1. SoundExchange Financials Show Fewer Unclaimed Royalties, Persistent Data Problems

    December 24, 2014 10:48 AM EST A peek under the hood shows SoundExchange has fewer unclaimed royalties, though data issues are a consistent impediment to distributing royalties to artists and labels. SoundExchange's year-end balance, as reported on the organization's Form 990 and detailed for Billboard, grew …

  2. Saavn, India's Spotify, Reveals Its Most-Active Cities and Users

    December 24, 2014 10:02 AM EST The country's leading music service reveals its most active regions, giving a window into the listening habits of the diverse subcontinent (and beyond). Mumbai is the king of music streaming in India. Or rather, Mumbai is the most active city for Saavn, an Indian music streaming…

  3. Rdio CEO Anthony Bay Talks Taylor Swift, Global Expansion and the Battle for 'Listening Market Share'

    December 23, 2014 5:14 PM EST Founded by Skype co-creator Janus Friis and launched in August 2010, Rdio was one of the first wave of music streaming services. Today it operates in 60 countries, including the U.S, United Kingdom, France, Brazil and Australia, offers a catalog of 30 million songs and provides customers…

  4. Google Just Dealt a Big Blow to the Digital Economy of Lyrics

    December 23, 2014 3:26 PM EST Remember the days of MetroLyrics and AZLyrics, when you'd search for a song and links to those sites would likely appear right below the YouTube video? You probably do because they lasted until, well, very early Tuesday morning. Now, within the link to a song's official YouTube…

  5. Exclusive: New Company Looks to Improve Digital Sales' Bottom Line By Lowering Credit Card Fees

    December 23, 2014 8:00 AM EST A system designed in the '70s isn't helping an ailing digital music sales industry. Digital commerce has presented the music business with two key problems: First, credit card fees hamper direct-to-fan sales, and second, large online retailers like iTunes don't give sellers…

  6. The Year in Emerging Artists: Hozier, Bobby Shmurda and K Camp Lead the Class of 2014

    December 22, 2014 4:00 PM EST The first year of the Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart has come to a wrap, and it proved to be an eventful 2014. Across genres as diverse as pop, hip-hop and country, many emerging artists crossed into mainstream notability and racked up honors including top 10 singles on the…

  7. Matisyahu Lets Love Flow on Festival of Light Tour: Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes & Live Videos

    December 22, 2014 2:30 PM EST Matisyahu has never followed styles or trends. He doesn't even follow the setlist.  The reggae rapper took Billboard on a journey as he and his tourmates prepared for a show, with his Festival of Light tour reaching the snowy state of Vermont on Dec. 16. It's no ordinary occasion:…

  8. 'School of Rock' Graduates to Broadway

    December 22, 2014 12:53 AM EST In the words of Dewey Finn : "God of Rock, thank you for this chance to kick ass." That failed rock star, who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school and attempts to form a band out of his class, will become the protagonist of the Broadway-bound School of Rock -…

  9. Alesso Ascends, Taylor Swift Hits Top 10 on Dance Charts

    December 18, 2014 9:20 PM EST Alesso takes another step closer to achieving his first career chart-topper on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs , as "Heroes (We Could Be)" hikes 4-3. The track, featuring Tove Lo , is the chart's top Digital and Streaming Gainer. "Heroes" sold 30,000 downloads (up 9…

  10. Vessel, New Video Site from Hulu's Former Boss, Will Offer Very Sweet Deals to Content Creators

    December 18, 2014 5:48 PM EST Streaming services are routinely attacked for the inability of their royalties alone to sustain creators. The former head of video streaming service Hulu believes he has a solution. Called Vessel, the service is the creation of Jason Kilar , the former chief executive of Hulu, and Rich Tom …

  11. Deezer Hires New CEO, Partners with LyricFind

    December 18, 2014 1:17 PM EST Deezer, the world's second-largest music subscription service, announced on Friday the hiring of Dr. Hans-Holger Albrecht as its new Chief Executive. The second major hire by Deezer in the latter part of 2014 -- the other was Chief Marketing Officer Beth Murphy -- Albrecht will start…

  12. Windowing New Music May Not Goose Sales, Study Shows

    December 18, 2014 12:01 PM EST A case study by on one song in two different territories by two Spotify executives shows why windowing releases might not be a good idea. The Spotify duo, director of economic development Will Page and analyst Kenny Ning, chose to look at how Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass…

  13. Exclusive: TuneCore Buys 'Location Goodie Bag' Startup DropKloud

    December 17, 2014 5:49 PM EST TuneCore has added to its list of artist services by acquiring DropKloud , the maker of a consumer-facing mobile app aimed at musicians and is set to launch next year. Boston-based co-founders James DeNino and Kedar Frederic will head TunesCore's new office in that city. DropKloud is a…

  14. The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

    December 17, 2014 12:59 PM EST Ever see a movie where the protagonist wasn’t born, or the USSR won the Cold War, and the alternate future is different from the present day? Think back to Doc Brown using a chalkboard to draw tangential, alternate futures for Marty McFly in Back to the Future . Well, imagine if vinyl…

  15. Publishing Briefs: Nettwerk Buys Stake in Ten Ten Music Group, BMG Chrysalis Inks Hasbro Deal, Greg Kurstin Re-Ups With Sony/ATV

    December 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news in the music publishing world. • The Nashville music publishing scene continues to attract investors. In the latest deal, Nettwerk Music Group 's publishing division has acquired 50 percent of the Ten Ten Music Group 's…

  16. 'A Great Alternative': Warner Music Group's CEO Addresses Promise and Problems of Streaming

    December 15, 2014 5:18 PM EST The "freemium" subscription business model has taken a beating since Taylor Swift pulled her catalog from Spotify because the subscription service offers a free streaming tier in addition to its paid, premium tier.  The latest development: Warner Music Group CEO Stephen Cooper…

  17. The Industry in 2014: Digital Is the New Mainstream, Despite Taylor's Protestations

    December 15, 2014 2:53 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we'll be taking comprehensive looks at the…

  18. YouTube Music Admin Company AdRev Snaps Up Distro Service DashGo

    December 15, 2014 1:16 PM EST AdRev , a music administration service for YouTube, has acquired digital distributor DashGo . Terms of the deal were not disclosed. All DashGo employees will make the transition to AdRev, and DashGo will retain its name, according to AdRev CEO Ryan Born . Ben Patterson will continue on as…

  19. Exclusive Q&A: Deezer's New Chief Marketing Officer Aims for U.S. Market

    December 15, 2014 9:10 AM EST Deezer, the world's second-largest music subscription service, has stepped up its bid for the world's largest music market. The Paris-based company debuted in the United States in September with Deezer Elite, a $19-a-month music subscription with CD-quality audio that will precede…

  20. BSBB Round 1: Meghan Trainor, "All About That Bass" vs. Ed Sheeran, "Don't"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules All About That Bass Maghan Trainor Don't Ed Sheeran CRAIG JENKINS: Ed Sheeran’s push from coffee shop folk-pop to the hodge-podge of styles he occupied on x was lauded as an evolution this summer, but “Don’t” is…

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