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  1. BMI Pop Awards Crowns Polow Da Don Top Songwriter

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Songwriter/producer Polow Da Don earned his first win as songwriter of the year this Tuesday evening during the 56th annual BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) Pop Awards. Also picking up key awards at Los Angeles' Beverly Wilshire Hotel were Hinder, ...

  2. Pandiscia Upped At EMI

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dominic Pandiscia, formerly senior VP of sales at the Capitol Music Group, has been named the senior VP/GM of EMI Global Music Services with the EMI Commercial Development Group. In his new role, Pandiscia will assume sales and profitability respo ...

  3. Bloom Exits Rhapsody

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Bloom has left his position as GM of the Rhapsody America joint venture, Billboard.biz has learned. Bloom was originally head of MTV's Urge music service, and became GM of the Rhapsody unit when the two merged late last year. He will ...

  4. Label Execs Talk Digital Sales At NARM Closing

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At Sony BMG Music Entertainment digital sales are running at 40% of overall U.S. sales volume pace this year, and Thomas Hesse, president of global digital and U.S. sales predicts that the company will achieve a 50/50 split next year. That was one ...

  5. BMW Drives Aussie Campaign With Presets Tune

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Car-maker BMW Group Australia has teamed with electro-dance duo the Presets to market its new 1 Series coupe and convertible models to a younger first-time BMW buyer. The Sydney-based act, signed to Modular/Universal, debuted at No. 1 on the Austr ...

  6. Spiralfrog Adds Rieger To Exec Team

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Free ad-supported service SpiralFrog has appointed Russ Rieger to the newly created position of VP of strategic initiatives. In this role, Rieger will be responsible for securing and maintaining strategic partnerships within the music, media and a ...

  7. Aussie Promoter Dainty Expands Executive Team

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian concert and theatrical producer Dainty Consolidated Entertainment (DCE) has signalled plans for growth to come over the next five years with the addition of two executives. Harley Evans takes over as executive director of touring from J ...

  8. Van Berkel Promoted At Warner/Chappell Benelux

    April 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Arno van Berkel has risen from GM to managing director of Warner/Chappell Music Benelux, a new role. A former 10-year veteran with EMI Music Publishing, the executive will assume responsibility for all creative aspects of the Hilversum, Netherland ...

  9. Wyclef Jean Embarks On India Tour

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wyclef Jean will play three club dates on his upcoming tour of India, his first in the country. Jean will open in Bangalore on April 16, followed by Pune (near Mumbai) on April 18. His run of dates will round off on April 19 in Mumbai. The Hard Ro ...

  10. Bortnick Joins Kobalt

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has appointed Bob Bortnick to the position of senior VP of creative. Bortnick, based in New York, will be involved with writer relations, catalog acquisitions, creative services and writer/artist development. He will report to S ...

  11. Ray J Celebrates 'All I Feel'

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ray J celebrated the release of his fourth album, "All I Feel," at New York's Spotlight Live last night. Rapper Yung Berg and R&B newcomer Casely also performed during the evening, which was sponsored by both Epic and Koch Recor ...

  12. Wasserman Joins Kobalt

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has appointed Merril Wasserman senior VP, business development. Wasserman was previously with Sony/ATV Music Publishing for 12 years, most recently serving as VP international acquisitions and affiliate relations. Before Sony/AT ...

  13. Sweat Works Up New Album, Tour

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT R&B veteran Keith Sweat returns May 6 with new album "Just Me." His first new studio album since 2002's "Rebirth," the Keia/Atco/Rhino release features cameos by Keyshia Cole (on the track "Love Your Better") ...

  14. Nashville 2.0: Is Taylor Swift The Face Of A Country Revolution?

    March 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "This is for my MySpace people and everybody who voted." With those words at last year's CMT Music Awards, then 17-year-old Taylor Swift, who won breakthrough artist of the year that April night, signaled a new era in country music. ...

  15. Wohl Takes On Exec Role At Lionsgate Music

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lenny Wohl will take over the newly created position of GM and executive VP of business affairs for Lionsgate Music. In his new role, Wohl will lead negotiations for publishing, film music, licensing and new digital media agreements. "His cre ...

  16. NYU To Name Robinson 'Visionary'

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New York University's Steinhardt Music Business Program will be honoring publishing icon Irwin Robinson with its first visionary award. The award is bestowed upon a noted business figure for his or her lasting and positive impact on the music ...

  17. Vivendi Ent. Expands, Names O'Malley President

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Vivendi Entertainment, formerly Vivendi Visual Entertainment (VVE), has expanded into theatrical releasing. This new division will provide distribution and marketing services, coordinate P & A funding, and plans to distribute 8 - 14 films per ...

  18. Newly Launched Pheromone Recordings Preps First Releases

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Canada’s MapleCore Ltd. has announced a joint venture with the company’s former GM Kim Cooke to create Pheromone Recordings. MapleCore chief executive Grant Dexter and Cooke announced the creation of the label, designed to allow Cooke to bring act ...

  19. Warner/Chappell Finland Buys Ranka Pub Catalog

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music Finland has acquired the entire Ranka music publishing catalog. Ranka contains 1,300 predominantly Finnish metal and rock works, including songs by Spinefarm acts such as Children of Bodom, To/Die/For, Finntroll, Sonata Arcti ...

  20. Pierre Named President Of Bad Boy

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Harve Pierre, former executive VP/GM/VP of A&R of Bad Boy Records, has been named president of the label. Pierre, who joined Bad Boy upon its inception in 1993 as an intern, will now oversee the finance, creative, promotional, marketing, A& ...

  21. Brooks Preps For Two-Day, Five Concert Run

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Preparing for five major concerts over a two-day period is no easy task, but organizers of Garth Brooks' upcoming wildfire benefit shows in Los Angeles are "confident we can do it," Staples Center senior VP/GM Lee Zeidman tells Bill ...

  22. Super Estrella To Launch New Morning Show

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST On Monday (Jan. 7), Entravision Radio pop KSSE (Super Estrella)/Los Angeles will launch a new morning show called "La Regadera con La Chokolata," which will be hosted by Ysaac Alvarez and Oswaldo Diaz. Alvarez is the host of Super Estrel ...

  23. NZ Music Takes To The Air

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Air travellers in New Zealand will get a dose of New Zealand music before they fly from this week. The country's national carrier Air New Zealand has adopted a policy of playing only New Zealand music videos on its fleet of 14 domestic 737 ai ...

  24. Cullen Upped At SMG Puerto Rico

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Wesley Elizabeth Cullen has been promoted to the post of assistant GM for SMG Puerto Rico, the company in charge of administering Puerto Rico's José Miguel Agrelot coliseum. Cullen reports to Chris Hansen, who was appointed GM for the venue o ...

  25. Warner Buys Finland's HMC

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Nordic has acquired the multi-faceted Helsinki Music Company, a Finnish firm with operations in recorded music, merchandising, music publishing and touring. With immediate effect, HMC becomes a wholly-owned division of Warner Music Fi ...

  26. Block Rises To Senior VP/GM At Legacy

    November 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Adam Block has been named senior VP/GM of Legacy Recordings. Block reports to John Ingrassia, president of Sony BMG’s Commercial Music Group and is based in New York. In his new role, Block will oversee all aspects of the operations of Legacy Reco ...

  27. Daniels To Join Opry

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Legendary country star and fiddler Charlie Daniels has been invited to become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry. Daniels was surprised with the invitation by Martina McBride during his his annual Christmas For Kids benefit show at the histor ...

  28. Equity Aligns With New Investors, Kraski Exits

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Nashville-based independent label Equity Music Group has aligned itself with two investment groups: the Southern Maryland Group, a Washington D.C. venture; and Optimum Venture 3, a California-based fund that includes the co-founder of the PowerBar ...

  29. Sugar's Usuelli Joins Ad-Funded Download Firm

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Riccardo Usuelli, GM of the Italian indie label Sugar, is leaving the company at the end of this month to become director-general of the ad-funded download start-up company Downlovers. Downlovers opened for business in the summer and "is the ...

  30. Ticketing The Hot Topic At Touring Confab

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST If there was one thing made certain during the opening day (Nov. 14) of the annual Billboard Touring Conference, it was that "the secondary market is here, and it's not going anywhere," said Chuck Lavallee, head of business developm ...

  31. Senators Take On Performance Right Debate

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Artists and broadcasters today continued their fight over a performance right to play recordings over terrestrial radio during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Singer-songwriter Alice Peacock urged members of the Senate Judiciary C ...

  32. Fontana Names Spaulding Exec VP and GM

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Fontana Distribution, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music Group (UMGD), has appointed Ron Spaulding as executive VP and GM. Spaulding will report to Jim Urie, the President of UMGD, and will be based in Los Angeles. Prior to joinin ...

  33. Universal Dedicates Tillis Writer’s Room

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has dedicated a writer’s room in its Nashville office to country music legend Mel Tillis following his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. The room features a vintage guitar on the hearth, Tillis show po ...

  34. Jive Shoots For Fourth No. 1 In 2007

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Barry Weiss and Jive Records are on a roll this year. It looks like Britney Spears "Blackout" album will debut at the top of The Billboard 200 next week, making it the fourth Jive album to hit No. 1 in 2007. Already, R. Kelly's &quo ...

  35. SuperVision's Craig Joins Atlantic U.K.

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul Craig, a long-time artist manager who co-founded the SuperVision Management firm, has been appointed GM of Atlantic Records U.K., with effect from Nov. 5. And in a related move, Lavolta Records co-founder Siona Ryan will join the U.K. affilia ...

  36. Beisler Promoted To Senior VP

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kevin Beisler has been promoted to senior VP of special programming and publicity for RCA Music Group. Beisler continues to report to Mika El-Baz, senior VP of publicity, on press matters, and Tom Corson, executive VP/GM of RCA Music Group, on spe ...

  37. WEA Realigns

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a realignment of WEA's organizational structure, executive VP and COO Mike Jbara and GM/CFO Matt Signore will take on additional duties, and veteran sales executive Mitch Imber has joined the company as senior VP of physical sales. Imber, ...

  38. Spaulding Takes Exec Role At Fontana

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ron Spaulding, formerly executive VP/GM at Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group (ILG), has been named executive VP/GM of Fontana, reporting to Universal Music Group Distribution president Jim Urie. Spaulding has been involved with the ...

  39. Peermusic Promotes Quinlan

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Peermusic has promoted Neville Quinlan to managing director of the publisher's Canadian operations. He was GM of peermusic's Toronto office. Quinlan, who reports to Kathy Spanberger, president of peermusic's Anglo-American region, i ...

  40. UME Ups Murthy To Senior PR VP

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Enterprises (UME) has promoted Sujata Murthy to senior VP of public relations. Murthy reports to Mike Davis, GM of UME, and is based in Santa Monica, Calif. Most recently, Murthy was VP of public relations for UME. Prior to joining ...

  41. Disa Extends Los Creadorez Deal

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Chicago-based "duranguense" group Los Creadorez del Pasito Duranguense has renewed its contract with Univision Music Group's Disa Records label. Los Creadorez, a spin-off from popular Chicago-based duranguense group, Grupo Montez de ...

  42. ADA President To Take Leave Of Absence

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) president Andy Allen is taking an eight month leave of absence beginning November 1. In his absence, the company will be run by ADA senior mnagement staff; executive VP, Mitchell Wolk; senior VP/GM, Michael ...

  43. Super D, Metal God Ink Deal

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Super D Independent Distribution has signed Rob Halford's Metal God Entertainment to a U.S. distribution deal. The first release under the deal will be "Metal God Essentials Volume 1," which features 13 tracks, including songs from ...

  44. Honda Center GM O'Donnell Dies

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mike O'Donnell, GM of the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., died Aug. 19 at his home in Yorba Linda, Calif., after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 46. O'Donnell's career in public facilities, professional sports and arena man ...

  45. Agnew Takes Helm As President At Disney Records

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT David Agnew has been promoted to president of Walt Disney Records and executive VP and GM of the Disney Music Group (DMG). Based in the company's Burbank headquarters he reports to DMG chairman Bob Cavallo. Agnew has held various executive po ...

  46. Zerbi To Succeed Cabrini At Sony BMG Italy

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Italy is preparing to overhaul its top management. With effect from Jan. 1, 2008, president and managing director Franco Cabrini will leave the company. Cabrini became head of Sony Italy in 1991. He was appointed to head Sony BMG after th ...

  47. Changes At Nielsen Music

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As part of the Nielsen Company's overall restructuring, Mark Tindle senior VP/GM, for the West Coast and Bryan Canady, BDS format administrator have exited the company. Vinnie Martino becomes director of sales for Nielsen Music, Trudy Lartz r ...

  48. Live Nation Restructures Canadian Team

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Canada has reorganized its executive team, appointing Riley O'Connor as chairman of Live Nation Canada. O'Connor, a Canadian music industry vet who most recently served as senior VP of talent at House of Blues Concerts Canada ...

  49. EMI Italy A&R Giannini Splits

    July 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fabrizio Giannini, deputy managing director of EMI Music Italy and GM of the company's music division, has resigned, with effect from June 30. Giannini, who moved to EMI from Warner Music Italy in 2001, is one of Italy's leading A&R ...

  50. Higdon To Lead Combined UMPG Nashville Division

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville executive VP/GM Pat Higdon will lead the newly combined Nashville division, which results from the acquisition of BMG Music Publishing by UMPG. Higdon will continue to be based in Nashville and report to ...

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