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  1. Irish Crooner Hennessy Dies

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Irish singer/songwriter Christie Hennessy passed away in London on Tuesday. The crooner, who released a string of platinum-selling albums in Ireland in the 1990s and penned hits for the likes of Christy Moore, was 62. Hennessy had issued a career- ...

  2. Warner Buys Finland's HMC

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Nordic has acquired the multi-faceted Helsinki Music Company, a Finnish firm with operations in recorded music, merchandising, music publishing and touring. With immediate effect, HMC becomes a wholly-owned division of Warner Music Fi ...

  3. Bosé On The Double At Premios Ondas Awards

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST Miguel Bosé picked up two awards at the 54th Premios Ondas gala in Barcelona on Dec. 4. Bosé took trophies for best Spanish artist and best album for "Papito" (Warner Music) - his biggest selling album over a 30-year career, with more th ...

  4. Bosé, Bisbal Win Big At Premios Amigos

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Miguel Bosé and David Bisbal took the top awards at Spain's revived Premios Amigo on Nov. 27 in Madrid, as the top-selling Spanish artist of the past year and most-popular artist, respectively. The 30-year veteran Bosé won for his latest albu ...

  5. Joost Users Tune-In For Hard-Fi Net Channel

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Atlantic Records U.K. has launched a dedicated Hard-Fi channel on Internet TV service Joost. The ad-funded channel - a first for a Warner Music U.K. act -- will allow users to tap into videos, tour diaries, live shows, interviews and behind-the-sc ...

  6. Huecco Replaces Melendi For Mexico City Concert

    November 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music-signed Spanish artist Huecco will take the place of multi-platinum singer Melendi at a Nov. 17 Rock En Ñ concert in Mexico City. Melendi has decided not to appear following a Nov. 13 incident on an Iberia state aircraft en route from ...

  7. Jesse & Joy Special Edition Set For February

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST On the heels of its Best New Artist win at last week's Latin Grammys, brother-sister duo Jesse & Joy will re-release their "Esta Es Mi Vida" album on Warner Music Latina Feb. 12. The CD/DVD package, called "Especial Sideral ...

  8. YouTube Launches In Germany

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Online video-sharing platform YouTube has launched a German version. YouTube.de went live yesterday, having forged licensing partnerships with more than 60 content providers, including Universal Music and Sony BMG. "The high click rates of vi ...

  9. Former Warner UK Chair Phillips On The Edge

    November 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Warner Music U.K. chairman Nick Phillips has been named as a board member at London-based entertainment industry investment house the Edge Group. Phillips has worked in the industry for 30 years, becoming Warner chairman in 1999. He left th ...

  10. SuperVision's Craig Joins Atlantic U.K.

    October 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paul Craig, a long-time artist manager who co-founded the SuperVision Management firm, has been appointed GM of Atlantic Records U.K., with effect from Nov. 5. And in a related move, Lavolta Records co-founder Siona Ryan will join the U.K. affilia ...

  11. Mint Chicks, Hollie Smith Win At NZ Awards

    October 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Mint Chicks and Hollie Smith were the big winners at the 42nd annual New Zealand Music Awards, held last night at Auckland's Aotea Centre. Both acts snared three gongs at the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand event, which was ...

  12. U.K.'s O2 Strikes Zeppelin Content Deal

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has inked a deal with O2 which will allow the mobile network's customers first access to Led Zeppelin's digitized content, plus entry into a prize draw for the rock legends' one-off in London next month. Through th ...

  13. Penzer Joins WMI's Biz Development Team

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has recruited Noel Penzer to the role of business development director, with immediate effect. Penzer is tasked with growing the U.K. company's digital revenue, and enhancing its physical business and activities in other mus ...

  14. Stewart Launches Music Consultancy

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A&R veteran Nick Stewart has opened his own music consultancy, Nick Stewart & Associates. Based in London, the new firm offers its clients such services as music marketing, management and music publishing. Current projects include supervis ...

  15. Price Is Right For Creative Entertainment Group

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British concert producers, promoter and booking agent Creative Entertainment Group has recruited Warner Music veteran Peter Price to develop and head-up a new creative artist management division. CEG executive director Paul Fitzgerald says the app ...

  16. Ferro Joins Giannini's Management Firm

    October 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Italian singer-songwriter Tiziano Ferro has signed to a new management company. The artist joins A&R Management, which has been set up by Fabrizio Giannini, the former deputy GM and VP of A&R at Ferro's label, EMI Italy. Giannini tell ...

  17. EU Approves Sony BMG Merger, Impala Demands Inquiry

    October 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has cleared for the second time the merger of Sony and Bertelsmann's recorded music businesses to create Sony BMG. In a statement, the Commission -- the European Union's antitrust authority -- said, "the tran ...

  18. Atlantic Act To Power Soundtrack To Bebo Webisodes

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Atlantic Records' UK division is teaming up with social networking site Bebo to promote emerging act The Days. The band's music will be featured in Bebo's online series "Kate Modern" -- a spinoff of the "Lonlygirl15&q ...

  19. Evermore, Opshop Grab 5 NZ Music Award Nominations

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Evermore and Opshop top the list of nominations for October's New Zealand Music Awards, followed closely by local pop divas Hollie Smith and Brooke Fraser. Australian-based Warner Music act Evermore and the Siren-signed Opshop each receive fi ...

  20. Sources: Universal To Buy Belgium's ARS

    September 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Belgium is eyeing-up leading Belgian independent ARS Entertainment, Billboard.biz has learned. And unconfirmed rumors circulate that ARS founder and managing director Patrick Busschots is to be tapped as the new Universal Belgium M ...

  21. Latin Pop Duo Lu Splitting Up

    August 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Latina pop duet Lu is breaking up, Billboard.biz has confirmed. Lu, the boy/girl duet made up of Mario Sandoval and Patricia Cantú, released their self-titled debut in 2004. The album got off initially to a very slow start, but a subs ...

  22. Trinity Universal Holdings Gets Investment Boost

    July 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ingenious Media Active Capital (IMAC) is investing up to £5 million ($10.2 million US) in U.K.-based Trinity Universal Holdings Limited, a digital media marketing service provider for the music industry. Trinity develops interactive social network ...

  23. EC OKs Terra Firma, EMI Deal

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission on Thursday approved private equity group Terra Firma Capital Partners' £2.4 billion ($4.8 billion) takeover bid for EMI Group. The clearance for the planned buyout comes despite attempts by many EMI shareholders to en ...

  24. Universal Music Exec Monterio Advances

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sandy Monteiro moves up the ranks as senior VP, Universal Music South East Asia, overseeing the company's operations in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Monteiro continues in his current post as managing director, Universa ...

  25. WMG, Sony BMG Launch Digital Platform In Russia

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music and Sony BMG, along with two Russian record labels, launched a wholesale digital distribution platform in Russia on Thursday, a market dominated by piracy across the entire entertainment industry. The two majors said they had formed a ...

  26. EMI Seal VidZone Link-Up

    June 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music and U.K.-based VidZone Digital Media and have signed a licensing and distribution deal that gives the digital-music service provider access to EMI's complete digital catalog for mobile and online distribution. VidZone claims its lib ...

  27. NZ Industry Bodies Ring Changes

    June 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New appointments have been confirmed today (June 12) for the boards of Phonographic Performances NZ (PPNZ) and the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ). Phil Howling, the newly appointed GM of Warner Music New Zealand, succeeds hi ...

  28. Joost Taps Volpi As CEO

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Joost has named Mike Volpi as its new CEO. He replaces founding CEO, Fredrik de Wahl, who will become chief strategy officer of the Internet television service. Volpi joins Joost from Cisco Systems. Most recently he was senior VP/GM for Cisco' ...

  29. EC Extends iTunes Anti-trust Deadline

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission has extended until June 20 its deadline for Apple and major record companies to respond to its anti-trust concerns over iTunes pricing. It comes two months after the Commission -- the European Union's anti-trust author ...

  30. MuchMusic Noms Announced

    May 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With five nominations each, Warner Music band Billy Talent and Roadrunner’s Nickelback lead the pack of Canadian nominees at the 18th Annual MuchMusic Video Awards. The event, to be held June 17 at MuchMusic's landmark headquarters in downtow ...

  31. Sanz U.S. Trek Postponed

    May 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Alejandro Sanz' "El Tren de los Momentos" U.S. tour has been postponed until November, a spokeswoman for Sanz tells Billboard.biz. The first U.S. leg had been scheduled to begin at Las Vegas' Palms Casino June 6, with 15 states ...

  32. Warners U.K. Lay Off 15 In 'Realignment'

    May 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music U.K. has begun laying off staff as part of the worldwide Warner Music Group restructure announced earlier this month. "As part of WMG's ongoing transformation to a music-based content company we are realigning WMUK to most e ...

  33. The Crimea Breaks Mold With Download Offering

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British alternative rock act the Crimea has taken a radical approach to building a following. The group -- currently out of contract after they split last summer with their former label, Warner Music -- has made its new, self-financed, album " ...

  34. Warner Taps Hicks For Publishing, Label Roles

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music has promoted Chris Hicks and created a label role for the entrepreneurial urban music executive. Warner/Chappell Music has promoted Hicks to senior VP, A&R, and head of urban music, while Atlantic Records has tapped him as senior ...

  35. Labels Taps eListeningPost For Digital Push

    April 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Three U.K. labels have revealed plans to use eListeningPost, the ad-supported digital viral marketing service, to promote new or recent releases this month. Korova, a Warner Music U.K. imprint, will use eListeningPost's email-based technology ...

  36. EC Issues Anti-Trust Statement Naming Apple, Majors

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission says Apple Inc. and the major record companies may be guilty of violating competition regulations on Apple's iTunes Music Store. The Commission -- the European Union's anti-trust authority -- confirmed today (Apri ...

  37. Castello Branco Takes Reins At EMI Brazil

    April 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Universal Music executive Marcelo Castello Branco has taken charge at EMI Music Brazil as managing director, effective April 2. Castello Branco, whose career spans 20 years in the music industry, was most recently the Madrid-based president ...

  38. Bebo, 7digital Team For Downloads

    March 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bebo, the U.K.-based international social networking Web site, has joined forces with British online music retailer 7digital to enable artists to sell music directly to consumers. The deal, which kicks off today (March 28), will enable Bebo's ...

  39. Italian Biz Lauds Anti-Piracy Victories

    March 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Italy's anti-piracy campaigners are feeling upbeat after two recent successes. The first involved the handing down of a tough sentence by an appeals court in Naples, the country's unofficial piracy capital, in a case that began in 1999. ...

  40. Diesel Fuels 2007 Unsigned Artist Awards

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Diesel-U-Music international unsigned artist competition is gearing up for another year. From April 2 until May 11, artists can submit tracks in the categories indie/rock, electronic and urban/hip-hop, via the official Web site www.diesel-u-mu ...

  41. Silbermond Leads Germany's Echo Nominations

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST With four nominations, rock band Silbermond is the frontrunner heading into Germany's 16th annual Echo Awards, to be held March 25. The act is up for group rock/pop national, and is nominated for hit of the year with "Das Beste" (Co ...

  42. EC Starts Sony BMG Review

    February 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST The European Commission has opened its re-examination of the merger between Sony Corp and Bertelsmann's music units, seven months after an EU court threw out their approval. The Commission -- the EU's anti-trust authority -- said it woul ...

  43. Danish Music Awards Takes Shape

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Veto (Playground), Michael Simpson (A:larm) and Nephew (Copenhagen Records) boast seven nominations each for the Danish Music Awards, and are all contends for best album and best rock album. Gnarls Barkley and Arctic Monkeys each got nods in the t ...

  44. V2, Quibus Forge Content Pact

    December 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST London-based independent label V2 Music has struck a deal to license its works for streaming and downloading on Quibus' peer-to-peer music promotion platform. Malmö, Sweden-based Quibus' service is free to the user, and revenues are gene ...

  45. EMI Calls Quits With Buyout Bidder

    December 14, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Group's brief flirtation with a potential new private equity owner has finished, at least for now. In a brief statement issued this morning (Dec. 14) to the London Stock Exchange, the music major confirmed that discussions on a potential ...

  46. EMI Confirms Approach

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Group plc is the target of a takeover. The British music major confirmed in a statement to the London Stock Exchange today (Nov. 28) that it has "received a preliminary approach for the company which may or may not lead to an offer being ...

  47. EMI Confirms Approach

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST Stock soars more than 10%. EMI Group plc is the target of a takeover. The British music major confirmed in a statement to the London Stock Exchange today (Nov. 28) that it has "received a preliminary approach for the company which may or may ...

  48. EMI Confirms Approach

    November 28, 2006 12:00 AM EST EMI Group plc is the target of a takeover. The British music major confirmed in a statement to the London Stock Exchange today (Nov. 28) that it has "received a preliminary approach for the company wh EMI Group plc is the target of a takeover ...

  49. Futureheads Have No Future With 679/Warner Music

    November 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST British U.K. alternative rock quartet the Futureheads have parted ways with their record label 679/Warner Music. British U.K. alternative rock quartet the Futureheads have parted ways with their record label 679/Warner Music. The split, effective ...

  50. Futureheads Have No Future With 679/Warner Music

    November 23, 2006 12:00 AM EST British U.K. alternative rock quartet the Futureheads have parted ways with their record label 679/Warner Music. British U.K. alternative rock quartet the Futureheads have parted ways with their record label 679/Warner Music. The split, effective ...

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