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  1. Can These Women Make CDs Cool Again?

    June 13, 2014 6:05 PM EDT This article first appeared in the June 21st issue of Billboard Magazine . The market for CDs may be crashing, but the creators of ZinePak are doing their best to keep hope alive. A New York-based startup, the company seeks to recapture the pleasu ...

  2. Tifanie Van Laar-Frever

    November 28, 2012 7:25 AM EST Senior buyer, Walmart Helping Save The CD Tifanie Van Laar-Frever, senior buyer at Walmart, the largest seller of CDs in the United States, has helped transform its $5 CD bin into the premier brick-and-mortar power position in retail. That bin sin ...

  3. Digital Domain, The Company Behind Tupac Hologram, Files For Bankruptcy

    September 12, 2012 10:44 AM EDT PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Less than a year after going public, Digital Domain, the digital production company founded by director James Cameron and most recently in the news for creating the Tupac hologram at Coachella, has filed for Chapter 11 ...

  4. Universal Music-EMI: Vivendi Confirms Payment, But Status of Deal Is Still Unclear

    September 10, 2012 3:22 PM EDT Universal Music Group's bid to acquire part of EMI has entered its final phase of regulatory review in Europe, but while UMG parent Vivendi confirmed a first payment required under the deal, the status of European regulators' thinking ab ...

  5. 40 Under 40: Tifanie Van Laar

    August 02, 2012 3:51 PM EDT Tifanie Van Laar Senior Music Buyer, Walmart Website: walmart.com Twitter: @tifanielee Decisive Strategist Given her position as Walmart's senior music buyer, Tifanie Van Laar, 36, is a force to be reckoned with. But Van Laar is proving to ha ...

  6. Business Matters: Music and Entertainment Stocks Got Beat Down Friday But Are Faring Well in 2012

    June 01, 2012 6:44 PM EDT Stocks Down Friday, But Doing Well Overall Friday was rough for the U.S. stock market but was especially brutal for music-related stocks. Some declines were triple -- or close to it -- the declines of 2.2% for the Dow and 2.8% for the Nasdaq. Even ...

  7. Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie, Juanes Perform at Walmart Shareholder Meeting, 50th B-Day Bash

    June 01, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores turned portions of its annual shareholder meeting Friday into a music festival of sorts, with Justin Timberlake hosting the event and several musical performances. Adding musical star power to the corporate event were ...

  8. Billboard Latin Conference: Artists Need Brands As Much As Brands Need Artists

    April 24, 2012 7:07 PM EDT Javier M. Delgado-Granados (Multicultural Marketing Manager, Walmart), and Julio Vega (VP of Latin Purchasing, Sales and Marketing, Music, Movies and Books, Anderson Merchandisers) discussing the impact of Walmart's Acceso Total. (Photo: Mich ...

  9. Entertainment, Other Stocks End Flat After Dow Exceeds Milestone

    February 22, 2012 7:30 AM EST NEW YORK - U.S. stocks, including shares of entertainment conglomerates, finished Tuesday's trading day flattish after initial gains that pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average index above 13,000 for the first time since May 2008. Higher oil ...

  10. Web Trends: Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger Fired from X Factor

    January 31, 2012 10:45 AM EST Google Trends: 1. Reba McEntire 1. Paula Abdul Twitter Music Trend: 1. #Topfavoritesongsever Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. MegaUpload ripped off YouTube, tried smearing rivals, NPR Music Most Viewed: 1. Philip Glass At 75: Listening With Hear ...

  11. Billboard Power 100: Tifanie Van Laar

    January 26, 2012 9:52 PM EST No. 63 Tifanie Van Laar Senior Buyer of Music Walmart Twitter: @TifanieLee Still Low Prices. Every Day… Tifanie Van Laar is the senior buyer overseeing music at Walmart, the second-largest music retailer in the United States with an estimated 10.7 ...

  12. BIllboard Power 100: Rich Lehrfeld

    January 26, 2012 7:12 PM EST No. 70 Rich Lehrfeld VP of Global Sponsorship, Marketing and Access American Express Membership Has Its Privileges... American Express, long one of the most important sponsors in events and touring, is quickly becoming a key player in music conten ...

  13. AT&T Drops $39 Billion T-Mobile Bid

    December 20, 2011 8:27 AM EST LOS ANGELES (AP) -- AT&T Inc. is hanging up on its $39 billion bid to buy smaller wireless provider T-Mobile USA, nearly four months after the U.S. government raised concerns that the deal would raise prices, reduce innovation and give custome ...

  14. EMI's Deals WIth Universal, Sony Face Inevitable -- But Different -- Regulatory Scrutiny

    November 11, 2011 5:46 PM EST The sale of EMI is just the beginning in what could be a lengthy process that further consolidates the record and music publishing businesses. Citigroup's sale of EMI -- its recorded-music division to Universal Music Group and its music publi ...

  15. American Express, Billboard Announce Content Partnership For New Facebook Channel, Coldplay To Kick It Off

    October 19, 2011 2:42 PM EDT American Express and Billboard this week announced a content partnership for Amex Entertainment, a new channel for Facebook that will provide American Express fans and cardmembers with exclusive ticket offers, updates and interviews from across th ...

  16. Justice Department Sues To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

    September 01, 2011 7:30 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department took the unusual step Wednesday to try to block AT&T's $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA, arguing that the proposed merger would lead to higher wireless prices, less innovation and fewer choices ...

  17. Apple Passes Exxon As Most Valuable US Company -- Briefly

    August 09, 2011 4:02 PM EDT Apple briefly surpassed Exxon Mobil as the most valuable company in the U.S. Tuesday afternoon before settling back slightly lower. But the two are now so close that the change of guard is likely to happen soon. Apple Inc.'s stock gained 5.9 ...

  18. Music Stocks End Dismal Week in Negative Territory

    August 05, 2011 5:20 PM EDT U.S. stock markets posted mixed gains Friday after a miserable week. The Dow fell as much as 245 points and finished the day up 61 and posting a 0.54% gain. The technology-heavy Nasdaq dropped 0.94% and the New York Stock Exchange composite fell 1 ...

  19. Latin Power Players: Julio Vega

    August 02, 2011 12:13 AM EDT Julio Vega VP of Latin purchasing, sales and marketing for music, movies and books, Anderson Merchandisers Walmart is the biggest seller of Latin music in the United States, and the man who heads those marketing efforts, via Anderson Merchandisers ...

  20. Business Matters: Pandora Goes Public During Market Downturn, Not That it Matters

    June 15, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Pandora Goes Public During Market Downturn -- Not That it Matters -- Pandora's successful IPO arrives as the broader stock market has gone through a slump. But the timing isn't necessary bad. A cloudy market shouldn't be a problem f ...

  21. Disney's Rare Revenue Miss Hurts Shares

    May 11, 2011 7:05 AM EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co reported a rare results miss after "Mars Needs Moms" capped a disappointing quarter at the U.S. box office, sending its shares down 3 percent. Strong advertising growth at sports network ESPN and a ris ...

  22. The Dating Game Between Music and Sponsorships Explored at Billboard Latin Music Conference Panels

    April 26, 2011 7:08 PM EDT The Effectiveness of Local Branding Panelists: (left to right)Carlos Boughton, brand director of Tecate and Tecate Light, Heineken USA; Luis Miguel Messianu, president/chief creative officer of Alma; Carla Dodds, senior director of multicultural m ...

  23. AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: Five Ways It Could Impact Music Biz

    March 21, 2011 2:29 PM EDT On the eve of the mobile phone industry's annual CTIA Wireless conference, AT&T dropped the bombshell news that it is acquiring rival T-Mobile for $39 billion. The move has all manner of repercussions for the wireless market, should it pa ...

  24. Business Matters: Twittering Bankers; Market to iPad 2: Meh

    March 03, 2011 7:06 PM EST Tweeting Bankers: Is JP Morgan Chase Investing in Twitter? -- Is JPMorgan Chase trying to invest in Twitter at an astounding $4.5 billion? Sort of. New York Magazine has a good explanation of the whole affair. JP Morgan is not going to make a dire ...

  25. Live Nation Acquires Remaining Equity in Front Line, Azoff Named Chairman

    February 07, 2011 8:43 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment acquired substantially all of the remaining equity stake in Front Line Management Group, Inc. that it did not previously own for total consideration of $116.2 million in cash and stock, the company announced today. Additi ...

  26. Verizon Vs. AT&T iPhone: a Side-by-Side Comparison

    February 03, 2011 7:26 AM EST Ever since Apple's iPhone went on sale in 2007, Verizon Wireless customers have held out hope that, one day, AT&T's grip as its exclusive U.S. distributor would be broken. That day arrives next week, when Verizon's iPhone goes o ...

  27. Top Disney Exec Yanover Exits Company

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST One of Disney's top digital executives is leaving the company, according to Deadline.com . Paul Yanover, evp and managing director of Disney Online -- who logged 16 years at Disney across two separate stints -- announced he's exiting in ...

  28. Apple Stock Hits All-Time High

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple’s stock reached an all-time high of $301.96 on Wednesday. In late September it became the world’s second biggest company by market value. With a current market capitalization of $274 billion, Apple is second only to oil company Exxon Mobil’s ...

  29. Microsoft Seeks China Internet Search Partner: Report

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Software giant Microsoft Corp is looking for a partner in China to help the company play a major role in China's Internet search market, Wall Street Journal said. Simon Leung, Microsoft's chief executive for greater China, told the Journ ...

  30. Google/Verizon Policy Statement Not So Neutral

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A joint policy statement issued Monday by Google and Verizon was met with immediate criticism across the Internet. The seven-point plan outlines the companies' vision for an "open Internet." But commentators and net neutrality suppo ...

  31. Business Matters: Live Nation, HullabaLOU, Verizon and more

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LIVE NATION EYES IRELAND -- Live Nation has plans to take its UK model to Ireland, according to Denis Desmond of Gaiety Investments. “In England, we’ve got Live Nation/Gaiety, which works great, and the plan is to recreate that in Ireland. We are ...

  32. Will Verizon Soon Be Selling The iPhone?

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The will-they-or-won’t-they dance between Apple and Verizon Wireless continues with renewed speculation that the mobile operator will soon begin selling the popular iPhone. This time, the reports come from Bloomberg , which cites unnamed sources & ...

  33. Best Buy Results Disappoint

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Best Buy reported lower-than-expected sales and profit, hurt by rising costs of expanding its business and weaker consumer demand, sending its shares down 6%. The top U.S. electronics chain said shoppers proved more tentative in a seasonally weake ...

  34. The Orchard To Merge With Parent Company

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard today asked stockholders to approve a formal merger with parent company Dimensional Associates. When complete, the merger would make the Orchard again a privately owned company. Dimensional already owns 42% of the company's outsta ...

  35. EMI Renews Disney Deal

    February 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI Music and Walt Disney Records have extended their exclusive licensing agreement for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. EMI has represented the recorded music catalog of Walt Disney Records in those territories since 2005. Forthcoming Walt Dis ...

  36. Live Nation, Wal-Mart Sign Ticketing Partnership

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment chairman Irving Azoff said the company has entered into an agreement to partner with Wal-Mart to offer tickets at Wal-Mart stores in select markets across the U.S. His remarks came during a panel discussion at the NBA Tec ...

  37. Clear Channel Radio Launches Ad System

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Clear Channel Radio is rolling out a proprietary system that allows advertisers to more precisely place units against programming content or other ads. Three advertisers -- Visa, Geico and Walmart -- have tested the technology, which works much li ...

  38. Retailers: Chris Brown Album 'Overstocked'

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Chris Brown's rant that U.S. music retailers are boycotting his new album "Grafitti," appears to be unfounded. Brown took to his Twitter account - which is now inactive - over the weekend to complain about the fulfillment and displa ...

  39. Analysis: Hollywood's Digital Struggle

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Because many parts of the entertainment industry share the same travails and futures, it is worth keeping up with the goings on and the opinions of leaders in the film industry. Music and movie share painful transitions to digital from physical an ...

  40. The Mouse That Roared At Retail

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Wal-Mart in West Hills, in the far reaches of Southern California's San Fernando Valley, is just like every other Wal-Mart in the country -- crowded parking lot, cavernous warehouse, geriatric greeter. The uniformity is part of the point. ...

  41. Retail Track: The New Face Of Retail At NARM

    June 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new face of retailing will be front and center at this year's 51st annual NARM convention since digital, mobile and other new revenue models will be a key theme at many of the panels and all the keynote addresses. Meanwhile, the old face ...

  42. Los Tigres del Norte Onboard With Verizon

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Verizon announced its first national partnership with a regional Mexican band, Los Tigres del Norte, at the Billboard Latin Music Conference. Flanked by Jorge and Hernan Hernández, founding members of the iconic norteño group, Ed Ruth, director of ...

  43. 'Now 30,' 'Hannah' Lead Busy Week On Billboard 200

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After last week, where the top debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart was at No. 8, this week the chart gets blasted with a bevy of new arrivals. A full dozen debuts bow in the top 20 -- the most the chart has ever seen. Leading the pack of new e ...

  44. Army Airforce Exchange Services Unloads To Wholesalers

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The once gigantic Army Airforce Exchange Services account, which was a perennial top 10 music account in the early 1990's, has just turned over music, DVD, and video games purchasing and fulfillment to two wholesalers. In a sealed request-for ...

  45. News Corp Posts Steep Loss On Writedown

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rupert Murdoch's News Corp posted its biggest ever quarterly net loss, after taking an $8.4 billion writedown for the value of its Dow Jones acquisition, broadcasting licenses and other assets. Excluding the charge, the results missed Wall St ...

  46. Microsoft Misses Profit, Plans To Cut Up To 5000 Jobs

    January 22, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp stunned Wall Street with disappointing results that included plans to slash up to 5,000 jobs and a warning that profit and revenue will almost certainly drop over the next two quarters. The news from the world's largest softwar ...

  47. Microsoft Mulls Job Cuts: Report

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft Corp is considering significant layoffs across its various divisions, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the company's plans. But plans for the cutbacks have not yet been firmed up and Microsoft could end ...

  48. Wal-Mart Starts Selling iPhones

    December 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST Wal-Mart Stores Inc began selling Apple Inc's iPhone on Sunday, but the popular cell phones that can surf the Web are not priced as low as some anticipated. Wal-Mart is selling the black 8-gigabyte iPhone 3G model, which also holds about 2,00 ...

  49. The Year In Music & Touring: Disappointing Guns N' Roses Sales Show The Limits Of Exclusives

    December 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST When Wal-Mart sold 784,000 copies of AC/DC's "Black Ice" during the album's first week in stores, many label executives believed that more superstars would release albums exclusively through big-box retailers. And when Best Buy ...

  50. Execs Offer Digital Strategies To Bolster Tours

    November 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST When it comes to fusing the digital industry with the live entertainment business, the process needs to be done "before, during and after" concerts, according to Verizon Wireless director of digital music Ed Ruth, who spoke today (Nov. 1 ...

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