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Spain’s Sonar music fest expanding to U.S.

Barcelona, Spain-based electronica/dance music and arts festival Sonar is out to prove that Chicago is its kind of town.

Metallica to headline Rock in Rio

U.S. heavy metal stalwarts Metallica will headline the last day of the five-day Rock in Rio Madrid 2010 festival in Spain, organizers announced today (Feb. 17), just 24 hours after revealing that John Mayer and Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Calle 13 will also play the festival.

Miley Cyrus books Rock in Rio

Miley Cyrus is to play her first concert in Spain at the Rock in Rio Madrid 2010 festival on June 6, an event that organizer Roberto Medina said will be dedicated to the family on that day.

Culture sector backs Spain anti-piracy law

Spain's cultural sector has published an open letter to Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, asking him not to change his mind on the so-called anti-downloads law which is part of broader legislation still being drawn up.

Manu Chao set for Che Guevara shows

French alt-rock artist Manu Chao is in Cuba to play two concerts marking the 42nd anniversary of the assassination in Bolivia of Cuban-Argentine Revolutionary leader Ernesto 'Che' Guevara on Oct. 9, 1967.

Spain’s music sales slide 30.5%

Spanish music sales crashed 30.5% in retail terms in the first half of 2009, the leading labels' association Promusicae revealed Wednesday.

Spaniard jailed for operating P2P site

A Spanish court has sentenced a 22-year-old man to six months in jail for operating an illegal file-sharing Web site.

Strong international presence at SXSW

Artists, record labels and other music companies from across Europe and from Australasia are attending this year's SXSW in Austin Texas.

Spanish music biz falls 10% in 2008

Spain's music market continued to slump in 2008, falling by 10.4% in combined physical and digital sales value to 254.4 million euros ($338 million).

Puerto Rico guesting at Cuban festival

Puerto Rico is to be the guest country at the 2009 Cubadisco music fair in Havana from May 16-24, even though the country is affected by the U.S. blockade.

Kennedy adds voice to Spain anti-piracy push

Two leading lights in the European fight against digital piracy and illegal P2P file-sharing have thrown their support behind a new Spanish music and movie business campaign to end Spain's black image as the worst piracy offender among the top 10-ranked global markets.

Spain tops illegal downloads

Spain is the European leader in illegal music downloads, a new report says. Spanish computer users illegally downloaded more than 1.2 billion tracks in 2007, according to authors' and publishers' society SGAE.