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  1. 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 ...

  2. Google, Amazon 25-Cent Album Deals Push 'Now,' Coldplay, Lady Antebellum Into Top 10 of Billboard 200 Chart

    March 14, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Three of the six albums Google Music featured for sale for 25 cents last week experienced explosive sales jumps this week, with "Now 41" coming out the big winner. The title may have moved up just one spot in the Billboard 200 to No. 3, ...

  3. Google Play, Amazon Selling Select Digital Albums for 25 Cents

    March 09, 2012 4:15 PM EST Lady Gaga might finally stop getting flack for the infamous 99 cent Amazon sale of her "Born This Way" LP last year. Both AmazonMP3 and Google Play have seemingly set a new low for album pirces, listing digital albums like Lady Antebellu ...

  4. Songza Launches Concierge, Picks Free Music for Your Specific Situation

    March 06, 2012 9:26 AM EST Songza's home page concierge suggesting what music might work best for a Tuesday late morning. We music fans are large; we contain multitudes, to borrow from Walt Whitman. Sometimes we want to rock out. Sometimes we want to mellow out. Someti ...

  5. Business Matters: Is Madonna Behind Live Nation's Stock Surge?

    February 03, 2012 6:14 PM EST Live Nation Stock Jumped After Madonna Tour Announcement Are investors excited about Madonna's upcoming tour? Or are they increasingly convinced the concert business has left its troubles behind? Maybe a bit of both. Live Nation's stock ...

  6. Amazon Removes TuneCore Music in E.U., U.K. Following Royalty Dispute

    February 01, 2012 5:11 PM EST All TuneCore-distributed music has been removed from the Amazon MP3 store in the European Union and the United Kingdom as of January 24 because of an ongoing dispute concerning non-payment of royalties, according to TuneCore CEO Jeff Price. In a T ...

  7. Google Music, Amazon Return to Normal Album Prices After Cyber Monday $1.99 Sales Battle

    November 29, 2011 4:35 PM EST In its second week live, Google Music shot a cannonball across the bow of iTunes and Amazon by pricing 13 frontline titles at $1.99 on Cyber Monday. Amazon immediately responded by pricing the same titles at that price point, but iTunes ignored th ...

  8. Business Matters: Cloud Wars Heat Up With Launch of iTunes Match in U.S.

    November 14, 2011 6:58 PM EST Cloud Wars Head Up With Launch of iTunes Match in U.S. -- iTunes Match finally debuted in the United States on Monday in an update to the iTunes software. The new service's arrival comes two days before Google is expected to launch a music do ...

  9. Pandora, Rhapsody, Songza Among Apps Available For Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire Tablet

    November 10, 2011 2:51 PM EST Buyers of Amazon's Kindle Fire, the upcoming 7" color-screen tablet, will be able to download some of the most popular music and video apps. Combined with a low price and integration with Amazon's cloud services, the Kindle Fire wil ...

  10. NARM's Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Series Heads To The Cloud

    November 04, 2011 4:41 PM EDT The National Association of Recording Merchandisers, the music business trade association, presented its latest Entertainment & Technology Law Conference on Thursday in New York City. Part of an ongoing series that encourages dialogue between ...

  11. Business Matters: Amazon Becomes a Book Publisher -- Is Music Next?

    October 17, 2011 8:20 PM EDT Amazon Becomes a Book Publisher -- Is Music Next? -- Amazon will publish 122 books in both physical and digital formats this fall, according to the New York Times. It won't just act as an exclusive distributor, however. The company is acting ...

  12. Google Music in Negotiations But MP3 Store Not Imminent

    October 14, 2011 12:45 PM EDT Google is continuing its long-running negotiations with record labels for an MP3 store and expanded cloud storage service, according to major label sources with knowledge of the discussions. But these people say no agreements have been reached yet ...

  13. Hulu Takes Itself Off the Auction Block

    October 13, 2011 10:33 PM EDT Hulu's months-long effort to find a buyer has been unsuccessful. Owners of the popular company that lets users watch TV shows and movies on-demand via the Internet said late Thursday they have "terminated the sale process." News Cor ...

  14. Google Aiming to Launch MP3 Store Within Weeks: Report

    October 13, 2011 7:58 PM EDT Google is weeks away from launching an online music store that will take on Apple and Amazon, though the company's dealings with major labels are far from complete, according to reports in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal . In May t ...

  15. Kindle Fire: Low Price May Overshadow Missing Bells & Whistles

    September 29, 2011 7:44 AM EDT On Wednesday, Amazon unveiled not one, but four new Kindle products. It was the Kindle Fire that really had to tech world buzzing. The tablet was quickly called a rival to Apple's iPad, but with a much lighter price tag at $199. The product, ...

  16. Amazon Expected to Launch Tablet Today

    September 28, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is expected to unveil a tablet computer Wednesday, picking a fight with Apple Inc. and its iPad. The iPad has many challengers, but analysts say Amazon's could be different - it has a chance to be more than a wannabe. A ...

  17. Backbeat: X5's Griff Morris' Birthday On the 73rd Floor of the Empire State Building

    September 27, 2011 6:30 AM EDT Jocelyn Joson, who designed the X5 office space, with her husband, filmmaker Steve Hamilton and Billboard's own George White, digital GM. Retail Track visited the X5 office to enjoy the breathtaking view of New York City from the 73rd floor o ...

  18. Business Matters: Analysts Still Not Agreeing on Pandora Media

    September 21, 2011 10:27 PM EDT Analysts Still Not Agreeing on Pandora Media -- Analysts continue to have widely varying opinions of Pandora (NYSE:P), which fell 4.76% to $10.01 on Wednesday. Wedbush initiated coverage of Pandora on Monday with an "outperform" rating a ...

  19. Swedish Label X5 Hires Ex-Amazon Employee Griff Morris For U.S. Operation

    August 17, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Stockholm, Sweden-based label X5, which was created in 2005 to take advantage of digital distribution, has further beefed up its U.S. presence by hiring former Amazon employee Griff Morris. In his new role at X5, Morris will be in charge content d ...

  20. Amazon's Sales Tax Fight Inspires Calls For Boycott

    August 16, 2011 7:15 AM EDT SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A coalition of nonprofit groups is calling on customers of Amazon.com Inc. to cancel their accounts unless the Internet retailer stops resisting a California law that requires more online retailers to charge a state sales ...

  21. Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne' on Track to Break iTunes' One-Week Sales Record

    August 09, 2011 6:32 PM EDT The big numbers for Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" keep rolling in. The set is already on track to sell more than a half-million copies in its first week , sources say, and now, it's likely to shatter the one-week iT ...

  22. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms

    July 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to sell different editions of their "Watch the Throne" album has other music retailers in open revolt. Brick-and-mortar ...

  23. Amazon Q2 Profits Fall But Surpass Wall St. Expectations As Shares Rise

    July 27, 2011 6:00 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amazon.com Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter profit fell despite a 51 percent jump in revenue as the leading online retailer spent heavily to expand its business. The results easily beat analyst expectations, as did Am ...

  24. Billboard Q&A: Mike Davis

    July 22, 2011 1:10 PM EDT When Mike Davis joined Atlanta-based one-stop Justin Entertainment as a sales representative in 1989, he had a pretty limited view of the music business. "Back then," he recalls, "I thought the scope of the music industry consiste ...

  25. Amazon Gets Go Ahead For Calif Sales Tax Referendum

    July 19, 2011 7:12 AM EDT Amazon says gets OK for Calif sales tax referendum SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amazon.com Inc. says the California Attorney General's Office has approved its petition for a referendum that would let voters decide whether to overturn a new law that f ...

  26. Crunch Digital Launches Service to Help Publishers Collect from Digital Music Providers

    June 21, 2011 5:38 PM EDT To help music publishers deal with the growing number of digital services, Crunch Digital has introduced its new PDX Service to help publishers collect money for their songs' use on cloud-based and other digital music services. The publisher ...

  27. Best Buy Reportedly Bringing Cloud-Music Service to U.S.

    June 21, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Big box retailer Best Buy is reportedly eyeing a U.S. launch of a cloud music service it currently operates on the U.K. According to a report in Bloomberg , the retailer is close to announcing an expansion of the My Music Anywhere service from the ...

  28. Best Buy Tops Estimates on Strong Mobile Sales

    June 14, 2011 7:01 AM EDT NEW YORK - Best Buy Co Inc (BBY.N) beat quarterly profit and sales estimates as strong demand for mobile phones, calling plans and tablets offset weakness in its TV business, and its shares rose 6 percent. The company, seen as a bellwether in cons ...

  29. How Lady Gaga's 99-cent 'Born This Way' Sale Hurt Interscope, Distributors

    June 11, 2011 3:47 PM EDT Let's get one thing straight. The Lady Gaga 99 cent sale for 'Born This Way' was a great thing for the artist, and for Amazon. On a short-term basis, you could even make the case that it was great for the industry. The 99 cent sale ...

  30. Apple iCloud Preview: Annual Price, Advances to Labels, Impact on Blackberry and Amazon, and More

    June 03, 2011 4:29 PM EDT The long wait is almost over. With Apple expected to unveil iCloud at its Worldwide Developers Conference Monday , the race to dominate music in the cloud can finally get started in earnest. Full details will be given at Monday's conference, ...

  31. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Proves That the Album Format Isn't Obsolete After All

    June 02, 2011 11:25 AM EDT Maybe the album format isn't ready to die just yet. Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" sold 1.11 million units in its first week of release and has moved another 4.28 million digital tracks . It's the first album in 18 months to ...

  32. Did Amazon's 99-Cent Lady Gaga Sale Save the Recorded Music Business?

    June 01, 2011 5:22 PM EDT Did Amazon save the music business with last week's controversial 99-cent Lady Gaga album sale ? Say what you will about the pricing strategy, one thing is clear: That sale helped the U.S. music industry achieve its first year-to-date album-s ...

  33. Lady Gaga Says Digital 'Born This Way' Album 'Absolutely' Isn't Worth More Than 99 Cents

    June 01, 2011 5:09 PM EDT In a surprising statement, Lady Gaga said that digital copies of her "Born This Way" album aren't worth more than 99 cents -- the controversial sale price at which Amazon sold them on two days last week. Asked by the Wall Street Jou ...

  34. It's Official: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Sells 1.11 Million

    May 31, 2011 7:36 PM EDT Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 1,108,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's only the 17th album to sell a million in a week since SoundScan beg ...

  35. Apple, Google Licenses in Holding Pattern as Labels, Publishers Battle Over Revenue Shares, Sources Say

    May 31, 2011 6:09 PM EDT One of the issues behind Google's decision to launch its Music Beta Cloud service without the necessary licenses has also been felt in negotiations between the majors and Apple over the latter's forthcoming cloud offering, sources told B ...

  36. Update: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Will Sell 1.15 Million in Its First Week, Billboard Projects

    May 27, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Billboard projects that Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" will debut with first-week sales of at least 1.15 million units, far outpacing earlier projections , thanks to explosive sales at Amazon, which priced the album at 99 cents for two ...

  37. How Many Millions Did Amazon Lose on Two Days of 99 Cent Lady Gaga Sales?

    May 27, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Christmas came early for Lady Gaga fans this week, as Amazon sold downloads of the singer's brand-new LP, "Born This Way," for just 99 cents on Monday and Thursday of this week . Industry sources told Billboard.biz on Friday that Am ...

  38. How Many Millions Is Amazon Losing On Its 99 Cent Lady Gaga Sales?

    May 26, 2011 9:51 AM EDT Amazon is selling Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album for .99 cents again Thursday (May 26) taking a loss on each sale in order to drive traffic to its site. The company offered the same promotion on the album's release day Monda ...

  39. Amazon Puts Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Again on Sale for 99 Cents Again

    May 26, 2011 8:29 AM EDT As if there wasn't enough controversy the first time around, Amazon.com today put Lady Gaga's new album 'Born This Way' on sale for a heavily discounted .99 cents for the second time this week. The announcement came in an early ...

  40. Will Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Sell 1 Million In Its First Week?

    May 25, 2011 8:46 PM EDT One thing is nearly certain: we're going to have a new No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week -- and it will be Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" with probably 1 million sold in its first week. Industry prognosticators sug ...

  41. Business Matters: Napster Co-Founder Sean Parker Now Believes In Record Industry

    May 25, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Now He Tells Us: Sean Parker Believes In The Record Industry -- Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and investor in music service Spotify, believes the record industry is "on the verge of being fixed." Parker made the comment Wednesday at ...

  42. How Much Have Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Amazon and Best Buy Promotions Boosted First-Week Sales?

    May 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Promotions around Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" - including Amazon's controversial decision to sell digital copies of the album for just 99 cents on Monday and Best Buy's giveaway of the album with a smart phone -- have both ...

  43. Did Amazon Overstep With Its 99-Cent Lady Gaga Album Promotion?

    May 23, 2011 3:38 PM EDT By designating Lady Gaga's hotly anticipated album "Born This Way" as Monday's "MP3 Daily Deal," Amazon appears to be have gambled that the cost of selling the album at far below wholesale price will be worth the valu ...

  44. Amazon's 99-Cent Lady Gaga 'Born This Way' Promotion Hits Technical Difficulties

    May 23, 2011 1:15 PM EDT Today only, Amazon's MP3 store is selling Lady Gaga's new 14-track album, "Born This Way," for just 99 cents . The title had already become the store's top digital album by 9am ET, but Amazon's network appears to have ...

  45. Amazon Selling New Lady Gaga Album for 99 Cents -- Today Only

    May 23, 2011 11:17 AM EDT Amazon's MP3 store is selling Lady Gaga's new 14-track album, "Born This Way," for just 99 cents -- today only. Not surprisingly, the title had already become the store's top digital album by 9 a.m. ET. The same album is s ...

  46. Business Matters: The Numbers Inside the Latest Lawsuit Against Universal Music Group; Apple's Cloud and Music Publishers

    May 20, 2011 5:52 PM EDT The Numbers Inside The Latest Royalties Lawsuit Against Universal -- More artists have filed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group over a dispute about royalty calculations . According to the New York Times, Rob Zombie, White Zombie ...

  47. Apple Reaches Licensing Agreement With Sony For Cloud Music Service: Report

    May 20, 2011 9:02 AM EDT Apple Inc has reportedly reached a licensing agreement with Sony Corp for its impending music cloud service, according to Bloomberg News . That would make Sony the third major label after Warner and EMI to reportedly sign deals with the Apple . If ...

  48. Liberty Media Offers $1 Billion for Barnes & Noble

    May 20, 2011 7:54 AM EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) - John Malone's Liberty Media Corp has proposed to buy Barnes & Noble Inc for $1.02 billion, nine months after the largest U.S. bookstore chain put itself up for sale. Liberty Media is offering $17 per share, a 20.5 per ...

  49. Business Matters: A Peek Into Live Nation's Ticketing Strategy

    May 19, 2011 8:05 PM EDT A Peek Into Live Nation's Ticketing Strategy -- Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino went into some detail about the company's efforts to improve ticket sales at a JP Morgan conference Wednesday. "The good news is the consumer will come i ...

  50. Why Apple Will Dominate Cloud Music, Regardless of Label Deals

    May 19, 2011 11:34 AM EDT UPDATE : Reports surfaced today (May 22) that Apple has come to terms with Sony Music Entertainment for it's impending cloud service , according to Bloomberg News. The deal would make Sony the third major label after Warner and EMI to sign li ...

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