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  1. Record Labels File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Megaupload

    April 10, 2014 8:02 PM EDT On Thursday, the major record labels including Warner Music, Universal Music, Sony Music and Capitol Records filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk. The action comes just three ...

  2. Beats Music Raises $60 Million in Funding

    March 11, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Beats Music has raised a second round of funding of aproximately $60 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. The money comes largely from current investors, including Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Access Industries with the cash bein ...

  3. Data, Spotify and Discovery: Jason Flom, Julia Willinger, Michelle Klein and More Talk Turkey at Social Media Week

    February 24, 2014 10:21 AM EST As streaming music services and social media tools continue to evolve, the music industry is keeping a close eye on the new media’s metrics -- while making sure that quality music remains a priority. This was the overarching theme of "The F ...

  4. Friends 'N' Family Pre-Grammy Party Sees Execs, Artists and Everyone Else Rub Shoulders

    January 25, 2014 11:33 AM EST Of all the parties to hit during Grammy week, the annual "Friends 'N' Family" pre-Grammy party might be the most unique. Held at the Los Angeles Park Plaza Hotel Friday (Jan. 24) night, FNF isn't like your average Grammy p ...

  5. Warner Music's Revenues Rise, Losses Widen in Latest Quarter

    December 12, 2013 10:14 AM EST The Warner Music group posted a $57 million net loss on revenue of $764 million for the quarter ending Sept. 30. That represented an increase of 4.5% from $731 million in revenue during the corresponding quarter of the prior year, thanks largely t ...

  6. Jay Z in Legal Dispute Over Sampling of 1960 Egyptian Film Tune

    December 06, 2013 1:55 PM EST Jay Z is having an even tougher week than most people realize. He's not only dealing with baseball general managers and enduring social media snark for his handling of second basemen Robinson Cano, but he's also battling Egyptians. The s ...

  7. Spotify Targeted by Class Action Lawsuit Over Automatic Subscription Renewals

    November 13, 2013 5:53 PM EST Spotify continues to grow in popularity, but the music streaming service still needs to prove its mettle as a business. The Sweden-based company has been hit with a class action lawsuit in San Francisco by a subscriber named Melissa Bleak who cl ...

  8. Morning Fix: 'MMLP2' Scores Second-Biggest Debut of 2013; Inside Lorde's $2.5M Record Deal; How Lady Gaga Pulled Off 'ARTPOP' Release

    November 13, 2013 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE EMINEM'S 'MARSHALL MATHERS LP2' SCORES SECOND-BIGGEST DEBUT OF THE YEAR It's official: Eminem's new album, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," debuts at No. 1 on the Bi ...

  9. Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    November 06, 2013 11:00 AM EST Arcade Fire debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Reflektor," selling 140,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is the band’s second No. 1 album. It also bowed atop the list with its last set, 2010 ...

  10. Warner Music U.K. Restructures After Parlophone Buy, Christian Tattersfield & Miles Leonard Promoted

    July 26, 2013 4:20 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has fine-tuned its management structure following its acquisition of the Parlophone Label Group (PLG) earlier this month. Christian Tattersfield will lead the combined company as CEO, WM U.K. He also will act as co-chairman of ...

  11. Florida Georgia Line's Journey – From the Backstreets of CMA Week to Headlining LP Field

    June 10, 2013 11:43 AM EDT When Florida Georgia Line prepared to play the BMI Tailgate Stage outside Nashville's LP Field at the CMA Music Festival in June 2012, the duo could hear Hunter Hayes doing soundcheck for his performance on the main stage inside the stadium ...

  12. Seymour Stein’s Warner Music Role Expanded to Senior Label A&R Executive – Independent Music

    June 07, 2013 1:59 PM EDT This exclusive story is from the latest issue of Billboard magazine (cover date: June 15, 2013), also includes stories on Apple's upcoming iRadio platform, Spotify and Coca-Cola's PlaceLists app, how brands like the NFL and Hershey ...

  13. The Evolution of iTunes: The Birth of a Colossus

    April 26, 2013 3:01 PM EDT This is an excerpt from an article that first appeared in the May 4, 2013 issue of Billboard magazine, which also features our cover story on Rod Stewart's return to rock, an in-depth look at the 10th anniversary of the iTunes Music Store, ...

  14. Jorge Drexler Previews Innovative Tech App Panel at Billboard Latin Conference & Awards (Q&A)

    April 15, 2013 5:40 PM EDT In his Oscar-winning and Grammy-nominated winning songs, Jorge Drexler has revealed himself to be an incurable romantic and also a pretty big geek, lustily exploring the mathematic variables of desire, and the incalculable role that chance pla ...

  15. Viacom and Warner Partner to Develop New Latin Talent, Isabella Castillo First Signing

    March 21, 2013 5:55 PM EDT Warner Music Latina and Viacom International Media Networks of the Americas (VIMN) have signed an exclusive distribution and expanded-rights partnership to develop the network’s roster of new music acts for the Latin market. Register today for t ...

  16. From The Magazine: Did Len Blavatnik and Warner Music Overpay For Parlophone?

    February 15, 2013 12:50 PM EST GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE OF BILLBOARD HERE WHAT: Warner Music Group’s pre-emptive bid by far beat the nearest competitor to win the auction for Parlophone, home to Coldplay and Pink Floyd. It has agreed to pay £487 million ($762 million) to Uni ...

  17. Chart Alert: 'Les Mis' Soundtrack Takes Top Album Spot in the U.K., Jake Bugg Upends Biffy Clyro

    February 11, 2013 10:25 AM EST As the “Les Miserables” score album (Polydor/Universal) moved back to the top of the U.K. album chart yesterday,  Macklemore’s current Hot 100 No. 1 “Thrift Shop” (Macklemore), featuring Ryan Lewis and Wanz, mirrored that feat across the Atlantic ...

  18. Parlophone Purchase: What It Means For Warner Music and Universal

    February 07, 2013 2:20 PM EST In an unexpected and strong move, the Warner Music Group has won the auction for the Parlophone Label Group assets with a £487 million ($762 million) bid. The deal is expected to close mid-2013. The deal will give the Warner Music Group, the sma ...

  19. Warner Music Sued for Millions by George Gershwin Heirs

    January 15, 2013 12:51 PM EST The heirs of composer George Gershwin have filed a lawsuit that seeks at least $15 million from Warner Bros. Music for the underpayment of royalties and other accounting discrepancies. The lawsuit was filed on Friday in New York State Court. Gersh ...

  20. Billboard.biz's Top News Stories of 2012

    December 31, 2012 3:00 PM EST In this business, "top stories" is a relative term: owing to the vagaries of the Internet, you can never tell what your most popular articles will be. This year, our numeric best-performing stories were led by Billboard's "Powe ...

  21. Emeli Sande's 'Our Version of Events' Tops UK Charts, Is Year's Best-Seller

    December 31, 2012 6:10 AM EST The final U.K. charts of 2012, published Sunday (Dec. 30), showed Emeli Sandé's "Our Version Of Events" (Virgin/EMI) maintaining its place at No. 1 and as the bestselling artist album of the year. "X Factor" winner James A ...

  22. Justice Collective Wins UK's Xmas Single Title; Emeli Sande Has Top Album, 2012's Best Seller

    December 24, 2012 7:58 AM EST The U.K.'s much sought-after Christmas No. 1 crown was won yesterday (Sunday) by the Justice Collective's cover of the Hollies' 1969 hit "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" (Metropolis). Emeli Sandé's "Our ...

  23. Exclusive: Rob Wiesenthal Out at Sony/ATV, Heading to Warner Music

    December 20, 2012 10:38 AM EST Rob Wiesenthal, President of Sony/ATV's international business, is leaving the world's no.1 music publisher to join Len Blavatnik's Warner Music Group as chief operating officer/corporate, WMG said on Thursday. Wiesenthal, a Sony Co ...

  24. Depeche Mode Sign Worldwide Deal With Columbia Records

    December 11, 2012 8:45 AM EST Depeche Mode has signed a new worldwide deal with Columbia Records and will release a new album in March 2013. The band, comprised of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy 'Fletch' Fletcher and managed by Jonathan Kessler, had previously spen ...

  25. Olly Murs Tops UK Album Chart, Gabrielle Aplin Has Top Single With Frankie Goes To Hollywood Cover

    December 10, 2012 7:16 AM EST Olly Murs has the U.K.'s No. 1 artist album for a second week, after "Right Place Right Time" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) was confirmed at the summit again by the Official Charts Company on Sunday (12/9). On the singles chart, P ...

  26. Olly Murs Tops UK Album and Singles Chart

    December 03, 2012 6:09 AM EST British hitmaker Olly Murs not only secured a second week atop the U.K. singles chart yesterday (Sunday) with "Troublemaker" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring Flo Rida, but entered the album chart at No. 1 with his third set, &q ...

  27. Morning Fix: Artists Chastise Pandora; Nachsin Leaves Roadrunner; Nine Bidding for Parlophone

    November 15, 2012 8:15 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters RIHANNA, KATY PERRY, BILLY JOEL, 122 OTHER ARTISTS TELL PANDORA: 'THAT'S NOT HOW PARTNERS WORK TOGETHER': The battle over webcast ...

  28. Updated: Jonas Nachsin Stepping Down as Roadrunner President

    November 14, 2012 11:57 AM EST In a surprise move, after more than 20 years at Roadrunner and 12 as president, Jonas Nachsin is stepping down from that post. At press time, there was no word on who will replace him, but a source told Billboard.biz that new leadership will be an ...

  29. Morning Fix: WMG To Bid on Sony/ATV's Rosetta (Report); Joel Klaiman to Columbia; What Spotify's Valuation Means; Bandpage Expands

    November 13, 2012 7:55 AM EST Head HERE to have Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters sent directly to your inbox BUSINESS MATTERS: A $3 BILLION VALUATION BRINGS SPOTIFY EXPECTATIONS BACK TO EARTH: News that Spotify raised money at a $3 billion ...

  30. From This Week's Billboard: Kid Rock Rides With iTunes

    November 12, 2012 5:20 PM EST Photo: Darren McCollister/Getty Images) Below is an excerpt from BIllboard's cover story on Kid Rock, who -- as he explains here -- has just broken his longstanding refusal to sell his non-soundtrack music on iTunes. Also in the issue: a spec ...

  31. Robbie Williams Tops UK Singles Chart, Calvin Harris Has No. 1 Album

    November 05, 2012 6:13 AM EST Robbie Williams scored his first U.K. No. 1 single for eight years yesterday with "Candy" (Universal Island) to move into joint second place with Gary Barlow and Cliff Richard on 14 chart-toppers, behind only the four members of the Beat ...

  32. Backbeat: Warner Music Nashville Team Celebrates CMA Wins With Faith Hill, John Esposito, More

    November 02, 2012 6:35 PM EDT The mood was definitely celebratory at Warner Music Nashville 's post- CMA Awards bash held at the company's headquarters on Music Row . The evening's big winner was Blake Shelton , who took home trophies for entertainer and male vo ...

  33. Beats by Dre Press Conference Announces Partnership With Trent Reznor, Hints at Mog's Future

    October 16, 2012 4:10 PM EDT (L-R): Luke Wood, Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre at the Beats press conference today. (Photo: Kevin Mazur) In line with their far-reaching marketing skills, Beats by Dre knows how to throw a press event. In an event at the company's glossy pop-up-t ...

  34. Swedish House Mafia Tops Adele; Mumfords Beat Ellie Gouding On UK Charts

    October 15, 2012 9:19 AM EDT Adele's "Skyfall" (XL Recordings) missed out on the U.K. No. 1 position by a substantial 43,000 units when the Official Charts Company confirmed the end-of-week results on Sunday (14), overtaken by Swedish House Mafia's "D ...

  35. Backbeat: Led Zeppelin Movie Premiere, Afterparty Bring in Rock and Music-Biz Royalty

    October 11, 2012 4:30 PM EDT From left: John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and original drummer John Bonham's son Jason arrive for the press conference for the release of their new concert film Celebration Day . (Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)   On Tuesday nigh ...

  36. Muse Tops UK Album Chart, Rihanna Has No. 1 Single

    October 08, 2012 7:25 AM EDT In a busy week of new entries on the U.K. sales charts, published Sunday (Oct. 7), Muse's "The 2nd Law" (Helium 3/Warner Bros./Warner Music) sold 108,000 units to become their fourth No. 1 in their home territory, while Rihanna' ...

  37. Backbeat: Jay-Z, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, Island Def Jam Execs at Barclays Center's 40/40 Club Launch

    September 28, 2012 2:29 PM EDT Jay-Z arrives at the grand opening of the 40/40 Club inside the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn Thursday night. (Photo: Dan Rys) Walking up to the calm, subdued exterior of the Barclays Center last night (Sept. 27), it was hard not to imagin ...

  38. EMI CEO Roger Faxon, CFO Ruth Prior to Step Down: Read Full Text of Letter

    September 21, 2012 10:19 AM EDT Not long after Universal Music Group's acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division was approved by the European Union on Friday, EMI CEO Roger Faxon announced that he and CFO Ruth Prior will be leaving the company, effective next Friday ...

  39. 6 Questions with DWIGHT YOAKAM

    September 13, 2012 12:40 PM EDT A new chapter, and yet a homecoming -- that's a dichotomy, to be sure, but it's also an accurate way to describe Dwight Yoakam's Sept. 18 release, "3 Pears". It's his first new album since 2007's "Dwight Sin ...

  40. Vaccines Top UK Album Chart, Ne-Yo Has No. 1 Single

    September 10, 2012 8:52 AM EDT London rock quartet the Vaccines won their first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) with their sophomore set "Come Of Age" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), as R&B luminary Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To L ...

  41. Chris Lighty 1968-2012: From The Bronx to Native Tongues to Top Hip-Hop Exec

    August 30, 2012 8:09 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died this morning of an ...

  42. Chris Lighty: 1968-2012

    August 30, 2012 7:35 PM EDT At press time, industry colleagues and artists were trying to come to grips with the unexpected death of Chris Lighty. The savvy entrepreneur and hip-hop visionary, who founded the game-changing company Violator Management, died the morning of Aug ...

  43. En Breve

    August 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Luis Miguel, Latin Music Video Network Debuts, and Lokixximo Luis Miguel tops Texas Fest Pop singer Luis Miguel will headline the People en Español Festival Sept. 1-2 in San Antonio. The Warner Music artist, who rarely performs at festivals, will ...

  44. Olympics Bump Sends Emeli Sande (and 123 Others) Up UK Charts

    August 20, 2012 7:29 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's huge exposure via her performances at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony on Aug. 12 sent her debut album Our Version of Events (Virgin/EMI) back to No. 1 on the U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), as ...

  45. Rihanna's 'Talk That Talk' Tops UK Charts With Lowest-Selling No. 1 Album

    August 13, 2012 8:51 AM EDT Rihanna's "Talk That Talk" (Def Jam/Universal) returned to the top of the U.K. album chart on Sunday (Aug. 12), as "Heatwave" (One More Tune/Warner Bros./Warner Music) by British rapper Wiley featuring Ms D started a secon ...

  46. Conor Maynard, British Pop Heartthrob, Tops UK Album Chart; Wiley Has No. 1 Single

    August 06, 2012 8:32 AM EDT Rising British pop heartthrob Conor Maynard's debut album "Contrast" (Parlophone/EMI) went straight to the top of the new U.K. chart yesterday (Sunday), while "Heatwave" (One More Tune/Warner Bros./Warner Music) by British ...

  47. Sony, Warner Music Settle $50 Million Bankruptcy Claims With Beyond Oblivion

    August 01, 2012 6:56 PM EDT The bankruptcy process doesn't get much more exciting than what's been happening with Beyond Oblivion, the ambitious digital music business that was backed by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and other investors to the tune of $87 millio ...

  48. London Olympics' Opening Ceremony Sdtk 'Isle of Wonder' Rockets Up U.K. Charts

    July 30, 2012 7:43 AM EDT Plan B's "Ill Manors" film soundtrack (679/Atlantic/Warner Music) debuted atop the new U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday), as Florence + the Machine's "Spectrum (Say My Name)" (Universal Island) topped the singles ch ...

  49. Universal Finally Submits Divestment Package for EMI Deal to European Commission

    July 27, 2012 10:59 AM EDT As predicted on Thursday, Universal Music Group on Friday submitted its long-delayed divestment package for its proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division to the European Commission, moving the process one big step closer to a conc ...

  50. Universal in Talks to Sell Off Parlophone Instead of Virgin, EMI Labels

    July 26, 2012 9:04 PM EDT BMG Rights Management is in talks with Universal Music Group to purchase the European rights to EMI's legendary Parlophone label as part of UMG's s remedies package of assets to be divested in its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded ...

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