1. Major Labels Taking 'Russian Facebook' to Court Over 'Large Scale' Piracy

    August 12, 2014 10:22 AM EDT VKontakte, known as the "Russian Facebook," is under fire in court from three major record labels that accuse the social media giant of doing little to stop wide-scale piracy by users. A judge in arbitration court for the St. Petersburg ...

  2. Smule Reveals Artist Program to Foster 'Organic' Fan Engagement

    August 11, 2014 1:44 PM EDT Smule, developer of music apps such as Magic Piano and Sing!, has launched a program that will help connect bands with fans. Called the Smule Artist Program, the initiative provides artists and labels access to 20 million active users who, through ...

  3. BitTorrent Comes to iOS

    August 11, 2014 10:45 AM EDT BitTorrent, the oft-maligned, semi-misunderstood (did you know that, until earlier this year, Spotify used an identical technology to deliver music to you?) file-sharing protocol, has entered the verdant landscape of iOS after years of rejection. ...

  4. Nico & Vinz Teams With Pepsi for U.S. 'Am I Wrong' Video

    August 11, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Though Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" has become an out-of-nowhere smash in the U.S. this summer, topping Billboard's Radio Songs chart and spending the last three weeks at No. 4 on the Hot 100, the song hasn't had an upda ...

  5. Rhapsody Revenues Rise in Second Quarter

    August 08, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Rhapsody hasn't made its music subscription service profitable, but it's definitely growing. Revenues grew 22.3 percent to $42.4 million in the second quarter, according to figures detailed in the latest earnings release from RealNetwork ...

  6. Behind Myspace's Troublesome Second Act

    August 08, 2014 11:16 AM EDT Myspace is trying to achieve what made Steve Jobs and Tina Turner legendary: a successful second act. But the former king of social networks has failed to win over consumers and musicians since its re-launch as a music discovery platform. In the ...

  7. Guest Post: Forget the Rhetoric, Streaming Music Is Already Profitable

    August 07, 2014 3:55 PM EDT A new generation has spoken and access (streaming any music in the world from ‘the cloud’) will win out over ownership (collecting a finite number of songs as CDs or files), just as personal radio (interactive Internet radio streaming) is replacin ...

  8. Twitch, Live Video Streaming Giant, to Silence Illegal Audio

    August 07, 2014 8:28 AM EDT Twitch, the streaming video service most well-known for webcasting major video game events, has announced it is implementing a copyright identification system for audio within its videos. It has been rumored since mid-May that Google is planning t ...

  9. Australia's Creative Industries Launch Digital Content Guide

    August 07, 2014 2:29 AM EDT Australia’s creative industries have banded together to launch a consumers’ guide which takes the trouble out of locating legal online entertainment. The Digital Content Guide, which launched earlier this week, is funded by collecting society  APR ...

  10. Russell Simmons' All Def Digital Brings In $5M from New Funding Round

    August 06, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Russell Simmons ' digital consumer entertainment brand and cross-platform network has secured $5 million in Series A financing from new media venture capital firm Greycroft Partners, with participation from Advancit Capital, Nu Horizons Inves ...

  11. StubHub's Live Music App Goes Wide, but Without Ticketmaster's Help

    August 06, 2014 1:15 PM EDT StubHub, the ticket reselling subsidiary of eBay Inc., is launching its StubHub Music app nationwide as it goes after core music fans in a challenge to Live Nation in the concert business. The app, which launched in San Francisco in June , expande ...

  12. Partial Truce: Samsung, Apple to Drop Patent Lawsuits Outside U.S.

    August 06, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest smartphone makers. However, Samsung Electronics Co. said We ...

  13. Pandora Signs First Direct Label Deal With Merlin

    August 06, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Pandora has established a partnership with independent rights group Merlin that marks the Internet radio company's first direct deal with record labels. Rather than pay statutory rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board, Pandora will pay ra ...

  14. Shazam Launches Resonate TV Sales Platform

    August 05, 2014 11:44 PM EDT Music discovery app Shazam is looking to become more valuable to TV advertisers with a new service for branded integrations.  The New York-based company, which is best known for its song-identification technology, has announced Resonate, a sales p ...

  15. Electronic Music Magazine Resident Advisor Introduces Ticket Reselling

    August 05, 2014 6:02 PM EDT Resident Advisor  has launched its own ticket resale service.  Ticketmaster UK Follows US in Upgrading CAPTCHA, Bane of Ticket-Buyers The U.K.-based online electronic music magazine announced the news  on its website. "The service aims to era ...

  16. Musictoday Spun Off From Live Nation, Acquired by Delivery Agent

    August 05, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Musictoday, an e-commerce company for the music industry founded by Coran Capshaw (current CEO of Red Light Management), has been acquired by interactive-commerce company The Delivery Agent. Under majority ownership by Live Nation since 2006 , Mus ...

  17. Jason Aldean Named Top Digital Male Country Artist (Ever) By RIAA

    August 05, 2014 11:45 AM EDT Jason Aldean now owns the distinction of being the most downloaded dude in country music history. On Monday (Aug. 4), the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) announced that the star has notched over 21.5 million certified digital song ...

  18. Action Bronson Cruises to No. 2 on Trending Chart With 'Easy Rider'

    August 04, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Queens native Action Bronson stormed the real-time Billboard Trending 140 chart Monday morning (Aug. 4) with his just-released track "Easy Rider." The song was premiered on WQHT New York (Hot 97) the night before by DJ Peter Rosenberg, a ...

  19. Rhapsody Hires Ex-Exfm Staff, Schematic Labs Teams

    August 04, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Rhapsody International has announced two moves to help its music service better connect listeners with songs: the acquisition of the Soundtracking app and technology, as well as the team behind the social music app, and the hiring of the team behi ...

  20. YouTube's Fred Beteille Elected Music Biz Chairman

    August 04, 2014 2:35 PM EDT YouTube product manager Fred Beteille has been elected chairman of the Music Business Association (Music Biz) board of directors. The move follows the departure of longtime chair Rachelle Friedman , of J&R Music & Computer World, who annou ...

  21. Twitter Reports Sharp Rise in Government Requests for User Data

    August 04, 2014 9:12 AM EDT Twitter said government requests for user data grew increased sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users. More than half of the requests came from the United States, as has been the case ...

  22. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Jack White’s Vinyl Sales Still Sizzle, Adele’s ‘21’ Nears 11 Million Sales & More

    August 03, 2014 4:29 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, 5 Seconds of Summer saw its self-titled debut full-length album arrive atop the list , selling 259,000 copies in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That sum is not only the third-b ...

  23. Concerts on Yahoo Make Best of Industry Struggles

    August 02, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Sometimes the struggles of an industry can bring music to your ears. And your screens. Live Nation's partnership with Yahoo to stream one live concert every day is a rare win for music fans. The series, which began with the Dave Matthews Band ...

  24. Billboard + Twitter Real-Time Charts: This Week's Emerging Picks Include Daley, Vance Joy

    August 01, 2014 10:31 PM EDT Billboard brings you yet another selection of emerging artists who have broke through to our real-time Billboard + Twitter Emerging Artists chart . Daley, "Look Up"  / Daley — a red-headed native of Manchester, England — released the mus ...

  25. YouTube Product Management Head Shiva Rajaraman Leaves for Spotify

    August 01, 2014 7:31 PM EDT YouTube is losing another top employee. Product management head Shiva Rajaraman is leaving the streaming video service for Spotify. His departure comes as YouTube prepares to launch a music streaming service of its own. More YouTube News YouTube&# ...

  26. Former MTV Head Judy McGrath Elected to Amazon Board of Directors

    August 01, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Former MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath has been elected to Amazon's board of directors. An SEC filing for the appointment, which goes into effect on Oct. 1, says that Amazon will assign McGrath to the board's Leadership Development and Com ...

  27. As Australia's Gov't Mulls Anti-Piracy Measures, ISPs Get a Let-Off

    August 01, 2014 5:01 AM EDT Australia’s government is inching closer to agreeing on its strategy for dealing with online piracy.  During a rare week in which "piracy" became a heated topic in the mainstream press, the government released a discussion paper seeking ...

  28. Samsung's Milk Music Joins the Premium Radio Service Race

    July 31, 2014 4:33 PM EDT Samsung has added a premium tier to its streaming service, Milk Music, making it the latest company to roll out an inexpensive, radio-like streaming service. For $3.99 per month, Milk Premium adds offline listening and unlimited song skipping to t ...

  29. Guvera Follows Spotify, Others Into Asia

    July 31, 2014 12:11 PM EDT Guvera, an Australia-based music streaming service that's fallen behind its competitors, has considerably expanded its presence in Asia. According to a report at The Next Web , Guvera has expanded to Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines and S ...

  30. Beats and Apple Dispute Reports of Layoffs

    July 31, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Apple and a source close to Beats are disputing the characterization in recent reports that a significant round of layoffs is taking place at Beats, saying there have been no layoffs (save for about five performance-based terminations) at the rece ...

  31. Reports of Significant Layoffs at Beats Following Apple Acquisition

    July 31, 2014 10:03 AM EDT This is a developing story -- Billboard will update as more information becomes available. The merging of Beats into Apple following the latter's $3 billion acquisition of the former has arrived at a difficult stage, as a rumored 200 employee ...

  32. Samsung Profit Falls as Phone, Tablet Sales Slow

    July 31, 2014 9:30 AM EDT Samsung Electronics Co. reported a bigger-than-expected fall in second quarter profit on Thursday and said it was uncertain if earnings from its handset business would improve in the current quarter. Samsung warned earlier this month that the seco ...

  33. Steve Aoki to Host Weekly Interactive Remix Countdown on SiriusXM

    July 30, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Steve Aoki , one of electronic music's biggest stars, announced Wednesday (July 30) that he'll host a weekly interactive radio show on SiriusXM's BPM channel called Steve Aoki's Remix Rewind . Unlike his current show, Aoki' ...

  34. Stephen Bryan, 17-Year Veteran of Warner Music, Heading to SoundCloud

    July 30, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Stephen Bryan , a 17-year veteran of Warner Music Group who was a key player in the company's digital development, has been announced as SoundCloud's newest senior vice president of Business Development and Strategy. Bryan was WMG's ...

  35. These Sci-Fi Headphones Don't Need a Phone, Know What You Want to Hear

    July 30, 2014 1:58 PM EDT Carl Thomas came up with the idea for web-connected "smart headphones" after a couple of unfortunate workouts at the gym. "I was constantly getting tangled in the wires, so I bought a pair of expensive Bluetooth headphones," th ...

  36. Twitter Stock Rises 30 Percent on Strong Second Quarter Earnings

    July 29, 2014 9:03 PM EDT Twitter stock jumped more than 30 percent Tuesday during after-hours trading after the social network reported robust second quarter earnings that beat Wall Street estimates.  The San Francisco tech company revealed in its third earnings report si ...

  37. Katy Perry Tops YouTube List of Most Popular Music Videos of 2014 (So Far)

    July 29, 2014 5:37 PM EDT She's coming at you like a dark horse: So far, Katy Perry tops the list of most played music videos for 2014, YouTube announced July 29. The music video for Perry's single "Dark Horse" has racked up nearly 500 million views and ...

  38. Are Investors Losing Patience With Pandora?

    July 29, 2014 1:04 PM EDT Critics are circling Internet radio company Pandora after shares fell as much as 14.5 percent and closed down 10.3 percent Friday following the company's second-quarter earnings release . Shares were down over 2 percent in Monday afternoon t ...

  39. Apple's Beats Deal OK'd By European Union

    July 29, 2014 10:42 AM EDT The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services. More Beats/Apple Bose Accuses Beats of Patent Infringement Apple Reports M ...

  40. SiriusXM Hits 26 Million Subscribers, Posts Earnings for 2nd Quarter

    July 29, 2014 8:44 AM EDT SiriusXM Radio on Tuesday reported improved adjusted second-quarter earnings as it continued to grow subscribers. More on SiriusXM Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM President and CCO, on Firing a Host, Streaming, Data (Q&A) SiriusXM's Dance Card ...

  41. Rhapsody Tops 2 Million Global Subscribers

    July 29, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Rhapsody International, working to stay relevant in a crowded market, announced Tuesday (July 29) it has surpassed 2 million global subscribers to its music streaming services. Rhapsody offers an on-demand music subscription service under the bran ...

  42. Pandora Co-Founder Tim Westergren's Political Donations Show a Singular Focus

    July 28, 2014 5:05 PM EDT A report Monday (July 28) from the Trichordist , a blog that often focuses on regulatory issues that would affect songwriters, accuses Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren of supporting anti-gay politician Jason Chaffetz , but a closer look at Wester ...

  43. Apple's Swell Buy Signals a Focus on Personalization

    July 28, 2014 1:26 PM EDT Apple's acquisition of Swell , the developer of a podcast streaming app, is another bet on the value of personalized content.   Swell is to podcasts what Beats Music is to music: a service that delivers a personalized collection of audio cont ...

  44. Ford, General Motors Sued for Unpaid Royalties

    July 28, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies -- which represents artists' and recording companies' interests within the digital duplication sector (think blank CDs and "digital jukeboxes") -- has brought a suit in Washington ...

  45. Apple to Buy Pandora-Like Radio App Swell: Report

    July 28, 2014 9:57 AM EDT Apple is set to purchase Swell , an algorithm-based iOS app for talk radio, for about $30 million, according to tech news site Re/code . Launched in June 2013, Swell touts itself as a Pandora-like experience for news and information podcasts that ...

  46. Kanye West Buries Coinye With Lawsuit Victory

    July 27, 2014 7:08 PM EDT Coinye West, a whimsical addition to the cryptocurrency craze, whose founders hitched its name and logo to the wagon of one of the biggest stars in hip-hop, has officially died. In documents filed July 22 in New York , a U.S. District Court declar ...

  47. Why 'Weird Al' Yankovic Means Big Business

    July 25, 2014 1:18 PM EDT "Weird Al" equals big business. The comedian’s latest album, Mandatory Fun , which tops the Aug. 2 Billboard 200, is his 15th chart entry in a career that spans 30 years of parodies -- and his first No. 1. Credit an ambitious rollout in ...

  48. Does Run The Jewels Have a Case Against Apple's New MacBook Ad?

    July 25, 2014 11:24 AM EDT On July 22, Apple released a new "Stickers" ad for the MacBook Air. Soundtracked by Glasgow producer Hudson Mohawke 's latest banger, "Chimes," the clip whips through a series of short clips of some stock and recognizable ...

  49. Pandora Beats Revenue Expectations, But Falls Short of Profit

    July 24, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Pandora Media topped 5 billion listener hours for the first time during the second quarter of 2014, while beating its own revenue expectations but posting a wider loss than the same period last year. The Oakland, Calif.-based internet radio servic ...

  50. Coolio Is Just the Beginning, Says PornHub

    July 24, 2014 12:58 PM EDT A lot of conversations about artistic collaboration result in nothing, but when PornHub's head of PR and marketing, Matt Blake, and the rapper Coolio began chatting at the porn industry's annual AVN Awards, a lascivious creative partners ...

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