1. Warner Music Group Hires New CFO

    October 15, 2014 8:28 AM EDT Warner Music Group has shuffled its corporate structure with the appointment of Eric Levin as its new EVP and CFO, replacing Brian Roberts who is moving to a newly created position at the label.  Related Warner Music Group Announces Leadership Con ...

  2. Record Store Day Co-Founder Eric Levin on In-Stores, Exclusive Releases, Iggy Pop's Ambassadorship

    April 20, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Eric Levin is a co-founder of Record Store Day (RSD), owner of Atlanta's Criminal Records and head of the Alliance of Independent Media Stores. Though this year he's scaled back his involvement with RSD to focus on his retail business ( ...

  3. Backbeat: Butch Walker Plays In-Store, Takes to Photo Booth To Save Atlanta's Criminal Records

    October 17, 2011 10:05 AM EDT Record Store Day: Butch Walker clowning it up with Criminal Records' owner Eric Levin (left) and Criminal Record employees Carol Lai, Jason Huges, Lillian Lai-Huges and Kim Glenn. With Criminal Records' future at stake , Butch Walker who ...

  4. Can Criminal and VIP Records Be Saved?

    September 15, 2011 1:38 PM EDT Last week, Criminal Records in Atlanta announced it would probably close its doors right after Christmas. This week, VIP Records in Long Beach California also said it would shutter, probably by November. Both announcements generated plenty of pres ...

  5. Billboard Bits: AFI's Breakup A Hoax, Lady Gaga To Perform On 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    September 08, 2011 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Billboard Bits serves up the best bite-sized nuggets of music news and gossip. AFI Splits... But It's A Hoax Rumors and reports were flying around earlier today that goth-rockers AFI had split up. But it was apparently all a misunderstanding: t ...

  6. Atlanta's Criminal Records Facing Closure; Owner is President of AIMS

    September 06, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Criminal Records, the 20-year-old independent record store located in Atlanta's Little Five Points neighborhood, might have to shut its doors in November. Owner Eric Levin tells Billboard.biz that Criminal needs to make a $150,000 debt paymen ...

  7. Eric Levin, Record Store Day's Co-Founder: The .Biz Q&A

    April 15, 2011 1:08 PM EDT Eric Levin is a happy man, despite working in independent music retail for more than three decades. While his industry has faced immense challenges in the digital age, Levin has successfully navigated the prevailing ill winds and managed to help o ...

  8. Record Store Day Highlights: Pearl Jam, Bob Dylan, Regina Spektor & More

    April 15, 2011 7:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 As Record Store Day approaches on April 16, the fourth annual event continues to be an increasingly valued channel through which to sell music. The number of stores expected to participate will be about the same as last year: about 1,400 around the ...

  9. Record Store Day Boosts Indie Stores' Sales

    April 22, 2009 7:27 PM EDT 0 0 0 The numbers are in and Record Store Day produced a nearly 1% gain - to 566,000 for the week versus 561,000 from the corresponding week of the prior year - in U.S. album sales for the indie store sector, according to Nielsen SoundScan. While that may ...

  10. Record Store Day Boosts Indie Stores' Sales

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The numbers are in and Record Store Day produced a nearly 1% gain -- to 566,000 for the week versus 561,000 from the corresponding week of the prior year -- in U.S. album sales for the indie store sector, according to Nielsen SoundScan. While that ...

  11. Record Store Day Traffic, Sales Up

    April 20, 2009 9:37 AM EDT 0 0 0 Thanks to the 82 exclusive releases and limited availability, customers lined up at record stores all around the country on Saturday morning and helped kickoff Record Store Day 2009 with a bang. Reports suggest traffic pick-ups and sales volume this ...

  12. Holiday Tales Of Bagels & Broadcasts At Indie Stores

    November 24, 2006 12:00 AM EST Indie retailers find new ways to survive the holidays. Indie retailers may not be jumping for holiday joy this season, but there's plenty keeping them busy. From continuing to diversify beyond music to include everything from bagels to vintag ...

  13. Atlanta's Criminal Buys Local Coffeehouses

    November 16, 2005 12:00 AM EST Locations to be outfitted with music content. Criminal Records owner Eric Levin has purchased local Atlanta business Aurora Coffee. The latter has two coffee locations – one directly next store to Criminal and another in the city’s Virginia Highla ...

  14. Stevens Album Soars Despite 'Superman' Flap

    July 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Not even the Man of Steel could stop the new album by critically acclaimed artist Sufjan Stevens from hitting most store shelves on its July 5 release date. He came close, though. Not even the Man of Steel could stop the new album by critically accl ...