Web Trends: Listen To Spotify's Most Played Song Of 2011

Business Matters: How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels

How much do streaming services pay artists? It’s a question that has been asked a lot lately of services such as Spotify, Mog, Rdio, Rhapsody and even iTunes. And it has led to some good debate about some important topics. But the question itself is pointless because it cannot be answered accurately -- and because subscription services do not directly pay artists.Also, Spotify scores another good hire; Slowtrain Records is closing down; and Filter Squad closes $1.1 million round of funding.
Business Matters: Music Discovery by the Numbers

Business Matters: Music Discovery by the Numbers

How much do people want to discover new music? SoundHound says its music identification app is used to identify four million songs per day. That works out to more than 1,000 acts of discovery each second... Ticketmaster U.K. has integrated social features into its 1,000-plus interactive seat maps... Pandora and Vevo tied for first place in the new Jack Myers Survey of Advertising Executives on Online Media Value and Sales Organization Performance...
Vevo: The Numbers Behind Two Years of Growth

Business Matters: Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September

Vevo again ranks at #2 on comScore’s list of top U.S. online video properties, racking up 57.3 million unique visitors and 748.2 million videos in the September. Also, 94% of the 100 leading companies surveyed are ramping up their social-media efforts; one manufacturer suggests that a lot more vinyl is being sold than we suspect; and it's a tough time to be Netflix.
Billboard FutureSound Conference To Showcase Tomorrow's Startups; More Panelists Announced

Are We in a New Age of Licensing?

Something great has happened in 2011: After almost stagnating in the last half of the 2000s, digital music is once again a hotbed of ideas, investment and consumer interest, and rights owners are proving themselves to be more flexible than ever. Billboard's FutureSound conference in San Francisco Nov. 17-18 will examine these trends and much more.