Lucian Grainge

  1. Is Sylvia Rhone Leaving Universal?

    April 29, 2011 10:42 PM EDT While there has been recent talk of a Sylvia Rhone exit from Universal Motown, the UMG-owned label she's run since being named president in 2004, it may not be outside the company, says a source. With a year left on her contract, Rhone, who&# ...

  2. Universal Music Group, Billabong Form Global Branding Partnership

    April 28, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Music and surf culture ride well together, and it's this mix that has brought together Universal Music Group and Australian-based sports apparel firm Billabong for a global brand partnership. Through the arrangement, announced Wednesday (Apri ...

  3. Barry Weiss Named Chairman/CEO Of Island Def Jam And Universal Motown Republic Group

    March 17, 2011 5:53 PM EDT It's official. Barry Weiss has been named Chairman & CEO of Island Def Jam and Universal Motown Republic Group. The appointment comes on the heels of Antonio "L.A." Reid's departure from IDJ , which was announced today. Acc ...

  4. Vivendi Appoints Lucian Grainge Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group

    March 09, 2011 2:38 PM EST In the wake of Doug Morris' early departure from Universal Music Group to take the helm at Sony , Vivendi announced today the appointment of Lucian Grainge as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UMG. Grainge who was formerly CEO of UMG, w ...

  5. Doug Morris Named CEO Of Sony Music Entertainment, Effective July 1

    March 02, 2011 12:47 PM EST It's official: outgoing Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris will become Sony Music Entertainment's chief executive officer on July 1. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Sir Howard Stringer, Sony Corporations' chairman, ...

  6. Queen Signs To Universal In Another Blow To EMI

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST British band Queen has signed to Universal Music Group after nearly 40 years with EMI, and preparations are under way for the release of remastered versions of Queen's studio albums in 2011. The switch, first reported in May and confirmed tod ...

  7. Business Matters: Lucian Grainge, Live Nation, Les Savy Fav and more

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT GRAINGE SHIFTS TO LA -- Lucian Grainge, the new co-CEO of Universal Music Group, will be based in Los Angeles rather than New York. The chief executives of the other major music groups tend to be based in New York – although Warner Music Group’s E ...

  8. IFPI CEO John Kennedy To Step Down

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Kennedy and the IFPI have announced that he will step down as CEO and chairman next month, after five years in the role. His replacement has already been confirmed. Frances Moore , EVP and regional director, Europe at IFPI, will step up to th ...

  9. Stars Turn Out For Lucian Grainge Farewell

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music biz said goodbye to Universal Music Group kingpin Lucian Grainge last night (June 16) at a star-studded "bon voyage" party in London. Executives and artists gathered at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in West London to see off ...

  10. 'Idol' Creator Fuller Marks iTunes Milestone

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller on Monday (May 10) marked a digital music milestone, and said he was looking to the Internet and other digital platforms for the next big thing in global entertainment. At a time of crisis in the reco ...

  11. 6 Questions: Max Hole

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the new COO of Universal Music Group International (Billboard.biz, March 15), Max Hole will be a serious contender for the title of "most powerful label executive outside America." He'll take over UMGI's central functions fr ...

  12. Universal’s Grainge On TV Ambitions

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Universal Music Group is a hit-seeking, mass media company with a vision that goes beyond the components of multi-rights artist deals. That's the focus of this piece from Time Magazine that looks at incoming president Lucian Grainge. UMG ...

  13. Love Never Dies For Universal, Andrew Lloyd Webber

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a new, long-term global deal with Andrew Lloyd Webber, which renews and expands an existing agreement with the British composer whose new musical "Love Never Dies" opens in March. The arrangement with Llo ...

  14. The Rise of Lucian Grainge

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lucian Grainge was once described by Doug Morris, the man Grainge will replace as CEO of Universal Music Group (UMG) on Jan. 1, 2011, as a "killer shark." "He is so deceptive with that little kind face and those little glasses," ...

  15. Lucian Grainge Leads Music Biz Contingent Honored By Queen

    December 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group International chairman and chief executive Lucian Grainge heads the U.K. music biz names, ranging from film composers to veteran rockers, on the Queen’s traditional New Year Honors List. Grainge is named a Commander of the Or ...

  16. Business Matters: Doug Morris, Rhapsody, EMI, The Beatles

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to BusinessWeek.com, Doug Morris, CEO of Universal Music Group, is "quietly making plans to bring in a successor" - Lucian ...

  17. Lucian Grainge Delivers Bullish Keynote At BPI AGM

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge gave an optimistic keynote address at the BPI's annual general meeting in London, as the U.K. trade body issued figures showing an increase of 7% year-on-year for record company re ...

  18. Music Industry Trusts' Award For Jonathan Ross

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. broadcaster Jonathan Ross has been named as the recipient of the Music Industry Trusts' Award for 2009. In recognition of services to music broadcasting, the honor will be presented to Ross at London's Grosvenor House on Nov. 2. Mor ...

  19. UMG's Lucian Grainge Joins Call To Tackle Piracy

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has joined with four other high-ranking U.K. media chief executives to call on the government to propose tough action on Internet piracy in its forthcoming Digital Britain report. ...

  20. UMGI Races Ahead With Formula 1

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International and its joint venture company All The Worlds have partnered with racing body Formula One Administration Ltd to create a global entertainment platform that will see international artists perform live at Formula 1 ...

  21. Winehouse Wins Grainge's Vote For Innovation

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Chief executive of Universal Music Group, Lucian Grainge has nominated Amy Winehouse's Grammy Awards performance as the most important creative innovation of the past year. He made the decision in his capacity as ambassador for The Creativity ...

  22. Grainge Joins Fellow Business Leaders In Liverpool

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Creative business leaders are to meet in Liverpool for the first ambassador meeting for “Cabinet,” the inaugural creativity and business international network conference held in Hertfordshire on Oct. 26-28, 2009. Universal Music International chai ...

  23. U2 Honors Grainge At MITs

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST U2 was among the artists saluting Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge at the Music Industry Trusts' Award ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Universal-signed pop acts Mika and Take That performed at t ...

  24. Grainge Appointed To U.K. Govt Creative Industries Panel

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has been appointed to the panel of business leaders at the U.K. government's Creativity & Business International Network in Oct. 2009. The international creative business ...

  25. Grainge Named London's Most Influential Music Man

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International CEO Lucian Grainge has been named the most influential person on London's music scene. The second annual 1,000-strong, 22-category, list of "London's Most Influential People" is compiled by L ...

  26. Universal Australia Adds Gudinksi's Liberation

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Australia (UMA) has signed a three-year distribution deal with Michael Gudinski's Liberation Music, part of his Mushroom Group of Companies. The move, effective Oct. 1, essentially gives Universal the largest domestic roster o ...

  27. Sky's No Limit As Universal Teams On MP3 Service

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sky, the U.K.'s leading pay-TV provider, is entering the digital music marketplace with an adventurous service which allows subscribers unlimited access to downloads and streams. Universal Music Group International's U.K. affiliate, itse ...

  28. Cream Rises To Ingenious Live Deal

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K.-based media investment and advisory group firm Ingenious has re-upped its long-term relationship with British dance music empire Cream. Through the new agreement, which builds on an association dating back to 2001, the Ingenious Live Venture ...

  29. UMG Buys U.K.'s Atmosphere Apparel

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has taken a tighter grip on the merchandising business through the acquisition of Atmosphere Apparel. UMG has struck a deal to buy the U.K.-based music merch firm, owned and founded by Mark Stredwick, for an undisclosed sum. ...

  30. MITS Honor For Grainge

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman and chief executive Lucian Grainge has been named as the 2008 recipient of the prestigious annual Music Industry Trusts' Award. Grainge will receive the award at a charity fund-raising dinner Nov. ...

  31. Joseph Rises At Universal U.K.

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has named David Joseph as the new chairman/CEO of Universal Music U.K. London-based Joseph, previously co-president of Polydor Records and president of Universal Music Operations, has ...

  32. Midem Quotes Of The Day

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST The top soundbites from Monday's Midem panels and debates. "Mr Plant emailed me and said, 'Who's going to prostitute himself first?’" - Peter Gabriel on the Genesis/Led Zep reunion game "I've always been of the a ...

  33. Stones Sign With Universal For Soundtrack

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Rolling Stones have signed a one-album deal with Universal Music as they approach the end of their current contract with EMI, which is understood to expire this year. The band's worldwide deal with Universal is just for the soundtrack alb ...

  34. The Eagles Take Flight With Int'l 'Eden' Release

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Eagles' first studio album in 28 years, "Long Road Out Of Eden", is to be distributed and marketed by Universal Music Group International outside North America. Their comeback album will be released in the rest of the world on O ...

  35. UMG To Acquire V2 From Morgan Stanley

    August 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Universal Music Group has reached an agreement to acquire the V2 Music Group from Morgan Stanley. Terms of the deal, which is subject to regulatory approval, have not been disclosed. "V2 is recognized as a pioneer in independent music wit ...

  36. Majors Reach Out To SENA

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The four music majors have appointed Dutch collecting society SENA to advise them in the collection of public performance income in Italy, with effect from Aug. 1. Public performance royalties in Italy are currently collected by Società Consortile ...

  37. UMG Seals Sanctuary Buyout Deal

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group will take London-based Sanctuary Group plc into private hands after today winning shareholder approval for a buyout. In a statement issued just before the close of trading on the London Stock Exchange, UMG confirmed it had re ...

  38. Universal Sanctuary Bid Approved

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Weeks of rumours that the struggling Sanctuary Group was about to be taken over proved to be on the button today when Universal's £44.5 million ($87.68 million) bid was approved by the Sanctuary board. The cash offer works out at 20pence (40c ...

  39. Captains Of Industry Meet With German Chancellor

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A roll call of Europe's leading recorded music industry executives grabbed a rare opportunity yesterday to meet with the German chancellor and raise the issue of the alarming downturn of the national market. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is a ...

  40. WPP, UMG Strengthen Joint Venture

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Giulio Brunini has been appointed CEO of BrandAmp, the joint venture set up by Universal Music Group and advertising giant WPP's media investment unit GroupM. Brunini joins London-based BrandAmp from Yahoo!, where he served as marketing direc ...

  41. Universal Netherlands Vet Roos Exits

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Theo Roos, president and CEO of Universal Music Netherlands, has stepped down after more than a decade in the role. With immediate effect, Roos is succeeded by Kees van der Hoeven, who has served as managing director of Universal Music Publishing ...

  42. Still Joins UMGI

    December 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group International is bolstering its global audio-visual activities with the appointment of former Warner Vision International president Ray Still as a consultant to its board. In his new, immediately-effective role, Still becomes ...

  43. Universal, WPP Team To Link Bands, Brands

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Venture called BrandAmp is a 50-50 partnership. Universal Music Group International and advertising giant WPP's media investment unit GroupM on Tuesday (Sept. 27) unveiled the launch of a joint venture. The new 50/50 BrandAmp company is inten ...

  44. Universal, WPP Team To Link Bands, Brands

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music is teaming up with advertising conglomerate WPP Group to link bands and brands. The London-based venture called BrandAmp is a 50-50 partnership revealed by the two companies on Tuesday Universal Music is teaming up with advertising ...

  45. Grainge Hails Retailers For Debut Successes

    August 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lucian Grainge, Universal Music Group International's chairman/CEO, is attributing the label's recent major success in the United Kingdom to a robust retail sector that is supporting new acts. Lucian Grainge, Universal Music Group Intern ...

  46. UMGI Digitizes Andrew Lloyd Webber Stage Hits

    August 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International has sealed a landmark digital-distribution deal with Really Useful Group, the live-entertainment production company famous for its hit stage musicals by composer Si Universal Music Group International has sealed ...

  47. Universal U.K. Sets Sights On Globe

    June 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. has diversified into TV production. The music major said today (June 26) it has launched Globe Productions, a division focused on creating new television formats and innovative TV Universal Music U.K. has diversified into TV p ...

  48. Polydor U.K. Chief Joseph Promoted

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has expanded the remit of Polydor U.K. co-president David Joseph. Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has expanded the remit of Polydor U.K. co-president D ...

  49. Brand Joins UMGI

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Former MTV exec tasked with biz development. Former MTV executive Harriett Brand has re-emerged in a new role with Universal Music Group International. Brand has been appointed senior VP, business development, based at UMGI's headquarters in ...

  50. Cloeckaert Exits UMGI In Shake-up

    January 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST Consultation process continues at London HQ. Universal Music Group International stalwart Bert Cloeckaert is exiting the company as part of a restructuring of the strategic marketing department, Billboard.biz has learned. Sources say the reorganiz ...

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