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  1. Concord Music Group Acquires Famed Soul Label Vee-Jay Records

    July 08, 2014 9:53 PM EDT Concord Music Group has acquired the catalog of renowned American R&B/soul label Vee-Jay Records. The label vaults feature more than 5,000 master recordings from renowned artists such as Little Richard, John Lee Hooker, Betty Everett, Jimmy Re ...

  2. 2013 Grammy Awards: Indies Continue to Make A Major Impact

    December 21, 2012 11:03 AM EST If Mumford & Sons' sophomore album, Babel (Glassnote Records), takes home the Grammy for album of the year on Feb. 10, it will mark the fifth year in a row an indie act has won the top prize, if you count indies by ownership. The run bega ...

  3. Chart Moves: Calvin Harris' '18 Months' Album Debuts, Paul McCartney's New 'Christmas Song' Helps 'Holidays Rule'

    November 08, 2012 8:00 AM EST The Billboard 200: On the chart this week , Taylor Swift's "Red" continued to rule the roost, as it sold another 344,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It blocked debuting rapper Meek Mill from grabbing the top slot with hi ...

  4. Beggars Group's Martin Mills To Be Honored At A2IM's Inaugural Libera Awards

    May 30, 2012 3:52 PM EDT At the June 21 Libera Awards, Beggars Group founder and CEO Martin Mills will be presented with a lifetime achievement award presented by Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein. The Amercian Association of Independent Music will launch its inaugura ...

  5. Paul McCartney Titles Pulled from Subscription Services

    February 08, 2012 3:14 PM EST Another legacy artist's music is unavailable for streaming after the Concord Music Group/Hear Music catalog of Paul McCartney was ordered removed from subscription services. The news was first reported at Digital Music News . The takedown aff ...

  6. Independents' Day

    December 01, 2011 3:18 AM EST A Complete List of indEpendent nominEES By Category The nominees listed here are independent releases as defined by the American Assn. of Independent Music-that is, master recordings not owned by the four major label groups. Each entry lists the t ...

  7. Exclusive: Paul Simon Planning 'Graceland' Tour, Box Set

    October 11, 2011 1:43 PM EDT A 25th anniversary tour to celebrate Paul Simon's landmark "Graceland" album next year is in the early planning stages. The tour would coincide with a "Graceland" box set that Sony Legacy will release in the late spring, m ...

  8. Take That's Re-Release Tops U.K. Album Chart; Example Single Remains at No. 1

    June 20, 2011 7:29 AM EDT Take That's "Progress" album (Polydor/Universal), which debuted at No. 1 in the U.K. last November, powered back to the top yesterday (Sunday) after the release of a new version, augmented by a second CD featuring eight unreleased t ...

  9. Paul McCartney To Reissue Catalog On Concord Music Group

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney said on Tuesday he would reissue his extensive post-Beatles catalog through Concord Music Group, dealing a blow to his former distributor, the struggling EMI Group. Los Angeles-based Concord previously released McCartney's 2007 ...

  10. Year-End Chart Analysis: Compilations Score On World Music Charts

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Compilations took a number of the top spots on the 2009 Top World Albums chart, with “Playing for Change: Songs Around the World,” released on Hear Music, coming in on top. “Paris Magnifique,” which came out on EMI Special Markets/Starbucks, was a ...

  11. Carly Simon Sues Starbucks Over Album Deal

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Singer Carly Simon is suing Starbucks Corp., saying the coffee company's now-defunct music venture didn't adequately promote her 2008 album, dooming the record before it was even released. The singer, whose biggest success came during th ...

  12. Concord Music Group Co-owner Hal Gaba Dies Aged 63

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hal Gaba, the chairman and co-owner of Concord Music Group, co-chairman of Village Roadshow Pictures, and CEO of ACT III Communications, passed away on Monday (Mar. 9) of cancer. He was 63. Born in Oakland, California in 1946, Gaba went on to rece ...

  13. McCartney Reignites 'Fireman' Project

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney is returning to his Fireman alias after a decade away from the collaborative project with producer Youth. McCartney releases “Electric Arguments” by The Fireman on Nov. 17 via MPL, an imprint of his own London-based publishing c ...

  14. Mellencamp's 'Life' Goes Hi-Fi With Hear Music

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT John Mellencamp's "Life, Death, Love and Freedom," produced by T-Bone Burnett and due July 15 via Hear Music, will be released in a new high-definition audio format dubbed CODE. CODE technology, developed by Burnett and a team of en ...

  15. Mail On Sunday Hopes Sir Paul Will Emulate Prince

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Mail on Sunday (MoS), one of the U.K.'s best-selling national Sunday newspapers, claims it has established itself as a music distribution brand-leader with its controversial CD "cover-mounts" campaign which this month sees it gi ...

  16. Madonna Leads Busy Billboard 200

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a busy week at the top of the The Billboard 200, with Madonna's "Hard Candy" leading the action at No. 1. It is the artist's seventh chart-topper, the second-most among all female artists -- only Barbra Streisand, wit ...

  17. Starbucks Shuffles Hear Music, Lombard Exits

    April 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks has handed over day-to-day management of the Hear Music record label to the Concord Music Group. As part of the move, Ken Lombard, president of Starbucks Entertainment, has left the company to pursue other business interests. Chris Bruzz ...

  18. Carly Simon Joins Hear Music For New Album

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Carly Simon has joined ex-paramour James Taylor, Paul McCartney and Joni Mitchell on the roster of Starbucks' Hear Music label. Her first release for the company, "This Kind of Love," will be available April 29. The 13-track set has ...

  19. Jack Johnson Jumps In At No. 1

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Jack Johnson scores his best sales week ever and his second No. 1 album as "Sleep Through the Static" debuts atop the Billboard 200 . . . Sheryl Crow finds herself in a familiar place on the chart -- the runner-up slot ...

  20. Alicia Keys Returns to No. 1, 'Juno' Jumps

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys' "As I Am" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 while the soundtrack to "Juno" jumps into the top three with a 78% gain in sales ... Last week's chart-topper, Radiohead's "In Rainbows," sli ...

  21. Alicia Keys 'As I Am' Bows Big at No. 1

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys' "As I Am" debuts with 742,000 at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 -- the best sales week for a solo female artist since Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" started with a million in 2004 ... Keys is only the third a ...

  22. Hear Music Signs Hilary McRae

    October 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hear Music, the label started by Concord Music Group and Starbucks, has signed Hilary McRae as the company's first developing artist. While the full album will not be available until spring 2008, Starbucks customers will be able to download M ...

  23. Rascal Flatts Races To No. 1 In Debut-Heavy Week

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amid a heavy week of new releases, Rascal Flatts scores its third straight No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with the Lyric Street set "Still Feels Good." The set sold 547,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the lar ...

  24. Rascal Flatts Flattens Competition With Third No. 1 Album

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Country trio Rascal Flatts strikes with its third straight No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 as "Still Feels Good" bows with a whopping 547,000 ... That's the biggest sales week for a country act since over a year ago when, you guess ...

  25. Cyrus Sidesteps Clarkson To Debut At No. 1

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a battle between two top-selling female acts, Miley Cyrus triumphed over Kelly Clarkson to score the No. 1 position on The Billboard 200 with the confusingly titled double album "Hannah Montana 2 (Soundtrack)/Meet Miley Cyrus." The Di ...

  26. Miley Cyrus Doubles Up at No. 1

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT It was a showdown between two of America's sweethearts for No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. In one corner, Disney Channel's Miley Cyrus and in the other, "American Idol" champ Kelly Clarkson ... In the end, Cyrus came out ...

  27. Bon Jovi Scores First No. 1 Album Since 1988

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT For the first time since 1988, Bon Jovi tops The Billboard 200. "Lost Highway" sold 292,000 in United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the rock troupe's biggest one-week sum since Nielsen began tracking sales data in 1991. Th ...

  28. Toby Keith's 'Big Dog' Heads Straight To No. 1

    June 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Toby Keith scores his third No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and his fifth chart-topper on Top Country Albums this week with "Big Dog Daddy." The Show Dog Nashville set moved 204,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. ...

  29. New Set Finds Paul McCartney’s ‘Memory Almost Full’

    June 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney: “Memory Almost Full” Producer: David Kahne Hear Music/Starbucks Entertainment Release Date: June 5 Your memory would be almost full too if you'd lived a life like McCartney's, experiences from which form the foundation of ...

  30. McCartney Solo Career To Appear Online Through EMI Deal

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul McCartney's entire solo catalog will appear online for the first time as part of a "comprehensive re-launch" of the Beatles legend's repertoire, his record company EMI Music said today. EMI Music also confirmed its Parloph ...

  31. Exclusive: McCartney Goes Digital, Beatles 'Virtually Settled'

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Read the exclusive Billboard Q&A with Paul McCartney in the May 19 issue of Billboard, on stands Saturday, May 12 . Paul McCartney's new album, "Memory Almost Full," will be his first solo release available for download and stre ...

  32. McCartney Goes Mobile In Japan

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Japan is set to be the first territory in which Paul McCartney's music will be available via mobile phone, says Universal Music Japan. UMJ will release a master ringtone version of the single "Dance Tonight" on May 10. All the other ...

  33. McCartney To Anchor New Starbucks Label

    March 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After weeks of speculation, Paul McCartney is now officially the first artist signed to Hear Music, a new joint label formed by Starbucks and the Concord Music Group. The as-yet-untitled album is due early this summer; its release on Hear Music ma ...

  34. Starbucks, Concord Music Group Form Label

    March 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks and Concord Music Group have formed a new label, Hear Music, which will sign established and emerging artists directly for distribution inside and outside the coffee chain. Under the collaborative venture, Starbucks will take primary res ...

  35. iTunes Teams With Starbucks

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Marketing plans not revealed. Apple Computer Inc. has partnered with Starbucks Entertainment and launched today (Oct. 5) a Starbucks-branded area in the iTunes Music Store. The area features the coffee retailer's entire Hear Music catalog, wh ...

  36. Starbucks To Offer Diana Ross Exclusively

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Search continues for VP of music and ent. Starbucks' new deal with the William Morris Agency should bring the coffeehouse greater access to music, film and book projects at an earlier stage. But the company stresses they will also continue to ...

  37. Starbucks To Offer Diana Ross Exclusively

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks' new deal with the William Morris Agency should bring the coffeehouse greater access to music, film and book projects at an earlier stage. But the company stresses they will also continue to Starbucks' new deal with the William ...

  38. Lombard: Key Exec Losses Won't Hurt Starbucks

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Despite two high-profile departures from its music division, Starbucks Entertainment president Ken Lombard says business will not be affected. However, some in the industry aren't so sure. Despite two high-profile departures from its music di ...

  39. Foxx Overtakes Blige On Album Chart

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST After debuting a week ago at No. 2, Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" rises to the top of The Billboard 200. The J Records set makes the upward move despite a 67% slip to sales of 200,000 copies in the Uni After debuting a week ago at No ...

  40. The Beat

    August 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks' Hear Music and XM partners for a series of multi-artist compilation CDs, premiering with "Hear Music XM Radio Sessions, Vol. 1," featuring artists including Tracy Chapman and Jewel. Read M Starbucks' Hear Music and X ...

  41. Alanis Morissette Gives Starbucks A Jolt

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Alanis Morissette last night (June 13) performed an intimate show at Starbucks on Astor Place in New York's East Village. The short set coincided with the exclusive release of her new album, "Jagged Alanis Morissette last night (June 13) ...

  42. Alanis Morissette Gives Starbucks A Jolt

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Special performance kicks off acoustic release. Alanis Morissette last night (June 13) performed an intimate show at Starbucks on Astor Place in New York's East Village. The short set coincided with the exclusive release of her new album, &qu ...

  43. Starbucks Puts Lid On Springsteen CD

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks Corp., a growing force in the music scene, said yesterday (May 5) that it chose to keep Bruce Springsteen's new chart-topping album, "Devils & Dust," off the menu at its coffee shops, pa Starbucks Corp., a growing ...

  44. Starbucks Puts Lid On Springsteen CD

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks Corp., a growing force in the music scene, said yesterday (May 5) that it chose to keep Bruce Springsteen's new chart-topping album, "Devils & Dust," off the menu at its coffee shops, pa Starbucks Corp., a growing ...

  45. Usher Leads Year-End RIAA Certs

    December 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST To his eight Grammy nominations and slew of No. 1 singles, Usher adds the honor of most-shipped U.S. album of 2004 for "Confessions" (LaFace/Zomba), according to year-end certifications from the RIAA. To his eight Grammy nominations and ...

  46. Starbucks Expanding Hear Music Concept

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks will push its Hear Music digital music offering into Seattle and Austin in the next month. The Hear Music media bar is an in-store kiosk that allows consumers to purchase customizable CDs on Starbucks will push its Hear Music digital mus ...

  47. Starbucks Expanding Hear Music Concept

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Media bars rolling out to Seattle, Austin stores. Starbucks will push its Hear Music digital music offering into Seattle and Austin in the next month. The Hear Music media bar is an in-store kiosk that allows consumers to purchase customizable CDs ...

  48. Starbucks Expanding Hear Music Concept

    October 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Media bars rolling out to Seattle, Austin stores. Starbucks will push its Hear Music digital music offering into Seattle and Austin in the next month. The Hear Music media bar is an in-store kiosk that allows consumers to purchase customizable CDs ...

  49. XM, Starbucks Brew Up Major Alliance

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT XM Satellite Radio has forged a multi-year strategic marketing alliance with the Starbucks Coffee Co. Under the terms of the agreement, XM this fall will launch a "Starbucks Hear Music" channel, featu XM Satellite Radio has forged a mult ...

  50. Starbucks Names President Of Entertainment

    May 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Starbucks Corp has named Kenneth Lombard as senior VP and president of Starbucks Entertainment, to lead the coffee house chain's growing involvement in music and entertainment. Starbucks Corp has named Kenneth Lombard as senior VP and preside ...