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  1. Dave Matthews Band Pledges $1 Million for Hurricane Sandy Relief

    November 14, 2012 10:39 PM EST The Dave Matthews Band, which begins its winter tour on Nov. 30 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J., has pledged $1 million to regional recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy Relief: Where You Can Donate, Help or ...

  2. Redbox Gets The Ticket

    October 15, 2012 6:18 AM EDT DVD rental specialist diversifies, bringing ticketing to where consumers spend their time and money: the local store. Redbox, with its ubiquitous DVD rental kiosks, is entering the ticketing game, beginning in Philadelphia with tickets available ...

  3. CEO Michael Rapino on Live Nation's Global Dance Music Strategy: 'Acquire or Hire'

    June 08, 2012 1:30 PM EDT Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino "looks at electronic music as an absolute here-to-stay genre of music"- and is running his company accordingly. Rapino laid out his plans for Live Nation's expansion in the EDM space during a keynote c ...

  4. The Myth of DIY & The Madness of Traditional Release

    June 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Ed. Note: Benji Rogers is the founder and CEO of PledgeMusic, a fundraising platform that works with artists to develop a way to engage their fans in helping fund their projects, such as albums and tours, in exchange for exclusive content. PledgeM ...

  5. Groupon's New G-Pass Allows Fans To Skip The Box Office

    April 12, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Groupon today announced the launch of G-Pass, an aspect of GrouponLive that allows users to access venues without having to stop by the box office first to pick up purchased tickets. Groupon and Live Nation Partner On GrouponLive, Ticket Discount ...

  6. Online Radio Audience Jumps 30 Percent in Past Year: Study

    April 10, 2012 4:26 PM EDT A new study conducted by Arbitron Inc. and Edison Research entitled "The Infinite Dial 2012: Navigating Digital Platforms" found that the online weekly radio audience is now at an estimated 76 million Americans. The figure represents a m ...

  7. Business Matters: Thrillcall's New iPhone App Has Your Live Music Daily Deals

    February 17, 2012 6:40 PM EST Thrillcall's New iPhone App Has Your Live Music Daily Deals -- Live music event aggregator Thrillcall launched an iPhone app this week that focuses on exclusive tickets and packages. The app may give music fans daily deals, but Thrillcall is ...

  8. Billboard Power 100: Nathan Hubbard

    January 26, 2012 11:03 PM EST No. 47 Nathan Hubbard CEO Ticketmaster Twitter: @NathanCHubbard The Golden Ticket... Hubbard oversees the company at the top of the ticketing food chain. Ticketmaster, which merged with Live Nation in January 2010, services more than 10,000 client ...

  9. SoundCloud Announces New Round of Funding, Led by Kleiner Perkins

    January 03, 2012 7:48 AM EST SoundCloud announced a new funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the company said in a statement Monday. The size of the funding round was not revealed, but TechCrunch claims the amount is $50 million, which gives the company ...

  10. Adele, Instagram Top iTunes 'Rewind 2011' Year-End Charts

    December 08, 2011 5:21 PM EST iTunes launched its Rewind 2011 year-end charts and awards today; among the big winners for the platorm in music and apps are Adele, Foo Fighters, and Instagram. Adele dominated music sales on iTunes this year, swooping up titles for Top-Selling S ...

  11. Clear Channel, Cumulus Announce Streaming and Promotional Deal

    December 05, 2011 3:45 PM EST A surprising new alliance in the world of streaming radio was announced today as Clear Channel Radio and Cumulus Media Inc. revealed plans for the iHeartRadio.com digital platform to become the online home of audio streams from the 570 terrestrial ...

  12. Business Matters: U.K. Dance Labels Pull Out of Spotify, Other Subscription Services

    November 17, 2011 6:10 PM EST U.K. Dance Labels Pull Out of Spotify, Other Subscription Services -- Subscription services have so many millions of songs they are sure to satisfy most of the people most of the time. But for an avid music fan with underground tastes, the growing ...

  13. Business Matters: Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise

    October 31, 2011 6:38 PM EDT Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise -- Grooveshark's Facebook app has seen its number of daily users increase fourfold in the last two weeks. Numbers at AppData show the music service's Facebook app went from 100,000 daily a ...

  14. Spotify, Elektra Execs Make Fortune's '40 Under 40' List

    October 20, 2011 3:17 PM EDT Spotify, Eleketra Execs Make Fortune's "40 Under 40" List Music Executives representing Spotify and Elektra Records make a strong showing on Fortune's new "40 Under 40" list . That's a change from last year' ...

  15. Business Matters: Spotify's 2.4 Million September Visitors Were Mostly Male, Young and Pretty Well Off

    October 18, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Spotify's 2.4 Million September Visitors, Analyzed -- Spotify users are young and fairly well off financially, according to numbers released by comScore Tuesday. And while the service has experienced fantastic growth in just three months, it ...

  16. Business Matters: Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke, by the Numbers

    September 29, 2011 6:52 PM EDT Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke 2011 could end being the year digital music broke. Yes, the iTunes Music Store launched back in 2003. But 2011 has been a truly incredible year for digital music. Perhaps most important is the big improveme ...

  17. Rostrum Records' Benjy Grinberg on Label's Campaign to Have Fans Control Mac Miller Release Date

    September 28, 2011 6:25 PM EDT At midnight eastern time Monday night, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller took to Ustream to announce that his debut album, "Blue Slide Park," was now available for pre-order - with a twist. In a campaign reminiscent of popular online group bu ...

  18. Business Matters: Spotify Defends Its Practices as Another Metal Label Drops Out

    September 19, 2011 5:54 PM EDT Spotify Defends Its Practices as Another Metal Label Drops Out Spotify is defending its benefit to artists and labels as another metal label, Prosthetic Records, is pulling its catalog from the cloud-based music service. "There [does] not app ...

  19. Business Matters: Thanks to Lil Wayne, Digital Albums Outsell Tracks for Only Second Time Ever

    September 07, 2011 6:50 PM EDT Thanks to Lil Wayne, Digital Albums Outsell Tracks for Only Second Time Ever -- With the help of Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV," digital albums topped digital track sales for only the second time in the digital era. Put another way, la ...

  20. Live Nation Touts Success With New Ticketing Strategies

    August 09, 2011 4:49 PM EDT Live Nation is trying to recover from a dismal 2010 with new approaches to selling and pricing tickets. And if the company's second quarter results are any indication, it's off to a good start. Total revenue was up 23.1% to $1.56 billion ...

  21. Google Acquires 15-Month-Old Daily Deal Startup

    August 03, 2011 7:02 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google Inc.'s latest deal aims to help people find the best daily deals on the Web. In its latest acquisition of talent and technology, Google has bought Dealmap. It's a 15-month-old startup that compiles discount of ...

  22. Business Matters: Sony Music Revenue Up; UK Court Orders ISP to Block Web Site

    July 28, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Sony Music Revenues Up -- Sony Music Entertainment revenue increased 7% to $1.35 billion in the quarter ended June 30, although the company's earnings release shows a 0.6% decline in yen-denominated revenue due to the currency's apprecia ...

  23. Business Matters: Former EMI Exec Says File-Sharers Are Good Customers

    July 26, 2011 2:56 PM EDT Ex-EMI Exec Says File-Sharers Purchase Music; Will Targeting Broadband Users Hurt Sales? -- Former EMI executive Douglas Merrill has reiterated what many studies and surveys over the years have showed: file-sharers are also good music customers. M ...

  24. Business Matters: Digital Subscriptions Actually Kind of Working...At The New York Times

    July 21, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Paywalls Paying Off -- Some of the most encouraging news on digital subscription models is coming from the world of journalism. The New York Times had 281,000 digital subscriptions at the end of June, the company announced Thursday in its second-q ...

  25. Business Matters: What Does Google+ Mean to the Music Business?

    June 29, 2011 7:54 PM EDT What Does Google+ Mean to the Music Business? -- Whenever Google launches a new product -- especially one that will compete with social marketing powerhouse Facebook -- there is a tendency to wonder what it means for the music business. While not ...

  26. David Gray Releases Album Exclusively on Groupon

    June 29, 2011 2:22 PM EDT For the first time ever, Groupon became the sole destination for downloading a music recording when British artist David Gray debuted "Lost and Found-Live in Dublin" on the deal-of-the-day website on Monday (June 27). Groupon made the 12 ...

  27. Zynga May File for IPO Tomorrow, Source Says

    June 28, 2011 6:18 PM EDT Online social game company Zynga plans to raise $1.5 billion to $2 billion in an initial public offering and could file paperwork with U.S. regulators as soon as Wednesday, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday. Zynga, the company b ...

  28. Business Matters: Spotify Reportedly Launching in Mid-July -- Will Americans Care?

    June 24, 2011 5:27 PM EDT Spotify Reportedly Launching in Mid-July -- Will Music Fans Care? -- The latest Spotify rumor of the week says the service will launch in the U.S. between July 5 and July 15 and will cost $10 per month. This is according to a post by The Noisecast ...

  29. Five Questions We Have About Pandora's IPO Tomorrow

    June 14, 2011 5:03 PM EDT By all accounts, tomorrow is the day Pandora puts 14.7 million shares of stock on sale to the public , equal to about 20% of its total equity. At an offering price of between $10 - $12 a share, that would raise around $146 million and value the co ...

  30. Justin Bieber, Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy Among Webby Award Winners

    June 14, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Not every honoree stuck to the five-word-speech limit at the 15th annual Webby Awards, held Monday night in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom. Will Ferrell and his Funny or Die co-founders Adam McKay and Chris Henchy went way over the limit, wi ...

  31. Charlie Daniels, Live Nation, AEG Live Reps Discuss Touring Saturation at Country Music Summit Panel

    June 06, 2011 4:13 PM EDT Touring Bureau: Gil Cunningham, President Neste Event Mktg.; Darin Lashinsky, CEO, NS2; Country Music legend Charlie Daniels; Billboard's Ray Waddell; Ali Harnell, Senior Vice President, Clear Channel Entertainment; Brian O'Connell, Pres ...

  32. Business Matters: Pandora Thinks Its IPO Could Net It $33 Million

    June 03, 2011 3:14 PM EDT Pandora Thinks Its IPO Could Net It $33 Million Pandora is hoping its IPO will raise a total of about $141 million. If you've read about the IPO in the news, that's the number being used as the total amount of proceeds the company will r ...

  33. 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 -- ...

  34. Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman: 'I Screwed Up' on Facebook

    June 01, 2011 7:37 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO - If he had another chance, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt would have pressed the Internet search leader to focus more on mounting a challenge to Facebook while he was still running the company. "I screwed up," Schmidt said ...

  35. Business Matters: Is the Groupon Model Sustainable?

    May 27, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Is the Groupon Model Sustainable? -- Group buying site Groupon has its share of believers and nonbelievers. Live Nation believes in the company enough to start a partnership called GrouponLive , a service that offers bargains on tickets to concert ...

  36. Live Nation Shares Surge Following News of Improved Ticket Sales

    May 19, 2011 1:38 PM EDT News of improved ticket sales is music to investors' ears this week. Shares of Live Nation rose 9.1% Wednesday after Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino said May ticket sales were up 7% year over year. Shares were up another 2.7% in midday trading ...

  37. LinkedIn Raises IPO Ante Amid High Investor Demand; Valued at Over $4 Billion

    May 18, 2011 7:36 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO - Investors are clamoring to connect with the online networking service LinkedIn Corp. in the latest sign of the fervor for Internet companies that specialize in bringing together people with common interests. The demand to buy a pie ...

  38. Business Matters: What the Economist's Analysis of the Warner Acquisition Missed

    May 16, 2011 5:26 PM EDT Three Things Missing from The Economist's Take on Warner Acquisition --While it's great that The Economist would chime in on Access Industries' acquisition of Warner Music Group, the article doesn't actually say anything of sub ...

  39. Business Matters: TuneCore Says Upgrades, Features Behind Its Price Increase

    May 09, 2011 7:59 PM EDT TuneCore Says Upgrades, Features Behind its Price Increase -- Digital distributor TuneCore has been getting some grief in the last few days about its increase in the fees it charges for digital distribution of an album. The annual fee for a single ...

  40. Groupon and Live Nation Partner On GrouponLive, Ticket Discount Site

    May 09, 2011 11:30 AM EDT After a year of mass discounting, some of it maligned as a reactive strategy that devalued the live music experience, Live Nation will come at discounting from a different angle this year with a partnership with Groupon to develop an online ticket ...

  41. Could Zaarly, A New Mobile Sales Platform, Help Fight Ticket Scalping?

    April 29, 2011 3:22 PM EDT At the close of a less-contentious-than-expected panel on indies and Ticketmaster at SXSW, all the parties agreed on one thing: scalping is still a huge problem. Setting aside the ethical questions of jacking ticket prices as high as they'll ...

  42. Facebook Deals Takes on Groupon, LivingSocial

    April 26, 2011 1:28 PM EDT Jumping onto the bandwagon created by Groupon and LivingSocial, Facebook today is unveiling a local discount program for vendors called Facebook Deals. The service will launch on a test basis in five cities: Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego and ...

  43. Pandora Subpoenaed In Federal Investigation Into Smartphone Apps

    April 04, 2011 3:01 PM EDT Pandora has been served a subpoena related to a federal investigation into personal information shared by smartphone apps "that run on the Apple and Android mobile platforms," according to an update to the SEC filing that announced the c ...

  44. Business Matters: Is Groupon Sliding? What That Would Mean For The Music Biz

    March 25, 2011 4:22 PM EDT Is Groupon Sliding? What That Would Mean to the Music Biz -- Is Groupon having a difficult first quarter? If so, that would impact the venues, promoters and labels that use the service to move unsold inventory and new albums. But it may just be th ...

  45. Business Matters: Is Clear Channel Playing With Buying Playlist.com?

    March 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Is Clear Channel Playing With Buying Playlist.com? -- Clear Channel is said to be interested in the assets of Playlist.com, which filed for bankruptcy in August. From CNET: Details are few, but apparently Clear Channel, the media conglomerate with ...

  46. RCRD LBL, Topspin Launch Flash Sale Site RCRD DEALS

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Music blog RCRD LBL has partnered with Topspin Media to create RCRD DEALS , a flash sale site that promises "essential music, epic discounts." Here's how it will work: RCRD LBL will use Topspin's direct-to-fan tools to market a ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Barry Diller Says NewsBeast Merger 'May Not Work,' Talks Net Neutrality @SXSW 2011

    March 15, 2011 12:14 PM EDT Barry Diller with CNN's Poppy Harlow at South by Southwest, March 14, 2011 (Photo: Sandira Calviac) "Everybody here stays out so late," IAC's Chairman Barry Diller said at the beginning of his talk during South by Southwest on ...

  49. BigChampagne, Sonos, Pandora among World's Most Innovative Companies, Says Fast Company

    February 16, 2011 12:50 PM EST Fast Company has included three music industry companies in its list of World's Most Innovative Companies, to be published in its March issue. They include media measurement firm BigChampagne, customized Internet radio service Pandora, and di ...

  50. Irving Azoff Talks Ticketmaster's Future

    February 09, 2011 2:27 PM EST One year after its completion, newly named Live Music Entertainment Chairman Irving Azoff says overall he is pleased with how the Live Nation/Ticketmaster merger has progressed in just over a year. "At this point last year we'd just comp ...

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