1. Exiting BPI Chairman Tony Wadsworth Looks Back, Forward in Final Keynote

    September 02, 2014 12:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Yesterday, British trade body BPI held its annual general meeting, attended by Damon Albarn, representatives from the government and the BBC, and many, many members of the U.K. music industry. The day was a special occasion for BPI and BRIT Awards c ...

  2. Plan B Joins Foxes, Olly Murs on U.K.-Wide Industry Program 'The Big Music Project'

    August 22, 2014 10:47 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Big Music Project, an initiative to promote young artists and entrepreneurs in the U.K. music industry, has partnered with singer and rapper Plan B, joining Foxes, Olly Murs, trade body the British Phonographic Industry and many more in the gove ...

  3. Tony Wadsworth To Step Down As Chairman of BPI & BRIT Awards

    March 20, 2014 5:58 AM EDT Tony Wadsworth has announced he will step down as chairman of the BPI and BRIT Awards Limited by the end of the year. "After almost seven years in the role, I have decided to make 2014 my final year as chairman of BPI and BRIT Awards Ltd,” Wa ...

  4. Downloads, Streaming Drives U.K. Recorded Music Market To Growth In 2013

    February 19, 2014 5:18 AM EST Fueled by a rise in digital and streaming revenues, music sales in the United Kingdom grew by 1.9% in 2013, according to the latest figures from U.K. labels trade body the BPI. Recorded music sales in the U.K. totaled £730.4 million ($1.23 billion ...

  5. Midem 2014: Takeaways & Survival Tips



    February 06, 2014 8:15 PM EST While its impossible to take in the entirety of Midem, the international music conference, over the course of its four bustling days several recurring themes became readily apparent, including, Google bashing, going all-in on streaming and major n ...

  6. U.K. 2013 Albums Sales Drop As Streaming, Singles Spike

    January 02, 2014 5:37 AM EST Robin Thicke’s "Blurred Lines," featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, and Daft Punk’s "Get Lucky," featuring Nile Rodgers and Williams, were the biggest-selling singles of 2013 in Britain. Overall singles sales for the year in t ...

  7. Brandle's Global Bits: Vinyl Spins a Good Tune in Britain, Scalping Under the Microscope in Aus, NZ’s Year of the Lorde

    October 21, 2013 12:02 AM EDT Vinyl Spins a Good Tune In Britain Whisper, but don’t shout about it just yet. Vinyl is on the rebound in Britain, and the cold-hard numbers back it up. Shipments of vinyl have soared by 100% in the U.K. in 2013, according to new data provided b ...

  8. UK Vinyl Sales Hit Highest Level in a Decade, Daft Punk Leads 2013 Sales

    October 18, 2013 2:16 PM EDT Releases from Daft Punk, David Bowie and the Arctic Monkeys have boosted sales of vinyl LPs in the U.K. this year. Year to date, almost 550,000 records have been sold, the first time since 2003 that the half-million mark has been crossed in Brit ...

  9. Elton John to Receive Inaugural BRITs 'Icon' Award

    July 24, 2013 12:32 AM EDT It's official: Elton John will be crowned a British icon by the U.K. music industry. The six-time Grammy winner and Oscar recipient will have to make room among his baby pictures for the newly created BRITs Icon Award. John is the first perso ...

  10. Adele, One Direction Help Britain to Record Global Album Market Share

    June 06, 2013 2:17 PM EDT The global success of acts One Direction and Adele helped nudge British artists to a record worldwide album sale share of 13.3 percent in 2012, the highest on record. In the U.S. -- described by the music industry trade body the BPI as the world ...

  11. Biz Q&A: BPI Chief Geoff Taylor On Google's Search Problem, HMV's Future, Moribund Digital Economy Act

    January 30, 2013 7:55 AM EST The United Kingdom may only have a population of 60 million, but when it comes to generating music artists that resonate around the globe the U.K. consistently punches well above its weight. According to labels trade body the BPI, U.K. artists acc ...

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  13. Business Matters: Site-Blocking Shows No Signs of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy

    July 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Site-Blocking Shows No Sign of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy -- Ordering Internet service providers to block access to file-sharing websites doesn't appear to be a quick fix for piracy. But that's hardly a surprise. Campaigns against pira ...

  14. BPI AGM Touts Global Success of UK Artists, Demands Gov't End 'Love Affair With Big Technology'

    July 03, 2012 3:44 PM EDT The success of British artists on the global stage and the need for stronger Government action to combat piracy - and help ensure the U.K.'s continued status as a major exporter of musical talent - were the two dominant themes at the BPI' ...

  15. U.K. Album Sales Drop 13% In Second Quarter

    July 02, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Despite on-going growth in the digital market, U.K. album sales fell by 12.7% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2012, according to new market data released by British labels trade body the BPI. Total U.K. album sales -- comprising both physica ...

  16. Digital Revenue Outstrips Physical in U.K. For First Time

    May 31, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Digital has overtaken physical as the biggest source of recorded music revenue in the United Kingdom, according to new figures released by British labels trade body the BPI. Digital format sales accounted for 55.5% of U.K. trade revenues in the fi ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. U.K. Album Sales Drop 15% In First Quarter

    April 05, 2012 8:01 AM EDT Digital now accounts for almost a third of all U.K. album sales, according to new market data released by British labels trade body the BPI - but that's not enough to prevent a 14.7% year-on-year slide in quarter one album sales. According to ...

  19. U.K. Artists Score Biggest Share of North American Album Market This Century

    March 19, 2012 2:44 PM EDT British artists' share of the North American albums market climbed to a record high in 2011, with U.K. acts accounting for approximately 1 in every 8 albums sold, according to new figures released today by U.K. labels trade body the BPI. Acco ...

  20. U.K. Music Market Slips 3.4% Despite 25% Growth In Digital, Says BPI

    February 16, 2012 12:15 PM EST Digital music revenues in the United Kingdom climbed by 24.7% in 2011, but it was not enough to prevent a 3.4% decline in the overall music market, according to new figures released by labels trade body the BPI. Total recorded music trade revenue ...

  21. Adele Helps UK Pop Music Sales Reach 11-Year High, Rock Sales Drop

    January 17, 2012 11:20 AM EST Big-selling albums by Adele, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga helped push pop sales in the United Kingdom to their highest level in over a decade, according to figures released by British labels body the BPI and the Official Charts Company (OCC) . Adele&# ...

  22. U.K.'s 2011 Digital Growth Fails To Offset Falling Music Sales (Again)

    January 03, 2012 9:15 AM EST Strong growth in digital and a record breaking year for singles was not enough to offset a further annual decline in total U.K. music sales, according to year-end figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) and British labels trade body ...

  23. U.K. Announces Massive Copyright Reform: Scraps Website Blocking, Allows CD Copying, Music Parodies

    August 03, 2011 11:23 AM EDT Today (August 3), the British government announced plans to modernize and reform U.K. copyright law following up on recommendations contained in the Hargreaves report commissioned by British Prime Minister David Cameron and a technical review by t ...

  24. British High Court Dismisses Digital Economy Act Appeal by ISPs

    April 21, 2011 9:12 AM EDT The British High Court has rejected an appeal from Internet service providers (ISPs) BT and TalkTalk, which challenged the legality of the U.K.'s Digital Economy Act (DEA ). BT and TalkTalk were granted a judicial review in November last year ...

  25. Secondary Revenues Boost U.K. Music Biz

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. labels body the BPI has released figures showing that British record companies' secondary revenues -- income generated outside of CD sales and digital music services -- grew by 6.6% to £193.5 million ($305.8 million) in 2009. Secondary r ...

  26. BPI's Wadsworth Urges Labels To Invest In New Artists

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BPI chairman Tony Wadsworth has warned labels not to cut back investment in new artists. Addressing the U.K. trade body's annual general meeting at London's May Fair Hotel today (July 8), Wadsworth identified many positives for the biz. ...

  27. Panel Highlight: Pirate Bay Co-Founder Vs. Industry

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A rare appearance yesterday by The Pirate Bay’s Peter Sunde Kolmisoppi highlighted the “Tomorrow Never Knows” panel debate in London . With Geoff Taylor, CEO of BPI, also on the panel, it was sure to be a point-counterpoint discussion. Music Ally ...

  28. U.K. Recorded Music Revenues Inch Up In 2009

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI said a strong fourth quarter and rising digital sales helped push the recorded music market into growth in 2009. The BPI reported a modest 1.4% year-on-year increase in trade income of £928.8 million ($1.44 billion), based ...

  29. Digital Economy Act Q&A: BPI's Geoff Taylor

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Digital Economy Act has finally appeared, after years of lobbying for an anti-piracy law by labels trade body the BPI. Chief executive Geoff Taylor talked through what happens next with Billboard.biz - and revealed that the BPI will reluc ...

  30. BPI Meeting BBC Trust Over 6 Music Closure

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. labels trade body the BPI is meeting with the BBC Trust to express concern about the proposed closure of digital radio station BBC 6 Music . BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor and label executives are due to meet with chairman Sir Michael Lyons ...

  31. U.K. Biz Backs BBC 6 Music

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has come out in support of under-threat BBC 6 Music, the modern rock digital radio station. U.K. labels trade body the BPI and indies counterpart AIM have voiced their concern about the potential closure of the station . Al ...

  32. @MIDEM: BPI: 'U.K. Government Will Pass Anti-Piracy Bill'

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britain’s Digital Economy Bill will be passed before the General Election despite a shortage of parliamentary time, according to U.K. labels body the BPI. “We’re doing everything we can to convince [U.K. Prime Minister] Gordon Brown he doesn’t nee ...

  33. U.K. Biz Welcomes MySpace Music Launch

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has largely welcomed the long-awaited launch of MySpace Music, despite it arriving, as one observer notes, a "little late to the party." Commenting on the long-delayed U.K. bow for MySpace music, which took place ...

  34. U.K. Cabinet Minister Promises P2P Legislation

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lord Mandelson, U.K. Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has promised legislation to tackle unlawful P2P file-sharing. Speaking today (Oct. 28) at "c&binet forum" -- a three-day business and creative industry conf ...

  35. Downloads Push U.K. Singles To All-Time High

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Downloading has helped 2009 become the biggest-ever year for single sales in the United Kingdom with more than 117 million units sold to date, according to labels body the BPI. The previous record figure for U.K. single sales was set in 2008 when ...

  36. Opinion: A Fresh Take On Napster

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A deal with the original Napster was not possible, wrote the BPI's Geoff Taylor in an op-ed piece about Napster and file-sharing at BBC News . How very true . Such an admission is refreshing because it is all too rare. Taylor, BPI's chie ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. BPI Clashes With ISPs

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. record industry trade body the BPI and the organization that represents British Internet Service Providers have clashed over the best approach to tackle illegal file-sharing, as both sides attempt to influence a new government strategy on the ...

  39. BPI Responds To Rights Agency Proposal

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI has submitted its response to the government's consultation ahead of the publication of the "Digital Britain" report in early summer. The BPI agrees with the interim report proposal on a code of practise that ...

  40. Biz Reacts To Digital Britain Report

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has reacted to the proposals contained in the interim Digital Britain report, with labels trade body the BPI describing the measures as a "step forward" but not enough to tackle online piracy. The report, publishe ...

  41. MidemNet Day 2: Biz Looks To Licensing ISPs

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST "Change is coming" was the message at day two of the MidemNet conference in Cannes, although there was still plenty of lively debate about how ISPs can work with the record labels. MidemNet is a conference focusing on music in the digita ...

  42. ISPs On The Agenda At BPI AGM

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of the brightest burning topics in the U.K. industry -- the labels' ongoing dialog with ISPs -- was discussed and dissected today at the BPI annual general meeting. Today's gathering at the Mayfair Hotel in central London was held ag ...

  43. BPI Welcomes BT ISP Breakthrough

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leading British broadband service provider BT has begun issuing notices to its subscribers warning it will disconnect them from the Net should they illegally share copyright-protected music on its networks. BT's new stance is seen as another ...

  44. ISP Talks Up Challenge With BPI

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BPI has challenged Talk Talk to get with the times after the ISP rejected the trade body's attempts to foster dialog between both parties. "In claiming that the music industry is asking any ISP to become the 'Internet police ...

  45. BPI Kickz A Goal With Football Funding

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's two favorite pastimes -- football and music -- are coming together on a national initiative. The Brit Trust, the charitable arm of trade body the BPI, is making a "substantial" three-year donation to fund the music element ...

  46. No Deal Struck With Virgin ISP, Says BPI

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BPI is distancing itself from reports that the trade association has reached an agreement with Virgin Media to curb illegal filesharing on the ISP's network. "Unfortunately it simply isn't true that we have agreed a pilot -- or ...

  47. ISPs Facing U.K. Piracy Legislation

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The BPI has urged ISPs to work with the music industry as the U.K. government prepares to announce proposals to deal with illegal file-sharing. The trade body today said it applauded the government's willingness to tackle the issue. It follow ...

  48. U.K. Albums Volume Slump

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.K. albums market experienced a double-digit decline in volume during 2007, according to figures from labels body the BPI. Album sales fell by 10.8% last year to 138.1 million units. The trade body notes, however, that album sales remain 26% ...

  49. BPI Says Indies Remain On Its Side

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST The BPI is downplaying reports that it has raised the ire of its independent label membership by handing the majors a cut-rate subscription. The BPI's budget was unanimously approved last week at the trade body's council meeting, which i ...

  50. BPI Investigates Honeywell File-Sharing Claims

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The BPI has joined forces with the Strathclyde Police to launch a probe into illegal music file-sharing at Scotland-based engineering group Honeywell. The investigation, which kicked in yesterday (June 28), following two months of preliminary inqu ...

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