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  1. Warner Bros. Records Ups Lori Feldman to EVP of Brand Partnerships/Creative Synch Licensing

    March 11, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Lori Feldman, a nearly 20-year veteran at Warner Bros. Records, has been promoted to executive VP of brand partnerships and creative synch licensing. In her new role, Feldman will continue to create brand partnerships and licensing opportunities f ...

  2. Coldplay, David Guetta Go To Atlantic Records; Radiohead & Pink Floyd Catalogs, Kylie Minogue, Damon Albarn To Warner Bros: WMG’s US Plans for Parlophone (Exclusive)

    December 18, 2013 10:01 AM EST Warner Music Group has finalized the integration of Parlophone’s roster into its U.S. label structure following the acquisition of the record imprint from Universal Music Group for £487 million (about $765 million) earlier this year, Billboard ...

  3. Randy Ostin, Son of Industry Great Mo Ostin, Dies at 60

    September 01, 2013 11:30 PM EDT Randy Ostin, a former music executive and the son of legendary Warner Bros. Records president Mo Ostin, has died. He was 60. Ostin died July 28 after a four-year battle with cancer, according to a paid obituary published Sunday in the Los Angele ...

  4. Backbeat: Crazy Photos From the Flaming Lips ‘Terror’ Listening Party, Presented by Warner and Billboard

    April 04, 2013 6:29 PM EDT Last night at the General on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the Warner Sound and Billboard teamed up to present a listening party for the Flaming Lips’ characteristically mind-bending new LP, The Terror, out April 16 on Warner Bros. Records . A ...

  5. Baauer’s ‘Harlem Shake’: Warner Bros. Strikes Deal With Mad Decent for Distribution, Services

    February 26, 2013 8:48 PM EST Mad Decent, the label helmed by Diplo, has partnered with Warner Bros. Records for a worldwide distribution and services arrangement for Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” a Warner Bros. rep confirmed to Billboard.biz today. The single was serviced to radio ...

  6. Concord, Warner Bros. Lead Record Labels With Most Grammy Awards at 2013 Ceremony

    February 11, 2013 3:34 AM EST Concord Records artists scored the most Grammy Awards, picking up eight, followed closely by Warner Bros. Records, which won seven, thanks to the six awards picked up by Nonesuch Records. Concord winners -- either on its label or distributed la ...

  7. Exclusive: Watch the Flaming Lips’ ‘Epic PlayDate’ Hyundai Super Bowl Commercial

    January 29, 2013 7:00 AM EST When the Flaming Lips formed nearly 30 years ago, the notion that the group would be performing a song called "Sun Blows Up Today" in a Super Bowl ad would have been as surreal as some of their lyrics. But that's exactly what ...

  8. Warner Music's Cameron Strang Gets Pay Raise to $2.25 Million; Lyor Cohen Highest-Paid WMG Employee in 2012

    December 28, 2012 3:32 PM EST Warner Music Group announced in an SEC filing Friday that Cameron Strang, Chairman and CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, and Brian Roberts, Chief Financial Officer, have signed new employment agreements with the company. Billboard Power 100: Cameron S ...

  9. Todd Moscowitz Steps Down From Warner Bros., Cameron Strang New Label Head

    December 06, 2012 4:59 PM EST One month after adding Rhino Records to his portfolio of responsibilities, Warner/Chappell Music chairman and CEO Cameron Strang is now adding the Warner Bros. Records label. Strang is replacing president/CEO Todd Moscowitz, who has resigned, the ...

  10. Livia Tortella

    November 28, 2012 12:40 PM EST Co-president/COO, Warner Bros. Records Chart Topping Thrills Two years into her tenure as Warner Bros. co-president/COO, Livia Tortella can point to a wide scope of victories during the past year that fulfill the label's mandate to develop gl ...

  11. Outasight: Sights Set on a Big Debut

    November 19, 2012 12:48 PM EST For Richard Andrew, who records as Outasight, things started looking up when he began talking to Warner Bros. Records in 2008. Then a relatively unknown rapper/pop act from Yonkers, N.Y., with a few mixtapes and 2007 EP Employee of the Year unde ...

  12. Warner Music Group Realigns Structure; Cameron Strang Gets Big Boost

    November 07, 2012 12:00 PM EST The Warner Music Group has implemented an organizational restructuring that was under discussion when Lyor Cohen still headed up the company's recorded music operation. Lyor Cohen and Warner Music Group: What Are the Next Moves? Insiders Weig ...

  13. Lyor Cohen Stepping Down as Warner Music Chairman/CEO

    September 24, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Lyor Cohen, Chairman/CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group, is stepping down from his post effective September 30, the company announced today. He had been at Warner since 2004, beginning as Chairman and CEO, US Recorded Music in March of t ...

  14. 40 Under 40: Peter Gray

    August 02, 2012 4:12 PM EDT Peter Gray Senior VP of Promotion, Warner Bros. Records Website: WarnerBrosRecords.com Twitter: @Grunz ON A Hot Streak After making a name for himself at RCA Records -- where he helped a diverse roster of acts, ranging from Kelly Clarkson to Kings ...

  15. Rick Ross Vs. Ricky "Freeway" Ross: Judge Rejects Warner Bros. Records' Motion to Dismiss

    July 19, 2012 10:05 AM EDT A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has rejected an attempt by Warner Bros. Records to escape a lawsuit by former drug kingpin "Freeway" Ricky Ross that alleges his name and identity were stolen by rapper Rick Ross. "Freeway" Ro ...

  16. Former Warner, Capitol Chief Donates Interview Tapes to Library of Congress

    June 21, 2012 7:10 PM EDT When Columbia Records' legendary A&R executive John Hammond was hospitalized in the 1980s, Capitol Records' then-president Joe Smith visited and their conversation turned to the jazz artists they both loved. Smith asked if the recent ...

  17. MTV Movie Awards Bring Sales Bumps For Black Keys, fun., Martin Solveig, Wiz Khalifa

    June 14, 2012 7:05 AM EDT The hold-your-right-arm look: The Black Keys' Patrick Carney (left) and Dan Auerbach flank actor Johnny Depp at the MTV Movie Awards June 3, where the trio performed two Black Keys songs. (Photo Courtesy: MTV) The MTV Movie Awards on June 3 s ...

  18. Backbeat: Warner Bros. Kicks Off 'Summer Sessions' With LP Performance

    June 08, 2012 4:03 PM EDT Overview of "Summer Sessions" audience on Warner Bros. patio. (Photo: JILL AUGUSTO PHOTOGRAPHY) "This is an artist Warner Bros. Records is going to break." So declared label exec. VP of A&R Jeff Fenster -- greeted by exuber ...

  19. Kenny Rogers Signs Long-Term Deal With Warner Bros.

    May 10, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Kenny Rogers and Warner Bros. Records officially announced today (May 10) that the singer has signed a long-term deal with the label. He spent many years with the label earlier in his career, beginning in 1967. Rogers broke the news Wednesday nigh ...

  20. Exclusive: Tom Whalley's Seven Four Ent. Signs Label Deal With Universal Republic

    April 12, 2012 1:38 PM EDT Capitol: Whalley or won't he? Universal Republic Records today will announce a label deal with former Warner Bros. Records Chairman/CEO Tom Whalley's Seven Four Ent, Billboard.biz can exclusively reveal. The announcement will be made by ...

  21. Australian Music Service Guvera to Hire Phil Quantararo Ahead of U.S. IPO

    March 29, 2012 4:14 PM EDT Guvera, the Australian-based music startup whose business model offers members the ability to stream and download music using an ad-supported interface, is making a big U.S. push, and they're hiring a big industry name in order to do it. The ...

  22. Billboard Power 100: Rob Cavallo & Todd Moscowitz

    January 26, 2012 10:45 PM EST No. 45 Rob Cavallo & Todd Moscowitz Chairman; Co-President/CEO Warner Bros. Records Twitter: @ToddMoscowitz Team Spirit... With Warner Bros. Records, traditionally the largest label in Warner Music Group, trailing Atlantic Records in market sh ...

  23. Sire's Top 100 Hits

    January 21, 2012 11:35 PM EST Sire's Top 100 Hits ranking is based on actual performance on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. 1 earning the greatest value and weeks at No. 100 earning the least. To ens ...

  24. 'Shellac In His Veins': The Billboard Icon Award Interview With Seymour Stein

    January 21, 2012 11:18 PM EST Seymour Stein was helping create music industry history when he was only 14 years old. That was in 1957, when he began working for Billboard as the assistant to Tommy Noonan, then head of Billboard charts. When Noonan decided that the music indust ...

  25. This Week in Billboard History: Frank Sinatra's 'Mysterious' Record Label; Live Aid's Bootlegging Scourge

    December 06, 2011 9:30 AM EST Frank Sinatra at a recording studio with coffee and cigarette. (Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty ) 1960: Let's Call the Whole Thing...hmmm? Billboard revealed that the debut of a new label founded by Frank Sinatra was just two months away, though ...

  26. Exclusive: Vice Launches Three-Year Global Partnership With Warner Bros. Records

    November 22, 2011 9:05 AM EST Four years after parting ways with Atlantic Records, Vice Music is re-teaming with Warner Bros. Records for a three-year global partnership, encompassing distribution, marketing, touring support and other components. Vice Music, the in-house recor ...

  27. Dr. Luke and Sony: Manager Says Luke Plans to 'Build the Label' Organically

    November 09, 2011 7:58 AM EST With the s igning of Dr. Luke to a label deal, Doug Morris has landed himself a new Jimmy Iovine, according to a story in the New York Times , which broke the news of the deal. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, sources say that Sony is p ...

  28. Backbeat: Theophilus London, Warner Bros. Execs Talk New Remix Album, Designing Nikes Over Tuna Rolls in L.A.

    October 19, 2011 4:29 PM EDT The Three Musketeers: Hip Hop Since 1978's Hip-hop (the company manages Drake, Nikki Minaj, Lil Wayne), Theophilus London and Warner Bros. Records co-president/CEO Todd Moscowitz. A few minutes after this photo was taken, London rocked the st ...

  29. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Livia Tortella

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 4 Livia Tortella Co-president/COO, Warner Bros. Records Website: Warnerbrosrecords.com Twitter: @Livia_WBR In her first full year as co-president/COO at Warner Bros. Records, Livia Tortella cites numerous artists whose accomplishments have bee ...

  30. Exclusive: Blake Shelton Re-Ups with Warner Music Nashville

    September 20, 2011 8:54 AM EDT Blake Shelton, the Country Music Association.'s reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, has re-signed with Warner Music Nashville, Billboard.Biz has learned exclusively. "I couldn't imagine going anywhere else, especially with the team ...

  31. WEA Lays Off 25 Staffers Due to Online Ordering System, Overhead Trim

    September 15, 2011 3:37 PM EDT Last week, while Warner Bros. Records was merging the WB and Reprise promotion staffs into one , WEA was also letting go about 25 staffers, including longtime employees Paul McDermott and Paul Solce. According to sources, those cuts were largely f ...

  32. Amid Layoffs, Is Warner Bros. Records Abandoning Rock Music?

    September 09, 2011 8:56 PM EDT The goodbye email from Reprise senior vice president of promotion Mike Rittberg said it all. "Before my first job at a record store I had dreamed to work at Warner Bros. Records," he wrote on Sept. 8, the day he and more than a dozen oth ...

  33. Updated: Layoffs At Warner Bros./Reprise

    September 08, 2011 2:40 PM EDT Layoffs took place in the promotion department of Warner Music's labels today, sources tell Billboard.biz. People let go include Reprise Senior Vice President of Promotion Mike Rittberg, Warner SVP Ron Cerrito, Reprise VP of Pop Promotion Bob ...

  34. Rich Fitzgerald, Veteran Manager and Label Exec, Dies of Cancer

    August 16, 2011 1:45 PM EDT Billboard.biz is sad to report that Rich Fitzgerald has died Monday after a battle with esophageal cancer. A veteran label executive, he held posts at Reprise and Warner Bros. Records and played a large role in the success of the Bee Gees, Eric Cl ...

  35. Will Blake Shelton Get His First No. 1 Album on Next Week's Billboard 200?

    July 14, 2011 7:57 AM EDT Timing is everything. And this week, country star Blake Shelton picked just the right time to release his new album, "Red River Blue," as its on course to become his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. Industry sources sugg ...

  36. Common Signs with Warner Bros. Records

    June 24, 2011 7:42 PM EDT After a decade in the Universal Music fold, rapper Common is moving over to Warner Bros. Records. Warner Bros. Records co-president/CEO Todd Moscowitz announced the signing Friday afternoon at an outdoor concert by one of Warners' other recen ...

  37. A&R Exec Steve McDonald Exits Warner Bros. Records

    June 10, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Warner Bros. Records A&R executive Steve McDonald has left the company, THR has learned. Hired a year ago, McDonald is perhaps better known as the bassist for beloved power pop band Redd Kross, which he started with his brother in 1978, and, m ...

  38. Jeremy Welt Exits Warner Bros. Records

    June 03, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Jeremy Welt has left his role as senior VP of new media at Warner Bros. Records. According to details posted on his blog, he left the company last week. No details yet on the circumstances of his departure, who will be replacing him, or where he i ...

  39. Former Warner Bros. VP Jack Isquith Joins Slacker

    May 03, 2011 1:26 PM EDT Former Warner Bros. Records senior VP of digital music Jack Isquith-and frequent Billboard.biz guest contributor -has joined Internet radio service Slacker . Isquith was named senior VP of strategic development, focusing on content development and ...

  40. Madonna About To Record New LP, Irving Azoff Says

    February 11, 2011 10:01 AM EST It looks like Madonna is preparing to enter the studio to record a new album, the first under her $100 million multi-rights deal with Live Nation, which another lucrative tour seems likely as well. "They tell me Madonna is about to record, so ...

  41. Mike Elizondo Joins Warner Bros. as Staff Producer and A&R Exec

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Mike Elizondo, who has worked with Eminem, Dr. Dre and produced Fiona Apple's 2005 album Extraordinary Machine, has joined Warner Bros. Records as a staff producer and Senior VP of A&R, the Hollywood Reporter has learned. It's the sa ...

  42. Warner Bros. Shakes Up Top Ranks, Lays Off Staffers

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Bros. Records laid off senior VP of marketing Rob Gordon on Friday in the wake of a Sept. 14 shuffle at the top of the label's ranks, a label spokesperson confirmed. In addition, other sources indicated that as many as an additional 20 ...

  43. Disturbed Nets Fourth No. 1 on Billboard 200 with 'Asylum'

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rock band Disturbed claims its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Asylum" debuts atop the list with 179,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the act's fourth consecutive studio set to debut at No. 1, a feat ...

  44. Fourth No. 1 Album For Disturbed On Billboard 200

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rock band Disturbed nets its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as its "Asylum" launches atop the list with 179,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . It's the act's fourth consecutive studio set to debut at No. 1, ...

  45. 'Medal of Honor' Trailer To Offer Linkin Park Preview

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park will exclusively preview the first single from their upcoming album “A Thousand Suns,” which is out Sept. 14, via a trailer for the upcoming videogame “Medal of Honor.” The preview will be offered one day before the single, "The C ...

  46. Another Body Blow For Albums: Warner To Launch New Six Pak Format

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST In an acknowledgment of growing consumer dissatisfaction with the traditional CD format, for the first time a major label is replacing the typical 10-plus song CD release with two six-song CDs whose release dates are separated by mere months. Warn ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Tattersfield Named As Warner Music U.K. CEO

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has named Christian Tattersfield as CEO, Warner Music U.K. and chairman, Warner Bros Records U.K. Reporting to John Reid, vice chairman, Warner Music International and chairman, Warner Music Europe, Tattersfield will assume resp ...

  49. Rykodisc Shuffled Under ILG, Staff Cut

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rykodisc Records, which has been operating as a stand-alone label since it was acquired by the Warner Music Group in 2006, has been placed under WMG's Independent Label Group. As part of the move, five Ryko staffers have been let go and ILG w ...

  50. Devo Suit Up For Action At SXSW

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Devo is "back in a serious way" and is spreading the word to that effect this week at the South By Southwest Music & Media Conference. "It was now or never," Gerald Casale told Billboard.biz during a press conference on Thu ...

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