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  1. YouTube Creator Management Lead Bing Chen Resigns for Stealth Startup

    May 08, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Bing Chen was global creator development and management lead at the Google-owned video streaming service. YouTube is losing its global creator development and management lead.  Bing Chen, who has worked for the Google-owned video streaming platfor ...

  2. Bob Roback Appointed Fender President

    April 28, 2014 8:06 PM EDT Fender Musical Instruments Corporation announced Monday that Bob Roback has joined the company as president and a new member of the board of directors.  Roback comes from Dashbox where he was chief executive officer at the cloud-based workflow ma ...

  3. Neil Young’s PonoMusic Kickstarter Campaign Raises $5.75 Million

    April 10, 2014 9:28 PM EDT With five days left in their Kickstarter funding initiative, Neil Young and the PonoMusic team are now the third most funded campaign in Kickstarter history at $5.75 million as of today.  PonoMusic CEO John Hamm is thrilled about hitting the miles ...

  4. Record Labels File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Megaupload

    April 10, 2014 8:02 PM EDT On Thursday, the major record labels including Warner Music, Universal Music, Sony Music and Capitol Records filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk. The action comes just three ...

  5. Facebook Launches Lab To Bring Internet Everywhere

    March 27, 2014 9:37 PM EDT Facebook is giving more details about its effort to connect remote parts of the world to the Internet - and it involves drones, lasers and satellites. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that Facebook is hiring "key members of the team" fr ...

  6. YouTube Scores Win in Viacom Lawsuit

    April 18, 2013 6:52 PM EDT Federal courts handed Google’s YouTube a victory Thursday in a six-year-old lawsuit filed by Viacom Inc. alleging copyright infringement. The case has flip-flopped in federal courts, with YouTube winning the first round in 2010 when U.S. Dist ...

  7. Vevo Launches Lean-Back TV Experience

    March 12, 2013 12:48 PM EDT The company that brought back music videos to a new generation of on-demand viewers on Tuesday is launching Vevo TV, a traditionally programmed, linear broadcast that harkens back to the era of appointment television. Like broadcast TV, Vevo’s n ...

  8. Google Drops Off Annenberg Labs' Monthly List of Top Pirate Sites

    February 15, 2013 8:09 PM EST The second in a series of monthly reports on top advertising networks that support illegal download sites was missing a notable name: Google. Whether or not this drop-off means anything has yet to be seen.   The tech giant’s advertising network ...

  9. Kim Dotcom Launches Mega, New File-Sharing Service

    January 20, 2013 6:24 PM EST Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has unveiled a new file-sharing website called Mega. "As of this minute one year ago #Megaupload was destroyed by the US Government," Dotcom tweeted on Saturday, along with a link to the new site. In a subse ...

  10. Business Matters: Relaunched Myspace Is a Success as Music Service -- But As a Social Network? We'll See ...

    January 16, 2013 2:43 PM EST The redesigned Myspace finally opened up to the public Tuesday. A year and a half in the works, the site is both a social network and a music discovery destination.   The new Myspace would be a success if success were determined on style points al ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. YouTube 2012: The Year of the DIY Lip-Sync Video

    December 18, 2012 12:05 AM EST On YouTube, 2012 was the year of the D.I.Y. lip sync video, fueled by parodies of "Gangnam Style" and "Call Me Maybe." Unlike years past, when lip-syncing meant watching a lonely girl sing into a hairbrush in her bedroom, the v ...

  13. We Want You For Billboard.biz's Year-End Readers' Survey!

    December 05, 2012 5:45 PM EST Seasons' greetings and welcome to the first annual Billboard.biz Year-End Readers' Survey . It's not a traditional poll -- nobody's voting for anything. Instead, we want your opinions and wisdom on the following three questions ...

  14. Morning Fix: iTunes Launches In 56 Countries; Simon Fuller's Concord Bid; Clapton, Chris Martin Join 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit

    December 04, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters APPLE LAUNCHES ITUNES IN RUSSIA, TURKEY, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 52 ADDITIONAL COUNTRIES: Apple today announced it has launched its iTunes Stor ...

  15. PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Becomes Most-Watched YouTube Video in History

    November 24, 2012 11:21 AM EST PSY's "Gangnam Style" is now the most-watched YouTube video of all time. The 4:13 clip from the South Korean rapper has earned approximately 803,761,000 views since it was posted on July 15, 2012. Early on Saturday, that total passe ...

  16. Spotify Raising $100m for Expansion; Opening in Latin America, Eastern Europe Next Year

    November 11, 2012 9:00 AM EST Spotify is close to wrapping up a $100 million round of funding at a valuation of $3 billion as it prepares for expansion into Latin America and expanding further across Europe in 2013. The latest round of funding, confirmed by a source familiar w ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Business Matters: The Big and Small Numbers of Psy's 'Gangnam Style'

    October 19, 2012 9:08 PM EDT Small numbers can tell a big story. Take Psy's "Gangnam Style," for example. His video has been watched about 501 million times on YouTube since being uploaded on July 15. The video is now No. 4 on YouTube's list of most-viewed ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. SoundCloud Partners With Getty Images Music (Exclusive)

    October 09, 2012 6:00 AM EDT The Web made licensing music drastically more efficient. Now a small button on the ubiquitous SoundCloud streaming player makes licensing music even easier. SoundCloud, a music hosting and sharing platform with more than 20 million users, has part ...

  21. Business Matters: Let's Get Ready To Rumble! 2013's Dueling Internet Radio Royalty Bills

    September 27, 2012 1:21 PM EDT Get ready for a fight over Internet royalties ­ just don't expect the full fight to happen this year. Sources say the Internet radio bills introduced last week are merely setting the stage for a bigger battle in 2013 due to the current lame d ...

  22. Justin Timberlake, Myspace Owners Discuss New Relaunch

    September 25, 2012 10:40 AM EDT It was over 450 days ago, June 2011, that Chris and Tim Vanderhook bought MySpace. Monday, in Los Angeles, they were joined by investor Justin Timberlake to unveil the new look for more than 800 company employees. The main point, as the trio reite ...

  23. Morning Fix: Lucian Grainge on UMG-EMI; Barclays Center Vs. MSG; PSY Tops YouTube; Pussy Riot at NYU

    September 24, 2012 7:38 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. UMG's CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE ON GIVING UP PARLOPHONE, THE 'PROPAGANDA WAR.' FOR REGULATORY APPROVAL: After a whirlwind Friday in which Universal Music finally r ...

  24. Austin Mahone's 'Say Somethin' Video Sparks Return to Social 50 Chart

    September 21, 2012 9:13 PM EDT Sixteen-year-old Internet sensation Austin Mahone makes a grand re-entry at No. 19 on Billboard's Social 50 chart following the release of his video for "Say Somethin." The clip roused his massive online fan base last week, garnerin ...

  25. Psy Still No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, 50 Cent Makes 'Sexy' Return

    September 14, 2012 5:26 PM EDT Psy tops the Billboard Social 50 for the third week in a row as he continues to showcase his "Gangnam Style" song and its signature dance in the United States. Last week, he appeared on MTV's Video Music Awards broadcast (Sept. 6) w ...

  26. Business Matters: Vevo Report Provides Clearer Picture of Its U.S. Mobile Streams

    September 11, 2012 10:28 AM EDT Vevo's viewership report for April to June 2012 doesn't come right out and say it, but it suggests mobile apps and gaming platforms and responsible for about 1 billion out of 9.3 billion video views in the U.S. in the last 3 months. Busi ...

  27. Psy Remains at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, Linkin Park's 'Echo'-Fueled Jump

    September 07, 2012 4:17 PM EDT Linkin Park's new Facebook-personalized video for "Lost in the Echo" fuels the band's big jump on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. The act rises 23-16 on the tally, thanks to social interaction caused by the clip. In th ...

  28. Morning Fix: Bertelsmann IPO?: Liberty's Sirius XM Stake; RealNetworks Layoffs; Pinterest's Sales Issue

    August 29, 2012 7:47 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MTV, TROJAN TEAM UP FOR FIRST VMA SPONSORSHIP FEATURING LMFAO'S SKYBLU: In a first for the sexual health category , MTV is teaming up with Trojan condoms for a multi- ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Business Matters: New Study Debunks Data Showing File-Sharing Helps CD Sales

    August 22, 2012 11:47 AM EDT An influential 2007 academic paper that found a positive link between file sharing and CD purchases has been debunked after a professor from Australia has taken the same data set and come to an opposite conclusion. As blogger and lawyer Barry Sook ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Morning Fix: Pussy Riot Guilty, Twitter Limits API , Kim Dotcom, RIP Carl Davis

    August 17, 2012 8:22 AM EDT Pussy Riot Found Guilty By Russian Court The three members of Pussy Riot, a Russian punk band/art collective, today were found guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred," according to reports. Prosecutors are seeking a three y ...

  33. MTV Unveils Artist.MTV Pages, Tries to Catch MySpace Napping

    August 15, 2012 8:30 AM EDT A beta version of Band of Horses Artists.MTV page (Photo: MTV) If MySpace isn't going to be the online destination for musicians, maybe MTV is up for the job. MTV unveiled its long-awaited Artists.MTV platform on Wednesday, launching a public ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 40 Under 40: Rio Caraeff

    August 02, 2012 2:46 PM EDT Rio Caraeff President/CEO, Vevo Website: Vevo.com Twitter: @RioZilla Taking It Worldwide Vevo President/CEO Rio Caraeff, 37, has sought a flexible, nimble startup culture for the music video network. Now, he must be nimble across multiple time zon ...

  36. Business Matters: Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music

    August 01, 2012 6:24 PM EDT Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music -- Samsung's new Music Hub isn't going to get much credit for being visionary, but the multi-faceted music service is ahead of its time. Music Hub's combination of services ...

  37. Kim Dotcom Extradition Judge Steps Down After Joking US Is 'Enemy'

    July 18, 2012 7:30 AM EDT WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A New Zealand judge has stepped down from overseeing the extradition case of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom after jokingly referring to the United States as "the enemy." New Zealand High Court Declares Kim ...

  38. Flo Rida Shoots Up Social 50 Chart, 'Victorious' Ariana Grande Debuts

    July 13, 2012 8:45 AM EDT Artists usually increase or decrease their standing on Billboard's Social 50 chart in one of two ways: buzz generated by big releases (or lack thereof) or by continuously engaging and growing their fan base. This week's gainers are a mix ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Kim Dotcom Responds to Extradition Hearing Delay: U.S. 'Doesn't Have a Case'

    July 10, 2012 8:42 AM EDT A New Zealand court has delayed the extradition hearing for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom until March because of the manner in which the search of Dotcom's countryside residence and the seizure of his assets were handled by authorities. The d ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. U.S. Judge Allows Megaupload to Seek Dismissal, But Not Access to Funds

    July 03, 2012 3:00 PM EDT The U.S. federal judge overseeing the case against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has decided to allow his attorneys to argue for a motion to dismiss allegations against the company, but has also decided for the moment against the unfreezing of ass ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Google Moving to Shut Down Sites That Turn YouTube Videos Into Mp3 Clips

    June 20, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Google-owned YouTube has become a central viewing area for many music videos, lyrics videos, and user-uploaded cover songs, and now the company is threatening to sue a number of web sites that offer to convert the audio from videos into downloadab ...

  45. New Zealand High Court Orders Urgent Review of Megaupload Case

    June 15, 2012 1:00 PM EDT New Zealand's High Court is getting involved in the ongoing attempt to extradite Kim Dotcom and other Megaupload employees the U.S. for trial. Last month, a U.S. district court judge decided that it would only be fair to allow Megaupload' ...

  46. Google, Amazon Among ICANN Applicants For .music Domain

    June 13, 2012 12:25 PM EDT Eight groups, including Google and Amazon, have submitted applications with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to be the exclusive operator of the .music domain. Five difference groups have applied for .tickets and doz ...

  47. Johnny Wright, Rodney Jerkins Talk New MySpace Competition Series 'Take The Stage'

    June 05, 2012 3:40 PM EDT MySpace is going back to its roots. A new music competition series, " Take The Stage " debuts this week with a concept that harkens back to MySpace's origins as a music-discovery platform that helped artists like Katy Perry, Adele a ...

  48. Google, Facebook Mulling Investments in Vevo (Report)

    May 31, 2012 7:15 AM EDT Online giants Google and Facebook are looking at a potential investment in online music joint venture Vevo that could be part of a broader advertising partnership with the music service, the New York Post reported Thursday. Quoting sources, the pa ...

  49. Vevo's Numbers Climb in First Quarter With Facebook Integration

    May 24, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Vevo's new redesigned homepage with Kanye West. (Screenshot) Vevo's integration with Facebook, part of its design launched in March , appears to have helped increase usage at both Facebook and Vevo.com, according to numbers shared by the ...

  50. Business Matters: Is Vevo Considering An IPO?

    May 23, 2012 4:42 PM EDT Is Vevo Considering an IPO? -- Vevo is seeking new investors to help fund its international expansion, according to reports at Sky News at the Financial Times. A report by Sky News claims the company has hired investment bank Allen & Co to loo ...

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