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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. The Future of Cloud Music Debated by Publishers, Rights Holders, Digital Services @MIDEM

    January 31, 2012 11:49 AM EST From left: CISAC director general Olivier Hinnewinkel, who introduced the panel; moderator Emmanuel Legrand, a journalist and consultant; Scott Bagby, head of strategic partnerships at Rdio; Richard Conlon, BMI senior VP of corporate strategy, com ...

  4. Google, Merlin, Amazon, Universal Reps Explore the Future of Digital Music @MIDEM, Ted Cohen Referees

    January 30, 2012 9:05 PM EST TAG Strategic managing partner Ted Cohen (far left) moderated an engaging panel discussion Monday about the digital music market. Participating in the discussion were four influential executives; from second-from-left: Merlin CEO Charles Caldas, G ...

  5. Backbeat: MIDEM Pulse Check: Attendance Is (Reportedly) Up, But Conference Is Scaled Down

    January 30, 2012 11:53 AM EST Two major concerts during MIDEM had attendees sprawled out across Cannes: Sony's showcase featured the Ting Tings (above) and 2ManyDJs while Music Dealers hosted You Say France & I Whistle and Black Pearl. (Photo: MIDEM) For many MIDEM at ...

  6. Did Universal Music Expose a Flaw in the YouTube Takedown Process?

    January 27, 2012 1:00 PM EST Last month, before federal authorities shut down Megaupload, the popular file-storage website got into a legal brawl with Universal Music Group over a video that was removed from YouTube. Megaupload hasn't experienced much success thus far in ...

  7. Billboard Power 100: Eddy Cue and Robert Kondrk

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 11 Eddy Cue & Robert Kondrk Senior VP of Internet Software and Services; Senior Director Apple Twitter: @cue Leading A Digital Juggernaut... Apple's Eddy Cue (pictured) and Robert Kondrk are the people behind the world's biggest ...

  8. Scott Mannis Fighting Epilepsy Through Music

    January 17, 2012 6:53 PM EST When aspiring singer Scott Mannis was 17 years old, he began periodically losing feeling in the left side of his body, specifically in his leg. It took three years for doctors to diagnose his condition as a rare form of epilepsy, whose symptoms ca ...

  9. Business Matters: Will SOPA Turn Into a Bill Even Google Can Support?

    January 17, 2012 5:03 PM EST Obama Administration Reacts to SOPA and PIPA, Hoping For Revisions The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) isn't dead, but expect revisions. On Saturday officials in the Obama Administration outlined their reservations with the controversial Stop O ...

  10. Morning Heds: EMI Vs. Ireland, Example Signs to Universal, Is Colbert Running For Prez?

    January 13, 2012 7:30 AM EST EMI launches High Court action against Irish government Music Week EMI has launched a High Court action against the Irish government in a bid to stop the illegal downloading of music. Example signs US deal with Universal Records Music Week Singer- ...

  11. TuneCore Expands Into Canada

    January 11, 2012 2:40 PM EST Brooklyn, NY-based TuneCore has expanded its music and video distribution service into Canada. The site, www.tunecore.ca , is exclusive to Canadian artists. The music is priced in Canadian currency and there is no currency conversion on domestic s ...

  12. Adam Lambert Nears Settlement of Lawsuit Claiming He Wasn't Eligible for 'American Idol'

    January 09, 2012 6:00 PM EST Adam Lambert is wrapping up a settlement of a lawsuit that suggested he shouldn't have been allowed to appear on "American Idol" because he already signed to a record label. In November, the singer was sued by Colwel Platinum Entert ...

  13. Consumer Electronics Show Curse? Gadget Show Has History of Products Falling Flat

    January 06, 2012 9:19 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. The International Consumer Electronics Show is quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat. When the annual conclave ...

  14. The Year in Music Stocks: The Good, The Bad, The Overall Decline

    January 01, 2012 4:18 PM EST Music stocks were much like the broader markets in 2011: a mix of good and bad with an overall decline. Billboard's list of ten music-related stocks fell by an average of 4 percent in 2011. The Dow rose 3.2 percent, the S&P 500 dropped 1. ...

  15. 2011: The Year the Music Business Turned the Corner?

    December 30, 2011 11:20 AM EST My first day as editor of Billboard.biz was January 3rd of this year. There were four major labels, Doug Morris was still at Universal (officially, anyway), Barry Weiss was still with Sony, Edgar Bronfman Jr. was still CEO of Warner, EMI was still ...

  16. iOS, Albums, Google+: Three Digital Music Trends to Watch in 2012

    December 29, 2011 3:28 PM EST There is hardly a shortage of trends to watch in digital music. From Internet radio to subscription services to a never-ending stream of services aimed at independent artists, 2012 will be filled with numerous developments that merit close attenti ...

  17. Morning Heds: Adele's Record-Setting Year, Frampton Vs. Universal, Google's YouTube Slam

    December 28, 2011 8:44 AM EST Adele Sells Most Albums In a Year Since 2004 Reuters The last time an album topped the year-end chart with more than 5 million copies sold was in 2004, when Usher's "Confessions" moved 7.9 million, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Fr ...

  18. Military Wives Choir: The Improbable Story Behind The U.K.'s Top-Selling Christmas Single

    December 27, 2011 7:30 AM EST It's been a while since there was any sense of anticipation surrounding the U.K. Christmas number one, nabbed, as it has been by Simon Cowell's enterprises. But for only the second time in seven years, a non-Cowell act has topped the U.K ...

  19. Megaupload Launches Megabox Online Locker and Store

    December 23, 2011 12:03 PM EST Megaupload has launched Megabox , a web-based, online music locker and player with an integrated music store. Megaupload is a controversial file-hosting service that has over 50 million daily users and accounts for 4 percent of global Internet tra ...

  20. Estate of 'My Sharona' Drummer Sues Capitol Records for Digital Royalties

    December 23, 2011 7:45 AM EST Is selling music via digital download services a "sale" or a "license" for the purpose of accounting to recording artists? That question has been raised again in a new lawsuit filed by the sister of Bruce Gary, the late drummer ...

  21. Katy Perry Releases B.o.B Remix of "The One,' But Can It Break Michael Jackson's Record?

    December 15, 2011 4:42 PM EST Capitol Records is adding another weapon in its arsenal to help Katy Perry's "The One That Got Away" reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100. The label today (Dec. 15) serviced a remix of the song featuring rapper B.o.B to mainstream ...

  22. How Grammy365.com Helped Little Known Linda Chorney Score A Grammy Nod

    December 12, 2011 8:29 PM EST Rain derailed Linda Chorney's plan to film a music video on Dec. 11 at the base of the Hollywood sign. The video's producer, the film producer Forrest Murray, quickly shifted gears, hoping to secure the stage at Amoeba Records to shoot C ...

  23. Backbeat: Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh, Big Daddy Kane Celebrate Release of 'Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey'

    December 08, 2011 5:32 PM EST Jordan Sommers and Doug E. Fresh Ed Lover Hip hop icons from Kurtis Blow, Doug E. Fresh and Big Daddy Kane came together at the Penthouse on 5th Ave. on Wednesday night to celebrate the release of Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey, a new coffee-table bo ...

  24. Spotify Unveils New API Platform, Announces Partnerships With Billboard, Rolling Stone, Others

    November 30, 2011 1:27 PM EST Spotify Founder and CEO Danel Ek at the New York press conference where he announced the opening up of the music streaming service's API to outside developers. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek announced the launch of a new API (Application Programming I ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Cyber Monday Forecast To Set $1.2 Billion Sales Record

    November 28, 2011 7:15 AM EST There's good news for online retailers this year: Black Friday Internet sales jumped 26 percent, while Cyber Monday spending is projected to reach a record $1.2 billion, according to data released Sunday by market research firm ComScore. Blac ...

  27. Billboard FutureSound: NMPA, Muve, SoundExchange, More Talk the Challenges of Music Licensing in the Digital Age

    November 18, 2011 5:34 PM EST President/CEO of NMPA David Israelite, SVP of Muve Music Jeff Toig, SVP of Business Affairs & Business Development of Music Reports Les Watkins, CEO of Wolfgang's Vault Bill Sagan, and FutureSound's Antony Bruno (Photo: Arnold Turner ...

  28. Google Music Launch Unveils a Solid Competitor to Apple, Amazon, Spotify

    November 16, 2011 6:36 PM EST Google did not disappoint in its hotly anticipated launch event for Google Music in Los Angeles this afternoon. Although the company is relatively late in launching a music-download store, it has put together a compelling suite of features that sh ...

  29. Editor's Note: New Billboard Policy Sets Pricing Threshold for Albums, Singles

    November 16, 2011 4:00 PM EST After much thought and consultation with the industry, Billboard has decided to implement a new charting policy. Effective with the sales tracking week of November 21 through the 27th, which coincides with the Billboard charts dated December 10, a ...

  30. Google Music: Four Things We Can Expect from Today's Announcement

    November 16, 2011 7:05 AM EST While the finer points of Google's new music-download store won't be known until the press conference (scheduled for 5 p.m. ET Wednesday in Los Angeles), some aspects have become clear from industry sources and media reports over the las ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Business Matters: Music Discovery Abounds, Conversion Needs Improvement: Study

    November 10, 2011 7:00 PM EST Music Discovery Abounds, Conversion Needs Improvement: Study -- Music discovery is alive and well, according to a new NPD Group/NARM study released Thursday. But there are some concerns that digital platforms too easily provide free content withou ...

  33. UK Abolishes Reviled Tax Loophole Undercutting CD, DVD Sales

    November 10, 2011 4:24 PM EST A controversial sales tax loophole that enabled mail-order retailers based in the Channel Islands to sell reduced cost music product to U.K. consumers is to be abolished by the British Treasury. The islands, located near the northern coast of Fran ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Lawsuit Suggests Adam Lambert Should Have Been Banned From 'American Idol'

    November 04, 2011 7:33 PM EDT A new lawsuit suggests that Adam Lambert may have violated the rules of "American Idol" when he agreed to appear on the eighth season of the hit reality competition show. The singer is now facing a lawsuit that alleges that he's sti ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Business Matters: The Orchard Branches Out to Action Sports Video

    October 28, 2011 6:20 PM EDT The Orchard Branches Out Into Action Sports Video -- Digital distributor The Orchard has branched out into sports by creating an Action Sports & Lifestyle Film Distribution division. The new division, reported to be launching next week, will b ...

  38. Amazon's Third-Quarter Profit Down 73%, Stocks Drop

    October 25, 2011 4:37 PM EDT Amazon says its third-quarter net income sank 73 percent despite sales growth as the online retailer spent money to grow its business. The company's earnings fell short of analyst expectations and its stock fell nearly 20 percent in after-hou ...

  39. Google+ Social Network to Play Big Role in Company's Music Store: Sources

    October 24, 2011 3:17 PM EDT Google's music-download store could launch within weeks, as several media reports have said, but if it does, it would not be a fully formed product with the involvement of all four major labels , sources tell Billboard.biz. But regardless of ...

  40. Business Matters: Will Boinc's Business Model Get Stale Before It Launches?

    October 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT Will Boinc's Business Model Get Stale Before it Launches? -- Boinc, the innovative music service by Beyond Oblivion, could revolutionize the way people consume music. But the industry is going to have to wait a bit longer to see it in action. ...

  41. The (Unofficial, But Still Amazing) Billboard Tumblr Top 30

    October 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT BILLBOARD ON TUMBLR Over on our new Tumblr, we'll point you in the direction of the features over on our fan-focused site Billboard.com - as well as to selected content from our music industry-focused print magazine - but you can also expect ...

  42. Apple iCloud Review: Don't Cut Your Cords Just Yet

    October 20, 2011 7:41 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Syncing music from your iPhone or iPad across computers has got to be one of the least enjoyable experiences in Apple's computing ecosystem. The advent of iCloud was meant to lift the headaches of this cord-reliant process ...

  43. Business Matters: Spotify's 2.4 Million September Visitors Were Mostly Male, Young and Pretty Well Off

    October 18, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Spotify's 2.4 Million September Visitors, Analyzed -- Spotify users are young and fairly well off financially, according to numbers released by comScore Tuesday. And while the service has experienced fantastic growth in just three months, it ...

  44. TheNewRecord.com, Digital Indie Music Hub, Launches With SubPop, Anti-, Epitaph, Rhymesayers

    October 18, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Bill Armstrong has a vision. The co-owner of Side One Dummy Records, a Los Angeles-based independent record company representing the like of Gogol Bordello and the Gaslight Anthem, believes that independent record companies, like the scenes they g ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. YouTube Launches Merch Store for Artist Pages

    October 17, 2011 10:17 AM EDT YouTube has unveiled a merch store that will allow artists to sell their merch directly from their YouTube artist pages. Fans will be able to buy "artists' merchandise, digital downloads, concert tickets and even unique experiences like ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Why Apple Probably Didn't Damage Its Leadership in Digital Music

    October 04, 2011 5:21 PM EDT Apple's media event on Tuesday may have lacked the "wow" moments of the past. Music played only a minor role. But music companies should look at the new products and lower prices as evidence that Apple can maintain mobile market sha ...

  50. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Amanda Marks

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 6 Amanda Marks Global head of digital accounts, Universal Music Group Website: Universalmusic.com Twitter: @AmandaMarks Amanda Marks is one of the most influential executives in the digital media industry. She has been a key member of Universa ...

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