Universal Music Group

  1. Neil Diamond Signs to Universal Music Publishing Group

    October 13, 2014 9:43 PM EDT Neil Diamond has signed with Universal Music Publishing Group for an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement. He brings with him his entire back catalogue and new studio album, Melody Road , out Oct. 21 on the Universal Music Gro ...

  2. Is Streaming Service Grooveshark Finally Dead in the Water?

    October 10, 2014 2:00 PM EDT On Sept. 30, Grooveshark seemed all but sunk when a Manhattan court ruled in favor of Universal Music Group (UMG), which first sued the music streaming service for copyright infringement in 2011. With damning evidence including emails from Groov ...

  3. Former Machinima Exec Sanjay Sharma Joins Russell Simmons' All Def Digital

    July 21, 2014 4:47 PM EDT Sanjay Sharma joins the digital entertainment network as its first president and chief operating officer. All Def Digital, the entertainment network co-founded by music mogul Russell Simmons, has appointed Sanjay Sharma its first president and chi ...

  4. Sam Smith's Spotify Gamble: Did It Pay Off?

    July 21, 2014 11:26 AM EDT A version of this article first appeared in the July 25th issue of Billboard Magazine . Sam Smith lost a battle but not the war. In an effort to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the buzzing Brit's first full-length album, "In the ...

  5. Gustavo Lopez Promoted to EVP/GM of Universal Music Latin Entertainment

    July 16, 2014 9:03 PM EDT Gustavo López has been promoted to EVP and GM of Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE), effective immediately. López, who has spent 18 years at Universal Music Group in multiple capacities, was most recently EVP of UMLE’s brand partnerships a ...

  6. Island Records Promotes Eric Wong to EVP/GM

    July 14, 2014 12:10 PM EDT Island Records has promoted label veteran Eric Wong to executive vice president / general manager. Wong, a longtime presence at the now-former Island Def Jam Music Group, has been tasked by president David Massey to oversee all operations of the l ...

  7. SoundCloud Nearing Deal with Major Labels for Pieces of Its Pie (Updated)

    July 11, 2014 1:15 PM EDT SoundCloud is going fully legit, with the company rumored to be selling the three major labels a 9-15% total stake, according to sources cited by Bloomberg . The deal has yet to be announced due to certain parties being closer than others in sig ...

  8. SoundCloud vs. Users' Uploads? It's Nothing That Controversial, Really

    July 02, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Does the Universal Music Group have unfettered access to SoundCloud? A minor furor has erupted over SoundCloud's removal of a DJ's radio show and the supposed access SoundCloud gave to Universal Music Group in removing it. An email exc ...

  9. Tom Whalley's Loma Vista Goes to Concord Music Group

    July 01, 2014 12:59 PM EDT Veteran label exec's imprint moves from Republic, taking St. Vincent, Spoon, Little Dragon, Rhye, Cut Copy, Soundgarden and others along with him. Tom Whalley is moving from one part of the Universal Music Group to another. His Loma Vista Rec ...

  10. She & Him Signs With Columbia Records

    June 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT She & Him, the indie duo comprised of M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel, have just joined the majors. Columbia Records, the Sony Music subsidiary run by chairman Rob Stringer, has signed the twosome, a rep for the label confirms, marking She & H ...

  11. Vivendi’s New Chairman Touts Focus on Universal Music, as Grainge Looks On

    June 24, 2014 1:44 PM EDT New Vivendi chairman Vincent Bollore, the French billionaire who owns a 5 percent stake in the conglomerate, on Tuesday signaled his hope for improved cooperation and synergy across the company's operations. Bollore spoke at Vivendi's an ...

  12. 'We Want to Compete,' Says Secretly's Van Arman, Ahead of His Congressional Testimony Tomorrow (Guest Post)

    June 24, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Darius Van Arman is co-founder and co-owner of Secretly Group, an independent label group that is based in Indiana. He currently serves on the boards of A2IM, SoundExchange and Merlin. Tomorrow (June 25), he is providing testimony on behalf of ...

  13. A2IM Head Bengloff Strikes Out at Majors, RIAA, Amazon and YouTube in Keynote

    June 20, 2014 8:47 AM EDT In his keynote address, A2IM president Rich Bengloff said that the trade group's board members cited the main issue their business is facing is how music licensing transactions were evolving and the concept of digital breakage. "Breakage ...

  14. Katy Perry Launches Label, Signs Pop Singer Ferras

    June 17, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Katy Perry could help make your "Teenage Dream" of becoming a singer a reality: The pop star is starting her own record label. Perry announced the launch of Metamorphosis Music on Tuesday. It's a joint venture with her current label ...

  15. Def Jam Raises Label Vet Nicki Farag to VP Promotion

    June 16, 2014 2:39 PM EDT Farag has risen from assistant to vp promotion in her decade-plus working for the label. Nicki Farag has been upped to vice president promotion for Def Jam Recordings by evp promotion Rick Sackheim. In this new post, Farag’s duties will help strat ...

  16. Cindy Mabe Named UMG Nashville President

    June 12, 2014 7:44 PM EDT One of the top marketing executives in country music has added presidential stripes to her impressive résumé. Cindy Mabe has been promoted to president of Universal Music Group Nashville, which consists of Capitol Records Nashville, EMI Records Na ...

  17. Amazon Launches Prime Music Streaming Service, Minus UMG

    June 12, 2014 8:02 AM EDT The new streaming services features catalog titles, tethered downloads and music from just two of the three major labels.   When Amazon launched its Amazon Prime music subscription service this morning, it immediately became one of the largest pai ...

  18. The Future of Interscope: Iovine Is Gone, But It's Still Full Steam Ahead

    June 06, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine’s gone. But the label he helped build isn’t missing a beat. A version of this article first appeared in the June 14th issue of Billboard Magazine . Your company is losing one of the biggest names in the business, a genuine titan who ...

  19. Apple Buys Beats in $3 Billion Deal; Iovine, Dr. Dre to Join Tech Giant

    May 28, 2014 4:33 PM EDT 14 2.117 k 173 69 After nearly three weeks of waiting and speculation, Apple has officially announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music in a $3 billion deal.   Beats founders -- Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine and hip-ho ...

  20. Universal Music Demands End to Massive Digital Royalties Class Action

    May 27, 2014 9:12 PM EDT Over the past few years, major record labels have been attempting to put out a legal firestorm from recording artists who claim to have been cheated on digital music. Some labels like Sony and Warner have agreed to pay millions of dollars to set ...

  21. Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs' Biographer, Predicts Jimmy Iovine Will Run Apple's Content Business

    May 19, 2014 11:28 AM EDT It may not be the headphones or the streaming. Does Tim Cook think Jimmy Iovine is the next Steve Jobs? This article first appeared in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Apple is reportedly acquiring Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, wi ...

  22. Rihanna Now a Roc Nation Artist, But Def Jam Remains In the Picture

    May 05, 2014 2:53 PM EDT Earlier today Complex Magazine reported that Rihanna has "left" her longtime label, Def Jam, joining the in-house imprint at Shawn "Jay Z" Carter's management company Roc Nation. The 26-year-old singer's next album, t ...

  23. Vevo Owners May Be Looking to Sell (Report)

    April 29, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Google and Abu Dhabi Media are considering a sale of Vevo, the music video streaming platform launched in 2009, according a report from Bloomberg. The company is said to be mulling bringing on Goldman Sachs to ov ...

  24. Iggy Azalea Talks 'The New Classic' Album & Former Interscope Deal

    April 21, 2014 1:55 PM EDT "Fancy" is giving Iggy Azalea life. It's the fourth single from the Australian rapper's forthcoming debut, "The New Classic" (April 22, Def Jam/Grand Hustle), but audiences are behaving like it's her first, turbo ...

  25. Universal Music Group Cutting East Coast Staff (Updated)

    April 11, 2014 6:24 PM EDT With the splitting up of the Island Def Jam Music Group into three labels, the Universal Music Group is recalibrating the staffing at its East Coast labels. While sources say about 12* staffers have been let go over the last two days, other source ...

  26. DreamWorks Looking to Acquire a Piece of Vevo

    April 11, 2014 11:40 AM EDT DreamWorks Animation is looking to acquire a piece of music and content distributor Vevo, reports Re/code.  According to sources, earlier this week DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg made an undisclosed bid for the company, which is owned primarily ...

  27. Amway Accuses the Majors of an 'Ambush'

    April 08, 2014 5:28 PM EDT "This case is about the three biggest Record Companies in the world conspiring to break promises they made to Amway, to ambush Amway, and to entrap people who uploaded videos with the Record Companies' copyrighted sound recordings on to ...

  28. How Universal Music Group's New Top-Level Troika Brings Peace (For Now)

    April 04, 2014 2:02 PM EDT Island Def Jam Motown is no more. Instead, three free-standing fiefdoms will curry market share favor in a friendly firefight. Universal Music Group’s April 1 announcement that it was splitting Island Def Jam and Motown into three standalone la ...

  29. George Strait Rides Away From the Center of His Industry

    March 25, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Technology plays an enormous role in what entertainment succeeds at any given time. When recordings evolved from an experimental novelty to a mature business during the 20th century, both sound and visual recordings changed to accommodate those ad ...

  30. Scott Borchetta, Chris Stacey on the Relaunch of Dot Records, Big Machine's Latest Imprint

    March 24, 2014 1:40 PM EDT Chris Stacey, former senior VP of promotion for Warner Nashville, set up shop at his new office down the street on Music Row last Friday -- as head of the revamped Dot Records, inside Big Machine’s global headquarters. As the first executive to ...

  31. Exclusive: Veteran Music Exec Doug Morris To Receive Songwriting Hall's Hitmaker Award

    March 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Doug Morris is not just one of the most successful record executives in history after his record-breaking stints at Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group and currently as Sony Music Entertainment ceo. Related Articles Billboard Power 100 2014: ...

  32. With Ratings Down and AT&T Out, 'American Idol' Faces Costly 13th Season

    March 03, 2014 1:08 PM EST A Feb. 20 event to toast the 13th season of "American Idol" should have been a celebratory affair, but minutes after the show’s Top 13 and star judges arrived at West Hollywood hotspot Fig & Olive, Fox senior executive VP David Hill, ...

  33. Spotify Drove Universal Music’s 75% Jump in Streaming Revenue Last Year

    February 25, 2014 8:15 PM EST Spotify drove a large part of the 75% jump Universal Music Group achieved in 2013 in subscription and streaming revenue, according to a source familiar with the music group’s financial statements. During the conference call, Vivendi reported that ...

  34. UMG's Digital Sales Outpace Physical as New Vivendi Content Head Outlines Priorities

    February 25, 2014 4:41 AM EST Vivendi's new head of media and content businesses on Tuesday outlined some of his early priorities after the French entertainment and telecom conglomerate's latest earnings report. The company, which owns Universal Music Group, Canal Pl ...

  35. How Aloe Blacc Outfoxed Simon Fuller (From the Magazine)

    February 17, 2014 10:23 AM EST This article first appeared in the February, 22 issue of Billboard Magazine . Self-management isn’t for the faint of heart, but Aloe Blacc certainly seems up to the task. The 35-year-old singer, best-known for delivering the soulful vocals to Av ...

  36. Glassnote Inks Distribution Deal With UMG, Launches Resolved

    February 13, 2014 2:09 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a worldwide deal to distribute the recordings of Daniel Glass' independent label Glassnote, both parties confirmed in a statement. Related Articles Glassnote Entertainment Expands With London Office Post Pando ...

  37. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Steve Harvey Taking Awards Show to Atlanta; UMGD Launches Black History Month Campaign; and More

    February 10, 2014 8:16 PM EST -- Syndicated morning radio personality/TV talk show host Steve Harvey is taking his annual Ford Neighborhood Awards and Weekend Expo to Atlanta this year. Now in its 12th year, the four-day event will mark its first time in Atlanta when it hits t ...

  38. Executive Turntable: Square, Adams Fox Promoted at ADA; Rose Slanic Named GM, North America for Eleven Seven Music Group; More

    February 07, 2014 1:15 PM EST Square, Adams Fox Promoted at ADA Brandon Square has been promoted to senior vice president of digital strategy and revenue at ADA Worldwide, while Tatia Adams Fox has been named senior vice president of marketing for ADA. Based in New York, bot ...

  39. 2014 Midemlab Winners Announced

    February 03, 2014 1:52 PM EST Interactive software that transforms body movement into song and a Spotify DJ app were among the winners of Midem 2014’s prestigious competition strands.   Announced on day three of the Cannes-held music conference, which commenced Feb. 1 and wrap ...

  40. Super Bowl Ads: Why You'll Hear New Music by Passenger, U2, One Republic and Zedd

    January 31, 2014 7:50 PM EST Ever since fun. skyrocketed to stardom from the use of “We Are Young” in a 2012 Super Bowl commercial for Chevrolet , brands, bands, publishers and music supervisors at top ad agencies alike have all been scrambling to re-create the lightning in ...

  41. Power and Music: Game Changers from UMG's Lucian Grainge to Mogul Emilio Estefan Talk Influence, Beyoncé & Jay Z (Video)

    January 27, 2014 4:55 PM EST Some of the most influential people in the music industry were front and center at the Clive Davis and Recording Academy's gala party. We spoke to them and asked what it takes to be on top, just like Beyoncé and Jay-Z who this year are No. 1 ...

  42. Lucian Grainge Receives Icon Award at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala As Music Industry Looks On

    January 26, 2014 11:03 AM EST Beginning with the Imagine Dragons and ending with a performance by Whitney Houston , the Beverly Hilton ballroom rocked for over three hours (lights out at 12:46 am) during last evening's Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons. And bet ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Counting Crows Latest to Go to Court Over Digital Royalties

    January 14, 2014 9:07 PM EST On Tuesday, the Counting Crows filed a lawsuit against Universal Music Group, becoming the latest musicians to allege they've been cheated out of digital income. The California band believes that UMG should be treating downloads of hits like ...

  45. Four Trends from CES 2014

    January 13, 2014 2:33 PM EST Prepare for your electronics to get up close and personal. At this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show, companies showed off technologies that come closer to the promise of leveraging real-time data to learn about people, anticipating w ...

  46. Beatlemania at 50: Three Modern Lessons to Take Away

    January 13, 2014 2:18 PM EST It's hard to believe that it's been 50 years since Beatlemania arrived in America, but on February 9th, 1964, the Fab Four played "The Ed Sullivan Show" and -- well, you know the rest. It's history. This newest issue of Bi ...

  47. Beats Music Launching January 21

    January 11, 2014 12:00 PM EST Beats Music, the premium streaming service developed by Trent Reznor, Ian Rogers and the creators of Beats By Dre headphones, is launching on Jan. 21, with AT&T as the exclusive carrier partner, the company said. Beats Music 'Locked an ...

  48. Business Matters: WillCall's BarTab a Rare App for Music Venues

    January 10, 2014 7:46 PM EST This week WillCall, developer of a concert discovery app of the same name, launched a new service for venues to make more money. Called BarTab, the app is a part of the WillCall platform and is targeted specifically at concert venues. San Franci ...

  49. Canada’s Digital Music Sales Rise in 2013 Unlike the U.S.; Eminem, Robin Thicke Among Top Selling Artists

    January 10, 2014 4:37 PM EST Digital music sales for 2013 were up in Canada from the previous year, according to a year-end report released today by Nielsen SoundScan. Digital album sales rose 9% from 2012, moving 11.4 million units from 10.5 million, while digital track sale ...

  50. Digital Music Sales Decrease For First Time in 2013

    January 03, 2014 9:21 AM EST .301 k 1.134 k 75 For the first time since the iTunes store opened its doors, the U.S. music industry finished the year with a decrease in digital music sales. Nielsen SoundScan Mid-Year Report: Digital Album and Single Sales Slow Justin Timberlake&# ...

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