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  1. Jared Leto On Leaving Virgin, Thirty Seconds To Mars Doc 'Artifact'

    April 25, 2014 8:59 PM EDT Jared Leto is a free agent. Fresh off his Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor last month, the singer/actor is feeling freshly confident about his day job as frontman of rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars. 30STM has recently parted ways for good with ...

  2. Fred Davis, Rainmaker Who Sheparded Spotify, Sticking Around as IPO Talk Ramps Up

    April 24, 2014 12:39 PM EDT This article was first published in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . When Spotify founder Daniel Ek finally shares details on his company's plans to file an initial public offering (IPO) -- probably later this year -- Fred Davis w ...

  3. UMG's Digital Sales Outpace Physical as New Vivendi Content Head Outlines Priorities

    February 25, 2014 4:41 AM EST Vivendi's new head of media and content businesses on Tuesday outlined some of his early priorities after the French entertainment and telecom conglomerate's latest earnings report. The company, which owns Universal Music Group, Canal Pl ...

  4. Jay Z in Legal Dispute Over Sampling of 1960 Egyptian Film Tune

    December 06, 2013 1:55 PM EST Jay Z is having an even tougher week than most people realize. He's not only dealing with baseball general managers and enduring social media snark for his handling of second basemen Robinson Cano, but he's also battling Egyptians. The s ...

  5. Spotify Targeted by Class Action Lawsuit Over Automatic Subscription Renewals

    November 13, 2013 5:53 PM EST Spotify continues to grow in popularity, but the music streaming service still needs to prove its mettle as a business. The Sweden-based company has been hit with a class action lawsuit in San Francisco by a subscriber named Melissa Bleak who cl ...

  6. Pandora Prevails In ASCAP Rate Court Case

    September 18, 2013 2:49 AM EDT The New York ASCAP rate court has come down in favor of Pandora in a ruling that says that the performance right organization blanket license has to include all of its repertoire. That means that the all the publishers who have pulled their ...

  7. Mike Flynn Named SVP of A&R and Staff Producer for Capitol Music Group

    May 28, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Capitol Records President Dan McCarroll announced today that Mike Flynn has been named Senior Vice President of A&R and Staff Producer for the Capitol Music Group.  In his new position, Flynn will sign, develop, and produce artists for the C ...

  8. Eric Nicoli, Former EMI Chairman, Launches Entertainment Finance & Production Venture

    May 20, 2013 7:29 AM EDT Former EMI chairman and CEO Eric Nicoli and three partners from the entertainment, finance and brand worlds on Friday unveiled a new entertainment finance, production and distribution venture here. Wentworth Media & Arts, based in London and ...

  9. EMI Wins Dispute Over Duke Ellington 'Net Revenue'

    May 06, 2013 5:23 PM EDT The decision is a defeat for Paul Ellington, the grandson of the great jazz pianist, who sued EMI for hundreds of thousands of dollars. He alleged that EMI had breached a 1961 songwriter royalty agreement with Ellington by deducting fees for for ...

  10. SoundScan Q1: Track and Album Sales Down, Digital Album Sales Jump

    April 03, 2013 8:41 PM EDT For the second time since SoundScan started counting downloads in 2003, track sales suffered a sales decline, something that occurred in the first three quarters of 2010. So far this year, track sales are down 1.3% as of March 31, according to N ...

  11. Universal Music UK Announces Launch of Virgin EMI Records

    March 18, 2013 11:15 AM EDT Universal Music UK's chairman and CEO David Joseph has announced the launch of Virgin EMI, an amalgamation of Universal Music subsidiary Mercury Records and Virgin Records, one of the many labels acquired by Universal in its takeover of E ...

  12. Terra Firma’s Guy Hands Breaks Silence on EMI: ‘We Learned Some Very Expensive Lessons' (Video)

    March 05, 2013 2:48 PM EST Guy Hands, founder and chairman of private equity firm Terra Firma, spoke rather candidly on the missteps he and his firm made in its management of EMI in a video interview posted today on Bloomberg (below). Terra Firma purchased the music compan ...

  13. Universal Completes EMI Divestments, Sells Last Two Assets

    February 27, 2013 1:32 PM EST Universal Music Group has sold off its last two remaining EMI assets it was required to divest of as part of its acquisition of EMI’s recorded-music properties, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz today.   The assets are EMI’s Europ ...

  14. Parlophone Purchase: What It Means For Warner Music and Universal

    February 07, 2013 2:20 PM EST In an unexpected and strong move, the Warner Music Group has won the auction for the Parlophone Label Group assets with a £487 million ($762 million) bid. The deal is expected to close mid-2013. The deal will give the Warner Music Group, the sma ...

  15. Britney Spears and Will.i.am Beat Out Justin Timberlake, 50 Cent For Top UK Single; 'Les Mis' Has No. 1 Album

    January 21, 2013 11:00 AM EST Polydor/Universal's original motion picture cast recording of "Les Miserables" climbed 5-1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as "Scream & Shout" (Interscope/Universal) by will.i.am featuring Britney Spear ...

  16. Elizabeth Sobol Named Decca Label Group President and CEO

    January 17, 2013 6:44 PM EST Elizabeth Sobol, current managing director at IMG Artists North America, has been named the Decca Label Group's president and CEO effective April 15th.  Sobol will report to Universal Music Group International's chairman and CEO Max Hole ...

  17. Universal Music France President Pascal Negre Named UMG's Global Head of New Business

    January 15, 2013 1:37 PM EST Pascal Nègre, president at Universal Music France, Italy, Middle East and Africa, has been promoted to UMG's global head of new business, according to a press release. "I'm really happy to work closely with Lucian and the Board team ...

  18. IMPALA, Indies Ask EC to Investigate Sony-BMG's Parlophone Bid

    January 11, 2013 7:17 PM EST Independent music companies have raised concerns about a plan by Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann music venture BMG to bid for former EMI label Parlophone, arguing an acquisition would give the music giants, particularly Sony, too much market power. V ...

  19. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 1: Most Important Event of 2012

    December 19, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  20. Morning Fix: Live Nation Going to Russia; Pandora Stocks Plummet; UMG/EMI Outline Germany Plans

    December 05, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters LIVE NATION EXPANDING TO RUSSIA: Like Apple iTunes , Live Nation Entertainment has announced it plans to expand operations to the Russian li ...

  21. Morning Fix: iTunes Launches In 56 Countries; Simon Fuller's Concord Bid; Clapton, Chris Martin Join 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit

    December 04, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters APPLE LAUNCHES ITUNES IN RUSSIA, TURKEY, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 52 ADDITIONAL COUNTRIES: Apple today announced it has launched its iTunes Stor ...

  22. How Katy Perry & Capitol/EMI Turned Fearlessness, Gut Instinct, Well-Crafted Material Into Massive Success

    November 30, 2012 12:55 PM EST Katy Perry certainly began her relationship with Capitol/EMI Records on a provocative note-or is it all new artists that favor a first single about kissing someone of the same gender? Executive VP of marketing/promotion Greg Thompson remembers the ...

  23. Russell Emmanuel: Taking It To Extremes

    November 19, 2012 12:54 PM EST Fourteen years ago, EMI production music chief Peter Cox summoned a punk rocker named Russell Emmanuel into his London office. Emmanuel had launched Extreme Music just a year earlier in 1997 and was the talk of London after he mailed out condoms ...

  24. FutureSound Panel Explores Why Digital Licensing Is 'Still Painful,' But Getting Less So

    November 17, 2012 9:53 AM EST (L-R): Jon Vanhala, SVP Digital & New Business, Island Def Jam & Universal Republic, Universal Music Group; Richard Conlon, SVP Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media, BMI; John Frankenheimer, Partner & Chairman Emeritus, L ...

  25. Jason Flom, John Rudolph to Bid for Universal's EMI Assets: Source

    November 15, 2012 4:15 PM EST Billboard has learned that former Bug Music CEO John Rudolph and Lava Records founder Jason Flom have partnered to throw their hat in the bidding ring for the EMI assets that Universal Music Group must sell as part of the terms of their acquisitio ...

  26. Morning Fix: Universal Music Predicts $158 Million Annual Boost From EMI; Ticketmaster & Walmart Expand Deal; Depeche Mode Signs With WME

    November 14, 2012 7:08 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters UNIVERSAL MUSIC EARNINGS DIP, REVENUES RISE IN FIRST NINE MONTHS: Universal Music Group posted a 2.5% decline in earnings before interest taxes ...

  27. Universal's Max Hole Discusses Company's Plans for EMI Recorded Music

    November 12, 2012 12:18 PM EST Max Hole, COO of Universal Music Group International, spoke today about some of the company's plans for its recently acquired EMI recorded-music properties -- including decentralizing its profit & loss centers. Speaking at a media confere ...

  28. Morning Fix: Spotify Expanding: AEG, StubHub Align; Labels Invested $4.5 Billion in A&R, Marketing in 2011: IFPI

    November 12, 2012 8:50 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters SPOTIFY RAISING $100M FOR EXPANSION; OPENING IN LATIN AMERICA, EASTERN EUROPE NEXT YEAR: Spotify is close to wrapping up a $100 million round of fundi ...

  29. Backbeat: Darius Rucker Debuts 'True Believers' At CMA Week With Mike Dungan, Frank Rogers, More

    October 31, 2012 7:09 PM EDT Darius Rucker peforms with songwriter Frank Rogers. (Photo: Chris Hollo) Darius Rucker previewed his third Capitol Records Nashville album, True Believers , today (Oct. 30) for an industry crowd at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nash ...

  30. Fred Wilson Confirmed for Keynote at Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 25, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Venture capitalist Fred Wilson will be a keynote speaker at the Billboard FutureSound Conference, presented in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco. Wilson is managing partner at New York-base ...

  31. Deadmau5 Confirmed for Keynote at Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 18, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Global dance music superstar Deadmau5 has been added as a keynote speaker to the star-studded Billboard FutureSound Conference in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco, CA. Billboard's Fut ...

  32. Columbia COO Steve Barnett in Line to Head Up Universal's New Capitol Label Group: Source

    October 05, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Columbia Records co-chairman/COO Steve Barnett is potentially days away from taking the helm of a new Capitol Label Group at Universal Music, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz Friday afternoon (October 5). The source stressed that ...

  33. Read: Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge's Letter to Staff About EMI Merger

    October 01, 2012 11:20 AM EDT This morning, Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge sent out an internal memo to staff regarding the company's recent acquisition of EMI's recorded music division , which was approved by both the European Commission and the FTC on Sep ...

  34. Lyor Cohen and Warner Music Group: What Are the Next Moves? Insiders Weigh In

    September 28, 2012 4:04 PM EDT Below is the story "Lyor Mulls Next Move" -- an in-depth look at the options facing Lyor Cohen who this week stepped down as CEO of WMG's recorded music and how WMG may fill the vacancy -- from this week's edition of Billboard ...

  35. Universal Completes $1.9 Billion EMI Recorded Music Acquisition

    September 28, 2012 8:47 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi's Universal Music Group said Friday that it has completed the $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI's recorded music arm. "This is a next step towards ensuring the health of our industry," said UMG chairman and CEO L ...

  36. Lyor Cohen, Post Warner Music: Who Will Replace Him, and What's His Next Move?

    September 24, 2012 9:57 PM EDT Lyor Cohen's imminent departure from Warner Music Group sent a tremor through the music industry on Monday and sparked speculation on the inevitable management shuffle around the industry to replace the colorful hard-nosed executive. Cohen, r ...

  37. Universal Music-EMI Merger: UMG Struck Gold With PolyGram in the 1990s, Can They Do It Again?

    September 21, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Now that the Universal Music Group has approval to complete its acquisition of EMI's recorded music operation , it will hit the ground running to integrate the two companies, insiders say. The Universal Music Group already presided over a hig ...

  38. Universal Music's Acquisition of EMI Approved by Federal Trade Commission

    September 21, 2012 12:50 PM EDT The Federal Trade Commission has weighed in, rubber stamping the EU's decision to approve the Universal Music Group 1.2 billion euro acquisition of EMI, as expected. The Commission voted 5-0 to close its investigation without taking any actio ...

  39. Universal-EMI Merger: A Timeline Of Events

    September 21, 2012 6:32 AM EDT The European Commission's approval of Universal Music's acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division -- albeit with major concessions -- is a milestone in a process that began some 15 months ago, was debated in the U.S. Senate, and ...

  40. Backbeat: Michael Kiwanuka Wows a Packed Webster Hall With John Mayer, Martin Kierszenbaum, More

    September 19, 2012 4:50 PM EDT MIchael Kiwanuka with John Mayer, backstage at New York's Webster Hall after Kiwanuka's headlining set on Tuesday night (Photo: Jem Aswad) Fast-rising British singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka kicked off his first headlining U.S. tour a ...

  41. Universal Music-EMI Deal Expected to Be Approved by EU Friday

    September 13, 2012 7:11 PM EDT The Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI is headed for the endgame in the regulatory process. According to sources, on Friday the European Commission will put the deal and the concessions package to vote before full college of ...

  42. Universal Music-EMI: Vivendi Confirms Payment, But Status of Deal Is Still Unclear

    September 10, 2012 3:22 PM EDT Universal Music Group's bid to acquire part of EMI has entered its final phase of regulatory review in Europe, but while UMG parent Vivendi confirmed a first payment required under the deal, the status of European regulators' thinking ab ...

  43. EU to Vote on Universal-EMI Deal Tomorrow, Outcome Uncertain: Sources

    September 06, 2012 8:43 AM EDT Things are coming to a head in the European Union commission's review of Universal Music Group's bid to buy EMI's recorded-music operation. On Friday, an EU advisory committee is expected to vote on whether or not to approve the acq ...

  44. Morning Fix: Bankers Big Winners in EMI-UMG Deal; SEO B.S.; VMAs Relevance; Matchbox 20 Aim For No. 1

    September 06, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MATCHBOX TWENTY AIMING FOR FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM ON NEXT WEEK'S BILLBOARD 200: Watch for Matchbox Twenty to nab its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Also heade ...

  45. Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe on BMG Rights Mgm't, EMI Acquisitions, Getting Back Into the Record Biz

    August 31, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Thomas Rabe, CEO of Bertelsmann, doesn't discount the idea of his company getting back into the record business. BERLIN - Bertelsmann, Europe's largest media group, which controls European broadcaster RTL Group and production powerhouse ...

  46. Bertelsmann H1 Earnings Rise, Interested In EMI Assets

    August 31, 2012 10:08 AM EDT Bertelsmann, which owns BMG Rights Management and Arvato, posted a net profit of 353 million euros ($443.95 million)on revenues of 7.6 billion euros ($9.6 billion) for the six month period ended June 30. That performance represented a 31.2% increa ...

  47. White Paper Urges FTC to Block UMG-EMI Deal; EU Nat'l Regulators Slated To Vote on Merger

    August 30, 2012 8:30 PM EDT The American Antitrust Institute, a Washington-based non-profit education, research, and advocacy organization, has issued a white paper entitled "Music Industry Consolidation: The Likely Anticompetitive Effects Of The Universal/Emi Merger&qu ...

  48. Morning Fix: Canada Approves UMG-EMI; Grammy Noms To Nashville; iPhone Leaks, Flaming Lips' Pub Deal

    August 21, 2012 8:20 AM EDT Universal-EMI Merger Approved By Canadian Regulators Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division has passed another hurdle, albeit not the European Commission or FTC approval the companies are so activel ...

  49. Universal-EMI Merger Approved By Canadian Regulators

    August 20, 2012 3:33 PM EDT Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division has passed another hurdle, albeit not the European Commission or FTC approval that the companies are so actively seeking. Today, the Canadian Competition Burea ...

  50. Gerry Kearby, Co-Founder of Liquid Audio, Remembered by Dick Wingate

    August 14, 2012 5:09 PM EDT Gerry Kearby -- co-founder of Liquid Audio, drummer, equipment designer for the Grateful Dead and others, and a man who turned down an offer from Steve Jobs to buy his company -- died last week when his truck crashed into a tree in a rural area so ...

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