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  1. Updated: MySpace Announces Music Service

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, MySpace today officially announced its MySpace Music service. The move clears up much of the speculation and conflicting reports surrounding the much-rumored launch, but not all. Set in stone are the participants. All major labels sav ...

  2. Google's Merrill Takes EMI Digital Music Role

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has confirmed the appointment of Google executive Douglas Merrill to spearhead its digital music activities. Merrill joins the music major in the new role as president, digital business, EMI Music, with effect from April 28. The post, ac ...

  3. St. John Replaces Handlin As ARIA Chair

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Denis Handlin is stepping down as chairman of the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) board after an unprecedented ten consecutive years. Sydney-based Handlin, chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand ...

  4. Changes Coming For EMI South East Asia

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The axe is hovering over some of EMI's Asian operations. Well-placed sources at the music major say staff in south east Asia will be notified tomorrow morning (March 26) of proposed structural changes, which are to be ushered in as part of a ...

  5. MTV President Of Network Dev To Exit

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John Sykes, president of network development at MTV Networks and part of the executive team that developed and launched MTV, is leaving the company at month's end. An MTVN spokesman on Tuesday confirmed Sykes' imminent departure. Sources ...

  6. Fairmont Hotels Preps Music Service, EMI Onboard

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fairmont Hotels & Resorts luxury chain will launch a digital music retail service for guests at its various properties. It initially has licensed music only from EMI Music Group, taking advantage of the label's DRM-free strategy, which wi ...

  7. EMI To Remain An IFPI Member

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI has ended several months of speculation by confirming it will remain a member of global labels body IFPI. In December 2007, the London-based major had tendered a conditional resignation from the IFPI, which would take effect March 31 unless a ...

  8. Majors Sign Up With Euro Web Community

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Three of the four majors and various independents have signed deals with the online European music community MusicMakesFriends.com. Universal Music, Sony BMG Music and EMI Music have made their entire digital catalog available to the web platform, ...

  9. Alexander, Werre Helm New EMI Units

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Group chairman Guy Hands continues to ring the changes, creating two new recorded music business units focusing on exploiting catalog and synch opportunities. EMI Music Catalogue, Compilations, Studios and Archives (CCSA) has been established, ...

  10. UMG Strikes European Deal For Jonas Bros

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has struck a deal with Disney Music Group's Hollywood Records to license the Jonas Brothers' self-titled album for Europe. "Jonas Brothers" will be released in Europe by Polydor Records in June, preceded b ...

  11. Canadian Music Industry Perseveres In Challenging Times

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST With CD sales falling faster than digital sales rise and with layoffs at Canada's major labels, many executives in the country's music business are worried about the implications of a continued decline in the music industry. Much of the ...

  12. Caroline Distribution Renews Deal With Century Family

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Caroline Distribution announced that it has renewed its deal with the Century Family, Inc., which is the parent company of Century Media Records, as well as the marketing and distribution home to Nuclear Blast America. Century Media Records was fo ...

  13. Publishers File Class Action Against MediaNet

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music publishers have filed a class action lawsuit against MediaNet Digital for copyright infringement. Nine publishing companies under the umbrellas of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Peer International and MBL Music claim that the digital music provi ...

  14. Wadsworth Stays On At BPI

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tony Wadsworth will continue to serve as chairman of the BPI despite his recent departure from EMI Music. Wadsworth's role with the labels body has been in doubt since he left his role as chairman/CEO of EMI Music U.K. and Ireland in early Ja ...

  15. Jamba, EMI Team For DRM-Free Mobile Downloads

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment provider Jamba has partnered with EMI Music on a deal that will offer DRM-free downloads on mobiles. The announcement was made today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Launching the service in Europe first, Jamba says ...

  16. EMI, Ricall Forge Licensing Deal

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has struck a global agreement with Ricall which will enable the online music marketplace to license the music major's works for third-party synchronisation. Through the tie-up, unveiled today, EMI will upload its entire global catal ...

  17. Gordy, Jimmy Jam Honored For Accomplishments

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST In honor of their industry accomplishments, Motown Records founder/chairman Berry Gordy Jr. and award-winning songwriter/producer Jimmy Jam were saluted during a luncheon today (Feb. 8). Presented by Universal/Motown, EMI and a new consortium name ...

  18. EMI, New York Daily News Team

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Group is giving away digital tracks to New York Daily News readers. The Feb. 3 and Feb. 10 editions of the publication -- Super Bowl Sunday and Grammy Sunday -- will include an insert with a download code redeemable for up to three track ...

  19. Digital Briefs: SendMe, EMI, Myxer, Muze

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST —Direct-to-consumer mobile content retailer SendMe has added EMI Music Group to its roster of label with which it has music licensing deals. The company can now sell ringtones from the EMI catalog. Earlier this month, SendMe finalized agreements w ...

  20. Hodgkinson Takes On Digital Brief

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mark Hodgkinson, London-based executive VP of global marketing at EMI Music, has taken over the responsibilities of Barney Wragg, who Billboard revealed left his role as head of digital at the major this week. Then move comes as EMI consolidates v ...

  21. Victory Re-Files Suit Against Virgin/EMI

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Victory Records jumped into the publicity fray on Monday as press around the world began reporting that EMI Music Group was expected to announce a major rehaul of the company and cut staff the following day. Victory re-filed a lawsuit against EMI& ...

  22. A2IM Taps Cohen For Digital Role

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) has hired Ted Cohen to serve as a digital business development consultant for the organization. In the role, Cohen will assist the members of the independent record label trade organization in n ...

  23. Managers Weigh Up Hands' EMI Plans

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Music Managers Forum has given a guarded welcome to EMI Group chairman Guy Hands' plans to restructure the major. London-based MMF chief executive Jon Webster spoke to Billboard.biz after yesterday's meeting between Hands and more th ...

  24. Universal Music Canada Cuts 19 Jobs

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Canada announced 19 job cuts last Friday (Jan. 11), as well as the departure of senior executives, as the company attempts to cope with sagging compact disc sales in the Canadian market. The job cuts were from administrative positi ...

  25. Amazon, Pepsi Prep Massive MP3 Promotion

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amazon and Pepsi are expected to finally announce their 11-month long promotion in which Pepsi customers can build up points by registering codes on bottle-caps and exchange them for merchandise and downloads from Amazon.com, sources say. The prom ...

  26. Digital Briefs: Koch, Zedge, Amoeba, 'Guitar Hero III'

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Indie label Koch Records is providing its catalog DRM-free to Apple's iTunes Plus music service. The unprotected, higher-bitrate MP3s join that of EMI Music Group and a handful of other independent labels participating in the program. - Zed ...

  27. Daldorph Elected IFPI Denmark Chairman

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Henrik Daldorph, GM of Sony BMG Denmark, has been elected chairman of IFPI Denmark during an extraordinary general meeting, held this week. Daldorph, 44, will replace former Universal Music Denmark GM Jens-Otto Paludan, who stepped-down from the t ...

  28. EMI COO Hanson Departs

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ian Hanson is stepping down as EMI Group COO with immediate effect, the music major said today. Hanson was promoted in January to COO from EMI Music senior VP, chairman's office, reporting to then-EMI Group CEO Eric Nicoli. Nicoli was ousted ...

  29. Hands Demands Trade Body Change

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Guy Hands is calling into question the necessity of trade bodies the IFPI, RIAA and BPI, Billboard.biz understands. Hands, chairman of EMI Group and CEO of Terra Firma, the equity firm which now owns EMI, is understood to have sent a damning lette ...

  30. EMI, Hip Digital Team On Ad Campaigns

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Group is now licensing its DRM-free music catalog to Hip Digital, a digital media agency that develops promotional campaigns for advertisers. Hip Digital has developed digital music programs for clients like Visa, Pepsi, Seagate, Dentyne ...

  31. Cliff Richard Backs Price-Cut Download Approach

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cliff Richard, the British pop music icon who has had more hits than any other U.K. singer, is hoping to break some new records. The veteran singer's company the Cliff Richard Organisation is teaming with EMI Music to launch a novel pre-relea ...

  32. Terra Firma Conducting EMI Strategic Review

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Private equity group Terra Firma, months after buying music company EMI, has launched a strategic review of the company but plans to keep it intact, a spokesman said on Monday. The spokesman, however, declined to give any further details about the ...

  33. EMI, DJdownload.com Strike Pact

    October 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has licensed its catalog to U.K. specialist digital dance music store DJdownload.com, becoming the first major to do so. Through the deal, unveiled today, EMI will offer its repertoire in MP3 format, including works released on celebrate ...

  34. Report: iTunes To Expand DRM-Free Offering

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple continues to dip its toe with variable pricing. Citing sources close to Apple, tech blog Ars Technica reports that iTunes will expand its DRM-free music plan, iTunes Plus, with additional tracks from a variety of independent labels. However, ...

  35. Hands Rebuilds EMI Team With Hodgkinson Appointment

    October 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group chairman Guy Hands has recruited Mark Hodgkinson, former CEO of personal finance firm Virgin Money, to the London-based major's investor and music management boards. With immediate effect, Hodgkinson becomes EMI Music consumer devel ...

  36. Digital Bits: Sony BMG, EMI, Lala.com and more

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Sony BMG signed a digital distribution agreement with mobile content firm iO global . The deal allows iO to deliver more than 300,000 songs from the Sony BMG catalog to mobile devise, as well as PCs and TVs, vie its network operator partners. Th ...

  37. Universal Music Group Boosts Market Share

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group increased its griphold as the largest U.S. distributor of albums with a market share increase of one percentage point to 32.3%, in the nine-month period ended Sept. 30, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Considering the declinin ...

  38. Sony BMG Onboard With Social Network Imeem

    September 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG has agreed to license its catalog to music-focused social network Imeem, according to reports. The company is close to deals with Universal Music Group and EMI Music as well, according to Forbes . Imeem allows users to stream full songs a ...

  39. Amazon Launches Early Version Of Music Service

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com has finally unveiled a beta version of its much-discussed digital music service, called Amazon MP3, offering more than 2 million DRM-free songs. The service is almost entirely Web based, meaning no desktop application is needed to acces ...

  40. EMI Teams With Fairmont Hotels

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and Fairmont Hotel & Resorts have partnered to bring new music initiatives this fall to Fairmont's portfolio of North American hotels. As part of the deal, such hotels as the Fairmont San Francisco, Toronto's Fairmont Royal ...

  41. Torrent Site Goes After MediaDefender

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Following last week's MediaDefender e-mail leak , bit torrent search engine site The Pirate Bay has now turned over certain e-mails to police that the company says prove major media companies are paying hackers to sabotage the service. The Pi ...

  42. Slacker Inks Deals With Majors, Indies

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Slacker personal radio service has struck licensing deals with EMI Music, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group, adding their catalog to an existing deal with Sony BMG. The company also added several indie label deals, including Beggars Gro ...

  43. UME Ups Murthy To Senior PR VP

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Enterprises (UME) has promoted Sujata Murthy to senior VP of public relations. Murthy reports to Mike Davis, GM of UME, and is based in Santa Monica, Calif. Most recently, Murthy was VP of public relations for UME. Prior to joining ...

  44. EMI Music Pub Creates Euro A&R Forum

    September 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing Continental Europe has established a new A&R forum to drive creative cooperation between artists and songwriters throughout Europe. EMI representatives from key territories across Europe plan to meet on a regular basis to ...

  45. Sources: Universal To Buy Belgium's ARS

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Belgium is eyeing-up leading Belgian independent ARS Entertainment, Billboard.biz has learned. And unconfirmed rumors circulate that ARS founder and managing director Patrick Busschots is to be tapped as the new Universal Belgium M ...

  46. Garvey Joins WMI In New Biz Role

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former EMI executive Isabel Garvey has joined Warner Music International in the new role as senior VP, new business enterprises. Based in London, Garvey will be tasked with devising and implementing strategies that will drive the music major' ...

  47. NBC Universal Drops iTunes TV Deal

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT NBC Universal is following the footsteps of Universal Music Group and cancelling its contract with iTunes. The company informed Apple Thursday that it did not intend to renew the current agreement, which is set to expire in December. According to ...

  48. Nicoli: EMI's Terra Firma Future Bright

    August 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI's outgoing chief Eric Nicoli has assured employees that the business is in safe hands with its new owner, the Terra Firma equity house. In an internal letter issued to EMI's artists, writers and staff, Nicoli presented a promising fu ...

  49. Hands On Deck As Terra Firma Jettison Nicoli

    August 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group's new owners Terra Firma have ousted Eric Nicoli and shaken-up the music company's board. Nicoli, the CEO of EMI Group and EMI Music, has agreed to "step down" ahead of the music major's expected Sept. 18 de-list ...

  50. Athlete's 'Hurricane' Tutorial Fit For Charts

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. band Athlete's "Hurricane" will be the first chart-eligible single to carry a video tutorial bundle. From Aug. 27, customers who purchase the digital track from the Parlophone-signed band's Web site or at Now Play It will ...

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