1. To Brexit, or Not to Brexit: For the British Music Industry, There's Little Question

    June 21, 2016 3:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 The industry shares its worries over visas, copyright, trade agreements and "neo-liberal market fundamentalism." Two days from now, on June 23, the United Kingdom will hold a national referendum to decide whether or not it should remain pa ...

  2. Alison Wenham Steps Down from U.K.'s AIM, Will Lead WIN as CEO

    May 05, 2016 5:29 AM EDT 0 0 0 After 17 years guiding the U.K.’s Association of independent Music (AIM), Alison Wenham is stepping down as chair and CEO of the trade body to assume a new global role as CEO of the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN). Wenham’s decision ushers in a ...

  3. Indie Leaders Lean Hard on Major Labels, Call for Lobbying Investment During Grammy Weekend Lunch

    February 14, 2016 4:45 PM EST Martin Mills and Darius Van Arman call for fair play and harmony in the record business. Two powerhouses in independent music took an opportunity to criticize the business practices of major labels at the Recording Academy's Entertainment Law ...

  4. Richard James Burgess, Former Smithsonian Folkways Head, Named New CEO of A2IM

    January 05, 2016 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Richard James Burgess , an indie executive with a diverse background who most recently ran the label operation of Smithsonian Folkways, has become the fourth executive to lead A2IM, the U.S. independent label trade group. Burgess replaces interim pr ...

  5. Merlin Sets Board for 2015-17, Martin Mills Reappointed Chairman

    November 17, 2015 9:12 AM EST 0 0 0 Beggars Group founder Martin Mills has been reappointed chairman of indie digital rights group Merlin. The not-for-profit agency also announced results of its board elections, with executives from Epitaph, Because Music and elsewhere earning two-yea ...

  6. Apple Music Signs Beggars Group, Merlin: Sources

    June 23, 2015 11:27 PM EDT 1.816 k 266 39 Beggars comprises the labels 4AD, XL, Matador and Rough Trade and has had a hand in the careers of Adele, Radiohead and Arcade Fire, among others; Merlin represents 20,000 labels and distributors worldwide. Apple Music, the hardware giant&# ...

  7. Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe to Apple Music: 'F--- These Satanic Corporations'

    June 17, 2015 11:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe has joined the growing chorus of disapproval for Apple’s new streaming service by claiming the computer giant threatened to remove his band’s music from iTunes if he didn’t agree to Apple Music’s thre ...

  8. Adele's '21' is the U.K.'s Best-Seller of the Millennium

    March 19, 2015 1:20 AM EDT 24.139 k 235 69 Adele's 21 is the U.K.'s best-selling artist album of the millennium so far, with sales edging towards 5 million, a new survey reveals. The British singer-songwriter's sophomore album has outpaced Amy Winehouse's Back t ...

  9. Record Store Day Brings St. Vincent, B-52's, Todd Barry and More to Brooklyn for a Vinyl Chat

    March 11, 2015 11:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 Vinyl enthusiasts, rejoice: the lineup for Record Store Day 2015 has been announced, and as usual it's a comprehensive doozy . From Third Man Records'  10-inch 78 RPM of Elvis Presley 's first recording to Of Montreal 's first li ...

  10. Martin Mills and Brian Message Take On Major Labels, Billboard 200 in Launch of Plan to Save Music Retail

    February 26, 2015 7:57 AM EST 0 0 0 Less than a week after umbrella trade body UK Music launched a five-point policy plan to develop the music business, Britain's Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) has followed suit with its own manifesto for growth. Supported by Beggars G ...

  11. Damian Abraham Talks to Martin Mills About Beggars' Un-Punk Roots, Passing on Nirvana and the (Rare) Ramones Kudo

    November 12, 2014 3:45 PM EST You gotta hand it to Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham . He kicked off the inaugural episode of his podcast, Turned Out a Punk , by interviewing his boss-of-sorts, Beggars Group founder  Martin Mills . Abraham, whose Canadian band is on the Beggar ...

  12. Arctic Monkeys, Domino Records Take Home High Honors at AIM Independent Music Awards

    September 02, 2014 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 At this year's Association of Independent Music's Independent Music Awards held Tuesday in London, Arctic Monkeys walked away with the Independent Album of the Year honor, while Domino Records earned the Independent Label of the Year award ...

  13. Arctic Monkeys, Domino Records Take Home High Honors at AIM Independent Music Awards

    September 02, 2014 6:55 PM EDT At this year's Association of Independent Music's Independent Music Awards held Tuesday in London, Arctic Monkeys walked away with the Independent Album of the Year honor, while Domino Records earned the Independent Label of the Year awa ...

  14. Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Daptone, Bruce Iglauer Honored at A2IM's Libby Awards

    June 20, 2014 5:25 PM EDT The American Association of Independent Music’s third annual Libera Awards (a.k.a. The Libbys) hit NYC's Highline Ballroom last night, recognizing achievements throughout the independent music sector, which now constitutes some 34.6% of the ...

  15. Martin Mills Interview & Keynote, Canadian Music Week 2014

    Martin Mills Interview & Keynote, Canadian Music Week 2014

    May 22, 2014 3:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Beggars Group head Martin Mills gets interviewed by Damian Abraham before delivering his keynote to the assembly at Canadian Music Week. Martin Mills , beggars group , damian abraham , DMCA , Martin Mills Videos Martin Mills ...

  16. Beggars Group's Martin Mills on Why He's Abandoning the 50/50 Streaming Split (Exclusive)

    May 02, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Speaking at a MusicTank event in London last month, Beggars Group head of digital, Simon Wheeler, revealed that the U.K.-based indie label group is planning to lower the 50/50 streaming royalty rate that it and many other independent labels cur ...

  17. Alligator Records Founder Bruce Iglauer to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor at Libera Awards

    April 21, 2014 7:00 AM EDT A2IM's Libera Awards, the organization's toast to the year's most successful indies moves and shakes, scheduled for June 19th at New York's Highline Ballroom, has announced that Bruce Iglauer will be receiving its Lifetime Achi ...

  18. The Int'l Power Players Speak: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Alison Wenham, Frances Moore, Willard Ahdritz on Paul McGuinness, Midem & More (Q&A)

    February 06, 2014 4:57 PM EST It only makes sense at this year's Midem, the preeminent global music conference, a large contingent of Billboard's International Power Player list would be in attendance. Here, at Billboard's event honoring longtime U2 manager Paul ...

  19. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Receives Billboard's Industry Icon Award at Midem with Wide-Ranging Keynote

    February 03, 2014 11:53 AM EST At a very early (9:30 a.m.) breakfast on Sunday morning, after a night of dancing on tables at Cannes' boîtes and bars like La Chunga, a gaggle of music execs gathered at a ceremony to pay tribute to U2's greatly esteemed manager Paul ...

  20. Int'l Power Players: Martin Mills, Beggars Group; Ed Peto, Beggars Group

    January 28, 2014 1:30 PM EST BEGGARS GROUP MARTIN MILLS Chairman, Beggars Group ED PETO Managing director, Beggars Group China Beggars Group, led by founder/chairman Martin Mills, has long been the unofficial standard-bearer for ambitious international expansion among indepen ...

  21. Billboard's 2014 Industry Icon: Paul McGuinness on 35 Years Guiding 'The Biggest Band in the World' (Q&A)

    January 17, 2014 2:52 PM EST The following extended Q&A with U2's long-time manager Paul McGuinness is from the new issue of Billboard, which features a cover story on Howard Stern; a  MIDEM special section with Billboard's inaugural International Power Pl ...

  22. Martin Mills Reappointed Chairman of Merlin As New Board Named

    November 14, 2013 7:00 AM EST Beggars Group founder Martin Mills has been reappointed chairman of the board for Merlin, as the global rights body for independent music companies reports a highest-ever number of candidates for its biennial board election. London-based Mills r ...

  23. Tom Silverman's Libera Acceptance Speech: From Artists Against Counterfeit Tapes To 'The Big Six' To A2IM

    June 24, 2013 2:10 PM EDT One of highlights from last week's second annual Libera Awards was Tom Silverman's Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech. Part personal history (he co-founded Artists Against Counterfeit Tapes), thank you note (gave gratitude to ...

  24. Backbeat: A2IM's Libera Awards Bring Out Indie Royalty With Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Tom Silverman, More

    June 21, 2013 2:02 PM EDT From the podium at the second annual Libera Awards Thursday night, Portia Sabin of Kill Rock Stars toasted a room full of DIY music entrepreneurs who unwound with free booze and finger foods after three days of power meetings, panels and presen ...

  25. A2IM Announces Tom Silverman as Recipient of Libera Lifetime Achievement Award

    May 29, 2013 11:37 AM EDT The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has announced that Tom Silverman, founder of TommY BoY Records, the New Music Seminar and founding board member of A2IM, will receive the Lifetime Achievement statue at A2IM's upcoming Li ...

  26. Worldwide Independent Network Announces 'Independent Manifesto'

    January 29, 2013 2:55 PM EST Yesterday at MIDEM, the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) introduced its Independent Manifesto and the formation of a global council. The document (below) sets out the organization’s core principles to guide the global independent music sector. ...

  27. Martin Mills Receives Billboard’s Industry Icon Award

    January 27, 2013 9:07 AM EST Above (from left): Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, Beggars Group founder and Billboard Industry Icon Award winner Martin Mills, Reed Midem CEO Paul Zilk and Midem director Bruno Crolot. (Photo: MIDEM/D'Halloy/Image & Co) Martin M ...

  28. Billboard to Honor Beggars Group Chairman Martin Mills at MIDEM

    January 24, 2013 5:31 PM EST Martin Mills, chairman of the Beggars Group, in many ways helped create the idea of the indie label as we know it today. From its London roots as a mobile disco, a small chain of record shops and the Beggars Banquet label, the company has grown ...

  29. Martin Mills: Billboard Icon 2013

    January 22, 2013 7:01 PM EST Video: Martin Mills and Beggars, with Gary Numan, Seymour Stein, Richard Russell, Ezra Koenig, More The Billboard Q&A: Martin Mills Looks Back at His Life and Career Martin Mills Receives Billboard's Industry Icon Award Daniel Miller, ...

  30. Martin Mills: Daniel Miller, Richard Russell, Tom Silverman and Other Friends and Colleagues Recall His Most Memorable Moments

    January 22, 2013 6:45 PM EST Jean-Phillipe Aline Label manager for Beggars Group France Most memorable encounter with Martin Mills: “It was a while ago, in 2002 when he was looking for people to work for Beggars Group France with Laurent Rossi. My job interview turned into ...

  31. Morning Fix: Microsoft's Xbox Music; AEG's Seats With Friends; XL's Adele Profits

    October 15, 2012 8:21 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters MICROSOFT PRESSES PLAY ON NEW XBOX MUSIC SERVICE: Microsoft Corp. is taking the wraps off of its rebranded digital music service, now called Xbox Music, that promises an al ...

  32. Universal-EMI: Lucian Grainge, IMPALA, Martin Mills, Other Reactions to Deal's Approval

    September 21, 2012 3:14 PM EDT As expected, the approval by the European Union and the Federal Trade Commission has inspired a number of dramatically opposing comments and reactions from the parties affected by and involved in the deal. Here's a collection of several we� ...

  33. Backbeat: LA's Haim Rock NYC's Santos With Columbia, Neon Gold, Universal Republic Execs

    August 06, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Photo: wagz2it for Stereogum.com LA-based sister act Haim (pronounced "hime") have been riding a fast-building buzz this year, due to the gloriously infectious indie-pop EP they released a few months back. In its wake came rapturous pres ...

  34. Business Matters: Ignore the Telegraph, Here's the Real State of Streaming Revenue

    August 02, 2012 4:46 PM EDT Most Musicians Don't Get More From Streaming Than Other Revenue Don't be suckered into believing a Telegraph headline, possibly rehashed without thought by a blog, that musicians are getting more from online streaming than other revenue ...

  35. A2IM Speaks Out Against Universal-EMI Merger Again, Even More Forcefully

    July 30, 2012 7:19 PM EDT A2IM, the American Assn. of Independent Music, has reiterated its opposition to the Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI in its most forceful statement yet . The statement is apparently prompted by the remedy package the Universal Music ...

  36. Business Matters: What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business

    July 26, 2012 6:35 PM EDT What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business -- Games have always provided an outlet for music, but opportunities can be short-lived. A year ago Zynga was going to be the future of entertainment and provide an avenue for music to be used ...

  37. Universal-EMI Divestment Package Expected to Be Complete by Monday, Possibly Sooner

    July 20, 2012 6:25 PM EDT As of late Friday afternoon (ET), the Universal Music Group's remedies package of assets to be divested as part of its effort to win regulatory approval of its proposed acquisition of still had not been formally submitted to the EU Commission ...

  38. Exclusive: Naive's Patrick Zelnik Talks Universal-EMI Merger, Plan to Buy Virgin With Branson, More

    July 19, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Patrick Zelnik, founder and CEO of French independent label and distributor Naïve and co-President (for now) of Impala, the independent label association, has made international headlines over the last few days: On Monday a surprising op-ed he wro ...

  39. Updated: Universal Music Offers to Sell More Assets to Salvage EMI Deal

    July 19, 2012 8:41 AM EDT Universal Music has upped the ante in its efforts to gain approval for its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded-music division, offering to sell off even more parts of EMI, according to a report in Financial Times. The European Commission reje ...

  40. Inaugural Libera Awards cap A2IM Indie Week

    June 27, 2012 8:20 PM EDT On the afternoon of June 21, Beggars Group founder/chairman Martin Mills was on Capitol Hill, where he let a U.S. Senate subcommittee know his opposition to the Universal Music Group-EMI merger. But he had to leave the Senate hearing early, as he ...

  41. Opinion: Universal-EMI Senate Hearings Filled With Misinformation, Missed Opportunities

    June 26, 2012 5:14 PM EDT Last week's Senate hearing examining the Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division was a symphony of mission statements, missed opportunities and misinformation. Amid it all, there were some solid ...

  42. Backbeat: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Cathy Bauer, Darius Van Arman Bathe In the Warm Indie Glow of A2IM's Inaugural Libera Awards

    June 22, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Group Rate: Some of A2IM's members: Front row (L to R): Cathy Bauer (Daptone), Glenn Morrow (Bar/None), Pat Berry (Six Degrees), Emmy Black (Bar/None), Molly Neuman (eMusic), Nydia Ines Davila (Daptone), Lori Condon (Acony). 2nd row, L to R: ...

  43. Irving Azoff Disputes Bronfman, Mills Testimony at Universal-EMI Senate Hearings; Mills Responds

    June 22, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment/Front Line Management Chairman Irving Azoff said he didn't get the chance to respond to some of the comments made at yesterday's Senate Judiciary subcommitee hearing about the proposed Universal Music Group-EMI ...

  44. Seymour Stein Pays Tribute to Beggars Groups' Martin Mills at A2IM's Libera Awards

    June 22, 2012 1:08 PM EDT Seymour Stein (right) presenting Martin Mills with his Libera Lifetime Achievement award in New York City. (photo: Kyle Dean Reinford) At last night's inaugural A2IM Libera awards, legendary record exec Seymour Stein presented Beggars Group&# ...

  45. Universal To Respond To EU Letter of Objections By July 3 (Report)

    June 22, 2012 8:31 AM EDT Universal Music Group's response to the European Union's regulatory commission letter of objections to its proposed merger with EMI will require a response by July 3, according to a report today on Reuters. The story cites a "person ...

  46. Spotify, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire Take Home First Ever Libera Awards

    June 21, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Bon Iver's self titled release took home the award for Independent Album of the Year (presented by Official.fm) and the Arcade Fire's "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" won Independent Video of the Year at the first ever ...

  47. Music Execs Debate Promise and Threats of Universal-EMI Merger at Senate Hearing

    June 21, 2012 8:28 PM EDT Some of the music industry's top music executives painted various pictures of the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Thursday afternoon. It was a rare opportunity to see well-known executives queried a ...

  48. Universal's EMI Deal Approved By New Zealand Regulators

    June 21, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Universal's proposed acquisition of EMI Music has been approved by the New Zealand Commerce Commission - the first jurisdiction in the world to do so. Universal Music Group was notified of the regulatory approval earlier today (June 21) and i ...

  49. Highlights From Azoff, Grainge, Bronfman Testimony in Today's Universal-EMI Senate Hearing

    June 21, 2012 8:01 AM EDT At 1:30 p.m. today, the head of Universal Music Group and EMI will appear before a Congressional hearing to argue for the proposed sale of EMI's music catalog to Universal. Both Lucian Grainge and Roger Faxon will act as witnesses in support ...

  50. Billboard's Live Blog On The U.S. Senate's Hearing On Universal-EMI Merger

    June 21, 2012 7:31 AM EDT The Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at around 2pm ET today, Thursday, June 21 and Billboard.biz is live blogging it here (see below). Business Mat ...

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