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  1. Universal Music May Divest Virgin Records, EMI Classics (Report)

    July 16, 2012 7:48 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi's Universal Music Group could offer to divest Virgin Records and EMI Classics, as well as the distribution rights to independent label Mute to clinch European regulators' approval for its proposed acquisition of EMI' ...

  2. Universal Music-EMI Deal Approved By Japanese Regulators

    July 11, 2012 8:16 AM EDT Japanese regulators have approved Universal Music Group's $1.9 billion purchase of EMI Music without having to make concessions, according to a Music Week report. A statement from a Universal Music rep said that, "We can confirm that the ...

  3. Universal Music's Lucian Grainge Proposes 'Manifesto For New Music Industry'

    July 10, 2012 6:53 PM EDT Lucian Grainge has plans to sell assets, invest heavily in A&R, and keep EMI as intact as possible while trying to gain approval for Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division in both the U.S. and E ...

  4. Universal Appoints Jens Kessler as Chief Information Officer

    July 10, 2012 4:47 PM EDT Jens Kessler of Universal Music Group has been promoted to the company's position of chief information officer according to Boyd Muir, UMG's EVP/CFO. Kessler started at UMG in Germany, where he served as Vice President of IT, and quickly ...

  5. Vivendi Chairman Jean-Rene Fourtou Takes Charge of Universal-EMI Deal, Report Says

    July 07, 2012 1:18 PM EDT Vivendi chairman Jean-René Fourtou has taken leadership of Universal Music's proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division, hoping to persuade regulators not to block or overly diminish the deal, according to a repor ...

  6. Vivendi Committed to UMG's EMI Purchase, Selling Activision (Report)

    July 02, 2012 9:13 AM EDT Whatever the politics within Vivendi that led to the departure of CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy, the company's senior management team still stands behind Universal Music Group and its planned acquisition of EMI, according to an e-mail UMG chairman an ...

  7. Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy Steps Down

    June 28, 2012 4:22 PM EDT French entertainment group Vivendi says its chief executive is stepping down because of a difference of opinion about the direction of the company. Universal Music Parent Vivendi Ordered to Pay $956 Million in Liberty Media Suit The Paris-based co ...

  8. Business Matters: Rumors Heat Up That Liberty Media Will Buy Out Live Nation

    June 28, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Rumors Heat Up That Liberty Media Will Buy Out Live Nation -- Another summer, another round of speculation that Liberty Media may buy out the remaining shares of Live Nation it does not already own. Liberty Media upped its stake in Live Nation to ...

  9. Universal Music Parent Vivendi Ordered to Pay $956 Million in Liberty Media Suit

    June 26, 2012 10:50 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi, the parent company of Universal Music Group, saw its shares slip in European trading Tuesday after the entertainment and telecom conglomerate lost a stage in a court case to John Malone's Liberty Media. Analysts said most in ...

  10. Music Execs Debate Promise and Threats of Universal-EMI Merger at Senate Hearing

    June 21, 2012 8:28 PM EDT Some of the music industry's top music executives painted various pictures of the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Thursday afternoon. It was a rare opportunity to see well-known executives queried a ...

  11. Universal Music Group Q1 Revenue Up 9.1%, Credits Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Gotye, Van Halen Releases

    May 15, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Screen shot of Vivendi's First Quarter 2012 Results Apendix III. Universal Music Group revenues increased 9.1% to €961 million ($1.28 billion at the March 31 exchange rate) in the first quarter of 2012 (6.7% at constant currency). Earnings be ...

  12. Web Trends: Jay-Z Backs Barack Obama's Support of Gay Marriage

    May 15, 2012 4:22 PM EDT Google Trends: There are no music trends at this time. Twitter Music Trend: There are no music trends at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. The 25 Best 50 Cent Rants 4. Sexy photograph of Madonna posing naked on a bed while smoking a ci ...

  13. Web Trends: Serena Williams Is A Rapper

    May 11, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Google Trends: No new topics trending. Twitter Music Trend: 5. #ReplaceEminemSongWithShady Eminem fans have some fun via Twitter replacing words in his song titles with "Shady." 9. Serena Williams The tennis star makes her rap debut and ...

  14. Web Trends: Against Me! Singer Comes Out as Transgender

    May 10, 2012 4:31 PM EDT Google Trends: 11. against me - Against Me!'s singer Tom Gabel has come out as transgender. She will soon begin her transition from male to female. Twitter Music Trend: 4. demiisourparadise - Demi Lovato's show their support moments befo ...

  15. Web Trends: Watch The Crowning Of 'The Voice' Season 2 Winner

    May 09, 2012 4:56 PM EDT Google Trends: 3. jermaine paul - the powerful singer (and former Alicia Keys back-up singer) was crowned the winner of "The Voice" last night. He was mentored by country star Blake Shelton. 4. the voice winner - people are searching for ...

  16. Web Trends: Listen To Alanis Morissette's New Single

    May 08, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. The Voice Finale NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Listen: Beach House, 'Bloom' 2. First Listen: Best Coast, 'The Only Place' 3. Deploy The Beat: A Basic Training Workout Mix 4. The Ultimate NPR Workout Mix 5. D ...

  17. Web Trends: RIP Adam Yauch

    May 04, 2012 4:44 PM EDT Google Trends: 
 5. adam yauch Beastie Boys co-founder is dead at 47 of cancer. 8. skylar laine Skyler was vote off "American Idol" last night, leaving four finalists. 
 15. carrie underwood The country star p ...

  18. Web Trends: Leonard Cohen Announces Tour

    May 03, 2012 4:33 PM EDT Google Trends: There are no google music trends at this time. Twitter Music Trend: There are no twitter music trends at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 11. Rock Band iOS not shutting down NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Dudes Act Like A Lady: ...

  19. A Look at Music Execs' Rising Pay: $34.6 Million Year for Irving Azoff

    May 03, 2012 12:18 PM EDT Most top music industry executives saw their compensation packages increase in 2011, according to an analysis by THR. THR looked at recently disclosed compensation for the leadership of publicly traded companies with music tie-ins, from satellite ...

  20. Web Trends: Watch Shakira's Latest Video

    May 02, 2012 4:48 PM EDT Google Trends: 5. jessica simpson baby - the pop star/fashion tycoon gave birth to her daughter Maxwell Drew Johnson with fiancé Eric Johnson 11. jessica simpson gives birth - see No. 5 Twitter Music Trend: 1. Maybach O - the name former B2K membe ...

  21. Wed Trends: Listen To Norah Jones' 'Little Broken Hearts'

    May 01, 2012 4:52 PM EDT Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. How and why you should do data journalism 2. The 25 Sexiest Musicians Under 25 NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. How To Break Up With Attitude, According To Norah Jones 2. First Listen: Norah Jones, 'Little Broken H ...

  22. Web Trends: New Rihanna Video "Where Have You Been," Watch

    April 30, 2012 5:03 PM EDT Google Trends: None at this time. 
 Twitter Music Trend: 2. #ReplaceA7XSongsWithJimmy - fans of Avenged Sevenfold started a trend replacing a word in their songs with the word 'Jimmy' Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Rare Armstron ...

  23. Web Trends: Tupac's Coachella Hologram Cashes In

    April 27, 2012 5:34 PM EDT Google Trends: No new music topics trending this morning. Twitter Music Trend: 1. #AmexUNSTAGED Promoted - ad for Jack White's performance at Webster Hall tonight. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. 10 Rapper Video Games We Wish Existed 2. Ar ...

  24. Web Trends: The Killers' Saxophonist Tommy Marth Commits Suicide

    April 26, 2012 4:33 PM EDT Google Trends: 6. julianne hough - The professional ballroom dancer and country singer made a surprise appearance on American Idol last night 20. ryan seacrest - Ryan Seacrest made it through the two hour American Idol episode yesterday, despite b ...

  25. Web Trends: RIP Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez, TMZ Says TLC Creating Hologram Of Her

    April 25, 2012 4:31 PM EDT Google Trends: 6. aapl - Apple's stock is trending for several reasons including deeper looks into iPad, iPhone accessories, and the company at large 7. gladys knight - the Motown singer was eliminated from "Dancing With The Stars" ...

  26. Web Trends: Common Freestyles About Kim Kardashian At USAB/Jeep Event

    April 24, 2012 4:15 PM EDT NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Listen: Santigold, 'Master Of My Make-Believe' 2. First Listen: Rufus Wainwright, 'Out Of The Game' 3. First Listen: Norah Jones, 'Little Broken Hearts' 4. First Listen: Patrick Watson, ...

  27. Web Trends: Listen To Fiona Apple's First Release In Seven Years

    April 23, 2012 4:54 PM EDT Google Trends: 9. dick clark - the legendary icon died this past Wednesday and people are still searching for news and updates, the most recent that he had prostate surgery before his heart attack
 20. neil diamond - the singer married Katie ...

  28. Web Trends: Suge Knight Thinks Tupac Is Alive?

    April 20, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. the band Levon Helm's most popular associated act, trending in accordance with his passing Thursday. 3. levon Levon Helm passed away Thursday from cancer. 4. levon helm The late singer is being remembered for his legendary r ...

  29. Web Trends: R.I.P. Levon Helm

    April 19, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. dick clark - Media icon Dick Clark passed away yesterday at the age of 82 4. ted nugget - Ted Nugent is trending after making some controversial remarks 14. ryan seacrest - Ryan Seacrest honors media icon Dick Clark, who passed a ...

  30. Web Trends: Wiz Khalifa and Mac Miller Announce Joint Influence of Music Tour

    April 17, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Google Trends: The internet is buzzing after Tupac's Coachella performance 4. tupac 17. Coachella 18. Tupak Shakur Twitter Music Trend: 1. Selena Makes Selenators Smile NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Jack White: How I Made 'Blunderbuss' ...

  31. Web Trends: M.I.A. Writes Music for WikiLeaks Talk Show

    April 13, 2012 4:49 PM EDT Google Trends: 4. esperanza spalding - the jazz singer and last year's Best New Artist winner performed on "The Daily Show" last night. Twitter Music Trend: None at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. OK Go - White Knuckle ...

  32. Web Trends: Lil B Lectures at NYU

    April 12, 2012 4:13 PM EDT Google Trends: 6. axel rose - guns n' roses front man has penned an open letter to the rock and roll hall of tame, declining induction to the hall 15. rock and roll hall of fame Twitter Music Trend: 8. always with jonas brothers - jonas broth ...

  33. Web Trends: Big Sean's Latest Reveals

    April 11, 2012 4:37 PM EDT Google Trends: 2. lollapalooza - the line-up of the three-day Chicago musical festival was announced and interest continues to grow as more media outlets report the line-up that was being heavily rumored about for weeks. 8. big sean - a few reason ...

  34. Web Trends: Watch Jessie J's New Video "Laserlight"

    April 10, 2012 4:06 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. 1. usher-his death trended on twitter Twitter Music Trend: 1. #IWasBornThisWay - Love For Lady Gaga 2. One Direction Fever - Following the British boy band's debut on SNL people are buzzing. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1 ...

  35. Web Trends: New Video from 2 Chainz

    April 09, 2012 4:57 PM EDT Google Trends: 6. jake owen -- Country singer Jake Owen proposed to his girlfriend Lacey Buchanan, on Saturday at the Citrus Bowl at Vero Beach High (where he went to high school). Twitter Music Trend: #NameYourFavoriteRapper -- People are Tweetin ...

  36. Web Trends: Watch Jennifer Lopez's New Music Video

    April 06, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Google Trends: None at this time. Twitter Music Trend: None at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. 5000+ Artists Line Up For a Pirate Bay Promotion | TorrentFreak NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Listen: Alabama Shakes, 'Boys And Gir ...

  37. Web Trends: Beyonce Joins Tumblr

    April 05, 2012 4:50 PM EDT Google Trends: 15. burger king mary j bilge - Burger King pulls controversial Mary J. Blige Chicken Ad Twitter Music Trend: 2. #First20SongsOnShuffle - A twitter trend to post the first 20 songs that come up on an individual consumer's iTunes ...

  38. Web Trends: Kelly Clarkson Duets With Fellow Singers At LA Tour Stop

    April 04, 2012 4:40 PM EDT Google Trends: 
 None at this time. 
 Twitter Music Trend: 6. Justin Is Desperate - Supposedly a phrase created by Lady Gaga's fanbase "Little Monsters" about Justin Bieber tweeting about his new single t ...

  39. Web Trends: Adele Wants To Collaborate With Beyonce

    April 03, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. 13. the fray- Bad national anthem rendition Twitter Music Trend: 1. We Want Justin Shirtless Tour- #ReplaceATWSongWithSloth-"Glad Sloth Came" really lame #SELENAFOLLOWCONCEPTOFFICIAL- people want her to follow a small b ...

  40. Web Trends: Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert Win Big at Academy of Country Music Awards

    April 02, 2012 5:11 PM EDT Google Trends: 2. acm awards 2012 - Reba McEntire and Blake Shelton hosted last night's Academy of Country Music Awards, with Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift winning big. 4. country music awards - The Academy of Country Music Awards were hel ...

  41. Web Trends: 'The Pauly D Project'

    March 30, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Google Trends: 
 9. carson daly NBC's "The Voice" host apologized for a homophobic joke he made during his radio segment regarding the JetBlue pilot meltdown. 12. earl scruggs Legendary banjo player and bluegrass singer died We ...

  42. Web Trends: Bluegrass Icon Earl Scruggs Dies at 88

    March 29, 2012 5:16 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. earl scruggs - Earl Scruggs passed away at 88 4. faith hill - There are a few reasons Faith Hill is trending. She just wrapped up a tour with husband Tim McGraw, there are images of her without makeup floating around the internet ...

  43. Web Trends: Kelly Clarkson Covers Christina Aguilera

    March 28, 2012 4:34 PM EDT Google Trends: None at this time. Twitter Music Trend: 9. Happy Birthday Lady Gaga - The pop star's supporters have been trending the phrase for her 26th birthday since this morning Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. The 2012 Hottest Women of ...

  44. Web Trends: Bobby Brown Arrested

    March 27, 2012 5:01 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. bobby brown arrested-...self explanatory 2. tenacious d- released details about a new album, a new tour and released a new video Twitter Music Trend: 1. HappyBdayFergie-self explanatory Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Sony Pic ...

  45. Web Trends: Listen To New Tracks from Justin Bieber, Azealia Banks, and Japandroids

    March 26, 2012 3:27 PM EDT Google Trends: 18. justin bieber boyfriend -- Justin Bieber released his new single, "Boyfriend," today. Twitter Music Trend: Boyfriend is PERFECT -- Justin Bieber fans are Tweeting their approval of his new single, "Boyfriend." ...

  46. Web Trends: Listen To K-Pop Group 2NE1 Cover Madonna

    March 21, 2012 5:08 PM EDT Google Trends: None at this time. Twitter Music Trend: 1. #Glassheart - Fans have begun trending the title of Leona Lewis' new album is trending. NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Guest DJs Carrie Brownstein And Fred Armisen Of Portlandia 2. Bruce Sp ...

  47. Web Trends: "How The Copyright Industry Drives A Big Brother Dystopia"

    March 20, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. How The Copyright Industry Drives A Big Brother Dystopia | TorrentFreak 2. Spotify vs iTunes Match (comparison) NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Guest DJs Carrie Brownstein And Fred Armisen Of Portlandia 2. Bruce Spring ...

  48. Web Trends: Beyonce Announces New Live Dates

    March 19, 2012 4:31 PM EDT Google Trends: There are no music trends this afternoon. Twitter Music Trend: 1. #ReplaceGleeSongsWithBanana -- Fans of the show "Glee" are throwing in the word banana into the titles of songs that have been performed on the show. Origin ...

  49. Business Matters: Can Spotify Catch iTunes in Two Years? The Numbers Behind Sean Parker's Prediction

    March 16, 2012 10:20 PM EDT Can Spotify Catch iTunes in Two Years? The Numbers Behind Sean Parker's Prediction -- Sean Parker, entrepreneur and investor (in Spotify and other companies) predicted at SXSW that Spotify, at its current growth rate, will overtake iTunes wit ...

  50. Web Trends: Watch A New Video From Hot Chip

    March 15, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Google Trends: No new music trends Twitter Music Trends: No new music trends Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 9. Overblown? Is SXSW more About the Parties Now? NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. NPR Music Live From SXSW 2. The Austin 100: A SXSW Mix 3. Alab ...

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