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  1. Michele Anthony Named Universal Music EVP, U.S. Recorded Music (Exclusive)

    September 26, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Veteran music execuctive Michele Anthony is joining Universal Music Group in a newly-created role. With effect from Nov. 1, Anthony will become UMG’s executive vice president, U.S. recorded music, reporting to the group’s chairman/CEO Lucian Gra ...

  2. Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Joel Tenenbaum's Appeal of $675K Fine For Illegal Music Downloading

    May 21, 2012 11:48 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has refused to take up a Boston University student's constitutional challenge to a $675,000 penalty for illegally downloading 30 songs and sharing them on the Internet. The high court on Monday refused to ...

  3. Sony Names Dennis Kooker New President, Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales

    January 09, 2012 12:35 PM EST Sony Music Entertainment chairman/CEO Doug Morris announced this morning that Dennis Kooker has been named the company's new president of global digital business and U.S. sales. In this role, he will report to Morris and oversee all aspects o ...

  4. Business Matters: Pandora To Sell Targeted Political Ads

    November 18, 2011 6:45 PM EST Pandora To Sell Targeted Political Ads -- Pandora has been criticized for not doing well enough with local advertising. Now the company has a new plan to deliver targeted, local ads to its listeners. On Friday the personalized Internet radio compa ...

  5. Joel Tenenbaum Files For Rehearing of $675K Copyright Infringement Award

    November 07, 2011 1:18 PM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum doesn't attract much media attention these days, but the case is still alive and kicking. Attorneys for file sharer Joel Tenenbaum filed a petition for a rehearing in the First Circuit Court of Appeal ...

  6. Appeals Court Reinstates $675,000 Award Against File Sharer Joel Tenenbaum

    September 19, 2011 3:06 PM EDT An appeals court has reinstated the $675,000 award against file-sharer Joel Tenenbaum, reversing the decision of a lower-court judge to reduce the penalty on constitutional grounds. In the case of Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the def ...

  7. Sony Music Cuts Staff

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment let go of about 15 staffers on Wednesday including about a dozen at its Sony U.S. Music Sales unit. Among the staffers no longer with the company are: senior VP of channel marketing Kevin Twitchell, VP of field marketing T ...

  8. BMG Rights Management To Launch In Australia

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management's rapid expansion continues: the Berlin-based company will launch an Australian operation in early 2011. Tim Prescott, former CEO of Albert Music and a long-time BMG executive, is assisting BMG Rights Management with fur ...

  9. Business Matters: Ourstage, HMV, iTunes and more

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. ROCK IS DEAD? AGAIN? -- BBC News has an interesting story about the lack of rock titles on the UK singles chart. Sales of rock singles are down nearly 18% in the first eight months of 2010. In con ...

  10. 'Is There Another Case In The Galaxy That's Held Up Damages To That Degree?'

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST A hearing in the Joel Tenebaum file-sharing case on Tuesday addressed whether or not the court should reduce the $675,000 jury verdict. A larger award was recently reduced in the Thomas-Rasset file-sharing case. Tenebaum's attorney has said t ...

  11. Men At Work Accused Of Plagiarizing Kids' Song

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian rock band Men at Work are fighting accusations that the melody of their 1980s international hit, "Down Under," was stolen from a popular children's song about a bird. Publisher Larrikin Music is suing for compensation fro ...

  12. BMG Rights Finds Religion

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT BMG Rights Management (BRM) has signed a publishing partnership with Irish independent label Religion Music. Religion Music, whose catalog includes Lesley Roy, Agnelli & Nelson, and Liquid, owns the masters and publishing rights on all its art ...

  13. Dept. Of Justice Backs RIAA In P2P Suit

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Department of Justice has filed a brief in support of the RIAA in an ongoing P2P file-sharing lawsuit. In the case Sony BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the DOJ is defending the Copyright Act's statutory damages provisions. Lawyers f ...

  14. SKU'ing Up

    March 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT During the past two years, one 29-year-old Bay Area music fan reckons she's spent about $200 on music. She gets most of her music for free from blogs and BitTorrent trackers, but one recent release struck her as cool enough to get her to lay ...

  15. BMG Rights Management Gathers New Signings

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST BMG Rights Management (BRM), Bertelsmann's new music rights arm, has exclusively signed German artists Peter Fox and 2Raumwohnung, British singer-songwriter Andrew Roachford and Austria's Christina Stürmer. These artists join several new ...

  16. NARM Adds Board Members

    December 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers adds Nokia director of global digital music Adam Mirabella to its board of directors, replacing the seat vacate by Napster's Chris Gorag, who resigned following Best Buy's acquisition of the ...

  17. 'Down Under' Copyright Dispute Still Heading To Court

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST An Australian copyright case involving Men At Work's anthem "Down Under" is still heading for the Federal Court, despite a confidential agreement struck between two of the parties, Billboard.biz has learned. Sydney-based Larrikin Mu ...

  18. Billboard Honors 'Women In Music'

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Billboard honored 20 female executives and three artists at the third annual "Women in Music" breakfast, held this morning (Oct. 24) at the Hotel St. Regis in New York. Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry was presented with the Icon award, r ...

  19. Copyright Battle Over Eighties Hit 'Down Under'

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Men At Work's iconic Eighties hit "Down Under" is at center stage of a copyright row in Australia. Sydney-based music publishing firm Larrikin Music has lodged a statement of claim, noting that the international smash carries an unl ...

  20. Sony BMG Ups Levin

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT David Levin has been named senior VP and business manager of sales at Sony BMG Music Entertainment, overseeing the company digital sales and advertising supported channels. Levin is based in New York and reports to the company's executive VP ...

  21. Q3 Wrap: UMG Tops Marketshare, CD Sales Down 17%

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Album sales continue to erode during the third quarter as scans totaled nearly 298 million units, an 11.7% decline from 337.3 million units tallied during the same time frame last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Tracks, meanwhile, continue t ...

  22. MySpace, Majors Make Adjustments For Joint Venture

    September 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As the dust settles from the Sept. 25 launch of MySpace's highly anticipated and somewhat controversial new music service, the broader implications of the initiative are becoming clearer. A joint venture of the News Corp. subsidiary and Unive ...

  23. Obermann Named Senior VP At Sony BMG

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ole Obermann has been named senior VP of international digital business development for global digital business at Sony BMG Music Entertainment. He reports to Michael Paull, executive VP of global digital business for the company, and is based in ...

  24. MySpace Music To Start With Major Ad Sponsors

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT News Corp's MySpace, the world's largest social networking site, said on Sunday its long-expected MySpace Music joint venture with three major music labels will launch with four major sponsors underwriting the costs of streaming free mus ...

  25. Leona Lewis Distances Herself From Old Demo

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SyCo Entertainment has publicly distanced itself from "Times have Changed," the remixed version of a demo recording by reality-TV sensation Leona Lewis long before she was famous. Lewis, currently signed to SyCo Music, which is part of S ...

  26. Santana, The Doors Reach Tentative Settlement With Wolfgang's Vault

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A tentative settlement has been reached in a two-year-old case involving some classic rock acts against Wolfgang's Vault, which sells memorabilia and streams concert footage online. Sony BMG Music Entertainment, BMG Music, Arista Records, San ...

  27. China Bound R2G, IODA To Launch Subscription Service

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In an effort to provide an alternative to pirated music, Beijing-based digital distribution service R2G is launching an online music subscription service in China that will feature songs from U.S.-based independent digital distributor Independent ...

  28. Alicia Keys Snubs Out Cigarette Branding

    July 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Philip Morris International has pulled down billboards and posters promoting an Alicia Keys concert Thursday in Indonesia's capital after the singer protested the cigarette company's sponsorship. The logo and slogans of A Mild cigarettes ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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, ...

  31. Mid-Year Sales Report: Top Sellers, Market Share And More

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At the mid-point of 2008, U.S. album sales stand at an 11% decline when compared to the same period a year ago. Though not as precipitous a drop as the one recorded in the first half of 2007 (15.1%) , this year's first half tally is 204.6 mil ...

  32. Report: Live Nation Eyes Shakira Deal

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Latin music pop star Shakira is in talks with concert promoter Live Nation for a contract that will include touring, merchandising and recording, according to people familiar with the talks. The Colombian-born songstress, whose 2006 hit "Hips ...

  33. The Indies Issue: The Visionaries

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Here, Billboard presents 10 indie innovators who are taking risks and reaping the rewards. Click here to read more information about each innovator. Pennywise Take one venerable punk band, add a pioneering social networking site, throw cash from a ...

  34. Last.fm Loses Warner Music Group

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has pulled its music from Last.fm’s free on-demand music streaming service in an apparent dispute over compensation rates. Last.fm began removing Warner artists from its service earlier this week at the label’s request, accordin ...

  35. 360 Deals, Collection Royalties Debated At Music Matters

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The opening two days of the Music Matters conference has thrown up its share of topical discussions, with 360 deals and the systems for royalty collections coming under the microscope. On a June 4 panel discussion on 360 deals, Walt Disney Records ...

  36. Local Murray Scores Third Aussie No. 1

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian singer songwriter Pete Murray joined some esteemed company this week when he scored his third No. 1 on the Motorola Australian Recording Industry Association chart. With his latest album, "Summer At Eureka" (Sony BMG), Murray ...

  37. Old Navy Stays Tuned In With Nicole Atkins

    May 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When MTV airs its Movie Awards live on June 1, hosted by Mike Myers, one of the commercials viewers will see will be for Old Navy, the clothing chain owned by the Gap. While details of the spot remain scant, Billboard can reveal that it will featu ...

  38. Sony BMG Yearly Profits Up

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment more than doubled net income profits in its fiscal year ended March 31 to $178 million (17.7 billion yen) on sales of $3.93 billion (390.2 billion yen) as compared with the prior year, when it reported $84 million (9.9 ...

  39. Label Execs Talk Digital Sales At NARM Closing

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At Sony BMG Music Entertainment digital sales are running at 40% of overall U.S. sales volume pace this year, and Thomas Hesse, president of global digital and U.S. sales predicts that the company will achieve a 50/50 split next year. That was one ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Sony BMG Strikes Pact With Nokia's 'Comes With Music'

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG is the latest music company to sign-up with Nokia's "Comes With Music" phone. The breakthrough will give a shot in the arm for Nokia's mooted subscription service, which effectively embeds the cost of a year's ser ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Fatboy's Southern Fried Gets New Oz Deal

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. DJ and producer Norman Cook's label Southern Fried Records has found a new home Down Under. Liberator Music will distribute the label in Australia and New Zealand after striking a deal with Cook -- who records under various guises, the b ...

  44. Digital Boosts Q1 Totals Almost 15%

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The first quarter finished with overall album sales down 10.7% but total scans, including digital tracks, increased 14.9% to 386.3 million, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Tracks increased 28.7% to 281.4 million from the 218.6 million the configur ...

  45. Rinaldi Joins Albert Music

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Damian Rinaldi will join iconic Aussie indie Albert Music next week as head of legal and business affairs. Rinaldi recently returned to Australia after a stint in London as VP of legal and business affairs at Sony BMG Music Entertainment. In 2000 ...

  46. Weiss Joins Sonnenschein Nath

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Attorney Lisa Weiss has joined Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal as a partner in the firm's corporate practice group. Weiss was most recently with Morrison & Foerster. She was previously general counsel of Sony Music Entertainment, where ...

  47. Thumbplay Inks Distribution Deal With Sony BMG

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment Web site Thumbplay has signed a distribution deal with Sony BMG Music Entertainment for ringtones, music videos and other mobile content from Sony artists. The Sony deal, announced today (Feb. 21), will add 7,000 pieces of mus ...

  48. Children's Label Bingo Links With Red

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Children's music label Bingo Records will begin distributing their catalogue through Red, the indie distribution arm of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. The first record released under the new deal will be Beatles Hits For Kids and Motown Hits F ...

  49. Universal Talks With Google, top100.cn On China Service

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music confirms that it is holding talks with Google and Beijing-based music-download service top100.cn to provide music via the Web in China. "Universal has expressed interest in participating in Google and top100.cn's legal mu ...

  50. Baidu, Sohu In Crosshairs Of China Legal Fight

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The IFPI is stepping up its campaign against Internet piracy in China. The international labels body said legal proceedings were filed by member labels Feb. 4 against China's biggest internet company, Beijing-based Baidu, as well as Web porta ...

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