Music industry

  1. Chart Moves: Adele's Bond Theme Stirs '21' Sales Gain, Blake Shelton's Christmas Set Debuts

    October 12, 2012 10:37 AM EDT The Billboard 200: Muse led a parade of seven debuts in the top 10 of the chart this week, as the band's "The 2nd Law" started in the No. 2 slot with 102,000 sold (according to Nielsen SoundScan). That wasn't enough to beat Mum ...

  2. EMI Music Canada President Deane Cameron Steps Down

    October 11, 2012 12:09 PM EDT EMI Music Canada's long-serving president Deane Cameron stepped down last week after 35 years with the company, 24 at the helm. Cameron, who made history in 1988 when he became the youngest Canadian president of a major record label, has been ...

  3. Business Matters: The Truth About Pandora's Payments to Artists

    October 10, 2012 3:05 PM EDT Pandora mounted an effective publicity campaign Tuesday by revealing the amounts of royalties some artists' songs generate on its service (as opposed to how much money those artists are actually collecting). The company is putting its politic ...

  4. Taylor Swift Teams With Walgreens For Exclusive Store To Promote 'Red'

    October 09, 2012 10:10 AM EDT Taylor Swift has teamed with Walgreens, a retailer with 7,944 locations nationwide, to debut the Taylor Swift Store at Walgreens. Beginning this week, Walgreens and select Duane Reade locations will sell Swift-themed merchandise incorporating artw ...

  5. Venues Step Up

    October 09, 2012 6:37 AM EDT Building Managers Turn Talent Buyers In Competitive Live Market More and more frequently, if venues want a show, they have to ensure that it will be successful in the most convincing way possible, putting the venue's own resources on the li ...

  6. 6 Questions with RICK SPRINGFIELD

    October 09, 2012 6:12 AM EDT It's been 40 years since Rick Springfield released his first album, "Beginnings" (Real Gone Music). But the real crux of his story came in 1981, when a role on TV's "General Hospital" dovetailed into that year' ...

  7. 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller to Bid on EMI Assets

    October 08, 2012 6:54 PM EDT Simon Fuller, the Spice Girls svengali and creator of the TV format behind American Idol, is looking to submit a bid for all the EMI businesses that Universal Music Group must sell. Vivendi-owned UMG recently won regulatory approval of its $1.9 bi ...

  8. Muse Tops UK Album Chart, Rihanna Has No. 1 Single

    October 08, 2012 7:25 AM EDT In a busy week of new entries on the U.K. sales charts, published Sunday (Oct. 7), Muse's "The 2nd Law" (Helium 3/Warner Bros./Warner Music) sold 108,000 units to become their fourth No. 1 in their home territory, while Rihanna' ...

  9. Vinyl Mania

    October 08, 2012 6:10 AM EDT Leading reissue label Light in the Attic spreads the good word about vinyl at record stores nationwide. When Light in the Attic Records' Jon Treneff made a sales stop at the no-credit cards, vinyl-only Mississippi Records in Portland, Ore., ...

  10. Mike Easterlin Named GM of Fueled by Ramen

    October 05, 2012 11:43 PM EDT The shockwaves of big executive moves keep on rolling. Mike Easterlin, head of promotion at Roadrunner Records, has been named the new GM of Fueled by Ramen, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records. Easterlin To Lead Newly Merged Roadrunner, Lava Promo S ...

  11. Columbia COO Steve Barnett in Line to Head Up Universal's New Capitol Label Group: Source

    October 05, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Columbia Records co-chairman/COO Steve Barnett is potentially days away from taking the helm of a new Capitol Label Group at Universal Music, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz Friday afternoon (October 5). The source stressed that ...

  12. Morning Fix: Daniel Glass on Mumford & Sons; Microsoft and Rdio; Adele Returns; Jay-Z's New YouTube Channel

    October 05, 2012 8:05 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters JEFF CASTELAZ NAMED PRESIDENT OF ELEKTRA RECORDS: Jeff Castelaz has been named President of Elektra Records, where he will oversee all areas of the label's operation w ...

  13. Alejandro Sanz Debuts At No. 1 On Latin Albums Chart

    October 04, 2012 5:48 PM EDT Alejandro Sanz claims the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart with La Música No Se Toca , released Sept. 25 on Universal Music Latino. The album, Sanz's debut with Universal after a lifetime with Warner, also finished the we ...

  14. Blue Note Records App for iPad Breaks New Ground With OpenEMI Initiative

    October 04, 2012 2:09 PM EDT The iPad app released by Blue Note Records on Thursday appears to offer a wonderful experience through the legendary jazz label's storied history. But the real kicker here is how the app was made. The Blue Note app is the first commercially r ...

  15. Jeff Castelaz Named President of Elektra Records

    October 04, 2012 11:37 AM EDT Jeff Castelaz was today named President of Elektra Records, which operates under the Atlantic Records Group where he will oversee all areas of Elektra's activities, both working with existing signings and developing new talent. Castelaz will ...

  16. U.K. Record Labels Generated One-Fifth Of Revenue From 'Diversified' Income Streams in 2011

    October 04, 2012 10:20 AM EDT The value of diversifying income streams has been illustrated by new figures released by British labels trade body the BPI. According to the BPI, a fifth (20.5%) of all U.K. record company turnover in 2011 came from revenues generated outside of t ...

  17. It's Official: John Janick Named President/COO of Interscope Geffen A&M

    October 03, 2012 11:55 PM EDT It's official: As projected by Billboard.biz in June, John Janick has been named president and chief operating officer of Interscope Geffen A&M , the label announced today. Janick joins the company after 16 years at the helm of the indie ...

  18. Mumford & Sons' Massive 600,000 Debut

    October 03, 2012 8:30 PM EDT What a week for Mumford & Sons. The British band's sophomore release, "Babel", moved a whopping 600,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the biggest debut sales week of the year. It easily scores ...

  19. Business Matters: What A Growing Digital Music Sales Market Really Means

    October 03, 2012 2:21 PM EDT Nielsen announced on Tuesday that digital track and album sales are on track to break new records. That's old news if you follow SoundScan numbers on a regular basis. Records in both categories were set in 2011 and both categories are up this ...

  20. Mumford & Sons, Green Day, No Doubt Albums Debut In Top Three Spots On Billboard 200

    October 03, 2012 11:00 AM EDT The top three slots on the Billboard 200 get rocked this week as the rock bands Mumford & Sons , Green Day and No Doub t see their latest efforts start at Nos. 1-3, respectively. Mumford & Sons' sophomore album, "Babel," ope ...

  21. Jeff Price, Ousted TuneCore Co-Founder, Announces 'Agreement' With SOCAN

    October 03, 2012 10:10 AM EDT Jeff Price - who left TuneCore, the music-distribution upstart he co-founded, in August - announced today that he is now working with SOCAN - the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. The announcement doesn't specify w ...

  22. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Scores Biggest Debut of 2012, Tops Billboard 200 Chart

    October 02, 2012 8:47 PM EDT It's official: Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," has earned the biggest debut of any album this year in the United States. "Babel" sold 600,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and beco ...

  23. Business Matters: Artist Happiness as a Long-Term Investment

    October 01, 2012 9:23 PM EDT As interested parties line up for Universal Music Group's divested EMI assets -- particularly Parlaphone Records -- artists and managers are encouraging bidders not to forget about the artists. Jon Webster, CEO of the Music Managers Forum (MM ...

  24. Apple's Internet-Radio Service Faces Many Snags, Not Just Sony/ATV

    October 01, 2012 4:57 PM EDT While digital and satellite radio services may have another level of negotiations to navigate for Apple's forthcoming radio service, a report last week by the New York Post claiming that Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the snag holding up the la ...

  25. Raylene Rankin, Member Of Celtic Folk Group The Rankin Family, Dead At 52

    October 01, 2012 1:04 PM EDT Raylene Rankin of top-selling Celtic-folk group The Rankin Family, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. She was 52. The Rankin Family sold more than two million albums, won 15 East Coast Music Awards, six Juno Awards, four SOCAN Awards and ...

  26. Read: Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge's Letter to Staff About EMI Merger

    October 01, 2012 11:20 AM EDT This morning, Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge sent out an internal memo to staff regarding the company's recent acquisition of EMI's recorded music division , which was approved by both the European Commission and the FTC on Sep ...

  27. Mumford & Sons Debut With No. 1 Album, PSY Climbs To Summit On UK Charts

    October 01, 2012 8:51 AM EDT Mumford & Sons made a bold return to the U.K. bestsellers yesterday (Sunday) as their sophomore album Babel (Universal Island) debuted at No. 1 with opening sales of just under 159,000, the best first-week tally of any artist in 2012. Meanwhil ...

  28. Backbeat: Jay-Z Wows A Sold Out Barclays Center On Opening Night

    September 29, 2012 10:17 AM EDT The Barclays Center looms over Brooklyn. (Photo: Steven J. Horowitz) Jay-Z doesn't just put on shows -- he stages events. After invading Philadelphia last month for his first annual "Made in America" festival, Hov returned to his na ...

  29. Green Day, No Doubt Headed for Big Album Debuts on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    September 28, 2012 9:00 PM EDT As Billboard.biz reported on Sept. 26, Mumford & Sons' "Babel" is on course for a record-setting week on the next Billboard 200 albums chart. The band's second release may sell around 600,000 copies by the end of the tracki ...

  30. Lyor Cohen and Warner Music Group: What Are the Next Moves? Insiders Weigh In

    September 28, 2012 4:04 PM EDT Below is the story "Lyor Mulls Next Move" -- an in-depth look at the options facing Lyor Cohen who this week stepped down as CEO of WMG's recorded music and how WMG may fill the vacancy -- from this week's edition of Billboard ...

  31. Universal Completes $1.9 Billion EMI Recorded Music Acquisition

    September 28, 2012 8:47 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi's Universal Music Group said Friday that it has completed the $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI's recorded music arm. "This is a next step towards ensuring the health of our industry," said UMG chairman and CEO L ...

  32. Morning Fix: Jay-Z on Barclays; Sony/ATV Vs. iPhone 5; Instagram Surpasses Twitter; Neil Young's New Music Service

    September 27, 2012 10:51 PM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters Jay-Z Talks Barclays Bookings, 'Nepotism,' Made In America II: Jay-Z wants his eight-night residency at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which kicks off tonight & ...

  33. Clear Channel Inks Second Radio Royalties Label Deal, This Time With Glassnote

    September 27, 2012 1:41 PM EDT Clear Channel has signed its second deal with an independent record label, teaming up with Glassnote Entertainment Group to pay out digital and terrestrial revenues to the label and its artists. The partnership comes on the heels of the radio gian ...

  34. Morning Fix: N.Z. Apologizes to Kim Dotcom; Mumford & Sons Juggernaut; Lyor Cohen Mgmt Firm?

    September 27, 2012 7:13 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters LIL WAYNE PASSES AN ALL-TIME ELVIS PRESLEY HOT 100 MARK: Lil Wayne has just topped Elvis Presley's mark for the most Hot 100 appearances among solo acts . As he debuts ...

  35. Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' on Track to Sell a Whopping 600,000 Copies in First Week

    September 26, 2012 7:10 PM EDT Mumford & Sons is heading for a massive week. The rock quartet's new album "Babel" is on course to sell as much as 600,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 30 -- so say industry sources. The set, released ...

  36. Sergio Lopes Departs Capitol Latin

    September 26, 2012 11:44 AM EDT Sergio Lopes, who for over a year served as the head of Capitol Latin in the U.S., has left the company. Sources say Lopes' position was eliminated a little over a week ago. Lopes had been appointed senior VP of Capitol Latin in the U.S. in a ...

  37. Morning Fix: Katy Perry Named Woman of the Year; Lyor Cohen Speculation; Maybach Music Tour

    September 26, 2012 7:43 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. KATY PERRY NAMED BILLBOARD WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Billboard has announced that Katy Perry will accept its coveted Woman of the Year Award at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music ...

  38. Lyor Cohen, Post Warner Music: Who Will Replace Him, and What's His Next Move?

    September 24, 2012 9:57 PM EDT Lyor Cohen's imminent departure from Warner Music Group sent a tremor through the music industry on Monday and sparked speculation on the inevitable management shuffle around the industry to replace the colorful hard-nosed executive. Cohen, r ...

  39. Lyor Cohen Stepping Down as Warner Music Chairman/CEO

    September 24, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Lyor Cohen, Chairman/CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group, is stepping down from his post effective September 30, the company announced today. He had been at Warner since 2004, beginning as Chairman and CEO, US Recorded Music in March of t ...

  40. Nick Lowe Helps Yep Roc Celebrate 15 Years, Explains The Label Allowed Him To 'Move Forward'

    September 24, 2012 5:44 PM EDT Nick Lowe will headline the first night of Yep Roc Records' three 15th anniversary concerts at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, N.C. It's a logical booking for Lowe: Yep Roc might have never existed were it not the desire of three men ...

  41. Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge Says He'll 'Double A&R Investment' at Capitol, Virgin

    September 24, 2012 2:47 PM EDT Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge was in bullish form late on Friday as in the wake of his company's acquisition of EMI Music finally clearing EU and US regulatory hurdle s. It was a long road that officially began when EMI went on the ...

  42. Killers Top P!nk on UK Album Charts

    September 24, 2012 9:11 AM EDT In the battle of the big new American album releases on the new U.K. charts, the Killers' "Battle Born" (Vertigo/Universal) became their fourth No. 1 album in the territory, outdoing Pink's "The Truth About Love" (RCA ...

  43. Business Matters: Universal's Deal for EMI No Longer a Sure Thing, But Still Worthwhile

    September 21, 2012 10:00 PM EDT How much will Universal Music Group miss that pound of flesh the European Commission took when it forced considerable concessions from the world's largest record company in exchange from its approval of a merger with EMI Music? That's th ...

  44. Universal Music-EMI Merger: UMG Struck Gold With PolyGram in the 1990s, Can They Do It Again?

    September 21, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Now that the Universal Music Group has approval to complete its acquisition of EMI's recorded music operation , it will hit the ground running to integrate the two companies, insiders say. The Universal Music Group already presided over a hig ...

  45. Universal-EMI: Lucian Grainge, IMPALA, Martin Mills, Other Reactions to Deal's Approval

    September 21, 2012 3:14 PM EDT As expected, the approval by the European Union and the Federal Trade Commission has inspired a number of dramatically opposing comments and reactions from the parties affected by and involved in the deal. Here's a collection of several we� ...

  46. FAQ on Approval of Universal Music - EMI Deal

    September 21, 2012 1:50 PM EDT As Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI Music's recorded music division today received approval from both European and U.S. regulators , details have emerged about the exact steps Universal must take to win European Commission supp ...

  47. Universal Music's Acquisition of EMI Approved by Federal Trade Commission

    September 21, 2012 12:50 PM EDT The Federal Trade Commission has weighed in, rubber stamping the EU's decision to approve the Universal Music Group 1.2 billion euro acquisition of EMI, as expected. The Commission voted 5-0 to close its investigation without taking any actio ...

  48. Chart Moves: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' Album Debuts on Billboard 200 Chart, David Byrne Hits New High

    September 21, 2012 11:26 AM EDT The Billboard 200: To say it was an exciting top 10 this week would be an understatement. For only the second time in the Billboard 200's history, the entire top six albums were debuts . And, with a No. 1 bow from Dave Matthews Band, the act ...

  49. EMI CEO Roger Faxon, CFO Ruth Prior to Step Down: Read Full Text of Letter

    September 21, 2012 10:19 AM EDT Not long after Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division was approved by the European Union on Friday, EMI CEO Roger Faxon announced that he and CFO Ruth Prior will be leaving the company, effective next Friday ...

  50. Sony/ATV Auction for Virgin, Famous UK Catalogs Begins

    September 21, 2012 6:30 AM EDT The package of assets -- comprised of 30,000 copyrights from the Virgin and Famous Music U.K. publishing catalogs -- that the Sony-led consortium agreed to sell in order to gain regulatory approval to buy EMI Music Publishing is about to hit the a ...

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