1. Jim Urie Announces He Is Stepping Down from Universal Music Group Distribution

    October 03, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Jim Urie , the last of the music industry distribution giants, has announced that he is retiring from Universal Music Group Distribution at the end of the year. Urie joined the company as executive vp/gm in 1998, as the No. 2 to industry legend He ...

  2. Universal Music-EMI Merger: UMG Struck Gold With PolyGram in the 1990s, Can They Do It Again?

    September 21, 2012 5:45 PM EDT Now that the Universal Music Group has approval to complete its acquisition of EMI's recorded music operation , it will hit the ground running to integrate the two companies, insiders say. The Universal Music Group already presided over a hig ...

  3. Adam Zelinka Named SVP, Marketing and Product Development at UMG Distribution

    June 15, 2012 12:19 PM EDT 0 0 Universal Music Group Distribution named Adam Zelinka its new senior vice president, marketing and product development, announced UMGD president and CEO Jim Urie. Zelinka moves to UMGD from his previous role as founder of Fanatical Marketing LLC, a Ne ...

  4. Do Strong Pre- and Post-Holiday Music Sales Point To Another Up Year?

    January 20, 2012 12:50 PM EST After U.S. album sales posted their first annual increase in seven years, the recording industry is now left to wonder whether an encore is possible in 2012.' Based on recorded-music sales during the year-end holiday season and sales during t ...

  5. Morning Heds: Spotify Says Bye to Free, Sony Goes iOS, Beatles Songs Sold

    January 12, 2012 6:11 AM EST Spotify no longer free for early US subscribers Music Week Early Spotify adopters in the US will see their no-strings, unlimited streaming experience cease next week when their promotional period comes to an end. Why Rhapsody Is (Probably) Bigger ...

  6. Official: Van Halen Signs With Interscope Records

    November 17, 2011 11:01 PM EST Left to Right: Alex Van Halen; Wolfgang Van Halen; Eddie Van Halen; Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope Geffen A&M Records; Irving Azoff, executive chairman of Live Nation Entertainment and chairman/CEO of the Front Line Management Group; Ste ...

  7. Music Rights Now Campaign Launches, Urges Biz To Call On Gov’t

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In conjunction with the RIAA, Universal Music Group Distribution has started a Facebook page where it is encouraging the public to lobby elected officials in Washington for stronger measures against online music piracy. The “Music Rights Now” Face ...

  8. Album Sales Plummet To Lowest Total In Decades

    June 04, 2010 1:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 Bad times just got worse. For the week ending May 30, the U.S. music industry sold a total of 4,984,000 albums, according to Nielsen Soundscan. This figure, which includes new and catalog releases, represents the fewest number of albums sold in one ...

  9. Album Sales Plummet To Lowest Total In Decades

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bad times just got worse. For the week ending May 30, the U.S. music industry sold a total of 4,984,000 albums, according to Nielsen Soundscan. This figure, which includes new and catalog releases, represents the fewest number of albums sold in on ...

  10. @NARM: UMGD President/CEO Jim Urie Urges ISPs, Feds To 'Come To The Party'

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group Distribution president and CEO Jim Urie called on the National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers' board of directors to urge Internet service providers to adapt a graduated response policy against unauthorized peer-to-pee ...

  11. Spaulding Named President Of Fontana

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ron Spaulding has been promoted to president of Fontana, UMGD's independent distribution arm. Spaulding, who was formerly executive VP and GM of Fontana, will continue to report to Jim Urie, president and CEO of UMGD. Prior to joining Fontana ...

  12. Michael Jackson Music Sales Surge Could Last For Months

    July 02, 2009 7:41 PM EDT 0 0 0 In the days following Michael Jackson's June 25 death, fans flocked to record stores and digital music outlets to purchase one last memory. And merchants say they expect the Jackson sales surge to last for weeks—maybe even months. "With th ...

  13. NARM Q&A: Jim Urie

    NARM Q&A: Jim Urie

    June 09, 2009 2:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 Universal Music Group Distribution president Jim Urie talks to Billboard at the 2009 NARM conference. Jim Urie , Record Labels , interview , exclusive , Retail , National Association of Recording Merchandisers , Universal Music Group Distribution , ...

  14. NARM Video: Top Execs Address Industry Challenges

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Representatives from 350 different music companies have descended on San Diego for the National Assn. Of Recording Merchandisers convention, which runs June 7–10, to address some of the major issues facing the industry: declining revenues, retail ...

  15. Downtown Links With Fontana, Interscope

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Downtown Records has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Fontana and has also entered a strategic relationship with Interscope Records, Billboard has learned. Downtown Records has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Fontana and has also ...

  16. Downtown Links With Fontana, Interscope

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Downtown Records has inked an exclusive distribution deal with Fontana and has also entered a strategic relationship with Interscope Records, Billboard has learned. Under the agreement, Interscope will provide strategic marketing and promotion for ...

  17. Industry Vet Jim Bonk Dies

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Jim Bonk, an ex-marine who helped build the Camelot chain into one of the best music retailers in the world, died on April 5 in Canton, Ohio, surrounded by friends and family after a long battle with cancer. He was 60. Bonk spent his entire busine ...

  18. Vivendi Ent. Expands, Names O'Malley President

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Vivendi Entertainment, formerly Vivendi Visual Entertainment (VVE), has expanded into theatrical releasing. This new division will provide distribution and marketing services, coordinate P & A funding, and plans to distribute 8 - 14 films per ...

  19. Urie Named CEO of UMGD

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jim Urie has been promoted to CEO of Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD). Most previously Urie served as president of UMGD and will now carry the title of both president & CEO. He reports to Doug Morris, chairman and CEO of UMG, and Zach ...

  20. Lipson Named Field VP At UMGD

    November 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kevin Lipson has been appointed VP of field sales and marketing for Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD). He is based in Universal City, Calif., and reports directly to Jim Urie, UMGD's president. Lipson will supervise the sales and mark ...

  21. Spaulding Takes Exec Role At Fontana

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ron Spaulding, formerly executive VP/GM at Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group (ILG), has been named executive VP/GM of Fontana, reporting to Universal Music Group Distribution president Jim Urie. Spaulding has been involved with the ...

  22. Fontana GM Steve Pritchitt Dies

    May 07, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Industry veteran Steve Pritchitt died Sunday (May 6) at his home in Los Angeles. Pritchitt had battled cancer much of the best year. His age was unknown at press time. Pritchitt was most recently the executive VP/GM of Fontana Distribution, the co ...

  23. UMGD Names Voss Exec VP

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Previously held roles at Elektra, Atco, PolyGram. Universal Music Group Distribution has hired Alan Voss as executive VP of sales and marketing, reporting to UMGD president Jim Urie. Voss previously held a similar position at WEA, where he was als ...

  24. The Beat

    April 15, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A&R Worldwide confirms bigwig participants including Dave Navarro and Universal Music & Video Distribution president Jim Urie for its inaugural Musexpo music and media forum. Read Melinda Newm A&R Worldwide confirms bigwig part ...

  25. The Beat

    April 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A&R Worldwide confirms bigwig participants including Dave Navarro and Universal Music & Video Distribution president Jim Urie for its inaugural Musexpo music and media forum. Read Melinda Newm A&R Worldwide confirms bigwig part ...

  26. Retail Track

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT UMVD president Jim Urie gives a dynamic review of JumpStart during a NARM "townhall" meeting. Read Ed Christman's column. UMVD president Jim Urie gives a dynamic review of JumpStart during a NARM "townhall" meeting. Read E ...

  27. Retail Track

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT UMVD president Jim Urie gives a dynamic review of JumpStart during a NARM "townhall" meeting. Read Ed Christman's column. UMVD president Jim Urie gives a dynamic review of JumpStart during a NARM "townhall" meeting. Read E ...

  28. Retail Track

    September 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT UMVD president Jim Urie gives a dynamic review of JumpStart during a NARM "townhall" meeting. Read Ed Christman's column. UMVD president Jim Urie gives a dynamic review of JumpStart during a NARM "townhall" meeting. Read E ...

  29. Universal Slashes CD List Prices

    September 04, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 In a bold move to help combat illegal downloading and revitalize CD sales, Universal Music Group (UMG) is to drop its frontline pricing in the U.S. to $12.98 from $18.98. In a bold move to help combat illegal downloading and revitalize CD sales, Uni ...

  30. Hot Product

    May 27, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Previewing new albums from Eminem, the "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" soundtrack, and more. 'Show' Time If pervasive pre-release piracy is any indication, Eminem's new Aftermath/Interscope album "The Eminem Sh ...

  31. Piracy Forces Change In Eminem Release Date

    May 17, 2002 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The release date of Eminem's third Aftermath/Interscope album, "The Eminem Show," has been moved up one week to May 28 to minimize the loss of sales to bootlegged copies of the set, which already are The release date of Eminem's ...