1. The Beat: Team Grouplove on Chatting-up Beyonce, Year Highlights at Coachella

    April 19, 2014 8:37 PM EDT The alt-hitmaking band Grouplove's been covering Beyonce's “Drunk in Love” on their most recent tour, so when they saw the diva sitting backstage at last week's Coachella festival, they knew they had to make a move. “[Guitarist] And ...

  2. Coachella's Young Audience a Marketer's Paradise

    April 19, 2014 4:55 PM EDT When it first started in 1999, Coachella was a couple of stages and a dance tent. Tickets were $65. A few dusty stands sold hot dogs and Cokes. It was the end of grunge and the start of a new millennium, and it was all about the music. All for ...

  3. Record Store Day’s Michael Kurtz on Exponential Growth, Not Selling Out (Video Q&A)

    April 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT  As Record Store Day's stature has grown over the last seven years, it's easy to lose sight of the international music retail celebration's humble beginnings. Here, on the eve of Saturday's (April 19) event, Billboard sat down ...

  4. Business Matters: Five Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify

    April 17, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and telecommunications companies. Related Articles Is Beats M ...

  5. Budweiser Made In America Expands To L.A., Becomes First Simultaneous Bicoastal Music Fest

    April 16, 2014 2:28 PM EDT The Budweiser Made In America festival is expanding to Los Angeles - and staying in its birthplace of Philadelphia, with two simultaneous two-day festivals set to take place this Labor Day Weekend. Founding partner and curator Jay Z made the an ...

  6. Loverboy Pulls In Generations X, Y and Z with Full-On Marketing Blitz (Video)

    April 15, 2014 5:33 PM EDT Never mind working for the weekend... Loverboy are everywhere you look these days, as major companies such as Taco Bell and Radio Shack use the band’s music and iconic red leather jackets and bandanas imagery to promote their products to the ‘80s ...

  7. Ray LaMontagne To Play Citi Shows to Benefit Musicians on Call

    April 15, 2014 2:46 PM EDT Ray LaMontagne, whose latest album “Supernova” will be released April 29 on RCA, is set to play three exclusive concerts for Citi cardmembers. The shows will take place at New York’s Town Hall on May 1, Los Angeles’ Cathedral Sanctuary on May 6 an ...

  8. Coke’s Joe Belliotti Talks World Cup and Coca-Cola’s Global Music Strategy (Q&A)

    April 15, 2014 2:34 PM EDT “We’re not a record label, we’re a beverage company and we do really good marketing.” As Coca-Cola’s head of Global Entertainment, Joe Belliotti is behind “The World is Ours,” Coke’s FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil anthem campaign, the largest music ...

  9. Spotify, Sprint Plan Music Bundle To Be Unveiled This Month

    April 12, 2014 1:13 AM EDT It seems we’ve waited ages for music bundling with major mobile carriers to help fire up the streaming on-demand business, and suddenly everyone’s talking to everyone else. The latest is market leader Spotify finalizing a deal with Sprint, the N ...

  10. Spotify's Coachella #WeWereThere Campaign: High Tech and Sweet, Sweet Air Conditioning

    April 11, 2014 3:43 PM EDT For the month of April, the average temperature in Indio, Calif., the locale for the 16th annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, hovers around 90 degrees. Hoofing it between stages and across 90-acre-plus polo fields for hours upon s ...

  11. U.S. Internet Ad Revenue Surpasses Broadcast

    April 11, 2014 10:16 AM EDT For the first time, U.S. Internet advertising revenue has surpassed that of broadcast television thanks to sharp growth in mobile and digital video ads. That's according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which said Thursday ...

  12. Business Matters: How Amazon Could Have ‘Tens of Millions’ of Paid Streaming Music Subscribers Instantly

    April 10, 2014 5:40 PM EDT After nearly a decade and a half of buildup, streaming music services are finally poised to make the leap from niche market to mainstream acceptance. That leap is likely to coincide with the introduction of new services by large, diversified tech ...

  13. Chayanne to Debut New Single at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 09, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Puerto Rican pop star Chayanne is set to launch the first single from his new album live at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 24.   Register today for Billboard's 2014 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ1 ...

  14. Twitter Redesign: Now More Mom-Friendly

    April 09, 2014 2:04 PM EDT Twitter wants your Mom to sign-up. That helps explain why they debuted their new redesign on the "Today Show" and why it looks strikingly similar to a Facebook profile page. The more consumer friendly design is clearly targeted to fir ...

  15. Azoff's AMSGE Continues Acquisitive Streak, Buys 50% Stake in Burns

    April 09, 2014 9:30 AM EDT The latest acquisition by Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE), the joint venture between Azoff Music Management and the Madison Square Garden Company, sheds further light on CEO Irving Azoff’s master plan as the multifaceted firm continues to beef up ...

  16. Capitol Music's Brand Partnership Director on How Marketing and Music Are Changing

    April 08, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Who  Zoë Sonquist King New gig Director, brand partnerships, Capitol Music Group Old gig Account manager, Cimarron Group Age 31 Describe your role at Capitol. Our team does anything from product placement to music videos. We work with others insid ...

  17. Twitter Rolls Out Redesign

    April 08, 2014 10:08 AM EDT Twitter has announced  a homepage redesign, which the social media platform will roll out in the coming weeks. Billboard and Twitter Partner to Create 'Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts' First tested in February, Twitter's "ne ...

  18. Are Stars Charging $20k and Up to Wear T-Shirts at Coachella? (Report)

    April 07, 2014 3:11 PM EDT Updated : Lacoste's rep tells Billboard that the story about Lea Michele is "100 percent false." Meanwhile, Aaron Paul is, according to the New York Daily News report, asking for $15,000 and at least 2 VIP festival passes. This ...

  19. Paz Dylan's Bieber Prank Seems an Effective Marketing Tool

    April 03, 2014 9:15 AM EDT An artist is making it difficult to believe there’s actually a copy of Justin Bieber’s latest album for sale in Los Angeles. Paz Dylan, a 25-year-old electronic musician and artist known only as Paz, says he planted 5,000 copies of an album that a ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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- ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. '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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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. ...

  50. 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” ...

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