1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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: ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Jasper Donat on Music Matters 2014: 'Every Year We Bring Something New to the Party'

    May 20, 2014 1:49 PM EDT Music Matters, the largest and most important music conference in Asia, starts Wednesday (May 21) in Singapore and runs through Friday with live music showcases for the event continuing through Saturday. The conference is part of a larger set of e ...

  36. East Village Radio's Founder, GM on Inspiration, Challenges, Pulling the Plug (Guest Post)

    May 20, 2014 11:24 AM EDT Frank Prisinzano and Peter Ferraro are the founder and general manager, respectively, of East Village Radio, a long-running Internet radio station which announced its closure last week. The station's last day on the air will be this Friday. ...

  37. Can Twitter Afford To Buy SoundCloud? Can It Afford Not To?

    May 20, 2014 10:46 AM EDT Twitter is reportedly mulling a potential acquisition of SoundCloud, although no announcement appears to be imminent.  Even if the companies are a good fit for each other, a deal seems unlikely in the short term, not least because Twitter would li ...

  38. Twitter SoundCloud Acquisition Would Grow Two Birds With One Stone

    May 19, 2014 5:21 PM EDT The potential Twitter acquisition of audio-streaming platform SoundCloud would kill two birds with one stone. The popular audio-sharing service would grow under the ownership of one of the world's biggest social media service. It would als ...

  39. Lyor Cohen on Twitter Acquiring SoundCloud: ‘It Would Be a Wonderful Day’

    May 19, 2014 4:20 PM EDT “It would be a wonderful day,” was how Lyor Cohen described reports that Twitter is exploring the possibility of acquiring music streaming site SoundCloud. Of course the esteemed music industry vet, who once helmed Def Jam and Warner Music and rec ...

  40. Twitter Mulling SoundCloud Buy (Report)

    May 19, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Twitter is reportedly mulling an acquisition of SoundCloud, according to Re/code, who spoke to people with ties to both companies. SoundCloud, founded in 2007 by Eric Wahlforss, and Alexander Ljung, has raised $123.3 million in four funding rou ...

  41. Exclusive: Rdio Now Playing In Nine More European & Asian Countries

    May 19, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Streaming service Rdio is now available in nine more countries, thanks to a series of new launches in Europe and Asia. Subscribers can now stream on-demand music and custom stations in a total of 60 territories spanning the globe. In Asia, Rdio ad ...

  42. Walter Isaacson, Steve Jobs' Biographer, Predicts Jimmy Iovine Will Run Apple's Content Business

    May 19, 2014 11:28 AM EDT It may not be the headphones or the streaming. Does Tim Cook think Jimmy Iovine is the next Steve Jobs? This article first appeared in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Apple is reportedly acquiring Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, wi ...

  43. AT&T Aims for TV's Future with $48.5B DirecTV Deal

    May 19, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Priming itself for the age of Internet-delivered video, AT&T Inc. said it would buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion in cash and stock, or $95 per share. While DirecTV doesn't help the telecom company compete in the online video space immediatel ...

  44. Computers, Classics and Cadenzas: Making Math Music From Literature

    May 19, 2014 10:00 AM EDT "We present a method to automatically generate music from literature." Let's give that a second to sink in. Ready? OK. Two technology-rooted artists (or, if you prefer, art-focused technologists) have devised a method for analyzing ...

  45. Google, Apple Settle Longstanding Patent Dispute

    May 19, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Two of the world's largest technology giants have reached an agreement to settle all of their lawsuits against each other regarding smartphone patents. German Econ. Minister Mulls Google Breakup Following Complaints Google, Viacom Settle YouT ...

  46. Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith Lead Shazam’s 2014 Summer Hits Predictions

    May 19, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Ed Sheeran will be the voice of this summer. That’s the word according to the Shazam song recognition service, which has published its top 10 "Sounds of Summer" list. Shazam’s crystal ball-gazing is based on the songs more than 450 milli ...

  47. Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons Win Big at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Justin Timberlake received seven Billboard Music Awards Sunday, taking home trophies for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album ("The 20/20 Experience") in a three-hour show at at the MGM Grand Arena. Imagine Dr ...

  48. Michael Jackson Hologram Rocks Billboard Music Awards: Go Behind the Scenes

    May 18, 2014 9:29 PM EDT The Michael Jackson performance on the Billboard Music Awards was the result of nearly half a year of planning, choreography and filming, not to mention the development of new technology. Producers of the Billboard Music Awards did not see even a ...

  49. AT&T Plans to Acquire DirecTV For $48.5 Billion

    May 18, 2014 5:44 PM EDT AT&T says it is buying DirecTV for $95 per share, or $48.5 billion, a move that gives the telecommunications company a larger base of video subscribers and increases its ability to compete against Comcast and Time Warner Cable, which agreed to ...

  50. The Future of Streaming: Apple's Entry May Usher in an Era of Titanic Competition

    May 16, 2014 2:17 PM EDT The Apple-Beats deal talks were just the starter pistol. Industry execs eye the competition ahead. This article first appeared in the May 24th issue of Billboard Magazine . Talks continued at press time over Apple's bid to buy Beats Electroni ...

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