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  1. Business Matters: Hastings Earnings Slip as Music Sales Drop Slightly

    November 23, 2011 2:01 PM EST Hastings Earnings Slip as Music Sales Drop Slightly Hastings Entertainment posted a net loss of approximately $5.5 million on revenue of $108.6 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2011. Those figures are slightly worse than the same period i ...

  2. Exclusive: Inside Busta Rhymes' 'Outside the Box' Deal With Cash Money and Google Music

    November 23, 2011 11:00 AM EST Last Wednesday, veteran rapper Busta Rhymes appeared at the launch of Google Music to support his partnership with the newly launched platform -- an announcement that came in confluence with his surprise signing to Cash Money Records , revealed th ...

  3. Internal Emails in Grooveshark/Universal Case Show Grooveshark Opted to Post First, Ask for Permission Later

    November 21, 2011 5:35 PM EST Universal Music Group lawsuit against Grooveshark, filed Friday in a US District Court, includes revealing internal emails to bolster its claim that parent company "Escape [Media Group] has brashly acknowledged the unauthorized and infringing ...

  4. YouTube, NMPA Reach 'Unprecedented' Deal to Pay Independent Music Publishers

    November 17, 2011 6:11 PM EST The independent music publisher agreement with YouTube first reported in August is finally ready to be implemented, according to the National Music Publishers' Association. Advance payments are expected to follow shortly. In anticipation of p ...

  5. Web Trends: Listen To The Cults And Freddie Gibbs Collaboration

    November 17, 2011 4:00 PM EST Hypetrak Premiere: Cults featuring Freddie Gibbs - Bad Things (Remix) by Hypetrak Google Trends: 2. sopa : The House Judiciary Committee reviewed the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act yesterday and the backlash continues 4. internet censorship ...

  6. House Judiciary Hearing on Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) Focuses on DMCA; Google Opposes Bill

    November 17, 2011 12:18 PM EST At Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), opponents of the act avoided familiar claims that the legislation would "break the Internet." But the hearing did highlight Internet companies� ...

  7. Backbeat: RIAA & NMPA's Post-CMA Party Draws Industry Execs From SESAC, The Recording Academy & More

    November 16, 2011 8:01 AM EST Nashville Songwriters Association International President Steve Bogard, RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary Sherman. (Photo: Susan Adcock) Give the Gift of Music "Countdown to CMAs" contest winner Jennifer Dotson, RIAA Chairman & CEO Cary S ...

  8. Video: Songkick CEO Ian Hogarth on Ways Social Media Can Change the Touring Industry

    November 14, 2011 3:38 PM EST After participating in a panel titled "How Exactly Will Social Sell Tickets?," Songkick CEO Ian Hogarth stuck around the Billboard Touring Conference " to give some more of his thoughts on the changes facing the concert industry. Bi ...

  9. Business Matters: Bands Can Now Sign Up for Google+ Pages

    November 07, 2011 7:20 PM EST Google+ Pages + Your Band = Your Band In Google Search Results -- Google has opened up its social network, Google+, to brands and businesses and made it easier for individuals to immediately connect with them. Google+ Pages is the business side of ...

  10. EBay Launches Celebrity Charity Destination

    November 07, 2011 8:14 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The online auction site eBay has learned from experience what kind of excitement a lock of Justin Bieber's hair can cause. Earlier this year, a bit of Bieber's famous bangs raised $40,668 for an animal rescue organization ...

  11. Courtney Holt, Former MySpace Music President, Becomes COO at Maker Studios

    October 31, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Maker Studios announced Monday (October 31) that Courtney Holt, the former president of MySpace Music, has joined as chief operating officer. In this newly created role, Holt will be responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the Mak ...

  12. YouTube Set to Announce TV Initiative With 100 Niche Channels

    October 28, 2011 5:00 PM EDT In a low-budget early effort to compete with satellite and cable TV providers, YouTube is set to announce Friday that it has partnered with several entities to roll out television-style channels with professionally produced shows that will strike ...

  13. Music, Internet Industries React Strongly to 'Protect IP' Bill

    October 27, 2011 2:38 PM EDT As soon as news hit yesterday that the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, was introduced into the House of Representatives , our inboxes began filling up with statements and commentary from all corners of the music ...

  14. House Online Piracy Bill Gets Strong Reaction From Internet Community

    October 26, 2011 4:25 PM EDT The House version of the PROTECT IP bill, legislation aimed at shutting down rogue websites, got a big reception on the Hill in advance of its introduction late Wednesday. But it may not be the kind of reception that Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Tex. and c ...

  15. Why Justin Bieber Won't Go To Jail For Posting Songs On YouTube (Analysis)

    October 24, 2011 8:01 PM EDT The potential spectacle of Justin Bieber being extradited from Canada to the United States to serve five years in prison has become a new flashpoint in a debate over whether copyright law should be amended. What are the chances the teen heartthrob ...

  16. How Can Social Sell Tickets? Billboard Touring Conference Will Dig Deep

    October 17, 2011 6:03 PM EDT The power of social networking as a ticket-seller has been well known to the touring business since Conan O'Brien famously sold out his 2010 tour on a single tweet. Many in the touring industry want to make better use of social as a marketing ...

  17. Google Aiming to Launch MP3 Store Within Weeks: Report

    October 13, 2011 7:58 PM EDT Google is weeks away from launching an online music store that will take on Apple and Amazon, though the company's dealings with major labels are far from complete, according to reports in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal . In May t ...

  18. What's In Store for Myspace? Justin Timberlake, Vanderhooks Hosting Preview Today

    October 03, 2011 11:57 AM EDT What's Justin Timberlake got in store for Myspace? Top marketers and ad execs will get an exclusive peek into the multi-hyphenate performer's plans today at New York's Advertising Week. Timberlake is set to host a private reception ...

  19. Jane's Addiction Crowdsources Art For 'Irresistible Force' Remix Single

    September 28, 2011 8:30 AM EDT Alternative rock legends Jane's Addiction have a taken a unique, fan-friendly approach to designing the artwork for a remix of their new single, "Irresistible Force." In cooperation with the creative community website Creative Allie ...

  20. Business Matters: Music Videos Great for Pre-Roll Ads, Study Finds

    September 16, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Music Videos Are Great for Pre-Roll Ads, Study Finds -- Preroll ads shown before music videos perform quite a bit better than prerolls shown before other types of videos, according to numbers shared by TubeMogul , the video advertising platform fo ...

  21. Queen Rocks Billboard's Social 50 Chart on Freddie Mercury's 65th Birthday

    September 15, 2011 5:33 PM EDT Queen rocks Billboard's Social 50 chart, debuting at No. 15 on the tally, following buzz generated by what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday on Sept. 5. On the band's official YouTube channel, 17 videos ran to commemor ...

  22. New eMusic Study Touts Ownership Over Streaming

    September 15, 2011 12:34 PM EDT With all the talk today about streaming music, free streaming, streaming on Facebook and more, it's important to remember that the majority of digital music users still prefer owning their own downloads. That's what music retailer eMusic ...

  23. Web Trends: Amy Winehouse To Be Immortalized Via Bronze Sculpture

    September 14, 2011 5:41 PM EDT Google Trends: There are no music trends on Google Trends. Twitter Music Trend: #DrakeCriesWhen : People are making jokes about notably sensitive rapper Drake and what would make him cry chatting about other rappers and parodying his lyrics. Digg ...

  24. TechCrunch Disrupt Day Two: Troy Carter Is A Busy Man

    September 13, 2011 4:53 PM EDT Better known as Lady Gaga's manager, Troy Carter's name was all over TechCrunch Disrupt this morning, as two projects he is involved in took center stage. First up was Turntable.fm, the much buzzed about online DJ site, who hit the stage ...

  25. Americans Spend Nearly a Quarter of Web Time Using Social Media: Study

    September 13, 2011 8:29 AM EDT Facebook has apparently become an even bigger time suck for Americans. A study released Monday by Nielsen revealed that Internet users in the U.S. spent a total of 53 billion minutes on Facebook in May 2011 -- more than any other website. That ...

  26. Blink-182 Stirs Social 50 Chart With 'Up All Night' Video Debut

    September 08, 2011 4:44 PM EDT Blink-182 debuts at No. 21 on Billboard's Social 50 due to the buzz generated by the release of the video for their latest single "Up All Night." Since debuting on Aug. 25, the video has accumulated 2.2 million YouTube views. The ne ...

  27. Justice Department Sues To Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

    September 01, 2011 7:30 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department took the unusual step Wednesday to try to block AT&T's $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA, arguing that the proposed merger would lead to higher wireless prices, less innovation and fewer choices ...

  28. Business Matters: The Real Story in Warner Music's Earnings Report: Diversity, Digital Growth

    August 04, 2011 5:26 PM EDT The Real Story in Warner Music's Earnings Report: Diversity, Digital Growth Two things get the headlines in coverage of Warner Music Group's fiscal third quarter ended June 30: Spotify and LimeWire. But dig deeper and you'll find fa ...

  29. Business Matters: Lockerz Gets Investment from Live Nation, Sells Its Tickets, Too

    August 03, 2011 4:58 PM EDT Lockerz Gets Investment from Live Nation, Sells its Tickets, Too - Live Nation has backed online rewards company Lockerz . Other investors in the $36 million Series C funding round include DAG Ventures, Liberty Media, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield ...

  30. Fight Over .Music Domain Approvals Continue

    August 02, 2011 5:54 PM EDT The music industry still has concerns about the potential creation of a .music top-level domain name. This time, they're taking their case to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, an agency of the Department of Comme ...

  31. Business Matters: Sony Music Revenue Up; UK Court Orders ISP to Block Web Site

    July 28, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Sony Music Revenues Up -- Sony Music Entertainment revenue increased 7% to $1.35 billion in the quarter ended June 30, although the company's earnings release shows a 0.6% decline in yen-denominated revenue due to the currency's apprecia ...

  32. Internet Privacy Controls Challenges Tech Industry, Marketers

    July 27, 2011 5:43 AM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government has put Google, Microsoft, Apple and other technology companies on notice: Give consumers a way to prevent advertisers from tracking their movements across the Web - or face regulation. Yet for all its inno ...

  33. China's Baidu Launches Online Muisc Service, Reaches Deal With 3 Major Labels

    July 19, 2011 7:32 AM EDT BEIJING (AP) - Baidu Inc., which operates China's most popular search engine, said Tuesday it will distribute music from three global labels in a deal that its partners say could help clean up China's piracy-plagued music market. Music c ...

  34. Why Tim Vanderhook Paid $35 Mil for MySpace (Q&A)

    July 14, 2011 7:43 AM EDT Few in Hollywood had heard of Specific Media, an online advertising network led by CEO Tim Vanderhook, until it came out of left field in late June to buy News Corp.'s troubled social networking platform MySpace for $35 million. The Irvine, C ...

  35. Onesheet, Simple Online Space for Artists, Launches

    July 07, 2011 2:26 PM EDT ArtistData founder Brenden Mulligan has launched a new artist service called Onesheet that aims to give artists a simple, constant web presence. Onesheet is the opposite of densely packed "one sheets" labels create for their products and ...

  36. Labels Reach Deal With ISPs on Antipiracy Effort

    July 07, 2011 11:16 AM EDT Nearly three years after the RIAA said it was "close" to getting Internet service providers to help in their fight against online piracy , that assistance has finally arrived. According to a new agreement unveiled today, the music, movie ...

  37. Exclusive: New Myspace Owner Tim Vanderhook Talks About Justin Timberlake and 'Reinvigorating' a Damaged Brand

    June 30, 2011 1:15 PM EDT Yesterday morning, Tim Vanderhook was the CEO of a relatively little-known ad network called Specific Media. Today, he's the owner of Myspace, after Specific Media emerged as the bargain buyer of the pioneering social networking site for a re ...

  38. Myspace Lays off More Than Half Its Staff

    June 30, 2011 10:58 AM EDT In connection with its $35 million sale to Specific Media , social networking site MySpace on Wednesday laid off more than half of its approximately 450 employees, the Wall Street Journal reported . As recently as two years ago, the once high-flyi ...

  39. Myspace Sold to Specific Media: It's Official

    June 29, 2011 4:02 PM EDT It's official: NewsCorp has sold Myspace to advertising network Specific Media. The official release announcing the move did not mention a sale price, only that as part of the deal NewsCorp will take a minority equity stake in Specific Media. ...

  40. Myspace Sold for $35 Million: Report

    June 29, 2011 2:08 PM EDT AllThingsD reports that NewsCorp has agreed to sell Myspace to advertising network Specific Media for $35 million. Few details were available at press time, only that the deal is in the process of being completed, and that NewsCorp will retain a f ...

  41. Myspace Layoffs, Sale Pending This Week: Report

    June 28, 2011 12:52 PM EDT Lots of movement over at Myspace this week, if reports are accurate. It all started with reports that the company would be laying of some 150 staffers on Wednesday, or around 37% of employees. That comes after nearly half of its workforce was let ...

  42. Facebook Gets Tough On Apps

    June 27, 2011 12:01 PM EDT Can't stand those annoying automated Facebook updates you get every time one of your friends plays a Facebook game or uses some app or another? Well, Facebook is cracking down on apps that constantly update on the walls and feeds of users ...

  43. GEMA Under Fire For Royalties Dispute With YouTube

    June 24, 2011 11:20 AM EDT BERLIN - GEMA, the German collection society, has come under fire in recent days from the music industry as it attempts to settle a two-year long dispute over royalties with Google by preventing access to music videos on YouTube. The issue is set ...

  44. ICANN Ruling Makes .Music Domain Name a Step Closer to Reality

    June 20, 2011 2:50 PM EDT The road towards establishing a .music Internet domain name took a significant step forward with ICANN-the international body governing Internet registries-approving the a program to dramatically expand the types of domain names available. The mos ...

  45. Spotify Raises $100 Million, But Remains Stuck at $1 Billion Valuation

    June 17, 2011 5:00 PM EDT As its long-awaited U.S. debut nears, Spotify has raised around $100 million of funding from DST, Kleiner Perkins and Accel, according to MediaMemo . This new funding reportedly values Spotify at $1 billion. Although its continues to grow in Europ ...

  46. Pandora's Stock Retreats To Below IPO Price

    June 16, 2011 8:08 PM EDT Buyer's remorse already may be setting in for some investors in Internet radio station Pandora Media. After intense demand drove up the price for Pandora's initial public offering of stock, the shares plunged by as much as 11 percent dur ...

  47. Myspace In Final Buyout Talks With Bobby Kotick

    June 10, 2011 7:38 AM EDT An investor group including Activision Blizzard Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotick is in final talks to take a controlling stake in News Corp's social network site Myspace, according to three people familiar with the matter. Kotick's i ...

  48. Business Matters: Inside eMusic's Lack of Subscriber Growth

    June 09, 2011 7:44 PM EDT Inside eMusic's Lack of Subscriber Growth -- While recorded music sales have moved from physical to digital formats, eMusic's subscriber base has remained unchanged over the last four years. "It has been flat," eMusic CEO Adam ...

  49. News Corp. Nears MySpace Deal, Report

    June 06, 2011 5:30 PM EDT NEW YORK - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. is nearing a decision on a deal for MySpace, with a strategic partnership appearing more likely than an outright sale, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing people familiar with the situation. ...

  50. Biz's App of the Month: Hype Machine Radio

    June 01, 2011 12:32 PM EDT Action shots of the The Hype Machine Radio app. Sometimes you just don't know what music you want to listen to. Searching through your music library can be like scrolling through the hundreds of channels available on your premium cable TV pla ...

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