2012 – Cyber Hackers Steal $250 million of Michael Jackson’s music on This Day in Rock! A large number of music files of the late “king of pop” Michael Jackson were allegedly stolen from record company Sony Music by computer hackers, sources familiar with the case said on Monday. Sony Music, a unit of Sony […]
2006 – Kazaa settles a lawsuit with the major record companies for $100 million. EMI Group, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group had sued the downloading service for copyright infringement.
2005 – Sony BMG Music Entertainment admits to using payola to get songs by Jennifer Lopez, Good Charlotte, Avril Lavigne and others on the radio following an investigation by the New York District Attorney’s office.
2004 – John Mayer, Common, Roc-A-Fella CEOs Damon Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke attend a listening session at New York’s Sony Studios for aspiring rapper Kanye West’s debut album College Dropout.
2004 – James Lawrence, guitarist with Hope of the States, is found hanged at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios near Bath, where the UK art rockers were finishing work on their debut album. He was 26. HOPE OF the States, for whom James Lawrence played guitar, was one of a new generation of British bands […]
2002 – Michael Jackson’s over zealous fans demonstrate at the Sony records building in Berlin Germany on This Day in Rock!
2002 – Michael Jackson’s over zealous fans demonstrate at the Sony records building in Berlin Germany on This Day in Rock! Totally around 500, the fans protested that Sony was not promoting Michael’s album Invincible. Probably because of the Molestation trial. Release October 10th, 2001, it is the tenth and last studio album Micheal releases. […]
2000 – Sony Music U.K. launches its first free Internet download of a complete song. Irish singer/songwriter Paddy Casey’s “Whatever Gets You True” is available as a download in the Windows Media format for one month at www.paddycasey.com.
1999 – Sony Corp. announces plans to begin selling Super Audio CD players and related products in Japan. Sony’s first SACD products are targeted mainly at the high end of the audio market. The SCD-1 SACD player has a suggested retail price of 500,000 Yen ($4,200).
1999 – Sony Music Distribution raises wholesale prices on audio CDs by 8 cents.
1998 – Hootie & The Blowfish make an emergency stop in Denver during their American Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles when a passenger described as “extremely agitated” reportedly turns violent after meeting the band. The incident begins after drummer Jim “Soni” Sonefeld’s conversation with a male fan who, according to reports, becomes […]
1998 – The estate of Roy Orbison files a $12 million royalty suit against Sony Music Entertainment Inc. The suit alleges that Sony, in selling licenses from the artist’s Monument Records master recordings, consistently underpaid Orbison in domestic and international royalties.