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  1. Business Matters: EMI Pension Fund, Fake Reviews, Bananarama

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI'S PENSION PROBLEMS -- It would be ironic if EMI 's biggest problems came not from its debt but from a liability unrelated to the credit bubble or the recorded music downturn: its pension fund. As ( Billboard.biz has reported ), the U ...

  2. Eminem Won't Budge From No. 1 on Billboard 200, Lil Wayne Tops Digital Songs

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the Billboard 200 album chart's top 10 welcomes six debuts, none can push Eminem's "Recovery" out of the top slot (116,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan; down 12%). The set thus spends its seventh non-consecutive we ...

  3. Indaba Music Revamps Service

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Indaba Music began the process of revamping its website and services today, a process the company says will remain ongoing through the rest of the year. Indaba Music is best known for its online music collaboration environment, allowing artists to ...

  4. Business Matters: MySpace, Grooveshark, Netflix and more

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Redesign -- MySpace users’ home pages are getting a redesign. Some users got the new page on Wednesday but the broader rollout isn’t until Monday, August 16. The new page looks a lot like a Facebook page, with a feed (called a stream) domi ...

  5. Pure Radio Launches Cloud-Based Music Service

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. radio manufacturer Pure has unveiled a cloud-based music service that will enable users to purchase songs they hear on the set at the touch of a button. The FlowSongs service was unveiled at a London launch today (Aug. 11) and attracted execu ...

  6. Business Matters: Rolling Stones, Ustream, DMX and more

    July 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT FINDING SUCCESS IN THE SUMMER TOUR SEASON -- As people look at the challenging 2010 concert season – which is dominated by large venues – many people have drawn attention to the better situation at small venues. The Chicago Tribune’s Greg Kot take ...

  7. HMV Digital Re-Launches With Price Cuts

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT HMV, the U.K.'s leading high street entertainment retailer, officially re-launched its music download service hmvdigital.com today (July 26) with a price-cutting initiative. To mark the re-emergence of the download store, which HMV closed dow ...

  8. What Consumers Are Saying About The iPad

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In an age when technological devices can achieve rock-star status, the launch of the iPad managed to attach "mania" to the brand's name as a popular suffix. (Try a Google search for the ungainly neologism "iPadmania" and y ...

  9. Analysis: The Numbers Behind An Apple Cloud-Based Service

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As reported yesterday, the NPD Group estimates that up to eight million people are willing to pay $10 or more per month for an Apple cloud-based music service -- if one actually launches at some point. Here's what makes that number so stagger ...

  10. Business Matters: Goldman Sachs, Bandcamp, TuneCore and more

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - Goldman Sachs analysts are predicting Apple’s iPad will be a huge success and the main beneficiary of the transition to tablets. Their explanation is summed up in five bullet points: consumption (iPad is made for light tasks), content (tight int ...

  11. HMV To Launch Digital Service This Month

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT HMV will roll out its digital service at the end of July as the U.K. entertainment retailer makes a concerted attempt to grab market share in music downloads. The hmvdigital.com site is currently in beta. It is selling the new MIA album for £7.99 ...

  12. NPD Group Sees Strong Interest in iTunes Cloud Service

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Between seven and eight million U.S. consumers have “strong interest” in a cloud-based music subscription service on the iTunes platform, according to The NPD Group . These consumers expressed willingness at $10 and up per month for either a strea ...

  13. Opinion: Apple’s Cloud Service Rumors Tell Nothing New

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guess what? Apple is still planning on a cloud-music service. Know what else? Nobody still knows what’s going on. Apple has yet to present its complete plans to the labels, the labels have yet to strike any licensing deals, and there’s still no ti ...

  14. BuzzDeck Tracking Service Goes Global

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BuzzDeck, an online buzz-tracking and analytics platform from London-based digital distributors AWAL, is to roll out globally, having been successfully utilized by a number of major label U.K. artists. Developed over the past two years, the servic ...

  15. Apple Fans Queue For iPhone 4

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hundreds of fans flocked to stores in Tokyo to be the first buyers of Apple's iPhone 4 and some lined up in San Francisco as the red-hot smartphone rolls out on Thursday (June 24) in five of the world's six largest economies. Sales of th ...

  16. How Much Profit Does Apple's App Store Make?

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT How much profit has Apple’s leading App Store raked in? According to estimates from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster—about $189 million since inception. That’s what Munster says Apple gained in gross profit, which is about 1% of the company' ...

  17. Apple Says iPad Sales Hit 3 Million

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc said it has sold 3 million iPads since the touch-screen tablet computer hit the market less than three months ago, boosting its stock before the company's iPhone arrives on store shelves this week. Shares in the consumer electronics ...

  18. Google Set To Launch Download, Subscription Service

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google will launch a music download service tied to its search engine later this year followed by a subscription service in 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal. There has been speculation about Google's music plans for several months. ...

  19. Business Matters: Pandora, Faxon, Apple and more

    June 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT PANDORA DOMINATES -- Pandora dominates Internet radio with a 28% share of the over-12 Internet population, according to figures by Arbitron and Edison Research. Among heavy social networkers, Pandora has a 40% share. That creates a competitive adv ...

  20. iPhone 4 Sets Record Sale Pace Despite Gaffe

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sales of Apple Inc's latest iPhone blew away expectations in its first day on the market despite shortages and an embarrassing online ordering glitch that thwarted many shoppers. Apple shares rose nearly 3% on Wednesday (June 16) after it ann ...

  21. AT&T Hit With Order, Privacy complaints Over iPhone

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Customers trying to reserve the latest version of the iPhone were thwarted by technical glitches that hindered sales on Tuesday (June 15), the first day of pre-orders before the device hits stores on June 24. AT&T Inc customers reported seeing ...

  22. Business Matters: AT&T, Rdio, C-32, eMusic, Vevo and More

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Much has been said about AT&T's plan to limit bandwidth of new mobile subscribers. Some have called it the end of young, innovative music services that have blossomed through mobile apps. But is AT&T really crippling these services ...

  23. iPad Sales Top 2 Million

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple says global iPad sales have topped 2 million since its U.S. launch on April 3. Following the iPad's Stateside bow two months ago, the iPad went on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the Unit ...

  24. What To Expect At Apple's WWDC

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu in a note to clients today listed a number of expected and potential announcements from Apple at its World Wide Developers Conference June 7, which included the possibility of a Web-based version of iTunes called iTun ...

  25. Crowds Turn Out For European iPad Launch

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Huge crowds have turned out to purchase an iPad in European territories. The Apple device went on sale today (May 28) in nine countries, following its U.S. launch on April 3. The international launch in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, J ...

  26. Buyers Flock As Apple's iPad Hits Asia

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's iPad launched in overseas store shelves on Friday (May 28), with buyers storming Japanese and Australian shops to be among the first outside the United States to snap up the long awaited tablet PC. The device, which has a 9.7-inch ...

  27. Analysis: Price Cuts No Solution to Apple's Dominance

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "All they need to do is license their stuff at dirt cheap rates to all-you-can eat subscription services like Spotify and MOG." That was the advice given at MediaMemo to labels that may want to break Apple's stranglehold on digital ...

  28. CD Baby Flips Switch Digital Distro Service

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CD Baby is getting into the digital distribution business. For a flat rate of $9 per track, CD Baby will make submitted songs available to all the major digital retailers it currently has relationships with. That includes iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, ...

  29. Report: DOJ Investigating Apple's Digital Music Tactics

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Department of Justice has opened an antitrust inquiry into Apple practices in the digital music market, the New York Times reported on Wednesday (May 26). The early-stage conversations "have revolved broadly around the dynamics of selling ...

  30. U.K. Labels Target 'Physical Fanatics,' Aim To Boost Digital

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The demise of the physical CD and vinyl formats in the digital age has been well and truly exaggerated, at least in the United Kingdom, said speakers at the Music Tank debate in London. Called 'Never Mind the Box Set: The Album Post-iTunes,&# ...

  31. Business Matters: Mick Jagger On Digital Piracy, Shazam Tops 75 million Users, and More

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter here -- Mick Jagger on digital piracy: “I am quite relaxed about it. But, you know, it is a massive change and it does alter the fact that people don't make as much money out of records. But I have a take on th ...

  32. McCartney Says EMI Keeping Beatles Off iTunes

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT According to Paul McCartney, EMI Music is the reason there's no Beatles music for sale on iTunes . "It's been business hassles, not with us, or iTunes," he told BBC Newsbeat . "It's the people in the middle, the recor ...

  33. Great Escape Day One: U.K. Live Sector Thriving

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Great Escape music conference and festival in Brighton focused on the U.K.'s burgeoning live industry on its first day. U.K. live revenue - £1.39 billion ($2.04 billion) - moved ahead of the British retail value of recorded music - £1.31 ...

  34. iPad's International Launch Slated For May 28

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc said it will launch the iPad tablet computer in nine international markets on May 28, following a strong debut in the United States last month. The iPad will go on sale in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerl ...

  35. 'Idol' Creator Fuller Marks iTunes Milestone

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller on Monday (May 10) marked a digital music milestone, and said he was looking to the Internet and other digital platforms for the next big thing in global entertainment. At a time of crisis in the reco ...

  36. Study: Australian File Sharers Will Pay For Music, But Not Much

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yet another study indicates most digital pirates will pay for music – if the price is right. News.com.au and market research firm CoreData surveyed over 5,700 people who said they had illegally downloaded or streamed music in the previous 12 month ...

  37. Business Matters: Sirius XM, Facebook, iTunes, We7 and More

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- A few side notes to Sirius XM's Q1 earnings release on Tuesday, which was reported at Billboard.biz. First, the company lost 306,000 retail subscribers during the quarter - slightly better than the loss in the prior year period. But it gai ...

  38. Business Matters: Guy Hands, EMI, Apple, Music Lockers and More

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Guy Hands has reportedly chosen to raise £105 million ($160 million) – far lower than the £360 million ($548 million) Terra Firma recently set as a target – and has little time to do it. Terra Firma’s largest investors have given a verbal commi ...

  39. In Memory of Lala’s Web Song

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Lala’s surprisingly controversial web song experiment is coming to an end. The music service announced today it will cease operations on May 30th. Nothing is known yet about how Apple, which acquired Lala in late 2009, plans to incorporate Lala in ...

  40. Lala Closing In Weeks

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Streaming service Lala.com has announced it will be shutting down on May 31, 2010. The announcement on its Web site has prompted speculation that Lala's owner Apple Inc. is ready to make use of Lala's staff and technology to roll out its ...

  41. Scissor Sisters, Ozzy For iTunes Fest

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Scissor Sisters, Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Bennett have been confirmed for the iTunes Festival 2010 in London in July. The free month-long event, which launched in 2007, will return to the 3,000-capacity London Roundhouse and feature 62 bands over 31 ...

  42. How Apple Will Change Music Discovery

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On the day Apple announced record first-quarter revenue, Phil Leigh, senior analyst at Inside Digital Media, talked with Billboard about how Apple is going to change how music is discovered, shared and experienced - and how record labels have no c ...

  43. Tesco Snags Faithless For CD Exclusive

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. dance act Faithless has signed with mass merchant Tesco as the exclusive retail partner for its new album "The Dance" on May 16. The band, previously signed to Sony BMG, releases its first studio album in four years on its own label ...

  44. Shakira, Juanes Among Stars Supporting 'Ay Haiti'

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Thirty Spanish and Latin American artists and soccer players say that almost every cent raised by a song and video they have produced to aid victims of the Haitian earthquake three months ago, will go to relief efforts in the country. The only exc ...

  45. Analysis: CD and Downloads Are Toast? Not If You Want To Make Money Today

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Some discouraging numbers on the economics of digital music have generated a good online discussion about the future of business models. The numbers from the chart came from a January 2010 post at The Cynical Musician blog that claims "the am ...

  46. Apple Delays International iPad Release

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple has said in a statement that it will delay the international release of the iPad by one month to the end of May. Demand for the product in the U.S. is "far higher than we predicted," the company said. The full statement reads: Alth ...

  47. iPad Primes Print's Paid Content Pump

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With the iPad out, and more digital readers on the way, are publishers getting a golden opportunity to reclaim paid-for content? Many already have been experimenting with paywalls on their Web sites, while others are playing with pricing for their ...

  48. Business Matters: WMG, WaTunes, Beatport and More

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Warner Music Group has signed up to download store WaTunes . This comes just as WaTunes winds down its digital distribution service in order to focus on its Facebook Music Store , a new download store built into a Facebook app. Universal Music ...

  49. WaTunes Shifts Focus To Facebook

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital music service WaTunes has created a music download application for Facebook that allows users to buy and download songs without having to leave the social network. WaTunes originated as a digital distributor, placing artists songs for sale ...

  50. Apple: 300K iPads Sold First Day

    April 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple said Monday that more than 300,000 iPads were sold as of midnight Saturday (April 3), a drastic cut from analyst Gene Munster's revised estimate over the weekend that between 600,000 and 700,000 flew off the shelves. iPad users also dow ...

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