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  1. Backbeat: Amy Lee Attends EMI Canada's Evanescence Listening Party

    August 25, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Amy Lee was on hand for an invitation-only playback of five new Evanescence songs at Toronto's Liberty Studios on August 22. Hosted by EMI Music Canada, and attended by about 30 people, mainly label staff and media, radio and retail, Paul Sha ...

  2. Don Was Named Chief Creative Officer of Blue Note Records

    August 09, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Musician, songwriter and Grammy Award-winning producer Don Was has been named Chief Creative Officer of EMI's Blue Note Records label, the label announced today. Was, who has produced records for artists including Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop, Ziggy M ...

  3. Higher-Than-Expected Bids for EMI Group Could Favor Strategic Buyers--Including the Other Majors

    August 05, 2011 11:42 AM EDT With the first round of bids in for Citigroup's auction of EMI Group, the higher-than-expected levels of the bids suggest that strategic suitors--including the other major-label groups--may have a leg up on other bidders. Sources say at lea ...

  4. EMI: High Bids Put Strategic Buyers -- Including Other Majors -- in the Lead

    August 05, 2011 10:53 AM EDT With the first round of bids in for Citigroup's auction of EMI Group , the higher-than-expected levels of the bids suggest that strategic suitors-including the other major-label groups-may have a leg up on other bidders. Sources say at least ...

  5. Business Matters: The Real Story in Warner Music's Earnings Report: Diversity, Digital Growth

    August 04, 2011 5:26 PM EDT The Real Story in Warner Music's Earnings Report: Diversity, Digital Growth Two things get the headlines in coverage of Warner Music Group's fiscal third quarter ended June 30: Spotify and LimeWire. But dig deeper and you'll find fa ...

  6. Business Matters: What the Stock Market Declines Mean to Music Companies

    August 02, 2011 6:42 PM EDT What the Stock Market Declines Mean to Music Companies -- Concerns about the U.S. debt and hints that the U.S. economy has entered a double-dip recession are dragging down stock markets and impacting music and entertainment companies. New consumer ...

  7. EMI: Who's Bidding? Nearly Everyone Who Bid for Warner Music Group

    July 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT With the deadline for first-round bids in the EMI auction looming this weekend, sources say that many of the suitors who bid on Warner Music Group have also bid on the British major. While nearly a dozen suitors made bids for WMG, in an auction wo ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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,& ...

  10. Chinese Search Giant Baidu's Major-Label Licensing Pacts Signal a Promising Shift

    July 22, 2011 1:46 PM EDT Can the piracy-ravaged Chinese market represent a sales opportunity for record labels after all? Sparking such hopes is a licensing agreement between One-Stop China, a joint venture of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner M ...

  11. Bug Music For Sale Again

    July 20, 2011 7:42 AM EDT Bug Music, which was up for sale in an aborted auction last summer, is back on the block, according to sources. The auction is once again being run by JP Morgan Chase, and according to Bloomberg News, which broke the news. Bids are due next week. ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Universal Music Strikes Direct Licensing Deal With Last.fm

    July 15, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Universal Music Group is to license its repertoire direct to streaming service Last.fm - sidestepping its previous arrangement with collection societies such as United Kingdom organization PPL. The news follows the announcement earlier this year t ...

  15. Coldplay Launching Samsung AT&T Summer Krush Concert Series

    July 12, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Coldplay will perform in Los Angeles later this summer to help launch the fourth annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush, a free concert series designed to showcase the capabilities of the newly released Samsung Infuse 4G, available exclusively throu ...

  16. Business Matters: HMV Woes Signal Even Bigger Retail Changes Ahead

    July 05, 2011 5:42 PM EDT Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls…: HMV -- If you took a long holiday weekend you may have missed the news that retail chain HMV posted a large annual loss and is in the midst of restructuring the company into a "broad-based entertainment busin ...

  17. Bridget Unger: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Bridget Unger Director of Music Resources, EMI Music Publishing Bridget Unger, 28, has expanded EMI Music Publishing's reach into nontraditional media, from apparel to gaming companies. Unger also has licensing responsibilities for EMI/Capito ...

  18. Can Doug Morris Lead Sony Past Universal Music Group to Be the No. 1 Label?

    June 24, 2011 11:45 AM EDT As Doug Morris moves on from his 15-year tenure at the helm of No. 1 U.S. music company, Universal Music Group, to his new job as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, will he be able to drive the No. 2 major into the top spot? The industry will know s ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Take That's Re-Release Tops U.K. Album Chart; Example Single Remains at No. 1

    June 20, 2011 7:29 AM EDT Take That's "Progress" album (Polydor/Universal), which debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. last November, powered back to the top yesterday (Sunday) after the release of a new version, augmented by a second CD featuring eight unreleased t ...

  22. Apple Reaches Licensing Agreement With Sony For Cloud Music Service: Report

    May 20, 2011 9:02 AM EDT Apple Inc has reportedly reached a licensing agreement with Sony Corp for its impending music cloud service, according to Bloomberg News . That would make Sony the third major label after Warner and EMI to reportedly sign deals with the Apple . If ...

  23. Why Apple Will Dominate Cloud Music, Regardless of Label Deals

    May 19, 2011 11:34 AM EDT UPDATE : Reports surfaced today (May 22) that Apple has come to terms with Sony Music Entertainment for it's impending cloud service , according to Bloomberg News. The deal would make Sony the third major label after Warner and EMI to sign li ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Apple Close to Label Deals for Cloud Music Service: Report

    May 19, 2011 7:47 AM EDT Apple has signed a cloud-music licensing deal with EMI Music and is close to pacts with with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, CNET reported late Wednesday, citing "multiple music industry sources." Warner Music Group i ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Warner Music/Access Industries Deal Is A Win For Both -- But Will Gores Try to Upend It?

    May 06, 2011 7:48 PM EDT Access Industries' proposed $3.3 billion acquisition of the Warner Music Group (WMG) is turning out to be a "best of both worlds" kind of deal for all involved. For one, the private equity owners of WMG will get another payday on to ...

  28. IMPALA Warns Access Industries, WMG's New Owners, Against EMI Purchase

    May 06, 2011 3:05 PM EDT IMPALA , the Brussells-based Independent Music Companies Association, has warned new Warner Music Group owner Access Industries that any attempt by the company to purchase EMI and merge it with Warner -- a scenario many have speculated about in re ...

  29. What Can We Expect From a Blavatnik-Owned Warner Music Group?

    May 06, 2011 11:39 AM EDT Warner Music Group may have a new owner in the form of Len Blavatnik's Access Industries , but broadly speaking, insiders feel we can expect more of the same from the company. That's because his close relationship with WMG chairman and C ...

  30. Warner Music Bids in With Board, Announcement Expected Friday: Sources

    May 04, 2011 7:20 AM EDT Bids for a likely $3 billion buyout of Warner Music Group are in with the company's board for review over the next couple of days, according to two people familiar with the process. Three parties are known to have put in bids for the world� ...

  31. EMI Music Publishing Taking Over Licensing Digital Rights From ASCAP

    May 03, 2011 4:17 PM EDT EMI Music Publishing is bundling performance rights previously represented by ASCAP with mechanical and syncronization rights in a move to streamline licensing for digital music service providers, the company announced in a statement today. In mak ...

  32. Warner Music $3 Billion Buyout Could be Done this Week: Source

    May 02, 2011 7:13 AM EDT Final buyout bids for Warner Music Group are due on Monday and the company could be sold by the end of the week in a deal valued at over $3 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter. The third round of bids is led by two competing fi ...

  33. EMI Artists, Songwriters Raise $940,000 for Japanese Red Cross Disaster Relief

    April 26, 2011 2:39 PM EDT An auction of exclusive personal items and memorabilia donated by EMI artists and songwriters has raised $940,000 in funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month's earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the company announced in ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Adele's '21' Returns to Top of U.K. Charts, Foo Fighters at No. 2

    April 25, 2011 7:24 AM EDT Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) resumed its supremacy yesterday (Sunday) on the U.K. album charts moving back 2-1 after the Foo Fighters' "Wasting Light" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) last week broke its 12-week run at ...

  36. Plan B, Everything Everything Top Ivor Novello Award Nominations

    April 20, 2011 12:06 PM EDT Nominations for the U.K's 56th Ivor Novello Awards were announced yesterday with Manchester-based Indie band Everything Everything and London rapper/singer-songwriter Plan B leading the way with more than two nominations each, despite the for ...

  37. Foo Fighters Top U.K. Charts, End Adele's 11-Week Run

    April 18, 2011 7:12 AM EDT Adele's 11-week unbroken run of supremacy on the U.K. album chart was ended yesterday (Sunday) by Foo Fighters, as "Wasting Light" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at No. 1. The singles chart also welcomed a new leader, as &qu ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. HMV Looks To Major Labels For Financial Assistance

    April 11, 2011 8:07 AM EDT Troubled U.K. High Street retailer HMV has called upon the four major labels to help stave off its debt and cash flow crisis, according to U.K. press reports. British broadsheet newspaper The Sunday Times has reported that HMV has asked EMI, Sony ...

  40. Oaktree, Primary Wave Reportedly Submit Bid For Warner Music Publishing

    April 09, 2011 1:55 PM EDT As bidding for Warner Music Group draws to a close , Oaktree Capital Management and publishing company Primary Wave have submitted a joint bid for Warner Music's publishing arm valued at around $1.5 billion, the New York Post reported late Fr ...

  41. EMI Combining Sync and Licensing Departments

    April 07, 2011 4:07 PM EDT EMI is combining the synchronization and licensing staffs of its North American publishing and record label operations and putting them under one roof. The move helps the company execute a global rights management strategy initiated by Roger Faxon ...

  42. Aussie.Biz: EMI Australia's She Can DJ Search

    April 07, 2011 10:50 AM EDT EMI Seeking Female DJs - EMI Australia has a new spin on talent-searching. The music company has launched She Can DJ, an A&R project to scout a hot, new female dance artist from these parts. On offer is a plethora of prizes, including a global ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Analysis: Interpreting Live Nation's Bid For Warner's Record Labels

    April 01, 2011 8:10 AM EDT The most disruptive bid for Warner Music Group could, surprisingly, also be the one that makes the most sense. Live Nation's bid for the record label portion of Warner represents untapped potential, value that other bidders cannot unlock. At ...

  45. Amazon Seeks Approval For Cloud Drive Service -- Will The Labels Play Ball?

    March 31, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Amazon's decision to unveil its new Cloud Drive music locker service without establishing licensing deals with record labels continues to reverberate. The move has elicited an overwhelmingly negative reaction major record labels and publisher ...

  46. BlueBeat.com to Pay EMI Nearly $1 Million for Illegally Selling Beatles Hits

    March 29, 2011 8:10 AM EDT A website that sold Beatles songs online for 25 cents apiece before they became legally available has agreed to pay record companies nearly $1 million to settle a federal lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Josephine Staton Tucker signed off on the settl ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Retail Briefs: McNamee To Give NARM Keynote, Birdel's Records Shutters, March Is Metal Madness

    February 28, 2011 4:15 PM EST Elevation Partners' McNamee To Give NARM Keynote Address -- Elevation Partners' Roger McNamee will make the keynote address at the NARM Convention's "Digital Breakfast," to be held on the last day of the confab, which runs ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Australian 2010 Record Market Tumbles

    February 17, 2011 11:09 AM EST Australia's record market in 2010 endured an episode of bloodletting as the value of the business tumbled by 13.9%, according to a just-released reporty by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Digital music product enjoyed st ...

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