Warner Music Group

  1. Higher-Than-Expected Bids for EMI Group Could Favor Strategic Buyers--Including the Other Majors

    August 05, 2011 11:42 AM EDT With the first round of bids in for Citigroup's auction of EMI Group, the higher-than-expected levels of the bids suggest that strategic suitors--including the other major-label groups--may have a leg up on other bidders. Sources say at lea ...

  2. EMI: High Bids Put Strategic Buyers -- Including Other Majors -- in the Lead

    August 05, 2011 10:53 AM EDT With the first round of bids in for Citigroup's auction of EMI Group , the higher-than-expected levels of the bids suggest that strategic suitors-including the other major-label groups-may have a leg up on other bidders. Sources say at least ...

  3. Business Matters: The Real Story in Warner Music's Earnings Report: Diversity, Digital Growth

    August 04, 2011 5:26 PM EDT The Real Story in Warner Music's Earnings Report: Diversity, Digital Growth Two things get the headlines in coverage of Warner Music Group's fiscal third quarter ended June 30: Spotify and LimeWire. But dig deeper and you'll find fa ...

  4. Warner Music Group's Quarterly Loss Narrows, Revenues Increase 6%

    August 04, 2011 8:43 AM EDT NEW YORK - Warner Music Group on Thursday reported a narrowed loss for its latest quarter. The loss of $46 million for what is the company's fiscal third quarter, compared to a loss of $55 million in the year-ago period. A settlement with Lim ...

  5. Business Matters: What the Stock Market Declines Mean to Music Companies

    August 02, 2011 6:42 PM EDT What the Stock Market Declines Mean to Music Companies -- Concerns about the U.S. debt and hints that the U.S. economy has entered a double-dip recession are dragging down stock markets and impacting music and entertainment companies. New consumer ...

  6. EMI: Who's Bidding? Nearly Everyone Who Bid for Warner Music Group

    July 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT With the deadline for first-round bids in the EMI auction looming this weekend, sources say that many of the suitors who bid on Warner Music Group have also bid on the British major. While nearly a dozen suitors made bids for WMG, in an auction wo ...

  7. Business Matters: Why Warner Music and EMI Are Like Night and Day

    July 27, 2011 6:21 PM EDT Why Warner Music and EMI Are Like Night and Day -- There was a halfway interesting quote in an otherwise throwaway post at online music site Metronome. An unnamed senior executive at an unnamed company reportedly said of Warner, "the company ...

  8. Warner Music Group Plans Modest Restructuring Under Access Ownership

    July 25, 2011 9:00 AM EDT Now officially under new ownership , the Warner Music Group plans to achieve cost savings between $50-65 million over the next 27 months. The company plans to achieve those saving through "certain planned corporate restructuring initiatives,& ...

  9. Chinese Search Giant Baidu's Major-Label Licensing Pacts Signal a Promising Shift

    July 22, 2011 1:46 PM EDT Can the piracy-ravaged Chinese market represent a sales opportunity for record labels after all? Sparking such hopes is a licensing agreement between One-Stop China, a joint venture of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner M ...

  10. Access-Warner Music Investor Documents Reveal New Roles for Edgar Bronfman Jr., Lyor Cohen

    July 21, 2011 4:29 PM EDT In taking over control of Warner Music Group , Access Industries, as expected, is putting its own people in place on the company's board of directors. Stephen Cooper, a board member at one of the companies that Access Industry has invested in ...

  11. Web Trends: Kanye and Jay-Z Release "Otis" & Watch The New Pusha T Video

    July 21, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Google Trends: 12. Otis Redding Jay Z & Kanye dropped "Otis" which samples Otis Redding's classic "Try a Little Tenderness" Twitter Music Trend: 3. VMAS Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Beyonce is about to turn 30. S ...

  12. Web Trends; Listen To The Rapture's New Track, Preview Diplo's New Mix

    July 20, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Google Trends: No music trends Twitter Music Trend: No music trends Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: no music trends NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. When Borders Closes, Do Doors Slam Shut In Classical Music? 2. Cry Baby Cry: Songs That Make You Weep 3. ...

  13. Access Industries Completes Acquisition of Warner Music Group

    July 20, 2011 12:51 PM EDT Access Industries has completed its acquisition of the Warner Music Group ahead of plan, thanks to compliant regulatory agencies and a resilient bond market willing to absorb $1.045 billion in a new bond offering from the company and shareholders ...

  14. Web Trends: Beastie Boys Release New Music Video, Listen to Red Hot Chili Peppers' New Single,

    July 19, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Google Trends: 14. Lil Kim Lil' Kim will not have her verse feature on the final version of Monica's "Anything (to Find Love)" because Coletta Wallace, the Notorious B.I.G's mother, would only approve the track without Kim ...

  15. Business Matters: Who Pays for Antipiracy Enforcement?

    July 18, 2011 10:22 PM EDT Who Pays for Antipiracy Enforcement? -- Here's a good question: should ISPs in New Zealand pay the enforcement costs of three strikes? It's more than an academic question. A stakeholder that bears no direct costs in fighting piracy has a ...

  16. What Exactly Is An Independent Label? Differing Definitions, Different Market Shares

    July 18, 2011 6:28 PM EDT Back in 2007 (June 30, Billboard) when I asked what is an indie, I got a multitude of answers. Today, that question evokes even more complex answers because the landscape has not only changed dramatically but is still changing. Over the last 15 ye ...

  17. Web Trends: Watch David Guetta's New Video, Listen to Lady Gaga On Howard Stern

    July 18, 2011 4:51 PM EDT Lady GaGa appears on the Howard Stern Show by gaganewsdotcom Google Trends: No music trends Twitter Music Trend: Gucci Gucci Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Wobbling guitar string video blows our tiny minds 2. World's Funkiest Seniors LipD ...

  18. Web Trends: Blink-182 Back With New Single, DJ Khaled Releases New Anthem

    July 15, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Google Trends: No music trends Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No music trends NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Road Trip Shuffle: Reflections On A Summer Of Driving And Listening 2. Serengeti: On Fantasy And 'Family' Matters 3. Pop's Punc ...

  19. Web Trends, Watch Demi Lovato's New Video

    July 14, 2011 4:43 PM EDT Google Trends: 7. Lea Michele Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chis Colfer are officially leaving "Glee" 12. Demi Lovato Rehab Demi sat down with Ryan Seacrest to talk about her struggles, and how music keeps her going. 16. Cory Monteith I ...

  20. Spotify Finally Launches in the U.S. -- Full Details Here

    July 14, 2011 6:16 AM EDT Spotify is finally available for U.S. consumers, ending well over a year of anticipation that a deal with all four U.S. major labels was imminent. A deal with Warner Music Group was finalized Wednesday, according to sources and reports. The compan ...

  21. Spotify To Launch in U.S. Thursday

    July 13, 2011 7:21 PM EDT Get ready to see what all the hype is about: European music service Spotify is set to launch in the U.S. Thursday, according to an industry source, an email from the company's publicist and several reports in the media Wednesday afternoon. Th ...

  22. Web Trends: Hercules & Love Affair's "Painted Eyes" Video Premieres

    July 12, 2011 4:36 PM EDT Google Trends: 5. Jewel It's a boy for Jewel and husband Ty Murray, who welcomed their first child on Monday night. Twitter Music Trend: 5. Congrats Demi Demi Lovato's single "Skyscraper" is number 1 on ITunes. Digg Music News/ ...

  23. Business Matters: Clear Channel's Personalized Radio Service Due In September

    July 11, 2011 8:15 PM EDT Clear Channel's Personalized Radio Service Due In September -- Pandora is going to get a new competitor this year -- and it's not Spotify. Clear Channel is bringing out the big guns later this year for the debut of its personalized Inter ...

  24. Web Trends, New Video: Jhene Aiko, SBTRKT ft. Drake, Pusha T ft. Tyler the Creator

    July 11, 2011 4:21 PM EDT JHENE AIKO - STRANGER from Jhené Aiko on Vimeo . SBTRKT featuring Drake @ Wrongbar from NOW Magazine on Vimeo . Google Trends: 15. Pearl Jam Pearl Jam officially confirmed for Costa Rica. They will play at west San José's National Stadium on ...

  25. Spotify U.S. Is Probably Launching This Week: What Can We Expect?

    July 11, 2011 11:16 AM EDT The long wait could be over this week: According to multiple sources and reports, Spotify will launch in the U.S. this week. Next come the media coverage, the product reviews and the wait to see if Spotify lives up to its billing. Before the launc ...

  26. [Web Trends] New Videos: Beyonce - "Best Thing I Never Had" & Strokes- "Taken For A Fool" & Charlie Sheen

    July 08, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Google Trends: No music trends Twitter Music Trend: Khia Khia took to her Myspace Blog to write an A-Z open letter to a few celebrities. Her hit list includes Amber Rose, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, and even Beyonce. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No ...

  27. [Web Trends] New Video Handsome Furs- "What About Us" + Raekwon f. Nas "Rich & Black"

    July 07, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Handsome Furs - "What About Us" from stereogum on Vimeo . Google Trends: 13. Bow Wow In a letter to his fans posted on his website, the 24-year-old artist revealed that he has a 3-year-old daughter. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Top ...

  28. Business Matters: Games Top Mobile Apps Category, Music Fifth

    July 06, 2011 6:19 PM EDT Gaming Tops Mobile Apps; Music, Not So Much -- Games are the most popular category of mobile apps but music isn't too far behind, according to new figures released by Nielsen. Game apps have been used by 64% of app downloads in the previous 3 ...

  29. Warner Music Group Shareholders Approve Sale

    July 06, 2011 10:43 AM EDT Warner Music Group shareholders approved the $3.3 billion sale to Len Blavatnik's Access Industries at a special meeting of stockholders on Wednesday. Shareholders will receive $8.25 per share in cash at the closing of the transaction, which ...

  30. [Web Trends] Watch Missy Elliott's "Behind The Music" + Stream The New Horrors Album

    July 05, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Tags: Behind The Music , Reality TV Shows , Reality TV Shows 6 Google Trends: No music trends at the moment Twitter Music Trend: No music trends at the moment Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. He's Hot, He's Sexy, He's Dead: Rollin ...

  31. Business Matters: As Pandora Stock Rises (Past Its IPO), How Does Its Market Value Compare to Peers?

    July 01, 2011 1:03 PM EDT As Pandora Stock Rises (Past Its IPO), How Does Its Market Value Compare to Peers? -- Pandora Media's turbulent stock market ride continues this week as shares of the newly public company have risen over 50% primarily on speculation the compa ...

  32. [Web Trends] Watch New Video "Out Of My Head"- Lupe Fiasco ft. Trey Songz + Tini Tempah & Wiz Khalifa In "Till I'm Gone + New Major Lazer Song

    June 30, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Tags: Lupe Fiasco , Music , More Music Videos Google Trends: 12. Lil B Last night, Lil B dropped his album "I'm Gay" on Itunes. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No music trends at this time NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Five Platters For ...

  33. [Web Trends] New Video: Coldplay-"Every Teardrop is a Waterfall" + M83

    June 29, 2011 4:32 PM EDT ' Google Trends: 12. Wilco Wilco will release their new CD, "The Whole Love," on September 27. The album will feature a dozen new songs, including the recently single "I Might." Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Electic D ...

  34. [Web Trends] New Videos: Drake - "Marvin's Room"+ J Dilla - "Last Donut of the Night" + DJ Khaled- "I'm On One" & Chris Brown Covers Drake

    June 28, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Drake ~ Marvins Room (Official Video) from OctobersVeryOwn on Vimeo . Last Donut of the Night from Tuomas Vauhkonen on Vimeo . Google Trends: No Music Trends Twitter Music Trend: Tom Petty American Girl Marvin Room Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: ...

  35. Vevo, Fuse Strike Content Deal

    June 28, 2011 3:00 PM EDT While the stalemate between Vevo and MTV continues, Vevo and Fuse have worked out a content sharing and syndication partnership that allows both parties to share content. Most significantly, Fuse will has agreed to syndicate Vevo's online mus ...

  36. Web Trends: Watch "Space Bound" Eminem's New Video + New Duck Sauce- "Big Bad Wolf" + Stream The Weeknd-"Trust Issues" (remix)

    June 27, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Google Trends: No music news at this time Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Katy Perry Unwraps Her Hershey's Kisses [w/vid] 2. Beyonce set for Glastonbury debut 3. Infinitely Discreet: The Music Of Electroacoustic Pioneer Eliane Radigue NPR ...

  37. Web Trends:Watch New Selena Gomez Video - "Love You Like A Love Song" + Stream Two New Coldplay Songs "Moving To Mars" & "Major Minus"

    June 24, 2011 4:43 PM EDT Google Trends: No New Music Trends Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Japanese Pop Star Turns Out to Be a Computer-Animated Invention NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Watch: Florence And The Machine In Concert 2. Molly Sweeney: Song Of Faith And De ...

  38. Can Doug Morris Lead Sony Past Universal Music Group to Be the No. 1 Label?

    June 24, 2011 11:45 AM EDT As Doug Morris moves on from his 15-year tenure at the helm of No. 1 U.S. music company, Universal Music Group, to his new job as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, will he be able to drive the No. 2 major into the top spot? The industry will know s ...

  39. Web Trends: Watch New Clip for "Talihina Sky" Kings Of Leon Documentary + New Video The Kills "Future Starts Slow"

    June 23, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Google Trends: 11. Glen Campbell The country music legend has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. He will say goodbye to the music world with one final album and tour. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No New Music Tren ...

  40. EMI: Who's Lining up to Buy It?

    June 22, 2011 4:01 PM EDT While EMI announced earlier this week that it is exploring strategic alternatives that will see the company either sold, go public or be recapitalized, the betting is that the major will be put up on the auction block as the first option. Citigrou ...

  41. Web Trends: Radiohead Performs New Track "Staircase" + New CSS- "Hit Me Like A Rock"

    June 22, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. Glen Campbell Veteran country singer is suffering from Alzheimer disease. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Radiohead Performs New Song "Staircase" (Video) NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Bon Iver Gets Bigger And More Comple ...

  42. How Top Warner Music Execs Are Cashing in on Acquisition, and What a Completed Deal is Worth to Them

    June 22, 2011 2:01 PM EDT Warner Music Group's two top execs, Edgar Bronfman Jr. and Lyor Cohen, have already cashed out of stocks and will enjoy large golden parachutes when the company's acquisition by Access Industries is complete. If the recommendation of gov ...

  43. Web Trends: Listen New Drake-"Trust Issues" & Maroon 5 feat. Christina "Moves Like Jagger" + Watch Bill O'Reilly Interview Lupe Fiasco

    June 21, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Google Trends: 17. Brandon Flowers The Killer's lead singer turns 30 today. 19. Ashlee Simpson Ashlee Simpson was spotted making out with her new man - actor Vincent Piazza - in NYC on Monday. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Everyone on Gl ...

  44. Web Trends:Theophilus London Releases "Last Name London" Video + Stream Beastie Boys- Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (Major Lazer Remix Edition)

    June 20, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Tags: Theophilus London , Music , More Music Videos Google Trends: 17. Amy Winehouse Amy Winehouse has cancelled part of her European tour. In Belgrade this last weekend, she stumbles on stage and slurs the lyrics to the tracks. Digg Music News/Vi ...

  45. Warner Music Group Shareholder Lawsuits to Be Settled

    June 20, 2011 3:43 PM EDT Two class action lawsuits that alleged the Warner Music Group board of directors breached their fiduciary responsibilities by agreeing to sell the company for unfair and inadequate compensation will be settled. According to a WMG proxy statement f ...

  46. EMI Gears Up for 'Possible Sale' -- Read CEO Roger Faxon's Memo to Staff

    June 20, 2011 3:23 PM EDT EMI issued a statement on Monday saying that it has launched an effort to find a new owner, among other "strategic alternatives." The company's board "has initiated a process to explore and evaluate potential strategic alternat ...

  47. Web Trends: New Lady Gaga Video "Edge Of Glory" + Chris Brown Ft Justin Bieber- Next To You

    June 17, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Google Trends: 3. Rebecca Black Friday Rebecca Black's video for "Friday" has been pulled off YouTube by her lawyers. 16. Kenny Chesney Country Stars Kenny Chesney & Grace Potter performed for the Today Show early this morning. ...

  48. Web Trends: Watch New Video Rye Rye "Never Will Be Mine" ft. Robyn + Stream New Curren$y "This is Life" + Watch Matt & Kim - "Block After Block"

    June 16, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Google Trends: 4. Tupac Shakur Today would have been Tupac Shakur's 40th birthday. 7. 2pac 12. Jojo Jojo & Rochelle Jordan take on Drake's "Marvin's Room" Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Clarence Clemons' Five ...

  49. Spotify: 'We Won't Launch In the U.S. Before July 5th'

    June 16, 2011 11:49 AM EDT At a conference in London Tuesday, Spotify's European general manager told attendees that the company was wrapping up its remaining licensing deals for a long-delayed U.S. launch, but that it wouldn't go live before July 5. "We' ...

  50. Pandora Ends First Day of Public Trading Up Just 9%, But Worth More Than Live Nation, Warner Music Group

    June 15, 2011 5:38 PM EDT For a brief moment on the opening day of trading of Pandora's stock, the company had a market value of $4.2 billion - over three times that of Warner Music Group's current $1.28 billion market value. But after the company's shares r ...

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