1. Universal Music Sees Revenues Up Slightly in First Quarter

    May 11, 2016 4:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 Streaming continues to fight against the tide of sales. Universal Music Group and parent company Vivendi, owner of the world's largest record label as well as the Canal+ Group, have announced first-quarter earnings results, and they write a fam ...

  2. Rita Moreno Busts a Rhyme at Berklee Commencement Ceremony

    May 07, 2016 7:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rita Moreno 's got rhymes. The award-winning actress and singer showed off her rapping skills while delivering the commencement address at Boston's Berklee College of Music on Saturday (May 7). President Obama Praises Shonda Rhimes, Beyonc ...

  3. Olivier Nusse Named CEO of Universal Music France

    February 18, 2016 1:31 PM EST 0 0 0 Olivier Nusse, the current managing director of Mercury Music Group and Universal Classic & Jazz France, has been named the new CEO of Universal Music France, the company announced today. Nusse will take the reins from Pascal Nègre, who has led ...

  4. SoundCloud Signs Up Universal Music, Subscription Service Comes Closer to Reality

    January 13, 2016 9:00 AM EST SoundCloud has reached a multi-territory licensing deal with Universal Music Group and the Universal Music Publishing Group. The agreement will see UMG monetizing (via the company's On SoundCloud advertising program) and monitoring streams o ...

  5. Ashley Newton Named President of Capitol Music Group

    January 04, 2016 2:32 PM EST 0 0 0 In the latest shakeup at Capitol Music Group (CMG), Universal Music Group (UMG) chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge and CMG chief Steve Barnett announced today that former Columbia Records president Ashley Newton will be taking over as Group president, as w ...

  6. Keith Richards Joins Justin Bieber in Paying Tribute to Paris Victim Thomas Ayad

    November 17, 2015 11:10 AM EST 0 0 0 First Justin Bieber and now Keith Richards have posted moving tributes to Universal’s international project manager for Mercury Records Thomas Ayad, who was among the victims of the Paris attacks Friday night (Nov. 13). Ayad was at the Bataclan thea ...

  7. Universal Music Group's Lucian Grainge Saluted by Sam Smith, Selena Gomez at City of Hope Gala

    November 06, 2015 6:00 PM EST 0 0 0 The nonprofit devoted to funding biomedical research, education and treatment centers for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases held its annual Spirit of Life gala on Nov. 5. The music industry's commitment to City of Hope , the ...

  8. Universal Music Group Announces New Exec Management Board, Reshapes Int'l Structure

    October 29, 2015 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Universal Music Group has unveiled a new executive management board and a reshaped international structure which has been redefined into regionally focused hubs to better leverage the group's resources and know-how. UMG chairman and CEO Lucian ...

  9. Lucian Grainge Issues Memo on Outgoing International Chief Max Hole

    October 22, 2015 1:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 As Billboard reported yesterday, Universal Music Group International chairman Max Hole has announced he will be stepping down following a diagnosis of encephalitis earlier this year. The illness has resulted in memory loss affecting the respected in ...

  10. UMG CEO Lucian Grainge Talks Making a 'Real Dent' Through Cancer Research & Treatment Center City of Hope

    October 15, 2015 3:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 “While the music industry is small compared with others in the media and entertainment sector,” says Grainge, “over the years we’ve consistently and considerably punched above our weight.” Joe Pugliese On Nov. 5, City of Hope’s Music, Film and Enter ...

  11. App Revenue: How Artists Can Profit From Video Gaming's Recent Lessons

    July 14, 2015 9:46 AM EDT 0 0 0 Do musicians need to sign to a major label to make it in 2015? Do they need Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to promote themselves, their music and that super exclusive behind-the-scenes selfie with their dog? Increasingly not, and a wave of new apps ...

  12. Billboard Cover: Sam Smith, Mark Ronson and More on Amy Winehouse's Lasting Legacy, Tragic End and Eye-Opening New Documentary

    June 26, 2015 9:00 AM EDT 15.448 k 485 6 One day in November 2005, Amy Winehouse sat in a car with her friend and co-manager Nick Shymansky, winding through the English countryside toward a rehab center. The singer’s drinking had been getting out of control, Shymansky remembers, a ...

  13. Lucian Grainge, Dave Stewart, VC Power Players Hit L.A. Technology Innovation Forum

    April 28, 2015 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Former Eurythmic Dave Stewart was the star of the show at the start of the two-day confab held in Los Angeles. "A couple of years ago when we did this forum, we were not talking about Meerkat , Periscope , Snapchat or even Vessel ," said U ...

  14. Apple's Streaming Service: Everything We Know So Far

    April 21, 2015 2:40 PM EDT Nearly a year after announcing its purchase of Beats -- both its successful premium headphones division and its nascent-at-the-time, now-hibernating streaming service -- for $3 billion, Apple is inching closer and closer to unveiling its much-ant ...

  15. Lucian Grainge, Ari Emanuel, Peter Chernin to Host Technology Innovators Forum

    April 21, 2015 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Vessel co-founder Jason Kilar will also appear at the two-day confab, to be held in Los Angeles on April 28 and 29. Universal Music Group chairman Lucian Grainge tops the bill at the Technology Innovators Forum (TIF) to be held in Los Angeles on Apr ...

  16. List of Investors Reportedly Involved in Spotify's $400M Funding Round Grows Long

    April 20, 2015 1:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 According to a report from Sky News this morning, streaming watchers can add the UK-based invest firm Lansdowne, Scottish firm Bailie Gifford, New York's D.E. Shaw Group, Connecticut-based Discovery Capital Management, Halcyon Asset Management ...

  17. Portishead's Geoff Barrow Says He Earned Just $2,500 from 34 Million Streams

    April 16, 2015 4:21 AM EDT 0 0 0 Portishead’s Geoff Barrow has revealed he earned just $2,500 from 34 million streams of his music.  The British took to his Twitter account to blast Apple, YouTube, Spotify and “especially” his label Universal Music for “selling our music so cheaply ...

  18. Mumford & Sons Bring Epic Soundscapes to L.A. With Surprise Club Show

    April 01, 2015 2:17 PM EDT With a radical and impressive new sound, it's surprising nobody screamed "Judas!" at the Roxy. It would not have been entirely out of place for someone in the crowd at Los Angeles' Roxy to have yelled "Judas!" at T ...

  19. Long-Serving Universal Digital Exec David Ring Exits

    February 27, 2015 8:18 AM EST Universal Music Group's veteran digital exec David Ring is out at the music major just days after his boss Rob Wells exited. Ring was, until recently, executive vp of business development & affairs at UMG. Way back in 2005, he was promot ...

  20. Read Rob Wells and Lucian Grainge's Memos to Employees, Following a Surprise Departure

    February 24, 2015 11:35 AM EST Rob Wells, the Universal Music Group executive who moved from the mailroom to managing the company's digital business initiatives, surprised the business last night after tendering his resignation . Wells had been with the company for 15 yea ...

  21. UMG Head Lucian Grainge: Music Business Is on the Mend

    February 18, 2015 8:12 PM EST Universal Music Group chairman Lucian Grainge projected positivity during his appearance at the Code Media conference in Dana Point, Calif., on Wednesday (Feb. 18). The music industry's most powerful executive, per the Billboard Power 100 , s ...

  22. Billboard's 2015 Power 100: Letter from the Editor

    February 06, 2015 10:19 AM EST 0 0 0 (You can find the full Power 100 list right here .) Deforestation is due in no small part to the ­­ruminations on power in countless magazines through the years. We've read a good many of them; we know you have, too. Such "power packages&q ...

  23. Lucian Grainge's End-of-Year Memo to Employees: 'It's No Longer Enough to Outperform'

    December 19, 2014 6:23 PM EST Lucian Grainge, chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group and one of the most powerful members of the music industry, today sent employees a holiday memo laying out his plans for the following year. It seems like Grainge has every intention of usi ...

  24. Rebekah Alperin Named SVP of Marketing & Communications at Universal Publishing

    August 11, 2014 10:57 AM EDT 0 0 0 Alperin is the first new hire since the company's top-level shakeup earlier this month. Rebekah Alperin has been named senior vp of marketing and communications, moving on from a parallel position at Kobalt Music Group. Alperin will report to U ...

  25. Jody Gerson Named Head of Universal Music Publishing Group

    August 01, 2014 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Jody Gerson will assume the reins of power at Universal Music Publishing Group beginning Jan. 1, when she joins that company as chairman/CEO. She replaces Zach Horowitz , who led the company for the past two years. In naming Gerson, Universal Music ...

  26. YouTube's Music Industry Liaison Chris LaRosa to Depart for Startup

    July 23, 2014 1:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 It's still full steam ahead for YouTube's music service, however. Chris LaRosa, a product manager responsible for liaising with publishers and labels on behalf of YouTube, has left YouTube/Google, a source has confirmed to Billboard. LaRos ...

  27. Vivendi’s New Chairman Touts Focus on Universal Music, as Grainge Looks On

    June 24, 2014 1:44 PM EDT New Vivendi chairman Vincent Bollore, the French billionaire who owns a 5 percent stake in the conglomerate, on Tuesday signaled his hope for improved cooperation and synergy across the company's operations. Bollore spoke at Vivendi's an ...

  28. The Future of Interscope: Iovine Is Gone, But It's Still Full Steam Ahead

    June 06, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Jimmy Iovine’s gone. But the label he helped build isn’t missing a beat. A version of this article first appeared in the June 14th issue of Billboard Magazine . Your company is losing one of the biggest names in the business, a genuine titan who ...

  29. Apple Buys Beats in $3 Billion Deal; Iovine, Dr. Dre to Join Tech Giant

    May 28, 2014 4:33 PM EDT 14 2.117 k 173 69 After nearly three weeks of waiting and speculation, Apple has officially announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music in a $3 billion deal.   Beats founders -- Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine and hip-ho ...

  30. Scooter Braun, CAA's Rob Light on the Future of Music at Milken Conference (Video)

    April 30, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Justin Bieber manager Scooter Braun and CAA Music Dept. head Rob Light were two of the six panelists holding forth on “The Evolution of Music and the Music Consumer” at yesterday’s Milken Institute Global Conference at the Beverly Hilton. They wer ...

  31. Irving Azoff Tells Milken Conference Technology Services Show 'Lack of Respect' for IP

    April 30, 2014 1:35 AM EDT Speaking to a packed room at the Milken Institute Global Conference Tuesday, Irving Azoff said he's hopeful about the future of the music industry despite "the lack of respect" for IP from a lot of technology services. Azoff was spe ...

  32. DreamWorks Looking to Acquire a Piece of Vevo

    April 11, 2014 11:40 AM EDT DreamWorks Animation is looking to acquire a piece of music and content distributor Vevo, reports Re/code.  According to sources, earlier this week DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg made an undisclosed bid for the company, which is owned primarily ...

  33. Morning Fix: Strait, Lambert Win at ACMs; Bette Midler Joins Streaming Pay Critics' Chorus; UMG's New Top-Level Trifecta

    April 07, 2014 6:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE GEORGE STRAIT, MIRANDA LAMBERT WIN BIG AT ACM AWARDS It was Las Vegas' night to celebrate country music, as the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards celebrated the format in party fashio ...

  34. How Universal Music Group's New Top-Level Troika Brings Peace (For Now)

    April 04, 2014 2:02 PM EDT Island Def Jam Motown is no more. Instead, three free-standing fiefdoms will curry market share favor in a friendly firefight. Universal Music Group’s April 1 announcement that it was splitting Island Def Jam and Motown into three standalone la ...

  35. Island Def Jam Motown Reorganizes, Barry Weiss Steps Down

    April 01, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Universal Music Group announces that Def Jam, Island and Motown Records will function as standalone labels. Universal Music is reorganizing its Island Def Jam Motown group into three standalone labels and promoting some key executives in the ...

  36. Scooter Braun on Relaunching British Knights Sneakers: 'Artists Are the New Athletes' (Exclusive)

    February 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Music mogul Scooter Braun is reviving sneaker brand British Knights, popularized by its association with hip-hop culture in the late ’80s and early ’90s, for a new generation. Related Articles Billboard Power 100 2014: No. 33 - Scooter Braun, ...

  37. Glassnote Inks Distribution Deal With UMG, Launches Resolved

    February 13, 2014 2:09 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a worldwide deal to distribute the recordings of Daniel Glass' independent label Glassnote, both parties confirmed in a statement. Related Articles Glassnote Entertainment Expands With London Office Post Pando ...

  38. Power and Music: Game Changers from UMG's Lucian Grainge to Mogul Emilio Estefan Talk Influence, Beyoncé & Jay Z (Video)

    January 27, 2014 4:55 PM EST Some of the most influential people in the music industry were front and center at the Clive Davis and Recording Academy's gala party. We spoke to them and asked what it takes to be on top, just like Beyoncé and Jay-Z who this year are No. 1 ...

  39. Miley Cyrus, Lorde & More Perform at Clive Davis' Pre-GRAMMY Party

    January 26, 2014 3:37 PM EST Beginning with the Imagine Dragons and ending with a performance by Whitney Houston, the Beverly Hilton ballroom rocked for over three hours (lights out at 12:46 am) during last evening's Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute to Industry Icons. And betwe ...

  40. Lucian Grainge Receives Icon Award at Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Gala As Music Industry Looks On

    January 26, 2014 11:03 AM EST Beginning with the Imagine Dragons and ending with a performance by Whitney Houston , the Beverly Hilton ballroom rocked for over three hours (lights out at 12:46 am) during last evening's Pre-Grammy Gala and Salute to Industry Icons. And bet ...

  41. Lorde, Robin Thicke Lead Pre-GRAMMY Universal Music Showcase

    January 25, 2014 8:25 PM EST 2 0 0 Kacey Musgraves, Zedd, Juanes also performed at Hollywood showcase Robin Thicke, Lorde and another 11 acts signed to Universal Music Group acts performed Saturday afternoon at Lure nightclub in Hollywood for an audience of label and publishing execu ...

  42. Billboard's Guide to Grammy Week: All the Shows, Parties and Events To Be Seen

    January 21, 2014 6:07 PM EST As snow envelops the East Coast, what better time to take advantage of the cloudless, 80-degree Los Angeles weather and a party or 12? Grammy Week is routinely host to the biggest and best industry events of the year, and 2014 is shaping up to b ...

  43. Neil Diamond Signs With Capitol Records (Exclusive)

    January 20, 2014 2:01 PM EST Billboard has learned Capitol Music Group will announce it has signed legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond to its Capitol Records label. The deal will mark the first time Diamond’s entire catalog has been under one label. The new deal is Diamo ...

  44. Being a 'Music Executive' Isn't Enough Anymore (Op-Ed)

    December 10, 2013 12:57 PM EST "We’re no longer in the music business -- it doesn’t exist anymore. We’re in the multimedia business.” This was artist manager Scooter Braun speaking to Billboard for a story about his and fellow managers Troy Carter and Guy Oseary’s inve ...

  45. Lucian Grainge to Receive President's Merit Award at Pre-Grammy Gala

    November 21, 2013 11:29 AM EST Lucian Grainge, Universal Music Group chairman and CEO and the man at the top of Billboard's Power 100 this year, will receive the President's Merit Award, presented by Clive Davis and the Recording Academy, during its Pre-Grammy Gala ev ...

  46. Katy Perry’s Executive Team On 'PRISM' Roll-Out: Steve Barnett, Martin Kirkup, Greg Thompson In Their Own Words

    October 18, 2013 8:00 AM EDT The unprecedented success of Katy Perry’s 2010 album "Teenage Dream" set the bar for a follow-up extremely high. How, in this day and age, does anyone sell 2.8 million albums? Or surpass a milestone like being the first woman in the ...

  47. Michele Anthony Named Universal Music EVP, U.S. Recorded Music (Exclusive)

    September 26, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Veteran music execuctive Michele Anthony is joining Universal Music Group in a newly-created role. With effect from Nov. 1, Anthony will become UMG’s executive vice president, U.S. recorded music, reporting to the group’s chairman/CEO Lucian Gra ...

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