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  1. Facebook To Allow Users To Pre-Approve Photo Tags

    August 24, 2011 7:30 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Drunken revelers rejoice: Facebook will now let you decide whether your friends can attach your name to a photo before it is circulated. Currently, your friends can add your name to a photo on Facebook without your consent or ...

  2. Business Matters: Is it Curtains for HP's Planned Music Service?

    August 19, 2011 5:56 PM EDT Is it Curtains for HP's Planned Music Service? -- Hewlett-Packard's new transformation plan puts a big question mark over its planned music service. As Billboard.biz reported back on June 10, Hewlitt-Packard had been in negotiations with ...

  3. Business Matters: Spotify Subscriptions Spike As Free Access Is Limited

    August 18, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Spotify's Increased Subscriptions = Limiting Free Access -- Spotify lost 1.6 million weekly active free users but gained 520,000 paying subscribers in the four-month period during which it implemented limits on free users, according to a repo ...

  4. Taylor Swift Rockets Up Social 50 With 'Sparks Fly' Video (Watch)

    August 18, 2011 5:40 PM EDT The debut of Taylor Swift's video for her single "Sparks Fly" and a bevy of Teen Choice Awards wins for the singer push her up the Social 50 tally this week. The country/pop superstar zooms 19-10 following "Sparks'" a ...

  5. Business Matters: Dark Monday for Music and Entertainment Stocks

    August 08, 2011 10:03 PM EDT Dark Monday for Music and Entertainment Stocks -- A number of investment bank stocks declined sharply Monday after S&P downgraded the U.S. late Friday. The Dow Jones index dropped 5.55% to 10.809.85. The S&P 500 sank an ominous 6.66% to 1, ...

  6. Klout CEO Joe Fernandez Wants To Measure Your Social Media Influence

    July 28, 2011 4:02 PM EDT Klout's splash page: The site quantifies your social media influence and claims to have over 1 million active users. With corporations like Coca Cola, Reebok and Chevrolet offering invitations to Spotify's U.S. release, it was a relative ...

  7. Rihanna Tops Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato Jumps Up on Social 50 Chart

    July 21, 2011 2:19 PM EDT Rihanna Tops Gaga As Most Popular Female Act, Takes No. 1 In the same week where Rihanna trumped Lady Gaga to become the woman with the most fans on Facebook , RiRi takes over the No. 1 slot on Billboard's Social 50 chart. The chart ranks the ...

  8. Universal Music Group Taps Talenthouse for Crowdsourcing Artist Campaigns

    July 21, 2011 12:44 PM EDT Talenthouse has made headlines the last few months conducting crowdsourcing campaigns for artists seeking new creative vendors. This momentum has led to a label-wide deal with Universal Music Group, which will use Talenthouse's platform to co ...

  9. What Google's Record Revenues, 10 Million Google+ Users Mean For Music Biz

    July 15, 2011 1:13 PM EDT Google has plenty of money to put toward its initiatives in music, social networking and elsewhere. On Thursday the company announced second-quarter revenue increased 32% year-over-year to a company record $9.03 billion. Operating income was $2.88 ...

  10. Taylor Swift Makes 'Sparks Fly' On Social 50 Chart

    July 14, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Taylor Swift flies up the Social 50, rising 21-14 following buzz generated by the news of her latest single, "Sparks Fly." Swift took to Facebook on July 5 to make the announcement. Currently, the song has 19,000 Facebook plays and 12,30 ...

  11. EMI Signs Licensing Deal for MXP4's Facebook Games

    July 13, 2011 5:01 PM EDT MXP4's new Bopler Games, launched in beta Wednesday on Facebook, features music from EMI Music and EMI Publishing that's part of a global licensing agreement between the companies. The deal marks the first time a Facebook app developer h ...

  12. Turntable.fm Reportedly Raises $7.5 Million at $37.5 Million Valuation

    July 07, 2011 6:47 PM EDT Hot social music service Turntable.fm has raised $7.5 million at a $37.5 valuation, according to a report at Business Insider . The initial investors and one new investor - none of which were named - are said to be involved in the funding round. T ...

  13. Facebook Launches Skype Video Calling, Group Chat

    July 07, 2011 6:46 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Quick on the heels of Google's launch of its latest social-networking venture, Facebook said Wednesday that its 750 million users will now be able to make video calls on the site. The feature will be powered by the Internet ph ...

  14. Spotify Announces U.S. Launch

    July 06, 2011 1:26 PM EDT After years of promises and excuses, Spotify has finally made its U.S. launch official -- sort of. The company went live today with a launch page saying that it will go live in the U.S. "soon" and asking anyone interested to enter their ...

  15. Zynga Files for IPO, Lifts Veil On Financial Performance

    July 01, 2011 2:50 PM EDT Online gaming company Zynga filed for an initial public offering on Friday (July 1) following days of expectations the company was preparing a bid to sell its shares on the public market. The company's S-1 filing puts the estimated amount to ...

  16. Business Matters: As Pandora Stock Rises (Past Its IPO), How Does Its Market Value Compare to Peers?

    July 01, 2011 1:03 PM EDT As Pandora Stock Rises (Past Its IPO), How Does Its Market Value Compare to Peers? -- Pandora Media's turbulent stock market ride continues this week as shares of the newly public company have risen over 50% primarily on speculation the compa ...

  17. Myspace Lays off More Than Half Its Staff

    June 30, 2011 10:58 AM EDT In connection with its $35 million sale to Specific Media , social networking site MySpace on Wednesday laid off more than half of its approximately 450 employees, the Wall Street Journal reported . As recently as two years ago, the once high-flyi ...

  18. Business Matters: What Does Google+ Mean to the Music Business?

    June 29, 2011 7:54 PM EDT What Does Google+ Mean to the Music Business? -- Whenever Google launches a new product -- especially one that will compete with social marketing powerhouse Facebook -- there is a tendency to wonder what it means for the music business. While not ...

  19. Myspace Sale Includes Justin Timberlake as Part Owner, Advisor

    June 29, 2011 5:46 PM EDT Specific Media, the advertising network that today signed a deal to acquire Myspace , revealed this afternoon that Justin Timberlake is taking an ownership stake in the company as well, and will be playing a major role in developing the future str ...

  20. Google Unveils Google+ Social Networking Platform

    June 29, 2011 7:35 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Online search leader Google Inc. is taking yet another stab at social networking, as it tries to go up against Facebook in this wildly popular and lucrative segment of the Internet. This time the project is called Google+ and it ai ...

  21. Facebook Gets Tough On Apps

    June 27, 2011 12:01 PM EDT Can't stand those annoying automated Facebook updates you get every time one of your friends plays a Facebook game or uses some app or another? Well, Facebook is cracking down on apps that constantly update on the walls and feeds of users ...

  22. Moontoast, DIY Impulse Now Powering SoundCloud Sales Through Facebook Pages

    June 23, 2011 12:46 PM EDT Moontoast and DIY Media both released products this week that allow SoundCloud users to sell their music directly to fans through their Facebook pages. Moontoast , which builds products that enable commerce on the Facebook platform, now allows Sou ...

  23. Facebook Music: New Details on 'Dashboard' Emerge

    June 20, 2011 11:46 AM EDT We already know that Facebook is working on integrating music more directly into the fabric of its social networking service. But a new post from Om Malik at GigaOm sheds a bit more light on how this integration will be presented. Quick refresher: ...

  24. Myspace Music Adds New Features as Sale Nears Close

    June 14, 2011 12:39 PM EDT As parent company NewsCorp continues to seek out a buyer for the unit, Myspace continues to build up its product, particularly on the music side of things. Last month, it introduced integration with Facebook, allowing artists to port their Myspace ...

  25. Social Commerce Execs Praise Facebook At Billboard Country Summit

    June 06, 2011 9:22 PM EDT Montetizing the Social (from left): Marcus Whitney, CTO/entrepreneur, Moontoast; Andrew Mains, VP Artist and Label Relations, TopSpin Media; Mike Doernberg, Co-Founder/CEO, ReverbNation; Patrick Faucher, Founder, Nimbit; J Sider, CEO, RootMusic; B ...

  26. 'Born This Way' Media Blitz A Boon for Lady Gaga's Social Stats, Mostly

    June 02, 2011 3:09 PM EDT The media blitz that coincided with the release Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" gave her a social media boost in every way but one-Myspace. Enjoying the publicity around the album release, Gaga gained 3.32 million new fans on Facebook i ...

  27. Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman: 'I Screwed Up' on Facebook

    June 01, 2011 7:37 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO - If he had another chance, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt would have pressed the Internet search leader to focus more on mounting a challenge to Facebook while he was still running the company. "I screwed up," Schmidt said ...

  28. Fleet Foxes Make Social 50 Debut; Selena Gomez and LMFAO Rise

    May 26, 2011 4:29 PM EDT Fleet Foxes make their debut on the Social 50 chart, arriving at No. 48. The Seattle-based folk rock group made impressive gains on Facebook (40%) and Twitter (78%), with a weekly total gain of 16,000 fans and 2,100 followers, respectively. In sup ...

  29. Facebook's Music Plans Reach Far Beyond Spotify: The Real Story

    May 25, 2011 5:05 PM EDT Is Facebook planning to launch a music service with Spotify as the music provider, as reported by Forbes today? Highly unlikely. What Facebook is doing, rather, is reaching out to multiple digital media companies-including Spotify and other digita ...

  30. Is Facebook Launching a Music Service With Spotify? Not Really ...

    May 25, 2011 1:25 PM EDT Is Facebook planning to launch a music service with Spotify as the music provider, as reported by Forbes today? Highly unlikely. What Facebook is doing, rather, is reaching out to multiple digital media companies-including Spotify and other digita ...

  31. Facebook Hired P.R. Firm to Plant Stories Critical of Google's Privacy Practices

    May 13, 2011 7:47 AM EDT NEW YORK - The intense rivalry between Facebook and Google just got juicier. In a twist seemingly out of a Hollywood thriller, Facebook hired a prominent public relations firm to try to plant stories harshly criticizing Google's privacy pract ...

  32. Business Matters: Myspace's Real Decline

    May 12, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Myspace: Less Your Space -- Artist and digital market experts, take note: MySpace is holding the line on unique visitors but losing momentum on other metrics, according to comScore numbers scrutinized by TechCrunch. People are visiting far less of ...

  33. Myspace Music Launches Program for Artists to Move Profiles Onto Facebook Fan Pages

    May 11, 2011 2:27 PM EDT Myspace Music has introduced a new program for artists that will let them transfer all their content currently residing in their Myspace profile onto Facebook, under a new "Music" tab. You can check out the program here . This includes s ...

  34. RootMusic To Issue Systemwide Update to Facebook BandPages

    May 05, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Mere weeks after celebrating its one-year anniversary at SXSW, RootMusic today will unveil a major update to its BandPages product for Facebook. The new update extends many of the features formerly available only to paid users (called Plus members ...

  35. What Facebook's Relaunched Music Page Means for Musicians, Venues, Fans

    May 02, 2011 3:57 PM EDT Facebook has relaunched its Music page -- www.facebook.com/music -- officially dubbed "Music on Facebook. With the new music-centric area, the social site answers criticisms of its unwillingness to work with the music industry and at the same ...

  36. Facebook's Growth Exceeds Expectations, $2 Billion in Earnings: Report

    May 02, 2011 7:52 AM EDT Facebook Inc's business is growing faster than forecast several months ago and the firm is on track to top $2 billion in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in 2011, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal. ...

  37. Facebook Check-In Service Rewards Users With Music Downloads

    April 28, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Mobile check-in services are hot right now, and technology firm Neurotic Media is hoping to capitalize on that with a new service that lets users get free access to digital music when checking into various locations via Facebook. The service is ca ...

  38. Business Matters: Facebook Posts Have an 80-Minute Half Life (and Other Facebook Factoids)

    April 26, 2011 4:54 PM EDT The Half-Life of A Facebook Post: 80 Minutes -- A study by Toronto-based startup Visibli found that 50% of Facebook likes occur within 1 hour 20 minutes of the item being posted. Sixty percent of likes happen within 2:15, 70% occur within 4:00, 80 ...

  39. Facebook Deals Takes on Groupon, LivingSocial

    April 26, 2011 1:28 PM EDT Jumping onto the bandwagon created by Groupon and LivingSocial, Facebook today is unveiling a local discount program for vendors called Facebook Deals. The service will launch on a test basis in five cities: Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego and ...

  40. President Obama Goes On Facebook: New Media, Traditional Tone, Pre-Screened Online Submissions

    April 21, 2011 8:20 AM EDT President Barack Obama likely has a few more "friends" after a town hall at Facebook headquarters Wednesday, but the real winner may be the medium of social networking itself, which commands not just the attention of politicians but now ...

  41. Why Google's New +1 Button Matters To the Music Biz

    March 31, 2011 7:35 AM EDT With its new "+1" button , Google is taking on Facebook's popular "like" button and creating a new currency for the measurement of social media influence. The company introduced +1 i n a blog post Wednesday . To recommend ...

  42. SXSW Social Network Panel Explores How A Band Can Capitalize On Social Success

    March 16, 2011 5:31 PM EDT Got Social Network? (from left) Hannah Hooper of Grouplove, Michael Fiebach , CEO of Fame House's , Paul Sinclair, SVP or Digital Media at Atlantic Records, Dan Scheinman, SVP and General Manager of Cisco, and Bill Werde, Billboard Editorial ...

  43. Songkick's Facebook App, New Partnerships Make Concert Listings Easier

    March 15, 2011 11:23 AM EDT Concert listings site Songkick has announced two initiatives aimed at reducing the amount of time artists spend on data entry at their various web sites. In addition to a Facebook app that puts concert listings on an artist's Facebook page, S ...

  44. The Social (TV) Network: 80% of Kids Use Social Media While Watching TV

    March 09, 2011 7:00 AM EST Young Britons have taken to a new television and social media trend which could have far-reaching consequences for the worlds of broadcasting and advertising, according to a new study. Specialist digital marketing agency Digital Clarity on Tuesday ...

  45. 'American Idol' Launches Facebook Voting for Season 10

    February 24, 2011 8:26 PM EST In its 10th season, "American Idol" has added a voting booth that does not require a telephone. Viewers will be able to cast votes on "Idol's" Facebook page beginning Tuesday when the 12 male semifinalists take the stage ...

  46. Business Matters: Will Apple Face Antitrust Regulators Over In-App Subscriptions?

    February 22, 2011 7:54 PM EST Will Apple Face Antitrust Regulators Over In-App Subscriptions? -- Anti-Apple sentiment continues this week with a statement from French music service Deezer . The company, which offers a paid mobile service via an iPod app, believes regulators wi ...

  47. Twitter To Be Bought By Facebook And Google For $10 Billion?

    February 10, 2011 9:10 AM EST Google Inc and Facebook Inc, plus others, have held low level takeover talks with Twitter that give the Internet sensation a value as high as $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported. In December, Twitter raised $200 million in financing in a ...

  48. Business Matters: Spotify Readies Payment System for U.S. Launch

    February 08, 2011 3:31 PM EST Waiting For Godot (Spotify): Music Cloud Readies Payment System for U.S. Launch -- Spotify is telling U.S. users (what few exist) that it hopes to launch "in the coming months." Here's part of an email that was sent from Spotify to ...

  49. Interest In News Corp.'s Myspace Sale High

    February 04, 2011 3:15 PM EST News Corp has tapped Allen & Co to field buyout interest for MySpace and has heard from about 50 parties, people familiar with the process told Reuters on Friday. The global media conglomerate is considering a handful of options for the future ...

  50. Avril, Taylor and, of Course, Slayer On This Week's Social 50 Chart

    February 03, 2011 11:07 AM EST Among the big shake-ups on the Social 50 chart this week: Avril Lavigne and Taylor Swift vault into the top 10 while Slayer debuts straight in at No. 18. Lavigne zips 21-8, marking her first visit to the top tier, seemingly
basking in the glo ...

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