Famous Music

  1. BMG Beats Warner/Chappell to 'New Wave'-Heavy EMI Publishing Divestitures for $90 Million

    December 20, 2012 5:46 PM EST BMG successfully outbid Warner/Chappell to win control of nearly 30,000 songs divested by EMI, including popular UK '80s hits from acts like Tears for Fears and Culture Club. The catalogs -- which were sold for around $90 million, according t ...

  2. Deals to Watch in 2013: AEG, Live Nation, EMI Divestments, More

    December 14, 2012 7:00 AM EST As the year comes to a close, some big deals are still up in the air; and others appear to be waiting in the wings. • The auction for AEG, Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns more than 100 arenas including Los Angeles' Staples Center and ...

  3. EMI Publishing Catalog Down to Four Suitors, One Bid Outstanding

    November 28, 2012 8:20 PM EST With one bid still outstanding, the auction to sell off a portion of EMI's publishing catalog is now down to four suitors. According to sources, those still in contention to buy the portfolio of songs -- dubbed the Rosetta catalog, which cont ...

  4. Sony/ATV Auction for Virgin, Famous UK Catalogs Begins

    September 21, 2012 6:30 AM EDT The package of assets -- comprised of 30,000 copyrights from the Virgin and Famous Music U.K. publishing catalogs -- that the Sony-led consortium agreed to sell in order to gain regulatory approval to buy EMI Music Publishing is about to hit the a ...

  5. Hal David 1921 - 2012

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Hal David, who died Sept. 1 at the age of 91, was a lyricist with a unique understanding of how to partner a singer and a song. For all the adventure longtime partner Burt Bacharach infused in the melodies of the tunes they wrote together, David w ...

  6. Hal David's Chart Legacy: From 'Raindrops' to 'Close to You;' Dionne Warwick to Notorious B.I.G.

    September 02, 2012 7:43 PM EDT Hal David's sensitive and romantic lyrics provided the perfect counterpoint to Burt Bacharach's hip and cool melodies and together, the celebrated pair of composers charted on the Billboard Hot 100 for decades. Hal David, Legendary Songw ...

  7. Vevo vs. Google: Universal, Sony and the Latest Moves in the Chess Game

    July 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT Vevo's future business arrangements are looking a bit cloudy, as reports this week suggest that the company's deal terms with Google are again in play , and that Universal is re-examining its stake in the company in the relation to UMG&# ...

  8. Updated: Sony-Led Group Closes Purchase of EMI Music Publishing

    June 29, 2012 10:54 AM EDT The Sony Corp. of America led investor consortium completed its acquisition of EMI Music Publishing today, just hours after the Federal Trade Commission issued a statement saying it closed its antitrust investigation of the $2.2 billion deal -- wh ...

  9. It's Official: Sony-Led Acquisition of EMI Music Publishing Approved by EU

    April 19, 2012 12:06 PM EDT Despite vigorous protests from independent label groups , the Warner Music Group and digerati organizations, the Sony Corporation of America-led consortium's acquisition of EMI Music Publishing sailed through the European regulatory process, ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Seymour Stein: A Chronology

    January 21, 2012 11:55 PM EST : Seymour Stein is born in Brooklyn on April 18. 1955: At age 13, Stein visits Tommy Noonan in the Billboard chart department and asks permission to copy down in longhand the pop, R&B and country singles charts for every week going back to ...

  12. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Barbara Cane

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 37 Barbara Cane VP/GM of writer/publisher relations, BMI Website: BMI.com Twitter: @bmi Barbara Cane oversees the creative activities of BMI's writer/publisher staff in Los Angeles, dealing with pop, alternative, rock, indie and adult con ...

  13. The Song Is Mine: Sony/ATV Pursues New Opportunities

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The death of a co-owner is a sad and difficult passage for any company. But when the co-owner in question is Michael Jackson and the company is Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the proprietor of the Beatles song catalog, the transition is bound to attra ...

  14. Viacom's Q3 Income Drops 37%

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST A deteriorating television advertising market and movies that couldn't compete with last year's "Transformers" juggernaut caused Viacom on Monday to post third-quarter net income that fell 37%. Last year also benefited from a $ ...

  15. Panel Debates The Economics Of Music Publishing

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST While publishing assets may trade at high multiples, net publisher's share (NPS) is not the sole criteria used in deciding to make an acquisition, according to music publishers on a panel at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium. "Yo ...

  16. Sony/ATV Wraps Up Famous

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has acquired international administration rights to the Famous Music catalog from Universal Music Group, wrapping up full international control of the copyrights it acquired from Viacom last year. Shortly after Marty Band ...

  17. Sony/ATV Integrating Famous

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing's integration of Famous Music is still underway after the acquisition deal closed in August , Billboard.biz has learned. As with most integrations, the two top executives of the acquired company are no longer working ...

  18. Publishers Elect NMPA Board

    June 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Publisher members of the National Music Publishers' Assn. elected their 18-member board of directors yesterday at the trade group's annual meeting in New York. The only new addition to the board is Bug Music CEO John Rudolph. The other b ...

  19. Sony/ATV Acquires Famous

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the successful bidder for Famous Music. The joint venture created by Sony Corp. and trusts formed by Michael Jackson, helmed by chairman/CEO Marty Bandier, acquired the publisher from Viacom. "The depth and breadt ...

  20. ASCAP Re-Elects Bergman Chairman/President

    May 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The ASCAP board of directors has re-elected Marilyn Bergman to an eighth term as chairman/president. Songwriter Paul Williams will serve as writer vice-chairman, and Famous Music chairman/CEO will serve as publisher vice-chairman. Newly elected to ...

  21. NMPA Board Shifts Seats

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With changes at the helm of three major publishers over the last four months, membership on the board of the National Music Publishers' Assn. (NMPA) is also shifting. NMPA board members have voted to fill three vacant seats. Marty Bandier, So ...

  22. Publishers Sue XM Satellite Radio

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A group of music publishers sued XM Satellite Radio over the XM + MP3 service late today (March 22). EMI Music Publishing, Warner/Chappell Music, Sony/ATV Music and Famous Music claim they want to "put an end to the pervasive and willful copy ...

  23. ASCAP Elects Board Members

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Results are in for the ASCAP board of directors biennial election. Beginning a two-year term on April 1 are 12 writers and 12 publishers. The writer directors are: lyricist Marilyn Bergman; composer Charles Bernstein; composer Bruce Broughton; lyr ...

  24. Famous On The Block?

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST As thousands of industry members are flocking to Los Angeles this week for the Grammy Awards, Viacom lit a spark in the music publishing community. The global entertainment company announced that it "has decided to explore strategic alternati ...

  25. MTV Int’l Appoints Bakish Pres

    January 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Bob Bakish has been named president of MTV Networks International. Bakish, a 10-year veteran of MTV and its parent Viacom, reports in his new role to Bill Roedy, who will continue to oversee MTVNI's operations in addition to his global role a ...

  26. BMG Music Publishing Bids Due

    August 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Offers to be narrowed to three or fewer. The auction process for BMG Music Publishing is now entering its third phase as firm bids from about 12-15 invited bidders are due before midnight tonight (Aug. 31) Central European Time. During the next se ...

  27. Famous Signs Powter To Admin Deal

    August 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Named Best New Artist at 2006 Juno Awards. Famous Music has sealed a publishing administration deal with Daniel Powter, whose "Bad Day" has stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for 15 weeks. The deal, which covers th ...

  28. Shakira Now More Famous

    December 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Pop singer signs long term pub deal with Famous. Colombian singer/songwriter Shakira has signed a worldwide, long-term publishing agreement with Famous Music, the publishing division of Paramount Pictures. The new deal covers administration rights ...

  29. Shakira Now More Famous

    December 12, 2005 12:00 AM EST Colombian singer/songwriter Shakira has signed a worldwide, long-term publishing agreement with Famous Music, the publishing division of Paramount Pictures. Colombian singer/songwriter Shakira has signed a worldwide, long-term publishing agreement ...

  30. Viacom Board Approves Split

    June 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The board of Viacom Inc. has unanimously approved the split of the company into two separately traded entities, the entertainment giant said June 14. The split is expected to be completed in the first NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The board ...

  31. Viacom Board Approves Split

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The board of Viacom Inc. has unanimously approved the split of the company into two separately traded entities, the entertainment giant said Tuesday afternoon (June 14). The split is expected to be co The board of Viacom Inc. has unanimously appro ...

  32. Japanese Publishing Vet Murakami Dies

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Mamoru Murakami, chairman of leading Japanese music publisher Nichion, died of cardiac failure in Tokyo on June 5. He was 69. Mamoru Murakami, chairman of leading Japanese music publisher Nichion, died of cardiac failure in Tokyo on June 5. He was ...

  33. Latin Notas

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Cruz Martínez's CKJointz Music publishing company signs an exclusive global administration deal with Famous Music. Read Leila Cobo's column. Cruz Martínez's CKJointz Music publishing company signs an exclusive global admini ...

  34. Kumbia Kings' Martinez Inks Pub Deal

    April 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Famous to administer catalog, future works. Cruz Martinez, co-founder of multi-platinum Latin group the Kumbia Kings, has signed an exclusive global administration agreement with Famous Music for his CKJointz Music. It is the first publishing deal ...

  35. Behind the Deal: Israelite To Set Tone For NMPA

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The National Music Publishers' Assn. envisions a transformation under David Israelite, its new president/CEO. The National Music Publishers' Assn. envisions a transformation under David Israelite, its new president/CEO. Israelite was dep ...

  36. Israelite New NMPA President

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music publishers have reached inside the Bush administration to tap one of the most influential advocates on Capitol Hill for their team. NEW YORK -- Music publishers have reached inside the Bush administration to tap one of the most influential a ...

  37. Israelite To Take Over As NMPA Chief

    February 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST David Israelite, deputy chief of staff and counselor to the U.S. Attorney General, will become president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn. on Feb. 7, Billboard.biz has learned. David Israelite, deputy chief of staff and counselor to ...

  38. Gary Harrison Gets Famous

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Songwriter signs global publishing deal. Grammy Award-nominated songwriter Gary Harrison has signed a long-term, global co-publishing agreement with Famous Music. Harrison is the author of several country hits including George Strait's " ...

  39. Suit Questions Legal Obligations Of Co-Songwriters

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST What obligations do co-songwriters owe to one another? Can one idea that is similar to another be used for a song without creating any legal obligations to the original idea-man? NEW YORK -- What obligations do co-songwriters owe to one another? C ...

  40. Darrell Scott Re-Ups With Famous

    October 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter has hits with Dixie Chicks, Tritt, more. Famous Music has re-signed country songwriter Darrell Scott to an exclusive long-term global publishing deal. Scott, who has been with Famous since 1996 and was named ASCAP's country music s ...

  41. Event Listing

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT <b>Sept. 21:</b> The California Copyright Conference's annual music "Legal Eagles" panel. Sept. 21: The California Copyright Conference's annual music "Legal Eagles" panel, featuring Don Passman, Michael O ...

  42. Viacom Reorganizing Operations

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Viacom Inc. today (July 29) said the president of its Paramount Enterprises operation would leave the company and said it would reorganize some operations under newly appointed co-president Tom Fresto Viacom Inc. today (July 29) said the president ...