Recording Industry Association of America

  1. Business Briefs: MySpace Music, Live Nation, P2P

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A report that the major labels, co-owners of MySpace Music , are not happy with the revenue performance of the service does not come as a surprise. Nor is their patience and confidence in new president Cortney Holt a surprise. MySpace Music, th ...

  2. Business Briefs: Terra Firma, Lucien Grainge, P2P, UMG

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Guardian questioned Terra Firma's financing of its deal with EMI, which came years after Guy Hands demonized debt securitization. The last of Terra Firma's blockbuster deals was its acquisition of EMI. Citigroup provided £2.6 bill ...

  3. Hostess, Sony Partner In Japan

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hostess Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) have reached an agreement on a services and support-based strategic partnership that will see the various entities of SMEJ provide a broad range of backing to Hostess and its artists in Ja ...

  4. RIAA Appeals Royalty Rate Determination

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA today filed an appeal to the Copyright Royalty Board’s Final Determination on Royalty Rates in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. In the appeal, which lists the Librarian of Congress as the appellee, the RIAA ...

  5. Updated: ISPs Discuss Anti-Piracy Initiatives

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Internet service providers AT&T and Comcast outlined their efforts to work with the music industry to combat online piracy during a panel session at the Leadership Music Digital Summit in Nashville this week. Contrary to earlier reports, neith ...

  6. Bertelsmann Execs Waive Bonuses

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann recorded a solid business performance in 2008, according to chairman and CEO Hartmut Ostrowski, who announced the results in Berlin. At the press conference today (March 24), Ostrowski said that as the German media company expects the ...

  7. Dept. Of Justice Backs RIAA In P2P Suit

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Department of Justice has filed a brief in support of the RIAA in an ongoing P2P file-sharing lawsuit. In the case Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the DOJ is defending the Copyright Act's statutory damages provisions. Lawyers f ...

  8. Brian Rose Rises As Universal U.K. Restructures Sales

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. commercial director Brian Rose has been promoted to the newly-created position of managing director, Commercial Division at the London-based major. The executive starts his new post with immediate effect. It sees him taking re ...

  9. NAB Offers Analysis Of Int'l Law In Royalties Dispute

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coinciding with what's expected to be explosive Capitol Hill testimony over the Performance Rights Act (H.R. 848) before the House Judiciary Committee today (March 10), the NAB has released a study that it says refutes the RIAA's claims ...

  10. Billboard Q&A: Former UMG Exec Larry Kenswil

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST A veteran of almost 25 years at Universal Music Group (UMG), Larry Kenswil has seen it all. As president of the label's eLabs digital division, and more recently executive VP of business strategy, he's had a front-row seat to the disrupt ...

  11. UMGD Shuffles Sales Structure

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) has changed its structure bringing digital and physical sales under the umbrella of Universal Music Distribution (UMD). The other divisions in UMGD are: Fontana, the indie distribution company; Vivendi Ent ...

  12. RIAA Appeals Copyright Royalty Board Order

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected, the RIAA today filed a notice of appeal in the the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia asking the court to review the Copyright Royalty Judges' order on the final determination for mechanical and digital phonorecord ...

  13. RIAA Ready To Appeal Copyright Royalty Board Decisions

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Assn. of America is getting set to appeal two aspects of the Copyright Royalty Judges final determinations for mechanical and digital phonorecord delivery rates and terms, sources say. According to sources, the RIAA will fil ...

  14. Editorial: Last.fm, RIAA Allegation Highlights Larger Issues

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The RIAA and Last.fm were busy denying a rumor over the weekend that alleged that the personalized Internet radio firm provided the music industry trade group with data on the listening habits of users who were streaming leaked music from U2' ...

  15. Attorney Cooper Honored At Law Initiative Luncheon

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Veteran entertainment attorney Jay Cooper received the Entertainment Law Initiative Service Award today (Feb. 6), in honor of his dedication to improving the music community. Cooper, now an attorney at Greenber Traurig LLP, has represented everyon ...

  16. News Groups Urge Court Webcast In Music Case

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fourteen news organizations, including the Associated Press and The New York Times Co., are urging a federal appeals court to allow online streaming of a hearing in a music downloading lawsuit the recording industry filed against a Boston Universi ...

  17. Sony Music Entertainment Begins Staff Cuts

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment began cutting staff today (Jan. 15), with the process expected to be completed tomorrow, sources tell Billboard.biz. At deadline, at least 30 people had been cut from the company's two distribution companies: Sony Glo ...

  18. Exclusive: UMG Signs Licensing Deal with Kyte

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group recently closed a deal with Kyte, the media platform which enables companies to connect with audiences in real time on the internet or through mobile phones, Billboard has learned exclusively. Under the worldwide agreement, a ...

  19. BMI, Peermusic Announce Sixth Annual Scholarship

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST BMI and peermusic announced the independent publisher's sixth annual Latin songwriting scholarship. Peermusic will award $5,000 to the composer of the best original Latin song or composition submitted to BMI by Feb. 20. The competition is ope ...

  20. Judge OKs Streaming Of File Sharing Hearing

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST A federal judge on Wednesday authorized the first online streaming of oral arguments in a U.S. District Court in Massachusetts in a copyright infringement lawsuit that pits a Boston University graduate student against the music recording industry. ...

  21. Sony, Wind-Up Expand Deal To Include Digital

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment and Wind-Up Records are expanding an existing exclusive distribution agreement to now include digital rights. Under the terms of the new deal, Sony will deliver all digital content from Wind-Up's roster to a variety o ...

  22. Report: RIAA Ends MediaSentry Deal

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST In addition to ending its litigation campaign against file trading music fans, the RIAA reportedly is ending its relationship with the controversial MediaSentry. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal , the RIAA will no longer use MediaS ...

  23. Digital Briefs: Hulu Partnership, RIAA Appeal, WMG/YouTube

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST - There's more talk of the major labels creating a single online music video spot. According to the Financial Times , plans under discussion include "a partnership with Hulu, the online television and film joint venture between News Corp ...

  24. Updated: Facebook Removes Project Playlist

    December 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Facebook today has also removed access to the Project Playlist service from the popular social networking site, citing a request from the RIAA. A Facebook statement says the company hopes to resolve the situation so that the Project Playlist servi ...

  25. Sony BMG Merger Still Under Scrutiny

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Parliament continues to seek further scrutiny of the Sony BMG merger, although the major has since demerged and will officially be renamed Sony Music Entertainment in 2009. EC Commissioner for competition Neelie Kroes has six weeks to ...

  26. Universal Takes Control Of Malaysia's Music Valley

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a deal with Music Valley, Malaysia's largest music retail chain, to acquire the domestic catalog of its music subsidiary MVM Home Entertainment. The deal also covers all artist agreements; terms were not discl ...

  27. Report: RIAA Drops File-Sharing Lawsuits

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Association of America has signalled its intention to switch tactics in the battle against piracy. It stopped filing mass lawsuits early this fall and will now attempt to cooperate with ISPs on tackling users who are uploadi ...

  28. Digital Briefs: UMG, Shazam, Musicane

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Universal Music Group ranked among the top 10 most-visited music sites, according to data from Comscore, just making the list behind sites like AOL, Yahoo and MySpace. - Song recognition app Shazam has introduced a new version of the software fo ...

  29. US Sues Sony Music Over Children's Online Privacy

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment was sued on Wednesday by the U.S. government, which claimed the music company violated federal rules aimed at protecting the online privacy of children. Sony Music improperly accepted registrations on its music Web sites f ...

  30. Universal Appoints Korea Managing Director

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Korea has appointed Beom-Joon "BJ" Yang as managing director, effective Jan. 1. He will be based in Seoul and report to Max Hole, president, Universal Music Asia Pacific Region, and executive VP, UMG International. Yang w ...

  31. Law Professor Fires Back At Song-Swapping Suits

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST The music industry's courtroom campaign against people who share songs online is coming under counterattack. A Harvard Law School professor has launched a constitutional assault against a federal copyright law at the heart of the industry ...

  32. French Biz Falters, Digital Remains Strong

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The wholesale value of the French recorded music market in the first nine months of 2008 decreased to €382 million ($484 million), down 13.9% from the corresponding period last year, according to new figures issued by labels trade body SNEP. It fo ...

  33. Sony Music Gets Creative With Exposure

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment has formed a pan-European creative agency with international marketing agency Exposure. The joint venture, named SBX, aims to develop artist endorsements, synch deals, product placement, live performances, ad-funded progra ...

  34. Universal Aus Goes Play MPE Route For Pre-Releases

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian affiliate of Universal Music has reached an exclusive arrangement that enables all its pre-release music to be digitally serviced to media and press outlets via the Play MPE software. It's the second major coup in a week for th ...

  35. Gatfield Cites 'Lack Of Confidence' In A&R

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nick Gatfield, EMI Music's president of A&R Labels, North America and U.K., has outlined his approach to developing artists and expressed his concern about A&R departments in his first high-profile appearance at an industry event sinc ...

  36. Billboard Honors 'Women In Music'

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Billboard honored 20 female executives and three artists at the third annual "Women in Music" breakfast, held this morning (Oct. 24) at the Hotel St. Regis in New York. Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry was presented with the Icon award, r ...

  37. RIAA Wants Second Look At Mechanical Late Fees

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a move to change issues related to the timing of late fees on mechanical payments - established by the U.S. Copyright Board in its Oct. 2 determination on royalty payments - the RIAA has filed a motion for the court to reconsider its decision t ...

  38. Diego Torres Signs To Universal Music Group

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Argentine singer/songwriter Diego Torres has signed a long-term recording deal with Universal Music Group. Torres, who had long been signed to BMG, and later Sony BMG, recorded his last album for that company in 2006. Now, he is working on a new s ...

  39. Bertelsmann Unveils BMG Rights Management

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German media group Bertelsmann is investing in the music business again: BMG Rights Management will be opening its head office in Berlin as of Jan. 2009. In the coming months offices are also to be opened in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Madrid and Mi ...

  40. UMG, Kiwibox Partner For Music Video Content

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has entered into an agreement with Kiwibox.com to provide the teen-focused social networking Web site's users with thousands of music videos from the UMG catalog. UMG's music video catalog -- which includes videos f ...

  41. Sony BMG Ups Kooker

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dennis Kooker, Sony BMG Global Digital business and U.S. sales executive VP of operations has added GM stripes to his title and responsibilities. Kooker will continue to report to president of Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales Thomas Hesse an ...

  42. UMG Ups West To Senior VP

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Paul West has been promoted to senior VP of studio and vault operations for Universal Music Logistics. He most recently served as VP of the division. Based in Hollywood, West will continue to oversee Universal Music Group's studio and vault i ...

  43. UMG Names Harleston Senior Legal VP

    September 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) has appointed Jeffrey Harleston to senior VP of business and legal affairs. He reports to Michael Ostroff, UMG's general counsel and executive VP of business and legal affairs worldwide. Most recently, Harleston se ...

  44. UMG Plans Online Music Video Portal

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is in the planning stages of establishing its own online music video portal—similar to NBC’s Hulu video streaming site, Billboard.biz has learned. According to sources with knowledge of UMG’s plans, the service would host not ...

  45. MySpace, Majors Make Adjustments For Joint Venture

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As the dust settles from the Sept. 25 launch of MySpace's highly anticipated and somewhat controversial new music service, the broader implications of the initiative are becoming clearer. A joint venture of the News Corp. subsidiary and Unive ...

  46. Judge Grants New Trial In Thomas Downloading Case

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge granted a new trial to a Minnesota woman convicted of pirating music files in the nation's first file-sharing trial, ruling Wednesday he made an error in the jury instructions that "substantially prejudiced" her righ ...

  47. UMG Flips Switch On Ingrooves

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Six months after their initial investment, Universal Music Group announced the successful launch of Ingrooves' distribution services on behalf of UMG's U.S. and Canadian Distributed Labels. Over the next few months, Ingrooves will increa ...

  48. Impala Attacks EC's Sony BMG Ruling

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pan-European independent labels body Impala has blasted the European Commission's decision to allow Sony Corporation's acquisition of the Sony BMG joint venture as "incredible." In a statement, Impala railed against the ruling. ...

  49. MySpace Music To Start With Major Ad Sponsors

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT News Corp's MySpace, the world's largest social networking site, said on Sunday its long-expected MySpace Music joint venture with three major music labels will launch with four major sponsors underwriting the costs of streaming free mus ...

  50. Santana, The Doors Reach Tentative Settlement With Wolfgang's Vault

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A tentative settlement has been reached in a two-year-old case involving some classic rock acts against Wolfgang's Vault, which sells memorabilia and streams concert footage online. Sony BMG Music Entertainment, BMG Music, Arista Records, San ...

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