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  1. Judge Sets ASCAP Streaming Fees

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT License fees that AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo! must pay to ASCAP for streaming music of the performing rights organization's members have now been set by a federal court judge. The three services, which are parties to a rate-setting proceedin ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Thumbplay Inks Distribution Deal With Sony BMG

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment Web site Thumbplay has signed a distribution deal with Sony BMG Music Entertainment for ringtones, music videos and other mobile content from Sony artists. The Sony deal, announced today (Feb. 21), will add 7,000 pieces of mus ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. McGuinness Speech In Full

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The full script of the speech everyone is talking about in Cannes, as made by U2 manager Paul McGuinness at Midem. McGuinness: "Good afternoon and thank you for giving me this opportunity. I don't make many speeches and this is an import ...

  9. Digital Briefs: Sony, HMV, MixRevolution, AOL

    December 19, 2007 12:00 AM EST - Sony Electronics has teamed up with HMV stores to offer anyone buying Walkman-branded MP3 player a free three-month trial of the HMV digital music service. The promotion does not include Walkman branded phones, however. - MixRevolution.com is a ...

  10. NBC Universal Pulls Content From iTunes

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal made good on its declared intent to pull all of its content from Apple's iTunes, following through during the weekend as its contract with the platform expired. This comes as two separate research reports were published Monday a ...

  11. 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, ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Touring Panel Spotlights Best Promotion Strategies

    November 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Raising awareness for concerts and music-related events among fans is an ongoing challenge for those in the music business. A discussion about how to best reach concertgoers was the topic of yesterday's (Nov. 15) "You Oughta Know" p ...

  14. Digital Delivery Takes Spotlight At Touring Confab

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST As the digital delivery of music continues to grow, there's one thing that's certain -- there's nothing quite like the live experience. That was the consensus at the "Start Me Up" panel, held today (Nov. 14) in New York at ...

  15. Time Warner CEO Addresses Media And Money Conference

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Time Warner must focus on being "the most profitable, not the biggest" entertainment company, and his team must concentrate on boosting the stock "now," CEO designate Jeffrey Bewkes said Wednesday in his first public appearance ...

  16. New Stream Media Hires O2's Cockett

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST U.K. digital media production and distribution firm New Stream Media has poached Matt Cockett, the head of music at British telecoms giant O2, to lead its commerical team. In his new role as commercial director, effective from Nov. 19, Cockett wil ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Major Labels, Large Webcasters Reach Agreement

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Major record labels and SoundExchange have just reached a deal with the large webcasting services over crucial terms covering royalty rates that webcasters must pay to stream sound recordings through 2010, Billboard.biz has learned. Under the deal ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Copyright Tribunal Endorses Online Royalty Settlement

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Copyright Tribunal has endorsed the settlement agreement for online and mobile royalty rates reached between the MCPS-PRS Alliance and a string of online music companies. According to the Alliance, the Tribunal decision confirms an agreem ...

  22. Live Earth Breaks Stream Records, U.K. Viewers Tune Out

    July 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Saturday's international Live Earth environment-awareness concerts drew more than 10 million live online streams, the most in history for an entertainment show, according to Microsoft's MSN portal. The Webcast achieved "a milestone ...

  23. Bon Jovi Opens O2 Arena

    June 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT London's newest music venue, the O2 Arena, enjoyed a hitch-free first night with a sellout concert by Bon Jovi. The New Jersey rockers played their greatest hits and selections from new album "Lost Highway" (Universal Island) - curr ...

  24. Geldof, Bono Fight On For Africa Aid

    June 08, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Bob Geldof, U2 frontman Bono and German rock singer Herbert Groenemeyer fronted a rock concert in Rostock, North Germany yesterday as part of an appeal for world leaders to ramp-up support for the people of Africa. More than 70,000 people attended ...

  25. Update: Small Webcasters Get A Break In Royalties

    May 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange has offered a deal to small webcasters to lower the royalty rates set by the Copyright Royalty Board's decision in March. The offer would make the rates for streaming sound recordings roughly the same as those set by the Small W ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. NARM Coverage: Mobile Carriers, Retailers Discuss Opportunities

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The mobile space is probably two or three years away from having a significant impact on brick-and-mortar music retailers, panelists at the NARM convention in Chicago determined on a Tuesday (May 1) afternoon panel. Muze chairman Bill Stensrud com ...

  28. Bill Would Throw Out New Webcaster Rates

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A bill introduced in the House today (April 26) would change the recent webcaster royalty rates set for sound recordings by the Copyright Royalty Board. The stated purpose of the Internet Radio Equality Act, introduced by Reps. Jay Inslee, D-Wash. ...

  29. No Performance Fees For Music Downloads

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A senior federal court judge, who has often sided with copyright holders, ruled against ASCAP today (April 25). Digital music services AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo! won a summary judgment declaring that downloading music files is not a public perfo ...

  30. Judge: No Performance Right In Downloads

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Several sources tell Billboard.biz that a federal court has ruled that there is no performance right for publishers and songwriters in a download. The decision came during a proceeding to determine royalty rates between ASCAP and digital services ...

  31. Circuit City Readies Download Store

    April 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Circuit City is getting into the digital music business through a deal with Napster. Under the agreement, Napster will operate a digital music service -- called Circuit City + Napster -- available through the Circuit City Web site. Essentially, th ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. The Police Unveil European Tour Plans

    March 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Police have unveiled dates for late summer/early fall European tour, beginning Aug. 29 in Stockholm. So far, 13 shows are confirmed, although additional dates in Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, and Denmark are pending, according to the band' ...

  34. ASCAP, Digital Services Kick Off Rate Proceedings

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST In what promises to be one of the most hotly contested copyright issues this year, the question of whether downloading a song means that there is a "public performance" of a composition is now officially for a federal court judge in New ...

  35. UMG Ready For More Innovative Deals And Lawsuits

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Zach Horowitz, Universal Music Group president/COO, made a rare public speech during Grammy week here to provide entertainment lawyers with some context to the company's recent initiatives. The company will not shy away from suing social netw ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Midem Day Two: Video Games, Advertising, Brand Marketing

    January 22, 2007 12:00 AM EST The mutual benefits of music makers getting involved in video games, movie advertising and consumer brand marketing were on parade Monday (Jan. 22) as the Music for Images strand took center stage on day two of the Midem conference. Veteran rocker ...

  38. Universal Music CEO Hawkish On Licensing Deals

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group CEO Doug Morris resents that MTV and other cable music channels built multibillion-dollar businesses around videos given away by record companies anxious to promote their artists. So when he saw his own grandson watching 50 C ...

  39. Sony TVs To Access Free Internet-Based Video

    January 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony Electronics is hoping to get in the Internet TV game with the introduction of its BRAVIA Internet Video Link, a new feature it says will allow most Sony TVs to access free Internet-based video. The BRAVIA feature relies on a small module that ...

  40. Led Zeppelin, Doors Members Sue Wolfgang’s Vault

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST Some of rock 'n' roll's biggest names have teamed up to sue the owner of a Web site that specializes in streaming rare concert recordings. Wolfgang's Vault offers thousands of recordings of rare audio and video music performanc ...

  41. Evel Knievel Sues Kanye West

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST Evel Knievel has sued Kanye West, taking issue with a music video in which the rapper takes on the persona of "Evel Kanyevel" and tries to jump a rocket-powered motorcycle over a canyon. Knievel, whose real name is Robert Craig Knievel, ...

  42. Control Room, UMG Team For Live Programming

    November 15, 2006 12:00 AM EST Snoop Dogg footage available from Nov. 20. Live digital content provider Control Room and Universal Music Group (UMG) have put together a master framework that will streamline the process for live performances by UMG artists transmitted by Control ...

  43. Brightcove, AOL Team For Net Video Service

    November 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST Publishers can receive as much as 70% of sales. AOL and Internet television site Brightcove launched a distribution service Monday (Oct. 30) in which video publishers can sell downloads through AOL Video and receive as much as 70% of the revenue g ...

  44. Orchard Grows With Saudi Firm Rotana

    October 27, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Rotana a power-player in Arabic music world. The Orchard, the U.S.-based digital-music and marketing group, has clinched the global digital-distribution rights to the music portfolio belonging to Rotana Audiovisual, the Saudi Arabia music and film ...

  45. AOL To Offer Movie, TV Show Downloads

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Internet giant inks deal with Paramount. Movies and television shows from Paramount Pictures will be available for sale through AOL's new video portal under a deal announced Monday. Classics such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and ...

  46. AOL To Offer Movie, TV Show Downloads

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT AOL and Paramount Pictures have signed a deal that will allow AOL to sell downloadable versions of Paramount films and television shows through its new video portal. Consumers will own the movies and Movies and television shows from Paramount Pict ...

  47. DDEX Establishes First Digital Data Standards

    October 18, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Group formed to develop customs. Digital Data Exchange (DDEX) has established its first four standards to facilitate efficient information sharing among companies involved with digital music. DDEX was launched in May to develop voluntary data exch ...

  48. Sony Connect Settles With MCPS-PRS

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony Connect is the latest digital music firm to reach settlement with U.K. authors' rights society the MCPS-PRS Alliance with regards to the fracas over online and mobile royalty rates. Sony Connect is the latest digital music firm to reach ...

  49. Sony Connect Settles With MCPS-PRS

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Three online companies continue with Tribunal action. Sony Connect is the latest digital music firm to reach settlement with U.K. authors' rights society the MCPS-PRS Alliance with regards to the fracas over online and mobile royalty rates. A ...

  50. MusicNet, Napster Settle With MCPS-PRS

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT MusicNet and Napster have reached a settlement with the U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance over online and mobile royalty rates. MusicNet and Napster have reached a settlement with the U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance over online and mobile royalty rates. ...

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