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  1. Morning Heds: Adele's Record-Setting Year, Frampton Vs. Universal, Google's YouTube Slam

    December 28, 2011 8:44 AM EST Adele Sells Most Albums In a Year Since 2004 Reuters The last time an album topped the year-end chart with more than 5 million copies sold was in 2004, when Usher's "Confessions" moved 7.9 million, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Fr ...

  2. Man Who Leaked Madonna Song Arrested in Spain: Report

    December 21, 2011 5:45 PM EST Madonna may yet get to the bottom of who leaked a demo of her single "Give Me All Your Love" in November, as Spanish authorities arrested a 31-year-old man in Zaragoza, Spain today and charged him with the crime, according to a report fr ...

  3. Backbeat: Roscoe Dash Dishes The 'J.U.I.C.E.' At Exclusive Listening Party

    December 06, 2011 7:23 AM EST Upgrade From Baloney: Roscoe Dash At Jungle City Studios. (Photo: The Chamber Group) Chamber Group , the NY-based agency behind the success of Drake and Big Boi, held an intimate, after-work listening session for "J.U.I.C.E.," the upcomi ...

  4. Black Eyed Peas To Take Indefinite Hiatus Following Miami Show

    November 23, 2011 11:10 AM EST Following a Wednesday, Nov. 23 performance in Miami, the Black Eyed Peas will embark on an indefinite hiatus. The group is quick to state that their time apart is merely a "break," and not a "break-up," as Fergie, will.i.am, Ap ...

  5. Backbeat: Beyonce To Debut One More '4' Video Before DVD Deluxe Release; Just Ask Piers Morgan...

    November 08, 2011 8:00 AM EST Sony publicists Mike Navarra (left) and Winnie Lam (right) greeted guests at the screenings for Beyonce's "Live at Roseland" DVD, Nov. 7 Yesterday (Nov. 7), Sony Music hosted two screenings, just at different times (10 am and 12 am) ...

  6. Deezer To Launch In 130 International Markets, U.S. No Time Soon

    November 03, 2011 11:52 AM EDT Having recently launched in the United Kingdom, French music subscription service Deezer is to expand into a further 130 international markets. The global rollout will see Deezer open in key European territories, including Germany, Spain and Italy ...

  7. Business Matters: Rihanna's 'Unlocked' Facebook App Gets Her 750,000 New Followers

    October 19, 2011 5:27 PM EDT Rihanna's 'Unlocked' Facebook App Gets Her 750,000 New Followers -- A Facebook app created for Rihanna's new album is gaining the singer a horde of new social media followers. The app, titled " Unlocked," is a promoti ...

  8. Spotify Has 250,000 U.S. Subscribers: Report

    October 14, 2011 3:29 PM EDT Spotify has reached 250,000 paying customers in the U.S. since its mid-July launch, according to a Reuters report . By just about any measure, that is a strong performance over just a three-month period. In addition, the service is said to have &q ...

  9. iPhone 5: Five Things To Expect At Tomorrow's Launch

    October 03, 2011 3:55 PM EDT Apple will "talk iPhone" with the world Tuesday at an event at the company's Cupertino campus. The event is expected to unveil the next generation of iPhone - dubbed the iPhone 5 - and could include updates to previous incarnations ...

  10. Business Matters: Another Indie Sours on Streaming Services, But How Solid Is the Math?

    September 28, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Another Indie Sours on Streaming Services, But How Solid Is the Math? -- Another indie label has announced it is leaving streaming services due to their low payouts from the music service. Projekt Records founder Sam Rosenthal explained at the Pro ...

  11. Business Matters: Apple to 'Talk iPhone' on October 4

    September 27, 2011 4:57 PM EDT Apple to "Talk iPhone" on October 4 -- Apple has announced it will host a special event October 4 to "talk iPhone." The event will take place at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California and will begin at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. ...

  12. Elton John in Talks to Make Biopic 'Rocketman'

    September 23, 2011 10:55 PM EDT Elton John is to be the subject of a biopic entitled, "Rocketman." Newspapers and industry websites have reported the film will be produced by Steve Hamilton Shaw, as well as John's partner David Furnish (pictured beside John), acco ...

  13. Business Matters: Eventbrite Launches Concert Confidential Series

    September 13, 2011 8:22 PM EDT Eventbrite Launches Concert Confidential Series -- A new Eventbrite concert series will hold five simultaneous concerts in five different U.S. markets on Sept. 17. Called Concert Confidential, the shows will showcase popular artists and the Eventb ...

  14. Business Matters: Thanks to Lil Wayne, Digital Albums Outsell Tracks for Only Second Time Ever

    September 07, 2011 6:50 PM EDT Thanks to Lil Wayne, Digital Albums Outsell Tracks for Only Second Time Ever -- With the help of Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter IV," digital albums topped digital track sales for only the second time in the digital era. Put another way, la ...

  15. Paul McCartney Finally Works With Decca To Release Ballet

    August 23, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Nearly 50 years after Decca famously rejected the Beatles and reportedly said that the group had "no future in showbusiness," the label is working with Paul McCartney to release his upcoming ballet, "Ocean's Kingdom," Reut ...

  16. Business Matters: Is it Curtains for HP's Planned Music Service?

    August 19, 2011 5:56 PM EDT Is it Curtains for HP's Planned Music Service? -- Hewlett-Packard's new transformation plan puts a big question mark over its planned music service. As Billboard.biz reported back on June 10, Hewlitt-Packard had been in negotiations with ...

  17. BlackBerry Working on Music Service (Report)

    August 19, 2011 11:16 AM EDT BlackBerry maker Research in Motion is in talks with record labels about a BlackBerry music service, according to multiple reports. The news was first reported Thursday by CNET , which claims the planned music service will run on top of the popula ...

  18. Music Stocks End Dismal Week in Negative Territory

    August 05, 2011 5:20 PM EDT U.S. stock markets posted mixed gains Friday after a miserable week. The Dow fell as much as 245 points and finished the day up 61 and posting a 0.54% gain. The technology-heavy Nasdaq dropped 0.94% and the New York Stock Exchange composite fell 1 ...

  19. What Google's Record Revenues, 10 Million Google+ Users Mean For Music Biz

    July 15, 2011 1:13 PM EDT Google has plenty of money to put toward its initiatives in music, social networking and elsewhere. On Thursday the company announced second-quarter revenue increased 32% year-over-year to a company record $9.03 billion. Operating income was $2.88 ...

  20. Business Matters: New Netflix Strategy Shows Demand for Physical Formats Still Alive

    July 13, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Let's Get Physical, Physical, Says Netflix -- For insight into the state of the CD, look to a recent decision by Netflix to unbundle its streaming and DVD rental plans . The 1% gain in U.S. album sales in the first half of 2011 has brought up ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Jay-Z, Ashley Cole Brings 40/40 Restaurant Franchise to London

    July 05, 2011 11:35 AM EDT Rapper Jay-Z plans to bring his 40/40 restaurant and bar franchise to London next year in a deal which will team him up with England and Chelsea soccer player Ashley Cole. "London is one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the world an ...

  23. News Corp's Sky News Deal Clears British Government

    June 30, 2011 7:29 AM EDT LONDON (Reuters) - News Corp secured British government backing for its buyout of BSkyB on Thursday after the minister responsible rejected complaints the move would give Rupert Murdoch too much power and influence. The Department of Media gave it ...

  24. Zynga May File for IPO Tomorrow, Source Says

    June 28, 2011 6:18 PM EDT Online social game company Zynga plans to raise $1.5 billion to $2 billion in an initial public offering and could file paperwork with U.S. regulators as soon as Wednesday, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday. Zynga, the company b ...

  25. Mexican 'Narcocorridos' (Drug Ballads) Ban No Match For YouTube

    June 28, 2011 7:56 AM EDT TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - The more Mexican authorities try to stamp out violent drug ballads celebrating the joys of narcotics trafficking, the more their fame spreads like wildfire, fanned by the Internet. The accordion and brass-driven "n ...

  26. Shazam Raises $32 Million to Expand Music, TV Services

    June 22, 2011 10:35 AM EDT Shazam , whose technology lets people use their cell phones to learn the names of songs, has raised $32 million in funding to bolster expansion plans and move the company closer to a potential public stock offering. The new funding, led by venture ...

  27. eMusic Aiming to Launch Cloud This Year

    June 10, 2011 2:20 PM EDT Subscription-based download store eMusic is planning to follow its competitors into the cloud in the second half of the year. The company is "hoping by Q4 of this year" to launch the cloud-based service, CEO Adam Klein told Billboard.biz ...

  28. Spain Arrests Anonymous Members Over Sony Hack

    June 10, 2011 12:01 PM EDT Spanish police arrested three suspected members of the so-called Anonymous group on Friday on charges of cyber-attacks against targets including Sony Corp's PlayStation Network , governments, businesses and banks. Police alleged the three arr ...

  29. Willie Nelson to Pay $500 Fine For Marijuana Possession

    June 09, 2011 6:45 AM EDT SAN ANTONIO - When Willie Nelson is on the road again, he will be traveling without a Texas drug charge hanging over his head. A West Texas prosecutor said on Wednesday that the legendary singer and songwriter has pleaded no contest to a misdemean ...

  30. Apple's Steve Jobs Set to Take Stage At Developers Conference As iCloud Buzz Grows

    June 06, 2011 8:30 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Executive Steve Jobs returns today (June 6), to the stage at San Francisco's Moscone center to take the wraps off what investors hope will be the next source of growth for the world's most valuab ...

  31. Hackers Attack Another Sony Network, Post Data

    June 03, 2011 6:41 AM EDT BOSTON/NEW YORK - Hackers broke into Sony Corp's computer networks and accessed the information of more than 1 million customers to show the vulnerability of the electronic giant's systems, the latest of several security breaches undermi ...

  32. Google to Unveil Mobile Payments Thursday: Source

    May 25, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Google Inc will take the wraps off a mobile payment system on Thursday that lets consumers pay at checkout with phones instead of cards, a source said, hoping to beat Visa and others to the punch. The Internet search and advertising leader will wo ...

  33. Liberty Media Offers $1 Billion for Barnes & Noble

    May 20, 2011 7:54 AM EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) - John Malone's Liberty Media Corp has proposed to buy Barnes & Noble Inc for $1.02 billion, nine months after the largest U.S. bookstore chain put itself up for sale. Liberty Media is offering $17 per share, a 20.5 per ...

  34. Sony Finds Another Security Flaw, Shutters Site

    May 19, 2011 7:14 AM EDT NEW YORK - Sony Corp has shut down a website set up to help millions of users affected by April's massive data breach after finding a "security hole". The site had been designed to help 77 million users of its PlayStation Network re ...

  35. Could the Eurovision Song Contest Go Global?

    May 17, 2011 7:20 AM EDT DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - The Eurovision Song Contest has become so popular around the globe that there may be scope one day for a Worldvision Song Contest, executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand told Reuters. The Norwegian director of the 56-ye ...

  36. Etta James Hospitalized With Blood Infection

    May 13, 2011 4:40 PM EDT Three-time Grammy winner Etta James has been hospitalized with blood poisoning. She was hospitalized earlier this week with a urinary tract infection and the blood infection sepsis, her son Sametto James. "It was a really bad infection," ...

  37. Pink Floyd In Race Against Time To Reissue Albums As Physical Sales Decline

    May 12, 2011 7:40 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The mammoth CD reissue program undertaken by Pink Floyd is an acknowledgment that the era of physical CDs and lavish artwork is coming to an end, as fans increasingly opt to download music digitally, drummer Nick Mason said ...

  38. Apple Surpasses Google as World's Most Valuable Brand

    May 09, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Apple has overtaken Google as the world's most valuable brand, ending a four-year reign by the Internet search leader, according to a new study by global brands agency Millward Brown. The iPhone and iPad maker's brand is now worth $153 b ...

  39. It's Official: Access Industries to Acquire Warner Music Group for $3.3 Billion

    May 06, 2011 9:49 AM EDT Access Industries' winning bid for Warner Music Group will pay $8.25 per share in an all-cash deal, according to a joint press release issued Friday morning. The deal is for both Warner's recorded music and publishing divisions. Shares o ...

  40. Sony Shares Slip, Company Faces Legal Action Over Data Leak

    April 27, 2011 5:37 PM EDT Shares of Sony Corp extended losses to trade down as much as 5.2 percent, hitting a one-month low on Thursday as investors worried over the widening impact of a massive leak of personal information of users of its PlayStation network. Sony said on ...

  41. Norio Ohga, Former Sony President Credited With Developing CD, Dead at 81

    April 25, 2011 7:49 AM EDT Former Sony President and Chairman Norio Ohga, who gave up a career as an opera singer to join the fledgling consumer electronics maker in the 1950s and later led its expansion into movies and video games, died on Saturday, the company said. He wa ...

  42. China to Punish Baidu for Illegal Music Search Service

    April 25, 2011 7:37 AM EDT China's Ministry of Culture will punish Baidu Inc for providing illegal music downloads, a move that poses near-term risk to the firm's soaring stock price. Xinhua, China's official news agency, reported on Monday that the governmen ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. Amazon, Labels To Meet For Locker Talks: Sources

    April 13, 2011 8:38 PM EDT Amazon.com Inc is due to meet with music label executives on Thursday to hash out deals over the online retailer's controversial cloud-based media locker service that has sparked a music business uproar. Amazon launched the free digital locke ...

  45. Verizon Customers Exposed in Massive U.S. Data Breach

    April 06, 2011 7:50 AM EDT Customers of Verizon Communications had their email addresses exposed in a massive online data breach last week, according to an email to customers obtained by Reuters. In what could be one of the biggest such attacks in U.S. history, a computer h ...

  46. Baidu to Launch Licensed Music Service in May

    April 06, 2011 7:23 AM EDT Baidu Inc, China's top search engine, will launch a licensed music search service in May, in a move to legitimize its current music search that critics say enables music piracy. Baidu will launch Baidu Ting sometime in May, said Kaiser Kuo, a ...

  47. Musician Michel Martelly Wins Haitian Election

    April 05, 2011 6:45 AM EDT Singer and political outsider Michel Martelly is the winner of Haiti's presidential election, beating former first lady Mirlande Manigat, according to official preliminary results, a senior electoral council official said on Monday. "Mar ...

  48. Ultra Music Festival Extending Global Reach to Asia, Australia

    March 30, 2011 7:39 AM EDT Once a humble beach party, Miami's mega-hip Ultra Music Festival is expanding to Asia and Australia after a sellout, three-day rave this past weekend that left revelers nursing a nasty hangover on Monday. Around 150,000 sun-baked party-goers ...

  49. Business Matters: Appreciate Amazon's Cloud Drive For What It Is, Not What It Isn't

    March 29, 2011 6:12 PM EDT Amazon's Cloud Drive is Not a Camel -- Two common themes underlie Tuesday's chatter about the launch of Amazon's Cloud Drive, its cloud-based storage service, and Cloud Player, the music player that's integrated with Cloud Driv ...

  50. Bertelsmann on Mergers and Acquisitions Path In 2011

    March 29, 2011 8:01 AM EDT Europe's biggest media group Bertelsmann BERT.UL said it had the financial muscle to look at acquisitions again after reducing its debt, and would look at Warner Music Group (WMG.N) and possibly EMI. Bertelsmann, which launched its biggest-ev ...

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