BMG Music Publishing

  1. Report: EU Regulators OK Universal, BMG Pub Deal

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT How close is Universal Music Group to winning regulatory approval to buy BMG Music Publishing? Just weeks away, apparently. According to a report published by Bloomberg, the European Union anti-trust team scrutinizing the giant music publishing ha ...

  2. Berlin's Finest: Six Acts To Watch From The German Capital

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT One mark of a great international city is the variety and vitality of the music it produces. By that measure, Berlin has reason to be proud. This sample of just six Berlin acts, chosen by Billboard correspondent Wolfgang Spahr, highlights the dive ...

  3. Berlin: Music City

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT When David Bowie moved to the divided city of Berlin in 1976, he joined 2 million inhabitants of what was effectively an island surrounded by the communist German Democratic Republic. This particular contrast between east and west left such an imp ...

  4. Famous Bidders Make Their Move

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Letters of intent to bid on Famous Music Publishing were due yesterday to financial services firm UBS, which is managing the sale for Famous parent company Viacom. Viacom first publicly hinted at its intent to sell the publishing unit in February ...

  5. Berlin: Music City

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Today, the reunified capital of Germany has more than 3.4 million citizens and has become a multicultural melting pot and a magnet for the music industry. The city is home to hundreds of labels specializing in dance, electronic and hip-hop, and th ...

  6. Berlin Calling Cherry Lane Home

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Publishing veteran Michelle Berlin joins Cherry Lane Music Publishing as the company expands into the Nashville music community. Berlin, who will serve as creative director, reports to Richard Stumpf, senior VP of creative services and marketing f ...

  7. Universal To Drop Rondor?

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has added Rondor Music U.K. to the list of names it is prepared to drop from its catalog in order to secure European Commission approval for its purchase of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have confirmed. ...

  8. Publishers Sue XM Satellite Radio

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A group of music publishers sued XM Satellite Radio over the XM + MP3 service late today (March 22). EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Sony/ATV Music and Famous Music claim they want to "put an end to the pervasive and willful copy ...

  9. BMG Drags As Bertelsmann Posts Bumper Financials

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT German media giant Bertelsmann achieved its "most successful" financial result in 2006, despite a considerable decline in revenue and profit from its recorded music business. During a press-conference today in Berlin, Bertelsmann chairma ...

  10. Sources: BMG May Spin-Off Zomba Pub, 19 Songs

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a move to assuage the European Commission's merger concerns, a raft of assets could be offloaded as part of Universal Music's acquisition of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have revealed. BMG Music Publishing ...

  11. Vivendi Posts Solid Sales; UMG Revenue Rises Slightly

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST French media and telecom group Vivendi posted on Wednesday an 18% rise in adjusted full-year net profit, as its Universal Music Group division reported revenues up slightly. The parent group made a full-year net adjusted profit of €2.614 billion ( ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. IMPALA To Meet With EC Commissioner

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST IMPALA leaders plan to meet with the European Commissioner in charge of competition on Friday (Feb. 23), Billboard.biz has learned. They intend to discuss a proposed framework to resolve objections that the independent music trade group has -- or ...

  15. WMG-IMPALA Strike Pre-Merger Deal

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group struck a deal with European indie group IMPALA to overcome any objections the group may have to a WMG acquisition of EMI. Last year, IMPALA successfully challenged the European Commission's approval of the Sony and BMG Musi ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 European Commission will open an in-depth invest ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Qtrax, Universal Music Publishing Sign Agreement

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Deal covers North American mechanical rights to pub's roster. Ad-supported peer-to-peer network Qtrax, a division of Brilliant Technologies, has entered into a licensing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group. The deal covers North A ...

  24. Qtrax, Universal Music Publishing Sign Agreement

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Deal covers North American mechanical rights to pub's roster. Ad-supported peer-to-peer network Qtrax, a division of Brilliant Technologies, has entered into a licensing agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group. The deal covers North A ...

  25. Vivendi Gets US Antitrust OK To Buy BMG Pub

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Companies now No. 3, 4 players in music publishing. Vivendi's Universal Music has received U.S. antitrust approval to acquire Bertelsmann AG's BMG Music Publishing, U.S. officials said on Tuesday (Nov. 14). Antitrust authorities complete ...

  26. Vivendi Gets US Antitrust OK To Buy BMG Pub

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Companies now No. 3, 4 players in music pub. Vivendi's Universal Music has received U.S. antitrust approval to acquire Bertelsmann AG's BMG Music Publishing, U.S. officials said on Tuesday (Nov. 14). Antitrust authorities completed their ...

  27. EMI Music Pub, Current TV Ink Deal

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Network will have access to publisher's songs. EMI Music Publishing has struck a deal with Current TV, the cable and satellite network founded by former vice president Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, to integrate EMI's repertoire with the networ ...

  28. Impala Gathers Findings On UMG/BMG Pub Merger

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pan-European independent music companies' trade association Impala is calling on its membership to respond with any grievances in light of Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of BMG Music Publ Pan-European independent music compa ...

  29. Sony BMG Drags Bertelsmann's Bottom Line

    November 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Sony BMG joint venture "continues to face challenges" in light of a "sharp decrease" in the volume of the recorded music market, parent company Bertelsmann reported today (Nov. 8). The Sony BMG joint venture "continues ...

  30. VU Awaits Dec. 8 Ruling On BMG Pub Buy

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST EC sets provisional deadline. Vivendi's Universal Music Group should learn whether the European Commission approves its purchase of BMG Music Publishing by Dec. 8, the provisional deadline set by the EC to issue its ruling. UMG successfully b ...

  31. Vivendi Requests Commission Clear BMG Takeover

    November 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST If approved publishing unit will have 22% market share. Vivendi, the owner of Universal Music Publishing Group, Friday (Nov. 3) formally asked the Commission to clear its €1.63 billion ($2.1 billion) takeover of BMG Music Publishing. "We have ...

  32. LEGAL MATTERS: THE PRICE FOR A SONG

    October 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lawyers are still questioning the unprecedented €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) price Vivendi's Universal Music Group (UMG) agreed to pay for BMG Music Publishing. They wonder if cash will change hand Lawyers are still questioning the unprecede ...

  33. Source: Bandier To Resign EMI Music Pub Post

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Executive may play into WMG plans. Martin Bandier is resigning his post as chairman/co-CEO of EMI Music Publishing, Billboard.biz has learned. The move follows discussions between Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Bandier over WMG ...

  34. Source: Bandier To Resign EMI Music Pub Post

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Martin Bandier is resigning his post as chairman/co-CEO of EMI Music Publishing, Billboard.biz has learned. The move follows discussions between Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Band Martin Bandier is resigning his post as chairm ...

  35. SHIFTING THE BALANCE

    September 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG's announcement that Vivendi's Universal Music Group was the successful bidder for BMG Music Publishing is triggering a seismic ripple effect in the major publishing and recorded music i Bertelsmann AG's announcement t ...

  36. SHIFTING THE BALANCE

    September 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG's announcement that Vivendi's Universal Music Group was the successful bidder for BMG Music Publishing is triggering a seismic ripple effect in the major publishing and recorded music i Bertelsmann AG's announcement t ...

  37. SHIFTING THE BALANCE

    September 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG's announcement that Vivendi's Universal Music Group was the successful bidder for BMG Music Publishing is triggering a seismic ripple effect in the major publishing and recorded music i Bertelsmann AG's announcement t ...

  38. SHIFTING THE BALANCE

    September 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG's announcement that Vivendi's Universal Music Group was the successful bidder for BMG Music Publishing is triggering a seismic ripple effect in the major publishing and recorded music i Bertelsmann AG's announcement t ...

  39. SHIFTING THE BALANCE

    September 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG's announcement that Vivendi's Universal Music Group was the successful bidder for BMG Music Publishing is triggering a seismic ripple effect in the major publishing and recorded music i Bertelsmann AG's announcement t ...

  40. Impala Warns It Will Fight BMG Publishing Sale

    September 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Independent music companies trade body Impala has threatened to derail BMG's planned $2.09 billion sale of its music publishing wing to Vivendi. Independent music companies trade body Impala has threatened to derail BMG's planned $2.09 b ...

  41. Bertelsmann Pays UMG $60m In Napster Settlement

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG and Universal Music Group have settled litigation over the German media company's $85 million investment in the original peer-to-peer service Napster. Bertelsmann will pay UMG $60 milli Bertelsmann AG and Universal Music Group ...

  42. Vivendi Seals BMG Publishing Purchase

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi's Universal Music is vaulting to the top spot in music publishing after agreeing to buy BMG Music Publishing for €1.63 billion ($2.1 billion). Vivendi's Universal Music is vaulting to the top spot in music publishing af ...

  43. Vivendi To Buy BMG Music Publishing

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi will close a deal to buy BMG Music Publishing from German media giant Bertelsmann tomorrow afternoon in Paris for €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion), Billboard.biz has learned. Vivendi is th Vivendi will close a deal to buy BMG Music ...

  44. EU Warns It Will Act Tough On BMG Pub Bidders

    September 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT With Viacom joining Warner Music and Universal Music Group among those bidding for the music publishing arm of Germany's Bertelsmann, European regulators have warned that any successful takeover would With Viacom joining Warner Music and Univ ...

  45. EU Warns It Will Act Tough On BMG Pub Bidders

    September 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Acquisition must meet anti-trust requirements. With Viacom joining Warner Music and Universal Music Group among those bidding for the music publishing arm of Germany's Bertelsmann, European regulators have warned that any successful takeover ...

  46. BMG Music Publishing Bids Due

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Offers to be narrowed to three or fewer. The auction process for BMG Music Publishing is now entering its third phase as firm bids from about 12-15 invited bidders are due before midnight tonight (Aug. 31) Central European Time. During the next se ...

  47. Cat The Dog Is BMG Publishing's New Pet

    August 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BMG Music Publishing has signed up-and-coming U.K. band Cat the Dog to a long-term publishing deal. BMG Music Publishing has signed up-and-coming U.K. band Cat the Dog to a long-term publishing deal. The Brighton-based band is managed by Rob Swerd ...

  48. The Publishers' Place

    August 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The auction process for BMG Music Publishing has hit its second phase. The number of bidders narrows as they eye pub's financials. Read Susan Butler's column. The auction process for BMG Music Publishing has hit its second phase. The num ...

  49. Ex-Sony Execs Advising BC Partners In BMG Pub Bid

    July 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Second phase of bidding began July 24. Former Sony executives Richard Rowe and Paul Russell are advising BC Partners in the equity group's bid for BMG Music Publishing, billboard.biz has learned. BC Partners, which is a leader in European bus ...

  50. Report: UMG Makes BMG Publishing Bid

    July 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bids coming in between $1.5 - $2 million. Vivendi's Universal Music has made a bid of close to $2 billion in the auction of Bertelsmann AG's music publishing arm, the Financial Times said on Friday (July 21), citing two people familiar w ...

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