Electronic Arts

  1. Analysis: Artist Compensation, Pricing Debate Heats Up

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Though not a new topic, how artists and labels are compensated for their works continues to gain momentum as countries pass (or consider to pass) anti-piracy laws, and everybody from musicians to label executives to music publishers ponder how to ...

  2. 'Rock Band' Network Adds PS3 Support

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST "Rock Band" developers Harmonix took a step closer to making the "Rock Band" Network Store a reality by issuing a patch for the PlayStation3 version of the game designed to support the additional music download store. The " ...

  3. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Trans World, Spotify and More

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Department of Justice is set to approve the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger as early as this month, according to M&A Web site The Daily ...

  4. U.K. Retailers Warn Of Labels' Conservatism

    December 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailers fear that conservatism among music, film and games companies means their products face losing the interest of the British public. That's the core point of a New Year message issued to the entertainment industry to ...

  5. Business Matters: FreeAllMusic, WMG, Ford Motors

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- While FreeAllMusic is in private beta, the New York Times offers some details on the latest music service to tackle ad-supported downloads. The ...

  6. Q3 Earnings: Industry Financial Snapshot

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dour financial results have never looked so good. With a few exceptions, Q3's earnings results offered a snapshot of repeated losses and turnaround plans bearing little fruit. But in today’s environment, survival is a marker of success. Music ...

  7. Mixed Fortunes For Japanese Digital Sales

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital music sales volumes in Japan continued to decline in the third quarter -- but an overall year-on-year increase in value was maintained thanks to a rise in the number of full track downloads sold. According to figures released by the Record ...

  8. Business Matters: Spotify, Apple, Digital Economy Bill

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Cyber Monday sales “appear strong,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Analysts think sales could grow 6% to $900 million. The forecast is b ...

  9. Imagem Partners With Ricall To Boost Syncs

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Independent music publisher Imagem Music U.K has signed a deal with online music marketplace Ricall to increase its sync-licensing opportunities. Effective immediately, the deal will see Imagem provide Ricall with access to its catalogue of 200,00 ...

  10. Business Matters: Last.fm, Xbox, SXSW

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- In light of yesterday's news that music sales have been in the increase in Sweden, it's worth looking at the country's Internet ...

  11. Rock Band Songs Top 1,000 Mark

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Over 1,000 songs are now available for fans of the Rock Band franchise to buy and download to the game, according to MTV Games and Harmonix. More than 390 bands are contributing tracks to the service, which allows Rock Band gamers to browse and bu ...

  12. Warner Music Posts Quarterly Loss

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group reported a quarterly loss today due to higher interest expense and charges for job cuts. Top selling artists in the period included Jay-Z, Madonna and Japanese acts Kobukuro and Superfly, but the company noted that the shrinking ...

  13. Vevo Launch Date Set

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Vevo online music video service is expected to launch Dec. 8, according to sources close to the company. The launch will kick off with an invite-only party at Skylight Studios in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood for key executives and advertisi ...

  14. Spanish Digital Effort To Tackle Piracy Unveiled

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain's battle against digital piracy has scored a double victory at the third International Forum of Digital Content (Ficod) in Madrid, a three-day event organized by Red.es that ends tomorrow (Nov. 19) and which is expected to attract over ...

  15. ICM's Jeff Berg Cautious About Mega-Deals

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Even as Comcast gets set to acquire NBC Universal, International Creative Management (ICM) chairman and CEO Jeff Berg says the industry should keep expectations about the benefits of mega-deals in check. "I've never seen a merger or a fi ...

  16. WMG Inks Online Ad Technology Deal

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has announced a strategic partnership with FreeWheel, an online advertising technology company. The partnership will enable WMG to manage and monetize its online advertising strategy using San Mateo, California-based FreeWheel&# ...

  17. Finetunes Strikes Didiom Deal

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hamburg-based digital service provider Finetunes has signed a distribution deal with U.S. mobile media service Didiom. The deal, which takes immediate effect, will enable Didiom users to purchase songs from the Finetunes catalog, which includes ma ...

  18. Analysis: Hollywood's Digital Struggle

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Because many parts of the entertainment industry share the same travails and futures, it is worth keeping up with the goings on and the opinions of leaders in the film industry. Music and movie share painful transitions to digital from physical an ...

  19. Delegate Attendance Holds Steady At In The City

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the U.K.'s 18th annual In The City (ITC) claim attendance at the conference held steady this year, while declining to reveal official figures. They did state that the three-day conference and live music showcase (Oct. 18-20), wh ...

  20. Apple Smashes Forecasts, Stock Hits Record

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's profits and sales streaked past Wall Street forecasts as iPhone and Mac sales hit quarterly records, sending its shares rocketing to all-time highs. Sales of Mac computers -- the largest single contributor to Apple's revenue ...

  21. Eminem's Publisher, Apple Settle Dispute

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc. and the music publisher for Eminem have settled a lawsuit over the digital downloading rights to many of the Detroit rapper's songs. Eight Mile Style attorney Richard Busch said Friday that the deal was reached late Thursday. He de ...

  22. Business Matters: U2, Blackberry, Mitch Bainwol

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Technology blog Boy Genius Report skewers the U2-Blackberry marketing partnership at the band's recent Soldier Field concert in Chicago. Here's the gist of the report from the event: "Sure, there were a couple banners strewn abou ...

  23. Billboard MEL Keynote Q&A: AT&T's Rob Hyatt

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The iPhone has sparked a number of changes in how the mobile industry approaches music and other entertainment content, and few operators are as intimately aware of the affect that device has had as AT&T--the exclusive provider of the iPhone i ...

  24. The New Economy: Google Calendar, YouTube, Twitter

    September 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Just about every music industry panel will touch upon new tools available to record, distribute, market, organize and communicate. But Google's Calendar and Documents? The free online services had fans at Thursday’s American Music Conference ...

  25. Pre Helps Palm Narrow Loss, Unveils Share Sale

    September 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Robust sales of the Pre smartphone helped Palm Inc post a smaller-than-expected loss, but a tepid second-quarter sales forecast and a plan to sell more shares helped snuff out a rally and sent its shares down nearly 2% on Thursday. Palm, which has ...

  26. 24-7 Entertainment Enters Canadian Market

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT European digital entertainment technology provider 24-7 Entertainment has entered the Canadian market in partnership with CD Warehouse/MyMusic.com. The first collaboration is the launch of a Rhino Records direct-to-consumer (D2C) store, www.rhinor ...

  27. Retailers, Trade Unions Demand Action On Piracy

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and a coalition of trade unions and rights holders has increased the pressure on the U.K. government to tackle illegal file-sharing. Paul Quirk, newly elected chairman of ERA, told the association ...

  28. Verizon's Ed Ruth Talks Mobile Strategy Ahead Of MEL

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In July, Verizon Wireless launched an initiative designed to partner with application developers to jointly create new services, a huge step for a company with a reputation among developers as very difficult to work with. As director of strategic ...

  29. Analysis: The Digital Revenue Slowdown

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital music sales in the U.S. are stagnating. You won't read much about this in the news, and analysts tend to gloss over this recent trend in favor of reporting companies' year-over-year digital growth or digital's share of total ...

  30. Digital Briefs: Apple, China, 'Rock Band'

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- According to Chinese press reports, Apple and China Unicom have agreed on a deal to bring the popular iPhone to the country, expected to be for sale by October. The official announcement is expected tomorrow in Hong Kong. -- Gamer blog Joystiq ...

  31. Analysis: How Relevant Is Old Media?

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT How relevant is old media in breaking new artists? Writer and University College London PhD student Ernesto Priego wrote an excellent commentary at his Never Neutral blog that adroitly challenges many notions in today's music business relatin ...

  32. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Borders, Fillmore Silver Springs, Social Network Maintenance

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Global Gaming Factory story gets weirder by the minute. In an interview with the Globe and Mail, GGF CEO Hans Pandeya laid out a possible P ...

  33. BMI Reports .4% Fiscal-Year Revenue Increase

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Broadcast Music, Inc. managed to eke out its 25th year in a row of growth, generating $905 million in revenue in its fiscal year ended June 30. That represents an 0.4% increase over the $901 million it collected in the prior fiscal year. Likewise, ...

  34. Business Matters: iLike, Qtrax, Georgia Theater

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Former eMusic president David Pakman , now a partner at venture capital firm Venrock, explains why iLike sold for "peanuts." Short ve ...

  35. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, YouTube, Grooveshark

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Ticketmaster will reports its Q2 earnings after the bell Thursday. One analyst expects sales of $396 million and is worried that more venues wi ...

  36. Editorial: Let The Seller Beware

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In recent months, industry publications have been full of stories about veteran songwriters and other independent catalog owners selling most or all of their publishing catalogs. This isn't a completely surprising development. Plenty of buyer ...

  37. Briefs: Joel Tenenbaum, Warner Music Group, Tablo

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Joel Tenenbaum, who recently lost a file-sharing lawsuit, talks to the New Yorker. "Most people want to pay for music when they know the revenue goes straight to the artist...When an entire generation has been raised without supervision on ...

  38. Warner Music Group Q3 Revenues Down

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In its fiscal third quarter, Warner Music Group continued to diversify its product mix but turned in revenue and earnings characteristic of an industry in a difficult transition. Total revenue dropped to $769 million, down 9% from the prior year q ...

  39. Orchard CEO Discusses New Artist Services

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Indie digital aggregator and marketing firm the Orchard launched a partnership program with more than 10 online sources of marketing, sales and analytics tools in order to bring their services to its clients. Launch partners include Artist Data, M ...

  40. Digital Briefs: Rhapsody, ArtistData, AFI

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- RealNetworks' Rhapsody music subscription service lost 50,000 subscribers in the second quarter, to 750,000. That's after a 75,000 dip the previous quarter, but still up from the 600,000 total subscribers it had a year ago. Music reve ...

  41. Billboard Q&A: MAC Presents President Marcie Allen

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT North American companies will spend $1.1 billion to sponsor music venues, festivals and tours this year, compared with $1 billion in 2008, according to the IEG Sponsorship Report, which tracks sponsorship spending. As president of the Nashville-ba ...

  42. 6 Questions With SXSW's Roland Swenson

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While the tough economy forced Popkomm to call off its 2009 confab, this year's South by Southwest conference fared considerably better. Music registrations at SXSW, which was held March 13-22 in Austin, fell about 10% from last year, accordi ...

  43. Report: Apple, Labels Work On Plan To Boost Album Sales

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple and the major record labels are working on a new system that would allow them to include a digital, interactive version of the CD booklet to albums downloaded from iTunes, according to a report in the Financial Times . The effort, dubbed &qu ...

  44. Apple Smashes Profit Forecasts, iPhone Shines

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's quarterly profit blew past Wall Street forecasts thanks to strong sales of Macs and iPhones and higher-than-expected gross margins, boosting its shares 4% on Tuesday. The company continued to defy the global recession with a solid ...

  45. Q&A: JEFF PRICE, TUNECORE FOUNDER/CEO

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT To many in the music business, TuneCore is the standard-bearer of the anti-label movement, since nearly all of the artists who use its digital distribution service are unsigned. But TuneCore's recent marketing partnership with Universal Music ...

  46. News Briefs: 101 Distribution, theBizmo

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Rick Williams, a veteran distribution executive, has joined the Phoenix-based indie distributor 101 Distribution as GM. "Rick is an industry expert who possesses the knowledge and expertise in building, growing and managing a multi-million ...

  47. Lucian Grainge Delivers Bullish Keynote At BPI AGM

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music International chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge gave an optimistic keynote address at the BPI's annual general meeting in London, as the U.K. trade body issued figures showing an increase of 7% year-on-year for record company re ...

  48. Mobile Firm Dada Cuts Staff

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Off-deck mobile content provider Dada Entertainment has begun laying off a number of employees. The scope of the layoffs is not yet clear, nor is the future disposition of the company. Dada Entertainment was a joint venture between Sony Music Ente ...

  49. Briefs: Piracy, Live Nation, Millennium Music

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Feargal Sharkey, chief executive of UK Music , wrote an op-ed for the Guardian that addresses criticism of trade groups' estimates of damages from digital piracy. The short version: it wasn't our estimates, we get a lot of competition ...

  50. Briefs: FCC, Jazz Times, Nokia's Comes With Music

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Senate Commerce Committee approved the confirmation of Julius Genachowski as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission . The committee also approved a second term for Commissioner Robert McDowell. ( Reuters ) -- After more ...

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