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  1. Will Spotify Roll Out Third-Party Mobile Apps?

    August 06, 2012 1:29 PM EDT As of today, the Spotify desktop client contains 44 optional apps with which users can play music. Is Spotify planning to do the same on the mobile side? Our tipster thinks so We're somewhat obsessed with Spotify apps , because they let devel ...

  2. TuneIn Targeting Music as it Raises $16 Million, Passes 40 Million Active Users

    August 06, 2012 12:37 PM EDT Expect to hear more live music at TuneIn in the near future. The company announced Monday it has raised $16 million in a round of funding, led by General Catalyst Partners , with participation from Jafco Ventures , Google Ventures and existing bus ...

  3. The xx Marks the Spot on Billboard's Social 50

    August 03, 2012 7:00 PM EDT British electro-rock act the xx rides a wave of online activity to a reentry on Billboard's Social 50 chart, returning to the list (No. 27) for the first time in over a year. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo ...

  4. Business Matters: Looking Forward to Live Nation and Warner Music Group's Earnings Releases

    August 03, 2012 5:04 PM EDT Live Nation, WMG Optimistic Ahead Of 2nd Quarter Earnings Reports * (Correciton appended: Live Nation's earning report is due Tuesday, Aug. 7 not Thursday, Aug. 9 as originally reported.) Both Live Nation and Warner Music Group report second ...

  5. Facebook Bots Are Cause for Concern For Artists and Fans

    August 03, 2012 2:57 PM EDT Facebook isn't the only site for which musicians can buy fake love, but it sure is catching a lot of heat lately." Even as it exerts increasing influence over our public and private lives, this hasn't been the best year for Facebook ...

  6. 40 Under 40: Sean Parker

    August 02, 2012 3:37 PM EDT Sean Parker Executive General Partnery, Founders Fund Website: foundersfund.com Twitter: @sparker Guiding the Musical Marketplace Sean Parker, 32, helped raise Facebook, invested in Spotify via Founders Fund and midwifed the partnership between th ...

  7. Business Matters: Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music

    August 01, 2012 6:24 PM EDT Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music -- Samsung's new Music Hub isn't going to get much credit for being visionary, but the multi-faceted music service is ahead of its time. Music Hub's combination of services ...

  8. Google Buying Social Media Startup Wildfire

    August 01, 2012 8:00 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Google is buying a company that specializes in social media marketing as it intensifies competition with Facebook for ad dollars and attention. The company, Redwood City, Calif.-based Wildfire, helps businesses such as Cirque du S ...

  9. Business Matters: Is the Luster Off Social Media?

    July 31, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Is the Luster Off Social Media? -- Social media doesn't look as sexy as it did in 2011. Fortunately, investors are not punishing companies just for being affiliated with Facebook. Facebook hit a new all-time low of $21.61 on Tuesday. It was a ...

  10. Amazon Launches Scan-and-Match Service For Cloud Player To Compete With Apple's iTunes Match

    July 31, 2012 2:44 PM EDT Amazon Launches Scan-and-Match Service For Cloud Player To Compete With Apple's iTunes Match Amazon today launched a fully licensed scan-and-match cloud music service giving it a better competitor to Apple's similar service, iTunes Match ...

  11. Business Matters: Facebook's Not Alone in its Mobile Problems

    July 27, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Facebook's Numbers Normal, But Stock Dips Anyway Facebook is being punished for being normal. After the company released decent, entirely expected quarterly results Thursday afternoon, investors decided the company doesn't have a strong ...

  12. Music Gets Analytical

    July 26, 2012 7:20 PM EDT Despite a widely held belief that the market for music-based analytic tools is already overloaded and has more than enough companies servicing the industry, relatively few options actually provide all the data needed to cover the expansive nature ...

  13. Business Matters: What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business

    July 26, 2012 6:35 PM EDT What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business -- Games have always provided an outlet for music, but opportunities can be short-lived. A year ago Zynga was going to be the future of entertainment and provide an avenue for music to be used ...

  14. Twitter 140: Page 5

    July 26, 2012 5:34 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Lindsay Gabler Social Media Specialist, The Recording Academy @LndsyGblr The social media guru for the Grammy Awards is a self-admitted Twitter-holic, and finds time to tweet choice pop cuts, celebrity insights, ...

  15. Facebook's Stock Tumbles After First Public Quarter

    July 26, 2012 4:48 PM EDT Facebook's first earnings report as a public company had solid numbers, but in the end it landed with a thud - much like its rocky initial public offering two months ago. Facebook reported stronger-than-expected revenue and a gain in user num ...

  16. This Week In Music: Spotify, BLASTmedia, Facebook Reps Discuss Social Media Marketing

    July 25, 2012 6:22 PM EDT On the most recent installment of This Week in Music, Topspin's Ian Rogers talks with Ime Archibong, strategic partner manager at Facebook, Jordan Walker, U.S. Label and Artist Relations rep at Spotify, and Julie Perry, VP, social media direc ...

  17. Ticketfly Raises Another $22 Million

    July 25, 2012 10:35 AM EDT Ticketfly announced Wednesday it has raised an additional $22 million in a round of funding led by SAP Ventures and with participation of Northgate Capital, Cross Creek Capital and Mohr Davidow Ventures, the lead investor in the company's pre ...

  18. Apple's Second Quarter Doesn't Match Expectations, Shares Fall

    July 25, 2012 10:11 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Shares of Apple are falling after it did something un-Apple-like: posting results below Wall Street expectations. Late Tuesday, Apple Inc. reported that in the latest quarter, earnings rose a mere 21 percent from the year before, ...

  19. Business Matters: How Spotify's First Year Compares to Pandora, Vevo, YouTube and Others

    July 23, 2012 8:42 PM EDT How Does Spotify's First Year Stack Up? -- Spotify's tenure in the U.S. has reached one year. Is the performance good, bad or mediocre? See how the service compares to other segments and players in digital music. In honor of its one-year ...

  20. Beats Electronics Buys Back Shares, HTC No Longer Majority Owner

    July 23, 2012 11:07 AM EDT Beats Electronics, maker of Beats Audio and the popular Beats By Dr. Dre line of headphones, has bought back a quarter of the company from Taiwanese electronics company HTC. The repurchase increases Beats' ownership share to 74.9% from 49.9% ...

  21. Business Matters: YouTube Has Found Its Groove, Says Google

    July 20, 2012 5:34 PM EDT YouTube Has Found Its Groove, Says Google -- Google believes YouTube has reached a tipping point. "I think we can declare we found our model," said Nikesh Arora, Google's senior vice president and chief business officer, during Thur ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Business Matters: Mr. Westergren and Pandora Go to Washington

    July 19, 2012 4:33 PM EDT Mr. Westergren and Pandora Go to Washington -- Legislation drafted by a U.S. Representative suggests that fights over Internet royalties, and the lobbying and publicity efforts by Internet radio giant Pandora, are starting to heat up. According to ...

  24. Business Matters: Millions and Millions of Take Down Notices Served, But To What Effect?

    July 18, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Business Matters: Are Takedown Requests More Hobby Than Solution? -- The numbers behind infringement takedown notices are staggering yet piracy continues unabated. Putting in a lot of work for little payoff is something a hobbyist does on weekends ...

  25. Kim Dotcom Extradition Judge Steps Down After Joking US Is 'Enemy'

    July 18, 2012 7:30 AM EDT WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A New Zealand judge has stepped down from overseeing the extradition case of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom after jokingly referring to the United States as "the enemy." New Zealand High Court Declares Kim ...

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  27. Business Matters: Vevo Says UK Departures Will Not Impact US Operations

    July 17, 2012 5:51 PM EDT VEVO's Upside of UK Management Changes -- The recent departures of two top executives at Vevo U.K. will not impact U.S. operations, a company spokesperson tells Billboard.biz. A press release issued by Vevo last Friday announced that Nic Jone ...

  28. Business Matters: Site-Blocking Shows No Signs of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy

    July 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Site-Blocking Shows No Sign of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy -- Ordering Internet service providers to block access to file-sharing websites doesn't appear to be a quick fix for piracy. But that's hardly a surprise. Campaigns against pira ...

  29. Marissa Mayer Named Yahoo CEO

    July 16, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Yahoo named longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer its new CEO, replacing Ross Levinsohn, who has been interim CEO since May. The move took by surprise the many Wall Street analysts who had assumed Yahoo's board would stick with Levinsohn, a ...

  30. Business Matters: PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Ushers in New Era in Direct-to-Fan Sales

    July 13, 2012 5:04 PM EDT PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Shaking Up Direct-to-Fan Call it Direct to Fan 2.0: Nimbit, the Boston-based provider of direct-to-fan music services, announced Thursday it had been acquired by PreSonus, a maker of professional hardware and software equ ...

  31. This Week in Music Apps: Automatic Sheet Music, Free MIDI, Your Own Rap Mixtape

    July 13, 2012 4:35 PM EDT As we begin to dig into the second half of 2012, stories and fun abound in the world of music -- to pluck out a few random examples, the Roskilde Festival in Denmark went off, Dan Deacon put together a Steve Reich -esque version of "Call Me M ...

  32. Vevo vs. Google: Universal, Sony and the Latest Moves in the Chess Game

    July 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT Vevo's future business arrangements are looking a bit cloudy, as reports this week suggest that the company's deal terms with Google are again in play , and that Universal is re-examining its stake in the company in the relation to UMG&# ...

  33. Bits and Briefs: Google Play, Nielsen and Facebook, Email Comes Out On Top

    July 12, 2012 5:05 PM EDT Google Play Store Expands Offerings Google Play, the search ­giant's version of the iTunes store, has expanded to offer movies, TV shows and magazines. The additions, announced at Google's annual I/O conference, put Google Play more on p ...

  34. Business Matters: Paper on Post-Napster Industry Just Another Summer Rerun

    July 11, 2012 6:30 PM EDT New Paper On Napster Unveils Little 'New' Material An academic article by a Rutgers School of Law professor, titled " Copyright and Innovation: The Untold Story ," claims to have "uncovered" what was lost from lawsuit ...

  35. Business Matters: Pandora Growth Stalls As Dog Days of Summer Begin

    July 10, 2012 6:19 PM EDT Pandora Listening Drops As Summer Advances The growth of Internet radio leader Pandora is practically taken for granted as digital music gobbles up time previously spent listening to other formats. So it's a big deal when Pandora's liste ...

  36. BuzzMedia Acquires Spin: It's Official

    July 10, 2012 11:16 AM EDT As reported by Billboard.biz last night, today BuzzMedia announced its acquisition of Spin Media LLC, parent company of 27-year-old Spin magazine. The brand joins a BuzzMedia stable that includes Stereogum, Idolator, Hype Machine, Pure Volume, Bro ...

  37. Kim Dotcom Responds to Extradition Hearing Delay: U.S. 'Doesn't Have a Case'

    July 10, 2012 8:42 AM EDT A New Zealand court has delayed the extradition hearing for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom until March because of the manner in which the search of Dotcom's countryside residence and the seizure of his assets were handled by authorities. The d ...

  38. Business Matters: Nearly A Third of Consumers Using Streaming Services: Report

    July 09, 2012 5:27 PM EDT Nearly 1/3 of Consumers Use Music Streaming Services Nearly a third of consumers in 25 countries around the world now use a music streaming service. A report at Music Industry Blog , the site of former Forrester analyst Mark Mulligan, taps into EM ...

  39. Vevo Seeking to Raise $100-$150 Million for Overseas Expansion

    July 07, 2012 1:02 PM EDT Vevo is seeking to raise new equity financing in connection with plans to expand its operations overseas, according to reports late Friday in the Wall Street Journa l and Los Angeles Times . The company "is close to" retaining investment ...

  40. Vevo Dives Into Mobile Web, Allows Streaming Directly From Browser

    July 06, 2012 4:06 PM EDT Vevo has launched its mobile website, which now allows visitors access to its archive of more than 50,000 music videos without having to download one of its apps, a development first reported at TechCrunch . While it still may be easier -- and qui ...

  41. Business Matters: Will Japan Warm Up To Sony Music Unlimited?

    July 03, 2012 4:56 PM EDT Will Japan Warm Up To Sony Music Unlimited? -- Subscription services haven't had much success in Japan. Napster Japan, a joint venture between Napster and Tower Records, failed to grow subscribers to a profitable in three and a half years of ...

  42. Apple Pays $60 Million to Settle iPad Dispute With China's Proview

    July 02, 2012 7:50 AM EDT BEIJING (AP) -- Apple has paid $60 million to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market. Chinese Authorities ...

  43. Google Goes for Digital Living Room -- Again -- With Nexus Q Streaming Device

    June 28, 2012 10:45 AM EDT the company announced http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  44. Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Now Exclusive Music Radio Service at Yahoo!

    June 27, 2012 11:55 PM EDT Clear Channel has reached a deal with Yahoo! to be the web giant's exclusive music radio service. The deal, which covers only the U.S., gives Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Internet radio service a chance to get in front of Yahoo! Media Net ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Business Matters: Kickstarter Funding Many Small Music Projects, But That Will Change

    June 22, 2012 5:47 PM EDT Kickstarter Funding Many Small Music Projects, But That Will Change -- More than half of all music projects -- 54.2%, to be exact -- on Kickstarter successfully meet their funding goal. This and other statistics are available on Kickstarter's ...

  47. Chris Brown, Drake Club Brawl Causes Social 50 Chart Gains

    June 22, 2012 3:29 PM EDT It's no coincidence that both Drake and Chris Brown received significant online gains this week as news that the two and their respective camps were involved in an altercation at a nightclub in New York. The pair rises 28-20 and 18-12 on Bill ...

  48. Exclusive: TuneIn Adds Fox News, Bloomberg and More

    June 21, 2012 1:28 PM EDT Online radio service TuneIn has announced partnerships with more than 20 major broadcasting companies that will add 600 stations to its existing directory of over 50,000 AM/FM and Internet-only broadcasts. The deal includes top talk brands Fox New ...

  49. Google Moving to Shut Down Sites That Turn YouTube Videos Into Mp3 Clips

    June 20, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Google-owned YouTube has become a central viewing area for many music videos, lyrics videos, and user-uploaded cover songs, and now the company is threatening to sue a number of web sites that offer to convert the audio from videos into downloadab ...

  50. What's Going on With Vevo's Numbers?

    June 19, 2012 1:21 PM EDT Music video network Vevo has helped revolutionize online video, has been the subject of IPO rumors and is reported to be wooing investments from Google and Facebook. But exactly what investors would get is a bit fuzzy to outsiders. Vevo's num ...

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