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  1. D-Listed: Project Playlist

    May 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The most effective business card shared between today's innovative new online music services and the music industry seems to be a lawsuit. The recently filed action against Project Playlist—by the RIAA representing nine major labels—is just t ...

  2. Sony BMG Promotes Swidler

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment has promoted Julie Swidler to executive VP, business affairs and general counsel. Swidler, previously executive VP of business and legal affairs for the BMG U.S. Label Group and the RCA Music Group, has a newly combine ...

  3. Majors Give MOG Financing Boost

    April 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music-centric social networking service MOG received a $2.8 million round of funding which included financing from divisions of UMG and Sony BMG according to online reports . This round is on top of the $3.2 million the company raised in prior rou ...

  4. Unterholzner Out At Sony BMG Austria

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Horst Unterholzner, who has served as managing director of Sony BMG Austria for more than five years, will exit the company May 1. Stefan Klimek will take the helm of the Vienna-based affiliate. Klimek joined Sony Music in 2002 from Universal Musi ...

  5. Ashanti, Lloyd, Leslie Hit R&B Live

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Industry execs and fans packed into New York's R&B Spotlight Live last night for special performances anchored by Ashanti, Lloyd and Ryan Leslie. The show began with two songstresses Suai and Gritz. Clad in a stripped tank dress, Suai, a ...

  6. Sony Corp. of America To Acquire Gracenote

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. of America is acquiring music identification and technology firm Gracenote for $260 million. The merger is expected to close in late May. Gracenote is perhaps best known to the music industry for its music recognition and lyrics service ...

  7. RCA Sets Eyes On Virtual World For Keys

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT RCA Records is promoting Alicia Keys' "As I Am" tour in the WeeWorld avatar-based online virtual universe. The promotion allows members to buy Keys-branded virtual clothes and accessories -- such as a piano, posters and T-shirts -- ...

  8. Frasher Segues To BNA As VP

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Arista Nashville director of national promotion Bryan Frasher segues to Sony BMG Nashville sister label BNA Records as VP of promotion. He replaces Rick Moxley, who exited the label on April 16. Frasher, who has been with Arista since 2004 and dir ...

  9. Def Jam Artists Headed For Sony-Ericsson Phone

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Def Jam Records continues it all-out mobile push with a deal to embed content from multiple artists from its roster on a Walkman-branded Sony-Ericsson phone. The W910i, distributed only in the UK, will feature video and audio content from such art ...

  10. DJ Don Diablo Spins 306-Degree Sony BMG Deal

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Dutch DJ/producer Don Diablo has struck an integrated deal with Sony BMG Entertainment Benelux which sees the music major take on responsibilities for all the artist's activities, including international recording, merchandise, sponsoring, mo ...

  11. Sony BMG Australia Taps Radio Exec Tothill

    April 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia has hired broadcasting executive Grant Tothill to take over as senior director of Australian artist marketing. Tothill, who joins the label in May, reports to chairman and CEO Denis Handlin. "I recently ...

  12. Sony BMG, 3 Team For Mobile Ad-Supported Video Service

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The space for mobile ad-supported music content in Britain is heating up. Through a partnership with Sony BMG Music U.K., mobile operator 3 has launched an ad-supported, commercial mobile music video service for its three million-plus British cust ...

  13. Sony BMG Eyes Online Music Service

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG CEO Rolf Schmidt-Holtz expressed interest in a digital music subscription service to German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung . It's not clear whether he's proposing a consumer-facing subscription service based exclusivel ...

  14. Music Row Veterans Launch Management Co.

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music Row veterans Tim DuBois and Marc Dottore have formed Dottore-DuBois Artist Management. Dottore's current clients Shooter Jennings, Kathy Mattea and Marty Stuart will be joined by newcomer Matt Jenkins, Texas artist Roger Creager and Atl ...

  15. Apple Corps Sues To Stop Beatles Release

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Apple Corps and Apple Records have just filed a federal lawsuit in Miami in an attempt to stop bootleg recordings from the Star-Club in Germany from being released to the public, Billboard.biz has learned. One of the defendants, Jeffrey Collins, t ...

  16. Aussie Biz Tightens In 2007

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian recorded music industry shrunk by almost 10% last year. In wholesale value, the market declined by 9.68% to A$462.2 million ($428.5 million), according to figures released today by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA ...

  17. Weiss Joins Sonnenschein Nath

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Attorney Lisa Weiss has joined Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal as a partner in the firm's corporate practice group. Weiss was most recently with Morrison & Foerster. She was previously general counsel of Sony Music Entertainment, where ...

  18. Bertelsmann Execs Undecided On Sony BMG Fate

    March 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "There are no specific plans to sell our share in Sony BMG." That was the response given by Bertelsmann CFO Thomas Rabe who, together with his colleague Hartmuth Ostrowski, the German media giant's CEO, spoke with Billboard.biz toda ...

  19. Bertelsmann Shopping Sony BMG Stake, Reports Claim

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bertelsmann has declined to comment on reports which claim the media giant is sounding out buyers for its stake in the Sony BMG joint venture. The German firm's chief financial officer Thomas Rabe has met with at least two private equity comp ...

  20. Sony/ATV Names Puzio CFO

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has appointed Joseph Puzio as CFO for the publisher's worldwide operations. Marty Bandier, chairman/CEO of Sony/ATV, confirmed the appointment today. In his new capacity, Puzio will be responsible for all aspects of ...

  21. Omnifone Wins Global Mobile Award

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music download service Omnifone scooped the best mobile music service award for its unlimited MusicStation package at the 13th annual Global Mobile awards. Held as part of the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Omnifone held off competition ...

  22. Dept. of Justice Questions Sony BMG, UMG

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice has requested information from Sony BMG and Universal Music Group about their talks to launch an online music subscription service, said a record company executive on Thursday. The person, who wished to remain unname ...

  23. Sundin Joins Universal, Sources Say

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran Sony BMG Nordic executive Per Sundin has changed camp, well informed sources tell Billboard.biz. Sundin is joining Universal Music as managing director of its Swedish company. Sources say Sundin will report in his new role to Vico Antippas ...

  24. Microsoft Strikes Euro Content Deals With Sony BMG, MTV

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Microsoft has beefed up the pan-European content offering for its free, video-on-demand Internet channel, MSN Video, through separate deals struck with MTV Networks International and Sony BMG. Through the agreements, unveiled this morning at a med ...

  25. Tuer Rises As Sony BMG U.K. Revamps Sales Activities

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG U.K. and Ireland has a new commercial sales division. Nicola Tuer, senior VP sales, has been elevated to head the new group as senior VP commercial sales group, with immediate effect. The new London-based unit, which brings together the p ...

  26. XM Satellite Resolves Lawsuit With Sony BMG

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc said on Friday it has resolved a lawsuit brought by Sony BMG over Pioneer Inno, a portable satellite radio with advanced recording features. In a statement, XM said Sony BMG Music Entertainment has withdrawn as a pa ...

  27. Sony BMG Global Digital & U.S. Sales Cuts

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Global Digital & U.S. Sales has eliminated about 25 jobs on the physical distribution side of the business, sources say. In addition to about 8 staffers in the finance department, the retail coordinators staff was cut in half. Sony BM ...

  28. Indie Avex Topples Sony In Japan

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based Independent label Avex has edged out Sony as Japan's top CD label in market-share terms, according to SoundScan Japan. The music-sales tracking service says that Avex Marketing had a market share of 15.4% in 2007, while Sony Music ...

  29. Universal Music Publishing, Sony BMG Enter Digital Pact

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group and Sony BMG Music Entertainment have entered into an unprecedented deal regarding digital royalties for the publisher in Southeast Asia and India. "For many years, digital music resellers have been challenged ...

  30. Sony BMG Norte Cuts Staff

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Following lay-offs at Sony BMG's Mexican office earlier this month, the label has also eliminated several positions in its U.S. Latin operations, Billboard.biz has learned. Sources confirm that approximately 15 people from various departments ...

  31. Labels, Aggregators Back PlayNow

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile music is making a big noise at the MIDEM conference in Cannes this week. Device manufacturer Sony Ericsson so far has made the biggest splash with a major expansion of its PlayNow initiative to include more than 5 million tracks. The increa ...

  32. Billion Dollar Bash For Games Down Under

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian computer games market passed the $1 billion Australian ($878 million) sales mark in 2007. Figures released by the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia (IEAA) show that games hardware/software sales hit $1.3 billion Aus ...

  33. Yahoo Eyeing Online Music Service

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc., is in early discussions with major record labels over offering unprotected MP3s either for sale or for free as part of an ad-supported service, two record company executives familiar with the talks said Wednesday. The talks, held as re ...

  34. Target Tests Digital Music Space

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST After backing away from launching a music subscription service two years ago, big-box retailer Target is again dipping its toes in the digital music space. The company is selling John Legend's "Live From Philadelphia" album in a DRM ...

  35. Sony BMG Mexico Cuts Staff

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sources confirm that Sony BMG Mexico let go between 20-25 employees, in past week, as part of an effort to restructure the company in a shrinking marketplace. The cuts impacted all areas of the company and approximately 130 staffers are now in pla ...

  36. Industry Vet Katz Departs Sony BMG Sales Unit

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran music sales executive Jordan Katz has exited Sony BMG Sales Enterprise, the distribution arm of Sony BMG. Katz had been president there since September 2004. Well regarded by accounts and by rival sales executives, Katz was previously seni ...

  37. Sony BMG Blasts Lennox 'Dropped' Reports

    January 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG today hit out at "ludicrous" press reports stating the company had dropped Annie Lennox after a 25-year association. British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mirror had quoted the singer as saying Sony BMG had recently ignored her ca ...

  38. Sony BMG Signs On With Amazon MP3 Store

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment is joining Amazon's MP3 party, and will allow its music to be sold via the unprotected format on the digital download store. The move comes on the heels of Sony BMG's announcement that it will sell album spec ...

  39. Sony BMG Finalizes Westwood Acquisition

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Norte has finalized its acquisition of a majority stake of Mexican management company Westwood Entertainment for an undisclosed sum. Westwood, which also has concert promotion, marketing and publishing arms, is home to artists like Reyli, ...

  40. Toshiba Defiant After HD DVD Setback

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Toshiba Corp. executives had a tough moment Sunday, when they had to face reporters just two days after its HD DVD movie disc format was dealt a potentially fatal blow by the defection of Warner Bros. Entertainment to a rival technology. "It& ...

  41. Sony BMG To Debut MP3 Album Cards

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment will roll out its Platinum MusicPass series of digital album cards beginning Jan. 15 at Best Buy, Target and Fred's, with Trans World and Winn-Dixie coming to the party by the end of January. In Canada, participat ...

  42. Paul Yeskel Dies

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST Independent promotion and marketing specialist Paul Yeskel died in his sleep in the early hours of Sunday, Dec. 23, at his home in Old Bridge, N.J. The cause of death was yet to be determined. He was 56. Yeskel was founder and president of Aim Str ...

  43. Sony BMG To Embrace MP3s

    December 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment is about to make its first foray into the MP3 format when it launches artist-specific digital download album cards in mid-January, sources say. Apparently modeled on the iTunes digital download album cards, Sony BMG wi ...

  44. Digital Briefs: Sony, HMV, MixRevolution, AOL

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Sony Electronics has teamed up with HMV stores to offer anyone buying Walkman-branded MP3 player a free three-month trial of the HMV digital music service. The promotion does not include Walkman branded phones, however. - MixRevolution.com is a ...

  45. Sony BMG Oz Buys Caplice Stake

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia has become the first major label Down Under to invest in artist management and touring. The firm has taken a 50% share in Sydney-based Caplice Management and is negotiating with a second artist management fir ...

  46. Music Vet DuBois Takes On Teaching

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Music industry veteran Tim DuBois, former senior partner at Universal Records South and president of Arista Nashville, is headed to Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management, where he will serve as clinical professor of manag ...

  47. Elvis Album At The Center Of U.K. Copyright Row

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. distributor Cargo Records has pulled the plug on an Elvis Presley release after Sony BMG Music Enterainment in the U.K. sent out a letter threatening legal action, Billboard.biz has learned. In one of the clearest signs to-date of Sony BMG� ...

  48. Daldorph Elected IFPI Denmark Chairman

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Henrik Daldorph, GM of Sony BMG Denmark, has been elected chairman of IFPI Denmark during an extraordinary general meeting, held this week. Daldorph, 44, will replace former Universal Music Denmark GM Jens-Otto Paludan, who stepped-down from the t ...

  49. Sony BMG Merger Ruling Scrutinized In EU Court 'Opinion'

    December 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST A leading EU judge today said its lower court was correct to annul the 2004 clearance of the merger of the recorded music units of Sony Corp and German media company Bertelsmann AG. Juliane Kokott, the advocate general of the European Court of Jus ...

  50. Gewecke Named President Of WB Digital Distr

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG executive VP of global digital business development Thomas Gewecke has moved on. Gewecke is now president of Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, reporting to Kevin Tsujihara, president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and is based ...

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