Universal Music Group

  1. Mercury U.K. Appoints New A&R Director

    March 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Mike Sault has been appointed A&R director of Mercury Records U.K. He joins from Warner/Chappell U.K., where he was creative director. His start date will be announced shortly. Mike Sault has been appointed A&R director of Mercury Reco ...

  2. OutKast, Eminem Lead Feb. RIAA Shipments

    March 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP" and OutKast's "Speakerboxx/The Love Below" were each certified in February by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for U.S. shipments of 9 million co Eminem's &q ...

  3. UMVD Taps Sullivan As Video Sales VP

    February 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Kim Sullivan has joined Universal Music and Video Distribution/Visual Entertainment as VP of video sales, reporting to UMVD executive VP Tom O'Malley. Kim Sullivan has joined Universal Music and Video Distribution/Visual Entertainment as VP o ...

  4. UMVD Taps Sullivan As Video Sales VP

    February 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Kim Sullivan has joined Universal Music and Video Distribution/Visual Entertainment as VP of video sales, reporting to UMVD executive VP Tom O'Malley. Kim Sullivan has joined Universal Music and Video Distribution/Visual Entertainment as VP o ...

  5. Universal Music Publishing's Alperin Exits

    February 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rebekah Alperin has left her post as the head of Universal Music Publishing Group's corporate communications and senior director of marketing and new media to start her own firm. Rebekah Alperin has left her post as the head of Universal Musi ...

  6. Beats & Rhymes

    February 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Kanye West is the latest Midwestern MC to make a mark with his Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam debut, "The College Dropout." Kanye West is the latest Midwestern MC to make a mark with his Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam debut, "The College Dropout." N ...

  7. Frampton Collaborator Bob Mayo Dies

    February 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Bob Mayo, longtime guitarist and keyboard player in Peter Frampton's band, died suddenly of a heart attack Monday (Feb. 23) in Basel, Switzerland. He was 53. Mayo was on tour with Frampton on a Europe Bob Mayo, longtime guitarist and keyboard ...

  8. Price-Fixing Settlement Rains CDs On Mass. Libraries

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Massachusetts libraries will benefit from the fallout of a national price-fixing lawsuit against music companies. NEW YORK--Massachusetts libraries will benefit from the fallout of a national price-fixing lawsuit against music companies. The state ...

  9. Source Hip-Hop Series Moves To Image

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST CD collections previously went through Def Jam. CD collections previously went through Def Jam. News ...

  10. Beats & Rhymes

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Kanye West is the latest Midwestern MC to make a mark with his Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam debut, "The College Dropout." Kanye West is the latest Midwestern MC to make a mark with his Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam debut, "The College Dropout." N ...

  11. Targeted By Music Biz, Woman Sues Under RICO Act

    February 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST A New Jersey woman is accusing major labels of making her an offer she can't refuse. Michele Scimeca, of Rockaway Township, N.J., has filed a civil lawsuit accusing the RIAA of attempting to blackmail A New Jersey woman is accusing major labe ...

  12. UMVD Confirms New Visual Entertainment Division

    February 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD) officially launched its UMVD Visual Entertainment division today (Feb. 17). As previously reported, the division will acquire and distribute DVDs and vi Universal Music & Video Distribution ( ...

  13. Universal Music Buys Trema

    February 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST French independent label Trema, home to some of the biggest names in chanson française, has been bought out for an undisclosed sum by Universal Music France. French independent label Trema, home to some of the biggest names in chanson fra ...

  14. EC Throws Monkey Wrench In Sony-BMG Merger

    February 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST ELW brings to you weekly updates and analysis on entertainment law and news. EC Throws Monkey Wrench In Sony-BMG Merger IFPI Sues Belgian ISP In Copyright Action Broadcast Indecency Fines May Skyrocket Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel Set Frenc ...

  15. UMVD Bows Video Division, Makes Cuts

    February 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD) will soon be launching a new home-video division, according to sources. Also, in separate news, the company has been quietly downsizing over the past mo Universal Music & Video Distribution ( ...

  16. UMVD Bows Video Division, Makes Cuts

    February 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music & Video Distribution (UMVD) will soon be launching a new home-video division, according to sources. Also, in separate news, the company has been quietly downsizing over the past mo Universal Music & Video Distribution ( ...

  17. Rhythm & Blues

    February 11, 2004 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Teena Marie reunites with duet partner Rick James on her self-produced Cash Money/Universal Records album, "La Donna." Singer/songwriter Teena Marie reunites with duet partner Rick James on her self-produced Cash Money/ ...

  18. Reid Confirmed As IDJ Chairman

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Antonio "L.A." Reid is back. Less than one month after losing his job atop Arista Records, Reid has been named chairman of Universal Music Group's Island Def Jam label. He replaces Lyor Cohen, who lef Antonio "L.A." Reid i ...

  19. TBJ Forms DVD Division

    February 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST TBJ Entertainment, Inc., founded by Jon Bon Jovi's brother Anthony Bongiovi, has established a DVD production division. TBJ Entertainment, Inc., founded by Jon Bon Jovi's brother Anthony Bongiovi, has established a DVD production divisio ...

  20. Rhythm & Blues

    February 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Singer/songwriter Teena Marie reunites with duet partner Rick James on her self-produced Cash Money/Universal Records album, "La Donna." Singer/songwriter Teena Marie reunites with duet partner Rick James on her self-produced Cash Money/ ...

  21. Def Jam Prez Kevin Liles Exits Post

    February 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Exec follows Lyor Cohen out the door at UMG. Exec follows Lyor Cohen out the door at UMG. News ...

  22. Def Jam Prez Kevin Liles Exits Post

    February 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Def Jam/Def Soul president Kevin Liles has resigned his post. He exits Universal Music Group less than two weeks after Island Def Jam Music Group chairman/CEO Lyor Cohen left the major to take over as Def Jam/Def Soul president Kevin Liles has res ...

  23. UMG Revenues Drop 21% In 2003

    February 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Revenues at Universal Music Group slumped 21% in 2003 to €4.97 billion ($6.2 billion). In constant-currency terms, sales were down 12% from 2002. Revenues at Universal Music Group slumped 21% in 2003 to €4.97 billion ($6.2 billion). In ...

  24. Kennedy To Leave Universal

    February 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music International (UMI) president/COO John Kennedy revealed today (Feb. 2) that he is to leave the company at the end of the month. Universal Music International (UMI) president/COO John Kennedy revealed today (Feb. 2) that he is to le ...

  25. Kennedy To Leave Universal

    February 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music International (UMI) president/COO John Kennedy revealed today (Feb. 2) that he is to leave the company at the end of the month. Universal Music International (UMI) president/COO John Kennedy revealed today (Feb. 2) that he is to le ...

  26. Uni Nashville Names Kline To Senior VP Post

    February 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ben Kline has been promoted to senior VP of sales and marketing at Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN). Ben Kline has been promoted to senior VP of sales and marketing at Universal Music Group Nashville (UMGN). Kline, who was senior VP of sales ...

  27. Jimmy Iovine Re-Ups With UMG

    January 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA) head Jimmy Iovine has renewed his contract with IGA parent Universal Music Group (UMG) for six years, sources confirm. Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA) head Jimmy Iovine has renewed his contract with IGA parent U ...

  28. Def Jam Sued For Allegedly Distorting Charts

    January 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Def Jam is being accused of manipulating Nielsen SoundScan's sales data in a $22 million lawsuit filed by a former music executive. Def Jam is being accused of manipulating Nielsen SoundScan's sales data in a $22 million lawsuit filed by ...

  29. Teena Marie, Rick James Back Together

    January 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Veteran R&B singer/songwriter Teena Marie reunites with duet partner Rick James on her upcoming Cash Money/Universal project. Veteran R&B singer/songwriter Teena Marie reunites with duet partner Rick James on her upcoming Cash Money/Un ...

  30. Rhythm & Blues

    January 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Justin Timberlake and Lionel Richie have signed on to host an upcoming ABC special honoring Motown Records. Justin Timberlake and Lionel Richie have signed on to host an upcoming ABC special honoring Motown Records. News Lionel Richie , Justin Tim ...

  31. UMI's Kennedy Optimistic In MIDEM Keynote

    January 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST The music industry reached a plateau in 2003 and is poised for improvement in 2004, according to Universal Music International COO John Kennedy. The music industry reached a plateau in 2003 and is poised for improvement in 2004, according to Unive ...

  32. UMI's Kennedy Optimistic In MIDEM Keynote

    January 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST The music industry reached a plateau in 2003 and is poised for improvement in 2004, according to Universal Music International COO John Kennedy. The music industry reached a plateau in 2003 and is poised for improvement in 2004, according to Unive ...

  33. Rhythm & Blues

    January 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Justin Timberlake and Lionel Richie have signed on to host an upcoming ABC special honoring Motown Records. Justin Timberlake and Lionel Richie have signed on to host an upcoming ABC special honoring Motown Records. News Lionel Richie , Justin Tim ...

  34. WMG Confirms Cohen As U.S. Chairman/CEO

    January 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group confirms that it has named Lyor Cohen as chairman/CEO of U.S. Recorded Music. Cohen, current chairman/CEO of Island Def Jam Group, will take over the role following the purchase of Warner Music Group confirms that it has named L ...

  35. Uni Nashville Ups Ken Robold

    January 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Robold promoted to GM of Universal Music Group Nashville. Ken Robold has been promoted to the newly created position of GM of Universal Music Group Nashville. He was executive VP of operations/CFO. Robold reports to chairman/CEO Luke Lewis. Univer ...

  36. Roots Launch Okayplayer Records

    January 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Roots have formed a label, Okayplayer Records, in partnership with Decon, a multimedia design/entertainment company. Distribution is by RED. The Roots have formed a label, Okayplayer Records, in partnership with Decon, a multimedia design/ente ...

  37. Universal U.K. To Make Staff Cuts

    January 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST About 35 positions will be shed at Universal Music U.K. as part of global cost-cutting measures affecting Universal Music Group. About 35 positions will be shed at Universal Music U.K. as part of global cost-cutting measures affecting Universal Mu ...

  38. Universal U.K. To Make Staff Cuts

    January 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST About 35 positions will be shed at Universal Music U.K. as part of global cost-cutting measures affecting Universal Music Group. About 35 positions will be shed at Universal Music U.K. as part of global cost-cutting measures affecting Universal Mu ...

  39. Hearing Delayed In Jackson/Universal Case

    January 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST A judge delayed a hearing Wednesday in Michael Jackson's lawsuit against Universal Music Group that claims the world's largest record company owes the pop star royalties for the rerelease of songs he A judge delayed a hearing Wednesday i ...

  40. Justin, Lionel Set To Host Two-Hour Motown Special

    January 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST Justin Timberlake and Lionel Richie will be the hosts of an upcoming ABC special with the working title "Motown 45." Justin Timberlake and Lionel Richie will be the hosts of an upcoming ABC special with the working title "Motown 45. ...

  41. Renner Out At Uni Germany

    January 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany chairman/CEO Tim Renner is to quit the Berlin-based company at the end of January, according to a statement issued this morning. Universal Music Germany chairman/CEO Tim Renner is to quit the Berlin-based company at the end ...

  42. Renner Out At Uni Germany

    January 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany chairman/CEO Tim Renner is to quit the Berlin-based company at the end of January, according to a statement issued this morning. Universal Music Germany chairman/CEO Tim Renner is to quit the Berlin-based company at the end ...

  43. Sprint Service To Offer WMG Content

    January 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Bulletin has exclusively learned that Warner Music Group is the third major record company to sign on for Sprint's Music Tones ringer service. Universal Music Group and Sony are also on board. Bulletin has exclusively learned that Warner Musi ...

  44. Tech, Media Firms Team Up To Push For Interoperability

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group and Microsoft are among the companies heading up a new advocacy group that is seeking to make it easier for consumers to share and distribute digital content. The formation of th Universal Music Group and Microsoft are among ...

  45. UMG Makes Cuts In Nashville Office

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Six employees lost their jobs yesterday in a restructuring of the promotion and marketing departments at Universal Music Group in Nashville. Six employees lost their jobs yesterday in a restructuring of the promotion and marketing departments at U ...

  46. UMG Makes Cuts In Nashville Office

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Six employees lost their jobs yesterday in a restructuring of the promotion and marketing departments at Universal Music Group in Nashville. Six employees lost their jobs yesterday in a restructuring of the promotion and marketing departments at U ...

  47. UMG Makes Cuts In Nashville Office

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Six employees lost their jobs yesterday in a restructuring of the promotion and marketing departments at Universal Music Group in Nashville. Six employees lost their jobs yesterday in a restructuring of the promotion and marketing departments at U ...

  48. Universal In Germany, Viva Deny 'Pay For Play' Report

    December 09, 2003 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Germany and music TV channel Viva are downplaying reports in the German press that they forged a secret agreement in which the network would receive payments to air videos by the major Universal Music Germany and music TV channel V ...

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