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  1. EMI, Echo Nest Announce $5000 Prize Contest For 'Sandbox' Initiative

    November 30, 2011 3:50 PM EST EMI and music intelligence platform the Echo Nest, who launched an open API initiative as part of EMI's OpenEMI project earlier this month, have announced the OpenEMI contest . The competition offers a $5,000 prize for the best app that utili ...

  2. Google Music: Four Things We Can Expect from Today's Announcement

    November 16, 2011 7:05 AM EST While the finer points of Google's new music-download store won't be known until the press conference (scheduled for 5 p.m. ET Wednesday in Los Angeles), some aspects have become clear from industry sources and media reports over the las ...

  3. IMPALA Says It Expects EMI-Universal Deal to Be 'Blocked Outright'

    November 11, 2011 3:04 PM EST In the wake of this morning's announcement that Vivendi/Universal Music Group have signed with Citigroup a "definitive agreement" to purchase EMI's recorded-music division , IMPALA, Europe's Independent Music Companies Ass ...

  4. Backbeat: For the Love of A Bracelet: Air's Branded Cartier Song Debuts @ NYC's Thompson Hotel

    November 08, 2011 7:00 AM EST Guillaume Alix, Cartier's VP of marketing and communication, chats with "Painted Love" director Ben Dickinson and Allie LaPorte. French band Air have collaborated with the likes of Sofia Coppola , Charlotte Gainsbourg and Italian ar ...

  5. Business Matters: The Problem With Pete Townshend's 'Digital Vampire' Vision of iTunes

    November 01, 2011 3:58 PM EDT The Problem With Pete Townshend's Vision of iTunes -- Pete Townshend recent remarks about Apple have gotten a great deal of attention; negative comments about such a beloved company tend to make headlines. But they should have made headlines ...

  6. Australia's Bigsound Conference: Alan McGee Provokes; Robbie Williams' Hefty EMI Deal; Chugg Lambasts McGee

    September 13, 2011 7:00 AM EDT The 10th anniversary Bigsound conference took place last week in Brisbane, Australia. Billboard's Australia correspondent Lars Brandle was there to take in all the sounds and soundbites. "The Australian" newspaper music editor Iain ...

  7. Backbeat: Jane's Addiction's New LP Previewed at Listening Party in Burbank

    September 09, 2011 10:49 AM EDT Boys on Film: (From left) Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro, Perry Farrell, producer Rich Costey and drummer Stephen Perkins (Photo: Screen Grab from Jane's Addiction Studio Videos) Two dozen people crammed into the Burbank, Calif., r ...

  8. Guy Hands Launches New Lawsuit Against Citigroup Over EMI

    September 08, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Terra Firma chairman Guy Hands has instigated legal proceedings against Citigroup over the way it acquired EMI, according to reports. U.K. newspaper The Guardian claims Hands has applied to the high court requesting information about the condition ...

  9. Angelica Cob-Baehler Leaving EMI to Join LA Reid at Epic: Sources

    September 07, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Angelica Cob-Baehler, EMI's Executive Vice President of Media & Creative Services, is leaving the company to take on a key role in LA Reid's new regime at Epic, sources tell Billboard.biz. In a memo to the company's staff this m ...

  10. Edgar Bronfman's Next Task At Warner Music Group: EMI?

    August 19, 2011 9:05 PM EDT Is Warner Music Group getting ready to put Edgar Bronfman Jr. out to pasture? That may be the reading of some in the business following the company's announcement that the Warner CEO will swap jobs with chairman Stephen F. Cooper. But conside ...

  11. Business Matters: 38% of YouTube's July U.S. Visitors Watched a Vevo Video

    August 16, 2011 7:45 PM EDT % of YouTube's July U.S. Visitors Watched a Vevo Video -- Music videos published by music video network Vevo were seen by a whopping 37.8% of YouTube's monthly U.S. unique visitors, according to comScore. On Wednesday the online measur ...

  12. Rob Stevenson Joins Universal Republic

    August 08, 2011 11:27 AM EDT As forecast by Billboard , Universal Republic Records announced today (August 8) that Rob Stevenson has been appointed to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President of A&R. The announcement was made today by Monte Lipman, President ...

  13. Business Matters: Why Warner Music and EMI Are Like Night and Day

    July 27, 2011 6:21 PM EDT Why Warner Music and EMI Are Like Night and Day -- There was a halfway interesting quote in an otherwise throwaway post at online music site Metronome. An unnamed senior executive at an unnamed company reportedly said of Warner, "the company ...

  14. Warner Music Group Plans Modest Restructuring Under Access Ownership

    July 25, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Now officially under new ownership , the Warner Music Group plans to achieve cost savings between $50-65 million over the next 27 months. The company plans to achieve those saving through "certain planned corporate restructuring initiatives,& ...

  15. Business Matters: Who Pays for Antipiracy Enforcement?

    July 18, 2011 10:22 PM EDT Who Pays for Antipiracy Enforcement? -- Here's a good question: should ISPs in New Zealand pay the enforcement costs of three strikes? It's more than an academic question. A stakeholder that bears no direct costs in fighting piracy has a ...

  16. What Exactly Is An Independent Label? Differing Definitions, Different Market Shares

    July 18, 2011 6:28 PM EDT Back in 2007 (June 30, Billboard) when I asked what is an indie, I got a multitude of answers. Today, that question evokes even more complex answers because the landscape has not only changed dramatically but is still changing. Over the last 15 ye ...

  17. EMI: Who's Lining up to Buy It?

    June 22, 2011 4:01 PM EDT While EMI announced earlier this week that it is exploring strategic alternatives that will see the company either sold, go public or be recapitalized, the betting is that the major will be put up on the auction block as the first option. Citigrou ...

  18. EMI Gears Up for 'Possible Sale' -- Read CEO Roger Faxon's Memo to Staff

    June 20, 2011 3:23 PM EDT EMI issued a statement on Monday saying that it has launched an effort to find a new owner, among other "strategic alternatives." The company's board "has initiated a process to explore and evaluate potential strategic alternat ...

  19. Apple to Unveil iCloud at WWDC on Monday

    May 31, 2011 10:56 AM EDT Getting answers out of Apple is like watching the TV series "Lost": Some questions get answered, others not, and new questions ultimately arise. That's what comes to mind with the company's latest press release , in which is co ...

  20. eMusic Adds EMI Catalog -- Store Now Has All Four Majors

    May 19, 2011 11:31 AM EDT eMusic added to its catalog over 15,000 EMI albums Thursday, making it the last of the four majors to join the subscription download store. Only U.S.-based eMusic customers will be able to buy EMI titles. "There is a huge sense of momentum he ...

  21. Business Matters: What the Economist's Analysis of the Warner Acquisition Missed

    May 16, 2011 5:26 PM EDT Three Things Missing from The Economist's Take on Warner Acquisition --While it's great that The Economist would chime in on Access Industries' acquisition of Warner Music Group, the article doesn't actually say anything of sub ...

  22. Google Aiming For Full Music Service With Internet Radio, Download Store, Sources Say

    May 11, 2011 6:16 PM EDT Google wants to build a full-service music service that includes a Pandora-like radio function as well as a download store and catalog syncing, sources tell Billboard.biz. Such a product would be far more compelling than the basic, unlicensed musi ...

  23. Warner Music Group's Latest Quarter Aims to Justify its $3.3 Billion Price Tag

    May 10, 2011 12:39 PM EDT Warner Music Group posted relatively upbeat results for its second fiscal quarter on Tuesday, less than a week after the company agreed to be acquired by Access Industries for $3.3 billion . The results were a glimpse into the reasons why Access w ...

  24. Sale of Warner Music Group Means Less Financial Transparency in Music Business

    May 06, 2011 4:22 PM EDT While insiders don't expect many major operational changes stemming from Access Industries' acquisition of the Warner Music Group , the move certainly means less transparency in the music industry and the loss of the only publicly traded ...

  25. Who the Heck Wants to Invest in Music These Days? Lots of People

    April 25, 2011 2:53 PM EDT If you have read newspapers and blogs in the last few years, you know there's no money to be made in music. So why are billions being invested in music companies? Is there really that much dumb money going into the wrong industry instead of f ...

  26. EMI To Be Sold By Citi As One Unit

    April 12, 2011 7:18 AM EDT Citigroup (C.N), which got control of the world's fourth-largest record company EMI from British financier Guy Hands in February, plans to sell the company as a whole, the New York Post reported, citing sources. EMI Chief Executive Roger Faxo ...

  27. Business Matters: April Fool's (Jay-Z, Beyonce Buy EMI) And Not (Live Nation's WMG Bid Impacts Stocks)

    April 01, 2011 5:35 PM EDT APRIL FOOLING: Spotify U.S Launches Monday -- April Fool's Day got off to an early start - for those of us in the U.S. - when a post at TechCrunch EU reported that Spotify was immediately ceasing its European operations in order to launch in ...

  28. Bertelsmann on Mergers and Acquisitions Path In 2011

    March 29, 2011 8:01 AM EDT Europe's biggest media group Bertelsmann BERT.UL said it had the financial muscle to look at acquisitions again after reducing its debt, and would look at Warner Music Group (WMG.N) and possibly EMI. Bertelsmann, which launched its biggest-ev ...

  29. ROBA Launches Interactive Albums for Tablets

    March 28, 2011 2:11 PM EDT Jon Bon Jovi earlier this month made headlines by saying digital music is ruining fans ability to interact with their music like they could with vinyl records of yore. Emerging to bring that same experience to the digital realm is ROBA Interactive ...

  30. Hackers Stumble Upon Google Music's Cloud-Based Service

    March 08, 2011 2:02 PM EST The much-anticipated Google Music service has been spotted in the wild. Not yet officially launched, an apparently unfinished version of the service has been found by hackers toying around with a new version of the Android operating system. As exp ...

  31. Business Matters: Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011?

    March 04, 2011 7:58 PM EST Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011? -- After many false starts, is Qtrax on its way to a launch? And is it too late? The "free and legal" download service has completed a licensing deal with EMI and may hav ...

  32. Rumored and Reported: The Latest on Major Label Sales, Mergers & Acquisitions

    February 22, 2011 2:23 PM EST Terra Firma's failed investment in EMI has set in motion a series of events that could lead to major changes in the music industry. Numerous and rather speculative media reports are detailing the steps being taken by Warner Music Group, BMG R ...

  33. Business Matters: Homeland Security Shutters Sports Sites Before Super Bowl

    February 02, 2011 2:35 PM EST Homeland Security Shuts Down Sports Sites In Advance of Super Bowl -- With so much attention going to piracy of music, television and film content, it's easy to forget that sports are a heavily pirated good as well. The fact hasn't been ...

  34. EMI: A Look Back At The Guy Hands Era

    February 02, 2011 6:09 AM EST Citigroup's takeover of EMI finally brings to an end Terra Firma's incredible three-and-a-half year ownership. Purchased for £4 billion ($6.3 billion) in May 2007 at the height of the credit market, EMI turned out to be a disastrous inve ...

  35. Biz Matters: Spain's Music Sales Dropped 21% In 2010

    January 31, 2011 1:52 PM EST Spain's Recorded Music Dropped 21% Last Year -- Spain's recorded music market dropped 21.1% to €167 million (U.S. $228 million), according to figures released by Promusicae, the country's recorded music industry trade group. The dec ...

  36. Warner Selling Publishing To Buy EMI Without Regulatory Scrutiny, Sources Say

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST A person familiar with the matter says Warner Music Group's search for a buyer of its publishing arm, Warner/Chappell, is partly intended to clear a path for it to buy all of British recording giant EMI. The person wasn't authorized to s ...

  37. Report: Warner Hires Goldman Sachs to Find Buyer (and Seller)

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to find a potential buyer for all or part of the company, according to a report by the New York Times' DealBook blog . Warner is said to have been approached in recent months by priva ...

  38. YouTube & Vevo: Coming Soon To An Android Mobile Near You

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST The nation's two top providers of music videos online today set their sights on the mobile marketplace, with both Vevo and YouTube expanding their reach into Android mobile phones. YouTube, which to date has not been able to stream music vide ...

  39. Supreme Court: Antitrust Case Against Record Labels Can Proceed

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Supreme Court opted on Monday not to review an appeals court decision in an antitrust price-fixing lawsuit against record labels over the sale of digital downloads. In passing on the case, the Supreme Court has opened the door for a revie ...

  40. Beatles iTunes Deal Pays Royalties Directly to Band, Publisher, Sources Say

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Four decades since their breakup, the Beatles are still sticking with their trailblazing ways. It seems that the EMI/Beatles deal that finally brought the Fab Four's catalog to iTunes may be more groundbreaking than originally thought. Accord ...

  41. Business Matters: Will Apple and Google Bid on EMI?

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Will Apple and Google Bid on EMI? -- Now that Citigroup's takeover of EMI seems to be a near certainty, it's time for the pundits to ponder possible acquirers. If history offers any lesson it is that Apple and Google will be frequently c ...

  42. Pink Floyd Wins EMI Royalties Battle

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Pink Floyd has prevailed over EMI at the UK High Court in an appeal of a lower court's decision that EMI must stop selling individual downloads of the group's songs without permission. Pink Floyd argued that its 1999 contract with EMI re ...

  43. Artist Vs. Label: From Petty to Nelly, Ten Infamous Music Industry Spats

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST When rapper Nelly took to Twitter on Monday (Nov. 29) to vent about lackluster sales of his latest album, "5.0," he blamed his label, thereby joining a long, distinguished line of embittered artists who've taken their record compani ...

  44. South African Probe Into Collecting Societies

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST South Africa's Department of Trade and Industries (DTI) has announced details of a Copyright Review Commission that will investigate collecting societies and the distribution of royalties. The remit of the Commission is more wide-ranging than ...

  45. Emusic Adds Major Labels, Higher Price Tiers

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music subscription club eMusic launched a new pricing plan this week that charges more for new music but adds tunes from major labels in an effort to broaden its appeal. In the past, the site focused on indie labels and offered discounts o ...

  46. Business Matters: Analysts Expect Drop In WMG Revenue

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Analysts Expect WMG Revenues To Fall -- Citigroup analysts expect Warner Music Group revenues in its fiscal third quarter (the period ending Sept. 30) to drop by 14% to $740 million. In a note to ...

  47. Business Matters: Regulatory Hurdles In EMI's Future

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. -- If EMI takes the path many people expect, regulatory hurdles are likely to be a part of its future. Now that Terra Firma has lost its lawsuit against Citigroup , many people expect EMI - at lea ...

  48. Citi Banker In Trial Over EMI Says Truthful To Hands

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Citigroup Inc banker David Wormsley, testifying in a civil fraud trial pitting the word of Terra Firma private equity chief Guy Hands against his, said on Monday he was "always truthful and honest as I could be" with Hands. Wormsley wrot ...

  49. No Paper on Key Citigroup Calls, Hands Tells Trial

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Terra Firma buyout house chief executive Guy Hands testified on Wednesday he had no paper trail to support his allegations that a Citigroup Inc banker friend lied to him in three May 2007 phone calls about bidding for iconic music company EMI. Ask ...

  50. False Assumption Led To EMI bid, Hands Testifies

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guy Hands bid for storied music company EMI in 2007 based on false statements from a Citigroup banker that there was a rival offer he had to beat, the British financier told a jury on Tuesday. Hands, who founded Terra Firma Capital Partners, took ...

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