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  1. Sony Execs Apologize for Network Security Breach, Promise to Improve Security

    May 01, 2011 12:38 PM EDT Sony executives apologized Sunday for a security breach in the company's PlayStation Network that caused the loss of personal data of some 77 million accounts on the online service. "We deeply apologize for the inconvenience we have caus ...

  2. Sony Music Passes Universal in U.S. Market Share for the First Time Since 2005

    April 28, 2011 5:29 PM EDT Sony Music this week passed the Universal Music Group in year-to-date overall U.S. market share for the first time since 2005, the year it was the No. 1 distributor thanks to its then-just-completed merger with BMG. As of the week ending April 24, ...

  3. Sony Shares Slip, Company Faces Legal Action Over Data Leak

    April 27, 2011 5:37 PM EDT Shares of Sony Corp extended losses to trade down as much as 5.2 percent, hitting a one-month low on Thursday as investors worried over the widening impact of a massive leak of personal information of users of its PlayStation network. Sony said on ...

  4. Sony PlayStation Suffers Massive Data Breach

    April 26, 2011 8:32 PM EDT Sony suffered a massive breach in its video game online network that led to the theft of names, addresses and possibly credit card data belonging to 77 million user accounts in what is one of the largest-ever Internet security break-ins. Sony lear ...

  5. Listen to the Audience, Make a Better Experience, Panelists at Rethink Music Say

    April 26, 2011 6:28 PM EDT BOSTON - How can the music business grow instead of fighting over slices of a shrinking pie? Make a better mass market experience, said Thomas Hesse, president of global digital business for Sony Music. That means following consumers to smart phon ...

  6. Business Matters: Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On

    April 25, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Sony Networks Are Still Down, But Music Unlimited Promo Tour Rolls On -- At the same time an Amazon Web Services outage wreaked havoc on websites and Internet services last week, Sony's PlayStation and Qriocity networks were experiencing unre ...

  7. Norio Ohga, Former Sony President Credited With Developing CD, Dead at 81

    April 25, 2011 7:49 AM EDT Former Sony President and Chairman Norio Ohga, who gave up a career as an opera singer to join the fledgling consumer electronics maker in the 1950s and later led its expansion into movies and video games, died on Saturday, the company said. He wa ...

  8. Cloud Technology Under Scrutiny After Amazon, PlayStation Service Disruptions

    April 25, 2011 7:20 AM EDT Service interruptions in Amazon's cloud computing web services that began on Thursday as well as Sony's PlayStation Network that began on Wednesday raised questions about the promise of cloud services just a week after the subject grabbe ...

  9. Sony Releases Crackle App for Apple Devices

    April 19, 2011 7:34 AM EDT Sony Pictures said Monday it has released iPad, iPhone and iPod apps for its Crackle Web site, which offers hundreds of TV and movie titles for free viewing on-demand with ads. Crackle's content includes movies from Columbia Pictures, TriStar ...

  10. Mathew Knowles Says Split With Beyonce Shows 'She Wants To Have More Control Of Her Business'

    March 29, 2011 3:36 PM EDT Mathew Knowles says Beyonce's decision to part ways with him as a manager was part of her growing up. In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Knowles called his daughter a "very, very smart businesswoman" who is ready ...

  11. Japan's Major Labels Push Back Music Releases

    March 24, 2011 12:59 PM EDT Amid the triple disasters of the Tohoko-Kanto Great Earthquake (as it is now being called), the tsunami and radiation contamination, major labels in Japan are pushing back their March album and DVD releases to April and beyond. Some of the artists ...

  12. Alan Jackson Signs With Capitol/EMI Nashville Records

    March 23, 2011 2:17 PM EDT Country music star Alan Jackson has signed with Capitol Records/EMI Nashville, the label announced today. Jackson's new music will be released as a joint venture between Capitol/EMI Records Nashville and Alan's Country Records, which Jac ...

  13. BMG Back In The Auction To Buy Warner Music Group, Sources Say

    March 22, 2011 7:50 AM EDT BMG, the Bertelsmann/Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts joint venture, got back onboard for the auction to buy the Warner Music Group, as first reported by CNBC , by bidding on the entire company this time around, sources say. Earlier in the first roun ...

  14. Sony's CD Manufacturing Plants in Japan Remain Closed

    March 14, 2011 12:18 PM EDT As a result of Friday's earthquake, operations have been suspended at Sony plants in Japan that manufacture CD, DVD and Blu-ray discs. In addition, the Sony Corporation Sendai Technology Center has ceased work entirely due to earthquake damag ...

  15. Kazuo Hirai Emerges as Sony Corp's Successor to CEO Howard Stringer

    March 10, 2011 7:27 AM EST Sony appears to be lining up Kazuo Hirai, current head of its gaming division, as the replacement for Howard Stringer, its 69-year-old current CEO, as it announced a corporate reorganization Thursday. The Network Products Services division, which ...

  16. Christina Aguilera Sued Over 'Ain't No Other Man' Sample

    March 07, 2011 1:40 PM EST In the latest instance of bad news for Christina Aguilera, a new lawsuit filed against Sony Music reportedly claims that the label hasn't paid for a sample used in the singer's Grammy-winning 2006 hit, "Ain't No Other Man." ...

  17. Barry Weiss Leaves RCA/Jive for Universal in Music Chairmanship Trading

    March 04, 2011 7:21 AM EST As part of an apparent quid pro quo with the Universal Music Group, RCA/Jive Label Group chairman and CEO Barry Weiss left for good the Sony Music Entertainment headquarters today ahead of the end of his contract April 30. The move becomes the oth ...

  18. Doug Morris Named CEO Of Sony Music Entertainment, Effective July 1

    March 02, 2011 12:47 PM EST It's official: outgoing Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris will become Sony Music Entertainment's chief executive officer on July 1. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Sir Howard Stringer, Sony Corporations' chairman, ...

  19. Doug Morris' Universal Contract To End On June 30, Source Says

    March 02, 2011 9:05 AM EST Vivendi has signed off on a deal that lets Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris out of his contract on June 30, six months ahead of its original ending date at the end of this year, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz. While H ...

  20. Timing Of Doug Morris' Move From Universal To Sony Still Uncertain, Source Says

    February 28, 2011 1:49 PM EST If Doug Morris is leaving Universal Music Group for Sony Music any time soon, his departure date may be less certain than what has been described in a new report. On Monday, England's Telegraph claimed Morris will not be going to Sony Music u ...

  21. Interscope's Jimmy Iovine Fighting the 24-Bit Fight

    February 22, 2011 4:59 PM EST Interscope chairman/CEO Jimmy Iovine is not taking any break away from his fight to increase the quality of digital music. In a CNN article , he reiterates his desire to get the labels to supply Apple and other digital retailers with 24-bit high-f ...

  22. Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against Me' Video: A Product Placement Roundup

    February 18, 2011 2:26 PM EST It's not quite the spot-the-product-placement game that Lady Gaga and Beyonce's "Telephone" video was, but if you watch the new video for Britney Spears' "Hold it Against Me" and you'll definitely spot more ...

  23. Sony 'Has No Intention Of Withdrawing From iTunes,' Exec Says

    February 17, 2011 1:40 PM EST Sony won't be leaving iTunes any time soon, said a Sony executive following reports last week that the company would leave the world's largest music store. "Sony Music as I understand it has no intention of withdrawing from iTunes, ...

  24. Sony's Qriocity Music Service Launches in U.S.

    February 17, 2011 10:27 AM EST Sony Network Entertainment had promised to launch its Qriocity Music Unlimited subscription service in the U.S. before the end of the first quarter, and today that promise was met. The U.S., in addition to New Zealand and Australia, now have acces ...

  25. Sony Music Sales Down 14.5% Last Quarter

    February 03, 2011 6:58 AM EST Sony reported operating income down 5.9 percent in the quarter ending December 31 on a slight drop in sales, as the strong yen and a poor quarter for Sony Pictures and LCD TVs hit earnings. Sales and revenue were down on the same quarter in 2009 t ...

  26. Sony Releases Australian Flood-Relief CD, Powderfinger To Release Single

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Australia has responded to the country's disastrous recent floods with the release of a three-disc fund-raising compilation CD. "Flood Relief: Artists for the Flood Appeal" features 59 tracks, including recordings from Pi ...

  27. Omnifone & GEMA Announce Germany Deal @ MIDEM For Sony's Qriocity

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Omnifone, a provider of cloud-based music services announced a deal on Sunday, Jan. 23 with German collection society GEMA to license Sony's cloud based music service "Music Unlimited Powered by Qriocity." The new ...

  28. @MIDEM 2011: Sony's Qriocity Turns Up The Volume

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- When Sony launched its oddly named Qriocity music service last month, it did so rather quietly and with few details. Here at MIDEM, they've turned the volume way up. In addition to announcing an expansion of the cloud-based ...

  29. Exclusive MIDEM Video: mSpot CEO Daren Tsui Responds To Cloud Locker Licensing Controversy

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST After being savaged by Sony Music's Thomas Hesse and others during yesterday's MIDEM panel, Digital Music Future - Going Cloud or Getting Cloudy , mSpot CEO Daren Tsui more fully addressed the controversy surrounding his digital locker s ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Sony Lays Off 300 In Pitman Plant Closure

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sony DADC announced Tuesday that it's closing its CD manufacturing plant in southern New Jersey and laying off about 300 employees by March 31. Another 50 or so employees could be transferred to nearby jobs with Sony, according to The Glouces ...

  32. Sony Launches Subscription Music Streaming Service

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sony Corp went live with its previously announced Qriocity music service today, debuting in the U.K. and Ireland. "Music Unlimited powered by Qriocity" is a subscription streaming service with access to about 6 million songs for 10-pound ...

  33. 'American Idol' A&R Man Jeff Fenster Exits Jive; Is He Warner Brothers Bound?

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jive Records executive Jeff Fenster, who was tasked with overseeing all American Idol alums' albums for the label, is leaving his post as senior vp A&R, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. It's rumored that he'll make a move to ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. PlayStation Portable's Streaming Service Close To Launch?

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST Looks like Sony’s promised music streaming service for the PlayStation Portable is nigh. The company last week notified users that a pending update to the device’s software will prepare it for the “Music Unlimited, powered by Qriocity” service. Th ...

  36. Amazon Japan Launches MP3 Store

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Amazon MP3 store has launched in Japan - a market where labels have been holding out on DRM-free music. Japan's iTunes store is still DRM-enabled with Apple's FairPlay DRM system. So far EMI Music Japan is the only major to license i ...

  37. Sean Rosenberg Exits Sony

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony VP of global account management Sean Rosenberg has left the company. An e-mail sent to friends and contacts late Friday announced the move, and a followup e-mail early Monday pointed to his next venture. Rosenberg will assume the position of ...

  38. Sony Music Cuts Staff

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment let go of about 15 staffers on Wednesday including about a dozen at its Sony U.S. Music Sales unit. Among the staffers no longer with the company are: senior VP of channel marketing Kevin Twitchell, VP of field marketing T ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. BACKBEAT: Adam Brand Plays At Denim and Diamonds For KBEQ Event

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Arista Nashville recording artist Adam Brand played at Denim & Diamonds in Kansas City, MO on September 29 for a show sponsored by KBEQ, whose taste makers were on hand to enjoy the festivities. Brand is on the radio now with his U.S. debut si ...

  42. Sony Debuts Online Classical Store Ariama

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Just when new ideas in digital downloads seemed to be dead, Sony Music Entertainment debuted a new consumer-oriented classical recorded music store called Ariama on Tuesday. Created to better serve classical consumers, the browser-based store has ...

  43. Susan Boyle Announces New Album 'The Gift,' 'Perfect Day' Single

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Susan Boyle will follow last year's record-setting debut "I Dreamed a Dream" with "The Gift," her second full-length. Set for release Nov. 9 on SYCO/Columbia Records, the 10-track album will feature the "Britain' ...

  44. BACKBEAT: Carrie Underwood plays the Minnesota State Fair

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Carrie Underwood played the Minnesota State Fair on August 31, where she caught up with KEEY (K102)/Minneapolis PD Gregg Swedberg and Swedberg and APD/MD afternoon man JD Greene. Underwood is currently promoting “Mama’s Song,” the latest single fr ...

  45. Sony Ericsson Sees Big Smartphone Growth In China

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson it expects half of all mobile phones sold in China to be smartphones by 2015, as prices for handsets fall amid growing popularity. Sony Ericsson, a joint venture between Sony Corp and Sweden's Ericsson, also a ...

  46. Sony Confirms Cloud-based Music Service

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Electronics introduced a new digital music service called Music Unlimited during a presentation at the IFA technology conference in Germany today. The service is part of the company’s new Qriocity (pronounced “curiosity”) entertainment networ ...

  47. EMI Music Onboard With PlayStation 3's VidZone

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music has signed a licensing deal with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) music video streaming service VidZone which is exclusively available to Sony PlayStation 3 users. VidZone users can now access more than 1,000 free music videos f ...

  48. DEAG, Sony Germany Launch AC Promoter

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Berlin-based promoter and music company DEAG Entertainment has partnered with Sony Music Entertainment Germany on Gold Entertainment, a new music promoter that will focus on folk and adult contemporary acts. Gold Entertainment is a 50-50 partnersh ...

  49. Alicia Keys, Longtime Manager Robinson Part Ways

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys and longtime manager Jeff Robinson have parted ways, ending over a decade-long business partnership that began at the onset of the singer's career. Keys and Robinson announced the news Friday (July 16) in a joint statement. Robins ...

  50. Smartphones Boost Sony Ericsson Q2

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted a second consecutive quarterly profit on Friday (July 16) as sales of more expensive smartphones ramped up but it stuck to its view of only slight market growth this year. After a dismal 2009, when consumers ...

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