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  1. 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 ...

  2. Mike Smith Steps Down As Managing Director Columbia Records U.K.

    April 24, 2012 9:36 AM EDT Mike Smith has stepped down as managing director of Columbia Records U.K. with immediate effect. No reason has been given for his departure from the label, which was announced by Nick Gatfield, Chairman and CEO Sony Music this morning (April. 24). ...

  3. It's Official: Sony-Led Acquisition of EMI Music Publishing Approved by EU

    April 19, 2012 12:06 PM EDT Despite vigorous protests from independent label groups , the Warner Music Group and digerati organizations, the Sony Corporation of America-led consortium's acquisition of EMI Music Publishing sailed through the European regulatory process, ...

  4. Sony's Acquisition of EMI to Be Approved Today, Sources Say

    April 19, 2012 12:05 AM EDT According to multiple sources, the European Commission is expected to announce Thursday its approval of the purchase of EMI Music Publishing by the Sony Corp. of America-led consortium. The news was first reported in the Financial Times. That acqu ...

  5. Zach Horowitz Appointed Chairman/CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group

    April 18, 2012 9:35 PM EDT Universal Music Group Chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge announced today that Zach Horowitz would be moving from his position as President and Chief Operating Officer at UMG to become the new Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group. UMPG ...

  6. Read: Sony/ATV Head Martin Bandier's Letter to Staff in Response to Layoff Reports

    April 18, 2012 7:03 PM EDT Late last night, the New York Times published an article, citing leaked documents, that stated if the consortium led by Sony Corp. of America gets approval to acquire EMI Music Publishing -- which it did on Thursday - - it would cut 326 positions ...

  7. Sony Plans To Cut 326 EMI Music Publishing Jobs Over Two Years

    April 18, 2012 1:03 PM EDT If the consortium led by Sony Corp. of America gets approval to acquire EMI Music Publishing, it would cut 326 positions over two years to achieve $70 million in net cost savings, according to a story by Ben Sisario published in the New York Times ...

  8. Universal Music's EMI Acquisition Supported by SAG-AFTRA, AFM

    April 18, 2012 7:06 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Universal Music Group has won the qualified support of two North American artists' unions for its proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of the recorded music division of the U.K.'s EMI Group Ltd. The unions gave their con ...

  9. Adele Rolling Deep in Ivor Novello Award Nominations

    April 17, 2012 6:50 AM EDT The 57th Ivor Novello Awards nominations have been announced and, as usual, British vocal powerhouse Adele heads the pack. The awards, regarded as the most important awards for UK music writers, reward excellence in songwriting and composing. They ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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' ...

  12. Exclusive: Timothy Xu Named Sony Music's CEO, Greater China

    April 04, 2012 7:44 AM EDT Sony Music has appointed former EMI exec Timothy Xu to helm its activities in the Greater China region, Billboard.biz can reveal. Xu has been named CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, Greater China, with responsibilities for China, Taiwan and Hong Ko ...

  13. Business Matters: Grooveshark Sued by EMI, Blames High Royalties and Pending Acquisition by Universal

    April 03, 2012 8:51 PM EDT Grooveshark Sued by EMI -- Grooveshark has been sued by EMI, but you wouldn't know it from the music streaming service's explanation for the companies' failed relationship. A Tuesday post at CNET.com reported the recorded music divi ...

  14. Publishing Briefs: Pink Re-Ups With EMI; Universal Inks Danger Mouse, Mike Elizondo

    April 02, 2012 4:57 PM EDT EMI Music Publishing has renewed its long-term worldwide administration agreement with Pink, who has sold over 40 million albums and 70 million singles globally and won three Grammy Awards, according to the company. The re-up, brokered by EMI Musi ...

  15. How EMI Plans To Grow EDM: A Q&A With EMI Dance Network Head Bart Cools

    March 30, 2012 10:52 AM EDT EMI Music Executive VP, Marketing Europe/Rest of the World, Bart Cools is head of the newly-formed EMI Dance Network - the label's international, label-wide A&R and marketing network dedicated exclusively to dance artists and records. In ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Sony/ATV Offers Unspecified Concessions to European Union in EMI Music Publishing Deal

    March 27, 2012 3:49 PM EDT BRUSSELS (AP) - A group of investors led by Sony has offered concessions to the European Union to get approval for its deal to buy part of iconic British music company EMI, the bloc's competition regulator said Tuesday. Sony/ATV, a joint vent ...

  19. MuseBox Exec Josh Eldridge Launches Gravedancer, Metal Label With EMI Distribution

    March 27, 2012 12:28 PM EDT In an exclusive interview, the MuseBox VP of marketing Josh Eldridge tells Billboard that he has formed a new metal label, Gravedancer Records, in partnership with marketing company MuseBox. The label is launching with three acts on its roster and ...

  20. EMI Launches Global Dance Network Headed By Bart Cools

    March 27, 2012 8:31 AM EDT EMI Music is looking to capitalize on the electronic dance music explosion by launching its own international A&R and marketing network solely dedicated to dance artists and records. Launching today (March 27), the EMI Dance Network brings tog ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Paul Weller Tops David Guetta For U.K.'s No. 1 Album; Katy Perry Has Top Single

    March 26, 2012 7:35 AM EDT In a photo-finish that saw him beat David Guetta's "Nothing But The Beat" (Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by a sales margin of just 150 copies, Paul Weller scored his fourth solo U.K. No. 1 album on Sunday (25) with "Sonik Kicks" (U ...

  23. Exclusive: EMI Resolves Lawsuit With Cash Money Over Licensing Payments

    March 23, 2012 6:21 PM EDT EMI has settled its lawsuit with Cash Money Records over unpaid licensing fees that appeared to be connected to Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III. In 2009, EMI had sued Cash Money for "direct, contributory and vicarious inducement of copyyright ...

  24. European Commission Investigation Into Universal's Purchase of EMI Music Enters Phase Two

    March 23, 2012 4:02 PM EDT As widely anticipated, the European Commission's investigation into Universal's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division is to enter a secondary, more in-depth phase, it has been confirmed. The announcement was made ear ...

  25. EMI Music Japan Expanding Despite Impending Sale, Announces EMI Rocks Will Be Annual Event

    March 21, 2012 4:30 PM EDT From left: Ryo Takagi Producer of EMI Rocks; EMI Japan President & CEO San-e Ichii; EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon backstage at EMI Rocks 2012 at the Saitama Super Arena outside of Tokyo. (Photo: Rob Schwartz) Despite its unclear situation due to t ...

  26. Martin Bandier Signs Long-Term Contract To Remain Chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV

    March 19, 2012 8:29 AM EDT Martin Bandier has signed a long-term contact extension to remain as chairman and CEO of Sony/ATV Music, according to the company. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. In the five years since joining Sony/ATV, the company said Bandier had grown t ...

  27. Military Wives Top Springsteen on UK Album Charts

    March 19, 2012 7:52 AM EDT As Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Island), featuring Kimbra, started a fifth aggregate week atop the U.K. singles chart, the Military Wives moved to the album summit yesterday, Mothering Sunday, with "In My D ...

  28. The Beatles: Coming Soon to a (Digital) Jukebox Near You

    March 16, 2012 6:59 PM EDT Thirteen Beatles studio albums in addition to their Past masters, "Red," "Blue," and "1" collections will be featured on TouchTunes' 50,000 digital jukeboxes starting April 1. TouchTunes is the largest out-of-hom ...

  29. Frank Ocean To Open For Coldplay On European Dates

    March 05, 2012 2:59 PM EST A little over a year after releasing his Nostalgia, Ultra mixtape, which included a creative cover of Coldplay's "Strawberry Swing," Frank Ocean will be galavanting around Europe with the U.K. arena rockers later this summer. Warner ...

  30. Impala Reiterates Its Opposition to EMI Publishing/Sony Merger

    February 28, 2012 3:25 PM EST Independent rights group Impala is reiterating its opposition to Sony's acquisition of EMI Music Publishing from Citigroup. Tuesday's statement comes a day after Sony officially notified the European Commission's antitrust regulator ...

  31. Adele, Ed Sheeran, Coldpay, Florence Get BRIT Awards Boost On U.K. Charts

    February 27, 2012 8:02 AM EST The BRIT Awards effect showed itself on the new U.K. sales charts Feb. 26 for a number of artists including Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Florence & The Machine and, more than anyone, Adele. "21" (XL Recordings) is back at the top of the alb ...

  32. Backbeat: What Alan Jackson, Merle Haggard and Paul McCartney All Share At Country Radio Seminar

    February 24, 2012 4:00 PM EST (L-R): Capitol Nashville COO Tom Becci; Capitol Nashville SVP Marketing Cindy Mabe; Capitol/EMI Nashville President & CEO Mike Dungan; Alan Jackson; Capitol/EMI Nashville SVP Promotion Steve Hodges; EMI Nashville VP Promotion Angela Lange and ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Sister Sledge Files Class Action Against Warner Music Over Digital Royalties

    February 03, 2012 7:45 AM EST The members of the musical group Sister Sledge have banded together with an Oscar-nominated actress and songwriter to file a major class action lawsuit against Warner Music Group alleging they have been cheated out of millions of dollars based on ...

  36. Analysis: Edgar Bronfman's Big Statements About Universal/EMI Deal Are Business As Usual -- But Much More Public

    February 02, 2012 4:37 PM EST While the mainstream media is getting worked up over Edgar Bronfman's comments on how dangerous a combined Universal/EMI recorded-music operation will be - not to mention his proclamation that the Warner Music Group will fight it "tooth ...

  37. Video: Edgar Bronfman Jr. Says Warner Music Will Fight Universal-EMI Merger 'Tooth and Nail'

    February 01, 2012 7:13 AM EST On his last day as chairman of Warner Music Group, Edgar Bronfman Jr. promised that the company will fight Universal's purchase of EMI "tooth and nail," adding that it strikes him as "hubris particularly for Universal to think ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Billboard Power 100: Roger Faxon

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 24 Roger Faxon CEO EMI Group Riding The Wave... Circumstances have rendered Roger Faxon, CEO of EMI Group since mid-2010, the industry's most prominent lame-duck executive. Citigroup's auction of EMI last year ended with a Sony-led c ...

  40. Billboard Power 100: Hartwig Masuch

    January 26, 2012 8:00 PM EST No. 44 Hartwig Masuch CEO BMG Rights Management Twitter: @bmgrm The Rights Stuff... Private equity powerhouse Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts invested in Bertelsmann's BMG Rights Management division in 2009 to form a publishing joint venture th ...

  41. Billboard Power 100: Martin Bandier

    January 26, 2012 5:50 PM EST No. 4 Martin Bandier Chairman/CEO Sony/ATV Music Publishing The Publisher... S ince taking the helm of Sony/ATV Music Publishing in April 2007, Martin Bandier transformed the once-sleepy major publisher into a contender for every big deal that com ...

  42. Mute Launches Liberation Technologies Label

    January 26, 2012 4:52 PM EST Mute records today announced the launch of Liberation Technologies, a new label focused on electronic music. The label will be headed by Patrick O'Neill and distributed worldwide by S T Holdings. The label's first release is 'Spring ...

  43. 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. ...

  44. EMI Sale Under Scrutiny: AIM Calls For UK Gov't Review; Warner Music Hires Anti-Trust Law Firm

    January 19, 2012 12:34 PM EST AIM, the U.K.'s Trade Association for the Independent Music Industry, has called on the British government to stop the break-up and sale of EMI. The association is asking its 800 member companies to send a pre-written letter to their local co ...

  45. Ron Pence Leaves Live Nation to Become EMI's Brand Partnerships Head

    January 19, 2012 12:00 PM EST Ron Pence has joined EMI North America as its new head of brand partnerships, the company announced Thursday (Jan. 19), overseeing advertising and brand deals for a roster that includes Katy Perry, Coldplay, David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. P ...

  46. Backbeat: Susan Justice @ Hollywood's Hotel Cafe

    January 17, 2012 10:20 AM EST Capitol introduced singer/songwriter/guitarist Susan Justice to an intimate gathering of media tastemakers at Hollywood's Hotel Café (Jan. 10). Singing several selections from her March 27 Kite Records/Capitol debut, "Eat Dirt," Jus ...

  47. Stingray Digital Partners With EMI Music In Digital Worldwide Rights Deal

    January 13, 2012 1:44 PM EST Montreal-headquartered Stingray Digital, a digital content provider and operator of Galaxie music service, The Karaoke Channel, and video-on-demand Concert TV, has signed a content agreement with EMI Music. The deal will give Stingray Digital worl ...

  48. Morning Heds: EMI Vs. Ireland, Example Signs to Universal, Is Colbert Running For Prez?

    January 13, 2012 7:30 AM EST EMI launches High Court action against Irish government Music Week EMI has launched a High Court action against the Irish government in a bid to stop the illegal downloading of music. Example signs US deal with Universal Records Music Week Singer- ...

  49. Sony To Resurrect Relentless Records Label

    January 12, 2012 2:26 PM EST Sony Music is to re-launch Relentless Records, the U.K.-based label which helped launch the careers of Joss Stone, Jay Sean and KT Tunstall. Label co-founder and former Virgin Records U.K. President Shabs Jobanputra is to head the revived London-b ...

  50. EMI Music France Acquires Stake in PlayOn

    January 12, 2012 1:15 PM EST EMI Music France has acquired a "significant" stake in PlayOn. Why would EMI Music France invest in a company that releases DVDs, produces live theatrical events, works with musical artists and is generally involved with music rights? &q ...

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