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  1. IMPALA Calls For European Commission To Intervene In EMI Sale

    November 09, 2011 6:00 PM EST IMPALA, the Brussels-based Independent Music Companies Association, has called on the European Commission to intervene on its behalf should Universal or Sony attempt to buy EMI. The news follows recent reports that Universal Music Group (UMG) has ...

  2. Is Renewed Interest In EMI Auction Real, or Just Smoke?

    November 08, 2011 8:04 PM EST A frenzy of news stories Tuesday would have you believe that the Citigroup run auction for EMI's recorded music operation is not only heating up, but could soon come to a head. Whether that's true or simply just smoke and mirrors remains ...

  3. Dr. Luke Signs Label Deal With Sony, Doug Morris Calls Hitmaker His 'New Jimmy' Iovine

    November 08, 2011 8:04 AM EST Since jumping ship to Sony Music back in July, after 15 years at the helm of Universal Music Group, CEO Doug Morris has kept a fairly low public profile, turning down nearly every interview request that's come his way. Now, after some three m ...

  4. Drake: Album Leaks 'Can Only Help'

    November 07, 2011 4:00 PM EST Yesterday, while Drake was in his hometown debuting a new song from his upcoming sophomore album, "Take Care," on Toronto's Flow 93.5, a leaked version of the project, which is set to arrive via Young Money / Cash Money / Universal ...

  5. Drake Reacts to 'Take Care' Album Leak

    November 07, 2011 12:30 PM EST Nine days before its release date, Drake's sophomore album has sprung a leak, starting with Just Blaze-produced "Lord Knows," featuring Rick Ross, and "Take Care," featuring Rihanna. The two songs off "Take Care" ...

  6. Backbeat: Young Jeezy's 'TM: 103' Listening Party Draws a Who's-Who of Hip-Hop Tastemakers, Def Jam Execs

    November 04, 2011 5:57 PM EDT Young Jeezy with Island/Def Jam president Steve Bartels at Jeezy's listening session in New York Thursday night On Thursday night, a who's-who of hip-hop tastemakers gathered in New York's Quad Recording Studios to get a first liste ...

  7. Brian Lambert Named EVP of Film & Television Music for Universal Music Publishing

    November 03, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Evan Lamberg, president of Universal Music Publishing Group , North America announced the promotion of Brian Lambert to Executive Vice President/Head of Film & Television Music. Lambert, who is based in the company's headquarters in Santa ...

  8. Public Enemy's Chuck D Sues Universal Over Digital-Download Royalties

    November 02, 2011 5:41 PM EDT Universal Music Group is now facing a fresh lawsuit that alleges the underpaying of royalties on digital downloads. Today, Chuck D of Public Enemy stepped up to bring his own class action against the major record label. Judge Declines Universal Mu ...

  9. Judge Declines Universal Music Group's Bid to Dismiss Class Action Over Digital Revenue

    November 02, 2011 1:24 PM EDT A federal judge in California is allowing a big class action lawsuit to go forward against Universal Music Group that alleges the record label has underpaid royalties on digital downloads and ringtones. Spearheaded by Rob Zombie and the estate of ...

  10. EMI: Access/Warner Pulls Out of Auction

    October 30, 2011 9:28 PM EDT In an apparent game of brinkmanship, Len Blavatnik's Access Industries has pulled out of the auction for EMI's recorded music operation, sources confirmed to Billboard.biz, even though the company was said to be the front-runner in the b ...

  11. Kei Ishizaka Named Chairman, CEO of Warner Music Japan

    October 28, 2011 8:55 AM EDT Kei Ishizaka has been named Chairman & CEO, Warner Music Japan accourding to an announcement by Warner Music Group. Effective Nov. 1, Ishizaka will oversee all aspects of Warner Music Japan's domestic and global repertoire and will report ...

  12. This Week in Billboard History: Neil Bogart's Bubblegum Sound, 12" Singles' Early Days, 'Newcomer' Coldplay Streams Song

    October 27, 2011 4:42 PM EDT : WILL THIS BE PART OF JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE'S SCRIPT? Neil Bogart was named marketing coordinator of Cameo Parkway Records, moving over from the MGM label, where he had been a regional promotion manager. Bogart's Cameo duties were to in ...

  13. Sony Music Germany Focuses on Domestic Talent, Catching Up To Universal at 'Laut in Munchen'

    October 27, 2011 8:30 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment highlighted its development of new domestic artists as the key to catching up with market leader Universal Music at Germany's annual "Laut in München" ("Loud in Munich") presentation October 20. Ni ...

  14. YouTube With New Deals Expanding as Music Destination

    October 20, 2011 8:05 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- YouTube has been very good to bedroom singers, who have found a quick path to fame, and major labels, which have benefited from some of the largest digital audiences for their top music videos. But the middle tier - hundreds of in ...

  15. Rick Ross Recovering After Suffering Seizure on Plane

    October 14, 2011 3:44 PM EDT Rick Ross is recovering after reportedly suffering a seizure while on a plane headed to Memphis, Tenn. According to TMZ , the rapper was unconscious and paramedics had to resuscitate him. The rapper has tweeted that the situation is not life-threa ...

  16. Rick Ross Unconscious After Suffering Seizure: Report

    October 14, 2011 2:14 PM EDT Rick Ross has reportedly suffered a seizure while on a plane headed to Memphis, Tenn. According to TMZ, the rapper was unconscious and paramedics had to resuscitate him. However, the rapper has tweeted that the situation is not life-threatening. & ...

  17. Evan Lamberg Named President of Universal Music Publishing

    October 13, 2011 1:23 PM EDT Evan Lamberg has been named president of Universal Music Publishing Group North America, the company announced today. The move is part of a leadership restructuring at the company, which has had a void at the top since the departure of chairman an ...

  18. BET Hip Hop Awards Score Record Ratings

    October 13, 2011 6:15 AM EDT The BET Hip Hop Awards hit a ratings milestone for the network, pulling in 4.1 million viewers Tuesday night for the award ceremony's most-watched telecast since it bowed in 2006. Chris Brown Tops BET Hip-Hop Awards Followed by Nicki Minaj, L ...

  19. 'American Idol' winner Scotty McCreery Makes History At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    October 12, 2011 11:00 AM EDT "American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery makes history as his debut album, "Clear as Day," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 197,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McCreery is the first country act to debut at No. 1 ...

  20. Mel Lewinter Named EVP of Label Strategy for Sony Music Entertainment

    October 11, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Mel Lewinter has been named executive vice president of label strategy for Sony Music Entertainment, the company announced today. Lewinter is of course a longtime associate of Sony CEO Doug Morris, who announced Lewinter's long-expected appoi ...

  21. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Linda Newmark

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 16 Linda Newmark Executive VP/head of acquisitions and strategic projects, Universal Music Publishing Group Website: Umusicpub.com Twitter: @UMG_news The year's highlights are many for Linda Newmark, executive VP/head of acquisitions and ...

  22. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Cara Lewis

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 14 Cara Lewis Agent/VP, William Morris Endeavor Website: Wmeentertainment.com Cara Lewis commands a major market share of the R&B/hip-hop booking business, according to Billboard Boxscore data for her clients. Kanye West closed out Coachel ...

  23. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Amanda Marks

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 6 Amanda Marks Global head of digital accounts, Universal Music Group Website: Universalmusic.com Twitter: @AmandaMarks Amanda Marks is one of the most influential executives in the digital media industry. She has been a key member of Universa ...

  24. Island Def Jam Partners With Breyon Prescott's Chameleon Entertainment

    September 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Island Def Jam is partnering with producer Breyon Prescott to launch the latter's Chameleon Entertainment. Prescott, whose A&R and producer credits include projects with Jamie Foxx, Angie Stone, Brandy and Kanye West, will also serve as e ...

  25. Tony Bennett Becomes Oldest Living Artist to Top Billboard 200

    September 28, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Legendary pop singer Tony Bennett achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Duets II," making the 85-year-old the oldest living act to reach No. 1. His all-star collaborations album bows in the top slot with 179,000 sold ...

  26. Backbeat: Frankmusik Talks Enrique Iglesias, Cherrytree Records Backstage @ Erasure's NYC Show

    September 27, 2011 3:19 PM EDT Can You Hear The Musik: Frankmusik backstage at Terminal 5. (Photo: Jeff Benjamin/Billboard) Frankmusik is preparing for the September 27th release of his album "Do It In The AM" with a supporting slot on Erasure 's "Erasure: T ...

  27. Tony Bennett May Have First No. 1 Album of His Career Next Week

    September 21, 2011 6:42 PM EDT Legendary singer Tony Bennett may score his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 next week as "Duets II" is on track to sell as many as 155,000 to 170,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Sept. 25, according to industry prognostica ...

  28. Jeremy Summers Named Executive VP/Chief Marketing Officer of Interscope Geffen A&M

    September 21, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Interscope Geffen A&M has named Jeremy Summers its EVP/Chief Marketing Officer. Summers formerly served as the senior VP of Marketing for Universal Music Canada, a position he held since autumn 2010. He had been a part of the sales department ...

  29. The Economy of Mixtapes: How Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Big K.R.I.T. Figured It Out (Listen)

    September 20, 2011 3:30 PM EDT On Feb. 13, 2009, the mixtape paradigm shifted. Aligned with Lil Wayne, the then-unsigned Drake, who'd spent the few years before releasing buzzy mixtapes (rapping over hits), unleashed his almost entirely original mixtape "So Far Gone.& ...

  30. The Universal-Live Nation Deal: What It Means, and What It Probably Doesn't

    September 20, 2011 11:19 AM EDT The news of the new relationship between UMG and Live Nation and its Ticketmaster and Front Line divisions raises a lot of questions -- only some of which have relatively straightforward answers. Given the immense size and reach of the two compani ...

  31. Live Nation, Universal Music Group Launch Partnership: Management, Ticketing, More

    September 19, 2011 3:43 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment and Universal Music Group today announced the formation of a broad-based strategic partnership. Live Nation Entertainment's Front Line Management Group division and UMG will launch a joint-venture management company ...

  32. Interscope Denies Involvement in Drug-Trafficking Operation

    September 16, 2011 4:36 PM EDT Interscope has responded to federal prosecutors' claim that the company's offices were used by a drug-trafficking ring involving Game manager Jimmy "Henchman" Rosemond as a transit point for cases filled with cocaine and cash. ...

  33. Simon Watt Named Global Head of Tech for Universal Music

    September 16, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, has promoted Simon Watt to Head of Technology. Rob Wells, President of Global Digital Business, made the announcement. The move is part of UMG's continued expansion of its g ...

  34. This Week In Music: Al Teller, Former Head of Columbia and MCA, on Death Of Old Music Biz, Rise of Digital DIY (Video)

    September 12, 2011 1:40 PM EDT This week on "This Week in Music" Topspin's Ian Rogers interviews Al Teller, the visionary label head who ran CBS, Columbia and MCA Records and who has long championed digital technologies. For a guy who ran three major labels, All ...

  35. George Strait Heading For Billboard 200's Top Debut

    September 07, 2011 8:26 PM EDT There won't be much of a surprise at the top of the Billboard 200 next week, as it is expected Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" will hold at No. 1 for a second week after its blockbuster 964,000 debut. While it's too early to t ...

  36. Vivendi Buys UK-Based See Tickets

    September 06, 2011 12:14 PM EDT Vivendi, parent company of Universal Music Group, has acquired UK-based ticketing company See Tickets. Its €96 million ($135 million) winning bid, announced Monday , beat out the likes of ticketing giant CTS Eventim and promoter Anschutz Entertain ...

  37. Universal Music Acquires Denmark's MBO Group

    September 06, 2011 10:48 AM EDT Danish labels and publishing consortium MBO Group has been acquired by Universal Music Group (UMG), strengthening the major's hold of European domestic talent The terms of the deal, which was announced by MBO co-founder Michael Ritto; Max Hol ...

  38. Lil Wayne Beats 'Watch the Throne' -- 'Carter IV' Breaks iTunes Single-Week Album Sales Record

    September 02, 2011 3:17 PM EDT Less than three weeks after the U.S. iTunes Store's single-week album sales record was broken by Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch the Throne," it's been smashed again -- by Lil Wayne's new "Tha Carter IV." &q ...

  39. Exclusive 'Watch The Throne' Release Windows Imperil Long-Term Health of Music Retailers

    September 01, 2011 9:34 AM EDT Jay-Z, Kanye West and their respective labels dissed both the digital and brick-and-mortar account base by giving iTunes an exclusive four-day window on their album Watch the Throne (Roc-a-Fella/Roc Nation/Def Jam) and then giving Best Buy an 11 ...

  40. Universal Music Group Earnings Drop 5.5% in Second Quarter -- An Improvement Over First Quarter and Last Year

    August 31, 2011 5:56 PM EDT The U.S. recorded music rebound and the LimeWire settlement helped Universal Music Group to an improved second quarter after a weaker first quarter of 2011. Revenues dropped 2.9% to €982 million ($1.42 billion, up 0.6% at constant currency, which ...

  41. Berry Gordy, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson Pay Tribute at Esther Gordy Edwards' Funeral

    August 31, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jr. drew knowing laughs at the funeral for his sister -- former label executive and Motown Historical Museum founder Esther Gordy Edwards, who died Aug. 24 at the age of 91 , after a long illness -- when he ackn ...

  42. Vevo Hires Former Myspace VP Michael Cerda To Be Product Head

    August 31, 2011 11:42 AM EDT Vevo Hires Former Myspace Exec Michael Cerda To Be Product Head Former Myspace VP of Tech Michael Cerda has jumped ship for online music video portal Vevo. His new position will be that of senior VP of product development. The company made the ann ...

  43. Island Def Jam Reorganizes Promotion Department's Executive Staff

    August 31, 2011 9:03 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group has reorganized the executive staff of its promotion department, EVP of Promotion Rick Sackheim announced in a statement released today, highlighting four appointments: Todd Glassman has been appointed Senior Vice Presid ...

  44. Lil Wayne's 'Carter IV' Now Aiming For 850,000 Debut; Red Hot Chili Peppers Likely Runner-Up

    August 30, 2011 2:42 PM EDT Yesterday (Aug. 29), initial first-week sales projections for Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV" were hovering in the 700,000-850,000 range, but now, after a full day's worth of sales under its belt, that number has grown. Industry so ...

  45. Andrew Kronfeld Named Universal Music President of Global Marketing

    August 30, 2011 6:41 AM EDT Universal Music Group has promoted Andrew Kronfeld, 42, to the newly created position of President, Global Marketing. For the past two years, Mr. Kronfeld, has served as Executive Vice President, International Marketing, UMGI. Mr. Kronfeld will re ...

  46. Lil Wayne's 'Carter IV' May Debut at No. 1 With 700,000 Sold

    August 29, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Lil Wayne's just-released "Tha Carter IV" album could have the second-biggest sales week of the year, as industry forecasters suggest it may sell 700,000-850,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Sept. 4. "IV&qu ...

  47. Remembering 'Motown's Mother:' Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Stefan 'Redfoo' Gordy of LMFAO, Others on Esther Gordy Edwards

    August 26, 2011 8:50 AM EDT News of Esther Gordy Edwards' death on Wednesday night quickly spread throughout the Motown family. Several of the label's artists and others associated with the company's famed history shared their memories and thoughts about " ...

  48. Esther Edwards Gordy, 'The Mother of Motown,' Dead at 91

    August 25, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Esther Edwards Gordy (right) circa 1967 with Smokey Robinson at the Motown offices (Photo: Getty Images) Esther Edwards Gordy was known by many as the "Mother of Motown," a longtime company executive who served in a variety of capacities ...

  49. Lil Wayne To Release New Album Online At Midnight After MTV's VMAs

    August 22, 2011 7:54 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Lil Wayne is hoping his performance on the MTV Video Music Awards will be so good, fans will rush out and get his new album: The rapper is making it digitally available at midnight after Sunday's show. "Tha Carter IV&quo ...

  50. Eli Young Band to Breathe 'Life' Into Billboard 200 Next Week

    August 17, 2011 8:00 PM EDT On the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, look for Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" to retain the No. 1 slot, while country act Eli Young Band's "Life at Best" is aiming to be the list's top debut. ...

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