1. WME's Marc Geiger Sides With Taylor Swift, Calls Free Streaming Services 'F---ed Up'

    November 20, 2014 3:49 PM EST Add one more name to the list of industry figureheads who've sided with Taylor Swift in her battle with Spotify:  Marc Geiger , William Morris Endeavor's head of music, who called the ubiquity of free, ad-supported streaming music serv ...

  2. Super-Humanizing: Virtual Reality, Music and the Coming Revolution

    November 20, 2014 2:55 PM EST On Monday morning I drove by Candlestick Park as the first demolition crews set to work on the grand old thing. I was on my way to the Palo Alto office of a company called Jaunt, to strap an Oculus headset to my face and watch a fabulously newfa ...

  3. Streaming Drives Sales, According to New Study

    November 20, 2014 2:00 PM EST YouTube might be "the devil" to Garth Brooks , but in another's eyes, it's a great source of music discovery. In fact, a new study being released by the Country Music Association suggests that adults 18-plus are far more like ...

  4. Why Irving Azoff's New Company Has (Some) Leverage Over YouTube

    November 20, 2014 1:32 PM EST Irving Azoff took to Twitter Wednesday to repeat previously stated contentions that YouTube lacks licenses from Global Music Rights, the performing rights organization created by Azoff's joint venture with Madison Square Garden Entertainmen ...

  5. YouTube Music Awards Returning in March

    November 20, 2014 10:17 AM EST After taking a breather this calendar year, the YouTube Music Awards are returning in 2015. YouTube announced on Thursday that the sophomore edition of the awards will take place in March, and will incorporate fans in creating new video collabor ...

  6. Billboard 200 Makeover: Album Chart to Incorporate Streams & Track Sales

    November 19, 2014 8:00 PM EST The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales-based ranking to one measuring multi-metric consumption. Beginning with the top 10 revealed on Wednesday, Dec. 3, on Billboar ...

  7. SiriusXM CEO Outlines Growth Strategy

    November 19, 2014 6:15 PM EST SiriusXM Radio plans to be the dominant product in the connected car of the future, and CEO Jim Meyer expects that by the end of the decade about 70 percent of new automobiles in the U.S. will come with an embedded modem. While satellite radio i ...

  8. Oh Là Là: Spotify Reportedly Turns First Profit in France

    November 19, 2014 2:30 PM EST Bust out some champagne, Spotify is profitable in France. L'Express is reporting that the Swedish subscription music service grew its revenue by 66 percent in 2013 and now accounts for over a third of the streaming market in that country, w ...

  9. Apple's Beats Music Relaunch Reportedly Coming in March

    November 19, 2014 2:22 PM EST Unsurprisingly, word has leaked that Apple plans to bundle a potentially rebranded version of the Beats Music streaming app with an upcoming version of iOS. The news was first reported by the Financial Times . Related Apple to Reportedly Fold Be ...

  10. Berklee Announces New Online Music Degrees

    November 19, 2014 10:28 AM EST The Berklee College of Music has announced a new slate of online degree programs, including two in music creation, cementing its status as the first accredited non-profit music institution to offer Bachelor degrees on the web. Online students w ...

  11. China Blocks Cloud Services, Thousands of Websites Ahead of Tech Conference

    November 19, 2014 9:23 AM EST The Chinese government is blocking access to thousands of sites and cloud services in the lead up to tech industry conference, reported the South China Morning Post on Tuesday.  Already trigger happy when it came to blocking websites it didn ...

  12. Justin Timberlake Becomes Co-Owner of Audio Company AfterMaster

    November 19, 2014 8:09 AM EST Justin Timberlake wants to make sure you have a 20/20 sound experience when you listen to music: He's now a co-owner of the audio technology company AfterMaster Audio Labs, Inc. AfterMaster, a subsidiary of Studio One Media Inc., announced ...

  13. What’s It Like to Wear a Woofer? Billboard Tries Out the Kickstarter-Funded Woojer

    November 18, 2014 6:01 PM EST Subwoofers have gone out of vogue in the era of ear­buds. If you want to literally feel your music booming, you’re out of luck -- or rather, you were. Woojer, a Kickstarter project that raised more than $143,000 in December 2013, looks to change ...

  14. YouTube's Refusal to Remove 20,000 Songs Leads to New Irving Azoff Warning

    November 18, 2014 5:35 PM EST YouTube has apparently made the decision not to remove songs composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell Williams and John Lennon , and as a result, the popular video website is being warned of the risks of "defiance.&qu ...

  15. Sony Giving Free Streaming Services the Stink Eye

    November 18, 2014 2:45 PM EST Speaking to investors in Tokyo on Tuesday, Sony chief financial officer Kevin Kelleher said the company will take a cautious approach to free, ad-supported streaming services like Spotify in the wake of Taylor Swift 's ground-shaking decisi ...

  16. Garth Brooks Calls YouTube 'the Devil'

    November 18, 2014 1:04 PM EST We knew Garth Brooks had friends in low places, but this is ridiculous. Speaking with Access Hollywood , the country music legend took the "devil," also known as the "nice people" at YouTube, to task for what he calls an unfa ...

  17. New Study from Pandora Touts the 'Pandora Effect' on Music Sales

    November 18, 2014 10:17 AM EST A study performed earlier this year by Pandora found that its spins have a positive effect on music sales. For new music, the average positive effect was a 2.31-percent increase in sales of track-equivalent albums, a metric that counts 10 tracks ...

  18. Watch Steve Albini and His Eagle Shirt Defend the Post-Internet Music Biz

    November 18, 2014 9:50 AM EST Steve Albini 's epic keynote address at Melbourne's Face the Music conference, in which he essentially laid out the case that the internet has cleaned up much of the music biz's waste, is now available to watch in full. Like the m ...

  19. Diplo Celebrates 'Flor1da' with a Paid BitTorrent Bundle (Which Are Now Available to the Public)

    November 17, 2014 2:08 PM EST To celebrate 10 years since the release of his debut album, Florida , Diplo is re-releasing the LP today by way of a BitTorrent bundle, or a digital box set. The 11-track package costs $5 and is primed for superfans, offering unreleased remixes, ...

  20. Steve Albini Says Many of Music's Problems Have Been Solved, Addresses That 'Purple Dwarf in Assless Chaps'

    November 17, 2014 1:39 PM EST Legendary engineer, producer and musician Steve Albini delivered a densely packed, hour-long keynote speech at Melbourne's Face the Music conference on Saturday. The substantive bulk of his 6,700-or-so-words were spent defending, not lambas ...

  21. Spotify, Uber Partnership To Launch In 10 Cities Worldwide

    November 17, 2014 11:12 AM EST It’s official: after a weekend of rumors , Spotify and Uber will introduce a new partnership in 10 cities this Friday, November 21, that will enable Spotify Premium users to play their own playlists during their Uber ride. Participating cities ...

  22. YouTube Music Key Debut Pushed Back to Nov. 18

    November 17, 2014 10:36 AM EST The launch of YouTube Music Key , the streaming giant's paid music subscription option, set to debut today, has been pushed back to tomorrow (Nov. 18), a Google spokesperson has confirmed to Billboard. Music Key lets users stream music ad-f ...

  23. Thomas Middelhoff, Former Bertelsmann Chief, Convicted Over Flight Costs

    November 16, 2014 3:58 PM EST Thomas Middelhoff, a former CEO of media group Bertelsmann, has been convicted of breach of trust and tax evasion and sentenced to three years in prison over costs he incurred as CEO of a troubled department store company. A prominent German bus ...

  24. Spotify and Uber Reportedly Set to Announce New Partnership

    November 15, 2014 2:01 PM EST Streaming service Spotify has partnered with ride-sharing company Uber to allow Spotify users to play their music in Uber vehicles. The companies are expected to make the announcement during a press call Monday morning that will hosted by Ube ...

  25. Report: Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff to Leave Company at End of Year

    November 15, 2014 11:23 AM EST Vevo president/CEO Rio Caraeff is leaving the company at the end of this year, according to the New York Post . He joined the music video service in 2009. 40 Under 40 2014 Spotlight: Rio Caraeff, President/CEO of Vevo Vevo, whose biggest backers ...

  26. New York Judge Delivers Another SiriusXM Setback in Turtles Lawsuit

    November 15, 2014 8:44 AM EST For the third time in as many months, SiriusXM has been rocked with a court ruling over the issue of pre-1972 sound recordings. This time, a ruling comes in New York, a sign that the satellite radio broadcaster's liability won't be lim ...

  27. Can YouTube’s New Music Play Mend Its Fences With the Industry?

    November 14, 2014 2:57 PM EST After a year of rumors, false starts and belabored label negotiations, YouTube’s streaming subscription service, Music Key, will arrive Nov. 17 through invite-only beta in the United States and select European territories. With agreements from a ...

  28. Listen to Jamie Lidell's 'Runaway' From 'Grand Theft Auto V' Relaunch, Music Head Talks Soundtrack: Exclusive

    November 14, 2014 1:00 PM EST When Grand Theft Auto V dropped last year, it was a big deal across all realms of the entertainment industry. Aside from turning heads breaking a number of sales records -- like being the fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion, which ...

  29. YouTube's Music Key: How Much Could Its New Paid Service Pay Out?

    November 14, 2014 12:08 PM EST Will YouTube Music Key transform streaming revenues and take subscriptions into the mainstream? Or will it fail to capitalize on YouTube massive global footprint? It all depends on YouTube's ability to entice people to pay. With YouTube ...

  30. Daniel Glass, Martin Bandier, Robb McDaniels and More Discuss the Launch of YouTube Music

    November 14, 2014 10:17 AM EST Two days ago, YouTube announced the launch of its music streaming service. The wise move on Google and YouTube's part, however, was that this streaming service was simply an addition to YouTube -- of licensing deals with major music compan ...

  31. Warner Music Group to Make a Big Digital Push in China

    November 13, 2014 10:33 AM EST The Warner Music Group has completed its acquisition of Gold Typhoon Group, a China-based entertainment company and record label with a catalog of over 600,000. As part of its entry into the world's most populous nation, the Warner Music Gr ...

  32. Dancing Jesus Music Pirates Receive Jail Sentences

    November 13, 2014 8:48 AM EST Two of the individuals behind now-defunct copyright infringing music forum Dancing Jesus have been sentenced to a combined total of 53 months in prison, following a private prosecution brought about by the BPI.  The owner and administrator of th ...

  33. Taylor Swift Earned Less Than $500,000 From Spotify This Year, Label Boss Says

    November 12, 2014 8:18 PM EST The Taylor Swift vs. Spotify saga continued Wednesday (Nov. 12) with revelations about royalties the singer generated at the streaming company. Scott Borchetta , head of Swift's record label, Big Machine, told Time magazine that Swift' ...

  34. Jason Aldean 'Trying to Do What Is Right' by Pulling Album From Spotify

    November 12, 2014 7:28 PM EST Country star Jason Aldean pulled one of the year's hottest country albums -- his latest record, Old Boots, New Dirt -- off the music streaming service Spotify because he said he wants songwriters, publishers, producers and engineers to get ...

  35. Irving Azoff Says YouTube Lacks Licensing Rights to 20,000 Songs (Exclusive)

    November 12, 2014 7:19 PM EST Many works composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell Williams , Boston , Foreigner , John Lennon , Smokey Robinson , Chris Cornell and George and Ira Gershwin could be headed off YouTube.   On Wednesday (Nov. 12), just as Goo ...

  36. Vice and Live Nation to Team Up on Joint Digital Content Venture

    November 12, 2014 4:34 PM EST Live Nation Entertainment and Vice Media today announced a joint venture whereby the two companies will create content around the live music space and co-launch a new digital platform slated to roll out in 2015. "We thought about how can ...

  37. YouTube's Music Streaming Service Launches

    November 12, 2014 1:00 PM EST Google and YouTube have finally unveiled their long-simmering music streaming solution, rumored for over a year now , and it's... YouTube. The company has made its streaming service less like a streaming service and more like a new secti ...

  38. Pandora Founder's Vacation Home Riles Neighbors, Tree Lovers

    November 12, 2014 11:43 AM EST Some West Marin County residents are singing the blues over Pandora founder Tim Westergren 's plans for a sprawling vacation retreat on the wooded site of a former monastery near the town of Inverness, population 1,300. The Marin Independen ...

  39. FCC to Delay Net Neutrality Vote Until 2015; Potential Split With President Emerges

    November 12, 2014 10:35 AM EST On the heels of President Barack Obama 's comments on net neutrality, the Federal Communications Commission has confirmed it will hold off on voting on a long-promised proposal until 2015. FCC press secretary Kim Hart told The Daily Dot via ...

  40. The Good and the Bad of Spotify Founder Daniel Ek's Streaming Defense

    November 11, 2014 8:13 PM EST Spotify CEO Daniel Ek doesn't walk away from a challenge. After Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich blasted his company's business model , Ek responded with comments on Twitter. Now, after Taylor Swift drew huge attention by pulling her ca ...

  41. Report: Bandcamp Is Giving Artists Their Own Subscription Services

    November 11, 2014 3:51 PM EST Bandcamp, the e-commerce platform that makes it easy for bands to sell their music directly to fans, is now poised to offer a new feature: personalized subscription services. Ahead of an announcement at this week's SF MusicTech Summit confe ...

  42. Ghost Tunes, Garth Brooks' iTunes Alternative, Launches in Full

    November 11, 2014 8:18 AM EST When Ghost Tunes CEO Randy Bernard and COO Chris Webb first met with Garth Brooks to discuss an alternative digital and physical distribution platform, there was one thing they had to get out of the way. "We're going up against Google, ...

  43. Jason Aldean's New Album Pulled Off Spotify

    November 10, 2014 3:42 PM EST Country music's top digital sales leader Jason Aldean pulled his latest album off Spotify on Monday (Nov. 10), although his previous albums are still available through the digital music streaming service. Aldean's sixth album, Old Boot ...

  44. Amanda Palmer on Her New Memoir, Self-Doubt, Self-Editing and Feminist Trolling

    November 10, 2014 12:16 PM EST On a recent fall afternoon at Bard College, the musician Amanda Palmer was wrapping up Sunday’s rehearsal for a student production she composed music for called The Bed Show . The 38-year old has an easygoing demeanor for someone whose eyebrows ...

  45. How Dance-Pop Act Zhu Scored a Major-Label Deal Using Just His Logo and His Music

    November 10, 2014 12:01 PM EST In February, a mysterious Outkast medley surfaced on dance-music blogs, credited to an unknown artist who signed his work simply in white paint strokes. Less than nine months later, that anonymous act had a hit single in 10 territories, a U.S. ...

  46. President Obama Weighs In on Net Neutrality

    November 10, 2014 10:20 AM EST Related Internet Slowdown Day: Netflix, Reddit Break Out Spinning Wheel to Defend Net Neutrality The 'Open Internet' May End Up a Semi-Open Internet FCC's Tom Wheeler On Internet Regulations: 'Title II Is On the Table' P ...

  47. The Who Announce New App, Preview Foray Into Virtual Reality

    November 10, 2014 8:15 AM EST Rock giants The Who today launch a 3D immersive app, developed in collaboration with their management company Trinifold, U.K. tech company Immersive and Universal Music. The app (which coincides with Universal’s just-released The Who Hits 50! co ...

  48. Adele's Manager: 'Streaming Is the Future’

    November 09, 2014 10:57 AM EST Adele ’s manager has spoken out in favor of music streaming, following high profile hold-outs such as Taylor Swift , whose decision to pull her entire catalog from Spotify has renewed debate about the economics of the streaming model. Adele' ...

  49. Big Machine’s Scott Borchetta Explains Why Taylor Swift Was Removed From Spotify

    November 08, 2014 3:01 PM EST Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta gave a candid interview about the abrupt removal of Taylor Swift ’s catalog from streaming service Spotify during a radio interview with Motley Crue 's Nikki Sixx. Taylor Swift Catalog Removed Fro ...

  50. NYU's Stream-Tech Music Conference Teaches, Explains & Tries Not to Ruffle Feathers

    November 07, 2014 9:40 PM EST The participants in the Stream-Tech Music Conference at New York University's downtown Brooklyn campus, which addressed various issues in the music streaming space, remained fairly noncontentious -- at least, until the Q&A session follo ...

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