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  1. Townsquare Acquires Various AOL Music Sites, Comics Alliance

    June 03, 2013 12:43 AM EDT A raft of AOL Music’s digital music sites have been sold and will find a home among the titles of its new owners, Townsquare Media Group. In a deal with AOL Inc, Townsquare has agreed to acquire country music site The Boot , hip hop and R&B ...

  2. Updated: AOL Music, Spinner Shutting Down

    April 26, 2013 3:41 PM EDT AOL Music is shutting down, according to a series of tweets from staffers at the company that were essentially confirmed by tweets from AOL Radio. The first came from Dan Reilly, editor of AOL’s music site Spinner.com, which said, “Well, we al ...

  3. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong: ‘We See Some Big Gaps In the Music Space’

    March 07, 2013 1:41 PM EST In a Paley Center for Media discussion yesterday (March 6) on Crafting Digital Media between AOL CEO Tim Armstrong and long-time media industry banker Aryeh Bourkoff, CEO of Lion Tree Advisors, Armstrong said that AOL is looking at possible musi ...

  4. BuzzMedia Purchases Four New Sites, Creates AbsoluteVoices Punk Music Collective

    August 27, 2012 10:23 AM EDT BuzzMedia has continued its acquisition spree, purchasing leading punk websites Under The Gun Review, Alter The Press!, PropertyOfZack, and Punknews.org as part of a new central hub for punk music news, which the company will call AbsoluteVoices. ...

  5. BuzzMedia Acquires Spin: It's Official

    July 10, 2012 11:16 AM EDT As reported by Billboard.biz last night, today BuzzMedia announced its acquisition of Spin Media LLC, parent company of 27-year-old Spin magazine. The brand joins a BuzzMedia stable that includes Stereogum, Idolator, Hype Machine, Pure Volume, Bro ...

  6. Backbeat: Stars Play Brooklyn: Talk New Album, Regrets At Not Investing in Starbucks

    October 13, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Canadian alternative/pop quintet Stars returned to their roots Tuesday night (Oct. 11), performing at a sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, N.Y. Originally formed in Toronto by vocalist Torquil Campbell and keyboardist Chris Seligman ...

  7. Jeff Bronikowski Leaves AOL Music for the Echo Nest

    September 27, 2011 12:13 PM EDT Jeff Bronikowski, who less than a year ago left Yahoo Music for AOL Music, has in turn left for a newly created position at the Echo Nest, according to a report in AllThingsD . Bronikowski is now overseeing corporate development for the Boston-are ...

  8. Nicki Minaj Shoots Up To Social 50's Top 10 Following Wardrobe Malfunction

    August 11, 2011 3:43 PM EDT A wardrobe malfunction on "Good Morning America" gives Nicki Minaj a boost up to the top 10 on the Social 50. The singer slipped out of her top while performing on ABC's morning talker on Aug. 5, and in turn, the resulting media fre ...

  9. AOL Music U.K. Shuttered

    July 28, 2011 12:55 PM EDT As part of an ongoing restructuring process, AOL has shuttered the UK version of AOL Music, along with several other of the company's sites. PaidContent reports that this is just the latest step in AOL's broader effort to merge its many ...

  10. Slacker VP Jonathan Sasse Says AOL Music Deal Will More Than Double Audience

    June 29, 2011 3:16 PM EDT Digital music is a numbers game: add listeners, attract advertisers for free listeners, lure paying customers and build enough scale to make the equation work. Slacker's new partnership with AOL Music to power its radio service is all about t ...

  11. AOL, Slacker Team up for Radio & On-Demand Music

    June 28, 2011 11:35 AM EDT AOL Music is relaunching its AOL Radio feature with partner Slacker . Previously powered by CBS Radio, AOL Radio will now be fully powered by the Slacker personalized radio service. AOL will offer all three tiers of Slacker's service-the free ...

  12. Business Matters: Does Turntable.fm Live up to the Hype?

    June 27, 2011 6:16 PM EDT Does Turntable.fm Live up to the Hype? -- Is Turntable.fm really the next big thing or just tech writers' latest love interest? If you read a fair number of music and technology blogs, you've probably run across Turntable.fm. It's b ...

  13. Business Matters: A Peek Into Live Nation's Ticketing Strategy

    May 19, 2011 8:05 PM EDT A Peek Into Live Nation's Ticketing Strategy -- Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino went into some detail about the company's efforts to improve ticket sales at a JP Morgan conference Wednesday. "The good news is the consumer will come i ...

  14. Former Warner Bros. VP Jack Isquith Joins Slacker

    May 03, 2011 1:26 PM EDT Former Warner Bros. Records senior VP of digital music Jack Isquith-and frequent Billboard.biz guest contributor -has joined Internet radio service Slacker . Isquith was named senior VP of strategic development, focusing on content development and ...

  15. Guest Post: A Study in Music Purchasing: Jack Isquith Buys a Foo Fighters Album

    April 13, 2011 2:00 PM EDT (The following is a guest post from Jack Isquith that originally appeared on his blog Digital Music Insider and is reposted here with his permission. Isquith, a digital music industry veteran, has held senior posts at Warner Brothers Records and A ...

  16. AOL Music Gets HuffPo'ed

    March 14, 2011 11:44 AM EDT I'm hearing that AOL Music lost half its editorial staff on Thursday of last week, going from 11 to 6 full-timers. This is meaningful, as AOL Music has been the largest content-oriented music network online for years now. (They lose in traffi ...

  17. Jack Isquith Guest Post: The Music Industry Should Heed the Words of Bob Dylan

    February 23, 2011 12:03 PM EST The following is a guest post from Jack Isquith, which originally appeared on his blog Digital Music Insider, and is reposted with his permission. Isquith is a digital music industry veteran who has held senior posts at Warner Brothers Records and ...

  18. Jack Isquith Guest Post: What The Music Industry Can Learn From the Super Bowl

    February 03, 2011 2:00 PM EST The following guest post is from Jack Isquith, a digital music expert who has held senior posts at Warner Brothers Records and AOL Music, that originally appeared on his blog Digital Music Insider and is reposted with his permission. The Football ...

  19. Jack Isquith Guest Post: The Artist Website Problem

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST The following is a guest post from Jack Isquith, which originally appeared on his blog Digital Music Insider , and is reposted with his permission. Isquith is a digital music industry veteran who has held senior posts at Warner Brothers Records an ...

  20. Should All Music Go Real Time? Bring It On, Says Jack Isquith

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST The following is a guest post from Jack Isquith, which originally appeared on his Digital Music Insider blog and is reposted with his permission. Isquith is a digital music industry veteran who has held senior posts at Warner Brothers Records and ...

  21. Clear Channel Exec Harrison Addresses Pending Departure

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Evan Harrison, president of Clear Channel Radio Digital and executive VP of Clear Channel Radio for the first time addressed his impending departure from the company at Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit in San Francisco. ...

  22. ComScore: MTV Tops Online Music Sites In August

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV received all sorts of flack for losing out on the chance to buy MySpace after the social networking giant was acquired by NewsCorp. Now, MTV Networks’ online sites outrank MySpace Music and everybody else according to new data from ComScore Me ...

  23. Six Names Likely Mentioned in Google's Search for Music Chief

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google's plans for a digital music resurfaced in the headlines again this week after Peter Kafka at AllThingsD reported that the search giant is soliciting input from music industry executives on who might best oversee such a service. Which r ...

  24. Vevo's Traffic Surge

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Vevo music video network scored another month as the top music entertainment network in the U.S, according to recent data from comScore, and also for the first time broke into the top 10 list of overall internet video properties. This marks th ...

  25. Analysis: How Hard Is It To Find Legal Music?

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Consumer Focus, a UK statutory organization that acts as a consumer advocate, wants the record industry to do a better job promoting legal alternatives. Research by the group found that four in ten Great Britons are unable to name a single online ...

  26. @MIDEM: Muzu.TV Expands Reach

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Dublin-based Music video site Muzu.TV has struck a number of syndication deals with digital partners including AOL Music and the Telegraph Media Group, which it says will help prove the viability of a free ad-funded music service. The deals were u ...

  27. Full Coverage of MIDEM 2010

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Full coverage of the 2010 MIDEM global trade fair and conference in Cannes, France, which runs Saturday, Jan. 23 - Wednesday, Jan. 27. *** CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS OF KEY MOMENTS AT MIDEM 2010 *** @MIDEM: Attendance Down 10% January 27, 2010 As the M ...

  28. OurStage Raises An Additional $2.5 Million

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music discovery Web site OurStage has recently raised about $2.55 million in new funding, according to a company representative. The recent funds bring the total to approximately $5.2 million of a $6 million Series B offering. A SEC filing on Janu ...

  29. Business Matters: Vevo, ACTA, EMI, Vampire Weekend and More

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to comScore's tracking numbers, new video streaming site Vevo was the top network in the music-entertainment category in Decembe ...

  30. Business Matters: Five-year Sales Outlook, Octone Records, Muzak

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- eMarketer reports tend to get a lot of coverage online and actually carry a bit of weight. So one has to wonder if people will take to heart it ...

  31. Year-End: Owl City's Digital Plan Buoyed Sales

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST "Ocean Eyes" - the major label debut from Owl City - wasn't the best-selling digital album of the year. In fact, it ranked 16th . But what's notable is that unlike other artists with higher-ranking albums on the digital sales c ...

  32. Analysis: What Impact Will Google Music Search Have?

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT How successful will this the newly launched Google search be? It depends on (1) how difficult it was previously to find music on Google and (2) how good the partner services are at converting Google exposure to real business. Although Google will ...

  33. Nielsen: Women More Ravenous for Music Sites

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Whether it's rapper Fabolous' health scare or Alicia Keys love life, women are far more likely to be heading to music news or listening sites than men, according to Nielsen NetView data. In August, women made up 56.1 percent of the Web t ...

  34. U.K. Spinner Takes Off

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AOL Music has launched its Spinner music portal in the United Kingdom. The site, which features artist features and interviews as well as exclusive videos and performances, went live yesterday (Aug. 4) at www.spinner.co.uk. AOL Music VP Bill Crand ...

  35. Analysis: The Stark Difference Between NPD, AIMS Surveys

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT According to the NPD Group, MySpace Music and Pandora are the most used music- focused social networks and community web sites. A Q1 2009 survey of 4,051 people aged 13 and over asked if the person was aware of the product and if he or she used th ...

  36. Web Music Category Tunes to Audio, Visual Ad Models

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's death continues to resonate in the world of online music as fans flock to the Web to purchase his music-and stream tons of it for free, often without many ads. That surge is seen as a boost to the fast-growing Web music sect ...

  37. Digital Briefs: Slacker, Top Music Sites, Shazam Suit

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Customized personal radio service Slacker raised $9.6 million in new venture funding in its fourth round, according to a recent regulatory filing. It is aiming for $10.2 million in total. Specific investors were not disclosed. -- comScore relea ...

  38. Business Briefs: Last.fm, Trans World, AOL, Duff McKagan

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In an LA Times article about the Canadian band Metric, a few interesting facts are given about the band's latest album. "Fantasies" has sold 9,000 digital albums in its first three weeks of release, and has sold an additional 15, ...

  39. Yahoo Looks Outside Walls With New Music Service

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo is partnering with other online music providers as the Internet giant tries a fresh approach to getting an edge in the evolving digital music business. The new version of Yahoo Music, unveiled on Monday, aggregates paid and free music servic ...

  40. Digital Briefs: AOL Music, New York iTunes Tax

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - AOL Music launched a new music site dedicated to heavy metal and hard rock, called NoiseCreep. It is the fourth genre-specific site launched, following those dedicated to country, hip-hop and rock. - New York has dropped plans to place a tax on ...

  41. Thumbplay Unveils Full-Song Mobile Music Service

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The music industry's bid to sell full-song downloads from ringtones gained an ally today with the unveiling of Thumbplay's new full-song mobile music service. Hoping to do for full-song music downloads what it did for ringtones, Thumbpla ...

  42. Thumbplay Unveils 'Open' Service

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Off-deck ringtone service Thumbplay unveiled a beta program called Thumbplay Open that allows unsigned artists and indie labels the ability to upload and sell ringtones and other content through the Thumbplay platform. Rather than negotiating indi ...

  43. HDNET Unveils Concert Series Lineup

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Upcoming concerts by Death Cab For Cutie, O.A.R. and Melissa Etheridge at the approximately 2,3000-capacity House of Blues in Atlantic City, N.J., will be the first of many performances through 2009 to be featured on high-definition cable network ...

  44. AOL, Amex Back Tour Tracker

    July 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT America Online and American Express have joined forces to present Tour Tracker , a Web site that lets fans track the tour dates of various acts, and provides links to buy tickets. The site is hosted by AOL Music, and sponsored by Amex, which is al ...

  45. Touring Briefs: Hard Drive, West Beach Music Fest

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT -- Rock act Good Charlotte will help launch Hard Drive , a new concert series presented by AOL Music, HDnet and World Productions. The first episode of Hard Drive features Good Charlotte performing at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, N.J. The ...

  46. MOG Social Network Adds Lyrics To Service

    June 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music-focused social network MOG has added lyrics to its service through a deal with Gracenote. CEO David Hyman announced the development on the company's blog . The implementation of the lyrics page is much like that of other music services ...

  47. Digital Briefs: AOL, Clear Channel, Sony

    May 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - AOL Music debuted a pair of new niche music sites: The Boom Box , dedicated to hip hop; and The Boot , dedicated to country. They compliment existing genre -specific sites like PopEater and Spinner. - Clear Channel agreed to provide its online p ...

  48. Digital Briefs: Sony BMG, AOL, RealNetworks and more

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Sony BMG has licensed its catalog to the PlayPhone mobile content service, which includes ringtones, voice tones games and images. PlayPhone powers the mobile media services of such outlets as Wal-Mart Mobile, RealArcade Mobile, ABC Television, ...

  49. AOL Music To Extend Indie Offering Via OurStage

    March 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST Indie music Web site OurStage has linked with AOL Music for a content partnership. As part of the deal, OurStage will provide music content including interviews, streaming audio, and videos, for distribution via AOL. In addition, the two will work ...

  50. AOL Music Rolls Out Widgets

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AOL Music introduced two new music widgets designed to give users access to their favorite music from multiple Web locations. The first allows users to play the top 100 most-watched music videos from AOL Music from any location, such as a blog pro ...

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