1. Spotify Thanks Apple Music For Its New Customers

    May 10, 2016 11:20 AM EDT Apple Music has existed for less than a year and boasts 13 million paid subscribers , but an exec at chief rival Spotify believes that's a good thing. Speaking with Reuters recently, vp of sales Jonathan Forster said it was "great" ...

  2. Regina Spektor Sees Massive Shazam Spike From 'Good Wife' Series Finale

    May 09, 2016 6:06 PM EDT Regina Spektor saw a massive spike in attention on the music discovery app Shazam thanks to the use of her song "Better" on Sunday's The Good Wife series finale.  Regina Spektor Gives Birth to Son Spektor saw about 11,000 Shazams fr ...

  3. Chance the Rapper's Co-Sign Gives Fan Petition for Grammy Eligibility of Free Music a Push

    May 09, 2016 12:45 PM EDT Should the Recording Academy allow free music to be considered for the Grammy Awards nominations? One fan started a petition on Change.org to ask the Recording Academy to do just that -- and with 15,000 signatures as of press time and support from ...

  4. Spotify Announces Original Video Programs Including T-Bone Burnett, Tim Robbins

    May 09, 2016 11:48 AM EDT Following January's launch  of its video features after the new content play was announced nearly a year ago , Spotify has released its slate of original programming on Monday (May 9). The company is developing a dozen shows that focus on the ...

  5. Irving Azoff Jumps Into YouTube War: 'On This We Are United'

    May 09, 2016 11:09 AM EDT The war of words against YouTube continues, and the famously outspoken artist manager Irving Azoff is not backing down. Less than a week after Azoff spoke to Billboard about how he views YouTube's place in music's economic ecosystem -- c ...

  6. Video Social Network Musical.ly Raising $100 Million at $500 Million Valuation

    May 07, 2016 9:28 PM EDT Musical.ly is set to raise $100 million in funding, according to TechCrunch . The app, a social media platform for creating, sharing and discovering short music videos, will be valued at $500 million after the investment is made. The report says G ...

  7. Universal Music Canada Chief Jeffrey Remedios Calls Digital Exclusives 'Great for Business, Not Great for Fans'

    May 06, 2016 4:04 PM EDT New Universal Music Canada president and CEO Jeffrey Remedios has, as was made clear during his half-hour keynote at  Canadian Music Week ,   brought a long-established indie ideology to his new job, saying he feels "an overwhelming responsib ...

  8. Apple Music Introduces Half-Price Student Discount, Artist of the Week

    May 06, 2016 1:21 PM EDT Apple Music plans on giving its interface a facelift , but first the streaming service is looking to boost subscriber rolls with an old school marketing device: the student discount. TechCrunch reports that Apple is rolling out a half-price promot ...

  9. Cracked Exclusives: For Virtual Reality Makers Like Oculus, a New Version of an Old Struggle

    May 06, 2016 10:44 AM EDT When it comes to virtual reality, how exclusive is exclusive? After delaying orders because of component shortages and angering wannabe early adopters, VR company Oculus is confronting another headache as it seeks to technologically and culturally ...

  10. Drake's OVO, Spotify Among Winners at Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards 2016

    May 06, 2016 10:14 AM EDT More than 700 members of the Canadian music industry and delegates from around the world gathered Thursday night in Grand Ballroom of Toronto's Sheraton Centre for Canadian Music Week's annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awar ...

  11. British Artists Claim Biggest Ever Share of U.S. Albums Market

    May 06, 2016 9:00 AM EDT Huge-selling albums by Adele , Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith helped British artists claim their highest-ever share of the U.S. artist albums market, according to new figures released from labels trade body BPI. In 2015, British artists accounted for mo ...

  12. Warner Music Group Revenue Up Big, Streaming Hits Milestone

    May 06, 2016 8:31 AM EDT Warner Music Group's double-digit revenue growth coincided with streaming becoming the main source of revenue -- from any source -- in its recorded music division, the company announced Friday morning in its earnings release for the quarter e ...

  13. YouTube Announces Viral Video-Targeting Product to Put Brands 'Alongside the Next Big Thing'

    May 05, 2016 9:43 PM EDT The billboards around Manhattan's monstrous Javits Center and the screens in the brand-new 7 line subway stop a block away all touted YouTube's originals and stars in preparation for the online video giant's annual upfront -- #Brand ...

  14. Publishers Quarterly: Warner/Chappell Has Its Best Quarter In 10 Years

    May 05, 2016 2:00 PM EDT In the first quarter of 2016, for the 15th consecutive time, Sony/ATV was the top U.S. publisher -- it even improved its market share to 26.1 percent. But No. 2 Warner/Chappell Music turned in its best performance -- 22.6 percent -- in the 10 year ...

  15. 'Hey, Jude' Becomes First-Ever Beatles Song to Be Licensed for Use in China

    May 05, 2016 1:35 PM EDT For the first time, The Beatles ' publisher has licensed a song by the Fab Four for use in China. "Hey Jude" appears in Yesterday Once More , a coming-of-age film from noted Chinese ­director Yao Tingting. The nearly four-minute syn ...

  16. 'It's a System That Is Rigged Against the Artists': The War Against YouTube

    May 05, 2016 10:30 AM EDT T his February, a few days after criticizing YouTube in a New York Times interview, super-manager Irving Azoff went after Google's video-streaming ­service again when he accepted The Recording Academy President's Merit Award at Clive Dav ...

  17. Taylor Swift Tops Billboard's Top Money-Makers List of 2015

    May 05, 2016 9:30 AM EDT Adele 's album megasales aside, touring is once again the determining factor for the 40 genre-spanning acts that topped Billboard 's ranking of music’s highest-paid musicians of the past year. For proof of that, just look at this year’s ...

  18. Beatport Auction Date Delayed

    May 04, 2016 1:02 PM EDT EDM promoter SFX Entertainment will have to wait a bit longer to sell Beatport, the download store and streaming service, to help it escape its Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring. A court date to name the winning bidder has been moved to May 26 f ...

  19. High Valley's 'Progressive-Meets-Old-School' Sound Piques Interest of Atlantic/WMN, Spotify

    May 04, 2016 12:36 PM EDT The members of High Valley can be forgiven for drawing a blank on a few pop culture references here and there. Brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel grew up in a remote wheat and canola farming community in Alberta, Canada. They didn’t have a TV — just ...

  20. New Streaming Service CÜR Hires Jim Urie as Interim President, CEO

    May 04, 2016 11:24 AM EDT Jim Urie , the former head of Universal Music Group Distribution, has joined CÜR Media, a new digital music service, as executive chairman of the company’s board of directors and interim president/CEO. "CÜR is a next generation music streamin ...

  21. Apple Music Reportedly Set for Major Overhaul, Beats 1 to Get Sister Stations

    May 04, 2016 9:40 AM EDT Apple's streaming service is getting a makeover, according to Bloomberg sources. In June, around the anniversary of its announcement, Apple Music is set to become easier to use and more closely integrate the company's download business i ...

  22. Russia's Facebook Launches Mobile App in Step Towards Copyright Legitimacy

    May 03, 2016 2:41 PM EDT Russia's leading homegrown social network VKontakte has made a major step towards legalizing its famously unauthorized music content with the launch of a new music app for iPhone and iPad. The app allows users to stream music from rights hold ...

  23. Apple Loses 'iPhone' Trademark Case in China

    May 03, 2016 2:26 PM EDT As improbable as it may seem from this side of the Pacific Ocean, Apple has lost a trademark suit over the "iPhone" name in China. Xintong Tiandi Technology, which manufactures leather cases branded "IPHONE," applied to registe ...

  24. Periscope Hires Its First Editor-in-Chief

    May 03, 2016 1:14 PM EDT Periscope is stepping up efforts to sharpen the editorial focus of its live-streaming video product. Coming onboard to lead the task of bringing order to an app that is fueled by randomness is Medium editor Evan Hansen , who announced on Monday he ...

  25. SoundCloud Launches Subscription Service in U.K. & Ireland

    May 02, 2016 9:22 PM EDT SoundCloud expanded its subscription service SoundCloud Go to the United Kingdom and Ireland on Monday (May 2).  The streaming service's expansion to the British Isles marks the company's first international foray with a paid model outsi ...

  26. T Bone Burnett Developing Animated Music Series With Gunpowder & Sky

    May 02, 2016 6:04 PM EDT T Bone Burnett is developing a new music series that will bring American icons including Elvis Presley and Louis Armstrong to life through animation.  The Grammy-winning producer has teamed with animator Drew Christie , music television producer B ...

  27. Oculus Rift Will Be a Reality at 48 Best Buy Stores

    May 02, 2016 2:23 PM EDT Owning an Oculus Rift headset could finally become a reality for some fans this weekend. The Facebook-owned virtual reality company announced on Monday it will begin selling the devices at 48 Best Buy stories beginning May 7, with additional locat ...

  28. Nelly Furtado to YouTube: 'Put a Little More in the Collection Basket'

    May 02, 2016 12:01 PM EDT Joining the public debate over YouTube's royalty payments, hit-making singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado invoked the name of dearly departed Prince in an op-ed for The Guardian of London listing her grievances. Prince "stood for pure music ...

  29. Hulu Reportedly Planning a Cable-Like Streaming TV Service

    May 02, 2016 9:47 AM EDT Hulu is developing a new streaming service that would act like an over-the-top cable bundle, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal .  The service is said to be similar to that of Dish's SlingTV, which offers live streams of a numbe ...

  30. Pandora's First Quarter FInancials: Advertising Revenue Jumps Along With Music Costs

    April 29, 2016 3:47 PM EDT Pandora beat Wall Street expectations when it reported its first quarter results on Thursday, posting revenue of $297.3 million despite losses during the period. The Oakland-based company said it had a loss of 51 cents per share, with losses -- ad ...

  31. Vevo Gets a Redesign, Ditches Flash Video & Vevo TV

    April 29, 2016 12:10 PM EDT Vevo has given its desktop experience a new look, with bigger videos and the same kind of recommendations found on its mobile apps. The total UI overhaul keeps videos front and center -- there's an animated carousel up top, with new releases, ...

  32. China's Biggest Search Engine Signs Agreement to Tackle Piracy

    April 29, 2016 12:05 PM EDT China's biggest internet search engine Baidu has pledged to do more to tackle copyright infringement. Earlier this week representatives of Baidu signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the International Publishers Copyright Coalition ...

  33. Sony's 2016 Financials Show Adele Dependency, Streaming's Ascent

    April 29, 2016 11:10 AM EDT Sony Corp. has announced its financials for the fiscal year ended Mar. 31, 2016. The company saw sales and operating revenue decrease 1.3 percent, to $71.7 million (¥8.1 billion), largely due to a 20 percent drop in mobile communications sales, ac ...

  34. Amazon Stock Skyrockets on First-Quarter Results

    April 29, 2016 9:27 AM EDT Amazon shares were trading up more than 11 percent Thursday after the e-commerce company reported strong first-quarter results.  The Seattle-based e-tailer earned $1.07 per share during the quarter and grew revenue by 28 percent to $29.1 billion. ...

  35. YouTube Changes Content ID Rules to Allow for Money Collection During Rights Investigations

    April 28, 2016 11:56 PM EDT Internet video giant YouTube has made a change in its Content ID evaluation process that will benefit creators whose work has been improperly challenged by a rights holder. Admitting “we agree this process could be better,” YouTube announced the m ...

  36. Warner Music's Global Deal for BMG's Catalog Sets Up Showdown With RED

    April 28, 2016 4:58 PM EDT The first high-profile release from BMG's new consolidated distribution deal with the Alternative Distribution Alliance will be Blink 182's seventh studio album, California , which is expected to hit the street on July 1. With the additi ...

  37. Neil Young's Catalog Available to Stream on Tidal

    April 28, 2016 4:26 PM EDT Neil Young has not been shy about his disdain for streaming services. But now fans with a Tidal account can stream their golden hearts out. Since the rise of streaming began to take over, the singer has repeatedly decried not the royalty rates tha ...

  38. Australian Labels Look to Ban Kickass Torrents, Other Piracy Sites

    April 28, 2016 2:24 PM EDT Four record labels have joined together in Australia in an effort to block the public’s access to piracy sites like Kickass Torrents. Universal Music Australia, Warner Music Australis, Sony Music Australia and J Albert & Sons, along with mecha ...

  39. Europe and Copyright: A Comprehensive Look at the Continent's Digital Plans

    April 28, 2016 2:22 PM EDT "Today, we lay the groundwork for Europe's digital future," declared European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker at the May 2015 unveiling of long-mooted plans to create a Digital Single Market (DSM). At the heart of the schem ...

  40. How a Chatbot Helped This Vinyl Records Startup Make $1 Million in 8 Months

    April 28, 2016 12:33 PM EDT Chatbots already have a little bit of a bad name. Early reviews for the ones on Facebook Messenger  have been rough  due to apparent malfunctions, and Microsoft's Tay has been an utter disaster, at least on a couple of occasions. But a startu ...

  41. How Beyonce Shook Up the Music Industry (Again) With 'Lemonade'

    April 28, 2016 10:00 AM EDT There's a guiding business principle to the nearly 20-year-old career of global pop icon Beyoncé : Being the exception is the rule. Certainly that was the case with her sixth solo album, Lemonade , which appeared as a Tidal ­exclusive on the ...

  42. New York Attorney General Signals War on Ticket Bots Is Just Beginning

    April 27, 2016 6:55 PM EDT The announcement yesterday by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that a $2.76 million settlement had been reached with six ticket brokers as part of the AG’s investigation into the ticketing business may be only the beginning, according t ...

  43. Apple Music May Be Outpacing Download Revenues

    April 27, 2016 5:55 PM EDT Deep inside the question-and-answer period of Tuesday’s Apple earnings call, its Chief Financial Officer, Luca Maestri, said something of importance to the music industry: Apple’s music revenue has hit a bottom and reached “an inflection point” af ...

  44. Billboard Latin Music Conference: Experts Talk Surge of Live Streaming and Curation Services

    April 27, 2016 1:27 PM EDT At least 90 percent of American adults still listen to radio and get much of their new music tastes from their favorite stations. The number is even higher for Hispanics. But the surge of live streaming and curator services is so huge that even ra ...

  45. Spotify's CMO on Millennials, High Engagement & Why Apple Music's Rise Is a Good Thing

    April 27, 2016 1:20 PM EDT Spotify, the Swedish service that's brought music streaming into the mainstream, has spent nearly a decade winning over millennials. Now, with 30 million subscribers and 75 million users, it's begun targeting a broader demographic with s ...

  46. Drake to Host 'Global Listening Party' of 'Views From the 6' Album on Apple Music's Beats 1

    April 27, 2016 12:12 PM EDT Before Drake 's fourth studio effort  Views From the 6  makes its grand entrance this Friday (April 29), the 6 God will host a global listening party on Beats 1 Radio, Apple Music announced in a Tumblr post .  For a special edition of the rap ...

  47. Spotify Acquires CrowdAlbum, An Aggregator of Social Data From Live Events

    April 27, 2016 12:07 PM EDT Spotify announced Wednesday it has acquired CrowdAlbum, a service that creates albums of events based on the location and time of photos and videos people share on social media sites. It can index content for any kind of event -- sports, Earth Day ...

  48. Canadian YouTubers Have a Free Space to Create Videos (But Leave the Live Animals at Home)

    April 27, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Canadian YouTubers, rejoice! You finally have a safe space to gather, network and produce the content your followers crave. The Google-owned video giant has opened the doors of YouTube Space Toronto , a self-described "creative industry incub ...

  49. Indian Streaming Service Saavn Expands Into Middle East

    April 27, 2016 11:55 AM EDT Saavn, the second-most popular streaming service in India, has announced a partnership Saudi Telecommunications Company subsidiary VIVA Bahrain that will bring the service to the small island nation, which lies just to the east of Saudi Arabia. In ...

  50. Questions About TV Ratings, Box Office Surround Viacom as It Readies Earnings Report

    April 27, 2016 10:40 AM EDT A salacious lawsuit involving founder Sumner Redstone and a former girlfriend , combined with box-office bombs and falling TV ratings, has caused the noise around Viacom to be so loud that one could be forgiven for not noticing a rising stock pric ...

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