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  1. French Labels Drop Singles Prices

    October 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In an attempt to revive France's declining singles market, some leading labels have decided to lower the price of singles by about 25%. In an attempt to revive France's declining singles market, some leading labels have decided to lower ...

  2. Universal Malaysia's Monteiro To Chair RIM

    October 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music (Malaysia) managing director Sandy Monteiro has been elected chairman of local labels body the Recording Industry of Malaysia (RIM) for a two-year term. Monteiro replaces Darren Choy, Universal Music (Malaysia) managing director Sa ...

  3. Doctorow Joins Ventura As COO

    October 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Film industry veteran Eric Doctorow has been named COO of independent home-video company Ventura Entertainment Enterprises. Film industry veteran Eric Doctorow has been named COO of independent home-video company Ventura Entertainment Enterprises. ...

  4. OD2 Launches New Mobile Music Payment System

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT OD2 (On Demand Distribution), the fully-owned international subsidiary of Seattle-based Loudeye Corp, has launched a new mobile-phone payment system for digital music in Europe. OD2 (On Demand Distribution), the fully-owned international subsidiar ...

  5. OD2 Launches New Mobile Music Payment System

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT OD2 (On Demand Distribution), the fully-owned international subsidiary of Seattle-based Loudeye Corp, has launched a new mobile-phone payment system for digital music in Europe. OD2 (On Demand Distribution), the fully-owned international subsidiar ...

  6. UMVD Names Key Video Exec

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music & Video Distribution has named Soumya Sriraman has VP of marketing and operations for visual entertainment. Universal Music & Video Distribution has named Soumya Sriraman has VP of marketing and operations for visual en ...

  7. UMVD Names Key Video Exec

    September 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music & Video Distribution has named Soumya Sriraman has VP of marketing and operations for visual entertainment. Universal Music & Video Distribution has named Soumya Sriraman has VP of marketing and operations for visual en ...

  8. Choy Departs EMI Malaysia For Adidas

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT EMI Malaysia managing director Darren Choy is exiting after a 15-year career at the label. He will join Adidas Malaysia as managing director in October. EMI Malaysia managing director Darren Choy is exiting after a 15-year career at the label. He ...

  9. Elvis, Beatles Inducted Into U.K. Hall Of Fame

    September 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Bob Marley, Madonna and U2 have been named as founding inductees to the U.K. Music Hall of Fame, details on which were unveiled today (Sept. 9). Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Bob Marley, Madonna and U2 have been named as ...

  10. Elvis, Beatles Inducted Into U.K. Hall Of Fame

    September 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Bob Marley, Madonna and U2 have been named as founding inductees to the U.K. Music Hall of Fame, details on which were unveiled today (Sept. 9). Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Bob Marley, Madonna and U2 have been named as ...

  11. Viacom Closes On Viva Buy

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT MTV parent Viacom has completed the purchase of a 75.83% stake in German music television group Viva Media. The American media giant confirmed yesterday (Aug. 26) that it had closed the deal with the MTV parent Viacom has completed the purchase of ...

  12. Viacom Closes On Viva Buy

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT MTV parent Viacom has completed the purchase of a 75.83% stake in German music television group Viva Media. The American media giant confirmed yesterday (Aug. 26) that it had closed the deal with the MTV parent Viacom has completed the purchase of ...

  13. Vagrant To Shift From TVT To Universal

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Distribution of L.A.-based Vagrant Records will move to Universal in January 2005 after its current P&D deal with TVT Records runs out, Vagrant partners Rich Egan and Jon Cohen tell Billboard.biz. Distribution of L.A.-based Vagrant Records ...

  14. Vagrant To Shift From TVT To Universal

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Distribution of L.A.-based Vagrant Records will move to Universal in January 2005 after its current P&D deal with TVT Records runs out, Vagrant partners Rich Egan and Jon Cohen tell Billboard.biz. Distribution of L.A.-based Vagrant Records ...

  15. UMVD To Distribute Palm Pictures

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Palm Pictures and Universal Music and Video Distribution (UMVD) have signed a distribution deal. Starting in September, most of Palm's music and video product will be distributed through UMVD's recent Palm Pictures and Universal Music an ...

  16. UMVD To Distribute Palm Pictures

    August 02, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Palm Pictures and Universal Music and Video Distribution (UMVD) have signed a distribution deal. Starting in September, most of Palm's music and video product will be distributed through UMVD's recent Palm Pictures and Universal Music an ...

  17. Ministry Of Sound Splits With CEO Rodol

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Mark Rodol, CEO of London-based dance music specialist Ministry of Sound (MoS), has exited the company after 11 years' service. Mark Rodol, CEO of London-based dance music specialist Ministry of Sound (MoS), has exited the company after 11 ye ...

  18. Ministry Of Sound Splits With CEO Rodol

    July 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Mark Rodol, CEO of London-based dance music specialist Ministry of Sound (MoS), has exited the company after 11 years' service. Mark Rodol, CEO of London-based dance music specialist Ministry of Sound (MoS), has exited the company after 11 ye ...

  19. UMVD Getting Into Indie Biz

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Look for Universal Music & Video Distribution to start a U.S. independent distribution company in the next few months. Sources say the company is still on the drawing board, but the plan is to see Look for Universal Music & Video Distr ...

  20. UMVD Getting Into Indie Biz

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Look for Universal Music & Video Distribution to start a U.S. independent distribution company in the next few months. Sources say the company is still on the drawing board, but the plan is to see Look for Universal Music & Video Distr ...

  21. About-Face: Concord Moving To UMVD

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In a last-minute switch, Concord Records has cut a U.S. distribution deal with Universal Music &amp; Video Distribution (UMVD). The L.A.-based jazz label <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archi In a last-minute switch, Concord R ...

  22. About-Face: Concord Moving To UMVD

    July 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT In a last-minute switch, Concord Records has cut a U.S. distribution deal with Universal Music &amp; Video Distribution (UMVD). The L.A.-based jazz label <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archi In a last-minute switch, Concord R ...

  23. UMVD Picks Up Xenon

    July 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT UMVD Visual Entertainment, the DVD division of Universal Music &amp; Video Distribution, has inked a deal to distribute titles from Spanish-language/urban company Xenon Pictures. UMVD Visual Entertainment, the DVD division of Universal Music & ...

  24. Universal Holds At No. 1 In 1st-Half Market Share

    July 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. music industry finished the first half of 2004 with album sales of 305.7 million units, up 6.9% from the 285.9 million units scanned in the corresponding period last year, according to Nielse The U.S. music industry finished the first hal ...

  25. UMVD Holds At No. 1 In 1st-Half Market Share

    July 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. music industry finished the first half of 2004 with album sales of 305.7 million units, up 6.9% from the 285.9 million units scanned in the corresponding period last year, according to Nielse The U.S. music industry finished the first hal ...

  26. Elton John Raises £1.5M For Royal Academy

    July 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Elton John's series of charity concerts in the United Kingdom with the Royal Academy of Music's orchestra and choir have raised &#163;1.5 million ($2.74 million) for the academy. Elton John's series of charity concerts in the Un ...

  27. Elton John Raises £1.5M For Royal Academy

    July 06, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Elton John's series of charity concerts in the United Kingdom with the Royal Academy of Music's orchestra and choir have raised &#163;1.5 million ($2.74 million) for the academy. Elton John's series of charity concerts in the Un ...

  28. Viacom Makes Move For Germany's Viva

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Viacom today confirmed it is in the process of acquiring full ownership of German broadcaster Viva Media in a deal valued at about &#x20AC;308.66 million ($373 million). Viacom today confirmed it is in the process of acquiring full ownership o ...

  29. Viacom Makes Move For Germany's Viva

    June 24, 2004 12:00 AM EDT M&#252;hlemann, Gorny would run combined entity. Viacom today confirmed it is in the process of acquiring full ownership of German broadcaster Viva Media in a deal valued at about €308.66 million ($373 million). Viva is MTV's biggest comp ...

  30. Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BMG Merger

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following word June 17 that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti will recommend approval of the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, independent labels, retailers and consumer groups BRUSSELS -- Following word June 17 that Europea ...

  31. Uni U.K. To Introduce Mini CD Format In July

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Some of the world's largest record companies are testing a new music format in Europe known as the pocket CD to spin new life into faltering music singles. Some of the world's largest record companies are testing a new music format in Eu ...

  32. Uni U.K. To Introduce Mini CD Format In July

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Some of the world's largest record companies are testing a new music format in Europe known as the pocket CD to spin new life into faltering music singles. Some of the world's largest record companies are testing a new music format in Eu ...

  33. Uni U.K. To Introduce Mini CD Format In July

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Some of the world's largest record companies are testing a new music format in Europe known as the pocket CD to spin new life into faltering music singles. Some of the world's largest record companies are testing a new music format in Eu ...

  34. Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BMG Merger

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Following word June 17 that European Union Competition Commissioner Mario Monti will recommend approval of the proposed merger of Sony Music and BMG, independent labels, retailers and consumer groups Objectors Slam Monti's Approval Of Sony-BM ...

  35. Artemis Buys Tone-Cool, Inks Jimmy Cliff

    June 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tone-Cool founder Rosenblatt stays on as prez. Artemis Records has acquired blues and roots label Tone-Cool Records and signed reggae legend Jimmy Cliff to an exclusive North American deal. The roster of Wellesley Hills, Mass.-based Tone-Cool incl ...

  36. NARM Reveals Awards Finalists

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT NARM has unveiled the finalists for its 2003-04 Merchandiser and Supplier of the Year Awards. Billboard Information Group is a finalist in the category of related products and services, as is sister c NARM has unveiled the finalists for its 2003-0 ...

  37. NARM Reveals Awards Finalists

    June 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT NARM has unveiled the finalists for its 2003-04 Merchandiser and Supplier of the Year Awards. Billboard Information Group is a finalist in the category of related products and services, as is sister c NARM has unveiled the finalists for its 2003-0 ...

  38. UMVD Pacts With 19

    May 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Tamyra Gray scheduled as first release. Universal Music & Video Distribution has signed a multi-year distribution agreement with Simon Fuller's New York-based 19 Recordings, say sources. The first release through the deal will be a solo e ...

  39. Doritos Has Taste For UMVD Acts

    May 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Under a deal with Universal Music &amp; Video Distribution, Doritos will feature artists from UMVD-distributed labels on 180 million bags of its snack food through the end of the year. Starting this month, 27 artists in a variety of genres wil ...

  40. Mean Fiddler Poised To Go Digital With EMI

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Mean Fiddler Music Group (MFMG), the London-based live-venue operator and concerts promoter, has struck a content deal with EMI ahead of the planned launch of its online music service, dubbed "Meantun Mean Fiddler Music Group (MFMG), the Lond ...

  41. Mean Fiddler Poised To Go Digital With EMI

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Mean Fiddler Music Group (MFMG), the London-based live-venue operator and concerts promoter, has struck a content deal with EMI ahead of the planned launch of its online music service, dubbed "Meantun Mean Fiddler Music Group (MFMG), the Lond ...

  42. Mean Fiddler Poised To Go Digital With EMI

    May 10, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Mean Fiddler Music Group (MFMG), the London-based live-venue operator and concerts promoter, has struck a content deal with EMI ahead of the planned launch of its online music service, dubbed "Meantun Mean Fiddler Music Group (MFMG), the Lond ...

  43. Japanese Firm Sinks $100M Into DreamWorks

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Japanese publisher Kadokawa Holdings will acquire a 2.83% stake in DreamWorks SKG for $100 million. LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter)--Japanese publisher Kadokawa Holdings will acquire a 2.83% stake in DreamWorks SKG for $100 million. Under the dea ...

  44. Eu Moves Forward With Piracy Initiative

    May 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT BRUSSELS--The European Commission last Monday formally adopted the European Union's Enforcement Directive, which provides a legal framework against piracy and counterfeiting. <br clear="none"/><br cle Olsen Twins Sue Acclai ...

  45. This Week's Players & Practices

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran publisher/manager Edwin Oliver launches First Tribe Music Group. - Veteran publisher/manager Edwin Oliver has launched First Tribe Music Group , a division of First Tribe Media. Formerly a creative director with Disney's publishing ar ...

  46. Australia's Tina Arena Splits With Sony

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment Australia and singer/songwriter Tina Arena have parted ways. Since signing with Sony as a solo artist 10 years ago, Arena has recorded four studio albums. Her worldwide albums Sony Music Entertainment Australia and singer/ ...

  47. Australia's Tina Arena Splits With Sony

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment Australia and singer/songwriter Tina Arena have parted ways. Since signing with Sony as a solo artist 10 years ago, Arena has recorded four studio albums. Her worldwide albums Sony Music Entertainment Australia and singer/ ...

  48. Crow Flies for United Air, Sony

    April 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sony Connect, Sony Corp. of America's online music service, will launch May 4 with a promo event featuring Sheryl Crow performing live on a United Airlines aircraft traveling from Chicago to Los Angel Rep. Seeks To Curb Outsourcing In Film Mi ...

  49. Australia's Ninemsn Enters Download Market

    April 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Leading Australian Web portal Ninemsn has bowed a legitimate digital-download store. The new online initiative -- launched Wednesday (April 21) -- is powered by U.K.-based digital-music service provid Leading Australian Web portal Ninemsn has bowe ...

  50. Australia's Ninemsn Enters Download Market

    April 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Leading Australian Web portal Ninemsn has bowed a legitimate digital-download store. The new online initiative -- launched Wednesday (April 21) -- is powered by U.K.-based digital-music service provid Leading Australian Web portal Ninemsn has bowe ...

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