Universal Music Group

  1. Alleged Use of Kanye West, Drake, Justin Bieber's Trademarks & Images Leads to Suit Against Joyrich

    April 22, 2015 8:42 PM EDT Bravado International Group Merchandising Services is suing clothing designer and  retailer  Joyrich for allegedly selling clothing and other merchandise that use the names, trademarks and images under license to the Universal Music Group licensin ...

  2. Universal Music Group Looking to YouTube for Next Pop Stars

    July 21, 2014 9:58 PM EDT Company gives Awesomeness Music, a partnership with Brian Robbins, Steve Rifkind and Russell Simmons, a label deal. Universal Music Group is banking on YouTube to yield the next generation of recording stars. The music major has launching Awesomen ...

  3. UMG Recruits Susan Mazo for SVP Communications Role

    May 22, 2014 4:20 AM EDT Susan Mazo is appointed SVP of global communications for Universal Music Group by EVP and head of global communications Will Tanous. The N.Y.-based exec’s responsibilities include the company’s worldwide philanthropic efforts, major internal and e ...

  4. Music Biz Vying For Larger Chunk Of TV’s $20 Billion in Upfront Ad Dollars

    April 25, 2014 5:09 PM EDT This story was first published in the May 3rd issue of Billboard . The upfront season — when media companies secure some $20 billion in early advertising buys with TV, cable and radio networks and online content companies — is underway, and inc ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Record Labels File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Megaupload

    April 10, 2014 8:02 PM EDT On Thursday, the major record labels including Warner Music, Universal Music, Sony Music and Capitol Records filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk. The action comes just three ...

  7. Universal Music Group Buys Eagle Rock Entertainment

    April 08, 2014 8:55 AM EDT Universal Music Group has acquired Eagle Rock Entertainment, the company started by Terry Shand that specializes in music video programming for television and DVDs. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, Billboard estimates that UMG paid abou ...

  8. Rounder Records Moves to New Nashville HQ

    March 06, 2014 1:58 AM EST Rounder Records has moved into new headquarters in Nashville after spending more than 40 years in Boston. A division of Concord Music Group, Rounder has moved to Pine Street in the Gulch district. President John Virant and A&R VP Scott Billing ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Music Company, Blues Traveler Ride Together, Another Victory Expands Global Network, Steve Lewis Joins SynchTank

    January 23, 2014 4:38 AM EST Bicycle Music Company, Blues Traveler Ride Together The Bicycle Music Company and its affiliates have acquired the Blues Traveler publishing catalog including such songs as “Hook”, “The Mountains Win Again”, “Carolina Blues”, “But Anyway” and “Run ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. The Music Biz in 2013: In Flux, Disruptors Disrupted

    January 01, 2014 8:28 AM EST The week before Christmas, pondering a year-end music business essay, a litany of major stories jumped to mind, including: the Twitter and SFX IPOs; Sony and Vivendi investors’ calling for entertainment spin-offs; Live Nation’s record revenues ...

  15. New Signings: CAA Signs Pusha T, Dolly Parton Joins Sony Masterworks, Disney Music Publishing Inks Jess Cates

    December 24, 2013 9:33 AM EST Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters@B ...

  16. YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service (Breaking)

    October 23, 2013 6:51 PM EDT YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service -- akin to a Spotify, but with video -- to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans. The service, designed with mobile listening in mind, will have ...

  17. I.R.S. Nashville Imprint Names John Grady President

    October 22, 2013 7:45 PM EDT Veteran Nashville music executive John Grady has been named the president of I.R.S. Nashville, a new label based on the imprint started 34 years ago and revived by EMI two years ago. Grady will continue serving as partner at Crush Management.   ...

  18. Interscope Geffen A&M Acquires Remaining Share of A&M/Octone Records

    October 07, 2013 5:44 PM EDT Interscope Geffen A&M announced Monday that it will acquire the remaining 50% share of the A&M/Octone joint venture from Octone Records. Formed in 2007, the joint venture was scheduled to conclude in mid-2014. Octone's year-to-date ...

  19. Michele Anthony Named Universal Music EVP, U.S. Recorded Music (Exclusive)

    September 26, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Veteran music execuctive Michele Anthony is joining Universal Music Group in a newly-created role. With effect from Nov. 1, Anthony will become UMG’s executive vice president, U.S. recorded music, reporting to the group’s chairman/CEO Lucian Gra ...

  20. Biz Stock Ticks: This Week's Entertainment Indices 9/9 - 9/13

    September 13, 2013 5:18 PM EDT   Biz Related News:   Apple iTunes Radio Launching Sept. 18, Called 'Pure Dose of Awesomeness' What to Expect From Apple's Expected Radio Announcement Apple Expected to Expand Selection of iPhones     Biz Related News:   Biz Relat ...

  21. Vivendi Split Could Have Little Impact On Universal Music (Analysis)

    September 11, 2013 10:24 PM EDT While shareholders and the business media regard as big news the Vivendi announcement that it will study a demerger plan and that activist shareholder Vincent Bollore has been appointed vice chairman of the company's supervisory board, the ...

  22. Sony, Universal, Warner, ABKCO File Copyright Lawsuit Against SiriusXM

    September 11, 2013 8:28 PM EDT As expected, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings, Warner Music Group and ABKCO have filed suit against SiriusXM for allegedly continuing to ignore state copyright laws and refusing to pay artist performance royalties for pre-1972 music it ...

  23. Vivendi Considering Splitting Media and Telecom Companies

    September 11, 2013 12:28 PM EDT French conglomerate Vivendi, which owns Universal Music Group, today announced that its supervisory board has unanimously voted to launch a study to split into two separate companies – an international media group and the SFR telecom group.  V ...

  24. Universal Music Earnings Decline Due To EMI Acquisition Costs, But Sales Increase

    August 29, 2013 8:41 PM EDT The Universal Music Group suffered a decline in earnings in the first half of 2013 due to costs related to its acquisition of EMI Recorded Music and the subsequent restructuring to produce synergistic cost savings. But its topline enjoyed a nice ...

  25. Universal Music Launches Caroline International, Michael Roe, Jim Chancellor To Head-Up

    August 08, 2013 8:56 AM EDT The Universal Music Group has launched Caroline International, an independent distributor and label services provider; and has named Michael Roe and Jim Chancellor to head the London-based operation. Roe, who founded the international arm of EMI ...

  26. SoftBank's $8.5 Billion Takeover Bid of Universal Music Group Rejected by Vivendi (Report)

    July 18, 2013 3:55 PM EDT An $8.5 billion takeover bid of Universal Music Group (UMG) by Japanese telecoms group SoftBank some three months ago was rejected by Vivendi, the French media and telecom conglomerate that owns UMG, according to sources. The story was first re ...

  27. SONGS Signs Up Conde Nast

    June 17, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Seeking to carve out a new model for licensing, SONGS Music Publishing struck a novel deal with Conde Nast Entertainment Partners, which agreed to use SONGS' catalog as the primary source of music for original online videos produced for its ...

  28. Exclusive: ATO Records Signs Distro Deal With Caroline

    May 23, 2013 11:14 AM EDT The revitalized Caroline distribution and label services operation has signed ATO Records to a U.S. distribution agreement. ATO (According To Our Records), founded by Dave Matthews and manager Coran Capshaw, has a roster that includes My Morning ...

  29. Vivendi Reinforces Commitment to Becoming Media and Content Company

    April 30, 2013 9:29 PM EDT PARIS -- Shareholders of the telecoms and media giant Vivendi approved the appointment of five new members to the Supervisory Board in a meeting that was interrupted by protests from the French feminist group Le Barbe. As management board chairm ...

  30. Capitol Records U.K. Launches, Nick Raphael Named President

    April 25, 2013 8:05 AM EDT Universal Music has announced the launch of Capitol Records U.K., marking the first time that the historic Capitol label has had a stand-alone presence in the U.K. Nick Raphael, who currently holds the position as president of Universal imprint ...

  31. Billboard Latin Music Conference: Viva for VEVO Panel Addresses the Nascent Company's Growth

    April 24, 2013 3:03 PM EDT Panel: "Viva for VEVO" – Maximizing your presence and revenue in the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform. Moderator: Bill Werde , editorial director, Billboard Speakers: Gustavo Lopez , EVP, Brand Partner ...

  32. Universal, X5 Create Digital Compilation Business

    April 17, 2013 8:20 PM EDT Universal Music Group and the Stockholm-based digital music company X5 Music Group have launched a partnership to produce digital compilation albums from the catalogs of Universal’s Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Verve and Blue Note Records label ...

  33. Lucian Grainge, Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar Join DreamWorks Animation's Board of Directors

    April 16, 2013 1:19 PM EDT DreamWorks Animation SKG has announced that Lucian Grainge and Jason Kilar will be nominated to the company's board of directors at its upcoming annual meeting of shareholders. Grainge is chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group. He joine ...

  34. Roc Nation Strikes Global Partnership With Universal Music Group

    April 08, 2013 10:46 AM EDT Universal Music Group and Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by Jay-Z, announced today that they have entered into a multi-year, worldwide partnership under which the Roc Nation music label will operate as a standalone label within ...

  35. YouTube, Universal Music Publishing Strike Multi-Nation Deal

    April 04, 2013 5:50 PM EDT The Universal Music Publishing Group has reached a new agreement with YouTube which will allow its Anglo-American repertoire to be played on the social media website in 127 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. The deal encom ...

  36. Kid Cudi Is 'No Longer On G.O.O.D. Music'

    April 02, 2013 6:46 PM EDT Kid Cudi took advantage of his interview with L.A.'s Power 106 to announce that he's no longer on Kanye West's imprint, G.O.O.D. Music. "I'm announcing that I'm no longer on G.O.O.D. Music. And this is something tha ...

  37. Will Tanous Named EVP/Head of Global Communications for Universal Music Group

    April 01, 2013 8:52 AM EDT Universal Music Group announced today the appointment of Will Tanous as executive vice president and head of global communications, effective April 15.  In this newly created position, Tanous will be “responsible for managing the company’s world ...

  38. YouTube 'Glitch' Removed K-Pop Videos Distributed by UMG

    March 25, 2013 7:29 PM EDT 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false YouTube accidentally took down dozens of K-Pop music videos distributed by Universal Music Group Saturday evening, triggering fan outrage and online flash campaigns to restore the flicks. K-Pop Fans Rai ...

  39. Concord Music Group to be Sold to Wood Creek Capital Management

    March 25, 2013 3:00 PM EDT The Concord Music Group is being acquired by Wood Creek Capital Management, a private equity firm based in New Haven Conn., in a deal expected to close in a few days. While terms of the deal aren't being disclosed, sources say Wood Cree ...

  40. K-Pop Fans Raise Hell After Popular Videos Get Blocked on YouTube

    March 24, 2013 6:10 PM EDT What do K-pop fans and the state of Texas have in common? Answer: It's never a good idea to mess with either. Early Sunday morning (March 24), it appeared videos by K-pop entertainment agency, Cube Entertainment, were being blocked for int ...

  41. Backbeat: Capitol Music Group Executives Unveil 2013 Release Schedule With Aloe Blacc, Jhene Aiko, More

    March 22, 2013 6:06 PM EDT So the Universal Music Group held a showcase, and to insure that Retail Track attended, they held it practically across the street from Billboard's office at Joe's Pub . Oh yeah, they threw in a sweetener too -- an open bar -- and th ...

  42. Universal Music, Disney Music Strike Global Commercial, Creative Pact

    March 20, 2013 3:35 PM EDT The Walt Disney Co.'s Disney Music Group and Vivendi's Universal Music Group have expanded and deepened an ongoing relationship via a long-term global commercial and creative agreement, the companies said Wednesday. The deal, announced ...

  43. Universal Strategic Marketing Expands With Geoff Smith Hire

    February 28, 2013 12:28 AM EST EMI veteran Geoff Smith has been appointed head of digital for Universal Strategic Marketing, a newly created role. Based in London, Smith will be tasked with creating international opportunities and innovative solutions for catalog artists across ...

  44. Updated: Universal Music Group Earnings Up; Vivendi's Adjusted Profit Shrinks

    February 26, 2013 10:51 AM EST French media and telecom conglomerate Vivendi on Tuesday reported lower fourth-quarter earnings amid weaker results at pay TV arm Canal Plus, higher expenses and restructuring and impairment charges on acquired businesses and a slight profit impro ...

  45. Universal’s Briegmann Adds Central Europe Role

    February 19, 2013 3:27 AM EST Universal Music stalwart Frank Briegmann is to preside over the company’s Central European operations. Briegmann, who is based in Berlin, continues to serve as chairman and CEO of Universal Music Germany and will now also manage the affiliates ...

  46. Analysis: BMG Poised to Become a Top Indie Catalog Following Sanctuary Acquisition

    February 15, 2013 7:54 PM EST Once completed, the pending acquisition of the Sanctuary Records catalog will catapult BMG Rights Management into one of the industry's top independent catalog labels. Universal Sells Sanctuary Label to BMG The Sanctuary catalog has about 17 ...

  47. Vevo Looks To Raise Capital as It Continues Talks With Google

    February 14, 2013 10:27 PM EST Vevo, the largest destination for official music videos online, is about to hit the road in search of equity financing in order to fund its international expansion plans, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans. Vevo, which is curr ...

  48. Universal Sells Sanctuary Label to BMG

    February 14, 2013 7:28 PM EST BMG Rights Management has won the auction to acquire Sanctuary, the rock label that was included in the assets that the Universal Music Group agreed to sell in order to win regulatory approval from the EU for its purchase of EMI Recorded Music ...

  49. Grammys 2013: Parties, Galleries and Backbeats

    February 12, 2013 8:06 AM EST Grainge, Weiss, Bartels, Lipmans, More at UMG/IDJ/Republic Grammy Parties Doug Morris, Rob Stringer, L.A. Reid, Adele, Kelly Clarkson, More at Sony's Post-Grammy Party GRAMMYS 2013: ALL OUR COVERAGE Katy Perry, Len Blavatnik, Fun., Cameron ...

  50. Backbeat: Annual Cash Money Party Brings Big Names, Big Plans and Blunt Smoke with Pre-Grammy Revelry

    February 10, 2013 5:43 PM EST Above: Entertainment attorney Vernon Brown (far left, black tie), recent Cash Money signee Aziatix (center), Cash Money CEO Ronald "Slim" Williams (far right, black hat) If there was any question that Young Money Cash Money Billionaire ...

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