1. French Muslim Rapper Medine Shut Out of Bataclan Attack Site by Far-Right

    September 21, 2018 8:57 PM EDT The popular musician said Friday he is canceling sold-out October concerts at the venue. A popular French Muslim rapper said Friday he is canceling sold-out October concerts at the Bataclan music hall in Paris, a target of the deadly 2015 terror a ...

  2. Ailee & Zico Set to Perform in North Korea Amid Inter-Korean Summit

    September 18, 2018 12:59 PM EDT Ailee and Zico will perform in North Korea this week as part of the sizable South Korean contingent involved in this week’s inter-Korean summit in Pyeongyang. Zico, a hip-hop artist, and Ailee, a Korean-American R&B and pop diva, will perform ...

  3. German Doctors Say It's 'Highly Plausible' Pussy Riot Member Was Poisoned

    September 18, 2018 7:32 AM EDT German doctors treating Pyotr Verzilov, a member of Russian protest group Pussy Riot , said Tuesday (Sept. 18) that claims he was poisoned are “highly plausible” but stressed they can’t say how this might have occurred or who was responsible. Dr. ...

  4. Belgian Court Rules Out Extradition of Spanish Rapper Valtonyc

    September 17, 2018 7:26 AM EDT A Belgian court on Monday ruled that Spanish rapper Valtonyc should not be sent back to Spain, where he was sentenced to prison accused of writing lyrics that praise terror groups and insult the royal family. The rapper, whose real name is Jose Mi ...

  5. Pussy Riot Member Said to Regain Consciousness in Hospital

    September 14, 2018 9:24 PM EDT A member of Russia’s Pussy Riot protest group says a fellow activist who was hospitalized for possible poisoning has regained consciousness. Group member Maria Alekhina told The Associated Press via Facebook that Pyotr Verzilov regained consciousn ...

  6. X Japan Hopes New Album Will Lead to Elusive Success in the West

    September 14, 2018 7:36 AM EDT Legendary Japanese rock band X Japan is hoping its new album will find success in the U.S. now that there is more interest in the West in music from Asia. X Japan leader Yoshiki said Thursday (Sept. 13) that America wasn’t ready for Asian rock mus ...

  7. Pussy Riot Activist May Have Medicine Poisoning

    September 13, 2018 9:46 PM EDT Doctors say a hospitalized member of protest group Pussy Riot may have been poisoned by an overdose of medication. Independent news website Meduza reported Thursday that Pyotr Verzilov’s doctors told his relatives that he either overdosed on medic ...

  8. Singaporean DJ Files Suit to Legalize Gay Sex in Singapore

    September 13, 2018 1:36 PM EDT Days after India legalized consensual gay sex in a historic judicial ruling, a Singaporean DJ has filed a lawsuit to bring that ruling to his home country. Johnson Ong Ming, who performs as DJ Big Kid, filed the suit against the Singaporean high c ...

  9. Avicii's Personal Piano to Be Displayed in Swedish Museum

    September 13, 2018 11:18 AM EDT It's been about five months since Swedish superstar dance-music producer Avicii took his own life, but it will be far longer until the world forgets his impact. His homeland certainly won't let his memory "Fade Into Darkness," ...

  10. Cube Entertainment Backtracks, Says They're Still in Talks with HyunA & E'Dawn: Report

    September 13, 2018 8:43 AM EDT Hours after reportedly severing their relationship with K-pop stars HyunA and E’Dawn of Pentagon, South Korean company Cube Entertainment’s CEO issued a new statement declaring that the situation is still being considered and is not final.    &quo ...

  11. Dozens of Puerto Rican & Dominican Urban Artists Unite for 'Un Solo Movimiento' Album

    September 12, 2018 6:12 PM EDT More than 60 artists and producers, from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, have joined forces to give urban fans the ultimate music experience with Un Solo Movimiento .    Produced by Alofoke Music Group, the album reunites artists like Bad ...

  12. Indian Music Culture Thriving in the Streaming Age, Shows Nielsen Report: Exclusive

    September 11, 2018 7:22 PM EDT In a market where CDs and digital downloads failed to take off, the world's second biggest smartphone market is primed for streaming. With a population of over 1.2 billion, there's a reason India has been called a "sleeping giant&qu ...

  13. Two Pussy Riot Members Arrested in Moscow

    September 09, 2018 5:29 PM EDT Pussy Riot 's Veronika Nikulshina and Peter Verzilov were arrested and detained by police earlier today (Sept. 9) in Moscow, the group  announced on Twitter . Nikulshina was taken into custody along with a friend while driving in the city. Ac ...

  14. German Pop Singer Daniel Kueblboeck Goes Overboard From Cruise Ship, Missing

    September 09, 2018 2:31 PM EDT A cruise line says German pop singer Daniel Kueblboeck is missing at sea after going overboard from one of its ships off the coast of Canada. Aida Cruises told The Associated Press in an email that Kueblboeck went overboard from the cruise ship AI ...

  15. Family of SHINee's Jonghyun Sets Up Foundation to Support Young Artists

    September 07, 2018 4:09 PM EDT A foundation has been established by the family of SHINee' s Jonghyun to support young South Korean creatives in his memory. In an interview with Esquire Korea , part of which was shared on Instagram on Thursday (Sept. 6), the star’s mother a ...

  16. ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus & UMG's Frank Briegmann Discuss the Future of Music

    September 06, 2018 6:19 PM EDT They spoke at the me Convention in Stockholm, Sweden. ABBA 's Björn Ulvaeus and Universal Music President Central Europe Frank Briegmann spoke on the future of the music industry during the me Convention in Stockholm, Sweden, on Wednesday.  D ...

  17. South Korean Politician Apologizes for Involving BTS, ARMY in Military Exemption Debate

    September 06, 2018 6:03 PM EDT In the lead-up and aftermath of the Asian Games, South Korea’s political scene has become embroiled in a debate over what sort of star qualities may qualify a man to be exempt from the nation’s military draft. Now, one politician at the center of ...

  18. UK Music Exports Buoyant But 'Bad Brexit Deal' Risks Loom

    September 06, 2018 3:34 PM EDT The trade body representing British music warned Thursday that the industry's financial fortunes, currently sky-high as a result of the popularity of the likes of Ed Sheeran , could be damaged in the event of a "bad Brexit deal." Th ...

  19. Pop Singer Vardaan Arora Reflects on India's Decision To Legalize Gay Sex: 'My Heart Beats With Excitement' (Guest Essay)

    September 06, 2018 3:08 PM EDT Today is special. I sit here, overwhelmed by my own thoughts as I usually am, trying to come up with a way to turn them into words. The day is Thursday, September 6, 2018. India, my country of birth, has legalized gay sex in a monumental Supreme C ...

  20. Streaming in Spain Surges to Nearly 75% of All Music Sales

    September 06, 2018 11:19 AM EDT Subscription income has risen 53% compared to a year ago, while download sales decreased 23%. Music streaming in Spain has surged to almost three quarters of all music sales, according to a new report from Spanish music industry association Promus ...

  21. Beyond Drake: We Asked 12 Tastemakers Around the World About Their Country's Song of the Summer

    September 06, 2018 9:30 AM EDT From Mexico to Russia, Singapore to South Africa Every year, Billboard ’s Songs of the Summer chart tallies up the season’s biggest hits, based on cumulative performance on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This year, ...

  22. Eduardo Cabra and Vicente Garcia Sign With Sony Music Colombia and Spain For Upcoming Trending Tropics Project: Exclusive

    September 04, 2018 9:14 AM EDT The first Trending Topics single, the first from Cabra, the artist and producer also known as Calle 13’s Visitante, is due Sept. 14 Eduardo Cabra , the artist and producer also known as Visitante, has teamed with Dominican singer Vicente Garcia fo ...

  23. Police Say Ugandan Opposition Pop Star Bobi Wine Can Leave for US

    August 31, 2018 4:13 PM EDT A Ugandan pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker now can travel to the United States for treatment after alleged torture while in detention, authorities said late Friday, roughly a day after security forces blocked him from boarding a flight and set ...

  24. JYP Entertainment Tops Big 3 to Become World's Biggest K-Pop Label

    August 30, 2018 7:34 PM EDT The company passed SM this week, after jumping YG earlier this year. South Korean music company JYP Entertainment, home to popular K-pop acts including TWICE and GOT7 , surpassed all other local labels in market capitalization this week. It is the ...

  25. Moroccan Star Arrested in France Over Alleged Rape

    August 27, 2018 6:10 PM EDT A French prosecutor said Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred is being held in police custody on suspicion of committing a rape in the town of Saint-Tropez on the French Riviera. Draguignan prosecutor’s office said Lamjarred, 33, was arrested on Sunday, ...

  26. Lana Del Rey Responds to Roger Waters Asking Her Not to Perform in Israel: 'This Is My Action'

    August 22, 2018 6:24 PM EDT Lana Del Rey is scheduled to play at the Meteor Festival in Israel on September 7, and despite many artists' refusal to play in the country due to the political turmoil and inhumane acts on the Palestinian population, Del Rey is firm in her b ...

  27. Arts Festivals Say Visa Rules Stop Artists From Visiting UK

    August 22, 2018 5:26 PM EDT This summer the WOMAD world music festival and the Edinburgh International Book Festival have both complained that several invited performers have been denied visas. Complex and inflexible U.K. visa rules are deterring international artists from c ...

  28. Cubans Getting Early Taste of Mobile Internet in System Test

    August 22, 2018 5:14 PM EDT Public access to the internet in the country was limited to tourist hotels until 2013. One of the world’s least-wired countries is getting a little more connected. Cubans with cellphones are getting mobile access to the internet in a tentative but ...

  29. Andy Ma Appointed CEO Warner Music China

    August 22, 2018 9:44 AM EDT As part of the management shuffle, WMC managing director Jackson Wong has left the company. Warner is looking to further strengthen its operations in China following the appointment of Andy Ma as CEO for the one of the world's fastest-growing ...

  30. Gracenote Expands Into India

    August 21, 2018 10:31 AM EDT Gracenote, a Nielsen company, is expanding its database solutions into the complex music market of India.    Unlike most Western catalogs, which center on data like artist, songwriter and recording, the Bollywood-heavy Indian music scene is compli ...

  31. Live Nation UK President/COO Paul Latham Announces Retirement

    August 16, 2018 6:31 PM EDT The much-admired exec has spent more than three decades in the music industry. Paul Latham , the long-serving president and COO of Live Nation U.K., has announced his retirement after more than three decades in the live music industry. The much-ad ...

  32. Daddy Yankee Victim of Robbery in Spain

    August 09, 2018 10:44 AM EDT Daddy Yankee has been a victim of theft during his Spanish tour, a rep for the singer-songwriter confirms in a statement to  Billboard. According to local press reports , the singer was reportedly keeping an assortment of jewels and diamonds in a ...

  33. Music Festival's Visa Troubles Are a 'Wake-Up Call' for UK Live Music Industry, Say Execs

    August 02, 2018 6:29 PM EDT WOMAD founder Peter Gabriel recently blasted U.K. foreign policy after visa issues stopped a number of international acts from playing the festival. A humiliating and hostile visa entry system is preventing a growing number of international acts f ...

  34. French Rappers Booba and Kaaris Arrested Following Heated Brawl Causing Delays at Paris Airport

    August 02, 2018 12:47 PM EDT The longstanding feud between French rappers Booba  and Kaaris turned into a physical melee when the pair of MCs and their entourages crossed paths at Paris' Orly Airport on Wednesday (Aug. 1). The bloodshed caused flights to be delayed up to ...

  35. Canada's SOCAN Acquires Reproduction Rights Organization SODRAC in Historic Deal: Q&A

    July 31, 2018 6:00 AM EDT SOCAN CEO Eric Baptiste explains how the arrangement will improve efficiencies and streamline operations of the rights groups. Canadian performance rights organization the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has ac ...

  36. Argentine Rocker Cristian 'Pity' Álvarez Confesses: 'I Killed Him'

    July 26, 2018 1:32 PM EDT Argentine singer-songwriter Cristian "Pity" Álvarez -- former frontman of Viejas Locas and Intoxicados -- turned himself in July 13, after confessing to the murder of Cristian Díaz, committed the night before. He had initially fled the s ...

  37. South Korean Politician Calls For Military Draft Exemptions For More Globally-Recognized Stars

    July 26, 2018 9:50 AM EDT For decades, every South Korean man has been expected to serve in the country’s military as part of the ongoing tension with North Korea following the Korean War armistice of 1953. For most male Korean celebrities, this has typically meant putting ...

  38. Latin Superstar Paulina Rubio Signs With United Talent Agency

    July 17, 2018 3:48 PM EDT The entertainer, who is scheduled to release a new album later this year, will be presented in various areas by UTA as a leading global talent with millions of followers on her social media platforms. Paulina Rubio has signed with United Talent Ag ...

  39. Universal Music Grows African Presence With Launch Of Nigeria Division

    July 17, 2018 11:42 AM EDT Legal and Management Record Labels Global Global bbbiz ...

  40. Pussy Riot Members Sentenced to 15 Days in Jail For World Cup Protest, Release Throbbing 'Track About Good Cop'

    July 17, 2018 10:47 AM EDT Russian punk performance collective Pussy Riot have announced the names of the four members sentenced to jail for their brazen protest during Sunday's (July 15) World Cup finals game at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The group said that Veronika ...

  41. Pussy Riot Issue Update on Jailed Members Arrested During World Cup Field Protest

    July 16, 2018 12:17 PM EDT The band says they have not been allowed to see their lawyer and officials didn't tell them about a court appearance. After their action to disrupt the World Cup soccer finale on Sunday (July 15) landed four members of the Russian feminist pu ...

  42. World Cup: Will Smith to Perform at Closing Ceremony with Nicky Jam

    July 13, 2018 7:26 AM EDT The opening ceremony included a performance of Robbie Williams, who caused some controversy. Will Smith will perform at the closing ceremony of the soccer World Cup at Moscow's Luzhniki stadium this Sunday (July 15). He will sing "Live i ...

  43. Hong Kong Grants Same-Sex Couples Equal Visa Rights

    July 05, 2018 12:44 PM EDT On Wednesday (July 4), the LGBTQ community of Hong Kong witnessed a landmark achievement. The city’s highest court ruled that same-sex couples have the same rights to spousal visas as heterosexual couples, a victory years in the making. Originally ...

  44. As Reggae Celebrates 50 Years, Some of the Genre's Pioneers Look Back on Its Worldwide Ascent

    July 01, 2018 10:00 AM EDT Shifting ethics, social upheavals and escalations in political and civil rights protests all contributed to the chaotic, landmark year that was 1968. The raging Vietnam War generated polarizing emotions and widespread demonstrations across the U.S ...

  45. Songwriters, Labels & Music Bodies Ramp Up Pressure on European Parliament Ahead of 'Must Win' Copyright Vote

    June 28, 2018 7:19 PM EDT All three major labels and thousands of songwriters, creators and music industry stake holders have called upon the European Parliament to pass sweeping reforms to copyright law that could have huge consequences for services like YouTube.  With on ...

  46. What a Google Email to News Publications Means for the Music Business

    June 28, 2018 4:29 PM EDT The tech giant is asking a group of partners who have come to depend on its largesse to take action that will make them even more dependent. The battle over the proposed European Union Copyright Directive is heating up -- and technology companies ...

  47. As Greek Royalty Collector Fails, Rights Holders Weigh Whether Government Can Find Their Money

    June 28, 2018 3:00 PM EDT The crisis at SGAE, the Spanish performance rights organization, involves a telenovela's worth of plot twists -- including royalties for inaudible music and the court-ordered dismissal of a WIPO arbitration. But the situation at its Greek cou ...

  48. Miguel Bosé Is on Spain's List of Biggest Tax Delinquents

    June 28, 2018 9:00 AM EDT Bosé owes the government almost two million Euros, according to a new list of top offenders Spanish singer Miguel Bosé can count among his achievements a string of platinum albums and hit singles, and the honor of 2013's Latin Grammy person o ...

  49. Man Stabbed to Death at Hideout Festival in Croatia

    June 28, 2018 8:14 AM EDT A British man has died as a result of stab wounds at Hideout Festival in Croatia, festival organizers announced Wednesday morning (June 27). Police have confirmed that the victim, 26 years old, Ugo Wilson was unarmed at the time of the attack. Ano ...

  50. Sony Music UK Launches New Since '93 Imprint

    June 26, 2018 5:34 PM EDT The label will be headed by Glyn Aikins and Riki Bleau. Sony Music is looking to develop the next generation of British talent with the launch of Since '93 -- a new U.K. imprint headed by Glyn Aikins and Riki Bleau . Both men will report to R ...

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