The following is a round-up of the 10 most popular stories on Billboard.biz during the past week.
1. iTunes Tries To Steer Labels Away From Amazon's Daily Deal
Apple's iTunes store has always dictated the terms of its dealings with record labels. As such, the largest U.S. music retailer has never censured the labels over marketing or promotion strategies. But that may be changing.
2. Rock Band Network Music Store Opens
The Rock Band Network Music Store is open for business.The initiative from MTV games and its "Rock Band" developer subsidiary Harmonix -- unveiled last July -- allows artists to submit their music as downloadable add-on content to the music game franchise without going through a formal licensing process.
3. Music Videos Dominate YouTube
Music videos account for 30.7% of YouTube traffic, according to research company Sysomos. The company tracks videos by measuring a video’s tags.
4. Analysis: Where's The Money?
Terra Firma’s troubled investment in EMI receives most of the headlines, but there has been much more to music investments over the last two-plus years and the state of music-related deals were discussed at the Music & Money Symposium on March 4 in New York.
5. Cute Baby Video Wins Battle Against UMG
How much should a copyright owner pay for improperly telling a Web site to remove content?
6. The Future of Mobile Apps
Mobile apps, currently in their infancy, are already following trends seen
in digital music: a few hits, a ton of filler and lots of potential. The current and future states of apps were the focus of the "App Observations: A Mobile Drilldown" panel at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium in New York on Thursday.
7. Big Ratings For Olympics Finale, Performers Benefit
Canadian acts involved in the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Vancouver have received a big boost in sales.
8. Neil Young, Avril Lavigne Play Olympics Closer
A wide-ranging group of Canadian performers headlined the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, including a surprise appearance by Neil Young, as well as songs from the likes of Michael Buble and Avril Lavigne.
9. Sirius Posts Profit, Sees Big Subscriber Growth
Sirius XM Radio Inc posted its first quarterly profit since its merger and said it expects to add 500,000 new subscribers in 2010 as the recovery in the car market boosts demand for satellite radio.
10. NPD Group: U.S. Record Industry Lost 24 Million Customers Over Two Years
The NPD Group says 24 million fewer people bought music in 2009 compared to 2007. At the Digital Music Forum in New York on Wednesday, The NPD Group’s Russ Crupnick presented some insightful data on U.S. music purchases from 2007 to 2009. The presentation was reported at Digital Music News and CNET’s Media Maverick blog.