Warner Music Group

  1. Web Trends:Watch New Video Bon Iver- "Calgary" + Stream New Clap Your Hands Say Yeah "Same Mistake"

    June 15, 2011 5:15 PM EDT Google Trends: 12. Joss Stone British authorities busted two men with swords, rope and a body bag. They were plotting to kidnap and kill soul singer Joss Stone. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No Music News NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Listen: ...

  2. Business Matters: Pandora Goes Public During Market Downturn, Not That it Matters

    June 15, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Pandora Goes Public During Market Downturn -- Not That it Matters -- Pandora's successful IPO arrives as the broader stock market has gone through a slump. But the timing isn't necessary bad. A cloudy market shouldn't be a problem f ...

  3. Music Companies: History Shows That a Successful IPO Does Not Guarantee a Good Investment

    June 15, 2011 12:12 PM EDT Today's IPO of Internet radio company Pandora is sure to put even more of a spotlight on digital music. The company raised its IPO price to $16 - it was originally slated to go between $9 and $11 - and it added another 1 million shares to the ...

  4. Web Trends: Watch Tinariwen's New Video + Listen to Mama's Boyfriend by Kanye West + Flying Lotus Shares Unreleased Tracks

    June 14, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Google Trends: 9. Big Sean The new album by Big Sean, "Finally Famous", has leaked online two weeks before the official release date. Twitter Trends USA: Marvin Gaye & Chardonnay Leaked Big Sean track feat. Kanye West & Roscoe Da ...

  5. Can Spotify and Hulu Move Forward Without Killing The Businesses They Rely On?

    June 14, 2011 11:24 AM EDT Traditional media wants to embrace streaming content. But for Spotify and Hulu , two leaders in on-demand music and TV, popularity with consumers often equals infamy with the media executives who rely on albums and primetime ads to make money. Str ...

  6. Web Trends: Watch R. Kelly's 'Radio Message' Vid, Lil' Wayne on 'Unplugged', Florence at Bonnaroo

    June 13, 2011 4:40 PM EDT Google Trends: 3. Bruce Springsteen Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band Suffered a stroke on Sunday, June 12, at his home in Florida. 14. Darren Criss Darren Criss was pulled off stage by a fan during a rec ...

  7. WMG, GameStop Team-Up On 'Transformers' Distribution

    June 13, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Warner Music Group is teaming up with video game retailer GameStop on an innovative music distribution partnership for the soundtrack to the movie "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." Under the deal, GameStop will sell the album both online ...

  8. Lindsey Buckingham Announces New Self-Released Album, Tour

    June 13, 2011 3:35 PM EDT Lindsey Buckingham will self-release his sixth solo album, "Seeds We Sow," on Sept. 6 and embark on 31-city North American tour in September and October. The album's first single is "In Our Own Time." Buckingham's las ...

  9. Web Trends:Watch R.Kelly- Radio Message New Official Video + Lil' Wayne On "Unplugged" + Florence And The Machine At Bo

    June 13, 2011 3:26 PM EDT Google Trends: 3. Bruce Springsteen Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band Suffered a stroke on Sunday, June 12, at his home in Florida. 14. Darren Criss Darren Criss was pulled off stage by a fan during a rec ...

  10. Spotify Signs Licensing Deal With Universal Music Group: Report

    June 10, 2011 4:38 PM EDT Spotify is edging closer to a U.S. launch, with a licensing deal reportedly done with Universal Music Group. AllThingsD reported the UMG deal today , which if true would leave only Warner Music Group without a finalized deal, if other published re ...

  11. A&R Exec Steve McDonald Exits Warner Bros. Records

    June 10, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Warner Bros. Records A&R executive Steve McDonald has left the company, THR has learned. Hired a year ago, McDonald is perhaps better known as the bassist for beloved power pop band Redd Kross, which he started with his brother in 1978, and, m ...

  12. Web Trends: Listen to Pitbull ft. Marc Anthony "Rain Over Me" + Watch Major Lazer New Album Preview

    June 10, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Google Trends: No music trends at this moment Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. 7 Great Les Paul Google Doodle Tunes NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Listen: Bon Iver, 'Bon Iver' 2. From Brazil With Love: All About Tropicalia 3. Five Son ...

  13. Web Trends: Watch Bright Eyes "Jejune Stars" Video + Lil Wayne Talks About Carter IV

    June 09, 2011 5:31 PM EDT Tags: Sucker Free Google Trends: 6. Flo Rida At 3:30 am Flo Rida was busted for a DUI. This afternoon he posted a $2,000 bond and left jail. 12. CMT Music Awards Kid Rock hosted the awards last night.Top country act such as Sugarland, Zac Brown Ba ...

  14. Web Trends: Broken Social Scene Drops A New Video For "Sweetest Kill" + New Far East Movement Video

    June 08, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Google Trends: 4. Bonnaroo The four day festival start tomorrow. 5. Ja Rule Ja Rule is checking into prison today for two years. He pleaded guilty this spring to federal tax fraud charges Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Please don't let th ...

  15. Web Trends: Watch Panda Bear's 'Slow Motion' Video + Sneak Peek At Britney 'Femme Fatale' Final Stage

    June 07, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Google Trends: 12. Bonnaroo Much hype over the lineup for this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Hip-hop artists include Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne and Eminem. Electronic artists such as Bassnectar and Pretty Lights will perform. Digg Musi ...

  16. Web Trends: Watch Kanye's 'Monster' Video & Tyler The Creator's 'She' Video

    June 06, 2011 5:03 PM EDT Google Trends: 18. Ice T Ice T and Coco renew their wedding vows yesterday night. 19. Bonnaroo The complete Bonnaroo 2011 lineup is revealed. The four day festival begins on Thursday, June 9th. < Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Is YouTub ...

  17. BitTorrent Reconsidered: How the Demonized File Sharing Protocol Can Help Your Band (Legally)

    June 06, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Sick of Sarah, whose album "2205" was legally downloaded more than 1.7 million times thanks to BitTorrent's Artist Spotlight . (Photo: Amber McDonald) Sick of Sarah is hardly a household name, but the all-girl punk band from Minneap ...

  18. Web Trends: Hear The New Coldplay Single, Watch DJ Shadow's 'I Gotta Rokk'

    June 03, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Google Trends: 7. Coachella Tickets go on sale today for one of two Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival weekends planned for 2012. Organizers announced earlier this week that the festival would add an additional 10. Carey Hart Cary Hart and P ...

  19. Business Matters: Groupon Files for IPO -- A Look at the Numbers

    June 02, 2011 8:34 PM EDT Groupon Files for IPO. A Look at the Numbers. -- Daily deal company Groupon, soon to be a major player in concert tickets, has filed for an IPO. The company's S-1, filed with the SEC Thursday, reveals that Groupon has real -- not potential -- ...

  20. Web Trends: Watch Robyn's New 'Call Your Girlfriend' Video, Justice's 'Civilization'

    June 02, 2011 4:50 PM EDT Google Trends: No new music trends Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. How to Survive YouTuberty, Those Awkward Years Before Your Videos Go Viral 2. America Doesn't Have Talent: Contestants Keep Falling Off Stage NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Firs ...

  21. Web Trends: Watch Rihanna's new 'Man Down' Video; Fleet Foxes on Fallon

    June 01, 2011 4:45 PM EDT Google Trends: 6. America's Got Talent Last night, The season six premiere delivered 15 million viewers.It was the most-watched premiere ever. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Childrens Hospital: A show about healing, heartbreak 2. Napster ...

  22. Apple, Google Licenses in Holding Pattern as Labels, Publishers Battle Over Revenue Shares, Sources Say

    May 31, 2011 6:09 PM EDT One of the issues behind Google's decision to launch its Music Beta Cloud service without the necessary licenses has also been felt in negotiations between the majors and Apple over the latter's forthcoming cloud offering, sources told B ...

  23. Apple to Unveil iCloud at WWDC on Monday

    May 31, 2011 10:56 AM EDT Getting answers out of Apple is like watching the TV series "Lost": Some questions get answered, others not, and new questions ultimately arise. That's what comes to mind with the company's latest press release , in which is co ...

  24. Business Matters: Napster Co-Founder Sean Parker Now Believes In Record Industry

    May 25, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Now He Tells Us: Sean Parker Believes In The Record Industry -- Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and investor in music service Spotify, believes the record industry is "on the verge of being fixed." Parker made the comment Wednesday at ...

  25. Pete Tong Teams With Warner U.K. To Relaunch FFRR Label

    May 25, 2011 12:40 PM EDT British dance star Pete Tong (see Billboard May 28 Pete Tong Q&A - subscription required) has partnered with Warner Music U.K. to re-launch celebrated electronic music label FFRR. FFRR, which stands for Full Frequency Range Recordings, was ori ...

  26. Business Matters: Digital Album Sales Way Up in 2011 (Thanks Adele!); More Shareholders Sue WMG

    May 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Thanks Adele: Digital Album Sales Way Up in 2011 -- Led by Adele's hit "21", this year's best selling new albums are putting up great digital numbers. The top 5 digital albums have sold 1.81 million units through May 15, accord ...

  27. Web Trends: Justin Timberlake on 'SNL,' Jennifer Lopez's 'I'm Into You' Vid, New Yeasayer Song

    May 24, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Google Trends: There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga on SNL: The Best Sketches (VIDEO) 2. Ranked: Bob Dylan Albums from Worst to Best 3. Jennifer Lopez feat Lil Wayne &# ...

  28. Access Reveals Its Warner Music Acquisition Financing Plan in Proxy Statement

    May 23, 2011 4:57 PM EDT Access Industries plans to finance its planned $3.3 billion acquisition of the Warner Music Group by putting up $1.118 billion in equity, obtaining $1.045 billion in bridge loans from Credit Suisse AG and UBS Loan Finance. It will ask the senior s ...

  29. Warner Music Group Passed Up Higher 'Conditional Bid' to Go With Blavatnik's Access Industries

    May 20, 2011 9:06 PM EDT Showing beyond doubt that investor interest in the music industry remains strong, the Warner Music Group auction brought out 17 interested parties before 10 wound up submitting bids , according to a proxy statement filed with the SEC today. In the ...

  30. Michael Fleisher Leaving Warner Music Group

    May 20, 2011 4:25 PM EDT After helping to sell it, Warner Music Group Vice Chairman of Strategy and Operations Michael Fleisher is leaving the company. Fleisher was the main executive at WMG overseeing the auction that resulted in a $3.3 billion bid from Access Industries ...

  31. Web Trends: Beyonce's 'Run the World (Girls)' Video, Mr. Ghetto's 'Walmart,' Unreleased New Order Song

    May 19, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Google Trends: There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Beyonce's 'Run The World (Girls)' Video Premiere - Watch It Now NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Final Encore: Pick Your Song For The End Of ...

  32. Why Apple Will Dominate Cloud Music, Regardless of Label Deals

    May 19, 2011 11:34 AM EDT UPDATE : Reports surfaced today (May 22) that Apple has come to terms with Sony Music Entertainment for it's impending cloud service , according to Bloomberg News. The deal would make Sony the third major label after Warner and EMI to sign li ...

  33. Apple Close to Label Deals for Cloud Music Service: Report

    May 19, 2011 7:47 AM EDT Apple has signed a cloud-music licensing deal with EMI Music and is close to pacts with with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, CNET reported late Wednesday, citing "multiple music industry sources." Warner Music Group i ...

  34. Web Trends: 'Dougie' Rapper M-Bone Dead, Odd Future's Bottle-Throwing Fight in Detroit, Bon Iver

    May 17, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Google Trends: 8. Jill Scott The singer and actress is not only releasing her first album in four years, "The Light of the Sun." She is also making waves for losing 50 pounds. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. M-Bone, 'Teach Me How ...

  35. Business Matters: What the Economist's Analysis of the Warner Acquisition Missed

    May 16, 2011 5:26 PM EDT Three Things Missing from The Economist's Take on Warner Acquisition --While it's great that The Economist would chime in on Access Industries' acquisition of Warner Music Group, the article doesn't actually say anything of sub ...

  36. Is Flat the New Up? Universal Music Group Revenue 'Grew' in First Quarter of 2011

    May 16, 2011 11:54 AM EDT With flat being the new up, Universal Music Group's first quarter revenue is somewhat of a success story. Revenue for the world's largest music company was down 0.9% to €881 million (US $1.15 billion) compared to the prior-year quarter. ...

  37. Web Trends: Nicki Minaj's 'Super Bass' Video, Your Favorite Martian's New Song, Twin Shadow on 'Letterman'

    May 12, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Google Trends: There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. PIC: Miley Cyrus Flashes a Side-Boob... Again YouTube Most Viewed Today: 1. Mr. DoucheBag 2. Nicki Minaj - Super Bass 3. DJ Fresh - Louder (Doctor P ...

  38. U.S. Music Sales Continue Upward Swing -- Up 1.6% Year to Date

    May 12, 2011 11:35 AM EDT Bucking a years-long trend of decline, U.S. music sales continued this year's upward swing , rising 1.6% through May 8, according to Billboard analysis of Nielsen SoundScan data. The gain is measured in track-equivalent albums (TEA), which co ...

  39. Business Matters: Microsoft's Acquisition of Skype Means Nothing for Us, Rdio Says

    May 11, 2011 8:21 PM EDT Microsoft's Acquisition of Skype Means Nothing for Us, Rdio Says -- What does Microsoft's $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype mean for upstart music service Rdio? Recall the two companies are closely related. Prior to founding Rdio, Niklas ...

  40. Google Aiming For Full Music Service With Internet Radio, Download Store, Sources Say

    May 11, 2011 6:16 PM EDT Google wants to build a full-service music service that includes a Pandora-like radio function as well as a download store and catalog syncing, sources tell Billboard.biz. Such a product would be far more compelling than the basic, unlicensed musi ...

  41. Web Trends: Dan Deacon's Short Film, Beck Remixes Jamie Lidell, Fleet Foxes Live on NPR

    May 11, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Google Trends: There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: There are no music-related links at this time. YouTube Most Viewed Today: 1. Lady Gaga - The Edge Of Glory (Audio) 2. 2NE1 "LONELY" COMEBACK ...

  42. An Industry in Transition: What the Music Biz Can Learn From Warner's Quarterly Earnings

    May 11, 2011 11:53 AM EDT Warner Music Group's latest quarterly results shows how the industry can hope to transition to the future. Gains in digital revenue, licensing and synchronizations helped offset drops in physical revenue. Of course, the quarter may look rosy ...

  43. Web Trends: Grandma Reads Odd Future Tweets, Elmer Fudd's Ode to Grilled Cheese, New Death Cab for Cutie

    May 10, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Google Trends: There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Grandma Reads Odd Future's Tweets (Video) 2. Google Music Beta to stream 20,000 songs for free, official! (updated) 3. Elmer Fudd Gets Hot For ...

  44. Warner Music Group's Latest Quarter Aims to Justify its $3.3 Billion Price Tag

    May 10, 2011 12:39 PM EDT Warner Music Group posted relatively upbeat results for its second fiscal quarter on Tuesday, less than a week after the company agreed to be acquired by Access Industries for $3.3 billion . The results were a glimpse into the reasons why Access w ...

  45. Warner Music/Access Industries Deal Is A Win For Both -- But Will Gores Try to Upend It?

    May 06, 2011 7:48 PM EDT Access Industries' proposed $3.3 billion acquisition of the Warner Music Group (WMG) is turning out to be a "best of both worlds" kind of deal for all involved. For one, the private equity owners of WMG will get another payday on to ...

  46. Sale of Warner Music Group Means Less Financial Transparency in Music Business

    May 06, 2011 4:22 PM EDT While insiders don't expect many major operational changes stemming from Access Industries' acquisition of the Warner Music Group , the move certainly means less transparency in the music industry and the loss of the only publicly traded ...

  47. IMPALA Warns Access Industries, WMG's New Owners, Against EMI Purchase

    May 06, 2011 3:05 PM EDT IMPALA , the Brussells-based Independent Music Companies Association, has warned new Warner Music Group owner Access Industries that any attempt by the company to purchase EMI and merge it with Warner -- a scenario many have speculated about in re ...

  48. What Can We Expect From a Blavatnik-Owned Warner Music Group?

    May 06, 2011 11:39 AM EDT Warner Music Group may have a new owner in the form of Len Blavatnik's Access Industries , but broadly speaking, insiders feel we can expect more of the same from the company. That's because his close relationship with WMG chairman and C ...

  49. It's Official: Access Industries to Acquire Warner Music Group for $3.3 Billion

    May 06, 2011 9:49 AM EDT Access Industries' winning bid for Warner Music Group will pay $8.25 per share in an all-cash deal, according to a joint press release issued Friday morning. The deal is for both Warner's recorded music and publishing divisions. Shares o ...

  50. Web Trends: Nicole Scherzinger's 'Right There' Video, Michelle Obama Does the Dougie, Basement Jaxx Film Score

    May 05, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Google Trends: There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Katy Perry Talks Bibles and Boobs in Vanity Fair YouTube Most Viewed Today: 1. Nicole Scherzinger - Right There ft. 50 Cent 2. Mr. DoucheBag 3. Mich ...

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