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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Reports: Jermaine Dupri Exits Island

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Less than two years after becoming president of Island Records Urban Music, Jermaine Dupri exited the post on Wednesday (Jan. 8), according to reports. The Island Records Urban division was created within the Island Def Jam Music Group a short tim ...

  6. Universal Music Japan Launches Domestic Artist Label

    November 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Japan will increase its crop of five domestic labels with the new sub-label Delicious Deli Records, which opens its doors on Jan. 1, 2009. Though aiming at releasing domestic artists, Delicious will be established under the umbrell ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. UMLE Cuts Six Staffers

    November 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST As pat of its final integration process, Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE) cut six positions in its legal, promotion and administrative departments in the past week, Billboard has learned. None of the cuts impacted senior management. UMLE ...

  9. U2 Honors Grainge At MITs

    November 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST U2 was among the artists saluting Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge at the Music Industry Trusts' Award ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel. Universal-signed pop acts Mika and Take That performed at t ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Kierszenbaum To Lead Interscope's Rock/Pop A&R

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Martin Kierszenbaum, head of Cherrytree Records and president of international operations for Interscope Geffen A&M, will now add president of pop & rock A&R for Interscope Records to his duties. Kierszenbaum will oversee the label ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Peak Unveils R&B Newcomer Jones, Signs All-4-One

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Drawing comparisons to such blue-eyed soul singers as Teena Marie, newcomer Leigh Jones is ready to test the waters with her Peak Records/Concord Music Group debut, “Music in My Soul” (Sept. 9). Jones (whose first name is pronounced “lee”) had bee ...

  14. Universal Australia Scores Classical Chart Record

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Australia has set a chart record on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Classical album listing by taking every place in the Top 20 with its own labels or distributed product. Dutch violin player Andre Rieu occupie ...

  15. Top Rap Acts Weigh Options As Record Deals End

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As a string of high-profile hip-hop artists near the end of their record contracts, a question looming over their pending free agency isn't which major label they'll sign with but whether they should sign with a major at all. One promine ...

  16. Universal Music Latin Entertainment Restructures

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Latin Entertainment let go more than 20 former Univision Music Group employees today (June 12), as it announced key label and sales appointments for the combined company. Alfonso Larriva, former VP and GM of Fonovisa and Univision ...

  17. Season Two Of 'Gotti's Way' Set For November

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT VH1's "Gotti's Way," which centers on The Inc. CEO Irv Gotti, is currently filming for the reality show's second season, which is set to begin in November. The show will again feature The Inc's artists, including the ...

  18. Universal Music Latin Appoints Top Execs

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Latin Entertainment, the new company created following the acquisition of Univision Music Group by Universal Music Group, has made its first appointments to its senior executive team, Billboard has learned. As previously reported, ...

  19. UMG Completes Univision Acquisition

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After an extraordinary seven-year run, Univision Music Group has been acquired in full by Universal Music Group. The final acquisition, announced today following the Federal Trade Commission's approval of the deal, makes UMG the largest Latin ...

  20. UMPG Buys Brit Publisher Big Life

    April 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has acquired indie publisher Big Life Music for an undisclosed sum. Through the deal, unveiled today, UMPG will have worldwide publishing rights to alternative rock act Snow Patrol's past and future works. Vet ...

  21. Island Execs Step Up, Gatfield Switches To EMI

    April 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. has confirmed that Island Records executives Darcus Beese and Ted Cockle have been appointed co-presidents of the group. As reported on Billboard.biz yesterday (April 15), the pair will replace the label's current preside ...

  22. Adkins Heads To Hollywood For 'American Carol'

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After scoring a No. 1 on Hot Country Songs this week with "You're Gonna Miss This" and finishing second on NBC's "Celebrity Apprentice," country star Trace Adkins is joining the cast of director David Zucker's ne ...

  23. Report: Jay-Z Shopping New Label

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z is shopping a new label called the “Carter Music Group,” but can’t find a home because the asking price is too high, according to published reports. The MC is seeking a $100 million investment to cover the overhead, development and digital i ...

  24. Accenture Signs UMG Contract

    March 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bermuda-based consulting firm Accenture Ltd. said Wednesday it signed a long-term contract with Universal Music Group to provide supply chain management services to the music company's international division. Financial terms of the deal were ...

  25. Joseph Rises At Universal U.K.

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has named David Joseph as the new chairman/CEO of Universal Music U.K. London-based Joseph, previously co-president of Polydor Records and president of Universal Music Operations, has ...

  26. Vivendi Ent. Expands, Names O'Malley President

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Vivendi Entertainment, formerly Vivendi Visual Entertainment (VVE), has expanded into theatrical releasing. This new division will provide distribution and marketing services, coordinate P & A funding, and plans to distribute 8 - 14 films per ...

  27. IDJ Extends Deal With Disturbing Tha Peace

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Contrary to online rumors that Island Def Jam cut Disturbing Tha Peace artists Bobby Valentino, Shareefa and newcomer Steph Jones from its roster, Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid instead extended the independent l ...

  28. UMG Strikes European Deal For Jonas Bros

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has struck a deal with Disney Music Group's Hollywood Records to license the Jonas Brothers' self-titled album for Europe. "Jonas Brothers" will be released in Europe by Polydor Records in June, preceded b ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Universal Music Group To Acquire Univision

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Following months of protracted negotiations, Universal Music Group has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Univision Music Group. The deal will include Univision's music recording and publishing division. The acquisition, which is sub ...

  31. Universal Motown, Hearst Partner For 'Prom'

    February 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Motown and Hearst Magazines Digital Media are partnering for the first time to present "The Ultimate Prom," a multi-platform, interactive promotion. Universal Motown artists Jojo, Lloyd, Suai and Jada -- as well as a surprise m ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Gordy, Jimmy Jam Honored For Accomplishments

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST In honor of their industry accomplishments, Motown Records founder/chairman Berry Gordy Jr. and award-winning songwriter/producer Jimmy Jam were saluted during a luncheon today (Feb. 8). Presented by Universal/Motown, EMI and a new consortium name ...

  35. France Investigates Warner's Bronfman

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group Corp chief executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. has been placed under formal investigation by French authorities as part of a probe into insider trading at Vivendi, Warner said on Thursday. Bronfman was formerly a director of Vivendi an ...

  36. 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 ...

  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. Fontana, Eagle Rock Sign Distro Deal

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group's indie distribution arm Fontana and Eagle Rock Entertainment signed an exclusive deal. Fontana will distribute a variety of music DVD and audio products from UK-based Eagle Rock, while its sister company, Vivendi Visual ...

  40. Report: Jay-Z Checks Into Hotel Biz

    January 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z is planning to launch a high-end hotel chain in Manhatttan, dubbed the J Hotel. The former Def Jam president along with partners CB developers and the SK Development group have acquired a 150,000 square foot site and air rights for $66.4 mil ...

  41. Jay-Z Steps Down As Def Jam President

    December 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter will step down as Def Jam Records president when his contract expires this year, he and Universal Music Group announced today (Dec. 24). The rapper will continue to record for Roc-A-Fella, the label he co-founded in ...

  42. UMG Nashville Shakes-Up Staff

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST In a major shake-up at Universal Music Group Nashville, industry veteran Bill Catino has exited his position as executive VP of promotion. He has been replaced by longtime MCA executive Royce Risser, who will hold the title of senior VP of promoti ...

  43. UMG Applies Online Streaming Policy

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Details of a relatively new online music streaming policy from Universal Music Group have emerged as a result of one artist's communication with her fans. Colbie Caillat, who found an early audience on MySpace, apologized to fans via her MySp ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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&# ...

  46. Van Morrison Nearly On Top

    October 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Van Morrison's new album "Still On Top" is on target for a No. 2 bow when the British chart is published on Sunday, according to his record label Polydor. As things stand in the mid-week sales chart, the hits set would better his pr ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Island Def Jam To Launch Mobile Music Offering

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group is launching a mobile music subscription service dubbed IDJ Radio. The service will feature six streaming "radio" stations and on-demand music videos featuring hip-hop/R&B, old school classics, and Reggaeto ...

  49. Universal, AIM Clash Over V2 Acquisition

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music and independent trade body AIM have become embroiled in a row over the major's acquisition of the V2 label. AIM has gone public on its submission to the U.K. government's Office of Fair Trading (OFT), criticising Universa ...

  50. 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 ...

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