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  1. Bandsintown CEO Julien Mitelberg Breaks-Down Concert Discovery App at Billboard Touring Conference

    November 07, 2012 2:10 PM EST Julien Mitelberg, CEO, Bandsintown presenting a case study on how social and mobile integration and tour marketing significantly impact ticket sales. (Photo: Michael Seto) The Billboard Touring Conference got underway today with a case study of li ...

  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. Morning Fix: Live Nation's 3Q Earnings; Pandora Sues ASCAP; Google Buries Legal MP3 Sites

    November 06, 2012 8:18 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters LIVE NATION PROFIT, REVENUE SOAR IN THIRD QUARTER: Live Nation got through a tepid global economy to deliver strong growth in revenue and net profit i ...

  4. Business Matters: Legal MP3 Sites Are Still Buried by Google Search Results

    November 05, 2012 7:07 PM EST If most people simply want to do the right thing when it comes to downloading, the upcoming Copyright Alert System could help more than searching at Google. Over three months after Google implemented a system to lower the search ranking of domains ...

  5. GetMixxd, Playground.fm, Swarm.fm, Tixie and Tunezy Announced as Billboard FutureSound Innovators Finalists

    November 05, 2012 10:00 AM EST The next digital-music disruption could come from one of the five finalists in the Innovators Showcase at Billboard's upcoming FutureSound conference . GetMixxd, Playground.fm, Swarm.fm, Tixie and Tunezy were chosen from a group of 67 nominee ...

  6. Unlimited Music Heats Up with Big New Spotify Challengers

    November 01, 2012 2:00 PM EDT It's no simple matter to make music fans happy enough to pay $10 per month, even for unlimited access to most of the music in the world, while also paying royalties to record labels, music publishers, and artists. As another indication of jus ...

  7. Turntable.fm Chairman Seth Goldstein Returns With EDM-Centric DJZ

    October 31, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Serial entrepreneur Seth Goldstein, chairman of social music service Turntable.fm , is back with another music project, DJZ - and he's brought in some Silicon Valley backers and an Internet veteran to help him run the company. With its combin ...

  8. Guest Post: 50 Years of 'Monster Mash': The Story Behind the Halloween Hit

    October 31, 2012 9:35 AM EDT Steve Greenberg ( The Twist was an even bigger hit the second time around, as it spread to every corner of the popular culture. At this point, a full-fledged dance-craze gold rush was on, with the Peppermint Lounge's house band, Joey Dee and ...

  9. Apple Delays iTunes 11 Release Until November to 'Get it Right'

    October 30, 2012 7:40 PM EDT In an unusual move to postpone a previously announced product launch, Apple on Tuesday said it would not release its new iTunes software until November, a month after the company had earlier promised to deliver the update. Billboard's FutureS ...

  10. Pandora's Weekly Cume Nearly 27 Million

    October 30, 2012 3:41 PM EDT Pandora announced Monday that its September 2012 weekly cume, the radio industry term for cumulative audience, in the 18 to 49 demographic grew 6% to 26.9 million from 25.3 million in June, as measured by Triton Digital. New York and Los Angeles a ...

  11. Is Microsoft Putting Ad-Free Pandora on Windows Phone 8?

    October 30, 2012 1:45 PM EDT Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 released Monday What do you do if you have a lot of money from owning the entire desktop computer market for decades, but people don't buy as many if your phones as you wish they would? Billboard's Future ...

  12. Google Play Finally Adds Warner Music, Debuts Free Scan-and-Match Music Locker

    October 29, 2012 6:37 PM EDT Google may be playing catch-up with its music-download store and online locker service, but the company made up a lot of ground on Monday. Warner Music Group has finally licensed its catalog to Google's music-download store, nearly a year aft ...

  13. Business Matters: Apple Events Have Dropped Pandora Shares Only 6% This Year

    October 26, 2012 7:09 PM EDT It may be hard to believe, but Apple news has not really had much of an impact on Pandora's share price. People may remember the impact from two reports about Apple's plans to launch an Internet radio service. But they could be less like ...

  14. Beyonce's Super Bowl Announcement Spurs Social 50 Rise

    October 26, 2012 2:58 PM EDT As this year's NFL season nears its halfway mark, Beyonce announces her own 'Countdown to Touchdown.' During the charting week, the pop star announced via her website that she'll be performing the halftime show at Super Bowl XL ...

  15. Business Matters: Music Quietly Vital at Apple

    October 25, 2012 9:04 PM EDT Although it was barely mentioned during Apple's fiscal fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday, music is still playing important role in Apple's strategies. Apple said it was "looking forward to launching" the redesigned iTune ...

  16. Apple Radio Service Rumors Crush Pandora Stock

    October 25, 2012 7:59 PM EDT Pity poor Pandora. The Internet radio company's stock price has been getting whiplashed by news of Apple's progress, or lack thereof, in launching a streaming radio service. On Thursday, a Bloomberg report that Apple is on track to go li ...

  17. Apple's iPad Mini Takes On Nexus, Kindle

    October 23, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Apple took the wraps off of its iPad mini tablet Tuesday, a pint-sized version of the iPad that's already sold 200 million units since it launched in April 2010. "What can you do with the iPad mini that you can't do with the fourth- ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Rara Adds iOS Support, Expands Music Catalog and Partners with Lenovo

    October 23, 2012 5:00 AM EDT Rara, an on-demand subscription music company based in the U.K., has launched its service on Apple's iPad and iPhones, as well devices running Microsoft's Windows 8 operating system. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes place N ...

  20. Business Matters: A Crash Course on Google's Priorities

    October 18, 2012 9:39 PM EDT An earnings call that had been scooped earlier in the day by an erroneously sent earnings release -- Google shares dipped 9% as a result -- actually had a little bit of value to people other than equity analysts. Google senior VP and chief busines ...

  21. Google CEO Larry Page Calls PSY's 'Gangnam Style' a Glimpse of 'The Future'

    October 18, 2012 7:19 PM EDT To millions of people worldwide, "Gangnam Style" is a raging YouTube meme that continues to gather momentum. But to Larry Page, the chief executive of Google Inc., it was "the future." Page, in addressing Wall Street analysts o ...

  22. Alternative Distribution Alliance Scores New Clients, Exec

    October 18, 2012 3:21 PM EDT Alternative Distribution Alliance has picked up some new distribution clients and hired a new senior executive. The company is on an upswing after seeing its U.S. album plus track-equivalent market share drop from 4.43% at the end of 2010 to 4.09% ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Morning Fix: Beyonce Vs. Madge's Super Bowl; WMG Revenues; Apple Mini iPad Vs. MSFT Source; CMJ

    October 17, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters WARNER MUSIC GROUP EXPECTS TO IMPROVE REVENUES IN Q3: When the Warner Music Group reports its financials for the three-month period ended Sept. 30, the company expects reve ...

  25. Business Matters: Young Consumers Legally Purchase More Digital Music Than Anyone, Study Shows

    October 16, 2012 6:40 PM EDT A preview of an upcoming study by the American Assembly at Columbia University aims to highlight a generational divide in attitudes toward sharing music -- but ends up showing much more. You can view the study's findings through one of three ...

  26. Apple iPad Mini Vs. Microsoft Surface: Music To The Ears of Consumers and Rights Holders

    October 16, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. appear poised to duke it out over the touch-screen tablet market this holiday -- with the winners most likely to be consumers who will have more gadget choices than ever, as well as music rights holders whose songs w ...

  27. Business Matters: Should Pandora Fear Xbox Music?

    October 15, 2012 4:01 PM EDT It's a recurring theme: a new music service hits the market, Pandora's stock price takes a dip. It happened with Spotify. It happened with news of Apple's upcoming radio service. And it happened Monday with Microsoft's new Xbox ...

  28. Music Plays On For Apple

    October 15, 2012 9:27 AM EDT A year after Steve Jobs' death, Apple still has music in its DNA but may have lost some of its passion. That may be a good thing. Apple, famous for its obsession over creating user-friendly products, may have itself become more user-friendl ...

  29. Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Drives Gains on Social 50 Chart

    October 12, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Rihanna is back at it. This week she jumps 23-3 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, elevated by attention from her newly released single "Diamonds" off her upcoming album "Unapologetic" (set to be released November 19). The So ...

  30. Business Matters: The Truth About Pandora's Payments to Artists

    October 10, 2012 3:05 PM EDT Pandora mounted an effective publicity campaign Tuesday by revealing the amounts of royalties some artists' songs generate on its service (as opposed to how much money those artists are actually collecting). The company is putting its politic ...

  31. Spreecast Signs Video Deal with Viacom's VH1, Logo

    October 10, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Spreecast, a social video platform founded by former StubHub chief executive Jeff Fluhr, on Wednesday announced a deal with Viacom to produce online video chats that let viewers interact with on-air hosts from Viacom's VH1 and Logo channels. ...

  32. SoundCloud Partners With Getty Images Music (Exclusive)

    October 09, 2012 6:00 AM EDT The Web made licensing music drastically more efficient. Now a small button on the ubiquitous SoundCloud streaming player makes licensing music even easier. SoundCloud, a music hosting and sharing platform with more than 20 million users, has part ...

  33. Bits and Briefs: Google, Vevo, and Sony

    October 08, 2012 1:42 PM EDT Google Play passes 25 billion app downloadsGoogle has surpassed 25 billion app downloads from 675,000 different apps-both free and paid-at Google Play. The announcement was made Sept. 26 at the Offic Google Play passes 25 billion app downloads G ...

  34. MySpace's Third Act: Why The Social Network Is Doubling Down On Music For Its Latest Incarnation

    October 08, 2012 1:33 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the Up Front story "Myspace's Third Act" from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also includes our cover story on Mumford & Sons' massive sophomore album Babel , features on Dr. L ...

  35. Morning Fix: Mike Easterlin Named Fueled By Ramen GM; Jay-Z's Live Album; Simon Fuller's Parlophone?

    October 08, 2012 8:33 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MIKE EASTERLIN NAMED GM OF FUELED BY RAMEN: The shockwaves of big executive moves keep on rolling. Mike Easterlin, head of promotion at Roadrunner Records , has been named ...

  36. Nicki Minaj's 'American Idol' Buzz and Fragrance Launch Stirs Social Buzz

    October 05, 2012 8:02 PM EDT Nicki Minaj's continued media exposure due to her judging role on "American Idol" has generated substantial social returns. An appearance on "The View," coupled with the launch of her own fragrance, brings 130,000 new fans ...

  37. Business Matters: Microsoft and Rdio? That Would Make Sense

    October 04, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Microsoft is in acquisitions talks with music subscription service Rdio, according to various reports. First reported by the Next Web , the rumors bring together two companies connected by a recent acquisition. Rdio co-founders Friis Niklas and Ze ...

  38. Morning Fix: Mumford & Sons Face Muse; Nielsen Numbers; Bieber, Rihanna Fan Sites Fined $1 Mil; Replacements Reunion?

    October 04, 2012 7:34 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. JOHN JANICK NAMED PRESIDENT/COO OF INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M: It's official: John Janick has been named president and chief operating officer of Interscope Geffen A&a ...

  39. Andreessen Horowitz Sinks $15 million Into Rap Genius Website

    October 03, 2012 5:18 PM EDT The art of dissecting hip-hop lyrics just got a $15 million vote of confidence from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. The firm, whose co-founder Marc Andreessen helped build Mosaic as one of the first Web browsers nearly 20 ...

  40. Morning Fix: Mumford Mania; Apple's iPad Mini; Best Buy Buyers

    October 03, 2012 7:37 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MUMFORD & SONS' BABEL HAS 2012'S BIGGEST DEBUT, TOPS BILLBOARD 200. Mumford & Sons' sophomore release Babel had an historic first week: The British ...

  41. Legimate Streaming Services Cut Down on Piracy, Report Suggests

    October 03, 2012 12:00 AM EDT Does the presence of legitimate music streaming services cut down on piracy? The folks at Musicmetric, a London company that tracks online activity, think so. In a Digital Music Index report set to be released on Wednesday (Oct. 3), Musicmetric fo ...

  42. Death Grips Top BitTorrent's List of Most Legally Downloaded Music

    October 01, 2012 3:50 PM EDT These artists were the most legally-downloaded on BitTorrent in the first half of 2012 File-sharing company BitTorrent recently announced that it facilitated 124,191,862 legal music downloads in the first six months of 2012. That is 31 percent of ...

  43. Business Matters: Let's Get Ready To Rumble! 2013's Dueling Internet Radio Royalty Bills

    September 27, 2012 1:21 PM EDT Get ready for a fight over Internet royalties ­ just don't expect the full fight to happen this year. Sources say the Internet radio bills introduced last week are merely setting the stage for a bigger battle in 2013 due to the current lame d ...

  44. Is iTunes Launching In Russia?

    September 26, 2012 10:09 AM EDT MOSCOW - A local Russian newspaper has reported that an iTunes store is coming to the European country in late 2012 or early 2013. vThe business daily Vedomosti quoted anonymous sources in the online and publishing businesses who claimed Apple is ...

  45. Business Matters: If Apple is Peaking, What Digital Services Are Next?

    September 25, 2012 11:39 PM EDT Apple has had a flurry of uncharacteristically bad news over the last few days. A riot at its Foxconn supplier in China. Weaker-than-expected iPhone 5 sales over the weekend (although sales weren't all that bad, see below). A disappointing fe ...

  46. Business Matters: New-Look MySpace Still Putting Heavy Emphasis on Music

    September 24, 2012 5:55 PM EDT The new Myspace from Myspace on Vimeo . MySpace has gone to art school. The social network's long-delayed remodel got a sneak peak at the MySpace home page Monday and was previewed in a 2:18 video. No specific launch date was given. In contra ...

  47. Bits and Briefs

    September 20, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Survey: Tablet Usage Gaining on Hours Spent at the Computer A J.D. Powers and Associates survey found tablet owners spend 7.5 hours per week on their devices watching videos, listening to music or reading books, compared with spending 9.6 hours pe ...

  48. Live Nation, TicketMaster, StubHub Apps Add Support For Apple's New Passbook

    September 20, 2012 9:40 AM EDT Apple began pushing out its new iOS 6 operating system Wednesday that includes support for Passbook , a new Apple application that acts like a wallet for concert tickets, boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons and loyalty cards. Applicatio ...

  49. Walk The Moon/AT&T Promote Motorola App on Facebook

    September 20, 2012 8:55 AM EDT RCA band Walk The Moon has teamed up with AT&T to promote the Smartactions features on the Motorola Atrix HD device through a dedicated tab on the band's Facebook page . The Motorola Atrix HD is available exclusively from AT&T, and Sm ...

  50. Business Matters: What is iTunes' U.S. Market Share? Is Google Play Disappointing?

    September 19, 2012 8:27 PM EDT NPD Group released a report Tuesday that said iTunes had a 64% share of U.S. digital download sales and a 29% share of overall sales in the second quarter. The figures came from NPD's consumer panel data of more than two million consumers tha ...

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