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  1. Highlights From Azoff, Grainge, Bronfman Testimony in Today's Universal-EMI Senate Hearing

    June 21, 2012 8:01 AM EDT At 1:30 p.m. today, the head of Universal Music Group and EMI will appear before a Congressional hearing to argue for the proposed sale of EMI's music catalog to Universal. Both Lucian Grainge and Roger Faxon will act as witnesses in support ...

  2. Billboard's Live Blog On The U.S. Senate's Hearing On Universal-EMI Merger

    June 21, 2012 7:31 AM EDT The Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at around 2pm ET today, Thursday, June 21 and Billboard.biz is live blogging it here (see below). Business Mat ...

  3. A.R. Rahman and Liz Phair Pair Up in DreamWorks' 'People Like Us'

    June 20, 2012 6:15 PM EDT The two Academy Awards that A.R. Rahman won for "Slumdog Millionaire" represent a side of him that's no longer playing in Hollywood - his Indian music roots. The change started with his transcendent, hypnotic score to "127 Hour ...

  4. Single Reviews: The Wanted, Diplo Featuring Nicky Da B, Whitney Houston & Jordin Sparks

    June 20, 2012 1:10 PM EDT POP THE WANTED Chasing the Sun (3:16) Producer: Alex Smith Writers: A. Smith, E. Gleave Publishers: Metrophonic Music/Puregroove Publishing (ASCAP) Global Talent/Mercury/IDJMG U.K. boy band the Wanted stormed the Billboard Hot 100 with its first U ...

  5. Exclusive: Beggars Group's Martin Mills On Testifying at Senate Universal-EMI Hearing

    June 20, 2012 8:05 AM EDT In the back stairwell of a crowded Webster Hall amidst the bustling relaunched New Music Seminar, Billboard.biz caught up with Beggars Group Chairman Martin Mills three days before he is due to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust C ...

  6. Israelite Calls Publishers to Meet Over Music Video Payments, Digital Provider Licensing

    June 14, 2012 7:30 PM EDT National Music Publishers' Assn. (NMPA) president/CEO David Israelite issued a call to action on three major fronts - music video payments, consent decree reforms and digital provider licensing. The move came at the organization's annual ...

  7. Amanda Palmer Changes the Way Albums are Funded Through Kickstarter

    June 13, 2012 7:20 PM EDT You may have missed it, but music business history was made May 30 when singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer raised $1 million in less than a month for an album no one has heard. She did this on Kickstarter, an online platform that has helped thousands ...

  8. Frances Preston Remembered by Rosanne Cash, Del Bryant, Joe Galante, Many More Execs and Songwriters

    June 13, 2012 11:47 AM EDT The music community was saddened today by news of the passing of Frances Williams Preston, longtime head of BMI and one of the pioneering female executives in the music industry. This morning, many of the artists she helped and executives she work ...

  9. CMA Fest: Eric Church, Faith Hill Perform; Softball With Carrie Underwood; TNT Revives 'Dallas'

    June 11, 2012 10:00 AM EDT The CMA Music Festival continued at a frentic pace on Saturday, with music seemingly at every turn along the way in a very crowded downtown Nashville. At the Riverfront Stage, Big Machine recording trio Eden's Edge -- set to release their deb ...

  10. Gary Barlow Tops UK Album and Singles Chart

    June 11, 2012 7:52 AM EDT Take That member Gary Barlow confirmed his expected double victory on the new U.K. sales charts on Sunday (10). His Diamond Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project with the Commonwealth Band on Decca/Universal secured a second week atop the albu ...

  11. Willie Nelson on Leaving Nashville, Outlaw Movement, Highwaymen Reunion, Weed at Billboard Summit (Part 2)

    June 06, 2012 9:12 AM EDT When Willie Nelson left Nashville for Austin in 1972, he wasn't exactly sure what direction the move would take him. What he did know was that he was dissatisfied with the music he was making in Nashville, and he was spending a lot of time in ...

  12. Publishing Briefs: Imagem Partners With Cutcraft, YouTube Signs Up More Publishers

    June 05, 2012 7:03 PM EDT Imagem Links With Cutcraft Music Group Imagem Music USA has signed a joint venture with the Cutcraft Music Group, which in turn has signed publishing deals with upcoming artists Chet Faker and V, also known as Veronica Bozeman, and writer/producer ...

  13. Kenny Chesney Extends Sony Music Nashville Deal, Will Get Own Imprint Blue Chair Records

    June 04, 2012 6:20 PM EDT Chesney extends label deal (L-R): Jess L. Rosen, Esq. (Greenberg Traurig, LLP), Gary Overton (Sony Music Nashville Chairman & CEO), Kenny Chesney, Clint Higham (President Morris Artists Management), and Dale Morris (CEO Morris Artists Manageme ...

  14. Universal Music Publishing Latin America Names John Echevarria EVP; Eddie Fernandez Departing

    June 04, 2012 12:41 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has announced the appointment of John Echevarria as executive VP for UMPG Latin America and confirmed to Billboard.biz that Eddie Fernandez, Sr. VP of UMPG Latin America, is departing. Both men have long careers in ...

  15. Sony Stock Dips Below 1,000 Yen, First Time Since 1980

    June 04, 2012 8:14 AM EDT TOKYO (AP) -- Sony's stock price fell below 1,000 yen Monday for the first time since 1980 in a symptom of weak global markets and the company's decline after huge success with the Walkman three decades ago. Battered by competition from ...

  16. Gary Barlow's Diamond Jubilee Project Tops UK Album Charts

    June 04, 2012 7:22 AM EDT Gary Barlow of Take That scored an instant U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (June 3) with his Diamond Jubilee-inspired project with the Commonwealth Band, "Sing" (Decca/Universal). East London electronic quartet Rudimental debuted atop the sin ...

  17. Exclusive: Universal Opens Door for Robert Plant and Artists Den

    May 30, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Universal Music Group has signed a worldwide distribution deal with Artists Den to release the public television show's episode featuring Robert Plant and the Band of Joy. It is the first time UMG and the show have worked together and Univers ...

  18. Samsung Debuts Online 'Music Hub,' Challenges iTunes With 19 Million Tracks

    May 29, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Samsung is debuting an online music store called the Samsung Music Hub, which will be available initially via its new Samsung Galaxy S III in Germany, Italy, the U.K., France and Spain. The service will allow songs to be streamed through the cloud ...

  19. Emeli Sande Squeaks Past Joe Bonamassa to Top U.K. Albums Chart

    May 28, 2012 12:57 PM EDT In a nailbiting finish, Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé kept bluesman Joe Bonamassa from a notable first U.K. No. 1 album, as the Official Charts Company's new sales data was unveiled yesterday (Sunday). "We Are Young" (Fuele ...

  20. Business Matters: Google Shines a Light on Huge Effort to Fight Piracy at Google Search

    May 25, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Google Shines a Light on Huge Effort to Tackle Piracy at Google Search -- Google has lifted the veil on its anti-piracy efforts by launching an online Transparency Report that offers details on the issuers and targets of removal requests for Googl ...

  21. Sony Overtaking Universal in Market Share? It Already Happened in March

    May 24, 2012 6:25 PM EDT If the media wants to write about the possibility of Sony Music Entertainment overtaking Universal Music Group in U.S. market-share rankings , maybe they should have done so when Sony actually accomplished that feat back in March , as detailed in ...

  22. BMG Rights Management and Germany's GEMA Sign 'One-Stop' European Digital Licensing Deal

    May 24, 2012 3:34 PM EDT BERLIN - BMG Rights Management and the German collection society GEMA reached an agreement that will simplify the licensing and administration of online rights for BMG's Anglo-American repertoire across Europe. The partnership will begin July ...

  23. Singer/Songwriter Robi 'Draco' Rosa Signs With SESAC, Preparing New Album

    May 21, 2012 6:08 PM EDT Latin Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer Robi 'Draco' Rosa, who also has a new album due later this year, has signed with SESAC, a spokesperson for the performing rights organization has announced. News of the signing comes about ...

  24. Keane Holds Off Tenacious D Atop UK Album Charts; Rita Ora Has No. 1 Single

    May 21, 2012 7:53 AM EDT Sunday's new U.K. sales data from the Official Charts Company showed a second week atop the album chart for Keane's "Strangeland" (Universal Isand) and on the singles survey for "R.I.P." (Roc Nation/Columbia/Sony Musi ...

  25. Business Matters: Critics of Universal-EMI Merger Still Lining Up, But Outcome Still in Doubt

    May 17, 2012 6:30 PM EDT UMG's Acquisition of EMI Expected to Experience Bumpy Road to Approval Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of EMI's recorded music division continues to spark commentary and criticism. European regulators approved the acquis ...

  26. Spotify Raising Funding at $4 Billion Valuation: Report

    May 17, 2012 2:49 PM EDT Music subscription service Spotify is raising money at a $4 billion valuation, according to a report Thursday at the New York Times . The report says Goldman Sachs is set to invest $100 million and the round -- which will not close for "many ...

  27. Sony Closes Indiana Distribution Center, Lays Off 226

    May 15, 2012 1:23 PM EDT Sony's layoffs keep piling up, as the company has plans to cut 226 jobs from its closing Fishers, Ind. distribution center, according to the Indianapolis Star . Sony CEO Confirms 10,000 Job Cuts, Reorganization The center is scheduled to shut ...

  28. Keane, Rita Ora Top U.K. Music Charts

    May 14, 2012 7:31 AM EDT East Sussex melodic rock quartet Keane scored their fifth consecutive No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (May 13) with "Strangeland" (Universal Isand). London starlet Rita Ora debuted atop the singles survey with "R.I.P." ...

  29. Germany and the UK Launch Music Streaming Charts

    May 10, 2012 7:15 AM EDT Much like Billboard did in March when it launched its On-Demand Songs chart with Nielsen and DigitalMusic.org, the UK and Germany have followed suit, announcing the launch of national digital music streaming tallies. Billboard, Nielsen, DigitalMus ...

  30. Exclusive: Frenchkiss Label Group Announces First Distributed Labels: ATP, White Iris, Underwater Peoples, More

    May 09, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Frenchkiss, which announced the formation of the Frenchkiss Label Group earlier this year, has announced the first nine labels joining the fold: ATP Recordings, Cavity Search, Cult, God Mode, Holiday Friends, JAXART, Pendu Sound, Underwater People ...

  31. Exclusive: Whitney Houston To Be Honored in Next 'VH1 Divas' Tribute

    May 08, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Whitney Houston (right) and Mary J. Blige performing at the "VH1 Divas" concert in 1999. VH1 will pay tribute to Whitney Houston for its next installment of "VH1 Divas," Billboard has learned. The network will tape the performa ...

  32. The 'Mad Men' Beatles License Cost $250,000 (Report)

    May 07, 2012 7:05 PM EDT AMC's "Mad Men" has a hard-earned reputation for historical accuracy, and it turns out that production studio Lionsgate is more than willing to finance that. In last night's episode, titled "Lady Lazarus," star ad man ...

  33. Shakira Lines Up $30 Million Deal With Live Nation (Report)

    May 07, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Shakira is taking cues from Madonna and Jay-Z: she'll forgo standard music-industry convention and issue her records through Live Nation and her former label, Sony, the New York Post reports . According to the Post, the mega-concert promoter ...

  34. Marina & The Diamonds Debut At No. 1 On UK Album Charts

    May 07, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Marina and the Diamonds debuted at No. 1 on the new U.K. album chart yesterday (May 6) with sophomore album Electra Heart (679/Atlantic/Warner Music). Tulisa, known as a member of pop/R&B band N-Dubz and as a judge on "The X Factor," ...

  35. Exclusive: Alanis Morissette's New Album on Collective Sounds Announced for August

    May 02, 2012 9:55 AM EDT Alanis Morissette's next album will be her first release outside of Warner Music Group as Collective Sounds issues "Havoc and Bright Lights" on Aug. 28. Her seventh studio album, it is her first release in four years. Guy Sigsworth, ...

  36. Bob Pittman, Clear Channel CEO, on the Digital 'Chaos,' AOL's Downfall at Milken Institute

    May 02, 2012 6:27 AM EDT At one time, AOL was the Internet's premiere "walled garden" of services and content. But the removal of that wall that began in 2006 "was probably the downfall of AOL," Bob Pittman said Tuesday. "Facebook is the seco ...

  37. Jonas Brothers Leave Disney's Hollywood Records, Buy Back Masters, Publishing, Merchandising Rights

    May 01, 2012 2:08 PM EDT The Jonas Brothers have parted ways with Hollywood Records after releasing three albums on the Disney-owned label. The sibling trio of Nick, Kevin and Joe Jonas, which has sold 17 million albums worldwide, also bought back the rights to their mast ...

  38. Jack White Knocks Adele Off Top of UK Album Charts

    April 30, 2012 7:35 AM EDT Jack White's first solo album Blunderbuss replaced his XL Recordings labelmate Adele's 21 at the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday). Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" (Interscope/Universal) withstood the lates ...

  39. 2012 Billboard Latin Music Awards Complete Winners List

    April 26, 2012 11:16 PM EDT Billboard Latin Music Awards WINNERS (GANADORES de Premios Billboard de la Música Latina 2012) Premios Billboard de la Música Latina 2012 Presentados por State Farm Producidos y Transmitidos por Telemundo Artist of the Year (Artista del Año) ...

  40. Don Omar, Prince Royce Win Big at Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 26, 2012 10:57 PM EDT Prince Royce, one of the two big winners at Billboard's 2012 Latin Music Awards (Photo: Telemundo) In a year when Billboard's Latin charts were dominated by uptempo dance music and a slew of younger names, veteran hitmaker Don Omar and n ...

  41. Microsoft to Preview Upcoming Music Service at E3: Report

    April 26, 2012 11:43 AM EDT operating system. The Zune Really Died A Year Ago http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ...

  42. How Oceana's Euro 2012 Soccer Cup Synch Could Make Her a Global Superstar

    April 25, 2012 6:50 AM EDT German pop singer Oceana is set to receive a major sales boost this summer when her song "Endless Summer" is placed in front of a potential global audience of over a billion people as the official song of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament. ...

  43. Record Store Day Co-Founder Eric Levin on In-Stores, Exclusive Releases, Iggy Pop's Ambassadorship

    April 20, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Eric Levin is a co-founder of Record Store Day (RSD), owner of Atlanta's Criminal Records and head of the Alliance of Independent Media Stores. Though this year he's scaled back his involvement with RSD to focus on his retail business ( ...

  44. Universal Music's EMI Acquisition Supported by SAG-AFTRA, AFM

    April 18, 2012 7:06 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Universal Music Group has won the qualified support of two North American artists' unions for its proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of the recorded music division of the U.K.'s EMI Group Ltd. The unions gave their con ...

  45. Business Matters: Analysis of Martin Mills' Harsh Words on Universal-EMI Merger

    April 16, 2012 6:22 PM EDT Martin Mills of Beggars Group Says EMI-Universal Music Kills Niche Artists Martin Mills, chairman and founder of the Beggars Group, has lodged a complaint with European regulators regarding the Universal Music Group acquisition of EMI's recor ...

  46. Alabama Shakes Debuts At No. 3 Behind Adele, Nicki Minaj on UK Charts

    April 16, 2012 6:42 AM EDT Alabama Shakes live at Austin City Limits during SXSW where the band's buzz sky-rocketed. Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) is back at the top of the U.K. album chart, for a 22nd aggregate week, climbing 3-1 to depose Nicki Minaj� ...

  47. Willie Nelson, Luke Bryan Join Billboard Country Summit

    April 10, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Willie Nelson, one of the most importantand influential figures in the history of country music, will participate in a rare Q&A on June 5 at the Billboard Country Summit, produced in association with the Country Music Assn. Nelson will be inte ...

  48. Business Matters: Internet Radio Services Need To Separate Themselves from the Crowd

    April 05, 2012 8:19 PM EDT Internet Radio Services Need To Separate Themselves from the Crowd -- Upstart Internet radio service Raditaz believes Pandora's problem is "repetition and a lack of diversity," the company says at an Echo Next blog post. So it' ...

  49. Business Matters: Grooveshark Sued by EMI, Blames High Royalties and Pending Acquisition by Universal

    April 03, 2012 8:51 PM EDT Grooveshark Sued by EMI -- Grooveshark has been sued by EMI, but you wouldn't know it from the music streaming service's explanation for the companies' failed relationship. A Tuesday post at CNET.com reported the recorded music divi ...

  50. Katy Perry's Concert Film Hits Theaters July 5

    April 03, 2012 8:48 PM EDT Paramount will open 3D concert pic "Katy Perry: Part of Me" on Thursday July 5th, looking to take advantage of the long holiday weekend. The film, which will go out through the studio's Insurge label, opens two days after Sony' ...

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