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  1. Don Was Named Chief Creative Officer of Blue Note Records

    August 09, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Musician, songwriter and Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was has been named Chief Creative Officer of EMI's Blue Note Records label, the label announced today. Was, who has produced records for artists including Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Ziggy M ...

  2. Business Matters: The Real Story in Warner Music's Earnings Report: Diversity, Digital Growth

    August 04, 2011 5:26 PM EDT The Real Story in Warner Music's Earnings Report: Diversity, Digital Growth Two things get the headlines in coverage of Warner Music Group's fiscal third quarter ended June 30: Spotify and LimeWire. But dig deeper and you'll find fa ...

  3. Steven Propas, Canadian Music Industry Veteran, Dead at 63

    August 04, 2011 2:50 PM EDT The music industry is mourning the loss of colorful character and ace negotiator Steven Propas, who died suddenly of heart failure on August 2 at Toronto's Sunnybrook Hospital. He was 63. By all accounts, Propas, who operated Propas Internati ...

  4. Business Matters: Lockerz Gets Investment from Live Nation, Sells Its Tickets, Too

    August 03, 2011 4:58 PM EDT Lockerz Gets Investment from Live Nation, Sells its Tickets, Too - Live Nation has backed online rewards company Lockerz . Other investors in the $36 million Series C funding round include DAG Ventures, Liberty Media, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield ...

  5. Chinese Search Giant Baidu's Major-Label Licensing Pacts Signal a Promising Shift

    July 22, 2011 1:46 PM EDT Can the piracy-ravaged Chinese market represent a sales opportunity for record labels after all? Sparking such hopes is a licensing agreement between One-Stop China, a joint venture of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner M ...

  6. Nick Gatfield Named Sony Music U.K. Chairman and CEO

    July 21, 2011 8:26 AM EDT Nick Gatfield, a former Universal and EMI executive, has been named Sony Music U.K.'s chairman and CEO, according to a statement from the company. Gatfield, who replaces Ged Doherty, will report directly to new Sony Music Entertainment CEO Do ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Billboard Mexican Music Awards Finalists

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT FULL LIST OF REGIONAL MEXICAN AWARD FINALISTS: Artist of the Year: Larry Hernandez Intocable Gerardo Ortiz Espinoza Paz Artist of the Year, New: Julion Alvarez Y Su Norteno Banda Gerardo Ortiz Roberto Tapia Voz De Mando Artist of the Year, Male: L ...

  9. Vevo, Fuse Strike Content Deal

    June 28, 2011 3:00 PM EDT While the stalemate between Vevo and MTV continues, Vevo and Fuse have worked out a content sharing and syndication partnership that allows both parties to share content. Most significantly, Fuse will has agreed to syndicate Vevo's online mus ...

  10. Chart Moves: Jason Aldean Has Greatest Gainer on Both Hot 100 and Billboard 200 Charts

    June 16, 2011 2:20 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: -- Jason Aldean: "Dirt Road Anthem" speeds 23-9 with the Hot 100's Greatest Gainer/Digital award . As it flies 16-4 on Hot Digital Songs with 169,000 downloads sold ( up 99% ), the song nets the second-best we ...

  11. Billboard Country Music Summit Explores Ways Songwriters Can Thrive in the Digital Age

    June 06, 2011 6:14 PM EDT Digital Domain: Moderator: Tom Roland, Billboard: Barton Herbison, Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Assn. International (NSAI); Rhett Akins, Songwriter and Artist; and Artist Linda Edell Howard, Entertainment Lawyer, Adams and Reese ...

  12. Apple Close to Label Deals for Cloud Music Service: Report

    May 19, 2011 7:47 AM EDT Apple has signed a cloud-music licensing deal with EMI Music and is close to pacts with with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, CNET reported late Wednesday, citing "multiple music industry sources." Warner Music Group i ...

  13. Enrique Iglesias, Shakira Win Big at Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 28, 2011 11:00 PM EDT Big Winner: Enrique Iglesias at the 2011 Billboard Latin Music Awards accepting one of nine awards he won. (Photo: Getty Images) MIAMI -- After a year that saw pop going bigger than ever, it's perhaps not surprising that two crossover superst ...

  14. Universal, Sony Sweep Billboard Latin Industry Awards

    April 27, 2011 10:50 PM EDT Marquee Event: Billboard Latin Music Bash and label awards. (Photo: Arnold Turner/A. Turner Archives) MIAMI -- Universal Music Latin Entertainment and Sony Music Latin, today's two dominant Latin music labels, swept the label awards at the an ...

  15. Amazon, Labels To Meet For Locker Talks: Sources

    April 13, 2011 8:38 PM EDT Amazon.com Inc is due to meet with music label executives on Thursday to hash out deals over the online retailer's controversial cloud-based media locker service that has sparked a music business uproar. Amazon launched the free digital locke ...

  16. EMI Combining Sync and Licensing Departments

    April 07, 2011 4:07 PM EDT EMI is combining the synchronization and licensing staffs of its North American publishing and record label operations and putting them under one roof. The move helps the company execute a global rights management strategy initiated by Roger Faxon ...

  17. Best Buy Pushes For Sub-$10 Wholesale CD Pricing With As Rackjobber

    April 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Changes are afoot at Best Buy that could have significant ramifications for the retailer's relationship with record labels. The consumer electronics chain recently chose Walmart rackjobber Anderson Merchandisers to handle all music buying and ...

  18. 'Songs For Japan' Tops iTunes Charts in 18 Nations

    March 29, 2011 8:50 AM EDT "Songs for Japan," the charity album released to raise funds for disaster relief after Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami this month, has rocketed to the top of iTunes charts in 18 nations and is on track to make a top fiv ...

  19. News Corp in Talks With Vevo on Myspace

    March 29, 2011 7:50 AM EDT News Corp has held talks to give control of Myspace to the music label-owned video site Vevo.com, but the likelihood of a deal being reached was slim, a person with knowledge of the talks said. News Corp in February kicked off the process to explo ...

  20. 'Songs For Japan' Set For Top 5 Debut On Next Week's Billboard 200

    March 28, 2011 7:31 AM EDT "Songs for Japan," the 38-track album featuring current hits, classic tracks and live performances benefitting Japan earthquake and tsunami relief, has been selling briskly since its exclusive release at the iTunes Store on Friday for th ...

  21. EMI Launches Multimedia iPad App With Swedish House Mafia's 'Until One'

    March 24, 2011 1:50 PM EDT EMI Music has launched a multi-media iPad App that it's premiering with Swedish House Mafia's 'Until One - iPad edition', designed and built in-house by EMI Music's creative team and now available on Apple's iPad App ...

  22. Business Matters: EMI/iTunes '69-Cent Songs' Promotion A Hit At iTunes

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Lots Of Love For EMI/iTunes '69-Cent Songs' Promotion -- Usually it's rare to see a lot of songs priced under $1.29 on iTunes' list of its current top 200 tracks. Earlier this week, however, 32 songs priced at $0.69 were on the ...

  23. Vevo Chief: UK Launch Imminent, Middle East, North Africa Next

    March 17, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Online music video service Vevo is prepping an UK launch that could take place before the end of the month. According to a report in The Guardian , Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff told attendees of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit that Vevo is "planning to la ...

  24. Vevo Wants To 'Help Reinvent Music Videos,' CEO Says At Canadian Music Week

    March 11, 2011 11:09 AM EST The opening day of Canadian Music Week Thursday included a keynote by Vevo president and CEO Rio Caraeff about how its "audience business" is monetizing music video views on YouTube with advertising and revealed new information about the ...

  25. ASCAP Elects Board Of Directors

    March 10, 2011 3:30 PM EST In addition to ASCAP president and chairman of the board Paul Williams, board members who were re-elected in the at-large field are: songwriter Marilyn Bergman; composer Richard Bellis; composer Bruce Broughton; songwriter Hal David; composer Dan ...

  26. Glassnote Launches Four Song Night Publishing Company

    March 08, 2011 12:29 PM EST Indie label Glassnote , home of Grammy nominees Mumford & Sons and Madison Square Garden headliners Phoenix, has announced the launch of an in-house publishing company, Four Song Night . The venture will be led by Maureen Lloren, who has previ ...

  27. Retail Briefs: McNamee To Give NARM Keynote, Birdel's Records Shutters, March Is Metal Madness

    February 28, 2011 4:15 PM EST Elevation Partners' McNamee To Give NARM Keynote Address -- Elevation Partners' Roger McNamee will make the keynote address at the NARM Convention's "Digital Breakfast," to be held on the last day of the confab, which runs ...

  28. Is Spotify Really 'A Few Weeks Away' From Universal Deal? Probably Not, Source Says

    February 24, 2011 1:21 PM EST Is Spotify really "a few weeks away" from signing Universal Music Group to a licensing deal, as reported in a recent Reuters story ? "Anything's possible," a source from one of the companies involved who requested anonymit ...

  29. Spotify, Google Music Rumors Heat Up

    February 17, 2011 6:39 PM EST The EMI Music Group's reportedly "almost there" U.S. licensing deal with Spotify may now be complete. AllThingsD , citing "multiple sources" reported today that the deal is complete. If true, that would make the second maj ...

  30. Borders' Chapter 11: What Impact Will It Have On The Music Business?

    February 16, 2011 6:34 PM EST The Borders Group's Chapter 11 filing shouldn't have too much of an impact on the music industry in general: Over the last two years the Ann Arbor-based merchant has made deep cuts in its music commitment. But it will have a big impact o ...

  31. Google Music: Meet The Executive Team

    February 15, 2011 5:04 PM EST The Google Music service that's become the worst-kept secret in the music industry may not be live yet, nor is it showing signs of launching anytime soon, but we are slowly getting clarity into who at Google is building the service. On Friday ...

  32. Sergio Lopes Replaces Diana Rodriguez At Capitol Latin; Camilo Lara Leaves EMI Mexico

    February 11, 2011 2:34 PM EST UPDATE: Late Friday more changes at EMI Latin took place when news broke that Camilo Lara, chairman of EMI Mexico, left his post. Lara had been named chairman in 2008 and also oversaw A&R for the region. Lara is also a DJ, producer and recordi ...

  33. Amos Lee Nets First No. 1 Album In (Another) Dreary Chart Week

    February 02, 2011 11:00 AM EST It's a take-the-good/take-the-bad sort of week on the Billboard 200. On the one hand, singer/songwriter Amos Lee collects his first No. 1 and a career-high sales week of 40,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, with his new album, "Missio ...

  34. The Antitrust Case Against Major Record Labels, in Perspective

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a significant antitrust case brought against the major record labels , clearing the way for the lawsuit to proceed in federal court in New York. The class action suit alleges the labels conspired ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 'Chipmunks' Owner Sues EMI Over High-Pitched Music

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Those adorable, annoying, uber-litigious Chipmunks are at it again. Bagdasarian Prods, owner of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise, is suing EMI Music for allegedly failing to pay appropriate royalties on a boxed set of Chipmunks music featurin ...

  37. BMG North America Taps Billy Mann As President of Creative

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST BMG North America continues to make moves, shoring up its senior executive staff on top of all of its acquisitions. In its latest move, the company has hired former EMI executive Billy Mann as president of creative. Mann will be based in BMG North ...

  38. Vevo Unveils Online Artist Development Program Lift

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST The battle for online music destination dominance continues between upstart Vevo and veteran MTV. Just three weeks after MTV formally announced its Music Meter discovery tool for new artists, Vevo has unveiled its artist development program Lift. ...

  39. Pink Floyd Signs Five-Year Deal With EMI Despite Past Lawsuits

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Pink Floyd has signed a new five-year global partnership with EMI Music, the company announced on Tuesday. The deal allows Pink Floyd's long-time record label to continue marketing and distributing the band's catalog. The deal is a high- ...

  40. Business Matters: Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings - comScore's U.S. online video rankings for November 2010 show that Vevo ranks Number 3 in total unique viewers with 50.3 million. Viacom Digital, which includes MTV.com, VH1.com and CMT.com, ran ...

  41. Business Matters: Jack White, DDEX, Spotify and more

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Jack White On Limited Edition Vinyl -- Jack White’s Third Man Records releases limited edition vinyl. Some pieces of vinyl end up on eBay and can sell for hundreds of dollars. So, Third Man recent ...

  42. Five Things Missing From The Beatles/iTunes Deal

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST One striking aspect of the newly available Beatles albums on iTunes is that they weren't accompanied by the release of more digital bells and whistles. When EMI Music reissued all of the band's albums on CD last year, every title boasted ...

  43. Five Reasons Why The Beatles' Arrival On iTunes Still Matters

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST It's tempting to dismiss the Beatles' long-delayed arrival on iTunes as a non-event. After all, it's been more than seven years since iTunes began selling music. And EMI Music reissued the band's entire discography on CD barely ...

  44. EMI Signs Hikaru Utada To Worldwide Deal

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Some good news for EMI Music who just lost Queen to Universal Music Group: they have signed best-selling Japanese singer Hikaru Utada to a worldwide deal. Utada is one of the most successful singers of all time in Japan. According to EMI, 9.9 mill ...

  45. EMI Music Sign JV Partnership With David Guetta

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has signed a joint venture partnership with the live events company of David Guetta to turn the DJ's "F*** Me I'm Famous" branded club night into a global enterprise. "F*** Me I'm Famous" (FMIF) was fir ...

  46. Financier Hands Spars With Citi Lawyer In Court

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Financier Guy Hands, who accuses a onetime friend at Citigroup Inc of lying to him about bids for EMI music company, sparred in court on Friday under cross-examination about why he did not call the banker to clear the air. Hands, the head of Europ ...

  47. EMI Hires Hit Producer Down Under

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ARIA Award-winning producer and engineer Scott Horscroft will succeed Craig Hawker as VP A&R at EMI Music Australasia, the music company said today (Oct. 12). Sydney-based Horscroft produced the Presets' multi-platinum hit album "Apo ...

  48. Business Matters: Majors Back Video Site, Android Gains Steam, Hulu CEO Offers Content Strategy and more

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Majors Onboard With Russian Video Portal -- All four majors have licensed their content to Russian online music video service iviMusic. The content of an additional 20 Russian music companies is a ...

  49. EMI Wins Promo Sales Tax Case

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI has won a six-year legal battle on VAT (sales tax) charged on promotional CDs in the U.K. Other music companies should lodge a claim with tax officials for refunds on any overpayments, according to tax accountants. The European Court of Justic ...

  50. The Legacy of John Lennon

    September 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Lennon Legacy BY THOM DUFFY There are places we remember, all our lives, though some have changed. The Billboard Q&A: Yoko Ono BY GARY GRAFF Time has been good to Yoko Ono. Once derided by fans as a divisive force in the Beatles universe, ...

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