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  1. AEG Launches Axs Ticketing Platform To Rival Ticketmaster

    August 22, 2011 8:56 PM EDT Anschutz Entertainment Group has taken its first step in establishing itself as a significant player in the ticketing market and rivaling Live Nation's Ticketmaster by launching a website for its new ticketing platform, axs Ticketing . On Mon ...

  2. How Jay-Z and Kanye West Beat the Leakers With 'Watch the Throne'

    August 12, 2011 12:34 PM EDT (This is an abridged version of Steven J. Horowitz's article in the August 20 issue of Billboard titled "Protecting the 'Throne'." For the full article, head here to purchase the issue , and here for a subscription , which ...

  3. Beats By Dr. Dre, HTC Ink $300 Million Mobile Phone Deal

    August 10, 2011 10:36 PM EDT Beats Electronics and mobile device company HTC Corporation have entered a strategic partnership to bring high performance sound to HTC phones. HTC will release a line of devices integrated with Beats sound innovations this fall. The $300 million ...

  4. Update: Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne' Projected to Sell 500,000-Plus in First Week

    August 09, 2011 11:00 AM EDT With a full day's worth of sales under its belt, Jay-Z & Kanye West's new "Watch the Throne" album is projected to sell over 500,000 copies in its first week in the U.S., according to industry sources. That's above ini ...

  5. Business Matters: Dark Monday for Music and Entertainment Stocks

    August 08, 2011 10:03 PM EDT Dark Monday for Music and Entertainment Stocks -- A number of investment bank stocks declined sharply Monday after S&P downgraded the U.S. late Friday. The Dow Jones index dropped 5.55% to 10.809.85. The S&P 500 sank an ominous 6.66% to 1, ...

  6. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' On Track to Sell 400-500,000 in First Week

    August 08, 2011 1:30 PM EDT While we don't know for sure who will be No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 album chart, we're already looking ahead to next week's list. Jay-Z and Kanye West's new collaboration album, "Watch the Throne," releas ...

  7. Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne' Hits iTunes, Avoiding Leak; Deluxe Details Revealed

    August 08, 2011 8:58 AM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" collaboration album was released exclusively on iTunes today (August 8), becoming the first major hip-hop release in recent memory to avoid being leaked. Muffled excerpts from the duo's ...

  8. Business Matters: Spotify Already Has At Least 1 Million U.S. Users, Source Says

    August 05, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Spotify Already Has Around 1 Million U.S. Users, Says Source -- How is Spotify doing in the U.S.? One industry executive estimates the popular music service, which launched in the U.S. in mid-July, has amassed at least one million total users in j ...

  9. Newcomer Nikki Jean Works with Bob Dylan, Jimmy Webb and More on Debut Album, Lands Best Buy Ad

    August 05, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Who is Nikki Jean? That's what Twitter followers were asking recently when Lupe Fiasco wrote, "I'm quitting Twitter . . . I'm gonna let @Nikki­Jean takeover [sic] my Twitter--go get that album." That album is singer/song ...

  10. Ticketmaster Now Selling Tickets at Walmart

    August 04, 2011 11:02 AM EDT Ticketmaster has partnered with Walmart to sell tickets through kiosks at hundreds of the retailer's locations around the country. Live Nation, parent company of Ticketmaster, first revealed details of a partnership with Walmart back in Febru ...

  11. Billboard.biz's Backbeat

    August 01, 2011 3:34 AM EDT From the record release parties to the green rooms, our exclusive look at the people behind the music business -- behind the scenes. FEATURED BACKBEATS: December 12, 2011 - Touring | Radio | Backbeat | Record Labels | Indies | Digital & Mobile ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Read: Independent Retailers' Open Letter to Jay-Z and Kanye West About 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives

    July 28, 2011 4:54 PM EDT In response to Jay-Z and Kanye West's decision to offer exclusive sales programs to iTunes and Best Buy for their forthcoming "Watch the Throne" LP, a number of independent retailers have written an open letter to the duo protesting ...

  14. Spotify Gained 70,000 U.S. Subscribers in First Week: Sources

    July 22, 2011 1:02 PM EDT (Bill Werde -- @bwerde ; http://billwerde.tumblr.com/ -- is Billboard's editorial director) In my travels last night and in emails this morning I had three distinct label/publisher execs confirm the same number: that @Spotify has right in the ...

  15. U.S. Mid-Year Album Sales Up for First Time Since 2004, According to SoundScan Figures

    July 06, 2011 4:28 PM EDT This year, U.S. album sales were up at the mid-year point, the first time that has occurred since 2004, the last positive sales-growth year posted by this country's music industry. For the week ending July 3, album sales totaled 155.5 million ...

  16. AOL, Slacker Team up for Radio & On-Demand Music

    June 28, 2011 11:35 AM EDT AOL Music is relaunching its AOL Radio feature with partner Slacker . Previously powered by CBS Radio, AOL Radio will now be fully powered by the Slacker personalized radio service. AOL will offer all three tiers of Slacker's service-the free ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Business Matters: Pandora Goes Public During Market Downturn, Not That it Matters

    June 15, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Pandora Goes Public During Market Downturn -- Not That it Matters -- Pandora's successful IPO arrives as the broader stock market has gone through a slump. But the timing isn't necessary bad. A cloudy market shouldn't be a problem f ...

  19. Business Matters: If iTunes Is Still Breaking Even, It Could Cost $1.3 Billion Per Year To Run

    June 14, 2011 8:09 PM EDT If iTunes is Still Breaking Even, It Could Cost $1.3 Billion Per Year To Run -- iTunes could cost Apple $1.3 billion per year beyond royalties to publishers, according to an estimate by market intelligence firm Asymco. The estimate was based on nu ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Proves That the Album Format Isn't Obsolete After All

    June 02, 2011 11:25 AM EDT Maybe the album format isn't ready to die just yet. Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" sold 1.11 million units in its first week of release and has moved another 4.28 million digital tracks . It's the first album in 18 months to ...

  22. Update: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Will Sell 1.15 Million in Its First Week, Billboard Projects

    May 27, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Billboard projects that Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" will debut with first-week sales of at least 1.15 million units, far outpacing earlier projections , thanks to explosive sales at Amazon, which priced the album at 99 cents for two ...

  23. Editor's Note: Why Billboard Isn't Revising Chart Policies for Lady Gaga's Amazon Deal

    May 26, 2011 7:05 PM EDT Ice-T's rage is nothing compared to the fury of Britney Spears fans questioning Billboard's chart policies ... Ah, remember the old days? Back when the Billboard 200 albums chart was as simple as adding up the receipts for thousands of d ...

  24. How Much Have Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Amazon and Best Buy Promotions Boosted First-Week Sales?

    May 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Promotions around Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" - including Amazon's controversial decision to sell digital copies of the album for just 99 cents on Monday and Best Buy's giveaway of the album with a smart phone -- have both ...

  25. Best Buy To Give Away Free Lady Gaga Album to Smartphone Buyers

    May 19, 2011 4:58 PM EDT reported last week, the artist teamed up with online video game giant Zynga http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  26. Zynga's 'GagaVille': A Litmus Test for Music in Social Games

    May 17, 2011 3:01 PM EDT Social gaming powerhouse Zynga went live today with its most aggressive foray into the music space yet-" GagaVille ." It's a significant launch because the company will be closely watching how the Lady Gaga-themed game performs as a ...

  27. @Narm 2011 Kicks Off on Upbeat Note: Music Sales Increase 1.6%

    May 12, 2011 7:12 AM EDT The NARM convention kicked off on an upbeat note this morning in Los Angeles at the Century City Hyatt Regency, as delegates basked in the glow of a 1.6% U.S. sales increase , the first time since 2004. During his keynote address, BMG North Americ ...

  28. Business Matters: Microsoft's Acquisition of Skype Means Nothing for Us, Rdio Says

    May 11, 2011 8:21 PM EDT Microsoft's Acquisition of Skype Means Nothing for Us, Rdio Says -- What does Microsoft's $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype mean for upstart music service Rdio? Recall the two companies are closely related. Prior to founding Rdio, Niklas ...

  29. NARM Crash Course Segment Offers Insight on Publishing, Synchs

    May 10, 2011 7:59 PM EDT As National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) delegates flew into Los Angeles this week for the organizatin's annual convention, held at the Century City Hyatt Regency, the confab's pre-opening segment crash course was windin ...

  30. Sale of Warner Music Group Means Less Financial Transparency in Music Business

    May 06, 2011 4:22 PM EDT While insiders don't expect many major operational changes stemming from Access Industries' acquisition of the Warner Music Group , the move certainly means less transparency in the music industry and the loss of the only publicly traded ...

  31. IEG: Marketers To Spend $1.17 Billion On Live Music This Year

    April 27, 2011 11:33 AM EDT A downturn in the concert business in 2010 did not have a negative impact on corporate dollars spent in the space, as North American-based companies will spend $1.17 billion to sponsor music venues, festivals and tours in 2011, a 7.3% increase fro ...

  32. 'Glee's' Warblers Album Flies High on Billboard 200

    April 27, 2011 11:00 AM EDT "Glee Presents the Warblers," the latest entry from the the Fox TV series' line of soundtrack albums, flies in at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, debuting with 86,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Warblers" -- a showcase fo ...

  33. Ian Rogers Guest Post: The Unbundling (and Re-Bundling) of Music

    April 20, 2011 2:30 PM EDT The following is a guest post from Ian Rogers, CEO of direct to fan artist platform Topspin. He previously was VP and General Manager of Yahoo! Music and Yahoo! Video. He currently blogs at fistfulayen and on the Topspin site where this post origi ...

  34. Amazon to Sell Cheaper Kindle With On-Screen Ads

    April 12, 2011 7:20 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc. is dropping the price on its Kindle e-reader, but the change comes with a trade-off: On-screen ads. The online retailer was set to announce Tuesday that the new Kindle with Special Offers will cost $114 - $25 less than the currentl ...

  35. Best Buy Pushes For Sub-$10 Wholesale CD Pricing With As Rackjobber

    April 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Changes are afoot at Best Buy that could have significant ramifications for the retailer's relationship with record labels. The consumer electronics chain recently chose Walmart rackjobber Anderson Merchandisers to handle all music buying and ...

  36. Business Matters: Rebecca Black Continues To Rake In Cash

    March 30, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Rebecca Black Rakes It In (Modestly) -- In case you hadn't read about sudden teen sensation Rebecca Black lately, here's an update on her numbers. "Friday" sold 50,000 units last week, bringing its two-week total to 87,000, acc ...

  37. Guest Post: Ethan Kaplan Wishes Death to the Shiny Disc

    March 28, 2011 5:43 PM EDT (Ethan Kaplan is the former senior VP of emerging technology for Warner Music Group. This post originally ran on his blog Blackrimglasses , which he describes as "Music + Technology + Random Nonsense from the Music Industry.") Death to S ...

  38. Business Matters: Is Clear Channel Playing With Buying Playlist.com?

    March 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Is Clear Channel Playing With Buying Playlist.com? -- Clear Channel is said to be interested in the assets of Playlist.com, which filed for bankruptcy in August. From CNET: Details are few, but apparently Clear Channel, the media conglomerate with ...

  39. RightsFlow Builds A Business Around Clearing Song Rights

    March 18, 2011 12:00 PM EDT When it launched in the fall of 2007, RightsFlow comprised four people working out of the living room of president/CEO Patrick Sullivan's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side.Today, the company has established itself as a disruptive ...

  40. Billboard's Twitter 140: Music-Industry Characters You Need To Follow

    March 18, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Billboard's Twitter 140: It's not about how many followers. It's not about the quantity of tweets/retweets. It's about quality. Personality. Excellent linkage. These people are followed by those who work the smartest. Whether i ...

  41. Apple iPad 2 Sales Estimated at a Million

    March 14, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Analysts expect Apple Inc to have sold close to a million iPad 2 tablet computers on its debut weekend -- significantly more than the first iPad, which went on sale last April. "We would not be surprised to see Apple sell closer to 1 million ...

  42. Spotify Tops 1 Million Paid Subscribers

    March 08, 2011 7:29 AM EST It's still not available in the U.S., but Spotify has a reason to celebrate: the music service has surpassed one million paying subscribers in the seven European markets in which it operates. The publicly known number of total users, which th ...

  43. Chart Moves: Now 37, Rihanna, Big Time Rush, Jennifer Lopez, Kesha

    March 03, 2011 10:40 AM EST The Billboard 200: -- "Now 37" : With 304,000 sold in three weeks' time according to Nielsen SoundScan, the compilation album is selling at a faster clip than "Now 36," which took six weeks to push past the same threshold. ...

  44. Is Spotify Really Worth $1 Billion?

    February 22, 2011 11:35 AM EST Spotify has joined the $1 billion club, according to numerous media reports . Russian investor Yuri Milner, who has put money into Facebook, is said to have invested $100 million in Spotify through his Digital Sky Technologies fund. That investmen ...

  45. Lady Gaga Talks Target Deal for 'Born This Way'

    February 18, 2011 4:12 PM EST When Lady Gaga's camp announced that it would be releasing an exclusive edition -- complete with remixes and three additional studio cuts -- of the upcoming "Born This Way" album at Target, it excited some of her Little Monsters for ...

  46. Grammys Confirm Rise of Indies, Despite 11% of All Music Sales

    February 15, 2011 8:01 AM EST Independent labels are reveling in their success after grabbing the spotlight and many of the biggest awards at the Grammys. It marked one of the biggest nights in years for indies, setting the stage for a surge in their online music sales. Meanwh ...

  47. AEG's Leiweke And Outbox's Rosen Talk to .Biz About Competing With The Ticketmaster Juggernaut

    February 04, 2011 12:13 PM EST The new AEG/Cirque du Soleil/Outbox joint venture is well positioned to make inroads in the volatile ticketing market through its combination of content, venues, credibility and innovative model. But that doesn't mean it will be easy, as Tick ...

  48. Terminal 5, Hollywood Bowl, Mercury Lounge Top 2010 Foursquare Venues

    January 28, 2011 12:46 PM EST Foursquare, the location-based mobile platform for meeting up that allows users to keep track of other users' whereabouts, has just released its global numbers for 2010. In addition to growing by 3,400% and having more than 1.5 million daily ...

  49. Bieber, Ozzy Osbourne Team Up for Super Bowl Ad

    January 27, 2011 6:47 PM EST Fresh-faced Canadian teen idol Justin Bieber has teamed up with veteran rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his wife Sharon to make a Best Buy commercial for next month's Super Bowl, the U.S. electronics chain said on Thursday. Bieber, 16, currently the ...

  50. Business Matters: Will Amazon Bring Loss Leader Prices to Apps?

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST Will Amazon Make Apps A Loss Leading Product, Too? -- Apps may soon get the same loss leader sale prices at Amazon that digital music has been getting for quite a while. As Business Insider points out, Amazon will have the final says on app prices ...

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