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  1. Analyzing Google Music, a Day After the Launch

    November 17, 2011 6:30 PM EST Google Music's launch event Wednesday revealed a strong product, emphasizing partnership with artists and labels - a good match for the company's cloud and mobile ambitions. Still, some question marks remain. Google Music Launch Unveils ...

  2. Business Matters: Find Music Using Facebook's Search Function

    November 09, 2011 8:32 PM EST Find Music Using Facebook's Search Function -- As if people didn't spend enough time on Facebook, the catalogs of numerous music services can now be searched directly within the social network's interface. Which service will appear ...

  3. Facebook's Impact on Music Services: 1.5 Billion Shares in Six Weeks

    November 09, 2011 1:01 PM EST The integrations with music services that Facebook unveiled at its f8 developers conference in September were expected to boost consumer adoption and usage. Judging by the numbers Facebook released Tuesday, that's exactly what has happened. I ...

  4. MOG Grows Fastest Among Facebook's On-Demand Music Apps

    November 04, 2011 11:10 AM EDT Charts courtesy of AppData Facebook's recently-launched music features are not perfect , but in the past month-plus, the social network has already boosted usage of Facebook-connected unlimited music services significantly -- and none so much ...

  5. Kelly Clarkson Makes 'Strong' Social 50 Debut Despite Weak Facebook Promo

    November 03, 2011 12:45 PM EDT With the release of Kelly Clarkson's latest album "Stronger" on Oct. 24, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 this week, the singer also edges her way into Social 50 tally and debuts at No. 45. In the days following "Str ...

  6. Four Ways to Make Facebook Music a Lot Better

    November 02, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Oversharing on Facebook is certainly nothing new, but the site's new music-sharing option has taken the practice to a new extreme, alarming more than a few people we know in the process. Once a user adds Spotify or iHeartRadio to their timeli ...

  7. 12-Year Old Maddi Jane Makes Social 50 Chart Splash

    October 27, 2011 4:18 PM EDT -year old Maddi Jane -- who has been lighting up YouTube with covers and Adele and Jessie J -- returns to the Billboard Social 50 chart this week, re-entering at No. 36. The youngster, who curated a playlist for YouTube Music Tuesdays on Oct. 17 ...

  8. CMJ 'Making Free Music Pay' Panel: 'You Have to Treat Your Music Like It's a Heroin Addiction'

    October 19, 2011 6:27 PM EDT The first day of CMJ's industry panels wrapped up with an afternoon session titled, "Making Free Music Pay," during which experts discussed marketing strategies and promotional tools that can use free music giveaways to produce a pa ...

  9. American Express, Billboard Announce Content Partnership For New Facebook Channel, Coldplay To Kick It Off

    October 19, 2011 2:42 PM EDT American Express and Billboard this week announced a content partnership for Amex Entertainment, a new channel for Facebook that will provide American Express fans and cardmembers with exclusive ticket offers, updates and interviews from across th ...

  10. How 'The Holy Grail - Universal Song ID' Could Vastly Improve Facebook Music

    October 13, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Facebook's big push into digital music could be a boon to music services, artists, and the fans, because it can provide the " connective tissue " that has been sorely missing from the industry for well over 10 years. Microsoft' ...

  11. Google+ Social Network Not Yet Reaching the Mainstream

    October 12, 2011 1:18 PM EDT Building a Facebook killer might be more difficult than people had thought. Google+ appears to have quickly lost its early momentum, according to data from data analytics firm Chitika reported by The Next Web . The social network got an initial sp ...

  12. MySpace's Tim Vanderhook Talks Company's Future, Music Plans, Timberlake's Role

    October 03, 2011 4:41 PM EDT MySpace may have lost the social-networking battle to Facebook a long time ago, but it hasn't given up the fight when it comes to music. Specific Media, which acquired the struggling site from News Corp. in June for $35 million , is betting t ...

  13. What's In Store for Myspace? Justin Timberlake, Vanderhooks Hosting Preview Today

    October 03, 2011 11:57 AM EDT What's Justin Timberlake got in store for Myspace? Top marketers and ad execs will get an exclusive peek into the multi-hyphenate performer's plans today at New York's Advertising Week. Timberlake is set to host a private reception ...

  14. Michael Jackson Tribute Concert to Stream Live on Facebook

    September 30, 2011 8:24 PM EDT Fans who couldn't snag tickets to the Michael Forever tribute concert for Michael Jackson can still land front row seats from the comfort of their own homes. Milyoni and Ridgeline Entertainment announced on Friday, Sept. 30, that they will be ...

  15. Spotify Usage Explodes After F8, Facebook Integration

    September 30, 2011 4:40 PM EDT Spotify usage exploded in September as the service added Facebook scrobbling (chart courtesy of AppData, link below). What's cooler than three million monthly active users? Five million monthly active users. Spotify, which launched in America ...

  16. Jennifer Lopez's 'Papi' Video Drives Her Up Social 50

    September 29, 2011 9:09 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez leaps into the top 30 of Billboard's Social 50 chart, climbing 38-29, thanks to buzz generated by her TV commercial with Fiat, a new music video, and a red-hot performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. During ESPN's & ...

  17. Facebook F8 Conference Helped Spotify, Others Music Services; We Got Numbers!

    September 29, 2011 12:36 PM EDT Being a friend of Facebook has its advantages. The company's f8 conference last week appears to have had a positive impact on some of the music companies most involved with its latest redesign. Spotify, whose CEO Daniel Ek appeared in the f8 ...

  18. Spotify Launches 'Private' Mode in Response to Facebook Backlash

    September 29, 2011 11:09 AM EDT For all the praise Spotify's integration with Facebook received from music industry chin-strokers over its benefits to music discovery, it received no shortage of complaints from users concerned with the privacy implications of automatically ...

  19. Updated: Spotify Defends Facebook Requirement as 'Simple and Seamless Social Experience'

    September 27, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Some longtime Spotify users are hopping mad about the service's new requirement that all Spotify users must now log in via Facebook in order to listen, even if they want no part of Facebook's new media-sharing functionality. A message bo ...

  20. Social Media Draws Big Ad Dollars, But Does It Really Work?

    September 27, 2011 6:29 AM EDT Social media has outgrown its experimental play-money stage. With marketers sinking up to $6 billion into social campaigns this year (according to eMarketer), the category has officially become a legitimate form of advertising. But with newfound l ...

  21. Spotify Requires Facebook Accounts for New Users, Ends Invite-Only Beta

    September 26, 2011 1:39 PM EDT Spotify is certainly making its presence known in the U.S. this month. Immediately following its highly visible appearance at the Facebook f8 conference last week, a number of new developments have emerged. First, its invite-only beta phase is ove ...

  22. Five Key Features Missing From Facebook Music

    September 23, 2011 5:00 PM EDT First, some perspective: Even after yesterday's big Facebook F8 hullabaloo, people will still listen to and discover music without Facebook, as hard as that might be to believe right now, given all the attention paid to the social network ...

  23. Backbeat: Sean Parker's Lavish f8 Party With Killers, Snoop Dogg, Jane's Addiction, Even Pigs on a Spit

    September 23, 2011 4:20 PM EDT Sartorial Splendorous Tech Titans: From Left, Spotify founder Daniel Ek and "Celebration of Music host" and tech entrepreneur Sean Parker (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage) Sean Parker 's "A Celebration of Music" extravaganza ...

  24. F8 Conference Was Digital Music's Generational Divide

    September 23, 2011 11:34 AM EDT Facebook's f8 conference on Thursday may not have been a changing of the guard in digital music, but it will certainly go down as a critical inflection point. There was a noticeable generation gap in the day's events. Missing from f8 wer ...

  25. Music, Media Firms Pin Hopes On New Facebook Ties

    September 23, 2011 8:19 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Music and media companies are pinning fresh hopes for reviving their businesses on a small ribbon that Facebook has begun putting on user profiles called the "ticker." The new, slim stream of updates automatically list ...

  26. Business Matters: Don't Forget About Internet Radio On f8 Day

    September 22, 2011 7:45 PM EDT Don't Forget About Internet Radio On f8 Day -- Spotify got most of the attention at Facebook's f8 conference on Thursday, but Internet radio services could end up being the big winners. While Pandora was noticeably absent from today' ...

  27. RootMusic Prepping Spotify Integration on Facebook, Others Sure to Follow

    September 22, 2011 5:04 PM EDT Something to watch for in the next few days will be what could be considered the "Facebook Effect" on music services. In addition to the many services announcing their integration for the new Facebook Timeline, many will be making change ...

  28. Facebook Music: What it is, What it isn't, and What it Means

    September 22, 2011 4:56 PM EDT "It's not what you're like; but what you like," said John Cusack's character in "High Fidelity." Facebook took that axiom to heart, rolling out massive changes to the popular social networking platform that found ...

  29. Exclusive: Killers, Snoop Dogg, Jane's Addiction, Kaskade to Play Sean Parker f8 Party Tonight

    September 22, 2011 4:07 PM EDT With the momentous news coming out of f8 about Facebook Music , it's been a momentous day for the future of digital music. And it's ending with a bang: Tonight in San Francisco, Sean Parker is hosting an exclusive party that sources tell ...

  30. Nimbit Revamps MyStore for Facebook, NimbitFree

    September 22, 2011 4:04 PM EDT Nimbit Revamps MyStore for Facebook, NimbitFree Direct-to-fan platform Nimbit unveiled completely revamped version of its MyStore for Facebook as well as its free platform, NimbitFree. "We completely overhauled the user interfaces and underly ...

  31. f8 Developers Conference: Early Details on Facebook Music

    September 22, 2011 2:57 PM EDT On The Big Stage: Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook's 2011 f8 Developers Conference delivering keynote address. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is only about an hour into his F8 conference keynote, but already we're getti ...

  32. Today's Facebook f8 Conference: What Can We Expect?

    September 22, 2011 11:15 AM EDT All eyes will be on today's Facebook's f8 conference. Its official motto is "Read. Watch. Listen." - and we can expect some important news related to the "listen" component. Music should be a focal point of the day, a ...

  33. Facebook f8 Conference Kicks-Off Today, CEO Zuckerberg To Deliver Keynote

    September 22, 2011 7:54 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook has made several changes to the site in recent weeks, from bigger photos to a real-time "ticker" of their friends' latest activity on the right side of their home pages. Facebook Music: New Details Emerge Ah ...

  34. Business Matters: Analysts Still Not Agreeing on Pandora Media

    September 21, 2011 10:27 PM EDT Analysts Still Not Agreeing on Pandora Media -- Analysts continue to have widely varying opinions of Pandora (NYSE:P), which fell 4.76% to $10.01 on Wednesday. Wedbush initiated coverage of Pandora on Monday with an "outperform" rating a ...

  35. Pandora Unveils Site Redesign, Drops Listening Caps (Sort Of)

    September 21, 2011 3:23 PM EDT The New Look: A screen grab from the newly redesigned Pandora site. Pandora came roaring out of the gate today with a fairly substantial overhaul of its website, as well as a change in how many hours of music users can stream for free. Previously, ...

  36. Is The New Facebook Real-Time Feed Where the Music Will Go?

    September 21, 2011 11:57 AM EDT Feed For The Soul: Facebook's new real-time feed feature. We can't stop writing about Facebook today, because after months of anticipation , tomorrow is the day when it will announce new sharing features for music and other media that co ...

  37. Business Matters: Grooveshark Inks Deals With Four More Indies

    September 20, 2011 9:33 PM EDT Grooveshark Inks Deals With Four More Indies -- Online music service Grooveshark has signed up four new labels for licensing deals: 101 Records, Nacional Records, Paper Garden Records and SMC Entertainment. "Nacional Records prides itself on ...

  38. Facebook 'App Economy' Worth Up To $15 Billion, More Than 182K Jobs, Study Says

    September 20, 2011 12:53 PM EDT Facebook is responsible for at least 182,000 U.S. jobs worth at least $12.19 billion in wages and benefits, according to a new University of Maryland study. In a paper titled "Facebook App Economy," Il-Horn Hann, Siva Viswanathan and Byu ...

  39. Facebook Music: New Details Emerge in Advance of Thursday's Expected Announcement

    September 19, 2011 11:45 AM EDT The rumor-mongering over what type of music or media platform Facebook might announce at the forthcoming F8 Developers conference on Thursday has reached Apple-like proportions, which is only fitting given the potential impact such a service could ...

  40. Queen Rocks Billboard's Social 50 Chart on Freddie Mercury's 65th Birthday

    September 15, 2011 5:33 PM EDT Queen rocks Billboard's Social 50 chart, debuting at No. 15 on the tally, following buzz generated by what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday on Sept. 5. On the band's official YouTube channel, 17 videos ran to commemor ...

  41. Facebook to Organize Friends in 'Smart Lists'

    September 14, 2011 7:47 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - It's a modern-day dilemma: You really want your Facebook friends to see that wild party photo of you wearing bunny ears. But you're not so keen on explaining it to your mother-in-law. Well, Facebook aims to make life easi ...

  42. Americans Spend Nearly a Quarter of Web Time Using Social Media: Study

    September 13, 2011 8:29 AM EDT Facebook has apparently become an even bigger time suck for Americans. A study released Monday by Nielsen revealed that Internet users in the U.S. spent a total of 53 billion minutes on Facebook in May 2011 -- more than any other website. That ...

  43. ThingLink Adds Music To Online Photos With iTunes, Topspin Deals

    September 12, 2011 3:15 PM EDT ThingLink is one of those startup companies offering a feature that can either wind up being a big deal or an easily-forgotten blip. It basically allows users to place links in photographs or in this case allows artists to place "buy" li ...

  44. Facebook Music Aims to Simplify Streaming Music Access

    September 12, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Ever since news broke back in May that Facebook was planning on adding new music functionality, speculation has been rampant over what exactly these features will look like and when they'll go live. Facebook's Music Plans Reach Far Beyon ...

  45. Business Matters: Deezer's Limits on Free Users Increased Subscribers Five-Fold

    September 06, 2011 10:26 PM EDT Deezer's Limits on Free Users Increased Subscribers Five-Fold -- French digital music service Deezer has won a court victory against Universal Music France that reaffirms its ability to stream Universal's catalog. The case stems from Uni ...

  46. Business Matters: RootMusic, ReverbNation, Vevo Are Top Music Apps on Facebook

    September 02, 2011 3:41 PM EDT RootMusic, ReverbNation, Vevo Are Top Music Apps on Facebook -- RootMusic's BandPage is the top music app on Facebook, according to the AppData. With 32.5 million monthly average users (MAU) as of September 2, BandPage is far and away the mos ...

  47. Facebook Music Service: Lots of Rumors, Very Few Specifics

    August 31, 2011 3:20 PM EDT Rumors about Facebook's upcoming "music service" are heating up ahead of its f8 developer's conference on September 22. But good luck trying to discern from the reports the type of service or partnership that might be unveiled. ...

  48. Business Matters: Will Facebook Announce Spotify Partnership At Developer Conference?

    August 26, 2011 7:40 PM EDT Will A Spotify Partnership Be Announced At Facebook's Developer Conference? -- If Facebook is going to announce any sort of music product or partnership, it could come at the company's just-announced f8 developer conference on Sept. 22. ...

  49. Who Says Country Music Fans Aren't Digitally Savvy? Lady Antebellum Launches Online Scavenger Hunt

    August 26, 2011 12:57 PM EDT Lady Antebellum, taking a page somewhat out of Pearl Jam's playbook , last week launched an online scavenger hunt of sorts that while not even halfway over is already generating eyebrow-raising numbers. According to Cameo Carlson, head of dig ...

  50. Watsky's 'Kind of Sexy' Spurs Social 50 Chart Re-entry

    August 25, 2011 6:00 PM EDT A mixtape helps slam-poet-turned-rapper Watsky re-enters Billboard's Social 50 chart, where he pops back on at No. 48. He released "A New Kind of Sexy" for free download on Aug. 12 via Bandcamp.com, while five days later he uploaded ...

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