Universal

  1. U.K. to Introduce Age-Based Rating System for Online Music Videos

    August 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT Overtly sexual and explicit music videos distributed online are to carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom from October as part of a pilot scheme 'to help parents protect their children from graphic content,'  British Prime Mini ...

  2. Microsoft Opens Xbox Music to App Makers

    July 07, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Xbox Music has become the latest music streaming services platform to open up its API to third-party app developers , according to a post on Microsoft's MSDN blog  detailing API features like access to and management of metadata, affiliation ...

  3. Beastie Boys' Defense Says 'Paul's Boutique'-Suing Label Doesn't Actually Own Copyrights

    June 11, 2014 8:28 PM EDT The Beastie Boys might be finished producing new music, but the hip-hop group isn't done with copyright law. Amazingly, Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz and the late Adam Yauch appear poised to score their third big legal win this year. Just la ...

  4. A2IM, WIN Join to Fight YouTube's Licensing Tack

    June 05, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music, has joined its European counterparts in asking the regulatory agencies to intervene on their behalf with YouTube, which it accuses of using heavy-handed tactics to force them to license the vide ...

  5. Record Labels Seek to Punish SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Music

    February 06, 2014 8:09 PM EST A lawsuit brought by record labels -- Sony, Universal, Warner and ABKCO* -- against SiriusXM has barely begun, and yet the case is skipping ahead to the issue of jury instruction. This is a dispute that is four decades in the making, ever since s ...

  6. Spotify Targeted by Class Action Lawsuit Over Automatic Subscription Renewals

    November 13, 2013 5:53 PM EST Spotify continues to grow in popularity, but the music streaming service still needs to prove its mettle as a business. The Sweden-based company has been hit with a class action lawsuit in San Francisco by a subscriber named Melissa Bleak who cl ...

  7. 'X Factor' Singer Jahmene Douglas Bows At No. 1 in U.K., ‘Now’ Comp Shifts 300,000 Copies

    July 29, 2013 6:44 AM EDT “Now That’s What I Call Music! 85” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI/Universal) has smashed the series’ own record for the U.K.’s fastest-selling album of 2013, previously held by its “Now 84” predecessor. As the Official Charts Company’s latest sales ...

  8. Black Sabbath Snare First No. 1 UK Album in 42 Years

    June 17, 2013 11:14 AM EDT The reunited Black Sabbath have established a new U.K. chart record for the longest gap between No. 1 albums. Their new set  13 (Vertigo/Universal) debuted at the summit yesterday (Sunday), 42 years and eight months after their second album  Par ...

  9. Publishers to Get Bigger Payday From Apple Thanks to Direct Licensing Deals

    June 05, 2013 6:09 PM EDT In cutting a deal with the Warner Music Group, sources say Apple caved on publishing and has agreed to pay at least 10 percent of advertising revenue to license the songs, sources say. While the WMG deal is for both master rights and publishin ...

  10. Chart Alert: 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Takes Top Album Spot in the U.K., Jake Bugg Upends Biffy Clyro

    February 11, 2013 10:25 AM EST As the “Les Miserables” score album (Polydor/Universal) moved back to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday,  Macklemore’s current Hot 100 No. 1 “Thrift Shop” (Macklemore), featuring Ryan Lewis and Wanz, mirrored that feat across the Atlantic ...

  11. Parlophone Purchase: What It Means For Warner Music and Universal

    February 07, 2013 2:20 PM EST In an unexpected and strong move, the Warner Music Group has won the auction for the Parlophone Label Group assets with a £487 million ($762 million) bid. The deal is expected to close mid-2013. The deal will give the Warner Music Group, the sma ...

  12. Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis Sign With Universal Publishing

    January 30, 2013 3:11 PM EST The long-running songwriting and production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have signed an exclusive worldwide publishing administration agreement with Universal Music Publishing Group, the company announced today. The deal will encompass all ...

  13. Pop Leads U.K. Album Sales for Second Year Running

    January 14, 2013 2:30 PM EST Big-selling albums from Emeli Sandé, Adele, Ed Sheeran and One Direction ensured that pop remained the most-popular genre in the United Kingdom in 2012, according to new figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) and British labels trad ...

  14. David Bowie Has First U.K. Top Ten Single in Nearly 20 Years

    January 14, 2013 1:55 PM EST Emeli Sandé's "Our Version Of Events" (Virgin/EMI) started yet another stint at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as "Scream & Shout" (Interscope/Universal) by will.i.am featuring Britney Spears reached ...

  15. Emeli Sande's 'Our Version of Events' Tops UK Charts, Is Year's Best-Seller

    December 31, 2012 6:10 AM EST The final U.K. charts of 2012, published Sunday (Dec. 30), showed Emeli Sandé's "Our Version Of Events" (Virgin/EMI) maintaining its place at No. 1 and as the bestselling artist album of the year. "X Factor" winner James A ...

  16. Justice Collective Wins UK's Xmas Single Title; Emeli Sande Has Top Album, 2012's Best Seller

    December 24, 2012 7:58 AM EST The U.K.'s much sought-after Christmas No. 1 crown was won yesterday (Sunday) by the Justice Collective's cover of the Hollies' 1969 hit "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" (Metropolis). Emeli Sandé's "Our ...

  17. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 1: Most Important Event of 2012

    December 19, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  18. Bruno Mars Tops U.K. Album Chart; James Arthur Has Year's Fastest-Selling Single

    December 17, 2012 7:15 AM EST In the last sales charts before the the U.K.'s prestigious Christmas No. 1s are unveiled next Sunday (Dec.23), 2012 "X Factor" winner James Arthur smashed to the top of the singles survey with "Impossible" (Syco Music/Sony ...

  19. Jenni Rivera Reflects on Her Struggles & Triumphs in 2011 Billboard Interview

    December 10, 2012 1:26 PM EST In this candid interview with the late Jenni Rivera from Billboard's Dec 3, 2011 issue, the Mexican-American banda queen discusses the many challenges she faced -- including domestic violence, being a single-parent of three, and working in th ...

  20. Olly Murs Tops UK Album Chart, Gabrielle Aplin Has Top Single With Frankie Goes To Hollywood Cover

    December 10, 2012 7:16 AM EST Olly Murs has the U.K.'s No. 1 artist album for a second week, after "Right Place Right Time" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) was confirmed at the summit again by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (12/9). On the singles chart, P ...

  21. Olly Murs Tops UK Album and Singles Chart

    December 03, 2012 6:09 AM EST British hitmaker Olly Murs not only secured a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday) with "Troublemaker" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring Flo Rida, but entered the album chart at No. 1 with his third set, &q ...

  22. Rihanna Tops UK Album Chart; 'Now! That's What I Call Music 83' Has 2012's Best Sales Week

    November 26, 2012 6:36 AM EST Rihanna's "Unapologetic" (Def Jam/Universal) sold nearly 100,000 copies last week to debut at No. 1 on yesterday's new U.K. album chart. But the real sales story of the week, and the year, came in the less-publicized compilatio ...

  23. One Direction Top UK Album and Singles Charts

    November 19, 2012 6:08 AM EST One Direction completed a U.K. chart takeover yesterday (Nov. 18), debuting at No. 1 with both their "Take Me Home" album and "Little Things" single (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment). There were also top three debuts for Ro ...

  24. Robbie Williams Tops UK Album and Singles Chart

    November 12, 2012 7:49 AM EST Robbie Williams is celebrating a double victory in the U.K. charts, starting a second week atop the singles survey with "Candy" and debuting at No. 1 with the album "Take The Crown" (Universal Island). It's the tenth chart ...

  25. Taylor Swift's 'Red' Debuts At No. 1 On UK Charts, Labrinth Has Top Single

    October 29, 2012 7:27 AM EDT Taylor Swift scored her first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Red" (Mercury/Universal) debuted at the top. Writer-producer Labrinth was also celebrating a first British bestseller, as "Beneath Your Beautiful" (Syco Musi ...

  26. Roger Faxon Joining Board of British TV Network ITV

    October 22, 2012 1:23 PM EDT Roger Faxon, former CEO of EMI Group Ltd, is joining the board of the UK's Independent Television Authority (ITV) as a non-executive director effective Oct. 31 2012, according to a release sent out by the network. "Roger will bring to th ...

  27. Jake Bugg Tops UK Album Charts; Calvin Harris & Florence Welch Have No. 1 Single

    October 22, 2012 10:15 AM EDT Rising English singer-songwriter Jake Bugg made a dramatic start to his U.K. album chart career by debuting at No. 1 yesterday (Sunday) with his self-titled Mercury/Universal debut. "Sweet Nothing" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) by ...

  28. Swedish House Mafia Tops Adele; Mumfords Beat Ellie Gouding On UK Charts

    October 15, 2012 9:19 AM EDT Adele's "Skyfall" (XL Recordings) missed out on the U.K. No. 1 position by a substantial 43,000 units when the Official Charts Company confirmed the end-of-week results on Sunday (14), overtaken by Swedish House Mafia's "D ...

  29. Single Reviews: Bruno Mars, Adele, Rihanna, Sky Ferreira & more

    October 15, 2012 8:17 AM EDT BRUNO MARS Locked Out of Heaven (3:54) Producer: Mark Ronson Writers: B. Mars, the Smeezingtons Publishers: various Elektra/Warner With Gotye busy channeling Peter Gabriel, 2012 seemed overdue for a Police tribute. Leave it to Bruno Mars, then, ...

  30. Adele's James Bond Theme 'Skyfall' May Miss Out On U.K. No. 1

    October 10, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Adele's new James Bond theme "Skyfall" (XL Recordings) is currently set to miss out on the U.K. No. 1 position, according to midweek data from the Official Charts Company. Adele's' 'Skyfall' Blasts Onto Radio, He ...

  31. Muse Tops UK Album Chart, Rihanna Has No. 1 Single

    October 08, 2012 7:25 AM EDT In a busy week of new entries on the U.K. sales charts, published Sunday (Oct. 7), Muse's "The 2nd Law" (Helium 3/Warner Bros./Warner Music) sold 108,000 units to become their fourth No. 1 in their home territory, while Rihanna' ...

  32. Benjamin Grosvenor Youngest To Scoop Classic BRIT Critics' Award

    October 03, 2012 10:42 AM EDT Twenty year-old Essex pianist Benjamin Grosvenor became the youngest male recipient of a Classic BRIT Award last night, snatching the Critics' Award from Sir Simon Rattle and Jirí Belohlávek at the ceremony which took place at London's A ...

  33. Business Matters: Artist Happiness as a Long-Term Investment

    October 01, 2012 9:23 PM EDT As interested parties line up for Universal Music Group's divested EMI assets -- particularly Parlaphone Records -- artists and managers are encouraging bidders not to forget about the artists. Jon Webster, CEO of the Music Managers Forum (MM ...

  34. Raylene Rankin, Member Of Celtic Folk Group The Rankin Family, Dead At 52

    October 01, 2012 1:04 PM EDT Raylene Rankin of top-selling Celtic-folk group The Rankin Family, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer. She was 52. The Rankin Family sold more than two million albums, won 15 East Coast Music Awards, six Juno Awards, four SOCAN Awards and ...

  35. Mumford & Sons Debut With No. 1 Album, PSY Climbs To Summit On UK Charts

    October 01, 2012 8:51 AM EDT Mumford & Sons made a bold return to the U.K. bestsellers yesterday (Sunday) as their sophomore album Babel (Universal Island) debuted at No. 1 with opening sales of just under 159,000, the best first-week tally of any artist in 2012. Meanwhil ...

  36. Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge Says He'll 'Double A&R Investment' at Capitol, Virgin

    September 24, 2012 2:47 PM EDT Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge was in bullish form late on Friday as in the wake of his company's acquisition of EMI Music finally clearing EU and US regulatory hurdle s. It was a long road that officially began when EMI went on the ...

  37. Killers Top P!nk on UK Album Charts

    September 24, 2012 9:11 AM EDT In the battle of the big new American album releases on the new U.K. charts, the Killers' "Battle Born" (Vertigo/Universal) became their fourth No. 1 album in the territory, outdoing Pink's "The Truth About Love" (RCA ...

  38. Universal-EMI: Lucian Grainge, IMPALA, Martin Mills, Other Reactions to Deal's Approval

    September 21, 2012 3:14 PM EDT As expected, the approval by the European Union and the Federal Trade Commission has inspired a number of dramatically opposing comments and reactions from the parties affected by and involved in the deal. Here's a collection of several we� ...

  39. Universal Music's Acquisition of EMI Approved by Federal Trade Commission

    September 21, 2012 12:50 PM EDT The Federal Trade Commission has weighed in, rubber stamping the EU's decision to approve the Universal Music Group 1.2 billion euro acquisition of EMI, as expected. The Commission voted 5-0 to close its investigation without taking any actio ...

  40. The xx's 'Coexist' Debuts at No. 1 on UK Album Charts

    September 17, 2012 7:29 AM EDT The Script's "Hall of Fame" (Phonogenic/Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring will.i.am, climbed to the top of the new U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sept. 16), but the Irish group were denied a third consective No. 1 album as #3 ...

  41. Universal Music-EMI Deal Expected to Be Approved by EU Friday

    September 13, 2012 7:11 PM EDT The Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI is headed for the endgame in the regulatory process. According to sources, on Friday the European Commission will put the deal and the concessions package to vote before full college of ...

  42. Universal Music-EMI: Vivendi Confirms Payment, But Status of Deal Is Still Unclear

    September 10, 2012 3:22 PM EDT Universal Music Group's bid to acquire part of EMI has entered its final phase of regulatory review in Europe, but while UMG parent Vivendi confirmed a first payment required under the deal, the status of European regulators' thinking ab ...

  43. Vaccines Top UK Album Chart, Ne-Yo Has No. 1 Single

    September 10, 2012 8:52 AM EDT London rock quartet the Vaccines won their first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) with their sophomore set "Come Of Age" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), as R&B luminary Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To L ...

  44. EU to Vote on Universal-EMI Deal Tomorrow, Outcome Uncertain: Sources

    September 06, 2012 8:43 AM EDT Things are coming to a head in the European Union commission's review of Universal Music Group's bid to buy EMI's recorded-music operation. On Friday, an EU advisory committee is expected to vote on whether or not to approve the acq ...

  45. Rita Ora Tops UK Album Charts, Emeli Sande Has Year's Best Selling Album So Far

    September 04, 2012 7:26 AM EDT London-based pop act Rita Ora followed her No. 1 single of two weeks ago, "How We Do (Party)" (Roc Nation/Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), with a chart-topping debut for her debut album Ora yesterday (Sunday). Emeli Sandé's Our V ...

  46. Universal Music-EMI Update: Where the Deal Stands Before Things Heat Up This Week

    August 24, 2012 5:13 PM EDT While things have been a bit quiet recently around the Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI, expect them to heat up toward the end of this week and especially after the Labor Day weekend. Universal/EMI: Deal Looks Likely to Be ...

  47. Olympics Bump Sends Emeli Sande (and 123 Others) Up UK Charts

    August 20, 2012 7:29 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's huge exposure via her performances at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 12 sent her debut album Our Version of Events (Virgin/EMI) back to No. 1 on the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), as ...

  48. Rihanna's 'Talk That Talk' Tops UK Charts With Lowest-Selling No. 1 Album

    August 13, 2012 8:51 AM EDT Rihanna's "Talk That Talk" (Def Jam/Universal) returned to the top of the U.K. album chart on Sunday (Aug. 12), as "Heatwave" (One More Tune/Warner Bros./Warner Music) by British rapper Wiley featuring Ms D started a secon ...

  49. Photo Finish Records' Matt Galle Moves His Label From Atlantic to Island Def Jam

    August 10, 2012 12:14 PM EDT Paradigm Talent Agency agent and Bamboozle Festival co-founder Matt Galle is bringing his Photo Finish Records to Island Def Jam. The label, which Galle launched in 2006, had been under the Atlantic Records umbrella for the last five years, where ...

  50. Conor Maynard, British Pop Heartthrob, Tops UK Album Chart; Wiley Has No. 1 Single

    August 06, 2012 8:32 AM EDT Rising British pop heartthrob Conor Maynard's debut album "Contrast" (Parlophone/EMI) went straight to the top of the new U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), while "Heatwave" (One More Tune/Warner Bros./Warner Music) by British ...

Pages