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  1. Morning Heds: Apple's Latest Media Event, Will WMG Fight EMI Deal?, Macca Live Streaming

    January 19, 2012 7:20 AM EST Public Domain Works Can Be Copyrighted Anew, Justices Rule NYT A copyright protection law was challenged by orchestra conductors, teachers and film archivists who said they had relied for years on the free availability of public domain works. Clif ...

  2. The Year In International Music Biz: Our New (Interconnected) World Order

    January 10, 2012 2:00 PM EST Perhaps nothing speaks more to our increasingly interconnected globe then a look back at the year in international music business news. Here, flash mobs in Rio sing K-Pop songs; a spirited debate at a music conference in Singapore is re-tweeted in ...

  3. HMV Holiday Sales Tumble As Interest In Retailer's Live Division Grows

    January 09, 2012 11:01 AM EST Troubled U.K. entertainment retailer HMV ended 2011 in much the same way that its year began: with falling sales and mounting speculation about its future. The company's latest financial statement reports that the company suffered an 8.1% dro ...

  4. Military Wives, Italian Donkey Song, Nirvana: The Always Entertaining & Bizarre Race For UK's No. 1 Christmas Single

    December 23, 2011 8:19 AM EST The U.K.'s ever-idiosyncratic Christmas singles market is producing its usual entertaining race for Yuletide chart honors, with contestants including a choir of soldiers' wives, the latest YouTube sensation and a 1960s song about an Ital ...

  5. Backbeat: Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood Engaged to Warner Music's Kelli Cashiola

    December 20, 2011 6:32 PM EST Lady Antebellum's Dave Haywood with his fiancee, Warner Music Nashville's Kelli Cashiola (photo: Getty Images) L ady Antebellum guitarist Dave Haywood pulled out all the holiday stops to propose to girlfriend Kelli Cashiola on Monday nig ...

  6. Ethan Kaplan Joins Live Nation-BigChampagne

    December 20, 2011 11:23 AM EST Less than a week after Live Nation's acquisition of BigChampagne was announced comes the news that former Warner Music digital exec Ethan Kaplan will be joining the company. "And away we go. I landed!" Kaplan tweeted http://twitter. ...

  7. Little Mix Has U.K. Chart's Biggest 2011 Single Debut; Michael Buble Tops Amy Winehouse

    December 19, 2011 8:38 AM EST In the last charts before the U.K.'s coveted Christmas No. 1 titles are revealed on Christmas Day, Sunday's (Dec. 18) new data showed Michael Bublé regaining the album chart crown with "Christmas" (Reprise/Warner Music). Little ...

  8. Amy Winehouse's 'Lioness' Tops U.K. Charts; 2011's Highest Music Sales Week

    December 12, 2011 8:33 AM EST Amy Winehouse posthumously achieved the biggest weekly sale of her U.K. chart career last week with "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" (Universal Island), as Official Charts Company data showed total album sales reaching a weekly high for 2011 ...

  9. Billboard's Year In Music 2011

    December 09, 2011 9:00 AM EST DECEMBER 9, 2011 2011: The Year the Music Business Turned A Corner? Four majors become three and play a an epic (pun intended) game of musical chairs with top execs. The indie world finally takes its place at the big table. The battle for control ...

  10. X Factor Finalists Top U.K. Charts

    December 05, 2011 7:48 AM EST The U.K. charts have the "X Factor" again this week, with former finalist Olly Murs debuting atop the album chart with "In Case You Didn't Know" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment) and the charity release by the show's 20 ...

  11. Video: Taylor Swift Talks About Her 'Daydream' of Being Honored by Billboard Coming True

    December 03, 2011 12:10 PM EST When Taylor Swift first convinced her parents to move from suburban Pennsylvania to Nashville at the age of 14, she had Billboard magazine delivered to her doorstep to stay in the loop on industry news -- and fantasize, of course. "I would go ...

  12. Photos: Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, Katie Couric, Julie Greenwald, More at Billboard's Women in Music Ceremony

    December 02, 2011 6:21 PM EST At Billboard's Woman of the Year Ceremony in New York on Friday, Taylor Swift was honored as Woman of the Year and Nicki Minaj as Rising Star, and the list of executives honored was topped by Atlantic Records Group Chairman/CEO Julie Greenwal ...

  13. Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, 41 Execs Honored at Billboard's 2011 Women in Music Ceremony

    December 02, 2011 5:30 PM EST When Taylor Swift first convinced her parents to move from suburban Pennsylvania to Nashville at the age of 14, she had Billboard magazine delivered to her doorstep to stay in the loop on industry news - and fantasize, of course. See all of Billbo ...

  14. Billboard Women In Music 2011: List of Nominees

    December 02, 2011 1:30 PM EST At Billboard's Woman of the Year Ceremony in New York on Friday, Taylor Swift was honored as Woman of the Year, Nicki Minaj as Rising Star, and the list of executives honored was again topped by by Atlantic Records Group Chairman/CEO Julie Gr ...

  15. Rihanna Fever Hits U.K As Singer Tops Album, Singles Charts

    November 28, 2011 7:41 AM EST Rihanna fever is officially sweeping the United Kingdom, as the Bajan superstar lands a simultaneous No. 1 single and album for the second time this year, and several new U.K. chart records in the process. Meanwhile, "Now! That's What I ...

  16. Billboard FutureSound Closes With Panels on Making Money in the Digital World, EMI and EchoNest's Developers' Sandbox

    November 19, 2011 6:24 PM EST SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 18: SVP of Digital Strategy & New Business from Island Def Jam John Vanhala, CEO of The Echo Nest Jim Lucchese, VP of Digital Products at EMI Music Group Neil Tinegate, Founder of Muzine Jim Cannella and Founder of ...

  17. Official: Van Halen Signs With Interscope Records

    November 17, 2011 11:01 PM EST Left to Right: Alex Van Halen; Wolfgang Van Halen; Eddie Van Halen; Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records; Irving Azoff, executive chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and chairman/CEO of the Front Line Management Group; Ste ...

  18. Google Music Launch Unveils a Solid Competitor to Apple, Amazon, Spotify

    November 16, 2011 6:36 PM EST Google did not disappoint in its hotly anticipated launch event for Google Music in Los Angeles this afternoon. Although the company is relatively late in launching a music-download store, it has put together a compelling suite of features that sh ...

  19. Used Download Store ReDigi Gets Cease-and-Desist Letter From RIAA

    November 15, 2011 12:44 PM EST Given the business model, it was only a matter of time before "used" download store ReDigi was contacted by rights owners. On November 10, the RIAA sent a cease-and-desist letter to the company on behalf of the four of its members: Unive ...

  20. Frank Sinatra 'Best of the Best' Set Finds Capitol, Reprise Teaming Up for the First Time

    November 14, 2011 8:35 AM EST After decades of keeping Frank Sinatra's recordings era-specific, Reprise and Capitol Records are joining forces for the first time with Tuesday's release of "Sinatra: Best of the Best." The 23-track album opens with 1953' ...

  21. Van Halen To Sign With Interscope

    November 11, 2011 5:42 PM EST Iconic rock band Van Halen are set to sign with Interscope Records, says a source familiar with the negotiations. The deal is expected to be finalized next week, marking the first time in 35 years that the band will not release music through Warne ...

  22. At Warner Music Nashville's Post CMA Awards Party, Blake Shelton, Lady A, John Esposito Revel Until The Wee Hours

    November 10, 2011 3:26 PM EST From left: Starstruck Management Group's Brandon Blackstock, Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Faith Hill, John Oates, Warner Music Nashville President & CEO, John Esposito, Red Light Management's Will Botwin, Starstruck Management Group� ...

  23. IMPALA Calls For European Commission To Intervene In EMI Sale

    November 09, 2011 6:00 PM EST IMPALA, the Brussels-based Independent Music Companies Association, has called on the European Commission to intervene on its behalf should Universal or Sony attempt to buy EMI. The news follows recent reports that Universal Music Group (UMG) has ...

  24. Dr. Luke Signs Label Deal With Sony, Doug Morris Calls Hitmaker His 'New Jimmy' Iovine

    November 08, 2011 8:04 AM EST Since jumping ship to Sony Music back in July, after 15 years at the helm of Universal Music Group, CEO Doug Morris has kept a fairly low public profile, turning down nearly every interview request that's come his way. Now, after some three m ...

  25. Chart Moves: Katy Perry's 'Away' Rises on Hot 100, M83's New Album Makes Splashy Debut

    October 27, 2011 4:15 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As previously reported , Adele's "Someone Like You" spends a fifth week atop the Billboard Hot 100; Rihanna makes a play for the top spot, rising 6-2 with "We Found Love"; Drake vaults into the top 1 ...

  26. Rihanna Tops U.K. Singles Chart For Second Week; Steps Have No. 1 Album

    October 17, 2011 6:17 AM EDT Late 1990s/early 2000s British hit-making pop quintet Steps burst back on the U.K. album chart at No. 1 Sunday (16) with the new Sony Music compilation "The Ultimate Collection." Rihanna's "We Found Love" (Def Jam/Universa ...

  27. Def Jam Founders Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons Bring the Noise -- and Some Meditation -- to New York Public Library Chat

    October 15, 2011 4:22 PM EDT Def Jam founders Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons with moderator Paul Holdengraber at the New York Public Library Friday (Photo: Jori Klein) Def Jam founders, hip-hop pioneers and music icons Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons made a rare public appeara ...

  28. Watch: Blippar Augmented Reality App with Warner Music Nashville's Hunter Hayes

    October 14, 2011 4:26 PM EDT Warner Music Nashville has paired with Blippar to enable the UK-based developer's mobile app to offer fans a different way to access music and video. A sticker on the front of Hunter Hayes' new, self-titled CD on the label notes the &quo ...

  29. Mel Lewinter Named EVP of Label Strategy for Sony Music Entertainment

    October 11, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Mel Lewinter has been named executive vice president of label strategy for Sony Music Entertainment, the company announced today. Lewinter is of course a longtime associate of Sony CEO Doug Morris, who announced Lewinter's long-expected appoi ...

  30. Rihanna's 'We Found Love' Tops U.K. Chart After Only Four Days

    October 10, 2011 7:43 AM EDT James Morrison's "The Awakening" (Universal Island) started a second week atop the U.K. album chart Sunday (Oct. 9), as Rihanna raced to the singles summit after only four days on sale with "We Found Love" (Def Jam/Univers ...

  31. Steve Jobs Set Course Forward for Music, Movies, Books

    October 07, 2011 8:21 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Steve Jobs made it easy for people to entertain themselves on high-tech devices, and he unveiled gadget after gadget with an effortless touch. But away from the bright lights of the stage, Jobs was a tough negotiator who took tu ...

  32. Kasbian, N-Dubz's Dappy Top U.K. Charts; Tony Bennett Debuts At No. 5

    September 26, 2011 7:52 AM EDT English rock band Kasabian registered their third consecutive U.K. No. 1 album yesterday (Sunday) as "Velociraptor" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) debuted at the top. Dappy, aka north London-born Costadinos Contostavlos, a member of ...

  33. Exclusive: Blake Shelton Re-Ups with Warner Music Nashville

    September 20, 2011 8:54 AM EDT Blake Shelton, the Country Music Association.'s reigning Male Vocalist of the Year, has re-signed with Warner Music Nashville, Billboard.Biz has learned exclusively. "I couldn't imagine going anywhere else, especially with the team ...

  34. Dwight Yoakam Returns to Warner Music Nashville

    September 20, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Dwight Yoakam has returned to Warner Music Nashville -- his first major-label home -- after a decade elsewhere. Yoakam debuted on the Top Country Albums chart in 1986 with "Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc," which spent two weeks at No. 1. ...

  35. Example, Pixie Lott Top U.K. Charts; Doris Day, At 87, Sets Record With Top Ten Debut

    September 12, 2011 9:22 AM EDT London rapper/vocalist Example followed his No. 1 single last week with a bestselling album yesterday (Sunday), debuting at the top with "Playing in the Shadows" (Data/Ministry of Sound). There was a veteran presence in the album top ten ...

  36. Updated: Layoffs At Warner Bros./Reprise

    September 08, 2011 2:40 PM EDT Layoffs took place in the promotion department of Warner Music's labels today, sources tell Billboard.biz. People let go include Reprise Senior Vice President of Promotion Mike Rittberg, Warner SVP Ron Cerrito, Reprise VP of Pop Promotion Bob ...

  37. Red Hot Chili Peppers Top U.K. Album Chart

    September 05, 2011 1:41 PM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers ' "I'm With You" (Warner Bros./Warner Music) sold 71,000 units last week to become their fourth U.K. No. 1 album, as the Official Charts Company unveiled its weekly sales chart data yesterday. London rappe ...

  38. Adult Swim Is Making A Massive Splash In Music

    September 01, 2011 8:40 AM EDT At this spring's TV upfronts, the annual gathering in New York where networks attempt to woo and wow advertisers with sneak peeks of their upcoming season of programming, the most sensational development wasn't the unveiling of a new m ...

  39. Rhino Records Documentary Premieres in Los Angeles

    August 22, 2011 1:33 PM EDT Video: "Worst Customers" clip from "Rhino Resurrected." The Rhino Records store in Los Angeles already has its place in the history books, but a new documentary -- which received its world premiere Saturday with numerous former ...

  40. 'Footloose' Soundtrack to Feature Blake Shelton, Victoria Justice

    August 10, 2011 7:46 AM EDT Flexing her acting muscle rather than her vocal cords, Julianne Hough will not make an appearance on the soundtrack for Paramount's Footloose remake. Atlantic Records and Warner Music Nashville have revealed the complete track listing for the ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Edgar Bronfman Jr. Says Warner Music Is 'Very Pleased' With Spotify's U.S. Progress

    August 04, 2011 4:05 PM EDT Whatever reservations Warner Music may have had about Spotify seem to be ancient history. During a call with investment analysts this morning (August 4), CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. gushed about the service's U.S. launch and the future of cloud-ba ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. China's Baidu Launches Online Muisc Service, Reaches Deal With 3 Major Labels

    July 19, 2011 7:32 AM EDT BEIJING (AP) - Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, said Tuesday it will distribute music from three global labels in a deal that its partners say could help clean up China's piracy-plagued music market. Music c ...

  45. DJ Fresh's 'Louder' Tops U.K. Singles Chart Buoyed by Sports Drink Ad (Watch)

    July 11, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Beyoncé started a second week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (Sunday) with "4" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment), as "Louder" (Ministry of Sound) by DJ Fresh featuring Sian Evans debuted at No. 1 on the singles survey. T ...

  46. Beyonce's British Bonanza: Tops U.K. Album Chart, Has Six Singles in Top 75

    July 04, 2011 10:08 AM EDT Yesterday's new U.K. sales charts from the Official Charts Company revealed a week of triumph for Beyoncé, in the wake of her headlining appearance at the Glastonbury Festival June 26. "4" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) sold 89 ...

  47. Indie Work Yields Major Deal For Puerto Rico's Sie7e

    June 28, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Underscoring the continuing ability of independent efforts in breaking new artists in the Latin realm, David Rodríguez, better known as Sie7e, has signed a recording deal with Warner Music Latina after the breakthrough success of his most recent a ...

  48. Bon Iver Debuts at No. 4 on U.K. Charts; Derulo Has Top Single

    June 27, 2011 7:49 AM EDT Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" (Interscope/Universal) started a second stint (and third week in total) as the U.K.'s No. 1 album yesterday, as Jason Derulo debuted atop the singles chart with "Don't Wanna Go Home" ( ...

  49. Paty Cantu Partners with Univision, MasterCard

    June 21, 2011 7:10 AM EDT Univision Communications and MasterCard have partnered with a music artist-Mexican pop singer Paty Cantu-to be the new face of Univision's MasterCard Prepaid Card and also, to appear on a series of spots for MasterCard's "Priceless& ...

  50. Universal Music/Motown Update: What Are the Next Moves?

    June 17, 2011 7:33 PM EDT The long-expected reconfiguration of the Universal Music Group's East Coast labels began unfolding today, leaving two separate major labels -- the Island Def Jam Music Group and Universal Motown Republic Group -- with shared services in selec ...

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