Electronic Arts

  1. Business Matters: CDs Down 9% This Year And Getting Cheaper All the Time

    May 17, 2011 5:56 PM EDT CD's Downward Spiral: Declining Sales, Prices -- The year-to-date decline in CD sales may be smaller than the sales drop of years past, but the drop is actually larger when you factor in declining sale prices. The most official information on ...

  2. @NARM: Location Services Not Yet Ready for Prime Time

    May 11, 2011 9:06 PM EDT LOS ANGELES -- Location check-in services like Foursquare and Facebook Places remain a point of great interest to record labels, artist managers and retailers. But so far, their value has yet to be either proven or understood. "We're jus ...

  3. Google's Music Beta Launch Points Out Huge Gap Between Music and Tech Communities

    May 11, 2011 12:26 PM EDT This seems all too familiar. Google's decision to launch a cloud music locker without finalizing deals with the music industry illustrates just how large a gap remains between the music and tech communities. Who's at fault for this divid ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Business Matters: Why Live Nation's Q1 Revenue Really Grew 6%, Not 17%

    May 06, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Why Live Nation's Q1 Revenue Really Grew 6%, not 17% -- Live Nation had a decent first quarter of 2011. Concert attendance was flat and ticket sales were up 11%. But revenue growth wasn't really as good as you might have read in various ...

  6. Rethink Music Panels Look at the Future of Record Labels, Monetization

    April 27, 2011 2:48 PM EDT BOSTON - Exactly what the record companies of the future might look like was the topic of conversation at the "Next Generation Record Label" panel at the Rethink Music conference here, and the panelists found themselves grappling with th ...

  7. Rethink Music Panel Explores the Cloud: How to Make People Aware, Let Alone Make Money?

    April 26, 2011 4:00 PM EDT The Cloud music panel at Rethink Music conference, L-R: Jon Vanhala, Sami Valkonen, Brad Navin, David Hyman, Jon Potter, Don Gorder (Photo: Phil Farnsworth) The recent introduction of Amazon's Cloud Player -- and similar offerings from Google ...

  8. Carey Kolaja of PayPal on the Looming Battle Beyond Digital Music Distribution

    April 25, 2011 4:18 PM EDT Carey Kolaja is the Senior Director of Digital Goods Operations at PayPal. The Looming Battle Beyond Digital Music Distribution By Carey Kolaja With the music festival season now in full swing I wanted to share a few thoughts on what is turning ou ...

  9. Ian Rogers Guest Post: The Unbundling (and Re-Bundling) of Music

    April 20, 2011 2:30 PM EDT The following is a guest post from Ian Rogers, CEO of direct to fan artist platform Topspin. He previously was VP and General Manager of Yahoo! Music and Yahoo! Video. He currently blogs at fistfulayen and on the Topspin site where this post origi ...

  10. Business Matters: Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter

    April 12, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter -- The money started pouring back into digital music last quarter. Ten music and music-related startups raised $124.3 million in venture capital in the first quarter of 2011. Billboard tra ...

  11. Business Matters: The Orchard Reaches Profitability

    April 11, 2011 5:51 PM EDT The Orchard Is (Financially) Fertile -- Digital distributor The Orchard is now profitable and grew revenues 14.7% in 2010, according to information the company shared with Billboard. "We had a profitable Q4 and we expect to remain profitable, ...

  12. Cameo Carlson Guest Post: The Music Vs. Tech Divide: A Third Way

    April 05, 2011 2:35 PM EDT (Cameo Carlson is the former executive VP of Universal Motown Republic Group who last week left the label to take on a new role as head of digital business development for management firm Borman Entertainment.) There is a moment when the game chan ...

  13. Inside the IFPI's Cheery 2010 Numbers

    March 30, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Although it has a cheery, optimistic disposition, there's a lot of bad news in the IFPI's new, meticulous annual report. Countries with stable revenues have faltered, for example, and digital growth has seriously stalled. But it's n ...

  14. Guest Blogger: Jay Frank on Breaking the Digital Oligopoly

    March 30, 2011 8:27 AM EDT (This was originally posted by Jay Frank ( @repojay ) at his blog, FutureHit.DNA . Jay is SVP of Music Strategy for CMT, author of the book Futurehit.DNA and a member of Billboard's Twitter 140 list of the most influential music industry blog ...

  15. Amazon's Director Of Music Talks Cloud Drive: 'We Don't Believe We Need Licenses'

    March 29, 2011 2:02 PM EDT Amazon today launched a new music-locker service called Cloud Drive , sparking a new round of analysis over the potential impact of cloud music services and upsetting a number of major labels in the process. Amazon's director of music Craig P ...

  16. A2IM Disputes Billboard/SoundScan's Label Market-Share Methodology -- What Do You Think?

    March 03, 2011 12:08 PM EST (Following is an op-ed article from American Association of Independent Music President Rich Bengloff, in which he outlines the organization's disagreement with the methodology that Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan use to calculate label marke ...

  17. Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos' First Interview Since MTV Sold Rock Band

    February 28, 2011 12:05 AM EST About two months ago, MTV and parent company Viacom sold off its Harmonix subsidiary-the videogame development unit responsible for the Rock Band and Dance Central franchises that it acquired in 2006 for $175 million. It's been a difficult ti ...

  18. Exclusive: Island Def Jam, Echo Nest Launch Groundbreaking Music Licensing Pact For Apps

    February 24, 2011 6:00 AM EST Just go to any Music Hack Day -- like the recent ones in New York and at the MIDEM conference -- and meet the developers there working for free to create new and innovative music apps (many of which never see the light of day), and it becomes imme ...

  19. SonicAngel: How a Lord of Acid Intends to Save the Music Industry

    February 17, 2011 3:15 PM EST Sonic Angels? Bart Becks (foreground) and Maurice Engelen (a.k.a. Praga Khan). Online music platform SonicAngel is crossing borders, signing distribution deals with the majors, and promoting and marketing musicians with an unusual business model. ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. What the Music Biz Can Learn From Nokia CEO's 'Burning Platform' Memo

    February 09, 2011 5:02 PM EST The Internet was ablaze this morning with the leak of a sensational memo from Nokia CEO Stephen Elop about the state of the company. Originally obtained by Engadget , (and reprinted in full below), the memo compares Nokia's current predicamen ...

  22. Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman Optimistic About Spotify, Digital Despite 14% Revenue Drop

    February 08, 2011 11:51 AM EST Even though Warner Music Group's revenues dropped 14% in its last quarter, chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. used the company's Tuesday earnings call to express hope for diversified revenue and new cloud-based music services. "We ...

  23. Business Matters: U.S. Retail e-Commerce Up 11% Last Quarter

    February 04, 2011 2:57 PM EST Ecommerce: Increasingly The Real Deal -- U.S. retail ecommerce reached $43.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to comScore. That makes for an 11% increase over the fourth quarter of 2009. It was the second time in 2010 a quarter had ...

  24. Jack Isquith Guest Post: What The Music Industry Can Learn From the Super Bowl

    February 03, 2011 2:00 PM EST The following guest post is from Jack Isquith, a digital music expert who has held senior posts at Warner Brothers Records and AOL Music, that originally appeared on his blog Digital Music Insider and is reposted with his permission. The Football ...

  25. Sony Music Sales Down 14.5% Last Quarter

    February 03, 2011 6:58 AM EST Sony reported operating income down 5.9 percent in the quarter ending December 31 on a slight drop in sales, as the strong yen and a poor quarter for Sony Pictures and LCD TVs hit earnings. Sales and revenue were down on the same quarter in 2009 t ...

  26. Business Matters: Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos

    January 28, 2011 1:48 PM EST Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos -- The free vs. paid debate so common in the music industry is being played out with online video. Wary of giving away too much content, the companies in the Hulu joint venture are considering a transfo ...

  27. Universal Music Canada Lays Off 20 Staffers

    January 27, 2011 5:52 PM EST On the heels of last week's layoffs at Universal Music Group in the U.S ., Universal Music Canada was hit with about 20 staff cuts, today and yesterday, according to sources close to the situation. While no official statement or acknowledgeme ...

  28. Guest Columnist Mark Mulligan on Why and How Digital Music Products Are Failing

    January 26, 2011 6:47 PM EST There's been a lot of buzz (some positive and not so positive!) about comments I have made about the current state of the digital music market in the New York Times and at Midem. The quote which really grabbed the attention was "As Thing ...

  29. MIDEM One-on-Ones: Online Ticketing, The Value of Music, Western Acts In Japan

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Between the music industry panel discussions at this year's MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, Billboard senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples picks the brains of attendee executives to learn what's happening behind the scenes. Exiting ...

  30. @MIDEM 2011: Social Games Are Serious Business -- But Can Others Follow Past Successes?

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- There are plenty of individual examples of artists who have experimented successfully with social games. But is there a model here that all artists can follow? Or is it like the mobile app space -- something a handful of artist h ...

  31. MIDEM: Are Mobile Apps Monetizing the Few or the Many?

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Are mobile apps just for super fans? At a MidemNET discussion on monetizing mobile apps hosted by Mobile Roadie CEO Michael Schneider, a question from the audience brought up a question that was also on other people's minds. Duncan McRae of S ...

  32. Did Viacom Sell Rock Band Developer Harmonix for $50?

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST File this under "who knows?" but Peter Kafka over at All Things Digital's Media Memo blog is reporting that Viacom sold its Rock Band developer unit Harmonix late last year for as little as $50. Now that's a hook-worthy but som ...

  33. Analysis: Viacom's Sale of Harmonix Is No Surprise

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Viacom's decision to sell video game maker Harmonix last week may have seemed out of the ordinary, but the odds of success are often stacked against many such acquisitions. Last week, Viacom sold Harmonix to investment firm Columbus Nova for ...

  34. Viacom Parts Ways With Rock Band

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Viacom Inc has sold Harmonix Music Systems, the developer behind the Rock Band franchise, to the investment firm Columbus Nova, ending a failed foray into the video game business. Analysts have long questioned the value of Rock Band for a company ...

  35. Business Matters: Will Apple and Google Bid on EMI?

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Will Apple and Google Bid on EMI? -- Now that Citigroup's takeover of EMI seems to be a near certainty, it's time for the pundits to ponder possible acquirers. If history offers any lesson it is that Apple and Google will be frequently c ...

  36. Business Matters: Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings - comScore's U.S. online video rankings for November 2010 show that Vevo ranks Number 3 in total unique viewers with 50.3 million. Viacom Digital, which includes MTV.com, VH1.com and CMT.com, ran ...

  37. From Apple to EMI: Former iTunes Exec Joins Capitol & Virgin Label Group

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seems like Apple and the major labels won't stop trading execs anytime soon. This time it's iTunes director of global music initiatives Alex Luke jumping ship to EMI, where he will serve as executive VP of A&R at Capitol & Virgin ...

  38. Business Matters: In Sign of the Times, Columbia House CD/DVD Club Closes in Canada

    December 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Record Clubs Take Another Step Toward Extinction -- Once a major force in music sales, the record club has taken another step toward extinction. CD and DVD mail order company Columbia House and book-of-the-month club Doubleday Canada (not to be co ...

  39. Business Matters: WMG, Live Nation Ratings Downgraded

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. WMG, Live Nation Ratings Downgraded -- Both Warner Music Group and Live Nation have recently had their bond ratings downgraded by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service. In other words, one of the ...

  40. Quarterly Earnings Recap: Apple Stuns, Music Companies Stumble

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST While consumers continued to opt for less expensive digital music and shied away from live events in the third quarter of 2010, one company found a way to entertain and thrill its customers: Apple. Although Apple does not create musical content, p ...

  41. Japanese Digital Sales Down 5%

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has released data for sales of digital music for the first three quarters of 2010, January through September, and the overall market is down again. Overall the digital music market value for the t ...

  42. French Biz Down In Q3

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The French recorded music market has experienced a sudden pause in its fragile recovery, labels trade body Snep revealed. The market had shown signs of recovery earlier this year, amid suggestions that the incoming HADOPI graduated response measur ...

  43. What Slowdown? Warner Music Expects Digital Growth to Accelerate

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST To hear Warner Music Group CEO/chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. speak during the company's fiscal fourth quarter earnings call on Wednesday, you'd think that 2011 will be the year of the new music model. Two company names stood out during the ...

  44. Warner Music Q4 Loss Widens

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group posted a wider-than-expected quarterly loss and said revenue growth in the U.K. and Italy was offset by weakness in the United States, Japan and the rest of Europe. For July-September, the company posted a loss of 31 cents a sha ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Business Matters: Veritix, Ghostly

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Veritix's $100 Million -- Ticketing continues to heat up. Veritix has taken out a five-year, $100 million line of credit to better compete with the resources of Ticketmaster. Put simply, some ...

  47. Super D Acquires Infinity Resources

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wholesaler Super D has acquired Infinity Resources, which should add about $80 million to the company’s yearly revenue, and make the company the second largest U.S. one-stop. Infinity Resources owns the Collector's Choice record label, the de ...

  48. News Corp Exec: Myspace Has “Quarters, Not Years” To Right The Ship

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During News Corp’s earnings call this week, COO Chase Carey addressed Myspace’s ongoing struggles to return to relevance by stating the unit had a very short time to turn itself around. “The current losses are not acceptable or sustainable,” he sa ...

  49. Updated: Live Nation Shuffles Execs, Garner Exits Company

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment disclosed in an 8-K filing Wednesday that Jason Garner, the head of its concert business, has left the company . In light of the departure, Live Nation has promoted three of its key veteran executives. Longtime promoters ...

  50. Spanish Online Piracy Remains Rampant

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than 97% of all music obtained via the Internet in Spain during the first six months of 2010 was downloaded illegally, according to a study by IDC Research. The confirmation of Spain's continuing piracy problem was confirmed by Internet ...

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