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  1. Indies Slam Myspace Over Licensing Policy at MIDEM

    January 28, 2013 8:34 AM EST Less than one week after opening up its new design to the public, Myspace found itself in hot water with the community it’s most actively trying to court — indie artists.   Merlin, a global rights agency that represents thousands of independent ...

  2. Business Matters: New-Look MySpace Still Putting Heavy Emphasis on Music

    September 24, 2012 5:55 PM EDT The new Myspace from Myspace on Vimeo . MySpace has gone to art school. The social network's long-delayed remodel got a sneak peak at the MySpace home page Monday and was previewed in a 2:18 video. No specific launch date was given. In contra ...

  3. Deezer Signs Worldwide Licensing Deal With Merlin

    May 11, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Merlin CEO Charles Caldas spoke both on his organization's new agreement with Deezer and his disagreenment with the Universal merger. Streaming subscription service Deezer has signed a global licensing deal with independent rights agency Merl ...

  4. Anonymous Hacker Group Launches Seemingly-Legit Anontune Music Site

    April 26, 2012 7:45 AM EDT A screen shot of the Anontune site recently launched by the Anonymous hacker group. A group of programmers from Anonymous, the infamous and rather amorphous hacker organization who in the past have claimed responsibility for hacking major governme ...

  5. Exclusive: Maker Studios Partners With Mike Tompkins in 'Long-Term Artist Development' Deal

    April 03, 2012 11:47 AM EDT Maker Studios was created to change how video is made in the YouTube era. Now the company has taken its biggest step into music. Musician Mike Tompkins , a songwriter and interpreter of Top 40 pop hits, is the first musician to partner with Maker ...

  6. Plug.dj Throws Video Into Turntable.fm-Style Social DJ App Mix

    March 26, 2012 4:56 PM EDT Here I am in the most populous room in Plug.dj... with four other people. What an original idea: A bunch of rooms where cute little avatars can DJ music to each other! That's what we said last May, before breaking the news ( we think ) about ...

  7. Exclusive: MySpace Launches New Music Player, Search Function, Facebook Integration

    December 19, 2011 8:17 AM EST After teasing a few key advertisers with a short presentation in September , MySpace has debuted its first major product offering under new owners Specific Media. The new MySpace music player launches today with enhanced music recommendations and ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. MySpace's Tim Vanderhook Talks Company's Future, Music Plans, Timberlake's Role

    October 03, 2011 4:41 PM EDT MySpace may have lost the social-networking battle to Facebook a long time ago, but it hasn't given up the fight when it comes to music. Specific Media, which acquired the struggling site from News Corp. in June for $35 million , is betting t ...

  10. CHARTS LEGEND

    September 19, 2011 7:07 AM EDT GENERAL INFORMATION SALES Data for Billboard's sales charts, which include all album charts, are compiled by Nielsen SoundScan from a universe of retailers that represents more than 90% of the U.S. music retail market. The sample includes not ...

  11. Turntable.fm Reveals iPhone App, Music-Industry Heavy Hitters Behind Funding

    September 13, 2011 4:46 PM EDT Turntable.fm is coming off a hot summer , and today revealed a bit more information about some old funding and new services. The main news is that it officially unveiled its mobile app, the details of which leaked late last week, which essentially ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. CHNL Raises $1.2 Million, Launches With Thievery Corporation

    July 12, 2011 10:05 AM EDT The number of direct-to-fan service providers continues to rise as entrepreneurs and investors pour resources into disruptive technologies that eliminate the retail middleman. CHNL is the newest startup on the scene. The company has raised $1.2 mi ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Myspace Sale Includes Justin Timberlake as Part Owner, Advisor

    June 29, 2011 5:46 PM EDT Specific Media, the advertising network that today signed a deal to acquire Myspace , revealed this afternoon that Justin Timberlake is taking an ownership stake in the company as well, and will be playing a major role in developing the future str ...

  16. 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. ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Merlin Announces New Board Members, Labels

    June 20, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Non-profit global rights agency Merlin has voted four new U.S members to its board in a recent member election from several major independent record labels. The new appointments are Dave Hansen, General Manager, Epitaph (Weezer, New Found Glory); ...

  20. Myspace Music Adds New Features as Sale Nears Close

    June 14, 2011 12:39 PM EDT As parent company NewsCorp continues to seek out a buyer for the unit, Myspace continues to build up its product, particularly on the music side of things. Last month, it introduced integration with Facebook, allowing artists to port their Myspace ...

  21. Myspace Music Launches Program for Artists to Move Profiles Onto Facebook Fan Pages

    May 11, 2011 2:27 PM EDT Myspace Music has introduced a new program for artists that will let them transfer all their content currently residing in their Myspace profile onto Facebook, under a new "Music" tab. You can check out the program here . This includes s ...

  22. Myspace Music Loses Another Exec: CTO Dmitry Shapiro

    April 14, 2011 6:20 PM EDT In the latest in a string of departures from the struggling Myspace Music, Dmitry Shapiro revealed today that he is leaving to form a new company. Shapiro announced the move on his Twitter feed . Shapiro joined Myspace in June of last year as Chie ...

  23. Report: Myspace Bidding Starts Wednesday, Music Unit Planning New Products

    April 04, 2011 11:48 AM EDT Myspace and parent company NewsCorp will give interested bidders for the struggling social networking site access to its financials and other details beginning this Wednesday, according to a report in AllThingsD . While reports of "talks" ...

  24. Google's Music Search Results Undergoing Rehabilitation

    March 31, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Google's links to streaming music in search results for artists and songs vanished earlier this week. A rep for the company told Billboard.biz, "The music search feature introduced in 2009 is currently unavailable while we make some upda ...

  25. Vevo and Myspace? Interesting, But Unlikely

    March 29, 2011 1:26 PM EDT As NewsCorp continues its search for a buyer of the struggling Myspace social networking service, we're going to hear about several "interesting" conversations it has with potential partners. The latest, according to Bloomberg , is ...

  26. Billboard Pro Launches: A Career-Building Service For Developing Artists

    March 29, 2011 1:05 PM EDT Billboard is very excited for today's official launch of Billboard Pro, a subscription-based service for developing and independent artists, as well as the managers, labels, promoters and other entrepreneurs who support them. Billboard Pro ( ...

  27. News Corp in Talks With Vevo on Myspace

    March 29, 2011 7:50 AM EDT News Corp has held talks to give control of Myspace to the music label-owned video site Vevo.com, but the likelihood of a deal being reached was slim, a person with knowledge of the talks said. News Corp in February kicked off the process to explo ...

  28. Billboard's Twitter 140: Music-Industry Characters You Need To Follow

    March 18, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Billboard's Twitter 140: It's not about how many followers. It's not about the quantity of tweets/retweets. It's about quality. Personality. Excellent linkage. These people are followed by those who work the smartest. Whether i ...

  29. Queen Latifah Invests In Music Startup Indaba, Joins Board

    February 24, 2011 4:52 PM EST The digital music business just got a fresh jolt of star power: Queen Latifah has invested in New York-based startup Indaba and joined its board of directors. Indaba is an online networking and collaboration tool that allows people to create and s ...

  30. Courtney Holt Leaving Myspace Music

    February 24, 2011 3:07 PM EST Myspace Music President Courtney Holt is leaving the company, Billboard.biz has confirmed. AllThingsD's MediaMemo first broke the news, which sources close to the situation have confirmed to Billboard.biz. We've since obtained the copy o ...

  31. Google Music: Meet The Executive Team

    February 15, 2011 5:04 PM EST The Google Music service that's become the worst-kept secret in the music industry may not be live yet, nor is it showing signs of launching anytime soon, but we are slowly getting clarity into who at Google is building the service. On Friday ...

  32. Grammys Confirm Rise of Indies, Despite 11% of All Music Sales

    February 15, 2011 8:01 AM EST Independent labels are reveling in their success after grabbing the spotlight and many of the biggest awards at the Grammys. It marked one of the biggest nights in years for indies, setting the stage for a surge in their online music sales. Meanwh ...

  33. Uncharted Territory: News and Notes on Billboard's New Chart of Emerging Artists

    February 04, 2011 9:11 PM EST For the third week in a row, Southern California rapper Traphik tops Billboard Uncharted , our weekly ranking of emerging artists who have yet to appear on a major Billboard chart but are mapping new territory in online fan engagement. During the ...

  34. Uncharted Territory: News and Notes on Billboard's New Chart of Emerging Artists

    January 28, 2011 9:07 PM EST Billboard has unveiled the second weekly Uncharted ranking, spotlighting emerging artists who have yet to appear on a major Billboard chart but are mapping new territory in online fan engagement. Uncharted artists are ranked by Heat Score -- a for ...

  35. MIDEM Diary Day 3: Football, Men in Mini Skirts and Spiked Heels

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France--A funny thing happened here late Sunday night here. The broadest collection of music industry professional gathered in one room suddenly stopped talking about music. Their attention, for three hours, turned to football, as the Pack ...

  36. MIDEM Photo Gallery: A2IM Party; WMG Packer's Fan Vs. Ning Bear's Fan; Taylor Hanson

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST At right is Taylor Hanson (yes, THAT Hanson), here promoting his 3CGRecords label ( Billboard.biz's exclusive video interview with Hanson here ). With him are A2IM president Richard Bengloff (middle), and Greenberg Traurig legend Jim Cooper ( ...

  37. Billboard Launches Uncharted, The First-Ever Ranking Of Undiscovered Artists

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST In an unprecedented move to recognize new and developing artists who do not have the volume of sales or airplay that have traditionally defined success, the all-new Billboard Uncharted ranking brings undiscovered talent to the revered Billboard ch ...

  38. Billboard Launches Uncharted, The First-Ever Ranking Of Undiscovered Artists

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST In an unprecedented move to recognize new and developing artists who do not have the volume of sales or airplay that have traditionally defined success, the all-new Billboard Uncharted ranking brings undiscovered talent to the revered Billboard ch ...

  39. Billboard Launches Uncharted, The First-Ever Ranking Of Undiscovered Artists

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST In an unprecedented move to recognize new and developing artists who do not have the volume of sales or airplay that have traditionally defined success, the all-new Billboard Uncharted ranking brings undiscovered talent to the revered Billboard ch ...

  40. Analysis: Where Will Musicians Go After Myspace?

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST Myspace's decision to lay off half its workforce yesterday did not come as a huge surprise. But once it became official, the move solidified Myspace's image as a hopelessly sinking ship. Few believe anything but a sale or spinoff is the ...

  41. Will Myspace Survive 2011?

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Myspace is becoming synonymous with "rumor" these days. With chatter still circulating about parent company NewsCorp considering selling the struggling social networking site, now comes new word that it may be preparing for a massive rou ...

  42. Rihanna Reclaims Social 50 Crown, Don Omar Jumps to No. 2

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rihanna returns to the top of the Social 50 chart after abdicating the No. 1 spot to the Black Eyed Peas (1-4) the past two weeks. This is her second week atop the list, having topped it upon its premiere last month. Latin superstar Don Omar makes ...

  43. MySpace Drops New Mobile Site

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace launched a new mobile site on Tuesday as part of its recent efforts to reposition itself as a one-stop entertainment destination. The site is formatted for Apple’s iOS, Android, Palm and “select Nokia and Blackberry devices.” An iPhone app ...

  44. 'New MySpace' Focuses On Entertainment

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MySpace lifted the veil on its much-anticipated redesign today, reining in the Wild West approach the social networking pioneer took to date with a far cleaner design focused on young users and entertainment content. To be sure, the narrower focus ...

  45. Business Matters: Spotify, Apple, MPAA and more

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Is Spotify Rattling Apple? -- Is Spotify rattling Apple? Judging from a post by CNET’s Greg Sandoval, Apple is taking Spotify seriously. From the CNET post: “…Apple executives (are) worried about ...

  46. What You Missed @Leadership Music Digital Summit Day 1

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Experiments with digital products and business models may not have produced many winners, but it was clear from the discussions at the first day of the Leadership Music Digital Summit, that some people felt progress has been made. The event began ...

  47. Vevo Hits Back At MTV

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV made waves earlier this month by announcing comScore figures that named it the No. 1 music destination site on the Internet, over both incumbent MySpace Music and upstart Vevo. Now Vevo is hitting back with numbers of its own, also from comSco ...

  48. ComScore: MTV Tops Online Music Sites In August

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV received all sorts of flack for losing out on the chance to buy MySpace after the social networking giant was acquired by NewsCorp. Now, MTV Networks’ online sites outrank MySpace Music and everybody else according to new data from ComScore Me ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Billboard Q&A: Google’s New Music Attorney Elizabeth Moody

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When word broke this week that Google had hired veteran music industry lawyer Elizabeth Moody to help it score licensing deals with the music industry, it helped make the rumors that Google is considering a cloud-based music service just that much ...

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