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  1. Macklemore, Daft Punk, Lorde, Jay Z & Beyonce: Retailers Predict This Year’s Grammys Bump

    January 23, 2014 2:03 PM EST With the GRAMMYs coming up this Sunday, industry prognosticators are laying down their bets on who could be the big sales winners at the show. The industry consensus appears to be that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde have the best chance to ...

  2. Neil Diamond Signs With Capitol Records (Exclusive)

    January 20, 2014 2:01 PM EST Billboard has learned Capitol Music Group will announce it has signed legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond to its Capitol Records label. The deal will mark the first time Diamond’s entire catalog has been under one label. The new deal is Diamo ...

  3. Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ Turns 20: Ex-Geffen Execs' Remembrances, Anecdotes, Marketing Strategy (How 'Rape Me' Became 'Waif Me')

    September 24, 2013 12:43 PM EDT Nirvana had much to live up to following the release of its groundbreaking 1991 album, “Nevermind.” But, with the weight of the world on them, the grunge trio surprised (and perhaps alienated) many with its raucous and emotionally raw follow-u ...

  4. Backbeat: City Of Hope Honors CAA’s Rob Light

    September 20, 2013 11:24 AM EDT “A giant cocktail party.” That’s how some folks described the City of Hope’s Spirit of Life Gala honoring Creative Artists Agency’s head of music and managing partner Rob Light. (L-R) TV personality Randy Jackson, attorney Lee Phillips, and musi ...

  5. UMe, Muve Music Launch Motown Campaign

    June 06, 2013 8:53 AM EDT Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) and digital music service Muve Music are teaming up to celebrate the Motown legacy. Each week in June, Black Music Month, classic music as well as special commentary by founding artists of the iconic label will ...

  6. Universal Teams With Hyundai For Rare Marley Ad Campaign, Preps ‘Legend: Remixed’ Compilation

    May 13, 2013 1:01 PM EDT The Hyundai spot, titled “Signs,” will debut a remix by Stephen Marley and DJ/producer Jason Bentley, music director at KCRW. The track will also preview “Legend: Remixed,” a compilation due this June on Island/Tuff Gong/UME and featuring remix ...

  7. ASCAP Expo: Music Supervision in the Digital Age

    April 19, 2013 3:02 PM EDT Take advantage of YouTube, Soundcloud and blogs. That’s been the recurring theme all week at the ASCAP Expo in Hollywood and Friday morning’s “Music Supervision in the Digital Age” panel was no exception, with a few more specifics on offer, to ...

  8. Motown Songwriter Deke Richards Dies

    March 25, 2013 7:57 PM EDT Deke Richards (center) flanked by the late Alphonzo Mizell (left) and Freddie Perren. (Photo: Universal Music Enterprises) Deke Richards, leader of Motown’s famed songwriting/production team the Corporation (Jackson 5, Diana Ross), died on March ...

  9. Rick Springfield's Interactive Album App Reaches New Audiences

    November 08, 2012 9:41 AM EST Rick Interactive: An exclusive screenshot of the online version for Springfield's interactive album content. As musicians continue to recognize the power of mobile devices as a tool for interactive artistic expression and as a way to reach fa ...

  10. Album Reviews: The Script, Tame Impala, Alejandro Sanz and more

    October 23, 2012 7:51 AM EDT Gary Clark Jr. Blak and Blu Producers: Mike Elizondo, Rob Cavallo, Gary Clark Jr. Warner Bros. Records Release Date: Oct. 22 Fat, powerful blues-rock that recalls five decades of various strains of Southern R&B and rock makes for a curious s ...

  11. A cappella 'Pitch Perfect' Soundtrack Soars on Charts

    October 19, 2012 1:38 PM EDT Universal Music Enterprises has a hit on its hands as the official soundtrack to Universal Pictures' "Pitch Perfect" rises 16-12 this week on the Billboard 200 with 25,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released Sept. 25, t ...

  12. Backbeat: Trans World's Annual Convention in Saratoga Springs, Recognizes RED, Republic, Sony Music

    October 18, 2012 11:41 PM EDT At Trans World annual convention in Saratgoga Springs N.Y. last month, chairman and CEO Bob Higgins said that after spending the last few years executing a turn around that saw the chain to profitability last year, now it can spend some time impro ...

  13. ?uestlove, Universal Music's Harry Weinger To Teach 'Classic Albums' Course At NYU

    October 16, 2012 2:25 PM EDT An NPR intern's dismissive review of Public Enemy's "It Takes A Nation..." inadvertently brings ?uestlove to the Ivory Tower Ahmir '?uestlove' Thompson will soon be adding another job to his exhaustive list of titles: ...

  14. Capitol Swoops In For Barnett

    October 15, 2012 9:18 AM EDT Columbia executive latest big move as Universal reworks EMI. The pending appointment of Columbia Records president Steve Barnett to run Capitol Records should go a long way in proving Universal Music Group (UMG) chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge is co ...

  15. From This Week's Billboard: Steve Barnett and Capitol: What's Next?

    October 12, 2012 3:39 PM EDT Below is the Up Front story "Capitol Swoops In For Barnett" -- a look at the executive carousel resulting from Universal's purchase of EMI -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also contains our cover story o ...

  16. 6 Questions with RICK SPRINGFIELD

    October 09, 2012 6:12 AM EDT It's been 40 years since Rick Springfield released his first album, "Beginnings" (Real Gone Music). But the real crux of his story came in 1981, when a role on TV's "General Hospital" dovetailed into that year' ...

  17. Album Reviews: Rob Zombie, Gloriana, Jesse Harris, and the 'Sparkle' Soundtrack

    August 02, 2012 4:00 PM EDT METAL ROB ZOMBIE "Mondo Sex Head" Producers: various Universal Music Enterprises Release Date: Aug. 7 Assembled by music director Jason Bentley of the tastemaking Santa Monica, Calif., noncommercial station KCRW, "Mondo Sex Head&quo ...

  18. Backbeat: Fontana Hosts Event for NYC Labels, We're Late But Rock the Joint Anyway

    December 09, 2011 10:33 AM EST Retail Track likes to be everywhere but sometimes writing stories in the office is a time consuming process that takes precedence over sharing goodwill with the industry. But when events are just around the corner from the Billboard office at a pl ...

  19. Backbeat: Alice Cooper Returns to the Whisky A Go-Go With Robbie Krieger, Kesha

    September 16, 2011 6:10 PM EDT I'm (Older Than) 18: Kesha (left) joined Alice Cooper on stage last night tour to perform for his song classic "School's Out." (Photo: Michael Tullberg/Getty Images) "We're a bar band tonight," Alice Cooper decla ...

  20. Exclusive: Rolling Stones' Ed Sullivan Performances Coming To DVD (Video)

    September 07, 2011 5:55 AM EDT All 17 of the Rolling Stones performances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" will be released Nov. 1 in a deluxe package from Universal Music Enterprises and Sofa Entertainment. An abridged version of the Stones on "Sullivan" will be re ...

  21. David Foster To Be Named Head Of Verve

    August 03, 2011 12:27 PM EDT David Foster is set to take the top spot at esteemed jazz label Verve, THR has learned. The producer-composer-songwriter has worked with Josh Groban, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli and has won 15 Grammys. Foster's arrival at Verve Music Gro ...

  22. Alice Cooper Teams Up With Universal Studios for Halloween

    August 02, 2011 9:05 PM EDT Rock icon Alice Cooper is ready to make this Halloween at Universal Studios even scarier. "Alice Cooper: Welcome To My Nightmare" is a new "Halloween Horror Nights" maze at Universal Studios Hollywood. The event will start on S ...

  23. Robbie DeFreitas Leaves Alliance

    July 28, 2011 6:06 PM EDT In the continuing reshaping of the Alliance Entertainment executive suite, Robbie DeFreitas, the senior VP who heads up purchasing has left the company. He follows Alan Tuchman out the door; Tuchman, who held the CEO position, resigned from the co ...

  24. Nirvana's 'Nevermind' 20th Anniversary Editions Include Unreleased Recordings, Alternate Mixes, More

    July 26, 2011 1:57 PM EDT Nirvana's sophomore album and major label debut, "Nevermind," celebrates its 20th anniversary next month, and Universal Music Enterprises is re-releasing versions of the album with deluxe editions, exclusive content and more. Releas ...

  25. Billboard Q&A: Mike Davis

    July 22, 2011 1:10 PM EDT When Mike Davis joined Atlanta-based one-stop Justin Entertainment as a sales representative in 1989, he had a pretty limited view of the music business. "Back then," he recalls, "I thought the scope of the music industry consiste ...

  26. Alliance Names Former Universal Music Exec Mike Davis President

    June 20, 2011 11:05 AM EDT Former Universal Music Enterprises executive Mike Davis has been named president of Alliance Entertainment , filling a void at the company that has existed since Alan Tuchman resigned as CEO in April . Davis had previously been executive VP/GM of ...

  27. Universal Music/Motown Update: What Are the Next Moves?

    June 17, 2011 7:33 PM EDT The long-expected reconfiguration of the Universal Music Group's East Coast labels began unfolding today, leaving two separate major labels -- the Island Def Jam Music Group and Universal Motown Republic Group -- with shared services in selec ...

  28. Dean Martin CD, DVD, Book Launches Slated For 2011

    March 21, 2011 12:21 PM EDT Hoping to extend the renaissance of Dean Martin's that has occurred over the last five years, a collection of DVDs, CDs and a coffee table book will be released in late May and June. In addition, a boxed set is in the works with an eye for a ...

  29. BACKBEAT: Soundgarden Goes Platinum

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA presented Soundgarden with a platinum award Sept. 27 on the Paramount Lot in Los Angeles. The honor recognized the band’s partnership with gaming publisher Activision Publishing to release its new compilation album, “Telephantasm” (A& ...

  30. Muzak Files For Bankruptcy

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Muzak Holdings LLC, the maker of elevator music, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday. The company had heavy debt load, and it filed to try to refinance some of its debt. Its total debt is between $100 million and $500 million and it ...

  31. Digital Briefs: PassAlong, Yangaroo, 'Body By Jake'

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST - PassAlong Networks named Ray Gary as its first president. Gary formerly was president and managing director of Koch Ventures. He will report to CES Dave Jaworski and will be based in the company's Franklin, Tenn., headquarters. - Yangaroo, ...

  32. No New Hendrix Just Yet On Wolfgang's Vault

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Enterprises (UME) says there are no plans to release Jimi Hendrix archival material as part of a recent agreement with Wolfgang's Vault to sell vintage live performance downloads on the latter Web site. As reported last week , ...

  33. Amazon Named NARM's Large Retailer Of The Year

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Amazon, based in Seattle, has emerged as the top merchandiser to beat as it picked up its second consecutive retailer of the year award for the large-size division at the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner. The ...

  34. Hallmark Preps E-cards With UME

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hallmark Cards will offer a string of e-cards featuring music clips from Universal Music Enterprises in April via Hallmark.com The e-cards will feature clips, which run 15–30 seconds long, culled from artists such as Barry White, Kool & The Ga ...

  35. Byte-Sized Gains: Digital Sales Add To Awards Show Haul

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Grammy Awards sales afterglow is burning brightly, with Amy Winehouse's "Back to Black," Herbie Hancock's "River: The Joni Letters" and the official "2008 Grammy Nominees" album resonating with buyers th ...

  36. UMe, Amazon Link For Valentine's Push

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com has joined with Universal Music Enterprises to offer free Valentine's Day e-cards featuring hit love songs from Elton John, Patsy Cline, Marvin Gaye and others in its music store. The holiday cards come with 12 original recordings ...

  37. UMe, Circuit City, Vibe Ramp Up Major Promotion

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Enterprises has partnered with Circuit City and Vibe magazine for an exclusive, multitiered "Back to Old Skool" promotion. Centered around 20 featured UMe/Verve titles by current and vintage artists, the campaign includes ...

  38. The Police Top Money Makers 2007

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Police tour that no one thought would ever happen came through in magnificent fashion, easily finishing as the top-grossing tour of 2007 at more than $236 million, according to Billboard Boxscore. The band's shows drew more than 2.1 milli ...

  39. Levenson To Exit UME

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST Bill Levenson, senior VP of A&R for Universal Music Enterprises, is exiting the company after 28 years in the PolyGram/Universal camp. Tomorrow (Dec. 21) is his last day. Levenson, who ran A&R for the catalog division, says he will take so ...

  40. UME Ups Murthy To Senior PR VP

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Enterprises (UME) has promoted Sujata Murthy to senior VP of public relations. Murthy reports to Mike Davis, GM of UME, and is based in Santa Monica, Calif. Most recently, Murthy was VP of public relations for UME. Prior to joining ...

  41. UMG Targets Mixtape Distributor

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group's UMG Recordings has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against BCD Music Group over the distribution of mixtapes. The suit, filed Sept. 6 in the federal District Court in Los Angeles, claims that BCD distributes mix ...

  42. Verve Names Cohen A&R VP

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mitchell Cohen has been named VP, A&R for the Verve Music Group. Cohen will be based in New York and report to Bruce Resnikoff, president and CEO of Universal Music Enterprises and the Verve Music Group. Most recently, Cohen was senior VP of A ...

  43. Goldstein Exits Verve

    December 07, 2006 12:00 AM EST Verve Music Group president/CEO Ron Goldstein exited the company Dec. 6. He is being replaced by Bruce Resnikoff, president of Universal Music Enterprises, who will now oversee both companies. Although managed by Resnikoff, the Verve Music Group w ...

  44. UME Goes 'Green' With Greatest Hits

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sixty environmentally friendly releases set. Universal Music Enterprises has repackaged 60 best-of titles in its “The Millennium Collection” line, using environmentally friendly materials, which will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart for the next th ...

  45. UME Ups Terbush

    September 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Moves to VP role. Universal Music Enterprises has elevated Don Terbush to VP of film & TV music. Terbush is based in Santa Monica, Calif., and reports to Tom Rowland, senior VP of film & TV music for UME. In this role, Terbush will help ma ...

  46. Gallo Named Exec At New Door Records

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Most previously an exec at Universal Music Enterprises. Richie Gallo has been named executive VP of New Door Records, a division of Universal Music Enterprises (UME). Gallo reports to Mike Davis, executive VP/GM of UME, and is based in Santa Monic ...

  47. UMGD Names Voss Exec VP

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Previously held roles at Elektra, Atco, PolyGram. Universal Music Group Distribution has hired Alan Voss as executive VP of sales and marketing, reporting to UMGD president Jim Urie. Voss previously held a similar position at WEA, where he was als ...

  48. UME Names Davis Exec VP/GM

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Most recently held exec position at UMVD. Mike Davis has been named executive VP/GM of Universal Music Enterprises (UME) by UME president Bruce Resnikoff. Based at the company’s Los Angeles headquarters, Davis reports directly to Resnikoff. Most r ...

  49. Kenny Chesney Tops Chart With 'Road'

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST For the second time in 2005, a Kenny Chesney album is on top of The Billboard 200. His BNA Records set "The Road and the Radio" debuts at No. 1 with first week sales of 470,000 copies in the United St For the second time in 2005, a Kenny ...

  50. 'Now 20' Takes No. 1

    November 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Features Franz Ferdinand, Coldplay, Weezer. With a little help from acts like Franz Ferdinand, Coldplay, Weezer and the Backstreet Boys, the 20th installment of the "NOW! That's What I Call Music" series takes the top slot of The Bi ...

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