1. Families of Ariana Grande Manchester Concert Bombing Victims Will Each Receive $324,000

    August 15, 2017 4:27 PM EDT "The payments will ensure the families benefit from the phenomenal outpouring of public support following the attack." Each of the families of the 22 people killed during the May bombing of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester will rec ...

  2. Flow Festival Investigating Why One of Its Artists Was Beaten by Security, Jailed After Her Set

    August 14, 2017 7:00 PM EDT Russian DJ and producer Inga Mauer was assaulted and arrested by security staff a few hours after performing at the Helsinki event. Russian DJ and producer Inga Mauer was assaulted and arrested by security staff at Helsinki’s Flow Festival a few h ...

  3. 33 1/3 Announces New 'Global' Book Series

    August 10, 2017 8:55 PM EDT A book on J-pop act Supercell’s Supercell Featuring Hatsune Miku by Keisuke Yamada is out now. The long-running  33 1/3 book series , which publishes short books about the history of classic or cult albums, is expanding their brand. Today, 33 1/3 ...

  4. 'Despacito' Effect: Behind This Year's Latin Music Revolution

    August 10, 2017 2:40 PM EDT "Despacito" and "Mi Gente" are leading a surge of Spanish-language songs on the charts as mainstream artists and labels get in on the action. Latin America was hit harder by piracy than nearly any other music market, seeing re ...

  5. BMG Pairs With Black Box for Major Push Into Canada

    August 10, 2017 1:44 PM EDT BMG was a prominent force in Canada before the Sony joint venture and eventual buyout in 2008 but is returning for the first time since re-launching that year by Bertelsmann. The company has announced it is dedicating resources to A&R, marketi ...

  6. Miguel Bosé Speaks Out Against Venezuelan President

    August 07, 2017 12:30 PM EDT The Spanish pop star tweets support of the Venezuelan people, joining other Latin artists who have spoken out about the current violence in Venezuela. Miguel Bosé has spoken out against the violence in Venezuela, and shown his disdain for Venezuel ...

  7. Eurovision Song Contest Changes Rules, Prohibits 'Any Form of Political Propaganda'

    August 02, 2017 10:33 AM EDT Ukraine's ban on Russia's Julia Samoylova at this year's event in Kiev has prompted new regulations. The organizer of the Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), is changing the rules that govern the annual i ...

  8. Why Are There No Women on Spain's Music Charts? A Guest Essay by Daniela Bose

    July 31, 2017 5:32 PM EDT There are no women on Spain’s music sales charts. Instead, you can find women, now and throughout history, on the charts in France and Italy -- Mediterranean countries with similar cultures.  What’s happening to us?  Have we all -- including the w ...

  9. Why a New 'Despacito' Remix Could Make the Song Even Bigger

    July 24, 2017 10:32 AM EDT "Despacito" has already topped the charts for months, but one of the song's co-writers, Erika Ender , is betting that it still has plenty of room left to soar in at least one giant market: her native Brazil. While Brazilians have al ...

  10. Justin Bieber Banned From China Over His 'Bad Behavior'

    July 21, 2017 7:07 AM EDT Beijing’s Culture Bureau posted a statement saying the young pop star had "caused discontent among the public." Young Beliebers of the world's most populous nation just got some devastating news: Justin Bieber has been banned from C ...

  11. Germans Still Buy CDs, But Streaming Is Catching On

    July 19, 2017 9:50 AM EDT The music market in Germany grew nearly 3 percent in the first half of 2017, and while CDs still account for 44.7 percent of revenue, streaming jumped 10.3 percent year-over-year. The German music industry grew once again in the first six months o ...

  12. Italian Composer Luca D'Alberto Secures Apple And Wimbledon Synch Deals

    July 17, 2017 11:37 AM EDT Italian composer and multi-instrumentalist Luca D'Alberto who is signed to neo-classical label 7K!, has secured two major synch deals only two weeks after the release of his debut album Endless .  7K! and his management company !K7 were instr ...

  13. Polaris Music Prize: Leonard Cohen, Feist and Gord Downie Make the Short List

    July 13, 2017 11:51 AM EDT Albums by Leonard Cohen , Feist , The Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie and past winner Tanya Tagaq are among the 10 selections on the 2017 Polaris Music Prize short list. The award honors Canada's best album of the year, eventually determi ...

  14. Music Publishers in Germany Say It's 'High Time' the EU Acted on YouTube

    July 11, 2017 3:15 PM EDT It's "high time" for the European Commission in Brussels to finally impose a statutory duty on music platforms like YouTube so that authors and publishers receive a fair share of revenues, Prof. Dr. Rolf Budde , chairman of the Germ ...

  15. 'Russian Google' Restricts Music Service Content Amidst Piracy Concerns

    July 11, 2017 10:23 AM EDT Yandex, "the Russian Google," has introduced restrictions on user-generated content of its music service amidst piracy concerns, although the company has denied a connection. Two months ago, Yandex.Music, Russia's largest music stre ...

  16. 'Money Is In Men's Hands': Spain's Top Female Execs Speak Out in New Documentary (Watch)

    July 10, 2017 2:14 PM EDT The term "women in music" has become akin to mentioning an endangered species, at least where Latin music is concerned. But when it comes to women in the Latin music industry, the reality -- while still leaving plenty of room for improve ...

  17. Ed Sheeran, Drake Top Canadian Mid-Year Chart, Streaming Continues To Rise

    July 05, 2017 4:59 PM EDT On-demand streaming is up precipitously year-over-year. Ed Sheeran ’s “Shape of You” is Canada’s biggest song of 2017, to date, and Drake ’s album, More Life  has significantly swiped The Weeknd ’s record for one-week audio on-demand streams—which ...

  18. Swedish Music Festival Cancels 2018 Event After Sexual Abuse

    July 02, 2017 3:48 PM EDT A large music festival in Sweden that has seen performances by artists such as Kanye West, Robbie Williams and Iron Maiden has called off next year's event after several reports of sexual abuse. The Bravalla festival in Norrkoping, southern ...

  19. Ukraine Facing 'Substantial Fine' for Barring Eurovision's Russian Entrant

    June 30, 2017 12:35 PM EDT Ukraine is facing a fine over barring the Russian participant in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, Yulia Samoilova , from entering the country as well as organizational miscues tied to last month's contest. "The organization of t ...

  20. Katy Perry Plots 2018 Tour of Australia

    June 30, 2017 5:49 AM EDT KatyCats, stand to attention: Katy Perry is coming to Australia.  Just days after dropping a big hint on Australian radio, the U.S. pop singer confirmed her Witness: The Tour will return Down Under next July and August for seven dates in support o ...

  21. Canada 150: Celine Dion & Shania Twain Lead Nielsen Music Canada's Top Canadian Artists Chart

    June 29, 2017 1:00 PM EDT In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday — Billboard's top Canadian artists, albums and songs in the Nielsen Music Canada era The official 150 th birthday of Canada — commemorating  confederation — is this Saturday, July 1,  known as Ca ...

  22. Sony Music To Open Vinyl Pressing Plant in Japan

    June 29, 2017 12:07 PM EDT The company stopped its in-house vinyl production in 1989. Sony Music today (June 29), announced plans to open a pressing plant in Japan as soon as March 2018. Sony stopped its in-house vinyl production in 1989, relying on outsourcing to focus on ...

  23. Oceanic Global Unveils Ibiza Festival to Save the Seas With Solomun & More

    June 29, 2017 11:30 AM EDT Ibiza is a global destination for dance music lovers the world over, and much of its fabled glory is owed to its beautiful locale. The Spanish island sits among the beautiful blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and if you want those waters to st ...

  24. Pandora Is Winding Down Operations in Australia and New Zealand

    June 27, 2017 1:33 PM EDT Pandora says hooroo to the ANZ market. Pandora is pulling the plug on Australia and New Zealand, the only international territories where it operates, in an effort to focus solely on the United States. The retraction Down Under arrives as the Oakl ...

  25. European Union Fines Google a Record $2.7 Billion

    June 27, 2017 7:12 AM EDT The European Union has issued a record $2.7 billion (€2.4 billion) fine against online giant Google, finding the company guilty of skewing search results by favoring its own shopping search service over competitors. The ruling, unveiled Tuesday, c ...

  26. Mariah Carey Stirs Controversy in Israel Over Ex-Fiance's Link to Corruption Investigation

    June 26, 2017 8:41 PM EDT The pop star is at the center of a media storm after fielding questions about former fiancée James Packer's link to a corruption investigation involving Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Arriving in Tel Aviv Monday afternoon to promo ...

  27. Portuguese Artists to Honor and Aid Forest Fire Victims With Solidarity Concert

    June 25, 2017 12:45 PM EDT Lisbon concert to raise funds for areas affected by tragic blaze in Central Portugal Ana Moura, Rui Veloso, David Fonseca, Camané, Amor Electro and Carlos de Carmo are among the 25 artists representing multiple genres set to perform at a concert i ...

  28. Pussy Riot Criticizes Oliver Stone for Vladimir Putin Interview

    June 23, 2017 12:25 PM EDT "It was very obvious that he is very comfortable in this position and he doesn’t want any critics," said member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of the Oscar-winner's friendship with the Russian president. Pussy Riot took to the stage in a ty ...

  29. Small Russian Labels Balk at 'Unfavorable' Licensing Deals From VKontakte

    June 20, 2017 2:45 PM EDT The social network VKontakte -- aka "The Russian Facebook" -- which recently launched a paid music service and has license agreements with Sony, Warner and Universal, is having trouble signing deals with smaller, local labels. "Judg ...

  30. Spanish Authors' Rights Society Raided in Latest Corruption Probe

    June 20, 2017 12:33 PM EDT Police investigate a possible scam that collects royalties for music played on late night television. Police raided the Madrid offices of Spain’s Authors and Publishers Society (SGAE) on Tuesday, an operation that heralds another chapter in the co ...

  31. Talent Management Company b2 Releases 15-Track Dance Compilation, 'Billboard Presents Electric Asia Vol. 1'

    June 20, 2017 12:32 PM EDT Billboard  has partnered with Hong Kong-based talent management and entertainment services company b2 to present Electric Asia Vol. 1 . The 15-track dance compilation features an array of artists throughout Asia, including Chinese pop star Jane Zh ...

  32. Brexit Talks Start, U.K. Entertainment Industry Hopes to Maintain Strong European Ties

    June 19, 2017 9:26 AM EDT Britain and the European Union on Monday started their Brexit talks in Brussels amid hopes in the U.K. entertainment industry that the split will be a soft rather than a hard one. U.K. Brexit secretary David Davis and the EU’s top negotiator Miche ...

  33. Electronic Music Pioneer & CISAC President Jean-Michel Jarre: 'We're Living In A Medieval Dark Digital Age'

    June 19, 2017 9:08 AM EDT One of the true pioneers of electronic music, Jean-Michel Jarre has sold over 80 million albums in a colorful 40 year career, while his live shows are legendary around the globe for their ground breaking use of technology and innovative visuals.  ...

  34. Blue Note Jazz Club to Open in Rio

    June 16, 2017 6:48 AM EDT The Brazil location is the first in South America, and can be seen as a capstone of Blue Note Entertainment Company’s ongoing interest in Latin music and Latin American destinations. A Blue Note Jazz Club is set to open in Rio de Janeiro in August ...

  35. Katy Perry's Witness World Wide Generated Over 49 Million YouTube Views

    June 15, 2017 1:55 PM EDT Over 49 million fans from 190 countries tuned in to the online event. Last Thursday (June 8) Katy Perry kicked off the weekend of her Witness album release with a 96-hour livestream, entitled Witness World Wide, in partnership with YouTube. The st ...

  36. The Success of 'Despacito' Has Labels Looking to Latin

    June 15, 2017 11:30 AM EDT As the Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber collab dominates the summer, A&R executives spot a trend. "Despacito," the first mostly Spanish-language song to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 20 years, has already brought ...

  37. Clive Davis to Be Honored at Italy's Ischia Fest

    June 15, 2017 10:32 AM EDT Record producer and music industry executive Clive Davis is no stranger to the Ischia Global Film & Music Fest. After being feted twice previously with the fest’s legend award and platinum telegatto, Davis is now set to be honored July 11 with ...

  38. Music Biz Reacts to Shock UK Election as Brexit Looms: 'We Will Be Holding Their Feet to the Fire'

    June 09, 2017 11:33 AM EDT Representatives of the U.K. music industry have warned about the potential impact that the British election will have on Brexit negotiations and business in general, following a shock result that left Prime Minister Theresa May narrowly clinging o ...

  39. Clock Ticking Down for European Digital Single Market

    June 09, 2017 8:36 AM EDT With the chaos resulting from this week's British election, the ongoing uncertainty over Brexit and the daily eruptions out of the Trump White House, news from the European Union on its plans for a digital single market (DSM) has slipped out ...

  40. How a 'Propaganda War' Overtook Eurovision, the World's Most Inclusive Song Competition

    June 08, 2017 2:00 PM EDT Here at the International Exhibition Center in Kiev, Ukraine, on the night of the first Eurovision semifinal, nothing seems out of the ordinary — or at least, any stranger than usual. A Greek pop chanteuse stands center stage, singing a dramatic m ...

  41. China Clamps Down on Celebrity News Sites

    June 08, 2017 11:29 AM EDT China's top cyberspace regulator has instituted a sweeping clampdown on online media devoted to show business and celebrity gossip, a wildly popular corner of the mainland Chinese internet. Authorities ordered internet companies to close 60 t ...

  42. Is Canada's Music Video Funding In Jeopardy?

    June 08, 2017 7:42 AM EDT UMG's Jeffrey Remedios, Bell Media's Randy Lennox and Suzie McNeil weigh in. The fate of Canada’s much-praised funding of artist videos, a practice going back decades and envied by many American music artists, may be in jeopardy. This be ...

  43. Klaus Doldinger, Norah Jones and Branford Marsalis Are Winners at ECHO Jazz Awards

    June 02, 2017 11:12 AM EDT The German music industry celebrated the ECHO Jazz Awards in the rustic setting of a Hamburg shipyard at the River Elbe on Thursday night, with seven U.S. jazz acts among the winners. The German Phono Academy, an institution of the music industry, ...

  44. Czech Philharmonic Conductor Jiri Belohlavek Dies at 71

    June 02, 2017 10:11 AM EDT Jiri Belohlavek , chief conductor and music director of the Czech Philharmonic orchestra, has died. He was 71. The musician died Wednesday in Prague, his family said Thursday. He had suffered an unspecified serious long-term illness, but orchestra ...

  45. Russia Punts Major Changes to Its Royalty Collecting Orgs

    June 02, 2017 9:08 AM EDT Russia has chosen to avoid drastic changes to the country's collecting industry, making just minor amendments to the existing legislation as opposed to previously considered plans. The State Duma, the lower chamber of Russian Parliament, has ...

  46. 5 Cuba Music Tours to Book Before Possible Travel Tightening

    May 31, 2017 3:20 PM EDT The Trump administration is expected to announce changes in U.S.-Cuban policy in June, so the time to take that musical trip to Havana is now. Press reports in recent days have revealed that the Trump administration is expected to announce a shift ...

  47. U.K. Collection Society PPL Pays Out More Money Than Ever Before

    May 31, 2017 11:15 AM EDT Collections at U.K. music licensing company PPL grew to £212 million ($273 million) in 2016, an increase of 8 percent on the previous year. As a result, the London-based not-for-profit organization paid out a record total of £179 million ($230 mil ...

  48. How Ariana Grande, Scooter Braun & Two Biggest U.K. Promoters Organized Manchester Benefit Concert

    May 30, 2017 7:52 PM EDT Among other things, it took one of the biggest soccer teams on the planet moving its game. Just four days after floating a plan to stage a massive benefit concert for the victims of the May 22 terrorist attack in Manchester, England, Ariana Grande ...

  49. Ariana Grande Announces Manchester Benefit Concert With Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus & More

    May 30, 2017 11:44 AM EDT Ariana Grande promised the victims of the May 22 bombing in Manchester, England, that she would return to the city for a benefit concert in their honor and she's already set the date. The singer -- who postponed her Dangerous Woman European t ...

  50. Billboard's 53 International Power Players Revealed: XL's Richard Russell, the Man Who Signed Adele, Takes the Top Spot

    May 26, 2017 1:17 PM EDT As the $16 billion global music business sees its greatest growth in decades, these 53 executives are driving industry success outside the United States, led by the man who signed Adele , DJ-producer Richard Russell of XL Recordings.   EXECUTIVE O ...

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