1. Apple Music Investigated for Label Collusion

    June 09, 2015 9:26 PM EDT The attorneys general of New York and Connecticut have been investigating Apple's new streaming service in an attempt to determine whether the tech giant pressured or conspired with record labels to withdraw support for other services.  At is ...

  2. Music Fans May Not Want to Pay -- But Apple Music's Launch Signals a Broader Media Strategy

    June 09, 2015 3:40 PM EDT A key impediment to digital music growth has been Apple's avoidance of the music subscription model. That era officially came to an end Monday when Apple announced Apple Music , an overhaul of the Beats Music service it acquired last year and ...

  3. 'All Boats Rise': Jimmy Iovine & Eddy Cue Explain Apple Music, Working With Labels, Pricing

    June 09, 2015 2:17 PM EDT The culture-collide of old-school record business and new technology was no more evident than in a private room following Apple’s announcement of its new music service on June 8. There, on perpendicular couches, Jimmy Iovine draped his legs over t ...

  4. Inside the CMA Music Festival's Head-First Dive Into Digital: 'We Want to Be Relevant'

    June 09, 2015 1:32 PM EDT The CMA Music Festival typically stuffs 80,000 extra bodies into a physical campus in downtown Nashville for four days of concerts and artist/fan interaction. But when the 2015 edition takes place June 11-14, the Country Music Association will be ...

  5. Test Driving Apple Music: Learning Your Taste, Expanding On It

    June 09, 2015 8:25 AM EDT Apple Music, which combines on-demand streaming, a 24-7 global radio station and a connect function for bonus content and direct-to-fan engagement, won’t launch until the end of the month, but Billboard got a sneak peek at the new service at the J ...

  6. Apple Music: We Still Have Some Questions

    June 08, 2015 7:39 PM EDT The world finally got a look at Apple Music . The subscription service includes Beats 1 radio programming, costs $9.99 per month (or $14.99 per month for the family plan) and will launch on June 30. It has a typically sleek Apple design and will ...

  7. Apple Music Sinks Rivals' Stocks

    June 08, 2015 6:55 PM EDT Shares of Pandora Media and RealNetworks each tumbled 4 percent on Monday after Apple announced its Apple Music digital service will launch June 30 for $9.99 a month. Apple Unveils Streaming Service, 24-Hour Worldwide Radio Station Some investors ...

  8. Apple Music: Twitter Reacts with Questions, Jokes

    June 08, 2015 5:33 PM EDT Apple Music has finally come from behind the curtain placed over it when the tech giant bought the still-nascent Beats Music streaming service last year. Listeners are being offered the same price point as Spotify ($9.99 per month, plus a cheaper, ...

  9. Drake, Previously In Talks With Tidal, Endorses Apple Music at WWDC

    June 08, 2015 4:20 PM EDT It's official: Drake, who was on board to join Jay Z's Tidal until two days before the service's March 30 launch, loves Apple Music. The 28-year-old Toronto rapper seemingly owned the artist presence at Apple's 2015 WWDC, appe ...

  10. Spotify Founder Daniel Ek Tweets (And Deletes) His Thoughts on Apple Music

    June 08, 2015 3:51 PM EDT Apple just launched its long-awaited streaming service Apple Music , touted among insiders as the only service that could possibly jeopardize Spotify's dominant role in the streaming market. Apple Unveils Streaming Service, 24-Hour Worldwid ...

  11. Apple Unveils Streaming Service, 24-Hour Worldwide Radio Station

    June 08, 2015 3:00 PM EDT Although rock star and Beats chief creative officer Trent Reznor had a front-row seat at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, held at San Francisco's Moscone Center on June 8, music took a backseat to tech announcements at the even ...

  12. Billy Corgan on Free Streaming, Apple's 'Sweetheart Deals' & Shrewd Tech Companies

    June 08, 2015 1:15 PM EDT Like many others with a stake in the music biz,  Billy Corgan has streaming on his mind these days. As Apple launches its own subscription service and Spotify's founder hits the press circuit to  make his case for the freemium model , the Sma ...

  13. Artists Going Pro with GoPro: Is Money, Exposure Shifting to Branded YouTube Channels?

    June 08, 2015 12:25 PM EDT Amidst the continuing decline of physical and digital sales and the controversy surrounding streaming payouts, bands and musicians have over the past several years looked to brands and lucrative sync deals for much-needed exposure and a paycheck. ...

  14. What Apple's Streaming Service Will Need to Succeed

    June 08, 2015 11:38 AM EDT Apple will announce a new subscription music service today (June 8) at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference. It's not hyperbole to say Apple's entry into subscription music could hasten both the rise of paid subscription service an ...

  15. Kobalt Announces Global Collection Society

    June 08, 2015 11:20 AM EDT Kobalt has formed what it describes as the world's first global digital collections society following last year's quiet acquisition of the American Mechanical Rights Agency, or AMRA. The independent music publishing company said it will ...

  16. Midem 2015: ASCAP President Paul Williams Laments 'Fundamental Lack of Respect for Creators'

    June 08, 2015 9:29 AM EDT Singer, songwriter and ASCAP president Paul Williams made his first-ever trip to Midem over the weekend to share his thoughts on digital music, fair treatment for creators and "out-of-step" music licensing laws. Billboard  contributing e ...

  17. Apple Reportedly Wants 100 Million Subscribers for New Streaming Service

    June 08, 2015 8:46 AM EDT Apple's iTunes helped change the way music-lovers bought their favorite songs, replacing plastic discs with digital downloads. Now the maker of iPods and iPhones wants to carve out a leading role in a revolution well underway, with a new, pai ...

  18. Midem 2015: Sony Music CEO Confirms Apple Will Unveil Streaming Service Monday, Discusses Lengthy Career & More

    June 07, 2015 11:18 AM EDT Fresh from being honored just an hour earlier at the Billboard Midem Breakfast on Sunday, June 7, Sony Music chairman/CEO Doug Morris gave an expansive "Lessons Learned" keynote interview about his early days as a songwriter and a young ...

  19. 7 Things Insiders Expect from Apple's Streaming Announcement

    June 05, 2015 4:05 PM EDT With an announcement of Apple’s new music streaming service expected on June 8 at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, speculation as to what will be said, heard and shown is only gaining intensity in the final hours. Speaking to ...

  20. Why Did Universal Pull Maroon 5's Video for 'This Summer's Gonna Hurt'?

    June 05, 2015 2:00 PM EDT The video for "This Summer's Gonna Hurt Like a Motherf****r," uploaded to Maroon 5 's official YouTube ( not Vevo) account, was pulled today after generating over 1.4 million views, replaced by a message that Universal Music Gr ...

  21. Billboard Cover: Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Taylor Swift, His 'Freemium' Business Model and Why He's Saving the Music Industry

    June 05, 2015 9:00 AM EDT “It’s hard to criticize someone who’s hugely successful,” says Daniel Ek. The Spotify CEO is sitting inside a diner-style booth, in one of the many thoughtfully placed nooks at the company’s 100,000-square-foot Manhattan office, the day after a Ma ...

  22. YouTube's User Personalization 'Going Granular' to Double Its Reach

    June 04, 2015 7:45 PM EDT YouTube is in the process of doubling its users, or trying to at least. And considering the video streaming service currently reaches more than 1 billion people, that should be quite the feat.  The key lies in tailored viewing experiences, accordi ...

  23. YouTube for Artists: Ed Sheeran Is Huge in the Philippines & 10 More Things We Learned

    June 04, 2015 7:23 PM EDT YouTube's newly released  YouTube for Artists ' tool, Music Insights , is the video hub's most transparent use of its global viewing data yet. By tapping into data logged since September 2014, anyone can enter an artist's name ...

  24. Spotify Royalties Grew to $300 Million in First Quarter

    June 04, 2015 3:45 PM EDT Spotify may have its critics, but the embattled music subscription service can routinely point to growing pile of royalties it has paid to rights holders. Billboard has learned the music subscription company paid out $300 million to rights holders ...

  25. Amazon Pulls Out of MIC Coalition Over Its Alleged Focus on Music Pricing

    June 04, 2015 3:40 PM EDT Amazon, one of the original members of the recently founded MIC Coalition (Music Innovators, Consumers), has withdrawn from the group. The formation of MIC was announced as the MusicFIRST-led bill Fair Play, Fair Pay was introduced . The legislati ...

  26. Songkick's Merger With CrowdSurge Adds Ticketing to Concert Discovery

    June 04, 2015 1:22 PM EDT Concert discovery and ticket sales go together like peanut butter and jelly -- at least for Americans. The 50/50 merger of Songkick and Crowdsurge, announced Thursday, should make finding and buying concert tickets much easier. Songkick, the name ...

  27. Lil Wayne Joins Tidal as Company Launches Ticketing Feature, Desktop Clients

    June 04, 2015 11:53 AM EDT Tidal, the Jay-Z-led music subscription service, has added a top-shelf artist, new products and lower pricing for some younger consumers. Lil Wayne has joined Tidal -- he's a co-owner, according to Forbes -- and Wednesday released an exclusiv ...

  28. SoundCloud Signs Deal with Indie Giant Merlin

    June 04, 2015 10:24 AM EDT Independent label organization Merlin, which represents over 20,000 independent labels, has signed a contract with SoundCloud to join the company's On SoundCloud program, the London-based organization announced today. The deal will allow Me ...

  29. YouTube Unveils Tool to Help Artists Track User Uploads, Regional Heat

    June 03, 2015 2:46 PM EDT You've heard the term "Big in Japan," but what about "Big in Slovakia"? Knowing where ones music is connecting most with fans could presumably help an artist with tour and radio strategies, but getting that data isn't ...

  30. Apple Recalls Over 230,000 Beats Pill XL Speakers

    June 03, 2015 11:42 AM EDT Apple has announced a recall of all Beats Pill XL speakers following reports of overheated batteries in the popular product. The company said on Wednesday that in some "rare cases" the speaker's battery posed a fire safety risk and ...

  31. Tim Cook Burns Tech Rivals and the Feds Over Privacy and Encryption in Stirring Speech

    June 03, 2015 10:37 AM EDT Apple CEO Tim Cook delivered a robust, and very thinly veiled, rebuke to Facebook and Google over their privacy policies in a speech at the "EPIC Champions of Freedom" event in Washington on Monday night. Cook was being honored by the ci ...

  32. Bandpage Looks to Bring Billions of Sales to Industry, Starting with Rhapsody

    June 03, 2015 9:00 AM EDT The fruits of Bandpage's ambitious and long-in-the-works data crunch -- focused on identifying artists' most engaged fans and knowing what type of product those fans may be interested in, to oversimplify -- come off the vine today. The ...

  33. PepsiCo's Frank Cooper Joining BuzzFeed as Chief Marketing and Chief Content Officer

    June 02, 2015 11:45 PM EDT Frank Cooper, PepsiCo's longtime chief marketing officer of global consumer engagement and a four-time Billboard Power 100 honoree will join BuzzFeed in late June as the company's chief marketing and content officer, BuzzFeed announced T ...

  34. PwC's Music Biz Forecast for the Next Four Years? More of the Same, Despite Looming Changes

    June 02, 2015 8:30 PM EDT What will happen to the music business through the end of the decade? Disruptive entrants could push the market off course, a scenario being widely considered as Apple readies for the debut of a new music subscription service . Or it could follo ...

  35. Looking to Top Siri, SoundHound Launches Voice Search

    June 02, 2015 3:12 PM EDT Song-recognition app maker SoundHound Inc. on Tuesday unveiled a wildly ambitious plan to take on Google Inc., Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp., and Amazon.com Inc. with its voice search technology, dubbed Hound. The Silicon Valley company, which had b ...

  36. YouTube Content Chief Says Music Key to Launch in 'Few Months,' Talks Company's Mobile Strategy

    June 02, 2015 11:38 AM EDT Who's worried about the delay of YouTube's music subscription service, Music Key? Not YouTube, this according to the company's head of content, Robert Kyncl , who told reporters in a Google Hangout session that "we're stil ...

  37. Vimeo Adds Tools to Let Creators Charge for Views

    June 02, 2015 9:35 AM EDT Just as YouTube seems poised to launch a subscription video business, competitor Vimeo has unveiled new tools that allow creators to charge for recurring content.  IAC-owned Vimeo on Tuesday announced subscription features for its Video On Demand ...

  38. Drake, Pharrell Williams Confirmed for Apple's Music Service (Minus That $19 Million Payday)

    June 01, 2015 3:31 PM EDT Apple’s revamped music service -- expected to be unveiled during Apple’s 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference next week (June 8-12) -- has at least two confirmed faces: Drake and Pharrell Williams , according to multiple sources familiar with nego ...

  39. Steve Albini: Copyright Has Expired

    May 30, 2015 4:20 PM EDT Steve Albini celebrated the Internet, announced the death of copyright, and voiced his ongoing disdain for the music business during an eloquent and expectedly provocative talk at the Primavera Pro conference in Barcelona. The musician, engineer ...

  40. Sony Music CEO Doug Morris Says Company Is 'Rooting For Jay Z and Tidal to Succeed'

    May 29, 2015 7:27 PM EDT Much was made on the web today (May 29) of the possibility that Beyonce may have her catalog pulled from Tidal, the streaming service her husband (that's Jay Z) launched in March at a press conference where she appeared on stage. Media out ...

  41. Someone Claiming to Be a Former Grooveshark Employee Says He's Behind the Site's Clones

    May 29, 2015 2:22 PM EDT The internet coders keeping the Grooveshark name alive in the news have struck again. Weeks after the actual -- and notorious -- music streaming site was downed by the RIAA, and following a series of clones operating on various domains, a person c ...

  42. Snapchat, Mobile Messaging and the New Age of Streaming

    May 29, 2015 2:01 PM EDT There's no obvious way of doing things anymore. People rush to read the annual Internet trends report by respected analyst Mary Meeker, now a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. Meeker released her latest report , ...

  43. Atlanta Rapper Silento's Road to a Label Deal, Chart Success: Professional YouTubers

    May 29, 2015 1:56 PM EDT Silento is a 17-year-old rapper from Atlanta whose single “Watch Me” has become a social media dance anthem, currently taking over the Internet. The track climbs 27-25 in its 13th week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated June 6), while simultane ...

  44. Billboard Launches 'Billboard Radio China,' Asia's First Billboard-Branded Internet Radio Station

    May 28, 2015 9:33 PM EDT Billboard has launched Billboard Radio China, Asia's first Billboard -branded internet radio station. The new venture is in partnership with media and technology holding company Tork Limited with the intent of becoming the leading music desti ...

  45. Shazam's New Visual Recognition Capabilities Could Change the Way Labels Promote Albums

    May 28, 2015 7:45 PM EDT A little camera icon appeared on the Shazam app today and it means big things for the New York City mobile company. Now, the company's 100 million users can use the app for visual recognition. But the camera won’t ID just anything you point i ...

  46. SoundCloud CEO Confident Premium Service Will Launch This Year, Warns Against Killing Freemium

    May 28, 2015 2:28 PM EDT Despite a few hurdles still in front of them, SoundCloud's plan to launch a premium subscription service in 2015 is still a go, according to founder and CEO Alexander Ljung . The company has yet to reach licensing agreements with two out of ...

  47. Apple Bests Google for World's Most Valuable Brand

    May 28, 2015 11:28 AM EDT After duking it out with Google for the top spot in recent years, Apple again has the most valuable business moniker in the world, according to BrandZ's Top 100 Most Valuable Brands study. Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple held the No. 1 spot on ...

  48. YouTube Is Worth $70 Billion On Its Own, Says BoA Analysts

    May 28, 2015 9:38 AM EDT "YouTube is a big asset that warrants a big valuation," says Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Justin Post in a paper shared with Bloomberg this week, and boy is it a big number. According to Post and his team, the Google-owned onlin ...

  49. Wolfgang's Vault Sued By 26 Music Companies

    May 27, 2015 4:03 PM EDT The NMPA has filed a suit on behalf of 26 music publishing companies  against Wolfgang's Vault , an online marketplace which sells live concerts, CDs and vinyl. Peermusic ,  ABKCO  Music,  Imagem  and Screen Gems are among the publishers supp ...

  50. Merlin Partners With Asian Streaming Service KKBOX

    May 27, 2015 1:34 PM EDT Global independent rights group Merlin has signed a licensing deal with Asia's leading music streaming service, KKBOX. The partnership represents Merlin's first ever pan-Asian specific deal and covers the territories of Taiwan, Hong Kong ...

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