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  1. PwC Music Report Stresses Strength of Live Biz, Fate of Downloads Still Hazy

    June 03, 2014 7:01 PM EDT The U.S. live music market is universally expected to grow in the coming years. There's more uncertainty, and disagreement, on the future course of country's music download market.   The big picture offers good news. The total U.S. mu ...

  2. Business Matters: Music Discovery Through Advertising

    October 16, 2013 7:37 PM EDT Brands have long been involved in the music business. The call letters for WSM, the home of the Grand Ole Opry, stand for "We Shield Millions," the slogan of former owner National Life & Accident Insurance Company. Brands that fund ...

  3. Business Matters: What the Heck Happened to Track Sales?

    October 11, 2013 4:50 PM EDT Last week, track sales in the United States totaled 19.8 million units, an incredible 15% lower than the same week in 2012 and the lowest weekly total of 2013. A dip below 20 million units is remarkable. For context, weekly track sales in 2013 ...

  4. Business Matters: How Good Was iTunes Radio's Start? (Really Good)

    September 24, 2013 4:57 PM EDT Just how good was iTunes Radio's start? Pretty good. Apple announced Monday that iTunes Radio picked up 11 million listeners in its first five days of availability.   The news immediately made clear that iTunes Radio should be considered a ...

  5. Business Matters: How Many Subscribers Does a Digital Music Service Need to be Profitable?

    September 03, 2013 8:18 PM EDT How many subscribers does a music service need to be profitable? Rdio CEO Drew Larner recently told NPR the service would "absolutely be profitable" when it achieves "real scale" of 25 million to 30 million subscribers. Lar ...

  6. Who Will Pay For YouTube Videos? Alchemy Networks Has One Answer

    May 09, 2013 1:23 PM EDT Who will pay the monthly subscription fee to access a YouTube channel? Peter Griffith, Chief Executive of Alchemy Networks, believes he has one good answer to that question: afficionados of rap battles, an urban art form dating back to the 1970s ...

  7. Business Matters: How Netflix Reduces Piracy

    May 06, 2013 5:15 PM EDT There has long been three opinions about how to beat piracy; through legislation and enforcement, through better legal services, or both. Although piracy continues to exist as numerous new music services have launched, there’s no doubt consumers ...

  8. Younger Listeners Ditching AM/FM For Internet Radio (Study)

    April 02, 2013 8:55 PM EDT Internet radio and streaming services accounted for nearly four out of 10 minutes heard by young listeners in the fourth quarter, according to new figures released by the NPD Group.   Internet radio services like Pandora and iHeartRadio accounte ...

  9. Does Streaming Cannibalize Albums?

    December 14, 2012 7:25 AM EST (Illustration by Jan Feindt) Meet Michael Acton. In many ways, he represents the past, present and future of the music business. As a teen growing up in Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1980s, Acton trawled record stores for vinyl. In his 20s, he ...

  10. Business Matters: Streaming Services Pay Far Better Than Terrestrial Radio

    December 10, 2012 7:02 PM EST Some artists don't like what they're paid by streaming services. But the problem may stem from artists comparing streaming rates to purchases rather than what they get from terrestrial radio. Compared to terrestrial radio, by far the mos ...

  11. Katy Perry and Coty Announce Fragrance Partnership, New Perfume 'Almost Finished'

    November 28, 2012 12:51 PM EST Coty Inc. and Katy Perry officially announced today (Nov. 28) plans to produce and distribute Perry's fragrance line, which includes previous scents Purr and Meow. The news of the acquisition was first reported by Billboard in the Oct. 20 iss ...

  12. Business Matters: Pandora Eating Into CD and Download Listening, Says NPD

    November 08, 2012 4:02 PM EST Radio is as popular as ever, but not all radio is the same. A new report by NPD Group says Pandora is encroaching on the listening habits of its users. NPD says 37% of Internet users listened to Pandora and other Internet radio services in the pas ...

  13. Beats By Dre Debuts First Post-Monster Cable Products

    October 16, 2012 11:30 AM EDT Beats president Luke Wood Beats Electronics is going for a solo performance this holiday. The Santa Monica, Calif.-based purveyor of high-end Beats by Dre audio gear is introducing on Tuesday its first set of products created on its own, without t ...

  14. The Smell Of Money

    October 15, 2012 8:20 AM EDT Lady Gaga is far from the only pop star to find success with a fragrance. From October 2011 to September 2012, celebrity brands accounted for $140 million of the $2.9 billion in U.S. prestige fragrance sales -- up 32% year over year, according t ...

  15. Business Matters: What A Growing Digital Music Sales Market Really Means

    October 03, 2012 2:21 PM EDT Nielsen announced on Tuesday that digital track and album sales are on track to break new records. That's old news if you follow SoundScan numbers on a regular basis. Records in both categories were set in 2011 and both categories are up this ...

  16. Morning Fix: Universal-EMI EU Approval Tomorrow? Amanda Palmer Pays; Cash Money Signs Caskey

    September 20, 2012 12:33 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. AEG SALE LIKELY TO ATTRACT L.A. CONSORTIUM BID: The announcement that s ports and live-entertainment giant AEG is for sale for a reported $7 to $8 billion , has prompted s ...

  17. Business Matters: What is iTunes' U.S. Market Share? Is Google Play Disappointing?

    September 19, 2012 8:27 PM EDT NPD Group released a report Tuesday that said iTunes had a 64% share of U.S. digital download sales and a 29% share of overall sales in the second quarter. The figures came from NPD's consumer panel data of more than two million consumers tha ...

  18. Music Gets Analytical

    July 26, 2012 7:20 PM EDT Despite a widely held belief that the market for music-based analytic tools is already overloaded and has more than enough companies servicing the industry, relatively few options actually provide all the data needed to cover the expansive nature ...

  19. Business Matters: What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business

    July 26, 2012 6:35 PM EDT What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business -- Games have always provided an outlet for music, but opportunities can be short-lived. A year ago Zynga was going to be the future of entertainment and provide an avenue for music to be used ...

  20. Business Matters: How Spotify's First Year Compares to Pandora, Vevo, YouTube and Others

    July 23, 2012 8:42 PM EDT How Does Spotify's First Year Stack Up? -- Spotify's tenure in the U.S. has reached one year. Is the performance good, bad or mediocre? See how the service compares to other segments and players in digital music. In honor of its one-year ...

  21. Guest Post: Jay Frank on NPR's Emily White Vs. David Lowery: Is Stealing Music Really The Problem?

    June 21, 2012 9:30 AM EDT This guest post by Jay Frank originally appeared on his website FutureHitDNA.com . Frank is the owner and CEO of DigSin and the author of "Futurehit.DNA" and "Hack Your Hit." He was formerly the Senior VP of Music Strategy for ...

  22. Music Matters Report Shows Promise in Developing Asian Markets

    June 20, 2012 2:33 PM EDT A new survey by Music Matters and Ipsos finds musically active people in several developing Asian markets are using the Internet to access audio and video with greater frequency than people in more developed markets. What those consumers are curre ...

  23. Tech Types Tackle TV-Music Tie-Ins at NARM

    May 10, 2012 7:40 AM EDT Turning living rooms into virtual record stores guided by television shows and ads is just a few technological clicks away from becoming a reality. How to get there -- and who needs to play role in that development -- was the subject of a presenta ...

  24. Business Matters: NARM Embraces Big Data -- Will Big Data Reciprocate?

    May 08, 2012 9:29 PM EDT NARM Embraces Big Data -- Will Big Data Reciprocate? -- Big Data invaded the NARM conference on Tuesday afternoon. Terms like "KPI" (key performance indicators) and "regression analysis" popped up in a setting more used to disc ...

  25. Business Matters: Spotify, Pandora, Google Music, Lady Antebellum Nominated for 2012 Webby Awards

    April 10, 2012 5:58 PM EDT Webby Awards Announce Nominations A handful of music sites and artists have been nominated for the 16th Annual Webby Awards organized by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science to award excellent on the Internet. The awards show will ...

  26. Business Matters: SXSW Interactive Was Big on Parties and Celebrities, But Light on Breakthrough Products

    March 15, 2012 8:30 PM EDT SXSW Interactive Was Big on Parties and Celebrities, Light on Breakthrough Products -- During SXSW Interactive, commonly written as SXSWi, I asked 20 or more people -- music industry professionals, digital professionals, random people -- which tec ...

  27. Urban Power List: Dr. Dre

    January 12, 2012 1:06 PM EST Dr. Dre Co-Founder/Beats By Dr. Dre Founder, Aftermath Entertainment Website: DrDre.com Twitter: @DrDre Sound Adviser Dr. Dre has got the beat in more ways than one. What started out as a mission to elevate headphones' audio performance has e ...

  28. Business Matters: Onesheet Adds New Features to Better Simplify Your Web Presence

    January 06, 2012 7:56 PM EST Onesheet Adds New Features to Better Simplify Your Web Presence -- Watch for Onesheet to become a favored tool in 2012 for building an online presence among musicians and other creative types. Launched in August by ArtistData founder Brenden Mulli ...

  29. Business Matters: Twitter Not A Common Activity After Music Discovery

    November 11, 2011 7:47 PM EST Twitter Not A Common Activity After Music Discovery -- Twitter gets tens of millions of U.S. visitors each month -- 32.3 million in September, according to comScore -- but not many of them are following up on a new artist or song they just discove ...

  30. Business Matters: Music Discovery Abounds, Conversion Needs Improvement: Study

    November 10, 2011 7:00 PM EST Music Discovery Abounds, Conversion Needs Improvement: Study -- Music discovery is alive and well, according to a new NPD Group/NARM study released Thursday. But there are some concerns that digital platforms too easily provide free content withou ...

  31. Steve Jobs Set Course Forward for Music, Movies, Books

    October 07, 2011 8:21 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) - Steve Jobs made it easy for people to entertain themselves on high-tech devices, and he unveiled gadget after gadget with an effortless touch. But away from the bright lights of the stage, Jobs was a tough negotiator who took tu ...

  32. Business Matters: Americans Getting Into QR Codes -- What About Music?

    August 12, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Americans Getting Into QR Codes -- What About Music? -- Believe it or not, people actually interact with QR codes, those odd-looking, super-pixelated boxes you see in newspaper and magazine ads, posters and postcards. According to comScore, more t ...

  33. Business Matters: New Netflix Strategy Shows Demand for Physical Formats Still Alive

    July 13, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Let's Get Physical, Physical, Says Netflix -- For insight into the state of the CD, look to a recent decision by Netflix to unbundle its streaming and DVD rental plans . The 1% gain in U.S. album sales in the first half of 2011 has brought up ...

  34. Video Game Spending Rises in Q1 With New Revenue Streams

    July 12, 2011 6:45 AM EDT NEW YORK - First-quarter U.S. spending on new physical video and PC game software amounted to $2.03 billion, but digital downloads, used and rented games, mobile games, social network games and game subscriptions added $1.85 billion to that figure ...

  35. Video Game Sales Hit Four-Year Low in May

    June 15, 2011 7:32 AM EDT NEW YORK - The video game industry in May hit its lowest monthly U.S. retail revenue from physical product since Oct. 2006. Total games sales of $743.1 million, including hardware, software and accessories, compared with $866.8 million in the year ...

  36. Will Apple's iCloud Change the Game -- Financially and Culturally -- Like iTunes Has?

    June 14, 2011 3:48 PM EDT If Apple can convince its iTunes users to sign up for iCloud , it will dominate the cloud like it does downloads. But how many people will actually pay for the service? The media has covered iCloud ad nauseam in recent weeks but has provided littl ...

  37. E3 2011 Kicks Off In Los Angeles This Week

    June 06, 2011 7:00 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - Almost six years ago at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo unveiled what would eventually become known as the Wii. But the Japanese gaming giant didn't show off the new console's distinctive motion-sensing c ...

  38. NPD: Mobile Music Usage Up, But Paid Services Still Lagging

    May 25, 2011 1:40 PM EDT The smartphone craze is having a notable, and positive, affect on mobile music usage, according to a new report from the NPD Group. According to the company's research, the number of active mobile music listeners increased by 9 million in the ...

  39. YouTube Accounts for 12% of U.S. Bandwidth, According to Arbor Networks

    April 29, 2011 12:19 PM EDT YouTube accounts for 12% of U.S. bandwidth and is a factor in falling P2P traffic, according to Arbor Networks . Netflix is tops with 20% of U.S. bandwidth. HTTP (world wide web) sites are second with 19%. P2P has declined to 8% of North American ...

  40. Video, Computer Game Sales Drop 16% in March: Report

    April 15, 2011 7:54 AM EDT March wasn't a good month for the gaming industry. Sales of video and computer games dropped 16% last month to $735.4 million, according to NPD Group data, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Hardware sales, meanwhile, were up 12%, to $494. ...

  41. LimeWire Closure Leads To Drop in Music Piracy

    March 23, 2011 12:50 PM EDT The October 2010 shuttering of P2P service LimeWire had a noticeable affect on the rate of music piracy in this country. According to new data released by the NPD Group, music filesharing activity fell from 12% of U.S. Internet users in the third ...

  42. Activision Reportedly Developing 'Dance Hero' Game

    March 09, 2011 11:09 AM EST Activision may have killed the Guitar Hero franchise , but it remains interested in some elements of the music game genre. Gaming blog Kotaku reports that the company is working on a dance-based game called "Dance Hero." Activision appli ...

  43. Thanks Dr. Dre And Gaga: Celebrity Endorsements Boost Headphone Sales

    February 25, 2011 5:05 PM EST Celebrity endorsements are behind increases in headphone sales , says a new report by market-research company the NPD Group . That's good news for artists with headphone lines such as Dr. Dre, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Ludacris and Diddy. Las ...

  44. Dance Games Exploding As Guitar-Based Games Dwindle

    February 15, 2011 11:26 AM EST The market for guitar-based music games may be in the gutter, but dance games are faring far better, based on the quarterly results of one of the major publishes of such games. Ubisoft, which publishes such dance games as the "Just Dance" ...

  45. Music-Game Sales Drag Down Videogame Sector, But Dance Games Provide Hope

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST How's this for embarrassing: music-based videogames sold so poorly this year that they singlehandedly dragged down the entire videogame sector. According to data compiled by the NPD Group , music-game sales fell to $70 million this past Decem ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Business Matters: Analysts Expect Drop In WMG Revenue

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Analysts Expect WMG Revenues To Fall -- Citigroup analysts expect Warner Music Group revenues in its fiscal third quarter (the period ending Sept. 30) to drop by 14% to $740 million. In a note to ...

  48. Business Matters: Comcast, Holiday Sales Forecast, Spotify and more

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Changes In Consumer Behavior -- Comcast’s latest earnings provide a few telling examples of the changes in how consumers are consuming entertainment. The company lost 265,000 video customers in th ...

  49. Videogame Sales Slump

    October 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The holiday sales cycle just became more important than ever for the videogame industry. Already coping with a rather lackluster year so far, September sales figures--compiled by the NPD Group—didn’t bring any good news. Overall industry revenues ...

  50. Value Vs. Price: Analysis From NPD's Russ Crupnick

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than ten million people stop buying music each year, Russ Crupnick told the Leadership Music Digital Summit last week, and two-thirds of non-digital buyers don’t have any interest in buying digital. They simply wanted good value in music and ...

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