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  1. Guitar Hero Team Adds Partners For Rock Band

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The developers behind hit interactive game "Guitar Hero" are launching a new franchise called "Rock Band" that targets virtual singers, bass players and drummers, as well as axemen. The game was created by Harmonix, a unit of V ...

  2. Youngbloods Lawyer: Recent Complaint Procedural

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Youngbloods complaint filed March 23 against Sony BMG Music Entertainment was a procedural matter, says the band members' lawyer, Brian Caplan with Labaton Sucharow in New York. In April 2006, members of Cheap Trick and the Allman Brother ...

  3. EC Stops Sony BMG Probe, Awaits Data

    March 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission said today it has halted its antitrust investigation into the merger of Sony and Bertelsmann's recorded music divisions as it awaits key data from the two music giants on the European music market. In a press statement ...

  4. NARM Awards Nominees Revealed

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers nominees for its merchandisers of the year awards, includes 14 first-time selections, according to NARM president Jim Donio. The winners will be unveiled on the last night of the NARM annual convention ...

  5. Stations To Pay $12.5M In FCC Settlement

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Exasperated listeners weary of hearing the same songs over and over on the radio may have something to cheer about: a pair of innovative deals that could shake up the music playlists of some of the nation's largest radio-station chains. Four ...

  6. EC Set To Confirm In-Depth Sony BMG Probe

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission is due to formally announce on Thursday a four-month in-depth investigation into the merger between Sony and Bertelsmann's music units, a European Union source has confirmed. The second stage investigation into Sony BM ...

  7. Aussie Biz Celebrates Domestic Chart Toppers

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST The chart-topping success of 15 Australian acts was celebrated yesterday (Feb. 22) at the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) No. 1 Chart Awards at Doltone House in Sydney. The Living End (EMI), Something For Kate (Sony BMG), Eskimo J ...

  8. MySpace Tests Video Filtering Technology

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST MySpace.com is testing technology from Audible Magic that blocks distribution of user generated videos containing unauthorized copyrighted content. Audible Magic's digital finger printing solution screens video uploaded by users and blocks an ...

  9. EC Starts Sony BMG Review

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has opened its re-examination of the merger between Sony Corp and Bertelsmann's music units, seven months after an EU court threw out their approval. The Commission -- the EU's anti-trust authority -- said it woul ...

  10. Sony BMG Sales Slip In Q3

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment's sales slid 1.6% to $1.4 billion for the three months ended Dec. 31. Net income for the period increased 26% to $225 million. The company blamed the revenue dip on the digital download market's inability to ...

  11. Google Tests Music Video Syndication Via AdSense

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Google said it kicked off another test of its video syndication product via its AdSense network with music content partners Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group. The search giant said it has begun distributing music videos featuring ...

  12. Canadian Year-End Sales Released

    January 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST Following a familiar trend , the overall Canadian music industry -- bolstered by digital sales -- grew by 9.8% on a unit basis last year, while album sales experienced a 4.7% drop, according to Nielsen SoundScan Canada. Album sales totaled 46.2 mi ...

  13. Sony BMG Merges Sales Divisions, Hesse Named President

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment Sales is merging its digital and physical distribution business into one operation, reporting to Thomas Hesse, who has been named president of the newly created Global Digital Business & U.S. Sales. As part of that ...

  14. Rosen Upped To Exec VP At Sony BMG

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST J.J. Rosen has been named executive VP of Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Commercial Music Group (CMG). Rosen reports to John Ingrassia, president of CMG, and is based in New York. In his new role Rosen will directly oversee Sony BMG's co ...

  15. Sony BMG Names Mirabella Senior Digital Sales VP/GM

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Adam Mirabella has been named senior VP and GM of U.S. digital sales for Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Mirabella reports to Thomas Hesse, president of global digital business, and is based in New York. He succeeds J.J. Rosen who was recently named ...

  16. Nielsen SoundScan Releases Year-End Sales Data

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST While overall album sales dipped 5% to 588.1 million units in 2006, the combined total with digital tracks reached nearly 1.2 billion units, a 20.8 increase from last year's 1 billion units of various music configurations ( For a breakdown of ...

  17. Australian Court Issues Copyright Ruling

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Providing Web links to copyright-protected music is enough to make a site legally liable, an Australian court ruled in a case that created legal uncertainty for search engines around the world. The full bench of the Federal Court, the country' ...

  18. Sony BMG Settles With 39 States

    December 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment will pay $4.25 million to 39 states and the District of Columbia to resolve the investigation of CDs that installed a hidden anti-piracy program on consumers' computers. A "rootkit" program included on t ...

  19. Blue Note Label Group Shuffles Staff

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Blue Note Label Group (BNLG) has made a number of appointments and promotions. At the BNLG's Manhattan group of labels, Josh Zieman joins as VP of marketing where he will oversee marketing efforts at the Manhattan, Back Porch, Higher Octa ...

  20. Sony BMG Reaches Rootkit Settlements

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment will pay $1.5 million and kick in thousands more in customer refunds to settle lawsuits brought by California and Texas over music CDs that installed a hidden anti-piracy program on consumers' computers. Not only ...

  21. Montage Sees Red

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Music group signs distribution deal. Nashville-based Montage Music Group has signed a distribution deal with RED Distribution, a division of Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Montage, headed by major label veteran Allen Butler, launched earlier this y ...

  22. Sony BMG Downsizes

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment underwent a downsizing within its Commercial Music Group the week ending Nov. 17, with the Masterworks division hardest hit. Sony BMG executives confirm a report that first appeared on MusicalAmerica.com that six staff ...

  23. Sony BMG Downsizes

    November 21, 2006 12:00 AM EST Company's Masterworks division hardest hit. Sony BMG Music Entertainment underwent a downsizing within its Commercial Music Group the week ending Nov. 17, with the Masterworks division hardest hit. Sony BMG executives confirm a report that fi ...

  24. Prescott To Return To Australia

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG veteran marketing executive Tim Prescott is returning to his homeland Australia because of a "family issue," Bilboard.biz has learned. Sony BMG veteran marketing executive Tim Prescott is returning to his homeland Australia beca ...

  25. Prescott To Return To Australia

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG veteran marketing executive Tim Prescott is returning to his homeland Australia because of a "family issue," Bilboard.biz has learned. Sony BMG veteran marketing executive Tim Prescott is returning to his homeland Australia beca ...

  26. Oasis To Be Honored At BRIT Awards

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Event set for Feb. 14. Oasis will be honored with The Outstanding Contribution to Music at The BRIT Awards on Feb. 14, 2007. The Manchester-originated U.K. hit-makers were founded in 1991. Led by the brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher, Oasis became ...

  27. DDEX Establishes First Digital Data Standards

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Group formed to develop customs. Digital Data Exchange (DDEX) has established its first four standards to facilitate efficient information sharing among companies involved with digital music. DDEX was launched in May to develop voluntary data exch ...

  28. YouTube Strikes Deals With UMG, Sony BMG, CBS

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Video-sharing Web site YouTube Inc. struck content deals Monday (Oct. 9) with Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and CBS Corp. For several days, Google Inc. has been rumored to be in Video-sharing Web site YouTube Inc. struck cont ...

  29. YouTube Strikes Deals With UMG, Sony BMG, CBS

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Pacted with Warner Music Group two weeks ago. Video-sharing Web site YouTube Inc. struck content deals Monday (Oct. 9) with Universal Music Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and CBS Corp. For several days, Google Inc. has been rumored to be in t ...

  30. Sales Up, Tracks Leveling

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Downloads show no quarter-to-quarter increase. While overall U.S. sales are up a whopping 22.8% to 814.5 million units from the first nine months of 2005, digital track downloads, the main configuration fueling that growth, are stagnant when viewe ...

  31. Sales Up, Tracks Leveling

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Downloads show no quarter-to-quarter increase. While overall U.S. sales are up a whopping 22.8% to 814.5 million units from the first nine months of 2005, digital track downloads, the main configuration fueling that growth, are stagnant when viewe ...

  32. Sony BMG, BT Link For New Service

    October 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT On-demand offering to debut in the fall. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has signed an agreement to give BT, the British telecommunications giant, early access to the major label’s music videos for a new on-demand entertainment service launching this ...

  33. Sony BMG, BT Link For New Service

    October 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment has signed an agreement to give BT, the British telecommunications giant, early access to the major label’s music videos for a new on-demand entertainment service launch Sony BMG Music Entertainment has signed an agree ...

  34. Sony BMG's Commercial Music Group Names Execs

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Wynn, Bain named to team. Sony BMG Music Entertainment's Commercial Music Group has named Danny Wynn executive VP and Stacey Bain executive VP of finance and operations. Wynn and Bain report to John Ingrassia, president of Sony BMG's Com ...

  35. Canadian Court Approves Sony BMG Settlement Deal

    September 22, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Move comes one day after CIPPIC complaints. The Ontario Superior Court in Toronto approved a settlement deal yesterday (Sept. 21) that has Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Canada) offering $8.40 (US $7.51), a replacement CD and free downloads of sele ...

  36. Sony BMG Names Senior VP For Asian Pac Region

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kelly Chew to be based in Hong Kong. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has appointed Kelly Chew senior VP of global marketing for the Asian Pacific Region. Chew will be based in the Hong Kong office beginning in January, remaining in Singapore during t ...

  37. Major Labels Settle With Kazaa For $115 Million

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Settlement applies to P2P's global operations. The major record companies and motion picture studios have reached an out-of-court settlement, revealed today (July 27) by the RIAA and IFPI, with Sharman Networks and other operators of peer-to- ...

  38. Major Labels Settle With Kazaa For $115 Million

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Covers P2P's global operations. The major record companies and motion picture studios have reached an out-of-court settlement, revealed today (July 27) by the RIAA and IFPI, with Sharman Networks and other operators of peer-to-peer network Ka ...

  39. Sony BMG Launches New Marketing Unit

    July 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Division to focus on classical, catalog and TV properties. Sony BMG Music Entertainment wants to drive greater exploitation of its catalog, classical and television properties by housing them in a new business unit with its corporate marketing ope ...

  40. NZ's digiRAMA Site Signs All Majors

    June 30, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New Zealand online music store digiRAMA has become the first domestic digital store to secure content from all four major labels. New Zealand online music store digiRAMA has become the first domestic digital store to secure content from all four m ...

  41. Greenberg To Exit Sony BMG

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Columbia president will depart post June 9. Steve Greenberg will exit Sony BMG Music Entertainment Friday (June 9) according to a high level source. Greenberg was brought into the company as president of Columbia Records in January 2005 by then So ...

  42. NARM Noms Revealed

    June 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Annual convention set for Aug. 2-5. The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers has revealed the nominees for its merchandisers of the year awards. The winners will be unveiled on the last night of the NARM annual convention, Aug. 2-5 in Kissimm ...

  43. Ienner, Anthony Exit Sony BMG

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The apparent power struggle between new Sony BMG Music Entertainment CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz and Sony Music’s two highest ranking creative executives has reached its breaking point. Don Ienner, the S The apparent power struggle between new Sony BMG ...

  44. Rosi Rises At Sony BMG

    June 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment has elevated Andrea Rosi to VP, digital business development, southern Europe. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has elevated Andrea Rosi to VP, digital business development, southern Europe. In this new Milan-based role, R ...

  45. Sony BMG Shuffles Asia Operations

    May 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BMG Japan unit folded into Sony BMG Asia. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has revamped the executive line-up at its Japanese affiliate, BMG Japan. With effect from May 25, BMG Japan will be headed by the dual management team of Shigenobu Karube and D ...

  46. Sony BMG Shuffles Asia Operations

    May 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BMG Japan unit folded into Sony BMG Asia. Sony BMG Music Entertainment is restructuring its Asia operations, folding its BMG Japan unit, a wholly owned subsidiary in the Japanese market, into Sony BMG, Asia. The move was announced by Sony BMG chie ...

  47. Albert Productions Strengthens A&R Team

    May 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Albert Productions, the Sydney-based label home of AC/DC, has tapped Danny Keenan as its GM of A&R, effective May 29. Albert Productions, the Sydney-based label home of AC/DC, has tapped Danny Keenan as its GM of A&R, effective May 29. ...

  48. Judge Approves Settlement On Sony BMG Case

    May 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Class action lawsuit over copy-protection software. A federal judge on Monday (May 22) granted final approval of a settlement between Sony BMG Music Entertainment and consumers who filed a class action lawsuit over copy-protection software install ...

  49. Sony BMG Names Executive VP/COO For Asia Region

    May 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Kelvin Wadsworth has spent entire career with company. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has named Kelvin Wadsworth executive VP and COO, Asia Region. Wadsworth reports to Tim Bowen, COO of Sony BMG, and is based in the company’s regional offices in Ho ...

  50. Bertelsmann Preps Bid For GBL Stake

    May 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT German media giant Bertelsmann AG is preparing to buy the 25.1% stake held by Belgian minority shareholder Groupe Bruxelles Lambert for up to €4 billion ($5.1 billion), according to reports. German media giant Bertelsmann AG is preparing ...

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