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  1. The Universal-Live Nation Deal: What It Means, and What It Probably Doesn't

    September 20, 2011 11:19 AM EDT The news of the new relationship between UMG and Live Nation and its Ticketmaster and Front Line divisions raises a lot of questions -- only some of which have relatively straightforward answers. Given the immense size and reach of the two compani ...

  2. Live Nation, Universal Music Group Launch Partnership: Management, Ticketing, More

    September 19, 2011 3:43 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment and Universal Music Group today announced the formation of a broad-based strategic partnership. Live Nation Entertainment's Front Line Management Group division and UMG will launch a joint-venture management company ...

  3. 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. ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Interscope Offices Used by Cocaine Ring, Federal Documents Say

    September 15, 2011 8:29 PM EDT Federal prosecutors say that the offices of Interscope Records were used by a drug-trafficking ring as a transit point for cases filled with cocaine and cash, according to a report in the Smoking Gun published Thursday. The allegation was included ...

  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. David Foster To Be Named Head Of Verve

    August 03, 2011 12:27 PM EDT David Foster is set to take the top spot at esteemed jazz label Verve, THR has learned. The producer-composer-songwriter has worked with Josh Groban, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli and has won 15 Grammys. Foster's arrival at Verve Music Gro ...

  8. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Brenda Romano

    July 02, 2011 10:58 AM EDT No. 8 President of promotion, Interscope Geffen A&M Records Website: interscope.com Twitter: @brendaromano As president of promotion at Interscope Geffen A&M, Brenda Romano piloted the summer's undisputed No. 1 song, LMFAO's &quo ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Gee Roberson Named Chairman of Geffen Records

    June 21, 2011 4:24 PM EDT Gee Roberson -- co-CEO of Hip-Hop Since 1978, the management firm that handles Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and others -- has been named chairman of Geffen Records, a move that Billboard.Biz reported was in the works last week . He wi ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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&# ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. David Renzer Leaving Universal Music Publishing After 15 Years

    April 26, 2011 3:32 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman and CEO David Renzer is leaving his post after helming the company for 15 years, UMG announced in a statement Tuesday (April 26). The news was first reported by Music Row . Universal Music Group President ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Barry Weiss Named Chairman/CEO Of Island Def Jam And Universal Motown Republic Group

    March 17, 2011 5:53 PM EDT It's official. Barry Weiss has been named Chairman & CEO of Island Def Jam and Universal Motown Republic Group. The appointment comes on the heels of Antonio "L.A." Reid's departure from IDJ , which was announced today. Acc ...

  20. Universal Cuts 62 Staffers Amid Top-Level Shakeups

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Universal today confirmed that it cut approximately 60 staffers, as expected, and also hired former Sony A&R rep Larry Jackson as executive vice president of Interscope Geffen A&M, the New York Times reported . The news comes amid unconfir ...

  21. Universal Music Group Layoffs Expected Today

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group is expected to undergo another round of layoffs today (Jan. 21). The company which counts powerhouse label Interscope Geffen A&M (home to U2,Eminem and Lady Gaga), the legendary R&B shop Universal Motown, Island Def J ...

  22. Indie Shadoworld Signs With Fontana

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Shadoworld Records has signed an exclusive pressing and distribution pact with Universal Music Group's independent division Fontana Distribution Hollywood, Calif.-based Shadoworld is headed by CEO Julian T. Edwards, who told Billboard.biz exc ...

  23. Ain't Misbehavin': Universal Music Group Donates 200,000 Master Recordings to Library of Congress

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group is donating over 200,000 historic master recordings to the Library of Congress . UMG's donation is the single largest gift ever received by the Library's audio-visual division and the first ever major collection of ...

  24. Business Matters: BMG Wants EMI's Back Catalog More Than Its Publishing

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST BMG Covets EMI Group's Back Catalog More Than Its Publishing -- BMG Rights Management is interested in EMI Group's recorded music back catalog rather than its publishing division, BMG Rights CEO Hartwig Masuch told MusicWeek . "Inte ...

  25. Universal Music Group Revenue Up In Q3

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a time when flat is the new up, Universal Music Group is having a pretty good year. In the third quarter of 2010, the UMG's revenue was up 6% (down 3% at constant currency) to 1.03 billion euros ($1.39 billion). Earnings before interest, t ...

  26. Publishing Briefs: UMPG, Leon Russell, Warner/Chappell Music, The Runners and more

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed Leon Russell to a worldwide co-publishing deal for "The Union," his collaboration with Elton John, and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin . The album, released on Oct. 19, sold 80, ...

  27. Universal Music Japan Chairman Kei Ishizaka To Retire

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kei Ishizaka is to retire from his post as Universal Music Japan (UMJ) chairman at the end of October. Ishizaka had occupied the role of non-executive chairman of the Tokyo-based major since Nov. 1 2009. The respected music exec first joined Unive ...

  28. Bob Marley Family Loses Case Over Hit Records

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bob Marley's family lost a lawsuit seeking the copyrights to several of the late Jamaican reggae singer's best-known recordings. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said the UMG Recordings unit of Vivendi SA's Universal Mus ...

  29. UMG's First Half Revenues Down 5.4%

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group's revenues for the first half of 2010 declined to €1.9 billion ($2.4 billion), down 5.4% on a year earlier. The decline was 7.9% on a constant currency basis. In parent company Vivendi's first half results, it said ...

  30. Six Names Likely Mentioned in Google's Search for Music Chief

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google's plans for a digital music resurfaced in the headlines again this week after Peter Kafka at AllThingsD reported that the search giant is soliciting input from music industry executives on who might best oversee such a service. Which r ...

  31. Coldplay Renew Universal Publishing Deal

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay has extended its publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group to cover future song writing. Financial terms or the length of the contract was not revealed. Universal has been the band’s publisher since 2007 when the music major a ...

  32. Dick Clark Productions Launches Licensing Website

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Historic TV footage from iconic programs including "American Bandstand" and "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" will be part of a new online licensing website launched by Dick Clark Productions. Over 30 years o ...

  33. @Billboard Latin Conf.: Universal CEO Lopez Talks Anti-Piracy, Digital and More

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT All parts of the Latin music industry must unite and lobby for their common interests in order to survive piracy and the digital transition, the chairman/CEO of Universal Music Latin America/Iberian Peninsula Jesus Lopez said Wednesday. Lopez' ...

  34. Love Never Dies For Universal, Andrew Lloyd Webber

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a new, long-term global deal with Andrew Lloyd Webber, which renews and expands an existing agreement with the British composer whose new musical "Love Never Dies" opens in March. The arrangement with Llo ...

  35. Neil Young Named MusiCares' Person of the Year

    January 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST After being commended for his artistic achievement and dedication to philanthropy, Neil Young was named MusiCares' person of the year Friday night in Los Angeles. The ceremony featured performances and tributes from acts as diverse as Ozomatl ...

  36. Money Clip: The Legality Of Fan-Created Music Videos

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ben Sheffner is a copyright attorney who has represented movie studios, TV networks and record labels. Sheffner currently works as an attorney in the NBC Universal Television Group, which is 20% owned by Vivendi, the parent of Universal Music Grou ...

  37. UMG Layoffs Claim Digital Execs Christian Jorg, Mark Lehmann

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST While new media and digital positions are typically immune from the downsizing taking place across the music industry, Billboard has learned Universal Music Group's layoffs this week included Island Def Jam senior VP of new media and Commerce ...

  38. UMG Licenses Catalog to Ad-Supported Start-up

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Labels don't have a whole lot of hope for ad-supported music service, but that doesn't mean they won't license to them still. Universal Music Group just reached an agreement to license music to the latest ad-supported foray FreeAllM ...

  39. Photo Gallery: Vevo Launch Party

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The switch flipped on the much-hyped online music video service Vevo last night at a grand party in New York. Big-name performers included Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert, while music stars like Bono, 50 Cent, Ciara, John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Rihanna a ...

  40. The Billboard Q&A: UMPG Chairman/CEO David Renzer

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group chairman/CEO David Renzer oversees a company with revenue nearing the $1 billion mark and a global presence that spans 53 offices and 56 countries. Since Renzer joined the company in 1996 when it was known as MCA M ...

  41. UMG Launches New Portals Aimed At Unsigned Artists

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three Universal Music Group labels today launched new Web portals designed to provide extended digital distribution and marketing support for unsigned artists. The newly launched sites are powered by TuneCore's technology under a deal between ...

  42. Universal Sues Russian Internet Provider

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Russia is suing a local cable TV and Internet provider for failure to pay a license fee for content owned by Universal. The Moscow-based cable operator Akado signed an agreement with Universal last year, while preparing to launch i ...

  43. Bravado Secures Rolling Stones Merch Deal

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Global music merchandising company Bravado is to manufacture and distribute merchandise for the Rolling Stones. Bravado is a unit of Universal Music Group (UMG); the Stones moved to Universal from EMI last summer. This exclusive agreement - announ ...

  44. UMCMP Inks Deal With First Classics

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Classical Management and Productions (UMCMP), a company of Universal Music Group (UMG), has signed a long-term agreement with First Classics GmbH, a leading network of German classical music concert promoters. The partnership will ...

  45. UMPG Acquires French Production Company Assets

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has acquired the publishing assets of French production music company, Kapagama S.A. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquired assets will exist as a separate company under the leadership of its current pr ...

  46. Cher, Bono Heirs Sue Universal Music Over Royalties

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cher has sued Universal Music Group, claiming that the label's creative accounting has shortchanged her and the heirs of her late ex-husband, Sonny Bono, to the tune of $5 million. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, cla ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Universal, 19 Sign Publishing Deal

    March 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment has sealed a new long-term agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group. UMPG will administer the London-based company's music publishing interests on a worldwide basis for all future publishing signings. All previous publ ...

  50. 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 ...

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