1. Apple-Beats Deal: The Music Biz Weighs In

    June 02, 2014 3:37 AM EDT When Cortez Bryant decided to negotiate a headphones marketing deal for his clients Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj a few years ago, he turned down more money from other more established companies to sign with Beats By Dre for a simple reason. "The ...

  2. PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Hits 2 Billion YouTube Views

    May 31, 2014 1:08 AM EDT PSY's "Gangnam Style" has hit an unprecedented milestone – again. The mega-hit has just become the first video in history to surpass two billion views on YouTube, a little more than 17 months after becoming the first to surpass the ...

  3. Live Nation & Facebook Announce 'Events' Tab for Artist Pages

    May 30, 2014 3:02 PM EDT Live Nation and Facebook have teamed up to launch 'Official Events,' a tab on artist pages that will link to Ticketmaster purchase pages. The new tab was debuted earlier this month on Jay Z and Beyonce 's Facebook pages, ahead of th ...

  4. Apple’s Beats Deal: Why Content Is No Longer King (Guest Post)

    May 30, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Benedict Evans is partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Previously, he was a strategy consultant in London, and worked in strategy at NBC Universal, Channel 4 and Orange. Follow him on  his blog , and on Twitter @BenedictEvans . Apple's Beats dea ...

  5. Digital Tech, Helping Monetize and Expand the Live Music Experience (Guest Post)

    May 30, 2014 1:28 PM EDT Peter D. Csathy is CEO of Manatt Digital Media Ventures. As I wrote previously , new and transformative online services enable artists to expand their “communities” of fans, directly engage with them, and monetize in myriad ways never before possi ...

  6. Amazon Preps Prime Music Service For Launch Within Weeks (Report)

    May 29, 2014 9:33 PM EDT Another day, another tech behemoth getting into the music streaming business. Amazon.com is reportedly preparing to add a library of music to its hybrid Amazon Prime service within a few weeks, giving annual subscribers access to a limited catalog ...

  7. Winners and Losers From the Apple-Beats Deal

    May 29, 2014 7:11 PM EDT Love it or hate it, Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics , the tech giant's largest acquisition to date, will have a huge impact in the music industry and beyond. Beats' financial backers clearly benefit from the sal ...

  8. iTunes Store Customer Spending Down 24% (Report)

    May 29, 2014 5:15 PM EDT It would seem that Apple's purchase of Beats and attendant move into the streaming music service business was prescient. CNN, citing a report from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, writes that Apple's per-user spending in its iTunes S ...

  9. EDMbiz Announces First Wave of Panelists, Speakers Including Hardwell, Tom Windish, More (Exclusive)

    May 29, 2014 1:43 PM EDT EDMbiz Conference & Expo today announced the first wave of speakers and panelists to appear at the annual industry event’s third edition this June. EDMbiz Returns to Vegas in June, Bigger Than Before Hardwell, Dyro & Dannic Talk Upcoming P ...

  10. Jimmy Iovine Claims Beats Music Has 250K Subscribers, Critical of Spotify at Code Conference (Report)

    May 29, 2014 1:03 PM EDT Apple SVP Eddy Cue and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine discussed Steve Jobs' legacy, Beats' ill-fated partnership with mobile phone provider HTC and Spotify's recently announced subscription numbers, among other things, during the Cod ...

  11. U.K. Music Industry's Sync Revenue Rose 3.2 Percent in 2013

    May 29, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Revenue from music placed in TV programs, movies and ads rose by 3.2 percent in the U.K. in 2013. Recorded music industry organization BPI said the so-called "sync" business  provided the U.K. industry with revenue of almost $31.8 millio ...

  12. Spotify Launches in Brazil

    May 29, 2014 10:40 AM EDT Spotify is now available in Brazil.  After reports that the online streaming service, which had been available in the country as an invite-only trial version, was gearing up to launch in the eighth largest market in the world (and the biggest Sout ...

  13. Price War: Beats Music Drops Price, Extends Trial

    May 28, 2014 9:47 PM EDT Newly united Apple and Beats Music didn’t even wait a day after formally announcing their $3 billion union to start a price war with their competition. Beats Music’s latest app update includes a 17% drop in price for yearly subscribers in the U.S. ...

  14. Doug Morris, Scooter Braun, Daniel Ek, More on the Apple-Beats Deal

    May 28, 2014 8:36 PM EDT With news of Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics breaking today, Billboard reached out to prominent executives and thinkers from across the music industry to get their thoughts on the deal. This is going to be an amazing bridg ...

  15. Fight Over Megaupload's Frozen Assets Heats Up

    May 28, 2014 6:49 PM EDT In April, Hollywood studios launched a copyright infringement lawsuit against Megaupload and its founder, Kim Dotcom. The action was taken as U.S. authorities continue to push for Dotcom's extradition from New Zealand to answer charges of cri ...

  16. Apple Buys Beats in $3 Billion Deal; Iovine, Dr. Dre to Join Tech Giant

    May 28, 2014 4:33 PM EDT 14 2.117 k 173 69 After nearly three weeks of waiting and speculation, Apple has officially announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music in a $3 billion deal.   Beats founders -- Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine and hip-ho ...

  17. Apple Drops Beats Purchase Price From $3.2 to $3 Billion (Report)

    May 28, 2014 1:14 PM EDT Apple has lowered the purchase price of Beats from an estimated $3.2 billion to $3 billion, the New York Post reported this morning.  Leading up to the anticipated acknowledgement and announcement of the acquisition, supposedly due later this week ...

  18. TuneCore Promotes Scott Ackerman to CEO

    May 28, 2014 8:00 AM EDT TuneCore announced today the appointment of Scott Ackerman as CEO for the digital distribution and publishing administration company. Related Articles TuneCore Inks Deal with KKBOX, Top Asian Music Subscription Service (Exclusive) TuneCore Downloa ...

  19. Universal Music Demands End to Massive Digital Royalties Class Action

    May 27, 2014 9:12 PM EDT Over the past few years, major record labels have been attempting to put out a legal firestorm from recording artists who claim to have been cheated on digital music. Some labels like Sony and Warner have agreed to pay millions of dollars to set ...

  20. Spotify Breach Will Require Android App Upgrades

    May 27, 2014 4:48 PM EDT Spotify is requiring people listening to its popular music service on Android devices to install new software as a safeguard against a recent security breach. Related Articles Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Hitting 10 Million Subs, Apple-Beats Deal, IPO ...

  21. Exclusive: How the RIAA Would Fix Music Licensing

    May 27, 2014 3:23 PM EDT To help streamline and modernize the way music is licensed, the RIAA wants new blanket licenses and market-based royalty rates to replace the current system of one-by-one licensing and rates set by courts. These and other suggestions were made in ...

  22. YouTube Launches Creator Preview, Looks to Add Crowdfunding, Mobile Analytics App, More

    May 27, 2014 2:15 PM EDT YouTube has announced its intentions to add crowdfunding, a mobile app for content creators, and multi-language captions and subtitles. In its inaugural Creator Preview video posted to the YouTube blog , the online video streaming platform reveale ...

  23. Pharrell Williams to Perform AmEx 'Unstaged' Concert June 3 at NYC's Apollo

    May 27, 2014 6:00 AM EDT Pharrell Williams has been tapped to kick off the latest installment of “American Express Unstaged” live-streaming concert series, a partnership with Vevo and YouTube. Williams will play a special show at New York’s Apollo Theater on June 3 that w ...

  24. Rap Genius Co-Founder Mahbod Moghadam Resigns in Wake of Elliot Rodger Annotation

    May 26, 2014 9:10 PM EDT Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam today resigned from the company and board of directors of the music annotation site, according to a letter posted on the Rap Genius site by its CEO/co-founder Tom Lehman. The resignation follows an annotation ...

  25. Music Matters With Daniel Glass, Apl.de.ap, Marc Geiger Wraps Up in Singapore

    May 26, 2014 2:42 PM EDT The 9th Music Matters conference in Singapore wrapped up on Saturday, running May 21 through May 24. The proceedings are the focal point of the music industry in Asia when they happen. The live music showcases saw their culmination on the final da ...

  26. Jason Aldean Warms Up Indy 500, Talks Firestone Deal and New Album at Pre-Race Concert

    May 25, 2014 2:50 PM EDT “It’s hard not to have fun when you’re in the infield of a race track,” Jason Aldean said addressing the sold-out crowd of 41,000 screaming fans on Saturday night (May 24) at the inaugural Firestone Legends Day Concert on the eve of the 98th Indy ...

  27. Five Things Holding Up the Apple-Beats Deal

    May 23, 2014 3:42 PM EDT When news broke on Thursday May 8 that Apple was in talks to buy Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre’s Beats Electronics for a shocking $3.2 billion the deal’s closure seemed imminent. In fact Billboard’s sources repeatedly said late that day, the tran ...

  28. Put a Chevy In My Video: How Mirriad and Vevo Are Retroactively Placing Products

    May 23, 2014 1:56 PM EDT Mirriad's new partnership with Vevo, could prove an important source of revenue for the music business. Mirriad is from the future -- or at least you could be forgiven for thinking so. It's an advertising platform with a unique pitch: Te ...

  29. Facebook to Expand Privacy Check-Up Tool

    May 23, 2014 12:09 PM EDT More Facebook users can expect to see a blue cartoon dinosaur popping up in their feeds, reminding them to check their privacy settings. No stranger to privacy fiascos, Facebook had already made the tool available to users who were posting public ...

  30. Apple’s CarPlay to Hitch iPhone to Autos

    May 23, 2014 12:04 PM EDT Apple is getting ready to hitch the iPhone to cars in a mobile marriage of convenience. The ambitious project, called CarPlay, implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a t ...

  31. Exploration.io's Aaron Davis on Maximizing YouTube and SoundCloud (Q&A)

    May 23, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Aaron Davis helps content owners take maximum advantage of YouTube and SoundCloud via the services of Exploration.io, the comprehensive digital media management company he founded and where he serves as CEO. Last month, Davis spoke at a SESAC-spon ...

  32. Indies Blast YouTube’s ‘Unnecessary & Indefensible’ Tactics as Streaming Service Readies

    May 23, 2014 3:12 AM EDT The independent music community is getting ready to rumble with YouTube after the Internet giant was accused of using bully tactics to sign-up indies for its long-rumored streaming music service. The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has said ...

  33. Kevin Godley's WholeWorldBand App Allows Fans to Create Video Mixes Online, Artists Get Paid

    May 23, 2014 1:27 AM EDT With WholeWorldBand , music biz vet Kevin Godley's innovative new iPad and iPhone app, users anywhere in the world can record music and video in a virtual studio with a who's who of superstars. The app just completed an initial round of ...

  34. 5 Seconds of Summer Hit Top 10 on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    May 22, 2014 8:22 PM EDT Pop/rock quartet 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) is quickly becoming an online force that can sway its online fan army to achieve Social 50 chart success. This week, following 5SOS’ performance on the May 18 Billboard Music Awards, the band surges into ...

  35. Trans World Entertainment Reports 7.2% Sales Decline

    May 22, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Trans World Entertainment reported a loss of $386,000, or one cent per share, on sales of $87.2 million for the fiscal first quarter ended May 3. That compares with the $1.6 million, or 5 cents per share, in profit that the company reported in the ...

  36. Moogfest Loses $1.5 Million, Will it be Back Next Year?

    May 22, 2014 12:39 PM EDT Although the music, technology and art festival in Asheville, North Carolina garnered praise from attendees, artists and critics alike, Moogfest 2014 posted a loss of $1.5 million on this year’s event, according to a grant application for funding ...

  37. Spotify Growth by the Numbers (Infographic)

    May 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT With Spotify finally announcing its latest subscriber numbers —ten Million globally and three million in the U.S.—Billboard wrangled more data and put together this infographic showing Spotify's rise and key data points. Most interesting is h ...

  38. Viggle Expands Into Music Identification

    May 22, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Shazam is getting some more competition. Viggle , an online platform that allows television viewers to "check in" to programs they watch, is branching out to music. Now the Viggle mobile app has been expanded to include a music identific ...

  39. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Hitting 10 Million Subs, Apple-Beats Deal, IPO (Q&A)

    May 21, 2014 7:16 PM EDT On Wednesday Spotify revealed it now has ten million paying subscribers and 40 million active users. CEO and founder Daniel Ek spoke to Billboard about what the numbers say about where the industry and his own business is right now. Billboard: ...

  40. Facebook Introduces Music, TV Audio Recognition Feature

    May 21, 2014 2:56 PM EDT For Shazam and SoundHound, audio recognition and identification is the core of their businesses. But for Facebook, it’s now a feature. Beginning today, the social network is rolling out a new functionality that will enable users to tag status up ...

  41. NMPA Launches Suits Against Infringing Lyric Sites

    May 21, 2014 2:38 PM EDT The National Music Publishers Assn. is saying it has taken a last-resort approach and filed lawsuits against two lyric websites it claims is infringing copyright laws by posting lyrics without getting licenses from -- or paying -- rightsholders. T ...

  42. UBC Media Acquires 7digital in Reverse Takeover Deal

    May 21, 2014 2:30 PM EDT UBC Media has conditionally agreed to buy British digital music company 7digital in a £16.5 million ($28 million) reverse takeover deal that will see the two companies merge to form a new entity called 7digital Group PLC.  The new, enlarged compan ...

  43. If Not Twitter & SoundCloud, Who Will Make a Deal?

    May 21, 2014 1:36 PM EDT Conversations about acquisitions happen all the time, so maybe the story about Twitter and SoundCloud discussing a deal was more of an interesting leak than a close call. In the past two days, we’ve learned that there were conversations between th ...

  44. Audiam Expands Into Publishing Administration

    May 21, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Audiam has expanded its expertise in mining YouTube revenue opportunities to offering its services to unlock revenues tied up at other digital services due to data problems gumming up proper accounting and payments. Initially billed as a service ...

  45. Indiegogo Nets Investors Richard Branson, PayPal's Max Levchin Following $40M Funding Round

    May 21, 2014 12:24 PM EDT Crowdfunding site Indiegogo has netted a round of investors including business magnate Richard Branson, PayPal co-founder and former CTO Max Levchin, and Google X's Megan Smith, reports Business Insider . The investment's amount has not ...

  46. Amazing Media, Digital A&R Solution, Draws Big Names, Money

    May 21, 2014 11:54 AM EDT This article first appeared in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Former BBC executive Paul Campbell launched a new company in the United Kingdom in 2007, looking for ways to help musicians find a wider audience for their work. He establis ...

  47. Vimeo to Launch Music Copyright ID System (Exclusive)

    May 21, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Vimeo, the hosting site popular with video artists of all stripes and which uses the motto "upload your own work," will be implementing a system they're calling Copyright Match, intended to prevent music copyright infringement on th ...

  48. Spotify Now Has 10 Million Paid Subscribers, 3 Million In U.S. (Exclusive)

    May 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT New numbers important to both the industry and the music streaming company. The number of paying Spotify subscribers has grown to ten million globally driven by mobile usage -- noting a major landmark number for the music industry as it looks ...

  49. Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Face Royalties Claim From Beats Headphones Co-Founder

    May 20, 2014 8:29 PM EDT As the rumored marriage between Apple Computers and Beats Electronics remains stubbornly awaiting its "I do's," a royalty dispute that looks back at the beginning of the headphones giant is heating up. Last Friday, former hedge-fund ...

  50. Shutterstock Is Getting Into the Music Business

    May 20, 2014 3:48 PM EDT Online video demand spikes need for stock tunes. You'll now be able to go to Shutterstock for more than just images and videos. The company today unveiled a licensable music section for those with soundtrack needs. Related Articles Getty Imag ...

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