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    1. May 23, 2016

      Ubisoft builds defences to fight off Vivendi

      It is winter in New York and a deadly virus has ravaged the population, turning Manhattan into a lawless zone of...

    2. April 18, 2016

      SoundCloud and Sony/ATV sign licensing deal for Europe

      SoundCloud has struck a European licensing deal with Sony/ATV, the music publishing group, as the Berlin-based digital...

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    1. April 10, 2016

      YouTube music terms put labels in a spin

      After more than a decade of falling album sales and the further loss of revenues to digital piracy, the world’s three...

    2. January 15, 2016

      Vivendi sells stake in gaming company Activision Blizzard

      Vivendi has sold its 5.7 per cent stake in Activision Blizzard for $1.1bn, completing the French media group’s exit...

    3. January 13, 2016

      SoundCloud signs deal with Universal Music Group

      SoundCloud has struck a licensing deal with Universal Music Group, a critical agreement that will make it easier for...

    4. December 6, 2015

      From Adele to Coldplay, ‘Hello’ to bland British pop

      The UK trade deficit is the hole that can never be filled, but one sector of the nation’s export economy is doing its...

    5. November 11, 2015

      Vivendi: roaming holiday

      Music combines mathematical rigour and harmonic pleasure. Get the sums wrong and the result is cacophony. French media...

    6. October 21, 2015

      Abbey Road sounds right for music technology start-ups

      Abbey Road, the London recording studio immortalised by The Beatles’ album of the same name, is launching Europe’s...

    7. October 15, 2015

      Vincent Bolloré’s Vivendi takes stakes in Ubisoft and Gameloft

      French media and content group Vivendi has returned to the world of video gaming, taking 6.6 per cent and 6.2 per cent...

    8. October 9, 2015

      Pianists and prizes: in black and white

      Costa Pilavachi, senior vice-president of classical artists and repertoire at Universal Music Group, is looking forward...

    9. September 29, 2015

      Universal and Warner Music groups win case against VKontakte

      Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group have claimed an important victory in their fight to stop copyright...

    10. September 8, 2015

      King Crimson, Hackney Empire, London — review

      “My life as a professional musician,” Robert Fripp told the FT three years ago, “is a joyless exercise in futility.”...

    11. 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...

    12. April 8, 2015

      Vivendi eyes ‘transformational’ deals to become media player

      Vivendi may have taken some criticism from an activist investor recently, but Arnaud de Puyfontaine, chief executive of...

    13. April 6, 2015

      Vivendi offers to buy majority stake in Dailymotion from Orange

      Vivendi has confirmed that it has made an offer to buy the video sharing site Dailymotion from Orange, the telecoms...

    14. 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...

    15. March 30, 2015

      Jay Z enlists top acts to promote new streaming service

      Jay Z has enlisted some of music’s biggest names as equity partners in his new streaming music service, offering stock...

    16. March 29, 2015

      Vivendi clash shows it’s time to change the music and take a risk

      The dispute between the activist fund manager Peter Schoenfeld and Vivendi is not just a row about money and whether it...

    17. March 28, 2015

      Vivendi warns activist investor it could fall foul of French law

      Vivendi has written a letter to the US hedge fund and minority shareholder that has challenged its strategy, warning...

    18. March 26, 2015

      Vincent Bolloré increases stake in Vivendi to 10.2%

      French billionaire Vincent Bolloré has increased his stake in Vivendi, tightening his grip on the Paris-based media and...

    19. March 24, 2015

      Vivendi investors twist and shout over payouts

      Over the years, Peter Schoenfeld has avoided the sort of aggressive, school-bully image that accompanies so many of his...

    20. March 24, 2015

      Universal music: stream of consciousness

      The annoying thing about the future is that it will not sit still. Five years ago the future of music was firmly in...

    21. March 20, 2015

      Universal takes on Spotify freemium model

      The “freemium” model used by Spotify to amass 60m users and 15m paying subscribers around the world is facing a new...

    22. March 17, 2015

      Vivendi chief dismisses claims of Universal Music sale

      Vivendi chief executive Arnaud de Puyfontaine has scotched reports that the French media group could sell its music...

    23. January 5, 2015

      Universal Music and Havas form partnership to mine consumer data

      Vivendi’s Universal Music Group and advertising group Havas have joined forces in the hope of boosting revenue from...

    24. September 29, 2014

      Universal Music Group in ad deal for music videos with MirriAd

      Universal Music Group is set to enable advertisers to superimpose brands into music videos after they have been made,...

    25. June 20, 2014

      Cash-rich Vivendi abandons the wild years

      For many years, there has been one overriding question hanging over Vivendi, the Paris-based group that started life...

    26. June 12, 2014

      Amazon joins wave of music streaming services without Universal

      Amazon launched its long-awaited music streaming service on Thursday, though the retailer has done so without a deal in...

    27. May 29, 2014

      Apple buys Beats Electronics for $3bn

      Beats slideshow Apple has sealed its biggest ever acquisition with the $3bn purchase of Beats Electronics, a deal that...

    28. 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,...

    29. May 19, 2014

      Streaming music services saved the radio star

      At first glance, the recent annual report from the IFPI, the music trade body, made for grim reading. Global music...

    30. May 19, 2014

      French court reduces Jean-Marie Messier’s sentence

      A French appeal court has overturned a key part of the conviction and sentence of Jean-Marie Messier, the former chief...

    31. May 9, 2014

      Apple / Beats: can kicking

      Type “Beats are” into Google. The first offerings from the site’s auto-complete function: Beats are rubbish, Beats are...

    32. April 28, 2014

      Boards ‘prepared to take more risks in hiring women chiefs’

      More than one in three women chief executives were appointed from outside the company where they took the top job,...

    33. April 22, 2014

      MusicQubed phases in US growth

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

    34. April 8, 2014

      Universal buys music DVD maker Eagle Rock

      Universal Music Group has acquired Eagle Rock Entertainment, the UK-based producer and distributor of music programming...

    35. 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,...

    36. March 18, 2014

      Music revenues decline as digital fail to grow fast enough

      Global recorded music industry revenues fell 4 per cent last year, dashing hopes that fast-growing digital services...

    37. March 4, 2014

      Tech entrepreneur aims to revolutionise shopping

      Dan Wagner, one of the most controversial figures of the UK’s dotcom boom and bust, has vowed to save the high street...

    38. November 28, 2013

      BT in album streaming deal with Universal Music

      BT has struck a deal with Universal Music, the world’s largest music company, to stream albums over its pay-TV...

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