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  1. 1. Radiohead reveal how successful 'In Rainbows' download really was Facts for pay-what-you-want release finally made public • October 15, 2008 | 13 Comments • Radiohead news RSS feed • More Radiohead news, reviews, videos and tour dates • Post this on Twitter or Follow NME The statistics behind the pay-what-you-like release of Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' album, released on October 10 last year online, have been revealed today (October 15). According to reports most fans chose to pay nothing to download the album. However, it still generated more money before it was physically released (on December 31) than the total money generated by sales of the band's previous album, 2003's 'Hail To The Thief'. According to Music Ally, Jane Dyball, head of business affairs at Warner Chappell (the publishing company that oversaw the release of 'In Rainbows'), refused to reveal the average price people were downloading the album for. However, Dyball, set to speak about the release at the Iceland Airwaves conference later, explained that Warner Chappell and Radiohead's management were monitoring the average price daily, and was prepared to cancel the download facility if the average price became too low. The download facility was taken down after three months, and the album went to Number One in the UK and USA after being physically released. Statistics revealed that most fans downloaded the album through file-sharing service BitTorrent, but that this had been anticipated before the release. The band sold 100,000 copies of the 'In Rainbows' box set, which contained extra songs not available on the standard download or CD release. Warner Chappell concluded that the new release style was a financial success, but did not reveal whether Radiohead plan to release an album in a similar way in the future.
  2. 2. Free All Music to Offer Free Legal Downloads from EMI Music Jan 19, ’10 5:01 PM Author robrien Digital catalog to debut during’s private beta Atlanta, GA (January 19, 2010) – EMI Music has reached an agreement with, the ad-sponsored digital music download service ( to offer music fans in the US free, legal downloads from EMI’s full digital repertoire of chart-topping musical artists and legendary catalog. EMI Music’s catalog is being added during FAM’s current private beta period, when users will be offered up to 20 free downloads per month, five per week, starting every New Music Tuesday, based on the usage patterns of a typical “hits-oriented” digital music consumer. is a new music service that provides consumers with downloadable high-quality iPod-compatible MP3’s of popular songs that are advertiser-paid, free, legal, and unrestricted (DRM-free). In exchange for watching one brief video commercial per download on the site, users receive a permanent, high-quality download which they can enjoy anytime, anywhere with no further advertising or restrictions. There is no software required for the service. Users’ music selections and sponsoring brands are then promoted externally through an opt- in, consumer-informed digital advertising network. To download a free track, registered users simply select a participating brand they prefer, and watch a brief video from that brand. After each download, serves additional advertisements for that brand across targeted websites. Visitors to those sites will see ads displaying information about downloads, supporting brands, and Users can also email information about their download to friends, who can also download it legally for free after watching the ad, too. Sharing of download activity can also be posted on popular social networking sites. Although free to consumers, compensates content holders, so artists and music publishers will receive their applicable royalties on these sales. “We’re making free, legal downloads fast, easy, and fun for consumers,” said Richard Nailling, CEO of Free All Media. “The addition of EMI’s catalog to FAM means we have even more current hits from current artists as well as classic catalog recordings.” “A big part of EMI’s mission is offering different kinds of fans an array of options for enjoying music,” said Mark Piibe, EMI Music Global Head of Digital Business Development. “ is a great music discovery option, and one that gives value to fans, artists and brands.” Free All Media, LLC is based in Atlanta, GA, and with sales offices in New York and Los Angeles. Richard Nailling is the chief executive officer and Brian McCourt is the senior vice president of business development and affiliate relations. About EMI Music EMI Music is one of the world’s leading music companies. EMI Music represents artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Latin, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. Its EMI Music Services unit provides EMI’s roster of artists – as well as independent labels and artists – with a global menu of commercial services and seamless access to an expanding range of revenue streams and business models.
  3. 3. EMI Music and Walt Disney Records renew successful partnership Feb 15, ’10 4:20 PM Author robrien New album releases for 2010 include “Hannah Montana 4,” “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam,” “Tron Legacy,” “Toy Story 3” and “Alice In Wonderland” LONDON 15 FEBRUARY 2010 — EMI Music and Walt Disney Records have extended their exclusive licensing agreement under which EMI represents the extensive recorded music catalogue of Walt Disney Records in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.The original license agreement was struck in 2005. Since then, album sales through EMI of major Disney franchises have included: • The “High School Musical” series – over seven million • “Hannah Montana” releases– over two million, including over one million in 2009 alone • “Camp Rock” – over 700,000 • And over two million Disney-branded compilations Upcoming Walt Disney Records albums that will be released through EMI Music include “Hannah Montana 4,” “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam” and the soundtracks to the upcoming movies “Tron Legacy,” “Toy Story 3” and “Alice In Wonderland,” plus the inspired-by compilation “Almost Alice,” which includes the film’s end title song “Alice” performed by Avril Lavigne.David Kassler, EMI Music’s chief operating officer for Europe and Rest of World said: “We’re thrilled to be continuing our very successful partnership with Disney whose films and music delight an ever growing universe of fans. We look forward to building on that success with the exciting releases coming up next from Walt Disney Records.” Disney Music Group Chairman, Bob Cavallo, added, “EMI have been both very successful and supportive in their promotion of our Walt Disney Records assets overseas. We are delighted to continue to grow our European business with the EMI team.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed. About EMI Music EMI Music is one of the world’s leading music companies, representing artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Latin, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. About Disney Music Group Disney Music Group encompasses all of the Walt Disney Company’s recorded music and music publishing operations, including Hollywood Records, Walt Disney Records, Lyric Street Records, Buena Vista Concerts and Walt Disney Music Publishing.
  4. 4. EMI and Century Media further expand their relationship Dec 3, ’09 4:21 PM Author robrien EMI takes on physical and digital distribution for Century Media’s newly affiliated label PeopleLikeYouRecords COLOGNE, 3 DECEMBER 2009 – EMI Music’s Label Services division and Century Media Records, one of the world’s most renowned and successful heavy metal labels, have further expanded their relationship around the world. In October 2009, it was announced that EMI will assume physical and digital distribution of Century Media’s roster of artists in Australia and New Zealand, in addition to the North American, UK and Continental European, South African and Middle East territories where EMI already distributes Century Media Records. Century Media’s artists include Lacuna Coil, Paradise Lost, Suicide Silence, In This Moment and Winds of Plague. In addition to physical distribution, it was also announced that EMI will take on digital distribution for Century Media in the UK, Continental Europe, South Africa, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand. EMI will also handle digital distribution for Japan (iTunes) and Korea (EMI Label Services added digital distribution services for Century in North America in January 2009). As of January 2010, in addition to taking on physical and digital distribution for Century Media’s two newly-affiliated labels InsideOutMusic and SuperballMusic, EMI Label Services will also provide these services to Century Media’s most recent addition, PeopleLikeYouRecords, a PunkRock/Psychobilly label that is home to the Broilers, Toxpac, and the Adicts, among others. EMI will distribute the rosters for all three of these prominent labels for Century Media in the UK, Continental Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and for Itunes in Japan. More information is available at the following websites: About EMI EMI Music is one of the world’s leading music companies. EMI Music represents artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. Its EMI Music Services unit provides EMI’s roster of artists – as well as independent labels and artists – with a global menu of commercial services and seamless access to an expanding range of revenue streams and business models.
  5. 5. EMI Music brings music videos and concerts to Hulu Nov 18, ’09 4:11 PM Author robrien Grammy-Winning Artist Norah Jones Kicks-Off EMI Offering with Exclusive Material and Music Videos EMI is first major label group to make concerts, music videos available on Hulu Los Angeles, November 18, 2009 – EMI Music has reached an agreement with Hulu, an online video service that offers hit TV shows, movies and clips at and other online destination sites — anytime in the U.S., making EMI the first major music company to offer concerts and music videos from its artists to Hulu viewers. The deal, which will include content from artists on EMI’s labels including Virgin, Capitol and Blue Note, begins today with exclusive content from Norah Jones, whose highly-anticipated new album, The Fall debuts this week. The Norah Jones page on Hulu is available at and will feature multiple concerts in their entirety, including her show at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, which featured guests Dolly Parton and Gillian Welch. Also available is the entire repertoire of Norah Jones music videos, including her latest, Chasing Pirates, videos from her 2007 release, Not Too Late, as well as those from quadruple platinum 2004 release Feels Like Home and her landmark debut album, Come Away With Me. An interview with Jones is available on the Hulu blog: “We think Hulu is an excellent, high-quality environment and a great place to connect with fans. We look forward to making more content available from other artists as well,” said Ronn Werre, President, EMI Music Services and COO, EMI Music North America. “We’re delighted to add Hulu to the growing number of platforms EMI is working with to give fans more of what they’re looking for.” Since the release of her debut album Come Away With Me in 2002, Norah has become one of the most influential and biggest-selling artists of the decade, reaching the #1 spot in the US and across the globe for each of her three previous albums, racking up a staggering 37 million in sales worldwide, and receiving 9 Grammy Awards. The Fall, which is being released this week around the world, finds Jones experimenting with a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer and engineer who has worked with Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, and Modest Mouse among others. Jones enlisted several songwriting collaborators, including Ryan Adams and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff, as well as her frequent partner Jesse Harris. King also helped Jones put together a new group of musicians to perform on the album, including drummers Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M.) and James Gadson (Bill Withers), keyboardist James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Al Green), and guitarists Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello) and Smokey Hormel (Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer). About EMI Music EMI Music is one of the world’s leading music companies. EMI Music represents
  6. 6. artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Latin, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. Its EMI Music Services unit provides EMI’s roster of artists – as well as independent labels and artists – with a global menu of commercial services and seamless access to an expanding range of revenue streams and business models. American label Wind-up Records signs with EMI Music Sep 16, ’09 3:47 PM Author robrien COLOGNE- 16 September 2009. EMI Music Germany today announced their international partnership with the legendary American label Wind-up Records. The partnership will see EMI Music take over the marketing and distribution of artists such as Creed, Evanescence, Seether and Finger Eleven throughout the world outside North America. One of the first new releases under this arrangement will be the first new studio album from Creed in over 7 years. The album is entitled Full Circle and will be released at the end of October 2009 with the group’s original line-up: Scott Stapp (lead vocals), Mark Tremonti (guitars, backing vocals), Scott Phillips (drums, percussion) and Brian Marshall (bass). This much-awaited event reunites one of the most successful rock bands of the last decade, creators of timeless alternative rock hits such as With Arms Wide Open, My Sacrifice and Higher. For rock aficionados Full Circle will be one of the biggest rock events of the year. “We are very proud of this international partnership, which was piloted by EMI Music Germany.” says Uli Muecke, Head of New Music & Vice President of Marketing at EMI Germany. “Artists like Creed, Evanescence and Seether are an exciting addition to our roster and we look forward to giving them our support and expertise as an international repertoire source and strong strategic partner for globally-selling artists.” Billy Mann, President of New Music – International and President of Global Artist Management at EMI adds,” Both EMI and Wind-up have a rich and proven history of building artists’ careers from the ground-up. We look forward to expanding further on Wind-up’s successes around the globe in providing the insight and innovation that leads growth.” “Apart from new releases another focus will be on the Wind-up back catalogue that encompasses previous album releases from Evanescence, Creed, Seether, Alter Bridge, Finger Eleven and Drowning Pool, as well as soundtrack favourites such as Walk The Line and Punisher and Scream III,” noted Dirk Ewald, SVP Catalogue Europe, Japan, Australasia. “The Gold- and Platinum award studded Wind-up catalogue was unavailable for a while now so retail reaction to our digital and physical re-introduction campaign starting end September is very good. It’s is an excellent addition to our own product portfolio and we are looking forward to working with the Wind-up Records team and their artists.”
  7. 7. “I believe that this partnership will bring both companies success and offer a worldwide platform for our artists”, says Edward Vetri, President of Wind-up Entertainment in New York. “EMI’s global approach to sales and marketing will provide us with an international point to launch our artists in a strategic, coordinated manner. Wind-up prides itself on a commitment to artist development and EMI’s similar values will only increase international opportunities and cross company promotions.” Jim Cooperman, COO and EVP Business and Legal Affairs for Wind-up comments, “The enthusiasm with which the entire EMI team has embraced Wind-up’s artists and catalogue has been overwhelming. We look forward to working with EMI to further establish the Wind-up brand throughout the world and to help make our artists household names in all of the Continents. In addition to Creed’s Full Circle we eagerly anticipate EMI’s involvement in forthcoming releases from our star-studded roster including Evanescence, Seether and Finger Eleven, as well as more recently signed acts such as Cartel, Hawthorne Heights, Emily Osment, Stars of Track and Field and Thriving Ivory.” “With EMI’s innovation and vision and Wind-up’s talented roster of artists the potential of this partnership is undeniable”, adds Alan Galbraith, VP International for Wind-up Records. “Wind-up and EMI share a commitment to true artist development and EMI’s expertise in marketing back-catalogue is second to none. Working together we are confident we will deliver meaningful results across the entire Wind-up repertoire.” -ends- About EMI Music EMI Music is the recorded music division of EMI Group Limited, one of the world’s leading music companies. EMI Music represents artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. About Wind-up Entertainment Wind-up Entertainment Inc. is a privately owned company that was founded in March 1997. Wind-up Records, a subsidiary of Wind-up Entertainment is currently the largest independently owned and operated label in the United States. Wind-up Entertainment Canada Inc., Wind-up Nashville, and expansion across Europe reflect the growing global presence for the label anddevelopment of the company’s repertoire to encompass most genres. The label’s roster features Evanescence, Seether, Finger Eleven, Hawthorne Heights, Cartel, the entire Creed repertoire, and more than a dozen developing artists which include Company of Thieves, Stars of Track and Field, Thriving Ivory, Civil Twilight, Pilot Speed and others. Wind-up Entertainment also houses the publishing concerns Sakyamuni Music Publishing, LLC, Bodhi Music Publishing, LLC and Renfield Music Publishing, Inc., as well as Pronto Merch, LLC, a full-scale retail, on-line and tour merchandising company. Wind-up Entertainment also operates Wind-up Artist Development Corporation and Wind-up Touring, LLC.
  8. 8. She’s A Genius the first single from JET’s upcoming album tapped for new Victoria’s Secret ad campaign Aug 11, ’09 3:19 PM Author robrien It’s Genius – supermodels,super brand, super song, super director Highly anticipated new album Shaka Rock out August 25 New York (August 11, 2009) – Aussie rockers JET will lend their new single, She’s a Genius, from their upcoming album, Shaka Rock, to the new Victoria’s Secret television campaign. The song has been tapped for a sexy new ad for “Body by Victoria” featuring top super models Marisa Miller, Alessandra Ambrosio, Emanuela de Paula and Lindsay Ellingson. The commercial, which will air in primetime, premieres on August 11, 2009 on all major networks including cable. The tongue in cheek song lends itself perfectly to the fun and sexy themes of one of the world’s hottest brands. Victoria’s Secret super-director and bass player Michael Bernard is a two time MTV Video Music Award nominee. Victoria’s Secret Music Supervisor Vasili Gavre says, “Victoria’s Secret is really excited that they are the first to license an exclusive JET track in the U.S. before the release of the new album Shaka Rock at the end of August.” “Victoria’s Secret continues to be one of the hottest brands with the hottest girls in the hottest ads and we couldn’t ask for JET’s first single to be partnered with a better concept for She’s A Genius, – supermodels in their underwear,” said Allen Kovac, Manager of JET. JET will release their highly anticipated third studio album Shaka Rock on August 25th on their newly created Real Horrorshow Records/Five Seven Music with distribution through EMI Label Services. Shaka Rock captures the charisma and energy of classic rock and roll with just enough punk swagger and contemporary flair to create something uniquely JET. She’s A Genius, is already top 5 in Canada and Japan and rising on the charts at multiple formats in the U.S., Australia, Germany, the UK and other territories worldwide. You can view the spot at: beginning Tuesday, August 11th. For more information regarding Shaka Rock please visit ### About JET Multi-Platinum Australian rockers, JET, are: Nic Cester (vocals and guitar), Chris Cester (drums and vocals), Cam Muncey (guitar, vocals) and Mark Wilson (bass,
  9. 9. vocals). Their third studio album, Shaka Rock is a return to form with what Q Magazine has called “new old rock at its finest.” JET first gained notoriety in 2002 with their self-released EP Dirty Sweet. An initial run of 1000 copies in Australia soon led to a worldwide release and the opening slot on the Rolling Stones’ Australian tour. Months later, the critically acclaimed Get Born produced the runaway hit single Are You Gonna Be My Girl which was featured in an early iTunes ad and contributed to record sales of 4 million. The band followed with Shine On, written and recorded just after the brothers Cester lost their father to a long illness. Shaka Rock is scheduled for a global release the week of August 24 with She’s A Genius leading as the first single. For a special highlights package, please visit: v=UF2jYuafe1A About Five Seven Music Five Seven Music is the newly formed complement to Eleven Seven Music, created to super-service alternative rock artists and their projects. With the release of Shaka Rock on Real Horrorshow Records/Five Seven Music (EMI), the label launches with multi-Platinum Australian rockers, JET. Five Seven Music will mirror sister company Eleven Seven Music’s successful model of research-based marketing strategies targeted directly to the fans and building out from that base. Five Seven Music is part of The Eleven Seven Music Group which was founded by industry veteran and pioneer Allen Kovac, a revolutionary mind who has been at the center of some of the most creative and successful campaigns in the music business. EMI Music expands global digital capabilities with key appointments Jul 22, ’09 3:06 PM Author robrien San Francisco, July 22, 2009 – EMI Music has announced a number of senior digital executive appointments within its central marketing organization and in its regional marketing teams. These executives – whose backgrounds include experience in music, technology and consumer brands like Google, Tesco and BSkyB, as well as with online retail and political campaigns – are helping EMI Music connect artists with fans, build value and drive digital consumption. Cory Ondrejka, who was recently appointed as executive vice president of digital marketing within EMI’s central marketing organization, said: “Digital is everyone’s job at EMI. We’ve built a network of central and regional digital experts who make sure our entire organization has the tools and information needed to help our artists in the digital marketplace and to give consumers what they want. We are driving experiments, and developing new ways to monetize the music our artists create, building new capabilities and getting and sharing insights about what kinds of music products and services today’s consumers are looking for.”
  10. 10. The following executives have been appointed to Ondrejka’s global digital marketing team at EMI Music. They will work closely with EMI Music’s regional digital marketing heads for its New Music and Catalog units. Syd Schwartz, who formerly oversaw digital strategy for EMI Music in North America, has expanded his role to a global one with his promotion to senior vice president, digital marketing. He brings two decades of digital strategy, marketing and sales experience to this newly-created role and will focus on driving digital marketing experiments and knowledge sharing within EMI Music, across all of its territories. He reports to Ondrejka. David Boyle has been appointed to vice president, consumer insight and validation. Boyle has worked on behalf of consumer brands like Tesco as well as in politics, including for Catalist, a firm which worked on the successful Presidential campaign of Barack Obama. He reports to Ondrejka. Eric Case, formerly with Google, joins EMI as vice president, marketing platforms. At EMI, he is applying the technology and development background he developed at Google division to maximize EMI’s effective use of its digital assets and platforms. He reports to Ondrejka. Charlotte Robertson has been appointed vice president of consumer reach. She is driving the development of new ways for EMI to reach and build relationships with music fans across traditional and digital channels, and building capabilities which will allow EMI to monetize and deliver value in every part of the music experience. She was most recently head of marketing for British Sky Broadcasting’s Online Business Unit. She reports to Syd Schwartz. Coldplay – ‘Stawberry Swing’ short film premiere at Odeon Cinemas from July 22 and Babelgum web and mobile from July 20 Jul 14, ’09 2:49 PM Author robrien Coldplay’s ‘Strawberry Swing’ is released on Parlophone as a digital download on September 14th. The short film will be commercially available on August 3rd and will be exclusively available on Babelgum web and mobile from July 20th. The groundbreaking short film that accompanies ‘Strawberry Swing’ will be given an exclusive theatrical premiere at ODEON cinemas across the UK from July 22nd, and will be programmed in front of ‘Brüno’ and US box office hit ‘The Proposal’. The innovative and charming Shynola directed film stars Chris Martin doing battle with a giant squirrel in a world drawn entirely in chalk. Music video visionaries Shynola are famous for their work with Beck (E-Pro), Blur (Good Song), Junior/Senior (Move Your Feat), and Radiohead (Pyramid Song) to name a few.
  11. 11. EMI Music CEO: the consumer has spoken, but have we been listening? Jul 13, ’09 2:48 PM Author robrien Elio Leoni-Sceti, the CEO of EMI Music, believes that consumer-focus and innovation are the keys for creative industries to unlock successful new business models in the wake of digital. “Britain’s creative businesses are world leaders when it comes to nurturing creative talent and working with innovative artists,” said Leoni-Sceti, “but we must complement our artists’ creativity with our own skills in innovation. That means listening to the desires and needs of consumers and delivering new products and services that they want to buy.” His comments came as he was confirmed as a speaker at the inaugural Creativity and Business International Network (c&binet) forum, taking place on October 26th-28th. Following Jean-Bernard Lévy, CEO of Vivendi, as a confirmed key note c&binet speaker, Leoni-Sceti will take part in a Q&A session addressing the relationship between creativity and the consumer, and moderated by Patience Wheatcroft, the Wall Street Journal’s editor-in-chief – Europe. Leoni-Sceti continued: “Looking at the music industry, which has become something of a bellwether for other media businesses, we have a situation where 70 per cent of music consumption is digital and yet only about 20 per cent of music company revenues are derived from digital. Music is in demand and the demand is growing all the time, but we’ve clearly lost touch with our consumers. “I passionately believe that if we listen to our consumers, this gap will become our opportunity. I very much look forward to hearing the views of creative industry leaders at the c&binet forum and, of course, those of government who have a crucial role in creating an environment where both technology companies and content investors will thrive.” The central focus of this year’s event will be to galvanise concrete action to support the worldwide creative economy, realising agreements between international content industry leaders and international policy makers. The 2009 c&binet forum, ‘Nurturing Creative Content in the Digital Age’, will also discuss the most effective strategies for commercialising content and ways in which creative businesses can increase the flow of capital and talent in to the sector. With the creative industries estimated to be worth around $1.3 trillion globally ([1]) and contributing around £60 billion a year ([2]) in Britain alone, c&binet represents a collective effort of UK government departments (DCMS and DBIS), which have provided the initial funding and support, to address some of the core issues that will
  12. 12. impact on the sector’s future growth. C&binet is also supported by leading industry figures including Lucian Grainge, Chairman and Chief Executive, Universal Music Group International, Nicholas Coleridge of Condé Nast International, Nancy Tellem of CBS Paramount Television and J Allard of Microsoft. EMI’s Virgin Records agrees worldwide partnership with deadmau5 May 18, ’09 2:27 PM Author robrien LONDON, 18 MAY 2009 – EMI Music’s Virgin label has agreed a worldwide partnership with deadmau5, the award-winning producer and electronic artist. This long-term joint venture agreement between Virgin and deadmau5 will see them working together on all live, recording, sponsorship, television, film and merchandising activities, helping deadmau5 to further develop his phenomenal career and connect with fans in new and creative ways. Dean Wilson, director of Three Six Zero Group and manager of deadmau5 said: “Three Six Zero Group are ecstatic that our client, deadmau5, has signed such a ground breaking deal to such a forward thinking group of people that understand what our artist and we are looking to achieve in the future.” Nick Gatfield, EMI’s president of New Music for North America and the UK/Ireland, said: “deadmau5 is an extremely talented and versatile artist and the hottest name in the world of electronic music. I am delighted to have signed this agreement which will see us working together for many years to come across all aspects of the artist’s career. “My thanks go to Elias Christidis, now at Parlophone, for introducing deadmau5 to EMI and to Shabs Jobanputra who will give him a great home at Virgin Records.” Shabs Jobanputra, president of Virgin Records UK, said: “This agreement exemplifies the way in which we want to work with artists where we can add value to all aspects of their career.” A worldwide phenomenon, deadmau5 has enjoyed a meteoric rise during the past 18 months to become one of the most in demand producers, an innovative electronic live performer, and the number one selling artist on Beatport, the world’s leading online dance music store. He recently won the award for Best Breakthrough DJ at the recent Miami Winter Music Conference. Deadmau5 is a new breed of electronic dance music star. He has managed to break rank in an industry where most of the major players have at least a decade of stardom behind them. His latest single ‘I Remember’, a collaboration with Kaskade, is currently rising up the airplay and sales charts in the UK. This week is moved up to number 19 in the Official singles chart. It is taken from deadmau5’s critically- acclaimed compilation album, ‘Random Album Title’, which features many of his finest moments to date. He is currently on tour in the UK.
  13. 13. Virgin Records UK is one of EMI’s frontline labels. Artists on Virgin’s roster include Robbie Williams, Massive Attack, KT Tunstall, Corinne Bailey Rae, Doves, Starsailor, The Kooks and Jamie T. It is the UK home to international artists such as Katy Perry, 30 Seconds To Mars, Lenny Kravitz, Hockey and Empire Of The Sun. Vodafone’s music catalogue from EMI, Universal Music and Sony switches to digital rights management free MP3 format for mobile and PC Mar 11, ’09 1:08 PM Author robrien First global mobile network operator to offer DRM free music across both mobile phones and PCs Customers are free to play their downloaded music on any of their digital devices Over a million tracks to choose from including a huge selection of today’s top artists such as Britney Spears, Coldplay, Duffy, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen and The Fray Vodafone announces today that it has signed deals with the world’s largest record companies Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and EMI Music to offer their tracks and albums DRM free (without digital rights management) across Vodafone markets for both mobile phones and PCs. The new deals are the first of their kind for a mobile network operator enabling dual delivery of DRM free music to a wide range of mobile phones and PCs with no need to sideload or synchronize. With over a million tracks available from every music genre, for the first time customers will be able to play and enjoy music bought from these three labels via the Vodafone Music store* without any limit to the type of device provided they belong to the customer. In addition, those customers who have already bought tracks or albums from Universal Music, Sony Music or EMI in WMA format (with DRM) will be able to upgrade them to MP3 at no extra charge within the existing download allowance. DRM free music will be available through a number of Vodafone countries by the summer and will complement Vodafone’s current music offerings. “Music is central to many of our customers’ lives,” said Pieter Knook, Vodafone Internet Services Director. “By Vodafone pioneering DRM free on mobile and offering MP3s on PC, they will now have the freedom to download tracks from their favourite artists without any device restrictions allowing them to experience their music however they want it, wherever they are.” “EMI has long been a proponent of DRM free music because of the benefits it brings to fans and so we are very supportive of this initiative from Vodafone,” said Douglas Merrill, EMI Music’s COO of New Music and President, Digital Business. “With its international reach and commitment to music, Vodafone is taking a major step forward for our industry by offering consumers more flexibility and choice.”
  14. 14. “Vodafone has been a business partner of Universal Music for six years,” said Rob Wells, SVP, Digital, at Universal Music Group International. “This new deal shows how serious Vodafone is about music, and opens up new opportunities for both companies – but, more importantly, for consumers and artists.” “We are thrilled that this agreement will provide Vodafone’s millions of customers in Europe with access to music by our popular local artists and global superstars,” commented Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business, U.S. Sales, Corporate Strategy, Sony Music Entertainment. “Vodafone’s convenient mobile and PC solution gives fans another great way to integrate music into their daily lives and forge an even stronger connection with the artists they love.” Apple Corp Ltd., MTV and Harmonix announce “The Beatles: Rock Band,” worldwide release set for 9/9/09 Mar 5, ’09 12:53 PM Author robrien New York, NY – March 5, 2008 – Apple Corps, Ltd., Harmonix and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), today announced the 9/9/09 worldwide release of The Beatles: Rock Band ( The music-based video game, an unprecedented, experiential progression through and celebration of the music and artistry of The Beatles, will be available simultaneously worldwide in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system and Wii™ home videogame console from Nintendo. The Beatles: Rock Band will allow fans to pick up the guitar, bass, mic or drums and experience The Beatles extraordinary catalogue of music through gameplay that takes players on a journey through the legacy and evolution of the band’s legendary career. In addition, The Beatles: Rock Band will offer a limited number of new hardware offerings modeled after instruments used by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr throughout their career. The Beatles: Rock Band will be offered as standalone software and hardware as well as a limited edition bundle. The game will be compatible with all Rock Band instrument controllers and other current music-based video game peripherals. Available on 9/9/09: - The Beatles: Rock Band Software – Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii: $59.99 MSRP - The Beatles: Rock Band Standalone Guitars – Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii: $99.99 MSRP - The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundle: Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, Wii: $249.99 MSRP Please note: Pricing outside of the US to be announced at a later date.
  15. 15. The Beatles: Rock Band marks the first time that Apple Corps, along with EMI Music, Harrisongs Ltd, and Sony/ATV Music Publishing, has agreed to present The Beatles music in an interactive video game format. Published by MTV Games and developed by Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game company and creators of the best-selling Rock Band®, the game was creatively conceived with input and full blessing from Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. Electronic Arts will serve as distribution partner for the game. In addition, Giles Martin, co-producer of The Beatles innovative LOVE album project, is providing his expertise and serving as Music Producer for this groundbreaking Beatles project. Exclusive content created by Apple Corps, MTV Games and Harmonix will be made available to fans over the next few months who participate in a pre-order campaign through major retailers. More details on The Beatles: Rock Band game and pre-order will be revealed in the coming months. Please visit Black Hole Recordings and EMI Label Services team up for UK & Ireland sales and distribution Mar 6, ’09 12:55 PM Author robrien LONDON, 6 MARCH 2009 – EMI Music and leading indie label Black Hole Recordings are pleased to announce a new sales and distribution agreement for physical releases in the UK and Ireland. The Dutch company is one of the top names in electronic dance music with its 10 imprints home to a roster of artists including top international DJ Tiësto. The first releases to go through EMI’s Label Services unit, part of its Music Services division, will be In Trance We Trust by Carl B and 10 catalogue titles including five from Tiësto on 9 March. Arny Blink, managing director of Black Hole Recordings said: “We’re extremely happy to be welcomed into the EMI family and look forward to a long and prosperous working relationship. With their flexible approach and excellent infrastructure, EMI Music Services was the ideal partner for us to further develop our business in the UK.” Matthew Crosswaite, EMI Music Services’ executive vice president for sales and commercial development in Europe said: “We’re delighted that Arny, Tijs and all the team at Black Hole Recordings have decided to partner with EMI Label Services in the UK and Ireland. They’re a great label that we’ve worked with in the past on a number of Tiësto projects and so we’re looking forward to working with them again.” EMI Label Services supports both EMI-signed artists and independent artists and labels with a range of label and commercial services including physical and digital distribution, sales, commercial development, brand partnerships, licensing, synchronisation, merchandising, press and promotion. The unit has recently
  16. 16. concluded deals with Bobby V, whose latest album entered the American top 10 at number seven last month, Lady Sovereign, Fat Joe and Twista and UK label New State Entertainment. Other current EMI Music Services initiatives include working with Apple Corps, MTV and Harmonix to develop an interactive video game based around the music of The Beatles. The unit drove the EMI relationship with Apple for the launch of the new iTunes Pass with Depeche Mode last month, it worked with Tapulous on the Tap Tap Dance iPhone and is handling the global synchronisation and licensing for Norman Cook’s Brighton Port Authority project. Black Hole Recordings, one of the world’s leading independent record labels, is known for releasing high-quality electronic dance music. Established in 1997 by Tijs Verwest and Arny Bink, the privately-owned label initially began as a platform for Tiësto’s own productions and mixes. The company has scored major hits in the last couple of years from tracks by Tiësto, Andain, JES, Mr Sam, Cosmic Gate, Mark Norman, First State and many more which have received huge support from DJs all over the globe. The label recently formed a new company with Streamline Studios – Streamline Sound – which offers full service audio solutions to game developers. EMI Music debuts first iTunes Pass with Depeche Mode Feb 24, ’09 12:48 PM Author robrien US fans to have access to new and exclusive singles, remixes, video and other content over coming weeks Includes Depeche Mode’s upcoming 12th studio album, “Sounds of the Universe” plus additional exclusive content released on iTunes NEW YORK – February 24, 2009 – EMI Music today announced the debut of the first iTunes Pass with groundbreaking electro legends Depeche Mode. With iTunes Pass, music fans can get new and exclusive singles, remixes, video and other content from their favorite artists over a set period of time, delivered to their libraries as soon as they’re available. The first iTunes Pass debuts today in conjunction with Depeche Mode’s forthcoming 12th studio album, Sounds of the Universe, to be released on April 21 in the US. Fans who sign up starting today get the alternative/dance pioneers’ new single, Wrong, as well as the Black Light Odyssey Dub Remix of the new track Oh Well. They will also receive the new album on its street date plus great music and video exclusives before and after the album’s release over the next fifteen weeks. The Depeche Mode iTunes Pass can be purchased starting today for $18.99. “As we work to better understand music consumers and help create stronger connections between fans and artists, we are pleased to work with Apple and Depeche Mode to kick off iTunes Pass,” said Ronn Werre, president, Music Services for EMI Music. “We think it’s a great new platform that will change the way artists engage
  17. 17. with their audiences and also a powerful new way for us to build value for our artists’ music. And with iTunes Pass, Depeche Mode are once again demonstrating that they are true trailblazers and innovators when it comes to creating amazing music and connecting with their fans.” “iTunes Pass is a great way for artists to give exclusive music and video, on their own schedule, directly to their fans.” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of Internet Services. “iTunes customers are going to love getting additional content directly from their favorite artists right when they make it available.” “The relationship between Depeche Mode and their fans has always been our top priority,” said the band’s manager, Jonathan Kessler. “We are thrilled to be the first to participate with Apple in giving fans the kind of deep musical experience they expect from Depeche Mode.” Today also marks the launch of the worldwide iTunes album pre-order for Sounds of the Universe. As one of the most influential bands of the post-punk era with global sales in excess of 100 million, Depeche Mode belongs to a select premier league of supergroups who have survived from the early 1980s with their ideals, creative vision and core members intact. Formed in 1981, Depeche Mode – Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher – continue to win critical and commercial acclaim across the world both in the studio and on the road. All of the band’s 11 studio albums have reached the Top Ten in not only the UK and USA but 20 plus countries around the world including Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, and Belgium. Since their inception, Depeche Mode’s live shows continue to be a must-see attraction, with the group playing to 2.8 million people across 31 countries on their last tour alone. EMI Music signs with MUZU.TV Jan 14, ’09 12:17 PM Author robrien Dublin, Ireland – 14 Jan, 2008 – MUZU.TV, a new music TV website and distribution platform has signed a video licensing deal with major label EMI Music, covering UK and Ireland territories. Through this new agreement with EMI, MUZU.TV users will get free access to more than 5,000 videos from EMI Music’s catalogue. EMI Music joins the ranks of other key video partners including Sony BMG, Ministry of Sound, and hundreds of indies including Skint Loaded, SPV, Armada and Ninja Tune, and broadcasters like ITN. MUZU.TV also announced that it has made available to users globally. MUZU.TV allows fans to create, watch and share music video playlists. Users can create video playlists from thousand of videos and embed them on their social networking sites. MUZU.TV provides free access to thousands of hours of diverse music video content including concerts, back-stage footage, documentaries, tutorials, music videos, interviews and classic music TV shows like The Tube. Ciaran Bollard, MUZU.TV co-founder and director of business development said, “It is an exciting time for us at MUZU.TV, opening the site globally, and adding some of the worlds biggest artists to the music video catalogue through the agreement with
  18. 18. EMI Music. These key milestones further demonstrate that MUZU.TV is well on its way to becoming the de facto source for fans accessing music video while generating money for labels and bands when their video is accessed on or off the MUZU.TV service. This deal also includes: behind the scenes, tour diaries, live and interview footage bringing fans closer to their favourite artists.” Ian Whitfield, vice president digital business development at EMI Music said: “EMI Music’s mission is to bring artists and fans together and create value wherever music is experienced. MUZU.TV have shown that they are creating a destination that is appealing to fans and will drive a new revenue stream in the UK and Ireland for our artists and their great video content.” MUZU.TV for The Music Industry MUZU.TV enables labels and bands to broadcast their music video on the web and get paid wherever it goes. MUZU.TV pays content owners half of all the ad revenue generated from display ads on their MUZU.TV channels and ‘in-video’ adverts within their MUZU.TV players, both on MUZU.TV and when players are embedded on external sites like MySpace, Facebook, Bebo or other external sites. Any band or label can create their own branded music TV channel on MUZU.TV, featuring multiple video playlists, along with a personalised profile, messaging and fans or friends section. On MUZU.TV content owners always retain the rights over their video content and get paid royalties as normal through MUZU.TV’s agreement with the collection societies. They also retain full control over their video as they decide what goes live and can add or remove any of their videos whenever they feel like it. MUZU.TV is constantly adding new features to the site and soon bands will be able to sell digital music, merchandise, tickets directly from their MUZU.TV channels. MUZU TV For Fans For music fans, MUZU.TV is primarily about watching, creating and sharing unlimited music video playlists. Fans can access over 10,000 artist channels including major label acts like The Script, The Ting Tings, MGMT, and Beyonce, and up and coming indie bands like Fight Like Apes, Bo Pepper and This Devil is Yours, not to mention all of EMI Music’s content. Fans can also create their own Music TV Channels featuring any video on MUZU.TV, and embed them in their social networking pages further increasing the revenue potential for bands. Fans can also feature on their favourite artist channels by uploading video they have created on that artist. They can also interact with other fans, discover and share music, all legally and at no cost. MUZU.TV is based in Dublin, Ireland. About EMI Music EMI Music is one of the world’s leading music companies, representing artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin.
  19. 19. BootB launches global online music innovation contest for EMI Jan 9, ’09 12:12 PM Author robrien Your idea can change the future of the music industry London – 9 January 2009 – BootB, the online platform dedicated to challenging the marketing industry, is working with music giant EMI on a worldwide competition to find innovative new ways to help consumers connect with music. The challenge, which is open to all creative sources (agencies, professionals, consultants, freelancers, innovative minds), is to find solutions for people who love good music but think it is currently hard to find. Crowdsourcing pioneer BootB (Be out of the Box) is an online marketplace launched a year ago that allows anyone anywhere to respond to the creative briefs of major organizations and be paid professional fees for their ideas. Since BootB launched, more than 10,000 people from 118 countries have joined the creative department of BootB to receive briefs and submit their ideas. Successes have included promotional campaigns for Auchan, viral marketing campaigns for Lego, launch campaigns for New Holland and Peugeot. BootB’s Founder and CEO, Pier Ludovico Bancale, commented: “As part of its new innovation strategy, EMI Music wants to leverage the power of BootB to solicit unconventional ideas from around the globe, and find a truly original, one-of-a kind innovation concept. This new extraordinary pitch confirms the relevance of our business model that is based on crowdsourcing of ideas. Original ideas will arrive from everywhere and the winner could come from anywhere. From Brazil as happened with UNICEF, from Ukraine like the pitch for Alpenliebe, from Italy like for Disney or from Australia like for Disaronno.” “Experimenting, learning and driving innovation are key to EMI’s mission to bring artists and fans together and to create value wherever music is experienced,” said Sam van der Feltz, EMI Music’s President of Global Marketing. “This project with BootB is only part of a broad range of initiatives we are planning to engage with consumers and help them connect with great music. We will be harnessing our best creative resources and systems to get the best ideas to market.” EMI Music is one of the world’s leading music companies, representing artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. Artists on EMI labels include Lily Allen, The Beatles, Coldplay, Corinne Bailey Rae, Gorillaz, Hot Chip, Norah Jones, The Kooks, Korn, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Pink Floyd, Sir Simon Rattle, Joss Stone, KT Tunstall, Keith Urban and Robbie Williams, as well as international artists such as Amaral (Spain), Camille (France), Utada Hikaru (Japan), LaFee (Germany), Belinda (Mexico) and Tiziano Ferro (Italy).
  20. 20. Lily Allen immortalised in online game to promote forthcoming album ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’ Dec 18, ’08 12:07 PM Author robrien Play @ Parlophone has released an online game to promote the launch of Lily Allen’s new album, “It’s Not Me, It’s You” due for release by Parlophone on 9th February 2009. The concept of the online game, “Escape the Fear”, created by branded entertainment specialist Matmi, is based on content from the album and the initial single, The Fear. Lily features as the main character in an archetypal musician’s career escaping rising fear to achieve their dreams. Starting on a red carpet, players must negotiate Lily’s character through ten tricky, classic platform levels avoiding obstacles such as paparazzi cameras, rabid handbag dogs, evil bankers throwing credit cards, alcohol, demonic puzzles and various other obstacles which make play more difficult. Dan Duncombe, Digital Director at Parlophone, says the game is part of an integrated online launch for Lily Allen’s new album: “We wanted to find a way to reach a new audience for Lily on her second album. We have numerous, successful touch points with her existing fanbase and we needed a vehicle to expand on these and reach those unaware of Lily and/or her second album. There is a huge, relevant demographic out there who don’t regularly explore music so we are using the game as a tactic to introduce the new single. The instant gratification of this type of game makes it inherently viral and with the new single as its soundtrack we are potentially reaching a new audience who are not listening to the radio or reading the music press. Parlophone’s digital marketing efforts have always been ground breaking and this kind of campaign takes our approach to a new level.” Jeff Coghlan, MD at Matmi, has high hopes for the game: “This game is a retro platform game featuring pixelated graphics that we really love; in fact, we think it’s our most addictive game ever. This is the first time we’ve combined our seeding database – which is probably the best in the world – with an artist who is an online phenomenon herself. We’re hoping for some stunning results in player numbers, pass- on speed, geographical reach and play time. Watch this space!” Play the game: About the game Classic vertical scrolling screen action sees Lily Allen’s character jumping manically from platform to platform to outrun the rising fear which, if players are not fast enough, will swallow them up. The ten tricky levels include enemies and obstacles such as rabid handbag dogs, spikes of fear, credit card tossing bankers, jack-in-a-box springs and a really nasty end boss.
  21. 21. The character can also be affected by alcohol which impairs the game’s controls and other diversions. Levels increase in difficulty and lead to some demonically difficult puzzles to solve for Lily’s character to finally reach freedom from the fear! Check out more about the album on Lily’s website: Lily’s second album is released on February 9th 2009 following the release of the single The Fear on Monday 26th January 2009. EMI Music enters into agreement with InMotion Oct 27, ’08 11:39 AM Author robrien InMotion’s airport-based Media Hotspot kiosks in US will feature key EMI Music albums and singles for sampling and purchase New York, NY, October 27, 2008 – Under an agreement between EMI Music and InMotion Entertainment, music fans can now buy and download music directly to portable devices at major US airports. InMotion, the US’s largest airport-based electronics and entertainment retailer, will now make a selection of EMI Music’s key current and catalog albums and singles available for consumers to sample, purchase and download directly from its in-store PlayPoint Media Hotspot kiosks. Fans will be able to use PlayPoint’s touch screen stations to preview and buy full albums and tracks and transfer them directly to a range of portable music devices, including iPods, to enjoy on their flights. Beginning this month, 45 InMotion retailers located at more than 20 major US airports, including New York’s JFK, Los Angeles International Airport, San Francisco International Airport, and those in Miami, Atlanta Chicago, Dallas and more will feature current titles from artists ranging from Coldplay and Katy Perry to Al Green and Lady Antebellum. A rotation of new and catalogue titles will be featured on an ongoing basis. InMotion will make albums available for $11.99. Downloads will be available as DRM-free MP3s in high quality audio (256 kilobits per second). “This is a great new opportunity for us to help connect the artists with fans,” said Eden Goldberg, VP of Marketing and Business Development at InMotion Entertainment. “By offering a ‘fueling station’ for their portable devices, consumers now have an easy way to discover and buy new music they can enjoy on their travels.” How PlayPoint Works: Using a touch screen and credit card, consumers can browse, purchase and download content directly to their device for immediate use on their trip. ###
  22. 22. About EMI Music EMI Music is one of the world’s leading music companies. EMI Music represents artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. About InMotion Entertainment InMotion Entertainment is the largest airport-based electronics and entertainment retailer in the nation. Founded on a unique business model that combines portable electronic entertainment with travel, InMotion brings convenience to today’s traveler. Business and leisure travelers can experience and purchase the latest electronics, including DVD players, digital cameras, camcorders, mp3/video players, CD players, video games, GPS navigation systems and noise canceling headphones. InMotion makes travel fun, where the friendly and knowledgeable staff assists travelers in choosing the best products for their enjoyment. EMI Music partners with Lala on the first free music service without advertising Oct 21, ’08 11:38 AM Author robrien EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group and over 170,000 independent labels are onboard with over 6 million songs PALO ALTO, Calif., October 21, 2008 – Lala is unveiling the first and only free fully licensed service to instantly provide anywhere Web access to an existing music library such as iTunes. Replacing the outdated approach of uploading MP3 files from a PC, Lala introduces a licensed technology to instantly match songs from consumers’ personal music libraries with the Web-based catalog on Adding new music to a licensed collection is easier and less expensive than ever. Sample any full song or complete album for free. Add songs to a Web collection for only 10 cents, and buy DRM-free MP3 downloads for as low as an additional 79 cents. “We live our lives in a browser, whether it’s emailing, watching television shows or using Facebook” said Geoff Ralston, CEO of Lala. “When I launched Yahoo! Mail few thought hundreds of millions would depend on Web email. My music belongs online in the same way. Will there be anything without a browser in 5 years?” Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari browsers on both Windows and Mac OS are supported. Major and Independent Labels Support All four major labels including EMI Music, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group have agreements with Lala to stream and sell music.
  23. 23. And unlike ad-supported music sites, Lala has garnered support from publishers and over 170,000 independent labels and distributors. “We thank Lala for their support of A2IM and the independent music community and congratulate them on the launch of their new service which includes tens of thousands of independent artists, labels, aggregators and distributors,” said Rich Bengloff, President of The American Association For Independent Music (A2IM). “As the primary advocacy group for the independent music community, we also applaud Lala for recognizing the value of independent labels and artists to their business and providing inclusion to the independent community in their launch.” The Most Affordable Music on the Web Lala offers consumers the easiest, most affordable way to buy music on the Web. Lala’s catalog includes over 6 million songs which users can play once for free before buying. For as little as 10 cents, users can buy a web song, a new product that gives users the ability to play the song as often as they choose from their web collection. The web song fee can be applied towards the purchase of the DRM-free MP3 version of the same track. MP3s are priced from 89 cents or 99 cents and are eligible for 10 cent store credits based on prior web song purchase. Unique Features of Lala • Completely advertising-free service • First and only fully licensed service for free Web hosting of a personal music library • Instant matching of MP3s and iTunes FairPlay songs to the Web without uploading • Fully featured web-application in a browser with speedy look-ahead search, drag and drop playlist creation, and instant, continuous music streaming • 6 million and growing song catalog from all four major labels and 170,000 independent labels • Free sampling of the entire catalog as songs or albums • Web songs available for purchase at 10 cents or less • DRM-free MP3s for additional price of 79 to 89 cents • Support for popular Web browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari • Support for both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS About Lala We live and play in a browser. Built by a skilled team of engineers behind services like Yahoo!, eBay, Blogger and AOL. Lala’s singular mission is to move entertainment to the Web for hundreds of millions of people. Lala is a venture funded company located in beautiful Palo Alto, California.
  24. 24. Spotify announces licensing deals with labels including EMI Music and upcoming launch Oct 7, ’08 11:34 AM Author robrien Innovative subscription and ad-supported music streaming service unveiled All four music majors and leading independents on board Spotify announces a series of licensing deals with music companies including EMI Music, Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, Merlin and The Orchard for their content to be included in the new digital music service. Spotify offers instant access to a world of music via a service that enables on-demand streaming of audio content. Spotify users will have unlimited access to millions of tracks from a vast music catalogue, with the opportunity to create and share playlists with each other and explore music through a wide range of discovery and social features. Spotify will launch on October 7th 2008 in UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Throughout the remainder of this year and into 2009 Spotify will be rolled out to further markets. Spotify will be marketed both as a premium monthly subscription service and a version which is free for consumers to use and supported by advertising. Consumers will also have the option to purchase a day pass that gives access to Spotify without advertising. Advertisers that have signed up to be included from the launch include Ford, T-Mobile and Xbox. Daniel Ek, founder and CEO at Spotify says: “We believe that everyone loves music, and we’re thrilled to partner with all major content owners already at launch. This is an exciting step forward in our mission to provide the best possible music experience by allowing people to listen to whatever they want, whenever they want.” Stefan Blom, SVP Commercial Development for EMI Music said: “EMI is committed to supporting innovative and user-friendly music services. Spotify is a compelling new way of connecting artists and fans which reflects the shift we are seeing in digital music from a total reliance on a-la-carte services to the addition of new models that provide instant and legal access to our artists’ music.” Rob Wells, Senior Vice President, Digital, Universal Music Group International said: “Subscription streaming services are the future of digital music consumption. Spotify is an excellent consumer experience and Universal Music Group International is delighted to be a part of the launch.” “We are excited to be working with Spotify as they develop this distinctive online destination that will include both ad-supported content as well as quality premium packages,” said Ulrich Jaerkel, Senior Vice President, Digital & New Business Development Europe, Sony BMG Music Entertainment. “With such an easy-to- navigate interface and wide variety of music and features for users to enjoy, Spotify promises to be an online fan-favourite.”
  25. 25. Leanne Sharman, Vice President, Business Development, Warner Music EMEA said: “From launch, Spotify is a wide-ranging, flexible and engaging music experience. By offering a compelling choice of ad-supported and paid-for services, the platform is in a strong position to foster a loyal community of users and attract advertisers. Not only that, Spotify will be a powerful promotional and discovery engine through which our roster of artists can grow their fan-bases.” Charles Caldas, CEO of Merlin said: “We are genuinely excited at the fantastic quality and attention to detail behind the Spotify service and at the innovative business opportunity for our members. We are equally pleased that Spotify quickly recognized the true value that Merlin has brought to the market and has worked hard with us to ensure that the independent labels that constitute our membership are available to their users from day one.” “Spotify says, ‘Everyone loves music’. We agree, and voted with our feet by bringing tens of thousands of great artists from all over the world into this innovative new service, which is tailor-made for independent music. Ad-supported music discovery is an exciting future increasingly here today, and we are confident that Spotify will turn people onto our clients’ art, and play a role in helping our artists and labels to get paid as they build audiences,” said Greg Scholl, president and chief executive officer for The Orchard. 11:24 AM EMI Music signs on to ‘MySpace Music’ joint venture Author robrien EMI Music and Sony ATV sign on to groundbreaking ‘MySpace Music’ joint venture alongside Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music Group The Orchard joins MySpace Music’s line-up of independent music distributors including ADA, Red, Fontana and Caroline Myspace Music launches first wave of new product offerings with all 4 major record companies, 4 major publishing companies, and leading independent music distributor Amazon MP3 to Power Integrated E-Commerce Solution Enabling Purchases of MP3 Downloads McDonald’s, Sony Pictures, State Farm, and Toyota Are Inaugural Brand Advertisers LOS ANGELES—September 25, 2008—MySpace, the world’s premier social network, alongside its landmark joint venture partners which include EMI Music, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group (NYSE: WMG), Sony ATV/ Music Publishing and The Orchard today unveiled the new ‘MySpace Music’ product ( injecting the world’s richest online music community with a host of new features for both users and artists. The new suite of products, which includes an ever-growing catalog of premium audio and video content, e-commerce offerings, and user and
  26. 26. artist playlists, aims to further enhance the MySpace Music experience as well as provide monetization opportunities for its active music community. Today’s announcement marks the first phase in an iterative global product rollout which will ultimately include a vast catalogue of premium and promotional content, a wide selection of new user-to-user sharing tools, and additional e-commerce opportunities for artists including merchandise and ticketing. Starting today, the new MySpace Music functionality currently available for U.S. MySpace users will also be available in Spanish and fully localized for the MySpace en Español community. Select products including the newly designed music player will be available globally to MySpace’s more than 120 million global users (comScore July 2008). MySpace – Chris DeWolfe, CEO and Co-Founder: “MySpace Music brings together the world’s largest recording and publishing companies, and one of the most prominent independent digital music providers, to create the most comprehensive music service for our users. The ultimate goal is to create a platform where users can truly experience music in a way that works for their lifestyle and a site where all artists are able to monetize their content and reach their fans across the world.” EMI Music – Elio Leoni-Sceti, CEO: “MySpace Music is an exciting new music discovery platform with an already vibrant community of fans and artists. We are happy to be a part of this joint venture and see it as an opportunity to enhance consumers’ music experience. We believe it will expand music consumption, create value and strengthen the engagement of our artists with their fans.” The first phase of the new MySpace Music unveils: • The new, ‘MyMusic,’ personal music management toolset • Free and unlimited ad-supported, full-length audio streaming • Free and unlimited playlist functionality • Free discography and content catalogues for SONY BMG, UMG and WMG artists • DRM-free MP3 music e-commerce downloads powered by Amazon MP3 • Ringtone e-commerce powered by Jamster The ‘MyMusic’ toolset empowers the MySpace Music community in the U.S. to download, stream, and personalize their music content. The new product allows MySpace users to create playlists for both personal and public consumption and profile display, allowing profile visitors to stream all playlisted content on-demand and purchase MP3s of their favorite songs. Users can virally add a friend’s playlist to their own profile or take songs from a friend’s profile to their own. In addition to managing and discovering new music, users will now be able to utilize MySpace Music’s enhanced search capability to browse and search for music by artist, song title, or album title. Users can freely stream their preferred content through a personal music player for a seamless listening experience while browsing MySpace or the other websites. Beginning today, U.S. users can purchase DRM-free MP3 music downloads through MySpace Music’s new e-commerce solution powered by Amazon MP3. Now,
  27. 27. adjacent to licensed songs within artist profile media players, user-created playlists, and certain music editorial pages, MySpace Music will feature buy buttons that will allow users to download and purchase MP3s playable on all digital music devices, including the iPod. Similarly, users can click on a “Find Ringtones” button—powered by Jamster—within music players to purchase ringtones of their favorite artists. The first four integrated sponsors to advertise on MySpace Music are McDonald’s, Sony Pictures, State Farm, and Toyota. These brands will be powering customers’ access to a host of new music services. McDonald’s will have presence on MySpace Music’s personal music player giving away a variety of free music downloads. To promote the opening of Sony Pictures’ comedy “Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” the movie studio will be skinning all MySpace Music users’ profile playlists for an entire week with branding from the film. State Farm will have rotating ads among all pages including the Featured Playlist, the Personal Music Player, and MyMusic where members go to create and edit playlists. With “Toyota Tuesdays,” the auto company will offer free music downloads and have a strong presence on MySpace Music’s Personal Music Player every Tuesday for a year. MySpace Music hosts more than 5 million major, indie, and unsigned artists within the site’s music profiles section, which provides for a vast artist-powered collection of songs, music videos, tour dates, blogs, and photos. MySpace’s deep, long-standing ties to the music community have allowed for numerous exclusive features from the most groundbreaking musicians in the world and the its new marketing initiatives will greatly enhance the existing MySpace Music offline concert franchises including Secret Shows, MySpaceLIVE!, Transmissions, Front to Back and The List. EMI Music partners with Sony Ericsson as the company adds unlimited music download service to its PlayNow brand and expands PlayNow arena to new countries Sep 24, ’08 11:20 AM Author robrien PlayNow™ arena opens its doors in 5 new countries in the fourth quarter of 2008 Lund, Sweden—September 24th 2008—Sony Ericsson today announced the launch of PlayNow™ plus, a super-fast, high-quality music download service for Sony Ericsson customers, available for use on both phones and PCs. The service is due to launch commercially with operator Telenor in Sweden in the fourth quarter of this year, with further roll-outs around the world beginning in early 2009. A special edition of the Sony Ericsson W902 Walkman™ phone will be the first product released with an integrated PlayNow™ plus service. PlayNow™ plus is due to set a new standard for the unlimited mobile music experience, with unrivalled download speeds, high-quality audio and access to the largest music catalogue of any unlimited download service. The service draws from Sony Ericsson’s collaboration with Omnifone and licensing terms have been agreed with all major international music labels—including EMI, Sony BMG, Universal Music Group, and Warner Music – as well as thousands of local music labels.
  28. 28. PlayNow™ plus will guarantee truly unlimited, ‘all-you-can-eat’ access to millions of music tracks. While in the service, subscribers will be able to recommend their music tastes to others in the PlayNow™ plus community, and at the end of their contract they will keep a number of tracks—DRM-free—from their most played favourites. PlayNow™ plus is designed as the world’s easiest unlimited music service to manage as whatever you do on either your phone or your PC may be reflected on the other device. To add to the discovery and community aspects of PlayNow™ plus, TrackID™ charts, generated by Sony Ericsson consumers around the world, are also included. To kick-start the PlayNow™ plus experience right out of the box, Sony Ericsson plans to include, as part of the service, up to 1000 of recent popular tracks, both locally and globally, with each PlayNow™ plus phone. PlayNow™arena expands PlayNow™ arena, Sony Ericsson’s multimedia service which launched successfully in the Nordic countries on August 25th, will now also be opening its doors in the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Switzerland in the fourth quarter this year. On board for the expansion and adding to the music offer in the existing PlayNow™ arena markets is Universal Music Group with its massive catalogue that includes many of the world’s best selling artists. This important addition also means that PlayNow™ arena will be one of the first legal music services in these markets to offer DRM-free music from all of the major and independent labels. “The launch of PlayNow arena is a milestone in a la carte music services to mobile phones”, said Rob Wells, Senior Vice President, Digital, at Universal Music Group International. The combination of TrackID and the variety of digital products on offer through PlayNow arena is a highly compelling proposition on its own, but when the full track downloads are available DRM-free, the offer is even more compelling for consumers.” Rikko Sakaguchi, Senior Vice President and Head of Creation & Development at Sony Ericsson comments on the market expansion and catalogue addition: “Expanding our PlayNow service portfolio by adding PlayNow plus and by launching PlayNow arena in Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and the UK during the fourth quarter, are key elements of the Sony Ericsson service strategy. These steps and the addition of Universal’s catalogue to the music offering in both services gives us every possibility to provide customers and consumers with what we feel is important and requested – an unparalleled user experience on Sony Ericsson devices.” Two propositions PlayNow™ plus is the ideal service for the casual listener offering unlimited access to every kind of music and the freedom of discovery. PlayNow™ arena provides the full range of mobile entertainment: an unparalleled mobile games offering; unique themes and wall papers; traditional and specially developed ring tones and music tones; a wealth of free content and of course; DRM- free music tracks and TrackID charts from around the world. PlayNow™ arena is the one-stop-shop for the collector and is open for everyone.
  29. 29. Partner quotes Ian Whitfield, VP Digital Business Development for EMI Music: “As the digital music market continues to evolve, EMI’s role is to bring artists and their fans closer together by giving consumers innovative, effective and legal ways to enjoy our artists’ music how they want to and PlayNow Plus is a perfect example of this. With the experience and reach of Sony Ericsson behind it, PlayNow Plus is a very exciting new service for music consumers and we’re very pleased to give it our support.” Rob Lewis, CEO, Omnifone, commented; “Whilst Sony Ericsson handsets are already famous for their legendary audio playback quality, it is the addition of unlimited music, anytime, anyplace, that turns them into the next generation mobile music experience. We are delighted to have been chosen by Sony Ericsson, and to be working closely with them, to herald a new era in mass-market digital music”. “The PlayNow Plus service offers music fans an innovative and exciting new way to explore SONY BMG’s rich catalogue,” commented Thomas Hesse, President, Global Digital Business and U.S. Sales, SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. “With such a vast collection of songs accessible through their mobile phones, consumers will have the opportunity to enjoy their favorites and also discover new music and new artists. We think this service is a great solution for consumers because it makes the listening and discovery experience more fun than ever before.” Eric Daugan, Vice President, Digital Business, Warner Music EMEA, commented “Sony Ericsson and Omnifone have both separately pioneered the evolution of mobile music, so we’re delighted to now be working with their combined expertise on this highly innovative service. By bringing together a simple, compelling user experience with first -class music-enabled devices, Play Now Plus is a hugely attractive consumer offer and represents an exciting step forward for mobile entertainment. This wide-ranging music service will be a powerful platform through which fans will be empowered to quickly and easily discover, explore and enjoy our artists’ music wherever they are, whenever they want.” EMI and Warner Music Group announce marketing and distribution partnership in South East Asia Sep 8, ’08 11:15 AM Author robrien Agreement builds upon existing relationship in India, the Middle East and North Africa London and New York, September 8, 2008—EMI Music and Warner Music Group Corp. (NYSE: WMG) announced today a new marketing and distribution partnership in South East Asia, building on the companies’ existing relationship in India, the Middle East and North Africa. Under the multi-year license agreement, Warner Music Group will market and distribute EMI’s worldwide repertoire in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea and Thailand. WMG will serve as the exclusive local physical and digital
  30. 30. distributor of all EMI Music releases. EMI will continue to develop global digital partnerships which will include these territories. The two companies already enjoy a successful partnership in India, the Middle East and North Africa, where EMI has marketed and distributed Warner Music’s physical product since 2005. Lachie Rutherford, President of Warner Music Asia Pacific, said, “We are extremely pleased to be expanding our relationship with the talented team at EMI and to have access to their outstanding artist roster and catalog. For WMG artists, this has meant being able to utilize EMI’s first-rate infrastructure in parts of the world where our presence has been historically limited. Meanwhile EMI’s artists will now be able to fully leverage our South East Asian operations, specifically our marketing teams and vast distribution network of traditional retail, wireless and online partners, through which we’ve seen great success in recent years.” Adrian Cheesley, EMI Music’s President – Asia Pacific/Latin America, said, “This collaboration allows EMI Music and Warner Music to leverage each other’s resources locally to the mutual benefit of our artists and our business. In South East Asia, EMI will retain a small regional team in Hong Kong to oversee the local marketing and distribution of our artists’ music, working closely with Lachie and his excellent team.” The financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. About EMI Music EMI Music is the recorded music division of EMI Group Limited, one of the world’s leading music companies. EMI Music represents artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. Artists on EMI labels include Lily Allen, The Beatles, Coldplay, Corinne Bailey Rae, Gorillaz, Hot Chip, Norah Jones, The Kooks, Korn, Kylie Minogue, Katy Perry, Pink Floyd, Joss Stone, KT Tunstall, Keith Urban and Robbie Williams. About Warner Music Group Warner Music Group became the only stand-alone music company to be publicly traded in the United States in May 2005. With its broad roster of new stars and legendary artists, Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, Bad Boy, Cordless, East West, Elektra, Lava, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros. and Word. Warner Music International, a leading company in national and international repertoire, operates through numerous international affiliates and licensees in more than 50 countries. Warner Music Group also includes Warner/Chappell Music, one of the world’s leading music publishers, with a catalog of more than one million copyrights worldwide.
  31. 31. EMI Music enters into new agreement with Qtrax for ad- supported digital music service Jun 3, ’08 10:41 AM Author robrien NEW YORK, June 3 — EMI Music, one of the world’s leading music companies, has entered into an agreement with ad-supported digital music service Qtrax to make EMI’s catalogue of digital music available to music fans in the US and Canada. As part of the agreement, EMI’s music will be available free to registered Qtrax members for unlimited streaming or downloading to a PC. Fans can also load downloaded tracks on up to three portable devices and play them while their membership remains active (fans maintain membership by visiting the site at least once every 60 days to keep downloads active on PCs or devices). Those who wish to permanently own tracks can do so via direct Qtrax links to participating digital retailers. “This is a revolutionary time for the music industry,” said Founder and Chairman of Qtrax Allan Klepfisz. “Guy Hands and EMI Music have demonstrated great vision and leadership and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have their support,” he continued. “Music fans will soon be able to legally download tracks from EMI’s rich, storied catalogue, giving them access to one of the world’s largest repertoires of music.” About EMI Music EMI Music is the recorded music division of EMI Group Limited, one of the world’s leading music companies. Its EMI Music division represents artists spanning all musical tastes and genres. Its record labels include Angel, Astralwerks, Blue Note, Capitol, Capitol Nashville, EMI Classics, EMI CMG, EMI Records, EMI Televisa Music, Manhattan, Mute, Parlophone and Virgin. Artists on EMI labels include Lily Allen, The Beatles, Coldplay, Corinne Bailey Rae, Gorillaz, Hot Chip, Norah Jones, The Kooks, Korn, Kylie Minogue, Pink Floyd, Joss Stone, 30 Seconds To Mars, KT Tunstall, Keith Urban and Robbie Williams, as well as international artists such as Amaral (Spain), Camille (France), Utada Hikaru (Japan), LaFee (Germany), RBD (Mexico) and Vasco Rossi (Italy). EMI has been at the cutting edge of the rapidly growing digital music marketplace since it released David Bowie’s ‘Hours’ as the world’s first ever album to be offered as a digital download in 1999. EMI has signed agreements with hundreds of digital partners to distribute its music across the globe, including its premium DRM-free, higher-quality offering sold through partners including Apple iTunes, and more. It continues to facilitate the development of a growing range of new digital business models to enable fans to experience and purchase its artists’ output through a number of different platforms including, music discovery services such as, iMeem and Spiralfrog, legal peer-to-peer services such as GNAB and a deal to offer advertising-supported videos on mobile phones through Rhythm NewMedia. About Qtrax (
  32. 32. Qtrax ( is an innovative, legal digital music service that is free to fans. Qtrax showcases an innovative ad-supported delivery model that easily directs revenue back to artists and rights holders. Qtrax is available for browsing now and soon will provide fans with access to a colorful and diverse catalog with millions of high-quality digital music files representing the broadest artist-based fan-directed array of products available anywhere. Based in New York City, Qtrax is a subsidiary of Brilliant Technologies Corporation (OTC: BLLN.PK), a publicly traded technology holding company. Download EMI Music on the go with MEDIAnywhere’s music download kiosks May 28, ’08 10:38 AM Author robrien LONDON, 28 MAY 2008: Millions of airline passengers are now able to download music from EMI artists on the go as MEDIAnywhere’s music download kiosks have opened for business in Italy’s Fiumicino airport. The international airport in Rome has become the first to feature the kiosks, with many more of Europe’s major airports soon to follow suit in offering travellers the chance to download digital content. The kiosk, designed by British company MEDIAnywhere and packed with titles from record giant EMI Music, allows music lovers to download on the go as they wait for their plane. All consumers need to do is plug in their digital device, be it an iPod, MP3 player, mobile phone or USB device, and choose what they want to listen to. Unaffected by synchronisation limitations, consumers are able to download directly to their player without their existing music library being affected, and then later load the content back up to their PC. EMI’s move last year to open up its catalogue DRM-free has allowed it to make its music available to the consumer in the quickest, most convenient way possible. All of EMI Music’s digital catalogue is available for download in the higher quality (320 bit rate), DRM-Free MP3 format, including music from Coldplay, Kylie, Lily Allen and The Kooks. Fans have access to more than 25,000 music titles as well as other types of digital content including music videos. MEDIAnywhere expects to open another 350 kiosks in 26 European airports within the next two years, allowing consumers easy access to entertainment content and information. Fiumicino, which sees millions of travelers pass through its gates every year, will have 24 kiosks located in its departure lounges. “The MEDIAnywhere kiosks are a fantastically convenient and compellingly simple way for music lovers to get the music they want when they are out and about, without the need to be at their PC.” said Graeme Rogan, Head of Digital Sales, EMI Music UK. MEDIAnywhere has invested more than $5 million in the design and marketing of the “music as you go” kiosks which have touch screens and easy to use interfaces.
  33. 33. “The kiosks are the next step in the future of downloading,” said Maxim Ivanov, the head of MEDIAnywhere, “Quick, accessible and easy to use, it is the simplest way to get digital music onto your player. As passengers now stock up on books and newspapers before getting on a plane, now they can fill up their player with the freshest music.” In 2007 more than 140 million portable digital music players were sold worldwide.* Coldplay annouce a free single to download, a free show in London and New York…and their album moves forward to a June 12 release in the UK Apr 28, ’08 10:24 AM Author robrien LONDON, 28 APRIL 2008 — Violet Hill, Coldplay’s first single from the new album “Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends” will be available as a free download from their website for one week starting tomorrow, April 29 at 12.15pm UK time. At that time the single will be played for the first time on radio and will simultaneously be available free exclusively from the website, a week ahead of its general digital release. The digital release will be a conventional paid-for release on May 6. At the same time, will have preliminary details of two free shows that the band will play, one in London and one in New York. The free shows are: LONDON BRIXTON ACADEMY JUNE 16 NEW YORK MADISON SQUARE GARDEN JUNE 23 Please check for details of how to win tickets and please do not contact the venues as no tickets will be available to buy. Meanwhile, the release of Coldplay’s new album Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends has been brought forward four days in the UK to June 12. In North America the release date is June 17. The album comprises ten brand new tracks produced by Brian Eno and Markus Dravs. The track listing is: LIFE IN TECHNICOLOR CEMETERIES OF LONDON LOST! 42 LOVERS IN JAPAN/REIGN OF LOVE YES VIVA LA VIDA
  34. 34. VIOLET HILL STRAWBERRY SWING DEATH AND ALL HIS FRIENDS EMI Music appoints top Google executive Douglas Merrill to drive digital growth Apr 2, ’08 5:17 PM Author robrien LONDON, 2 APRIL 2008 — EMI Music has appointed Google’s chief information officer and one of its most senior global executives, Douglas Merrill, to lead its growing digital music business. As President, Digital Business, EMI Music, Merrill will head a new global function which brings together for the first time leadership responsibility for all of the company’s digital strategy, innovation, business development, supply chain and global technology activities. Guy Hands, chief executive officer of Terra Firma and chairman of EMI Group, said: “Douglas is a proven agent of change who combines broad business intellect with a deep engineering background. He has been a key member of the management team at Google which has created more value than any other consumer internet company by focusing relentlessly on tools that enable consumers to do things more effectively. His experience, talents and his ability to drive innovation will be enormously valuable to EMI and to its artists.” Merrill said: “I have two passions. One is creating platforms and tools that make it easier for consumers to achieve their goals. The other is music. This exciting new role at EMI is a unique opportunity for me to be able to put those two passions to work together and help deliver EMI’s objective of providing the best services in the world to consumers and musicians.” Merrill starts work at EMI on 28 April and will be based at EMI Music’s Los Angeles headquarters in the Capitol Tower. He will report to Guy Hands. Douglas Merrill joined Google late in 2003. During his five years with the company, he rose to become chief information officer and vice president of engineering, responsible for all billing and revenue technology and processes for Google worldwide, together with internal engineering and support worldwide. He has led multiple strategic efforts including Google’s 2004 IPO and its related investor programme and regulatory activities. He was also responsible for the 2006 launch of Google Checkout, which is now a multi-billion dollar business. In 2007 he was tasked with leading the turnaround of Google’s radio advertising business which he put back on a growth trajectory. Most recently, he was asked by Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, to drive Google’s strategy and business development activity in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, the two fastest growing broadband populations in the world.
  35. 35. Previously, Douglas was a senior vice president at Charles Schwab and Co, one of America’s largest financial services providers. At Schwab, he was responsible for such functions as information security, common infrastructure, and human resources strategy and operations. Prior to his tenure there, Douglas worked at Price Waterhouse in security implementation practices. Before that, he was an information scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he studied topics such as computer simulation in education, team dynamics and organisational effectiveness. Douglas holds a BA from the University of Tulsa in Social and Political Organisation, and an MA and Ph.D. in Psychology from Princeton University. EMI Music and Ricall sign global deal for online music licensing platform Feb 11, ’08 3:48 PM Author robrien EMI to boost usage of its artists’ music with Ricall’s unique online music licensing platform LONDON, 11 FEBRUARY 2008 — Ricall, the leading online music licensing marketplace, has signed a global deal with EMI Music, one of the world’s top record companies. Under the new agreement, EMI will utilise Ricall’s online platform to help increase the opportunities for its artists to generate income from synchronisation licensing – the commercial use of its music in adverts, films, TV programmes, video games, corporate videos and events, new media productions and premium licensing for music promotions by major brands. EMI Music represents a highly diverse roster of artists and one of the richest catalogues of recordings ever assembled from stars such as Lily Allen, Blur, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Coldplay, Depeche Mode, Goldfrapp, Gorillaz, Hot Chip, Norah Jones, Nigel Kennedy, The Kooks, Lenny Kravitz, Kylie, Moby, Pink Floyd, Queen, Simon Rattle, Rolling Stones, KT Tunstall, Keith Urban and Robbie Williams. Its music spans all tastes and genres – from pop, rock, urban and country, to classical, jazz, christian and world music, to children’s, easy listening and spoken word. Ronn Werre, EMI Music’s Executive Vice President of Global Sales, said: “EMI Music’s goal is to create maximum exposure and value for our artists’ music by embracing digital technologies and providing the best service to customers. Ricall’s technology will help us deliver a seamless process to business clients wishing to access EMI’s repertoire on a global basis. It is a great system that complements our existing search tools and is a very effective means of reaching new clients, giving our artists more opportunities to generate revenue through all kinds of established and emerging platforms.” Richard Corbett, Founder and CEO of Ricall said: “We are delighted to announce this deal with EMI which will see Ricall working closely with a second major music group to promote their entire global music catalogue for licensing via Ricall. Synch and premium licensing are a significant and rapidly growing source of revenue for the
  36. 36. music industry. Ricall’s unique platform enables copyright owners to take full advantage of this additional market by processing a much greater volume of music licensing more efficiently and cost effectively.” Key aspects of Ricall’s deal with EMI include: • EMI’s entire global catalogue of recordings will be uploaded onto Ricall’s existing online library – creating a total of more than three million tracks to be found and licensed at • Ricall will develop a syncsite on its website for EMI to promote artists from its own global catalogue for synch licensing deals. • As a global deal, Ricall will develop syncsites for EMI’s catalogue in each territory and will work closely with EMI in generating the highest levels of awareness by the potential client base. • Ricall will source and license premium licensing deals for EMI tracks such as ‘free to consumer’ music offerings supported by major consumer brands. • Any licences granted by EMI will always be subject to the artist’s approval. Previously the labour intensive process of navigating the complicated world of music copyright to obtain a licence meant only large ad agencies, promotion companies and film studios had the resources and budgets to license well known tracks for various forms of commercial usage. Ricall’s technology delivers a significantly more efficient process, enabling more types of buyers such as viral producers and video game developers, to find and license a greater variety of music from labels’ deep back catalogues thereby helping copyright owners and commercial music users take full advantage of the long tail of both music and production. Ricall has the most comprehensive music collection available from any B2B music destination, now encompassing more than three million tracks, including every track to have ever charted in the UK and US since charts began. This online library is being added to continuously with both the latest hits as well as new releases from independent and unsigned artists. Ends About Ricall: Ricall was founded in 1998 and is now the world’s largest online music licensing marketplace. Its website – – houses a library of more than three million tracks from 25,000 copyright owners, including the latest independent, production and unsigned music, as well as international acts from all the major music groups. Ricall connects more than 3,500 record companies and 22,000 music publishers to a global network of tens of thousands of professional music license buyers. These licencees use Ricall to look for, listen to and license music for use in their commercial productions – from radio ads and TV dramas to viral campaigns and corporate DVDs. Every day, worldwide, across multiple platforms, millions of people are listening to music licensed via