1. Tribune Company Names John Batter New Gracenote CEO, Plans 'Aggressive' Expansion

    August 26, 2014 8:16 AM EDT Tribune Media Company has named John Batter as the new chief executive of Gracenote, a provider of audio and video metadata and recognition services, as well as executive vice president at Tribune Media. Interim chief executive Shashi Seth , who also had the role of president at Tribune…

  2. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  3. Google & Apple Show Strong Potential for Digital Music Apps in New comScore Mobile Report

    August 22, 2014 7:18 PM EDT If the future of digital music will be shaped by mobile usage, the U.S. market could have few winners and many losers. Insights in comScore's new "The U.S. Mobile App Report" show that only a handful of companies offer apps that many Americans use on a regular basis. Time spent…

  4. Pay for YouTube? Challenges Ahead for Google's Next Music Subscription Service

    August 22, 2014 2:24 PM EDT Ever since news broke in October that YouTube was planning a subscription service, people have been asking how YouTube would get people to pay to watch music videos. It's more than a fair question. For over nine years, YouTube has conditioned people around the world to watch music videos…

  5. SoundExchange Royalty Payouts Rise Again, Is Poised for Another Record Year

    August 21, 2014 5:24 PM EDT SoundExchange paid out $161 million to performing artists and rights holders in the second quarter, an 8-percent increase from the same period last year. The number of royalty recipients -- both performing artists and record labels -- increased 34 percent to 22,343. The quarterly…

  6. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud', Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT The successful audio platform has launched it's first advertising initiative, and plans a subscription service in the near future. It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material --…

  7. No Surprise Here: Spotify Streams Soar While Track Sales Fall

    August 20, 2014 2:54 PM EDT Streaming activity at the most popular music subscription service has soared as digital track sales have fallen over the past year. The streaming numbers comes from Music Ally 's analysis of Spotify's Top 50 chart over the course of a year. It found the Top 50 tracks in the U.S., in…

  8. Market for Tablets Is Changing and Declining, But What Does That Mean for Music?

    August 20, 2014 1:43 PM EDT Tablet sales are slowing. The types of tablets sold are changing, too -- and these trends will change how people experience music on mobile devices. News of the tablet's fall has been everywhere. Apple announced year-over-year iPad unit sales dropped about 9 percent in the second…

  9. Hello, World: Bandposters and Its Smart, Simple Idea

    August 20, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Name: Bandposters Founders: Jonathan Sexton (CEO), Mike Fabio (COO), Travis Vignon (CTO) Founded: 2013 Location: Nashville, TN Business sector(s): Marketing Funding: Undisclosed seed round Investors: Mark Montgomery, Joe Glaser, Jonathon Barnes, Tom Osborne, Back Porch Group Strategic…

  10. Mixcloud Adds Two Paid Tiers

    August 20, 2014 10:41 AM EDT Mixcloud , the London-based Internet radio company that specializes in long-form EDM content, is offering paid tiers of service to complement its advertising-free radio product. The premium-tier account removes advertisements and costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. A paid tier of…

  11. Russian Streaming Startup Zvooq Has a Unique Strategy (and Just Received $20M in Funding)

    August 19, 2014 3:20 PM EDT The piracy-rife country has a new, above-board option for music streamers -- with a pricing twist to boot. Russian music streaming service Zvooq has raised $20 million in Series A funding, led by Russian e-commerce company Ulmart with participation of Essedel Capital, a Finnish private equity…

  12. Guest Post: Why Honda's $50 Million Play for Music Content Isn't Working

    August 19, 2014 2:54 PM EDT The company's expensive play isn't adding up. We all know that music marketing spending is growing exponentially. Like mobile, digital or social, it has the power to improve the bottom line, to unite people, and to put brands in a position of providing actual real-life value. So……

  13. Pharrell's 'Happy' is a Rare Bright Spot in Track Sales This Year

    August 18, 2014 12:12 PM EDT If U.S. track sales in 2014 had one theme, it would be "Happy" versus everything else. Pharrell 's hit song is the only top 200track of 2014 that's outselling its 2013 counterpart. And it's the only track to have bucked the downward trend in sales that is reshaping…

  14. SFX Revenues Rise, But Deepens Loss in Second Quarter

    August 14, 2014 2:37 PM EDT SFX, the young conglomerate built around EDM concert promotion, multiplied its revenue but experienced a deeper net loss in the second quarter. Revenue grew 199 percent, to $82 million, while net loss increased 77.6 percent, to $43.7 million. "We're on our way," said Robert…

  15. Glenn Danzig Loses Misfits Merch Money Lawsuit

    August 13, 2014 6:05 PM EDT Glenn Danzig 's lawsuit against former Misfits bandmate Jerry Only -- who leads the oldies circuit incarnation of the groundbreaking punk band -- has been thrown out of court . Danzig claimed Only entered into contracts with various stores, including Hot Topic, to sell Misfits merch…

  16. Indian Streaming Service Saavn Raises Second Round of Funding

    August 13, 2014 4:27 PM EDT Indian music streaming service Saavn has raised a fresh round of capital, according to CrunchBase , which puts the Series B round at $4 million, well below the $30-$40 million figure floated last month in the Economic Times . A week-old article at The Next Web says Saavn co-founder Rishi…

  17. Asian-Americans Outspend Average Music Fans, New Study Shows

    August 12, 2014 5:39 PM EDT If you want to better understand affluent, digitally savvy music consumers, get to know the 19 million Asian-Americans in the United States. A new Nielsen report , "Listen Up: Asian-American Consumers and Music," details a multi-cultural group that spends more on music and that…

  18. Smule Reveals Artist Program to Foster 'Organic' Fan Engagement

    August 11, 2014 1:44 PM EDT Smule, developer of music apps such as Magic Piano and Sing!, has launched a program that will help connect bands with fans. Called the Smule Artist Program, the initiative provides artists and labels access to 20 million active users who, through their creative efforts on Smule apps, have…

  19. Rhapsody Revenues Rise in Second Quarter

    August 08, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Rhapsody hasn't made its music subscription service profitable, but it's definitely growing. Revenues grew 22.3 percent to $42.4 million in the second quarter, according to figures detailed in the latest earnings release from RealNetworks, which owned about 45 percent of Rhapsody at…

  20. Behind Myspace's Troublesome Second Act

    August 08, 2014 11:16 AM EDT The once formidable site must "continue to shift" strategy. Myspace is trying to achieve what made Steve Jobs and Tina Turner legendary: a successful second act. But the former king of social networks has failed to win over consumers and musicians since its re-launch as a music…

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