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  1. R&B Briefs: Aretha Franklin, Long Beach Jazz Fest

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Aretha Franklin has reunited with her longtime agent, Dick Alen, and William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. The legendary singer, due to release a new album in late summer, will also perform at the first annual Nelson Mandela Birthday concert ( ...

  2. Infante Classics Offered As Ringtones

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Songs from legendary singer-actor Pedro Infante's classic Mexican movies are now available as ringtones via publisher CDA Group and Agave Mobile. Fifteen movie song clips by Infante are distributed by Mexican carrier TelCel, whose Ideas TelCe ...

  3. Living End's Chris Cheney Takes APRA Honor

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Living End's frontman Chris Cheney took out song of the year at the APRA Music Awards in Melbourne, scoring the coveted title for his Australian alternative rock band's 2008 hit "White Noise." Cheney was as surprised as any ...

  4. Duffy, Elbow Win Ivor Novello Awards

    May 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay, Duffy, the Ting Tings, Elbow and electronic music pioneers Massive Attack were among the winners at the 54th Ivor Novello Awards in London. The ceremony, presented by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) and ...

  5. Members of War Declare One On Former Bandmate

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Four surviving members of '70s funk group War dropped a bomb today on former bandmate Lonnie Jordan and others, demanding more than $1 million in damages and a ruling that will stop Jordan from promoting his band in a way that confuses fans i ...

  6. Coldplay, Duffy Up For Three Ivor Novellos

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Coldplay, pop singer Duffy and alt-rock act the Ting Tings are among the nominees for the Ivor Novello Awards for songwriters and composers, alongside a largely unknown self-published musician, Nick Hemming. The 54th edition of the Ivors, covering ...

  7. Artists, Industry Pros School Students at Grammy Career Day

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ne-Yo, Jesse McCartney, Keri Hilson and producers Stargate were among the artists and songwriters who joined a diverse lineup of industry professionals for Grammy Career Day today (Feb. 4) at the University of Southern California (USC). Presented ...

  8. Sony Ericsson, Universal Promote New Talent

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson is to partner with Universal Music Publishing to provide the publisher's emerging artists with a platform to promote their music to the mobile vendor's customers. The deal was announced during the MidemNet digital music bus ...

  9. Prince Rebuffed In Italian Plagiarism Case

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST An Italian court has ruled that Prince's 1994 hit "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" was plagiarized from a song by two Italian writers. However, it could take several years for a definitive ruling in the case, which has already ...

  10. Appointments At Law Firm Sound Advice

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST London-based law firm Sound Advice (Legal) LL has recruited Paul Kernick and Crispin Evans to its legal team. Kernick was previously director of business affairs at Sanctuary Records and Virgin Records. Evans has held legal and business affairs po ...

  11. MIDEM Unveils Publishing Summit

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST MIDEM will launch its inaugural International Publishing Summit next month, in association with the International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP). It will be staged Jan. 20 as part of the MIDEM international music market at the Palais des ...

  12. New Boards For APRA, AMCOS

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Composer Nigel Westlake and J. Albert & Son CEO Tim Prescott have been elected to the respective boards of the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and sister society the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners' Society (AMCO ...

  13. Dido, Kate Nash Honored At ASCAP Awards

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored U.K. artists including Dido, Kate Nash and pop-rock band The Kooks at its London awards ceremony. The ASCAP Awards, held at the Grosvenor House Hotel tonight (Oct. 15), reco ...

  14. Calderone Named Admin VP At Ole

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gary Calderone has joined the Canadian-based music publishing firm ole as VP of administration. Calderone will be responsible for ole's global royalty collection and administration activities, with the company's administration group repo ...

  15. Grainge, will.i.am Support Comes With Music Launch

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge and will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas were among those lending their support to Nokia's new all-you-can-eat music package Comes With Music at the launch in London. The service, rolling ou ...

  16. Nokia Unveils Comes With Music Service

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Nokia has unveiled its all-you-can-eat Comes With Music package for the U.K., although the scope of its "unlimited access to millions of tracks" offer has some potential restrictions. It launches Oct. 16. Nokia has partnered with the Car ...

  17. South African Collecting Society Sues Over Mobile Royalties

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A war of words between one of South Africa's biggest mobile phone content providers and the territory's leading publishers' association is setting the scene for a court battle over digital royalties. The Johannesburg-based National ...

  18. Rodgers & Hammerstein Show Tunes Catalog For Sale

    September 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization is in talks to sell its catalog of Broadway musical show tunes and standards to major music companies for between $150 million and $200 million, according to people familiar with the matter. EMI Music Pub ...

  19. Universal Music Publishing Turns On To Zodiak TV

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing and Zodiak Television have launched a strategic cooperation over rights to music composed for the Stockholm-based TV production company's programs. The Zodiak group operates 22 production companies in 14 countries, ...

  20. NYC Mayor Bloomberg Fetes AIMP

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has issued a proclamation honoring the Association of Independent Music Publishers. Deputy Mayor Haeda Mihaltses will present the proclamation during a luncheon on June 18. Other speakers and attendees at the funct ...

  21. Chinese Music Industry Urges Action Against Baidu

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of leading music-industry companies and associations on June 3 issued a statement calling on major companies to review their relations with Beijing-based Internet portal Baidu due to its policy of providing “deep links” to Web sites of ...

  22. Legendary Italian Publisher Ricordi Leaves The Building

    May 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A long chapter in Italian musical history has drawn to a close with the news that the famous Ricordi publishing company has left its offices in Via Berchet, in the heart of Milan, after 200 years. The publishing company was part of BMG Ricordi Pub ...

  23. DanjaHandz Introduces R&B Singer KC

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Producer Nate "DanjaHandz" Hills introduced R&B singer KC, the first artist signed to his DanjaHandz Muzik imprint, to a packed crowd at New York's Room Service last night. Clad in a sunglasses, blue jacket and gray jeans with a ...

  24. Ricall Hires Razzano To Lead U.S. Plans

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ricall is expanding into the United States. The online music marketplace has appointed Ed Razzano to lead the new stateside operations as VP of business development. Razzano, until recently senior director of film and TV licensing for BMG Music Pu ...

  25. Universal Relaunches Australian A&R With Karpin, Taylor

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Australia is expanding its domestic A&R activities under its managing director George Ash. His strategy is to relaunch two iconic labels -- Island and Mercury -- into the Australian market as full-service, Sydney-based A&R ...

  26. SpiralFrog Inks Deals With UMPG, Universal Canada

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported free music service SpiralFrog landed music licensing deals with Universal Music Publishing and Universal Music Canada, adding to an existing relationship with Universal Music Group. SpiralFrog currently is in an invite-only beta mode, ...

  27. Fanning Leads APRA Nominations

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Powderfinger's singer Bernard Fanning notched up five mentions when nominations for the 25th Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) awards were announced at Sydney's Civic Hotel. Fanning, who is signed to BMG Music Publishing, ...

  28. Ivors Nominations Unveiled

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sir Elton John collects multiple nominations for the coveted Ivor Novello Awards, to be held May 24 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. John's teamwork with the Scissor Sisters' on the track "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'& ...

  29. Former Spiralfrog Execs Launch Ad Consulting Group

    April 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Two former executives from the Spiralfrog ad-supported music service have launched an advertising consulting group focused on digital media opportunities. The company, Rebel Digital, was created by former Spiralfrog CEO Robin Kent and chief sales ...

  30. Phillips Out At Warner U.K.

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K.'s long-time chairman Nick Phillips will leave the company today to "pursue new opportunities." At midday today, Warner Music International confirming the departure by way of a brief note issued to the media. " ...

  31. EC Delays Deadline On Universal's BMG Pub Bid

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has put back by five weeks its deadline for ruling on Universal Music's €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) bid to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing. The delay --- pushing the decision to June 1 -- came after Viven ...

  32. Billboard Q&A: Ethiopia Habtemariam

    January 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST In the biz since her teen years, the publishing exec recently branched into A&R. Here, she discusses which label strategies are working-and which need work. For someone who was more inclined to pursue music promotion and marketing as a career ...

  33. Parks Splits EMI For Qtrax

    December 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST Ken Parks, EMI's digital business development executive, is exiting the company to head operations at ad-supported music service Qtrax. Parks will serve as COO of Qtrax parent company Brilliant Technologies Corp. Parks is based in New York an ...

  34. Rich, James, Rutherford Top ASCAP Country Honors

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb, John Rich, Brett James, Rivers Rutherford and SONY/ATV Music Publishing were among the top honorees at the 2006 ASCAP Country Music Awards, held Oct. 23 in Nashville. Legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb, John Rich, Bre ...

  35. Moss Upped At Rondor Music Publishing

    September 29, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Promoted to executive VP/creative. Ron Moss was promoted to executive VP/creative at Rondor Music Publishing. Moss reports to Lance Freed, president of the company, and is based in Los Angeles. In this expanded role, Moss is charged with shaping R ...

  36. Skeleton Key Launches With Industry Vets

    September 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New label to have publishing, management arms. A number of music industry vets have resurfaced with Skeleton Key Records, a recently formed publicly traded label. No artists have yet been signed, and a distribution deal is not yet finalized, accor ...

  37. Impala Warns It Will Fight BMG Publishing Sale

    September 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Independent music companies trade body Impala has threatened to derail BMG's planned $2.09 billion sale of its music publishing wing to Vivendi. Independent music companies trade body Impala has threatened to derail BMG's planned $2.09 b ...

  38. Vivendi To Buy BMG Music Publishing

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi will close a deal to buy BMG Music Publishing from German media giant Bertelsmann tomorrow afternoon in Paris for €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion), Billboard.biz has learned. Vivendi is th Vivendi will close a deal to buy BMG Music ...

  39. UMP Latin Names Senior VP

    September 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Fernandez most recently with Sony ATV Music Publishing. Eddie Fernandez has been appointed senior VP of Universal Music Publishing, Latin America. Fernandez will be based out of Miami, reporting to Universal Music Publishing chairman/CEO David Ren ...

  40. China Web Portal Guilty Of C'right Charges

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A Chinese court decision finding Internet portal China.com guilty of copyright violation is being hailed as a landmark ruling that sets an important precedent for labels and publishers. A Chinese court decision finding Internet portal China.com gu ...

  41. China Web Portal Guilty Of C'right Charges

    June 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Industry 'encouraged' as site pays penalties. A Chinese court decision finding Internet portal China.com guilty of copyright violation is being hailed as a landmark ruling that sets an important precedent for labels and publishers. After ...

  42. Newcomers Feature In APRA Nominations

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Nominations for the 15th Australasian Performing Right Assn. awards, unveiled this morning (May 11) at Sydney's Arena club, herald a changing of the guard. Nominations for the 15th Australasian Performing Right Assn. awards, unveiled this mor ...

  43. Jeans Manufacturer Fit With Uni Publishing

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lyric-inspired merch the 'next logical step.' Universal Music Publishing is licensing song lyrics for clothing packages to Lyric Jeans, a manufacturer of premium denim wear. The premium clothing company will use the publisher's cata ...

  44. Universal Italy Restructures

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Italy, which has been without an official president and CEO since the departure of Piero La Falce in December, has unveiled a new management structure, with immediate effect. Universal Music Italy, which has been without an officia ...

  45. Reach Global Goes Down Under

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories of Australia and New Zealand. New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories o ...

  46. Reach Global Goes Down Under

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories of Australia and New Zealand. New York-based independent music publisher Reach Global is opening a new affiliate to cover the territories o ...

  47. Shania Inks Zomba Publishing Admin Deal

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Agreement covers catalog and future hits. Zomba Music Publishing landed an exclusive worldwide administration agreement with Shania Twain through her company Loon Echo. The deal covers Shania's future compositions as well as her complete back ...

  48. Shania Inks Zomba Publishing Admin Deal

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Zomba Music Publishing has landed an exclusive worldwide administration agreement with Shania Twain through her company Loon Echo. Zomba Music Publishing has landed an exclusive worldwide administration agreement with Shania Twain through her comp ...

  49. Nichols Wins BMI's Song Of The Year Award

    October 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The BMI Country Awards this year included a three-way tie for the songwriter of the year prize, but there was no disputing the song of the year, which went to "Live Like You Were Dying." The BMI Country Awards this year included a three- ...

  50. New GM At Warner/Chappell Germany

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Robert Stegmüller has been appointed to the newly created position of general manager of Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Germany. He reports to the company's managing director Norbert Masch. Robert Stegmüller has been appointed to t ...

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