Warner Music Group

  1. Behind the Deal: The State of the Music Industry -- An Interview With Kenny Meiselas

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST As 2004 came to a close,<i>Billboard</i> sat down with a dozen lawyers to discuss the state of the music industry. As 2004 came to a close, Billboard sat down with a dozen lawyers to discuss the state of the music industry. Their work ...

  2. WMG Issues $700M In Bonds

    January 04, 2005 12:00 AM EST The Warner Music Group issued nearly $700 million in debt on Dec. 23 and will use the funds to pay equity shareholders a dividend and repurchase some of its common and preferred stock. NEW YORK -- The Warner Music Group issued nearly $700 million ...

  3. WMG Issues $700M In Bonds

    December 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST Investors to receive third payback. The Warner Music Group issued nearly $700 million in debt on Dec. 23 and will use the funds to pay equity shareholders a dividend and repurchase some of its common and preferred stock. The bonds comprised about ...

  4. Warner Links With Mediaport Kiosks

    December 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has inked a deal to offer music via Mediaport Entertainment Inc. kiosks and the <A HREF="http://www.mediaport.com" TARGET="new">Web site</A>. Warner Music Group has inked a deal to offer music via ...

  5. Warner Strategic Marketing Names VP

    December 21, 2004 12:00 AM EST Rachael Bickerton has been named VP of business affairs for Warner Strategic Marketing in Burbank, Calif. Rachael Bickerton has been named VP of business affairs for Warner Strategic Marketing in Burbank, Calif. In addition to supervising company- ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Ocasek Links With Sanctuary Management

    December 17, 2004 12:00 AM EST Producer/musician Ric Ocasek, best known as a principal member of the Cars and a solo artist, has joined the roster of Los Angeles-based Sanctuary Producer Management. Producer/musician Ric Ocasek, best known as a principal member of the Cars and ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Warner Inks Mobile-Phone Music Deal

    December 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has signed a global licensing agreement with Melodeo Inc., marking the Seattle-based mobile music platform provider's first deal with a major label. Warner Music Group has signed a global licensing agreement with Melodeo In ...

  10. IFPI Austria Appoints Lappe Pres

    December 14, 2004 12:00 AM EST International Federation of Phonographic Industry (IFPI) Austria has elected Manfred Lappe, COO of Warner Music Group for the Germany, Switzerland and Austria territories, as its president for a two-y International Federation of Phonographic Indus ...

  11. WMG Posts 10-Month Uptick

    December 13, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group today (Dec. 13) reported improved financial performance for the 10 months ended September 2004. The company's net loss was $136 million, compared with a net loss of $239 million in Warner Music Group today (Dec. 13) reporte ...

  12. IFPI Austria Appoints Lappe Pres

    December 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST IFPI Austria has elected Manfred Lappe, COO of Warner Music Group for the Germany, Switzerland and Austria territories, as its president for a two-year period. IFPI members appointed Lappe to the role IFPI Austria has elected Manfred Lappe, COO of ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. T-Mobile Bows 'Caller Tunes' Ringbacks In U.S.

    December 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST T-Mobile today (Dec. 8) became the first U.S. wireless carrier to introduce ringback tones to its entire subscriber base. T-Mobile today (Dec. 8) became the first U.S. wireless carrier to introduce ringback tones to its entire subscriber base. Bra ...

  15. Lumberjack Buying Mordam

    December 07, 2004 12:00 AM EST Toledo, Ohio-based Lumberjack Distribution is finalizing an agreement to purchase Sacramento, Calif.-based Mordam Distribution, Billboard.biz has learned. The deal is expected to be completed by the e Toledo, Ohio-based Lumberjack Distribution is ...

  16. UMG Names Royalty Head

    December 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Grbelja joins from Sony Music. Universal Music Group has named Christine Grbelja as senior VP of royalties (U.S.). Grbelja joins UMG after 16 years at Sony Music, most recently as VP of royalties. In her new role, she will oversee day-to-day manag ...

  17. Sources: Warner Rock Incubator Inks Label

    December 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group's independent-focused rock incubator label has made its first signing, Billboard.biz has learned. Warner Music Group's independent-focused rock incubator label has made its first signing, Billboard.biz has learned. The ...

  18. Majors Align With New P2P Service

    November 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group have all inked deals to make their content available to a new legitimate P2P service from Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based Wurld Media. Sony BMG, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group have ...

  19. Committing To Mobile: A Simplified Method For Licensing Content

    November 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST The mobile music space has created enormous opportunities for the music industry -- for artists, record labels and music publishers. But it's the pubberies that seem to have gotten a bad rap in the ru Les Bider is chairman/CEO of Warner/Chapp ...

  20. Universal Forms Digital-Only Label

    November 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Enterprises, the catalog and special-products division of Universal Music Group, this week is launching a label venture that exclusively distributes its product through digital distrib Universal Music Enterprises, the catalog and s ...

  21. Verizon Launches U.S. Ringbacks

    November 16, 2004 12:00 AM EST Verizon Wireless has become the first major U.S. carrier to launch ringback tones, which are music clips that replace the standard ringing sound callers hear. Verizon Wireless has become the first major U.S. carrier to launch ringback tones, which ...

  22. Impala Move Could Affect Future Mergers

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The decision by Impala to legally challenge the European Commission's approval of the Sony BMG merger could raise questions for future deals. LONDON -- The decision by Impala to legally challenge the European Commission's approval of the ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. UMG, WMG Form Joint Royalty-Accounting Firm

    October 26, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group are forming a joint-venture company that will take over key royalty accounting functions for both major labels within two years. Exigen Group, a San Franci NEW YORK -- Universal Music Group and Warner M ...

  25. WMG Names Soundtrack Exec

    October 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Higman takes senior VP post. Warner Music Group has appointed Darren Higman to the newly created position of senior VP of soundtracks. Burbank, Calif.-based Higman reports to Warner Strategic Marketing president Scott Pascucci. Higman will develop ...

  26. EMI, Warner Sell Aussie CD Plant

    October 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australia and Warner Music Australia have agreed to sell their jointly owned CD manufacturing business, Digital Audio Technologies Australia, to Summit Technology Australia for an undisclose EMI Music Australia and Warner Music Australia ...

  27. EMI, Warner Sell Aussie CD Plant

    October 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Australia and Warner Music Australia have agreed to sell their jointly owned CD manufacturing business, Digital Audio Technologies Australia, to Summit Technology Australia for an undisclose EMI Music Australia and Warner Music Australia ...

  28. Report: Spitzer To Pursue Record Labels

    October 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Inquiry launched into majors' radio practices. New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, who has confronted the financial services industry over its business practices, is now turning his attention to the record industry's influence ...

  29. UMG, WMG Form Joint Royalty-Accounting Firm

    October 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group are forming a joint-venture company that will take over key royalty accounting functions for both major labels within two years. Exigen Group, a San Franci Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group a ...

  30. Retail Track

    October 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal's Fontana and Warner Music Group's incubator system add competition to indie distribution. Read Ed Christman's column. Universal's Fontana and Warner Music Group's incubator system add competition to indie distri ...

  31. Retail Track

    October 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal's Fontana and Warner Music Group's incubator system add competition to indie distribution. Read Ed Christman's column. Universal's Fontana and Warner Music Group's incubator system add competition to indie distri ...

  32. Retail Track

    October 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Universal's Fontana and Warner Music Group's incubator system add competition to indie distribution. Read Ed Christman's column. Universal's Fontana and Warner Music Group's incubator system add competition to indie distri ...

  33. Strait's '50 Number Ones' Bows At No. 1

    October 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Due to a reporting error from a mass merchant, Nielsen SoundScan has reprocessed The Billboard 200, reversing the order of the top two titles from the chart that were reported earlier today (Oct. 13). Due to a reporting error from a mass merchant, ...

  34. Strait's '50 Number Ones' Bows At No. 1

    October 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Due to a reporting error from a mass merchant, Nielsen SoundScan has reprocessed The Billboard 200, reversing the order of the top two titles from the chart that were reported earlier today (Oct. 13). Due to a reporting error from a mass merchant, ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. WMG To Hand $350M To Investors

    October 04, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group says that it wants to return $350 million to its investors. The money -- which is earmarked for the equity shareholders that led the acquisition of the company from Time Warner -- Warner Music Group says that it wants to return ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. WMG Confirms Spaulding To 'Incubators'

    September 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Ron Spaulding is moving over to the Warner Music Group's incubator initiatives and will be replaced as WEA senior VP of sales by Rick Froio, who was formerly senior VP of sales at Atlanti As expected, Ron Spaulding is moving over ...

  39. WMG Confirms Spaulding To 'Incubators'

    September 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Ron Spaulding is moving over to the Warner Music Group's incubator initiatives and will be replaced as WEA senior VP of sales by Rick Froio, who was formerly senior VP of sales at Atlanti As expected, Ron Spaulding is moving over ...

  40. Report: Warner Music Planning IPO

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is eyeing a public stock issue as early as next spring, according to a report published in the British trade press today (Sept. 23). Warner Music Group is eyeing a public stock issue as early as next spring, according to a repor ...

  41. MobileWay, InphoMatch Merge

    September 20, 2004 12:00 AM EDT MobileWay, a company that allows customers to purchase ringtones through text messaging, is merging with InphoMatch to form Mobile365. MobileWay, a company that allows customers to purchase ringtones through text messaging, is merging with InphoMa ...

  42. Joe Simpson Starts Label Through Geffen

    September 17, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Joe Simpson, who handles the careers of two of the hottest artists on the charts right now -- his daughters Jessica and Ashlee Simpson -- is making further inroads into the music business through a jo Joe Simpson, who handles the careers of two of ...

  43. Artemis Names Scully As CFO

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Chris Scully has been named CˆFO for Artemis Records, based in New York. He will report directly to Artemis chairman/CEO Danny Goldberg. Chris Scully has been named CˆFO for Artemis Records, based in New York. He will report directly to Artemis ch ...

  44. Artemis Records Names New CFO

    September 07, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Artemis Records has named Chris Scully as CFO. Based In New York, the executive will report to Artemis chairman/CEO Danny Goldberg. Artemis Records has named Chris Scully as CFO. Based In New York, the executive will report to Artemis chairman/CEO ...

  45. Warner Launches Two Baby-Band Labels

    September 03, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is starting two incubator operations -- one for hip-hop and one for rock -- to offer label services to baby bands on indies or within the WMG family. Warner Music Group is starting two incubator operations -- one for hip-hop and ...

  46. Roger Ames Cuts Ties With WMG

    August 27, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Former chief to consult for Time Warner. Former Warner Music Group chairman/CEO Roger Ames is ending his relationship with the company, Billboard.biz has learned. Ames -- who has been serving in a consulting role for the major since it was sold by ...

  47. French Suit Aims at Anti-Piracy Technology

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Copyright protection technologies used to prevent CDs from being pirated online are facing a legal challenge in France, where a judge placed record label EMI Group Plc under formal investigation for u Copyright protection technologies used to prev ...

  48. French Suit Aims at Anti-Piracy Technology

    August 25, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Copyright protection technologies used to prevent CDs from being pirated online are facing a legal challenge in France, where a judge placed record label EMI Group Plc under formal investigation for u Copyright protection technologies used to prev ...

  49. Revamped WMG Posts First-Half Gains

    August 19, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group says it swung to a first-half profit of $21 million, reversing a $36 million loss in the same period a year ago. Warner Music Group says it swung to a first-half profit of $21 million, reversing a $36 million loss in the same pe ...

  50. Retail Track

    August 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group's "Reload" campaign highlights hits from its catalog. Read Ed Christman's column. Warner Music Group's "Reload" campaign highlights hits from its catalog. Read Ed Christman's column. News ...

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