Universal Music

  1. 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' ...

  2. Industry Leaders Gather In Geneva For Piracy Meeting

    January 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal head Bob Wright is among dozens of CEOs and ministers in Geneva Tuesday (Jan. 30) for a major two-day meeting aimed at stamping out piracy and counterfeiting. The gathering, under the Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and P ...

  3. Chen Joins Chinas SUM As GM

    January 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST SUM Entertainment, a Shanghai-based joint venture between Universal Music and the Shanghai Music Group (SMG) has appointed A&R chief Antonio Chen as its new GM, effective immediately. Chen replaces Carol Choi, who helped set up SUM in 2004 and ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Juanes To Launch Label With Universal Music

    January 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Colombian rock star Juanes is launching a new record label in partnership with Universal Music. 4Js is a joint venture between Juanes and Universal Music Mexico. The label will be distributed worldwide by Universal Music. 4Js has four Colombian ac ...

  6. Universal Preps Brits Album

    January 02, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music will issue next month a double-album and DVD to commemorate the annual Brit Awards. Works from British acts Kasabian, Razorlight, the Fratellis, Muse and American breakthrough successes Scissor Sisters, the Killers and Gnarls Barkl ...

  7. MuchMusic Launches User-Generated Video Contest

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Canadian video outlet MuchMusic has come up with a promotional twist to encourage young film-makers. It is inviting fans of Canadian pop rockers Hedley to submit their own versions of the band's new video, "Street Fight," to its onl ...

  8. MuchMusic Launches User-Generated Video Contest

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Winning submissions to be broadcast Dec. 4. Canadian video outlet MuchMusic has come up with a promotional twist to encourage young film-makers. It is inviting fans of Canadian pop rockers Hedley to submit their own versions of the band's new ...

  9. Jann Arden Cleans Up At SOCAN Awards

    November 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST With awards for seven of her compositions, Universal Music's Jann Arden was the big winner Wednesday night (Nov. 22) at the 17th annual SOCAN Awards gala presentation in Toronto. With awards for seven of her compositions, Universal Music' ...

  10. Vivendi Gets US Antitrust OK To Buy BMG Pub

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Companies now No. 3, 4 players in music publishing. Vivendi's Universal Music has received U.S. antitrust approval to acquire Bertelsmann AG's BMG Music Publishing, U.S. officials said on Tuesday (Nov. 14). Antitrust authorities complete ...

  11. Vivendi Gets US Antitrust OK To Buy BMG Pub

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Companies now No. 3, 4 players in music pub. Vivendi's Universal Music has received U.S. antitrust approval to acquire Bertelsmann AG's BMG Music Publishing, U.S. officials said on Tuesday (Nov. 14). Antitrust authorities completed their ...

  12. UMGI To Slash Price On Digital Catalog

    October 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Value initiative begins Nov. 1. Universal Music today (Oct. 30) unveiled details of "an aggressive European strategy" to cut the price on 1,500 digitally-delivered catalog albums. With effect from Nov. 1, Universal Music Group Internatio ...

  13. UMGI To Slash Price On Digital Catalog

    October 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music today (Oct. 30) unveiled details of "an aggressive European strategy" to cut the price on 1,500 digitally-delivered catalog albums. Universal Music today (Oct. 30) unveiled details of "an aggressive European strategy ...

  14. Sony BMG To Reign At Germany's ECHO Awards

    October 20, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Ceremony takes place Oct. 22. Sony BMG will walk away with 11 gongs at the 13th ECHO classical music awards ceremony in Germany on Sunday, Oct. 22. The company's Sony Classics will clinch the most awards for a single label at the event, follo ...

  15. Angel Music Group Taps Schroer

    October 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Angel Music Group has completed the structure of its A&R team with the recruitment of classical music specialist Jacky Schroer as A&R executive. Angel Music Group has completed the structure of its A&R team with the recruitment ...

  16. Universal Eyes New Earbook Releases

    September 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT New format to kick off Oct. 23 in U.K. Universal Music is poised to roll out the new "earbook" format. From Oct. 23, the United Kingdom will be the launch pad for six titles in the new range, which will comprise a hard-back book with at ...

  17. Universal, WPP Team To Link Bands, Brands

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music is teaming up with advertising conglomerate WPP Group to link bands and brands. The London-based venture called BrandAmp is a 50-50 partnership revealed by the two companies on Tuesday Universal Music is teaming up with advertising ...

  18. GLOBAL PULSE: HALLYDAY IN THE SUN

    September 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT After 43 years with Universal Music and its predecessor companies, French rock veteran Johnny Hallyday has released his first album at his new home, Warner Music France. After 43 years with Universal Music and its predecessor companies, French roc ...

  19. UMGI Promotes Scott

    September 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will work on projects across all Universal Music labels. Universal Music Group International has promoted Ed Scott to director of international promotions, effective immediately. In his new post, London-based Scott reports to and serves as deputy ...

  20. Canadian Music Awards For Canyon, Road Hammers

    September 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT George Canyon, the Road Hammers and the Cord Lund Band were among the double winners Monday night (Sept. 11) at the Canadian Country Music Awards, held at Harbour Station in Saint John, New Brunswick. George Canyon, the Road Hammers and the Cord L ...

  21. Canadian Music Awards For Canyon, Road Hammers

    September 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Gala held Sept. 11. George Canyon, the Road Hammers and the Cord Lund Band were among the double winners Monday night (Sept. 11) at the Canadian Country Music Awards, held at Harbour Station in Saint John, New Brunswick. Canyon picked up best male ...

  22. Runga, Elemeno P Lead NZ Nominations

    September 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Singer songwriter Bic Runga and rock band Elemeno P lead this year's New Zealand Music Awards with four nominations each. Singer songwriter Bic Runga and rock band Elemeno P lead this year's New Zealand Music Awards with four nominations ...

  23. Vivendi Seals BMG Publishing Purchase

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi's Universal Music is vaulting to the top spot in music publishing after agreeing to buy BMG Music Publishing for €1.63 billion ($2.1 billion). Vivendi's Universal Music is vaulting to the top spot in music publishing af ...

  24. Soundbuzz India Launches Video Download Service

    August 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mumbai-based Soundbuzz India Ltd. on Monday (Aug. 21) said it had launched a video-download service in India as an extension of its existing audio-download service. Mumbai-based Soundbuzz India Ltd. on Monday (Aug. 21) said it had launched a video ...

  25. YouTube, Labels Talk Video Deal

    August 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Site receives over 100 millions views a day. YouTube Inc. said on Tuesday (Aug. 15) it is talking with record labels to post thousands of music videos online, aiming to move beyond being a site for sharing home videos to a provider of mainstream e ...

  26. WMI, American Recordings Clinch Global Pact

    August 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International has forged a deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings imprint which binds the companies on a worldwide basis. Warner Music International has forged a deal with Rick Rubin's American Recordings imprint which b ...

  27. NARM News: Warning From Top Research Firm

    August 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Physical goods buisness, kiosks and more. Retailers must look to a mix of new product innovations and more aggressive consumer marketing strategies to counteract a slumping physical goods business, according to a new study from research firm NPD. ...

  28. Report: UMG Makes BMG Publishing Bid

    July 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bids coming in between $1.5 - $2 million. Vivendi's Universal Music has made a bid of close to $2 billion in the auction of Bertelsmann AG's music publishing arm, the Financial Times said on Friday (July 21), citing two people familiar w ...

  29. Euro Court Demands Re-examination Of Sony BMG

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A European Union court Thursday (July 13) annulled the European Commission's 2004 decision authorizing the merger of Sony Music and BMG. The ruling has prompted the Commission to say it will re-examin A European Union court Thursday (July 13) ...

  30. Euro Court Demands Re-examination Of Sony BMG

    July 13, 2006 12:00 AM EDT A European Union court Thursday (July 13) annulled the European Commission's 2004 decision authorizing the merger of Sony Music and BMG. The ruling has prompted the Commission to say it will re-examin A European Union court Thursday (July 13) ...

  31. EMI, Universal Argentina Shuffle Staffers

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Moves come after regime changes at the two majors. After weeks of rumors staff changes are official at EMI Music and Universal Music in Argentina. The shuffle follows regime changes at the two majors. Rafa Vila has resigned as director of A&R ...

  32. Universal Music Unlocks BBC Vaults

    July 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music will this week begin the digital rollout of rare recordings unearthed from the BBC vaults. The strategy kicks off with an album by veteran dance act The Orb, "The Orb -- The Orb's Adve Universal Music will this week begin ...

  33. EU Court To Decide Sony BMG Merger Challenge

    July 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music's merger with BMG two years ago could be annulled Thursday (July 13) when the European Union's second highest court rules on a challenge to the controversial joint-venture. Sony Music's merger with BMG two years ago could ...

  34. EU Court To Decide Sony BMG Merger Challenge

    July 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music's merger with BMG two years ago could be annulled Thursday (July 13) when the European Union's second highest court rules on a challenge to the controversial joint-venture. Sony Music's merger with BMG two years ago could ...

  35. Universal Music launches Motown In France

    July 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has launched the Motown label in France. French female hip-hop hitmaker Diam's will serve as artistic director. As an artist, Diam's remains linked with EMI/Hostile. Universal Music has launched the Motown label in France ...

  36. APRA Awards For Ben Lee, Fanning

    June 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BMG Music Publishing-signed artists Ben Lee and Bernard Fanning were the big winners at the 15th annual Australasian Performing Right Assn. awards, held today (June 5) at the Four Seasons Hotel in Syd BMG Music Publishing-signed artists Ben Lee an ...

  37. Sony BMG Shuffles Asia Operations

    May 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BMG Japan unit folded into Sony BMG Asia. Sony BMG Music Entertainment has revamped the executive line-up at its Japanese affiliate, BMG Japan. With effect from May 25, BMG Japan will be headed by the dual management team of Shigenobu Karube and D ...

  38. The Indies

    May 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The launch of Fontana by Universal Music & Video Distribution a year ago has already proved that more distribution players can be squeezed into a crowded room. Read Todd Martens' column. The launch of Fontana by Universal Music & ...

  39. UMVD Gets Name Change

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Organized in three divisions. Universal Music & Video Distribution has been renamed Universal Music Group Distribution and organized into three divisions: Universal Music Distribution, the major-label distribution company; Fontana, the year-ol ...

  40. Inaugural Aussie/NZ Urban Awards Set For July

    April 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Hip hop, R&B and soul acts from Australia and New Zealand get their first Urban Music Awards ceremony, held July 21 at Sydney's Homebush State Sport Centre. Hip hop, R&B and soul acts from Australia and New Zealand get their first ...

  41. Virgin U.K. Taps Elias As A&R Executive

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Founded S2 in 1991 with Muff Winwood. Virgin Records U.K. managing director Ferdy Unger-Hamilton is continuing to strengthen the label's management with the announcement today (March 27) that Lincoln Elias will take on from April 18 the newly ...

  42. Suit Filed Against Major Labels

    March 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Claims they hampered online music growth. A consumer class action lawsuit has been brought against the major record labels for antitrust violations, claiming that the companies hampered the growth of online music to protect their high-profit CD ma ...

  43. Entercom's Alleged Dirty Dealings

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Documents reveal specific payments. New York State attorney general Eliot Spitzer’s lawsuit charging Entercom Communications of illegally trading airtime for “secret” payments outlines numerous specific instances of alleged dirty dealings in the s ...

  44. French Online Services Slapped With Writs

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST French collecting society Spedidam has filed a suit against online retailers iTunes Music Store, Virgin Mega, Fnac Music, OD2, e-Compil and Sony Connect. French collecting society Spedidam has filed a suit against online retailers iTunes Music Sto ...

  45. French Online Services Slapped With Writs

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST French collecting society Spedidam has filed a suit against online retailers iTunes Music Store, Virgin Mega, Fnac Music, OD2, e-Compil and Sony Connect. French collecting society Spedidam has filed a suit against online retailers iTunes Music Sto ...

  46. Povia Wins Big At Italy's Sanremo Fest

    March 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Povia, who performed the song "Vorrei Avere Il Becco" (Target), was the overall winner of the 56th edition of Italy's flagship Sanremo Festival, which ran from February 27 to March 4. Povia, who performed the song "Vorrei Avere ...

  47. Show Dog And Big Machine Split

    March 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST Comes six months after launch as sister labels.. Six months after a splashy launch touting their synergy as sister labels, Big Machine Records and Show Dog Nashville have quietly split. Both labels remain fully functional but are no longer affilia ...

  48. Tokio Hotel Checks In With 4 Echo Nods

    February 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST With four nominations, German-language pop band Tokio Hotel are the frontrunners for this year's Echo Awards, to be held March 12 at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin. With four nominations, German-language pop band Tokio Hotel are the f ...

  49. Tokio Hotel Checks In With 4 Echo Nods

    February 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST With four nominations, German-language pop band Tokio Hotel are the frontrunners for this year's Echo Awards, to be held March 12 at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin. With four nominations, German-language pop band Tokio Hotel are the f ...

  50. The Indies

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST As Fontana nears its one-year mark, the independent distribution arm of Universal Music & Video Distribution has initiated efforts to promote its catalog. Read Todd Martens' column. As Fontana nears its one-year mark, the independent ...

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