1. Exclusive: TuneCore Buys 'Location Goodie Bag' Startup DropKloud

    December 17, 2014 5:49 PM EST TuneCore has added to its list of artist services by acquiring DropKloud , the maker of a consumer-facing mobile app aimed at musicians and is set to launch next year. Boston-based co-founders James DeNino and Kedar Frederic will head TunesCore& ...

  2. The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

    December 17, 2014 12:59 PM EST Ever see a movie where the protagonist wasn’t born, or the USSR won the Cold War, and the alternate future is different from the present day? Think back to Doc Brown using a chalkboard to draw tangential, alternate futures for Marty McFly in Bac ...

  3. Sony Hack Reveals Snapchat Wanted a Record Label, Too Much Money From Vevo

    December 17, 2014 8:59 AM EST The leak of Sony Entertainment's internal documents, most recently the email account of Sony Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton , has revealed high-level talks between that company and Snapchat, the messaging service that turned ...

  4. Op-Ed: How Mobile Finally Took Over the Music Industry in 2014

    December 16, 2014 3:55 PM EST Like smart watches and cars that drive themselves, the celestial jukebox is no longer science fiction. Thanks to the supercomputers that 71 percent of Americans now keep in their pockets, whether tablets or phones, everyone’s a mobile-music powe ...

  5. Apple Found Not Guilty of Anti-Competitive Practices in iTunes Case

    December 16, 2014 1:35 PM EST A jury in Oakland, Ca. has ruled unanimously that Apple was not acting against the best interests of its customers when implementing various digital rights managment (DRM) controls in its iTunes software between 2006 and 2009. Apple was facing p ...

  6. Why China's Mobile Providers Are a Giant Problem for Its Music Industry

    December 16, 2014 11:15 AM EST Back in 2008 and 2009, the debate within the media industries on how to compete with free was raging. Five years on, but with more anecdotal tales and royalty statements to draw from, the debate continues unabated. The key takeaway at this point ...

  7. Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Weird Al – But Not Beyonce – Top Google's 'Year In Search'

    December 16, 2014 11:00 AM EST Google has unleashed its annual Year In Search results, and the music categories are popping with emerging artists and trendsetting newsmakers. Iggy Azalea makes several appearances, most notably the top spot on the trending music artists tally, ...

  8. 'A Great Alternative': Warner Music Group's CEO Addresses Promise and Problems of Streaming

    December 15, 2014 5:18 PM EST The "freemium" subscription business model has taken a beating since Taylor Swift pulled her catalog from Spotify because the subscription service offers a free streaming tier in addition to its paid, premium tier.  The latest developm ...

  9. Musixmatch Wants to Be the 'IMDb of Music Lyrics,' Launches Lyric Video Messaging App

    December 15, 2014 3:39 PM EST These days, you're almost as likely to get a music message as you are to get an iMessage with increasingly popular apps like Boomio and Rithm , which allows users to send friends and followers texts in the form of, or alongside, a song. Mus ...

  10. Vevo Reaches 1 Billion Monthly Views in Mexico

    December 15, 2014 3:31 PM EST Vevo's Mexico service registered over 1 billion views in November, a significant milestone that now makes the country Vevo's second largest market after the United States. The 1 billion views translates to a 49 percent increase in view ...

  11. The Industry in 2014: Digital Is the New Mainstream, Despite Taylor's Protestations

    December 15, 2014 2:53 PM EST Throughout the week, Billboard will be publishing pieces from our staff writers, each an outstanding authority on their specific area of coverage. From Nashville to Miami, the industry at large, publishing and retail, and the year in touring, we ...

  12. Spotify Founder/CEO Daniel Ek: 'We Need to Do a Better Job Explaining to Artists How Streaming Benefits Them'

    December 15, 2014 1:30 PM EST Billboard: What were the best and worst parts of 2014 for you? Daniel Ek: We launched in almost 30 new countries. The growth in subscribers has been fantastic. And I became a father about a year ago, so watching my daughter grow up has been rem ...

  13. YouTube Music Admin Company AdRev Snaps Up Distro Service DashGo

    December 15, 2014 1:16 PM EST AdRev , a music administration service for YouTube, has acquired digital distributor DashGo . Terms of the deal were not disclosed. All DashGo employees will make the transition to AdRev, and DashGo will retain its name, according to AdRev CEO R ...

  14. Exclusive Q&A: Deezer's New Chief Marketing Officer Aims for U.S. Market

    December 15, 2014 9:10 AM EST Deezer, the world's second-largest music subscription service, has stepped up its bid for the world's largest music market. The Paris-based company debuted in the United States in September with Deezer Elite, a $19-a-month music subscr ...

  15. Audiam Raises Additional $1 Million From Music Biz Investors

    December 15, 2014 7:30 AM EST Audiam, the company started by Tunecore co-founders Jeff Price and Peter Wells to serve publishers and publishing administrators to get them paid accurately from interactive streaming music services, has just raised an additional $1 million in f ...

  16. Wondering Sound Cuts Editorial Staff

    December 12, 2014 8:15 PM EST Update, Dec. 13: A source familiar with the situation tells Billboard that editor-in-chief J. Edward Keyes and managing editor Laura Leebove were not affected by the downsizing. Online music publication Wondering Sound  has cut what seems to be ...

  17. How Apple Shook Up the Music Industry in 2014

    December 12, 2014 4:02 PM EST Who shook up music the most in 2014? Sorry, Taylor. Nice try, Queen Bey. Apple’s Sept. 9 press conference that unveiled the iPhone 6 was the year’s -- maybe even the ­decade’s -- watershed moment. In one presentation, the company went all in on ...

  18. Less Could Mean More: Why Merlin's Deal With Pandora May Pay Off

    December 11, 2014 3:26 PM EST Merlin has come under attack in the last month for making a deal that, according to its critics, lowers its member labels' per-stream royalty rate with Pandora, and thus their revenues. Though in time they may ultimately be correct, those c ...

  19. Sony/ATV Chairman Blasts Payouts from Internet Radio

    December 11, 2014 1:41 PM EST Pandora is coming under fire again for its payouts to songwriters and publishers. In a letter to his staff, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Marty Bandier notes that despite the success of two of the company's biggest songwriters -- J ...

  20. The Pirate Bay Remains Offline After Raid

    December 10, 2014 3:40 PM EST The Pirate Bay remained offline early Wednesday following a raid by Swedish police of the popular file-sharing site. Swedish authorities raided a computer server hall on Tuesday, confiscating equipment. The police said the raid was part of an op ...

  21. People Are Buying Classic iPods for $900

    December 10, 2014 2:28 PM EST Apple officially shelved its beloved MP3 player the iPod Classic back in September, but since then a growing number of nostalgists with deep pockets have begun snatching them up on eBay and other outlets, often at more than twice the retail pric ...

  22. Shazam Begins Sharing Tagging Activity, Updates App With Useful Streaming Options

    December 10, 2014 1:38 PM EST Shazam has long been a must-have app for its ability to quickly and accurately identify just about any song via a mobile phone. Now the app and the company's website have been updated to offer more to both consumers and the music industry. ...

  23. Slacker Radio CEO Duncan Orrell-Jones Wants to 'Reinvent Radio for a Post-YouTube Era'

    December 10, 2014 1:24 PM EST A little less than a year after hiring former Disney executive Duncan Orrell-Jones , Slacker Radio is relaunching its website, a move that brought it 100,000 new subscribers last May. This time, though, the internet radio streaming service seeks ...

  24. SoundCloud Reportedly Raises Another Big Round of Funding

    December 10, 2014 1:08 PM EST SoundCloud has reportedly raised another large round of funding, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal . The Berlin-based music streaming company has raised a $150 million round from unidentified investors, less than a year after th ...

  25. Avicii Has the Most Shazamed Song of All Time

    December 10, 2014 11:33 AM EST Avicii  has the most Shazamed song of all time. The DJ's hit "Wake Me Up" with Aloe Blacc  has collected more than 19 million queries on Shazam to date. Close behind is Robin Thicke 's "Blurred Lines" with T.I. and ...

  26. U Can Touch This: MC Hammer, Silicon Valley Darling, Promotes New Album With Twitter Love

    December 09, 2014 3:50 PM EST The life of MC Hammer is a fascinating pop-culture saga, and the twists just keep on coming. His meteoric rise up the charts in the early 90s and the financial troubles resulting from his subsequent drop-off in sales are sometimes cited as a cau ...

  27. Grooveshark to Launch New, Legit Internet Radio App Broadcasts in January

    December 09, 2014 2:54 PM EST Grooveshark has spent years fighting major record labels and music publishers. Now the Florida-based streaming service is taking a different tact: a DMCA-compliant Internet radio service called Broadcasts.   According to a report from the Wall S ...

  28. Bop.fm, Music Streaming Aggregator, Launches Its Mobile App

    December 09, 2014 2:29 PM EST When Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz writes a blog post , he almost always starts by quoting a rap song and embedding the track into the post with Bop.fm. When I click the audio player, it plays me the song from the best available source. Tr ...

  29. What Can Apple's Antitrust Suit Teach Us About the Evolution of Digital Music?

    December 09, 2014 10:39 AM EST Is the record business better off that it was eight years ago? The question comes to mind while following an antitrust lawsuit against Apple in an Oakland court that is revisiting a time when the industry was trying to build digital businesses w ...

  30. New Twist in Apple iPod Trial: No Plaintiff

    December 09, 2014 9:45 AM EST In an unusual legal twist, a federal judge decided Monday that a billion-dollar, class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPods should continue, even though she also disqualified the last remaining plaintiff named in a case that has been on trial ...

  31. YouTube Makes Copyright Clearer

    December 08, 2014 2:08 PM EST YouTube users have long been able to incorporate copyrighted music in the videos. But what will happen to the video once uploaded couldn't be known in advance. Whether a song will be blocked or monetized couldn't be known until the vid ...

  32. Behind the Credit Card Wars to Ink Deals With Artists Including Beyonce and Sam Smith

    December 08, 2014 11:30 AM EST On Nov. 24, Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff took center stage with an on-camera appearance in a new 30-second commercial for JPMorgan Chase. The spot -- the bank's first TV campaign in support of Apple Pay -- came complete with a performan ...

  33. Boosted By Mobile, Global Ad Revenue to Hit $545 Billion in 2015: Study

    December 08, 2014 10:21 AM EST In large part due to surging revenue generated by advertising on social media sites and mobile devices, the global ad industry should grow five-to-six percent annually for the next three years, according to a study released Sunday from ZenithOpt ...

  34. Pharrell and 'Frozen' Top iTunes' Year-End List, Beyonce Named Best Artist

    December 08, 2014 9:20 AM EST Pharrell 's "Happy" and the soundtrack for Disney's Frozen are the year's top-selling song and album of year on iTunes, the online music store revealed on Monday. Apple announced that John Legend 's "All of Me& ...

  35. Darrell Issa to Chair House Subcommittee Overseeing Copyright & Internet

    December 04, 2014 8:25 PM EST Rep. Darrell Issa was named chairman of a House subcommittee important to the entertainment and Internet industries. The California Republican will take the place of retiring Howard Coble in leading the House Subcommittee on the Internet, Courts ...

  36. Pandora's App Refresh Hints at the Company's Simple Strategy

    December 04, 2014 2:44 PM EST On Tuesday (Dec. 2), Pandora announced the first major refresh for its mobile app in roughly two years. Given the tonnage of press-release artillery (PRtillery, if you will) flying around in mobile-music-streaming space lately, the release is no ...

  37. Ben & Jerry's and Tuff Gong Release First Video for 'One Love' and a Bob Marley-Inspired Ice Cream

    December 04, 2014 2:26 PM EST Phish Food, Cherry Garcia, Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road, Imagine Whirled Peace. Is your mouth watering yet? Just wait. Bob Marley to Front Global Marijuana Brand Ben & Jerry's has unveiled the latest addition to their smorgasbord of musi ...

  38. Apple Accused of Deleting Users' Music in Antitrust Trial

    December 04, 2014 1:37 PM EST The antitrust trial against Apple is now fully underway, with vice president Eddy Cue taking the stand today in Oakland and the emails of late company founder Steve Jobs already having been cited by plaintiffs. Video footage of Jobs is expected ...

  39. From Dean Martin to Trans-Siberian Orchestra, a Look at Christmas Hits By the Numbers

    December 04, 2014 11:28 AM EST The website Hit Songs Deconstructed analyzed the top 25 holiday season downloads from 2003 through 2013 and found that Santa Claus is not as popular with songwriters as he is with kids, while streaming service Slacker Radio reveals that 1,474 ac ...

  40. Psy's 'Gangnam Style' Breaks YouTube Video Counter

    December 03, 2014 4:07 PM EST When people say something broke the Internet, they're usually exaggerating. But when we say viral K-pop star Psy broke (at least part of) the Internet on Monday, we're being quite literal. According to YouTube, "Gangnam Style" ...

  41. #Trending in 2014: Yahoo, Vevo, Rhapsody, Spotify and Bing Share the Year's Biggest Names

    December 03, 2014 12:05 PM EST A slew of digital companies have released their year-end data dumps on what the world was watching, listening to and searching for over the past year. Most of it should surprise no one who paid any attention to the world at large in 2014 -- it s ...

  42. Kobalt Unveils Label Services Portal, A Powerful New Set of Tools for Artists

    December 02, 2014 10:34 AM EST Kobalt has done it again: The company has duplicated the data portal it designed for its songwriters, allowing them to see every economic transaction that occurs with their music worldwide. According to Kobalt's website , the Portal offer ...

  43. Kim Dotcom Avoids Jail But Says Legal Fight Has Left Him 'Officially Broke'

    December 01, 2014 8:51 AM EST Indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom on Monday defeated efforts by prosecutors to send him back to a New Zealand jail or make him wear an electronic monitoring bracelet but says his long-running legal battle has left him broke. After a three-d ...

  44. Robin Williams, Jay Z Among Top Celebrity Online Searches of 2014 (So Far)

    November 26, 2014 9:55 AM EST Death and scandal are the surest ways to generate interest online. Five weeks prior to the new year, the celebrity most often showing up in Internet searches in 2014 has been Robin Williams , whose shocking suicide Aug. 11 led to massive spikes ...

  45. Spotify's 2013 Financials: What You Need to Know

    November 25, 2014 4:54 PM EST The release of Spotify's 2013 financial information (via an article at The Guardian ) comes amidst heavy criticism about the company's freemium business model and the amount of royalties it pays to rights holders -- especially from its ...

  46. Firechat May Soon Solve Your Texting Woes at Crowded Events

    November 25, 2014 4:00 PM EST Cell phone communication has always been a problem for music festival goers. With upwards of 90,000 people all gathered in one small area, cell phone towers are often unable to cope with the number of inbound signals, and temporary wi-fi setups ...

  47. Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming

    November 25, 2014 1:58 PM EST I’d like to start by saying this: I am an honest-to-goodness Taylor Swift fan. I’ve purchased each of her albums, I’ve seen her live, I cheer when she succeeds and find myself, almost inexplicably, personally insulted when people are unkind to ...

  48. One Direction Hits One Billion Plays on Spotify (But Are Still Way Behind Eminem)

    November 25, 2014 11:12 AM EST One Direction has surpassed a billion streams on Spotify, joining Coldplay as only the second British band to accomplish that feat on the streaming music service. According to data provided by Spotify, the boy band reached the milestone last wee ...

  49. Amazon Prime Music Debuts First Exclusive Content

    November 24, 2014 5:11 PM EST Amazon has made exclusive video a component of Prime Instant Video streaming service, its answer to Netflix. Now the company is doing the same with music -- sort of. Amazon quietly debuted last week its first exclusive music release, the 43-trac ...

  50. Apple to Donate Portions of Holiday Sales to Bono's (RED)

    November 24, 2014 3:18 PM EST The holiday shopping season is upon us and once again Apple is partnering with Product (RED) to generate awareness and a significant amount of money to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. Related Queen Shares Unreleased '80s Track to Help Fight A ...

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