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  1. Madonna Tops 2009 Music Money Makers List

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST If anyone had any doubt that touring is where the money is in the music business, a quick look at the top Moneymakers for 2009 should hammer the point home. Regardless of genre, retail sales or radio play, each of the 20 acts on Billboard's M ...

  2. Madonna To Extend Sticky & Sweet Tour

    January 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Madonna will return to the road with her Sticky & Sweet tour this summer for roughly 25 more shows in the U.K. and Europe, adding to the total of what's already the top-grossing tour ever by a female or solo artist. The final leg of the t ...

  3. Bright Named To Word Post

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Veteran producer and music publishing executive Mark Bright has been named president and CEO of Word Entertainment. He succeeds Jim Van Hook, who decided to retire after more than 30 years in the faith-based music industry. Bright will oversee Nas ...

  4. Warner Bros. Execs Fill New Roles

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Major changes have occurred atop the Warner Bros. Records (WBR) pyramid, where WBR COO Diarmuid Quinn has added president stripes valid for Reprise Records. WBR executive VP of promotion Tom "Grover" Biery will now pull double-duty as GM ...

  5. Sans Crow, Fleetwood Mac To Tour In 2009

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In the wake of Lindsey Buckingham's latest solo project, Fleetwood Mac is gearing up for a tour in early 2009 that will likely be followed by a new band album. Buckingham -- who releases "Gift of Screws" on Sept. 16 via Warner Bros. ...

  6. Top Five Tours To See

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT While all the attention is focused on the superstar megatreks, there are always some tours that rise up and makes a lasting impression. These "sleeper" tours can take place at any level, indoors or out, clubs, arenas, theaters, ballrooms ...

  7. R.E.M. To Unveil 'Accelerate' On iLike

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Forget the traditional radio premiere: R.E.M.'s new album, "Accelerate," is set to debut on the social networking application iLike. The roll-out, the first of its kind for a major act, will allow fans to stream and share "Acce ...

  8. Warner Bros. Enlists Wilson In Urban Role

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Ken Wilson starts today (Nov. 26) as senior VP of urban promotion for Warner Bros. Records. The music industry veteran succeeds Cynthia Johnson, who exited the post earlier this year. Wilson most recently served in a similar position at J Records. ...

  9. Wortman Exits Warner Nashville

    June 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Bros. Nashville senior VP of publicity Jules Wortman has exited the label after five years. There's no word on her replacement. Wortman previously served at the Nashville divisions of Atlantic and MCA and operated her own PR firm. Ken ...

  10. Review: Linkin Park Returns With 'Minutes To Midnight'

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park: "Minutes to Midnight" Producer: Rick Rubin Machine Shop/Warner Bros. Release Date: May 15 Rap-metal's sell-by date expired many, many years ago, and no one noticed more than Linkin Park, whose "Minutes to Midnight& ...

  11. Warners U.K. Lay Off 15 In 'Realignment'

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has begun laying off staff as part of the worldwide Warner Music Group restructure announced earlier this month. "As part of WMG's ongoing transformation to a music-based content company we are realigning WMUK to most e ...

  12. Rubin Offered Columbia Exec Role

    February 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Columbia Records is in talks with producer Rick Rubin to take the role of co-chairman of the label . Rubin, nominated for Grammys this year for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dixie Chicks, currently heads up his own imprint, Ameri ...

  13. Promotion Vet Briner Joins BNA

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Replaces Rick Moxley. As expected, MCA Nashville VP of field promotions George Briner joins BNA Records as national promotion director. He replaces Rick Moxley, who recently rose to the position of VP of national promotion. The move reunites the t ...

  14. WMG Launches Viral Offering

    October 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is making its artist and label web sites YouTube friendly. The music giant is using a technology from Cambridge, Mass.-based Internet TV specialist Brightcove that allows music fans Warner Music Group is making its artist and la ...

  15. Anderson Signs With Raybaw

    July 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT His first album for the label will be released Nov. 7. John Anderson has been signed to Raybaw Records, an imprint of Warner Bros. Nashville. His first album for the label, "Easy Money," will be released Nov. 7. As Billboard first report ...

  16. Warner Bros. Records Plots Encore For Ostin

    June 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT May be returning to label in consulting role. Former Warner Bros. Records chairman Mo Ostin may be close to returning to the label in a consulting capacity after months of discussions driven by current Warner chairman and CEO Tom Whalley, accordin ...

  17. Universal Names Publicity VP

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Jay Wilson promoted from senior director. Jay Wilson has been appointed VP of publicity for Universal Records. Wilson reports to Serena Gallagher, senior VP of Pop/Rock publicity for Universal Motown Records Group and he continues to be based in N ...

  18. WMG To Pay Out Dividend

    December 30, 2005 12:00 AM EST $80M annual payout expected. Warner Music Group on Thursday (Dec. 30) said it will begin to pay out a quarterly dividend of 13 cents per share or about $19.3 million. The dividend, plans for which were announced in October, is payable Feb. 17, 200 ...

  19. Linkin Park Inks New Deal With Warner

    December 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Linkin Park has settled its contract feud with Warner Music Group. The popular rock act inked a reported five-album, $15 million pact with Warner Bros. Records on Dec. 27, reversing an earlier demand Linkin Park has settled its contract feud with ...

  20. WB Employee Mansfield Found Dead

    November 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Eric Mansfield, director of creative services for Warner Bros. Nashville, was found dead near his home on Nov. 11, the victim of a gunshot wound to the chest, according to local press reports. Eric Mansfield, director of creative services for Warn ...

  21. Jones Moves To Senior Post At Columbia

    August 29, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Label vet to oversee product, tour, tv/film mktg. Barbara Jones has been named senior VP of marketing for Columbia Records. She reports to Will Botwin, chairman of Columbia Records Group and is based in Santa Monica. In her new senior management p ...

  22. Quartararo Expands Role At EMI

    August 09, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Joins office of the chairman. Phil Quartararo joined the office of the chairman at EMI Music North America, expanding his role as its executive VP. Quartararo will report to chairman/CEO David Munns and will oversee EMI's North American label ...

  23. Baumgartner Out At Equity

    June 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Replacement will be announced shortly. Equity Music Group VP of promotion Rick Baumgartner exits the Nashville-based label after just under two years on the job. His replacement will be announced shortly, according to company president Mike Kraski ...

  24. 'Mafia' Targets Otto

    May 27, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Country artist signs with Raybaw. James Otto has exited the Mercury Records roster and signed with Raybaw Records, a Warner Bros. Nashville imprint. Raybaw is headed by Muzik Mafia members Big & Rich and Cory Gierman. Otto is a member of the M ...

  25. Linkin Park Wants Out Of Warner Bros. Contract

    May 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Warner Bros. Records rock act Linkin Park is demanding its release from Warner Music Group in the wake of a dispute over a renegotiation of the band's contract. NEW YORK -- Warner Bros. Records rock act Linkin Park is demanding its release fr ...

  26. Linkin Park Wants Out Of Warner Bros. Contract

    May 02, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Warner Bros. Records rock act Linkin Park is demanding its release from Warner Music Group in the wake of a dispute over a renegotiation of the band's contract. Group owes four more records, seeks ne Warner Bros. Records rock act Linkin Park ...

  27. Haley Exits Warner Nashville

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Promo vet was senior VP. Warner Bros. Nashville senior VP of promotion David Haley is out after just over two and a half years with the company. No replacement has been named. Gator Michaels, who was promoted in January from national director to V ...

  28. Compadre Launches Mgmt Arm

    March 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Houston-based Compadre Records has launched a management arm and signed Warner Bros. Nashville recording artist Rick Trevino as a client. Houston-based Compadre Records has launched a management arm and signed Warner Bros. Nashville recording arti ...

  29. A Goo Goo Comes Home: Mining The 'Underbelly' Of His Local Rock Scene

    March 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST After 20-plus years living life as a Goo Goo Doll, you start to believe there's a magic "record fairy" that takes your hard work and gets it into the stores and onto the radio and sends you a plaque f Robby Takac is bassist for the ...

  30. Goldberg Joins Air America As CEO

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Music industry veteran Danny Goldberg is joining liberal talk radio network Air America as CEO, a position that has been open since acting CEO Doug Kreeger stepped down in December. Kreeger remains on Music industry veteran Danny Goldberg is joini ...

  31. WMG Picks Up American

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rick Rubin is moving his American Recordings label to Warner Music Group, chairman/CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr. announced on Feb. 11. NEW YORK -- Rick Rubin is moving his American Recordings label to Warner Music Group, chairman/CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr. ...

  32. McCoy Unveils 903 Music

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Country artist Neal McCoy has launched his long-rumored new record label, 903 Music in Nashville. McCoy, who has recorded for Atlantic Records and Warner Bros., is the label's owner and first artist. Country artist Neal McCoy has launched his ...

  33. McCoy Unveils 903 Music

    February 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST Country artist Neal McCoy has launched his long-rumored new record label, 903 Music in Nashville. McCoy, who has recorded for Atlantic Records and Warner Bros., is the label's owner and first artist. Country artist Neal McCoy has launched his ...

  34. WMG To Pick Up American

    February 14, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rick Rubin is moving his American Recordings label to Warner Music Group, a source confirms. Rick Rubin is moving his American Recordings label to Warner Music Group, a source confirms. The label, which is currently distributed by Universal Music ...

  35. Danny Goldberg Splits Artemis

    February 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST Danny Goldberg is exiting as chairman/CEO of Artemis Records, the label he founded in June 1999. The company named current president Daniel Glass to the post of CEO at the New York-based independent. LOS ANGELES -- Danny Goldberg is exiting as cha ...

  36. Nashville Scene

    January 27, 2005 12:00 AM EST The industry will be keeping a close eye on Warner Bros. Records' Nashville operation this year. Long an also-ran in the country game, the label is being revitalized thanks to new executive VP Bill Be The industry will be keeping a close eye ...

  37. Warner Bros. Nashville Ups Michaels

    January 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Promotion VP will report to David Haley. Gator Michaels is promoted from national director of promotion to the newly-created position of field promotion VP at Warner Bros. Nashville. He joined the company in August 2002 from Dreamcatcher Records, ...

  38. Clay Walker Splits From RCA

    January 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST No current label plans for country singer. Clay Walker has parted ways with RCA Records after one album, 2003's "A Few Questions." Walker previously released seven albums on Giant Records, the first four of which went platinum. The ...

  39. Warner Sells Print Music Division

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST International music-education company Alfred Publishing has reached an agreement to acquire Warner Bros. Publications, the print-music division of Warner Music Group. The purchase price was not disclo NEW YORK -- International music-education comp ...

  40. Warner Sells Print Music Division

    December 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST International music-education company Alfred Publishing has reached an agreement to acquire Warner Bros. Publications, the print-music division of Warner Music Group. The purchase price was not disclo International music-education company Alfred P ...

  41. Van Hook To Take Charge Of Word

    November 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Look for veteran Christian record executive Jim Van Hook to take the top spot at Warner-owned Word Entertainment in Nashville. Look for veteran Christian record executive Jim Van Hook to take the top spot at Warner-owned Word Entertainment in Nash ...

  42. WB Nashville Names Bill Bennett As Exec VP

    November 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Bill Bennett, the former president of Geffen and Maverick Records, has resurfaced as executive VP of Warner Bros. Nashville, Billboard.biz has learned. Bill Bennett, the former president of Geffen and Maverick Records, has resurfaced as executive ...

  43. Paris Hilton Set Due Next Year

    October 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT WB album is dance, pop, rock hybrid. Paris Hilton has signed a worldwide album deal with Warner Bros. Records. Rob Cavallo and Jeff Aldrich are handling A&R duties for her as-yet-untitled debut. According to a Warner Bros. executive, Hilton� ...

  44. WB Nashville Bows Comedy Imprint

    September 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Foxworthy, Engvall among acts on roster. Warner Bros. Records Nashville is launching a comedy imprint, WBR/Jack Records. The label is a partnership with Los Angeles-based manager J.P. Williams, who named it after his son Jack. Warner Bros. comedia ...

  45. Mimms Splits As Word Prez

    September 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Malcolm Mimms has exited as president/COO of Nashville-based Christian music company Word Entertainment, a division of Curb/Warner. Prior to joining Word as president in the late '90s, Mimms had a suc Malcolm Mimms has exited as president/COO ...

  46. Chris Palmer Exits Warner Nashville

    July 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warner Bros. Records Nashville GM/senior VP of marketing Chris Palmer is out after nearly 20 years with the label. The move comes on the heels of <A HREF="http://www.billboard.com/bb/biz/newsroom/busi Warner Bros. Records Nashville GM/seni ...

  47. Warner Renames East West, WEA In U.K.

    June 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT East West Records and WEA London Records, Warner Music International's (WMI) two stand-alone labels in the United Kingdom, have been renamed. Effective immediately, they become Atlantic Records U.K. a East West Records and WEA London Records, ...

  48. Warner Renames East West, WEA In U.K.

    June 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Labels become Atlantic, Warner Bros. Records. East West Records and WEA London Records, Warner Music International's (WMI) two stand-alone labels in the United Kingdom, have been renamed. Effective immediately, they become Atlantic Records U. ...

  49. Warner Renames East West, WEA In U.K.

    June 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT East West Records and WEA London Records, Warner Music International's (WMI) two stand-alone labels in the United Kingdom, have been renamed. Effective immediately, they become Atlantic Records U.K. a East West Records and WEA London Records, ...

  50. Maverick/WMG Case Raised Unanswered Issues of Precedent

    June 21, 2004 12:00 AM EDT While most attorneys surveyed by ELW view the settlement of the litigation between Maverick Records, which was co-founded by Madonna, and Warner Music Group as the smart thing to do, some are disappoi NEW YORK -- While most attorneys surveyed by E ...

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