Music industry

  1. Jackson's Contract Suit Vs. UMG Advances

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST NEW YORK--A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has cleared the way for Michael Jackson to pursue a lawsuit against Universal Music Group for breach of contract. Jackson can now conduct an audit of UMG's BMI Licenses Songs To Digital Jukebox Fir ...

  2. WMG Seeks Judgment Against Maverick

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group (WMG) yesterday (March 24) filed an action seeking a declaratory judgment against Madonna's label Maverick Records, a source confirms. Warner Music Group (WMG) yesterday (March 24) filed an action seeking a declaratory judg ...

  3. Maverick Files Suit Against Warner

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST As expected, Madonna's Maverick Records label today (March 25) sued Warner Music Group (WMG), Time Warner Inc. and Warner Bros. Records, alleging that they breached a joint-venture agreement. The acti As expected, Madonna's Maverick Reco ...

  4. WMG Seeks Judgment Against Maverick

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group (WMG) yesterday (March 24) filed an action seeking a declaratory judgment against Madonna's label Maverick Records, a source confirms. Warner Music Group (WMG) yesterday (March 24) filed an action seeking a declaratory judg ...

  5. Sources: Briegmann Named Uni Germany CEO

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Frank Briegmann, senior VP of international at BMG Germany, will leave the company to join Universal Music Germany as CEO, Billboard.biz has learned. Frank Briegmann, senior VP of international at BMG Germany, will leave the company to join Univer ...

  6. BPI Steps Up Fight Against File-Sharers

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST The British record industry is ramping up its battle against illegal file-sharers. During a media briefing in London today (March 25), the British Phonographic Industry confirmed it would take legal a The British record industry is ramping up its ...

  7. BPI Steps Up Fight Against File-Sharers

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST The British record industry is ramping up its battle against illegal file-sharers. During a media briefing in London today (March 25), the British Phonographic Industry confirmed it would take legal a The British record industry is ramping up its ...

  8. Studio Monitor

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST As the engineer on Van Morrison's studio albums, Mick Glossop captures a sense of live performance. As the engineer on Van Morrison's studio albums, Mick Glossop captures a sense of live performance. News Van Morrison , Mick Glossop ...

  9. NZ Industry Objects To CD Copying Plan

    March 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Record Industry Assn. of New Zealand (RIANZ) is objecting to government plans to change the country's Copyright Law. The disputed changes would allow consumers to duplicate audio files for persona The Record Industry Assn. of New Zealand ...

  10. Norah Still Tops On U.S. Chart

    March 24, 2004 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" has made itself at home atop The Billboard 200. It holds the chart peak for a sixth straight week. U.S. sales of Jones' Blue Note set are down about 19% to 147,000 copie Norah Jones' "Fe ...

  11. Sources: IGA Hit By Recent Layoffs

    March 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA) has laid off about 30 staffers over the last few weeks, sources say. Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA) has laid off about 30 staffers over the last few weeks, sources say. In addition to forming one radio promotio ...

  12. RIAA Targets Students With New Round Of Lawsuits

    March 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST The RIAA has filed a new round of lawsuits against suspected users of illegal peer-to-peer file-sharing services, including users of networks at 21 U.S. universities. The RIAA has filed a new round of lawsuits against suspected users of illegal pe ...

  13. Uni Germany Restructures

    March 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany has undergone a major restructuring designed to give a boost to local talent. At the heart of the revamp is the creation of separate units for domestic and international repert Universal Music Germany has undergone a major ...

  14. IDJ's Greenwald Out, Liles Back In: Source

    March 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam's topsy-turvy 2004 is not letting up. Island Records president/IDJ executive VP Julie Greenwald, who will go on maternity leave April 1, is expected to extend her leave and not return t Island Def Jam's topsy-turvy 2004 is ...

  15. Sprint, BMG Ink Master-Tones Deal

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Britney, Pink, Strokes among acts contributing music. Britney, Pink, Strokes among acts contributing music. News ...

  16. Sprint, BMG Ink Master-Tones Deal

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST BMG has cut a master-tone ringtone deal with Sprint. Music from BMG acts including Britney Spears, Maroon 5, 3 Days Grace, the Strokes, Kenny Chesney and Pink will be available as ringtones for $2.50 BMG has cut a master-tone ringtone deal with Sp ...

  17. U.K.'s Mean Fiddler Unveils Digital Ambitions

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST U.K.-based live-venue operator and concerts promoter Mean Fiddler Music Group (MFMG) is entering the digital-download market. U.K.-based live-venue operator and concerts promoter Mean Fiddler Music Group (MFMG) is entering the digital-download mar ...

  18. Belgium Launches Music DVD Chart

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST The official Belgian Ultratop chart launched a weekly music-DVD list Saturday (March 20). The official Belgian Ultratop chart launched a weekly music-DVD list Saturday (March 20). Data for the Ultratop music-DVD chart is supplied by market researc ...

  19. Belgium Launches Music DVD Chart

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST The official Belgian Ultratop chart launched a weekly music-DVD list Saturday (March 20). The official Belgian Ultratop chart launched a weekly music-DVD list Saturday (March 20). Data for the Ultratop music-DVD chart is supplied by market researc ...

  20. U.K.'s Mean Fiddler Unveils Digital Ambitions

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST U.K.-based live-venue operator and concerts promoter Mean Fiddler Music Group (MFMG) is entering the digital-download market. U.K.-based live-venue operator and concerts promoter Mean Fiddler Music Group (MFMG) is entering the digital-download mar ...

  21. U.K.'s Mean Fiddler Unveils Digital Ambitions

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST U.K.-based live-venue operator and concerts promoter Mean Fiddler Music Group (MFMG) is entering the digital-download market. U.K.-based live-venue operator and concerts promoter Mean Fiddler Music Group (MFMG) is entering the digital-download mar ...

  22. Warner Finland Cuts Five Staff

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Finland has let go five of its 30-member staff as part of the major's ongoing worldwide restructuring. Among those let go is Jari Tiessalo, production manager of Warner Classics label Fin Warner Music Finland has let go five of i ...

  23. NYC Residents, Club Owners Battle Over Noise

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST LOS ANGELES--A New York City night-life ordinance is unlikely to see the light of day in 2004. But supporters say the law, which seeks to soften club noise for Manhattan residents, will eventually be Licensing Deals Abound In Wireless Market NYC R ...

  24. OutKast Snags Two Soul Train Awards

    March 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST OutKast was the big winner at Saturday's (March 20) 18th annual Soul Train Music Awards, picking up two statuettes. Yet the evening belonged to career achievement honoree Janet Jackson. The singer wa OutKast was the big winner at Saturday ...

  25. EMI Bows Download Store In Singapore

    March 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST EMI Group has launched what it calls Singapore's largest online music store, through a non-exclusive deal with local Internet service provider StarHub. EMI Group has launched what it calls Singapore's largest online music store, through ...

  26. IFPI Germany Pulls Plug On Meeting With GEMA

    March 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST The dispute between Germany's IFPI affiliate and authors rights society GEMA is escalating. The chairman of the IFPI group, Gerd Gebhardt, today (March 19) canceled a roundtable discussion that had be The dispute between Germany's IFPI a ...

  27. Hip-O Starts Web Label For Limited-Edition Sets

    March 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Enterprises unit bows in April. Universal Music Enterprises unit bows in April. News ...

  28. ABKCO To Release Stones Singles Boxes

    March 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST ABKCO Records will release three box sets of the Rolling Stones singles recorded between 1963 and 1971. The first set, "The Rolling Stones Singles 1963-1965," is due May 4 and features 12 CDs, beginni ABKCO Records will release three box ...

  29. Hip-O Starts Web Label For Limited-Edition Sets

    March 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Enterprises (UME), Universal Music Group's catalog division, is starting an Internet-only, limited-edition imprint, Hip-O Select. Universal Music Enterprises (UME), Universal Music Group's catalog division, is starting an ...

  30. Hip-O Starts Web Label For Limited-Edition Sets

    March 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Enterprises (UME), Universal Music Group's catalog division, is starting an Internet-only, limited-edition imprint, Hip-O Select. Universal Music Enterprises (UME), Universal Music Group's catalog division, is starting an ...

  31. UMG Takes Hit In 2003

    March 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group recorded an 87% year-on-year slide in operating income in 2003 to €70 million ($85.89 million), while its parent company narrowed its losses. Universal Music Group recorded an 87% year-on-year slide in operating in ...

  32. Estéfano Tops BMI Latin Honors

    March 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST For the third consecutive year, Colombian songwriter/producer Estéfano was named BMI's songwriter of the year at the rights body's Latin Awards, presented today (March 16) in San Juan, Puerto Ric For the third consecutive year, ...

  33. UMG Sued For Misappropriating Trade Secrets

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Uncensored Music Network, a start-up group, is suing Universal Music Group and DirecTV for allegedly stealing its idea for a commercial-free premium TV channel touting musician freedom of expression. NEW YORK--Uncensored Music Network, a start-up ...

  34. Sources: Interscope Geffen A&M Revamps Promo

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sources say that all R&B, hip-hop and crossover releases from Universal Music Group's Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA) division will now be promoted by one staff. The promotion team will be under t Sources say that all R&B, hip ...

  35. Top News From Entertainment Law Weekly

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Kazaa seen appealing Aussie seizure decision. UMG, DirecTV accused of stealing idea for TV channel touting musicians' freedom of expression. P2P United awaits reaction after urging Big Five heads to h Kazaa seen appealing Aussie seizure decis ...

  36. Execs Split Sony, Universal In Germany

    March 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST The German affiliates of Sony Music and Universal Music each lost a key executive today (March 12). The German affiliates of Sony Music and Universal Music each lost a key executive today (March 12). In a surprise move, Volker Neumüller, GM of Epi ...

  37. Britney Gets Elizabeth Arden Cosmetic Line

    March 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Branded fragrance, skincare products planned. Beauty products company Elizabeth Arden has signed a global licensing deal with pop star Britney Spears, with a plan to develop and market a Spears-branded line of fragrance, skincare and color cosmeti ...

  38. 'Seal IV' To Get DVD Release

    March 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Bros. Records will release a special DVD edition of Seal's album "Seal IV" on April 20. The two-disc set includes the album on CD (originally released Sept. 9, 2003), as well as a DVD featuring Warner Bros. Records will relea ...

  39. Richard Griffiths Setting Up Sony Imprint In U.K.

    March 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Industry veteran Richard Griffiths is preparing to launch an imprint through Sony in the United Kingdom. He is also consulting on an A&R basis for Sony Music U.S. president Don Ienner. Industry veteran Richard Griffiths is preparing to lau ...

  40. Sources: EMI's Narada To Absorb Higher Octave

    March 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST EMI Music North America is making preparations to fold the Higher Octave label into Narada, sources say. Higher Octave, which was sold by Matt Marshall to EMI more than five years ago, was founded in EMI Music North America is making preparations ...

  41. Janet Jackson

    March 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST R&B icon embraces urban fans with this Kanye West-produced second single from "Damita Jo." R&B icon embraces urban fans with this Kanye West-produced second single from "Damita Jo." News ...

  42. UMG, DirecTV Sued Over Music Network Proposal

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST A Beverly Hills, Calif., company has sued Universal Music Group (UMG) and cable firm DirecTV, alleging that they stole an idea for an "uncensored" cable music network. A Beverly Hills, Calif., company has sued Universal Music Group (UMG) ...

  43. Norah No. 1 For Fourth Week

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" coasts to a fourth straight week atop The Billboard 200. U.S. sales of the album are down about 27%, but the Blue Note release still moves 204,000 copies, according to N Norah Jones' "Feels L ...

  44. Norah No. 1 For Fourth Week

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" coasts to a fourth straight week atop The Billboard 200. U.S. sales of the album are down about 27%, but the Blue Note release still moves 204,000 copies, according to N Norah Jones' "Feels L ...

  45. Live Aid Video Rights To Be Auctioned

    March 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Move follows sale of bootlegs on Internet. Move follows sale of bootlegs on Internet. News ...

  46. Greece Biz Drops In 2003

    March 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Recorded music shipments in Greece fell in value by 8.6% to €56 million ($69.5 million) in 2003, down from €61.3 million ($76 million) the previous year, according to the local IFPI affi Recorded music shipments in Greece fel ...

  47. Greece Biz Drops In 2003

    March 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Recorded music shipments in Greece fell in value by 8.6% to €56 million ($69.5 million) in 2003, down from €61.3 million ($76 million) the previous year, according to the local IFPI affi Recorded music shipments in Greece fel ...

  48. Royalties: An Auditor's Perspective (Part 1 of 2)

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Although the main function of an auditor is to determine whether royalties are being paid in accordance with an agreement, there are certain areas where a knowledgeable auditor can assist an artist's NEW YORK--Most royalty auditors come into ...

  49. U.S. Music Shipments Fell 7% In 2003

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST The value of total U.S. music shipments fell 7.2% in 2003, according to figures released last Thursday from the Recording Industry Assn of America. LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)--The value of total U.S. music shipments fell 7.2% in 2003, accord ...

  50. WMG Crew Get In Gear For Industry Turnaround

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Just days after the $2.6 billion acquisition of Warner Music Group closed, a key member of the buyout team valued the music company's assets at healthy $3.5 billion. NEW YORK--Just days after the $2.6 billion acquisition of Warner Music Group ...

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