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    1. February 20, 2013

      Bertelsmann moves back to music stage

      Bertelsmann, the German media group, could spend around €500m to take full control of BMG, its music joint venture with KKR,...

    2. FT Alphaville

      January 7, 2013

      The (early) Lunch Wrap

      Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE A future scenario with oil prices dominated by ‘above-ground’ factors: Veteran...

    1. FT Alphaville

      January 7, 2013

      The 6am Cut London

      Basel eases liquidity requirements: The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision has bowed to intense pressure from the...

    2. January 6, 2013

      Sony rejoins BMG for Parlophone bid

      Sony has teamed up with BMG to bid for Parlophone and other EMI labels being sold off by Universal Music, reuniting Sony and...

    3. December 22, 2011

      Web is media game changer, says music chief

      Pop legend Boy George once derisively called record-company executives “bank managers who wear jeans,” a view Hartwig...

    4. June 25, 2011

      Music rivals take the stage in EMI auction

      Two EMI stablemates, Coldplay and Tinie Tempah, will take to the Pyramid stage at the Glastonbury festival on Saturday...

    5. May 10, 2011

      Apollo decides it’s now or never for Graceland offer

      Apollo Global Management, Leon Black’s private equity group, looks set to be the new owner of the Idol television format and...

    6. May 1, 2011

      Out with the stretch limos

      Few executives admit that their job is managing decline but in some industries decline is a fact of life and managing it a...

    7. April 30, 2011

      Warner Music poised to change hands for $3bn

      Warner Music, the US group behind Cee-Lo Green and Bruno Mars, looks likely to change hands for an enterprise value of more...

    8. March 31, 2011

      Samsung rejects spyware claims

      Samsung Electronics on Thursday rejected a security professional’s allegation that it installed software capable of...

    9. February 24, 2011

      Apple, Google and Spotify race to music market

      The digital music market is set to be shaken up as soon as this summer as Apple, Google and Spotify race to deliver new...

    10. January 24, 2011

      Universal Music chairman in exit talks

      Doug Morris, chairman of Universal Music, is in talks about an early exit from his contract with Vivendi, Universal’s French...

    11. January 17, 2011

      Nokia to scale back free music service

      Nokia is to stop offering free music downloads with its mobile phones in most markets, signalling a retreat from a service...

    12. November 4, 2010

      Hands counts the cost of foray into music

      Citigroup has won. But both sides are still facing painful losses on the £4.2bn buy-out of EMI and their fates remain locked...

    13. May 7, 2010

      Hands faces test in £105m EMI cash call vote

      Guy Hands, the private equity boss, faces a crucial test on Monday when his investors will vote on whether to pump an extra...

    14. May 3, 2010

      Sweet sound of music still benefits BMG

      Hartwig Masuch, chief executive of the fast-growing music publisher BMG, says his listening habits are going through a "Pink...

    15. May 2, 2010

      Sweet sound of music still benefits BMG

      Hartwig Masuch, chief executive of the fast-growing music publisher BMG, says his listening habits are going through a “Pink...

    16. April 11, 2010

      Studio boss ready to ‘Kick-Ass’

      It is a typical southern California morning and the palm tree-lined streets outside the Santa Monica headquarters of Lions...

    17. March 26, 2010

      Nikkei breaks past 11,000 mark

      Tokyo stocks surged to 18-month highs as markets in the region finished the week strongly after eurozone leaders agreed a...

    18. March 24, 2010

      How to create a chart-topper

      There was dog food in the gift bags at this year’s Grammy Awards, and a dead man has just struck the biggest record deal in...

    19. March 10, 2010

      ADMC plans Arabic spin-offs of online groups

      The Abu Dhabi Media Company is planning local spin-offs of two US-based businesses it has invested in, as the emirate races...

    20. March 10, 2010

      Investment fund backs singer's album

      Charlotte Church, the singer and television presenter, has signed a £2m deal with an investment fund to finance the...

    21. March 10, 2010

      Investment fund backs singer’s album

      Charlotte Church, the singer and television presenter, has signed a £2m deal with an investment fund to finance the...

    22. November 24, 2009

      Weak economy hurts music publishing

      Music publishing, once one of the few stable areas of an industry suffering from declining CD sales and online piracy, is...

    23. November 18, 2009

      Music groups hold up Spotify US launch

      Spotify’s hopes of launching its online music service in the US are being held up by record labels’ concerns about its...

    24. October 11, 2009

      BSkyB to launch digital music service

      British Sky Broadcasting will this month launch Sky Songs, its long-awaited digital music service designed to compete with...

    25. August 11, 2009

      Anschutz $60m Jackson film deal approved

      Anschutz Entertainment Group has begun the process of recouping some of its losses after Michael Jackson’s death derailed...

    26. July 8, 2009

      Bertelsmann

      The financial crisis has pushed all manner of companies into a defensive crouch. Bertelsmann is no exception. Last year, the...

    27. June 25, 2009

      Music majors sue Irish ISPs over piracy

      The four major music labels have launched lawsuits against two Irish internet service providers, BT Ireland and UPC Ireland,...

    28. April 17, 2009

      File sharers sentenced to prison

      The entertainment industry scored a rare victory on Friday as a Swedish court found four men guilty of promoting copyright...

    29. January 28, 2009

      Bertelsmann eyes UK opportunities

      Bertelsmann, the German media group, has always been a proud owner of RTL, Europe's largest broadcaster. But it has long...

    30. January 28, 2009

      Bertelsmann watches UK TV

      German media group Bertelsmann has always been a proud owner of RTL, Europe's largest broadcaster, but it has long bemoaned...

    31. January 27, 2009

      Bertelsmann eyes UK opportunities

      Bertelsmann, the German media group, has always been a proud owner of RTL, Europe’s largest broadcaster. But it has long...

    32. January 6, 2009

      Apple brings in variable pricing on iTunes

      Apple and the music industry have settled their biggest differences, with the iPod maker agreeing to allow variable pricing...

    33. December 20, 2008

      Classical Andrew Clark

      William Alwyn String Quartets 1-3 Maggini Quartet Naxos Naxos's Alwyn series has been a revelation - an impression...

    34. December 13, 2008

      Pop - CD Box Sets: Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

      Roy Orbison The Soul of Rock and Roll Sony BMG The Soul of Rock and Roll marks the 20th anniversary of Roy Orbison's...

    35. December 5, 2008

      EMI seeks deal with rivals to distribute recordings

      EMI is in talks with rivals over a US distribution deal that could bring in tens of millions of dollars for the indebted...

    36. December 5, 2008

      EMI in talks with rivals over network

      EMI is in talks with rivals over a US distribution deal that could bring in tens of millions of dollars for the indebted...

    37. December 4, 2008

      EMI in US distribution talks with competitors

      EMI is in talks with rivals over a US distribution deal that could bring in tens of millions of dollars for the indebted...

    38. December 4, 2008

      EMI seeks to sell US distribution network to rivals

      EMI is in talks with rivals over a US distribution deal that could bring in tens of millions of dollars for the indebted...

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