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  1. Backbeat: Skylar Grey Talks Joni Mitchell, Trent Reznor, Appalachian Dulcimer at NYC Showcase

    December 14, 2011 8:30 AM EST Shades of Grey: Skylar Grey live at Dominion in NY. (Photo: Jeff Benjamin/Billboard) Skylar Grey held an industry-only showcase Dec. 6, 2011 at Dominion in New York. The showcase is a preview for her upcoming debut album, currently titled "In ...

  2. Vivendi Third-Quarter Results Exceed Expectations

    November 16, 2011 8:27 PM EST NEW YORK - Vivendi on Wednesday reported better-than-expected third-quarter financials when excluding the effect of tax reforms driven by strength at video game arm Activision Blizzard. The results also included the second consecutive quarter of s ...

  3. IMPALA Says It Expects EMI-Universal Deal to Be 'Blocked Outright'

    November 11, 2011 3:04 PM EST In the wake of this morning's announcement that Vivendi/Universal Music Group have signed with Citigroup a "definitive agreement" to purchase EMI's recorded-music division , IMPALA, Europe's Independent Music Companies Ass ...

  4. EMI Publishing Goes to Sony, Label to Universal

    November 11, 2011 10:34 AM EST In yet another surprise during a week of head-spinning rumors and negotiations , Citigroup this morning announced the completion of the sale of EMI's recorded-music operation to Vivendi/Universal Music Group, ahead of its pending announcement ...

  5. How Feist's 'Secret' New York Concert Came Together

    October 07, 2011 7:48 PM EDT Feist performs in New York, October 3, 2011 (Photo: Jillian Mapes) The campaign surrounding "Metals," the first album in more than four years from Canadian songstress Feist, has been a calculated one -- an unusual combination of small (m ...

  6. Island Def Jam Partners With Breyon Prescott's Chameleon Entertainment

    September 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Island Def Jam is partnering with producer Breyon Prescott to launch the latter's Chameleon Entertainment. Prescott, whose A&R and producer credits include projects with Jamie Foxx, Angie Stone, Brandy and Kanye West, will also serve as e ...

  7. Vivendi Buys UK-Based See Tickets

    September 06, 2011 12:14 PM EDT Vivendi, parent company of Universal Music Group, has acquired UK-based ticketing company See Tickets. Its €96 million ($135 million) winning bid, announced Monday , beat out the likes of ticketing giant CTS Eventim and promoter Anschutz Entertain ...

  8. Island Def Jam Reorganizes Promotion Department's Executive Staff

    August 31, 2011 9:03 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group has reorganized the executive staff of its promotion department, EVP of Promotion Rick Sackheim announced in a statement released today, highlighting four appointments: Todd Glassman has been appointed Senior Vice Presid ...

  9. Latin Power Players: Gustavo Lopez

    August 02, 2011 12:54 AM EDT Gustavo Lopez Executive VP of brand partnerships, business development and digital, Universal Music Latin Entertainment Gustavo Lopez capped his last year as president of Universal-owned Disa and Fonovisa (the position has since been eliminated) s ...

  10. Latin Power Players: Victor Gonzalez

    August 01, 2011 11:13 PM EDT Victor Gonzalez President, Universal Music Latin Entertainment Victor Gonzalez makes the Latin Power Players list for the first time months after being appointed president of Universal Music Latin Entertainment. The nod acknowledges the importance ...

  11. Motown Update: Label to Share Resources With Island Def Jam

    July 26, 2011 6:03 PM EDT When the planned installation of Ethiopia Habtemariam as the head of Motown Records finally occurs, the label will move out of the Universal orbit and instead share resources with the Island Def Jam Group, sources tell Billboard.biz. Habtemariam, ...

  12. Gee Roberson Named Chairman of Geffen Records

    June 21, 2011 4:24 PM EDT Gee Roberson -- co-CEO of Hip-Hop Since 1978, the management firm that handles Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj and others -- has been named chairman of Geffen Records, a move that Billboard.Biz reported was in the works last week . He wi ...

  13. Business Matters: If iTunes Is Still Breaking Even, It Could Cost $1.3 Billion Per Year To Run

    June 14, 2011 8:09 PM EDT If iTunes is Still Breaking Even, It Could Cost $1.3 Billion Per Year To Run -- iTunes could cost Apple $1.3 billion per year beyond royalties to publishers, according to an estimate by market intelligence firm Asymco. The estimate was based on nu ...

  14. Motown Is Not Folding, Universal Executives Insist

    June 08, 2011 6:47 PM EDT Although Universal-Motown recording artist Erykah Badu tweeted that "Motown folded" on Wednesday afternoon, top executives at Universal told Billboard.biz that although the label is undergoing restructuring the the wake of Sylvia Rhone&# ...

  15. Amanda Marks Takes On Global Role at Universal Music Group

    May 20, 2011 4:32 PM EDT As Billboard speculated Thursday, Universal Music Group Digital Distribution Executive VP and General Manager Amanda Marks is going to work for Rob Wells, president of the label's Global Digital Business unit. With the move, Marks will take o ...

  16. Is Flat the New Up? Universal Music Group Revenue 'Grew' in First Quarter of 2011

    May 16, 2011 11:54 AM EDT With flat being the new up, Universal Music Group's first quarter revenue is somewhat of a success story. Revenue for the world's largest music company was down 0.9% to €881 million (US $1.15 billion) compared to the prior-year quarter. ...

  17. Universal Republic, Twenty First Artists Team Up For Producer/Engineer Management Firm

    March 29, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Universal Republic Records and Twenty First Artists, both divisions of Universal Music Group, today launched Twenty First Republic (TFR), a new management division that caters to U.S.-based music producers and engineers. The announcement was made ...

  18. Vivendi Appoints Lucian Grainge Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group

    March 09, 2011 2:38 PM EST In the wake of Doug Morris' early departure from Universal Music Group to take the helm at Sony , Vivendi announced today the appointment of Lucian Grainge as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UMG. Grainge who was formerly CEO of UMG, w ...

  19. Universal Music Posts 10% Revenue Gain, Matches 2008 Revenue in Q4

    March 02, 2011 11:54 AM EST A strong end to 2010 gave Universal Music Group a 9.9% increase in revenue in the fourth quarter, according to financial details released by parent company Vivendi . It was the third straight year-over-year increase in quarterly revenue. Full-year ...

  20. Doug Morris' Universal Contract To End On June 30, Source Says

    March 02, 2011 9:05 AM EST Vivendi has signed off on a deal that lets Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris out of his contract on June 30, six months ahead of its original ending date at the end of this year, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz. While H ...

  21. Entertainment And Media Deals Lead 2010 Mergers and Acquisitions

    January 28, 2011 6:54 AM EST U.S. entertainment and media industry merger and acquisition activity rose slightly in 2010 when looking at the number of deals and outpaced the overall U.S. deal market, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. However, the total value of completed i ...

  22. At MIDEM 2011, Vivendi's Levy Calls For Crackdown On Piracy

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST Photo Credit: © 360 MEDIAS - IMAGE & Co CANNES, France -- Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy called on governments to step up their fight against piracy during his keynote interview at the MIDEM conference today. In a half-hour discussion with the ...

  23. Warner Music Shares Soar On Sale Reports

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Shares of Warner Music Group surged nearly 23 percent on Friday on news that the world's No. 3 music company is up for sale. Warner Music has hired Goldman Sachs as an advisor to help with the process, a source familiar with the matter said o ...

  24. Warner Music Shares Soar On Sale Reports

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Shares of Warner Music Group surged nearly 23 percent on Friday on news that the world's No. 3 music company is up for sale . Warner Music has hired Goldman Sachs as an advisor to help with the process, a source familiar with the matter said ...

  25. Edgar Bronfman Jr., Warner Music Group CEO, Found Guilty of Insider Trading by French Court

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST A French court, in a surprise ruling, on Friday convicted and fined Warner Music Group chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. for insider trading and former high-flying Vivendi CEO Jean-Marie Messier for misusing company funds and misleading investor ...

  26. Steve Rifkind Signs New Three-Year Deal With Universal

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST On the heels of yesterday's announcement that Universal Republic's Monte and Avery Lipman had both re-signed new long-term contracts with UMG comes word that SRC Records CEO Steve Rifkind will also remain at Universal for the near future ...

  27. R&B Singer Teena Marie, Dead at 54

    December 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST A publicist says singer Teena Marie, who made history as Motown's first white act, has died at age 54. The confirmation came Sunday from publicist Jasmine Vega, who worked with Teena Marie on her last album. Her manager, Mike Gardner, also co ...

  28. Business Matters: BMG Wants EMI's Back Catalog More Than Its Publishing

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST BMG Covets EMI Group's Back Catalog More Than Its Publishing -- BMG Rights Management is interested in EMI Group's recorded music back catalog rather than its publishing division, BMG Rights CEO Hartwig Masuch told MusicWeek . "Inte ...

  29. Universal Music Group spent $790K lobbying in 3Q

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group, the major recording company that belongs to Vivendi SA of France, spent $790,000 in the third quarter to lobby the federal government on a bill that would pay performers and labels for songs played over the radio, among othe ...

  30. Alexandre Bompard To Head Fnac

    November 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Alexandre Bompard has been appointed as CEO of French leading electronic, music and cultural goods retailer Fnac, effective at the beginning of 2011. He will replace Christophe Cuvillier, who has headed the company since 2008. Cuvillier is leaving ...

  31. Universal Music Group Revenue Up In Q3

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a time when flat is the new up, Universal Music Group is having a pretty good year. In the third quarter of 2010, the UMG's revenue was up 6% (down 3% at constant currency) to 1.03 billion euros ($1.39 billion). Earnings before interest, t ...

  32. Publishing Briefs: UMPG, Leon Russell, Warner/Chappell Music, The Runners and more

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed Leon Russell to a worldwide co-publishing deal for "The Union," his collaboration with Elton John, and his songwriting partner Bernie Taupin . The album, released on Oct. 19, sold 80, ...

  33. BACKBEAT: The Secret Sisters @Joe's Pub

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Secret Sisters have had a busy year after being discovered in 2009 - quickly signing to Universal Republic and releasing their debut 45, a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Big River,” with the help of Jack White and his own Third Man Records. On Sept. ...

  34. Jean-Bernard Levy To Keynote At MidemNet 2011

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy has been unveiled as the first MidemNet keynote speaker for the opening day of the digital music business conference in Cannes. He will appear on Jan. 22, 2011 at the 12th edition of MidemNet. According to a statement ...

  35. Business Matters: Zaptunes, Kickstarter, Vivendi and more

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. THE DEAL WITH ZAPTUNES -- In case you haven’t spent any time this week following Zaptunes, a new music service that touts songs by Radiohead and other stars, here are a few things you should know. ...

  36. UMG's First Half Revenues Down 5.4%

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group's revenues for the first half of 2010 declined to €1.9 billion ($2.4 billion), down 5.4% on a year earlier. The decline was 7.9% on a constant currency basis. In parent company Vivendi's first half results, it said ...

  37. Business Matters: Vivendi, Stock Watch, Seeqpod

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. VIVENDI MERGER? -- Canal Plus, the cable division of media giant Vivendi, may merge with France Telecom subsidiary Orange, according to reports in France. A merger would end competition b ...

  38. Business Matters: Live Nation, RealNetworks, Bronfman Jr., Sonos and more

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LIVE NATION STOCK COOLS -- Live Nation 's hot stock is cooling off. In late May, a Miller Tabac analyst told Reuters Liberty Media's tender offer for Live Nation shares earlier in the year had seemed to have established a floor of $12 fo ...

  39. Business Matters: AEG + Majors?, Bronfman Trial, A Look at Rdio and more

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MAJORS BUYING INTO AEG? -- According to the New York Post, AEG is in talks with major record labels about taking a minority stake in the company. The talks could result in either a sale to one of the major music companies or possibly a consortium ...

  40. Business Matters: Terra Firma, Vivendi, HMV Group and More

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Reuters reports Terra Firma has given Citigroup a compliance certificate , a notification of its plan to inject additional equity to meet its debt covenant. Terra Firma does not need to hand over the money until June 14. But the specifics on th ...

  41. Universal’s Grainge On TV Ambitions

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Universal Music Group is a hit-seeking, mass media company with a vision that goes beyond the components of multi-rights artist deals. That's the focus of this piece from Time Magazine that looks at incoming president Lucian Grainge. UMG ...

  42. BBC Worldwide Snags Universal Music TV Content

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST BBC Worldwide Music has confirmed a long-term deal with Universal Music U.K. to distribute all of the major's television content. Billboard first revealed that a deal had been negotiated in 2009 (Billboard, Aug. 8, 2009) to distribute Univers ...

  43. Vivendi Faces Damages, To Appeal U.S. Jury Verdict

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST French media company Vivendi SA is liable for potentially billions of dollars in damages because it misled investors about its financial condition before a $46 billion merger nearly 10 years ago, a U.S. jury found. The Manhattan federal court jury ...

  44. Universal Music Latino, Machete Shift To LA

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Latino and Machete are shifting their operations from Miami to Los Angeles. The move is the latest following the restructuring of Universal's Latin division and the creation of Universal Music Latin Entertainment last year fol ...

  45. RealNetworks Powering SFR's Mobile Music Service

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST SFR, France's second biggest wireless carrier with more than 20 million subscribers, has selected Seattle-headquartered RealNetworks to power its mobile music platform in a three-year agreement. The music service was previously powered by Fra ...

  46. Lil Wayne, Birdman Hit With Copyright Suit In NYC

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Florida man wants rappers Lil Wayne and Birdman to show him respect — for using his voice on a song with that title. Thomas Marasciullo filed a copyright infringement lawsuit Friday in a Manhattan federal court against the rappers, their record ...

  47. Former Vivendi Boss Ordered To Stand Trial

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi SA says its former CEO Jean-Marie Messier and other former top executives have been ordered to stand trial on charges of misleading investors while they were transforming the once-stodgy water utility into a high-flying film, music and pay ...

  48. Top Producers Spin Unique Tributes On 'Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite'

    August 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As a tribute to Michael Jackson and his early work, Universal Motown Records has tapped an all-star group of producers to put a new spin on the late pop star's catalog. "Michael Jackson: The Remix Suite" features 25 remixes of Jacks ...

  49. The Monetization of Mimi: Mariah CD To Have Ads

    August 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As music sales continue to drop like they’re not so hot throughout the industry, Island Def Jam Music Group is jamming on a new business model: integrating brands into artists’ CD booklets. The first deal, created for the Mariah Carey release Memo ...

  50. JAY-Z: HE'S A BUSINESS, MAN

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT At just about any given moment of any given day—including this sunlit June Friday afternoon—Jay-Z is a busy man. Sitting on a swivel chair at his Roc the Mic studios in downtown Manhattan with a glass of Santa Margherita white wine in hand, he tac ...

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