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  1. Leaked Memo Reveals EMI's Digital Strategy

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI's new top executive, Terra Firma's Guy Hands, told staff in a leaked memo that record labels have to get more creative with digital opportunities and rely less on CD sales if they are to survive. "Rather than embracing digitalis ...

  2. IODA Unveils Aussie Office During Indie Summit

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT San Francisco-based digital distribution, marketing and technology company Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA) will open an office in Sydney on Oct. 15. Its managing director will be Nathan McLay, head of digital at Inertia Distributio ...

  3. Internet Piracy On The Rise In Spain

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Physical piracy has slumped in Spain over the last year, but illegal music downloading via the Internet is soaring, according to a new report. The Spanish government's Ministry of Culture report on "cultural practices and habits in Spain ...

  4. Universal Music Group Boosts Market Share

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group increased its griphold as the largest U.S. distributor of albums with a market share increase of one percentage point to 32.3%, in the nine-month period ended Sept. 30, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Considering the declinin ...

  5. UMG, Sega Ink Deals With Interactive Ad Group

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Get Interactive, a new ad technology company that allows consumers to buy products placed in entertainment content and creates opt-in advertising platforms for brands, has inked its first deals with Universal Music Group, Sega and Overture Films, ...

  6. Leighton-Pope Speaks, Popkomm Listens On Day 3

    September 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The booming international live music sector is still relatively untapped, veteran British artist manager and agent Carl Leighton-Pope told delegates today on the final afternoon of the Popkomm 2007 trade fair. The executive, who has guided the car ...

  7. Bragg Opens Up On Popkomm Day Two

    September 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Artists took center-stage today as the three-day Popkomm convention in Berlin reached the mid-way mark. Politically-charged veteran British singer-songwriter Billy Bragg used the platform of his keynote address to call upon artists to rise up and ...

  8. Popkomm Panelists: Music, Auto Industries Must Align

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vehicles will drive a viable revenue stream for record labels in the coming years, panelists said at the "Auto Mobile Music: The Dashboard Jukebox" session today, on day one of Popkomm , the international music and entertainment conferen ...

  9. Woolworths' Losses Slowing

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Troubled U.K. retail giant Woolworths Group saw its losses narrow during the six months to Aug. 4. The group issued financial figures today as it announced plans to become a major digital-entertainment service provider. The household goods-to-ente ...

  10. Digital Briefs: Guitar Hero III, Sony BMG

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT - Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock will make its way to personal computers this fall, thanks to a partnership between Activision and partner Aspyr Media. Under the agreement, Aspyr will develop both PC and Mac versions of the popular music game, w ...

  11. French Market Fizzles In H1

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the first six months, the wholesale value of the French market decreased to €317.8 million ($438.37 million), down 17% from the corresponding period last year, according labels new figures issued by trade body SNEP. It follows a 14% year-on-yea ...

  12. Gold Ent. Group Preps Label Launch

    September 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Gold Entertainment Group, which focuses on the creation and distribution of content for television, and the Web, is preparing to launch an independent record label. The venture will be in cooperation with Web site Reggae.com and the as-yet-unnamed ...

  13. SpiralFrog Inks Deals With UMPG, Universal Canada

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported free music service SpiralFrog landed music licensing deals with Universal Music Publishing and Universal Music Canada, adding to an existing relationship with Universal Music Group. SpiralFrog currently is in an invite-only beta mode, ...

  14. Handleman Nets $17.7M Loss For Quarter

    August 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Although the Handleman company reported a 14% increase in first-quarter sales, the Troy, Mich.-based company posted a wider loss this year due to taxes. For the three-month period that ended July 28, Handleman reported a net loss of $17.7 million, ...

  15. Hastings Posts Quarter Net Income Of $1.9 Million

    August 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hastings Entertainment posted net income of $1.9 million, or 17 cents per diluted share, on sales of $125.9 million in the company's second fiscal quarter ended July 31. The profit total represents slightly more than a 10-fold increase from t ...

  16. MTV To Invest $500 Million In Videogames

    August 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MTV Networks plans to invest well over $500 million in videogames, seeing the red-hot entertainment category as a major pillar of growth in its goal to reach consumers wherever they spend time. The two-year investment is part of a global strategy ...

  17. Live Nation Back On Track In Q2

    August 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After posting a first-quarter loss of $45.6 million , Live Nation is getting back on track with a second-quarter income of $19.9 million on revenues of $1.04 billion in the three-month period ended June 30. While noting its escalated online presen ...

  18. 24-7 Broadens Scope

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT -7 MusicShop, the digital music service provider and distributor, has a new name: 24-7 Entertainment. The move aims to take into account plans to extend the company's portfolio into other forms of digital entertainment, including movies, TV ...

  19. Survey: Downloaders Still Look For Free Option

    July 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sales of legal digital music in the United Kingdom are well-behind expectations, according to the findings of new report from European research consultancy Entertainment Media Research. The illegal downloading of music has "reached an all-tim ...

  20. Popkomm Searches For Online Music Innovators

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm is seeking out the "MySpaces of tomorrow" to enter its fourth annual Innovation In Music And Entertainment Award (IMEA), taking place on the opening day of the Sept. 19-21 music trade conference in Berlin. Jurors for this year� ...

  21. Plugged And Unplugged

    July 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: I'm all for Sony BMG's effort to create a direct-to-consumer mobile content portal. I've always said the music industry should do more to take control of its own digital destiny rather than rely on its technology partners t ...

  22. HFA Enters New Digital Deals

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency has entered licensing deals with mobile entertainment provider Bullroarer and music download service MySongStore. The deal with Bullroarer, which operates three consumer sites and the business portal O-Zone Wireless, covers ri ...

  23. Digital Music Group, The Orchard Agree To Merge

    July 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital Music Group Inc. and The Orchard have agreed to merge, creating an interesting mix of content ownership and distribution across both video and music assets. The combined business will retain Digital Music's Nasdaq listing and change i ...

  24. U.K.'s MPA Calls For Stronger Bonds With BPI

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. publishing industry must place greater value in partnership and unity moving forward, attendees heard at today's annual general meeting of the Music Publishers Association (MPA) in London. MPA chairman Paul Curran, re-elected for his ...

  25. Global Market Shrinks By 5% In 2006, Says IFPI

    July 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The global recorded music market in 2006 slipped by 5% year-on-year, according to new figures published by the IFPI. The combined market of physical and digital music dropped to $19.6 billion last year, down from $20.7 billion in 2005, the IFPI re ...

  26. Handleman Co. Posts Q4 Loss

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Handleman Co. lost $37.5 million, or $1.85 per share, on sales of $268.5 million in its fiscal fourth-quarter ended April 28. That brings the company's total loss for the year to $53.4 million, or $2.65 per share, on revenues of $1.3 bill ...

  27. RoyaltyShare Buys U.K.’s Musicalc

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.S.-based online royalty processing specialist RoyaltyShare is extending its European business through the acquisition of Musicalc, a U.K.-based provider of royalty accounting software for the industry. The acquisition of Musicalc, which boasts a ...

  28. HMV Enters SNS Biz, Offers DRM-Free Downloads

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British market-leading music and entertainment retailer HMV Group has unveiled plans to launch a social-networking site. The online service will form part of the firm's digital overhaul in the United Kingdom, which is expected to start from t ...

  29. Report: Majors Back Qtrax

    June 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported P2P service Qtrax is taking more steps to going live. After telling Billboard of plans to launch by the end of summer, the New York Post today reports that the company has set an October launch date. It also reports that Qtrax has str ...

  30. Universal Sanctuary Bid Approved

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Weeks of rumours that the struggling Sanctuary Group was about to be taken over proved to be on the button today when Universal's £44.5 million ($87.68 million) bid was approved by the Sanctuary board. The cash offer works out at 20pence (40c ...

  31. Konami Insider Discusses Monetizing Music Assets

    June 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Game publisher Konami recently struck a digital distribution deal with Sony BMG to market its library of videgame music through various online services. The company's digital entertainment music manager Michael Rajna gives some background int ...

  32. Digital Talk Takes Over Copyright Summit

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The role of copyright in the digital age was top of the agenda during the morning session of Day 2 of the CISAC Copyright Summit in Brussels. In a keynote address, Nikesh Aroha, Google's newly-appointed president for Europe, the Middle East a ...

  33. WMI, Premium TV Team To Develop Online TV

    May 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music International has entered into a strategic partnership with U.K.-based digital rights company Premium TV to develop and roll out a raft of online TV sites. Through the agreement, unveiled today, WMI will distribute and monetize music- ...

  34. China Won't Embrace DRM, Music Matters Panel Says

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Digital-rights management is not the way to go in the mainland China music market, according to members of a panel discussion on DRM held on the opening day of the Music Matters conference in Hong Kong. "DRM is never going to be successful in ...

  35. Trans World Posts Q1 Loss

    May 24, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment lost $9.2 million, or 29 cents per share, on sales of $286.3 million in its first fiscal quarter ended May 5. That’s versus the $7.1 million, or 23 cents per share the company lost last year, when sales were $288.5 millio ...

  36. Hastings Entertainment Posts Q1 Gain

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Hastings Entertainment posted net income of $2.5 million, or 22 cents per diluted share, on sales of $128 million in its fiscal first quarter, ended April 30, versus the $1.9 million, or 17 cents per diluted share it made last year when revenues w ...

  37. Report: Music To Generate Significant Online Revs For Years

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A new JupiterResearch report finds that music content will buck the trend and generate significant online revenues in the years to come, while other forms of media will largely be free. By 2011, only 14% of European consumers acquiring media via d ...

  38. U.K. Industry Trust Unveils 'Knock-Off' Ad Campaign

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. entertainment industry is adopting a bold, and sometimes humorous, campaign to deter would-be pirates. As part of a multi-million pound, cross-media initiative, the Industry Trust for IP Awareness will hope to transform consumer attitudes ...

  39. Koch Acquires Navarre Ent. Media

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Koch Entertainment has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Navarre Entertainment Media for $6.5 million, the two companies confirmed. The deal, which was first tipped on Billboard.biz , is subject to customary closing conditions and is expec ...

  40. Koch Parent Lining Up Navarre Acquisition

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Entertainment One, the parent company of Koch Entertainment, has signed a letter of intent to acquire Navarre Entertainment Media, the independent music distribution company owned by Navarre Corp., according to sources. The deal, which still has t ...

  41. EMI, TLC Marketing Team For Promotions Project

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music U.K. is attempting to tap new revenue streams through a strategic partnership with TLC Marketing plc, a leading international sales promotion and incentives company. Through a new online initiative, third party firms will be enabled to o ...

  42. Warner/Chappell Ramps Up Synchs

    May 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music is revamping its synchronization department globally. The publisher has restructured its marketing and licensing divisions to report to one person and hired more personnel to aggressively pitch and market its catalog of songs ...

  43. NARM Coverage: Are Digital Music Service Discouraging Music Sales?

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT NPD analyst Russ Crupnick presented the results of a new focus group to NARM attendees that suggests various digital music service may actually be discouraging music sales. "Consumers are a little bit overwhelmed, and it's starting to in ...

  44. Live Nation Buys Up Trunk

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has acquired the remaining interest in high-end licensing and merchandise firm Trunk LTD from its founder and CEO Brad Beckerman, who has exited the company to pursue other opportunities. Financial terms were not disclosed. Live Nation ...

  45. Study: Distrust Harms Record Sales

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Young Britons' distrust of entertainment firms' policies and pricing is helping stimulate illegal downloading and file-ripping, according to the findings of new research. A poll of 18-34 year olds in the United Kingdom, conducted by U.S. ...

  46. Latin Anti-Piracy Strategies Shift

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As piracy in the Latin recorded music market moves from physical to digital, trade associations and labels are updating their approaches to keep up. At a Recording Industry Association of America-sponsored panel at the Billboard Latin Music Confer ...

  47. Soundbuzz, EMI In Talks On DRM-Free Tracks

    April 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI and Singapore-based Soundbuzz are in negotiations concerning possible distribution by the digital music services provider of DRM-free EMI tracks in Southeast Asia, executives from the two companies tell Billboard.biz. "We've opened d ...

  48. WMG Exec Discusses Album Art In Digital Age

    April 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group senior VP of strategy and product development George White spoke with Wired magazine recently about the changes expected in album art and liner notes in the digital age. Of the issues raised, White says WMG is working with Apple ...

  49. Cinram To Acquire Video Game Distributor

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cinram International Inc. has entered into an agreement to purchase American interactive software and games distributor Ditan Corporation. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2007. Under the terms of the agreement, Cinram ...

  50. Friday Feature: Plugged and Unplugged

    March 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED: Sprint's move to lower its per-track price for full tracks downloaded over-the-air is a bold and much-needed move to kick start the mobile music market. Sure it was selling a decent amount of songs before, but let's face it —acq ...

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