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  1. Eminem's 'MMLP2' Marketing Juggernaut: Tapping 'Call of Duty,' Beats, ESPN to Help Sell 750K Albums

    November 07, 2013 2:42 PM EST In this excerpt from this week's cover story on Eminem and his just-released "Marshall Mathers LP 2," Reggie Ugwu takes a look at the positioning and strategizing behind the launch of Eminem's first record in six years blo ...

  2. How ‘Call of Duty’ and ActivisionBlizzard Scored Eminem’s First New Song in Over Two Years (Exclusive)

    August 16, 2013 7:49 AM EDT In March, Tim Riley got a call from Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s longtime manager, who had a simple, slightly cryptic question: “What’ve you got going on this fall?”   Riley had known Rosenberg for years dating back to his days in the music indu ...

  3. Business Matters: What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business

    July 26, 2012 6:35 PM EDT What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business -- Games have always provided an outlet for music, but opportunities can be short-lived. A year ago Zynga was going to be the future of entertainment and provide an avenue for music to be used ...

  4. Veteran Alt-Rock Act the Toadies Take a New Approach on Latest Album

    July 26, 2012 2:05 PM EDT You might assume that a band like the Toadies, which initially formed in 1989 and reunited in 2008 after a seven-year hiatus, would be stuck in its ways. But you'd be wrong. "Play.Rock.Music.," the band's fifth album, and third ...

  5. Business Matters: Spotify, Pandora, Google Music, Lady Antebellum Nominated for 2012 Webby Awards

    April 10, 2012 5:58 PM EDT Webby Awards Announce Nominations A handful of music sites and artists have been nominated for the 16th Annual Webby Awards organized by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science to award excellent on the Internet. The awards show will ...

  6. Guild of Music Supervisors Expands Awards Ceremony For Film, TV, Games

    February 07, 2012 6:04 PM EST The Guild Of Music Supervisors will hand out awards in nine different categories at a brunch prior to the Grammy Awards on Feb. 12. The guild's second awards ceremony will honor music supervisors in the categories of Independent Films ($20 mi ...

  7. 'The Voice's' Adam Levine Sues Activision

    August 05, 2011 10:38 PM EDT "The Voice" coach and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine is suing Activision. Levine has filed a suit against the company's "Guitar Hero" spinoff video game "Band Hero" alleging that the new game exploits his name ...

  8. Video: Black Eyed Peas Team up With Ubisoft for New Dance Video Game

    June 27, 2011 5:24 PM EDT Although MTV Games and Activision have pulled the plug on music rhythm video game franchises "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero," Ubisoft continues to embrace the music genre from multiple angles. The French game publisher held a pre ...

  9. Video Game Sales Hit Four-Year Low in May

    June 15, 2011 7:32 AM EDT NEW YORK - The video game industry in May hit its lowest monthly U.S. retail revenue from physical product since Oct. 2006. Total games sales of $743.1 million, including hardware, software and accessories, compared with $866.8 million in the year ...

  10. Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Jane's Addiction at E3 Events; Gaming Confab Generates $25 Million For L.A.

    June 10, 2011 8:10 AM EDT An estimated 46,800 attendees were at this year's event along with celebrities including Kobe Bryant, Ice-T, Jimmy Buffett and Hulk Hogan. The Electronic Entertainment Association estimates that the 46,800 attendees to this year's E3 vid ...

  11. Plan B, Everything Everything Top Ivor Novello Award Nominations

    April 20, 2011 12:06 PM EDT Nominations for the U.K's 56th Ivor Novello Awards were announced yesterday with Manchester-based Indie band Everything Everything and London rapper/singer-songwriter Plan B leading the way with more than two nominations each, despite the for ...

  12. Ubisoft Announces Rocksmith Game

    March 15, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Just weeks after Activision closed the book on Guitar Hero, rival videogame publisher Ubisoft announced plans to introduce a new band-based music game called Rocksmith. The new game hopes to set itself apart by using a real guitar as its controlle ...

  13. Activision Reportedly Developing 'Dance Hero' Game

    March 09, 2011 11:09 AM EST Activision may have killed the Guitar Hero franchise , but it remains interested in some elements of the music game genre. Gaming blog Kotaku reports that the company is working on a dance-based game called "Dance Hero." Activision appli ...

  14. Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos' First Interview Since MTV Sold Rock Band

    February 28, 2011 12:05 AM EST About two months ago, MTV and parent company Viacom sold off its Harmonix subsidiary-the videogame development unit responsible for the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises that it acquired in 2006 for $175 million. It's been a difficult ti ...

  15. Dance Games Exploding As Guitar-Based Games Dwindle

    February 15, 2011 11:26 AM EST The market for guitar-based music games may be in the gutter, but dance games are faring far better, based on the quarterly results of one of the major publishes of such games. Ubisoft, which publishes such dance games as the "Just Dance" ...

  16. Updated: Viacom To Sell Gaming Unit Harmonix

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Updated: Harmonix released a statement today asserting that Viacom’s sale plans won’t have any affect on its operations. "This morning's announcement does not affect the ongoing work at the studio as we continue to support our existing f ...

  17. Videogame Sales Slump

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The holiday sales cycle just became more important than ever for the videogame industry. Already coping with a rather lackluster year so far, September sales figures--compiled by the NPD Group—didn’t bring any good news. Overall industry revenues ...

  18. Joss Stone Becomes A Bond Girl

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Joss Stone is the newest Bond girl. Not in a movie, but in the upcoming "James Bond 007: Blood Stone" videogame from Activision. Stone's likeness and voice acting will appear alongside that Daniel Craig as James Bond and Judi Dench ...

  19. 'DJ Hero 2': Artist List Revealed

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The videogame industry really has a lock on manipulating the press in the ramp up to the release of new games. Case in point: Activision today announced the names of the artists who will be contributing exclusive mixes to the upcoming "DJ Her ...

  20. Usher, Jane's Addiction, Eminem Join Activision At E3

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While other game publishers held press conferences featuring big-screen game trailers of their fall titles, Activision put the action all on the stage. In a multi-artist extravaganza usually reserved for awards shows like the Grammys, Activision w ...

  21. @E3: Activision Not Backing Down from Music

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music game genre may have struggled last year, but Activision is not showing any signs of walking back from a music-based strategy. In the hours before its big E3 party in L.A. tonight, the company announced a full lineup of games that will fe ...

  22. VIDEO: First Trailer For 'DJ Hero 2'

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Activision has released the first trailer video for the upcoming "DJ Hero 2" game, featuring a mashup of Lady Gaga’s "Just Dance." WATCH: Antony Bruno News Lady Gaga ...

  23. A Look At The Next Wave Of Music-Based Videogames

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music game genre is not dead. While Activision may have scaled back it’s "Guitar Hero" strategy (mercifully so, say some), a number of smaller developers are coming out with a new twist on the category that leans heavily on teaching ...

  24. Business Matters: EMI, RIAA, LimeWire and More

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- During a BBC Radio 4 documentary, EMI Music executive chairman Charles Allen said the business is in “really good shape” after restructuring and job cuts. And he claimed EMI’s latest investment -- £105 million ($151 million) from existing inves ...

  25. 'Guitar Hero' Comes To iPhone

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Activision has finally brought the "Guitar Hero" franchise to the iPhone. The point of the game is the same as the popular console version, but the mobile title features a new form of gameplay that takes advantage of the device’s touchsc ...

  26. @Apple's WWDC: No Lala, No iTunes Upgrade, But Big iPhone News

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Anyone hoping Apple would introduce its new music strategy during Steve Jobs’ keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference today found themselves disappointed. The CEO didn’t even mention the May 31 shuttering of streaming music service Lala, wh ...

  27. Activision Unveils 'Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock'

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Activision unveiled its next entry for the Guitar Hero franchise, called “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock,” due out this fall. The company has seriously scaled back its music game strategy, now offering only this one installment after two years of f ...

  28. Business Matters: Ear X-tacy, Microsoft Phone 7 Series, TuneWiki, Live Nation and More

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Louisville independent music retailer Ear X-tacy is in ...

  29. Briefs: Rock Band, Simpson, Brazilian Piracy Crackdown

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Harmonix, the MTV game development subsidiary responsible for the Rock Band franchise, has put in requests to license some very non-rock related music, sparking speculation the company may be expanding into hip-hop. The music licensing site Roy ...

  30. Ad-Supported Guvera Launches Down Under

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ad-supported digital music startup Guvera has quietly launched in beta mode down under. The Gold Coast, Australia-based company today (Feb. 2) revealed that its local service was activated last week with more than 40 Australian advertisers taking ...

  31. @MIDEM: Attendance Down 10%

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST As the MIDEM convention winds down, the organization confirmed that attendance was about 7,200 - slightly ahead of its initial forecast of 7,000 - representing a 10% attendance decline from the previous year. But participants relayed to Billboard. ...

  32. Photos: Key Moments From MIDEM 2010

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Billboard.biz team was in Cannes, France, where we reported and live tweeted the MIDEM 2010 world trade show and conference. The event kicked off Saturday (Jan. 23) and ran through Wednesday (Jan. 27). Follow us on Twitter here . Wednesday MID ...

  33. DJ Hero Puts Jay-Z, Eminem in Spotlight

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Activision expands its blockbuster Guitar Hero franchise this week with the release of DJ Hero, a game that lets users play DJ with a turntable and more than 100 songs. Advertising and design agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky targets music fans and ...

  34. Death In Vegas Winds Up ADE

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Highlights of Saturday's publicly-attended sessions on the final day of the 14th annual Amsterdam Dance Event included a session on production by U.K. dance trio Dirty Vegas and a presentation of Activision's new game "DJ Hero." ...

  35. Hot Music Game Titles Power September Sales, Revenue

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music game genre experienced a much-needed lift in September on the backs of new releases “The Beatles: Rock Band” and “Guitar Hero 5.” MTV’s Beatles game, released Sept. 9, won the battle with total unit sales of 595,000, according to the NPD ...

  36. Digital Briefs: MySpace, DJ Hero, INgrooves

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- MySpace named Alex Maghen as its new chief technology officer, replacing founding CTO Aber Whitcomb, who has left to pursue other opportunities. Maghen was previously CTO for the MySpace Music joint venture. He will report to MySpace COO Mike J ...

  37. 'The Beatles: Rock Band' Going Fast

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sales of "The Beatles: Rock Band" have blown past expectations, so much so that Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said one of the most expensive iterations of the video game might not be available to Christmas shoppers. The "Limited Editio ...

  38. Digital Briefs: Guitar Hero, Steven Van Zandt

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Activision is considering developing a version of Guitar Hero that doesn't require a gaming console to play, according to comments from CEO Bobby Kotick at an investor conference. Exactly how that would happen is not clear, and Kotick did ...

  39. Nirvana Members Dismayed By 'Guitar Hero 5'

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kurt Cobain's appearance in the latest "Guitar Hero" video game is not hitting the right notes with the surviving members of Nirvana. Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl said in a joint statement that they were "dismayed and very di ...

  40. 'Brutal Legend' Soundtrack Unveiled

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Having settled its lawsuit with original publisher Activision, the developers of "Brutal Legend" have released the soundtrack for the highly anticipated heavy metal adventure fantasy videogame. The list includes more than 100 songs from ...

  41. Digital Briefs: RealNetworks, Activision, Spotify

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- RealNetworks laid off 12 employees from the Rhapsody music service. The company told reporters that it is refocusing on online and mobile applications, meaning less on its editorial and desktop client support. The layoffs represent about 9% of ...

  42. Digital Briefs: SplashCast, 'Scratch: The Ultimate DJ'

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Online video firm SplashCast , which counted Sony Music Entertainment as a client, has closed its doors, citing the inability to raise another round of financing to continue operations. ( Portland Business Journal ) -- Changes ahead for "S ...

  43. MTV To Launch New Track Upload Program For 'Rock Band'

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Most recording artists would love to have their music available on MTV Networks' "Rock Band" videogame. But MTV's Harmonix unit, the developer of "Rock Band," simply hasn't had the time or staff to program the va ...

  44. E3 Briefs: Last.fm, Microsoft, Travis Barker, DJ AM

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Microsoft launched a major effort at the E3 conference to turn the Xbox 360 videogame console into an entertainment hub that spans well beyond videogames. The company will add access to Last.fm , to go live this fall, free of charge for Xbox Li ...

  45. Digital Briefs: Last.fm, 'Guitar Hero 5,' Crystal Method

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Mobile music service mSpot has added content from CBS Radio and Last.fm to its streaming music channels it delivers for various wireless operators. mSpot's mobile application lets users stream participating radio channels through their pho ...

  46. Dozens Of U.K. Acts Set For SXSW

    March 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT More than 200 members of U.K. songwriters' collecting society PRS for Music will be performing at SXSW this year, with some British acts benefiting directly from the support of the society. Overall, the U.K. is the second biggest represented ...

  47. Report: 'Guitar Hero: Van Halen' In The Works

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST While it remains focused on building the highly anticipated "Guitar Hero: Metallica" game, franchise publisher Activision reportedly already has its sights set on its next artist-specific title with classic rockers Van Halen. According t ...

  48. Digital Briefs: RealNetworks, Gibson, Tap Tap Revenge 2

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST - According to a 10K financial filing, RealNetworks spent $11.2 million to promote the Rhapsody service last year. - Gibson Guitars lost its lawsuit against Activision that claimed the "Guitar Hero" game infringed on its patents after a ...

  49. MTV Games, Warner: No 'Rock Band' Boycott Of WMG Artists

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST MTV Games is not boycotting Warner Music Group artists from the “Rock Band” franchise, despite what an article in the current Wired magazine claims, according to sources from both camps. Rather, the impasse is best described as a stalemate. WMG CE ...

  50. Game Music Titles Spark Record Sales Year

    February 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Four major video game franchise titles with music tie-ins sparked a record year for US video and computer game software, representing more than 5% of the total 297.6 million units sold in 2008, according to the NPD Group that tracks sales at retai ...

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