1. StubHub Sues Ticketmaster Over Alleged Hard-Line Resale Rules

    March 31, 2015 5:20 PM EDT eBay-owned ticket resale market StubHub has taken action against its principal rival Ticketmaster over the Live Nation-owned giants's rules around resales of Golden State Warriors tickets, which the company claims ventures into anti-competit ...

  2. Irish ISPs Forced to Adopt Three-Strikes Piracy Rule

    March 31, 2015 4:01 PM EDT Ireland’s second largest broadband provider UPC has been ordered to introduce ‘three strikes’ anti-piracy legislation, following a joint injunction from Sony Music, Universal Music and Warner Music. Related Irish ISPs Reject Labels' 'Thr ...

  3. A First Look at Jay Z's Tidal: Definitely Young, Probably Promising

    March 31, 2015 3:28 PM EDT Overall, Tidal has the starting framework of what could be an interesting and engaging artist-led and backed company. With the product as-is, Spotify or Apple launching a lossless quality tier could make Tidal irrelevant-- but for one major thing ...

  4. 3 Reasons Why Jay Z's Tidal Is Good for the Music Business -- Even If It Fails

    March 31, 2015 9:24 AM EDT The music business got a jolt Monday when a chorus line of celebrity musicians stood on stage for the launch of Tidal (a re-launch , actually, but its first launch under current ownership). From Kanye West to Daft Punk , the artists have chosen th ...

  5. It's Official: Jay Z's Historic Tidal Launches With 16 Artist Stakeholders

    March 30, 2015 5:48 PM EDT Jay Z 's ambitious entrance into the streaming music business, which came as a surprise to industry observers, debuted Monday (March 30) at an event at New York's James A. Farley Post Office in Herald Square with more than a few aces ...

  6. Jay Z's Superstar Tidal Backers Have How Many Twitter Followers?

    March 30, 2015 5:39 PM EDT Jay Z brought along some (very) famous and influential friends for this week's re-launch of Tidal, his high-fidelity music streaming service. The rapper's strategy to reach the most prospective subscribers began with a mysterious viral c ...

  7. What Tidal Means for the Freemium Vs. Premium Debate: The Industry Weighs In

    March 30, 2015 5:18 PM EDT Jay Z ’s Tidal is a lot of things: a star-studded streaming service with 17 of music’s biggest names as key stakeholders; an ambitious new player in a still-nascent but increasingly competitive marketplace that includes iTunes, Beats, Spotify, Pan ...

  8. Jay Z's Tidal Announcement: Watch the Live Stream Here

    March 30, 2015 4:48 PM EDT Jay Z is ready. Ready to announce plans for his high-fidelity music streaming service Tidal, the rapper-mogul's recent entry into the crowded subscription market. Jay is expected to unveil details about his new venture, which currently boasts ...

  9. The Meerkat Minefield: Legal Issues With Live-Streaming Apps

    March 30, 2015 3:10 PM EDT Meerkat, a live-streaming mobile app that effectively turns a smartphone into a broadcaster, was the tech success story of South by Southwest. Twitter launched Periscope, a similar app, on March 26. Unlike YouTube, which ingests and stores videos, ...

  10. Sony Launches Spotify-Powered PlayStation Music

    March 30, 2015 1:06 PM EDT Good news gamers, your Sony PlayStation soundtrack can now be powered by Spotify. The music streaming service announced on Monday that it has completed its previously announced integration with the game system allowing users to play their favorite ...

  11. Jay Z's TIDAL Teaser Video Features Madonna, Beyonce, Jack White, Daft Punk & More

    March 30, 2015 12:50 PM EDT Rumors of a top-secret confab involving more than a dozen of music's biggest stars appears to be true judging by the latest buzz-generating teaser for Jay Z 's TIDAL streaming service.  A 30-second clip posted on Twitter shows Madonna , ...

  12. Apple CEO Tim Cook Blasts Anti-Gay 'Religious Freedom' Legislation

    March 30, 2015 11:30 AM EDT Apple CEO Tim Cook said that so-called "religious objection" legislation being introduced in a number of states is dangerous and bad for business. The bills, like the one enacted last week in Indiana, create a legal framework for individ ...

  13. Corner Office: YouTube Label Relations Chief Vivien Lewit on Reimagining Its Awards and Helping Women Get Ahead in Tech

    March 30, 2015 11:05 AM EDT The first Youtube Music Awards , held Nov. 3, 2013, were a radical experiment for the longtime leader in online streaming content: Would an audience accustomed to destination viewing on TV do the same on YouTube if the likes of Eminem , Lady Gaga ...

  14. BMG Signs Digital Distribution Deal With China's Alibaba

    March 30, 2015 8:43 AM EDT BMG has signed what it's calling a "game-changing" digital distribution deal with China-based internet giant Alibaba. Under the pact, Alibaba's Digital Entertainment arm will "promote BMG writers and artists through channe ...

  15. Jay Z's Tidal: Rihanna, Kanye West, Usher Among Artists Tweeting Support for Streaming Service

    March 30, 2015 12:30 AM EDT With the imminent launch of Jay Z 's Tidal streaming service, expected to be announced Monday afternoon (March 30) at an event in New York City, artists are tweeting their support and turning Twitter turquoise blue. "NAVY, turn the tide, ...

  16. Apple's Tim Cook Plans to Donate His Entire Fortune

    March 27, 2015 11:20 AM EDT Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to give away all of his wealth. The longtime tech executive told Fortune  he has been giving money away quietly and will create a regular plan for his philanthropy in order to donate all of his wealth after paying for his ...

  17. Grammy Museum Opening Interactive Gallery in Nashville

    March 27, 2015 7:58 AM EDT The Grammy Museum is opening up a gallery in Nashville this summer, promising to give visitors an immersive experience on the art and technology of making music. Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced on Thursday that the Grammy Gallery will be locat ...

  18. Loudr Launches New Mechanical Licensing and Distribution Service

    March 27, 2015 7:30 AM EDT Artists now have another way to make money from their Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift cover songs. Loudr has launched Loudr Licensing , an easy-to-use platform where artists and labels can get the requisite mechanical license needed to monetize a cove ...

  19. Why Zayn Malik's Departure From One Direction Won't Hurt Band's Music Sales

    March 26, 2015 2:17 PM EDT The departure  of Zayn Malik from One Direction may affect touring numbers, but it probably won't have much impact on recorded music sales. That's because One Direction's recorded music sales almost certainly would continue falling ...

  20. Beatport Launches Free Streaming Music App for Mobile

    March 26, 2015 11:04 AM EDT Beatport, the one-stop music store and streaming service for DJs and EDM junkies, has released the company's first-ever mobile app for iOS and Android devices. The app gives users access to Beatport's free streaming service, with its mil ...

  21. Talent Competition App Chosen Lets Users Sing, Judge & Do Karaoke

    March 26, 2015 11:00 AM EDT If you've always wanted to be on  The Voice  or  The X Factor  but never quite made it to the front of the audition line, there's no better time than now to cut to the front. Rihanna may have made headlines by releasing her new single on ...

  22. New Magnetic Headphone Jack Solves a Prevalent Problem Elegantly

    March 25, 2015 2:44 PM EDT Apple may be moving away from using magnetic snaps for its MacBook power connectors, but that same concept will live on in your headphones with Magzet, a startup that has developed audio jacks that promise to put an end to the painful practice of ...

  23. Troy Carter's Atom Factory Appoints Everdream as Studio of Record

    March 25, 2015 9:00 AM EDT Last March, James Khabushani and R.J. Collins were a couple of students at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, respectively, when they spent ...

  24. Jay Z's TIDAL Planning Splashy New York Launch Event

    March 24, 2015 5:48 PM EDT Buzz is building on Jay Z 's TIDAL, the high-fidelity premium streaming service purchased by S. Carter Enterprises on March 10 , which is planning an official launch on March 30. A countdown clock featured on the TIDAL homepage serves as lead ...

  25. Guest Post: Is Pandora's Licensing Deal With Classical Label Naxos Unfair to Professional Artists?

    March 24, 2015 3:53 PM EDT Members of the American Federation of Musicians ("AFM") continue to be deeply concerned about greed and profiteering in the music industry, at the expense of those who create music. Professional musicians deserve to be treated better. We ...

  26. First Lawsuits Filed Over FCC Open Internet Rules

    March 24, 2015 9:45 AM EDT The first two legal actions against the FCC’s Open Internet plan were filed Monday by a telecommunications association and a Texas broadband service. The US Telecom Association, which represents a number of large broadband providers, filed a suit ...

  27. Amazon's Twitch Warns Gamers of Stolen Passwords

    March 24, 2015 9:10 AM EDT Amazon.com's video game streaming platform Twitch informed users that their accounts may have been hacked. Twitch told users that it had taken steps to accelerate the expiration of their passwords and stream keys as a precaution, while discon ...

  28. India's High Court Scraps 'Vague' Online Content Law

    March 24, 2015 8:48 AM EDT India's top court has scrapped a law that criminalized sharing "grossly offensive" content online, including posts on Facebook and Twitter. The Supreme Court on Tuesday canceled Section 66A, which had been considered a major infring ...

  29. Vessel To Debut New Blake Shelton, Hunter Hayes, Boyce Avenue Videos: Exclusive

    March 24, 2015 3:00 AM EDT Vessel, a new streaming video service  founded by former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar , is officially ready for primetime. The service launched Tuesday (March 24) at midnight PST / 3 a.m. EST, with an emphasis on exclusive new content available to users f ...

  30. Halsey, Run The Jewels & Miley Top Twitter's Most-Shared During SXSW

    March 23, 2015 6:29 PM EDT In 2007 , South By Southwest gave Twitter the perfect self-contained and tech-savvy biosphere in which to become the must-have app to communicate with friends and keep abreast of the events on the ground. The event would become a turning point for ...

  31. Much Ado About Streaming: Why Free Listening Isn't Dead

    March 23, 2015 4:10 PM EDT The controversy over free streaming is reaching a boiling point reminiscent of the fever pitch before the turn of the millennium, or the end of the Mayan calendar in 2012. Free streaming is being portrayed, by some, as the end of the music busines ...

  32. Twitch to Webcast Ultra Music Festival Through New Partnership

    March 23, 2015 12:00 PM EDT The Ultra Music Festival has named Twitch, the social video platform and game-streaming giant, as its official broadcast partner. Slated for March 27-29 during Miami Music Week, the 17th annual fest will be broadcast live on Twitch at twitch.tv ...

  33. Can Mobile Messaging Lift Internet Radio? Q&A with Mark Wheatley, MixRadio's Head of Music Experiences

    March 23, 2015 10:44 AM EDT The music industry was intrigued when Microsoft announced in December it was selling MixRadio to Line Corporation, the Japanese company behind the massively popular mobile messaging service. Mobile messaging is obviously a social experience. Music ...

  34. Publishing Briefs: Spirit Picks Up StyleSonic Catalog, ole Takes Jingle Punks and John Denver to Kobalt

    March 23, 2015 10:18 AM EDT Billboard's Ed Christman rounds-up all the big news happening in the music publishing world. •  Toronto-based indie music publisher ole continues its thrust into production music with the acquisition of Jingle Punks . According to the company ...

  35. Jay Z's TIDAL Fully Integrates WiMP Streaming Service

    March 23, 2015 3:00 AM EDT High fidelity music and video streaming service TIDAL, which Jay Z purchased via his S. Carter Enterprises company following a $56.2 million bid on Jan. 30 ( the offer was accepted on March 10 ), has fully integrated Norwegian music platform WiM ...

  36. Taylor Swift Buys Domain Name TaylorSwift.porn

    March 22, 2015 10:45 AM EDT Taylor Swift knew these domain names were trouble when they walked in. The singer's team has purchased the web addresses TaylorSwift.porn and TaylorSwift.adult, prior to them becoming available to the public on June 1, according to CNN . It i ...

  37. British Government Introduces 'Google Tax' to Plug Loophole on Profits

    March 20, 2015 12:53 PM EDT Tech giants such as Google, Apple and Amazon will no longer be able to avoid paying tax in the United Kingdom by diverting profits overseas, the British Chancellor has announced. The so-called 'Google Tax' comes into effect April 1 and w ...

  38. Universal Music Settling Big Class Action Lawsuit Over Digital Royalties

    March 19, 2015 6:51 PM EDT An important chapter in the legal history of the music business may be coming to conclusion soon as Universal Music Group is close to submitting a settlement resolving claims that it cheated recording artists of royalties from digital downloads. ...

  39. YouTube Previews New Data Tool at SXSW

    March 19, 2015 12:55 PM EDT YouTube's sleek SXSW space is playing host to The War On Drugs , The Weeknd and a cadre of other musicians on Wednesday and Thursday. It also gives YouTube an opportunity to promote its new artist initiative, YouTube For Artists.   A bank of ...

  40. Insound, Online Music Retailer, Announces Closure

    March 19, 2015 12:41 PM EDT Insound, a long-running online vinyl and audio equipment retailer founded in 1998, has announced that it will close on Mar. 31. After 16 years of slinging vinyl, we are sad to say that due to corporate cost-cutting measures, we'll be closing ...

  41. Watch a Deutsche Bank Strategist Shine Bright Performing Rihanna's 'Diamonds'

    March 19, 2015 12:22 PM EDT Most of the time Jim Reid is busy being an oft-quoted credit strategist at Deutsche Bank, but since last summer he's been getting serious about learning another skill: the piano. Business Insider has discovered a video of the respected analys ...

  42. Yahoo Is Shuttering Its China Office

    March 19, 2015 10:18 AM EDT Yahoo is closing its office in China , eliminating 200-300 jobs,  Bloomberg News   reported.‎ It cited a statement that said Yahoo has told staff based in Beijing that it would close the operation. Bloomberg also cited a source as saying 200-300 e ...

  43. Deezer Goes Global With Its Sonos-Only 'Elite' Streaming Service

    March 19, 2015 9:58 AM EDT Deezer has officially gone global with its high definition-quality Deezer Elite service. Launched in the US last year, the premium offering will initially be open exclusively to Sonos customers and will cost 14.99/month for 12 months, or 9.99/mon ...

  44. Tencent Profit Rises on Online Gaming, Social Network Business

    March 18, 2015 9:47 AM EDT Chinese mobile entertainment and online services giant Tencent said Wednesday that its fourth-quarter results grew by double-digit percentage figures. Fourth-quarter profit leapt 50 percent to $958 million (RMB 5,860 million) on revenue that grew ...

  45. Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Sets First-Day Streaming Record

    March 17, 2015 5:09 PM EDT Kendrick Lamar's surprise release of To Pimp A Butterfly around midnight on Sunday prompted a deluge of commentary and a surfeit of surprise across the Internet through the dark hours of Monday straight through the late afternoon of Tuesday. ...

  46. Pandora and BMI Wrap Up Arguments, Await a Big Decision

    March 17, 2015 12:20 PM EDT The five-week rate trial -- begun on Feb. 11 -- that will decide the royalty rate Pandora must pay BMI for the use of its catalog came to a close this past Friday (Mar. 13). Pandora's lawyer, Kenneth Steinthal of law firm of King & Spau ...

  47. Exclusive: Rumblefish Hands Keys (And Money) to Video Creators With RADkey

    March 17, 2015 10:00 AM EDT Rumblefish, the music micro-licensing and online video monetization company, will introduce Tuesday (March 17) at SXSW an online device that gives video creators full control of online video monetization. Described as a barcode for music licenses, ...

  48. YouTube Debuts 'YouTube For Artists,' New Data Resource for Music Creators

    March 16, 2015 2:48 PM EDT The platform has been built. Millions of creators are using it. Now YouTube is taking steps to make sure creators keep using it. The latest example is YouTube For Artists, a "how to" guide for getting the most out of YouTube. "What ...

  49. Emerging Rapper Mod Sun Works with Twitter, Proving Social Media's Selling Power

    March 16, 2015 1:52 PM EDT The Internet and many of the direct-to-consumer tools its spawned have essentially eliminated the barriers between an artist wanting to sell their work and a fan looking to buy. Even so, many artists still struggle to connect with fans beyond a li ...

  50. Explained: Kendrick Lamar's Chaotic (and Planned) Surprise Release of 'To Pimp a Butterfly'

    March 16, 2015 12:55 PM EDT Update, 3:34PM, March 16:  To Pimp A Butterfly  is now available for purchase on iTunes. Around 11:45PM last night (March 15), Kendrick Lamar 's To Pimp a Butterfly appeared on the iTunes Store and Spotify , a week earlier than initially ex ...

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