Electronic Arts

  1. Midem 2014: Takeaways & Survival Tips



    February 06, 2014 8:15 PM EST While its impossible to take in the entirety of Midem, the international music conference, over the course of its four bustling days several recurring themes became readily apparent, including, Google bashing, going all-in on streaming and major n ...

  2. Zynga COO Leaves Company

    August 08, 2012 8:50 PM EDT Two weeks after Zynga reported lousy quarterly financial results, sending its stock price into a tailspin, the company has revealed in a regulatory filing that COO John Schappert is resigning as an executive and board member. News of Schappert ...

  3. 'Opening Act' on E! Connects YouTube To Real World

    July 11, 2012 5:50 PM EDT In a new E! series, an 'Idol' bigwig connects YouTube acts with concert stars In the premiere episode of E!'s new reality show, "Opening Act," a 21-year-old singer/songwriter was plucked from a Dallas suburb to open a Rod ...

  4. Facebook Rolling Out Centralized App Center

    June 08, 2012 7:55 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- There's more to Facebook apps than "Angry Birds" and Pinterest, but many users wouldn't know that because there hasn't been a good, central way to find them. Facebook Inc. is trying to change that. On Thur ...

  5. Guild of Music Supervisors Expands Awards Ceremony For Film, TV, Games

    February 07, 2012 6:04 PM EST The Guild Of Music Supervisors will hand out awards in nine different categories at a brunch prior to the Grammy Awards on Feb. 12. The guild's second awards ceremony will honor music supervisors in the categories of Independent Films ($20 mi ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Business Matters: Justin Bieber Invests In A Startup

    December 21, 2011 5:13 PM EST Justing Bieber: Pop Icon, Savvy Investor? -- Justin Bieber invested in SoJo Studios , developer of games with a mission "to provide joyful and easily accessible ways for people to join with others to do lasting social good." The startup ...

  8. EMI, Live Gamer Partner On Facebook Apps; U.K. Rapper Professor Green First To Benefit

    October 11, 2011 4:14 PM EDT EMI Music has stepped up its artist social network offering by teaming with e-commerce company Live Gamer to create a series of bespoke Facebook Apps specifically tailored to grow fan engagement and monetization. U.K. rapper Professor Green is the ...

  9. Backbeat: Guild of Music Supervisors Gather in L.A., Rally For Emmy Award Recognition

    September 14, 2011 4:50 PM EDT From Left: Julia Riva, Harry Warren Catalog and GMS Sponsor; Gary Calamar, Music Supervisor; Maureen Crowe, President, Guild of Music Supervisors at the Guild of Music Supervisors Reception at the London Hotel in Los Angeles Monday night. It was n ...

  10. Microsoft Woos Advertisers With 'NUads,' New Interactive Commercials

    June 22, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Microsoft showcased new interactive features for its Kinect for Xbox 360 hardware at E3 this month, including the ability for gamers to speak directly to in-game characters in Electronic Arts' Mass Effect 3 game and the ability to customize v ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Florence + the Machine Lend Reimagined Track to Dragon Age II Video Game

    February 28, 2011 11:43 AM EST Florence & the Machine is contributing an exclusive song to the upcoming videogame Dragon Age II. The track is a re-imagined version of "I'm Not Calling You a Liar" produced by composer Inon Zur and retitled "I'm Not C ...

  13. No Doubt to Pursue Lawsuit Against Activision

    February 17, 2011 7:57 AM EST This week is shaping up to be a big one in the ongoing struggle to figure out the difference between commercial and expressive speech, the times when entertainment companies can show public figures in the name of the First Amendment and the times ...

  14. Updated: Viacom To Sell Gaming Unit Harmonix

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Updated: Harmonix released a statement today asserting that Viacom’s sale plans won’t have any affect on its operations. "This morning's announcement does not affect the ongoing work at the studio as we continue to support our existing f ...

  15. Doobie Brothers, Loggins, K'naan To Perform At Songs Of Hope VI Benefit

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins, Randy Newman, Carole Bayer Sager and K'naan, among others, will appear at Songs of Hope VI, a live music and silent auction event to be held Nov. 4 at Los Angeles' Esquire House to raise funds for canc ...

  16. 'Medal of Honor' Trailer To Offer Linkin Park Preview

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Linkin Park will exclusively preview the first single from their upcoming album “A Thousand Suns,” which is out Sept. 14, via a trailer for the upcoming videogame “Medal of Honor.” The preview will be offered one day before the single, "The C ...

  17. Letter To The Editor: EA Exec Calls For Continued Dialogue On Israel

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the recent article "Line Of Fire" by David Prince , Billboard reported on the growing - and alarming - trend of artists canceling performances in Israel in protest of actions in the West Bank and Gaza. While the piece represented both ...

  18. @Music & Advertising: Kid Rock Talks Jim Beam, 'Born Free' and more

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For full coverage of the Music & Advertising Conference 2010, visit Billboard.biz/manyc . Rock N Roll Jesus Kid Rock delivered a keynote Q&A alongside Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at the Billboard Music & Advertising Confere ...

  19. QUICK SHOTS: Music & Advertising Conference 2010

    June 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Music & Advertising Conference 2010 ran June 15-16 at the Edison Ballroom in New York. Below, some shots from the event. For full coverage of the Music & Advertising Conference 2010, click here . Kid Rock sits for a keynote Q&A at ...

  20. Music & Advertising Conference Kicks Off Tomorrow

    June 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In case you couldn't tell from that huge countdown timer to the right, the second annual Music & Advertising Conference is almost here. The Billboard and Adweek event runs June 15-16 in New York and will bring together more than 300 atten ...

  21. Kid Rock Confirmed For Billboard and AdWeek's Music & Advertising Event

    May 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Rock N Roll Jesus himself will be on hand to preach the gospel of working with brands at Billboard and AdWeek's Music & Advertising event. Kid Rock has been confirmed for an afternoon keynote for the conference, which will be held on ...

  22. Konami Picks Up Def Jam Rapstar

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Def Jam Rapstar, an interactive hiphop music game currently in development, just scored a big win by adding music-game powerhouse Konami as its exclusive distribution partner. Konami is known for its music-game titles, such as the Dance Dance Revo ...

  23. Rock Band 3 Is Coming

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rock Band 3 is coming. MTV Games and its development unit Harmonix hope to buck the trend of falling music game sales with the first non-artist-specific addition to the franchise in two years, expected to be released this holiday season. The compa ...

  24. Celeb Endorsements Bigger Than Ever, Despite Tiger's Fall

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rapper and actor T.I. enjoyed the spoils of the thug life, but it ended up costing him his freedom and, by his own estimate, $12 million in a lost General Motors endorsement deal and other work when he was convicted of federal weapons charges. But ...

  25. TiVo: Super Bowl Plays Trumped Ads

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The five biggest Super Bowl moments outscored the five biggest ads Sunday, when measured by audience spikes and how many folks using TiVo rewound the action to watch it again. TiVo said Monday that the top moment of Super Bowl XLIV was Tracy Porte ...

  26. 'The Beatles: Rock Band' Going Fast

    September 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sales of "The Beatles: Rock Band" have blown past expectations, so much so that Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said one of the most expensive iterations of the video game might not be available to Christmas shoppers. The "Limited Editio ...

  27. Kobalt Signs New Admin Deal With Darrell Brown

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kobalt Music Group has signed an exclusive new administration deal with award-winning songwriter/producer and artist Darrell Brown to represent his Grey Ink Music catalog plus future songs for the world, excluding Australia and New Zealand. Kobalt ...

  28. 7-Eleven, Whole Foods Come Together for Fab 4

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Beatles will get a little help from new corporate friends on Sept. 9 when EMI Music embarks on the global launch of its digitally remastered Beatles catalog on CD to coincide with the release of videogame The Beatles: Rock Band. It will be har ...

  29. U.S. Video Game Sales Down

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.S. video game equipment and software sales fell 29% in July to $848.9 million, research group NPD said, as the gaming industry limps through the economic downturn. Hardware sales fell 37% from a year ago, while software sales slid 26%, NPD said. ...

  30. Digital Briefs: RealNetworks, Activision, Spotify

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- RealNetworks laid off 12 employees from the Rhapsody music service. The company told reporters that it is refocusing on online and mobile applications, meaning less on its editorial and desktop client support. The layoffs represent about 9% of ...

  31. Report: Yahoo's Bix Web Site Shut Down

    August 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo's Bix online karaoke contest website has apparently shut down. Originally brought to light by TechCrunch , Yahoo later confirmed it closed the service on June 30. A company representative said the decision was part of Yahoo's " ...

  32. 'American Idol' Is Ready For Its Next Act

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The crowd isn't cheering for Simon Fuller. Rather, it's the four talent judges whose appearance just minutes before a recent Wednesday evening "American Idol" telecast causes a loud burst of applause to fill the soundstage at C ...

  33. RIM Opens Software Store For BlackBerry

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Research In Motion has launched an online store selling entertainment, games, news, and travel applications to its BlackBerry users. RIM said on Wednesday its online store was immediately available to BlackBerry owners in Britain, Canada, and the ...

  34. Ad Agency Launches Online Radio Station

    January 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Wieden + Kennedy, the Portland, Ore. based advertising agency, this week launched it's own online radio station, W+K Radio ( radio.wk.com ). WK, whose clients include brands such as Nike and Electronic Arts, plans to play an eclectic mix of m ...

  35. Metallica, Pearl Jam Get Their Games On

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Metallica has finally confirmed "the worst-kept secret in rock'n'roll" and unveiled details of the upcoming "Guitar Hero" game devoted to the band. According to Metallica's Web site, the game "allows you to ...

  36. Bedingfield Named Spokeswoman for New EA Game

    August 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Natasha Bedingfield, the English singer and songwriter, will be the new face of game publisher Electronic Arts' upcoming video game, Boogie SuperStar. Boogie SuperStar, made for Nintendo's Wii, is a karaoke game that also captures player ...

  37. Gibson Sues Over 'Guitar Hero' And 'Rock Band'

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gibson Guitar said on Friday that it filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Viacom Inc's MTV networks, Harmonix and Electronic Arts relating to the wildly popular "Rock Band" video game and Harmonix's previously developed ...

  38. The Billboard Q&A: Electronic Arts' Steve Schnur

    March 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Let's roll through the numbers: In third-quarter 2007, the most recent financial data published, videogame company Electronic Arts set a record by making $1.5 billion in revenue. That's a heck of a lot of videogames sold, and it results ...

  39. AEG's Leiweke: We Won't Go 360

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST AEG president/CEO Tim Leiweke made it clear that the Los Angeles-based sports and entertainment presenter doesn't intend to adopt the same business model as competitor Live Nation, during his keynote address at the Grammy Foundation's 10 ...

  40. Billion Dollar Bash For Games Down Under

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Australian computer games market passed the $1 billion Australian ($878 million) sales mark in 2007. Figures released by the Interactive Entertainment Association of Australia (IEAA) show that games hardware/software sales hit $1.3 billion Aus ...

  41. Publishing Vet Howard Launches New Firm

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Zomba Music Publishing U.K. managing director Steven Howard is returning to the sector with a new company, TCB Music Publishing. The publishing business, part of the TCB Group, has a global administration pact with Kobalt Music Publishing a ...

  42. Schnur, Chuck D Wrap ADE 2007

    October 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The changing face of the music industry was brought under the microcope when Steven Schnur, worldwide executive of music and marketing, Electronic Arts, held court on the closing day of the Amsterdam Dance Event. In his keynote speech, Schnur stat ...

  43. Snocap To Cut Staff By 60%

    October 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Snocap, the online digital music registry that first promised to revolutionize P2P networks and then transform social networking sites into music stores, is facing some major changes. A company spokeswoman has confirmed reports that the company is ...

  44. EA FIFA Soundtrack Adds Latin Flair

    September 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Ivy Queen, Aterciopelados, CeU, Mexican Institute of Sound, Pacha Massive and Spanish rock group Dover are some of the Latin acts on Electronic Arts' FIFA 08 videogame soundtrack, the tracklist of which was unveiled today. EA says the next ed ...

  45. EA Bows 'Sims' Beta

    September 06, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Electronic Arts bowed the beta version of The Sims On Stage, an 'interactive online playground' computer game that allows players to record and share karaoke songs, among other performances, and post them online. The game is a direct evo ...

  46. The Who Join 'Rock Band'

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT More news on the upcoming Rock Band music simulation videogame. The game will feature the entire "Who's Next" album from The Who available only as a digital download direct to the game console. While the game will ship with a number ...

  47. EA's Schnurr To Keynote At ADE

    July 10, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Steve Schnurr, worldwide executive of music of games giant Electronic Arts, will deliver the keynote speech at this year's Amsterdam Dance Event, to be held Oct. 18-20. The daytime itinerary of Europe's leading dance music conference is ...

  48. Ozzy, Timbaland, Daddy Yankee Power Madden 2008

    June 29, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The increasingly important role music plays in videogames was evident as at last night’s Los Angeles premiere of Electronic Arts' Madden NFL 2008, one of this year’s most anticipated videogame releases. The Microsoft co-hosted event at L.A.’s ...

  49. Z-Trip In The Mix For 'All-Pro Football'

    June 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A DJ Z-Trip-produced soundtrack with all original tracks, remixes and mash-ups highlights the new Take-Two/2K Sports "All-Pro Football 2K8" video game due in July for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Cross-marketing includes a 2K Sports/Decon ...

  50. Cherry Lane Offers Production Music

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Cherry Lane Music Publishing has signed a deal with APM Music, a production music house formed as a joint venture between EMI Music Publishing and BMG Music Publishing. Under the deal, Cherry Lane will provide music from its catalog for APM to lic ...

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