Electronic Arts

  1. Malaysian Biz Set For Digital Revenue Boost

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Association of Malaysia (RIM) forecasts digital revenue to grow from 20 million Malaysian ringgits ($5.5 million) this year to 30 million ringgits ($8.29 million) in 2009. It follows the signing of a historic memorandum of u ...

  2. RealNetworks To Cut 130 Jobs

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks is planning to lay off over 7% of its workforce, or about 130 jobs, according to a post in the company's blog . The cuts are called a cost-cutting measure taken in response to the current economic climate. The company did not def ...

  3. MTV Cuts To Be Revealed Today

    December 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The exact toll that media conglomerate Viacom Inc.'s just announced jobs cuts will take on the staff and structure of MTV will be delivered to that division's department heads today, according to an internal memo sent to employees from J ...

  4. AIM Advises Labels On Pinnacle

    December 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. independent labels trade body AIM has called an emergency meeting after independent distribution company Pinnacle Entertainment went into administration. Although calls at the company's HQ in Sidcup, Kent were not answered, accountancy f ...

  5. Borders' Q3 Loss Widens

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Borders Group Inc. on Tuesday (Nov. 25) reported a widening loss for the third quarter and said it is no longer for sale. Its stock plummeted more than 50 percent in after-hours trading. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based bookseller has been in the midst ...

  6. Ad-funded Models Scrutinized At Dot Bleep Conference

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ad-supported digital music models won't save the day for indie labels. But ratcheting-up the dialog with ISPs and carriers may be just the tonic to ensure better rates for content, attendees at AIR's inaugural Dot Bleep digital and mobil ...

  7. Grainge Joins Fellow Business Leaders In Liverpool

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Creative business leaders are to meet in Liverpool for the first ambassador meeting for “Cabinet,” the inaugural creativity and business international network conference held in Hertfordshire on Oct. 26-28, 2009. Universal Music International chai ...

  8. French Biz Falters, Digital Remains Strong

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The wholesale value of the French recorded music market in the first nine months of 2008 decreased to €382 million ($484 million), down 13.9% from the corresponding period last year, according to new figures issued by labels trade body SNEP. It fo ...

  9. Mobile Firm Thumbplay To Cut Staff

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment company Thumbplay said it will lay off an undisclosed number of employees as a preemptive measure against an expected "prolonged economic downturn." The company just launched a full-track downloads service in the U.S ...

  10. Virgin Media Announces Massive Job Cuts

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. ISP and cable TV provider Virgin Media is to cut over 2,200 employees by 2012 to "significantly improve the efficiency of the business," according to a company statement. The Hampshire-based company, which supplies broadband, cable ...

  11. Digital Briefs: Project Playlist, Facebook, Guns N' Roses, '360'

    November 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Project Playlist has landed former Facebook chief revenue officer Owen Van Natta as it's new CEO, according to the blog AllThingsD . Van Natta is an investor in the music discovery startup. - The Los Angeles man accused of illegally uploadi ...

  12. Live Nation Reports Strong Q3

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has reported a third-quarter net income of $139.9 million, or $1.67 per share, up from a net profit of $46.1 million, or 55 cents per share, during the same period last year. The Los Angeles-based live entertainment company’s profit is ...

  13. Games Set To Surpass Music, Video At Retail

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Reports from U.K.-based retail analyst Verdict Research has named the games sector as the most lucrative entertainment sector. Verdict predicts that by the year's end, total video games spending will equate to £4.64 billion ($7.42 billion), a ...

  14. CELAS Secures Digital Partners

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST CELAS has reported steady progress in the licensing of digital and mobile music rights across Europe. It offers a "one-stop shop" for pan-European licensing. The organization, which operates from offices in London and Germany, was set up ...

  15. Universal Aus Goes Play MPE Route For Pre-Releases

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian affiliate of Universal Music has reached an exclusive arrangement that enables all its pre-release music to be digitally serviced to media and press outlets via the Play MPE software. It's the second major coup in a week for th ...

  16. French Mobile Operator SFR Launches Unlimited MP3 Offer

    October 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT France's second largest mobile operator SFR has announced the launch of a DRM-free all-you-can-eat download service from Nov. 19. The catalog is limited to a few thousands hits exclusively from the Universal Music Group catalog. Subscribers w ...

  17. Strong iPhone Sales Drive Apple Q4 Profits Rise

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Apple has announced positive fourth quarter figures, with a 26% profit increase on the same 2007 quarter. The increased profit was driven by rising sales of its iPhone as well as strong sales of iPods and Macintosh computers. For the quarter endin ...

  18. Nokia Q3 Sales, Profits Fall

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nokia's third-quarter sales and profits fell from a year ago, hit by weaker cellphone demand in its European markets, but the world's top handset maker soothed growing fears about the fourth quarter. Handset makers have started to feel t ...

  19. Popkomm Day 3: The Second Coming Of Qtrax

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eight months after its abortive launch at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, Qtrax is back on course according to New York-based CEO and chairman Allan Klepfisz. During the demonstration of Qtrax - a free, ad-funded "legal" hybrid P2P se ...

  20. Regional Mexican Summit: Tackling The Digital Market

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Selling regional Mexican music digitally has been a catch-22 of sorts: customers are less likely to download music online, and carriers and online retailers are often unwilling to take a risk on a market whose digital sales have lagged. But paneli ...

  21. Digital Gains Partly Ease Physical Pain

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Three-quarters of the way through 2008, there are signs of subtle shifts in the U.S. music industry, all of them pointing to a digital future. Combined U.S. sales of albums and track-equivalent albums (or TEA, where 10 digital tracks equal an albu ...

  22. EMI Music Publishing Makes Key Music Services Promotions

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has promoted three executives to key commercial roles in the company's North American sales and licensing operation. Jovanka Ciares, who previously led the company's U.S. merchandising business with the title of seni ...

  23. All That Remains Links With Video Game League

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Major League Gaming, the professional video game league, will give away online "Chiron," the first single from metal act All That Remains on Tuesday (Sept. 9), one week before the group's fourth studio album, "Overcome," i ...

  24. Rights Management Firms Expand Reach

    August 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT With music rights, licensing, and fees becoming top-of-mind issues lately, rights management firms RightsFlow and RoyaltyShare are expanding their footprint in the space. RoyaltyShare has acquired Broad Street Digital from Arbinet to gain access t ...

  25. The Orchard Posts $785K Loss In Q2

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard Enterprises posted a $785,000 loss, or 12 cents per diluted share on revenues of $13.4 million, for the three-month period ended June 30. That compares with the $720,000, or 62 cents per diluted, the company lost when revenues were $6. ...

  26. Warner Music: Music Video Games Must Pay More

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group, the world's third-largest music company, said on Thursday that video game makers will need to pay more to license songs for music-based video games like "Guitar Hero" and "Rock Band." Warner Music Chief ...

  27. Live Nation Posts Q2 Revenue Increase

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has reported a second-quarter net income of $1.2 million, or 2 cents per share, down from a net profit of $9.9 million, or 15 cents a share, during the same period last year. Revenues at the Los Angeles-based company rose 18% to $1.16 ...

  28. Singapore Alliance Promises New Era Of Live Biz

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SINGfest, the Island Republic's biggest contemporary music festival, looks set to become even bigger with an alliance between brand-led event and digital content company All the Worlds, a Universal Music Group joint-venture company, and Asian ...

  29. Sky's No Limit As Universal Teams On MP3 Service

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sky, the U.K.'s leading pay-TV provider, is entering the digital music marketplace with an adventurous service which allows subscribers unlimited access to downloads and streams. Universal Music Group International's U.K. affiliate, itse ...

  30. WMG Names Bryan Digital Strategy VP

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has made Stephen Bryan its new senior VP of digital strategy and business development. Bryan is charged with creating and implementing the label's digital strategy and creating new models, products and key deals with mobile ...

  31. Universal Music Publishing Turns On To Zodiak TV

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing and Zodiak Television have launched a strategic cooperation over rights to music composed for the Stockholm-based TV production company's programs. The Zodiak group operates 22 production companies in 14 countries, ...

  32. Sony BMG Appoints Schaidler Exec VP

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer "J.J." Schaidler, a long-time key Best Buy music executive, has been named executive VP of sales at Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s sales division. For the last two years, Schaidler, who reports to Sony BMG Music Entertainment pr ...

  33. Tunetribe Founder Traynor Picks Frukt

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Specialist music strategy and communications agency Frukt has hired Tunetribe.com co-founder and COO Ronnie Traynor to head up its business development activities. Traynor, who becomes the London-based marketing firm's first business developm ...

  34. New Revenue Streams Boost Biz, Says BPI

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Record companies are seeing a real rise in revenue from non-traditional sources, according to new figures published by the BPI. The U.K. record industry trade body says that new revenue streams now account for 11.4% of domestic income, totaling £1 ...

  35. Israelite Confirms Royalty Rates Breakthroughs

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The publishers, record labels and digital music providers have hammered out a settlement on two of the five royalty rates currently scheduled to be set this October by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB), according to National Music Publishers& ...

  36. TuneCore Opens Service To Outside Apps

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT TuneCore is opening its digital distribution service, allowing approved partners to develop their own applications based on the TuneCore system. Billed as an extension to its existing affiliate system, the new program allows partners to handle fil ...

  37. Katy Perry To Get A Lift From Steve Madden Campaign

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Steve Madden is stepping into music marketing again. The footwear and apparel retailer is launching an in-store and online marketing campaign dubbed Steve Madden Music that will spotlight a recording artist every month or two, Billboard has learne ...

  38. Asian Matters Take Center Stage At HK Confab

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Legendary promoter Harvey Goldsmith accused Asian counterparts of overpaying acts, in remarks he made during the "The Live Panel" discussion at the third annual Music Matters conference in Hong Kong, which wrapped today. "You'r ...

  39. 360 Deals, Collection Royalties Debated At Music Matters

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The opening two days of the Music Matters conference has thrown up its share of topical discussions, with 360 deals and the systems for royalty collections coming under the microscope. On a June 4 panel discussion on 360 deals, Walt Disney Records ...

  40. Handleman Steers Away From Music Biz

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Handleman Company is exiting the music business in North America. As part of a radical upheaval of its interests, the company has sold its music inventory and selected other assets related to its Wal-Mart business in the U.S. to Anderson Merchandi ...

  41. Plugged & Unplugged: 'Guitar Hero,' 'Rock Revolution,' Lala

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: I like videogames, and I also like music, which makes it a good week for me with all of the music-game developments that have occurred. My favorite included the introduction of "Guitar Hero World Tour" and Konami's "Ro ...

  42. Upstart Music Gaming Company Launches

    May 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The music game space is getting hotter than ever. In a month that saw "Rock Band" released in Europe, Guitar Hero 4 announced, and Konami's Rock Revolution title unveiled, there is now a new developer in the mix -- Music Video Games ...

  43. Offer Process Takes Its Toll As Chrysalis Incurs Losses

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chrysalis Group plc saw interim losses build, as the British music company felt the pinch from being dragged through a failed offer process and the experience of a "difficult" period for its music publishing activities. The company has r ...

  44. WMG Losses Widen In Q2

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group released second quarter earnings results that show slightly increased revenues but widening losses. Revenues grew 2% to $800 million, with digital revenues up 48% to $164 million, compared to the same quarter last year. Digital ...

  45. MTV Adds Album Downloads For 'Rock Band' Gamers

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV Games will begin offering fans of the "Rock Band" music videogame full album downloads, which they can add to the game and play along. The first album will be Judas Priest's "Screaming for Vengeance" beginning April 22 ...

  46. Digital Briefs: 'iTunes Tax,' Gabriel's The Filter, Zomba/Jive

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Lawmakers in California rejected a bill to tax internet download sales by only one vote, motivating supporters to keep the measure alive and go for another attempt as early as next week. California is one of many states considering a tax on digi ...

  47. Digital Briefs: Nokia, Audible Magic, Rock Band And More

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The Nokia Music Store has launched in the Netherlands, just a week after it began service in Ireland. Nokia plans to continue rolling out the service across Europe. The Dutch site goes live with an offer of five free tracks to the first 10,000 c ...

  48. Edge Invests In Dorrell's Hear No Evil

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Edge Group's Performance Venture Capital Trust (VCT) is investing £1 million ($2 million) in a new live promotion company headed by David Dorrell, the veteran music producer and manager. Edge Performance is acquiring a 50% stake in Dorrel ...

  49. Last.fm Establishes German Affiliate

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm is building up its presence in Central and Northern Europe. The music recommendation site has hired former Google executive F. Scott Woods to the role as senior VP and managing director, Germany, with a remit to set-up an office in Hamburg ...

  50. Gibson Sues Over 'Guitar Hero' And 'Rock Band'

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gibson Guitar said on Friday that it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Viacom Inc's MTV networks, Harmonix and Electronic Arts relating to the wildly popular "Rock Band" video game and Harmonix's previously developed ...

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