Warner Music Group

  1. Stanford, Warner Music Group Expand Partnership

    November 17, 2014 3:44 PM EST Stanford University and Warner Music Group are stepping up their efforts to find the music industry's next crop of innovators and leaders. Juniors across all educational backgrounds are welcome to apply beginning Jan. 30 for the paid assign ...

  2. Warner Bros. Promotes Niki Sherrod to Senior VP, Music

    July 10, 2014 1:23 PM EDT Warner Bros. Pictures has promoted Niki Sherrod from VP music to senior VP music, the studio announced Thursday. Sherrod, who joined the studio in 2006, will continue to oversee the selection, production and execution of music to Warner Bros. Pict ...

  3. Nico & Vinz Sign With Warner/Chappell Music

    June 12, 2014 11:14 PM EDT Nico & Vinz, the Norwegian singer/songwriter duo, have signed a worldwide co-publishing agreement with Warner/Chappell Music (WCM), the company announced today. Nico & Vinz enjoyed recent success with “Am I Wrong”, which reached No. 6 (Jun ...

  4. Music Industry Veteran Jody Raithel Dead at 66

    June 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Jody Raithel , a veteran distribution executive who got his start in the music industry as a record store clerk, passed away from natural causes on May 31. He was 66. His music industry career began with a short stint working at the Music Hall rec ...

  5. UMG Recruits Susan Mazo for SVP Communications Role

    May 22, 2014 4:20 AM EDT Susan Mazo is appointed SVP of global communications for Universal Music Group by EVP and head of global communications Will Tanous. The N.Y.-based exec’s responsibilities include the company’s worldwide philanthropic efforts, major internal and e ...

  6. Warner Acquires Gold Typhoon Group To Grow China Presence

    April 28, 2014 9:00 PM EDT Warner Music Group has signed a deal to acquire the recorded music catalog and artist roster of Gold Typhoon Group, one of the largest independent music companies in Greater China. The deal was formally announced Monday (April 28) and is due to ...

  7. Alain Lanceron Named President, Warner Classics and Erato; Senior Team Confirmed

    April 07, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Warner Music Group has announced Alain Lanceron will lead its Classics division as president. The label also named a full senior team supporting him.  In his newly-created role of President, Warner Classics and Erato, Lanceron will head Warner Mus ...

  8. Kazuyuki Kobayashi Appointed Warner Music Japan CEO, Shuji Utsumi Named COO

    March 25, 2014 8:39 PM EDT Warner Music Group announced today Kazuyuki "Kaz" Kobayashi as Chief Executive Officer for Warner Music Japan. Shuji Utsumi was also named Chief Operating Officer.  Related Articles Warner Music Japan Chairman/CEO Retiring, Named Honora ...

  9. Beats Music Raises $60 Million in Funding

    March 11, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Beats Music has raised a second round of funding of aproximately $60 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. The money comes largely from current investors, including Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Access Industries with the cash bein ...

  10. Warner Music Begins Auctioning Off Assets to Indies Following Parlophone Acquisition

    March 03, 2014 12:55 PM EST The Warner Music Group has begun the process of divesting of some of its artist and catalog holdings to accommodate a deal it made with indie trade organizations Impala and Merlin when it acquired Parlophone Records last February, according t ...

  11. Spotify Drove Universal Music’s 75% Jump in Streaming Revenue Last Year

    February 25, 2014 8:15 PM EST Spotify drove a large part of the 75% jump Universal Music Group achieved in 2013 in subscription and streaming revenue, according to a source familiar with the music group’s financial statements. During the conference call, Vivendi reported that ...

  12. Warner Music Japan Chairman/CEO Retiring, Named Honorary Chairman

    February 24, 2014 7:55 PM EST Kei Ishizaka, the chairman/CEO of Warner Music Japan, will step down from his post at the end of March to become honorary chairman. He’ll serve in that capacity until the end of October to ensure a smooth leadership transition. Ishizaka’s replacem ...

  13. Warner Music's Shazam Deal: What It Means For Music

    February 20, 2014 8:02 PM EST Warner Music Group's announcement this week that it has entered into a strategic collaboration with Shazam is the latest example of traditional music labels embracing social data to reinvent the way they do business. The deal lets Warner a ...

  14. Investors Put $2.4 Billion Into Music In 2013, Streaming Tops List

    January 31, 2014 5:48 PM EST The big got bigger and the rich got richer in 2013. In the 57 investment deals totaling over $2.4 billion tracked by Billboard, nearly 9 in 10 dollars invested went to a traditional music company, an EDM concert promoter or a company that stre ...

  15. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Music Company, Blues Traveler Ride Together, Another Victory Expands Global Network, Steve Lewis Joins SynchTank

    January 23, 2014 4:38 AM EST Bicycle Music Company, Blues Traveler Ride Together The Bicycle Music Company and its affiliates have acquired the Blues Traveler publishing catalog including such songs as “Hook”, “The Mountains Win Again”, “Carolina Blues”, “But Anyway” and “Run ...

  16. Rap Genius, Universal Music Publishing Group Strike Licensing Deal

    January 22, 2014 12:31 PM EST Rap Genius, which got into hot water last year for not having the appropriate licenses to publish song lyrics on its site, on Wednesday said it has secured a deal with Universal Music Publishing Group. The deal allows Rap Genius to bury the hatch ...

  17. Warner Music Group Submits Class Action Settlement For Digital Royalties Suit

    December 31, 2013 6:31 PM EST The Warner Music Group has submitted a settlement to the class action lawsuit filed by artists who claimed they were entitled to be paid on a licensing basis instead of a royalty basis for download and mastertones. The difference is basically w ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. WMG Launches Warner Music South Africa (Exclusive)

    December 05, 2013 8:42 AM EST Warner Music Group (WMG) has announced the launch of Warner Music South Africa, following a buyout of Gallo Records’ share of the existing joint venture Warner Music Gallo Africa. Warner Music Gallo Africa was established in 2006 as a joint ventur ...

  20. Executive Turntable: Ari Taitz, Kenny Weagly Promoted at ADA; Shawn ‘Tubby’ Holiday Joins Columbia, More

    November 12, 2013 3:09 PM EST Taitz, Weagly Promoted ADA International ADA, Warner Music Group announced two key appointments to strengthen its international concerns.  Ari Taitz was promoted to Chief Operating Officer, ADA Worldwide and Kenny Weagly is expanding his role as ...

  21. YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service (Breaking)

    October 23, 2013 6:51 PM EDT YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service -- akin to a Spotify, but with video -- to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans. The service, designed with mobile listening in mind, will have ...

  22. SiriusXM Radio Names George White SVP of Music Licensing

    October 09, 2013 9:13 PM EDT SiriusXM Radio appoints George White senior VP of music licensing. In addition to covering all areas of music licensing, White will work closely with programming and business development on strategic partnerships with labels and performing right ...

  23. New Signings: Warner Music Nabs Ylvis, WME Inks Leah Turner, Maximum Artist Adds Lalah Hathaway, Warner/Chappell Signs Danny Orton

    October 02, 2013 7:45 AM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters@billboard.com for inclusion in our regular report. Click here for the ...

  24. Bart Cools To Lead WMG's Dance Music Strategy

    September 27, 2013 6:46 AM EDT Bart Cools, a key dance music executive with EMI for more than 20 years, has joined Warner Music Group. The Dutchman will lead WMG’s dance music strategy in the role as executive VP, global A&R and marketing, dance music, for Warner Recorded ...

  25. Former ADA President Mitch Wolk Joins SONGS Music Publishing As CFO

    September 17, 2013 6:19 AM EDT Veteran label exec Mitchell Wolk has been named CFO at SONGS Music Publishing. Through the second half of the 2000s, Wolk served as president and CEO of Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), the independent distribution and marketing division ...

  26. Here's Why Warner Music's Deal with Clear Channel Could be Groundbreaking for the Future of the U.S. Music Biz (Analysis)

    September 12, 2013 7:32 PM EDT There's been a lot of confusion online about a groundbreaking new partnership between Clear Channel and Warner Music Group (WMG), but here's what you need to know: Clear Channel is paying artist performance royalties for terrestrial ...

  27. Sony, Universal, Warner, ABKCO File Copyright Lawsuit Against SiriusXM

    September 11, 2013 8:28 PM EDT As expected, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings, Warner Music Group and ABKCO have filed suit against SiriusXM for allegedly continuing to ignore state copyright laws and refusing to pay artist performance royalties for pre-1972 music it ...

  28. Warner Music Aims to Keep 'Happy Birthday' Away From Public Domain

    September 04, 2013 2:59 AM EDT With the English language's most recognized song at stake, Warner/Chappell Music is not backing down from a bold challenge. On Friday, the music publisher responded in court for the first time to a lawsuit that claims that "Happy Bi ...

  29. Warner/Chappell Appoints Key Figures to Global Digital Team

    September 03, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Warner Music Group's global music publishing arm, Warner/Chappell Music, has announced three new appointments on the digital side of its company, as Ann Sweeney, Stephen Dallas and Iain Morris take on new roles. Sweeney becomes executive V. ...

  30. Warner Music Group Promotes Sara Nemerov to SVP/Head of Global Consumer Products and Brand Licensing

    August 30, 2013 1:57 PM EDT Warner Music Group promotes Sara Nemerov to senior VP/head of global consumer products and brand licensing, Billboard has learned. In addition to overseeing consumer products and brand licensing, Nemerov will develop retail partnerships and new ...

  31. Warner Music U.K. Restructures After Parlophone Buy, Christian Tattersfield & Miles Leonard Promoted

    July 26, 2013 4:20 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has fine-tuned its management structure following its acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group (PLG) earlier this month. Christian Tattersfield will lead the combined company as CEO, WM U.K. He also will act as co-chairman of ...

  32. Warner Music's Len Blavatnik, Will Smith Invest in The Fancy

    July 09, 2013 8:30 PM EDT Warner Music Group owner Len Blavatnik and Will Smith are among wealthy investors in online shopping site, The Fancy. Smith, American Express and the Ukrainian-born Blavatnik, who owns Warner Music and film company Icon UK among other media and ...

  33. Warner Music Group Inks iRadio Deal for Publishing, Recorded-Music Licensing

    June 02, 2013 5:02 PM EDT Warner Music Group on Sunday became the first major record company to sign both a publishing and a recorded music licensing deal with Apple Inc. for the upcoming Internet radio service that many have dubbed "iRadio," sources say. Unive ...

  34. How Five Indie Labels Are Trying to Change The Major Distribution Game

    May 31, 2013 1:46 PM EDT This story on five independent labels working together to create autonomous deals with major distributors is from the latest issue of Billboard (June 8, 2013). The book also includes a cover story on J. Cole and the follow-up to his album ...

  35. Updated: Warner Music Group’s Acquisition of Parlophone Approved by European Commission

    May 15, 2013 7:53 AM EDT The European Commission today approved the acquisition of Parlophone Label Group by Warner Music Group, WMG announced. In February, it purchased PLG from Universal Music Group for £487 million (around $765 million) in an all-cash transaction. Af ...

  36. Updated: Warner Music Group Quarterly Revenue, Profit Up

    May 14, 2013 8:18 AM EDT Strong releases helped Warner Music Group post gains in the quarter ending January 31st. Revenue rose 8% to $675 million from $623 million a year earlier. Operating income rose 159% to $57 million and operating income before depreciation and amo ...

  37. Warner Music Group to Lower Its Debt Repayments

    May 03, 2013 7:34 PM EDT The Warner Music Group will not only get lower rates than previously thought for the $820 million term loan it will take on to pay for the Parlophone Label Group, but the deal will also allow WMG to reduce the rate the company is paying on its e ...

  38. Warner Music Group Outlines Parlophone Integration Process, Expects $70 Million in Annual Cost Savings

    April 25, 2013 10:26 AM EDT In a memo to the Warner Music Group staff today, CEO Stephen Cooper has laid out the procedure by which the Parlophone Label Group will be integrated into the company. Warner acquired Parlophone from Universal Music Group in February as part of ...

  39. Lindsay Walleman of Warner Music Nashville Dead at 28

    April 09, 2013 5:58 PM EDT Lindsay Walleman of Warner Nashville died after a battle with cancer this morning. A note from the Warner Nashville team is below. This Facebook page is a touching, although very sad, document of her struggle with her illness. Our deepest condo ...

  40. Will Tanous Named EVP/Head of Global Communications for Universal Music Group

    April 01, 2013 8:52 AM EDT Universal Music Group announced today the appointment of Will Tanous as executive vice president and head of global communications, effective April 15.  In this newly created position, Tanous will be “responsible for managing the company’s world ...

  41. Viacom and Warner Partner to Develop New Latin Talent, Isabella Castillo First Signing

    March 21, 2013 5:55 PM EDT Warner Music Latina and Viacom International Media Networks of the Americas (VIMN) have signed an exclusive distribution and expanded-rights partnership to develop the network’s roster of new music acts for the Latin market. Register today for t ...

  42. Analysis: With Warner, Beats and More, Is Len Blavatnik Building a New Media Empire?

    March 06, 2013 7:32 PM EST Len Blavatnik’s Tuesday announcement of his $60 million investment in Beats Electronics’ forthcoming music service Daisy is just the latest in a string of deals that are starting to fill in a bigger picture around the billionaire’s broader am ...

  43. Warner Music Inks Deal With Google for Music Subscription Services

    March 05, 2013 2:34 PM EST Warner Music Group has struck a licensing deal with Google for two music services the technology giant is launching later this summer, according to executives familiar with the agreement. Google will offer two distinct subscription services – ...

  44. Universal Completes EMI Divestments, Sells Last Two Assets

    February 27, 2013 1:32 PM EST Universal Music Group has sold off its last two remaining EMI assets it was required to divest of as part of its acquisition of EMI’s recorded-music properties, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz today.   The assets are EMI’s Europ ...

  45. Warner Music Working With Impala, Merlin to Sell Parlophone Assets to Indies

    February 19, 2013 4:33 PM EST In a deal designed to help ease its purchase of Parlophone Label Group past European regulators and increase parity between the major labels and the independent music sector, Warner Music Group has agreed to make some of its assets available for ...

  46. From The Magazine: Did Len Blavatnik and Warner Music Overpay For Parlophone?

    February 15, 2013 12:50 PM EST GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE OF BILLBOARD HERE WHAT: Warner Music Group’s pre-emptive bid by far beat the nearest competitor to win the auction for Parlophone, home to Coldplay and Pink Floyd. It has agreed to pay £487 million ($762 million) to U ...

  47. Parlophone Purchase: What It Means For Warner Music and Universal

    February 07, 2013 2:20 PM EST In an unexpected and strong move, the Warner Music Group has won the auction for the Parlophone Label Group assets with a £487 million ($762 million) bid. The deal is expected to close mid-2013. The deal will give the Warner Music Group, the sma ...

  48. Warner/Chappell's Cameron Strang: Six Questions

    January 27, 2013 2:30 PM EST "Questions Answered" is a regular feature in the new and improved Billboard magazine. This article is from the premiere edition, which also features Gail Mitchell's cover story on Prince, Ray Waddell's examination of the ear ...

  49. Publishing Briefs: BMG, Barry Gibb, Google Play, Lady Antebellum, More

    January 25, 2013 10:33 PM EST Kobalt Strikes Administration Deal with Lady Antebellum Kobalt Music Group has sealed up an exclusive, worldwide administration agreement with Grammy Award-winning trio Lady Antebellum. The deal with have Kobalt offering global creative and sync ...

  50. 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 ...

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