Sony Music Entertainment

  1. Sony Music CEO Invests In Start-Up Fund

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO of Sony Music Entertainment in New York, is one of four investors of the newly founded company Hanse Ventures based in Hamburg. His partners are Dr. Bernd Kundrun, former CEO of the publishing company Gruner+ Jahr, Jochen M ...

  2. Business Matters: Mick Jagger On Digital Piracy, Shazam Tops 75 million Users, and More

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter here -- Mick Jagger on digital piracy: “I am quite relaxed about it. But, you know, it is a massive change and it does alter the fact that people don't make as much money out of records. But I have a take on th ...

  3. Sony Denies EMI Bid Report

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment is not in talks with EMI about making a possible bid for the U.K. major, contrary to reports over the weekend. Amid the ongoing speculation about the fate of debt-laden EMI, a comment by Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rolf S ...

  4. Business Matters: Sony, EMI, Village Voice and More

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz was quoted by a German Sunday paper as saying, ”We are in a position that allows us to seize every opportunity in the market - including EMI .” Many in the press took that statement to mean Sony i ...

  5. Michael Jackson in $200 Million-plus Recording Deal

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The estate of Michael Jackson has landed the late King of Pop the biggest recording deal in history: a $200 million guaranteed contract with Sony Music Entertainment for 10 projects over seven years, according to a person familiar with the deal. T ...

  6. Photos: The 2010 Grammy Awards

    January 31, 2010 12:00 AM EST The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards is a wrap. Below, some shots from the big night and Saturday's pre-Grammy gala hosted by Clive Davis and the Recording Academy. For full coverage of the Grammys, click here . Columbia Records chairman Steve Barne ...

  7. @MIDEM: The Growth Opportunities In Streaming

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST With the slowing pace of digital downloading, particularly in the U.S., MIDEM panelists said streaming is where the growth opportunities lie going forward, according to an industry panel that included executives from Spotify U.K. and Oxford, U.K.- ...

  8. Simon Cowell, Sony Music Sign Global Deal

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment have renewed their partnership, confirming details of a new long-term global venture to focus on the production and exploitation of music, television, film and digital content. The new venture will own all ...

  9. WMG Signs Up To eMusic

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has added part of its catalog to digital music subscription service eMusic. The agreement includes 10,000 catalog titles from Atlantic Records, Rhino Records and Warner Bros. Records, as well as from independent labels distribut ...

  10. Dada Flips Switch On Hybrid Subscription Service

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment service provider Dada Entertainment is today launched a hybrid web-mobile music subscription service called Play.me . The Web-based service operates much like any other music subscription service, offering unlimited streaming ...

  11. Fox To Order More 'American Idol'

    December 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fox is near a deal to order more seasons of "American Idol" -- with or without its most popular judge, Simon Cowell. The network's current contract with "Idol" producer 19 Entertainment and FremantleMedia extends through t ...

  12. WMG Onboard With Hulu

    December 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has become the second major label to strike a content licensing deal with online video hub Hulu. The deal brings music videos, concert performances, interviews and behind-the-scenes footage to artist-branded pages within the Hul ...

  13. Retailers: Chris Brown Album 'Overstocked'

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Chris Brown's rant that U.S. music retailers are boycotting his new album "Grafitti," appears to be unfounded. Brown took to his Twitter account - which is now inactive - over the weekend to complain about the fulfillment and displa ...

  14. Photo Gallery: Vevo Launch Party

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST The switch flipped on the much-hyped online music video service Vevo last night at a grand party in New York. Big-name performers included Lady Gaga and Adam Lambert, while music stars like Bono, 50 Cent, Ciara, John Mayer, Taylor Swift, Rihanna a ...

  15. EMI Joins Vevo

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST A day before the online music video service is scheduled to go live, Vevo locked in its third major label licensing deal with EMI Music. According to the agreement, EMI will add its catalog of music videos to that of Universal Music Group and Sony ...

  16. Full Coverage: How Vevo's Plan Unfolded

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST The switch flipped on the much-hyped online music video service Vevo Dec. 9 at a grand party in New York. Below, step-by-step look at how the Vevo plans developed over the past year. Analysis: On First Look, Vevo's Three Problems Online music ...

  17. Andre Selleneit Appointed SVP At Ariola

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Berlin-based DEAG Music managing director Andre Selleneit has been appointed senior VP of the Sony Music Entertainment-owned German language label Ariola G/S/A (Germany, Switzerland, Austria). Reporting to Sony Music Entertainment G/S/A SVP domest ...

  18. Vevo Launch Date Set

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Vevo online music video service is expected to launch Dec. 8, according to sources close to the company. The launch will kick off with an invite-only party at Skylight Studios in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood for key executives and advertisi ...

  19. Germany's Rock Label SPV Back In Business

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Six months after its insolvency on May 27, Hannover-based hard rock record label SPV GmbH is back, in partnership with Sony Music. The trustee of insolvency, lawyer Manuel Sack confirmed that SPV started a new future with its remaining assets. Acc ...

  20. MySpace Close To Acquiring Imeem

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace reportedly is in the late stages of negotiating an acquisition of rival music streaming service imeem. Billboard has independently verified initial reports from tech blog TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD , that the negot ...

  21. Vevo Links With AT&T

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Vevo music video joint venture between Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment has landed AT&T as one of its first advertising partners. Precisely how AT&T will integrate its branding into Vevo’s services won’t be clear unti ...

  22. Digital Briefs: Alice In Chains, SendMe Mobile

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- At Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live conference earlier this month, EMI senior VP of digital marketing Syd Schwartz hinted at an upcoming iPhone app from a band he declined to name. Mystery solved. It’s Alice In Chains , and the app “Black ...

  23. MySpace Music Rolls Out New Features

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Music has unveiled a number of service enhancements designed to appeal to users and content providers, including the addition of a music video hub, the ability to purchase tracks through iTunes, and an artist metrics and analytics tool. Th ...

  24. Google, Major Labels Partner On Music Search

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc is partnering with major music labels to launch a new feature to make it easier for music fans to discover, sample and buy songs on the search engine, according to two people familiar with the plan. The new feature will be facilitated b ...

  25. Retail Track: Trans World Looks Sound For Now

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Amid the continued plunge in U.S. physical music sales, Trans World Entertainment hasn't had a profitable quarter since the three months that ended Feb. 1, 2007. But thanks to the company's efforts to reduce operating expenses and close ...

  26. MP3 Pioneers Roll Out Recommendation, Multimedia System

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The inventors of the MP3 format are offering an enhanced music recommendation and multimedia content system they claim will become just as universally accepted. With offices in Germany, Norway, China and India, Bach Technology's solution is c ...

  27. Report: WMG, YouTube Reach Agreement

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group and YouTube reportedly have resolved their licensing dispute, and WMG's catalog will soon reappear on the online video streaming site soon. AdAge , citing two unnamed executives, says the deal is done, and is only waiting t ...

  28. Italy 'X Factor' Winner Earns Sanremo Slot

    September 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The growing influence of the Italian version of the TV talent show 'The X Factor' is confirmed by the fact that the winner of the current edition will automatically qualify for the country's flagship Sanremo Festival. The show, whic ...

  29. Record Companies Sue 'Ellen' Show Over Copyrights

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Some of the world's largest recording companies are suing "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," claiming producers violated their copyrights by playing more than 1,000 songs without permission. Many of the songs were played during the "d ...

  30. Leona Lewis Leak Investigated

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Syco is working with the IFPI and the police to investigate the leak of unreleased songs including a new Leona Lewis track, "Don't Let Me Down," a collaboration with Justin Timberlake. Lewis, the 2006 winner of the U.K. TV talent sh ...

  31. Sony, DEAG Confirms Classical Tie-Up

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment has concluded its acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in the German concert organizer DEAG Classics in Berlin. DEAG launched its DEAG Classics subsidiary in 2004. The company achieved double-digit growth rates in 2008 with ...

  32. Oasis Wins Britpop Airplay Battle

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT New airplay figures from U.K. collecting society PRS for Music have revealed that Oasis leads Blur in the battle for Britpop supremacy in the U.K., as the rival acts appear at huge London shows within a week of each other. Oasis' "Wonder ...

  33. Michael Jackson Continues To Shake Up Charts

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In the first full week following Michael Jackson's death on June 25, his catalog of solo albums shifted 800,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's up a whopping 90% compared with the previous week, when his solo sets moved 422,000 . ...

  34. Michael Jackson Album Sales Total 800K In Pre-Memorial Week

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On the day the world said goodbye to Michael Jackson, his legacy continues to shine on Billboard's charts, a testament to his lasting musical legacy and impact. Based on preliminary sales numbers from Nielsen SoundScan, Jackson's catalog ...

  35. Sony To Acquire Stake In DEAG Classics

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment is to acquire a stake in the European classical music business of DEAG Deutsche Entertainment AG. Effective July 7, Sony will acquire 49% of the capital of DEAG Classics AG (Berlin) for an undisclosed eight-figure euro amo ...

  36. Mobile Firm Dada Cuts Staff

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Off-deck mobile content provider Dada Entertainment has begun laying off a number of employees. The scope of the layoffs is not yet clear, nor is the future disposition of the company. Dada Entertainment was a joint venture between Sony Music Ente ...

  37. Michael Jackson Leaves Hefty Debts, Unrealized Comeback

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Along with a vast musical legacy and legions of adoring fans, pop superstar Michael Jackson leaves behind a mountain of debt and an unfulfilled comeback many hoped would rake in millions and erase his financial troubles. The King of Pop died sudde ...

  38. UPDATED: Michael Jackson Mourned By Friends, Fans, Fellow Musicians

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson died June 25 after reportedly being found unconscious in his Bel Air, Calif., home. Paramedics rushed the 50-year-old icon to UCLA Medical Center, where he was declared dead. Below, a round-up of the music industry's reaction ...

  39. Simon Cowell 'To Launch Global Entertainment Company'

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Simon Cowell is set to partner with U.K. retail magnate Sir Philip Green on a global entertainment company that will produce and own TV content in the U.S. and Britain. The venture, which does not yet have a name, will have Green's backing as ...

  40. Business Briefs: Best Buy, Verizon, Twitter, iLike

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Best Buy is reported to be considering allotting eight square feet per store (or about 200 titles) to vinyl albums in all of its 1,000-plus stores. A first test of 100 titles per store, according to the article, was successful enough for a bump ...

  41. Reports: Traffic, Sales Up At 2009 Record Store Day

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Thanks to the 82 exclusive releases and limited availability, customers lined up at record stores all around the country on Saturday morning and helped kickoff Record Store Day 2009 with a bang. Reports suggest traffic pick-ups and sales volume th ...

  42. Sweden: Hundreds Protest Pirate Bay Conviction

    April 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Wearing bandanas and waving Jolly Roger flags, hundreds of supporters of file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay demonstrated on Saturday against a Swedish court's conviction of the Internet site's organizers. The Stockholm district court on Fri ...

  43. Hostess, Sony Partner In Japan

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hostess Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) have reached an agreement on a services and support-based strategic partnership that will see the various entities of SMEJ provide a broad range of backing to Hostess and its artists in Ja ...

  44. J Records Signs Singer/songwriter BC Jean

    March 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter BC Jean, who co-wrote Beyonce's hit single "If I Were a Boy," has signed to J Records. The 21-year-old San Diego native is currently recording her solo debut, slated for release at the end of 2009. Jean is working ...

  45. Vodafone Takes Lead On DRM-Free Mobile Music

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone is claiming it will be the first global mobile network operator to offer music free of DRM when it makes the switch to a large proportion of its Vodafone Music Store catalog for mobile and PC by the summer. Universal Music Group, Sony Mus ...

  46. Telenor Refuses To Block Pirate Bay Access

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Norwegian telecom group Telenor will not block access to the Swedish BitTorrent tracker the Pirate Bay, despite demands from representatives of the entertainment industry. Telenor said that a demand from international and Norwegian music and film ...

  47. Total Music Shuts Down

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Total Music, the joint venture backed by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, among others, has shuttered, Billboard.biz can confirm. Multiple sources directly involved in the venture said all concerned agreed to stop funding the ef ...

  48. Performance Right Act Reintroduced To Congress

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST As expected the Performance Right Act has been reintroduced jointly to Congress today with Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bob Corker (R-TN), and B ...

  49. Digital Briefs: Pirate Bay, Mobile Music, Last.fm, ISPs

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST -Danish Internet service provider TDC is blocking access to The Pirate Bay, becoming the second to do so after the country’s High Court ordered rival Tele2 to block the same service last year. TDC took the action on its own, as the court-order for ...

  50. Sony Music Entertainment Begins Staff Cuts

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment began cutting staff today (Jan. 15), with the process expected to be completed tomorrow, sources tell Billboard.biz. At deadline, at least 30 people had been cut from the company's two distribution companies: Sony Glo ...

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