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  1. Apple iCloud Preview: Annual Price, Advances to Labels, Impact on Blackberry and Amazon, and More

    June 03, 2011 4:29 PM EDT The long wait is almost over. With Apple expected to unveil iCloud at its Worldwide Developers Conference Monday , the race to dominate music in the cloud can finally get started in earnest. Full details will be given at Monday's conference, ...

  2. Pitchfork, LA Times Announce Major Music Staff Changes

    June 03, 2011 3:14 PM EDT It's been a week of significant changes in the world of music criticism and media: Both the Los Angeles Times and the online music magazine Pitchfork have announced new editors. At the Times, Randall Roberts has been named the Pop Music Criti ...

  3. Business Matters: Pandora Thinks Its IPO Could Net It $33 Million

    June 03, 2011 3:14 PM EDT Pandora Thinks Its IPO Could Net It $33 Million Pandora is hoping its IPO will raise a total of about $141 million. If you've read about the IPO in the news, that's the number being used as the total amount of proceeds the company will r ...

  4. Pair Arrested in Connection to Execution-Style Slaying of MTV Staffer

    May 12, 2011 6:15 PM EDT A man and a woman arrested this week in connection with a string of LA-area armed robberies are believed to be responsible for the execution-style slaying of a MTV staffer, according to the Los Angeles Times . Jabaar Vincent Thomas, 26, and Destin ...

  5. Judy McGrath Left MTV the Day After 'Electric Barbarellas' Premiere -- Coincidence?

    May 05, 2011 6:45 PM EDT You may recall that last year, MTV Networks CEO/Chairman Judy McGrath -- who stepped down today after 30 years at the company - was engaged in a battle of the wills with Sumner Redstone over a reality show involving a scantily clad, all-female gro ...

  6. Business Matters: Amazon's Motivation for Selling Hit Songs at 69 Cents

    April 29, 2011 4:54 PM EDT Amazon's Motivation for Selling Hit Songs for 69 Cents -- It's not the signal of all-out price war, but Amazon has dropped the price of 204 hit songs to 69 cents. Among the select group of songs are Katy Perry's "E.T.," Je ...

  7. Video, Computer Game Sales Drop 16% in March: Report

    April 15, 2011 7:54 AM EDT March wasn't a good month for the gaming industry. Sales of video and computer games dropped 16% last month to $735.4 million, according to NPD Group data, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Hardware sales, meanwhile, were up 12%, to $494. ...

  8. Dot Records Founder Randy Wood Dead At 94

    April 14, 2011 7:00 AM EDT The founder of Dot Records who helped introduce black rhythm-and-blues to white audiences in the early rock era has died in California. Randy Wood was 94. His son, John, tells the Los Angeles Times that Wood died on Saturday at his La Jolla home f ...

  9. Business Matters: Is Intocable The New Radiohead?

    April 13, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Intocable Is the New Radiohead -- Add Tejano/Norteño band Intocable to the list of successful bands that have left the major label system and gone independent. It's not a household name among the music cognoscenti, but it should be. A handful ...

  10. Prince To Play 21-Night Residency In Los Angeles

    April 08, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Prince will continue his residency-style "Welcome 2 America" tour with a whopping 21-date stand in Los Angeles, beginning on April 14 at the Forum. The artist made the announcement via a phone call on George Lopez's show last night ...

  11. Meet the Man Behind Rebecca Black's 'Friday'

    March 30, 2011 10:22 PM EDT Rebecca Black's song "Friday" has turned the 13-year-old into an overnight celebrity, spurred a rash of negative comments and now been viewed nearly 67 million times on YouTube. It's been widely reported that the aspiring singe ...

  12. Business Matters: Yes, Artists Still Want Label Deals

    March 28, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Think Record Labels Are Redundant? Try Telling That To 75% Of Artists Surveyed … Three out of four independent artists want to be signed to a record label, according to a survey of 1,869 artists by ReverbNation and Digital Music News . When asked ...

  13. Screeching Weasel Singer Hits Two Women At Band's SXSW Gig -- Video Footage Here

    March 19, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Screeching Weasel singer Ben Weasel (a.k.a. Ben Foster) struck two women during the band's tirade-laden concert at South by Southwest Friday night, according to media reports and video footage of the event, which took place at Austin's S ...

  14. How Citigroup Outfoxed Guy Hands In Its Takeover Of EMI

    February 03, 2011 2:15 PM EST While press reports on Citigroup's takeover of EMI are rife with phrases about how the bank "seized control" (New York Post) in a "surprise move" (Los Angeles Times) that apparently caught Terra Firma chairman Guy Hands of ...

  15. Business Matters: Live Nation, Google, Tower Records and more

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. A Look At Live Nation's Q3 -- Live Nation president and CEO Michael Rapino said the company “scrapped and fought our way through Q3.” Indeed it did. The third quarter is the company’s big mon ...

  16. Business Matters: Spotify, Spotlight, WMG and more

    October 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Ad Firm Must Pay Studios In Infringement Settlement -- A federal judge has approved the settlement reached between online advertising firm Triton Media of Scotsdale, Arizona (not to be confused wi ...

  17. Kanye West Reveals Album Cover, Banned By Def Jam?

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kanye West premiered over the weekend what was suppose to be the cover art of his upcoming "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" -- that is until Def Jam allegedly pumped the breaks on it. "Yoooo they banned my album cover!!!!! Ima tw ...

  18. Business Matters: 'Trial of the Century' Set To Start Monday

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. 'Trial of the Century' Set To Begin Monday -- It’s called the “Trial of the Century” in London and in the States it’s a pretty big deal too. Terra Firma’s lawsuit against Citigroup start ...

  19. Business Matters: What's The Potential For Access Models?

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. What's The Potential For Access Models? -- So what's the potential for access models? Jon Healey's recap of a contentious discussion at the Digital Music Forum West conference under ...

  20. Business Matters: Chuck Klosterman, Google, VIP Packages Examined and more

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Klosterman Essays Priced At 99 Cents -- Following the lead of iTunes’ 99 cents-per-track model, book publisher Scribner has begun offering 69 essays by pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman for 99 c ...

  21. Chelsea Handler Panned As VMA Host

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When MTV announced last month that E!'s Chelsea Handler would be hosting this year's Video Music Awards, it was met with some surprise. So how did she do Sunday on one of music's most star-studded nights? "She was among the wor ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Business Matters: Zaptunes, Kickstarter, Vivendi and more

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. THE DEAL WITH ZAPTUNES -- In case you haven’t spent any time this week following Zaptunes, a new music service that touts songs by Radiohead and other stars, here are a few things you should know. ...

  24. Business Matters: Post-Katrina New Orleans, Cloud Hackers, 9:30 Club and more

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- A summary of New Orleans' music scene five years after Hurricane Katrina: 20% fewer musicians, 50% fewer gigs, 43% lower earnings, and a higher cost of living. The third annual st ...

  25. Stone Poneys' Kenny Edwards Dead At 64

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kenny Edwards, an original member of the Stone Poneys country-rock band and longtime collaborator with singer-songwriters Linda Ronstadt and Karla Bonoff, has died in California at age 64. A statement on his website says he died Wednesday (Aug. 19 ...

  26. Business Matters: Spotify, Napster, PayPal and more

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Napster Co-Founder Invests In Spotify -- Sean Parker, former CEO of Facebook and co-founder of Napster, has invested $ €11.6 million ($US 14.9 million) in Spotify at a valuation of €230 million ($300 million), according to Trade Register of Luxemb ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. Business Matters: Live Nation, Cassette Comeback, RIAA and more

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LIVE NATION LOSS EXPECTED -- Analysts expect Live Nation to report a loss of $0.11 on revenue of $1.4 billion. The company releases its second-quarter earnings on August 6. ( SmarTrend ) HOW WILL 2010's TOURING SEASON BE DIFFERENT NEXT YEAR? ...

  29. Business Matters: Live Nation, WMG, Comi-Con and more

    July 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LIVE NATION STOCK BOUNCES BACK, EARNINGS CALL ON THURS -- Live Nation stock has taken back some of the losses following its July 15 investor presentation. After spending most of the week below $9, the stock rose 4.13% to finish at $9.58 on Friday. ...

  30. Business Matters: Live Nation, Swedish Sales, Spotify

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation 's stock closed Thursday down 10.85% to $10.19. During the afternoon it was down as much as 16%. Investors fled when the company revealed the extent of its summer concert woes during an investor and analyst meeting, although th ...

  31. Update: Electronic Music Festival Hard L.A. Canceled

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hard L.A., the electronic music festival scheduled for July 17 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, has been canceled, a representative for the event has confirmed. Published reports suggest the event was called off due to security concerns. &q ...

  32. Letter To The Editor: EA Exec Calls For Continued Dialogue On Israel

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the recent article "Line Of Fire" by David Prince , Billboard reported on the growing - and alarming - trend of artists canceling performances in Israel in protest of actions in the West Bank and Gaza. While the piece represented both ...

  33. Business Matters: Terra Firma, MySpace, Skyline and more

    July 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT REPORT: TERRA FIRMA OKs FUTURE FUNDS -- A report says Terra Firma has approved a resolution on June 10 that would allow it to inject another £500 million ($759 million) into EMI Music. That resolution gives EMI parent company Maltby Capital the ri ...

  34. Business Matters: Borders, Lala, Canada's CD Tariff, Buzzmedia, Irving Plaza and More

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Borders reported a greater operating loss and an improved net loss in the first fiscal quarter ending May 1, 2010. The net loss of $64.1 million was a fair improvement over the $86 million net loss in the previous year’s first fiscal quarter. R ...

  35. Business Matters: WMG, Myxer, The National, U2 and More

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Warner Music Group ’s stock price has given up a good portion of its gains this year. Since reaching a high of $8.01 on April 14, shares of Warner have dropped 30.2% to $6.15 at Wednesday’s close. The stock was down 6.68% on Tuesday and 4.35% o ...

  36. Business Matters: Rhapsody, Charlie Daniels, Karaoke and More

    March 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Rhapsody is working with Dolby Laboratories to better format its catalog of 9 million tracks for mobile delivery. That means tracks will take less hard drive space, will have better playback quality and will load faster. Those characteristics s ...

  37. @SXSW: THE DAILY DIGEST: Mobile Emerges As A Major Music Platform

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The discussion around mobile music no longer mentions ringtones, as both mainstream and indie acts see the advantages of mobile platforms for promotion and distribution. Devices have always been at the center of the digital music experience, most ...

  38. Analysis: The Evolution of Ad-Supported Models

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Is your attention worth a few dollars to the advertisers of a music download site? That depends on how much attention they actually get. The business models of two new ad-supported music sites, FreeAllMusic and Guvera, depend on the creation of th ...

  39. Ad-Supported Guvera To Launch in U.S. on March 30

    February 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ad-supported music service Guvera announced at its New York City launch party that it will launch in the U.S. on March 30. The Australia-based company also announced at the Feb. 18 event that it has licensing deals with INgrooves, BMI, the Harry F ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Business Matters: Live Nation Ent., AEG, David Pakman

    February 04, 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 . -- In the wake of the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger AEG ...

  42. Business Matters: Ustream, eMusic, Facebook, UCLA and More

    February 02, 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 . -- Ustream has received a $20 million investment from Sof ...

  43. Business Matters: KKBox, Andersen v. Atlantic Recording Corp., Spotify, Imogen Heap and More

    February 01, 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 . -- KKBox , a Taiwan-based music service akin to Spotify , ...

  44. DOJ Draws Criticism Over Ticketmaster-Live Nation Merger

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST The newly formed Live Nation Entertainment has industry watchers asking this: Why would the government allow a vertical merger that could possibly limit competition? Promoters are upset a competitor will have their ticketing data. And most everybo ...

  45. Downloads Too Expensive?

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music prices are too high and consumers prefer a-la-carte downloading to bundled pricing schemes. Those are the two key findings in new research by Wharton marketing professor Raghuram Iyengar . The study is detailed in an article at Knowl ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Report: Key Club In Los Angeles Closes

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Key Club along the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles has reportedly closed its doors on Nov. 29. But the venue’s president Keith Pressman says that the venue could reopen in a couple of months. "As far as everyone is concerned we're dead a ...

  48. Del-Fi Records Founder Bob Keane Dies At 87

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Del-Fi Records founder Bob Keane, who discovered rocker Ritchie Valens, has died in Los Angeles at age 87. Keane's son, Tom, tells the Los Angeles Times that his father died of renal failure Saturday at an assisted-living home in Hollywood. B ...

  49. Business Matters: Teamsters, MySpace, Imeem

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Composers and lyricists in Hollywood are considering joining the Teamsters , Local 399. According to the Los Angeles Times, about 400 such prof ...

  50. Business Matters: Lord Mandelson, EFF, Apple

    October 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Lord Mandelson , the British Business Secretary, will forge ahead with his legislative measures to cut off the Internet connections of illegal ...

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