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  1. Morning Fix: Google's Free Scan & Match; Nielsen's Arbitron Deal; .Biz's Year-End Survey Pt. 1

    December 19, 2012 8:35 AM EST ? To subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletter head HERE GOOGLE LAUNCHES FREE LICENSED SCAN-AND-MATCH MUSIC LOCKER IN U.S.: Google, which launched its scan-and-match locker service in Europe ...

  2. Morning Fix: '12-12-12' Concert Raised $36 Mil. Before Show; Warner's 4Q Results; Skrillex's New Imprint

    December 13, 2012 8:55 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free daily Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters 12-12-12 SANDY BENEFIT CONCERT ROCKS WITH "LOCALS" ROLLING STONES, PAUL MCCARTNEY AND A REUNITED NIRVANA: Musicians clo ...

  3. Morning Fix: Bieber, Minaj Win Big at AMAs; Internet Radio Fairness Opponents Unite; AC/DC Joins iTunes

    November 19, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2012: JUSTIN BIEBER, NICKI MINAJ TOP EXUBERANT NIGHT: Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year at the American Music Awa ...

  4. Morning Fix: Artists Chastise Pandora; Nachsin Leaves Roadrunner; Nine Bidding for Parlophone

    November 15, 2012 8:15 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters RIHANNA, KATY PERRY, BILLY JOEL, 122 OTHER ARTISTS TELL PANDORA: 'THAT'S NOT HOW PARTNERS WORK TOGETHER': The battle over webcast ...

  5. Morning Fix: Bankers Big Winners in EMI-UMG Deal; SEO B.S.; VMAs Relevance; Matchbox 20 Aim For No. 1

    September 06, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MATCHBOX TWENTY AIMING FOR FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM ON NEXT WEEK'S BILLBOARD 200: Watch for Matchbox Twenty to nab its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Also heade ...

  6. Morning Fix: UK Olympics Bump, Best Buy's New CEO, Beyonce's 1B Friends, Death at V Festival

    August 20, 2012 8:22 AM EDT Olympics Bump Sends Emeli Sande (and 123 Others) Up UK Charts Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's album is back to No. 1 on the U.K. charts following her appearance at the London 2012 Olympics. Fifty-seven of this week's Top 200 alb ...

  7. Spotify Reveals New Numbers: Over 4 Million Subscribers and 15 Million Active Users

    July 31, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Spotify now has 15 million active users and over 4 million subscribers. The new numbers were revealed by chief content officer Ken Parks at the Global Business Summit on Creative Content in London. Put another way, Spotify added over 1 million sub ...

  8. Universal/EMI: Deal Looks Likely to Be Approved, But at What Cost to UMG?

    July 26, 2012 3:30 PM EDT The extensive, lengthy and ongoing negotiations between the Universal Music Group and the European Union Commission to hammer out a concessions package of assets to be divested means that the regulatory agency is likely to approve the acquisition ...

  9. Universal-EMI Divestment Package Expected to Be Complete by Monday, Possibly Sooner

    July 20, 2012 6:25 PM EDT As of late Friday afternoon (ET), the Universal Music Group's remedies package of assets to be divested as part of its effort to win regulatory approval of its proposed acquisition of still had not been formally submitted to the EU Commission ...

  10. Updated: Universal Music Offers to Sell More Assets to Salvage EMI Deal

    July 19, 2012 8:41 AM EDT Universal Music has upped the ante in its efforts to gain approval for its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded-music division, offering to sell off even more parts of EMI, according to a report in Financial Times. The European Commission reje ...

  11. Jasper Donat On Music Matters 2012: Troy Carter, Growing Asian Touring Market, Music Publishing In 53 Countries

    May 21, 2012 10:45 AM EDT (Photo Courtesy: Music Matters) Music Matters 2012, the industry one-stop covering "all that matters" (as their catchphrase declares) in music, entertainment, technology and media in the Asia Pacific region, is back for its second year i ...

  12. Morning Heds: Spotify Says Bye to Free, Sony Goes iOS, Beatles Songs Sold

    January 12, 2012 6:11 AM EST Spotify no longer free for early US subscribers Music Week Early Spotify adopters in the US will see their no-strings, unlimited streaming experience cease next week when their promotional period comes to an end. Why Rhapsody Is (Probably) Bigger ...

  13. Business Matters: Napster Co-Founder Sean Parker Now Believes In Record Industry

    May 25, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Now He Tells Us: Sean Parker Believes In The Record Industry -- Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and investor in music service Spotify, believes the record industry is "on the verge of being fixed." Parker made the comment Wednesday at ...

  14. Business Matters: Is the 'Tesco Model' Music Retail's Next Big Problem?

    March 07, 2011 5:20 PM EST Is the "Tesco Model" Music Retail's Next Big Problem? -- U.K. grocery chain Tesco, a major player in CD sales, is pushing record labels to accept small, upfront payments and the remainder of the cost after the CD sold. Tesco would l ...

  15. Android Market Hits Web as In-App Purchasing Hits Android

    February 02, 2011 3:30 PM EST Android Web Store Now Open For Business Google unveiled a new, web-based Android Market at its Android event on Wednesday, Until now, Google offered Android apps only through a mobile-based store. Some third- party sites such as AndroidZoom have o ...

  16. Business Matters: Spotify Says No Truth To Apple Rumor

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Spotify: No Truth To Apple Rumor -- Spotify tells Billboard there is no truth in the rumor posted at TechCrunch that Apple is in very early, “on-again, off-again discussions” with the company. “We ...

  17. Business Matters: Terra Firma, Citi, Best Buy, Fee For Radio and more

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Terra Firma, Citigroup Head To Court Next Month -- On Tuesday a New York judge ruled that Terra Firma's lawsuit against Citigroup will go to trial next month. The court will hear only two of ...

  18. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Hulu, Apple and more

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Ticketmaster now has more pricing transparency in its ticket search process , Live Nation executive chairman Irving Azoff revealed in a Twitter post. It’s not all-in pricing, but it’s ...

  19. Business Matters: Goldman Sachs, Bandcamp, TuneCore and more

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - Goldman Sachs analysts are predicting Apple’s iPad will be a huge success and the main beneficiary of the transition to tablets. Their explanation is summed up in five bullet points: consumption (iPad is made for light tasks), content (tight int ...

  20. Business Matters: EFF, Google, WMG, Perez Hilton and more

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EFF ATTORNEY HEADED FOR GOOGLE -- Fred von Lohmann, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is leaving to become Google's senior copyright counsel. Von Lohmann's name is well known in music industry circles. He defen ...

  21. Business Matters: DOJ, Paperless Ticketing, Bowery Presents and More

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter or e-mail him at gpeoples AT billboard.com. -- While the press descends on the news that the Department of Justice is investigating Apple for possible anti-competitive behavior, only eMusic has confirmed on the reco ...

  22. Business Matters: Lady Gaga, SeatGeek, Ke$ha and More

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Lady Gaga 's videos three main videos ("Poker Face," "Bad Romance" and "Just Dance") have surpassed 1 billion views worldwide, according to Visible Measures figures posted at TechCrunch. Soulja Boy's &quo ...

  23. Business Matters: FCC's Broadband Plan, The Beatles, Pandora, EMI and More

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- On Wednesday, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski discusse ...

  24. Business Matters: Definitive Jux, Vivendi, Guy Hands and More

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Hip hop label Definitive Jux is going on a hiatus. As ...

  25. Business Matters: Guvera, Mewbox, Guy Hands, SXSW

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Unlike most ad-supported sites, the upcoming Guvera will offer downloads and streams. And its take on advertising in unique: it plans to align ...

  26. Business Matters: Warner Music, Robbie Williams, Topspin

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Expectations for Warner Music Group 's fiscal Q4, according to Thomson Reuters, is a 2% drop in revenue (to $836 million) and a 50% increa ...

  27. Briefs: Terra Firma, Joel Tenenbaum, Spotify

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Terra Firma investors have approved a £300 million ($495 million) equity injection into EMI . The injection may be part of a larger refinancing move, still months away, that would repay some of the debt owed to Citigroup. "Citi, which face ...

  28. Briefs: Twitter, BlackBerry, Morgan Stanley

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- How did Rick Astley 's "Never Gonna Give You Up" get to the top of the Twitter chart at MP3 blog aggregator The Hype Machine? A single tweet by TechCrunch to its 916,735 followers. ( TechCrunch ) -- Research in Motion will launch ...

  29. Analyst: Hulu To Match YouTube Revs Next Year

    November 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST As Universal Music Group continues to ponder launching a Hulu-like site for music videos, Screen Digest analyst Arash Amel released a prediction that could add momentum to the idea. According to a Financial Times article , Amel says the Hulu servi ...

  30. CLIQ Not Yet Clicked Off

    June 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The operators of CLIQ, the U.K. mobile-to-PC music retail service aimed at commercial radio audiences, are denying a report in London's Financial Times today that the service has totally collapsed. Launched in January, CLIQ is an instant-purc ...

  31. Digital Briefs: Pirate Bay, DoubleTwist, ARTISTdirect

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST -Several tech sites are questioning whether Yahoo is filtering out search results for bitTorrent site Pirate Bay in cooperation with the major record labels. A search for Pirate Bay on Yahoo brings up links to a Wikipedia page and stories about th ...

  32. British Biz Awaits Report On Copyright Term

    May 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Britain's long-awaited government report on New Media and the Creative Industries will be published tomorrow. The document, to be issued by the House of Commons' Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Select Committee, will recommend whether or ...

  33. Sony BMG Not A Publisher Yet

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Despite a Financial Times report that Sony BMG Music Entertainment wants to re-enter the music publishing biz, don't expect it to happen anytime soon. When Sony and BMG merged their recorded music divisions in 2004, Sony spun off its publishi ...

  34. EMI Suitors Circle, Stock Soars

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British music major EMI Group plc said Friday it has received "a number" of approaches for its business. The company confirmed the situation in a concise statement issued this morning to the London Stock Exchange and posted on EMI's ...

  35. Majors Pressuring Apple On Subscription Service?

    April 13, 2007 12:00 AM EDT More on the rumored Apple subscription music service . The major record labels are believed to be pressuring Apple to add a subscription service tier as part of the renegotiation process for licensing music to the iTunes store. According to a Fina ...

  36. U.K. Gets New Anti-Piracy Powers

    April 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT New powers giving U.K. trade officials the right to seize physical copies of pirated music come into effect for the first time tomorrow. The move had been recommended by the 2006 Gowers Review, an independent report that re-examined U.K. copyright ...

  37. Reports: YouTube Content ID Filters Delayed

    January 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST YouTube is finding out first hand how difficult content identification and filtering technology can be. The company fell short of its promise to implement the technology by the end of 2006. According to a Financial Times article (subscription requ ...

  38. McGee Supports Gowers Review In Blog

    December 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST Alan McGee, CEO of U.K. independent label Poptones and Creation Management, has become the first high profile executive to break ranks with the music industry and come out in favour of the Gowers Review on intellectual property. The review created ...

  39. U.K. Music Biz Demands Copyright Law Overhaul

    July 12, 2006 12:00 AM EDT U.K. music-industry chiefs gathered today (July 12) to unveil a proposal for a new digital-age copyright framework, which they hope the government will incorporate into a revised intellectual property U.K. music-industry chiefs gathered today (Jul ...

  40. Brit Review On Copyright Enters Next Phase

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury today (April 21) before the submission deadline for a government review on copyright. Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury tod ...

  41. Brit Review On Copyright Enters Next Phase

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury today (April 21) before the submission deadline for a government review on copyright. Petitions from almost 6,200 individuals were presented to the British Treasury tod ...