1. Midem's No. 1 Super Bowl Fan: Amazon Digital Music's Matt Epstein

    February 03, 2014 12:09 PM EST The epicenter of the lopsided Super Bowl at Midem, which saw the Denver Broncos massacred at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, like so many things here, was the bar of the Carlton Hotel. The Pepsi-sponsored party , which begat at 12:30 a.m. was c ...

  2. T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Spotify's Daniel Ek, Lady Gaga Manager Troy Carter, Raises $1 Million

    October 21, 2013 4:44 PM EDT With performances by Colbie Caillat and a slew of music industry executives in attendance, Artworks for the Cure adds prestige and much needed cash for the fight against leukemia, cancer and AIDS. T.J Martell Foundation raised over $1 million fo ...

  3. Universal Music Digital Head Rob Wells Gives Keynote on Asian Market At Singapore's Music Matters

    May 22, 2013 11:17 PM EDT Music Matters, Asia’s premiere music conference, kicked off its 2013 edition with a music industry heavyweight: Universal Music Group president of global digital business Rob Wells who was interviewed by Ralph Simon, Chairman Emeritus & foun ...

  4. UMG's Head of Digital Rob Wells Named to Executive Board

    May 21, 2013 12:44 PM EDT Universal Music Group today announced the appointment of Rob Wells to its Executive Board. Wells is UMG's current president of Global Digital Business, based in Santa Monica. Wells was named to his current position in October 2010, previous ...

  5. Music Matters 2013 Preview: YouTube and the Online Video Phenomenon; Keynotes By Johnny Wright, Rob Wells, Frances Moore

    May 17, 2013 3:05 PM EDT The focus of the 2013 Digital & Music Matters is unequivocally on YouTube and the online video phenomenon. The Asia Pacific entertainment event, held May 20-25 at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, will be broadcast live on YouTube, inclu ...

  6. Music Biz 2012: A Look Back at a Tumultuous Year

    December 14, 2012 8:13 AM EST In what has to be the most memorable quote about our industry in recent memory, David Geffen -- during an event for the recent documentary about his towering career -- said "I'd kill myself" rather than get into the music business t ...

  7. Business Matters: Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Smashes Spotify Streaming Record

    October 02, 2012 8:35 PM EDT The argument that subscription services cannibalize sales hit a bit of a snag last week. Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," blew past Spotify's record for streams from an album in a single week. Spotify users in th ...

  8. Business Matters: What it Means For Spotify's Daniel Ek to be Worth $308 Million

    April 30, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Daniel Ek Is Worth $308 Million Because The Market Values Spotify So Highly It may surprise some people that Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek is worth $308 million (£190 million), according to a list of richest British people in music at the S ...

  9. Francis Keeling Named Universal Music's Global Head Of Digital Business

    March 07, 2012 6:14 AM EST Universal Music Group is once-again ramping up its digital operations with the promotion of Francis Keeling to the role of global head of digital business. Effective immediately, Keeling will report to Rob Wells, UMG president of global digital bu ...

  10. Rdio Expands to Spain, But Can It Catch On There?

    February 23, 2012 4:48 PM EST Rdio, the subscription-based music streaming service, is taking on the bull by its horns (pun intended). It landed in Spain this week, defying the country's infamous track record with online piracy and blatant consumer unwillingness to pay to ...

  11. Google, Merlin, Amazon, Universal Reps Explore the Future of Digital Music @MIDEM, Ted Cohen Referees

    January 30, 2012 9:05 PM EST TAG Strategic managing partner Ted Cohen (far left) moderated an engaging panel discussion Monday about the digital music market. Participating in the discussion were four influential executives; from second-from-left: Merlin CEO Charles Caldas, G ...

  12. Rob Wells, Universal Music's Global Digital Prez: 'The Idea That Spotify Cannibalizes Sales is Bogus'

    January 24, 2012 12:07 PM EST Coldplay, the Black Keys and Adele may strongly disagree, but making your repertoire available on streaming services does not cannibalize record sales. At least that's the verdict of Rob Wells, president of Universal Music Group's global ...

  13. IFPI Digital Music Report 2012: Global Digital Revenue Climbs 8%, Overall Market Decline Slows

    January 23, 2012 11:28 AM EST Global revenue from digital sales and services grew by 8 percent in 2011 - up from 5 percent the previous year - while the overall recorded music market shrank by approximately 3 percent in total trade value (both physical and digital), according ...

  14. Deborah Hyacinth Named Universal Music VP International Digital Marketing

    January 10, 2012 12:05 PM EST Deborah Hyacinth has been appointed Vice President, International Digital Marketing, at Universal Music Group, it was announced this morning by UMG Global Marketing President Andrew Kronfeld. Effective immediately, Hyacinth will be based in London ...

  15. Business Matters: Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music

    November 16, 2011 9:13 PM EST Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music -- It's official: Google is in the digital music business. At an event in Los Angeles on Wednesday the company unveiled a new MP3 store that is integrated with its existing cloud stora ...

  16. This Week in Music: UMG's Rob Wells Says Coldplay Is Wrong Not To Put New Album On Spotify

    November 07, 2011 6:12 PM EST In the lastest "This Week In Music" installment, Topspin's Ian Rogers talks with Rob Wells, president of Universal Music Group's global digital business sector. Here Wells argues that music streaming sites like Spotify do not c ...

  17. Simon Watt Named Global Head of Tech for Universal Music

    September 16, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Universal Music Group (UMG), the world's leading music company, has promoted Simon Watt to Head of Technology. Rob Wells, President of Global Digital Business, made the announcement. The move is part of UMG's continued expansion of its g ...

  18. Watch: Universal's Rob Wells Vs. Omniphone's Rob Lewis Vs. Jack Daniels at Music Matters (Video)

    June 16, 2011 3:17 PM EDT From left: Universal's Rob Wells, a bottle of Jack, Omniphone's Rob Lewis at the Music Matters Conferenence. We're not clear if being forced to drink a shot of Jack Daniels is a punishment or not, but the drinking game/Q&A set-u ...

  19. Amanda Marks Takes On Global Role at Universal Music Group

    May 20, 2011 4:32 PM EDT As Billboard speculated Thursday, Universal Music Group Digital Distribution Executive VP and General Manager Amanda Marks is going to work for Rob Wells, president of the label's Global Digital Business unit. With the move, Marks will take o ...

  20. Ron Fair, Sylvia Rhone Expected to Exit Universal Music Group

    May 20, 2011 10:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 The drumbeat is getting louder that Sylvia Rhone will exit Universal Motown Friday (May 20) or within the next few days, depending on which source you listen to. But does that departure mean the end of her days at the Universal Music Group, as some ...

  21. Rob Wells Named UMG President of Global Digital

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 Universal Music Group has promoted Rob Wells to president of Global Digital Business, a new position created to oversee the label’s worldwide digital activities. Formerly senior VP of digital, Wells will continue his existing responsibilities of creat ...

  22. Business Matters: Spotify, VC Funding, Citi, EMI and More

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- " Spotify is a very sustainable financial model&q ...

  23. Virgin Media: What Does 'Unlimited Music' Mean?

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seven months after Universal Music signed up to Virgin Media's proposed all-you-can-eat MP3 service, the UMG exec behind the U.K. deal admitted there was a "philosophical debate" in the biz about the meaning of unlimited downloads. ...

  24. IFPI Warning On Spain, France, Brazil

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has warned that music markets in Spain, France and Brazil are "suffering acutely" from piracy, as it issued its annual Digital Music Report for 2010. The music industry's global trade body had more positive news on digital ...

  25. Universal, Orange Target Youth Market

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Telco Orange has partnered with Universal Music on a free mobile and PC streaming service aimed at young people in the U.K., which the major describes as an "anti-piracy initiative." U.K. broadcaster Channel 4's 4Music brand is the ...

  26. Francis Keeling Takes UMGI Digital Role

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 Francis Keeling has been promoted to VP, Digital, at Universal Music Group International. He was previously head of commercial, Digital, at Universal Music U.K., which he joined in 2002. Keeling will be based in London and report to Rob Wells, SVP, Di ...

  27. MusicStation Claims U.K. Market-Leader Status

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Omnifone, supplier of the pioneering all-you-can-eat mobile-music download service MusicStation, is boasting that its U.K. service is officially the country's "largest digital music subscription service." Although it declined to giv ...

  28. Mobile Backstage: Mobile Music Future Is Bright

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST User experience, subscription services and good, old-fashioned A&R are the key factors that will help the music industry build a successful mobile music business. That was the message from a panel of experts at Mobile Backstage, a GSMA/Nielsen ...

  29. Digital Expert Wells Upped At UMGI

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Exec will oversee music giant's digital strategy. Rob Wells has been elevated to the new role as senior VP, digital, at Universal Music Group International. Based in London, the executive is tasked with directing and executing all areas of th ...

  30. Digital Expert Wells Upped At UMGI

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Exec will oversee music giant's digital strategy. Rob Wells has been elevated to the new role as senior VP, digital, at Universal Music Group International. Based in London, the executive is tasked with directing and executing all areas of th ...