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  1. New Bills Seek Internet Radio Royalty Parity

    September 21, 2012 8:50 PM EDT U.S. Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced versions of Internet Radio Fairness Act on Friday to address the high royalties paid by some digital radio platforms. Billboard's FutureSou ...

  2. Morning Fix: Tupac Hologram Company Goes Broke, More Coachellas? J.Lo's Cable Channel, iPhone 5!

    September 12, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters: Breaking News, Touring, Top 40, Country and many more. AEG ATTORNEY FIRES BACK OVER MICHAEL JACKSON EMAILS: 'NOBODY IS TELLING THE STORY PROPERLY': A series of c ...

  3. Made In America: Did it Work?

    September 11, 2012 11:36 AM EDT The "Made In America: Did It Work?" story below examines the festival's attendance, sponsors, partnerships, marketing, bookings and branding towards determining if the eventwas a success or not and is from this week's edition o ...

  4. Business Matters: 5 Reasons Why Apple Wants to Move Into Pandora Territory

    September 07, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Apple is in negotiations with rights holders for an Internet radio service similar to Pandora, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times . It appears Apple executives spot a hole in the needs of their consumers and the ...

  5. Made In America: Did It Work?

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Sorting the numbers on the new Jay-Z fest Budweiser Made in America had a lot of elements of a blockbuster: a curated lineup and headlining set from Jay-Z, promotion from Live Nation, live streams from YouTube and Pandora and a title sponsorship f ...

  6. Pandora's Second Quarter: As Losses Grow, the Message Shifts to Mobile

    August 29, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Pandora shifted its message for its fiscal second-quarter earnings on Wednesday, putting more emphasis on the growth of its mobile revenue and listening hours. During the earnings call, Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy unveiled an unprecedented number of d ...

  7. Brookings Institution Calls for Different (And Pandora-Friendly) Standard in Webcast Royalties

    August 13, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Weighing in on the debate over webcasting royalties, Washington D.C. think tank Brookings Institution has called for a different standard for setting digital performance royalties that would result in big cost savings for companies like Pandora. & ...

  8. Business Matters: Pandora Seen Building Up Local Ad Sales Teams

    August 13, 2012 12:27 PM EDT The good news is somebody on Wall Street thinks Pandora is building its local ad sales team to generate more revenue. The bad news is somebody on Wall Street thinks the costs of building out its local ad sales teams will hurt Pandora's profit ...

  9. Internet Radio: The Next Digital Underground

    July 19, 2012 6:35 PM EDT One is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Another was recently launched by the world's leading on-demand music subscription service. And yet another has quietly accumulated 30 million monthly users. These three Internet services are part ...

  10. Business Matters: Mr. Westergren and Pandora Go to Washington

    July 19, 2012 4:33 PM EDT Mr. Westergren and Pandora Go to Washington -- Legislation drafted by a U.S. Representative suggests that fights over Internet royalties, and the lobbying and publicity efforts by Internet radio giant Pandora, are starting to heat up. According to ...

  11. Business Matters: Spotify Does Many Things Well, But Radio Isn't One of Them

    June 19, 2012 5:32 PM EDT Spotify's Radio Problem -- Since June 2011 it has been quite easy to gauge what people think of the latest digital music service: see how much the market punished Pandora's stock. When Spotify launched on July 14, shares of Pandora fells ...

  12. Business Matters: As Clear Channel Lands Royalty Deal, Pandora Speaks Up About Webcasting Royalties

    June 06, 2012 8:30 PM EDT Pandora Speaks Up About 'Very High' Webcasting Royalties -- On the day Clear Channel announced a groundbreaking performance royalty deal with Big Machine Label Group, Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy was reiterating a message about its own perfor ...

  13. Business Matters: Critics of Universal-EMI Merger Still Lining Up, But Outcome Still in Doubt

    May 17, 2012 6:30 PM EDT UMG's Acquisition of EMI Expected to Experience Bumpy Road to Approval Universal Music Group's planned acquisition of EMI's recorded music division continues to spark commentary and criticism. European regulators approved the acquis ...

  14. A Look at Music Execs' Rising Pay: $34.6 Million Year for Irving Azoff

    May 03, 2012 12:18 PM EDT Most top music industry executives saw their compensation packages increase in 2011, according to an analysis by THR. THR looked at recently disclosed compensation for the leadership of publicly traded companies with music tie-ins, from satellite ...

  15. Latin Conference: Univision's Jose Valle Says Latin Artists Need To Push Into Mainstream Radio Market

    April 25, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Univision Radio president Jose Valle speaks during his Q&A at the Billboard Latin Music Conference. (Photo: Michael Seto) Radio has changed with social media and with the evolving demographics of music lovers. That's one thing radio execu ...

  16. Justin Bieber, Chris Brown to Headline NBC's 'Today' Summer Concert Series

    April 23, 2012 11:35 AM EDT NBC's Today show has announced the acts for their 17th annual Summer Concert Series, and the lineup does not disappoint. Toyota is again sponsoring the weekly morning live concerts, kicking off Friday, May 18, with Usher for his first-ever To ...

  17. Business Matters: Pandora's Stock Hits All-Time Low of $9.03

    April 09, 2012 4:41 PM EDT Pandora's Stock Hits All-Time Low Pandora's stock fell to an all-time low of $9.03 Monday and closed at $9.18, a 7.46% dip. The root cause for Monday's decline appears to be an analyst's report that surfaced Thursday but wasn&# ...

  18. Erica Farber Named President and CEO of Radio Advertising Bureau

    April 03, 2012 12:51 PM EDT Erica Farber, former publisher-CEO of Radio & Records, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Radio Advertising Bureau, effective April 16. Farber, who most recently served as the RAB's executive vice president, will ...

  19. Business Matters: Google Consumer Surveys Pick Up Where Micropayments Left Off

    March 30, 2012 6:33 PM EDT Google's Consumer Surveys Act As Soft Paywalls Would you answer a few questions in an online survey to listen to music, an online article or some other premium digital content? A new Google product helps online publishers get money out of the ...

  20. Business Matters: Apple Finds Better Use of its Cash Than Buying Music Company

    March 20, 2012 4:09 PM EDT Apple To Introduce Dividend and Share Repurchase Program So much for the idea that Apple could buy a music company. The company announced Monday a dividend and share repurchase program to put to use its $98 billion stockpile of cash and securities ...

  21. Business Matters: Pandora Needs Investors Ready For the Long Haul

    March 06, 2012 9:29 PM EST Pandora Needs Investors Ready For the Long Haul -- Pandora had a clear message during Tuesday's earnings call for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Jan. 31: We're the future, but the future isn't here just yet. We' ...

  22. Pandora Shares Drop After Fourth-Quarter Earnings Report

    March 06, 2012 5:03 PM EST Shares of Pandora where free-falling 15 percent in after-hours trading on Tuesday after the digital music company reported uninspiring quarterly earnings results. The provider of online music reported revenue and profit that missed the expectation ...

  23. Business Matters: At 10 Million Users, SoundCloud is Scratching the Surface

    January 23, 2012 7:02 PM EST SoundCloud Hits 10 Millions Registered Users On-demand services and some webcasters might get more headlines, but SoundCloud is currently one of the world's hottest digital music companies. The popular audio hosting-and-sharing platform annou ...

  24. Pandora's Stock Jumps With Announcement of 125 Million Registered Users As CES Gets Rolling

    January 10, 2012 2:17 PM EST Pandora is going into CES with over 125 registered users and an average listener time of 18 hours per month. The company's Monday press release also boasts of a 68-percent share of the top 20 Internet radio services for the month of November, ...

  25. CES 2012: Here's What The Music Biz Will Be Watching For

    January 09, 2012 9:00 AM EST The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, long the go-to event for the tech and mobile industries, is increasingly becoming a magnet for music-based services and media companies. With many of this year's announcements expected ...

  26. 2012's Consumer Electronics Show Biz Blog

    January 09, 2012 7:29 AM EST Jan 13, 2012 | Blog Post CES 2012: 8 Cool Things Andrew Hampp, Las Vegas The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV annou ...

  27. Sirius XM Radio Adds 1.7 Million Subscribers in 2011; CEO Mocks Competition

    January 04, 2012 9:59 PM EST Sirius XM Radio said Wednesday it added 1.7 million subscribers in 2011, then CEO Mel Karmazin gave a backhand compliment to one competitor, online music service Pandora, and insinuated another, Clear Channel Communications, was a bit stodgy. Spea ...

  28. Business Matters: Disappointing Best Buy Quarter Part of Technology Retail Slide

    December 13, 2011 6:44 PM EST Tech Retail In The Dumps -- Best Buy shares fell 15.5 percent Tuesday on heaving trading (five times the daily average) after the company released disappointing sales figures for its fiscal third quarter ending Nov.26, 2011. Revenue dropped 2 perc ...

  29. Pandora to Debut Free Concert Series With Dawes; Invites Based on Listeners' Preferences

    December 08, 2011 8:53 AM EST Pandora announced today that a new series of free concerts will debut on December 13 in Portland, Oregon, with ATO recording artists Dawes. Invitations for the series are being sent based on each listener's musical preferences on Pandora, suc ...

  30. Pandora Reaches 40 Million Active Users, Sees No Impact from On-Demand Services

    November 22, 2011 9:11 PM EST Pandora is a radio station and "one of the largest radio stations" in major U.S. markets, CEO Joe Kennedy said during Tuesday's conference call for the company's fiscal third quarter earnings . Kennedy was addressing two common ...

  31. Business Matters: Pandora To Sell Targeted Political Ads

    November 18, 2011 6:45 PM EST Pandora To Sell Targeted Political Ads -- Pandora has been criticized for not doing well enough with local advertising. Now the company has a new plan to deliver targeted, local ads to its listeners. On Friday the personalized Internet radio compa ...

  32. FutureSound Keynotes: Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy, Superfly Co-Founder Rick Farman, S-Curve Founder Steve Greenberg

    November 18, 2011 2:00 PM EST Keynote speakers Steve Greenberg ( CEO/Founder, S-Curve Records) and Travis Clark (of We The Kings) with Michael Jakary , VP of Label and Field Marketing at UMG Distribution.(Photo: Arnold Turner/A. Turner Archives) The closing events of the openi ...

  33. Billboard's FutureSound Conference Gets Underway in San Francisco

    November 17, 2011 5:55 PM EST Royalties and equity, licensing and risk-taking dominated opening discussions at the FutureSound music technology conference hosted by Billboard in San Francisco Thursday afternoon. More than 250 tech company CEOs, music label reps, venture capita ...

  34. Billboard FutureSound Conference 2011 Hub

    November 17, 2011 12:00 AM EST November 21, 2011 | Photos Backbeat: Billboard FutureSound With Songkick, Topspin, Myxer, Gracenote and More Billboard's inaugural FutureSound Conference, held in San Francisco late last week, was a complete success by any measure -- Island D ...

  35. Four Ways to Make Facebook Music a Lot Better

    November 02, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Oversharing on Facebook is certainly nothing new, but the site's new music-sharing option has taken the practice to a new extreme, alarming more than a few people we know in the process. Once a user adds Spotify or iHeartRadio to their timeli ...

  36. Pandora Partners With DMX To Launch Internet Radio For Businesses

    November 01, 2011 12:32 PM EDT Broadcast radio isn't the only market ready for disruption. Internet radio company Pandora unveiled on Tuesday a business-to-business product in conjunction with brand experience service DMX . Pandora for businesses costs $24.95 per month plu ...

  37. Are We in a New Age of Licensing?

    October 24, 2011 4:37 PM EDT Something great has happened in 2011. After almost stagnating in the last half of the 2000s, digital music is once again a hotbed of ideas, investment and consumer interest. A new crop of entrepreneurs is working with new technologies - such as sm ...

  38. New FutureSound Keynotes: Pandora, Twitter, Superfly Presents, S-Curve Records & More

    October 20, 2011 5:40 PM EDT Billboard's FutureSound conference is coming up fast: Nov. 17 & 18 in San Francisco. And we're proud to announce our latest lineup of exciting keynote speakers: Joe Kennedy, CEO of Pandora, will be joining us on the keynote stage. Th ...

  39. Business Matters: Spotify's 2.4 Million September Visitors Were Mostly Male, Young and Pretty Well Off

    October 18, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Spotify's 2.4 Million September Visitors, Analyzed -- Spotify users are young and fairly well off financially, according to numbers released by comScore Tuesday. And while the service has experienced fantastic growth in just three months, it ...

  40. Music Licensing Service Rumblefish Adds Ex-Pandora Board Member

    October 11, 2011 2:33 PM EDT Music licensing outfit Rumblefish has added a new board member to help drive its growth. Harry DeMott, a former board member at Pandora and long-time analyst and investor in media companies, has joined the Portland, Oregon-based company's boa ...

  41. Business Matters: Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke, by the Numbers

    September 29, 2011 6:52 PM EDT Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke 2011 could end being the year digital music broke. Yes, the iTunes Music Store launched back in 2003. But 2011 has been a truly incredible year for digital music. Perhaps most important is the big improveme ...

  42. TechCrunch Disrupt Day One: Arrington's Anouncement, Pandora's Fireside Chat

    September 12, 2011 7:50 PM EDT SAN FRANCISCO -- The big question of the day -- wither Michael Arrington? - was answered within the first few minutes of TechCrunch Disrupt, which kicked off Monday morning. Arrington announced that he will be "moving on" from the site h ...

  43. Business Matters: Skullcandy IPO Shows Market Interest in Premium Headphones

    July 25, 2011 5:34 PM EDT Market On Premium Headphones: Outlook Good -- Last week's IPO by headphone maker Skullcandy indicates investors see potential in the growing market for premium headphones. The company sold 9.4 million shares at $20, which was above the $17-$1 ...

  44. Business Matters: Mobile Listening Outpacing Mobile Ads, Pandora CEO Says

    July 23, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Mobile Listening Outpacing Mobile Ads, Pandora CEO Says -- Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy has suggested one of the analyst's fears about its business is coming true -- the company is not selling enough mobile ads. "The sheer level of aggregate ...

  45. Business Matters: Did You Know 64 Streams Equals One Download?

    July 19, 2011 6:35 PM EDT The Transition From Music Ownership to Access Is Gonna Hurt A Lotta Wallets -- (Editor's note: due to a spreadsheet typo, this article originally stated that 48 streams at 1.146 cents per stream equals the gross revenue rights holders get fro ...

  46. Do Investors Really Understand Pandora and Digital Music?

    June 27, 2011 2:56 PM EDT One reason for the wide swings in Pandora's stock price is due to wide differences in enthusiasm about the company. Investors with the greatest belief in the company purchased at $24 per share . Others waited until the price dropped below the ...

  47. Business Matters: Mobile U.S. Ad Revenues Projected to be $4 Billion by 2015

    June 23, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Mobile U.S. Ad Revenues Projected to be $4 Billion by 2015 -- Since a good portion of future of digital music ad revenues will depend on the vibrancy of the mobile ad market, a new revenue forecast will be on great interest to digital service prov ...

  48. Music Companies: History Shows That a Successful IPO Does Not Guarantee a Good Investment

    June 15, 2011 12:12 PM EDT Today's IPO of Internet radio company Pandora is sure to put even more of a spotlight on digital music. The company raised its IPO price to $16 - it was originally slated to go between $9 and $11 - and it added another 1 million shares to the ...

  49. Rethink Music Panel Explores the Cloud: How to Make People Aware, Let Alone Make Money?

    April 26, 2011 4:00 PM EDT The Cloud music panel at Rethink Music conference, L-R: Jon Vanhala, Sami Valkonen, Brad Navin, David Hyman, Jon Potter, Don Gorder (Photo: Phil Farnsworth) The recent introduction of Amazon's Cloud Player -- and similar offerings from Google ...

  50. Rethink Music's 'Financing Creativity' Panel Explores Concept of Fans as Patrons, Not Consumers

    April 26, 2011 3:05 PM EDT A major theme at the Rethink Music conference taking place in Boston Tuesday (April 26) and Wednesday, musicians and industry professionals are exploring how the industry can adjust, adapt and survive amid the encroachment of technologies that hav ...

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