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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Popkomm Shuts Down; Berlin Music Week, Reeperbahn Fest, Musikmesse, and Other German Fests Rise

    July 24, 2012 4:13 PM EDT After 23 years, Popkomm, Berlin's annual music fair has closed its doors. But now, with the city of Berlin launching Berlin Music Week this Sept. and the success of Hamburg's Reeperbahn Festival in the same month, many in the industry ma ...

  7. Exclusive: Naive's Patrick Zelnik Talks Universal-EMI Merger, Plan to Buy Virgin With Branson, More

    July 19, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Patrick Zelnik, founder and CEO of French independent label and distributor Naïve and co-President (for now) of Impala, the independent label association, has made international headlines over the last few days: On Monday a surprising op-ed he wro ...

  8. Guest Opinion: Proposed Universal Acquisition Is a Positive Development for EMI and for Music

    July 16, 2012 4:15 PM EDT The proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division by Universal Music Group continues to inspire debate. This is a guest post from Vernon Brown is Chairman and CEO of V. Brown & Company, Inc. and a Professor of Entertainment Law at ...

  9. VH1's Rick Krim, MTV's Amy Doyle Honored at UJA Luncheon by Pink, Rob Thomas, Judy McGrath, Van Toffler, Many More

    July 13, 2012 3:30 PM EDT (L-R): Clear Channel's John Sykes, VH1 EVP Rick Krim, Universal Republic/Island Def Jam's Barry Weiss, MTV EVP Amy Doyle, and Glassnote founder Daniel Glass. (Photo: Michael Priest) The music business has more than its share of industry- ...

  10. Mike Smith Named Mercury UK President of Music

    July 12, 2012 9:25 AM EDT Mike Smith, the former managing director of Columbia Records U.K., has been appointed president of music at Mercury Records U.K. Reporting to Mercury Records U.K. President Jason ILey, Smith takes up his new role September 10, having stepped down ...

  11. Chris Brown's 'Fortune' Tops UK Album Chart

    July 09, 2012 8:13 AM EDT Chris Brown got his first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Fortune" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at the top, while Maroon 5's "Payphone" (Octone/A&M/Universal), featuring Wiz Khalifa, returned to the s ...

  12. Vivendi Chairman Jean-Rene Fourtou Takes Charge of Universal-EMI Deal, Report Says

    July 07, 2012 1:18 PM EDT Vivendi chairman Jean-René Fourtou has taken leadership of Universal Music's proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division, hoping to persuade regulators not to block or overly diminish the deal, according to a repor ...

  13. Linkin Park's 'Living Things,' will.i.am's 'This Is Love' Top UK Charts

    July 02, 2012 8:46 AM EDT Linkin Park deprived Maroon 5 of a U.K. No. 1 album as the new sales charts were published on Sunday (July 1), while Adam Levine and co also lost their singles crown to will.i.am featuring Eva Simons. Linkin Park's "Living Things" ( ...

  14. K-pop Stars 2NE1, Girls Generation, 2PM Shine at MTV Japan's VMAs

    June 29, 2012 3:27 PM EDT NE! at the MTV Video Music Awards won Best New Artist video award. K-pop stars had a huge presence at MTV Video Music Awards Japan with 2NE1 (YG Entertainment), Girls Generation (SM Entertainment) and 2PM (JYP Entertainment) all picking up awards ...

  15. Universal Accused of Delaying IFPI Market Share Report

    June 27, 2012 2:39 PM EDT Universal Music Group is alleged to have caused a delay to the publication of an IFPI report into market-share by attempting "to put its own spin" on its findings, according to the New York Post . In a story published today (June 27), Th ...

  16. Jon Platt to Leave EMI Music Publishing

    June 26, 2012 4:37 PM EDT After 17 years, "Big" Jon Platt will be leaving EMI Music Publishing, a source close to the situation confirmed to Billboard.biz today. Reportedly he made the announcement to his staff this afternoon. Billboard Power 100: Jon Platt Over ...

  17. Justin Bieber, Maroon 5 Top UK Charts For First Time

    June 25, 2012 11:51 AM EDT Justin Bieber landed his first U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (24) as "Believe" (Def Jam/Universal) outsold Cheryl Cole's new release "A Million Lights" (Polydor/Universal) by some 3,000 units. Maroon 5, meanwhile, topped the ...

  18. Irving Azoff Disputes Bronfman, Mills Testimony at Universal-EMI Senate Hearings; Mills Responds

    June 22, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Live Nation Entertainment/Front Line Management Chairman Irving Azoff said he didn't get the chance to respond to some of the comments made at yesterday's Senate Judiciary subcommitee hearing about the proposed Universal Music Group-EMI ...

  19. EMI-Universal Merger: Labels Gave $500K to Senators Probing Anti-Trust Claims

    June 21, 2012 4:00 PM EDT At least half the members of subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which met Thursday to hear testimony on the anti-trust implications of the pending Universal Music-EMI merger, have received campaign contributions from the two music ind ...

  20. Cheryl Cole's 'Call My Name' Is Top UK Single, 2012's Fastest Seller

    June 18, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Gary Barlow's Jubilee-inspired "Sing" project (Decca/Universal) started a third week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday as Cheryl Cole's "Call My Name" (Polydor/Universal) became the market's fastest-selling sin ...

  21. Warner U.K. Launches New Artist & Label Services Division Headed by Dan Chalmers

    June 14, 2012 1:44 PM EDT Warner Music U.K. is expanding its label offerings with the launch of a new Artists and Label Services division. Effective immediately, Warner Music Artist and Label Services will be headed by London-based Dan Chalmers, managing director of Rhino ...

  22. Amazon in Process Of Clearing Music Rights For Cloud (Report)

    June 13, 2012 8:00 AM EDT More than a year since launching its cloud service without the benefits of music licensing, online retailer Amazon is close to securing publishing deals with the major labels, according to a report on CNET. According to the report, Amazon is in ne ...

  23. Vevo Co-founder Fred Santarpia Talks About His Years at the Company, New Role at Conde Nast

    June 07, 2012 5:02 PM EDT As a founding partner and general manager of Vevo, Fred Santarpia helped create an online premium-content marketplace for music videos and music-related content. But can he do the same for Conde Nast? As the new executive vice president-chief digi ...

  24. Gary Barlow's Diamond Jubilee Project Tops UK Album Charts

    June 04, 2012 7:22 AM EDT Gary Barlow of Take That scored an instant U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (June 3) with his Diamond Jubilee-inspired project with the Commonwealth Band, "Sing" (Decca/Universal). East London electronic quartet Rudimental debuted atop the sin ...

  25. Business Matters: Critics of Universal-EMI Merger Still Lining Up, But Outcome Still in Doubt

    May 17, 2012 6:30 PM EDT UMG's Acquisition of EMI Expected to Experience Bumpy Road to Approval Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of EMI's recorded music division continues to spark commentary and criticism. European regulators approved the acquis ...

  26. Marianas Trench Leads Drake, Justin Bieber With Seven Noms in Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards

    May 15, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Pop band Marianas Trench has emerged with seven nominations for the 2012 MuchMusic Video Awards, topping other nominees such as Drake, Justin Bieber, Nickelback and Simple Plan. The annual awards will be broadcast live June 17 at MuchMusic, housed ...

  27. Senate to Hold Antitrust Hearings on Universal-EMI Deal

    May 11, 2012 7:41 PM EDT A U.S. Senate panel will hold a hearing on Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division, according to the Wall Street Journal and other media reports. The move adds another step to the complex regulatory r ...

  28. Pete Tong on Ibiza's International Music Summit & Keeping The EDM House In Order

    May 09, 2012 10:16 AM EDT Long-standing BBC Radio 1 DJ, Pete Tong has been at the forefront of electronic dance music (EDM) for over twenty years, tirelessly championing the finest acts, tunes, producers, promoters and clubs throughout the scene. His weekly BBC Radio1 show ...

  29. A Look at Music Execs' Rising Pay: $34.6 Million Year for Irving Azoff

    May 03, 2012 12:18 PM EDT Most top music industry executives saw their compensation packages increase in 2011, according to an analysis by THR. THR looked at recently disclosed compensation for the leadership of publicly traded companies with music tie-ins, from satellite ...

  30. How Oceana's Euro 2012 Soccer Cup Synch Could Make Her a Global Superstar

    April 25, 2012 6:50 AM EDT German pop singer Oceana is set to receive a major sales boost this summer when her song "Endless Summer" is placed in front of a potential global audience of over a billion people as the official song of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament. ...

  31. Backbeat: Blake Shelton Passes 1 Million Twitter Followers, Gets Cake

    April 13, 2012 11:31 AM EDT The Blake Cake: Blake Shelton's cake that he received for hitting the 1 million followers mark on Twitter. (Photo: Warner Nashville) Blake Shelton 's career is on a sharp, upward trajectory, what with his current role as a coach on NBC&# ...

  32. Backbeat: How Canadian Boxing Legend George Chuvalo Inspired Our Lady Peace's New Album

    April 10, 2012 2:08 PM EDT What Becomes A Legend Most (from left): Our Lady Peace's bassist Duncan Coutts, frontman Raine Maida, boxing legend George Chuvalo, OLP manager Eric Lawrence, guitarist Steve Mazur, drummer Jeremy Taggart (photo: Luther Mallory) Just prior to ...

  33. Backbeat: ACM Weekend With Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley; Capitol and Warner Afterparties and Blake Shelton's NRA Celebrity Shoot!

    April 03, 2012 2:01 PM EDT From left: Musicians Craig Morgan, Blake Shelton and TV personality Lee Lakosky participate in the NRA Country ACM Celebrity Shoot Hosted By Blake Shelton at the Desert Hills Shooting Club in South Boulder City, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Gett ...

  34. Sony/ATV Offers Unspecified Concessions to European Union in EMI Music Publishing Deal

    March 27, 2012 3:49 PM EDT BRUSSELS (AP) - A group of investors led by Sony has offered concessions to the European Union to get approval for its deal to buy part of iconic British music company EMI, the bloc's competition regulator said Tuesday. Sony/ATV, a joint vent ...

  35. Jet Announces Break-Up

    March 27, 2012 6:00 AM EDT Australian rock 'n' roll group Jet has taken its last flight. One of the biggest breakthrough bands to emerge from these shores in the past decade, Jet confirmed their split by way of a statement issued Monday on its Website, and the fol ...

  36. IFPI 2012 Report: Global Music Revenue Down 3%; Sync, PRO, Digital Income Up

    March 26, 2012 9:28 AM EDT Trade revenue generated by the global recorded music industry in 2011 dropped by 3% to $16.6 billion, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry's (IFPI) annual "Recording Industry in Numbers" report, pub ...

  37. Backbeat: Luis Fonsi, Jorge Mejia, More at Billboard's Leila Cobo's Book Tour

    March 22, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Cobo with Billboard chart-topping singer/songwriter Luis Fonsi at the signing of The Second Time We Met at Books & Books. Earlier that day, Fonsi tweeted about the book to his more than 3 million followers. (Photo: Andres Recio and Carlos Chah ...

  38. S-Curve Records Partners With Warner Music U.K. on International Licensing Deal

    March 22, 2012 1:01 PM EDT New York-based S-Curve Records has teamed up with Warner Music U.K. in a comprehensive multi-rights partnership. Effective immediately, the deal sees Warner Music U.K. license S-Curve's future repertoire for all international territories, exc ...

  39. Meet Spain's Eme Navarro, The Man Who Generated 210 Piracy Complaints Against His Own Song

    March 14, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Eme Navarro doesn't get stopped in the street for autographs, nor does he fill up stadiums; but he is a veteran of Spain's music scene, who for decades has tried to make a living with his folksy blues style while confronting the mainstre ...

  40. Joie Manda Appointed President of Def Jam -- First in Role Since Jay-Z

    March 14, 2012 11:49 AM EDT Island Def Jam Music Group today (March 14) announced the appointment of Joie Manda to President of Def Jam Recordings. The announcement was made by Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam , to whom he reports. Man ...

  41. Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' Tops UK Charts

    March 12, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" crashed into the U.K. album chart at No. 1 yesterday (Sunday) on opening sales of 74,000, according to the Official Charts Company. Gotye tops the singles chart for a fourth non-consecutive week w ...

  42. Songkick Gets Investment from Sequoia Capital

    March 08, 2012 12:54 PM EST In the latest deal involving a data-driven music company, music database startup Songkick has landed an investment from venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. Songkick, based in East London with an office in the San Francisco Bay area, has created ...

  43. Warner Music Launches YouTube Channel

    March 01, 2012 12:00 PM EST YouTube's roll-out of original content is picking up steam. Today, the Google-owned company announced a slew of exclusive programs featuring such music stars as Cee Lo Green, Regina Spektor, B.o.B and Cody Simpson. Sleigh Bells Leads Bowery P ...

  44. Backbeat: Faith Hill, Eli Young Band, David Nail Rock CRS 2012's Final Day

    February 25, 2012 3:47 PM EST The 2012 CRS New Faces line-up. The final day of Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2012 featured a variety of panels and events and capped by the annual New Faces Show, which showcased young artists trying to make themselves known at radio. The morning ...

  45. Backbeat: George Strait, Bob Pittman, Gary Overton at Country Radio Seminar Day One

    February 23, 2012 1:44 PM EST The Ryman Room was overflowing with CRS attendees when Tenacity Records threw its first CRS bash. Keeping it all about the music, Tenacity artists Bill Gentry and Darryl Worley performed their new music and kept the party going well into the night ...

  46. Business Matters: Pirate Bay Could Get Blocked in U.K., Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark

    February 21, 2012 6:10 PM EST Pirate Bay Could Leave UK, Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark The music industry's collective effort to reduce digital piracy made some progress in recent days. Most notable is a UK court's judgment that could end up getting file-sharing ...

  47. Universal Music Formally Requests EU Approval to Purchase EMI's Labels

    February 20, 2012 1:15 PM EST Vivendi's Universal Music Group today formally requested European Union regulators' approval to buy EMI's recorded-music division. An initial deadline of March 23 was set for a ruling on the deal, according to the European Commissio ...

  48. SESAC for Sale, Owners Seeking $500 Million: Report

    February 15, 2012 8:45 AM EST SESAC's owners, which include investment bank Allen & Co. and hedge fund Och-Ziff, are seeking approximately $500 million for performing-rights organization, according to the New York Post . The organization has hired Goldman Sachs to sho ...

  49. Backbeat: Telemundo Aims For Number One @ NATPE; Camila's Samo Performs

    January 24, 2012 10:18 AM EST MIAMI -- It was a morning of drama, steamy bedroom scenes and business news during Telemundo's media lunch at the annual NATPE (National Association of Television Program Executives) Market and Conference in Miami. Telemundo executives-includ ...

  50. EMI Sale Under Scrutiny: AIM Calls For UK Gov't Review; Warner Music Hires Anti-Trust Law Firm

    January 19, 2012 12:34 PM EST AIM, the U.K.'s Trade Association for the Independent Music Industry, has called on the British government to stop the break-up and sale of EMI. The association is asking its 800 member companies to send a pre-written letter to their local co ...

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