Music industry

  1. Backbeat: RCA Staff, Chameleon's Breyon Prescott Preview Tracks Off Brandy's Upcoming 'Two Eleven' Album

    August 21, 2012 1:46 PM EDT Chameleon Records founder Breyon Prescott sits behind the boards at Germano Studios in Manhattan, where he and members of RCA's publicity staff previewed tracks off Brandy's new upcoming album Two Eleven . (Photo: Andrew Hampp) As Brandy ...

  2. Grammy's Nominations Concert Heading to Nashville

    August 21, 2012 8:45 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- This year's Grammy Awards nominations will come with a Southern accent. The Recording Academy is moving its annual live nominations concert special to Music City. The show will air Dec. 5 live on CBS from Bridgestone ...

  3. Universal-EMI Merger Approved By Canadian Regulators

    August 20, 2012 3:33 PM EDT Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division has passed another hurdle, albeit not the European Commission or FTC approval that the companies are so actively seeking. Today, the Canadian Competition Burea ...

  4. Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog Moves to Sony/ATV

    August 20, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing, which is a joint venture between Sony Corp. and the estate of Michael Jackson, will take over worldwide administration of Michael Jackson's Mijac Music Catalog, which has been handled by Warner/Chappell Music Publis ...

  5. Olympics Bump Sends Emeli Sande (and 123 Others) Up UK Charts

    August 20, 2012 7:29 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's huge exposure via her performances at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 12 sent her debut album Our Version of Events (Virgin/EMI) back to No. 1 on the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), as ...

  6. Negative Drake Review Mistakenly Removed From Google At BPI's Behest -- Not Universal's

    August 17, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Yesterday, a number of news outlets mistakenly reported that a negative review of Drake's "Take Care" album, written by Henry Adaso, had been removed from Google after Universal Music Group filed a DMCA takedown request -- allegedly ...

  7. Business Matters: New Report Predicts Digital-Vs.-Physical Tipping Point That Already Happened

    August 16, 2012 6:56 PM EDT Being a day behind the news was acceptable before the rise of the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle. But there's really no excuse for being a year behind major forecasts and trends. The press has been drawn to a new report by Strategy Analy ...

  8. Updated: Jeff Price, Peter Wells Out of Tunecore

    August 15, 2012 8:44 PM EDT After several weeks of rumors, Tunecore CEO/President Jeff Price announced today that he and Peter Wells have left the company. Price, Wells and Gary Burke founded the company in 2006. According to sources, the Tunecore board voted to oust Price f ...

  9. 'Now 43' Scores Franchise's 16th No. 1 On Billboard 200

    August 15, 2012 11:00 AM EDT The "Now That's What I Call Music!" franchise collects its 16th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Now 43" arrives atop the list. The set sold 111,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Excluding t ...

  10. Gerry Kearby, Co-Founder of Liquid Audio, Remembered by Dick Wingate

    August 14, 2012 5:09 PM EDT Gerry Kearby -- co-founder of Liquid Audio, drummer, equipment designer for the Grateful Dead and others, and a man who turned down an offer from Steve Jobs to buy his company -- died last week when his truck crashed into a tree in a rural area so ...

  11. Rihanna's 'Talk That Talk' Tops UK Charts With Lowest-Selling No. 1 Album

    August 13, 2012 8:51 AM EDT Rihanna's "Talk That Talk" (Def Jam/Universal) returned to the top of the U.K. album chart on Sunday (Aug. 12), as "Heatwave" (One More Tune/Warner Bros./Warner Music) by British rapper Wiley featuring Ms D started a secon ...

  12. Universal Music In Talks With EU on Adding Global Rights To Remedies Package For EMI Deal

    August 10, 2012 12:40 PM EDT After market testing Universal Music Group's remedies package for its proposed acquisition of EMI, European Union regulators and UMG are in discussions to add global rights divestitures to the package, according to sources. Currently, the UMG ...

  13. Business Matters: Warner Getting Big Gains from Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and other Streaming Services

    August 09, 2012 5:23 PM EDT Warner Gets A Quarter of Digital Revenue From Streaming Warner Music Group is getting good growth from streaming services, which now account for 25% of its recorded music digital revenue. The other important news in the company's Thursday ear ...

  14. Sony/ATV Names International Leadership Team; Guy Moot Appointed President, UK and European Creative

    August 09, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has named its international leadership team, appointing Guy Moot president of UK and European creative, and Guy Henderson, senior VP of international. Both are based in London. Moot, who formerly held the same title with ...

  15. WMG Finds YouTube Success

    August 09, 2012 3:35 PM EDT Though they take different approaches to video programming, Warner Music Group and Maker Studios are showing how YouTube's original channels can transform older businesses and build new ones. WMG's YouTube channel, the Warner Sound, allo ...

  16. Young Jeezy Named SVP, A&R at Atlantic Records

    August 09, 2012 11:17 AM EDT Last night the internet went wild with reports that Young Jeezy had just been named senior vice president of A&R at Atlantic Records, and this morning those rumors were confirmed by the rapper himself. From the streets to the Boardroom. SVP of ...

  17. Startup Boutique Publisher Run by David Renzer Sees Opportunity in the Market

    August 08, 2012 8:15 PM EDT After two years where a half-dozen midsize music publishing firms disappeared due to consolidation, the marketplace is about to get a "newcomer" who's a force to be reckoned with. Former Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) chair ...

  18. Rick Ross Reigns With Fourth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    August 08, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week, rapper Rick Ross claims his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as God Forgives, I Don't bows atop the list with 218,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That gives the Maybach mogul his best sales week yet, t ...

  19. Inside EMI's Financials: A Healthy Core Business

    August 08, 2012 8:26 AM EDT The financial results released yesterday by EMI showed a company with healthy core businesses but hit hard by goodwill impairment charges triggered by the market valuations it received from the winning bids in the auction to sell the company. On N ...

  20. EMI Reports Fiscal Year Loss Due to Writedown

    August 07, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Music company EMI recorded a pre-tax loss of £349 million ($546 million) for the fiscal year ending March 31, down from the year before due to a writedown, the Guardian reported , citing an internal company memo. The £372 million ($582 million) ch ...

  21. X5 Signs Up Alligator, Highway 87, Nacional, Six Degrees Records

    August 07, 2012 5:10 PM EDT X5, which specializes in curating genre compilations for the digital format, continues to sign up labels to broaden its musical scope. In its latest signings, the New York-based operation of the Stockholm, Sweden-based label announced that it had ...

  22. Online Music Downloads Jump In Germany In First Half

    August 07, 2012 12:28 PM EDT A massive 32 percent jump in revenue from downloading music online made up for the continuing decline in the physical sale of music albums and singles in Germany, according to data released Tuesday by the German Music Industry Association, the BVM ...

  23. Conor Maynard, British Pop Heartthrob, Tops UK Album Chart; Wiley Has No. 1 Single

    August 06, 2012 8:32 AM EDT Rising British pop heartthrob Conor Maynard's debut album "Contrast" (Parlophone/EMI) went straight to the top of the new U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), while "Heatwave" (One More Tune/Warner Bros./Warner Music) by British ...

  24. Pressure Mounts For Universal Music To Make U.S. Concessions on EMI Deal

    August 06, 2012 8:06 AM EDT Universal Music Group's proposed remedy package to satisfy government regulators that they are divesting enough assets to allay antitrust concerns is facing increased pressure to include solutions that will make the sales of Anglo/American re ...

  25. Joss Stone, Gloriana Aiming for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    August 03, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Singer Joss Stone and country trio Gloriana are both aiming for the top 10 on the Billboard 200 with their newly-released albums. According to industry sources, Stone's "The Soul Sessions, Vol. 2" might sell around 25,000 by week� ...

  26. Business Matters: Looking Forward to Live Nation and Warner Music Group's Earnings Releases

    August 03, 2012 5:04 PM EDT Live Nation, WMG Optimistic Ahead Of 2nd Quarter Earnings Reports * (Correciton appended: Live Nation's earning report is due Tuesday, Aug. 7 not Thursday, Aug. 9 as originally reported.) Both Live Nation and Warner Music Group report second ...

  27. Senators' Letter on Universal Music-EMI Deal Warns of 'Significant Competition Issues'

    August 03, 2012 1:24 PM EDT Two U.S. Senators today sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission, asking it to carefully review Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI. "Without reaching any final judgment as to the legality of the deal under the antit ...

  28. This Week In Music: Atlantic's Craig Kallman Talks Starting Big Beat Records, Signing On At A Major

    August 03, 2012 11:37 AM EDT On the most recent installment of This Week in Music, Ian Rogers talks with Atlantic Records co-chairman/CEO Craig Kallman about his beginnings in the music industry, from DJing in the clubs of New York City to signing his independent Big Beat Rec ...

  29. Sony Music's Quarter: A Closer Look

    August 02, 2012 6:22 PM EDT Sony Corp.'s music operations -- which consist of three separate companies, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) -- experienced a drop in sales and income as the music category posted 7.3 bi ...

  30. Business Matters: Ignore the Telegraph, Here's the Real State of Streaming Revenue

    August 02, 2012 4:46 PM EDT Most Musicians Don't Get More From Streaming Than Other Revenue Don't be suckered into believing a Telegraph headline, possibly rehashed without thought by a blog, that musicians are getting more from online streaming than other revenue ...

  31. 40 Under 40: Benjy Grinberg

    August 02, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Benjy Grinberg President, Rostrum Records Website: RostrumRecords.com Twitter: @BenjyBenjy Guiding The Rise of Wiz And Mac And More Benjy Grinberg, 34, is making strides for independent music. As president of indie Rostrum Records, Grinberg has he ...

  32. Slow Sales Start August, Big Guns Next Week

    August 02, 2012 4:05 PM EDT As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. In turn, Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" returns to the top for a second week, rising 2-1 with 48,000 sold, a ...

  33. 40 Under 40: Christopher "Tricky" Stewart

    August 02, 2012 3:47 PM EDT Christopher "Tricky" Stewart President of A&R, Epic Records Website: Epicrecords.com Twitter: @Trickystewart Putting Epic In The Zone With a career spanning a remarkable 22 years, Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Christopher ...

  34. 40 Under 40: Robb McDaniels

    August 02, 2012 3:05 PM EDT Robb McDaniels Founder/CEO, INgrooves Fontana Website: ingroovesfontana.com Twitter: @ingroovesfont Fluent In Music And Sports In a short decade, Robb McDaniels, 38, has built INgrooves from scratch into a dominant player in the independent distri ...

  35. 40 Under 40: Mike Caren

    August 02, 2012 2:48 PM EDT Mike Caren President of Worldwide A&R, Warner Music Group Website: WMG.com Twitter: @MikeCaren Loyal To His Acts And Company Mike Caren's promotion in July to his new position as head of worldwide A&R for Warner Music Group is the lat ...

  36. 40 Under 40: Gustavo Lopez

    August 02, 2012 2:45 PM EDT Gustavo López Executive VP, Brand Partnerships, Business Development and Digital, Universal Music Latin Entertainment Website: Universalmusica.com Latin Deal Driver After presiding over regional Mexican powerhouse Fonovisa/Disa, Gustavo López, 39, ...

  37. 40 Under 40: Cortez Bryant, Gee Roberson

    August 02, 2012 2:39 PM EDT Cortez Bryant, Gee Roberson Co-CEOs, The Blueprint Group Website: Bryant-Management.com Twitter: @CortezBryant Partners In Rhyme After years of building their management companies separately, Gee Roberson, 38, and Cortez Bryant, 33, knew it was ti ...

  38. 40 Under 40: Jay Brown

    August 02, 2012 2:36 PM EDT Jay Brown President, Roc Nation Website: RocNation.com Twitter: @RocNation Successful But Hungry Four years after he helped Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter launch his Roc Nation imprint, president Jay Brown, 38, is still hungry for success. Alongsi ...

  39. 40 Under 40: Scooter Braun

    August 02, 2012 2:34 PM EDT Scooter Braun CEO, School Boy Records, SB Projects Website: ScooterBraun.com Twitter: @ScooterBraun Daydream Belieber With three of his acts claiming No. 1 positions on Billboard charts (Justin Bieber, Carly Rae Jepsen and the Wanted), manager Sco ...

  40. 40 Under 40: John Janick

    August 02, 2012 2:29 PM EDT John Janick Chairman/President, Fueled By Ramen; Co-President, Elektra Records Website: Fueledbyramen.com ElektraRecords.com Twitter: @fueledbyramen @Elektrarecords Fueled By Fun John Janick, 34, has balanced running Fueled by Ramen, which he foun ...

  41. 40 Under 40: Evan Bogart

    August 02, 2012 2:29 PM EDT Evan "Kidd" Bogart Co-Founder, Boardwalk Entertainment Group and the Writing Camp; Songwriter/Producer Website: TheBoardwalkMusicGroup.com Twitter: @EKiddBogart Realizing Dreams If the only accomplishment a then-teenaged Evan "Kidd& ...

  42. 40 Under 40: Laura Hutfless

    August 02, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Laura Hutfless Music Sponsorship Agent, Creative Artists Agency Website: CAA.com Twitter: @Lehnash Fluent In Music And Sports As music outpaces sports as 2012's fastest-growing sponsorship category (according to marketing analytics firm PQ Me ...

  43. Def Leppard's Joe Elliott on Battle With Label: 'We Don't Want to Work for The Man, We Want to Be The Man' (Q&A)

    August 01, 2012 6:45 PM EDT One by one, Def Leppard's arsenal of hit songs will get a modern-day shining. No, we're not talking about a newly mastered version of "Pyromania" or an anniversary edition of their greatest hits package "Vault." Rathe ...

  44. Rick Ross' 'God Forgives, I Don't' Headed for No. 1 on Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    August 01, 2012 5:52 PM EDT Rick Ross is aiming for his best sales week ever, as "God Forgives, I Don't," is tracking to sell around 200,000 copies by week's end on Aug. 5. That number -- forecasted by industry sources -- should easily claim the hip-hop k ...

  45. Zac Brown Band's 'Uncaged' Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Nas Slips to No. 2

    August 01, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As so few major new albums were released last week, there wasn't much competition for the No. 1 slot on the new Billboard 200. In turn, Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" returns to the top for a second week, rising 2-1 with 48,000 sol ...

  46. Warner/Chappell Purchases Music Rights to All Miramax-Owned Films

    July 31, 2012 2:08 PM EDT Warner/Chappell Music Publishing and Miramax film and television studios today announced an agreement under which Warner/Chappell will acquire the masters and publishing rights for all film music owned by Miramax. The agreement builds on the compa ...

  47. Matt Voss Promoted to Executive Vice President of UMG's International, East Coast Labels

    July 31, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Today (July 31), Universal Music Group announced that Matt Voss has been promoted to Executive President of International, East Coast Labels. The announcement was made by Ivan Gavin, Chief Operating Officer of East Coast Lavels who Voss will repor ...

  48. Business Matters: Century Media Was Destined to Return to Spotify

    July 30, 2012 8:53 PM EDT Century Media Was Destined to Return to Spotify -- Citing Spotify's promotional value and feedback from fans, metal label Century Media has returned its catalog to the on-demand subscription service . At the time, the label said Spotify' ...

  49. A2IM Speaks Out Against Universal-EMI Merger Again, Even More Forcefully

    July 30, 2012 7:19 PM EDT A2IM, the American Assn. of Independent Music, has reiterated its opposition to the Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI in its most forceful statement yet . The statement is apparently prompted by the remedy package the Universal Music ...

  50. Jay-Z to Executive Produce NBA 2K13 Video Game

    July 30, 2012 5:19 PM EDT Rapper and Brooklyn Nets part-owner Jay-Z is set to executive produce NBA 2K13, the 13th installment in 2K Sport's popular basketball game series. The news was revealed via his Life + Times website in a trailer featuring his song "Public ...

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