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  1. Digital Notes: Spotify's Spoof, SourceAudio's Clear Channel Deal and Music Mastermind's Zya Launch

    December 05, 2013 1:56 PM EST Spotify's Artist Site Gets Spoofed It was bound to happen. Two days after Spotify announced its Spotify Artists website, a parody site popped up, called Spotify For Artists .  Spotify on Tuesday launched its hyper-earnest site, designed to ex ...

  2. Evan Peters Named Virgin Records Director of A&R

    July 10, 2013 11:09 AM EDT Evan Peters has been appointed as the Director of A&R for Virgin Records, according to an announcement made today by Ron Fair, the company's chief creative officer and EVP. “I told Evan to take the ball and run with it," Fair said ...

  3. Ron Fair in Talks to Helm Virgin Records

    January 17, 2013 7:36 PM EST Producer and former Geffen Records chairman Ron Fair is in talks to take a presidential or chairman-level post at a revived Virgin Records, a source close to the situation confirmed to Billboard.biz. The source emphasized that the deal is still be ...

  4. It's Official: Universal Names Steve Barnett Chairman/CEO of Capitol Music Group

    November 26, 2012 12:05 PM EST Universal Music Group this morning made official a move that's been common knowledge in the music business for many weeks: The company "has begun the revitalization of EMI Recorded Music" with the appointment of former Columbia Reco ...

  5. Columbia COO Steve Barnett in Line to Head Up Universal's New Capitol Label Group: Source

    October 05, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Columbia Records co-chairman/COO Steve Barnett is potentially days away from taking the helm of a new Capitol Label Group at Universal Music, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz Friday afternoon (October 5). The source stressed that ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Exclusive: Naive's Patrick Zelnik Talks Universal-EMI Merger, Plan to Buy Virgin With Branson, More

    July 19, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Patrick Zelnik, founder and CEO of French independent label and distributor Naïve and co-President (for now) of Impala, the independent label association, has made international headlines over the last few days: On Monday a surprising op-ed he wro ...

  8. Updated: Universal Music Offers to Sell More Assets to Salvage EMI Deal

    July 19, 2012 8:41 AM EDT Universal Music has upped the ante in its efforts to gain approval for its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded-music division, offering to sell off even more parts of EMI, according to a report in Financial Times. The European Commission reje ...

  9. Universal Music's Concessions Grow in EMI Deal; Sale of Virgin U.K. Looks Likely

    July 17, 2012 11:01 PM EDT The Universal Music Group will take some extra time to prepare and submit its remedies package to the EU Commission, as part of its gambit to win regulatory approval to acquire EMI's recorded-music division. Depending on who you listen to, th ...

  10. Updated: Richard Branson Interested in Buying Back Virgin Records With Impala's Patrick Zelnik

    July 17, 2012 7:59 AM EDT LONDON - Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has expressed his interest in a potential bid for the Virgin Records label he founded. Vivendi's Universal Music Group is meeting with European regulators in Brussels this week to discuss possible ...

  11. Sir Richard Branson To Be Honored At Pre-Grammy Gala

    January 19, 2012 12:38 PM EST Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, will be honored at Clive Davis and Recording Academy's Pre-Grammy gala this year. Branson will be presented with the President's Merit Award "in recognition of his significant contri ...

  12. Read: Citigroup and Vivendi's Statement About Universal Music's Purchase of EMI's Recorded Music Division

    November 11, 2011 10:00 AM EST Below is the official statement circulated today about Universal Music's purchase of EMI's recorded-music division. For Immediate Release November 11, 2011 Vivendi and Universal Music Group (UMG) to Purchase EMI Music London, Paris, New ...

  13. Unger-Hamilton Heads Up Polydor

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former Virgin U.K. boss Ferdy Unger-Hamilton has been appointed president of Polydor Records. He will report to Universal Music U.K. chairman and CEO David Joseph. Unger-Hamilton is returning to Universal Music, where he spent a decade up until 20 ...

  14. Update: Virgin Sues 30 Seconds To Mars

    August 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Seconds To Mars frontman Jared Leto has responded to Virgin Records' $30 million lawsuit for alleged breach of contract and damages, describing the legal action as "insane" but expressing his hope for "a resolution to this i ...

  15. Ciaraldi Splits With EMI Italy

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Italy veteran Beppe Ciaraldi is to depart at the end of the month after 36 years with the firm. Ciaraldi, who joined the company in 1972 and has been managing director since July 2004, will be succeeded by Marco Alboni, who has risen to head o ...

  16. EMI Cuts Hit Capitol Nashville

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Capitol Records Nashville VP of A&R Larry Willoughby and VP of sales Bill Kennedy are among those who have exited the company as part of parent EMI's previously announced worldwide restructuring of its recorded music division. EMI had no ...

  17. Smashing Pumpkins Sue Virgin Records

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Smashing Pumpkins are suing Virgin Records, saying the record label has illegally used their name and music in promotional deals that hurt the band's credibility with fans. In a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Cou ...

  18. Thompson To Lead Virgin, Capitol Promo Staffs

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Greg Thompson, former executive VP at Island Def Jam Music Group, will join the Capitol Music Group staff on Thursday to lead the Virgin and Capitol promotion departments, Billboard.biz has learned. The move was revealed during a conference call w ...

  19. Rita Mitsouko Co-Founder Chichin Dies

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST French guitarist and composer Fred Chichin died this morning (Nov. 28) after a battle with cancer. He was 53. In 1980, Chichin founded the pop duo Rita Mitsouko with his partner in life Catherine Ringer. Their original and entertaining music built ...

  20. V2 To Live On Within UMG's Mercury Group

    October 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has started the integration of its newly-acquired V2 Music Group. Moving forward, the British arm of V2 will be aligned with Mercury Records under Mercury U.K. president Jason Iley. UMG is committed to absorbing some of the a ...

  21. Teddy Bear's Return

    September 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT When director Spike Lee picked E.U.'s dance tune "Da Butt" for the soundtrack to his 1988 film "School Daze," the song became a No. 1 hit and a national sensation. Some 20 years later, the anniversary of the film and song ...

  22. Simon Joins Roptus Inc.

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Virgin Records marketing director Aaron Simon has joined Roptus Inc. as VP of strategic marketing and business development. He reports to executive VP Richard Bull and is based in Los Angeles. Simon comes to the Latin entertainment company ...

  23. Sex Pistols Debut, Singles To Be Reissued

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Records will on Oct. 29 release a special 30th anniversary edition of The Sex Pistols' classic debut album, "Never Mind The Bollocks ... Here's the Sex Pistols." The set will be available on heavyweight vinyl with a 7&qu ...

  24. Capitol Names Senior Digital VP

    July 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Syd Schwartz has been named senior VP of digital strategy at Capitol Music Group. He will be based in New York and report to COO Jeff Kempler and president Lee Trink. In his new role, Schwartz will be responsible for identifying and managing emerg ...

  25. New Post For EMI's Wozencroft

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI veteran Keith Wozencroft is taking a new role with the company. The executive, who currently serves as president, Capitol Music and Virgin Records U.K., has entered into a long-term joint-venture label relationship with EMI Music U.K. and Irel ...

  26. Ascoli Named Virgin France MD

    March 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Philippe Ascoli has returned to Virgin Music France. Ascoli has been appointed managing director of Virgin France, succeeding Laurent Chapeau, who has been upped to VP of international marketing for Continental Europe, parent company EMI Group sai ...

  27. Duncan Upped At Virgin

    December 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Virgin Records America has promoted Amani Duncan to senior VP of marketing. She is based in New York and reports to Lee Trink, Virgin's GM/COO. Duncan, who will now be in charge of the label's marketing and video departments, was most pr ...

  28. Victory Records Sues EMI Music, Virgin

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Victory Records has sued Virgin Records and EMI Music North America for interfering with its contractual relationship with the band Hawthorne Heights. Victory claims that the major label "poached" the Victory Records has sued Virgin Reco ...

  29. Cat The Dog Is BMG Publishing's New Pet

    August 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT BMG Music Publishing has signed up-and-coming U.K. band Cat the Dog to a long-term publishing deal. BMG Music Publishing has signed up-and-coming U.K. band Cat the Dog to a long-term publishing deal. The Brighton-based band is managed by Rob Swerd ...

  30. EMI Settles Pay-For-Play Probe

    June 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Became the fourth and final major to do so. EMI today (June 15) became the fourth and final major label to settle with the state of New York over alleged radio pay-for-play violations, investigated by New York State attorney general Eliot Spitzer. ...

  31. Virgin Records, USA Network Enter Exclusive Deal

    June 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Label will provide music for all network's promotions. In a first for television, USA Network has entered into an exclusive agreement with Virgin Records to provide music for all the network's promotions. Virgin music will be front and c ...

  32. Virgin Sells V2 Stake

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an undisclosed sum. Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an ...

  33. Virgin Sells V2 Stake

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an undisclosed sum. Richard Branson's Virgin Group has sold its stake in V2 Records to U.S. investment bank Morgan Stanley for an ...

  34. Report: Love Sells 25% Of Nirvana Songs

    March 31, 2006 12:00 AM EST Acquired by former COO of Virgin Records. Acquired by former COO of Virgin Records. News ...

  35. Virgin U.K. Taps Elias As A&R Executive

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Founded S2 in 1991 with Muff Winwood. Virgin Records U.K. managing director Ferdy Unger-Hamilton is continuing to strengthen the label's management with the announcement today (March 27) that Lincoln Elias will take on from April 18 the newly ...

  36. Terry Rises To GM At Virgin U.K.

    February 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Mark Terry has been elevated to the new role as GM, Virgin Records U.K., with immediate effect. Mark Terry has been elevated to the new role as GM, Virgin Records U.K., with immediate effect. Terry joined Virgin in 1991 initially as press officer. ...

  37. Kravitz Teams With Absolut

    January 17, 2006 12:00 AM EST Virgin artist created 'Breathe' for campaign. Lenny Kravitz is the latest artist tapped by Absolut to create new, exclusive music based on his interpretation of the global brand's core values. For the project, dubbed Absolut Kravitz ...

  38. Unger-Hamilton Appointed Virgin U.K. MD

    January 09, 2006 12:00 AM EST Veteran Universal Music executive Ferdy Unger-Hamilton has been hired to fill the vacant role as managing director of Virgin Records U.K., with effect from Jan. 13. He succeeds the former Virgin U.K. Veteran Universal Music executive Ferdy Unger-H ...

  39. Trink Lands Virgin America GM Role

    December 06, 2005 12:00 AM EST Move re-unites exec with Flom. Virgin Records America chairman and CEO Jason Flom confirmed yesterday (Dec. 5) the appointment of Lee Trink as the label's executive VP and GM, effective immediately. The move was previously tipped by Billboard ...

  40. EMI Spain Restructures Virgin, Capitol

    November 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Spain has separated the A&R, marketing and promotion activities of its local Capitol and Virgin labels. Under the realigned label structure, María Cruz Laguna has been appointed di EMI Music Spain has separated the A& ...

  41. Mestel Exits Virgin Today

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Tuesday is COO/GM's last day at label. Today (Nov. 22) is Larry Mestel's last day as COO/GM of Virgin Records. As first tipped in Billboard.biz on Nov. 18, Virgin Records is close to finalizing a deal with Lee Trink to bring him in as GM ...

  42. Wozencroft Adds Virgin Duties

    November 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Capitol Music U.K. president Keith Wozencroft has added stripes as president Virgin Records U.K. Capitol Music U.K. president Keith Wozencroft has added stripes as president Virgin Records U.K. In this newly-combined position, Wozencroft takes dut ...

  43. Capitol U.K. Pres Wozencroft Combines Virgin Duties

    October 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Capitol Music U.K. president Keith Wozencroft has added stripes as president Virgin Records U.K. His appointment to helm Virgin Records follows the departure earlier this year of its former managing Capitol Music U.K. president Keith Wozencroft ha ...

  44. Capitol U.K. Pres Wozencroft Combines Virgin Duties

    October 31, 2005 12:00 AM EST Capitol Music U.K. president Keith Wozencroft has added stripes as president Virgin Records U.K. His appointment to helm Virgin Records follows the departure earlier this year of its former managing Capitol Music U.K. president Keith Wozencroft ha ...

  45. Virgin Creates Exec Legal Position

    October 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jeffrey Kempler moves to role from Atari. Jeffrey Kempler has been appointed to the newly created position of executive VP of business affairs and development for Virgin Records in the U.S. Kempler, who begins immediately, is based at Virgin' ...

  46. Flom Helms Virgin Record America

    October 25, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jason Flom, former co-chairman/CEO of Atlantic Records Group, replaces Matt Serletic as chairman/CEO of Virgin Records in America effective immediately. Jason Flom, former co-chairman/CEO of Atlantic Records Group, replaces Matt Serletic as chairm ...

  47. Flom In At Virgin

    October 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jason Flom, former co-chairman/CEO of Atlantic Records Group, will replace Matt Serletic as chairman/CEO of Virgin Records in America, Billboard has learned. According to sources close to the deal, Fl Jason Flom, former co-chairman/CEO of Atlantic ...

  48. Serletic Out At Virgin

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Left post as chairman/CEO, effective immediately. Matt Serletic is leaving his post as Virgin Records chairman/CEO effective immediately. David Munns, chairman/CEO of parent company EMI Music North America, will assume the position until a success ...

  49. France-bound Ascoli To Launch New Label

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Virgin Music U.K. managing director Philippe Ascoli is returning to his native France to establish a new joint-venture label. Virgin Music U.K. managing director Philippe Ascoli is returning to his native France to establish a new joint-venture la ...

  50. De Buretel Partners With WMI

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST Former EMI Music Continental Europe president Emmanuel de Buretel has inked an exclusive global licensing deal with Warner Music International for his new venture, Because Music. The deal excludes Fra LONDON -- Former EMI Music Continental Europe ...

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