1. Brandle's Global Bits: Tony Wadsworth In Major Label Comeback? Max Hole's Music Matters Keynote, Google's Thunder Down Under

    March 14, 2014 12:47 AM EDT Tony Wadsworth To Join Sony Music? Could Tony be joining Sony? That’s the big question doing the rounds this week.  The surprise departure of Nick Gatfield from the top job at Sony Music’s U.K. affiliate has created a void at the music major, and ...

  2. Naoshi Fujikura Becomes CEO of Universal Music Japan

    November 13, 2013 1:12 PM EST Naoshi Fujikura has been promoted to president and CEO of Universal Music Japan. The move is effective from Jan. 1, 2014. He was previously president of domestic labels at the company. Fujikura will replace Kazu Koike, who has served in the posi ...

  3. Mark Knopfler Signs Worldwide Deal with Universal Music

    July 09, 2013 12:24 PM EDT Universal Music Group announced a worldwide deal with singer/songwriter Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits fame. Knopfler, who was previously signed to Warner Brother Records for 35 years, will release his forthcoming album, "Privateering," ...

  4. David Bisbal Re-Ups With Universal, Signs 360 Deal

    June 14, 2013 12:18 PM EDT Spanish singer David Bisbal has renewed his recording contract with Universal Music Spain, signing a long-term, 360 deal that extends to touring and management. Universal didn't specify how long Bisbal's contract was renewed for, but ...

  5. Universal Launches Pan-African Mobile Streaming Service Kleek

    March 13, 2013 1:01 PM EDT Universal Music Group has teamed with Samsung to launch a pan-African mobile music service entitled the Kleek, which was officially unveiled today (Mar. 13) at the Samsung Africa Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. The free to access service is to ...

  6. Universal's Ash Adds Asia Pacific Duties

    February 25, 2013 8:33 AM EST The restructuring at Universal Music Australia continues with the news that the company’s leader, George Ash, has added new stripes for the Asia Pacific region. Ash rises to president of Universal Music Asia Pacific, a new position that sees the e ...

  7. O'Donnell Returns To EMI Australia in Top Job

    February 20, 2013 6:00 PM EST In a surprise move, John O'Donnell has returned to EMI Music Australia, where he takes the vacant post of managing director.   With effect from March 4, O’Donnell will take duties for the EMI, Capitol and Virgin labels, and will oversee the ...

  8. Universal's Max Hole Discusses Company's Plans for EMI Recorded Music

    November 12, 2012 12:18 PM EST Max Hole, COO of Universal Music Group International, spoke today about some of the company's plans for its recently acquired EMI recorded-music properties -- including decentralizing its profit & loss centers. Speaking at a media confere ...

  9. Adam White, Universal International VP and Billboard Vet, Retires

    November 01, 2012 4:12 PM EDT Universal Music Group International announced today that VP of communications Adam White is to retire after 10 years with the company. White, 64, joined Universal in 2002 from Billboard, where he had been international editor-in-chief, based in Lo ...

  10. Photos: Lana Del Rey, Jessie J, Irving Azoff, Scooter Braun, More at Lucian Grainge's Grammy-Night Party

    February 13, 2012 6:51 PM EST From left: David Joseph, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music UK; Lana Del Rey; Lucian Grainge, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Universal Music Group. (Photos: Courtesy Universal Music) Far from the proverbial madding crowds on Grammy night ...

  11. Universal Music Acquires Denmark's MBO Group

    September 06, 2011 10:48 AM EDT Danish labels and publishing consortium MBO Group has been acquired by Universal Music Group (UMG), strengthening the major's hold of European domestic talent The terms of the deal, which was announced by MBO co-founder Michael Ritto; Max Hol ...

  12. Andrew Kronfeld Named Universal Music President of Global Marketing

    August 30, 2011 6:41 AM EDT Universal Music Group has promoted Andrew Kronfeld, 42, to the newly created position of President, Global Marketing. For the past two years, Mr. Kronfeld, has served as Executive Vice President, International Marketing, UMGI. Mr. Kronfeld will re ...

  13. Chinese Search Giant Baidu's Major-Label Licensing Pacts Signal a Promising Shift

    July 22, 2011 1:46 PM EDT Can the piracy-ravaged Chinese market represent a sales opportunity for record labels after all? Sparking such hopes is a licensing agreement between One-Stop China, a joint venture of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner M ...

  14. Queen Signs To Universal, Preps Remastered Albums

    November 08, 2010 2:30 PM EST 0 0 0 British band Queen has signed to Universal Music Group after nearly 40 years with EMI, and preparations are under way for the release of remastered versions of Queen's studio albums in 2011. The switch, first reported in May and confirmed today ...

  15. Daniel Barenboim Signs With Universal Labels

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim agreed a wide-ranging recording agreement with Deutsche Grammophon and Decca Classics . Barenboim is music director of Berlin's Staatsoper and Staatskapelle and maestro scaligero at Milan's Teatro a ...

  16. Universal Ups Int'l Execs

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 Universal Music Group International has promoted three senior executives - George Ash, Sandy Monteiro and Vico Antippas . All three of them report to Max Hole , who (as previously reported) becomes chief operating officer for Universal Music Group Int ...

  17. Briegmann Upped To Int'l Role At Universal

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 Frank Briegmann, president and CEO of Universal Music Germany in Berlin, has been appointed president of Universal Music Germany, Austria and Switzerland and the classical label Deutsche Grammophon. The promotion was announced by Lucian Grainge, chair ...

  18. Costa Pilavachi Returns To Universal

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Costa Pilavachi, the former head of Decca and EMI Classics, has been appointed senior vice president, classical artists & repertoire, for Universal Music Group International (UMGI). Pilavachi will be based in London and report to Max Hole, exe ...

  19. Crowded House Plots Comeback, Moves Labels

    March 23, 2010 8:07 AM EDT 0 0 0 Crowded House has a new label home, and a new album on the way. The celebrated antipodean melodic rock act - comprising Neil Finn, Mark Hart, Nick Seymour and Matt Sherrod - will release the new studio album "Intriguer" this June through U ...

  20. 6 Questions: Max Hole

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the new COO of Universal Music Group International (Billboard.biz, March 15), Max Hole will be a serious contender for the title of "most powerful label executive outside America." He'll take over UMGI's central functions fr ...

  21. Max Hole To Fill UMGI Leadership Role

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 Max Hole has been promoted to COO of Universal Music Group International (UMGI), following the confirmation last month that Lucian Grainge will become UMG's CEO. Hole's new London-based role takes effect from July 1. He will report to Graing ...

  22. Andrew Kronfeld Upped At UMGI

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST 0 0 Universal Music Group International (UMGI) has appointed Andrew Kronfeld to the role of EVP, international marketing. Kronfeld is currently GM of Universal Motown Records in New York. He will take up his new post -- which covers more than 50 countries ...

  23. Universal Japan Names Kazu Koike New CEO

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 Kazu Koike has been named the new president and CEO of Universal Music LLC (Japan), effective Nov. 1, 2009. Koike is being promoted from his current position of president/COO and will replace Kei Ishizaka, who renewed his contract and will become non- ...

  24. Rolling Stones Reissues Coming

    April 02, 2009 12:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 Universal Music Group is reissuing the Rolling Stones re-mastered, post-1971 back catalog from next month. The 14-album campaign will begin with "Sticky Fingers," "Goats Head Soup," "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll&qu ...

  25. Universal Leaps To No. 1 In Japan

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Japan has become the market leader ahead of Avex Group Holdings according to new figures from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). The market share for UMJ in 2008 was 16.8%, up from 15.9% in 2007, compared to 15.9% ...

  26. UMG Partners With India's Eros On Management Agency

    December 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a deal with Eros International, a leading integrated studio in India's media and entertainment industry, to launch a joint venture artist-management agency. The agency will develop and promote Indian pop talen ...

  27. Take That's 'Circus' In High Demand

    December 05, 2008 1:33 PM EST 0 0 0 Former boy band Take That is delivering some very grown-up sales figures. The act-a U.K. sales phenomenon since original members Gary Barlow, Mark Owen, Jason Orange and Howard Donald re-formed in 2005-posted the biggest first-day U.K. album sale of ...

  28. Universal Appoints Korea Managing Director

    December 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Korea has appointed Beom-Joon "BJ" Yang as managing director, effective Jan. 1. He will be based in Seoul and report to Max Hole, president, Universal Music Asia Pacific Region, and executive VP, UMG International. Yang w ...

  29. Universal Australia Adds Gudinksi's Liberation

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Australia (UMA) has signed a three-year distribution deal with Michael Gudinski's Liberation Music, part of his Mushroom Group of Companies. The move, effective Oct. 1, essentially gives Universal the largest domestic roster o ...

  30. Universal Licenses New Miley Album For Europe

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Universal Music Group (UMG) has licensed Miley Cyrus' U.S. No. 1 album "Breakout" from Disney Music Group's Hollywood Records for distribution in Europe. Universal Music Group (UMG) has licensed Miley Cyrus' U.S. No. 1 album ...

  31. Miley Cyrus To 'Breakout' in Europe With Universal

    August 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG) has licensed Miley Cyrus' U.S. No. 1 album "Breakout" from Disney Music Group's Hollywood Records for distribution in Europe. The agreement was announced today by executive VP UMG International Max H ...

  32. Decca Vet Mendl Dies

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hugh Mendl, the influential British producer and A&R man who signed the likes of Genesis and David Bowie to Decca Records, passed away on July 7 at the age of 88. Born in London on Aug. 6, 1919, Mendl was educated at University College, Oxford ...

  33. UMG Strikes Euro Deal For Jonas Brothers

    March 03, 2008 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Universal Music Group has struck a deal with Disney Music Group's Hollywood Records to license the Jonas Brothers' self-titled album for Europe. Universal Music Group has struck a deal with Disney Music Group's Hollywood Records to li ...

  34. Harlow Takes UMGI Int'l Marketing Role

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group International will announce today (Jan. 7) the appointment of Tony Harlow as senior VP of international marketing, Billboard.biz has learned. Reporting to Max Hole, executive VP of UMGI, Harlow will be tasked with all UMGI� ...

  35. Universal Music Exec Monterio Advances

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sandy Monteiro moves up the ranks as senior VP, Universal Music South East Asia, overseeing the company's operations in Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Monteiro continues in his current post as managing director, Universa ...

  36. Ishizaka Upped At Universal Japan

    September 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music K.K. president/CEO Keiichi Ishizaka has been promoted to chairman/CEO, effective immediately. Based in Tokyo, he will report to Universal Music Group Asia Pacific region president Max Universal Music K.K. president/CEO Keiichi Ishi ...

  37. Universal SE Asia Pres Hui To Exit

    September 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music South East Asia president Harry Hui will leave the company to "take up a new challenge in the entertainment industry" when his contract expires in January, Universal Music Group Intern Universal Music South East Asia pres ...

  38. Grainge Unveils New UMGI Management Team

    August 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT A new management structure has been put in place at the newly-renamed Universal Music Group International, Billboard.biz has learned. The company's chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge, who took over from Jorg A new management structure has been put i ...

  39. Max Hole Promoted At UMI

    October 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT London-based Universal Music International (UMI) senior VP of marketing and A&R Max Hole has been promoted to executive VP, marketing and A&R, effective immediately. London-based Universal Music International (UMI) senior VP of mar ...

  40. Max Hole Promoted At UMI

    October 01, 2004 12:00 AM EDT London-based Universal Music International (UMI) senior VP of marketing and A&R Max Hole has been promoted to executive VP, marketing and A&R, effective immediately. London-based Universal Music International (UMI) senior VP of mar ...

  41. Global Pulse: Utada Set For Englsih Debut

    December 11, 2003 12:00 AM EST Japanese superstar Hikaru Utada's debut English-language album will be released in spring 2004, according to Universal Music International senior VP of A&R and marketing Max Hole. Japanese superstar Hikaru Utada's debut English-l ...