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  1. Edgar Berger Named Sony Music's Head of International

    August 09, 2011 9:44 AM EDT Edgar Berger (right) with singer Sade. Photo copyright: Sebastian Hornik, Director Corporate Communications GSA As expected , Edgar Berger has been named President and CEO of International at Sony Music Entertainment, Sony CEO Doug Morris announce ...

  2. Sony BMG Germany Found Guilty of Sex Discrimination: Report

    June 28, 2011 11:14 AM EDT On Tuesday, a labor court in Berlin found Sony BMG in Germany guilty of sexual discrimination after promoting a man over a woman who was expecting a child, according to a report on Expatica.com . At the time of the suit, the woman worked for Sony ...

  3. Can Doug Morris Lead Sony Past Universal Music Group to Be the No. 1 Label?

    June 24, 2011 11:45 AM EDT As Doug Morris moves on from his 15-year tenure at the helm of No. 1 U.S. music company, Universal Music Group, to his new job as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, will he be able to drive the No. 2 major into the top spot? The industry will know s ...

  4. Sony Music Passes Universal in U.S. Market Share for the First Time Since 2005

    April 28, 2011 5:29 PM EDT Sony Music this week passed the Universal Music Group in year-to-date overall U.S. market share for the first time since 2005, the year it was the No. 1 distributor thanks to its then-just-completed merger with BMG. As of the week ending April 24, ...

  5. BMG Back In The Auction To Buy Warner Music Group, Sources Say

    March 22, 2011 7:50 AM EDT BMG, the Bertelsmann/Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts joint venture, got back onboard for the auction to buy the Warner Music Group, as first reported by CNBC , by bidding on the entire company this time around, sources say. Earlier in the first roun ...

  6. Warner Music Has At Least Five Serious Bidders, Source Says

    March 08, 2011 12:59 PM EST Warner Music Group is getting more bids than expected for the recorded music division and the entire company, a source told Billboard Tuesday morning. At the same time, Warner has also received bids for music publishing division Warner/Chappell, t ...

  7. Can Doug Morris Bring Stability To Sony?

    March 02, 2011 6:58 PM EST After months of speculation, now that Sony Music Entertainment has finally announced that Doug Morris will become the company's CEO on July 1, it raises the question: What are they getting with that appointment? For one, they are getting an e ...

  8. Publishing Briefs: BMG's Acquisition of Chrysalis, Peermusic's Stake In Vicky McGehee Catalog and More

    February 08, 2011 4:00 PM EST -- BMG's acquisition of Chrysalis closed on Feb. 3, which brings into its catalog songs by David Bowie, Cee Lo Green and Blondie. In November, BMG agreed to acquire Chrysalis for 107.4 million pounds ($168.6 million). The deal continues BMG&# ...

  9. BMG Acquires Chrysalis

    November 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST BMG Rights Management has agreed a deal to acquire Chrysalis for £107.4 million ($168.6 million). It follows three weeks of talks between BMG and Chrysalis, one of the world's biggest independent publishers. The company has a 100,000-strong c ...

  10. Report: BMG, Warner Eyeing Chrysalis

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management and Warner Music Group are among the potential bidders for the Chrysalis Group, according to the New York Post. Chrysalis, which has a 100,000-strong catalog in its publishing division, confirmed this week that is having earl ...

  11. Sony Music Cuts Staff

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment let go of about 15 staffers on Wednesday including about a dozen at its Sony U.S. Music Sales unit. Among the staffers no longer with the company are: senior VP of channel marketing Kevin Twitchell, VP of field marketing T ...

  12. BMG Rights Management To Launch In Australia

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management's rapid expansion continues: the Berlin-based company will launch an Australian operation in early 2011. Tim Prescott, former CEO of Albert Music and a long-time BMG executive, is assisting BMG Rights Management with fur ...

  13. BMG Signs Deal With Danish Publisher

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT TG Publishing in Copenhagen has signed a worldwide partnership with BMG Rights Management in Berlin. The agreement covers TG's catalog of 1,500 songs. As part of the deal, BMG acquired 50% of the catalog and will sub-publish the remaining 50% ...

  14. BMG To Buy Evergreen Copyrights

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management has agreed a deal to acquire Evergreen Copyrights. The Evergreen catalog has more 65,000 titles including songs recorded by MC Hammer, Eric Clapton, Teddy Riley, Nick Drake, Bill Monroe and 2Pac. Its has interests in songs in ...

  15. Coldplay Renew Universal Publishing Deal

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay has extended its publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group to cover future song writing. Financial terms or the length of the contract was not revealed. Universal has been the band’s publisher since 2007 when the music major a ...

  16. BMG Acquires Publisher Stage Three

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management (BMG) has agreed to acquire Stage Three Music , a leading independent, international music publisher based in London, from its shareholders Apax Partners, Ingenious Ventures and the management. Stage Three was founded in 2003 ...

  17. BMG Acquires Adage IV Catalog

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management is once again expanding its international reach, with the acquisition of the catalog of U.S. publisher Adage IV. The catalog contains songs recorded by artists including John Mayer, Ray Charles, Rob Thomas, Joni Mitchell, Fai ...

  18. Michael Jackson, Susan Boyle Boost Sony Results

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp's Music division - including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) and the 50% stake in Sony/ATV - reported a 35% year-on-year increase in sales to 522.6 billion yen ($5.6 billion) in the fiscal year ended ...

  19. BMG Rights Management Acquires More French Catalogs

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management's French operation has acquired the Music Addict Publishing catalog and Editions PRK Music. The catalogs contain songs recorded by artists like Yannick Noah, Celine Dion, Isabelle Boulay, Marc Lavoine, Natasha St Pier, M ...

  20. BMG Rights Nashville Launches With Dann Huff, Darrell Franklin

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management has formed BMG Rights Nashville, a full service publishing company in partnership with producer Dann Huff and publishing executive Darrell Franklin. The initial BMG Rights Nashville stable of writers includes Busbee, Jonathan ...

  21. BMG Rights Management To Acquire Cherry Lane

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management has made an agreement to acquire Cherry Lane Music Publishing. The deal was confirmed by BMG Rights Management today (March 26). Billboard.biz first reported talk of a deal on Tuesday (March 23). The Cherry Lane roster of cli ...

  22. BMG Rights Management Snags Germany's Ich + Ich

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The composers and producers of the German language duo Ich + Ich, Adel Tawil and Florian Fischer, have signed an exclusive worldwide publishing contract with BMG Rights Management for their publishing company Trackworks in Berlin. Adel Tawil is al ...

  23. Japan Loses One-Quarter of Physical Sales

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST The sales decline in Japan, the world's biggest market for physical product, is steeper than initial reports suggested: latest figures say values dropped 27% during 2009. A new report published by Soft Information Planning (SIP), which operat ...

  24. BMG Rights Management Enters U.S.

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Germany's BMG Rights Management has started a U.S. operation with the opening of offices in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. Laurent Hubert has been appointed COO, North America. He will work from the company's New York office. Huber ...

  25. Pam Sheyne Inks Publishing Deal With BMG

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand songwriter/producer Pam Sheyne has signed a global sub-publishing deal with BMG Rights Management. The company will represent and administer Sheyne's AppleTreeSongs Ltd catalog, which contains such hits as Christina Aguilera' ...

  26. BMG Rights Management Signs David Garrett

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management has signed a publishing contract with violin star David Garrett. As part of the deal, the company will represent the publishing rights of his previous releases "Virtuoso" and "Encore" - they have combined ...

  27. AMBC Divides Opinions Down Under

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music business Down Under has a bright future. But none of the AustralAsian Music Business Conference's speakers could quite agree what that might be. That was the lingering impression from the 2009 AMBC event, which took place Aug. 20-22 ...

  28. Digital Briefs: LimeWire Hiring, The Orchard To Alter Pricing

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- LimeWire has hired another former record label executive, this time bringing onboard Zeeshan Zaidi for the newly created position of head of global. Zaidi was most recently COO of the online media startup NABBR, but formerly was VP of new ventu ...

  29. BMG Acquires Crosstown Songs America

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management has acquired the music publishing assets of Crosstown Songs America, covering 8,000 songs. Financial terms were not disclosed. It is the first acquisition for the new global music rights management joint venture of Bertelsman ...

  30. Bertelsmann Forms New Rights Management JV

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After weeks of negotiations, the German media group Bertelsmann in Gütersloh has signed a deal with the investment company Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR) in London to invest in and grow the BMG Rights Management operation, which was ...

  31. Ole, BMG Rights Management Partner On Copyrights

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT ole and BMG Rights Management GmbH have signed an exclusive multi-year deal to generate creative opportunities and represent each other's copyrights in their respective territories of North America and Europe. ole chairman and CEO Robert Ott ...

  32. BMG Rights Finds Religion

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management (BRM) has signed a publishing partnership with Irish independent label Religion Music. Religion Music, whose catalog includes Lesley Roy, Agnelli & Nelson, and Liquid, owns the masters and publishing rights on all its art ...

  33. Former BMG Exec Goldstuck Named TouchTunes CEO

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Former president and COO of the BMG Label Group Charles Goldstuck has taken over as CEO of the interactive jukebox firm TouchTunes. The company operates a network of internet-connected jukeboxes, as well as other games and video entertainment mach ...

  34. Hostess, Sony Partner In Japan

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hostess Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) have reached an agreement on a services and support-based strategic partnership that will see the various entities of SMEJ provide a broad range of backing to Hostess and its artists in Ja ...

  35. Universal, 19 Sign Publishing Deal

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment has sealed a new long-term agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group. UMPG will administer the London-based company's music publishing interests on a worldwide basis for all future publishing signings. All previous publ ...

  36. Germany's GUN Records Shut Down

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Germany has closed GUN Records in Bochum with immediate effect. The rock label GUN (Great Unlimited Noises) was founded in 1992 as a joint venture by Wolfgang Funk and BMG. Funk, who left his role as president of the company in December ...

  37. Spanish Biz Suffers 10% Fall

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain's music market continued to slump in 2008, falling by 10.4% in combined physical and digital sales value to €254.4 million ($338 million). An 8.1% increase in digital sales to €29.2 million ($38.8 million) was not enough to make up for ...

  38. Faithless Set To Go It Alone

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. dance act Faithless will most likely avoid working with a record company after splitting from Sony BMG last year, according to a briefing from the band's management during MIDEM in Cannes. Brian Message, of U.K. management company Courty ...

  39. BMG Rights Management Gathers New Signings

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST BMG Rights Management (BRM), Bertelsmann's new music rights arm, has exclusively signed German artists Peter Fox and 2Raumwohnung, British singer-songwriter Andrew Roachford and Austria's Christina Stürmer. These artists join several new ...

  40. Sony BMG Merger Still Under Scrutiny

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Parliament continues to seek further scrutiny of the Sony BMG merger, although the major has since demerged and will officially be renamed Sony Music Entertainment in 2009. EC Commissioner for competition Neelie Kroes has six weeks to ...

  41. AC/DC Returns To Euro Chart Summit

    December 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST AC/DC returns to the top of Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart with "Black Ice" (Columbia/Sony BMG), as Britney Spears secures a second week atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles with "Womanizer" (Jive/Sony BMG). "Bla ...

  42. US Sues Sony Music Over Children's Online Privacy

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment was sued on Wednesday by the U.S. government, which claimed the music company violated federal rules aimed at protecting the online privacy of children. Sony Music improperly accepted registrations on its music Web sites f ...

  43. Killers Trump Guns N' Roses For U.K. No. 1

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST In an all-new top three on the U.K. album chart, the Killers' "Day & Age" (Vertigo/Universal) took the No. 1 spot ahead of Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy" (Black Frog/Geffen), while Take That scored its 11 ...

  44. Sony Music Gets Creative With Exposure

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment has formed a pan-European creative agency with international marketing agency Exposure. The joint venture, named SBX, aims to develop artist endorsements, synch deals, product placement, live performances, ad-funded progra ...

  45. Billboard Honors 'Women In Music'

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Billboard honored 20 female executives and three artists at the third annual "Women in Music" breakfast, held this morning (Oct. 24) at the Hotel St. Regis in New York. Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry was presented with the Icon award, r ...

  46. Copyright Battle Over Eighties Hit 'Down Under'

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Men At Work's iconic Eighties hit "Down Under" is at center stage of a copyright row in Australia. Sydney-based music publishing firm Larrikin Music has lodged a statement of claim, noting that the international smash carries an unl ...

  47. Sony BMG Ups Levin

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT David Levin has been named senior VP and business manager of sales at Sony BMG Music Entertainment, overseeing the company digital sales and advertising supported channels. Levin is based in New York and reports to the company's executive VP ...

  48. Calderone Named Admin VP At Ole

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gary Calderone has joined the Canadian-based music publishing firm ole as VP of administration. Calderone will be responsible for ole's global royalty collection and administration activities, with the company's administration group repo ...

  49. Sony BMG Ups Kooker

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dennis Kooker, Sony BMG Global Digital business and U.S. sales executive VP of operations has added GM stripes to his title and responsibilities. Kooker will continue to report to president of Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales Thomas Hesse an ...

  50. Jive Takes Equity Stake In A&R Man's Imprint

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While 360 deals are almost standard for new artists, independent label partnerships have largely remained within the realm of marketing and distribution deals. However, Zomba has taken a page from Live Nation's playbook and inked an all-inclu ...

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