As Topshop fails to overturn Rihanna passing off ruling, does it set a precedent?
As Topshop fails to overturn Rihanna passing off ruling, does it set a precedent?

23 January 2015

Topshop has failed to overturn a court ruling that said its sale of a t-shirt featuring a photo of Rihanna amounted to 'passing...

Jacksons appeal again for retrial of AEG litigation
Jacksons appeal again for retrial of AEG litigation

23 January 2015

Lawyers for Michael Jackson's mother Katherine were back in court yesterday arguing once again for a retrial in her legal battle with AEG...

Nettwerk acquires rock publisher Robot Of The Century
Nettwerk acquires rock publisher Robot Of The Century

23 January 2015

The Nettwerk Music Group has bought the catalogue of independent publisher Robot Of The Century Music, a company originally set up by Roadrunner...

DJ Semtex name Sony Music UK's Director Of Artist Development
DJ Semtex name Sony Music UK's Director Of Artist Development

23 January 2015

DJ Semtex has been announced as Sony Music UK's new Director Of Artist Development, a role he will formally take up next month....

New comms and strategy role created at Warner UK
New comms and strategy role created at Warner UK

23 January 2015

Warner Music UK has only gone and got itself a brand new SVP of Communications & Strategy Development, who just happens to be...

Rdio and Tidal expand into new markets
Rdio and Tidal expand into new markets

23 January 2015

So, how many new markets did you launch in yesterday? Well? Because I can tell you this for a fact, Tidal launched in...

Indian streaming service appoints former Google exec as COO
Indian streaming service appoints former Google exec as COO

23 January 2015

Indian streaming service Saavn, originally a Bollywood focused set-up, but which signed the final of its licensing deals with the three majors last...

MusicTank to put focus on big data and A&R
MusicTank to put focus on big data and A&R

23 January 2015

MusicTank have announced details of their next Think Tank event, which will take the title 'Moneyballing Music: Big Data, Consumers And A&R'. The...

CMU's One Liners: Jay-Z not buying a radio station and some things that did happen
CMU's One Liners: Jay-Z not buying a radio station and some things that did happen

23 January 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • Jay-Z is not buying Hot 97, according to a spokesperson for the company that owns the US...

UK announced as featured country at Great Escape 2015, plus topics of core convention strands revealed
UK announced as featured country at Great Escape 2015, plus topics of core convention strands revealed

22 January 2015

The Great Escape returns this May for its tenth anniversary edition, showcasing over 400 new bands across the city of Brighton, with over...

New homepage strengthens belief that Pirate Bay will return next month
New homepage strengthens belief that Pirate Bay will return next month

22 January 2015

For a while now it has been thought that the big bad Pirate Bay was planning to return to an internet near you...

Man accused of leaking Madonna songs arrested in Israel
Man accused of leaking Madonna songs arrested in Israel

22 January 2015

An Israeli man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing and selling unreleased music from a number of major musicians, including Madonna. Last month,...

Modestep ally with INgrooves on new long player
Modestep ally with INgrooves on new long player

22 January 2015

Electronic rock types Modestep and their management team at Raw Power have announced an alliance with INgrooves for the release of the band's...

Moses Martiny takes digital role at Sony/ATV
Moses Martiny takes digital role at Sony/ATV

22 January 2015

Music publisher Sony/ATV has announced Moses Martiny as its new Vice President of Digital for Europe. Martiny was previously Head Of Business Development...

Future Sony email leaks could focus on music
Future Sony email leaks could focus on music

22 January 2015

Could the Sony record company be the next division of the entertainment giant to be embarrassed by a flurry of email leaks? Well,...

Former AEG Live UK chief returns with new business
Former AEG Live UK chief returns with new business

22 January 2015

The former boss of AEG Live in the UK, Rob Hallett, who, as previously reported, departed the live music major last April, has...

New funding pushes Shazam valuation over a billion dollars
New funding pushes Shazam valuation over a billion dollars

22 January 2015

The makers of "what's that?" app Shazam have raised another $30 million in funding, according to Bloomberg, which pushes the value of the...

Pirate Party MEP publishes copyright review in European Parliament
Pirate Party MEP publishes copyright review in European Parliament

21 January 2015

A Pirate Party MEP from Germany has published a draft report looking at some key copyright topics across the European Union with a...

Guy Hands admits EMI deal stopped Terra Firma becoming a 'mega-fund'
Guy Hands admits EMI deal stopped Terra Firma becoming a 'mega-fund'

21 January 2015

Hey everybody, let's talk about Guy Hands. Ha, look at all you former EMIers recoiling from your screen in horror. Don't worry, he's...

Former Warner exec to head new YouTube-focused label
Former Warner exec to head new YouTube-focused label

21 January 2015

Former Warner Music executive Conrad Withey has been confirmed as CEO of a new artist development label called PopShack, built on the back...

UK Music announces Music Venues Alliance to better protect small venues
UK Music announces Music Venues Alliance to better protect small venues

21 January 2015

A coalition of music industry groups led by UK Music has this morning announced the launch of the Music Venues Alliance. The new...

RockNess 2015 cancelled
RockNess 2015 cancelled

21 January 2015

The Loch Ness-based RockNess festival has been cancelled for a second year running, according to the BBC. Last year's festival was also called off,...

UK venues ban 'selfie sticks'
UK venues ban 'selfie sticks'

21 January 2015

The O2, Wembley Arena and Academy Music Group have all banned the use of selfie sticks at live events. But not the people...

Apple buys music analytics firm Semetric
Apple buys music analytics firm Semetric

21 January 2015

Apple has acquired Semetric, the London-based business behind music analytics service Musicmetric, according to Music Ally. Music Ally notes that the firm's registered address...

CMU's One Liners: Brighton Music Conference, Meghan Trainor x Harry Styles, The Vaccines on tour, and some other true stories
CMU's One Liners: Brighton Music Conference, Meghan Trainor x Harry Styles, The Vaccines on tour, and some other true stories

21 January 2015

Other notable announcements and developments today... • If you're thinking that Nick Roden, formerly of ADA and Defected Records, has just been named Director...

Beastie Boys seeking over $2 million in legal costs from Monster drink
Beastie Boys seeking over $2 million in legal costs from Monster drink

20 January 2015

If Monster Energy Drink thought that having to pay $1.7 million to the Beastie Boys for the uncleared use of the group's music...

BMG/Big Deal sign Sleater-Kinney
BMG/Big Deal sign Sleater-Kinney

20 January 2015

BMG has announced a new deal with Sleater-Kinney as part of its alliance with US-based publisher Big Deal Music. The arrangement comes as...

12 Bar Club relocates to Holloway Road
12 Bar Club relocates to Holloway Road

20 January 2015

Soho venue the 12 Bar Club is set to relocate to new premises on Holloway Road in North London, it has been announced....

Live Nation announces new joint venture in Thailand
Live Nation announces new joint venture in Thailand

20 January 2015

Live Nation recently announced yet more global expansion via a joint venture with Thailand-based entertainment firm BEC-Tero. The new company, Live Nation BEC-Tero,...

Barcelona Metal Festival cancels 2015 event
Barcelona Metal Festival cancels 2015 event

20 January 2015

Hot on the heels of last week's Sonisphere UK statement, the Barcelona Metal Festival has announced that it will also not take place...

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