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  1. Senators' Letter on Universal Music-EMI Deal Warns of 'Significant Competition Issues'

    August 03, 2012 1:24 PM EDT Two U.S. Senators today sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, asking it to carefully review Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI. "Without reaching any final judgment as to the legality of the deal under the antit ...

  2. 40 Under 40: Jorge Mejia

    August 02, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Jorge Mejia Senior VP, Sony/ATV Music Publishing Latin America/U.S. Latin Website: SonyATV.com Twitter: @jorgemejia1 Helping Manage A Merger Billboard's 2012 Latin publishing corporation of the year, and ASCAP's Latin publisher of the ye ...

  3. 40 Under 40: Jim Lucchese

    August 02, 2012 2:50 PM EDT Jim Lucchese CEO, The Echo Nest Website: The.Echonest.com Twitter: @echonest Central Intelligence Jim Lucchese, 39, is leading the growth of "big data" in the music business. But the CEO of the Echo Nest, a music intelligence company bas ...

  4. A2IM Speaks Out Against Universal-EMI Merger Again, Even More Forcefully

    July 30, 2012 7:19 PM EDT A2IM, the American Assn. of Independent Music, has reiterated its opposition to the Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI in its most forceful statement yet . The statement is apparently prompted by the remedy package the Universal Music ...

  5. Updated: UMG-EMI Divestment Package Revealed: Universal to Keep the Beatles

    July 27, 2012 1:09 PM EDT A source close to the situation told Billboard.biz the contents of the divestment package submitted today by Universal Music Group for its proposed acquisition of EMI' s recorded-music division to the European Commission. If accepted, it will ...

  6. Business Matters: What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business

    July 26, 2012 6:35 PM EDT What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business -- Games have always provided an outlet for music, but opportunities can be short-lived. A year ago Zynga was going to be the future of entertainment and provide an avenue for music to be used ...

  7. Universal/EMI: Deal Looks Likely to Be Approved, But at What Cost to UMG?

    July 26, 2012 3:30 PM EDT The extensive, lengthy and ongoing negotiations between the Universal Music Group and the European Union Commission to hammer out a concessions package of assets to be divested means that the regulatory agency is likely to approve the acquisition ...

  8. Exclusive: Naive's Patrick Zelnik Talks Universal-EMI Merger, Plan to Buy Virgin With Branson, More

    July 19, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Patrick Zelnik, founder and CEO of French independent label and distributor Naïve and co-President (for now) of Impala, the independent label association, has made international headlines over the last few days: On Monday a surprising op-ed he wro ...

  9. Guest Opinion: Universal/EMI Deal Would Harm Music Fans and Musicians, by Gigi Sohn and Jodie Griffin of Public Knowledge

    July 16, 2012 9:00 AM EDT The proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division by Universal Music Group continues to inspire debate. This is a guest post from Public Knowledge President/CEO Gigi B. Sohn, who testified at the Senate hearing examining the deal last ...

  10. Universal Music May Divest Virgin Records, EMI Classics (Report)

    July 16, 2012 7:48 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi's Universal Music Group could offer to divest Virgin Records and EMI Classics, as well as the distribution rights to independent label Mute to clinch European regulators' approval for its proposed acquisition of EMI' ...

  11. Universal Music's Lucian Grainge Proposes 'Manifesto For New Music Industry'

    July 10, 2012 6:53 PM EDT Lucian Grainge has plans to sell assets, invest heavily in A&R, and keep EMI as intact as possible while trying to gain approval for Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division in both the U.S. and E ...

  12. Vivendi Chairman Jean-Rene Fourtou Takes Charge of Universal-EMI Deal, Report Says

    July 07, 2012 1:18 PM EDT Vivendi chairman Jean-René Fourtou has taken leadership of Universal Music's proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division, hoping to persuade regulators not to block or overly diminish the deal, according to a repor ...

  13. Universal Music Group to File Response to European Commission's Statement of Objections Today

    July 05, 2012 12:04 PM EDT Universal is today expected to submit its written response to the European Commission's 194-page statement of objections over its proposed acquisition of EMI. The music major has until midnight (Central European Time) today (July 5) to reply ...

  14. Vivendi Committed to UMG's EMI Purchase, Selling Activision (Report)

    July 02, 2012 9:13 AM EDT Whatever the politics within Vivendi that led to the departure of CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy, the company's senior management team still stands behind Universal Music Group and its planned acquisition of EMI, according to an e-mail UMG chairman an ...

  15. Essential's Mike Chadwick Clarifies His Position on Universal-EMI Merger With Senate

    June 28, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Mike Chadwick managing director of UK-based Essential Music & Marketing has contacted the US Senate antitrust subcommittee to clarify his stance on the proposed merging of Universal Music Group and EMI, according to Music Week . During last we ...

  16. Opinion: Music Labels Are No Longer Gatekeepers, by David Balto

    June 27, 2012 1:28 PM EDT Last week's Senate hearing examining the Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division has fostered no small amount of conversation, opinion and commentary, and we're happy to host all three on ou ...

  17. Sean Parker: Universal-EMI Merger Is 'Good Thing for an Industry That Needs Leadership Willing to Drive Change'

    June 20, 2012 8:30 AM EDT New Music Seminar executive director Tommy Silverman (left) interviewing Spotify board member Sean Parker. (Photo: Todd Owyoung) New Music Seminar founder and executive director Tommy Silverman's interview with Sean Parker, tech titan, execut ...

  18. Amazon in Process Of Clearing Music Rights For Cloud (Report)

    June 13, 2012 8:00 AM EDT More than a year since launching its cloud service without the benefits of music licensing, online retailer Amazon is close to securing publishing deals with the major labels, according to a report on CNET. According to the report, Amazon is in ne ...

  19. Universal Music's Acquisition of EMI To Face EU Commission's Statement of Objections

    June 08, 2012 8:38 AM EDT The approval process of Universal Music's acquisition of EMI's music division is entering another chapter as European Union regulators are preparing a list of concerns about the merger, according to EC Competition Commissioner Joaquin Al ...

  20. Joss Stone to Release 'Soul Sessions Volume 2' Next Month

    June 04, 2012 3:29 PM EDT Joss Stone is returning to her roots with "The Soul Sessions Volume 2," a sequel to her 2003 breakthrough album that will also see her reuniting with original label S-Curve Records. Due out July 31 through a partnership with Stone's ...

  21. 'Follow the Money' Panel Says 'Fans Are the Investors' at Billboard Country Summit

    June 04, 2012 3:11 PM EDT (L-R): Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples, Broken Bow Records Legal Counsel/CFO Paul Brown, artist Mike Farris, FLO {thinkery} founder Mark Montgomery, Bigger Picture Group CEO David Robkin, and Y Entertainment CEO Rick Stevens. (Photo: Michae ...

  22. Business Matters: Facebook's IPO Could Have Just Killed Some Digital Music IPOs

    May 29, 2012 6:14 PM EDT Facebook IPO Issues May Deter Vevo and Spotify Facebook's problematic IPO has not only resulted in investor lawsuits and questions about the Nasdaq, it could have killed or postponed the IPO aspirations of Vevo and Spotify. Both companies hav ...

  23. Music Attorney Paul Marshall, Who Repped EMI, PolyGram, Atlantic & More, Dies

    May 14, 2012 1:16 PM EDT Paul Marshall, the legendary music attorney who brokered some of the most significant transactions the music industry has ever seen over his fifty-plus years in the entertainment law business, died May 10 in Aventura, Florida. He was 83. Marshall& ...

  24. Senate to Hold Antitrust Hearings on Universal-EMI Deal

    May 11, 2012 7:41 PM EDT A U.S. Senate panel will hold a hearing on Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division, according to the Wall Street Journal and other media reports. The move adds another step to the complex regulatory r ...

  25. Photos: Katy Perry Comments on Universal-EMI Merger While Accepting NARM Award

    May 11, 2012 11:03 AM EDT (Photo: Getty Images) Katy Perry and Lionel Richie were big winners at the NARM Music Awards in Los Angeles Thursday night, which capped the annual music-business conference. Lionel Richie Honored With NARM Chairman's Award for Sustained Crea ...

  26. Deezer Signs Worldwide Licensing Deal With Merlin

    May 11, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Merlin CEO Charles Caldas spoke both on his organization's new agreement with Deezer and his disagreenment with the Universal merger. Streaming subscription service Deezer has signed a global licensing deal with independent rights agency Merl ...

  27. A Look at Music Execs' Rising Pay: $34.6 Million Year for Irving Azoff

    May 03, 2012 12:18 PM EDT Most top music industry executives saw their compensation packages increase in 2011, according to an analysis by THR. THR looked at recently disclosed compensation for the leadership of publicly traded companies with music tie-ins, from satellite ...

  28. Alison Donald, Mark Terry Appointed Co-Presidents of Columbia Records U.K.

    April 26, 2012 11:06 AM EDT Alison Donald and Mark Terry are to replace outgoing Columbia Records U.K. managing director Mike Smith. Effective May 1, Donald and Terry will assume joint responsibility for the running of the label, reporting to Nick Gatfield, Chairman and CEO ...

  29. Business Matters: Analysis of Martin Mills' Harsh Words on Universal-EMI Merger

    April 16, 2012 6:22 PM EDT Martin Mills of Beggars Group Says EMI-Universal Music Kills Niche Artists Martin Mills, chairman and founder of the Beggars Group, has lodged a complaint with European regulators regarding the Universal Music Group acquisition of EMI's recor ...

  30. How the UK Folk Music Scene Is Quietly Making Ends Meet

    April 06, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Bellowhead, one of the UK's more successful folk groups which sold 60,000 copies of their 2012 album "Hedonism." This year's U.K. BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards showed one thing about the U.K's folk music scene: With increased co ...

  31. Business Matters: Internet Radio Services Need To Separate Themselves from the Crowd

    April 05, 2012 8:19 PM EDT Internet Radio Services Need To Separate Themselves from the Crowd -- Upstart Internet radio service Raditaz believes Pandora's problem is "repetition and a lack of diversity," the company says at an Echo Next blog post. So it' ...

  32. Bertlesmann Announces Expansion In 2012

    March 30, 2012 9:58 AM EDT BERLIN- The Bertelsmann Media Group is planning further investments in the global music market in the coming year, according to Bertlesmann CEO Thomas Rabe who spoke at the company's annual press conference in Berlin on Wednesday. "Our p ...

  33. EMI Sues 'Def Jam Rapstar' Video Game Creators Over Kanye, Lil Wayne Song Clearances

    March 29, 2012 2:43 PM EDT We can hardly imagine the difficulties of clearing a hip-hop song for use in a video game. Rap songs are known to include multiple contributors and underlying samples, which means a ton of paperwork. The producers of Def Jam Rapstar, a video game ...

  34. California Attorney General's Office Making Inquiries About EMI Music Sale: Report

    March 28, 2012 9:05 AM EDT California Attorney General Kamala Harris is making legal inquiries about the planned sale of EMI, according to two sources cited by Bloomberg . The sale of the company's recorded-music operation to Universal Music and its publishing to a Son ...

  35. Universal to Sell Music-Publishing Catalogs Worth $200 Million as Part of EMI Purchase

    March 26, 2012 10:43 PM EDT Universal Music Group is planning to sell three of its music-publishing catalogs to help finance its acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division, a source told Billboard.biz. The news was first reported the Financial Times . Universal has br ...

  36. Business Matters: Can Spotify Catch iTunes in Two Years? The Numbers Behind Sean Parker's Prediction

    March 16, 2012 10:20 PM EDT Can Spotify Catch iTunes in Two Years? The Numbers Behind Sean Parker's Prediction -- Sean Parker, entrepreneur and investor (in Spotify and other companies) predicted at SXSW that Spotify, at its current growth rate, will overtake iTunes wit ...

  37. The Temptations Join Chorus of Lawsuits Over iTunes Royalties

    March 15, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Another major class-action lawsuit has just been filed on the digital royalties front. The Temptations, the pioneering male vocal group from the 1960s, is suing Universal Music in federal court in California, seeking millions of dollars after alle ...

  38. Ricardo Montaner Signs Recording Deal With Sony

    March 05, 2012 10:40 AM EST On The Dotted Line... (from left) Afo Verde, Sony's Chairman and CEO for the Latin Region, Spain and Portugal; Sony's head of legal affairs Barry Fiedel; Sony Music U.S. Latin general manager NIr Seroussi; and Ricardo Montaner. Venezuela ...

  39. INgrooves to Purchase Fontana

    March 02, 2012 1:18 PM EST INgrooves, the digital aggregator launched in 2002, hs purchased Fontana, the indie distribution company owned by Universal Music Group, the company announced today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal gives the digital distributor a fu ...

  40. Mike Dungan Leaving Capitol Nashville for Universal

    February 23, 2012 5:54 PM EST Multiple sources tell Billboard.biz that Capitol's President/CEO Mike Dungan - no. 85 on Billboard's recent "Power 100" list -- will soon be moving over to Universal Nashville. Sources close to the deal confirmed the move, and ...

  41. Universal Music Formally Requests EU Approval to Purchase EMI's Labels

    February 20, 2012 1:15 PM EST Vivendi's Universal Music Group today formally requested European Union regulators' approval to buy EMI's recorded-music division. An initial deadline of March 23 was set for a ruling on the deal, according to the European Commissio ...

  42. Business Matters: MySpace Adds 1 Million Users, Now at 25 Million

    February 13, 2012 5:35 PM EST MySpace Sees Growth Potential in Internet Radio Player MySpace says it has nabbed "over 1 million" new registered users since it debuted a new music player on December 19. A MySpace spokesperson tells Billboard.biz that MySpace now has & ...

  43. Warner Music Group Spent Less, Revenue Remained Flat in Holiday Quarter

    February 09, 2012 12:54 PM EST The holidays were good to Warner Music Group. Key releases by Michael Buble, Nickelback and the Black Keys helped Warner post flat revenue of $779 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 and first of the company's fiscal year. Operating earning ...

  44. Billboard Power 100: Len Blavatnik

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 8 Len Blavatnik Owner Warner Music Group Twitter: @warnermusic The Owner... Len Blavatnik has a distinction that no one else in the world can claim: He's the only person who owns a major-label group. Even Terra Firma's Guy Hands had ...

  45. Billboard Power 100: John Branca

    January 26, 2012 7:48 PM EST No. 72 John Branca Partner Ziffren Brittenham The King of Pop's King of Legal Attorney John Branca has represented the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, the Doors, Fleetwood Mac and more. And he's been involved in significant music busines ...

  46. IMPALA Issues Statement on EMI Sale

    January 26, 2012 10:40 AM EST As the date approaches for regulatory statements on the sale of EMI and MIDEM begins this weekend, IMPALA has issued a statement on the sale. In November, hortly before the sale, IMPALA called for the European Commision to intervene on its behalf. ...

  47. Morning Heds: RIM CEOs Out, HMV's New Banking Terms, Does Facebook Make People Sad?

    January 23, 2012 6:45 AM EST If the feds can shut down Megaupload, why do we need SOPA? Ars Technica For more than a year, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America have argued that existing laws were insufficient to deal with ...

  48. Warner Music's $205 Million Loss: No Cause for 'Buyer's Remorse'

    December 09, 2011 8:09 AM EST In issuing the first annual financial report since Access Industries completed its acquisition of the Warner Music Group in July , the headline $205 million net loss the company reported will likely fuel more uneducated speculation about Access ha ...

  49. Stephen Cooper, New Warner Music CEO, On EMI Auction, Q4 Losses

    December 08, 2011 11:41 AM EST NEW YORK - New Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper on Thursday said that the music major saw "significant" synergy opportunities in a possible acquisition of EMI's recorded music business, but remained disciplined in the auction t ...

  50. Backbeat: A2IM's NYC Holiday Bash Buzzing About UMG's EMI Acquisition, Hip-Hop Indies

    December 08, 2011 11:14 AM EST The Beggars Group chairman Martin Mills, on the left, and Tenth Street Entertainment chairman/CEO Allen Kovac trade industry war stories. (Photo by Sheryl Cohen.) Retail Track made an appearance at the A2IM holiday bash at the Village Pourhouse in ...

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