November 23, 1999 |
Seagram Co.'s Universal Music Group has invested an undisclosed amount of money in Miami-based Eritmo.com, a Latin music Web site that features news, fan club information, chat rooms and Webcasts of Latin music concerts, reviews and videos. The site, which allows fans to sample snippets of singles and albums, plans to create an extensive online digital library and to expand its e-commerce and international operations in the months ahead.
June 16, 2009 |
Virgin Media, the cable TV operator owned by entrepreneur Richard Branson, launched a new kind of music download subscription service with Universal Music Group, the largest music company. The service, described by the companies as a world first, will enable Virgin Media's broadband customers in Britain to stream and download as many songs and albums as they like from Universal's catalog for a fee. But entertainment lawyers said the service was unlikely to solve the global music industry's problem of billions of dollars lost to music piracy, and would need to offer content from big-name entertainers to be attractive to consumers.
June 30, 2003 |
Who is the real Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo? To federal investigators, he is pure trouble. They contend that Lorenzo opened the door of his legitimate business -- the Vivendi Universal-funded Murder Inc. record label -- to a convicted street criminal, Kenneth "Supreme" McGriff. McGriff, they say, used the company to launder cash from illegal drug sales. Lorenzo, in his first public discussion of those claims, tells a much different story. He describes himself as a loyal friend who did nothing worse than help the financially strapped ex-con go straight, and fulfill a dream, by producing a low-budget action film called "Crime Partners."
May 22, 1998 |
As Seagram Co. agreed to acquire PolyGram, PolyGram Chief Executive Alain Levy's fate remains a question--one that Seagram President and Chief Executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. declined to address head-on at a news conference Thursday. "We're not going to comment on any individual [executive], no matter how senior or how impressive," Bronfman said when asked what Levy's role in the combined firm would be.
April 24, 2004 |
Universal Music Group is expected to name Steve Bartels president of its Island Records unit, sources said. Bartels, formerly head of promotion at rival Bertelsmann's Arista Records label, will report to his onetime boss, Antonio "L.A." Reid. The move comes amid a rapid-fire shuffle in the top jobs at the music labels. Reid took the reins at Universal's Island Def Jam complex just weeks after being fired from his job as chief executive of Arista.
March 23, 2004 |
Warner Music Group is recruiting music executive Julie Greenwald for a top post in its emerging East Coast label structure, sources said. The move would mark the second time new Warner Music Chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. has snatched a top executive from rival Universal Music Group, the conglomerate he had helped build. Bronfman had already hired Lyor Cohen, former head of Universal's Island Def Jam label, as Warner's domestic chief.
February 6, 2004 |
Vivendi Universal, which is selling its Hollywood studios and cable networks to General Electric Co.'s NBC, said fourth-quarter revenue fell 9% to $9.08 billion as music sales declined and the dollar weakened. Revenue at Universal Music Group fell 19% to $2.1 billion. The unit suffered from a 17% decline of the dollar against the euro in 2003 and "difficult music market conditions." Revenue at Vivendi Universal Entertainment declined 4% to $2.2 billion, hurt by the declining dollar.
October 10, 2003 |
The global music arm of Vivendi Universal paid more than $61 million into a court account to clear the way for an appeal in its legal dispute with independent TVT Records. Universal Music Group was ordered to pay damages after jurors found its Island Def Jam label liable for fraud and other charges for blocking TVT's release of an album featuring rap star Ja Rule.
June 11, 2003 |
Universal Music Group continued the job cuts at its MCA Records label, ousting interim President Craig Lambert. The veteran radio promotion executive had supervised the Santa Monica-based label since the abrupt exit five months ago of President Jay Boberg, who left in the wake of the firm's poor sales last year. The move comes as Universal is folding MCA into its larger Interscope Geffen A&M complex.