1. Six Days After Sony Says Indian Rapper's Video Broke One-Day Record for Views, YouTube Has Yet to Confirm

    July 17, 2019 12:44 PM EDT Badshah’s “Paagal” topped 75 million views, which would best BTS’ “Boy With Luv” — the current official record holder at 74 million views. MUMBAI — Six days after his fans rejoiced when Sony Music India said that Indian hip-hop star Badshah had br ...

  2. Judge Rules That Sonar Festival Set Up Can Continue Despite Riggers' Strike

    July 16, 2019 9:48 AM EDT The 26th edition of the electronic music and technology event is slated to begin on Thursday. A tense situation unfolding behind the scenes at Barcelona’s Sonar Festival reached a conclusion Tuesday morning (July 16) when a court judge ruled that ...

  3. UK Competitions Authority Raises Concerns About Live Nation-MCD Merger

    July 11, 2019 7:04 PM EDT LONDON — Live Nation's proposed takeover of leading Irish promoter MCD Productions could substantially lessen competition in Northern Ireland's live music scene, a British government watchdog has warned. LN-Gaiety Holdings Limited -- a j ...

  4. Spanish Party Company Elrow Pushes the Limits of EDM by Leaning on the Absurd

    July 10, 2019 3:19 PM EDT From desert raves in the Spanish heartland to a residency in Las Vegas, the Arnau family has turned a day rave event into a global touring business. BARCELONA— Juan Arnau Sr. casts his showman’s eye on the crowd from behind the DJ booth, a towerin ...

  5. Spanish Judge Rules Against Julio Iglesias in Paternity Case

    July 10, 2019 8:23 AM EDT The judge in a court in Valencia declared that Javier Sánchez Santos is the pop star's biological son. A Spanish judge has ruled against Julio Iglesias in an ongoing paternity case brought by Javier Sánchez Santos, a 43-year-old actor who cla ...

  6. Roxodus Festival Ticket-Buyers to Receive Refund from Eventbrite After Sudden Cancellation

    July 06, 2019 11:28 AM EDT Eventbrite will refund Roxodus ticket holders after the music festival's cancellation earlier this week, the company said Saturday (July 6). The rock music festival -- scheduled for July 11-14 at Edenvale Airport, 90 minutes outside Toronto - ...

  7. Chinese Superstar Karen Mok Sets Her Sights on Musicals

    July 05, 2019 3:32 PM EDT Chinese superstar Karen Mok has a mission -- to get China to have its own version of London’s West End or New York’s Broadway.    With 17 albums and around 40 films already on her resume, the 49-year-old singer/actress -- on the road since last su ...

  8. Nicki Minaj Criticized by Human Rights Activists Ahead of Saudi Arabia Concert

    July 05, 2019 1:37 PM EDT Nicki Minaj is being criticized by human rights activists for her decision to perform this month at a music festival in Saudi Arabia, a repressive kingdom that treats women and minorities as second-class citizens.     Minaj has accepted an invitat ...

  9. London Theater to Be Named for Stephen Sondheim

    July 05, 2019 12:05 PM EDT In honor of Stephen Sondheim's 90th birthday next March, the Queen's Theatre on London's West End will be renamed for the preeminent American musical theater composer following extensive renovations.    Theater owner Cameron Mackint ...

  10. Belgium Music Festival VestiVille Canceled Over Fraud Suspicion & Security Concerns

    June 29, 2019 1:00 PM EDT Belgium music festival VestiVille was abruptly canceled Friday (June 28) over security concerns and a fraud investigation.    The three-day festival was scheduled to take place June 28-30 in Lommel, with performers including Cardi B , A$AP Rocky , ...

  11. Elton John Pens Note to Vladimir Putin, Says He's 'Deeply Upset' Following LGBTQ Comments

    June 28, 2019 7:15 PM EDT Elton John took to Instagram on Friday (June 28) to reflect on some comments Vladimir Putin made in an interview with the  Financial Times .      In the discussion, the Russian president stated that liberalism has become "obsolete." “Tra ...

  12. 'The Creative Middle Class Is Being Annihilated': Music Canada's New Report Calls for Closing the Value Gap

    June 26, 2019 6:20 PM EDT The trade organization wants to “rebalance the music marketplace" in service of creators. At a luncheon at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto hosted by the Economic Club of Canada on Wednesday (June 26), Music Canada president and CEO G ...

  13. Taking Seoul to the Next Level: AEG Asia CEO Adam Wilkes on Laying Groundwork for Live Music in Pacific Rim

    June 26, 2019 10:40 AM EDT by anyone else out there right now. Alexei Barrionuevo Legal and Management Touring Global Global bbbiz ...

  14. A Bitter Sweet Saga: How Richard Ashcroft Lost And Won Back The Songwriting Rights To His Signature Tune

    June 24, 2019 1:01 PM EDT When Steve Kutner and John Kennedy took over managing Richard Ashcroft in early 2018, they knew one of the first things on their task list would be to look for a resolution to their client’s long-held grievance over ownership of the iconic song, T ...

  15. How Sounds Australia Is Paving Global Paths for Australian Artists

    June 21, 2019 2:49 PM EDT In October 2013, a little-known Australian singer-songwriter with a mop of slightly unruly hair stepped up to a microphone in front of hundreds of college radio DJs and music directors. As the room’s audience wandered the room during a break betwe ...

  16. Rosalía Receives Antonio Banderas Performing Arts Prize

    June 20, 2019 5:52 AM EDT Rosalía received the Antonio Banderas Performing Arts Award from the actor itself during a gala in Spain. Presenting the award, Banderas told Rosalía, “You are the prize.” The actor called the 25-year-old singer, who has rocketed to global fame th ...

  17. Jamaica's Central Bank Using Reggae Songs to Sell Economic Recovery

    June 19, 2019 5:53 PM EDT “The idea is to communicate in the best way possible, and in Jamaica, nothing aids communication as much as music,” says minister of finance and public service Nigel Clarke. Jamaica’s central bank thinks the country’s economy is doing very well an ...

  18. Warner Music Asia Promotes Brayden Crossley, Hires Darren Ho & Phil Luen as Senior VPs

    June 17, 2019 2:00 AM EDT All three will report directly to Warner Music Asia president Simon Robson. Warner Music Asia has promoted Brayden Crossley to the new role of senior vp marketing, Greater China and South East Asia, the company announced Monday (June 17). Addition ...

  19. Canadian Music Week Reports 41% of Musical Acts Were Women in 2019

    June 16, 2019 12:15 PM EDT Canadian Music Week, which made a conscious effort to increase the amount of women participating in the festival, managed to near the 50/50 gender balance pledged to Keychange . This year's event, which took place from May 6-12, was comprised ...

  20. Doctor Music Festival Canceled After Move From Mountain Pastures to Barcelona Racetrack

    June 14, 2019 7:33 AM EDT The Strokes, Smashing Pumpkins, Chemical Brothers and Rosalía were among the canceled festival’s headliners. A cow’s head is the logo of the Doctor Music festival, a pastoral gathering which took place in Catalunya’s Pyrenees Mountains from 1996-9 ...

  21. New Saudi Club to Open With Ne-Yo, But Alcohol Still a No-No

    June 13, 2019 1:48 PM EDT A popular Mideast nightclub is opening a branch in Saudi Arabia on Thursday (June 13) in the latest sign of how far the kingdom has loosened restrictions on entertainment. In line with the country’s Islamic laws, though, it will not be serving alc ...

  22. Canada's CIMA Awards Honors Six Shooter Records' Shauna de Cartier, Kim Cooke of Pheremone & More

    June 11, 2019 8:09 PM EDT The 2019 honorees also included Six Shooter's Allison Outhit and concert booker Yvonne Matsell. Most of the 235 attendees at the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) Celebration and Awards Gala were preoccupied Monday night in Toront ...

  23. Shakira Appears in Barcelona Court to Testify in Tax Fraud Case

    June 06, 2019 12:29 PM EDT The Latin star denies charges that she evaded Spanish taxes Shakira appeared in court in the Barcelona suburb Esplugues de Llobregat on Thursday (June 6) to answer to government charges of evading 14.5 million euro ($16.4 million) in taxes. She is ...

  24. France's SACEM Joins Association for Electronic Music, Promising Greater Commitment to Dance Genre

    June 05, 2019 7:09 PM EDT The European collection society boasts DJ Snake, David Guetta, Jean-Michel Jarre, Justice, Pedro Winter and Laurent Garnier on its roster. The French performing rights organization Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers (SACEM) has bec ...

  25. Music-Related Travel to Cuba Could Take a 'Major Hit' After New Trump Restrictions

    June 04, 2019 8:33 PM EDT The new rules, which reverse those put in place by Obama, could have wide-ranging impact on U.S-Cuba music travel operators and their Cuban colleagues. The ample offering of music-related travel to Cuba has in recent years ranged from explorations ...

  26. J Balvin Disrupts Primavera Sound With Triumphant Reggaeton Set

    June 03, 2019 6:31 AM EDT The Barcelona festival breaks single-day record with a crowd of 63,000 for its diverse “New Normal” line-up. The word “reggaeton” flashed on the big screen behind  J Balvin  as he took the stage at Primavera Sound, where the words to his anthem of ...

  27. Primavera Sound Partners With Live Nation for Los Angeles Festival Debut in 2020

    June 01, 2019 12:29 PM EDT Primavera Sound, the emblematic Barcelona festival, will launch a Los Angeles edition in partnership with Live Nation. The L.A. fest is scheduled for Sept. 19 and 20, 2020 at Los Angeles' State Historic Park. Organizers of Primavera, which ha ...

  28. Why CISAC Expelled Spanish Rights Society SGAE and What Happens Next

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  29. Brazilian Singer Gabriel Diniz Dies in Plane Crash at 28

    May 28, 2019 7:40 PM EDT The 28-year-old pop star died Monday, according to published reports, as the recording artist is memorialized by family, friends and fans. As news spread around the world that pop singer/songwriter Gabriel Diniz died in a plane crash , fans of the ...

  30. Exploring Asia's Music Biz: Taking Cues From Korea's Dominant Streaming Service While Sizing Up a Collecting Society That 'Doesn't Square'

    May 24, 2019 12:20 PM EDT How fast will China rise? What's the next K-pop? Seeking answers across an energized landscape. Bill Werde is the director of the Bandier  undergraduate music industry program  and the  graduate Audio Arts program  at the Newhouse School at S ...

  31. Brazilian Union of Composers Reports Growth in Membership, Cinema Royalties

    May 24, 2019 12:18 PM EDT The music rights management organization made key agreements with digital services and the Brazilian Association of Multiplex Cinema Operator Companies in 2018 The Brazilian Union of Composers (UBC) saw a 14% rise in membership in 2018, to 29,000, ...

  32. First Atlantic Music Conferences Symposium Set for BIME Pro in Bilbao, Spain

    May 24, 2019 9:18 AM EDT Bilbao’s BIME Pro conference will host the first meeting of Latin American and Spanish fair organizers. Latin American and Spanish music fair organizers are set to meet at the first Atlantic Music Conferences Symposium (AMCS) in Bilbao, Spain. The ...

  33. Lady Gaga's Mom Cynthia Germanotta Named Goodwill Ambassador for the UN's World Health Organization

    May 20, 2019 7:18 PM EDT The United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday (May 20) its four new Goodwill Ambassadors, one of which is Lady Gaga's mom, Cynthia Germanotta as the ambassador for mental health. The role aims to promote healthi ...

  34. Diego Luna, Leila Cobo & More to Participate at 2019 FIMPRO: See Full Schedule

    May 20, 2019 2:24 PM EDT The 2019 FIMPRO will take place from May 28 to 31 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The International Music Fair (FIMPRO), a project that aims to study and develop the various aspects and relevant themes of music today, returns from May 28 to 31 in Guadalaj ...

  35. The Netherlands Wins Eurovision 2019 With 'Arcade' by Duncan Laurence

    May 18, 2019 8:28 PM EDT North Macedonia and Sweden battled for first place during the reporting of the jury scores. In a closely-fought contest that wasn’t decided until the last moment, the Netherlands won the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with “Arcade” by Duncan Laurenc ...

  36. Music Managers Forum Canada Honour Roll Offers Heartfelt Tributes to Award Recipients

    May 08, 2019 6:57 PM EDT A close group of Canadian industry veterans gathered on Tuesday night at Toronto’s high-end Bymark restaurant for Music Managers Forum (MMF) Canada’s 13th annual Honour Roll. The event awarded  Sandy Pandya , Ron Sakamoto , Chris Taylor , Ashley P ...

  37. Music Licensing for Canadian Businesses Just Got Easier With SOCAN & RE:SOUND's Entandem Platform

    May 08, 2019 10:00 AM EDT Partnership between SOCAN and RE:SOUND will give businesses a single portal to license music. In the past few years, the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has taken significant steps to maximize efficiencies and ...

  38. Pussy Riot Protest Group Member Briefly Detained in Moscow

    April 16, 2019 6:15 PM EDT One of the protesters who barged onto the field last year to disrupt the World Cup final in Russia was briefly detained Tuesday by police in Moscow, activists said. Veronika Nikulshina of the Pussy Riot protest group was reportedly detained along ...

  39. In Nigeria, Battle for Music Streaming Space Goes to Unexpected Places

    April 16, 2019 5:53 PM EDT uduX, the first made-in Nigeria music streaming service, has partnered with one of country's largest banks to make the platform available inside GTBank's Habari app. LAGOS, Nigeria — To make money in Nigeria’s music industry, Chidi Okeke ...

  40. Boomplay, Africa's Biggest Streaming Platform, Raises $20M in Funding

    April 05, 2019 9:00 AM EDT The company has signed up over 44 million users and hosts the largest online African music catalog in the world. LAGOS, Nigeria — Boomplay Music, a leading music streaming and download service in Africa, has raised $20 million in Series A funding ...