Michael Jackson

  1. Music Biz Coalition Makes Unauthorized Use Of Beatles Lyrics

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The musicFirst Coalition has been highly critical of terrestrial radio stations for what it argues is their failure to provide artists and musicians with fair compensation for use of their recordings. But the recording industry lobbying group appa ...

  2. Sony/ATV Acquires Savage Garden Catalog

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Australia has acquired the worldwide publishing rights to the Rough Cut Music catalog, including all of Savage Garden's hit songs. Financial terms were not disclosed. The Sydney-based music publisher's catalog also includes succ ...

  3. Sony/ATV, Granada Developing TV Series

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Country songs can sure tell stories. Now the TV production company Granada America wants to make some of those stories into a series of one-hour TV dramas. The film-producing duo of Mark Roberts and Lorena David ("Strangers With Candy," ...

  4. Jackson Confirms O2 Dates

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has confirmed the dates for his London residency at the O2 Arena in July as fans await to see whether they will be among the first to have the opportunity to buy tickets. After announcing the 10-date run and the opening July 8 show ...

  5. Jackson Announces 'Final Curtain Call'

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson has confirmed his July residency at London's O2 arena during a press conference at the venue, describing it as the "final curtain call." Hundreds of screaming fans turned up for the announcement, as well as members o ...

  6. Michael Jackson Sues Auction House For Sale Plans

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson sued an auction house Wednesday to halt the scheduled sale of thousands of his personal possessions, an action the firm says caught it completely off-guard. The King of Pop's company, MJJ Productions, filed a lawsuit in Los An ...

  7. Michael Jackson To Announce Open-Ended London Concert Run

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson will start an open-ended run of performances at London's O2 Arena on July 9, according to a Billboard source. The shows, Jackson's first scheduled full concerts since 2001, will be announced at a press conference today at ...

  8. Sony/ATV, Linda Perry Renew Deal

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has renewed a worldwide co-publishing deal to administer the catalogue of songwriter/producer Linda Perry. Moreover, Sony/ATV will administer on a worldwide basis all songwriters signed to Perry's newly formed publis ...

  9. 'Thriller' Video Director Sues Michael Jackson

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST The director of the influential music video "Thriller" has sued pop star Michael Jackson over his share of profits from the 14-minute work. Filmmaker John Landis, who co-wrote and directed the 1983 "Thriller" video, filed a bre ...

  10. Weird Al Goes Digital With T.I. Cover

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For the first time in his nearly three-decade career, comedy maestro "Weird Al" Yankovic is releasing his parody of a current No. 1 single -- evidently just days after he thought of it. Yankovic's version of "Whatever You Like, ...

  11. Janet Delays Three More Shows Due To Illness

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Janet Jackson has postponed three more shows because of an undisclosed illness. Her publicist said in an e-mail late Saturday that Jackson was postponing a Saturday show in Greensboro, N.C., one on Sunday in Atlanta and a third on Tuesday in Fort ...

  12. Orchard Links With Sony/ATV

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital aggregator The Orchard has added marketing and digital distribution rights for all master recordings from Sony/ATV Music Publishing for international markets outside the U.S. This includes digital distribution to online retailers, as well ...

  13. Brock Rises At Sony/ATV

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing executive Janice Brock has earned a promotion. The British executive has been named to the new role as senior VP, U.K. operations, in addition to her current role as VP, office of the chairman. Brock will relocate from Ne ...

  14. Sony/ATV, GEMA Team For Euro Licensing Breakthrough

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing and German authors rights society GEMA have entered into an agreement to establish a "one-stop" Pan-European licensing framework for mobile and online digital rights. With effect from July 1, the three-year agre ...

  15. NYC Mayor Bloomberg Fetes AIMP

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has issued a proclamation honoring the Association of Independent Music Publishers. Deputy Mayor Haeda Mihaltses will present the proclamation during a luncheon on June 18. Other speakers and attendees at the funct ...

  16. Janet Jackson Kicking Off Tour In September

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Though going out on tour means connecting with fans, it can also mean long hours, high stress, and sleepless nights. Janet Jackson says she's looking forward to all of it. "I love all of that, all of that pressure, I really do," Jac ...

  17. Qtrax Signs Deals With UMG, UMPG

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Four months after first claiming it had licensing agreements signed with all four major labels , ad-supported music service Qtrax today announced the signing of its first real major label deal -- with Universal Music Group. Additionally, the compa ...

  18. Wasserman Joins Kobalt

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has appointed Merril Wasserman senior VP, business development. Wasserman was previously with Sony/ATV Music Publishing for 12 years, most recently serving as VP international acquisitions and affiliate relations. Before Sony/AT ...

  19. Ross Zooms By 'NOW,' Snoop To Debut At No. 1

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Miami rapper Rick Ross scores his second straight chart-topper on The Billboard 200 as "Trilla" (Slip-N-Slide/Def Jam) debuts at No. 1. The set sold 198,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, an improvement over ...

  20. Jackson Lawyer: Neverland Ranch Saved

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has refinanced Neverland ranch in time to save his famed California spread from a public auction that was scheduled for later this month. Jackson attorney L. Londell McMillan told The Associated Press on Thursday that the pop star ...

  21. Sony/ATV Names Kooijman Benelux MD

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has appointed Ruud Kooijman managing director for the publisher's Benelux region. Kooijman was head of A&R for EMI Music Publishing in Holland for the past five years. While with EMI, he worked with such artists ...

  22. Panel Debates The Economics Of Music Publishing

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST While publishing assets may trade at high multiples, net publisher's share (NPS) is not the sole criteria used in deciding to make an acquisition, according to music publishers on a panel at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium. "Yo ...

  23. Michael Jackson Faces Forced Sale Of Neverland

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson's famed Neverland Valley Ranch in California will be foreclosed and sold on March 19 unless the pop star pays a balance of nearly $25 million, property records showed on Tuesday. FoxNews.com reported that Jackson has been form ...

  24. Sony/ATV Names Puzio CFO

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has appointed Joseph Puzio as CFO for the publisher's worldwide operations. Marty Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV, confirmed the appointment today. In his new capacity, Puzio will be responsible for all aspects of ...

  25. Sony/ATV Wraps Up Famous

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has acquired international administration rights to the Famous Music catalog from Universal Music Group, wrapping up full international control of the copyrights it acquired from Viacom last year. Shortly after Marty Band ...

  26. U.K./Continental A&R Role For Sony/ATV's Ramage

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ian Ramage has been appointed to the new post as head of A&R for Sony/ATV Music Publishing's operations in the U.K. and Continental Europe, with effect from Jan. 7, 2008. Based in the music publisher's new central London premises in ...

  27. Gomez Tapped For Creative Role At Sony/ATV

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Maru Gomez has been appointed creative and A&R director of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Mexico. Gomez, who spent several years as label manager with Fonovisa, was most recently in charge of public relations and special projects for Banda Pequeno ...

  28. Brooks Sells Out Five L.A. Concerts

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Garth Brooks' previously announced one-off wildfire benefit concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles quickly became five sold-out shows after organizers saw an overwhelming demand for tickets during the Dec. 1 on sale. Brooks will play fi ...

  29. Sony/ATV Promotes Carey

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has promoted Kathleen Carey to senior VP international, adding responsibilities to her current U.S. A&R role. She was previously senior VP of A&R for the publisher. Carey assumes responsibility for signing sub-pub ...

  30. Behind The Sony/ATV-Shanks Deal

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Billboard.biz has discovered more detailed information on Sony/ATV Music Publishing's recent deal with producer/songwriter John Shanks. Shanks, the Grammy-winning producer of the year in 2004, currently has a co-publishing agreement with Warn ...

  31. Sony/ATV Integrating Famous

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing's integration of Famous Music is still underway after the acquisition deal closed in August , Billboard.biz has learned. As with most integrations, the two top executives of the acquired company are no longer working ...

  32. Cuevas Joins Sony/ATV

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Claribel Cuevas has assumed the post of senior director of creative for Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Latin America. She was previously senior creative director of Latin music for Famous Music Publishing. Through Cuevas’ initiative, Famous launched a ...

  33. Brodsky Heads Sony/ATV Legal Affairs

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Peter Brodsky is now Sony/ATV Music Publishing's executive VP of business and legal affairs, Billboard.biz has learned. The former head of BMG Music Publishing business and legal affairs is expected to take an aggressive role in Sony/ATV' ...

  34. Brock Signs On With Sony/ATV

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Janice Brock is now officially onboard at Sony/ATV Music Publishing as VP, office of the chairman and strategic marketing. Brock, based in New York, reports to Sony/ATV chairman/CEO Marty Bandier. Previously, she was with EMI Music Publishing for ...

  35. LME Publishing, Sony/ATV SA Forge Pact

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT South African industry veteran Lindelani Mkhize's music publishing business has formed an alliance with Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The former Sony South Africa GM has reached a co-publishing agreement binding LME Publishing, a division of his ...

  36. Sony/ATV Closes Famous Deal

    August 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Sony/ATV Music Publishing deal acquiring Viacom's Famous Music is now final. Executives with both publishing companies may now begin direct discussions to determine how Sony/ATV will integrate Famous' catalog and employees into its o ...

  37. Barlow Re-signs With Sony/ATV Publishing

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing (U.K.) Limited has re-signed Take That member Gary Barlow to an exclusive global extension of his existing contract. Terms for the long-term deal were not disclosed. The '90s hitmaking boyband has enjoyed a whirlwind ...

  38. Sony/ATV Acquires Famous

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the successful bidder for Famous Music. The joint venture created by Sony Corp. and trusts formed by Michael Jackson, helmed by chairman/CEO Marty Bandier, acquired the publisher from Viacom. "The depth and breadt ...

  39. Famous Sale Moves To Phase Two

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Phase two of Viacom's sale of Famous Music Publishing is underway. Industry sources estimate anywhere from a few to as many as 10 bidders offered enough money or other incentives during the initial phase to make the second round of the sale. ...

  40. Sony/ATV Ups Mejia To VP

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jorge Mejía has been promoted to VP at Sony/ATV Music Publishing Latin America, effective immediately. In his new role, Mejía will oversee Sony/ATV's operations in Latin America, as well as the Miami based Sony/ATV Discos operation. Mejía has ...

  41. Bandier Lands Atop Sony/ATV

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Marty Bandier will be running Sony/ATV Music Publishing after he exits EMI Music Publishing, the company he helped build over the last 18 years into the world's largest publisher. According to sources close to the situation, Bandier will beco ...

  42. Famous On The Block?

    February 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST As thousands of industry members are flocking to Los Angeles this week for the Grammy Awards, Viacom lit a spark in the music publishing community. The global entertainment company announced that it "has decided to explore strategic alternati ...

  43. Japanese Fans Made To Wait For Jackson

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Michael Jackson has postponed his scheduled Dec. 19 appearance at the "Tokyo Christmas Celebration" event in which fans would pay up to ¥400,000 ($3,386) to meet the artist at a Tokyo club. In a statement, Broderick Morris, CEO of Yokoha ...

  44. Michael Jackson's Partial Comeback Is No Thriller

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Reclusive pop superstar Michael Jackson made a musical comeback of sorts at the World Music Awards 2006 on Wednesday (Nov. 15), singing just the chorus line of charity single "We Are The World" before the sound cut out as he struggled fo ...

  45. Michael Jackson's Partial Comeback Is No thriller

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Jackson gaffes at World Music Awards. Reclusive pop superstar Michael Jackson made a musical comeback of sorts at the World Music Awards 2006 on Wednesday (Nov. 15), singing just the chorus line of charity single "We Are The World" befor ...

  46. Michael Jackson's Partial Comeback Is No Thriller

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Reclusive pop superstar Michael Jackson made a musical comeback of sorts at the World Music Awards 2006 on Wednesday (Nov. 15), singing just the chorus line of charity single "We Are The World" before Reclusive pop superstar Michael Jack ...

  47. Michael Jackson's Partial Comeback Is No Thriller

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Reclusive pop superstar Michael Jackson made a musical comeback of sorts at the World Music Awards 2006 on Wednesday (Nov. 15), singing just the chorus line of charity single "We Are The World" before Reclusive pop superstar Michael Jack ...

  48. Sony/ATV, Musicnotes.com Ink Deal

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT To include songs by the Beatles, Beck, Oasis. Sony/ATV Music Publishing has licensed its catalog of songs to online digital sheet music company Musicnotes.com. Under the agreement, the Madison, Wis.-based company will produce and sell digital shee ...

  49. Jackson Gets To Work On New Album

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has begun work on an album of new material tentatively set for release in late 2007, representatives for the pop giant said today (April 18). Michael Jackson has begun work on an album of new material tentatively set for release in ...

  50. Jackson Gets To Work On New Album

    April 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson has begun work on an album of new material tentatively set for release in late 2007, representatives for the pop giant said today (April 18). Michael Jackson has begun work on an album of new material tentatively set for release in ...

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