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  1. Overton To Be Named Sony Music Nashville CEO

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Nashville will announce Gary Overton as its new CEO this afternoon, sources tell Billboard.biz. Overton, currently EMI Music Publishing Nashville's executive VP and GM, will replace Joe Galante , who announced yesterday that he is ...

  2. Billboard.biz Q&A: President of StubHub, GM of eBay Tickets, Chris Tsakalakis

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST More than any other company, StubHub has been responsible for the perception makeover that turned ticket "scalpers" into ticket "brokers." StubHub helped rebrand an often-vilified vocation by pushing ticket reselling out of the ...

  3. UMG Veteran Bronikowski Headed To Yahoo Music

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group veteran Jeff Bronikowski will take over as the new head of Yahoo Music Billboard has learned, replacing Michael Speigelman, who is moving to a different role within the company. Bronikowski worked at Universal for 11 years, m ...

  4. Photos: The 2010 Grammy Awards

    January 31, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards is a wrap. Below, some shots from the big night and Saturday's pre-Grammy gala hosted by Clive Davis and the Recording Academy. For full coverage of the Grammys, click here . Columbia Records chairman Steve Barne ...

  5. RealNetworks CEO Glaser Resigns

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rob Glaser has resigned his position as CEO of Rhapsody parent company RealNetworks. He will retain his role as chairman of the board. Taking his place is Robert Kimball, who will serve as president and acting CEO. Kimball was most recently genera ...

  6. Alex Pels Departs As Mun2 Senior VP/GM

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mun2 senior VP/GM Alex Pels is leaving his position. There's no word yet on a replacement for Pels, who was appointed to the top job at Telemundo's bilingual entertainment channel in 2006. Pels will continue to work with mun2 as a consul ...

  7. Photo Gallery: Vevo Launch Party

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The switch flipped on the much-hyped online music video service Vevo last night at a grand party in New York. Big-name performers included Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert, while music stars like Bono, 50 Cent, Ciara, John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Rihanna a ...

  8. WMG Merges ADA Sales Staff Into WEA

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST While the Warner Music Group is folding the sales staff of the Alternative Distribution Alliance inside that of WEA, the two distribution staffs will be kept separate in their dealings with account and labels. In the new set up, there will be a un ...

  9. MapleCore Acquires TicketBreak Corp.

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST MapleCore Ltd., which operates the Toronto-based MapleMusic label and Fontana North distributor, has acquired full-service ticketing company TicketBreak Corp. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Toronto-based TicketBreak has a client r ...

  10. Music Supervisor Patsavas Discusses 'New Moon' At Film/TV Confab

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The artists featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming film “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” could easily share the same bill at any live music event, according to music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, who played a crucial role in putting music toget ...

  11. AEG Execs To Discuss Jackson's 'This Is It' At Billboard Confab

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips and a group of top AEG executives will discuss how the Michael Jackson "This Is It" saga played out behind the scenes for the Keynote Q&A at the Billboard Touring Conference on Nov. 5. Phillips, along with ...

  12. Dell To Bundle Napster With Laptops

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dell and Napster have struck a deal to include a year’s worth of Napster’s streaming music subscription service into various models of Inspiron and Studio laptop computers for no extra cost. It’s a $60 value that also include 60 free downloads fro ...

  13. BandIt.fm Goes 'Live' Down Under

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australia's BandIt.fm online music offering is going "live." A new function launched today (Aug. 26) on the digital portal which permits artists to upload and sell their recordings straight from the mixing desk, with roya ...

  14. News Briefs: 101 Distribution, theBizmo

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Rick Williams, a veteran distribution executive, has joined the Phoenix-based indie distributor 101 Distribution as GM. "Rick is an industry expert who possesses the knowledge and expertise in building, growing and managing a multi-million ...

  15. Grunblatt Named President Of E1 Music

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alan Grunblatt has been named president of E1 Music, replacing Bob Frank, who is leaving the company to pursue other opportunities. Grunblatt, who has served as GM and executive VP and has made his reputation with urban music, will now have the ti ...

  16. Staples Center GM Lee Zeidman On Michael Jackson Memorial

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the Tuesday memorial service for Michael Jackson in downtown Los Angeles had only five days to plan the massive event, but the tribute "couldn't have gone any better," according to Staples Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. ...

  17. 'Idol' Expands Its Digital Boundaries

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" calls the Fox network its home. But for an increasing number of viewers, the show is a very portable obsession. No, you still can't vote for your favorite singers online. But from computers to iPods to AT&T-enabl ...

  18. Former BMG Exec Goldstuck Named TouchTunes CEO

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Former president and COO of the BMG Label Group Charles Goldstuck has taken over as CEO of the interactive jukebox firm TouchTunes. The company operates a network of internet-connected jukeboxes, as well as other games and video entertainment mach ...

  19. Latin Radio Broadcasters Lobby Against Royalty Act

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lazer Broadcasting is a significant player in the Hispanic radio world on the West Coast. The Oxnard, Calif.-based operation, headed by president/CEO Alfredo Plascencia, owns and operates 18 Spanish language radio stations in 10 California markets ...

  20. MTV Networks Japan Launches Streaming Service

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks Japan (MTVNJ) has launched a free ad-supported music video streaming service on its MTVJapan.com site. Music videos from Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group are now available to view at no cost and without the need to registe ...

  21. Sony Music Snags Hoodoo Gurus For New Album, Catalog

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Australian alternative rockers the Hoodoo Gurus has struck a new recording deal, which brings the band's entire catalog into the Sony Music Entertainment Australia fold. As part of the new contract, unveiled today (April 22), the grou ...

  22. Alfonso Larriva Programs New L.A. Latin Pop Station

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Details are emerging on the staffing of Los Angeles’ new Latin pop station Exitos 93.9 FM, which launched April 15. Former Fonovisa VP/GM Alfonso Larriva is the program director of the station, for which Mexico-based broadcaster Grupo Radio Centro ...

  23. Latin Radio Briefs: 'Don Cheto,' SBS Moves

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Spanish-language broadcaster Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. (LBI) has announced that its "El Show de Don Cheto" morning show -- hosted by Juan Razo -- is now airing on Sinclair regional Mexican KXTS (98.7 FM)/Santa Rosa, Calif. "We are ...

  24. Sony/ATV Acquires Savage Garden Catalog

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Australia has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to the Rough Cut Music catalog, including all of Savage Garden's hit songs. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Sydney-based music publisher's catalog also includes succ ...

  25. UMG To Distribute Disney Down Under

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Disney Music Group has reached a licensing agreement that will see Universal Music Group market and distribute its recordings in Australia. With effect from April 1, Universal in Australia will handle digital and physical releases for Disney&# ...

  26. Keynote Q&A: Cisco, WMG Discuss Online Strategy

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Contrary to opinions raised in the preceding panel that investors are getting ready to flee the music industry, Cicso Media Solutions Group senior VP/GM Daniel Scheinman said now is the perfect time to invest in the music business. Scheinman' ...

  27. Philips Rises At CMT

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST CMT executive VP/GM Brian Philips has been promoted to president of CMT, managing the brand's overall portfolio including CMT, CMT Films, CMT.com, CMT Pure Country and all brand extensions. Philips will continue to be responsible for day-to-d ...

  28. Australia's Central Station Relaunched

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australian dance label Central Station Records has been revived within the Universal Music fold. The specialist dance firm will be guided by GM Jamie Raeburn and founders/former owners Morgan Williams and Giuseppe Palumbo, along with Ministry of S ...

  29. UMGD Shuffles Sales Structure

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) has changed its structure bringing digital and physical sales under the umbrella of Universal Music Distribution (UMD). The other divisions in UMGD are: Fontana, the indie distribution company; Vivendi Ent ...

  30. Latin Briefs: Conjunto Primavera, Salt Lake City Flip

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Romantic norteño veterans Conjunto Primavera are teaming with some noteworthy names on their newest Fonovisa release, "Mentir Por Amor." Songwriter Ramon Gonzalez Mora, author of several of the group's hits including "Necesit ...

  31. Billboard Honors 'Women In Music'

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Billboard honored 20 female executives and three artists at the third annual "Women in Music" breakfast, held this morning (Oct. 24) at the Hotel St. Regis in New York. Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry was presented with the Icon award, r ...

  32. McGraw Apologizes For 'Greatest Hits 3'

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country superstar Tim McGraw has apologized to his fans for Curb Records' decision to release a third greatest hits package of his material. According to a release from his publicist, "Greatest Hits 3" was released on Oct. 7 without ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Sony BMG Ups Kooker

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dennis Kooker, Sony BMG Global Digital business and U.S. sales executive VP of operations has added GM stripes to his title and responsibilities. Kooker will continue to report to president of Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales Thomas Hesse an ...

  35. Morgan To Join Grand Ole Opry

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Country star Craig Morgan has been invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. The invitation came from Opry member John Conlee, who surprised Morgan at a special concert for U.S. troops at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. (Morgan w ...

  36. Arena Managers Share The Top Issues Facing Their Business This Year

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The touring industry clearly survived—for many, even thrived— in the first part of 2008, despite the well-chronicled challenges of a dicey economy, exploding gas prices, increased competition and other social and economic challenges. As the busine ...

  37. Opry Star Charlie Walker Dies

    September 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Grand Ole Opry star Charlie Walker died this morning (Sept.12) in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville, Tenn. Walker, 81, had recently been diagnosed with colon cancer. He is survived by his wife, Connie, as well as 10 children: Ronnie, Cindy, A ...

  38. Nash Named Senior VP At EMI

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Richard Nash has been appointed senior VP of urban promotion for EMI Music in North America. He will report to Greg Thompson, executive VP of promotion for the company. Nash comes to EMI from PlayTyme Entertainment, an independent label and promot ...

  39. Disa Records Founder Returns To Label

    August 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Domingo Chavez, who founded regional Mexican powerhouse label Disa Records with his family more than 30 years ago, has returned to the label as its president, Billboard has learned. Based in Los Angeles but dividing his time between Mexico and the ...

  40. Simon Segues To Stroudavarious

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music industry veteran Derek Simon, who as previously reported is exiting Equity Music Group after serving as GM and interim president, joins recently launched Stroudavarious Records as VP of marketing and artist development. After working in New ...

  41. MTV To Overhaul MHD Channel

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks' high-definition music channel MHD is getting an overhaul. The channel will be re-named Palladia, and will offer a fresh slate of music programming, beginning Sept. 1. "It's a bigger, more distinct name for a channel th ...

  42. Wipperman Claims Presidency At Equity

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music Row veteran Tim Wipperman, who has served as chief creative officer since 2004, has been named president of Nashville-based independent Equity Music Group. Wipperman, who spent 29 years at Warner/Chappell Music, assumes the role from exiting ...

  43. Ciaraldi Splits With EMI Italy

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Italy veteran Beppe Ciaraldi is to depart at the end of the month after 36 years with the firm. Ciaraldi, who joined the company in 1972 and has been managing director since July 2004, will be succeeded by Marco Alboni, who has risen to head o ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. LN Elevates Hubbard To Ticketing Chief

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nathan Hubbard has been promoted to the position of CEO of Live Nation's ticketing unit. In an expanded role, Hubbard will lead Live Nation's ticketing unit with responsibility for the live music giant's new ticketing company. The n ...

  46. Jet Jumps To Tenth Street

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian rock act Jet has signed a new management deal with Tenth Street Entertainment, Billboard has learned. The group is about to begin writing songs for its next Atlantic album, due in early 2009. It will be the follow-up to 2006’ “Shine On, ...

  47. BMG Opens Doors On New Hip-Hop Label

    June 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The BMG Label Group has launched a new hip-hop label, Battery Records. Newly appointed BMG senior VP and GM Neil Levine, formerly EMI Capitol Music Group head of urban music, will head the imprint. Battery will serve as an independent arm for RCA ...

  48. Video Rola, Time Warner Cable Present Chivas Pre-Game

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Time Warner Cable, regional Mexican video channel Video Rola and Major League Soccer team Chivas USA are teaming up to present a duet between regional Mexican recording stars Graciela Beltran and German Montero. The artists will sing "Mexico ...

  49. Stage And Screen Launches In India

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian entertainment travel brand Stage and Screen has formally launched operations in India, after opening an office in Los Angeles last October. The new affiliate will provide travel and logistics management to India's film and televisi ...

  50. Curb Consolidates Country Promo Staff, Two Exit

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nashville-based independent Curb Records has consolidated its two country promotion arms into one entity, leaving one staff to promote for both the Curb and Curb/Asylum imprints. The announcement was made by Curb executive VP/GM Dennis Hannon, who ...

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