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  1. U.K. Xmas TV Commercial Synchs

    November 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST With U.K. retailers currently pulling out all the stops to entice customers into their stores, Billboard.biz looks at five U.K. TV commercials - kicking off with the holiday season's biggest synch star. -- Ellie Goulding "Your Song" ...

  2. Amazon Opens In Italy

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com, which made its first sale to an Italian customer in 1995, has finally opened a separate Amazon.it store. The Italian site launched at midnight on Nov. 22. It does not yet have an Amazon MP3 store, nor has the company signed any agreeme ...

  3. Amazon Brings Black Friday To U.K.

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Amazon's U.K. store has launched a Black Friday Deals Week promotion in the U.K., although there has been some backlash from consumers in response to the limited quantities on offer. Amazon's importation of the Black Friday concept for N ...

  4. Groupon Promotes Rihanna's 'Loud'

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST We’ve pretty extensively covered the opportunities Groupon offers the music industry in the touring and ticketing space. But as the holiday sales season approaches we’re now starting to see some examples of Groupon being used to sell recorded musi ...

  5. Amazon Introduces MP3 Gifting Feature

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Just in time for the holidays, Amazon is giving users the ability to give the gift of music. The company's new "MP3 Gifting" feature lets users buy any track in the services digital library and have it sent to anyone by simply enter ...

  6. Amazon Japan Launches MP3 Store

    November 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Amazon MP3 store has launched in Japan - a market where labels have been holding out on DRM-free music. Japan's iTunes store is still DRM-enabled with Apple's FairPlay DRM system. So far EMI Music Japan is the only major to license i ...

  7. Business Matters: Must See Internet Radio Stats, Apple, OK Go and more

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Surprising Internet Radio Stat of the Day -- In the mad race for an on-demand music service that can pay the bills, We7 has offered some numbers that may cause people to re-think the importance of ...

  8. With E-books Still Young, A Hit Novel Reaches 30% Digital Share

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sales of John Grisham’s latest book, “The Confession,” have reached a digital mile marker far faster than digital albums. According to an article at the Wall Street Journal , 70,000 of the 230,000 units sold in the first week were e-book sales. Am ...

  9. Taylor Swift Sales Chain By Chain

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music merchants were waiting for a chance to pounce on a proven seller, after a tough year where many albums have not lived up to expectations. In fact, its been two years since they had a million seller in one week, since Lil' Wayne did it b ...

  10. Sony Music Cuts Staff

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment let go of about 15 staffers on Wednesday including about a dozen at its Sony U.S. Music Sales unit. Among the staffers no longer with the company are: senior VP of channel marketing Kevin Twitchell, VP of field marketing T ...

  11. Amazon Q3 Profit Jumps 16%

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc. saw earnings grow in the third quarter as shoppers bought more goods and services, yet costs also rose because the company is having to build new centers to fulfill those orders. Shares fell in extended trading. For the July-Septem ...

  12. Business Matters: EMI Records v. UPC, Piracy, Amazon and more

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. The 'Scourge of Internet Piracy' - The ISPs may have won over record labels in an Irish court, but the judge went to great lengths to describe the damages done by piracy and the obligati ...

  13. @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 ...

  14. Peter Gabriel Catalog Available At Retail

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The full Peter Gabriel album catalog is now available once again at retail, via EMI Label Services. Many of the artist's studio albums had been unavailable on CD for the last few years, although those albums appear to have been available digi ...

  15. Report: Amazon Close To Android App Store Launch

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon reportedly is close to launching its own app store for the Android mobile phone operating system. Details are sketchy still, but according to TechCrunch , essentially the program asks developers to create apps for the Amazon-branded app mar ...

  16. Innovators Showcase To Spotlight Mobile Up-And-Comers

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At our upcoming conference Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit , taking place Oct. 5 in San Francisco, we’ve got plenty of high-profile executives giving keynotes. But it’s not just about the names you know. Billboard also strives to i ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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. ...

  19. Arcade Fire and Taylor Swift Sweep in With New No. 1s

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Both the Billboard 200 and the Digital Songs charts greet fresh No. 1s this week, as Arcade Fire's new album "The Suburbs" bows atop the former list with 156,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while Taylor Swift's " ...

  20. Songza Re-Emerges

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The once much-hyped-then-forgotten Songza service has re-emerged as a customizable Internet radio service. Much like Pandora, Songza aims to let users create personalized radio stations by seeding a song and then voting up or down on the playlist ...

  21. Connecticut AG Probes Apple, Amazon Over E-books

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal is investigating deals struck by Amazon.com Inc and Apple Inc to offer low prices on electronic books, saying the agreements may block rivals from providing attractive pricing. Earlier this year, Ama ...

  22. Amazon Q2 Profit Jumps 45%, Misses Wall Street

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc. said that its second-quarter net income jumped, bolstered by shoppers who spent more with the online retailer even as consumer confidence fell overall. But the Seattle-based company's earnings fell below analyst expectations, ...

  23. Is Amazon Overhauling Its Digital Music Store?

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is Amazon planning an overhaul of its digital music store? Possibly, according to a post at TechCrunch , which cites one anonymous source as saying that a relaunch is in the cards for the first quarter of next year. The story says Amazon is asking ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Report: DOJ Investigating Apple's Digital Music Tactics

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Department of Justice has opened an antitrust inquiry into Apple practices in the digital music market, the New York Times reported on Wednesday (May 26). The early-stage conversations "have revolved broadly around the dynamics of selling ...

  26. Amazon Outlook Disappoints

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc forecast lower-than-expected earnings, raising concerns about the online retailer's future margins and sending its shares down about 7%. Like rival eBay Inc, Amazon disappointed investors who had sought greater acceleration in ...

  27. The Orchard Posts Record Revenue in Fourth Quarter

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital distributor The Orchard reported a 9% increase in revenue in 2009, but a $14.1 million impairment of goodwill in the third quarter left the company with a loss of $17.8 million. Without the impairment, net loss would have been $3.7 million ...

  28. British Music Sales Hold Steady In 2009

    March 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s recorded music sales held up in 2009 and performed better in a year-on-year comparison than video and computer games, according to new retail sales data published by the Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA). The trade body ...

  29. MySpace's Revolving Door: Van Natta Fallout Continues

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The fallout from the ouster of MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta continues, as executives loyal to the former top executive now ponder their future. TechCrunch confirms that senior VP of user experience and design Katie Geminder will leave at the end of ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Amazon Blows By Estimates, Sees Strong Q1

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com Inc blew past analysts' profit estimates in its closely watched holiday quarter and forecast revenue for early 2010 that topped already-high Wall Street expectations. The world's largest online retailer has been viewed as a wi ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. Ke$ha Ends Boyle's 'Dream' With No. 1 Debut On Billboard 200

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST As expected, Ke$ha opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her debut album "Animal," shifting 152,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The newcomer's set replaces Susan Boyle "I Dreamed a Dream," which drifts to No ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Amazon Ships Lil Wayne's 'Rebirth' Months Ahead Of Street Date

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST While most of Lil Wayne's fans will have to wait until at least February for his often-promised and often-delayed "Rebirth" album, about 500 Amazon customers who pre-ordered the album are enjoying the record already, thanks to a shi ...

  37. 'MySpace For Mobile' Flips Switch On Artist Services

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile ringtone and media provider Myxer is expanding into artist services with a new program called MobileStage. Dubbed the "MySpace for Mobile," MobileStage is a suite of mobile marketing tools and services for iPhone, BlackBerry and A ...

  38. Amazon Denies Plan To Open Bricks-And-Mortar Stores

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Amazon has denied reports that it has embarked on a "secret search for bricks-and-mortar stores" in the U.K., in what was thought to be a move to pick up on customer demand for "click and collect" services. The original report, ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Susan Boyle's First-Week U.S. Album Sales Projected At 550K+

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.S. music retailers say they are realizing Susan Boyle’s dreams, as her album “I Dreamed A Dream” is blowing up way beyond sales expectations. Label and distribution executives, meanwhile, project that based on early sales returns at the big box ...

  41. Susan Boyle Album Sets Pre-order Record On Amazon

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The upcoming debut album by British singing sensation Susan Boyle has become the largest global CD pre-order in the history of Amazon.com, according to the online retailer. Boyle's album "I Dreamed a Dream" will be released on Nov. ...

  42. Digital Pricing: How Low Can It Go?

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Not all artists and labels may want to compete based on price, but in some cases aggressive pricing is having an real impact on the sales of titles that traditionally haven’t sold well. Hits have demand and can carry a higher price. Some music sim ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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&# ...

  46. Amie Street To Offer Sony Catalog

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Online music retailer Amie Street will begin selling music from Sony Music. The deal covers both current and catalog tracks. Unlike other tracks on Amie Street, the Sony songs will not be priced using the site's dynamic pricing model. Instead ...

  47. Briefs: Twitter, BlackBerry, Morgan Stanley

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- How did Rick Astley 's "Never Gonna Give You Up" get to the top of the Twitter chart at MP3 blog aggregator The Hype Machine? A single tweet by TechCrunch to its 916,735 followers. ( TechCrunch ) -- Research in Motion will launch ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Amazon U.K. Pricing Mishap

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Amazon service, Amazon.co.uk, has confirmed that a "pricing error" resulted in hit albums being sold for just 29p (47 cents). Although Amazon.co.uk has aggressively priced its new MP3 store, with albums as low as £3 ($4.88), the ...

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