1. Stargate Light Up ASCAP U.K. Awards

    October 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Norwegian songwriters/producers Tor Hermansen and Mikkel Eriksen were the big winners at the ASCAP Awards tonight (Oct. 10) at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, where they took out the songwriter of the year honor. Hermansen and Eriksen, who ar ...

  2. Italian Collecting Society SIAE Names New DG

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Italian authors' collecting society SIAE has appointed Domenico Caridi as its new director-general, effective Oct. 7. Caridi replaces Angelo Della Valle, whose term comes to an end Oct. 6. Previously assistant DG, Caridi will be based in SIAE ...

  3. Sacem Seals Web Radio Deal

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French authors and publishers collecting society Sacem has reached a rate agreement with national body France Webradios, which represents 35 Internet radio stations, operated by 20 non-profit associations. Under the agreement, members of France We ...

  4. Indie Publisher Bourne Sues 20th Century Fox

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Indie publisher Bourne Co. today sued Twentieth Century Fox companies over an alleged anti-Semitic rendition of "When You Wish Upon a Star," the song originally written for the Walt Disney film "Pinocchio," Billboard.biz has le ...

  5. London Judges Hear Whiter Shade Appeal

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The £1 million ($2.03 million) legal battle over songwriting royalties from Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale" moved to London's Court of Appeal today. The group's 62-year-old founder and frontman Gary Brooker claims ...

  6. JASRAC Launch Copyright Web Site

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A consortium of 17 Japanese copyright-management organizations, including local authors society JASRAC, is setting up a Web site that will allow members of the public to search for copyright information concerning literary works, photos and musica ...

  7. ASCAP Expo Set For April

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP’s "I Create Music" songwriting and composing expo will be held April 10-12 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles. The gathering brings together songwriters, composers, music publishers and professionals with emerging mu ...

  8. Acrobat Catches TKO, Eyes Expansion

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Watford, England-based catalog CD and re-issue specialists Acrobat Group has embarked upon an expansion program following a £4.7 million ($10 million) cash injection from senior shareholder Electra Quoted Management, a specialist asset management ...

  9. Diane Warren Moves Songs To Sony/ATV

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Diane Warren has moved administration of her entire back catalog from EMI Music Publishing to Sony/ATV Music Publishing for all territories except the United States and Canada. Several sources tell Billboard.biz that Warren decided to follow publi ...

  10. Aussie Firm Albert Acquires Origin

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sydney-based Albert Music, best-known as the Australian home of AC/DC and the Harry Vanda-George Young writing team, has bought two divisions of publisher ORiGiN. These include the ten-year-old Sydney firm's copyright administration company O ...

  11. UMG Acquires ARS Entertainment

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As tipped on Billboard.biz last week , Universal Music Group (UMG) has acquired Belgian indie ARS Entertainment and its publishing arm BMC Publishing for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which was sealed on Sept. 20, is taking place through Un ...

  12. NMPA Board Adds Primont

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers' Assn. yesterday filled vacant seats on its 18-member board, appointing Cherry Lane Music Group CEO Peter Primont and re-appointing indie publisher Evan Medow, Billboard.biz has learned. Primont fills the spot le ...

  13. Germany Promises State Aid To Music Start-ups

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The German government says it is prepared give financial support to small-and-medium sized start-ups in the German music market. The move was announced by German minister of economics Michael Glos at the Popkomm trade fair in Berlin today (Sept. 1 ...

  14. Fraser Takes NZ's Silver Scroll Award

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rising New Zealand star Brooke Fraser and 1980s rocker Jordan Luck were the big winners at the Australasian Performing Right Association's annual Silver Scroll award ceremony in Auckland last night. The event at Auckland Town Hall last night ...

  15. EMI Music Pub Creates Euro A&R Forum

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing Continental Europe has established a new A&R forum to drive creative cooperation between artists and songwriters throughout Europe. EMI representatives from key territories across Europe plan to meet on a regular basis to ...

  16. Cherry Lane Extends DreamWorks, Signs Palmer

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cherry Lane Music Publishing has extended its multi-year administration agreement with DreamWorks Animation SKG and DreamWorks Studios, which covers all music and film soundtracks released by the companies. The deal includes worldwide administrati ...

  17. Sony/ATV Integrating Famous

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing's integration of Famous Music is still underway after the acquisition deal closed in August , Billboard.biz has learned. As with most integrations, the two top executives of the acquired company are no longer working ...

  18. Fintage Inks Zappa Deal

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fintage Music will now be sub-publishing nearly 1,000 Frank Zappa titles outside North America. Zappa's widow, Gail, has closely watched over use of Zappa's songs for many years to protect the integrity of the legendary artist's wor ...

  19. EMI Music Publishing Moves Offices

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing is moving its New York-based global headquarters on Monday from midtown Manhattan to the city's hip meatpacking district. The new 65,000 square foot office space in the historic Chelsea Market building will, for the first ...

  20. EMI Pub Creates New Media Department

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has put Jonathan Channon in charge of a newly-created media department. London-based Channon, who is elevated to executive VP of media and business development, will oversee the new department, which will foster relationships ...

  21. Swedish Gov't Press ISPs On C'right Infringement

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI has reacted positively to a report commissioned by the Swedish government recommending that Internet service providers take more responsibility for material that infringes copyright. In the report, "Music and Film on the Internet - T ...

  22. BMI Reports Record Revenues

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT BMI has posted revenues of more than $839 million for its fiscal year that ended June 30, up 7% from the prior year. The performing right organization will be distributing more than $732 million in royalties to the songwriters, composers and publi ...

  23. UMPG Names European Exec Team

    September 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has appointed a new-look senior executive team to spearhead its European operations after the firm's integration with BMG Music Publishing. In the new set-up, unveiled today, each appointee reports to Paul Con ...

  24. Sony/ATV Music Publishing Inks Rotem

    September 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a worldwide co-publishing deal with Jonathan "JR" Rotem, who produced and co-wrote Sean Kingston's No. 1 hit "Beautiful Girls" and Rihanna's No. 1 "SOS." Kingston is the ...

  25. Pubs, Bertie Reach $130M Settlement Over Napster

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music publishing affiliates of the Harry Fox Agency have settled their lawsuit against Bertelsmann AG over the media conglomerate's early investment in the original peer-to-peer service Napster. Billboard.biz has learned that Bertelsmann agre ...

  26. SpiralFrog Inks Deals With UMPG, Universal Canada

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported free music service SpiralFrog landed music licensing deals with Universal Music Publishing and Universal Music Canada, adding to an existing relationship with Universal Music Group. SpiralFrog currently is in an invite-only beta mode, ...

  27. MCPS-PRS Strikes Accord With YouTube

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance has become the first collecting society outside the U.S. to strike a license deal with YouTube. The U.K. agreement, unveiled today, applies to more than 10 million works available through YouTube, including music ...

  28. Wenzel Rises, Masuch Out At Universal Pub Germany

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Markus Wenzel has been appointed managing director of Universal Music Publishing Group Germany, the new company formed after Universal acquired BMG Publishing. At the same time, Hartwig Masuch, managing director of BMG Music Publishing Germany sin ...

  29. UMPG Integrates BMG Publishing Execs

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group's integration of BMG Music Publishing, purchased last September, with Universal Music Publishing continues. The company has revealed some key staff appointments as well as a few departures. "UMPG already ...

  30. BMI To Fete Peter Gabriel

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Peter Gabriel is to be honored as a BMI Icon at the performing rights organization's London awards gala on Oct. 16. BMI's annual London awards, held at the Dorchester Hotel, recognizes the U.K. and European songwriters and publishers of ...

  31. Will Radio Pay Artists And Labels?

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Folk singer Judy Collins sat before a dozen members of Congress, at times breaking into song as she testified. Performers should be paid for their recordings that radio stations broadcast over the air, she said -- just as songwriters and publisher ...

  32. ASCAP Passes 300,000 Member Mark

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP has reached a new milestone, now counting more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers as members. The performing rights organization, founded in 1914, licenses a repertory of more than 8.5 million songs. It reported record ...

  33. EMI Music Publishing Names Communications VP

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has appointed Dylan Jones to lead the publisher's worldwide corporate communications and marketing unit. Based in New York, Jones will serve as VP of corporate communications and marketing, responsible for deepening the p ...

  34. ASCAP, BMI Launch RapidCue

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT ASCAP and BMI have jointly launched RapidCue, a secure Web site that allows users to enter, manage and electronically submit music cue sheet data to the performing rights organizations (PROs) for television, cable and film productions. PROs rely o ...

  35. Warner/Chappell Quarterly Earnings Up

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Although Warner Music Group yesterday reported a 2% drop in revenue in third-quarter earnings for fiscal year 2007 from the same quarter last year, numbers were generally up for its publishing division, Warner/Chappell Music. Warner/Chappell' ...

  36. Brodsky Heads Sony/ATV Legal Affairs

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Peter Brodsky is now Sony/ATV Music Publishing's executive VP of business and legal affairs, Billboard.biz has learned. The former head of BMG Music Publishing business and legal affairs is expected to take an aggressive role in Sony/ATV' ...

  37. Bicycle Acquires Dorff Catalog

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Bicycle Music Co. has acquired a major interest in the 30-year back catalog of compositions written by film and television composer Steve Dorff. The acquisition includes a combination of interests, says Bicycle president Allan Tepper. Bicycle ...

  38. Brock Signs On With Sony/ATV

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Janice Brock is now officially onboard at Sony/ATV Music Publishing as VP, office of the chairman and strategic marketing. Brock, based in New York, reports to Sony/ATV chairman/CEO Marty Bandier. Previously, she was with EMI Music Publishing for ...

  39. NMPA, Journalist Join YouTube Suit

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Several copyright holders are joining a class action infringement suit against YouTube, including the National Music Publishers' Assn., investigative journalist Robert Tur and the U.K.'s Rugby Football League. Following a suit filed by V ...

  40. Warner/Chappell Acquires Production Music Company

    August 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music has entered the high-margin production music segment of the publishing business, acquiring Non-Stop Music. The company's music has been heard recently in such trailers and movies as "Pirates of the Caribbean," ...

  41. LME Publishing, Sony/ATV SA Forge Pact

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT South African industry veteran Lindelani Mkhize's music publishing business has formed an alliance with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The former Sony South Africa GM has reached a co-publishing agreement binding LME Publishing, a division of his ...

  42. NMPA Adds Legal VP

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers' Assn. has added another lawyer to its legal team. Kathryn Wagner joins the trade group as VP/counsel. Wagner will help manage NMPA's litigation efforts on behalf of music publishers and songwriters. She wil ...

  43. Sony/ATV Closes Famous Deal

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Sony/ATV Music Publishing deal acquiring Viacom's Famous Music is now final. Executives with both publishing companies may now begin direct discussions to determine how Sony/ATV will integrate Famous' catalog and employees into its o ...

  44. Spirit Inks Deal With Composer Hagen

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Spirit Music Group has signed a worldwide administration deal with Emmy-winning TV and film composer Earle Hagen, who has written theme songs for classic shows like "The Andy Griffith Show," "The Dick Van Dyke Show," "Mod ...

  45. GEMA Strikes Alliance With Austrian Rights Bodies

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT German authors' rights society GEMA and its Austrian counterparts AKM and Austro Mechana are to forge a new partnership in 2008 to promote music from German-speaking Europe, Billboard.biz has learned. The creation of the alliance follows ongo ...

  46. Copyright Alliance Criticizes Gowers Review

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Alliance has entered into the boisterous British debate on term of copyright. The Washington-based copyright body has openly criticized the government-backed Gowers Review on intellectual property, which recommended that the governme ...

  47. PPL, ADAMI Strike Reciprocal Deal

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British music services organization PPL has forged a groundbreaking accord with counterpart ADAMI in France. Through the reciprocal agreement, unveiled today, thousands of performers in both countries will benefit from the deal and will now be ent ...

  48. Chrysalis Plays Down Publishing Deal Reports

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Chrysalis Music has dismissed press reports which had claimed the independent entertainment firm was looking to sell its music publishing arm to Warner Music Group. "It's idle speculation, and nothing more than that," Chrysalis Musi ...

  49. UMPG Reveals Worldwide Appointments

    July 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group has revealed a series of appointments to its integrated operations division. The new appointees previously held positions at Universal Music Publishing Group ...

  50. MCPS-PRS, MTV Europe Forge 'Landmark' Deal

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rights society the MCPS-PRS Alliance has signed its first blanket TV license agreement with MTV Networks (MTVN) Europe. The deal, which covers the use of the Alliance's catalog of 10 million music works on 35 MTVN channels Europe-wide, i ...

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