MAMA Group

  1. Brandle's Global Bits: iTunes Radio Launches in Australia, Eurovision Cracks Down On Vote-Rigging, New CEO At MAMA

    February 11, 2014 6:41 AM EST iTunes Radio Tunes Into Australia: Apple has launched iTunes Radio in Australia -- marking the service’s first expansion outside the United States. The streaming music operation dropped with little fanfare today, boasting more than 100 stations wh ...

  2. Morning Fix: Billboard Women In Music Honorees; HMV Sells Mama Group; Zep Honored by Obama; iTunes Coming to Russia?

    December 03, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters BILLBOARD ANNOUNCES 2012 WOMEN IN MUSIC HONOREES: Billboard announced its Women in Music honorees, which recognizes achievement, talent and ...

  3. HMV Sells London's Hammersmith Apollo To Stage C For $49 Million

    May 31, 2012 4:15 PM EDT London's HMV Apollo opened in 1932 as the Gaumont Palace, a cinema designed by Robert Cromie in the Art Deco style. It became the Hammersmith Odeon in 1962 and famous destination for live music. The name changed the Apollo in the 1990s. Stage ...

  4. AEG Live Leads Bidding for UK's HMV Live (Report)

    May 21, 2012 12:05 PM EDT AEG Live is leading the race to acquire HMV's profitable live division, according to British newspaper the Daily Mail. The Daily Mail reports that AEG Live has been granted preferred bidder status to purchase the HMV-owned Mama Group, which t ...

  5. HMV Warns of Lower Profits

    April 06, 2011 1:50 PM EDT U.K.-based retailer HMV has issued another profit warning sending the company's shares down over 9% on Wednesday before closing down 6.1%. The company lowered its estimate for full-year profit to 30 million pounds (about $49 million) from $40 ...

  6. HMV Backs New Artists With U.K. Fest

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is bringing back its Next Big Thing festival in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh in February. The second edition of the event for more than 100 emerging artists is taking place from Feb. 4-13. HMV is staging the eve ...

  7. Financial Round-Up: EMI, WMG, Live Nation, HMV and more

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The latest round-up of earnings re-caps: EMI Here is the lone example of an annual earnings report. In August, EMI’s private equity owner, Maltby Capital (which was set up by Terra Firma), released an annual report that offered two important numbe ...

  8. HMV Sales Hit By World Cup

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has had a torrid summer, with the World Cup hitting sales in the U.K. and Ireland. In the 19 weeks to Sept. 4, total sales at HMV U.K. and Ireland were down 13.9% and like for like sales were down 14.9%. HMV did not ...

  9. Business Matters: Ourstage, HMV, iTunes and more

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. ROCK IS DEAD? AGAIN? -- BBC News has an interesting story about the lack of rock titles on the UK singles chart. Sales of rock singles are down nearly 18% in the first eight months of 2010. In con ...

  10. Brandon Flowers, Mark Ronson To Play New U.K. Venue

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Brandon Flowers, Mark Ronson, Kelis, Hurts, Tinie Tempah, Kele and Klaxons are among the acts booked to play the new HMV Institute venue in Birmingham. Following a long-term, multi-million pound refurbishment since its closure in 2008, the U.K. ve ...

  11. HMV Rolls Out Fashion Range

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV will begin selling clothing and accessories next week. As previously reported, HMV is partnering with certain fashion brands - Boxfresh, Lee Jeans, FLY53 and Eastpak - that executives believe fit well alongside musi ...

  12. HMV To Launch Digital Service This Month

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT HMV will roll out its digital service at the end of July as the U.K. entertainment retailer makes a concerted attempt to grab market share in music downloads. The hmvdigital.com site is currently in beta. It is selling the new MIA album for £7.99 ...

  13. HMV Year Profit Up 18%

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group has revealed an 18% increase in pre-tax profits for the year ending April 24, 2010 to £74.2 million ($111 million). However, like for like sales at U.K. entertainment retailer HMV (including Ireland) were down 2.4% compared to the prior ...

  14. Edge Invests In Former Mama Chief

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment industry investment fund Edge Performance VCT is to back former Mama Group co-chief executive Adam Driscoll in a new venture, Granon Entertainment. Granon Entertainment will operate in music and related businesses, although there are ...

  15. HMV Targets New Products, Live Music Market

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British entertainment retailer HMV is targeting earnings growth over the medium term by increasing sales of new products in music, visual and games and raising its presence in live music and ticketing. In a strategy update, the firm pledged a turn ...

  16. HMV 'Could Be Target For Private Equity Bid'

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV's share performance could make it a target for private equity bidders, an influential retail analyst has claimed. Arden Securities' Nick Bubb said despite its position as the "last man standing" ...

  17. HMV Secures Mama Group Shares

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV Group said it has secured acceptances of 56.4% of the shares in live venue joint venture partner Mama Group. HMV had the backing of the share-holding Mama company directors for its Dec. 23 offer of 5.4 pence (8.6 ce ...

  18. @MIDEM: Muzu.TV Expands Reach

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Dublin-based Music video site Muzu.TV has struck a number of syndication deals with digital partners including AOL Music and the Telegraph Media Group, which it says will help prove the viability of a free ad-funded music service. The deals were u ...

  19. HMV Posts Double Digit Xmas Sales Rise

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV increased sales in the U.K. and Ireland by 13.4% over the 10-week Christmas trading period compared to the previous year. Meanwhile, the retailer's diversification into venues looks set to continue in 2010. The ...

  20. HMV On Course For Mama Takeover

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is on course to purchase its live music joint venture partner Mama Group, after rival bidder SMS Finance confirmed its offer had lapsed without managing to secure the necessary shareholder support. Last month Luxemb ...

  21. HMV Agrees Deal To Buy Live Partner Mama

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has agreed a bid for its live music joint venture partner Mama Group, which values the London-based company at £46 million ($73.4 million). In a statement today (Dec. 23), HMV said its offer of 5.4 pence (8.6 cents) ...

  22. HMV, Mama Group Launch 'Next Big Thing' Fest

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailer HMV and its live music partner Mama Group are to launch an annual festival, Next Big Thing, to showcase breakthrough artists from the U.K., Ireland and international territories. The inaugural Next Big Thing will run Fe ...

  23. Mama Group Revenue Up 14 Per Cent

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live music, management and consumer services company the Mama Group has issued financial results showing a 14% increase in revenues to £38.2 million ($62 million) for the 12 months ending July 31, 2009. Profit before interest and tax for the year ...

  24. HMV Sales Jump 12.8%

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST HMV U.K. and Ireland increased sales by 12.8% to £470.7 million ($763.8 million) in the six months to Oct. 25, 2009 compared to the same period a year ago. The U.K. entertainment retailer was able to take advantage of the demise of rivals Zavvi an ...

  25. Mama Group Up On Counterbid Hopes

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST British music, books and games retailer HMV is considering its position with respect to Mama Group, fuelling talk it will launch a trump bid for its live music joint venture partner. Mama rejected on Wednesday an improved £38.4 million ($62.4 mill ...

  26. Mama Group Rejects Shareholder's Unsolicited Bid

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST The largest shareholder in Mama Group made an unsolicited cash bid valuing the live music, artist services and consumer company of about £30 million ($48.9 million), but Mama rejected the offer calling it too low. Luxembourg-based investment firm ...

  27. Take That To Premiere DVD At HMV Hammersmith Apollo

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Take That is to inaugurate the newly restored cinema facilities at HMV Hammersmith Apollo on Nov. 18, when the historic London venue hosts the world premiere of "Take That Present: The Circus Live" - a DVD document of the band's rec ...

  28. HMV Sales Inch Up In U.K.

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT HMV, the market leading U.K. entertainment retailer, has announced like-for-like sales growth of 1.7% by value for the 18 weeks ending Aug. 29, 2009. HMV Group issued the trading update at its annual general meeting (AGM) today in London. Total sa ...

  29. HMV Strikes 7Digital Deal

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment retailer HMV Group is paying £7.7 million ($12.6 million) for a 50% stake in digital media company 7digital, which operates international download stores. The joint venture will combine London-based 7digital's technology, expert ...

  30. Pierre Tremblay Departs Nettwerk

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Pierre Tremblay has left his role as SVP at Canada's Nettwerk Music Group, claiming the company has "lost focus." Tremblay has taken Toronto band Billy Talent with him for his new venture, Vancouver-based Hive Management. The rock a ...

  31. Radiohead Co-Manager Joins Mama, Nettwerk On Artist Venture

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Brian Message, a partner in Courtyard Management, which represents Radiohead, has launched a new artist venture with the London-based Mama Group and Vancouver-based Nettwerk Music Group that will allow artists to retain copyright. Message is repre ...

  32. London Garage Venue To Get Relentless

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT London's Garage Venue will be rechristened the Relentless Garage when it re-opens on June 26, following a partnership between operators the Mama Group and Relentless Energy Drink. Mama Group says the brand partnership is for "the next th ...

  33. HMV Unveils Reward Card Scheme

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K entertainment retailer HMV will roll out its new customer loyalty card, Pure HMV, this month and it has revealed trial data showing the benefits of the scheme to suppliers. HMV is also targeting former customers of the defunct Woolworths retai ...

  34. Mama Group Profit Up On HMV Deal

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live music, marketing and artist services company the Mama Group has increased profit after tax to £4.94 million ($7.4 million) for the six months ending Jan. 31, 2009. The London-based company benefited from the sale in January of a number of sub ...

  35. London Garage Re-Opening

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Garage venue in London, part of the joint venture between Mama Group and entertainment retailer HMV, is to re-open on June 26, 2009. The future of the Garage in north London had been uncertain, but it will now become the first venue to re-open ...

  36. HMV Enters U.K. Live Biz

    January 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST HMV has partnered with venue operator the Mama Group on a joint venture that will see the U.K. entertainment retailer sharing profits at 11 mid- to large-size venues. The 5,100-capacity Hammersmith Apollo will be renamed the HMV Apollo and the agr ...

  37. MAMA Group, Nettwerk Form Publishing Partnership

    October 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT London-based music and media company MAMA Group has formed a new publishing joint venture with Canadian label and management company Nettwerk Music Group. Manett Publishing Limited will be based in MAMA's London headquarters and will be admin ...

  38. MAMA Group Acquires Festival Operator Angel Music

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MAMA Group has acquired dance music festival operator Angel Music Group in a deal worth £2.65 million ($5.2 million). The latest acquisition means that MAMA Group has bolstered its festival portfolio, which already includes investments in the Love ...

  39. The Billboard Q&A: Vince Power

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The former Mean Fiddler man refashioned the British festival business. Now he's talking about his comeback.Vince Power's new mantra, "Back to basics," should be enough to make the touring biz sit up and take notice. Power, afte ...

  40. Power Returns To U.K. Live Biz

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Vince Power, the live music impresario who founded the Mean Fiddler Music Group, is launching a new U.K. festival. Veteran Canadian rocker Neil Young will headline the new one-day festival, A Day at the Hop Farm, in Tonbridge, Kent, southeast Engl ...

  41. Barfly Buys Up Birmingham Venue

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST British venues brand Barfly is extending its venue estate with the acquisition of Birmingham, England venue the Sanctuary, for an undisclosed sum. Previously known as the Institute, the venue is to undergo a major refurbishment program along with ...

  42. Warners, Beggars Team On Gig Stream Service

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Billboard.biz has learned that a group of industry giants, including Warner Music Entertainment (WME), Warner Music International's video-production arm, is to launch a U.K. Internet-delivered TV service devoted to live concerts. Called the L ...

  43. MAMA Group Revamping London's Forum

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST The first phase of the refurbishment of London venue the Forum is underway, as part of a building project that will increase the capacity from 2,110 to 2,350. The refurbishment, which is scheduled to be completed in March, will also provide the op ...

  44. London's Garage To Re-Open In March 2008

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST After almost two years closed to the public, London's iconic live music venue the Garage will re-open in March 2008 following a £1 million ($2 million) refurbishment, its owner MAMA Group Plc reports. The restored venue in the Highbury and Is ...

  45. MAMA Snaps Up Nettwerk Stake

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST MAMA Group has acquired a 20% stake in the Nettwerk Music Group, the Canada-based record label, artist management and publishing business. MAMA claim the investment will create the world's largest management collective, with a combined roster ...

  46. Ticket Text Calls MAMA

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST London-based venue operator MAMA Group has signed a deal with Dublin-based mobile ticketing service Ticket Text, covering the group's 18 British venues. The agreement will see Ticket Text providing services for all MAMA venues, which include ...

  47. Festival Republic To Build U.S. Fest

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Festival Republic, the renamed live music specialist born from the U.K.'s Mean Fiddler Music Group, is planning to branch out into the United States. Billboard.biz has learned that the £6 million ($12 million) sum MAMA Group agreed to pay for ...

  48. MAMA Plays Mean Fiddler Tune

    August 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mean Fiddler Music Group has agreed to sell its brand and a raft of London venues to the British media and marketing firm MAMA Group plc in a deal worth £6 million ($12 million) in cash. U.K. live music venue owner and concerts promoter MFMG said ...

  49. Murphy Splits With U.K.'s MAMA Group

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Philip Murphy, COO and company secretary of MAMA Group plc, has stepped down from the London-based media and marketing firm. Together with Adam Driscoll, Murphy co-founded in 1999 Channelfly plc, the company from which MAMA was established. Murphy ...

  50. MAMA To Buy More Mean Fiddler Venues

    July 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Media and marketing firm MAMA Group plc has tabled a bid to acquire six London venues from the U.K. live music player Mean Fiddler Music Group for an undisclosed sum. The sites include the iconic Jazz Café, Garage, G.A.Y. and the Borderline venues ...

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