1. YouTube Blocks Original RickRoll Video

    July 18, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Rick Astley, you said you wouldn't desert us. YouTube has restricted access to a seven-year-old video upload that spawned the still-popular RickRoll meme, in which people trick others into watching Astley shimmy in his cheesy "Never Gonn ...

  2. Nokia MixRadio to Spin Off from Microsoft

    July 18, 2014 2:27 PM EDT With 18,000 jobs being cut at Microsoft over the next year, the largest in the company’s 39-year history, what’s to become of Nokia MixRadio? The streaming music service, launched in 31 countries last November on Windows phones, will spin-off to b ...

  3. Ultra Records Files Copyright Suit Against YouTube Star Michelle Phan

    July 18, 2014 2:23 PM EDT YouTube beauty sensation Michelle Phan , whose channel boasts more than 6.5 million subscribers, is being sued by Ultra Records and Ultra International Music Publishing for copyright infringement.  The electronic dance music label, which represent ...

  4. Play Store Now Drives Google’s Fastest-Growing Revenue Segment

    July 17, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Sales of apps and content via the Google Play store are primarily responsible for a half-billion dollar revenue increase year-over-year at Google’s fastest-growing business segment, executives reported during the company’s second-quarter earnings ...

  5. Sam Smith Tops Billboard Artist 100

    July 17, 2014 11:49 AM EDT The British singer/songwriter rises 2-1, fueled by continued strong album sales and another Hot 100 top 10 Sam Smith  takes over atop the landmark new  Billboard Artist 100  chart, rising 2-1. The list, which launched last week, provides the first ...

  6. Ex-Google, SoundExchange Execs Prepping Startup to Gamify Artists' Income

    July 17, 2014 10:17 AM EDT Tim Quirk and Bryan Calhoun's ties to the music and tech industries go deep – as does their new monetization scheme for artists. Well-known digital music executives Tim Quirk and Bryan Calhoun have established a new technology company, Freefo ...

  7. Billy Corgan Accuses Amazon of Leaking 'Adore' Details Early

    July 17, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan was hoping Wednesday would go as smoothly as his famous pate. Not so, as the planned rollout of full details and track listing for the deluxe reissue of 1998's "Adore" was ruined when Amazon app ...

  8. Paul McCartney Releases Five Post-Beatles Albums As iPad Apps (Report)

    July 16, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Paul McCartney is a future-forward guy -- he smirks for selfies , tops Twitter charts and makes iPad apps like Björk. Through the Concord Music Group, the rock legend has released five new apps covering five of his post-Beatles albums: "McCar ...

  9. Spotify Founder Daniel Ek Talks Russia, Apple and Beats in Q&A

    July 16, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Spotify chief Daniel Ek closed out Fortune magazine's annual technology conference, Brainstorm, today with a 25-minute Q&A called "Making Cents of Music." He was interviewed by one of the magazine's senior writers, Jessi He ...

  10. Clear Channel May Be 'On the Verge' of Something (Report)

    July 16, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Clear Channel's "On the Verge" program for boosting new songs is simple yet effective: Once a track is selected by program directors across the country, each of the company's hundreds of stations must play it at least 150 times ...

  11. TuneCore Pays Out $33.2 Million to Artists in Second Quarter

    July 16, 2014 12:54 PM EDT TuneCore announced Wednesday it paid out $33.2 million in digital music royalties in the second quarter, up 18.4% from the same period in 2013 but down from $34.1 million in the first quarter. Earnings from its music publishing division were up 30 ...

  12. Cavaliers Owner on His Genius Investment: 'Sometimes You Can Feel a Winner'

    July 16, 2014 11:58 AM EDT "Genius is going to be big." Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is putting his financial muscle behind the annotation site Genius, formerly Rap Genius, leading a just-announced round of funding totaling $40 million. In a blog post , t ...

  13. Drawing Over 200k Comments, FCC Extends Window for Public's Voice in Net Neutrality Debate

    July 16, 2014 8:45 AM EDT The net neutrality debate will rage on -- for another few days, at least. The FCC announced yesterday, the day that comments were set to be closed, that it has extended the deadline for the first round of public comments on its 'Open Internet ...

  14. SiriusXM Adds Another $2 Billion to Stock Repurchase Program for $6 Billion Total

    July 15, 2014 9:37 PM EDT Sirius XM Holdings Inc. has announced it will add an additional $2 billion to its common stock repurchase program. This move will increase the kitty to an aggregated $6 billion, following the satellite radio company's board of directors appr ...

  15. The Latin Alternative Music Conference Celebrates 15 Years

    July 15, 2014 7:55 PM EDT A Q&A with Latin Alternative Music Conference founder Tomas Cookman, Latin Grammy president Gabriel Abaroa and Vive Latino founder Jordi Puig kicked off the first day of the 2014 LAMC. The discussion examined the state of the Latin alternative ...

  16. Kim Dotcom's Baboom Music Service Seeks Funding in Australia

    July 15, 2014 8:57 AM EDT Baboom, a new online music streaming service associated with Internet mogul and Mega founder Kim Dotcom, is seeking to raise AUS$4.5 million ($4.212 million) to fund its start up, with the aim of listing on the Australian Stock Exchange by the end ...

  17. Expanding Beyond Rap, Genius Raises $40M

    July 14, 2014 6:13 PM EDT Well-known for its lyric annotations, the company behind Rap Genius has raised $40 million to pursue broader goals. Brooklyn, N.Y.-based Genius Media Group has raised a new Series B funding, intended to support new annotated vertical sites such as ...

  18. Catalog Titles Take a Greater Share of Album Sales

    July 14, 2014 4:16 PM EDT People are still buying albums -- millions of them each week -- but new releases are accounting for a smaller percentage of those sales.   Looking at the last five years of album sales, current release sales have fallen 38.1% while catalog sales h ...

  19. Shazam Partners With Rdio to Stream Full Songs Inside App (Exclusive)

    July 14, 2014 4:11 PM EDT Good news for music fans who love Shazam but hate having to jump ship to hear complete tracks. The popular music discovery app has released an update to its iOS version that allows users who Shazam a tune to go "beyond the preview" wi ...

  20. Samsung Suspends Ties With Chinese Supplier Amid Child Labor Allegations

    July 14, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Samsung has said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children. The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog on Monday that it had found possible evidence of ...

  21. iRash: Apple Tablets, Other Devices May Be Cause of Nickel Rashes

    July 14, 2014 8:43 AM EDT Unexplained rash? Check your iPad. It turns out the popular tablet computer may contain nickel, one of the most common allergy-inducing metals. Recent reports in medical journals detail nickel allergies from a variety of personal electronic device ...

  22. Ex-'Opie & Anthony' Host Won't Apologize For Rant

    July 13, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Radio talk show host Anthony Cumia is offering no apologies for what satellite radio company SiriusXM called a hate-filled Twitter rant that got him fired. The former co-host of the "Opie & Anthony" show was let go July 3 after tweet ...

  23. RIP '20 on 20': A Look Back at SiriusXM's Promising Pop Show

    July 11, 2014 2:06 PM EDT I’ve long felt that “20 on 20,” SiriusXM’s new releases top 40 station, had the potential to be the most influential mainstream top 40 station in the country. Instead, “20 on 20” will sign off in a repackaging of satellite radio channels on July 1 ...

  24. SiriusXM Cancels Top 40 Channel ’20 On 20,’ Replaces With Rhythmic Pop Hits Station

    July 11, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Among the changes taking place as part of satcaster SiriusXM’s latest channel realignment is the cancellation of longtime mainstream top 40 address "20 on 20.” As of July 17 the channel will be replaced by “Venus,” which will focus on rhythmi ...

  25. SoundCloud Nearing Deal with Major Labels for Pieces of Its Pie (Updated)

    July 11, 2014 1:15 PM EDT SoundCloud is going fully legit, with the company rumored to be selling the three major labels a 9-15% total stake, according to sources cited by Bloomberg . The deal has yet to be announced due to certain parties being closer than others in sig ...

  26. Live Nation and Yahoo Announce Initial Lineup for Live Stream Concert Partnership

    July 11, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Live Nation and Yahoo have announced the first round of artists scheduled to participate in their new live concert streaming partnership. More than 40 acts (see full list below) are confirmed for the new channel, which will stream one live con ...

  27. Garth Brooks to Finally Go Digital at 'a Stupid Price'

    July 10, 2014 2:23 PM EDT Besides the acknowledgement that Garth Brooks is about to announce a major tour and that he has signed a record deal with Sony Music Nashville  to release his new album, the big news from the country superstar's press conference for music ret ...

  28. Bop.fm Wants to Simplify Your Digital Listening, Raises $2M

    July 10, 2014 11:46 AM EDT In the rapidly growing on-demand streaming market, listeners are scattered over many different services and unable to easily share songs or playlists between them. It's reminiscent of the early days of email and texting, when users could o ...

  29. Billboard Artist 100 Chart Launches; Trey Songz Leads First List

    July 10, 2014 10:03 AM EDT Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, MAGIC! and Luke Bryan among others in the top 10 of Billboard's exclusive new ranking of each week's top acts Today (June 10), Billboard proudly unveils the Artist 100 , the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated t ...

  30. Russell Simmons' ADD52 Partners with Samsung's Milk Music to Develop New Artists (Exclusive)

    July 10, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Music veterans Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind are partnering with the world's leading smartphone manufacturer to help develop new artists. Russell Simmons, Steve Rifkind, Brian Robbins Launch All Def Music Label Through Universal ADD52, th ...

  31. Clear Channel's Brian Lankamp Promoted to President of Digital and Technology Ventures

    July 09, 2014 2:21 PM EDT Clear Channel’s Brian Lakamp was promoted to president of technology and digital ventures from his previous role as vice president of digital media overseeing iHeartRadio. The move is part of the company’s overall goal to expand into consumer-driv ...

  32. UMPG and Moodagent Partner for Music Tagging

    July 09, 2014 1:58 PM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has teamed up with Danish company Moodagent for music tagging. UMPG to Make Entire Database Easier for Licensees Tommy LiPuma Joins UMPG as Creative Consultant The Deal: UMPG Inks Pandora Deal “Our goal in t ...

  33. What Taylor Swift Failed to Mention In Her Poptimist Op-Ed

    July 09, 2014 1:47 PM EDT It's not every day a music superstar pens an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal and covers a variety of topics in nearly 1,200 words. At a time many artists fret the industry is crumbling, Swift's piece brims with optimism. Taylor Swift ...

  34. Apple Loses Speech Recognition Technology Patent Case In China (Report)

    July 09, 2014 12:27 PM EDT A Chinese court has ruled against Apple in a patent-infringement case over speech recognition technology, according to Reuters . 5 Things to Know About Apple's Stock Split Apple Wants to Be In Charge of the Internet of Things Apple’s New Head ...

  35. Jay Z Faces Sound Engineer's Bold Claim Over Song Rights

    July 09, 2014 11:43 AM EDT After being accused by Jay Z of stealing master recordings of seminal work, Chauncey Mahan has responded with a provocative lawsuit against the hip-hop star and Roc Nation. Jay Z Involved In Extortion Plot Over Master Recordings: Report Although ...

  36. Six Suggestions for Not Screwing Up Copyright Reform (Guest Post)

    July 09, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Craig Havighurst is a music journalist and media producer in Nashville with a public policy M.A. from Duke's Sanford School. He's followed intellectual property issues since covering the music business for The Tennessean in the 2000s. ...

  37. Global Citizen Festival 2014: Jay Z, No Doubt To Headline

    July 09, 2014 8:08 AM EDT The third annual Global Citizen Festival will feature performances from Jay Z, No Doubt and more big names when it returns to the Great Lawn in New York's Central Park on Sept. 27. Coinciding each year with the United Nations General Assembly ...

  38. YouTube Plans Prepaid Mobile Data Service In India

    July 08, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Google-owned YouTube has struck a deal with Indian cellular service provider Tata DoCoMo to offer a discounted prepaid video data plan , giving consumers an inexpensive alternative to music subscriptions in the world’s second most populous countr ...

  39. Music Vault Releases Treasure Trove of Archived Concert Footage to YouTube

    July 08, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Today, online concert footage archive Music Vault is releasing 17,318 videos on its YouTube , give or take a few. "There are probably a couple that will fall out because we still need to go through and scrub for quality," says Bill Sa ...

  40. Ted Joseph To Manage Relaunched Kalimba Music

    July 07, 2014 10:22 PM EDT EWF founder Maurice White created indie label in late ‘90s Ted Joseph has been appointed label manager for Kalimba Music, relaunched last year by Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White. In his new role, Joseph will also be working with Kalim ...

  41. Taylor Swift Shares Optimistic View of the Music Industry In Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

    July 07, 2014 10:14 PM EDT Taylor Swift believes there’s still hope for the music industry. In fact, she’s “one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying…it's just coming alive,” the superstar wrote in an op-e ...

  42. Twitter Promotes Katie Jacobs Stanton to Global Media Chief

    July 07, 2014 10:05 PM EDT Twitter has moved longtime executive Katie Jacobs Stanton into a new role as global media chief, following the June departure of North American media head Chloe Sladden, THR has confirmed. This marks a consolidation of Stanton's previous role ...

  43. Sub Pop Is the First Label to Launch on TuneIn

    July 07, 2014 4:41 PM EDT Radio streaming service TuneIn has announced Seattle institution Sub Pop as its first label station . Launched last week and already at 3,500 followers, the station features Sub Pop's extensive back catalog and current releases for shows like ...

  44. Microsoft Opens Xbox Music to App Makers

    July 07, 2014 4:01 PM EDT Xbox Music has become the latest music streaming services platform to open up its API to third-party app developers , according to a post on Microsoft's MSDN blog  detailing API features like access to and management of metadata, affiliation ...

  45. Live Nation Launches Boomrat, New EDM Discovery Platform

    July 07, 2014 3:46 PM EDT Live Nation has launched Boomrat, a new electronic dance music discovery platform incubated through the promotion company's start-up subsidiary Live Nation Labs. Boomrat has been a part of Live Nation labs since August 2013, when it firs ...

  46. Rap Genius, Warner/Chappell Ink Licensing Deal

    July 07, 2014 12:23 PM EDT Rap Genius, the New York-based lyric and annotation site, has secured a licensing deal with Warner/Chappell Music, the world's third-largest music publisher. The arrangement, the details of which have not been disclosed, frees up Rap Genius t ...

  47. Warped, Beatport Team Up for Three-Year Deal

    July 07, 2014 11:48 AM EDT Warped founder Kevin Lyman and Beatport executive creative director Clark Warner on their ambitious plans, including potential remixes and helping artists tailor their sound "a little bit for a different audience" It's a Sunday afte ...

  48. Dublab, Cornerstone of L.A.'s Avant-Electro Scene, Marks 15 Years – But How'd They Stick Around?

    July 07, 2014 10:12 AM EDT Since its founding in 1999 as one of the first 24-hour internet radio stations, Los Angeles' dublab (a portmanteau of "dubbing" and "laboratory") co-founder Mark "Frosty" McNeill" and the rest of the staff & ...

  49. YouTube Re-Negotiating with Indies Following Outcry (Report)

    July 06, 2014 12:06 PM EDT YouTube has softened its posture in negotiations on a new streaming music service with indie label trade bodies following an uproar in the past weeks over several provisions in the proposed contract, according to a report from the Financial Time ...

  50. SiriusXM Fires Anthony Cumia Over 'Racially-Charged' Tweets

    July 04, 2014 1:59 PM EDT The host was dropped after making "racially-charged and hate-filled remarks on social media," the satellite radio company said. SiriusXM has fired Opie and Anthony host Anthony Cumia after he posted a series of racist remarks on Twitter ...

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