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  1. Super Deal For McFly

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT McFly has inked a deal with label management specialist Absolute for the British boyband's new label, Super Records. Through the deal, Absolute will help launch the pop group's own label releases into the marketplace, handling sales, ret ...

  2. Cartel Splits With Epic, Signs With Wind-Up

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former reality TV subject Cartel has parted ways with Epic and inked a new multi-rights deal with Wind-Up. The band will release its future albums through Wind-Up, and the sale of all Cartel merchandise at on-line, retail, and touring points of sa ...

  3. Cecillon Exits EMI Again

    July 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The latest restructuring move at EMI sees prominent London-based exec Jean-Francois Cecillon stepping down as EMI Music's president of A&R labels, international, and president Europe, Middle East and Africa. Cecillon's departure, whi ...

  4. Australian Wins Global Award From CMA

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian country artist Troy Cassar-Daley was honored with the 2008 Country Music Associations Global Country Artist Award during the CMA Music Festival, which runs June 5-8 in Nashville. The award recognizes outstanding achievement by an artist ...

  5. Curb Consolidates Country Promo Staff, Two Exit

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nashville-based independent Curb Records has consolidated its two country promotion arms into one entity, leaving one staff to promote for both the Curb and Curb/Asylum imprints. The announcement was made by Curb executive VP/GM Dennis Hannon, who ...

  6. Allen Splits With EMI

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mike Allen is the latest high-ranking executive to exit EMI. The London-based senior VP of international marketing is understood to have left the company late last week. He joins an exodus of execs from the music major, which continues to undergo ...

  7. Finn Signs With Universal Publishing

    May 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Neil Finn has signed an exclusive, long-term agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group which will allow the music publisher to administer his works for the world, excluding North America, Australia and New Zealand. The agreement comprises al ...

  8. Slightly Stoopid, Pepper Plan Summer Run

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, reggae-rock acts Slightly Stoopid and Pepper will embark on a 20-plus-date summer tour, beginning Aug. 1 at the Joint in Las Vegas and wrapping Sept. 6 at San Diego's Open Air Theatre. Reggae duo Sly & Robbie will join the to ...

  9. GAC Launches 'Star' Talent Search

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Video channel GAC is getting into the reality show business with "The Next GAC Star," a nationwide talent search. The network is partnering with artist development company Music Nation. Six finalists will be flown to Nashville and be fea ...

  10. Aussie Chambers Hits Record With New No. 1

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian country singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers this week scored her third No. 1 debut on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart with her fourth album "Rattlin' Bones". The release, a duet album with her husb ...

  11. Monolith Festival Reveals Lineup

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Justice, Devotchka, Silversun Pickups, Band of Horses, TV on the Radio, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Vampire Weekend, among others, are scheduled to appear at the second annual Monolith Festival, to be held Sept. 13-14 at Red Rocks Amphith ...

  12. Indie Briefs: Alive Records, Redeye, Razor and Tie, Militia Group

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Los Angeles-based Alive Records signed an exclusive distribution deal with Redeye Distribution. Under the terms of the new agreement, Redeye will serve as the exclusive physical and digital distribution arm for Alive Records, as well as the Bomp ...

  13. Digital Boosts Q1 Totals Almost 15%

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The first quarter finished with overall album sales down 10.7% but total scans, including digital tracks, increased 14.9% to 386.3 million, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Tracks increased 28.7% to 281.4 million from the 218.6 million the configur ...

  14. Rinaldi Joins Albert Music

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Damian Rinaldi will join iconic Aussie indie Albert Music next week as head of legal and business affairs. Rinaldi recently returned to Australia after a stint in London as VP of legal and business affairs at Sony BMG Music Entertainment. In 2000 ...

  15. Incognito Gets Heads Up Nod

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.K. R&B/funk/acid jazz group Incognito has signed with Heads Up International. A division of Concord Music Group, the crossover jazz label plans a worldwide release of the group's debut album, "Tales From the Beach," on ...

  16. Touring Briefs: Steely Dan, George Michael Ready Summer Tours

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Once known as "the band that does not tour," Steely Dan is touring again. Founders Walter Becker and Donald Fagen will embark on the Think Fast, Steely Dan summer tour, beginning June 8 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. The first 14 concert dat ...

  17. ABBA Drummer Ola Brunkert Dies At 62

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Former ABBA drummer Ola Brunkert was found dead with cuts to his neck in the garden of his house on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Police said today (March 17) an autopsy showed it was an accident. A neighbor found the body of 62-year-old Brunker ...

  18. The Mess Hall Clean Up AMP Prize

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sydney blues-rock duo the Mess Hall's second album "Devil's Elbow" (Ivy League) has won the Australian Music Prize (AMP) for 2007, during a ceremony Thursday at Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art. The Mess Hall -- compris ...

  19. Belgium's Werchter Launches Family Festival

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Belgium's long-established Rock Werchter festival has unveiled a family-friendly spin-off event, the Werchter Boutique festival, which will be staged on July 13. Promoter Herman Schueremans, who organises the annual Rock Werchter festival for ...

  20. Casting Crowns' Hall Leads Dove Awards Nods

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Casting Crowns frontman Mark Hall leads the list of nominees for the 39th annual Gospel Music Assn. Dove Awards. Hall earned six nominations, among them male vocalist and a song of the year nod for "East to West." His band, Casting Crown ...

  21. Children's Label Bingo Links With Red

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Children's music label Bingo Records will begin distributing their catalogue through Red, the indie distribution arm of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The first record released under the new deal will be Beatles Hits For Kids and Motown Hits F ...

  22. Music World Entertainment Expands Staff

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music World Entertainment, headed by president/CEO Mathew Knowles, has appointed three new members to its executive staff: Lynn Scott, VP of marketing; Jennifer Carlson, VP of digital strategy and emerging technologies; and Penny Lazo, national di ...

  23. Wright Named Senior VP At Universal Republic

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Elise Wright has been appointed senior VP of urban music for Universal Republic Records. She reports to Monte Lipman, president and CEO of the label. Wright most recently served as VP of marketing for Universal Motown, a position she took in 2005. ...

  24. Promotion Exec Ronnie Johnson Dies

    December 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Capitol Music Group's executive VP of urban music Ronnie Johnson died December 30 of a heart attack. Johnson began his music industry career in 1989 at Reprise Records as Southwest regional R&B promotion manager. He steadily moved up the ...

  25. Warner Bros. Enlists Wilson In Urban Role

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ken Wilson starts today (Nov. 26) as senior VP of urban promotion for Warner Bros. Records. The music industry veteran succeeds Cynthia Johnson, who exited the post earlier this year. Wilson most recently served in a similar position at J Records. ...

  26. Plugged And Unplugged

    November 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Plugged: I had the opportunity to escape the digital microcosm that normally dominates my daily life to attend Billboard's Touring conference in New York, and for me it was a real eye opener. While the digital revolution has disrupted the tra ...

  27. Downtown Records, Engadget Cofounder Launch Digital Label

    November 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST As expected , RCRD LBL, a joint venture between indie label Downtown Records and Gizmodo and Endgadget founder Peter Rojas, launched November 15. The site, which gives away mp3s by artists affiliated with RCRD LBL, is supported by advertiser dolla ...

  28. Latin Acts Set For First-Ever Arka Fest

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT An ambitious lineup of nearly 100 Latin alternative rock, ska and punk bands from the U.S. and Latin America is set to take over Los Angeles' Pico Rivera Sports Arena in the first-ever Arka Fest. Billing itself as "the first U.S. nationa ...

  29. Absolute Deal For Wet Wet Wet's 'Timeless'

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Wet Wet Wet will release a new album, "Timeless," on Nov. 12 through a new agreement struck between Absolute Marketing and Distribution and the Scottish pop/rock band's new independent label Dry Records. Universal Music Group will d ...

  30. Strut To Be Revived, Plans Grandmaster Flash Release

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Grandmaster Flash will release his first studio album in a decade next year, on U.K. label Strut. The seminal label, which was liquidated in 2003, is getting revived after an acquisition by !K7 Records Label Group. Flash's own Adrenaline City ...

  31. XL Unveils New PR Biz, A&R Promotions

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British indie label XL Recordings is to house a new PR company to promote its own artists plus signed to other labels. Technique Publicity is being launched as a joint venture between XL and Jon Wilkinson, former head of press at the Darling Depar ...

  32. Steely Dan Opens Billboard Live Club In Tokyo

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Steely Dan opened the Billboard Live music club in Tokyo on Saturday night to an enthusiastic crowd. Steely Dan's Donald Fagen promised to "play some tunes from the past going back into the deep '70s." And the band did just tha ...

  33. Australian Industry Legend Hely Dies

    July 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Allan Hely, one of the architects of the Australian music industry, died in the early hours of Thursday morning (July 26) from motor neurone disease. He was 80. Hely, one-time financial adviser to Rupert Murdoch, ran the media magnate's Festi ...

  34. More Acts Inducted Into Aussie Hall Of Fame

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Retro-rockers Hoodoo Gurus and punk pioneers Radio Birdman were among a raft of veteran acts inducted last night into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame. The other inductees were R&B diva Marcia Hines, singer/son ...

  35. Beastie Boys Lock Down Short U.S. Tour

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As expected, the Beastie Boys will play a handful of live dates this summer, alternating between more traditional hip-hop shows and an instrumental set along the lines of the trio's new Capitol album, "The Mix-Up." The hip-hop shows ...

  36. Blogger, Downtown Records Team For Digital Label

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT So what do you do after establishing one of the most successful tech-news blogs on the Internet? Apparently, retire and start a record label. The New York Post reported that Engadget founder Peter Rojas is teaming up with Downtown Records to creat ...

  37. Former Polydor A&R Heath Dies

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Polydor Records A&R manager Adrian Heath committed suicide on May 26. He was 47. Heath had served as Polydor Records A&R from 1981 to 1983, where he signed Orange Juice and Clock DVA/ He also had stints handling A&R for RAK, Bronze, an ...

  38. Industry Vet Mayne Joins Graham Brothers

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music industry veteran Bill Mayne joins Midland-Odessa, Texas-based Graham Brothers Entertainment as president of its Nashville division, a newly created position. Mayne, who most recently served as VP of promotion at the the now defunct 903 Music ...

  39. NARM Coverage: UMGD Highlights Upcoming Releases

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT R&B singer Mya, country-pop artist Taylor Swift and Canadian singer/songwriter Feist performed as part of the Universal Music Group Distribution's product presentation today at the NARM Convention in Chicago. The 90-minute session highlig ...

  40. Feist Forward

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After two years of touring in support of her 2004 album "Let It Die," Canadian singer/songwriter Leslie Feist realized she had really just been making "baby steps toward an undetermined future." So rather than commit to a lengt ...

  41. Aussie Guitarist Lobby Loyde Dies

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Australian guitar hero Lobby Loyde died April 21 in a Melbourne hospital after a two-year battle with lung and brain cancer. The 66-year-old is acknowledged as creating the blueprint of the aggressive "pub rock" guitar style that AC/DC a ...

  42. Aussie Biz Grows In 2006

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Surging digital sales and a banner year for local repertoire underpinned massive volume growth in the Australian record market in 2006. The Australian wholesale music market grew in volume by 27.12% to more than 80 million units last year compared ...

  43. Aussie Rocker Billy Thorpe Dies

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Australian rock icon Billy Thorpe died earlier today at Sydney's Vincent Hospital, after suffering a heart attack. He was 60. In the early '70s, Thorpe and his blues/rock band The Aztecs were the biggest, meanest and loudest drawcard in ...

  44. Music World Nabs Roots Indie Compadre

    February 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mathew Knowles' Music World Entertainment has acquired Houston-based independent roots label, Compadre Records. Brad Turcotte will maintain his role as president of Compadre, and the label will continue to exist as an imprint through Music Wo ...

  45. Tunick Joins WB Nashville

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Bros. Nashville continues to bolster their promotion department as veteran country promoter Nancy Tunick joins the label as VP of promotion. Most recently co-owner of GrassRoots Promotion, Tunick has also worked at the defunct VFR Records a ...

  46. Suretone Taps P2Ps

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Suretone Records is tapping P2P networks to distribute clips of music videos from artists such as Weezer, and taking a decidedly different approach by dropping any insistence of DRM technology. However the videos won't be complete. The video ...

  47. Reich, Rollins To Receive Polar Prize

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST American composer/musician Steve Reich and compatriot saxophonist Sonny Rollins will be the recipients of the 2007 Polar Music Prize, organizers revealed Thursday (Jan. 25). The honors will be presented May 21 in Stockholm by His Majesty King Carl ...

  48. Fontana, Six Degrees Sign Distro Pact

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Fontana has extended its reach and signed an distribution deal with San Francisco-based Six Degrees Records. As part of the exclusive agreement, Fontana will distribute Six Degrees' product in the US, including the label's back catalog a ...

  49. Harris To Head EMI U.K. Biz Development

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Giles Harris has been named head of business development at EMI Music U.K., with immediate effect. He transfers from his current post as head of business affairs, Capitol & catalog marketing and Positiva. Harris joined EMI Music U.K. in Octobe ...

  50. Harris To Head EMI U.K. Biz Development

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Exec reports to Crosswaite. Giles Harris has been named head of business development at EMI Music U.K., with immediate effect. He transfers from his current post as head of business affairs, Capitol & catalog marketing and Positiva. Harris joi ...

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