Tony Wadsworth

  1. Tony Wadsworth To Step Down As Chairman of BPI & BRIT Awards

    March 20, 2014 5:58 AM EDT Tony Wadsworth has announced he will step down as chairman of the BPI and BRIT Awards Limited by the end of the year. "After almost seven years in the role, I have decided to make 2014 my final year as chairman of BPI and BRIT Awards Ltd,” Wa ...

  2. Brandle's Global Bits: Tony Wadsworth In Major Label Comeback? Max Hole's Music Matters Keynote, Google's Thunder Down Under

    March 14, 2014 12:47 AM EDT Tony Wadsworth To Join Sony Music? Could Tony be joining Sony? That’s the big question doing the rounds this week.  The surprise departure of Nick Gatfield from the top job at Sony Music’s U.K. affiliate has created a void at the music major, and ...

  3. Downloads, Streaming Drives U.K. Recorded Music Market To Growth In 2013

    February 19, 2014 5:18 AM EST Fueled by a rise in digital and streaming revenues, music sales in the United Kingdom grew by 1.9% in 2013, according to the latest figures from U.K. labels trade body the BPI. Recorded music sales in the U.K. totaled £730.4 million ($1.23 billion ...

  4. U.K. 2013 Albums Sales Drop As Streaming, Singles Spike

    January 02, 2014 5:37 AM EST Robin Thicke’s "Blurred Lines," featuring TI and Pharrell Williams, and Daft Punk’s "Get Lucky," featuring Nile Rodgers and Williams, were the biggest-selling singles of 2013 in Britain. Overall singles sales for the year in t ...

  5. U.K.'s 2011 Digital Growth Fails To Offset Falling Music Sales (Again)

    January 03, 2012 9:15 AM EST Strong growth in digital and a record breaking year for singles was not enough to offset a further annual decline in total U.K. music sales, according to year-end figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) and British labels trade body ...

  6. BPI's Wadsworth Urges Labels To Invest In New Artists

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BPI chairman Tony Wadsworth has warned labels not to cut back investment in new artists. Addressing the U.K. trade body's annual general meeting at London's May Fair Hotel today (July 8), Wadsworth identified many positives for the biz. ...

  7. U.K. Biz Builds North America Market Share

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The British music industry has grown its share of the U.S. and Canadian music markets, according to a report from U.K. trade body the BPI. U.K. artists have increased their market share in North America for the fourth year in a row, the report sta ...

  8. Fleet Foxes Wins Uncut Music Award

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Seattle folk-rock outfit Fleet Foxes has taken home the inaugural Uncut Music Award. Voted unanimously by a panel of industry judges, including BBC Radio 2 DJ Mark Radcliffe and former EMI chief executive Tony Wadsworth, the band's self-title ...

  9. Wadsworth Stays On At BPI

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tony Wadsworth will continue to serve as chairman of the BPI despite his recent departure from EMI Music. Wadsworth's role with the labels body has been in doubt since he left his role as chairman/CEO of EMI Music U.K. and Ireland in early Ja ...

  10. Managers Weigh Up Hands' EMI Plans

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Music Managers Forum has given a guarded welcome to EMI Group chairman Guy Hands' plans to restructure the major. London-based MMF chief executive Jon Webster spoke to Billboard.biz after yesterday's meeting between Hands and more th ...

  11. Artist Managers Protest New EMI Regime

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI is facing the prospect of an artists' revolt, with representatives of major acts Robbie Williams and Coldplay expressing concern at the current state of the company. Williams' manager, Tim Clark of ie: music, told the London Times th ...

  12. Wadsworth Out At EMI U.K.

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Tony Wadsworth has left his role as chairman and CEO of EMI Music UK & Ireland, it was announced today (Jan. 8). The move is described in a statement from the company as part of the "ongoing restructuring of EMI Music" under the new ...

  13. EMI's Wadsworth Goes Back To School

    November 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI U.K. chairman and CEO Tony Wadsworth has been appointed visiting professor at Newcastle University. Wadsworth will attend the university several times a year to work with students from the International Centre for Music Studies and Newcastle U ...

  14. Brit Biz Rallies Politicians On IP

    September 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Intellectual property will be on the agenda when the British recorded music industry stages its own event tonight as part of the Labour Party conference in Bournemouth, south east England. EMI will jointly host the "Never Mind The Politics, H ...

  15. Tory Leader Cameron Backs C'right Term Extension

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's official opposition political party will throw its support behind the industry's quest to extend the term of copyright, the Conservative Party's leader declared today. Using the platform of the BPI's annual general me ...

  16. Gunning Fires Up EMI Digital Team

    July 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Simon Gunning has joined EMI Music U.K. and Ireland as its new senior VP digital, starting July 23. Gunning, who was most recently director of entertainment at Yahoo! Europe, will report to the U.K. company's chairman/CEO Tony Wadsworth and B ...

  17. New Post For EMI's Wozencroft

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI veteran Keith Wozencroft is taking a new role with the company. The executive, who currently serves as president, Capitol Music and Virgin Records U.K., has entered into a long-term joint-venture label relationship with EMI Music U.K. and Irel ...

  18. Wadsworth In, Jamieson Out At BPI

    January 15, 2007 12:00 AM EST The BPI has confirmed its new structure, which sees EMI Music U.K. and Ireland chairman/CEO Tony Wadsworth come on board and chairman Peter Jamieson exit. As tipped in Billboard.biz , Wadsworth becomes chairman in the trade body's re-jigged e ...

  19. BPI On Brink Of Overhaul

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST The British Phonographic Industry is undergoing a sea-change in its operational structure which will see the return of a two-pronged executive helm, Billboard.biz has learned. Well-placed sources are tipping Tony Wadsworth, chairman/CEO of EMI Mus ...

  20. All We Need Is 'Love,' Says Retailers

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST An undoubted masterclass in creativity, the new Beatles album project "Love" is also shaping up to be a massive commercial success. Initial shipments ahead of the Monday (Nov. 20) international releas An undoubted masterclass in creativi ...

  21. All We Need Is 'Love,' Says Retailers

    November 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST An undoubted masterclass in creativity, the new Beatles album project "Love" is also shaping up to be a massive commercial success. Initial shipments ahead of the Monday (Nov. 20) international releas An undoubted masterclass in creativi ...

  22. Coldplay Hits No. 1 On All 15 iTunes Stores

    April 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'Speed of Sound' issued April 19 as download only. Coldplay's single "Speed of Sound" reached No. 1 on all 15 iTunes Music Stores worldwide only one day after its April 19 release. EMI Music U.K. & Ireland says the sin ...

  23. Coldplay Hits No. 1 On All 15 iTunes Stores

    April 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay's single "Speed of Sound" reached No. 1 on all 15 iTunes Music Stores worldwide only one day after its April 19 release. Coldplay's single "Speed of Sound" reached No. 1 on all 15 iTunes Music Stores worldwid ...

  24. Nelson Takes A&R Duties At EMI's Innocent

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT EMI has signalled its commitment to pop imprint Innocent through the appointment of Jamie Nelson as its director of A&R. With immediate effect, Nelson is tasked with overseeing the A&R strateg EMI has signalled its commitment to po ...