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  1. Backbeat: The Kills Celebrate New Book With Signing, Free Converse City Carnage Show

    August 20, 2012 11:43 AM EDT (L-R): Photographer Kenneth Cappello and The Kills' Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart share a laugh with each other and a fan during their book signing at BookMarc in Manhattan's West Village. (Photo: Harley Oliver Brown) Saturday was offi ...

  2. Billboard Power 100: Randy Spendlove

    January 26, 2012 7:05 PM EST No. 69 Randy Spendlove President of Music Paramount Pictures The Big Score... Good thing Randy Spendlove knew the symptoms of Bieber Fever when he saw them: He got the ball rolling on "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never," which pulled in $73 ...

  3. Lookout! Records, Former Label of Green Day, Rancid, Ted Leo, Calling It Quits

    January 17, 2012 4:39 PM EST Last week Lookout! Records President Chris Appelgren announced on the label's website that the seminal Berkeley, Calif.-based punk rock label had completely closed shop and will no longer keep their catalog in print or have it available on di ...

  4. Ethan Johns, Kings of Leon Producer, Joins Atlantic Records UK A&R

    December 09, 2011 10:07 AM EST Ethan Johns, the acclaimed producer of Kings of Leon's first three albums, has joined the U.K. team of Atlantic Records in an A&R capacity. Effective immediately, the partnership will see Johns source and nurture artists that will be sign ...

  5. Backbeat: Evanescence Rocks New York, Has Spinal Tap Moment Backstage

    November 02, 2011 1:53 PM EDT Evanescence's Amy Lee gives former Wind-Up Records exec Diana Meltzer a hug while surrounded by (from left) Evanescence bassist Tim McCord, drummer Will Hunt, and guitarists Troy McLawhorn and Terry Balsamo. Meltzer's ex-husband, label c ...

  6. Backbeat: The Man Who Makes Aloe Blacc's Train Run On Time

    September 09, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Newsboy Cap Soul: Aloe Blacc brings the soul and habadashery to NYC's Highline Ballroom Sometimes it's the little guy behind the scenes -- or in this case the not so little guy running between the soundboard, the dressing room and the ba ...

  7. Guy Hands Launches New Lawsuit Against Citigroup Over EMI

    September 08, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Terra Firma chairman Guy Hands has instigated legal proceedings against Citigroup over the way it acquired EMI, according to reports. U.K. newspaper The Guardian claims Hands has applied to the high court requesting information about the condition ...

  8. Coldplay Unveil Album Art, Release Date for 'Mylo Xyloto'

    August 12, 2011 8:41 AM EDT Coldplay announced today that the band's fifth studio album, "Mylo Xyloto" (pronounced my-lo zy-letoe), will be released in the U.S. on Oct. 25 by Capitol Records. Produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson, with "e ...

  9. 'Last Airbender,' 'Dexter,' 'Falling Skies' TV Composers Talk Shop at BMI Comic-Con Panel

    July 22, 2011 5:04 PM EDT Panelists Sara Colleton (executive producer, "Dexter"), Daniel Licht (composer, "Dexter"), Michael Dante DiMartino (executive producer, "Avatar: The Last Airbender"), Bryan Konietzko (executive producer, "The Las ...

  10. Beyonce, Others Enjoy 'Glastonbury Effect' on UK charts

    June 29, 2011 1:22 PM EDT LONDON (Reuters) - Beyonce heads the British album charts at the midweek stage, with "4" outselling its nearest rival by three to one boosted by her weekend appearance at Glastonbury, sales data showed on Wednesday. According to the Offi ...

  11. Lady Gaga, Pitbull Again at No. 1 on U.K. Charts; The Pierces Debut at No. 4

    June 06, 2011 7:32 AM EDT Lady Gaga started a second week atop the U.K. album chart and Pitbull a third on the singles survey in new data published by the Official Charts Company yesterday (Sunday). Gaga's "Born This Way" (Interscope/Universal) rules the alb ...

  12. CMT Music Awards Winners List

    June 04, 2011 12:43 AM EDT Winners of the 2011 CMT Music Awards : Video of the year: Taylor Swift, "Mine." Male video of the year: Blake Shelton, "Who Are You When I'm Not Looking." Female video of the year: Miranda Lambert, "The House That Bui ...

  13. Robert Plant, Buddy Miller, Elizabeth Cook Lead Americana Award Nominations

    May 24, 2011 7:13 AM EDT NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Robert Plant and Buddy Miller teamed up to top the list of nominees for the 2011 Americana Awards with three apiece. Each was nominated Monday for artist of the year along with fellow three-time nominee Elizabeth Cook and teamed ...

  14. Grammy Awards Producer John Cossette Dies At 54

    April 26, 2011 10:08 PM EDT John Cossette, who followed in father Pierre's footsteps as the producer of the Grammy Awards telecast, died Tuesday (April 26) at the age of 54. The cause of death was not given. Cossette has been involved with Grammys for nearly two decades ...

  15. EMI To Be Sold By Citi As One Unit

    April 12, 2011 7:18 AM EDT Citigroup (C.N), which got control of the world's fourth-largest record company EMI from British financier Guy Hands in February, plans to sell the company as a whole, the New York Post reported, citing sources. EMI Chief Executive Roger Faxo ...

  16. Trent Reznor Talks Next How To Destroy Angels Release

    February 28, 2011 12:06 AM EST Trent Reznor (Photo: WireImage) The day before his and Atticus Ross' Oscar win for "The Social Network," Trent Reznor was in Beverly Hills at the Society of Composers & Lyricists' annual pre-Oscar champagne reception, where ...

  17. Citigroup Takes Over EMI

    February 01, 2011 11:36 AM EST Citigroup has acquired EMI Group and has recapitalized the major label group in a debt-for-equity swap, the two sides announced Tuesday. As a result, the company's debt has been reduced by 65% from £3.4 billion to £1.2 billion, and the compan ...

  18. Harvey James, Guitarist For Sherbet, R.I.P.

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST Harvey James, former guitarist with chart-topping Australian '70s pop group Sherbet, has lost his battle with lung cancer less than a month before a benefit concert was to be held in his honor. The 58-year-old James passed away in Melbourne o ...

  19. Business Matters: Terra Firma To Appeal Citigroup Ruling; WMG's Revenue Forecast Drops; RapidShare Fights For 'Free Speech'

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST Terra Firma To Appeal Technical Aspects of Citigroup Case -- Terra Firma has filed for leave to appeal and will challenge technical aspects of its trial with Citigroup, Private Equity News reported on Tuesday. Terra Firma will not challenge the ve ...

  20. Business Matters: Terra Firma Close to Losing EMI, Reports Say

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. TERRA FIRMA COULD LOSE EMI BY CHRISTMAS -- Reports out of the U.K. claim Terra Firma could lose EMI by Christmas. The paper said Terra Firma chief Guy Hands has told investors to expect the worst ...

  21. Guys Hands Focuses On 'Next Deal'

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST In his first public comments since losing a lawsuit against Citigroup over the EMI deal, Guy Hands said his buyout firm Terra Firma would have "looked like geniuses" if it had not bought EMI Group in 2007. He was speaking at the Nov. 18 ...

  22. Terra Firma's 'Speculative' Testimony Disallowed

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wednesday night turned out to be a costly one for Guy Hands dreams as billions of dollars in potential damages went up in smoke when the theories behind them were disallowed in the lawsuit between Terra Firma and Citigroup. According to press repo ...

  23. Citi Banker In Trial Over EMI Says Truthful To Hands

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Citigroup Inc banker David Wormsley, testifying in a civil fraud trial pitting the word of Terra Firma private equity chief Guy Hands against his, said on Monday he was "always truthful and honest as I could be" with Hands. Wormsley wrot ...

  24. Financier Hands Spars With Citi Lawyer In Court

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Financier Guy Hands, who accuses a onetime friend at Citigroup Inc of lying to him about bids for EMI music company, sparred in court on Friday under cross-examination about why he did not call the banker to clear the air. Hands, the head of Europ ...

  25. Terra Firma vs. Citi Day 2: Did Allegedly False Info Lead To Inflated EMI Price?

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the second day of the Terra Firma/Citigroup trial in New York, lawyers for the plaintiff tried to show how allegedly false information provided by Citigroup helped to stampede the private equity firm into paying an inflated price of 4 billion p ...

  26. False Assumption Led To EMI bid, Hands Testifies

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guy Hands bid for storied music company EMI in 2007 based on false statements from a Citigroup banker that there was a rival offer he had to beat, the British financier told a jury on Tuesday. Hands, who founded Terra Firma Capital Partners, took ...

  27. Terra Firma vs. Citi: Trial Opens With Battle of Dueling Timelines

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The first day of testimony in Terra Firma's lawsuit against Citigroup began as a battle of dueling timelines. In questioning Terra Firma's Tim Pryce, who is currently CEO for the investment firm but was general counsel at the time of its ...

  28. Rough Trade's Jeannette Lee Speaks Out On 'Sexist' Biz

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Industry veteran Jeannette Lee, co-founder/joint director of the iconic U.K. independent music group Rough Trade, last night (April 21) attacked the music industry for still being sexist in the 21st century. Lee and her Rough Trade business partne ...

  29. Report: EMI In Licensing Talks To Raise $601 Million

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI is in talks to allow rival labels to manage its back catalog in order to raise funds and prevent a takeover from its lender, reported the Sunday Times. EMI, owned by Guy Hands' private equity group Terra Firma, is trying to put in place a ...

  30. MySpace's Revolving Door: Van Natta Fallout Continues

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The fallout from the ouster of MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta continues, as executives loyal to the former top executive now ponder their future. TechCrunch confirms that senior VP of user experience and design Katie Geminder will leave at the end of ...

  31. EMI Posts Full-Year $2.48 Billion Net Loss

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI Group, at the centre of an acrimonious legal dispute between buyout house Terra Firma and Citigroup (C.N), posted a full-year 1.56 billion pound ($2.48 billion) net loss and said it needed more money to stay afloat. The deal by Guy Hands' ...

  32. Guy Hands Orders New EMI Strategic Plan, Huge Loss Expected

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Guy Hands has asked EMI Music chief executive Elio Leoni-Sceti to draw up a new plan for the recorded music company, in order to persuade Terra Firma investors to inject a reported £100 million ($158.5 million) of additional investment. The Financ ...

  33. Terra Firma Profits Drop

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI owners Terra Firma's profits dropped 43% in the year to March 2009. Profits fell to £1.87 million ($3 million), while turnover increased slightly from £47.2 million ($76.6 million) to £47.8 million ($77.5 million) According to the Financi ...

  34. Grammys Will Stage 3-D Tribute To Michael Jackson

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Grammys are staging an unprecedented tribute in honor of Michael Jackson including a 3-D film clip the singer made before his death. A posthumous tribute to Jackson will be a focal point of the Jan. 31 Grammy Awards broadcast, the Recording Ac ...

  35. Citigroup Says Not Seeking Buyers For EMI

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Citigroup said it was not seeking buyers for EMI, whose owners Terra Firma are suing the U.S. bank for billions of dollars in damages relating to its 2007 buyout. The statement came after the Observer newspaper reported on Sunday (Dec. 20) that Ci ...

  36. Terra Firma Expects Citigroup To Share EMI 'Pain'

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Private equity firm Terra Firma expects Citigroup to share in the pain of restructuring music business EMI, according to Guy Hands, the buyout firm's founder and chairman. Citigroup, which holds EMI's debt of about £2.6 billion ($4.3 bil ...

  37. MySpace CEO To Speak At MidemNet

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta will speak at MidemNet in Cannes on Jan. 23, 2010. The appearance by Van Natta at the international forum on new technologies and new business models in the music industry will be his first Keynote outside of the U.S. He ...

  38. Daughtry Returns, Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After three weeks of Michael Jackson owning the top selling album in the U.S., the late King of Pop steps aside as Daughtry reigns with "Leave This Town," which tops the Billboard 200 after selling 269,000 units, according to Nielsen Sou ...

  39. In The City Unveils 2009 Speakers

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In the City (ITC), the U.K.'s international music convention held in Manchester on Oct. 18 to 20, has announced the first of its 2009 keynote speakers. So far, the speakers include Anthony Volodkin, founder of MP3 and music blog aggregator Hy ...

  40. Booking Agent Kevin French Joins Paradigm

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bigshot Touring Artists founder/owner Kevin French has joined Paradigm as a music agent. French, who founded Portland, Ore.-based Bigshot, will begin working at Paradigm's New York office on June 15. As part of the move, French will bring his ...

  41. Steve Levine Helms Music Producers Guild

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Steve Levine, producer of the Culture Club, the Beach Boys and Motorhead, has been appointed chairman of the U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, effective immediately. He takes over from Mike Howlett, who leaves to take the associate professor and ...

  42. Terra Firma Writes Off EMI Investment

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Terra Firma, the private equity firm which owns EMI, has written off €1.365 billion ($1.718 billion) in its investments. The lion's share of that impairment charge is reportedly down to EMI, which it acquired in August 2007 for £2.4 billion ( ...

  43. F&TV Panel Reveals Music Selection Strategies

    November 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST The first step to finding music for a new film is "to find who the key music decision makers are -- the directs or producers," according to GTM music supervisor Maureen Crowe, who spoke today (Nov. 14) at the Billboard/The Hollywood Repo ...

  44. Producer Jerry Finn Dies At 39

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Blink-182 and Morrissey producer Jerry Finn died yesterday (Aug. 21) at the age of 39. He had suffered a massive brain hemorrhage last month and was taken off life support on Aug. 9. Finn got his start as an engineer in the early 1990s before shif ...

  45. Police, Smokey Light Up Costello's 'Spectacle'

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Police will appear on an episode of "Spectacle: Elvis Costello with...," Canadian television network CTV said today. The episode will be taped in New York next month. The timing of the taping will coincide with the end of the veteran ...

  46. Howes Stays with EMI Music Pub

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has extended its global co-publishing agreement with hit Canadian producer and songwriter Brian Howes. EMI will represent Howes' interests in an extensive catalog of songs, including those he recently co-wrote with Puddle ...

  47. Koch Inks Deals With Reo Deo, Analekta

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Koch Entertainment Distribution expanded its roster via new deals with Minneapolis-based record label Reo Deo and classical Canadian record label Analekta. Through the deal with Reo Deo, Koch will now be the label’s digital distributor in North Am ...

  48. Producer, Songwriter Howes Inks With Macklam Feldman

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Vancouver-based Macklam Feldman Management has inked a deal to represent producer and songwriter Brian Howes, best known for his work with the likes of Hinder and Hedley. Howes produced Hinder's four-million selling album "Extreme Behavi ...

  49. Grammy Performances To Celebrate Past, Present

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Longtime Grammy Awards telecast producer Ken Ehrlich likes to focus on "things you won't see elsewhere" at the annual show. And he hopes Sunday is no exception. Ehrlich, who's produced all but two of the ceremonies since 1980 - ...

  50. Downtown Inks Producer/Writer Armato

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Downtown Music Publishing has signed a worldwide administration agreement with producer/songwriter Antonina Armato, who recently co-wrote and co-produced the "Hannah Montana 2: Meet Miley Cyrus" single "See You Again" and six o ...

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