Electronic Arts

  1. There Is a Future for Music Packaging, SXSWi Panel Insists

    March 13, 2012 4:47 PM EDT Innovative prototypes for new music packaging--and some discussion of whether they'll ruin or save the industry--were on display at a SXSW Interactive session Tuesday morning entitled "Can Printed Electronics Save the Music Industry?&quo ...

  2. Turntable.FM Signs Licensing Deals With All Four Major Labels -- It's Official

    March 13, 2012 1:33 PM EDT Turntable.fm now has licensing agreements with all four of the major labels in place. The announcement was made today at South By Southwest by Turntable.fm founder Billy Chasen and co-founder Seth Goldstein during the panel "Turntable.FM: The ...

  3. The MP3 Vs. the E-Book: 'Online Music Then and Now' SXSWi Examines What We Have (And Haven't) Learned ...

    March 10, 2012 8:14 PM EST In 1999, Diamond Multimedia's Rio became the first portable mp3 player to be commercially successful. Eight years later, the Kindle brought a similar level of mobility to books. Needless to say, the two game-changing devices met with differen ...

  4. SXSWi's Rainy First Day: Tumblr Ponchos; 'Future of Entertainment' Panel

    March 10, 2012 10:31 AM EST Outside the Austin Convention Center where 2012's SXSW Interactive conference kicked off and where a cross-section of the tech industry were met by raindrops. (photo: Sandira Calviac) There is a saying: when people talk about the weather, it& ...

  5. Business Matters: Finally Global? Turntable.fm Doing Deals with Labels (Report)

    March 08, 2012 6:31 PM EST Turntable.fm's Could Go Global With New Major Licensing Deals Turntable.fm has signed a licensing deal with EMI and is close to completing deals with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, according to CNET. The status of discuss ...

  6. Corbis Simplifies Music Licensing With GreenLight Launch

    March 07, 2012 9:02 AM EST Bill Gates' online content licensing company Corbis is pushing into the music realm, with the newly-launched GreenLight Music allowing customers to purchase and license tracks from all four major labels for use on websites, corporate function ...

  7. Business Matters: Pandora Needs Investors Ready For the Long Haul

    March 06, 2012 9:29 PM EST Pandora Needs Investors Ready For the Long Haul -- Pandora had a clear message during Tuesday's earnings call for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Jan. 31: We're the future, but the future isn't here just yet. We' ...

  8. Pandora Shares Drop After Fourth-Quarter Earnings Report

    March 06, 2012 5:03 PM EST Shares of Pandora where free-falling 15 percent in after-hours trading on Tuesday after the digital music company reported uninspiring quarterly earnings results. The provider of online music reported revenue and profit that missed the expectation ...

  9. How Beyond Oblivion's Music Startup Model Tanked Before Takeoff

    March 05, 2012 4:50 PM EST Beyond Oblivion was supposed to save the music industry. Instead, it lived up to its name, collapsing in dramatic fashion at the end of 2011 when investors lost their patience with a company that kept promising and never delivering. Years of caree ...

  10. Sony, RCA Sued By Artist Over Music Video Background

    February 27, 2012 5:39 PM EST A Brooklyn-based artist has filed a new lawsuit that raises the question of whether the mise-en-scène from one video production can be appropriated in another. The plaintiff in the case is Maya Hayuk, who has had a strong career through two decade ...

  11. Toto Suing Sony For Online Royalty Payments

    February 27, 2012 4:00 PM EST Add Toto to the list of heritage acts suing their labels for not treating download sales as a license arrangement, which require 50% of net proceeds to be paid to the band, according to a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for Southern New Y ...

  12. Business Matters: Vevo Should Pay Up, Say Songs Music, Downtown, TuneCore

    February 07, 2012 8:54 PM EST Vevo Should Pay Up, Say Songs Music, Downtown, TuneCore -- Vevo made headlines last week when the video service announced it had generated $150 million in revenue in 2011. To go from launch to $150 million in two years speaks to the company's ...

  13. Viacom First Quarter Earnings Shredded by 'Rock Band' Settlement

    February 03, 2012 7:00 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Viacom Inc., the owner of Paramount Pictures, MTV and Comedy Central, on Thursday posted a 65 percent drop in net income for the latest quarter, as it took a charge related to the "Rock Band" series of video games. Revenu ...

  14. IFPI Digital Music Report 2012: Global Digital Revenue Climbs 8%, Overall Market Decline Slows

    January 23, 2012 11:28 AM EST Global revenue from digital sales and services grew by 8 percent in 2011 - up from 5 percent the previous year - while the overall recorded music market shrank by approximately 3 percent in total trade value (both physical and digital), according ...

  15. Viacom Owes $383 Million To Harmonix in 'Rock Band' Dispute Arbitrators Say

    December 28, 2011 7:00 AM EST After already paying $150 million to former shareholders of Harmonix, arbitrators have determined that Viacom owes an additional $383 million to the video game company that created Rock Band, according to a regulatory filing on Tuesday. The revela ...

  16. Business Matters: Disappointing Best Buy Quarter Part of Technology Retail Slide

    December 13, 2011 6:44 PM EST Tech Retail In The Dumps -- Best Buy shares fell 15.5 percent Tuesday on heaving trading (five times the daily average) after the company released disappointing sales figures for its fiscal third quarter ending Nov.26, 2011. Revenue dropped 2 perc ...

  17. INgrooves Makes Updates to Its Client Console

    December 13, 2011 8:30 AM EST Digital distributor INgrooves has made some upgrades to the client console used by its label partners. The additions help its clients keep up with the dynamic digital music market, explains CEO and founder Robb McDaniels in a statement. "Deve ...

  18. Labels Like 2011's CD Numbers...Except The One On The Bottom Line

    December 08, 2011 8:35 AM EST Label executives may gnash their teeth about the razor-thin profit margins they derive from the $5 CD being sold in corrugated fixtures and at speed tables in Walmart and Best Buy. But they like the sales bump that this year's new popular con ...

  19. Backbeat: Shaila Durcal Treats Anti-Piracy Lawmakers To Recording Session @ Miami's Hit Factory

    November 29, 2011 12:12 PM EST Legislative Session: From left: Gregg Vickers, VP customer marketing, EMI North America; Congressman Lamar singer Smith; singer Shaila Durcal; Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz; and Sergio Lopes, Sr. VP Capitol Latin, at an impromptu recordin ...

  20. Video: Superfly Presents' Rick Farman Talks Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Interactive Festival Experiences @ FutureSound

    November 18, 2011 12:50 PM EST Speaking to Billboard.biz at the 2011 FutureSound conference, Superfly Presents co-founder and partner Rick Farman revealed how his company approaches entertainment and how they look to make festivals more interactive. Already well-known for their ...

  21. Retail Briefs: NARM Upgrades Database, IRIS To Distribute Saban Artists

    November 18, 2011 7:34 AM EST NARM Upgrades Database NARM has rolled out upgrades to its 15-year old database of music releases, which is dubbed the NARM Product Platform. Starting this week, the product database features a new, streamlined web interface that allows for simple ...

  22. Sony/EMI Deal: Publishing Companies Would Remain Separate, But Managed by Sony

    November 11, 2011 4:05 PM EST While Citigroup and the Sony-led investment group are still working on the final wording for the purchase agreement so it can be signed, sources say that that Sony/ATV Music Publishing will manage the EMI publishing assets, but its own copyrights ...

  23. Bushmills, Pitchfork & Bon Iver: The Do's and Don'ts of Touring Sponsorships Panel @ BB Touring Conf

    November 11, 2011 12:16 PM EST Brand Stand (from left): Sig Greenbaum, VP of Marketing/Sponsorships, Rehage Entertainment; Marcie Allen, President, MAC Presents; Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP Entertainment Marketing, Citi; Liana Huth, SVP Partnerships and Events, FUSE; Matt Frampton ...

  24. Business Matters: Music Discovery Abounds, Conversion Needs Improvement: Study

    November 10, 2011 7:00 PM EST Music Discovery Abounds, Conversion Needs Improvement: Study -- Music discovery is alive and well, according to a new NPD Group/NARM study released Thursday. But there are some concerns that digital platforms too easily provide free content withou ...

  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. Business Matters: The Orchard Branches Out to Action Sports Video

    October 28, 2011 6:20 PM EDT The Orchard Branches Out Into Action Sports Video -- Digital distributor The Orchard has branched out into sports by creating an Action Sports & Lifestyle Film Distribution division. The new division, reported to be launching next week, will b ...

  27. Business Matters: Would You Buy Pandora Stock at $18 a Share?

    October 14, 2011 5:44 PM EDT Would You Buy Pandora Media for $18 a Share? -- Barrington Research initiated coverage on shares of Pandora Media (NYSE:P) this week. Its analysts set a price target of $18 and gave the stock an "outperform" rating. The note to investors ...

  28. Read: Steve Jobs' Billboard 2004 Cover Story

    October 06, 2011 6:35 PM EDT On the occasion of the one year anniversary of the Apple iTunes store on May 1, 2004, Billboard ran a Q&A with Steve Jobs. Here the Apple co-founder and CEO, who seldom pulled his punches, called the legal music download market before iTunes & ...

  29. Steve Jobs In Memoriam: Remembrances and Tributes

    October 05, 2011 1:32 PM EDT October 07, 2011 | Global | Digital & Mobile | Branding | TV & Film | Retail Steve Jobs' Death May Break Internet Records, Surpass Beyonce's Pregnancy Announcement Steve Jobs wasn't just a technological innovator - he create ...

  30. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Kelly Rich

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 29 Kelly Rich VP of sales, marketing and interactive, Big Machine Label Group Website: Bigmachinemusic.com Twitter: @Kkrich12 As VP of sales, marketing and interactive at Big Machine Label Group, Kelly Rich is a key member of the team that hel ...

  31. Tero Ojanpera's Farewell Letter to Nokia Staff

    September 30, 2011 10:19 PM EDT Nokia announced in late August that Tero Ojanperä, the executive VP and a member of the the company's leadership team, was leaving the company after 21 years to become managing partner of a new investment fund Vision+. During his time at the ...

  32. Business Matters: Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke, by the Numbers

    September 29, 2011 6:52 PM EDT Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke 2011 could end being the year digital music broke. Yes, the iTunes Music Store launched back in 2003. But 2011 has been a truly incredible year for digital music. Perhaps most important is the big improveme ...

  33. Billboard FutureSound Update: More Speakers, Topics Confirmed

    September 28, 2011 1:32 PM EDT There are a lot of music-industry conferences these days, but we're aiming to do something really different with Billboard's inaugural FutureSound Conference , taking place Nov. 17-18 in San Francisco. This conference is designed to driv ...

  34. Michael Nash, Warner Music's 'Top Digital Guru,' Leaving; Stephen Bryan Named Successor

    September 20, 2011 5:00 PM EDT The Warner Music Group top digital guru Michael Nash is leaving the company and will be replaced by Stephen Bryan, who has been promoted to executive VP of digital strategy and business development for recorded music. Bryan, who recently served as ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Exclusive 'Watch The Throne' Release Windows Imperil Long-Term Health of Music Retailers

    September 01, 2011 9:34 AM EDT Jay-Z, Kanye West and their respective labels dissed both the digital and brick-and-mortar account base by giving iTunes an exclusive four-day window on their album Watch the Throne (Roc-a-Fella/Roc Nation/Def Jam) and then giving Best Buy an 11 ...

  37. Business Matters: Loudbytes Launched Cloud-based Service, Lines Up Advisory Board

    August 31, 2011 8:51 PM EDT Loudbytes Launched Cloud-based Service, Lines Up Advisory Board -- Loudbytes has unveiled an advisory board with a number of well-known industry professionals, including Jason Flom (president, Lava Records), Scott Pascucci (Moneta 9), Jeff Kempler ...

  38. Warner Music Group's Quarterly Loss Narrows, Revenues Increase 6%

    August 04, 2011 8:43 AM EDT NEW YORK - Warner Music Group on Thursday reported a narrowed loss for its latest quarter. The loss of $46 million for what is the company's fiscal third quarter, compared to a loss of $55 million in the year-ago period. A settlement with Lim ...

  39. U.K. Music Industry Revenue Falls by $309 Million

    August 04, 2011 7:30 AM EDT LONDON -- Plummeting CD sales, the ongoing toll of digital piracy and a lack of big name acts on tour fuelled a £189 million ($309 million) drop in U.K. music revenues last year, according to The Guardian . The music industry saw revenues decline ...

  40. Clear Channel Radio Revenue Up 4% to $781 Million

    August 04, 2011 6:45 AM EDT CC Media Holdings, the parent company of Clear Channel Communications, reported Wednesday that revenue grew 8% to $1.6 billion in the second quarter, with radio revenue up 4%. The company's billboard business rose 5% domestically and 19% inte ...

  41. Business Matters: Earbits-Powered Radio Station Debuts at SFGate

    July 20, 2011 5:58 PM EDT Earbits-Powered Radio Station Debuts at SFGate -- Internet radio startup Earbits has found a clever way to get its product to market. SFGate, the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle, launched the Earbits-powered SFGate Radio on Wednesday ...

  42. Business Matters: Piracy Ravages Earnings in App World

    July 15, 2011 6:09 PM EDT Maybe It's Time for App Developers to Start Selling T-Shirts -- Piracy is no longer a problem for legacy entertainment companies like record labels and film studios. Mobile app developers now must deal with their pirated games being available ...

  43. EMI Signs Licensing Deal for MXP4's Facebook Games

    July 13, 2011 5:01 PM EDT MXP4's new Bopler Games, launched in beta Wednesday on Facebook, features music from EMI Music and EMI Publishing that's part of a global licensing agreement between the companies. The deal marks the first time a Facebook app developer h ...

  44. Tuhin Roy of MXP4 on Blanket Digital Music Licensing From a Developer's Perspective

    June 29, 2011 12:13 PM EDT (Tuhin Roy is Chief Strategy Officer of MXP4, the developer of Bopler Games, a Facebook application that enables users to play multiple music games across a large catalog of music. Tuhin practiced corporate and intellectual property law at Perkins ...

  45. David Israelite, NMPA President's Guest Post: Why Music Publishers Must Adopt Blanket Licensing

    June 24, 2011 1:19 PM EDT National Music Publishers' Assn. president/CEO David Israelite told NMPA members during the trade group's June 16 annual meeting that the lack of blanket licensing for U.S. mechanical and synchronization rights is robbing publishers of g ...

  46. Jim Routh from Smule Guest Post: Why Blanket Licensing Legislation Is Not the Answer to Publishing Quandary

    June 24, 2011 12:06 PM EDT Jim Routh, VP of Business Development at Smule , a leading mobile social app company, has over 18-years experience in business development and product management in software, web services, mobile ventures. He is responsible for managing all Smule& ...

  47. Business Matters: Mobile U.S. Ad Revenues Projected to be $4 Billion by 2015

    June 23, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Mobile U.S. Ad Revenues Projected to be $4 Billion by 2015 -- Since a good portion of future of digital music ad revenues will depend on the vibrancy of the mobile ad market, a new revenue forecast will be on great interest to digital service prov ...

  48. Crunch Digital Launches Service to Help Publishers Collect from Digital Music Providers

    June 21, 2011 5:38 PM EDT To help music publishers deal with the growing number of digital services, Crunch Digital has introduced its new PDX Service to help publishers collect money for their songs' use on cloud-based and other digital music services. The publisher ...

  49. Charles Caldas, Merlin CEO Guest Post: A Gaping Hole in the Clouds -- Indies

    June 03, 2011 11:30 AM EDT (Charles Caldas is CEO of Merlin , a global rights body for independent labels. He was formerly the CEO of Shock Records before starting Merlin in 2007. He has also been on the boards of ARIA, AIR and WIN) Services that are serious about providing ...

  50. Business Matters: Trans World's Music Sales Get a Boost From Healthy Catalog Performance

    May 23, 2011 6:19 PM EDT Trans World's Music Sales Get a Boost From Healthy Catalog Performance -- Trans World's first-quarter results were a good reflection of overall music sales: same-store revenue was down slightly, catalog sales were good -- they were great ...

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