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  1. Sean Rosenberg Exits Sony

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sony VP of global account management Sean Rosenberg has left the company. An e-mail sent to friends and contacts late Friday announced the move, and a followup e-mail early Monday pointed to his next venture. Rosenberg will assume the position of ...

  2. What’s Happening to Digital Album Sales?

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital album sales aren’t falling off a cliff, but they are experiencing a sustained decline for the first time. A Billboard analysis of Nielsen SoundScan data has found that after seven years of strong growth, digital albums are finally starting ...

  3. The Full Round-Up: Tips To Drive Business

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Better bundling of products online, tips on selling more merch, effective tour marketing strategies and much more. Our Wednesday series of tip and lists wraps up with this round-up of all the stories that were aimed at offering business insights a ...

  4. @Digital Hollywood: Comedy Veterans Love Online Video

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A panel filled with comedy legends showed how online video is changing the way products are developed and marketed. It's cheap, traditional gatekeepers don't limit it, and it can lead to film and television deals. Their use of digital vi ...

  5. @Digital Hollywood: OK Go and the New Era of Video Content

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One noted rock band is at the heart of a new type of brand-funded content. OK Go, the band behind numerous online viral video successes, is using its online notoriety to work with global electronics company Samsung. "The new primetime is dayt ...

  6. Imeem Founder: Music Startups Destined To Fail

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What's Imeem founder Dalton Caldwell been up to since MySpace acquired the company he started for $1 million last year, and then subsequently shuttered? Well, most recently he discussed his reflections on the Imeem experience to a group of st ...

  7. @MEL: The Eurythmics' Dave Stewart Wants To Pay You For Tweeting

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fans will be able to get paid for tweeting about their favorite bands, thanks to a new technology demonstrated by the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, a producer, solo artist and Nokia's innovation advisor and chief disruption advisor. Speaking ...

  8. @Leadership Music Digital Summit Day 2: Genuine Optimism

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Has the music industry reached an inflection point? Maybe it was the forward-looking topics of the panels at the Leadership Music Digital Summit. Most likely it was because of the particular group of industry leaders in attendance. In any case, af ...

  9. What You Missed @Leadership Music Digital Summit Day 1

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Experiments with digital products and business models may not have produced many winners, but it was clear from the discussions at the first day of the Leadership Music Digital Summit, that some people felt progress has been made. The event began ...

  10. Here's Why You Should Come To Billboard's Music App Summit

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s an unfortunate state of today’s digital music landscape that two creative industries which stand to benefit from cooperation are too often are at odds with one another: the music industry and the developer community. At next week’s Mobile Ent ...

  11. For All The Excitement, Mobile Marketing Is Still More Tomorrow Than Today

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Agency executives are of two minds when it comes to mobile. On the one hand, they see a potentially huge market. On the other, it's one that's still quite small. Tuesday's Mobile Ad Summit in New York, part of Advertising Week, attr ...

  12. Billboard Q&A: Former Disney Chief Michael Eisner

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During Michael Eisner's 21 years as CEO of the Walt Disney Co., he transformed it from a rudderless operator of theme parks and a family-friendly film studio into a diversified media conglomerate. Since stepping down as Disney's chief ex ...

  13. Will Anything Stick With Music Consumers In The Digital Age?

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Will anything stick with music consumers in the digital age? That was the question posed at two panels at the Americana Music Conference earlier this month in Nashville. Two different groups of the music industry searched for answers and recounted ...

  14. Financial Round-Up: EMI, WMG, Live Nation, HMV and more

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The latest round-up of earnings re-caps: EMI Here is the lone example of an annual earnings report. In August, EMI’s private equity owner, Maltby Capital (which was set up by Terra Firma), released an annual report that offered two important numbe ...

  15. With Mobile Apps, VCs Becoming More Selective

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile apps are exploding across all platforms, and venture capitalists are getting increasingly selective about which companies and services they’ll back. That’s the upshot of a panel at the AppNation conference taking place in San Francisco this ...

  16. Copyright Debates Fire Up Popkomm

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams' manager Tim Clark did his best to spark the panel program, organized by all2gethernow, into life as the congress concentrated on legal matters during its second day. While the policy of holding multiple panels at the same tim ...

  17. Popkomm: German Govt To Act On Internet Piracy

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German music industry generated sales of over €5.5 billion ($7.01 billion) in 2009 in all categories including recorded music, publishing and live entertainment. The sector has 11,000 companies employing a total of 36,300 people. Those impress ...

  18. French Biz Continues To Grow In 2010

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French recorded music market went up 4.1% in trade value for the first half of 2010 to €239.3 million ($305.1 million), labels body Snep revealed today (Sept. 8) in a press conference in Paris. The physical market went up 2.5% in value to €196 ...

  19. Roger Faxon's Plan For EMI

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Putting his stamp on EMI Group, newly appointed CEO Roger Faxon is moving the company back to a strong centralized leadership and away from the so-called "matrix structure" which was organized around function and had been in place since ...

  20. 4 Strategies To Kickstart The Music Biz

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music industry’s recent challenges are well documented at this point – sales are down, piracy abounds and the business models of tomorrow are still being developed. But, amidst these challenges are new opportunities to develop fresh talent, ne ...

  21. RIAJ Reveals Weak Digital Sales In Japan

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has released data for sales of digital music that shows the Internet download market growing. But mobile music slipped back, according to the results for January to June 2010. Overall the digital ...

  22. Believe Digital To 'Upstream' Buzz Acts

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European digital distributor and services provider Believe Digital is to roll out its premium service to unsigned buzz acts. Founded in 2004, Believe Digital claims to be the leading digital distributor and services provider to independent artists ...

  23. Trans World Struggles Continue

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment continues to struggle, posting a $15.8 million net loss, or 50 cents per diluted share, on $135.8 million in sales for its fiscal second quarter ended July 31. That slightly narrower than the $17.8 million loss, or 57 cen ...

  24. Business Matters: Qtrax, Slowtrain Music, Live Nation and more

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Qtrax has appointed Lance. J.O. Ford as co-president and chief marketing officer. He previously held those same positions at Rebel Digital, one of Qtrax’s advertising advisors. Little ...

  25. OCC Looks To Cash In On U.K. Charts

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. charts compiler the Official Charts Co. (OCC) will expand its commercial activities, following the appointment of former video games executive Giles Jones to the newly created role of head of commercial development. In his new role, Jones wil ...

  26. Business Matters: Warner Music Group, Hastings, MOG

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Standard & Poor 's downgraded Warner Music Group 's stock to "negative" from "stable" last week. The ratings agency believes a lower rating is proper "until there is an indication that digital sales can re ...

  27. Business Matters: Hastings, Gigaboxx, 'Physical Is Dead' and more

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hastings To Buy Back Stock -- Entertainment retailer Hastings has announced a stock repurchase of up to $10 million. Previously announced stock repurchase programs amount to $27.5 million. Chairman and CEO John H. Marmaduke says in the press relea ...

  28. Viacom Sees Ad Upswing

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Viacom said it is seeing a continued strengthening of the U.S. advertising market. While the economic recovery is coming only in fits and starts, "the overall advertising market continues to strengthen," president and CEO Philippe Dauman ...

  29. Earnings Analysis: WMG Hit By Slow Release Schedule

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A slow release schedule helped Warner Music Group report a 15% drop in revenues in its fiscal third quarter. For the period ended June 30, revenue was $652 million and the operating loss was $1 million, a big drop from $25 million the year before. ...

  30. Warner Music Posts Wider Quarterly Loss

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group posted a wider quarterly loss and disappointing revenue on Thursday (Aug. 5) as a thin slate of new releases hurt sales in the United States, Europe and Japan. Warner, the world's No. 3 music company based on recorded music ...

  31. Secondary Revenues Boost U.K. Music Biz

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. labels body the BPI has released figures showing that British record companies' secondary revenues -- income generated outside of CD sales and digital music services -- grew by 6.6% to £193.5 million ($305.8 million) in 2009. Secondary r ...

  32. '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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Business Matters: Pirate ISP, Pandora, Slacker, Apple and more

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT PIRATE ISP TO LAUNCH IN SWEDEN -- It was bound to happen: The Swedish Pirate Party plans to launch an ISP that allows users to roam the Internet anonymously. Pirate ISP is starting with a small launch and will roll out to the entire country later ...

  35. Apple Forecast Beats Street view, Mac Sales Jump

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc gave an unusually upbeat revenue forecast that trounced Wall Street's expectations and eased fears that the "Antennagate" controversy around its iPhone 4's reception would hurt sales, boosting its shares 3%. It report ...

  36. Business Matters: Live Nation, Swedish Sales, Spotify

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation 's stock closed Thursday down 10.85% to $10.19. During the afternoon it was down as much as 16%. Investors fled when the company revealed the extent of its summer concert woes during an investor and analyst meeting, although th ...

  37. Business Matters: Sony, Jonas Bros, 'Idol,' HMV and more

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A LOOK AT SONY'S STRATEGY, REVENUE AND PROFIT -- The 360 deal is on a publicity tour. A week after Fast Company highlighted Warner Music Group ’s adaptation to a changed music industry through multi-rights deals, the New York Times does the s ...

  38. Newly Appointed EMI CEO Faxon Talks Future Challenges

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Newly appointed EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon, who has helmed EMI Music Publishing since 2007, will now be in charge of leading of all of the major's operations, including its recorded music business. In an interview to be published in next week& ...

  39. French Labels Body UPFI Elects New Prez

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT French independent labels body UPFI elected Stephan Bourdoiseau as its new president for a two-year term. Bourdoiseau, CEO of independent record company and distributor Wagram, headed the UPFI between 2004 and 2008. He replaces tot Ou tard founder ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Australia's Shock Shutters Publishing Arm

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Powerhouse Australian independent music group Shock has closed three of its companies, including its music publishing arm. Citing the global financial crisis, prolonged tough trading conditions and ever-changing consumer behavior, the Melbourne-ba ...

  42. Spanish Online Piracy Rate Nears 96%

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Almost 96% of all recorded music acquired online in Spain is pirated, according to a new report from the Spanish division of U.S. consultant IDC Research. The report, published June 1, covers the second half of 2009 and was commissioned by the Coa ...

  43. Business Matters: Borders, Lala, Canada's CD Tariff, Buzzmedia, Irving Plaza and More

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Borders reported a greater operating loss and an improved net loss in the first fiscal quarter ending May 1, 2010. The net loss of $64.1 million was a fair improvement over the $86 million net loss in the previous year’s first fiscal quarter. R ...

  44. RIAJ Q1 Figures Show Digital Decline

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) released digital music figures for the first quarter of 2010 and they show sales down for mobile, but up for Internet Downloads. Overall sales were down year-on-year. The digital music market in J ...

  45. Report: DOJ Investigating Apple's Digital Music Tactics

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Department of Justice has opened an antitrust inquiry into Apple practices in the digital music market, the New York Times reported on Wednesday (May 26). The early-stage conversations "have revolved broadly around the dynamics of selling ...

  46. Keyboards Coming To Rock Band 3?

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Are keyboard controllers coming to Rock Band 3? MTV and Harmonix released a two-song demo for the forthcoming “Green Day: Rock Band” on the Xbox Live Marketplace which among other things contained a teaser image for Rock Band 3 . That image showed ...

  47. Harmonix Reports Early Success For Rock Band Network

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Rock Band Network initiative is proving to be a hit with early adopters, according to developer Harmonix , a subsidiary of MTV Games . Speaking at Liverpool Sound City - a 4-day music and international business conference held annually in the ...

  48. The Orchard Shows Gains, Still Posts Loss in Q1

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard showed improvements in the first quarter of 2010 , growing revenue while posting a modest net loss. The digital distributor had revenues of approximately $17.8 million, up 16.2% from $15.3 million last year. Net loss improved to $447,0 ...

  49. Led Zep, Floyd, Eagles Make 'Rock Band' Poll

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The "Green Day: Rock Band" videogame is not even out yet, and already the folks behind the franchise are looking for their next artist-focused title. MTV's videogame developer subsidiary Harmonix posted a poll on its developers foru ...

  50. NARM Kicks Off With 'Indie Crash Course'

    May 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While most independent labels are at the cutting edge in using all the new digital tools to market their projects, some executives lamented the erosion of traditional marketing vehicles, like brick-and-mortar retail, during a "Indie Crash Cou ...

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