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  1. LoveRance, Rep on the 50 Cent-Powered Second Life of 'Up!'

    April 09, 2012 10:49 AM EDT "UP!," the debut single from 24-year-old rapper LoveRance, first floated into the upper reaches of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as an independent release last June. Propelled by a grass-roots marketing campaign - the ...

  2. Madonna's 'MDNA' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Lionel Richie Bows at No. 2

    April 03, 2012 5:56 PM EDT Madonna scores her eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the debut of her "MDNA," while Lionel Richie's all-star country collaborations covers album "Tuskegee" bows in the runner-up slot -- his highest-chartin ...

  3. EMI Sues 'Def Jam Rapstar' Video Game Creators Over Kanye, Lil Wayne Song Clearances

    March 29, 2012 2:43 PM EDT We can hardly imagine the difficulties of clearing a hip-hop song for use in a video game. Rap songs are known to include multiple contributors and underlying samples, which means a ton of paperwork. The producers of Def Jam Rapstar, a video game ...

  4. Billboard Latin Music Conference Marketing Awards Announce Finalists

    March 29, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Music from Camila, Chino y Nacho, Enrique Iglesias, Don Omar, Pitbull and Paulina Rubio, among others, make up some of the advertising, branding and sponsorship campaigns up for honors in the second annual Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards ta ...

  5. Madonna's 'MDNA' Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200; Lionel Richie Also Big

    March 28, 2012 5:47 PM EDT Madonna's 12th studio album, "MDNA," is on course to easily debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources suggest the set could sell between 300,000 to 350,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday ...

  6. Universal to Sell Music-Publishing Catalogs Worth $200 Million as Part of EMI Purchase

    March 26, 2012 10:43 PM EDT Universal Music Group is planning to sell three of its music-publishing catalogs to help finance its acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division, a source told Billboard.biz. The news was first reported the Financial Times . Universal has br ...

  7. Exclusive: EMI Resolves Lawsuit With Cash Money Over Licensing Payments

    March 23, 2012 6:21 PM EDT EMI has settled its lawsuit with Cash Money Records over unpaid licensing fees that appeared to be connected to Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III. In 2009, EMI had sued Cash Money for "direct, contributory and vicarious inducement of copyyright ...

  8. Vevo Now Syndicating Content to Yahoo! Music

    March 21, 2012 5:11 PM EDT Yahoo! Music has become Vevo's latest syndication partner. The deal means Vevo's videos are now streamed through a Vevo video player at one of the most heavily trafficked websites in the country. Business Matters: ABC News Helps Yahoo! O ...

  9. Business Matters: ABC News Helps Yahoo! Overtake Vevo for #2 in U.S. Online Video Traffic

    March 19, 2012 4:43 PM EDT Yahoo! Bumps Vevo To #3 In Online Video Rankings A deal to stream ABC News video helped Yahoo! overtake Vevo for second place in the U.S. online video rankings for February, according to comScore. Google sites had 16.7 billion video streams, Yahoo ...

  10. The Temptations Join Chorus of Lawsuits Over iTunes Royalties

    March 15, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Another major class-action lawsuit has just been filed on the digital royalties front. The Temptations, the pioneering male vocal group from the 1960s, is suing Universal Music in federal court in California, seeking millions of dollars after alle ...

  11. What Role Did Rick Ross Play in Joie Manda's Appointment as Def Jam President?

    March 14, 2012 8:32 PM EDT Early today, Def Jam Recordings announced that longtime Warner Bros. Records executive Joie Manda will be the label's new president -- the first since Jay-Z vacated the position on Christmas Eve, 2007. Although it's unclear when talks be ...

  12. Joie Manda Appointed President of Def Jam -- First in Role Since Jay-Z

    March 14, 2012 11:49 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group today (March 14) announced the appointment of Joie Manda to President of Def Jam Recordings. The announcement was made by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam , to whom he reports. Man ...

  13. Shady Records 2.0 Releases SXSW Showcase Teaser (Video)

    March 12, 2012 12:08 PM EDT Shady Records 2.0 released a quick, 15-second teaser video promoting their SXSW Showcase Friday night, where 50 Cent will be performing Get Rich Or Die Trying in its entirety for the first time ever. A Guide To SXSW Music: Hot Parties, Big Showcas ...

  14. Jay-Z, Kanye West Settle 'Watch The Throne' Sample Lawsuit

    March 12, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Kanye West and Jay-Z have settled a federal lawsuit from blues and soul musician Syl Johnson over a sample of his song, "Different Strokes," on their joint album Watch the Throne . Last October, Johnson sued the rap superstars, in additi ...

  15. VEVO Launches Redesign With Facebook in Mind

    March 09, 2012 9:50 AM EST VEVO is heading further down the social path, with new Facebook integrations, iTunes Matching, and collaborations with The Echo Nest transforming the company from a static service delivering music videos to a personalized music discovery device th ...

  16. Lionel Richie, Etta James To Be Inducted Into Apollo Theater Hall of Fame

    March 08, 2012 11:50 AM EST NEW YORK -- Singer-songwriter Lionel Richie and the late Etta James will be inducted into the Apollo Theater's Hall of Fame in New York City. The ceremony will be held at the historic Harlem theater on June 4. Lionel Richie to Headline Billbo ...

  17. Francis Keeling Named Universal Music's Global Head Of Digital Business

    March 07, 2012 6:14 AM EST Universal Music Group is once-again ramping up its digital operations with the promotion of Francis Keeling to the role of global head of digital business. Effective immediately, Keeling will report to Rob Wells, UMG president of global digital bu ...

  18. Jay-Z to Perform at South by Southwest, Show to Be Livestreamed on YouTube

    March 06, 2012 10:51 PM EST Jay-Z will be performing at South by Southwest for the second year in a row. The MC has teamed up with American Express for the "Amex Sync Show," which will air live from SXSW at Austin City Limits on March 12 at 7 p.m. CST -- the show w ...

  19. MTV Reunites With Vevo, Now Has Licensing Deals From All Four Majors

    March 06, 2012 10:19 AM EST Vevo and MTV have gotten back together, signing a deal that allows MTV to license Vevo's music videos again across all their websites after a dispute caused Vevo to pull their content off the television channel in 2010. The videos returned to ...

  20. INgrooves to Purchase Fontana

    March 02, 2012 1:18 PM EST INgrooves, the digital aggregator launched in 2002, hs purchased Fontana, the indie distribution company owned by Universal Music Group, the company announced today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal gives the digital distributor a fu ...

  21. Vivendi Reports Lower Q4 Earnings, Predicts Two Year Decline After 2011 Record Year

    March 02, 2012 8:05 AM EST NEW YORK - French entertainment and telecom group Vivendi on Thursday reported lower fourth-quarter financials and predicted two years of lower profits. Driven by challenges in its French telecom business, Vivendi's earnings excluding special ...

  22. Business Matters: Vevo Tightens Facebook Partnership, Kim Dotcom Rails Against Copyright Law

    March 01, 2012 5:16 PM EST Vevo Moves Closer To Facebook, But Won't Jump Yet Starting March 9, Vevo users can log into the service using only Facebook. News of the change was sent to Vevo users and a copy of the email was posted at Digital Music News . A Vevo spokesper ...

  23. Limp Bizkit Single With Lil Wayne Dropping Next Week, Cash Money Debut Out This Year?

    March 01, 2012 1:46 PM EST (Photo: Rachel Been/Getty Images) A new collaboration between Limp Bizkit and Lil Wayne is coming: the single is titled "Ready To Go," and will be released online next week. And Cash Money founder and co-CEO Bryan "Birdman" Wil ...

  24. It's Official: Mike Dungan Appointed Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville

    February 29, 2012 12:42 PM EST As Billboard.biz exclusively reported last week, Mike Dungan -- no. 85 on Billboard's recent "Power 100" list -- has been appointed chairman & CEO of Universal Music Nashville Entertainment, the company announced in a statement ...

  25. Impala Reiterates Its Opposition to EMI Publishing/Sony Merger

    February 28, 2012 3:25 PM EST Independent rights group Impala is reiterating its opposition to Sony's acquisition of EMI Music Publishing from Citigroup. Tuesday's statement comes a day after Sony officially notified the European Commission's antitrust regulator ...

  26. Lil' Wayne Branches Out Into Shoe Business

    February 27, 2012 3:47 PM EST (Photo: Andrew Sidney/Picture Group) Lil Wayne's attention grabbing fashion has ranged from leopard print skintight pants to shirtless ensembles complete with enough bling to light a city. Now Weezy will hone his fashion expertise and craft a ...

  27. Mike Dungan Leaving Capitol Nashville for Universal

    February 23, 2012 5:54 PM EST Multiple sources tell Billboard.biz that Capitol's President/CEO Mike Dungan - no. 85 on Billboard's recent "Power 100" list -- will soon be moving over to Universal Nashville. Sources close to the deal confirmed the move, and ...

  28. Universal Music Formally Requests EU Approval to Purchase EMI's Labels

    February 20, 2012 1:15 PM EST Vivendi's Universal Music Group today formally requested European Union regulators' approval to buy EMI's recorded-music division. An initial deadline of March 23 was set for a ruling on the deal, according to the European Commissio ...

  29. Lionel Richie Taking Country Album, Live Concert, Kenny Rogers to Home Shopping Network

    February 16, 2012 1:58 PM EST The Home Shopping Network (HSN) is launching a live concert series on March 16, and they've enlisted Lionel Richie to help them kick it off. For the "Say You, Say Me" singer-songwriter, the first "HSN Live" concert is an o ...

  30. Backbeat: Lil Wayne, Drake, Busta Rhymes @ Cash Money Pre-Grammy Party

    February 15, 2012 4:15 PM EST American Idols: (L-R) New YMCMB signees Busta Rhymes, American Idol fifth-place finisher Chris RIchardson, and Mystikal cash in at the Cash Money pre-Grammy party. (Photo: Adrian Sidney/PictureGroup) Like all Grammy-related parties on Saturday nig ...

  31. Photos: Lana Del Rey, Jessie J, Irving Azoff, Scooter Braun, More at Lucian Grainge's Grammy-Night Party

    February 13, 2012 6:51 PM EST From left: David Joseph, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music UK; Lana Del Rey; Lucian Grainge, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group. (Photos: Courtesy Universal Music) Far from the proverbial madding crowds on Grammy night ...

  32. Business Matters: Vevo Should Pay Up, Say Songs Music, Downtown, TuneCore

    February 07, 2012 8:54 PM EST Vevo Should Pay Up, Say Songs Music, Downtown, TuneCore -- Vevo made headlines last week when the video service announced it had generated $150 million in revenue in 2011. To go from launch to $150 million in two years speaks to the company's ...

  33. Analysis: Edgar Bronfman's Big Statements About Universal/EMI Deal Are Business As Usual -- But Much More Public

    February 02, 2012 4:37 PM EST While the mainstream media is getting worked up over Edgar Bronfman's comments on how dangerous a combined Universal/EMI recorded-music operation will be - not to mention his proclamation that the Warner Music Group will fight it "tooth ...

  34. Grammy Awards 2012: All Our Coverage

    February 01, 2012 10:56 AM EST Photos: Lana Del Rey, Jessie J, Irving Azoff, Scooter Braun, More at Lucian Grainge's Grammy-Night Party Chart Article GRAMMY NEWS FEED: Feb. 14, 2012 | Photos Photos: Warner Music's Grammy Party, With Bruno Mars, Neil Young, Skrillex, L ...

  35. Vevo Earned $150 Million in Revenue Last Year, Says CEO Rio Caraeff

    February 01, 2012 8:04 AM EST DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) - Vevo, the online music video service launched by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment in late 2009, pulled in $150 million in revenue last year, chief executive Rio Caraeff revealed on Tuesday. The service g ...

  36. Lana Del Rey's Debut Album Hits No. 1 on iTunes in 14 Countries

    February 01, 2012 7:27 AM EST The buzzed about newcomer's Born to Die had a strong showing its first day out, despite less-than-stellar reviews. Lana Del Rey's highly anticipated -- and hotly debated -- debut album had a stellar first day. Released on Jan. 31, Born T ...

  37. Did Universal Music Expose a Flaw in the YouTube Takedown Process?

    January 27, 2012 1:00 PM EST Last month, before federal authorities shut down Megaupload, the popular file-storage website got into a legal brawl with Universal Music Group over a video that was removed from YouTube. Megaupload hasn't experienced much success thus far in ...

  38. Billboard Power 100: Doug Morris

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 5 Doug Morris CEO Sony Music Entertainment Renaissance Man... Critics cackled last year about Sony Corp.'s choice of septuagenarian Doug Morris as CEO of the second-largest major-label group. But what those naysayers failed to realize is ...

  39. Billboard Power 100: Ronald 'Slim' Williams & Bryan 'Birdman' Williams

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 25 Ronald "Slim" Williams & Bryan "Birdman" Williams Founders/co-CEOs Cash Money Records Twitter: @BIRDMAN5STAR Money. Power. Respect. Cash Money is hotly rumored to be at the center of a bidding war. Why? The label ...

  40. Billboard Power 100: Rio Caraeff

    January 27, 2012 12:03 AM EST No. 26 Rio Caraeff President/CEO Vevo Twitter: @Riozilla The Global Music Video King... Online video is the new MTV, which makes Rio Caraeff the head of the world's most important video channel. Caraeff is president/CEO of Vevo, the 2-year-ol ...

  41. Billboard Power 100: Richard Busch

    January 26, 2012 11:15 PM EST No. 93 Richard Busch Partner King & Ballow Twitter: @KingBallow Disruptive Force Fit for Royalty... Attorney Richard Busch continues to give the majors conniptions. In a now celebrated case, Busch's client F.B.T. Productions, Eminem' ...

  42. Billboard Power 100: Lucian Grainge

    January 26, 2012 10:28 PM EST No. 3 Lucian Grainge Chairman/CEO Universal Music Group Chieftain of the Largest Major-Label Group... After flattening the competition in Europe, then-Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge was anointed in 2010 by Vivendi ...

  43. Billboard Power 100: Paul Rosenberg

    January 26, 2012 9:59 PM EST No. 62 Paul Rosenberg Co-Founder/CEO Shady Records/Goliath Artists Management Twitter: @Bunyan71 Big-Shot Caller... Even without his high-powered partners, clients, friends and business interests, the 6-and-a-half-foot tall Paul Rosenberg would be ...

  44. Billboard Power 100: Barry Weiss

    January 26, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 18 Barry Weiss Chairman/CEO Universal Republic & Island Def Jam Twitter: @WeissBarry The Man With The Plan... In the summer of 2010, then-RCA/Jive Label Group chairman/CEO Barry Weiss, son of industry legend Hy Weiss, found himself in a sp ...

  45. Backbeat: Karina Pasian Talks Valentine's Day EP, Courtship With Label Execs

    January 26, 2012 5:15 AM EST Last month (Dec. 12), Karina Pasian returned from close to a three year hiatus with a digital-only six track EP titled, " Trips to Venus ." The EP included a piano-heavy version of "This Christmas Song," in time for the holiday ...

  46. Rap At the Grammys: An Overall Winner, But Major Category Loser

    January 23, 2012 9:08 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Since its beginnings in the 1970s, rap music has transformed from an underground, street-based sound to a definitive part of pop culture, transcending race and becoming one of the strongest - and most prolific - voices of today ...

  47. Morning Heds: RIM CEOs Out, HMV's New Banking Terms, Does Facebook Make People Sad?

    January 23, 2012 6:45 AM EST If the feds can shut down Megaupload, why do we need SOPA? Ars Technica For more than a year, the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America have argued that existing laws were insufficient to deal with ...

  48. Megaupload Drops Lawsuit Against Universal Music Over Viral Video

    January 22, 2012 10:02 AM EST In the aftermath of the Justice Department's crackdown on Megaupload, the company has dropped its lawsuit against Universal Music Group over an allegedly unlawful takedown of a video showing many superstars endorsing the troubled file-sharing ...

  49. Swizz Beatz Is Not Actually CEO of Megaupload

    January 20, 2012 3:00 PM EST Multi-talented producer and rapper Swizz Beatz is a man of many business ventures - he's designed cars for Lotus and shoes for Reebok, and served as a professor at NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music - but it is his purported ...

  50. Vevo In Talks With Facebook, May Leave YouTube (Report)

    January 20, 2012 11:28 AM EST Vevo may be taking its music video service to Facebook, with preliminary talks between the companies signalling what may be the beginning of the end for Vevo's current partnership with Google-owned YouTube, according to CNET . Though Vevo and ...

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