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  1. Meet ROK Mobile, a Slightly Different On-Demand Streaming Service from a Tequila Billionaire

    June 26, 2014 11:34 AM EDT The United States is about to get a new on-demand music service. Set for a July 4th launch, ROK Mobile is the creation of John Paul DeJoria, the billionaire behind Paul Mitchell hair products and Patron Tequila, and British mobile entrepreneur ...

  2. YouTube Confirms Subscription Service Imminent, Warns of Takedowns

    June 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT 71 4.982 k 303 0 YouTube has confirmed it is close to launching its music subscription service, even as it in the process of pulling down some of the biggest indie label acts in a dispute over payments. Google Transfers VP of Engineering Venkat Panchapake ...

  3. Amazon Smartphone to Be Carried Exclusively by AT&T

    June 17, 2014 11:30 AM EDT AT&T will be the exclusive mobile carrier for Amazon's smartphone, the Wall Street Journal is reporting . The publication's sources said  that the phone, anticipated to be announced at an event on Wednesday in the online retailer ...

  4. Five Things Holding Up the Apple-Beats Deal

    May 23, 2014 3:42 PM EDT When news broke on Thursday May 8 that Apple was in talks to buy Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre’s Beats Electronics for a shocking $3.2 billion the deal’s closure seemed imminent. In fact Billboard’s sources repeatedly said late that day, the tran ...

  5. AT&T Aims for TV's Future with $48.5B DirecTV Deal

    May 19, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Priming itself for the age of Internet-delivered video, AT&T Inc. said it would buy DirecTV for $48.5 billion in cash and stock, or $95 per share. While DirecTV doesn't help the telecom company compete in the online video space immediatel ...

  6. Muve Music Up For Sale (Sources)

    May 07, 2014 9:55 PM EDT Muve Music, the leading paid U.S. subscription play, bundled as part of the Cricket Wireless service, is being put up for sale according to people familiar with early discussions. News of the sale discussions was first reported by New York Times . ...

  7. Streaming in the Car Is Huge Business – So Which Service Will Win?

    April 22, 2014 12:48 PM EDT This article first appeared in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . As the New York International Auto Show opened on April 18, a rash of announcements and demonstrations heralded the ongoing rush to further music-­connectivity in cars. ...

  8. AT&T Explores Expansion Of Super-Fast Internet

    April 21, 2014 7:36 PM EDT AT&T plans a major expansion of super-fast Internet services to cover as many as 100 municipalities in 25 metropolitan areas. The service, called GigaPower, has a 1 gigabit per second speed that is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically ...

  9. Business Matters: Five Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify

    April 17, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and telecommunications companies. Related Articles Is Beats M ...

  10. Beats Music Raises $60 Million in Funding

    March 11, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Beats Music has raised a second round of funding of aproximately $60 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. The money comes largely from current investors, including Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Access Industries with the cash bein ...

  11. With Ratings Down and AT&T Out, 'American Idol' Faces Costly 13th Season

    March 03, 2014 1:08 PM EST A Feb. 20 event to toast the 13th season of "American Idol" should have been a celebratory affair, but minutes after the show’s Top 13 and star judges arrived at West Hollywood hotspot Fig & Olive, Fox senior executive VP David Hill, ...

  12. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler Announces Net Neutrality Proposals in Wake of January Court Defeat

    February 19, 2014 12:51 PM EST FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has announced  plans for his agency's pursuit of net neutrality rules following the give-and-take ruling handed down by a court of appeals last month . The January ruling reinforced the FCC's authority on interne ...

  13. Pending AT&T Patent Would Charge Customers Based on Bandwidth Usage

    February 05, 2014 12:48 PM EST AT&T has published a patent that would charge customers not only on how much they use the internet, but how they use it, period. Spin  and the Huffington Post  report that Patent US20140010082 A1 , "Prevention of Bandwidth Abuse of a Comm ...

  14. Business Matters: Norwegian Music's Revenue Spike May Mean the Streaming Model Is Working

    January 17, 2014 4:57 PM EST Led by growth in streaming revenue, both digital and total recorded music revenue in Norway grew in 2013, according to figures released by IFPI Norway. Total revenue grew 10.6% to 603 million NOK ($97.8 million), the country's best total si ...

  15. Appeals Court Deals Blow to FCC's 'Net Neutrality' Rules

    January 14, 2014 1:04 PM EST In a victory for broadband carriers like AT&T and Verizon, the D.C. Circuit strikes down anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has knocked down major provisions of the FCC's &q ...

  16. AT&T To Offer $15-A-Month Beats Music Family Plan

    January 12, 2014 1:10 PM EST AT&T says it will start offering customers a subscription to streaming service Beats Music in a package that gives as many as five family members unlimited streaming and song downloading for $15 a month. Ian Rogers: The Man Behind the Beats Be ...

  17. 13 Ways to Make Money with Your Songs (Guest Post)

    December 13, 2013 2:17 PM EST Jamie Purpora is TuneCore's President of Music Publishing Administration.  If you write songs, and your songs are sold, downloaded, streamed or used in many other ways, they’re generating songwriter royalties for you.  Awesome, right? Nowad ...

  18. NFL, MLB & NBA: How Music Biz Can Get a Bigger Slice of Sports Pie

    October 15, 2013 5:31 PM EDT The following is from Billboard magazine's special Sports & Music package and examines how music can play a larger role in the nearly $14 billion brands this year will spend on sports. This special section includes "The Big Scor ...

  19. Exclusive: Inside the New iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles (Photos and Q&A)

    October 11, 2013 2:45 PM EDT Clear Channel opened its first iHeartRadio Theater three years ago in New York, and on Oct. 22 the radio conglomerate will open its second venue in Los Angeles with a live album release party for Katy Perry’s “Prism.” Located at the Burbank Stud ...

  20. How Justin Timberlake Became an Unofficial Sales Exec for iHeartRadio Fest: Q&A With Clear Channel Connections' Greg Glenday (Exclusive)

    September 20, 2013 1:15 PM EDT Tickets to Clear Channel’s third annual IHeartRadio Music Festival this weekend aren’t the only part of the two-day spectacle that are sold out -- sponsor activity is at an all-time high, too. More than 14 blue-chip brands are prepping major on ...

  21. Jeff Toig Out at Muve Music (Exclusive)

    September 11, 2013 2:57 PM EDT Jeff Toig, the Senior Vice President in charge of Cricket Wireless's Muve Music subscription service, has left the company. The prepaid mobile carrier bundles the first-of-its kind music service with its all-you-can text, voice and data pla ...

  22. 'American Idol' 429-Page Racism Lawsuit: The Highlights

    July 29, 2013 1:33 AM EDT On Thursday, 10 former contestants on American Idol sued over alleged discrimination on the long-running reality singing competition show. If you want to read the complaint, it'll likely take you longer than the amount of screen time that 9 ...

  23. Exclusive: Clear Channel Announces iHeartRadio Festival Sponsors; Preps First Fan Village

    July 15, 2013 8:57 AM EDT In just its third year, Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio Music Festival has quickly carved out its own niche in the ever-crowding festival market by booking a lineup made up entirely of marquee, A-plus plus talent that grace its 850 stations’ airwav ...

  24. AT&T Buys Leap Wireless, Owner of Muve Music, For $1.19 Billion

    July 12, 2013 7:47 PM EDT AT&T just got itself into the music subscription business. The company announced Friday it has purchased Leap Wireless, owner of Cricket Wireless, for $1.19 billion in cash. Including debt, the deal is worth about $4 billion.   Leap Wirele ...

  25. Billboard Afterparty Rocks With Prince, Lumineers, Darren Criss, Neil Patrick Harris, More

    February 11, 2013 11:40 AM EST Above, L-R: Prometheus Global Media SVP Dana Miller, Billboard publisher Tommy Page, Nicole Levinsohn; Guggenheim Digital Media CEO Ross Levinsohn at the Billboard Afterparty at the London Hote l (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images) It was a part ...

  26. Irving Azoff's Exit: The Invisible Hand of John Malone

    December 31, 2012 9:57 PM EST The exit of veteran music manager Irving Azoff as executive chairman at Live Nation comes two months after another media veteran, Mel Karmazin, stepped down as chairman and CEO of SiriusXM Satellite Radio. The person they have in common? Veteran m ...

  27. Marcie Allen

    November 28, 2012 6:17 PM EST President, MAC Presents (Photo: Robbie Klein) Tracking Impact Marcie Allen, president of MAC Presents, her sponsorship and live events agency, broke new ground in 2012. Three years after moving the company to New York from Nashville, MAC Presents ...

  28. Exclusive: AT&T, CBS Team For 'Stageside Live,' Premiering Dec. 5 With Neon Trees

    November 27, 2012 7:00 AM EST CBS Interactive and AT&T are re-teaming for their second online concert series, "Stageside Live," following the successful "Live On Letterman" that was introduced in 2009. Premiering Dec. 5, "Stageside Live" is a ...

  29. Justin Bieber Nabs Third Hot Tours No. 1, Phish at No. 2

    November 07, 2012 6:14 PM EST Pop star Justin Bieber makes his third appearance at No. 1 on the weekly Hot Tours recap since launching the North American leg of the Believe Tour in late-September. This week's chart-topping performance is based on $11.8 million in reported ...

  30. Larry Miller Joins MediaNet

    October 19, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Veteran music executive Larry Miller has joined MediaNet as executive VP and GM. In his new position, Miller will be responsible for new service innovation in music and media rights management, partner acquisition, and revenue growth for the compa ...

  31. Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Seeking Substance Abuse Treatment After iHeartRadio Meltdown

    September 23, 2012 6:06 PM EDT Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong is headed to treatment for substance abuse. Sunday's announcement by the band's rep comes after the 40-year-old frontman had a meltdown onstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas on Frida ...

  32. Walk The Moon/AT&T Promote Motorola App on Facebook

    September 20, 2012 8:55 AM EDT RCA band Walk The Moon has teamed up with AT&T to promote the Smartactions features on the Motorola Atrix HD device through a dedicated tab on the band's Facebook page . The Motorola Atrix HD is available exclusively from AT&T, and Sm ...

  33. How Green Day, Warner Bros., MAC, Nokia, AT&T Teamed Up for Social Campaign With Potential Audience of 144 Million

    September 18, 2012 12:17 PM EDT The Nokia-AT&T tab on Green Day's Facebook page that allowed fans to participate in the promotion. Green Day hit New York City's Irving Plaza to help Nokia and AT&T launch Nokia Music in the U.S. with a performance to a packed cr ...

  34. The Bizarre Dance of the Unlimited iPhone Data Plan Gets Even Weirder

    September 17, 2012 5:51 PM EDT Apple and every cellphone provider that sells the iPhone 5 are over the moon this Monday morning, as the new iPhone set new sales records -- even as its ship date gets pushed back to accommodate the flood of interest from consumers. People simply ...

  35. Morning Fix: UMG-EMI Merger News; iPhone 5 Mania; Dangerbird Shake-Up; Billy Corgan's Tea House

    September 14, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. UNIVERSAL MUSIC-EMI DEAL GOES TO EU VOTE NEXT WEEK; FTC DECISION BY END OF MONTH: SOURCES: The Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI is headed for the e ...

  36. Business Matters: Apple Still King of Digital Music, Unveils New iTunes, iPhone, iPods

    September 12, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Apple confirmed its dominant position in its post-Jobs era Wednesday when it unveiled new versions of iPhone, iTunes, iPod Nano and iPod Touch. The new products it unveiled suggests Apple has a commitment to maintain its leadership in digital musi ...

  37. Turn On, Tune In, Pay Up

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Cricket Wireless' Muve Music targets underserved mobile consumers in its quest to become the No. 1 U.S. subscription service. In the past, music was primary sold to people through brick-and-mortar stores. Then it helped technology companies s ...

  38. Green Day To Help Nokia, AT&T Debut Nokia Music With Playlists, Kickoff Concert

    September 04, 2012 5:36 PM EDT Green Day will join forces with Nokia and AT&T to launch Nokia Music, a new music streaming service offering consumers free and unlimited access to play lists and songs from a global catalog of 17 million tracks. To mark the launch of Nokia Mu ...

  39. The Olympics' Music-Branding Gold Medalists: Jay-Z + Duracell, Samsung + Leftover Cuties, More

    August 14, 2012 3:59 PM EDT When it comes to declaring one winner in music during this year's Olympics - the most-watched U.S. TV event in history , Phillip Phillips is the undisputed gold medalist. The "American Idol" champion's song "Home" vau ...

  40. Frankie J. Joins Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Summer Tour After Wisin & Yandel Drop Out

    July 12, 2012 4:09 PM EDT R&B/soul singer Frankie J. has been invited to be part of the Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias summer tour two weeks after Latin urban duo Wisin & Yandel dropped out, according to a spokesperson for the crooner's label. Frankie J, ...

  41. Highlights From Azoff, Grainge, Bronfman Testimony in Today's Universal-EMI Senate Hearing

    June 21, 2012 8:01 AM EDT At 1:30 p.m. today, the head of Universal Music Group and EMI will appear before a Congressional hearing to argue for the proposed sale of EMI's music catalog to Universal. Both Lucian Grainge and Roger Faxon will act as witnesses in support ...

  42. Northside Fest CEO Scott Stedman: 'Brooklyn Has Become An Adjective For What's Next...'

    June 14, 2012 8:02 AM EDT The fourth edition of Brooklyn's Northside Festival, the independent music, art, film, and now, entrepreneurial confab, kicks off today (June, 14) with over 400 bands (from GZA to Kitty Pryde), 200 artists, 30 venues, 50 films, 1,500 entrepre ...

  43. Backbeat: CMA Fest Attracts Over 70,000; Blake Shelton, Gary Overton, WME Execs Hang in Press Room

    June 12, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Blake Shelton makes a point during the press conference prior to his performance at LP Field during CMA Music Fest. (Photo: Vernell Hackett) Milder weather and expanded seating at LP Field for the night shows brought in more fans to the CMA Music ...

  44. Shazam To Offer Free, Exclusive Download of Usher's 'Climax' During Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Shazam is getting in on this Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards in a big way: fans who use Shazam during the ABC telecast (8:00 p.m EDT) will be able to download an exclusive and free Diplo remix of Usher's chart-topping single " ...

  45. Van Halen Postpone Over 30 Tour Dates without Explanation

    May 17, 2012 8:14 PM EDT Van Halen's 2012 reunion has hit a snag -- the final three months and 31 dates of the group's North American reunion run have been abruptly postponed. The Van Halen tour will continue as regularly scheduled through the group's May 2 ...

  46. Lady Antebellum Teams With Lipton Tea & Honey For New TV Spot

    May 08, 2012 9:42 PM EDT Nicki Minaj isn't the only musician to star in a major ad for PepsiCo this week. Lady Antebellum debuted new 30-second TV spots for Lipton Tea & Honey and Lipton 100% Natural, a new product created in partnership by Pepsi and Unilever.In ...

  47. Business Matters: Deezer Opens API, Welcomes Developers to Make Really Cool Apps

    May 03, 2012 7:15 PM EDT Deezer Welcomes App Developers Deezer has opened its API and launched "Open Deezer" roughly five months after Spotify did the same. Open Deezer will allow developers to create applications and services that integrate Deezer's on-dem ...

  48. Video: Emilio Estefan Says 'Great Things Are Happening... That Never Could Have 20 Years Ago' at Latin Conference

    May 01, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Emilio Estefan sat down with Billboard at the Billboard Latin Music Conference to discuss the changes in the Latin music industry since he began his career 35 years ago, how hard it is for new acts to get noticed, and his own responsibilities in t ...

  49. Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Announce Summer Tour

    April 30, 2012 7:21 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez, two Latin pop stars undergoing impressive career revivals, have joined forces to co-headline a summer tour. The initial 16 dates of the North America trek were announced on Monday (April 30), with more dates to ...

  50. Emilio Estefan at Billboard Latin Conference: 'When It Was Just Me, Santana, Feliciano, Julio, There Wasn't So Much Opportunity...'

    April 25, 2012 3:31 PM EDT John Butcher, vice president of entertainment, Target (left); with Emilion Estefan, Chairman, Estefan Enterprises. (Photo: Michael Seto) As record sales remain flat and labels tighten their belts in producing and releasing records, brands have ste ...

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