Culture Club

  1. BMG Beats Warner/Chappell to 'New Wave'-Heavy EMI Publishing Divestitures for $90 Million

    December 20, 2012 5:46 PM EST BMG successfully outbid Warner/Chappell to win control of nearly 30,000 songs divested by EMI, including popular UK '80s hits from acts like Tears for Fears and Culture Club. The catalogs -- which were sold for around $90 million, according t ...

  2. Morning Fix: Pandora & Clear Channel Join Forces; Taylor (& Kendrick's) Week; Rolling Stone's $20 Warm-Up Gig

    October 25, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT READY TO PAINT BILLBOARD 200 'RED,' KENDRICK LAMAR HEADING FOR NO. 2: Taylor Swift's "Red" is trending toward a 1 million-plus sales w ...

  3. Sony/ATV Auction for Virgin, Famous UK Catalogs Begins

    September 21, 2012 6:30 AM EDT The package of assets -- comprised of 30,000 copyrights from the Virgin and Famous Music U.K. publishing catalogs -- that the Sony-led consortium agreed to sell in order to gain regulatory approval to buy EMI Music Publishing is about to hit the a ...

  4. Vevo vs. Google: Universal, Sony and the Latest Moves in the Chess Game

    July 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT Vevo's future business arrangements are looking a bit cloudy, as reports this week suggest that the company's deal terms with Google are again in play , and that Universal is re-examining its stake in the company in the relation to UMG&# ...

  5. Updated: Sony-Led Group Closes Purchase of EMI Music Publishing

    June 29, 2012 10:54 AM EDT The Sony Corp. of America led investor consortium completed its acquisition of EMI Music Publishing today, just hours after the Federal Trade Commission issued a statement saying it closed its antitrust investigation of the $2.2 billion deal -- wh ...

  6. Sir Richard Branson To Be Honored At Pre-Grammy Gala

    January 19, 2012 12:38 PM EST Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, will be honored at Clive Davis and Recording Academy's Pre-Grammy gala this year. Branson will be presented with the President's Merit Award "in recognition of his significant contri ...

  7. In Memoriam

    December 08, 2011 7:40 AM EST Joe Arroyo (b. 1955) Salsa star/composer Discovered by Fruko y Sus Tesos leader Julio Ernesto Estrada and known for his high tenor and hit songs "La Noche" and "Rebelión," Joe Arroyo rose to prominence in the '70s to becom ...

  8. Frank DiLeo, Michael Jackson's Former Manager, Dead at 63

    August 24, 2011 4:09 PM EDT Frank DiLeo (right) with Michael Jackson at Heathrow Airport on July 11, 1988 during the Bad World Tour (Photo: Dave Hogan/Stringer/Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Frank DiLeo, who helped guide Michael Jackson career path to become the King Of Pop, d ...

  9. EMI Signs Licensing Deal for MXP4's Facebook Games

    July 13, 2011 5:01 PM EDT MXP4's new Bopler Games, launched in beta Wednesday on Facebook, features music from EMI Music and EMI Publishing that's part of a global licensing agreement between the companies. The deal marks the first time a Facebook app developer h ...

  10. 'The Lost 45s' Celebrates 25th Anniversary, Exclusive Interview with DJ Barry Scott

    March 08, 2011 12:52 PM EST DJ Barry Scott, celebrates 25 years as host of "The Lost 45s" radio show In an era of tight playlists, there is little room for thousands of hit songs not regularly programmed on classic hits or oldies radio stations. Still, Barry Scott ...

  11. Who Destroyed Epic Records?

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST It started outlike any label showcase at October's CMJ, the five-night music conference that's been held every year since 1980, drawing hundreds of industry professionals, influencers, fans and upstart bands to New York City's clubs ...

  12. Boy George Denied Chance To Appear On Reality TV

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST A British court has blocked an attempt by former Culture Club singer Boy George to appear on a reality television show. The 48-year-old had hoped to appear on Channel 4's "Celebrity Big Brother" despite being on probation for assaul ...

  13. Biz Welcomes EU Term Vote

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. industry bodies the BPI, AIM and Musicians' Union have joined with labels' and performers' licensing organization PPL in welcoming a European Parliament vote in favor of extending the term for copyright on sound recordings from ...

  14. Steve Levine Helms Music Producers Guild

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Steve Levine, producer of the Culture Club, the Beach Boys and Motorhead, has been appointed chairman of the U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, effective immediately. He takes over from Mike Howlett, who leaves to take the associate professor and ...

  15. Boy George Facing Jail Term

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Boy George could be jailed next month for falsely imprisoning a Norwegian male escort by handcuffing him to a wall, a judge said on Friday. Judge David Radford said a prison term was "the more likely option" when he sentenced the 47-year ...

  16. Jury Hears Boy George Police Interview

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Singer Boy George admitted to police that he handcuffed a male escort to his bed and threatened him, but was not going to kill him, a court heard on Monday at his trial on false imprisonment charges. Jurors at the trial of the former Culture Club ...

  17. Boy George Goes On Trial For False Imprisonment

    November 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST A Norwegian escort told a court Monday that Boy George manacled him to a bedroom wall and beat him with a metal chain after accusing him of hacking into his computer. The former Culture Club singer is on trial for the false imprisonment of 29 year ...

  18. Belgium Clubbing Hits Slump

    May 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Flemish are falling out of the love with clubbing, according to the findings of a report by a local daily newspaper. There are only 122 nightclubs and 140 dance cafés in the Flanders region of Belgium, compared with a combined figure of almost ...

  19. Canadian Stars, Sting To Play Tsunami Benefits

    January 05, 2005 12:00 AM EST Leading Canadian acts and Sting are among the artists planning benefit events for the relief effort in the wake of the tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Leading Canadian acts and Sting are among the artists planning benefit events for the relief effort ...

  20. Helen Terry to produce Brit Awards

    March 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Helen Terry has been named as the new producer of the annual Brit Awards. Terry, best known as a featured vocalist with '80s hitmakers Culture Club, takes overall production responsibility for the TV Helen Terry has been named as the new prod ...

  21. Battle Royal(ties) Heats Up Between Boy George, Virgin Records

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Boy George and the members of his band Culture Club are suing Virgin Records for failing to account royalties due on a compilation album called "Greatest Moments." LONDON--Boy George and the members of his band Culture Club are suing Vir ...

  22. Clear Channel Yanks Howard Stern Off Six Channels

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST <ul><li> Victims' Relief Aid Fund Proposed In Wake Of R.I. Nightclub Deaths</li> <li> Calif. Sen. Backs Proposed New Internet Piracy Bill</li> <li> South By Southwest Conference Panels Offer CLE Credi Clear ...