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  1. April 3, 2014

    Record labels file legal action against Vkontakte

    The world’s top three record labels have filed legal proceedings against Vkontakte, Russia’s largest social network,...

  2. January 3, 2014

    Streaming services take toll on digital music sales

    Not even Beyoncé could save digital music sales last year. Long considered the shrunken music industry’s best prospect for...

  1. December 16, 2013

    New Beyoncé album smashes iTunes record

    The new album from the singer Beyoncé has become the fastest-selling release in the history of iTunes, reinvigorating...

  2. December 13, 2013

    Singles lady sells 80,000 albums in 3 hours

    The singer Beyoncé has given the ailing album format a shot in the arm after releasing her new record as a fixed bundle on...

  3. September 2, 2013

    Vevo moves into Germany without YouTube

    Vevo, the music video site set up by two of the world’s largest music companies, is about to take a step into the unknown by...

  4. FT Tech Hub

    July 2, 2013

    As Hulu bids come in, keep an eye on Vevo

    Bids are expected by the end of this week for Hulu, the online video site owned by Disney’s ABC, News Corp’s Fox and...

  5. June 7, 2013

    Hitsville revisited - ‘Motown: The Musical’

    On the night his first wife served him with divorce papers, Berry Gordy went to his sister’s house in Detroit and wrote a...

  6. June 7, 2013

    Sony deal turns the switch on iRadio plans

    Apple is expected to announce its long-anticipated iRadio music streaming service at its Worldwide Developers Conference on...

  7. June 2, 2013

    Apple’s iRadio plans warm up

    Apple is looking more likely to launch its long-awaited music streaming service at its Worldwide Developers Conference,...

  8. May 20, 2013

    Graceland put on the market

    Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion and rights to the images of Elvis and Muhammad Ali are on the market with a possible price...

  9. May 9, 2013

    Apple’s ‘iRadio’ talks hit royalties snag

    Apple’s much-anticipated music streaming service has hit a stumbling block as label owners are split over the terms for what...

  10. April 8, 2013

    Universal wins rights to Jay Z label

    Universal Music, fresh from cementing its position as the world’s largest music company by acquiring most of EMI’s record...

  11. March 12, 2013

    Vevo launches music video digital channel

    The music industry is making a new push to get artists’ videos on television, launching an MTV-like channel on Tuesday, 31...

  12. February 19, 2013

    Warner Music in deal with independents

    Warner Music has struck a deal with two groups representing independent record labels to secure their support as it seeks...

  13. February 7, 2013

    Warner Music wins Parlophone auction

    Len Blavatnik’s Warner Music has won the auction for former EMI labels including Parlophone, the home to Coldplay, David...

  14. January 23, 2013

    Sony Music invests in dance label Ultra

    Sony Music has made an undisclosed investment in Ultra Music, the electronic dance music label behind DJs such as Kaskade,...

  15. November 23, 2012

    Alicia Keys: Girl on Fire

    “It’s a brand new time for me,” Alicia Keys sings as though as showing off the sparkler on her finger. Marriage and...

  16. November 14, 2012

    Nine groups in line to snap up Parlophone

    Warner Music and a joint venture led by industry impresario Simon Fuller are among nine groups to have registered interest...

  17. September 25, 2012

    Cohen to leave Warner Music

    Lyor Cohen, head of Warner Music’s recorded music division and the group’s most prominent creative executive, is resigning...

  18. September 21, 2012

    EMI deal sparks music industry upheaval

    When Lucian Grainge announced his £1.2bn bid for EMI’s recorded music business last November, Universal Music’s London-born...

  19. September 21, 2012

    EMI sale to Universal on cusp of approval

    European and US competition regulators could approve Universal Music’s £1.2bn bid for EMI’s recorded music business as early...

  20. September 5, 2012

    Vivendi/EMI deal hits right notes for bankers

    Barring any further mishaps, EMI – the British music company behind The Beatles, The Sex Pistols and Katy Perry – will...

  21. September 3, 2012

    The Pirate Bay co-founder arrested

    A co-founder of The Pirate Bay, a controversial file-sharing website, has been detained in Cambodia after failing to return...

  22. July 22, 2012

    Universal asset sales may bypass rivals

    Sony Music and Warner Music risk being shut out of the bidding for assets that Universal Music plans to sacrifice to get its...

  23. May 23, 2012

    Vevo sounds out fresh investors

    Vevo, the music video site set up by two of the world’s largest music companies, is in early-stage talks to attract new...

  24. April 7, 2012

    Various Artists: Giant Single: The Profile Records Rap Anthology

    Profile Records was an independent label set up in 1981 by a pair of young Jewish New Yorkers, Cory Robbins and Steve...

  25. March 27, 2012

    Universal to sell $200m of music catalogues

    Universal Music is selling three of its music publishing catalogues in a deal valued at up to $200m that will help to...

  26. March 15, 2012

    Universal faces probe into $1.9bn EMI bid

    Vivendi’s Universal Music is to face a lengthy in-depth investigation into its $1.9bn bid for EMI’s record labels, as...

  27. February 21, 2012

    Is it wrong to make money from a tragedy?

    THE PROBLEM Shortly after singer Whitney Houston’s death earlier this month, Sony Music raised the price of two of her...

  28. February 17, 2012

    Whitney Houston was worth Sony’s posthumous premium

    What price the grief of Whitney Houston fans? For a brief period in the early hours of Sunday morning, it seemed the answer...

  29. February 17, 2012

    Overtures begin to EMI antitrust battle

    As Katy Perry, Coldplay and the Beach Boys posed for pictures at the Capitol Records tower in Hollywood on Sunday night,...

  30. January 23, 2012

    Digital revenues set to offset CDs’ fall

    The global music industry says it is close to a turning point where growth from digital revenues offsets declining sales of...

  31. FT Tech Hub

    January 11, 2012

    Samsung defends CES importance

    Despite getting flack for a lack of major announcements from some of the biggest technology companies, the Consumer...

  32. December 21, 2011

    The man who made music videos pay

    Doug Morris credits his grandson with the inspiration for Vevo, the website that in two years has turned music videos from a...

  33. December 20, 2011

    Vevo sounds upbeat note on cable channel

    The record industry is looking to create its own destination for music videos on television, 30 years after a generation...

  34. December 8, 2011

    Warner Music turns down volume on sale talk

    Warner Music’s new owners have cooled speculation that they could sell its music publishing business to defray the cost of...

  35. December 5, 2011

    Bronfman to quit as Warner Music chairman

    Edgar Bronfman Jr is stepping down as chairman of Warner Music, weeks after being outbid in the auction for EMI, ending more...

  36. December 4, 2011

    Bertelsmann chief forms advisory group

    Thomas Rabe, the new chief executive of Bertelsmann , has put his first stamp on the media group by enlarging the top tier...

  37. November 17, 2011

    Google launches rival to Apple’s iTunes

    Google launched its long-awaited rival to Apple’s iTunes service on Wednesday with a free music streaming service and...

  38. FT Tech Hub

    November 16, 2011

    Leading labels said to be on board for Google Music launch

    Tech news from around the web: Sony Music, the recently acquired EMI, and Universal Music are all expected to offer MP3...

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