Digital media

  1. Business Matters: Ignore the Telegraph, Here's the Real State of Streaming Revenue

    August 02, 2012 4:46 PM EDT Most Musicians Don't Get More From Streaming Than Other Revenue Don't be suckered into believing a Telegraph headline, possibly rehashed without thought by a blog, that musicians are getting more from online streaming than other revenue ...

  2. 40 Under 40: Rio Caraeff

    August 02, 2012 2:46 PM EDT Rio Caraeff President/CEO, Vevo Website: Vevo.com Twitter: @RioZilla Taking It Worldwide Vevo President/CEO Rio Caraeff, 37, has sought a flexible, nimble startup culture for the music video network. Now, he must be nimble across multiple time zon ...

  3. 40 Under 40: Alexander Ljung

    August 02, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Alexander Ljung Music Sponsorship Agent, Creative Artists Agency Website: Soundcloud.com Twitter: @Alexanderljung Forecasting Music's Future SoundCloud has grown into a near-ubiquitous platform for sound on the Internet. If you've stream ...

  4. Business Matters: Century Media Was Destined to Return to Spotify

    July 30, 2012 8:53 PM EDT Century Media Was Destined to Return to Spotify -- Citing Spotify's promotional value and feedback from fans, metal label Century Media has returned its catalog to the on-demand subscription service . At the time, the label said Spotify' ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Skrillex Contributing Music for Disney's 'Wreck-It Ralph'

    July 13, 2012 5:53 PM EDT Skrillex is on a roll: the superstar DJ will contribute music to Disney Animation's forthcoming film, Wreck-It Ralph. His new gig, announced at Comic-Con on Thursday, comes on the heels of the news that he'll also compose new material fo ...

  7. Sweden's Unique Music Story Continues: Subscriptions Up Big, CDs Flat in First Half of 2012

    July 13, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Music revenues are quite healthy in the land where streaming rules. Figures released this week by the Swedish Recording Industry Association say recorded music revenues grew 30% in the first half of 2012, according to a report at the Swedeish Engl ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. U.S. Judge Allows Megaupload to Seek Dismissal, But Not Access to Funds

    July 03, 2012 3:00 PM EDT The U.S. federal judge overseeing the case against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has decided to allow his attorneys to argue for a motion to dismiss allegations against the company, but has also decided for the moment against the unfreezing of ass ...

  10. Business Matters: Is Spotify Labels' #2 Source of Revenue? Probably Not

    June 27, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Streaming Services Not No. 2 Source of Label Revenue Spotify may be the second-largest digital account for major labels, but streaming is hardly their second-largest source of revenue. In fact, it's unlikely that any single subscription servi ...

  11. Business Matters: Twitter Now a Place to Debut New Music

    June 25, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Blur to Debut New Songs Via Twitter Feed Twitter is the new MySpace -- in a good way. Blur will debut two new songs live on Twitter when they perform two new songs via a worldwide live video stream on Monday 2nd July. The event will take place at ...

  12. Body Rock: Is Zumba the Next Music Platform?

    June 20, 2012 1:05 PM EDT If you're a Zumba fan, you know what to do when you hear Pitbull's "Pause:" "go" forward for four steps, "stop" for four beats, "drop" for four (thrusting hips forward as you do so, of course) and ...

  13. A2IM's Indie Week Day One: U.S.'s Shrinking World Market Share, YouTube Helps Indies, Playing China

    June 20, 2012 9:21 AM EDT A2IM's Exporting to the Emerging Music Market in China Panel: Moderator Robert Singerman, on the far right with (from left), Laura Devine Attorney's lawyer Anastasia Tonello, China Audio-Video Assn. Secretary general Ju Wang; Shanghai Sy ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. How Spotify, SoundCloud Changed the Way Blogs Talk About Music at New Music Seminar

    June 18, 2012 2:38 PM EDT Is Spotify killing the album review? That question and other issues like rights clearances and Mp3 hosting platforms were explored in a panel, "Music Blogs: Discovering The Best New Music," at the New Music Seminar Monday. "Music cr ...

  16. New Zealand High Court Orders Urgent Review of Megaupload Case

    June 15, 2012 1:00 PM EDT New Zealand's High Court is getting involved in the ongoing attempt to extradite Kim Dotcom and other Megaupload employees the U.S. for trial. Last month, a U.S. district court judge decided that it would only be fair to allow Megaupload' ...

  17. U.K. Retailer Tesco Buys We7, Digital Music Service Co-Founded by Peter Gabriel

    June 15, 2012 7:44 AM EDT U.K. supermarket giant Tesco has acquired London-based digital music service We7 for £10.8 million ($16.8 million), in which music legend Peter Gabriel owns a stake. The deal expands Tesco's digital entertainment offerings that already includ ...

  18. This Week In Music: D.A. Wallach on Chester French, Spotify's Roadblocks, 'Accommodationist Culture'

    June 14, 2012 3:17 PM EDT On this episode of This Week in Music live from Sonos' studios in Los Angeles, host Ian Rogers of Topspin sits down with D.A. Wallach of Chester French fame and Spotify's official artist in residence. Here, the technology-minded artist t ...

  19. Vevo Co-founder Fred Santarpia Talks About His Years at the Company, New Role at Conde Nast

    June 07, 2012 5:02 PM EDT As a founding partner and general manager of Vevo, Fred Santarpia helped create an online premium-content marketplace for music videos and music-related content. But can he do the same for Conde Nast? As the new executive vice president-chief digi ...

  20. No Doubt to Argue Lawsuit Against Activision In Front of Jury

    May 29, 2012 4:25 PM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- No Doubt's attorneys can argue to a jury that the band was misled by gaming giant Activision Publishing Inc. about how its likeness would be used in the video game "Band Hero," a judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling b ...

  21. Spotify to Launch in Australia and New Zealand Tuesday

    May 21, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Spotify will launch in Australia and New Zealand Tuesday, giving the leading on-demand music service its first presence outside Europe and the United States and its 14th and 15th overall markets. The service's catalog will have 16 million tra ...

  22. Spotify, BandPage Win, Slick Rick Performs at SoundCtrl's FlashFWD Awards

    May 18, 2012 2:00 PM EDT SoundCtrl's FlashFWD Awards were presented at the Gramercy Theater Tuesday as part of Internet Week. (Photo Courtesy: NickyDigital.com) At 7pm on a rainy Tuesday evening right in the middle of Internet Week NY , tech entrepreneurs and music e ...

  23. Exclusive: Muve Music Adds TuneCore, the Orchard and CD Baby

    May 15, 2012 12:05 AM EDT Muve Music, the music subscription of Cricket Wireless with 600,000 subscribers across the U.S., has added the catalogs of TuneCore, the Orchard and CD Baby. The deals will more than double Muve Music's catalog to over 10 million tracks, head ...

  24. Web Trends: Serena Williams Is A Rapper

    May 11, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Google Trends: No new topics trending. Twitter Music Trend: 5. #ReplaceEminemSongWithShady Eminem fans have some fun via Twitter replacing words in his song titles with "Shady." 9. Serena Williams The tennis star makes her rap debut and ...

  25. Facebook Announces New App Center

    May 10, 2012 12:29 PM EDT Late yesterday (May 9), Facebook announced on its Developer Blog a new App Center, which it describes as both a place for people to discover social apps and a vehicle for developers to promote and build upon their apps. The post, written by Facebo ...

  26. Soundcloud Passes 15 Million Users, Launches New Design in Private Beta

    May 10, 2012 8:06 AM EDT Soundcloud announced a complete site redesign that aims to bolster the site's audio sharing features. The new site has already launched via private beta invite, and will continue to roll out to the entire community over the next few months. & ...

  27. Tech Types Tackle TV-Music Tie-Ins at NARM

    May 10, 2012 7:40 AM EDT Turning living rooms into virtual record stores guided by television shows and ads is just a few technological clicks away from becoming a reality. How to get there -- and who needs to play role in that development -- was the subject of a presenta ...

  28. Alliance to Distribute CD Baby Catalog

    May 08, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Alliance Entertainment has signed on to distribute CD Baby's inventory of hundreds of thousands of titles to its brick and mortar account base, as well as the online stores serviced by the giant wholesaler. According to the announcement, CD B ...

  29. Rdio Hosts Hack Day For In-House Team, Produces RSS, Shazam Apps

    May 08, 2012 12:47 PM EDT At its San Francisco headquarters, Rdio recently held its first-ever hack day -- a marathon event where coders build stuff that works, fast. Most hack days , including the one our editor just attended in Sydney , are open to the public and consist ...

  30. Web Trends: Leonard Cohen Announces Tour

    May 03, 2012 4:33 PM EDT Google Trends: There are no google music trends at this time. Twitter Music Trend: There are no twitter music trends at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 11. Rock Band iOS not shutting down NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Dudes Act Like A Lady: ...

  31. Business Matters: Topspin Partners with TuneCore

    May 02, 2012 3:32 PM EDT Topspin and TuneCore Announce a 'Technical Integration' Digital sales and marketing has gotten easier and more affordable as two leaders in their respective fields announced a partnership Wednesday. Digital distributor TuneCore and direc ...

  32. Deezer Expands to Canada, Australia & New Zealand

    April 25, 2012 8:41 AM EDT French music streaming service Deezer is debuting in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, marking the company's first forays into those regions in the world. Previously, Deezer had been operational in France, the U.K., and Belgium, but had told ...

  33. How Oceana's Euro 2012 Soccer Cup Synch Could Make Her a Global Superstar

    April 25, 2012 6:50 AM EDT German pop singer Oceana is set to receive a major sales boost this summer when her song "Endless Summer" is placed in front of a potential global audience of over a billion people as the official song of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament. ...

  34. Business Matters: Official.fm Targets Business Users for its Music Platform

    April 23, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Official.fm Simplifies Management For Artists Artists and labels have no shortage of tools for promoting music online. Official.fm wants to simply the process. "Official.fm aims to provide a single place for artists, labels and managers to ma ...

  35. eMusic Rolls Out Record Store Day Heat Map App

    April 20, 2012 2:36 PM EDT Saturday is official Record Store Day, which means it's almost time to implement your H2BB (home-to-business bicycle) to purchase vinyl music, if you're the type, as even relatively young digital music consumers appear to be . Record Sto ...

  36. German Court Rules Against YouTube In GEMA Copyright Case

    April 20, 2012 1:04 PM EDT BERLIN (AP) -- A German court has ruled that online video platform YouTube must install filters to prevent users from uploading some music videos whose rights are held by a music-royalties collecting body. German news agency dapd reported that the ...

  37. Vevo Launches in Australia and New Zealand

    April 16, 2012 6:52 AM EDT Vevo has opened for business in Australia and New Zealand. The on-demand music service launched here Monday, through a partnership with locally-based MCM Media, a leading producer of entertainment content for radio, digital, TV and events. Vevo In ...

  38. Web Trends: M.I.A. Writes Music for WikiLeaks Talk Show

    April 13, 2012 4:49 PM EDT Google Trends: 4. esperanza spalding - the jazz singer and last year's Best New Artist winner performed on "The Daily Show" last night. Twitter Music Trend: None at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. OK Go - White Knuckle ...

  39. Spotify May Seek More Funding, But No IPO

    April 13, 2012 2:13 PM EDT Spotify will lose a projected $60 million this year, despite a massive growth in revenue to $889 million, but that's not fazing CEO Daniel Ek. "Our focus is entirely on growth," he told Swedish paper Dagens Industri ( via TechCrunch ...

  40. Megaupload Lawyer Accused of Conflict of Interest By U.S. Government

    April 13, 2012 1:30 PM EDT In the coming prosecution of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, the U.S. government says that it intends to call as witnesses many Hollywood and tech executives, including officials from the Walt Disney Co., Fox, Time Warner, Paramount, YouTube and Go ...

  41. Web Trends: Lil B Lectures at NYU

    April 12, 2012 4:13 PM EDT Google Trends: 6. axel rose - guns n' roses front man has penned an open letter to the rock and roll hall of tame, declining induction to the hall 15. rock and roll hall of fame Twitter Music Trend: 8. always with jonas brothers - jonas broth ...

  42. Web Trends: New Video from 2 Chainz

    April 09, 2012 4:57 PM EDT Google Trends: 6. jake owen -- Country singer Jake Owen proposed to his girlfriend Lacey Buchanan, on Saturday at the Citrus Bowl at Vero Beach High (where he went to high school). Twitter Music Trend: #NameYourFavoriteRapper -- People are Tweetin ...

  43. Megaupload Demands Return of Seized Data, Other Assets

    April 09, 2012 1:49 PM EDT In preparation for a high-stakes criminal prospection of Kim Dotcom and other leaders from Megaupload, the U.S. government caused the seizure of hundreds of millions of dollars and won't let the company purchase its data back from its U.S.-ba ...

  44. Web Trends: Beyonce Joins Tumblr

    April 05, 2012 4:50 PM EDT Google Trends: 15. burger king mary j bilge - Burger King pulls controversial Mary J. Blige Chicken Ad Twitter Music Trend: 2. #First20SongsOnShuffle - A twitter trend to post the first 20 songs that come up on an individual consumer's iTunes ...

  45. Spotify Integrates With The Echo Nest's API To Improve App Platform

    March 29, 2012 10:30 AM EDT The Echo Nest today announced that it will be integrating its API with Spotify, effectively allowing app developers to use the Echo Nest's vastly influential music intelligence algorithms in order to create apps within the Spotify model. All ...

  46. Layoffs at The Orchard Following Ioda Merger

    March 27, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Digital distributors the Orchard has laid off employees just three weeks after its merger with the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA). According sources with knowledge of the layoffs, ten people from the IODA side of the business were ...

  47. Backbeat: Rdio Hosts Canadian Digital Music Tech Summit

    March 26, 2012 6:37 PM EDT (L-R): Jonas Woost, Executive Producer,CBC Radio 3, and Director of Programming, transmitNOW, Scott Bagby, VP, Strategic & International Partnerships, Rdio, and Rachel Noonan, Marketing & PR, Rdio pose at the Rdio function. (Photo: Sue Hol ...

  48. Vevo Now Syndicating Content to Yahoo! Music

    March 21, 2012 5:11 PM EDT Yahoo! Music has become Vevo's latest syndication partner. The deal means Vevo's videos are now streamed through a Vevo video player at one of the most heavily trafficked websites in the country. Business Matters: ABC News Helps Yahoo! O ...

  49. Is Beats Audio Acquiring Mog?

    March 19, 2012 8:34 PM EDT Is Beats Audio buying music-subscription service Mog? A report Monday at Business Insider has an unnamed source saying the deal was done last week, although a report Tuesday at All Things D said the deal has not yet closed. While at press time, ne ...

  50. Business Matters: ABC News Helps Yahoo! Overtake Vevo for #2 in U.S. Online Video Traffic

    March 19, 2012 4:43 PM EDT Yahoo! Bumps Vevo To #3 In Online Video Rankings A deal to stream ABC News video helped Yahoo! overtake Vevo for second place in the U.S. online video rankings for February, according to comScore. Google sites had 16.7 billion video streams, Yahoo ...

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