Communication

  1. FCC's Wheeler Takes Another Stab at Explaining His Net Neutrality Position

    May 20, 2014 6:25 PM EDT House subcommittee hearing turned into a grilling of sorts What started out as a rocky hearing for Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler turned into an opportunity for him to explain at length to lawmakers about the agency’s new r ...

  2. How iHome Became the Title Sponsor for Live Nation's Identity Fest

    July 11, 2012 4:10 PM EDT A screen shot of the iHome-sponsored Identity Festival website banner. After a respectable 2011 debut that sold 150,000 tickets over 19 dates behind headliners like Kaskade and Skrillex, Live Nation's touring Identity Festival is back for a s ...

  3. Louis CK to Sell Concert Tickets Direct to Fans, and More Ideas for the Music Biz

    June 26, 2012 6:34 PM EDT Lots of people are talking about whether electronic artists push one button or more than one button when they play live. Everyone else seems to be bickering about whether the kids today are immoral because they play video games and stream music in ...

  4. Pricewaterhouse Coopers: U.S. Music Market To Grow 5.5% By 2016, Digital Revenue to Overtake Physical

    June 12, 2012 12:00 AM EDT This year will mark the first time digital distribution revenue will overtake physical distribution in U.S. music sales, according to Pricewaterhouse Coopers' Entertainment & Media Outlook 2012-2016, issued Tuesday. The continued rise of ...

  5. KUSF Sale Approved by FCC

    June 07, 2012 3:15 PM EDT After nearly six months the FCC has closed the books on one of the stranger license transfers in recent years, the sale of non-commercial Adult Alternative KUSF from the University of San Francisco to the Classical Public Radio Network (CPRN), a n ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. CBC's Digital Music Service Attacked by Canadian Media Companies

    April 13, 2012 1:41 PM EDT Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) recent launch of a free digital music service ( music.cbc.ca ) has come under fire from some of the country's biggest private media companies who claim it infringes on their ability to make money ...

  8. Infographic: Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert Generate Most Social Media Activity During ACM Awards Telecast

    April 02, 2012 1:51 PM EDT Social media activity during Sunday night's Academy of Country Music telecast peaked with Taylor Swift's Entertainer of the Year win, according to Bluefin Labs (see Infographic below). Toby Keith's performance of "Solo Red Cup& ...

  9. U.S. Gov't IDs More Airwaves for Commercial Wireless Networks

    March 28, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Govt IDs more airwaves for commercial wireless NEW YORK (AP) -- The federal government wants to alleviate data congestion on smartphones and other mobile devices by asking the Defense Department, NASA and other agencies to switch to new locations ...

  10. This Week In Music: G7's Andre Gaccetta On Bringing Brands And Bands Together

    March 27, 2012 7:26 PM EDT In this week's installment of This Week In Music, Topspin's Ian Rogers speaks with G7 VP Andre Gaccetta about his company's processes for bringing brands and bands together. Gaccetta says there are three gauges for the relationship: ...

  11. SXSW Panel Explores The World of Music Licensing In Advertising

    March 16, 2012 9:26 PM EDT "Beyond Just Music Licensing In Advertising" may be a dry title for a SXSW panel, but this one was particularly relevant: the music festival's become nothing if not an excuse for corporations from Doritos to Nokia to breakfast biscu ...

  12. SXSW Q&A: SonicBids' Panos Panay

    March 14, 2012 3:41 PM EDT Panos Panay surveys the brand activation at SXSW Interactive from Java Jive in downtown Austin. (Photo: Glenn Peoples) Sonicbids had a big presence at 2012's SXSW Interactive, bringing nearly two dozen people - everyone from engineers to sale ...

  13. How 14 Companies Are Making SXSW A Music Marketing Mecca

    March 12, 2012 7:30 AM EDT It may seem like every band and brand is heading down to Austin this month for the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival (running March 9-18), but the music portion of SXSW has lost some buzz in recent years to the behemoth that is now ...

  14. Roc Nation Appoints Dorothy Hui VP of Digital Marketing

    March 02, 2012 10:52 AM EST Dorothy Hui has been appointed vice president of digital marketing at Roc Nation, it was announced this week. In her new role, she reports to company president Jay Brown. "At Roc Nation, we are always looking for the most talented individuals ...

  15. Recording Academy Chief Marketing Officer Evan Greene Talks Grammy Social Strategy

    February 17, 2012 12:42 PM EST The numbers prove that the Recording Academy did plenty right when it came to social media surrounding the Grammy Awards (see the chart on pages 24-25 in this week's Billboard Magazine). Heading up those efforts has been Recording Academy chi ...

  16. How Eric Church Battled Scalpers Head-On

    February 06, 2012 8:38 AM EST Eric Church, at the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards, has found both success and ticket resellers. (photo: ericchurch.com) Eric Church has a song called "Springsteen" on his current album Chief , but the country rocker discovered he ...

  17. FCC Moves to Ease Media Cross-Ownership Rule in Big Markets

    December 27, 2011 7:15 AM EST The FCC late in the week agreed to move ahead with a proposal to further easing media cross-ownership rules by loosening a rule that bans companies from owning a TV station and a newspaper in the same market in the top 20 U.S. media markets, the W ...

  18. Aurotone Network Launches in UK, Connects Music Licensing Dots

    November 28, 2011 1:29 PM EST The Aurotone Network , a new global initiative that aims to revolutionize the way that music is sourced for advertisements, film and computer games, has launched in the United Kingdom. The organization comprises of over 40 music experts and indust ...

  19. Read: EMI CEO Roger Faxon's FAQ to Staff Explaining Procedure for Universal, Sony Deals

    November 14, 2011 7:36 AM EST Late Friday, EMI CEO Roger Faxon circulated a note to the company's staff regarding the sale of the company's recorded-music division to Universal and its publishing unit to Sony . "Truly there are some very serious consequences for ...

  20. Business Matters: Rock City Club Joins Long List of Services For Indie Musicians

    September 15, 2011 6:18 PM EDT Rock City Club Joins Long List of Services For Indie Musicians -- Rock City Club launched Thursday, making it the newest music service aimed at helping independent artists further their careers outside of the traditional music industry infrastruct ...

  21. Ad Expenditures Up 3.2% From Last Year For First Half of 2011

    September 14, 2011 8:05 AM EDT With the first half of 2011 in the books and the numbers crunched, Kantar Media Reports are declaring a 3.2 percent increase in ad expenditures growing 3.2 percent over the same period in 2010 to a total of $71.5 billion. "Advertising grew at ...

  22. Turntable.fm Raises $7.5 Million From Union Square Ventures, Valued at $37.5 Million

    August 02, 2011 12:44 PM EDT Hot social music startup Turntable.fm has raised $7.5 million from Union Square Ventures, according to a report at Betabeat. The deal values the company at $37.5 million. Reports of funding - the exact dollar amount and valuation reported today - ...

  23. Advertising Opportunities

    July 29, 2011 9:08 AM EDT Billboard.biz is the 24/7 music industry news and resource destination for anyone and everyone driving the business of music. From regularly updated industry news and genre specific channels, to charts and exclusive video content, Billboard.biz is ...

  24. Vevo Metrics Point to Heavy Video Use in Bedrooms

    July 26, 2011 12:09 PM EDT In what is pretty clearly a news brief aimed at advertisers and brand marketers, Vevo released a set of user data metrics today that points to how its viewers interact most with the mobile version of the service. Among the many highlights-Vevo use ...

  25. Ticket Trust Launches, UK's 'Ethical Ticket Exchange' To Combat Fraud, Scalpers

    July 12, 2011 4:05 PM EDT Despite predictions that the U.K. live-music sector is set for a revival this year after a downturn blip in 2010, the controversial topic of secondary-ticket sales heated up this week with the launch of The Ticket Trust on Monday (July 11). Set up ...

  26. Online Ad Revenues Hit Record High: Report

    April 14, 2011 8:50 AM EDT Advertisers spent a record $26 billion in the U.S. marketing their wares online last year, putting the Internet ahead of newspapers for the first time. The 15 percent year-over-year surge in online advertising put the Internet second to television ...

  27. Qtrax CEO Allan Klepfisz Says Company Has Licenses With Three Majors

    March 17, 2011 5:07 PM EDT Qtrax music service CEO Allan Klepfisz told Billboard.biz today that the company now has deals with three major labels. He declined to identify which ones, but it seems that Warner Music Group is the lone holdout. Billboard has been told EMI has a ...

  28. Online Readership, Advertising Surpasses Newspapers

    March 14, 2011 7:30 AM EDT For the first time, online readership and advertising revenue has surpassed that of print newspapers. Online advertising revenue in the United States is projected to overtake print newspaper ad revenue this year, according to the latest report, th ...

  29. Canada Reconsiders Usage-Based Billing For Internet Users

    February 04, 2011 6:55 AM EST Canada's Netflix debate is over, and so too is mandatory usage-based billing of Internet users. Well, nearly. The CRTC, the country's broadcast regulator, late Thursday bowed to pressure from Ottawa and signaled a retreat on plans to end ...

  30. Canadian Censor to Revisit Ban on Dire Strait's 'Money For Nothing'

    January 21, 2011 1:58 PM EST Canada's TV regulator has ordered the country's radio censor to reconsider its ban on the Dire Straits song "Money For Nothing" on local airwaves. The CRTC did not parse its decision Friday, unlike the Canadian Broadcast Standa ...

  31. Canadian Radio Stations, Fans Blast Ban of Dire Straits' 'Money for Nothing'

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST News of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council's decision to ban Dire Straits' 1985 classic "Money for Nothing" has become headline news and water-cooler conversation in Canada. All these years after the song's release, ...

  32. Dire Straits Song Banned in Canada 25 Years After Release

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST After decades of radio airplay in Canada without major incident, Dire Straits' 1985 classic "Money for Nothing" must be edited in order to receive further play, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) has decided, according ...

  33. Australian Govt Won't Tackle Scalpers

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Australia's ticket scalpers have dodged the brunt of the law after the government advised that it wouldn't pursue the murky secondary ticketing trade. A year ago, the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (CCAAC) launched a revi ...

  34. MuchMusic Loses Bid To Cut Music Videos

    November 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST MuchMusic, Canada's specialty music TV station, has been denied its request to play fewer music videos, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission announced Nov. 25. The station launched in 1984 as "the nation's ...

  35. Canadian Radio DJ Slammed For Insulting Justin Bieber Fans

    October 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Don't mess with teen titan Justin Bieber and his fans, Canada's broadcast censor has told Toronto radio shock jock Dean Blundell. The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) told the CFNY-FM morning host that he wrongly sexualized ch ...

  36. Record Web Ad Spend For First Half

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The recession doesn't exist on the Web. At least based on the momentum surrounding online advertising, which is back to it's pre-downturn, every-quarter-sets-a-record ways. Advertisers spent $12.1 billion on the Web during the first half ...

  37. How Consumers React To Different Kinds Of Ads Online

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An Advertising Week session on Wednesday morning at the Times Center gave a glimpse at a couple of studies commissioned by AOL about consumers' engagement with online content, including online advertising. Here's a detailed look at one o ...

  38. Spirit Music Signs Deal With Boz Scaggs

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spirit Music signed a multi-year North American publishing agreement with Boz Scaggs. As part of the agreement, Spirit will provide a wide range of creative services and brand marketing in addition to copyright administration for Scaggs’ new works ...

  39. WATCH: David Banner Discusses His Campaign With Gatorade and Offers Advice To New Artists

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Artist/producer David Banner sat with Billboard.biz after the "How Are Agencies and Artists Striking New Deals With Brands?" panel at the Music & Advertising conference on Wed. (Sept. 15) to discuss his approach to songwriting for br ...

  40. WATCH: Kid Sister Talks Bud Light, Kia @Music & Advertising

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kid Sister was on hand at the Billboard and Adweek Music & Advertising Conference in Chicago this week to discuss her unique partnership with Bud Light Lime, the process of matching a song to an ad and much more. WATCH: Branding Kid Sister ...

  41. BACKBEAT: Sponsorship Experts Discuss Touring Deals @Music & Advertising

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Laura Hutfless , sponsorship agent, Creative Artists Agency A panel of sponsorship experts discussed the vital role that brand partners play in providing artists with touring dollars today at the Music & Advertising conference in Chicago. Crea ...

  42. The Keys To Successful Branding Partnerships

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bernard Cahill is an accomplished manager and lawyer with far-reaching experience in the entertainment industry with a special emphasis on the music business. In 2004, Cahill and his partners, Greg Suess, Jay Froberg and Will Ward founded ROAR, LL ...

  43. e5 Global Media's 3-D Festival to Play Times Square

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Get your glasses ready. The New York media community will have the opportunity to experience 3-D digital cinema, home entertainment and more at the 3-D Experience: Annual 3-D Entertainment and Technology Festival. The three-day event, held from Se ...

  44. U.S. Ad Market Forecast To Grow 3%

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new forecast from media and marketing research firm SNL Kagan predicts the U.S. ad market will rebound with nearly 3 percent growth this year to $210 billion after two years of declines. The firm is forecasting growth in the sector for the fores ...

  45. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Business Lawyer Josh Kaplan

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Josh Kaplan Title: Founder of lawyer4musicians.com and business lawyer at Troglia Kaplan Holzman Panel: Sept. 15 1:30 p.m. Held Me Master: Legal Eagles Talk About Master Recordings and Publishing; 5:30 p.m. Networking Happy Hour For more inf ...

  46. ISPs' Legal Challenge to U.K. Anti-Piracy Law

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. telcos BT and Talk Talk are seeking a judicial review of the Digital Economy Act, which was voted through parliament in April. The BBC reports that the two Internet Service Providers want the High Court to clarify the legality of the new law. ...

  47. Australian Digital Radio Exempted From Domestic Quota

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australia's digital-only radio stations won't be obligated to spin home-grown tunes for the next three years after the broadcast authority granted controversial exemption from the country's domestic content quota system. Despite the ...

  48. WANTED: Billboard Canadian Correspondent

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard—the world’s premier music publication—is looking for a Canada-based correspondent to help drive its coverage of the Canadian music industry. The ideal candidate will be a digitally savvy writer and reporter with experience of daily or we ...

  49. Web Ad Spending To Surge 10.8%

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Online advertising spending will surge 10.8 percent in 2010 to $25.1 billion, according to a new report by the digital researcher eMarketer. That double-digit growth prediction would seem to provide a clear sign that the market has bounced back fr ...

  50. @Music & Advertising: Day One Highlights Include Devo Presentation, Kid Rock Keynote

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For full coverage of the Music & Advertising Conference 2010, visit Billboard.biz/manyc . On the opening day (June 15) of the second annual Billboard Music and Advertising Conference, a mix of artists and industry experts gave their take on th ...

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