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  1. Why We Took the Piracy Debate to a Times Square Billboard: Guest Column by Ghost Beach

    April 02, 2013 8:30 AM EDT The New York-based “tropical grit pop” duo Ghost Beach was recently selected as the latest band to have its music featured in an online commercial for American Eagle Outfitters -- and that deal brought the group the opportunity to also be featur ...

  2. LiveNation.com Relaunches With New Social, Mobile Features

    November 21, 2012 9:04 PM EST While many working Americans took the day off to prepare for Thanksgiving on Nov. 22, the folks at Live Nation Labs, a division of Live Nation Entertainment, were busy dealing with the aftermath of their newly re-launched LiveNation.com . "It ...

  3. Twitter 140: Page 5

    July 26, 2012 5:34 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Lindsay Gabler Social Media Specialist, The Recording Academy @LndsyGblr The social media guru for the Grammy Awards is a self-admitted Twitter-holic, and finds time to tweet choice pop cuts, celebrity insights, ...

  4. BuzzMedia Acquires Spin: It's Official

    July 10, 2012 11:16 AM EDT As reported by Billboard.biz last night, today BuzzMedia announced its acquisition of Spin Media LLC, parent company of 27-year-old Spin magazine. The brand joins a BuzzMedia stable that includes Stereogum, Idolator, Hype Machine, Pure Volume, Bro ...

  5. Buzzmedia Acquires XLR8R

    May 30, 2012 6:28 PM EDT Buzzmedia has added electronic dance music and culture publication XLR8R to its portfolio of music and culture online properties. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The attractiveness of a well-known electronic dance music property, espe ...

  6. Anonymous Hacker Group Launches Seemingly-Legit Anontune Music Site

    April 26, 2012 7:45 AM EDT A screen shot of the Anontune site recently launched by the Anonymous hacker group. A group of programmers from Anonymous, the infamous and rather amorphous hacker organization who in the past have claimed responsibility for hacking major governme ...

  7. Anonymous Hacker Suspects Arrested In Europe, South America, Says Interpol

    February 29, 2012 7:58 AM EST Interpol said that 25 suspected members of the loose-knit Anonymous hacker movement have been arrested in a sweep across Europe and South America. The international police agency said in a statement Tuesday that the arrests in Argentina, Chile,Col ...

  8. Next Big Sound Raises $6.5 Million

    January 03, 2012 9:49 PM EST Music analytics company Next Big Sound announced Tuesday it has raised $6.5 million in a Series A funding round led by IA Ventures and Foundry Group. The Boulder, Colorado-based company also announced the opening of an office in New York City. Lau ...

  9. Ethan Kaplan Joins Live Nation-BigChampagne

    December 20, 2011 11:23 AM EST Less than a week after Live Nation's acquisition of BigChampagne was announced comes the news that former Warner Music digital exec Ethan Kaplan will be joining the company. "And away we go. I landed!" Kaplan tweeted http://twitter. ...

  10. Business Matters: Ticketfly Launches Facebook Purchase App, Nimbit Touts Facebook Success

    December 15, 2011 4:11 PM EST The Year of Facebook -- Since 2011 has been the year of Facebook (at least in music) it seems fitting there are two more good bits of Facebook-related news before the years closes out. First, Ticketfly announced Thursday a new Facebook purchase ap ...

  11. Live Nation To Acquire BigChampagne

    December 14, 2011 8:44 PM EST Live Nation will acquire BigChampagne, a Los Angeles-based company that collects and analyzes a wide array of online digital media data, Live Nation announced Tuesday. The acquisition will enhance Live Nation's ability to provide relevant con ...

  12. CMJ 2011 'Blogfamous' Panel: 'You're a Brand, You Have to Act Like One'

    October 21, 2011 3:33 PM EDT Blog buzz is a credible and seemingly essential way of building a fan base these days. But at the Thursday CMJ discussion titled "Beyond Blogfamous," panelists focused on how to turn that initial wave of interest into a successful career ...

  13. FBI Arrests 16 'Anonymous' Hacking Suspects in Nationwide Sweep

    July 19, 2011 6:32 PM EDT More than a dozen hackers allegedly from Anonymous, the group that claims responsibility for some of the recent attacks on Sony systems , have been arrested. The FBI raided multiple homes in New Jersey, New York, California and Florida in relation ...

  14. LulzSec Hacker Group Dissolving Out of Boredom

    June 27, 2011 7:15 AM EDT NEW YORK - A member of a publicity-seeking hacker group that sabotaged websites over the past two months and is dissolving itself says his group isn't disbanding under pressure from the FBI or enemy hackers. "We're not quitting beca ...

  15. Spain Arrests Anonymous Members Over Sony Hack

    June 10, 2011 12:01 PM EDT Spanish police arrested three suspected members of the so-called Anonymous group on Friday on charges of cyber-attacks against targets including Sony Corp's PlayStation Network , governments, businesses and banks. Police alleged the three arr ...

  16. Anonymous to Sony: Data Breach Wasn't Caused by Us

    May 06, 2011 9:08 AM EDT The Internet vigilante group Anonymous denied responsibility for a cyber-attack on Sony Corp's networks that exposed the personal data of more than 100 million video gamers. "Let's be clear, we are legion, but it wasn't us. You ...

  17. Topspin's Ian Rogers Announces New Data Product at Rethink Music Panel

    April 27, 2011 6:10 PM EDT BOSTON -- Data can be just as confounding as anything else in the digital era, data panelists at the Rethink Music conference said. There's plenty of it, but the trick is to know what you want to do with it. "A lot of what we're try ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 'Anonymous' Hacker Group Attacks BMI Website

    March 09, 2011 3:09 PM EST In a defensive move against the Anonymous hacker group, BMI has temporarily taken down its website, the organization said in a statement today. The statement said that the denial-of-service attack has slowed down external access to BMI.com, but, i ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Social Networking Tops Web Activity Poll

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A new Nielsen report points to social networking as the primary online activity today for U.S. Internet users. According to the study “What Americans Do Online,” social networking services like Facebook and Twitter take up 22.7% of online activity ...

  22. Business Matters: BigChampagne, Ministry of Sound, 'Rock Band' and more

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BIGCHAMPAGNE UNVEILS ‘ULTIMATE CHART’ -- Media measurement company BigChampagne has introduced Ultimate Chart, a weekly list of top songs and artists based on data from a variety of services such as iTunes, YouTube, Vevo, Clear Channel, Facebook, ...

  23. Chatroulette Adds Custom Filters

    July 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Video chat service Chatroulette—which a handful of artists have used as a promotional vehicle in recent months—introduced new features this week designed to help users better find appropriate partners to chat with. At launch, the service just rand ...

  24. @SXSW: The Expansive Reach Of Music Bloggers

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Panel : "The State of Music Blogs" Participants : Jesse Ervin (EMI/Capitol), Nicole Poulos (Sideways Media), Greg Swan (Perfect Porridge), Tessa Horehled (Drive a Fast Car), Nathan Wright A panel of music bloggers (and one record label m ...

  25. Music Videos Dominate YouTube

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music videos account for 30.7% of YouTube traffic, according to research company Sysomos . The company tracks videos by measuring a video’s tags. Entertainment videos ranked second at 14.6% of traffic. With 10.8% of views, people and blogs ranked ...

  26. Business Matters: Google, Music Blogs, the Orchard, Tsar, O2 and More

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- The Daily Swarm's post about music blogs that hav ...

  27. Business Matters: Vivendi, MySpace Music, Mojo Nixon

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The CEO of Vivendi , the parent company of Universal Music Group , says the UK should follow France's lead and pass legislation to disconn ...

  28. Big Champagne Bolsters Services

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital media measurement firm Big Champagne introduced a new feature to users called the BC Dash, a subscription service that aggregates music sales, broadcast and consumption data with analysis and reporting. Along with it the company has added ...

  29. Editorial: The New Revolution

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Billboard's Antony Bruno wrote an April 25 column called "No Distribution Without Compensation" (yes, I did pay for my subscription, thank you very much), talking about the state of the publishing business. Since that column was wri ...

  30. Hunting Down Top Twitter Tunes

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT We Are Hunted has launched a new daily music chart (http://wearehunted.com/twitter/) which it says tracks the tunes people on Twitter are listening to and tweeting about. The online buzz aggregator samples Twitter through the day looking for tweet ...

  31. P2P Study Questions Long Tail Theory

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. authors' and composers' collecting society PRS for Music has published a report showing new research into file-sharing over a 12-month period that casts doubt on the long tail theory. Will Page, chief economist at PRS for Music, tea ...

  32. Aggregation Platform Hunts Down Users

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Australian-based online music-tracking chart We Are Hunted claims it has drawn almost 100,000 users in its first week of operation. The service, which launched in beta form on April 17 at wearehunted.com, aggregates music listening trends from blo ...

  33. The Long Tail Redrawn

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Files shared on P2P services skew more toward hits than had been previously believed, according to a preview of a research paper on the long tail of music's black market. The study was done by PRS for Music chief economist Will Page and Eric ...

  34. Briefs: Ticketmaster Goes Paperless, Buzz Media Cuts Staff, Artist Merch Tips and More

    April 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Ticketmaster will introduce its paperless ticketing technology in Canada with a Metallica concert on October 12. ( Press release ) -- Blogs may be the future, but they may not pay the bills as well as once thought. Buzz Media , formerly Buzznet ...

  35. The Orchard Posts $59K Loss In Q3

    November 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Orchard closed its third quarter with revenues of $14.6 million, which was up from $6.7 million (118%) from the same quarter last year, and cut its net loss to $59,000, down from a $3 million loss in the corresponding 2007 quarter. The company ...

  36. Buzznet Adds Veteran Journalists To Key Roles

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Social media service Buzznet has added a pair of veteran journalists to its roster, led by the addition of former New York Times music reporter Jeff Leeds as editor-in-chief. In his new role, Leeds will direct the site's editorial strategy an ...

  37. Buzznet Taps Citron

    August 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Alan Citron, the former GM of online celebrity gossip site TMZ.com has joined Buzznet as head of special projects. In his new role Citron will advise on business and editorial strategies. He is based in Los Angeles and will report to CEO Tyler Gol ...

  38. Digital Briefs: The Orchard, 'Guitar Hero,' Meebo

    July 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The Orchard is licensing its entire catalog to direct-to-consumer ringtone company Myxer. The deal brings The Orchard's 1.1 million tracks to Myxer's 11 million members. - Activision has licensed the guitar tone technology from the Lin ...

  39. Digital Briefs: Last.fm, Buzznet

    July 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Last.fm has "officially" launched its artist royalty program, originally unveiled in January. The program pays unsigned and independent artists for each time their music is played on the free streaming music service. Since January, mor ...

  40. Digital Briefs: Buzznet, Spiralfrog, Qloud

    June 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Buzznet launched Celebuzz.com , a social networking and media site dedicated to celebrity news, gossip and photos. The site aggregates photos and blog postings of about a dozen existing celebrity blogs, as well as user-generated content. - Spira ...

  41. OCC: Brit Download Biz On The Up

    May 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Britain's digital music market is showing encouraging signs of growth. During the first quarter, sales of digital albums rose by 69.3% compared with Q1 2007, according to basic figures published today by the Official U.K. Charts Company. Also ...

  42. UMG Backs Buzznet

    April 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Social media site Buzznet confirmed rumors that Universal Music Group is a new investor in the company. The two revealed today that UMG has taken an equity stake in the growing site in return for providing content and access to artists. The amount ...

  43. BuzzNet, Stereogum Prep Launch Of New Blog

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Fresh off a $25 million infusion of financing and the full acquisition of influential music blog Stereogum , social networking service BuzzNet will now launch a new entertainment blog dubbed Videogum, expanding from its original music focus into p ...

  44. Reports: BuzzNet Gets Funding, Interscope Named As Investor

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Social networking and pop culture site BuzzNet raised as much as $25 million in third round funding, with Interscope Records named as one of the investors, according to PaidContent . A portion of the new funds will be used to acquire smaller sites ...

  45. Plugged And Unplugged

    January 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST Plugged : So the numbers are in, and for the fourth year in a row the music industry has hit new records for digital downloads for singles and albums. Yes, download sales are still not compensating for the decline in album sales. And yes, the prof ...

  46. Widget Enables Web Site Publishing On Social Sites

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Reverbnation.com launched TuneWidget, an application that allows bands to post a miniature version of their Web site on social networking sites and blogs. TuneWidgets can also copied and shared, and Reverbnation will track each posting of the widg ...

  47. Internet Piracy On The Rise In Spain

    October 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Physical piracy has slumped in Spain over the last year, but illegal music downloading via the Internet is soaring, according to a new report. The Spanish government's Ministry of Culture report on "cultural practices and habits in Spain ...

  48. Virtual World Doppelganger Boosts Music Experience

    August 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Virtual world Doppelganger has expanded it's Music Lounge artist-branded music environment into a much broader virtual music experience called vSide. The vSide environment is about three times larger than the Music Lounge, allowing members to ...

  49. Radio Embraces P2Ps For Playlist Research

    July 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Radio stations are using P2P networks to research what hot songs they should include in their playlists, according to a Wall Street Journal report . Premiere Radio Networks and other radio outfits are partnering with P2P tracking firm BigChampagne ...

  50. Green Goes Virtual

    July 05, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The music industry's desire to go green is also going virtual. Taking a cue from the organizers of the Live Earth festival, virtual world Zwinktopia is holding its won full-day "concert" on July 7 to also raise awareness of environm ...

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