Recording Industry Association of America

  1. Record Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings

    April 17, 2014 6:07 PM EDT As expected, the three major labels, ABKCO, and the RIAA filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in New York state court against Pandora for playing pre-Feb. 15, 1972 recordings without making any royalty payments. This suit is a follow-up to th ...

  2. Record Labels File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Megaupload

    April 10, 2014 8:02 PM EDT On Thursday, the major record labels including Warner Music, Universal Music, Sony Music and Capitol Records filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk. The action comes just three ...

  3. Counting Crows Latest to Go to Court Over Digital Royalties

    January 14, 2014 9:07 PM EST On Tuesday, the Counting Crows filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group, becoming the latest musicians to allege they've been cheated out of digital income. The California band believes that UMG should be treating downloads of hits like ...

  4. Executive Turntable: Ari Taitz, Kenny Weagly Promoted at ADA; Shawn ‘Tubby’ Holiday Joins Columbia, More

    November 12, 2013 3:09 PM EST Taitz, Weagly Promoted ADA International ADA, Warner Music Group announced two key appointments to strengthen its international concerns.  Ari Taitz was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, ADA Worldwide and Kenny Weagly is expanding his role as ...

  5. Sony, Universal, Warner, ABKCO File Copyright Lawsuit Against SiriusXM

    September 11, 2013 8:28 PM EDT As expected, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings, Warner Music Group and ABKCO have filed suit against SiriusXM for allegedly continuing to ignore state copyright laws and refusing to pay artist performance royalties for pre-1972 music it ...

  6. Appeals Court Upholds College Student's $675,000 Piracy Penalty

    June 25, 2013 7:56 PM EDT In the long-running case of Joel Tenenbaum, who was ordered in 2009 by a jury to pay $675,000 for illegally downloading and sharing 30 songs online, the First Circuit Court of Appeals decided on Tuesday that the penalty should stand. The penalty ...

  7. Exclusive: On-Demand Streams Now Count Toward RIAA Gold & Platinum

    May 09, 2013 10:00 AM EDT In an uncommon move to tinker with the formula used to certify Gold and Platinum awards, the Recording Industry Association of America on Thursday announced it has started to incorporate on-demand streams towards its calculations for certifying ...

  8. Universal Music Says Artist Privacy at Stake in Digital Royalties Dispute

    April 30, 2013 2:58 PM EDT In 2011, a proposed class action lawsuit was launched against Universal Music Group over digital income. The litigation from Rob Zombie and Rick James on behalf of themselves and others under the UMG umbrella seeks substantial damages from the r ...

  9. Roc Nation Strikes Global Partnership With Universal Music Group

    April 08, 2013 10:46 AM EDT Universal Music Group and Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by Jay-Z, announced today that they have entered into a multi-year, worldwide partnership under which the Roc Nation music label will operate as a standalone label within ...

  10. Charles Caldas, Merlin CEO, Talks Market Complexities, UMG's 'Hubris' (Q&A)

    March 29, 2013 11:01 AM EDT Charles Caldas, CEO of Merlin, the global digital-rights champion for indie labels, received the prestigious IMPALA Outstanding Contribution Award this week, in recognition of his relentless work chasing royalties due to indie companies and arti ...

  11. Parlophone Purchase: What It Means For Warner Music and Universal

    February 07, 2013 2:20 PM EST In an unexpected and strong move, the Warner Music Group has won the auction for the Parlophone Label Group assets with a £487 million ($762 million) bid. The deal is expected to close mid-2013. The deal will give the Warner Music Group, the sma ...

  12. IMPALA, Indies Ask EC to Investigate Sony-BMG's Parlophone Bid

    January 11, 2013 7:17 PM EST Independent music companies have raised concerns about a plan by Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann music venture BMG to bid for former EMI label Parlophone, arguing an acquisition would give the music giants, particularly Sony, too much market power. V ...

  13. Reversion Rights: Will 2013 Be A Game-Changer?

    December 27, 2012 2:30 PM EST While albums released in 1978 (as shown here) are the first batch eligible for possible reversion of ownership to pass from labels back to the artists, so far the only acts to file notice of termination for master right recordings with the U.S. co ...

  14. BMG Acquires Mute Records Catalog

    December 21, 2012 6:15 PM EST In its second deal of the day, BMG Rights Management has acquired the Mute back catalog owned by EMI, which includes records released by artists like Depeche Mode, Erasure, Moby, Goldfrapp and Nick Cave. According to sources, BMG paid over 7 milli ...

  15. Glassnote Pitting Majors Against Each Other, May Get 'Outlandish' Deal

    December 20, 2012 8:33 PM EST With Glassnote's distribution deal with RED ending on the last day of February, Daniel Glass is pitting Doug Morris against Lucian Grainge in hopes of coming out with a multi-million-dollar payday, according to sources. With the tit-for-tat b ...

  16. Exclusive: Rob Wiesenthal Out at Sony/ATV, Heading to Warner Music

    December 20, 2012 10:38 AM EST Rob Wiesenthal, President of Sony/ATV's international business, is leaving the world's no.1 music publisher to join Len Blavatnik's Warner Music Group as chief operating officer/corporate, WMG said on Thursday. Wiesenthal, a Sony Co ...

  17. Label And Publishing Execs to Watch in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:09 AM EST Suddenly, the music industry is teeming with executives on the rise, the potential leaders of the music industry over the next decade. For full details on this story, see the Billboard Year-End issue. Check Out All Out Year-End Coverage Right Here ...

  18. Deals to Watch in 2013: AEG, Live Nation, EMI Divestments, More

    December 14, 2012 7:00 AM EST As the year comes to a close, some big deals are still up in the air; and others appear to be waiting in the wings. • The auction for AEG, Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns more than 100 arenas including Los Angeles' Staples Center and ...

  19. Kathy Spanberger

    November 29, 2012 6:32 PM EST President/CEO, peermusic Deal-Making Fireworks For peermusic president/CEO Kathy Spanberger, the last 12 months have involved a lot of deal-making. She and her team signed writer Tyrese Gibson and a co-­publishing deal for the band Dead Sara, and ...

  20. Julie Swidler

    November 29, 2012 3:29 PM EST Executive VP of Business Affairs/General Counsel, Sony Music Entertainment Creative Deal Making As Sony Music executive VP of business affairs/general counsel, Julie Swidler is tight-lipped by trade. "I'm always embarrassed when I'm ...

  21. Amanda Marks

    November 28, 2012 1:05 PM EST Global head of digital accounts, Universal Music Group Taking Digital Global Amanda Marks, global head of digital accounts for Universal Music Group, is an early record-label innovator in the digital space and, today, the highest-ranking major-lab ...

  22. It's Official: Universal Names Steve Barnett Chairman/CEO of Capitol Music Group

    November 26, 2012 12:05 PM EST Universal Music Group this morning made official a move that's been common knowledge in the music business for many weeks: The company "has begun the revitalization of EMI Recorded Music" with the appointment of former Columbia Reco ...

  23. Morning Fix: Universal Music Predicts $158 Million Annual Boost From EMI; Ticketmaster & Walmart Expand Deal; Depeche Mode Signs With WME

    November 14, 2012 7:08 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters UNIVERSAL MUSIC EARNINGS DIP, REVENUES RISE IN FIRST NINE MONTHS: Universal Music Group posted a 2.5% decline in earnings before interest taxes ...

  24. Universal's Max Hole Discusses Company's Plans for EMI Recorded Music

    November 12, 2012 12:18 PM EST Max Hole, COO of Universal Music Group International, spoke today about some of the company's plans for its recently acquired EMI recorded-music properties -- including decentralizing its profit & loss centers. Speaking at a media confere ...

  25. Adam White, Universal International VP and Billboard Vet, Retires

    November 01, 2012 4:12 PM EDT Universal Music Group International announced today that VP of communications Adam White is to retire after 10 years with the company. White, 64, joined Universal in 2002 from Billboard, where he had been international editor-in-chief, based in Lo ...

  26. UMG Settles With FBT Productions in Landmark Eminem Digital Revenues Lawsuit

    October 30, 2012 4:37 PM EDT Digital income. It's a topic that continues to cause fits in the music industry, and if there's one big moment when record companies probably realized that a new day had dawned in their business, it was September 3, 2010, the day the 9th ...

  27. Layoffs at Universal, EMI Distribution and Nashville Offices

    October 26, 2012 6:52 PM EDT The Universal Music Group is consolidating its music distribution companies and its Nashville country music labels following its merger with EMI recorded music. According to sources, nearly 60 people were let go:nearly 50 from distribution and alm ...

  28. Copyright Alert System Coming Within Weeks

    October 19, 2012 12:17 PM EDT American Internet users can expect to start seeing notifications from their Internet service providers if they trade files on peer-to-peer networks. A blog post by Jill Lesser, executive director of the Center for Copyright Information, revealed t ...

  29. Capitol Swoops In For Barnett

    October 15, 2012 9:18 AM EDT Columbia executive latest big move as Universal reworks EMI. The pending appointment of Columbia Records president Steve Barnett to run Capitol Records should go a long way in proving Universal Music Group (UMG) chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge is co ...

  30. From This Week's Billboard: Steve Barnett and Capitol: What's Next?

    October 12, 2012 3:39 PM EDT Below is the Up Front story "Capitol Swoops In For Barnett" -- a look at the executive carousel resulting from Universal's purchase of EMI -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also contains our cover story o ...

  31. 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller to Bid on EMI Assets

    October 08, 2012 6:54 PM EDT Simon Fuller, the Spice Girls svengali and creator of the TV format behind American Idol, is looking to submit a bid for all the EMI businesses that Universal Music Group must sell. Vivendi-owned UMG recently won regulatory approval of its $1.9 bi ...

  32. Muse Tops UK Album Chart, Rihanna Has No. 1 Single

    October 08, 2012 7:25 AM EDT In a busy week of new entries on the U.K. sales charts, published Sunday (Oct. 7), Muse's "The 2nd Law" (Helium 3/Warner Bros./Warner Music) sold 108,000 units to become their fourth No. 1 in their home territory, while Rihanna' ...

  33. Columbia COO Steve Barnett in Line to Head Up Universal's New Capitol Label Group: Source

    October 05, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Columbia Records co-chairman/COO Steve Barnett is potentially days away from taking the helm of a new Capitol Label Group at Universal Music, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz Friday afternoon (October 5). The source stressed that ...

  34. Read: Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge's Letter to Staff About EMI Merger

    October 01, 2012 11:20 AM EDT This morning, Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge sent out an internal memo to staff regarding the company's recent acquisition of EMI's recorded music division , which was approved by both the European Commission and the FTC on Sep ...

  35. Universal Completes $1.9 Billion EMI Recorded Music Acquisition

    September 28, 2012 8:47 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi's Universal Music Group said Friday that it has completed the $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI's recorded music arm. "This is a next step towards ensuring the health of our industry," said UMG chairman and CEO L ...

  36. Morning Fix: Jay-Z on Barclays; Sony/ATV Vs. iPhone 5; Instagram Surpasses Twitter; Neil Young's New Music Service

    September 27, 2012 10:51 PM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters Jay-Z Talks Barclays Bookings, 'Nepotism,' Made In America II: Jay-Z wants his eight-night residency at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which kicks off tonight & ...

  37. Morning Fix: N.Z. Apologizes to Kim Dotcom; Mumford & Sons Juggernaut; Lyor Cohen Mgmt Firm?

    September 27, 2012 7:13 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters LIL WAYNE PASSES AN ALL-TIME ELVIS PRESLEY HOT 100 MARK: Lil Wayne has just topped Elvis Presley's mark for the most Hot 100 appearances among solo acts . As he debuts ...

  38. Universal Music-EMI Merger: UMG Struck Gold With PolyGram in the 1990s, Can They Do It Again?

    September 21, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Now that the Universal Music Group has approval to complete its acquisition of EMI's recorded music operation , it will hit the ground running to integrate the two companies, insiders say. The Universal Music Group already presided over a hig ...

  39. Universal-EMI: Lucian Grainge, IMPALA, Martin Mills, Other Reactions to Deal's Approval

    September 21, 2012 3:14 PM EDT As expected, the approval by the European Union and the Federal Trade Commission has inspired a number of dramatically opposing comments and reactions from the parties affected by and involved in the deal. Here's a collection of several we� ...

  40. Universal Music's Acquisition of EMI Approved by Federal Trade Commission

    September 21, 2012 12:50 PM EDT The Federal Trade Commission has weighed in, rubber stamping the EU's decision to approve the Universal Music Group 1.2 billion euro acquisition of EMI, as expected. The Commission voted 5-0 to close its investigation without taking any actio ...

  41. EMI CEO Roger Faxon, CFO Ruth Prior to Step Down: Read Full Text of Letter

    September 21, 2012 10:19 AM EDT Not long after Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division was approved by the European Union on Friday, EMI CEO Roger Faxon announced that he and CFO Ruth Prior will be leaving the company, effective next Friday ...

  42. Universal Music-EMI Deal Approved by European Union

    September 21, 2012 6:19 AM EDT European Union regulators today formally approved Universal Music Group's $1.9 billion acquisition of the recorded music unit of EMI Music. As expected, the approval is contingent upon divestments to limit the combined companies' market ...

  43. Business Matters: Reports of the Death of Major Labels Are Greatly Exaggerated

    September 17, 2012 6:16 PM EDT People I talk to seem to be split between two opinions: the majors are doing OK; and the majors are doomed. If people come from the world of independent music they tend to be biased against the major labels or downright distrustful of them. If the ...

  44. Copyrights And Consumers On Trial: Takeaways From The Entertainment And Technology Law Conference

    September 14, 2012 11:07 AM EDT Locating lawyers in New York City's midtown district isn't a big challenge. Finding a group of legal eagles focused on the latest developments for music and related fields, however, takes a little more doing. For those who knew where to ...

  45. Universal Music-EMI Deal Expected to Be Approved by EU Friday

    September 13, 2012 7:11 PM EDT The Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI is headed for the endgame in the regulatory process. According to sources, on Friday the European Commission will put the deal and the concessions package to vote before full college of ...

  46. Universal Music-EMI: Vivendi Confirms Payment, But Status of Deal Is Still Unclear

    September 10, 2012 3:22 PM EDT Universal Music Group's bid to acquire part of EMI has entered its final phase of regulatory review in Europe, but while UMG parent Vivendi confirmed a first payment required under the deal, the status of European regulators' thinking ab ...

  47. EU to Vote on Universal-EMI Deal Tomorrow, Outcome Uncertain: Sources

    September 06, 2012 8:43 AM EDT Things are coming to a head in the European Union commission's review of Universal Music Group's bid to buy EMI's recorded-music operation. On Friday, an EU advisory committee is expected to vote on whether or not to approve the acq ...

  48. Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe on BMG Rights Mgm't, EMI Acquisitions, Getting Back Into the Record Biz

    August 31, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Thomas Rabe, CEO of Bertelsmann, doesn't discount the idea of his company getting back into the record business. BERLIN - Bertelsmann, Europe's largest media group, which controls European broadcaster RTL Group and production powerhouse ...

  49. Bertelsmann H1 Earnings Rise, Interested In EMI Assets

    August 31, 2012 10:08 AM EDT Bertelsmann, which owns BMG Rights Management and Arvato, posted a net profit of 353 million euros ($443.95 million)on revenues of 7.6 billion euros ($9.6 billion) for the six month period ended June 30. That performance represented a 31.2% increa ...

  50. White Paper Urges FTC to Block UMG-EMI Deal; EU Nat'l Regulators Slated To Vote on Merger

    August 30, 2012 8:30 PM EDT The American Antitrust Institute, a Washington-based non-profit education, research, and advocacy organization, has issued a white paper entitled "Music Industry Consolidation: The Likely Anticompetitive Effects Of The Universal/Emi Merger&qu ...

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