Electronic commerce

  1. FanDistro Artist Platform to Accept Bitcoins

    February 18, 2014 10:09 AM EST FanDistro, a marketing and sales platform for artists, announced it is accepting bitcoin as payment, becoming one of the first music platforms to jump into the rapidly growing but highly volatile currency. Bitcoin, invented in 2009, is an unregula ...

  2. Facebook Testing New Mobile Payments Service

    August 16, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Facebook plans to test a mobile payments service that lets users make purchases inside mobile applications using payment information they have added to their account on the social network. Facebook Inc. said Thursday that it is working on a &quo ...

  3. Weak Release Schedule Blamed For 12% Drop In U.K. Entertainment Market; Music Sales Fell $90 Million In 2012

    March 12, 2013 10:53 AM EDT Combined sales of music, video and games products in the United Kingdom fell 12% in 2012 to £4.21 billion ($6.26 billion), with music sales declining by £59 million ($87.8 million) from the previous year, according to the annual Entertainment Re ...

  4. Ticketmaster Announces Digital Ticket-Transfer Platform

    February 12, 2013 8:45 AM EST Ticketmaster is launching digital transfer for its North American tickets, whereby buyers can digitally transfer tickets to others at no cost, directly from their Ticketmaster accounts online. The platform, which digitizes every ticket, also ad ...

  5. Morning Fix: SoundExchange Financials; 2013 Grammy Voter Guide; Xmas Sales; Lady Gaga Doc

    December 26, 2012 8:30 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other newsletters HERE. EXCLUSIVE: SOUNDEXCHANGE FINANCIALS: HOW MUCH PAID VS. HOW MUCH IN LIMBO? SoundExchange had a $363 million cash balance on Dec. 31, 2011 on its Form 990, the annual r ...

  6. Amanda Marks

    November 28, 2012 1:05 PM EST Global head of digital accounts, Universal Music Group Taking Digital Global Amanda Marks, global head of digital accounts for Universal Music Group, is an early record-label innovator in the digital space and, today, the highest-ranking major-lab ...

  7. Hurricane Sandy Relief: iTunes, ebay, Other Ways to Donate

    November 01, 2012 3:55 PM EDT There are multiple ways you can donate to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts: As it did in the wake of the Haiti earthquake and the tsunami in Japan, iTunes has launched an easy-to-use donation page (just look for the Red Cross logo on the iTunes stor ...

  8. Is Taylor Swift's 'Red' iTunes Exclusive a Play to Prevent Deep Discounting?

    October 23, 2012 8:00 PM EDT In a possible attempt to ensure that Google Play and Amazon don't use Taylor Swift's just-released Red album as a loss leader priced below $3.49, Big Machine Records has not serviced the album to those stores, a source confirmed to Billb ...

  9. Mumford Takes Deluxe High Ground

    October 15, 2012 8:46 AM EDT 'Babel' sales show deluxe digital albums outselling standard on iTunes, but discounting has key role. Mumford & Sons' "Babel" is doing more than putting big numbers up on the board: It's also proving that if you ...

  10. Business Matters: Loudbytes Brings the Short Tail Model to Digital Music

    October 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT An innovative technology is bringing digital distribution to brick-and-mortar retailers in a way that works seamlessly with brands and promotions. If you're thinking of kiosks that burn files to CDs or download them to thumb drives, you' ...

  11. Chart Moves: Kelly Clarkson's 'Stronger' Album Makes Best Buy-Fueled Gain on Billboard 200, Kiss' 'Destroyer' Returns

    August 31, 2012 1:49 PM EDT The Billboard 200: Trey Songz nabbed his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week with "Chapter V," as the singer's fifth studio set bowed with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was one of four debuts in ...

  12. Bandcamp Kills It With New Web-Optimized Mobile Pages

    August 20, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Bandcamp has absolutely killed it with its new mobile-optimized web pages. Life just got a lot more difficult for MTV, which last week put Artist.MTV pages into public beta and will give it a mobile push later this year. MySpace might as well give ...

  13. Amazon Sale Price Will Negatively Impact Frank Ocean's Chart Position This Week

    July 24, 2012 1:25 PM EDT Island Def Jam's surprise exclusive release of Frank Ocean's Channel Orange album for one week on iTunes is still angering other retailers. A week after Target refused to carry the album as a result of the digital exclusive, Amazon on Ju ...

  14. Brown's Tops While Amazon Promotion Pops

    July 12, 2012 6:55 PM EDT Chris Brown earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Fortune" debuts atop the chart, selling 135,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It follows his last release, and first No. 1, 2011's "F.A.M.E." Tha ...

  15. Amazon's 99-Cent Deals Sends 20 Titles Soaring Up the Charts, But at What Cost?

    July 12, 2012 6:49 PM EDT Amazon picked last week -- July 3, to be exact -- to remind everyone that it is the low-price music retailer on the Internet, when it offered 20 current albums at 99 cents apiece. Those 20 titles, which included Katy Perry's "Teenage Dre ...

  16. Zac Brown Band's 'Uncaged' Heading for No. 1, Frank Ocean Selling Big

    July 11, 2012 9:02 PM EDT Zac Brown Band's "Uncaged" is aiming for No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200, while Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" is selling faster than expected. The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be revealed on the ...

  17. The Future Is Unwritten

    June 27, 2012 5:00 PM EDT It's becoming obvious that music specialty merchants - such as independent stores and retail chains including Trans World Entertainment, Hastings Entertainment and Newbury Comics - will likely be the last stores to carry physical CDs. Yet the ...

  18. Amazon in Process Of Clearing Music Rights For Cloud (Report)

    June 13, 2012 8:00 AM EDT More than a year since launching its cloud service without the benefits of music licensing, online retailer Amazon is close to securing publishing deals with the major labels, according to a report on CNET. According to the report, Amazon is in ne ...

  19. NARM Announces New Board Members

    May 09, 2012 3:13 PM EDT NARM announced today its slate of new officers at the organization's annual convention, with the election of iTunes senior marketing manager Brent Muhle as vice chairman; Amazon's director of digital music content acquisition Craig Pape ...

  20. Alliance to Distribute CD Baby Catalog

    May 08, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Alliance Entertainment has signed on to distribute CD Baby's inventory of hundreds of thousands of titles to its brick and mortar account base, as well as the online stores serviced by the giant wholesaler. According to the announcement, CD B ...

  21. HMV Grows U.K. Market Share

    May 01, 2012 11:16 AM EDT HMV has marginally increased its share of the U.K. entertainment market, according to latest figures released by market research firm Kantar Worldpanel. In the three-month period ending March 18, HMV grew its market share to 19.2%, up from 17.5% f ...

  22. Chirpify Lands $1.3 Million For the Simplest Social Commerce Platform You've Ever Seen

    April 24, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Social commerce may not get any easier than Chirpify . The two-month-old startup allows people to buy and sell digital goods using nothing but tweets by linking Twitter and PayPal accounts. Now a new round of funding will help the company take its ...

  23. New York Times Cutting Number of Free Online Articles

    March 21, 2012 8:34 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- A year after it began charging for full access to its website, The New York Times is cutting the number of articles available for free from 20 per month to 10. The change, which takes effect in April, will affect "a relativel ...

  24. Google, Amazon 25-Cent Album Deals Push 'Now,' Coldplay, Lady Antebellum Into Top 10 of Billboard 200 Chart

    March 14, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Three of the six albums Google Music featured for sale for 25 cents last week experienced explosive sales jumps this week, with "Now 41" coming out the big winner. The title may have moved up just one spot in the Billboard 200 to No. 3, ...

  25. Google Play, Amazon Selling Select Digital Albums for 25 Cents

    March 09, 2012 4:15 PM EST Lady Gaga might finally stop getting flack for the infamous 99 cent Amazon sale of her "Born This Way" LP last year. Both AmazonMP3 and Google Play have seemingly set a new low for album pirces, listing digital albums like Lady Antebellu ...

  26. Obama Administration Proposes New Online Privacy Rules

    February 23, 2012 7:47 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- The Obama administration is calling for stronger privacy protections for consumers as mobile gadgets, Internet services and other tools are able to do a better job of tracking what you do and where you go. Administration officials ...

  27. Kenny Rogers Sues Capitol Over Royalties

    February 13, 2012 3:00 PM EST Kenny Rogers is the latest artist to sue a record label for not paying a 50% royalty for music sold through downloads or as a ringtone. In a suit filed in the U.S. District Court of Tennessee in Nashville, the complaint alleges that Capitol Record ...

  28. Amazon Removes TuneCore Music in E.U., U.K. Following Royalty Dispute

    February 01, 2012 5:11 PM EST All TuneCore-distributed music has been removed from the Amazon MP3 store in the European Union and the United Kingdom as of January 24 because of an ongoing dispute concerning non-payment of royalties, according to TuneCore CEO Jeff Price. In a T ...

  29. Moontoast Raises $6 Million

    January 06, 2012 12:40 PM EST Social commerce startup Moontoast has closed a $6 million round of funding from existing investors. Nashville-based The Martin Companies led the round. Investors see a big opportunity in social commerce. "We believe there is a fundamental shi ...

  30. Yahoo Names PayPal Exec Scott Thompson New CEO

    January 04, 2012 8:37 AM EST UPDATED: Yahoo Inc. has named Scott Thompson , the president of eBay Inc. 's PayPal division, as its new CEO, the company announced Wednesday morning. The struggling Internet company has been without a permanent CEO since early September, whe ...

  31. Online Shopping Jumps 16.4 Pct On Christmas Day

    December 27, 2011 8:17 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - A growing number of shoppers apparently need only the briefest of breaks before diving back in, especially if they can log in to shop. IBM found that online shopping jumped 16.4 percent on Christmas Day over last year, and the doll ...

  32. Michael Schneider, Mobile Roadie CEO, Talks Mobile, Social Sharing, Google Music (Video Q&A)

    December 01, 2011 7:05 AM EST Mobile Roadie CEO Michael Schneider stopped by after his presentation titled "Is It 1995 Again? Why Mobile Is The New Web" at the Billboard FutureSound conference to discuss his company, the importance of getting into mobile apps, and ho ...

  33. Black Friday, Cyber Monday Great for Retailers; Record-Store Day Items Drive Music Sales

    November 29, 2011 1:42 PM EST While music merchants say that they too, like retail in general, experienced a strong sales for the Black Friday weekend, some of them acknowledge that music wasn't leading the charge. "We had a great weekend," says one chain execut ...

  34. Cyber Monday Forecast To Set $1.2 Billion Sales Record

    November 28, 2011 7:15 AM EST There's good news for online retailers this year: Black Friday Internet sales jumped 26 percent, while Cyber Monday spending is projected to reach a record $1.2 billion, according to data released Sunday by market research firm ComScore. Blac ...

  35. Business Matters: Don't Bury the CD Just Yet -- Study Predicts a Slow, Graceful Demise

    November 08, 2011 6:45 PM EST Don't Bury the CD Just Yet… -- Technology research firm Gartner forecasts global digital music spending (by end customers) will be up to $6.3 billion in 2011, from $5.9 billion last year, and the company's analysts see global digital mus ...

  36. NARM's Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Series Heads To The Cloud

    November 04, 2011 4:41 PM EDT The National Association of Recording Merchandisers, the music business trade association, presented its latest Entertainment & Technology Law Conference on Thursday in New York City. Part of an ongoing series that encourages dialogue between ...

  37. Business Matters: MySpace's U.S. Visitors Dropped 8% Last Month

    October 21, 2011 6:15 PM EDT MySpace's U.S. Visitors Dropped 8% Last Month -- MySpace's U.S. traffic is dropping while the company retools under new ownership. The social network had 30.5 million unique U.S. visitors in September, down 7.6 percent from 33 million in ...

  38. Business Matters: Amazon Becomes a Book Publisher -- Is Music Next?

    October 17, 2011 8:20 PM EDT Amazon Becomes a Book Publisher -- Is Music Next? -- Amazon will publish 122 books in both physical and digital formats this fall, according to the New York Times. It won't just act as an exclusive distributor, however. The company is acting ...

  39. Backbeat: X5's Griff Morris' Birthday On the 73rd Floor of the Empire State Building

    September 27, 2011 6:30 AM EDT Jocelyn Joson, who designed the X5 office space, with her husband, filmmaker Steve Hamilton and Billboard's own George White, digital GM. Retail Track visited the X5 office to enjoy the breathtaking view of New York City from the 73rd floor o ...

  40. Swedish Label X5 Hires Ex-Amazon Employee Griff Morris For U.S. Operation

    August 17, 2011 7:30 PM EDT Stockholm, Sweden-based label X5, which was created in 2005 to take advantage of digital distribution, has further beefed up its U.S. presence by hiring former Amazon employee Griff Morris. In his new role at X5, Morris will be in charge content d ...

  41. Amazon's Sales Tax Fight Inspires Calls For Boycott

    August 16, 2011 7:15 AM EDT SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A coalition of nonprofit groups is calling on customers of Amazon.com Inc. to cancel their accounts unless the Internet retailer stops resisting a California law that requires more online retailers to charge a state sales ...

  42. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms

    July 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to sell different editions of their "Watch the Throne" album has other music retailers in open revolt. Brick-and-mortar ...

  43. Germany's Digital Music Revenues Increased 25% In First Half of 2011

    July 26, 2011 12:10 PM EDT BERLIN - In the first half of 2011 digital music download revenue in Germany increased 25%. This according to the market research institutes Media Control in Baden Baden and GfK in Nuremberg on behalf of the German music industry association (BVMI ...

  44. Billboard Q&A: Mike Davis

    July 22, 2011 1:10 PM EDT When Mike Davis joined Atlanta-based one-stop Justin Entertainment as a sales representative in 1989, he had a pretty limited view of the music business. "Back then," he recalls, "I thought the scope of the music industry consiste ...

  45. Amazon Gets Go Ahead For Calif Sales Tax Referendum

    July 19, 2011 7:12 AM EDT Amazon says gets OK for Calif sales tax referendum SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amazon.com Inc. says the California Attorney General's Office has approved its petition for a referendum that would let voters decide whether to overturn a new law that f ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Business Matters: Inside eMusic's Lack of Subscriber Growth

    June 09, 2011 7:44 PM EDT Inside eMusic's Lack of Subscriber Growth -- While recorded music sales have moved from physical to digital formats, eMusic's subscriber base has remained unchanged over the last four years. "It has been flat," eMusic CEO Adam ...

  48. How Many Millions Did Amazon Lose on Two Days of 99 Cent Lady Gaga Sales?

    May 27, 2011 2:00 PM EDT Christmas came early for Lady Gaga fans this week, as Amazon sold downloads of the singer's brand-new LP, "Born This Way," for just 99 cents on Monday and Thursday of this week . Industry sources told Billboard.biz on Friday that Am ...

  49. Google Unveils Smartphone Wallet, PayPal Files Lawsuit

    May 27, 2011 7:19 AM EDT NEW YORK - Google Inc. hopes to nudge consumers and merchants into a world where the smartphone has replaced the wallet as the container for credit cards, coupons and receipts. While it tackles that challenge, Google also will have to spar with th ...

  50. How Many Millions Is Amazon Losing On Its 99 Cent Lady Gaga Sales?

    May 26, 2011 9:51 AM EDT Amazon is selling Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" album for .99 cents again Thursday (May 26) taking a loss on each sale in order to drive traffic to its site. The company offered the same promotion on the album's release day Monda ...

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