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Sky Launches Music Download Rival For Itunes

23rd July 2008

Sky is set to launch a new music download service. A deal with Universal Music sees the TV broadcaster offering normal song and album downloads and a subscription service allowing unlimited streaming of songs and...

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Teenage Boy Sues 50 Cent Over 'Gangsta' Lifestyle

11th April 2008

50 Cent has been sued for promoting violence and crime by a teenage boy who claims to have been assaulted by friends of the rapper.James Rosemond, 14, and his mother Cynthia Reed filed a lawsuit...

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Warner Music Drops Copyright Protection For Music Downloads

5th March 2008

Warner Music has revolutionised the music download industry by inking a deal to provide a rival download service to rival Apple's iTunes store.The record label's contract with download website 7digital.com will see computer users in...

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Apprenticeships Announced To Boost UK's Creativity

22nd February 2008

Thousands of apprenticeships are to be created to boost the UK's creativity, the government announced today.BBC at mediacity:uk, Tate Liverpool, Universal Music Group and Monkeydevil Design are the first groups to have signed up for...

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Winehouse Questioned By Police

6th February 2008

Amy Winehouse has been questioned by police in connection with a video which appeared to show her smoking crack cocaine.Though the singer was not arrested, she was interviewed under caution in relation to the alleged...

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Stones 'Quit Emi' For Universal

17th January 2008

The Rolling Stones have signed a one-album deal with Universal raising speculation as they near the end of their current contract with EMI.According to the Times, the legendary rockers have inked a deal with Universal...

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Jay-z Stepping Down

27th December 2007

Rapper Jay-Z is to step down as president of Def Jam Records, it has been confirmed by Universal Music Group.He is to continue recording for Roc-A-Fella, the label he co-founded in 1996 and part of...

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Another Youtube Piracy Incident?

31st October 2007

In the latest online copyright brouhaha, the British tech-news website The Inquirer reported Tuesday that YouTube has sent a letter to a woman who posted a 29-second video of her baby in which the child...

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Madonna Signs Groundbreaking Record Deal

17th October 2007

Madonna has signed a revolutionary contract with concert promoter Live Nation.The unique agreement is the first to encompass all facets of the star's career, with Live Nation holding the rights to her albums, tours, merchandise,...

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Family Challenges Bob Marley Ringtone Deal

31st August 2007

The family of reggae legend Bob Marley is to legally contest a deal offering ringtones featuring his hits to mobile phone users.Verizon Wireless revealed on Wednesday it has reached an agreement with the singer's music...

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Apple To Sell Tv Shows On Itunes

29th August 2007

Apple has announced the launch of a video download service for UK consumers, meaning they will now be able to purchase individual episodes of top US TV shows such as Ugly Betty.In a statement today...

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Universal Trial 'Will Put Pressure On Apple'

21st August 2007

Universal Music's entry into the music download market is likely to put commercial pressure on Apple's iTunes store, a technology analyst has claimed.The warning comes on the day a new online music store is launched,...

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Record Label To Sell Songs Without Copy Protection

10th August 2007

Universal Music, the world's largest music label, has announced that it is to trial the sale of digital songs without the customary copy-protection technology.The decision by the company, which is owned by entertainment group Vivendi,...

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Warner Pulls Out Of Emi Race

18th July 2007

Warner Music has announced that it does not intend to make a rival bid for EMI, which has already agreed to a £2.4 billion takeover offer from a private equity group.However in a statement the...

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Eminem Signs New Deal

7th March 2007

Rapper Eminem has signed a new deal with Universal Music Publishing Group.The Grammy-winning artist has penned an "exclusive, worldwide administration agreement" with the company which includes hits past and present.Eminem's greatest hits collection Curtain Call,...

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Dreamworks Apologises To Motown

22nd February 2007

Film studio DreamWorks has taken out a full page advertisement in the trade press to apologise for any hurt caused by the film Dreamgirls.The film, which has garnered Oscar nominations for actor Eddie Murphy and...

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Warner Music Chief Says His Kids May Have Pirated Music

6th December 2006

Billionaire media tycoon and sometime songwriter Edgar Bronfman, who, with other investors bought Warner Music Group for $2.6 billion in 2003, has told the Reuters Media and Marketing Summit in New York that he was...

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Universal Music Exec: Ipods Are Repositories For Stolen Music

30th November 2006

Apple Computer is facing new challenges to its iPod devices from content providers, who, while seeking ways to profit from digital technology, remain worried that it will wreck their businesses. On Wednesday, Reuters quoted Doug...

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Vivendi In Play?

6th November 2006

French conglomerate Vivendi, which nearly collapsed under the weight of debt after it acquired Seagram's entertainment assets for $30 billion in 2000, is now considering selling itself, published reports indicated over the weekend. Reuters reported...

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Universal Music To Battle Sony Films

18th October 2006

In what may have the markings of a Hollywood civil war, Vivendi's Universal Music Group has filed copyright-infringement lawsuits against online video-sharing websites Grouper and Bolt. Both sites feature music videos, some of them pirated...

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Nelly Pursuing Aguilera On Video Set

28th October 2004

Hip-hop star NELLY has been infatuated with CHRISTINA AGUILERA since the pair duetted together on their forthcoming single TILT YA HEAD BACK. The HOT IN HERRE rapper plays a 1940s gangster opposite Aguilera's sexy...

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Warner Group Drop Nearly 100 Artists

4th June 2004

Record giant WARNER MUSIC GROUP (WMG) are devastating music fans by dropping nearly 100 artists - including electronic-pop band STEREOLAB - in a major reorganisation project. WMG are threatening to dump nearly...

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Supremes Given Equal Billing As Ross On New Cd

11th March 2004

DIANA ROSS is set to morph from frontwoman to bandmate in a new SUPREMES' GREATEST HITS CD - as MARY WILSON and FLORENCE BALLARD's vocals are given centre stage. UNIVERSAL MUSIC, who own MOTOWN...

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Jackson 5 Reach Settlement - Without Michael

11th December 2003

Four members of the JACKSON 5 have agreed to settle two copyright-infringement lawsuits out of court - but MICHAEL JACKSON remains determined to fight. Brothers TITO, MARLON, JACKIE, JERMAINE and MICHAEL JACKSON stand accused...

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Universal Buys Dreamworks Records

12th November 2003

UNIVERSAL MUSIC has agreed to buy DREAMWORKS RECORDS in a move to combat falling sales and the impact of the internet on the music business. The DreamWorks label - which includes artists like NELLY...

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Dru Hill Australian Tour Cancelled

29th August 2003

SISQO's R+B outfit DRU HILL have been forced to cancel their Australian tour after embarrassing ticket sales. The TELL ME singers were scheduled to play Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide from this week (ends29AUG03), but...

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Pock It Cd Launched

16th June 2003

ASHANTI and RICKY MARTIN helped launch the new POCK IT CD SINGLE today (16JUN03), which SONY and UNIVERSAL MUSIC hope will revolutionise the single sales market. The new single format features a 'mini' cd...

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Dre And Eminem Face Lawsuit

9th April 2003

Rappers DR DRE and EMINEM are facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit for alleged copyright infringement. London music publishers, MINDER MUSIC LTD, claim the Dre track, LET'S GET HIGH, illegally samples the 1980 FATBACK BAND...

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