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  1. Universal Music Group Cutting East Coast Staff (Updated)

    April 11, 2014 6:24 PM EDT With the splitting up of the Island Def Jam Music Group into three labels, the Universal Music Group is recalibrating the staffing at its East Coast labels. While sources say about 12* staffers have been let go over the last two days, other source ...

  2. Miley Cyrus Achieves Rare U.K. Charts Double Has Top Album, Single

    October 14, 2013 9:21 AM EDT Miley Cyrus scored a double victory on the new U.K. sales charts yesterday (Oct. 13), debuting at No. 1 on the singles survey with “Wrecking Ball” and the album list with “Bangerz” (RCA/Sony). Cyrus is the first artist this year to top the flags ...

  3. David Massey Named President of Island Records

    February 08, 2013 10:51 AM EST David Massey has been named president of Island Records, in what is described in a press release as a “further expansion of the Island Def Jam Music Group’s A&R and creative initiatives.” The appointment, which was announced by Barry Weiss, ...

  4. One Direction Top UK Album and Singles Charts

    November 19, 2012 6:08 AM EST One Direction completed a U.K. chart takeover yesterday (Nov. 18), debuting at No. 1 with both their "Take Me Home" album and "Little Things" single (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment). There were also top three debuts for Ro ...

  5. Universal Completes $1.9 Billion EMI Recorded Music Acquisition

    September 28, 2012 8:47 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi's Universal Music Group said Friday that it has completed the $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI's recorded music arm. "This is a next step towards ensuring the health of our industry," said UMG chairman and CEO L ...

  6. Melissa Victor Gets VP Stripes at Island Def Jam

    August 20, 2012 6:29 PM EDT Melissa Victor, Justin Bieber's longtime press representative, has been promoted to vice president, media and artist relations at Island Def Jam Music Group. Department head and EVP Laura Swanson made the announcement, praising Victor, who al ...

  7. Olympics Bump Sends Emeli Sande (and 123 Others) Up UK Charts

    August 20, 2012 7:29 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's huge exposure via her performances at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 12 sent her debut album Our Version of Events (Virgin/EMI) back to No. 1 on the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), as ...

  8. Rihanna's 'Talk That Talk' Tops UK Charts With Lowest-Selling No. 1 Album

    August 13, 2012 8:51 AM EDT Rihanna's "Talk That Talk" (Def Jam/Universal) returned to the top of the U.K. album chart on Sunday (Aug. 12), as "Heatwave" (One More Tune/Warner Bros./Warner Music) by British rapper Wiley featuring Ms D started a secon ...

  9. Cheryl Cole's 'Call My Name' Is Top UK Single, 2012's Fastest Seller

    June 18, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Gary Barlow's Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project (Decca/Universal) started a third week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday as Cheryl Cole's "Call My Name" (Polydor/Universal) became the market's fastest-selling sin ...

  10. Billboard Power 100: Steve Bartels

    January 26, 2012 10:23 PM EST No. 53 Steve Bartels President/COO Island Def Jam Music Group Twitter: @IslandRecords Taking Care of Business... When Antonio "L.A." Reid (see No. 37) was chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, Steve Bartels oversaw business operations ...

  11. Andrew Kronfeld Named Universal Music President of Global Marketing

    August 30, 2011 6:41 AM EDT Universal Music Group has promoted Andrew Kronfeld, 42, to the newly created position of President, Global Marketing. For the past two years, Mr. Kronfeld, has served as Executive Vice President, International Marketing, UMGI. Mr. Kronfeld will re ...

  12. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Tops U.K. Albums Chart -- Outsells Rest of Top 10 Combined

    May 30, 2011 11:57 AM EDT Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album (Interscope/Universal) made its expected powerful arrival to the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), with the biggest first-week sale of the year here of 215,000 units, more than the rest of the top 10 t ...

  13. Adele Sets New U.K. Chart Record With No. 1 Album for 11 Weeks

    April 11, 2011 10:37 AM EDT Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) started the 11th week of its U.K. reign yesterday (Sunday) to achieve the longest consecutive run at No. 1 for a studio album by a solo artist in British chart history. Jennifer Lopez's "On The ...

  14. Merlin Signs With Audiotube

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Global indie music rights agency Merlin has signed a worldwide licensing deal with online music video platform Audiotube. Billed as the "home of independent music," Audiotube underwent a re-launch in September this year and recently inke ...

  15. Music Producers Guild To Honor Chris Blackwell

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Island Records founder Chris Blackwell will receive the outstanding contribution to U.K. Music honor at the Music Producers Guild Awards next month. It follows the completion of the 50th anniversary celebrations for Island Records, launched in 195 ...

  16. The Monetization of Mimi: Mariah CD To Have Ads

    August 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As music sales continue to drop like they’re not so hot throughout the industry, Island Def Jam Music Group is jamming on a new business model: integrating brands into artists’ CD booklets. The first deal, created for the Mariah Carey release Memo ...

  17. Island 50 Celebrations To Hit U.K. In May

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Island Records will launch its 50th anniversary 'Island 50 Festival' program by staging a weeklong residency at London's Shepherds Bush Empire under the banner 'Island Life.' Commencing May 25, the event will feature acts ...

  18. Island Celebrates 50th Anniversary

    October 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Island Records will mark its fiftieth anniversary in May 2009, with founder Chris Blackwell overseeing the week-long "Island 50 Live" festival. Blackwell founded the Island label in Kingston, Jamaica in 1959 and moved to London in the ea ...

  19. Island Execs Step Up, Gatfield Switches To EMI

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. has confirmed that Island Records executives Darcus Beese and Ted Cockle have been appointed co-presidents of the group. As reported on Billboard.biz yesterday (April 15), the pair will replace the label's current preside ...

  20. Updated: EMI Taps Gatfield For A&R Role

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nick Gatfield, who has just stepped down as president of Island Records U.K., has joined EMI Music as president of A&R Labels, North America and UK. All the company’s label heads in North America and the UK will report to Gatfield. He will tak ...

  21. Marley Ringtones Strike Discord

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The lawsuits haven't even been filed yet, but already the dispute over Bob Marley's ringtones is heating up. Last month, Verizon Wireless struck an exclusive licensing deal with Universal Music Group for the entire Bob Marley catalog. Th ...

  22. Bartels Promoted To IDJMG President/COO

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Island Records president and Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG) COO Steve Bartels has been promoted to president/COO of IDJMG. In this newly created role, Bartels will oversee all day-to-day operations of the company and its labels and will report ...

  23. IDJ To Revive Mercury Imprint

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam is reviving the Mercury imprint in the U.S. and has tapped veteran Sony Music A&R executive David Massey to serve as president of the division. Mercury -- which over the years has served as the U.S. home to acts like Bon Jovi, J ...

  24. Roppo Upped At Island Def Jam

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Promoted to senior VP of sales. Jim Roppo has been promoted to senior VP of sales at Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). He is based in New York and reports to Steve Bartels, president of Island Records & COO of IDJMG. Most recently Roppo serv ...

  25. Island Def Jam Promotes Peluso

    October 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gabrielle Peluso has been promoted to senior VP of video promotions for Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). Peluso, who is based in New York, will report directly to Steve Bartels, president of Island Gabrielle Peluso has been promoted to senior V ...

  26. U2 Swaps Island For Mercury In U.K.

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Irish supergroup's hits set arrives November. After more than 25 years recording for Island Records in the United Kingdom, U2 has swapped label home with sister Universal Music Group imprint Mercury. It is understood that the Irish quartet ma ...

  27. U2 Swaps Island For Mercury In U.K.

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Irish supergroup's hits set arrives November. After more than 25 years recording for Island Records in the United Kingdom, U2 has swapped label home with sister Universal Music Group imprint Mercury. It is understood that the Irish quartet ma ...

  28. Island Appoints Lowenberg Senior Marketing VP

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Most previously held same role at Virgin. Adam Lowenberg has been appointed senior VP of marketing at Island Records. He reports to Steve Bartels, president of Island Records and COO of Island Def Jam Music Group, and is based in New York. In his ...

  29. Stevenson Promoted To Exec At IDJMG

    February 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Deal includes new joint venture imprint. Rob Stevenson has been promoted to executive VP of A&R for Island Def Jam Music Group. At the same time, he has been named president of Stolen Transmition Records, his new joint venture label imprint wi ...

  30. Universal Launches Apollo In Europe

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Venture will target one-off tracks. Universal Music today (Jan. 23) unveiled the launch of Apollo, a new multi-territory label which intends to capitalize on one-off hits from across Europe. The venture comprises two distinct units, Apollo Recordi ...

  31. Universal Launches Apollo In Europe

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Venture will target one-off tracks. Universal Music today (Jan. 23) unveiled the launch of Apollo, a new multi-territory label which intends to capitalize on one-off hits from across Europe. The venture comprises two distinct units, Apollo Recordi ...

  32. Grainge Elevates Universal U.K. MDs

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Island Universal divided under Gatfield. Island Universal divided under Gatfield. News ...

  33. Grainge Elevates Universal U.K. MDs

    January 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has elevated the managing directors of its three front-line U.K. labels to become presidents. Separately, the company's Island Universal Universal Music Group International chair ...

  34. Unger-Hamilton Appointed Virgin U.K. MD

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Veteran Universal Music executive Ferdy Unger-Hamilton has been hired to fill the vacant role as managing director of Virgin Records U.K., with effect from Jan. 13. He succeeds the former Virgin U.K. Veteran Universal Music executive Ferdy Unger-H ...

  35. Imber Broadens Role At Island Def Jam

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Label veteran to oversee multiple departments. Mitch Imber has been named senior VP of sales and marketing for Island Def Jam Music Group. In his new position, Imber will oversee IDJ's sales, marketing, production, strategic marketing and adm ...

  36. Iley Named Mercury U.K. MD

    May 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jason Iley is to step into the role as managing director of Mercury Records U.K. with effect from June 1. Iley, currently GM of sister company Island Records U.K., will succeed Greg Castell who is eye Jason Iley is to step into the role as managin ...

  37. IDJ Names Field Marketing VP

    February 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Calitri takes expanded role. Island Def Jam Music Group has named Joe Calitri as VP of field marketing. He has served as Island Records senior director of sales and field marketing since 2001. Calitri's responsibilities include overseeing fie ...

  38. Island Def Jam Ups Mattera

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Larry Mattera has been promoted from VP to senior VP of new media for Island Def Jam Music Group. Mattera will oversee the group's new-media strategy. Larry Mattera has been promoted from VP to senior VP of new media for Island Def Jam Music ...

  39. Island Def Jam Ups Mattera

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT New-media exec named senior VP. Larry Mattera has been promoted from VP to senior VP of new media for Island Def Jam Music Group. Mattera will oversee the group's new-media strategy, including content development, online marketing, digital co ...