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  1. 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,...

  2. 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...

  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. September 26, 2013

    Perform Group execs invest in online music venture

    Three executives behind Perform Group, the sports media company whose shares have doubled since listing in 2011, have made...

  3. August 26, 2013

    Len Blavatnik wins $50m in JPMorgan lawsuit

    Len Blavatnik, the billionaire investor, has won a claim for breach of contract in a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase,...

  4. July 9, 2013

    Citigroup sheds a legacy from EMI deal by selling pension fund

    Citigroup has sold EMI Group’s £1.5bn pension fund to the Pension Insurance Corporation, in the UK’s largest pension...

  5. 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...

  6. June 26, 2013

    Jagger and Richards get satisfaction with BMG

    Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have signed up with BMG in a move that will see the German music publisher represent their...

  7. beyondbrics

    June 11, 2013

    Russian fashion start-up gets tycoon backing

    It’s curious to see where the three Soviet-born tycoons who sold their 50 per stake in TNK-BP to Rosneft this year will...

  8. June 11, 2013

    Blavatnik invests in Russian ecommerce group Lamoda

    One of Russia’s biggest online fashion retailers Lamoda has raised $130m from a group led by oligarch Len Blavatnik,...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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,...

  12. 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...

  13. March 8, 2013

    Week in Review, March 9

    Corporate person in the news: Jimmy Iovine Record producer, label boss, company founder, mentor to American Idol...

  14. March 7, 2013

    Time called as merger comes full circle

    The media behemoth that Jerry Levin and Steve Case created with the merger of AOL and Time Warner spanned music, magazines,...

  15. March 6, 2013

    Billionaires back Beats’ music service

    A group that includes the billionaires Len Blavatnik and James Packer has invested in a new music subscription service being...

  16. 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,...

  17. 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,...

  18. February 19, 2013

    Blavatnik hits out at ‘arrogant’ JPMorgan

    Len Blavatnik, the billionaire investor, has complained about “arrogant” treatment from JPMorgan Chase, which he is suing to...

  19. 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...

  20. 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...

  21. 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...

  22. December 20, 2012

    Warner Music brings in dealmaker

    Warner Music has appointed Rob Wiesenthal, a Sony executive known as a music industry dealmaker, to a new role designed to...

  23. November 16, 2012

    Johnny Hallyday: L’Attente

    Johnny Hallyday’s last album cast the “French Elvis” as a gnarled blues-rock survivor; sales in his francophone heartland...

  24. November 14, 2012

    Spotify in top league with $3bn valuation

    Spotify has raised about $100m from a group of investors led by Goldman Sachs in a round that puts a $3bn valuation on the...

  25. 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...

  26. October 8, 2012

    Blavatnik invests in music service Deezer

    Len Blavatnik, whose Access Industries group bought Warner Music last year, has invested $130m in Deezer, the French music...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. 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...

  31. August 20, 2012

    Deal agreed over Michael Jackson catalogue

    Michael Jackson hits from Beat It to Billie Jean will for the first time be represented by the late singer’s publishing...

  32. 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...

  33. July 17, 2012

    Come together

    “Money can’t buy me love”, sang The Beatles in the 1960s. But can money buy you The Beatles – and Coldplay and Queen?...

  34. June 21, 2012

    Rifts over Universal Music’s move for EMI

    A Washington hearing on Universal Music’s £1.2bn bid for EMI’s recorded music business has exposed deep rifts among industry...

  35. May 16, 2012

    Time for Sony to face the music

    Sony is on a roll. No, not the electronics division you once bought your Walkman, PlayStation and Bravia from. That – with...

  36. April 19, 2012

    Brussels approves $2.2bn Sony-EMI deal

    A Sony-led consortium won European Union clearance on Thursday for its $2.2bn purchase of EMI’s music publishing business,...

  37. April 18, 2012

    Sony wins antitrust approval for EMI deal

    A Sony-led consortium will win approval from Brussels for its $2.2bn purchase of EMI’s music publishing business, giving...

  38. 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...

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