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  1. Business Matters: Will Japan Warm Up To Sony Music Unlimited?

    July 03, 2012 4:56 PM EDT Will Japan Warm Up To Sony Music Unlimited? -- Subscription services haven't had much success in Japan. Napster Japan, a joint venture between Napster and Tower Records, failed to grow subscribers to a profitable in three and a half years of ...

  2. Business Matters: Songza Takes a Bite Out of Pandora

    June 13, 2012 9:06 PM EDT Songza Takes a Bite Out of Pandora -- An upstart Internet radio company has caused Pandora Media, the leading Internet radio service, to drop 11.2% over the last two trading days and shed $208 million of market value. If you haven't heard of ...

  3. 'American Idol' and 'X Factor' Nab Highest Ad Revenue Per Half Hour, According To Forbes

    April 10, 2012 6:27 PM EDT Glitzy productions, highly paid judges and lots of public jabs at the competition has paid off for reality shows when it comes to making the all-important ad revenue. Fox's "American Idol" topped Forbes list of TV's Biggest Mon ...

  4. Business Matters: The Numbers Behind Vevo's Potential Facebook Move

    March 07, 2012 6:50 PM EST What If Facebook And Vevo Really Did Get Together? Facebook and Vevo are reported to be in early talks to move Vevo's catalog of popular music videos and original programming after its deal with YouTube expires in about a year. Whether or not ...

  5. Business Matters: Analyst Upgrade Boosts Pandora Shares Day Before Earnings Release

    March 05, 2012 7:54 PM EST Analyst Upgrade Boosts Pandora Shares Day Before Earnings Release -- An upgrade from a Stifel Nicolaus & Co. analyst a day prior to Pandora's earnings call helped push the company's stock up 5.5% Monday and gave the company a market ...

  6. Business Matters: At 10 Million Users, SoundCloud is Scratching the Surface

    January 23, 2012 7:02 PM EST SoundCloud Hits 10 Millions Registered Users On-demand services and some webcasters might get more headlines, but SoundCloud is currently one of the world's hottest digital music companies. The popular audio hosting-and-sharing platform annou ...

  7. Business Matters: EMI Sues Grooveshark (Again), Pandora Takes Longview, Sirius Adds 1.7M Subscribers, EMI Execs' 'Forfeited' Bonuses Overstated

    January 05, 2012 6:39 PM EST EMI Sues Grooveshark for Breach of Contract -- Controversial music-streaming service has been sued by EMI - again. EMI Music Publishing has Grooveshark for breach of contract, according to reports at the New York Times and other outlets. The lawsu ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Business Matters: SXSW 2011 Had $167 Million Impact on Austin

    August 23, 2011 7:19 PM EDT SXSW'S Multi-Million Dollar Trickle Down on Austin -- A new study puts the financial impact of 2011 South By Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals (SXSW) at $167 million -- $44.6 million of operational output (festiv ...

  10. Business Matters: Just How Valuable Are Heavy Social-Media Users?

    August 15, 2011 8:11 PM EDT Just How Valuable Are Heavy Social-Media Users? -- Are heavy social-media users more valuable than other consumers? People may guess that social media activity translates into activity in other areas. And they can point to a recent Pew Internet st ...

  11. Business Matters: DISH Picks Odd Time to Show Interest In Pandora

    June 28, 2011 8:47 PM EDT DISH Picks Odd Time to Show Interest in Pandora -- According to numerous media reports, satellite television operator DISH Network may buy an interest in, or outright acquire, personalized Internet radio company Pandora Media. The comment made by ...

  12. Business Matters: Groupon Files for IPO -- A Look at the Numbers

    June 02, 2011 8:34 PM EDT Groupon Files for IPO. A Look at the Numbers. -- Daily deal company Groupon, soon to be a major player in concert tickets, has filed for an IPO. The company's S-1, filed with the SEC Thursday, reveals that Groupon has real -- not potential -- ...

  13. Business Matters: Revising the Average TuneCore User's Revenue Up a Few Bucks

    April 27, 2011 8:59 PM EDT Revising the Average TuneCore User's Revenue Up a Few Bucks -- What an average artist makes from digital sales depends on many factors, including the assumptions and math behind one's calculations. On Tuesday, Digital Music News posted t ...

  14. Who the Heck Wants to Invest in Music These Days? Lots of People

    April 25, 2011 2:53 PM EDT If you have read newspapers and blogs in the last few years, you know there's no money to be made in music. So why are billions being invested in music companies? Is there really that much dumb money going into the wrong industry instead of f ...

  15. Amazon Cloud Outage: A Teachable Moment?

    April 25, 2011 11:31 AM EDT Amazon's Elastic Cloud Computing web service was still experiencing problems four days after the initial outage that brought down many web sites. On Monday morning, the EC2 dashboard noted instance connectivity, latency and error rates at the ...

  16. Business Matters: April Fool's (Jay-Z, Beyonce Buy EMI) And Not (Live Nation's WMG Bid Impacts Stocks)

    April 01, 2011 5:35 PM EDT APRIL FOOLING: Spotify U.S Launches Monday -- April Fool's Day got off to an early start - for those of us in the U.S. - when a post at TechCrunch EU reported that Spotify was immediately ceasing its European operations in order to launch in ...

  17. Rebecca Black's First-Week Sales: Not Bad, But Not In The Millions ...

    March 22, 2011 12:13 PM EDT Contrary to several media reports, Rebecca Black is not netting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the more than 33 million YouTube views of her uber-viral video "Friday" or its digital sales. However, she's not doing badly. The ...

  18. SXSW Interactive 2011: The News Beyond The Fluff

    March 17, 2011 11:47 AM EDT SXSWi 2011: Beyond the experiential. (Photo: Amy Price) SXSWi, the interactive portion of the annual SXSW conference, ended on Tuesday. Much -- perhaps too much -- was written about the experience of SXSWi and too little about the companies and th ...

  19. Business Matters: Live Nation, IODA, Google, Android Market and More

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation will get a second ruling from the UK's Competition Committee as early as next week, reports Bloomberg. The Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger was first approved by anti-trust regulators in December, but a tribunal ordered a review ...

  20. Jay-Z, Beyonce Named Top-Earning Couple

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z and Beyonce earned $122 million together between June 2008 and June 2009, more than any other couple -- married or unmarried -- in entertainment. The list makers at Forbes are at it again, this time determining Hollywood's top-earning c ...

  21. New Show, Exhibits To Mark Elvis' 75th Birthday

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Elvis Presley's legacy will be marked in force next year in a 75th anniversary birthday celebration featuring a new Cirque du Soleil production, movie marathons, a Facebook application and a cruise. Elvis Presley Enterprises has rolled out a ...

  22. Simon Cowell To Launch Global 'X-Factor' In Vegas

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST British TV and record producer Simon Cowell is planning to bring his "The X Factor" talent show to Las Vegas in a global pay-per-view Internet venture. Cowell (50), best-known in the United States as an acerbic judge on America's to ...

  23. Simon Cowell Is Top Male Earner On U.S. TV

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell, the acerbic "American Idol" judge, creator of "America's Got Talent" and record producer, is the top earning man on prime-time U.S. television with an estimated haul of $75 million, said Forbes.com. Cowell be ...

  24. Business Matters: Lala, Geoff Ralston, CMJ and More

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A Forbes.com article on music streaming services has some important information on Lala : the service/store gets 20 purchases for every 100 fre ...

  25. Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster, Anti-Piracy In Sweden

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The UK Competition Commission, an independent public body that investigates mergers and regulated industries, announced yesterday it is looking into the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger. “If the inquiry group considers that the merger may be exp ...

  26. Briefs: Live Nation, Joel Tenenbaum, Spotify

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation has teamed up with 7-11 for a Slurpee promotion. Slurpee buyers who enter the promotional code, found on the side of the cup, at the Slurpee website are eligible to buy select lawn tickets to Live Nation concerts for $7.11. ( Tallah ...

  27. Web Reaction: Google's Music Search Engine

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google's newly announced record label-sanctioned music search engine site is being heralded as an important step in the development of new monetization models and, not surprising, has drawn a good deal of commentary. Gerd Leonhard has an insi ...