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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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. ...

  3. Backbeat: Natalia Kills Performs Intimate Benefit Showcase -- 50 Floors Above Manhattan

    August 17, 2011 5:06 PM EDT Natalia Kills performs at Atlas New York on Tuesday (Photo: Eugene Gologursky/WireImage for Gotham Organization) NEW YORK - British singer Natalia Kills celebrated the U.S. release of her debut album, "Perfectionist," last night with an ...

  4. Business Matters: 38% of YouTube's July U.S. Visitors Watched a Vevo Video

    August 16, 2011 7:45 PM EDT % of YouTube's July U.S. Visitors Watched a Vevo Video -- Music videos published by music video network Vevo were seen by a whopping 37.8% of YouTube's monthly U.S. unique visitors, according to comScore. On Wednesday the online measur ...

  5. Brandon Creed Appointed to A&R Post at Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown

    August 15, 2011 5:18 PM EDT Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown announced today that Brandon Creed, manager of Bruno Mars, will be serving as an A&R consultant to both companies. He will report to Barry Weiss, chairman & CEO of both companies. "As we co ...

  6. Game May Face Charges After Tweet Incites Flash Mob To Call Sheriff's Office

    August 15, 2011 7:38 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County prosecutors will decide this week whether to press charges against The Game, after a tweet from the rapper's account incited a telephone flash mob that overwhelmed the emergency phone system at a sheriff& ...

  7. Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Excerpt)

    August 08, 2011 6:44 AM EDT In an excerpt from a new book, early Def Jam Recordings Execs Lyor Cohen, Russel Simmons, Rick Rubin, Chris Lighty, Kevin Liles, Julie Greenwald and Todd Moscowitz tell it like it was--at the founding of perhaps "The Last Great Record Label ...

  8. Higher-Than-Expected Bids for EMI Group Could Favor Strategic Buyers--Including the Other Majors

    August 05, 2011 11:42 AM EDT With the first round of bids in for Citigroup's auction of EMI Group, the higher-than-expected levels of the bids suggest that strategic suitors--including the other major-label groups--may have a leg up on other bidders. Sources say at lea ...

  9. EMI: High Bids Put Strategic Buyers -- Including Other Majors -- in the Lead

    August 05, 2011 10:53 AM EDT With the first round of bids in for Citigroup's auction of EMI Group , the higher-than-expected levels of the bids suggest that strategic suitors-including the other major-label groups-may have a leg up on other bidders. Sources say at least ...

  10. David Foster To Be Named Head Of Verve

    August 03, 2011 12:27 PM EDT David Foster is set to take the top spot at esteemed jazz label Verve, THR has learned. The producer-composer-songwriter has worked with Josh Groban, Michael Buble and Andrea Bocelli and has won 15 Grammys. Foster's arrival at Verve Music Gro ...

  11. Vevo Adds New Syndication Partners: Artist Direct, Batanga, Gorilla Leak, Others

    August 03, 2011 12:26 PM EDT Vevo, the online music video service backed by Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group, has added several new syndication partners for its network. The company struck syndication deals with ArtistDirect.com, Hispanic music news site Bat ...

  12. Latin Power Players: Victor Gonzalez

    August 01, 2011 11:13 PM EDT Victor Gonzalez President, Universal Music Latin Entertainment Victor Gonzalez makes the Latin Power Players list for the first time months after being appointed president of Universal Music Latin Entertainment. The nod acknowledges the importance ...

  13. Tom Whalley, Rob Stevenson In Talks to Join Universal Music Group: Sources

    July 28, 2011 6:10 PM EDT The reshaping of the Universal Music Group continues. With executives like Motown president Sylvia Rhone turning down an offer from the company to run a to-be-created rights-management company and Universal Motown Republic Group chairman Mel Lewin ...

  14. Motown Update: Label to Share Resources With Island Def Jam

    July 26, 2011 6:03 PM EDT When the planned installation of Ethiopia Habtemariam as the head of Motown Records finally occurs, the label will move out of the Universal orbit and instead share resources with the Island Def Jam Group, sources tell Billboard.biz. Habtemariam, ...

  15. Vevo Metrics Point to Heavy Video Use in Bedrooms

    July 26, 2011 12:09 PM EDT In what is pretty clearly a news brief aimed at advertisers and brand marketers, Vevo released a set of user data metrics today that points to how its viewers interact most with the mobile version of the service. Among the many highlights-Vevo use ...

  16. Grooveshark Faces More Lawsuits as Competition Intensifies

    July 22, 2011 5:04 PM EDT Not only has a major new competitor emerged in the form of Spotify, but streaming music service Grooveshark has reportedly been hit with yet another copyright infringement lawsuit. CNET reports today that a group of music publishers and songwriter ...

  17. Is Sylvia Rhone Headed to Sony to Restart Portrait Records?

    July 21, 2011 8:59 AM EDT The New York Post reported early Thursday morning that former Universal Motown president Sylvia Rhone is heading to Sony to restore the defunct Portrait label, where she would work closely with new Epic head L.A. Reid . The move, which has been lo ...

  18. What Exactly Is An Independent Label? Differing Definitions, Different Market Shares

    July 18, 2011 6:28 PM EDT Back in 2007 (June 30, Billboard) when I asked what is an indie, I got a multitude of answers. Today, that question evokes even more complex answers because the landscape has not only changed dramatically but is still changing. Over the last 15 ye ...

  19. Lil Wayne's Manager: 'Tha Carter IV' Release Date 'Not Changing'

    July 15, 2011 1:37 PM EDT On the day Lil Wayne debuted his mixtape (July 13), "Sorry 4 The Wait," his manager, Cortez "Tez" Bryant spoke with Billboard on what hip-hop aficionados are still waiting for, "Tha Carter IV." Lil Wayne Drops 'S ...

  20. Universal Music Strikes Direct Licensing Deal With Last.fm

    July 15, 2011 10:55 AM EDT Universal Music Group is to license its repertoire direct to streaming service Last.fm - sidestepping its previous arrangement with collection societies such as United Kingdom organization PPL. The news follows the announcement earlier this year t ...

  21. Lil Wayne's 'Carter IV' is 'Totally Done,' Set For August Release

    July 11, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Lil Wayne's long awaited "Tha Carter IV" is almost here. The MC confirmed to MTV News that the fourth installment in his "Carter" series is officially completed and will drop in late August. "The album is done and it& ...

  22. Canadian Recording Industry Association Changes Name

    July 08, 2011 1:49 PM EDT The Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), which formed in 1964, has officially changed its name to Music Canada. The non-profit trade organization based in Toronto will continue to represent the interests of Canada's major labels, E ...

  23. Horacio Rodriguez: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Horacio Rodriguez Director of Product Development, Universal Latin Entertainment Horacio Rodriguez, 29, manages the product development and digital marketing operation for Universal Music Latin Entertainment's four labels (Disa, Fonovisa, Mac ...

  24. Vevo, Fuse Strike Content Deal

    June 28, 2011 3:00 PM EDT While the stalemate between Vevo and MTV continues, Vevo and Fuse have worked out a content sharing and syndication partnership that allows both parties to share content. Most significantly, Fuse will has agreed to syndicate Vevo's online mus ...

  25. Diane Warren Teams up With Universal Music Group for International Publishing Deal

    June 28, 2011 11:17 AM EDT Universal Music Group has announced a multi-faceted agreement with songwriter Diane Warren. Warren's Realsongs catalog will be administered by Universal Music Publishing Group outside of North America (she continues to self-administer her cop ...

  26. Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music Signs Worldwide Deal With Island Def Jam

    June 27, 2011 10:46 AM EDT Kanye West's independent record label G.O.O.D. Music, has been signed to an exclusive long-term worldwide label agreement with the Island Def Jam Music Group, it was announced today by West, Barry Weiss (chairman & CEO of Universal Motown ...

  27. Drake Slams Universal for Taking New Songs Off the Internet

    June 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Drake, who recently unleashed two new songs onto the Internet, slammed his label's parent company, Universal, for ordering that the songs be removed from his blog and other sites that have posted them. "Universal needs to stop taking my ...

  28. EMI: Who's Lining up to Buy It?

    June 22, 2011 4:01 PM EDT While EMI announced earlier this week that it is exploring strategic alternatives that will see the company either sold, go public or be recapitalized, the betting is that the major will be put up on the auction block as the first option. Citigrou ...

  29. Gee Roberson Named Chairman of Geffen Records

    June 21, 2011 4:24 PM EDT Gee Roberson -- co-CEO of Hip-Hop Since 1978, the management firm that handles Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and others -- has been named chairman of Geffen Records, a move that Billboard.Biz reported was in the works last week . He wi ...

  30. Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber Win at MuchMusic Video Awards

    June 20, 2011 9:00 AM EDT A green-haired Lady Gaga did not go home green with envy at last night's 2011 MuchMusic Video Awards. The Queen of Pop and Mother of Monsters won International Video of the Year for "Judas" and UR Fave International Video for " ...

  31. Universal Music/Motown Update: What Are the Next Moves?

    June 17, 2011 7:33 PM EDT The long-expected reconfiguration of the Universal Music Group's East Coast labels began unfolding today, leaving two separate major labels -- the Island Def Jam Music Group and Universal Motown Republic Group -- with shared services in selec ...

  32. Universal Motown Republic and Island Def Jam Announce New Structure, Layoffs Taking Place Today

    June 17, 2011 4:10 PM EDT In the wake of Sylvia Rhone's departure from Universal Motown last month, Universal Motown Republic Group and Island Def Jam Music Group today announced a new centralized back-office structure and a "mandate to dramatically increase arti ...

  33. Cooperative Music Launches in Australia

    June 14, 2011 10:07 AM EDT Cooperative Music, the international music marketing network, has launched an affiliate in Australia. Based in Melbourne, Cooperative Music Australia and its network of labels will be distributed by parent company Universal Music in Australia and ...

  34. Spotify Signs Licensing Deal With Universal Music Group: Report

    June 10, 2011 4:38 PM EDT Spotify is edging closer to a U.S. launch, with a licensing deal reportedly done with Universal Music Group. AllThingsD reported the UMG deal today , which if true would leave only Warner Music Group without a finalized deal, if other published re ...

  35. Motown Is Not Folding, Universal Executives Insist

    June 08, 2011 6:47 PM EDT Although Universal-Motown recording artist Erykah Badu tweeted that "Motown folded" on Wednesday afternoon, top executives at Universal told Billboard.biz that although the label is undergoing restructuring the the wake of Sylvia Rhone&# ...

  36. Billboard Country Music Summit Kicks Off Monday

    June 03, 2011 1:13 PM EDT The goal of the Billboard Country Music Summit , taking place Monday and Tuesday and produced in association with the Country Music Association , is simple: to bring together key stakeholders in the country music industry to discuss the most impor ...

  37. Bob Cavallo Retiring as Chairman of Disney Music Group

    June 01, 2011 3:50 PM EDT Bob Cavallo will retire in January from his position as chairman of the Disney Music Group. Ken Bunt has been promoted to executive vice president and will run Disney Music Group upon Cavallo's retirement. Cavallo, whose last day will be Jan. ...

  38. UMG's Bravado, Tommy Hilfiger Sign Global Branding Deal

    May 27, 2011 11:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group's global merchandising company Bravado, is joining forces with Music Entertainment Sports Holdings (MESH), a global consumer goods company to co-create contemporary lifestyle brands inspired by music and fashion. The ven ...

  39. Walter Kolm Leaving Universal to Manage Cristian Castro

    May 25, 2011 5:59 PM EDT Walter Kolm, president of Universal Music Latino/Machete, is leaving the label to manage the career of Mexican superstar Cristian Castro, sources confirmed to Billboard.biz. Kolm would remain based in Los Angeles and working closely with Universal ...

  40. It's Official: Sylvia Rhone Leaves Universal Motown -- But May Remain at Universal Music Group

    May 20, 2011 6:27 PM EDT It's official: As speculated by Billboard.biz yesterday , Sylvia Rhone has left her post at Universal Motown -- but she may not be leaving Universal Music Group. According to sources, Rhone is still waiting on the final details of a new posit ...

  41. Amanda Marks Takes On Global Role at Universal Music Group

    May 20, 2011 4:32 PM EDT As Billboard speculated Thursday, Universal Music Group Digital Distribution Executive VP and General Manager Amanda Marks is going to work for Rob Wells, president of the label's Global Digital Business unit. With the move, Marks will take o ...

  42. Sylvia Rhone, Ron Fair Expected to Exit in Forthcoming Universal Music Shuffle

    May 19, 2011 10:25 PM EDT The drumbeat is getting louder that Sylvia Rhone will exit Universal Motown Friday (May 20) or within the next few days, depending on which source you listen to. But does that departure mean the end of her days at the Universal Music Group, as som ...

  43. Is Flat the New Up? Universal Music Group Revenue 'Grew' in First Quarter of 2011

    May 16, 2011 11:54 AM EDT With flat being the new up, Universal Music Group's first quarter revenue is somewhat of a success story. Revenue for the world's largest music company was down 0.9% to €881 million (US $1.15 billion) compared to the prior-year quarter. ...

  44. Lil Wayne Tapped For MTV 'Unplugged,' Scheduled To Air June 12

    May 12, 2011 12:05 AM EDT Lil Wayne will be the first hip-hop artist to tape an episode of MTV's "Unplugged" in a decade when he takes the stage Thursday (May 12) in Los Angeles. The episode will be aired around the time of his next album release, "Tha ...

  45. Warner Music Bids in With Board, Announcement Expected Friday: Sources

    May 04, 2011 7:20 AM EDT Bids for a likely $3 billion buyout of Warner Music Group are in with the company's board for review over the next couple of days, according to two people familiar with the process. Three parties are known to have put in bids for the world� ...

  46. Vevo Bulking Up On Original Content, Excutives; Adds Epic's McVehil, Fuse's Reich

    May 02, 2011 2:18 PM EDT Fresh off the heels of an expansion into the UK, online music video hub Vevo is now expanding its executive team. The company added former Epic Records exec. Doug McVehil as senior VP of music, talent & content operations; and Fuse's Scot ...

  47. Is Sylvia Rhone Leaving Universal?

    April 29, 2011 10:42 PM EDT While there has been recent talk of a Sylvia Rhone exit from Universal Motown, the UMG-owned label she's run since being named president in 2004, it may not be outside the company, says a source. With a year left on her contract, Rhone, who&# ...

  48. Richie Sambora to Leave Bon Jovi Tour for Rehab

    April 29, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Who wants to play guitar in Bon Jovi? The rock band said on Thursday its upcoming tour of North America and Europe would proceed even though guitarist Richie Sambora has entered rehab for a drinking problem. A spokeswoman declined to say who would ...

  49. Sony Music Passes Universal in U.S. Market Share for the First Time Since 2005

    April 28, 2011 5:29 PM EDT Sony Music this week passed the Universal Music Group in year-to-date overall U.S. market share for the first time since 2005, the year it was the No. 1 distributor thanks to its then-just-completed merger with BMG. As of the week ending April 24, ...

  50. Universal Music Group, Billabong Form Global Branding Partnership

    April 28, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Music and surf culture ride well together, and it's this mix that has brought together Universal Music Group and Australian-based sports apparel firm Billabong for a global brand partnership. Through the arrangement, announced Wednesday (Apri ...

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