1. The Good, The Bad, The Less Ugly: Taking Spotify's New Redesign For a Test Drive

    April 03, 2014 2:56 AM EDT Spotify released a major design update on Wednesday, its first since the service launched in 2006—well, for some users. I couldn't get my desktop app to update at all, so I tested out the mobile and browser versions instead. I actually delete ...

  2. Pepsi's Bozoma Saint John Joins Beats Music as SVP, Head of Global Marketing

    April 02, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Bozoma Saint John, former head of Pepsi-Cola North America’s music and entertainment marketing group, has joined Beats Music as its new senior vice president, head of global marketing. Effective April 14, Saint John will lead marketing strategy, b ...

  3. Janelle Monae Covers ‘Heroes’ In Pepsi's Global Futbol Campaign, Talks Her Love For David Bowie

    April 02, 2014 4:00 AM EDT Janelle Monae from her new Pepsi spot filmed in Rio. (Photo courtesy of Pepsi) Janelle Monae has already gone Brazilian for the just-released “Rio 2” soundtrack as the voice of its theme song “What Is Love.” But starting Wednesday, the singer is m ...

  4. AmEx Taps Maroon 5 for Live-Streamed Concert, Teams With iTunes Radio for 'First Play'

    April 02, 2014 12:01 AM EDT American Express is deepening its ties to music with a pair of new initiatives, an intimate concert with Maroon 5 and a partnership with Apple’s iTunes Radio. The Maroon 5 event will be a live-streamed concert on June 20 as part of AmEx’s Epic Eve ...

  5. Pitbull Plans To Be the Next Billion Dollar Brand

    March 27, 2014 11:51 AM EDT Normal 0 0 1 424 2421 20 4 2973 11.1539 0 0 0 Pitbull's aspirations go far beyond being just an entertainer. With a net worth somewhere between $11-20 million, nine top 10 singles under his belt, the official song of the 2014 World Cup, and a ...

  6. Billboard and Twitter Partner To Create ‘Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts’

    March 27, 2014 10:30 AM EDT New charts will be the first to use Twitter data to identify the top and emerging tracks and artists of the moment  Billboard and social media platform Twitter today announced an exclusive, multi-year partnership to create Billboard Twitter ...

  7. Twitter #Music Pulled From App Store, Shutting Down April 18

    March 23, 2014 6:52 PM EDT In a tweet on Friday (March 21), Twitter announced it was pulling its Twitter #Music app from Apple's App Store and planned to shut it down entirely on April 18, a year to the day it launched . The application let users discover music thro ...

  8. Apple Mulls Launching Spotify Rival, Android App as Downloads Decline (Sources)

    March 21, 2014 1:52 PM EDT The iPhone maker explores multi-pronged strategy to shore up double-digit drops in iTunes downloads, according to IFPI and RIAA data   Apple has opened exploratory talks with senior label executives about the possibility of launching an on- ...

  9. Is Beats Music Retaining 70% of Its Trial Users? (Report)

    March 20, 2014 11:53 AM EDT Beats Music was signing up an average of 1,000 new subscribers a day through its first month, according to the sources cited by Bloomberg BusinessWeek this morning. BusinessWeek's contacts claimed that 70% of the 750,000 trial users generated ...

  10. UBC Media, 7digital Sign Heads of Term for Proposed Acquisition

    March 18, 2014 2:04 PM EDT UBC Media confirmed today the signing of a heads of term for the acquisition of 7digital, which would result in a reverse takeover if consummated. In doing so, the agreement would create a combined company offering the digital music delivery and a ...

  11. Enrique Iglesias Tapped for Billboard Latin Music Conference Superstar Q&A

    March 18, 2014 1:12 PM EDT Register today for Billboard's 2013 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ14' to get a special discount. Multi-platinum recording artist Enrique Iglesias will appear during a Billboard Superstar Q&A at the 25t ...

  12. Google, Viacom Settle YouTube Copyright Lawsuit

    March 18, 2014 10:44 AM EDT The two companies had been locked in a legal battle since 2007 Viacom and Google announced today that they have resolved a massive copyright case. The closely-followed lawsuit was filed in New York federal court in 2007. It was alleged that YouTub ...

  13. BBC to Give Britpop a Big Programming Push for 20th Anniversary

    March 17, 2014 11:02 AM EDT Members of Oasis, Blur to participate in programming across radio, TV. The BBC is to devote a season across its television and radio stations to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of "the birth of Britpop," complete with footage and tunes ...

  14. Has SXSW Sold-Out, Lost Sight of Its Mission?

    March 16, 2014 4:56 PM EDT Rapper ScHoolboy Q had a great time at his first South By Southwest a few years ago, but found himself getting angry this year as he played a series of shows at the annual music conference and festival. Related Articles The $1 Million Buy-In: B ...

  15. Damon Albarn Plays SXSW’s Fader Fort With De La Soul, Snoop Dogg, Gorillaz

    March 15, 2014 2:38 PM EDT Damon Albarn capped off a busy week playing songs from his forthcoming solo debut “Everyday Robots” at South By Southwest with a very special performance at the Fader Fort Friday night. The hour-long set included over a half-dozen selections from ...

  16. Lady Gaga Thanks Doritos, Defends 'Artpop' Sales, Slams Critics 'Who Don't Know F--ck About the Music Industry' at SXSW Keynote

    March 14, 2014 4:30 PM EDT She wasn’t quite carried in on a barbecue spit and she didn’t do any theatrical vomiting, as she did on Thursday night during her performance at 5th and Red River (originally scheduled for Stubb's before being relocated), but Lady Gaga came ...

  17. Shakira Partners with Yogurt Company Activia For Ad Campaign

    March 13, 2014 6:59 PM EDT You may have seen an Activia yogurt campaign that features smiling tummies. Now, you’ll see plenty more of the Activia-tummy connection, featuring Shakira. The Colombian star has signed a global partnership with the Yogurt brand to support its new ...

  18. Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers on SXSW Man Vs. Machine Panel: ‘I Haven’t Seen Anything Replicate the Human Experience’

    March 12, 2014 3:31 PM EDT If you ever needed proof that competitors can be unlikely bedfellows – and that all of the streaming services are, er, paddling their way through the same stream – you’d have gotten it at Wednesday’s "Man vs Machine: The Curation Dilemma pane ...

  19. Privacy Takes Center Stage at SXSWi (Analysis)

    March 12, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Privacy has been at the center of many conversation here at SXSW Interactive, driving myriad discussions on the long shadow of big data's promise and conflicts (how to bring useful products to consumers utilizing the massive amount of data th ...

  20. 'What's Your Cut?' Neil Young's Pono Talk at SXSW Gets Awkward

    March 11, 2014 8:21 PM EDT In Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center during SXSW, Neil Young presented his final thesis -- or, perhaps more accurately, an oddly altruistic sales pitch -- on a long-simmering project: the Pono music player. Young's presentation cent ...

  21. Warner Bros. Records Ups Lori Feldman to EVP of Brand Partnerships/Creative Synch Licensing

    March 11, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Lori Feldman, a nearly 20-year veteran at Warner Bros. Records, has been promoted to executive VP of brand partnerships and creative synch licensing. In her new role, Feldman will continue to create brand partnerships and licensing opportunities f ...

  22. Beats Music Raises $60 Million in Funding

    March 11, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Beats Music has raised a second round of funding of aproximately $60 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. The money comes largely from current investors, including Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Access Industries with the cash bein ...

  23. SXSWi Q&A: Pandora’s Heidi Browning Talks Continued Growth, Working with Large Brands

    March 10, 2014 6:25 PM EDT As the senior VP of strategic solutions for Pandora, Heidi Browning oversees the company’s advertising growth in ways that would be less-than-obvious to consumers, from Taco Bell boxes to organizing concerts in Denver with Tokimonsta and her fans ...

  24. Beats Electronics Names An De Vooght Executive VP/CFO

    March 10, 2014 4:19 PM EDT Beats Electronics has appointed An De Vooght executive VP and CFO. In her new role, De Vooght will be responsible for the financial operations of Beats, while giving strategic oversight alongside the rest of the company’s senior management team. S ...

  25. Azoff MSG Entertainment Acquires 50% of Marketing Agency Pop2Life

    March 10, 2014 4:11 PM EDT Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE), the joint venture between manager Irving Azoff and the Madison Square Garden Company, has acquired a 50% stake in experiential marketing agency Pop2Life (P2L). Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Earlie ...

  26. SXSWi: CoolNerd Kiosk Offers Free Smartphone Charging Plus Music, Movies, Ads

    March 10, 2014 3:06 PM EDT One of the most popular locations in any airport, or indeed here at SXSW itself , is the device-charging kiosk. People will contort themselves into uncomfortable positions and cozy up to complete strangers if it means a few more minutes of power f ...

  27. Neil Young Announces Launch of PonoMusic, Kickstarter Campaign

    March 10, 2014 2:42 PM EDT PonoMusic, an online music store and a playback device conceived by Neil Young, is finally coming to market. The music system, which focuses on high fidelity digital audio playback and claims to improve upon the sound MP3s offer, will first enter ...

  28. The $1 Million Buy-In: Blue Chip Brands Flock to SXSW

    March 07, 2014 2:30 PM EST Samsung Launches Mobile Radio Service Milk Music Ahead of SXSW Lady Gaga Playing Stubbs at SXSW For Doritos, Must Do 'Bold Mission' To Get In For every one of Scott McNearney’s 14 years working for South by Southwest, the festival’s spo ...

  29. Samsung Launches Mobile Radio Service Milk Music Ahead of SXSW

    March 07, 2014 1:38 PM EST Samsung on Friday (March 7) became the latest entrant into the highly active streaming-music category with the introduction of Milk Music, an ad-free radio service distributed exclusively on Galaxy devices for the U.S. The launch arrives on the ...

  30. Billboard's '40 Under 40' for 2014: Cast Your Nominations Here!

    March 07, 2014 9:45 AM EST Who are the rising young executives driving our business forward? Billboard's annual Power Players special feature "40 Under 40" will identify these individuals -- and we invite our readers to offer their nominations online here. ...

  31. Lady Gaga Playing Stubbs at SXSW For Doritos, Must Do 'Bold Mission' To Get In

    March 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Lady Gaga is heading to South By Southwest after all. After reports last week that the singer was denied a permit to perform at the Doritos 56-foot vending machine-shaped #BoldStage on the corner of Austin’s 5th and Red River Streets, the “Artpop” ...

  32. Atom Factory Names Julius 'J' Erving, Ty Stiklorius Co-Presidents

    March 04, 2014 10:00 AM EST Atom Factory Management , the entertainment, tech, and branding firm founded by Troy Carter, has named Julius “J” Erving and Ty Stiklorius co-presidents. Related Articles Sky Ferreira Joins Troy Carter's Atom Factory Troy Carter Signs John M ...

  33. Apple's iPhone Becoming More Compatible with Cars

    March 03, 2014 3:51 PM EST Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars. Google Beats Apple to Your Dashboard Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple's iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show ...

  34. AEG Live, Transom Capital Merge BandMerch with Cinder Block, Creating Merch Powerhouse

    March 03, 2014 3:23 PM EST AEG Live and Transom Capital Group have announced that their entertainment licensing and merchandising companies, BandMerch and Cinder Block, respectively, will merge into a standalone company. The new Los Angeles-based entity, which will continue ...

  35. Kanye West's Donda Announces Partnership with Roc Nation

    March 03, 2014 2:11 PM EST Kanye West's creative design and content entity Donda has entered into a partnership with Jay Z's Roc Nation, which will manage all DONDA Music, according to a press release and an official statement on the latter's web site . The a ...

  36. 50 Cent Teams with Hang W/ App for Live Streamed SXSW Concert (Exclusive)

    March 03, 2014 1:07 PM EST Rapper 50 Cent is set to headline a South By Southwest concert on March 11 that will be live-streamed via Hang w/, a mobile app that's being used by dozens of celebrities to broadcast their daily activities and chat with fans. A technophile w ...

  37. Ford Goes Indie For Transit Connect, Teams With Pitchfork and Iamsound

    February 28, 2014 4:54 PM EST Every five years or so, the Ford Motor Company readies what it likes to call “white-space vehicles,” brand-new cars without a direct category or competitor. For its latest offering, the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon, Ford identified the vehicle’s key ...

  38. Billboard Names Mike Bruno VP of Digital Content & Programming, Shirley Halperin Music Editor

    February 28, 2014 4:50 PM EST Mike Bruno has been named Billboard’s VP of digital content and programming, and Shirley Halperin the publication’s music editor. The announcement was made jointly by Janice Min, Billboard Entertainment Group’s co-president/chief creative officer; ...

  39. Drake, ID-PR Split Post-Rolling Stone Cover Debacle (Exclusive)

    February 27, 2014 6:38 PM EST Two weeks after Drake slammed Rolling Stone for swapping out his planned cover story for a Philip Seymour Hoffman memoriam, the rapper and PR firm ID-PR have parted ways, Billboard has confirmed.   Drake had been working with ID for the past year ...

  40. Why Live Concert Streaming Has Yet To Take Off

    February 21, 2014 10:46 AM EST In some form or another, jam band Umphrey's McGee posts every show it performs on the Internet -- you can find its 2006 version of "Dick in a Box" on YouTube, listen to nearly 1,000 shows for $9.99 per month via UMLive.net and ...

  41. Citi Offering Additional Tickets to Lady Gaga's Sold-Out Roseland Ballroom Residency (Exclusive)

    February 21, 2014 12:21 AM EST All tickets to Lady Gaga's seven-night residency to bid farewell to New York's iconic Roseland Ballroom next month sold out within minutes . But Citi will offer additional tickets beginning Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. eastern at livenation.com, a ...

  42. Weird Merch: Simpsons 25th Anniversary Guest Star Merchandise with James Brown, The Who, Britney Spears, More

    February 20, 2014 3:07 PM EST In honor of "The Simpsons"' 25th anniversary, Twentieth Century Fox and the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) have unveiled a plethora of celebrity guest star merchandise -- figurines, apparel, and ever-vague, p ...

  43. Fader Fort Preps 'Return To Firsts' For 13th Year During SXSW, Taps Mazda As Auto Partner

    February 20, 2014 12:54 PM EST Now entering its 13th year, the Fader Fort will return to Austin March 12-15, with a renewed emphasis on “firsts,” including return performances from artists who made their magazine-cover debut with “The Fader” to emerging acts who will play the F ...

  44. Record Store Day Selects Red Bull Sound Select As Official Partner

    February 20, 2014 10:06 AM EST In its seventh year, Record Store Day will have a sponsored partner in Red Bull Sound Select, the emerging artist platform launched by the music-oriented energy drink brand. On Record Store Day, April 19, RBSS will release its first 7” (edition o ...

  45. Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Elton John, Jack White Headlining

    February 19, 2014 10:04 PM EST Kanye West will return to Bonnaroo six years after a disastrous performance at the Tennessee festival, as the full Roo lineup was unveiled through a broadcasted announcement on Wednesday night (Feb. 19). Elton John, Jack White, Lionel Richie and V ...

  46. Strategy for Pharrell’s ‘G I R L’ Album Banks on Oscars, Red Bull Ad and Europe (Exclusive)

    February 19, 2014 9:34 PM EST Prior to the release of Pharrell Williams’ new album, “G I R L,” on March 3, his music will be heard in a Red Bull TV ad, promos on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and, quite possibly, on eBay. The wildly popular first single, “Happy,” will definit ...

  47. Scooter Braun on Relaunching British Knights Sneakers: 'Artists Are the New Athletes' (Exclusive)

    February 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Music mogul Scooter Braun is reviving sneaker brand British Knights, popularized by its association with hip-hop culture in the late ’80s and early ’90s, for a new generation. Related Articles Billboard Power 100 2014: No. 33 - Scooter Braun, ...

  48. Executive Playlist: Vevo's Doug McVehil: NIN, Zola Jesus, Jon Hopkins 'Make My Spine Tingle'

    February 12, 2014 7:27 PM EST Executive Playlist is a new Billboard.biz platform where the movers and hand-shakers of the music business put together a music mix of their choosing. More often than you would think that guy or gal dressed in business casual at the conference tab ...

  49. Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ Featured in Fiat Ad Global Campaign (Exclusive)

    February 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST Following its 2011 spots featuring J-Lo (including a music video-like spot where she performs her single “Papi”) and its 2013 campaign with Pitbull and Arianna singing “Sexy People,” Fiat is upping the ante for its new 2014 global campaign. Set ...

  50. Fox Cancels 'The X Factor'

    February 07, 2014 7:24 PM EST Fox has pulled the plug on "The X Factor." The Hollywood Reporter has learned that there will be no fourth season of the singing competition. The writing has been on the wall, given the expensive series' significant ratings declin ...

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