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  1. Facebook to Advertisers: Get More Social

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Mike Murphy joined Facebook in March 2006, he was coming aboard a promising startup with 5 million users, nearly all of whom were in college. A little more than four years later, Facebook is one of the most important companies on the Internet ...

  2. Google Hires Attorney For New Music Service

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google seems to be getting serious about its much-rumored music service, hiring music licensing attorney Elizabeth Moody to spearhead label negotiations, Billboard has confirmed. To date, nothing Google has done required music industry licensing. ...

  3. Is MySpace Music Planning A Music Subscription Service?

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Is MySpace Music eyeing a possible music subscription service? That’s the question posed by a recent CNET article , on the heels of a similar story from music pub Side-Line . Both largely cite anonymous sources, though officials, including preside ...

  4. MySpace Sale Reports 'Fabrications': News Corp Exec

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT News Corp digital chief Jonathan Miller said his company is not in talks to sell its once popular social networking site MySpace and described reports of any discussions as "fabrications." "We are definitely not in any ongoing talks ...

  5. Business Matters: Freemium, 'Idol,' Twitter, MySpace and more

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT THE FREEMIUM DEBATE -- Writer/educator/consultant Clay Shirkey says sites with paywalls will underperform. Plus, he’s worried that content behind paywalls will not be part of public discourse. “When we talk about newspapers, we talk about them bei ...

  6. MySpace U.K. Traffic Slumps: Report

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The number of visitors to MySpace U.K. has halved in the last six months, according to TechCrunch . The site reports that it has seen internal figures showing monthly figures down from 10 million at the beginning of 2010 to 5 million by the end of ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. MySpace Co-President To Depart Amid Challenges

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The doors just keep swinging at MySpace. MySpace has confirmed a Techcrunch post that co-president Jason Hirschhorn is set to announce his departure tomorrow, nary four months after accepting the co-leadership role with Mike Jones. Jon Miller, chi ...

  9. MySpace Music Hires Former Veoh Head Shapiro

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Dmitry Shapiro, the former CEO of the Veoh video sharing site has joined MySpace Music as its chief technology officer. From the release: Shapiro will be responsible for all aspects of technical developments for the MySpace Music platform, includi ...

  10. Business Matters: Spotify, Levi, MySpace, 'Lost' and More

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter or e-mail him at gpeoples AT billboard.com. -- Spotify’s Android app has been updated to include the local file and social features that Spotify recently added to its service. I’ve been enjoying Spotify’s social fea ...

  11. Business Matters: Live Nation, Google, Lala, mFlow

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Morgan Joseph maintained its “neutral” rating on Live Nation stock. Note the Morgan analyst believes artists could possibly have less, not more, leverage in the future. “We remain on the sidelines and look for more signs of positive free cash f ...

  12. Social Network Tagged Rolls Out Music Strategy, Offers Bon Jovi Exclusive

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Coming in third isn’t so bad when you’re competing in the Olympics, where it earns you a place on the podium and a medal. But when you’re in third place among U.S. social networking sites, and the first two slots are taken by Facebook and MySpace, ...

  13. Murdoch Admits To MySpace 'Mistakes'

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch has admitted to "mistakes" with MySpace, after the division which houses the social network posted a loss of $150 million. News Corp. earned $839 million in the fiscal third quarter, which ended ...

  14. Business Matters: TuneCore, MySpace Music, Merch Tips, Bono and More

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- TuneCore has a marketing partnership with MySpace Music that will get MySpace Music-registered artists – which is just about everybody – a 50% discount on TuneCore distribution. That drops the fee for an album sold in 19 stores to $23.49. In ad ...

  15. Plugged/Unplugged: How Facebook Will Change Digital Music

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT No longer just a popular social networking, Facebook's new mission is to become the underlying social engine powering the entire Internet. That's what became exceedingly apparent yesterday during CEO Mark Zuckerberg's keynote speech ...

  16. iLike Co-Founders Exit MySpace

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MySpace is losing Ali and Hadi Partovi, co-founders of iLike, according to internal memos picked up by AllThings D . The two came aboard with MySpace's acquisition of iLike in August 2009. Ali served as senior VP of business development and H ...

  17. MySpace Unveils Ticketing And Events Platform

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MySpace finally unveiled its long-promised ticketing and events platform. The move expands the social networking site from a tool for artists to sell more concert tickets to a far broader events platform designed to organize all aspects of users&# ...

  18. A MySpace Subscription Service?

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Tuesday a News Corp. exec said MySpace Music is likely to launch a subscription service before the end of 2010. While that may raise a few eyebrows, there’s no reason to think News Corp. was teasing an upcoming launch. Jonathan Miller, News Cor ...

  19. PRS For Music Teams With MySpace

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT PRS for Music has made a strategic partnership with MySpace. The partnership aims to promote MySpace as the online destination to share and discover music, and underline the importance of PRS for Music membership for songwriters on MySpace. With m ...

  20. AOL Says To Sell Or Shut Down Bebo In 2010

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AOL Inc plans to find a buyer for its social networking site Bebo, for which it paid $850 million in 2008, or shut it down. The level of competition in social networking makes it difficult for the company to fight larger players such as Facebook a ...

  21. MySpace Readies Site Overhaul To Rekindle Growth

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST With shrinking audiences, deep layoffs and two management shake-ups, MySpace, the one-time leader in Internet social networking, has had a rocky year. Mike Jones, who took over as co-president last month with Jason Hirschhorn, said that even withi ...

  22. @Music&Money: Quick Bits From MTV Chief's Keynote Address

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Although MTV makes extensive use of online social networking tools, it's not likely to be an acquirer of them, according to Van Toffler (pictured), president of MTV Networks Music and Logo Group. During a keynote interview Thursday at the Bil ...

  23. Analysis: How Important Is Social Media?

    March 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST How important is social media in the development of artists? At Digital Music Forum, Universal Music Group executive VP Cameo Carlson said she was surprised so many twentysomethings are not interested in social networking . Daniel Glass, founder o ...

  24. MySpace Puts Ads 'In Stream'

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace has quietly begun testing a new "In-Stream" ad unit that appears directly within a user's personal "stream" of friend activities and status updates. The new placement debuted on Feb. 10, with Coke offering fans a f ...

  25. Simon Fuller's New Show Heads To Hulu

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Full preview: Simon Fuller 's new talent show, "If I Can Dream," will premiere online at Hulu on March 2. The show, created by Fuller and produced by 19 Entertainment, is Hulu's first original series. There will also be a live ...

  26. MySpace Tweaks Strategy

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace provided a glimpse into its future during an all-hands-on-deck meeting at the company's headquarters Thursday, featuring the introduction of the company's new co-president leadership team and unveiling of a tweaked product strate ...

  27. CEO Van Natta Out at MySpace

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST After less than a year on the job, MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta has stepped down from the position. Last April, Van Natta replaced MySpace founder Chris DeWolfe, , who was ousted from the position as part of a management shakeup designed to reinvigo ...

  28. Business Matters: Live Nation, MySpace Music, Gibson and More

    February 09, 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 Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger "should not h ...

  29. @MIDEM: Chris Morrison Blasts File-Sharers

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Gorillaz manager Chris Morrison launched an impassioned attack on file-sharing, TV talent shows and much else besides as managers took center stage at MIDEM. Morrison was speaking on the "Developing an Artist's Career in Today's Dig ...

  30. @MIDEM: MySpace CEO Talks Growth

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta used his MidemNet keynote to celebrate the return to growth in user numbers on the social network following its recent revamp. MidemNet in Cannes, which runs Jan. 23-27, is the digital-focused sibling of the main MIDEM c ...

  31. @MIDEM: Quick Bits From MySpace CEO Keynote

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta gave his first keynote outside the U.S. today (Jan. 23) in an interview with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde. Among the key points Van Natta hit upon on stage: - There are 25,000 artists (major, indie, unsigned) ...

  32. Business Matters: Bono, Google, Lala, Three-Strikes Law

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- France's three-strikes law was to be implemented on January 1, but a report says the country's commission on computer science and fre ...

  33. TuneCore, MySpace Music Ink Deal

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital music distribution service TuneCore has added MySpace Music to its list supported digital music outlets. What makes this addition unique is that for the first time, TuneCore is providing music to a primarily ad-supported music streaming se ...

  34. Business Matters: MySpace, Imeem, Virgin Media, Google

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- On the day MySpace Music closed its purchase of Imeem , the imeem.com domain was redirected to myspace.com/imeem and visitors were greeted with ...

  35. Done Deal: MySpace Music Acquires Imeem

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace's acquisition of imeem is complete. The company officially announced the transaction on its blog after weeks of speculation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources with knowledge of the transaction say it was for less than ...

  36. U.K. Biz Welcomes MySpace Music Launch

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has largely welcomed the long-awaited launch of MySpace Music, despite it arriving, as one observer notes, a "little late to the party." Commenting on the long-delayed U.K. bow for MySpace music, which took place ...

  37. MySpace Music Launches In The U.K.

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Over a year after its U.S. rollout, MySpace Music has made its long-awaited bow in the United Kingdom, going live at 00.01 U.K. time today (Dec. 3), following a launch gig by U.K. rock band Kasabian at London's Heaven venue. As with the U.S. ...

  38. Brands Urged To Engage With Music Fans Via Social Networks

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music is playing such a critical role on fast-growing social networks that brand owners can no longer ignore it for brand-awareness strategies, says a new report by Heartbeats International, the Sweden-based international marketing agency. Called ...

  39. MySpace, Merlin Standoff Ends

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace Music and independent music aggregator Merlin buried the hatchet with a deal that adds the company's roster of independent labels to the online streaming music service. While financial details of the arrangement were not disclosed, th ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Reports: MySpace Signs Agreement To Acquire Imeem

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace has reportedly signed an agreement to acquire ad-supported on-demand music service imeem. According to reports at TechCrunch and PaidContent , a letter of intent has been signed. The TechCrunch report lists the price at $1 million in cash, ...

  42. MySpace CEO To Speak At MidemNet

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta will speak at MidemNet in Cannes on Jan. 23, 2010. The appearance by Van Natta at the international forum on new technologies and new business models in the music industry will be his first Keynote outside of the U.S. He ...

  43. MySpace Close To Acquiring Imeem

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace reportedly is in the late stages of negotiating an acquisition of rival music streaming service imeem. Billboard has independently verified initial reports from tech blog TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD , that the negot ...

  44. Lala, MySpace Land Exclusives

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Fresh off their new streaming partnership with Google, digital music providers Lala and MySpace have scored exclusive access to several tracks from a variety of labels and artists as part of a bid to help promote the new Google music search featur ...

  45. Analysis: What Impact Will Google Music Search Have?

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT How successful will this the newly launched Google search be? It depends on (1) how difficult it was previously to find music on Google and (2) how good the partner services are at converting Google exposure to real business. Although Google will ...

  46. Business Matters: Qtrax, MySpace, Lala, WMG

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Qtrax , which has been holed up in the "where are they now?" file for a few months, issued a press release on Wednesday with details ...

  47. Business Matters: Sky Songs, The Pirate Bay, DJ Hero

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The European Parliament dropped from a Telecom bill an amendment that would have protected citizen’s right to Internet access. In doing away wi ...

  48. Business Matters: Live Nation, Grand Ole Opry, Twitter

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Financial Times weighed in on the proposed TicketMaster-Live Nation merger with an op-ed on Wednesday. Calling it "an overmighty duo,& ...

  49. MySpace Music Unveils Program To Champion Artists

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's no secret that MySpace can be a great place for artists to launch their careers. But MySpace Music is now formalizing the process, flexing its promotional muscles with a new program designed to champion five artists every three months ca ...

  50. MySpace Music Rolls Out New Features

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Music has unveiled a number of service enhancements designed to appeal to users and content providers, including the addition of a music video hub, the ability to purchase tracks through iTunes, and an artist metrics and analytics tool. Th ...

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