BMG acquires Mute Records full back catalogue from Universal

Another strike for BMG Rights Management which, the same day of the acquisition of the so-called "Rosetta catalog" it also bought the whole Mute…

Spotify ready for Italy: Veronica Diquattro steps in as country's Market Lead

As Spotify gets ready for a Q1 launch in Italy, Veronica Diquattro has been appointed as Market Lead for the Italian branch of the Swedish based…

BMG beats Warner/Chappell and acquires nearly 30,000 songs divested by EMI

BMG outbid Warner/Chappell and secured itself the control of nearly 30,000 songs divested by EMI - the so called "Rosetta Catalog", including…

Rob Wiesenthal quits Sony/ATV and goes to Warner Music

Rob Wiesenthal, president of Sony/ATV's international business and Sony Corp. veteran media-and-music dealmaker, is leaving the company to join Len…

Deezer: 3m paying users and a new free service in more than 150 countries

Deezer, the French web-based music streaming service on subscription, announced the passing of the 3 million paying users mark and between Thursday…

R.i.p. music executive Bill Schrank

Music executive Bill Schrank, a 30-year veteran of the industry, died in Los Angeles on December 12 due to complications from a stroke. He was 60…

eMarketer's forecast: US mobile advertisement is growing steadily

According to eMarketer's forecast, mobile advertisement significantly grew from just over $2.6 billion to more than $4 billion in the US, during…

Yamaha's new label: 'The standard industry formula doesn't work anymore'

Yamaha, the the musical instrument heavyweight, in September has launched a new label and is the latest big name to jump on the bandwagon of the in…

Michelle Shocked on royalties system: "We work like growers in Columbia"

The US Copyright Office has invited musicians and interested parties to give suggestions to operate changes over the licence for mechanical…

Google launches its scan-and-match music locker in the US

Last November, Google launched its free scan-and-match locker service in Europe; now (starting from December 18) it's also available in the US…

Radio ratings: Nielsen acquires Arbitron for $1.26 billion

Nielsen Holdings, the company specialised in providing informations and data on everything from music sales to consumer confidence in countries…

UK: Vince Cable announces new measures for intellectual property protection

Vince Cable - the UK politician and economist who is currently the Business Secretary in the coalition cabinet of David Cameron - announced a new…

HMV to be acquired by US Apollo Global Management?

According to reports, New York based investment group Apollo Global Management has taken 10% (more than £20m) of HMV's debt from Allied Irish Bank…

60% of UK musicians worked for free in 2012

According to a research commissioned by the Musicians’ Union, 60% of UK musicians have worked for free during 2012; moreover, more than 50% of…

CC10: ten years of Creative Commons

Ten years ago, in December, Stanford law professor Lawrence Lessig basically invented a revolutionary kind of copyright protection: the Creative…

UK: artists support the Fair Ticketing Charter against secondary ticketing

Rising tickets' price has been a big problem for the live music industry in the last decade - or more. To the point that a group of festival…

Hadopi: France's anti-piracy law is in danger?

After the release of a mid-term report by a French Ministry of Culture commission on digital content and cultural policy led by Pierre Lescure…

The Nest: a new subscription service for Skrillex's label OWSLA

OWSLA, the indie label co-founded by dubstep icon Skrillex, has launched a new music subscription service for its users.
It's a platform…

Warner Music Group's fiscal year: losses halve and digital revenues soar

Warner Music Group, on Thursday December 13, released a complete report on its fiscal fourth quarter, showing a rise in revenue and narrower losses…

US Music Act: a bill to help independent labels?

US Congressman Jerrold Nadler - on Wedenesday, December 12 - introduced the Making United States Independents Competitive (MUSIC) Act, a…