1. T-Mobile to Make Customers’ Data Free When Streaming Music

    June 18, 2014 10:00 PM EDT The fourth-largest mobile carrier in the U.S. has made a unique entry into digital music. T-Mobile announced Wednesday it will remove all data charges from streaming music on services such as Pandora and Spotify over its 4G LTE network. Named M ...

  2. VEVO, Pepsi Team Up on Summer Solstice Concerts Saturday

    June 18, 2014 9:49 PM EDT Prince Royce, Cher Lloyd, Kid Ink and Timefles will perform four live stream concert events on longest day of year. Online music video site VEVO and Pepsi are teaming up for four separate streamed concerts taking place in different locations, feat ...

  3. Amazon Unveils Fire Phone With Its Own Shazam Competitor

    June 18, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Amazon.com introduced its upcoming smartphone, the Fire Phone, onstage at an event in Seattle featuring CEO Jeff Bezos today. The device is designed to be part of a larger Amazon ecosystem -- made by a retailer, designed to assist consumers in ret ...

  4. Cannes Lions: Kanye West, Bono and Jared Leto to Give Presentations

    June 16, 2014 6:43 PM EDT Now a "Creativity Conference" for more than just advertisers, this year's event also features talks by Jeffrey Katzenberg, Spike Jonze, Ralph Fiennes, "Game of Thrones" creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, Yahoo's M ...

  5. Paul van Dyk Collabs with TOMS for Shoe & Eyewear Line

    June 16, 2014 12:06 PM EDT Trance icon Paul van Dyk is dancing into a new world: fashion. Tomorrow (June 17), he’ll release a collaborative collection with California cool brand TOMS. The TOMS x Paul van Dyk shoe The shoes and eyewear collab will feature a galaxy-inspired d ...

  6. New Jay Z Remix Available Only on Beats Music

    June 15, 2014 11:45 PM EDT Dr. Dre's mysterious Tweet at Jay Z yesterday which said only “Welcome to the jungle @S_C_” has been explained while at the same time offering a clue to Beats Music's possible future business strategy: exclusives. Welcome to the jungle @ ...

  7. Katy Perry and Staples 'Make Roar Happen' to Help Support Teachers

    June 12, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Katy Perry is teaming up with the Staples organization to “celebrate and support” teachers with her “Make Roar Happen” initiative, in a joint announcement this afternoon at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Related Articles Deciphering Ka ...

  8. Honda Pouring Over $50 Million Ad Dollars Into New Music Platform, Honda Stage

    June 11, 2014 3:04 PM EDT As the United States' fifth-largest automotive advertiser in terms of total spending (according to 2012 figures from WPP’s marketing analytics firm Kantar), Honda has relied heavily on television to achieve the mass-audience reach it requires ...

  9. Lorde & MAC: What Makes the Perfect Partnership Between Brand & Musician?

    June 10, 2014 2:28 PM EDT When celebrities wax poetic about their first beauty obsessions, long-discontinued products from brands like Wet n Wild and Bonne Bell get mentions. For Ella Yelich-O'Connor, aka Lorde, the special product she saved up to buy growing up in Ne ...

  10. Music's the Glue for World Cup Advertisers

    June 10, 2014 2:18 PM EDT Companies that are advertising for the World Cup are hoping music will strike a chord with fans globally. Because the FIFA World Cup, the international soccer tournament that begins on Thursday, is the most popular sports event on the planet, adve ...

  11. Bonnaroo 2014 Preview: Superfly's Jonathan Mayers on Kanye, XBox Live Stream, VIP Package

    June 09, 2014 12:32 PM EDT This 700-acre farm in rural Manchester, Tenn., will be swarmed with 80,000 euphoric Bonnaroovians by Thursday, but right now it’s a hub of productivity as Jonathan Mayers, president of Bonaroo co-producer Superfly Presents, assesses the situatio ...

  12. New Signings: The Orchard Signs CYHSY, Angaleena Presley Joins Slate Creek, Round Hill Music Nabs Tesla

    June 09, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.     RECORD LABELS  -- Northern California “hip-pop” duo Kalin and Myles sign ...

  13. StubHub Gets 'Skin in the Game' with NextStage Concert Series ft. Lykke Li, Grouplove

    June 06, 2014 1:25 PM EDT It wasn't easy for StubHub to get into the concert game, which they are with the NextStage Concert Series. Glenn Lehrmann, head of communications for the ticket re-seller, was very aware of perceptions of the company. “We get a lot of critici ...

  14. The Wild Honey Pie: From Blog to Media & Event Company

    June 06, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Their Second Annual original video series and mini-festival “Welcome Campers” -- for free. Brooklyn-based buzz blog the Wild Honey Pie , founded by former MTV music supervisor Eric Weiner in 2009, has transformed itself in the past year from an in ...

  15. Jimmy Iovine’s 'Secret iPod': How 'Jungle' Became the New Beats Song

    June 05, 2014 5:08 PM EDT While Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj and a dizzying array of the globe's biggest soccer stars are featured in the new Beats promotional film short entitled “The Game Before the Game” released today, the real star of the clip, as is the case with mo ...

  16. Beats By will.i.am: Co-Founding and Cashing In With Jimmy Iovine

    June 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT How the Black Eyed Pea started Beats and cashed-in on the Apple deal with his mentor “So I was with will.i.am one day and he says, “You know the record business is all screwed up, we’re losing, Jimmy.  Jimmy, hardware.'” "So I said,  ...

  17. What's the Value of 800 Million iTunes Accounts to Beats?

    June 04, 2014 8:12 PM EDT In the wake of Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics , a frequently mentioned fact has been Apple's 800 million iTunes accounts. Those 800 million accounts are important because they can be leveraged to sell more Beats headphones and ...

  18. The Next Eminem/Activision Deal: How Big Data Can Reinforce Gut Instincts (Guest Post)

    June 03, 2014 6:43 PM EDT Glenn Minerley is the VP, Group Director, Music & Entertainment at Momentum Worldwide. Caroline Hoffman is the AD, Business Leadership at Momentum Worldwide. When it’s time for a brand to partner with an artist, suddenly everyone is an A& ...

  19. Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference 2014 Stream: Watch Live!

    June 02, 2014 2:06 PM EDT Today marks the start of the sixth annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference which runs June 2-6 in San Francisco. For five days, one thousand Apple engineers and five thousand developers will gather together to discuss all things Apple. Below ...

  20. Adult Swim Launches 2014 Single Series with Giorgio Moroder, Sleep, Future (Exclusive)

    June 02, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Adult Swim Singles today announced its 2014 series, featuring a slate of artists new and old, including new tracks by legendary producer Giorgio Moroder, reformed stoner metal band Sleep and hip-hop artist Future, among others. For the series' ...

  21. Apple’s Beats Deal: Why Content Is No Longer King (Guest Post)

    May 30, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Benedict Evans is partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Previously, he was a strategy consultant in London, and worked in strategy at NBC Universal, Channel 4 and Orange. Follow him on  his blog , and on Twitter @BenedictEvans . Apple's Beats dea ...

  22. Brantley Gilbert and Big Machine's Big Roll-Out Week: Harleys, NASCAR, Best Buy & More

    May 28, 2014 1:40 PM EDT It had been four years since Brantley Gilbert has last released an album, so the May 19 release of “Just As I Am” was not only cause for celebration among his fans but also one of a heavy marketing campaign by Gilbert’s label, The Valory Music Co. ...

  23. Ed Sheeran Teams With Clear Channel, Pepsi for “x” Album Release Party, Set To Play IHeartRadio Fest (Exclusive)

    May 27, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Ed Sheeran will preview his sophomore album “x” for fans at Clear Channel’s IHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles on June 17 with the “IHeartRadio Album Release Party,” presented by Pepsi. Sheeran will perform songs from the album and participate in ...

  24. Pharrell Williams to Perform AmEx 'Unstaged' Concert June 3 at NYC's Apollo

    May 27, 2014 6:00 AM EDT Pharrell Williams has been tapped to kick off the latest installment of “American Express Unstaged” live-streaming concert series, a partnership with Vevo and YouTube. Williams will play a special show at New York’s Apollo Theater on June 3 that w ...

  25. Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez World Cup Song a Flop?

    May 25, 2014 6:12 PM EDT The official World Cup song is definitely striking a chord - the wrong one with many in host country Brazil. Since the recent release of FIFA's "We Are One (Ole Ola)," hordes of fans in Brazil have been slamming the official 2014 Cu ...

  26. Jason Aldean Warms Up Indy 500, Talks Firestone Deal and New Album at Pre-Race Concert

    May 25, 2014 2:50 PM EDT “It’s hard not to have fun when you’re in the infield of a race track,” Jason Aldean said addressing the sold-out crowd of 41,000 screaming fans on Saturday night (May 24) at the inaugural Firestone Legends Day Concert on the eve of the 98th Indy ...

  27. Kanye West's New Song ‘God Level’ Debuts In Adidas Ad (Watch)

    May 25, 2014 12:11 PM EDT Less than three weeks ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Adidas has released a new advertisement for its "The Dream: All In or Nothing" campaign that features new music by Kanye West, who married Kim Kardashian in Florence on Saturda ...

  28. Put a Chevy In My Video: How Mirriad and Vevo Are Retroactively Placing Products

    May 23, 2014 1:56 PM EDT Mirriad's new partnership with Vevo, could prove an important source of revenue for the music business. Mirriad is from the future -- or at least you could be forgiven for thinking so. It's an advertising platform with a unique pitch: ...

  29. 'American Idol,' 'The Voice' Finales Suffer Sharp Ratings Decline

    May 22, 2014 5:57 PM EDT A sharp decline in viewers for the season finales of "The Voice" and "American Idol" this week raises the question of whether music competition shows on television are fading out. The year's final "American Idol" ...

  30. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Hitting 10 Million Subs, Apple-Beats Deal, IPO (Q&A)

    May 21, 2014 7:16 PM EDT On Wednesday Spotify revealed it now has ten million paying subscribers and 40 million active users. CEO and founder Daniel Ek spoke to Billboard about what the numbers say about where the industry and his own business is right now. Billboard: ...

  31. Robyn's First Commercial: Inside Volvo's New 'Made By Sweden' Ad

    May 21, 2014 3:30 PM EDT "I've never done commercials before, or anything like this," says Robyn, discussing her appearance in a new Volvo television spot while video-chatting from her kitchen in Stockholm. "I really wanted to make sure I could make so ...

  32. Shutterstock Is Getting Into the Music Business

    May 20, 2014 3:48 PM EDT Online video demand spikes need for stock tunes. You'll now be able to go to Shutterstock for more than just images and videos. The company today unveiled a licensable music section for those with soundtrack needs. Related Articles Getty Imag ...

  33. Mark Cuban on Being 'Billboard's Brand Spokesperson,' Michael Jackson on BBMA Red Carpet (Video)

    May 20, 2014 12:13 PM EDT Mark Cuban, entrepreneur, Dallas Mavericks owner, and "Shark Tank" breakaway star was on the red-carpeted deck with businessman, investor, and television personality Kevin O'Leary at this Sunday's (May 18) Billboard Music Award ...

  34. LA's Latino 96.3 FM Switches from Urban to Pop, Shakira Helps Launch Mega Brand

    May 19, 2014 6:57 PM EDT Targeting the millennial generation, executives of Spanish Broadcasting System have rebranded the longtime L.A. urban radio station Latino 96.3 FM to the new pop-based Mega 96.3 FM in hopes of luring the coveted bilingual and bicultural audience. ...

  35. Pitbull Sues Alcohol Company Over 'Pit Bull' Vodka Recipe (Report)

    May 19, 2014 1:34 PM EDT Pitbull is suing E. & J. Winery & New Amsterdam Spirits Company for branding a vodka recipe the 'Pit Bull,' according to TMZ . The Florida rapper, whose name has been trademarked since 2000, alleges that the alcohol distributor h ...

  36. Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons Win Big at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Justin Timberlake received seven Billboard Music Awards Sunday, taking home trophies for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album ("The 20/20 Experience") in a three-hour show at at the MGM Grand Arena. Imagine Dr ...

  37. AT&T Plans to Acquire DirecTV For $48.5 Billion

    May 18, 2014 5:44 PM EDT AT&T says it is buying DirecTV for $95 per share, or $48.5 billion, a move that gives the telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which agreed to ...

  38. Jay Z & Beyonce Release 'Run' Trailer With Sean Penn, Blake Lively, Jake Gyllenhaal (Watch)

    May 18, 2014 2:18 AM EDT A little more than a month ahead of their On The Run summer stadium tour , Jay Z and Beyonce have unexpectedly released a Bonnie and Clyde-style mini-movie featuring A-list actors Sean Penn, Blake Lively and Jake Gyllenhaal. Jay Z And Beyonce: T ...

  39. Pepsi Launches Label With Caroline, Releasing Soccer Album With Rita Ora, Kelly Rowland, Timbaland

    May 16, 2014 12:38 PM EDT In 2012, Pepsi took a chance by tapping then-emerging DJ-producer Calvin Harris to create an original song for a European soccer campaign on behalf of its fledgling sugar-free soda Pepsi Max. The result? “Let’s Go,” a global hit featuring Ne-Yo ...

  40. Jay Z Solange Fight Inspires Fashion Marketing Campaign

    May 16, 2014 9:13 AM EDT Who knew Solange Knowles' attack on Jay Z in a hotel elevator would spark so many different ways fashion can be used as, um, weapons. (See: the Stuart Weitzman heels she wore to kick her brother-in-law.) And now, it seems the purse she carrie ...

  41. Brad Paisley's Not Afraid to Get Cheesy with Sponsor of Tour Behind His New Record

    May 14, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Brad Paisley still doesn’t have a name for his tour, which starts Friday (May 16) in Camden, N.J. “You should see our trucks -- it’s 10 white semis,” Paisley said from his suite at the Trump International Hotel, which overlooks New York’s Central ...

  42. Ludacris to Host 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    May 14, 2014 9:45 AM EDT The 2014 Billboard Music Awards are getting a dose of Southern hospitality. CLICK FOR COMPLETE LIST OF BBMA FINALISTS • Milestone Award: Vote Now! • Video:   Top BBMA Performances • GIFs: ? See the Finalists • Photos:   60 Memorable Moments BBMAs ...

  43. Jennifer Lopez Talks NUVOtv, Fuse Acquisition, Being Named Lopez at New York Upfront (Q&A)

    May 13, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Monday, May 12, was the start of an exceptionally hectic week for Jennifer Lopez. Home in New York for a few days on business, she was due back in L.A. Wednesday for the penultimate week of “American Idol”’s 13th season, then radio promo for her u ...

  44. Jay Z, Beyoncé On the Run With Chase: How The Bank Scored The Summer's Hottest Tour Sponsorship

    May 12, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Inside the bidding war to sponsor the hottest tour of the summer. This article first appeard in the May 17th issue of Billboard Magazine . Jay Z and Beyoncé's On the Run tour is already one of the summer concert ­season's hottest engagem ...

  45. Would Steve Jobs Have Bought Beats?

    May 12, 2014 7:30 AM EDT On Thursday night shortly after news broke that Apple was close to acquiring Beats Electronics for a reported $3.2 billion, former Myspace and MTV executive Jason Hirschhorn tweeted , “Jimmy Iovine could sell fire to hell. Or Beats to Apple.” A ...

  46. How Canadian Music Week and NXNE Are Learning To Get Along

    May 09, 2014 10:07 AM EDT It is not a death match. It's not even a heated battle. It’s what both sides call healthy competition, but it would be foolish to think there isn't inherent tension between Toronto's Canadian Music Week and North by Northeast, gi ...

  47. Business Matters: Apple & Beats, In Search of the Ultimate Bundle

    May 09, 2014 8:30 AM EDT A year or two from now, when the music subscription business will surely have been transformed further by dealmaking and consolidation, the acquisition of Beats Electronics by Apple may be viewed as the turning point in the story of how the sect ...

  48. New Michael Jackson Song Backs Jeep Summer TV Campaign (Watch)

    May 08, 2014 8:32 AM EDT Today Epic Records and Jeep launched a global brand campaign for the car company’s Altitude Edition in which Michael Jackson’s new single “Love Never Felt So Good” is featured in four 30-second TV commercials. The campaign will air from today (May ...

  49. Behind Live Nation's Q1 Revenue Growth: Expanded Concert Season, Stadium Shows, Artist Nation Synergy, More

    May 07, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Live Nation's earning call yesterday provided rich insight into the largely positive numbers revealed by the live entertainment giant's Q1 earnings report , including details on how specific business areas are performing within the Live ...

  50. Data Breaches Offer CEOs New Nightmares

    May 06, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Add hackers to the long list of things that give CEOs insomnia. Target's chief executive, Gregg Steinhafel, is the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a theft of customer data. His exit from the helm of the nation's th ...

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