1. Universal Music Makes a Bigger Bet on Southeast Asia

    September 17, 2019 9:10 AM EDT 0 0 0 As part of a regionalization strategy, the label opens new hub in Singapore, and label offices for Def Jam and Astralwerks. SINGAPORE — Universal Music Group is pushing further into Asia, with a new Southeast Asia headquarters here that will feature ...

  2. Hindi Rapper Divine On Why He Signed With Mass Appeal India: 'It's Nas, Bro'

    September 13, 2019 7:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 The new label, announced last month, is a partnership between UMG and New York-based Mass Appeal, co-founded by Nas. MUMBAI — “It’s Nas, bro,” says Indian hip-hop star DIVINE when asked why he decided to return to a major label. “The way I write, th ...

  3. FIFA 20 Soundtrack Features J Balvin, Major Lazer, Anderson .Paak, Disclosure, Alison Wonderland & More: Listen

    September 13, 2019 3:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 “Qué Calor,” the new song from J Balvin and Major Lazer , is the lead track for the EA Sports FIFA game’s new Volta Football mode, influenced by street football (soccer). More than 110 tracks from artists representing over 20 countries will be heard ...

  4. AEG Moving Asia Pacific Hub From Shanghai to Singapore

    September 12, 2019 10:22 AM EDT 0 0 0 The relocation comes as the company hires a new senior vp and two other execs to the region. SINGAPORE — AEG is continuing to expand in Asia, saying it would relocate its regional headquarters from Shanghai to Singapore and had named three new execu ...

  5. Spotify's Global Head of Markets Cecilia Qvist to Deliver Opening Keynote at 2020 NY:LON Connect Summit

    September 10, 2019 9:23 AM EDT 0 0 0 Next year's summit will take place January 16 and 17 in New York City. Spotify’s global head of markets Cecilia Qvist will deliver the opening keynote at the fourth annual NY:LON Connect Global Music Business Summit, event co-organizers the Mus ...

  6. Pedro Almodovar's 'Dolor y Gloria' is Spain's Pick for Oscars: Listen to Music From the Movie

    September 06, 2019 3:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Spain has selected Pedro Almodovar’s Dolor y Gloria as the country’s entry for the 2020 Academy Awards. Titled Pain and Glory in English, the autobiographical film starring Antonio Banderas will be released in the United States on Oct. 4. It came ou ...

  7. Spain's Music Market Surges in First Half of 2019, With Gains in Digital and Even CDs

    September 04, 2019 11:26 AM EDT 0 0 0 Subscription services reap 41% more income than a year ago in Spain. Music sales in Spain surged some 27% in the first half of 2019, with subscription streaming services income up 41% over the same period in 2018. According to a new report from Span ...

  8. Spanish Rapper C. Tangana Offers Free Show After City Gov. Vetoes Public-Funded Concert

    August 23, 2019 3:38 AM EDT 0 0 0 “Censorship is not the way to educate,” Tangana tells fans, adding “I talk a lot of shit in my songs.” C. Tangana , whose upcoming concert during a city festival in Bilbao, Spain was canceled after complaints that his lyrics are degrading to women, ...

  9. Prateek Kuhad on India's Changing Music Scene, Not Using His Nationality as a 'Selling Point' & Touring U.S.

    August 22, 2019 8:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 MUMBAI — In India, Prateek Kuhad is arguably the most popular singer-songwriter performing mostly in English. New Delhi-based Kuhad, who also sings in Hindi, the country's most widely-spoken language, has seen his fame grow exponentially with e ...

  10. Cirque Du Soleil's Messi10 To Have Buenos Aires Run In June 2020

    August 19, 2019 5:52 AM EDT 0 0 0 The soundtrack to the show, debuting Oct. 10 in Barcelona, will include soccer fan favorites and Latin hits. Messi10 , the upcoming Cirque du Soleil show based on the life of Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi, is set for a run in Buenos Aires ...

  11. Cirque Du Soleil's Messi10 To Have Buenos Aires Run In June 2020

    August 19, 2019 5:52 AM EDT The soundtrack to the show, debuting Oct. 10 in Barcelona, will include soccer fan favorites and Latin hits. Messi10 , the upcoming Cirque du Soleil show based on the life of Argentine soccer superstar Lionel Messi, is set for a run in Buenos Aire ...

  12. Slipknot Snag No. 1 on Australia's Albums Chart With 'We Are Not Your Kind'

    August 19, 2019 12:39 AM EDT 0 0 0 Slipknot snare top spot on Australia’s albums tally with We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner/Warner), their first album in five years, while Tones And I’s “Dance Monkey” (Bad Batch/Sony) is still swinging at the top of the national singles survey.  Bow ...

  13. Icelandic Artist Drew Sounds From Power Plant to Compose 'Chernobyl' Soundtrack

    August 15, 2019 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Hildur Guðnadóttir went “treasure hunting” with her ears to build disturbing & melancholic soundtrack for the HBO miniseries, nominated for 19 Emmy Awards. OSLO -- On the first track of the score for HBO’s chilling Chernobyl miniseries, a jazz d ...

  14. Chvrches Cancel Hong Kong Concert Amid Airport Protest

    August 15, 2019 4:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 At least three concerts by overseas performers have been canceled in Hong Kong as protesters forced the city’s airport to suspend operations for a second day. K-pop star Kang Daniel and Scottish band Chvrches both announced Tuesday that they are cal ...

  15. Alice Cooper's 'Ol' Black Eyes Is Back' Tour Is Coming to Australia

    August 13, 2019 12:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Godfather of Shock Rock is taking his tour Down Under.  Alice Cooper’s Ol' Black Eyes Is Back trek will visit arenas in Australia’s five biggest cities in February 2020, with homegrown rockers Airbourne and Wayne Kramer’ s MC50 in support.  ...

  16. Tones And I, Ed Sheeran Lead Australia's Charts

    August 12, 2019 5:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 Tones And I continues to lord it over Australia’s singles chart with “Dance Monkey” (Bad Patch Records/Sony), which enters a second week at No. 1, while Ed Sheeran snags a fourth week atop the albums survey and Tool's   catalogue rushes the cha ...

  17. NCT Dream Score Best U.S. Sales Week to Date, Artist 100 Chart Debut

    August 09, 2019 6:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The teenage NCT collective enters new chart territory with their "We Boom" EP. While NCT Dream may be young, this teenage collective is making some of their biggest moves across multiple charts this week. NCT Dream's newly released  W ...

  18. C. Tangana Concert Canceled After Change.org Petition Protests 'Machista' and 'Degrading' Lyrics

    August 09, 2019 11:11 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Spanish hip-hop artist was to perform during Bilbao’s annual street festival. The city government has announced that Pedro Capó will replace him. Spanish hip-hop artist C. Tangana has been scrubbed from Bilbao’s annual week-long Aste Nagusia str ...

  19. Janet Jackson, Black Eyed Peas & More Set for Australia's RNB Fridays Live Tour, Int'l Expansion on the Horizon

    August 09, 2019 3:34 AM EDT 0 0 0 Janet Jackson , Black Eyed Peas , 50 Cent and Jason Derulo lead the lineup for RNB Fridays Live 2019, the fourth annual celebration of hip-hop and urban music which winds its way across Australia and New Zealand this November.  Also joining the Aust ...

  20. EXO, NCT 127, SHINee & WayV Members Unite for SuperM Supergroup Via Capitol Records & SM Entertainment

    August 07, 2019 6:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 SM founder Lee Soo-man described the group as 'The Avengers of K-pop' during the announcement at Capitol Congress. SM Entertainment and Capitol Records have partnered to launch a K-pop supergroup featuring members of several SM boy bands t ...

  21. Tyler, The Creator's New Zealand Ban Has Been Lifted

    August 07, 2019 5:33 AM EDT 0 0 0 Tyler, The Creator is now free to visit New Zealand, more than five years after he and his former Odd Future bandmates were controversially banned by immigration authorities. The Los Angeles rapper is all set to headline NZ’s Bay Dreams music festiv ...

  22. Ultra Australia Is Returning In 2020

    August 07, 2019 2:38 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ultra will bang the beats in Australia next year for a two-city festivals trek. The third annual Ultra Australia is booked-in for Saturday, March 7, 2020 at Sydney’s Parramatta Park and the following day at Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse, on what ...

  23. FC Barcelona and Sony Music Partner For 'Entertainment Experiences' Combining Music and Soccer: Exclusive

    August 06, 2019 8:23 AM EDT 0 0 0 The deal combines “big-name football stars and big-name music artists," according to Sony. FC Barcelona will also make use of the Sony Music catalogue for promotional content produced by the club. Sony Music and Fútbol Club Barcelona have inked ...

  24. Vivendi Enters Talks With Tencent to Sell Stake In Universal Music Group

    August 06, 2019 2:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Vivendi has entered into preliminary talks with China's Tencent Holdings to sell an initial 10 per cent stake in its Universal Music Group division, the French media giant said Tuesday (Aug. 6). The negotiations are based on a €30 billion ($33 ...

  25. SM Entertainment A&R Chris Lee Talks 'Cultural Technology' & Creating K-Pop Hits

    August 05, 2019 9:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 A rare event took place recently at Lincoln Center.  K-Factor , the first 50-piece orchestral performance of its kind put on in the iconic New York City landmark, featured a stroll through the sonic history of South Korean music. An attempt to delve ...

  26. Tones And I's 'Monkey Dance' Swings to No. 1 In Australia

    August 05, 2019 3:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 Tones And I swings into top spot on the ARIA Singles Chart this week with “Monkey Dance” (Bad Patch Records/Sony), and in doing so becomes the first Aussie leader on the survey in 2019.     Platinum-certified “Monkey Dance” lifts 3-1 in its eighth w ...

  27. European Band Pulls Out of Lebanon Music Festival in Protest

    August 04, 2019 11:28 AM EDT 0 0 0 European rock band Within Temptation says it is cancelling its concert at a Lebanese music festival in solidarity with a local group whose show was pulled from the program under pressure from Christian groups. In a statement posted on Facebook , Wit ...

  28. Drowning of Music Festival-Goer in France Triggers Protest of Police

    August 03, 2019 1:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Several hundred protesters have rallied in western France over the death of a local man who drowned during a clash between police and music festival participants. The demonstration in the city of Nantes was mostly peaceful but officers fired short w ...

  29. Drowning of Music Festival-Goer in France Triggers Protest of Police

    August 03, 2019 1:15 PM EDT Several hundred protesters have rallied in western France over the death of a local man who drowned during a clash between police and music festival participants. The demonstration in the city of Nantes was mostly peaceful but officers fired short ...

  30. A$AP Rocky Lands in the U.S. Following Incarceration in Sweden

    August 03, 2019 12:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 A$AP Rocky has returned to the United States after a nearly month-long stint behind bars in Sweden. The Harlem rapper was all smiles after stepping off a private jet at Los Angeles International Airport on Saturday (Aug. 3), TMZ reports . The site s ...

  31. Alejandro Sanz $10M Breach of Contract Lawsuit is 'Ready for Judgement,' Says Former Manager

    August 01, 2019 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz was in court in Madrid last week to address allegations brought by his former manager,  Rosa Lagarrigue , who is seeking 9 million euros ($10 million) in damages from Sanz for breach of contract, according to multiple ...

  32. Sónar Festival Recommits to Barcelona Venue After Strike, Big Dip in Attendance

    August 01, 2019 11:15 AM EDT 0 0 0 Sónar will return to its usual dates in June 2020 after being held a month later this year. Sónar organizers have confirmed their commitment to remain at the festival’s Barcelona venue after a 2019 edition that attracted some 21,000 less people than ...

  33. DJ Lag Talks Being Recruited by Beyonce for 'Lion King: The Gift' Album & Taking South African Music Worldwide

    July 31, 2019 2:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 “Everybody’s going crazy over it,” the producer tells Billboard of "My Power" song. “Even the people that don’t respect me, now they respect me!” DJ Lag wasn’t at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg in December when Beyoncé dropped ...

  34. DJ Lag Talks Being Recruited by Beyonce for 'Lion King: The Gift' Album & Taking South African Music Worldwide

    July 31, 2019 2:55 PM EDT “Everybody’s going crazy over it,” the producer tells Billboard of "My Power" song. “Even the people that don’t respect me, now they respect me!” DJ Lag wasn’t at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg in December when Beyoncé dropp ...

  35. BTS Team Up With UNICEF for Anti-Bullying Campaign

    July 30, 2019 8:42 AM EDT The band appear in a video for UNICEF's #ENDviolence campaign. BTS has teamed up with UNICEF on a campaign to end bullying in schools called #ENDviolence . "Our Love MYSELF campaign is all about encouraging every young person to find the ...

  36. Fuji Rock Fest Turns 23 With Dream Pop, Punk Rock, Hip-Hop and The Cure

    July 29, 2019 4:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 TOKYO — The 23rd edition of Japan's Fuji Rock Festival, considered the leading international festival in Asia (though not even the biggest fest in Japan), was held Friday to Sunday at the Naeba Ski area in Niigata prefecture. The fete saw a spi ...

  37. European Court Rules In Favor Of Kraftwerk In 20 Year-Long Copyright Dispute

    July 29, 2019 3:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 The long-running case carries potentially large ramifications around the use and licensing of samples in the wider music industry. LONDON — A nearly 20-year legal battle over the unauthorized sampling of a Kraftwerk song appears to finally be near a ...

  38. Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's 'Señorita' Ousts Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' From Australian Chart Summit

    July 29, 2019 4:28 AM EDT 0 0 0 It looks like the end of the road for Lil Nas X’s monster hit single in Australia, where Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's “Señorita” (Sony/Universal) finally clinches the No. 1 spot, while Ed Sheeran’s No.6 Collaborations Project (Atlantic/War ...

  39. Big Hit Entertainment, Home to BTS & TXT, Acquires GFriend's Label Source Music

    July 28, 2019 9:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Big Hit Entertainment announced a new addition to its roster late Sunday night (July 28). The company, which is behind boy bands BTS and TOMORROW X TOGETHER , revealed that a contract to acquire Korean company Source Music, home to girl group Gfrien ...

  40. A$AP Rocky Fan Arrested After Threatening to Blow Up Swedish Embassy

    July 27, 2019 3:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 A woman upset over A$AP Rocky's detention in Sweden has been arrested after causing a scene inside the Swedish embassy in Washington, D.C. and allegedly threatening to "blow this motherf---er up." Rebecca Kanter was taken into custody ...

  41. A$AP Rocky Fan Arrested After Threatening to Blow Up Swedish Embassy

    July 27, 2019 3:06 PM EDT A woman upset over A$AP Rocky's detention in Sweden has been arrested after causing a scene inside the Swedish embassy in Washington, D.C. and allegedly threatening to "blow this motherf---er up." Rebecca Kanter was taken into custo ...

  42. 'Baby Shark' Cereal to Be Launched by Kellogg's

    July 27, 2019 12:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 “Baby Shark” will soon be coming to a cereal bowl near you. Kellogg's announced Friday (July 26) that the a cereal inspired by Pinkfong's infectious kids song will be available in select U.S. stores beginning in August.   "The 'b ...

  43. Pentagon Earn Fifth Entry on World Albums Chart With 'Sum(Me:R)' EP

    July 26, 2019 8:51 PM EDT 0 0 0 The boy band now becomes the act with the most World Albums entries current under K-pop label Cube Entertainment. It's lucky number five for Pentagon as the K-pop boy band claims their latest entry on World Album.  The group's new Sum(Me:R ...

  44. Trap Artist Duki Signs Publishing Deal With Warner Chappell Music Argentina

    July 26, 2019 1:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 Argentine trap and freestyle artist Duki has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Warner Chappell Music, Billboard has learned.  "Duki is a true pioneer in the rapidly-growing trap movement that is taking the world by storm," ...

  45. Courtney Barnett Wins Big at Australia's Independent Music Awards

    July 26, 2019 3:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 With the two top prizes, Courtney Barnett was the outright champion Thursday night (July 25) at the AIR Awards in Adelaide, the annual celebration of Australia’s independent music community.  The singer-songwriter won for best independent artist for ...

  46. Donald Trump Calls for A$AP Rocky's Freedom, Says He's 'Disappointed' in Swedish Prime Minister

    July 25, 2019 5:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 A$AP Rocky is in his third week of pre-trial detention in a Swedish prison following a July 3 incident in Stockholm. As more celebrities continue to lobby for his freedom, politicians have also started to become involved. On Thursday (July 25), Pres ...

  47. Lebanese Rock Band Mashrou' Leila Takes Center Stage in Freedom of Expression Debate

    July 25, 2019 11:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 A popular Mideast rock band known for its rousing music and lyrics challenging norms in the conservative Arab world is once again at the center of a heated debate about freedom of expression — this time over a planned concert in its hometown in Leba ...

  48. Japanese Artist Miyavi Launches World Tour Supporting New Album 'No Sleep Till Tokyo'

    July 24, 2019 6:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 He will play 22 dates beginning this week in Vancouver. TOKYO — Japanese singer-songwriter-guitarist Miyavi is launching a 22-date world tour with a show at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver on Friday. The tour has 15 North American dates and seven Eur ...

  49. Live Nation Acquires Leading Mexican Promoter OCESA Entertainment

    July 24, 2019 6:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 Live Nation Entertainment has entered into an agreement to acquire a controlling interest in OCESA Entretenimiento, one of Latin America’s leading promoters of live events and owner of Ticketmaster Mexico. OCESA is owned by Grupo Televisa and Corpor ...

  50. A$AP Rocky's Swedish Prison Is Sanitary, Has Private TV, Desk & Bed, Official Says

    July 24, 2019 3:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 A criminology professor in Stockholm also dismisses allegations of racist treatment of the rapper, who is now in his third week of detention. OSLO — As U.S. celebrities continue to lobby to free A$AP Rocky from Swedish detention, an official at the ...

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