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  1. Australia's Songl Streaming Service To Shut Down

    August 26, 2014 5:38 AM EDT Australia’s crowded digital music market has one less player after Songl announced it would stop its subscription service next month. The major-label backed Songl informed its users with the announcement , "Unfortunately, we are not continuin ...

  2. Spotify and Beats' Canadian Launch Still Up in the Air

    June 26, 2014 1:33 PM EDT Despite recent reports , the arrival of Spotify in Canada may not be as imminent as suggested. Representatives from Beats and Spotify deny these rumors. A source told Billboard that "It would be inaccurate to claim it's even close to a l ...

  3. U.K. Singles Chart To Incorporate Music Streams For First Time

    June 23, 2014 8:59 AM EDT The United Kingdom’s Official Singles Chart is to undergo one of the biggest shake-ups in its 62-year history next month when it begins incorporating audio streams for the first time.   The first Official Singles Chart Top 40 to include streaming ...

  4. How Radio and Streaming Can Be Complementary at New Music Seminar

    June 12, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Closing out Tuesday’s panels at the New Music Seminar in New York, traditional radio formats were presented as a tool just as necessary as streaming and other online platforms for music discovery and marketing strategies. Rather than pitting ter ...

  5. Indie Music Labels Set to File Complaint Over YouTube's 'Strong-Arm' Tactics

    June 04, 2014 9:03 AM EDT The industry body that represents independent music labels worldwide says it has had enough of YouTube's aggressive negotiating tactics and will bring its case to the European Commission for review. The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), wh ...

  6. Worldwide Independent Network to File Complaint Over YouTube's 'Strong-Arm' Tactics

    June 04, 2014 7:22 AM EDT The industry body that represents independent music labels worldwide says it has had enough of YouTube's aggressive negotiating tactics and will bring its case to the European Commission for review. The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), wh ...

  7. Facebook Introduces Music, TV Audio Recognition Feature

    May 21, 2014 2:56 PM EDT For Shazam and SoundHound, audio recognition and identification is the core of their businesses. But for Facebook, it’s now a feature. Beginning today, the social network is rolling out a new functionality that will enable users to tag status up ...

  8. iHeartRadio Publishes Audience Results for Australia

    May 09, 2014 6:56 AM EDT In a rare show of openness for an Australian streaming music service, iHeartRadio’s domestic operation has shared some data on its subscribers and how they’re using it.  As at April, iHeartRadio Australia reports its app had been downloaded 308,00 ...

  9. Power Of Mobile Rings Rhapsody Back To Growth (Analysis)

    April 08, 2014 12:49 AM EDT What do you do when you have the most unfashionable brands in the fast growing, cutting edge music streaming business? The answer seems to be that you team up with mobile carriers and bundle your service. That at least seems to have worked for R ...

  10. Midem: 5 Questions with Deezer CEO Axel Dauchez

    February 02, 2014 2:48 PM EST     Moments after appearing on stage as part of the Saturday (Feb. 1) panel “Streaming: A Sustainable Platform for Artists?” Billboard.biz caught up with Deezer CEO Axel Dauchez for an exclusive one-to-one chat. Happy to discuss Deezer’s future pl ...

  11. Investors Put $2.4 Billion Into Music In 2013, Streaming Tops List

    January 31, 2014 5:48 PM EST The big got bigger and the rich got richer in 2013. In the 57 investment deals totaling over $2.4 billion tracked by Billboard, nearly 9 in 10 dollars invested went to a traditional music company, an EDM concert promoter or a company that stre ...

  12. Beats Music Launching January 21

    January 11, 2014 12:00 PM EST Beats Music, the premium streaming service developed by Trent Reznor, Ian Rogers and the creators of Beats By Dre headphones, is launching on Jan. 21, with AT&T as the exclusive carrier partner, the company said. Beats Music 'Locked an ...

  13. The Music Biz in 2013: In Flux, Disruptors Disrupted

    January 01, 2014 8:28 AM EST The week before Christmas, pondering a year-end music business essay, a litany of major stories jumped to mind, including: the Twitter and SFX IPOs; Sony and Vivendi investors’ calling for entertainment spin-offs; Live Nation’s record revenues ...

  14. Beats Music 'Locked and Loaded' for January

    December 04, 2013 2:20 PM EST Beats Music on Wednesday announced it will debut its music service in January, kicking off a year that promises to crank up the competition in the hotly contested U.S. music subscription business. Beats' Daisy Music Service Dials Up Carrie ...

  15. Business Matters: What the Spotify-Vodafone Partnership Means to the U.S. Market

    November 19, 2013 8:25 PM EST News that Spotify has formed a partnership with Vodafone in Ireland is fairly routine. Such partnerships are commonplace, and Spotify has partners throughout Europe. But one news report contained a bit of information that shows the value of a mo ...

  16. Deezer Coming to the United States In 2014

    November 14, 2013 7:58 PM EST On-demand subscription service Deezer is finally be headed to the world's biggest music market. The France-based service is expected to launch in the United States in 2014, according to a major label source. While a report at Digital Music ...

  17. Business Matters: What Google Trends Says About Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and the State of Digital Music

    September 16, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Google Trends shows what we already know: subscription services are increasingly popular while interest in paid downloads has peaked. But Google Trends, a Google service that graphs the frequency of search terms, also shows the popularity of ...

  18. Rdio Launches Ad-Supported Web Service in Australia

    August 23, 2013 10:58 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio is expanding its "freemium" business model by launching an ad-supported web service in Australia. The service previously offered a limited amount of free listening without advertisements. "We want t ...

  19. Deezer Partners with Foursquare to Reward Concertgoing

    July 02, 2013 6:01 PM EDT Music subscription service Deezer has forged a partnership with location-based service Foursquare that will reward Deezer subscribers for checking in to concerts.   Here's how it works: a fan likes Deezer on Foursquare and then checks into ...

  20. Anghami, Middle East Music Streaming App, Reaches 2 Million Downloads

    June 25, 2013 1:25 PM EDT Middle Eastern music streaming application Anghami has just crossed the two million download mark, according to a release sent out by the Lebanon-based company.. Launched in 2012, the service is a mobile-only music application targeting markets ...

  21. Rdio Expands to Malaysia, Hong Kong and 5 Other Countries

    June 13, 2013 1:44 PM EDT On-demand music service Rdio has expanded to Asia for the first time in an expansion that covers seven countries. In addition to Malaysia and Hong Kong, Rdio is also available in Colombia, Chile, Poland, Czech Republic and Switzerland.   The ex ...

  22. Business Matters: Signs That the Recorded-Music Market is Weakening Globally

    June 04, 2013 7:42 PM EDT The recorded music market is suddenly looking tired. Poor numbers out of France follow declining digital sales in the U.S. and weak first-quarter numbers in Japan. French recorded music industry group SNEP has revealed that total revenues were d ...

  23. Rhapsody Expands to 14 European Countries

    June 03, 2013 5:57 PM EDT Rhapsody on Monday expanded its subscription music service to 14 additional European countries in a bid to accrue scale and more effectively compete with Spotify, Deezer and others in the burgeoning on-demand music market. The expansion brings ...

  24. Business Matters: Study Says Consumers More Willing to Pay for Music Streaming -- Except in Sweden

    May 31, 2013 4:26 PM EDT Consumers in some European countries are increasingly willing to pay for streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer and WiMP, the sponsor of the survey. The percentage of willing payers has risen to 48% from 33% in Norway. Willing payers rose to ...

  25. Freemium: Making Money by Giving Away the Goods (Research)

    May 21, 2013 6:36 PM EDT For years, music has operated on selling things -- vinyl, cassettes, CDs and now downloads. Then came advertising on radio and elsewhere. But there’s a third way -- freemium, a combination of free and premium offerings. Examples of this in music ...

  26. Sony's Music Unlimited Service Expands to Brazil

    May 15, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Sony Network Entertainment International’s Music Unlimited service is live in Brazil, according to a statement released today by the company. The cloud-based digital music subscription service is now available in 19 countries worldwide. The on-d ...

  27. Spotify Staffing Up For Launches in Asia, Latin America

    April 03, 2013 4:15 PM EDT Spotify has yet to launch in an Asia or Latin America market but is hiring the staff required to operate in two markets in each regions. The company currently has job openings posted at its website for numerous positions in Hong Kong, Singapore, ...

  28. Subscription-Music Wars: The Greatest Trick the Majors Have Ever Pulled Off: Guest Post by Jason Herskowitz

    March 21, 2013 4:05 PM EDT Jason Herskowitz is a core contributor and co-founder of Tomahawk , an open-source music platform that -- among other things -- creates a music aggregation and interoperability layer across music providers. He talks endlessly on Twitter about ...

  29. Google In Talks For Music Streaming Service

    February 23, 2013 5:16 AM EST Google is in the process of negotiating licensing fees for a music streaming service akin to Spotify, Mog, Deezer and others, according to several published reports and first reported by the Financial Times.   The news comes as Google is in t ...

  30. Business Matters: Digital Revenues Up, But French Recorded Music Market Down 4% in 2012

    February 05, 2013 7:46 PM EST There is no single way for recorded music markets to recover from their decline over the last decade. The digital-led growth seen in Sweden and Norway, driven by early and widespread adoption of subscription services, may look different in other ...

  31. Business Matters: The Jury is Still Out on The Future of Music

    January 30, 2013 8:49 PM EST The news from the annual MIDEM conference indicated streaming is the future of music. Deezer expanded to new countries. Rdio launched free tiers in new countries. Online video is a growing portion of revenue for record labels and music publisher ...

  32. Business Matters: Where Were CD Revenues Up in 2012? Japan

    January 28, 2013 8:55 PM EST Subscription services are helping music industry rebounds in countries around the world -- except in Japan. But the market still has good news to share. Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) figures show the country’s CD shipments rose ...

  33. Business Matters: What Mattered -- and Didn't -- in Digital Music Startup Funding in 2012

    December 26, 2012 4:52 PM EST Was 2012 a good year for music startup fundraising? It probably depends on your definition of a music startup and how many companies you'd like to raise the millions of dollars required to operate a licensed, on-demand music service. But make ...

  34. Business Matters: Windows 8 Can't Be Helping Xbox Music

    December 24, 2012 1:57 PM EST Reports of a slow start for Windows 8 suggest a bumpy start for Xbox Music, Microsoft's new ad-supported subscription service that was supposed to get a big boost from its integration with its new operation system. Business Insider and the Ne ...

  35. Exclusive: Rob Wiesenthal Out at Sony/ATV, Heading to Warner Music

    December 20, 2012 10:38 AM EST Rob Wiesenthal, President of Sony/ATV's international business, is leaving the world's no.1 music publisher to join Len Blavatnik's Warner Music Group as chief operating officer/corporate, WMG said on Thursday. Wiesenthal, a Sony Co ...

  36. Deezer Reaches 3 Million Subscribers, Launches Free Service, Adds Features

    December 19, 2012 5:59 PM EST The subscription marketplace is looking more and more like a two-horse race. French subscription service Deezer is launching a free, ad-supported version of its music service in more than 150 countries Thursday (Wednesday in the U.S.) and a host o ...

  37. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 1: Most Important Event of 2012

    December 19, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  38. Warner Music Bullish on Downloads, Subscriptions as Digital Revenue Grows

    December 13, 2012 9:00 PM EST Warner Music Group believes digital music is helping bring growth back to the music business. The company's fiscal year-end numbers show it has benefitted from the surge in subscription services, growth in Internet radio and the continued ris ...

  39. Morning Fix: Rihanna's First No. 1 Album; Adele Hits 10 Million; Today's Congressional Internet-Royalty Hearing

    November 28, 2012 7:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other FREE music-business newsletters RIHANNA EARNS FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM WITH 'UNAPOLOGETIC' ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: One week after Rihanna scored her 12th No. 1 single on the ...

  40. Business Matters: As Spotify Adds Ireland and Luxembourg, What To Expect in Emerging Markets

    November 13, 2012 7:44 PM EST Spotify has quietly launched in Ireland and Luxembourg, the company's 16th and 17th countries, giving it markets roughly the size of the state of Louisiana plus the city limits of Tucson, Arizona. What exists beyond these small markets will b ...

  41. Business Matters: A $3 Billion Valuation Brings Spotify Expectations Back to Earth

    November 12, 2012 6:10 PM EST News that Spotify raised money at a $3 billion valuation and generated $200 million in revenue in the first half of 2012 is more like the sound of air being let out of a tire rather than a bursting bubble. The company has been hyped more than any ...

  42. Spotify Raising $100m for Expansion; Opening in Latin America, Eastern Europe Next Year

    November 11, 2012 9:00 AM EST Spotify is close to wrapping up a $100 million round of funding at a valuation of $3 billion as it prepares for expansion into Latin America and expanding further across Europe in 2013. The latest round of funding, confirmed by a source familiar w ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. Spotify Planning Launches in Italy, Poland and (Reportedly) Japan: What Are the Challenges?

    October 12, 2012 1:31 PM EDT Spotify is planning launches in Italy and Poland, judging from job postings at its web site, and according to a report Friday it's considering a launch in Japan in early 2013. The company has recently posted job openings for growth managers i ...

  46. Business Matters: Spotify UK Shows That the Freemium Model Is Not 'Unsustainable'

    October 09, 2012 6:11 PM EDT A business model that pays rights holders nearly every dollar, euro or pound generated is clearly not sustainable. This fact is obvious to Billboard readers as well as a digital service's management and the company's investors. Last week ...

  47. Business Matters: Deezer's New Funding Puts It In A Coke/Pepsi Race With Spotify

    October 08, 2012 4:36 PM EDT When music subscription service Deezer confirmed Monday it raised $130 million in a round led by Warner Music Group owner Access Industries , the subscription music market suddenly had two well-funded frontrunners putting their support behind a si ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. Deezer Raises $130 Million: Report

    October 06, 2012 7:40 PM EDT The oft-criticized freemium business model still has the support of investors. Paris-based music subscription service Deezer has raised $130 million from Access Industries, parent company of Warner Music Group, and previous investor Idinvest, acco ...

  50. Business Matters: If Smartphone Is Stepping Stone to Subscription Growth, U.S. Doing Well

    September 10, 2012 5:53 PM EDT If the smartphone is the gateway to digital music growth, the United States has got a ton of potential. Data from mobile analytics company Flurry show 165 million iOS and Android devices in the U.S. in July. The country's 78% smartphone penet ...

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