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  1. Bartels Promoted To IDJMG President/COO

    September 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Island Records president and Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG) COO Steve Bartels has been promoted to president/COO of IDJMG. In this newly created role, Bartels will oversee all day-to-day operations of the company and its labels and will report ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Vivendi H1 Profit Up 10.6%, UMG Earnings Down

    August 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French media and telecoms conglomerate Vivendi on Friday posted first-half underlying earnings of 2.6 billion euros ($3.55 billion), up 10.6% compared with the same period last year. It reiterated that it expected full-year adjusted net profit of ...

  4. Marley Family To File Suit Over Verizon/UMG Deal

    August 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bob Marley's estate is planning to file a lawsuit against the Universal Music Group and Verizon Wireless over a deal announced earlier this week for access to the reggae legend's body of work. According to Fifty Six Hope Road Music Limit ...

  5. Brown Exits Def Jam, Signs With Koch

    August 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After spending her entire career on Def Jam, rapper Foxy Brown has cut ties with the label and signed with Koch Records. The deal includes the launch of Brown’s own imprint, Black Rose Entertainment. "She'd been at Def Jam for 13 years,& ...

  6. Vivendi Reports H1 Sales Rise, UMG Declines

    July 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi has reported a strong first half, with sales up 6.4% to €9.610 billion ($13.14 billion). But business was not quite as rosy at the French media conglomerate's Universal Music Group, where revenues were €2.095 billion ($2.86 billion), ...

  7. FunMobility Acquires InfoSpace

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mobile media company FunMobility has acquired InfoSpace Media Studios, formerly known as Moviso, gaining both the division's content library and staff. No purchase price was disclosed. Under the deal, FunMobility will also license InfoSpace&# ...

  8. Source: EU To Approve Universal/BMG Deal This Month

    May 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi's Universal Music will receive approval from the European Commission to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The approval will come this month after Vivendi offered to sell s ...

  9. Snow Patrol Signs To Q Prime

    May 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Scottish/Irish alternative rock act Snow Patrol has split with its U.K. management, Big Life, and signed with U.S.-based management company Q Prime. The band has appointed Q Prime's Peter Mensch to represent them as of this week. Q Prime' ...

  10. Universal, V2 Join Forces For German Independent Network

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Germany and indie label V2 Records have teamed-up to form a joint-sales and distribution unit, with effect from July 1. Both parties have agreed to forge an independent sales and distribution unit for indie labels, dubbed the Unive ...

  11. NARM Coverage: UMGD Highlights Upcoming Releases

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT R&B singer Mya, country-pop artist Taylor Swift and Canadian singer/songwriter Feist performed as part of the Universal Music Group Distribution's product presentation today at the NARM Convention in Chicago. The 90-minute session highlig ...

  12. Warner's Bronfman Sues Over Vivendi Pension

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group chief executive Edgar Bronfman is suing his former employer Vivendi S.A. for cutting his pension payments by about 65%, according to a complaint filed in a U.S. District Court in Manhattan on Tuesday. Bronfman resigned from Vive ...

  13. Mannie Fresh Inks New Deal

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Mannie Fresh, former Cash Money Records in-house producer, recently signed a production deal with Def Jam Records. According to an interview on New Orlean's WQUE, Fresh says he will produce Def Jam artists as well as sign new artists to the l ...

  14. Universal To Drop Rondor?

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music has added Rondor Music U.K. to the list of names it is prepared to drop from its catalog in order to secure European Commission approval for its purchase of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have confirmed. ...

  15. Sources: BMG May Spin-Off Zomba Pub, 19 Songs

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In a move to assuage the European Commission's merger concerns, a raft of assets could be offloaded as part of Universal Music's acquisition of Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing, industry sources have revealed. BMG Music Publishing ...

  16. Universal France Tests DRM-Free Music

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music France is quietly testing the sale of DRM-free digital music with "L'Olympia," the first live album of French singer/composer Emilie Simon. The album was issued digitally on Feb. 28 and at physical retail on March 5 ...

  17. Vivendi Posts Solid Sales; UMG Revenue Rises Slightly

    March 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST French media and telecom group Vivendi posted on Wednesday an 18% rise in adjusted full-year net profit, as its Universal Music Group division reported revenues up slightly. The parent group made a full-year net adjusted profit of €2.614 billion ( ...

  18. RealNetworks Ups Sheeran, O'Neil

    February 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks has a new head of its music division. The company named Philip O'Neil senior VP of music replacing music chief Dan Sheeran, who is taking a new role in the organization. O'Neil is based in Seattle and reports to Real CEO Rob ...

  19. Vivendi CEO Talks YouTube, MySpace Lawsuit

    February 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Levy sat for a Q&A session with USA Today this week. Among the topics of conversation -- its YouTube deal, the MySpace lawsuit, and old media in the digital age. Read the full transcript here . News Jean-Bernard Levy ...

  20. Interscope Geffen A&M Shifting To Octone

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Formerly affiliated with Sony BMG, New York-based Octone Records is shifting to the Universal Music Group and will be re-branded A&M/Octone. Octone is home to such acts as Maroon 5 and Flyleaf. Octone was formed in 2000 by J Records/RCA Music ...

  21. EC Starts Sony BMG Review

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has opened its re-examination of the merger between Sony Corp and Bertelsmann's music units, seven months after an EU court threw out their approval. The Commission -- the EU's anti-trust authority -- said it woul ...

  22. UMGN Shuffles Execs

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group Nashville co-chairman James Stroud has exited the company while co-chairman Luke Lewis has signed a contract extension. According to a Universal Music Group spokesman, Stroud decided not to renew his contract and will focus o ...

  23. EC Delays Deadline On Universal's BMG Pub Bid

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has put back by five weeks its deadline for ruling on Universal Music's €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) bid to buy Bertelsmann's BMG Music Publishing. The delay --- pushing the decision to June 1 -- came after Viven ...

  24. UMGD Launches Christian Group

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group Distribution is plotting a further expansion into the Christian market, opening Universal Music Christian Group (UMCG). The division will be headed by Rhoda Lawrence, VP Urban Sales & Marketing at UMGD. As of yet, no othe ...

  25. EC To Probe Universal Takeover Of BMG

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission confirmed Friday (Dec. 8) that it will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing. "The Commission's initial market investigation indicates that the p ...

  26. EC To Probe UMG's BMG Publishing Buy

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing, inside sources confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Nov. 29). The four-month, second stage review of the acquisiti ...

  27. EC To Probe UMG's BMG Publishing Buy

    November 29, 2006 12:00 AM EST The European Commission will open an in-depth investigation into Universal Music Group's planned takeover of BMG Music Publishing, inside sources confirmed to Billboard.biz today (Nov. 29). The European Commission will open an in-depth invest ...

  28. Vivendi Gets US Antitrust OK To Buy BMG Pub

    November 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST Companies now No. 3, 4 players in music publishing. Vivendi's Universal Music has received U.S. antitrust approval to acquire Bertelsmann AG's BMG Music Publishing, U.S. officials said on Tuesday (Nov. 14). Antitrust authorities complete ...

  29. Vivendi Gets US Antitrust OK To Buy BMG Pub

    November 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST Companies now No. 3, 4 players in music pub. Vivendi's Universal Music has received U.S. antitrust approval to acquire Bertelsmann AG's BMG Music Publishing, U.S. officials said on Tuesday (Nov. 14). Antitrust authorities completed their ...

  30. Vivendi Requests Commission Clear BMG Takeover

    November 03, 2006 12:00 AM EST If approved publishing unit will have 22% market share. Vivendi, the owner of Universal Music Publishing Group, Friday (Nov. 3) formally asked the Commission to clear its €1.63 billion ($2.1 billion) takeover of BMG Music Publishing. "We have ...

  31. DuBois, Brown To Exit Uni South; Wright Steps In

    November 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Departing execs to assist with transition period. Universal South Records co-founders Tim DuBois and Tony Brown will soon step down and be replaced by veteran producer, songwriter and label executive Mark Wright, who will hold the title of preside ...

  32. Vivendi Visual Preps 'Pledge'

    October 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Movie premiere was Oct. 26 in Chicago. Vivendi Visual Entertainment is set to distribute National Lampoon's "Pledge This!" starring Paris Hilton. The film -- which had its premiere last night (Oct. 26) in Chicago -- will open in lim ...

  33. Vivendi Visual Inks Deal With Salient Films

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Agreement for multiple years and films. Vivendi Visual Entertainment (V V E) has entered into a multi-year, multi-film distribution agreement with Salient Films to market and distribute its upcoming slate of home entertainment product. Upcoming re ...

  34. U2 Swaps Island For Mercury In U.K.

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Irish supergroup's hits set arrives November. After more than 25 years recording for Island Records in the United Kingdom, U2 has swapped label home with sister Universal Music Group imprint Mercury. It is understood that the Irish quartet ma ...

  35. U2 Swaps Island For Mercury In U.K.

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Irish supergroup's hits set arrives November. After more than 25 years recording for Island Records in the United Kingdom, U2 has swapped label home with sister Universal Music Group imprint Mercury. It is understood that the Irish quartet ma ...

  36. LEGAL MATTERS: THE PRICE FOR A SONG

    October 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Lawyers are still questioning the unprecedented €1.63 billion ($2.05 billion) price Vivendi's Universal Music Group (UMG) agreed to pay for BMG Music Publishing. They wonder if cash will change hand Lawyers are still questioning the unprecede ...

  37. TNT Taps Jay-Z For NBA Ads

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Turner Network Television has tapped Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter to star in a series of eight 30-second ads promoting the 2006-07 NBA season on TNT. The first Jay-Z promo spot, dubbed "The Truth About Stardom," begin ...

  38. TNT Taps Jay-Z For NBA Ads

    October 05, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will star in a series of eight 30-second spots. Turner Network Television has tapped Def Jam president Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter to star in a series of eight 30-second ads promoting the 2006-07 NBA season on TNT. The first Jay-Z promo spot, d ...

  39. Source: Bandier To Resign EMI Music Pub Post

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Executive may play into WMG plans. Martin Bandier is resigning his post as chairman/co-CEO of EMI Music Publishing, Billboard.biz has learned. The move follows discussions between Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Bandier over WMG ...

  40. Source: Bandier To Resign EMI Music Pub Post

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Martin Bandier is resigning his post as chairman/co-CEO of EMI Music Publishing, Billboard.biz has learned. The move follows discussions between Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Band Martin Bandier is resigning his post as chairm ...

  41. Universal, WPP Team To Link Bands, Brands

    September 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music is teaming up with advertising conglomerate WPP Group to link bands and brands. The London-based venture called BrandAmp is a 50-50 partnership revealed by the two companies on Tuesday Universal Music is teaming up with advertising ...

  42. Ishizaka Upped At Universal Japan

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music K.K. president/CEO Keiichi Ishizaka has been promoted to chairman/CEO, effective immediately. Based in Tokyo, he will report to Universal Music Group Asia Pacific region president Max Universal Music K.K. president/CEO Keiichi Ishi ...

  43. UMGI Promotes Scott

    September 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Will work on projects across all Universal Music labels. Universal Music Group International has promoted Ed Scott to director of international promotions, effective immediately. In his new post, London-based Scott reports to and serves as deputy ...

  44. SHIFTING THE BALANCE

    September 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG's announcement that Vivendi's Universal Music Group was the successful bidder for BMG Music Publishing is triggering a seismic ripple effect in the major publishing and recorded music i Bertelsmann AG's announcement t ...

  45. SHIFTING THE BALANCE

    September 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG's announcement that Vivendi's Universal Music Group was the successful bidder for BMG Music Publishing is triggering a seismic ripple effect in the major publishing and recorded music i Bertelsmann AG's announcement t ...

  46. SHIFTING THE BALANCE

    September 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG's announcement that Vivendi's Universal Music Group was the successful bidder for BMG Music Publishing is triggering a seismic ripple effect in the major publishing and recorded music i Bertelsmann AG's announcement t ...

  47. SHIFTING THE BALANCE

    September 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG's announcement that Vivendi's Universal Music Group was the successful bidder for BMG Music Publishing is triggering a seismic ripple effect in the major publishing and recorded music i Bertelsmann AG's announcement t ...

  48. SHIFTING THE BALANCE

    September 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann AG's announcement that Vivendi's Universal Music Group was the successful bidder for BMG Music Publishing is triggering a seismic ripple effect in the major publishing and recorded music i Bertelsmann AG's announcement t ...

  49. Impala Warns It Will Fight BMG Publishing Sale

    September 07, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Independent music companies trade body Impala has threatened to derail BMG's planned $2.09 billion sale of its music publishing wing to Vivendi. Independent music companies trade body Impala has threatened to derail BMG's planned $2.09 b ...

  50. Vivendi Seals BMG Publishing Purchase

    September 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi's Universal Music is vaulting to the top spot in music publishing after agreeing to buy BMG Music Publishing for €1.63 billion ($2.1 billion). Vivendi's Universal Music is vaulting to the top spot in music publishing af ...

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