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  1. BMG France Signs Exclusive Songwriting Deal With Platinum-Selling Rapper La Fouine

    March 31, 2014 4:18 PM EDT BMG France has singed platinum-selling rapper La Fouine to a worldwide exclusive songwriter agreement, the company announced Monday. Seven-Time Grammy Nominee Joe Signs New Manager, New Deal With BMG Chrysalis The urban hip-hop star -- whose name ...

  2. Exclusive: Rob Wiesenthal Out at Sony/ATV, Heading to Warner Music

    December 20, 2012 10:38 AM EST Rob Wiesenthal, President of Sony/ATV's international business, is leaving the world's no.1 music publisher to join Len Blavatnik's Warner Music Group as chief operating officer/corporate, WMG said on Thursday. Wiesenthal, a Sony Co ...

  3. Business Matters: Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music

    August 10, 2012 8:40 PM EDT Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music -- It's ironic that Warner Music Group now gets 25% of its recorded music digital revenue from some of services that were supposedly off limits to venture capital. The company announced in its e ...

  4. The Temptations Join Chorus of Lawsuits Over iTunes Royalties

    March 15, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Another major class-action lawsuit has just been filed on the digital royalties front. The Temptations, the pioneering male vocal group from the 1960s, is suing Universal Music in federal court in California, seeking millions of dollars after alle ...

  5. Edgar Bronfman's Next Task At Warner Music Group: EMI?

    August 19, 2011 9:05 PM EDT Is Warner Music Group getting ready to put Edgar Bronfman Jr. out to pasture? That may be the reading of some in the business following the company's announcement that the Warner CEO will swap jobs with chairman Stephen F. Cooper. But conside ...

  6. Sony BMG Germany Found Guilty of Sex Discrimination: Report

    June 28, 2011 11:14 AM EDT On Tuesday, a labor court in Berlin found Sony BMG in Germany guilty of sexual discrimination after promoting a man over a woman who was expecting a child, according to a report on Expatica.com . At the time of the suit, the woman worked for Sony ...

  7. Michael Jackson, Susan Boyle Boost Sony Results

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp's Music division - including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) and the 50% stake in Sony/ATV - reported a 35% year-on-year increase in sales to 522.6 billion yen ($5.6 billion) in the fiscal year ended ...

  8. Analysis: Where's The Money?

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Terra Firma’s troubled investment in EMI receives most of the headlines, but there has been much more to music investments over the last two-plus years and the state of music-related deals will be discussed at the Music & Money Symposium on Ma ...

  9. MOG Raises $10 Million, Plans U.K. Launch

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST MOG, a blog aggregation and music subscription service hybrid, has landed around $10 million in venture capital funding. A report at paidContent says the money will finance an entry in the U.K. market this spring. Previous investor Menlo Ventures ...

  10. Q3 Earnings: Industry Financial Snapshot

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dour financial results have never looked so good. With a few exceptions, Q3's earnings results offered a snapshot of repeated losses and turnaround plans bearing little fruit. But in today’s environment, survival is a marker of success. Music ...

  11. Business Matters: Sony, RealNetworks, Google, Warner Music Nashville and More

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Sony Music reported revenue of $1.38 billion and an operating income of $96 million in Sony Corp’s fiscal Q2 ending September 30. That was a 3% ...

  12. Living End's Chris Cheney Takes APRA Honor

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Living End's frontman Chris Cheney took out song of the year at the APRA Music Awards in Melbourne, scoring the coveted title for his Australian alternative rock band's 2008 hit "White Noise." Cheney was as surprised as any ...

  13. Pirate Bay Lawyer Files For Retrial

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Four men sentenced to jail for breaching copyright in connection with Pirate Bay, one of the world's largest free file-sharing Web sites, should be given a new trial because the judge was biased, according to court documents filed in Sweden. ...

  14. Bertelsmann Execs Waive Bonuses

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann recorded a solid business performance in 2008, according to chairman and CEO Hartmut Ostrowski, who announced the results in Berlin. At the press conference today (March 24), Ostrowski said that as the German media company expects the ...

  15. Groove Armada, Bacardi Launch Music Sharing Platform

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. dance act Groove Armada and global drinks brand Bacardi have partnered on an online mechanism that will harness the power of social network sites to distribute the band's new EP. The announcement at the MIDEM international music market a ...

  16. Updated: Facebook Removes Project Playlist

    December 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Facebook today has also removed access to the Project Playlist service from the popular social networking site, citing a request from the RIAA. A Facebook statement says the company hopes to resolve the situation so that the Project Playlist servi ...

  17. 'X Factor' Winner Favorite For U.K. No. 1

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alexandra Burke, who won TV music talent contest "The X Factor" at the weekend, looks set to secure the U.K. Christmas No. 1 with her cover of "Hallelujah" (Syco). The song, originally written and recorded by Leonard Cohen, was ...

  18. Digital Briefs: Qtrax, Shazam, Rumblefish

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Ad-supported music service Qtrax added a licensing agreement with Sony BMG to add the major label's catalog to the site. That's three of the four major labels now signed, with Warner Music Group the last holdout. - Music ID service Sha ...

  19. Zavvi Misses Out On Take That, Britney

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Continuing problems with distributor EUK meant that U.K. entertainment retailer Zavvi did not have stock of major new albums by Britney Spears and Take That on the day both sets were released. As previously reported , EUK is in administration but ...

  20. New Oasis Deal Pays Out In Spades

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It may look like business as usual for Oasis, as its new album crashes in at No. 1 in the United Kingdom and achieves impressive chart debuts all around the world, including its best U.S. entry in a decade. But in fact, the setup behind "Dig ...

  21. Bertelsmann Unveils BMG Rights Management

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German media group Bertelsmann is investing in the music business again: BMG Rights Management will be opening its head office in Berlin as of Jan. 2009. In the coming months offices are also to be opened in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Madrid and Mi ...

  22. Sony BMG Ups Kooker

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dennis Kooker, Sony BMG Global Digital business and U.S. sales executive VP of operations has added GM stripes to his title and responsibilities. Kooker will continue to report to president of Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales Thomas Hesse an ...

  23. Sony BMG Buys Majority Stake in Denmark's Kick Music

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG has bought a majority stake in the Copenhagen-based Kick Music label for an undisclosed sum. Kick, one of the oldest and biggest indies in Denmark, will continue to operate independently out of its present HQ. Michael Quvang will remain a ...

  24. MySpace Music Launches with Notable Upgrades, Glaring Omissions

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace will flip the switch on its long-anticipated MySpace Music service on Thursday, completely revamping every element of the music section of the social network and bringing several elements of the music industry to the table with the launch. ...

  25. 7digital Signs Sony BMG To MP3

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. download service 7digital.com has signed a deal with Sony BMG to sell around 250,000 tracks from its catalog in high quality MP3 format. 7digital says it is now the largest DRM-free store in the U.K., with a total of four million tracks. It h ...

  26. Impala Attacks EC's Sony BMG Ruling

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pan-European independent labels body Impala has blasted the European Commission's decision to allow Sony Corporation's acquisition of the Sony BMG joint venture as "incredible." In a statement, Impala railed against the ruling. ...

  27. Majors Ink O2 Concert Distribution Deal

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital content provider New Stream Media (NSM) has inked licensing deals with the four majors, allowing it to record and distribute concerts at London's O2 and indigo2 venues. NSM -- the venues' digital content partner -- has signed dea ...

  28. Social Network MOG Flips Switch On Mobile Partner

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music-focused social network MOG has selected off-deck mobile content service Dada Entertainment as its exclusive mobile music partner. Under the deal, artists' MOG profiles will include a link to buy ringtones and MP3s for their mobile phone ...

  29. Nokia Set For "Comes With Music" Launch

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After months of speculation, Nokia has finally disclosed that the United Kingdom will be the first territory to offer its all-you-can-eat "Comes With Music" digital music service. The actual launch date of the service, designed to be in ...

  30. Update: Majors Plan IFPI Hong Kong Exit

    August 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The decision by the Hong Kong divisions of EMI, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group to withdraw from the IFPI Hong Kong Group is a "purely local" matter, says Hong Kong-based IFPI regional director Mayseey Leong. She s ...

  31. Nick Signs 'Zoey 101' Star To Music Deal

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nickelodeon has signed "Zoey 101" star Victoria Justice to a talent and music deal, which slates the 15-year-old actress to star in her own comedy series where she'll play a student at a school for the performing arts. The still-unt ...

  32. O2 Launches Sony BMG Mobile Music Store

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. mobile operator O2 is partnering with Sony BMG on what it claims is the first operator-supported major label mobile music store. My Play will be available exclusively through the web portal O2 Active and it will offer videos, full track audio ...

  33. Country Stars Duet With Elvis On Christmas CD

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Thanks to technology, Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride and LeAnn Rimes will be among the country stars performing with the king of rock 'n' roll on "Elvis Presley Christmas Duets." The new album, due out Oct. 14, will also fea ...

  34. Bertelsmann Exits Sony BMG

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corporation has reached an agreement to acquire Bertelsmann AG's 50% stake in Sony BMG, four years after the joint venture was created. The demerged music company is to be called Sony Music Entertainment Inc and it will become a wholly o ...

  35. Mobile Carrier Centennial Preps Talent Competition

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Puerto Rican mobile carrier Centennial is touting what it calls "the first vocal talent competition via the cellphone." The promotion, dubbed "Phonestar," calls for contestants to dial a code (*7827) on their Centennial phones ...

  36. ISPs On The Agenda At BPI AGM

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of the brightest burning topics in the U.K. industry -- the labels' ongoing dialog with ISPs -- was discussed and dissected today at the BPI annual general meeting. Today's gathering at the Mayfair Hotel in central London was held ag ...

  37. Oasis Go For 'Soul' With New Album

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Oasis' first album under the British rockers' new recording deal will land in the fourth quarter. The awaited new set, "Dig Out Your Soul," is slated for an Oct. 6 release in the United Kingdom through their own label, Big Brot ...

  38. Smellie Moots Aussie Music Day

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian music industry suffers from "an appalling lack of leadership" and needs to work with government and the business sector to revive its fortunes, according to Aussie veteran record label executive Michael Smellie. Smellie� ...

  39. Oasis Inks Deal With Sony BMG

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Oasis has expanded its partnership with Sony BMG by signing a new three-album deal with the company. The profit-sharing agreement will find Oasis continuing to release music on its own Big Brother imprint, with global distribution and marketing by ...

  40. Report: Bertelsmann Wants $1.5bn for Sony BMG Stake

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann is valuing its stake in Sony BMG at $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion as the German media group escalates its efforts to pull out of the record music joint venture with Sony Corp, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. According to the r ...

  41. Steinkamp Leaves Sony BMG

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Maarten Steinkamp, president of Continental Europe for Sony BMG, is leaving the company, Billboard.biz can confirm. Although representatives for Sony BMG would not response to calls from Billboard, insiders confirmed speculation which has been cir ...

  42. Chinese Music Industry Urges Action Against Baidu

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of leading music-industry companies and associations on June 3 issued a statement calling on major companies to review their relations with Beijing-based Internet portal Baidu due to its policy of providing “deep links” to Web sites of ...

  43. D-Listed: Project Playlist

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The most effective business card shared between today's innovative new online music services and the music industry seems to be a lawsuit. The recently filed action against Project Playlist—by the RIAA representing nine major labels—is just t ...

  44. Nokia Confident Free Music Downloads Will Profit

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Offering unlimited music downloads to phone buyers will make money for Nokia as well as record labels, the handset maker said, dismissing talk the move would come at the expense of profits. "We expect to make money both from our traditional d ...

  45. Gannett Upped At Sony BMG

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chris Gannett has been promoted to VP of strategic marketing for Sony BMG's Commercial Music Group. Gannett reports to David Santaniello, senior VP of strategic marketing for the group, and is based in New York. In his new role, Gannett will ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. PluggedIn Set For Launch

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PluggedIn, a Web site focused on music videos and other music offerings, is expected to launch Wednesday in public beta with partnerships with Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and EMI and an investment from Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment ...

  48. Sony BMG, Hilfiger Tune In To Tommy TV

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tommy Hilfiger is attempting to parlay its expertise at detecting fashion trends into picking hot, new music artists. Through a partnership with Sony BMG, the U.S. designer clothing firm today launched a Web portal, TommyTV , which it says will ex ...

  49. Wyclef Jean Embarks On India Tour

    April 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Wyclef Jean will play three club dates on his upcoming tour of India, his first in the country. Jean will open in Bangalore on April 16, followed by Pune (near Mumbai) on April 18. His run of dates will round off on April 19 in Mumbai. The Hard Ro ...

  50. MoS, Brightcove Team For Web Content

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. multi-media and dance-music group Ministry of Sound (MoS) is to overhaul its online-video service to boost ad revenue after forming a partnership with Internet-TV company Brightcove, Billboard.biz has learned. U.S.-based Brightcove has alread ...

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