Music industry

  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. London Olympics' Opening Ceremony Sdtk 'Isle of Wonder' Rockets Up U.K. Charts

    July 30, 2012 7:43 AM EDT Plan B's "Ill Manors" film soundtrack (679/Atlantic/Warner Music) debuted atop the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as Florence + the Machine's "Spectrum (Say My Name)" (Universal Island) topped the singles ch ...

  4. Read: EMI CEO Roger Faxon's Letter to Staff About Universal Deal

    July 27, 2012 4:16 PM EDT Today, not long after Universal Music submitted the long-delayed divestment package for its proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division to the European Commission , moving the process one big step closer to a conclusion. EMI Group C ...

  5. Chart Moves: One Direction's 'Up All Night' Hits 1 Million U.S. Sales

    July 27, 2012 1:20 PM EDT The Billboard 200: Nas was the big news on the Billboard 200 this week as his Life Is Good album debuted at the top of the chart , selling 149,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. The big surprise in the top 10 was the unlikely return of Phi ...

  6. Universal Finally Submits Divestment Package for EMI Deal to European Commission

    July 27, 2012 10:59 AM EDT As predicted on Thursday, Universal Music Group on Friday submitted its long-delayed divestment package for its proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division to the European Commission, moving the process one big step closer to a conc ...

  7. Universal in Talks to Sell Off Parlophone Instead of Virgin, EMI Labels

    July 26, 2012 9:04 PM EDT BMG Rights Management is in talks with Universal Music Group to purchase the European rights to EMI's legendary Parlophone label as part of UMG's s remedies package of assets to be divested in its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded ...

  8. Music Gets Analytical

    July 26, 2012 7:20 PM EDT Despite a widely held belief that the market for music-based analytic tools is already overloaded and has more than enough companies servicing the industry, relatively few options actually provide all the data needed to cover the expansive nature ...

  9. Twitter 140: Page 5

    July 26, 2012 5:34 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Lindsay Gabler Social Media Specialist, The Recording Academy @LndsyGblr The social media guru for the Grammy Awards is a self-admitted Twitter-holic, and finds time to tweet choice pop cuts, celebrity insights, ...

  10. Universal/EMI: Deal Looks Likely to Be Approved, But at What Cost to UMG?

    July 26, 2012 3:30 PM EDT The extensive, lengthy and ongoing negotiations between the Universal Music Group and the European Union Commission to hammer out a concessions package of assets to be divested means that the regulatory agency is likely to approve the acquisition ...

  11. Popkomm Shuts Down; Berlin Music Week, Reeperbahn Fest, Musikmesse, and Other German Fests Rise

    July 24, 2012 4:13 PM EDT After 23 years, Popkomm, Berlin's annual music fair has closed its doors. But now, with the city of Berlin launching Berlin Music Week this Sept. and the success of Hamburg's Reeperbahn Festival in the same month, many in the industry ma ...

  12. Mariah Carey Set To Pull In $18 Million As 'American Idol' Judge: Sources

    July 24, 2012 12:17 PM EDT Mariah Carey's status as American Idol's newest star judge will come with a pretty nice paycheck, as sources familiar with the negotiations confirmed she is set to make as much as $18 million for her services. Carey was confirmed as a ju ...

  13. Publishing Briefs: Kobalt Music Group Inks Deal With Paul McCartney, MPL Communications

    July 24, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Kobalt Signs Up McCartney Kobalt Music Group Ltd.has signed an exclusive long-term administration deal with Paul McCartney and MPL Communications covering the world outside North America, the U.K. and Ireland. As part of the deal, Kobalt will also ...

  14. Mike Caren Named Warner Music Group's President of Worldwide A&R

    July 23, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Warner Music Group today announced the promotion of Mike Caren to president, worldwide A&R across its myriad labels. Caren had previously served as EVP, A&R for Atlantic Records and as co-president for the recently relaunched Elektra Recor ...

  15. Amy Winehouse: A Look at U.S. Sales, One Year After Her Death

    July 23, 2012 2:13 PM EDT While the late singer Amy Winehouse -- who died a year ago today (July 23, 2011 ) -- didn't leave behind a very deep catalog of music, her legacy has continued to live on Billboard's charts. Winehouse has sold a sum of 855,000 albums sin ...

  16. Elton John Tops U.K. Albums Chart for First Time in 22 Years

    July 23, 2012 8:05 AM EDT Elton John landed his first U.K. No. 1 album for 22 years, and Florence + the Machine a second week atop the singles chart, as the Official Charts Company's weekly data was unveiled yesterday (22). The experimental reworkings of components of ...

  17. Universal-EMI Divestment Package Expected to Be Complete by Monday, Possibly Sooner

    July 20, 2012 6:25 PM EDT As of late Friday afternoon (ET), the Universal Music Group's remedies package of assets to be divested as part of its effort to win regulatory approval of its proposed acquisition of still had not been formally submitted to the EU Commission ...

  18. One Direction's 'Up All Night' Overtakes Lionel Richie's 'Tuskegee' as 2012's Second-Biggest Selling Album

    July 20, 2012 2:41 PM EDT The Billboard 200: On the Billboard 200 this past week, Zac Brown Band scored its second No. 1 album, as "Uncaged" debuted atop the tally with 234,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marked the best sales week yet for the country ...

  19. Spain's Music Industry in Crisis as Music, Ticket Sales Plummet

    July 20, 2012 11:25 AM EDT It's official. This year is the worst for Spain's music industry in history. Labels and agents are going out of business, thousands of jobs and millions of euros are being lost, and what's worse, the next Alejandro Sanz or Placido D ...

  20. The Gaslight Anthem: Steady As She Goes

    July 19, 2012 5:50 PM EDT From the beginning, the Gaslight Anthem has approached making a living from making music as a marathon - a race to be run not in short bursts, but in a slow, steady build paced to maintain longevity. That's why it's only now, after three ...

  21. Exclusive: Naive's Patrick Zelnik Talks Universal-EMI Merger, Plan to Buy Virgin With Branson, More

    July 19, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Patrick Zelnik, founder and CEO of French independent label and distributor Naïve and co-President (for now) of Impala, the independent label association, has made international headlines over the last few days: On Monday a surprising op-ed he wro ...

  22. Updated: Universal Music Offers to Sell More Assets to Salvage EMI Deal

    July 19, 2012 8:41 AM EDT Universal Music has upped the ante in its efforts to gain approval for its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded-music division, offering to sell off even more parts of EMI, according to a report in Financial Times. The European Commission reje ...

  23. INgrooves Fontana, PledgeMusic Aim to Redefine Album Releases With New Partnership

    July 19, 2012 6:05 AM EDT INgrooves Fontana has signed a deal with PledgeMusic that will provide the indie distributor's labels with a direct-to-consumer solution while also helping to transform the crowd-funding site into a new kind of retailer. INgrooves Fontana lab ...

  24. Roger Waters, The 'Wall' Tour: The Billboard Cover Story

    July 18, 2012 7:35 PM EDT In stark contrast to the wildly successful tour he began in September 2010, Roger Waters today is a man who has transcended walls, or boundaries of any type. Calling on a travel day before the June 19 Nashville show of The Wall Live, Waters is, as ...

  25. Waters Wall To Wall

    July 18, 2012 7:35 PM EDT "By the way, which one's Pink?" inquires the label executive caricature on the Pink Floyd album cut "Have a Cigar" from the 1975 album "Wish You Were Here." The band did very little to promote individual members ...

  26. Zac Brown Band, Frank Ocean Take Top 2 on Billboard 200

    July 18, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Country group Zac Brown Band nets its second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "Uncaged" starts with a larger-than-expected 234,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It earns the act its best sales week yet, trumping the 153,000 th ...

  27. Universal Music's Concessions Grow in EMI Deal; Sale of Virgin U.K. Looks Likely

    July 17, 2012 11:01 PM EDT The Universal Music Group will take some extra time to prepare and submit its remedies package to the EU Commission, as part of its gambit to win regulatory approval to acquire EMI's recorded-music division. Depending on who you listen to, th ...

  28. Updated: Richard Branson Interested in Buying Back Virgin Records With Impala's Patrick Zelnik

    July 17, 2012 7:59 AM EDT LONDON - Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has expressed his interest in a potential bid for the Virgin Records label he founded. Vivendi's Universal Music Group is meeting with European regulators in Brussels this week to discuss possible ...

  29. Guest Opinion: Proposed Universal Acquisition Is a Positive Development for EMI and for Music

    July 16, 2012 4:15 PM EDT The proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division by Universal Music Group continues to inspire debate. This is a guest post from Vernon Brown is Chairman and CEO of V. Brown & Company, Inc. and a Professor of Entertainment Law at ...

  30. Universal Music to Submit Divestment Package Within 24 Hours; May Offer to Sell Virgin, EMI Classics in Certain Territories

    July 16, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Within the next 24 hours, the Universal Music Group will submit a package of assets it expects to sell beyond the publishing assets (including the Koch and Brentwood Benson Christian catalogs) already announced earlier this year. According to mult ...

  31. Guest Opinion: Universal/EMI Deal Would Harm Music Fans and Musicians, by Gigi Sohn and Jodie Griffin of Public Knowledge

    July 16, 2012 9:00 AM EDT The proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division by Universal Music Group continues to inspire debate. This is a guest post from Public Knowledge President/CEO Gigi B. Sohn, who testified at the Senate hearing examining the deal last ...

  32. Universal Music May Divest Virgin Records, EMI Classics (Report)

    July 16, 2012 7:48 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi's Universal Music Group could offer to divest Virgin Records and EMI Classics, as well as the distribution rights to independent label Mute to clinch European regulators' approval for its proposed acquisition of EMI' ...

  33. Florence and the Machine, Newton Faulkner Top UK Charts

    July 16, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Florence + the Machine scored a first-ever U.K. No. 1 single yesterday as "Spectrum (Say My Name)" (Universal Island) debuted at the summit. English singer-songwriter Newton Faulkner, meanwhile, was grabbing his second chart-topping albu ...

  34. Business Matters: PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Ushers in New Era in Direct-to-Fan Sales

    July 13, 2012 5:04 PM EDT PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Shaking Up Direct-to-Fan Call it Direct to Fan 2.0: Nimbit, the Boston-based provider of direct-to-fan music services, announced Thursday it had been acquired by PreSonus, a maker of professional hardware and software equ ...

  35. VH1's Rick Krim, MTV's Amy Doyle Honored at UJA Luncheon by Pink, Rob Thomas, Judy McGrath, Van Toffler, Many More

    July 13, 2012 3:30 PM EDT (L-R): Clear Channel's John Sykes, VH1 EVP Rick Krim, Universal Republic/Island Def Jam's Barry Weiss, MTV EVP Amy Doyle, and Glassnote founder Daniel Glass. (Photo: Michael Priest) The music business has more than its share of industry- ...

  36. SoundExchange Names Three New Board of Director Members

    July 13, 2012 8:17 AM EDT SoundExchange, the non-profit performance rights organization, has announced the appointment of three new members, Duncan Crabtree-Ireland, Ray Hair and Paul Robinson to its Board of Directors. Duncan Crabtree-Ireland serves as the chief administr ...

  37. After Modest Growth Last Year, Album Sales Are Down Again

    July 12, 2012 7:50 PM EDT Midway through 2012, Nielsen SoundScan numbers show album sales down 3.2%, and the question is: What does that mean? On the one hand, a decline is a decline, and the obvious answer is that the U.S. music industry can't sustain the positive al ...

  38. Too Pop For Comfort?

    July 12, 2012 7:20 PM EDT When Chris Brown claimed his second No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 this week, he also logged an unexpected accomplishment. The singer/songwriter became the second R&B hitmaker in a month to bow at No. 1 with a comparably soft launch. Brown&# ...

  39. Vevo vs. Google: Universal, Sony and the Latest Moves in the Chess Game

    July 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT Vevo's future business arrangements are looking a bit cloudy, as reports this week suggest that the company's deal terms with Google are again in play , and that Universal is re-examining its stake in the company in the relation to UMG&# ...

  40. 6 Questions With Kenny G

    July 12, 2012 12:15 PM EDT It's been 30 years since Kenny G released his self-titled solo debut, 25 since his single "Songbird" hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and two decades since "Breathless" (Arista) went 12-times platinum. With sales of more ...

  41. Mike Smith Named Mercury UK President of Music

    July 12, 2012 9:25 AM EDT Mike Smith, the former managing director of Columbia Records U.K., has been appointed president of music at Mercury Records U.K. Reporting to Mercury Records U.K. President Jason ILey, Smith takes up his new role September 10, having stepped down ...

  42. Business Matters: Paper on Post-Napster Industry Just Another Summer Rerun

    July 11, 2012 6:30 PM EDT New Paper On Napster Unveils Little 'New' Material An academic article by a Rutgers School of Law professor, titled " Copyright and Innovation: The Untold Story ," claims to have "uncovered" what was lost from lawsuit ...

  43. Carly Rae Jepsen Still No. 1, Nicki Minaj Makes History On Hot 100 Chart

    July 11, 2012 1:40 PM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week with "Call Me Maybe," while Nicki Minaj's "Starships" has logged its first 21 weeks in the top 10, establishing a new record. "Maybe" continues its Hot ...

  44. Grooveshark Wins DMCA Argument in Universal Dispute

    July 11, 2012 12:52 PM EDT It's not a secret that Universal Music isn't much of a fan of Grooveshark, the music discovery service that streams over a billion songs every month. The record giant has been pursuing several court actions against the company, including ...

  45. Chris Brown's 'Fortune' Album Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 11, 2012 10:55 AM EDT Chris Brown earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Fortune" debuts atop the chart, selling 134,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It follows his last release, and first No. 1, 2011's "F.A.M.E." Tha ...

  46. Universal Music-EMI Deal Approved By Japanese Regulators

    July 11, 2012 8:16 AM EDT Japanese regulators have approved Universal Music Group's $1.9 billion purchase of EMI Music without having to make concessions, according to a Music Week report. A statement from a Universal Music rep said that, "We can confirm that the ...

  47. Universal Music's Lucian Grainge Proposes 'Manifesto For New Music Industry'

    July 10, 2012 6:53 PM EDT Lucian Grainge has plans to sell assets, invest heavily in A&R, and keep EMI as intact as possible while trying to gain approval for Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division in both the U.S. and E ...

  48. Exclusive: Martin Bandier Names New Sony/ATV-EMI Executive Team

    July 10, 2012 5:59 PM EDT In the second week of its ownership stake in EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV has begun integrating the EMI staff into the Sony/ATV structure. As part of that, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman & CEO Martin Bandier announced his executive team ...

  49. Universal Appoints Jens Kessler as Chief Information Officer

    July 10, 2012 4:47 PM EDT Jens Kessler of Universal Music Group has been promoted to the company's position of chief information officer according to Boyd Muir, UMG's EVP/CFO. Kessler started at UMG in Germany, where he served as Vice President of IT, and quickly ...

  50. Updated: Layoffs at EMI Music Publishing

    July 10, 2012 1:10 PM EDT As expected, layoffs have begun at EMI Music Publishing, in the wake of the completion of the company's acquisition by a Sony Corp. of America-led consortium on June 29. Sony-Led Group Closes Purchase of EMI Music Publishing At that close of ...

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