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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 all ...

  3. Michael Paull Leaves Sony Music, Takes New Role at Amazon

    October 27, 2012 9:23 PM EDT Michael Paull, EVP of Sony Music's global digital business, has left the company for Amazon, a source confirmed to Billboard.biz. The source said Paull has already left the company and added that the parting was amicable. A report in All Thin ...

  4. Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Now Exclusive Music Radio Service at Yahoo!

    June 27, 2012 11:55 PM EDT Clear Channel has reached a deal with Yahoo! to be the web giant's exclusive music radio service. The deal, which covers only the U.S., gives Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Internet radio service a chance to get in front of Yahoo! Media Net ...

  5. Bob Pittman, Clear Channel CEO, on the Digital 'Chaos,' AOL's Downfall at Milken Institute

    May 02, 2012 6:27 AM EDT At one time, AOL was the Internet's premiere "walled garden" of services and content. But the removal of that wall that began in 2006 "was probably the downfall of AOL," Bob Pittman said Tuesday. "Facebook is the seco ...

  6. YouTube Set to Announce TV Initiative With 100 Niche Channels

    October 28, 2011 5:00 PM EDT In a low-budget early effort to compete with satellite and cable TV providers, YouTube is set to announce Friday that it has partnered with several entities to roll out television-style channels with professionally produced shows that will strike ...

  7. New AOL Radio, Powered by Slacker, Is Tough Competition for Pandora, iHeartRadio

    October 19, 2011 12:59 PM EDT The new AOL Radio, powered by Slacker Radio, was re-launched Wednesday with a new exterior and Slacker's catalog and programming inside. With AOL's reach and the high quality of Slacker's radio service, AOL Radio has become a formid ...

  8. Rey Ruiz Debuts Radio Show, J.Lo Teams With AOL, Obama Appoints Shakira to Commission

    October 14, 2011 12:52 PM EDT Salsa Artist Rey Ruiz Debuts Radio Show Salsa singer Rey Ruiz now has his own radio show. "El Rey de la Mañana" is heading the weekly morning drive on tropical WXDJ (El Zol) Miami. The show, heard live from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., kicked of ...

  9. Bob Pittman Takes CEO Reins at Clear Channel Following IHeartRadio Concert

    October 03, 2011 8:11 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - On the heels of organizing a two-day concert in Las Vegas that kicked off Clear Channel's iHeartRadio online radio service, media veteran Bob Pittman was named Sunday as chief executive of its parent company, CC Media Holdi ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Business Matters: New Netflix Strategy Shows Demand for Physical Formats Still Alive

    July 13, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Let's Get Physical, Physical, Says Netflix -- For insight into the state of the CD, look to a recent decision by Netflix to unbundle its streaming and DVD rental plans . The 1% gain in U.S. album sales in the first half of 2011 has brought up ...

  13. Spotify U.S. Is Probably Launching This Week: What Can We Expect?

    July 11, 2011 11:16 AM EDT The long wait could be over this week: According to multiple sources and reports, Spotify will launch in the U.S. this week. Next come the media coverage, the product reviews and the wait to see if Spotify lives up to its billing. Before the launc ...

  14. Myspace Lays off More Than Half Its Staff

    June 30, 2011 10:58 AM EDT In connection with its $35 million sale to Specific Media , social networking site MySpace on Wednesday laid off more than half of its approximately 450 employees, the Wall Street Journal reported . As recently as two years ago, the once high-flyi ...

  15. Myspace Sold to Specific Media: It's Official

    June 29, 2011 4:02 PM EDT It's official: NewsCorp has sold Myspace to advertising network Specific Media. The official release announcing the move did not mention a sale price, only that as part of the deal NewsCorp will take a minority equity stake in Specific Media. ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. TechCrunch Disrupt Starts Off With a Bang With Fred Wilson, Dennis Crowley, Arianna Huffington

    May 23, 2011 12:44 PM EDT NEW YORK -- TechCrunch Disrupt started off with a bang at New York City's Pier 54, as venture capitalist Fred Wilson advised start-ups not to be "a Facebook bitch, a Google bitch, or a Twitter bitch," but to "be your own bitch. ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Huffington Post, AOL Sued by Bloggers

    April 13, 2011 7:08 AM EDT The Huffington Post has been hit with a class action lawsuit by a group of bloggers who claim the massively popular site, recently acquired by AOL, mistreats those who enrich it with content. Noted freelance journalist Jonathan Tasini is leading t ...

  22. Business Matters: April Fool's (Jay-Z, Beyonce Buy EMI) And Not (Live Nation's WMG Bid Impacts Stocks)

    April 01, 2011 5:35 PM EDT APRIL FOOLING: Spotify U.S Launches Monday -- April Fool's Day got off to an early start - for those of us in the U.S. - when a post at TechCrunch EU reported that Spotify was immediately ceasing its European operations in order to launch in ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Rdio Opens Service to Developers with Bounty Incentives

    March 11, 2011 11:30 AM EST Cloud music subscription service Rdio is opening up its service to developers so that they can add on-demand streaming music capabilities to their apps. The open API program is good for Web apps and mobile apps that can now add the ability to sear ...

  25. Clear Channel's Purchase Of Thumbplay All About Forthcoming Personalized Radio Service, Bob Pittman Says

    March 02, 2011 5:42 PM EST Clear Channel didn't buy Thumbplay for its cloud-based, on-demand subscription service. It bought the company for a not-yet-launched personalized Internet radio service that could debut within "a couple months," Bob Pittman, a Clear ...

  26. Interest In News Corp.'s Myspace Sale High

    February 04, 2011 3:15 PM EST News Corp has tapped Allen & Co to field buyout interest for MySpace and has heard from about 50 parties, people familiar with the process told Reuters on Friday. The global media conglomerate is considering a handful of options for the future ...

  27. AOL To Merge With Yahoo?

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST A report in Reuters says AOL may be considering breaking up into separate units and possibly merging with Yahoo as part of a broader effort to regain relevance in a rapidly changing online environment. The complicated plan, as reported by the news ...

  28. Cinram Reups With Warner Music Group

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Canadian replicator Cinram International Income Fund may have stopped making DVDs for Warner Home Video, but it has reupped with Warner Music Group to supply recorded music products in the U.S., Canada and parts of Europe. "We are delighted t ...

  29. Business Matters: Regulatory Hurdles In EMI's Future

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. -- If EMI takes the path many people expect, regulatory hurdles are likely to be a part of its future. Now that Terra Firma has lost its lawsuit against Citigroup , many people expect EMI - at lea ...

  30. AOL Hires Advisers For Options As Eyes Yahoo: Report

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST AOL Inc is exploring strategic options, which include a possible tie-up with Yahoo Inc, and has retained financial advisers to do so, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday (Nov. 7), citing unnamed sources. A source close to Yahoo told Reuters ...

  31. Report: AOL, Buyout Firms Mulling Bid For Yahoo

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo Inc.'s inability to snap out of a financial funk may be about to turn the embattled Internet company into a takeover target for the second time in less than three years. That possibility, floated in a story posted online late Wednesday ...

  32. 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. ...

  33. AOL Acquires TechCrunch

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Tuesday AOL announced it has acquired TechCrunch , the influential tech news company with a number of websites and conferences. The five-year-old company is best known for its flagship TechCrunch blog. In addition it operates CrunchGear, Mobile ...

  34. @Advertising Week: Making The Web Safe For Branding

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the advertising world descends on Manhattan this week for Advertising Week, the watchword for most is digital. Yet despite the lip service paid that the future of the industry is written in bits and bytes, the Internet after 15-plus years has s ...

  35. Ian Rogers: I'm Not Leaving Topspin For Google

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Topspin CEO Ian Rogers' name has been included on the short list of execs that could take the top spot at the not-yet-launched Google Music. But, it looks like we can cross his name off that list. From Rogers' blog: Rest assured, I can h ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Facebook, AOL Mull Online Ad Alliance: Report

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Internet firms Facebook Inc and AOL Inc are discussing a strategic alliance aimed at boosting their online advertisement business, the New York Post said, citing sources. The two companies have been talking for several months about a partnership t ...

  38. MySpace U.K. Traffic Slumps: Report

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The number of visitors to MySpace U.K. has halved in the last six months, according to TechCrunch . The site reports that it has seen internal figures showing monthly figures down from 10 million at the beginning of 2010 to 5 million by the end of ...

  39. AOL To Sell Bebo

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AOL Inc will sell its Bebo social network site to private investment firm Criterion Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum, as it tries to restructure its business and deal with declining revenue. Thursday's (June 17) announcement comes as A ...

  40. AOL Says To Sell Or Shut Down Bebo In 2010

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AOL Inc plans to find a buyer for its social networking site Bebo, for which it paid $850 million in 2008, or shut it down. The level of competition in social networking makes it difficult for the company to fight larger players such as Facebook a ...

  41. Business Matters: Digital Britain Bill, Google, VC Round-up and more

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- As the Digital Britain Bill gets its second reading at the House of Commons, Jez Williams of British band Doves says piracy has greatly reduced ...

  42. SXSW Pulls Record Numbers To Austin Fest

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For fans that crowded into Austin's streets, clubs and even churches last week, the South by Southwest Festival was about drinking a lot of beer, eating barbecue and hearing some of the world's hottest bands. But for music executives tha ...

  43. Business Matters: Topspin, YouTube, AOL and more

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - GarJet predicts mobile apps will be worth more than the CD market by 2012, based on an app revenue estimate of $17.5 billion. There are a few predicted trends to note. First, app stores will account for less app revenue as direct-to-consumer sal ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Report: More Hispanics On Web, Prefer Content In English

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST A new survey of Hispanics online finds that the number of Hispanics accessing the web has grown significantly - outpacing the U.S. general population - and that the majority of those online Hispanics prefer English on the web, even when they are b ...

  46. @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 ...

  47. AOL Shutting German Operation

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Internet group AOL is leaving Germany, closing offices in Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich. About 140 employees will lose their jobs. The closures were confirmed on Tuesday (Jan. 12) by AOL spokesman Thomas Knorpp in Hamburg. No comment c ...

  48. Business Matters: We7, Live Nation, Ticketmaster

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Continuing its series on executive Q&As on the topic of ad-supported music, Music Ally talks to We7's Steve Purdham . While Purdham� ...

  49. AOL Chief: Online Content Can Be 'Much Better'

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Online content can be "much better" and will be the focus of the next development stage of the Internet, AOL chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong said here Friday. "That's why we are making such a big bet there," he said during ...

  50. 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 ...

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