EMI Music

  1. EMI Digital Chief To Leave After Less Than A Year

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music said on Monday its president of digital music, Douglas Merrill, the ex-Google Inc executive who joined less than a year ago, is leaving the company as his unit is being integrated into its main operations. Merrill's arrival at the s ...

  2. Vodafone Takes Lead On DRM-Free Mobile Music

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone is claiming it will be the first global mobile network operator to offer music free of DRM when it makes the switch to a large proportion of its Vodafone Music Store catalog for mobile and PC by the summer. Universal Music Group, Sony Mus ...

  3. The Beatles To Finally Go Digital With 'Rock Band'

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Beatles will finally go digital on Sept. 9 with the release of the Fab Four edition of the popular "Rock Band" video game. In a joint statement Thursday (March 5), the Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd., Harmonic and MTV Games said that ...

  4. Twista Signs JV Deal With EMI

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST After parting ways with Atlantic Records in 2007, Twista has signed a joint venture with EMI Music for his Get Money Gang Entertainment. The first project under the new partnership is the rapper's own sixth studio album, "Category F5,&qu ...

  5. EMI Joins Suit Against SeeqPod

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Group, with subsidiary Capitol Records, has joined in the lawsuit against Internet music search engine SeeqPod, joining Warner Music Group which originally took action last January. The EMI suit was filed in New York, while the WMG filin ...

  6. Milow Sweeps Belgium's MIAs

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Singer-songwriter Milow was the big winner at the 2009 Music Industry Awards (MIAs) ceremony in Lint, Belgium. He received five awards, including the most downloaded artist award handed out by Belgian charts organization Ultratop. The MIA ceremony ...

  7. Rock Royalty Comes To 'SingStar'

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Computer Entertainment, EMI Music, EMI Music Publishing and Queen's management have joined forces to create "SingStar Queen," the latest artist-specific game in Sony's karaoke series "SingStar." The game will be ...

  8. EMI Increases Revenue, Narrows Loss

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Group has reported increases in revenue and EBITDA for the six-months ending Sept. 30, 2008. Group revenue was up 10% to £737 million ($1.06 billion) from £667 million ($960.9 million) in the period ending Sept. 30, 2007, while group EBITDA ea ...

  9. Germany's Optimal Expands

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST The German CD manufacturer Optimal Media Production, based in Röbel in east Germany, continues to expand in Scandinavia. The company, which has service centers in Berlin, Hamburg, Stockholm and London, has now launched Optimal Media in Copenhagen. ...

  10. MSN Mobile Launches U.K. Music Service

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft has launched a new music service that will offer U.K. consumers full-track, Realtones and music video downloads via its MSN Mobile portal. An exclusive partnership with digital music service provider, VidZone Digital Media will provide t ...

  11. Publishers Say Lyrics Are A Growing Cash Cow

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST One of the more pleasant finds in these painful times was discovering the value of lyrics as a cashflow generator, panelists at MIDEM revealed Tuesday. In a panel on maximizing license and business opportunities for lyrics, EMI Music Pubishing exe ...

  12. First Ever Iron Maiden Film Set For April Release

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Iron Maiden will release its first feature-length film to cinemas around the world on April 21. Entitled "Iron Maiden: Flight 666," the documentary-style film follows the heavy metal stalwarts on their Somewhere Back in Time world tour i ...

  13. Billboard Hosts MIDEM Masters Breakfast

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Day two of MIDEM began early for those attending Billboard's MIDEM Masters Breakfast at the InterContinental Carlton hotel in Cannes. Dozens of delegates at the MIDEM international music market and conference attended the invite-only breakfas ...

  14. Beggars Group Joins Muzu.tv Community

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Beggars Group, one of the largest independent label collectives in Europe, is the latest to join new music television Web site and distribution platform Muzu.tv. The new deal will give Muzu.tv users full access to the entire video library of Begga ...

  15. Legal Drama At MidemNet Opening Keynote

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST It was a case of back to the future at the opening keynote debate at MidemNet in Cannes as one of the speakers from the digital business was unable to make the opening session because of litigation. MidemNet, the music conference focusing on the d ...

  16. MUZU.TV Signs Licensing Deal With EMI

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST MUZU.TV, a music TV Web site and distribution platform, has signed a video licensing deal with EMI Music. The agreement, which covers the U.K. and Ireland, will enable the site to provide access for users to more than 5,000 videos from EMI Music&# ...

  17. Blue Note, Boosey Sign Global Synch Deal

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music's jazz imprint Blue Note Records has partnered with classical and jazz publisher Boosey & Hawkes on a synchronization deal. The arrangement means Boosey & Hawkes will represent Blue Note for synchs of its master recordings o ...

  18. UMLE Tops Latin Marketshare In 2008

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Latin Entertainment and Universal Music Group Distribution emerged as the top Latin music label and distributor in the United States for 2008. According to Nielsen SoundScan numbers compiled through Dec. 28, UMLE ended the year wit ...

  19. Updated: Facebook Removes Project Playlist

    December 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Facebook today has also removed access to the Project Playlist service from the popular social networking site, citing a request from the RIAA. A Facebook statement says the company hopes to resolve the situation so that the Project Playlist servi ...

  20. EMI Unveils New 'Learning Lab' Site

    December 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has launched its new Web site, emi.com , with artist bios, song clips, videos, and playlist and recommendation features. The site will add music purchase functions and widgets in the future, along with concert clips, interviews and behin ...

  21. Digital Briefs: UMG, Shazam, Musicane

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Universal Music Group ranked among the top 10 most-visited music sites, according to data from Comscore, just making the list behind sites like AOL, Yahoo and MySpace. - Song recognition app Shazam has introduced a new version of the software fo ...

  22. EMI, Sony BMG License MP3s To Musicane

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Social network and shopping site Musicane has signed licensing agreements with Sony BMG and EMI Music. Elements of the two majors' digital catalogs will be sold in MP3 format at www.musicane.com and through the Musicane widget, which is embed ...

  23. EMI, Warner Extend India/Middle East Deal, Partner In Turkey

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music and Warner Music Group will extend their existing marketing and distribution partnership in India and the Middle East and enter into their first partnership in Turkey. Under the new multi-year agreement, EMI Music will continue to act as ...

  24. Swedish Telco Launches Unlimited Service

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Swedish telco TeliaSonera has launched Telia Musik, an all-you-can eat download service available to more than 13.3 million mobile customers in six countries. Telia in Sweden was the first to release the service on Monday (Dec. 8). It will be foll ...

  25. EMI Marks Guinness Anniversary

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has partnered with Guinness-owner Diageo Ireland for an album featuring music from the brewer's iconic TV commercials. It marks 250 years since Arthur Guinness signed the lease on St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin. "Guinness 250 ...

  26. Digital Briefs: Linkin Park, TeliaSonera, eMusic

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Linkin Park boasts more than four million fans have added the band to their iLike profiles as a favorite, more than any other band on the service. - Swedish wireless operator TeliaSonera has jumped into the mobile music subscription business. Fo ...

  27. Report: Terra Firma Considers EMI Cash Injection

    December 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Terra Firma has recently put about £10 millon ($14.8 million) into EMI in order to prevent the major defaulting on its £2.7 billion ($4 billion) Citigroup loan, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report says that Terra Firma may have to inj ...

  28. Labels Look To Bundle Artists On iPhone Game

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music is the first major label to line up multiple artists for the popular game Tap Tap on the iPhone. It's a move likely to be followed by the other three majors. On Thursday, EMI Music announced a new version of the series of music rhyt ...

  29. Hutchison 3G Austria Launches Download, Subscription Services

    November 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile multi-media provider Hutchison 3G Austria has launched a music store that gives consumers a choice between subscription and download-to-own platforms. The download-to-own store has a catalog of over 3.3 million audio tracks (in MP3 and WMA ...

  30. EMI Music CEO Applauds Govt Action On ISPs

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti has spoken of his support for the U.K. government's and others' attempts to get ISPs to tackle illegal file-sharing, while admitting the music industry failed to adapt to changes in consumer behavior. Leoni ...

  31. Former Coke Exec Joins EMI

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has appointed Rafael McDonnell to a new role covering brand partnerships, licensing and synchronization. McDonnell launched and ran Mycokemusic.com in 2004, which was among the first legal download services in Europe, although it shut do ...

  32. Billboard Q&A: Top EMI Music Execs Talk

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST When Billboard arrived at EMI's famed Capitol Tower in Hollywood to interview new recorded music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti, we got a surprise: joining Leoni-Sceti were president of A&R for North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland Nick Gat ...

  33. Sony DRM-Free To iTunes?

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Apple rumor du jour is that Sony Music Entertainment will license DRM-free tracks to iTunes, under the iTunes Plus program. The speculation began on Apple blog 9to5mac.com , which provides very little information other than hinting its more th ...

  34. EMI Unveils New Divisions

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Restructuring at EMI is continuing, with the company splitting its recorded music operations into three main business units: new music, catalog and music services. EMI Music chief executive Elio Leoni-Sceti is presenting his new vision and strateg ...

  35. EMI In Talks To Outsource U.S. CD Distribution

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music is in talks to outsource the "pick, pack and ship" portion of its U.S. distribution operations to physical retailers, according to a source familiar with the situation. The source said EMI's U.S. sales and marketing operat ...

  36. EMI, Warner Sign Up To Unlimited MP3 Package

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and Warner Music have signed up to an all-you-can-eat download service run by Datz.com, which will provide access to unlimited music in MP3 format for £99.99 ($164.45) a year. The service will allow fans to keep the music when the year i ...

  37. Gatfield Cites 'Lack Of Confidence' In A&R

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nick Gatfield, EMI Music's president of A&R Labels, North America and U.K., has outlined his approach to developing artists and expressed his concern about A&R departments in his first high-profile appearance at an industry event sinc ...

  38. EMI Rebuffs Baidu Claims

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has denied that it has signed on with Beijing-based search engine Baidu’s ad-funded music streaming service that previews new releases. Baidu, which claims a 70% market share in China, announced that it had partnered with EMI for its &qu ...

  39. EMI Licenses Catalog To Airport Kiosks

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Group agreed to license music for the digital media kiosk InMotion. The InMotion kiosks, located in some 20 major U.S. airports, are touchscreen machines that let users sample, buy and download various types of entertainment. EMI did not ...

  40. EMI Posts Huge Loss

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group has reported a loss of £757 million ($1.2 billion) for the year ending March 31, citing the "continuing underperformance from EMI Music." That compares to a loss of £287 million ($454.5 million) in the previous year. Revenue pl ...

  41. Popkomm Day 3: The Second Coming Of Qtrax

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eight months after its abortive launch at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, Qtrax is back on course according to New York-based CEO and chairman Allan Klepfisz. During the demonstration of Qtrax - a free, ad-funded "legal" hybrid P2P se ...

  42. Poston Restructures EMI Aus

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australasia has completed a restructure of its A&R, marketing and new channel, synchronization & licensing departments. Its new chairman Mark Poston, who took over from John O'Donnell on Sept. 11, last month upped head of A& ...

  43. U.K.’s Play.com Adds Majors’ Catalogs

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. online entertainment retailer Play.com has increased its weight in the competitive digital music market, confirming today that it has struck content deals which mean it is now supported by all four major record companies. PlayDigital launched ...

  44. In The City Day 2: Digital Will Deliver

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A bright future for artists, consumers and the music industry was the general prognosis at the second day of Manchester's In The City (Oct. 6) -- the U.K.'s biggest music conference -- but only after several more years of struggle and dw ...

  45. Digital Briefs: Samsung, Tickets.com, EMI

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Samsung Electronics will embed a music ID application from Shazam Entertainment in its line of music phones, including the Beatb and Beats models. UK operator T-Mobile will be the first to offer the devices, with the ID service integrated into i ...

  46. EMI Music Appoints Handler Executive VP

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has appointed Howard Handler to the new role of executive VP, head of marketing, in North America. Handler will be based in New York and will oversee all marketing functions for EMI's roster in the US and Canada. He reports to Sam v ...

  47. MySpace, Majors Make Adjustments For Joint Venture

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As the dust settles from the Sept. 25 launch of MySpace's highly anticipated and somewhat controversial new music service, the broader implications of the initiative are becoming clearer. A joint venture of the News Corp. subsidiary and Unive ...

  48. Updated: MySpace Music Launch 'Unhealthy,' Says Merlin... Not So Says Orchard, MySpace

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights body for independent labels, has described the launch of MySpace Music without its members' repertoire as "incredibly disappointing." However, the London-based trade association says it remains in negotiati ...

  49. MySpace Music Launches with Notable Upgrades, Glaring Omissions

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace will flip the switch on its long-anticipated MySpace Music service on Thursday, completely revamping every element of the music section of the social network and bringing several elements of the music industry to the table with the launch. ...

  50. EMI Links With Best Buy For 'Together' DVD

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music is set to release the DVD documentary "All Together Now" Oct. 21 exclusively at Best Buy and at the Mirage in Las Vegas. The documentary details the evolution of the stage production "Love," Cirque du Soleil's ce ...

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