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  1. Jeff Castelaz In Line to Take Over Elektra: Source

    September 17, 2012 7:49 PM EDT As Billboard.biz speculated Friday, Dangerbird Records co-founder Jeff Castelaz -- who, with general manager Matt Solodky, left the company abruptly last week -- is in line to take over Elektra Records, a source close to the situation confirmed, s ...

  2. Swift Makes It Six While GaGa Gains

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift's "Fearless" holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a sixth week, the longest run at the top since 2005 . . . As the big chart continues to get back to a normal post-Christmas state, a bevy of albums make headway on th ...

  3. 'Mamma' Dethrones 'Knight' On DVD Sales Chart

    December 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Mamma Mia!" replaced "The Dark Knight" as the top-selling DVD in the United States, according to Nielsen VideoScan data issued Wednesday. The Batman sequel, released December 9, remains the top-selling video release of the yea ...

  4. 'Mamma Mia!' Fastest Selling U.K. DVD

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Abba-themed movie "Mamma Mia!" has become the fastest selling DVD ever, with sales of 3.1 million in its first full week of release according to the Official Charts Co. The Universal release beat the previous record set by "Titanic& ...

  5. Sneaky Sound System Tops Aussie Chart

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian electro-pop trio Sneaky Sound System's sophomore set "2" (Whack/MGM) has debuted at No. 1 on the Motorola Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) chart. It is the sixth domestic album to top the chart out of 17 chart t ...

  6. Universal Opens Movie Soundtrack MP3 Store

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. has launched a dedicated download service aimed at film fans and soundtrack connoisseurs. Although www.themusicfrom.com has gone live with just 200 Universal titles, many of them are being made available digitally for the firs ...

  7. ABBA Fever Heats Up U.K. Charts

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Swedish dance artist Basshunter arrived at No. 1 on the U.K.'s individual artist album chart Sunday (July 20) with "Now You're Gone -- The Album" (Hard2Beat), while Dizzee Rascal's "Dance Wiv Me" (Dirtee Stank), ...

  8. Sneaky Sound System Win AIR Awards Double

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australia's Sneaky Sound System took out two honors at the second annual Jagermeister AIR independent music awards, held in Melbourne tonight. The Sydney-based electro/dance trio, who led the nominations tally with six, took off with the best ...

  9. French Biz Falters, Downloads Rise

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST The wholesale value of the French market in the first nine months decreased to €443.9 million ($651 million), down 20.5% from the corresponding period last year, according to new figures issued by labels trade body SNEP. It follows a 14% year-on-y ...

  10. Sneaky Sound System Heads AIR Awards Nominations

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sydney-based dance trio Sneaky Sound System has gained six nominations for the Australian independent sector's second AIR awards, due to be held Dec. 10 in Melbourne. The event is organized by the Australian Independent Record Labels Associat ...

  11. Amazon Launches Indie Promo Campaign

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online retailer Amazon.com has launched a massive indie music promotion in which approximately 150 titles will be sold for $9.99 for a limited time. As part of the "Go Indie" sales, Amazon has launched a mini-site that links off of its i ...

  12. French Court Dismisses Hallyday Masters Fight

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST France's Cour de Cassation, the final court of appeal, today (Dec. 20) dismissed veteran pop star Johnny Hallyday's claim for ownership of all the masters he recorded for Universal Music France. The artist had embarked on a bitter legal ...

  13. Universal Wins Case Against Johnny Hallyday

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Appeals court rejects artist's bid for masters. French veteran rocker Johnny Hallyday has lost his case against his record company, Universal Music France. An appeals court in Paris today (April 12) overturned a decision made in July 2004 by ...

  14. Universal Wins Case Against Johnny Hallyday

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Appeals court rejects artist's bid for masters. French veteran rocker Johnny Hallyday has lost his case against his record company, Universal Music France. An appeals court in Paris today (April 12) overturned a decision made in July 2004 by ...

  15. Uni France Prez Implicated In Tax Evasion Case

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST A French prosecutor is asking for a six-month suspended sentence and a €25,000 ($33,000) fine against Universal Music France chairman/CEO Pascal Negre. LONDON -- A French prosecutor is asking for a six-month suspended sentence and a €25, ...

  16. Uni France Prez Implicated In Tax Evasion Case

    December 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST A French prosecutor has called for a six-month suspended sentence and a €25,000 ($33,000) fine against Universal Music France chairman/CEO Pascal Negre. A French prosecutor has called for a six-month suspended sentence and a €25,000 ($3 ...

  17. Uni France Prez Implicated In Tax Evasion Case

    December 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST A French prosecutor has called for a six-month suspended sentence and a €25,000 ($33,000) fine against Universal Music France chairman/CEO Pascal Negre. A French prosecutor has called for a six-month suspended sentence and a €25,000 ($3 ...

  18. Universal Says It Will Appeal Hallyday Case

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music France is planning to appeal a decision by a French labor tribunal ordering the company to hand over to one of its leading artists the masters to his complete catalog. LONDON -- Universal Music France is planning to appeal a decisi ...

  19. Hallyday Wins Back Universal Masters

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A labor tribunal in Paris today ordered Universal Music France to hand back to Johnny Hallyday the masters from his 42 years with the company. A labor tribunal in Paris today ordered Universal Music France to hand back to Johnny Hallyday the maste ...

  20. Hallyday Wins Back Universal Masters

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A labor tribunal in Paris today ordered Universal Music France to hand back to Johnny Hallyday the masters from his 42 years with the company. A labor tribunal in Paris today ordered Universal Music France to hand back to Johnny Hallyday the maste ...

  21. French Shipments' Value Falls 14% In 2003

    January 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST The trade value of music shipments in France fell 14.5% to 1.1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in 2003, according to figures released today (Jan. 26) by labels body SNEP during the Midem trade show in Ca The trade value of music shipments in France f ...

  22. French Shipments' Value Falls 14% In 2003

    January 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST The trade value of music shipments in France fell 14.5% to 1.1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) in 2003, according to figures released today (Jan. 26) by labels body SNEP during the Midem trade show in Ca The trade value of music shipments in France f ...