EMI Music

  1. Arvato Mobile, EMI Broaden European License Deal

    August 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Arvato mobile has extended its agreement with EMI Music to make available full track videos to pan-European arvato mobile customers for the first time. The deal means Arvato-powered services at operators, ISPS and media companies can download EMI ...

  2. Lennon Catalog Hits iTunes

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Let the speculation resume about when the full Beatles catalog is coming to iTunes. For the first time, 16 of John Lennon's solo albums and exclusive videos from EMI Music made their digital debut on the service today. Like all other EMI trac ...

  3. EMI, Saatchi Join Forces On Marketing Blitz

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With an eye on boosting sales of physical CDs and DVDs, premium DRM-free downloads and mobile music products, EMI Music Marketing's catalog department in the United States has tapped Saatchi & Saatchi to help develop and execute strategic ...

  4. UMG Ramps Up DRM-Free Testing

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is testing the non-DRM waters. The label, which has the largest market share of all the major labels at 26%, unveiled a plan to test selling digital music without digital-rights management on a massive scale. UMG will begin s ...

  5. EMI, Mixalbum.com Forge Deal

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has struck an agreement to deliver DRM-free, a la carte downloads to a new online DJ-mixing service, Mixalbum.com. Through the agreement, unveiled today, EMI will make available DRM-free dance content through its Positiva dance imprint a ...

  6. Robinson, Ebert To Split EMI South East Asia

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music South East Asia is waving goodbye to two of its key executives. The company's president/COO Paul Robinson will exit at the end of July to "pursue other ventures," the music major said today. In addition, Hans Ebert, execut ...

  7. Tunstall, Blur Join Musicians' Tutorial Site

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT KT Tunstall, Blur and Supergrass are among the artists who have signed up to a new Web site which aims to get music fans playing along to their favorite hits. The DRM-free downloadable video tutorials at www.nowplayit.com show the artists providin ...

  8. WatchMusicHere Adds Sony BMG, EMI, Sanctuary Catalogs

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CinemaNow's WatchMusicHere music video service will now include content from Sony BMG, EMI Music Group and Sanctuary Records. The service relaunched in June with 1,600 music videos exclusively from Warner Music Group. That exclusive deal ende ...

  9. MediaNet DRM-Free Catalog Hits Million Mark

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MediaNet, a provider of backend technology that powers many of today's digital music services and formerly known as MusicNet, now has more than 1 million tracks available for purchase without DRM protection. The company has DRM-free licensing ...

  10. EMI Music Bites Into DRM-Free Burger King Promotion

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music is to give away DRM-free downloads from its catalog in a U.K. promotion with Burger King. The record company has teamed up with Chicago-based digital agency VerveLife for the push, which is the first in a planned series of global campaig ...

  11. Capitol Names Senior Digital VP

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Syd Schwartz has been named senior VP of digital strategy at Capitol Music Group. He will be based in New York and report to COO Jeff Kempler and president Lee Trink. In his new role, Schwartz will be responsible for identifying and managing emerg ...

  12. Paramasivam Exits Microsoft For EMI

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has hired M. "Parama" Paramasivam away from Microsoft to be its new VP of technology. His role will be to evaluate new technologies and applications that influence the digital music business and recommend new strategies for pur ...

  13. Parlophone Re-signs Pet Shop Boys

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hitmaking U.K. pop duo Pet Shop Boys has renewed its contract with Parlophone Records after more than 20 years' association. The act has sold more than 30 million albums globally since originally signing with EMI Music's Parlophone label ...

  14. Belgium's ARS Connects Radio With Digital Delivery Service

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Belgian ARS Productions has launched ARS Digital, which offers an efficient way to give the country's radio stations access to the independent label's new releases. The service, which covers about 200 radio stations in Belgium's Fle ...

  15. Baidu, Rock Records Team For Chinese Music Service

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Beijing-based Web portal Baidu and independent Taipei-based label Rock Records are launching an advertising-supported online music streaming service in China. Baidu users will be able to listen to songs from Rock's catalog free of charge whil ...

  16. U.S. H1 Album Sales Down 15.1%

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The mid-year ended with the U.S. music industry still reeling from the downturn in physical goods. According to Nielsen SoundScan, album sales were down 15.1% for the year to nearly 230 million units in the six-month period ended July 1. But on th ...

  17. EMI First Major To Sell MP3s Via Individual Sites

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Artists signed to EMI Music can now sell their music to fans directly from their individual Web sites or MySpace profile thanks to a deal with SnoCap. Central to the deal is SnoCap's MyStores service, a Web-based digital storefront that allow ...

  18. HMV Enters SNS Biz, Offers DRM-Free Downloads

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British market-leading music and entertainment retailer HMV Group has unveiled plans to launch a social-networking site. The online service will form part of the firm's digital overhaul in the United Kingdom, which is expected to start from t ...

  19. EMI Seal VidZone Link-Up

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and U.K.-based VidZone Digital Media and have signed a licensing and distribution deal that gives the digital-music service provider access to EMI's complete digital catalog for mobile and online distribution. VidZone claims its lib ...

  20. Red Sox's 'Dice-K' Pitches New Album

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Boston Red Sox pitcher Daisuke "Dice-K" Matsuzaka will release an album of his favorite songs next month. "Music From the Mound" will be in stores July 17, EMI Music Marketing said Tuesday. The CD features a compilation of Mats ...

  21. EMI Music Charity To Aid Music Education

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Some U.K. primary schools have just 22 pence (43 cents) per pupil per annum to spend on musical instruments, according to research carried out on behalf of the EMI Music Sound Foundation (EMI MSF) charity. The report was published today to coincid ...

  22. Cooler Opening for IndigO2

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT London's AEG-owned O2 arena, formerly known as the Millennium Dome, opens the doors of its smaller, on-site, IndigO2 concert venue June 28 with a show sponsored by AOL Music and featuring EMI Music acts. The "AOL Music Live! Summer Coole ...

  23. EMI, Google, YouTube Form Content Partnership

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music, Google and YouTube have signed a licensing deal, which seems to indicate that the video sharing site's long-awaited content identification and filtering technology is finally ready for prime time. Under the terms of a new agreement ...

  24. Apple Unveils DRM-Free iTunes

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple today introduced its DRM-free, higher-quality digital music store in an update to the iTunes service, called iTunes Plus. The new iTunes tier will feature music with no DRM protection technology and 256 kbps file sizes for $1.29 per track, c ...

  25. 'Challenging Year' Hits EMI's Bottom Line

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT On an eventful day for EMI Group plc, the music major has confirmed revenue declines at both its recorded music and music publishing divisions, and reported a steep fall in full-year earnings. The group's preliminary results, which cover the ...

  26. EMI Backs Terra Firma Bid

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group has recommended its investors accept a cash offer for the company from European private equity firm Terra Firma, for 265 pence per share. The sum, offered through Maltby, a newly-incorporated company formed by Terra Firma, values the mus ...

  27. EMI Strikes DRM-Free Deals Across Europe

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In addition to its just-announced partnership with Amazon.com , EMI Music Group has struck additional DRM-free licensing deals with several European digital music services. The retailers include VirginMega in France, and several Scandinavian servi ...

  28. Mobile Meffys Awards To Be Handed Out

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile-music ventures involving Christine Aguilera, Lily Allen, Ludacris, Sugababes and Dirty Pretty Things are up for trophies at this year's Meffys, the international mobile entertainment annual awards ceremony. Sony Ericsson's 2006 pa ...

  29. McCartney Solo Career To Appear Online Through EMI Deal

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney's entire solo catalog will appear online for the first time as part of a "comprehensive re-launch" of the Beatles legend's repertoire, his record company EMI Music said today. EMI Music also confirmed its Parloph ...

  30. Epic's Walk Honors Nate ‘DanjaHandz’ Hills

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Last night, over mojitos and filet mignon at New York's Gin Lounge, Epic Records President Charlie Walk and David Ehrlich, Esq. celebrated the six no. 1 singles of pop and hip-hop producer Nate "DanjaHandz" Hills. Hills, who is pois ...

  31. EMI Extends Mobile Reach To Singapore

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Group is licensing its catalog in Singapore to digital music service Mobile Solutions Services. The deal, through EMI's Singapore unit, makes MSS EMI's exclusive mobile service provider for the Vietnamese market. MSS has conten ...

  32. EMI Gospel, Alliant Music Group Team

    April 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Gospel and Alliant Music Group have inked a long term partnership. Joint releases will carry the EMI Gospel and Alliant imprints and will be distributed nationally through EMI Music Marketing and EMI CMG. Projects slated for 2007 include Isaac ...

  33. EMI Bolsters Global Digital Team

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has added two new members to its global digital team in London. Mark Nichols and Matthew Crosswaite have both been named VP of business development reporting to global head of digital Barney Wragg. Nichols was formerly director of conten ...

  34. MTV's Urge Offers Allen Exclusives

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Group is giving MTV's Urge digital music service exclusive rights to four live Lily Allen tracks recorded during MTV's recent "Discover and Download" tour. The songs, which will be available starting tomorrow, were re ...

  35. EMI Shuffles Latin Execs

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As part of ongoing changes within its Latin American management structure, EMI Music has promoted three executives in the region. Camilo Kejner, managing director (MD) of EMI Music Argentina will take on the additional role of MD for Chile. Camilo ...

  36. EMI Music Revenues Shrink By 15%

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Against a backdrop of "very challenging" market trends, EMI Group Plc is forecasting a 15% contraction in revenues from its recorded music division. In a trading update delivered this morning to the London Stock Exchange, the British-bas ...

  37. Q1 Sales: Inside the Numbers

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Album sales are down 16.6% to 117.1 million units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, for the period running from January 1 through April 2. The consensus around the music business is that declines are mainly due to a weak release schedule, the consu ...

  38. EC Issues Anti-Trust Statement Naming Apple, Majors

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission says Apple Inc. and the major record companies may be guilty of violating competition regulations on Apple's iTunes Music Store. The Commission -- the European Union's anti-trust authority -- confirmed today (Apri ...

  39. Will The Other Majors Ditch DRM?

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI is the only major label to pursue a DRM-free strategy so far , but the move places increased pressure on the other majors to offer their catalogs in a similar fashion. Apple CEO Steve Jobs says the company is reaching out to the other majors a ...

  40. Confirmed: EMI, Apple Offer DRM Free Music

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has agreed to make all its current digital repertoire available free of digital rights management (DRM) restrictions with immediate effect. The move is groundbreaking for a major multinational music company, as all four majors had previo ...

  41. Bebo, 7digital Team For Downloads

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bebo, the U.K.-based international social networking Web site, has joined forces with British online music retailer 7digital to enable artists to sell music directly to consumers. The deal, which kicks off today (March 28), will enable Bebo's ...

  42. Bose Takes Charge Of EMI Iberia

    March 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Simone Bosé has been promoted to run EMI's operations in Spain and Portugal, EMI said today. In the role as managing director of EMI Music Iberia, Bosé takes over from Manolo Díaz, who steps down April 1 as president and CEO of EMI Music Iber ...

  43. Cecillon Reshuffles EMI's Global Marketing Team

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music's global marketing team is to undergo a major reshuffle, Billboard.biz has learned. The changes, which are expected to be formally announced later today (March 16), will see the departure of Matthieu Lauriot-Prevost, previously head ...

  44. Portugal's VC Ends Partnership With EMI

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Portuguese record company Valentim de Carvalho (VC) has ended its historic licensing relationship with EMI Music. At the same time, VC has signed a licence deal with Som Livre, which in turn was recently acquired by television station SIC, own ...

  45. EMI, Last.fm Strike Content Partnership

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has agreed a "wide-ranging" pact to license its music catalog to Last.fm services in Europe and the United Kingdom. The deal, unveiled today, allows the social networking site's users to listen to such EMI acts as Lily All ...

  46. Handlin Back In ARIA Chair

    February 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Denis Handlin, chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand, was re-elected today as chairman of the Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) for a record ninth year. The elections took place at ARIA's offices ...

  47. Bronfman Blasts Mobile Makers

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Edgar Bronfman Jr. today used his keynote platform at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona to lambast wireless carriers and handset manufacturers. Warner Music Group's chairman/CEO accused operators and device makers of holding back growth in ...

  48. EMI, AOL Team For Ad-Supported Video Streams

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has forged an advertising-supported music video streaming deal with AOL Europe, covering the United Kingdom, French and German markets. The pact, unveiled Monday (Jan. 5), allows users to stream music videos free-of-charge via the AOL po ...

  49. EMI's Wragg Joins Reciva Board

    February 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Digital music expert Barney Wragg has joined Reciva Limited, the Cambridge, England-based Internet radio and digital media player specialist, as a non-executive director. Wragg, who remains with EMI Music in London as global head of digital, will ...

  50. EMI Reorganizes Caroline

    February 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has reorganized its Caroline distribution arm into three distinct units, focusing on repertoire, artist development and independent distribution. The move comes a week after the major merged its U.S. label operations, creating the Capito ...

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