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  1. Deezer Reaches 3 Million Subscribers, Launches Free Service, Adds Features

    December 19, 2012 5:59 PM EST The subscription marketplace is looking more and more like a two-horse race. French subscription service Deezer is launching a free, ad-supported version of its music service in more than 150 countries Thursday (Wednesday in the U.S.) and a host o ...

  2. Business Matters: Deezer's New Funding Puts It In A Coke/Pepsi Race With Spotify

    October 08, 2012 4:36 PM EDT When music subscription service Deezer confirmed Monday it raised $130 million in a round led by Warner Music Group owner Access Industries , the subscription music market suddenly had two well-funded frontrunners putting their support behind a si ...

  3. Deezer Raises $130 Million: Report

    October 06, 2012 7:40 PM EDT The oft-criticized freemium business model still has the support of investors. Paris-based music subscription service Deezer has raised $130 million from Access Industries, parent company of Warner Music Group, and previous investor Idinvest, acco ...

  4. Deezer CFO/COO Simon Baldeyrou on Music Streaming Service's Global Expansion, Spotify, Avoiding The U.S.

    June 12, 2012 8:22 AM EDT Launched in France in 2007, where the service is profitable, on-demand streaming service Deezer has started an aggressive international expansion late 2011, with over 130 countries targeted in 2012. Most recently the service launched in 35 Latin A ...

  5. Deezer Expands to Canada, Australia & New Zealand

    April 25, 2012 8:41 AM EDT French music streaming service Deezer is debuting in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, marking the company's first forays into those regions in the world. Previously, Deezer had been operational in France, the U.K., and Belgium, but had told ...

  6. Deezer Seeks Funding for Additional Growth: Report

    February 29, 2012 2:46 PM EST Deezer is seeking 50 million to 100 million Euros ($67 million to $134 million) and a new international partner according to a report at French newspaper Les Echos . Expansion of a subscription service requires both capital and local partners. The ...

  7. Tim McGraw, Kid Rock to Headline BamaJam Fest

    February 21, 2012 8:38 AM EST The BamaJam Festival in Enterprise, Ala. has become one of the most anticipated country music events of the year, and with the announcement of Tim McGraw, the Zac Brown Band, and Kid Rock as headliners of the 2012 edition, it's safe to assume ...

  8. Will.I.Am and Intel at CES: Ultrabook Is 'the New Ghetto Blaster'

    January 11, 2012 7:49 AM EST LAS VEGAS -- So what exactly has Will.I.Am up to since being named Intel's director of creative innovation last year? As the Black Eyed Peas' leader detailed on Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, he's taking his ...

  9. Spotify Reaches 2.5 Million Subscribers Worldwide

    November 23, 2011 11:57 AM EST Spotify has surpassed 2.5 million subscribers worldwide, the company announced in a blog post Wednesday . It has gained 500,000 subscribers since September and 1 million subscribers since June. Here's a timeline of Spotify's subscriber m ...

  10. Deezer To Launch In 130 International Markets, U.S. No Time Soon

    November 03, 2011 11:52 AM EDT Having recently launched in the United Kingdom, French music subscription service Deezer is to expand into a further 130 international markets. The global rollout will see Deezer open in key European territories, including Germany, Spain and Italy ...

  11. Backbeat: Natalia Kills Performs Intimate Benefit Showcase -- 50 Floors Above Manhattan

    August 17, 2011 5:06 PM EDT Natalia Kills performs at Atlas New York on Tuesday (Photo: Eugene Gologursky/WireImage for Gotham Organization) NEW YORK - British singer Natalia Kills celebrated the U.S. release of her debut album, "Perfectionist," last night with an ...

  12. French Music Sales Down 5% In Q1; Digital Rises 13%

    May 24, 2011 8:00 AM EDT The French recorded music wholesale market dropped 5% year-on-year in Q1 2011, generating €121.8 million (about $171 million) , according to the country's labels trade body SNEP (Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique). The physic ...

  13. What the Music Business Can Learn From Netflix's Success

    April 26, 2011 12:39 PM EDT If the record industry wants music subscription services to become mainstream products, it should pay close attention to the factors behind growth at Netflix. In the first quarter of 2011 , the online video rental service added 3.6 million subscri ...

  14. Business Matters: How To Handle Amazon Sale Prices

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Asthmatic Kitty: Don't Feel Guilty About Amazon Prices -- Recall when the Asthmatic Kitty label criticized Amazon.com's sale prices for devaluing music? The label's head of A&R, ...

  15. Cee Lo Green's Viral Sensation Segues To Radio

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With its video having generated 2.8 million YouTube views since it was uploaded to the website Aug. 20, soul/pop singer/songwriter/producer Cee Lo Green's "F**k You" is making its way to radio with an audience uncommonly large for a ...

  16. Orange Partners With Streaming Service Deezer

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT French Internet Service Provider and mobile carrier Orange and streaming service Deezer have announced a strategic partnership, effective in September 2010. Paris-based Deezer's premium services will be included in some of Orange's Inter ...

  17. Business Matters: Nimbit, Rhapsody, Anti-Piracy Measures and More

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Nimbit has unveiled nimbitPro, a comprehensive suite of direct-to-fan tools. It features content management tools, an unlimited number of promotional product offers, the ability to manage multiple artists with one account, and promo code redemp ...

  18. France's Deezer Raises A Further $9.7 Million

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT On-demand streaming service Deezer has raised a further €6.5 million ($9.7 million) in funding. The funding is from AGF Private Equity and CM-CIC Capital Privé. It brings the total amount raised by the French company to €12.2 million ($18.1 millio ...

  19. Vodafone Spain Adds Unlimited Music To Data Plan

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vodafone Spain is offering an all-you-can-eat subscription streaming music service without additional cost to subscribers, powered by RealNetworks, as well as making a-la-carte downloads available for purchase in DRM-free format. All four major la ...

  20. Zac Brown Band Signs With Atlantic

    October 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Atlanta-based country act Zac Brown Band has signed with Atlantic Records, Billboard.biz has learned. The group's album, "The Foundation," will be released on Atlantic/Home Grown/Big Picture on Nov. 18 and was produced by Keith Steg ...

  21. France's Orange Launches Unlimited Download Offer

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leading French carrier Orange today launched an unlimited permanent download service with content licensed from all four majors. Featuring one million titles, the "Musique Max" service primarily targets music fans, explains Laurence Leny ...

  22. Universal Strikes Deal For TDC's Play

    May 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Danish Internet service provider TDC has reached a content licensing agreement with Universal Music for its free music download service Play. The latest deal gives Play the full-house of major labels. The service was launched on April 1 with three ...

  23. Queen + Paul Rodgers Plan Int'l Trek

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT As expected, Queen + Paul Rodgers will embark on a four-month European tour this fall in support of its new as-yet-untitled studio album, scheduled for release in Britain on Sept. 1 via EMI. The 28-date "Cosmos Rocks Over Europe" arena t ...

  24. Miller To Host Playboy Jazz Cruise

    January 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Grammy-winning electric bassist and songwriter/producer Marcus Miller (Luther Vandross, Miles Davis) will host the inaugural Playboy Jazz Cruise of the Caribbean when it sets sail in early 2009. Among the artists joining him on the cruise will be ...

  25. Ad-Supported Service Deezer Signs With Sony BMG

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Sony BMG France has signed an agreement which will provide users of French ad-supported on-demand streaming service Deezer with unlimited free access to 165,000 titles. "This deal is experimental," says Christophe Lameignère, chairman an ...

  26. Black Eyed Peas Frontman Launches Digital Music Store

    August 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With label Interscope loosening the DRM shackles, Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am today launched a digital music store on his Web site, making all digital tunes sold free of copy protection. The new service is powered by Musicane, for which wil ...

  27. Blunt Stays Out Front In Europe

    February 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST In an unchanged top five on European Top 100 Albums, James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam" (Atlantic) retains the No. 1 position. Although it falls 1-2 in Germany, "Bedlam" is up again 3-2 in the United King In an unchanged top f ...

  28. Blunt Stays Out Front In Europe

    February 16, 2006 12:00 AM EST In an unchanged top five on European Top 100 Albums, James Blunt's "Back To Bedlam" (Atlantic) retains the No. 1 position. Although it falls 1-2 in Germany, "Bedlam" is up again 3-2 in the United King In an unchanged top f ...

  29. NBC's 'Today' Gets iTunes Treatment

    January 25, 2006 12:00 AM EST Apple to offer KT Tunstall single for free In a first, iTunes is offering a download of a performance from NBC's "Today" show. Effective immediately, "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree," the first single from KT Tunstall ...

  30. Navarre To Distribute Fledgling 306

    August 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Label to issue four albums this fall. Navarre Canada will distribute the newly-formed country label 306 Records in Canada. The Saskatoon, Alberta-based label will issue four albums in the fall, including material from Canadian country music vetera ...

  31. 306 Records Gets Canadian Distribution

    August 22, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Country label signs on with Navarre. Navarre Canada has picked up Canadian distribution of the newly-formed Canadian country label 306 Records from Saskatoon, Alberta. The label will issue four albums in the fall, including album from Canadian cou ...