1. Backbeat: ASAP Rocky Hits Irving Plaza Like a Fist, Leaves Crowd Buzzing

    February 06, 2012 10:30 AM EST RCA Records' ASAP Rocky was just a few songs into his headlining set at New York's The Fillmore at Irving Plaza on Wednesday night when he asked the sold-out crowd if it wanted an encore. "Y'all were trill for "Pretty Flac ...

  2. Jani Lane of Warrant Died of Alcohol Poisoning, Coroner Says

    October 06, 2011 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Acute alcohol poisoning has been determined to be the cause of death for Jani Lane , former vocalist of the successful 80s glam metal band Warrant , according to the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Lane, 47, was found dead last August 11 i ...

  3. Ex-Warrant Singer Jani Lane Dead at 47

    August 12, 2011 7:55 AM EDT Jani Lane, who fronted the glossy rock band Warrant during the salad days of hair metal, was found dead in a motel room in Woodland Hills, Calif. Thursday evening of undetermined at press time, according to multiple media reports. He was 47. Detai ...

  4. Jani Lane Dead: Ex-Warrant Singer Was 47

    August 12, 2011 1:18 AM EDT 0 0 0 Jani Lane , who fronted the glossy rock band Warrant during the salad days of hair metal, was found dead in a motel room in Woodland Hills, Calif. Thursday evening of undetermined causes, police have confirmed. He was 47. Details are scarce, but Lan ...

  5. IFPI CEO John Kennedy To Step Down

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Kennedy and the IFPI have announced that he will step down as CEO and chairman next month, after five years in the role. His replacement has already been confirmed. Frances Moore , EVP and regional director, Europe at IFPI, will step up to th ...

  6. IFPI: $1 Million To Break An Act

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has published a new report outlining the record labels' investment in music talent, which it says now reaches around $5 billion a year. That $5 billion includes A&R development and marketing, and represents around 30% of sales re ...

  7. Australian Court Fast-tracks iiNet Ruling

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Australia's Federal Court is to fast-track its decision in the landmark copyright battle which has pitted Internet Service Provider iiNet against a coalition of film and TV companies. A ruling on the eagerly watched copyright test case is exp ...

  8. IFPI Warning On Spain, France, Brazil

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has warned that music markets in Spain, France and Brazil are "suffering acutely" from piracy, as it issued its annual Digital Music Report for 2010. The music industry's global trade body had more positive news on digital ...

  9. EC Anti-Piracy Measures Soothe But Don't Satisfy

    September 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy says new European Commission measures on intellectual property rights are "good news for Europe's music sector," but rights-holders still want stronger anti-piracy legislation across Europe. The Commis ...

  10. IFPI Concern About Russian Collecting Society

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI Chairman John Kennedy has sent a letter to Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, expressing his concerns about the fact that a Russian collecting society has begun collecting royalties for IFPI members without having proper agreements with t ...

  11. IFPI Still Backing 'Three-Strikes' Schemes

    June 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy tells Billboard.biz that "three-strikes" schemes to tackle illegal file-sharing are still a solution, despite the French legal ruling against a key element of the country's proposed system. Kennedy ...

  12. Business Briefs: MySpace Music, Live Nation, P2P

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A report that the major labels, co-owners of MySpace Music , are not happy with the revenue performance of the service does not come as a surprise. Nor is their patience and confidence in new president Cortney Holt a surprise. MySpace Music, th ...

  13. IFPI CEO Hails Pirate Bay Result

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy tells Billboard.biz that the Swedish court ruling against four founders of the Pirate Bay "is a big success" but he stresses that "the battle continues" against services which facilitate illeg ...

  14. IFPI's Kennedy: Canadian Gov't Not Interested In IP

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Canada’s continued development of world-class musicians is in jeopardy as the country is mired in sky-high piracy rates and lack of cooperation between Internet service providers and music companies, John Kennedy, chairman of the International Fed ...

  15. Canadian Music Week Kicks Off

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Canadian Music Week conference kicked off today (March 12) with industry leaders debating the role Internet service providers will play in the Canadian music business, as well as having Kiss bassist Gene Simmons flex his promotional muscle for ...

  16. IFPI's Kennedy Takes Stand In Pirate Bay Trial

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST The biz had its day in court as the Pirate Bay trial reached the halfway stage, with IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy giving evidence at the Stockholm district court hearing. On the eighth day of the trial (Feb. 25), Kennedy, a former president ...

  17. MIDEM Panel Encourages Publishers To Work Together

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The international publishing summit at the MIDEM convention in Cannes, France, kicked off with ways that publishers, labels and societies can easily and more cost effectively work together. Such a move would not only benefit the music companies, p ...

  18. IFPI Digital Report Urges Action On Music Piracy

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has estimated that 95% of music downloads are illegal, according to its 2009 Digital Music Report. The estimation is the result of a three-year study in 16 countries, which also indicated more than 40 billion files were illegally file-sha ...

  19. Gold Discs Presented To Spanish Acts

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Thirty of Spain's top-selling Spanish artists in 2008 received their gold disc awards at the inaugural Night of Music party organised by labels' association Promusicae. The Night of Music in a central Madrid venue replaced the Premios Am ...

  20. Oliver Appointed IFPI General Counsel

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has elevated Jo Oliver, head of the IFPI's litigation department, to general counsel. Reporting to John Kennedy, IFPI chairman and CEO, Oliver is tasked with overseeing global litigation, regulatory compliance and corporate legal aff ...

  21. Spanish Biz Must Adopt Tough Piracy Tactics, Says Kennedy

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Two leading lights in the European fight against digital piracy and illegal P2P file-sharing have thrown their support behind a new Spanish music and movie business campaign to end Spain's black image as the worst piracy offender among the to ...

  22. Spanish Piracy Highlighted Ahead Of Conference

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spain has become "a true paradise for digital piracy" with 8.8 million of the country's 44 million population downloading music and movies illegally, a new report revealed Monday. The report, based on more than 2,000 interviews with ...

  23. IFPI Welcomes Byron’s Internet Report

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has applauded the recommendations made in the pages of a report on the potential hazards the Internet can pose to children. Britain's government has committed to accepting and taking forward all the points outlined in the Byron Revie ...

  24. EMI To Remain An IFPI Member

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI has ended several months of speculation by confirming it will remain a member of global labels body IFPI. In December 2007, the London-based major had tendered a conditional resignation from the IFPI, which would take effect March 31 unless a ...

  25. Brit Gov't Supports Action On File-Sharing

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST The British government has vowed to take up the fight on illegal file-sharing as part of a multi-stage action plan intended to ensure the prosperity of the country's creative industries. Should the recording industry fail to break its impasse ...

  26. Gabriel Honored As Personality Of The Year

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Peter Gabriel has picked up Midem's Personality of the Year award at a glittering gala dinner in Cannes, France. A range of top executives, including U2 manager Paul McGuinness, the IFPI's John Kennedy and veteran promoter Harvey Goldsmi ...

  27. Healthy Digital Biz Needs Gov't, ISP Help, IFPI Says

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Led by single-track downloads, worldwide digital music sales reached $2.9 billion in 2007, up almost 40% from the previous year, according to a new publication issued by the IFPI. Digital formats now account for roughly 15% of the global music mar ...

  28. Update: EMI Letter To IFPI Surfaces

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI has tendered a conditional resignation from the IFPI, Billboard has learned. The resignation came via a letter obtained by Billboard from EMI general counsel Chris Ancliff to IFPI chairman and CEO John Kennedy, and would go into effect on Marc ...

  29. China Court Rejects Yahoo China's 'Deep Linking' Appeal

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People's Court on Dec. 20 rejected an appeal by Yahoo China against an April ruling that found it guilty of copyright violation due to its practice of providing "deep links" to Web sites offering unaut ...

  30. Hands Demands Trade Body Change

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Guy Hands is calling into question the necessity of trade bodies the IFPI, RIAA and BPI, Billboard.biz understands. Hands, chairman of EMI Group and CEO of Terra Firma, the equity firm which now owns EMI, is understood to have sent a damning lette ...

  31. France Acts To Tackle Internet Piracy

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The international recording industry has welcomed a ground-breaking agreement on tackling internet music and film piracy in France, endorsed by President Sarkozy at its launch in Paris this morning. The agreement provides for the setting up of a g ...

  32. Biz Chiefs Urge EU To Solve China Syndrome

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST The cream of the international recorded music industry today called on the European Commission to help solve China's overwhelming music piracy issues. European Union trade commissioner Peter Mandelson met with a heavyweight industry team whic ...

  33. IFPI Makes File-Trading Site OiNK Squeal

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Kennedy's comments came in the wake of a two-year investigation by the IFPI and its U.K. affiliate the BPI into the activities of oink.cd, described by the IFPI as a major player in the black market f Music critics beware: the IFPI is putting t ...

  34. IFPI Makes Oink Squeal

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music critics beware. The IFPI is putting the clamps on prerelease leaks. London-based IFPI chairman/CEO John Kennedy says the trade association is taking on so-called "ripping groups" dedicated to getting prerelease music onto the Net a ...

  35. Cops Stop Illegal OiNK Music Service

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT An international law enforcement collaboration today brought down OiNK, described by the IFPI as the world's biggest source of pirated pre-release chart albums. A 24-year-old-man in the Middlesbrough area of north England was arrested during ...

  36. Kennedy Keynotes At Tokyo Conference

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI will announce measures to combat unauthorized distribution of pre-release recordings sometime in the next few weeks, according to federation chairman/CEO John Kennedy. In his Oct. 16 keynote speech at the fourth annual Tokyo Asia Music Ma ...

  37. Global Market Shrinks By 5% In 2006, Says IFPI

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The global recorded music market in 2006 slipped by 5% year-on-year, according to new figures published by the IFPI. The combined market of physical and digital music dropped to $19.6 billion last year, down from $20.7 billion in 2005, the IFPI re ...

  38. Kennedy Delivers Music Matters Keynote

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In his keynote speech at the Music Matters conference in Hong Kong, IFPI CEO John Kennedy likened the problems facing the music industry to the war in Iraq and global warming. "The war against piracy is as difficult as the war in Iraq, while ...

  39. Court Orders Yahoo China To Pay "Deep Link" Damages

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A Chinese court has found Yahoo China guilty of copyright violation, the state-run New China News Agency (Xinhua) reported April 24. Eleven record companies, including the four international majors, in January sued Beijing-based Yahoo China operat ...

  40. Labels Line-Up To Sue Yahoo China

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Eleven record companies, including the four international majors, are suing Beijing-based Yahoo China operator Alibaba for violating copyrights. The lawsuit, which seeks damages of 5.5 million yuan ($711,288), was filed in Beijing No. 2 Intermedia ...

  41. IFPI Report Indicates Boom-Time For Digital Music

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST While the global trade value of the emerging digital music market roughly doubled to about $2 billion in 2006, the recorded music industry has reiterated there must be "no room for complacency" in its mission to quash online music piracy ...

  42. IFPI Blasts Baidu China Court Ruling

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST The IFPI describes as "inexplicable" a Chinese court's ruling in favor of Bejing-based Web portal Baidu in a copyright-violation lawsuit filed by the international labels group against the portal. The IFPI describes as "inexpli ...

  43. IFPI Blasts Baidu China Court Ruling

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST The IFPI describes as "inexplicable" a Chinese court's ruling in favor of Bejing-based Web portal Baidu in a copyright-violation lawsuit filed by the international labels group against the portal. The IFPI describes as "inexpli ...

  44. IFPI Demands Longer Rights Protection At EU Parliament

    October 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT John Kennedy, president/CEO of international industry trade body IFPI, reiterated the urgency for equalizing Europe's term of copyright protection with the United States during a European Parliament m John Kennedy, president/CEO of internatio ...

  45. Universal Sues Video Sites, IFPI Sues 8,000 File Sharers

    October 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The music industry has launched a fresh wave of 8,000 lawsuits against alleged file-sharers around the world, escalating its drive to stamp out online piracy and encourage the use of legal download se Universal Music Group has filed lawsuits against ...

  46. IFPI's Gooch Promoted To Technology Director

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT He replaces Paul Jessop. Richard Gooch, deputy director of technology at the international music industry's trade body IFPI, has been promoted to director of technology, effective Oct. 1. He replaces Paul Jessop, who has been seconded to IFPI ...

  47. IFPI To Sue Yahoo China

    July 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI is planning to sue Web portal Yahoo China for copyright infringement. "Yahoo China are operating a service which is infringing on our members' rights," IFPI chairman John Kennedy explained to The IFPI is planning to sue Web ...

  48. IFPI To Sue Yahoo China

    July 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI is planning to sue Web portal Yahoo China for copyright infringement. "Yahoo China are operating a service which is infringing on our members' rights," IFPI chairman John Kennedy explained to The IFPI is planning to sue Web ...

  49. Worldwide Anti-Piracy Conference Kicks Off

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT IFPI maps out strategy on opening day. Court proceedings against illegal music downloaders and P2P file swappers will continue despite some improvements in global music piracy, said John Kennedy, president of the International Federation of the Ph ...

  50. Worldwide Anti-Piracy Conference Kicks Off

    June 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT IFPI maps out strategy on opening day. Court proceedings against illegal music downloaders and P2P file swappers will continue despite some improvements in global music piracy, said John Kennedy, president of the International Federation of the Ph ...

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