Digital media

  1. RightsFlow Acquired by Google

    December 09, 2011 3:22 PM EST RightsFlow has been acquired by Google, according to a note posted on the site by the company president and CEO Patrick Sullivan. The note is vague on details, so it is unclear how the move will impact the company's relationships with other d ...

  2. Web Trends: Watch A New Major Lazer Video

    December 08, 2011 2:00 PM EST Google Trends: No new music trends Twitter Music Trends: No new music trends Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No new music news NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Discussion: The Year In Music, 2011 2. NPR Classical's 10 Favorite Albums Of 2011 3. Bob ...

  3. Black Keys Withold New 'El Camino' LP From Spotify, Other Streaming Services

    December 08, 2011 1:00 PM EST Many artists have doubts about music-streaming services, largely due to the fear that companies like Spotify and Rhapsody detract from already declining music sales. The Black Keys are the latest addition to that group: their recently released &qu ...

  4. Web Trends: Listen To A New Kelly Clarkson Christmas Song

    December 06, 2011 4:00 PM EST Google Trends: 4. kristin chenoweth : The singer co-hosted the CMA's 8. country music awards : The awards show went down last night Twitter Music Trends: The Roots : The hip-hop group dropped their latest album, "Undun," today Digg ...

  5. Web Trends: Listen To A New Track From Common And John Legend

    December 05, 2011 4:52 PM EST Common - "The Believer" ft. John Legend by ThinkCommon Google Trends: No new music-related trends at this time. Twitter Music Trends: No new music-related trends at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No new music-related stories ...

  6. Web Trends: Watch The New Ludacris And Waka Flocka Flame Video

    December 01, 2011 4:00 PM EST Google Trends: 3. 2012 grammy nominations : The Grammy nominations were announced last night 6. grammys 2011 : See above 15. amber rose : The model recently spoke with Billboard and BET about her upcoming debut album Twitter Music Trends: No new m ...

  7. Music App Developers Anticipating Spotify-Driven Boom

    December 01, 2011 3:57 PM EST One one level, Spotify's transformation into a music platform was a simple technical matter of exposing an application programming interface (API) to app developers and publications and allowing them to treat Spotify like a web browser for th ...

  8. Altered Zones, DIY/Indie Blog Collective, Shutters After 16 Months

    November 30, 2011 6:45 PM EST This afternoon, DIY and indie fans are mourning the loss of the Pitchfork-associated blog collective Altered Zones, whose founders posted a farewell message to the site this afternoon, citing new endeavors. The site was a mere 16 months old, but b ...

  9. Spotify Unveils New API Platform, Announces Partnerships With Billboard, Rolling Stone, Others

    November 30, 2011 1:27 PM EST Spotify Founder and CEO Danel Ek at the New York press conference where he announced the opening up of the music streaming service's API to outside developers. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek announced the launch of a new API (Application Programming I ...

  10. Web Trends: Listen To A New Marina And The Diamonds Song

    November 29, 2011 4:30 PM EST Google Trends: No new music-related trends at this time. Twitter Music Trends: No new music-related trends at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No new stories at this time. NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Listen: Jacaszek, 'Glimmer&# ...

  11. Business Matters: What to Expect from Spotify's 'New Direction' Press Conference Next Week

    November 21, 2011 6:31 PM EST What to Expect from Spotify's 'New Direction' Press Conference -- Spotify sent out an announcement Monday morning for a "global press conference" that will take place on November 30 in New York. The event will be hosted by ...

  12. Web Trends: Watch Florence and The Machine Bring 'Shake It Out' To SNL

    November 21, 2011 4:34 PM EST Google Trends: 1. ama awards 2011 2. music awards Twitter Music Trends: 1. #ThanksgivingBands 2. American Music Awards Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Taylor Swift Wins Artist Of The Year At AMAs NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Les Claypool: Need-To- ...

  13. Billboard FutureSound Closes With Panels on Making Money in the Digital World, EMI and EchoNest's Developers' Sandbox

    November 19, 2011 6:24 PM EST SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 18: SVP of Digital Strategy & New Business from Island Def Jam John Vanhala, CEO of The Echo Nest Jim Lucchese, VP of Digital Products at EMI Music Group Neil Tinegate, Founder of Muzine Jim Cannella and Founder of ...

  14. Web Trends: Watch New Florence and The Machine Video For 'No Light, No Light'

    November 18, 2011 4:13 PM EST Google Trends: 1. No new music-related trends at this time. Twitter Music Trends: 1. No new music-related trends at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Is the Grateful Dead an Indie Rock Godfather? NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Yo-Yo Ma, Edg ...

  15. Grooveshark Has New And Improved Look, But Same Old Problems

    November 18, 2011 2:50 PM EST Music streaming service Groovshark has a new, slicker look that is sure to please its customers. But the Gainvesville, Florida-based company also has the same issues that have followed it for years. . Grooveshark has always carried itself differen ...

  16. Video: This Week In Music With Sonos CEO John Macfarlane

    November 18, 2011 12:30 PM EST On this edition of This Week In Music, Ian Rogers sits down with Sonos CEO John Macfarlane to discuss the future of Sonos, streaming music, and subscription services. Sonos, with their wireless HiFi players and music systems, have meshed will subs ...

  17. Business Matters: Radical.fm Raises New Funding for Personalized Web-Streaming Service

    November 15, 2011 7:45 PM EST Radical.fm Raises New Funding -- In a year filled with Internet radio stories, it's no surprise that another startup has raised money to deliver a customized song playlist to music lovers. Personalized web streaming service Radical.fm has rai ...

  18. Web Trends: Watch Beyonce And The Roots Collab On 'Fallon'

    November 14, 2011 5:28 PM EST Google Trends: 1. Justin Timberlake Marine Corps Ball - JT kept his promise after responding to a request and just wrote an emotional blog post about it. 2. Kenny Chesney - Just announced arena tour with Tim McGraw. Twitter Music Trends: 1. iTunes ...

  19. This Week in Music: Mog CEO David Hyman on Facebook Integration, Why Streaming Is the Way to Go

    November 14, 2011 2:38 PM EST The newest episode of "This Week in Music" features Mog founder and CEO David Hyman in an interview shot live at New Noise Santa Barbara. Hyman discussed the evolution of Mog into a free, web-based music streaming service which has becom ...

  20. Dan Deacon Signs With Domino Records

    November 04, 2011 11:33 AM EDT Updated Bespectacled electronic musician and longtime indie favorite Dan Deacon recently signed with Domino Records. Deacon has actually been working with Domino's publishing company since the release of his widely-praised album, "Spider ...

  21. Business Matters: Cricket's Muve Music Surpasses 250,000 Subscribers

    November 02, 2011 6:17 PM EDT Muve'ing On Up: -- Cricket's Muve Music subscription service doesn't get the media attention of its peers, but it has surpassed 250,000 subscribers and appears to paying dividends for the mobile carrier. Cricket parent company Leap ...

  22. Pandora Partners With DMX To Launch Internet Radio For Businesses

    November 01, 2011 12:32 PM EDT Broadcast radio isn't the only market ready for disruption. Internet radio company Pandora unveiled on Tuesday a business-to-business product in conjunction with brand experience service DMX . Pandora for businesses costs $24.95 per month plu ...

  23. Rdio Expands to Brazil

    November 01, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio announced Tuesday it is launching in Brazil later this week. The expansion makes Brazil the third Rdio market after the U.S. and Canada. Brazil's recorded music industry has a reputation for rampant piracy and ...

  24. Courtney Holt, Former MySpace Music President, Becomes COO at Maker Studios

    October 31, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Maker Studios announced Monday (October 31) that Courtney Holt, the former president of MySpace Music, has joined as chief operating officer. In this newly created role, Holt will be responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the Mak ...

  25. Billboard FutureSound Conference To Showcase Tomorrow's Startups; More Panelists Announced

    October 28, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Every conference needs keynotes and executives that everyone attending knows and wants to hear from and speak with. But we believe a good digital music conference should also be about discovering new companies and services you've not yet hear ...

  26. YouTube Set to Announce TV Initiative With 100 Niche Channels

    October 28, 2011 5:00 PM EDT In a low-budget early effort to compete with satellite and cable TV providers, YouTube is set to announce Friday that it has partnered with several entities to roll out television-style channels with professionally produced shows that will strike ...

  27. Web Trends: Watch New Beyonce Video For "Party (Remix)" Featuring J. Cole

    October 27, 2011 5:31 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. No new music-related trends at this time. Twitter Music Trends: 1. #lessexcitingbandnames - people are making jokes like "Florence and the Washing Machine" 2. The Way You Move -a video was just released for th this new ...

  28. Business Matters: Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September

    October 24, 2011 10:05 PM EDT Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September -- Music video network Vevo again ranks at #2 on comScore's list of top U.S. online video properties according to number of unique viewers. The company racked up 57.3 million unique visitors and 7 ...

  29. Web Trends: Listen To A New Drake Track Featuring Lil Wayne

    October 21, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Drake featuring Lil Wayne - The Real Her by Hypetrak Google Trends: No new music trends Twitter Music Trends: PROUD OF NICKI : People are tweeting support for Nicki Minaj Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 3. Want to meet Coldplay? NPR Music Most Vie ...

  30. Spotify, Elektra Execs Make Fortune's '40 Under 40' List

    October 20, 2011 3:17 PM EDT Spotify, Eleketra Execs Make Fortune's "40 Under 40" List Music Executives representing Spotify and Elektra Records make a strong showing on Fortune's new "40 Under 40" list . That's a change from last year' ...

  31. Beatport Launches Baseware, Will Begin Selling Music Through iTunes, Spotify, Rdio, Mobile Apps

    October 19, 2011 12:50 PM EDT Yesterday (Oct. 18), Beatport - a digital music store with one of the largest collections of electronic music - announced the creation of Baseware, a new digital music distribution company that will simplify the process of packaging, distributing ...

  32. Web Trends: Watch New Kendrick Lamar Video

    October 14, 2011 4:43 PM EDT Google Trends: 1. 2. charlie daniels band 2. 18. russell simmons Twitter Music Trend: 1. 2. #PrayForRickRoss 2. 8. #HAPPY BIRTHDAY USHER Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Taylor Swift Named Billboard's Woman Of The Year NPR Music Most Viewed ...

  33. Universal Music's Digster.fm Playlists Now Available on Rdio

    October 13, 2011 2:07 PM EDT Digster.fm , the music playlist service created by Universal Music Group Distribution, is now integrated with music subscription service Rdio. The service launched in late July and initially made its playlists available at Spotify. Don't miss ...

  34. Business Matters: Spotify Users Get TV Access Through Western Digital

    October 07, 2011 9:08 PM EDT Spotify Users Get TV Access Through Western Digital -- Spotify is now available through Western Digital TV media players. For those of you unfamiliar with Western Digital, the company makes set-top boxes that connect a TV to the Internet (think Ap ...

  35. Business Matters: Rdio Unveils Free Listening Option

    October 06, 2011 6:43 PM EDT Rdio Unveils Free Listening Option -- The freemium business model took another step forward Thursday when subscription service Rdio officially unveiled its free, advertising-free level of service. Rdio also offers web-only access ($4.99 per month) ...

  36. Seven of 16 Facebook Music Services Are Now Live -- Here's What They Do

    October 04, 2011 7:30 AM EDT On Sept. 22, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced 16 music partners ranging from almost-unheard-of to the incredibly popular. Of those, seven have completed their integration with Facebook, meaning that they can automatically send users' li ...

  37. Business Matters: Why Bob Pittman Is A Good Clear Channel CEO

    October 03, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Why Bob Pittman Is A Good Clear Channel CEO -- The appointment of Bob Pittman as Clear Channel Outdoor CEO is not only a good move for the company but one that signals a new era in digital music. Clear Channel has long been called a dinosaur and t ...

  38. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Amanda Marks

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 6 Amanda Marks Global head of digital accounts, Universal Music Group Website: Universalmusic.com Twitter: @AmandaMarks Amanda Marks is one of the most influential executives in the digital media industry. She has been a key member of Universa ...

  39. Web Trends: Listen to Young Jeezy's New Single With T.I.

    September 30, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Young Jeezy featuring T.I. - F.A.M.E. by Hypetrak Google Trends: 15. ben folds : People are excited over the upcoming Ben Folds Five album 19. tony bennett : The singer topped the Billboard 200 last week Twitter Music Trends: No new music trends D ...

  40. Jennifer Lopez's 'Papi' Video Drives Her Up Social 50

    September 29, 2011 9:09 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez leaps into the top 30 of Billboard's Social 50 chart, climbing 38-29, thanks to buzz generated by her TV commercial with Fiat, a new music video, and a red-hot performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. During ESPN's & ...

  41. Zynga's CityVille Finally Gets Music with Enrique Iglesias

    September 29, 2011 2:52 PM EDT Virtual Branding: Enrique Iglesias (left) and CityVille's Busy Business Woman are joing forces to help promote the former's "Euphoria Tour." Zynga's CityVille, the enormously popular Facebook game boasting some 72 million ...

  42. Business Matters: Another Indie Sours on Streaming Services, But How Solid Is the Math?

    September 28, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Another Indie Sours on Streaming Services, But How Solid Is the Math? -- Another indie label has announced it is leaving streaming services due to their low payouts from the music service. Projekt Records founder Sam Rosenthal explained at the Pro ...

  43. French Music Sales Drop 5% First Half of 2011; Digital Way Up, Accounts For Nearly A Quarter of All Sales

    September 27, 2011 6:10 PM EDT The French recorded music market dropped 5.7% for the first half of 2011 to €225.9 million (about $307 million) labels body SNEP (which stands for Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique) revealed at a Paris press conference last week. ...

  44. Web Trends: Listen to Bruno Mars' New Single, Watch Twin Sister's New Video

    September 27, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Bruno Mars - It Will Rain by brunomars Google Trends: No new music trends Twitter Music Trend: Happy Birthday Lil Wayne : It's the rapper's birthday Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No new music trends NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First List ...

  45. MOG Now Available on Samsung TVs

    September 27, 2011 12:44 PM EDT Barely a week after unveiling an innovative new free usage tier , streaming music service MOG is now available on a range of Samsung-made smart TVs and Blu-ray players, expanding its interest into the living room. The service makes its way to thes ...

  46. Cricket Rides Muve Music Success to Nationwide Rollout

    September 22, 2011 11:36 AM EDT Cricket Communications, the wireless operator behind the surprise hit Muve Music service, is going national. The pre-paid carrier to date has operated only in select markets nationwide, 35 states and amassed some 5.7 million customers. The plan no ...

  47. Today's Facebook f8 Conference: What Can We Expect?

    September 22, 2011 11:15 AM EDT All eyes will be on today's Facebook's f8 conference. Its official motto is "Read. Watch. Listen." - and we can expect some important news related to the "listen" component. Music should be a focal point of the day, a ...

  48. Viacom Demands to Be Repaid $131 Million From Shareholders of 'Rock Band' Maker

    September 19, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Shareholder lawsuits against big corporations are quite common. But rarely does a corporation turn around and sue its stockholders. That's what's happening at Viacom, which on Friday sued former stockholders of ex-subsidiary Harmonix Mus ...

  49. Business Matters: Music Videos Great for Pre-Roll Ads, Study Finds

    September 16, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Music Videos Are Great for Pre-Roll Ads, Study Finds -- Preroll ads shown before music videos perform quite a bit better than prerolls shown before other types of videos, according to numbers shared by TubeMogul , the video advertising platform fo ...

  50. Rdio to Launch Free Tier -- Without Advertising -- 'Soon,' COO Says

    September 16, 2011 11:28 AM EDT http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/digital-and-mobile/mog-adds-free-music-tier-1005353212.story the addition of a free tier to its subscription service. Both announcements add ...

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