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  1. Mobile Sales Plummet, Subscription Revenues Slip in RIAA 2010 Year-End Stats

    April 28, 2011 10:51 AM EDT Mobile sales experienced a big drop, subscription service revenue dipped slightly and digital track revenue had a healthy increase in 2010. These and other statistics are available in the RIAA's 2010 Year-End Shipment Statistics report at the ...

  2. IEG: Marketers To Spend $1.17 Billion On Live Music This Year

    April 27, 2011 11:33 AM EDT A downturn in the concert business in 2010 did not have a negative impact on corporate dollars spent in the space, as North American-based companies will spend $1.17 billion to sponsor music venues, festivals and tours in 2011, a 7.3% increase fro ...

  3. Nirvana, Regina Spektor, Lez Zeppelin: Record Store Day 2011, NYC Report

    April 17, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Thousands of shoppers flooded New York City's record stores on April 16 lured in party by roughly 300 exclusive releases made available for the fourth annual Record Store Day. At Permanent Records in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, when the store opene ...

  4. Online Ad Revenues Hit Record High: Report

    April 14, 2011 8:50 AM EDT Advertisers spent a record $26 billion in the U.S. marketing their wares online last year, putting the Internet ahead of newspapers for the first time. The 15 percent year-over-year surge in online advertising put the Internet second to television ...

  5. Best Buy Pushes For Sub-$10 Wholesale CD Pricing With As Rackjobber

    April 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Changes are afoot at Best Buy that could have significant ramifications for the retailer's relationship with record labels. The consumer electronics chain recently chose Walmart rackjobber Anderson Merchandisers to handle all music buying and ...

  6. Music Sales Increase Six Weeks in a Row, First Time Since 2004

    March 31, 2011 8:04 AM EDT Something wonderful is happening in the U.S. Music sales have posted a year-on-year increase for six weeks in a row, according to Nielsen SoundScan. In fact, this is the first time since 2004 that U.S. sales have enjoyed a sales gain of this lengt ...

  7. Charlie Sheen's Rep On Ticket Controversy: 'A Ticket Sold Is A Ticket Sold'

    March 30, 2011 4:57 PM EDT "Winning" or "Not Winning"? That's the latest question surrounding Charlie Sheen's "My Violent Torpedo of Truth" 22-date North American tour, which begins April 2 at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Over the past ...

  8. Best Buy's Same-Store Sales Fall Again

    March 24, 2011 8:00 AM EDT Best Buy Co Inc reported its third straight quarter of same-store sales declines on weak demand for televisions and entertainment software in the all-important holiday selling season. The largest U.S. consumer electronics chain said its same-store ...

  9. RCRD LBL, Topspin Launch Flash Sale Site RCRD DEALS

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Music blog RCRD LBL has partnered with Topspin Media to create RCRD DEALS , a flash sale site that promises "essential music, epic discounts." Here's how it will work: RCRD LBL will use Topspin's direct-to-fan tools to market a ...

  10. Qtrax CEO Allan Klepfisz Says Company Has Licenses With Three Majors

    March 17, 2011 5:07 PM EDT Qtrax music service CEO Allan Klepfisz told Billboard.biz today that the company now has deals with three major labels. He declined to identify which ones, but it seems that Warner Music Group is the lone holdout. Billboard has been told EMI has a ...

  11. YouTube the Movie: 'The Chronicles of Rick Roll' Announced

    February 25, 2011 7:58 AM EST A collection of Internet stars from Antoine Dodson to the Double Rainbow Guy are making a movie. Producer Andrew Fischer has gathered more than a half-dozen YouTube stars for "The Chronicles of Rick Roll." He is shooting the film and has ...

  12. ShowClix, TicketBiscuit Helping Clients Move Unsold Inventory

    February 03, 2011 8:19 PM EST Ticketing companies ShowClix and TicketBiscuit have taken steps to help their clients tackle one of the biggest problems in live events: unsold inventory. In both cases, venues and promoters are given an opportunity to go through a third party to ...

  13. MIDEM One-on-Ones: Online Ticketing, The Value of Music, Western Acts In Japan

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Between the music industry panel discussions at this year's MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, Billboard senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples picks the brains of attendee executives to learn what's happening behind the scenes. Exiting ...

  14. Record Store Day 2011 Set For April 16

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST The fourth annual Record Store Day has been set for April 16. Held annually on the third Saturday of April, Record Store Day aims to celebrate the culture of more than 1,400 independent music stores around the world by hosting in-store events and ...

  15. HMV Japan to Reopen New Shibuya Store

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST HMV Japan announced on its website that it would reopen a store in Tokyo's central shopping and nightlife district of Shibuya. The CD retailing giant had its flagship Japanese outlet in Shibuya for 20 years before closing the 6,450-square foo ...

  16. Rap, Non-Traditional Retail Are Bright Spots in Glum 2010 Year-End Numbers

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST While there was plenty of dispiriting news in Nielsen SoundScan's year-end numbers for 2010 , there were a couple of bright spots: For one, rap music made a big comeback last year, driven by the top-selling album of the year, Eminem's &q ...

  17. Live Nation - SWAGG Partnership Allows Concertgoers To Purchase Merch Gift Cards With Mobile Phone

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Have you ever been to a concert with a loved one or friend and wished you could text them some cool concert merch? Well, we're not quite there yet, but thanks to a just-announced partnership between Live Nation Merchandise and SWAGG, a mobile ...

  18. Poll: Public Supports 'Do Not Track' Measure

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST A "Do Not Track" measure, an idea recently floated by the Federal Trade Commission, has broad public support, a USA Today/Gallup poll found. Of those surveyed, 30 percent responded that advertisers should not be allowed to match ads to s ...

  19. Internet Ad Apocalypse? FTC Considering Do Not Track Online Option

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Federal Trade Commission wants to take out the mashers and grifters it sees lurking in online ads, but in the process it might slaughter that business in its crib. Evoking the Do Not Call telemarketing program, the FTC's Do Not Track conc ...

  20. Australian Govt Won't Tackle Scalpers

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Australia's ticket scalpers have dodged the brunt of the law after the government advised that it wouldn't pursue the murky secondary ticketing trade. A year ago, the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council (CCAAC) launched a revi ...

  21. Black Friday Leaves Music Retailers Optimistic For Holiday Season

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST The holiday music sales season is off to a good start, music retails say. Black Friday (Nov. 26) has left many retailers optimistic about their sales prospects for the overall holiday selling season. In its weekly customer e-mail, Rochester, N.Y.- ...

  22. E-commerce Gets A Boost As Online Deals Spread

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Online retailers could see their best Thanksgiving weekend ever this year, as deep online discounts, once reserved for Cyber Monday, were offered more broadly throughout the weekend. The term Cyber Monday was coined five years ago for the day many ...

  23. Which Consumer Electronics Sold the Best on Black Friday?

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Portable MP3 players, video game consoles and accessories, and computers including notebooks and tablets were among the most popular electronics shoppers purchased this weekend, according to interim results from the Consumer Electronics Assn.' ...

  24. U.S. Shoppers Back In Black Friday Binge

    November 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. shoppers were back in a Black Friday bargain-binging mood, snapping up hoodies and computer laptops at stores, in a turnout that could give the economic recovery more steam. In contrast to the past two years, shoppers said they were buying mo ...

  25. Amazon Brings Black Friday To U.K.

    November 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Amazon's U.K. store has launched a Black Friday Deals Week promotion in the U.K., although there has been some backlash from consumers in response to the limited quantities on offer. Amazon's importation of the Black Friday concept for N ...

  26. Groupon Promotes Rihanna's 'Loud'

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST We’ve pretty extensively covered the opportunities Groupon offers the music industry in the touring and ticketing space. But as the holiday sales season approaches we’re now starting to see some examples of Groupon being used to sell recorded musi ...

  27. 10,000 Sign Up To France's Digital Subsidy Scheme

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French government has revealed that music consumers have purchased 10,000 of the state-subsidized music cards for digital services, following the launch on Oct. 28. The "Carte Musique" offers young consumers the chance to get double ...

  28. Business Matters: EMI, Pricing Strategies, 'Share' and more

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. The Future of EMI -- After Terra Firma’s loss to Citigroup in a New York courtroom, the prognosticators started thinking about EMI’s future. Here’s a sample: • “…the court case certainly ...

  29. @Digital Hollywood: OK Go and the New Era of Video Content

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One noted rock band is at the heart of a new type of brand-funded content. OK Go, the band behind numerous online viral video successes, is using its online notoriety to work with global electronics company Samsung. "The new primetime is dayt ...

  30. Record Web Ad Spend For First Half

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The recession doesn't exist on the Web. At least based on the momentum surrounding online advertising, which is back to it's pre-downturn, every-quarter-sets-a-record ways. Advertisers spent $12.1 billion on the Web during the first half ...

  31. eMusic To Add Universal Music Group, Change Pricing

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has licensed its catalog to eMusic, making it the third major record label available at the store. The addition of 250,000 UMG tracks will be available in November for U.S. subscribers only. Concurrent with the addition of UM ...

  32. UPDATE: Ticketmaster To Drop Affiliate Commissions

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Ticketmaster informed its affiliate partners in an email on Thursday that as of October 15 it will no longer pay commissions on affiliate sales. The affiliate program still exists and Ticketmaster will continue to provide affiliates access to its ...

  33. How Consumers React To Different Kinds Of Ads Online

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An Advertising Week session on Wednesday morning at the Times Center gave a glimpse at a couple of studies commissioned by AOL about consumers' engagement with online content, including online advertising. Here's a detailed look at one o ...

  34. @Advertising Week: Making The Web Safe For Branding

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the advertising world descends on Manhattan this week for Advertising Week, the watchword for most is digital. Yet despite the lip service paid that the future of the industry is written in bits and bytes, the Internet after 15-plus years has s ...

  35. Online's Ad Challenge

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the ad world descends on New York for Advertising Week, the watchword for most is "digital." Yet despite the belief that the future of the industry is written in bits and bytes, the Internet, after 15-plus years, has not yet proven it ...

  36. German Promoters, GEMA Clash Over Sponsorship

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT German concert promoters categorically refuse to accept that the collecting society GEMA should also profit from the sponsorship funds acquired by the promoters, in addition to benefiting from charges on admission tickets and the sale of merchandi ...

  37. Business Matters: Warren Buffett, Pandora, Sufjan Stevens

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- From concert promoters to record labels, people in the industry are wondering when consumer spending will return to pre-subprime loan mess levels. Earlier this week, the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the recession official ...

  38. Do TV Spots Work in Web Video?

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A common knock on the Web video industry is that it needs to move beyond repurposed TV spots, often shown as pre-rolls before content begins. But new research from Dynamic Logic finds that such units perform just as well as video ads created speci ...

  39. Will Anything Stick With Music Consumers In The Digital Age?

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Will anything stick with music consumers in the digital age? That was the question posed at two panels at the Americana Music Conference earlier this month in Nashville. Two different groups of the music industry searched for answers and recounted ...

  40. BACKBEAT: Sponsorship Experts Discuss Touring Deals @Music & Advertising

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Laura Hutfless , sponsorship agent, Creative Artists Agency A panel of sponsorship experts discussed the vital role that brand partners play in providing artists with touring dollars today at the Music & Advertising conference in Chicago. Crea ...

  41. 6 Tips For Effective Tour Marketing

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After a challenging summer concert season, one of the perennially bright revenue spots for the music industry—touring—is now limping into the fall season. Here are six strategies that everyone connected to live entertainment should embrace to boos ...

  42. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Hulu, Apple and more

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Ticketmaster now has more pricing transparency in its ticket search process , Live Nation executive chairman Irving Azoff revealed in a Twitter post. It’s not all-in pricing, but it’s ...

  43. StubHub Chief Touts Secondary Market On Huffington Post

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of the summer’s quietest developments has been New York State’s move to force ticket sellers to offer paper tickets. The lawmakers’ intent was to preserve an open secondary market. In doing so, they gave a thumbs down to any ticketing company’ ...

  44. Forecast: Branded Entertainment To Grow In 2010

    June 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Branded entertainment marketing dipped for the first time in 2009, but it’s forecast to roar back this year, according to PQ Media's new report on the industry released Tuesday (June 29). In 2010, branded entertainment, including consumer eve ...

  45. Consumers Responsive To E-mail Marketing

    June 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Despite all the complaints one hears about e-mail spam, a survey in the U.S. and 12 countries in Europe and Asia/Pacific finds plenty of consumers willing to act on marketing e-mails that catch their fancy. Released this week, the study shows 58% ...

  46. Coupons Drive Sales On Social Media

    June 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The brands that have enjoyed the most success using social media to drive consumers toward purchases follow one of two paths: Either they offer coupons or discounts, or they position themselves in front of consumers during sales or other special e ...

  47. Australian Govt Body Investigates Scalping

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Australian government is scoping the effects of ticket scalping on the general public. The Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Council has launched a review, which will examine the secondary ticketing market and asks whether changes are nee ...

  48. Live Nation Drops Service Fees For June

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation will roll out a massive price promotion this week, No Service Fee June, which will eliminate service fees on nearly 8 million tickets, more than 700 shows and 110 artists. "Every show, every ticket, every artist, every amphitheate ...

  49. Analysis: Live Nation Attracts Hedge Fund Interest. Can It Deliver?

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation has attracted some big name investors. Tiger Management, Lone Pine Capital and Glenview Capital Management are three of the hedge funds that bought shares of Live Nation in the first quarter, Reuters pointed out on Friday . The $12-per ...

  50. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Atlantic Records Branding and Sports Marketing VP Jonathan Feldman

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Jonathan Feldman Title: VP, brand partnerships & sports marketing, Atlantic Records Panel: Beyond The TV Commercial How Are Artists Striking New Deals With Brands? Tues., June 15, 9:00am – 9:50am. For more information, visit billboardeve ...

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