Universal Music

  1. Online Exclusive: Five Canadian Acts Burning Their Way To International Stardom

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST While artists as diverse as Michael Buble and Arcade Fire prove Canada's ongoing strength as a source of international talent, rising artists wait in the wings. Here are capsule profiles of five Canadian artists to watch. Basia Bulat Hometown ...

  2. Vivendi Expects 500,000 Zaoza Subscribers By End ’08

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Vivendi expects its new Internet music, ringtone and videogames provider Zaoza to attract 500,000 subscribers by the end of the year, the French telecoms and media group said. The portal, which commercially launched yesterday (Feb. 20), offers a s ...

  3. London's Marquee Club Closes

    February 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST The latest incarnation of London's Marquee Club has been forced to shutter, just six months after opening for business. The famous club, now sited at 14 Upper Saint Martin's Lane, on the edge of central London's Soho district, has b ...

  4. Sundin Joins Universal, Sources Say

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran Sony BMG Nordic executive Per Sundin has changed camp, well informed sources tell Billboard.biz. Sundin is joining Universal Music as managing director of its Swedish company. Sources say Sundin will report in his new role to Vico Antippas ...

  5. Universal Talks With Google, top100.cn On China Service

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music confirms that it is holding talks with Google and Beijing-based music-download service top100.cn to provide music via the Web in China. "Universal has expressed interest in participating in Google and top100.cn's legal mu ...

  6. Baidu, Sohu In Crosshairs Of China Legal Fight

    February 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The IFPI is stepping up its campaign against Internet piracy in China. The international labels body said legal proceedings were filed by member labels Feb. 4 against China's biggest internet company, Beijing-based Baidu, as well as Web porta ...

  7. Atlantic U.K. Returns To Asylum

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music division Atlantic U.K. has re-launched the Asylum imprint in Britain and appointed Ben Cook as managing director of the new frontline label. Cook was previously head of the record label division of Ministry of Sound. The revived Asylu ...

  8. Stones Sign With Universal For Soundtrack

    January 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Rolling Stones have signed a one-album deal with Universal Music as they approach the end of their current contract with EMI, which is understood to expire this year. The band's worldwide deal with Universal is just for the soundtrack alb ...

  9. BRIT Awards Hopefuls Celebrate Nominations

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST BRITS nominees have been talking to Billboard.biz about their prospects for the forthcoming awards ceremony. Double nominee Natasha Khan praised the "supportive" label bosses at EMI who relaunched her debut album "Fur and Gold" ...

  10. WMG Strips DRM For Amazon Downloads

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has begun selling DRM-free downloads through Amazon.com. With effect from today, WMG has ended its MP3 hold-out by offering works from its digital audio catalog to buy from Amazon MP3, the online retailer's DRM-free downloa ...

  11. Pre-Christmas CD Sales On The Up, Says BPI

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST The BPI has reported a standout trading period in the lead-up to Christmas. CD album sales could achieve the rare feat of topping the 8 million mark this week, the trade body said today, on the back of 6.3 million CD sales last week. The figures a ...

  12. Linus Acquires True North Records

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Canadian music pioneer Bernie Finkelstein sold True North Records, the company he created in 1969, to Mississauga, Ont.-based Linus Entertainment in a deal announced today. "It's been a long, interesting and fulfilling road starting and ...

  13. Lazo Exits Big Machine

    December 17, 2007 12:00 AM EST Big Machine Records national director of sales and marketing Penny Lazo has exited the label to pursue management and marketing opportunities. Lazo’s replacement has not yet been named. Dallas-based Lazo joined the label almost two years ago from ...

  14. Telecom Italia Launches AliceMusic In France

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Telecom Italia, which operates France's fourth ISP under the Alice brand, has launched an "all-you-can-eat" music service, AliceMusic. The service is available at no additional charge to subscribers of Alicebox, Alice's integra ...

  15. Winehouse Cancels 2007 Dates, Appearances

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Amy Winehouse's unconventional lifestyle, it seems, has caught up with her. The British pop star has been forced to pull the plug on her schedule for the rest of 2007, due to unspecified illness. Winehouse has "cancelled all remaining li ...

  16. YouTube Launches In Germany

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Online video-sharing platform YouTube has launched a German version. YouTube.de went live yesterday, having forged licensing partnerships with more than 60 content providers, including Universal Music and Sony BMG. "The high click rates of vi ...

  17. France's SFR Launches 'All You Can Eat' Download Service

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST France's second mobile operator SFR launched an all-you-can-eat permanent music download service, to be integrated in its new 3G+ "Illimythics" mobile offer. Customers will get unlimited download over-the-air access to more than 150 ...

  18. 'Covermounts' Dispute Erupts In Belgium

    October 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music artist Sarah Bettens is at the center of a "covermount" row in Belgium. The Belgian Federation of Distributors and Retailers (FEDIS) has filed a complaint with the federal department of economic affairs over the distribut ...

  19. Universal, AIM Clash Over V2 Acquisition

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music and independent trade body AIM have become embroiled in a row over the major's acquisition of the V2 label. AIM has gone public on its submission to the U.K. government's Office of Fair Trading (OFT), criticising Universa ...

  20. London's Marquee Goes Live

    September 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT London's Marquee Club was relaunched as a live music venue last night with a private party featuring performances by Australian alternative rock band the Basics and local indie act Marner Brown. The central London venue will host an official ...

  21. Video Competition Extends Lifespan Of Alleycats' Songs

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Technology and art have formed a symbiotic relationship to ensure that the songs of popular Malaysian recording group the Alleycats live on through a video competition. The Alleycats have recorded 29 albums with Universal Music since their 1969 de ...

  22. WMG, Sony BMG Launch Digital Platform In Russia

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music and Sony BMG, along with two Russian record labels, launched a wholesale digital distribution platform in Russia on Thursday, a market dominated by piracy across the entire entertainment industry. The two majors said they had formed a ...

  23. GoTV Taps Cocco For Producing Role

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Gabriela Cocco has joined mobile TV network GoTV as executive producer of its new Latin music channel, set for launch this summer. Cocco will be based in Sherman Oaks, Calif. and will report directly to Rachael McLean, VP of GoTV's music grou ...

  24. NZ Industry Bodies Ring Changes

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New appointments have been confirmed today (June 12) for the boards of Phonographic Performances NZ (PPNZ) and the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ). Phil Howling, the newly appointed GM of Warner Music New Zealand, succeeds hi ...

  25. APRA Wins For Augie March, Wolfmother

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Augie March's guitarist Glenn Richards had a double win at the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) awards, held today at the Melbourne Town Hall. APRA's 33,000 voting members chose Richards' "One Crowded Hour" ...

  26. Sanctuary Sells Air Edel Stake

    May 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Financially-troubled British independent music firm Sanctuary has sold its stake in Air Edel for almost half a million pounds. In a statement issued this morning to the London Stock Exchange, Sanctuary said it had "disposed of its interests i ...

  27. MuchMusic Noms Announced

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With five nominations each, Warner Music band Billy Talent and Roadrunner’s Nickelback lead the pack of Canadian nominees at the 18th Annual MuchMusic Video Awards. The event, to be held June 17 at MuchMusic's landmark headquarters in downtow ...

  28. mun2 Rolls Out New Programming

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bilingual entertainment cable channel mun2 is rolling out three new shows for its Latino youth audience, and its parent network Telemundo announced new concert specials, as part of their upfront presentations in New York this week. In addition to ...

  29. Amazon Store To Sell Music Free Of Copy Protection

    May 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc. said on Wednesday the company will launch a digital music store later in 2007 with millions of songs, free of copy protection technology that limits where consumers can play their music. The Seattle-based company said music company ...

  30. 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, ...

  31. Source: EU To Approve Universal/BMG Deal This Month

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi's Universal Music will receive approval from the European Commission to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The approval will come this month after Vivendi offered to sell s ...

  32. HMV Looks To Arctic Monkeys In Tough Trade

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British music and books retailer HMV Group Plc said on Thursday it was confident profits for the full year would be in line with restated analyst expectations despite an extremely tough market. The group, which issued a profit warning in March due ...

  33. Universal's Antippas Elevated In Europe

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music stalwart Victor Antippas has been handed a promotion. With effect from May 1, Antippas will rise to senior VP, Universal Music Group International, and president of Nordic, Central and Eastern Europe. Zurich, Switzerland-based Anti ...

  34. Reuters: EMI had 16.1% U.K. Market Share In Q1

    April 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group accounted for 16.1% of all albums sold in the U.K. in the first quarter of 2007, behind Universal but level with Sony BMG and ahead of Warner Music Group, market data seen by Reuters shows. The U.K. has traditionally been one of EMI' ...

  35. Helmut Lotti Wins Law Suit

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Flemish singer Helmut Lotti and his manager Piet Roelen have won a lawsuit brought against the artist's former record label BMG-Ariola. The Brussels Court of Appeal awarded Lotti and Roelen a provisional damages sum of almost €410,000 ($303,0 ...

  36. Popkomm Busts Out

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Despite a decline in record sales in recent years, the German music industry can boast one significant success story-the development of the Popkomm music fair since it moved to Berlin in 2004. According to the IFPI, retail sales of all recorded mu ...

  37. Berlin: Music City

    April 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT When David Bowie moved to the divided city of Berlin in 1976, he joined 2 million inhabitants of what was effectively an island surrounded by the communist German Democratic Republic. This particular contrast between east and west left such an imp ...

  38. PIAS Heads Down Under

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Brussels-based label and distributor Play It Again Sam is setting up an Australian and New Zealand base. It has signed a 50:50 joint-venture deal with Liberator Music, part of Michael Gudinski's Melbourne-based Mushroom Group of companies, to ...

  39. EC Issues Anti-Trust Statement Naming Apple, Majors

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission says Apple Inc. and the major record companies may be guilty of violating competition regulations on Apple's iTunes Music Store. The Commission -- the European Union's anti-trust authority -- confirmed today (Apri ...

  40. Castello Branco Takes Reins At EMI Brazil

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Universal Music executive Marcelo Castello Branco has taken charge at EMI Music Brazil as managing director, effective April 2. Castello Branco, whose career spans 20 years in the music industry, was most recently the Madrid-based president ...

  41. Universal Managing Director To Step Down

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Dries van der Schuyt will step down as Managing Director of Universal International on April 13, it was revealed yesterday. No replacement for the position has been disclosed. Van der Schuyt has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 3 ...

  42. Universal To Drop Rondor?

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has added Rondor Music U.K. to the list of names it is prepared to drop from its catalog in order to secure European Commission approval for its purchase of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have confirmed. ...

  43. Bebo, 7digital Team For Downloads

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bebo, the U.K.-based international social networking Web site, has joined forces with British online music retailer 7digital to enable artists to sell music directly to consumers. The deal, which kicks off today (March 28), will enable Bebo's ...

  44. Sources: BMG May Spin-Off Zomba Pub, 19 Songs

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a move to assuage the European Commission's merger concerns, a raft of assets could be offloaded as part of Universal Music's acquisition of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have revealed. BMG Music Publishing ...

  45. Cunning Fox Outlines HMV Survival Plans

    March 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British market-leading music and entertainment retailer HMV Group plc this morning issued a profit warning and unveiled a "radical" three-year review of the company's operations. The company's stockprice fell 11.29% in morning ...

  46. Silbermond Leads Germany's Echo Nominations

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST With four nominations, rock band Silbermond is the frontrunner heading into Germany's 16th annual Echo Awards, to be held March 25. The act is up for group rock/pop national, and is nominated for hit of the year with "Das Beste" (Co ...

  47. Harbich Moves To Capitol Music Germany

    February 23, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI today (Feb. 23) revealed that Achim Harbich, the former head of German independent Edel, has been appointed the new managing director of EMI's Capitol label in Cologne, Germany. Harbich reports to EMI Music Germany president Birgit Adels. ...

  48. Sony BMG Canada Cuts Staff

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Toronto headquarters of Sony BMG Music Canada closed Monday (Feb. 19) as an estimated 15 employees were dismissed. According to sources, staffers were notified late last week that the head office would be closed and that all positions were und ...

  49. Juanes Set For Billboard Latin Conference

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Colombian superstar Juanes will sit for an exclusive interview at Billboard's Latin Music Conference, to be held April 23-26 in Miami. This will be The artist's first public interview since the end of his world tour in the fall of 2006. ...

  50. Eddy Upped At Hollywood

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Curt Eddy has been promoted to senior VP of sales for Hollywood Records, where he is responsible for all sales efforts on behalf of Hollywood and Lyric Street Records. Eddy is based in Burbank, Cailf. and reports to Abbey Konowitch, the label' ...

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