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  1. Vevo Seeking to Raise $100-$150 Million for Overseas Expansion

    July 07, 2012 1:02 PM EDT Vevo is seeking to raise new equity financing in connection with plans to expand its operations overseas, according to reports late Friday in the Wall Street Journa l and Los Angeles Times . The company "is close to" retaining investment ...

  2. Universal-EMI Merger: European Commision's Statement of Objections Leak (Report)

    July 03, 2012 12:15 PM EDT As the music industry anxiously awaits whether or not Universal Music Group's purchase of EMI Music will be approved by European and U.S. regulators, the media is in overdrive reporting every twist and turn of the labyrinth process as if it w ...

  3. Business Matters: How Extensive Pre-Sales Can Help Indie Albums to Top 40 Debuts

    July 02, 2012 5:29 PM EDT Extensive Pre-Sales Can Help Indie Albums Chart Higher Than Major Releases Fan-funding platforms can now put independent albums high up the U.K. album chart. Whether or not that's a good thing is up for debate. Take the example of Ginger Wild ...

  4. Guest Post: Emily White, David Lowery and Legos: Can't We Get Along? By Songwriter Jonathan Coulton

    June 27, 2012 5:59 PM EDT Editor's Note : Amid all the things that happened last week during the Universal-EMI Senate hearing, the New Music Seminar, A2IM's indie week and more, nothing seems to have captured the attention of the music industry than a blog post w ...

  5. Business Matters: Is Spotify Labels' #2 Source of Revenue? Probably Not

    June 27, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Streaming Services Not No. 2 Source of Label Revenue Spotify may be the second-largest digital account for major labels, but streaming is hardly their second-largest source of revenue. In fact, it's unlikely that any single subscription servi ...

  6. Opinion: Universal-EMI Senate Hearings Filled With Misinformation, Missed Opportunities

    June 26, 2012 5:14 PM EDT Last week's Senate hearing examining the Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division was a symphony of mission statements, missed opportunities and misinformation. Amid it all, there were some solid ...

  7. Chart Moves: Hall & Oates' Highest Charting Album Since 1988 On Billboard 200, 'Rock of Ages' Soundtrack Debuts

    June 14, 2012 9:45 PM EDT The Billboard 200: There was a lot of big news on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week as Adele's "21" returned to No. 1 for a 24th week, while Alan Jackson arrived in the runner-up slot with "Thirty Miles West." The B ...

  8. Business Matters: Are Market-Based Solution the Future of Music? Ask GreenLight Music, EMI Music Publishing

    June 14, 2012 5:34 PM EDT Market Solutions May Be Answer to Copyright Questions Copyright law isn't broke, but it needs private enterprises to find solutions. Take last week's news that Clear Channel had struck a comprehensive royalties agreement with Big Machine ...

  9. UK's PPL Posts Record Revenues, Lambasts London Olympics, Global Digital Media Owners

    June 13, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Despite announcing its best annual financial results in the organization's 78-year history with total license fee income jumping 7% in 2011, speakers at today's (June 13) annual general meeting for PPL, the licensing body representing U. ...

  10. Google, Amazon Among ICANN Applicants For .music Domain

    June 13, 2012 12:25 PM EDT Eight groups, including Google and Amazon, have submitted applications with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to be the exclusive operator of the .music domain. Five difference groups have applied for .tickets and doz ...

  11. Amazon in Process Of Clearing Music Rights For Cloud (Report)

    June 13, 2012 8:00 AM EDT More than a year since launching its cloud service without the benefits of music licensing, online retailer Amazon is close to securing publishing deals with the major labels, according to a report on CNET. According to the report, Amazon is in ne ...

  12. Business Matters: How Soundrop Is Helping Build the Spotify Economy

    June 12, 2012 6:58 PM EDT Soundrop Benefits From The Spotify Economy -- In a sign that at least one investor thinks Spotify is a valuable platform with longevity, Soundrop raised $3 million in funding from Northzone for its social listening app built specifically for the S ...

  13. Amazon Cloud Player App Now Available For Apple iPhone, iPod Touch

    June 12, 2012 2:57 PM EDT The new Amazon Cloud Player App on the Apple App Store listing page. Though Amazon and Apple, two of the largest digital music retailers, have a rich history of "competition," the two competing digital retailers' relationship appear ...

  14. Sean Parker: Apple Tried To Keep Spotify Out Of The U.S.

    May 31, 2012 7:46 AM EDT Spotify's long-delayed U.S. launch may have been due to pressure from Apple, shareholder Sean Parker said Wednesday at the D:All Things Digital conference. Parker was short on specifics, however. "There was some indication that that migh ...

  15. Exclusive: Hard Rock International Launches Record Label, Signs Rosco Bandana

    May 30, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Rosco Bandana, Hard Rock Records' first signing. Hard Rock International is launching Hard Rock Records, an in-house record label for the cafe, hotel and casino chain. Its first signing, Mississippi-based rock band Rosco Bandana, will issue i ...

  16. Business Matters: Pre-release File Sharing Helps Album Sales, Says a Study. So Why Not Replicate This Legally?

    May 22, 2012 9:17 PM EDT Study Says File Sharing Helps Established Artists Sell More Albums File sharing albums before their release dates reinforces popularity and helps sales, according to a study of BitTorrent traffic by Robert G. Hammond, an assistant professor at Nor ...

  17. Shazam To Offer Free, Exclusive Download of Usher's 'Climax' During Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Shazam is getting in on this Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards in a big way: fans who use Shazam during the ABC telecast (8:00 p.m EDT) will be able to download an exclusive and free Diplo remix of Usher's chart-topping single " ...

  18. Samsung Acquires mSpot, Cloud-Based Service Provider

    May 11, 2012 2:41 PM EDT Samsung Electronics has announced it is acquiring mSpot, Inc., a mobile cloud-based content service provider. The acquisition will provide allow users of Samsung devices to access digital content, including music, video and radio Though no purchas ...

  19. NARM Announces New Board Members

    May 09, 2012 3:13 PM EDT NARM announced today its slate of new officers at the organization's annual convention, with the election of iTunes senior marketing manager Brent Muhle as vice chairman; Amazon's director of digital music content acquisition Craig Pape ...

  20. Alliance to Distribute CD Baby Catalog

    May 08, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Alliance Entertainment has signed on to distribute CD Baby's inventory of hundreds of thousands of titles to its brick and mortar account base, as well as the online stores serviced by the giant wholesaler. According to the announcement, CD B ...

  21. Business Matters: Google Going Vertical, Plans to Invest in Online Video Creator Machinima

    May 07, 2012 5:53 PM EDT Google Invests in Video Company Machinima Get ready for more vertical integration in the online video business. Google is set to invest in video company Machinima, according to a report Monday at All Things D. Machinima offers videos for video gam ...

  22. HMV Blames 'Weak New Release Schedule' For $26 Million Loss (But Predicts Imminent Return To Profitability)

    May 04, 2012 11:55 AM EDT Troubled British retailer HMV has forecast a pre-tax loss of £16 million ($25.9 million) for the year ending April 28, blaming a "weak new release schedule in CDs and DVDs" in the fourth quarter for the lower than expected sales. The ret ...

  23. Eurovision or Euroderision? The UK's Engelbert Humperdinck Has A Plan

    May 04, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Engelbert Humperdinck's Plan To Transcend The Eurovision Song Competition Englebert Humperdinck, 76, is the U.K.'s Eurovision Song Contest entrant and the competition's oldest male . The 57th annual Eurovision Song Contest's gr ...

  24. HMV Grows U.K. Market Share

    May 01, 2012 11:16 AM EDT HMV has marginally increased its share of the U.K. entertainment market, according to latest figures released by market research firm Kantar Worldpanel. In the three-month period ending March 18, HMV grew its market share to 19.2%, up from 17.5% f ...

  25. Business Matters: Official.fm Targets Business Users for its Music Platform

    April 23, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Official.fm Simplifies Management For Artists Artists and labels have no shortage of tools for promoting music online. Official.fm wants to simply the process. "Official.fm aims to provide a single place for artists, labels and managers to ma ...

  26. eMusic Launches New Android App

    April 23, 2012 8:01 AM EDT There are two things you should know about eMusic's first smartphone app: it's available only for the Android operating system, and it's pretty good. The app debuted Monday and is available in the Google Play app store. eMusic is jo ...

  27. Record Store Day Co-Founder Eric Levin on In-Stores, Exclusive Releases, Iggy Pop's Ambassadorship

    April 20, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Eric Levin is a co-founder of Record Store Day (RSD), owner of Atlanta's Criminal Records and head of the Alliance of Independent Media Stores. Though this year he's scaled back his involvement with RSD to focus on his retail business ( ...

  28. Business Matters: Pandora Accounts for a Huge Share of SoundExchange Collections

    April 11, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Pandora Accounts For More Than A Third of SoundExchange's Collections Pandora accounted for somewhere between 36.7% and 38.6% of SoundExchange's collections for digital performance royalties in 2012. Angus MacDonald, General Counsel at I ...

  29. Apple Sued By US Department of Justice Over E-Book Price Fixing

    April 11, 2012 12:05 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- The U.S. government filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc. and book publishers Wednesday, saying the publishers conspired with Apple to raise retail electronic-book prices to limit competition. The government also filed pap ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. PRS For Music Reports 3.2% Rise in Royalties in 2011

    April 02, 2012 8:14 AM EDT An upbeat U.K. collecting society PRS for Music is attributing the 3.2% increase in the amount of royalties collected in 2011 to growth in income from legitimate digital-music services and the continued popularity of U.K. repertoire overseas. PRS ...

  32. Business Matters: Judge Says Live Nation Does Not Monopolize Live Music

    March 27, 2012 6:52 PM EDT Clear Channel/Live Nation Monopoly Case Nearing Dismissal An anti-competition case dating back a decade may have finally concluded with a 63-page decision that Clear Channel/Live Nation does not have a monopoly on rock concerts. On Monday the judg ...

  33. Gee Beyond Can Buy Beyond Oblivion Assets, But Not Existing DRM Contracts, Says Court

    March 27, 2012 1:39 PM EDT The bankruptcy court where the case was heard is not usually bedecked in a flag, as it is here Gee Beyond, the company headed by former Beyond Oblivion CEO Adam Kidron, can buy the assets of the bankrupt Beyond Oblivion, a judge ruled on Monday. T ...

  34. 'Mad Men' Season-Premiere Song 'Zou Bisou Bisou' Released on iTunes

    March 26, 2012 10:43 AM EDT If there was a theme song to capture the essence of Sunday's long-awaited Mad Men premiere, then it would certainly be "Zou Bisou Bisou," the '60s French pop song crooned by Megan Draper during her bizarre, come-hither burlesqu ...

  35. Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards Honor Live Nation Chairman Riley O'Connor, Others

    March 23, 2012 10:26 AM EDT People were still finding their seats in the massive ballroom at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel last evening (March 23) when the 30th annual Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Awards and Gala Dinner got underway in Toronto. The most important ...

  36. Business Matters: Apple Finds Better Use of its Cash Than Buying Music Company

    March 20, 2012 4:09 PM EDT Apple To Introduce Dividend and Share Repurchase Program So much for the idea that Apple could buy a music company. The company announced Monday a dividend and share repurchase program to put to use its $98 billion stockpile of cash and securities ...

  37. 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, ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. What AT&T's New Data Limits Mean for Music Fans

    March 05, 2012 11:04 AM EST Responding to complaints about its practice of limiting data plans it sold as "unlimited," AT&T clarified the amount of wireless data its smartphone customers can use before it starts throttling their bandwidth this week. The new lim ...

  40. Chart Moves: Usher's 'Climax' Arrives, Young the Giant's 'Glee' Gain, Maroon 5's 'Hands' Hits 1 Million

    March 01, 2012 9:09 PM EST The Billboard Hot 100 As previously reported , Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" rebounds for a third week atop the Billboard Hot 100 and vocal group the Wanted blasts 23-5 with its debut hit, "Glad You C ...

  41. Adam Lambert Legal Settlement Clears Way for Release of Pre-'Idol' LP

    March 01, 2012 8:33 AM EST Adam Lambert has officially put an end to a dispute with Colwel Platinum Entertainment over a deal the singer made before he starred on the eighth season of American Idol. The two sides have come to terms with each other to dismiss a lawsuit and a ...

  42. Whitney Houston U.K. Price Hike a 'Mistake,' Sony Statement Says

    February 14, 2012 5:52 PM EST After two days of silence, Sony has issued a statement in response to the furor over the company's U.K. office's decision to raise the price of two Whitney Houston titles, "The Ultimate Collection" and "Greatest Hits," ...

  43. Sony, Apple U.K. Still Decline Comment on Whitney Houston Price Hike in the Hours After Her Death

    February 14, 2012 11:35 AM EST Reps for Sony and Apple in the U.K. have declined to comment on the label's decision to ramp up the price of the singer's "Ultimate Collection" album by 60% in the hours after news of her death reached England on Sunday. Sony M ...

  44. Business Matters: Embracing the Chaos Earns TuneCore $10,000 from iTunes Match

    February 09, 2012 7:15 PM EST Embracing the Chaos Got TuneCore $10,000 from iTunes Match -- Embrace the chaos, get a check in the mail. TuneCore received $10,000 in royalties for the first 2 months of Apple's iTunes Match, CEO Jeff Price revealed in a blog post. iTunes Ma ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Sister Sledge Files Class Action Against Warner Music Over Digital Royalties

    February 03, 2012 7:45 AM EST The members of the musical group Sister Sledge have banded together with an Oscar-nominated actress and songwriter to file a major class action lawsuit against Warner Music Group alleging they have been cheated out of millions of dollars based on ...

  47. Billy Ray Cyrus Signs With Amazon

    February 02, 2012 4:30 PM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Billy Ray Cyrus is the latest celebrity to sign up with Amazon.com The singer of "Achy Breaky Heart" and father and former co-star of Miley Cyrus has a memoir, "Hillbilly Heart," coming in spring 2013. Amazon.co ...

  48. Shazam To Offer Exclusive Content For Fans Tagging Songs During Super Bowl

    February 02, 2012 11:00 AM EST Screenshot of Shazam tagging Superbowl content courtesy of Shazam Shazam, the fourth-most-popular iOS app of all time, plans to let Superbowl viewers tag the audio coming out of their television sets on Sunday. Tagging audio essentially provides l ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Warner Music's Edgar Bronfman Jr.: Steve Jobs Got the Best of Us

    January 31, 2012 10:06 PM EST The iTunes Store is great. But in the negotiations between music executives and Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the latter certainly came out on top, according to Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. "If you look at the market cap increase i ...

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