Digital media

  1. Jez Bell, Peter Bradbury, Matt DeFlippis Discuss: Do We Need Music Collecting Societies in the Digital Age? @SXSW Panel

    March 16, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Jez Bell, Director of Licensing Omnifone; Matt DeFilippis VP New Media & Technology ASCAP; Peter Bradbury Head of Rights BBC (Photo: Jason Gross) Who cares about companies who collect royalties for songwriters and publishers (i.e. ASCAP, BMI)? ...

  2. Web Trends: Watch A New Video From Hot Chip

    March 15, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Google Trends: No new music trends Twitter Music Trends: No new music trends Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 9. Overblown? Is SXSW more About the Parties Now? NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. NPR Music Live From SXSW 2. The Austin 100: A SXSW Mix 3. Alab ...

  3. SXSW Panel Tackles Questions, Perils of Royalty Contracts

    March 14, 2012 7:57 PM EDT Are any bands earning any money from the digital music biz? Only some are. So why isn't the rest being gobbled up by artists? Read All of Our SXSW Coverage Right Here That question and the perils of royalty contracts were addressed at this pa ...

  4. Walmart Launches Disc To Digital Service

    March 14, 2012 8:03 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wal-Mart pledged to help introduce Hollywood's emerging online movie locker system to its customers, many of whom have never owned anything digital in their lives. People who own DVDs or Blu-ray discs from five participati ...

  5. GEMA's 2011 Earnings Drop

    March 14, 2012 7:30 AM EDT The German collection society GEMA in 2011 saw a decrease in its income of 4.3 percent and an increase in operating costs of 14.9 percent. The yearly report was announced today by GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker in Munich. In 2011, the rights organizati ...

  6. Spotify's Ken Parks @ SXSW Panel: No Reason Why Music Biz Can't be 'Multiples of Size' Larger

    March 13, 2012 8:19 PM EDT Left to right: Billboard editorial director Bill Werde and Spotify chief content officer Ken Parks. (Photo credit: Glenn Peoples) No other digital music company -- perhaps with the exception of Apple -- has been so closely covered in the last two ...

  7. Is CNN Set To Buy Mashable?

    March 12, 2012 10:21 AM EDT News coming out of SXSW Interactive today says that CNN may be about to purchase tech website Mashable in a deal that would reportedly be worth around $200 million, according to a Reuters report . Rumors are flying fast, with Reuters reporting tha ...

  8. Sony Music Unlimited Brings Offline Playback to Android App

    March 09, 2012 6:15 AM EST Sony Music Unlimited, the all-you-can-hear music subscription service that represents Sony's answer to Spotify, MOG, Rhapsody and so on, added a crucial new feature to its Android app on Thursday: the ability to store music on an Android smar ...

  9. Songkick Gets Investment from Sequoia Capital

    March 08, 2012 12:54 PM EST In the latest deal involving a data-driven music company, music database startup Songkick has landed an investment from venture capital firm Sequoia Capital. Songkick, based in East London with an office in the San Francisco Bay area, has created ...

  10. ASCAP Revenues Up, Operating Expenses Down

    March 08, 2012 9:55 AM EST ASCAP has posted a 5.3% increase in revenue to $985 million from the $935 million that the company reported in 2010. Moreover, the organization's operating expense ratio declined by two percentage points to 11.9%. That means the performance r ...

  11. Audiogalaxy Jumps Into Internet Radio

    March 06, 2012 2:34 PM EST Audiogalaxy jumped into the Internet radio game Tuesday with Mixes, a free web-based service that plays personalized streams of songs. Internet radio is an increasingly crowded market, but Audiogalaxy does it a bit differently. The web-based Inter ...

  12. Business Matters: Vevo Tightens Facebook Partnership, Kim Dotcom Rails Against Copyright Law

    March 01, 2012 5:16 PM EST Vevo Moves Closer To Facebook, But Won't Jump Yet Starting March 9, Vevo users can log into the service using only Facebook. News of the change was sent to Vevo users and a copy of the email was posted at Digital Music News . A Vevo spokesper ...

  13. Web Trends: R.I.P. Davy Jones, New Videos From Gorillaz and Kylie Minogue

    February 29, 2012 4:27 PM EST Google Trends: None at this time. Twitter Music Trend: 1. R.I.P. Davy Jones - Twitter users are mourning the late Monkees singer. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No Music News/Video at this time. NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Listen: Andrew Bird ...

  14. Mog Not 'Actively' Shopping Itself, CEO Says (Report)

    February 28, 2012 9:01 PM EST David Hyman, the CEO of subscription service Mog, says the company has not "actively" been shopping itself, contradicting a report on Tuesday by CNET that the company was struggling and has been seeking a buyer. Speaking to Reuters , Hym ...

  15. Business Matters: Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services?

    February 28, 2012 7:50 PM EST Are Royalties and Windowing Legitimate Controversies for Subscription Services? -- The recurring theme -- or broken record -- of digital music in the last few months has been the "controversy" regarding artists' discontent with subs ...

  16. Cricket's Muve Music Has Over 600,000 Subscribers, International Expansion Plans (Report)

    February 27, 2012 12:07 PM EST Muve Music, the unlimited music service of mobile carrier Cricket Wireless, has reached 600,000 subscribers and is looking to expand to other markets, according to a report at The Guardian from the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. The number is ...

  17. Rdio Expands to Spain, But Can It Catch On There?

    February 23, 2012 4:48 PM EST Rdio, the subscription-based music streaming service, is taking on the bull by its horns (pun intended). It landed in Spain this week, defying the country's infamous track record with online piracy and blatant consumer unwillingness to pay to ...

  18. Business Matters: Thrillcall's New iPhone App Has Your Live Music Daily Deals

    February 17, 2012 6:40 PM EST Thrillcall's New iPhone App Has Your Live Music Daily Deals -- Live music event aggregator Thrillcall launched an iPhone app this week that focuses on exclusive tickets and packages. The app may give music fans daily deals, but Thrillcall is ...

  19. Enrique Iglesias Returns to Zynga's CityVille

    February 17, 2012 8:05 AM EST NEW YORK - For the first time ever, social gaming giant Zynga has brought back an entertainer for a second integration into one of its games. CityVille, Zynga's biggest game with 47.5 million players each month, according to AppData.com, in S ...

  20. Licensing Talk With TuneCore, BMI, SoundExchange Gets Fiery at SF MusicTech

    February 14, 2012 10:19 AM EST While most of the music industry basked in the Monday afterglow of a raucous Grammy Awards, a panel discussion with BMI, SoundExchange, TuneCore and others turned fiery Monday afternoon at the SF MusicTech Summit, over the heated issue of just how ...

  21. Sleigh Bells Leads Bowery Presents' New YouTube Play at SF MusicTech

    February 13, 2012 5:02 PM EST but that hasn't been the case. http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/branding/video-2012-super ...

  22. Web Trends: Madonna's Stalker In Custody, Grammy Talk

    February 10, 2012 3:55 PM EST Google Trends: No music topics trending this afternoon. Twitter Music Trend: 4. #AFanIsSomeoneWho Music fans join the conversation about what it means to be a fan. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours:No music topics trending on Digg this afternoon. NPR ...

  23. Web Trends: Watch A New Video From Kanye West And Jay-Z

    February 09, 2012 4:00 PM EST Google Trends: No new music trends Twitter Music Trend: Jay-Z & Kanye West :The Throne dropped their video for "Ni**as in Paris" today Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No new music trends NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Guest DJ: Gael Garcí ...

  24. Business Matters: Vevo Should Pay Up, Say Songs Music, Downtown, TuneCore

    February 07, 2012 8:54 PM EST Vevo Should Pay Up, Say Songs Music, Downtown, TuneCore -- Vevo made headlines last week when the video service announced it had generated $150 million in revenue in 2011. To go from launch to $150 million in two years speaks to the company's ...

  25. Amazon Removes TuneCore Music in E.U., U.K. Following Royalty Dispute

    February 01, 2012 5:11 PM EST All TuneCore-distributed music has been removed from the Amazon MP3 store in the European Union and the United Kingdom as of January 24 because of an ongoing dispute concerning non-payment of royalties, according to TuneCore CEO Jeff Price. In a T ...

  26. Can MIDEM Hack Day Help Cellist Zoe Keating Share Loops With Fans?

    January 28, 2012 11:33 AM EST About 30 developers are participating in the second MIDEM Hack Day, which was introduced Monday by SoundCloud VP of business development Dave Haynes (right) and Six Two Productions CEO and creative technologist Martyn Davies (left). They invited p ...

  27. Web Trends: Bruce Springsteen Fans Pained By Ticketmaster

    January 27, 2012 4:17 PM EST Google Trends: 
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  28. Megaupload Founder Dotcom Joked About Hacker Past

    January 25, 2012 12:41 PM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Two years ago, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom joked in emails with his new neighbors in New Zealand about his bad-boy reputation before telling them his criminal past was behind him and he was coming to the country w ...

  29. One Big Database Could Save the Music Business With Billions of Tiny Rivulets

    January 25, 2012 7:30 AM EST In 13-plus years of writing about digital music all day, one of my favorite pieces remains "4 Reasons Music Needs One Big Database," which argues that all of these MP3 blogs, music subscriptions, tweets, videos, streaming radio services, ...

  30. Web Trends: Radiohead contributes 14 songs to new documentary

    January 24, 2012 4:30 PM EST Google Trends: None to Report Twitter Music Trend: None to Report Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours:None to Report ¨NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Listen: Leonard Cohen, 'Old Ideas' 2. 78 78s: In Search Of Lost Time 3. New Mix: Blistering ...

  31. Rob Wells, Universal Music's Global Digital Prez: 'The Idea That Spotify Cannibalizes Sales is Bogus'

    January 24, 2012 12:07 PM EST Coldplay, the Black Keys and Adele may strongly disagree, but making your repertoire available on streaming services does not cannibalize record sales. At least that's the verdict of Rob Wells, president of Universal Music Group's global ...

  32. Vevo In Talks With Facebook, May Leave YouTube (Report)

    January 20, 2012 11:28 AM EST Vevo may be taking its music video service to Facebook, with preliminary talks between the companies signalling what may be the beginning of the end for Vevo's current partnership with Google-owned YouTube, according to CNET . Though Vevo and ...

  33. Rdio, Rara Launch Subscription Streaming In Australia

    January 20, 2012 10:42 AM EST Australia's streaming music marketplace is finally making strides with the launch this week of Rdio and Omnifone-powered Rara.com. Rdio monthly subscriptions are priced at Australian $8.90 ($9.25) for Net-only access or Australian $12.90 ($13 ...

  34. Katy Perry Partners With 'The Sims' For Own Game

    January 17, 2012 12:06 PM EST Electronic Arts announced today (Jan. 17) a collaboration between Katy Perry and virtual reality computer program "The Sims" to create a Collector's Edition game with content and exclusives featuring the "Teenage Dream" st ...

  35. Business Matters: Social Newcomers Tumblr and Pinterest Each Beating MySpace in U.S.

    January 11, 2012 6:28 PM EST --Facebook dominates U.S. social media. Well behind Facebook are two growing social networks you might not be aware of, Tumblr and Pinterest. They have fewer users than Twitter and even MySpace, but they command quite a bit of time. Billboard has ...

  36. TuneCore Expands Into Canada

    January 11, 2012 2:40 PM EST Brooklyn, NY-based TuneCore has expanded its music and video distribution service into Canada. The site, www.tunecore.ca , is exclusive to Canadian artists. The music is priced in Canadian currency and there is no currency conversion on domestic s ...

  37. Business Matters: Kickstarter Pledges Grow 259% To $99 Million In 2011

    January 10, 2012 8:27 PM EST Kickstarter Pledges Grow 259% To $99 Million In 2011 -- Of all the numbers shared Monday by fan-centric fundraising site Kickstarter, one stands out: $99,344,382. That's the dollar amount pledged to projects through the Kickstarter platform i ...

  38. The Echo Nest Partners With Twitter for Better App Integration

    January 10, 2012 11:00 AM EST ://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/digital-and-mobile ...

  39. Cricket's Muve Music Quietly Passes 500,000 Subscribers

    January 09, 2012 9:05 AM EST Mobile carrier Cricket Communications announced Monday it surpassed 500,000 subscribers to Muve Music, the unlimited music service it bundles with mobile service. About one year after launch, Muve Music has quietly amassed about half the subscribe ...

  40. Web Trends: Watch The Flaming Lips Collaborate With Neon Indian

    January 06, 2012 4:35 PM EST Google Music Trends: 6. van halen Twitter Music Trends: 5. Rick Ross Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. The 100 Sexiest Album Covers of All Time NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Tinariwen: Tiny Desk Concert 2. Music To Make You Move: Help NPR Create The ...

  41. Web Trends: Listen To A New The-Dream Track, Watch Wu Lyf Live On 'Letterman'

    January 05, 2012 4:38 PM EST Google Music Trends: 5. clay aiken 7. nick cannon Twitter Music Trends: 3. #90sPopStarCrush Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Nick Cannon Hospitalized For Kidney Failure NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2011 2. Tin ...

  42. Business Matters: The Death of the Album Review?

    January 04, 2012 6:00 PM EST The Death of the Album Review? -- Is the album review destined to decline in importance as the album format loses ground to songs and playlists? LA Weekly's Ben Westhoff mentioned - almost in passing - that the alternative weekly has stopped ...

  43. Beyond Oblivion Shuts Down Before Launch

    January 03, 2012 2:15 PM EST Beyond Oblivion, a New York-based startup with an innovative approach to digital music, has shut down before its product ever launched. A January 3 post at LinkedIn by Janet Mitchell , the company's Sr. Director of Human Resources and Staffin ...

  44. SoundCloud Announces New Round of Funding, Led by Kleiner Perkins

    January 03, 2012 7:48 AM EST SoundCloud announced a new funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the company said in a statement Monday. The size of the funding round was not revealed, but TechCrunch claims the amount is $50 million, which gives the company ...

  45. Viacom Owes $383 Million To Harmonix in 'Rock Band' Dispute Arbitrators Say

    December 28, 2011 7:00 AM EST After already paying $150 million to former shareholders of Harmonix, arbitrators have determined that Viacom owes an additional $383 million to the video game company that created Rock Band, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday. The revela ...

  46. Business Matters: Inside SoundExchange's 2010 and 2011 Numbers

    December 23, 2011 10:10 AM EST The Inevitability of Unpaid Royalties: SoundExchange's 2010 & 2011 Numbers -- SoundExchange, the non-profit organization tasked with collecting and distributing royalties from non-interactive webcasters, paid out $250 million to artists a ...

  47. Zynga, Online Game Maker, Prices Today's IPO at $10 a Share

    December 16, 2011 7:45 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Zynga is poised to harvest some cold hard cash in its initial public offering. Who knew that selling virtual cows and digital corn on Facebook would create a $7 billion company? The online game developer best known for "FarmVi ...

  48. Michael Buble, Zynga Partner for CityVille Integration

    December 15, 2011 9:46 AM EST NEW YORK - Ahead of its IPO, which is scheduled to see its stock starting to trade on Friday, social gaming giant Zynga said Wednesday that its biggest game, CityVille, will run an integration with singer Michael Buble just in time for the holiday ...

  49. Business Matters: Spotify Rising, Now at 10.2 Million Monthly Average Users

    December 14, 2011 6:48 PM EST Spotify Rising, Now at 10.2 Million Monthly Average Users -- Spotify has added about 2.5 million global monthly average users (MAU) in the last month, according to figures available at AppData.com . On Tuesday Spotify's MAU stood at 10.2 mill ...

  50. Rara.com, New Music-Subscription Service, Targets Digital-Music Latecomers

    December 13, 2011 12:39 PM EST Rara.com, a new take on music subscription services, launched Tuesday in 16 territories including the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy and Sweden. It will also launch in seven additional markets, including Canada and Mexico, later this week. The ...

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