1. WIN's Alison Wenham on Licensing Imbroglio: 'YouTube Is Trying To Devalue the Streaming Market'

    June 06, 2014 2:41 PM EDT The on-going dispute between independent labels trade body The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) and YouTube over licensing terms for its new music subscription service shows no sign of abating. On Wednesday June 4, it was confirmed that the Eur ...

  2. Brandle’s Global Bits: Aussie Live Biz Enters Spin Cycle, HMV on the Comeback Trail, Mercury Prize Noms, IMPALA's Board

    September 17, 2013 10:00 PM EDT Trouble in Aussie Live Biz Paradise An unusually turbulent few weeks in Australia’s live biz has observers wondering whether there’s trouble in paradise. A handful of festivals are falling over, one has changed hands, the two biggest events are ...

  3. Parlophone Purchase: What It Means For Warner Music and Universal

    February 07, 2013 2:20 PM EST In an unexpected and strong move, the Warner Music Group has won the auction for the Parlophone Label Group assets with a £487 million ($762 million) bid. The deal is expected to close mid-2013. The deal will give the Warner Music Group, the sma ...

  4. IMPALA, Indies Ask EC to Investigate Sony-BMG's Parlophone Bid

    January 11, 2013 7:17 PM EST Independent music companies have raised concerns about a plan by Sony Corp. and Bertelsmann music venture BMG to bid for former EMI label Parlophone, arguing an acquisition would give the music giants, particularly Sony, too much market power. Viv ...

  5. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 3: The Biggest Issue Facing the Music Business Is ... ?

    December 21, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 -- and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. In the last of three questions we asked the industry "What will the mo ...

  6. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 2: Mumford, PSY, Adele Among Most Important Artists of 2012

    December 20, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  7. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 1: Most Important Event of 2012

    December 19, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  8. Universal-EMI: Lucian Grainge, IMPALA, Martin Mills, Other Reactions to Deal's Approval

    September 21, 2012 3:14 PM EDT As expected, the approval by the European Union and the Federal Trade Commission has inspired a number of dramatically opposing comments and reactions from the parties affected by and involved in the deal. Here's a collection of several we� ...

  9. Universal Music-EMI Deal Approved by European Union

    September 21, 2012 6:19 AM EDT European Union regulators today formally approved Universal Music Group's $1.9 billion acquisition of the recorded music unit of EMI Music. As expected, the approval is contingent upon divestments to limit the combined companies' market ...

  10. Updated: Richard Branson Interested in Buying Back Virgin Records With Impala's Patrick Zelnik

    July 17, 2012 7:59 AM EDT LONDON - Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has expressed his interest in a potential bid for the Virgin Records label he founded. Vivendi's Universal Music Group is meeting with European regulators in Brussels this week to discuss possible ...

  11. Impala Reiterates Its Opposition to EMI Publishing/Sony Merger

    February 28, 2012 3:25 PM EST Independent rights group Impala is reiterating its opposition to Sony's acquisition of EMI Music Publishing from Citigroup. Tuesday's statement comes a day after Sony officially notified the European Commission's antitrust regulator ...

  12. Martin Mills, Beggars Group CEO, Honored by IMPALA

    February 02, 2012 5:23 PM EST Martin Mills, founder and CEO of the Beggars Group, has been awarded the 2011 IMPALA Outstanding Contribution Award, in recognition of his achievements in the independent sector. Mills, who set-up Beggars Banquet in 1974, initially as a London cha ...

  13. Analysis: Edgar Bronfman's Big Statements About Universal/EMI Deal Are Business As Usual -- But Much More Public

    February 02, 2012 4:37 PM EST While the mainstream media is getting worked up over Edgar Bronfman's comments on how dangerous a combined Universal/EMI recorded-music operation will be - not to mention his proclamation that the Warner Music Group will fight it "tooth ...

  14. Indie Music Biz Gathers @MIDEM To Create Global Manifesto

    January 30, 2012 12:10 PM EST Leaders of the independent music community gathered in MIDEM this week to hammer-out the first global manifesto , a 10-point blueprint which is hoped could pave the path to a better future for the indie sector. The overarching theme of the manifes ...

  15. IMPALA Issues Statement on EMI Sale

    January 26, 2012 10:40 AM EST As the date approaches for regulatory statements on the sale of EMI and MIDEM begins this weekend, IMPALA has issued a statement on the sale. In November, hortly before the sale, IMPALA called for the European Commision to intervene on its behalf. ...

  16. FTC Reviewing Citigroup's Sale of EMI To Universal, Sony: Report

    December 22, 2011 12:09 PM EST The FTC is reviewing Citigroup's sale of EMI's recorded music and publishing divisions, according to a New York Post report . The sale of EMI's divisions - recorded music to Universal Music Group for $1.9 billion and music publishin ...

  17. Impala, Buma/Stemra Partner On First European Mechanical Rights Licensing Portal

    November 28, 2011 8:36 AM EST The first ever one-stop online shop for mechanical rights licensing in Europe has been established, following a ground breaking deal between Impala, the Brussels-based Independent Music Companies Association, and Dutch collecting society Buma/Stem ...

  18. EMI's Deals WIth Universal, Sony Face Inevitable -- But Different -- Regulatory Scrutiny

    November 11, 2011 5:46 PM EST The sale of EMI is just the beginning in what could be a lengthy process that further consolidates the record and music publishing businesses. Citigroup's sale of EMI -- its recorded-music division to Universal Music Group and its music publi ...

  19. Business Matters: Simfy Launches Facebook Music Player Before Spotify Does

    June 01, 2011 7:45 PM EDT Simfy Launches Facebook Music Player Before Spotify Does --With relatively little fanfare, German music streaming service Simfy has launched a music player for Facebook. This comes just a week after news broke that Spotify is working on some kind ...

  20. BACKBEAT: Universal Music Germany Reception @ Popkomm, Copyright Discussion On The Menu

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Popkomm, the international music industry conference and trade show which took a year off in 2009, resumed this year on September 8-10 and hosted visitors from over 55 countries who flooded Berlin to discuss the most important issues facing the mu ...

  21. Copyright Debates Fire Up Popkomm

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams' manager Tim Clark did his best to spark the panel program, organized by all2gethernow, into life as the congress concentrated on legal matters during its second day. While the policy of holding multiple panels at the same tim ...

  22. @MIDEM: Impala Unveils Financial Action Plan For Biz

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Brussels-based pan-European independent labels body Impala has launched a radical 10-point financial action plan for the music industry. "This is a call for action to national governments, the EC and the music industry," Helen Smith, exe ...

  23. IMPALA Unveils New Board at MIDEM

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Pan-European independent labels body IMPALA has unveiled its new management structure at MIDEM, promoting current secretary general Helen Smith to executive chair. The trade body for European independent labels has also elected a triumvirate presi ...

  24. Smith Named Impala Secretary General

    July 02, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Helen Smith, co-manager of Brussels-based creative-industry consultancy KEA European Affairs, has been appointed as the new "stand-alone" secretary general for Impala, the pan-European trade association for independent music companies. T ...

  25. Impala Re-Ups Lambot As Chairman

    June 16, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Michel Lambot's mandate as chairman of European labels body Impala has been extended for another year. Michel Lambot's mandate as chairman of European labels body Impala has been extended for another year. Impala's chairmanship was ...

  26. Impala Move Could Affect Future Mergers

    November 09, 2004 12:00 AM EST The decision by Impala to legally challenge the European Commission's approval of the Sony BMG merger could raise questions for future deals. LONDON -- The decision by Impala to legally challenge the European Commission's approval of the ...

  27. Impala To File Sony BMG Appeal Next Month

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST European independent labels body Impala will lodge an appeal to the Sony BMG merger before the court of First Instance in Luxemburg in early December. European independent labels body Impala will lodge an appeal to the Sony BMG merger before the c ...

  28. Impala To File Sony BMG Appeal Next Month

    November 03, 2004 12:00 AM EST European independent labels body Impala will lodge an appeal to the Sony BMG merger before the court of First Instance in Luxemburg in early December. European independent labels body Impala will lodge an appeal to the Sony BMG merger before the c ...

  29. Impala Holds On Sony BMG Stance

    October 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels' body Impala has delayed making a final decision on whether to initiate a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger. European independent labels' body Impala has delayed making a final decision on whether to init ...

  30. Impala Holds On Sony BMG Stance

    October 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels' body Impala has delayed making a final decision on whether to initiate a court challenge to the Sony BMG merger. Sources suggest an announcement is likely in the week begi European independent labels' body Im ...

  31. Impala Threatens Sony/BMG Legal Action

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT European independent labels organization Impala says it will challenge the Sony-BMG merger in court if the deal gets clearance from the European Commission. European independent labels organization Impala says it will challenge the Sony-BMG merger ...

  32. Impala Threatens Litigation If Sony/BMG Is Cleared

    June 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Indie trade group issues protest to Monti. European independent labels organization Impala says it will challenge the Sony-BMG merger in court if the deal gets clearance from the European Commission. The threat was made in a letter sent yesterday ...