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  1. Google Offered $15 Million to Buy Songza (Report)

    June 06, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Google has offered $15 million to acquire curated playlist site Songza, according to the New York Post . The deal would give the search giant company a new music property that could improve its Google Play Music All Access subscription service or ...

  2. Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace, Plans to Spread the Web

    April 15, 2014 4:35 AM EDT Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems. Financial terms were not disclosed. Google Inc. said Monday that atmospher ...

  3. Digital Notes: Music Apps Gain Revenue, Vevo Grows Views, Frank & Oak Leverages SoundCloud

    February 19, 2014 9:00 AM EST Music Apps Rock On -- While digital track sales may have fallen 5.7% last year, revenue generated by music apps grew 77% in 2013. This bit of good news comes from a report released Wednesday from App Annie and IHS. Among the biggest revenue-gene ...

  4. YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service (Breaking)

    October 23, 2013 6:51 PM EDT YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service -- akin to a Spotify, but with video -- to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans. The service, designed with mobile listening in mind, will have ...

  5. Google's 3Q Earnings Rise 36%, Stock Surges

    October 18, 2013 10:12 AM EDT Google's third-quarter results may have proven that a deepening decline in the Internet search leader's average ad prices matters less than how frequently people are clicking on the commercial pitches. The numbers released Thursday imp ...

  6. Business Matters: Google-Backed Group's Report Says Search Results Not a Major Driver of Piracy

    August 06, 2013 8:56 PM EDT The Computer & Communications Industry Association has released a paper that aims to refute the RIAA's arguments that search engines play a major role in music piracy. "The Search Fixation: Infringement, Search Results and Online C ...

  7. Google Stumbles in 2Q as Slump in Ad Rates Deepens

    July 18, 2013 5:48 PM EDT Google views the computing shift to smartphones and tablets as a golden opportunity, but the Internet search leader's second-quarter performance served as an unsettling reminder that it poses a nagging financial challenge, too. The report r ...

  8. Fullscreen Closes Comcast, Chernin Group Funding

    June 17, 2013 9:03 AM EDT Fullscreen, a network of more than 10,000 YouTube channels, has closed an undisclosed round of funding from Comcast Ventures, The Chernin Group and WPP Digital.  In an unusual decision, the Culver City, Calif., company declined to specify how mu ...

  9. Google Launches 'All Access' Music Streaming Service [Updated]

    May 15, 2013 1:07 PM EDT Google Inc. jumped into the increasingly crowded music subscription business Wednesday, announcing an on-demand service that’s “uniquely Google.” Dubbed All Access, the service debuts Wednesday in the U.S. at $9.99 a month, with a 30-day free ...

  10. Google Signs Universal, Sony for On-Demand Music Service

    May 14, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Google Inc. has landed licensing deals with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group to introduce an on-demand music streaming service that would compete with Spotify, Rhapsody and others, according to executives knowledgeable with the ...

  11. Vevo Sales Chief David Kohl Leaves Company (Updated)

    April 02, 2013 3:34 PM EDT David Kohl, the top sales executive at Vevo, has left the music video company. Kohl joined Vevo in 2009 as executive vice president of sales and customer operations to get the fledgling music brand off the ground. A Vevo spokesperson confirmed K ...

  12. YouTube Hits 1 Billion Users

    March 20, 2013 11:27 PM EDT YouTube on Wednesday said it now has 1 billion monthly viewers, steadily growing from the 800 million monthly viewers the online video platform reached in October 2011. The announcement , made at a company event in Los Angeles to show off YouTu ...

  13. Warner Music Inks Deal With Google for Music Subscription Services

    March 05, 2013 2:34 PM EST Warner Music Group has struck a licensing deal with Google for two music services the technology giant is launching later this summer, according to executives familiar with the agreement. Google will offer two distinct subscription services – ...

  14. Google In Talks For Music Streaming Service

    February 23, 2013 5:16 AM EST Google is in the process of negotiating licensing fees for a music streaming service akin to Spotify, Mog, Deezer and others, according to several published reports and first reported by the Financial Times.   The news comes as Google is in t ...

  15. Vevo Looks To Raise Capital as It Continues Talks With Google

    February 14, 2013 10:27 PM EST Vevo, the largest destination for official music videos online, is about to hit the road in search of equity financing in order to fund its international expansion plans, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans. Vevo, which is curr ...

  16. Business Matters: MP3 Stores Harder to Find as Google Search Removal Requests Accumulate

    February 04, 2013 8:07 PM EST Legitimate MP3 links are becoming harder to find even as the RIAA has sent more than 3,400 removal requests to Google relating to approximately 10 million specific URLs from its search results. Legal stores like Amazon and Myxer, as well as lega ...

  17. Business Matters: Google Says 'Gangnam Style' Video Has Earned Over $8 Million

    January 23, 2013 3:11 PM EST Make that twice in a row PSY's "Gangnam Style" video has been mentioned in a Google earnings call. During Google's fourth quarter earnings call Tuesday afternoon, Google senior VP and chief business officer Nikesh Arora said, & ...

  18. Google Music's Scan & Match Problem, But There's An Easy Fix

    December 26, 2012 2:31 PM EST Google Music's new free online music locker has run into an inevitable, often popular fact of the music business: some songs have both clean and explicit versions. Online reports have circulated in recent days about explicit versions of songs ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Google Launches Free Licensed Scan-And-Match Music Locker in U.S.

    December 18, 2012 4:12 PM EST Google, which launched its scan-and-match locker service in Europe in November, today (Dec. 18) introduced the service in the U.S., having secured the necessary copyrights to do so from the three major labels, as well as some independent music lab ...

  21. Warner Music Bullish on Downloads, Subscriptions as Digital Revenue Grows

    December 13, 2012 9:00 PM EST Warner Music Group believes digital music is helping bring growth back to the music business. The company's fiscal year-end numbers show it has benefitted from the surge in subscription services, growth in Internet radio and the continued ris ...

  22. Whitney Houston, PSY, Hurricane Sandy Were Most-Googled Terms in 2012

    December 13, 2012 12:37 AM EST The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, millions of people searched the Web to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver. Whitney Houston was the " ...

  23. Zahavah Levine

    November 28, 2012 5:21 PM EST Director of content partnerships, Google Play/Android (Photo: Annie Tritt) Work And Play Zahavah Levine, director of content partnerships at Google Play/Android, has long been at the forefront of new digital business models. Early on, she helped R ...

  24. Business Matters: Legal MP3 Sites Are Still Buried by Google Search Results

    November 05, 2012 7:07 PM EST If most people simply want to do the right thing when it comes to downloading, the upcoming Copyright Alert System could help more than searching at Google. Over three months after Google implemented a system to lower the search ranking of domains ...

  25. Google Play Finally Adds Warner Music, Debuts Free Scan-and-Match Music Locker

    October 29, 2012 6:37 PM EDT Google may be playing catch-up with its music-download store and online locker service, but the company made up a lot of ground on Monday. Warner Music Group has finally licensed its catalog to Google's music-download store, nearly a year aft ...

  26. Business Matters: A Crash Course on Google's Priorities

    October 18, 2012 9:39 PM EDT An earnings call that had been scooped earlier in the day by an erroneously sent earnings release -- Google shares dipped 9% as a result -- actually had a little bit of value to people other than equity analysts. Google senior VP and chief busines ...

  27. Google CEO Larry Page Calls PSY's 'Gangnam Style' a Glimpse of 'The Future'

    October 18, 2012 7:19 PM EDT To millions of people worldwide, "Gangnam Style" is a raging YouTube meme that continues to gather momentum. But to Larry Page, the chief executive of Google Inc., it was "the future." Page, in addressing Wall Street analysts o ...

  28. Spreecast Signs Video Deal with Viacom's VH1, Logo

    October 10, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Spreecast, a social video platform founded by former StubHub chief executive Jeff Fluhr, on Wednesday announced a deal with Viacom to produce online video chats that let viewers interact with on-air hosts from Viacom's VH1 and Logo channels. ...

  29. Bits and Briefs: Google, Vevo, and Sony

    October 08, 2012 1:42 PM EDT Google Play passes 25 billion app downloadsGoogle has surpassed 25 billion app downloads from 675,000 different apps-both free and paid-at Google Play. The announcement was made Sept. 26 at the Offic Google Play passes 25 billion app downloads G ...

  30. Morning Fix: Mumford & Sons Face Muse; Nielsen Numbers; Bieber, Rihanna Fan Sites Fined $1 Mil; Replacements Reunion?

    October 04, 2012 7:34 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. JOHN JANICK NAMED PRESIDENT/COO OF INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M: It's official: John Janick has been named president and chief operating officer of Interscope Geffen A&a ...

  31. Business Matters: What is iTunes' U.S. Market Share? Is Google Play Disappointing?

    September 19, 2012 8:27 PM EDT NPD Group released a report Tuesday that said iTunes had a 64% share of U.S. digital download sales and a 29% share of overall sales in the second quarter. The figures came from NPD's consumer panel data of more than two million consumers tha ...

  32. Morning Fix: BMG's $20 Piracy Fine, Shakira, Usher To Judge 'The Voice,' Google's Instagram, TV On the Radio's ATP

    September 18, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. JEFF CASTELAZ IN LINE TO TAKE OVER ELEKTRA: SOURCE: As Billboard.biz speculated Friday, Dangerbird Records co-founder Jeff Castelaz -- who, with general manager Matt Solod ...

  33. Google Reinstates Grooveshark App

    August 28, 2012 6:14 PM EDT More than a year after being r emoved from Google's app store for the Android - reportedly under pressure from major labels - Grooveshark's app reappeared today, although the four major labels' lawsuits against the company continue. ...

  34. Bandsintown Live-Music App Proves 'Push' Really Does Work

    August 27, 2012 12:22 PM EDT Bandsintown's Insight study of about 1800 music fans identified five distinct types of music fan. Bandsintown's live music app, which allows artists to enter their shows (and display them automatically on Facebook and elsewhere), and sen ...

  35. Business Matters: The First Week With Google's Anti-Piracy Search Algorithm

    August 17, 2012 12:11 PM EDT The Pirate Bay isn't worried about Google's new search algorithms that punish sites based on the number copyright removal requests they receive. That may be empty rhetoric on the Pirate Bay's part, but it's safe to say piracy s ...

  36. Guest Post: Google Reclaiming Its YouTube App Is A Win For All, Especially Indie Musicians

    August 16, 2012 1:29 PM EDT This guest post from INDMUSIC co-founder and CEO Brandon Martinez takes a look at the YouTube app's removal from iOS 6. The views presented in this article do not represent those of Billboard or its staff. Billboard.biz welcomes responsible g ...

  37. Vevo Launches in Brazil

    August 14, 2012 11:03 AM EDT Music video network Vevo announced Tuesday that it has launched in Brazil with localized content and global hits from the catalogs of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music and other partner labels. The site will be localized i ...

  38. Google Search Rankings Will Penalize Sites With Removal Notices

    August 10, 2012 4:13 PM EDT Google will start taking into account valid copyright removal notices in its search algorithms. The change, to be made next week, means sites that receive a high number of copyright infringements notices from rights holders could see their search ...

  39. Bits and Briefs: Bandcamp, Android, and U.K. Digital Albums

    August 09, 2012 3:35 PM EDT Bandcamp Adds Merch Option Direct-to-fan platform Bandcamp now allows its artists to create a page dedicated to merchandise. The items are integrated in the same shopping cart with digital and physical music items, so artists can bundle merch with ...

  40. Google Buying Social Media Startup Wildfire

    August 01, 2012 8:00 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Google is buying a company that specializes in social media marketing as it intensifies competition with Facebook for ad dollars and attention. The company, Redwood City, Calif.-based Wildfire, helps businesses such as Cirque du S ...

  41. Elton John, Pete Townshend, Simon Cowell, Others Call on British Prime Minister, Google to Act Against Music Piracy

    July 25, 2012 7:40 AM EDT Elton John, Robert Plant, Pete Townshend and Simon Cowell were among 11 prominent music figures who signed a letter addressed to British Prime Minister David Cameron asking Google and other search engines, Internet service providers, and online ad ...

  42. Business Matters: YouTube Has Found Its Groove, Says Google

    July 20, 2012 5:34 PM EDT YouTube Has Found Its Groove, Says Google -- Google believes YouTube has reached a tipping point. "I think we can declare we found our model," said Nikesh Arora, Google's senior vice president and chief business officer, during Thur ...

  43. Business Matters: Millions and Millions of Take Down Notices Served, But To What Effect?

    July 18, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Business Matters: Are Takedown Requests More Hobby Than Solution? -- The numbers behind infringement takedown notices are staggering yet piracy continues unabated. Putting in a lot of work for little payoff is something a hobbyist does on weekends ...

  44. Marissa Mayer Named Yahoo CEO

    July 16, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Yahoo named longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer its new CEO, replacing Ross Levinsohn, who has been interim CEO since May. The move took by surprise the many Wall Street analysts who had assumed Yahoo's board would stick with Levinsohn, a ...

  45. Vevo vs. Google: Universal, Sony and the Latest Moves in the Chess Game

    July 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT Vevo's future business arrangements are looking a bit cloudy, as reports this week suggest that the company's deal terms with Google are again in play , and that Universal is re-examining its stake in the company in the relation to UMG&# ...

  46. Bits and Briefs: Google Play, Nielsen and Facebook, Email Comes Out On Top

    July 12, 2012 5:05 PM EDT Google Play Store Expands Offerings Google Play, the search ­giant's version of the iTunes store, has expanded to offer movies, TV shows and magazines. The additions, announced at Google's annual I/O conference, put Google Play more on p ...

  47. Vevo Seeking to Raise $100-$150 Million for Overseas Expansion

    July 07, 2012 1:02 PM EDT Vevo is seeking to raise new equity financing in connection with plans to expand its operations overseas, according to reports late Friday in the Wall Street Journa l and Los Angeles Times . The company "is close to" retaining investment ...

  48. Vevo Dives Into Mobile Web, Allows Streaming Directly From Browser

    July 06, 2012 4:06 PM EDT Vevo has launched its mobile website, which now allows visitors access to its archive of more than 50,000 music videos without having to download one of its apps, a development first reported at TechCrunch . While it still may be easier -- and qui ...

  49. Google Goes for Digital Living Room -- Again -- With Nexus Q Streaming Device

    June 28, 2012 10:45 AM EDT the company announced http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  50. Business Matters: Kickstarter Funding Many Small Music Projects, But That Will Change

    June 22, 2012 5:47 PM EDT Kickstarter Funding Many Small Music Projects, But That Will Change -- More than half of all music projects -- 54.2%, to be exact -- on Kickstarter successfully meet their funding goal. This and other statistics are available on Kickstarter's ...

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