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  1. IMPALA Files Complaint Against YouTube with European Commission

    June 27, 2014 4:54 PM EDT IMPALA, the trade group of European indie labels, has finally filed a complaint with the European Commission against YouTube, which has been accused of engaging in antitrust conduct. Warner Music Working With Impala, Merlin to Sell Parlophone Asse ...

  2. Merlin Doubles Earnings, Digital Accounts for Half of Members' Revenue

    June 19, 2014 5:05 PM EDT Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent music sector, says it collected $89 million from digital music services for its members in the year ended April 30, 2014. The figure is double the amount that it had collected in the prior year ...

  3. Warner Music Working With Impala, Merlin to Sell Parlophone Assets to Indies

    February 19, 2013 4:33 PM EST In a deal designed to help ease its purchase of Parlophone Label Group past European regulators and increase parity between the major labels and the independent music sector, Warner Music Group has agreed to make some of its assets available for ...

  4. Parlophone Purchase: What It Means For Warner Music and Universal

    February 07, 2013 2:20 PM EST In an unexpected and strong move, the Warner Music Group has won the auction for the Parlophone Label Group assets with a £487 million ($762 million) bid. The deal is expected to close mid-2013. The deal will give the Warner Music Group, the sma ...

  5. IMPALA, Indies Ask EC to Investigate Sony-BMG's Parlophone Bid

    January 11, 2013 7:17 PM EST Independent music companies have raised concerns about a plan by Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann music venture BMG to bid for former EMI label Parlophone, arguing an acquisition would give the music giants, particularly Sony, too much market power. Viv ...

  6. Universal Music-EMI Deal Approved by European Union

    September 21, 2012 6:19 AM EDT European Union regulators today formally approved Universal Music Group's $1.9 billion acquisition of the recorded music unit of EMI Music. As expected, the approval is contingent upon divestments to limit the combined companies' market ...

  7. Exclusive: Naive's Patrick Zelnik Talks Universal-EMI Merger, Plan to Buy Virgin With Branson, More

    July 19, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Patrick Zelnik, founder and CEO of French independent label and distributor Naïve and co-President (for now) of Impala, the independent label association, has made international headlines over the last few days: On Monday a surprising op-ed he wro ...

  8. Updated: Universal Music Offers to Sell More Assets to Salvage EMI Deal

    July 19, 2012 8:41 AM EDT Universal Music has upped the ante in its efforts to gain approval for its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded-music division, offering to sell off even more parts of EMI, according to a report in Financial Times. The European Commission reje ...

  9. Updated: Richard Branson Interested in Buying Back Virgin Records With Impala's Patrick Zelnik

    July 17, 2012 7:59 AM EDT LONDON - Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has expressed his interest in a potential bid for the Virgin Records label he founded. Vivendi's Universal Music Group is meeting with European regulators in Brussels this week to discuss possible ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Sony Plans To Cut 326 EMI Music Publishing Jobs Over Two Years

    April 18, 2012 1:03 PM EDT If the consortium led by Sony Corp. of America gets approval to acquire EMI Music Publishing, it would cut 326 positions over two years to achieve $70 million in net cost savings, according to a story by Ben Sisario published in the New York Times ...

  12. Business Matters: Analysis of Martin Mills' Harsh Words on Universal-EMI Merger

    April 16, 2012 6:22 PM EDT Martin Mills of Beggars Group Says EMI-Universal Music Kills Niche Artists Martin Mills, chairman and founder of the Beggars Group, has lodged a complaint with European regulators regarding the Universal Music Group acquisition of EMI's recor ...

  13. Impala Reiterates Its Opposition to EMI Publishing/Sony Merger

    February 28, 2012 3:25 PM EST Independent rights group Impala is reiterating its opposition to Sony's acquisition of EMI Music Publishing from Citigroup. Tuesday's statement comes a day after Sony officially notified the European Commission's antitrust regulator ...

  14. Analysis: Edgar Bronfman's Big Statements About Universal/EMI Deal Are Business As Usual -- But Much More Public

    February 02, 2012 4:37 PM EST While the mainstream media is getting worked up over Edgar Bronfman's comments on how dangerous a combined Universal/EMI recorded-music operation will be - not to mention his proclamation that the Warner Music Group will fight it "tooth ...

  15. Indie Music Biz Gathers @MIDEM To Create Global Manifesto

    January 30, 2012 12:10 PM EST Leaders of the independent music community gathered in MIDEM this week to hammer-out the first global manifesto , a 10-point blueprint which is hoped could pave the path to a better future for the indie sector. The overarching theme of the manifes ...

  16. IMPALA Issues Statement on EMI Sale

    January 26, 2012 10:40 AM EST As the date approaches for regulatory statements on the sale of EMI and MIDEM begins this weekend, IMPALA has issued a statement on the sale. In November, hortly before the sale, IMPALA called for the European Commision to intervene on its behalf. ...

  17. FTC Reviewing Citigroup's Sale of EMI To Universal, Sony: Report

    December 22, 2011 12:09 PM EST The FTC is reviewing Citigroup's sale of EMI's recorded music and publishing divisions, according to a New York Post report . The sale of EMI's divisions - recorded music to Universal Music Group for $1.9 billion and music publishin ...

  18. EMI's Deals WIth Universal, Sony Face Inevitable -- But Different -- Regulatory Scrutiny

    November 11, 2011 5:46 PM EST The sale of EMI is just the beginning in what could be a lengthy process that further consolidates the record and music publishing businesses. Citigroup's sale of EMI -- its recorded-music division to Universal Music Group and its music publi ...

  19. IMPALA Says It Expects EMI-Universal Deal to Be 'Blocked Outright'

    November 11, 2011 3:04 PM EST In the wake of this morning's announcement that Vivendi/Universal Music Group have signed with Citigroup a "definitive agreement" to purchase EMI's recorded-music division , IMPALA, Europe's Independent Music Companies Ass ...

  20. Business Matters: Simfy Launches Facebook Music Player Before Spotify Does

    June 01, 2011 7:45 PM EDT Simfy Launches Facebook Music Player Before Spotify Does --With relatively little fanfare, German music streaming service Simfy has launched a music player for Facebook. This comes just a week after news broke that Spotify is working on some kind ...

  21. Warner Music/Access Industries Deal Is A Win For Both -- But Will Gores Try to Upend It?

    May 06, 2011 7:48 PM EDT Access Industries' proposed $3.3 billion acquisition of the Warner Music Group (WMG) is turning out to be a "best of both worlds" kind of deal for all involved. For one, the private equity owners of WMG will get another payday on to ...

  22. IMPALA Warns Access Industries, WMG's New Owners, Against EMI Purchase

    May 06, 2011 3:05 PM EDT IMPALA , the Brussells-based Independent Music Companies Association, has warned new Warner Music Group owner Access Industries that any attempt by the company to purchase EMI and merge it with Warner -- a scenario many have speculated about in re ...

  23. Business Matters: Regulatory Hurdles In EMI's Future

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. -- If EMI takes the path many people expect, regulatory hurdles are likely to be a part of its future. Now that Terra Firma has lost its lawsuit against Citigroup , many people expect EMI - at lea ...

  24. BACKBEAT: Universal Music Germany Reception @ Popkomm, Copyright Discussion On The Menu

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm, the international music industry conference and trade show which took a year off in 2009, resumed this year on September 8-10 and hosted visitors from over 55 countries who flooded Berlin to discuss the most important issues facing the mu ...

  25. Italian Radio Lifts Boycott Of Int'l Acts

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now in its fifth week, the Italian record industry's showdown with RNA, a group representing 10 leading commercial radio networks, has taken a new turn. On May 7, the stations stopped playing new releases, both Italian and international, sent ...

  26. @MIDEM: Impala Unveils Financial Action Plan For Biz

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Brussels-based pan-European independent labels body Impala has launched a radical 10-point financial action plan for the music industry. "This is a call for action to national governments, the EC and the music industry," Helen Smith, exe ...

  27. French Govt Wins Web Piracy Vote

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The French National Assembly has voted to adopt the central clause in the anti-piracy 'Creation and Internet Law,' which would allow a state body to cut off copyright infringers' broadband access after two warnings were issued. The ...

  28. Pirate Bay Verdict Due Next Month

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Pirate Bay trial has concluded at Stockholm district court, with a judgement expected on April 17. According to English language Swedish publication the Local, today (March 3) the defence counsel representing one of the defendants, Fredrik Nei ...

  29. LN, TM Merger: European Regulatory Challenges Ahead

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation/Ticketmaster declined to comment on its specific merger approval strategy for Europe, but the deal is likely to require clearance by the European Commission. Both companies are operational in multiple European Union member states and a ...

  30. Indies On The Attack Over Digital Rights

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The indie community has presented a united front over digital rights in a special Popkomm panel. Speaking under the "Impala Presents" banner, delegates flipped the subject of debate at the last minute. The panel had been due to discuss t ...

  31. Impala Attacks EC's Sony BMG Ruling

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pan-European independent labels body Impala has blasted the European Commission's decision to allow Sony Corporation's acquisition of the Sony BMG joint venture as "incredible." In a statement, Impala railed against the ruling. ...

  32. EU High Court Throws Out Sony BMG Annulment

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The European Union's highest court on Thursday threw out a lower court ruling that annulled the European Commission's approval of a merger between the Sony Music and BMG record labels. The European Court of Justice also ordered that the ...

  33. AIM Blames Losses On MoS, Gut Bust

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A public spat which culminated in Ministry of Sound and Gut defecting from AIM's membership was today cited as a reason behind the indie association's widening losses in 2007. Speaking at AIM's annual general meeting today at London ...

  34. Impala Renews Appeal Against Sony BMG Merger OK

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT European independent music companies trade association Impala has launched another appeal with the European Commission contesting regulators' clearance of the Sony BMG merger. Brussels-based Impala said today it had lodged an appeal last Frid ...

  35. Sony BMG Merger Ruling Scrutinized In EU Court 'Opinion'

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST A leading EU judge today said its lower court was correct to annul the 2004 clearance of the merger of the recorded music units of Sony Corp and German media company Bertelsmann AG. Juliane Kokott, the advocate general of the European Court of Jus ...

  36. Indie Chiefs Talk Shop With Euro Commissioners

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Impala seized an opportunity to network with European lawmakers this week when the independent music companies trade body held its annual summit in Brussels. Members of the European Commission and Parliament were among the guests involved in the d ...

  37. Impala Calls EC To Check UMG's 'Creeping Dominance'

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Impala is calling on European regulators to scrutinize Universal Music Group's "creeping dominance" in the light of the music giant's buying spree. The European independent music companies' trade group is also asking Bruss ...

  38. EU Approves Sony BMG Merger, Impala Demands Inquiry

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has cleared for the second time the merger of Sony and Bertelsmann's recorded music businesses to create Sony BMG. In a statement, the Commission -- the European Union's antitrust authority -- said, "the tran ...

  39. Indies Call For IFPI Embrace

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The major labels' apparent refusal to start dialog with representatives of the international independent labels body was slammed yesterday at the 8th annual general meeting of the Association of Independent Music (AIM) in London. In May, AIM ...

  40. Source: EU To Approve Universal/BMG Deal This Month

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi's Universal Music will receive approval from the European Commission to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The approval will come this month after Vivendi offered to sell s ...

  41. Impala: Indies Need Better Access To Euro Radio

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Impala has called for European measures to promote independent airplay in the wake of the $12.5 million U.S. payola radio settlement earlier this month. A side deal to the Federal Communications Commission settlement over paid airtime claims gives ...

  42. V2 Weighs In On MoS Vs AIM Saga

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST V2 has called for a truce between its fellow independent label Ministry of Sound and Europe's trade bodies. In a statement issued this afternoon, the London-based indie today urged the independent community to show a united front, and describ ...

  43. MoS Calls For Impala Heads

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ministry of Sound has started round three in its public campaign against AIM, in protest at Impala's agreement with Warner Music Group. The dance music company has issued its third, barbed open letter to the U.K. independent music companies&# ...

  44. AIM Meet On Impala/WMG; Euro Bodies Welcome Pact

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST AIM's monthly board meeting concluded last night without the U.K. trade body agreeing ratification of Impala's recent deal to back a Warner Music Group approach for EMI Group. A spokesman for the independent music companies' trade b ...

  45. AIM Answers MoS Accusations

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST British trade body AIM has returned fire at defecting member, Ministry of Sound. MoS had announced Feb. 23 it was quitting AIM in protest at pan-European trade body Impala's agreement with Warner Music Group, which was intended to smooth the ...

  46. MoS Vs AIM War Of Words Continues

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. dance music empire Ministry of Sound has issued its second "open letter" to AIM within 48 hours, this time lining-up Warner Music Group in its crosshairs and criticising AIM's acceptance of a Non-Disclosure Agreement covering t ...

  47. EC Confirm Sony BMG Investigation

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission formally revealed Thursday (March 1) a four-month indepth investigation into the 2004 merger between Sony and Bertelsmann's music units, as revealed yesterday on Billboard.biz . The Commission, the European Union' ...

  48. EC Set To Confirm In-Depth Sony BMG Probe

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission is due to formally announce on Thursday a four-month in-depth investigation into the merger between Sony and Bertelsmann's music units, a European Union source has confirmed. The second stage investigation into Sony BM ...

  49. MoS Gripe With AIM Rumbles On

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Dance music giant Ministry of Sound has stepped up its war of words against the Association of Independent Music, ahead of the trade body's emergency board meeting tomorrow morning. MoS, by way of its legal representatives, has accused AIM an ...

  50. IMPALA To Meet With EC Commissioner

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST IMPALA leaders plan to meet with the European Commissioner in charge of competition on Friday (Feb. 23), Billboard.biz has learned. They intend to discuss a proposed framework to resolve objections that the independent music trade group has -- or ...

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