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  1. Japan's Columbia Music Reports Profit

    November 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based label Columbia Music Entertainment has unveiled a consolidated net profit of ¥8 million ($75,800) for the April 1-Sept. 30 first half, compared to a loss of ¥797 million ($7.5 mi Tokyo-based label Columbia Music Enter ...

  2. Fujisankei Buys Shinko's Foreign Pub Catalog

    November 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Major Japanese media conglomerate Fujisankei Communications Group has bought out Tokyo-based music publisher Shinko Music's foreign catalog. Japanese media conglomerate Fujisankei Communications Group is acquiring the foreign catalog of Tokyo ...

  3. Fujisankei Buys Shinko's Foreign Pub Catalog

    November 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Japanese media conglomerate Fujisankei Communications Group is acquiring the foreign catalog of Tokyo-based music publisher Shinko Music. Japanese media conglomerate Fujisankei Communications Group is acquiring the foreign catalog of Tokyo-based m ...

  4. MTV Beefs Up Asia-Pacific Operations

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks Asia Pacific has revamped its senior executive team as part of an overall strategy for growth in the region. MTV Networks Asia Pacific has revamped its senior executive team as part of an overall strategy for growth in the region. MTV ...

  5. CISAC Revamps: Rights Body Streamlines Exec Structure

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT CISAC, the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, is moving into the 21st century with a new structure more capable of representing its members' interests in a fast-changin SEOUL, Korea -- CISAC, the International ...

  6. Gibson Marks Lennon's B'day With Auction, Exhibits

    October 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Gibson Guitar has launched several programs honoring John Lennon, whose 64th birthday would have been tomorrow (Oct. 9). Gibson Guitar has launched several programs honoring John Lennon, whose 64th birthday would have been tomorrow (Oct. 9). Gibso ...

  7. Sony Japan, Avex Rethink Copy-Protected CDs

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) and leading Japanese independent label Avex are dropping CD copy-protection technology from their releases. TOKYO -- Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) and leading Japanese independent label Avex are dropping CD copy ...

  8. Matsuura Appointed Prez At Japan's Avex

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Masato Matsuura was named president of Avex, Japan's biggest independent record company, at an emergency shareholders' meeting Sept. 28 in Tokyo. He replaces Toshio Kobayashi, who becomes the company' Masato Matsuura was named presi ...

  9. Blu-Ray Catches Fox Support

    October 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Film studio 20th Century Fox today (Oct. 4) announced it has joined an international industry association backing the next-generation Blu-ray Disc DVD format. Film studio 20th Century Fox today (Oct. 4) announced it has joined an international ind ...

  10. Blu-Ray Catches Fox Support

    October 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Film studio 20th Century Fox today (Oct. 4) announced it has joined an international industry association backing the next-generation Blu-ray Disc DVD format. Film studio 20th Century Fox today (Oct. 4) announced it has joined an international ind ...

  11. Matsuura Appointed Prez At Japan's Avex

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Masato Matsuura was named president of Avex, Japan's biggest independent record company, at an emergency shareholders' meeting today (Sept. 28) in Tokyo. He replaces Toshio Kobayashi, who becomes the Masato Matsuura was named president o ...

  12. Matsuura Appointed Prez At Japan's Avex

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Masato Matsuura was named president of Avex, Japan's biggest independent record company, at an emergency shareholders' meeting today (Sept. 28) in Tokyo. He replaces Toshio Kobayashi, who becomes the Masato Matsuura was named president o ...

  13. NTT To Bow Music-Recognition Service In Japan

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT NTT Resonant, a subsidiary of Japanese telecom giant NTT Group, is planning to test a music-recognition service for mobile phones in Japan. NTT Resonant, a subsidiary of Japanese telecom giant NTT Group, is planning to test a music-recognition ser ...

  14. NTT To Bow Music-Recognition Service In Japan

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT NTT Resonant, a subsidiary of Japanese telecom giant NTT Group, is planning to test a music-recognition service for mobile phones in Japan. NTT Resonant, a subsidiary of Japanese telecom giant NTT Group, is planning to test a music-recognition ser ...

  15. Japanese P2P Software Developer In Court

    September 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo University research associate Isamu Kaneko, creator of popular Japanese file-sharing program Winny, pleaded not guilty on Sept. 1 to charges of copyright violation in Kyoto District Court. TOKYO -- Tokyo University research associate Isamu K ...

  16. Japanese Government Suspects Ringtune Antitrust Violations

    August 31, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Several Japanese record companies are being investigated by the Japanese government's Fair Trade Commission on suspicion of antitrust violations. TOKYO -- Several Japanese record companies are being investigated by the Japanese government ...

  17. Japanese Record Companies Raided Over Ring Tunes

    August 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Japanese government's Fair Trade Commission searched the offices of several Japanese record companies today (Aug. 26) on suspicion of violating antitrust laws. The commission was following-up on a The Japanese government's Fair Trade ...

  18. Eagles Tour A Success In Asia-Pacific

    August 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Eagles' ongoing Farewell I tour heads to the Far East and Australia in October, and demand has resulted in sold-out venues and added dates. The string of concerts -- including dates in Sapporo, To The Eagles' ongoing Farewell I tour ...

  19. Toshiba/NEC To Bow HD Systems Next Year

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Toshiba/NEC's high-definition DVD hardware is expected in stores in early 2005. Toshiba/NEC's high-definition DVD hardware is expected in stores in early 2005. The manufacturers officially announced last week at a Tokyo showcase that HD- ...

  20. Toshiba/NEC To Bow HD Systems Next Year

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Toshiba/NEC's high-definition DVD hardware is expected in stores in early 2005. Toshiba/NEC's high-definition DVD hardware is expected in stores in early 2005. The manufacturers officially announced last week at a Tokyo showcase that HD- ...

  21. CBS Nabs INXS Reality Series

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT After a healthy bidding war, CBS has landed the Mark Burnett-produced reality series in which aspiring musicians will compete to become the new lead singer of Australian rock band INXS. After a healthy bidding war, CBS has landed the Mark Burnett- ...

  22. CBS Nabs INXS Reality Series

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT After a healthy bidding war, CBS has landed the Mark Burnett-produced reality series in which aspiring musicians will compete to become the new lead singer of Australian rock band INXS. After a healthy bidding war, CBS has landed the Mark Burnett- ...

  23. Morrison & Foerster's Entertainment Puts Weiss Head Of Videogame Practice

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Rusty Weiss, partner and co-chairman of Morrison & Foerster's Entertainment and Technology practice, has been named head of a new videogame practice at the international law firm. The practice wil Rusty Weiss, partner and co-chairman ...

  24. Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BMG Merger

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following word June 17 that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti will recommend approval of the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, independent labels, retailers and consumer groups Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BM ...

  25. The Orchard Blooms In Japan

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Digital distributor sets up shop in Tokyo. Digital distributor sets up shop in Tokyo. News ...

  26. The Orchard Blooms In Japan

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Digital distributor sets up shop in Tokyo. Independent music distributor the Orchard is launching a subsidiary in Japan, Billboard.biz has learned. The unit will be helmed by Hiroaki Watanabe, who retains his post as CEO of Japanese digital-music ...

  27. Local Ladies Win Big at Japan's MTV Video Awards

    May 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Japanese female vocalists Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro and Mika Nakashima (Sony) were the big winners at the third annual MTV Video Music Awards Japan, held in Tokyo on Sunday (May 23). Japanese female vocalists Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro and Mika ...

  28. Sony Confirms Exclusive Talks To Buy MGM

    May 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. said today (May 19) it is in exclusive negotiations with movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on a possible takeover that could bolster its film library but put a dent in its finances. Sony Corp. said today (May 19) it is in exclusive negot ...

  29. Sony Confirms Exclusive Talks To Buy MGM

    May 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. said today (May 19) it is in exclusive negotiations with movie studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer on a possible takeover that could bolster its film library but put a dent in its finances. Sony Corp. said today (May 19) it is in exclusive negot ...

  30. Japan's Columbia Music Reports ¥745 million Loss.

    May 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Japan's oldest record label Columbia Music Entertainment (CME) recorded a consolidated net loss of ¥745 million ($6.5 million) in the year ending March 31, 2004, compared with ¥1.2 billion ( Japan's oldest record label ...

  31. Japan's RIAJ Steps Up P2P Campaign

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Japanese labels have begun issuing warnings to individuals using peer-to-peer services to upload music files without authorization. Japanese labels have begun issuing warnings to individuals using peer-to-peer services to upload music files withou ...

  32. Japan's RIAJ Steps Up P2P Campaign

    May 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Japanese labels have begun issuing warnings to individuals using peer-to-peer services to upload music files without authorization. Japanese labels have begun issuing warnings to individuals using peer-to-peer services to upload music files withou ...

  33. Japan's Avex Posts Mixed Results

    May 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Avex, Japan's leading independent music group, reports mixed results for the year ending March 31, 2004. Avex, Japan's leading independent music group, reports mixed results for the year ending March 31, 2004. On a consolidated basis, th ...

  34. Japan's Avex Posts Mixed Results

    May 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Avex, Japan's leading independent music group, reports mixed results for the year ending March 31, 2004. Avex, Japan's leading independent music group, reports mixed results for the year ending March 31, 2004. On a consolidated basis, th ...

  35. Japanese Firm Sinks $100M Into DreamWorks

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Japanese publisher Kadokawa Holdings will acquire a 2.83% stake in DreamWorks SKG for $100 million. LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)--Japanese publisher Kadokawa Holdings will acquire a 2.83% stake in DreamWorks SKG for $100 million. Under the dea ...

  36. Eu Moves Forward With Piracy Initiative

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT BRUSSELS--The European Commission last Monday formally adopted the European Union's Enforcement Directive, which provides a legal framework against piracy and counterfeiting. <br clear="none"/><br cle Olsen Twins Sue Acclai ...

  37. Sony, Toppan Develop Disc Made of Paper

    April 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. has announced the development of a 25GB disc that is 51% paper. The disc, based on Blu-ray disc technology, was developed in conjunction with Toppan Printing Co. of Tokyo. Sony Corp. has announced the development of a 25GB disc that is ...

  38. Radiohead Gig Pulled Due To Yorke Illness

    April 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The final date of Radiohead's Australian tour has been cancelled after frontman Thom Yorke suffered voice problems. The final date of Radiohead's Australian tour has been cancelled after frontman Thom Yorke suffered voice problems. Local ...

  39. Radiohead Gig Pulled Due To Yorke Illness

    April 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The final date of Radiohead's Australian tour has been cancelled after frontman Thom Yorke suffered voice problems. The final date of Radiohead's Australian tour has been cancelled after frontman Thom Yorke suffered voice problems. Local ...

  40. Japan Launches Entertainment Lawyer Network

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Several leading Japanese industry figures and attorneys have established a new organization called the Entertainment Lawyers Network (ELN). TOKYO--Several leading Japanese industry figures and attorneys have established a new organization called t ...

  41. Crow Flies for United Air, Sony

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Connect, Sony Corp. of America's online music service, will launch May 4 with a promo event featuring Sheryl Crow performing live on a United Airlines aircraft traveling from Chicago to Los Angel Rep. Seeks To Curb Outsourcing In Film Mi ...

  42. Japanese Biz Starts Download Service Mora

    March 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST Toshiba-EMI, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) and several other leading Japanese labels have licensed repertoire for a new download service, Mora, which goes live April 1. Toshiba-EMI, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) and several other leading Jap ...

  43. Japanese Biz Starts Download Service Mora

    March 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST Toshiba-EMI, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) and several other leading Japanese labels have licensed repertoire for a new download service, Mora, which goes live tomorrow (April 1). Toshiba-EMI, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) and several other ...

  44. BMI Licenses Songs To Digital Jukebox Firm

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST BMI is licensing the public performance of the 4.5 million songs it represents to San Francisco and Tokyo-based Ecast Inc. NEW YORK--BMI is licensing the public performance of the 4.5 million songs it represents to San Francisco and Tokyo-based Ec ...

  45. Jackson's Contract Suit Vs. UMG Advances

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST NEW YORK--A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has cleared the way for Michael Jackson to pursue a lawsuit against Universal Music Group for breach of contract. Jackson can now conduct an audit of UMG's BMI Licenses Songs To Digital Jukebox Fir ...

  46. Tower Japan To Acquire Wave Chain

    March 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Tower Records Japan is taking over the 30-store Wave music chain in a stock-swap deal with Parco Inc., the latter's Tokyo-based parent. Tower Records Japan is taking over the 30-store Wave music chain in a stock-swap deal with Parco Inc., the ...

  47. Tower Japan To Acquire Wave Chain

    March 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Tower Records Japan is taking over the 30-store Wave music chain in a stock-swap deal with Parco Inc., the latter's Tokyo-based parent. Tower Records Japan is taking over the 30-store Wave music chain in a stock-swap deal with Parco Inc., the ...

  48. Japan's Hamasaki Completes Gold Disc Hat-trick

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Female star Ayumi Hamasaki (Avex) was today (March 10) named domestic artist of the year at the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan's (RIAJ) 18th annual Gold Disc Awards ceremony, held in Tokyo. Female star Ayumi Hamasaki (Avex) was today (Marc ...

  49. Incubus Plots Major World Tour

    February 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST L.A.-based rock act Incubus is embarking on a 100-date world tour of more than four continents, its largest road trip to date. The outing launches March 3 at the Budokan in Tokyo, and winds through su L.A.-based rock act Incubus is embarking on a ...

  50. Label Manager Prommer Links With Caroline

    February 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST New York-based label management firm Prommer Inc. has inked a "vendor-like" deal with indie distributor Caroline, founder Michael Prommer says. New York-based label management firm Prommer Inc. has inked a "vendor-like" deal wi ...

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