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  1. Spotify Introduces First iPad App, Aims To Become 'Home Stereo'

    May 02, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Spotify's rumored iPad app screen grab that sent tech bloggers into a frenzy last week. Spotify's iPad app is finally here. After tech bloggers speculated wildly two weeks ago over an early screen-grab , many assumed it would be the subj ...

  2. Pepsi Teams With Nicki Minaj, Preps Michael Jackson Project With Diplo, A-Trak

    May 01, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Pepsi has unveiled a new multiyear global marketing campaign, complete with a new tagline -- "Live for Now" -- and commercials featuring the biggest names in music. First up in the campaign is Nicki Minaj, whose 2010 single "Moment ...

  3. Chino y Nacho & Coca-Cola, Daddy Yankee & Western Union Among Billboard Latin Music Marketing Award Winners

    April 25, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Angel Kaminsky (left), VP Universal Music Latino/Machete Music and Luis Estrada, GM Universal Music Latino/Machete whose Coca-Cola "Seremos Mas" campaign Featuring Chino Y Nacho won a Billboard Latin Music Marketing Award for Best Social ...

  4. Video: Universal Music Latin Prez Victor Gonzalez Talks Belanova, Coca-Cola Olympic Partnership

    April 24, 2012 6:40 PM EDT Universal Music Latin Entertainment president Victor Gonzalez sat down at the Billboard Latin Music Conference to talk about UMLE act Belanova's partnership with Coca-Cola in the build up to this summer's Olympics in London. Billboard La ...

  5. Brands Compete in Second Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards

    April 23, 2012 4:37 PM EDT For the second year, the Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards will recognize the growing importance of consumer brands and marketers in the promotion and marketing of Latin music at the Billboard Latin Music Conference, presented by State Farm. ...

  6. Spotify, Coca-Cola Team Up for App, Facebook Integration, More

    April 18, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Spotify and Coca-Cola are teaming up for a global partnership that will include a Spotify app, a Facebook integration and a 2013 marketing campaign, among other elements. "This is the beginning of something we both feel will be incredibly lon ...

  7. Spotify Announces Global Deal With Coca-Cola

    April 18, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Spotify CEO Daniel Ek announced a global partnership with Coca-Cola at Ad Age's Digital Conference this morning, according to multiple reports . "I can't reveal more details now," Elk said, "but I'm really excited abo ...

  8. Billboard Latin Music Conference Marketing Awards Announce Finalists

    March 29, 2012 1:20 PM EDT Music from Camila, Chino y Nacho, Enrique Iglesias, Don Omar, Pitbull and Paulina Rubio, among others, make up some of the advertising, branding and sponsorship campaigns up for honors in the second annual Billboard Latin Music Marketing Awards ta ...

  9. Jason Derulo Teams With Coca-Cola For Crowd-Sourced Song, Plots Comeback After Neck Fracture

    March 28, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Coca-Cola is teaming up with Jason Derulo for the second installment of Perfect Harmony, a crowd-sourced songwriting project that lets fans participate in the creation of an original song. The partnership will be announced on tonight's episod ...

  10. W, Coke Extend DJ Lab Partnership

    March 28, 2012 12:12 PM EDT W Hotels Global Music Director Michaelangelo L'Acqua. At first, the match doesn't seem entirely natural: W Hotels, the international hotelier that hangs its hat on its art and culture positioning; and burn energy drink, distributed by Co ...

  11. How David Guetta Is Helping EMI Improve Its Product Placement

    March 27, 2012 6:30 AM EDT David Guetta has already played matchmaker for a long list of hip-hop and indie artists looking to transition into dance and electro (Nicki Minaj, Sia and Lil Wayne among them). Now he's looking to put the same matchmaking skills to the test ...

  12. SXSW Social Music Marketing Panel: Music Branding About Expressions, Not Impressions

    March 12, 2012 3:01 PM EDT (L-R) Courtney Blacker, Umut Ozaydinli, Panos Panay, Dan Vinh, and Brad Josling discuss music marketing on the Next Stage in the Austin Convention Center (Photo: Jeff Miller) A panel entitled "Social Media Marketing: Bands, Brands, and Fans&q ...

  13. Business Matters: Vevo Tightens Facebook Partnership, Kim Dotcom Rails Against Copyright Law

    March 01, 2012 5:16 PM EST Vevo Moves Closer To Facebook, But Won't Jump Yet Starting March 9, Vevo users can log into the service using only Facebook. News of the change was sent to Vevo users and a copy of the email was posted at Digital Music News . A Vevo spokesper ...

  14. This Week In Music: Mark Ronson, Coca-Cola's Wendy Clark Talk Branding

    February 24, 2012 5:43 PM EST The latest installment of "This Week in Music" comes straight from the panels of MIDEM, where Topspin's Ian Rogers interviewed both Coca-Cola SVP, Integrated Marketing, Communications and Capabilities Wendy Clark and producer/DJ Mar ...

  15. Will the 2012 London Olympics Really Boost The U.K. Music Industry?

    February 23, 2012 7:50 AM EST The London 2012 Festival, the UK's biggest-ever nationwide festival, falls under the auspicies of the Cultural Olympiad and will include music events. Though much of the musical contents of the opening and closing ceremonies are still shroude ...

  16. How Ten New or Renovated Venues Are Reshaping The Nation's Touring Circuit

    February 22, 2012 2:48 PM EST A rendering of the Barclay's Center slated to open this September in Brooklyn. From Brooklyn to Kansas City, Mo., and points beyond, a wide range of new buildings and freshly renovated veteran facilities are making news and offering new oppor ...

  17. Seymour Stein Honored With Billboard's Icon Award @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 7:00 PM EST From left: Billboard Associate Publisher (and former Sire recording artist) Tommy Page, Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein, Billboard editorial director Bill Werde, MIDEM director Bruno Crolot (Photo: MIDEM) CANNES -- Billboard honored Sire Rec ...

  18. Coca-Cola's Emmanuel Seuge, Billboard's Most Powerful Branding Exec, On Music Biz @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 8:12 AM EST Coca-Cola's Emmanuel Seuge, head of music and entertainment marketing, talks Spotify and Music Dealers at MIDEM; Petter Wesslander (right), drummer for You Say France & I Whistle. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) Will 50% of the music industry event ...

  19. Billboard Power 100: Emmanuel Seuge

    January 27, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 16 Emmanuel Seuge Head of Global Sports and Entertainment Marketing Coca-Cola Twitter: @manuseuge Teaching The World To Sing... In the 2012 music business, brands are the new banks. And Coca-Cola is music's biggest bank. Between the Olymp ...

  20. Billboard Power 100: Frank Cooper

    January 26, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 17 Frank Cooper Chief Marketing Officer of Global Consumer Engagement PepsiCo Twitter: @f3cooper Behind The Brand-New Flavor In Your Ear... Co-founder of Urban Box Office Networks and a former executive at Motown and Def Jam, Frank Cooper has ...

  21. Etta James Dead at 73

    January 20, 2012 11:39 AM EST Etta James, the singer who turned "At Last" into a multi-generational standard and was an acknowledged influence on singers from Janis Joplin to Melissa Etheridge and Christina Aguilera, is gone not long after her voice was quieted. Jame ...

  22. Ron Pence Leaves Live Nation to Become EMI's Brand Partnerships Head

    January 19, 2012 12:00 PM EST Ron Pence has joined EMI North America as its new head of brand partnerships, the company announced Thursday (Jan. 19), overseeing advertising and brand deals for a roster that includes Katy Perry, Coldplay, David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. P ...

  23. Urban Power List: Debra Lee & Stephen G. Hill

    January 13, 2012 4:18 PM EST Debra Lee & Stephen G. Hill Chairman/CEO, BET Networks President of Music Programming & Specials, BET Networks Website: BET.com Twitter: @StephenGHill Dynastic Duo Consistency has become the hallmark of Black Entertainment Television. The ...

  24. Music App Developers Anticipating Spotify-Driven Boom

    December 01, 2011 3:57 PM EST One one level, Spotify's transformation into a music platform was a simple technical matter of exposing an application programming interface (API) to app developers and publications and allowing them to treat Spotify like a web browser for th ...

  25. Why Converse, Scion, Intel, PepsiCo, Others Are Spending Big on Underground Music

    November 29, 2011 7:00 AM EST During October's CMJ Music Festival, Rochester, N.Y.-based indie-pop band Joywave booked some free time in one of Brooklyn's hottest new studios. The state-of-the-art recording space had more than enough features to make an upstart, unsi ...

  26. Natasha Bedingfield Sings 'Shake Up Christmas' in Six Languages for Coca-Cola Global Campaign

    November 23, 2011 2:10 PM EST Following a successful 2010 campaign, Coca-Cola has holiday music plans again this year - this time with Natasha Bedingfield. The "Unwritten" singer is the new vocalist for Coca-Cola's 2011 global campaign, featuring the song " ...

  27. Hellogoodbye, Buick, Harman Kardon Team-Up On Original Song

    November 09, 2011 2:24 PM EST It may have taken power-pop band Hellogoodbye four years to release their sophomore album, "Would It Kill You?" in 2010 (largely due to a lawsuit with now ex-label Drive-Thru Records), but it took the band only two days to record their l ...

  28. Spotify Now Has 2 Million Global Subscribers, Up 400,000 Since July

    September 21, 2011 4:43 PM EDT Spotify now has 2 million paying subscribers in eight countries (the US and seven markets in Western Europe). The number, revealed during a CNBC interview with CEO Daniel Ek, according to a company spokesperson, implies Spotify has gained about 40 ...

  29. The Head of Live Nation Network Talks About Growing The Touring Giant's Sponsorship Portfolio

    September 01, 2011 8:28 AM EDT Coming off a couple of challenging years for the touring industry, success in generating sponsorship revenue hasn't been easy, especially at a time of continued corporate belt-tightening. Thankfully for touring artists, music events are hot ...

  30. Backbeat: Give Back Hollywood's VH1 Save the Music Benefit w/ Kelly Rowland, Far East Movement, Carolina Liar (Gallery)

    August 27, 2011 10:24 AM EDT The Co-Hosts Looking the Mostest: Venessa Simmons of "Run's House" (left) and Tamar Braxton of "The Braxton Sisters" co-hosted the Hollywood Foundation's benefit for VH1 Save the Music Foundation at L.A.'s SLS ho ...

  31. Pepsi to Showcase 'X Factor' Winner in Super Bowl TV Ad

    August 08, 2011 6:29 AM EDT A significant new element to Pepsi's sponsorship of "The X Factor" has raised the stakes for contestants on the Fox singing competition show: The soft-drink giant says it will feature the winner in a Pepsi TV ad that will air duri ...

  32. Pepsi to Feature 'X Factor' Winner in Super Bowl Ad

    August 05, 2011 11:12 AM EDT A significant new element to Pepsi's sponsorship of " The X Factor " has raised the stakes for contestants on the Fox singing competition show: The soft-drink giant says it will feature the winner in a Pepsi TV ad that will air duri ...

  33. Latin Power Players: Victor Gonzalez

    August 01, 2011 11:13 PM EDT Victor Gonzalez President, Universal Music Latin Entertainment Victor Gonzalez makes the Latin Power Players list for the first time months after being appointed president of Universal Music Latin Entertainment. The nod acknowledges the importance ...

  34. Coca-Cola Partners with Music Dealers to Help Promote Undiscovered Artists

    July 27, 2011 4:12 PM EDT Coca-Cola's best known contribution to music may be "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing" (In Perfect Harmony)," but it now wants to be known for helping consumers find new music. As exclusively announced in this week' ...

  35. Vital Veronica Climbs The Dance Songs Chart With "Freak Like Me"

    July 22, 2011 1:53 PM EDT Unlike many female pop figures who become icons after landing a hit, Mayra Veronica was a sex symbol long before she recorded her current single, "Freak Like Me." As a model and co-host of a popular Univision program, Veronica had been ...

  36. Coca-Cola Acquires Stake in Music Licensing Company

    July 22, 2011 1:36 PM EDT Coca-Cola is buying a minority stake in independent music licensing firm Music Dealers as part of a three-year nonexclusive deal under which Coke soft-drink brands will incorporate music by Music Dealer artists into their marketing campaigns. Ne ...

  37. Business Matters: Earbits-Powered Radio Station Debuts at SFGate

    July 20, 2011 5:58 PM EDT Earbits-Powered Radio Station Debuts at SFGate -- Internet radio startup Earbits has found a clever way to get its product to market. SFGate, the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle, launched the Earbits-powered SFGate Radio on Wednesday ...

  38. Spotify Is Finally Available in the U.S. -- Now What?

    July 14, 2011 5:22 PM EDT The speculation is over. Spotify is finally available in the U.S. Now what? First and foremost, the U.S. market gets a true test of consumers' appetite for subscription services. Although the U.S. market has long had Rhapody - which just pass ...

  39. Spotify Finally Launches in the U.S. -- Full Details Here

    July 14, 2011 6:16 AM EDT Spotify is finally available for U.S. consumers, ending well over a year of anticipation that a deal with all four U.S. major labels was imminent. A deal with Warner Music Group was finalized Wednesday, according to sources and reports. The compan ...

  40. Read: Spotify's U.S. Launch Announcement

    July 14, 2011 6:05 AM EDT (Below is the text of the press release announcing Spotify's arrival in the U.S. on Thursday) Hello America. Spotify here. Spotify, the largest and fastest growing music service of its kind, is available from today in the US. We're massi ...

  41. Essence Music Festival Draws More Than 422,000 Attendees

    July 06, 2011 8:06 AM EDT NEW ORLEANS- More than 422,000 people took part in the 2011 Essence Music Festival held over the Fourth of July weekend in New Orleans, festival organizers said Tuesday. For three days, thousands gathered for nightly concerts inside the Louisiana ...

  42. Chris Brown Wins Big At BET Awards

    June 27, 2011 7:34 AM EDT The statuette for best music awards show host in 2011 should go to comedian Kevin Hart. He was a major bright spot during BET Awards '11 (June 26) at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. In between Hart's shenanigans-including a hilario ...

  43. Apple Surpasses Google as World's Most Valuable Brand

    May 09, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Apple has overtaken Google as the world's most valuable brand, ending a four-year reign by the Internet search leader, according to a new study by global brands agency Millward Brown. The iPhone and iPad maker's brand is now worth $153 b ...

  44. Billboard Latin Music Conference and Awards 2011: Ahead Of The Curve

    April 26, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Today, April 26, marks the beginning of the 22nd annual Billboard Latin Music Conference, presented by State Farm in association with AT&T. Following a successful foray in Puerto Rico, Latin music's largest, most influential event returns ...

  45. Business Matters: Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011?

    March 04, 2011 7:58 PM EST Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011? -- After many false starts, is Qtrax on its way to a launch? And is it too late? The "free and legal" download service has completed a licensing deal with EMI and may hav ...

  46. Kings of Leon Tapped For NCAA Tournament Push

    March 03, 2011 3:43 PM EST CBS and Turner Sports are turning to Kings of Leon to add some star-power to their upcoming March Madness coverage. Beginning Friday, the companies will roll out a multi-platform campaign featuring tournament footage weaved into a music video for ...

  47. Maroon 5, Coca-Cola Join for Songwriting Session with Fans

    March 01, 2011 2:09 PM EST Not a week after announcing a partnership with Daft Punk for their line of customized soda bottles, Coca-Cola has teamed up with Maroon 5 for the brand's "Coca-Cola Music" project. As part of the program, fans of the millions-sellin ...

  48. Daft Punk Team Up With Coca-Cola For 'Club Coke'

    February 24, 2011 11:45 AM EST Fresh off successful deals with French electronic duo Justice and British pop star Mika, Coca-Cola has teamed up with Daft Punk to design a new line of Coke bottles inspired by the techno stalwarts, according to Hypebeast and several other online ...

  49. BigChampagne, Sonos, Pandora among World's Most Innovative Companies, Says Fast Company

    February 16, 2011 12:50 PM EST Fast Company has included three music industry companies in its list of World's Most Innovative Companies, to be published in its March issue. They include media measurement firm BigChampagne, customized Internet radio service Pandora, and di ...

  50. New Show-Me Fest Hires Conway Entertainment Group

    January 28, 2011 4:24 PM EST Contracts were finalized on Wednesday for Nashville-based Conway Entertainment Group to produce a new festival, the Show-Me Music & Arts Festival in Springfield, Mo., Billboard.biz has learned. CEG is helmed by CEO Tony Conway, longtime presid ...

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