Independent Music Collective Calls on Majors to Share Spotify Equity Money

UPDATED: In the wake of Monday’s news that Universal has joined Sony and Warner in sharing with its artists any profit generated by the sales of the company’s equity in Spotify when the streaming service launches its direct listing on the stock exchange later this month, the Worldwide Independent Network

Universal Music Enterprises Names Vince Szydlowski EVP of Commercial Sales

Universal Music Enterprises has named Vince Szydlowski executive vp of commercial sales. He joins the catalog giant from Capitol Music Group, where he served as senior vp of label sales and worked on campaigns for Sam Smith, Katy Perry, Lil Yachty, Niall Horan, and Beck, among others. He held the position of

Nicole Wyskoarko Joins Interscope as EVP of Urban Operations

Interscope Geffen A&M has hired veteran music industry attorney Nicole Wyskoarko to join the company as EVP of Urban Operations. In this newly created position, Wyskoarko will be tasked with implementing processes to streamline communication, workflow, and coordinated efforts across the urban roster of the company, according to a press

Snow Patrol Sign With Republic Records (EXCLUSIVE)

Irish band Snow Patrol has found a new home at Republic Records, Variety has confirmed. The group is slated to release a new album, “Wildness,” on May 25. The band was previously signed to Interscope in the U.S., which, like Republic, is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. Snow Patrol first

Claims of Extortion, Threatening Texts Circle Charlie Walk Controversy

While Universal Music Group conducts an internal review of Republic Records Group president Charlie Walk, who was accused of sexual misconduct by a former employee at Sony Music by way of an open letter published on the internet and circulated by industry blog The Lefsetz Letter on Jan. 29, a

In the Wake of Walk, L.A. Reid Lays Low

  On Monday, a former Columbia Records employee alleged in a blog post that Charlie Walk, president of Universal subsidiary Republic Records, sexually harassed her in the 2000s while Walk was a senior promotion executive at the Sony Music label. By Wednesday, Walk was placed on leave pending further investigation by

Grammys 2018: Jessie Reyez, Kacey Musgraves, 6lack Highlight Universal Music Showcase

A room full of music industry heavyweights gathered for Universal Music Group’s pre-Grammy showcase, held at New York’s Spring Studios on Jan 27 and featuring performances by Luis Fonsi, Julia Michaels, Migos, Kacey Musgraves, 6LACK, Jessie Reyez and Logic with Alessia Cara. The purpose of the annual event is to highlight the company’s recent

Music companies plan parties for Grammy week

The music world is about to descend on Gotham for The 60th annual Grammy Awards, but not everybody is in the party spirit. Industry hands are pooh-poohing the location of the event — Madison Square Garden — along with the frigid temperatures and the sprawl of New York City,

Kenny Chesney Signs With Warner Nashville

In one of the most surprising defections in modern country music history, Kenny Chesney is leaving Sony Music, his label home for nearly the entirety of his career, to sign with Warner Nashville, sources confirm to Variety. No announcement has been made yet, and a rep for Warner Bros. declined to

Ford Unveils Hi-Res Audio for Cars at CES 2018

At CES on Tuesday, the Ford Motor Company unveiled a hi-res audio system that will be available in future models of their cars. The presentation took place at the Hi-Res Audio Pavilion sponsored by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group in cooperation with A2IM, the RIAA,

Facebook inks music video deal with Sony Music/ATV

Facebook has signed a deal with Sony Music/ATV Publishing that will enable the social network’s users to upload and post videos of songs from artists such as Taylor Swift, Drake and Kanye West. The multiyear agreement, which kicks in immediately, is the second major partnership between Facebook and a

Jim Roppo Named Executive VP and General Manager of Republic Records

Republic Records has promoted Jim Roppo to Executive Vice President and General Manager, the label’s founder and chairman Monte Lipman announced today. In this new post, Mr. Roppo will oversee label operations for Republic and its partners. Republic was named Variety’s Hitmaker Label of the Year for 2017 in our recent Hitmakers issue. “Jim has served as key architect for many campaigns

Universal Pictures Music Chief Mike Knobloch Talks ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ and How the Taylor Swift-Zayn Duet Happened

No pressure, but “Pitch Perfect 3,” which opens in 3,400 North American theaters and 15 international territories this weekend, only has to follow the world’s top-earning musical comedy, a status the franchise’s 2015 second installment reached when its $288 million gross crushed the $131.3 million earning by previous record-holder “School of Rock.” Coming

Facebook and Universal Music Group Strike Global Licensing Agreement

Facebook and Universal Music Group today announced a global, multi-year agreement under which UMG becomes the first major music company to license its recorded music and publishing catalogs for video and other social experiences across Facebook, Instagram and Oculus. According to a press release, the partnership will allow users to upload

Universal Music signs multiyear licensing deal with Facebook

Universal Music Group just became the first major music label to license its recorded music and videos on Facebook. The global, multiyear deal will enable users of Facebook, as well as its Instagram app and Oculus virtual reality platform, to upload videos that contain licensed music. They’ll also be

YouTube signs deal with UMG, Sony over streaming policies

It’s seems like its all systems go for YouTube’s expected subscription music service. The Google-owned streamer on Tuesday reached a multiyear licensing deal with Universal Music Group , the world’s largest music label, that will provide increased compensation and require YouTube to better police its site, the companies said

YouTube signs deal with UMG, Sony over streaming policies

It’s seems like its all systems go for YouTube’s expected subscription music service. The Google-owned streamer on Tuesday reached a multiyear licensing deal with Universal Music Group , the world’s largest music label, that will provide increased compensation and require YouTube to better police its site, the companies said

YouTube Strikes New Deals With Universal and Sony Music

YouTube and the world’s largest music company, Universal Music Group, announced a new “global, multi-year agreement” on Tuesday morning. Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube said in a statement: “We’re thrilled to strengthen our partnership with Universal Music Group. This agreement means we can drive more value to the industry, break and

Pras to Helm TV Series Inspired by Real-Life Stories of Hip-Hop Cops

Musician, producer and actor Pras Michel (pictured above, at right) is teaming with Polygram Entertainment, Universal Music Group’s film and television production company, for a TV series inspired by the real-life story of the Rap Intelligence Unit, the controversial NYPD division formed in 1999 — following the murders of Notorious B.I.G. and

Bill Hearn, Chairman of Capitol Christian Music Group, Dies at 58

William Ray “Bill” Hearn, chairman and CEO of the Capitol Christian Music Group, passed away Sunday in Nashville after a battle with cancer. He was 58. Hearn played a huge role in CCMG’s formation following the sale of his family’s Sparrow Records — which was founded by his father, Billy Ray

YouTube plans to launch a paid music-streaming service

Alphabet Inc’s YouTube plans to introduce a paid music streaming service in March, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter. Record label Warner Music Group has already signed on while Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Merlin, a consortium of independent labels, are in talks