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  1. Ericsson Says Sony Logical Buyer For SE Stake: Report

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ericsson chief executive Carl-Henric Svanberg said partner Sony would be a "logical buyer" for Ericsson's half of handset making joint venture Sony Ericsson, the Financial Times reported on Thursday (May 7). Steep losses from the ve ...

  2. Web Reaction: Google's Music Search Engine

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google's newly announced record label-sanctioned music search engine site is being heralded as an important step in the development of new monetization models and, not surprising, has drawn a good deal of commentary. Gerd Leonhard has an insi ...

  3. SKU'ing Up

    March 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT During the past two years, one 29-year-old Bay Area music fan reckons she's spent about $200 on music. She gets most of her music for free from blogs and BitTorrent trackers, but one recent release struck her as cool enough to get her to lay ...

  4. Sharkey Cautions U.K. Govt On Web Piracy Regulation

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Speaking at the MidemNet conference in Cannes, Feargal Sharkey, chief executive of umbrella industry organization U.K. Music, warned the British government to tread carefully on any regulation to control illegal file-sharing. It follows a Jan. 16 ...

  5. Industry Tight-Lipped on 'Digital Britain Report'

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Trade bodies remain unaffected by an article in the Financial Times that reveals insider details about the proposed "Digital Britain Report" from the U.K.'s new communications minister, Lord Carter. A spokesperson from the Departmen ...

  6. China Targets Big Web Sites In Internet Crackdown

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST China has launched a crackdown on websites as the country enters a politically sensitive year, with officials accusing search engines including Baidu and Google of spreading pornography and vulgarity. A report on an official news website (www.chin ...

  7. Digital Briefs: Hulu Partnership, RIAA Appeal, WMG/YouTube

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST - There's more talk of the major labels creating a single online music video spot. According to the Financial Times , plans under discussion include "a partnership with Hulu, the online television and film joint venture between News Corp ...

  8. Zavvi Stores Refuse Gift Vouchers

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Customers holding gift vouchers for U.K. entertainment retailer Zavvi have been told to contact the joint administrators for a refund, although not all vouchers will be eligible to be exchanged for cash. Zavvi went into administration on Dec. 24, ...

  9. Woolworths Group's EUK Changes Trading Terms

    November 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST British wholesale distributor Entertainment U.K. (EUK), part of the troubled Woolworths Group, has insisted it can operate as normal in the run-up to Christmas. There have been concerns in the biz about EUK's position during the crucial fourt ...

  10. Report: New EMI Music Structure To Be Revealed

    November 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Financial Times reports that Elio Leoni-Sceti, CEO of EMI’s recorded music division, will reveal that the company is dividing its operations into new music, catalog and music services units. Billboard.biz will update with details as they becom ...

  11. EMI Set To Launch Digital Store

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI is preparing to launch a music service by the end of the year, representing the latest direct-to-consumer business being planned by a major label. "This is not an effort to compete with iTunes or Amazon," said a source familiar with ...

  12. CTIA Day 1: Mobile Social Networking, Off-deck Sales

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment trade show kicked off today in San Francisco. The event runs Sept. 10 - 12. Below, a round-up of music mobile news. - Mobile social networking is emerging as a key area of interest for both content provid ...

  13. Guitar Hero Aims at iTunes?

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Is the publisher of "Guitar Hero" working on an online music store that could rival Apple's iTunes? In an interview with the Financial Times , Bobby Kotick, chief executive of the recently merged Activision Blizzard, which publishes ...

  14. Nokia Signs Warner To Music Deal

    July 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The world's top cellphone maker Nokia and Warner Music Group have put aside their differences to bring the label's content to Nokia's Comes With Music initiative as well as Nokia's Ovi mobile music store. The Comes With Music o ...

  15. Virgin Mobile To Acquire Helio?

    June 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Big changes may be ahead for the U.S. mobile virtual network operator market, with Virgin Mobile USA reportedly set to acquire Helio-the U.S. operator owned by SK Telecom. Helio is a joint venture between SK Telekom and Earthlink, with SK Telekom ...

  16. Beatles Videogame Coming?

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As the music world continues to wait for the Beatles to bring their iconic catalog to iTunes for digital sale, talks reportedly are underway that may see the Fab Four's music included in videogames first. According to an account in the Financ ...

  17. Report: Bertelsmann Wants $1.5bn for Sony BMG Stake

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bertelsmann is valuing its stake in Sony BMG at $1.2 billion to $1.5 billion as the German media group escalates its efforts to pull out of the record music joint venture with Sony Corp, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. According to the r ...

  18. Labels, Apple Debate 'Total Music'

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Apple and major record labels have reportedly stepped up negotiations concerning the idea of bringing the "Total Music" concept to iPod devices. The negotiations, first reported by the Financial Times and since confirmed by industry sour ...

  19. Clapton Invited To Play In North Korea

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST North Korean officials have invited Eric Clapton to play a concert in the Communist state, a diplomat at the country's embassy in London said today (Feb. 26). The diplomat confirmed reports in the British media that Clapton had been officiall ...

  20. Global Bertelsmann Execs Gather For Berlin Summit

    December 10, 2007 12:00 AM EST The possible sale of Bertelsmann Direct North America, and a revamped music publishing house for Sony BMG are just some of the likely topics on the agenda at the upcoming world meeting of the Bertelsmann media group. The summit in Berlin on Wednes ...

  21. U.K.'s ERA Throws Support Behind MP3

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Britain's Entertainment Retailers Assn. has entered into the debate on DRM-free music. The trade body's director general Kim Bayley has written a letter to the Financial Times newspaper in which she called on the music industry to drop D ...

  22. WMG To Mobile Firms: Get Your Act Together

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman says mobile operators need to get their music act together before Apple and Google eat their lunch. Speaking to the Financial Times , Bronfman reiterated his long-held stance that today's mobile phon ...

  23. Reports: O2 Poised To Strike U.K. Deal For iPhone

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Representatives from Apple Computer and O2, the U.K. mobile operator, declined to confirm or deny reports published today which claimed the two firms were collaborating on the launch of Europe's first iPhone service. Today's edition of t ...

  24. Update: Interest For EMI Heats Up

    May 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Many Londoners know the feeling. You wait an age for a bus, then three come along at once. EMI Group has been waiting some time for that metaphorical bus. And as it so happens, three have come along. As reported here last week, the London based ma ...

  25. PPL Avoids Ad Petition Rap

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL) has escaped censure from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after the music industry services firm drew complaints over a full-page advertisement placed in a broadsheet newspaper. PPL's ...

  26. Levy, Munns Out At EMI

    January 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI is expected to announce on Friday (Jan. 12) the dismissal of vice chairman David Munns and EMI Music chairman/CEO Alain Levy, sources confirm to Billboard.biz. The high-powered music executives are being cut in a massive restructuring of EMI, ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Report: Gowers Won't Budge On U.K. C'right Duration

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound recordings is heading for a defeat, according to unconfirmed media reports. Ahead of the publication of the Gowers review -- due around the chancellor's Dec. ...

  31. Report: Gowers Won't Budge On U.K. C'right Duration

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound recordings is heading for a defeat, according to unconfirmed media reports. The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound r ...

  32. Report: Gowers Won't Budge On U.K. C'right Duration

    November 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound recordings is heading for a defeat, according to unconfirmed media reports. The British record industry's battle for extended copyright protection on sound r ...

  33. Brits Back Copyright Extension

    November 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST Almost two-thirds of the British public are backing the record industry's battle for extended copyright protection for local artists, according to a new report. Almost two-thirds of the British public are backing the record industry's ba ...

  34. Sources: Clear Channel Bids Due In Coming Days

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Company declines to comment. Bids are due in the coming days for Clear Channel Communications Inc., the largest U.S. radio company, sources familiar with the situation told Reuters on Nov. 9. Clear Channel, which has about 1,150 stations, said las ...

  35. Report: UMG Makes BMG Publishing Bid

    July 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Bids coming in between $1.5 - $2 million. Vivendi's Universal Music has made a bid of close to $2 billion in the auction of Bertelsmann AG's music publishing arm, the Financial Times said on Friday (July 21), citing two people familiar w ...

  36. Report-Bertelsmann To Sell Music Division

    March 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST German group plans to buy back GBL shares. German media group Bertelsmann is planning to sell its 50 percent stake in music company Sony BMG, which it owns together with Japanese electronics group Sony Corp., to avoid a stock market listing, the F ...

  37. Bertelsmann 'Prepared For IPO'

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Bertelsmann AG, Europe's biggest media company, may become publicly traded for the first time as Belgium's Groupe Bruxelles Lambert SA prepares to sell its 25% stake. Sony BMG parent Bertelsmann AG said today (Jan. 27) that it was prepar ...

  38. Bertelsmann 'Prepared For IPO'

    January 27, 2006 12:00 AM EST Sony BMG parent Bertelsmann AG said today (Jan. 27) that it was prepared for a possible share offering after a minority shareholder said it would exercise its right to request an initial public offeri Sony BMG parent Bertelsmann AG said today (Jan ...

  39. U.K. Sets Clock Ticking Over Copyright Term

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Britain's term of copyright on sound recordings will come under the microscope as part of a new and thorough review into intellectual property rights, which was launched today (Dec. 2) by Chancellor o Britain's term of copyright on sound ...

  40. U.K. Sets Clock Ticking Over Copyright Term

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Britain's term of copyright on sound recordings will come under the microscope as part of a new and thorough review into intellectual property rights, which was launched today (Dec. 2) by Chancellor o Britain's term of copyright on sound ...

  41. U.K. Sets Clock Ticking Over Copyright Term

    December 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Britain's term of copyright on sound recordings will come under the microscope as part of a new and thorough review into intellectual property rights, which was launched today (Dec. 2) by Chancellor o Britain's term of copyright on sound ...

  42. EU Says Microsoft Antitrust Case Remains Intact

    November 30, 2004 12:00 AM EST The European Union insisted Nov. 24 that its antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. remains intact despite a surprise meeting called by the judge following the desertion of two of the EU's biggest all BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union insis ...

  43. Report: Warner Music Planning IPO

    September 23, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is eyeing a public stock issue as early as next spring, according to a report published in the British trade press today (Sept. 23). Warner Music Group is eyeing a public stock issue as early as next spring, according to a repor ...

  44. Report: Microsoft To Launch Music Store In August

    July 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft is poised to launch its long-awaited online music store in late August, a move sure to intensify competition in the nascent internet music market currently dominated by Apple Computer's popu Microsoft is poised to launch its long-aw ...

  45. Napster Heads To U.K.

    March 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Napster today (March 3) unveiled plans to enter the U.K. market, the digital-music provider's first official entry point outside North America. Napster today (March 3) unveiled plans to enter the U.K. market, the digital-music provider's ...

  46. Napster Heads To U.K.

    March 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST Napster today (March 3) unveiled plans to enter the U.K. market, the digital-music provider's first official entry point outside North America. Napster today (March 3) unveiled plans to enter the U.K. market, the digital-music provider's ...

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