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  1. Study: Australian File Sharers Will Pay For Music, But Not Much

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yet another study indicates most digital pirates will pay for music – if the price is right. News.com.au and market research firm CoreData surveyed over 5,700 people who said they had illegally downloaded or streamed music in the previous 12 month ...

  2. Murdoch Admits To MySpace 'Mistakes'

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch has admitted to "mistakes" with MySpace, after the division which houses the social network posted a loss of $150 million. News Corp. earned $839 million in the fiscal third quarter, which ended ...

  3. WMG Q2 Revenue Stable

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group's total revenue in the second quarter, to March 31, 2010, was down 1.3% year-on-year to $662 million. The decline was 6% on a constant currency basis. WMG said the performance reflected a light release schedulue, the contin ...

  4. Case Study: Digital and Physical Pricing Strategies

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of the industry’s biggest challenges right now is this: Figuring out the products and prices that offer a level of value that resonates with buyers. Case in point - Scott Cohen, manager of The Ravonettes (and co-founder and International VP at ...

  5. One In Four Germans Think Illegal Copies O.K.

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twenty-five percent of Germans think that it is acceptable to use illegal copies of music, films or software according to a survey commissioned by BITKOM, the German Federal Association of Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media. ...

  6. 5 Things You Need To Know From The IFPI Industry Report

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI’s 22-page “Recording Industry In Numbers 2010” report offers a great deal of information on global revenue trends, approaches for dealing with piracy and the business models of tomorrow. Here are five important takeaways: No bottom in sig ...

  7. Amazon Outlook Disappoints

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc forecast lower-than-expected earnings, raising concerns about the online retailer's future margins and sending its shares down about 7%. Like rival eBay Inc, Amazon disappointed investors who had sought greater acceleration in ...

  8. Investment Group Edge Raises Almost $50 Million

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT London-based investment group Edge said its specialist entertainment funds raised $49.6 million in their latest fundraising round. The entertainment industry investment and advisory group said the amount was almost three times last year's tot ...

  9. Analysis: CD and Downloads Are Toast? Not If You Want To Make Money Today

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Some discouraging numbers on the economics of digital music have generated a good online discussion about the future of business models. The numbers from the chart came from a January 2010 post at The Cynical Musician blog that claims "the am ...

  10. Nokia's Comes With Music Launching In China DRM-Free

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia is to launch its Comes With Music service in China, a move which suggests the Finnish mobile manufacturer is looking to emerging markets to boost its unlimited download service. Last month the company confirmed it would launch in India and i ...

  11. Entertainment Stocks Jump

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Positive employment data released on Friday by the Labor Department helped boost entertainment stocks this week. The Labor Dept. said U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in March - the biggest gain since December 2007 - and that the unemployment rat ...

  12. MTV, Rock Band, T-Mobile Call On New Artists

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV and Rock Band developers Harmonix are teaming up with T-Mobile to promote new artists across their respective media platforms through a new contest called "T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month." Under the deal, artists will be able to submit ...

  13. More Free Music: Guvera Launches In US

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guvera, a free, ad-supported music download site, quietly launched in public beta phase in the U.S. on Tuesday. The company launched in Australia last month. Unlike previous ad-supported models, which offer streams or tethered downloads, Guvera wi ...

  14. The Orchard Posts Record Revenue in Fourth Quarter

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital distributor The Orchard reported a 9% increase in revenue in 2009, but a $14.1 million impairment of goodwill in the third quarter left the company with a loss of $17.8 million. Without the impairment, net loss would have been $3.7 million ...

  15. German Biz Eyes Growth In 2011, Hopes To Top U.K.

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German record industry estimates that in 2011 it will come out of its sales decline, after more than 10 years, and be able to report sales increases again for the market. There is even hope in Germany that with the figures for 2009 the British ...

  16. Buyer Beware: Why Artists Should Do A 180 On "360" Deals

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT I've been very fortunate to be affiliated with artists and their managers who have collectively sold over 300 million records. Not once during my three decades in practice did I ever get a call from a record company executive who said, " ...

  17. Hastings Profit Up, Music Sales Down in Fourth Quarter

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Monday, Hastings Entertainment reported $9.1 million of net profit on revenue of $176 million in its fourth quarter ending January 31, 2010. The entertainment retailer's revenue was down 1.4% while its profit was up 123%. Music revenues in ...

  18. @SXSW: The New Brand Hot Spot

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Over 11,000 attendees are expected to flock to Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest, drawn by the conference's growing reputation as a sort of Burning Man festival for digital technology. Among the armies of developers, techies and designers ...

  19. Download Growth Boosts 2009 U.K. Music Royalties

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British songwriters, composers and music publishers earned £623 million ($937.5 million) in royalties in 2009, up 2.6% on 2008 and the first time the growth in digital revenues outperformed the drop in CD and DVD earnings. But PRS for Music, the g ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. IFPI: $1 Million To Break An Act

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has published a new report outlining the record labels' investment in music talent, which it says now reaches around $5 billion a year. That $5 billion includes A&R development and marketing, and represents around 30% of sales re ...

  22. The Future Of Digital Content: Not All Will Be Free

    March 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Andrew Zolli, a self-proclaimed futurist and executive director of the PopTech network and conference, has quite a mea culpa in the latest issue of Newsweek . Zolli preached the virtues of free digital content for many years. Upon reflection, he d ...

  23. Analysis: Streaming's Impact On Download Sales

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST What does streaming music do to download sales? It's a question that gets to the heart of the future music industry. Today, downloads are the dominant source of digital revenue, but far more revenue will come from webcasting and on-demand mus ...

  24. Rock Band Network Music Store Opens

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Rock Band Network Music Store is open for business. The initiative from MTV games and its "Rock Band" developer subsidiary Harmonix -- unveiled last July -- allows artists to submit their music as downloadable add-on content to the m ...

  25. Forrester Analyst Talks Access Models, Predicts Content Providers Will Get Squeezed

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST During his presentation at paidContent2010 , Forrester analyst James McQuivey predicted access models would flourish but content providers will get squeezed during the process. Since the music industry is getting desperate to find a workable acces ...

  26. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Dimensional CEO/eMusic Chairman Danny Stein

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Name: Danny Stein Title: Dimensional Associates CEO and chairman/CEO of eMusic Panel: Purse Stringers: Inside the Minds of the Money Mavens (Thurs. March 4, 4:25 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.). More info at Billboardevents.com. At this moment in time, what mos ...

  27. TuneTribe Launches Ad-Funded Mobile Service

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital entertainment company TuneTribe has partnered with 3rd Space, a provider of global mobile entertainment and marketing services for brands and advertisers. TuneTribe is a content retailer and provider of digital marketing solutions to label ...

  28. Chrysalis Q1 Royalty Income Rises

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST British music publisher Chrysalis said its share of income from royalties rose 9% in the first quarter, helped by successful records from Robbie Williams, Jay-Z and JLS. The company, which publishes some Michael Jackson hits including "Thrill ...

  29. Viacom CEO: We Need To Pay Less For Music In Videogames

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST During Viacom’s Q4 earnings call , on Thursday, Philippe Dauman, Viacmon’s president and CEO, pointed to lower rates paid to record labels as a part of a broader attempt to boost its struggling video games division. As we go forward, we are contin ...

  30. Ad Recovery Remains Elusive For MTV Nets

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The advertising marketplace in the fourth quarter began limping down the long road to recovery, as was demonstrated by earnings reports issued by a half-dozen media companies over the course of the last 10 days. And while some programmers have cov ...

  31. Business Matters: The Price Debate, Rascal Flatts, Thumbplay

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Do higher prices equal slower sales? That's the w ...

  32. Analysis: As Digital Revenues Stall, Bronfman Looks To New Models

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Dominated by talk of new digital business models, Warner Music Group's fiscal Q1 earnings call on Tuesday morning exhibited a mix of patience and optimism. The company's flat revenue, small net loss and stalled digital growth were a repe ...

  33. Super Bowl TV Advertisers See Online Gains

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Advertisers that bought spots in this year's Super Bowl saw a sharp spike in online references relating directly to their brands, according to research conducted by Prophesee, a unit of Interpublic's Initiative that monitors and analyzes ...

  34. UMG Veteran Bronikowski Headed To Yahoo Music

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group veteran Jeff Bronikowski will take over as the new head of Yahoo Music Billboard has learned, replacing Michael Speigelman, who is moving to a different role within the company. Bronikowski worked at Universal for 11 years, m ...

  35. Business Matters: UMPG, EMI, Seeqpod, President Obama and More

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 's ...

  36. Business Matters: Live Nation Ent., AEG, David Pakman

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- In the wake of the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger AEG ...

  37. Plugged/Unplugged: CwF+RtB = WTF?

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Plugged/Unplugged is an online column by Billboard digital and mobile correspondent Antony Bruno. Follow him on Twitter here twitter/billboarddigitl . As my editor/boss was boarding a plane to return home from MIDEM, he shot me an e-mail linking t ...

  38. Amazon Blows By Estimates, Sees Strong Q1

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com Inc blew past analysts' profit estimates in its closely watched holiday quarter and forecast revenue for early 2010 that topped already-high Wall Street expectations. The world's largest online retailer has been viewed as a wi ...

  39. Business Matters: Live Nation, Danger Mouse, Best Buy

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Live Nation, 's stock was at $11.93 in morning tr ...

  40. @MIDEM: BPI: 'U.K. Government Will Pass Anti-Piracy Bill'

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britain’s Digital Economy Bill will be passed before the General Election despite a shortage of parliamentary time, according to U.K. labels body the BPI. “We’re doing everything we can to convince [U.K. Prime Minister] Gordon Brown he doesn’t nee ...

  41. @MIDEM: Publishers Spotlight Successful New Initiatives

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST While the industry is grappling with a litany of challenges, it's not surprising that music publishers flocked to the new initiatives panel at MIDEM's publishing summit Tuesday morning (Jan. 26). Among the woes publishers are facing: mec ...

  42. Apple Posts Huge First Quarter, Sells Nearly Nine Million iPhones

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple posted a strong first quarter of fiscal 2010 (for the three months ended December 26, 2009). The company posted net earnings of $3.3 billion on revenue of $15.7 billion, or $3.67 per share. That was a solid increase from the $2.50 earnings p ...

  43. IFPI Warning On Spain, France, Brazil

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has warned that music markets in Spain, France and Brazil are "suffering acutely" from piracy, as it issued its annual Digital Music Report for 2010. The music industry's global trade body had more positive news on digital ...

  44. OK Go Runs Into Label Policy - Again.

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST OK Go has a knack for attracting attention on the Internet. First it was their innovative, cheaply produced videos . Now, the band is running into problems promoting its innovative, cheaply produced videos. In a post at the OK Go forum , singer Da ...

  45. 'Rock Band' Network Now Open

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Any artist can now create downloadable content for the "Rock Band" music game franchise now that Harmonix has opened up the private beta for its Rock Band Network program to everyone. The Rock Band Network, announced last year , lets art ...

  46. Analysis: Recorded Music Forecasts And Their Spotty History

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last week, two market research reports were released that forecast the trend of recorded music revenues. The reports are notable for two things: the dates when digital-physical equilibrium will be met and the errant forecasts of their predecessors ...

  47. UMG Layoffs Claim Digital Execs Christian Jorg, Mark Lehmann

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST While new media and digital positions are typically immune from the downsizing taking place across the music industry, Billboard has learned Universal Music Group's layoffs this week included Island Def Jam senior VP of new media and Commerce ...

  48. The Billboard Q&A: MediaNet CEO Alan McGlade

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST In the early days of digital music, MediaNet (then MusicNet) seemed to be in a great place. Big brands of all types were rushing into the market with digital music stores of their own, and MusicNet was there to provide all the back-end technology ...

  49. Electronic Arts Cuts Forecast

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Electronic Arts Inc slashed its fiscal 2010 forecast on weak holiday sales in Europe and a shift to its lower-margin distribution business, sending shares of the video game publisher down 8% in after-hours trading. The publisher of "Madden NF ...

  50. Publishing Briefs: NMPA Late Fee Site, Melvin Brown, Peermusic

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST -The November settlement for unpaid royalties due to music publishers for unpaid pending and unmatched funds held by the major music companies is now officially underway with the launching of the National Music Publishers Late Fee Program Web site ...

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