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  1. Business Matters: Smartphones Now Over Half of New Phone Sales in US, iPhone Driving Growth

    June 30, 2011 6:01 PM EDT Increasingly American as Apple Pie: Smartphones -- Smartphones have reached an important milestone in the U.S. According to Nielsen, 55% of mobile consumers who reported buying a new handset in the last three months purchased a smartphone instead ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Univision Names Randy Falco President and CEO

    June 29, 2011 4:56 PM EDT Univision Communications has promoted COO and executive vp Randy Falco to the posts of president and CEO. The appointment follows the departure of former president and CEO Joe Uva earlier this year. Falco, 57, is a former AOL chairman and CEO and ...

  4. 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. ...

  5. Vevo Viewing Sessions Up Nearly 200% Since January

    June 24, 2011 1:36 PM EDT Music video network Vevo is getting more views from music fans, according to comScore statistics. Created in partnership by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and the Abu Dhabi Media Company, the company is one of the top online video ...

  6. The .Biz Q&A: NXNE's Managing Director Andy McLean

    June 16, 2011 12:57 PM EDT Three months after the music industry converged on Toronto for the business-heavy Canadian Music Week (CMW), the city is hosting another music festival and conference, North By Northeast (NXNE). Now in its 17th year, the confab has grown to includ ...

  7. Donna Hughes Named Capitol-EMI Nashville's Nat'l Director of Radio Syndication

    June 02, 2011 10:45 AM EDT Donna Hughes will join Capitol/EMI Records Nashville as National Director of Radio Syndication starting June 15. In her new position, Hughes' responsibilities will include national syndication, major contests and special events and coordinati ...

  8. 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. ...

  9. musiXmatch Lyrics Provider Lands $3.7 Million Funding

    May 09, 2011 1:20 PM EDT Lyrics provider musiXmatch has closed a $3.7 million series of first-round funding led by Francesco Micheli Associates, the same investor that put €400,000 (about $572,000) of seed funding into musiXmatch last year. The musiXmatch service provides ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. How Germany Overtook The U.K. To Become Europe's Largest Music Market

    April 11, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Having long played second fiddle to the United Kingdom, Germany now ranks as the largest music market in Europe, according to international music trade body IFPI. The reversal was announced last week with the publication of IFPI's annual &quo ...

  12. Shazam Gets Social with 'Shazam Friends'

    March 22, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Responding to a rash of recently launched mobile apps designed to make music discovery a more social experience, Shazam -- the original music ID app -- introduced a new feature today called Shazam Friends. The update lets Shazam users share a real ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. This Week in Apps - SXSW Edition: Music Apps Get Very Social

    March 11, 2011 11:21 AM EST Right on time for SXSW, music app developers were quick to unveil their latest and greatest creations in hopes of making a splash at the annual event. A common theme among many is the addition of social features -- focusing on giving users the abi ...

  15. Vevo To Live-Stream Bonnaroo 2011

    March 09, 2011 12:37 PM EST Vevo will host a free, exclusive live stream of the 2011 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the company and the festival announced today. Through a new partnership, Vevo will webcast select live and on-demand performances and interviews from the mu ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Business Matters: Pandora Slayed All Internet Radio Competition in December

    February 28, 2011 4:54 PM EST Pandora Killed the (Internet) Radio Star -- Pandora was the tops -- by a mile -- in Internet radio in December, according to Ando Media's latest rankings. Pandora was first in the Domestic Ranker (M-F, 6a-8p) with 642,614 active average sessi ...

  18. Music Journalist Darryl Morden Dies at 52

    February 28, 2011 2:30 PM EST Darryl Morden, a respected music journalist whose 30-year career included writing concert reviews for The Hollywood Reporter for nearly two decades, died Feb. 25 of cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 52. In addition to co ...

  19. Business Matters: Will Apple Face Antitrust Regulators Over In-App Subscriptions?

    February 22, 2011 7:54 PM EST Will Apple Face Antitrust Regulators Over In-App Subscriptions? -- Anti-Apple sentiment continues this week with a statement from French music service Deezer . The company, which offers a paid mobile service via an iPod app, believes regulators wi ...

  20. Biz Matters: Why Selling 10,000 Albums Ain't What It Used to Be, Ask Wavves or Delorean

    February 16, 2011 2:00 PM EST Why Selling 10,000 Albums Ain't What It Used to Be, Just Ask Delorean or Wavves -- The number of albums selling over 10,000 units dropped to 1,215 in 2010, according to Digital Music News' coverage of the New Music Seminar in L.A. That w ...

  21. Overcoming Red Carpet Fears: Vampire Weekend's Publicist Sonya Kolowrat's Grammy Diary

    February 15, 2011 5:00 PM EST The 2011 Grammy Red Carpet: For some Grammy goers, the rouge rug presents the award ceremony's biggest challege. (Photo: Sonya Kolowrat) As a result of Vampire Weekend's album "Contra" (XL Recordings/Beggars) receiving a Grammy ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. MIDEM Diary Day 3: Football, Men in Mini Skirts and Spiked Heels

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France--A funny thing happened here late Sunday night here. The broadest collection of music industry professional gathered in one room suddenly stopped talking about music. Their attention, for three hours, turned to football, as the Pack ...

  24. Publishing Briefs: Universal, Vevo, Ole, Rami Yacoub

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST -- Universal Music Publishing Group and music video site Vevo have teamed to launch "Inside the Hit Songs," a series that will highlight the craft of songwriting by providing viewers with a behind-the-scenes at the process of making a hi ...

  25. News Corp. 'Assessing' MySpace Sale

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST News Corp . is considering a sale of troubled social networking website MySpace , a rep for the company told Bloomberg Wednesday. "News Corp. is assessing a number of possibilities including a sale, a merger and a spinout," the company&# ...

  26. Manager Johnny Wright Sounds Off On The State Of The Music Industry

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST If the name Johnny Wright has been synonymous with one thing, it's screaming girls. The Orlando-based music manager has played a key role in the careers of Britney Spears, Jonas Brothers, Justin Timberlake (and previously 'NSync), Backst ...

  27. Madonna Banned from Piers Morgan's CNN Show

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Don't expect Piers Morgan to interview Madonna when his CNN show premieres in January. "She is too vegan for TV," Morgan was quoted saying by the U.K. media. "We have Lady Gaga now so Madonna is banned from my show." Morga ...

  28. 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 ...

  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. BACKBEAT: Here's What You Missed on Day 2 of Billboard's Touring Conference and Awards

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 7th Annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards , presented by ShowClix and in association with Music Networx, took place in NYC on November 3rd and 4th. Day 2 of the event featured even more informative panels, controversial discussions, ...

  31. @Digital Hollywood: Why Apple Will Own Streaming

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Maybe the problem with music streaming services isn't the product, but the message behind the product. Alan Goodstadt, partner at Redwood Capital, told a Digital Hollywood audience that music streaming services suffer from a lack of awareness ...

  32. @Digital Hollywood Day 2: Tablets, Communities, Seeking More Than Ads

    October 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tablets Are Here to Stay Tablets such as the iPad many not revolutionize computing and entertainment, but they're here to stay, a panel of mobile technology experts said at the Digital Hollywood conference on Tuesday (Oct. 19). Chris Hoerenz, ...

  33. Univision, Vevo Strike Content Pact

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Vevo is looking to widen its footprint in the Hispanic market by adding Univision to its content distribution and ad sales network. The music video site - a joint venture between Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Abu Dhabi Media ...

  34. BACKBEAT: Bruno Mars, John Legend, and The Roots Perform @Billboard's AMP'D Up!

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard.com hosted its AMP’D Up! event Sept. 27 at the Best Buy Theater in New York as part of Advertising Week 2010. The event drew in key players from the entertainment, advertising and technology industries who networked while being entertain ...

  35. Vevo, BET Close To Deal: Report

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Vevo has reportedly finalized an agreement to syndicate its catalog of music videos to BET.com . A Bloomberg report cites two anonymous sources saying the deal is done. The interesting element here is that BET parent company Viacom also owns MTV, ...

  36. How Consumers React To Different Kinds Of Ads Online

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An Advertising Week session on Wednesday morning at the Times Center gave a glimpse at a couple of studies commissioned by AOL about consumers' engagement with online content, including online advertising. Here's a detailed look at one o ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. @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 ...

  39. Online's Ad Challenge

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the ad world descends on New York for Advertising Week, the watchword for most is "digital." Yet despite the belief that the future of the industry is written in bits and bytes, the Internet, after 15-plus years, has not yet proven it ...

  40. Chelsea Handler Panned As VMA Host

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When MTV announced last month that E!'s Chelsea Handler would be hosting this year's Video Music Awards, it was met with some surprise. So how did she do Sunday on one of music's most star-studded nights? "She was among the wor ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Facebook Trumps MySpace on Ads

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the social media space, two vastly different ad stories are playing out: Facebook is soaring toward must-buy territory, while MySpace appears to have completely lost its mojo. Advertisers will spend $1.28 billion globally on Facebook this year ...

  43. UMG Pulls Music Videos From MTV Over Vevo Dispute

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fans of Universal Music Group artists visiting MTV.com are finding that the site suddenly no longer has music videos available from most of the label group's artists. According to sources on both sides of the issue, the missing videos are a r ...

  44. Teen-Focused Celeb Site Cambio Launches

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A group of companies that include AOL, The Jonas Group and MGX Labs launched a new teen-oriented celebrity site called Cambio . From the release: The site will feature a daily show, series, specials and news about today's brightest stars whil ...

  45. 5 Years After Live 8: Online Live Events Exploding

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Five years ago, AOL’s webcast of the Live 8 concerts marked a watershed moment for the live streaming of concert footage online. More than 5 million people tuned in via the Internet to watch footage of the event, compared to the 2.2 million that w ...

  46. Business Matters: BMI, John Lennon, Foursquare, Lilith and more

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT INTERIM FEE AGREED ON -- BMI and the Radio Music License Committee have agreed on an interim fee starting August 1 that will reduce the radio industry’s fee to $192 million from $217 million. BMI had previously agreed to the lower fee (reduced 7% ...

  47. Chris Brown Makes Surprise Appearance At BET Awards

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Alicia Keys and newcomer Nicki Minaj were the big winners at the 10th annual BET Awards, both taking home two statuettes during the ceremony held last night (June 27) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. However, the evening’s real buzz center ...

  48. Web Ad Spending To Surge 10.8%

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Online advertising spending will surge 10.8 percent in 2010 to $25.1 billion, according to a new report by the digital researcher eMarketer. That double-digit growth prediction would seem to provide a clear sign that the market has bounced back fr ...

  49. Vevo Passes Hulu In Users, Finds Hispanic Niche

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Vevo launched last December, the music video-centric joint venture—backed by competing record companies Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group, investor Abu Dhabi Media, and even Google’s YouTube—had all the makings of what Lady G ...

  50. FTC Approves Google's AdMob Buy

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Federal Trade Commission has approved Google’s acquisition of the mobile ad network AdMob, despite concerns over what the group termed “serious antitrust issues.” Google agreed to buy AdMob last November for $750 million. But the deal was imme ...

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