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  1. Skrillex May Get First Top 10 Album This Week

    January 09, 2012 9:13 AM EST Five-time Grammy Award nominee Skrillex may be on his way to his first top 10 album, as his latest release, "Bangarang," could charge into the Billboard 200 chart's top 10 this week. He just earned his best week ever on the Billboar ...

  2. Rock Lives (Still): Mumford & Sons, Foster The People Lead 2011's Growing Rock Retail

    January 06, 2012 6:00 PM EST Every few years pundits say, "Rock is dead." And like clockwork, an act will come along and throw a wrench into those death proclamations. Plus, in 2011, of the overall music categories, rock had the biggest gain, up 1.9% to 105.7 millio ...

  3. Business Matters: EMI Sues Grooveshark (Again), Pandora Takes Longview, Sirius Adds 1.7M Subscribers, EMI Execs' 'Forfeited' Bonuses Overstated

    January 05, 2012 6:39 PM EST EMI Sues Grooveshark for Breach of Contract -- Controversial music-streaming service has been sued by EMI - again. EMI Music Publishing has Grooveshark for breach of contract, according to reports at the New York Times and other outlets. The lawsu ...

  4. FTC Reviewing Citigroup's Sale of EMI To Universal, Sony: Report

    December 22, 2011 12:09 PM EST The FTC is reviewing Citigroup's sale of EMI's recorded music and publishing divisions, according to a New York Post report . The sale of EMI's divisions - recorded music to Universal Music Group for $1.9 billion and music publishin ...

  5. Nick Gatfield, Former EMI Exec, Calls Working Under Guy Hands' Regime 'Uncomfortable'

    December 19, 2011 5:47 PM EST (Bill Werde -- @bwerde -- is Billboard's editorial director. This post first was published on his Tumblr page .) For those who keep abreast on the comings, goings and inner workings of major music companies, the Guardian ran a doozy of an int ...

  6. Backbeat: Is Tom Whalley the Next Head of Capitol?

    December 15, 2011 9:39 PM EST Capitol: Whalley or won't he? It appears the job of running Capitol, once the company is subsumed by Universal , is former Warner Bros. Records chief Tom Whalley 's to lose. At least that's what our best sources are telling us. It&# ...

  7. Amy Winehouse's 'Lioness' Tops U.K. Charts; 2011's Highest Music Sales Week

    December 12, 2011 8:33 AM EST Amy Winehouse posthumously achieved the biggest weekly sale of her U.K. chart career last week with "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" (Universal Island), as Official Charts Company data showed total album sales reaching a weekly high for 2011 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Record Label Shake Ups, Sales Make For A Tumultuous Year In The Music Industry

    December 08, 2011 7:55 AM EST With the sale of Warner Music Group, the planned sale and breakup of EMI Group and the installation of new management at each of the three surviving majors, 2011 was a year of seismic shifts in the major-label landscape. The rumbles began immediat ...

  11. Marty Bandier, Sony ATV CEO, Reveals Plans for EMI Music Publishing, Keeping Name: Report

    December 07, 2011 3:08 PM EST Sony/ATV CEO Marty Bandier recently revealed that EMI Music Publishing, which stands as the second biggest music publisher behind Universal Publishing, will in fact be keeping its name, according to a story in the most recent edition of Music Week ...

  12. Germany Increasingly Buying Music By German Artists

    December 06, 2011 3:15 PM EST Haus Music: From lef: Top selling German artist Unheilig's Der Graf ("The Count:) with Frank Briegmann, CEO of Universal GSA (Photo: Michael Kucharski, Universal) Germans are apparently rediscovering their language--at least in music. Fo ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Read: EMI CEO Roger Faxon's FAQ to Staff Explaining Procedure for Universal, Sony Deals

    November 14, 2011 7:36 AM EST Late Friday, EMI CEO Roger Faxon circulated a note to the company's staff regarding the sale of the company's recorded-music division to Universal and its publishing unit to Sony . "Truly there are some very serious consequences for ...

  15. Sony Corp. USA To own 38% of EMI Music Publishing, No Official Word on Staffing

    November 11, 2011 8:46 PM EST Sony Corp. USA will own 38% of EMI Music Publishing and provide management oversight for the EMI music publishing operations. That's the word from Rob Wiesenthal, the executive VP/CFO at Sony Corporation of America. "We are providing ope ...

  16. It's Official: Sony-Led Group Purchases EMI Music Publishing for $2.2 Billion

    November 11, 2011 6:38 PM EST It's official: An investment group led by Sony Corp. has signed a definitive purchase agreement to acquire EMI Music Publishing for $2.2 billion from Citigroup. In addition to Sony Corp. of America, the investment group is comprised of the es ...

  17. EMI's Deals WIth Universal, Sony Face Inevitable -- But Different -- Regulatory Scrutiny

    November 11, 2011 5:46 PM EST The sale of EMI is just the beginning in what could be a lengthy process that further consolidates the record and music publishing businesses. Citigroup's sale of EMI -- its recorded-music division to Universal Music Group and its music publi ...

  18. Sony/EMI Deal: Publishing Companies Would Remain Separate, But Managed by Sony

    November 11, 2011 4:05 PM EST While Citigroup and the Sony-led investment group are still working on the final wording for the purchase agreement so it can be signed, sources say that that Sony/ATV Music Publishing will manage the EMI publishing assets, but its own copyrights ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Read: EMI CEO Roger Faxon's Memo to Staff About Universal Sale

    November 11, 2011 12:21 PM EST Below is EMI CEO Roger Faxon's memo to his staff, circulated today and obtained by Billboard.biz, in which he addresses the sale of the company's recorded-music to Universal and said he hopes to be able to discuss the publishing division ...

  21. EMI Publishing Goes to Sony, Label to Universal

    November 11, 2011 10:34 AM EST In yet another surprise during a week of head-spinning rumors and negotiations , Citigroup this morning announced the completion of the sale of EMI's recorded-music operation to Vivendi/Universal Music Group, ahead of its pending announcement ...

  22. Read: Citigroup and Vivendi's Statement About Universal Music's Purchase of EMI's Recorded Music Division

    November 11, 2011 10:00 AM EST Below is the official statement circulated today about Universal Music's purchase of EMI's recorded-music division. For Immediate Release November 11, 2011 Vivendi and Universal Music Group (UMG) to Purchase EMI Music London, Paris, New ...

  23. EMI Publishing Deal Might Close Before Label

    November 11, 2011 1:48 AM EST With the Financial Times reporting that a deal with Citigroup and Universal for EMI's recorded music division could be struck by the start of next week, sources say that the bank may close the publishing deal first, possibly as soon as today ...

  24. EMI Split Sale Approaches, But Complications Persist

    November 10, 2011 7:14 PM EST Press reports in the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal may suggest that Citigroup is close to completing two separate deals to sell EMI, but sources say that both negotiations still have complications to overcome. Citigroup is seeking $1.7 mill ...

  25. EMI Sale Intensifying As Citigroup Renews Negotiations With Sony, Gets Real With Universal

    November 09, 2011 7:13 PM EST In a turnaround from last week when nothing happened, Citigroup is not only making a renewed effort to sell EMI recorded music operations to Universal, but is also again actively engaging in discussions with Sony Corp., about EMI Music Publishing, ...

  26. IMPALA Calls For European Commission To Intervene In EMI Sale

    November 09, 2011 6:00 PM EST IMPALA, the Brussels-based Independent Music Companies Association, has called on the European Commission to intervene on its behalf should Universal or Sony attempt to buy EMI. The news follows recent reports that Universal Music Group (UMG) has ...

  27. Is Renewed Interest In EMI Auction Real, or Just Smoke?

    November 08, 2011 8:04 PM EST A frenzy of news stories Tuesday would have you believe that the Citigroup run auction for EMI's recorded music operation is not only heating up, but could soon come to a head. Whether that's true or simply just smoke and mirrors remains ...

  28. Business Matters: Don't Bury the CD Just Yet -- Study Predicts a Slow, Graceful Demise

    November 08, 2011 6:45 PM EST Don't Bury the CD Just Yet… -- Technology research firm Gartner forecasts global digital music spending (by end customers) will be up to $6.3 billion in 2011, from $5.9 billion last year, and the company's analysts see global digital mus ...

  29. Coldplay, Adele Help Push Digital Albums to Record Sales in US, UK

    November 08, 2011 1:08 PM EST We may live in the playlist era, but digital consumers are buying more albums than ever. In the U.K., digital album sales have already surpassed their 2010 total. Last year's sales figure is within close reach in the U.S. U.K. consumers have ...

  30. This Week in Music: UMG's Rob Wells Says Coldplay Is Wrong Not To Put New Album On Spotify

    November 07, 2011 6:12 PM EST In the lastest "This Week In Music" installment, Topspin's Ian Rogers talks with Rob Wells, president of Universal Music Group's global digital business sector. Here Wells argues that music streaming sites like Spotify do not c ...

  31. Ivan Gavin Named COO of Universal Republic, Island Def Jam

    November 07, 2011 11:40 AM EST Ivan Gavin has been appointed to the newly-created position of Chief Operating Officer of Universal Republic & Island Def Jam it was announced today by Barry Weiss, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company, and to whom Mr. Gavin rep ...

  32. EMI, Echo Nest Team Up to Give App Developers a 'Sandbox' of Music, Marketing

    November 03, 2011 11:17 AM EDT Echo Nest and EMI Music have partnered to give app developers access to EMI's catalog and marketing support for their creations. The effort is part of EMI Music's OpenEMI initiative, the company's effort to streamline the music lice ...

  33. Justin Bieber's 'Mistletoe' Album Aiming for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 02, 2011 8:36 PM EDT The top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week should welcome new releases from the likes of Justin Bieber, Wale, Susan Boyle and Miranda Lambert, to name a few. Bieber's first Christmas effort, "Under the Mistletoe," will l ...

  34. Florence & The Machine Set To Overtake Coldplay Atop U.K. Album Charts

    November 01, 2011 2:08 PM EDT Florence & The Machine's sophomore set "Ceremonials" (Island Records/Universal) is set to knock Coldplay off the top of the U.K. album charts. Released this week, "Ceremonials" has moved approximately 38,000 copies in ...

  35. Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' On Track For 2011's Third Highest Debut

    October 31, 2011 7:30 AM EDT As previously reported, Coldplay is easily cruising to its third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week as "Mylo Xyloto" will top the tally. While on Wednesday, the set was projected -- by industry sources -- to sell at least 4 ...

  36. EMI: Access/Warner Pulls Out of Auction

    October 30, 2011 9:28 PM EDT In an apparent game of brinkmanship, Len Blavatnik's Access Industries has pulled out of the auction for EMI's recorded music operation, sources confirmed to Billboard.biz, even though the company was said to be the front-runner in the b ...

  37. Kei Ishizaka Named Chairman, CEO of Warner Music Japan

    October 28, 2011 8:55 AM EDT Kei Ishizaka has been named Chairman & CEO, Warner Music Japan accourding to an announcement by Warner Music Group. Effective Nov. 1, Ishizaka will oversee all aspects of Warner Music Japan's domestic and global repertoire and will report ...

  38. Angela Martinez Named To EMI Latin America Business Affairs

    October 28, 2011 6:25 AM EDT Angela Martinez has been named VP, Latin Business Affairs for EMI Latin America. In her new role, Martinez will be responsible for day-to-day business affairs at Capitol Latin, EMI's U.S. Latin company. Martinez replaces Oswaldo Rossi, who ha ...

  39. Updated: As EMI Auction Hits Home Stretch, Who's in the Lead? Depends Who's Talking ...

    October 27, 2011 3:00 PM EDT UPDATE Friday 6 p.m. ET : While it was widely speculated that there would be news about the status of EMI's auction today (October 28), the week is closing with negotiations still ongoing, sources tell Billboard.biz. The biggest hold-up revol ...

  40. Robbie Williams leaves EMI for Universal

    October 21, 2011 3:53 PM EDT Robbie Williams, one of the most successful artists on EMI, has left the company and signed with Universal for his next solo LP, according to the Financial Times and other online reports. "I'm really thrilled to be joining the Universal ...

  41. EMI: With Bids Low, Company Considers Whether to Split Up or Postpone Sale

    October 17, 2011 4:05 PM EDT While Citigroup is keeping all five known EMI bidders on the hook, it isn't yet actually conducting a formal third round of bidding with a deadline, sources tell Billboard.biz. Instead, they have been in touch with all bidders, asking them to ...

  42. Rihanna Tops U.K. Singles Chart For Second Week; Steps Have No. 1 Album

    October 17, 2011 6:17 AM EDT Late 1990s/early 2000s British hit-making pop quintet Steps burst back on the U.K. album chart at No. 1 Sunday (16) with the new Sony Music compilation "The Ultimate Collection." Rihanna's "We Found Love" (Def Jam/Universa ...

  43. Coldplay, Clear Channel Partner To Give Fans Preview of New Album

    October 07, 2011 8:06 AM EDT Coldplay fans can get some early previews at the band's upcoming album (and the band gets some extra promotion) in the Clear Channel's new Artist Integration Program starting Oct. 10. "Capitol Records and Coldplay are excited to par ...

  44. EMI Auction: Second-Round Bids Are In, Questions Still Looming

    October 06, 2011 10:06 PM EDT With the second-round bids for EMI now in (as of Oct. 5), it will take a few days for clarity about the situation to emerge, sources say. Of course, Citigroup and EMI know what they have in hand, but bidders and their consultants are unsure of whe ...

  45. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Andria Vidler

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 18 Andria Vidler CEO, EMI Music U.K. & Ireland Website: Emimusic.com Twitter: @emiworldwide Under CEO Andria Vidler, EMI Music U.K. & Ireland reports that the past year has been its most successful since the era of Spice Girls in the m ...

  46. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Claudia Palmer

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 13 Claudia Palmer Executive VP/COO of Europe, EMI Music Publishing Website: Emimusicpub.com , Emiproductionmusic.com Twitter: @emimusicpub In the past year, EMI Music Publishing in Europe has continued to reap the benefits of a Pan-European re ...

  47. EMI Auction: Who's Got the Inside Track?

    September 30, 2011 4:30 PM EDT With the second-round, Oct. 5 deadline looming large in the EMI auction process, it sounds like the strategic bidders have the inside track, according to an informal survey of bidders, consultants involved in the deal and industry sources generall ...

  48. Backbeat: Sebastian Bach Wows Crowd at Trans World Conference & Awards

    September 19, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment held its annual conference in Saratoga Springs, New York earlier this month and presented vender awards at the event. For its music suppliers, Sony almost swept the awards. Sony was named vendor of the year; RED was tappe ...

  49. BMG's Purchase of Bug Music Finds It Closing in on Majors

    September 16, 2011 2:17 PM EDT There's been a persistent rumor about BMG Rights Management, the music publishing joint venture between German media giant Bertelsmann and private-equity firm Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts: If it doesn't succeed in acquiring the publish ...

  50. 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 ...

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