New York Times

  1. Business Matters: Sony Music UK Sees Turnaround in 'Two to Three Years'

    December 19, 2011 8:37 PM EST Sony Music UK Sees Turnaround in 'Two to Three Years' -- As recorded music revenues have slid over the last decade, one common question has been, "Where is the bottom?" Growth in download sales haven't replaced lost CD sal ...

  2. Backbeat: Robert Levine, David Carr Trade (Friendly) Barbs Over Levine's New Book, 'Free Ride'

    October 27, 2011 12:45 PM EDT When former Billboard executive editor Robert Levine decided to call his new book, "Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back," he clearly wasn't pulling any pu ...

  3. Twitter Hires Tatiana Simonian to Specialize in Music Partnerships

    October 26, 2011 1:45 PM EDT Twitter has hired former record label marketing manager Tatiana Simonian ( @drtatiana ) to handle music partnerships for the company's Content and Programming team, a rep for the company confirmed to Billboard.biz today. She was previously ma ...

  4. Google Music in Negotiations But MP3 Store Not Imminent

    October 14, 2011 12:45 PM EDT Google is continuing its long-running negotiations with record labels for an MP3 store and expanded cloud storage service, according to major label sources with knowledge of the discussions. But these people say no agreements have been reached yet ...

  5. Business Matters: RootMusic, ReverbNation, Vevo Are Top Music Apps on Facebook

    September 02, 2011 3:41 PM EDT RootMusic, ReverbNation, Vevo Are Top Music Apps on Facebook -- RootMusic's BandPage is the top music app on Facebook, according to the AppData. With 32.5 million monthly average users (MAU) as of September 2, BandPage is far and away the mos ...

  6. Spotify To Launch in U.S. Thursday

    July 13, 2011 7:21 PM EDT Get ready to see what all the hype is about: European music service Spotify is set to launch in the U.S. Thursday, according to an industry source, an email from the company's publicist and several reports in the media Wednesday afternoon. Th ...

  7. Viacom's Philippe Dauman Tops Wall Street Journal's Highest-Paid CEOs List

    May 09, 2011 12:11 PM EDT CEOs of media, entertainment and TV giants claimed five of the top 10 spots on a Wall Street Journal list of executives with the highest compensation for 2010 . The median value of salaries, bonuses and long-term incentive awards for the CEOs of 3 ...

  8. How Rock Music is Saving Book Publishing

    April 25, 2011 7:10 AM EDT Billy Joel aside, the sudden surge in memoirs is bringing boomers to bookstores. From Keith Richards' assertion that he really did snort his father's ashes to Sammy Hagar's revelation that he's been abducted by aliens, out-ther ...

  9. Business Matters: New York Times App Gets Poor Post-Paywall Reviews, Jay-Z Launches Lifestyle Website

    April 04, 2011 5:00 PM EDT New York Times App Gets Poor Post-Paywall Reviews -- If Americans are turned off at the idea of paying for good reporting, will they pay for unlimited access to music? It's the question of the moment, and reviewer feedback at the iTunes App S ...

  10. Exclusive: Jill Scott Signs Distribution Deal with Warner Brothers Label

    March 03, 2011 6:22 PM EST Following a recently settled, tumultuous legal battle with previous label Hidden Beach -- which found her countersuing the label's claim that she exited halfway through a six-album deal last year -- singer/songwriter Jill Scott has signed a d ...

  11. MTV Base's Top U.K. MC List Sparks Controversy After Last Minute Changes

    February 25, 2011 5:32 PM EST Swagger Like Us: MC Tinie Tempah, who topped both MTV Base lists and won two Brit Awards (Photo: Getty Images) Fans of MTV Base U.K., the cable and satellite-delivered urban-music TV network, became outspoken when some claimed they suspected somet ...

  12. Music Industry Responds to Steve Stoute's NYT Ad Critical of Grammys

    February 23, 2011 7:28 AM EST Steve Stoute's open letter attacking the Grammy Awards took five days for him to write but had music industry pundits debating within hours of its publication -- and even several days later. Here, a few reactions to his New York Times missive ...

  13. Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against Me' Video: A Product Placement Roundup

    February 18, 2011 2:26 PM EST It's not quite the spot-the-product-placement game that Lady Gaga and Beyonce's "Telephone" video was, but if you watch the new video for Britney Spears' "Hold it Against Me" and you'll definitely spot more ...

  14. Justin Bieber Jumps On Usher, Esperanza Spalding Talks Best New Artist Win: Backstage At The Grammys

    February 14, 2011 12:37 AM EST The Grammy press room is like the backstage of Madison Square Garden: usually a drab place that will abruptly be lit up by global-level star wattage. Here are some observations from Grammy night, 2011: -- Arcade Fire were in quite the celebratory ...

  15. Verizon iPhone Pre-orders Sell out

    February 04, 2011 7:05 AM EST Verizon sold out of iPhones pre-orders less than a day after it began allowing current customers to order the Apple smartphone, according to Mashasble.com A note on the telecommunication's website confirmed that Verizon is "no longer tak ...

  16. Beatles Sales On iTunes Top 450K

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The initial Beatles sales figures are in: More than 450,000 albums and 2 million individual songs were sold on iTunes worldwide, according to Apple, since the Beatles catalog was made available Tuesday (Nov. 16). In U.S. the best-selling album was ...

  17. Business Matters: Android, Lady Gaga, Google TV and more

    October 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Android Hits 100K Mark -- Android has reached 100,000 apps in its app store, a threefold increase since March. Google says there are now 270,000 developers writing software for Android. Apple’s Ap ...

  18. Business Matters: How To Handle Amazon Sale Prices

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Asthmatic Kitty: Don't Feel Guilty About Amazon Prices -- Recall when the Asthmatic Kitty label criticized Amazon.com's sale prices for devaluing music? The label's head of A&R, ...

  19. Vevo Releases Google TV App

    October 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Vevo has created an app for the upcoming Google TV service, the company revealed today. The app will provide a customized catalog of music programming from the Vevo catalog and is built especially for Google TV. A screenshot of the Vevo app at Goo ...

  20. Business Matters: Qtrax, Fontana, Slicethepie and more

    September 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Oracle Goes After Qtrax -- Legal P2P service Qtrax has a history of not living up to even its own expectations. It has routinely missed launch dates and goes quiet for months at a time. Now, Qtrax ...

  21. Business Matters: Hastings, Gigaboxx, 'Physical Is Dead' and more

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hastings To Buy Back Stock -- Entertainment retailer Hastings has announced a stock repurchase of up to $10 million. Previously announced stock repurchase programs amount to $27.5 million. Chairman and CEO John H. Marmaduke says in the press relea ...

  22. Business Matters: Playlist.com, Ticketweb, Lollapalooza and more

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Playlist.com Files For Chapter 11 -- Playlist.com (also known as Project Playlist) has filed for bankruptcy, according to a report by CNET. The company insists it will “conduct business a ...

  23. Business Matters: Edgar Bronfman Jr., EMI, Gummybear and more

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - The lawyer for Warner Music Group CEO and chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. asked for the charges against his client to be dropped. The court was wrong to send Bronfman to trial “without any explanation,” he said on the opening day of the insider trad ...

  24. Business Matters: Borders, Lala, Canada's CD Tariff, Buzzmedia, Irving Plaza and More

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Borders reported a greater operating loss and an improved net loss in the first fiscal quarter ending May 1, 2010. The net loss of $64.1 million was a fair improvement over the $86 million net loss in the previous year’s first fiscal quarter. R ...

  25. N.W.A. Film To Be Penned By 'World Trade Center' Writer

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Andrea Berloff, who wrote Oliver Stone's true-life movie "World Trade Center," is tackling the story of seminal rap group N.W.A. Berloff is writing "Straight Outta Compton," the story of the rise and fall of the Compton, C ...

  26. Business Matters: SoundExchange, Google, Live Nation and more

    April 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- SoundExchange Q1 2010 payouts topped $52 million – 25% higher than any previous quarter. New registrants, growth in Internet radio and an increase in satellite radio subscriptions were said to be behind the record payout. ( New York Times ) -- ...

  27. @SXSW: How Fans Are Changing Fund-Raising

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Panel : "Funding Your Projects From The Crowd" Participants : Perry Chen (Kickstarter), Britta Riley (The Windowfarms Project), Jenna Wortham (New York Times), Robin Sloan (RobinSloan.com) New online platforms are giving artists, authors ...

  28. Business Matters: EMI Music Pub, StubHub, Pandora, Camper Van Beethoven and More

    March 08, 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 . -- Music Row says a major Nashville label will soon annou ...

  29. Business Matters: EMI, Citi, Suzanne Vega, Tunewiki and More

    February 08, 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 behind-the-scenes dealmaking involved in the EMI a ...

  30. Business Matters: Live Nation, Danger Mouse, Best Buy

    January 27, 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 . -- Live Nation, 's stock was at $11.93 in morning tr ...

  31. Business Matters: Bandcamp, Vodafone, Copyright Policy Analysis and More

    January 26, 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 business models of personalized radio stations sto ...

  32. Business Matters: Spotify, VC Funding, Citi, EMI and More

    January 22, 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 . -- " Spotify is a very sustainable financial model&q ...

  33. Fox Asks Apple To Kill Rogue iPhone App

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Want to read all of the latest Fox News headlines on your mobile phone? There’s an app for that -- but it's not owned or produced by Fox. An independent company called RIV Creations has crafted a string of media applications for Apple’s iPhon ...

  34. The Top Music Stories From CES 2010

    January 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST While a logistical hassle, in some ways holding the Consumer Electronic Show - which ended Sunday (Jan. 10) - at the very beginning of the each year is a fitting time-slot as it allows anyone following the tech space to get a handle on what to exp ...

  35. Business Matters: Google, ReverbNation, BlueBeat.com

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- TThe news on Google 's music search partnerships continues with five free tracks at Lala.com, MySpace and iLike by Tim McGraw, Phoenix, Ma ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Moby Takes Stand Against Calif. Domestic Violence Budget Cuts

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Electronic artist Moby understands better than most the importance of domestic violence shelters for women in need, having grown up with a mother who was involved in several abusive relationships. At the age of eight, "I had to stop her from ...

  38. Briefs: UMG, Borders, Pandora, EMI, U2

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A New York Times article claims both Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group "relaxed" the terms of their licensing deals with Imeem to accommodate the music service's inability thus far to find a business model that does so ...

  39. Business Briefs: YouTube, Origami Vinyl, TicketsNow and More

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - EMI has launched Your Soundcheck, "an exclusive online research community of people with a passion for music." It appears to be a continuation of the mission to learn about consumer behavior that was started with the consumer-facing EM ...

  40. Morning Briefs: EMI Signs Lottery Deal, Borders' Fiscal Results, Ticket Scalping Laws and More

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - To lure younger people to buy lottery tickets - known in some parts as the idiot tax - EMI and Pollard Banknote Ltd. will team up to offer prizes of music downloads from the entire EMI catalog. At least EMI gets full wholesale cost for each down ...

  41. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Deal: Web Reaction

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Live Nation, Ticketmaster merger has been the talk of the industry for the last few days, with every media outlet speculating about the effect of the deal on the music industry landscape. Below, a selection of analysis and opinion from around ...

  42. Buzznet Adds Veteran Journalists To Key Roles

    October 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Social media service Buzznet has added a pair of veteran journalists to its roster, led by the addition of former New York Times music reporter Jeff Leeds as editor-in-chief. In his new role, Leeds will direct the site's editorial strategy an ...

  43. News Analysis: SanDisk's SlotMusic

    September 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT There are a lot of unanswered questions regarding SanDisk's slotMusic, mainly due to the limited details – like no info on content or pricing - as the product was unveiled today . While the reaction from analysts and the press is mixed, most ...

  44. Social Networks, Managers Discuss New Biz Models

    May 06, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Two panels held at NARM this afternoon (May 6) represented a significant departure from yesterday's programming, with speakers on the "Music and Social Networking" and "Artist Managers" panels declaring the old CD and majo ...

  45. Report: Rubin Talks Future Of Digital

    September 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Rick Rubin has a lot of things to say about producing hit records and working with the industry's top start in this New York Times Magazine profile , but some of his more interesting insights relate to the digital future of the music business ...

  46. Successful Web Strategy Gives DIY Artist A Boost

    May 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A day in the life of DIY musician Jonathan Coulton is the subject of this New York Times article . Is he famous? No. But through savvy use of the Internet and an understanding of his fanbase, the artist is making a living. According to the story, ...

  47. Country Singer Henson Cargill Dies

    March 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Singer Henson Cargill, whose 1968 hit "Skip a Rope" topped the country charts with its understated take on social problems, has died. He was 66. Cargill died Saturday following complications from surgery, Matthews Funeral Home in Edmond ...

  48. Viacom Gives Boost To Joost

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Media giant Viacom is turning it's back on Internet video superstar YouTube for upstart Joost . Shortly after demanding all Viacom content be removed from YouTube, Viacom has partnered with Joost ( formerly known as the Venice Project ) to li ...

  49. Suretone Taps P2Ps

    February 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Suretone Records is tapping P2P networks to distribute clips of music videos from artists such as Weezer, and taking a decidedly different approach by dropping any insistence of DRM technology. However the videos won't be complete. The video ...

  50. Michael Jackson Restructures Finances

    April 14, 2006 12:00 AM EDT No terms of the deal disclosed. Michael Jackson has restructured his finances in a deal with Sony Corp, which shares ownership of his valuable music catalog that includes the Beatles' hits, attorneys said in a statement. No terms of the deal ...

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