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  1. Nokia Buys Loudeye For $60M

    August 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Deal to be completed by Q4. Finnish mobile technology giant Nokia has struck a deal to buy digital music technology vendor Loudeye Corp for about $60 million. Under the terms of the pact, unveiled today (Aug. 8), Loudeye shareholders will receive ...

  2. Analysts Predict Australian Industry Rebound

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Indicate positive growth over the next five years. The revenue decline in Australian recorded music business will be halted this year and the business can then look forward to positive growth over the next five years. That’s the upbeat message fro ...

  3. Warner Music Reports $14 Million Loss In Quarter

    August 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group Thursday (Aug. 3) revealed its fiscal third-quarter loss narrowed thanks to higher revenue and shrinking costs. For the quarter ended June 30, the loss was $14 million, or 10 cents Warner Music Group Thursday (Aug. 3) revealed i ...

  4. Musicane, Koch Enter Web Deal

    August 01, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Label to utilize 'Musicane Groups.' Musicane, a service that helps artists and labels sell digital content directly from their own Web sites, has launched a new offering that allows companies to manage online sales for multiple artists a ...

  5. EU Unveils Consultation to Boost Online Entertainment

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Industry, consumers asked to suggest solutions. The European Commission (EC) has launched a three-month public consultation exercise to examine potential obstacles to the development in Europe's online entertainment content, such as music, fi ...

  6. NARM Pushes For DRM Compatibility

    July 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Trade group: allow shoppers to have seamless experience. Like many other sectors, the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers is pushing for the entertainment software industry to achieve digital rights management compatibility so that shoppers ...

  7. Live Nation Promotes Eskowitz

    July 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Adds CEO to title. Live Nation has promoted Bruce Eskowitz, adding the title of CEO to his current role as president of global venues and alliances. Eskowitz reports to Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino and is based in Los Angeles. Eskowitz will cont ...

  8. UMGD Appoints Sales VP

    July 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Julie Gibbs most previously with Electronic Arts. Julie Gibbs has been appointed VP of sales, new business development for Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD). Gibbs reports to Jim Urie, president of UMGD and is based in Universal City, Cali ...

  9. Klein Splits With EMI

    July 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Exec recruited to drive digital opportunities. Adam Klein, the executive tasked with defining EMI's global digital course, has split with the company. London-based Klein joined EMI in November 2004 as executive VP of strategy and business dev ...

  10. Update: Live Nation To Buy HOB

    July 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Only weeks after HOB CEO Greg Trojan told Billboard that he did not see a sale of his company happening, Live Nation has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire HOB Entertainment, Inc. f Only weeks after HOB CEO Greg Trojan told Bill ...

  11. Handleman Q4 Profits Down

    July 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The Handleman Co. ran into trouble in its fiscal fourth quarter to finish out the year with profits cut more than half of the previous year total. The Handleman Co. ran into trouble in its fiscal fourth quarter to finish out the year with profits ...

  12. Jay-Z Signs On With HP Campaign

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT -second spot debuting during NBA Finals. Shawn Carter, aka rapper Jay-Z and Def Jam Recordings president/CEO, has partnered with HP for its The Computer Is Personal Again ad campaign. Carter appears in a 60-second spot that debuts tonight (June ...

  13. La La To Share Sales With Bands

    June 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT CD-trading service La La has begun offering 20% of all revenues to artists who register on its Web site. CD-trading service La La has begun offering 20% of all revenues to artists who register on its Web site. Artists will be compensated based on ...

  14. GameTap Network Adds Music Programming

    June 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 'Quick Hits' to feature artist interviews, behind-the-scenes footage. The online videogame network GameTap has added a music entertainment program to its original line-up called “Quick Hits,” featuring interviews and behind-the-scenes fo ...

  15. Sony Music Promotes Santaniello

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Assumes newly created position. David Santaniello has been named senior VP of strategic marketing and business development for Sony Music Label Group U.S. He reports to Michele Anthony, president and COO of SMLG, and is based in New York. In this ...

  16. Execs See Light For Asian Labels

    May 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Even though mobile phones and other digital media are now the main way music is distributed and consumed in some Asian markets, labels still have a role to play in the region's fast-changing music ind Even though mobile phones and other digit ...

  17. The Orchard, Harry Fox Enter Agreement

    May 10, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Aims to ensure compliance, payment for indies. Digital distributor The Orchard and The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. (HFA) have entered a licensing arrangement for full, permanent digital downloads. "We have a responsibility to our labels and also t ...

  18. Warner Music Posts Q2 Loss

    May 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group Corp. on Friday (May 5) posted a quarterly loss, though domestic sales were strong and digital revenues rose substantially. Warner Music Group Corp. on Friday (May 5) posted a quarterly loss, though domestic sales were strong an ...

  19. RIAA Puts 12 U.S. Cities On 'Priority Watch List'

    May 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT The RIAA has, for the first time, placed 12 U.S. cities on a priority watch list for physical-goods piracy. The record labels' trade group says it will step up law enforcement training and commit addi The RIAA has, for the first time, placed ...

  20. Sheridan Square Pulls Out Of Hirsch Merger

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT V2 acquisition impacted financials of deal. As expected, Sheridan Square Entertainment is pulling out of its planned merger with publicly traded Hirsch International, an industrial embroidery machine distributor. The independent label initially ey ...

  21. Sidebar: Sony BMG Sued

    April 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT How much should labels be paying? How much should labels be paying artists for downloads? It’s been debated almost since day one of the digital music era. When a CD is sold, contracts typically provide that artists receive a royalty—often 10%-14% ...

  22. Sheridan Square Pulls Out Of Hirsch Merger

    April 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT V2 acquisition impacted financials of deal. As expected, Sheridan Square Entertainment is pulling out of its planned merger with publicly traded Hirsch International, an industrial embroidery machine distributor. The independent label initially ey ...

  23. ArtistDirect Reports Q4 Revenues Jumped 246%

    April 17, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Driven by ad revenues, acquisition of MediaDefender. ArtistDirect reports fourth quarter revenues increased 246% to $5.6 million driven by an expansion of ad revenues and the acquisition of anti-piracy specialist MediaDefender. The company’s net l ...

  24. Video, Games Trade Groups Merge

    April 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Trade groups representing video retailers and game merchants revealed Tuesday (April 11) they will merge to form a single trade association representing a broad spectrum of home entertainment retailer Trade groups representing video retailers and ...

  25. Harry Fox, BMG Columbia House Enter Licensing Deal

    April 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Follows HFA's objection to proposed settlement. The Harry Fox Agency has entered into a mechanical licensing deal for record clubs with BMG Columbia House, the largest U.S. direct-to-customer distributor of music and movies. The deal follows ...

  26. ICM To Represent Zingy

    April 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Mobile media publisher makes push for TV. Mobile media publisher and aggregator Zingy has signed with talent and literary agency ICM for exclusive TV representation. The agency will be the a sales agent on behalf of Zingy's original, multi-pl ...

  27. Faxon Steps Closer To Bandier Succession

    April 04, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Execs take co-CEO titles until April 2007. Roger Faxon has risen within EMI Music Publishing's ranks in line with the succession plan for its worldwide chief Martin Bandier. Faxon and Bandier now share the title as co-CEO of the music publish ...

  28. Retail Track

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment closed its acquisition of Musicland assets March 28, and its partners in the transaction, Hilco/Gordon Bros., are already liquidating 65 of the 400 stores it acquired. Read E Trans World Entertainment closed its acquisiti ...

  29. Retail Track

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment closed its acquisition of Musicland assets March 28, and its partners in the transaction, Hilco/Gordon Bros., are already liquidating 65 of the 400 stores it acquired. Read E Trans World Entertainment closed its acquisiti ...

  30. Retail Track

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment closed its acquisition of Musicland assets March 28, and its partners in the transaction, Hilco/Gordon Bros., are already liquidating 65 of the 400 stores it acquired. Read E Trans World Entertainment closed its acquisiti ...

  31. MP3.com Co-Founder Joins Musicane

    March 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Most previously director of marketing at MP3. Musicane has named Michelle Robertson as its chief marketing officer. She reports to Musicane CEO Sudhin Shahani and is based in Los Angeles. Musicane provides e-commerce solutions that enable artists ...

  32. Trans World Reports Weak Q4, Year Results

    March 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Trans World Entertainment posted $18 million in net income, or 57 cents per diluted share, on sales of $458.6 million, in its fiscal fourth quarter that ended Jan. 28. These results were down from $34 Trans World Entertainment posted $18 million i ...

  33. Lombard: Key Exec Losses Won't Hurt Starbucks

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Despite two high-profile departures from its music division, Starbucks Entertainment president Ken Lombard says business will not be affected. However, some in the industry aren't so sure. Despite two high-profile departures from its music di ...

  34. WMI Creates Digital Marketing Role

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Warner Music International is ramping up its efforts in the digital music space through a pair of executive appointments. Warner Music International is ramping up its efforts in the digital music space through a pair of executive appointments. The ...

  35. WMI Creates Digital Marketing Role

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Warner Music International is ramping up its efforts in the digital music space through a pair of executive appointments. Warner Music International is ramping up its efforts in the digital music space through a pair of executive appointments. The ...

  36. Newly-Formed New Light Signs Deal With Universal

    February 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST New Light will release 12 to 24 video and audio titles yearly. The newly-formed home entertainment company New Light Entertainment will release 12 to 24 audio and video titles per year. New Light—which was formed by industry veteran Tom Sykes—has ...

  37. Warner Music Q1 Profit Nearly Doubles

    February 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group Corp. on Tuesday (Feb. 14) said quarterly profit rose 91%, driven by stronger sales of higher-margin digital songs during the holiday season. Warner Music Group Corp. on Tuesday (Feb. 14) said quarterly profit rose 91%, driven b ...

  38. Fedewa Joins Live Nation's Interactive Division

    January 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST He will develop LiveNation.com Live Nation has named Scott Fedewa senior VP and executive producer for interactive platforms. Fedewa will be in charge of creative development, strategy, build-out and operations of the new LiveNation.com Web site a ...

  39. Nicoli Confident On Digital Future

    January 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Group is "on track" to achieving its bullish prediction of generating 25% of its revenue from the digital space by 2010, its chairman Eric Nicoli told delegates Saturday (Jan. 21) during the openi EMI Group is "on track" to ...

  40. Victory Signs Up With Vital In U.K.

    December 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Vital Distribution has struck an exclusive pact to handle Victory Records product in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with effect from Feb. 1. Vital Distribution has struck an exclusive pact to handle Victory Records product in the United Kingdom a ...

  41. Victory Signs Up With Vital in U.K.

    December 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Vital Distribution has struck an exclusive pact to handle Victory Records product in the United Kingdom and Ireland, with effect from Feb. 1. Vital Distribution has struck an exclusive pact to handle Victory Records product in the United Kingdom a ...

  42. Live Nation Heads to L.A., Lays Off 300

    December 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST Moves are a result of continued reorganization. Live Nation, formerly known as Clear Channel Entertainment, will be moving its headquarters to Los Angeles and terminating about 300 full-time employees, according to a filing with the Securities and ...

  43. French Music Industry Combats Blanket License

    December 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Industry groups representing indie and major labels, publishers, retailers and authors, as well as artists, vigorously reacted to the vote yesterday (Dec. 21) of an amendment introducing the new digit Industry groups representing indie and major l ...

  44. MTV Int'l To Cut Staff

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST Sources: 150 to go in N.Y., London. MTV Networks International confirmed today (Dec. 19) it has taken steps to streamline its corporate headcount in New York and London. In an internal message, seen by Billboard.biz, the music TV broadcaster says ...

  45. MTV Int'l To Cut Staff

    December 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks International confirmed today (Dec. 19) it has taken steps to streamline its corporate headcount in New York and London. Sources say approximately 150 corporate positions in total may be MTV Networks International confirmed today (Dec ...

  46. Sources: MTV Cuts 100 Staff

    December 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST MTV Networks has laid off close to 100 employees, with the cuts affecting multiple divisions and staffers at all levels of the Viacom Inc.-owned company, sources say. MTV Networks has laid off close to 100 employees, with the cuts affecting multip ...

  47. Hirsch, Sheridan Square Merger Progressing

    December 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Expected to close end of January 2007. While announcing its financial results, Hirsch International said its merger with Sheridan Square Entertainment is progressing and is now expected to close towards the end of the company's fiscal 2007 fi ...

  48. RED Re-Brands Red Ink

    December 09, 2005 12:00 AM EST Operation to offer more marketing services. RED Distribution has rebranded its RED Ink division as RED Strategic Marketing. In making the change, RED will begin offering the added marketing and promotional services of RED Ink to all of RED's ...

  49. Warner Music Narrows Q4 Loss

    December 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Warner Music Group today (Dec. 1) reported a net loss of $30 million, or 21 cents per diluted share, on sales of $905 million for the three-month period ended Sept. 30. The Warner Music Group today (Dec. 1) reported a net loss of $30 million, ...

  50. Musicland CEO Steps Down

    November 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST Madden named interim CEO. The Musicland Group has lost another CEO as Jack Chadsey, who assumed the post on Oct. 3, has left the company. Michael Madden, Musicland president, has been named interim CEO. Chadsey replaced Eric Weisman, a well-known ...

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