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  1. Bertelsmann Unveils BMG Rights Management

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT German media group Bertelsmann is investing in the music business again: BMG Rights Management will be opening its head office in Berlin as of Jan. 2009. In the coming months offices are also to be opened in Amsterdam, Paris, London, Madrid and Mi ...

  2. Copyright Battle Over Eighties Hit 'Down Under'

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Men At Work's iconic Eighties hit "Down Under" is at center stage of a copyright row in Australia. Sydney-based music publishing firm Larrikin Music has lodged a statement of claim, noting that the international smash carries an unl ...

  3. Sony BMG Ups Levin

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT David Levin has been named senior VP and business manager of sales at Sony BMG Music Entertainment, overseeing the company digital sales and advertising supported channels. Levin is based in New York and reports to the company's executive VP ...

  4. Sony BMG Ups Kooker

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dennis Kooker, Sony BMG Global Digital business and U.S. sales executive VP of operations has added GM stripes to his title and responsibilities. Kooker will continue to report to president of Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales Thomas Hesse an ...

  5. Jive Takes Equity Stake In A&R Man's Imprint

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While 360 deals are almost standard for new artists, independent label partnerships have largely remained within the realm of marketing and distribution deals. However, Zomba has taken a page from Live Nation's playbook and inked an all-inclu ...

  6. Sony BMG Buys Majority Stake in Denmark's Kick Music

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG has bought a majority stake in the Copenhagen-based Kick Music label for an undisclosed sum. Kick, one of the oldest and biggest indies in Denmark, will continue to operate independently out of its present HQ. Michael Quvang will remain a ...

  7. Sony Ericsson Unveils Unlimited Music Service

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone manufacturer Sony Ericsson introduced an all-you-can eat music subscription service called PlayNow Plus in a bid to compete against rival Nokia's pending Comes With Music service. The PlayNow Plus offer is simply a repackaged ver ...

  8. Sony Ericsson To Roll Out Music Service In Weeks

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Ericsson will launch a mobile phone service with unlimited music downloads within weeks, Lennard Hoornik, head of marketing at the firm, said on Tuesday. Play Now Plus, which will compete with Nokia's Comes with Music service, will give ...

  9. Il Divo Signs Touring, Merch Deal With Live Nation

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Operatic pop supergroup Il Divo has signed a global touring and merchandise agreement with Live Nation for its next tour, scheduled to begin in the U.K. in Feb. 2009. The company will promote all of Il Divo's dates and will have exclusive rig ...

  10. W Hotels Drops Sixth CD

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The W Hotels Worldwide, part of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, this week began selling "The Sound of Wonderlust: W Hotels Worldwide Tour," the sixth time the brand has put out an collection of music. Available on at W Hotels and ...

  11. Obermann Named Senior VP At Sony BMG

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ole Obermann has been named senior VP of international digital business development for global digital business at Sony BMG Music Entertainment. He reports to Michael Paull, executive VP of global digital business for the company, and is based in ...

  12. Digital Briefs: Sony BMG, Tesco, IODA, RoyaltyShare

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Sony BMG's Commercial Music Group unveiled a licensing Web site for filmmakers called MovieTunes. The site allows filmmakers to submit the music criteria they need, which a Sony BMG staffer will then use to help find the right song. - Warne ...

  13. Impala Attacks EC's Sony BMG Ruling

    September 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pan-European independent labels body Impala has blasted the European Commission's decision to allow Sony Corporation's acquisition of the Sony BMG joint venture as "incredible." In a statement, Impala railed against the ruling. ...

  14. Avril Lavigne To Perform In Kuala Lumpur

    August 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canadian pop star Avril Lavigne will perform in Kuala Lumpur on Aug. 29 after the Malaysian Cabinet approved the show, despite opposition from the youth wing of the country's Islamic opposition party. The fate of the concert was unclear follo ...

  15. Heavy Hitters Grace Negro League Benefit CD

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT By combining music, social consciousness and philanthropy, Stadium Entertainment wants to shepherd a new business model designed to also capture and engage music consumers. The first project under its banner is the compilation CD "True to the ...

  16. Sony Ericsson Launches DRM-Free Music Store

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Ericsson has rolled out its PlayNow arena, an over-the-air download service that will sell DRM-free music as well as games and applications. The expanded mobile music service will go live in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway on Aug. 25. Eac ...

  17. O2 Launches Sony BMG Mobile Music Store

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. mobile operator O2 is partnering with Sony BMG on what it claims is the first operator-supported major label mobile music store. My Play will be available exclusively through the web portal O2 Active and it will offer videos, full track audio ...

  18. Bertelsmann Exits Sony BMG

    August 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corporation has reached an agreement to acquire Bertelsmann AG's 50% stake in Sony BMG, four years after the joint venture was created. The demerged music company is to be called Sony Music Entertainment Inc and it will become a wholly o ...

  19. Orchard Links With Sony/ATV

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Digital aggregator The Orchard has added marketing and digital distribution rights for all master recordings from Sony/ATV Music Publishing for international markets outside the U.S. This includes digital distribution to online retailers, as well ...

  20. Paull Takes Exec Post At Sony BMG

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG has named Michael Paull as executive VP of global digital business. Paull will be responsible for developing and executing the company's digital strategy, working both domestically and internationally with various Sony BMG divisions. ...

  21. Vodafone Director Ferguson Joins Sony BMG

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment U.K. has hired former Vodafone executive Graeme Ferguson to the new position of SVP digital and strategic partnerships. Ferguson will join the music major at the start of September from Vodafone, the mobile carrier, wh ...

  22. E3 Update: Wii Music, Xbox 360 and More

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The once glorious, now marginally relevant E3 videogame conference is underway in Los Angeles this week, with a few nuggets of interesting news related to the business of digital entertainment sneaking out. - Utilizing its signature motion-capture ...

  23. Sony BMG Appoints Schaidler Exec VP

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jennifer "J.J." Schaidler, a long-time key Best Buy music executive, has been named executive VP of sales at Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s sales division. For the last two years, Schaidler, who reports to Sony BMG Music Entertainment pr ...

  24. Sony BMG Joint Venture Divide On The Cards

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The split of the Sony BMG merger is virtually a done deal, Billboard.biz has learned. Well-placed sources say a Bertelsmann supervisory board meeting has been convened today to examine the sale of the German media giant's 50% stake, with a fi ...

  25. Universal Republic Names Blair VP

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dennis Blair has been appointed VP of alternative promotion for Universal Republic Records. Blair will report to Joel Klaiman, senior VP of promotion and artist development for the company, and be based in New York. Most previously, Blair was seni ...

  26. Sony Ericsson Preps AM/FM Radio Device

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Ericsson is preparing to launch its first-ever device that incorporates AM/FM radio. The R300 Radio and the R306 Radio phones were designed for the global market and will be launched in selected countries worldwide and throughout Latin Americ ...

  27. French Digital Briefs: Zaploop, Ayo, Jamendo

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Warner Music France has reached an agreement with French music community platform Zaploop, which will enable the service's users to sell music from Warner catalog through widgets in a licensed "super-distribution" scheme. Warner M ...

  28. Brock Rises At Sony/ATV

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing executive Janice Brock has earned a promotion. The British executive has been named to the new role as senior VP, U.K. operations, in addition to her current role as VP, office of the chairman. Brock will relocate from Ne ...

  29. 'Idol' Finalist Cook Signs With Arista Nashville

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Season seven "American Idol" finalist Kristy Lee Cook has signed with 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville. The Oregonian, who is preparing for the American Idols Live! Tour 2008, will team with songwriter/producer Brett James (Jessica Simpson ...

  30. Sony BMG Oz Revives Music Pub Arm

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SonyBMG Music Entertainment Australia and New Zealand has re-entered the music publishing business after four years. Sydney-based senior A&R manager Courtney Hard will take on the additional duties as senior manager of Sony BMG Publishing, rep ...

  31. Storm Kicks Up Over FIFA, Sony Soccer Partnership

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corporation's partnership with soccer's world governing body FIFA is causing a stir in South Africa ahead of the nation's hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Creative Workers Union of South Africa (Cwusa) is taking issue, c ...

  32. Oasis Inks Deal With Sony BMG

    June 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Oasis has expanded its partnership with Sony BMG by signing a new three-album deal with the company. The profit-sharing agreement will find Oasis continuing to release music on its own Big Brother imprint, with global distribution and marketing by ...

  33. Sony/ATV, GEMA Team For Euro Licensing Breakthrough

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony/ATV Music Publishing and German authors rights society GEMA have entered into an agreement to establish a "one-stop" Pan-European licensing framework for mobile and online digital rights. With effect from July 1, the three-year agre ...

  34. Impala Renews Appeal Against Sony BMG Merger OK

    June 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT European independent music companies trade association Impala has launched another appeal with the European Commission contesting regulators' clearance of the Sony BMG merger. Brussels-based Impala said today it had lodged an appeal last Frid ...

  35. Mozes Unveils Mozes Connect Marketing Tool

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Text-message fanclub service Mozes introduced a new Web-based tool that allows users to create mobile text and Web marketing campaigns from an online interface. Called Mozes Connect, the service is completely Web-based, allowing for what the compa ...

  36. Report: Bertelsmann Wants $1.5bn for Sony BMG Stake

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann is valuing its stake in Sony BMG at $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion as the German media group escalates its efforts to pull out of the record music joint venture with Sony Corp, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. According to the r ...

  37. Sony Strikes Agreements With Napster, 7digital

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hardware giant Sony has struck separate deals with Napster and 7digital.com that enables free music to be bundled with certain Walkman-branded portable music devices. A video collaboration between Sony U.K. and digital media deliver firm 7digital ...

  38. Madonna's 'Candy' A Treat For Sony Ericsson Users

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Madonna's new chart smash "Hard Candy" is to be pre-loaded or carried alongside Sony Ericsson handsets across 27 countries, through a new agreement struck between Warner Music International and the cell phone manufacturer. From this ...

  39. 360 Deals, Collection Royalties Debated At Music Matters

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The opening two days of the Music Matters conference has thrown up its share of topical discussions, with 360 deals and the systems for royalty collections coming under the microscope. On a June 4 panel discussion on 360 deals, Walt Disney Records ...

  40. Steinkamp Leaves Sony BMG

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Maarten Steinkamp, president of Continental Europe for Sony BMG, is leaving the company, Billboard.biz can confirm. Although representatives for Sony BMG would not response to calls from Billboard, insiders confirmed speculation which has been cir ...

  41. Sony BMG Launches Columbia Records India

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mumbai-based Sony BMG Music Entertainment India has launched the first Columbia Records imprint in Asia outside Japan. Columbia Records India is headed by well-known Indian composer/musician Sandeep Chowta, who says the label will be a platform fo ...

  42. Bertelsmann Wants Out Of Sony BMG JV, Reports Claim

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The fate of the Sony BMG joint venture is on the cards, again. According to a report published today in the New York Times , German media group Bertelsmann is planning to intensify talks on pulling out of its recorded music JV with Japan's So ...

  43. Usher Partners With Sony Ericsson For Phone, Tour

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Usher has teamed with Sony Ericsson to become the face of the mobile phone maker's new Walkman music phone, which will be available later this year. The partnership covers the United States, Canada and 20 European countries, according to Ushe ...

  44. Local Murray Scores Third Aussie No. 1

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Australian singer songwriter Pete Murray joined some esteemed company this week when he scored his third No. 1 on the Motorola Australian Recording Industry Association chart. With his latest album, "Summer At Eureka" (Sony BMG), Murray ...

  45. Lou Pearlman Sentenced To 25 Years In Jail

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The man who created the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync has been sentenced to 25 years in prison on four federal charges. But Judge G. Kendall Sharp in Orlando, Fla., said today (May 21) he would reduce the sentence by one month for every $1 mill ...

  46. SMEJ Financials On The Up

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Japan's biggest record company, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), has reported healthy sales results for the year ended March 31, 2008, largely on the strength of solid performances by its core label and distribution businesses. Revenue for S ...

  47. Sony BMG Yearly Profits Up

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment more than doubled net income profits in its fiscal year ended March 31 to $178 million (17.7 billion yen) on sales of $3.93 billion (390.2 billion yen) as compared with the prior year, when it reported $84 million (9.9 ...

  48. Sony Ericsson To Pre-Load New Fonseca Album

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Colombian singer/songwriter Fonseca has partnered with cellphone manufacturer Sony Ericsson in a multi-media promotional and retail campaign surrounding the release of his upcoming album, "Gratitud," and his subsequent Colombian and Cent ...

  49. Label Execs Talk Digital Sales At NARM Closing

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT At Sony BMG Music Entertainment digital sales are running at 40% of overall U.S. sales volume pace this year, and Thomas Hesse, president of global digital and U.S. sales predicts that the company will achieve a 50/50 split next year. That was one ...

  50. We Are Scientists Set To 'Tumble'

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Electronics' new "Tumble" TV commercials will feature a new song from Brooklyn-based indie rockers We Are Scientists. Sony/ATV Music Publishing placed the song, "After Hours," in the mini-film-like commercial for Sony ...

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