June 2, 2006 |
Only months after resolving a bitter battle over the company's top executive slot, Sony BMG Music Entertainment announced Thursday the departure of two of its senior-most executives. Don Ienner, an 18-year veteran of the company, stepped down as chairman of Sony Music Label Group U.S. less than three months after being promoted to the position. Michele Anthony, who joined Sony Music in 1990, resigned as president and chief operating officer. Company insiders said the two were forced out.
May 25, 2006 |
Sony BMG Music Entertainment Inc. won a ruling that it didn't illegally use a songwriter's voice and name when it included a 10-second sample of one of her songs on an album by Jennifer Lopez. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said federal copyright law preempted singer Debra Laws' lawsuit over the use of her work in the song "All I Have" by Lopez and rapper LL Cool J.
January 12, 2006 |
The recording industry is coming out of the closet. Sony Music said it was launching the first major music label dedicated to nurturing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender artists. The label, Music With a Twist, is a joint venture with Wilderness Media & Entertainment, a company led by Matt Farber, who founded MTV Networks' new gay and lesbian channel Logo, which is available in an estimated 20 million homes.
December 20, 2005 |
Several months after resolving a high-profile dispute with artist Fiona Apple over an album release, Sony Music ended a conflict with another singer-songwriter in a less harmonious manner. Nellie McKay, who signed with the company's Columbia label in 2003 after a bidding war, said Monday that she had split with the label after a long dispute over the length of her upcoming second album.
December 2, 2005 |
Sony Music is expected to announce shortly a shake-up at two of its largest labels that will include the departure of the head of its Columbia Records unit. The changes were confirmed by three company executives. They said Will Botwin would be replaced at Columbia by Steve Barnett, who would move over from Sony's Epic Records label. Charlie Walk, executive vice president of creative marketing and promotion at Columbia, would head Epic.
July 23, 2005 |
Sony BMG Music Entertainment, the nation's second-largest music company, is expected as early as Monday to agree to a settlement with New York Atty. Gen. Eliot Spitzer in a payola investigation, said sources familiar with the talks. Sony BMG is one of four record companies that Spitzer subpoenaed last fall as part of his inquiry into whether music corporations were skirting payola laws by hiring intermediaries to influence which songs were heard on public airwaves.