Music industry

  1. Napster Downloads Hit 5 Million Mark

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Roxio-owned Napster announced today (Feb. 23) that it has sold more than 5 million downloads for its PC-based service. Napster, which launched in its current form in October 2003, says it expects to g Roxio-owned Napster announced today (Feb. 23) ...

  2. MTV, Britney Link For Network's First Global Tour Deal

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST MTV is embarking on its first global tour sponsorship, for the spring outing by Britney Spears, Billboard.biz has learned. The MTV Presents Britney Spears Onyx Hotel Tour 2004 begins March 2 at the Sa MTV is embarking on its first global tour spon ...

  3. Key Execs To Take Part In Music & Money Symposium

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sony Music International president Rick Dobbis, Clear Channel Entertainment CEO Brian Becker and EMI Music Publishing CEO Martin Bandier are among the key executives set to participate in the third an Sony Music International president Rick Dobbis ...

  4. Price-Fixing Settlement Rains CDs On Mass. Libraries

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Price-Fixing Settlement Rains CDs On Mass. Libraries Price-Fixing Settlement Rains CDs On Mass. Libraries Calif. Music/Tech Convocation Set For Feb. 25 EU Set To Confirm New Piracy Rules Clear Channel Commun Names Levin Legal Chief King Purtich Na ...

  5. Richard Marx Signs With EMI

    February 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST Hot on the heels of his song-of-the-year Grammy win earlier this month for the Luther Vandross-sung "Dance With My Father," singer/songwriter Richard Marx has signed with EMI/Manhattan Records. Hot on the heels of his song-of-the-year Gr ...

  6. EMI Christian Undergoes Major Restructuring

    February 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST EMI Christian Music Group (EMI CMG) is laying off almost 10% of its staff as part of a companywide restructuring, Billboard.biz has learned. The changes bring the Sparrow and ForeFront labels under th EMI Christian Music Group (EMI CMG) is laying ...

  7. Targeted By Music Biz, Woman Sues Under RICO Act

    February 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST A New Jersey woman is accusing major labels of making her an offer she can't refuse. Michele Scimeca, of Rockaway Township, N.J., has filed a civil lawsuit accusing the RIAA of attempting to blackmail A New Jersey woman is accusing major labe ...

  8. Beyonce, Vandross Leads Soul Train Noms

    February 19, 2004 12:00 AM EST Beyonce leads the list of nominees for the 18th annual Soul Train Music Awards, with four. The singer/songwriter recently took home five Grammys. Beyonce leads the list of nominees for the 18th annual Soul Train Music Awards, with four. The singer ...

  9. Navarre, Studio Distribution Extend Deal

    February 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Navarre Corp. in New Hope, Minn., has extended its distribution agreement with Studio Distribution for an additional five years. Navarre Corp. in New Hope, Minn., has extended its distribution agreement with Studio Distribution for an additional f ...

  10. Munns To Keynote MobileMusiCon

    February 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST David Munns, chairman/CEO of EMI Recorded Music North America, will deliver the keynote address at MobileMusiCon 2004 on March 24 in Atlanta. David Munns, chairman/CEO of EMI Recorded Music North America, will deliver the keynote address at Mobile ...

  11. Audio Adrenaline Inks Booking Deal

    February 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Christian rockers Audio Adrenaline signed a booking agreement with Bridge Street Artists Agency. The company was launched by former Audio Adrenaline member Bob Herdman, who also runs the band's label Christian rockers Audio Adrenaline signed ...

  12. Jones Tops Chart With Huge Opening Week

    February 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones bows atop The Billboard 200 with the largest opening week in more than two years. The singer's Blue Note album "Feels Like Home" sold an incredible 1.02 million units in the U.S., accordin Norah Jones bows atop The Billb ...

  13. Jones Tops Chart With Huge Opening Week

    February 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Norah Jones bows atop The Billboard 200 with the largest opening week in more than two years. The singer's Blue Note album "Feels Like Home" sold an incredible 1.02 million units in the U.S., accordin Norah Jones bows atop The Billb ...

  14. EMI Mum On Reports Of Lott's Exit

    February 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST An EMI representative declined to comment on whether Virgin Records president/COO Roy Lott is preparing to leave his post. Lott is still working in the label's New York offices, according to sources. An EMI representative declined to comment ...

  15. UMVD Confirms New Visual Entertainment Division

    February 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD) officially launched its UMVD Visual Entertainment division today (Feb. 17). As previously reported, the division will acquire and distribute DVDs and vi Universal Music & Video Distribution ( ...

  16. Dido Set For North American Tour

    February 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Dido's second major North American tour will begin May 17 in Vancouver and will wrap June 18 in Boston. The outing is in support of "Life for Rent" (Arista), which has sold nearly 1.5 million copies i Dido's second major North ...

  17. RIAA Files New Round Of Lawsuits

    February 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST The RIAA today (Feb. 17) filed 531 "John Doe" lawsuits against suspected users of illicit peer-to-peer file-sharing services. The RIAA today (Feb. 17) filed 531 "John Doe" lawsuits against suspected users of illicit peer-to-pee ...

  18. Anderson's Brits Tenure Comes To An End

    February 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Lisa Anderson, executive producer of the Brit Awards, has confirmed industry speculation that tonight's (Feb. 17) show at London's Earls Court will be her last in the role. Lisa Anderson, executive producer of the Brit Awards, has confir ...

  19. Universal Music Buys Trema

    February 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST French independent label Trema, home to some of the biggest names in chanson française, has been bought out for an undisclosed sum by Universal Music France. French independent label Trema, home to some of the biggest names in chanson fra ...

  20. EC Throws Monkey Wrench In Sony-BMG Merger

    February 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST ELW brings to you weekly updates and analysis on entertainment law and news. EC Throws Monkey Wrench In Sony-BMG Merger IFPI Sues Belgian ISP In Copyright Action Broadcast Indecency Fines May Skyrocket Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel Set Frenc ...

  21. EC Confirms Investigation Into Sony-BMG Merger

    February 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Confirming information first revealed on Billboard.biz, the European Commission announced today (Feb. 12) that its competition department is to open an in-depth probe into the proposed merger of the m Confirming information first revealed on Billb ...

  22. EC Confirms Extended Investigation Into Sony-BMG Merger

    February 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Confirming information first revealed on Billboard.biz, the European Commission announced today (Feb. 12) that its competition department is to open an in-depth probe into the proposed merger of the m Confirming information first revealed on Billb ...

  23. Copyright Office Sets Webcaster Royalty Rates

    February 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Copyright Office has published long-awaited royalty rates for Web music broadcasts, ending a year-long process marked by legal and financial wrangling. Regulations published last Friday (Feb. The U.S. Copyright Office has published long-a ...

  24. Greek Awards Show Set For March 30

    February 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST The third annual Arion Greek Music Awards will be held on March 30 at the Nikea Weightlifting Centre in Athens. Organized again by commercial TV network Mega in collaboration with the local IFPI affil The third annual Arion Greek Music Awards will ...

  25. Sony Confirms Martin Dodd In Global A&R Role

    February 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST As first revealed in Billboard in January, Sony Music International (SMI) confirmed today that Martin Dodd is joining the company as senior VP of worldwide A&R. Based in London and in New York, he As first revealed in Billboard in January, ...

  26. Sony Confirms Martin Dodd In Global A&R Role

    February 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST As first revealed in Billboard in January, Sony Music International (SMI) confirmed today that Martin Dodd is joining the company as senior VP of worldwide A&R. Based in London and in New York, he As first revealed in Billboard in January, ...

  27. Web-licensing Group Inks Deal For U.K. Music Archive

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST London-based online music licensing company Ricall Limited has signed a deal with U.K. music library Broadchart. The move gives Ricall's clients -- including advertising agencies and TV/film productio London-based online music licensing compa ...

  28. Web-licensing Group Inks Deal For U.K. Music Archive

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST London-based online music licensing company Ricall Limited has signed a deal with U.K. music library Broadchart. The move gives Ricall's clients -- including advertising agencies and TV/film productio London-based online music licensing compa ...

  29. Reid Confirmed As IDJ Chairman

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Antonio "L.A." Reid is back. Less than one month after losing his job atop Arista Records, Reid has been named chairman of Universal Music Group's Island Def Jam label. He replaces Lyor Cohen, who lef Antonio "L.A." Reid i ...

  30. Janet Jackson

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST The first single from "Damita Jo" finds Janet creating yet another surefire sultry hit. The first single from "Damita Jo" finds Janet creating yet another surefire sultry hit. News ...

  31. Down to the Crossroads: Music Industry in 2004

    February 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST In 2004, the beleaguered music business is at a crossroads, the recent mega-deals in the music industry offer the possibility of near-term financial survival and the promise of fresh strategic thinkin In a mythical moment, bluesman Robert Johnson ...

  32. Steve Lillywhite To Leave Mercury U.K.

    February 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Mercury U.K. joint managing director Steve Lillywhite has left his role with the label to return to his roots in record production. Lillywhite tells Billboard.biz he will take no time off and will beg Mercury U.K. joint managing director Steve Lil ...

  33. Steve Lillywhite To Leave Mercury U.K.

    February 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Mercury U.K. joint managing director Steve Lillywhite has left his role with the label to return to his roots in record production. Lillywhite tells Billboard.biz he will take no time off and will beg Mercury U.K. joint managing director Steve Lil ...

  34. U.K. CD Albums Market Shows Gains

    February 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Shipments of CD albums in the U.K. shot up 5.6% during 2003 to 234 million units, according to figures from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Shipments of CD albums in the U.K. shot up 5.6% during 2003 to 234 million units, according to fig ...

  35. U.K. CD Albums Market Shows Gains

    February 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Shipments of CD albums in the U.K. shot up 5.6% during 2003 to 234 million units, according to figures from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). Shipments of CD albums in the U.K. shot up 5.6% during 2003 to 234 million units, according to fig ...

  36. NARAS Campaign Tackles Downloads

    February 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST In the continuing war against digital pirates, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) will introduce an educational campaign against illegal downloading during the 48th annual Gra In the continuing war against digital pirates, ...

  37. Beyoncé, Vandross Lead Early Grammy Winners

    February 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Awards in 94 of the 105 Grammy categories were presented Sunday (Feb. 8) afternoon from the Los Angeles Convention Center before the nationally televised broadcast from the adjacent Staples Center. Awards in 94 of the 105 Grammy categories were pr ...

  38. Lack Backs RIAA Lawsuits

    February 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment chairman/CEO Andrew Lack took entertainment attorneys to task for not "taking action against online piracy," during his keynote delivered at the 6th annual Entertainment Law I Sony Music Entertainment chairman/CE ...

  39. Update: EMI Shares Continue To Rise

    February 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Stock in EMI Group continued to rise today (Feb. 6). The company's shares closed in London at 238p, up 2.92% over Thursday's close. At one point early today, the share price rose to 248.50p, its best Stock in EMI Group continued to rise ...

  40. Update: EMI Shares Continue To Rise

    February 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Stock in EMI Group continued to rise today (Feb. 6). The company's shares closed in London at 238p, up 2.92% over Thursday's close. At one point early today, the share price rose to 248.50p, its best Stock in EMI Group continued to rise ...

  41. Def Jam Prez Kevin Liles Exits Post

    February 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Exec follows Lyor Cohen out the door at UMG. Exec follows Lyor Cohen out the door at UMG. News ...

  42. Def Jam Prez Kevin Liles Exits Post

    February 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Def Jam/Def Soul president Kevin Liles has resigned his post. He exits Universal Music Group less than two weeks after Island Def Jam Music Group chairman/CEO Lyor Cohen left the major to take over as Def Jam/Def Soul president Kevin Liles has res ...

  43. EMI Shares Rise in London

    February 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST EMI Group's stock had one of its best days in almost two years today (Feb. 5). During the day, EMI's share price rose to 243p, its highest point in 19 months. The stock closed the day at 231.25p -- up EMI Group's stock had one of it ...

  44. UMG Revenues Drop 21% In 2003

    February 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Revenues at Universal Music Group slumped 21% in 2003 to €4.97 billion ($6.2 billion). In constant-currency terms, sales were down 12% from 2002. Revenues at Universal Music Group slumped 21% in 2003 to €4.97 billion ($6.2 billion). In ...

  45. EMI Shares Rise in London

    February 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST EMI Group's stock had one of its best days in almost two years today (Feb. 5). During the day, EMI's share price rose to 243p, its highest point in 19 months. The stock closed the day at 231.25p -- up EMI Group's stock had one of it ...

  46. Japan's Avex Buys Stake In South Korean Firm

    February 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST S.M. Entertainment, Avex to expand market reach. S.M. Entertainment, Avex to expand market reach. News ...

  47. Japan's Avex Buys Stake In South Korean Firm

    February 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Leading Japanese independent label Avex is buying a 5.81% stake in South Korean label/management company S.M. Entertainment at a cost of ¥176 million ($1.7 million). Avex says the two firms also Leading Japanese independent label Avex is ...

  48. OutKast Leads RIAA's January Certs

    February 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST OutKast's momentum is showing no signs of slowing in 2004, as "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (Arista) was certified eight-times platinum in January by the RIAA. OutKast's momentum is showing no signs of slowing in 2004, as " ...

  49. Veteran Engineer Wilkinson Dies

    February 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST Kenneth "Wilkie" Wilkinson, a veteran sound engineer and a key player in the development of Decca Record Company's pioneering digital recording system, died Jan. 13 in Norfolk, England. He was 91. Kenneth "Wilkie" Wilkinso ...

  50. SMI Names VP Of Artist Development, Marketing

    February 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sony Music International (SMI) has appointed Brian Celler to the newly created position of VP of artist development and marketing. Sony Music International (SMI) has appointed Brian Celler to the newly created position of VP of artist development ...

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