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  1. Business Matters: Five-year Sales Outlook, Octone Records, Muzak

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- eMarketer reports tend to get a lot of coverage online and actually carry a bit of weight. So one has to wonder if people will take to heart it ...

  2. Business Matters: eMusic, WMG, the Indies and More

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- In Reuters' article about eMusic's addition of Warner Music Group catalog , CEO Danny Stein says the music site is looking to include streaming in its product offering in 2010. Currently, eMusic offers only MP3 downloads. A streaming ...

  3. Business Matters: EMI, Citigroup, VC Funding, Stock Wrap and More

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- EMI passed the year-end test required by Citigroup , the bank behind Terra Firma's acquisition of the music company, according to a report ...

  4. Business Matters: Keith Urban, UMG, Stock Watch and More

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- In his acceptance speech at the Peoples' Choice Awards on Wednesday night (watch in on YouTube ), Keith Urban thanks his fans and indicate ...

  5. Business Matters: Consumer Confidence Up, Jamendo Out Of Money?

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global consumer confidence inched up in Q4 2009, according to Nielsen. Opinions, however, were quite varied. Eight of the ten most confident ma ...

  6. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Trans World, Spotify and More

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Department of Justice is set to approve the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger as early as this month, according to M&A Web site The Daily ...

  7. Analysis: Vevo Is A Necessary Experiment For Majors

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST The launch of Vevo Tuesday (Dec. 8) is a necessary experiment for major labels aiming to take a more direct role in charting their digital destiny. After years of letting video sites build a business on their content, music companies must take new ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. EMI's Leoni-Sceti Calls For 'Three Strikes' Law

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti called for greater innovation throughout the music industry and an enforced change in copyright law during his keynote address at the inaugural "c&binet forum" -- a three-day business and creative indus ...

  10. Business Matters: Vivendi, MySpace Music, Mojo Nixon

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The CEO of Vivendi , the parent company of Universal Music Group , says the UK should follow France's lead and pass legislation to disconn ...

  11. Bon Jovi Teams Up With NBC

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi has a new album and a new gig -- artist in residence with U.S. television network NBC, its affiliated cable TV networks, and all its news, information and digital brands. In a deal unveiled by NBC Universal, the veteran rock band will per ...

  12. Guns N' Roses Sued For Copying Songs

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two independent record labels sued U.S. rock band Guns N' Roses for $1 million, claiming the group used portions of two songs by a German musician on their last album "Chinese Democracy." Guns N' Roses and Universal Music Group ...

  13. Diddy Signs Bad Boy Label Deal With Interscope

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sean "Diddy" Combs has signed with Interscope Geffen A&M in a deal which includes his future albums and creates a new joint venture with Combs' Bad Boy label. The first release on the new Bad Boy/Interscope joint venture will be ...

  14. Music Label Video Site Vevo In Talks With CBS, NBC

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vevo, an online music video start-up backed by two major music labels and supported by YouTube's technology platform, is in talks with CBS Corp and NBC to license and develop shows for the Web, according to two people familiar with the talks. ...

  15. Analysis: Music Biz Earnings Recap

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The latest round of earnings releases by music and music-related entertainment companies was a collection of troubled performances and requests for cautious optimism. As has been the case for many quarters, these companies emphasized the positives ...

  16. Warner Music, YouTube Still Talking On Deal

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is still in talks with video sharing site YouTube to license its artists' music videos even after all its major rivals have renewed their deals. EMI Music, the smallest of the big four music labels, quietly renewed its deal ...

  17. Euro Sales Up For Universal

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has issued first quarter figures showing stable revenue, while noting that recorded music in the U.K. and France led a sales increase in Europe. In Q1 2009, Universal Music Group had revenue totalling €1.026 billion ($1.39 bi ...

  18. Music Web site MUZU Signs Universal Deal

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MUZU.TV, an Irish-based video Web site which has won plaudits from the music industry for the way it pays artists when their music is played online, has signed a deal with the world's largest label Universal. MUZU.TV, which has also signed de ...

  19. Labels Bet Flexibility Boosts iTunes Sales

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc and major music labels are betting that the launch of three-tier pricing at the iTunes Music Store will boost music sales with a new mix of song-based packages and give consumers more options. Apple will announce its new three-tier price ...

  20. Universal EBITA Profits Up 11.6%

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group's EBITA for the full year 2008 increased 11.6% at constant currency rates to €686 million ($863.4 million). The figure represents a 9.9% increase in actual currency. UMG's revenues in 2008 were €4.65 billion ($5.85 ...

  21. EU Receives Vivendi Complaint Over France Telecom

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The European Commission said on Tuesday it had received a complaint from French media group Vivendi accusing France Telecom of abusing a dominant market position. The Commission, executive arm of the 27-nation European Union, said in an email that ...

  22. EMI Music CEO Applauds Govt Action On ISPs

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music CEO Elio Leoni-Sceti has spoken of his support for the U.K. government's and others' attempts to get ISPs to tackle illegal file-sharing, while admitting the music industry failed to adapt to changes in consumer behavior. Leoni ...

  23. Vivendi CEO 'Has No Clue' How Slump May Affect Biz

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST The chief executive of Europe's largest entertainment group Vivendi is cautious on prospects and monitoring costs because he had "no clue" how the downturn would affect his different divisions. Speaking at an Ofcom International con ...

  24. Universal Music Publishing Signs Costello

    November 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed an exclusive, worldwide agreement with Elvis Costello. The long-term deal means UMPG will administer his entire back catalog of 27 albums as well as his future recordings. Universal inherited Cost ...

  25. French Culture Minister Launches Cultural Independents Conference

    October 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT French minister of culture Christine Albanel has launched the "Arenes europeennes de l'independence" (European Arena Of Independence), a two-day conference session gathering European independent companies from the cultural field - m ...

  26. Exclusive Billboard Q&A: UMG's Chairman/CEO Doug Morris

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT What's impressive about Doug Morris' midtown Manhattan office presents itself in modest statements. In one corner is a giant white canvas with a charcoal scrawl of a little boy; it turns out to be a self-portrait by Universal Music Group ...

  27. Vivendi Sees Music Biz Hitting Digital Stride

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi expects the music business could finally hit its digital growth stride, and Universal Music Group will shine, Jean-Bernard Levy, chairman of the management board and CEO, said Wednesday. "I think we are close to the turning point,&quo ...

  28. Rapper Lil Wayne Sued For Stones Copyright Breach

    July 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A musical publishing company that owns the rights to the Rolling Stones' song "Play With Fire" sued U.S. rapper Lil Wayne on today (July 24), saying he released an altered version of the song without permission. Abkco Music Inc accu ...

  29. Game On For 50 Cent

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT He's baaaaack. 50 Cent is returning to the videogame world along with fellow G-Unit cronies Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo and DJ Whoo Kid -- providing their likeness and voice to "50 Cent: Blood in the Sand," the follow-up to the 2005 game ...

  30. Vivendi Posts Strong Sales; UMG Share Rises In All Markets

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST French media and telecom group Vivendi's adjusted net income rose 8.3% in 2007 and will improve similarly in 2008, Vivendi chairman of the management board and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy announced today (Feb. 29) at a press conference in Paris. Un ...

  31. Vivendi Expects 500,000 Zaoza Subscribers By End ’08

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Vivendi expects its new Internet music, ringtone and videogames provider Zaoza to attract 500,000 subscribers by the end of the year, the French telecoms and media group said. The portal, which commercially launched yesterday (Feb. 20), offers a s ...

  32. Rising Star Sparro Inks EMI Deal

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Emerging dance and funk act Sam Sparro has signed with EMI Music Publishing in a worldwide deal. Australian-born Sparro has signed with his songwriting partner Jesse Roog, founder of the LA-based electronica label Modus Vivendi. Sparro's debu ...

  33. Dept. of Justice Questions Sony BMG, UMG

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Department of Justice has requested information from Sony BMG and Universal Music Group about their talks to launch an online music subscription service, said a record company executive on Thursday. The person, who wished to remain unname ...

  34. Tokio Hotel Checks In With NRJ Awards Win

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST German pop-rock boyband Tokio Hotel was a popular winner last night grabbing the trophy for best international group at the NRJ Awards, held at the Palais Des Festivals on the eve of the annual Midem trade fair. All members of the four-piece break ...

  35. MidemNet Day 1 - Quotes of the Day

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST "We're very committed," - Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy's response when asked if there was a chance UMG's record unit might be spun-off in future. "I remember legal bills per month of $500,000. It's hard to run a ...

  36. Mavericks Dominate MidemNet Day 1

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital technology entrepreneur Janus Friis, inventor of the original rogue P2P application Kazaa, told delegates at MidemNet today that his vision and energies these days are directed toward building legitimate, robust businesses. Friis said his ...

  37. Upbeat Levy Says CD Format Will Play On

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jean-Bernard Levy, CEO of Universal Music Group parent company Vivendi, the French media giant, today gave a candid, and hugely optimistic, view of the entertainment sector's future during a keynote Q&A at the MidemNet conference in Canne ...

  38. MidemNet 2008 Up And Running

    January 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST MidemNet 2008 has officially kicked off. The two-day music and new-media conference's visionary chair committee, chaired by Ted Cohen, managing director of TAG Strategic, set off this morning with a mission to discuss the "future of the ...

  39. Nokia In Free Music Pact With UMG

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST Handset giant Nokia said on Tuesday it has agreed with the world's largest music group Universal to offer free 12-month access to Universal artists' music for buyers of Nokia's music phones. The world's top cellphone maker said ...

  40. Judge Dismisses LimeWire Antitrust Suit

    December 04, 2007 12:00 AM EST A federal judge on Monday threw out an antitrust lawsuit that the operator of the LimeWire online file-sharing service filed against a coalition of major record labels. U.S. District Judge Gerard E. Lynch in New York ruled that Lime Group LLC fail ...

  41. Vivendi Acquires Majority Stake In Activision

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Vivendi Games finalized a merger with "Guitar Hero III" publisher Activision over the weekend, creating a massive new videogame company called Activision Blizzard. Vivendi will own the majority stake in the newly formed company, which is ...

  42. Ezrin Joins MidemNet Line-Up

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Veteran rock producer Bob Ezrin has joined the list of keynote speakers at the MidemNet Forum, held Jan. 26-7 in Cannes, France as part of the Midem trade fair. Canadian Ezrin, whose credits include Pink Floyd's "The Wall, Alice Cooper&# ...

  43. EMI Sues MP3.com Founder Robertson

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Group companies sued online music industry executive Michael Robertson for copyright infringement on Friday, some seven years after his former company paid recording firms more than $100 million to settle a similar case. Several EMI-owned labe ...

  44. France's SFR Launches 'All You Can Eat' Download Service

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST France's second mobile operator SFR launched an all-you-can-eat permanent music download service, to be integrated in its new 3G+ "Illimythics" mobile offer. Customers will get unlimited download over-the-air access to more than 150 ...

  45. Joost Founder Friis To Keynote MidemNet

    October 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Janus Friis, the Danish entrepreneur who co-founded Joost, Kazaa and Skype, will deliver a keynote speech at the MidemNet Forum, held Jan. 26-27, 2008 in Cannes, organizers Reed Midem said today. "Barely into his thirties, Janus Friis has alr ...

  46. Nokia's Ojanpera To Keynote MidemNet

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Nokia executive VP and chief technology officer Tero Ojanpera has been confirmed as a keynote speaker for the MidemNet Forum, the trade fair's organizers said today. Ojanpera will address the mobile and technology-focused conference as the mo ...

  47. EU Approves Sony BMG Merger, Impala Demands Inquiry

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has cleared for the second time the merger of Sony and Bertelsmann's recorded music businesses to create Sony BMG. In a statement, the Commission -- the European Union's antitrust authority -- said, "the tran ...

  48. Vivendi Calls Apple iTunes Contract Terms 'Indecent'

    September 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi condemned as "indecent" the contract terms between its Universal Music Group (UMG) unit and Apple Inc, the computer maker whose iTunes online store dominates the digital music market. Vivendi is one of many large media companies ...

  49. Vivendi's Levy Confirmed For MidemNet 2008 Keynote

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jean-Bernard Lévy, CEO of Universal Music Group parent Vivendi, will deliver a keynote speech at the MidemNet Forum, which takes place Jan. 26-27, 2008 as part of MIDEM, organizers of the trade fair said today. "Vivendi is currently testing n ...

  50. Pubs, Bertie Reach $130M Settlement Over Napster

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Music publishing affiliates of the Harry Fox Agency have settled their lawsuit against Bertelsmann AG over the media conglomerate's early investment in the original peer-to-peer service Napster. Billboard.biz has learned that Bertelsmann agre ...

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