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  1. Scooter Braun, Will.i.am, Amanda Palmer and More Argue for Artists' Role in the Music Industry During Inaugural 'Disruptor' Talk

    October 30, 2013 12:47 PM EDT In a debate streamed live yesterday titled "Has tech killed the music industry?" -- which you can watch in full below -- panelist and artist manager Scooter Braun proclaimed, "It's not about addressing ‘Will the music industr ...

  2. Morning Fix: Rara Expands; Today's Apple Event; Bertelsmann, KKR & EMI; ATP Merger

    October 23, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters RARA ADDS IOS, EXPANDS MUSIC CATALOG, PARTNERS WITH LENOVO: On-demand subscription music company Rara has launched its service on Apple's iPad and iPhones , as well de ...

  3. Universal/EMI: Deal Looks Likely to Be Approved, But at What Cost to UMG?

    July 26, 2012 3:30 PM EDT The extensive, lengthy and ongoing negotiations between the Universal Music Group and the European Union Commission to hammer out a concessions package of assets to be divested means that the regulatory agency is likely to approve the acquisition ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. LimeWire, Labels Settle Lawsuit for $105 Million

    May 12, 2011 6:29 PM EDT As had been rumored, multiple record labels on Thursday settled their copyright lawsuit against Lime Wire LLC and its founder, Mark Gorton out of court for $105 million, according to a statement from the RIAA. "We are pleased to have reached ...

  6. LimeWire Wins Limit on Damages to Record Labels

    March 10, 2011 6:07 PM EST A federal judge limited the potential financial liability facing the operator of LimeWire, a once-popular file-sharing service found liable for copyright infringement, at an upcoming damages trial. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood agreed with Lime G ...

  7. Retail Report: NARM Honors American Idol; Redeye Wheeling & Dealing Iris Gets 'Sparticus' Ringtones

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST NARM To Honor 'American Idol' In another move at gearing up for its annual convention, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) announced today that it will honor the American Idol franchise at the convention's fin ...

  8. AIM Members Urge BBC To Back Indies

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A vote of the AIM membership has approved a proposal for the U.K. independent music companies' trade body to lobby the BBC to play a wider range of independent music on national top 40 station Radio 1 and AC network Radio 2. The proposal won ...

  9. Sony Music Gets Creative With Exposure

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment has formed a pan-European creative agency with international marketing agency Exposure. The joint venture, named SBX, aims to develop artist endorsements, synch deals, product placement, live performances, ad-funded progra ...

  10. Virgin Mobile Acquires Helio

    June 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's official, Virgin Mobile USA is acquiring rival mobile operator Helio in a deal valued at $39 million. Helio is jointly owned by Korean carrier SK Telecom and the U.S.-based ISP EarthLink. Both Virgin and Helio are mobile virtual network ...

  11. Report: Virgin Megastore Times Square To Close In Q1 ’09

    June 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Virgin Megastore in New York’s Times Square will close down in the first quarter of 2009, according to a published report that quotes a senior executive at the Vornado Realty Trust. That company and the Related Cos., both real estate companies ...

  12. Virgin France Retailer Changes Hands

    December 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST French media conglomerate Lagardère on Dec. 26 signed an agreement with French investment fund Butler Capital Partners to sell a majority stake in Groupe Virgin, which operates Virgin retail stores in France. The sale covers 47 retail stores in Fr ...

  13. ERA Calls For Investigation Into Prince 'Covermount'

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Entertainment Retailers Association is turning the screw in its crusade against "covermounting." The trade body has sent a letter to British magazines and newspapers authority ABC, bringing into question the Mail on Sunday ...

  14. Virgin Plans Expansion

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After reaping positive financial gains from remerchandising its store format, the Virgin Entertainment Group North America is once again in expansion mode. That's the word from VEGNA chairman Simon Wright, who presided over a three-year restr ...

  15. EMI Cuts Continue

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI has laid off an undisclosed number of employees in its EMI Canada unit, sources familiar with the situation confirm. The move is part of the label's North American restructuring efforts, which have already seen the merger of EMI's Ca ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. ARIA To Launch Digital Chart

    March 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST The Australian Recording Industry Assn. will publish its first official digital music chart on April 9, the labels body said today (March 30). Digital and physical sales will be combined in an integra The Australian Recording Industry Assn. will p ...

  18. 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' ...

  19. HMV Set For New Digital Era

    September 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Service to launch Sept. 5 with 1.3M titles. HMV U.K.'s new digital music service will embrace the independent label sector and adopt a flexible pricing structure, executives at the market-leading retailer told reporters today (Sept. 1). HMV w ...

  20. HMV Set For New Digital Era

    September 01, 2005 12:00 AM EDT HMV U.K.'s new digital music service will embrace the independent label sector and adopt a flexible pricing structure, executives at the market-leading retailer told reporters today (Sept. 1). HMV U.K.'s new digital music service will em ...

  21. EMI's Collen Bolsters Angel Label Group

    August 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music U.K. senior VP Mark Collen has unveiled the executive structure for his newly-named Angel Music Group. Collen was appointed on May 1 to oversee the new division, which sits alongside the Cap EMI Music U.K. senior VP Mark Collen has unvei ...

  22. ABKCO Gets Satisfaction With '40 Licks'

    January 07, 2005 12:00 AM EST The two-disc Rolling Stones compilation "Forty Licks" will shift to ABKCO Records on Feb. 15. The two-disc Rolling Stones compilation "Forty Licks" will shift to ABKCO Records on Feb. 15. The title, a joint venture between ABKC ...

  23. Universal Forms Digital-Only Label

    November 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Enterprises, the catalog and special-products division of Universal Music Group, this week is launching a label venture that exclusively distributes its product through digital distrib Universal Music Enterprises, the catalog and s ...

  24. Aussie Retailer Brazin Reports Strong Gain

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Australian CD, DVD and fashion retailer Brazin has posted a six-fold year-on-year rise in net profit to A$12.6 million ($8.82 million) for the 12 months to June 26. Australian CD, DVD and fashion retailer Brazin has posted a six-fold year-on-year ...

  25. U.K. To Get Download Chart

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The United Kingdom's first Official Download Chart will launch September 1, compiling sales data from online retailers such as HMV, iTunes, MSN, Mycokemusic, Playlouder, Virgin and 7 Digital Media. The United Kingdom's first Official Dow ...

  26. U.K. To Get Download Chart

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The United Kingdom's first Official Download Chart will launch September 1, compiling sales data from online retailers such as HMV, iTunes, MSN, Mycokemusic, Playlouder, Virgin and 7 Digital Media. The United Kingdom's first Official Dow ...

  27. Sony Names Giramonti As Senior VP

    June 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Marketing vet will oversee video/DVD production. Sony Music U.S. has named Piero Giramonti as senior VP of video and DVD production. Giramonti will oversee the creation and production of all music videos, DVDs, electronic press kits and long-form ...

  28. Sony Names Giramonti As Senior VP

    June 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Marketing vet will oversee video/DVD production. Sony Music U.S. has named Piero Giramonti as senior VP of video and DVD production. Giramonti will oversee the creation and production of all music videos, DVDs, electronic press kits and long-form ...

  29. Virgin Confirms Mestel As COO/GM

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Industry vet joins from Arista. Larry Mestel has been named COO/GM of Virgin Records. The move had been expected. Mestel, who was most recently executive VP/GM of Arista, will oversee Virgin's A&R administration, business affairs, finance ...

  30. EMI: No Comment On New Mestel Talk

    April 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT EMI would not comment on fresh reports that Larry Mestel will take the role of GM for Virgin Records, reporting to Virgin chairman Matt Serletic. EMI would not comment on fresh reports that Larry Mestel will take the role of GM for Virgin Records, ...