Author Archives: Richard Smirke

U.K. Vinyl Sales Continue to Grow, David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ is Year’s Best Seller

Vinyl sales in the United Kingdom grew by 60 percent year-on-year in the first quarter of 2016, according to latest figures from the labels trade…

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BMG To Relaunch Seminal Metal Label Noise Records

German metal label Noise Records is to be relaunched by BMG. Founded by Karl-Ulrich Walterbach in 1983, the label was an important supporter of…

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‘Should Be Growing Much Faster’: IFPI Releases Global Report Alongside CEOs in London

Global digital revenues climbed above physical for the first time in 2015, helping overturn nearly two decades of almost consecutive falling music…

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U.K. Mulls Banning Fireworks at Live Music Events

Nigel Adams, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Music, will present a motion in the House of Commons tomorrow (12 April) proposing to ban…

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Abbey Road’s Isabel Garvey on Getting Newer Artists In, Expanding the Brand and George Martin’s Legacy: Q&A

The oldest and arguably most famous purpose-built recording studio in the world, London’s Abbey Road has been at the forefront of the music…

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New EU Regulations for Collection Societies and Pan-European Licensing to Take Effect This Weekend

More than two years after they were first passed by the European Union, new regulations governing European collection societies and multi-…

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PRS for Music Foundation Launches New Program to Provide Support For Emerging Acts

The booming live industry may be where the majority of artists make their money, but for new and emerging acts the costs of touring can still be…

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Norwegian Band Slutface Changes Name Due to ‘Social Media Censorship’

April føøls or proof that punk is dead? Norwegian pop-punk quartet Slutface have reluctantly changed their name to the more commercially-friendly…

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Physical Sales Boost Italian Music Industry Revenue For Third Straight Year

For the third consecutive year in a row, music sales in Italy grew in 2015. Recorded music sales for the year 2015 totaled €148 million ($…

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PIAS Grows U.S. Operations

European independent PIAS is ramping up its U.S. operations with the launch of a new Los Angeles office and several staff appointments as its…

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