Pricing

  1. Eagle Rock Entertainment Drops List and Wholesale Prices In Bid to Drive Sales Volume

    March 21, 2013 5:30 PM EDT Eagle Rock Entertainment, a leading music video label, is lowering prices in an attempt to get more shelf space and boost sales. On April 1, the company will lower its list price from $14.98 to $9.98 and bring wholesale down from $9.51 to $7.25. ...

  2. Is Taylor Swift's 'Red' iTunes Exclusive a Play to Prevent Deep Discounting?

    October 23, 2012 8:00 PM EDT In a possible attempt to ensure that Google Play and Amazon don't use Taylor Swift's just-released Red album as a loss leader priced below $3.49, Big Machine Records has not serviced the album to those stores, a source confirmed to Billb ...

  3. Mumford Takes Deluxe High Ground

    October 15, 2012 8:46 AM EDT 'Babel' sales show deluxe digital albums outselling standard on iTunes, but discounting has key role. Mumford & Sons' "Babel" is doing more than putting big numbers up on the board: It's also proving that if you ...

  4. Spotify Pricing Staying Put

    September 10, 2012 8:03 PM EDT Spotify is set on its current prices as reports circulate its working on a browser-based version of its subscription service. Well, for the most part. Sources tell Billboard.biz there is no indication Spotify plans to deviate from the industry sta ...

  5. Guest Post: 'Pay What You Want' Comes to Music Apps -- Will Musicians Be More Generous Than Their Fans?

    September 06, 2012 12:40 PM EDT The following is a guest post from Adam Hanft, a brand strategist whose clients include Barnes & Noble,Vinfolio, Original SoupMan, and Wheelz. He also writes for Huffington Post, Fast Company and other media. Billboard.biz welcomes responsible ...

  6. United Airlines Adds Digital Music Store To Rewards Program

    August 06, 2012 2:15 PM EDT United Airlines is adding a digital download music store to its MileagePlus Progam, allowing members to redeem miles by turning them in for music. The store, which features 7 million tracks, is run by Choose Digital, a Coral Gables Fla.-based comp ...

  7. Amazon's 99-Cent Deals Sends 20 Titles Soaring Up the Charts, But at What Cost?

    July 12, 2012 6:49 PM EDT Amazon picked last week -- July 3, to be exact -- to remind everyone that it is the low-price music retailer on the Internet, when it offered 20 current albums at 99 cents apiece. Those 20 titles, which included Katy Perry's "Teenage Dre ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Google Music, Amazon Return to Normal Album Prices After Cyber Monday $1.99 Sales Battle

    November 29, 2011 4:35 PM EST In its second week live, Google Music shot a cannonball across the bow of iTunes and Amazon by pricing 13 frontline titles at $1.99 on Cyber Monday. Amazon immediately responded by pricing the same titles at that price point, but iTunes ignored th ...

  11. Major Labels Push Back on Best Buy's Price Demands

    November 04, 2011 3:20 PM EDT A Best Buy initiative to have all single-disc albums at an everyday price of $9.99 for the holiday selling season has been turned back by the major labels-at least for now. While some major-label distribution executives expect the conversation to ...

  12. Live Nation Touts Success With New Ticketing Strategies

    August 09, 2011 4:49 PM EDT Live Nation is trying to recover from a dismal 2010 with new approaches to selling and pricing tickets. And if the company's second quarter results are any indication, it's off to a good start. Total revenue was up 23.1% to $1.56 billion ...

  13. Business Matters: Research in Motion (RIM) Falters, Android and iOS Safer Than Ever

    June 17, 2011 5:02 PM EDT Business Matters: Research in Motion Falters, Android and iOS Safer Than Ever -- Apple and Google's dominant mobile and tablet market shares probably won't be jeopardized any time soon. Just a couple weeks after Research in Motion (RIM) ...

  14. TuneCore CEO 'Stunned' by Criticism Over Price Hike, Slams 'Incomplete and Inaccurate' Reports

    May 17, 2011 4:08 PM EDT Digital distributor TuneCore attracted strong criticism earlier this month when news of its price hike spread through the blogosphere. The company raised the flat price it charges to distribute an album for one year to $49.99 from $19.99. At the s ...

  15. Best Buy Pushes For Sub-$10 Wholesale CD Pricing With As Rackjobber

    April 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Changes are afoot at Best Buy that could have significant ramifications for the retailer's relationship with record labels. The consumer electronics chain recently chose Walmart rackjobber Anderson Merchandisers to handle all music buying and ...

  16. Concert Ticket Prices Expected To Drop In 2011 After Sluggish 2010

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Concertgoers sick of ballooning ticket prices should have some extra pocket change to rattle with their rock 'n' roll in the new year. 2010 was tough for the concert business as high prices kept many fans at home. Promoters now say they ...

  17. Business Matters: Spotify, eMusic, DVD Sales, Hulu

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Should Spotify Launch Without All The Majors? -- The latest rumor – just a rumor – about Spotify has the company considering a U.S. launch without one or more of the four major record labels. The ...

  18. Business Matters: EMI, Pricing Strategies, 'Share' and more

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. The Future of EMI -- After Terra Firma’s loss to Citigroup in a New York courtroom, the prognosticators started thinking about EMI’s future. Here’s a sample: • “…the court case certainly ...

  19. eMusic To Add Universal Music Group, Change Pricing

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has licensed its catalog to eMusic, making it the third major record label available at the store. The addition of 250,000 UMG tracks will be available in November for U.S. subscribers only. Concurrent with the addition of UM ...

  20. Business Matters: Warren Buffett, Pandora, Sufjan Stevens

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- From concert promoters to record labels, people in the industry are wondering when consumer spending will return to pre-subprime loan mess levels. Earlier this week, the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the recession official ...

  21. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Hulu, Apple and more

    August 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Ticketmaster now has more pricing transparency in its ticket search process , Live Nation executive chairman Irving Azoff revealed in a Twitter post. It’s not all-in pricing, but it’s ...

  22. Live Nation Drops Service Fees For June

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation will roll out a massive price promotion this week, No Service Fee June, which will eliminate service fees on nearly 8 million tickets, more than 700 shows and 110 artists. "Every show, every ticket, every artist, every amphitheate ...

  23. Popular In Music, Pay-What-You-Want Model Tried at Restaurants

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Since Radiohead's pay-what-you-want release of "In Rainbows" in 2007, allowing fans to name their price has been an increasingly popular tactic and one occasionally - and unrealistically - trumpeted as the future of music distributi ...

  24. Opinion: The $400 Ticket Has Been Here A While

    May 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The $400 ticket is already here, just look on the secondary market. The LA Times post “The Marriage of Ticketmaster and Live Nation: Say Hello to the $400 Ticket?” about Live Nation’s goal of raising prices misses on an important point in the deba ...

  25. Gaming Company Scores With Pay-What-You-Want

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An independent video game company has found success with marketing tactics often found in the music industry. Wolfire Games is offering a pay-what-you-want download bundle from its web site. The Humble Indie Bundle consists of five classic indie g ...

  26. Study: Australian File Sharers Will Pay For Music, But Not Much

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yet another study indicates most digital pirates will pay for music – if the price is right. News.com.au and market research firm CoreData surveyed over 5,700 people who said they had illegally downloaded or streamed music in the previous 12 month ...

  27. Case Study: Digital and Physical Pricing Strategies

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of the industry’s biggest challenges right now is this: Figuring out the products and prices that offer a level of value that resonates with buyers. Case in point - Scott Cohen, manager of The Ravonettes (and co-founder and International VP at ...

  28. Business Matters: Apple, Lala, The Orchard, Live Nation, Radiohead and More

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Is Apple is letting the Lala music service wither? ZDNet’s Ed Bott has noticed a few signs that point to yes. First, Lala has discontinued uploading songs through its Music Mover application (it finds music tracks and uploads to cloud storage). ...

  29. iPad Primes Print's Paid Content Pump

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With the iPad out, and more digital readers on the way, are publishers getting a golden opportunity to reclaim paid-for content? Many already have been experimenting with paywalls on their Web sites, while others are playing with pricing for their ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Updated: UMG To Launch U.S. Pricing Test

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Universal Music Group could rewrite U.S. music pricing when it tests a new frontline pricing structure, which is designed to get single CDs in stores at $10, or below. Beginning in the second quarter and continuing through most of the year, th ...

  32. Ticketmaster's Multi-tiered Experiment

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster, the ticketing arm of Live Nation Entertainment, is experimenting with a form of multi-tiered pricing for the Eagles’ concert at Sacramento’s Arco Arena. At Ticketmaster.com, buyers use a new interactive seat map to choose a seat base ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Analysis: Artist Compensation, Pricing Debate Heats Up

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Though not a new topic, how artists and labels are compensated for their works continues to gain momentum as countries pass (or consider to pass) anti-piracy laws, and everybody from musicians to label executives to music publishers ponder how to ...

  37. U.K. Investigation Into Online Pricing

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched market studies into online advertising and pricing. The OFT, the U.K.'s consumer and competition authority, will examine online targeting of advertising and prices that incorporates behaviora ...

  38. Business Matters: Sky Songs, iTunes LP, We7

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- British Sky Broadcasting will launch its long-awaited ISP-based music service next week. The specifics about the quality of the store and its user experience are still emerging, but details are out about the pricing structure. And they are unde ...

  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. Amie Street To Offer Sony Catalog

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Online music retailer Amie Street will begin selling music from Sony Music. The deal covers both current and catalog tracks. Unlike other tracks on Amie Street, the Sony songs will not be priced using the site's dynamic pricing model. Instead ...

  41. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, AEG Live, Baidu

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- According to one analyst, Ticketmaster 's plan to introduce dynamic pricing ( read more in Thursday's post at Billboard.biz has a lot of potential. In a research report, Thomas Weisel's Ben Mogil upgraded the company's ratin ...

  42. Sources: iTunes To Add Pre-cut Ringtones

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Apple iTunes Music Store is gearing up to add pre-cut ringtones to its inventory and the pricing for the configuration could change the dynamics of the game. Major label sources say that while Apple will announce ringtones at its Sept. 9 iTune ...

  43. Briefs: CD Baby, Perez Hilton, Live Nation

    July 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- This weekend, CD Baby is going to introduce a number of new features at its retail Web site: a la carte downloading, artist pages, a music uploaded and download cards. The fee for CDBaby.com downloads will be 25%, quite a bit more than its typi ...

  44. Analysis: Why Variable Pricing Is Bad For Publishers

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a new feature , Billboard analyzed sales after the introduction of variable pricing and found that unit sales had slightly decreased but overall spending at retail and net revenue to labels had increased. While total track sales dropped about 5 ...

  45. Amazon U.K. Pricing Mishap

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Amazon service, Amazon.co.uk, has confirmed that a "pricing error" resulted in hit albums being sold for just 29p (47 cents). Although Amazon.co.uk has aggressively priced its new MP3 store, with albums as low as £3 ($4.88), the ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Live Nation To Rollout 'No Service Fee' Promotion

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation will eliminate service fees on more than five million lawn tickets and hundreds of concerts for its amphitheaters in a one-day promotion June 3. The 24-hour sales event is being billed as the biggest ticket promotion ever, which would ...

  48. Analysis: iTunes Price Hike Takes In Extra $43K

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Three weeks after 33 of iTunes' 100 best-selling tracks received price increases, the end result is a win for the labels. Tracks that received the price change from $0.99 to $1.29 have generated more revenue on fewer unit sales than they woul ...

  49. Criticism, Doubts Over iTunes Price Changes

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Though the online world tends to give Steve Jobs and Apple the benefit of the doubt, there has been an incredible amount of second-guessing about iTunes' decision to allow a three-tiered pricing system. A number of tracks - one third of yeste ...

  50. Report: iTunes Variable Pricing To Launch April 7

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple's iTunes store is set to implement its variable pricing system, including an increase from 99 cents to $1.29 for popular tracks, on April 7 according to the L.A. Times. The company revealed plans on Jan. 6 to make its catalog DRM-free a ...

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