Electronic engineering

  1. Hackers Sentenced for Stealing Unreleased Material From Michael Jackson, Other Sony Artists

    January 13, 2013 5:05 PM EST British court sentenced two hackers to 100 hours of community service on Friday for stealing a treasure trove of unreleased music - including Michael Jackson tracks - from the U.S. servers of Sony Music Entertainment. Officials said that music a ...

  2. Six Technology Trends from CES That Will Shape 2013

    January 13, 2013 1:32 PM EST Every January, the Consumer Electronics Show gives the world a preview of the flood of gadgets heading our way in the coming year and beyond. Some are incredibly silly, while others are complete game changers. All promise to make people's l ...

  3. Lia Vollack

    November 29, 2012 3:50 PM EST President of Worldwide Music/Executive VP of Theatrical at Sony Pictures Entertainment (Photo: Joseph Llanes) Forging A Bond More than 18 months ago, Lia Vollack suggested Adele as a vocalist for the next James Bond film, a perfect stylistic fit f ...

  4. Michael Paull Leaves Sony Music, Takes New Role at Amazon

    October 27, 2012 9:23 PM EDT Michael Paull, EVP of Sony Music's global digital business, has left the company for Amazon, a source confirmed to Billboard.biz. The source said Paull has already left the company and added that the parting was amicable. A report in All Thin ...

  5. Backbeat: Nokia Music, Eli Young Band, Musicians on Call, Billboard Join Forces for Nashville Event

    October 22, 2012 4:50 PM EDT (L-R): Chris Thompson, Mike Eli, Elizabeth Mitchell (Nokia), Jon Jones, Anthony Montenegro (Nokia), James Young, Scott Welch (Musicians On Call), Theo Gupta (Nokia), Henrik Bowadt (Nokia). Nokia Music , together with Billboard Magazine and Musicia ...

  6. Morning Fix: Apple iPad Mini Date; Genre Chart Feedback; Rihanna Skyrocketing on Social Media

    October 12, 2012 8:25 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters BILLBOARD'S GENRE CHART POLICY CHANGES Yesterday Billboard unveiled a new methodology for tabulating i ts genre charts to include digital download sales and streaming ...

  7. Will Neil Young's 'Pono' Player Really Make Music Sound Better?

    October 05, 2012 11:11 AM EDT Since the dawn of the digital age, some audiophiles have maintained that new formats from the CD to the MP3 and beyond have degraded sound quality. Ever since we left vinyl, music has sounded like crap, they say. Some of the down-with-digital crew ...

  8. REO Speedwagon, Boz Scaggs Latest To Sue Sony Music Over Digital Downloads

    September 24, 2012 3:06 PM EDT Sony Music has been hit with more litigation over the way artists are compensated whenever consumers buy songs on iTunes and other digital outlets. Late last week, separate lawsuits were filed in New York federal court by REO Speedwagon and Willia ...

  9. How Green Day, Warner Bros., MAC, Nokia, AT&T Teamed Up for Social Campaign With Potential Audience of 144 Million

    September 18, 2012 12:17 PM EDT The Nokia-AT&T tab on Green Day's Facebook page that allowed fans to participate in the promotion. Green Day hit New York City's Irving Plaza to help Nokia and AT&T launch Nokia Music in the U.S. with a performance to a packed cr ...

  10. The Bizarre Dance of the Unlimited iPhone Data Plan Gets Even Weirder

    September 17, 2012 5:51 PM EDT Apple and every cellphone provider that sells the iPhone 5 are over the moon this Monday morning, as the new iPhone set new sales records -- even as its ship date gets pushed back to accommodate the flood of interest from consumers. People simply ...

  11. Morning Fix: US, Drake Top Illegal Filesharing Report; iPhone 5's Record Sales; Rihanna's MTV EMA Noms

    September 17, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. THE XX'S 'COEXIST' DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON UK ALBUM CHARTS AHEAD OF BOB DYLAN, THE SCRIPT: The xx's sophomore set Coexist (Young Turks) debuted at No. 1 on ...

  12. College Radio: A Study In Success

    September 11, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Illustration by Michael Byers "It's not radio. It's college radio. There's nobody listening. Nobody. Maybe, like, three guys in a dorm somewhere." After a then-senior at Boston University Howard Stern crafted "the sin ...

  13. Turn On, Tune In, Pay Up

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Cricket Wireless' Muve Music targets underserved mobile consumers in its quest to become the No. 1 U.S. subscription service. In the past, music was primary sold to people through brick-and-mortar stores. Then it helped technology companies s ...

  14. Green Day To Help Nokia, AT&T Debut Nokia Music With Playlists, Kickoff Concert

    September 04, 2012 5:36 PM EDT Green Day will join forces with Nokia and AT&T to launch Nokia Music, a new music streaming service offering consumers free and unlimited access to play lists and songs from a global catalog of 17 million tracks. To mark the launch of Nokia Mu ...

  15. Nokia Music Comes To U.S.

    September 04, 2012 10:23 AM EDT Nokia announced Tuesday the U.S. launch of the free music streaming service Nokia Music. The service is currently exclusive to owners of the Nokia Lumia 900 or Nokia Lumia 710, who can download the app from the Marketplace. Nicki Minaj Teams With ...

  16. Sony Introduces Inexpensive Tier for Music Unlimited Service

    August 29, 2012 4:22 PM EDT On Wednesday Sony Network Entertainment International announced a €4.99/US $4.99 per month tier, called "Access," to its Music Unlimited subscription service. Sony is employing a familiar marketing strategy by placing a premium on mobili ...

  17. Morning Fix: Best Buy Buy; RZA's New Label; Apple-Samsung Fallout; Buzz Media, More

    August 28, 2012 7:45 AM EDT BUZZ MEDIA PURCHASES FOUR NEW SITES, CREATES PUNK MUSIC NEWS HUB: BuzzMedia is continuing its acquisition spree, purchasing punk websites Under The Gun Review, Alter The Press!, PropertyOfZack, and Punknews.org as part of a new central hub for pun ...

  18. Men in Black: The Musical? Sony Pictures Partners With Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions

    August 23, 2012 3:39 PM EDT Sony Pictures Entertainment Worldwide Music president Lia Vollack will oversee the new deal with Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions and has been given the added title of Executive VP, Theatrical. "Men in Black: The Musical," anyone? So ...

  19. Florida Georgia Line, Parmalee, Sarah Darling: How SiriusXM Is Helping Break New Country Acts Terrestrial Radio Won't Touch

    August 07, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line sold 162,000 downloads of "Cruise," according to Nielsen SoundScan, and got a recording deal with Republic Nashville to boot. Parmalee has amassed 76,000 downloads of "Musta Had a Good Time" and is receivin ...

  20. Whitney Hill Named SVP, Strategic Parnerships, Global Digital Business for Sony Music Entertainment

    August 07, 2012 12:52 PM EDT Whitney Hill has been promoted to Senior VP Strategic Partnerships, Global Digital Business for Sony Music Entertainment. The announcement was made by Sony Music's Michael Paull, Executive VP, Global Digital Business, who Hill will report to. ...

  21. Sony Music Names Jenifer Mallory VP International Marketing

    August 06, 2012 5:32 PM EDT Sony Music today announced that Jenifer Mallory has been promoted to Vice President, International Marketing, Sony Music Entertainment. In her new capacity Mallory will lead international marketing campaigns for Sony's U.S.-signed artists, co ...

  22. Sony, Warner Music Settle $50 Million Bankruptcy Claims With Beyond Oblivion

    August 01, 2012 6:56 PM EDT The bankruptcy process doesn't get much more exciting than what's been happening with Beyond Oblivion, the ambitious digital music business that was backed by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and other investors to the tune of $87 millio ...

  23. Kazuo Hirai, New Sony CEO/President, Meets Fear, Hope at Shareholder Meeting

    June 29, 2012 9:01 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) -- The record 9,000 shareholders that packed Sony's annual meeting was no cause for celebration. After four years of losses and a halving of the share price, some angry investors doubt even a new CEO can pull the entertainment and ...

  24. RIAA, Pandora, NARAS, NAB Square Off On Capitol Hill

    June 07, 2012 8:26 AM EDT Different sectors of the music industry -- including reps from RIAA, NAB, NARAS, Pandora and others -- squared off before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology yesterday (June 6) over differences on issues like whether U.S. terre ...

  25. Sony Stock Dips Below 1,000 Yen, First Time Since 1980

    June 04, 2012 8:14 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's stock price fell below 1,000 yen Monday for the first time since 1980 in a symptom of weak global markets and the company's decline after huge success with the Walkman three decades ago. Battered by competition from ...

  26. Sony Sued as Songwriter Alleges Alabama Stole His Song, Label Didn't Collect Royalties

    May 14, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Australian singer-songwriter Allan Caswell is alleging in a lawsuit that the band Alabama stole its 1982 chart-topping hit, "Christmas in Dixie," from the song he penned as the theme for the 1980s Australian television soap, "The Pr ...

  27. Samsung Acquires mSpot, Cloud-Based Service Provider

    May 11, 2012 2:41 PM EDT Samsung Electronics has announced it is acquiring mSpot, Inc., a mobile cloud-based content service provider. The acquisition will provide allow users of Samsung devices to access digital content, including music, video and radio Though no purchas ...

  28. Sony Reports $463 Million Music Profit While Parent Corp. Posts Record $5.7 Billion Loss

    May 10, 2012 7:53 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) -- Sony Corp. racked up a record annual loss of 457 billion yen ($5.7 billion) in its fourth straight year of red ink as the once-glorious maker of the Walkman and PlayStation struggles toward a turnaround under a new president. Sony, h ...

  29. CTIA Wireless Assoc. Kicks Off Annual Trade Show With Mobile Wallets

    May 08, 2012 7:20 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- CTIA Wireless, the U.S. cellphone industry's annual trade show that starts Tuesday, is drawing heavy participation not just from the cellphone industry, but from MasterCard, Visa, and other companies in the business of mov ...

  30. Sony CEO Confirms 10,000 Job Cuts, Reorganization

    April 12, 2012 8:06 AM EDT Faced with mounting losses, Sony Corp. said Thursday it will slash 10,000 jobs , or about 6 percent of its global workforce, and try to turn around its money-losing TV business over the next two years. New CEO and President Kazuo Hirai outlined hi ...

  31. Online Radio Audience Jumps 30 Percent in Past Year: Study

    April 10, 2012 4:26 PM EDT A new study conducted by Arbitron Inc. and Edison Research entitled "The Infinite Dial 2012: Navigating Digital Platforms" found that the online weekly radio audience is now at an estimated 76 million Americans. The figure represents a m ...

  32. Sony Doubles Red Ink Forecast to $6.4 Billion, Worst Loss Ever

    April 10, 2012 7:56 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) - Sony Corp. more than doubled its projected annual loss to 520 billion yen ($6.4 billion), its worst red ink ever, due to a massive tax charge. With new CEO Kazuo Hirai at its helm, the Japanese electronics company said Tuesday it expe ...

  33. Sony/ATV Names Rob Wiesenthal President of International

    March 29, 2012 3:20 PM EDT Rob Wiesenthal has been named president of international at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the company announced today. Wiesenthal, who was formerly executive VP/CFO at Sony Corp. of America and chief strategy officer for Sony Entertainment, will be b ...

  34. U.S. Gov't IDs More Airwaves for Commercial Wireless Networks

    March 28, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Govt IDs more airwaves for commercial wireless NEW YORK (AP) -- The federal government wants to alleviate data congestion on smartphones and other mobile devices by asking the Defense Department, NASA and other agencies to switch to new locations ...

  35. Sony BMG Files Motion To Dismiss Toto's Digital Music Lawsuit

    March 27, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Major record labels continue to fight recording artists on the issue of compensation for digital downloads. Most recently, The Temptations filed perhaps the biggest lawsuit on this front yet. Meanwhile, Sony BMG, which just agreed to pay $8 millio ...

  36. SXSWi Panel Explores The Future of High Quality Audio, 4K Televisions

    March 13, 2012 10:46 AM EDT While some SXSW attendees were choosing between happy hour or Sean Parker's interview of Al Gore ("If you like platitudes, then it was great," the Los Angeles Times' Jon Healey said afterward), some fortunate people were gettin ...

  37. Sony Pays $8 Million to Settle Digital-Music Lawsuit With Cheap Trick, Allman Bros., Others

    March 08, 2012 6:30 PM EST The list of musicians suing major record labels over digital music revenue has grown during the past few months. At issue in these cases is what musicians should get when a customer on a digital outlet like iTunes buys a song or album. Soon, in a ...

  38. Ricardo Montaner Signs Recording Deal With Sony

    March 05, 2012 10:40 AM EST On The Dotted Line... (from left) Afo Verde, Sony's Chairman and CEO for the Latin Region, Spain and Portugal; Sony's head of legal affairs Barry Fiedel; Sony Music U.S. Latin general manager NIr Seroussi; and Ricardo Montaner. Venezuela ...

  39. Michael Jackson's Unreleased Tracks Among 50,000 Songs Stolen From Sony By Hackers

    March 05, 2012 6:58 AM EST Hackers have reportedly stolen more than 50,000 music files from Sony Music, including Michael Jackson's entire back catalog and a large number of unreleased songs from the late King of Pop. According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, th ...

  40. Andre Stapleton Named VP of Digital Biz Dev for Sony Music Entertainment

    February 28, 2012 4:30 PM EST Andre Stapleton has been named Vice President, Worldwide Business Development, Global Digital Business, Sony Music Entertainment, the company announced in a statement today. Michael Paull, Executive Vice President of the department, said, "In ...

  41. Toto Suing Sony For Online Royalty Payments

    February 27, 2012 4:00 PM EST Add Toto to the list of heritage acts suing their labels for not treating download sales as a license arrangement, which require 50% of net proceeds to be paid to the band, according to a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for Southern New Y ...

  42. Afo Verde Appointed Chairman/CEO for Sony's Latin Region, Spain and Portugal

    February 08, 2012 12:33 PM EST Afo Verde, who since 2009 has been serving as president, Latin Region, for Sony Music Entertainment, has been promoted to the post of Chairman and CEO for the Latin Region, Spain and Portugal. Verde, who had previously overseen the label's U. ...

  43. Sony Reports $2 Billion Loss in Third Quarter

    February 02, 2012 11:18 AM EST TOKYO - Sony announced net losses of 159 billion yen ($2.04 billion) for the third quarter, while Sir Howard Stringer defended his record as CEO as he handed over the reins to Kazuo Hirai. The end of year period should be the company's best q ...

  44. Sony's Kazuo Hirai to Replace Howard Stringer as CEO

    February 01, 2012 8:51 AM EST TOKYO (AP) -- Sony Corp. announced Wednesday that Kazuo Hirai, who leads the company's core consumer products business, will replace Howard Stringer as CEO and president as the electronics and entertainment company tries to turn around its fo ...

  45. Richard Sanders Appointed President of Kobalt Music Group

    January 27, 2012 12:46 PM EST Willard Ahdritz, Founder and CEO of Kobalt Music Group, today announced the appointment of Richard Sanders as President. Sanders, who will be based Kobalt's New York office, will report to Kobalt CEO and founder Willard Ahdritz. In the newly ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Business Matters: Sony's Music Unlimited Coming to iOS Devices

    January 12, 2012 6:54 PM EST Business Matters: Sony's Music Unlimited Coming to iOS Devices -- Sony's Music Unlimited subscription service will be available for the iOS platform this quarter. Tim Schaaff, head of Sony Entertainment Network, broke the news at CES Wed ...

  49. Sony To Roll Out Music Unlimited Service Across Europe

    January 11, 2012 10:49 AM EST Sony's Music Unlimited streaming service is to launch in four new European markets. Formerly called Qriocity, the cloud-based service underwent a name change last year, following the launch of Sony's unified online music, video and games ...

  50. Will Smith, Barry Sonnenfeld, Kelly Clarkson Headline Sony CES Event

    January 10, 2012 8:01 AM EST LAS VEGAS -- Will Smith and director Barry Sonnenfeld showed up in Las Vegas on Monday for Sony's Consumer Electronics Show press conference, which included a sneak peek at their upcoming Men in Black 3. "We have a fantastic movie," ...

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