Universal’s bid for EMI music division approved

By Randy Lewis and Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times September 22, 2012 Regulators in the U.S. and Europe on Friday approved Universal Music Group’s $1.9-billion acquisition of EMI Group Ltd.’s music division, giving the Los Angeles-based music company control of the Beatles music catalog and the iconic Abbey Road studios in London, but forcing it […]


Posted by Ted • Friday, September 21, 2012 .

Midem Blog: Spotify, Grooveshark and LimeWire Walk into a Bar

by Ted Cohen It’s two weeks before the end of 2010 and three of the major digital music services continue to find themselves in varying degrees of chaos. I would have hoped by now that the smoke would have cleared for two of them, but I have little sympathy for the third. Spotify’s co-founders, Daniel […]


Posted by Ted • Friday, December 17, 2010 .

PaidContent.org: Vevo Pulls UMG Music Videos From MTV Sites Over Ad Dispute

Vevo and MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA) are having difficulty coming to an agreement over whether Vevo can sell advertising around the Viacom network’s online music player, according to interviews with sources in both camps. As a result, UMG, one of the founding partners of Vevo, has pulled its artists’ videos from MTVN’s sites as Vevo continues to try to work out an agreement on behalf of it and the other labels it represents.


Posted by Ted • Friday, August 6, 2010 .

NYT: Music Labels Cut Friendlier Deals With Start-Ups

With CD sales dropping fast, it is not hard to imagine how the major music labels could benefit from the growth of Web start-ups like Imeem. The company’s service lets people listen to songs, discover new artists and share their favorites with friends. And in return, Imeem owes the labels licensing fees for use of the music.


Posted by Ted • Wednesday, May 27, 2009 .

Wired: TuneCore, Amazon Set to Unveil On-Demand CD Sales

TuneCore is poised to partner with Amazon’s on-demand CD-printing-and-distribution service, Wired.com has learned. It’s a deal that could put powerful new physical publishing options in the hands of musicians, even as the world goes increasingly digital.


Posted by Ted • Thursday, May 21, 2009 .