1. Polydor Elevates Co-Presidents Tom March and Ben Mortimer

    May 16, 2016 9:38 PM EDT 0 0 0 Polydor Records has tapped two old friends, Tom March and Ben Mortimer , to lead as co-presidents of the storied Universal Music label. For Mortimer, it’s a promotion after spending four years as A&R director at the label, while March joins from ...

  2. Universal Music Launches Caroline International, Michael Roe, Jim Chancellor To Head-Up

    August 08, 2013 8:56 AM EDT The Universal Music Group has launched Caroline International, an independent distributor and label services provider; and has named Michael Roe and Jim Chancellor to head the London-based operation. Roe, who founded the international arm of EMI ...

  3. Capitol Records U.K. Launches, Nick Raphael Named President

    April 25, 2013 8:05 AM EDT Universal Music has announced the launch of Capitol Records U.K., marking the first time that the historic Capitol label has had a stand-alone presence in the U.K. Nick Raphael, who currently holds the position as president of Universal imprint ...

  4. Morning Fix: Artists Chastise Pandora; Nachsin Leaves Roadrunner; Nine Bidding for Parlophone

    November 15, 2012 8:15 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters RIHANNA, KATY PERRY, BILLY JOEL, 122 OTHER ARTISTS TELL PANDORA: 'THAT'S NOT HOW PARTNERS WORK TOGETHER': The battle over webcast ...

  5. The Weeknd, XO Partner With Universal Republic

    September 11, 2012 5:15 PM EDT After a successful year without the backing of a major label, The Weeknd and his XO initiative have partnered with Universal Music Group's Republic Records. This Week in Music: Marc Geiger on How Pitchfork Helped The Weeknd Earn $25K Per Show ...

  6. Backbeat: The Weeknd's London Debut, With Katy Perry, Florence Welch, Barry Weiss, David Joseph, More

    June 07, 2012 7:24 PM EDT London's Wilton Music Hall hosted The Weeknd 's debut London show earlier tonight (June 7). Rumored to have sold out within two minutes, the gig lasted just an hour, but equally interesting as the vocal acrobatics taking place onstage wa ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Backbeat: Jimmy Iovine Honored by Dr. Dre, Stevie Nicks, Mary J. Blige, Many More at Grammy P&E Event

    February 09, 2012 9:15 AM EST From left: Producer Jimmy Jam, Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, and Jimmy Iovine attend the 5th annual Producers & Engineers Wing Event honoring Iovine at The Village Recording Studios in L.A. (Photo by Michael Kovac/WireImage) Th ...

  9. Q&A: Anjula Acharia-Bath Co-Founder/CEO, Desi Hits!

    September 01, 2011 8:51 AM EDT Five years ago, Anjula Acharia-Bath was working as a senior partner at the London-based executive search firm Forsyth Group. Today, she runs an entertainment/lifestyle website focused on South Asian (Desi) culture called Desi Hits! (desihits.com ...

  10. What Next For Robbie Williams?

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST When the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a coalition after the May 2010 general election in the U.K., there were plenty who said it could never last. Six months on and former Conservative prime minister Sir John Major reckons the partie ...

  11. Universal Music U.K. Ups Selina Webb

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST 0 0 Selina Webb has been promoted to the newly created position of senior director, communications for Universal Music U.K. She reports to Universal Music U.K. chairman and CEO David Joseph. Webb was previously director of communications at Universal' ...

  12. Shake-Up For BRIT Awards

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music U.K. CEO/chairman and BRIT Awards committee chairman David Joseph has made some big changes to the awards ceremony. The move to London's O2 Arena, which was confirmed in September, signaled that the ceremony organized by trade ...

  13. Annie Lennox Draws Upon Childhood for Christmas Album

    October 29, 2010 3:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 A nnie Lennox was born on Christmas Day 1954-and her plans for a holiday album have been gestating almost ever since. "I remember hearing all these beautiful Christmas carols in choir when I was 6," she recalls with a laugh. Five decades o ...

  14. Decca U.K. Restructures Management

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has restructured the senior management at its U.K. imprint Decca Records as the major attempts to re-establish it as a frontline record label. Effective immediately, Dickon Stainer is promoted from Decca Records managing dire ...

  15. Brian Rose Rises As Universal U.K. Restructures Sales

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music U.K. commercial director Brian Rose has been promoted to the newly-created position of managing director, Commercial Division at the London-based major. The executive starts his new post with immediate effect. It sees him taking re ...

  16. Brits Artists' Sales Surge

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST BRIT Awards performers and winners including Duffy, the Ting Tings and Elbow have already seen a digital sales bounce, following the TV broadcast of the ceremony. According to the Official Charts Co, there was an immediate impact on download sales ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Former Radio 2 Boss Joins Universal Music U.K.

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Lesley Douglas, who quit as controller of BBC AC station Radio 2 last month, has joined Universal Music U.K. as director of programming and business development. Her appointment becomes effective on Dec. 8 and she will report to chairman David Jos ...

  19. Unger-Hamilton Heads Up Polydor

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Former Virgin U.K. boss Ferdy Unger-Hamilton has been appointed president of Polydor Records. He will report to Universal Music U.K. chairman and CEO David Joseph. Unger-Hamilton is returning to Universal Music, where he spent a decade up until 20 ...

  20. Barlow Takes Charge Of Geffen U.K.

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group is rolling out the Geffen Records label in the U.K. for the first time. Polydor co-president Colin Barlow has been appointed Geffen U.K. president. Geffen U.K. will be a standalone label in a London HQ separate from Universal ...

  21. Joseph Rises At Universal U.K.

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has named David Joseph as the new chairman/CEO of Universal Music U.K. London-based Joseph, previously co-president of Polydor Records and president of Universal Music Operations, has ...

  22. Allen Storms Brit Awards With Four Nominations

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 With four nods, British newcomer Lily Allen leads the way for the 2007 Brit Awards, nominations for which reflect Britain's bumper crop of new talent. The pop singer is up for British breakthrough act With four nods, British newcomer Lily Allen ...

  23. UCJ's Holland Departs, Stainer Upped

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Classics and Jazz has elevated Dickon Stainer from GM to managing director, with effect from January. London-based Stainer will succeed incumbent Bill Holland, who this week retires from the company after 27 years service. Holland ...

  24. Polydor U.K. Chief Joseph Promoted

    April 25, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has expanded the remit of Polydor U.K. co-president David Joseph. Universal Music Group International chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has expanded the remit of Polydor U.K. co-president D ...

  25. Kid Rock Sues To Block Sale Of Sex Tape

    February 22, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Kid Rock has won an initial victory in his attempt to stop a California company from releasing an explicit sex video featuring the artist, former Creed singer Scott Stapp and four women. Kid Rock has won an initial victory in his attempt to stop a C ...

  26. Kid Rock, Stapp Sex Tape To Hit Stores?

    February 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A videotape showing Kid Rock and former Creed frontman Scott Stapp engaging in explicit sexual activity with four female fans on a tour bus has been acquired by California company Red Light District, A videotape showing Kid Rock and former Creed fro ...

  27. Polydor Marketing Pair Upped In The U.K.

    April 16, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Peter Loraine and Karen Simmonds have been promoted, respectively, to directors of marketing at Universal Music divisions Polydor U.K. and Polydor Associated Labels (PAL). Peter Loraine and Karen Simmonds have been promoted, respectively, to direc ...