Kokepiyo, a girl group, at an in-store event at a Tower Records in Tokyo, one of the chain’s 85 locations in Japan. Photograph: Hiroyuki Ito/The New York Times

Around the world, the music business has shifted toward downloads and streaming. But in Japan, the compact disc is still king.On a drizzly Sunday afte(...)

Alex Turner of The Arctic Monkeys on the main stage at Electric Picnic Festival Stradbally, Co Laois.Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /Irish Times

YouTube is about to begin a mass cull of music videos by artists including Adele and the Arctic Monkeys, after a number of independent record labels r(...)

Beyonce on stage. Excluding Japan, global recording industry revenues fell by 0.1 per cent last year.

Top executives of the global recorded music industry said on Tuesday they were optimistic about growth despite figures for 2013 showing an alm(...)

The pop star of 2013 is on the other end of the phone. A year ago, Ella Yelich-O’Connor was a veritable unknown. An articulate, sharp and well-read Ne(...)

Rudimental arriving for the MTV Europe Music Awards at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam earlier this month. The Irish subsidiaries of Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music will ask the High Court on Monday to order five of the largest broadband providers to block access to file-sharing website Kickass Torrents. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Three of the world’s leading music companies will next week step up efforts to block access from Ireland to illegal file-sharing websites.The Irish su(...)

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s Thrift Shop: Seven million US sales for $15,000 – a bargain

More teenagers listen to music on YouTube than on any other source. They buy more music than anyone else. Billboard now counts YouTube hits when com(...)

John Spillane: Life in an Irish Town
  • Music
  • September 13, 2013, 00:00

Listen to Life in an Irish Town on its own merits and you might be convinced that John Spillane belongs to another era, when life was slower and perha(...)

Entertainment-to-telecoms conglomerate Vivendi will retain a 12 per cent stake of Blizzard Entertainment, the video games maker best known for the Call of Duty series and online multi-player game World of Warcraft. Photograph: Christian Hartmann/Reuters

French multimedia and telecommunications company Vivendi has said it plans to sell 85 per cent of its stake in Activision Blizzard Inc to the video ga(...)

Pirate Bay co-founders Gottfrid Svartholm Warg (left) and Peter Sunde arrive for a  previous  trial at Stockholm’s city court in February  2009. Photograph: Bertil Ericson/Scanpix/Reuters

A co-founder of file-sharing website Pirate Bay has today been sentenced to two years in jail for hacking into computers at a company that manages da(...)

Court order require six internet service providers to block access by subscribers to various Pirate Bay websites within some 30 days in a bid to prevent illegal downloading of copyright music and other material.

Four major music companies have secured court orders requiring six internet service providers to block access by subscribers to various Pirate Bay (...)