Marketing

  1. Arbitron Commercializes PPM In Eight Markets

    October 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a move crafted to pre-empt any attempt to block the rollout of Arbitron's Portable People Meter (PPM), the ratings company announced on Monday (Oct. 6) that it has commercialized its electronic radio ratings services in eight new markets. ...

  2. N.Y. Attorney General Sues Arbitron Over PPM

    October 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The attorney general of the State of New York will file suit against Arbitron to stop the company's rollout of PPM in the Empire State. Andrew Cuomo alleges that Arbitron has engaged in "unlawful and deceptive acts and practices" in ...

  3. Obama, Durbin Push For PPM Delay

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Presidential candidate Barack Obama and Dick Durbin, both Democratic senators from Illinois, have sent Arbitron president/CEO Steve Morris a letter expressing their concerns over the company's plans to continue rolling out PPM without Media R ...

  4. Playing In The Brand

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT For many years, artists and their managers questioned whether linking their music to advertisers was "selling out." That battle is long over. Few even debate the question any longer. Artists now routinely put singles into videogames and ...

  5. Insurance Scheme For Secondary Ticketers

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Assn. of Secondary Ticket Agents (ASTA) has unveiled an insurance bond scheme to protect its members' customers in the event of a U.K. business failure. From next month, all ASTA members will be bonded under a scheme underwritten by Lloyd ...

  6. Zavvi's Douglas Steps Up At ERA

    September 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Entertainment Retailers Assn. (ERA) has elected Zavvi managing director Simon Douglas as its chairman for the next year. The unanimous vote was announced at the ERA AGM in London Sept. 17. Ben Drury, managing director of digital do ...

  7. Atlantic's Estelle Experiment Is Over

    September 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Atlantic's Estelle experiment is over, as the singer's "American Boy" track and the artist's entire "Shine" album, is back up on iTunes. Atlantic pulled the album on August 19 from iTunes. The digital retailer ty ...

  8. New York AG Investigates PPM

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pressured by a group of Hispanic broadcasters and Inner City Broadcasting in New York City, New York attorney general Andrew Cuomo has initiated an investigation into Arbitron's portable people meter (PPM) system. Arbitron received a subpoena ...

  9. U.K. Charts Aggregator OCC Rebrands

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Official U.K. Charts Company (OCC), compiler of the U.K.'s music-sales charts, has re-branded itself as The Official Charts Company with immediate effect. The organization's new logo drops the word "U.K." and emphasizes the ...

  10. Cosmopolitan Launches Music Competition

    September 09, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Hearst Magazine's Cosmopolitan has launched a talent show competition via YouTube, dubbed StarLaunch. Sponsored by Nikon and Procter and Gamble's Pantene, the contest asks for entries from female fronted bands and solo artists to be uplo ...

  11. ICM Acquires Marsha Vlasic Organization

    September 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT International Creative Management (ICM) has acquired the Marsha Vlasic Organization in a move that provides a significant boost to ICM's Concert division. The deal brings Ben Folds, Elvis Costello, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Moby, Muse, Neil Young, ...

  12. HMV Sales On The Rise

    September 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT HMV Group announced 1.3% growth in total sales for the 18 weeks ending Aug. 30, in the first trading update of its current financial year. "In what is a tough consumer environment, the solid start made by the Group to the new financial year m ...

  13. Primary Wave Names Key Execs

    August 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Primary Wave Music Publishing has appointed Aimee Berger to the position of executive director of brand partnerships. Previously, Berger was an attorney for Warner Chappell Music Publishing, Island Records and Arista. She also founded the tour pro ...

  14. Commentary: Think Before You Brand

    July 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Celebrity brand partnerships have become undeniably big business in recent years, and the success stories-the multiple links between artists and Apple, plus Pepsi's long-running association with the likes of Britney Spears, Beyoncé and Pink-s ...

  15. RealNetworks To Push Ringtones Via Film, TV

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT One of the challenges record labels face with the growth of ringback tones is a lack of cohesive marketing. Since each wireless operator gives their ringback tone service a different name, labels say developing a quick and easy consumer message fo ...

  16. Woolworths Hits New Low After Profit Warning

    July 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British sweets-to-DVDs retailer Woolworths issued a profit warning, blaming a marked downturn in trading conditions, and scrapped plans to sell out of DVD publisher 2 entertain, sending its shares to a new low. The 100-year-old group, which last m ...

  17. StubHub Seals Deal With Virgin Fest

    July 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After recently being named the official fan-to-fan ticket marketplace for Madonna's North American tour and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, StubHub has announced a similar partnership with the Virgin Mobile Festival, to be held Aug. 9 ...

  18. Turn Off Radio, Tune In To Marketing, Says McBride

    July 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music labels have depended on radio airplay for so long, they have never learned the art of effective and relevant marketing, a scenario that has contributed to the current industry slump. That is the damning message from Terry McBride, co-founder ...

  19. Vasquez Joins Spirit Music Group

    July 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Robert Vasquez, former manager of film and television for EMI Music, has been appointed creative director at global independent music publisher Spirit Music Group. Vasquez will report to VP of creative Peter Shane. Vasquez will be based in Spirit& ...

  20. Indies Issue: Arts & Crafts Beefs Up After Scoring Hit

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Canadian indie Arts & Crafts may be enjoying the biggest hit of its six-year existence, but label co-founder/president Jeffrey Remedios says he'll never change his "quality over quantity" business mantra. The Toronto-based label ...

  21. U.K.'s Zavvi Unveils First Product Promo Sale

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Leading U.K. entertainment retailer Zavvi has disclosed plans for its first sale since rebranding from Virgin Megastores in Sept. 2007 following a management buy-out. The warehouse clearance sale launches June 26 with more than 600,000 CDs and 200 ...

  22. SBS Joins Mobile Marketing Network

    June 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spanish Broadcasting System's radio stations have joined mobile marketing company HipCricket's network of Hispanic broadcasters and advertising clients. The move puts the network's reach at more than seven million listeners and brin ...

  23. Kobalt Offers Online Pipeline Royalty Advances

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Music publishing rights administrator Kobalt Music Group has launched a new online tool that allows its copyright holders to view their publishing accounts in real time. The new online pipeline royalty advances tool, which goes live tomorrow (June ...

  24. Online Retailers Shift Pricing

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The cost of digital music is rising, and falling, depending on where you shop online these days. Amazon.com introduced two new discount promotions on select digital albums as part of an ongoing variable pricing strategy. The company’s Daily Deals ...

  25. Four Largest Markets Scheduled For PPM Switch

    June 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Arbitron officially resumed the roll-out of its portable people meter service Thursday (June 12). Beginning in September, eight markets will say goodbye to diaries forever, including the nation's four largest radio markets, New York, Los Ange ...

  26. Borders Changes Hands In Aus, NZ

    June 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT In a surprise move, A & R Whitcoulls has bought the Australasian operations of the Borders Group. The New Zealand-listed company behind the Angus & Robertson and Whitcoulls bookselling chains had made a bid for the Australian and NZ Border ...

  27. Live Earth Campus Seeks Re-Brand

    June 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Earth Campus, the college focused version of Live Earth, is looking to establish its own brand identity separate from Live Earth's, Billboard.biz has learned. Live Earth Campus, which was announced last year, will feature four major conc ...

  28. I See You Baby, Shakin' Those Rights

    May 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Ad-funded music, eh? Without even touching the regrettable Qtrax at Midem episode, there's clearly a major lump in the road to success. Not that the trajectories of music and advertising are not due to collide and create new forms of consumer ...

  29. Woolies Pulls Plug On Singles, Launches Download Store

    May 27, 2008 12:00 AM EDT British supermarkets giant Woolworths is axing the CD single from its inventory, claiming consumers are no longer interested in the format. CD singles will be pulled from Woolworths' shelves with effect from August, although there will be an ...

  30. La Curacao's Digital Store Plans Launch

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT La Curacao's digital music store, Pasito Tunes, is set for a May 15 soft-launch with an official launch in July. The department store chain's business development sales and marketing manager Reuven Hayun says the soft-launch period will ...

  31. Warner Music Group To Test Dynamic Pricing

    May 05, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is testing a dynamic pricing system for digital albums provided by partner Digonex technologies. Under the agreement, Digonex will basically act as a middleman between WMG and the various digital retailers selling WMG content. T ...

  32. Gannett Upped At Sony BMG

    April 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Chris Gannett has been promoted to VP of strategic marketing for Sony BMG's Commercial Music Group. Gannett reports to David Santaniello, senior VP of strategic marketing for the group, and is based in New York. In his new role, Gannett will ...

  33. U.K. Gov't Urges Industry To Tackle Touts

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The British government will not enforce strict new rules to regulate the secondary ticketing sector, but instead has called upon the live music industry to collectively clean its own act up. In its response to a Parliamentary select committee repo ...

  34. Panel Debates PPM Effectiveness

    April 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT What's a better measurement of radio listenership: numbers that show all levels of exposure to a radio station, or numbers that show how many people are actually paying attention to what they're hearing? That question was debated between ...

  35. Universal France Creates Brand-Focused Division

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music France has launched a division designed to intermediate between brands and the major company's artists. The new unit, entitled "U think!", will work on product placement, endorsement and on developing dedicated music ...

  36. Brands Jump on Summer Tours

    April 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's been 20 years since Neil Young famously declared that he wouldn't sing for Miller or Bud. These days, most rockers are singing a different tune as the concert sponsorship business has skyrocketed. While media segments like newspaper ...

  37. Sale Heads New Paradigm Artist Marketing Unit

    March 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lori Sale has been named head of Paradigm Artist Marketing, a new division within the agency that will seek out marketing and 360 degree deals for their clients. Sale previously was head of global branded entertainment at ICM. Paradigm Artist Mark ...

  38. U.K. Debate Simmers On Secondary Ticketing

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Heated debate during a conference in central London last night (March 18) illustrated that dialog on regulating the U.K. secondary-ticketing sector will continue to simmer for the forseeable future. Emotions ran high at "Ticket Touting: Going ...

  39. Williamson Replaces Campkin At Zavvi

    March 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Gary Williamson has been promoted to head of music at Zavvi, the British retailer which emerged from the Virgin Megastores U.K. and Ireland chain. London-based Williamson, who retains his current responsibilities as head of related product, succee ...

  40. CPA, RSS Find Common Ground On Secondary Tix

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Resale Rights Society is gathering pace thanks in part to the Concert Promoter's Association's apparent change of heart with regards to the secondary ticketing market. The U.K. based RRS claims that the CPA has abandoned its stance t ...

  41. Whetsel Joins Outback Concerts

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rick Whetsel, founder of Nashville-based independent promoter Great Big Shows, has been named director of special events for Nashville promoter Outback Concerts. Whetsel started Great Big Shows in 1998, booking primarily up-and-coming bands in suc ...

  42. Billboard Music & Money Keynote: Ticketmaster CEO Sean Moriarty

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST In a wide ranging interview/keynote at Billboard's Music & Money Symposium in New York, Ticketmaster CEO Sean Moriarty emphasized that the concert business is healthy, but going forward would need new approaches to keep it relevant. “The ...

  43. Led Zep, Take That Top U.K. Secondary Ticket Market

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Led Zeppelin's one-off O2 Arena gig last December commanded the highest price on the U.K. secondary ticket market in 2007, while Take That's tour generated the most sales according to new figures from independent ticketing research consu ...

  44. French Album Sales Up In Jan

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST The volume of album sales in France this January rose 0.4% at retail compared with the same period last year, according to a new report. Units sold during the month increased to 5.263 million, while the value of album sales dropped 5.7% to €69.2 m ...

  45. Jay-Z, Stoute Partner For Ad Agency

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Jay-Z and entrepreneur Steve Stoute have partnered to launch Translation Advertising. The company aims to aid mainstream marketers in reaching multicultural consumers and will be a part of Translation Consultation and Brand Imaging which works wit ...

  46. Ticketmaster Buys U.K. Online Ticket Reseller

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST On the heels of their move to acquire U.S. ticket reseller TicketsNow for $265 million (Billboard.biz, Jan. 15), Ticketmaster has now acquired GET ME IN! (www.getmein.com), an independent web-based marketplace for music, sport, theatre and other l ...

  47. French Physical Sales Slump

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST The French physical recording business generated €1,176 million ($1,722 million) at retail in 2007, down 17.1% from 2006, according to figures unveiled by Gfk and French Observatoire de la Musique. In volume, the market dropped 18.3% to 83.1 milli ...

  48. MPs: Secondary Ticket Industry Needs To 'Clean Up Its Act'

    January 09, 2008 12:00 AM EST A Parliamentary select committee has described the inflated prices in the secondary ticket market as "unfair", but MPs have stopped short of recommending government intervention saying this "should only be considered as last resort& ...

  49. eMusic Names Execs

    December 18, 2007 12:00 AM EST eMusic named two new executives to its roster this week. Kip Morgan Chief joined the company's as marketing officer. Morgan comes to eMusic from Earthlink, where he was VP of direct marketing. At eMusic, Morgan will lead the company's ma ...

  50. Geffen Aims For Online Gamers

    December 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Geffen Records boy band NLT will be receiving a heightened profile in the online videogame world, and not just from getting their songs on soundtracks. The label has teamed with in-game advertising firm Mochi Media to run a campaign aimed at young ...

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