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  1. Australia's Songl Streaming Service To Shut Down

    August 26, 2014 5:38 AM EDT Australia’s crowded digital music market has one less player after Songl announced it would stop its subscription service next month. The major-label backed Songl informed its users with the announcement , "Unfortunately, we are not continuin ...

  2. Sub Pop Is the First Label to Launch on TuneIn

    July 07, 2014 4:41 PM EDT Radio streaming service TuneIn has announced Seattle institution Sub Pop as its first label station . Launched last week and already at 3,500 followers, the station features Sub Pop's extensive back catalog and current releases for shows like ...

  3. UMPG to Make Entire Database Easier for Licensees

    June 27, 2014 12:34 PM EDT In a move to address potential changes in music licensing, Universal Music Publishing Group will make its entire song database more transparent and easily accessible to music licensees. The enhancement to the company's data repository will ev ...

  4. Spotify and Beats' Canadian Launch Still Up in the Air

    June 26, 2014 1:33 PM EDT Despite recent reports , the arrival of Spotify in Canada may not be as imminent as suggested. Representatives from Beats and Spotify deny these rumors. A source told Billboard that "It would be inaccurate to claim it's even close to a l ...

  5. Big Radio’s Hunger Games: Guest Post

    June 10, 2014 12:53 PM EDT Ted Kalo is the executive director of musicFIRST, an organization representing a coalition of music industry organizations working on behalf of music creators to ensure they get fair pay for their work on terrestrial and digital radio.  In a dys ...

  6. The SiriusXM Model For Music Streaming & The Rise of Indie Entrepreneurs: New Music Seminar

    June 10, 2014 12:38 PM EDT As streaming and satellite radio services represent an increasingly larger piece of the music consumption puzzle (the services now account for 27% of global revenues ), streaming companies and labels’ monetization question is loud and clear. The t ...

  7. U.S. Dept. of Justice to Review ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

    June 04, 2014 2:16 AM EDT The antitrust division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice has opened a review to exam whether its decades-old ASCAP and BMI consent decrees should be amended or, as some publishers hope, sunsetted and eliminated. The consent decrees impose regulations ...

  8. Beats Music Is Top Downloaded iTunes Music App

    April 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Beats Music, which switched on the ability for listeners to buy subscriptions to the service within its iOS app on Sunday, has climbed up the iTunes charts in recent days. Related Articles Beats Music Adds In-App Purchasing for iOS AT&T To Off ...

  9. Business Matters: How Amazon Could Have ‘Tens of Millions’ of Paid Streaming Music Subscribers Instantly

    April 10, 2014 5:40 PM EDT After nearly a decade and a half of buildup, streaming music services are finally poised to make the leap from niche market to mainstream acceptance. That leap is likely to coincide with the introduction of new services by large, diversified tech ...

  10. Underwhelming Start to iTunes Radio Lights Fire Under Apple

    April 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The failure of iTunes Radio to halt the decline of music downloads has prompted Apple Inc. to consider the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade, according to executives familiar with Apple’s internal delibera ...

  11. Power Of Mobile Rings Rhapsody Back To Growth (Analysis)

    April 08, 2014 12:49 AM EDT What do you do when you have the most unfashionable brands in the fast growing, cutting edge music streaming business? The answer seems to be that you team up with mobile carriers and bundle your service. That at least seems to have worked for R ...

  12. Rate Court Judge Rules Pandora Will Pay ASCAP 1.85% Annual Revenue

    March 14, 2014 5:17 PM EDT In what is being viewed as a defeat for songwriters, the ASCAP/Pandora rate court judge has decided that Pandora will pay the performance rights organization a rate of 1.85% of annual revenue. Pandora Ruling Has Far-Reaching Implications For U.S ...

  13. Spotify Obtains $200 Million Credit Line In Advance of Possible IPO (Report)

    March 10, 2014 12:46 AM EDT Spotify, one of the world's largest music music subscription services, has obtained a $200 million credit facility from lenders which may indicate an initial public stock offering is in the works, according to a report in the Financial Time ...

  14. Steely Dan Sued By Former Singer David Palmer Over Digital Royalties

    March 01, 2014 4:21 PM EST David Palmer, an original member of Steely Dan, is going to court against his former bandmates with claims of being cheated on digital performance royalties. Related Articles LMFAO's $7 Million Fight With Ex-Manager Advances (Here's the ...

  15. Bandpage Signs Up Clear Channel, iHeartRadio

    February 25, 2014 9:00 AM EST BandPage, a company used by 500,000 artists to distribute their band information to various online sites, announced an agreement to supply artist bios, photos and tour dates to Clear Channel's iHeartRadio streaming music service as well as th ...

  16. Digital Notes: Music Apps Gain Revenue, Vevo Grows Views, Frank & Oak Leverages SoundCloud

    February 19, 2014 9:00 AM EST Music Apps Rock On -- While digital track sales may have fallen 5.7% last year, revenue generated by music apps grew 77% in 2013. This bit of good news comes from a report released Wednesday from App Annie and IHS. Among the biggest revenue-gene ...

  17. Business Matters: The Butterfly Effect and Why iTunes Radio Hasn't Increased Track Sales

    February 14, 2014 2:19 PM EST A 1972 research paper by Edward Lorenz titled "Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly's Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?" introduced the term "the butterfly effect" into popular lexicon. It's genera ...

  18. Spotify Adds Netflix Experience to Board With Barry McCarthy Appointment

    February 13, 2014 2:48 AM EST Spotify is turning to the world of video for clues on getting its music business to grow. The Swedish on-demand streaming service has tapped Barry McCarthy, the former chief financial officer of Netflix, to be the fifth member of its board. McCart ...

  19. Pandora and Twitter Revenue Rises, Stocks Fall

    February 05, 2014 5:44 PM EST Pandora Inc. on Wednesday posted an improved financial quarter with higher revenue and profits, but skittish investors nevertheless pushed the Internet radio company's stock down more than 8% immediately after the report. The Oakland company ...

  20. Business Matters: Download Sales Off to Terrible Start in 2014

    January 23, 2014 4:47 PM EST U.S. digital sales are beginning 2014 just like they ended 2013: in negative territory. Through the third week of the year, track sales are down 11.9% and digital album sales are down 13.3%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Both figures stand i ...

  21. Universal Music Publishing, Pandora Strike Deal on BMI Repertoire

    January 22, 2014 3:26 AM EST Universal Music Publishing Group has signed a license agreement with Pandora that allows the digital service to play its songs in the BMI repertoire. "Our deal with Pandora is another step toward reaching our goal of ensuring that there i ...

  22. FCC Shelves Pandora's Bid For South Dakota Radio Station

    January 15, 2014 3:45 PM EST In another minor setback to its music licensing plans, Pandora has received word from the FCC that it is no longer processing its application for the transfer of the ownership of broadcasting license for KXMZ, the Rapid City, South Dakota radio st ...

  23. The Music Biz in 2013: In Flux, Disruptors Disrupted

    January 01, 2014 8:28 AM EST The week before Christmas, pondering a year-end music business essay, a litany of major stories jumped to mind, including: the Twitter and SFX IPOs; Sony and Vivendi investors’ calling for entertainment spin-offs; Live Nation’s record revenues ...

  24. Pandora Ruling Has Far-Reaching Implications For U.S. Publishing Industry

    December 23, 2013 11:53 AM EST On Sunday, the smoke began to clear after a round of clarifications by Judge Louis Stanton's on his Dec. 18 ruling against Pandora in the BMI rate court. The immediate upshot is that Pandora--which is still petitioning the Judge to reconsi ...

  25. Morning Fix: Did iTunes Radio Dent Track Sales?; RIP Winamp; Carlos Vives, Julio Reyes Win Big at Latin Grammys; ASCAP Reps Go to Washington

    November 22, 2013 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BUSINESS MATTERS: TRACK SALES ON DOWNWARD TREND IN 2013. DID ITUNES RADIO PLAY A PART? It's not clear if iTunes Radio has hurt U.S. track sales since its Sept. 18th launch. One thing is clear, ...

  26. Pandora Has Record Revenues in Q3, Mobile Advertising, Royalties Improve

    November 21, 2013 7:05 PM EST Gains in mobile advertising helped Pandora achieve record revenue in the quarter ended Oct. 31. The company had revenue of $181.6 million in the quarter, a 50.3% improvement over the prior-year period. Net loss was $1.7 million, or $0.01 per share ...

  27. Pandora Growth Continues After iTunes Radio Launch

    November 05, 2013 12:51 AM EST Pandora fared well in the first full month iTunes Radio was available in the United States. The Internet radio company's listener hours grew 8% from September to 1.47 billion, according to figures revealed by CFO Mike Herring at a Morgan S ...

  28. Guest Post: Meet the Free Market Royalty Act, an Elegant Solution to Some Complex Issues

    October 01, 2013 12:43 PM EDT Representative Mel Watt (D-NC-12) has introduced the Free Market Royalty Act (H.R. 3219), one of the most intriguing royalty proposals in years. The bill accomplishes two principal goals: Watt starts the process of getting the government out of ...

  29. Backbeat: Radio's Best Discuss The Medium's Present And Future State At Audio Industry Summit

    September 30, 2013 11:25 AM EDT Radio experts called for a greater connection with listeners, content that tells a story, and making radio hip again for youth at the Audio Industry Summit held in New York Sept. 27. The conference, presented by Syracuse University's S.I. N ...

  30. Business Matters: What Google Trends Says About Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and the State of Digital Music

    September 16, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Google Trends shows what we already know: subscription services are increasingly popular while interest in paid downloads has peaked. But Google Trends, a Google service that graphs the frequency of search terms, also shows the popularity of ...

  31. Pandora Names Brian McAndrews New CEO, President and Chairman

    September 11, 2013 5:26 PM EDT Digital advertising veteran Brian McAndrews will replace Joe Kennedy as CEO, president and chairman of Pandora, the company announced Wednesday. Kennedy announced in March he would be stepping down.   McAndrews is "uniquely qualified to lea ...

  32. Apple iTunes Radio Launching Sept. 18, Called 'Pure Dose of Awesomeness'

    September 10, 2013 2:30 PM EDT Apple Inc. on Tuesday announced it will flip the switch for its Internet radio feature on Sept. 18, when the company releases its next operating system, iOS 7.  The radio streaming function, which will catapult Apple into the ad-supported str ...

  33. What to Expect from Apple's Expected iTunes Radio Announcement

    September 09, 2013 1:50 PM EDT There has been a lot of speculation about iTunes Radio since word first broke last year that Apple had started discussions with record labels. Although opinions won't come until people get actual hands-on experience with the product on T ...

  34. Pandora Says August Listener Hours Rose 16 Percent

    September 05, 2013 8:57 PM EDT Pandora managed to boost its listener numbers last month despite rising competition for online music lovers. Total listener hours rose 16 percent in August to 1.35 billion, from 1.16 billion hours in the same month a year ago. That's a 5 pe ...

  35. Pandora Media Stock Slides 13 Percent

    August 23, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Shares of Pandora Media tanked 13 percent Friday, a day after the digital-music company reported its quarterly earnings but disappointing guidance. Pandora on Thursday reported earning 4 cents a share in the most recent quarter, twice what analy ...

  36. Business Matters: Behind Apple iTunes Radio’s Launch Strategy

    August 20, 2013 6:37 PM EDT Don't expect a soft launch for iTunes Radio. Apple has lined up blue chip advertisers for its upcoming launch next month of iTunes Radio, according to an Ad Age report . McDonald’s, Nissan, Pepsi and Procter & Gamble were named as ad ...

  37. Business Matters: Why Pandora's 2-Year High is Good for Music Business

    August 15, 2013 6:15 PM EDT Pandora shares reached their highest mark in over two years when they peaked at $21.00 on Tuesday. The company’s shares have not been that high since they hit $21.20 on July 1, 2011. The all-time high was $26 on the first day of trading, June 15 ...

  38. Pandora's Listener Hours up 2% in July, Down 16% Since March; Stocks Decline (Correction Appended)

    August 07, 2013 10:21 AM EDT Pandora's listener hours recovered by 2% July after falling in April and June, according to figures the company released Tuesday. The Internet radio service's monthly active users rose by 100,000, or 0.1%, to 71.2 million.   Investors ...

  39. iHeartRadio Expands Into Australia, New Zealand

    August 06, 2013 7:40 AM EDT Clear Channel's iHeartRadio has opened for business in Australia and New Zealand – its first expansion move outside the United States. The Internet radio service launched Down Under in beta this week at www.iheartradio.com.au , ahead of a ...

  40. Business Matters: How Pandora Pays Less -- And More -- Than Radio

    July 01, 2013 6:55 PM EDT Terrestrial radio pays roughly 28% more to publishers per play, per listener than Pandora, according to Billboard estimates from numbers provided in blog posts by David Lowery and Jay Frank . But publishing is a small part of Pandora's roya ...

  41. Guest Post: Pink Floyd Pushes Back on Pandora's Royalty Rate Agenda

    June 25, 2013 6:06 PM EDT The following Op-Ed originally appeared this past Sunday (June 23) on the opinion pages of USA Today. Billboard.biz received permission to repost it here in its entirety, Billboard.biz welcomes comments below. Send all .Biz guest post submissio ...

  42. Pandora Files Motion to Keep Low Publishing Rates

    June 20, 2013 5:47 PM EDT In another tactical move to keep its publishing costs from rising, Pandora has filed a motion with the ASCAP rate court, making the case that publishers looking to cut their own direct deals with Pandora are in fact bound by the ASCAP consent d ...

  43. Business Matters: Pandora is not Walmart

    June 19, 2013 6:09 PM EDT A new paper disputes Pandora claims it pays too much in royalties. Written by Dr. Jeffrey Eisenach, "Understanding Webcasting Royalties" shines a light on Pandora's effort to lower its royalty costs. Eisenach is Managing Director ...

  44. From The Magazine: Will iTunes Radio Pay Off?

    June 17, 2013 2:45 PM EDT This story on Apple's business model for its just-launched iTunes Radio is from the latest edition of Billboard (cover date June 22, 2013). Also featured in this issue: a look at Pandora's terrestrial radio purchase; the declining va ...

  45. BMI Files Suit Against Pandora

    June 13, 2013 12:51 PM EDT BMI, Broadcast Music Inc., today filed suit at the U.S. Southern District Federal Court in New York, seeking a determination of rates for a blanket license for all music played on Pandora. Billboard broke the news of the impending lawsuit lat ...

  46. Apple Debuts iTunes Radio

    June 10, 2013 3:27 PM EDT Apple finally introduced the world to its anticipated Internet radio service at its World Wide Developers Conference Monday. Called iTunes Radio, the service works on iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, iTunes on Mac computers and AppleTV. It will ...

  47. Publishers to Get Bigger Payday From Apple Thanks to Direct Licensing Deals

    June 05, 2013 6:09 PM EDT In cutting a deal with the Warner Music Group, sources say Apple caved on publishing and has agreed to pay at least 10 percent of advertising revenue to license the songs, sources say. While the WMG deal is for both master rights and publishin ...

  48. PwC Report Forecasts 1% Growth for U.S. Music Market Through 2017

    June 05, 2013 4:48 PM EDT Led by gains in concerts and digital music, the overall U.S. music business can expect annual growth of just over 1% through 2017, according to a new report by PricewaterhouseCoopers.   PwC believes the concert business will grow at a compound a ...

  49. Warner Music Group Inks iRadio Deal for Publishing, Recorded-Music Licensing

    June 02, 2013 5:02 PM EDT Warner Music Group on Sunday became the first major record company to sign both a publishing and a recorded music licensing deal with Apple Inc. for the upcoming Internet radio service that many have dubbed "iRadio," sources say. Unive ...

  50. Pandora Sees Quarterly Gains in Subscription and Mobile Revenue

    May 23, 2013 5:02 PM EDT Pandora's gains in its most recent fiscal quarter were helped by an increase in subscribers that stemmed from the listening caps the company placed on mobile listening in March. The company added over 700,000 net new subscribers to its Pa ...

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