1. Solange, J Balvin, Erykah Badu, Interpol, Rosalía and Stereolab to Headline Porto's NOS Primavera Sound

    January 16, 2019 10:00 AM EST The Portugal edition of Primavera Sound features “the most eclectic line up in its history.” Solange , J Balvin, Erykah Badu , Interpol , Rosalía and Stereolab are slated to headline the NOS Primavera Sound festival’s “most eclectic lineup” in its ...

  2. Blue Note Club to Open in São Paulo in February

    January 16, 2019 8:10 AM EST The infinitely hip bossa-pop pioneer Marcos Valle is set to play the opening show on Feb. 15 at the new Blue Note São Paulo .   The new club is located in the Conjunto Nacional, a commercial complex designed by architect David Libeskind  and built ...

  3. Indian Authors-Composers Society Re-Admitted to CISAC

    January 14, 2019 3:27 PM EST The Indian Performing Right Society Limited has been allowed back into the international network of authors' societies after two of years of reform. The world's largest international network of authors' societies, the International ...

  4. Lin-Manuel Miranda Gets Hero's Reception as 'Hamilton' Opens in Puerto Rico

    January 14, 2019 3:42 AM EST Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised his lead role in the hit musical Hamilton  to start a two-week run in Puerto Rico expected to raise millions of dollars for artists and cultural groups struggling in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The audience giggled, ho ...

  5. Music Canada Live Becomes The Canadian Live Music Association

    January 11, 2019 6:55 PM EST As well, Erin Benjamin, formerly the executive director, has been promoted to president and non-voting CEO. The Canadian non-profit Music Canada Live is taking on a new name and separate identity, The Canadian Live Music Association, it announced ...

  6. Bad Bunny & Residente Make Surprise Visit to Puerto Rico Governor to Discuss Crime, Education

    January 11, 2019 2:25 PM EST Urban artists Bad Bunny and Residente unexpectedly visited Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló at his residence at La Fortaleza on Thursday night to talk about crime and the education system in the country. The initiative comes after the news of ...

  7. PIAS' Revenue Grew 18 Percent to $45.8M in 2017

    January 10, 2019 7:22 PM EST European independent powerhouse PIAS enjoyed strong growth in both digital and physical revenues in 2017, according to the to the company's latest set of financial results. A Companies House filing for the year ending Dec. 31, 2017, reports t ...

  8. Rosalía, Aphex Twin to Have Mexico Debuts at Ceremonia Festival

    January 10, 2019 6:27 AM EST Headliner Massive Attack, Kaytranada and Pussy Riot are also announced for the festival that “believes in the freedom to question who we are.” Rosalía and Aphex Twin are scheduled to play their first-ever shows in Mexico at the Ceremonia Festival ...

  9. Drake Dominates Nielsen Music's 2018 Canada Report

    January 09, 2019 7:22 PM EST Nationwide music consumption increased 21 percent -- boosted by a 47 percent rise in on-demand audio song streams. Nielsen Music's 2018 figures are in for Canada, reporting consumption increased 21 percent in 2018 and countryman Drake 's ...

  10. How the Battle for the Indian Streaming Market Will Heat Up in 2019

    January 02, 2019 10:27 AM EST As two prominent Indian streaming services -- Saavn and JioMusic --  join forces and relaunch as one, Spotify faces an even bigger challenge as it readies to launch in the world's second-most populous country. "It is absolutely a game ch ...

  11. Japan Law Extending Copyright Protection Period for Rightsholders Goes Live

    December 31, 2018 8:19 AM EST A revision of the Japan copyright law went into effect Dec. 30 after the bill was passed through the country's National Diet (legislature) on June 29, 2018. It extended the copyright protection period from 50 years to 70 years after the autho ...

  12. 10 Best New K-Pop Acts of 2018

    December 29, 2018 7:40 PM EST Every year, K-pop sees more and more acts joining the industry, making their debuts with brand-new music and identities. Like in years past, 2018 -- a year that has seen unprecedented amounts of Korean music on the Billboard charts -- the debut sc ...

  13. How 'Girl Crush' Hooked Female Fans and Grappled With Feminism as K-pop Went Global in 2018

    December 26, 2018 4:42 PM EST BLACKPINK has the bad girl image down to a tee. The K-pop girl group’s music video for “DDU-DU DDU-DU” has the kind of set pieces of an overwhelmingly anthemic fever dream. Each of the four members has their own instantly memorable scene. There’s ...

  14. Members of Indonesian Band Seventeen Killed After Tsunami Hits Concert

    December 23, 2018 11:53 AM EST Two members of Indonesian band Seventeen and two of its crew members are among the over 200 people killed after a tsunami hit their concert on the country's island of Java. Bassist Bani, guitarist Herman, road manager Oki Wijaya and another c ...

  15. MTV Russia Orders K-Pop Reality Series

    December 19, 2018 2:28 PM EST Viacom and Russian telecom giant MTS partner on "K-pop MTCamp," which will be the U.S. entertainment company's first TV co-production in the country. Viacom's MTV Russia has ordered reality series  K-pop MTCamp , which will cel ...

  16. Vladimir Putin Says Rap Should Be Controlled in Russia, Not Banned

    December 15, 2018 5:49 PM EST Alarmed by the growing popularity of rap among Russian youth, President Vladimir Putin wants cultural leaders to devise a means of controlling, rather than banning, the popular music. Putin says “if it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it a ...

  17. British Prime Minister Hangs Onto Power as Musicians Call for Alternative to Brexit

    December 12, 2018 6:25 PM EST As Theresa May survived a leadership challenge, members of the music industry are voicing their opposition to Brexit and the direction of the country's proposed exit from the European Union. British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a leade ...

  18. Beyonce, Hillary Rodham Clinton: India Revels in a Very Big Wedding

    December 12, 2018 7:29 AM EST In a season of big Indian weddings, the Wednesday (Dec. 12) marriage of the scions of two billionaire families might be the biggest of them all. The bride, Isha Ambani, is the Ivy League-educated daughter of industrialist Mukesh Ambani, thought to ...

  19. J. Lyman Potts, Pioneer in Canadian Broadcasting, Dies at 102

    December 11, 2018 6:33 PM EST His Canadian Talent Library Trust paved the way for the country's domestic recording industry. J. Lyman Potts , a pioneer in Canadian broadcasting whose Canadian Talent Library Trust paved the way for the domestic recording industry and later ...

  20. Rap Concert Stampede in Italy Leaves 6 Dead, Over 50 Hurt

    December 08, 2018 12:00 PM EST A stampede at a rap concert in an overcrowded Italian disco killed five teenagers early Saturday (Dec. 8) along with a woman who had brought her young daughter to the event, authorities said. Fifty-three people were reported injured, including 13 ...

  21. CISAC Launches Sanctions Procedure Against SGAE

    December 05, 2018 5:23 AM EST The international body of authors rights societies action could result in the expulsion of the Spanish society The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has launched a sanctions procedure against SGAE, the Spani ...

  22. Indie Label Earnings Climb To $6.9 Billion As Market Share Grows to Nearly 40 Percent

    December 04, 2018 8:40 AM EST Independent labels generated $6.9 billion in sales in 2017, up from $6.2 billion the previous year, according to a new report from Worldwide Independent Network (WIN).  The 11.3 percent rise in revenues means that indies now represent 39.9 percent ...

  23. Muggings Mar Global Citizen Festival in South Africa

    December 03, 2018 7:30 PM EST A spate of muggings early Monday marred a charity concert in South Africa at which Beyonce, Jay-Z and other stars performed in honor of Nelson Mandela. Tens of thousands flocked to the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Sunday for a music festival als ...

  24. Super Junior-M's Henry Lau Signs with AXIS

    November 26, 2018 9:33 PM EST Henry Lau, formerly of SM Entertainment and Super Junior-M, has signed with AXIS, a new company in South Korea dedicated to approaching the industry in a creative manner. Lau, who was raised in Canada and goes monomously by his first name, was int ...

  25. Jenni Rivera Enterprises Signs With Sony Latin, The Orchard for Global Catalog Distribution

    November 15, 2018 9:00 PM EST Jenni Rivera Enterprises has signed a worldwide distribution deal with Sony Music Latin and The Orchard to cover the late singer’s catalog. Rivera, a legend of Regional Mexican music through her career, died suddenly in a plane crash in December 2 ...

  26. Ugandan Pop Star-Politician Performs First Show Since Jailing

    November 10, 2018 3:26 PM EST Ugandan pop star and opposition politician Bobi Wine performed his first concert since he was charged with treason and jailed, a show of defiance Saturday (Nov. 10) punctuated by anti-government slogans and barbs aimed at the long-time president h ...

  27. Maluma's The Art of Dreams Organization Celebrates First Global Gift Gala in Colombia

    November 08, 2018 6:40 PM EST Superstar Maluma set aside his music duties to dedicate a special night to his nonprofit organization El Artes de los Sueños (The Art of Dreams). The event took place at the Hotel Dann Cartlon in Medellín, Colombia, and artists including Noel Scha ...

  28. CISAC Reports Global Publishing Grew 6% to $9.4B in 2017, Smaller Regions Showing Greatest Gains

    November 08, 2018 3:00 AM EST CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, which collects data from 239 collection management organizations in 121 countries, reports that music publishing collections grew 6 percent to €8.336 billion ($9.4 billi ...

  29. Amazon Launches Alexa & Amazon Music in Mexico

    November 07, 2018 3:22 PM EST Amazon announced Wednesday (Nov. 7) it has launched Amazon Music for Mexico. Both tiers of the company's streaming service -- Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music -- are now available to customers. Additionally, Amazon announced Alexa' ...

  30. Two Men Convicted of Homophobic Attack That Killed German Pop Musician

    November 07, 2018 8:42 AM EST A court in Berlin has convicted two men of killing a German pop musician in an apparent homophobic attack. A regional court in the German capital on Tuesday found the Polish defendants guilty of manslaughter and serious sexual assault in the death ...

  31. Bono to Congress: Thanks For Ignoring Trump on AIDS Funding

    November 05, 2018 9:49 AM EST U2 singer is glad legislators didn't go along with President''s calls to slash hundreds of millions from programs. Bono has a message for the U.S. Congress: Thanks for ignoring President Donald Trump. Trump has sought to slash hundr ...

  32. Shakira's Pies Descalzos Foundation Will Build Two New Schools in Colombia: Star Places First Stone in Hometown

    November 03, 2018 4:14 PM EDT Shakira ’s bare feet never stray far from her hometown of Barranquilla, Colombia. On Friday (Nov. 2), on the eve of the final concert of her El Dorado World Tour in Bogotá, the music star and philanthropist placed the first stone for construction ...

  33. U.K. Music Biz Now Worth $5.8 Billion a Year

    November 01, 2018 7:47 AM EDT Global stars Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa and Rag'n'Bone Man helped grow the British music industry to record levels in 2017, according to a new report from umbrella organization UK Music. It's annual "Measuring Music" study revea ...

  34. Merlin Highlights Growth, Global Indie Trends at 15th Tokyo Music Market

    October 26, 2018 5:59 PM EDT The 15th Tokyo International Music Market was held Oct. 22-24 at the Shibuya Excel Hotel Tokyu in the bustling Shibuya district of Tokyo and the crystal edition proved to be one of the most successful yet. The event is put together by Japanese mus ...

  35. Deezer Launches in Middle East & North Africa, Plans Dubai Headquarters

    October 23, 2018 10:39 AM EDT Two months after Deezer announced a distribution agreement with Arabic music powerhouse Rotana, the music streaming service has launched in the untapped Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Deezer's catalog of 53 million tracks now inc ...

  36. Merlin Reports 200 Percent Growth in Japanese Distributions

    October 22, 2018 5:28 PM EDT Two years after opening its first Japanese office , global music rights agency Merlin is seeing strong growth in the world's second largest music market. In the first six months of 2018, distributions to independent label members in Japan inc ...

  37. SOCAN Launches Dataclef Services Platform to Support Global Rights Management

    October 22, 2018 9:00 AM EDT Performance rights organizations in India and the Dutch Caribbean are the first clients. The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) has launched a new services arm called Dataclef, proclaiming it "the most author ...

  38. Music Canada Touts 'Another Year of Unprecedented Growth' at Playback 2018 Kickoff

    October 17, 2018 8:02 PM EDT Music Canada Executive Vice President Amy Terrill recapped the trade organization's main accomplishments and initiatives of the past year on Tuesday at Toronto's The Great Hall, kicking off the non-profit's Playback 2018 annual indu ...

  39. Luis Fonsi Breaks Seven Guinness World Records Titles Thanks To 'Despacito'

    October 17, 2018 12:05 PM EDT Just when you thought the “Despacito” craze was over... Luis Fonsi  has received seven Guinness World Records titles thanks to the chart-topping song he dropped in January 2017. On Wednesday (Oct. 17), the Puerto Rican singer shared a photo of his ...

  40. Insomniac Acquires 50% of Dutch Promoter ALDA

    October 16, 2018 2:24 PM EDT Insomniac has entered into a partnership with ALDA after acquiring 50 percent of the Amsterdam-based company known for developing, producing and promoting dance music events and experiences around the world. Together the two production companies w ...

  41. Mix Master Mike, Stewart Copeland, Sheila E. & More Join Forces to Help Beat Hunger in Haiti

    October 11, 2018 11:21 PM EDT Hunger Relief International (HRI) announced on Thursday (Oct. 11) it will be launching Beat Hunger, a multi-media awareness campaign to benefit Haitians living in extreme poverty. On Oct. 18, Beat Hunger will release a series of pre-recorded video ...

  42. Roger Waters Causes a Stir in Brazil After Criticizing Presidential Candidate

    October 10, 2018 6:00 PM EDT Rock star Roger Waters is causing a stir in Brazil after calling the leading candidate in October’s presidential election a neo-fascist. A big screen behind the stage at Waters’ concert in Sao Paulo on Tuesday night showed the words “Resist neo-fa ...