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  1. Billboard MEL Q&A: Mobile Executive Jared Hoffman

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Earlier in his career, as the CEO of the Knitting Factory Entertainment, Jared Hoffman focused heavily on how digital platforms could be leveraged to draw fans to concerts. Now a consultant, he’s helping companies utilize Web 2.0 and mobile servic ...

  2. Billboard.biz Q&A: Neil Smith, VP of Business Management, Rhapsody

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple has approved Rhapsody’s on-demand music streaming application, marking the second time in a week that the company has given the nod to a potentially competing music service on the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms. The Rhapsody app—available i ...

  3. Verizon's Ed Ruth Talks Mobile Strategy Ahead Of MEL

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In July, Verizon Wireless launched an initiative designed to partner with application developers to jointly create new services, a huge step for a company with a reputation among developers as very difficult to work with. As director of strategic ...

  4. Billboard.biz Q&A: General Partner For VC Firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As general partner for venture capital firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott keeps a close eye on the intersection of technology and entertainment. Mobile is one area that has caused many VCs no small degree of grief, thanks to slim margins an ...

  5. The Billboard Q&A: Walter Kolm

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Universal Music Group (UMG) restructured its U.S. Latin operations last year in the wake of its acquisition of Univision Music Group, it put its Latin pop, urban, tropical and rock repertoire under the leadership of Walter Kolm, formerly seni ...

  6. Digital Briefs: Live365, CRB, Napster, Live Nation

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Internet radio provider Live365 , one of the few webcasters to turn down the recent SoundExchange compromise agreement for streaming royalty rates, is taking a decidedly different approach to the ongoing dispute - by challenging the constitutio ...

  7. Sponsors Sign for Univision's Music Competition Show

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Univision has signed AT&T, Bud Light, Coca-Cola, State Farm and Target as title sponsors of its upcoming American Idol-like music competition, Viva el Sueño! (Live the Dream!). The series will feature aspiring professional artists who have not ...

  8. Comscore Ranks Sony Music Web Properties At No. 10

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment's Web properties now rank at No. 10 among worldwide online music destinations, according to from Web traffic monitoring firm Comscore. In June of this year, the combined network of artist Web sites collectively gained ...

  9. RealNetworks Develops Rhapsody iPhone App

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks says it had developed an iPhone app for its Rhapsody subscription music service, and is submitting it for Apple's approval this week. An overview of the app, including a video demo, was posted over the weekend to the Rhapsody blo ...

  10. Pete Wentz Onboard For Mobile Entertainment Live Keynote

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Billboard has added Fall Out Boy founder, bassist and lyricist Pete Wentz as a keynote speaker at the Mobile Entertainment Live conference in October. In an on-stage interview with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, Wentz will discuss how to ...

  11. Billboard Unveils New Billboard.com

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT To solidify Billboard.com as the Web's top music entertainment destination, Billboard has relaunched the site with new features and products that will provide music fans with a more interactive and customized discovery experience. Billboard.c ...

  12. Briefs: House of Blues, Joel Tenenbaum, Live Nation

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Turns out Live Nation doesn’t need to merge with Ticketmaster to offer new and creative bundles to increase attendance at concerts, one of the stated benefits of a merged company. Today the concert promoter announced the “first ever” one-price ...

  13. Don Omar Sings Jingle In AT&T Campaign

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Don Omar stars in a new TV and radio campaign for AT&T promoting the LG Neon phone. The 30-second TV spots were shot on the set of Don Omar’s video for his single “Sexy Robotica” and directed by music video veteran Carlos Perez. The spots feat ...

  14. ASCAP Brief Pushes Royalty For Ringtones

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Should wireless operators have to pay performance royalties for ringtones? According to a brief filed by ASCAP (.pdf), in support of an ongoing lawsuit against AT&T Mobility, the answer is yes. The collecting society is arguing that ringtones ...

  15. Billboard.biz Q&A: NARM President Jim Donio

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jim Donio, the president of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), has a tough role to play. As NARM is a trade association comprised of many different types of music merchandisers, Donio is tasked with navigating the trade as ...

  16. Nokia Opens Ovi Online Software And Content Store

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nokia said it opened its online software and content store, Ovi Store, globally to some 50 million phone users on Tuesday. Nokia aims to follow the success of Apple's App Store with its new offering. Apple's store has proved extremely po ...

  17. 'Idol' Expands Its Digital Boundaries

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" calls the Fox network its home. But for an increasing number of viewers, the show is a very portable obsession. No, you still can't vote for your favorite singers online. But from computers to iPods to AT&T-enabl ...

  18. Brands Take The 'American Idol' Stage

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Each season there is only one American Idol. But the real winners may be the show's loyal sponsors. Almost since its inception, "American Idol" has maintained strong ties with three main benefactors: Coca-Cola, Ford and AT&T (pr ...

  19. Update: Apple, Verizon In iPhone Talks

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple is discussing the possibility of bringing the iPhone to the nation's largest wireless operator, Verizon Wireless, according to USA Today . Negotiations are underway and if fruitful will lead to the device being available to Verizon user ...

  20. AT&T In Talks To Extend iPhone Deal: Report

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AT&T Inc is in talks with Apple Inc to extend its exclusive U.S. agreement to sell the iPhone from 2010 to 2011, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said in an interview that he plans t ...

  21. Festival Season Starts With Optimism Despite Economic Challenges

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With the summer music festival season just around the corner, leading international festival producers insist that the difficult economic climate isn't putting a serious crimp on business, with key promoters reporting that ticket sales are on ...

  22. Updated: ISPs Discuss Anti-Piracy Initiatives

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Internet service providers AT&T and Comcast outlined their efforts to work with the music industry to combat online piracy during a panel session at the Leadership Music Digital Summit in Nashville this week. Contrary to earlier reports, neith ...

  23. SXSW Day 3: Metallica, Twitter Flood, Branding Hits And More

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Metallica was the talk at South By Southwest on Friday, the event's third full day. The headbanging titans rolled into town to chat up their upcoming Guitar Hero: Metallica game and also to play a show at Stubb's which had fans lined up ...

  24. Digital Briefs: Beatles To Launch Digital Service?

    March 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - George Harrison's son Dhani Harrison says Apple Corps is considering establishing its own digital download service to sell the Beatles catalog rather than license through iTunes. - AT&T is now offering iPhones without the required two-y ...

  25. Jonas Brothers Roll Out Tour Plans

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nearly two weeks after the premiere of Disney's "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert" film, the siblings have unveiled dates to their upcoming world tour. The 44-date North American leg begins June 20 at the Dallas Cowboys New Stadium i ...

  26. Digital Briefs: MTV, AT&T, Diddy

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST - MTV's president of global digital media Mika Salmi reportedly is leaving the company at the end of the month. His position will not be filled. - MTV and ISP AT&T have joined forces to bring exclusive content from MTV's archives to ...

  27. Nokia Halts Xpress Music Phone Sales

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia over the weekend halted sales of its much-heralded Xpress Music phone just days after its Feb. 26 debut, citing technical glitches plaguing the device. Most notably, the devices were unable to connect to AT&T's 3G network, which is ...

  28. Consultant Spills On Warner Music's ISP Plan

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST A few more details about Warner Music Group’s proposal to issue blanket music licenses to ISPs trickled out at the Digital Music Forum East conference this week, where industry consultant Jim Griffin—the man behind the plan—was a featured speaker. ...

  29. mSpot Licenses Sony Catalog, All Majors Onboard

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile media firm mSpot has licensed Sony Music Entertainment's catalog for its customizable ringtone service. The Make-UR-Tones app, available from operators like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon lets users select the clip of a song they want to ...

  30. Muzak Files For Bankruptcy

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Muzak Holdings LLC, the maker of elevator music, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday. The company had heavy debt load, and it filed to try to refinance some of its debt. Its total debt is between $100 million and $500 million and it ...

  31. Lil Wayne Teams With AT&T To Debut 'Rebirth'

    January 26, 2009 12:00 AM EST Lil Wayne has announced a tentative April 7 release date for his next album, "Rebirth," a Universal spokesperson confirms. First single "Prom Queen," produced by Infamous and Drew ("Mr. Carter"), was serviced to media ...

  32. Billboard Extended Q&A, Part 2: Don Ienner

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Don Ienner, IMO president/owner and the former Sony Music chief, recently sat down with Billboard for his first extensive, on-the-record talk in more than a decade. In this second part of the two-part interview ( first part is here ), Ienner and b ...

  33. Report: iTunes To Offer Variable Pricing, Expands DRM-Free Offering

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the MacWorld conference kicking off today, rumors are swirling that Apple is poised to unveil new music licensing deals with the major labels that will allow it to sell DRM-free music at variable prices. Citing two unnamed sources, CNET is re ...

  34. Best Buy Offers Used iPhones

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Retailer Best Buy Co, seeking new ways to appeal to cost-conscious shoppers, said on Tuesday it is selling refurbished versions of Apple Inc's iPhone 3G at its stores that are priced about $50 less than new iPhones. The electronics chain said ...

  35. The Year In Music & Touring: Five iPhone Apps That Will Help The Music Business

    December 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST This was not a good year for mobile music. Ringtones sales are declining, over-the-air downloads are still little more than a blip on the radar, and the potential of ambitious initiatives like Nokia's Comes With Music is still unknown. There& ...

  36. Univision To Stop Airing On Indianapolis Station

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Thousands of Indiana residents will not be able to watch a Spanish-language television network after Thursday, when Univision is scheduled to stop airing on an Indianapolis station that has carried it for five years. LIN TV Corp., the parent compa ...

  37. Wal-Mart Starts Selling iPhones

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Wal-Mart Stores Inc began selling Apple Inc's iPhone on Sunday, but the popular cell phones that can surf the Web are not priced as low as some anticipated. Wal-Mart is selling the black 8-gigabyte iPhone 3G model, which also holds about 2,00 ...

  38. Nickelback Plots 2009 Tour

    November 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Nickelback will begin a North American tour Feb. 25 in Nashville in support of its just-released Roadrunner album "Dark Horse." Tickets go on sale Dec. 5 via LiveNation.com, but Nickelback fan club members get first crack on Friday (Nov. ...

  39. Bon Jovi, Springsteen, Police Lead Touring Award Finalists

    October 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, and the Police are among the finalists for the 2008 Billboard Touring Awards, set for Nov. 20 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York. All three of those tours are finalists for the Top Tour and Top ...

  40. EMI Set To Launch Digital Store

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT EMI is preparing to launch a music service by the end of the year, representing the latest direct-to-consumer business being planned by a major label. "This is not an effort to compete with iTunes or Amazon," said a source familiar with ...

  41. AT&T Promotes Iglesias/Aventura Tour

    September 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT AT&T is teaming up with Enrique Iglesias and Aventura on their joint tour to provide exclusive content online, via mobile and at AT&T stores. A series of AT&T in-stores will precede the remaining dates on the Iglesias/Aventura tour, wh ...

  42. AC/DC Reveals Fall Tour Plans

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In support of its forthcoming studio album, AC/DC will launch its Black Ice World Tour on Oct. 28 at the Wachovia Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The 24-date North American leg of the arena jaunt is scheduled to wrap Dec. 18 at the Time Warner Cable A ...

  43. CTIA Day 1: Mobile Social Networking, Off-deck Sales

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment trade show kicked off today in San Francisco. The event runs Sept. 10 - 12. Below, a round-up of music mobile news. - Mobile social networking is emerging as a key area of interest for both content provid ...

  44. Radio/TV Host Don Cheto Lines Up Ringtones

    September 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Liberman Broadcasting personality Don Cheto has recorded ringtones to be sold via AT&T. The series of voicetones, in which the radio and TV host pleads with the phone's owner to answer by way of various humorous riffs, was conceived by mo ...

  45. Going For The Gold

    August 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As the 2008 Summer Olympics came to a close Aug. 24 in Beijing, the world's top athletes weren't the only ones celebrating victory. Such artists as Taylor Swift, Chris Brown and Brandi Carlile enjoyed a significant lift in sales thanks t ...

  46. Carey Kicks Off Krush

    August 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Surrounded by thousands of screaming fans, Mariah Carey helped launch the second annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush last night (July 31) with a five-song set at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles. Portions of Carey's brief c ...

  47. Carey, Rimes, Nas Bolster Samsung Outing

    July 16, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mariah Carey, Gavin Rossdale, LeAnn Rimes, Nelly and Nas, among others, will perform as part of the second annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush, a free summer concert series designed to highlight Samsung's music-centric BlackJack II mobile ph ...

  48. Plugged/Unplugged: iPhone, Last.fm, Merlin

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: The early iPhone reviews are out and for a change the digerati is treating the launch with some degree of restraint (rare among the Apple-fanboy tech press corps). Most of the hesitation was due to AT&T's 3G network, which is val ...

  49. Pandora Service To Arrive On iPhone

    July 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Pandora personalized music service coming to the iPhone. The company created an iPhone application that is for sale on the new iPhone App Store, which can be used to steam Pandora members’ existing online stations from all versions of the iPho ...

  50. Latin Briefs: Fonsi, Olympic Games, Signos Music

    July 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Luis Fonsi recorded a special version of his new single "No Me Doy Por Vencido" for use in the AT&T campaign centered around this year's Olympic Games . Net proceeds from mobile downloads of the tracks by the wireless company& ...

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