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  1. The Greatest of Oz: Concert Promoter Michael Chugg's Legendary 50 Years

    July 01, 2014 1:29 PM EDT From ABBA to Keith Urban, Australia's Michael Chugg celebrates a half-century of concert promotion. This article first appeared in the July 5th issue of Billboard Magazine . Michael Chugg has a surprising well of energy, especially for a man ...

  2. Take That Members Face Huge Bill For Tax-Avoidance Scheme

    May 12, 2014 12:34 AM EDT Take That is in trouble with the taxman.  Members of the British boyband face having to pay back tens of millions of pounds after a U.K. tribunal ruled that they and others took part in a mass-scale tax avoidance scheme. A judge has ruled that Gar ...

  3. German Echo Music Awards: Avicii, Eminem, Depeche Mode Win Big

    March 27, 2014 9:14 PM EDT Experience trumped novelty at the 2014 Echo Music Awards, Germany's equivalent of the Grammys, with veteran rockers, some of which had their hey-day 30 years ago, beating up more up-and-coming artists. 80s synth-rockers Depeche Mode, 13-time ...

  4. Brandle's Global Bits: Tony Wadsworth In Major Label Comeback? Max Hole's Music Matters Keynote, Google's Thunder Down Under

    March 14, 2014 12:47 AM EDT Tony Wadsworth To Join Sony Music? Could Tony be joining Sony? That’s the big question doing the rounds this week.  The surprise departure of Nick Gatfield from the top job at Sony Music’s U.K. affiliate has created a void at the music major, and ...

  5. Michael Chugg Expands Label With U.S. Launch

    February 20, 2014 5:30 AM EST Australian concert promoting great Michael Chugg is launching his record label in the United States.  Chugg Music, which includes recording and artist management activities and is a division of Chugg Entertainment, will bow on Feb. 25 with distrib ...

  6. Bruce Springsteen's 'High Hopes' Opens At No. 1 in Britain

    January 20, 2014 4:07 AM EST Bruce Springsteen notched his tenth No. 1 album in the U.K. Sunday (Jan. 19) with “High Hopes” (Columbia/Sony Music), as Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” (Back Lot) moved past the half-million sales mark to stake another week atop the singles chart.  Sp ...

  7. U.K. 2013 Albums Sales Drop As Streaming, Singles Spike

    January 02, 2014 5:37 AM EST Robin Thicke’s "Blurred Lines," featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, and Daft Punk’s "Get Lucky," featuring Nile Rodgers and Williams, were the biggest-selling singles of 2013 in Britain. Overall singles sales for the year in t ...

  8. Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' Tops Final U.K. Singles Chart For 2013

    December 30, 2013 7:04 AM EST Pharrell Williams claimed the final U.K. No. 1 single of 2013 on Sunday (Dec. 29) as “Happy” (Back Lot) moved 2-1. Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) started another week as the best-selling artist album, while “Now! That’s Wha ...

  9. 'X Factor' Winner Sam Bailey Unwraps Coveted U.K. Christmas No. 1 with 'Skyscraper'

    December 23, 2013 1:58 AM EST Sam Bailey, the 36-year-old former prison officer who won last weekend’s final of “The X Factor,” has claimed the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1 single with her cover of Demi Lovato’s “Skyscraper” (Syco Music/Sony). Robbie Williams’ “Swings Bo ...

  10. Robbie Williams 'Swings' Back to No. 1 in U.K., Lily Allen Continues Streak Atop Singles Chart

    December 16, 2013 4:17 AM EST In the last charts before this week’s sales battle for the U.K.’s prestigious Christmas No. 1s, Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) moved back to the top of the album survey and Lily Allen’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Parlophone/ ...

  11. Morning Fix: Springsteen's 'High Hopes' Due Jan. 14; Sillerman on Rock in Rio Deal; AMAs Winners' List; Blur Cancel Big Day Out Appearance

    November 25, 2013 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, 'HIGH HOPES,' OUT 1/14/14 Bruce Springsteen today announced the release of his 18th studio album 'High Hopes,' which is set for release on ...

  12. Robbie Williams 'Swings' To No. 1 on U.K. Album Chart, Equals Elvis' Record

    November 25, 2013 4:36 AM EST Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) has become the 1,000th No. 1 in the history of the U.K. chart. The set sold close to 109,000 copies to take the honor, as Lily Allen’s cover of Keane’s “Somewhere Only We Know” (Parlophone/War ...

  13. Lady Gaga’s 'ARTPOP' Has No. 1 UK Album, Martin Garrix Has Top Single

    November 18, 2013 4:34 AM EST Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP” (Interscope/Universal) became her third U.K. No. 1 album Sunday (Nov. 17), as 17-year-old, Dutch-born Martin Garrix became the second DJ in a row, after Storm Queen, to debut at the singles chart summit, with “Animals” (Posi ...

  14. Michael Parkinson, Celebrated British Chat Show Presenter, Diagnosed with Cancer

    July 08, 2013 1:35 AM EDT Sir Michael Parkinson, the legendary British chat show host who has championed countless musicians, has prostate cancer. The 78-year-old broadcaster, who is affectionately known in his homeland as “Parky,” was diagnosed with the disease in May f ...

  15. Kanye West’s 'Yeezus' Arrives At No. 1 in U.K., Robin Thicke Extends Singles Chart Streak

    June 24, 2013 6:59 AM EDT As Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, became the U.K.’s second-bestselling single of 2013 and started a fourth week at No. 1 yesterday (June 23), Kanye West scored his second chart-topping ...

  16. Live Nation Acquires Majority Stake in Baltics Region Promoter BDG Music

    June 19, 2013 1:52 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment has acquired a majority stake in BDG Music Group, the Baltic region's largest concert promotion company, according to Live Nation. The group will retain its current management team, although upon completion of the ...

  17. Die Toten Hosen Dominate Germany's Echo Awards

    March 22, 2013 6:09 AM EDT Veteran hard rock band Die Toten Hosen turned back to the clock to win four trophies at the German recording industry’s 22nd annual Echo Awards, held Thursday in Berlin. On a night when heritage acts dominated, Die Toten Hosen’s big night includ ...

  18. Brit Awards 2013: Emeli Sande, Mumford & Sons, Adele Win Big

    February 20, 2013 7:13 PM EST Female artists dominated the 2013 Brit Awards with Emeli Sandé and Adele taking home two of the biggest prizes. Sandé won best British female and the highly coveted British album title for her 2012 debut "Our Version of Events," while Ad ...

  19. Rolling Stones Lead Hot Tours with '50' Shows

    January 14, 2013 2:21 PM EST Rock legends the Rolling Stones stand at the top of Hot Tours this week with ticket sales reaching $38.6 million from the band's 50 and Counting Tour. The brief tour played to sellout crowds in three arenas during the latter part of 2012 begi ...

  20. 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. Viv ...

  21. Justice Collective Wins UK's Xmas Single Title; Emeli Sande Has Top Album, 2012's Best Seller

    December 24, 2012 7:58 AM EST The U.K.'s much sought-after Christmas No. 1 crown was won yesterday (Sunday) by the Justice Collective's cover of the Hollies' 1969 hit "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" (Metropolis). Emeli Sandé's "Our ...

  22. BMG Beats Warner/Chappell to 'New Wave'-Heavy EMI Publishing Divestitures for $90 Million

    December 20, 2012 5:46 PM EST BMG successfully outbid Warner/Chappell to win control of nearly 30,000 songs divested by EMI, including popular UK '80s hits from acts like Tears for Fears and Culture Club. The catalogs -- which were sold for around $90 million, according t ...

  23. Morning Fix: Google's Free Scan & Match; Nielsen's Arbitron Deal; .Biz's Year-End Survey Pt. 1

    December 19, 2012 8:35 AM EST ? To subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletter head HERE GOOGLE LAUNCHES FREE LICENSED SCAN-AND-MATCH MUSIC LOCKER IN U.S.: Google, which launched its scan-and-match locker service in Europe ...

  24. Morning Fix: Bruno Mars Vs. Taylor Swift on Billboard 200; Clive Davis To Honor L.A. Reid at Pre-Grammy Party; Jenni Rivera Memorial Service

    December 18, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters BRUNO MARS VS. TAYLOR SWIFT FOR NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: After a surprisingly strong sales weekend for Bruno Mars' new album Unor ...

  25. Olly Murs Tops UK Album and Singles Chart

    December 03, 2012 6:09 AM EST British hitmaker Olly Murs not only secured a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday) with "Troublemaker" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring Flo Rida, but entered the album chart at No. 1 with his third set, &q ...

  26. EMI Publishing Catalog Down to Four Suitors, One Bid Outstanding

    November 28, 2012 8:20 PM EST With one bid still outstanding, the auction to sell off a portion of EMI's publishing catalog is now down to four suitors. According to sources, those still in contention to buy the portfolio of songs -- dubbed the Rosetta catalog, which cont ...

  27. Imagem That! Meet An Unlikely U.S. Publishing Power Player

    November 19, 2012 12:54 PM EST Richard Stumpf has been a man on a mission since arriving at Imagem with the mandate to lead the Dutch-owned company into the U.S. pop/rock marketplace. As part of that mission, Stumpf, who serves as president of Imagem Music USA, has been worki ...

  28. One Direction Top UK Album and Singles Charts

    November 19, 2012 6:08 AM EST One Direction completed a U.K. chart takeover yesterday (Nov. 18), debuting at No. 1 with both their "Take Me Home" album and "Little Things" single (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment). There were also top three debuts for Ro ...

  29. Robbie Williams Tops UK Album and Singles Chart

    November 12, 2012 7:49 AM EST Robbie Williams is celebrating a double victory in the U.K. charts, starting a second week atop the singles survey with "Candy" and debuting at No. 1 with the album "Take The Crown" (Universal Island). It's the tenth chart ...

  30. Robbie Williams Tops UK Singles Chart, Calvin Harris Has No. 1 Album

    November 05, 2012 6:13 AM EST Robbie Williams scored his first U.K. No. 1 single for eight years yesterday with "Candy" (Universal Island) to move into joint second place with Gary Barlow and Cliff Richard on 14 chart-toppers, behind only the four members of the Beat ...

  31. Morning Fix: Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert on NBC; Taylor Swift: Week Two; Sony's Earnings

    November 01, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and our other free music-business newsletters SPRINGSTEEN, BON JOVI, BILLY JOEL TO PLAY NBC SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT: NBC is doing a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy featuring some ...

  32. Business Matters: Artist Happiness as a Long-Term Investment

    October 01, 2012 9:23 PM EDT As interested parties line up for Universal Music Group's divested EMI assets -- particularly Parlaphone Records -- artists and managers are encouraging bidders not to forget about the artists. Jon Webster, CEO of the Music Managers Forum (MM ...

  33. Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge Says He'll 'Double A&R Investment' at Capitol, Virgin

    September 24, 2012 2:47 PM EDT Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge was in bullish form late on Friday as in the wake of his company's acquisition of EMI Music finally clearing EU and US regulatory hurdle s. It was a long road that officially began when EMI went on the ...

  34. 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� ...

  35. From This Week's Billboard: EMI Opens Up The Vault

    September 21, 2012 2:04 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the feature story "EMI Opens Up The Vault" -- a look at EMI's attempts to create an API to encourage app development -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features our cover stor ...

  36. Sony/ATV Auction for Virgin, Famous UK Catalogs Begins

    September 21, 2012 6:30 AM EDT The package of assets -- comprised of 30,000 copyrights from the Virgin and Famous Music U.K. publishing catalogs -- that the Sony-led consortium agreed to sell in order to gain regulatory approval to buy EMI Music Publishing is about to hit the a ...

  37. Universal Music Group Reports Quarterly Revenue Gain

    August 30, 2012 9:54 AM EDT Universal Music Group today reported 88 million euros ($110.4 million) in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization on revenues of 961 million euros ($1.2 billion) in its quarterly earnings report. That's up slightly from ...

  38. Universal-EMI Merger Approved By Canadian Regulators

    August 20, 2012 3:33 PM EDT Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division has passed another hurdle, albeit not the European Commission or FTC approval that the companies are so actively seeking. Today, the Canadian Competition Burea ...

  39. 'Gangnam Style' Viral Video Sends Psy Onto Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    August 10, 2012 9:25 PM EDT The wacky antics of Psy have captivated the Internet's attention this past week, as the K-Pop artist erupts out of United States obscurity and debuts on the Billboard Social 50 at No. 25, thanks to the viral success of his video for "G ...

  40. Updated: UMG-EMI Divestment Package Revealed: Universal to Keep the Beatles

    July 27, 2012 1:09 PM EDT A source close to the situation told Billboard.biz the contents of the divestment package submitted today by Universal Music Group for its proposed acquisition of EMI' s recorded-music division to the European Commission. If accepted, it will ...

  41. Updated: Universal Music Offers to Sell More Assets to Salvage EMI Deal

    July 19, 2012 8:41 AM EDT Universal Music has upped the ante in its efforts to gain approval for its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded-music division, offering to sell off even more parts of EMI, according to a report in Financial Times. The European Commission reje ...

  42. Vevo vs. Google: Universal, Sony and the Latest Moves in the Chess Game

    July 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT Vevo's future business arrangements are looking a bit cloudy, as reports this week suggest that the company's deal terms with Google are again in play , and that Universal is re-examining its stake in the company in the relation to UMG&# ...

  43. Updated: Sony-Led Group Closes Purchase of EMI Music Publishing

    June 29, 2012 10:54 AM EDT The Sony Corp. of America led investor consortium completed its acquisition of EMI Music Publishing today, just hours after the Federal Trade Commission issued a statement saying it closed its antitrust investigation of the $2.2 billion deal -- wh ...

  44. The Jubilee Bump: How The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Is Boosting UK Music Sales

    June 06, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Robbie Williams performing at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace on Monday (June 4). (Photo: Getty) As the U.K. awaited an in-depth post-match report on the effects of the four-day (June 2-5) Jubilee celebrations on ...

  45. Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concerts Draws UK's Largest TV Audience Year To Date, Beats Simon Cowell's 'Britain's Got Talent''

    June 05, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Sir Paul McCartney performing at the Diamond Jubilee celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's sixty-year reign was the UK's highest rated TV program this year. (Getty) The BBC said Tuesday that it drew the biggest British TV audience of the year ...

  46. Photos: Lana Del Rey, Jessie J, Irving Azoff, Scooter Braun, More at Lucian Grainge's Grammy-Night Party

    February 13, 2012 6:51 PM EST From left: David Joseph, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music UK; Lana Del Rey; Lucian Grainge, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group. (Photos: Courtesy Universal Music) Far from the proverbial madding crowds on Grammy night ...

  47. EMI Music VP of Digital Projects Neil Tinegate On App Development @ MIDEM

    January 31, 2012 8:56 PM EST Back in November, EMI Music unveiled its OpenEMI initiative, launching a developer "sandbox" on application platform the Echo Nest. App developers get access to a major label's music, as well as videos, photos and other creative ass ...

  48. Business Matters: Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone

    January 27, 2012 8:42 PM EST Optimistic About the Record Business? You're Not Alone -- "I am optimistic," Tom Silverman wrote in the email that included a link to his latest fact-filled blog post. "What do you think?" Silverman, of Tommy Boy Entertain ...

  49. Sony To Resurrect Relentless Records Label

    January 12, 2012 2:26 PM EST Sony Music is to re-launch Relentless Records, the U.K.-based label which helped launch the careers of Joss Stone, Jay Sean and KT Tunstall. Label co-founder and former Virgin Records U.K. President Shabs Jobanputra is to head the revived London-b ...

  50. Robbie Williams leaves EMI for Universal

    October 21, 2011 3:53 PM EDT Robbie Williams, one of the most successful artists on EMI, has left the company and signed with Universal for his next solo LP, according to the Financial Times and other online reports. "I'm really thrilled to be joining the Universal ...

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