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  1. XM Satellite Resolves Lawsuit With Sony BMG

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc said on Friday it has resolved a lawsuit brought by Sony BMG over Pioneer Inno, a portable satellite radio with advanced recording features. In a statement, XM said Sony BMG Music Entertainment has withdrawn as a pa ...

  2. Universal Music Publishing, Sony BMG Enter Digital Pact

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group and Sony BMG Music Entertainment have entered into an unprecedented deal regarding digital royalties for the publisher in Southeast Asia and India. "For many years, digital music resellers have been challenged ...

  3. Mavericks Dominate MidemNet Day 1

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital technology entrepreneur Janus Friis, inventor of the original rogue P2P application Kazaa, told delegates at MidemNet today that his vision and energies these days are directed toward building legitimate, robust businesses. Friis said his ...

  4. Yahoo Eyeing Online Music Service

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc., is in early discussions with major record labels over offering unprotected MP3s either for sale or for free as part of an ad-supported service, two record company executives familiar with the talks said Wednesday. The talks, held as re ...

  5. Sony BMG Signs On With Amazon MP3 Store

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment is joining Amazon's MP3 party, and will allow its music to be sold via the unprotected format on the digital download store. The move comes on the heels of Sony BMG's announcement that it will sell album spec ...

  6. Amazon, Pepsi Prep Massive MP3 Promotion

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amazon and Pepsi are expected to finally announce their 11-month long promotion in which Pepsi customers can build up points by registering codes on bottle-caps and exchange them for merchandise and downloads from Amazon.com, sources say. The prom ...

  7. Napster To Sell Unprotected MP3s

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Napster Inc. said yesterday (Jan. 6) it will begin selling music downloads as unprotected MP3 files in the spring, joining other online retailers. The file format change will apply only to single tracks and album purchases, according to a company ...

  8. Sony BMG To Debut MP3 Album Cards

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment will roll out its Platinum MusicPass series of digital album cards beginning Jan. 15 at Best Buy, Target and Fred's, with Trans World and Winn-Dixie coming to the party by the end of January. In Canada, participat ...

  9. Canadian Albums Decline, Digital Gains Ground

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST While album scans in Canada this year slipped 9.5% -- from 46.2 million units in 2006 to 41.8 million in 2007, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- the digital marketplace has begun to show signs of life. Last year, digital album sales totaled 1.98 m ...

  10. Digital Bolsters 2007 Sales

    January 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST With digital track download sales leading the way, overall U.S. sales for all formats and configurations grew 14.7% to a whopping 1.37 billion last year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But album sales, including digital albums, finished at 500 mi ...

  11. Sony BMG To Embrace MP3s

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment is about to make its first foray into the MP3 format when it launches artist-specific digital download album cards in mid-January, sources say. Apparently modeled on the iTunes digital download album cards, Sony BMG wi ...

  12. Judge Dismisses LimeWire Antitrust Suit

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST A federal judge on Monday threw out an antitrust lawsuit that the operator of the LimeWire online file-sharing service filed against a coalition of major record labels. U.S. District Judge Gerard E. Lynch in New York ruled that Lime Group LLC fail ...

  13. Sony BMG Lifts Off With Airport Download Trial

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG is involved in a music campaign intended to make time fly for airline passengers waiting for their plane. Visitors to the Dixons electronic goods retailer at London Heathrow Terminal 1 can plug into a new service which powers-up and loads ...

  14. A Tipping Point For MP3s

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST The scope of a yearlong download promotion planned between Pepsi and Amazon, Billboard has learned, is among several developments forcing further consideration by Warner Music Group (WMG) and Sony BMG Music Entertainment to follow EMI and Universa ...

  15. Sony BMG Extends Deal With Yahoo

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment has inked a licensing deal with Yahoo Inc. that clears the way for people to upload files with music or video content by the record company's artists to Yahoo, the companies said Tuesday. Financial terms of the de ...

  16. Labels Sue Usenet Service

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Major record companies have filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Usenet.com, Billboard.biz has learned. The suit claims that the usenet.com service sells access to content that includes millions of unauthorized music files and "tout ...

  17. Zomba Sues Blogger Over Britney Leaks

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Zomba sued PerezHilton.com for copyright infringement on Thursday, saying the gossip Web site illegally posted recordings by pop singer Britney Spears. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles Thursday, accused the Web site and its pr ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. First Consumer P2P Trial Begins

    October 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jurors are beginning to hear evidence in the first unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing suit against a consumer that has reached trial. Jammie Thomas, a single mother, chose to fight rather than settle the copyright infringement suit filed by si ...

  20. Sony BMG Commercial Music Group Names Business VP

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Malti Raisinghani has been named VP of business operations and special projects for Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Commercial Music Group. Raisinghani is based in New York and reports to John Ingrassia, president of the Commercial Music Group ...

  21. Apple, Majors To Meet In Brussels

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Executives from Apple Inc and major music labels will visit Brussels on Sept. 19-20 for an antitrust hearing with the European Commission over the iTunes Music Store. The development comes five months after the Commission -- the European Union ...

  22. 'SNL' Taps Target For Exclusive Release

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The first “Saturday Night Live” CD of live performances in nearly 10 years will be sold exclusively at Target retail stores, Billboard.biz has learned. Priced at $13.98, “Live From SNL! Music Performances From Saturday Night Live” will become avai ...

  23. Baltic CD Manufacturer Punished For Piracy

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A CD replicating plant described as the biggest in Baltic States has been found guilty of music piracy and ordered to pay €500,000 ($679,000) in compensation to a coalition of 13 record companies, the IFPI said today. The civil action against Balt ...

  24. Wal-Mart Selling Digital Music Free Of Copy Curbs

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday that it was now selling digital music downloads on its Web site without the customary copy-protection technology that limits where consumers can play the songs. Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, said ...

  25. Yee Named Business VP for Sony BMG’s Asia Region

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Edwin Yee has been named VP of business and legal affairs, Asia Region, for Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Yee is based in Hong Kong and reports to Stuart Bondell executive VP of business and legal affairs, international, for Sony BMG. In his new r ...

  26. EC OKs Terra Firma, EMI Deal

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission on Thursday approved private equity group Terra Firma Capital Partners' £2.4 billion ($4.8 billion) takeover bid for EMI Group. The clearance for the planned buyout comes despite attempts by many EMI shareholders to en ...

  27. Sony BMG Strikes Deal With Last.fm

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment has become the third major label to sign an international content deal with Last.fm, the U.K.-based online music-recommendation service. Sony BMG joins EMI Music Group and Warner Music Group that are allowing recording ...

  28. U.S. H1 Album Sales Down 15.1%

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The mid-year ended with the U.S. music industry still reeling from the downturn in physical goods. According to Nielsen SoundScan, album sales were down 15.1% for the year to nearly 230 million units in the six-month period ended July 1. But on th ...

  29. China Unicom Tests Music Service

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT China Unicom Ltd., the country's No. 2 mobile phone carrier, said Tuesday it has started testing a music download service offering subscribers songs from 23 record companies. The move comes as music and telecommunications firms try to raise s ...

  30. Prescott Named CEO Of Australia's Albert Music

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Industry veteran Tim Prescott has appointed chief executive officer of Sydney-based independent Albert Music. He takes over his newly-created role mid-July, overseeing the company's recording, publishing, studio and overseas operations. Alber ...

  31. EU Reopens Review Of Sony BMG Venture

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has reopened its antitrust investigation into the merger of the Sony and Bertelsmann music divisions, more than three months after it stopped the clock on its probe. The Commission - the European Union's antitrust auth ...

  32. EC Extends iTunes Anti-trust Deadline

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has extended until June 20 its deadline for Apple and major record companies to respond to its anti-trust concerns over iTunes pricing. It comes two months after the Commission -- the European Union's anti-trust author ...

  33. Caplan, Ross Form New Firm

    June 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Brian Caplan and Jonathan Ross have formed the law firm Caplan & Ross in New York, which will focus on intellectual property and entertainment-related litigation. The lawyers were with Labaton Sucharow & Rudoff in New York. Caplan has been ...

  34. Block Rises At Sony BMG's Commercial Music Group

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Michael Block has been named executive VP of sales for Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Commercial Music Group. Block is based in New York and reports to John Ingrassia, president of the Commercial Music Group. Block rose through the Sony ranks ...

  35. China Won't Embrace DRM, Music Matters Panel Says

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital-rights management is not the way to go in the mainland China music market, according to members of a panel discussion on DRM held on the opening day of the Music Matters conference in Hong Kong. "DRM is never going to be successful in ...

  36. Aftermath, Interscope Sued Over Eminem Royalties

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Bass Brothers' FBT Productions and Joel Martin's Em2M filed a lawsuit Monday (May 21) against Aftermath Records, Interscope Records and others over the split of digital royalties due for Eminem's recordings. The suit claims that ...

  37. Sony BMG Rejigs Classical A&R Structure

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment is creating a new centralized A&R structure for its Sony BMG Masterworks classical music group. Artist development will now be run through an International Repertoire Center (IRC), overseen by Chris Craker, most re ...

  38. Sanders To Head Sony BMG Global Marketing

    May 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Richard Sanders is the new head of global marketing for Sony BMG Music Entertainment, overseeing the department's staff and working to create and implement marketing and release strategies for the label group's projects and artists. He&# ...

  39. Mobile Meffys Awards To Be Handed Out

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile-music ventures involving Christine Aguilera, Lily Allen, Ludacris, Sugababes and Dirty Pretty Things are up for trophies at this year's Meffys, the international mobile entertainment annual awards ceremony. Sony Ericsson's 2006 pa ...

  40. Koch Acquires Navarre Ent. Media

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Koch Entertainment has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Navarre Entertainment Media for $6.5 million, the two companies confirmed. The deal, which was first tipped on Billboard.biz , is subject to customary closing conditions and is expec ...

  41. Sony BMG Not A Publisher Yet

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Despite a Financial Times report that Sony BMG Music Entertainment wants to re-enter the music publishing biz, don't expect it to happen anytime soon. When Sony and BMG merged their recorded music divisions in 2004, Sony spun off its publishi ...

  42. Sony BMG’s Wadsworth Promoted To Asia Pres

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Kelvin Wadsworth has been elevated to the position of president, Asian region, Sony BMG. The promotion means that the Hong Kong-based executive, whose previous title at Sony BMG was executive VP and COO, Asian region, adds China and Japan to the l ...

  43. Captains Of Industry Meet With German Chancellor

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A roll call of Europe's leading recorded music industry executives grabbed a rare opportunity yesterday to meet with the German chancellor and raise the issue of the alarming downturn of the national market. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is a ...

  44. NARM Coverage: Opening Address

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT While music retailers continues to face what National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers president Jim Donio termed "seismic shifts in our business," the April 30-May 2 convention convened with music merchants and label partners resolved t ...

  45. Sony BMG Vs. Yahoo, Closing Arguments

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After a six-year litigation, a federal jury in New York on Friday unanimously found Yahoo! not liable to Sony BMG Music Entertainment for copyright infringement. Billboard attended the closing arguments, and spoke with two of the six jurors after ...

  46. Yahoo! Defeats Sony BMG Infringement Suit

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A federal jury in New York decided late today that Yahoo!'s Launchcast is not liable to Sony BMG Music Entertainment for copyright infringement. After a six-year litigation, the jury decided that Launchcast was not required to negotiate licen ...

  47. Sony BMG To Boost Mobile Music In China

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment will further ramp its distribution of mobile music content in China via a new licensing agreement with Global Music International. Bethel, Conn.-based Global Music International is a supplier of music content to China ...

  48. Owett Named Exec VP At Sony BMG

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Adam Owett has been named executive VP of Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Creative Group. Owett reports to John Ingrassia, president of Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Commercial Music Group. He is based in New York. Owett joined the compa ...

  49. Morelli Named President Of Red

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bob Morelli has been promoted to president of RED Distribution. Morelli reports to Tim Bowen, COO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, and is based in New York. Most recently, Morelli served as executive VP/GM of Red Distribution, since 2005. Prior to ...

  50. Ricall Picks Up Sony BMG Catalog

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT London-based online music-licensing firm Ricall has clinched a major deal with Sony BMG Music Entertainment which it says will add more than 1 million tracks from the major’s catalog to its music library. The agreement will see recordings by Elvis ...

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