Warner Music Group

  1. Universal Music's EMI Acquisition Supported by SAG-AFTRA, AFM

    April 18, 2012 7:06 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Universal Music Group has won the qualified support of two North American artists' unions for its proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of the recorded music division of the U.K.'s EMI Group Ltd. The unions gave their con ...

  2. Business Matters: Analysis of Martin Mills' Harsh Words on Universal-EMI Merger

    April 16, 2012 6:22 PM EDT Martin Mills of Beggars Group Says EMI-Universal Music Kills Niche Artists Martin Mills, chairman and founder of the Beggars Group, has lodged a complaint with European regulators regarding the Universal Music Group acquisition of EMI's recor ...

  3. Warner/Chappel Unites Production Companies, Launches New Website

    April 05, 2012 2:55 PM EDT A screenshot of Warner/Chappel Production Music's new website showing some of the music catalogs housed there. Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group Corp., has announced the launch of Warner/Chappell Pro ...

  4. Business Matters: Grooveshark Sued by EMI, Blames High Royalties and Pending Acquisition by Universal

    April 03, 2012 8:51 PM EDT Grooveshark Sued by EMI -- Grooveshark has been sued by EMI, but you wouldn't know it from the music streaming service's explanation for the companies' failed relationship. A Tuesday post at CNET.com reported the recorded music divi ...

  5. Ray Charles Estate Sues Singer's Children Over Song Rights

    April 02, 2012 5:20 PM EDT The 2004 film Ray didn't include this scene: Two years before legendary singer Ray Charles died, he gathered most of his 12 children (two were in jail), and told them that they would each be given an irrevocable trust for $500,000. That' ...

  6. Sony/ATV Offers Unspecified Concessions to European Union in EMI Music Publishing Deal

    March 27, 2012 3:49 PM EDT BRUSSELS (AP) - A group of investors led by Sony has offered concessions to the European Union to get approval for its deal to buy part of iconic British music company EMI, the bloc's competition regulator said Tuesday. Sony/ATV, a joint vent ...

  7. All 12 New Spotify Apps Come From Record Labels

    March 22, 2012 1:39 PM EDT Companies that stand to benefit the most from music discovery are creating the technologies to connect Spotify listeners with their music. Record labels created or backed all 12 of the apps unveiled for Spotify's desktop client Thursday. Spot ...

  8. S-Curve Records Partners With Warner Music U.K. on International Licensing Deal

    March 22, 2012 1:01 PM EDT New York-based S-Curve Records has teamed up with Warner Music U.K. in a comprehensive multi-rights partnership. Effective immediately, the deal sees Warner Music U.K. license S-Curve's future repertoire for all international territories, exc ...

  9. Business Matters: AEG Adding to Collection of West Coast Arenas

    March 21, 2012 8:03 PM EDT AEG Adding to Collection of West Coast Arenas -- AEG's deal to kick in $59 million for the construction of a new arena in Sacramento, Calif., will not only help keep the Sacramento Kings from bolting for Anaheim, but it could bolster AEG Live ...

  10. Steve Pokorny, Universal Music Production Manager, Dies

    March 21, 2012 2:00 PM EDT Steve Pokorny, a production manager at Universal Music Group who had previously worked in production for Warner Music Group, died March 12 at the age of 50. Pokorny joined Universal in 2004 after serving seven years doing mastering work for Warner ...

  11. Russian Publishers, Labels Boycotting Nokia and Samsung

    March 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT MOSCOW - Russia's biggest music publishers and labels are boycotting Nokia and Samsung for their alleged failure to pay music license fees. The labels and publishers which signed the manifesto estimate their losses at 1.2 billion rubles (abou ...

  12. Business Matters: ABC News Helps Yahoo! Overtake Vevo for #2 in U.S. Online Video Traffic

    March 19, 2012 4:43 PM EDT Yahoo! Bumps Vevo To #3 In Online Video Rankings A deal to stream ABC News video helped Yahoo! overtake Vevo for second place in the U.S. online video rankings for February, according to comScore. Google sites had 16.7 billion video streams, Yahoo ...

  13. Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' Tops UK Charts

    March 12, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" crashed into the U.K. album chart at No. 1 yesterday (Sunday) on opening sales of 74,000, according to the Official Charts Company. Gotye tops the singles chart for a fourth non-consecutive week w ...

  14. MTV Reunites With Vevo, Now Has Licensing Deals From All Four Majors

    March 06, 2012 10:19 AM EST Vevo and MTV have gotten back together, signing a deal that allows MTV to license Vevo's music videos again across all their websites after a dispute caused Vevo to pull their content off the television channel in 2010. The videos returned to ...

  15. INgrooves to Purchase Fontana

    March 02, 2012 1:18 PM EST INgrooves, the digital aggregator launched in 2002, hs purchased Fontana, the indie distribution company owned by Universal Music Group, the company announced today. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The deal gives the digital distributor a fu ...

  16. Business Matters: Vevo Tightens Facebook Partnership, Kim Dotcom Rails Against Copyright Law

    March 01, 2012 5:16 PM EST Vevo Moves Closer To Facebook, But Won't Jump Yet Starting March 9, Vevo users can log into the service using only Facebook. News of the change was sent to Vevo users and a copy of the email was posted at Digital Music News . A Vevo spokesper ...

  17. Business Matters: Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services?

    February 28, 2012 7:50 PM EST Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services? -- The recurring theme -- or broken record -- of digital music in the last few months has been the "controversy" regarding artists' discontent with subs ...

  18. Universal Music Formally Requests EU Approval to Purchase EMI's Labels

    February 20, 2012 1:15 PM EST Vivendi's Universal Music Group today formally requested European Union regulators' approval to buy EMI's recorded-music division. An initial deadline of March 23 was set for a ruling on the deal, according to the European Commissio ...

  19. Photos: Warner Music's Grammy Party, With Bruno Mars, Neil Young, Skrillex, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, More

    February 14, 2012 2:19 PM EST Singer Bruno Mars performs for guests attending the Warner Music Group Grammy Celebration hosted by InStyle at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo: Vince Bucci/PictureGroup) Warner Music threw an exclusive party after the Grammys at ...

  20. Warner Music's Digital Distribution Going to Sony DADC: Sources

    February 13, 2012 6:42 PM EST The Warner Music Group's digital delivery of music to digital service providers will now be handled by Sony DADC, sources tell Billboard.biz. As part of the agreement, the WEA digital asset management team led by senior VP of media operations ...

  21. Warner Music Group Spent Less, Revenue Remained Flat in Holiday Quarter

    February 09, 2012 12:54 PM EST The holidays were good to Warner Music Group. Key releases by Michael Buble, Nickelback and the Black Keys helped Warner post flat revenue of $779 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 and first of the company's fiscal year. Operating earning ...

  22. Sister Sledge Files Class Action Against Warner Music Over Digital Royalties

    February 03, 2012 7:45 AM EST The members of the musical group Sister Sledge have banded together with an Oscar-nominated actress and songwriter to file a major class action lawsuit against Warner Music Group alleging they have been cheated out of millions of dollars based on ...

  23. Analysis: Edgar Bronfman's Big Statements About Universal/EMI Deal Are Business As Usual -- But Much More Public

    February 02, 2012 4:37 PM EST While the mainstream media is getting worked up over Edgar Bronfman's comments on how dangerous a combined Universal/EMI recorded-music operation will be - not to mention his proclamation that the Warner Music Group will fight it "tooth ...

  24. Business Matters: Digging Into Vevo's $150 Million of Revenue in 2011, Eventbrite's growth

    February 01, 2012 5:33 PM EST Vevo Announces $150 million in revenue, Averages $0.0043/Stream -- Vevo pulled in $150 million in revenue in 2011 and expects to hit $1 billion soon, CEO Rio Caraeff said at the Dive Into Media conference. Caraeff made the rare financial disclosur ...

  25. Google Music an 'Oxymoron' Says Outgoing Warner Music Group Chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

    February 01, 2012 11:50 AM EST Outgoing Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. called Google Music an "oxymoron" that's run by a company conflicted about how to value other parties' information. Bronfman spoke Tuesday at the Wall Street Journal' ...

  26. Vevo Earned $150 Million in Revenue Last Year, Says CEO Rio Caraeff

    February 01, 2012 8:04 AM EST DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) - Vevo, the online music video service launched by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment in late 2009, pulled in $150 million in revenue last year, chief executive Rio Caraeff revealed on Tuesday. The service g ...

  27. Video: Edgar Bronfman Jr. Says Warner Music Will Fight Universal-EMI Merger 'Tooth and Nail'

    February 01, 2012 7:13 AM EST On his last day as chairman of Warner Music Group, Edgar Bronfman Jr. promised that the company will fight Universal's purchase of EMI "tooth and nail," adding that it strikes him as "hubris particularly for Universal to think ...

  28. Warner Music's Edgar Bronfman Jr.: Steve Jobs Got the Best of Us

    January 31, 2012 10:06 PM EST The iTunes Store is great. But in the negotiations between music executives and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the latter certainly came out on top, according to Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. "If you look at the market cap increase i ...

  29. Seymour Stein Honored With Billboard's Icon Award @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 7:00 PM EST From left: Billboard Associate Publisher (and former Sire recording artist) Tommy Page, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, MIDEM director Bruno Crolot (Photo: MIDEM) CANNES -- Billboard honored Sire Rec ...

  30. Urban Power List: Michael Kyser

    January 28, 2012 3:55 PM EST Michael Kyser President Of Black Music, Atlantic Records Group Website: atlanticrecords.com Twitter: @LittleBurger Expansion Player Signaling a redoubled commitment to expand its stake in R&B and hip-hop, Atlantic appointed Michael Kyser as it ...

  31. Billboard Power 100: Len Blavatnik

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 8 Len Blavatnik Owner Warner Music Group Twitter: @warnermusic The Owner... Len Blavatnik has a distinction that no one else in the world can claim: He's the only person who owns a major-label group. Even Terra Firma's Guy Hands had ...

  32. Billboard Power 100: Lyor Cohen

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 14 Lyor Cohen Chairman/CEO of Recorded Music Warner Music Group Twitter: @LyorCohen13 The Iceman Cometh... It's definitely a new day at Warner Music Group and not just because Access Industries' Len Blavatnik (see No. 8) has acquired ...

  33. Billboard Power 100: Julie Greenwald & Craig Kallman

    January 27, 2012 12:20 AM EST No. 28 Julie Greenwald & Craig Kallman Chairman/COO; chairman/CEO Atlantic Records Group Twitter: @AtlanticRecords Record-Breaking Dynamic Duo... Under the leadership of Craig Kallman and Julie Greenwald, Atlantic Records supplanted sibling la ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Billboard Power 100: John Frankenheimer

    January 26, 2012 8:58 PM EST No. 75 John Frankenheimer Partner, Chairman Emeritus; Chair Loeb & Loeb, Music Industry Practice Group Deal Architect ... Clients of veteran entertainment attorney John Frankenheimer are record companies, distributors, publishers, recording ar ...

  36. Billboard Power 100: Cameron Strang

    January 26, 2012 8:05 PM EST No. 58 Cameron Strang Chairman/CEO Warner/Chappell Music Twitter: @warnerchappell Since the mid-'90s, Cameron Strang had been a leading entrepreneur in independent music, the founder of both New West Records and Southside Independent Music Pu ...

  37. Seymour Stein's Friends, Fans and Colleagues Pay Tribute

    January 23, 2012 9:11 AM EST For a video tribute on Billboard.biz, artists and executives offered their perspectives on Seymour Stein. Here are excerpts of those interviews. "He doesn't have a cynical bone in his body. You say, 'Hey, I really believe in this ar ...

  38. '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 ...

  39. EMI Sale Under Scrutiny: AIM Calls For UK Gov't Review; Warner Music Hires Anti-Trust Law Firm

    January 19, 2012 12:34 PM EST AIM, the U.K.'s Trade Association for the Independent Music Industry, has called on the British government to stop the break-up and sale of EMI. The association is asking its 800 member companies to send a pre-written letter to their local co ...

  40. Morning Heds: Apple's Latest Media Event, Will WMG Fight EMI Deal?, Macca Live Streaming

    January 19, 2012 7:20 AM EST Public Domain Works Can Be Copyrighted Anew, Justices Rule NYT A copyright protection law was challenged by orchestra conductors, teachers and film archivists who said they had relied for years on the free availability of public domain works. Clif ...

  41. Adele Helps UK Pop Music Sales Reach 11-Year High, Rock Sales Drop

    January 17, 2012 11:20 AM EST Big-selling albums by Adele, Bruno Mars and Lady Gaga helped push pop sales in the United Kingdom to their highest level in over a decade, according to figures released by British labels body the BPI and the Official Charts Company (OCC) . Adele&# ...

  42. John Reid Leaves Warner Music for Live Nation

    January 16, 2012 11:46 AM EST Live Nation Europe announced the appointment of John Reid as President of Concerts in a statement released Monday (January 16). "We are delighted to have John join us at a time of exciting growth for Live Nation. His pedigree speaks for itsel ...

  43. Morning Heds: EMI Vs. Ireland, Example Signs to Universal, Is Colbert Running For Prez?

    January 13, 2012 7:30 AM EST EMI launches High Court action against Irish government Music Week EMI has launched a High Court action against the Irish government in a bid to stop the illegal downloading of music. Example signs US deal with Universal Records Music Week Singer- ...

  44. Warner Music's $205 Million Loss: No Cause for 'Buyer's Remorse'

    December 09, 2011 8:09 AM EST In issuing the first annual financial report since Access Industries completed its acquisition of the Warner Music Group in July , the headline $205 million net loss the company reported will likely fuel more uneducated speculation about Access ha ...

  45. Stephen Cooper, New Warner Music CEO, On EMI Auction, Q4 Losses

    December 08, 2011 11:41 AM EST NEW YORK - New Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper on Thursday said that the music major saw "significant" synergy opportunities in a possible acquisition of EMI's recorded music business, but remained disciplined in the auction t ...

  46. Warner Music Group Posts Fiscal Fourth-Quarter Loss

    December 08, 2011 9:49 AM EST NEW YORK - Warner Music Group on Thursday reported a loss for its fiscal fourth quarter amid lower revenue as digital sales growth once again couldn't offset physical declines. WMG's loss roughly doubled from $46 million to $103 million. ...

  47. Record Label Shake Ups, Sales Make For A Tumultuous Year In The Music Industry

    December 08, 2011 7:55 AM EST With the sale of Warner Music Group, the planned sale and breakup of EMI Group and the installation of new management at each of the three surviving majors, 2011 was a year of seismic shifts in the major-label landscape. The rumbles began immediat ...

  48. French Music Sales Slow in 2011, Digital Continues Growth

    December 07, 2011 12:28 PM EST The French recorded music market went down -5.6% in trade value for the first nine months of 2011 to €321.3 million, labels body SNEP (Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique) revealed in a late November press conference in Paris. The p ...

  49. Germany Increasingly Buying Music By German Artists

    December 06, 2011 3:15 PM EST Haus Music: From lef: Top selling German artist Unheilig's Der Graf ("The Count:) with Frank Briegmann, CEO of Universal GSA (Photo: Michael Kucharski, Universal) Germans are apparently rediscovering their language--at least in music. Fo ...

  50. Updated: Edgar Bronfman Jr. to Step Down as Warner Music Group Chairman, No Successor Named

    December 05, 2011 3:38 PM EST Warner Music Group Chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr., who stepped down as CEO earlier this year, announced to the company's staff in a memo today that he's relinquishing the chairman role as well. "I wanted to let you know that, as my oth ...

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