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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Myspace In Final Buyout Talks With Bobby Kotick

    June 10, 2011 7:38 AM EDT An investor group including Activision Blizzard Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotick is in final talks to take a controlling stake in News Corp's social network site Myspace, according to three people familiar with the matter. Kotick's i ...

  5. Social Commerce Execs Praise Facebook At Billboard Country Summit

    June 06, 2011 9:22 PM EDT Montetizing the Social (from left): Marcus Whitney, CTO/entrepreneur, Moontoast; Andrew Mains, VP Artist and Label Relations, TopSpin Media; Mike Doernberg, Co-Founder/CEO, ReverbNation; Patrick Faucher, Founder, Nimbit; J Sider, CEO, RootMusic; B ...

  6. News Corp. Nears MySpace Deal, Report

    June 06, 2011 5:30 PM EDT NEW YORK - Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. is nearing a decision on a deal for MySpace, with a strategic partnership appearing more likely than an outright sale, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing people familiar with the situation. ...

  7. 'Born This Way' Media Blitz A Boon for Lady Gaga's Social Stats, Mostly

    June 02, 2011 3:09 PM EDT The media blitz that coincided with the release Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" gave her a social media boost in every way but one-Myspace. Enjoying the publicity around the album release, Gaga gained 3.32 million new fans on Facebook i ...

  8. Business Matters: Myspace's Real Decline

    May 12, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Myspace: Less Your Space -- Artist and digital market experts, take note: MySpace is holding the line on unique visitors but losing momentum on other metrics, according to comScore numbers scrutinized by TechCrunch. People are visiting far less of ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. What Facebook's Relaunched Music Page Means for Musicians, Venues, Fans

    May 02, 2011 3:57 PM EDT Facebook has relaunched its Music page -- www.facebook.com/music -- officially dubbed "Music on Facebook. With the new music-centric area, the social site answers criticisms of its unwillingness to work with the music industry and at the same ...

  11. Bids for MySpace Due by End of Week (Report)

    April 27, 2011 7:30 AM EDT News Corp. is looking for initial bids for MySpace by the end of the week and expects to announce a deal around June, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday afternoon. About a half-dozen suitors, including private equity firms, are in the hunt f ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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" ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Business Matters: Motorola Gets Cloud Fever, Invests in Catch Media

    February 25, 2011 4:52 PM EST Get the lowdown (below) on the music offerings at this week's Launch conference in San Francisco. Business Matters: Motorola Gets Cloud Fever, Invests in Catch Media -- Motorola has made a strategic investment in cloud storage and playback se ...

  18. Myspace Sale Begins

    February 25, 2011 8:17 AM EST News Corp has kicked off the process to explore the sale or spin-off of its troubled social entertainment site, Myspace, a person familiar with the talks said on Thursday. The media conglomerate has received early interest from around 20 parties s ...

  19. 'American Idol' Launches Facebook Voting for Season 10

    February 24, 2011 8:26 PM EST In its 10th season, "American Idol" has added a voting booth that does not require a telephone. Viewers will be able to cast votes on "Idol's" Facebook page beginning Tuesday when the 12 male semifinalists take the stage ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. MocoSpace to Buy Myspace? Don't Count on It

    February 07, 2011 1:40 PM EST When a once-mighty, once-popular company like Myspace falls from grace and winds up on the seller's block, it's going to become big news. And with big news comes no shortage people and companies that want to piggyback on that big news fo ...

  22. Interest In News Corp.'s Myspace Sale High

    February 04, 2011 3:15 PM EST News Corp has tapped Allen & Co to field buyout interest for MySpace and has heard from about 50 parties, people familiar with the process told Reuters on Friday. The global media conglomerate is considering a handful of options for the future ...

  23. Business Matters: For Sale: Barely Used Social Networking Site

    February 03, 2011 1:00 PM EST For Sale: Barely Used Social Networking Site -- News Corp. is ready to sell struggling social network Myspace, chief operating officer Chase Carey said in Tuesday's earnings call. Less than a month after Myspace laid off 500 staffers, Carey s ...

  24. Myspace Not Going Down Without a Fight

    February 02, 2011 10:50 AM EST Myspace may be down, but it's not going without a fight. The social networking service -- which laid off close to half its staff last month in a cost-cutting measure many feel is designed to make it more attractive to potential buyers -- sent ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Jack Isquith Guest Post: The Artist Website Problem

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST The following is a guest post from Jack Isquith, which originally appeared on his blog Digital Music Insider , and is reposted with his permission. Isquith is a digital music industry veteran who has held senior posts at Warner Brothers Records an ...

  27. Katy Perry to Make a 'Special Announcement' at Facebook HQ Wednesday -- What Could It Be?

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST In another example of artists turning to Facebook over troubled MySpace for their Web 2.0 needs, Katy Perry will be visiting Facebook headquarters on Wednesday to make a "special announcement." The announcement will be made on Facebook L ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. News Corp. 'Assessing' MySpace Sale

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST News Corp . is considering a sale of troubled social networking website MySpace , a rep for the company told Bloomberg Wednesday. "News Corp. is assessing a number of possibilities including a sale, a merger and a spinout," the company&# ...

  30. MySpace Lays Off Nearly Half Its Staff

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST MySpace has announced that nearly half its employees around the globe will be laid off in a broad restructuring of the foundering social network. About 500 employees, or 47% of the company's global staff, will be let go, CEO Mike Jones said i ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Business Matters: Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings - comScore's U.S. online video rankings for November 2010 show that Vevo ranks Number 3 in total unique viewers with 50.3 million. Viacom Digital, which includes MTV.com, VH1.com and CMT.com, ran ...

  33. Google to Power Search, Display Ads on MySpace

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google is back in business with MySpace-though, presumably, under better terms. The two companies are once again working together-and this time Google is powering both search and display ads on MySpace. Though diminished, MySpace's reach and ...

  34. Michael Jackson Cracks Top 10 of Social 50, Peas Hold at No. 1

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas become the first act to score multiple weeks at No. 1 on the recently launched Social 50 chart, which ranks the most active artists on the world's leading social networking sites -- MySpace, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. News Corp Weighs MySpace Options

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST News Corp is open to a sale of beleaguered MySpace after a relaunch of the social network as an entertainment site, COO Chase Carey told Reuters. A successful revamp of MySpace -- still visited by around 60 million people in October, according to ...

  37. Ticketmaster Adds Social Features

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster added some new social features to the service today in hopes of better connecting fans with the concerts they want to see. CEO Nathan Hubbard unveiled the changes on the company’s blog . The features are pretty much an extension of th ...

  38. Once-mighty MySpace Deepens Facebook Integration

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a sign of the companies' divergent fortunes, MySpace says it will let its users log in to their Facebook accounts through their MySpace page. Doing so will port the likes and interests they have listed on their Facebook profiles to MySpace ...

  39. MySpace, Facebook To Make Joint Announcement Today

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Facebook and MySpace are holding a joint press conference this afternoon to announce... something. Leading the event are MySpace CEO Mike Jones and Facebook's VP of partnerships and platform marketing Dan Rose. The fact that Facebook CEO Mark ...

  40. News Corp Exec: Myspace Has “Quarters, Not Years” To Right The Ship

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During News Corp’s earnings call this week, COO Chase Carey addressed Myspace’s ongoing struggles to return to relevance by stating the unit had a very short time to turn itself around. “The current losses are not acceptable or sustainable,” he sa ...

  41. '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 ...

  42. MOG's Hyman to Imeem's Caldwell: You're Wrong

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is launching a new digital music service an exercise in futility or a shot at great opportunity? Depends who you talk to. Earlier this week Imeem founder Dalton Caldwell made headlines with a speech to the Y Combinator Startup School saying that l ...

  43. Business Matters: A Look At Apple's Q4 Numbers

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. A Look At Apple's Q4 Sales Numbers -- Here's a quick look at the sales stats from Apple 's fiscal 2010 fourth quarter ended Sept. 25: 3.89 million Macs (up 27% from last Q4), 14.1 m ...

  44. Imeem Founder: Music Startups Destined To Fail

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What's Imeem founder Dalton Caldwell been up to since MySpace acquired the company he started for $1 million last year, and then subsequently shuttered? Well, most recently he discussed his reflections on the Imeem experience to a group of st ...

  45. Apple Tweaks Ping

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Apple introduced its Ping social network for iTunes, it was clearly a first step that was destined for improvement over time. And today, Apple made its first tweak to the still-maligned service. The most obvious element of the Ping update is ...

  46. MySpace Records Hires New GM, Partners With Downtown Music

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Records announced two key changes as of part its relaunch: the hiring of David Andreone as the company's new GM, and a label services partnership with Downtown Music. Originally intended to be a small, data-driven operation, MySpace R ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. Facebook Trumps MySpace on Ads

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In the social media space, two vastly different ad stories are playing out: Facebook is soaring toward must-buy territory, while MySpace appears to have completely lost its mojo. Advertisers will spend $1.28 billion globally on Facebook this year ...

  49. MySpace Selects Agency To Lead Rebranding

    August 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pereira & O'Dell of San Francisco has won the assignment to help rebrand MySpace following a review, according to sources. The shop bested New York agencies Bartle Bogle Hegarty and Droga5 and Los Angeles-based Goodness Mfg., which made f ...

  50. Business Matters: Live Nation, MySpace, Jamba and more

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Live Nation Earnings Coming Today -- Live Nation’s second quarter earnings call is after the bell on Thursday. The company’s stock has been inching up all week and closed at $9.72 on Wedn ...

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