Universal Music

  1. Universal Launches Sinfini Music in Australia

    August 13, 2014 4:42 AM EDT Universal Music has pressed the button on its classical portal Sinfini Music in Australia -- marking the service’s first expansion step outside the U.K. Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s launch, Universal Music Australia Classics & Jazz GM  Cyrus ...

  2. Universal Music’s Quarter Dips As Downloads Sag, Subscriptions Not Yet an Offset

    May 15, 2014 8:28 PM EDT Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company, posted a 2 percent dip in revenue at constant currency in the first quarter as the industry-wide slowdown in the digital downloads started to impact the business. Even though Universal M ...

  3. Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music All Take Cash Stakes in Shazam, Betting on IPO

    May 14, 2014 8:56 PM EDT Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group have all bought stakes in privately held Shazam Entertainment in recent weeks, according to several people familiar with the talks. Related Articles Shazam Narrows Losses As Re ...

  4. Universal Music Group and Daniel Barenboim Launch Digital Imprint Peral Music

    May 01, 2014 3:19 PM EDT Daniel Barenboim, legendary conductor and pianist, has launched a new digital-only label in partnership with Universal Music they're calling Peral Music. Peral Music will be offered in the iTunes Store's ‘Mastered for iTunes’ format, and ...

  5. Record Labels File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Megaupload

    April 10, 2014 8:02 PM EDT On Thursday, the major record labels including Warner Music, Universal Music, Sony Music and Capitol Records filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk. The action comes just three ...

  6. Island Def Jam Motown Reorganizes, Barry Weiss Steps Down

    April 01, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Universal Music Group announces that Def Jam, Island and Motown Records will function as standalone labels. Universal Music is reorganizing its Island Def Jam Motown group into three standalone labels and promoting some key executives in the ...

  7. AEG Live, Transom Capital Merge BandMerch with Cinder Block, Creating Merch Powerhouse

    March 03, 2014 3:23 PM EST AEG Live and Transom Capital Group have announced that their entertainment licensing and merchandising companies, BandMerch and Cinder Block, respectively, will merge into a standalone company. The new Los Angeles-based entity, which will continue ...

  8. Capitol Music Group Names Geoff Harris as New CFO

    February 10, 2014 11:30 AM EST Geoff Harris, a financial executive previously at the head of Universal Music's UK label division, has been named Capitol Music Group's new CFO. Harris will be relocating from London to Los Angeles for the position and will report to CMG ...

  9. 'Freeway' Ricky Ross vs. Rick Ross: First Amendment Protects Hip Hop Persona

    December 30, 2013 12:09 PM EST An appeals court rules that Rick Ross partly based his likeness on a famous drug-dealer, but that he isn't an imposter. With a First Amendment bullet, hip hop superstar Rick Ross has shot down a lawsuit from a former drug kingpin who ruled Lo ...

  10. Marvin Gaye’s Family Sues EMI for ‘Blurred Lines’ Profits, Gaye Catalog Rights and Conflict of Interests with Robin Thicke

    October 30, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Marvin Gaye's family is responding in a major way to Robin Thicke's lawsuit claiming that "Blurred Lines" wasn't stolen from Gaye's "Got to Give It Up." On Wednesday, the family went nuclear with counte ...

  11. Biz Stock Ticks: This Weekend's Entertainment Indices 10/14-10/18

    October 18, 2013 4:39 PM EDT 0 Biz Related News:   Apple  Taps Burberry CEO, Known for Tech-Savviness, to Oversee Stores New iPads Likely, New OS X Rumored for Apple Event Next Week     Biz Related News:   Biz Related News:     Biz Related News: Google's 3Q Earnings Ri ...

  12. Katy Perry’s Executive Team On 'PRISM' Roll-Out: Steve Barnett, Martin Kirkup, Greg Thompson In Their Own Words

    October 18, 2013 8:00 AM EDT The unprecedented success of Katy Perry’s 2010 album "Teenage Dream" set the bar for a follow-up extremely high. How, in this day and age, does anyone sell 2.8 million albums? Or surpass a milestone like being the first woman in the ...

  13. Interscope Geffen A&M Acquires Remaining Share of A&M/Octone Records

    October 07, 2013 5:44 PM EDT Interscope Geffen A&M announced Monday that it will acquire the remaining 50% share of the A&M/Octone joint venture from Octone Records. Formed in 2007, the joint venture was scheduled to conclude in mid-2014. Octone's year-to-date ...

  14. Morning Fix: iTunes Radio's Report Card; Pandora/ASCAP Ruling: 'All In' or 'All Out'; 'Spotify Landmark' Launches

    September 19, 2013 8:21 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE ITUNES RADIO'S PROMISE VS. ITS DELIVERY: A REPORT CARD iTunes Radio, after much chatter and speculation, has finally gone live as a feature in Apple Inc.’s new iOS 7 operating system, which a ...

  15. Biz Stock Ticks: This Week's Entertainment Indices 9/9 - 9/13

    September 13, 2013 5:18 PM EDT   Biz Related News:   Apple iTunes Radio Launching Sept. 18, Called 'Pure Dose of Awesomeness' What to Expect From Apple's Expected Radio Announcement Apple Expected to Expand Selection of iPhones     Biz Related News:   Biz Relat ...

  16. Universal Music Launches uDiscover Spotify App

    September 10, 2013 3:00 PM EDT Universal Music has launched the uDiscover Spotify app, joining a slew of other record labels that have also developed their own Spotify apps, many of which enable listeners to navigate the label's catalog and discover new releases. Unlik ...

  17. U.K. Indie Cooking Vinyl Launches in Australia

    September 06, 2013 12:23 AM EDT Martin Goldschmidt’s Cooking Vinyl has expanded into Australia. The British indie label has a new office in Melbourne, which is helmed by a twin-track team of two former Shock Records executives, Leigh Gruppetta and Stu Harvey. “Having enjoyed o ...

  18. Modular Recordings Expands Into U.K. & Europe

    August 12, 2013 6:46 AM EDT Steve “Pav” Pavlovic’s smoking hot Australian label Modular Recordings is expanding into the U.K. and Europe with the launch of a London office. The new office is managed by Adam Brooks, who joins Modular from Warp Records, where he helmed the U ...

  19. Outside Lands: Live Music Meets Live Hacks

    August 10, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Music hack-a-thons, a fairly common occurrence thanks to a proliferation of application programming interfaces, is taking on a twist this week at the Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco -- allowing the hackers to sound out their digit ...

  20. Sony Music Appoints Celine Joshua SVP Digital Sales, Scott Van Horn SVP Sales

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  21. JoJo Sues to Cut Free from Label, Cites 'Irreparable Damage' to Career

    August 01, 2013 3:57 AM EDT Once a promising pop star with two radio hits under her belt, JoJo alleges that endless delays of her as-yet-to-be-released third album sabotaged her career. Pop star JoJo had a promising career at age 13 and beat the odds by extending it anothe ...

  22. Exclusive: Universal Music, X5 Music Partnership Debuts Blue Note and Verve Titles

    July 25, 2013 1:46 PM EDT The joint venture between Universal Music Group and X5 Music Group has released its first digital compilations containing the catalogs of Universal's Blue Note Records and Verve labels. The 11 releases by the U5 imprint include such legenda ...

  23. Universal Music Launches 'The Vinyl Project' for 'Crowd-Funded' Re-Presses

    July 15, 2013 4:53 PM EDT What's better than a sure thing? A guaranteed sure thing, obviously. Uvinyl , the London-based "home of Universal Music vinyl," recently launched a re-pressing initiative they call The Vinyl Project which aims to be exactly that ...

  24. Backbeat: Pianist Arthur Hanlon Plays Benefit for Cancer Research in Mexico

    June 28, 2013 4:12 PM EDT American pianist and Universal Music Latino recording artist Arthur Hanlon (full disclosure: husband of Leila Cobo ) performed a private concert in Puebla, Mexico, to benefit non-profit Una Nueva Esperanza (A New Hope), a foundation that provide ...

  25. Marco Antonio Solis Re-Ups With Universal

    June 12, 2013 5:14 PM EDT Singer/songwriter Marco Antonio Solís, one of Latin music’s most storied artists, has renewed his contract with Universal, this time through Universal Music Latino, the label’s pop imprint.  Solís new album of pop material, Gracias Por Estar Aqu ...

  26. The Evolution of iTunes: The Birth of a Colossus

    April 26, 2013 3:01 PM EDT This is an excerpt from an article that first appeared in the May 4, 2013 issue of Billboard magazine, which also features our cover story on Rod Stewart's return to rock, an in-depth look at the 10th anniversary of the iTunes Music Store, ...

  27. Universal Music, Disney Music Strike Global Commercial, Creative Pact

    March 20, 2013 3:35 PM EDT The Walt Disney Co.'s Disney Music Group and Vivendi's Universal Music Group have expanded and deepened an ongoing relationship via a long-term global commercial and creative agreement, the companies said Wednesday. The deal, announced ...

  28. Universal Strategic Marketing Expands With Geoff Smith Hire

    February 28, 2013 12:28 AM EST EMI veteran Geoff Smith has been appointed head of digital for Universal Strategic Marketing, a newly created role. Based in London, Smith will be tasked with creating international opportunities and innovative solutions for catalog artists across ...

  29. Francis Keeling, Universal Music’s Global Head of Digital Business: Google Streaming Service ‘Is the Biggest Funnel We Can Have’

    February 26, 2013 3:53 PM EST Google’s entrance into the music streaming market would provide the music industry with “arguably the biggest funnel we can have” with regards to turning music consumers onto legal licensed services, says Francis Keeling, Universal Music’s globa ...

  30. Universal’s Briegmann Adds Central Europe Role

    February 19, 2013 3:27 AM EST Universal Music stalwart Frank Briegmann is to preside over the company’s Central European operations. Briegmann, who is based in Berlin, continues to serve as chairman and CEO of Universal Music Germany and will now also manage the affiliates ...

  31. Exclusive: Drake to Release New Single on Grammy Night

    January 31, 2013 4:07 PM EST Drake season has begun. Universal Music confirms with Billboard that Drake will release his first single off his forthcoming third album on the night of the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 10. The song's title is unconfirmed at press time, ...

  32. Morning Fix: Obama Inauguration Music Guide; Major Labels' HMV Rescue Plan; Myspace Rights Issue

    January 21, 2013 12:20 PM EST Subscribe to Billboard.biz's free Morning Fix email and other newsletters HERE OBAMA INAUGURATION MUSIC GUIDE: KATY PERRY, ALICIA KEYS, Q-TIP & MORE Just as Barack Obama's 2009 inauguration drew stars from Beyonce to Aretha Franklin, ...

  33. T.I. Shopping $75 Million Deal: Report

    January 20, 2013 2:01 PM EST T.I.'s contract with Atlantic expired last month, according to a report in TMZ , and he's working on getting a $75 million deal. The package reportedly would include three albums; 10-20 percent of publishing, touring, merchandise, film a ...

  34. Mark Poston, EMI Australia Chairman, Steps Down

    January 17, 2013 2:37 PM EST EMI Australia's chairman Mark Poston is out as Universal presses-on with its integration of EMI. According to a note circulated today by Universal Music, Poston has "decided to step down" from his current position as chairman and se ...

  35. Spotify and Rdio Expected to Launch in Japan in Coming Months (Report)

    January 11, 2013 2:08 PM EST Spotify and Rdio are expected to launch in Japan in the next few months, according to a report at Japanese music trade McClure Music.   "Rdio and Spotify will have a positive impact on the Japanese market because they're a great form of ...

  36. Universal-Led Suppliers Liable for Up to $242 Million If HMV Folds: Report

    December 27, 2012 10:51 AM EST British music and DVD retailer HMV, which has said it faces a liquidity crunch early in the new year, has seen $65 million in benefits from financial support from product suppliers, led by Universal Music, the Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. Mu ...

  37. Morning Fix: The Business of New Year's Concerts; 2013's Brands to Watch; Can Drake Trademark 'YOLO'?

    December 27, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe here to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletters THE BUSINESS OF NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERTS: On Dec. 31, thousands of concert-goers across the country will usher in 2013 to live music f rom their fav ...

  38. Chart Moves: Nicki Minaj's 'Roman' Reissue Spurs 591% Gain, Sony's 'Playlist' Series Sizzles (at $1.99)

    November 30, 2012 8:00 AM EST The Billboard 200 On the chart this week, Rihanna bounded in at No. 1 with her first chart-topping set, "Unapologetic." The SRP/Def Jam album moved 238,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, also marking Rihanna� ...

  39. Canada's Linus Entertainment Buys Solid Gold Records

    November 27, 2012 10:17 AM EST Toronto's Linus Entertainment has purchased historic Solid Gold Records, one of Canada most successful independent label in the 1980s, co-founded by Neill Dixon and the late Steve Propas. The gold and platinum selling catalog of about 30 albu ...

  40. Intocable: A Major Return

    November 19, 2012 12:37 PM EST Last year, after a lifetime with EMI Latin, Tejano/norteño fusion group Intocable decided not to renew its contract and instead went independent, self-releasing its music and handling distribution through deals with retailers and indie distribu ...

  41. Morning Fix: Universal Music Predicts $158 Million Annual Boost From EMI; Ticketmaster & Walmart Expand Deal; Depeche Mode Signs With WME

    November 14, 2012 7:08 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters UNIVERSAL MUSIC EARNINGS DIP, REVENUES RISE IN FIRST NINE MONTHS: Universal Music Group posted a 2.5% decline in earnings before interest taxes ...

  42. Universal Announces New Structure, Appointments for Nashville Label Group

    October 29, 2012 6:27 PM EDT In the wake of the EU and FTC's approvals of the Universal Music/EMI merger , the integration of the two companies' Nashville operations is coming together under chairman/CEO Mike Dungan. The four imprints within Universal Music Group Na ...

  43. Morning Fix: Apple's Music Strategy; Samsung's Profits Surge; Aguilera, Reid, Lovato Light Up Billboard Conference

    October 26, 2012 8:25 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters APPLE RADIO SERVICE RUMORS CRUSH PANDORA STOCK: Press reports claiming Apple is on track to go live with its streaming radio service in 2013 sent Pandora's stock sinki ...

  44. Morning Fix: Rara Expands; Today's Apple Event; Bertelsmann, KKR & EMI; ATP Merger

    October 23, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters RARA ADDS IOS, EXPANDS MUSIC CATALOG, PARTNERS WITH LENOVO: On-demand subscription music company Rara has launched its service on Apple's iPad and iPhones , as well de ...

  45. Columbia COO Steve Barnett in Line to Head Up Universal's New Capitol Label Group: Source

    October 05, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Columbia Records co-chairman/COO Steve Barnett is potentially days away from taking the helm of a new Capitol Label Group at Universal Music, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz Friday afternoon (October 5). The source stressed that ...

  46. Carlos Vives Debuts at No. 1 on Hot Latin Songs With New Track

    October 01, 2012 1:26 PM EDT Eight years since the release of his last album in the U.S. and following a seven-year absence from the Billboard charts, Colombian star Carlos Vives debuts at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart with "Volví a Nacer" today. The track is t ...

  47. Morning Fix: BET Brawl Video; Artists Protest Parlophone Sale; Big Album Debuts; Jay-Z Opens Barclays

    October 01, 2012 7:14 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters BET HIP-HOP AWARDS MARRED BY SCUFFLE: Atlanta police officers broke up an altercation Saturday evening between groups at the seventh annual BET Hip-Hop Awards though no arr ...

  48. Morning Fix: N.Z. Apologizes to Kim Dotcom; Mumford & Sons Juggernaut; Lyor Cohen Mgmt Firm?

    September 27, 2012 7:13 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters LIL WAYNE PASSES AN ALL-TIME ELVIS PRESLEY HOT 100 MARK: Lil Wayne has just topped Elvis Presley's mark for the most Hot 100 appearances among solo acts . As he debuts ...

  49. Universal-EMI Merger: A Timeline Of Events

    September 21, 2012 6:32 AM EDT The European Commission's approval of Universal Music's acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division -- albeit with major concessions -- is a milestone in a process that began some 15 months ago, was debated in the U.S. Senate, and ...

  50. Morning Fix: Universal-EMI EU Approval Tomorrow? Amanda Palmer Pays; Cash Money Signs Caskey

    September 20, 2012 12:33 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. AEG SALE LIKELY TO ATTRACT L.A. CONSORTIUM BID: The announcement that s ports and live-entertainment giant AEG is for sale for a reported $7 to $8 billion , has prompted s ...

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