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  1. What Really Happened to Sony and Universal's 2 Billion Missing YouTube Views

    December 21, 2012 5:12 PM EST On Thursday, when YouTube sent out its regular reports on view counts, one data company, SocialBlade, noticed that the channel views for Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group saw its channel count sliced by about 2 billion views. That ...

  2. Business Matters: The Big and Small Numbers of Psy's 'Gangnam Style'

    October 19, 2012 9:08 PM EDT Small numbers can tell a big story. Take Psy's "Gangnam Style," for example. His video has been watched about 501 million times on YouTube since being uploaded on July 15. The video is now No. 4 on YouTube's list of most-viewed ...

  3. Google Moving to Shut Down Sites That Turn YouTube Videos Into Mp3 Clips

    June 20, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Google-owned YouTube has become a central viewing area for many music videos, lyrics videos, and user-uploaded cover songs, and now the company is threatening to sue a number of web sites that offer to convert the audio from videos into downloadab ...

  4. Jay-Z Makes Surprise Appearance at YouTube Upfront

    May 03, 2012 10:00 AM EDT When YouTube unveiled its slate of new channels to advertisers in New York City on Tuesday night, the Google-owned company enlisted none other than Jay-Z to close the event with a song we've all heard before but was oh-so-appropriate: that� ...

  5. German Court Rules Against YouTube In GEMA Copyright Case

    April 20, 2012 1:04 PM EDT BERLIN (AP) -- A German court has ruled that online video platform YouTube must install filters to prevent users from uploading some music videos whose rights are held by a music-royalties collecting body. German news agency dapd reported that the ...

  6. SXSWi Q&A: Songza's Eric Davich

    March 11, 2012 6:39 PM EDT Saturday night at one of downtown Austin's many food trucks, Billboard.biz spoke with Songza chief content officer Eric Davich about SXSWi and Concierge, a new Songza feature that makes it easier to find a playlist to fit your mood. Songza La ...

  7. Whitney Houston's YouTube & Vevo Plays Gain 4,523%

    February 24, 2012 10:02 PM EST The late Whitney Houston's videos are in high-demand on both YouTube and Vevo, as her play count increased by 4,523% last week, according to Next Big Sound. She went from 868,000 plays to 40.2 million in the week ending Feb. 20. In turn, the ...

  8. Billboard Power 100: Robert Kyncl

    January 26, 2012 9:41 PM EST No. 65 Robert Kyncl Global Head of Content YouTube Twitter: @RKyncl Billions and Billions Served... Robert Kyncl reports to YouTube head Salar Kamangar and oversees content on the video platform. He's no stranger to online content: Kyncl was ...

  9. Pancakes, Chris Brown Push Mac Lethal onto Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    December 08, 2011 8:30 PM EST Rapper Mac Lethal debuts on the Social 50 chart at No. 31 after launching two viral memes -- the "Pancake Rap" and "Texts From Bennett" -- on Nov. 30. The first, a video of him rhyming over the beat of Chris Brown's single ...

  10. Nickelback, Michael Buble Post Social 50 Chart Gains

    December 02, 2011 12:50 PM EST Nickelback returns to Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 30 -- a new high -- thanks to the debut of a new video and a lot of NFL chatter. The clip for "When We Stand Together" arrived Nov. 23, while the band performed a hotly debate ...

  11. Courtney Holt, Former MySpace Music President, Becomes COO at Maker Studios

    October 31, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Maker Studios announced Monday (October 31) that Courtney Holt, the former president of MySpace Music, has joined as chief operating officer. In this newly created role, Holt will be responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the Mak ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Seven of 16 Facebook Music Services Are Now Live -- Here's What They Do

    October 04, 2011 7:30 AM EDT On Sept. 22, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced 16 music partners ranging from almost-unheard-of to the incredibly popular. Of those, seven have completed their integration with Facebook, meaning that they can automatically send users' li ...

  14. Vimeo Launches Music Store for Easy Video Soundtracks

    September 21, 2011 11:27 AM EDT Vimeo today announced the launch of Music Store , a new service intended to make it easy for creators to discover and download music for their videos. "Finding music to use in your videos can be extremely hard," Blake Whitman, Vice Presi ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Vevo Viewing Sessions Up Nearly 200% Since January

    June 24, 2011 1:36 PM EDT Music video network Vevo is getting more views from music fans, according to comScore statistics. Created in partnership by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and the Abu Dhabi Media Company, the company is one of the top online video ...

  17. YouTube Turns Six, Now Gets 3 Billion Views a Day

    May 31, 2011 1:56 PM EDT Billions and billions served video everyday As it turns six years old, YouTube is still growing at the rate of a young startup. The company revealed a couple big milestones in a recent blog post . First, more than 48 hours of video is uploaded eve ...

  18. Amazon Cloud Outage Continues Into Second Day; Indaba Got Creative With Its Downtime

    April 22, 2011 2:36 PM EDT Amazon's web services outage at its Northern Virginia facility continued for the second day on Friday. Reports say hundreds of companies are still affected, although many have restored service. Some music companies were still feeling the effe ...

  19. Music Start-Up Academy Bringing Tech Startups and Music Biz Together

    April 15, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Midway through last night's Music Startup Academy at New York's General Assembly , an audience member posted the following tweet: "in terms of mechanical rights, ringtones have higher royalty rates than full length songs. Interestin ...

  20. YouTube: Growth In User-Generated Content Is Outpacing Official Videos

    April 14, 2011 6:27 PM EDT By now we've all heard YouTube's assertion that it doubled the amount it pays labels and publishers in music-licensing fees last year, now totaling millions of dollars a month. But while the focus of this figure is on official music vide ...

  21. Britney Spears Is a Social (50) Climber; Rebecca Black, Less So

    April 14, 2011 3:31 PM EDT Britney Spears continues her upward climb on the Social 50 chart as she rises 10-7 -- a new high for the pop diva. Chalk up her leap to a whopping 136% growth in week-over-week Vevo plays thanks to the premiere of her new video "Till the Worl ...

  22. Tw1tterband: Form, Record Through Twitter

    March 04, 2011 2:17 PM EST I guess it was only a matter of time. A group of musicians (and non-musicians), all of whom have never actually meet in person have found each other via Twitter and formed a band. Tw1tterband . The brainchild of one Richard Newman, the idea took s ...

  23. Indaba Music Appoints J.J. Rosen CEO

    March 01, 2011 11:38 AM EST Just a week after adding Queen Latifah to its board of directors , online music collaboration site Indaba today announced the appointment of Sony Music vet J.J. Rosen as its CEO . Rosen previously was executive VP of Sony Music's commercial m ...

  24. YouTube Signs With France's Sacem

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT French songwriters' and publishers' collecting society Sacem has announced a licensing deal with Youtube France, after three years of negotiations. The deal, described by Sacem as a blanket license, includes Sacem's worldwide repert ...

  25. Interlude, Liquor & Ammo Empowering Fans Through Music Videos

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of the prevailing strategies of today's new music business is improving fan interaction, particularly through the use of interactive technologies. And that's resulted in a number of very unique implementations, the latest of which ar ...

  26. Indaba Music Revamps Service

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Indaba Music began the process of revamping its website and services today, a process the company says will remain ongoing through the rest of the year. Indaba Music is best known for its online music collaboration environment, allowing artists to ...

  27. Business Matters: YouTube, Vevo, ShowClix and more

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YOUTUBE BOOSTS UPLOAD LIMIT -- YouTube has increased its upload limit of videos from 10 to 15 minutes for all users. Why now? YouTube explains that the success of its Content ID system allowed for the increase. That is the anti-piracy system that ...

  28. Russian Court Blocks YouTube

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A court in Russia's far east has ordered an Internet provider to block five sites, which it said disseminated extreme views, including the YouTube video service. The decision prompted U.S. Internet giant Google to say on Thursday that the mov ...

  29. YouTube Overhauls Music Landing Page

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has added a special landing page where users can now go to browse through music videos, sorted into categories like genre, recent hits and featured videos. It uses the new playlisting feature that for instance lets users hit “play” atop a ...

  30. Arcade Fire, John Legend To Stream Concerts Live

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Within hours of most any concert, shaky and distorted footage of the show can be found online from front row or the balcony. But online concert video has been steadily building toward live streaming, digital quality video and accompanying social m ...

  31. YouTube Rolls Out New Online Video Editor

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube’s new online video editor looks like it could make user-generated videos even more mainstream. It’s easy to use, takes advantage of YouTube’s existing user base by operating within YouTube and it provides users with pre-approved songs. The ...

  32. YouTube Reaches 2 Billion Daily Streams

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube gave itself a little pat on the back today, boasting a new milestone of 2 billion video streams per day . The stat came as part of a 5-year anniversary post on the company's blog, noting that the number is "nearly double the prim ...

  33. Indaba Music Unveils Cloud-based Artist Workstation

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Indaba Music, an online service that allows artists to collaborate on music projects through virtual jam sessions, today launched a new virtual music studio called Mantis. The “digital audio workstation” is a cloud-based audio production software ...

  34. YouTube Outage: How Much Revenue Do Labels Lose?

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube went down because of "technical issues" for an unspecified period this morning (March 25). So Billboard.biz calculated the likely impact on the major labels from an outage on the video site. According to TubeMogul analysis, Vevo ...

  35. UPDATED: Sellaband Files For Bankruptcy

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Update: On Tuesday, Sellaband posted a statement on its Web site that indicated the company has obtained a trustee to guide it through its bankruptcy. In addition, the company indicated it expects to find a potential buyer. No indication was given ...

  36. Public Enemy’s Fan-Funded Album Losing Investors

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Public Enemy made headlines in October of last year when it announced it was using Sellaband - a platform that turns fans into investors - to seek $250,000 by the end of 2009 for a fan-funded album and marketing plan. But by December, the band had ...

  37. U2 Taps YouTube For Live Broadcast

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 and YouTube have teamed up to broadcast a live stream of the band's Los Angeles concert this weekend via its YouTube channel. The Sunday, Oct. 25 show is taking place at the Rose Bowl for those paying to attend, but will be free for any fa ...

  38. We7, Topman Target Students

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. digital music service We7 has teamed up with men's fashion retailer Topman as part of a new initiative targeting students this autumn. The initiative is based online at www.topman.com, where students can sign up for the "In Genius&q ...

  39. Warner Music, YouTube Still Talking On Deal

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is still in talks with video sharing site YouTube to license its artists' music videos even after all its major rivals have renewed their deals. EMI Music, the smallest of the big four music labels, quietly renewed its deal ...

  40. We7 Hits 2 Million Users

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ad-supported free music streaming service We7 reports that is has now exceeded two million U.K. users per month. This includes one million site users, and one million unique users via 'Play Anywhere' partnerships with media brands includ ...

  41. Briefs: Best Buy, Live Nation, CAA

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Over half of consumers surveyed for the Nielsen Global Consumer Confidence Survey said they have cut down on out-of-home entertainment. Only 20% said they planned on keeping that spending down. In October, 40% of respondents said they would del ...

  42. Sony, Lionsgate Included In YouTube Deal

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a move intended to strike back at the encroaching Hulu, YouTube announced a series of partnerships that will enable it to stream a range of full-length movies and television shows. The pics and episodes, which will be streamed on a separate sec ...

  43. 'Unafraid' China Apparently Fears YouTube

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China is not afraid of the Internet, its Foreign Ministry said, even as access to the popular video sharing site YouTube was apparently blocked. YouTube, owned by search giant Google Inc, has been unavailable for users in China, which filters the ...

  44. Free Streaming Service Muziic Hits The Web

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Another free online music streaming service has hit the Web, with some questionable legal cover. Muziic is simply an iTunes-like interface that draws on YouTube for music content rather than licensing from the labels and publishers. But unlike mos ...

  45. SellaBand Goes Live With ArenaFest

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST SellaBand, the Netherlands-based online venture that enables unsigned acts to record albums with funding from fans, is extending the same concept to live gigs with ArenaFest, a new U.S.-based summer music festival tour centered on arenas. Launched ...

  46. YouTube To Sell Music, Games In Revenue Push

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT YouTube, the world's most popular video-sharing site, will start to sell music and video games and experiment with new advertising formats to grow revenue, executives said on Tuesday. The Google-owned business is taking the first steps toward ...

  47. SellaBand Teams With AOL, Second Life

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SellaBand, the Netherlands-originated label of unsigned acts funded by fans, has signed a marketing partnership with AOL Europe and launched a site on virtual world Second Life to gain more exposure for its roster of acts. The agreement with Time ...

  48. E-License Strikes YouTube Content Deal

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based music-copyright agency e-License Inc. said May 20 it has concluded a comprehensive licensing contract with Google for the use of e-License-managed music on Google's YouTube video-sharing site. Under the new agreement, users can le ...

  49. YouTube India Launches

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT YouTube India has launched with a localized home page (youtube.co.in) featuring user-generated videos alongside licensed content from film and TV production companies, but little authorized music content from labels. "We are very excited to b ...

  50. JRC Strikes Content Deal With YouTube

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based copyright-management agency Japan Rights Clearance (JRC) says it has reached a comprehensive copyright agreement with Google on the use of JRC-managed content on Google-owned YouTube. The agreement enables YouTube users to upload video ...

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