Recording Industry Association of America

  1. Appeals Court Reinstates $675,000 Award Against File Sharer Joel Tenenbaum

    September 19, 2011 3:06 PM EDT An appeals court has reinstated the $675,000 award against file-sharer Joel Tenenbaum, reversing the decision of a lower-court judge to reduce the penalty on constitutional grounds. In the case of Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the def ...

  2. Interscope Denies Involvement in Drug-Trafficking Operation

    September 16, 2011 4:36 PM EDT Interscope has responded to federal prosecutors' claim that the company's offices were used by a drug-trafficking ring involving Game manager Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond as a transit point for cases filled with cocaine and cash. ...

  3. Simon Watt Named Global Head of Tech for Universal Music

    September 16, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, has promoted Simon Watt to Head of Technology. Rob Wells, President of Global Digital Business, made the announcement. The move is part of UMG's continued expansion of its g ...

  4. Backbeat: RIAA Welcomes Former Chairman & CEO Mitch Bainwol's Successor, Cary Sherman

    September 15, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Tuesday night (Sept. 13), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) held an event to send off chairman and CEO of eight years Mitch Bainwol. The "You Say Goodbye, I Say Hello" event also welcomed his successor, Cary Sherman, a ...

  5. Carlos Lopez Steps Down as President of Sony Music Spain

    September 01, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Carlos Lopez, president of Sony Music Spain, left his post earlier this week, Billboard.biz has learned. A Sony Music spokesperson declined to comment on his departure, and no announcements have been made in regard to a successor or further change ...

  6. Universal Music Group Earnings Drop 5.5% in Second Quarter -- An Improvement Over First Quarter and Last Year

    August 31, 2011 5:56 PM EDT The U.S. recorded music rebound and the LimeWire settlement helped Universal Music Group to an improved second quarter after a weaker first quarter of 2011. Revenues dropped 2.9% to €982 million ($1.42 billion, up 0.6% at constant currency, which ...

  7. Brandon Creed Appointed to A&R Post at Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown

    August 15, 2011 5:18 PM EDT Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown announced today that Brandon Creed, manager of Bruno Mars, will be serving as an A&R consultant to both companies. He will report to Barry Weiss, chairman & CEO of both companies. "As we co ...

  8. Philip Ginthor Named CEO of Sony Music GSA

    August 09, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Philip Ginthör, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment GSA. Philip Ginthör has been named CEO of Sony Music Entertainment GSA (Germany, Switzerland and Austria), succeeding Edgar Berger, who was officially named CEO and Chairman of Sony Music Internation ...

  9. Cary Sherman Named RIAA Chairman & CEO

    August 08, 2011 3:41 PM EDT As expected , the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced today that its Board of Directors has named Cary Sherman as RIAA Chairman & CEO, effective September 1, 2011. Sherman succeeds Mitch Bainwol, who has resigned his pos ...

  10. Higher-Than-Expected Bids for EMI Group Could Favor Strategic Buyers--Including the Other Majors

    August 05, 2011 11:42 AM EDT With the first round of bids in for Citigroup's auction of EMI Group, the higher-than-expected levels of the bids suggest that strategic suitors--including the other major-label groups--may have a leg up on other bidders. Sources say at lea ...

  11. EMI: High Bids Put Strategic Buyers -- Including Other Majors -- in the Lead

    August 05, 2011 10:53 AM EDT With the first round of bids in for Citigroup's auction of EMI Group , the higher-than-expected levels of the bids suggest that strategic suitors-including the other major-label groups-may have a leg up on other bidders. Sources say at least ...

  12. Tom Whalley, Rob Stevenson In Talks to Join Universal Music Group: Sources

    July 28, 2011 6:10 PM EDT The reshaping of the Universal Music Group continues. With executives like Motown president Sylvia Rhone turning down an offer from the company to run a to-be-created rights-management company and Universal Motown Republic Group chairman Mel Lewin ...

  13. Business Matters: Former EMI Exec Says File-Sharers Are Good Customers

    July 26, 2011 2:56 PM EDT Ex-EMI Exec Says File-Sharers Purchase Music; Will Targeting Broadband Users Hurt Sales? -- Former EMI executive Douglas Merrill has reiterated what many studies and surveys over the years have showed: file-sharers are also good music customers. M ...

  14. Jammie Thomas-Rasset's $1.5 Million File-Sharing Fine Reduced, Judge Calls It 'Outrageously High'

    July 22, 2011 3:53 PM EDT A District Court judge has reduced the third verdict in the Jammie Thomas-Rasset file-sharing case to $54,000 (or $2,250 per song), from $1.5 million. The news was first reported by Ben Sheffner via Twitter. The award was higher than the court wou ...

  15. Is Sylvia Rhone Headed to Sony to Restart Portrait Records?

    July 21, 2011 8:59 AM EDT The New York Post reported early Thursday morning that former Universal Motown president Sylvia Rhone is heading to Sony to restore the defunct Portrait label, where she would work closely with new Epic head L.A. Reid . The move, which has been lo ...

  16. What Exactly Is An Independent Label? Differing Definitions, Different Market Shares

    July 18, 2011 6:28 PM EDT Back in 2007 (June 30, Billboard) when I asked what is an indie, I got a multitude of answers. Today, that question evokes even more complex answers because the landscape has not only changed dramatically but is still changing. Over the last 15 ye ...

  17. Read: New Sony Music CEO Doug Morris' Greeting to Staff

    July 08, 2011 6:05 PM EDT Doug Morris officially began his tenure as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment this week, and Billboard.biz has obtained the email, dated July 6, he sent to the staff. In it, he nods broadly to the challenges that both Sony and the music business have ...

  18. Labels Reach Deal With ISPs on Antipiracy Effort

    July 07, 2011 11:16 AM EDT Nearly three years after the RIAA said it was "close" to getting Internet service providers to help in their fight against online piracy , that assistance has finally arrived. According to a new agreement unveiled today, the music, movie ...

  19. Diane Warren Teams up With Universal Music Group for International Publishing Deal

    June 28, 2011 11:17 AM EDT Universal Music Group has announced a multi-faceted agreement with songwriter Diane Warren. Warren's Realsongs catalog will be administered by Universal Music Publishing Group outside of North America (she continues to self-administer her cop ...

  20. Sony BMG Germany Found Guilty of Sex Discrimination: Report

    June 28, 2011 11:14 AM EDT On Tuesday, a labor court in Berlin found Sony BMG in Germany guilty of sexual discrimination after promoting a man over a woman who was expecting a child, according to a report on Expatica.com . At the time of the suit, the woman worked for Sony ...

  21. ISPs Reportedly Joining in Piracy Fight

    June 23, 2011 10:55 AM EDT More than two years ago, the RIAA announced the end of its litigation campaign against individual P2P users, pointing to a new tactic of working with ISPs instead. That plan involved the ISPs voluntarily sending "graduated response" noti ...

  22. Universal Music/Motown Update: What Are the Next Moves?

    June 17, 2011 7:33 PM EDT The long-expected reconfiguration of the Universal Music Group's East Coast labels began unfolding today, leaving two separate major labels -- the Island Def Jam Music Group and Universal Motown Republic Group -- with shared services in selec ...

  23. Hackers Attack Another Sony Network, Post Data

    June 03, 2011 6:41 AM EDT BOSTON/NEW YORK - Hackers broke into Sony Corp's computer networks and accessed the information of more than 1 million customers to show the vulnerability of the electronic giant's systems, the latest of several security breaches undermi ...

  24. RIAA Weighs in on Flap Over Executive Salaries

    May 23, 2011 5:28 PM EDT Details from the RIAA's 2009 tax return has drawn criticism in the blogosphere yet again. The RIAA took in $33.7 million in membership dues and also collected $417,000 in ISRC revenue, $395,000 in certification program and $335,000 in anti-pi ...

  25. Amanda Marks Takes On Global Role at Universal Music Group

    May 20, 2011 4:32 PM EDT As Billboard speculated Thursday, Universal Music Group Digital Distribution Executive VP and General Manager Amanda Marks is going to work for Rob Wells, president of the label's Global Digital Business unit. With the move, Marks will take o ...

  26. Sylvia Rhone, Ron Fair Expected to Exit in Forthcoming Universal Music Shuffle

    May 19, 2011 10:25 PM EDT The drumbeat is getting louder that Sylvia Rhone will exit Universal Motown Friday (May 20) or within the next few days, depending on which source you listen to. But does that departure mean the end of her days at the Universal Music Group, as som ...

  27. RIAA Files Legal Action Against Box.Net

    May 19, 2011 2:15 PM EDT The Recording Industry Association of America, fresh off a proclaimed "milestone" in securing $105 million in settlement money from file-sharing service LimeWire , has set its sight on the burgeoning cloud-computing world. On Wednesday, ...

  28. LimeWire, Labels Settle Lawsuit for $105 Million

    May 12, 2011 6:29 PM EDT As had been rumored, multiple record labels on Thursday settled their copyright lawsuit against Lime Wire LLC and its founder, Mark Gorton out of court for $105 million, according to a statement from the RIAA. "We are pleased to have reached ...

  29. Feds Seize Counterfeit CDs From Latin Music Distributor Angelica's Records

    May 10, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Federal investigators from the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) seized more than 150,000 counterfeit CDs in April from Latin music distributor/one-stop Angelica's Records , one of the leading distributors of Latin music ...

  30. CBS Interactive, CNET Targeted in LimeWire-Related Lawsuit

    May 04, 2011 2:29 PM EDT The legal case against P2P service LimeWire is now spilling over into the broader digital ecosystem. CBS Interactive and CNET were both named in a lawsuit brought by film and music rights holders alleging they were the "main distributor" ...

  31. Is Sylvia Rhone Leaving Universal?

    April 29, 2011 10:42 PM EDT While there has been recent talk of a Sylvia Rhone exit from Universal Motown, the UMG-owned label she's run since being named president in 2004, it may not be outside the company, says a source. With a year left on her contract, Rhone, who&# ...

  32. Business Matters: Amazon's Motivation for Selling Hit Songs at 69 Cents

    April 29, 2011 4:54 PM EDT Amazon's Motivation for Selling Hit Songs for 69 Cents -- It's not the signal of all-out price war, but Amazon has dropped the price of 204 hit songs to 69 cents. Among the select group of songs are Katy Perry's "E.T.," Je ...

  33. Sony Music Passes Universal in U.S. Market Share for the First Time Since 2005

    April 28, 2011 5:29 PM EDT Sony Music this week passed the Universal Music Group in year-to-date overall U.S. market share for the first time since 2005, the year it was the No. 1 distributor thanks to its then-just-completed merger with BMG. As of the week ending April 24, ...

  34. Universal Music Group, Billabong Form Global Branding Partnership

    April 28, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Music and surf culture ride well together, and it's this mix that has brought together Universal Music Group and Australian-based sports apparel firm Billabong for a global brand partnership. Through the arrangement, announced Wednesday (Apri ...

  35. Mobile Sales Plummet, Subscription Revenues Slip in RIAA 2010 Year-End Stats

    April 28, 2011 10:51 AM EDT Mobile sales experienced a big drop, subscription service revenue dipped slightly and digital track revenue had a healthy increase in 2010. These and other statistics are available in the RIAA's 2010 Year-End Shipment Statistics report at the ...

  36. LimeWire Founder Mark Gorton to Reveal Net Worth in Court

    April 25, 2011 1:11 PM EDT At a trial next month to determine how much LimeWire owes record companies for infringing copyrighted songs on its file-sharing platform, the plaintiffs will get a chance to investigate LimeWire founder Mark Gorton's net worth and whether he ...

  37. Netherlands Pursuing Stronger Copyright Enforcement

    April 12, 2011 2:45 PM EDT The Netherlands could soon take a harsher stance on piracy if the government pursues proposed changes to its copyright law. On Tuesday the country's Secretary for Security and Justice, Fred Teeven, announced the government's aim to chang ...

  38. Rick James Estate's Class-Action Suit Against Universal: An Entertainment Attorney Weighs In

    April 08, 2011 11:24 AM EDT The Rick James estate filed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group and it's raising expectations that more artists may enter the license-vs.-sale battle over digital downloads. But the clock could be ticking for heritage artists ...

  39. Business Matters: New York Times App Gets Poor Post-Paywall Reviews, Jay-Z Launches Lifestyle Website

    April 04, 2011 5:00 PM EDT New York Times App Gets Poor Post-Paywall Reviews -- If Americans are turned off at the idea of paying for good reporting, will they pay for unlimited access to music? It's the question of the moment, and reviewer feedback at the iTunes App S ...

  40. Rick James' Estate Files Class Action Suit Against UMG In Wake of Eminem Verdict

    April 04, 2011 1:03 PM EDT The legal dispute over digital royalties between Universal Music Group and a production company representing Eminem -- and what that verdict could mean for the music industry -- just got a whole lot more complicated. The estate of the late funkmei ...

  41. News Corp in Talks With Vevo on Myspace

    March 29, 2011 7:50 AM EDT News Corp has held talks to give control of Myspace to the music label-owned video site Vevo.com, but the likelihood of a deal being reached was slim, a person with knowledge of the talks said. News Corp in February kicked off the process to explo ...

  42. BMG Back In The Auction To Buy Warner Music Group, Sources Say

    March 22, 2011 7:50 AM EDT BMG, the Bertelsmann/Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts joint venture, got back onboard for the auction to buy the Warner Music Group, as first reported by CNBC , by bidding on the entire company this time around, sources say. Earlier in the first roun ...

  43. Supreme Court Rejects Universal Music Group's Appeal Of Eminem Royalty Case

    March 21, 2011 2:25 PM EDT The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to hear an appeal from Universal Music Group regarding how much it pays artists for digital music sales. UMG is appealing a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from last year, which stated that the label ...

  44. Barry Weiss Leaves RCA/Jive for Universal in Music Chairmanship Trading

    March 04, 2011 7:21 AM EST As part of an apparent quid pro quo with the Universal Music Group, RCA/Jive Label Group chairman and CEO Barry Weiss left for good the Sony Music Entertainment headquarters today ahead of the end of his contract April 30. The move becomes the oth ...

  45. Can Doug Morris Bring Stability To Sony?

    March 02, 2011 6:58 PM EST After months of speculation, now that Sony Music Entertainment has finally announced that Doug Morris will become the company's CEO on July 1, it raises the question: What are they getting with that appointment? For one, they are getting an e ...

  46. Doug Morris Named CEO Of Sony Music Entertainment, Effective July 1

    March 02, 2011 12:47 PM EST It's official: outgoing Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris will become Sony Music Entertainment's chief executive officer on July 1. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Sir Howard Stringer, Sony Corporations' chairman, ...

  47. Doug Morris' Universal Contract To End On June 30, Source Says

    March 02, 2011 9:05 AM EST Vivendi has signed off on a deal that lets Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris out of his contract on June 30, six months ahead of its original ending date at the end of this year, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz. While H ...

  48. Timing Of Doug Morris' Move From Universal To Sony Still Uncertain, Source Says

    February 28, 2011 1:49 PM EST If Doug Morris is leaving Universal Music Group for Sony Music any time soon, his departure date may be less certain than what has been described in a new report. On Monday, England's Telegraph claimed Morris will not be going to Sony Music u ...

  49. Publishing Briefs: BMG's Acquisition of Chrysalis, Peermusic's Stake In Vicky McGehee Catalog and More

    February 08, 2011 4:00 PM EST -- BMG's acquisition of Chrysalis closed on Feb. 3, which brings into its catalog songs by David Bowie, Cee Lo Green and Blondie. In November, BMG agreed to acquire Chrysalis for 107.4 million pounds ($168.6 million). The deal continues BMG&# ...

  50. .Music Domain Debate Is About Control, Not Opposition

    January 26, 2011 5:23 PM EST As with any debate over the music industry's reaction to any kind of online advancement, the hubbub over the .music domain registry is rife with inaccuracies and confusion. On Jan. 5, that ugly head again reared based on a letter sent by 15 n ...

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