Peter Kafka

  1. CMJ Panels Day 2: Benjy Grinberg on Breaking Artists; Pandora's Tim Westegren Talks Failed Coup; Peter Kafka and Ted Cohen

    October 18, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Nontraditional Catalysts: From left: Surely Music's Pete Johnson, Triple Crown's Fred Feldman, Rostrum Record's Benjy Grinberg, Sensibility Music's Travis Yetton, Pandora's Matt Ostrower discuss unorthodox ways to break ba ...

  2. Morning Fix: Apple's Pandora-Rival Plans; Obama, Madonna & Twitter; MTV's Not-So-Shocking VMAs

    September 07, 2012 7:32 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MTV VMAS 2012: RIHANNA, ONE DIRECTION FIND LOVE & MOONMEN: The most shocking aspect of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards? That would be the lack of shocking moments at t ...

  3. Business Matters: Warner Getting Big Gains from Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and other Streaming Services

    August 09, 2012 5:23 PM EDT Warner Gets A Quarter of Digital Revenue From Streaming Warner Music Group is getting good growth from streaming services, which now account for 25% of its recorded music digital revenue. The other important news in the company's Thursday ear ...

  4. Business Matters: Kickstarter Funding Many Small Music Projects, But That Will Change

    June 22, 2012 5:47 PM EDT Kickstarter Funding Many Small Music Projects, But That Will Change -- More than half of all music projects -- 54.2%, to be exact -- on Kickstarter successfully meet their funding goal. This and other statistics are available on Kickstarter's ...

  5. Lucian Grainge, Roger Faxon, Irving Azoff to Testify at EMI/Universal Deal's Congressional Hearing

    June 15, 2012 2:04 PM EDT The heads of both Universal Music Group and EMI are expected to appear before a U.S. Congressional hearing June 21 to argue for the proposed sale of EMI's music catalog to Universal, Reuters reports . Both Lucian Grainge and Roger Faxon will ...

  6. Analysis: Edgar Bronfman's Big Statements About Universal/EMI Deal Are Business As Usual -- But Much More Public

    February 02, 2012 4:37 PM EST While the mainstream media is getting worked up over Edgar Bronfman's comments on how dangerous a combined Universal/EMI recorded-music operation will be - not to mention his proclamation that the Warner Music Group will fight it "tooth ...

  7. Google Music an 'Oxymoron' Says Outgoing Warner Music Group Chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

    February 01, 2012 11:50 AM EST Outgoing Warner Music Group chairman Edgar Bronfman, Jr. called Google Music an "oxymoron" that's run by a company conflicted about how to value other parties' information. Bronfman spoke Tuesday at the Wall Street Journal' ...

  8. Video: Edgar Bronfman Jr. Says Warner Music Will Fight Universal-EMI Merger 'Tooth and Nail'

    February 01, 2012 7:13 AM EST On his last day as chairman of Warner Music Group, Edgar Bronfman Jr. promised that the company will fight Universal's purchase of EMI "tooth and nail," adding that it strikes him as "hubris particularly for Universal to think ...

  9. Morning Heds: Spotify Says Bye to Free, Sony Goes iOS, Beatles Songs Sold

    January 12, 2012 6:11 AM EST Spotify no longer free for early US subscribers Music Week Early Spotify adopters in the US will see their no-strings, unlimited streaming experience cease next week when their promotional period comes to an end. Why Rhapsody Is (Probably) Bigger ...

  10. 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, ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. MOG Grows Fastest Among Facebook's On-Demand Music Apps

    November 04, 2011 11:10 AM EDT Charts courtesy of AppData Facebook's recently-launched music features are not perfect , but in the past month-plus, the social network has already boosted usage of Facebook-connected unlimited music services significantly -- and none so much ...

  13. Report: Apple to Beat Google to the Cloud

    April 22, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Watching the race between Apple and Google to see who launches a cloud-based music service first is kind of like the children's fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. Except they're both Tortoises. But there are signs that the finish line i ...

  14. Did Viacom Sell Rock Band Developer Harmonix for $50?

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST File this under "who knows?" but Peter Kafka over at All Things Digital's Media Memo blog is reporting that Viacom sold its Rock Band developer unit Harmonix late last year for as little as $50. Now that's a hook-worthy but som ...

  15. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Ning CEO Gina Bianchini

    March 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Name: Gina Bianchini Title: co-founder and CEO, Ning Panel: Digital Now, moderated by Peter Kafka, senior editor, All Things Digital . (Thurs. March 4, 11:35 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.). More info at Billboardevents.com. Fill in the blank. Money is the____ ...

  16. Business Matters: The Price Debate, Rascal Flatts, Thumbplay

    February 10, 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 . -- Do higher prices equal slower sales? That's the w ...

  17. Business Matters: Albums Not Dead, Hastings Q2, Digital = Green?

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The dead CD format turns out not to be dead. It’s not a surprise to anybody in the music industry, but you’d have to excuse the general public, for years barraged by CD obituaries from the media (especially tech bloggers), for thinking the CD w ...