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Exclusive: Rob Wiesenthal Out at Sony/ATV, Heading to Warner Music

Exclusive: Rob Wiesenthal Out at Sony/ATV, Heading to Warner Music
Rob Wiesenthal, President of Sony/ATV’s international business, is leaving the world’s no.1 music publisher and is expected to join Len Blavatnik’s Warner Music Group as chief operating officer, according to three people familiar with the situation.

BMG Beats Warner/Chappell to 'New Wave'-Heavy EMI Publishing Divestitures for $90 Million
BMG successfully outbid Warner/Chappell to win control of nearly 30,000 songs divested by EMI, including popular UK ‘80s hits from acts like Tears for Fears and Culture Club.

Glassnote Pitting Majors Against Each Other, May Get 'Outlandish' Deal
With Glassnote's distribution deal with RED ending on the last day of February, Daniel Glass is pitting Doug Morris against Lucian Grainge in hopes of coming out with a multi-million-dollar payday, according to sources.

Business Matters: Joining Spotify Hasn't Been Good for Metallica's Sales
Billboard.biz looked at Nielsen SoundScan data for Metallica's studio albums for four-week periods leading up to Christmas from 2008 to 2012. Based on the catalog's performance in previous years, album sales were 15% below expectations the week the titles were added to Spotify and 35% below expectations the following week. Sales were in line with expectations the week before the titles were added to Spotify. Read more for various explanations for the drop in sales.

Ross On Radio: Songs That Made A Difference In 2012
Every year, "Ross On Radio" looks at songs that made a difference in the previous year--not just the biggest hits but songs that had a broader impact on how a format was programmed. With top 40 becoming more acoustic and less "Turbo-Pop" in 2012, there are no shortage of candidates. But the most significant record on a number of levels was still a turbo-pop record that might not have been extraordinary -- had it been in English.

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