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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Nicola Benedetti, Classical Violinist, Hits The UK Album Charts (Ahead of Justin Bieber)

    September 14, 2012 12:31 PM EDT Classical violinist Nicola Benedetti topped Justin Bieber on this week's UK album charts (screen shot) "Chasing vacuous fame as if it's something in itself just isn't remotely fulfilling. This obsession must be fought against.& ...

  4. Backbeat: Slash Promotes Album in Canada, Learns Lessons About Earthquakes

    March 26, 2012 3:48 PM EDT Slash in conversation with 102.1 The Edge's Dave "Bookie" Bookman at CMW's "Celebrity Interview." (Photo: Luther Mallory) Slash was in Toronto for a few days to do press for his upcoming album, Apocalyptic Love , out ...

  5. Australian Retailer JB Hi-Fi Launches Beta Version of 'Now' Streaming Service

    December 15, 2011 11:09 AM EST Australia's leading music retailer JB Hi-Fi has taken a leap into digital music with the beta launch of its Now streaming music service . The month-long trial started this week and means JB has almost certainly beaten Spotify to the punch. Mo ...

  6. Read: EMI CEO Roger Faxon's Memo to Staff About Universal Sale

    November 11, 2011 12:21 PM EST Below is EMI CEO Roger Faxon's memo to his staff, circulated today and obtained by Billboard.biz, in which he addresses the sale of the company's recorded-music to Universal and said he hopes to be able to discuss the publishing division ...

  7. Business Matters: The Numbers Inside the Latest Lawsuit Against Universal Music Group; Apple's Cloud and Music Publishers

    May 20, 2011 5:52 PM EDT The Numbers Inside The Latest Royalties Lawsuit Against Universal -- More artists have filed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group over a dispute about royalty calculations . According to the New York Times, Rob Zombie, White Zombie ...

  8. Joan Sebastian Inks With Universal

    February 08, 2011 10:21 AM EST Regional Mexican singer/songwriter Joan Sebastian, a recipient of Billboard's Lifetime Achievement Award and widely considered one of the genre's leading names and voices, has signed a recording deal with Universal Music Latin Entertainm ...

  9. Universal To Launch U.K. Women's Institute Group

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Records is to launch a five-piece female group drawn from members of United Kingdom voluntary organization the Women's Institute (W.I.), which it hopes will storm the U.K.'s Xmas charts. The music major will award a multi-album ...

  10. Latin Panel Discusses Audience Reach Of Urban Acts

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When the going gets tough, the tough get creative, industry professionals agreed on the first day (April 20) of the Billboard Latin Music Conference in Miami. That held true just as much for urban artists trying to reach a fragmented audience with ...

  11. Personal Launches 'Plan Musica'

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On the heels of launching its over-the-air full-track store , Argentine wireless carrier Personal has created a flat-rate music plan to introduce the Nokia 5800 Xpress handset into the market. Personal’s “Plan Musica” includes 200 text messages, 2 ...

  12. Cafe Tacvba Announce World Tour

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mexican rock legends Café Tacvba announced details of their 20th anniversary world tour today. The trek will take the Grammy and Latin Grammy winners to 20 cities in Central and South America, the U.S. and Europe. Also as part of the anniversary, ...

  13. Latin Briefs: Fonsi, Olympic Games, Signos Music

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Luis Fonsi recorded a special version of his new single "No Me Doy Por Vencido" for use in the AT&T campaign centered around this year's Olympic Games . Net proceeds from mobile downloads of the tracks by the wireless company& ...

  14. Goldenthal To Score 'Public Enemies'

    June 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Elliot Goldenthal will score "Public Enemies," teaming again with director Michael Mann after their collaboration on 1995's "Heat." "Enemies" stars Johnny Depp and Christian Bale in a retelling of the John Dillin ...

  15. City Showcase 2008 Wraps

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The fifth annual City Showcase draws to a conclusion today, wrapping up a week of festivities which saw the likes of rising Aussie pop singer Gabriella Cilmi, Canadian indie rock act Land of Talk and South African alternative rockers the Parlotone ...

  16. Movistar Chile Introduces Unlimited Downloads

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Movistar in Chile has introduced what it says are Latin America's first unlimited mobile music downloads. The catalog contains music from Universal and Warner for "dual delivery" to both cell phone and computer, for a fixed monthly ...

  17. Wu-Tang Latino To Distribute Download Cards For New Comp

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST Wu-Tang Latino will promote its first compilation, “Wu Latino Presenta La Familia,” with 200,000 free download cards distributed at college campuses. The Latin urban label is partnering with digital distributor The Orchard to make the album availa ...

  18. Molotov Plots Stateside Trek

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mexican rock foursome Molotov will embark on a U.S. tour this month of clubs and theaters in support of its latest album on Universal, “Eternamiente.” The album is a combination of four individual EP’s each of the members released separately last ...

  19. Juanes To Promote U.S. Trek Through TV Spots, Batanga.com

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Juanes will promote his 2008 U.S. tour in a pair of TV spots for Sprint, along with a contest at music site Batanga.com, beginning Feb. 18. The Sprint commercials will run on Univision's broadcast and cable networks, as well as on Telemundo, ...

  20. Juanes Reveals Stateside Dates

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST The first U.S. leg of Juanes’ 2008 world tour was revealed today, with shows set in markets such as New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Tickets go on sale this Friday, Dec. 14 for the arena trek, which is sponsored by Sprint and Ford. More dates in T ...

  21. '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 ...

  22. Cafe Tacuba Lines Up U.S. Trek

    September 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mexican rock legends Café Tacuba will kick off a 22-date U.S. tour of clubs, theaters and amphitheaters beginning Nov. 16 in Charlotte, N.C. Tickets for most dates go on sale Friday (Sept. 28). Fresh off a headlining slot this summer at Lollapaloo ...

  23. Juanes Partners With Sprint For New Album

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Latin pop superstar Juanes is partnering with Sprint for the Oct. 23 release of his latest album on Universal, "La Vida Es...Un Ratico." Starting today (Sept. 4) and for the next two weeks, first single "Me Enamora" is availabl ...

  24. EMI Seal VidZone Link-Up

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and U.K.-based VidZone Digital Media and have signed a licensing and distribution deal that gives the digital-music service provider access to EMI's complete digital catalog for mobile and online distribution. VidZone claims its lib ...

  25. Johnny Hallyday Quits Universal For Warner

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST French veteran rocker Johnny Hallyday has left Universal Music France to sign a multi-album deal with Warner Music France. The deal was announced today (Jan. 4) by the company's president/CEO Thierry French veteran rocker Johnny Hallyday has ...

  26. Johnny Hallyday Quits Universal For Warner

    January 04, 2006 12:00 AM EST French veteran rocker Johnny Hallyday has left Universal Music France to sign a multi-album deal with Warner Music France. The deal was announced today (Jan. 4) by the company's president/CEO Thierry French veteran rocker Johnny Hallyday has ...

  27. Universal Wins Johnny Hallyday Case

    April 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT French veteran rocker Johnny Hallyday has lost his case against his record company, Universal Music France. An appeals court in Paris on April 12 overturned a decision made in July 2004 by a French la LONDON -- French veteran rocker Johnny Hallyda ...

  28. Universal Wins Case Against Johnny Hallyday

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Appeals court rejects artist's bid for masters. French veteran rocker Johnny Hallyday has lost his case against his record company, Universal Music France. An appeals court in Paris today (April 12) overturned a decision made in July 2004 by ...

  29. Universal Wins Case Against Johnny Hallyday

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Appeals court rejects artist's bid for masters. French veteran rocker Johnny Hallyday has lost his case against his record company, Universal Music France. An appeals court in Paris today (April 12) overturned a decision made in July 2004 by ...

  30. Siberry's Sheeba Inks U.S. Deal With Burnside

    April 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Jane Siberry's label Sheeba Music has signed an exclusive U.S. distribution deal with Burnside Distribution Corp. in Portland, Ore. Jane Siberry's label Sheeba Music has signed an exclusive U.S. distribution deal with Burnside Distributi ...

  31. Universal Denmark Project To Employ Students

    February 20, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Denmark is sponsoring a program in which university students will take responsibility for releasing and promoting an album. Four students from the management curriculum at Copenhagen's Universal Music Denmark is sponsoring a p ...