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  1. 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 ...

  2. Kindle Fire: Low Price May Overshadow Missing Bells & Whistles

    September 29, 2011 7:44 AM EDT On Wednesday, Amazon unveiled not one, but four new Kindle products. It was the Kindle Fire that really had to tech world buzzing. The tablet was quickly called a rival to Apple's iPad, but with a much lighter price tag at $199. The product, ...

  3. Amazon Expected to Launch Tablet Today

    September 28, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is expected to unveil a tablet computer Wednesday, picking a fight with Apple Inc. and its iPad. The iPad has many challengers, but analysts say Amazon's could be different - it has a chance to be more than a wannabe. A ...

  4. Business Matters: Apple to 'Talk iPhone' on October 4

    September 27, 2011 4:57 PM EDT Apple to "Talk iPhone" on October 4 -- Apple has announced it will host a special event October 4 to "talk iPhone." The event will take place at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California and will begin at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. ...

  5. Backbeat: X5's Griff Morris' Birthday On the 73rd Floor of the Empire State Building

    September 27, 2011 6:30 AM EDT Jocelyn Joson, who designed the X5 office space, with her husband, filmmaker Steve Hamilton and Billboard's own George White, digital GM. Retail Track visited the X5 office to enjoy the breathtaking view of New York City from the 73rd floor o ...

  6. F8 Conference Was Digital Music's Generational Divide

    September 23, 2011 11:34 AM EDT Facebook's f8 conference on Thursday may not have been a changing of the guard in digital music, but it will certainly go down as a critical inflection point. There was a noticeable generation gap in the day's events. Missing from f8 wer ...

  7. Business Matters: Analysts Still Not Agreeing on Pandora Media

    September 21, 2011 10:27 PM EDT Analysts Still Not Agreeing on Pandora Media -- Analysts continue to have widely varying opinions of Pandora (NYSE:P), which fell 4.76% to $10.01 on Wednesday. Wedbush initiated coverage of Pandora on Monday with an "outperform" rating a ...

  8. Are Netflix's Best Days Behind It?

    September 20, 2011 7:15 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Netflix is trying to boost business by chopping its services into two separate parts. Unfortunately for investors, the company's stock price is what's really been cleaved. The company that once seemed like it could do no ...

  9. BMG's Purchase of Bug Music Finds It Closing in on Majors

    September 16, 2011 2:17 PM EDT There's been a persistent rumor about BMG Rights Management, the music publishing joint venture between German media giant Bertelsmann and private-equity firm Kohlberg, Kravis & Roberts: If it doesn't succeed in acquiring the publish ...

  10. Bob Seger Ends iTunes Holdout

    September 12, 2011 12:00 PM EDT It's hard to believe that in this day and age there are still artists who refuse to sell their music on iTunes. I mean even the Beatles have made the jump. But today there's one less such holdout: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band. ...

  11. Google Music Expands to iPhone, iPad

    September 08, 2011 7:13 PM EDT Although the service remains in invite-only beta, Google has expanded the functionality of its Google Music locker service to support Apple-made devices. The update means users can download an app to their iPhone or iPad that will let them stream ...

  12. Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake Make Vanity Fair's 'New Establishment' List -- Who's Missing?

    September 01, 2011 1:21 PM EDT Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are among the list of influential business people on Vanity Fair's "New Establishment" list . It represents "innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and en ...

  13. Labels Turning To Distribution Partners To Ease Digital Transition

    September 01, 2011 9:18 AM EDT Record labels traditionally have had three core responsibilities: produce music, market music and distribute music. But what happens if one of those duties is taken away? It's an interesting question to ponder in the digital age, as more la ...

  14. Business Matters: Better Late Than Never? Putumayo Finally Goes Digital

    August 30, 2011 10:41 PM EDT Better Late Than Never? Putumayo Finally Goes Digital -- Better late than never? Putumayo World Music is finally going digital. The label's two newest compilations -- "African Beat" and "Latin Beat" -- are its first distri ...

  15. This Is How You'll Cloud: Apple iTunes Match Beta Goes Live (Video)

    August 30, 2011 12:03 PM EDT Apple released a beta version of the iTunes Match feature of its iCloud service to developers today, unveiling new details about how the service will work in the process. Most importantly, it seems the service will in fact allow users to stream mu ...

  16. Business Matters: Three Things to Watch for in Pandora's Q2 Earnings Report

    August 24, 2011 6:52 PM EDT Unpacking Pandora's (Q2 Earnings Report) Box -- Pandora Media will report its first quarterly earnings since its IPO at 5pm ET Thursday. Close scrutiny is both likely and understandable - Pandora is a bellwether of the Internet radio market a ...

  17. What The Split Decision on the EMI vs. MP3Tunes Case Means For The Music Biz (Update)

    August 23, 2011 7:30 PM EDT A federal court today (August 22) rendered a split decision of sorts in the closely-followed lawsuit against music locker MP3Tunes by EMI Music Group. The judge ruled in favor of EMI's request for a summary judgment on certain points, most pa ...

  18. Business Matters: What HP's Bargain Tablet Sale Means to Music Companies

    August 22, 2011 8:45 PM EDT What HP's Bargain Tablet Sale Means to Music Companies -- Consumers love cheap tablet PCs, if the price is right. HP's move to chop prices on its tablets -- the company wants to get out of the consumer hardware business and needed to mov ...

  19. PIAS Partners With Proper Music Following Sony Warehouse Fire

    August 19, 2011 8:36 AM EDT The Sony DADC warehouse in Enfield, England, after the London riots on August 9 (Photo: David Goddard/Getty Images) Less than two weeks on from the London Sony DADC warehouse fire that destroyed 3.25 million units of its stock , PIAS is back in bu ...

  20. Swedish Label X5 Hires Ex-Amazon Employee Griff Morris For U.S. Operation

    August 17, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Stockholm, Sweden-based label X5, which was created in 2005 to take advantage of digital distribution, has further beefed up its U.S. presence by hiring former Amazon employee Griff Morris. In his new role at X5, Morris will be in charge content d ...

  21. Katy Perry Ties Michael Jackson's Historic Hot 100 Record

    August 17, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Katy Perry becomes the first woman, and second artist overall following Michael Jackson, in the 53-year history of the Billboard Hot 100 to send five songs from an album to No. 1, as "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" becomes the fifth chart ...

  22. Amazon's Sales Tax Fight Inspires Calls For Boycott

    August 16, 2011 7:15 AM EDT SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A coalition of nonprofit groups is calling on customers of Amazon.com Inc. to cancel their accounts unless the Internet retailer stops resisting a California law that requires more online retailers to charge a state sales ...

  23. Business Matters: Americans Getting Into QR Codes -- What About Music?

    August 12, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Americans Getting Into QR Codes -- What About Music? -- Believe it or not, people actually interact with QR codes, those odd-looking, super-pixelated boxes you see in newspaper and magazine ads, posters and postcards. According to comScore, more t ...

  24. Business Matters: Ticketfly Adds Venues Union Transfer (Philly), The Foundry (Phoenix)

    August 10, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Ticketfly Adds Union Transfer (Philly), The Foundry (Phoenix) -- Ticketmaster may be resigning its top ticketing clients, but other ticketing companies are actively picking up smaller venues and promoters. San Francisco-based Ticketfly has recentl ...

  25. Business Matters: Walmart Shutters MP3 Store

    August 09, 2011 9:15 PM EDT Walmart Shutters MP3 Store -- Need more evidence that the digital music world is moving to an access-over-ownership future? Walmart is shuttering its seven-year-old MP3 store, according to a report in the New York Times . The store's last day ...

  26. Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne' on Track to Break iTunes' One-Week Sales Record

    August 09, 2011 6:32 PM EDT The big numbers for Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" keep rolling in. The set is already on track to sell more than a half-million copies in its first week , sources say, and now, it's likely to shatter the one-week iT ...

  27. Business Matters: Lockerz Gets Investment from Live Nation, Sells Its Tickets, Too

    August 03, 2011 4:58 PM EDT Lockerz Gets Investment from Live Nation, Sells its Tickets, Too - Live Nation has backed online rewards company Lockerz . Other investors in the $36 million Series C funding round include DAG Ventures, Liberty Media, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield ...

  28. Business Matters: Are Kickstarter Pledges Taxable Income?

    August 01, 2011 5:35 PM EDT Are Kickstarters Engaging In Off-Shore Accounting Practices -- Is Kickstarter money taxable? The site allows fans to fund a wide range of creative projects - books, movies, videos, albums, tours - in return for a reward based on the level of the p ...

  29. Netflix Stock Drops After Quarterly Earnings Report Release

    July 25, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Shares of Netflix, which bucked Wall Street's downward trend on Monday during the regular session, fell as much as 10% in after-hours trading upon release of quarterly earnings data. The company also suggested slower growth in the near term, ...

  30. Microsoft Apologizes for Insensitive Amy Winehouse Tweets

    July 25, 2011 1:33 PM EDT Microsoft has apologized after fans criticized the company for capitalizing on Amy Winehouse's death by reminding people to download her "Back to Black" album on Zune. "Remember Amy Winehouse by downloading the ground-breaking ...

  31. Billboard Q&A: Mike Davis

    July 22, 2011 1:10 PM EDT When Mike Davis joined Atlanta-based one-stop Justin Entertainment as a sales representative in 1989, he had a pretty limited view of the music business. "Back then," he recalls, "I thought the scope of the music industry consiste ...

  32. Business Matters: Digital Subscriptions Actually Kind of Working...At The New York Times

    July 21, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Paywalls Paying Off -- Some of the most encouraging news on digital subscription models is coming from the world of journalism. The New York Times had 281,000 digital subscriptions at the end of June, the company announced Thursday in its second-q ...

  33. Amazon Gets Go Ahead For Calif Sales Tax Referendum

    July 19, 2011 7:12 AM EDT Amazon says gets OK for Calif sales tax referendum SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amazon.com Inc. says the California Attorney General's Office has approved its petition for a referendum that would let voters decide whether to overturn a new law that f ...

  34. Beyond Netflix: Where Else To Get Your Flick Fix

    July 14, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Even with a fee hike, millions of Netflix subscribers will be spending less each month than what it costs two adults to watch a single movie in a theater. Yet the company, which is usually well-liked, managed to irk many of its 23 ...

  35. Amazon Steps up Cloud Offering, Gives Unlimited Music Storage (for a Limited Time)

    July 07, 2011 12:55 PM EDT As Apple's cloud service looms and Spotify is about to pounce on the U.S. market , Amazon is giving customers more music storage for less money. The company announced Wednesday that Cloud Drive now allows for unlimited storage of MP3 and AAC ...

  36. Rick Riccoboo Responds to Jim Griffin's Call for WIPO to Create International Music Registry: Guest Post

    July 01, 2011 8:00 AM EDT ( Rick Riccobono is an International Rights Licensing Consultant at the U.K.'s New Media Law .) An Open Letter in Response to Jim Griffin's Comments Regarding WIPO's International Music Registry It was with mixed feelings that I rec ...

  37. Business Matters: Smartphones Now Over Half of New Phone Sales in US, iPhone Driving Growth

    June 30, 2011 6:01 PM EDT Increasingly American as Apple Pie: Smartphones -- Smartphones have reached an important milestone in the U.S. According to Nielsen, 55% of mobile consumers who reported buying a new handset in the last three months purchased a smartphone instead ...

  38. Business Matters: DISH Picks Odd Time to Show Interest In Pandora

    June 28, 2011 8:47 PM EDT DISH Picks Odd Time to Show Interest in Pandora -- According to numerous media reports, satellite television operator DISH Network may buy an interest in, or outright acquire, personalized Internet radio company Pandora Media. The comment made by ...

  39. Business Matters: Spotify Reportedly Launching in Mid-July -- Will Americans Care?

    June 24, 2011 5:27 PM EDT Spotify Reportedly Launching in Mid-July -- Will Music Fans Care? -- The latest Spotify rumor of the week says the service will launch in the U.S. between July 5 and July 15 and will cost $10 per month. This is according to a post by The Noisecast ...

  40. Crunch Digital Launches Service to Help Publishers Collect from Digital Music Providers

    June 21, 2011 5:38 PM EDT To help music publishers deal with the growing number of digital services, Crunch Digital has introduced its new PDX Service to help publishers collect money for their songs' use on cloud-based and other digital music services. The publisher ...

  41. Best Buy Reportedly Bringing Cloud-Music Service to U.S.

    June 21, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Big box retailer Best Buy is reportedly eyeing a U.S. launch of a cloud music service it currently operates on the U.K. According to a report in Bloomberg , the retailer is close to announcing an expansion of the My Music Anywhere service from the ...

  42. Merlin Announces New Board Members, Labels

    June 20, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Non-profit global rights agency Merlin has voted four new U.S members to its board in a recent member election from several major independent record labels. The new appointments are Dave Hansen, General Manager, Epitaph (Weezer, New Found Glory); ...

  43. Watch: Universal's Rob Wells Vs. Omniphone's Rob Lewis Vs. Jack Daniels at Music Matters (Video)

    June 16, 2011 3:17 PM EDT From left: Universal's Rob Wells, a bottle of Jack, Omniphone's Rob Lewis at the Music Matters Conferenence. We're not clear if being forced to drink a shot of Jack Daniels is a punishment or not, but the drinking game/Q&A set-u ...

  44. 'Book Of Mormon' Makes Billboard 200 History; Adele Returns to No. 1

    June 15, 2011 11:00 AM EDT While Adele's "21" returns, as expected, to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200 (114,000; down 5%) for a 10th nonconsecutive week and Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" falls to No. 2 (100,000; down 42%), the real news is th ...

  45. How Lady Gaga's 99-cent 'Born This Way' Sale Hurt Interscope, Distributors

    June 11, 2011 3:47 PM EDT Let's get one thing straight. The Lady Gaga 99 cent sale for 'Born This Way' was a great thing for the artist, and for Amazon. On a short-term basis, you could even make the case that it was great for the industry. The 99 cent sale ...

  46. Spotify Signs Licensing Deal With Universal Music Group: Report

    June 10, 2011 4:38 PM EDT Spotify is edging closer to a U.S. launch, with a licensing deal reportedly done with Universal Music Group. AllThingsD reported the UMG deal today , which if true would leave only Warner Music Group without a finalized deal, if other published re ...

  47. Business Matters: Pandora Raises IPO Price, BTIG Analyst Advises Investors to Pass

    June 10, 2011 4:14 PM EDT Pandora IPO: Bulls vs. Bears -- Pandora is feeling good about its initial public offering of common stock. The company has upped the number of shares and its target price for its IPO, according to a revised S-1 SEC filing . The original plan was t ...

  48. eMusic Aiming to Launch Cloud This Year

    June 10, 2011 2:20 PM EDT Subscription-based download store eMusic is planning to follow its competitors into the cloud in the second half of the year. The company is "hoping by Q4 of this year" to launch the cloud-based service, CEO Adam Klein told Billboard.biz ...

  49. Is Hewlett-Packard Launching Its Own Cloud Service?

    June 10, 2011 11:27 AM EDT While the music industry focuses on Apple , Google and Amazon , Hewlett-Packard is quietly making plans-again-for its own locker-based service. Multiple sources at the major labels report that the discussions are heating up. The Palo Alto, Calif.- ...

  50. Business Matters: Another Sign of Retail Life -- Hastings Music Sales Up 1.3%

    June 08, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Slightly Better Than Flat Is the New Up! -- Here's another example of brick-and-mortar retail reaching something of a plateau: Hastings' music sales were up 1.3% in the quarter ended April 30. That's a few percentage points better t ...

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