Robin Thicke’s team offered a six-figure sum to members of Marvin Gaye family to settle allegations that Thicke's hit "Blurred Lines" copied Gaye's 1977 disco-funk classic, "Got To Give It Up," which the family rejected, sources tell Billboard. Thicke's team, which includes Pharrell and T.I., has since filed a preemptive lawsuit.
Maker Studios, whose 60,000 YouTube channels command more than 4 billion views a month, has signed an agreement to purchase Blip, a producer and distributor of original Web videos. The acquisition is expected to close early September.
Google+ is slowly but surely catching up to Facebook. The social network, by some metrics considered to be the second-largest after Facebook, has integrated SoundCloud's audio embeds, the two companies announced Monday.
Taste profiles, most often used to serve up recommendations and connect listeners to other users with like-minded tastes, has the potential to serve another purpose -- predicting which new customers will become high-value ones.
Music hack-a-thons, a fairly common occurrence thanks to a proliferation of application programming interfaces, is taking on a twist this week at the Outside Lands music festival in San Francisco -- allowing the hackers to sound out their digital creations with a live crowd.
The band, currently on tour, is deploying a dizzying array of digital tools to reach their fans, from augmented reality to QR codes pasted on the backs of T-shirts. The latest addition to the band's marketing toolbox is geofencing, the ability to sense where concert-goers are within the venue.