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  1. RATM Beats 'X Factor' To U.K. Xmas No. 1

    December 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rage Against the Machine snowed on teenager Joe McElderry's Christmas parade, as the results of the unlikely battle for the U.K.'s prestigious festive No. 1 single were confirmed on Sunday evening (Dec. 20). The news was the culmination ...

  2. R&B/Hip-Hop Briefs: Stevie Wonder, Slum Village, Queen Emily

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST --Stevie Wonder will host the Jonas Brothers, Robin Thicke, Charlie Wilson and Mary Mary at his 14th annual House Full of Toys benefit concert. The concert takes place Dec. 12 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Wonder is a Grammy Award nominee i ...

  3. PlayNow Plus Debuts In Brazil

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Sony Ericsson has launched its PlayNow Plus music service in Brazil. Aliado Digital reports that the service, available on W508 Walkman phones via wireless operator Vivo, includes 1,000 pre-loaded songs and unlimited DRM-protected track downloads ...

  4. Business Matters: Nokia, Spotify, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to Visible Measures, nine of the ten top Internet videos of 2009 were music videos. The trailer for Twilight Saga: New Moon was the # ...

  5. Apple Countersues Nokia Over 13 Patents

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc said on Friday that it filed a countersuit against Nokia, claiming that the Finnish cellphone maker is infringing 13 Apple technology patents. The move follows a Nokia lawsuit filed in October accusing iPhone maker Apple of infringing 10 ...

  6. Nokia To Close U.S. Flagship Stores

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Nokia will close its two flagship stores in the United States, saving costs on a market where the world's top cellphone maker is struggling to gain ground. Nokia has opened 12 stores in major cities around the world, hoping to copy the succes ...

  7. Grammy Nominations Special Slips In Ratings

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The 2009 Grammy Nominations special pulled in 6.3 million viewers last night, down from 7 million who watched last year’s special, according to Nielsen. The CBS special, which took place at L.A.’s Club Nokia, finished fourth in its 9 p.m. time slo ...

  8. LL Cool J Primed For Grammy Nominations Concert

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST LL Cool J is paying tribute the best way he knows how. The 41-year-old rapper-actor will kick off "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" on Wednesday night by rapping to a medley of the past year ...

  9. Business Matters: Warner Music, Robbie Williams, Topspin

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Expectations for Warner Music Group 's fiscal Q4, according to Thomson Reuters, is a 2% drop in revenue (to $836 million) and a 50% increa ...

  10. Spanish Digital Effort To Tackle Piracy Unveiled

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain's battle against digital piracy has scored a double victory at the third International Forum of Digital Content (Ficod) in Madrid, a three-day event organized by Red.es that ends tomorrow (Nov. 19) and which is expected to attract over ...

  11. Rihanna And Jay-Z Team Up In London

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rihanna was joined on stage by Jay-Z as she launched her new album in London. The R&B star was joined by her mentor on "Run This Town" and "Umbrella" as she performed a short set at London's Brixton Academy last night ...

  12. Ideas Music Store Cuts Track Prices

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mexico's Ideas Telcel digital music store has cut per-track prices to 10 pesos, or about 77 cents, from the country's dominant wireless operator. The price cut applies to all 1.4 million songs in Ideas Telcel's catalog, but doesn� ...

  13. Business Matters: Fillmore, Verizon, RIAA, Blackberry

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Lee Development Group and Montgomery County have struck a deal that will create a Fillmore Music Hall in Silver Springs, Maryland. Maryland ...

  14. Apple Tops Phone Chart As Nokia, Samsung Step Up

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The world's two largest cellphone makers, Nokia and Samsung Electronics, have unveiled their latest rivals to the iPhone as Apple became the top profit generator in the handset industry. Apple Inc overtook Nokia in the September quarter as th ...

  15. Jenni Rivera Takes Top Honor At Premios De La Radio

    November 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Banda diva Jenni Rivera was named artist of the year Tuesday night at the tenth annual Premios de la Radio, the regional Mexican music awards show presented by Liberman Broadcasting. Rivera, who was also named female soloist of the year, capped of ...

  16. Dave Stewart, A.R. Rahman Go 'Street Dancing'

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST British rocker Dave Stewart of Eurythmics will team with Oscar winner A.R. Rahman ("Slumdog Millionaire") to write the score for "Street Dancing," an against-all-odds movie set in the world of dance competitions held in Singapo ...

  17. Rihanna Partners With Nokia On 'Rated R'

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Island Def Jam has teamed up with Nokia on a globally streamed live performance by Rihanna, featuring songs from new album "Rated R." The artist will perform in an unidentified London location on Nov. 16, which will be filmed for free st ...

  18. MSN Music Returns To U.K.

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Microsoft has re-opened its MSN Music download store for U.K. users, although its streaming service has yet to be fully launched. The service, currently in beta, has more than 1 million tracks in DRM-free format from all the majors, and offers pre ...

  19. Lala Deal Extends Believe’s International Presence

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST European digital distribution service Believe Digital has partnered with music website www.Lala.com to provide its repertoire to Google's recently unveiled music service. The deal will also see Believe Digital provide its repertoire through L ...

  20. NARM Task Force To Focus On Digital Music Issues

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Association of Recording Merchandisers has launched a Digital Think Tank, a special task force of NARM members dedicated to resolving issues surrounding the business of digital music. "Historically, through the work of our Operat ...

  21. Nokia Charges Apple With Patent Infringement

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cellphone maker Nokia has charged Apple with infringing Nokia patents, accusing the iPhone maker of trying to hitch a "free-ride" on Nokia's technology investments. Nokia dominates the global handset market but it has lost some grou ...

  22. EC Secures Digital Licensing Agreement

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission's (EC) Online Roundtable on Music has resulted in a joint statement between the EC and music publishers, collecting societies and digital retailers pledging to improve online music opportunities for European consumers. ...

  23. Apple Smashes Forecasts, Stock Hits Record

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc's profits and sales streaked past Wall Street forecasts as iPhone and Mac sales hit quarterly records, sending its shares rocketing to all-time highs. Sales of Mac computers -- the largest single contributor to Apple's revenue ...

  24. Nokia Comes With Music Numbers Published

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Global active user numbers for Nokia's all-you-can-eat Comes With Music Service amount to 107,000, according to a report. Music Ally said that it had obtained user details showing that a year after the DRM-enabled mobile and PC service launch ...

  25. Sony Ericsson Q3 Loss Narrows On Cost Cuts, Margin

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted a smaller than expected third-quarter pretax loss on Friday, boosted by big cost cuts, but said it expected the market to remain tough for the rest of the year. The global handset market has been slammed by ...

  26. Analysis: Moving Beyond Current Billing Habits

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Access or ownership? Or both? These questions dog a music industry that wants to leave behind the confusion and uncertainty of the last ten years. Ownership, represented by paid downloads and physical purchases, continue to wane. Access models, re ...

  27. Lady Gaga Unveils 'Monster Ball' Tour Dates, 'The Fame Monster' Tracklist

    October 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two weeks after the cancellation of her "Fame Kills" tour with Kanye West, Lady Gaga has announced the details of a solo tour and revealed the tracklist for "The Fame Monster," the re-release of her debut album due Nov. 23. Des ...

  28. Shazam Passes 50 Million Users, Secures Investment

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile music discovery service Shazam has secured further investment as it announces that global users have now passed 50 million. The service is available in more than 150 countries and users have increased by 15 million since February 2009, the ...

  29. Music Biz Eyes Web Ads

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As the recorded-music business continues its migration to the digital domain, and relies less on sales of physical music formats, the big companies in the sector are developing strategies that position advertising and branded content as core reven ...

  30. AEG Acquires Streaming Media Firm Incited Media

    October 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG has acquired streaming media management and production firm Incited Media as part of an effort to expand its services into the broadband Internet and mobile content space. The company will merge Incited Media into its AEG Productions division, ...

  31. Wyclef Unveils Charity Push, Branding Deals During Advertising Week

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Wyclef Jean unveiled a new charitable partnership with clothing and footwear company Timberland today (Sept. 24) during an Advertising Week Q&A session conducted by Billboard editorial director Bill Werde at the Times Center in New York. For e ...

  32. Business Matters: Nokia, Jack Johnson, Danny Elfman

    September 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- What's a sure sign that a product is not working as well as was hoped? When that product is changed just one year after its launch. Case in point: Nokia is extending Comes With Music subscriptions in the U.K. by 90 days. So 12-month contra ...

  33. Rivera Family Set For Billboard's Regional Mexican Summit

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Rivera family - stars Jenni Rivera, Lupillo Rivera, Juan Rivera and their father, industry icon Pedro Rivera - will all sit together in a unique and historic industry panel during Billboard's Regional Mexican Music Summit in October. The ...

  34. 'Idol,' Timberlake Take Creative Arts Emmys

    September 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Justin Timberlake won an Emmy Saturday at the 2009 Creative Arts Emmys, in the category of outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for his hosting stint on "Saturday Night Live"—beating out veteran actors like Steve Martin, Alan Alda, ...

  35. Billboard.biz Q&A: Neil Smith, VP of Business Management, Rhapsody

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple has approved Rhapsody’s on-demand music streaming application, marking the second time in a week that the company has given the nod to a potentially competing music service on the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms. The Rhapsody app—available i ...

  36. Billboard.biz Q&A: General Partner For VC Firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As general partner for venture capital firm Norwest Venture Partners, Bob Abbott keeps a close eye on the intersection of technology and entertainment. Mobile is one area that has caused many VCs no small degree of grief, thanks to slim margins an ...

  37. Business Matters: Nokia, Pandora, Crosslink Capital

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Nokia says the U.S. launch of its Comes With Music service isn’t being delayed to 2010 because the U.S. launch never had a firm date in the fir ...

  38. Latin Briefs: T-Mobile, America Movil, Nokia's Ovi

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- T-Mobile's Sidekick is sponsoring concerts by Kinky and Jesse & Joy as part of its "Grammy Celebration" tour. The two groups will play Houston's Warehouse Live Ballroom on Sept. 26 and New York City's Webster Hall o ...

  39. Business Matters: Nokia, Amoeba Music, Nielsen

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Nokia laid out its subscription renewal plans for Comes With Music customers in the U.K. Its plan, according to Niklas Savander, the company� ...

  40. Nokia To Delay U.S. Music Service Launch: Report

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nokia has delayed to next year the launch of its music service in the United States, the world's largest music market, Forbes magazine reported online on Monday, quoting a Nokia spokeswoman. When the world's top cellphone maker Nokia lau ...

  41. Aventura Announces U.S. Tour

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Urban bachata group Aventura today (Aug. 25) announced the first leg of a U.S. arena tour in support of its chart-topping album "The Last." The trek kicks off Nov. 20 in Chicago, Ill. and closes out at New York's Madison Square Gard ...

  42. Business Matters: iLike, Qtrax, Georgia Theater

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Former eMusic president David Pakman , now a partner at venture capital firm Venrock, explains why iLike sold for "peanuts." Short ve ...

  43. EMI Pan-European Deal For Napster Luxembourg

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital music service Napster Luxembourg SARL has signed a pan-European licensing deal with CELAS, which represents EMI Music Publishing repertoire for online and mobile exploitation in Europe. The deal allows Napster to provide online users acros ...

  44. Briefs: Polyphonic, FlyCast, WMG, Jack White

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- David Pakman, former CEO/COO of eMusic and now a partner with venture capital fund Venrock, on the Polyphonic article in yesterday's NY Times. After discussing some scenarios for return on investment, which are low by most VC standards, Pa ...

  45. Soulja Boy Releases iPhone Remix App Through Romplr

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Adding to the trend of music remix applications for the iPhone is Moderati’s new Romplr service. The application allows participating artists to release certain tracks on the iPhone that fans can recreate into their own unique versions. The first ...

  46. Staples Center GM Lee Zeidman On Michael Jackson Memorial

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the Tuesday memorial service for Michael Jackson in downtown Los Angeles had only five days to plan the massive event, but the tribute "couldn't have gone any better," according to Staples Center and Nokia Theatre L.A. ...

  47. World Will Watch Jackson Memorial

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Talk about event television: The mega-blowout to celebrate Michael Jackson's life and music is expected to draw some of the biggest daytime audiences stateside in decades and through-the-roof ratings in Europe, where the show will air live in ...

  48. Briefs: House of Blues, Joel Tenenbaum, Live Nation

    July 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Turns out Live Nation doesn’t need to merge with Ticketmaster to offer new and creative bundles to increase attendance at concerts, one of the stated benefits of a merged company. Today the concert promoter announced the “first ever” one-price ...

  49. Michael Jackson Memorial Gets 1.6 Million Ticket Requests

    July 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The more than 1.6 million fans who registered for tickets to Michael Jackson's memorial service will wait until Monday to learn if they received one of the 11,000 tickets for Tuesday's ceremony. The two-day registration period for the se ...

  50. AEG Giving Away 17,500 Tickets To Michael Jackson Memorial

    July 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG announced the ticketing process for the Michael Jackson memorial service at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Beginning Friday until 6 p.m. PDT Saturday, people can go to staplescenter.com to register for a total of 17,500 free tickets ...

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