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  1. Business Matters: Radio Listening Dips, LimeWire Cuts Staff and more

    November 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Study: Radio Listening Dips -- American youths are spending more time on the Internet and less time listening to radio, according to a new Edison Research study of 12- to 24-year-olds. Daily radio ...

  2. Business Matters: EMI, Jammie Thomas, 'Napster Moment' For Ebooks

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Terra Firma-Citigroup case starts in a New York City court today (Oct. 18). If the case is going to court, that means the two sides didn't reach the settlement that some in the media were painting as a real possibility before the trial ...

  3. Apple Stock Hits All-Time High

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple’s stock reached an all-time high of $301.96 on Wednesday. In late September it became the world’s second biggest company by market value. With a current market capitalization of $274 billion, Apple is second only to oil company Exxon Mobil’s ...

  4. Business Matters: Google To Help Fight Piracy?

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Google To Help Fight Piracy? -- Google has told two music industry trade groups it would have to charge a small fee to to help them track down pirated material more efficiently, reports CNET’s Gre ...

  5. Business Matters: What's The Potential For Access Models?

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. What's The Potential For Access Models? -- So what's the potential for access models? Jon Healey's recap of a contentious discussion at the Digital Music Forum West conference under ...

  6. @MEL: Purported Pandora Killer Makes Pitch At Innovators Showcase

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pandora reigns among the break-out music technology apps of the era, but now some upstarts think they can outdo the Oakland, Calif-based music service by making streaming radio more of a game. Songza Media CEO Elias Roman pitched his personalized ...

  7. Business Matters: Warren Buffett, Pandora, Sufjan Stevens

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- From concert promoters to record labels, people in the industry are wondering when consumer spending will return to pre-subprime loan mess levels. Earlier this week, the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the recession official ...

  8. Business Matters: Chuck Klosterman, Google, VIP Packages Examined and more

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Klosterman Essays Priced At 99 Cents -- Following the lead of iTunes’ 99 cents-per-track model, book publisher Scribner has begun offering 69 essays by pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman for 99 c ...

  9. EMusic Nears Major Label Deals For Fall Relaunch

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT eMusic, the subscription digital music service, is close to wrapping up deals with the last two major labels in time for a planned relaunch in November, its chief executive said. The 12-year old start-up is working on deals with Vivendi's Uni ...

  10. Amazon Acquires AmieStreet

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com has acquired the AmieStreet.com digital music service, for an undisclosed sum. The most immediate result of the acquisition is that the AmieStreet.com service will cease to exist as of Sept. 22. All AmieStreet.com links will forward to ...

  11. Business Matters: Vivendi, Amazon, Pandora and more

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music news. BEHIND THE VIVENDI EARNINGS -- If you look at Vivendi’s Q2 earnings released on Wednesday, two trends become clear: both revenue and EBITA (earnings before interest, taxes and amortization) are fa ...

  12. Business Matters: UMG, Ellen DeGeneres, Google and more

    August 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. UMG SPENT $840K LOBBYING IN Q2 Universal Music Group spent $840,000 in Q2 to lobby the federal government, up from the $700,000 spent in the same period a year ago, according to BusinessW ...

  13. Business Matters: Streaming Music Vs. Piracy, The Flip Side of the '6-Pack' Debated and more

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. -- According to a study commissioned by Aspiro, using a streaming music service cuts down on users’ illegal file-sharing while getting them to listen to more music and discover new music. ...

  14. Business Matters: MySpace, Grooveshark, Netflix and more

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Redesign -- MySpace users’ home pages are getting a redesign. Some users got the new page on Wednesday but the broader rollout isn’t until Monday, August 16. The new page looks a lot like a Facebook page, with a feed (called a stream) domi ...

  15. Business Matters: BigChampagne, Ministry of Sound, 'Rock Band' and more

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BIGCHAMPAGNE UNVEILS ‘ULTIMATE CHART’ -- Media measurement company BigChampagne has introduced Ultimate Chart, a weekly list of top songs and artists based on data from a variety of services such as iTunes, YouTube, Vevo, Clear Channel, Facebook, ...

  16. Business Matters: MP3Tunes, We7, Live Nation, Sonfile and more

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- MP3Tunes has launched an initiative called “Buy Anywhere, Listen Anywhere.” This means MP3Tunes will allow its users to buy music from the download store of their choice and play the tracks on MP3Tunes software on any device. So, for example, y ...

  17. UPDATE: First Half 2010 Sales Recap: Lady Antebellum, UMG Lead The Way

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" was the top selling album in the U.S. in the first half of the year, as a familiar downward sales trend proved to be not as dramatic as in 2009. The bad news: Second-half sales in 2010 will be matche ...

  18. North American Amazon.Com Stores Experiencing Performance Issues

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com's North American stores are not functioning at this hour and there is no word when the stores will return to full operation. The sites allow product searches, but detailed information for music (albums don't list songs) and bo ...

  19. Business Matters: CRB, Ringtone Royalties, Vevo, Zune and more

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT COURT UPHOLDS CRB DECISION -- Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a 2009 decision by the Copyright Royalty Board that set the mechanical royalty rate for ringtones at 24 cents. The judges found that the CRB’s decision ...

  20. Business Matters: Roger Faxon, EMI, VC Funding, Price Wars and more

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI'S DEDICATION TO A&R -- After Roger Faxon was named head of EMI Music , some people in the business press were under the impression that EMI would become either more committed to publishing or less committed to new artist development. ...

  21. Gaming Company Scores With Pay-What-You-Want

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An independent video game company has found success with marketing tactics often found in the music industry. Wolfire Games is offering a pay-what-you-want download bundle from its web site. The Humble Indie Bundle consists of five classic indie g ...

  22. Business Matters: TuneCore, MySpace Music, Merch Tips, Bono and More

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- TuneCore has a marketing partnership with MySpace Music that will get MySpace Music-registered artists – which is just about everybody – a 50% discount on TuneCore distribution. That drops the fee for an album sold in 19 stores to $23.49. In ad ...

  23. Business Matters: Live Nation, IODA, Google, Android Market and More

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation will get a second ruling from the UK's Competition Committee as early as next week, reports Bloomberg. The Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger was first approved by anti-trust regulators in December, but a tribunal ordered a review ...

  24. Business Matters: WMG, WaTunes, Beatport and More

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Warner Music Group has signed up to download store WaTunes . This comes just as WaTunes winds down its digital distribution service in order to focus on its Facebook Music Store , a new download store built into a Facebook app. Universal Music ...

  25. @SXSW: THE DAILY DIGEST: Twitter CEO Unveils Newest Feature, But Where’s The $?

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter was the undisputed king of SXSW three years ago when the service first broke out of obscurity during the multi-day event. Yesterday, the company’s CEO Evan Williams made his mark again, this time as a SXSW Interactive keynote, when he unve ...

  26. Lady Antebellum Returns to No. 1 On Billboard 200

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, bumping Sade's "Soldier of Love" down to No. 2, while six albums debut in the top 10 of the tally, the most since last October. Afte ...

  27. Lady A Returns to No. 1; Blake Shelton Earns Top Debut

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, bumping Sade's "Soldier of Love" down to No. 2 ... A whopping six albums debut in the top 10 of the tally, the most since last Octob ...

  28. U2, Pete Seeger, Sinead O'Connor Among Artists In Irish Music Doc

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST "The Music of Ireland - Welcome Home," a documentary featuring interviews and performances from U2, Pete Seeger, Sinead O'Connor and the Chieftans will debut on New York public television station WLIW on Feb. 17, then rollout to oth ...

  29. Business Matters: The Price Debate, Rascal Flatts, Thumbplay

    February 10, 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 . -- Do higher prices equal slower sales? That's the w ...

  30. Lady Antebellum, Lil Wayne To Dominate Next Week's Billboard 200

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Next week on the Billboard 200, look for Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" to hold atop the chart for a second week. The set could sell between 190,000 to 220,000 copies sold by week's end on Feb. 9. That sales forecast is based ...

  31. Lady Antebellum Leads Banner Week For EMI

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lady Antebellum's second album, "Need You Now," crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 481,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan—the biggest sales week of 2010 and the best opening for a country set since 2008 . . . It' ...

  32. Business Matters: Ustream, eMusic, Facebook, UCLA and More

    February 02, 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 . -- Ustream has received a $20 million investment from Sof ...

  33. Business Matters: Bandcamp, Vodafone, Copyright Policy Analysis and More

    January 26, 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 . -- The business models of personalized radio stations sto ...

  34. The Beat Goes On At BlueBeat

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST BlueBeat Music, the company who tried to get away with selling unlicensed recordings by the Beatles and other acts by saying it owned "new" version of their work, has relaunched as a customized Internet radio site. The outfit gained noto ...

  35. Business Matters: TuneCore, Lala, 2010 Trends To Watch

    December 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- For getting songs immediately to download stores - rather than opt for a future street date - Amazon.com was found in one trial to be the faste ...

  36. DoubleTwist Deal Opens Amazon's Options

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital media management software firm DoubleTwist is aiming to take on iTunes through a partnership with Amazon.com's MP3 download store. According to the Wall Street Journal , the deal allows users to buy and download music from Amazon when ...

  37. Business Matters: Wayne Rosso, Spotify, Cyber Monday

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global consumer confidence is on the rebound, according to the latest Economic Current by Nielsen. Of the 12 countries surveyed, only Germany s ...

  38. Cyber Monday Sales Bump Expected, May Not Matter For Music

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Originally created as a promotion to drive awareness for online shopping, Cyber Monday is slowly becoming a real factor for retailers hoping to spike sales over the holiday shopping period. ComScore predicted the Monday after Thanksgiving would se ...

  39. Analysis: Hulu, Vevo And The Rise Of Streaming Video

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST While talk about free, ad-supported music streaming sites dominated the tech and music industries in 2009, who would have thought that ad-supported video streaming sites would finish the year with more optimism? As Billboard reported on Wednesday, ...

  40. UMG Launches New Portals Aimed At Unsigned Artists

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Three Universal Music Group labels today launched new Web portals designed to provide extended digital distribution and marketing support for unsigned artists. The newly launched sites are powered by TuneCore's technology under a deal between ...

  41. NARM Task Force To Focus On Digital Music Issues

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Association of Recording Merchandisers has launched a Digital Think Tank, a special task force of NARM members dedicated to resolving issues surrounding the business of digital music. "Historically, through the work of our Operat ...

  42. Business Matters: Vivendi, MySpace Music, Mojo Nixon

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The CEO of Vivendi , the parent company of Universal Music Group , says the UK should follow France's lead and pass legislation to disconn ...

  43. MySpace Music Rolls Out New Features

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Music has unveiled a number of service enhancements designed to appeal to users and content providers, including the addition of a music video hub, the ability to purchase tracks through iTunes, and an artist metrics and analytics tool. Th ...

  44. Analysis: Recorded Music Revenue In Catch-22

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Recorded music is caught in a catch-22. As products have become more innovative, revenue declines. Streaming services offer legal alternatives to piracy. Downloads offer an inexpensive way to enjoy digital music. Track prices top out at an afforda ...

  45. Business Matters: FM Radio, Music Sponsorships, Spotify

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A bill on low power FM radio will get a vote on Thursday in the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. The Local Community Radio Act would allow the FCC to license hundreds of new low power, non-commercial stations. ...

  46. Business Matters: Lala, Viacom, YouTube, EMI

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Lala has some pretty incredible sale prices for the Top 200 Albums of the 2000s feature at Pitchfork. Radiohead 's "Kid A" is $1 ...

  47. Business Matters: 'The Long Tail,' Perez Hilton, Rhapsody

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Chris Anderson talked about the "coat-tailing" critics of his book "The Long Tail" at the Commonwealth Club on September 23. "The academics are wrong," he told the audience. "They're just confused. They&# ...

  48. Analysis: eMusic Positions Itself In The New Album Era

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After six years that were dominated by track and ringtones sales, attention is now shifting to the digital album. Last week, iTunes launched the iTunes LP, a deluxe digital, interactive album. New releases by Jay-Z and Dave Matthews Band have been ...

  49. Jay-Z's 'Blueprint 3' Release Date Moved To Sept. 8

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jay-Z's "The Blueprint 3" becomes the latest superstar album release to shuffle its release date, according to date changes on Amazon.com, Rhapsody.com and WEA's distribution Web site. The Roc Nation set, originally scheduled f ...

  50. Analysis: eMusic Upgrades Change User Experience

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With eMusic's addition of Sony catalog titles, the emergence of album pricing and frequent restrictions, the music download store is, in a few key aspects, a very different place. Once marked by its independent nature and outsider attitude, e ...

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