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  1. Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge Says He'll 'Double A&R Investment' at Capitol, Virgin

    September 24, 2012 2:47 PM EDT Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge was in bullish form late on Friday as in the wake of his company's acquisition of EMI Music finally clearing EU and US regulatory hurdle s. It was a long road that officially began when EMI went on the ...

  2. Universal-EMI Merger: A Timeline Of Events

    September 21, 2012 6:32 AM EDT The European Commission's approval of Universal Music's acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division -- albeit with major concessions -- is a milestone in a process that began some 15 months ago, was debated in the U.S. Senate, and ...

  3. A2IM Speaks Out Against Universal-EMI Merger Again, Even More Forcefully

    July 30, 2012 7:19 PM EDT A2IM, the American Assn. of Independent Music, has reiterated its opposition to the Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI in its most forceful statement yet . The statement is apparently prompted by the remedy package the Universal Music ...

  4. Universal-EMI Divestment Package Expected to Be Complete by Monday, Possibly Sooner

    July 20, 2012 6:25 PM EDT As of late Friday afternoon (ET), the Universal Music Group's remedies package of assets to be divested as part of its effort to win regulatory approval of its proposed acquisition of still had not been formally submitted to the EU Commission ...

  5. Updated: Universal Music Offers to Sell More Assets to Salvage EMI Deal

    July 19, 2012 8:41 AM EDT Universal Music has upped the ante in its efforts to gain approval for its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded-music division, offering to sell off even more parts of EMI, according to a report in Financial Times. The European Commission reje ...

  6. Essential's Mike Chadwick Clarifies His Position on Universal-EMI Merger With Senate

    June 28, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Mike Chadwick managing director of UK-based Essential Music & Marketing has contacted the US Senate antitrust subcommittee to clarify his stance on the proposed merging of Universal Music Group and EMI, according to Music Week . During last we ...

  7. Inaugural Libera Awards cap A2IM Indie Week

    June 27, 2012 8:20 PM EDT On the afternoon of June 21, Beggars Group founder/chairman Martin Mills was on Capitol Hill, where he let a U.S. Senate subcommittee know his opposition to the Universal Music Group-EMI merger. But he had to leave the Senate hearing early, as he ...

  8. Irving Azoff Disputes Bronfman, Mills Testimony at Universal-EMI Senate Hearings; Mills Responds

    June 22, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment/Front Line Management Chairman Irving Azoff said he didn't get the chance to respond to some of the comments made at yesterday's Senate Judiciary subcommitee hearing about the proposed Universal Music Group-EMI ...

  9. Business Matters: Lobbying, Spending Heat Up Before Universal/EMI Senate Hearing

    June 20, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Lobbying Heats Up Before Universal/EMI Senate Hearing -- Stakeholders have been spending and strategizing ahead of Thursday's Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Universal $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI Music's recorded-music divis ...

  10. Universal Music Group Receives Statement of Objections From European Commission Over EMI Deal

    June 19, 2012 5:55 PM EDT Universal Music Group has formally received the European Competition Commission's Statement of Objections regarding its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded music department, a step that the company had long expected part of the normal EU ...

  11. Senate to Hold Antitrust Hearings on Universal-EMI Deal

    May 11, 2012 7:41 PM EDT A U.S. Senate panel will hold a hearing on Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division, according to the Wall Street Journal and other media reports. The move adds another step to the complex regulatory r ...

  12. Business Matters: Senate Passes Crowdfunding Bill, Pandora's Vastly Varied Valuation

    March 22, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Senate Passes JOBS Act Aimed At Helping Startups Raise Money Entrepreneurs of all stripes, and certainly some in the media and entertainment field, are likely applauding a bill that helps them raise money. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS ...

  13. How Sabu, a 'Legendary' Anonymous Hacker Member, Turned Into an FBI Informant

    March 07, 2012 6:00 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The shadowy underworld of Internet hackers was rocked Tuesday by news that one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals has been an FBI informant for months and helped authorities build a case against five p ...

  14. MegaUpload Threatens to Sue Universal Music for Takedown of Video Starring Kanye West, Diddy, More

    December 12, 2011 4:52 PM EST MegaUpload is threatening to sue Universal Music Group for allegedly sending a takedown notice that resulted in the removal from YouTube of a music video where various superstars endorse the file-sharing platform. Last week, MegaUpload shocked the ...

  15. Kanye West, Diddy, Will.I.Am, More Participate in Video Endorsing MegaUpload Storage Site

    December 09, 2011 6:21 PM EST In one of the stranger endorsements we've seen in recent months, a battery of superstar artists - including Kanye West, Diddy, Snopp Dogg, Will.I.Am, Alicia Keys, Lil Jon, Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx and more -- have participated in a song and ex ...

  16. Protect-IP, SOPA Bills Seek to Protect Digital Marketplace: Guest Column by NMPA's David Israelite

    December 06, 2011 12:58 PM EST (Following is a guest column from David Israelite, President and CEO of the National Music Publishers' Association. Billboard.biz welcomes guest commentary - please contact Billboard.biz editor Jem Aswad (jem.aswad@billboard.com) for informat ...

  17. Business Matters: U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam

    September 14, 2011 5:45 PM EDT U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam -- Support for the PROTECT IP Act is growing. Since being introduced, the bill has attracted 17 co-sponsors including Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), Marco R ...

  18. LulzSec Hacker Group Dissolving Out of Boredom

    June 27, 2011 7:15 AM EDT NEW YORK - A member of a publicity-seeking hacker group that sabotaged websites over the past two months and is dissolving itself says his group isn't disbanding under pressure from the FBI or enemy hackers. "We're not quitting beca ...

  19. Victoria Espinel, U.S. 'IP Czar,' to Keynote World Copyright Summit

    June 03, 2011 2:23 PM EDT United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel, often referred to as the "IP Czar" will be the keynote speaker for CISAC's World Copyright Summit taking place in Brussels next week (June 7-8). The two-d ...

  20. Watch Charlie Crist's Gratuitous Apology To David Byrne For Unauthorized Use Of His 'Unique Voice' In Campaign Ad

    April 12, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has settled a lawsuit filed by Talking Heads singer David Byrne after Crist used one of the group's songs without permission in a campaign ad last year, both parties confirmed Monday. Terms of the settlement ...

  21. Business Matters: Senate Approves Local Community Radio Act

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Senate Approves Local Community Radio Act, Low Power FM Stations To Increase -- The U.S. Senate passed the Local Community Radio Act on Friday. The House of Representatives had already passed the bill. It now awaits the president's approval. ...

  22. Outgoing Florida Gov. Wants Jim Morrison Pardoned

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Outgoing Florida Gov. Charlie Crist wants a state pardon for long-dead rocker Jim Morrison, who was convicted of exposing himself at a raucous 1969 concert in Miami. Morrison was lead singer for the Doors and a Florida native. He was appealing the ...

  23. Bill Proposes New Anti-Piracy Powers for DOJ

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Monday Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) introduced the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, a bipartisan bill that would allow the Department of Justice a new level of expediency in shutting down websites with pirated content. R ...

  24. 'Idol' Judge Kara 'Disappointed' By Fox Silence

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi's father, a Republican U.S. Senate contender in New York, says the songwriter is getting the silent treatment from Fox about her rumored axing from the show. "Would you believe she did not h ...

  25. Music Biz Activists Heading To Washington For Grammys On The Hill

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music industry activists will take their message to Congress in Washington, D.C., this year during the Grammys on the Hill Awards and Advocacy Day, to be held on April 14 and April 15, respectively. For the award presentation on April 14, two-time ...

  26. Artist Push Performance Rights Act During Grammy Week

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a move to highlight the fight to win payments for performers, musicians and master rights owners from terrestrial radio broadcasts of music, a group of artists signed a "Grammy Week" statement encouraging Congress to pass the Performa ...

  27. Percy Sutton, Harlem Political Pioneer, Dies

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST Percy Sutton, the pioneering civil rights attorney who revitalized the famed Apollo Theater when the Harlem landmark's demise appeared imminent, has died. He was 89. Marissa Shorenstein, a spokeswoman for Gov. David Paterson, confirmed that S ...

  28. Latin Radio Broadcasters Lobby Against Royalty Act

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Lazer Broadcasting is a significant player in the Hispanic radio world on the West Coast. The Oxnard, Calif.-based operation, headed by president/CEO Alfredo Plascencia, owns and operates 18 Spanish language radio stations in 10 California markets ...

  29. Ticketmaster Posts $1 Billion Loss In Q4

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster Entertainment, which in February announced plans to merge with Live Nation, has reported a net loss of $1.07 billion for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2008. The loss is a result from the ticketing company taking an impairment char ...

  30. Live Nation Posts Q4 Net Loss

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation, which last month announced plans to merge with Ticketmaster Entertainment, has reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $337.5 million or $4.33 per share, compared to a loss of $18.4 million or 25 center per share, during the same period ...

  31. Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger Grilled On Capitol Hill

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST The chief executive officers from Live Nation and Ticketmaster Entertainment were grilled today (Feb. 24) in Washington, D.C., by the U.S. Senate Judiciary's antitrust subcommittee and independent concert promoters, who questioned the motives ...

  32. Latest News: Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Billboard.biz Op-Ed: LiveStub CEO Questions TM-LN Merger Complaints March 11, 2009 The CEO of secondary ticket site LiveStub asks regulators to get answers on key questions before approving the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger. Canada To Investigat ...

  33. Senate Passes Webcaster Settlement Act

    September 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Senate passed the Webcaster Settlement Act of 2008, sending it to President Bush's desk for signature two days after the U.S. House of Representatives okayed the bill. The bill allows for SoundExchange, on behalf of copyright owners ...

  34. Q&A: NMPA's David Israelite

    August 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Just back from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, National Music Publishers' Assn. president/CEO David Israelite sounds refreshed and ready for what could turn out to be a busy autumn. Front and center on his agenda: an October Copyright R ...

  35. Senate Passes Higher Ed Piracy Amendment

    July 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. Senate today passed an amendment to a higher education bill that requires all universities, for the first time, to provide information to the Department of Education regarding their efforts to stem digital piracy on their computer network ...

  36. U.S., Russian Gov'ts Sign Bilateral Pact

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Pact sealed Nov. 19. Russian promises to beef up intellectual property protection are part of the bilateral market access agreement signed yesterday (Nov. 19) by the United States and Russian governments. The agreement takes Russia, the largest pi ...

  37. House Holds Piracy Hearing

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Held Sept. 26. A House education subcommittee held its first-ever hearing today (Sept. 26) to review how well higher education and the entertainment industries are working together to combat piracy. Testifying before members of the Subcommittee on ...

  38. U.S. Senate Puts Pressure On Russian Gov't

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Senate passed a joint resolution late last night (Dec. 21) calling on the Russian Federation to provide effective protection for intellectual property or risk not being accepted into the Worl The U.S. Senate passed a joint resolution late ...

  39. Bush Nominates Roberts To Succeed Rehnquist

    September 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT President George W. Bush nominated conservative appeals court judge John Roberts on Sept. 5 to replace the late William Rehnquist as Supreme Court chief justice, the top judicial position in the Unite WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) -- President George ...

  40. Pearl Jam To Launch Digital Store

    August 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Set for Sept 1 via band's Web site. Already at the forefront of issuing authorized "live bootlegs" of its shows, Pearl Jam will on Sept. 1 launch its own digital download store via its official Web site . Hours after their completio ...

  41. Senate Targets Piracy In China, Russia

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U.S. Senate leaders on April 26 introduced a resolution highlighting the lack of adequate intellectual property protections in China and Russia. The resolution asks the Bush administration to more for WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senate leaders on Apr ...

  42. Senate Targets Piracy In China, Russia

    April 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Resolution highlights lack of property protection. U.S. Senate leaders today (April 26) introduced a resolution highlighting the lack of adequate intellectual property protections in China and Russia. The resolution asks the Bush administration to ...

  43. Behind the Deal: Fighting For File Swapping On Capitol Hill

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST That's not a trivial task for Corwin, the lobbyist for Kazaa's parent company. When making the rounds on Capitol Hill, Corwin, 54, is up against the dual political powerhouses of the Recording Industr Philip Corwin has one of the least e ...

  44. Content Groups Voice Support For Giant IP Bill

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST A coalition of 20 content-industry groups sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Nov. 11 calling for the passage of an omnibus intellectual property bill when members return for a lame-duck session next wee WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A coalition of 20 content- ...

  45. Content Groups Voice Support For Giant IP Bill

    November 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST A coalition of 20 content-industry groups today (Nov. 11) sent a letter to the U.S. Senate calling for the passage of an omnibus intellectual property bill when members return for a lame-duck session A coalition of 20 content-industry groups today ...