Music industry

  1. Vivendi Chairman Jean-Rene Fourtou Takes Charge of Universal-EMI Deal, Report Says

    July 07, 2012 1:18 PM EDT Vivendi chairman Jean-René Fourtou has taken leadership of Universal Music's proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division, hoping to persuade regulators not to block or overly diminish the deal, according to a repor ...

  2. Chart Moves: One Direction's Continued Success on Billboard 200, 'Evita' & 'Magic Mike' Albums Debut

    July 06, 2012 6:49 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This week on the Billboard 200, Linkin Park triumphed over Maroon 5, securing the rock band its fifth No. 1 album on the chart. The former's new "Living Things" sold 223,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while ...

  3. Universal Music Group Tops Sony To Lead 2012 Mid-Year Market Share

    July 05, 2012 5:42 PM EDT The Universal Music Group continues its reign as the top U.S. distributor of albums and track-equivalent albums, finishing the first half with 30.15% share, which edges out Sony Music Entertainment's 29.93% share, according to Nielsen SoundSc ...

  4. Business Matters: Six Things in SoundScan's 2012 Mid-Year Report to Be Optimistic About

    July 05, 2012 3:48 PM EDT Six Things to Be Optimistic About in SoundScan's Mid-Year Report -- We're halfway through 2012 and the sales results are in: As Billboard.biz reported Wednesday and Thursday , album sales were down 3.2% and overall sales - albums plus tr ...

  5. Rihanna Sues Former Accountants, Alleging Millions In Losses

    July 05, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Rihanna has sued her former accountants in New York, blaming them for tens of millions of dollars in losses, according to several online reports. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in federal court in Manhattan on behalf of the singer and her touring ...

  6. Usher's 'Confessions' Album Hits 10 Million in U.S. Sales

    July 05, 2012 12:40 PM EDT Usher's 2004 Confessions album hits a milestone sales achievement this week, surpassing 10 million in U.S. sales according to Nielsen SoundScan. The feat is notable in that it is only the 19th album to sell 10 million since SoundScan began tr ...

  7. Universal Music Group to File Response to European Commission's Statement of Objections Today

    July 05, 2012 12:04 PM EDT Universal is today expected to submit its written response to the European Commission's 194-page statement of objections over its proposed acquisition of EMI. The music major has until midnight (Central European Time) today (July 5) to reply ...

  8. Backbeat: Interscope, Warner Music Group Host BET Awards After Parties With Kevin Liles, Todd Moscowitz, More

    July 05, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Michael Kyser (President of Black Music, Atlantic Records Group) poses with DJ D-Nice at the Warner Music Group BET Awards after party. (Photo: Johnny Nunez) Following the 12th annual BET Awards on Sunday, which was widely regarded as a resounding ...

  9. Analysis: Pop and Rock Ruling Mid-Year Music Sales Charts

    July 04, 2012 4:03 PM EDT With the year half-over, let's take a closer look at some of the biggest selling albums and songs across the major genres of music: pop, rock, R&B/hip-hop, country and Latin. TOP ALBUMS A year ago at this point, a full half of the top 20 ...

  10. Linkin Park Tops Maroon 5, Scores Fifth No. 1 Album With 'Living Things'

    July 04, 2012 11:00 AM EDT As projected last week, Linkin Park debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with its new album, "Living Things," ahead of the also-debuting "Overexposed" by Maroon 5 at No. 2. However, the race for No. 1 turned out to be much clos ...

  11. BPI AGM Touts Global Success of UK Artists, Demands Gov't End 'Love Affair With Big Technology'

    July 03, 2012 3:44 PM EDT The success of British artists on the global stage and the need for stronger Government action to combat piracy - and help ensure the U.K.'s continued status as a major exporter of musical talent - were the two dominant themes at the BPI' ...

  12. Joseph Schmidt Named CFO of Universal Music Group's East Coast Labels

    July 03, 2012 1:58 PM EDT Universal Music Group named Joseph Schmidt Chief Financial Officer, East Coast Labels, Ivan Gavin, The news was announced by Ivan Gavin, UMG's COO of East Coast Labels. Schmidt, who is based in New York City, formerly acted as Vice President, ...

  13. Backbeat: 'Epic Moments' Party Brings Epic, Capitol, Interscope Execs Together During BET Awards Weekend

    July 03, 2012 1:03 PM EDT From left: Epic EVP of Urban Music Benny Pough; Marcus Canty, Ca$h Out and Machine Gun Kelly. (Photo: Courtesy of Epic Records) On a sunny Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, R&B singer Ciara (born Ciara Princess Harris) was all the buzz at Epi ...

  14. Universal-EMI Merger: European Commision's Statement of Objections Leak (Report)

    July 03, 2012 12:15 PM EDT As the music industry anxiously awaits whether or not Universal Music Group's purchase of EMI Music will be approved by European and U.S. regulators, the media is in overdrive reporting every twist and turn of the labyrinth process as if it w ...

  15. Japan's Digital Music Services Leap Forward; Sony Music Unlimited Launches With All Four Majors

    July 03, 2012 11:37 AM EDT Sony Corporation announced the launch in Japan of Music Unlimited, a cloud-based music subscription service that will offer users over 10 million songs. The service will make tracks from Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Universal Music LLC (Japan ...

  16. Vivendi Committed to UMG's EMI Purchase, Selling Activision (Report)

    July 02, 2012 9:13 AM EDT Whatever the politics within Vivendi that led to the departure of CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy, the company's senior management team still stands behind Universal Music Group and its planned acquisition of EMI, according to an e-mail UMG chairman an ...

  17. Linkin Park's 'Living Things,' will.i.am's 'This Is Love' Top UK Charts

    July 02, 2012 8:46 AM EDT Linkin Park deprived Maroon 5 of a U.K. No. 1 album as the new sales charts were published on Sunday (July 1), while Adam Levine and co also lost their singles crown to will.i.am featuring Eva Simons. Linkin Park's "Living Things" ( ...

  18. Quincy Jones, Pharrell Williams, Noah '40' Shebib, EMI Win Big at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

    June 29, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Quincy Jones took home the ASCAP Founders Award, Pharrell Williams was honored with the Golden Note Award, and EMI Music Publishing again took home the publisher of the year honor at Friday (June 29) night's 25th anniversary ASCAP Rhythm and ...

  19. Business Matters: Digital Services Face 18 Months of Licensing Negotiations, Says Study; Cinram Files For Bankruptcy

    June 29, 2012 5:54 PM EDT Licensing Takes As Long As 18 Months, Says a Study Most everybody in the music business knows that new digital services have a tough road to license music from content owners. Few people know exactly how long it takes. Now they have a good estimat ...

  20. Cash Money: The Billboard Cover Story, Birdman & Slim Video Interview

    June 29, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Read an excerpt from the cover story of Billboard's Urban Power issue Spend any time talking to Bryan "Birdman" Williams about his business these days and you'll quickly come to understand that he has two immediate goals: Relea ...

  21. Chart Moves: 'Brave's' Mumford & Sons-Enhanced Billboard 200 Debut, Blood on the Dance Floor's Best Sales

    June 29, 2012 5:44 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This week on the Billboard 200, Justin Bieber crashed in at No. 1 with his "Believe" album, selling 374,000 in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marked the largest debut of the year for an album and Bie ...

  22. Updated: Sony-Led Group Closes Purchase of EMI Music Publishing

    June 29, 2012 10:54 AM EDT The Sony Corp. of America led investor consortium completed its acquisition of EMI Music Publishing today, just hours after the Federal Trade Commission issued a statement saying it closed its antitrust investigation of the $2.2 billion deal -- wh ...

  23. Nashville Court Grants Continuance To Curb In Tim McGraw Suit

    June 28, 2012 7:11 PM EDT In the latest development in the ongoing legal dispute between Curb Records and Tim McGraw, a Nashville court today granted Curb's request to postpone the breach of contract trial. The long and complicated case basically centers around whethe ...

  24. Essential's Mike Chadwick Clarifies His Position on Universal-EMI Merger With Senate

    June 28, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Mike Chadwick managing director of UK-based Essential Music & Marketing has contacted the US Senate antitrust subcommittee to clarify his stance on the proposed merging of Universal Music Group and EMI, according to Music Week . During last we ...

  25. Rod Stewart Signs Long-Term Recording Agreement With Universal

    June 28, 2012 7:35 AM EDT Two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart signed a long-term worldwide recording agreement with Universal Music Group yesterday (June 27). The multi-album deal sees the iconic artist working with Grammy award-winning producer, songwriter, a ...

  26. Inaugural Libera Awards cap A2IM Indie Week

    June 27, 2012 8:20 PM EDT On the afternoon of June 21, Beggars Group founder/chairman Martin Mills was on Capitol Hill, where he let a U.S. Senate subcommittee know his opposition to the Universal Music Group-EMI merger. But he had to leave the Senate hearing early, as he ...

  27. Linkin Park, Maroon 5 Aiming for Top of Billboard 200

    June 27, 2012 7:21 PM EDT Linkin Park's new "Living Things" album seems on course for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 next week, with Maroon 5's "Overexposed" headed for a No. 2 arrival. Industry sources suggest "Living Things" co ...

  28. Universal Accused of Delaying IFPI Market Share Report

    June 27, 2012 2:39 PM EDT Universal Music Group is alleged to have caused a delay to the publication of an IFPI report into market-share by attempting "to put its own spin" on its findings, according to the New York Post . In a story published today (June 27), Th ...

  29. Opinion: Music Labels Are No Longer Gatekeepers, by David Balto

    June 27, 2012 1:28 PM EDT Last week's Senate hearing examining the Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division has fostered no small amount of conversation, opinion and commentary, and we're happy to host all three on ou ...

  30. Justin Bieber, Kenny Chesney, Fiona Apple Lead Billboard 200

    June 27, 2012 10:55 AM EDT As previously reported, Justin Bieber's "Believe" arrives, as expected, at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The singer's set sold 374,000 in its debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the largest bow of the year and Bie ...

  31. iTunes Launches in 12 Southeast Asian Markets

    June 27, 2012 8:10 AM EDT The world's biggest music store got bigger Wednesday when Apple's iTunes Store launched in a dozen countries in Southeast Asia. It's Official: iTunes Launches In Latin America The 12 markets to get iTunes are Thailand, Hong Kong, Si ...

  32. Opinion: Universal-EMI Senate Hearings Filled With Misinformation, Missed Opportunities

    June 26, 2012 5:14 PM EDT Last week's Senate hearing examining the Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division was a symphony of mission statements, missed opportunities and misinformation. Amid it all, there were some solid ...

  33. Jon Platt to Leave EMI Music Publishing

    June 26, 2012 4:37 PM EDT After 17 years, "Big" Jon Platt will be leaving EMI Music Publishing, a source close to the situation confirmed to Billboard.biz today. Reportedly he made the announcement to his staff this afternoon. Billboard Power 100: Jon Platt Over ...

  34. Guest Post: NARM's Response to the Emily White Controversy, by Jim Donio

    June 26, 2012 1:48 PM EDT The blogstorm created by NPR intern Emily White's post last week, "I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With," continues to foster great commentary. In this one, Jim Donio -- president of NARM/digitalmusic.org , a trade organization who ...

  35. Van Morrison to Release New Album on Blue Note Records

    June 26, 2012 11:06 AM EDT The legendary voice of Van Morrison is returning to Blue Note Records. The artist, whose classic albums include Astral Weeks , Moondance and Tupelo Honey , will release Born to Sing: No Plan B on Oct. 2, the label announced Tuesday. Blue Note pres ...

  36. Universal Music Parent Vivendi Ordered to Pay $956 Million in Liberty Media Suit

    June 26, 2012 10:50 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi, the parent company of Universal Music Group, saw its shares slip in European trading Tuesday after the entertainment and telecom conglomerate lost a stage in a court case to John Malone's Liberty Media. Analysts said most in ...

  37. Universal Republic Appoints New Urban A&R VPs

    June 25, 2012 5:02 PM EDT Naim Ali McNair Universal Republic has appointed two new VPs to its urban A&R department: Tab Nkhereanye and Naim Ali McNair. Both will report to senior VP of A&R Wendy Goldstein. Formerly VP of creative at Sony/ATV where he signed Frank O ...

  38. Justin Bieber, Maroon 5 Top UK Charts For First Time

    June 25, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Justin Bieber landed his first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (24) as "Believe" (Def Jam/Universal) outsold Cheryl Cole's new release "A Million Lights" (Polydor/Universal) by some 3,000 units. Maroon 5, meanwhile, topped the ...

  39. Backbeat: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Cathy Bauer, Darius Van Arman Bathe In the Warm Indie Glow of A2IM's Inaugural Libera Awards

    June 22, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Group Rate: Some of A2IM's members: Front row (L to R): Cathy Bauer (Daptone), Glenn Morrow (Bar/None), Pat Berry (Six Degrees), Emmy Black (Bar/None), Molly Neuman (eMusic), Nydia Ines Davila (Daptone), Lori Condon (Acony). 2nd row, L to R: ...

  40. Irving Azoff Disputes Bronfman, Mills Testimony at Universal-EMI Senate Hearings; Mills Responds

    June 22, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment/Front Line Management Chairman Irving Azoff said he didn't get the chance to respond to some of the comments made at yesterday's Senate Judiciary subcommitee hearing about the proposed Universal Music Group-EMI ...

  41. Chart Moves: Jimmy Fallon's 'Blow' Bows on Billboard 200, Bobby Womack's (Electronic) Debut, 'Purple Rain' Returns

    June 22, 2012 2:33 PM EDT The Billboard 200: This past week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the big news was Usher's arrival at No. 1 with Looking 4 Myself . The set garnered the star his fourth chart-topping effort, following Confessions , Here I Stand and Raymond ...

  42. Seymour Stein Pays Tribute to Beggars Groups' Martin Mills at A2IM's Libera Awards

    June 22, 2012 1:08 PM EDT Seymour Stein (right) presenting Martin Mills with his Libera Lifetime Achievement award in New York City. (photo: Kyle Dean Reinford) At last night's inaugural A2IM Libera awards, legendary record exec Seymour Stein presented Beggars Group&# ...

  43. Universal To Respond To EU Letter of Objections By July 3 (Report)

    June 22, 2012 8:31 AM EDT Universal Music Group's response to the European Union's regulatory commission letter of objections to its proposed merger with EMI will require a response by July 3, according to a report today on Reuters. The story cites a "person ...

  44. Spotify, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire Take Home First Ever Libera Awards

    June 21, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Bon Iver's self titled release took home the award for Independent Album of the Year (presented by Official.fm) and the Arcade Fire's "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" won Independent Video of the Year at the first ever ...

  45. Music Execs Debate Promise and Threats of Universal-EMI Merger at Senate Hearing

    June 21, 2012 8:28 PM EDT Some of the music industry's top music executives painted various pictures of the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Thursday afternoon. It was a rare opportunity to see well-known executives queried a ...

  46. Out Of Synch

    June 21, 2012 7:45 PM EDT Sound-Alike TV Ads Cause Major Controversy In early June, just as Beach House was enjoying a top 10 debut for its new album, "Bloom," the Baltimore indie band was also getting ready to do battle. After learning that a new Volkswagen ad a ...

  47. Chris Brown: A Deep Dive into the Superstar's Career

    June 21, 2012 7:35 PM EDT With Justin Bieber and Usher's highly anticipated albums now out of the chute, another potential summer heater is warming up. As is the question, Can Chris Brown parlay comeback "F.A.M.E." into continuing "Fortune?" Since ...

  48. YouTube Seeks Label Aid to Secure Artists' Publishing Rights for Videos

    June 21, 2012 7:20 PM EDT YouTube seeks label aid to secure artists' publishing rights for videos YouTube's appearance at the "Indie Week" convention recently held by the American Assn. of Independent Music (A2IM) in New York was the meet's best-at ...

  49. 'Weeds' Actor Hunter Parrish PutsOut a Folky EP

    June 21, 2012 4:40 PM EDT While Hunter Parrish is best-known for his role as the eldest son of the mom-turned-pot dealer played by Mary-Louise Parker on Showtime's "Weeds," new fans of the actor are likely unaware that he has a strong musical background. Par ...

  50. Max Vangeli and AN21 Ready Their First Album on Swedish House Mafia Member's Imprint

    June 21, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Watching them pogo, fist-pump and otherwise wild out in festival booths across the globe, one might not think of Max Vangeli and AN21 as old souls. But when talk turns to classic house music and the dancefloor experience, they sound like old-schoo ...

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