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  1. Cyber Monday Expected to See $2 Billion In Sales

    December 02, 2013 11:02 AM EST It's the day of the online deal. Millions of shoppers are expected to click on items on Monday as retailers rev up deals to grab online holiday shopping dollars on the first working day after the busy holiday weekend. But this year so-called ...

  2. Postal Service Shipping-Rate Hike Forces Indie Labels to Change Tactics

    February 05, 2013 7:05 AM EST When he started The End Records in the sepia-toned days of 1998, Andreas Katsambas would often ship albums to fans free of charge. He says shipping rates were so low at the time that he didn’t bother to pass the fee on to consumers. “When I start ...

  3. Business Matters: Loudbytes Brings the Short Tail Model to Digital Music

    October 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT An innovative technology is bringing digital distribution to brick-and-mortar retailers in a way that works seamlessly with brands and promotions. If you're thinking of kiosks that burn files to CDs or download them to thumb drives, you' ...

  4. Latin Music's Retail Blues

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT One of the country's biggest Latin music stores faces dwindling sales, but vows to press on. In 2001, Nielsen SoundScan reported increasing sales of Latin music, much of it attributed to the genre's growing presence with mass merchants. ...

  5. How To Boost Latin Album Sales

    July 26, 2012 5:40 PM EDT As we pointed out last week, there's been a dismal fall in Latin sales, according to midyear Nielsen SoundScan figures. While the entire industry suffered, registering an 11.8% decline in album sales for the first half of 2012 compared with t ...

  6. How To Best Support The Artists You Love: Show Them The Money

    July 12, 2012 6:15 PM EDT Earlier this summer, the Internet was lit up-even more than usual-with debate about music in the digital age. The inciting moment was NPR intern Emily White's June 16 blog post, "I Never Owned Any Music to Begin With." White wrote a ...

  7. The Future Is Unwritten

    June 27, 2012 5:00 PM EDT It's becoming obvious that music specialty merchants - such as independent stores and retail chains including Trans World Entertainment, Hastings Entertainment and Newbury Comics - will likely be the last stores to carry physical CDs. Yet the ...

  8. Guest Post: NARM's Response to the Emily White Controversy, by Jim Donio

    June 26, 2012 1:48 PM EDT The blogstorm created by NPR intern Emily White's post last week, "I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With," continues to foster great commentary. In this one, Jim Donio -- president of NARM/digitalmusic.org , a trade organization who ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Alliance to Distribute CD Baby Catalog

    May 08, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Alliance Entertainment has signed on to distribute CD Baby's inventory of hundreds of thousands of titles to its brick and mortar account base, as well as the online stores serviced by the giant wholesaler. According to the announcement, CD B ...

  11. Chirpify Lands $1.3 Million For the Simplest Social Commerce Platform You've Ever Seen

    April 24, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Social commerce may not get any easier than Chirpify . The two-month-old startup allows people to buy and sell digital goods using nothing but tweets by linking Twitter and PayPal accounts. Now a new round of funding will help the company take its ...

  12. Billboard Power 100: Tifanie Van Laar

    January 26, 2012 9:52 PM EST No. 63 Tifanie Van Laar Senior Buyer of Music Walmart Twitter: @TifanieLee Still Low Prices. Every Day… Tifanie Van Laar is the senior buyer overseeing music at Walmart, the second-largest music retailer in the United States with an estimated 10.7 ...

  13. Online Shopping Jumps 16.4 Pct On Christmas Day

    December 27, 2011 8:17 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - A growing number of shoppers apparently need only the briefest of breaks before diving back in, especially if they can log in to shop. IBM found that online shopping jumped 16.4 percent on Christmas Day over last year, and the doll ...

  14. HMV Rolls Out Expanded Tech Offerings To 150 U.K. Stores

    August 23, 2011 7:49 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is to significantly expand its technology offering -further reducing the amount of shelf space available for music product. As previously reported, the troubled retailer - which reported a net loss of £121.7 million ...

  15. Business Matters: HMV Woes Signal Even Bigger Retail Changes Ahead

    July 05, 2011 5:42 PM EDT Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls…: HMV -- If you took a long holiday weekend you may have missed the news that retail chain HMV posted a large annual loss and is in the midst of restructuring the company into a "broad-based entertainment busin ...

  16. Loudbytes Bring Digital Downloads To Music Retail

    June 27, 2011 7:10 AM EDT When a fan walks into a store to buy a CD by his favorite band, some retailers will now offer the option of buying a digital code for that CD, thanks to music and media distributor loudbytes. "Crazy Funnel," the new loudbytes digital mus ...

  17. Guest Post: Ethan Kaplan Wishes Death to the Shiny Disc

    March 28, 2011 5:43 PM EDT (Ethan Kaplan is the former senior VP of emerging technology for Warner Music Group. This post originally ran on his blog Blackrimglasses , which he describes as "Music + Technology + Random Nonsense from the Music Industry.") Death to S ...

  18. RCRD LBL, Topspin Launch Flash Sale Site RCRD DEALS

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Music blog RCRD LBL has partnered with Topspin Media to create RCRD DEALS , a flash sale site that promises "essential music, epic discounts." Here's how it will work: RCRD LBL will use Topspin's direct-to-fan tools to market a ...

  19. Business Matters: U.S. Retail e-Commerce Up 11% Last Quarter

    February 04, 2011 2:57 PM EST Ecommerce: Increasingly The Real Deal -- U.S. retail ecommerce reached $43.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to comScore. That makes for an 11% increase over the fourth quarter of 2009. It was the second time in 2010 a quarter had ...

  20. Black Friday Leaves Music Retailers Optimistic For Holiday Season

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST The holiday music sales season is off to a good start, music retails say. Black Friday (Nov. 26) has left many retailers optimistic about their sales prospects for the overall holiday selling season. In its weekly customer e-mail, Rochester, N.Y.- ...

  21. U.S. Shoppers Back In Black Friday Binge

    November 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. shoppers were back in a Black Friday bargain-binging mood, snapping up hoodies and computer laptops at stores, in a turnout that could give the economic recovery more steam. In contrast to the past two years, shoppers said they were buying mo ...

  22. Sainsbury's To Launch U.K. Download Store

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. mass merchant Sainsbury's is to launch a music download store in the run up to Christmas. An exact launch date for the as-yet-unnamed service is to be announced, but a statement posted on the supermarket's corporate website confirms ...

  23. 10,000 Sign Up To France's Digital Subsidy Scheme

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French government has revealed that music consumers have purchased 10,000 of the state-subsidized music cards for digital services, following the launch on Oct. 28. The "Carte Musique" offers young consumers the chance to get double ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. How Consumers React To Different Kinds Of Ads Online

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An Advertising Week session on Wednesday morning at the Times Center gave a glimpse at a couple of studies commissioned by AOL about consumers' engagement with online content, including online advertising. Here's a detailed look at one o ...

  26. Music Retailers' Consumer Relationships 'Drive Sales'

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT There was a generally optimistic mood at the annual general meeting of the U.K.'s Entertainment Retailers' Assn. (ERA) today (Sept. 16), despite the challenges faced by the sector. With U.K. album sales not suffering the collapse of some ...

  27. 4 Strategies To Kickstart The Music Biz

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music industry’s recent challenges are well documented at this point – sales are down, piracy abounds and the business models of tomorrow are still being developed. But, amidst these challenges are new opportunities to develop fresh talent, ne ...

  28. Carphone Warehouse To Launch U.K. Cloud Music Service

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. mobile phone retailer the Carphone Warehouse has partnered with U.S. digital B2B company Catch Media to launch a fully licensed "cloud"-based music service. Entitled "Music Anywhere," the subscription service rolls out in ...

  29. NARM Kicks Off With 'Indie Crash Course'

    May 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While most independent labels are at the cutting edge in using all the new digital tools to market their projects, some executives lamented the erosion of traditional marketing vehicles, like brick-and-mortar retail, during a "Indie Crash Cou ...

  30. Australian Indie Rubber Halts CD Releases

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australian indie label Rubber Records is shelving its CDs for good. The Melbourne-based label, which in the past has released albums by the likes of Jet, 1200 Techniques, Underground Lovers and the Casanovas, will no longer sell CDs in traditional ...

  31. Best Buy's U.K. Bow Due In May

    March 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British shoppers -- and suppliers -- will get their first taste of the Best Buy experience this May. The U.S. retail giant has confirmed that its first U.K. store will open in May, in Thurrock, Essex. The actual opening date has yet to be revealed ...

  32. Analysis: Lower CD Prices Could Provide a Shot in the Arm

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When news broke last week that Universal Music Group Distribution will lower CD prices to $10 or less, the immediate expectation was an increase in sales. But lower CD prices should have other benefits as well. And even if other majors don’t immed ...

  33. Digital Downloads Could 'Overwhelm' HMV

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The decline of the physical market for books and music caused by digital could hinder U.K. entertainment retailer HMV Group's ability to prosper, a retail think tank has claimed. The KPMG/Synovate's Retail Think Tank expressed a gloomy o ...

  34. PIAS Launches Direct-To-Consumer Services

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Brussels-based PIAS Entertainment Group has launched a range of direct to consumer (D2C) services that will enable its repertoire owners to set up their own artist stores, selling everything from downloads to merchandise on a multi-territorial bas ...

  35. Downloads Too Expensive?

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music prices are too high and consumers prefer a-la-carte downloading to bundled pricing schemes. Those are the two key findings in new research by Wharton marketing professor Raghuram Iyengar . The study is detailed in an article at Knowl ...

  36. Solutions For Sale

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST While some record label executives wonder how music retail will respond if CD sales plummet another 20% this year, merchants themselves don't seem so worried -- especially given a number of sales and distribution strategies now on the horizon ...

  37. Analysis: 2009's Total Revenue Vs. Units Sold

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The most important sales story of 2009 was not the number of units purchased, but the revenue generated from those purchases. In 2009, as in the previous two years, revenue took a big hit. Including CDs, LPs, digital albums and tracks (and excludi ...

  38. Cyber Monday Sales Bump Expected, May Not Matter For Music

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Originally created as a promotion to drive awareness for online shopping, Cyber Monday is slowly becoming a real factor for retailers hoping to spike sales over the holiday shopping period. ComScore predicted the Monday after Thanksgiving would se ...

  39. Business Matters: Great American Music Hall, Vinylmania

    October 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco beat a year-old legal challenge by state regulators that the venue was violating the terms of it ...

  40. 24-7 Entertainment Enters Canadian Market

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT European digital entertainment technology provider 24-7 Entertainment has entered the Canadian market in partnership with CD Warehouse/MyMusic.com. The first collaboration is the launch of a Rhino Records direct-to-consumer (D2C) store, www.rhinor ...

  41. 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� ...

  42. Rough Trade To Enter Fashion Trade

    July 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Rough Trade Retail Group - operator of Rough Trade East and Rough Trade West in London - has joined with young menswear brand Topman to offer customers an in-store taste of the independent music retailer's product range. The v ...

  43. Viagogo Refunds Jackson Fans

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Viagogo, the official secondary ticket partner for the Michael Jackson O2 arena shows in London, has begun the process of refunding fans who paid for tickets via the online platform. It is understood that tens of thousands of tickets were sold on ...

  44. Opinion: On-Demand CDs Still Problematic

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new Cheap Trick album, "The Latest" , is current available at Amazon.com through the company's on-demand CD manufacturing as a one-month exclusive from the release date , but on-demand CDs are both the new wave and a failed expe ...

  45. Briefs: Jammie Thomas Case, CMA Fest, Ticketmaster

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- To follow live updates of the Jammie Thomas file-sharing case that started at 9am CT, follow the Twitter feeds of Copyright & Campaign's Ben Sheffner and Marc Bourgeois , and/or follow the #riaa hash tag. -- Live Nation is offering som ...

  46. Play.com Named Best Online Retailer

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Play.com has won the best online retailer category for the second year running at the U.K.'s third annual Which? Awards, which celebrate the companies and individuals best serving the interests of the consumer. At a ceremony held at London� ...

  47. Analysis: Live Nation, Sony Are Pricing for Profits, Not Margin

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation 's decision to drop service fees on amphitheater lawn tickets purchased on select Wednesdays this summer is a classic case of a company pricing for profit, not for margin. So is Sony Music Entertainment's decision to license ...

  48. Recession, Not Web, Is Why DVD Sales Are Off

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's mostly bad news, but there's a silver lining for DVD retailers: The recession, not the spread of digital video distribution, is what's driving notable declines in disc purchasing. Those are among key findings of a recent consum ...

  49. Digital Stores' Revenues Soar

    May 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Direct-to-consumer online retail provider Digital Stores has posted a 68% climb in revenues to £5.6 million ($8.7 million) for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2009. The London-based company also says it is profitable, but did not disclose figures ...

  50. Business Briefs: EMI, Hastings, Ingrid Michaelson

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A report says EMI is likely to sell off the Olympic recording studio in southwest London. ( Times Online ) -- Entertainment retailer Hastings reported net earnings of about $1.7 million for the three month period ended April 30, 2009. Revenues ...

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