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  1. 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 ...

  2. Analysis: Jackson Frenzy Drowns Out Competition

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sales of Michael Jackson's catalog drowned out the competition in the week after his death. Consumers flocked last week to online retailers such as iTunes and Amazon.com to purchase Jackson’s catalog but the flurry of activity did not help ot ...

  3. Opinion: On-Demand CDs Still Problematic

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new Cheap Trick album, "The Latest" , is current available at Amazon.com through the company's on-demand CD manufacturing as a one-month exclusive from the release date , but on-demand CDs are both the new wave and a failed expe ...

  4. Michael Jackson Death Still Unsolved After Autopsy

    June 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Doctors conducted an autopsy on the body of Michael Jackson on Friday but could not immediately determine what killed the "King of Pop," amid reports he had been injected with a narcotic painkiller shortly before collapsing. Jackson was ...

  5. Nielsen NARM Report Shows Digital Gains, Physical Shortfalls

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nielsen's annual presentation at NARM revealed a marketplace saturated with albums and songs but light on total revenue. Digital sales have nearly caught physical sales, according to Nielsen, and the point of purchase is increasingly non-trad ...

  6. Indie Survey: Friends, Live Shows Big Influencers

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Four out of five independent music store customers cite a recommendation of a friend as being an important factor in a purchase, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Independent Music Stores (AIMS). The online survey queried 1,067 ...

  7. Analysis: Recent Earnings Spotlight Ongoing Trends

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The importance of ancillary revenue streams and continued consolidation - either within a company or between two companies - were some of the ongoing trends spotlighted in the most recent round of earnings reports. As companies manage the transiti ...

  8. Business Briefs: NARM, Clear Channel, Echo Nest

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The San Diego Union-Tribune has a preview of this year's NARM conference , being held in San Diego from June 7-9. "Today, with CD sales plummeting, NARM faces challenges that would have been unthinkable only a decade ago, with or with ...

  9. Business Briefs: WMG, Online Piracy, Wilco, Vitaminwater

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Pali Research has upgraded Warner Music Group as it sees the company well positioned relative to its peers. "While we expect the music industry's declines/troubles to continue for at least the next couple of years with total domestic ...

  10. Borders Says Recovery In Spending May Take Years

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A recovery in U.S. consumer spending on discretionary goods could take "many, many years," the chief executive of U.S. No. 2 bookseller Borders said on Thursday (May 7). "Our view increasingly is that in certain discretionary catego ...

  11. iTunes Price Change: Sales Down, Revenue Up In Week 1

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Last week's price changes at iTunes had a measurable impact on the store's top sellers. In aggregate, the 33 songs that were raised to $1.29 from $0.99 last Tuesday sold 12.5% fewer units last week than they sold in the previous week at ...

  12. Criticism, Doubts Over iTunes Price Changes

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Though the online world tends to give Steve Jobs and Apple the benefit of the doubt, there has been an incredible amount of second-guessing about iTunes' decision to allow a three-tiered pricing system. A number of tracks - one third of yeste ...

  13. Business Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger, StubHub, TrueAnthem and More

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- NPD Group found that 87% of U.S. digital music buyers used iTunes in 2008 versus 16% who used Amazon.com's MP3 store . Those figures do not indicate volume of purchases, just the percent of consumers who have purchased music at each store. ...

  14. Labels Bet Flexibility Boosts iTunes Sales

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc and major music labels are betting that the launch of three-tier pricing at the iTunes Music Store will boost music sales with a new mix of song-based packages and give consumers more options. Apple will announce its new three-tier price ...

  15. The 'Free' Debate

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported music sites, file-sharing services and a wealth of music posted online are adding to the topic of "free" become a more common talking point. As companies search for new ways to monetize recorded music, expect free music to b ...

  16. Briefs: Ticketmaster Goes Paperless, Buzz Media Cuts Staff, Artist Merch Tips and More

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Ticketmaster will introduce its paperless ticketing technology in Canada with a Metallica concert on October 12. ( Press release ) -- Blogs may be the future, but they may not pay the bills as well as once thought. Buzz Media , formerly Buzznet ...

  17. Analysis: Mixing Downloads With Streams

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new partnership between Spotify , the new darling of streaming music sites, and UK digital media delivery company 7digital will allow Spotify users to buy MP3 downloads of over six million tracks, but combining a streaming service with a paid ...

  18. Discount Price For Allen Sophomore Set

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop singer Lily Allen's new album will be sold for just $3.99 to download at Amazon.com and MySpace Music. Allen will also promote "It's Not Me, It's You" (Capitol) at free MySpace Music Secret Shows in London, Tokyo ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Holiday Sales Boost Amazon.com Results

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com's success over the holiday sales period helped the online retailer achieve strong Q4 results in 2008, with net income up 9% on the previous year to $225 million for the period ending Dec. 31. The 2007 Q4 net income figure was $207 ...

  21. MidemNet Day 1: Artist-Fan Relationship In Focus

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The opening day of MidemNet, the two-day conference in Cannes dedicated to the digital music business, dedicated several panel discussions to the means of monetizing the artist-fan relationship. Judging from Nine Inch Nails' direct approach, ...

  22. Taylor Swift Still In Control Of Billboard 200

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Taylor Swift notches her fifth non-consecutive week atop The Billboard 200 with "Fearless" (Big Machine), which moved 90,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a 66% sales slide from the previous wee ...

  23. Post-Holiday Chart Blues

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST While Taylor Swift's "Fearless" hangs in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fifth week, she does so with less than 100,000 . . . The chart continues to regain pre-Christmas normality, with holiday titles -- for the most part -- tak ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Online Retail Sales Dip

    January 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST If flat is the new up, then the 2008 holiday shopping season was still a disappointment. Consumer online retail spending declined 3 percent this year, according to comScore, which had previously predicted that online shopping would represent a bri ...

  26. Boom In Music Video Games Helps Original Artists

    December 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST "This song is dedicated to Debbie Harry," flinty-eyed Lisa Hsuan purrs into a microphone on the red-lit stage of Hyperion Tavern. It's a cozy dive where patrons drink Coke and beer from bottles and a fading chandelier dangles overhe ...

  27. Springsteen Feels 'Lucky' With Amazon, MySpace

    December 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen has unveiled a second new song from his next album, "Working on a Dream," jointly through Amazon.com and MySpace Music. Fans can download "My Lucky Day" from the two services exclusively for a week, starting t ...

  28. Rhino Admits To New Order Sound Problems

    November 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music's catalog label Rhino Records will allow New Order fans to exchange copies of new reissues after numerous sound problems were discovered on the bonus discs. Rhino reissued collector's editions of the U.K. alternative act ...

  29. Sony DRM-Free To iTunes?

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Apple rumor du jour is that Sony Music Entertainment will license DRM-free tracks to iTunes, under the iTunes Plus program. The speculation began on Apple blog 9to5mac.com , which provides very little information other than hinting its more th ...

  30. Pink Leads Album Debuts While AC/DC Still Reigns

    November 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST A bevy of debuts flood the Billboard 200 chart this week as the march towards Christmas continues. AC/DC's "Black Ice" holds at No. 1, but a whopping 11 titles enter the top 20. The chart greets arrivals from Pink, John Legend, Toby ...

  31. Borders, Anuna Partner For Exclusive Album Release

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Irish vocal group Anuna and Borders are teaming up once again for an exclusive album, available only at the chain's stores, in a strategy that delivered the group's best-selling U.S. title last time around. Beginning Oct. 21, Anuna' ...

  32. Amie Street Launches New Web Site

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online retailer Amie Street, currently in the midst of raising its Series B round of financing, unveiled a new Web site today. The site has a new, cleaner look, as well as a number of new features and improvements on existing functions. The site, ...

  33. Mufin Enters Crowded Music Recommendation Field

    October 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Mufin, a new music recommendation service, began a private beta today. Mufin - which is short for Music Finder - bases its recommendations on 40 different characteristics in a song such as tempo, rhythm and mood. It then searches its database for ...

  34. In The City Day 2: Digital Will Deliver

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A bright future for artists, consumers and the music industry was the general prognosis at the second day of Manchester's In The City (Oct. 6) -- the U.K.'s biggest music conference -- but only after several more years of struggle and dw ...

  35. CRB Day 2: Blog Reaction

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The long-awaited decision from the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board (CRB) concerning mechanical royalty rates came down yesterday and not much changed. The CRB left unchanged the per-song rate of 9.1 cents for physical product, set for the first time ...

  36. Online Retailers Await Royalty Decision

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Copyright Royalty Board is scheduled to vote whether to increase royalty rates on digital downloads this Thursday. The outcome of the vote is likely to have a major impact on such digital retailers as Apple iTunes and Amazon.com as its hike on ...

  37. MySpace Music Launches with Notable Upgrades, Glaring Omissions

    September 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MySpace will flip the switch on its long-anticipated MySpace Music service on Thursday, completely revamping every element of the music section of the social network and bringing several elements of the music industry to the table with the launch. ...

  38. News Analysis: SanDisk's SlotMusic

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding SanDisk's slotMusic, mainly due to the limited details – like no info on content or pricing - as the product was unveiled today . While the reaction from analysts and the press is mixed, most ...

  39. MySpace Music To Start With Major Ad Sponsors

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT News Corp's MySpace, the world's largest social networking site, said on Sunday its long-expected MySpace Music joint venture with three major music labels will launch with four major sponsors underwriting the costs of streaming free mus ...

  40. Atlantic's Estelle Experiment Is Over

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Atlantic's Estelle experiment is over, as the singer's "American Boy" track and the artist's entire "Shine" album, is back up on iTunes. Atlantic pulled the album on August 19 from iTunes. The digital retailer ty ...

  41. Retailers Listing Kanye Disc For December

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Although there's been no confirmation from Def Jam, Kanye West's new album will be titled "808's & Heartbreak" and will be released Dec. 16, according to listings on Amazon.com and Target.com. West unveiled the new tra ...

  42. iTunes China Back Online

    August 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Users can once again access iTunes in mainland China. Apple's US-based online music store was fully blocked last week after it emerged that Olympic athletes in Beijing had used the store to download the compilation "Songs for Tibet." ...

  43. Paul Westerberg Offers New Album For 49 Cents

    July 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Despite the fact that he doesn't have a computer and may never have been online in his life, Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg is the latest artist to embrace the Internet for rapid dissemination of new music. Yesterday, Westerberg made a ...

  44. New Edition’s Tresvant Preps New Solo Album

    June 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ralph Tresvant, a founding member of New Edition, is recording a new solo album via his Xzault Media Group (XMG) label. The as-yet-untitled project, due later this year, features lead single “It Must Be You.” The single becomes available July 1 on ...

  45. Reggaeton Gets 'Grand Theft' Push

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Reggaeton artists should get a boost from "Grand Theft Auto IV," the new video game that sold 6 million copies and took in $500 million in sales in its first week, according to game publisher Take Two. One of the 16 in-game "radio s ...

  46. NARM Panel Talks Digital Music Retail

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT During the Digital Landscape panel at the NARM convention, digital merchants sounded very much like their peers in the brick-and-mortar world as they wrestle with pricing issues, profit margins and competition from other forms of entertainment sof ...

  47. Sony BMG, EMI Back Amazon On Demand Option

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG and EMI Music will reissue out-of-print albums on CD through Amazon.com's on demand publishing subsidiary, CreateSpace, according to a statement. Formerly out-of-print albums now available to Amazon customers include "Hatari Sou ...

  48. Exclusive: Corgan Speaks Out On Pumpkins Suit

    March 26, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has spoken exclusively to Billboard about the lawsuit the band filed this week against Virgin Records for using the Pumpkins in a promotional campaign with Amazon.com and Pepsi. "I'm sure they indi ...

  49. DJ Drama, Young Jeezy Gear Up For Mixtape

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In addition to working with 50 Cent, DJ Drama is gearing up for another "Gangsta Grillz" mixtape with Atlanta MC, Young Jeezy. The pair supplemented the marketing of Young Jeezy's first and second albums, "Let's Get It: Th ...

  50. Smashing Pumpkins Sue Virgin Records

    March 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Smashing Pumpkins are suing Virgin Records, saying the record label has illegally used their name and music in promotional deals that hurt the band's credibility with fans. In a breach-of-contract lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Cou ...

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