Universal Music

  1. O2 Gears Up Mobile Music Activities

    February 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST U.K.-based wireless operator O2 is enhancing its music offering through a host of content partnerships. U.K.-based wireless operator O2 is enhancing its music offering through a host of content partnerships. In what it boasts as one of the "m ...

  2. Sources: Sony BMG Promotes Bowen To COO

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tim Bowen will rise to the role as COO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment as part of an executive reshuffle at the major's highest ranks, sources say. Tim Bowen will rise to the role as COO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment as part of an executive ...

  3. Sources: Sony BMG Promotes Bowen To COO

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Tim Bowen will rise to the role as COO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment as part of an executive reshuffle at the major's highest ranks, sources say. Tim Bowen will rise to the role as COO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment as part of an executive ...

  4. France's Legal File-Sharing Plan Advancing

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST The French government is moving ahead with plans for a controversial law that would legalize file-sharing of music and films, a move that could undo years of anti-piracy work by the entertainment indu The French government is moving ahead with pla ...

  5. France's Legal File-Sharing Plan Advancing

    February 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST The French government is moving ahead with plans for a controversial law that would legalize file-sharing of music and films, a move that could undo years of anti-piracy work by the entertainment indu The French government is moving ahead with pla ...

  6. Ralph Carr Management Signs Amorosi

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Melbourne-based Ralph Carr Management today (Jan. 24) signed 24-year old Australian soul-blues singer Vanessa Amorosi to his artist stable. Melbourne-based Ralph Carr Management today (Jan. 24) signed 24-year old Australian soul-blues singer Vanes ...

  7. Ralph Carr Management Signs Amorosi

    January 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Melbourne-based Ralph Carr Management today (Jan. 24) signed 24-year old Australian soul-blues singer Vanessa Amorosi to his artist stable. Melbourne-based Ralph Carr Management today (Jan. 24) signed 24-year old Australian soul-blues singer Vanes ...

  8. Universal Launches Apollo In Europe

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music today (Jan. 23) unveiled the launch of Apollo, a new multi-territory label which intends to capitalize on one-off hits from across Europe. Universal Music today (Jan. 23) unveiled the launch of Apollo, a new multi-territory label w ...

  9. Universal Launches Apollo In Europe

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Venture will target one-off tracks. Universal Music today (Jan. 23) unveiled the launch of Apollo, a new multi-territory label which intends to capitalize on one-off hits from across Europe. The venture comprises two distinct units, Apollo Recordi ...

  10. Universal Launches Apollo In Europe

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST Venture will target one-off tracks. Universal Music today (Jan. 23) unveiled the launch of Apollo, a new multi-territory label which intends to capitalize on one-off hits from across Europe. The venture comprises two distinct units, Apollo Recordi ...

  11. DRA Gets Daddy Yankee Exclusive

    January 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Will distribute 'Barrio Fino.' Independent digital music aggregator and distributor Digital Rights Agency won the exclusive rights to distribute Daddy Yankee’s “Barrio Fino” album via digital and mobile channels. Daddy Yankee is signed t ...

  12. Unger-Hamilton Appointed Virgin U.K. MD

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Veteran Universal Music executive Ferdy Unger-Hamilton has been hired to fill the vacant role as managing director of Virgin Records U.K., with effect from Jan. 13. He succeeds the former Virgin U.K. Veteran Universal Music executive Ferdy Unger-H ...

  13. Unit Sales Topped Billion Mark In '05

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST Total jumped 22.7% from previous year. Unit sales in 2005 topped the billion mark for the first time in the Nielsen SoundScan era, which began in May 1991. According to data released by the White Plains, N.Y.-based company, total units jumped 22.7 ...

  14. Japan's Victor Inks iTunes Content Deal

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sony, BMG, Warner yet to sign up. Tokyo-based label Victor Entertainment has begun making its repertoire available on the Japanese version of iTunes Music Store, with effect from today (Dec. 21). VE will initially offer 208 tracks from 18 albums b ...

  15. Japan's Victor Inks iTunes Content Deal

    December 21, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tokyo-based label Victor Entertainment has begun making its repertoire available on the Japanese version of iTunes Music Store, with effect from today (Dec. 21). Tokyo-based label Victor Entertainment has begun making its repertoire available on t ...

  16. UMVD Names VP Of Sales Analysis

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST Kroeger moves to role from Macy's Merch Group. Universal Music & Video Distribution has appointed Erin Kroeger VP of sales analysis. Kroeger is based in Universal City and reports to Mike Davis, executive VP of sales and marketing. Kroege ...

  17. Oz Retailers Decide On Earlier Release Date

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST From this weekend, the Australian Music Retailers Assn.'s members will sell new releases from Saturday instead of Sunday in a move to cash in on Christmas trading, the trade body said today (Dec. 1). From this weekend, the Australian Music Re ...

  18. Visual Ent To Offer Fitness Titles

    October 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT First releases include 'Perfect Abs' in stores Nov. 1. Universal Music & Video Distribution's independent DVD arm, Visual Entertainment, will now be releasing fitness titles. VE, which also distributes DVDs from Palm Pictures, X ...

  19. Indie DVD Label Launches

    October 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 'Freestyle' to focus on independent films. Independent film producer Susan Jackson (“Cabin Fever”) has formed the new DVD label Freestyle Home Entertainment. Freestyle, which will focus on independent films, will be distributed by Visual ...

  20. John Peel Site To Aid Unsigned Acts

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Revered British radio DJ died a year ago. Universal Music U.K. has joined forces with revived indie label Dandelion Records to launch a new-music Web service dedicated to John Peel, the late highly revered British radio broadcaster and DJ. Accessi ...

  21. John Peel Site To Aid Unsigned Acts

    October 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Revered British radio DJ died a year ago. Universal Music U.K. has joined forces with revived indie label Dandelion Records to launch a new-music Web service dedicated to John Peel, the late highly revered British radio broadcaster and DJ. Accessi ...

  22. Report: Bertelsmann Wants Lack Out At Sony BMG

    October 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Does not want to renew CEO's contract. Germany's Bertelsmann has told its music business partner Sony Corp. it does not want to renew the contract of CEO Andrew Lack to run the unit, according to a Monday report in The New York Times cit ...

  23. UMG To Tap Into New Revenue Streams

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music said it is transforming itself into a broader entertainment company that derives more revenue from untapped sources like advertising. UMG senior executives discussed their strategy wit Universal Music, the world's largest reco ...

  24. Fat Freddy's Drop Wins Four NZ Awards

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Wellington band Fat Freddy's Drop emerged as the main winner of the 2005 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, known as the "Tuis" after the trophy that is presented to winners. The Finn Brothers, Scribe Wellington band Fat Freddy' ...

  25. Fat Freddy's Drop Wins Four NZ Awards

    October 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Finn Brothers, Scribe and Evermore get Int'l Award. Wellington band Fat Freddy's Drop emerged as the main winner of the 2005 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards, known as the "Tuis" after the trophy that is presented to winners. ...

  26. Belgian Consumer Group Loses Private-Copy Case

    September 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Belgium's Court of Appeal has ruled that domestic law recognizes the concept of private copying as an exception, which does not override copyright protection. Belgium's Court of Appeal has ruled that domestic law recognizes the concept o ...

  27. Universal's eLabs Ups Povich

    September 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Business & legal VP based in N.Y. Susan Povich has been promoted to VP of business & legal affairs for Universal Music eLabs, Universal Music Group's new media and technologies division. Povich, who was a senior director at eLabs, ...

  28. Belgian Consumer Group Loses Private-Copy Case

    September 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT IFPI Belgium victorious in protecting copyright. Belgium's Court of Appeal has ruled that domestic law recognizes the concept of private copying as an exception, which does not override copyright protection. On Sept. 9, the Brussels-based app ...

  29. Machete Grabs Wisin & Yandel

    September 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Reggaeton duo sign multi-album deal. Reggaetón duo Wisin & Yandel, best known for their single, "Rácata," and their R. Kelly collaboration, "Burn It Up," have signed a multi-album recording deal with Machete Music, Universa ...

  30. Linus, Koch Enter Distribution Deal

    September 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Pact covers U.S. Toronto-based Linus Entertainment has aligned with New York-based Koch Records for U.S. distribution. Linus, which has released albums in its native country from such artists as Gordon Lightfoot and Ron Sexsmith, remains distribut ...

  31. UMVD's Visual Ent. Signs New Deal

    August 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT To release indie films from Bauer Martinez Distr. Universal Music and Video Distribution's Visual Entertainment arm has signed a deal to distribute independent films from Bauer Martinez Distribution. VE will distribute Bauer Martinez theatric ...

  32. Report From NARM's Third Day

    August 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT UMVD Presents Upcoming Releases Universal Music & Video Distribution launched the third day of the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers convention with a three-song performance by Styx, followed by a showcase of wares the company will bri ...

  33. Sony BMG Germany Buys Stake In Four Music

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG Germany has bought a 50% stake in Four Music Productions, the Berlin-based label owned by German hip hop group Fantastische Vier. Sony BMG Germany has bought a 50% stake in Four Music Productions, the Berlin-based label owned by German hi ...

  34. iTunes Debuts In Japan

    August 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Apple Computer today (Aug. 4) launched its iTunes Music Store in Japan, the world's second biggest recorded music market. Initially, one million titles are available from 15 labels, incl As expected, Apple Computer today (Aug. 4) ...

  35. iTunes Debuts In Japan

    August 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Apple Computer today (Aug. 4) launched its iTunes Music Store in Japan, the world's second biggest recorded music market. As expected, Apple Computer today (Aug. 4) launched its iTunes Music Store in Japan, the world's secon ...

  36. Coca-Cola Teams With Loudeye For NZ Downloads

    August 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Coca-Cola yesterday (Aug. 2) launched an online music store in New Zealand. It marks the soft drinks giant's first digital music foray into the Pacific region. Coca-Cola yesterday (Aug. 2) launched an online music store in New Zealand. It mar ...

  37. Coca-Cola Teams With Loudeye For NZ Downloads

    August 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Coca-Cola yesterday (Aug. 2) launched an online music store in New Zealand. It marks the soft drinks giant's first digital music foray into the Pacific region. Coca-Cola yesterday (Aug. 2) launched an online music store in New Zealand. It mar ...

  38. France's SFR Strikes Pact With Sony BMG

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG has struck a content deal to supply 100,000 songs for download on French mobile operator SFR's third-generation cellular phone service. SFR struck a similar agreement with Universal Music jus Sony BMG has struck a content deal to sup ...

  39. France's SFR Strikes Pact With Sony BMG

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG has struck a content deal to supply 100,000 songs for download on French mobile operator SFR's third-generation cellular phone service. SFR struck a similar agreement with Universal Music jus Sony BMG has struck a content deal to sup ...

  40. Original Little River Band Win Legal Case

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Three original members of Australian act Little River Band have won the right to advertise themselves as the founders and songwriters of the '70s hitmakers. Three original members of Australian act Little River Band have won the right to adve ...

  41. Original Little River Band Win Legal Case

    July 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Trio plan to relaunch act in U.S. Three original members of Australian act Little River Band have won the right to advertise themselves as the founders and songwriters of the '70s hitmakers. The trio -- Beeb Birtles, Glenn Shorrock and Graeha ...

  42. Live 8 Shatters Records

    July 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Records tumbled as an estimated worldwide audience of 2 billion tuned in Saturday (July 2) to Bob Geldof's historic Live 8. AOL says its exclusive Internet feed of the multi-concert event broke all e Records tumbled as an estimated worldwide ...

  43. Live 8 Shatters Records

    July 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Records tumbled as an estimated worldwide audience of 2 billion tuned in Saturday (July 2) to Bob Geldof's historic Live 8. AOL says its exclusive Internet feed of the multi-concert event broke all e Records tumbled as an estimated worldwide ...

  44. Sony BMG, Mashboxx Enter Pact

    June 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Music giant Sony BMG has finalized its deal with the legal file-sharing network Mashboxx, two days after a U.S. court dealt a blow to Mashboxx's unauthorized rivals such as Grokster. Music giant Sony BMG has finalized its deal with the legal ...

  45. Koch Music Publishing Names Bischof

    June 28, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rainer Bischof has been named managing director of Universal Music division Koch Music Publishing in German-speaking Europe, Koch Music. COLOGNE, Germany (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Rainer Bischof has been named managing director of Universal Musi ...

  46. UMVD, Karaoke Label Enter Agreement

    June 23, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Market expected to top $50 million in 2005. Universal Music & Video Distribution signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Sybersound Records, a producer of home-market karaoke software. The agreement, which takes effect immediately, cov ...

  47. Ryko Distribution Inks Two

    June 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Chicago's Bloodshot Records joins Ryko fold. New York-based Ryko Distribution has reached an exclusive U.S. distribution agreement with Chicago roots label Bloodshot Records, Billboard.biz has learned. Bloodshot, which has released albums fro ...

  48. Universal Deal Opens BBC Broadcast Vault

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has forged a "landmark" licensing deal which will allow it to leverage audio and visual content from the BBC's comprehensive broadcast archive. Universal Music has forged a "landmark" licensing deal which w ...

  49. Universal Deal Opens BBC Broadcast Vault

    June 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has forged a "landmark" licensing deal which will allow it to leverage audio and visual content from the BBC's comprehensive broadcast archive. Universal Music has forged a "landmark" licensing deal which w ...

  50. BMG Ricordi Publishing Appoints Deputy MD

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Italian industry executive Graziano Ostuni has joined BMG Ricordi Music Publishing Italy as deputy general manager. In that Milan-based role, Ostuni will oversee the publishing firm's pop musi Veteran Italian industry executive Grazia ...

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