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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Business Matters: Finally Global? Turntable.fm Doing Deals with Labels (Report)

    March 08, 2012 6:31 PM EST Turntable.fm's Could Go Global With New Major Licensing Deals Turntable.fm has signed a licensing deal with EMI and is close to completing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, according to CNET. The status of discuss ...

  5. UJA-Federation of New York To Honor Amy Doyle of MTV, Rick Krim of VH1

    March 07, 2012 6:37 PM EST Amy Doyle and Rick Krim at the UJA-Federation breakfast (Photo: Michael Priest Photography) The UJA-Federation of New York gathered together some of the music industry's top executives earlier today (March 7) for a breakfast to celebrate the ...

  6. Emeli Sande, Gotye Return To the Top of the U.K. Charts

    March 05, 2012 9:22 AM EST Scottish breakthrough artist Emeli Sandé returned to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday) with her debut album "Our Version of Events" (Virgin/EMI). Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Island) s ...

  7. Michael Jackson's Unreleased Tracks Among 50,000 Songs Stolen From Sony By Hackers

    March 05, 2012 6:58 AM EST Hackers have reportedly stolen more than 50,000 music files from Sony Music, including Michael Jackson's entire back catalog and a large number of unreleased songs from the late King of Pop. According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, th ...

  8. Mog Not 'Actively' Shopping Itself, CEO Says (Report)

    February 28, 2012 9:01 PM EST David Hyman, the CEO of subscription service Mog, says the company has not "actively" been shopping itself, contradicting a report on Tuesday by CNET that the company was struggling and has been seeking a buyer. Speaking to Reuters , Hym ...

  9. Sony, RCA Sued By Artist Over Music Video Background

    February 27, 2012 5:39 PM EST A Brooklyn-based artist has filed a new lawsuit that raises the question of whether the mise-en-scène from one video production can be appropriated in another. The plaintiff in the case is Maya Hayuk, who has had a strong career through two decade ...

  10. Vienna Philharmonic New Year's Concert Reaches 70 Countries, Goes Double Platinum in Austria

    February 24, 2012 8:00 AM EST In Vienna from left: Oliver Wazola (Senior Product Manager Classics & Jazz Sony Music Entertainment Austria), Prof. Dieter Flury (flutist Vienna Philharmonic), Dr. Alexander Wrabetz (theater director ORF), Barbara Rett (ORF, presenter of the c ...

  11. Barbra Streisand Re-Signs With Columbia Records, Will Celebrate 50 Years

    February 22, 2012 3:45 PM EST Barbra Streisand will remain on Columbia Records, the Sony Music-owned label has announced today. The Grammy- and Oscar-winning singer and actress has been with the label for 50 years, having originally signed in the early 1960s. She released her ...

  12. Business Matters: Pirate Bay Could Get Blocked in U.K., Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark

    February 21, 2012 6:10 PM EST Pirate Bay Could Leave UK, Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark The music industry's collective effort to reduce digital piracy made some progress in recent days. Most notable is a UK court's judgment that could end up getting file-sharing ...

  13. Backbeat: Latin Music Industry Rocks at Premios Lo Nuestro Afterparties

    February 21, 2012 10:18 AM EST From the left, Jorge Mejia, Sony/ATV's Sr. VP for Latin America & U.S. Latin; Melissa Esposito of Sony U.S. Latin; and Ruben Leyva of Sony U.S. Latin at Sony's PLN afterparty. The live telecast of Univision's Premios Lo Nuestro ...

  14. Video: Clive Davis' Eulogy at Whitney Houston's Funeral

    February 18, 2012 2:58 PM EST Clive Davis is Sony Music's chief creative officer and also Whitney Houston 's longtime mentor, advisor and friend and his comments at Newark's New Hope Baptist Church reflected that closeness. Read his eulogy in its entirety below: ...

  15. Business Matters: Thrillcall's New iPhone App Has Your Live Music Daily Deals

    February 17, 2012 6:40 PM EST Thrillcall's New iPhone App Has Your Live Music Daily Deals -- Live music event aggregator Thrillcall launched an iPhone app this week that focuses on exclusive tickets and packages. The app may give music fans daily deals, but Thrillcall is ...

  16. Whitney Houston Funeral Service Live Streamed Here Sat. 2/18 at 12:00 p.m. ET (Watch)

    February 17, 2012 5:30 PM EST Whitney Houston's loved ones will gather today, Saturday Feb. 18, for a private funeral service at Newark, N.J.'s New Hope Baptist Church. But fans worldwide will be able to mourn and remember the life and legacy of the music superstar v ...

  17. Inside Whitney Houston's Last Recording Session, Days Before Her Death

    February 15, 2012 11:00 PM EST Five days before her untimely death (cause as yet unknown, but a lethal combination of drugs and alcohol is suspected), Whitney Houston was in the recording studio working on new music. The song, "Celebrate," was written by R. Kelly and ...

  18. Exclusive: Adele's Manager Jonathan Dickins Talks Grammys, 2012 Tour Plans, and When to Say No

    February 14, 2012 12:30 PM EST With Adele from left: Doug Morris (Sony Music Entertainment CEO), Steve Barnett (Columbia Records Chairman/COO), Rob Stringer (Columbia Chairman/CEO) and manager Jonathan Dickins. (Photo: Sony Music) Adele was the obvious frontrunner for virtually ...

  19. It's Official: Sylvia Rhone to Run New Label Through Epic

    February 14, 2012 8:14 AM EST Sylvia Rhone with L.A. Reid at Essence's tribute to Rhone and Kelly Rowland in Los Angeles last week. (Photo: 2012 A Turner Archives) It looks like L.A. Reid's appearance at Essence magazine's tribute to Sylvia Rhone last week was t ...

  20. Business Matters: MySpace Adds 1 Million Users, Now at 25 Million

    February 13, 2012 5:35 PM EST MySpace Sees Growth Potential in Internet Radio Player MySpace says it has nabbed "over 1 million" new registered users since it debuted a new music player on December 19. A MySpace spokesperson tells Billboard.biz that MySpace now has & ...

  21. Lana Del Rey Tops UK Chart, Has Biggest Selling U.K. Album of 2012

    February 13, 2012 8:01 AM EST As Lana Del Rey's "Born To Die" (Polydor/Universal) started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday, Belgian Australian Gotye climbed 3-1 on the singles survey with "Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal Islan ...

  22. Updated: Whitney Houston Tributes From Artists, Executives, Including Beyonce, Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Dozens More

    February 12, 2012 2:47 PM EST As news of Whitney Houston's death rapidly spread around the globe, Twitter, the Internet and our inboxes filled with tributes, and Billboard.biz has spoken with dozens of people at many pre-Grammy events. Any attempt at a definitive list of ...

  23. Backbeat: Paul McCartney Honored at MusiCares Grammy Event, Performs for a Galaxy of Stars and Execs

    February 11, 2012 7:35 PM EST Sir Paul McCartney performing onstage during the 22nd Annual MusiCares Benefit Gala Honoring Paul McCartney at the Los Angeles Convention Center. (Photo: WireImage) Few events bring out more music industry executives than the annual MusiCares Pers ...

  24. Sony Reports $2 Billion Loss in Third Quarter

    February 02, 2012 11:18 AM EST TOKYO - Sony announced net losses of 159 billion yen ($2.04 billion) for the third quarter, while Sir Howard Stringer defended his record as CEO as he handed over the reins to Kazuo Hirai. The end of year period should be the company's best q ...

  25. Willie Nelson Signs With Legacy Recordings, Promises Five New Albums

    February 01, 2012 12:05 PM EST Seven-time Grammy Award winner and country music icon Willie Nelson has signed a deal with Legacy Records to release archived performances and material from his past catalog as well as new tracks, the label announced today. Legacy, the catalog win ...

  26. Vevo Earned $150 Million in Revenue Last Year, Says CEO Rio Caraeff

    February 01, 2012 8:04 AM EST DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) - Vevo, the online music video service launched by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment in late 2009, pulled in $150 million in revenue last year, chief executive Rio Caraeff revealed on Tuesday. The service g ...

  27. AFTRA Sound Recording Agreement With Major Labels Ratified

    January 31, 2012 1:31 PM EST AFTRA singers and other members have ratified the union's sound recording agreement with the major labels, the union announced Monday. The move, by a vote of almost 99 percent in favor, was expected. The agreement, which was reached Dec. 15, ...

  28. Cover Drive, Ed Sheeran Top U.K. Charts

    January 30, 2012 8:54 AM EST Bajan quartet Cover Drive went straight to No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Jan. 29) with "Twilight" (Global Talent/Universal). Ed Sheeran's hit debut album "+" (Asylum/Warner Music) moved back 2-1 for its third ...

  29. Billboard Power 100: Lukasz 'Dr. Luke' Gottwald

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 30 Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald Songwriter/producer Kemosabe Records/Sony Twitter: @TheDoctorLuke The Hitmaker Poised To Be The Next Jimmy Iovine... A convincing case for Gottwald's power could be made just by listing his smash hi ...

  30. Billboard Power 100: Doug Morris

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 5 Doug Morris CEO Sony Music Entertainment Renaissance Man... Critics cackled last year about Sony Corp.'s choice of septuagenarian Doug Morris as CEO of the second-largest major-label group. But what those naysayers failed to realize is ...

  31. Billboard Power 100: Simon Cowell

    January 26, 2012 11:41 PM EST No. 100 Simon Cowell Co-Owner Syco Twitter: @SimonCowell "X" Marks the Spot With "American Idol" behind him, Simon Cowell's "X Factor" flexed its muscles in 2011, launching five finalists from the British show� ...

  32. Billboard Power 100: Clive Davis

    January 26, 2012 6:00 PM EST Honoree Clive Davis Chief Creative Officer, Sony Music; Chief Adviser to the Department, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University Twitter: @clivedavis The Chairman... There's no argument that Clive Davis is on the Mount ...

  33. Morning Heds: Is Megaupload Like YouTube?; Tim Cook's Bang-Up Job; Iggy Pop Reps Record Store Day

    January 25, 2012 6:45 AM EST Tim Cook on His First Four Months as Apple CEO: Just Look at the Results All Things D Asked about his first four months as Apple chief executive, Tim Cook stressed that what he feels most is lucky to be surrounded by his talented colleagues. San F ...

  34. Morning Heds: RIM CEOs Out, HMV's New Banking Terms, Does Facebook Make People Sad?

    January 23, 2012 6:45 AM EST If the feds can shut down Megaupload, why do we need SOPA? Ars Technica For more than a year, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America have argued that existing laws were insufficient to deal with ...

  35. Germany's 2011 Music Sales: Adele, Udo Lindenberg, Shakira Top Charts

    January 13, 2012 8:55 AM EST Adele, was the most successful international act in the German album charts in 2011. The British singer's album "21" (Indigo) spent 49 weeks in the top 100 rankings and 39 weeks in the top five, going five times platinum after reach ...

  36. Sony To Resurrect Relentless Records Label

    January 12, 2012 2:26 PM EST Sony Music is to re-launch Relentless Records, the U.K.-based label which helped launch the careers of Joss Stone, Jay Sean and KT Tunstall. Label co-founder and former Virgin Records U.K. President Shabs Jobanputra is to head the revived London-b ...

  37. Morning Heds: CES & SOPA Cud Chewing, L.A.'s Music Box Closes, Homer Backs the Nuge

    January 09, 2012 8:14 AM EST CES 2012: Here's What The Music Biz Will Be Watching For Billboard.biz The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which launches today, has long been the go-to event for the tech and mobile industries and is increasingly becomi ...

  38. 'X Factor's' Chris Rene: Epic Records Deal Imminent, Say Sources

    January 04, 2012 11:59 AM EST The ink has yet to hit the paper, but like "X Factor" winner Melanie Amaro, finalist Chris Rene will soon sign a recording contract with Epic Records, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter. The Santa Cruz-based rapper, who was mentored by ...

  39. Melanie Amaro, 'X Factor' Winner, Inks Epic Records Deal

    January 03, 2012 2:33 PM EST Melanie Amaro, the winner of the first season of "The X Factor," has been signed by Epic Records. "X Factor" judge Antonio "L.A." Reid is chairman and CEO of the label, and said in a statement Tuesday, "I joined ...

  40. Morning Heds: GoDaddy Now Opposes SOPA, Weeknd's Lucrative Career Path, Sub Pop's 2011 Sea Change

    December 30, 2011 9:03 AM EST GoDaddy Bows to Boycott, Now 'Opposes' SOPA CNET In response to "Dump GoDaddy Day," the embattled domain registrar finally decides to oppose drastic Hollywood-backed copyright bills. The Weeknd Finds Lucrative Career Path - Wit ...

  41. Simon Cowell Still Interested In Astro, 'X Factor' Teen Rapper

    December 23, 2011 12:00 PM EST After Melanie Amaro won last night's first "X Factor" crown, worth $5 million dollar label deal and a Pepsi commercial, Amaro spoke about plans for her upcoming album, while the show's executive produecr Simon Cowell talked a b ...

  42. Vazquez Sounds' Cover of Adele's 'Rolling In the Deep' Sparks Billboard Social 50 Debut (Watch)

    December 22, 2011 2:25 PM EST YouTube hitmakers Vazquez Sounds comes bounding in at No. 17 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, capping a wild month for the Mexican kid trio. It marks the second-highest debut ever on the chart since it launched a year ago. Only Rebecca Black, ...

  43. Vevo: The Numbers Behind Two Years of Growth

    December 20, 2011 3:24 PM EST When Vevo launched its ad-supported music video platform two years ago, streaming was sluggish for a few days. The kinks were quickly worked out, and Vevo has since become the best example of how advertising plays into the future of the music busi ...

  44. Australian Retailer JB Hi-Fi Launches Beta Version of 'Now' Streaming Service

    December 15, 2011 11:09 AM EST Australia's leading music retailer JB Hi-Fi has taken a leap into digital music with the beta launch of its Now streaming music service . The month-long trial started this week and means JB has almost certainly beaten Spotify to the punch. Mo ...

  45. Thomas Hesse, Ex-Sony Music Exec, Joins RTL Group Board

    December 13, 2011 9:27 AM EST COLOGNE, Germany - More executive shuffling on the board of directors of European broadcasting giant RTL Group, as Thomas Hesse, formerly of Sony Music, takes the spot on RTL's board left vacant by Hartmut Ostrowski, the outgoing CEO of RTL p ...

  46. Stephen Cooper, New Warner Music CEO, On EMI Auction, Q4 Losses

    December 08, 2011 11:41 AM EST NEW YORK - New Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper on Thursday said that the music major saw "significant" synergy opportunities in a possible acquisition of EMI's recorded music business, but remained disciplined in the auction t ...

  47. In Memoriam

    December 08, 2011 7:40 AM EST Joe Arroyo (b. 1955) Salsa star/composer Discovered by Fruko y Sus Tesos leader Julio Ernesto Estrada and known for his high tenor and hit songs "La Noche" and "Rebelión," Joe Arroyo rose to prominence in the '70s to becom ...

  48. Thomas Hesse Officially Leaving Sony Music For Bertelsmann

    November 30, 2011 7:56 AM EST As Billboard first reported yesterday, the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann AG has officially appointed Thomas Hesse to the international media company's Executive Board where his responsibilities will include managing the corporation's ...

  49. Epic Records to Name Tricky Stewart Head of A&R

    November 29, 2011 9:13 PM EST Epic Records is expected to name Tricky Stewart head of A&R and is nearing a deal to name ex-LaFace Records executive Mark Shimmel to a senior executive post at the Sony Music label, according to sources familiar with the situation. In another ...

  50. Thomas Hesse, Sony Music Global Digital President, Returning to Bertelsmann, Sources Say

    November 29, 2011 10:02 AM EST Thomas Hesse, 45, President of Global Digital Business at Sony Music Entertainment in New York -- who has managed Sony Music's worldwide digital business since 2004 and is in charge of corporate strategy -- is leaving Sony Music in New York t ...

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