EMI Music

  1. EMI Acquires European Merch Distributor

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has acquired Loudclothing.com, Europe's largest independent music merchandise distributor, from Completely Independent Distribution (CID). Terms were not disclosed. The U.K. company will now operate as part of EMI's global merc ...

  2. Briefs: Harmonix, Guvera, Wisin & Yandel

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Harmonix, developers of “The Beatles: Rock Band” and the entire “Rock Band” franchise, has cut 39 staffers, the company confirmed today. The Cambridge, Mass.-based company is a subsidiary of MTV Games. The result is a 13% staff reduction. Accor ...

  3. EMI Joins Vevo

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST A day before the online music video service is scheduled to go live, Vevo locked in its third major label licensing deal with EMI Music. According to the agreement, EMI will add its catalog of music videos to that of Universal Music Group and Sony ...

  4. Full Coverage: How Vevo's Plan Unfolded

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST The switch flipped on the much-hyped online music video service Vevo Dec. 9 at a grand party in New York. Below, step-by-step look at how the Vevo plans developed over the past year. Analysis: On First Look, Vevo's Three Problems Online music ...

  5. Business Matters: Qtrax, EMI, MySpace Music, Grand Ole Opry

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Qtrax is reported to have hired CLSA, a brokerage firm, to help it raise an additional $50 million . The company, the creator of an ad-supporte ...

  6. EMI Signs Digital Deal In India, Pakistan

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has signed a strategic alliance that covers digital distribution in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh with Hungama Digital Media, a leading digital entertainment company in South Asia. The agreement covers the distribution across ...

  7. EMI Wins Temporary Injunction Against BlueBeat

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has won an injunction against a small digital music retailer that has been selling digital downloads of the Beatles catalog at bargain prices. According to a court order, the company—BlueBeat Inc.—must immediately stop selling not only t ...

  8. Beatles Remasters Heading To USB

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple Corps and EMI Music are issuing the Beatles remasters on a limited edition apple-shaped USB drive in time for Christmas. The release marks the first time Beatles catalog has officially been sold as digital files separate from the CDs. Vinyl ...

  9. EMI Music To Launch Abbey Road Live

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Following test runs at several recent U.K. concerts, EMI Music has announced plans to officially launch Abbey Road Live, a new live music recording and instant production service. Headquartered at Abbey Road Studios in London, Abbey Road Live will ...

  10. Google Unveils New Music Search Capabilities

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Search engine giant Google has unveiled expansive new music search capabilities designed to not only facilitate music discovery, streams and sales, but also drive traffic to several digital music services selected as content providers for the newl ...

  11. EMI's Leoni-Sceti Calls For 'Three Strikes' Law

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti called for greater innovation throughout the music industry and an enforced change in copyright law during his keynote address at the inaugural "c&binet forum" -- a three-day business and creative indus ...

  12. Google, Major Labels Partner On Music Search

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc is partnering with major music labels to launch a new feature to make it easier for music fans to discover, sample and buy songs on the search engine, according to two people familiar with the plan. The new feature will be facilitated b ...

  13. Billboard Q&A: EMI's Billy Mann

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Billy Mann - EMI Music president of New Music - International/president of Artist Global Management - is the man with the golden ears. As a songwriter and producer, he's worked on projects from the likes of Take That, Joss Stone, Celine Dion ...

  14. From CTIA: EMI, Myxer, Shazam, Tapulous

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- EMI Music licensed its catalog to ringtone provider Myxer , becoming the first major label to strike a deal with the company. The deal covers ringtones, full-track songs, ringtones, videos and images available via Myxer's service. -- Shaza ...

  15. Business Matters: Lala, Viacom, YouTube, EMI

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Lala has some pretty incredible sale prices for the Top 200 Albums of the 2000s feature at Pitchfork. Radiohead 's "Kid A" is $1 ...

  16. MySpace Music Launches Down Under

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Music has arrived down under. News Corp has flicked the switch on its digital music platform in Australia and New Zealand, in what the media giant anticipates will be a global roll out. The social music service is a music-lover's one- ...

  17. Retail Track: Trans World Looks Sound For Now

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Amid the continued plunge in U.S. physical music sales, Trans World Entertainment hasn't had a profitable quarter since the three months that ended Feb. 1, 2007. But thanks to the company's efforts to reduce operating expenses and close ...

  18. EMI Hails Beatles' Global Sales Success

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti says that "Beatlemania has returned" as the major celebrates a global sales success for the digitally remastered Beatles CD reissues. Following the worldwide Sept. 9 release of the band's albums alongs ...

  19. U.K. Digital Service Datz Shuttered

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While U.K. artists and trade bodies argue over how to tackle illegal downloading, one potential commercial solution has closed after failing to meet demands for staged advances to major labels. The Datz Music Lounge, an all-you-can-eat unlimited M ...

  20. 6 Questions With Michaelangelo L'Acqua

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT W Hotels Worldwide has just appointed Michaelangelo L'Acqua as the hotel chain's first global music director, assigning him the task of creating partnerships with labels, curating the company's compilation CDs and finding other ways ...

  21. Strong Global Demand For Beatles Reissues

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Beatles are set to dominate the charts at home in Britain and globally, based on strong first-day sales of the remastered CDs - although supplies of the box sets may be an issue in some territories. "The Beatles Rock Band" game for v ...

  22. Beatles Re-mastered CDs, Videogame Launched

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fans of the Beatles queued on Wednesday to buy the band's collected works on a new set of discs and get their hands on an animated video game featuring some of the Fab Four's greatest hits. The Beatles collection, launched worldwide on 0 ...

  23. Snoop Named Creative Chairman Of Priority Records

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rapper Snoop Dogg has been appointed creative chairman of EMI Music's Priority Records label, it was announced today. Snoop will also serve as executive producer for a new series of Priority releases slated to begin hitting the market next ye ...

  24. EMI Televisa President Exits

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rodolfo Lopez-Negrete, president of EMI's U.S. Latin label EMI Televisa, is leaving the company, EMI announced. Diana Rodriguez, most recently EMI's VP of Latin repertoire, has been appointed senior VP of EMI's U.S. Latin operation. ...

  25. Russian Download Store Fidel Returns To Original Owners

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fidel.ru, one of Russia's largest music download stores, has returned to its previous owners following financial problems for majority stakeholder RBC. The media group RBC, which has recently faced major financial problems, obtained a control ...

  26. Robbie Williams' ARIA Performance Confirmed

    September 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT British pop giant Robbie Williams will make his long-awaited return to Australia when he performs at the 2009 ARIA Awards in Sydney on Nov. 26. Williams will perform new single "Bodies" on the night, lifted from his forthcoming EMI Music ...

  27. 7-Eleven, Whole Foods Come Together for Fab 4

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Beatles will get a little help from new corporate friends on Sept. 9 when EMI Music embarks on the global launch of its digitally remastered Beatles catalog on CD to coincide with the release of videogame The Beatles: Rock Band. It will be har ...

  28. Retailers Look To EMI Beatles Reissues To Boost Sales

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music's hotly anticipated Sept. 9 release of the remastered Beatles catalog promises to clear away some of the thickening clouds hanging over the gloomy music retail market. But even brisk sales of the Fab Four's classic titles have ...

  29. EMI Music Publishing Continues Strong Performance

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While EMI Music continues to struggle with its debt load, as detailed by the Wall Street Journal and summarized in Billboard.biz’ Business Matters column, EMI Music Publishing remains healthy and stands apart from the record label’s trouble. When ...

  30. Ticketmaster Names Ex-EMI Head As International CEO

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster Entertainment, the world's leading ticketing company, said on Monday it has appointed veteran EMI Music and Warner Music executive Roger Ames as its new chief executive of international operations. Ames, who most recently ran EMI ...

  31. Warner Music, YouTube Still Talking On Deal

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is still in talks with video sharing site YouTube to license its artists' music videos even after all its major rivals have renewed their deals. EMI Music, the smallest of the big four music labels, quietly renewed its deal ...

  32. Orange Goes DRM-Free

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Orange Music Store is to offer music free of Digital Rights Management in the U.K. in partnership with Universal Music, EMI Music and a number of independent labels. The DRM-free catalog amounts to more than 700,000 tracks and it will be " ...

  33. Bertelsmann Forms New Rights Management JV

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After weeks of negotiations, the German media group Bertelsmann in Gütersloh has signed a deal with the investment company Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR) in London to invest in and grow the BMG Rights Management operation, which was ...

  34. Report: Bertelsmann Targets EMI Masters

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German media group Bertelsmann wants to become a major player in the music business once again, according to a report in Hamburg's Manager Magazin. U.S. private equity firm KKR and several banks are said to be ready to act as co-investors for ...

  35. Jet Goes Global With EMI

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian rock outfit Jet will release its third album, "Shaka Rock," on Aug. 25 in a global partnership with EMI. It will be released on the band's own Real Horrorshow Records through the newly created Five Seven Music label, part ...

  36. Analysis: Recent Earnings Spotlight Ongoing Trends

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The importance of ancillary revenue streams and continued consolidation - either within a company or between two companies - were some of the ongoing trends spotlighted in the most recent round of earnings reports. As companies manage the transiti ...

  37. Final Major On Board With MUZU

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has signed a licensing deal with Irish-based MUZU.TV, a music TV Web site and distribution platform available to consumers in the U.K. and Ireland. MUZU now has all four majors on board for the service. The deal gives MUZU users ...

  38. Digital Stores' Revenues Soar

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Direct-to-consumer online retail provider Digital Stores has posted a 68% climb in revenues to £5.6 million ($8.7 million) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2009. The London-based company also says it is profitable, but did not disclose figures ...

  39. Billboard Q&A: Lava's Jason Flom and Cherry Lane's Richard Stumpf Discuss Their New Partnership

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After leaving his post last year as chairman/CEO of EMI Music's Capitol Music Group, Jason Flom jumped right back in the game. First he entered a joint-venture partnership with Universal Republic, which is providing marketing, promotion, sale ...

  40. Majors On Board For Streaming Service Jiwa

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT French digital music platform Jiwa has signed licensing agreements with Warner Music, EMI Music and Sony Music Entertainment for its on-demand streaming service. Following an earlier deal with Universal Music, Jiwa now has the four majors on board ...

  41. EMI Music Earnings Triple To $246 Million

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has increased EBITDA to £163 million ($246 million) for the year ending March 2009, an increase of 219.6% on the 2007-2008 EBITDA of £51 million ($77 million). The earnings increase at the recorded music division occurred during the firs ...

  42. News Corp Names Van Natta As MySpace CEO

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace has named former Facebook executive and current CEO of Project Playlist Owen Van Natta as the new CEO of the company, effective immediately. Natta will be based in Los Angeles and will report directly to Jonathan Miller, NewsCorp CEO of di ...

  43. Century Media Extends EMI Deal Down Under

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hard rock and metal specialist Century Media has extended its international distribution arrangement with EMI Music with an exclusive deal covering Australasia. Stomp previously distributed Century Media's product in the region. EMI has distr ...

  44. EMI To Distribute Eleven Seven In Europe

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Eleven Seven Music Group announced an agreement with EMI Music in which EMI will provide Eleven Seven and its labels with digital and physical distribution, sales and marketing services in the United Kingdom and Europe. In addition, EMI will p ...

  45. Amazon, Best Buy Execs Join NARM Board

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers has named to new directors to its board, Pete Baltaxe from Amazon and Ed Hogan from Best Buy. Baltaxe, Amazon's director of worldwide digital music, replaces Amazon's Peter Faricy who last fa ...

  46. Labels Bet Flexibility Boosts iTunes Sales

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc and major music labels are betting that the launch of three-tier pricing at the iTunes Music Store will boost music sales with a new mix of song-based packages and give consumers more options. Apple will announce its new three-tier price ...

  47. Beatles' Catalog Re-Mastered, Digital Talks Continue

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Beatles' catalog has been digitally re-mastered for the first time for worldwide CD release on Sept. 9, according to a joint statement from Apple Corps Ltd. and EMI Music. But there has still been no announcement about the Beatles' m ...

  48. EMI Responds To Simply Red Court Action

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music is doing "everything we can" to recover money owed from failed wholesale distributor Entertainment U.K. in connection with a Simply Red greatest hits set, according to a spokesperson. It follows reports that the U.K. soul-pop a ...

  49. Ash Takes Helm At PPCA

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT George Ash, managing director of Universal Music Australia, has been elected chairman of the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) board of directors. The New Zealand-born executive succeeds long-serving chair John O'Donnell in ...

  50. EMI Withdraws From Project Playlist Lawsuit

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Group has withdrawn from a lawsuit against Project Playlist and is now licensing music to the service. The label becomes the second major to strike a deal with the popular online playlisting service, following Sony Music Entertainment. B ...

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