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  1. Citi Private Pass Program Expanding to Latin America, Asia

    January 24, 2014 4:11 AM EST Citi card holders around the globe will soon be getting exclusive access to their favorite bands as the financial services company is moving to expand its popular Citi Private Pass program to Latin America and Asia. News of the new initiative, whi ...

  2. Jennifer Breithaupt

    November 28, 2012 6:44 PM EST Senior VP of Entertainment Marketing, Citi Concerts in the Citi When Citi first partnered with Live Nation for exclusive tour presales in 2007, the financial services company accounted for a small part of the top promoter's overall ticket sal ...

  3. Former EMI Owner Terra Firma Seeks Appeal in Lawsuit Against Citigroup

    October 05, 2012 3:09 PM EDT Terra Firma Capital Partners LP has asked a U.S. appeals court for a new trial over its claims that it was deceived by Citigroup Inc. while bidding for EMI Music, according to numerous reports . The case originally went to trial in October 2010. A ...

  4. Business Matters: Universal's Deal for EMI No Longer a Sure Thing, But Still Worthwhile

    September 21, 2012 10:00 PM EDT How much will Universal Music Group miss that pound of flesh the European Commission took when it forced considerable concessions from the world's largest record company in exchange from its approval of a merger with EMI Music? That's th ...

  5. Inside EMI's Financials: A Healthy Core Business

    August 08, 2012 8:26 AM EDT The financial results released yesterday by EMI showed a company with healthy core businesses but hit hard by goodwill impairment charges triggered by the market valuations it received from the winning bids in the auction to sell the company. On N ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Universal Music's Lucian Grainge Proposes 'Manifesto For New Music Industry'

    July 10, 2012 6:53 PM EDT Lucian Grainge has plans to sell assets, invest heavily in A&R, and keep EMI as intact as possible while trying to gain approval for Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division in both the U.S. and E ...

  8. Universal Music Formally Requests EU Approval to Purchase EMI's Labels

    February 20, 2012 1:15 PM EST Vivendi's Universal Music Group today formally requested European Union regulators' approval to buy EMI's recorded-music division. An initial deadline of March 23 was set for a ruling on the deal, according to the European Commissio ...

  9. Billboard Power 100: Len Blavatnik

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 8 Len Blavatnik Owner Warner Music Group Twitter: @warnermusic The Owner... Len Blavatnik has a distinction that no one else in the world can claim: He's the only person who owns a major-label group. Even Terra Firma's Guy Hands had ...

  10. Billboard Power 100: Roger Faxon

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 24 Roger Faxon CEO EMI Group Riding The Wave... Circumstances have rendered Roger Faxon, CEO of EMI Group since mid-2010, the industry's most prominent lame-duck executive. Citigroup's auction of EMI last year ended with a Sony-led c ...

  11. FTC Reviewing Citigroup's Sale of EMI To Universal, Sony: Report

    December 22, 2011 12:09 PM EST The FTC is reviewing Citigroup's sale of EMI's recorded music and publishing divisions, according to a New York Post report . The sale of EMI's divisions - recorded music to Universal Music Group for $1.9 billion and music publishin ...

  12. It's Official: Sony-Led Group Purchases EMI Music Publishing for $2.2 Billion

    November 11, 2011 6:38 PM EST It's official: An investment group led by Sony Corp. has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire EMI Music Publishing for $2.2 billion from Citigroup. In addition to Sony Corp. of America, the investment group is comprised of the es ...

  13. Read: EMI CEO Roger Faxon's Memo to Staff About Universal Sale

    November 11, 2011 12:21 PM EST Below is EMI CEO Roger Faxon's memo to his staff, circulated today and obtained by Billboard.biz, in which he addresses the sale of the company's recorded-music to Universal and said he hopes to be able to discuss the publishing division ...

  14. EMI Publishing Goes to Sony, Label to Universal

    November 11, 2011 10:34 AM EST In yet another surprise during a week of head-spinning rumors and negotiations , Citigroup this morning announced the completion of the sale of EMI's recorded-music operation to Vivendi/Universal Music Group, ahead of its pending announcement ...

  15. EMI Publishing Deal Might Close Before Label

    November 11, 2011 1:48 AM EST With the Financial Times reporting that a deal with Citigroup and Universal for EMI's recorded music division could be struck by the start of next week, sources say that the bank may close the publishing deal first, possibly as soon as today ...

  16. EMI Split Sale Approaches, But Complications Persist

    November 10, 2011 7:14 PM EST Press reports in the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal may suggest that Citigroup is close to completing two separate deals to sell EMI, but sources say that both negotiations still have complications to overcome. Citigroup is seeking $1.7 mill ...

  17. EMI Sale Intensifying As Citigroup Renews Negotiations With Sony, Gets Real With Universal

    November 09, 2011 7:13 PM EST In a turnaround from last week when nothing happened, Citigroup is not only making a renewed effort to sell EMI recorded music operations to Universal, but is also again actively engaging in discussions with Sony Corp., about EMI Music Publishing, ...

  18. Is Renewed Interest In EMI Auction Real, or Just Smoke?

    November 08, 2011 8:04 PM EST A frenzy of news stories Tuesday would have you believe that the Citigroup run auction for EMI's recorded music operation is not only heating up, but could soon come to a head. Whether that's true or simply just smoke and mirrors remains ...

  19. EMI: Access/Warner Pulls Out of Auction

    October 30, 2011 9:28 PM EDT In an apparent game of brinkmanship, Len Blavatnik's Access Industries has pulled out of the auction for EMI's recorded music operation, sources confirmed to Billboard.biz, even though the company was said to be the front-runner in the b ...

  20. Updated: As EMI Auction Hits Home Stretch, Who's in the Lead? Depends Who's Talking ...

    October 27, 2011 3:00 PM EDT UPDATE Friday 6 p.m. ET : While it was widely speculated that there would be news about the status of EMI's auction today (October 28), the week is closing with negotiations still ongoing, sources tell Billboard.biz. The biggest hold-up revol ...

  21. EMI: With Bids Low, Company Considers Whether to Split Up or Postpone Sale

    October 17, 2011 4:05 PM EDT While Citigroup is keeping all five known EMI bidders on the hook, it isn't yet actually conducting a formal third round of bidding with a deadline, sources tell Billboard.biz. Instead, they have been in touch with all bidders, asking them to ...

  22. EMI Auction: Second-Round Bids Are In, Questions Still Looming

    October 06, 2011 10:06 PM EDT With the second-round bids for EMI now in (as of Oct. 5), it will take a few days for clarity about the situation to emerge, sources say. Of course, Citigroup and EMI know what they have in hand, but bidders and their consultants are unsure of whe ...

  23. Guy Hands Launches New Lawsuit Against Citigroup Over EMI

    September 08, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Terra Firma chairman Guy Hands has instigated legal proceedings against Citigroup over the way it acquired EMI, according to reports. U.K. newspaper The Guardian claims Hands has applied to the high court requesting information about the condition ...

  24. Business Matters: What the Stock Market Declines Mean to Music Companies

    August 02, 2011 6:42 PM EDT What the Stock Market Declines Mean to Music Companies -- Concerns about the U.S. debt and hints that the U.S. economy has entered a double-dip recession are dragging down stock markets and impacting music and entertainment companies. New consumer ...

  25. EMI Gears Up for 'Possible Sale' -- Read CEO Roger Faxon's Memo to Staff

    June 20, 2011 3:23 PM EDT EMI issued a statement on Monday saying that it has launched an effort to find a new owner, among other "strategic alternatives." The company's board "has initiated a process to explore and evaluate potential strategic alternat ...

  26. Access Reveals Its Warner Music Acquisition Financing Plan in Proxy Statement

    May 23, 2011 4:57 PM EDT Access Industries plans to finance its planned $3.3 billion acquisition of the Warner Music Group by putting up $1.118 billion in equity, obtaining $1.045 billion in bridge loans from Credit Suisse AG and UBS Loan Finance. It will ask the senior s ...

  27. What Can We Expect From a Blavatnik-Owned Warner Music Group?

    May 06, 2011 11:39 AM EDT Warner Music Group may have a new owner in the form of Len Blavatnik's Access Industries , but broadly speaking, insiders feel we can expect more of the same from the company. That's because his close relationship with WMG chairman and C ...

  28. Warner Music $3 Billion Buyout Could be Done this Week: Source

    May 02, 2011 7:13 AM EDT Final buyout bids for Warner Music Group are due on Monday and the company could be sold by the end of the week in a deal valued at over $3 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. The third round of bids is led by two competing fi ...

  29. EMI To Be Sold By Citi As One Unit

    April 12, 2011 7:18 AM EDT Citigroup (C.N), which got control of the world's fourth-largest record company EMI from British financier Guy Hands in February, plans to sell the company as a whole, the New York Post reported, citing sources. EMI Chief Executive Roger Faxo ...

  30. Universal Motown's Sylvia Rhone Honored By National Action Network; President Obama Speaks At Ceremony

    April 07, 2011 10:55 AM EDT NEW YORK -- Universal Motown President Sylvia Rhone was honored last night at the National Action Network's 20th Anniversary Keepers of the Dream Awards. Other honorees included NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, MSNBC President Phil Griffin and NB ...

  31. Rumored and Reported: The Latest on Major Label Sales, Mergers & Acquisitions

    February 22, 2011 2:23 PM EST Terra Firma's failed investment in EMI has set in motion a series of events that could lead to major changes in the music industry. Numerous and rather speculative media reports are detailing the steps being taken by Warner Music Group, BMG R ...

  32. How Citigroup Outfoxed Guy Hands In Its Takeover Of EMI

    February 03, 2011 2:15 PM EST While press reports on Citigroup's takeover of EMI are rife with phrases about how the bank "seized control" (New York Post) in a "surprise move" (Los Angeles Times) that apparently caught Terra Firma chairman Guy Hands of ...

  33. EMI: A Look Back At The Guy Hands Era

    February 02, 2011 6:09 AM EST Citigroup's takeover of EMI finally brings to an end Terra Firma's incredible three-and-a-half year ownership. Purchased for £4 billion ($6.3 billion) in May 2007 at the height of the credit market, EMI turned out to be a disastrous inve ...

  34. Exclusive: EMI CEO Roger Faxon Talks Citigroup Takeover

    February 01, 2011 5:42 PM EST On the day that Citigroup assumed control of EMI , EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon was a busy man, but he took a few minutes to talk with Billboard . Billboard : This deal gives Citigroup a lot more flexibility and it gets EMI out of the Terra Firma box ...

  35. Now That Citigroup Has Taken Over EMI, What's Next?

    February 01, 2011 4:26 PM EST Citigroup's earlier-than-expected takeover of EMI Group and its recapitalization of the company's balance sheet effectively presses the fast-forward button on a resolution of the major label group's fate. The bank had been widely ex ...

  36. Citigroup Takes Over EMI

    February 01, 2011 11:36 AM EST Citigroup has acquired EMI Group and has recapitalized the major label group in a debt-for-equity swap, the two sides announced Tuesday. As a result, the company's debt has been reduced by 65% from £3.4 billion to £1.2 billion, and the compan ...

  37. EMI And Warner Music: Destined To Be Together?

    January 28, 2011 10:05 AM EST No matter what happens to EMI or Warner Music Group (WMG), it always seems that speculation about their respective fates is intertwined with that of the other. That was true during the protracted will-they-or-won't-they merger speculation tha ...

  38. Warner Music and EMI For Sale? It Could Happen, Insiders Say

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST All hell has broken loose in the music business: The Warner Music Group will be shopped while it prepares to buy EMI, should that company come up for sale, according to reports. Sources told The New York Times that the private equity firms that ow ...

  39. Warner Selling Publishing To Buy EMI Without Regulatory Scrutiny, Sources Say

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST A person familiar with the matter says Warner Music Group's search for a buyer of its publishing arm, Warner/Chappell, is partly intended to clear a path for it to buy all of British recording giant EMI. The person wasn't authorized to s ...

  40. Warner Music and EMI For Sale? It Could Happen, Insiders Say

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST All hell has broken loose in the music business: The Warner Music Group will be shopped while it prepares to buy EMI, should that company come up for sale, according to reports. Sources told The New York Times that the private equity firms that ow ...

  41. Business Matters: Terra Firma To Appeal Citigroup Ruling; WMG's Revenue Forecast Drops; RapidShare Fights For 'Free Speech'

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST Terra Firma To Appeal Technical Aspects of Citigroup Case -- Terra Firma has filed for leave to appeal and will challenge technical aspects of its trial with Citigroup, Private Equity News reported on Tuesday. Terra Firma will not challenge the ve ...

  42. Business Matters: Terra Firma Close to Losing EMI, Reports Say

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. TERRA FIRMA COULD LOSE EMI BY CHRISTMAS -- Reports out of the U.K. claim Terra Firma could lose EMI by Christmas. The paper said Terra Firma chief Guy Hands has told investors to expect the worst ...

  43. Guys Hands Focuses On 'Next Deal'

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST In his first public comments since losing a lawsuit against Citigroup over the EMI deal, Guy Hands said his buyout firm Terra Firma would have "looked like geniuses" if it had not bought EMI Group in 2007. He was speaking at the Nov. 18 ...

  44. Report: Warner Planning Bid For EMI's Record Company

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Warner Music is planning a £470 million ($750 million) bid for EMI's recorded music division, according to media reports over the weekend , and may file a proposal with Terra Firma in the next few weeks. This news comes less than two weeks af ...

  45. Yahoo Says Report Of 20% In Layoffs 'Misleading'

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc called a media report it was planning to cut one-fifth of its workforce "misleading and inaccurate," but the Web portal stopped short of ruling out any layoffs. Yahoo, which is trying to revive revenue growth amid competition f ...

  46. Business Matters: EMI, Pricing Strategies, 'Share' and more

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. The Future of EMI -- After Terra Firma’s loss to Citigroup in a New York courtroom, the prognosticators started thinking about EMI’s future. Here’s a sample: • “…the court case certainly ...

  47. Business Matters: Radio Listening Dips, LimeWire Cuts Staff and more

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Study: Radio Listening Dips -- American youths are spending more time on the Internet and less time listening to radio, according to a new Edison Research study of 12- to 24-year-olds. Daily radio ...

  48. Business Matters: Terra Firma, Tammy Genovese, Pandora and more

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. How Much Could Terra Firma Be Awarded In Lawsuit? -- The Wall Street Journal humorously downplays the impact of huge – but reduced – potential damages in Terra Firma’s lawsuit against Citigroup. L ...

  49. Terra Firma's 'Speculative' Testimony Disallowed

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wednesday night turned out to be a costly one for Guy Hands dreams as billions of dollars in potential damages went up in smoke when the theories behind them were disallowed in the lawsuit between Terra Firma and Citigroup. According to press repo ...

  50. Citi Banker In Trial Over EMI Says Truthful To Hands

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Citigroup Inc banker David Wormsley, testifying in a civil fraud trial pitting the word of Terra Firma private equity chief Guy Hands against his, said on Monday he was "always truthful and honest as I could be" with Hands. Wormsley wrot ...

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