EMI Music

  1. Mute Goes Indie Again, EMI Keeps Depeche Mode

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and Mute found Daniel Miller have reached an agreement over the future of the label, which will once again be independent - albeit with a label services deal with EMI, who will also take a minority stake. The label specializing in altern ...

  2. Roger Faxon's Plan For EMI

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Putting his stamp on EMI Group, newly appointed CEO Roger Faxon is moving the company back to a strong centralized leadership and away from the so-called "matrix structure" which was organized around function and had been in place since ...

  3. Business Matters: Zaptunes, Kickstarter, Vivendi and more

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. THE DEAL WITH ZAPTUNES -- In case you haven’t spent any time this week following Zaptunes, a new music service that touts songs by Radiohead and other stars, here are a few things you should know. ...

  4. Ernesto Schmitt To Exit Post At EMI Music

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music president of central marketing and global catalog Ernesto Schmitt is leaving the company, according to an internal memo obtained by Billboard. Schmitt is returning to his entrepreneurial roots after leading the "hugely successful gl ...

  5. EMI Acquires Online Retail Service Digital Stores

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has acquired London-based Digital Stores, a European online retail service provider for artists and brands. CEO Russel Coultart and his team will join EMI's merchandise division, which includes retail music and entertainment merchan ...

  6. EMI Group's Net Loss Tops $800 Million

    August 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group's new annual report reveals operational improvements, deep losses and continued dangers associated with its debt load. The company had profit from operations of £121 million ($189.5 million) for the year ending March 2010, up from j ...

  7. EMI Music Onboard With PlayStation 3's VidZone

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has signed a licensing deal with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) music video streaming service VidZone which is exclusively available to Sony PlayStation 3 users. VidZone users can now access more than 1,000 free music videos f ...

  8. Business Matters: Spotify, Napster, PayPal and more

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Napster Co-Founder Invests In Spotify -- Sean Parker, former CEO of Facebook and co-founder of Napster, has invested $ €11.6 million ($US 14.9 million) in Spotify at a valuation of €230 million ($300 million), according to Trade Register of Luxemb ...

  9. Business Matters: Simon Cowell, S-Curve, Eminem and more

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Simon Cowell Using SEO To Improve Image? -- Is Simon Cowell using search engine optimization (SEO) to improve his image? From the NY Daily News: “Cowell's U.K. spokeswoman Ann-Marie ...

  10. Updated: Sources: Spotify Reboots U.S. Label Negotiations

    July 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Update: Given the time zone difference, Spotify was unable to comment on the original story, but the company has since cleared up a few things. The rumor that the Founder’s Fund Sean Parker may have been approached to lead the company’s U.S. opera ...

  11. Robbie Williams To Star In Video Game

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop superstar Robbie Williams is to feature in his own karaoke video game, "We Sing Robbie Williams." It will feature 25 tracks accompanied by all the original videos. The game is to be released by publisher Nordic Games, which stru ...

  12. Business Matters: Live Nation, Popjustice, RIAA, UMG and more

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The analyst consensus, according to Barrons, is that Live Nation will take a financial hit this summer but its stock has been punished too much. Barrons talks to some analysts (whose investor notes have been mentioned in this column in recent w ...

  13. Business Matters: Sony, Jonas Bros, 'Idol,' HMV and more

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A LOOK AT SONY'S STRATEGY, REVENUE AND PROFIT -- The 360 deal is on a publicity tour. A week after Fast Company highlighted Warner Music Group ’s adaptation to a changed music industry through multi-rights deals, the New York Times does the s ...

  14. Business Matters: Terra Firma, MySpace, Skyline and more

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT REPORT: TERRA FIRMA OKs FUTURE FUNDS -- A report says Terra Firma has approved a resolution on June 10 that would allow it to inject another £500 million ($759 million) into EMI Music. That resolution gives EMI parent company Maltby Capital the ri ...

  15. Business Matters: BMI, John Lennon, Foursquare, Lilith and more

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT INTERIM FEE AGREED ON -- BMI and the Radio Music License Committee have agreed on an interim fee starting August 1 that will reduce the radio industry’s fee to $192 million from $217 million. BMI had previously agreed to the lower fee (reduced 7% ...

  16. Business Matters: Roger Faxon, EMI, VC Funding, Price Wars and more

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI'S DEDICATION TO A&R -- After Roger Faxon was named head of EMI Music , some people in the business press were under the impression that EMI would become either more committed to publishing or less committed to new artist development. ...

  17. Business Matters: Pandora, Faxon, Apple and more

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT PANDORA DOMINATES -- Pandora dominates Internet radio with a 28% share of the over-12 Internet population, according to figures by Arbitron and Edison Research. Among heavy social networkers, Pandora has a 40% share. That creates a competitive adv ...

  18. Guvera Reveals User Numbers, Plans Expansion

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported digital music service Guvera has revealed some user-habits for the first time since its March launch. The service currently counts more than 75,000 users across both its U.S. and Australian operations, with a nudge over 40,000 hailing ...

  19. Business Matters: EMI, RIAA, LimeWire and More

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- During a BBC Radio 4 documentary, EMI Music executive chairman Charles Allen said the business is in “really good shape” after restructuring and job cuts. And he claimed EMI’s latest investment -- £105 million ($151 million) from existing inves ...

  20. Web Trends: Lady Gaga, Eurovision, Bono, 'American Idol' and more

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music terms on Google Trends (as of 4pm) *No trending music terms at this time* Youtube Music Most Viewed Today 1. Lady Gaga - Alejandro (Teaser) 2. Sexion D'assaut 3. Taylor Swift & Carrie Duel Lady Gaga Telephone Alejandro Music Video C ...

  21. Web Trends: Gucci Mane, Janet Jackson, Diddy, Rick Ross and more

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 11am) *No trending music terms at this time* Youtube Music Most Viewed Today 1. Lady Gaga - Alejandro (Teaser) 2. [CLIP OFFICIEL] SEXION D'ASSAUT - CHANGEMENT D'AMBIANCE B.O DU FILM L'AGENCE TOUS RISQUES 3. Tayl ...

  22. Guvera Inks Oz Deal With Liberation

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian ad-supported digital music service Guvera has struck a content partnership deal with indie Liberation Music Group, part of the Melbourne-based Mushroom Group of Companies. The Australia-only licensing deal is the first news from the Gol ...

  23. By The Numbers: Labels With The Most YouTube Success

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A few of the record labels having the greatest success on YouTube may not be the ones you’d expect. According to information shared with Billboard by video tracker TubeMogul, Hollywood Records has the third highest average views per music video. T ...

  24. McCartney Says EMI Keeping Beatles Off iTunes

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT According to Paul McCartney, EMI Music is the reason there's no Beatles music for sale on iTunes . "It's been business hassles, not with us, or iTunes," he told BBC Newsbeat . "It's the people in the middle, the recor ...

  25. EMI Confirms Terra Firma Equity Cure

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI has confirmed that it will receive "additional sums" from Terra Firma and its investors - thought to be £105 million ($153 million) - that will avoid a breach of the major's loan covenant with Citigroup. Maltby Capital, the inve ...

  26. Business Matters: PlayMPE, EMI, CD Baby, WMG and more

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - PlayMPE , a digital delivery system used by labels to service promotional music, was hacked last week and a number of albums were leaked as a result. AbsolutePunk posted an email PlayMPE sent a letter to one of the band’s whose release had been ...

  27. Business Matters: New York Times, MXP4, News Corp., Martina McBride and More

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The New York Times Co., owners of The New York Times and Boston Globe , posted a profit in Q1 2010. The company posted a profit of $12.8 million on revenue of $588 million. National advertising improved. Online revenues grew 15.5% to $90.4 mill ...

  28. U.K. Record Store Day Set To Be Biggest Yet

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are among the high profile names leading the line for the U.K. leg of tomorrow's (April 17) Record Store Day - an event that organizers are confidently predicting will be Britain's bi ...

  29. Justin Bieber Back On Top With 'World 2.0'

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber scoots back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with "My World 2.0," shifting 102,000 copies (down 65%) in its third week on the chart. It bowed atop the list two weeks ago with 283,000 but fell to No. 2 last week up ...

  30. Bieber Back at No. 1, Slash Slides in at No. 3

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Justin Bieber's "My World 2.0" returns to the top slot on the Billboard 200 while Usher's "Raymond v Raymond" falls out of the penthouse to No. 2 ... Guitar god Slash debuts at No. 3 with his self-titled solo debut .. ...

  31. Island Embraces mflow Service

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Island Records is so impressed with the campaign for emerging singer-songwriter Lauren Pritchard on mflow, the new U.K. digital music-discovery service that launches commercially April 15, it has gone back for more. "We're so happy with ...

  32. WaTunes Shifts Focus To Facebook

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital music service WaTunes has created a music download application for Facebook that allows users to buy and download songs without having to leave the social network. WaTunes originated as a digital distributor, placing artists songs for sale ...

  33. AT&T Revamps Mobile Music Services

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wireless operator AT&T is revamping its entire mobile music offerings by merging several new and existing services into a single application called AT&T Music. The move combines applications like Music ID, streaming radio services, lyrics ...

  34. @SXSW Day 2: Chilton, A2IM, eMusic, Sharon Jones, And More

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chilton Dedications, Fundraiser At SXSW on Thursday morning, the Memphis Music Foundation booth at the Austin Convention Center was busy with well wishers and those curious about what would happen to the Big Star programming scheduled for the week ...

  35. Business Matters: WMG, EMI, Rhapsody, Sonos and more

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - Over the weekend, The Telegraph reported that private equity firm KKR is in talks with Warner Music Group to break up EMI . KKR, which last year created a music publishing joint venture with Bertelsmann, is said to desire EMI’s music publishing ...

  36. EMI Watchers Praise, Critique Leoni-Sceti Legacy

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST While it's unclear whether EMI Music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti resigned effective March 31 because he jumped or because he was pushed, industry insiders say EMI Music chairman Charles Allen’s expanded executive role has come to the right man at th ...

  37. OK Go Splits With EMI

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST OK Go has left EMI and will re-release its latest album, "Of The Color of Blue Sky," on its own Paracadute Recordings label. The group has another viral video hit on its hands, but the latest came after a public flare-up over an EMI poli ...

  38. Analysis: The Problem With High Adoption

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. consumers have adopted digital music stores at a better rate than consumers in other countries, but greater digital adoption may lead to slower adoption of new business models. The logic: the more accustomed a group of consumers becomes to th ...

  39. EMI Renews Disney Deal

    February 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI Music and Walt Disney Records have extended their exclusive licensing agreement for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. EMI has represented the recorded music catalog of Walt Disney Records in those territories since 2005. Forthcoming Walt Dis ...

  40. EMI Partners With Dailymotion

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI has reached an agreement with Dailymotion to deliver the major's premium music videos to the video-sharing service's Web site, mobile site, iPhone app and the Dailymotion channel on Internet-connected TVs. From April 2010, Dailymotio ...

  41. Briefs: Bruce Hornsby, The Judds, Howard Stern, EMI Cuts?

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Sony/ATV Music Publishing has landed a long-term, worldwide exclusive administration agreement for Bruce Hornsby 's extensive catalog. Hornsby, who is a three-time Grammy winner, released “Levitate,” his first album on Verve, in September ...

  42. Guy Hands Orders New EMI Strategic Plan, Huge Loss Expected

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Guy Hands has asked EMI Music chief executive Elio Leoni-Sceti to draw up a new plan for the recorded music company, in order to persuade Terra Firma investors to inject a reported £100 million ($158.5 million) of additional investment. The Financ ...

  43. Lady Antebellum Hits No. 1 On Billboard 200

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's second album, "Need You Now," crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 481,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's the biggest debut sales week for any album since Susan Boyle& ...

  44. Lady Antebellum Leads Banner Week For EMI

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's second album, "Need You Now," crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 481,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan—the biggest sales week of 2010 and the best opening for a country set since 2008 . . . It' ...

  45. EasyJet Hires EMI's Chris Kennedy

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI Music chief investment officer Chris Kennedy has been appointed finance director at British low-cost airline EasyJet. Kennedy, also president of EMI Music's corporate development unit, will move to EasyJet in the summer. He replaces inter ...

  46. Billboard.biz Q&A: Diana Rodriguez, Senior VP of Capitol Latin

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST As the recently appointed senior VP of Capitol Latin, Diana Rodriguez is the first woman to head a U.S. Latin label, overseeing the path of artists such as Juan Luis Guerra, Ricardo Montaner, Belinda, Anahí and Vico C. Rodríguez takes over a Latin ...

  47. Business Matters: Spotify, Citizen Cope, IODA and More

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Spotify CEO Daniel Ek tells BBC News a U.S. launch is ...

  48. Analysis: Recorded Music Forecasts And Their Spotty History

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last week, two market research reports were released that forecast the trend of recorded music revenues. The reports are notable for two things: the dates when digital-physical equilibrium will be met and the errant forecasts of their predecessors ...

  49. The Beat Goes On At BlueBeat

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST BlueBeat Music, the company who tried to get away with selling unlicensed recordings by the Beatles and other acts by saying it owned "new" version of their work, has relaunched as a customized Internet radio site. The outfit gained noto ...

  50. WMG Onboard With Hulu

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has become the second major label to strike a content licensing deal with online video hub Hulu. The deal brings music videos, concert performances, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage to artist-branded pages within the Hul ...

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