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  1. After Modest Growth Last Year, Album Sales Are Down Again

    July 12, 2012 7:50 PM EDT Midway through 2012, Nielsen SoundScan numbers show album sales down 3.2%, and the question is: What does that mean? On the one hand, a decline is a decline, and the obvious answer is that the U.S. music industry can't sustain the positive al ...

  2. Vevo vs. Google: Universal, Sony and the Latest Moves in the Chess Game

    July 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT Vevo's future business arrangements are looking a bit cloudy, as reports this week suggest that the company's deal terms with Google are again in play , and that Universal is re-examining its stake in the company in the relation to UMG&# ...

  3. Chris Brown's 'Fortune' Tops UK Album Chart

    July 09, 2012 8:13 AM EDT Chris Brown got his first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Fortune" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at the top, while Maroon 5's "Payphone" (Octone/A&M/Universal), featuring Wiz Khalifa, returned to the s ...

  4. Vevo Seeking to Raise $100-$150 Million for Overseas Expansion

    July 07, 2012 1:02 PM EDT Vevo is seeking to raise new equity financing in connection with plans to expand its operations overseas, according to reports late Friday in the Wall Street Journa l and Los Angeles Times . The company "is close to" retaining investment ...

  5. Universal Music Group Tops Sony To Lead 2012 Mid-Year Market Share

    July 05, 2012 5:42 PM EDT The Universal Music Group continues its reign as the top U.S. distributor of albums and track-equivalent albums, finishing the first half with 30.15% share, which edges out Sony Music Entertainment's 29.93% share, according to Nielsen SoundSc ...

  6. Beats Electronics Acquires Mog

    July 02, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Music subscription service Mog has been acquired by Beats Electronics. Terms of the deal, which first made the news back in March, were not disclosed. Mog founder and CEO David Hyman will stay on as CEO and report to Beats president and COO Luke W ...

  7. Music Execs Debate Promise and Threats of Universal-EMI Merger at Senate Hearing

    June 21, 2012 8:28 PM EDT Some of the music industry's top music executives painted various pictures of the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Thursday afternoon. It was a rare opportunity to see well-known executives queried a ...

  8. Label Execs Talk 'Decline of Record Business, Rise of Music Business' at New Music Seminar

    June 18, 2012 6:29 PM EDT (L-R): Official.fm's Amaechi Uzoigwe, WMG's Stephen Bryan, Merlin's Charles Caldas, Beggars Group's Martin Mills, Epitaph/Anti's Brett Gurewitz, Ultra Music's Patrick Moxey, Sony Music's Dennis Kooker, and UMG� ...

  9. Cheryl Cole's 'Call My Name' Is Top UK Single, 2012's Fastest Seller

    June 18, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Gary Barlow's Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project (Decca/Universal) started a third week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday as Cheryl Cole's "Call My Name" (Polydor/Universal) became the market's fastest-selling sin ...

  10. Fiona Apple Banked on Buzz to Build Anticipation for New Release

    June 14, 2012 8:15 PM EDT For her fourth album, "The Idler Wheel . . .," Fiona Apple wasn't willing to let her work be mishandled. Nearly seven years ago, the reclusive singer/songwriter released third album "Extraordinary Machine," a project that ...

  11. Amazon in Process Of Clearing Music Rights For Cloud (Report)

    June 13, 2012 8:00 AM EDT More than a year since launching its cloud service without the benefits of music licensing, online retailer Amazon is close to securing publishing deals with the major labels, according to a report on CNET. According to the report, Amazon is in ne ...

  12. The Jubilee Bump: How The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Is Boosting UK Music Sales

    June 06, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Robbie Williams performing at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace on Monday (June 4). (Photo: Getty) As the U.K. awaited an in-depth post-match report on the effects of the four-day (June 2-5) Jubilee celebrations on ...

  13. Fred Santarpia Leaving Vevo to Become Chief Digital Officer for Conde Nast

    June 06, 2012 12:41 PM EDT Dawn Ostroff, president of Condé Nast Entertainment Group (CNEG), continues to fill out her executive team. Ostroff has tapped former Vevo executive Fred Santarpia to lead CNEG's digital business. As executive vp and chief digital officer, Sa ...

  14. SAG-AFTRA Reaches Industrywide Music Video Deal

    June 01, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Capping months of effort, SAG-AFTRA announced Friday that it has reached the first-ever industrywide agreement covering dancers in music videos. The deal, which encompasses Sony Music, UMG, Warner, EMI, Disney and their subsidiary labels, came les ...

  15. HMV Sells London's Hammersmith Apollo To Stage C For $49 Million

    May 31, 2012 4:15 PM EDT London's HMV Apollo opened in 1932 as the Gaumont Palace, a cinema designed by Robert Cromie in the Art Deco style. It became the Hammersmith Odeon in 1962 and famous destination for live music. The name changed the Apollo in the 1990s. Stage ...

  16. Google, Facebook Mulling Investments in Vevo (Report)

    May 31, 2012 7:15 AM EDT Online giants Google and Facebook are looking at a potential investment in online music joint venture Vevo that could be part of a broader advertising partnership with the music service, the New York Post reported Thursday. Quoting sources, the pa ...

  17. Indian Copyright Act Amendments Give Music Artists Ownership Rights

    May 25, 2012 3:56 PM EDT NEW DELHI - In what is seen as a major victory for songwriters, composers and musicians working in the Indian film industry, revised amendments to the Copyright Act now give them better ownership control of their works. Considering India's fi ...

  18. Business Matters: Is Vevo Considering An IPO?

    May 23, 2012 4:42 PM EDT Is Vevo Considering an IPO? -- Vevo is seeking new investors to help fund its international expansion, according to reports at Sky News at the Financial Times. A report by Sky News claims the company has hired investment bank Allen & Co to loo ...

  19. Business Matters: Triton Media Helping Pandora Seem More Like a Radio Company

    May 21, 2012 5:48 PM EDT By Acting More Like Radio, Pandora Can Sell Advertising Pandora Media will become a successful Internet radio service by acting more and more like a radio company. In order to be a radio company, you need to use metrics common in the radio busines ...

  20. AEG Live Leads Bidding for UK's HMV Live (Report)

    May 21, 2012 12:05 PM EDT AEG Live is leading the race to acquire HMV's profitable live division, according to British newspaper the Daily Mail. The Daily Mail reports that AEG Live has been granted preferred bidder status to purchase the HMV-owned Mama Group, which t ...

  21. Columbia, Interscope, Universal Republic Artists Top Billboard Music Award Winners List

    May 21, 2012 12:00 AM EDT The label competition to rack up wins at the Billboard Music Award Show tonight turned out to be a two-horse race between Sony Music Entertainment and the Universal Music Group. Check Out All Our Coverage of the Billboard Music Awards Right Here S ...

  22. Donna Summer's Album Sales Surge, Despite Lack of Availability

    May 19, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Despite how nearly half of the late Donna Summer's studio albums are off the market, the diva's catalog is due to make waves on the Billboard charts next week. Donna Summer: In Memoriam -- There Will Always Be a You Sources say her seven ...

  23. Marianas Trench Leads Drake, Justin Bieber With Seven Noms in Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards

    May 15, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Pop band Marianas Trench has emerged with seven nominations for the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards, topping other nominees such as Drake, Justin Bieber, Nickelback and Simple Plan. The annual awards will be broadcast live June 17 at MuchMusic, housed ...

  24. HMV Looks to Grow Ticketing Division by Partnering With Ticketmaster U.K.

    May 15, 2012 2:02 PM EDT Troubled U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has teamed with the British arm of Ticketmaster as it looks to expand its ticketing operations. Announced today (May 15), the strategic partnership comes into effect over the next six to eight weeks and wil ...

  25. Sony Sued as Songwriter Alleges Alabama Stole His Song, Label Didn't Collect Royalties

    May 14, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Australian singer-songwriter Allan Caswell is alleging in a lawsuit that the band Alabama stole its 1982 chart-topping hit, "Christmas in Dixie," from the song he penned as the theme for the 1980s Australian television soap, "The Pr ...

  26. Music Attorney Paul Marshall, Who Repped EMI, PolyGram, Atlantic & More, Dies

    May 14, 2012 1:16 PM EDT Paul Marshall, the legendary music attorney who brokered some of the most significant transactions the music industry has ever seen over his fifty-plus years in the entertainment law business, died May 10 in Aventura, Florida. He was 83. Marshall& ...

  27. Business Matters: NARM Embraces Big Data -- Will Big Data Reciprocate?

    May 08, 2012 9:29 PM EDT NARM Embraces Big Data -- Will Big Data Reciprocate? -- Big Data invaded the NARM conference on Tuesday afternoon. Terms like "KPI" (key performance indicators) and "regression analysis" popped up in a setting more used to disc ...

  28. Business Matters: Google Going Vertical, Plans to Invest in Online Video Creator Machinima

    May 07, 2012 5:53 PM EDT Google Invests in Video Company Machinima Get ready for more vertical integration in the online video business. Google is set to invest in video company Machinima, according to a report Monday at All Things D. Machinima offers videos for video gam ...

  29. Alan Mintz -- Attorney, Manager, Label Exec -- Dead at 58

    May 04, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Alan Mintz (photo courtesy the Mintz family) Alan Mintz -- attorney, label exec, manager and musician -- died Wednesday of acute myelogenous leukemia, a rare and aggressive form of the disease, his family confirmed to Billboard.biz. He was 57. Min ...

  30. L.A. Reid, Martin Bandier, Doug Morris, More Honor Cornerstone's Jon Cohen at Syracuse University Event

    May 04, 2012 6:17 AM EDT (L-R): Cornerstone/Fader's Jon Cohen, Martin Bandier, L.A. Reid, and Doug Morris. (Photo: Ben Gabbe) ( Disclosure: The author of this article, Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad, graduated from Syracuse University and has appeared as a lecturer a ...

  31. Earl Sweatshirt Launching Columbia Imprint, Plots Future Albums

    May 02, 2012 7:25 PM EDT Earl Sweatshirt is coming back with a bang. After spending time at the Coral Reef Academy in Samoa as his music was going viral back home, the Odd Future collective member has signed a label deal and has several projects planned. According to the ...

  32. Peter Gabriel's CueSongs Scores Synchs With Three Major Corporations

    April 27, 2012 2:33 PM EDT Screen shot of CueSongs' prcing page -- and they do bespoke! Three global brands are among the first users of CueSongs, the one-stop online music-licensing service co-founded by U.K. superstar Peter Gabriel in January and targeted at the burg ...

  33. Backbeat: UMLE, Latin Power Music, Telemundo Execs Hang at the Latin Conference's Billboard Bash

    April 27, 2012 1:30 PM EDT (L-R) Jose Serrano of Latin Power Music, Victor Gonzalez, president of Universal Music Latin Entertainment, and artist America Sierra hang out at the Billboard Bash at the Billboard Latin Music Conference. (Photo: Michael Seto) The Billboard Bash ...

  34. Backbeat: Elvis Crespo, Juan Magan, Nir Seroussi, Victor Gonzalez, More at Latin Conference's Billboard Bash

    April 26, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Elvis Crespo is mobbed by the crowd during his performance at the Billboard Bash. (Photo: Michael Seto) The Billboard Bash , presented by State Farm , brought together members of the music industry to celebrate music with special performances by D ...

  35. Google Being Sued For Copyright Infringement Over Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane Photos

    April 26, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Google is being sued for copyright infringement in connection with its Google Music service launched late last year. But this isn't a run-of-the-mill case. It involves photographs of John Coltrane and Jimi Hendrix, the involvement of artist T ...

  36. Brands Compete in Second Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards

    April 23, 2012 4:37 PM EDT For the second year, the Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards will recognize the growing importance of consumer brands and marketers in the promotion and marketing of Latin music at the Billboard Latin Music Conference, presented by State Farm. ...

  37. Dick Clark Remembered by Ken Ehrlich, Alice Cooper, Tommy Mottola, DCP CEO, More

    April 19, 2012 5:41 PM EDT Dick Clark's death yesterday sent waves through the music community, as countless took to social networks and websites to express their condolences, stories, memories, and thoughts on the longtime television and radio personality. We've ...

  38. Vevo Launches in Australia and New Zealand

    April 16, 2012 6:52 AM EDT Vevo has opened for business in Australia and New Zealand. The on-demand music service launched here Monday, through a partnership with locally-based MCM Media, a leading producer of entertainment content for radio, digital, TV and events. Vevo In ...

  39. Business Matters: Is Music Still Core to Sony Corp's Mission?

    April 12, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Music May Be Losing Significance to Sony Sony Corp. wants to revitalize its electronics business, but how will it use music to get there? The company announced a transformation plan Thursday that includes shedding 10,000 jobs , or 6% of its global ...

  40. Simon Cowell's Record Label Sued Over Hot Boy Band One Direction

    April 10, 2012 7:04 PM EDT One Direction is one of the hottest boy bands in years, formed by Simon Cowell after the bands' members finished strongly on the seventh season of UK's "X-Factor." On Saturday, the group had a successful performance on "Sa ...

  41. Backbeat: How Canadian Boxing Legend George Chuvalo Inspired Our Lady Peace's New Album

    April 10, 2012 2:08 PM EDT What Becomes A Legend Most (from left): Our Lady Peace's bassist Duncan Coutts, frontman Raine Maida, boxing legend George Chuvalo, OLP manager Eric Lawrence, guitarist Steve Mazur, drummer Jeremy Taggart (photo: Luther Mallory) Just prior to ...

  42. Margeaux Rawson Appointed SVP of Operations for Sylvia Rhone's New Label, Audacious Music

    April 09, 2012 5:01 PM EDT Margeaux Rawson has been appointed senior vice president of operations for Sylvia Rhone's new label through Epic , which sources say will be called Audacious Music. Rawson was formerly SVP of media relations for Universal Motown, a post she h ...

  43. Exclusive: Timothy Xu Named Sony Music's CEO, Greater China

    April 04, 2012 7:44 AM EDT Sony Music has appointed former EMI exec Timothy Xu to helm its activities in the Greater China region, Billboard.biz can reveal. Xu has been named CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, Greater China, with responsibilities for China, Taiwan and Hong Ko ...

  44. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Suing Sony Music For $5 million

    March 30, 2012 8:27 PM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic, through his company Ear Booker Enterprises, is suing Sony Music Entertainment for $5 million. The complaint alleges that Sony Music took improper and duplicate recoupments, which resulted in royalty under payments. I ...

  45. Layoffs at The Orchard Following Ioda Merger

    March 27, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Digital distributors the Orchard has laid off employees just three weeks after its merger with the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA). According sources with knowledge of the layoffs, ten people from the IODA side of the business were ...

  46. Sony BMG Files Motion To Dismiss Toto's Digital Music Lawsuit

    March 27, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Major record labels continue to fight recording artists on the issue of compensation for digital downloads. Most recently, The Temptations filed perhaps the biggest lawsuit on this front yet. Meanwhile, Sony BMG, which just agreed to pay $8 millio ...

  47. Backbeat: Richard "Handsome Dick" Manitoba Launches Line of Bobbleheads

    March 23, 2012 12:58 PM EDT Here Richard "Handsome Dick" Manitoba, center, listens to the marketing plans for his bobblehead from Aggronautix owner Clint Weiler and Ed Seaman, GM at Oaks, Pa.-based Music Video Distributors, which distributes Aggronautix. (Photo: Ed ...

  48. Vevo Now Syndicating Content to Yahoo! Music

    March 21, 2012 5:11 PM EDT Yahoo! Music has become Vevo's latest syndication partner. The deal means Vevo's videos are now streamed through a Vevo video player at one of the most heavily trafficked websites in the country. Business Matters: ABC News Helps Yahoo! O ...

  49. Military Wives Top Springsteen on UK Album Charts

    March 19, 2012 7:52 AM EDT As Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Island), featuring Kimbra, started a fifth aggregate week atop the U.K. singles chart, the Military Wives moved to the album summit yesterday, Mothering Sunday, with "In My D ...

  50. Britney Spears Nearing Deal to Judge 'X Factor'

    March 09, 2012 6:24 AM EST Britney Spears is nearing a deal to serve as judge on next season's The X Factor, a well-placed source tells The Hollywood Reporter. Spears' fiance, agent Jason Trawick, is negotiating the contract which could be signed as soon as next w ...

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