Digital media

  1. TuneCore Inks Deal with KKBOX, Top Asian Music Subscription Service (Exclusive)

    May 01, 2014 9:45 AM EDT Digital distribution platform TuneCore announced Thursday it has signed a deal with KKBOX, one of the largest digital music subscription services in Asia. Effective immediately, music distributed through TuneCore will be made available in Japan, S ...

  2. Pluto.tv Aims to Turn Online Video Into Lean-Back Experience

    March 31, 2014 5:55 PM EDT As pervasive as online video seems to be, the amount of time people spend with YouTube and other video platforms remains a fraction of how long they spend watching good, old-fashioned television.  Pluto.tv wants to change that. The West Hollywood ...

  3. Facebook Launches Lab To Bring Internet Everywhere

    March 27, 2014 9:37 PM EDT Facebook is giving more details about its effort to connect remote parts of the world to the Internet - and it involves drones, lasers and satellites. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that Facebook is hiring "key members of the team" fr ...

  4. Beats Music Courting Indies, Signs Up Merlin (Exclusive)

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Beats Music is courting independent artists and labels. Related Articles AT&T Fires Up Beats Music Marketing After Weeklong Delay Billboard International Power Players 2014: Merlin's Charles Caldas Martin Mills Reappointed Chairman of M ...

  5. How Lyric Videos on YouTube Became Music's Hottest Star

    December 16, 2013 11:46 AM EST million views for less than $1,000? Major and indie labels are making big money and reaching young fans as DIY-style clips hit the streaming service. In the 1966 documentary Don't Look Back, Bob Dylan is featured in what, at the time, was ...

  6. Where Indie Artists Are Making Most of Their Money (From the Magazine)

    December 02, 2013 1:28 PM EST THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION Independent artists have never had access to so many customers. A single distributor can get an artist’s music into digital ...

  7. TuneCore Taps INDmusic to Monetize YouTube

    November 20, 2013 9:00 AM EST TuneCore Inc., one of the world's largest digital music distribution companies, on Wednesday announced it has signed an agreement with INDmusic to better monetize its artists' music on YouTube . The deal calls for INDmusic to adminster ...

  8. Business Matters: Free Music Marches Onward

    October 03, 2013 5:24 PM EDT Rdio’s announcement Thursday that its app users can enjoy free radio shows free music is an powerful force. From YouTube, the world’s biggest jukebox, to freemium subscription services and Apple’s free-of-charge iTunes Radio, digital music servi ...

  9. Rate This App: Seenth.is Helps Organize Your Music Fandom

    August 07, 2013 8:40 PM EDT Along with the branded apps that artists use to personally disseminate news and photos, die-hard fans need to know which news outlets, blogs, Twitter accounts and Instagram users to follow in order to be completely updated on their favorite act. ...

  10. Fullscreen Closes Comcast, Chernin Group Funding

    June 17, 2013 9:03 AM EDT Fullscreen, a network of more than 10,000 YouTube channels, has closed an undisclosed round of funding from Comcast Ventures, The Chernin Group and WPP Digital.  In an unusual decision, the Culver City, Calif., company declined to specify how mu ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Who Will Pay For YouTube Videos? Alchemy Networks Has One Answer

    May 09, 2013 1:23 PM EDT Who will pay the monthly subscription fee to access a YouTube channel? Peter Griffith, Chief Executive of Alchemy Networks, believes he has one good answer to that question: afficionados of rap battles, an urban art form dating back to the 1970s ...

  13. YouTube Close to Launching Paid Channel Subscriptions (Report)

    May 06, 2013 11:28 AM EDT The new a la carte subscription plans for some of its professional video channels could be announced as early as this week, the Financial Times has reported. Charging subscription fees will allow the online video provider to add a second revenue ...

  14. Spotify Acquires Music Discovery Service Tunigo

    May 03, 2013 12:08 PM EDT Spotify has acquired music recommendation service Tunigo for an undisclosed sum. The Swedish startup helps listeners find playlists, provides music news and editorial, and offers lists of new releases. The Tunigo app for Spotify has been a Top ...

  15. Exclusive: Big Frame, YouTube Artist Dave Days Kick Off Original Series

    April 18, 2013 5:11 PM EDT Exploring new ways for independent artists to earn money, online talent management firm Big Frame and YouTube artist Dave Days on Thursday launched a new reality video series called "Writing Room." The show pairs 10 up-and-coming Yo ...

  16. Business Matters: Reports of the CD's Death Were Greatly Exaggerated

    April 01, 2013 3:18 PM EDT Even though CD revenues have fallen sharply over the last ten years, most predictions about the format have been wrong. The CD's decline, while painful to companies, has been far more gradual than precipitous. Over the last four years, CD ...

  17. Twitter App to Integrate Vevo: Report

    March 29, 2013 11:57 PM EDT 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false Twitter, which is reportedly building a music application, has a deal to integrate Vevo videos into the application, according to Peter Kafka at AllThingsD . The micro-blogging site dubbed is working on ...

  18. Rumblefish Acquires Administration Startup Catalogik

    March 20, 2013 5:14 PM EDT Rumblefish -- the consumer-oriented music licensing company that, through its Friendly Music service, lets YouTube users legally incorporate Rumblefish's wide catalog of music in their videos -- has acquired Catalogik, a music licensing and ...

  19. Business Matters: Digital Drives Sweden to 14% Growth in 2012

    January 20, 2013 1:55 PM EST To see the future of music, look to Scandanavia. Streaming services helped the Swedish recorded music market grow 13.8% to over 943 million Swedish kronor ($144.8 million) in 2012, according to IFPI Sweden figures released Friday. Digital revenu ...

  20. Business Matters: Rhapsody Shows Subscription Services Can Cost $5 Per Month

    January 18, 2013 4:59 PM EST Subscription services don't always have to cost $10 a month for unlimited, mobile music. Case in point: the price of the Rhapsody on-demand music subscription service added to a MetroPCS plan just dropped to $5 from $10 a month. A Rhapsody ...

  21. Billboard.biz's Top News Stories of 2012

    December 31, 2012 3:00 PM EST In this business, "top stories" is a relative term: owing to the vagaries of the Internet, you can never tell what your most popular articles will be. This year, our numeric best-performing stories were led by Billboard's "Powe ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Video Hits 1 Billion Views, Unprecedented Milestone

    December 21, 2012 10:05 AM EST PSYs "Gangnam Style" has just become the first video in the history of the Internet to reach and surpass one billion views. This morning (Dec. 21), Psy's mega-hit reached this unprecedented milestone just 27 days after surpassing Ju ...

  24. YouTube 2012: The Year of the DIY Lip-Sync Video

    December 18, 2012 12:05 AM EST On YouTube, 2012 was the year of the D.I.Y. lip sync video, fueled by parodies of "Gangnam Style" and "Call Me Maybe." Unlike years past, when lip-syncing meant watching a lonely girl sing into a hairbrush in her bedroom, the v ...

  25. The Year In Social Media: The Rise of the Challengers

    December 14, 2012 8:10 AM EST Facebook, Twitter and YouTube continued to rule the social media landscape in 2012, but other networks made inroads as well, giving the incumbents a run for their money. The upstarts include Instagram, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Google+ and the reinca ...

  26. Does Streaming Cannibalize Albums?

    December 14, 2012 7:25 AM EST (Illustration by Jan Feindt) Meet Michael Acton. In many ways, he represents the past, present and future of the music business. As a teen growing up in Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1980s, Acton trawled record stores for vinyl. In his 20s, he ...

  27. Five Digital Startups to Watch in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:05 AM EST has been a banner year for digital innovation in music, from Kickstarter's increasing visibility in the mainstream to Spotify's steadily growing influence over how its users consume music. But there are plenty of companies worth wat ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Morning Fix: Jenni Rivera, RIP: Beyonce and Pepsi Re-Team for Super Bowl; Rick Ross Cancels Maybach Music Tour

    December 10, 2012 8:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters JENNI RIVERA, QUEEN OF BANDA, DEAD AT 43: Jenni Rivera, the flamboyant, outspoken, big-voiced singer who was the top-selling regional Mexica ...

  30. Morning Fix: Young Acts Score Big Grammy Noms, But Bieber Snubbed; Concord Shopped To Equity Firms; Instagram Vs. Twitter

    December 06, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters FRANK OCEAN, MUMFORD & SONS, FUN., JAY-Z, KANYE LEAD GRAMMY NOMINATIONS 2013 : The 55th annual Grammys announced its nominees in Nashvil ...

  31. Morning Fix: iTunes Launches In 56 Countries; Simon Fuller's Concord Bid; Clapton, Chris Martin Join 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit

    December 04, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters APPLE LAUNCHES ITUNES IN RUSSIA, TURKEY, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 52 ADDITIONAL COUNTRIES: Apple today announced it has launched its iTunes Stor ...

  32. Ultra Music's YouTube Channel Hits 1 Million Subscribers, Moxey Calls Video Streaming 'Serious Revenue Source'

    November 28, 2012 8:00 AM EST Dance-music powerhouse Ultra Music will announce later today that its YouTube channel has reached 1 million subscribers, making it the No. 1 independent label channel on the site, and No. 11 channel overall. The milestone comes on the heels of the ...

  33. David Hyman Steps Down as Mog CEO

    November 21, 2012 8:31 AM EST In a surprise move, Mog founder David Hyman stepped down as CEO of the company yesterday, just months after selling it to Beats Electronics. The news was first reported in CNET and confirmed by a Beats rep and by Hyman via a Facebook post. "E ...

  34. Online Video Going Long, Live and Mobile: Ooyala Study

    November 15, 2012 3:00 AM EST Just two years ago, conventional wisdom held that online videos should not last longer than three minutes because viewers have the attention span of a LOL cat. Fast forward to this fall, and 30% of total video viewing time on tablet devices are sp ...

  35. Chart Moves: 'Halo 4' Sets Record as Highest-Charting Video Game Soundtrack Ever

    November 01, 2012 12:11 PM EDT The Billboard 200: On the Billboard 200 chart this week, all the news seemed to revolve around Taylor Swift and her striking debut at No. 1 with "Red." The set sold 1.208 million copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan, m ...

  36. Business Matters: 7digital, Amazon and Google Selling Taylor Swift's 'Red' at Deep Discounts

    October 30, 2012 7:45 PM EDT Buyers of the digital version of Taylor Swift's "Red" paid the full fare at iTunes last week -- and turned out in great numbers. Great bargains await those who didn't rush out and buy the artist's latest album. Taylor Swif ...

  37. The Orchard's Richard Gottehrer on CMJ's New Music Industry Panel: 'The Business Is An Amalgam of Different Revenue Streams'

    October 21, 2012 11:15 AM EDT CMJ Panel Action Shot: The "Seasoned Experience Implemented in New Music Industry" panel (from left): The Orchard's Richard Gotterher; moderator Robert Singerman; Mom + Pop's Michael Goldstone. (Photo: Chris Palermino) The latt ...

  38. Business Matters: The Big and Small Numbers of Psy's 'Gangnam Style'

    October 19, 2012 9:08 PM EDT Small numbers can tell a big story. Take Psy's "Gangnam Style," for example. His video has been watched about 501 million times on YouTube since being uploaded on July 15. The video is now No. 4 on YouTube's list of most-viewed ...

  39. Luke Bryan Signs Marketing, Cross-Promotion Deal With Cabela's

    October 15, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Country star Luke Bryan, managed by Red Light Management, and Cabela's, billed as the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, have inked a multi-year partnership centered around a series of cross-promotions and m ...

  40. Will Neil Young's 'Pono' Player Really Make Music Sound Better?

    October 05, 2012 11:11 AM EDT Since the dawn of the digital age, some audiophiles have maintained that new formats from the CD to the MP3 and beyond have degraded sound quality. Ever since we left vinyl, music has sounded like crap, they say. Some of the down-with-digital crew ...

  41. Morning Fix: Lucian Grainge on UMG-EMI; Barclays Center Vs. MSG; PSY Tops YouTube; Pussy Riot at NYU

    September 24, 2012 7:38 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. UMG's CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE ON GIVING UP PARLOPHONE, THE 'PROPAGANDA WAR.' FOR REGULATORY APPROVAL: After a whirlwind Friday in which Universal Music finally r ...

  42. Morning Fix: BMG's $20 Piracy Fine, Shakira, Usher To Judge 'The Voice,' Google's Instagram, TV On the Radio's ATP

    September 18, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. JEFF CASTELAZ IN LINE TO TAKE OVER ELEKTRA: SOURCE: As Billboard.biz speculated Friday, Dangerbird Records co-founder Jeff Castelaz -- who, with general manager Matt Solod ...

  43. Psy Still No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, 50 Cent Makes 'Sexy' Return

    September 14, 2012 5:26 PM EDT Psy tops the Billboard Social 50 for the third week in a row as he continues to showcase his "Gangnam Style" song and its signature dance in the United States. Last week, he appeared on MTV's Video Music Awards broadcast (Sept. 6) w ...

  44. Animal Collective Howl For The Masses

    August 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Esoteric band Animal Collective releases 'Centipede Hz,' its most accessible album yet. A decade removed from the looped yelps and muddy chants that composed the brunt of its early work, Animal Collective's latest album, "Centi ...

  45. Morning Fix: Rick Rubin's Universal Republic Deal; Apple Vs Samsung; Carly Rae's Social Media Model

    August 22, 2012 8:29 AM EDT Billboard.Biz Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO M ...

  46. Business Matters: Streaming Is Growing -- Is Vevo?

    August 20, 2012 2:19 PM EDT With streaming music the new high-growth segment in digital music, there are expectations on music video network Vevo to put up good numbers every month. But is the company delivering? Well, maybe. Read on. Vevo's comScore July numbers -- inc ...

  47. Rdio Licenses 3 Million Tracks from CD Baby, TuneCore

    August 16, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Rdio announced Thursday it has added the catalogs of distributors CD Baby and TuneCore. Rdio CEO Drew Larner tells Billboard.biz the deal increases Rdio's catalog by 3 million tracks to over 18 million. Rdio, currently working on a program to ...

  48. Updated: Jeff Price, Peter Wells Out of Tunecore

    August 15, 2012 8:44 PM EDT After several weeks of rumors, Tunecore CEO/President Jeff Price announced today that he and Peter Wells have left the company. Price, Wells and Gary Burke founded the company in 2006. According to sources, the Tunecore board voted to oust Price f ...

  49. Viacom Ordered To Pay $300 Million Over 'Rock Band' Acquisition

    August 13, 2012 5:26 PM EDT Viacom has suffered a $300 million loss in a Delaware court tied to its 2006 acquisition of Harmonix, the studio that created the Rock Band video games. Although Viacom sold Harmonix in 2010 , it is still paying for the decision to buy the game st ...

  50. Business Matters: Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music

    August 10, 2012 8:40 PM EDT Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music -- It's ironic that Warner Music Group now gets 25% of its recorded music digital revenue from some of services that were supposedly off limits to venture capital. The company announced in its e ...

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