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  1. Business Matters: Pre-release File Sharing Helps Album Sales, Says a Study. So Why Not Replicate This Legally?

    May 22, 2012 9:17 PM EDT Study Says File Sharing Helps Established Artists Sell More Albums File sharing albums before their release dates reinforces popularity and helps sales, according to a study of BitTorrent traffic by Robert G. Hammond, an assistant professor at Nor ...

  2. Google Unveils 'Knowledge Graph,' Providing Vital Info Alongside Search Results

    May 17, 2012 7:06 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO - Google is introducing a new tool, designed to make its search engine smarter. The new feature debuted Wednesday (May 16) draws from a Google-built database of more than 500 million people, places and commonly requested things to pr ...

  3. HMV Looks to Grow Ticketing Division by Partnering With Ticketmaster U.K.

    May 15, 2012 2:02 PM EDT Troubled U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has teamed with the British arm of Ticketmaster as it looks to expand its ticketing operations. Announced today (May 15), the strategic partnership comes into effect over the next six to eight weeks and wil ...

  4. Soundcloud Passes 15 Million Users, Launches New Design in Private Beta

    May 10, 2012 8:06 AM EDT Soundcloud announced a complete site redesign that aims to bolster the site's audio sharing features. The new site has already launched via private beta invite, and will continue to roll out to the entire community over the next few months. & ...

  5. Kim Dotcom Doc Co-Produced by Donovan Leitch, Biography By Neil Strauss In the Works

    May 09, 2012 11:53 AM EDT Kim Dotcom, the indicted founder of shuttered file-sharing service Megaupload, is to be the subject of a documentary and biography, according to friends and business associates of the colorful ex-hacker. Actor-producer Donovan Leitch and Alex Mard ...

  6. Business Matters: Google Going Vertical, Plans to Invest in Online Video Creator Machinima

    May 07, 2012 5:53 PM EDT Google Invests in Video Company Machinima Get ready for more vertical integration in the online video business. Google is set to invest in video company Machinima, according to a report Monday at All Things D. Machinima offers videos for video gam ...

  7. Jay-Z Makes Surprise Appearance at YouTube Upfront

    May 03, 2012 10:00 AM EDT When YouTube unveiled its slate of new channels to advertisers in New York City on Tuesday night, the Google-owned company enlisted none other than Jay-Z to close the event with a song we've all heard before but was oh-so-appropriate: that� ...

  8. Louis C.K., Bjork, Pinterest, Spotify Among Webby Awards Winners

    May 01, 2012 7:34 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- When Louis C.K. released his comedy special "Live at the Beacon Theater" by himself on his website for $5, it was little more than a cautiously optimistic experiment. Less than two weeks later, it had reaped more than $1 ...

  9. Business Matters: Tax Day $2.99 Albums A Hit for Google Music

    April 27, 2012 5:26 PM EDT Google Play's Tax Day Deal Bumped Sales Selling digital albums for $2.99 won't help Google Music reach the company's initial projections, but it's one way for the young download store to move the needle. On April 17, Google Pla ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. Business Matters: RapidShare Plays Good Citizen with New Best Practices Policy, But Should You Buy It?

    April 20, 2012 5:51 PM EDT RapidShare Encourages Customers to Comply With Copyright Law File hosting service RapidShare is playing the role of good corporate citizen with the release of a four-page "Responsible Practices for Cloud Storage Services" document. The p ...

  12. German Court Rules Against YouTube In GEMA Copyright Case

    April 20, 2012 1:04 PM EDT BERLIN (AP) -- A German court has ruled that online video platform YouTube must install filters to prevent users from uploading some music videos whose rights are held by a music-royalties collecting body. German news agency dapd reported that the ...

  13. Megaupload Lawyer Accused of Conflict of Interest By U.S. Government

    April 13, 2012 1:30 PM EDT In the coming prosecution of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, the U.S. government says that it intends to call as witnesses many Hollywood and tech executives, including officials from the Walt Disney Co., Fox, Time Warner, Paramount, YouTube and Go ...

  14. Megaupload Demands Return of Seized Data, Other Assets

    April 09, 2012 1:49 PM EDT In preparation for a high-stakes criminal prospection of Kim Dotcom and other leaders from Megaupload, the U.S. government caused the seizure of hundreds of millions of dollars and won't let the company purchase its data back from its U.S.-ba ...

  15. Megaupload Adds Superstar Lawyer Andrew Schapiro to Defense Team

    April 06, 2012 1:40 PM EDT In advance of a criminal trial, Megaupload has added a legal superstar to its defense. Andrew Schapiro, a partner at Quinn Emanuel, has reportedly agreed to defend Megaupload's executives, including founder Kim Dotcom, on charges of massive c ...

  16. Privacy Policy

    April 06, 2012 8:23 AM EDT Privacy Policy Privacy Policy Effective Date: June 30, 2012 This Privacy Policy is applicable to www.prometheusgm.com , www.billboard.com , www.billboard.biz , www.adweek.com , www.backstage.com , www.hollywoodreporter.com , www.clioawards.com , w ...

  17. Myspace Launches 'One-Two-Watch' Series With Emeli Sande

    April 04, 2012 3:59 PM EDT Myspace today announced plans to serialize its video music interviews with new and emerging artists under the moniker "One-Two-Watch." The series debuts today on the social entertainment site with U.K. artist Emeli Sande. Emeli Sande, Go ...

  18. Exclusive: Maker Studios Partners With Mike Tompkins in 'Long-Term Artist Development' Deal

    April 03, 2012 11:47 AM EDT Maker Studios was created to change how video is made in the YouTube era. Now the company has taken its biggest step into music. Musician Mike Tompkins , a songwriter and interpreter of Top 40 pop hits, is the first musician to partner with Maker ...

  19. Dotcom Allowed Back Online

    April 03, 2012 8:10 AM EDT AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) -- The founder of file-sharing website Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, is being allowed back online. Watch: Kim Dotcom Defend Legality of Megaupload Dotcom was previously denied Internet access under bail conditions imposed by N ...

  20. Business Matters: Google Consumer Surveys Pick Up Where Micropayments Left Off

    March 30, 2012 6:33 PM EDT Google's Consumer Surveys Act As Soft Paywalls Would you answer a few questions in an online survey to listen to music, an online article or some other premium digital content? A new Google product helps online publishers get money out of the ...

  21. Plug.dj Throws Video Into Turntable.fm-Style Social DJ App Mix

    March 26, 2012 4:56 PM EDT Here I am in the most populous room in Plug.dj... with four other people. What an original idea: A bunch of rooms where cute little avatars can DJ music to each other! That's what we said last May, before breaking the news ( we think ) about ...

  22. Business Matters: MySpace, Pinterest Bump Up, Facebook Drops Slightly in Feb. comScore

    March 23, 2012 5:54 PM EDT MySpace Web Traffic Boosts, But Still Isn't Pretty; Facebook Drops Slightly -- MySpace gained more U.S. visitors and Facebook lost a few in February, according to new figures from comScore. MySpace jumped 8 spots to #42 in comScore's lis ...

  23. Vevo Now Syndicating Content to Yahoo! Music

    March 21, 2012 5:11 PM EDT Yahoo! Music has become Vevo's latest syndication partner. The deal means Vevo's videos are now streamed through a Vevo video player at one of the most heavily trafficked websites in the country. Business Matters: ABC News Helps Yahoo! O ...

  24. 9-Year Old Rapper MattyB Bounds Onto Billboard Social 50 Chart

    March 15, 2012 6:37 PM EDT Making a big debut at No. 11 on the Social 50 this week is a 9-year old rapper from Atlanta, known simply as MattyB. As seen on NBC's "Today" rapping "Ice Ice Baby" and featured on "The Insider," MattyB bows this ...

  25. SXSWi Panel Explores How Phones Have Changed Concerts: 'At Jay-Z Show, Everyone Was Looking at Their Phones, Not Jay-Z'

    March 13, 2012 6:55 PM EDT "What's interesting to me," said Brenna Ehrlich of MTV Networks, who moderated the "Music 2.0: Engaging Fans with Mobile Social Apps" panel Tuesday afternoon, to kick things off, "is how the advent of the iPhone has c ...

  26. Michael Robertson Stands Up for Megaupload at SXSWi Cloud Panel

    March 13, 2012 5:08 PM EDT Michael Robertson of Mp3tunes.com -- and formerly of the infamously shut down MP3.com -- was outspoken during the "Gimme Shelter From The Storm Clouds" panel at SXSWi on Tuesday, calling out his fellow panelists, attorney Jon Simson, and ...

  27. Exclusive: Andrew W.K. To Star In New Myspace Series

    March 13, 2012 8:21 AM EDT Let's Big Happy - Trailer 1 Let's Big | Myspace Video Fox Digital Entertainment and Myspace will announce today (March 13) a scripted web series starring Andrew W.K. designed to expose bands to larger audiences in a setting not seen in o ...

  28. SXSWi Q&A: Songza's Eric Davich

    March 11, 2012 6:39 PM EDT Saturday night at one of downtown Austin's many food trucks, Billboard.biz spoke with Songza chief content officer Eric Davich about SXSWi and Concierge, a new Songza feature that makes it easier to find a playlist to fit your mood. Songza La ...

  29. How Sabu, a 'Legendary' Anonymous Hacker Member, Turned Into an FBI Informant

    March 07, 2012 6:00 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The shadowy underworld of Internet hackers was rocked Tuesday by news that one of the world's most-wanted and most-feared computer vandals has been an FBI informant for months and helped authorities build a case against five p ...

  30. Audiogalaxy Jumps Into Internet Radio

    March 06, 2012 2:34 PM EST Audiogalaxy jumped into the Internet radio game Tuesday with Mixes, a free web-based service that plays personalized streams of songs. Internet radio is an increasingly crowded market, but Audiogalaxy does it a bit differently. The web-based Inter ...

  31. Watch: Kim Dotcom Defend Legality of Megaupload

    March 06, 2012 6:44 AM EST The U.S. government has formally filed papers to extradite Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom from New Zealand to face trial for breaking copyright laws. The move has been expected for some time. Federal prosecutors filed the case against Megaupload ex ...

  32. US Prosecutors File for Extradition of Kim Dotcom

    March 05, 2012 5:30 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Federal prosecutors in the United States have filed papers in New Zealand seeking the extradition of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom and three of his colleagues, whom they accuse of making a fortune by helping Internet ...

  33. Business Matters: Without SOPA, Are There Other Tools in Copyright Holders' Toolkits?

    March 02, 2012 5:12 PM EST Without SOPA, Are There Other Tools Are There in Copyright Holders' Toolkit -- Even without an anti-piracy law like the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the U.S. government has gone after a foreign-based Internet company. Rather than block acce ...

  34. Megaupload Founder Kim Dotcom Released on Bail

    February 22, 2012 7:46 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - The founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload was released on bail Wednesday after a New Zealand judge decided Kim Dotcom lacked means to flee because his funds had been seized. "I am relieved to go home to ...

  35. Business Matters: Pirate Bay Could Get Blocked in U.K., Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark

    February 21, 2012 6:10 PM EST Pirate Bay Could Leave UK, Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark The music industry's collective effort to reduce digital piracy made some progress in recent days. Most notable is a UK court's judgment that could end up getting file-sharing ...

  36. Web Trends: A$AP Rocky Preaches Equality For Everyone

    February 21, 2012 4:20 PM EST Google Trends: 1. The Voice - A new episode airing last night has lead to the show trending on Google. Twitter Music Trend: 1. Rihanna:D -Discussion over her new singles with Chris Brown and the Brit Awards have trended the songstress Digg Music N ...

  37. Lady Gaga-Affiliated Backplane Raises $4.5 Million in Series A Funding

    February 17, 2012 3:42 PM EST Backplane (@thebackplane), the digital startup co-founded by Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter, has raised $4.5 million in fresh funding from prominent Silicon Valley investors, according to a report at the Wall Street Journal. The additional funding ...

  38. Business Matters: A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy

    February 16, 2012 9:44 PM EST A Venture Capitalist's Approach to Fighting Piracy -- Fred Wilson made Billboard's Power 100 list ( at No. 86 ) for two reasons: he helps builds digital startups and he is one of venture capital's more prominent thought leaders. In ...

  39. Sleigh Bells Leads Bowery Presents' New YouTube Play at SF MusicTech

    February 13, 2012 5:02 PM EST but that hasn't been the case. http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/branding/video-2012-super ...

  40. Business Matters: Vevo Opens Up on Super Bowl Piracy Blunder, RIAA Chief Slams Google

    February 10, 2012 5:07 PM EST Vevo In Hot Water Over Super Bowl Gaffe On Friday the International Intellectual Property Alliance released a report - its annual "Special 301" review -- that documents global copyright piracy. The IIPA calls for "swift action" ...

  41. Business Matters: Megaupload Aftershocks Continue as BTJunkie Voluntarily Shuts Down

    February 06, 2012 5:55 PM EST BT Junkie Shuts Down, Cites Megaupload, Pirate Bay Legal Action BTjunkie has voluntarily shut down, becoming the latest file-sharing site to shutter in the wake of the US Department of Justice's arrest of Megaupload's founder and leaders ...

  42. Megaupload's Kim Dotcom Denied Bail Appeal

    February 03, 2012 8:38 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - A New Zealand court denied an appeal for bail Friday by the jailed founder of the file-sharing website Megaupload. The denial means that Kim Dotcom must remain in jail until his first hearing in a U.S. extradition re ...

  43. Business Matters: A New Look at an Old Survey Finds P2P Hurts Music Purchases

    February 02, 2012 9:11 PM EST A New Look at An Old Survey Finds P2P Hurts Music Purchases -- A controversial 2007 paper on P2P's impact on CD purchases has got a second look -- with conclusions the music industry will like. A new paper based on the same survey data used i ...

  44. Bono, Elevation Partners Set to Win Big From Facebook Sale

    February 02, 2012 2:44 PM EST Months after Bono finished a 3-year tour that grossed a record $736 million, the U2 singer is set to capitalize on one of the biggest stock IPOs in U.S history. Facebook Files For IPO, Hopes to Raise $5 Billion Bono is managing director and co-fou ...

  45. Business Matters: Digging Into Vevo's $150 Million of Revenue in 2011, Eventbrite's growth

    February 01, 2012 5:33 PM EST Vevo Announces $150 million in revenue, Averages $0.0043/Stream -- Vevo pulled in $150 million in revenue in 2011 and expects to hit $1 billion soon, CEO Rio Caraeff said at the Dive Into Media conference. Caraeff made the rare financial disclosur ...

  46. Electronic Frontier Foundation To Help Megaupload Users Retrieve Data

    February 01, 2012 8:13 AM EST WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Users of the file-sharing website Megaupload who feared their data could be deleted as early as Thursday have a reprieve after a nonprofit group stepped in at the eleventh hour. Megaupload Shut Down by U.S. Prosecuto ...

  47. Megaupload Raid Energizes European Online Piracy Debate

    January 31, 2012 3:58 PM EST The Megaupload homepage as it currently reads following the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department's decision to shutter the site and arrest its founder and key executives on copyright violation charges. The action has reverberated across the At ...

  48. Web Trends: Listen to Jack White's New Solo Single, "Love Interruption"

    January 30, 2012 4:18 PM EST Google Trends: There are no music trends on Google Trends. Twitter Music Trend: Why Stop Now -- People are Tweeting about Busta Rhymes' new song and video, "Why Stop Now," featuring Chris Brown. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 5. Ic ...

  49. Megaupload User Data May Be Gone By Thursday, Feds Say

    January 30, 2012 8:16 AM EST Federal prosecutors say data from users of Megaupload could be deleted as soon as Thursday. U.S. prosecutors blocked access to Megaupload and charged seven men, saying the site facilitated millions of illegal downloads of movies, music and other c ...

  50. U2 Manager Paul McGuiness Calls Google a 'Monopoly,' Spotify 'Ultimately a Good Thing' @MIDEM

    January 29, 2012 12:17 PM EST U2 manager Paul McGuinness picked up the copyright cudgel once again at MIDEM, this time directing his energies at Google. It was the Irishman who in 2008 used the platform of MIDEM to demand ISPs counter illegal file movements on their networks, ...

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