Warner Music

  1. 6 Questions With Ricardo Arjona

    November 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST When Guatemalan singer/songwriter Ricardo Arjona's recording contract with his longtime label Sony BMG ended this year, he didn't attempt to renew or start a bidding war among the other majors. He easily could have. Arjona is one of the ...

  2. EMI, Warner Sign Up To Unlimited MP3 Package

    October 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and Warner Music have signed up to an all-you-can-eat download service run by Datz.com, which will provide access to unlimited music in MP3 format for £99.99 ($164.45) a year. The service will allow fans to keep the music when the year i ...

  3. Opera Star Jenkins Signs 360-Degree Warner Deal

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mezzo soprano opera singer Katherine Jenkins has left Universal Classics & Jazz for an exclusive worldwide partnership with Warner Music Entertainment (WME), a division of Warner Music Group. Jenkins and her management company Bandana Manageme ...

  4. Russian Download Service Launches With Three Majors

    October 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Broadcaster Russian Media Group and the investment and financial group Kapital have launched what they claim to be Russia's largest legitimate online music store, Muz.ru. RMG says the site will have more than one million tracks available for ...

  5. Warner Music Nordic Makes Key Appointment

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jacob Key has been promoted to the position of business development director for Warner Music Nordic & Baltic, following the recent expansion into digital business at the Baltic arm of the major. The appointment is effective immediately and Ke ...

  6. Popkomm Day 3: The Second Coming Of Qtrax

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Eight months after its abortive launch at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, Qtrax is back on course according to New York-based CEO and chairman Allan Klepfisz. During the demonstration of Qtrax - a free, ad-funded "legal" hybrid P2P se ...

  7. U.K.’s Play.com Adds Majors’ Catalogs

    October 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. online entertainment retailer Play.com has increased its weight in the competitive digital music market, confirming today that it has struck content deals which mean it is now supported by all four major record companies. PlayDigital launched ...

  8. Conchords, Opshop Dominate NZ's Tuis

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The public almost outnumbered the music industry for the first time at this year's New Zealand Music Awards -- and the organizers couldn't be happier. The Vodafone-sponsored "Tuis" were held at the Vector Arena in Auckland on W ...

  9. Marshall Out At Warner Bros. U.K.

    October 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Korda Marshall, managing director of Warner Bros. Records U.K., is leaving the company. Widely regarded as one of the leading A&R men of his generation, Marshall will leave upon completion of his contract later this month. He joined Warner Mus ...

  10. Ricardo Arjona Signs With Warner Music Latina

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After spending the majority of his career signed to Sony, and later, Sony BMG, Guatemalan singer/songwriter and top-selling artist Ricardo Arjona has signed a long-term recording deal with Warner Music Latina. The deal was closed this month, and A ...

  11. Digital Briefs: Sony BMG, Tesco, IODA, RoyaltyShare

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Sony BMG's Commercial Music Group unveiled a licensing Web site for filmmakers called MovieTunes. The site allows filmmakers to submit the music criteria they need, which a Sony BMG staffer will then use to help find the right song. - Warne ...

  12. Debut Acts Dominate ARIA Noms

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Debut acts Gabriella Cilmi (Mushroom/Warner) and Sam Sparro (Island/Universal) lead the nominations for the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) awards, to be held in Sydney Oct. 19. The 16-year-old Cilmi has six nominations, and Sparr ...

  13. Solo Debutants Lead NZ Awards Noms

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Two artists with debut solo albums lead the list of nominations for this year's New Zealand Music Awards (NZMA), popularly known as the Tuis and due to be handed on Oct. 8. Tiki Taane, the former frontman of NZ reggae/drum'n'bass ac ...

  14. Crooner Conte Unveils New Universal Album

    September 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Veteran Italian singer/songwriter Paolo Conte unveils his new album tomorrow after changing record labels at the age of 71 to join Universal Music Italy. The veteran artist, who had been with CGD/ Warner Music Italy for most of his recording caree ...

  15. Universal Australia Adds Gudinksi's Liberation

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Australia (UMA) has signed a three-year distribution deal with Michael Gudinski's Liberation Music, part of his Mushroom Group of Companies. The move, effective Oct. 1, essentially gives Universal the largest domestic roster o ...

  16. Aussie Biz Shrinks Further

    August 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Australian recorded music market shrunk 4.3% in the first six months of this year, according to wholesale figures. The figures for January to June 2008, released Aug. 14 by the Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA), show overall revenues ...

  17. We7 Signs Up Warner to Ad-Funded Streaming

    August 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music is the latest major to sign up to U.K.-based ad-funded online music service We7, and it is the first to offer paid-for MP3s on the platform. Users can stream unlimited tracks and full albums for free on We7.com, in return for listenin ...

  18. Kaiser Chiefs Find New Home Down Under

    August 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT U.K. indie-rock band Kaiser Chiefs, signed or licensed to Universal affiliates domestically and in the U.S., has broken ranks down under. The act has signed with Michael Gudinski's Liberator Music for Australia and New Zealand, distributed th ...

  19. ADA U.K. To Distribute First Night

    August 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K.'s independent distribution arm Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) has signed up theatrical stage show specialist First Night Records. The distribution deal with the London-based label is effective immediately. ADA U.K. ...

  20. MP3 Sales Soar For 7digital

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British-based digital music service provider 7digital.com registered a 300% spike in first half sales of MP3-format tracks, thanks largely to the roll-out of Warner Music and EMI's libraries as DRM-free downloads. "High-quality, DRM-free ...

  21. Jorge Villamizar Signs Deal With Cabeza De Raton

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ex-Bacilos leader and solo artist Jorge Villamizar has signed with Bogota-based firm Cabeza de Raton to represent him in his native Colombia. The two-year management deal is the latest for the upstart firm, founded last year and headed by Rodolfo ...

  22. Warner Artists Play On Triple Bill

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Latina's Jesse & Joy, Tommy Torres and Jorge Villamizar are teaming up for a four-city Texas club tour in conjunction with BMP Radio. From June 30 - July 3, the tour will take the three pop acts to McAllen's Tao, Laredo& ...

  23. France's UPFI Names Frerebeau Pres

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT French independent labels trade body UPFI has elected Tot ou Tard MD Vincent Frerebeau as president. A former A&R with EMI and Warner Music, Frerebeau launched record label Tot ou Tard, notably home to Yael Naim, whose single "New Soul&qu ...

  24. Chinese Music Industry Urges Action Against Baidu

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A coalition of leading music-industry companies and associations on June 3 issued a statement calling on major companies to review their relations with Beijing-based Internet portal Baidu due to its policy of providing “deep links” to Web sites of ...

  25. Miguel Makes Chart History With 'Complices'

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mexican crooner Luis Miguel has notched his eighth No. 1 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart with "Cómplices" (Warner Music Latina), giving him the crown for most No. 1's in the history of that chart. He was previously tied for ...

  26. Diamond Dominates Billboard 200 With First No. 1

    May 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In another busy week in the top tier of The Billboard 200, Neil Diamond's "Home Before Dark" zooms in at No. 1, becoming his first chart-topping album. The Columbia set got a big plug when Diamond appeared on "American Idol&quo ...

  27. Madonna Leads Busy Billboard 200

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a busy week at the top of the The Billboard 200, with Madonna's "Hard Candy" leading the action at No. 1. It is the artist's seventh chart-topper, the second-most among all female artists -- only Barbra Streisand, wit ...

  28. Miguel Lends Image To ATT

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mexican crooner Luis Miguel is the face of a new ATT campaign, timed with Mother's Day on May 11. Beginning April 18, through May 11, television stations in the U.S. will air an ATT ad that features snippets from Luis Miguel's new video, ...

  29. Nokia To Launch Aussie Online Store

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Finnish mobile phone company Nokia will launch the Australian version of its online music store next Tuesday (April 22), offering 2.5 million tracks. Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia, Universal Music Australia and EMI Music Australia have si ...

  30. Former Warner Oz Chief James Heads For Pay TV

    April 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Shaun James, one-time chairman and CEO of Warmer Music Australia, has been appointed head of music channels at pay TV production company XYZ Entertainment. Jointly owned by pay-TV networks Austar and Foxtel, XYZ produces music channels V, V2, Max ...

  31. German Artists Add Voice To Political CD

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pop group Silbermond, hip hoppers Seeed, rock band Sportfreunde Stiller and veterans Die Toten Hosen are among the 18 German artists who have contributed songs to a CD project aimed at drawing youths away from extreme right-wing politics. The song ...

  32. Low TV Ratings For Spain's Premios Awards

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Triple-award winner Miguel Bosé wasn't the only person noticeable for his absence from the 12th Premios de la Música gala. The event, which was broadcast on public TV channel La 2 on Friday evening, 24 hours after the April 3 ceremony, had an ...

  33. Baidu Challenged With $9M Copyright Lawsuit

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court has agreed to hear a copyright-infringement suit against web portal Baidu. The suit was filed Feb. 4 by Universal Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment Hong Kong and Warner Music Hong Kong, the IFPI ...

  34. Winehouse Notches Up 13th Week At Euro Chart Peak

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT "Back To Black" (Universal Island) gives Amy Winehouse a 13th aggregate and sixth consecutive week at No. 1 on European Top 100 Albums. Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" (Syco Music/Sony BMG) starts its fourth week atop Eurocha ...

  35. ADA Strikes Deals With Defected, Strictly Rhythm

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K.'s Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA) has struck exclusive international deals to distribute repertoire from specialist dance labels Defected Records and Strictly Rhythm Records. With effect from April 1, the labels' ...

  36. Karlsson Takes Warner Sweden Artist Brand Manager Role

    March 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Nordic has appointed Lasse Karlsson as artist brand manager for its Swedish business. Based in Stockholm, Karlsson will be responsible for tapping new opportunities and artist services, including synchronisation, touring, merchandise, ...

  37. Australia's Gyroscope Grabs Top Chart Slot

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Australia-signing Gyroscope's third album "Breed Obsession" debuted at the top spot in this week's Motorola Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) chart. The last Australian group to hit No. 1 on the ARIA ...

  38. Warner, Puma Snare Nutini Marketing Campaign

    March 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Scottish singer-songwriter Paolo Nutini is to be the face of an international multi-media marketing campaign for Puma, through a partnership struck between Warner Music U.K. and the footwear giant. Nutini will appear in Puma's new "Sport ...

  39. Soribada Gets OK For Legal P2P Service

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Soribada, South Korea's top P2P music service provider, claims it has received approval from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to launch a legal subscription-based P2P music-download service May 1. A Soribada spokesperson explains t ...

  40. Colombia's First Digital Music Store Launches

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Colombia's first foray into digital music sales comes via a mobile company. The country's first digital music store, Comcel Ideas Music Store, was launched by carrier Comcel, and allows full track downloads of songs via cellphones. Witho ...

  41. Muse Hits Big Screen In U.K.

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST U.K. alternative act Muse's performances at London's Wembley Stadium last June will be screened in cinemas across Britain next week. The "HAARP: Live From Wembley" CD/DVD package of the band's concerts from June 16/17 2007 ...

  42. WMI, 7digital Strike Euro Download Deal

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital download store 7digital.com on Tuesday becomes the first major European service of it kind to offer Warner Music's repertoire in the MP3 format, through a new deal struck with Warner Music International. An online marketing campaign w ...

  43. Cuevas Readies U.S. Tour

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former La Ley vocalist Beto Cuevas will tour 18 U.S. cities this spring on a trek sponsored by Jack Daniel's Studio No. 7. The club tour starts Mar. 18 in San Antonio and continues throughout the Southwest, California, Chicago and New York be ...

  44. Aussie Didgeridoo Player Dargin Dies

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST Alan Dargin, regarded as one of the lead exponents of the didgeridoo, died Feb. 24, from a cerebral haemorrhage following a stroke. He was 40. The indigenous player is best remembered for a series of albums and live performances in which he blende ...

  45. Warner/Chappell Finland Buys Ranka Pub Catalog

    January 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner/Chappell Music Finland has acquired the entire Ranka music publishing catalog. Ranka contains 1,300 predominantly Finnish metal and rock works, including songs by Spinefarm acts such as Children of Bodom, To/Die/For, Finntroll, Sonata Arcti ...

  46. Atlantic U.K. Returns To Asylum

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music division Atlantic U.K. has re-launched the Asylum imprint in Britain and appointed Ben Cook as managing director of the new frontline label. Cook was previously head of the record label division of Ministry of Sound. The revived Asylu ...

  47. French Biz Down, But Labels Remain Optimistic

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Despite a 17.4% fall in the wholesale value of shipments in 2007, the French record business is hopeful of positive movement in 2008. At Midem, labels trade body SNEP announced that the trade value of all shipments had fallen to €712.9 million ($1 ...

  48. Warner U.K. Adds 679

    January 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music has acquired 679 Recordings, home to British urban acts The Streets and Kano plus alt-rock band Mystery Jets, for an undisclosed sum. The label becomes a wholly-owned division of Atlantic Records U.K.; founder Nick Worthington remains ...

  49. Universal Music Canada Cuts 19 Jobs

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Canada announced 19 job cuts last Friday (Jan. 11), as well as the departure of senior executives, as the company attempts to cope with sagging compact disc sales in the Canadian market. The job cuts were from administrative positi ...

  50. Sony BMG Oz Buys Caplice Stake

    December 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG Music Entertainment Australia has become the first major label Down Under to invest in artist management and touring. The firm has taken a 50% share in Sydney-based Caplice Management and is negotiating with a second artist management fir ...

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