Bertelsmann Music Group

  1. Sony BMG Blasts Lennox 'Dropped' Reports

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG today hit out at "ludicrous" press reports stating the company had dropped Annie Lennox after a 25-year association. British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror had quoted the singer as saying Sony BMG had recently ignored her ca ...

  2. BMG Names Butzky Strategic Marketing VP

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Claudia Butzky has been named VP of strategic marketing for the BMG Label Group. Butzky reports to Donna Clower, senior VP of that department, and will continue to be based in New York. Butzky was most previously VP of digital sales and retail mar ...

  3. Sony BMG Signs On With Amazon MP3 Store

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment is joining Amazon's MP3 party, and will allow its music to be sold via the unprotected format on the digital download store. The move comes on the heels of Sony BMG's announcement that it will sell album spec ...

  4. Sony BMG Finalizes Westwood Acquisition

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Norte has finalized its acquisition of a majority stake of Mexican management company Westwood Entertainment for an undisclosed sum. Westwood, which also has concert promotion, marketing and publishing arms, is home to artists like Reyli, ...

  5. Sony/ATV Wraps Up Famous

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has acquired international administration rights to the Famous Music catalog from Universal Music Group, wrapping up full international control of the copyrights it acquired from Viacom last year. Shortly after Marty Band ...

  6. Sony BMG To Embrace MP3s

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment is about to make its first foray into the MP3 format when it launches artist-specific digital download album cards in mid-January, sources say. Apparently modeled on the iTunes digital download album cards, Sony BMG wi ...

  7. U.K./Continental A&R Role For Sony/ATV's Ramage

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ian Ramage has been appointed to the new post as head of A&R for Sony/ATV Music Publishing's operations in the U.K. and Continental Europe, with effect from Jan. 7, 2008. Based in the music publisher's new central London premises in ...

  8. Sony BMG Oz Buys Caplice Stake

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia has become the first major label Down Under to invest in artist management and touring. The firm has taken a 50% share in Sydney-based Caplice Management and is negotiating with a second artist management fir ...

  9. Elvis Album At The Center Of U.K. Copyright Row

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. distributor Cargo Records has pulled the plug on an Elvis Presley release after Sony BMG Music Enterainment in the U.K. sent out a letter threatening legal action, Billboard.biz has learned. In one of the clearest signs to-date of Sony BMG� ...

  10. Daldorph Elected IFPI Denmark Chairman

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Henrik Daldorph, GM of Sony BMG Denmark, has been elected chairman of IFPI Denmark during an extraordinary general meeting, held this week. Daldorph, 44, will replace former Universal Music Denmark GM Jens-Otto Paludan, who stepped-down from the t ...

  11. Report: Sony BMG Layoffs Coming

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG could be close to laying off as many as 70 of its mid-level executive roster before the end of the year. Silicon Alley Insider reports that some of the executives have already been notified, and others are pending . A Sony BMG spokesman d ...

  12. Sony BMG Extends Deal With Yahoo

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment has inked a licensing deal with Yahoo Inc. that clears the way for people to upload files with music or video content by the record company's artists to Yahoo, the companies said Tuesday. Financial terms of the de ...

  13. Donegan Appointed Senior IT VP For UMPG

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mike Donegan has been appointed senior VP of global IT for Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG). Donegan reports directly to Michael Sammis, executive VP of operations/CFO worldwide for UMPG, and is based in London. Formerly, Donegan served as ...

  14. European MP Questions Sony BMG Merger

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A member of the European Parliament has effectively challenged the European Commission's second approval of the Sony BMG merger. In a written question on Tuesday, French socialist Guy Bono, member of the EP's Culture Committee and curren ...

  15. Ad-Supported Service Deezer Signs With Sony BMG

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG France has signed an agreement which will provide users of French ad-supported on-demand streaming service Deezer with unlimited free access to 165,000 titles. "This deal is experimental," says Christophe Lameignère, chairman an ...

  16. Impala Calls EC To Check UMG's 'Creeping Dominance'

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Impala is calling on European regulators to scrutinize Universal Music Group's "creeping dominance" in the light of the music giant's buying spree. The European independent music companies' trade group is also asking Bruss ...

  17. Impala Rails Against Sony BMG Decision

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Independents group' Impala has issued a detailed reaction to the European Commission’s clearance of the Sony BMG merger. The Commission cleared the merger for the second time on Wednesday (Oct. 3), saying "the transaction would not creat ...

  18. EU Approves Sony BMG Merger, Impala Demands Inquiry

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has cleared for the second time the merger of Sony and Bertelsmann's recorded music businesses to create Sony BMG. In a statement, the Commission -- the European Union's antitrust authority -- said, "the tran ...

  19. Edge Upped To A&R President At J Records

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Peter Edge has been named president of A&R for J Records. Edge previously held the title of executive VP of A&R for J Records. He will continue to report to Clive Davis, chairman and CEO of BMG Label Group and will be based in the company& ...

  20. NMPA Board Adds Primont

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers' Assn. yesterday filled vacant seats on its 18-member board, appointing Cherry Lane Music Group CEO Peter Primont and re-appointing indie publisher Evan Medow, Billboard.biz has learned. Primont fills the spot le ...

  21. Bray Joins RCA U.K. As Promotions Director

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nick Bray is returning to the Sony BMG U.K. fold in the role as director of promotions for the RCA Label Group. "I'm delighted that we've been able to persuade Nick to rejoin the company and the RCA label," says Craig Logan, ma ...

  22. Digital Briefs: Guitar Hero III, Sony BMG

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock will make its way to personal computers this fall, thanks to a partnership between Activision and partner Aspyr Media. Under the agreement, Aspyr will develop both PC and Mac versions of the popular music game, w ...

  23. Sony BMG Commercial Music Group Names Business VP

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Malti Raisinghani has been named VP of business operations and special projects for Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Commercial Music Group. Raisinghani is based in New York and reports to John Ingrassia, president of the Commercial Music Group ...

  24. Lynne First To Sign With Robbins Nashville

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rockie Lynne, who scored a top 30 airplay single with "Lipstick" in 2006 on Universal Records South, has signed with Robbins Nashville, a division of New York-based Robbins Entertainment. He's the first artist to sign with the newly ...

  25. UMPG Names European Exec Team

    September 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has appointed a new-look senior executive team to spearhead its European operations after the firm's integration with BMG Music Publishing. In the new set-up, unveiled today, each appointee reports to Paul Con ...

  26. Sony BMG Germany Buys MTS, Bucardo Stakes

    August 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Germany is entering into the artist management and live entertainment business. The music major has bought majority stakes in Münster-based management firm MTS and comedy booking agency Bucardo, whose business accounts for combined sales ...

  27. Wenzel Rises, Masuch Out At Universal Pub Germany

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Markus Wenzel has been appointed managing director of Universal Music Publishing Group Germany, the new company formed after Universal acquired BMG Publishing. At the same time, Hartwig Masuch, managing director of BMG Music Publishing Germany sin ...

  28. UMPG Integrates BMG Publishing Execs

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group's integration of BMG Music Publishing, purchased last September, with Universal Music Publishing continues. The company has revealed some key staff appointments as well as a few departures. "UMPG already ...

  29. Sony BMG Ups Willis

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG has promoted Colin Willis to senior VP of field sales. He will be based in Chicago, reporting to company president of U.S. sales Jordan Katz. With the promotion, Willis is now charged with management of Sony BMG's field sales staff a ...

  30. Brodsky Heads Sony/ATV Legal Affairs

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Peter Brodsky is now Sony/ATV Music Publishing's executive VP of business and legal affairs, Billboard.biz has learned. The former head of BMG Music Publishing business and legal affairs is expected to take an aggressive role in Sony/ATV' ...

  31. Braum Splits With Four Music

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fitz Braum, managing director and founder of the Berlin label Four Music, will exit at the end of the month. Braum intends to start new activities, details for which he declined to discuss. Going forward, Philip Ginthör, label head of Sony BMG ...

  32. Sony BMG Sales VP Calabretta Dies

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul Calabretta, a longtime sales executive who divided his career between Sony and BMG, died of cancer in Dix Hills, N.Y. on July 18. He was 47. Calabretta began his career at CBS in 1983 and stayed with the company through its Sony Music days be ...

  33. Zerbi To Succeed Cabrini At Sony BMG Italy

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Italy is preparing to overhaul its top management. With effect from Jan. 1, 2008, president and managing director Franco Cabrini will leave the company. Cabrini became head of Sony Italy in 1991. He was appointed to head Sony BMG after th ...

  34. Jorg Joins IDJ As Senior Digital VP

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Christian Jorg is appointed senior VP, new media and commerce, for the Island Def Jam Music Group. In his new post, Jorg will oversee all of IDJ's business activities in the digital and mobile space. Based in New York, Jorg will report direct ...

  35. UMPG Reveals Worldwide Appointments

    July 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group has revealed a series of appointments to its integrated operations division. The new appointees previously held positions at Universal Music Publishing Group ...

  36. Prescott Named CEO Of Australia's Albert Music

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Industry veteran Tim Prescott has appointed chief executive officer of Sydney-based independent Albert Music. He takes over his newly-created role mid-July, overseeing the company's recording, publishing, studio and overseas operations. Alber ...

  37. Higdon To Lead Combined UMPG Nashville Division

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville executive VP/GM Pat Higdon will lead the newly combined Nashville division, which results from the acquisition of BMG Music Publishing by UMPG. Higdon will continue to be based in Nashville and report to ...

  38. EMI Seal VidZone Link-Up

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and U.K.-based VidZone Digital Media and have signed a licensing and distribution deal that gives the digital-music service provider access to EMI's complete digital catalog for mobile and online distribution. VidZone claims its lib ...

  39. Sony BMG Nashville 'Demands' Radio Stop Playing Album Cut

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music Row and country radio are buzzing about a cease and desist letter sent to radio by Sony BMG Nashville. The letter, written by Sony BMG Nashville senior VP of legal and business affairs Katherine E. Woods, demands that radio stop playing a Tr ...

  40. Universal Names Senior Publishing Execs

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As part of the integration of Universal Music Publishing Group and BMG Music Publishing, David Renzer, UMPG chairman/CEO, has named his new senior executive team. "Collectively, these executives will form part of the new team that will provid ...

  41. Block Rises At Sony BMG's Commercial Music Group

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Michael Block has been named executive VP of sales for Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Commercial Music Group. Block is based in New York and reports to John Ingrassia, president of the Commercial Music Group. Block rose through the Sony ranks ...

  42. BMG Music Publishing Buy Complete

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has now completed the acquisition of BMG Music Publishing following clearance by the European Commission earlier this week. The combined company, which will operate under the Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) banner, wi ...

  43. EU OKs Universal's Buy Of BMG Pub

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group was cleared Tuesday to take over BMG Music Publishing when the European Commission gave the green light after a five-month investigation into the €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) music publishing merger. The Commission -- the Eu ...

  44. Sony BMG Rejigs Classical A&R Structure

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment is creating a new centralized A&R structure for its Sony BMG Masterworks classical music group. Artist development will now be run through an International Repertoire Center (IRC), overseen by Chris Craker, most re ...

  45. Sanders To Head Sony BMG Global Marketing

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Richard Sanders is the new head of global marketing for Sony BMG Music Entertainment, overseeing the department's staff and working to create and implement marketing and release strategies for the label group's projects and artists. He&# ...

  46. Corson Upped At RCA Music Group

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Tom Corson has been promoted to executive VP/GM of the entire RCA Music Group. He's upped from executive VP/GM of J/Arista Records, a job he's had for the past three years, and he adds oversight of RCA Records, replacing Richard Sanders, ...

  47. Sony BMG Not A Publisher Yet

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Despite a Financial Times report that Sony BMG Music Entertainment wants to re-enter the music publishing biz, don't expect it to happen anytime soon. When Sony and BMG merged their recorded music divisions in 2004, Sony spun off its publishi ...

  48. Sony BMG’s Wadsworth Promoted To Asia Pres

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kelvin Wadsworth has been elevated to the position of president, Asian region, Sony BMG. The promotion means that the Hong Kong-based executive, whose previous title at Sony BMG was executive VP and COO, Asian region, adds China and Japan to the l ...

  49. Former Spiralfrog Execs Launch Ad Consulting Group

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two former executives from the Spiralfrog ad-supported music service have launched an advertising consulting group focused on digital media opportunities. The company, Rebel Digital, was created by former Spiralfrog CEO Robin Kent and chief sales ...

  50. 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 ...

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