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  1. Ocarina 2, Electric Boogaloo: Now It Teaches You To Play

    June 19, 2012 5:01 PM EDT First, apologies to the 90 percent of our readers who don't get the headline. You were either too old, young, remote, or oblivious to have been infatuated with the Breakin ' movies in the 80s. But it's true, Smule's Ocarina, on ...

  2. Samsung, Chevrolet, Foursquare, John Mayer Led SXSWi Social Media Chatter

    March 15, 2012 7:56 AM EDT South by Southwest Interactive conference is over, but a few top brands and companies left a considerable trail of social media chatter in their wake. Samsung, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare and Chevrolet were among the brands that got the most soci ...

  3. Backbeat: Vice Pulls Out the Stops for Lavish 'Upfront' Party; Rick Ross, Death From Above 1979, More Perform

    September 16, 2011 1:32 PM EDT (Photo: Bryan Derballa ) BROOKLYN, New York -- After spending much of the last decade being misrepresented by an unintuitive, clunky website -- Viceland.com -- and having its subsequent endeavors fractured across multiple late-coming sites (VBS.tv ...

  4. Smule Embraces Freemium With Magic Piano iPhone App

    May 04, 2011 12:05 PM EDT You know the freemium business model for mobile apps has reached an inflection point when music app developer Smule-which has never released a free app in the lifetime of the company-embraces it. That changes today. Smule-the developer behind such ...

  5. Universal Motown's Sylvia Rhone Honored By National Action Network; President Obama Speaks At Ceremony

    April 07, 2011 10:55 AM EDT NEW YORK -- Universal Motown President Sylvia Rhone was honored last night at the National Action Network's 20th Anniversary Keepers of the Dream Awards. Other honorees included NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown, MSNBC President Phil Griffin and NB ...

  6. SXSW Central 2011

    March 16, 2011 9:00 AM EDT March 18, 2011 |PANEL Tips On Harnessing The Obsessives At SXSW 'Super Fans' Panel You know those kids who own every single song and poster from a certain artist, have tattoo of their music hero stamped on their neck and have built a vir ...

  7. SXSWi 2011: Beyond the 'I am T-Pain' App: Creating Music on Your Mobile

    March 12, 2011 1:53 PM EST Rocking the App: Smule founder Ge Wang Makes Like Pan at SXSWi With handheld devices crammed with the latest gaming, social media and productivity applications, is there any time or space left for anything else? Probably. On Friday, the opening da ...

  8. Comcast/NBC Universal Deal Delayed, Still Awaiting FCC & DOJ Approval

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Comcast Corp's NBC Universal purchase will be delayed until at least next month, with federal regulators taking longer than the companies had hoped to sort through the deal. NBC Universal Chief Executive Jeff Zucker, who will leave the compan ...

  9. Smule's 'Magic Fiddle' Released For iPad

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST App developers Smule—creators of the wildly popular “I Am T-Pain” app—introduced their latest virtual instrument for the iPad in the form of Magic Fiddle. As the title suggests, the app is a virtual violin, allowing users to simulate playing a vio ...

  10. BACKBEAT: @Billboard's Mobile Entertainment Live Music App Summit, Part 2

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The afternoon sessions during Billboard's Mobile Entertainment Live! The Music App Summit event hosted even more award presentations, networking breakouts and a keynote presentation from the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart , among others. Check ...

  11. BACKBEAT: @Billboard's Mobile Entertainment Live Music App Summit

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT “Stand on your chair and call bullshit when you start to hear some on stage,” Bill Werde , editorial director for Billboard, encouraged a room fill of music and tech industry players this morning during opening remarks at the Billboard Mobile Ente ...

  12. FULL COVERAGE: Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live Music App Summit in San Francisco #MEL2010

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WATCH: Smule Co-founder Talks Apps, Acquisitions, The Majors and More October 06, 2010 Smule co-founder Ge Wang sat with Billboard at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live The Music App Summit - Smule took home the best artist app award for &quo ...

  13. Here's Why You Should Come To Billboard's Music App Summit

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s an unfortunate state of today’s digital music landscape that two creative industries which stand to benefit from cooperation are too often are at odds with one another: the music industry and the developer community. At next week’s Mobile Ent ...

  14. Business Matters: Harry Fox, Smule, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster Bankruptcy and more

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Harry Fox Inks Deal With IODA -- Harry Fox has inked a deal with digital distributor IODA for a clearance and royalty digital process. One feature is the ability of IODA clients to clear digital l ...

  15. All You Need To Know About Mobile Apps In One Day

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit is taking place two weeks from today in San Francisco. The day-long event is packed with everything you need to know about the mobile app market tailored both to those in the music industry looking f ...

  16. Report: Music Tops Apps On iTunes

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While iTunes’ App Store is certainly a groundbreaking initiative that has changed the mobile content landscape, music still rules in the iTunes world. According to a new report from NPD Group, 82% of iPhone and iPod Touch users have bought music f ...

  17. Dave Stewart To Keynote Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Industry technology conferences can easily turn into bore-fests, with slide after PowerPoint slide of software architecture diagrams and panelists bantering tired clichés like “it’s all about the music.” We’re going to turn that on it’s head at Mo ...

  18. Billboard Announces Music App Summit Keynote Program

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The activity around mobile music apps is at an all-time high, but few seem to know what strategies are working, which ones are profitable, and where the fast-changing market will go next. The aim of Billboard’s upcoming Mobile Entertainment Live: ...

  19. 'I Am T-Pain' Developer Talks Apps

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ge Wang is the founder and chief creative officer at Smule, the iPhone developer behind the hit apps "I Am T-Pain" and "Glee." In this short video on Fora.tv, he discusses his creative inspiration and passion for using technolo ...

  20. @Apple's WWDC: No Lala, No iTunes Upgrade, But Big iPhone News

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Anyone hoping Apple would introduce its new music strategy during Steve Jobs’ keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference today found themselves disappointed. The CEO didn’t even mention the May 31 shuttering of streaming music service Lala, wh ...

  21. Smule Unveils Glee App

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT iPhone app developers Smule are following up their best-selling I Am T-Pain app with another music-focused one, this time with TV show Glee. Created in conjunction with Fox Digital Entertainment, the app allows users to sing along to the cast to s ...

  22. Freshlyground Leads South African Music Awards

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Freshlyground claimed three South African Music Awards Saturday night (May 3rd) to be the top award winners in the country's premiere music awards event. The Cape Town-based Afro-pop seven-piece were the leading nominees going into the two-da ...

  23. Google To Enter China's Online Music Sector

    February 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Google plans to enter the online music market in China for the first time, as it steps up its battle with local incumbent Baidu.com Inc, media reported on Thursday. Google is expected to announce a joint venture with Top100.cn, to allow users to l ...

  24. VC Dollars Grow In Entertainment Space

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Where there are people on the Internet, chances are there will soon be money. Social networking and user-generated content sites, online advertising optimizers, casual video games, and virtual worlds are not only attracting growing numbers of cons ...

  25. Vivendi Drops 'Universal'

    April 21, 2006 12:00 AM EDT French media, telecom giant voted to change name. The French media and telecom giant Vivendi Universal has voted to drop the word Universal from its name. The company will be now known as Vivendi. It had to jettison the Universal moniker as part o ...

  26. DreamWorks, NBC Uni Talks End

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT DreamWorks SKG ended exclusive discussions with NBC Universal, which had made an offer to acquire DreamWorks for about $1 billion, Geffen confirmed Sept. 27. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- DreamWorks SKG ended exclusive discussions with NBC Universal ...

  27. Navarre Posts Big Q1Profit, Sales

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Navarre Corp. is reporting a record first quarter. The Minneapolis-based distributor/publisher turned in a profit of $4.5 million, or 16 cents per diluted share, on sales of $126.7 million, for th The Navarre Corp. is reporting a record first ...