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  1. Australia's Songl Streaming Service To Shut Down

    August 26, 2014 5:38 AM EDT Australia’s crowded digital music market has one less player after Songl announced it would stop its subscription service next month. The major-label backed Songl informed its users with the announcement , "Unfortunately, we are not continuin ...

  2. R. Kelly Dropped From Ohio Festival After Protests

    July 29, 2014 12:15 PM EDT R. Kelly has been dropped from the lineup of an Ohio music festival following complaints about his past as an alleged sexual predator. The musician was slated to perform on the opening day of the inaugural Fashion Meets Music Festival over Labor D ...

  3. Michelle Shocked Releases Silent Album of Songs Named After Digital Music Execs

    July 28, 2014 10:17 PM EDT Taking a page from the Vulfpeck playbook , folk singer-songwriter Michelle Shocked has released an album consisting of silent songs that are named mostly after executives in the digital music world. Rambling Michelle Shocked Tells Piers Morgan � ...

  4. Facebook Introduces 'Save' Feature

    July 21, 2014 4:57 PM EDT Facebook has introduced a new feature enabling users to save posts, links, and the like that comes up in their newsfeed. "Every day, people find all sorts of interesting items on Facebook that they don't have time to explore right away,& ...

  5. Sub Pop Is the First Label to Launch on TuneIn

    July 07, 2014 4:41 PM EDT Radio streaming service TuneIn has announced Seattle institution Sub Pop as its first label station . Launched last week and already at 3,500 followers, the station features Sub Pop's extensive back catalog and current releases for shows like ...

  6. Rebelution Scores Best-Selling Debut Sales Week with 'Count Me In'

    July 01, 2014 10:43 AM EDT “Count Me In," the fourth album from California reggae band Rebelution, released on June 10 as a joint venture between the band’s 87 Music label and New York City's reggae independent Easy Star Records, is their second consecutive debut ...

  7. Drowning In Music: Whyd's Music Bookmarking App Hopes to Be Your Lifeboat

    June 23, 2014 11:04 AM EDT With the massive volume of music created and shared today, discovering a new song isn’t a problem -- remembering it is. Lucky for us, potentially, that music bookmarking service Whyd has released a free mobile app today to help listeners do just t ...

  8. Spotify Said to Be Training for Its IPO, Practicing Earnings Calls (Report)

    June 23, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Since early this year, Spotify has been dropping hints that it may go public in the near future -- namely, obtaining a $200 million credit line ,  posting a job listing for an "External Reporting Specialist,"  and acquiring music intelli ...

  9. How, and How Much, America Listens Have Been Measured for the First Time

    June 18, 2014 3:00 PM EDT A new survey by Edison Research says Americans listen to four hours and five minutes of audio each day. Exactly how that listening breaks down might surprise you since no previous study has tracked all audio consumption.  Mainstreaming Radio: M ...

  10. A Day With The Digital Voice Of Staples Center, Cara Vanderhook

    June 11, 2014 12:46 PM EDT This article wfirst appeared in the June 14th issue of Billboard Magazine . During her more than 10 years with Anschutz Entertainment Group in Los Angeles, Cara Vanderhook has helped manage media campaigns for numerous high-profile events, includi ...

  11. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Dominate Billboard's Twitter & Social Charts

    June 05, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Ariana Grande takes the lead of the first weekly Twitter Top Tracks chart as "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea, comes in as the most shared song on the social service for the week. Azalea's own "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX ...

  12. John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality in 13 Minutes on 'Last Week Tonight'

    June 02, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Late night talk-show host John Oliver tackled net neutrality on Sunday night's episode of his HBO show "Last Week Tonight." "Yes, net neutrality," he told the audience. "The only two words in the English language t ...

  13. Facebook to Expand Privacy Check-Up Tool

    May 23, 2014 12:09 PM EDT More Facebook users can expect to see a blue cartoon dinosaur popping up in their feeds, reminding them to check their privacy settings. No stranger to privacy fiascos, Facebook had already made the tool available to users who were posting public ...

  14. Facebook Introduces Music, TV Audio Recognition Feature

    May 21, 2014 2:56 PM EDT For Shazam and SoundHound, audio recognition and identification is the core of their businesses. But for Facebook, it’s now a feature. Beginning today, the social network is rolling out a new functionality that will enable users to tag status up ...

  15. Happy Mothers Day! Mom Wants a Smartphone Upgrade, Not Candy or Flowers (Study)

    May 09, 2014 10:49 AM EDT A new study shows that Mom is more likely to own a smartphone, access Facebook on her phones or listen to online radio than the general populace. If you’re planning on giving Mom flowers or candy for Mother’s Day, heads up: That’s so 2009. The j ...

  16. Tech Giants Join Neutrality Furor in Open Letter, FCC Responds with Open Email

    May 08, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Today has brought two separate reactions to the raging net neutrality debate; the FCC has thrown open its doors, while the most powerful companies on the web have thrown down the gauntlet. Yesterday, a letter was delivered to the FCC addressing th ...

  17. Facebook Announces Slew of Tweaks for Smoother Mobile Music Experience

    April 30, 2014 4:13 PM EDT During its f8 developer conference Wednesday, Facebook introduced new tools designed to make mobile navigation, sharing, and advertising a smoother experience, while enabling seamless communication among third-party apps and Facebook itself. Mus ...

  18. Pandora CFO Mike Herring on Q1 Earnings, Wall Street's Reaction, Price Increase

    April 25, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Minutes after Pandora announced a 69% jump in first-quarter revenue and narrower losses Thursday afternoon, its stock price sank more than 8%. Related Articles Pandora Narrows Losses, Forecasts Full-Year Profit Pandora Raises Price of Ad-Free Serv ...

  19. One Direction's 'You & I' Video Returns Group to Top 10 on Social 50

    April 24, 2014 6:28 PM EDT After a nine-week absence from the top 10 on the Social 50 chart, One Direction returns to the region, vaulting 14-8 after the debut of their video for "You & I" on April 18. The nine-week vacation from the region was the group' ...

  20. Facebook Has $2.5B in Q1 Revenue, a Billion Mobile Users

    April 23, 2014 4:20 PM EDT Facebook posted quarterly revenues of $2.5 billion during a transformative first three months of 2014, during which the company made a pair of acquisitions for $4.4 billion in cash and nearly a tenth of its overall equity. The company beat consens ...

  21. The National Cancels Summer Concerts In Russia, Ukraine Over Political Crisis

    April 22, 2014 2:19 PM EDT Add rock band the National to the list of musical acts canceling concerts in Russia and the Ukraine because of political unrest in the region. "Due to the ongoing political crisis in the region, we are sad to report that we have decided to ca ...

  22. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Pay Dropped 67 Percent in 2013

    March 31, 2014 8:08 PM EDT Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earned $651,165 in 2013, down from $2 million one year prior, the social network company said in a filing Monday. Zuckerberg's compensation fell in part because he took just $1 in base salary, as opposed to $503,2 ...

  23. Facebook Launches Lab To Bring Internet Everywhere

    March 27, 2014 9:37 PM EDT Facebook is giving more details about its effort to connect remote parts of the world to the Internet - and it involves drones, lasers and satellites. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that Facebook is hiring "key members of the team" fr ...

  24. Zuckerberg on Facebook Spending Spree: Getting Ready for 'The Platforms of Tomorrow'

    March 26, 2014 7:26 PM EDT Facebook's latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality. Longtime technology analyst Roger Kay wonders wheth ...

  25. Biz Stock Ticks: This Week's Entertainment Indices 3/17-3/21

    March 21, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Biz Related News:   Apple Mulls Launching Spotify Rival, Android App as Downloads Decline (Sources)       Biz Related News:           Biz Related News:           Biz Related News: Google, Viacom Settle YouTube Copyright Lawsuit       Biz Related N ...

  26. Morning Fix: Rolling Stones Postpone Tour Following Death; Beastie Boys Settle with GoldieBlox; Vulfpeck's Brilliant Spotify Stunt

    March 18, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE ROLLING STONES POSTPONE AUSTRALIAN TOUR OPENER FOLLOWING L'WREN SCOTT’S DEATH The first date of the Rolling Stones’ tour of Australia has been postponed, promoters for the trek jointly announce ...

  27. Facebook's 'Music Guy' Ime Archibong on Where They're Headed Next -- Think Fewer Buttons, More Apps (Q&A)

    March 17, 2014 1:17 PM EDT Ime Archibong has been at Facebook before and through its massive IPO , (the night previous to which the company held a hackathon, Archibong told us, which was as much about centering the company's values as it was breaking down code to i ...

  28. Spotify's Ken Parks on an IPO, the Echo Nest Purchase (Q&A)

    March 11, 2014 4:59 AM EDT The past couple of weeks have brought a flurry of headlines about Spotify, beginning last week when it announced its acquisition of the Echo Nest for a reported $100 million and continuing with news this week of a $200 million credit line , leadi ...

  29. Google's Eric Schmidt on Privacy, Power, Tech at SXSWi: 'We Were Attacked by the Chinese in 2010 and the NSA in 2013'

    March 07, 2014 9:27 PM EST The convention center's principal ball room, relatively quiet for the mass of people in town to attend, was all but filled with a half hour to go before the discussion began. It was an appropriate beginning, and introduction, to SXSWi; a talk ...

  30. Sean Parker Leaves Founders Fund

    March 06, 2014 11:15 PM EST Sean Parker has cut ties with Founders Fund.   Parker helped raise Facebook, invested in Spotify via Founders Fund and facilitated the partnership between the two companies. The maverick executive is a director at Spotify, and on his Facebook page ...

  31. Mobile World Congress in Barcelona: 5 Take-Aways and Game Changers

    February 28, 2014 4:15 PM EST Appearances by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Viacom International Media Networks CEO Bob Bakish, buzz about latest gadgets and a focus on bringing more wireless gear and content to the developing world – they were all part of this year's M ...

  32. Justin Bieber, Lena Dunham, Jimmy Fallon Among Shorty Awards Finalists

    February 24, 2014 2:52 PM EST Finalists for the 6th annual Shorty Awards were announced Monday, highlighting the best content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine, and the rest of the social media landscape. Among the top short-form content producers in H ...

  33. Facebook Taps Ryan Seacrest's Digital EVP as Head of Entertainment Partnerships

    February 24, 2014 1:01 PM EST Facebook has hired Sibyl Goldman, formerly executive VP new media at Ryan Seacrest Productions, to head its entertainment partnerships, the social media company confirmed Monday.  American Express, Billboard Announce Content Partnership For New Fa ...

  34. Bob Marley's Birthday Sends Reggae Legend Up Social 50 Chart

    February 13, 2014 3:35 PM EST Fans celebrating Bob Marley's birthday send the reggae legend flying up Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. Marley's birthday, February 6, was marked by the social awareness campaign #BobMarleyWeek. In turn, Marley zips 35-14 on ...

  35. Daft Punk, Pharrell Rise on Billboard's Social 50 Chart Post-Grammys

    February 06, 2014 7:43 PM EST It’s all about Daft Punk on the Social 50 this week. The French electronic duo and collaborator Pharrell scale the Social 50 thanks to their wins and performance at the Grammy Awards on Jan. 26. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouT ...

  36. Facebook Turns 10: Ime Archibong on Paper App, Going Global, Value to Music Biz (Q&A)

    February 04, 2014 5:23 PM EST Ten years ago today, on Feb. 4, 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dorm room. “I remember getting pizza with my friends one night in college shortly after opening Facebook,” Zuckerberg recalled in a post, published today, to ...

  37. Jean Michel Jarre Calls for ‘Fair Share for Creators’ at Midem

    February 04, 2014 2:41 PM EST French composer and electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre used his Midem keynote speech to call for a closer relationship between the music industry and tech giants such as Google to create a fairer share for artists and content creators.  Sp ...

  38. Pandora, Live Nation Shares Rise High, SFX Down

    January 30, 2014 7:37 PM EST Shares of the two largest publicly traded music companies soared Thursday (Jan. 30) as markets rebounded from two days of losses. Pandora shares reached a new high of $37.95 before closing up 11% at $36.53, and shares of Live Nation climbed to a 5 ...

  39. The Grammy's Social Plan: Share The Love, Says the Recording Academy's CMO (Q&A)

    January 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST In many ways, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' viral bus video (above) embodies what the Recording Academy wants to achieve with its social media campaign this year -- shareability. Regardless of whether the people in the video were actors or gen ...

  40. Next Big Sound's 'Year in Rewind' Shows a Skewed Digital Landscape

    January 17, 2014 2:08 PM EST Next Big Sound, the music online analytics company that powers the Billboard Social 50 chart and more recently Spotify’s artist analytics platform, has released their "State of the Industry 2013" report. Akin to their State of Online Mus ...

  41. How Shakira and Rihanna's Social Networks Reacted to Single Rollout: Social 50

    January 17, 2014 9:00 AM EST Even though Rihanna is the featured act on Shakira’s new single, "Can't Remember to Forget You," the former’s online fan base reacted much stronger to the tune’s announcement, as measured by Billboard's Social 50 chart. The Soc ...

  42. Smule's Rap Battle Builds on Idea of Social Music

    January 16, 2014 4:54 PM EST Music has always had a strong social component, and it's only in modern times that it has developed as a sometimes solitary and passive media. Smule and its quirky chief executive, Jeffrey Smith, are determined to change that. The San Franci ...

  43. Facebook Unveils New Trending Tool For News Stories

    January 16, 2014 12:00 PM EST Facebook 'Less Cool,' But Still Popular With Teens, Others in the U.S. Facebook Testing Video Advertisements Is Facebook Overdoing It With Ads? Facebook on Thursday (Jan. 16) unveiled “Trending,” a personalized list of topics and news st ...

  44. New Year's Eve Programs Yield Big Gains on Social 50 Chart

    January 09, 2014 9:04 PM EST New Year's Eve television broadcast appearances and performances cause several of the artists on the Social 50 to jump up the tally.   Up first is Pitbull, who moves 23-16 after performing “Timber” in Miami on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ...

  45. Facebook 'Less Cool,' But Still Popular With Teens, Others in the U.S.

    December 30, 2013 3:33 PM EST Facebook has lost its cool, but isn't experiencing an exodus of young users. If you've paid attention to the news over the holidays, you may have seen reports that teens have all but abandoned the world's largest social media servic ...

  46. Justin Bieber Returns to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart With Release of 'Journals'

    December 27, 2013 9:58 AM EST With the release of "Journals" on Monday, Dec. 23, Justin Bieber set the online world on fire and, in turn, returns to the No. 1 spot on the Social 50 to reclaim the throne for the first time in 18 weeks. Justin Bieber Tells Twitter: � ...

  47. Facebook Testing Video Advertisements

    December 18, 2013 3:44 PM EST Investors are giving a thumbs-up to the idea of Facebook making hundreds of millions in new revenue from video advertisements, but some users argue that the social network is already too cluttered and has become more about commercialism than commu ...

  48. The Overall Good Year in Music Stocks

    December 12, 2013 5:06 PM EST It was a good year for the stock market. While NASDAQ went up 32.85%, the Dow Jones rose by 19.6%, and S&P 500 climbed 24.76%, Billboard's 10 music-related stocks grew by an average of 82.31% over the course of 2013.  The six most music-s ...

  49. Is Facebook Overdoing It With Ads?

    November 26, 2013 11:45 AM EST Facebook has fully embraced its marketing side. Now the ad world is wondering how many sponsored posts are too many for a social network? All Web companies strive for an appropriate balance of advertising and content. In Facebook’s case, the mix i ...

  50. Pandora Has Record Revenues in Q3, Mobile Advertising, Royalties Improve

    November 21, 2013 7:05 PM EST Gains in mobile advertising helped Pandora achieve record revenue in the quarter ended Oct. 31. The company had revenue of $181.6 million in the quarter, a 50.3% improvement over the prior-year period. Net loss was $1.7 million, or $0.01 per share ...

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