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  1. Sony Names Dennis Kooker New President, Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales

    January 09, 2012 12:35 PM EST Sony Music Entertainment chairman/CEO Doug Morris announced this morning that Dennis Kooker has been named the company's new president of global digital business and U.S. sales. In this role, he will report to Morris and oversee all aspects o ...

  2. AT&T Drops $39 Billion T-Mobile Bid

    December 20, 2011 8:27 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) -- AT&T Inc. is hanging up on its $39 billion bid to buy smaller wireless provider T-Mobile USA, nearly four months after the U.S. government raised concerns that the deal would raise prices, reduce innovation and give custome ...

  3. Paula Kaminsky, Two Others Out at Sony Music Latin

    December 12, 2011 6:39 PM EST Sony Music Latin has let go of its longtime VP of marketing, Paula Kaminsky. The move, which took place late last week, was surprising to many, with some managers saying, off the record, that they were "shocked." Also let go from the mar ...

  4. Germany's Collection Societies Filing Lawsuits For Mobile Phone Tax, Win Christmas Market Litigation

    November 14, 2011 6:48 AM EST BERLIN - The eight German collection societies and the producers of mobile phones are likely on the verge of protracted lawsuits, with outcomes that could potentially change the price consumers pay for mobile phones while filling the coffers of th ...

  5. Sony Headed for Fourth Straight Year in the Red, Reports $346 Mil. Quarterly Loss

    November 02, 2011 8:16 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) - Sony reported a 27 billion yen ($346 million) loss for the latest quarter and downgraded its annual earnings forecast Wednesday to stay in the red for the fourth year straight, battered by the strong yen and poor sales of flat panel T ...

  6. Pandora Hires Its First CMO

    October 17, 2011 3:24 PM EDT Pandora Media announced Monday (Oct. 17) that it has hired its first chief marketing officer, the first C-level since the company's June IPO : Simon Fleming-Wood. He was a marketing executive at Cisco Consumer Products and Pure Digital Techno ...

  7. Backbeat: Black Keys Rock New York for T-Mobile Event

    October 14, 2011 6:30 AM EDT The brains behind the Big Fuel (pictured L-R): Ben Luntz (Group Director, Distribution), Distribution Managers David Chiatt and Davis Cox, Billboard reporter Jillian Mapes. (Photo: Katie Morse) The Roots' ?uestlove followed the Black Keys wit ...

  8. Apple iPhone 4S Pre-Orders Top One Million, Break Record

    October 11, 2011 7:48 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Apple says first-day pre-orders of the iPhone 4S topped 1 million, breaking the record set by last year's model. Apple Inc. and various phone companies in the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and Britain started ...

  9. Web Trends: Watch The New Trash Talk Video

    October 04, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Trash Talk - Burn Alive (music video) from High5Collective on Vimeo . Google Trends: No new music trends Twitter Music Trends: iPod Nano : Apple announced a new iPod Nano today iTunes Match : Apple's new iTunes feature will launch at the end ...

  10. Sprint to Buy More Than 30 Million iPhones (Report)

    October 04, 2011 7:15 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Sprint Nextel Corp. has committed to buying more than 30 million iPhones over the next four years, imposing a heavy burden on an already cash-strapped company, according to a report published Monday. The Wall Street Journal's ...

  11. Sony Might No Longer Have Right To Distribute Meat Loaf Albums

    September 30, 2011 8:19 PM EDT Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell" was released in 1977 and has sold approximately 43 million copies, making it the fifth best selling album of all time. The album continues to sell well, but Sony Music's control over this album as ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Sony Warehouse Riot Fire Was Not a 'Professional Heist,' PIAS MD Insists

    September 02, 2011 1:41 PM EDT A senior executive at PIAS has categorically dismissed reports that the Sony warehouse destroyed during last month's U.K. riots was targeted by "professional robbers" prior to being incinerated. As previously reported, the Sony DADC ...

  14. Carlos Lopez Steps Down as President of Sony Music Spain

    September 01, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Carlos Lopez, president of Sony Music Spain, left his post earlier this week, Billboard.biz has learned. A Sony Music spokesperson declined to comment on his departure, and no announcements have been made in regard to a successor or further change ...

  15. Justice Department Sues To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

    September 01, 2011 7:30 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department took the unusual step Wednesday to try to block AT&T's $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA, arguing that the proposed merger would lead to higher wireless prices, less innovation and fewer choices ...

  16. Backbeat: Sony Music Latin Spanish Singer/Songwriter Beatriz Luengo debuts in L.A.

    August 24, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Beatriz Luengo, Sony Latin recording artist from Spain. Photo: Sony Latin Sony Latin Music artist Beatriz Luengo performed her first showcase in Los Angeles during a label presentation to introduce the Spanish singer to U.S. media and members of t ...

  17. Senior VP Guillermo Page Out at Sony Music Latin

    August 18, 2011 5:23 PM EDT Sony Music Latin has quietly restructured some major players in its organization, Billboard.Biz has learned. Key among them is veteran sales executive Guillermo Page, the senior VP Commercial & Sales, who sources confirm left the company earli ...

  18. Backbeat: Beyonce Addresses Dad, Sony Execs at Masterful Second Roseland Show

    August 17, 2011 8:07 AM EDT Beyonce brought the house to a frenzy again and again during the second night of her four-night-stand Tuesday at New York's Roseland Ballroom . She treated the approximately 2,500 fans in the sold out venue -- all four nights sold out in minu ...

  19. Business Matters: Americans Getting Into QR Codes -- What About Music?

    August 12, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Americans Getting Into QR Codes -- What About Music? -- Believe it or not, people actually interact with QR codes, those odd-looking, super-pixelated boxes you see in newspaper and magazine ads, posters and postcards. According to comScore, more t ...

  20. Three Arrested Over Sony Warehouse Fire During London Riots -- 25 Million Discs Destroyed

    August 11, 2011 9:49 AM EDT Three teenagers were arrested Wednesday in connection with the fire that destroyed Sony DADC's warehouse during the London riots Monday , gutting the inventories of more than 150 independent labels. According to a BBC report this morning, two ...

  21. Beats By Dr. Dre, HTC Ink $300 Million Mobile Phone Deal

    August 10, 2011 10:36 PM EDT Beats Electronics and mobile device company HTC Corporation have entered a strategic partnership to bring high performance sound to HTC phones. HTC will release a line of devices integrated with Beats sound innovations this fall. The $300 million ...

  22. Edgar Berger Named Sony Music's Head of International

    August 09, 2011 9:44 AM EDT Edgar Berger (right) with singer Sade. Photo copyright: Sebastian Hornik, Director Corporate Communications GSA As expected , Edgar Berger has been named President and CEO of International at Sony Music Entertainment, Sony CEO Doug Morris announce ...

  23. As Pundits Debate FM Radio on Mobile Phones, Performance Royalties Issue Languishes

    August 03, 2011 3:16 PM EDT About a year ago, the Web lit up with stories of a possible compromise between the music industry and the National Association of Broadcasters over the issue of the performance right royalty. The deal, as outlined, was that NAB would agree that ra ...

  24. U.S. Debt Fight Could Bring More Airwaves For Broadband

    July 29, 2011 6:26 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The debt ceiling battle could produce an unlikely winner: smartphone users. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's current plan would direct the Federal Communications Commission to auction off highly valuable radio spectrum to ...

  25. Sony Corp Announces $199 Million Quarterly Loss on Disasters

    July 28, 2011 7:00 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) - Sony Corp. sank to a 15.5 billion yen ($199 million) quarterly loss, hurt by the disasters in northeastern Japan, a massive online security breach and plunging TV prices. The Tokyo-based electronics and entertainment company said Thur ...

  26. Sony Q1 Results Expected To Show Recovery

    July 26, 2011 8:15 AM EDT reports fiscal first quarter earnings Thursday that are expected to reflect a gradual recovery, despite the damage from the March earthquake and an embarrassing online security breach. WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The aftermath of March 11 quake and tsunami ...

  27. Pandora Partners with Verizon FiOS for TV Streaming

    July 21, 2011 12:31 PM EDT Pandora Media has partnered with Verizon to offer its Internet radio service to subscribers of Verizon's high-definition TV service FiOS, according to various media reports. The service has already launched in California, Texas and Virginia a ...

  28. RoyaltyShare to Take Over Sony Music's Royalty Processing

    July 12, 2011 8:01 PM EDT Sony Music Entertainment has called on RoyaltyShare to take over the processing and payment of artist and mechanical royalties, according to both companies. While Sony declined to comment on the move other than to acknowledge that it had occurred, ...

  29. Read: New Sony Music CEO Doug Morris' Greeting to Staff

    July 08, 2011 6:05 PM EDT Doug Morris officially began his tenure as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment this week, and Billboard.biz has obtained the email, dated July 6, he sent to the staff. In it, he nods broadly to the challenges that both Sony and the music business have ...

  30. Today in Hacking: Sony Music Ireland, FoxNews, VBulletin; Apple Server Compromised

    July 05, 2011 12:54 PM EDT Sony Music Ireland said its web site was hacked Monday after three bogus news stories appeared on the homepage. It was the latest in a string of attacks on Sony dating back to the infiltration of its PlayStation and Qriocity networks in April. One ...

  31. Sony CEO Howard Stringer Sees 16% Pay Cut

    June 29, 2011 8:12 AM EDT NEW YORK - Sony Corp. chairman and CEO Howard Stringer's compensation for the fiscal year ended in March declined 16 percent to 345 million yen ($4.27 million) as the entertainment and electronics conglomerate posted its third straight year o ...

  32. Sony Faces Jittery Shareholders at Annual Meeting

    June 28, 2011 7:30 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) - Sony Corp. Chief Executive Howard Stringer credited "very loyal" PlayStation Network gamers for flocking back to the service in big numbers, as he sought Tuesday to reassure shareholders following a series of embarrassing ha ...

  33. Sony's Qriocity Music Unlimited Now Available on Android Devices

    June 15, 2011 1:34 PM EDT Sony's Qriocity Music Unlimited music subscription service is finally available on the mobile phone. Both the basic and premium tiers of the service are now available via an Android app in all markets where it is operational. Previously, the ...

  34. Sony Security Problems Continue With Attack on Brazilian Music Site

    June 09, 2011 1:16 PM EDT Sony's Internet security problems continue: The website of Sony Music in Brazil is currently down after being hacked earlier this week. LulzSec , the group that had performed a handful of earlier attacks, claimed it was not behind the attack ...

  35. The Michael Jackson Factor: Sony's Music Revenues Down 10% In Fiscal Year, 13% in Fourth Quarter

    May 26, 2011 5:55 PM EDT Sony Corp's music division posted a revenue declined of 9.9% to $5.67 billion in the fiscal year ended March 31. At constant currency, which removes the impact of currency fluctuations, the decline was 5%. Sony's music division includes ...

  36. Sony Forecasts $975 Million Profit Despite Hacking, Earthquake, $3.2 Billion Loss

    May 26, 2011 7:26 AM EDT TOKYO - Sony forecast a return to profit for this fiscal year after sinking into its third straight year of red ink, hammered by the costs of massive online security breaches and the damage from a March quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan. Tok ...

  37. Even More Sony Websites Hacked

    May 24, 2011 5:29 PM EDT Sony Corp's shares bounced back from two-month lows after the electronics conglomerate said this year's operating profit would match last year's, easing worries about the impact of the March earthquake. Separately, Sony said on Tues ...

  38. Sony Says Greece Music Site Security Breached

    May 24, 2011 7:22 AM EDT TOKYO -- Sony said it discovered a security breach affecting 8,500 user accounts in a music entertainment website in Greece that comes on the heels of a hacker attack which forced its flagship gaming site offline. Sony Corp. spokesman Shigenori Yo ...

  39. Sony to Post $3.2 Billion Annual Loss

    May 23, 2011 7:29 AM EDT Sony Corp said it expected to post a $3.2 billion net loss for the year that ended on March 31 due to a write off on tax credits, the latest in a string of grim headlines for the consumer electronics giant. The maker of PlayStation video games, Va ...

  40. Sony Removes Data, Delays PlayStation Restart; CEO Stringer Apologizes

    May 09, 2011 7:33 AM EDT Sony said on Saturday it had removed from the Internet the names and partial addresses of 2,500 sweepstakes contestants that had been stolen by hackers and posted on a website, and said it did not know when it could restart its PlayStation video g ...

  41. Mobile Sales Plummet, Subscription Revenues Slip in RIAA 2010 Year-End Stats

    April 28, 2011 10:51 AM EDT Mobile sales experienced a big drop, subscription service revenue dipped slightly and digital track revenue had a healthy increase in 2010. These and other statistics are available in the RIAA's 2010 Year-End Shipment Statistics report at the ...

  42. Sony PlayStation Suffers Massive Data Breach

    April 26, 2011 8:32 PM EDT Sony suffered a massive breach in its video game online network that led to the theft of names, addresses and possibly credit card data belonging to 77 million user accounts in what is one of the largest-ever Internet security break-ins. Sony lear ...

  43. Listen to the Audience, Make a Better Experience, Panelists at Rethink Music Say

    April 26, 2011 6:28 PM EDT BOSTON - How can the music business grow instead of fighting over slices of a shrinking pie? Make a better mass market experience, said Thomas Hesse, president of global digital business for Sony Music. That means following consumers to smart phon ...

  44. Sony Launches Android Tablet, Challenges Apple iPad's Market Dominance

    April 26, 2011 8:04 AM EDT Sony launched its first tablet computers in an ambitious attempt to grab the No 2 spot in a market dominated by Apple's iPad and set to quadruple in four years. The gadgets, based on Google's Android 3.0 operating system, could be one of ...

  45. XM Settles Last Inno Lawsuit With Indie Labels

    April 11, 2011 4:33 PM EDT XM Satellite Radio settled the last of the lawsuits brought against it over the company's controversial Inno device. Merlin, an organization representing many independent labels, settled for $3.6 million. The major labels, which originally br ...

  46. What Are Young Active Consumers of Digital Music Worth?

    April 11, 2011 2:50 PM EDT A new Nielsen report, produced in collaboration with MIDEM 2011, shows young consumers are especially active in purchasing downloads, streaming music and acquiring mobile apps. But it doesn't help answer the important question: How much are t ...

  47. AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: Five Ways It Could Impact Music Biz

    March 21, 2011 2:29 PM EDT On the eve of the mobile phone industry's annual CTIA Wireless conference, AT&T dropped the bombshell news that it is acquiring rival T-Mobile for $39 billion. The move has all manner of repercussions for the wireless market, should it pa ...

  48. Timing Of Doug Morris' Move From Universal To Sony Still Uncertain, Source Says

    February 28, 2011 1:49 PM EST If Doug Morris is leaving Universal Music Group for Sony Music any time soon, his departure date may be less certain than what has been described in a new report. On Monday, England's Telegraph claimed Morris will not be going to Sony Music u ...

  49. iPhone Makes Surprisingly Subdued Verizon Debut

    February 10, 2011 5:01 PM EST Apple's iPhone made its debut in Verizon Wireless stores and other retail locations today, officially ending AT&T's exclusive rights to the popular smartphone. But unlike past iPhone unveilings, this didn't spark the kinds of li ...

  50. Verizon Vs. AT&T iPhone: a Side-by-Side Comparison

    February 03, 2011 7:26 AM EST Ever since Apple's iPhone went on sale in 2007, Verizon Wireless customers have held out hope that, one day, AT&T's grip as its exclusive U.S. distributor would be broken. That day arrives next week, when Verizon's iPhone goes o ...

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