Music industry

  1. Universal Music-EMI Deal Approved by European Union

    September 21, 2012 6:19 AM EDT European Union regulators today formally approved Universal Music Group's $1.9 billion acquisition of the recorded music unit of EMI Music. As expected, the approval is contingent upon divestments to limit the combined companies' market ...

  2. Morning Fix: Universal-EMI EU Approval Tomorrow? Amanda Palmer Pays; Cash Money Signs Caskey

    September 20, 2012 12:33 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. AEG SALE LIKELY TO ATTRACT L.A. CONSORTIUM BID: The announcement that s ports and live-entertainment giant AEG is for sale for a reported $7 to $8 billion , has prompted s ...

  3. Beach Boys Wrap 50 Years As Questions Arise About Their 51st

    September 19, 2012 5:05 PM EDT The Beach Boys at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles for a new exhibition on the band. From left, museum executive director Robert Santelli, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston, Brian Wilson, David Marks, Al Jardine, and EMI Music North America Catalog senior ...

  4. Universal Music-EMI Deal Approved By Australian Regulators With No Divestments

    September 19, 2012 6:18 AM EDT Australia's competition and consumer commission t he ACCC has given the thumbs-up to Universal Music's planned purchase of EMI Music. With its green-light in this region, Universal Music's tie-up with EMI strides one step closer to ...

  5. Business Matters: Reports of the Death of Major Labels Are Greatly Exaggerated

    September 17, 2012 6:16 PM EDT People I talk to seem to be split between two opinions: the majors are doing OK; and the majors are doomed. If people come from the world of independent music they tend to be biased against the major labels or downright distrustful of them. If the ...

  6. The xx's 'Coexist' Debuts at No. 1 on UK Album Charts

    September 17, 2012 7:29 AM EDT The Script's "Hall of Fame" (Phonogenic/Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring will.i.am, climbed to the top of the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sept. 16), but the Irish group were denied a third consective No. 1 album as #3 ...

  7. Little Big Town, Avett Brothers Albums Aiming High on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    September 14, 2012 9:08 PM EDT Next week's Billboard 200 albums chart is going to be a busy one, thanks to a bunch of hot new releases that dropped on Sept. 11. The likely leader on the chart will be Dave Matthews Band's "Away From the World" with more than ...

  8. Universal Music-EMI Deal Expected to Be Approved by EU Friday

    September 13, 2012 7:11 PM EDT The Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI is headed for the endgame in the regulatory process. According to sources, on Friday the European Commission will put the deal and the concessions package to vote before full college of ...

  9. Backbeat: Neil Portnow Asks Guild of Music Supervisors To Give 'Credit Where Credit Is Due' at Pre-Emmys Party

    September 13, 2012 12:13 PM EDT Among those gathered to honor the music supervisors who work in television at the London West Hollywood on Sept. 11 were (from left) Disney Channel's Steven Vincent, Neophonic's Janet Lopez, music supervisor Robin Urdang, Recording Acade ...

  10. Reach Music Works On Exceeding Its Grasp

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Nearly two decades after launching, publisher Reach Music relishes its mid-level status Michael Closter started Reach Music Publishing nearly 20 years ago in his New York apartment when he was just 24 years old, and since then has been growing the ...

  11. En Breve

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT La Santa Cecilia, Latin Recording Academy, and Berklee in Spain La Santa Cecilia tapped to Support Ryan Bingham La Santa Cecilia, known for mixing traditional Mexican music with pop songs, is embarking on a 10-city tour with Americana singer/songw ...

  12. Ne-Yo Talks About His Motown A&R Gig, Learning the 'Language of Executive'

    September 12, 2012 4:18 PM EDT Left to right: Universal's Barry Weiss, Ne-Yo and Motown's Ethiopia Habtemariam after announcing Ne-Yo's new role at Motown in January While walking the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards, Ne-Yo took a moment to talk with Bill ...

  13. MTV VMAs Push Sales Gains For Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Psy Despite Ratings Drop

    September 12, 2012 2:37 PM EDT Though the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards' ratings were down from their record high last year, the show still causes waves on Billboard's sales charts. Register today for the Billboard Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference Prese ...

  14. It's Official: Jon Platt Named Warner/Chappell's President, Creative for North America

    September 10, 2012 4:45 PM EDT As reported by Billboard.biz last week, Jon Platt has been named president creative - North America, it was officially announced today by Warner/Chappell Music's chairman/CEO Cameron Strang. In his new post, Platt will oversee the company ...

  15. Universal Music-EMI: Vivendi Confirms Payment, But Status of Deal Is Still Unclear

    September 10, 2012 3:22 PM EDT Universal Music Group's bid to acquire part of EMI has entered its final phase of regulatory review in Europe, but while UMG parent Vivendi confirmed a first payment required under the deal, the status of European regulators' thinking ab ...

  16. Taylor Swift, Dean Brody Take Home Canadian Country Music Association Honors

    September 10, 2012 10:33 AM EDT While Toronto has been buzzing with the 37th Toronto International Film Festival and music stars from Selena Gomez to Rob Zombie and Natalie Maines descending on the city to help promote certain films, two provinces west in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ...

  17. Vaccines Top UK Album Chart, Ne-Yo Has No. 1 Single

    September 10, 2012 8:52 AM EDT London rock quartet the Vaccines won their first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) with their sophomore set "Come Of Age" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), as R&B luminary Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To L ...

  18. Chart Moves: Lumineers Album Nears Top 10 on Billboard 200, Jim Gaffigan's No. 1 Comedy Set

    September 07, 2012 8:15 PM EDT The Billboard 200: There was big news on the Billboard 200 this week thanks to TobyMac. The singer's "Eye On It" debuted atop the list, becoming the first No. 1 Christian album since 1997. ("Eye" bowed with 69,000 sold, ac ...

  19. Venues Raising Their Profile

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT ArenaNetwork, Venue Coaltion help venues get on agents, promoters and artist managers' radar. There's some good news for the North American arena business. "The volume of things we're working on has never been greater," Ve ...

  20. The xx Finds The Love Below

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Three years after its breakout debut, the xx returns with a plan to keep building buzz from the underground up The Internet shared a collective swoon on July 16, when British trio the xx unveiled "Angels," the first single from its highl ...

  21. When Blake Met Beyonce

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Nashville songwriters work both sides of the fence. Blake Shelton and Beyonce do not make the same kind of music, but both of them gave the same basic assignment to a handful of songwriters in August: Write me a hit. Approximately 15 writers showe ...

  22. Fresh To Def

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Is Def Jam getting its groove back? Venerable hip-hop label Def Jam has recently scored four consecutive No. 1 debuts on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The label's string of chart-topping titles includes Frank Ocean's ...

  23. Charts

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT TobyMac Brings Christian Music Back To No. 1 For the first time since 1997-and only the third time ever-a Christian album is No. 1 on the Billboard 200. TobyMac lands his first chart-topper, "Eye on It", as it bows with 69,000 copies, ac ...

  24. EMI Sues Grooveshark For Third Time, Seeks Trial and Damages

    September 06, 2012 12:43 PM EDT EMI has sued Escape Media Group, parent company of music streaming service Grooveshark, a third time and is seeking a trial and damages for breach of contract and unauthorized use of EMI's recordings . The complaint was filed in U.S. District ...

  25. EU to Vote on Universal-EMI Deal Tomorrow, Outcome Uncertain: Sources

    September 06, 2012 8:43 AM EDT Things are coming to a head in the European Union commission's review of Universal Music Group's bid to buy EMI's recorded-music operation. On Friday, an EU advisory committee is expected to vote on whether or not to approve the acq ...

  26. Morning Fix: Bankers Big Winners in EMI-UMG Deal; SEO B.S.; VMAs Relevance; Matchbox 20 Aim For No. 1

    September 06, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MATCHBOX TWENTY AIMING FOR FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM ON NEXT WEEK'S BILLBOARD 200: Watch for Matchbox Twenty to nab its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Also heade ...

  27. TobyMac Earns First No. 1 Christian Album On Billboard 200 Since 1997

    September 05, 2012 11:00 AM EDT For the first time since 1997 -- and only the third time ever -- a Christian album is No. 1 on the Billboard 200. TobyMac lands his first chart-topper, "Eye on It," as it bows with 69,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It simult ...

  28. Geoff Tate Announces 'The New Queensryche' With Ratt, Quiet Riot Members

    September 04, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Geoff Tate seemed to be working for the weekend during the Labor Day holiday. On Sept. 1 the singer -- who was fired from progressive rock band Queensryche, which he fronted for 30 years, in June -- announced the lineup of "the new Queensrych ...

  29. Al Schlesinger, Former NARAS Chairman, To Be Honored By National Assn. of Record Industry Professionals

    September 04, 2012 11:20 AM EDT The National Assn. of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) is holding a tribute dinner for Al Schlesinger, the entertainment lawyer, on Sept. 12 at the Sportsman's Lodge in Studio City, California. Tickets cost $60, and are on sale here . Te ...

  30. Morning Fix: EMI/Universal; Scooter Lands Psy; AEG's Michael Jackson Emails

    September 04, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's FREE music-business newsletters. SCOOTER BRAUN, KOREAN VIRAL VIDEO SENSATION PSY ANNOUNCE LABEL PARTNERSHIP: Scooter Braun and Psy, the Korean pop star whose video for "Gangnam Style" this summe ...

  31. Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe on BMG Rights Mgm't, EMI Acquisitions, Getting Back Into the Record Biz

    August 31, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Thomas Rabe, CEO of Bertelsmann, doesn't discount the idea of his company getting back into the record business. BERLIN - Bertelsmann, Europe's largest media group, which controls European broadcaster RTL Group and production powerhouse ...

  32. Exclusive: MIDEM Director Bruno Crolot on 2013 Plans, Why the Industry Still Needs To Make the (Costly) Trip To Cannes

    August 31, 2012 11:47 AM EDT Midem director Bruno Crolot who spoke exclusively to Billboard.biz about his vision for 2013's edition. Held at the start of the year in Cannes, France, the 2012 edition of MIDEM was notable for a gradual re-invention of the long-running inte ...

  33. Bertelsmann H1 Earnings Rise, Interested In EMI Assets

    August 31, 2012 10:08 AM EDT Bertelsmann, which owns BMG Rights Management and Arvato, posted a net profit of 353 million euros ($443.95 million)on revenues of 7.6 billion euros ($9.6 billion) for the six month period ended June 30. That performance represented a 31.2% increa ...

  34. White Paper Urges FTC to Block UMG-EMI Deal; EU Nat'l Regulators Slated To Vote on Merger

    August 30, 2012 8:30 PM EDT The American Antitrust Institute, a Washington-based non-profit education, research, and advocacy organization, has issued a white paper entitled "Music Industry Consolidation: The Likely Anticompetitive Effects Of The Universal/Emi Merger&qu ...

  35. Chris Lighty Remembered By Larry Mestel, Diddy, Rev Run, 50 Cent, Russell Simmons, More

    August 30, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Veteran hip-hop manager and founder of Violator Management Chris Lighty passed away earlier today. One of the most influential managers in hip-hop music, Lighty worked with such luminaries as Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, LL Cool J, Nas, Mobb Deep, Mariah ...

  36. Chris Lighty, Founder of Violator Management and One of Hip-Hop's All Time Great Execs, Has Died

    August 30, 2012 2:34 PM EDT Chris Lighty, the savvy entrepreneur who founded Violator Management and one of the key executives in hip-hop history, has died. The news was confirmed to Billboard today by a source at Primary Violator Management. He was 44. A spokeman for the Ne ...

  37. Charts

    August 30, 2012 1:05 PM EDT Songz' First No. 1; Adele Bids Adieu To Top 10 Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Chapter V" bows atop the list with 135,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the R&B singer' ...

  38. Exclusive: Billy Joel Signs Global Publishing Deal With Rondor and Universal

    August 30, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Front row (L-R): Zach Horowitz, Chairman & CEO, UMPG Worldwide; Billy Joel; Lance Freed, President of Rondor Music. Back row (L-R): Michael J. Sammis, EVP Operations and CFO Worldwide, UMPG; Don Ienner, Consultant; Todd Kamelhar, Gelfand, Renn ...

  39. Slaughterhouse & TobyMac Albums Vying for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart Next Week

    August 29, 2012 6:49 PM EDT In a quiet week for new album releases, two are aiming for the top of the Billboard 200 chart next week. Hip-hop supergroup Slaughterhouse and TobyMac could each claim the No. 1 slot with their respective new albums, so say industry sources. The n ...

  40. Trey Songz Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    August 29, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Chapter V bows atop the list with 135,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the R&B singer's fifth full-length studio album and follows 2010's Passio ...

  41. Austin Mahone Signs With Chase/Universal Republic

    August 28, 2012 10:57 PM EDT Austin Mahone, the teen YouTube star dubbed "Baby Bieber," has signed a distribution deal with Chase Records through Universal Republic, the latter of which is home to Owl City, Florence + The Machine, the late Amy Winehouse and Dev. The ...

  42. BuzzMedia Purchases Four New Sites, Creates AbsoluteVoices Punk Music Collective

    August 27, 2012 10:23 AM EDT BuzzMedia has continued its acquisition spree, purchasing leading punk websites Under The Gun Review, Alter The Press!, PropertyOfZack, and Punknews.org as part of a new central hub for punk music news, which the company will call AbsoluteVoices. ...

  43. Universal Music-EMI Update: Where the Deal Stands Before Things Heat Up This Week

    August 24, 2012 5:13 PM EDT While things have been a bit quiet recently around the Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI, expect them to heat up toward the end of this week and especially after the Labor Day weekend. Universal/EMI: Deal Looks Likely to Be ...

  44. Primary Wave Hires Stephen Hutton; The Artists Org Promotes Rich Schaefer, Don Van Cleave

    August 24, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Primary Wave Music has hired Stephen Hutton, founder of Uppercut Management, to help build Primary Wave Talent Management's rock and pop divisions. Hutton, who helped build the careers of such artists as Kid Rock, Big Kenny (Big & Rich) ...

  45. Business Matters: SoundExchange Pays Out $95.8 Million in Q2, But Is That Good Enough?

    August 24, 2012 11:14 AM EDT Labels and performing artists are seeing good growth from digital performance royalties these days. But could they do better? SoundExchange, the performance rights organization for non-interactive digital music services like Pandora and SiriusXM, ...

  46. Recording Academy Launches Digital Liner Notes Campaign

    August 24, 2012 7:45 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- As liner notes get scarce in the digital age, the Recording Academy wants fans to still be able to find out who the people are behind their favorite hit. So the Academy announced Thursday that it will launch the "Give Fans th ...

  47. Angelica Cob-Baehler, Epic Records EVP, Makes Unexpected Exit

    August 23, 2012 9:10 AM EDT Less than a year after accepting a senior management position at Epic Records, EVP of marketing Angelica Cob-Baehler is being let go. An Epic spokesperson confirmed the Los Angeles-based executive's exit, citing a reassessment of senior manag ...

  48. Morning Fix: House Sends Letter on UMG-EMI; Spotify 2011 Revenue Up; Trey Songz Headed for No. 1; RIP New Albion

    August 23, 2012 8:25 AM EDT TREY SONGSZ HEADED FOR FIRST NO.1: R&B singer Trey Songz is aiming for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new Songbook/Atlantic album, "Chapter V." Other albums in the hunt for a high debut next week include DJ ...

  49. Trey Songz Heading For First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    August 23, 2012 8:00 AM EDT R&B singer Trey Songz is aiming for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. His new album, "Chapter V," is on course to sell between 110,000 to 130,000 copies by Aug. 26. That's enough to secure the top slot next week. ...

  50. Linkin Park's 'Hybrid Theory' Reaches 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    August 22, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Linkin Park's "Hybrid Theory" album becomes the latest release to join the 10 million-sellers club, as it crosses the mammoth threshold this week. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the band's debut set -- released in 2000 -- sold ...

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