Universal Music Group International

  1. Universal Launches Sinfini Music in Australia

    August 13, 2014 4:42 AM EDT Universal Music has pressed the button on its classical portal Sinfini Music in Australia -- marking the service’s first expansion step outside the U.K. Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s launch, Universal Music Australia Classics & Jazz GM  Cyrus ...

  2. 'Rising Star' Artists to Win UMG Deal; Capitol Set to Release Show Music

    July 01, 2014 8:49 AM EDT "Rising Star" producer Keshet DCP has signed a deal with Universal Music Group by which artists on the ABC interactive singing show will win a record deal with Universal label Capitol Records. Capitol will also release the full studio re ...

  3. Naoshi Fujikura Becomes CEO of Universal Music Japan

    November 13, 2013 1:12 PM EST Naoshi Fujikura has been promoted to president and CEO of Universal Music Japan. The move is effective from Jan. 1, 2014. He was previously president of domestic labels at the company. Fujikura will replace Kazu Koike, who has served in the posi ...

  4. Germany’s Recorded Music Biz Reports Rare Growth In First Half

    August 19, 2013 6:58 AM EDT It’s been a long, painful slide but Germany’s record business is finally showing signs of growth. First-half revenue from physical and digital music formats rose to a total value of €660 million ($881 million), up 1.5% compared to the first-half ...

  5. O'Donnell Returns To EMI Australia in Top Job

    February 20, 2013 6:00 PM EST In a surprise move, John O'Donnell has returned to EMI Music Australia, where he takes the vacant post of managing director.   With effect from March 4, O’Donnell will take duties for the EMI, Capitol and Virgin labels, and will oversee the ...

  6. Biz Q&A: IFPI CEO Frances Moore On Expanding The Global Music Business

    February 06, 2013 8:50 PM EST A barrister by training, Frances Moore was appointed CEO of global trade body IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) in July 2010, having previously headed IFPI's European regional office in Brussels, where she led the m ...

  7. Business Matters: As Spotify Adds Ireland and Luxembourg, What To Expect in Emerging Markets

    November 13, 2012 7:44 PM EST Spotify has quietly launched in Ireland and Luxembourg, the company's 16th and 17th countries, giving it markets roughly the size of the state of Louisiana plus the city limits of Tucson, Arizona. What exists beyond these small markets will b ...

  8. Universal's Max Hole Discusses Company's Plans for EMI Recorded Music

    November 12, 2012 12:18 PM EST Max Hole, COO of Universal Music Group International, spoke today about some of the company's plans for its recently acquired EMI recorded-music properties -- including decentralizing its profit & loss centers. Speaking at a media confere ...

  9. Morning Fix: Big CMA Wins for Blake and Miranda; Alt J's Mercury Prize; Hurricane Sandy Relief

    November 02, 2012 8:24 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters BLAKE SHELTON, MIRANDA LAMBERT, LITTLE BIG TOWN WIN BIG AT CMA AWARDS: Once again, tonight's 46th Annual Country Music Association Awards proved ...

  10. Adam White, Universal International VP and Billboard Vet, Retires

    November 01, 2012 4:12 PM EDT Universal Music Group International announced today that VP of communications Adam White is to retire after 10 years with the company. White, 64, joined Universal in 2002 from Billboard, where he had been international editor-in-chief, based in Lo ...

  11. Matt Voss Promoted to Executive Vice President of UMG's International, East Coast Labels

    July 31, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Today (July 31), Universal Music Group announced that Matt Voss has been promoted to Executive President of International, East Coast Labels. The announcement was made by Ivan Gavin, Chief Operating Officer of East Coast Lavels who Voss will repor ...

  12. 'La Voz Mexico' Preps Season Two, Linkin Park Returns to Mexico, VP Changes at UMPGA Latin America

    June 14, 2012 1:25 PM EDT 'La Voz Mexico' preps Season Two "La Voz Mexico," Mexico's version of "The Voice," will return for a second season on Televisa with new coaches, including Spanish crooner Miguel Bose, regional Mexican singer Jenn ...

  13. Universal Music Publishing Latin America Names John Echevarria EVP; Eddie Fernandez Departing

    June 04, 2012 12:41 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has announced the appointment of John Echevarria as executive VP for UMPG Latin America and confirmed to Billboard.biz that Eddie Fernandez, Sr. VP of UMPG Latin America, is departing. Both men have long careers in ...

  14. Exclusive: Universal Opens Door for Robert Plant and Artists Den

    May 30, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Universal Music Group has signed a worldwide distribution deal with Artists Den to release the public television show's episode featuring Robert Plant and the Band of Joy. It is the first time UMG and the show have worked together and Univers ...

  15. Francis Keeling Named Universal Music's Global Head Of Digital Business

    March 07, 2012 6:14 AM EST Universal Music Group is once-again ramping up its digital operations with the promotion of Francis Keeling to the role of global head of digital business. Effective immediately, Keeling will report to Rob Wells, UMG president of global digital bu ...

  16. Billboard Power 100: Lucian Grainge

    January 26, 2012 10:28 PM EST No. 3 Lucian Grainge Chairman/CEO Universal Music Group Chieftain of the Largest Major-Label Group... After flattening the competition in Europe, then-Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge was anointed in 2010 by Vivendi ...

  17. Simon Watt Named Global Head of Tech for Universal Music

    September 16, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, has promoted Simon Watt to Head of Technology. Rob Wells, President of Global Digital Business, made the announcement. The move is part of UMG's continued expansion of its g ...

  18. Andrew Kronfeld Named Universal Music President of Global Marketing

    August 30, 2011 6:41 AM EDT Universal Music Group has promoted Andrew Kronfeld, 42, to the newly created position of President, Global Marketing. For the past two years, Mr. Kronfeld, has served as Executive Vice President, International Marketing, UMGI. Mr. Kronfeld will re ...

  19. Chinese Search Giant Baidu's Major-Label Licensing Pacts Signal a Promising Shift

    July 22, 2011 1:46 PM EDT Can the piracy-ravaged Chinese market represent a sales opportunity for record labels after all? Sparking such hopes is a licensing agreement between One-Stop China, a joint venture of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner M ...

  20. INXS, Universal Strike Long-Term Reissue Deal

    May 06, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group and INXS struck a new, long-term agreement that will see the famed Australian rock group's catalog revamped and re-released, with the first titles to drop next month. The new arrangement covers the world outside North an ...

  21. Vivendi Appoints Lucian Grainge Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group

    March 09, 2011 2:38 PM EST In the wake of Doug Morris' early departure from Universal Music Group to take the helm at Sony , Vivendi announced today the appointment of Lucian Grainge as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UMG. Grainge who was formerly CEO of UMG, w ...

  22. Digital Music Sales Are Slowing, IFPI Report Says

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Global revenue from digital sales and services grew by just 6% in 2010 - half the growth rate from the previous year - and the overall recorded music market shrank by between 8-9% in total trade value (both physical and digital), according to a ne ...

  23. Universal Switches To SDRM Across Europe

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Belgian Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SABAM) has not renewed its pan-European licensing agreement with Universal Music Group International (UMGI) for the collection of mechanical royalties. SABAM collected mechanical royalties ...

  24. International Sales Solid For 'Speak Now'

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Taylor Swift's third album "Speak Now" broke the 1 million sales barrier in the U.S. this week, but the international picture is so far less spectacular. Swift certainly has a bigger profile in major international markets now and ca ...

  25. Daniel Barenboim Signs With Universal Labels

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim agreed a wide-ranging recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics . Barenboim is music director of Berlin's Staatsoper and Staatskapelle and maestro scaligero at Milan's Teatro a ...

  26. Universal Music Japan Chairman Kei Ishizaka To Retire

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kei Ishizaka is to retire from his post as Universal Music Japan (UMJ) chairman at the end of October. Ishizaka had occupied the role of non-executive chairman of the Tokyo-based major since Nov. 1 2009. The respected music exec first joined Unive ...

  27. Europe Set To Strengthen Anti-Piracy Stance

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the focus on anti-piracy measures has recently been on the legislation in France and the U.K., Europe-wide action is now firmly on the agenda. The European Parliament today (Sept. 22) voted for the adoption of the Report on the Enforcement o ...

  28. BACKBEAT: Universal Celebrates Freddie Mercury's Birthday

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With Universal Music widely expected to acquire rights to the Queen catalog outside North America from early 2011, it’s perhaps not a total surprise that Universal Music Group International staffers in London got into the spirit of “Freddie For A ...

  29. IFPI CEO John Kennedy To Step Down

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Kennedy and the IFPI have announced that he will step down as CEO and chairman next month, after five years in the role. His replacement has already been confirmed. Frances Moore , EVP and regional director, Europe at IFPI, will step up to th ...

  30. UMG Repertoire Added To Israeli Digital Service

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Israel's all-you-can-eat subscription service Musix has been bolstered by the addition of Universal Music Group repertoire. Helicon Music, Universal's long-term partner in Israel, worked with UMG to secure the deal with telco Pelephone C ...

  31. Stars Turn Out For Lucian Grainge Farewell

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. music biz said goodbye to Universal Music Group kingpin Lucian Grainge last night (June 16) at a star-studded "bon voyage" party in London. Executives and artists gathered at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in West London to see off ...

  32. Costa Pilavachi Returns To Universal

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Costa Pilavachi, the former head of Decca and EMI Classics, has been appointed senior vice president, classical artists & repertoire, for Universal Music Group International (UMGI). Pilavachi will be based in London and report to Max Hole, exe ...

  33. 'Idol' Creator Fuller Marks iTunes Milestone

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller on Monday (May 10) marked a digital music milestone, and said he was looking to the Internet and other digital platforms for the next big thing in global entertainment. At a time of crisis in the reco ...

  34. Nokia's Comes With Music Launching In China DRM-Free

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia is to launch its Comes With Music service in China, a move which suggests the Finnish mobile manufacturer is looking to emerging markets to boost its unlimited download service. Last month the company confirmed it would launch in India and i ...

  35. Virgin Media's Delayed Subscription Service Still On Track

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Media 's music subscription service is late but still on track. The company's head of media relations said the service is "well progressed" but added the company is "still working" on licensing deals with conte ...

  36. Crowded House Leaves EMI For Universal

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Crowded House has a new label home, and a new album on the way. The celebrated antipodean melodic rock act - comprising Neil Finn, Mark Hart, Nick Seymour and Matt Sherrod - will release the new studio album "Intriguer" this June through ...

  37. 6 Questions: Max Hole

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the new COO of Universal Music Group International (Billboard.biz, March 15), Max Hole will be a serious contender for the title of "most powerful label executive outside America." He'll take over UMGI's central functions fr ...

  38. BBC Worldwide Snags Universal Music TV Content

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST BBC Worldwide Music has confirmed a long-term deal with Universal Music U.K. to distribute all of the major's television content. Billboard first revealed that a deal had been negotiated in 2009 (Billboard, Aug. 8, 2009) to distribute Univers ...

  39. Love Never Dies For Universal, Andrew Lloyd Webber

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a new, long-term global deal with Andrew Lloyd Webber, which renews and expands an existing agreement with the British composer whose new musical "Love Never Dies" opens in March. The arrangement with Llo ...

  40. Mobile World Congress: Omnifone Takes Dolby Pulse Format

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Dolby Laboratories and digital music service provider Omnifone have announced an international collaboration to introduce the multi-platform digital file format Dolby Pulse into music services for mobile, PC, in-home, and in-car streaming and down ...

  41. The Rise of Lucian Grainge

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lucian Grainge was once described by Doug Morris, the man Grainge will replace as CEO of Universal Music Group (UMG) on Jan. 1, 2011, as a "killer shark." "He is so deceptive with that little kind face and those little glasses," ...

  42. Abba Members Attend Abbaworld London Premiere

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Björn Ulvaeus, one half of the legendary Swedish pop group ABBA, made a rare joint appearance last night (Jan. 27) to mark the official opening of Abbaworld - a grandiose interactive exhibition staged at London's Earl&# ...

  43. Omnifone, HP Partner On Unlimited Music

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST London-based digital music provider Omnifone and PC manufacturer HP have announced a partnership on a pre-loaded unlimited music offer for 16 HP models in 10 European countries. The deal was announced at MIDEM Jan. 25 and will provide unlimited ac ...

  44. Virgin Media: What Does 'Unlimited Music' Mean?

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seven months after Universal Music signed up to Virgin Media's proposed all-you-can-eat MP3 service, the UMG exec behind the U.K. deal admitted there was a "philosophical debate" in the biz about the meaning of unlimited downloads. ...

  45. IFPI Warning On Spain, France, Brazil

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has warned that music markets in Spain, France and Brazil are "suffering acutely" from piracy, as it issued its annual Digital Music Report for 2010. The music industry's global trade body had more positive news on digital ...

  46. UMG Partners With Korean K-Pop Firm

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a strategic partnership with Korean artist and music production company Play Cube Entertainment, in an effort to boost the Korean pop (K-Pop) business domestically and internationally. The strategic alliance covers ...

  47. Lucian Grainge Leads Music Biz Contingent Honored By Queen

    December 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group International chairman and chief executive Lucian Grainge heads the U.K. music biz names, ranging from film composers to veteran rockers, on the Queen’s traditional New Year Honors List. Grainge is named a Commander of the Or ...

  48. F1 Rocks Set To Top 30 Million Viewers

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The inaugural F1 Rocks music event in Singapore, sponsored by LG, is likely to top 30 million viewers globally according to the organizers. The three-day event on Sept. 24 to Sept. 26, staged alongside the Formula One race, attracted a total of 27 ...

  49. Rihanna Partners With Nokia On 'Rated R'

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam has teamed up with Nokia on a globally streamed live performance by Rihanna, featuring songs from new album "Rated R." The artist will perform in an unidentified London location on Nov. 16, which will be filmed for free st ...

  50. Business Matters: Doug Morris, Rhapsody, EMI, The Beatles

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to BusinessWeek.com, Doug Morris, CEO of Universal Music Group, is "quietly making plans to bring in a successor" - Lucian ...

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