Beggars Group

  1. Captured Tracks Head Mike Sniper to Launch Omnian Music Group, Inspired by Beggars (Exclusive)

    June 30, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Brooklyn independent label Captured Tracks has announced Omnian Music Group, a new label group created by label owner and founder Mike Sniper. OMG aims to grow Captured Tracks' imprints Body Double and Fantasy Memory, as well as their part ...

  2. Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Daptone, Bruce Iglauer Honored at A2IM's Libby Awards

    June 20, 2014 5:25 PM EDT The American Association of Independent Music’s third annual Libera Awards (a.k.a. The Libbys) hit NYC's Highline Ballroom last night, recognizing achievements throughout the independent music sector, which now constitutes some 34.6% of the ...

  3. How the F--- Do You Market a Band Called F-----d Up?

    May 16, 2014 12:45 PM EDT This is an extended version of an article first published in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Many bands second-guess their names, especially when the musicians have matured beyond the juvenile or inebriated inspiration that first sparke ...

  4. Beggars Group's Martin Mills on Why He's Abandoning the 50/50 Streaming Split (Exclusive)

    May 02, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Speaking at a MusicTank event in London last month, Beggars Group head of digital, Simon Wheeler, revealed that the U.K.-based indie label group is planning to lower the 50/50 streaming royalty rate that it and many other independent labels cur ...

  5. Beggars, Domino and Secretly Canadian's 'Union' Re-ups with Alternative Distribution Alliance, Continuing Pressure

    March 19, 2014 11:16 AM EDT The Independent Distribution Cooperative (IDC), a consortium of five indie labels, has re-signed with the Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), but mainly for physical distribution. The five labels -- Beggars Group, Domino Records, Merge Record ...

  6. The Int'l Power Players Speak: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Alison Wenham, Frances Moore, Willard Ahdritz on Paul McGuinness, Midem & More (Q&A)

    February 06, 2014 4:57 PM EST It only makes sense at this year's Midem, the preeminent global music conference, a large contingent of Billboard's International Power Player list would be in attendance. Here, at Billboard's event honoring longtime U2 manager Paul ...

  7. Beats Music Courting Indies, Signs Up Merlin (Exclusive)

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Beats Music is courting independent artists and labels. Related Articles AT&T Fires Up Beats Music Marketing After Weeklong Delay Billboard International Power Players 2014: Merlin's Charles Caldas Martin Mills Reappointed Chairman of M ...

  8. Members of 4AD, Beggars, Mom and Pop Throw Benefit for Homeless LGBT Youth

    January 22, 2014 6:53 PM EST About a year ago, a handful of music industry professionals decided to do something charitable for the New York City community they felt had given them so much. Inspired by Toronto's Long Winter, a series of concerts, panels, and activities ...

  9. Billboard's 2014 Industry Icon: Paul McGuinness on 35 Years Guiding 'The Biggest Band in the World' (Q&A)

    January 17, 2014 2:52 PM EST The following extended Q&A with U2's long-time manager Paul McGuinness is from the new issue of Billboard, which features a cover story on Howard Stern; a  MIDEM special section with Billboard's inaugural International Power Pl ...

  10. 4AD Taps Shore Fire Media's Carrie Tolles as VP of Public Relations

    November 07, 2013 8:10 PM EST 4AD, label home to albums by The National, Deerhunter, Scott Walker, Ariel Pink and Purity Ring, among others, is expanding its U.S. team with the addition of Carrie Tolles, who joins as vice president of public relations. Launched in the U.K. i ...

  11. Six Senior-Level Execs' Thoughts on the Fourth-Quarter Album Release (From the Magazine)

    September 04, 2013 11:39 AM EDT "Seasonality is important for us with our Latin artists. Yes, end-of-year sales are important. Yes, Valentine's Day sales are important. Yes, Mother's Day sales are important. But do you know what is more important? That you have ...

  12. Backbeat: A2IM's Libera Awards Bring Out Indie Royalty With Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Tom Silverman, More

    June 21, 2013 2:02 PM EDT From the podium at the second annual Libera Awards Thursday night, Portia Sabin of Kill Rock Stars toasted a room full of DIY music entrepreneurs who unwound with free booze and finger foods after three days of power meetings, panels and presen ...

  13. New Music Seminar 2013: Beggars Group, Dualtone and More on the State of the Indie

    June 12, 2013 1:59 PM EDT Heads of prominent independent record labels, including Mom+Pop, Downtown, Dualtone and the Beggars Group, met to discuss the future of the indie sector Tuesday at the New Music Seminar in New York.   The discussion began with prospects for digi ...

  14. How Five Indie Labels Are Trying to Change The Major Distribution Game

    May 31, 2013 1:46 PM EDT This story on five independent labels working together to create autonomous deals with major distributors is from the latest issue of Billboard (June 8, 2013). The book also includes a cover story on J. Cole and the follow-up to his album ...

  15. Backbeat: Coachella Sunday: Paul Oakenfold, Palma Violets, Danny Avila, More Hang Backstage

    April 15, 2013 1:34 PM EDT Coachella Day 3 started around 11 am, with afternoon performances by noteworthy acts such as Ghost BC -- who did their show in hooded robes (singer Papa Emeritus II sporting a cardinal outfit and a skull mask) -- as well as Jessie Ware , Danny ...

  16. Biz Q&A: IFPI CEO Frances Moore On Expanding The Global Music Business

    February 06, 2013 8:50 PM EST A barrister by training, Frances Moore was appointed CEO of global trade body IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) in July 2010, having previously headed IFPI's European regional office in Brussels, where she led the m ...

  17. Worldwide Independent Network Announces 'Independent Manifesto'

    January 29, 2013 2:55 PM EST Yesterday at MIDEM, the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) introduced its Independent Manifesto and the formation of a global council. The document (below) sets out the organization’s core principles to guide the global independent music sector. ...

  18. Indies Slam Myspace Over Licensing Policy at MIDEM

    January 28, 2013 8:34 AM EST Less than one week after opening up its new design to the public, Myspace found itself in hot water with the community it’s most actively trying to court — indie artists.   Merlin, a global rights agency that represents thousands of independent ...

  19. Myspace’s 
Indie Dilemma

    January 27, 2013 10:45 AM EST Indie labels pull songs from social site days after launch due to expired rights. This article is from the February 2, 2013 edition of Billboard, featuring the only major interview Justin Bieber has granted for the Jan. 29 release of his new album ...

  20. Martin Mills Receives Billboard’s Industry Icon Award

    January 27, 2013 9:07 AM EST Above (from left): Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, Beggars Group founder and Billboard Industry Icon Award winner Martin Mills, Reed Midem CEO Paul Zilk and Midem director Bruno Crolot. (Photo: MIDEM/D'Halloy/Image & Co) Martin M ...

  21. Billboard to Honor Beggars Group Chairman Martin Mills at MIDEM

    January 24, 2013 5:31 PM EST Martin Mills, chairman of the Beggars Group, in many ways helped create the idea of the indie label as we know it today. From its London roots as a mobile disco, a small chain of record shops and the Beggars Banquet label, the company has grown in ...

  22. Morning Fix: Microsoft's Xbox Music; AEG's Seats With Friends; XL's Adele Profits

    October 15, 2012 8:21 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters MICROSOFT PRESSES PLAY ON NEW XBOX MUSIC SERVICE: Microsoft Corp. is taking the wraps off of its rebranded digital music service, now called Xbox Music, that promises an al ...

  23. Universal-EMI: Lucian Grainge, IMPALA, Martin Mills, Other Reactions to Deal's Approval

    September 21, 2012 3:14 PM EDT As expected, the approval by the European Union and the Federal Trade Commission has inspired a number of dramatically opposing comments and reactions from the parties affected by and involved in the deal. Here's a collection of several we� ...

  24. Business Matters: Ignore the Telegraph, Here's the Real State of Streaming Revenue

    August 02, 2012 4:46 PM EDT Most Musicians Don't Get More From Streaming Than Other Revenue Don't be suckered into believing a Telegraph headline, possibly rehashed without thought by a blog, that musicians are getting more from online streaming than other revenue ...

  25. A2IM Speaks Out Against Universal-EMI Merger Again, Even More Forcefully

    July 30, 2012 7:19 PM EDT A2IM, the American Assn. of Independent Music, has reiterated its opposition to the Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI in its most forceful statement yet . The statement is apparently prompted by the remedy package the Universal Music ...

  26. Business Matters: What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business

    July 26, 2012 6:35 PM EDT What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business -- Games have always provided an outlet for music, but opportunities can be short-lived. A year ago Zynga was going to be the future of entertainment and provide an avenue for music to be used ...

  27. Universal-EMI Divestment Package Expected to Be Complete by Monday, Possibly Sooner

    July 20, 2012 6:25 PM EDT As of late Friday afternoon (ET), the Universal Music Group's remedies package of assets to be divested as part of its effort to win regulatory approval of its proposed acquisition of still had not been formally submitted to the EU Commission ...

  28. Updated: Universal Music Offers to Sell More Assets to Salvage EMI Deal

    July 19, 2012 8:41 AM EDT Universal Music has upped the ante in its efforts to gain approval for its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded-music division, offering to sell off even more parts of EMI, according to a report in Financial Times. The European Commission reje ...

  29. Inaugural Libera Awards cap A2IM Indie Week

    June 27, 2012 8:20 PM EDT On the afternoon of June 21, Beggars Group founder/chairman Martin Mills was on Capitol Hill, where he let a U.S. Senate subcommittee know his opposition to the Universal Music Group-EMI merger. But he had to leave the Senate hearing early, as he ...

  30. Opinion: Universal-EMI Senate Hearings Filled With Misinformation, Missed Opportunities

    June 26, 2012 5:14 PM EDT Last week's Senate hearing examining the Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division was a symphony of mission statements, missed opportunities and misinformation. Amid it all, there were some solid ...

  31. Backbeat: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Cathy Bauer, Darius Van Arman Bathe In the Warm Indie Glow of A2IM's Inaugural Libera Awards

    June 22, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Group Rate: Some of A2IM's members: Front row (L to R): Cathy Bauer (Daptone), Glenn Morrow (Bar/None), Pat Berry (Six Degrees), Emmy Black (Bar/None), Molly Neuman (eMusic), Nydia Ines Davila (Daptone), Lori Condon (Acony). 2nd row, L to R: ...

  32. Irving Azoff Disputes Bronfman, Mills Testimony at Universal-EMI Senate Hearings; Mills Responds

    June 22, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment/Front Line Management Chairman Irving Azoff said he didn't get the chance to respond to some of the comments made at yesterday's Senate Judiciary subcommitee hearing about the proposed Universal Music Group-EMI ...

  33. Seymour Stein Pays Tribute to Beggars Groups' Martin Mills at A2IM's Libera Awards

    June 22, 2012 1:08 PM EDT Seymour Stein (right) presenting Martin Mills with his Libera Lifetime Achievement award in New York City. (photo: Kyle Dean Reinford) At last night's inaugural A2IM Libera awards, legendary record exec Seymour Stein presented Beggars Group&# ...

  34. Universal To Respond To EU Letter of Objections By July 3 (Report)

    June 22, 2012 8:31 AM EDT Universal Music Group's response to the European Union's regulatory commission letter of objections to its proposed merger with EMI will require a response by July 3, according to a report today on Reuters. The story cites a "person ...

  35. Spotify, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire Take Home First Ever Libera Awards

    June 21, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Bon Iver's self titled release took home the award for Independent Album of the Year (presented by Official.fm) and the Arcade Fire's "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" won Independent Video of the Year at the first ever ...

  36. Music Execs Debate Promise and Threats of Universal-EMI Merger at Senate Hearing

    June 21, 2012 8:28 PM EDT Some of the music industry's top music executives painted various pictures of the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Thursday afternoon. It was a rare opportunity to see well-known executives queried a ...

  37. EMI-Universal Merger: Labels Gave $500K to Senators Probing Anti-Trust Claims

    June 21, 2012 4:00 PM EDT At least half the members of subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which met Thursday to hear testimony on the anti-trust implications of the pending Universal Music-EMI merger, have received campaign contributions from the two music ind ...

  38. Universal's EMI Deal Approved By New Zealand Regulators

    June 21, 2012 10:05 AM EDT Universal's proposed acquisition of EMI Music has been approved by the New Zealand Commerce Commission - the first jurisdiction in the world to do so. Universal Music Group was notified of the regulatory approval earlier today (June 21) and i ...

  39. Highlights From Azoff, Grainge, Bronfman Testimony in Today's Universal-EMI Senate Hearing

    June 21, 2012 8:01 AM EDT At 1:30 p.m. today, the head of Universal Music Group and EMI will appear before a Congressional hearing to argue for the proposed sale of EMI's music catalog to Universal. Both Lucian Grainge and Roger Faxon will act as witnesses in support ...

  40. Billboard's Live Blog On The U.S. Senate's Hearing On Universal-EMI Merger

    June 21, 2012 7:31 AM EDT The Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at around 2pm ET today, Thursday, June 21 and Billboard.biz is live blogging it here (see below). Business Mat ...

  41. A2IM's Indie Week Day Two: Label Execs Warn About Getting Digital Transactions In Order

    June 20, 2012 9:20 PM EDT The "Get Your Digital House In Order" panel on the second day of A2IM's indie week looked at a Kill Rock Stars/Redeye promotion with subscription service Rdio. From left to right: Kills Rock Stars' Portia Sabin explains how the ...

  42. Exclusive: Beggars Group's Martin Mills On Testifying at Senate Universal-EMI Hearing

    June 20, 2012 8:05 AM EDT In the back stairwell of a crowded Webster Hall amidst the bustling relaunched New Music Seminar, Billboard.biz caught up with Beggars Group Chairman Martin Mills three days before he is due to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust C ...

  43. Universal Music Group Receives Statement of Objections From European Commission Over EMI Deal

    June 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Universal Music Group has formally received the European Competition Commission's Statement of Objections regarding its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded music department, a step that the company had long expected part of the normal EU ...

  44. Business Matters: Spotify Does Many Things Well, But Radio Isn't One of Them

    June 19, 2012 5:32 PM EDT Spotify's Radio Problem -- Since June 2011 it has been quite easy to gauge what people think of the latest digital music service: see how much the market punished Pandora's stock. When Spotify launched on July 14, shares of Pandora fells ...

  45. Label Execs Talk 'Decline of Record Business, Rise of Music Business' at New Music Seminar

    June 18, 2012 6:29 PM EDT (L-R): Official.fm's Amaechi Uzoigwe, WMG's Stephen Bryan, Merlin's Charles Caldas, Beggars Group's Martin Mills, Epitaph/Anti's Brett Gurewitz, Ultra Music's Patrick Moxey, Sony Music's Dennis Kooker, and UMG� ...

  46. Lucian Grainge, Roger Faxon, Irving Azoff to Testify at EMI/Universal Deal's Congressional Hearing

    June 15, 2012 2:04 PM EDT The heads of both Universal Music Group and EMI are expected to appear before a U.S. Congressional hearing June 21 to argue for the proposed sale of EMI's music catalog to Universal, Reuters reports . Both Lucian Grainge and Roger Faxon will ...

  47. Victoria Espinel, 'I.P. Czar,' Set For A2IM's Indie Week Keynote

    June 14, 2012 1:28 PM EDT A2IM's Indie Week kicks off its seventh year June 19, and before the organization's inaugural Libera Awards honor the top independent labels and musicians, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel will give the ...

  48. Beggars Group's Martin Mills To Be Honored At A2IM's Inaugural Libera Awards

    May 30, 2012 3:52 PM EDT At the June 21 Libera Awards, Beggars Group founder and CEO Martin Mills will be presented with a lifetime achievement award presented by Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein. The Amercian Association of Independent Music will launch its inaugura ...

  49. Marianas Trench Leads Drake, Justin Bieber With Seven Noms in Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards

    May 15, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Pop band Marianas Trench has emerged with seven nominations for the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards, topping other nominees such as Drake, Justin Bieber, Nickelback and Simple Plan. The annual awards will be broadcast live June 17 at MuchMusic, housed ...

  50. Business Matters: Sirius XM to Offer Personalized Radio

    May 01, 2012 5:10 PM EDT Sirius XM To Dive Into Personalized Radio Internet radio is going to become even more competitive. Sirius XM is following Clear Channel and Pandora into the personalized radio business, the company announced Tuesday. CEO Mel Karmazin mentioned the ...

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