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  1. Songza Introduces Subscription Tier

    June 28, 2013 4:52 PM EDT Internet radio service Songza announced Friday morning a new subscription option for users to enjoy advertising-free listening. Called Club Songza, the subscription tier will drop the ads and double the number of songs that can be skipped. Club ...

  2. Facebook to Music App Developers: You Need Us

    November 06, 2012 4:28 PM EST Facebook on Tuesday trumpeted its track record as a platform for music applications not named Spotify. In a post entitled, "Facebook Timeline Apps and Music, A Year Later," Facebook engineer Lincoln Hochberg singled out six music apps th ...

  3. Eventbrite Shows Social Media Growth

    October 23, 2012 11:39 AM EDT Ticketing service Eventbrite has released a report that shows how social commerce has evolved over the last two years. Both dollars per share and visits per share have increased considerably over the last two years. And while Twitter generates mor ...

  4. Songza Tops 1 Million Registered Users in Canada in 70 Days

    October 18, 2012 11:11 AM EDT With all the hubbub over Xbox Music, iHeartRadio and other music services associated with large companies, people may overlook a popular Internet radio service by a small company from New York City. Numbers released today might change all that for ...

  5. Business Matters: Songza Lands Investments from Troy Carter, William Morris Endeavor, Others

    August 15, 2012 11:22 AM EDT Songza Lands Investments from Troy Carter, William Morris Endeavor, Others Internet radio service Songza announced some encouraging listener metrics Wednesday, but its new celebrity investors will probably get more attention. SXSWi Q&A: Songza ...

  6. Internet Radio: The Next Digital Underground

    July 19, 2012 6:35 PM EDT One is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Another was recently launched by the world's leading on-demand music subscription service. And yet another has quietly accumulated 30 million monthly users. These three Internet services are part ...

  7. Business Matters: Ticketfly Launches Ticketfly Causes To Help Charities, Build a Better Workplace

    June 26, 2012 4:23 PM EDT Ticketfly Causes Works To Help Charities Ticketfly's new charitable initiative is not just an example of a corporation supporting good causes in its community and around the country. Ticketfly Causes is also an attempt to remain an attractive ...

  8. Songza Reaches One Million iOs Downloads in Ten Days, But Is It The Next Big Thing?

    June 19, 2012 7:49 AM EDT The tech press loves next big things. Last summer it was Turntable.fm. Now it looks like Internet radio service Songza is this summer's next big thing in digital music. On Monday news spread that the service topped one million iOS downloads i ...

  9. Business Matters: Songza Takes a Bite Out of Pandora

    June 13, 2012 9:06 PM EDT Songza Takes a Bite Out of Pandora -- An upstart Internet radio company has caused Pandora Media, the leading Internet radio service, to drop 11.2% over the last two trading days and shed $208 million of market value. If you haven't heard of ...

  10. MySpace Relaunch Will Revive Company's Status in Online Music, Sources Say

    June 08, 2012 12:30 PM EDT MySpace has some big plans in store for its forthcoming relaunch. Multiple sources have told Billboard.biz they have been very impressed with the new MySpace platform and say the company wants once again to be music fans' favored place on the ...

  11. Business Matters: MySpace, Pinterest Bump Up, Facebook Drops Slightly in Feb. comScore

    March 23, 2012 5:54 PM EDT MySpace Web Traffic Boosts, But Still Isn't Pretty; Facebook Drops Slightly -- MySpace gained more U.S. visitors and Facebook lost a few in February, according to new figures from comScore. MySpace jumped 8 spots to #42 in comScore's lis ...

  12. Songza Launches Concierge, Picks Free Music for Your Specific Situation

    March 06, 2012 9:26 AM EST Songza's home page concierge suggesting what music might work best for a Tuesday late morning. We music fans are large; we contain multitudes, to borrow from Walt Whitman. Sometimes we want to rock out. Sometimes we want to mellow out. Someti ...

  13. Onesheet, Simple Online Space for Artists, Launches

    July 07, 2011 2:26 PM EDT ArtistData founder Brenden Mulligan has launched a new artist service called Onesheet that aims to give artists a simple, constant web presence. Onesheet is the opposite of densely packed "one sheets" labels create for their products and ...

  14. Exclusive: New Myspace Owner Tim Vanderhook Talks About Justin Timberlake and 'Reinvigorating' a Damaged Brand

    June 30, 2011 1:15 PM EDT Yesterday morning, Tim Vanderhook was the CEO of a relatively little-known ad network called Specific Media. Today, he's the owner of Myspace, after Specific Media emerged as the bargain buyer of the pioneering social networking site for a re ...

  15. Myspace Sold to Specific Media: It's Official

    June 29, 2011 4:02 PM EDT It's official: NewsCorp has sold Myspace to advertising network Specific Media. The official release announcing the move did not mention a sale price, only that as part of the deal NewsCorp will take a minority equity stake in Specific Media. ...

  16. Myspace Music Adds New Features as Sale Nears Close

    June 14, 2011 12:39 PM EDT As parent company NewsCorp continues to seek out a buyer for the unit, Myspace continues to build up its product, particularly on the music side of things. Last month, it introduced integration with Facebook, allowing artists to port their Myspace ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. @MEL: Purported Pandora Killer Makes Pitch At Innovators Showcase

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pandora reigns among the break-out music technology apps of the era, but now some upstarts think they can outdo the Oakland, Calif-based music service by making streaming radio more of a game. Songza Media CEO Elias Roman pitched his personalized ...

  19. Innovators Showcase To Spotlight Mobile Up-And-Comers

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT At our upcoming conference Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit , taking place Oct. 5 in San Francisco, we’ve got plenty of high-profile executives giving keynotes. But it’s not just about the names you know. Billboard also strives to i ...

  20. Amazon Acquires AmieStreet

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com has acquired the AmieStreet.com digital music service, for an undisclosed sum. The most immediate result of the acquisition is that the AmieStreet.com service will cease to exist as of Sept. 22. All AmieStreet.com links will forward to ...

  21. Business Matters: Playlist.com, Weezer, Pandora and more

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- The story of Playlist.com is far more interesting than the actual music service. CNET’s Greg Sandoval wrote a good article about the company’s recent Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing and i ...

  22. Web Trends: Trey Songz, Kele, Weezer and more

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 4PM) There are no music trending topics at this time. Digg Music Video 24 Hours 1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt Sings Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman" Digg Music Video 7 Days 1. "F**k Me, Ray Bradbury" is the ...

  23. Web Trends: Souleye, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and more

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Trends (as of 11am) 3. Mario Souleye Treadway Souleye, real name Mario Treadway, is trending because he and wife Alanis Morissette are expecting their first child. Digg Music Video 24 Hours 1. 10-Year-Old Opera Singer Is the Next Susan Boyl ...

  24. Business Matters: Playlist.com, Ticketweb, Lollapalooza and more

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Playlist.com Files For Chapter 11 -- Playlist.com (also known as Project Playlist) has filed for bankruptcy, according to a report by CNET. The company insists it will “conduct business a ...

  25. Songza Re-Emerges

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The once much-hyped-then-forgotten Songza service has re-emerged as a customizable Internet radio service. Much like Pandora, Songza aims to let users create personalized radio stations by seeding a song and then voting up or down on the playlist ...

  26. MySpace U.K. Traffic Slumps: Report

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The number of visitors to MySpace U.K. has halved in the last six months, according to TechCrunch . The site reports that it has seen internal figures showing monthly figures down from 10 million at the beginning of 2010 to 5 million by the end of ...

  27. Guvera Reveals User Numbers, Plans Expansion

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported digital music service Guvera has revealed some user-habits for the first time since its March launch. The service currently counts more than 75,000 users across both its U.S. and Australian operations, with a nudge over 40,000 hailing ...

  28. Social Network Tagged Rolls Out Music Strategy, Offers Bon Jovi Exclusive

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Coming in third isn’t so bad when you’re competing in the Olympics, where it earns you a place on the podium and a medal. But when you’re in third place among U.S. social networking sites, and the first two slots are taken by Facebook and MySpace, ...

  29. Mflow Launches In U.K.

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The social music discovery service mflow has officially launched in the U.K. It was has been operating a closed trial for 10,000 invited users since October 2009. From April 15, it has removed access restrictions, though it remains for U.K residen ...

  30. Pandora Tops 50 Million Users

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio service Pandora passed 50 million registered users late last week, co-founder Tim Westergren announced at the company blog. "The growth of mobile has clearly helped a ton,” wrote Westergren, adding that an increasing number of ...

  31. Yahoo Partners With Twitter To Boost Social Features

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc plans to integrate Twitter into its collection of Web sites, as the company seeks to enhance the appeal of its online properties with popular social networking features. The partnership will allow web surfers to view the short, 140-chara ...

  32. @MIDEM: Quick Bits From MySpace CEO Keynote

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta gave his first keynote outside the U.S. today (Jan. 23) in an interview with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde. Among the key points Van Natta hit upon on stage: - There are 25,000 artists (major, indie, unsigned) ...

  33. 'MySpace For Mobile' Flips Switch On Artist Services

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile ringtone and media provider Myxer is expanding into artist services with a new program called MobileStage. Dubbed the "MySpace for Mobile," MobileStage is a suite of mobile marketing tools and services for iPhone, BlackBerry and A ...

  34. U.K. Biz Welcomes MySpace Music Launch

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has largely welcomed the long-awaited launch of MySpace Music, despite it arriving, as one observer notes, a "little late to the party." Commenting on the long-delayed U.K. bow for MySpace music, which took place ...

  35. MySpace Music Launches In The U.K.

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Over a year after its U.S. rollout, MySpace Music has made its long-awaited bow in the United Kingdom, going live at 00.01 U.K. time today (Dec. 3), following a launch gig by U.K. rock band Kasabian at London's Heaven venue. As with the U.S. ...

  36. MySpace Music Unveils Program To Champion Artists

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's no secret that MySpace can be a great place for artists to launch their careers. But MySpace Music is now formalizing the process, flexing its promotional muscles with a new program designed to champion five artists every three months ca ...

  37. MySpace Music Rolls Out New Features

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Music has unveiled a number of service enhancements designed to appeal to users and content providers, including the addition of a music video hub, the ability to purchase tracks through iTunes, and an artist metrics and analytics tool. Th ...

  38. Analysis: The Stark Difference Between NPD, AIMS Surveys

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT According to the NPD Group, MySpace Music and Pandora are the most used music- focused social networks and community web sites. A Q1 2009 survey of 4,051 people aged 13 and over asked if the person was aware of the product and if he or she used th ...

  39. Project Playlist Acquires Total Music

    May 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Total Music lives once again. Embattled online playlist service Project Playlist has acquired the assets and employees of the defunct music platform, which it plans to use to offer streaming music and music downloads. The deal was announced via a ...

  40. Business Briefs: Last.fm, Rupert Murdoch, Live Nation

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- This does not mean that people aren't going to discover and then purchase songs at sites like MySpace or Imeem , but this study on grocery shoppers' unplanned purchases may make you rethink how many of those affiliate sales were actua ...

  41. Business Briefs: Seeqpod, iPhone, Rapidshare

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- MP3 search engine/player Seeqpod is in acquisition talks, according to its CEO, by a large media company that is a competitor to Apple. Seeqpod is currently being sued by record labels and maintains its service is legal. Unlike a standard searc ...

  42. News Corp Names Van Natta As MySpace CEO

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace has named former Facebook executive and current CEO of Project Playlist Owen Van Natta as the new CEO of the company, effective immediately. Natta will be based in Los Angeles and will report directly to Jonathan Miller, NewsCorp CEO of di ...

  43. The Billboard Q&A: MySpace Music Chief Courtney Holt

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In November, when MySpace Music hired industry veteran Courtney Holt as president, the site had features that didn't add up into a comprehensive strategy. The former head of new media and strategic marketing at Interscope and executive VP of ...

  44. Google's Eun Defends YouTube

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Speaking at a MidemNet keynote in Cannes, Google's VP of content partnership David Eun described Warner Music Group ordering the removal of its repertoire from YouTube as "unfortunate." But he insisted label partners can benefit hug ...

  45. 'Idol' Goes Virtual Via Habbo

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST "American Idol" is about to enter the virtual-world space - can a Sanjaya avatar be far behind? On Jan. 30, the Fox ratings juggernaut will launch an "Idol"-branded locale within Habbo, one of a handful of increasingly popular ...

  46. MySpace Music Expands Offering

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace Music has added content from five larger independent labels and indie music distributor, four months after its September launch. The new partners include Nettwerk Music Group, INgrooves, IRIS Distribution and RoyaltyShare, as well as Wind- ...

  47. Updated: Facebook Removes Project Playlist

    December 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Facebook today has also removed access to the Project Playlist service from the popular social networking site, citing a request from the RIAA. A Facebook statement says the company hopes to resolve the situation so that the Project Playlist servi ...

  48. EMI, Sony BMG License MP3s To Musicane

    December 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST Social network and shopping site Musicane has signed licensing agreements with Sony BMG and EMI Music. Elements of the two majors' digital catalogs will be sold in MP3 format at www.musicane.com and through the Musicane widget, which is embed ...

  49. Start-ups Knock On MySpace's Door

    December 02, 2008 12:00 AM EST MySpace, the online social network owned by News Corp, sees opportunities to buy start-ups for a fraction of what they would have cost six months ago as the economic slump slices millions of dollars off their price tags. MySpace Co-founder and Chi ...

  50. Amie Street Launches New Web Site

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Online retailer Amie Street, currently in the midst of raising its Series B round of financing, unveiled a new Web site today. The site has a new, cleaner look, as well as a number of new features and improvements on existing functions. The site, ...

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