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  1. Anderson Acquires U.S. Distribution Rights from Sony DADC

    February 13, 2012 1:45 PM EST In a move to become the industry's backroom on CD distribution and fulfillment, Anderson Merchandisers has acquired CD distribution from Sony DADC, the company that supplies pick, pack and ship services to the Universal Music Group, EMI Music ...

  2. Business Matters: Vevo Opens Up on Super Bowl Piracy Blunder, RIAA Chief Slams Google

    February 10, 2012 5:07 PM EST Vevo In Hot Water Over Super Bowl Gaffe On Friday the International Intellectual Property Alliance released a report - its annual "Special 301" review -- that documents global copyright piracy. The IIPA calls for "swift action" ...

  3. Billboard Power 100: Rio Caraeff

    January 27, 2012 12:03 AM EST No. 26 Rio Caraeff President/CEO Vevo Twitter: @Riozilla The Global Music Video King... Online video is the new MTV, which makes Rio Caraeff the head of the world's most important video channel. Caraeff is president/CEO of Vevo, the 2-year-ol ...

  4. Billboard Power 100: Antonio "L.A." Reid

    January 26, 2012 11:56 PM EST No. 37 Antonio "L.A." Reid Chairman/CEO Epic Records Twitter: @LA_Reid The Real X-Factor... When "The X Factor" was whittling down its contestants in late fall, Antonio "L.A." Reid's dressing room became much mor ...

  5. Billboard Power 100: John Branca

    January 26, 2012 7:48 PM EST No. 72 John Branca Partner Ziffren Brittenham The King of Pop's King of Legal Attorney John Branca has represented the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, the Doors, Fleetwood Mac and more. And he's been involved in significant music busines ...

  6. 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. ...

  7. Billboard Power 100: Barry Weiss

    January 26, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 18 Barry Weiss Chairman/CEO Universal Republic & Island Def Jam Twitter: @WeissBarry The Man With The Plan... In the summer of 2010, then-RCA/Jive Label Group chairman/CEO Barry Weiss, son of industry legend Hy Weiss, found himself in a sp ...

  8. This Week in Billboard History: Van Halen Breaks Up; VH1 Launches; Monte Lipman Named Universal Prez

    January 10, 2012 9:58 AM EST VH1 Logo Launch Tape on Vimeo . 1985: VH-1 'Optimistically Introduced' A page one Billboard story with the headline "MTV'S VH-1 Opens on An Optimistic Note" reports that MTV Networks' second 24-hour cable music servic ...

  9. Sony Names Dennis Kooker New President, Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales

    January 09, 2012 12:35 PM EST Sony Music Entertainment chairman/CEO Doug Morris announced this morning that Dennis Kooker has been named the company's new president of global digital business and U.S. sales. In this role, he will report to Morris and oversee all aspects o ...

  10. Warner and Sony Join Universal's Lawsuit Against Grooveshark

    December 15, 2011 12:57 PM EST Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment have joined Universal Music Group's lawsuit against online music service Grooveshark. An amended complaint with the participation of the two additional major music groups was filed Thursday in a ...

  11. Germany Increasingly Buying Music By German Artists

    December 06, 2011 3:15 PM EST Haus Music: From lef: Top selling German artist Unheilig's Der Graf ("The Count:) with Frank Briegmann, CEO of Universal GSA (Photo: Michael Kucharski, Universal) Germans are apparently rediscovering their language--at least in music. Fo ...

  12. MTV Nearing Deal to License Vevo Videos

    December 02, 2011 6:06 PM EST Vevo and MTV are in talks for a deal that would allow MTV to license Vevo's videos for its own properties an MTV spokesperson confirmed to Billboard.biz. The deal, as first reported by CNET , would be a truce of sorts in the ongoing battle be ...

  13. Mel Lewinter Named EVP of Label Strategy for Sony Music Entertainment

    October 11, 2011 4:10 PM EDT Mel Lewinter has been named executive vice president of label strategy for Sony Music Entertainment, the company announced today. Lewinter is of course a longtime associate of Sony CEO Doug Morris, who announced Lewinter's long-expected appoi ...

  14. Steve Jobs Remembered by Edgar Bronfman Jr., Martin Bandier and Other Executives

    October 06, 2011 5:13 PM EDT Steve Jobs wasn't just a technological innovator - he created a role for himself and his business in the music industry that hadn't existed before. In these conversations and written remembrances from key executives in the music business ...

  15. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Julie Swidler

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 11 Julie Swidler Executive VP of business affairs/general counsel, Sony Music Entertainment Website: Sonymusic.com Twitter: @sonymusicglobal Julie Swidler has been Sony Music Entertainment executive VP of business affairs/general counsel since ...

  16. Placido Domingo Signs With Sony Classical

    September 22, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo has signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical, the label has announced. Domingo, one of the most influential singing actors in opera, recorded music for CBS (which was purchased by Sony in the late 19 ...

  17. Vevo Gears Up for International Expansion, Hires Nic Jones as Senior VP

    September 14, 2011 11:03 AM EDT Vevo is gearing up for an international expansion with the hiring of a senior VP of International. Taking on the role is Nic Jones, a digital media sales vet who most recently was chief digital officer for Starcom MediaVest. Previously, he held st ...

  18. Peter Edge Appointed CEO of RCA Music Group

    August 08, 2011 9:58 AM EDT Peter Edge, CEO (left) and Tom Corson, President & COO of RCA Music Group Peter Edge has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, RCA Music Group, it was announced today (August 8) by Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris. Edge will report t ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. L.A. Reid Officially Named Chairman & CEO of Epic Records

    July 18, 2011 10:20 AM EDT He's been on the job for weeks , but on Monday morning LA Reid was officially named Chairman & CEO of Epic Records by new Sony Music Entertainment CEO Doug Morris . Reid will report to Morris and oversee the day-to-day operations of the N ...

  21. L.A. Reid's First Week at Epic Has Some Staffers Feeling 'Energized'

    July 12, 2011 12:10 PM EDT Doug Morris has yet to actually occupy his newly minted seat as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment (word is he's in Europe until the 15th), but he's made his presence known via an introductory memo sent to staff on July 6 promising to " ...

  22. Read: New Sony Music CEO Doug Morris' Greeting to Staff

    July 08, 2011 6:05 PM EDT Doug Morris officially began his tenure as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment this week, and Billboard.biz has obtained the email, dated July 6, he sent to the staff. In it, he nods broadly to the challenges that both Sony and the music business have ...

  23. Vevo, Fuse Strike Content Deal

    June 28, 2011 3:00 PM EDT While the stalemate between Vevo and MTV continues, Vevo and Fuse have worked out a content sharing and syndication partnership that allows both parties to share content. Most significantly, Fuse will has agreed to syndicate Vevo's online mus ...

  24. Vevo Viewing Sessions Up Nearly 200% Since January

    June 24, 2011 1:36 PM EDT Music video network Vevo is getting more views from music fans, according to comScore statistics. Created in partnership by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and the Abu Dhabi Media Company, the company is one of the top online video ...

  25. Can Doug Morris Lead Sony Past Universal Music Group to Be the No. 1 Label?

    June 24, 2011 11:45 AM EDT As Doug Morris moves on from his 15-year tenure at the helm of No. 1 U.S. music company, Universal Music Group, to his new job as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, will he be able to drive the No. 2 major into the top spot? The industry will know s ...

  26. Apple, Google Licenses in Holding Pattern as Labels, Publishers Battle Over Revenue Shares, Sources Say

    May 31, 2011 6:09 PM EDT One of the issues behind Google's decision to launch its Music Beta Cloud service without the necessary licenses has also been felt in negotiations between the majors and Apple over the latter's forthcoming cloud offering, sources told B ...

  27. Why Apple Will Dominate Cloud Music, Regardless of Label Deals

    May 19, 2011 11:34 AM EDT UPDATE : Reports surfaced today (May 22) that Apple has come to terms with Sony Music Entertainment for it's impending cloud service , according to Bloomberg News. The deal would make Sony the third major label after Warner and EMI to sign li ...

  28. Apple Close to Label Deals for Cloud Music Service: Report

    May 19, 2011 7:47 AM EDT Apple has signed a cloud-music licensing deal with EMI Music and is close to pacts with with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, CNET reported late Wednesday, citing "multiple music industry sources." Warner Music Group i ...

  29. @NARM: Digital Think Tank Propels NARM Into the Future

    May 12, 2011 8:37 PM EDT While veterans of the legacy music business milled about in the hotel lobby bar and conducted private meeting on the sidelines, the most exciting part of the NARM conference in Los Angeles was taking place inside a small room in the lower levels o ...

  30. Sale of Warner Music Group Means Less Financial Transparency in Music Business

    May 06, 2011 4:22 PM EDT While insiders don't expect many major operational changes stemming from Access Industries' acquisition of the Warner Music Group , the move certainly means less transparency in the music industry and the loss of the only publicly traded ...

  31. Vevo Goes Live in the UK

    April 26, 2011 12:56 PM EDT Vevo is now live in the UK, marking the first expansion of the online music video hub outside of North America. The launch also extends to the Vevo iPhone, iPad and Android apps. Vevo is the joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment, Universa ...

  32. L.A. Reid Confirms That He'll Announce A New Label Gig 'In A Little While'

    April 13, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Even though he's signed on as a judge on Simon Cowell's "X Factor," it's unlikely that anyone thought L.A. Reid, who left his post at the helm of Island Def Jam last month, would be out of the music business for long. And ...

  33. Baidu to Launch Licensed Music Service in May

    April 06, 2011 7:23 AM EDT Baidu Inc, China's top search engine, will launch a licensed music search service in May, in a move to legitimize its current music search that critics say enables music piracy. Baidu will launch Baidu Ting sometime in May, said Kaiser Kuo, a ...

  34. Best Buy Pushes For Sub-$10 Wholesale CD Pricing With As Rackjobber

    April 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Changes are afoot at Best Buy that could have significant ramifications for the retailer's relationship with record labels. The consumer electronics chain recently chose Walmart rackjobber Anderson Merchandisers to handle all music buying and ...

  35. Vevo and Myspace? Interesting, But Unlikely

    March 29, 2011 1:26 PM EDT As NewsCorp continues its search for a buyer of the struggling Myspace social networking service, we're going to hear about several "interesting" conversations it has with potential partners. The latest, according to Bloomberg , is ...

  36. News Corp in Talks With Vevo on Myspace

    March 29, 2011 7:50 AM EDT News Corp has held talks to give control of Myspace to the music label-owned video site Vevo.com, but the likelihood of a deal being reached was slim, a person with knowledge of the talks said. News Corp in February kicked off the process to explo ...

  37. Vevo Chief: UK Launch Imminent, Middle East, North Africa Next

    March 17, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Online music video service Vevo is prepping an UK launch that could take place before the end of the month. According to a report in The Guardian , Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff told attendees of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit that Vevo is "planning to la ...

  38. Doug Morris Named CEO Of Sony Music Entertainment, Effective July 1

    March 02, 2011 12:47 PM EST It's official: outgoing Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris will become Sony Music Entertainment's chief executive officer on July 1. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Sir Howard Stringer, Sony Corporations' chairman, ...

  39. Doug Morris' Universal Contract To End On June 30, Source Says

    March 02, 2011 9:05 AM EST Vivendi has signed off on a deal that lets Universal Music Group chairman Doug Morris out of his contract on June 30, six months ahead of its original ending date at the end of this year, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz. While H ...

  40. Grammys Confirm Rise of Indies, Despite 11% of All Music Sales

    February 15, 2011 8:01 AM EST Independent labels are reveling in their success after grabbing the spotlight and many of the biggest awards at the Grammys. It marked one of the biggest nights in years for indies, setting the stage for a surge in their online music sales. Meanwh ...

  41. IODA And Sony Launch IODA Africa

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Independent Online Distribution Alliance , a digital distribution company for the independent music industry, today announced the launch of IODA Africa, which it describes as the first global digital music distribution network in Sub-Saharan A ...

  42. Spotify 'Near' a U.S. Deal: We've Heard That One Before ...

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST Hey! The New York Post is reporting that Spotify is about to launch in the U.S., so it must be true! It's not like we've heard about imminent Spotify launches in the past or anything. Oh wait -- we have. And none of them were true. The P ...

  43. R. Kelly Backs African Supergroup

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Just ahead of the Dec. 14 release of his new studio album, "Love Letter" (Jive), R. Kelly has thrown his weight behind an African supergroup going by the name One8. Launched in Johannesburg this week, One8's first release is the R. ...

  44. Univision, Vevo Strike Content Pact

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Vevo is looking to widen its footprint in the Hispanic market by adding Univision to its content distribution and ad sales network. The music video site - a joint venture between Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media ...

  45. Report: Videos From Artists Websites Down

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT According to a new online video usage report compiled by video platform Brightcove and video analytics firm TubeMogul, the number of music videos streamed from artist or label websites dropped 40% in the second quarter of this year. The study spec ...

  46. Vevo Climbs Web Video Charts

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Vevo is No. 3 -- with a bullet. The red-hot music site, a joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group -- with investment from Abu Dhabi Media and backing from Google's YouTube -- reached 48 million unique users in ...

  47. Gilliam to Direct YouTube Webcast of Arcade Fire

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Terry Gilliam will direct the live webcast of Arcade Fire's concert at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The Arcade Fire show kicks off "Unstaged," a new online concert series being launched by American Express and streame ...

  48. Arcade Fire, John Legend To Stream Concerts Live

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Within hours of most any concert, shaky and distorted footage of the show can be found online from front row or the balcony. But online concert video has been steadily building toward live streaming, digital quality video and accompanying social m ...

  49. Analysis: With MTV Partnership, Warner Continues Separate Path

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group’s newly signed partnership with MTV illustrates how WMG would rather grow through online partnerships than own the channel. Warner is the lone major music group holdout from Vevo, the music site/network that launched late last y ...

  50. IFPI CEO John Kennedy To Step Down

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT John Kennedy and the IFPI have announced that he will step down as CEO and chairman next month, after five years in the role. His replacement has already been confirmed. Frances Moore , EVP and regional director, Europe at IFPI, will step up to th ...

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