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  1. Read: Clive Davis' Comments About Whitney Houston at Pre-Grammy Gala

    February 12, 2012 1:46 AM EST Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Clive Davis at the Clive Davis and the Recording Academy's 2012 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Richard Branson at The Beverly Hilton Hotel . He said the late-Whtiney Houston "wo ...

  2. Grammys Pulling Together '11th Hour' Tribute to Whitney Houston, Neil Portnow Says

    February 11, 2012 11:33 PM EST News of Whitney Houston's sudden death shocked Hollywood on Saturday, but none more than Recording Academy president Neil Portnow, who is now in the midst of revamping Sunday's Grammy Awards to feature a tribute with singer Jennifer Huds ...

  3. Afo Verde Appointed Chairman/CEO for Sony's Latin Region, Spain and Portugal

    February 08, 2012 12:33 PM EST Afo Verde, who since 2009 has been serving as president, Latin Region, for Sony Music Entertainment, has been promoted to the post of Chairman and CEO for the Latin Region, Spain and Portugal. Verde, who had previously overseen the label's U. ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Sony's Kazuo Hirai to Replace Howard Stringer as CEO

    February 01, 2012 8:51 AM EST TOKYO (AP) -- Sony Corp. announced Wednesday that Kazuo Hirai, who leads the company's core consumer products business, will replace Howard Stringer as CEO and president as the electronics and entertainment company tries to turn around its fo ...

  7. Sony's Tim Schaaff Answers Five Questions @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 12:05 PM EST Sony's Music Unlimited, a cloud-based music-streaming service, has been heavily scrutinized ever since its launch as Qrocity last year. Initially plagued by a hacking scandal that affected some 77 million accounts across Sony's PlayStati ...

  8. Richard Sanders Appointed President of Kobalt Music Group

    January 27, 2012 12:46 PM EST Willard Ahdritz, Founder and CEO of Kobalt Music Group, today announced the appointment of Richard Sanders as President. Sanders, who will be based Kobalt's New York office, will report to Kobalt CEO and founder Willard Ahdritz. In the newly ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Billboard Power 100: Peter Edge & Tom Corson

    January 27, 2012 12:10 AM EST No. 41 Peter Edge & Tom Corson CEO & President/COO RCA Music Group Twitter: @RCAMusic The Sounding Board... "I haven't been in promotion or management; I'm coming at it from the music side," Peter Edge (pictured) told B ...

  11. Billboard Power 100: Antonio "L.A." Reid

    January 26, 2012 11:56 PM EST No. 37 Antonio "L.A." Reid Chairman/CEO Epic Records Twitter: @LA_Reid The Real X-Factor... When "The X Factor" was whittling down its contestants in late fall, Antonio "L.A." Reid's dressing room became much mor ...

  12. Billboard Power 100: Gary Overton

    January 26, 2012 11:33 PM EST No. 98 Gary Overton Chairman/CEO Sony Music Nashville Twitter: @SonyNashville Small Town, Big Business... Following the dynamic Joe Galante as chairman/CEO at Sony Music Nashville was no small task for Gary Overton, who arrived at the company afte ...

  13. Billboard Power 100: Martin Karl "Max Martin" Sandberg

    January 26, 2012 9:08 PM EST No. 83 Martin Karl "Max Martin" Sandberg Songwriter/Producer Pop's Platinum Pen... Max Martin either wrote or co-wrote so many '90s teen pop hits, you could make mixtapes exclusively from them: from his December 1995 Billboard ...

  14. Billboard Power 100: Hartwig Masuch

    January 26, 2012 8:00 PM EST No. 44 Hartwig Masuch CEO BMG Rights Management Twitter: @bmgrm The Rights Stuff... Private equity powerhouse Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts invested in Bertelsmann's BMG Rights Management division in 2009 to form a publishing joint venture th ...

  15. Billboard Power 100: Martin Bandier

    January 26, 2012 5:50 PM EST No. 4 Martin Bandier Chairman/CEO Sony/ATV Music Publishing The Publisher... S ince taking the helm of Sony/ATV Music Publishing in April 2007, Martin Bandier transformed the once-sleepy major publisher into a contender for every big deal that com ...

  16. EMI Sale Under Scrutiny: AIM Calls For UK Gov't Review; Warner Music Hires Anti-Trust Law Firm

    January 19, 2012 12:34 PM EST AIM, the U.K.'s Trade Association for the Independent Music Industry, has called on the British government to stop the break-up and sale of EMI. The association is asking its 800 member companies to send a pre-written letter to their local co ...

  17. It's Official: L.A. Reid Names Mark Shimmel COO of Epic

    January 18, 2012 9:55 AM EST As projected by Billboard back in November , Epic Records chairman and CEO L.A. Reid has named Mark Shimmel COO. Shimmel, who held the position of head of music at Turner Entertainment Networks for the past seven years, overseeing TNT, TBS, CNN, C ...

  18. Business Matters: Sony's Music Unlimited Coming to iOS Devices

    January 12, 2012 6:54 PM EST Business Matters: Sony's Music Unlimited Coming to iOS Devices -- Sony's Music Unlimited subscription service will be available for the iOS platform this quarter. Tim Schaaff, head of Sony Entertainment Network, broke the news at CES Wed ...

  19. Sony To Roll Out Music Unlimited Service Across Europe

    January 11, 2012 10:49 AM EST Sony's Music Unlimited streaming service is to launch in four new European markets. Formerly called Qriocity, the cloud-based service underwent a name change last year, following the launch of Sony's unified online music, video and games ...

  20. Will Smith, Barry Sonnenfeld, Kelly Clarkson Headline Sony CES Event

    January 10, 2012 8:01 AM EST LAS VEGAS -- Will Smith and director Barry Sonnenfeld showed up in Las Vegas on Monday for Sony's Consumer Electronics Show press conference, which included a sneak peek at their upcoming Men in Black 3. "We have a fantastic movie," ...

  21. Sony Names Dennis Kooker New President, Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales

    January 09, 2012 12:35 PM EST Sony Music Entertainment chairman/CEO Doug Morris announced this morning that Dennis Kooker has been named the company's new president of global digital business and U.S. sales. In this role, he will report to Morris and oversee all aspects o ...

  22. Is Kazuo Hirai Succeeding Howard Stringer as President of Sony Corp?

    January 09, 2012 7:15 AM EST Sony's deputy president Kazuo Hirai will succeed Howard Stringer as president of Sony Corp. as early as April, according to Japan's largest business newspaper, Nikkei . Hirai, the officer in charge of consumer products & services bus ...

  23. SoundScan's Year-End Charts: The Numbers Behind the First Positive Album-Sales Year Since 2004

    January 04, 2012 6:04 PM EST Although U.S. sales were slightly less robust in the fourth quarter than they were in the preceding two quarters of this year , the market still managed to hold onto its first positive album sales growth year since 2004. Overall U.S. album sales r ...

  24. Urban Power List: Mark Pitts

    January 03, 2012 5:37 PM EST Mark Pitts President, RCA Urban Music CEO, Bystorm Entertainmnet Website: RCARecords.com Twitter: @BystormPitts The A&R Guru In an interview last August after being appointed CEO of RCA Music Group, Peter Edge told Billboard there is "a d ...

  25. Paula Kaminsky, Two Others Out at Sony Music Latin

    December 12, 2011 6:39 PM EST Sony Music Latin has let go of its longtime VP of marketing, Paula Kaminsky. The move, which took place late last week, was surprising to many, with some managers saying, off the record, that they were "shocked." Also let go from the mar ...

  26. Tim Schaff, Chief of Sony Digital Music: Eight Reasons to Be Optimistic

    December 09, 2011 2:43 PM EST Anyone paying attention to digital music over the past ten years might wonder why Sony would ever bother with digital music again. The company's past is littered with abject failure and spectacular catastrophe - everything from MP3 players th ...

  27. Marty Bandier, Sony ATV CEO, Reveals Plans for EMI Music Publishing, Keeping Name: Report

    December 07, 2011 3:08 PM EST Sony/ATV CEO Marty Bandier recently revealed that EMI Music Publishing, which stands as the second biggest music publisher behind Universal Publishing, will in fact be keeping its name, according to a story in the most recent edition of Music Week ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. TLC's Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins Files for Bankruptcy -- for Second Time This Year

    November 28, 2011 5:52 PM EST After declaring bankruptcy along with her group TLC in the mid-'90s, Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins has filed for Chapter 13 for the second time this year after defaulting on mortgages on her Atlanta, Georgia home and failing to keep up wit ...

  32. 'American Idol' Alum Danny Gokey Parts Ways With RCA Nashville

    November 18, 2011 12:21 PM EST American Idol season 8 finalist Danny Gokey is the latest show alum to find himself without a major label deal. A spokesperson for the country singer's label confirms to the Hollywood Reporter that, "Danny Gokey and RCA Nashville have mu ...

  33. Sony/EMI Deal: Publishing Companies Would Remain Separate, But Managed by Sony

    November 11, 2011 4:05 PM EST While Citigroup and the Sony-led investment group are still working on the final wording for the purchase agreement so it can be signed, sources say that that Sony/ATV Music Publishing will manage the EMI publishing assets, but its own copyrights ...

  34. IMPALA Says It Expects EMI-Universal Deal to Be 'Blocked Outright'

    November 11, 2011 3:04 PM EST In the wake of this morning's announcement that Vivendi/Universal Music Group have signed with Citigroup a "definitive agreement" to purchase EMI's recorded-music division , IMPALA, Europe's Independent Music Companies Ass ...

  35. EMI Sale Intensifying As Citigroup Renews Negotiations With Sony, Gets Real With Universal

    November 09, 2011 7:13 PM EST In a turnaround from last week when nothing happened, Citigroup is not only making a renewed effort to sell EMI recorded music operations to Universal, but is also again actively engaging in discussions with Sony Corp., about EMI Music Publishing, ...

  36. Sony Headed for Fourth Straight Year in the Red, Reports $346 Mil. Quarterly Loss

    November 02, 2011 8:16 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) - Sony reported a 27 billion yen ($346 million) loss for the latest quarter and downgraded its annual earnings forecast Wednesday to stay in the red for the fourth year straight, battered by the strong yen and poor sales of flat panel T ...

  37. Sony Music Germany Focuses on Domestic Talent, Catching Up To Universal at 'Laut in Munchen'

    October 27, 2011 8:30 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment highlighted its development of new domestic artists as the key to catching up with market leader Universal Music at Germany's annual "Laut in München" ("Loud in Munich") presentation October 20. Ni ...

  38. Epic Sheds Another High-Level Exec: Kevin Lawrie

    October 25, 2011 7:33 PM EDT L.A. Reid has shed another senior Sony executive in his new assignment as chairman and CEO of Epic Records. Sources say that Kevin Lawrie--who had been operating as the label's chief operating officer, although his appointment was never offic ...

  39. 'American Idol's' Crystal Bowersox Parts Ways With 19 Recordings, Sony Music

    October 20, 2011 8:33 PM EDT Following Lee DeWyze's lead, "American Idol's" Crystal Bowersox has parted ways with her label. The season 9 runner-up was signed to Sony Music's Jive Records (the label's moniker was recently retired by RCA Records, ...

  40. Sony PlayStation Accounts Hit By Unauthorized Access

    October 12, 2011 7:10 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) - Sony said Wednesday (Oct. 12) intruders staged a massive attempt to access user accounts on its PlayStation Network and other online entertainment services in the second major attack on its flagship gaming site this year. The Tokyo-ba ...

  41. Mel Lewinter Named EVP of Label Strategy for Sony Music Entertainment

    October 11, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Mel Lewinter has been named executive vice president of label strategy for Sony Music Entertainment, the company announced today. Lewinter is of course a longtime associate of Sony CEO Doug Morris, who announced Lewinter's long-expected appoi ...

  42. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Julie Swidler

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 11 Julie Swidler Executive VP of business affairs/general counsel, Sony Music Entertainment Website: Sonymusic.com Twitter: @sonymusicglobal Julie Swidler has been Sony Music Entertainment executive VP of business affairs/general counsel since ...

  43. Sony Might No Longer Have Right To Distribute Meat Loaf Albums

    September 30, 2011 8:19 PM EDT Meat Loaf's "Bat Out Of Hell" was released in 1977 and has sold approximately 43 million copies, making it the fifth best selling album of all time. The album continues to sell well, but Sony Music's control over this album as ...

  44. Arizona Student Charged in LulzSec Sony Hacking Case

    September 23, 2011 8:58 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - An Arizona college student was arrested and charged Thursday in a breach of computers at Sony Pictures Entertainment early this summer where more than 37,000 customers had their information stolen. An indictment unsealed in Los ...

  45. Sony/ATV Music Publishing Enters India

    September 21, 2011 8:11 AM EDT NEW DELHI - Music publishing company Sony/ATV, co-owned by The Michael Jackson Family Trust and Sony Music Global, has entered India's nascent music publishing market via a strategic alliance with Sony Music Entertainment India. Sony/ATV will ...

  46. Backbeat: Sebastian Bach Wows Crowd at Trans World Conference & Awards

    September 19, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment held its annual conference in Saratoga Springs, New York earlier this month and presented vender awards at the event. For its music suppliers, Sony almost swept the awards. Sony was named vendor of the year; RED was tappe ...

  47. Outkast, Ciara Headed for L.A. Reid's Epic Records, Sources Say

    September 15, 2011 12:16 PM EDT Since taking over Sony Music's Epic Records in July, label chairman and X Factor judge L.A. Reid has been busy rebuilding the company's image and roster, which will soon include Outkast and Ciara, sources say. Reid has a long history wit ...

  48. BMG Rights Management to Purchase Bug Music

    September 12, 2011 8:14 AM EDT BMG Rights Management is buying U.S. music publisher Bug Music, Inc., which was Founded in 1975 and is headquartered in Los Angeles. Financial terms of the transaction, which is expected to close by October, were not disclosed, although sources te ...

  49. How Miranda Lambert's Chart-Topping Pistol Annies Defied Decades of Nashville Convention

    September 06, 2011 8:17 AM EDT Amid significant roster and personnel restructuring at Sony Music Nashville last week, Miranda Lambert has been reassigned from Columbia to RCA, a detail that seems small in light of her historic No. 1 debut on Billboard's Top Country Albums ...

  50. Sony Warehouse Riot Fire Was Not a 'Professional Heist,' PIAS MD Insists

    September 02, 2011 1:41 PM EDT A senior executive at PIAS has categorically dismissed reports that the Sony warehouse destroyed during last month's U.K. riots was targeted by "professional robbers" prior to being incinerated. As previously reported, the Sony DADC ...

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