy Awards. Two came in the category for outstanding orig ...

  50. China Paper Says Web Filter Only A Matter Of Time

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It is only a matter of time before a controversial scheme to install Internet filtering software on all computers begins in China, a state newspaper said on Thursday, after the plan was abruptly delayed this week. The surprise climbdown was report ...

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