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  1. Universal Music Group Boosts Market Share

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group increased its griphold as the largest U.S. distributor of albums with a market share increase of one percentage point to 32.3%, in the nine-month period ended Sept. 30, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Considering the declinin ...

  2. Universal, AIM Clash Over V2 Acquisition

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music and independent trade body AIM have become embroiled in a row over the major's acquisition of the V2 label. AIM has gone public on its submission to the U.K. government's Office of Fair Trading (OFT), criticising Universa ...

  3. Vivendi Calls Apple iTunes Contract Terms 'Indecent'

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi condemned as "indecent" the contract terms between its Universal Music Group (UMG) unit and Apple Inc, the computer maker whose iTunes online store dominates the digital music market. Vivendi is one of many large media companies ...

  4. UMG Acquires ARS Entertainment

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As tipped on Billboard.biz last week , Universal Music Group (UMG) has acquired Belgian indie ARS Entertainment and its publishing arm BMC Publishing for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which was sealed on Sept. 20, is taking place through Un ...

  5. Latin Acts To Play Apple Stores For Hispanic Heritage Month

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Juan Luis Guerra, Pepe Aguilar, Xtreme and Jeremias are some of the Latin acts set to perform at Apple stores in five U.S. cities as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. The series begins Sept. 15 with a performance by the B-Side Players at Apple' ...

  6. UMG Targets Mixtape Distributor

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group's UMG Recordings has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against BCD Music Group over the distribution of mixtapes. The suit, filed Sept. 6 in the federal District Court in Los Angeles, claims that BCD distributes mix ...

  7. UMG Sheds Sanctuary Label Staff

    September 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is preparing to hand out pink slips to staff at Sanctuary Group's U.K. label arm. Billboard.biz understands that Joe Cokell, CEO of Sanctuary Records Group Worldwide, and Roger Semon, COO Sanctuary Records Group, are amo ...

  8. UMPG Names European Exec Team

    September 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has appointed a new-look senior executive team to spearhead its European operations after the firm's integration with BMG Music Publishing. In the new set-up, unveiled today, each appointee reports to Paul Con ...

  9. Wenzel Rises, Masuch Out At Universal Pub Germany

    August 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Markus Wenzel has been appointed managing director of Universal Music Publishing Group Germany, the new company formed after Universal acquired BMG Publishing. At the same time, Hartwig Masuch, managing director of BMG Music Publishing Germany sin ...

  10. UMG Tops YouTube 'Most Watched' List

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group's video channel on YouTube is the most-watched channel on the service, the companies revealed today. More than 158 million viewers accessed UMG content on YouTube, according to YouTube data. Additionally, YouTube named U ...

  11. UMPG Integrates BMG Publishing Execs

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group's integration of BMG Music Publishing, purchased last September, with Universal Music Publishing continues. The company has revealed some key staff appointments as well as a few departures. "UMPG already ...

  12. UMG Invests In Loud.com

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has invested in urban music site Loud.com, according to reports. The company did not disclose the amount of its equity investment in the Web site. The ad-supported site allows hip-hop fans to upload their own raps and compete ...

  13. UMG Seals Sanctuary Buyout Deal

    August 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group will take London-based Sanctuary Group plc into private hands after today winning shareholder approval for a buyout. In a statement issued just before the close of trading on the London Stock Exchange, UMG confirmed it had re ...

  14. Vivendi Reports H1 Sales Rise, UMG Declines

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi has reported a strong first half, with sales up 6.4% to €9.610 billion ($13.14 billion). But business was not quite as rosy at the French media conglomerate's Universal Music Group, where revenues were €2.095 billion ($2.86 billion), ...

  15. UMPG Reveals Worldwide Appointments

    July 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group has revealed a series of appointments to its integrated operations division. The new appointees previously held positions at Universal Music Publishing Group ...

  16. OFT Clears Universal's Sanctuary Deal

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has cleared Universal Music Group's (UMG) acquisition of the financially troubled Sanctuary Group. The clearance comes after Centenary Music Holdings, UMG's bid vehicle, made a June 15 cash bi ...

  17. Report: UMG Dominates Physical, Digital Sales

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) was the global market leader last year in both digital and physical formats, according to a new report published by U.K.-based research firm Informa Telecoms and Media. In the digital-only field, UMG commanded a 26.5% m ...

  18. UMPG Names Latin Region Execs

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Following its acquisition of BMG Music Publishing, Universal Music Publishing Group has appointed senior executives for its integrated Latin music operation. The new appointments are: Marcelo C. Falcão, managing director of Brazil; Yadira Moreno, ...

  19. UMG's Sanctuary Offer Extended

    July 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has extended until July 26 its cash offer to buy the financially-troubled British independent firm Sanctuary Group. On June 15 , UMG-subsidiary Centenary Music confirmed its intention to acquire Sanctuary at 20 pence ($0.40) ...

  20. Higdon To Lead Combined UMPG Nashville Division

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group Nashville executive VP/GM Pat Higdon will lead the newly combined Nashville division, which results from the acquisition of BMG Music Publishing by UMPG. Higdon will continue to be based in Nashville and report to ...

  21. Indie MusicMind Signs Distro Deal With UMG

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Chicago-based indie label, MusicMind Records, has signed a 2-year worldwide distribution and licensing deal with Federal Distribution, a division of Universal Music Group (UMG). The first releases under the agreement will be Lorenzo Owens' up ...

  22. Kruchkow, Doty Join UMG's Global Digital Division

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has added to its Global Digital Initiatives division, bringing in Dan Kruchkow and Ezra Doty -- both of whom were named senior VP. Kruchkow and Ezra Doty will report to David Ellner, executive VP of global digital initiatives ...

  23. UMG, Musicrypt Prep Digital Ad Delivery

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is participating in the launch of a digital ad delivery service with Musicrypt and The Gary Group. Musicrypt works with record labels and radio stations to provide a secure system for the digital delivery of radio singles and ...

  24. Universal Names Senior Publishing Execs

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As part of the integration of Universal Music Publishing Group and BMG Music Publishing, David Renzer, UMPG chairman/CEO, has named his new senior executive team. "Collectively, these executives will form part of the new team that will provid ...

  25. BMG Music Publishing Buy Complete

    May 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has now completed the acquisition of BMG Music Publishing following clearance by the European Commission earlier this week. The combined company, which will operate under the Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) banner, wi ...

  26. EU OKs Universal's Buy Of BMG Pub

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group was cleared Tuesday to take over BMG Music Publishing when the European Commission gave the green light after a five-month investigation into the €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) music publishing merger. The Commission -- the Eu ...

  27. UMG Ups Caraeff

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has promoted Rio Caraeff to lead the label's eLabs division, a position vacated last month with promotion of former eLabs head Larry Kenswil to executive VP of business strategy. Caraeff will continue to run the Universa ...

  28. Report: EU Regulators OK Universal, BMG Pub Deal

    April 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT How close is Universal Music Group to winning regulatory approval to buy BMG Music Publishing? Just weeks away, apparently. According to a report published by Bloomberg, the European Union anti-trust team scrutinizing the giant music publishing ha ...

  29. Universal Publishing Inks Babyface

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has signed a worldwide administration deal with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. UMPG will control rights for the Babyface songs on his new as-yet-untitled album slated for release this year on Island Def Jam. ...

  30. UMG Promotes Kenswil

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) has promoted Larry Kenswil to the newly created position of executive VP of business strategy. Kenswil reports to Zach Horowitz, president and COO of UMG, and is based in L.A. Kenswil has led UMG's eLabs new media ...

  31. Universal To Drop Rondor?

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has added Rondor Music U.K. to the list of names it is prepared to drop from its catalog in order to secure European Commission approval for its purchase of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have confirmed. ...

  32. Vivendi Posts Solid Sales; UMG Revenue Rises Slightly

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST French media and telecom group Vivendi posted on Wednesday an 18% rise in adjusted full-year net profit, as its Universal Music Group division reported revenues up slightly. The parent group made a full-year net adjusted profit of €2.614 billion ( ...

  33. Interscope Geffen A&M Shifting To Octone

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Formerly affiliated with Sony BMG, New York-based Octone Records is shifting to the Universal Music Group and will be re-branded A&M/Octone. Octone is home to such acts as Maroon 5 and Flyleaf. Octone was formed in 2000 by J Records/RCA Music ...

  34. UMG Ready For More Innovative Deals And Lawsuits

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Zach Horowitz, Universal Music Group president/COO, made a rare public speech during Grammy week here to provide entertainment lawyers with some context to the company's recent initiatives. The company will not shy away from suing social netw ...

  35. UMG Promotes David Ellner

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group (UMG) has promoted David Ellner to the newly created position of executive VP for global digital initiatives. Based in UMG's New York headquarters, Ellner reports to the company's executive committee, which is chair ...

  36. Aus Competition Commission OKs Universal-BMG Pub Merger

    December 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has given the green light to Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of BMG Music Publishing Group. In a statement published Thursday (Dec. 21) on its Web site , the ACCC said that the t ...

  37. Goldstein Exits Verve

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Verve Music Group president/CEO Ron Goldstein exited the company Dec. 6. He is being replaced by Bruce Resnikoff, president of Universal Music Enterprises, who will now oversee both companies. Although managed by Resnikoff, the Verve Music Group w ...

  38. EC To Probe UMG's BMG Publishing Buy

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing, inside sources confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Nov. 29). The four-month, second stage review of the acquisiti ...

  39. EC To Probe UMG's BMG Publishing Buy

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing, inside sources confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Nov. 29). The European Commission will open an in-depth invest ...

  40. Vivendi Gets US Antitrust OK To Buy BMG Pub

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Companies now No. 3, 4 players in music publishing. Vivendi's Universal Music has received U.S. antitrust approval to acquire Bertelsmann AG's BMG Music Publishing, U.S. officials said on Tuesday (Nov. 14). Antitrust authorities complete ...

  41. Control Room, UMG Team For Live Programming

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Snoop Dogg footage available from Nov. 20. Live digital content provider Control Room and Universal Music Group (UMG) have put together a master framework that will streamline the process for live performances by UMG artists transmitted by Control ...

  42. Vivendi Gets US Antitrust OK To Buy BMG Pub

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Companies now No. 3, 4 players in music pub. Vivendi's Universal Music has received U.S. antitrust approval to acquire Bertelsmann AG's BMG Music Publishing, U.S. officials said on Tuesday (Nov. 14). Antitrust authorities completed their ...

  43. Impala Gathers Findings On UMG/BMG Pub Merger

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pan-European independent music companies' trade association Impala is calling on its membership to respond with any grievances in light of Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of BMG Music Publ Pan-European independent music compa ...

  44. UMG Q3 Sales Down

    November 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Despite gains from digital sales and higher license income in the United States, Universal Music Group saw revenues in the third quarter decline to €1.096 billion ($1.4 billion), down 2.1% from Despite gains from digital sales and highe ...

  45. Concord Names Bender Senior VP

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Most previously with UMG. Concord Music Group (CMG) has named Jonathan Bender senior VP of operations and digital media. Bender reports to Gene Rumsey, GM of CMG, and is based in Beverly Hills, Calif. In this newly created role Bender will oversee ...

  46. VU Awaits Dec. 8 Ruling On BMG Pub Buy

    November 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST EC sets provisional deadline. Vivendi's Universal Music Group should learn whether the European Commission approves its purchase of BMG Music Publishing by Dec. 8, the provisional deadline set by the EC to issue its ruling. UMG successfully b ...

  47. UMGD Promotes Bakula

    October 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Upped to VP of sales analysis. Universal Music Group Distribution has promoted Dave Bakula to VP of sales analysis. Bakula reports to Alan Voss, executive VP of sales and marketing, and is based the company's headquarters in Universal City, C ...

  48. Kline Rises At UMGN

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Assumes newly created position. Universal Music Group Nashville senior VP of sales and marketing Ben Kline rises to the newly created position of executive VP of sales, marketing and new media for the company. Based in Nashville, Kline will contin ...

  49. UMGI Promotes Exec Pair

    October 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International has upped technology executives Stephan Garandet and John Jefferson. Universal Music Group International has upped technology executives Stephan Garandet and John Jefferson. Garandet rises to VP, digital operati ...

  50. LEGAL MATTERS: THE PRICE FOR A SONG

    October 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lawyers are still questioning the unprecedented €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) price Vivendi's Universal Music Group (UMG) agreed to pay for BMG Music Publishing. They wonder if cash will change hand Lawyers are still questioning the unprecede ...

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