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  1. Google Music's Scan & Match Problem, But There's An Easy Fix

    December 26, 2012 2:31 PM EST Google Music's new free online music locker has run into an inevitable, often popular fact of the music business: some songs have both clean and explicit versions. Online reports have circulated in recent days about explicit versions of songs ...

  2. '12-12-12' Album Pre-Orders Grow to 50,000

    December 14, 2012 7:50 PM EST The pre-orders continue to come in for the "12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief" album. iTunes' pre-orders for the set numbered around 50,000 through the close of business on Dec. 13, according to industry sources. '12-12-1 ...

  3. AC/DC Finally Joins iTunes

    November 19, 2012 10:51 AM EST Just a few weeks after longtime digital holdout Kid Rock announced that his new album will be available on iTunes , another holdout has made the move: in a release Monday morning, Columbia Records and Apple announced that AC/DC's entire catal ...

  4. Startups GetMixxd, Playground.fm, Swarm.fm, Tixie and Tunezy Vie for Title at Billboard's Innovators Showcase

    November 16, 2012 1:00 PM EST The five finalists who presented at Billboard FutureSound Conference's Innovators Showcase (from left): Derrick Fung, Tunezy; Mehul Trivedi, Playground.fm; Jeff Foster, Tixie; Peter Watts, Swarm.fm; Andrew Dever, Swarm.fm, before Innovators s ...

  5. From This Week's Billboard: Kid Rock Rides With iTunes

    November 12, 2012 5:20 PM EST Photo: Darren McCollister/Getty Images) Below is an excerpt from BIllboard's cover story on Kid Rock, who -- as he explains here -- has just broken his longstanding refusal to sell his non-soundtrack music on iTunes. Also in the issue: a spec ...

  6. Chart Moves: 'Halo 4' Sets Record as Highest-Charting Video Game Soundtrack Ever

    November 01, 2012 12:11 PM EDT The Billboard 200: On the Billboard 200 chart this week, all the news seemed to revolve around Taylor Swift and her striking debut at No. 1 with "Red." The set sold 1.208 million copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, m ...

  7. Kid Rock Finally Hits iTunes With 'Rebel Soul'

    October 31, 2012 6:38 PM EDT Kid Rock's new album, Rebel Soul , due Nov. 19, is up on iTunes as a pre-order, marking the first time (apart from a soundtrack appearance) that the artist's music has been available in that store. The album, which will bow on a Monday, ...

  8. No Doubt, Activision Settle 'Band Hero' Video Game Lawsuit

    October 03, 2012 5:25 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No Doubt has settled its lawsuit against gaming giant Activision over the use of band members' likenesses in the video game "Band Hero," court records state. The settlement was reached Monday, a few weeks before ...

  9. One Direction's 'Live While We're Young' Single Accidentally Sold for 99 Cents

    October 01, 2012 9:36 PM EDT A processing error gave One Direction fans a surprising deal in the U.S. iTunes Store on Monday (Oct. 1). Early Monday, One Direction -- which is signed to SYCO/Columbia in the U.S. -- commercially released its fast selling new single "Live W ...

  10. P!nk, 'Cruel Summer' Albums Heading for Top of Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    September 19, 2012 7:51 PM EDT Believe it or not, pop superstar P!nk has yet to earn a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. But that may change next week, as industry sources suggest the diva's latest release, "The Truth About Love," may bow atop the list with ...

  11. Animal Collective Howl For The Masses

    August 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Esoteric band Animal Collective releases 'Centipede Hz,' its most accessible album yet. A decade removed from the looped yelps and muddy chants that composed the brunt of its early work, Animal Collective's latest album, "Centi ...

  12. Business Matters: Teens Listen to Music Most on YouTube, Pay for Music More Than Other Age Groups, Nielsen Study Says

    August 14, 2012 5:45 PM EDT A new Nielsen study says teens prefer free, ad-supported streaming over other methods of listening to music. That finding is actually the least surprising item in a report that puts into proper context the ways teens -- and other age groups -- exp ...

  13. Viacom Ordered To Pay $300 Million Over 'Rock Band' Acquisition

    August 13, 2012 5:26 PM EDT Viacom has suffered a $300 million loss in a Delaware court tied to its 2006 acquisition of Harmonix, the studio that created the Rock Band video games. Although Viacom sold Harmonix in 2010 , it is still paying for the decision to buy the game st ...

  14. Frank Ocean Rocks Boat At Retail With iTunes Release

    July 19, 2012 7:40 PM EDT Island Def Jam's surprise exclusive release of Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" album for one week on iTunes is still angering other retailers. A week after Target refused to carry the album as a result of the digital exclusive, ...

  15. Beck Unveiling New Songs on 'Sound Shapes' Video Games

    July 18, 2012 11:43 AM EDT Beck is contributing three unreleased songs to the upcoming video game "Sound Shapes," developer Queasy Games announced on Wednesday. His tracks "Cities," "Touch the People" and "Spiral Staircase," will each ...

  16. Target Refuses to Stock Frank Ocean Album After iTunes Exclusive

    July 12, 2012 7:20 PM EDT Target will not be carrying Frank Ocean's debut studio album, "Channel Orange," which is projected to make an unexpectedly strong debut on the Billboard 200 next week. According to statements from the company and Ocean's manage ...

  17. Target Not Carrying Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' in Response to iTunes Exclusive, Not Ocean's Sexuality

    July 11, 2012 6:41 PM EDT Target will not be carrying Frank Ocean's debut studio album Channel Orange , in response to the label's decision to sell it ahead of its scheduled release date via iTunes -- not due to Ocean's sexuality -- according to statements f ...

  18. Business Matters: Rumors Heat Up That Liberty Media Will Buy Out Live Nation

    June 28, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Rumors Heat Up That Liberty Media Will Buy Out Live Nation -- Another summer, another round of speculation that Liberty Media may buy out the remaining shares of Live Nation it does not already own. Liberty Media upped its stake in Live Nation to ...

  19. Carly Rae Jepsen Vs. Here's My Number So: The Business Of iTunes Near-Name Knock Offs

    June 18, 2012 2:14 PM EDT An iTunes search of "We Are Young" by fun. failed to bring up the band's massive hit within the first twenty-six results. We Are Young," the smash single from Fueled by Ramen act fun. that spent six weeks atop the Billboard Hot ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. No Doubt to Argue Lawsuit Against Activision In Front of Jury

    May 29, 2012 4:25 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No Doubt's attorneys can argue to a jury that the band was misled by gaming giant Activision Publishing Inc. about how its likeness would be used in the video game "Band Hero," a judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling b ...

  22. Australia's iTunes Music Store to be Probed on Pricing Points

    April 30, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Australia's iTunes Music Store is to be probed on its pricing points, according to reports. Apple Computer and Microsoft will be among technology companies asked to explain to Australia's Parliament why consumers pay considerably more fo ...

  23. How Oceana's Euro 2012 Soccer Cup Synch Could Make Her a Global Superstar

    April 25, 2012 6:50 AM EDT German pop singer Oceana is set to receive a major sales boost this summer when her song "Endless Summer" is placed in front of a potential global audience of over a billion people as the official song of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament. ...

  24. Backbeat: Zya Music Creation Service Launch Makes A Big Splash At SXSWi

    March 13, 2012 11:41 AM EDT (L-R): Matt Serletic (CEO and Co-founder, Music Mastermind), Bo Bazylevsky (President and Co-founder, Music Mastermind), Dean Serletic (SVP Marketing, Music Mastermind). (Photo: Glenn Peoples) The launch party for music creation product Zya was ha ...

  25. VEVO Launches Redesign With Facebook in Mind

    March 09, 2012 9:50 AM EST VEVO is heading further down the social path, with new Facebook integrations, iTunes Matching, and collaborations with The Echo Nest transforming the company from a static service delivering music videos to a personalized music discovery device th ...

  26. Spotify Gets More DJ Friendly, Launches Gapless Playback, Crossfade Features

    February 23, 2012 1:38 PM EST Spotify today announced it is launching gapless playback and crossfade features for its music streaming service which it will roll out this week as part of its latest desktop upgrade The gapless playback feature, as one might guess, allows songs t ...

  27. Beatles Songs Released As Ringtones on iTunes

    February 22, 2012 2:18 PM EST The Beatles have a history of making people wait for digital access to their music; long after just about every band had succumbed to the digital age by making their catalogs available online, the Beatles finally signed a contract - and an exclusi ...

  28. Enrique Iglesias Returns to Zynga's CityVille

    February 17, 2012 8:05 AM EST NEW YORK - For the first time ever, social gaming giant Zynga has brought back an entertainer for a second integration into one of its games. CityVille, Zynga's biggest game with 47.5 million players each month, according to AppData.com, in S ...

  29. 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," ...

  30. Morning Heds: Is Megaupload Like YouTube?; Tim Cook's Bang-Up Job; Iggy Pop Reps Record Store Day

    January 25, 2012 6:45 AM EST Tim Cook on His First Four Months as Apple CEO: Just Look at the Results All Things D Asked about his first four months as Apple chief executive, Tim Cook stressed that what he feels most is lucky to be surrounded by his talented colleagues. San F ...

  31. Katy Perry Partners With 'The Sims' For Own Game

    January 17, 2012 12:06 PM EST Electronic Arts announced today (Jan. 17) a collaboration between Katy Perry and virtual reality computer program "The Sims" to create a Collector's Edition game with content and exclusives featuring the "Teenage Dream" st ...

  32. Mog Hitting The Road @ CES

    January 10, 2012 5:56 PM EST JVC multimedia products featuring Mog (Photo: Andrew Hampp) Like many music services at CES , this year, Mog is making in-roads with the automotive industry. The on-demand music service made its first big stride last fall when it became one of BMW ...

  33. Beyond Oblivion Shuts Down Before Launch

    January 03, 2012 2:15 PM EST Beyond Oblivion, a New York-based startup with an innovative approach to digital music, has shut down before its product ever launched. A January 3 post at LinkedIn by Janet Mitchell , the company's Sr. Director of Human Resources and Staffin ...

  34. Viacom Owes $383 Million To Harmonix in 'Rock Band' Dispute Arbitrators Say

    December 28, 2011 7:00 AM EST After already paying $150 million to former shareholders of Harmonix, arbitrators have determined that Viacom owes an additional $383 million to the video game company that created Rock Band, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday. The revela ...

  35. Michael Buble, Zynga Partner for CityVille Integration

    December 15, 2011 9:46 AM EST NEW YORK - Ahead of its IPO, which is scheduled to see its stock starting to trade on Friday, social gaming giant Zynga said Wednesday that its biggest game, CityVille, will run an integration with singer Michael Buble just in time for the holiday ...

  36. It's Official: iTunes Launches In Latin America

    December 13, 2011 5:30 PM EST After much expectation, Apple launched its iTunes store in Brazil and 15 other Latin American Countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, P ...

  37. Can Record Labels Increase Album Sales In The 'A La Carte' Era?

    December 08, 2011 8:30 AM EST Can labels actually get better at selling albums as CD sales continue to slide? If the answer is yes, there should be some evidence in digital sales. It's actually a big question. The record business needs to succeed at selling bundles of tra ...

  38. iTunes Preparing For Broad Latin American Launch

    December 01, 2011 2:25 PM EST Following its successful foray into Mexico, iTunes is preparing to launch in other Latin American countries by year's end or by the first quarter at the latest, say sources familiar with the conversations. An iTunes spokesperson declined to c ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Billboard FutureSound Visionary Showcase: Bckstgr, TrackTrack.it, Rexly, ThingLink, Music Mastermind Show Off Their Wares

    November 18, 2011 2:10 PM EST The first day of Billboard's FutureSound Conference featured the "Visionary Showcase": five demonstrations from new startup companies, as well as new technologies from existing companies, offering a peek forward at the services, mod ...

  41. Exclusive: Music Mastermind Launches Zya, Which Bridges Gap Between Gaming and Music Creation

    November 17, 2011 6:18 PM EST Music Mastermind is hoping Zya , its cloud-based music creation and sharing platform, revolutionizes the way music is created, experienced and monetized. Officially announced Thursday, the service combines the look and feel of video games with the ...

  42. Zynga's CityVille Finally Gets Music with Enrique Iglesias

    September 29, 2011 2:52 PM EDT Virtual Branding: Enrique Iglesias (left) and CityVille's Busy Business Woman are joing forces to help promote the former's "Euphoria Tour." Zynga's CityVille, the enormously popular Facebook game boasting some 72 million ...

  43. Viacom Demands to Be Repaid $131 Million From Shareholders of 'Rock Band' Maker

    September 19, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Shareholder lawsuits against big corporations are quite common. But rarely does a corporation turn around and sue its stockholders. That's what's happening at Viacom, which on Friday sued former stockholders of ex-subsidiary Harmonix Mus ...

  44. Spotify Expands API Effort with Apple iOS Support

    August 31, 2011 12:04 PM EDT Spotify is looking to become the free music engine of, well, everything. Today it released an API for Apple iOS developers that would let them embed the Spotify service into any apps they make as a way of adding streaming music to their products w ...

  45. Business Matters: SXSW 2011 Had $167 Million Impact on Austin

    August 23, 2011 7:19 PM EDT SXSW'S Multi-Million Dollar Trickle Down on Austin -- A new study puts the financial impact of 2011 South By Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals (SXSW) at $167 million -- $44.6 million of operational output (festiv ...

  46. 'The Voice's' Adam Levine Sues Activision

    August 05, 2011 10:38 PM EDT "The Voice" coach and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine is suing Activision. Levine has filed a suit against the company's "Guitar Hero" spinoff video game "Band Hero" alleging that the new game exploits his name ...

  47. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms

    July 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to sell different editions of their "Watch the Throne" album has other music retailers in open revolt. Brick-and-mortar ...

  48. Universal Music Group Launching Spotify Playlist Service for U.S. Fans

    July 27, 2011 6:30 AM EDT How badly do U.S. record labels want Spotify to succeed? Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) has created a fan-facing music playlist service that's entirely powered by Spotify's free usage tier. Billboard.biz has learned that the p ...

  49. Video Game Spending Rises in Q1 With New Revenue Streams

    July 12, 2011 6:45 AM EDT NEW YORK - First-quarter U.S. spending on new physical video and PC game software amounted to $2.03 billion, but digital downloads, used and rented games, mobile games, social network games and game subscriptions added $1.85 billion to that figure ...

  50. Video: Black Eyed Peas Team up With Ubisoft for New Dance Video Game

    June 27, 2011 5:24 PM EDT Although MTV Games and Activision have pulled the plug on music rhythm video game franchises "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero," Ubisoft continues to embrace the music genre from multiple angles. The French game publisher held a pre ...

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