Recording Industry Association of America

  1. Members Of Allman Brothers Sue UMG

    August 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Members of The Allman Brothers Band sued UMG Recordings for more than $10 million on Monday over royalties from compact discs sales and digital downloads. The lawsuit seeks payments from the sale of some of the U.S. Southern rock group's song ...

  2. Bertelsmann Exits Sony BMG

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corporation has reached an agreement to acquire Bertelsmann AG's 50% stake in Sony BMG, four years after the joint venture was created. The demerged music company is to be called Sony Music Entertainment Inc and it will become a wholly o ...

  3. Vodafone Director Ferguson Joins Sony BMG

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. has hired former Vodafone executive Graeme Ferguson to the new position of SVP digital and strategic partnerships. Ferguson will join the music major at the start of September from Vodafone, the mobile carrier, wh ...

  4. Universal Music Publishing Turns On To Zodiak TV

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing and Zodiak Television have launched a strategic cooperation over rights to music composed for the Stockholm-based TV production company's programs. The Zodiak group operates 22 production companies in 14 countries, ...

  5. Sony BMG Appoints Schaidler Exec VP

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer "J.J." Schaidler, a long-time key Best Buy music executive, has been named executive VP of sales at Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s sales division. For the last two years, Schaidler, who reports to Sony BMG Music Entertainment pr ...

  6. Bertelsmann Sells Music Club Unit

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Even as Bertelsmann A.G. considers selling its stake in Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the media giant has agreed to sell its Direct Group North America unit to Najafi Cos., a Phoenix-based private equity firm. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, ...

  7. EU High Court Throws Out Sony BMG Annulment

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The European Union's highest court on Thursday threw out a lower court ruling that annulled the European Commission's approval of a merger between the Sony Music and BMG record labels. The European Court of Justice also ordered that the ...

  8. Sony BMG Oz Revives Music Pub Arm

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SonyBMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand has re-entered the music publishing business after four years. Sydney-based senior A&R manager Courtney Hard will take on the additional duties as senior manager of Sony BMG Publishing, rep ...

  9. Elderton Elected MPA Chair

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT An animated debate on the future of music publishing formed the backdrop for this year's annual general meeting of the U.K.'s Music Publishers Association. The meeting, held Tuesday in central London, kicked off with elections for positi ...

  10. Universal, Disney Extend License Deal Into Asia

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal is the Disney Music Group's new licensee for Asia, excluding Japan. Under the terms of the agreement, announced today by Universal Music Group (UMG), UMG will market and distribute Disney product in both physical and digital formats ...

  11. Storm Kicks Up Over FIFA, Sony Soccer Partnership

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corporation's partnership with soccer's world governing body FIFA is causing a stir in South Africa ahead of the nation's hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Creative Workers Union of South Africa (Cwusa) is taking issue, c ...

  12. Impala Renews Appeal Against Sony BMG Merger OK

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT European independent music companies trade association Impala has launched another appeal with the European Commission contesting regulators' clearance of the Sony BMG merger. Brussels-based Impala said today it had lodged an appeal last Frid ...

  13. UMG Buys U.K.'s Atmosphere Apparel

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has taken a tighter grip on the merchandising business through the acquisition of Atmosphere Apparel. UMG has struck a deal to buy the U.K.-based music merch firm, owned and founded by Mark Stredwick, for an undisclosed sum. ...

  14. HFA Welcomes New Board Members

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A major publisher and three indie publishers have been elected to the Harry Fox Agency board of directors. New to the seven-member board are Warner/Chappell Music CEO Dave Johnson, Major Bob Music's Bob Doyle, Demi Music's Dean Kay and S ...

  15. Serobe Takes Reins Of South Africa's Gallo

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lazarus Serobe has been appointed managing director of the Gallo Music Group, with effect from today. Serobe succeeds current Gallo Music Group MD Ivor Haarburger, who is due to retire at the end of July. This is not Serobe's first high-profi ...

  16. Digital Briefs: UMG, Qualcomm, MTV

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Universal Music Group is working with Qualcomm to sell mobile entertainment content directly to music fans via a number of different platforms. Qualcomm's technology allows UMG to send content like ringtones, video ringtones and artist upda ...

  17. RIAA Drops AllofMP3.com Suit

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA last week dropped its lawsuit against AllofMP3.com, the Russian digital music service that shut down last July. The trade group told Bloomberg that the move was due to the fact that the site is no longer operational and therefore represen ...

  18. BMI Promotes Piña

    May 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Porfirio Piña has been promoted to senior director, Latin music at BMI. The New York-based Piña, who was director of Latin music, will continue to report to the department’s assistant VP Delia Orjuela. Piña joined the performing right organization ...

  19. New Trial In File-Sharing Suit?

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The federal court judge in Minnesota who presided over the first file-sharer trial to reach a jury verdict is now having second thoughts. In an order issued late yesterday, Judge Michael Davis asked the parties to submit additional legal briefs. H ...

  20. RIAA To Pay Over $100K?

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA's legal campaign against file traders had an off week; a federal magistrate recommended that the judge award Tanya Anderson $103,000 of the $299,000 she requested, on Wednesday. The labels may file objections by May 27, which an RIAA ...

  21. Peermusic Acquires Half Of Unisono Musica

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Peermusic has acquired a 50% worldwide ownership interest in Spanish independent publisher Unisono Musica. The purchase price was not disclosed. Madrid-based Unisono Musica's catalog contains over 800 titles, including bands such as Mago de O ...

  22. D-Listed: Project Playlist

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The most effective business card shared between today's innovative new online music services and the music industry seems to be a lawsuit. The recently filed action against Project Playlist—by the RIAA representing nine major labels—is just t ...

  23. Clark Joins Hip Digital's Advisory Board

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tim Clark, co-founder of ie:music, the U.K. artist management firm which guides the career of Robbie Williams, has joined the advisory board of digital music marketing firm Hip Digital Media. "As a highly respected innovator and leader in the ...

  24. Sony BMG Promotes Swidler

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment has promoted Julie Swidler to executive VP, business affairs and general counsel. Swidler, previously executive VP of business and legal affairs for the BMG U.S. Label Group and the RCA Music Group, has a newly combine ...

  25. Majors Give MOG Financing Boost

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music-centric social networking service MOG received a $2.8 million round of funding which included financing from divisions of UMG and Sony BMG according to online reports . This round is on top of the $3.2 million the company raised in prior rou ...

  26. Labels Lose File-Sharing Argument

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Major labels have been hit with a setback in Arizona today, where a federal District Court judge denied their motion for a summary judgment filed against alleged Kazaa file sharers Pamela and Jeffrey Howell. Contrary to some other court decisions, ...

  27. Labels Sue Project Playlist On Copyright

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nine major record labels filed suit against an online music provider on Monday, accusing Project Playlist Inc of a "massive infringement" of their copyrights to the songs of artists such as U2 and Gwen Stefani. Project Playlist enables i ...

  28. Digital Briefs: RIAA, UMG Suit, Metallica

    April 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - A profile of RIAA lawsuit defendant-turned-crusader Tanya Anderson in BusinessWeek . She serves as an interesting test case for how the RIAA's anti-piracy litigation campaign affects the faces behind the subpoenas, as well as the front door ...

  29. Sony/ATV, Sony BMG Join Forces In Asia

    April 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing has granted Sony BMG Music Entertainment the right to collect publishing royalties for many digital uses across several Asian countries, excluding Japan and the Republic of Korea. Under the deal, which basically mirrors o ...

  30. Bertelsmann Execs Undecided On Sony BMG Fate

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "There are no specific plans to sell our share in Sony BMG." That was the response given by Bertelsmann CFO Thomas Rabe who, together with his colleague Hartmuth Ostrowski, the German media giant's CEO, spoke with Billboard.biz toda ...

  31. Universal Music U.K. Picks Arvato For Distribution

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. is outsourcing its distribution operation to Bertelsmann's Arvato U.K., a sister company of Sony BMG, with effect from the end of April. According to UMG, all relevant staff are expected to transfer to Arvato U.K.'s ...

  32. Labels Take Eircom ISP To Court

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ireland's labels body is taking legal action against the country's biggest broadband ISP, Eircom. According to a story leaked to the Irish Times, the Irish Recorded Music Association is taking its grievances to the High Court in Dublin o ...

  33. Panel Debates The Economics Of Music Publishing

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST While publishing assets may trade at high multiples, net publisher's share (NPS) is not the sole criteria used in deciding to make an acquisition, according to music publishers on a panel at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium. "Yo ...

  34. Majors Sign Up With Euro Web Community

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Three of the four majors and various independents have signed deals with the online European music community MusicMakesFriends.com. Universal Music, Sony BMG Music and EMI Music have made their entire digital catalog available to the web platform, ...

  35. Aus Gov't Eyes 'Three Strikes' Download Law

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian government has signalled it is looking at a "three strikes" legislation that would see constant illegal files downloaders lose their Internet access. Under the proposal -- similar to a plan being considered by the British ...

  36. Universal France Launches Blog For Web Entrepreneurs

    February 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music France has launched a blog designed for Web entrepreneurs to submit new projects linking music with new technologies. Universal is reaching out to young entrepreneurs through the blog, which it promises will provide an efficient ro ...

  37. RIAA Sends 13th Wave of Pre-Litigation Letters

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST The RIAA has sent another wave of pre-litigation settlement letters to universities this week for its member labels. Another 401 letters went to administrators of 12 universities, who were asked to forward them to the individuals associated with c ...

  38. News Corp, Majors Prepping Download Site: Reports

    February 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST News Corp. is working on a joint venture music site between the four major labels and MySpace, according to PaidContent.org. The site would be similar to Hulu.com, the video venture backed by News Corp. and NBC Universal, which is now in beta. The ...

  39. Publishers File Class Action Against MediaNet

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music publishers have filed a class action lawsuit against MediaNet Digital for copyright infringement. Nine publishing companies under the umbrellas of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Peer International and MBL Music claim that the digital music provi ...

  40. Music Greats Sue For Back Royalties

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Some of the biggest names in American music or their estates are suing Universal Music Group Inc. for more than $6 million, claiming the company has been cheating them out of royalties for years. The plaintiffs include Patti Page, and the estates ...

  41. Dept. of Justice Questions Sony BMG, UMG

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice has requested information from Sony BMG and Universal Music Group about their talks to launch an online music subscription service, said a record company executive on Thursday. The person, who wished to remain unname ...

  42. Sundin Joins Universal, Sources Say

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran Sony BMG Nordic executive Per Sundin has changed camp, well informed sources tell Billboard.biz. Sundin is joining Universal Music as managing director of its Swedish company. Sources say Sundin will report in his new role to Vico Antippas ...

  43. New Domestic Repertoire Role For Universal's Bohne

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany in Berlin is tweaking the management structures for its national artist activities. Tom Bohne, previously managing director of the Universal Domestic Division (UDD), has been appointed to senior VP, with responsibilities fo ...

  44. Sony BMG Global Digital & U.S. Sales Cuts

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Global Digital & U.S. Sales has eliminated about 25 jobs on the physical distribution side of the business, sources say. In addition to about 8 staffers in the finance department, the retail coordinators staff was cut in half. Sony BM ...

  45. McGuinness Speech In Full

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The full script of the speech everyone is talking about in Cannes, as made by U2 manager Paul McGuinness at Midem. McGuinness: "Good afternoon and thank you for giving me this opportunity. I don't make many speeches and this is an import ...

  46. MidemNet Day 1 - Quotes of the Day

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST "We're very committed," - Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy's response when asked if there was a chance UMG's record unit might be spun-off in future. "I remember legal bills per month of $500,000. It's hard to run a ...

  47. Upbeat Levy Says CD Format Will Play On

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of Universal Music Group parent company Vivendi, the French media giant, today gave a candid, and hugely optimistic, view of the entertainment sector's future during a keynote Q&A at the MidemNet conference in Canne ...

  48. Urie Named CEO of UMGD

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jim Urie has been promoted to CEO of Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD). Most previously Urie served as president of UMGD and will now carry the title of both president & CEO. He reports to Doug Morris, chairman and CEO of UMG, and Zach ...

  49. Yahoo Eyeing Online Music Service

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc., is in early discussions with major record labels over offering unprotected MP3s either for sale or for free as part of an ad-supported service, two record company executives familiar with the talks said Wednesday. The talks, held as re ...

  50. RIAA Names Western Region Anti-Piracy Director

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST The RIAA has added former senior FBI official Kathy Leodler to its anti-piracy unit as the new director of investigations for its Western region. Leodler will oversee all anti-piracy RIAA operations in the western United States and assist law enfo ...

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