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  1. Eric Nicoli, Former EMI Chairman, Launches Entertainment Finance & Production Venture

    May 20, 2013 7:29 AM EDT Former EMI chairman and CEO Eric Nicoli and three partners from the entertainment, finance and brand worlds on Friday unveiled a new entertainment finance, production and distribution venture here. Wentworth Media & Arts, based in London and ...

  2. Pandora Revenue Doubled Last Year; Shares Up Nearly 20%

    March 07, 2013 6:28 PM EST Pandora got a lift from rising mobile revenue as its revenue more than doubled in the fiscal year ended January 31st. Revenue increased 56% to $427.1 million while mobile revenue rose 105% to $255.9 million. Net loss deepened to $38.1 million fr ...

  3. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 3: The Biggest Issue Facing the Music Business Is ... ?

    December 21, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 -- and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. In the last of three questions we asked the industry "What will the mo ...

  4. Warner Music Bullish on Downloads, Subscriptions as Digital Revenue Grows

    December 13, 2012 9:00 PM EST Warner Music Group believes digital music is helping bring growth back to the music business. The company's fiscal year-end numbers show it has benefitted from the surge in subscription services, growth in Internet radio and the continued ris ...

  5. Muzooka Launches Platform Connecting Artists, Producers; Promises Artists Can Keep 100% of Revenue

    December 12, 2012 7:22 AM EST Muzooka, the latest start-up to tackle the crowded market for digital artist services, launched today with an unusual promise to let artists keep 100% of the revenue from songs they sell by using the service. Based in Marin, Calif., Muzooka aims t ...

  6. Pandora Shares Plummet on Sour Fourth-Quarter Forecast

    December 04, 2012 5:49 PM EST Investors pushed the panic button on Pandora Media Inc.'s shares on Tuesday immediately after the Internet radio company released a disappointing fourth-quarter financial forecast that triggered a 21% slide in its stock price. The Oakland, Ca ...

  7. Video: Donald Passman on 'All You Need to Know About the Music Business,' and Digital Advice for New Artists

    December 04, 2012 3:58 PM EST For more than two decades, Don Passman has watched a number of business models come and go as he built up a legal practice guiding artists through an ever-changing thicket of licensing deals and other contractual arrangements. Passman, who represe ...

  8. Amanda Marks

    November 28, 2012 1:05 PM EST Global head of digital accounts, Universal Music Group Taking Digital Global Amanda Marks, global head of digital accounts for Universal Music Group, is an early record-label innovator in the digital space and, today, the highest-ranking major-lab ...

  9. Live Gets Social: Concert Biz Smartens Up with Social Media

    November 19, 2012 12:35 PM EST Just about every marketer in the live entertainment business is tapping into the transition from traditional to social/mobile marketing, including Live Nation Entertainment, the world's largest promoter. But as these means of marketing tak ...

  10. Morning Fix: WMG Realignment; Elections' Impact on Music Biz; Tim Schaaf Leaving Sony; Azoff Speaks Out

    November 08, 2012 8:20 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business news letters WARNER MUSIC REALIGNS STRUCTURE; CAMERON STRANG GETS BIG BOOST: Warner Music is restructuring and dividing itself into 3 divisions: frontline recorde ...

  11. Clear Channel Parent Posts Improved Third-Quarter Results

    November 02, 2012 11:28 AM EDT CC Media Holdings, the parent company of radio giant Clear Channel Communications, on Friday reported slightly higher first-quarter revenue and a narrowed loss. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes place November 15-16 in San Francisco. ...

  12. Morning Fix: Mike Easterlin Named Fueled By Ramen GM; Jay-Z's Live Album; Simon Fuller's Parlophone?

    October 08, 2012 8:33 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MIKE EASTERLIN NAMED GM OF FUELED BY RAMEN: The shockwaves of big executive moves keep on rolling. Mike Easterlin, head of promotion at Roadrunner Records , has been named ...

  13. Columbia COO Steve Barnett in Line to Head Up Universal's New Capitol Label Group: Source

    October 05, 2012 4:20 PM EDT Columbia Records co-chairman/COO Steve Barnett is potentially days away from taking the helm of a new Capitol Label Group at Universal Music, a source close to the situation told Billboard.biz Friday afternoon (October 5). The source stressed that ...

  14. Clear Channel Inks Second Radio Royalties Label Deal, This Time With Glassnote

    September 27, 2012 1:41 PM EDT Clear Channel has signed its second deal with an independent record label, teaming up with Glassnote Entertainment Group to pay out digital and terrestrial revenues to the label and its artists. The partnership comes on the heels of the radio gian ...

  15. From This Week's Billboard: EMI Opens Up The Vault

    September 21, 2012 2:04 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the feature story "EMI Opens Up The Vault" -- a look at EMI's attempts to create an API to encourage app development -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features our cover stor ...

  16. Big Machine Label Group Signs Terrestrial Royalties Deal With Entercom

    September 20, 2012 10:12 AM EDT Big Machine Label Group, home to such stars as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw, has followed its landmark deal with Clear Channel by striking a deal with Entercom Communications that allows Big Machine artists to participate in Entercome's terres ...

  17. Universal Music-EMI Deal Approved By Australian Regulators With No Divestments

    September 19, 2012 6:18 AM EDT Australia's competition and consumer commission t he ACCC has given the thumbs-up to Universal Music's planned purchase of EMI Music. With its green-light in this region, Universal Music's tie-up with EMI strides one step closer to ...

  18. Morning Fix: UMG's Revenues Rise; Rolling Stones' Brooklyn Gig; Slaughterhouse & TobyMac's Chart Battle

    August 30, 2012 7:54 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. ROLLING STONES TO PLAY LONDON, BROOKLYN IN NOVEMBER: SOURCE The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the new Barclays ...

  19. Pandora's Second Quarter: As Losses Grow, the Message Shifts to Mobile

    August 29, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Pandora shifted its message for its fiscal second-quarter earnings on Wednesday, putting more emphasis on the growth of its mobile revenue and listening hours. During the earnings call, Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy unveiled an unprecedented number of d ...

  20. RealNetworks to Lay Off 160 in 'Streamlining' Effort

    August 28, 2012 8:54 PM EDT RealNetworks revealed today that it plans to cut 160 jobs -- 14 percent of its workforce -- in an effort to reduce operating expenses, according to AllThingsD and other media reports. Half of the layoffs immediate, with another 80 within the next ...

  21. Updated: Jeff Price, Peter Wells Out of Tunecore

    August 15, 2012 8:44 PM EDT After several weeks of rumors, Tunecore CEO/President Jeff Price announced today that he and Peter Wells have left the company. Price, Wells and Gary Burke founded the company in 2006. According to sources, the Tunecore board voted to oust Price f ...

  22. HMV, UK's Largest Entertainment Retailer, Reports Loss For Fiscal Year

    August 09, 2012 8:08 AM EDT LONDON - U.K. entertainment retail giant HMV on Thursday reported a loss for its latest fiscal year, but vowed to return to profitability in its current fiscal year as it looks to bounce back despite a still-weak economy and competitive pressures. ...

  23. Business Matters: Global iTunes Revenue Falls in Successive Quarters

    July 25, 2012 6:35 PM EDT iTunes Expanded, But Revenue Dropped in Fiscal Q3 iTunes started showing its age as its revenue dropped $100 million to $1.8 billion in Apple's fiscal third quarter from $1.9 billion in the fiscal second quarter. The decline occurred even tho ...

  24. Elton John, Pete Townshend, Simon Cowell, Others Call on British Prime Minister, Google to Act Against Music Piracy

    July 25, 2012 7:40 AM EDT Elton John, Robert Plant, Pete Townshend and Simon Cowell were among 11 prominent music figures who signed a letter addressed to British Prime Minister David Cameron asking Google and other search engines, Internet service providers, and online ad ...

  25. Viacom Stock Rating Cut by Analyst, Cites 'Ongoing Ratings Weakness'

    July 10, 2012 7:47 AM EDT UBS analyst John Janedis on Tuesday downgraded his rating on Viacom's stock from "buy" to "neutral" citing "concerns related to ongoing ratings weakness" at Nickelodeon and MTV. "While the stock is cheap&quo ...

  26. BPI AGM Touts Global Success of UK Artists, Demands Gov't End 'Love Affair With Big Technology'

    July 03, 2012 3:44 PM EDT The success of British artists on the global stage and the need for stronger Government action to combat piracy - and help ensure the U.K.'s continued status as a major exporter of musical talent - were the two dominant themes at the BPI' ...

  27. Universal-EMI Merger: European Commision's Statement of Objections Leak (Report)

    July 03, 2012 12:15 PM EDT As the music industry anxiously awaits whether or not Universal Music Group's purchase of EMI Music will be approved by European and U.S. regulators, the media is in overdrive reporting every twist and turn of the labyrinth process as if it w ...

  28. Live, From The Living Room: Online Concerts

    June 21, 2012 4:35 PM EDT A new breed of online video platforms is helping artists make money from live events without getting on a tour bus. With companies like StageIt, Gyroskope and Evinar leading the way, artists have entirely new opportunities to enjoy a career on the ...

  29. Universal Music's Acquisition of EMI To Face EU Commission's Statement of Objections

    June 08, 2012 8:38 AM EDT The approval process of Universal Music's acquisition of EMI's music division is entering another chapter as European Union regulators are preparing a list of concerns about the merger, according to EC Competition Commissioner Joaquin Al ...

  30. The Myth of DIY & The Madness of Traditional Release

    June 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Ed. Note: Benji Rogers is the founder and CEO of PledgeMusic, a fundraising platform that works with artists to develop a way to engage their fans in helping fund their projects, such as albums and tours, in exchange for exclusive content. PledgeM ...

  31. Intel Teams With Pitchfork For Song-Based Interactive Video Game Series

    June 05, 2012 3:01 PM EDT "Interactive" is an overused buzzword, but it's also an actual thing that means something. In the case of music, it can mean all sorts of things from jumping up and down , to playing an iPhone guitar , to playing video games that go ...

  32. Digital Revenue Outstrips Physical in U.K. For First Time

    May 31, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Digital has overtaken physical as the biggest source of recorded music revenue in the United Kingdom, according to new figures released by British labels trade body the BPI. Digital format sales accounted for 55.5% of U.K. trade revenues in the fi ...

  33. Pandora Beats Guidance for Quarter, Raises Guidance for Fiscal Year

    May 23, 2012 7:03 PM EDT Pandora Media pleased investors by beating estimates for its fiscal first quarter revenue and increasing its guidance for the fiscal year. Revenue grew 58% to $80.8 million, easily beating the company's guidance of $72 million to $75 million. ...

  34. What to Expect from Pandora's Earnings Release Today

    May 23, 2012 10:03 AM EDT Look for continued, strong listener growth to be the theme when Pandora Media reports its fiscal first quarter earnings today after the end of the trading day. The company's shares are down 30% to $9.98 since first fourth quarter earnings wer ...

  35. Sony Closes Indiana Distribution Center, Lays Off 226

    May 15, 2012 1:23 PM EDT Sony's layoffs keep piling up, as the company has plans to cut 226 jobs from its closing Fishers, Ind. distribution center, according to the Indianapolis Star . Sony CEO Confirms 10,000 Job Cuts, Reorganization The center is scheduled to shut ...

  36. Business Matters: @NARM - Ready or Not, Brands and Music Are BFFs

    May 09, 2012 8:39 PM EDT @NARM - Ready or Not, Brands and Music Are Best Friends Forever -- Brands are getting more involved with music. That may not always be a good thing, but it's a trend that isn't going to reverse course. "Bands and Brands 20 : Who ...

  37. Clear Channel Parent Company Posts Higher Revenue, But First-Quarter Loss

    May 04, 2012 10:54 AM EDT CC Media Holdings, the parent of radio giant Clear Channel Communications, on Friday reported higher first-quarter revenue, but also a bigger loss. The company, led by CEO Bob Pittman, reported a loss of $144 million, up from a year-ago loss of $1 ...

  38. Business Matters: Topspin Partners with TuneCore

    May 02, 2012 3:32 PM EDT Topspin and TuneCore Announce a 'Technical Integration' Digital sales and marketing has gotten easier and more affordable as two leaders in their respective fields announced a partnership Wednesday. Digital distributor TuneCore and direc ...

  39. Telefonica's Terra From Spain to Offer Legal Music, Film Streaming in Europe

    May 01, 2012 6:00 AM EDT MADRID - Telefonica's media unit Terra plans to introduce online films and music in Europe, starting with Spain and Portugal by the end of next month, news reports said Monday. Spanish Court Dismisses Case Against Major P2P Site No one was im ...

  40. Edwin Schroter, PIAS MD, Talks Nordic Expansion, EMI-Universal Merger

    April 30, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Edwin Schroter, PIAS Group Managing Director explained how PIAS Nordic's localized expertise in marketing, promotion and sales is one way to combat the decreased label services distributors can provide . Independent labels are increasingly ta ...

  41. Peter Gabriel's CueSongs Scores Synchs With Three Major Corporations

    April 27, 2012 2:33 PM EDT Screen shot of CueSongs' prcing page -- and they do bespoke! Three global brands are among the first users of CueSongs, the one-stop online music-licensing service co-founded by U.K. superstar Peter Gabriel in January and targeted at the burg ...

  42. Vevo's Rio Caraeff Talks Upfronts, Royalties, Growth, and Says: 'We Have No Intention To Leave YouTube'

    April 24, 2012 12:18 PM EDT It's a transitional time for Vevo, as the No. 1 most-watched YouTube channel (and No. 3 most-watched U.S. video platform on the web, according to Comscore) prepares to host its first upfront event for advertisers and agencies in New York on W ...

  43. Facebook Reports Lower 1Q Net Income

    April 24, 2012 6:02 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook's first-quarter net income fell 12 percent, weighed down by higher expenses even as its revenue soared, the social networking company said Monday, just a few weeks ahead of its expected initial public offering in May ...

  44. Read: Sony/ATV Head Martin Bandier's Letter to Staff in Response to Layoff Reports

    April 18, 2012 7:03 PM EDT Late last night, the New York Times published an article, citing leaked documents, that stated if the consortium led by Sony Corp. of America gets approval to acquire EMI Music Publishing -- which it did on Thursday - - it would cut 326 positions ...

  45. Copyright Royalty Board To Set Mechanical Royalty Rates For Digital Music Services

    April 11, 2012 3:08 PM EDT In a major settlement between the music industry trade associations for record labels, music publishers and digital music providers, the Copyright Royalty Board, is expected to maintain the mechanical rate structure set forth from prior proceeding ...

  46. This Week In Music: FLO Thinkery's Mark Montgomery Gives Artists Career Advice

    March 29, 2012 5:28 PM EDT Mark Montgomery founded FLO Thinkery as a way to help solve many of the problems that businesses encounter, and as an investor in the Artist Growth mobile app he's recognized one of the solutions to the problem of building a career through mu ...

  47. Layoffs at The Orchard Following Ioda Merger

    March 27, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Digital distributors the Orchard has laid off employees just three weeks after its merger with the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA). According sources with knowledge of the layoffs, ten people from the IODA side of the business were ...

  48. Russian Publishers, Labels Boycotting Nokia and Samsung

    March 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT MOSCOW - Russia's biggest music publishers and labels are boycotting Nokia and Samsung for their alleged failure to pay music license fees. The labels and publishers which signed the manifesto estimate their losses at 1.2 billion rubles (abou ...

  49. SoundHound's Katie McMahon SXSW Q&A

    March 16, 2012 2:30 PM EDT SoundHound VP, Sales and Marketing Katie McMahon takes a break during SXSW (photo: Glenn Peoples) Some tech companies used SXSWi to decorate a vehicle or throw an elaborate party. SoundHound went to Austin for meetings and trend watching. Billboar ...

  50. The Temptations Join Chorus of Lawsuits Over iTunes Royalties

    March 15, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Another major class-action lawsuit has just been filed on the digital royalties front. The Temptations, the pioneering male vocal group from the 1960s, is suing Universal Music in federal court in California, seeking millions of dollars after alle ...

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