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  1. Sony CEO's $4.5 Million Pay Stirs Shareholders

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp CEO Howard Stringer took home $4.5 million plus stock options in the past financial year -- when the electronics giant lost close to $450 million -- making him one of the highest paid executives at a Japanese company. The size of the Wel ...

  2. Christina Aguilera's 'Bionic' Tops U.K. Chart

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Christina Aguilera won her second U.K. No. 1 album and the British singles chart was overrun by soccer-related releases, as the Official Charts Company's latest sales data was unveiled. Aguilera's "Bionic" (RCA/Sony Music Enter ...

  3. Shakira Kicks Off 3-D For Sony Music

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp rolls out its 3D product range in the U.K. tomorrow (June 11) with TVs, Blu-ray players, PlayStation 3 games and movies in the 3D format going on sale in almost 600 outlets. Sony Corp is uniquely placed to provide access to 3D content: i ...

  4. Full Coverage: Billboard Country Music Summit

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Country's Biggest Stars Out For CMA Music Festival June 11, 2010 Country music’s biggest stars are mostly working for free this week as the CMA Music Festival has the genre catering heavily to the brand’s ultra-core fans. VIDEO: Digital Strat ...

  5. Sony Links With Spanish Social Network Tuenti

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Spain and Tuenti , the country's biggest social network in Spanish, has reached a strategic alliance which will allow Tuenti's more than 8 million users to have streaming access to video clips of Sony Music's 50 most popu ...

  6. Michael Jackson, Susan Boyle Boost Sony Results

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp's Music division - including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) and the 50% stake in Sony/ATV - reported a 35% year-on-year increase in sales to 522.6 billion yen ($5.6 billion) in the fiscal year ended ...

  7. Business Matters: Sony, EMI, Village Voice and More

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Sony Music Entertainment CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz was quoted by a German Sunday paper as saying, ”We are in a position that allows us to seize every opportunity in the market - including EMI .” Many in the press took that statement to mean Sony i ...

  8. Court: Widow Owns 'King Of The Road' Copyright

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The widow of country music legend Roger Miller has won a protracted legal battle over the rights to some of his biggest hits, including "King of the Road." A federal judge ruled last week that Mary Miller and Roger Miller Music, Inc. own ...

  9. Lady Antebellum Returns to No. 1 On Billboard 200

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, bumping Sade's "Soldier of Love" down to No. 2, while six albums debut in the top 10 of the tally, the most since last October. Afte ...

  10. Lady A Returns to No. 1; Blake Shelton Earns Top Debut

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, bumping Sade's "Soldier of Love" down to No. 2 ... A whopping six albums debut in the top 10 of the tally, the most since last Octob ...

  11. Sony Corp's Music Revenues Inch Up

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sony Corp has issued third quarter results showing the first profit in five quarters at the Tokyo-based company, following its restructuring. The electronics company's music arm, including Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Entertainment Ja ...

  12. Nintendo Q3 Profit Down 23%

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Nintendo Co Ltd posted a 23% fall in quarterly profit as software sales for its DS handheld game player slowed and it cut the price of its Wii console, keeping its forecast for the first annual profit decline in four years. Nintendo has ridden whi ...

  13. Japan Loses One-Quarter of Physical Sales

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST The sales decline in Japan, the world's biggest market for physical product, is steeper than initial reports suggested: latest figures say values dropped 27% during 2009. A new report published by Soft Information Planning (SIP), which operat ...

  14. @MIDEM: Sony Japan's Morita Wants Tougher Piracy Law

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Masao Morita, Sony Music Entertainment Japan (SMEJ) chairman and representative director, used his MIDEM keynote to call for tougher government action on illegal downloading. The Japanese government introduced a revised copyright law to make unaut ...

  15. Owl City Flies To UK Chart Peak

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Owl City's former Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "Fireflies" (Universal Island) climbed to No. 1 on the new U.K. singles chart, while another Island release, Florence and the Machine's debut album "Lungs," started a s ...

  16. Susan Boyle Breaks Japanese Market

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's international hit album "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco/Sony Music Entertainment) is also making an impact in Japan. "I Dreamed a Dream" reached No. 6 in Billboard's Japan Albums charts on Dec. 19, the highest ...

  17. Boyle Makes Chart History Down Under

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle’s blockbuster debut album “I Dreamed A Dream” (Syco/Sony Music) has made chart history Down Under. The current No. 1 album last week notched the biggest individual chart sales period since national labels body ARIA began collating char ...

  18. Sony Ericsson To Host Shakira Chat

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson will host a live chat with Shakira tonight (Dec. 14) in Miami. The chat can be accessed via prodigy.msn.cyloop.com/sonyericsson and is part of Sony Ericsson's partnership with Shakira for Latin America tied to the release of her ...

  19. Kasabian Signs With Sony/ATV

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing U.K. has signed a worldwide publishing deal with British rock act Kasabian and its principal songwriter, Sergio Pizzorno. The deal, which is an exclusive worldwide, long-term songwriter agreement, covers future Kasabian r ...

  20. PlayNow Plus Debuts In Brazil

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson has launched its PlayNow Plus music service in Brazil. Aliado Digital reports that the service, available on W508 Walkman phones via wireless operator Vivo, includes 1,000 pre-loaded songs and unlimited DRM-protected track downloads ...

  21. Susan Boyle Makes U.K. Chart History

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Former "Britain's Got Talent" contestant Susan Boyle made a record-breaking debut on Sunday's new U.K. chart with her debut album "I Dreamed a Dream" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment). It sold 410,000 units to bec ...

  22. Sony Corp Slides To 4-Month Low

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Shares of Sony Corp fell to their lowest in nearly four months on Friday (Nov. 20) after the electronics maker's new business strategy failed to convince investors it could deliver strong profit growth. Sony, which is heading for its second s ...

  23. Sony To Launch New Online Service In 2010

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Corp said on Friday (Nov. 20) that its planned entertainment content distribution service for network-compatible TVs and other devices will be launched next year. Sony plans to launch a new online service to distribute movies, music, books an ...

  24. Video: Clive Davis On Hits, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys and More

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Clive Davis sat with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde on Wednesday (Nov. 4) for an exclusive one-on-one conversation as part of an event commemorating the 35th anniversary of Davis’ Arista Records imprint. At the invitation-only event, whic ...

  25. Michael Jackson Sales Help Trim Sony Losses

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. has reported a smaller-than-expected 26.3 billion yen ($289 million) quarterly loss as cost cuts combined with healthy sales of PlayStation 3 game consoles and Michael Jackson hits helped it inch toward recovery. The Japanese electronic ...

  26. Michael Jackson Film 'Grosses $7.4m' On Day 1

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony's Michael Jackson documentary "This Is It" moonwalked to a stellar $7.4 million in estimated first-day boxoffice on Wednesday. Pre-release forecasts projected that the pic should open north of $40 million through Sunday. " ...

  27. Michael Jackson Movie Set For Big Box Office Week

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson looks likely to have a posthumous hit at the box office this weekend. Sony Pictures bows the Jackson documentary "This Is It" as the week's sole wide release. Sony will get the jump on the weekend by moonwalking &quo ...

  28. Sony Ericsson Q3 Loss Narrows On Cost Cuts, Margin

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted a smaller than expected third-quarter pretax loss on Friday, boosted by big cost cuts, but said it expected the market to remain tough for the rest of the year. The global handset market has been slammed by ...

  29. Contest Calls On Students To Form Pop Band

    September 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music, Motorola and Argentine wireless carrier Personal have launched a contest among high school students to form a new pop band. The aspiring pop stars submit photos, video and audio to www.recreopersonal.com to be judged by fans and by Son ...

  30. Fernandez, Sony Agree To Shelve 'Diferente'

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Alejandro Fernandez and his former label, Sony Music Mexico, have reached an agreement by which an album of unreleased songs Fernandez recorded while under contract with Sony won't be released. Sony had planned to release the songs as an albu ...

  31. Amie Street To Offer Sony Catalog

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Online music retailer Amie Street will begin selling music from Sony Music. The deal covers both current and catalog tracks. Unlike other tracks on Amie Street, the Sony songs will not be priced using the site's dynamic pricing model. Instead ...

  32. Sony Mexico 'Disappointed' By Police Raid

    September 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music says it is "surprised and disappointed" by a prosecutor's raid that seized thousands of discs from its Mexico City offices as part of a legal dispute with ranchera singer Alejandro Fernandez. Sony Music Entertainment Mexi ...

  33. Authorities Seize Alejandro Fernandez Recordings From Sony Music Mexico

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The management office of Mexican singer Alejandro Fernández confirmed that Mexico’s Federal Public Ministry conducted a search of Sony Music’s Mexico offices and seized albums, master recordings and cover art of Fernández. The search and seizure w ...

  34. Malaysian Muslims Allowed At Black Eyed Peas Gig

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Malaysian government has agreed to let Muslims attend a concert by U.S. hip-hop stars Black Eyed Peas, reversing an earlier ban imposed because the show is sponsored by an alcoholic beverage company, officials said Wednesday. Ticket sales open ...

  35. 'Idol' Finalist Danny Gokey Signs Record Deal

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It took him a bit longer than his fellow contestants, but "American Idol" finalist Danny Gokey has landed a record deal. The 29-year-old Wisconsin native -- who finished third on the show behind Kris Allen and Adam Lambert -- has inked ...

  36. BandIt.fm Goes 'Live' Down Under

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australia's BandIt.fm online music offering is going "live." A new function launched today (Aug. 26) on the digital portal which permits artists to upload and sell their recordings straight from the mixing desk, with roya ...

  37. Comscore Ranks Sony Music Web Properties At No. 10

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment's Web properties now rank at No. 10 among worldwide online music destinations, according to from Web traffic monitoring firm Comscore. In June of this year, the combined network of artist Web sites collectively gained ...

  38. Studio Pushes Up Jackson Film, Ortega To Direct

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The studio behind the Michael Jackson film "This Is It" on Thursday advanced its release by two days to Oct. 28, anticipating huge demand for the movie of his final performance rehearsals just days before his death. Sony Pictures Enterta ...

  39. EMI Publishing, L.A. Reid Form New Talent JV

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing has reached an agreement with Antonio "L.A." Reid to form the L.A. Reid Music Publishing Company, a joint venture to sign new songwriters. The L.A. Reid Music Publishing Company will provide EMI Music Publishing with ...

  40. Sugarland No. 1 On Billboard 200; Jackson Still Week's Top-Seller

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While Michael Jackson is still the week's top seller, Sugarland's new Wal-Mart exclusive CD/DVD package "Live on the Inside" enters at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 76,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It& ...

  41. The Song Is Mine: Sony/ATV Pursues New Opportunities

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The death of a co-owner is a sad and difficult passage for any company. But when the co-owner in question is Michael Jackson and the company is Sony/ATV Music Publishing, the proprietor of the Beatles song catalog, the transition is bound to attra ...

  42. Sony, DEAG Confirms Classical Tie-Up

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment has concluded its acquisition of a 49 per cent stake in the German concert organizer DEAG Classics in Berlin. DEAG launched its DEAG Classics subsidiary in 2004. The company achieved double-digit growth rates in 2008 with ...

  43. Sony To Acquire Stake In DEAG Classics

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment is to acquire a stake in the European classical music business of DEAG Deutsche Entertainment AG. Effective July 7, Sony will acquire 49% of the capital of DEAG Classics AG (Berlin) for an undisclosed eight-figure euro amo ...

  44. Sony Music, Indie Distro IODA Sign Partnership

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment and indie digital distributor IODA have joined forces in a partnership that allows Sony and its independent distribution subsidiary RED to tap into IODA's digital distribution system worldwide. Sony has also made a st ...

  45. Primary Wave, Phillana Williams Launch JV

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Primary Wave Music Publishing and Marketing has entered into a joint venture with record industry veteran Phillana Williams, the former head of urban marketing at Arista Records and Island/Def Jam, to begin a new urban artist management company. W ...

  46. Austria Gets Unlimited Sony Ericsson Service

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Ericsson's unlimited music download service PlayNow Plus has launched in Austria. The service, powered by London-based Omnifone, is available on pre-licensed Sony Ericsson handsets in partnership with mobile network Orange, beginning wit ...

  47. Sony Signs Up To eMusic

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment catalog recordings that are at least two years old are being made available via digital subscription service eMusic. Beginning in the third quarter, eMusic will offer its U.S. subscribers recordings from all Sony Music lab ...

  48. Avex Sales Revenue Up 12.6%

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Avex Group Holdings of Japan reported strong sales figures in its financial results for the fiscal year ending March, 2009. Avex Group continues the run that has catapulted them to the largest market share of physical sales in Japan last calendar ...

  49. Digital Briefs: Pandora, MTV Games, Project Playlist

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- As part of their effort to turn a profit by next year , Pandora has introduced a premium service tier called Pandora One , which charges users $36 a year in return for an ad-free experience. This includes a specialized desktop Pandora music pla ...

  50. Kris Allen Crowned 'American Idol' In Surprise Victory

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kris Allen was crowned the "American Idol" Season 8 champ on Wednesday night (May 20), after nearly 100 million votes declared the 23-year-old Conway, Arkansas native the winner over runner-up Adam Lambert. During the two hour-plus seaso ...

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