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  1. UMG Bows Urban Latin Label

    March 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has launched a label dedicated to urban Latin music, <i>ELW</i> has learned. MIAMI -- Universal Music Group has launched a label dedicated to urban Latin music, ELW has learned. Los Angeles-based Machete Music is ...

  2. UMG Bows Urban Latin Label

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has launched a label dedicated to urban Latin music, Billboard.biz has learned. Universal Music Group has launched a label dedicated to urban Latin music, Billboard.biz has learned. Los Angeles-based Machete Music is the firs ...

  3. Milian's 'Dip It Low' At Center Of Suit

    February 23, 2005 12:00 AM EST A group of copyright owners yesterday (Feb. 22) filed an infringement lawsuit over Christina Milian's "Dip It Low." The Island Def Jam track peaked at No. 5 on The Billboard Hot 100 in August 2004 and A group of copyright owners yes ...

  4. Vivendi Claims Dish Debacle

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Vivendi Universal S.A. says it is ready to launch a music channel with an "international flavor" for EchoStar Communications' Dish network but claims EchoStar refuses to honor its contractual obligati NEW YORK -- Vivendi Universal S ...

  5. UMG Posts Q4 Revenue Gain

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST Annual sales were flat. Universal Music Group's fourth-quarter revenues increased 4% to 1.76 billion euros ($2.2 billion), parent Vivendi Universal reports in a preliminary financial statement. Vivendi says that on a constant-currency basis, ...

  6. New Business Launches

    February 01, 2005 12:00 AM EST This Week's Stories: Roc-A-Fella co-founders form new company; Uni South launches management division This Week's Stories: Roc-A-Fella Co-Founders Form New Co. By Carla Hay NEW YORK -- Former Roc-A-Fella Records CEO Damon Dash has formed ...

  7. Rhythm & Blues

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST Atlanta fave Ludacris inks a new long-term contract with Island Def Jam Music Group for his Disturbing Tha Peace Records. Read Gail Mitchell's column. Atlanta fave Ludacris inks a new long-term contract with Island Def Jam Music Group for his ...

  8. French Watchdog Lodges Complaints Against VU

    January 25, 2005 12:00 AM EST France's market regulator, AMF, has begun disciplinary proceedings against Vivendi Universal stemming from an inquiry into a November 2002 bond issue and has made complaints about its two top executiv (Reuters) -- France's market regulat ...

  9. French Watchdog Lodges Complaints Against VU

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST France's market regulator has begun disciplinary proceedings against Vivendi Universal stemming from an inquiry into a November 2002 bond issue and has made complaints about its two top executives. France's market regulator has begun dis ...

  10. French Watchdog Lodges Complaints Against VU

    January 19, 2005 12:00 AM EST France's market regulator has begun disciplinary proceedings against Vivendi Universal stemming from an inquiry into a November 2002 bond issue and has made complaints about its two top executives. France's market regulator has begun dis ...

  11. Canal Plus Pacts With NBC Universal For Movies

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST France's Canal Plus group said Jan. 10 that it has signed a deal with NBC Universal for exclusive first-run rights for all films produced by the studio. PARIS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- France's Canal Plus group said Jan. 10 that it has ...

  12. UMG Nashville Promotes Two

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group Nashville has promoted Jason Owen from VP of media, artist relations and creative services to senior VP of those departments. His responsibilities include the DreamWorks, MCA Nas Universal Music Group Nashville has promoted J ...

  13. Ludacris Lights Up No. 1 With 'Red Light'

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ludacris scores his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Red Light District," which notches U.S. sales of 322,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Ludacris scores his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Red Ligh ...

  14. Ludacris Lights Up No. 1 With 'Red Light'

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ludacris scores his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Red Light District," which notches U.S. sales of 322,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Ludacris scores his second No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with "The Red Ligh ...

  15. Ludacris

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST On his fourth Def Jam South set, Ludacris proves he is much more than just a rapper with witty punch lines. On his fourth Def Jam South set, Ludacris proves he is much more than just a rapper with witty punch lines. News Ludacris ...

  16. IDJ Buys Roc-A-Fella; Jay-Z Named Def Jam Chief

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam Music Group has acquired the 50% it did not already own in Roc-A-Fella, its joint venture with Jay-Z, Damon Dash and Kareem "Biggs" Burke. Additionally, as expected, Jay-Z has been name Island Def Jam Music Group has acqui ...

  17. VU, Messier Each Fined €1M

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST French regulators fined Vivendi Universal and its former CEO Jean-Marie Messier &#x20AC;1 million ($1.34 million) each yesterday (Dec. 7) for allegedly misleading investors about the media group's fin French regulators fined Vivendi Unive ...

  18. VU, Messier Each Fined €1M

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST French regulators fined Vivendi Universal and its former CEO Jean-Marie Messier &#x20AC;1 million ($1.34 million) each yesterday (Dec. 7) for allegedly misleading investors about the media group's fin French regulators fined Vivendi Unive ...

  19. Ludacris Signs Uni Pub Deal

    November 26, 2004 12:00 AM EST Ludacris has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group for future works. Ludacris has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing Group for future works. The rapper, who r ...

  20. UMG Reports Q3 Gains

    November 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group posted a seven-fold increase in third-quarter operating income, thanks to improved sales margins and a series of cost-cutting initiatives. Universal Music Group posted a seven-fold increase in third-quarter operating income, ...

  21. Ol' Dirty Bastard Collapses, Dies In Studio

    November 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who lived a life as wild as his lyrics, collapsed and died inside a recording studio today (Nov. 13). He was 35. Rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard, who lived a life as wild as his lyrics, collapsed and died inside a reco ...

  22. VU Reports Q3 Revenue Gains

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Lifted by solid performances by its music business in North America and Britain, Vivendi Universal (VU) today (Nov. 9) reported comparable third-quarter sales rose 6% to &#x20AC;4.7 billion ($6.05 bil Lifted by solid performances by its music ...

  23. VU Reports Q3 Revenue Gains

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST Lifted by solid performances by its music business in North America and Britain, Vivendi Universal (VU) today (Nov. 9) reported comparable third-quarter sales rose 6% to &#x20AC;4.7 billion ($6.05 bil Lifted by solid performances by its music ...

  24. Vivendi, Viacom Sell Cinema Biz

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Vivendi Universal and Viacom Inc. on Oct. 28 confirmed the sale of UCI Cinemas in Europe to London-based private equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners Limited for 270 million euros ($344.4 million) PARIS (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Vivendi Univ ...

  25. Source: Jay-Z, IDJ Still In Negotiations

    October 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A source is denying that Island Def Jam is close to a deal to make rap mogul Jay-Z its president. Negotiations are ongoing, but no details have been finalized, says the source. A source is denying that Island Def Jam is close to a deal to make rap ...

  26. Rhone Motown Prez

    October 05, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Sylvia Rhone has joined Universal Music Group as president of Motown Records and executive VP of Universal Records. Rhone, the former chairman/CEO of Elektra Entertainment Group, will report to Mel Le Sylvia Rhone has joined Universal Music Group ...

  27. Rhone Gets Dual Motown/Universal Post

    October 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/archivesearch/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000630909">As expected</A>, Sylvia Rhone has joined Universal Music Group as president of Motown Records and As expected , Sylvia Rhon ...

  28. Doug Morris In Re-Up Talks

    September 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A source confirms that Doug Morris is in negotiations to re-up as chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group, although his current contract does not run out until mid-2005. The new deal, which would run fo A source confirms that Doug Morris is in negot ...

  29. Vivendi Universal Net Loss Widens

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi Universal today (Sept. 14) reported a sharply wider half-year net loss of &#x20AC;1.86 billion ($2.28 billion) from &#x20AC;632 million ($774 million) last year, hit by currency translation lo Vivendi Universal today (Sept. 14) rep ...

  30. Vivendi Universal Net Loss Widens

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Vivendi Universal today (Sept. 14) reported a sharply wider half-year net loss of &#x20AC;1.86 billion ($2.28 billion) from &#x20AC;632 million ($774 million) last year, hit by currency translation lo Vivendi Universal today (Sept. 14) rep ...

  31. Universal France Launches Mobile Music Service

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music France has teamed with local operator Bouygues T&#233;l&#233;com to launch Universal Mobile, a mobile telephone subscription service which offers personalized ring tones and digitalize Universal Music France has teamed with ...

  32. Universal France Launches Mobile Music Service

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music France has teamed with local operator Bouygues T&#233;l&#233;com to launch Universal Mobile, a mobile telephone subscription service which offers personalized ring tones and digitalize Universal Music France has teamed with ...

  33. Kevin Liles Lands At WMG

    August 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Executive VP reports to Lyor Cohen. Warner Music Group ended speculation on the fate of Kevin Liles today (Aug. 11). The former Def Jam Records president was named executive VP of WMG. Based in New York, Liles reports to Lyor Cohen, WMG's cha ...

  34. Universal Says It Will Appeal Hallyday Case

    August 09, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music France is planning to appeal a decision by a French labor tribunal ordering the company to hand over to one of its leading artists the masters to his complete catalog. LONDON -- Universal Music France is planning to appeal a decisi ...

  35. Court Bars Sale Of Game-Copy Program

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has barred the manufacture and distribution of a program designed to make copies of video-game discs, a games industry trade group said. A federal judge has barred the manufacture and distribution of a program designed to make copi ...

  36. Court Bars Sale Of Game-Copy Program

    August 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge has barred the manufacture and distribution of a program designed to make copies of video-game discs, a games industry trade group said. A federal judge has barred the manufacture and distribution of a program designed to make copi ...

  37. Music Growth Softens Vivendi's Sales Slide

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Media and telecoms conglomerate Vivendi Universal today said sales fell 12% in the second quarter, less than the market had forecast, as a swing to growth at its music unit and gains in its mobile-pho Media and telecoms conglomerate Vivendi Univer ...

  38. Island Ups Pontius To Exec VP

    July 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Island Records has promoted Paul Pontius to executive VP of A&amp;R. Pontius has been VP of A&amp;R for Island Def Jam Music Group since 1999. Paul Pontius, who has been VP of A&R for Island Def Jam Music Group since 1999, becomes head ...

  39. Report: Vivendi, Largadere in Merger Talks

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT France's Vivendi Universal and Lagardere, the world's largest magazine publisher, are negotiating a potential merger, a French weekly newspaper reports. France's Vivendi Universal and Lagardere, the world's largest magazine pub ...

  40. Report: Vivendi, Largadere in Merger Talks

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT France's Vivendi Universal and Lagardere, the world's largest magazine publisher, are negotiating a potential merger, a French weekly newspaper reports. France's Vivendi Universal and Lagardere, the world's largest magazine pub ...

  41. MECA Communications Names Darrow Chief Strategy Officer

    July 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Andwer Darrow will oversee strategic planning, sales, marketing and business development as MECA Communication's new chief strategy officer. Internet marketing company MECA Communications , which promotes its clients primarily through instant ...

  42. Kedar Massenburg Exits Motown

    July 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT President/CEO will start new label venture. Kedar Massenburg is exiting his post as president/CEO of Motown. According to inside sources, Massenburg -- who re-signed with the label last December -- will begin a new label venture that will leverage ...

  43. Ex-Vivendi CEO Defends Controversial Buy-Backs

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former Vivendi Universal SA chief executive Jean-Marie Messier today (June 28) defended the massive share buy-backs carried out by the media/telecoms company three years ago in an effort to prop up it Former Vivendi Universal SA chief executive Je ...

  44. Ex-Vivendi CEO Defends Controversial Buy-Backs

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former Vivendi Universal SA chief executive Jean-Marie Messier today (June 28) defended the massive share buy-backs carried out by the media/telecoms company three years ago in an effort to prop up it Former Vivendi Universal SA chief executive Je ...

  45. Major Layoffs Planned At VU Games

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT N.A. staff to be reduced by 350. Vivendi Universal Games, publisher of such titles as "Crash Bandicoot" and "Warcraft," plans to cut 350 of its 900 North America-based employees. The move marks another another step in VU Games& ...

  46. Major Layoffs Planned At VU Games

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT N.A. staff to be reduced by 350. Vivendi Universal Games, publisher of such titles as "Crash Bandicoot" and "Warcraft," plans to cut 350 of its 900 North America-based employees. The move marks another another step in VU Games& ...

  47. Former Vivendi Chief in Police Custody

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Messier held for alleged financial crimes. PARIS (AP) Jean-Marie Messier, the former chief executive of Vivendi Universal, was taken into police custody Monday (June 21) in an investigation into financial wrongdoing during his time at the media an ...

  48. Former Vivendi Chief in Police Custody

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Messier held for alleged financial crimes. PARIS (AP) Jean-Marie Messier, the former chief executive of Vivendi Universal, was taken into police custody Monday (June 21) in an investigation into financial wrongdoing during his time at the media an ...

  49. Viacom Near Deal To Control Germany's Viva

    June 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Reports: media giant will pay $360M for 75.5% stake. Viacom is poised to acquire a controlling stake in German broadcaster Viva Media, owner of music-video channel Viva. Viacom is reportedly paying €300 million ($360 million) for a 75.5% stake in ...

  50. Leher Brings Rolling Stones To Greenberg Traurig

    June 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Richard Leher, who has represented the Rolling Stones continuously for 24 years, has joined the law firm of Greenberg Traurig. Richard Leher, who has represented the Rolling Stones continuously for 24 years, has joined the law firm of Greenberg Tr ...

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