Digital media

  1. 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 ...

  2. Rdio Launching Free Service

    September 15, 2011 5:54 PM EDT Rdio, a subscription music service that offers unlimited song plays on mobile devices for a monthly fee, plans to replace its seven-day free trial with one that offers more free listening. Rdio CEO Drew Larner said the system would be "dynami ...

  3. MOG Adds Free Music Tier

    September 14, 2011 5:22 PM EDT The cat's now out of the bag that MOG tomorrow will unveil a new, ad-supported free music tier to its otherwise paid subscription service, called FreePlay. And while the service will get plenty of reviews over its usability and speculation on ...

  4. TechCrunch Disrupt Day Two: Startup Alley Stars

    September 13, 2011 7:12 PM EDT TechCrunch Disrupt's startup alley hosted a handful of companies looking to shake up the music space at today's conference. Highlights included: - Fizziology: This start-up, which monitors online chatter and sentiment, has had a lot of s ...

  5. Blink-182 Stirs Social 50 Chart With 'Up All Night' Video Debut

    September 08, 2011 4:44 PM EDT Blink-182 debuts at No. 21 on Billboard's Social 50 due to the buzz generated by the release of the video for their latest single "Up All Night." Since debuting on Aug. 25, the video has accumulated 2.2 million YouTube views. The ne ...

  6. Web Trends: Watch Paramore Debut A New Track Live, Watch A New Video From Kid Cudi

    September 08, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Google Trends: 12. soulja boy : People are curious about Soulja Boy's apparent diss on the military Twitter Music Trend: MR. RAGER : People are tweeting about Kid Cudi's new video for "Mr. Rager" Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: ...

  7. Deezer, French Music Streaming Service, Launching In U.K.

    September 01, 2011 5:15 PM EDT French music streaming service Deezer is all set to launch in the United Kingdom having proved a big hit in its home market. Established in summer 2007 and currently only available in France, Deezer has over 20 million users and a repertoire of 13 ...

  8. Labels Turning To Distribution Partners To Ease Digital Transition

    September 01, 2011 9:18 AM EDT Record labels traditionally have had three core responsibilities: produce music, market music and distribute music. But what happens if one of those duties is taken away? It's an interesting question to ponder in the digital age, as more la ...

  9. Facebook Music Service: Lots of Rumors, Very Few Specifics

    August 31, 2011 3:20 PM EDT Rumors about Facebook's upcoming "music service" are heating up ahead of its f8 developer's conference on September 22. But good luck trying to discern from the reports the type of service or partnership that might be unveiled. ...

  10. Business Matters: Better Late Than Never? Putumayo Finally Goes Digital

    August 30, 2011 10:41 PM EDT Better Late Than Never? Putumayo Finally Goes Digital -- Better late than never? Putumayo World Music is finally going digital. The label's two newest compilations -- "African Beat" and "Latin Beat" -- are its first distri ...

  11. eMusic Partners With The Echo Nest to Create eMusic Radio

    August 30, 2011 10:57 AM EDT eMusic has partnered with The Echo Nest to build new products for its digital music service using The Echo Nest's music intelligence platform. The first result of the partnership is eMusic Radio, radio programs hosted at eMusic that help list ...

  12. Web Trends, Stream the New Weeknd Mixtape

    August 19, 2011 3:00 PM EDT The Weeknd - Thursday by The_Weeknd Google Trends: No new music trends Twitter Music Trend: No new music news Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Is the Glee Fad Waning? NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. How The Major Labels Sold 'Electronica' To ...

  13. Swedish Label X5 Hires Ex-Amazon Employee Griff Morris For U.S. Operation

    August 17, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Stockholm, Sweden-based label X5, which was created in 2005 to take advantage of digital distribution, has further beefed up its U.S. presence by hiring former Amazon employee Griff Morris. In his new role at X5, Morris will be in charge content d ...

  14. Business Matters: Rhapsody, MetroPCS Partnership Excludes Warner Music Group

    August 17, 2011 6:29 PM EDT Rhapsody, MetroPCS Partnership Excludes Warner Music Group -- Warner Music Group is a holdout in the Rhapsody-MetroPCS bundle r eported Wednesday at Billboard.biz , according a report by CNET. That means subscribers who get the free subscription t ...

  15. Business Matters: 38% of YouTube's July U.S. Visitors Watched a Vevo Video

    August 16, 2011 7:45 PM EDT % of YouTube's July U.S. Visitors Watched a Vevo Video -- Music videos published by music video network Vevo were seen by a whopping 37.8% of YouTube's monthly U.S. unique visitors, according to comScore. On Wednesday the online measur ...

  16. Web Trends, Watch SuperHeavy's Video and Jay-Z and Kanye's "Otis" Video

    August 12, 2011 4:35 PM EDT Google Trends: No music trends Twitter Music Trend: no music trends Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. You Can Bid On Tupac's Death Row Chain NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Listen: Beirut, 'The Rip Tide' 2. SBTRKT: Of Desolation An ...

  17. Web Trends, Watch Michelle Branch's Just Released Music Video

    August 11, 2011 3:53 PM EDT Get More: Michelle Branch , Top 20 Countdown , Loud Music , Music Videos Google Trends: No music trends Twitter Music Trend: No music trends Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Jay-Z Tops Forbes Hip-Hop Earners List NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Alela ...

  18. 'The Voice's' Adam Levine Sues Activision

    August 05, 2011 10:38 PM EDT "The Voice" coach and Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine is suing Activision. Levine has filed a suit against the company's "Guitar Hero" spinoff video game "Band Hero" alleging that the new game exploits his name ...

  19. Web Trends, Watch Maroon 5 On The Today Show

    August 05, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy Google Trends: No music trends Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. 10 Best Cover Songs in Rock History NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Bon Iver, Recorded Live In Concert 2. Monty ...

  20. Tired Yet of Turntable.fm? Here Are Some Alternatives

    August 03, 2011 8:04 PM EDT Console.fm, with its emphasis on electronic music, might be a better fit for some people's social music experience. Social music site Turntable.fm came out of nowhere this summer to become one of the year's most talked about music servic ...

  21. Web Trends, Listen To Drake's New Single "Headlines"

    August 01, 2011 5:02 PM EDT Google Trends: 5. Kings of Leon Kings Of Leon cancel rest of US tour due to Caleb Followill suffering from vocal issues and exhaustion. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. MTV Is 30 Years Old Today NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. How Did MTV Spend Its 30 ...

  22. Web Trends, Listen To Radiohead's Three New Remixes

    July 29, 2011 4:12 PM EDT Google Trends: 3. Soulja Boy The rapper turned 21 on Thursday and he bought himself a $55 million private jet. Twitter Music Trend: No music trends Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. Top Ten Rap Remixes Of '90s R&B Songs NPR Music Most Vi ...

  23. Spotify Gained 70,000 U.S. Subscribers in First Week: Sources

    July 22, 2011 1:02 PM EDT (Bill Werde -- @bwerde ; http://billwerde.tumblr.com/ -- is Billboard's editorial director) In my travels last night and in emails this morning I had three distinct label/publisher execs confirm the same number: that @Spotify has right in the ...

  24. Web Trends; Listen To The Rapture's New Track, Preview Diplo's New Mix

    July 20, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Google Trends: No music trends Twitter Music Trend: No music trends Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: no music trends NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. When Borders Closes, Do Doors Slam Shut In Classical Music? 2. Cry Baby Cry: Songs That Make You Weep 3. ...

  25. Sonos Doubles Down on Streaming With the Play:3 Wireless Speaker System

    July 20, 2011 10:50 AM EDT With streaming music services starting to get mainstream attention, assisted in no small part by the launch Spotify in the U.S., Sonos is ramping up its efforts to establish itself as the home entertainment solution of choice. The wireless, multi- ...

  26. Business Matters: Did You Know 64 Streams Equals One Download?

    July 19, 2011 6:35 PM EDT The Transition From Music Ownership to Access Is Gonna Hurt A Lotta Wallets -- (Editor's note: due to a spreadsheet typo, this article originally stated that 48 streams at 1.146 cents per stream equals the gross revenue rights holders get fro ...

  27. Spotify's Media Metrics: How Much Attention Did the Site's U.S. Launch Get Last Week?

    July 19, 2011 2:10 PM EDT For Spotify to revitalize the U.S. music-subscription market , it needs a lot of media awareness and word-of-mouth buzz from consumers. The company's plan for the U.S. service is to let the media do the heavy lifting, according to marketing m ...

  28. Web Trends: Blink-182 Back With New Single, DJ Khaled Releases New Anthem

    July 15, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Google Trends: No music trends Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No music trends NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Road Trip Shuffle: Reflections On A Summer Of Driving And Listening 2. Serengeti: On Fantasy And 'Family' Matters 3. Pop's Punc ...

  29. Spotify Is Finally Available in the U.S. -- Now What?

    July 14, 2011 5:22 PM EDT The speculation is over. Spotify is finally available in the U.S. Now what? First and foremost, the U.S. market gets a true test of consumers' appetite for subscription services. Although the U.S. market has long had Rhapody - which just pass ...

  30. Taylor Swift Makes 'Sparks Fly' On Social 50 Chart

    July 14, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Taylor Swift flies up the Social 50, rising 21-14 following buzz generated by the news of her latest single, "Sparks Fly." Swift took to Facebook on July 5 to make the announcement. Currently, the song has 19,000 Facebook plays and 12,30 ...

  31. Video Game Spending Rises in Q1 With New Revenue Streams

    July 12, 2011 6:45 AM EDT NEW YORK - First-quarter U.S. spending on new physical video and PC game software amounted to $2.03 billion, but digital downloads, used and rented games, mobile games, social network games and game subscriptions added $1.85 billion to that figure ...

  32. Business Matters: Spotify Might Predict 50 Million U.S. Subscribers, but Its Payouts Can Be Comically Small ...

    July 08, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Spotify May Dazzle Consumers, but Low Payouts Still Worry People -- As the U.S. launch of Spotify gets closer (apparently ), just about the only topic that hasn't been beaten into the ground is the amount of revenue rights holders will actual ...

  33. [Web Trends] New Videos: Beyonce - "Best Thing I Never Had" & Strokes- "Taken For A Fool" & Charlie Sheen

    July 08, 2011 2:30 PM EDT Google Trends: No music trends Twitter Music Trend: Khia Khia took to her Myspace Blog to write an A-Z open letter to a few celebrities. Her hit list includes Amber Rose, Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, and even Beyonce. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No ...

  34. Business Matters: Could Deal Between ISPs and Entertainment Companies Be a Global Model?

    July 07, 2011 5:56 PM EDT The Adam Smith Approach to Piracy: A Global Model? -- The press releases were flying as trade groups and varied associations quickly came out in favor of the graduated response agreement between U.S. Internet service providers and the music, telev ...

  35. Twitter Nearly Doubles In Value to $7 Billion in Seven Months

    July 06, 2011 7:33 AM EDT NEW YORK - While other hot Internet companies have gone public, Twitter is privately raising hundreds of millions of dollars in a new financing round that values the company at as much as $7 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. It sa ...

  36. Zynga Files for IPO, Lifts Veil On Financial Performance

    July 01, 2011 2:50 PM EDT Online gaming company Zynga filed for an initial public offering on Friday (July 1) following days of expectations the company was preparing a bid to sell its shares on the public market. The company's S-1 filing puts the estimated amount to ...

  37. Robbie Mackey: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Robbie Mackey Director, Interactive Marketing, The Orchard At the Orchard, Robbie Mackey, 28, has been key to the company's initiatives in social media, direct-to-fan sales and marketing, and social and search advertising. He and his team hav ...

  38. Julia Betley: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Julia Betley Creative Services Manager, Bug Music In three years at Bug Music, Julia Betley, 27, has already blazed new trails. Praised by her peers as "relentless," "determined" and "the mayor of emerging execs," the ...

  39. [Web Trends] Watch New Video "Out Of My Head"- Lupe Fiasco ft. Trey Songz + Tini Tempah & Wiz Khalifa In "Till I'm Gone + New Major Lazer Song

    June 30, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Tags: Lupe Fiasco , Music , More Music Videos Google Trends: 12. Lil B Last night, Lil B dropped his album "I'm Gay" on Itunes. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No music trends at this time NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Five Platters For ...

  40. Video: Black Eyed Peas Team up With Ubisoft for New Dance Video Game

    June 27, 2011 5:24 PM EDT Although MTV Games and Activision have pulled the plug on music rhythm video game franchises "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero," Ubisoft continues to embrace the music genre from multiple angles. The French game publisher held a pre ...

  41. Vevo Viewing Sessions Up Nearly 200% Since January

    June 24, 2011 1:36 PM EDT Music video network Vevo is getting more views from music fans, according to comScore statistics. Created in partnership by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and the Abu Dhabi Media Company, the company is one of the top online video ...

  42. Google at Center of Antitrust Probes

    June 24, 2011 7:55 AM EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) - Google Inc found itself at the center of multiple government investigations on Thursday into whether it is using its dominance in search advertising to scotch competition. At least three state attorneys general have started an ...

  43. CBS Interactive Relaunches MP3.com

    June 21, 2011 12:21 PM EDT CBS Interactive Music Group officially launched the redesigned MP3.com site, confirming rumors that have been swirling for weeks. The site offers free music, both downloads and streaming, with a focus on emerging and independent artists. Essential ...

  44. Web Trends:Watch New Video Bon Iver- "Calgary" + Stream New Clap Your Hands Say Yeah "Same Mistake"

    June 15, 2011 5:15 PM EDT Google Trends: 12. Joss Stone British authorities busted two men with swords, rope and a body bag. They were plotting to kidnap and kill soul singer Joss Stone. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: No Music News NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Listen: ...

  45. BBC to Launch International Version of iPlayer as Subscription App

    June 15, 2011 7:59 AM EDT LONDON -- It has proved the most popular TV catch-up service in the U.K., regularly attracting over a million users per week. Now, an expanded version of the BBC's iPlayer will be launched internationally as a subscription app costing around ...

  46. Video Game Sales Hit Four-Year Low in May

    June 15, 2011 7:32 AM EDT NEW YORK - The video game industry in May hit its lowest monthly U.S. retail revenue from physical product since Oct. 2006. Total games sales of $743.1 million, including hardware, software and accessories, compared with $866.8 million in the year ...

  47. Web Trends: Listen to Pitbull ft. Marc Anthony "Rain Over Me" + Watch Major Lazer New Album Preview

    June 10, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Google Trends: No music trends at this moment Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. 7 Great Les Paul Google Doodle Tunes NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. First Listen: Bon Iver, 'Bon Iver' 2. From Brazil With Love: All About Tropicalia 3. Five Son ...

  48. Snoop Dogg, Ice-T, Jane's Addiction at E3 Events; Gaming Confab Generates $25 Million For L.A.

    June 10, 2011 8:10 AM EDT An estimated 46,800 attendees were at this year's event along with celebrities including Kobe Bryant, Ice-T, Jimmy Buffett and Hulk Hogan. The Electronic Entertainment Association estimates that the 46,800 attendees to this year's E3 vid ...

  49. Cricket's Muve Music Service Is 'Killing It,' Label Sources Say

    June 09, 2011 12:47 PM EDT While many new music subscription services continue their struggle to make a dent in the U.S. digital music market, the Muve mobile music service offered by Cricket Communications is seeing phenomenal growth, according to multiple record label sou ...

  50. Ice-T Reunites Body Count for 'Gears of War 3' Videogame

    June 07, 2011 2:39 PM EDT The E3 videogame conference is not necessarily the first place you'd typically look to for breaking about hip-hop or heavy metal. Yet actor/rapper Ice-T, an avid gamer, used the event to announce the reformation of his heavy-metal project Bod ...

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