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    1. June 10, 2015

      Apple’s music deals draw antitrust scrutiny in US

      Apple’s new music deals with record labels are under scrutiny by the US state officials whose investigations into the...

    2. April 3, 2015

      Jay Z sees Tidal as leading artists’ fight against the techies

      The gathering of some of the world’s top musical talent by hip-hop star Jay Z this week was on a scale unseen since...

    1. October 10, 2014

      Simon Cowell queries Sony’s X Factor

      Simon Cowell, the music reality show entrepreneur, is considering scrapping his joint venture with Sony for television...

    2. October 9, 2014

      Line drawn to mobile payments after IPO delay

      First, they want you to text. Then, they want you to spend. Makers of smartphone messaging apps have been rushing to...

    3. May 28, 2014

      Streaming is the answer for Chinese music industry

      China’s music business will grow substantially over the coming years thanks to the rise of online streaming services,...

    4. April 20, 2014

      MusicQubed phases in US growth

      MusicQubed, a British start-up backed by Sir Richard Branson and Universal Music, has appointed financial advisers to...

    5. 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,...

    6. 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...

    7. 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...

    8. 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...

    9. 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...

    10. 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...

    11. 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...

    12. 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...

    13. 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,...

    14. 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...

    15. 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...

    16. 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...

    17. 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,...

    18. 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...

    19. 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,...

    20. 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...

    21. 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...

    22. 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...

    23. 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...

    24. 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...

    25. 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...

    26. 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...

    27. 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...

    28. 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...

    29. 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...

    30. 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...

    31. 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...

    32. 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...

    33. 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...

    34. 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...

    35. 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...

    36. 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...

    37. 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...

    38. 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...

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