Warner Music Group

  1. Rockumentary Spurs Legal War

    April 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A wrangle over "MC5: A True Testimonial," a documentary about the legendary '60s Detroit rock band, has led one of the group's members to block the film's theatrical and DVD release. Kick out the writs. A wrangle over &quo ...

  2. Indecency Fines Set To Escalate

    April 12, 2004 12:00 AM EDT WASHINGTON--Word on the Hill is that indecency fines are set to shoot through the roof soon. With public grousing and election-year politicking guiding Federal Communications Commission thinking, the Immediatek To Buy DiscLive Clear Channel Trial ...

  3. Clapton Digital Pre-Sales A WMG Record

    April 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rocker Eric Clapton's latest release has set a label record for digital pre-sales. Clapton's Robert Johnson tribute album "Me and Mr. Johnson" (Duck/Reprise), which debuted at No. 6 on <A HREF Veteran rocker Eric Cla ...

  4. Clapton Digital Pre-Sales A WMG Record

    April 08, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Veteran rocker Eric Clapton's latest release has set a label record for digital pre-sales. Clapton's Robert Johnson tribute album "Me and Mr. Johnson" (Duck/Reprise), which debuted at No. 6 on <A HREF Veteran rocker Eric Cla ...

  5. Warner Combines Atlantic, Elektra Labels

    March 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST As expected, Warner Music Group today announced the merger of Atlantic and Elektra. Those labels, along with Lava, will be combined under the Atlantic Records Group banner. As expected, Warner Music Group today announced the merger of Atlantic and ...

  6. Warner Music Germany Losing 100 Jobs

    March 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Germany is facing up to 100 job losses, sources say. The Hamburg-based affiliate's president Bernd Dopp is understood to have announced the layoffs during a staff meeting today (March 31) Warner Music Germany is facing up to 100 ...

  7. Warner Music Germany Losing 100 Jobs

    March 31, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Germany is facing up to 100 job losses, sources say. The Hamburg-based affiliate's president Bernd Dopp is understood to have announced the layoffs during a staff meeting today (March 31) Warner Music Germany is facing up to 100 ...

  8. Kevin Liles Close To Returning To IDJ

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST Kevin Liles, who resigned as Def Jam president in early February, is close to re-upping with the Island Def Jam Music Group, according to sources. Kevin Liles, who resigned as Def Jam president in early February, is close to re-upping with the Isl ...

  9. Atlantic/Elektra Merger Appears Imminent

    March 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST The ongoing consolidation of the Atlantic Group and the Elektra Entertainment Group into one East Coast label is expected to be finalized this week. Layoffs are expected to occur by Wednesday. The ongoing consolidation of the Atlantic Group and th ...

  10. WMG Seeks Judgment Against Maverick

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group (WMG) yesterday (March 24) filed an action seeking a declaratory judgment against Madonna's label Maverick Records, a source confirms. Warner Music Group (WMG) yesterday (March 24) filed an action seeking a declaratory judg ...

  11. Maverick Files Suit Against Warner

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST As expected, Madonna's Maverick Records label today (March 25) sued Warner Music Group (WMG), Time Warner Inc. and Warner Bros. Records, alleging that they breached a joint-venture agreement. The acti As expected, Madonna's Maverick Reco ...

  12. WMG Seeks Judgment Against Maverick

    March 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group (WMG) yesterday (March 24) filed an action seeking a declaratory judgment against Madonna's label Maverick Records, a source confirms. Warner Music Group (WMG) yesterday (March 24) filed an action seeking a declaratory judg ...

  13. IDJ's Greenwald Out, Liles Back In: Source

    March 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam's topsy-turvy 2004 is not letting up. Island Records president/IDJ executive VP Julie Greenwald, who will go on maternity leave April 1, is expected to extend her leave and not return t Island Def Jam's topsy-turvy 2004 is ...

  14. Licensing Deals Abound In Wireless Market

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST As the wireless music market evolves in the United States, deal-making abounds among labels, handset makers, cell phone companies and entertainment companies targeting the space. NEW YORK--As the wireless music market evolves in the United States, ...

  15. NYC Residents, Club Owners Battle Over Noise

    March 22, 2004 12:00 AM EST LOS ANGELES--A New York City night-life ordinance is unlikely to see the light of day in 2004. But supporters say the law, which seeks to soften club noise for Manhattan residents, will eventually be Licensing Deals Abound In Wireless Market NYC R ...

  16. Sources: Layoffs Hit Warner Música

    March 18, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner M&#250;sica, the U.S. Latin division of Warner Music Group, has been hit with a round of layoffs. Sources say approximately eight people were let go Tuesday and Wednesday, including VP of A&amp Warner Música, the U.S. Latin division ...

  17. P2P Group Await Label Action

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST P2P United is awaiting reaction this week from the heads of the five major record labels after writing to them individually last Thursday. WASHINGTON--P2P United is awaiting reaction this week from the heads of the five major record labels after w ...

  18. Warner Music Axe Falls On Benelux

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group's worldwide restructuring has hit its Benelux operation. Warner Music has laid off four out of 16 staffers at the Brussels headquarters; seven of 38 employees have been let go from Warner Music Group's worldwide restru ...

  19. Kazaa Case Hits New Snag

    March 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST SYDNEY--The Australian record industry's attempts to launch a copyright infringement case against Kazaa is facing another stumbling block. Lawyers for Kazaa's Sydney-based parent Sharman Networks lodg Internet Giants Join Forces Against ...

  20. ADA Cuts Five Staffers

    March 12, 2004 12:00 AM EST Five staffers at Warner Music Group's Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) arm were let go the week of March 1, as part of the widespread parings following the Warner ownership change. Five staffers at Warner Music Group's Alternative ...

  21. WMI Inks European Realtones Deal With T-Mobile

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music International (WMI) has entered a deal to sell realtones via T-Mobile International, the cell-phone arm of German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom. Warner Music International (WMI) has entered a deal to sell realtones via T-M ...

  22. WMI Inks European Realtones Deal With T-Mobile

    March 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music International (WMI) has entered a deal to sell realtones via T-Mobile International, the cell-phone arm of German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom. Warner Music International (WMI) has entered a deal to sell realtones via T-M ...

  23. WMG Crew Get In Gear For Industry Turnaround

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST Just days after the $2.6 billion acquisition of Warner Music Group closed, a key member of the buyout team valued the music company's assets at healthy $3.5 billion. NEW YORK--Just days after the $2.6 billion acquisition of Warner Music Group ...

  24. E.U. Set To Act On New Rules To Halt Piracy

    March 08, 2004 12:00 AM EST The European Union is expected to agree to new rules this week that will clamp down on movie and music pirates following a long legislative battle, according to the E.U. sources last Friday. <br clea Virgin, Fox Studio Drop Lawsuit, Settle Disp ...

  25. Sperling Touts WMG Deal As 'Smart Buy'

    March 04, 2004 12:00 AM EST Just four days after the $2.6 billion acquisition of Warner Music Group, one of the key members of the buyout team valued the music company's assets at $3.5 billion. Scott Sperling, managing director Just four days after the $2.6 billion acqu ...

  26. Warner Music Colombia Closing Shop

    March 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Colombia is closing operations. Employees were informed Tuesday night (March 2), as the massive restructuring of Warner Music Group got underway following the major's buyout by an investm Warner Music Colombia is closing operatio ...

  27. Warner Music Colombia Closing Shop

    March 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Colombia is closing operations. Employees were informed Tuesday night (March 2), as the massive restructuring of Warner Music Group got underway following the major's buyout by an investm Warner Music Colombia is closing operatio ...

  28. WMG Restructuring Hits Nashville

    March 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST A number of high-placed executives are exiting Warner Bros. Nashville and Word Entertainment as part of the massive restructuring process by the Warner Music Group (WMG). A number of high-placed executives are exiting Warner Bros. Nashville and Wo ...

  29. WMG Confirms Restructuring, Exec Departures

    March 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group today (March 2) confirmed a restructuring of its operations that will encompass the elimination of 20% of its global workforce of 5,300 and the exit of several key recorded music ex Warner Music Group today (March 2) confirmed a ...

  30. New WMG Regime Readies Pink Slips

    March 02, 2004 12:00 AM EST The Warner Music Group is expected to begin issuing pink slips today (March 2) in a process that could play out over the next month. Some 1,000 employees around the world are being cut as WMG's new ow The Warner Music Group is expected to beg ...

  31. Layoffs Loom As WMG Buyout Finalized

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST With the ink less than 24 hours dry and the $2.6 billion wire transfer having finalized the deal this morning (March 1), the new owners of the Warner Music Group are gearing up to slash 1,000 jobs wor With the ink less than 24 hours dry and the $2 ...

  32. Layoffs Loom As WMG Buyout Finalized

    March 01, 2004 12:00 AM EST With the ink less than 24 hours dry and the $2.6 billion wire transfer having finalized the deal this morning (March 1), the new owners of the Warner Music Group are gearing up to slash 1,000 jobs wor With the ink less than 24 hours dry and the $2 ...

  33. Bronfman's WMG Buy Expected To Close Sunday

    February 27, 2004 12:00 AM EST The sale of Warner Music Group (WMG) to an investment group led by former Seagram executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. is expected to close Sunday (Feb. 29), with funds for the $2.6 billion deal being wired t The sale of Warner Music Group (WMG) to an inv ...

  34. Key Execs To Take Part In Music & Money Symposium

    February 23, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sony Music International president Rick Dobbis, Clear Channel Entertainment CEO Brian Becker and EMI Music Publishing CEO Martin Bandier are among the key executives set to participate in the third an Sony Music International president Rick Dobbis ...

  35. Sperling To Speak At Music & Money

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Scott Sperling , managing director of Thomas H. Lee Partners, the lead investment firm in the pending acquisition of Warner Music Group, will keynote Billboard's third annual Music &amp; Money Symposi Scott Sperling , managing director of ...

  36. Sperling To Speak At Music & Money

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Scott Sperling , managing director of Thomas H. Lee Partners, the lead investment firm in the pending acquisition of Warner Music Group, will keynote Billboard's third annual Music &amp; Money Symposi Scott Sperling , managing director of ...

  37. Sperling To Speak At Music & Money

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Scott Sperling , managing director of Thomas H. Lee Partners, the lead investment firm in the pending acquisition of Warner Music Group, will keynote Billboard's third annual Music &amp; Money Symposi Scott Sperling , managing director of ...

  38. Reid Confirmed As IDJ Chairman

    February 10, 2004 12:00 AM EST Antonio "L.A." Reid is back. Less than one month after losing his job atop Arista Records, Reid has been named chairman of Universal Music Group's Island Def Jam label. He replaces Lyor Cohen, who lef Antonio "L.A." Reid i ...

  39. Def Jam Prez Kevin Liles Exits Post

    February 06, 2004 12:00 AM EST Def Jam/Def Soul president Kevin Liles has resigned his post. He exits Universal Music Group less than two weeks after Island Def Jam Music Group chairman/CEO Lyor Cohen left the major to take over as Def Jam/Def Soul president Kevin Liles has res ...

  40. Koch Records Names Two Key Executives

    February 05, 2004 12:00 AM EST Bill Crowley, co-founder of musicmaker.com, has joined New York-based Koch Records as VP of special markets, reporting to president Bob Frank. Bill Crowley, co-founder of musicmaker.com, has joined New York-based Koch Records as VP of special mark ...

  41. WEA Loses Four Execs

    February 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST There has been a small exodus of executives from WEA in the last week. Senior VPs Bob Carlton (sales) and Rose Polidoro (marketing), and VPs Michael Kohen (strategic marketing) and Helen Little (urban There has been a small exodus of executives fr ...

  42. Five Majors Testing Sales Of DualDisc Albums

    February 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST In a collaborative effort, all five major record labels have initiated test marketing of a dual-sided CD/DVD hybrid disc known as DualDisc. The companies have released a total of about 15 discs in Bos In a collaborative effort, all five major reco ...

  43. Jimmy Iovine Re-Ups With UMG

    January 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST Interscope Geffen A&amp;M (IGA) head Jimmy Iovine has renewed his contract with IGA parent Universal Music Group (UMG) for six years, sources confirm. Interscope Geffen A&M (IGA) head Jimmy Iovine has renewed his contract with IGA parent U ...

  44. RealNetworks Music Sales Get Q4 Bump

    January 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks says it generated $7.9 million in digital music revenue during the fourth quarter of 2003 -- a 70% increase over the $4.7 million it had in the third quarter. For the year, Real generated RealNetworks says it generated $7.9 million in ...

  45. RealNetworks Music Sales Get Q4 Bump

    January 29, 2004 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks says it generated $7.9 million in digital music revenue during the fourth quarter of 2003 -- a 70% increase over the $4.7 million it had in the third quarter. For the year, Real generated RealNetworks says it generated $7.9 million in ...

  46. WMG Confirms Cohen As U.S. Chairman/CEO

    January 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group confirms that it has named Lyor Cohen as chairman/CEO of U.S. Recorded Music. Cohen, current chairman/CEO of Island Def Jam Group, will take over the role following the purchase of Warner Music Group confirms that it has named L ...

  47. Lyor Cohen Shifting To Warner Music Group

    January 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Sources confirm that Lyor Cohen is joining Warner Music Group as head of North American operations. Sources confirm that Lyor Cohen is joining Warner Music Group as head of North American operations. Ed Christman News ...

  48. WMG Confirms Cohen As U.S. Chairman/CEO

    January 25, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group confirms that it has named Lyor Cohen as chairman/CEO of U.S. Recorded Music. Cohen, current chairman/CEO of Island Def Jam Group, will take over the role following the purchase of Warner Music Group confirms that it has named L ...

  49. Warner Music Group Eyes Major Staff Cuts

    January 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has formed five task forces designed to identify potential overhead reductions within specific departments, sources say. This comes on the heels of a mandate that went into effect i Warner Music Group has formed five task forces ...

  50. Strictly Rhythm Vets Start Launch

    January 15, 2004 12:00 AM EST Gladys Pizarro, former A&amp;R director of the defunct Strictly Rhythm Records, is starting a new production company, Launch Entertainment. Launch will work closely with Strictly Rhythm founder/CEO Ma Gladys Pizarro, former A&R director of ...

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