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  1. Top Warner Execs 2010 Pay Increased Despite Revenue Losses

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group's top two executives took home more money in 2010 than they did the year before, according to details in a recent SEC filing . Judging from the amounts of their bonuses, Warner's leadership exceeded their 2010 goals. C ...

  2. Universal Partners With 'American Idol' Rival 'The Voice Of...'

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a recording and services deal with the producers of a new television singing competition "The Voice Of ...," which launches in the United States this spring to rival the popular "American Idol" ...

  3. Record Store Day 2011 Set For April 16

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST The fourth annual Record Store Day has been set for April 16. Held annually on the third Saturday of April, Record Store Day aims to celebrate the culture of more than 1,400 independent music stores around the world by hosting in-store events and ...

  4. Analysis: Labels Began Phasing Out CD Manufacturing Plants A Decade Ago

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST Yesterday we reported that Sony Music is closing a CD manufacturing plant in New Jersey. This is more than just a reaction to the current woes of the CD format. Sony's move out of CD manufacturing is just the latest example of major music com ...

  5. YouTube & Vevo: Coming Soon To An Android Mobile Near You

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST The nation's two top providers of music videos online today set their sights on the mobile marketplace, with both Vevo and YouTube expanding their reach into Android mobile phones. YouTube, which to date has not been able to stream music vide ...

  6. Aventura Singer Santos Signs Album Deal With Sony Music, Jive Records

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Anthony "Romeo" Santos, the lead singer and songwriter of chart-topping urban bachata group Aventura, has signed a multi-million, five album deal with Sony Music and Jive Records. According to published reports from the EFE agency, Santo ...

  7. 2010 British Album Sales Down 7%, Digital Up 30%

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Album sales fell by seven percent in Britain last year, despite a 30 percent jump in the number of digital albums purchased, industry lobby group the BPI said on Wednesday. The figures compiled by the Official Charts Company extend the trend of re ...

  8. Warner Music Group Names Cameron Strang CEO of Warner/Chappell Music; Acquires Southside Publishing

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group today announced the appointment of Cameron Strang as CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world's largest music publishers with a catalog of more than one million copyrights. David Johnson will continue on as Warner/Cha ...

  9. Michael Jackson Estate Has 'More Songs to Share,' Collaborators Say

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST A couple of Michael Jackson collaborators involved with the posthumous "Michael" album say there's more where these tracks came from -- and they hope to see them released in the future, too. "My sense is they have lots more son ...

  10. Business Matters: LimeWire Winding Down Legal Download Store, Nixes Subscription Service

    December 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. LimeWire Winding Down Legal Download Store -- LimeWire’s legal problems appear to be affecting the legitimate side of its business . One indication is the company’s winding down of its LimeWire do ...

  11. Business Matters: WMG, Live Nation Ratings Downgraded

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. WMG, Live Nation Ratings Downgraded -- Both Warner Music Group and Live Nation have recently had their bond ratings downgraded by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service. In other words, one of the ...

  12. Peter Maffay Signs 12-Year Label Deal

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST The German singer songwriter Peter Maffay has signed a 12-year contract with the Sony Music label Ariola until 2022. "Out of the long lasting and successful cooperation with Sony Music, a lot of real friendships have developed that are based ...

  13. Quarterly Earnings Recap: Apple Stuns, Music Companies Stumble

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST While consumers continued to opt for less expensive digital music and shied away from live events in the third quarter of 2010, one company found a way to entertain and thrill its customers: Apple. Although Apple does not create musical content, p ...

  14. Peter Asher: Long Wait for Beatles on iTunes Was 'Silly'

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST In the 50 years that Peter Asher has been involved in the entertainment industry, he's worn every hat imaginable -- from child actor in his native England to artist as one-half of the '60s duo Peter and Gordon, he later transitioned to A ...

  15. Business Matters: Spotify, eMusic, DVD Sales, Hulu

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Should Spotify Launch Without All The Majors? -- The latest rumor – just a rumor – about Spotify has the company considering a U.S. launch without one or more of the four major record labels. The ...

  16. Chart Moves: Susan Boyle, Jackie Evancho, Dr. Dre, Rihanna

    November 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Billboard 200 -- Susan Boyle/Jackie Evancho : The top two rungs of the Billboard 200 chart are brought to you by Simon Cowell's Syco Music imprint and his "Got Talent" TV franchise. At No. 1, former "Britain's Got Tale ...

  17. Emusic Adds Major Labels, Higher Price Tiers

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music subscription club eMusic launched a new pricing plan this week that charges more for new music but adds tunes from major labels in an effort to broaden its appeal. In the past, the site focused on indie labels and offered discounts o ...

  18. Rolf Schmidt-Holtz Joins German Publisher's Board

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, CEO Sony Music in New York, will become a member of the supervisory board of the Hamburg-based publishing company Gruner + Jahr in March 2011. Schmidt Holtz was also appointed to the board of trustees of the Bertelsmann Stiftun ...

  19. Bon Jovi Beats Blunt, Boyle On Euro Chart

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bon Jovi 's "Greatest Hits - The Ultimate Collection" (Mercury/Universal) withstands debuts by James Blunt, Susan Boyle and Depeche Mode to retain the leadership of Billboard's European Albums chart. Meanwhile, Rihanna commands ...

  20. Indies Exit eMusic

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Repertoire from Domino, Merge and the Beggars Group of labels will no longer be available on the eMusic subscription service from tomorrow (Nov. 18). The announcement was made via a statement published on eMusic's official message board and i ...

  21. Business Matters: Analysts Expect Drop In WMG Revenue

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Analysts Expect WMG Revenues To Fall -- Citigroup analysts expect Warner Music Group revenues in its fiscal third quarter (the period ending Sept. 30) to drop by 14% to $740 million. In a note to ...

  22. Universal Music Group Revenue Up In Q3

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a time when flat is the new up, Universal Music Group is having a pretty good year. In the third quarter of 2010, the UMG's revenue was up 6% (down 3% at constant currency) to 1.03 billion euros ($1.39 billion). Earnings before interest, t ...

  23. ARIA Awards Artists Get Sales Boost

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The TV ratings were a shocker, but the ARIA Awards still managed to breathe new chart life into recordings from performers and winners on the night. After taking out two of the big trophies at the Nov. 7 industry gala, Angus & Julia Stone have ...

  24. Business Matters: Regulatory Hurdles In EMI's Future

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. -- If EMI takes the path many people expect, regulatory hurdles are likely to be a part of its future. Now that Terra Firma has lost its lawsuit against Citigroup , many people expect EMI - at lea ...

  25. Prediction Time: Here's Who Will Win Latin Grammys

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST It’s time again for us to make our annual predictions for the Latin Grammy Awards, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas Nov. 11. Projecting winners is an imprecise science, but here’s who we think will take home tro ...

  26. Warner U.K. Launches Dance Imprint

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has launched a new dance music imprint, One More Tune (OMT). In a statement, Warner said the label will sign and develop talent from the U.K. and around the world and build on the major's dance heritage, which includes reper ...

  27. New Michael Jackson Video Game Revives Moonwalking

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Video game maker Ubisoft is betting that dancing games will be all the rage this holiday season -- thanks in big part to the King of Pop. The company will bring "Michael Jackson The Experience" to stores Nov. 23 on Nintendo's Wii fo ...

  28. Shakira’s 'Sale el Sol' Tops Latin Albums Chart

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Shakira’s “Sale el Sol” debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Latin Albums chart this week, and also tops charts throughout Latin America. In the artist’s native Colombia, Sony Music is selling her Spanish language set album via an exclusive deal wit ...

  29. Lawsuit: Whitley Family Members Seek Unpaid Royalties From Sony

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lorrie Morgan, the widow of late country artist Keith Whitley, and their children, have filed suit against Sony Music Entertainment, claiming that the major label has underpaid Whitley royalties by $1 million. Most of the underpaid royalties appea ...

  30. Ricky Martin Confirms Dual Spanish, English Single Release

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ricky Martin announced the new singles from his upcoming 2011 album via his Twitter account. Martin's first Spanish language single is "Lo Major De Mi Vida Eres Tu," a duet with Spanish singer Natalia Jimenez. An English version of ...

  31. eMusic To Add Universal Music Group, Change Pricing

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has licensed its catalog to eMusic, making it the third major record label available at the store. The addition of 250,000 UMG tracks will be available in November for U.S. subscribers only. Concurrent with the addition of UM ...

  32. Irish Court Ruling Hits Anti-Piracy Hopes

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Disappointed Irish record labels are contemplating a court ruling's possible impact upon their attempts to force Internet Service Providers to tackle unauthorised downloading/file-sharing. In a ruling today in the Commercial division of the H ...

  33. Wal-Mart's Asda Moves Into Artist Exclusives

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wal-Mart-owned U.K. mass merchant Asda has followed arch-rival Tesco's lead and signed its first exclusive CD deal with an artist -- veteran Irish singer/songwriter Chris De Burgh. Asda has not confirmed any plans for future releases, but for ...

  34. Gin Wigmore, Stan Walker Clean Up At NZ Music Awards

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Gin Wigmore and R&B/pop vocalist Stan Walker took away four awards apiece at this year's New Zealand Music Awards. Wigmore's folky Universal Music debut "Holy Smoke" (Island) won the album of the year awar ...

  35. Business Matters: Spotify, Apple, MPAA and more

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Is Spotify Rattling Apple? -- Is Spotify rattling Apple? Judging from a post by CNET’s Greg Sandoval, Apple is taking Spotify seriously. From the CNET post: “…Apple executives (are) worried about ...

  36. BACKBEAT: 20 Years and 50 Millions Albums Later - Shakira and Sony Celebrate Their Partnership

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Following her sold-out concert at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Sept. 21, Shakira and members of her label team celebrated her 20 years of music making and 50 million records sold with Sony Music. From left: Doneen Lombardi, Columbia/Epic La ...

  37. BACKBEAT: R&B Group Ahmir Signs to Robbins Entertainment

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ahmir , 2006 winner of Billboard's Hip Hop and R&B "We Hear The Future" competition signed to Robbins Entertainment (RED/Sony Music) on September 22. Celebrating their partnership are (top row, from left) May Cheung , consumer r ...

  38. Astronaut Sues Dido Over Image

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bruce McCandless, the NASA astronaut pictured small and floating in space above the Earth on Dido's album cover for "Safe Trip Home" is now suing Dido, Sony Music, Arista Records and Getty Images for using his picture. The ex-spacem ...

  39. @MEL: Key To App Sales Success: Winning Over Apple's Editors

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple's App store editorial department – tasked with selecting and promoting the best apps on the crowded site – now holds enormous power over the success or failure of music industry apps, panelists said during “The New Music Industry” discu ...

  40. Strictly Confidential Snags Editors

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European Music publisher Strictly Confidential Music has signed an exclusive, worldwide deal with U.K. alt-rock act Editors. Brussels-based Strictly Confidential is part of the PIAS Entertainment Group. The publishing arm launched in 1987 and gain ...

  41. Vevo To Launch TV Network?

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The bad blood between online music video upstart Vevo and stalwart MTV may reach new levels, as Vevo reportedly is planning to launch a TV network for its content as well. The New York Post , citing Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff, says a Vevo TV channel wou ...

  42. Europe Set To Strengthen Anti-Piracy Stance

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the focus on anti-piracy measures has recently been on the legislation in France and the U.K., Europe-wide action is now firmly on the agenda. The European Parliament today (Sept. 22) voted for the adoption of the Report on the Enforcement o ...

  43. Business Matters: Stock Spikes, Zune, Apple and more

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Stocks Spike On Economic News -- Entertainment stocks had a strong day on Monday as the market rose on news the recession ended in June 2009. The National Bureau of Economic Research agreed that a ...

  44. Jackson Estate Licenses Virtual 'Planet Michael'

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The man who made the moonwalk famous will soon be getting a planet of his own. The Michael Jackson estate has entered a licensing deal with a Los Angeles company that will create an online virtual world based on the King of Pop called "Planet ...

  45. Financial Round-Up: EMI, WMG, Live Nation, HMV and more

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The latest round-up of earnings re-caps: EMI Here is the lone example of an annual earnings report. In August, EMI’s private equity owner, Maltby Capital (which was set up by Terra Firma), released an annual report that offered two important numbe ...

  46. Vevo Hits Back At MTV

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV made waves earlier this month by announcing comScore figures that named it the No. 1 music destination site on the Internet, over both incumbent MySpace Music and upstart Vevo. Now Vevo is hitting back with numbers of its own, also from comSco ...

  47. George Michael's 'Faith' Reissue Postponed

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The re-release of George Michael's classic album "Faith" has been postponed after the singer was jailed for driving while under the influence of drugs. The remastered and extended "Faith" package had been due to hit stores ...

  48. EMusic Nears Major Label Deals For Fall Relaunch

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT eMusic, the subscription digital music service, is close to wrapping up deals with the last two major labels in time for a planned relaunch in November, its chief executive said. The 12-year old start-up is working on deals with Vivendi's Uni ...

  49. Music App Summit: Decision-Makers Discuss Past, Present and Future of Mobile Music Apps

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT This year’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit is taking place Oct. 5 in San Francisco and will be a high-level meeting of the main players involved in making music-relates smartphone apps. They include the leading app developers, VCs ...

  50. Katy Perry's 'Dream' Goes On In Europe

    September 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry lands her first No. 1 on Billboard's European Albums, debuting at the top with "Teenage Dream" (Capitol/EMI). The new leader on European Hot 100 Singles is "We Speak No Americano" (Sweat It Out/All Around The Wo ...

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