Universal Music Group

  1. Parlophone Purchase: What It Means For Warner Music and Universal

    February 07, 2013 2:20 PM EST In an unexpected and strong move, the Warner Music Group has won the auction for the Parlophone Label Group assets with a £487 million ($762 million) bid. The deal is expected to close mid-2013. The deal will give the Warner Music Group, the sma ...

  2. Spotify to Pay Rights Holders $500 million in 2013, Chief Exec Daniel Ek Says at Founders Forum Event

    February 05, 2013 9:13 PM EST Above, L-R: Universal Music Group president of global digital business Rob Wells and Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek (Photo credit: Phil McCarten)   Spotify chief executive Daniel Ek on Tuesday said his company expects to pay rights holders ...

  3. Exclusive: Drake to Release New Single on Grammy Night

    January 31, 2013 4:07 PM EST Drake season has begun. Universal Music confirms with Billboard that Drake will release his first single off his forthcoming third album on the night of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10. The song's title is unconfirmed at press time, ...

  4. Morning Fix: Obama Inauguration Music Guide; Major Labels' HMV Rescue Plan; Myspace Rights Issue

    January 21, 2013 12:20 PM EST Subscribe to Billboard.biz's free Morning Fix email and other newsletters HERE OBAMA INAUGURATION MUSIC GUIDE: KATY PERRY, ALICIA KEYS, Q-TIP & MORE Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, ...

  5. Mark Poston, EMI Australia Chairman, Steps Down

    January 17, 2013 2:37 PM EST EMI Australia's chairman Mark Poston is out as Universal presses-on with its integration of EMI. According to a note circulated today by Universal Music, Poston has "decided to step down" from his current position as chairman and se ...

  6. Lucian Grainge, Michael Lynton, will.i.am to Co-Host Inaugural Innovation Summit

    January 16, 2013 6:07 PM EST The Innovation Forum , a summit composed of entertainment and business leaders from the U.S. and U.K. co-sponsored by the Founder's Forum and UK Trade & Investment will come together Feb. 4-5 in Los Angeles, kicking off 2013 Grammy week. ...

  7. IMPALA, Indies Ask EC to Investigate Sony-BMG's Parlophone Bid

    January 11, 2013 7:17 PM EST Independent music companies have raised concerns about a plan by Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann music venture BMG to bid for former EMI label Parlophone, arguing an acquisition would give the music giants, particularly Sony, too much market power. Viv ...

  8. BMG Acquires Mute Records Catalog

    December 21, 2012 6:15 PM EST In its second deal of the day, BMG Rights Management has acquired the Mute back catalog owned by EMI, which includes records released by artists like Depeche Mode, Erasure, Moby, Goldfrapp and Nick Cave. According to sources, BMG paid over 7 milli ...

  9. What Really Happened to Sony and Universal's 2 Billion Missing YouTube Views

    December 21, 2012 5:12 PM EST On Thursday, when YouTube sent out its regular reports on view counts, one data company, SocialBlade, noticed that the channel views for Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group saw its channel count sliced by about 2 billion views. That ...

  10. Glassnote Pitting Majors Against Each Other, May Get 'Outlandish' Deal

    December 20, 2012 8:33 PM EST With Glassnote's distribution deal with RED ending on the last day of February, Daniel Glass is pitting Doug Morris against Lucian Grainge in hopes of coming out with a multi-million-dollar payday, according to sources. With the tit-for-tat b ...

  11. Five Hot Tours to Watch For in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:10 AM EST With Madonna's ongoing "MDNA" tour sweeping away all challengers to take the title of Top Tour of 2012, the gauntlet has been laid down for 2013's batch of headliners. Luckily, some of the world's biggest rock, pop and cou ...

  12. Label And Publishing Execs to Watch in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:09 AM EST Suddenly, the music industry is teeming with executives on the rise, the potential leaders of the music industry over the next decade. For full details on this story, see the Billboard Year-End issue. Check Out All Out Year-End Coverage Right Here ...

  13. Deals to Watch in 2013: AEG, Live Nation, EMI Divestments, More

    December 14, 2012 7:00 AM EST As the year comes to a close, some big deals are still up in the air; and others appear to be waiting in the wings. • The auction for AEG, Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns more than 100 arenas including Los Angeles' Staples Center and ...

  14. Adele, Taylor Swift Nominated for Golden Globes

    December 13, 2012 12:13 PM EST Two of the biggest female artists in music will compete for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes next year, with Adele's Bond track "Skyfall" squaring off against Taylor Swift's "Safe & Sound," from "The H ...

  15. Two Days Before Deal Expires, Vevo and YouTube Far From Agreement

    December 07, 2012 5:44 PM EST With less than two days before YouTube's deal with Vevo expires on Sunday, the two companies are still far from an agreement, according to a source knowledgeable with the negotiations. But because the contract has a 120-day automatic extensio ...

  16. Video: 'Motown: The Musical' Preview With Berry Gordy, Doug Morris, Smokey Robinson

    December 03, 2012 4:13 PM EST "For years people said if I didn't do something on Broadway that I should see a psychiatrist…and so I'm here," so says Motown Records founder Berry Gordy in a new video (below) entitled "An Inside Look at "Motown: The ...

  17. Amanda Marks

    November 28, 2012 1:05 PM EST Global head of digital accounts, Universal Music Group Taking Digital Global Amanda Marks, global head of digital accounts for Universal Music Group, is an early record-label innovator in the digital space and, today, the highest-ranking major-lab ...

  18. It's Official: Universal Names Steve Barnett Chairman/CEO of Capitol Music Group

    November 26, 2012 12:05 PM EST Universal Music Group this morning made official a move that's been common knowledge in the music business for many weeks: The company "has begun the revitalization of EMI Recorded Music" with the appointment of former Columbia Reco ...

  19. Chris Stamp, Early Co-Manager of The Who and Track Records Co-Founder, Dead at 70

    November 25, 2012 11:29 AM EST Early Who co-manager Chris Stamp, left, with Who singer Roger Daltrey (Photo: Getty Images) On stage at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena on Saturday night, The Who's Roger Daltrey saluted Chris Stamp -- one of the two early managers that launch ...

  20. Exclusive: Salaam Remi Heading To Sony Music As Executive VP of A&R

    November 20, 2012 11:41 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment is expected to name Salaam Remi as executive VP of A&R/production, according to sources familiar with the situation. In his new role, the Grammy-nominated producer/songwriter will work across all Sony labels. Remi' ...

  21. Freeway Hooks Up with Babygrande For Fourth LP

    November 19, 2012 12:49 PM EST With more than a decade in the rap game, Freeway still has a hustler's spirit. The Philadelphia native broke into music as one of the flagship members of Jay-Z's Roc-a-Fella Records, and his 2003 debut, Philadelphia Freeway, bowed at N ...

  22. One Direction Top UK Album and Singles Charts

    November 19, 2012 6:08 AM EST One Direction completed a U.K. chart takeover yesterday (Nov. 18), debuting at No. 1 with both their "Take Me Home" album and "Little Things" single (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment). There were also top three debuts for Ro ...

  23. FutureSound Panel Explores Why Digital Licensing Is 'Still Painful,' But Getting Less So

    November 17, 2012 9:53 AM EST (L-R): Jon Vanhala, SVP Digital & New Business, Island Def Jam & Universal Republic, Universal Music Group; Richard Conlon, SVP Corporate Strategy, Communications & New Media, BMI; John Frankenheimer, Partner & Chairman Emeritus, L ...

  24. Vevo Launches in Spain, France, Italy

    November 16, 2012 8:43 AM EST Vevo launched Thursday in Spain, France and Italy, expanding its presence to 10 countries. The full platform (including VEVO.com and free apps for smartphones and tablets), which launched in the U.S. in 2009, is also available Brazil, Canada, the ...

  25. Jason Flom, John Rudolph to Bid for Universal's EMI Assets: Source

    November 15, 2012 4:15 PM EST Billboard has learned that former Bug Music CEO John Rudolph and Lava Records founder Jason Flom have partnered to throw their hat in the bidding ring for the EMI assets that Universal Music Group must sell as part of the terms of their acquisitio ...

  26. Morning Fix: Artists Chastise Pandora; Nachsin Leaves Roadrunner; Nine Bidding for Parlophone

    November 15, 2012 8:15 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters RIHANNA, KATY PERRY, BILLY JOEL, 122 OTHER ARTISTS TELL PANDORA: 'THAT'S NOT HOW PARTNERS WORK TOGETHER': The battle over webcast ...

  27. Morning Fix: Universal Music Predicts $158 Million Annual Boost From EMI; Ticketmaster & Walmart Expand Deal; Depeche Mode Signs With WME

    November 14, 2012 7:08 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters UNIVERSAL MUSIC EARNINGS DIP, REVENUES RISE IN FIRST NINE MONTHS: Universal Music Group posted a 2.5% decline in earnings before interest taxes ...

  28. Universal Music Earnings Dip In First Nine Months

    November 13, 2012 4:22 PM EST Universal Music Group posted a 2.5% decline in earnings before interest taxes and amortization in the first nine months of 2012 compared with a year ago, according to results posted by its French conglomerate parent Vivendi on Tuesday. The world&# ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Going for Third Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    November 07, 2012 8:03 PM EST There's no stopping Taylor Swift's new album, "Red." Industry forecasters suggest the album will spend a third straight week atop the Billboard 200 chart next week, fending off new releases from Aerosmith and Ne-Yo, as well as ...

  31. Morning Fix: Live Nation's 3Q Earnings; Pandora Sues ASCAP; Google Buries Legal MP3 Sites

    November 06, 2012 8:18 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters LIVE NATION PROFIT, REVENUE SOAR IN THIRD QUARTER: Live Nation got through a tepid global economy to deliver strong growth in revenue and net profit i ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. UMG Settles With FBT Productions in Landmark Eminem Digital Revenues Lawsuit

    October 30, 2012 4:37 PM EDT Digital income. It's a topic that continues to cause fits in the music industry, and if there's one big moment when record companies probably realized that a new day had dawned in their business, it was September 3, 2010, the day the 9th ...

  34. Universal Announces New Structure, Appointments for Nashville Label Group

    October 29, 2012 6:27 PM EDT In the wake of the EU and FTC's approvals of the Universal Music/EMI merger , the integration of the two companies' Nashville operations is coming together under chairman/CEO Mike Dungan. The four imprints within Universal Music Group Na ...

  35. Layoffs at Universal, EMI Distribution and Nashville Offices

    October 26, 2012 6:52 PM EDT The Universal Music Group is consolidating its music distribution companies and its Nashville country music labels following its merger with EMI recorded music. According to sources, nearly 60 people were let go:nearly 50 from distribution and alm ...

  36. Morning Fix: Rara Expands; Today's Apple Event; Bertelsmann, KKR & EMI; ATP Merger

    October 23, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters RARA ADDS IOS, EXPANDS MUSIC CATALOG, PARTNERS WITH LENOVO: On-demand subscription music company Rara has launched its service on Apple's iPad and iPhones , as well de ...

  37. Roger Faxon Joining Board of British TV Network ITV

    October 22, 2012 1:23 PM EDT Roger Faxon, former CEO of EMI Group Ltd, is joining the board of the UK's Independent Television Authority (ITV) as a non-executive director effective Oct. 31 2012, according to a release sent out by the network. "Roger will bring to th ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 'American Idol' Creator Simon Fuller to Bid on EMI Assets

    October 08, 2012 6:54 PM EDT Simon Fuller, the Spice Girls svengali and creator of the TV format behind American Idol, is looking to submit a bid for all the EMI businesses that Universal Music Group must sell. Vivendi-owned UMG recently won regulatory approval of its $1.9 bi ...

  41. Muse Tops UK Album Chart, Rihanna Has No. 1 Single

    October 08, 2012 7:25 AM EDT In a busy week of new entries on the U.K. sales charts, published Sunday (Oct. 7), Muse's "The 2nd Law" (Helium 3/Warner Bros./Warner Music) sold 108,000 units to become their fourth No. 1 in their home territory, while Rihanna' ...

  42. Columbia COO Steve Barnett in Line to Head Up Universal's New Capitol Label Group: Source

    October 05, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Columbia Records co-chairman/COO Steve Barnett is potentially days away from taking the helm of a new Capitol Label Group at Universal Music, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz Friday afternoon (October 5). The source stressed that ...

  43. Frank Wilson's Chart Legacy: From the Supremes and Marvin Gaye to the Miracles & Stevie Wonder (Videos)

    October 01, 2012 2:24 PM EDT Motown producer/songwriter/artist Frank Wilson, who died on Sept. 27 after a long battle with prostate cancer, is one of the label's unsung heroes, having produced hits for almost every major Motown artist, including Diana Ross & the Supr ...

  44. Read: Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge's Letter to Staff About EMI Merger

    October 01, 2012 11:20 AM EDT This morning, Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge sent out an internal memo to staff regarding the company's recent acquisition of EMI's recorded music division , which was approved by both the European Commission and the FTC on Sep ...

  45. Kanye West Sued Over Song Sampling

    September 28, 2012 4:00 PM EDT A record label is suing Kanye West for what it claims are illegal song samples on the rapper's latest album. TufAmerica says two tracks on West's 2010 disc "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" include a bit from of "Hook an ...

  46. Universal Completes $1.9 Billion EMI Recorded Music Acquisition

    September 28, 2012 8:47 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi's Universal Music Group said Friday that it has completed the $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI's recorded music arm. "This is a next step towards ensuring the health of our industry," said UMG chairman and CEO L ...

  47. Morning Fix: Jay-Z on Barclays; Sony/ATV Vs. iPhone 5; Instagram Surpasses Twitter; Neil Young's New Music Service

    September 27, 2012 10:51 PM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters Jay-Z Talks Barclays Bookings, 'Nepotism,' Made In America II: Jay-Z wants his eight-night residency at Brooklyn's Barclays Center, which kicks off tonight & ...

  48. Morning Fix: N.Z. Apologizes to Kim Dotcom; Mumford & Sons Juggernaut; Lyor Cohen Mgmt Firm?

    September 27, 2012 7:13 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters LIL WAYNE PASSES AN ALL-TIME ELVIS PRESLEY HOT 100 MARK: Lil Wayne has just topped Elvis Presley's mark for the most Hot 100 appearances among solo acts . As he debuts ...

  49. Morning Fix: Katy Perry Named Woman of the Year; Lyor Cohen Speculation; Maybach Music Tour

    September 26, 2012 7:43 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. KATY PERRY NAMED BILLBOARD WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Billboard has announced that Katy Perry will accept its coveted Woman of the Year Award at the 2012 Billboard Women in Music ...

  50. Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge Says He'll 'Double A&R Investment' at Capitol, Virgin

    September 24, 2012 2:47 PM EDT Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge was in bullish form late on Friday as in the wake of his company's acquisition of EMI Music finally clearing EU and US regulatory hurdle s. It was a long road that officially began when EMI went on the ...

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