1. Buddy DeFranco, Renowned Jazz Clarinetist, Dead at 91

    December 26, 2014 6:44 PM EST Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco -- who collaborated with Frank Sinatra , Billie Holiday and other top singers and musicians of his era -- has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday. DeFranco's family told The Associated Press that the famed musician died Wednesday…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  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. '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 -…

  7. 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 …

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. '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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Warner Music Group Revenues Top $3 Billion Following Acquisitions, Streaming Gains

    December 11, 2014 12:55 PM EST Aided by an acquisition and gains in streaming services, Warner Music Group revenues topped $3 billion for the first time in five years. For the year ended Sept. 30, WMG's revenue increased 5.2 percent to $3.02 billion on a constant currency basis. Operating income was $19 million,…

  17. Shazam Begins Sharing Tagging Activity, Updates App With Useful Streaming Options

    December 10, 2014 1:38 PM EST Shazam has long been a must-have app for its ability to quickly and accurately identify just about any song via a mobile phone. Now the app and the company's website have been updated to offer more to both consumers and the music industry. Most helpful to the music industry is new…

  18. Grooveshark to Launch New, Legit Internet Radio App Broadcasts in January

    December 09, 2014 2:54 PM EST Labels' least-favorite digital music concern launches a new, above-board radio service. Grooveshark has spent years fighting major record labels and music publishers. Now the Florida-based streaming service is taking a different tact: a DMCA-compliant Internet radio service called…

  19. YouTube Makes Copyright Clearer

    December 08, 2014 2:08 PM EST YouTube users have long been able to incorporate copyrighted music in the videos. But what will happen to the video once uploaded couldn't be known in advance. Whether a song will be blocked or monetized couldn't be known until the video is uploaded. Related Psy's '…

  20. Why Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea Can't Buy His Favorite Artist's Sculpture

    December 05, 2014 1:44 AM EST Many of artist Thomas Houseago's works are too massive to fit in anyone's home. "I wanted to get a piece like six months ago and I didn't have a place to put it," says the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea , who tracked down the artist through Houseago's Beverly…

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