EMI

  1. Telenor Refuses To Block Pirate Bay Access

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Norwegian telecom group Telenor will not block access to the Swedish BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay, despite demands from representatives of the entertainment industry. Telenor said that a demand from international and Norwegian music and film ...

  2. Trinity Street Ceases Trading

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital marketing company Trinity Street, which provided e-commerce facilities for acts including Oasis, has ceased trading. The London-based direct-to-consumer company also provided online music stores at official Web sites for Arctic Monkeys and ...

  3. Performance Right Act Reintroduced To Congress

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected the Performance Right Act has been reintroduced jointly to Congress today with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Corker (R-TN), and B ...

  4. Former Trinity Directors Issue Writ To Board Members

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Andrew Murray and David Robson, directors and founding members of direct-to-consumer business Trinity Street, have issued a writ in the High Court to two of the company's current board members. Claiming they were unlawfully removed from the c ...

  5. Bertelsmann Triples Profit

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bertelsmann AG, the Germany media company, has reported figures for the first nine months of 2008 including a tripling of its net profits to €387 million ($493 million). The figure to the end of September was up 193% from €132 million ($168 millio ...

  6. Report: New EMI Music Structure To Be Revealed

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Financial Times reports that Elio Leoni-Sceti, CEO of EMI’s recorded music division, will reveal that the company is dividing its operations into new music, catalog and music services units. Billboard.biz will update with details as they becom ...

  7. Baidu Signs Up 80 Labels For Ad-Funded Pre-Release Streaming

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Beijing-based search engine Baidu has partnered with 80 labels on an ad-funded music streaming service that previews new releases. Baidu has been embroiled in legal battles with the majors over its music search engine, which provides "deep li ...

  8. UMG's Morris Renews Contract, Hires Flom

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Doug Morris has signed a new long-term deal to lead the world's largest record label. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "I'm enjoying what I'm doing enormously right now. I want to take th ...

  9. Duffy, Beck Cover 'Heroes' For War Child

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The War Child charity is to partner with EMI's Parlophone label on a covers album, "Heroes", featuring contemporary acts chosen by music legends. The album, released by Parlophone on Nov. 24, will raise funds for the UK-based charit ...

  10. 'Now' Compilation Celebrates Silver Anniversary

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI will celebrate the 25th U.K. anniversary of the "Now That's What I Call Music" compilation series with the release of a special edition, triple-CD set. "Now 25 Years" (EMI TV), will be released Oct. 27 in the U.K., wil ...

  11. EMI Recruits Melrose To Senior A&R Role

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran music manager and A&R consultant Steven Melrose has been appointed VP, A&R labels for North America, U.K. and Ireland. Nick Gatfield, EMI's president of A&R labels, recruited Melrose, who will be based in Los Angeles. Melr ...

  12. EMI Keeps Mum On Sceti Hire Report

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI has declined to comment on a published report which claims the music major has poached a key new recorded music executive in the form of Elio Leoni Sceti, a marketing specialist at consumer products firm Reckitt Benckiser. According to the Sun ...

  13. EMI Cuts Hit Capitol Nashville

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Capitol Records Nashville VP of A&R Larry Willoughby and VP of sales Bill Kennedy are among those who have exited the company as part of parent EMI's previously announced worldwide restructuring of its recorded music division. EMI had no ...

  14. Stones Deny Label Move From EMI

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Rolling Stones have played down a weekend report that the band planned to ditch long-term record company EMI to join concert promoter Live Nation. But industry experts still believe the British group could soon part ways with the label, which ...

  15. Coldplay's 'Viva La Vida' On A Record-Breaking Haul

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British retailers are admitting their sales estimates for Coldplay's new album were too conservative after the album shifted a staggering 125,000 albums on its first day on sale yesterday. The band's hugely-anticipated fourth studio set ...

  16. PluggedIn Set For Launch

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PluggedIn, a Web site focused on music videos and other music offerings, is expected to launch Wednesday in public beta with partnerships with Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and EMI and an investment from Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment ...

  17. Billboard Q&A: President Of Digital Business For EMI, Douglas Merrill

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The appointment of former Google chief information officer Douglas Merrill to president of EMI's digital business is certainly one of the more innovative executive moves made by a major label in recent memory. Merrill -- an outsider to the mu ...

  18. EU Commissioner Backs Copyright Term Extension

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Union's internal market commissioner has given his unequivocal support to industry demands for an extension for the term of copyright on sound recordings. Commissioner Charlie McCreevy said today he intends to propose an extensio ...

  19. Chrysalis Bid Deadline Concludes With A Buzz

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Chrysalis Group is generating interest from both music publishers and the media as the music publisher's bid-deadline wraps on Tuesday. Today's bid-deadline closure passed with a buzz in the British press, as speculation mounts on who wi ...

  20. No Mend In Sight For FIMI, Sanremo Rift

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The current poor relations between Italy's major representative body FIMI and the organizers of the country's flagship music event, the Sanremo Festival, show no sign of improving. FIMI president Enzo Mazza was widely reported in the nat ...

  21. Stones Sign With Universal For Soundtrack

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Rolling Stones have signed a one-album deal with Universal Music as they approach the end of their current contract with EMI, which is understood to expire this year. The band's worldwide deal with Universal is just for the soundtrack alb ...

  22. BPI Says Indies Remain On Its Side

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST The BPI is downplaying reports that it has raised the ire of its independent label membership by handing the majors a cut-rate subscription. The BPI's budget was unanimously approved last week at the trade body's council meeting, which i ...

  23. Bengtson Recruited To Helm Universal Denmark

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Casper Bengtson has been named as the successor to Jens-Otto Paludan at Universal Music Denmark. Bengtson becomes managing director of the Copenhagen-based company, where he is tasked with developing future strategies for domestic and internationa ...

  24. Kylie, Spice Girls Arrive A Day Early

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST In a break from tradition, EMI will release the physical versions of the anticipated new Kylie Minogue and Spice Girls singles on a Sunday in Britain, a day earlier than typical releases. Minogue's "2 Hearts," the opening track from ...

  25. Terra Firma Chief: No Plans To Sell EMI Music

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Terra Firma chief executive Guy Hands said Friday the private equity venture had no plans to sell its ailing recorded music division, despite how badly the company had been run. EMI, which parted company with former CEO Eric Nicoli and finance dir ...

  26. Terra Firma Closing In On EMI

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT More than a quarter of music giant EMI's shareholders have accepted Terra Firma's takeover offer, the European private equity firm said today. By 1pm ET yesterday (July 19), Terra Firma's proposal had garnered 26.19% acceptance amon ...

  27. Parlophone Seals Bat For Lashes Deal

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI label Parlophone has struck a deal with indie label Echo to license works from Mercury Music Prize nominated-artist Bat For Lashes. EMI and Capitol labels will carry Bat For Lashes' forthcoming releases internationally, while Caroline Rec ...

  28. Arctics, Winehouse Make Mercury Prize Shortlist

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The shortlist for the Nationwide Mercury Prize has been unveiled in London, featuring a typically broad range of musical tastes dominated this year by new, alternative artists. The award, which highlights the best 12 British or Irish albums of the ...

  29. Update: Spice Girls Get Ready For World Tour

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Spice Girls today confirmed one of the pop world's worst-kept secrets when the girl group announced they would reunite for a world tour. At a press conference in the O2, London -- formerly the Millennium Dome -- the five-piece group annou ...

  30. Korn: Back On Top

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It's about 45 minutes before Korn is scheduled to take the stage at Los Angeles rock station KROQ's annual Weenie Roast yKorn Takes Its Innovative Record Deal -- And A Host Of Diehard Fans -- To The Bank Fiesta, and the band's roadi ...

  31. Digital Talk Takes Over Copyright Summit

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The role of copyright in the digital age was top of the agenda during the morning session of Day 2 of the CISAC Copyright Summit in Brussels. In a keynote address, Nikesh Aroha, Google's newly-appointed president for Europe, the Middle East a ...

  32. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Attack of the Amazons It's a simple equation -- make digital music interoperable and more people will sell it. That's the message coming out of Amazon.com's long-expected revelation that it will soon launch a digital music ...

  33. Sony BMG Rejigs Classical A&R Structure

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment is creating a new centralized A&R structure for its Sony BMG Masterworks classical music group. Artist development will now be run through an International Repertoire Center (IRC), overseen by Chris Craker, most re ...

  34. Last.fm To Launch Music VOD Feature

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm is launching a new music video on demand offering, as well as a music video recommendation feature. Indie labels Ninja Tune, Nettwerk Music Group, Domino, Warp and Mute are among the independent labels supplying videos from playback at lau ...

  35. Brit Vocalist Jamelia Parts Ways With Parlophone

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British R&B singer Jamelia has severed ties with EMI label Parlophone, her record label for the best part of a decade. In a conversation with Billboard.biz, the Birmingham-born artist declined to discuss the subject, but refuted a press report ...

  36. Last.fm, IODA Pact

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm has expanded its content partnerships with record labels through a deal with IODA. Under the agreement, IODA will license its full catalog of more than 800,000 tracks to Last.fm's customized radio service, a key part of the music soci ...

  37. Apple Corps, EMI Settle Beatles Royalty Row

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Apple Corps, the Beatles' company, has settled its £30 million ($59.2 million) royalties dispute with the band's label EMI. EMI would not disclose details of the settlement, which was reached last month. An EMI spokeswoman tells Billboar ...

  38. Marketing Exec Lauriot-Prevost Joins WMI

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Matthieu Lauriot-Prevost has made a swift return to the record business. The former EMI marketing executive has joined Warner Music International in the role as senior VP, marketing. Based in London, Lauriot-Prevost will be responsible for all asp ...

  39. A Sour Note For Music Biz

    April 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The music business has to brace itself for more declines this year, Merrill Lynch analyst Jessica Reif Cohen warned in a research report. Overall, the "music market appears headed in (the) wrong direction," she said Thursday, estimating ...

  40. Last.FM Quietly Unveils Subscription

    April 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music-based social networking and Internet radio service Last.fm recently soft-launched a subscription service, according to Wired.com . The ad-free subscription service costs $3/month and offers more interactivity. A "full-fledged" subs ...

  41. Majors Back China's Sina.com

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and EMI have signed on to provide content to a Chinese digital music service from Sina.com. The specifics of the digital offering have not yet been discussed, but it is expected to include a prof ...

  42. Last.fm Boosts Catalog

    March 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music-based social networking and Internet radio service Last.fm has increased its music catalog through a deal with The Orchard, a digital distributor of independent music. The deal brings about a million new licensed tracks to the popular servic ...

  43. German Indies Back Impala/WMG Pact

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST German independent labels body VUT today (March 1) confirmed its formal backing to the agreement between Warner Music Group and pan-European labels body Impala which has sparked heated debate within the independent sector. The Impala/WMG agreement ...

  44. EC Confirm Sony BMG Investigation

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission formally revealed Thursday (March 1) a four-month indepth investigation into the 2004 merger between Sony and Bertelsmann's music units, as revealed yesterday on Billboard.biz . The Commission, the European Union' ...

  45. Schnur Joins CMA Board

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Veteran music executive Steve Schnur has been named to the Country Music Association board of directors. Schnur, who began his career at MTV and has held executive positions at Warner Music Group, EMI and BMG, currently serves as worldwide executi ...

  46. 'Shocked' MoS Quits AIM Over Impala, WMG Pact

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST Leading London-based dance music specialist Ministry of Sound today (Feb. 23) confirmed that it has resigned from U.K. trade body the Association of Independent Music over its support of the Impala decision to back Warner Music Group's approa ...

  47. IMPALA To Meet With EC Commissioner

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST IMPALA leaders plan to meet with the European Commissioner in charge of competition on Friday (Feb. 23), Billboard.biz has learned. They intend to discuss a proposed framework to resolve objections that the independent music trade group has -- or ...

  48. WMG-IMPALA Strike Pre-Merger Deal

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group struck a deal with European indie group IMPALA to overcome any objections the group may have to a WMG acquisition of EMI. Last year, IMPALA successfully challenged the European Commission's approval of the Sony and BMG Musi ...

  49. EMI Files $100 Million Lawsuit Against InfoSpace

    January 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music publishing giant EMI has filed a $100 million lawsuit against one of the world's biggest ringtone providers. In a complaint filed Jan. 12 in U.S. District Court in New York, EMI alleges that InfoSpace and its subsidiaries Moviso and Pre ...

  50. EMI Senior Digital VP Tom Ryan To Exit In January

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI senior VP of digital and mobile strategy and development Tom Ryan will be leaving the record label in mid-January, according to a memo issued by vice chairman David Munns. Ryan plans to return to his "entrepreneurial roots," although ...

Pages