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  1. George Michael Honors Jonathan Ross At MITs

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST George Michael led the salutes to U.K. TV and radio personality Jonathan Ross at the annual Music Industry Trusts' Award ceremony, held last night (Nov. 2) at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Awarded the accolade in recognition of his ser ...

  2. Tokio Hotel Checks In To Virtual Tour

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German pop-rock act Tokio Hotel is launching a 3D holographic tour - a "virtual" performance to be shown in 12 cities across seven countries. The promotion, which uses ground-breaking new technology, launches tomorrow (Oct. 2) in Berlin. ...

  3. Inaugural F1 Rocks Concerts Staged In Singapore

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music South East Asia SVP Sandy Monteiro has described the inaugural F1 Rocks in Singapore as "electrifying" while acknowledging some "setbacks" at the event. Artists including Beyonce, No Doubt and Black Eyed Peas pe ...

  4. F1 Rocks Revs Up In Singapore

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The inaugural, three-day F1 Rocks event has launched in Singapore, with Hong Kong pop superstar Jacky Cheung headlining, along with Taiwan acts A-Mei Sodagreen and Da Mouth. Artists including Beyonce, No Doubt and Black Eyed Peas are performing at ...

  5. A-Mei Joins F1 Rocks Singapore Bill

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Taiwanese pop diva A-Mei has been added to the bill for the inaugural F1 Rocks event, held Sept. 24-26 at Fort Canning Park, Singapore. A-Mei, who has sold over 8 million albums worldwide, according to her label, joins fellow Chinese pop star Jack ...

  6. UMGI Acquires Sinatra's Reprise Catalog, Ex-US

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has acquired international catalog rights, outside North America, to the Reprise label recordings of Frank Sinatra. A total of 38 albums, plus a number of proposed new releases, are covered by the new, long-term agreement bet ...

  7. Beyonce, Black Eyed Peas For F1 Rocks Singapore

    August 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce and Black Eyed Peas are to among the headline acts for the inaugural F1 Rocks concerts in Singapore. The announcement was made today (Aug.4) at the official launch of F1 Rocks in London, attended by Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone. O ...

  8. Universal, Orange Target Youth Market

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Telco Orange has partnered with Universal Music on a free mobile and PC streaming service aimed at young people in the U.K., which the major describes as an "anti-piracy initiative." U.K. broadcaster Channel 4's 4Music brand is the ...

  9. F1 Rocks Appoints Global Agent, Promoter

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT All the Worlds, Universal Music Group International's (UMGI) joint venture company, has appointed John Giddings as global agent and promoter for the new F1 Rocks global live music and TV events. Giddings of the London-based Solo Agency is the ...

  10. UMG's Lucian Grainge Joins Call To Tackle Piracy

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has joined with four other high-ranking U.K. media chief executives to call on the government to propose tough action on Internet piracy in its forthcoming Digital Britain report. ...

  11. Briefs: Ticketmaster Goes Paperless, Buzz Media Cuts Staff, Artist Merch Tips and More

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Ticketmaster will introduce its paperless ticketing technology in Canada with a Metallica concert on October 12. ( Press release ) -- Blogs may be the future, but they may not pay the bills as well as once thought. Buzz Media , formerly Buzznet ...

  12. UMG Rolls Out Stones Reissues

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is reissuing the Rolling Stones re-mastered, post-1971 back catalog from next month. The 14-album campaign will begin with "Sticky Fingers," "Goats Head Soup," "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll& ...

  13. UMGI Races Ahead With Formula 1

    March 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International and its joint venture company All The Worlds have partnered with racing body Formula One Administration Ltd to create a global entertainment platform that will see international artists perform live at Formula 1 ...

  14. Vodafone Takes Lead On DRM-Free Mobile Music

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone is claiming it will be the first global mobile network operator to offer music free of DRM when it makes the switch to a large proportion of its Vodafone Music Store catalog for mobile and PC by the summer. Universal Music Group, Sony Mus ...

  15. Obituary: Mike McGeever

    February 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Former Billboard writer Mike McGeever died Feb. 19 after suffering a heart attack at home in Pottsville, PA. He was 48. An experienced trade journalist and occasional radio presenter, McGeever was a key staffer as radio editor during the launch of ...

  16. Omnifone Unveils Unlimited Music For ISPs

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST London-based Omnifone, which powers various all-you-can-eat services with mobile vendors and operators around the world, has unveiled its latest unlimited offering during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and confirmed it is in talks with lea ...

  17. Decca Confirms U.K. 'Realignment'

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Decca Music Group has confirmed a "realignment" of its U.K. operation, with part of its roster transferring to Universal Classics & Jazz. "Decca's classical crossover and other signings will be assigned to UCJ, the U.K. ...

  18. UMG Partners With India's Eros On Management Agency

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a deal with Eros International, a leading integrated studio in India's media and entertainment industry, to launch a joint venture artist-management agency. The agency will develop and promote Indian pop talen ...

  19. Former Radio 2 Boss Joins Universal Music U.K.

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Lesley Douglas, who quit as controller of BBC AC station Radio 2 last month, has joined Universal Music U.K. as director of programming and business development. Her appointment becomes effective on Dec. 8 and she will report to chairman David Jos ...

  20. U2 Honors Grainge At MITs

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST U2 was among the artists saluting Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge at the Music Industry Trusts' Award ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Universal-signed pop acts Mika and Take That performed at t ...

  21. Grainge Appointed To U.K. Govt Creative Industries Panel

    October 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge has been appointed to the panel of business leaders at the U.K. government's Creativity & Business International Network in Oct. 2009. The international creative business ...

  22. UMG, Qtrax Strike International Deal

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International and ad-funded legal P2P service Qtrax today announced a licensing deal covering Europe, Asia/Pacific, South America and Africa. Previously, Universal Music Group had a North American deal with Qtrax in place. Qt ...

  23. U.K.’s RSK Launches New Label

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.S. rapper Talib Kweli has been confirmed as the debut artist to appear on CPCo. Records, the first imprint to be launched by U.K. distributor RSK Entertainment since it formed six years ago. RSK has inked an exclusive, all-platforms licensing ag ...

  24. Grainge Named London's Most Influential Music Man

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International CEO Lucian Grainge has been named the most influential person on London's music scene. The second annual 1,000-strong, 22-category, list of "London's Most Influential People" is compiled by L ...

  25. SingStar Signs Up ABBA

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ABBA will feature in a dedicated version of Sony's karaoke computer game “SingStar,” to be released in time for the holiday season. "SingStar ABBA" -- the first edition of the game dedicated to a single artist -- is slated for relea ...

  26. Universal Australia Adds Gudinksi's Liberation

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Australia (UMA) has signed a three-year distribution deal with Michael Gudinski's Liberation Music, part of his Mushroom Group of Companies. The move, effective Oct. 1, essentially gives Universal the largest domestic roster o ...

  27. Australia's Eleven Switches To Universal

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of Australia's most successful independent labels, Eleven A Music Company, has found a new home -- and a 50% partnership - with Universal Music, with effect from Sept. 1. Set up by Sydney-based act managers John Watson and Melissa Chenery ...

  28. Crossingham Steps Up At Universal Ireland

    July 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mark Crossingham has been appointed the new managing director of Universal Music Ireland effective Sept. 1. Crossingham, who will be reporting to Universal Music U.K. and Ireland's commercial director Brian Rose, brings to his new appointment ...

  29. Singapore Alliance Promises New Era Of Live Biz

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SINGfest, the Island Republic's biggest contemporary music festival, looks set to become even bigger with an alliance between brand-led event and digital content company All the Worlds, a Universal Music Group joint-venture company, and Asian ...

  30. Sky's No Limit As Universal Teams On MP3 Service

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sky, the U.K.'s leading pay-TV provider, is entering the digital music marketplace with an adventurous service which allows subscribers unlimited access to downloads and streams. Universal Music Group International's U.K. affiliate, itse ...

  31. Decca Vet Mendl Dies

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hugh Mendl, the influential British producer and A&R man who signed the likes of Genesis and David Bowie to Decca Records, passed away on July 7 at the age of 88. Born in London on Aug. 6, 1919, Mendl was educated at University College, Oxford ...

  32. UMG, Last.fm Strike Video Deal

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has agreed to license its music video catalog for streaming on Last.fm. Beginning today, thousands of UMG's artist videos from the likes of Jay-Z, Nirvana, Amy Winehouse, the Killers, Duffy, Snow Patrol and Kanye West wi ...

  33. UMG Buys U.K.'s Atmosphere Apparel

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has taken a tighter grip on the merchandising business through the acquisition of Atmosphere Apparel. UMG has struck a deal to buy the U.K.-based music merch firm, owned and founded by Mark Stredwick, for an undisclosed sum. ...

  34. Norway's NetCom Launches Unlimited Free Music Trial

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT NetCom, the Norwegian unit of Swedish telecom giant Telia Sonera, is planning to steal Nokia's thunder with NetCom FreeMusic, a three-month trial to offer free unlimited mobile-music downloads. NetCom FreeMusic, which launched June 2, is simi ...

  35. MusicStation Claims U.K. Market-Leader Status

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Omnifone, supplier of the pioneering all-you-can-eat mobile-music download service MusicStation, is boasting that its U.K. service is officially the country's "largest digital music subscription service." Although it declined to giv ...

  36. MITS Honor For Grainge

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman and chief executive Lucian Grainge has been named as the 2008 recipient of the prestigious annual Music Industry Trusts' Award. Grainge will receive the award at a charity fund-raising dinner Nov. ...

  37. Artists Confirmed For Nokia Green Room

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chris Brown, the Courteeners, Robyn, the Count and Sinden and Beardyman are among the first acts confirmed to take part in the Nokia Green Room, a new weekly entertainment U.K. TV series due to start April 6. The 30-minute show will run for 15 wee ...

  38. Supply Chain, IT Exec Kessler Upped At UMGI

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International has elevated Jens Kessler to VP, IT, supply chain and sourcing. Kessler has served as VP, IT, at Universal Music Germany since 2001. In future, Kessler will be tasked with helping identify and reinforce supply c ...

  39. Nokia U.K. Launches Reality/Music TV Show

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nokia is aligning its mobile music service in the United Kingdom with a new music entertainment TV format launching on national terrestrial network Channel 4 next month. Nokia is aligning its mobile music service in the United Kingdom with a new m ...

  40. Joseph Rises At Universal U.K.

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has named David Joseph as the new chairman/CEO of Universal Music U.K. London-based Joseph, previously co-president of Polydor Records and president of Universal Music Operations, has ...

  41. UMG Strikes European Deal For Jonas Bros

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has struck a deal with Disney Music Group's Hollywood Records to license the Jonas Brothers' self-titled album for Europe. "Jonas Brothers" will be released in Europe by Polydor Records in June, preceded b ...

  42. UMG Inks Mobile Merch Deal

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a merchandising deal with Modu Mobile, a maker of mobile phone devices set to debut later this year. Modu makes mini mobile phones that fit into different jackets, also made by the company. The interchangeable jack ...

  43. Bird Appointed Ricordi London GM

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ricordi London, a unit of Universal Music Publishing Classical, has named Jonathon Bird GM. Bird has extensive experience with Universal Music Group International, serving at Decca Music Group as licensing manager and then at Universal Music Class ...

  44. Sundin Joins Universal, Sources Say

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran Sony BMG Nordic executive Per Sundin has changed camp, well informed sources tell Billboard.biz. Sundin is joining Universal Music as managing director of its Swedish company. Sources say Sundin will report in his new role to Vico Antippas ...

  45. Barkah Named As Universal Indonesia Head

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Indonesia has turned to the digital music sector to hire its new GM, Bimbom Barkah, appointed with effect from today (Jan. 25). Jakarta-based Barkah was previously managing director of Jakarta-based digital-download Web site Import ...

  46. Stones Sign With Universal For Soundtrack

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Rolling Stones have signed a one-album deal with Universal Music as they approach the end of their current contract with EMI, which is understood to expire this year. The band's worldwide deal with Universal is just for the soundtrack alb ...

  47. Harlow Takes UMGI Int'l Marketing Role

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group International will announce today (Jan. 7) the appointment of Tony Harlow as senior VP of international marketing, Billboard.biz has learned. Reporting to Max Hole, executive VP of UMGI, Harlow will be tasked with all UMGI� ...

  48. Nokia In Free Music Pact With UMG

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Handset giant Nokia said on Tuesday it has agreed with the world's largest music group Universal to offer free 12-month access to Universal artists' music for buyers of Nokia's music phones. The world's top cellphone maker said ...

  49. Bengtson Recruited To Helm Universal Denmark

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Casper Bengtson has been named as the successor to Jens-Otto Paludan at Universal Music Denmark. Bengtson becomes managing director of the Copenhagen-based company, where he is tasked with developing future strategies for domestic and internationa ...

  50. Britney Spearheads Hot Euro Chart Return

    November 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Britney Spears' comeback album "Blackout" (Jive/Zomba) has lit up the European Top 100 Albums Chart, holding off new sets from the returning Eagles and Eros Ramazzotti to soar to the No. 1 slot. "Blackout" benefits from a ...

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