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  1. Rihanna 'SNL' Performance and 'Diamonds' Premiere Fuels Social 50 Chart Gain

    November 17, 2012 8:00 AM EST As the release of Rihanna's seventh album, "Unapologetic," nears its Nov. 19 release date, the diva has been in promotion overdrive. In turn, the singer soars up four slots on Billboard's Social 50 chart (7-3) with big gains ac ...

  2. Justin Timberlake, Tim and Chris Vanderhook Detail MySpace's New Music-Centric Design

    November 16, 2012 5:55 AM EST If the MySpace of yore was about empowering users to make new friends and collect them in a Top 8 column, then the new MySpace under Specific Media and Justin Timberlake wants to make musicians those users and fans those friends in the Top 8. Spea ...

  3. BandPage Reaches Beyond Facebook with BandPage Connect

    November 13, 2012 6:00 AM EST BandPage is scheduled on Tuesday to announce its growth strategy beyond Facebook, where half-a-million musicians currently use BandPage's software tools to manage their profiles on the social media network. Billboard's FutureSound Confer ...

  4. Social 50: One Direction's No. 1, Rita Ora, Ed Sheeran Benefit From Formula Shake-Up

    November 12, 2012 1:29 PM EST Updates have been made to the Billboard Social 50 chart this week to better reflect the online music world's ever-changing landscape. The Social 50, launched in December 2010, has utilized fans/followers, plays and page views data from YouTub ...

  5. Bandsintown CEO Julien Mitelberg Breaks-Down Concert Discovery App at Billboard Touring Conference

    November 07, 2012 2:10 PM EST Julien Mitelberg, CEO, Bandsintown presenting a case study on how social and mobile integration and tour marketing significantly impact ticket sales. (Photo: Michael Seto) The Billboard Touring Conference got underway today with a case study of li ...

  6. Facebook to Music App Developers: You Need Us

    November 06, 2012 4:28 PM EST Facebook on Tuesday trumpeted its track record as a platform for music applications not named Spotify. In a post entitled, "Facebook Timeline Apps and Music, A Year Later," Facebook engineer Lincoln Hochberg singled out six music apps th ...

  7. Beyonce's Super Bowl Announcement Spurs Social 50 Rise

    October 26, 2012 2:58 PM EDT As this year's NFL season nears its halfway mark, Beyonce announces her own 'Countdown to Touchdown.' During the charting week, the pop star announced via her website that she'll be performing the halftime show at Super Bowl XL ...

  8. Eventbrite Shows Social Media Growth

    October 23, 2012 11:39 AM EDT Ticketing service Eventbrite has released a report that shows how social commerce has evolved over the last two years. Both dollars per share and visits per share have increased considerably over the last two years. And while Twitter generates mor ...

  9. Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Drives Gains on Social 50 Chart

    October 12, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Rihanna is back at it. This week she jumps 23-3 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, elevated by attention from her newly released single "Diamonds" off her upcoming album "Unapologetic" (set to be released November 19). The So ...

  10. Nicki Minaj's 'American Idol' Buzz and Fragrance Launch Stirs Social Buzz

    October 05, 2012 8:02 PM EDT Nicki Minaj's continued media exposure due to her judging role on "American Idol" has generated substantial social returns. An appearance on "The View," coupled with the launch of her own fragrance, brings 130,000 new fans ...

  11. Morning Fix: Mumford & Sons Face Muse; Nielsen Numbers; Bieber, Rihanna Fan Sites Fined $1 Mil; Replacements Reunion?

    October 04, 2012 7:34 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. JOHN JANICK NAMED PRESIDENT/COO OF INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M: It's official: John Janick has been named president and chief operating officer of Interscope Geffen A&a ...

  12. Business Matters: New-Look MySpace Still Putting Heavy Emphasis on Music

    September 24, 2012 5:55 PM EDT The new Myspace from Myspace on Vimeo . MySpace has gone to art school. The social network's long-delayed remodel got a sneak peak at the MySpace home page Monday and was previewed in a 2:18 video. No specific launch date was given. In contra ...

  13. Mark Zuckerberg Says Spotify 'Is Killing It' -- But What Does That Mean?

    September 11, 2012 7:00 PM EDT It would take Roget's Thesaurus and a spirited debate to reach the exact meaning behind one of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's statements during his keynote interview at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference on Tuesday. "Spotify is killi ...

  14. Psy Remains at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, Linkin Park's 'Echo'-Fueled Jump

    September 07, 2012 4:17 PM EDT Linkin Park's new Facebook-personalized video for "Lost in the Echo" fuels the band's big jump on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. The act rises 23-16 on the tally, thanks to social interaction caused by the clip. In th ...

  15. How Spotify and Rdio Are De-Socializing Music Streaming

    September 05, 2012 1:30 PM EDT In Rdio's advanced settings, users can now choose a privacy setting that will require approval before other users can view their collection, playlists, activity and full user profile. Streaming music is inherently more social than downloading ...

  16. As Facebook Stock Nears $18, Its Focus on Music Will Suffer

    August 31, 2012 4:29 PM EDT Facebook shares dove under $19 and were trading down 4.86% to $18.17 Friday afternoon after slashed price targets and fresh revenue concerns. Citing "challenged" media spending and an inflow of additional shares from lock-up expirations, ...

  17. 'Gangnam Style' Helps Psy Dance Way to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    August 31, 2012 4:10 PM EDT South Korean artist Psy is dancing his way up Billboard's charts with his viral phenomenon single "Gangnam Style." This week, he leaps 9-1 on the Social 50 while the tune hops onto Heatseekers Songs at No. 23 and bows at No. 74 on ...

  18. Bandsintown Live-Music App Proves 'Push' Really Does Work

    August 27, 2012 12:22 PM EDT Bandsintown's Insight study of about 1800 music fans identified five distinct types of music fan. Bandsintown's live music app, which allows artists to enter their shows (and display them automatically on Facebook and elsewhere), and sen ...

  19. BandsInTown Concert Audience Research: Fans Need to Be Informed; 'Superfans' Will Spend a Lot More

    August 27, 2012 8:59 AM EDT Facebook concert discovery app BandsInTown , which claims to power tour listings for more than 100,000 artists and track even more, commissioned Insight Strategy Group to conduct a survey that turned up some intriguing results regarding live music ...

  20. Why Is Spotify's Monthly Average Users Number Dropping?

    August 21, 2012 12:20 PM EDT A tipster alerted us to an interesting figure regarding Spotify over the weekend. According to AppData , fewer people have used Spotify to listen to music over the past month (on the desktop, smartphone, tablet, with Facebook Connect turned on ), ...

  21. Mumford & Sons Debut on Social 50 Chart After Long 'Wait'

    August 17, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Thanks to the release of its new single "I Will Wait," Mumford & Sons make a long-delayed debut on Billboard's Social 50 chart , arriving at a lofty No. 13. The chart premiered in December 2010, but the band never generated enou ...

  22. Rihanna, Lady Gaga Top Forbes List Of Most Social Stars

    August 10, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Who is the most social of them all? Forbes has released its list of social networking superstars -- 10 kings and queens of the status update and the enticing tweet. The magazine used a simple formula, adding a star's Twitter followers with hi ...

  23. The xx Marks the Spot on Billboard's Social 50

    August 03, 2012 7:00 PM EDT British electro-rock act the xx rides a wave of online activity to a reentry on Billboard's Social 50 chart, returning to the list (No. 27) for the first time in over a year. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo ...

  24. Facebook Bots Are Cause for Concern For Artists and Fans

    August 03, 2012 2:57 PM EDT Facebook isn't the only site for which musicians can buy fake love, but it sure is catching a lot of heat lately." Even as it exerts increasing influence over our public and private lives, this hasn't been the best year for Facebook ...

  25. 40 Under 40: Sean Parker

    August 02, 2012 3:37 PM EDT Sean Parker Executive General Partnery, Founders Fund Website: foundersfund.com Twitter: @sparker Guiding the Musical Marketplace Sean Parker, 32, helped raise Facebook, invested in Spotify via Founders Fund and midwifed the partnership between th ...

  26. Google Buying Social Media Startup Wildfire

    August 01, 2012 8:00 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Google is buying a company that specializes in social media marketing as it intensifies competition with Facebook for ad dollars and attention. The company, Redwood City, Calif.-based Wildfire, helps businesses such as Cirque du S ...

  27. Business Matters: Is the Luster Off Social Media?

    July 31, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Is the Luster Off Social Media? -- Social media doesn't look as sexy as it did in 2011. Fortunately, investors are not punishing companies just for being affiliated with Facebook. Facebook hit a new all-time low of $21.61 on Tuesday. It was a ...

  28. Business Matters: Facebook's Not Alone in its Mobile Problems

    July 27, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Facebook's Numbers Normal, But Stock Dips Anyway Facebook is being punished for being normal. After the company released decent, entirely expected quarterly results Thursday afternoon, investors decided the company doesn't have a strong ...

  29. Facebook's Stock Tumbles After First Public Quarter

    July 26, 2012 4:48 PM EDT Facebook's first earnings report as a public company had solid numbers, but in the end it landed with a thud - much like its rocky initial public offering two months ago. Facebook reported stronger-than-expected revenue and a gain in user num ...

  30. This Week In Music: Spotify, BLASTmedia, Facebook Reps Discuss Social Media Marketing

    July 25, 2012 6:22 PM EDT On the most recent installment of This Week in Music, Topspin's Ian Rogers talks with Ime Archibong, strategic partner manager at Facebook, Jordan Walker, U.S. Label and Artist Relations rep at Spotify, and Julie Perry, VP, social media direc ...

  31. Bits and Briefs: Google Play, Nielsen and Facebook, Email Comes Out On Top

    July 12, 2012 5:05 PM EDT Google Play Store Expands Offerings Google Play, the search ­giant's version of the iTunes store, has expanded to offer movies, TV shows and magazines. The additions, announced at Google's annual I/O conference, put Google Play more on p ...

  32. Carly Rae Jepsen Finally Pays 'Call' to Social 50, Despite Single's Ubiquity

    June 29, 2012 9:23 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen finally creeps her way onto the Billboard Social 50 chart this week with a No. 44 debut. The arrival comes after she performed on and won Video of the Year at Canada's MuchMusic Video Awards on June 17. The Social 50 chart ra ...

  33. Chris Brown, Drake Club Brawl Causes Social 50 Chart Gains

    June 22, 2012 3:29 PM EDT It's no coincidence that both Drake and Chris Brown received significant online gains this week as news that the two and their respective camps were involved in an altercation at a nightclub in New York. The pair rises 28-20 and 18-12 on Bill ...

  34. What's Going on With Vevo's Numbers?

    June 19, 2012 1:21 PM EDT Music video network Vevo has helped revolutionize online video, has been the subject of IPO rumors and is reported to be wooing investments from Google and Facebook. But exactly what investors would get is a bit fuzzy to outsiders. Vevo's num ...

  35. Coldplay and 'Princess' Rihanna Rally On Social 50 Chart

    June 14, 2012 9:03 PM EDT Coldplay made some significant strides in the online world this week as the group's newest video for its hit song "Princess of China" (featuring Rihanna) was released on June 2. That causes the rock band to make a big jump on Billbo ...

  36. Apple Shutting Down Ping, Source Confirms

    June 13, 2012 4:37 PM EDT Apple is shutting down Ping, its social network and music recommendation service in the next iTunes update, according to multiple media reports and confirmed to Billboard.biz by a source close to the situation. The attempt at a social network by t ...

  37. Facebook Rolling Out Centralized App Center

    June 08, 2012 7:55 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- There's more to Facebook apps than "Angry Birds" and Pinterest, but many users wouldn't know that because there hasn't been a good, central way to find them. Facebook Inc. is trying to change that. On Thur ...

  38. Napster Co-Founders Sean Parker, Shawn Fanning Launch Social Video Network Airtime

    June 05, 2012 2:39 PM EDT Napster co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning reunited Tuesday at a star-studded event to launch Airtime, a new live social video platform. The presentation was made at Milk Studios in New York and included references to the days when the two ...

  39. Facebook To Let Its 1 Billion Users Vote On Privacy Policy Changes

    June 01, 2012 4:46 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is letting its nearly 1 billion users vote on changes to its privacy policy. The previously announced changes include new sections explaining how it uses people's information. The updates also reflect recently added ...

  40. Google, Facebook Mulling Investments in Vevo (Report)

    May 31, 2012 7:15 AM EDT Online giants Google and Facebook are looking at a potential investment in online music joint venture Vevo that could be part of a broader advertising partnership with the music service, the New York Post reported Thursday. Quoting sources, the pa ...

  41. Business Matters: Facebook's IPO Could Have Just Killed Some Digital Music IPOs

    May 29, 2012 6:14 PM EDT Facebook IPO Issues May Deter Vevo and Spotify Facebook's problematic IPO has not only resulted in investor lawsuits and questions about the Nasdaq, it could have killed or postponed the IPO aspirations of Vevo and Spotify. Both companies hav ...

  42. Vevo's Numbers Climb in First Quarter With Facebook Integration

    May 24, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Vevo's new redesigned homepage with Kanye West. (Screenshot) Vevo's integration with Facebook, part of its design launched in March , appears to have helped increase usage at both Facebook and Vevo.com, according to numbers shared by the ...

  43. Business Matters: Is Vevo Considering An IPO?

    May 23, 2012 4:42 PM EDT Is Vevo Considering an IPO? -- Vevo is seeking new investors to help fund its international expansion, according to reports at Sky News at the Financial Times. A report by Sky News claims the company has hired investment bank Allen & Co to loo ...

  44. Business Matters: Pre-release File Sharing Helps Album Sales, Says a Study. So Why Not Replicate This Legally?

    May 22, 2012 9:17 PM EDT Study Says File Sharing Helps Established Artists Sell More Albums File sharing albums before their release dates reinforces popularity and helps sales, according to a study of BitTorrent traffic by Robert G. Hammond, an assistant professor at Nor ...

  45. Business Matters: Bono Will Make Maybe $10 Million, Not $1.5 Billion, From Facebook's IPO

    May 18, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Bono Will Make Millions -- But Not Billions -- Off Facebook's IPO Bono is rich but not as rich as you have been led to believe in the last few days. A report at NME.com , which was picked up by Spinner, Huffington Post and the New York Post ( ...

  46. 5 Reasons Why Facebook Won't Spend its IPO Money on the Music Business

    May 18, 2012 11:21 AM EDT After raising $6.84 billion in its initial public stock offering, Facebook will have more than enough cash on hand to acquire a major music company or two. A major music publisher or record label can be had for a few billion dollars. Same goes for ...

  47. Facebook's IPO is One of World's Largest

    May 18, 2012 7:39 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is about to find out just how much status updates, puppy photos and billions of "likes" are worth on Wall Street. GM Vs. Ford: Companies Ask If Advertising on Facebook Pays? Facebook's stock is set to begin ...

  48. Business Matters: Critics of Universal-EMI Merger Still Lining Up, But Outcome Still in Doubt

    May 17, 2012 6:30 PM EDT UMG's Acquisition of EMI Expected to Experience Bumpy Road to Approval Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of EMI's recorded music division continues to spark commentary and criticism. European regulators approved the acquis ...

  49. GM Vs. Ford: Companies Ask If Advertising on Facebook Pays?

    May 17, 2012 6:45 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Responding to extraordinary demand, Facebook said Wednesday that it would sell more stock in the company's initial public offering. But ahead of the IPO, a debate emerged between two of the nation's largest automakers: D ...

  50. Myxer Gets Millionth Install, Plans Bigger Facebook Integration, to Bring Social Listening to Mainstream

    May 16, 2012 2:29 PM EDT Myxer Social Radio has more listeners than it did when we first tested it, but the most populous Featured room boasts only 17 listeners at the moment. While techie hipsters (techsters?) complain that Turntable.fm is so over , most people and even ...

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