1. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Gets Married; Guests Include Mark Zuckerberg, Chris Rock and Wedding Singer Bruno Mars

    August 29, 2016 1:10 PM EDT Spotify co-founder/CEO Daniel Ek and Sofia Levander got married Saturday night on Lake Como in northern Italy, with none other than Bruno Mars serving as the night’s wedding singer. Also in attendance were BrewPR’s Brooke Hammerling and Swedish ex ...

  2. No Beyonce, But Plenty of Official VMA Videos Are on Vevo Now

    August 29, 2016 11:39 AM EDT A select number of performances from last night's MTV Video Music Awards have begun appearing in official form on Vevo's website , its app and on artist channels via YouTube, a first-of-its-kind partnership for the music video rivals. Be ...

  3. European Commission Seeks Solutions for YouTube Value Gap

    August 27, 2016 2:08 PM EDT Plans for user-generated platforms like YouTube and DailyMotion to require licenses or sign-up to revenue sharing deals with rights holders are reportedly being considered by the European Commission (EC). European Regulators Greenlight Sony/ATV De ...

  4. Prince's Estate Weighs Deals With Publishers, PROs for Artist's Lucrative Catalog

    August 26, 2016 11:30 AM EDT With Charles Koppelman and Londell McMillan now ensconced as the musical advisers to Bremer Trust, the temporary administrator of the Prince estate, the two are now reviewing a flood of opportunities from major labels, major publishers, and perfo ...

  5. Britney Spears' 'Glory' Is Not an Apple Music Exclusive

    August 25, 2016 6:55 PM EDT Contrary to reports that Britney Spears ' new album Glory will be released Friday streaming exclusively via Apple Music, Billboard has confirmed the pop star's ninth studio album will be come out on all digital platforms.  From Beyonce t ...

  6. From Beyonce to Frank Ocean, Breaking Down the Mechanics, and Politics, Behind Streaming Exclusives

    August 25, 2016 6:10 PM EDT Universal Music Group chairman Lucian Grainge spent the weekend of Aug. 20 thinking long and hard about his business. As Twitter buzzed with will-he-or-won’t-he speculation about the imminent release of Frank Ocean ’s oft-delayed sophomore album, ...

  7. Delete Your Account: How Artists' Teams Handle Social Media Firestorms

    August 25, 2016 3:21 PM EDT Justin Bieber 's Instagram exodus on Aug. 16, following a wave of negative comments directed toward his purported new love interest, model Sofia Richie, was only the latest in a series of social media send-offs. Azealia Banks (554,000 followe ...

  8. Jason Aldean Withholding New Album From All Streaming Services For One Month

    August 25, 2016 2:34 PM EDT Jason Aldean was one of the 16 original artist-owners of Jay Z 's Tidal presented at the company's U.S. re-launch in March 2015. However, when the country superstar releases his seventh solo album, They Don't Know , on Sept. 9 via B ...

  9. 'Bad for the Industry': Spotify's Artist Whisperer Troy Carter Slams Exclusives, Updates Company's Subscriber Total

    August 25, 2016 10:52 AM EDT In June, when Atom Factory founder/CEO Troy Carter announced he was joining Spotify as global head of creator services, many music executives thought he would be securing his new employer exclusive releases, a la Apple Music's deals for Frank ...

  10. SpinMedia Reportedly Up for Sale After Layoffs at Flagship Site

    August 24, 2016 1:12 PM EDT SpinMedia and its collection of music and pop culture websites is said to be up for sale after a stretch of financial losses, the New York Post reports. Formerly known as Buzz Media before adopting the moniker of its most visible title, the all-di ...

  11. Pandora Names Questlove Strategic Advisor and First-Ever Artist Ambassador

    August 24, 2016 12:15 PM EDT Artist, producer, author and The Roots member Questlove will now add another title to his impressive resume. On Wednesday, Pandora announced that Questlove has been named strategic advisor. He also becomes the company's first-ever artist amba ...

  12. Web Radio Pioneer Live365 Is Returning -- But to What?

    August 23, 2016 2:04 PM EDT A regulatory one-two punch this past December had a dramatic impact on small webcasters (when you see that word, just think "web radio station"), either forcing their closure or at least putting them between a rock and very hard financia ...

  13. Competitors SoundCloud and Mixcloud Tout New Song, Curator Counts

    August 23, 2016 10:48 AM EDT Mixcloud, the London-based online radio company that specializes in long-form mixes -- and has arisen as a competitor to SoundCloud -- now boasts more than 1 million uploaders, or "curators" as they would have it. These creators have con ...

  14. Amazon's Echo-Only Music Streaming Service Again Rumored

    August 23, 2016 10:31 AM EDT Tech trade Recode has bolstered news first confirmed by Billboard in June -- that Amazon is planning a streaming subscription exclusively for users of its Echo home assistant (or smart speaker -- this is the "VHS or Beta?" stage of this ...

  15. Deezer's N. American CEO Departing for Pot Vaporizer Company Pax

    August 22, 2016 4:13 PM EDT Almost exactly a month after it launched "wide" stateside, the CEO of Deezer's North American arm is departing the streaming company, according to an announcement  from the company he is departing for. The news was first reported by ...

  16. Resurrection, for Fun and Profit: Eyellusion's Jeff Pezzuti on Starting a Hologram Company and Bringing Back Dio

    August 22, 2016 12:48 PM EDT The digital age means we no longer have to say good-bye -- whether to friends from high school who haunt our various social feeds, to pictures that (hard drive willing) shuffle from one folder to another over the years, or to legends of art like t ...

  17. Samsung Is Retiring U.S.-Based Milk Music Service

    August 22, 2016 10:29 AM EDT Samsung has decided to retire its web radio service Milk Music in the United States, nearly five months after doing the same in Australia . In a statement on its website , the company said it would instead focus on making its popular Galaxy smartp ...

  18. Pandora Days from At Least One Label Deal, New Streaming Platform Reportedly Imminent

    August 19, 2016 1:38 PM EDT Pandora's long-rumored venture into on-demand audio streaming could clear a few of its final hurdles as early as next week, a source tells Billboard , which could pave the way for new offerings to arrive next month. The internet radio service ...

  19. Vevo Seeking Half-Billion in Capital to Fund Expansion, Original Programming

    August 19, 2016 1:29 PM EDT Vevo has secured $500 million in capital financing from Goldman Sachs, a source with knowledge of the deal has confirmed to Billboard . News of the funding was first reported by the Financial Times . The company -- currently available in 14 market ...

  20. Dutch Anti-Piracy Group Uses Facebook to Find and Fine Uploaders

    August 19, 2016 10:43 AM EDT A Dutch anti-piracy group has found a novel way to target individual illegal file-sharers in the country: find their Facebook groups and fine them into submission. BREIN announced on Thursday it had successfully obtained a court order against an i ...

  21. New Zealand Music Industry Urges Changes to TPP Copyright Elements

    August 18, 2016 2:44 PM EDT Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the New Zealand music industry. All three now have something in common, and no it isn’t a deep love of Lorde: the three are not happy with the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, or TPP. For the tw ...

  22. Big Box Retailers Report Quarterly Earnings, Move on Without Much Music

    August 18, 2016 12:56 PM EDT In a weak retail environment, Walmart managed to eke out gains in earnings and sales for the three-month period ending July 31, when it produced $3.77 billion in net income ($1.21 per diluted share) on sales of $20.85 billion. That compares with t ...

  23. Chance the Rapper Launches 'Rapper Radio' Campaign to Promote Independent Music

    August 17, 2016 2:43 PM EDT Always one to help out the independent creative community, Chance the Rapper last night (Aug. 16) announced RapperRadio.com , a crowd-sourced campaign to help get independent artists on the radio across the country. The New Pioneers: Chance the Ra ...

  24. Ground Up: Kill Rock Stars President Explains Majors' Radio Relationship and Spotify's 'Crappy' Stream Rate

    August 17, 2016 10:46 AM EDT Kill Rock Stars president Portia Sabin sat down with Weena , a teenage "punk puppet" and co-host of educational YouTube series The Media Show , to explain in simple terms why an indie label as prodigious as hers -- its roster over the ye ...

  25. Apple Is Looking for 'Lyrics Curation Manager' Ahead of This Fall's iOS 10 Debut

    August 16, 2016 1:39 PM EDT When Apple Music gets a redesign this fall as part of the wider iOS 10 rollout, users will have the option to view song lyrics while they listen. That seemingly Herculean task is going to take a team of lyrics curators and a detail-obsessed manage ...

  26. Tim Cook's Apple Turns Five: CEO Talks iPhones, Taxes and His Eventual Successor in Lengthy Q&A

    August 15, 2016 11:04 AM EDT Tim Cook has marked five years as head of Apple with a lengthy -- we're talking 10,000 words -- interview with the Washington Post , offering his take on the tech giant's reliance on the iPhone -- which constitutes two-thirds of Apple� ...

  27. Appeals Court Upholds U.S. Government's Seizure of Megaupload's Mega-Millions

    August 12, 2016 2:00 PM EDT Megaupload's Kim Dotcom is indeed a fugitive -- and his failure to surrender himself to U.S. authorities on charges of racketeering and criminal copyright infringement will cost him an estimated $67 million. On Friday, in the most significant ...

  28. Spotify Presses Play on Dedicated Gaming Section

    August 12, 2016 11:41 AM EDT Spotify has unveiled a new genre subsection dedicated to all things gaming. Now instead of having to weave around the search process to get your Final Fantasy or Grand Theft Auto fix, the streaming service is putting top soundtracks and a wide ran ...

  29. Munich Court Says Piracy Sites Should Be Responsible for Copyright Damages

    August 11, 2016 2:22 PM EDT A German court has ruled that file-sharing platforms that illegally distribute and exploit copyright-protected music, film and television are liable to pay damages to rights holders. The ruling, which has potentially far-reaching consequences, cam ...

  30. TuneIn Becomes Official Distributor of Red Bull Music Academy Radio

    August 11, 2016 1:00 PM EDT Digital audio service TuneIn has announced a new distribution partnership with RBMA Radio, the re-launched streaming platform of Red Bull Music Academy. Beginning today, TuneIn's millions of active users in the U.S. and Canada have access to ...

  31. How Drake Conquered Streaming

    August 11, 2016 12:30 PM EDT Drake ’s summer 2016 chart dominance has put him in rare ­company: Since 1963, only three other artists have led the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 for at least 10 weeks with an album and ­corresponding single, as the Toronto MC has done with ...

  32. The New Pioneers in Tech: Alexa 'The Assistant' & Musical.ly 'The New Starmaker'

    August 11, 2016 12:00 PM EDT THE ASSISTANT When Amazon in late 2014 released the Echo, a "smart speaker" powered by digital assistant software called Alexa, those who wanted one had to endure a waiting list and a $200 price tag -- and what they received was a new cl ...

  33. Spotify Unveils New Animated Video Series on Politics Behind Musical Movements

    August 11, 2016 10:41 AM EDT Spotify is pairing with social issue-driven content company ATTN: for a new short-form, animated video series exploring the impact of political and societal forces on music culture. Deconstructing  premieres today (Aug. 11) with its first episode ...

  34. Streaming Independence: New Apps Look to Draw Listeners Toward Music Far Below the Radar

    August 10, 2016 3:43 PM EDT The globally beloved Game of Thrones is a series focused on the ever-shifting power and politics of a small number of queenly and kingly people. Through birthright or attrition they oversee a vast population of indigent subjects whom they never re ...

  35. Music Selfie App Eyegroove Shuts Down, Staff Moves to Facebook

    August 10, 2016 12:07 PM EDT Eyegroove, the "musical selfie" app that helped users make short, high-quality music videos from their smartphones, has shut down after Facebook completed an "acqui-hire" of its staff. In a post announcing the move , CEO Scott ...

  36. Twitter Opens Moments to Influencers, Brands and (Soon) Everyone Else

    August 10, 2016 9:52 AM EDT Less than a year after its debut, Twitter is opening up its Moments feature to a broader group of creators, including media influencers, celebrities, brands and, eventually, everyone. Moments, which launched in October 2015, are essentially collec ...

  37. What Is BitTorrent Now?

    August 09, 2016 5:01 PM EDT Among the (many) oddities at this year’s Republican National Convention was the presence of a tiny news crew from BitTorrent, who interviewed Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) about his thoughts on the subject of Pokemon GO. Lee, a member of the Senate Judic ...

  38. Piano Guys Celebrate 1 Billion YouTube Views

    August 09, 2016 1:14 PM EDT Classical music collective The Piano Guys are the latest artists to reach one billion views on YouTube, joining the likes of Katy Perry , Justin Bieber , Psy and roughly 100 others. The four dads from Utah celebrated the achievement over the weeke ...

  39. Shazam-Based Musical Game Show Coming to Fox

    August 09, 2016 8:48 AM EDT In the wake of American Idol 's end, Fox is adding a new musical entry to its unscripted slate. The network has picked up an interactive musical game show based on the Shazam app from Mark Burnett , Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana ...

  40. $35 Million Settlement Proposed in Robo-Dialing Class Action Against SiriusXM

    August 08, 2016 3:19 PM EDT A settlement between SiriusXM and Francis W. Hooker, Jr. , who brought suit against the company in 2012, has been submitted to Arenda L. Wright Allen , the Eastern District of Virginia judge appointed to the case. If approved, SiriusXM would estab ...

  41. Exit Bkstg Right for App's CEO, President; Head of Music James Sealey Expands Role

    August 08, 2016 12:59 PM EDT Artist-to-fan mobile app Bkstg is restructuring at the top following the departures of two core executives. Billboard can confirm that CEO Ran Harnevo and president/Chief Revenue Officer Erika Nardini , both formerly of AOL, left the Los Angeles-b ...

  42. Lyor Cohen Calls Steve Jobs a 'Profound Bully,' Spotify a 'Shepard'

    August 05, 2016 11:59 AM EDT Lyor Cohen has starkly different memories of dealing with two of the more consequential figures in the modern music business, Apple's Steve Jobs and Spotify's Daniel Ek . In a new interview with The Guardian , the former Warner Music Gro ...

  43. Spotify Puts Friday Releases on Your Radar With New Discovery Tool

    August 05, 2016 9:41 AM EDT A year ago, the music industry pushed through a change that saw new albums being released globally on Fridays (they were traditionally released on Monday in the U.S., a boon for record store owners who could expect an uptick in foot traffic tha ...

  44. Social Music Startup Crowdmix Sold to Billionaire Investor

    August 04, 2016 10:50 AM EDT Social music startup Crowdmix has been sold to its top investor. Business Insider reports that billionaire developer Nick Candy -- half of the controversial Candy brothers -- purchased the London-based app through auction after the company went in ...

  45. These Three Songs Experienced Big Shazam Spikes During Democratic National Convention

    August 03, 2016 3:00 PM EDT The Democratic National Convention brought artists like Lady Gaga , Neil Young , Demi Lovato , Carole King , Paul Simon  and more under one common goal of supporting Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton. The week of political festivitie ...

  46. TuneCore Expands Live Presence in Britain With Trio of Partnerships

    August 03, 2016 10:35 AM EDT The British arm of digital distributor TuneCore is growing its presence in the live sector by partnering with U.K. listings and ticket aggregator Ents24 and gig booking online marketplace Band Wagon. The distribution company, which offers a range ...

  47. Netflix Orders Motown-Themed Animated Series for Kids

    August 03, 2016 9:51 AM EDT It's easy as one, two, three. Netflix is at work on an original animated series for kids based on the famed Jobete catalog of Motown hits from artists including Marvin Gaye , the Jackson 5 , Lionel Richie , Smokey Robinson , the Supremes , th ...

  48. Nashville Notes: Republic Nashville Gets New Name; Kelsea Ballerini Sets First Headlining Tour

    August 02, 2016 1:34 PM EDT NEWS & NOTES Miranda Lambert performed her new single, "Vice," in concert for the first time on July 28 at the Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. She set up the performance by saying she had been honest from the start of h ...

  49. Instagram Launches Snapchat-Like 'Stories' Feature

    August 02, 2016 10:00 AM EDT Instagram is pressing the button on a major revamp of its popular social media app. And it’s leaning on some serious star-power to help get the message out. The Facebook-owned photo sharing app today is unveiling "Instagram Stories," a   ...

  50. Vevo, Warner Music Strike 'Milestone' Partnership

    August 02, 2016 9:30 AM EDT Vevo and Warner Music Group have confirmed a long-rumored partnership that will finally see  premium video content from the major music company’s artists distributed across Vevo's  internal platforms.  The licensing deal, negotiated off and o ...

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