Bill Wilson

  1. Hype Machine Partners with Townsquare Media, Departing SpinMedia

    February 05, 2014 9:03 AM EST Townsquare Media, a web media, radio, live event and advertising servicing company, has announced its partnership with Hype Machine, the long-running music discovery engine and aggregator launched in 2005. Townsquare claims its combined web proper ...

  2. Midem's No. 1 Super Bowl Fan: Amazon Digital Music's Matt Epstein

    February 03, 2014 12:09 PM EST The epicenter of the lopsided Super Bowl at Midem, which saw the Denver Broncos massacred at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, like so many things here, was the bar of the Carlton Hotel. The Pepsi-sponsored party , which begat at 12:30 a.m. was c ...

  3. The Music Business Association's Social Network for Music Startups

    January 22, 2014 8:44 PM EST In an era of one-stop shopping and social networking, why shouldn't the music business have a place where the industry connects with startups? The Music Startup Network is just such a place. A recent creation of the Music Business Association ...

  4. Townsquare Acquires Various AOL Music Sites, Comics Alliance

    June 03, 2013 12:43 AM EDT A raft of AOL Music’s digital music sites have been sold and will find a home among the titles of its new owners, Townsquare Media Group. In a deal with AOL Inc, Townsquare has agreed to acquire country music site The Boot , hip hop and R&B ...

  5. Metadata Confusion Costing the Industry More than Money, Delegates Told at NARM ‘Music Biz’ Summit

    May 07, 2013 12:08 AM EDT Misspellings, multiple identities for a single artist, and multiple release dates are costing the music industry a lot of money and causing great confusion among customers, according to a day-long summit on metadata held at the NARM "Music ...

  6. NARM Announces First-Ever Music Industry Metadata Summit

    March 25, 2013 12:00 PM EDT The National Association of Recording Merchandisers and digitalmusic.org have announced its first-ever Music Industry Metadata Summit, which will be held in Los Angeles, May 6th and 7th, and is part of NARM's Music Biz 2013 conference. The ...

  7. Kevin Arnold Named Co-Chair of digitalmusic.org

    February 25, 2013 4:21 PM EST Kevin Arnold, currently Sony Music Ent. EVP and senior advisor to the Global Digital Business Group, will serve as co-chair with Christina Calio of Microsoft of digitalmusic.org, according to a release by the National Association of Recording Merc ...

  8. Does Streaming Cannibalize Albums?

    December 14, 2012 7:25 AM EST (Illustration by Jan Feindt) Meet Michael Acton. In many ways, he represents the past, present and future of the music business. As a teen growing up in Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1980s, Acton trawled record stores for vinyl. In his 20s, he ...

  9. From This Week's Billboard: EMI Opens Up The Vault

    September 21, 2012 2:04 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the feature story "EMI Opens Up The Vault" -- a look at EMI's attempts to create an API to encourage app development -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features our cover stor ...

  10. Backbeat: 'Digital Dinner' Brings Together Execs From TAG Strategic, Microsoft, Digitalmusic.org At NARM

    May 10, 2012 11:20 AM EDT Ted Cohen (left, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic) and Bill Wilson (right, VP, Digital Strategy and Business Development, digitalmusic.org) congratulate Rob McDermott (Mad Mac Entertainment) on winning the raffle for a Sonos sound system. (Photo: B ...

  11. Billboard, Nielsen, DigitalMusic.org Launch First-Ever Subscription Services 'On-Demand Songs' Chart

    March 14, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Billboard, Nielsen and NARM's digitalmusic.org announced today the launch of the first-ever subscription services "On-Demand Songs" chart, and that this data will also be included in the Billboard Hot 100. On-demand streaming data i ...

  12. Backbeat: Heartless Bastards Rock RootMusic's Music Tech Mashup at @SXSWi

    March 14, 2012 9:40 AM EDT Music tech gatherings abounded in Austin Tuesday evening as SXSW's interactive conference ended, and the music attendees arrived in greater numbers. Billboard.biz missed the SXSW Music Tech Meet-Up at the Belmont (sponsored by Songkick, MXP4, ...

  13. @NARM: Digital Think Tank Propels NARM Into the Future

    May 12, 2011 8:37 PM EDT While veterans of the legacy music business milled about in the hotel lobby bar and conducted private meeting on the sidelines, the most exciting part of the NARM conference in Los Angeles was taking place inside a small room in the lower levels o ...

  14. Music Start-Up Academy Bringing Tech Startups and Music Biz Together

    April 15, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Midway through last night's Music Startup Academy at New York's General Assembly , an audience member posted the following tweet: "in terms of mechanical rights, ringtones have higher royalty rates than full length songs. Interestin ...

  15. Watch BlinkerActive One-Minute Keynote Speeches From Digital Music Execs

    February 09, 2011 5:21 PM EST BlinkerActive, a music marketing agency founded by IRIS Distribution, has posted a series of one-minute "keynote" interviews with the heads of various digital music companies. Branded "Candid Keynotes: Rethinking music in 60 Seconds ...