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  1. 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, in a...

  2. 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 under...

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  1. 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...

  2. May 28, 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...

  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. 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 sales...

  5. 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...

  6. 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 bad,...

  7. 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, compared...

  8. 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 help...

  9. 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...

  10. 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,...

  11. 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 such as...

  12. 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 from...

  13. 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 platform. The...

  14. November 26, 2013

    Vivendi to spin off SFR telecoms unit

    Vivendi, the French media and telecommunications group, has confirmed its plan to split in two, as it seeks to shed the...

  15. October 11, 2013

    Vivendi appoints banks for SFR flotation

    Vivendi has appointed banks to advise on the proposed flotation of SFR, its French telecoms business. While the...

  16. September 12, 2013

    Vivendi: two better than one?

    Vivendi is the kind of company that was always going to break in two if someone pulled hard enough. That is what Vincent...

  17. September 10, 2013

    Bolloré to slug it out in Vivendi shake-up

    In the conservative and often staid world of French business, Vincent Bolloré has earned a formidable reputation for shaking...

  18. 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...

  19. August 29, 2013

    Vivendi trims TV and telecoms forecasts

    Vivendi trimmed forecasts for its pay-TV and telecoms divisions on Thursday, but said its Universal Music business was on...

  20. July 19, 2013

    Universal Music’s appeal for Vivendi and SoftBank

    News that Vivendi had turned down a premium priced $8.5bn offer for Universal Music from SoftBank, Masayoshi Son’s...

  21. July 18, 2013

    Vivendi spurned $8.5bn Universal Music bid

    SoftBank, the Japanese telecoms group, proposed an $8.5bn bid for Universal Music, the world’s largest music group, about...

  22. 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...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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,...

  26. May 15, 2013

    Inside Business: Letter gives Hirai chance to change Sony

    Daniel Loeb’s tilt at Sony has achieved one goal already. As the activist investor quietly built his $1.1bn stake in the...

  27. May 14, 2013

    Vivendi and Bouygues hit by mobile phone price war

    France’s two largest private sector telecom operators reported lower earnings in the first three months of the year as a...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. FT Tech Hub

    April 2, 2013

    Google+ Sign-In signs up users to mobile

    The launch of Google+ Sign-In five weeks ago seems likely to lead to a big conversion to mobile apps and favour the Android...

  31. March 15, 2013

    Vivendi suspends sale of Brazil telco

    Vivendi has suspended the possible sale of GVT, its fast-growing Brazilian fixed-line telecoms company, after bidders failed...

  32. 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...

  33. March 8, 2013

    Lunch with the FT: Lucian Grainge

    It’s funny, this guy goes around the world doing interviews over lunch, right, and I’m the one who has to lose weight! You...

  34. March 1, 2013

    D-day for downloads

    The US federal court for northern California is housed in a huge 1950s modernist office block in the centre of San...

  35. February 28, 2013

    ISPs ordered to block ‘pirate’ websites

    The High Court has ordered Britain’s six biggest internet service providers to block access to three websites that provide...

  36. February 26, 2013

    Vivendi urges patience over assets review

    Vivendi has urged investors to be patient about its long-awaited strategic review and said the French telecoms and media...

  37. February 22, 2013

    Google looks to beat music rivals

    Google is in talks with big music labels to launch a streaming service to compete with companies such as Spotify and Deezer,...

  38. 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,...

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