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  1. Braum Splits With Four Music

    August 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Fitz Braum, managing director and founder of the Berlin label Four Music, will exit at the end of the month. Braum intends to start new activities, details for which he declined to discuss. Going forward, Philip Ginthör, label head of Sony BMG ...

  2. Antcliffe Becomes Royal Albert Hall Pres

    July 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT John Antcliffe, founder/CEO of U.K. public relations group Smithfield Consultants, has been appointed as the new president of music-venue operator Corporation of London's Royal Albert Hall. He replaces Charles Fairweather, who oversaw the com ...

  3. Viva La France in Latest Platinum Europe Awards

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French repertoire made significant inroads in this year's second quarter of the IFPI Platinum Europe Awards. It is led by "Les Choristes" (Universal), the soundtrack of the 2004 hit movie, which has shipped more than two million uni ...

  4. German Biz Names Echo Klassiks Winners

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The German record industry has announced the winners of its annual classical awards, Echo Klassik, to be presented during a gala at the Philharmonie venue in Gasteig, near Munich, Oct. 21. The Echo Klassik award for the best-selling classical work ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Sparks Shines As Sixth American Idol

    May 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a flurry of thank yous and literal sparks, 17-year-old Jordin Sparks was crowned the sixth season winner of "American Idol" tonight (May 23). Competing against 25-year-old Blake Lewis for the crown, the young Glendale, Ariz., native b ...

  7. iTunes To Offer American Idol Special Performances

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT iTunes will be offering exclusive video and audio downloads of performances from the two-night American Idol special "Idol Gives Back." Performers include Kelly Clarkson; Gwen Stefani: Earth, Wind & Fire; Josh Groban with the African ...

  8. Idol Contestant Gains Single Name Fame

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar should now be addressed as "Sanjaya" — at least in the blogosphere. Web chatter over his improbable enduring presence in the top-rated TV singing competition has reached such a fever pitch that bl ...

  9. Capitol Nashville, Yahoo! Partner For Talent Search

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Capitol Records Nashville has partnered with Yahoo!'s online contest site Bix to launch a country music talent search contest. The contest, "The Road to Nashville," gives aspiring country singers the chance to become the label' ...

  10. Company Man

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT If media moguls had to be screened by the judges of Fox's "American Idol," Simon Fuller wouldn't make it past the first stage. "Too dull. He's essentially nothing better than a karaoke performer," Simon Cowell wo ...

  11. The 'American' Way

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT From the start, Fox's "American Idol" has had some of the most popular kids on the marketing playground in its corner. Coca-Cola, Cingular (now called AT&T) and Ford all jumped in as the show's sponsors in the first two sea ...

  12. Virtual Idol

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT While the other broadcast networks look with envy at the iron grip Fox's "American Idol" has on audiences, the show's creators have ensured that its reach goes well beyond its successful primetime slot-all in the name of extend ...

  13. American Idol 2007

    March 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Industry Impact March 24, 2007 - Billboard Magazine Anyone doubting the impact of "American Idol" on the music business need only take a look at the last four months of "Idol"-related activity. 'Idol' Worship Marc ...

  14. Cristicchi Wins Italy's Sanremo Fest

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Simone Cristicchi was the winner of the 57th edition of Italy' flagship Sanremo Festival, which concluded on March 3. The Sony BMG-signed singer won with the song "Ti Regalerò Una Rosa" ("I Will Give You A Rose"). Veteran ...

  15. BMG Pub, Taxim Enter Joint Venture For Turkey

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST BMG Music Publishing and Taxim Edition, Turkey's largest music publisher, have inked a joint deal that will provide global support for Taxim songwriters. Under the new agreement, BMG will represent Taxim's roster of local artists outside ...

  16. BMG Pub, Taxim Enter Joint Venture For Turkey

    March 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST BMG Music Publishing and Taxim Edition, Turkey's largest music publisher, have inked a joint deal that will provide global support for Taxim songwriters. Under the new agreement, BMG will represent Taxim's roster of local artists outside ...

  17. Bisbal Unveils World Tour Plans

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Spanish pop star David Bisbal unveiled details of his "Premonicion 07" world tour today (Feb. 26) in Madrid. The trek will kick off in Bogota, Colombia March 10, and continue on with 30 shows in Latin America before beginning a Spanish l ...

  18. Mogol Label Inks Deal With Edel Italy

    February 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Edel Records Italy has struck a deal to license and distribute Avventura Records, the label recently founded by Mogol. Giulio Rapetti, known as Mogol, is a renowned in Italy as a lyricist, producer and talent scout, having worked wit Patty Pravo, ...

  19. Netrebko Extends Deal With Deutsche Grammophon

    February 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Deutsche Grammophon has extended its exclusive recording relationship with the Russian soprano Anna Netrebko. Through the deal, unveiled today (Feb. 13), Netrebko is expected to undertake solo projects as well as record complete operas on CD, DVD ...

  20. From The Magazine: American Idol - The 'American' Way

    January 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST It's hard to imagine that the producers of "American Idol" would want to tinker with the show's formula following last season. After all, the hit reality program -- a talent search for music's Next Big Thing -- was 2006� ...

  21. Acts Unveiled For Italy's Sanremo

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Pippo Baudo, artistic director of Italy's flagship Sanremo Festival, has unveiled the names of the 20 competitors for the event's 57th edition, which will run from Feb. 27 to March 3. Baudo, a veteran TV presenter, announced the names li ...

  22. 'American Idol' Finalist Signs With Nashville Label

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" finalist Bucky Covington has signed with Nashville-based Lyric Street Records, where he joins fellow "AI" alumni Josh Gracin. Following his time on last year's show, Covington performed with his fellow cont ...

  23. Italy's Sugar Sells Messaggerie Musicali Stores

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sugar, the Italian company that owns the indie label of Andrea Bocelli and extensive music publishing interests, has sold its two flagship Messaggerie Musicali stores to Mondadori Retail. The latter f Sugar, the Italian company that owns the indie ...

  24. Mariah's HK Show Canned

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Management and promoters of Mariah Carey's Oct. 28 gig in Hong Kong are blaming each other after the pop singer's show was canceled on Thursday (Oct. 26). Management and promoters of Mariah Carey's Oct. 28 gig in Hong Kong are blami ...

  25. Garland Says Farewell to 19 Entertainment

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Charles Garland, COO of Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment media group, has quit the company and is understood to be planning his own content-and-branding company. Charles Garland, COO of Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment media group, has qui ...

  26. Spanish Gov't Approves Universal's Vale Music Buy

    October 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Merged company would have 28% market share. The Spanish government has authorized Universal Music Spain's purchase of the country's largest independent label Vale Music. The move, confirmed Monday (Oct. 23), comes after the economy minis ...

  27. Jewel To Join Nashville Star

    October 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The show is set to return January 11. Jewel will join the fifth season of USA Network’s country talent search show, Nashville Star, as co-host. Jewel, who replaces Wynonna Judd, will share hosting duties with country artist Cowboy Troy. The show i ...

  28. Hicks Sues To Prevent Sale Of Early Tracks

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Songs showed up for sale on iTunes. A federal judge in Birmingham, Ala., has temporarily barred a producer from selling songs recorded by "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks when he was still just a gray-haired bar crooner from Alabama. ...

  29. Anti-Trust Body To Investigate Universal

    August 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT TDU to take closer look at sale of Vale Music. The anti-trust unit within Spain’s economy ministry, the SDU, has ordered the government’s competition tribunal (TDU) to investigate the sale of Vale Music, Spain’s biggest indie label, to Universal M ...

  30. Verizon Extends Online Mixing Campaign

    July 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Promotion was spearheaded by ad agency R/GA. Verizon is extending its "Richer, Deeper, Broader" campaign with the just-launched Verizon Beatbox Mixer. The interactive video and music tool, located on Verizon's broadband portal, rich ...

  31. 'Idol' Finalist Signs Deal With Sony BMG Imprint

    July 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kellie Pickler, the folksy, season five "American Idol" finalist, has signed a record deal with 19 Recordings and Nashville-based BNA Records, an imprint of Sony BMG Nashville. Kellie Pickler, the folksy, season five "American Idol& ...

  32. Hicks Heads Straight To No. 1 On Hot 100

    June 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT K physical singles, 38K digital downloads sold. Season five "American Idol" winner Taylor Hicks' "Do I Make You Proud" will debut on the top of the Billboard Hot 100 to be published tomorrow (June 22) on Blilboard.com. ...

  33. Studdard Wins $2 Million In Suit

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Judge rules for 'Idol' winner over ex-manager. Judge rules for 'Idol' winner over ex-manager. News ...

  34. Studdard Wins $2 Million In Suit

    June 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has been awarded $2 million in his lawsuit against his ex-manager for misappropriating the singer's money and credit cards. "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard has been awarded $2 mi ...

  35. 'Idol' Runner-Up McPhee Signs Record Deal

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Inks to Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings Limited and RCA. Like winner Taylor Hicks, "American Idol" season five runner-up Katharine McPhee, has signed to Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings Limited and RCA. The 22-year-old's interpre ...

  36. Pilavachi To Join EMI Classics?

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Costa Pilavachi, former Decca Music Group president, is expected to make a return to the classical music business with EMI, sources tell Billboard.biz. Costa Pilavachi, former Decca Music Group president, is expected to make a return to the classi ...

  37. Pilavachi To Join EMI Classics?

    May 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Costa Pilavachi, former Decca Music Group president, is expected to make a return to the classical music business with EMI, sources tell Billboard.biz. Costa Pilavachi, former Decca Music Group president, is expected to make a return to the classi ...

  38. Hicks Crowned Fifth Season American Idol Winner

    May 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Hicks was crowned "American Idol" at the conclusion of the Fox show's two-hour fifth season finale Wednesday night (May 24) at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Competing against 22-year-old Kath Silver-haired Southerner Taylor ...

  39. BMG Songs Up Thompson

    May 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Derrick Thompson promoted to senior VP, urban music BMG Songs has promoted Derrick Thompson to senior VP, urban music. He will continue to oversee all urban creative activities for the company, including signing and developing writer/producers and ...

  40. Young Wins 'Nashville Star' Series

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Twenty-year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist Chris Young is the newest "Nashville Star," winning the fourth season of the USA Networks country talent series of that name last night (May 2). Twenty-year-old singer/songwriter and guitar ...

  41. Kelly Clarkson, Ford Motors Enter Deal

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Pact includes ad campaign, tour sponsorship. The Ford Motor Company and two-time Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson have entered into a marketing partnership surrounding the launch of the auto manufacturer's new Bold Moves campaign. The partnership ...

  42. Billboard Latin Music Conf & Awards Kick Off

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Promo impact of TV debated on first panel. The promotional impact of television and the "American Idol" model were ideas in focus at the “TV Star” panel which opened this year's Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards in Miami ...

  43. Motorola, Pepsi Team For 'Cool Tunes'

    April 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Artists to create more than 100 original mastertones. Mobile phone manufacturer Motorola has teamed with Pepsi for a “Cool Tones” promotion that will feature more than 100 original master ringtones created by a variety of artists specifically for ...

  44. 'Babyface' Files Suit Against Anita Baker

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Claims breach of contract. Grammy-winning singer-producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against singer Anita Baker, claiming she owes him more than $250,000. According to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in ...

  45. Placebo Effect Continues On European Albums Chart

    March 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST 'Meds' holds Bocelli's 'Amore' from top spot. 'Meds' holds Bocelli's 'Amore' from top spot. News ...

  46. Latin 'American Idol' To Begin Auditions

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" is going Latin. Beginning at the end of next month, Sony Entertainment Televisión and Fremantlemedia will begin hosting auditions for "Latin American Idol." The Latin American version "American Idol" i ...

  47. RCA Ups Widynowski To VP

    March 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Worked on campaigns for Clarkson, Aguilera. Roger Widynowski has been promoted to VP of publicity for RCA Records. Widynowski will continue to report directly to Sherry Ring, senior VP of publicity for RCA and is based in Los Angeles. Widynowski, ...

  48. 'Nashville Star' Launches Download Service

    March 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Offers a 'points' program and discounts to users. USA Network has tapped PassAlong Networks to power a digital download service for its American Idol-like country music television series Nashville Star. The service, which went live March ...

  49. Povia Wins Big At Italy's Sanremo Fest

    March 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Povia, who performed the song "Vorrei Avere Il Becco" (Target), was the overall winner of the 56th edition of Italy's flagship Sanremo Festival, which ran from February 27 to March 4. Povia, who performed the song "Vorrei Avere ...

  50. 'American Idol' Crushes Grammys In Ratings

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Nearly twice as many people - 28.3 million - watched "American Idol" than watched the Grammy Awards - 15.1 million - when the two music programs went head-to-head in prime time Wednesday, according to Nearly twice as many people - 28.3 m ...

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