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  1. Analysis: Subscription Model Takes Another Hit

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If music subscription services were easy, everybody would be doing them and millions of Americans would be paying. Numbers from RealNetworks’ latest earnings show subscriptions are still one of music’s greatest paradox: so much potential but so fe ...

  2. Business Matters: EMI, Sony Music, Project Playlist, AOL and More

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - EMI has moved closer to a deal with Sony Music to license its North American recorded music catalog, according to the Telegraph. ( The Telegraph ) -- Industry trade group UK Music is calling for a new government cabinet committee to shape polici ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Full Transcript: MTV President Van Toffler @Music&Money

    March 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks Music and Logo Group, sat for a keynote interview at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium March 4. During the session, Toffler touched on everything from MySpace and Rhapsody, to the Beatles and Green Da ...

  5. Analysis: Online Video's Growing Pains

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST As music companies try to derive value from cloud-based music services, they also have another Herculean problem to solve: online video. While business models and strategies are still in the formative years, consumers are quickly becoming more com ...

  6. Hulu's 'Ad Selector' Could Set Web Video Pace

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Credit Hulu with possibly establishing the creative template for the entire online video ad industry. Publicis’ VivaKi has released the long-awaited results from the first phase of The Pool, the agency group’s highly ambitious media research proje ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. Analysis: The Potential In Live Nation Entertainment

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Here's the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger in a nutshell: a company with nearly a 40% gross margin percentage and a slight but positive net profit (Ticketmaster) is going to build a live events powerhouse with a company with a 20% gross margi ...

  9. Susan Boyle's Return To No. 1?

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" may make a return engagement at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week, as industry prognosticators suggest her set could sell around 80,000 copies by week's end on Sunday, Jan. 24. The set is re ...

  10. Springsteen, Jay-Z, Urban Join Haiti Telethon

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The music world's top stars are signing on for Friday's "Hope for Haiti" telethon. Bruce Springsteen, Jay-Z, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Keith Urban and Alicia Keys are just a few of the performers who will be featured, ac ...

  11. Q&A: Napster ex-CEO Chris Gorog

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST On January 6, the man who led the Napster digital music service for the last 10 years, Chris Gorog, announced he was leaving the company , along with president Brad Duea. There were conflicting reports at the time about whether his departure was v ...

  12. President Sarkozy Backs French Digital Strategy

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST France's mission to improve the growth of legal digital services for cultural works has hit the headlines, thanks to its proposal to tax advertising revenues from online giants such as Google to support the creative industries hit by the digi ...

  13. Marketing & Branding Trends To Watch In 2010

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST As a rough 2009 draws to a close, the digital marketing world is looking ahead to 2010, hoping to deliver stronger growth in the sector, which is one of the few bright spots in the media world. What lies ahead? We identified 10 trends that are sur ...

  14. What Will It Take For Ad-supported Music To Work?

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST One of the biggest questions of 2009 has been: What will it take for ad-supported music to work? The answers are pretty clear in this Q&A with Robin Kent , founder of consultancy Rebel Digital and former CEO of failed ad-supported music site S ...

  15. @ Media & Money: Execs Debate Controlling Digital Content

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the rise of the digital mediums, companies have found it more difficult to place value on their content since it appears on the Internet or on phones instead of in a format the companies can contain. The Controlling Content in a Digital World ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Business Matters: Warner Music, Spotify, Digital Music Forum West

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- AdAge.com has an in-depth piece on Warner Music Group 's Web strategy and its new deal with YouTube . What really stands out about the strategy is that it represents a market-driven solution to a complicated licensing problem. The incentiv ...

  18. AEG Acquires Streaming Media Firm Incited Media

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG has acquired streaming media management and production firm Incited Media as part of an effort to expand its services into the broadband Internet and mobile content space. The company will merge Incited Media into its AEG Productions division, ...

  19. Business Matters: P2P, Spotify, The Pirate Bay, Creed

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A story on Tuesday had some incorrect numbers on 2009-versus-2007 decline in album sales. The correct two-year decline in album sales are: 23.9 ...

  20. Pan-European Deal For Warner, 7Digital

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music has extended its existing partnership with U.K.-based music store 7digital to sell Warner's Music's catalog across Europe. Effective immediately, the new deal allows 7digital stores in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and ...

  21. Briefs: Bug Music, TicketsNow, IFPI, Musictoob

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Since email marketing is (or should be) an integral part of every artist's career, this Forrester report has a notable estimates and opinions: "Marketing messages to the primary inbox will swell to an average of more than 9,000 annual ...

  22. MySpace To Cut 30% Of Staff

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace said Tuesday it is cutting nearly 30 percent of its work force in a bid to become more efficient, bringing its staffing level more in line with its more popular rival, Facebook. The move comes less than two months after MySpace, a unit of ...

  23. Composers Seek Change In Copyright Law

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nathan Barr has scored horror films such as "Hostel" and the HBO vampire series "True Blood," but what really keeps the composer up at night is fear he will not get paid for music distributed online. "'True Blood' ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Facebook, Twitter Cut Into MySpace's User Time

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp. executives often present MySpace and Facebook as competing in different markets, with Facebook used as a communications vehicle and MySpace for entertainment. Whatever the case, a straight line can be drawn between more time spent on Fa ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Samsung, Bebo Form Music Partnership

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Samsung Mobile U.K. has formed a strategic partnership with social networking site Bebo, which will include the launch of live music events, a new music show on Bebo and Samsung content on Bebo's music homepage. Starting with an event on June ...

  28. Billboard Q&A: Napster COO Christopher Allen

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Is there a mobile aspect to this new $5 streaming tier? Any Napster Mobile app for these new smartphones with app stores? Not at this time, other than the sideloading of MP3s. We are constantly evaluating different access points for the consumer. ...

  29. Q&A: CBS Interactive Music President David Goodman

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT CBS Corp. this week merged its music-related businesses into a new unit, called the CBS Interactive Music group. It consists of the on-demand streaming music service Last.fm along with the interactive websites of every CBS radio station that offer ...

  30. Business Briefs: Seeqpod, iPhone, Rapidshare

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- MP3 search engine/player Seeqpod is in acquisition talks, according to its CEO, by a large media company that is a competitor to Apple. Seeqpod is currently being sued by record labels and maintains its service is legal. Unlike a standard searc ...

  31. Warner/Chappell Latin Launches Digital Initiative

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner/Chappell Music Latin America has partnered with Warner Music Group's recorded music division on a digital initiative to benefit its artists and songwriters globally. The publisher has joined with Warner Music Latin America in order to ...

  32. Report: MySpace CEO DeWolfe To Be Fired

    April 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT According to a report on TechCrunch , MySpace CEO Chris DeWolfe and possibly several others of the company's executive team are close to being fired. The report, which remains unconfirmed, states that the new CEO of Digital Media for MySpace ...

  33. Amazon, Best Buy Execs Join NARM Board

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers has named to new directors to its board, Pete Baltaxe from Amazon and Ed Hogan from Best Buy. Baltaxe, Amazon's director of worldwide digital music, replaces Amazon's Peter Faricy who last fa ...

  34. UMG, Google In Deal For Video Service

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group and Google finalized their long-awaited deal to create a new music video service called Vevo, expected to launch before the end of the year. Vevo is designed as a central repository for all UMG video content initially—includi ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Google Profit Beats On Strong Ad Sales

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Google Inc's quarterly earnings beat Wall Street forecasts as strong advertising sales on its self-branded Web sites helped the Internet leader defy the gloom pervading the tech sector. The results, which sent Google shares up 2.6% in after-h ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. Beyonce Eyeing 2009 Tour

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Beyonce is blocking off time for a 2009 tour in support of her upcoming third solo album, due Nov. 18 via Music World/Columbia. The artist will play international dates next spring, followed by a North American tour in early summer. The as-yet-unt ...

  44. Scardino Tapped For Exec Role At 19 Entertainment

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Janet Scardino has been appointed to president of commercial at 19 Entertainment, according to the company's CEO Simon Fuller. Based in New York, with offices in London and Los Angeles, Scardino will report to Fuller and 19 Entertainment pres ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Pretenders To Roll Out New Album As MP3s

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Pretenders will roll out their new album, "Break Up the Concrete," as one MP3 per week with a different partner leading up to the Sept. 23 CD street date via Shangri-La Music. The first song, "Boots of Chinese Plastic," is ...

  47. Slipknot: Chaos Theory

    July 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The moment is burned into the mind of Roadrunner Records president Jonas Nachsin. It was 1999, and his label had convinced Ozzfest organizers to put its newly signed band, Slipknot, on the festival's second stage. Curious to see the band in a ...

  48. Jay-Z Exclusives Hit Thumbplay

    July 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Some of Jay-Z's biggest hits are today available as mobile phone ringtones, but only exclusively through provider Thumbplay. Universal Music Group struck a deal with the service for 10 Jay-Z tracks that were previously unavailable as ringtone ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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