1. EMI Music Pub Eyes Gamers

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mobile game distribution firm Player X is teaming with game developer Hollywood Gaming and EMI Music Publishing to create the "Lyric EMI" game. The game features a "hangman" style theme where players attempt to fill in the lyri ...

  2. BMG Pub, Taxim Enter Joint Venture For Turkey

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST BMG Music Publishing and Taxim Edition, Turkey's largest music publisher, have inked a joint deal that will provide global support for Taxim songwriters. Under the new agreement, BMG will represent Taxim's roster of local artists outside ...

  3. BMG Pub, Taxim Enter Joint Venture For Turkey

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST BMG Music Publishing and Taxim Edition, Turkey's largest music publisher, have inked a joint deal that will provide global support for Taxim songwriters. Under the new agreement, BMG will represent Taxim's roster of local artists outside ...

  4. Warner/Chappell Inks Microsoft Deal

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music landed a worldwide administration deal with Microsoft. A first-of-its-kind deal for the software company, Warner/Chappell will administer several thousands compositions owned and controlled by Microsoft. They include songs us ...

  5. Bandier Lands Atop Sony/ATV

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Marty Bandier will be running Sony/ATV Music Publishing after he exits EMI Music Publishing, the company he helped build over the last 18 years into the world's largest publisher. According to sources close to the situation, Bandier will beco ...

  6. UMPG Forges Pact For Joy Division Catalog

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has struck a long-term, worldwide deal to administer the catalog of Joy Division, the legendary post-punk group which later evolved into New Order. The exclusive agreement represents the band's works, includin ...

  7. Sony/ATV Signs STB Music

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd. has signed a worldwide administration agreement with STB Music, the publishing arm of reggae/dancehall record label VP Records. VP claims to be the largest reggae label, home to artists like Sean Paul, T.OK, Morgan H ...

  8. Warner/Chappell Inks Refugee All Stars

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music will be administering publishing rights for the primary writers of Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. The publisher has entered deals with Reuben Koroma, Ashade Pearce and Francis 'Franco' John Langba. Koroma an ...

  9. EMI Pub U.K. Creates Producer Management Division

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Publishing U.K. has launched a new producer management division. Anna Carpenter, currently of Native Management, will head-up the London-based unit in the post of GM, producer management for EMI Music Publishing U.K., with effect from Ma ...

  10. Williamson Attracts Broadway Composers

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Williamson Music has landed an administration deal with Charles Strouse, the Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning composer of such musical productions as "Annie," "Bye Bye Birdie," "Applause" and "Golden Boy." The ...

  11. Peermusic Signs McLaren

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Peermusic has signed a worldwide administration agreement with Malcolm McLaren, songwriter, producer, artist and founder of new wave band Bow Wow Wow. The deal includes all new works written by McLaren and most of his back catalog. Titles that pee ...

  12. Musicnotes Posts First Full-Year Profit

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Digital sheet music distributor Musicnotes posted its first full-year operating profit in 2006, increasing sales by 45% to more than $5.5 million. The Madison, Wis.-based company announced today (Feb. 14) that it sold nearly 850,000 downloads of s ...

  13. Bridgeport Wins Verdict Against UMG

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST A federal court jury in Nashville today (Feb. 13) found UMG Recordings and Universal Music Group liable for copyright infringement, awarding $88,980 in damages to music publishers Bridgeport Music and Southfield Music. The jury found that Public A ...

  14. Famous On The Block?

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST As thousands of industry members are flocking to Los Angeles this week for the Grammy Awards, Viacom lit a spark in the music publishing community. The global entertainment company announced that it "has decided to explore strategic alternati ...

  15. Q&A: EMI Music Publishing's Roger Faxon and Clark Miller

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST During MIDEMNet in Cannes, France, industry newcomers and veterans had the rare opportunity to hear points of view from very experienced executives running the world's largest music publisher. EMI Music Publishing's Roger Faxon, presiden ...

  16. ole Buys Bear Rights

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Canadian indie publisher ole has purchased worldwide music rights in the animated children's program, "The Secret World of Benjamin Bear," which airs in more than 80 countries. Currently in its third season, the show has 39 half-hou ...

  17. Cherry Lane Admins Full Elvis Rights

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Cherry Lane Music Publishing will now be handling full administration rights to the Elvis Presley catalog. The publisher, which previously administered 25% of the catalog for the estate of Jean Aberbach, will now be handling 100% of the admin righ ...

  18. BMG Pub Enters Indian Biz

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST BMG Music Publishing has formed a joint venture with New Delhi-based Deep Emotions Publishing, a publisher that has licensed BMG's catalog for several years. Under the deal, the two publishers will jointly sign local lyricists and composers t ...

  19. Warner/Chappell To Offer Pan-Euro Licensing

    January 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music is setting up a system for pan-European licensing for digital and mobile uses of its Anglo-American repertoire, Billboard.biz has learned. The publisher has been in talks with European collecting societies, offering them non- ...

  20. CISAC Organzies 'Copyright Summit'

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST French crooner Charles Aznavour, English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, film-maker Michael Apted, British Telecom CEO Ben Verwaayen, and EMI Music Publishing president Roger Faxon will take part in a two-day 'Copyright Summit' in Brussel ...

  21. SACEM, SGAE Form Venture For Pan-Euro Licensing

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST French and Spanish authors' rights societies are forming a joint venture to offer pan-European publishing licenses to digital and mobile services. SACEM president/CEO Bernard Miyet and SGAE chairman Eduardo Bautista announced their plans toda ...

  22. Bug Forms Venture With 'Dreamgirls' Foxx

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music publisher Bug Music and Jamie Foxx, the Academy Award-winning actor and Grammy-nominated recording artist, have formed a new venture. It aims to capitalize on Foxx King Entertainment's unique and creative abilities in film, TV, music an ...

  23. MPA, MCPS-PRS Launch Pan-European Digital License

    January 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST In a significant development which could help shape licensing in the online age, Britain's Music Publisher's Assn. and MCPS-PRS Alliance have launched a one-stop pan-European digital licensing template. The MPA and Alliance used the plat ...

  24. Stefani, Kobalt Renew Deal

    January 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Gwen Stefani has renewed her music publishing administration deal with Kobalt Music Group. The deal covers territories outside North America and includes her interests in her current release "The Sweet Escape," and her first solo album & ...

  25. EverGreen Buys Fisher's Rights

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST EverGreen Copyrights inked a deal with songwriter Bruce Fisher, purchasing his interest in about 50 compositions including "You Are So Beautiful." Sam Moore's performance of the song is Grammy-nominated for best traditional R&B ...

  26. EC Delays Deadline On Universal's BMG Pub Bid

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has put back by five weeks its deadline for ruling on Universal Music's €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) bid to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing. The delay --- pushing the decision to June 1 -- came after Viven ...

  27. Billboard Q&A: Ethiopia Habtemariam

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST In the biz since her teen years, the publishing exec recently branched into A&R. Here, she discusses which label strategies are working-and which need work. For someone who was more inclined to pursue music promotion and marketing as a career ...

  28. Razor & Tie Builds Roster With Admin Deals

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Razor & Tie has inked one-year worldwide publishing administration deals with Columbia Records artist/songwriter Ari Hest and top session player/songwriter Tony Scherr. Hest signed with Columbia in 2004, releasing his major-label debut, " ...

  29. Veteran French Lyricist Pierre Delanoe Dies

    December 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pierre Delanoë, French veteran lyricist, music-radio pioneer and a major influence at French collecting society SACEM, died Dec. 27, aged 88. One of the most prolific songwriters of the post-World War II era in France, Delanoë wrote for most of th ...

  30. Aus Competition Commission OKs Universal-BMG Pub Merger

    December 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has given the green light to Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of BMG Music Publishing Group. In a statement published Thursday (Dec. 21) on its Web site , the ACCC said that the t ...

  31. HFA Songfile Changes In New Year

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Harry Fox Agency will make changes to its HFA Songfile online licensing service effective Jan 1. The organization will provide HFA Songfile licensing services to its publishers on a commission-free basis, and in response to publisher and licen ...

  32. Cherry Lane Picks Up Wolfmother

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Cherry Lane Music Publishing has signed award-winning Australian rock trio Wolfmother to a publishing deal covering north America. The three-piece took out a trio of trophies at the Oct. 29 Australian Record Industry Assn. Awards in Sydney, winnin ...

  33. Blackstone Takes New Role Under Bronfman

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST A seismic shift is taking place in the top ranks of Warner/Chappell Music. Richard Blackstone is to move from his post as chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music to assume a new role as senior advisor to Edgar Bronfman, Jr., chairman and CEO of ...

  34. HFA Halts Negotiations With MusicNet

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a letter obtained by Billboard.biz, the Harry Fox Agency notified MusicNet late yesterday (Dec. 12) that it is withdrawing its proposed license for interactive streams from the service, which supplies music for Microsoft, MTV, Yahoo! and others ...

  35. Peermusic Signs Scottish Teen Shields

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Indie publisher peermusic has signed Scottish singer/songwriter Robert Shields to an exclusive, worldwide co-publishing deal. The 19-year-old Shields, from the small town of Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, is in the studio recording with produ ...

  36. SpiralFrog, BMI Sign Licensing Deal

    December 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST BMI has completed a licensing agreement with SpiralFrog, an advertising-based download service expected to launch in the U.S. in early 2007. The deal will give SpiralFrog the right to publicly perform more than 6.5 million songs represented by BMI ...

  37. Consumers Downloading More Sheet Music

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Musicnotes, which offers sheet music to purchase online, reported a 48% year-over-year increase in digital sheet music sales during the first two weeks following Thanksgiving. Sales of digital sheet music, now the majority of the Madison, Wisc.-ba ...

  38. Weinsteins Pick Cherry Lane

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Some of the top indie-minded entrepreneurs in entertainment are finding their way to Cherry Lane Music Publishing. On the heels of Quincy Jones's move to the indie publisher is the company formed by hit film producers Bob and Harvey Weinstein ...

  39. EC To Probe Universal Takeover Of BMG

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission confirmed Friday (Dec. 8) that it will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing. "The Commission's initial market investigation indicates that the p ...

  40. Fintage's Lampcov Goes West

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fintage Music executive VP Bruce Lampcov has relocated from London to L.A. in a move which triggers the financial services firm's expansion into the West Coast. Fintage has existing representation in North America, through Nashville-based Pau ...

  41. Gracenote Completes Licenses With Major Publishers

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Gracenote has added Warner/Chappell Music and EMI Music Publishing to its song lyrics database, completing licenses with all five major music publishers. It also finalized deals with independent publishers ABKCO Music, the Bob Dylan Music Company, ...

  42. Spirit Music Group Inks Deal With Drake Bell

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Spirit Music Group has signed a worldwide administration deal with Drake Bell, co-star of Nickelodeon's teen sitcom "Drake and Josh," and his co-writers, Michael Corcoran and Chris Abraham. Bell's major-label debut album, " ...

  43. ASCAP Files Suits In Eight States

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has filed copyright infringement suits against 10 nightclubs, bars and restaurants in eight states. Although all establishments licensed rights from the performing rights organizati ...

  44. Quincy Jones Moves Songs To Cherry Lane

    December 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST The legendary Quincy Jones has moved his music publishing catalog of more than 1,600 copyrights from major publisher Warner/Chappell Music to indie publisher Cherry Lane Music Publishing. Jones and the New York-based Cherry Lane signed a multi-yea ...

  45. American Idol Rocker Chris Daughtry Signs With BMG Songs

    November 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST BMG Songs has signed a worldwide co-publishing agreement with American Idol rocker Chris Daughtry, whose self-titled debut album on RCA Records currently sits at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 (Dec. 9). Daughtry, the fourth-place finalist from the fif ...

  46. EC To Probe UMG's BMG Publishing Buy

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing, inside sources confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Nov. 29). The four-month, second stage review of the acquisiti ...

  47. Hal Leonard Acquires Backbeat Books

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Hal Leonard, the music-print company, has acquired CMP Technology's Backbeat Books division, a leading publisher of music reference books. Under the terms of the deal, Hal Leonard will own the existing catalog and will continue to create new ...

  48. Universal Music Group Sues MySpace

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group is taking on the Internet's most popular social networking site and its global media parent. UMG labels and publishers sued MySpace and parent company News Corporation today (Nov. 17) for copyright infringement. The owne ...

  49. Qtrax Signs Agreement With Universal Music Publishing

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ad-supported peer-to-peer network Qtrax, a division of Brilliant Technologies, has signed a licensing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group. The deal covers North American mechanical rights to the publisher's repertoire. EMI Music P ...

  50. Pedowitz Elected To BMI Board

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Mark Pedowitz, president of Touchstone Television and executive VP of ABC Entertainment Television Group, has been elected to the BMI board of directors. The announcement by chairman Cecil Walker came today (Nov. 17) in New York following the orga ...

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