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  1. Coachella, Stagecoach to Remain in Indio Through 2030

    April 04, 2013 1:12 PM EDT Goldenvoice, the promoter behind both Coachella and Stagecoach festivals, reached an agreement with the city of Indio, CA that will keep the two festivals at their current home through 2030, according to the LA Times . The Indio city council vot ...

  2. Jenni Rivera Crash Investigation Raises Startling Legal Questions Over Airplane, Owner and Pilot

    December 12, 2012 4:47 PM EST Jenni Rivera was "in the final stages" of buying the Lear Jet on which she and six others were killed Sunday when the plane crashed in Mexico, according to Christian E. Esquino Nuñez, who, the Los Angeles Times blog reported, identified ...

  3. Morning Fix: The Lyor Cohen Exec Shuffle; MySpace Eye Candy; Psy's Topless Promise

    September 25, 2012 7:44 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. LYOR COHEN, POST WARNER MUSIC: WHO WILL REPLACE HIM, AND WHAT'S HIS NEXT MOVE? The announcement of Lyor Cohen's imminent departure from Warner Music Group sent a ...

  4. Morning Fix: Tupac Hologram Company Goes Broke, More Coachellas? J.Lo's Cable Channel, iPhone 5!

    September 12, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters: Breaking News, Touring, Top 40, Country and many more. AEG ATTORNEY FIRES BACK OVER MICHAEL JACKSON EMAILS: 'NOBODY IS TELLING THE STORY PROPERLY': A series of c ...

  5. Morning Fix: Bankers Big Winners in EMI-UMG Deal; SEO B.S.; VMAs Relevance; Matchbox 20 Aim For No. 1

    September 06, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MATCHBOX TWENTY AIMING FOR FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM ON NEXT WEEK'S BILLBOARD 200: Watch for Matchbox Twenty to nab its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Also heade ...

  6. Morning Fix: Canada Approves UMG-EMI; Grammy Noms To Nashville; iPhone Leaks, Flaming Lips' Pub Deal

    August 21, 2012 8:20 AM EDT Universal-EMI Merger Approved By Canadian Regulators Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division has passed another hurdle, albeit not the European Commission or FTC approval the companies are so activel ...

  7. Jim McCrary, Former A&M Records, 'Tapestry' Photographer, Dies

    May 07, 2012 3:15 PM EDT (Photos: Jim McCrary) Jim McCrary, who was behind the camera for hundreds of album covers including Carole King's iconic Tapestry , but who soured on rock photography following an encounter with a young Michael Jackson, died last month at age ...

  8. ASCAP 2012 Expo: Peter Frampton, Carly Simon Talk Songwriting, More During Day 1 Panels

    April 20, 2012 4:00 PM EDT The three day 2012 ASCAP Expo kicked off in Los Angeles on Thursday as an array of eager songwriters - novice, up and coming, and established - filed into the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood, anxious to soak up advice from songwriting idols like Ca ...

  9. Morning Heds: Apple's Latest Media Event, Will WMG Fight EMI Deal?, Macca Live Streaming

    January 19, 2012 7:20 AM EST Public Domain Works Can Be Copyrighted Anew, Justices Rule NYT A copyright protection law was challenged by orchestra conductors, teachers and film archivists who said they had relied for years on the free availability of public domain works. Clif ...

  10. Morning Heds: If Adele Was On A Major, The EDM Cruise, Is Spotify's Ek Really That Important?

    January 05, 2012 8:45 AM EST Would Adele have been as successful if she was signed to a major label? The Guardian Adele is an exceptional artist, but she has also been nurtured by her indie label, but would a major label have done the same? Del Rey strikes deal with Next Mode ...

  11. Morning Heds: GoDaddy Now Opposes SOPA, Weeknd's Lucrative Career Path, Sub Pop's 2011 Sea Change

    December 30, 2011 9:03 AM EST GoDaddy Bows to Boycott, Now 'Opposes' SOPA CNET In response to "Dump GoDaddy Day," the embattled domain registrar finally decides to oppose drastic Hollywood-backed copyright bills. The Weeknd Finds Lucrative Career Path - Wit ...

  12. Black Keys Withold New 'El Camino' LP From Spotify, Other Streaming Services

    December 08, 2011 1:00 PM EST Many artists have doubts about music-streaming services, largely due to the fear that companies like Spotify and Rhapsody detract from already declining music sales. The Black Keys are the latest addition to that group: their recently released &qu ...

  13. Business Matters: Barry Diller, Live Nation, Android, Dr. Dre and more

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Diller's Impact On Live Nation Stock Price -- Live Nation’s stock has been surprisingly quiet since news broke that Barry Diller will resign as the company’s chairman. The company’s stock clo ...

  14. Business Matters: Google's Music Plans, Walkman Outsells iPod and more

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. GOOGLE'S MUSIC PLANS: MOBILE, BROWSER Google's music plans are being welcomed by executives who have heard the pitch, according to an LA Times article. The article gives away only two ti ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. Business Matters: Thom Yorke, Second Life, FCC, Spotify and more

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - Thom Yorke ’s recent comments have generated a good deal of online response. Yorke said the music industry will implode in just a few months and urged musicians to self-release their music. (He didn’t differentiate between indie and major labels ...

  17. Opinion: The $400 Ticket Has Been Here A While

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The $400 ticket is already here, just look on the secondary market. The LA Times post “The Marriage of Ticketmaster and Live Nation: Say Hello to the $400 Ticket?” about Live Nation’s goal of raising prices misses on an important point in the deba ...

  18. Business Matters: Ticketmaster-Live Nation Criticism, Apple Sales Predicitons

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Criticism of the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger and the concessions accepted by the Department of Justice is compiled at the Wall Street Journal. Chicago concert promoter Jerry Mickelson makes a good point: there's more to a ticket price ...

  19. Business Matters: EMI, WMG, Radiohead, Guvera, Gibson

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- With the news that Citi has refused to restructure EMI 's debt to the liking of Terra Firma comes a new round of merger speculation. Pali ...

  20. Business Matters: Sky Songs, The Pirate Bay, DJ Hero

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The European Parliament dropped from a Telecom bill an amendment that would have protected citizen’s right to Internet access. In doing away wi ...

  21. Analysis: Hollywood's Digital Struggle

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Because many parts of the entertainment industry share the same travails and futures, it is worth keeping up with the goings on and the opinions of leaders in the film industry. Music and movie share painful transitions to digital from physical an ...

  22. Paula Abdul To Host 'VH1 Divas'

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Paula Abdul has signed on for her first official gig since leaving "American Idol" -- "VH1 Divas," the network's franchise special honoring female singers. Abdul will assume hosting duties for the show, which airs live on ...

  23. Briefs: Crowdsourced Radio Programming, Naxos

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Trying to bridge the gap between Internet and terrestrial radio, startup Jelli has launched with a crowdsourced radio programming model. Listeners will all hear the same playlist, both online and on partner radio stations, but can influence wha ...

  24. Briefs: RIAA, Seatwave, Napster

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In response to an op-ed from Charles Nesson, the Harvard Law professor who is representing Joel Tenenbaum in a file-sharing case, the general counsel to the RIAA , Steven Marks, lays out a fair and well-written defense of the RIAA's anti-p ...

  25. Briefs: UMG, Borders, Pandora, EMI, U2

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A New York Times article claims both Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group "relaxed" the terms of their licensing deals with Imeem to accommodate the music service's inability thus far to find a business model that does so ...

  26. Business Briefs: Nokia Comes With Music, Live Nation, Virgin Megastore

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A royalty statement acquired by Music Ally shows Comes With Music users in the U.K. downloaded an average of 61 songs per month. Compare that to the range Nokia gave for new users, between 200 and 300 songs per month. Those numbers suggest that ...

  27. Business Briefs: Last.fm, Trans World, AOL, Duff McKagan

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In an LA Times article about the Canadian band Metric, a few interesting facts are given about the band's latest album. "Fantasies" has sold 9,000 digital albums in its first three weeks of release, and has sold an additional 15, ...

  28. Business Briefs: Nokia, Facebook, MySpace, Hastings

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - In yesterday's earnings call, Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo called the 5800 Xpress Music combined with Comes With Music was a "big success story." He said the phone has seen "strong demand" in every country it has launc ...

  29. Criticism, Doubts Over iTunes Price Changes

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Though the online world tends to give Steve Jobs and Apple the benefit of the doubt, there has been an incredible amount of second-guessing about iTunes' decision to allow a three-tiered pricing system. A number of tracks - one third of yeste ...

  30. Report: Seeqpod Files For Bankruptcy

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music search engine Seeqpod has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Northern District of California, according to TechCrunch . The move by the Emeryville, CA-based startup closely follows the decision to ...

  31. Editorial: SXSW 2009 Reflections

    March 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "If there's a recession, you wouldn't know about it at SXSW," said Jonathan McHugh, the music supervisor and movie producer most prominently connected to the "Saw" series. He was at the Saturday showcase for Chop Shop ...

  32. Digital Briefs: 'Guitar Hero', T-Pain, P2P

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST - "Guitar Hero" fans who want to upgrade their equipment to the new controllers released with "Guitar Hero World Tour" can now do so on an instrument-by-instrument basis. Rather than having to buy the entire package, fans can b ...

  33. Grammys Media Roundup

    February 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Just like everyone blogging and Twittering at home, each media outlet coast to coast had its own take on the 2009 Grammys. The New York Times focused on the show's turn away from awards presentations and towards live performances, mostly prai ...

  34. News Analysis: SanDisk's SlotMusic

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding SanDisk's slotMusic, mainly due to the limited details – like no info on content or pricing - as the product was unveiled today . While the reaction from analysts and the press is mixed, most ...

  35. CBS Buys Last.fm For $280 Million

    May 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT CBS Corp. has acquired Last.fm for $280 million in cash. The deal, unveiled today, should significantly enhance the broadcast giant's online, mobile and social networking footprint, and enable it to explore synergies between the CBS Radio div ...

  36. Does Lower Digital Pricing Necessarily Mean More Sales?

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The issue of music pricing continues to be a discussion point of increasing interest, particularly following a recent Billboard article about independent labels expressing frustration over the financial of the eMusic service. The LA Times ran this ...