EMI Music

  1. Pilavachi Out At EMI Classics

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Costa Pilavachi has stepped down as president of EMI Classics, with immediate effect. His is the latest high-profile departure during the restructuring of EMI Music. Until a successor is found, London-based Pat O'Driscoll, currently EMI Music ...

  2. EMI Southeast Asia Staff Facing Cull

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As many as 150 EMI Music employees in Southeast Asian territories stand to lose their jobs following the recently signed deal whereby Warner Music Group will market and distribute EMI's worldwide repertoire in the region, local industry insid ...

  3. CTIA Day 1: Mobile Social Networking, Off-deck Sales

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment trade show kicked off today in San Francisco. The event runs Sept. 10 - 12. Below, a round-up of music mobile news. - Mobile social networking is emerging as a key area of interest for both content provid ...

  4. Scher Joins Spirit Music Group As CFO

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer Scher has joined the Spirit Music Group as the CFO. Previously, Scher was senior director of corporate finance for EMI Music publishing. In her new role, Scher, who reports to Spirit president/CEO Mark Fried, will oversee all aspects of t ...

  5. EMI Slashes Operations in SE Asia

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music is shuttering its operations in a string of Southeast Asian markets, handing its distribution and marketing over to Warner Music Group (WMG). The move, which was announced today and is effective immediately, followed several weeks of ind ...

  6. WMI Appoints Chen As China/Taiwan Head

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International (WMI) has tempted Sam Chen away from EMI Music to take the newly created position of chairman/CEO Warner Music Chinese Mandarin Group (WMCMG). Chen was managing director of Capitol/EMI Taiwan, but had previously been GM ...

  7. EMI Ups Kabaj To Head Eastern Europe

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has promoted Piotr Kabaj to become chairman of EMI Music Eastern Europe and head of A&R, Eastern Europe; he was previously EMI Music Poland chairman/managing director. Kabaj will manage the label's businesses, including licensin ...

  8. Nash Named Senior VP At EMI

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Richard Nash has been appointed senior VP of urban promotion for EMI Music in North America. He will report to Greg Thompson, executive VP of promotion for the company. Nash comes to EMI from PlayTyme Entertainment, an independent label and promot ...

  9. EMI Onboard With We7

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT UK ad-supported digital music service We7 has added content from EMI Music Group under a new licensing deal. Like it's deals with Sony BMG and Warner Music Group, the pact allows We7 to stream full songs supported by audio ads, and lets fans ...

  10. Nokia Set For "Comes With Music" Launch

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After months of speculation, Nokia has finally disclosed that the United Kingdom will be the first territory to offer its all-you-can-eat "Comes With Music" digital music service. The actual launch date of the service, designed to be in ...

  11. Nicoli Joins U.K. Music Venture

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eric Nicoli, former CEO of EMI Music Group, has returned to the music industry after acquiring an undisclosed stake in U.K. music marketing and management firm Nick Stewart & Associates (NSA). Nicoli, who left EMI a year ago following the majo ...

  12. EMI Names Kempler COO Of A&R Labels

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jeff Kempler has been appointed to the newly created position of COO of A&R Labels, North America, UK & Ireland, at EMI Music. He reports to Nick Gatfield who joined EMI Music last month as president of A&R Labels, North America, UK &a ...

  13. Leger, Zucker Tapped For EMI Branding Roles

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has appointed two executives to its commercial development division in North America. Lynne Leger has been named senior VP of brand partnerships and new channel development and Lauren Zucker has been promoted to the new role of VP of bra ...

  14. Playlouder Rebuffs Reports Of ISP Download Deal

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Media technology company Playlouder MSP has rebuffed online reports that it is ready to partner with a major U.K. ISP on a music service that allows users to download from file-sharing networks by compensating rights holders. The London-based comp ...

  15. Miley Cyrus To 'Breakout' in Europe With Universal

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) has licensed Miley Cyrus' U.S. No. 1 album "Breakout" from Disney Music Group's Hollywood Records for distribution in Europe. The agreement was announced today by executive VP UMG International Max H ...

  16. Bobby Valentino Snags EMI Distribution Deal

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R&B singer Bobby Valentino signed a distribution deal with EMI Global Music Services for his Blu Kolla Dreams imprint. The first album released will be Valentino's "The Rebirth," slated for a late 2008 street date. "With Bl ...

  17. EMI Sells To Typhoon In China And Taiwan

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hong Kong-based Typhoon has bought out EMI Music's stakes in two Hong Kong-based joint ventures and has bought EMI Music Taiwan, dramatically downsizing EMI’s physical Chinese presence. EMI has agreed to sell its stakes in joint venture compa ...

  18. EMI, MTV Help Pimp Police Van

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has hooked up with MTV U.K. and London's police force to launch an initiative that aims to revamp a police riot van to cut down on youth violence in England's capital city. The project, which starts off as a one-year pilot, wil ...

  19. EMI Names Piibe Global Head Of Digital Business Dev

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mark Piibe has been upped to global head of digital business development for EMI Music. He will continue to work from the New York office and will report to Douglas Merrill, president of digital business for the company. Most recently, Piibe was s ...

  20. Stevenson Named Virgin US President

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has appointed Rob Stevenson to president of Virgin US, effective Aug. 15. He will be based in the company's New York office and report to Nick Gatfield, president of A&R for North America, U.K. and Ireland at EMI Music. Most rec ...

  21. EMI Ups Key Execs In Latin American Unit

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As part of its continuing restructuring, EMI Music has announced key appointments in its Latin American operation, promoting Marcelo Castello Branco and Camilo Lara to dual roles in Brazil and Mexico, respectively. Castello Branco, who formerly he ...

  22. O'Donnell Splits EMI Australia, Poston Rises

    July 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John O'Donnell, Sydney-based CEO of EMI Music Australasia is leaving the company at the end of September. He continues in an advisory capacity until March 2009. Meanwhile, Mark Poston has been elevated to the dual roles of senior VP of market ...

  23. Rolling Stones Sign To Universal

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ending months of speculation, the Rolling Stones have split with longtime label EMI and inked a new deal with the Universal Music Group. The pact covers not only future studio albums but the band's lucrative back catalog from 1971's &quo ...

  24. Tixdaq Hires EMI's Waddington

    July 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tixdaq.com, the British-based independent ticketing consultancy and online price comparison service, has recruited former EMI executive Will Waddington to the role as chief operations and financial officer. Until recently, Waddington has served as ...

  25. EMI Offloads U.K. Distribution

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has taken the step of outsourcing its distribution facilities in the U.K. to European logistics firm CEVA, which has struck a deal to take over the U.K. distribution of EMI's CDs and DVDs, with effect from the spring of 2009. The de ...

  26. EMI On The Way Up, Hands Tells Staff

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Guy Hands has informed staff at EMI that the music major is on target to deliver "significant cost savings" after generating in excess of £100 million ($199 million) in its first quarter. In an internal memo, seen by Billboard.biz, Hands ...

  27. EMI, Infospace Settle Suit

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music settled a $100 million lawsuit against InfoSpace over underpaid royalties. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed. The suit was files last year and amended in August, which also alleged that InfoSpace and its subsidiaries were sellin ...

  28. EMI Confirms Leoni-Sceti Hire, Hands Steps Aside

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Guy Hands has added the final touches to his sweeping restructuring of EMI with the appointment of Elio Leoni-Sceti at the helm of its recorded music division. As part of the latest move, announced today, Hands will step aside from his chairmanshi ...

  29. Cecillon Exits EMI Again

    July 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The latest restructuring move at EMI sees prominent London-based exec Jean-Francois Cecillon stepping down as EMI Music's president of A&R labels, international, and president Europe, Middle East and Africa. Cecillon's departure, whi ...

  30. Vasquez Joins Spirit Music Group

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Robert Vasquez, former manager of film and television for EMI Music, has been appointed creative director at global independent music publisher Spirit Music Group. Vasquez will report to VP of creative Peter Shane. Vasquez will be based in Spirit& ...

  31. Nokia Signs Warner To Music Deal

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The world's top cellphone maker Nokia and Warner Music Group have put aside their differences to bring the label's content to Nokia's Comes With Music initiative as well as Nokia's Ovi mobile music store. The Comes With Music o ...

  32. EMI Files Suit Against Social Networking Site

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Group on Friday filed a lawsuit against social networking site Hi5, alleging copyright infringement over user-uploaded videos that include music from the label's artists. Also included in the suit is Hi5 video service provider Video ...

  33. EMI, Welk Music Group Sign Distro Deal

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and Welk Music Group have signed a distribution deal. The major will handle sales and distribution services for Welk's digital and physical releases. The deal covers all territories. The pact also covers licensing and synchronizatio ...

  34. Beatles Videogame Coming?

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As the music world continues to wait for the Beatles to bring their iconic catalog to iTunes for digital sale, talks reportedly are underway that may see the Fab Four's music included in videogames first. According to an account in the Financ ...

  35. Poison Sues Label Over Royalties

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Members of the rock band Poison claim their recording label has consistently underpaid royalties to the group throughout their career, according to a lawsuit. The suit, filed yesterday (June 18) against Capitol Records and EMI Music Marketing, say ...

  36. EMI Deal Unlocks BBC Archive

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BBC has handed EMI Music the keys to its treasure-filled broadcast vault. Through an agreement struck between EMI and BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, both parties will have control to tap into one another's content wells. Th ...

  37. Trink To Step Down At Capitol Music Group

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The remaking of EMI continued today (June 10) with the announcement that Lee Trink will step down as Capitol Music Group president at the end of June. Due to EMI's new management structure, which breaks down label walls and in many cases elim ...

  38. Digital Briefs: Bonnaroo, XM, Squeezebox

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -ATT’s Blue Room has won exclusive rights to webcast select performances from the Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival June 13-15. Artists to be featured include Metallica, the Raconteurs, Les Claypool, Ozomatli and several others. The site will also ...

  39. Second Life Co-Founder Starts New Life With EMI

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has hired Cory Ondrejka, co-founder of Linden Lab, creator of the Second Life virtual world, to push forward the music company's digital strategy. Ondrejka, who will be based in L.A., is tasked with drive innovation around new reven ...

  40. Triffids To Lead Hall Of Fame Inductees

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Triffids are among the acts set to be inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame next month. They join the New Zealand-formed rock bands Dragon and Max Merritt and the Meteors, and Melbourne-based singer so ...

  41. EMI Music Group Adds Qtrax To List Of Partners

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT On the same day (June 3) that it announced a deal with ad-supported music service SpiralFrog, EMI Music Group added the controversial Qtrax to its list of new partners. Like Spiralfrog, Qtrax is also an ad-supported music service, using more of a ...

  42. Digital Briefs: Buzznet, Spiralfrog, Qloud

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Buzznet launched Celebuzz.com , a social networking and media site dedicated to celebrity news, gossip and photos. The site aggregates photos and blog postings of about a dozen existing celebrity blogs, as well as user-generated content. - Spira ...

  43. Sexton To Oversee Global Brand Partnerships For EMI

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Cynthia Sexton, former senior VP, strategic marketing and licensing for EMI Music North America, has been upped to executive VP, global brand partnership, licensing, synchronization for EMI Music, a newly created position. Sexton, who will continu ...

  44. Simpson Signs Deal With EMI

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and Joe Simpson's Papa Joe Records have inked a sales and distribution deal covering the US and Canada. The partnership kicks off with the release of Ryan Cabrera's third album "The Moon Under Water," due May 13. The ...

  45. Sony BMG, EMI Back Amazon On Demand Option

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG and EMI Music will reissue out-of-print albums on CD through Amazon.com's on demand publishing subsidiary, CreateSpace, according to a statement. Formerly out-of-print albums now available to Amazon customers include "Hatari Sou ...

  46. EMI Appoints Hanebrink To Chairman

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wolfgang Hanebrink, head of commercial development EMI Music GSA, has been appointed chairman EMI Music GSA in Cologne. In his new role, which is effective immediately, Hanebrink also takes on the responsibility for EMI Music Germany, Switzerland ...

  47. Apple Corps To Release Cirque du Soleil DVD

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A feature-length documentary of the "LOVE" stage production by Apple Corps and Cirque du Soleil is to get a global DVD release on June 23. "All Together Now" will be marketed and distributed worldwide by EMI Music. The two-hour ...

  48. Island Execs Step Up, Gatfield Switches To EMI

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. has confirmed that Island Records executives Darcus Beese and Ted Cockle have been appointed co-presidents of the group. As reported on Billboard.biz yesterday (April 15), the pair will replace the label's current preside ...

  49. Updated: EMI Taps Gatfield For A&R Role

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nick Gatfield, who has just stepped down as president of Island Records U.K., has joined EMI Music as president of A&R Labels, North America and UK. All the company’s label heads in North America and the UK will report to Gatfield. He will tak ...

  50. Caroline Exec Exits For Live Nation

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bill Hein, senior VP and GM of EMI Music's Caroline Distribution, is joining Live Nation Artists as GM of the recorded music division, according to insiders at both companies. He will report to Bob Ezrin, who heads up that division. Meanwhile ...

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