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  1. 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 ...

  2. Sony Corp Reports Loss

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp reported a second straight quarterly loss hurt by a firmer yen, sluggish sales and restructuring costs, and it projected another year of red ink during which it will close eight factories worldwide. Consumer electronics makers around the ...

  3. Former BMG Exec Goldstuck Named TouchTunes CEO

    May 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Former president and COO of the BMG Label Group Charles Goldstuck has taken over as CEO of the interactive jukebox firm TouchTunes. The company operates a network of internet-connected jukeboxes, as well as other games and video entertainment mach ...

  4. German Biz Mourns Egmont Lüftner

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Egmont "Monti" Lüftner, formerly chairman of Arista Records, RCA Ariola and co-chairman of the Bertelsmann Music Group who worked with artists including Whitney Houston, has died at the age of 77 after he was hit by a truck at a recyclin ...

  5. Ericsson Says Sony Logical Buyer For SE Stake: Report

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ericsson chief executive Carl-Henric Svanberg said partner Sony would be a "logical buyer" for Ericsson's half of handset making joint venture Sony Ericsson, the Financial Times reported on Thursday (May 7). Steep losses from the ve ...

  6. Sony Music Entertainment To Bulk Up Artist Web Sites

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment is bulking up the content available on its artists' Web sites, adding on-demand streaming and lyrics. The on-demand streaming allows fans to stream any song from the entire roster of any participating Sony artist, as ...

  7. Digital Briefs: Pirate Bay, Sony Music, Variable Pricing

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Prosecutors in Italy are mulling charges against the same four Pirate Bay administrators that a Swedish court recently found guilty of copyright infringement. The Italian government briefly required ISPs in the country to block the Pirate Bay l ...

  8. Ericsson Q1 Core Profit Weak

    April 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson posted weaker-than-expected underlying earnings, hit by a slumping global mobile phone market and cutbacks in investments by operators. The world's top mobile equipment maker, however, took a more optimisti ...

  9. Music Web site MUZU Signs Universal Deal

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MUZU.TV, an Irish-based video Web site which has won plaudits from the music industry for the way it pays artists when their music is played online, has signed a deal with the world's largest label Universal. MUZU.TV, which has also signed de ...

  10. Bushfire Benefit CD Sells Over 100,000

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Australia's bushfire-aid CD release has raised more than $1.6 million Australian ($1.15 million) after selling more than 100,000 units in the two months since its release, Billboard.biz has learned. Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, M ...

  11. Sony Ericsson Posts Heavy Q1 Loss

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson said on Friday it plans to cut one in five jobs this year in its battle to return to profit as a sluggish market brought a hefty first-quarter loss, as expected. The world no.4 handset manufacturer, owned by Sweden ...

  12. Sony Music Opens Dubai Hub

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment has established a new office in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, called Sony Music Entertainment Middle East. Kevin Ridgely, who opened the new office and has supervised locations for Sony Music in Beirut and Cairo, will be ba ...

  13. Sony Music Launches Touring Division Down Under

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While the live return of Simon and Garfunkel rightly hogged the headlines in recent days, Sony Music Entertainment's Australian affiliate quietly launched one of the engines that will drive the tour. Sony Music Entertainment Australia has unv ...

  14. Hostess, Sony Partner In Japan

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hostess Entertainment and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) have reached an agreement on a services and support-based strategic partnership that will see the various entities of SMEJ provide a broad range of backing to Hostess and its artists in Ja ...

  15. Music Biz Coalition Makes Unauthorized Use Of Beatles Lyrics

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The musicFirst Coalition has been highly critical of terrestrial radio stations for what it argues is their failure to provide artists and musicians with fair compensation for use of their recordings. But the recording industry lobbying group appa ...

  16. Sony Ericsson Warning Stuns Ailing Mobile Sector

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Ericsson sparked fresh fear of crumbling consumer demand on Friday (March 20) when the world's No 4 handset maker said it would sell barely half of the phones it sold last quarter. Shares across the wireless sector dropped sharply on the ...

  17. Reality Of 'Price Discovery' Hitting Publishers

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the credit crunch and a difficult economy, those involved in the buying and selling of music copyrights are in a period of “price discovery,” peermusic CFO Bill Gorjance said at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium, held today at the St. ...

  18. Sony Music Latin Adds To Promotion Team

    February 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music U.S. Latin has appointed Karina Puente and Manuel Prado as national promotions directors. The two will oversee Sony's promotional efforts in pop, urban and regional Mexican formats. Puente will be based out of Texas and will overse ...

  19. Bushfire Relief Compilation Scores Huge Sales

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Australia's bushfire relief compilation was the biggest-selling album in the country last week, raising more than $300,000 Australian ($195,000) for victims of Victoria's destructive bushfires, Billboard.biz can reveal. Bruce ...

  20. Sony Ericsson Unveils New Mobile Phone Strategy

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson unveiled a new strategy for its struggling mobile phone business in an attempt to share content on its handsets with other devices in the home. Called Entertainment Unlimited, the initiative seeks to integrate mobile phones with such ...

  21. Total Music Shuts Down

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Total Music, the joint venture backed by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, among others, has shuttered, Billboard.biz can confirm. Multiple sources directly involved in the venture said all concerned agreed to stop funding the ef ...

  22. Germany's GUN Records Shut Down

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Germany has closed GUN Records in Bochum with immediate effect. The rock label GUN (Great Unlimited Noises) was founded in 1992 as a joint venture by Wolfgang Funk and BMG. Funk, who left his role as president of the company in December ...

  23. Springsteen Scores Euro Albums No. 1

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen makes a victorious debut on Billboard's European Top 100 Albums chart, as "Working On A Dream" (Colmbia/Sony Music Entertainment) enters at No. 1, outselling Franz Ferdinand's "Tonight: Franz Ferdinand&qu ...

  24. Sony Swings To Q3 Operating Loss As Demand Wilts

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Corp swung to a quarterly operating loss and reiterated a forecast for its first annual loss in 14 years, battered by a firmer yen and weaker demand while highlighting deepening woes at the electronics conglomerate. The loss announcement was ...

  25. Spanish Biz Suffers 10% Fall

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain's music market continued to slump in 2008, falling by 10.4% in combined physical and digital sales value to €254.4 million ($338 million). An 8.1% increase in digital sales to €29.2 million ($38.8 million) was not enough to make up for ...

  26. Digital Music Revenue Doubles In Brazil

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST A recent report by international music trade group IFPI re-affirms Brazil as Latin America's top digital music market, with revenues doubling in 2008. According to IFPI's "Digital Music Report 2009," digital accounts for more t ...

  27. UMPG, SACEM Unveil Digital Deals

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Universal Music Publishing Group and Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers Of Music (SACEM) celebrated their one-year old Pan-European licensing agreement by christening it: "D.E.A.L" (Direct European Administration and Licens ...

  28. Sony Ericsson, Universal Promote New Talent

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson is to partner with Universal Music Publishing to provide the publisher's emerging artists with a platform to promote their music to the mobile vendor's customers. The deal was announced during the MidemNet digital music bus ...

  29. Price Cut On Nokia's Comes With Music

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three months after its launch in the U.K., the price of Nokia’s unlimited music pre-licensed handset has been slashed from £127.10 ($189.90) to £82.18 ($122.79). The move comes amid speculation that the service, set for a roll out in other territo ...

  30. IFPI Digital Report Urges Action On Music Piracy

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has estimated that 95% of music downloads are illegal, according to its 2009 Digital Music Report. The estimation is the result of a three-year study in 16 countries, which also indicated more than 40 billion files were illegally file-sha ...

  31. Sony Music Entertainment Begins Staff Cuts

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment began cutting staff today (Jan. 15), with the process expected to be completed tomorrow, sources tell Billboard.biz. At deadline, at least 30 people had been cut from the company's two distribution companies: Sony Glo ...

  32. Sony, Wind-Up Expand Deal To Include Digital

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment and Wind-Up Records are expanding an existing exclusive distribution agreement to now include digital rights. Under the terms of the new deal, Sony will deliver all digital content from Wind-Up's roster to a variety o ...

  33. Sony May Post $1.1 Billion Operating Loss

    January 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Japan's Sony Corp will likely suffer an annual operating loss of about $1.1 billion, its first such loss in 14 years, due to sluggish sales and a stronger yen, a person with knowledge of the matter said. Shares of Sony tumbled 9%, slicing $2 ...

  34. Biz Briefs: RIAA, Disney, Sony

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST - RIAA voluntarily dismisses Atlantic Recording v. Brennan. [ Recordingindustryvspeople , via Slashdot ] - Disney Star Guitarist game uses an actual guitar with color-coded strings to teach aspiring guitarists to learn new songs. [ Wired ] - Risin ...

  35. Sony Ericsson CEO Preparing For Tough '09

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST The chief executive of Sony Ericsson, a venture of Sony Corp and Ericsson, sees a tough cell phone market through the end of 2009, with unit sales down by about 5-6% as consumer demand slows in the weak global economy. But Hideki Komiyama, who pla ...

  36. Katy Perry Heats Up Eurochart

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Katy Perry is the first Eurochart Hot 100 Singles-topping artist of the new year, moving 2-1 with "Hot N Cold" (Virgin/EMI). AC/DC's "Black Ice" (Columbia/Sony BMG) leads European Top 100 Albums for a seventh non-consecuti ...

  37. Take That, Alexandra Burke Rule U.K. Charts

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.K.'s final weekly sales charts of 2008, published yesterday (Dec. 28), saw Alexandra Burke and Take That retain their singles and album crowns, respectively. "X Factor" winner Burke's "Hallelujah" (Syco Music/So ...

  38. Sony, Albert Re-Up Licensing Arrangement

    December 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Albert Music, the Aussie label home to AC/DC, has renewed its exclusive licensing deal with Sony Music Entertainment Australia. The new long-term arrangement covers all Albert Music catalog, digital content and future CD and DVD releases in Austra ...

  39. Sony BMG Merger Still Under Scrutiny

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST The European Parliament continues to seek further scrutiny of the Sony BMG merger, although the major has since demerged and will officially be renamed Sony Music Entertainment in 2009. EC Commissioner for competition Neelie Kroes has six weeks to ...

  40. Sony/ATV Launches Pan-Euro Latin & Spanish License

    December 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has partnered with Spanish authors' and publishers' society SGAE on a pan-European digital and online license. It will cover the rights to Spanish and Latin repertoire owned, controlled or administered by Sony/A ...

  41. US Sues Sony Music Over Children's Online Privacy

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment was sued on Wednesday by the U.S. government, which claimed the music company violated federal rules aimed at protecting the online privacy of children. Sony Music improperly accepted registrations on its music Web sites f ...

  42. Sony Corp. To Cut 8,000 Jobs

    December 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Japan's Sony Corp. said it will cut about 4% of its workforce, curb investment and pull out of businesses to save $1.1 billion a year, as the financial crisis ravages demand for its electronics products. The 8,000 job cuts are the biggest ann ...

  43. Zavvi Misses Out On Take That, Britney

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Continuing problems with distributor EUK meant that U.K. entertainment retailer Zavvi did not have stock of major new albums by Britney Spears and Take That on the day both sets were released. As previously reported , EUK is in administration but ...

  44. Beyonce's 'Fierce' Debut Leads Pre-Turkey Day Chart

    November 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Beyonce! Nickelback! David Cook! The gang's all here as we roll into the hopefully busy post-Thanksgiving shopping weekend . . . Next week's chart will see new albums arrive from Kanye West, Guns N' Roses, the Killers, Ludacris and ...

  45. AC/DC Holds On Atop Euro Albums Chart

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST The leaders of Billboard's pan-European charts each score another week at the top, with AC/DC's "Black Ice" (Columbia/Sony BMG) into a fourth week at No.1 on Top 100 Albums and Guru Josh Project's "Infinity 2008" ...

  46. Sony BMG Preps Calling Card Give-A-Way

    November 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST In an effort to spur music sales during the holiday season, Sony BMG in Colombia and Colombian wireless carrier Comcel have launched a strategic alliance dubbed "Minutos Comcel" (Comcel Minutes), that gives free calling cards to customer ...

  47. French Biz Falters, Digital Remains Strong

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The wholesale value of the French recorded music market in the first nine months of 2008 decreased to €382 million ($484 million), down 13.9% from the corresponding period last year, according to new figures issued by labels trade body SNEP. It fo ...

  48. Sony Music Gets Creative With Exposure

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment has formed a pan-European creative agency with international marketing agency Exposure. The joint venture, named SBX, aims to develop artist endorsements, synch deals, product placement, live performances, ad-funded progra ...

  49. Sony Profit Plunges On Strong Yen

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp.'s quarterly profit plunged 72% as a surging yen wiped out perks from flat-panel TV and PlayStation 3 sales, as well as box office revenue from the movie "Hancock." Sony said Wednesday it posted a net profit of 20.8 billio ...

  50. Billboard Honors 'Women In Music'

    October 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Billboard honored 20 female executives and three artists at the third annual "Women in Music" breakfast, held this morning (Oct. 24) at the Hotel St. Regis in New York. Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry was presented with the Icon award, r ...

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