Universal Music

  1. Van Halen To Sign With Interscope

    November 11, 2011 5:42 PM EST Iconic rock band Van Halen are set to sign with Interscope Records, says a source familiar with the negotiations. The deal is expected to be finalized next week, marking the first time in 35 years that the band will not release music through Warne ...

  2. Read: Citigroup and Vivendi's Statement About Universal Music's Purchase of EMI's Recorded Music Division

    November 11, 2011 10:00 AM EST Below is the official statement circulated today about Universal Music's purchase of EMI's recorded-music division. For Immediate Release November 11, 2011 Vivendi and Universal Music Group (UMG) to Purchase EMI Music London, Paris, New ...

  3. EMI Split Sale Approaches, But Complications Persist

    November 10, 2011 7:14 PM EST Press reports in the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal may suggest that Citigroup is close to completing two separate deals to sell EMI, but sources say that both negotiations still have complications to overcome. Citigroup is seeking $1.7 mill ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Justin Bieber's Christmas Album to Make Charity History

    October 18, 2011 8:11 PM EDT Justin Bieber is in the holiday spirit: The singer says he's the first artist on the Universal Music roster to have part of his album sales benefit charity. Partial sales from "Under the Mistletoe," his Christmas album that is out N ...

  6. Goran Bregovic Recording With Gogol Bordello, Gipsy Kings

    October 18, 2011 7:00 PM EDT On his current tour of the United States, Goran Bregovic is performing music he has recorded with Gogol Bordello, Gipsy Kings and other gypsy musicians for release in February. Bregovic and his 19-member Weddings and Funerals Orchestra has stops a ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Verve Music Group, 20th Century Fox TV Partner for 'Playboy Club' Downloads

    September 21, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Following in the footsteps of the short-lived drama American Dreams (2002 - 2005) and looking to replicate the screen-to-iPod sales savvy of Glee, Universal Music's Verve Music Group has partnered with 20th Century Fox Television and iTunes t ...

  9. Interscope Offices Used by Cocaine Ring, Federal Documents Say

    September 15, 2011 8:29 PM EDT Federal prosecutors say that the offices of Interscope Records were used by a drug-trafficking ring as a transit point for cases filled with cocaine and cash, according to a report in the Smoking Gun published Thursday. The allegation was included ...

  10. Coca-Cola Acquires Stake in Music Licensing Company

    July 22, 2011 1:36 PM EDT Coca-Cola is buying a minority stake in independent music licensing firm Music Dealers as part of a three-year nonexclusive deal under which Coke soft-drink brands will incorporate music by Music Dealer artists into their marketing campaigns. Ne ...

  11. John Turturro Wants To Bring 'Passione' Concert Tour to U.S.

    July 21, 2011 3:46 PM EDT Taking a page out of the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" history book, a concert tour featuring acts in John Turturro's film about Neapolitan music begins July 29 in Genoa and Turturro has begun exploring a way to bring the acts to the ...

  12. China's Baidu Launches Online Muisc Service, Reaches Deal With 3 Major Labels

    July 19, 2011 7:32 AM EDT BEIJING (AP) - Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, said Tuesday it will distribute music from three global labels in a deal that its partners say could help clean up China's piracy-plagued music market. Music c ...

  13. Billboard Mexican Music Awards Finalists

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT FULL LIST OF REGIONAL MEXICAN AWARD FINALISTS: Artist of the Year: Larry Hernandez Intocable Gerardo Ortiz Espinoza Paz Artist of the Year, New: Julion Alvarez Y Su Norteno Banda Gerardo Ortiz Roberto Tapia Voz De Mando Artist of the Year, Male: L ...

  14. Victor Gonzalez, Gustavo Lopez Named To Executive Posts at Universal Music Latin Ent.

    June 29, 2011 9:22 AM EDT Universal Music's Latin operation will announce today (June 29) two major appointments in its executive leadership for North and Central America, Biz has learned. In what constitutes a major change in its organization, Universal Music Latin E ...

  15. Common Signs with Warner Bros. Records

    June 24, 2011 7:42 PM EDT After a decade in the Universal Music fold, rapper Common is moving over to Warner Bros. Records. Warner Bros. Records co-president/CEO Todd Moscowitz announced the signing Friday afternoon at an outdoor concert by one of Warners' other recen ...

  16. SuperHeavy -- Featuring Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart -- Sign To Universal

    June 23, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Universal Music will release the album from SuperHeavy, a group featuring Mick Jagger, Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart, singer Joss Stone, composer A.R. Rahman and reggae artist Damian Marley. No exact release date is set, but Universal Republic w ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Columbia Records Nabs Music Rights To New NBC Series 'Smash'

    June 09, 2011 7:07 PM EDT Columbia Records has won the rights to the music from NBC's new musical series "Smash" that will premiere in mid-season. The music will include covers and originals composed by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the team behind "H ...

  19. Biopic Report Card: The Status of Films on Tupac, Queen, James Brown, Jeff Buckley and 21 More

    May 31, 2011 2:55 PM EDT Biographical films about music icons often go through lengthy development periods. Changes in directors, writers and stars are common - witness projects involving the careers of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Brian Wilson and the Mamas & ...

  20. Azerbaijan's Ell & Nikki Win 2011 Eurovision Song Contest

    May 16, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Dusseldorf - Ell and Nikki from Azerbaijan won the 56th Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf on Saturday evening in a show watched by over 130 million TV viewers in 55 countries. With their song "Running Scared", the duo comprised of vo ...

  21. Arthur Lee's Love, the Byrds' Gene Clark Get Deluxe Reissues, Release Party

    May 02, 2011 11:47 AM EDT High Moon Records , a specialty label focusing on the music of the 1960s and '70s. held a record release party and concert April 29 recalling two Sunset Strip legends, Arthur Lee's Love and the Byrds' Gene Clark. Music from the labe ...

  22. Warner Music Bidding Down to Three, More Could Join

    April 18, 2011 2:58 PM EDT The race for Warner Music Group is now down to the three most credible bids but the board would consider more bidders, according to a person with knowledge of the discussions. These three companies were identified by a Bloomberg report as Yucaipa ...

  23. Aussie.Biz: EMI Australia's She Can DJ Search

    April 07, 2011 10:50 AM EDT EMI Seeking Female DJs - EMI Australia has a new spin on talent-searching. The music company has launched She Can DJ, an A&R project to scout a hot, new female dance artist from these parts. On offer is a plethora of prizes, including a global ...

  24. Don Omar Joins Social Network Panel At Billboard Latin Music Conference

    March 31, 2011 3:38 PM EDT Billboard is pleased to announce that reggaeton star Don Omar will be a special guest on the digital panel at next month's Billboard Latin Music Conference . The singer will share the stage with Facebook's Alexandre Hohagen, Google' ...

  25. U.K. Telecom Giant BT Planning Music Subscription Service

    March 30, 2011 1:33 PM EDT U.K. telecom giant BT is reported to be working on a music download service that would be available to its 5.5 million broadband customers. According to The Guardian , "BT says it will unveil the product 'in the near future,' while ...

  26. Chris Brown Nets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    March 30, 2011 11:00 AM EDT As predicted, Chris Brown achieves his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as "F.A.M.E." bows atop the tally with 270,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "F.A.M.E." is his fourth top 10 album, following his self-titled ...

  27. News Corp in Talks With Vevo on Myspace

    March 29, 2011 7:50 AM EDT News Corp has held talks to give control of Myspace to the music label-owned video site Vevo.com, but the likelihood of a deal being reached was slim, a person with knowledge of the talks said. News Corp in February kicked off the process to explo ...

  28. 'Songs For Japan' Set For Top 5 Debut On Next Week's Billboard 200

    March 28, 2011 7:31 AM EDT "Songs for Japan," the 38-track album featuring current hits, classic tracks and live performances benefitting Japan earthquake and tsunami relief, has been selling briskly since its exclusive release at the iTunes Store on Friday for th ...

  29. Chris Brown Headed For First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    March 23, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Despite his recent flareup following an interview on "Good Morning America ," at this time next week, Chris Brown might be celebrating his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his fourth album, "F.A.M.E.," is on cou ...

  30. Vevo Wants To 'Help Reinvent Music Videos,' CEO Says At Canadian Music Week

    March 11, 2011 11:09 AM EST The opening day of Canadian Music Week Thursday included a keynote by Vevo president and CEO Rio Caraeff about how its "audience business" is monetizing music video views on YouTube with advertising and revealed new information about the ...

  31. ASCAP Elects Board Of Directors

    March 10, 2011 3:30 PM EST In addition to ASCAP president and chairman of the board Paul Williams, board members who were re-elected in the at-large field are: songwriter Marilyn Bergman; composer Richard Bellis; composer Bruce Broughton; songwriter Hal David; composer Dan ...

  32. Ringo Starr Brings Beatle Magic To Klaus Voormann Release Party

    February 13, 2011 1:28 PM EST Klaus Voormann is probably the person who can most legitimately claim to be the "fifth Beatle" - he's a friend from their Hamburg days, he illustrated the cover of "Revolver" and he played bass on many of their solo record ...

  33. Rolling Stones Tour: Who Will Produce, If It Happens After All?

    February 02, 2011 4:58 PM EST Talk of a Rolling Stones tour this year has heated up in the wake of details from former Live Nation Chairman Michael Cohl's lawsuit against the company hitting the Internet. But we stick by our assertion that if the Stones were to tour it wo ...

  34. Nokia Pulls Plug on Free Music In Most Markets

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  35. Nokia To End Free Music Downloads In Most Countries

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  36. Nokia To End Free Music Downloads In Most Countries

    January 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST The world's top cellphone maker, Nokia, is ending its bundling of free music downloads with cellphones in 27 countries, where it has gained little traction since its 2008 launch. Nokia will continue to sell phones with 12-month subscription t ...

  37. 2010 British Album Sales Down 7%, Digital Up 30%

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Album sales fell by seven percent in Britain last year, despite a 30 percent jump in the number of digital albums purchased, industry lobby group the BPI said on Wednesday. The figures compiled by the Official Charts Company extend the trend of re ...

  38. Jessie J Named Critics' Choice at BRIT Awards

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST British singer/songwriter Jessie J has won the BRITs Critics' Choice award, making it four prizes in four years for female acts. Previous winners of the prize honoring up-and-coming artists on the British pop scene were Ellie Goulding, Floren ...

  39. Medina Snags 5 Danish Music Awards

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Danish pop diva Medina won five Danish Music Awards at the ceremony held at the Bremen venue in Copenhagen. She won for best album ("Velkommen Til Medina"), best female vocalist and best newcomer, among others. Her album producer team th ...

  40. Pulp Reforms, Confirms European Festivals

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britpop band Pulp has reformed and will play shows in 2011. The band from Sheffield in the north of England has been on hiatus since 2002 and frontman Jarvis Cocker has pursued a solo career. The reunion features the full original line-up, which h ...

  41. Barenboim Seeks Classical Music Revival

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, who signed a new recording deal with classical labels Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics this week, said he had found partners who shared his musical vision. Barenboim said he was pleased the two ...

  42. Lawsuit: Whitley Family Members Seek Unpaid Royalties From Sony

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lorrie Morgan, the widow of late country artist Keith Whitley, and their children, have filed suit against Sony Music Entertainment, claiming that the major label has underpaid Whitley royalties by $1 million. Most of the underpaid royalties appea ...

  43. Irish Court Ruling Hits Anti-Piracy Hopes

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Disappointed Irish record labels are contemplating a court ruling's possible impact upon their attempts to force Internet Service Providers to tackle unauthorised downloading/file-sharing. In a ruling today in the Commercial division of the H ...

  44. Gin Wigmore, Stan Walker Clean Up At NZ Music Awards

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter Gin Wigmore and R&B/pop vocalist Stan Walker took away four awards apiece at this year's New Zealand Music Awards. Wigmore's folky Universal Music debut "Holy Smoke" (Island) won the album of the year awar ...

  45. BACKBEAT: Annie Lennox Previews New Christmas Album

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Annie Lennox is getting ready to release a Christmas album and gave a very special preview to a VIP crowd in London on September 28. “Christmas Cornucopia” is due November 15 in the United Kingdom on Island Records and the 16th in the United State ...

  46. Popkomm: The Industry Reaction

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm received mixed reviews from the biz after drawing to a close on Friday (Sept. 10) evening. The organizers put out some attendance figures and said it had been a success, following the year off in 2009. The majors were only represented with ...

  47. BACKBEAT: Universal Celebrates Freddie Mercury's Birthday

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With Universal Music widely expected to acquire rights to the Queen catalog outside North America from early 2011, it’s perhaps not a total surprise that Universal Music Group International staffers in London got into the spirit of “Freddie For A ...

  48. Apple, Google To Clash In Music Space By Christmas

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc. is in talks with music labels on plans for a download store and a digital song locker that would allow its mobile users to play songs wherever they are as it steps up its rivalry with Apple Inc, according to people familiar with the ma ...

  49. Virgin Media Unveils Mobile Music Service

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Media is launching its new Virgin Music Media Store mobile download service at the U.K.'s V Festival this weekend (Aug. 21-22). The U.K. service goes live with 1 million tracks on Aug. 21. Sony Music Entertainment, Warner Music and EMI ...

  50. Universal's A&M Records To Expand Roster

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music's U.K. imprint A&M Records is to expand its roster following the promotion of Orla Lee to managing director. Lee takes up her new post Sept. 1 following the departure of previous label head Simon Gavin, who was recently ap ...

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