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  1. Vause Rises At BNA Records

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BNA Records senior director of media Wes Vause has been named to the newly created position of VP of media for the label. He continues to report to Allen Brown, VP of media for parent Sony BMG Nashville. The eight year company veteran will continu ...

  2. Sony BMG Buys Majority Stake in Denmark's Kick Music

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG has bought a majority stake in the Copenhagen-based Kick Music label for an undisclosed sum. Kick, one of the oldest and biggest indies in Denmark, will continue to operate independently out of its present HQ. Michael Quvang will remain a ...

  3. Tanaka Joins BMG Japan Board

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT BMG Japan senior VP, international and direct marketing, Hirokazu Tanaka been named a member of the board, the Tokyo-based label announced. Tanaka has been with BMG Japan since 1989 in a variety of strategic and international marketing roles. BMG ...

  4. Booth Rises At Sony BMG Nashville

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Nashville senior director of A&R administration Alison Booth rises to the newly created position of VP for the department. She reports to Kathy Woods, senior VP of legal and business affairs for Sony BMG Nashville. Her responsibilitie ...

  5. W Hotels Drops Sixth CD

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The W Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, this week began selling "The Sound of Wonderlust: W Hotels Worldwide Tour," the sixth time the brand has put out an collection of music. Available on at W Hotels and ...

  6. Obermann Named Senior VP At Sony BMG

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ole Obermann has been named senior VP of international digital business development for global digital business at Sony BMG Music Entertainment. He reports to Michael Paull, executive VP of global digital business for the company, and is based in ...

  7. Digital Briefs: Sony BMG, Tesco, IODA, RoyaltyShare

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Sony BMG's Commercial Music Group unveiled a licensing Web site for filmmakers called MovieTunes. The site allows filmmakers to submit the music criteria they need, which a Sony BMG staffer will then use to help find the right song. - Warne ...

  8. Impala Attacks EC's Sony BMG Ruling

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pan-European independent labels body Impala has blasted the European Commission's decision to allow Sony Corporation's acquisition of the Sony BMG joint venture as "incredible." In a statement, Impala railed against the ruling. ...

  9. Sony Expands Karaoke Game To Country Music

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Computer Entertainment America will release a country version of its long-running karaoke video game franchise SingStar in October. Previous U.S. versions of the game have covered genres ranging from pop, rock and children's music while ...

  10. Scott Francis Named Warner/Chappell President

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Scott Francis has been appointed to the newly created position of president of Warner/Chappell Music and chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music U.S. He will report to Warner/Chappell Music chairman and CEO David H. Johnson and will be based in ...

  11. Garden Party For Former Sony BMG Exec Farnham

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madison Square Garden will officially announce today what many have known for a while: former Sony BMG exec Liana Farnham has been named vice president, concert marketing, for Madison Square Garden Entertainment. Farnham will be responsible for th ...

  12. Queensland's Music Export Strategy Paying Off

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Queensland government's strategy of funding local music acts abroad is continuing to pay off, according to a statement from the state's minister of trade John Mickel and minister for the arts Rod Welford. The state government has foc ...

  13. Veteran Sales Exec Zwirn Dies

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dickey Zwirn, a longtime sales executive in the BMG family, passed away on July 15 in Stamford, Conn., after a 12-year battle with cancer. She was 63. Zwirn originally started in the music industry in 1972, working at an RCA shipping facility befo ...

  14. Paull Takes Exec Post At Sony BMG

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG has named Michael Paull as executive VP of global digital business. Paull will be responsible for developing and executing the company's digital strategy, working both domestically and internationally with various Sony BMG divisions. ...

  15. Sony BMG Appoints Schaidler Exec VP

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer "J.J." Schaidler, a long-time key Best Buy music executive, has been named executive VP of sales at Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s sales division. For the last two years, Schaidler, who reports to Sony BMG Music Entertainment pr ...

  16. Coldplay Extends Euro Chart Reign

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay starts a third week at No. 1 on the new European Top 100 Albums chart with "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" (Parlophone/EMI). But it's all change atop Eurochart Hot 100 Singles, where Duffy's "Mercy&quo ...

  17. Sony BMG Oz Revives Music Pub Arm

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SonyBMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand has re-entered the music publishing business after four years. Sydney-based senior A&R manager Courtney Hard will take on the additional duties as senior manager of Sony BMG Publishing, rep ...

  18. Stein To Leave 313music

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Thomas M. Stein, CEO of the German indie label and publishing company 313music JWP AG since 2006 and formerly European boss of BMG, will not be extending his contract beyond the agreed termination date of Aug. 31, 2008. "We regret the decisio ...

  19. Elderton Elected MPA Chair

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT An animated debate on the future of music publishing formed the backdrop for this year's annual general meeting of the U.K.'s Music Publishers Association. The meeting, held Tuesday in central London, kicked off with elections for positi ...

  20. Storm Kicks Up Over FIFA, Sony Soccer Partnership

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corporation's partnership with soccer's world governing body FIFA is causing a stir in South Africa ahead of the nation's hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Creative Workers Union of South Africa (Cwusa) is taking issue, c ...

  21. Smellie Moots Aussie Music Day

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian music industry suffers from "an appalling lack of leadership" and needs to work with government and the business sector to revive its fortunes, according to Aussie veteran record label executive Michael Smellie. Smellie� ...

  22. BMG Opens Doors On New Hip-Hop Label

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BMG Label Group has launched a new hip-hop label, Battery Records. Newly appointed BMG senior VP and GM Neil Levine, formerly EMI Capitol Music Group head of urban music, will head the imprint. Battery will serve as an independent arm for RCA ...

  23. Impala Renews Appeal Against Sony BMG Merger OK

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT European independent music companies trade association Impala has launched another appeal with the European Commission contesting regulators' clearance of the Sony BMG merger. Brussels-based Impala said today it had lodged an appeal last Frid ...

  24. 360 Deals, Collection Royalties Debated At Music Matters

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The opening two days of the Music Matters conference has thrown up its share of topical discussions, with 360 deals and the systems for royalty collections coming under the microscope. On a June 4 panel discussion on 360 deals, Walt Disney Records ...

  25. Steinkamp Leaves Sony BMG

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Maarten Steinkamp, president of Continental Europe for Sony BMG, is leaving the company, Billboard.biz can confirm. Although representatives for Sony BMG would not response to calls from Billboard, insiders confirmed speculation which has been cir ...

  26. Serobe Takes Reins Of South Africa's Gallo

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lazarus Serobe has been appointed managing director of the Gallo Music Group, with effect from today. Serobe succeeds current Gallo Music Group MD Ivor Haarburger, who is due to retire at the end of July. This is not Serobe's first high-profi ...

  27. Legendary Italian Publisher Ricordi Leaves The Building

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A long chapter in Italian musical history has drawn to a close with the news that the famous Ricordi publishing company has left its offices in Via Berchet, in the heart of Milan, after 200 years. The publishing company was part of BMG Ricordi Pub ...

  28. Sony BMG Promotes Swidler

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment has promoted Julie Swidler to executive VP, business affairs and general counsel. Swidler, previously executive VP of business and legal affairs for the BMG U.S. Label Group and the RCA Music Group, has a newly combine ...

  29. Gavin Named COO Of BMG Label Group

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ivan Gavin has been appointed COO of the BMG Label Group, according to sources. Gavin will be based in New York and report to Barry Weiss, chairman/CEO of the BMG Label Group. Most recently, Gavin was COO of EMI Recorded Music North America and pr ...

  30. Gabriel Signs Record, Publishing Deals With Universal

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel, one of the leading names in Latin Mexican and pop music, signed global recording and publishing agreements with Universal, Billboard.biz has learned. New recordings by Juan Gabriel will now be released worldwide thr ...

  31. Sony BMG U.K. Names Curran COO

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music publishing veteran Paul Curran has been appointed COO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. and Ireland, with effect from May 1. In his new role, Curran will report to the music major's U.K. chairman and CEO Ged Doherty. Until now, Curra ...

  32. Unterholzner Out At Sony BMG Austria

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Horst Unterholzner, who has served as managing director of Sony BMG Austria for more than five years, will exit the company May 1. Stefan Klimek will take the helm of the Vienna-based affiliate. Klimek joined Sony Music in 2002 from Universal Musi ...

  33. Frasher Segues To BNA As VP

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Arista Nashville director of national promotion Bryan Frasher segues to Sony BMG Nashville sister label BNA Records as VP of promotion. He replaces Rick Moxley, who exited the label on April 16. Frasher, who has been with Arista since 2004 and dir ...

  34. Sony BMG, Hilfiger Tune In To Tommy TV

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tommy Hilfiger is attempting to parlay its expertise at detecting fashion trends into picking hot, new music artists. Through a partnership with Sony BMG, the U.S. designer clothing firm today launched a Web portal, TommyTV , which it says will ex ...

  35. DJ Don Diablo Spins 306-Degree Sony BMG Deal

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dutch DJ/producer Don Diablo has struck an integrated deal with Sony BMG Entertainment Benelux which sees the music major take on responsibilities for all the artist's activities, including international recording, merchandise, sponsoring, mo ...

  36. Sony BMG Australia Taps Radio Exec Tothill

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia has hired broadcasting executive Grant Tothill to take over as senior director of Australian artist marketing. Tothill, who joins the label in May, reports to chairman and CEO Denis Handlin. "I recently ...

  37. Rinaldi Joins Albert Music

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Damian Rinaldi will join iconic Aussie indie Albert Music next week as head of legal and business affairs. Rinaldi recently returned to Australia after a stint in London as VP of legal and business affairs at Sony BMG Music Entertainment. In 2000 ...

  38. Weiss Joins Sonnenschein Nath

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Attorney Lisa Weiss has joined Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal as a partner in the firm's corporate practice group. Weiss was most recently with Morrison & Foerster. She was previously general counsel of Sony Music Entertainment, where ...

  39. Panel Debates The Economics Of Music Publishing

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST While publishing assets may trade at high multiples, net publisher's share (NPS) is not the sole criteria used in deciding to make an acquisition, according to music publishers on a panel at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium. "Yo ...

  40. ABP, CP Masters Win Universal Catalogs

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group's sale of assets to gain European Commission approval for its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing is complete. Dutch fund ABP, the world's third largest pension fund, and European indie music publisher CP ...

  41. Warner/Chappell Names Roberts Senior VP

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music named Brian Roberts senior VP/CFO. Based in New York, Roberts will report to the company’s CEO Dave Johnson. For the past five years Roberts served as senior VP of finance and administration of North and South America at BMG ...

  42. Dept. of Justice Questions Sony BMG, UMG

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice has requested information from Sony BMG and Universal Music Group about their talks to launch an online music subscription service, said a record company executive on Thursday. The person, who wished to remain unname ...

  43. Sundin Joins Universal, Sources Say

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran Sony BMG Nordic executive Per Sundin has changed camp, well informed sources tell Billboard.biz. Sundin is joining Universal Music as managing director of its Swedish company. Sources say Sundin will report in his new role to Vico Antippas ...

  44. Tuer Rises As Sony BMG U.K. Revamps Sales Activities

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG U.K. and Ireland has a new commercial sales division. Nicola Tuer, senior VP sales, has been elevated to head the new group as senior VP commercial sales group, with immediate effect. The new London-based unit, which brings together the p ...

  45. Sony BMG Global Digital & U.S. Sales Cuts

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Global Digital & U.S. Sales has eliminated about 25 jobs on the physical distribution side of the business, sources say. In addition to about 8 staffers in the finance department, the retail coordinators staff was cut in half. Sony BM ...

  46. Universal Music Publishing, Sony BMG Enter Digital Pact

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group and Sony BMG Music Entertainment have entered into an unprecedented deal regarding digital royalties for the publisher in Southeast Asia and India. "For many years, digital music resellers have been challenged ...

  47. Sony BMG Norte Cuts Staff

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Following lay-offs at Sony BMG's Mexican office earlier this month, the label has also eliminated several positions in its U.S. Latin operations, Billboard.biz has learned. Sources confirm that approximately 15 people from various departments ...

  48. EMI Christian Music, PassAlong Team For Service

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Christian Music Group has teamed with PassAlong Networks on the launch of a new digital music service focused on Christian music, called ChristianDigitalStore.com. The store also features content from Warner Music Group's Word Entertainme ...

  49. Yahoo Eyeing Online Music Service

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc., is in early discussions with major record labels over offering unprotected MP3s either for sale or for free as part of an ad-supported service, two record company executives familiar with the talks said Wednesday. The talks, held as re ...

  50. Industry Vet Katz Departs Sony BMG Sales Unit

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran music sales executive Jordan Katz has exited Sony BMG Sales Enterprise, the distribution arm of Sony BMG. Katz had been president there since September 2004. Well regarded by accounts and by rival sales executives, Katz was previously seni ...

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