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  1. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch The Throne' Breaks iTunes Single-Week Sales Record

    August 15, 2011 2:21 PM EDT Sources say Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" broke the U.S. iTunes Store's one-week sales record last week when it sold nearly 290,000 downloads via the retailer through Sunday night (Aug. 14). The set was exclusively ...

  2. Business Matters: Walmart Shutters MP3 Store

    August 09, 2011 9:15 PM EDT Walmart Shutters MP3 Store -- Need more evidence that the digital music world is moving to an access-over-ownership future? Walmart is shuttering its seven-year-old MP3 store, according to a report in the New York Times . The store's last day ...

  3. Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'Watch the Throne' on Track to Break iTunes' One-Week Sales Record

    August 09, 2011 6:32 PM EDT The big numbers for Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" keep rolling in. The set is already on track to sell more than a half-million copies in its first week , sources say, and now, it's likely to shatter the one-week iT ...

  4. Business Matters: Are Kickstarter Pledges Taxable Income?

    August 01, 2011 5:35 PM EDT Are Kickstarters Engaging In Off-Shore Accounting Practices -- Is Kickstarter money taxable? The site allows fans to fund a wide range of creative projects - books, movies, videos, albums, tours - in return for a reward based on the level of the p ...

  5. Jay-Z and Kanye West's 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives Have Retailers Up in Arms

    July 28, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Jay-Z and Kanye West may be kings of hip-hop sales, but their decision to give iTunes and Best Buy exclusive windows to sell different editions of their "Watch the Throne" album has other music retailers in open revolt. Brick-and-mortar ...

  6. Read: Independent Retailers' Open Letter to Jay-Z and Kanye West About 'Watch the Throne' Exclusives

    July 28, 2011 4:54 PM EDT In response to Jay-Z and Kanye West's decision to offer exclusive sales programs to iTunes and Best Buy for their forthcoming "Watch the Throne" LP, a number of independent retailers have written an open letter to the duo protesting ...

  7. Germany's Digital Music Revenues Increased 25% In First Half of 2011

    July 26, 2011 12:10 PM EDT BERLIN - In the first half of 2011 digital music download revenue in Germany increased 25%. This according to the market research institutes Media Control in Baden Baden and GfK in Nuremberg on behalf of the German music industry association (BVMI ...

  8. Business Matters: Could Deal Between ISPs and Entertainment Companies Be a Global Model?

    July 07, 2011 5:56 PM EDT The Adam Smith Approach to Piracy: A Global Model? -- The press releases were flying as trade groups and varied associations quickly came out in favor of the graduated response agreement between U.S. Internet service providers and the music, telev ...

  9. Bjork Unveils First 'Biophilia' Single -- Some App Details Emerge

    June 29, 2011 2:27 PM EDT Bjork's ambitious "Biophilia" project took a step towards reality today with the release of "Crystalline," the first single from the album/app/multimedia project now available at iTunes. As previously reported, the "B ...

  10. Business Matters: Why We7 Could be the Next Pandora

    June 22, 2011 5:25 PM EDT Is We7 The Next Pandora? -- U.K. digital music service We7 could be the closest thing to Pandora outside of the U.S. With a few years of learning under its belt and a product revamped for the mainstream, and with 3 million unique users a month in ...

  11. Business Matters: If iTunes Is Still Breaking Even, It Could Cost $1.3 Billion Per Year To Run

    June 14, 2011 8:09 PM EDT If iTunes is Still Breaking Even, It Could Cost $1.3 Billion Per Year To Run -- iTunes could cost Apple $1.3 billion per year beyond royalties to publishers, according to an estimate by market intelligence firm Asymco. The estimate was based on nu ...

  12. Business Matters: Another Sign of Retail Life -- Hastings Music Sales Up 1.3%

    June 08, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Slightly Better Than Flat Is the New Up! -- Here's another example of brick-and-mortar retail reaching something of a plateau: Hastings' music sales were up 1.3% in the quarter ended April 30. That's a few percentage points better t ...

  13. Steve Jobs' Apple Keynote By The Numbers

    June 06, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Apple and CEO Steve Jobs love to jam their keynote presentations full of stats, figures, and numbers. Here's a quick list of the most relevant to Billboard readers: -- 200 million iOS devices sold to date -- iOS holds 44% of the smartphone ma ...

  14. Apple, Google Licenses in Holding Pattern as Labels, Publishers Battle Over Revenue Shares, Sources Say

    May 31, 2011 6:09 PM EDT One of the issues behind Google's decision to launch its Music Beta Cloud service without the necessary licenses has also been felt in negotiations between the majors and Apple over the latter's forthcoming cloud offering, sources told B ...

  15. Update: Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' Will Sell 1.15 Million in Its First Week, Billboard Projects

    May 27, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Billboard projects that Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" will debut with first-week sales of at least 1.15 million units, far outpacing earlier projections , thanks to explosive sales at Amazon, which priced the album at 99 cents for two ...

  16. Business Matters: Napster Co-Founder Sean Parker Now Believes In Record Industry

    May 25, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Now He Tells Us: Sean Parker Believes In The Record Industry -- Sean Parker, co-founder of Napster and investor in music service Spotify, believes the record industry is "on the verge of being fixed." Parker made the comment Wednesday at ...

  17. Business Matters: The Numbers Inside the Latest Lawsuit Against Universal Music Group; Apple's Cloud and Music Publishers

    May 20, 2011 5:52 PM EDT The Numbers Inside The Latest Royalties Lawsuit Against Universal -- More artists have filed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group over a dispute about royalty calculations . According to the New York Times, Rob Zombie, White Zombie ...

  18. Billboard Updates Chart App for iPhone -- Now Includes Social 50, Alerts, Reduced Pricing

    May 19, 2011 12:46 PM EDT Billboard has updated and upgraded its Charts App with a new chart, alerts, and reduced pricing. The new version of the app is available now from the iTunes store . The original app , released in February, included 10 free charts with 10 positions ...

  19. Why Apple Will Dominate Cloud Music, Regardless of Label Deals

    May 19, 2011 11:34 AM EDT UPDATE : Reports surfaced today (May 22) that Apple has come to terms with Sony Music Entertainment for it's impending cloud service , according to Bloomberg News. The deal would make Sony the third major label after Warner and EMI to sign li ...

  20. Apple Close to Label Deals for Cloud Music Service: Report

    May 19, 2011 7:47 AM EDT Apple has signed a cloud-music licensing deal with EMI Music and is close to pacts with with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, CNET reported late Wednesday, citing "multiple music industry sources." Warner Music Group i ...

  21. 69-Cent Bonanza: iTunes, Amazon Selling Hundreds of Tracks At .69 Cents Each

    May 13, 2011 4:16 PM EDT It not exactly a price war just yet, but iTunes has 302 songs priced at 69 cents songs acting as a counterweight to Amazon's 226 69-cent songs. In the last two weeks, iTunes added 15 new collections of songs priced at 69 cents and gave them h ...

  22. Thoughts From 51 Hours In SF: @iTunes, @Google and Angry Little Clouds

    May 11, 2011 7:56 PM EDT You didnt have to read between the lines to hear the frustration on the part of Google execs when they launched their locker on Monday but were unable to launch a proper Google Music service with major label licenses. Top Googlers including Zahava ...

  23. 'Songs for Japan' Album Raises $5 Million for Earthquake and Tsunami Relief

    May 04, 2011 10:46 AM EDT A charity album featuring hits from the likes of Lady Gaga, Bob Dylan and Madonna has raised $5 million for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, the record labels involved said on Wednesday. The album "Songs For Japan," a ...

  24. Business Matters: Amazon's Motivation for Selling Hit Songs at 69 Cents

    April 29, 2011 4:54 PM EDT Amazon's Motivation for Selling Hit Songs for 69 Cents -- It's not the signal of all-out price war, but Amazon has dropped the price of 204 hit songs to 69 cents. Among the select group of songs are Katy Perry's "E.T.," Je ...

  25. Report: Apple to Beat Google to the Cloud

    April 22, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Watching the race between Apple and Google to see who launches a cloud-based music service first is kind of like the children's fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. Except they're both Tortoises. But there are signs that the finish line i ...

  26. iTunes Generates $1.4 Billion Last Quarter; Three Reasons Why Its Value Is Far Greater

    April 21, 2011 11:44 AM EDT In Apple's impressive fiscal second quarter numbers , iTunes may not have created much revenue but its value to the company is certainly more than the financial statements indicate. Apple's second quarter revenue was $24.67 billion, its ...

  27. Business Matters: Record Store Day Has Banner Sales Day

    April 20, 2011 4:59 PM EDT Record Story Day Has Quite A Day -- Due to Saturday's Record Store Day, independent stores' album sales were up 39% last week and contributed much of the 8% increase in total album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Independent store ...

  28. Ian Rogers Guest Post: The Unbundling (and Re-Bundling) of Music

    April 20, 2011 2:30 PM EDT The following is a guest post from Ian Rogers, CEO of direct to fan artist platform Topspin. He previously was VP and General Manager of Yahoo! Music and Yahoo! Video. He currently blogs at fistfulayen and on the Topspin site where this post origi ...

  29. Apple Seeks FairPlay Antitrust Lawsuit Dismissal

    April 19, 2011 1:32 PM EDT Apple is seeking to have the antitrust lawsuit filed against it over its FairPlay DRM technology dismissed. According to Bloomberg , which is following the court case, the presiding judge expects to make a decision on the request by May. Earlier i ...

  30. Fidel Allows Russian Apple Device Owners to Stream Music Legitimately

    April 18, 2011 4:16 PM EDT Russian online music service Fidel has launched an application that will finally allow domestic iPad and iPhone users to legitimately stream music. iTunes does not currently operate in Russia and it is not clear when or if it ever will. "The ...

  31. Business Matters: The Orchard Reaches Profitability

    April 11, 2011 5:51 PM EDT The Orchard Is (Financially) Fertile -- Digital distributor The Orchard is now profitable and grew revenues 14.7% in 2010, according to information the company shared with Billboard. "We had a profitable Q4 and we expect to remain profitable, ...

  32. How Germany Overtook The U.K. To Become Europe's Largest Music Market

    April 11, 2011 2:58 PM EDT Having long played second fiddle to the United Kingdom, Germany now ranks as the largest music market in Europe, according to international music trade body IFPI. The reversal was announced last week with the publication of IFPI's annual &quo ...

  33. 'Songs For Japan' Tops iTunes Charts in 18 Nations

    March 29, 2011 8:50 AM EDT "Songs for Japan," the charity album released to raise funds for disaster relief after Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami this month, has rocketed to the top of iTunes charts in 18 nations and is on track to make a top fiv ...

  34. iTunes Monopoly? Apple's Jobs Ordered by Judge to Answer Anti-Competition Charges

    March 23, 2011 7:31 AM EDT Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who is out on medical leave, has been ordered by a federal magistrate to answer questions from plaintiffs' lawyers in an antitrust lawsuit related to his company's iTunes business. U.S. Magistrate J ...

  35. Rebecca Black's First-Week Sales: Not Bad, But Not In The Millions ...

    March 22, 2011 12:13 PM EDT Contrary to several media reports, Rebecca Black is not netting hundreds of thousands of dollars from the more than 33 million YouTube views of her uber-viral video "Friday" or its digital sales. However, she's not doing badly. The ...

  36. Top of the Charts in 2015: SXSW Panel Predicts Changes in Fame Game

    March 20, 2011 12:20 PM EDT The traditional path to fame for musicians is rapidly changing course--while major label marketing machines for sales and airplay are still moving artists to the top of the charts, technology and tools like social networking, YouTube and streaming ...

  37. Business Matters: EMI/iTunes '69-Cent Songs' Promotion A Hit At iTunes

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Lots Of Love For EMI/iTunes '69-Cent Songs' Promotion -- Usually it's rare to see a lot of songs priced under $1.29 on iTunes' list of its current top 200 tracks. Earlier this week, however, 32 songs priced at $0.69 were on the ...

  38. 'Steve Jobs Is Killing the Music Business,' Says Jon Bon Jovi

    March 14, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Jon Bon Jovi is accusing Apple co-founder Steve Jobs of "killing" the music industry with iTunes. "Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes ...

  39. Business Matters: Maybe Gwyneth Paltrow Could Sell a High-Priced Digital Album...

    March 10, 2011 7:43 PM EST Maybe Gwyneth Paltrow Could Sell a High-Priced Digital Album… -- In response to my post on a hypothetical breakeven point for a $900,000 Gwyneth Paltrow album deal, I got an e-mail from an executive regarding the profit margin on digital albums an ...

  40. Business Matters: Investor Enthusiasm for the Cloud Continues as Beyond Oblivion Secures $77 Million Funding

    March 08, 2011 8:39 PM EST Beyond Oblivion Secures $77 Million Funding -- Investments in new digital music companies are surprisingly large and frequent these days. The latest example is Beyond Obilvion . The most anticipated cloud-based music service you've never hear ...

  41. Business Matters: Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011?

    March 04, 2011 7:58 PM EST Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011? -- After many false starts, is Qtrax on its way to a launch? And is it too late? The "free and legal" download service has completed a licensing deal with EMI and may hav ...

  42. Business Matters: 75,000 Albums Released In U.S. In 2010 -- Down 22% From 2009

    February 18, 2011 1:45 PM EST -- About 75,000 albums were released in 2010, according to Nielsen, down 22% from 96,000 in 2009. Yeah, that's a big drop - especially when you consider that it includes both digital and physical formats. In fact, the number of new releases p ...

  43. Billboard Unveils Chart App For iPhone

    February 18, 2011 8:00 AM EST You can now access 60 years of Billboard chart history on your iPhone. Released Thursday in the iTunes store, the Billboard Chart App features 15 charts, from the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 to genre rankings and ringtones. Users can view 60 years o ...

  44. Apple Subscription Panic: Mulligan, Purdham Urge Calm

    February 17, 2011 12:49 PM EST If you've picked read the news in the last 24-hours - from Billboard.biz to tech and national press - you may have noticed that Apple has set off a wave of fear and trepidation. Wednesday's news of Apple's decision to take a 30% cut ...

  45. Apple's New Subscription Rules Could Kill Streaming Music Services

    February 15, 2011 3:37 PM EST Apple today introduced the ability to let app developers charge for in-app content on a subscription basis. While this development is a major boon for developers looking for new ways to monetize their products, it could have devastating affects on ...

  46. Verizon iPhone Pre-orders Sell out

    February 04, 2011 7:05 AM EST Verizon sold out of iPhones pre-orders less than a day after it began allowing current customers to order the Apple smartphone, according to Mashasble.com A note on the telecommunication's website confirmed that Verizon is "no longer tak ...

  47. Biz Matters: Spain's Music Sales Dropped 21% In 2010

    January 31, 2011 1:52 PM EST Spain's Recorded Music Dropped 21% Last Year -- Spain's recorded music market dropped 21.1% to €167 million (U.S. $228 million), according to figures released by Promusicae, the country's recorded music industry trade group. The dec ...

  48. MIDEM's 2011 Startup Winners: Next Big Sound, Jammbox, Shuffler.fm

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Startup companies, investors, and interested attendees jammed the MidemNet Lounge here for three days to get a look the emerging companies shaping the digital music future. 150 startup companies were represented at the event, acc ...

  49. Apple App Store Hits 10 Billion Downloads

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST Apple says that its app store has hit the 10 billion downloads mark. The milestone, announced on Apple Inc.'s website Saturday, arrives as the company's hugely popular smart phone is likely to become even more popular with the addition n ...

  50. MIDEM 2011 Keynotes: Lots of Discussion About What is Wrong With Digital Music, But Few Answers

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- It's ten years into the digital music revolution started by Napster, but what has the music industry to show for it? Sales of digital singles have not yet made up for the lost revenue created by falling CD sales, which still ...

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