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  1. Briefs: Twitter, BlackBerry, Morgan Stanley

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- How did Rick Astley 's "Never Gonna Give You Up" get to the top of the Twitter chart at MP3 blog aggregator The Hype Machine? A single tweet by TechCrunch to its 916,735 followers. ( TechCrunch ) -- Research in Motion will launch ...

  2. Briefs: Live Nation, 'The Beatles: Rock Band,' MySpace

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation 's "No Service Fee Wednesday" is underway and people are finding out that "service fees" are separate from other fees consumers will still have to pay. This isn't much of a revelation. Live Nation said ...

  3. Time Warner To Separate AOL Near Year End

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Time Warner Inc on Thursday made official plans to separate its AOL division sometime around the end of this year, a widely expected move that sheds one of the media company's weakest divisions. Time Warner, which for months has signaled such ...

  4. 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, ...

  5. 7digital Partners With AOL's Winamp

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. download store 7digital.com has partnered with AOL's free Winamp media player to offer users the opportunity to purchase MP3s directly via the application. Winamp claims 77 million users worldwide, based on comScore Media Metrix data, an ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Time Warner Names Google's Armstrong As AOL Chief

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Time Warner Inc has named Google executive Tim Armstrong to lead AOL, in what was seen as a bold move to reverse the fortunes of the struggling Internet unit in preparation for a spin-off. The hire was a welcome surprise to Wall Street analysts, w ...

  8. Winamp Ready For Relaunch

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST America Online is relaunching its Winamp music player and Web site to include new music discovery tools and better access to third party partners. The Winamp player's artist discovery tool is now enhanced with an artist information section, s ...

  9. Bebo Partners With Slicethepie

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Social networking platform Bebo has partnered with Slicethepie, an online financing platform for recording artists, to offer Bebo users the opportunity to contribute to the success of their favourite artists. The deal will allow Bebo's commun ...

  10. Report: Internet Radio Streams, Ads Up In 2008

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST According to a new report from AccuStream Research, Internet radio streams increased 37.6% in 2008, while audio ads sold against this usage rose 46.1% to $74 million. The report "Online Music Spins and Media Spend: 2003 - 2012" cites AOL ...

  11. Conroy Exits AOL For Univision Digital Post

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Longtime AOL executive Kevin Conroy will exit the Time Warner-owned Web portal to lead Univision's varied digital operations, which the Spanish-language media giant is rebranding as Univision Interactive Media. As of Jan. 12 Conroy, who was m ...

  12. Digital Briefs: UMG, Shazam, Musicane

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Universal Music Group ranked among the top 10 most-visited music sites, according to data from Comscore, just making the list behind sites like AOL, Yahoo and MySpace. - Song recognition app Shazam has introduced a new version of the software fo ...

  13. Yahoo Searches For New CEO

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc said Jerry Yang will step down as chief executive as soon as the board finds a replacement, sending its shares up 4% on hopes his departure will clear the way for a deal with Microsoft. Yang -- who will return to his former role focusing ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. SellaBand Teams With AOL, Second Life

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SellaBand, the Netherlands-originated label of unsigned acts funded by fans, has signed a marketing partnership with AOL Europe and launched a site on virtual world Second Life to gain more exposure for its roster of acts. The agreement with Time ...

  16. Spaceland, maniaTV Partner For Web Series

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spaceland Recordings has partnered with independent online television network maniaTV to launch a 13-episode online concert series, titled At the Show. All concerts will be filmed at Los Angeles venues Spaceland, Echoplex and the Echo. The music s ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. AOL Reveals New Online Music Player

    June 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT America Online unveiled a new online music player and expanded programming options for its AOL Radio service. The new player allows users to skip and pause songs, add channel presets and share their streaming music with other AOL members via the A ...

  21. Bebo, UMG Partner On Web Drama

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bebo, the social network recently acquired by AOL and Universal Music Group UK, have teamed up to create an online video series about a UMG employee who creates a record label. The fictional story will follow much the same format as Bebo’s other o ...

  22. Gambino Exits Bebo

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Angel Gambino, global VP, music and content at Bebo, is exiting the social networking service. Bebo recruited Gambino in April 2007 to drive its music activities. She joined the firm at its London premises from MTV, where she was VP commercial, st ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Commentary: Court's Decision Is A Landmark For The Digital Age

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently handed down a landmark decision upholding the rights of music creators in the Digital Age. By setting compensation rates for the public performance of music on three Internet s ...

  25. Plugged And Unplugged: Ringback Tones, Billy Bragg, Bebo

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged Ringback tones never really blew my skirt up. After the saturation of ringtones, I felt they were just another "me too" application that would just annoy a market already prepping for a backlash against ringtones. That, coupled w ...

  26. Digital Briefs: Hdtracks, Billy Bragg, Bebo

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Another outlet for high-bitrate digital music is launching -- Hdtracks, created by the founders of Chesky Records. The soft-launch version is offering 320 kbps files, contains no DRM, and offers PDF files of the complete liner notes and original ...

  27. AOL To Buy Bebo Social Network

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Time Warner Inc's AOL Internet division said on Thursday it will buy social network Bebo for $850 million in cash, bolstering its consumer Internet offerings even as the media conglomerate mulls splitting off the business. Bebo, which claims ...

  28. CBS, AOL Combine Online Radio Networks

    March 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST The No. 2 U.S. radio broadcaster CBS Radio said on Friday it will combine its more than 150 online radio stations with AOL's more than 200 online stations. CBS Radio, a division of CBS Corp, will take over advertising sales, the companies sai ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. AOL Tops Music Sites For January

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST AOL was the most-visited music site in January based on unique visitors and page views, according to comScore Media Metrics. AOL page views were up 32% in January to 427 million views. AOL said the growth was due to music editorial features such a ...

  31. Tech Firms Respond To McGuinness Blast

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Paul McGuinness's big-hitting speech at this year's Midem has inspired a wave of reaction, not all of it positive. The U2 manager's lecture became one of the 42nd annual trade fair's hottest talking points, when he used its pod ...

  32. Cellware Social Site Aims At Mobile Market

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST Former Advertising.com co-founder John Ferber has launched a new mobile social network focused on distributing mobile content, including ringtones, videos, wallpaper images and games. The company, Cellware, is in a beta mode. The company is in the ...

  33. Miravete Joins MySpace For Hispanic Strategy Role

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Manny Miravete has been appointed VP of Hispanic sales and strategy for MySpace. The newly-created position is intended to develop advertising targeted to the social network's Hispanic users, which the company says number 8.2 million monthly, ...

  34. Haier America Launches Ibiza Rhapsody

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Rhapsody is now accessible from a new device that allows subscribers to access all aspects of the music service using WiFi wireless Internet access. The Ibiza Rhapsody, manufactured by Haier America, connects directly to the Rhapsody service when ...

  35. Qloud Launches With Impressive Key Investors

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After more than a year in beta and a three-month trial on Facebook, the Qloud music service, and its My Music Facebbok application, have officially gone live. The Qloud My Music application allows users and their friends to stream their entire iTu ...

  36. AOL To Cut One-Fifth Of Global Work Force

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Time Warner Inc.'s Internet unit AOL will eliminate 2,000 jobs as part of an ongoing restructuring to better focus on boosting online advertising, according to a memo obtained by Reuters on Monday. The cuts, which begin on Tuesday, amount to ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. AOL Overhauls Programming, Music Service Relaunched

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT America Online has revamped it programming lineup as a part of a broader company restructuring designed to focus more on targeted advertising. The AOL Music service has been relaunched, along with other programming lines like Sports and News. The ...

  39. SoundExchange Offers Small Webcasters Deal

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange is offering an olive branch of sorts to smaller Internet radio outlets as part of an ongoing negotiation over royalty rates. Under the new proposal, webcasters who make less than $1.25 million in total yearly revenue can continue pay ...

  40. Cooler Opening for IndigO2

    June 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT London's AEG-owned O2 arena, formerly known as the Millennium Dome, opens the doors of its smaller, on-site, IndigO2 concert venue June 28 with a show sponsored by AOL Music and featuring EMI Music acts. The "AOL Music Live! Summer Coole ...

  41. Last.fm To Launch Music VOD Feature

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm is launching a new music video on demand offering, as well as a music video recommendation feature. Indie labels Ninja Tune, Nettwerk Music Group, Domino, Warp and Mute are among the independent labels supplying videos from playback at lau ...

  42. AOL Launches Canadian Offering

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AOL Canada today launched AOL Music Canada, a free music channel featuring audio clips, previews and videos. For the kick-off, AOL Music Canada is featuring an in-studio concert with Arts & Craft artist Feist performing live versions of songs ...

  43. Judges Reject Webcasters' Requests

    April 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio broadcasters were dealt a setback Monday (April 16) when a panel of copyright judges threw out requests to reconsider a ruling that hiked the royalties they must pay to record companies and artists. A broad group of public and priva ...

  44. Napster Says Results Should Beat Forecast

    April 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Online music service Napster Inc. said on Tuesday its quarterly results should exceed its prior outlook, helped by the integration of more than 225,000 AOL Music Now paid subscribers into its service. The news saw shares move up more than 7 percen ...

  45. CenterStaging Ups Schmidman To President

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST CenterStaging Corp. has promoted industry veteran Paul "Schmidi" Schmidman to president. He most recently served as COO, which he held since July of 2006. Schmidman will continue to serve as COO, and will be based in the company's h ...

  46. EMI, AOL Team For Ad-Supported Video Streams

    February 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST EMI Music has forged an advertising-supported music video streaming deal with AOL Europe, covering the United Kingdom, French and German markets. The pact, unveiled Monday (Jan. 5), allows users to stream music videos free-of-charge via the AOL po ...

  47. Richman Joins MSG Media

    January 24, 2007 12:00 AM EST Madison Square Garden in New York has appointed Scott Richman to the newly created position of senior VP/GM of MSG Interactive for MSG Media. He reports to MSG Media president Michael Bair. In his new role, Richman will be responsible for managing ...

  48. Update: Napster Nabs AOL Music Now Subscribers

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST As previously reported on Billboard.biz , Napster acquired AOL Music Now's 350,000 subscribers just a week after landing the subscriber base of the now-defunct Virgin Digital subscription service. Further details have emerged via a Form 8-K f ...

  49. Napster Nabs AOL Music Now Subscribers

    January 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Just a week after acquiring the subscriber base of the now-defunct Virgin Digital subscription service, Napster is taking over as the official music subscription service for AOL Music. AOL has dumped the Music Now service, which it acquired from C ...

  50. Fontana Inks Deals With VH1, INgrooves

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Company expands with exclusive distribution pacts. Fontana has signed an exclusive distribution deal with digital media publisher and technology company INgrooves. Fontana will distribute the company's product in the U.S. and Canada, while IN ...

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