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  1. News Corp in Talks With Vevo on Myspace

    March 29, 2011 7:50 AM EDT News Corp has held talks to give control of Myspace to the music label-owned video site Vevo.com, but the likelihood of a deal being reached was slim, a person with knowledge of the talks said. News Corp in February kicked off the process to explo ...

  2. Business Matters: What Music Companies Can Learn from the New York Times' Pay Wall

    March 17, 2011 5:05 PM EDT What Music Companies Can Learn from the New York Times' Pay Wall -- There should be a few learning lessons after the New York Times puts up a pay wall to its content at its website and mobile apps. Any entertainment business that sells digita ...

  3. Lee Brice Touring With Willie Nelson, Jamey Johnson After Banner Year

    March 09, 2011 7:10 AM EST It's a tough decision to make -- tour with one of your best buddies in country music or with one of your heroes. Fortunately for Lee Brice, whose "Love Like Crazy" was Billboard's most played country song in 2010, he gets to do ...

  4. Myspace Sale Begins

    February 25, 2011 8:17 AM EST News Corp has kicked off the process to explore the sale or spin-off of its troubled social entertainment site, Myspace, a person familiar with the talks said on Thursday. The media conglomerate has received early interest from around 20 parties s ...

  5. Is Spotify Really 'A Few Weeks Away' From Universal Deal? Probably Not, Source Says

    February 24, 2011 1:21 PM EST Is Spotify really "a few weeks away" from signing Universal Music Group to a licensing deal, as reported in a recent Reuters story ? "Anything's possible," a source from one of the companies involved who requested anonymit ...

  6. Classical Label Decca Relaunches As Decca Classics, Eyes Future Stars

    February 07, 2011 3:38 PM EST The classical music label Decca on Monday celebrated its relaunch as Decca Classics, promising to seek out new stars and ensure that the genre remains relevant to younger listeners. Part of the Universal Music Group, Decca Classics is already home ...

  7. Interest In News Corp.'s Myspace Sale High

    February 04, 2011 3:15 PM EST News Corp has tapped Allen & Co to field buyout interest for MySpace and has heard from about 50 parties, people familiar with the process told Reuters on Friday. The global media conglomerate is considering a handful of options for the future ...

  8. Business Matters: Homeland Security Shutters Sports Sites Before Super Bowl

    February 02, 2011 2:35 PM EST Homeland Security Shuts Down Sports Sites In Advance of Super Bowl -- With so much attention going to piracy of music, television and film content, it's easy to forget that sports are a heavily pirated good as well. The fact hasn't been ...

  9. Barry Diller Resigns From Live Nation Board

    January 28, 2011 2:13 PM EST Barry Diller resigned from the Live Nation board of directors, effective Jan. 24, the company disclosed in an SEC filing on Friday. He had taken over as chairman of Live Nation last year after the company merged with Ticketmaster. It has been repo ...

  10. Music Industry Working on Global Copyright Database

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST The music industry is working to create a global repertoire database to make it easier and faster for new online music services to come to market. [As mentioned in Billboard.biz's MIDEM preview .] The industry estimates that 100 million euros ...

  11. Pandora, Groupon to Go Public Soon, Sources Say

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST Internet radio company Pandora and online coupon site Groupo nare moving ahead with plans for initial public offerings, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. Chicago-based Groupon is meeting with bankers to explore prospects for an " ...

  12. MySpace Lays Off Nearly Half Its Staff

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST MySpace has announced that nearly half its employees around the globe will be laid off in a broad restructuring of the foundering social network. About 500 employees, or 47% of the company's global staff, will be let go, CEO Mike Jones said i ...

  13. MTV Allegedly Programming More Rock & Roll In 2011

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Rock is dead? Long live rock. The Who sang it in 1974, but they might have been talking about 2011, at least according to MTV. The cable TV music channel on Monday releases its "2011 Artists to Watch" list of the next big acts in music, ...

  14. Christmas Sales Decisive For Nation's Two Largest Booksellers

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The two largest U.S. bookstore chains have offered up a compelling cliffhanger this holiday season that will seal the fate of brick-and-mortar bookselling. In the latest chapter, Barnes & Noble Inc has put itself up for sale, while Borders Gro ...

  15. Michael Jackson Songs Needed 'Considerable Digital Enhancement,' Says Teddy Riley

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST According to famed producer Teddy Riley, one of the main producers on the posthumous Michael Jackson album, "Michael," which drops today (Dec. 14), the late King of Pop's vocal tracks required considerable digital enhancement. " ...

  16. Michael Jackson's Dad Files New Wrongful Death Suit

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST An attorney for the father of Michael Jackson on Tuesday filed a new wrongful death lawsuit against the doctor accused of involuntary manslaughter in the pop singer's death. The lawsuit by attorney Brian Oxman on behalf of Joe Jackson was fil ...

  17. News Corp Weighs MySpace Options

    November 30, 2010 12:00 AM EST News Corp is open to a sale of beleaguered MySpace after a relaunch of the social network as an entertainment site, COO Chase Carey told Reuters. A successful revamp of MySpace -- still visited by around 60 million people in October, according to ...

  18. U.S. Shoppers Back In Black Friday Binge

    November 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. shoppers were back in a Black Friday bargain-binging mood, snapping up hoodies and computer laptops at stores, in a turnout that could give the economic recovery more steam. In contrast to the past two years, shoppers said they were buying mo ...

  19. Groupon Considers Sale To Google: Report

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST E-commerce coupon site Groupon Inc is considering selling itself to Google Inc, according to media reports. The two are in discussions about an acquisition for more than $3 billion, reported the technology blog AllThingsD, citing anonymous sources ...

  20. Wanted: More Than 2,000 In Google Hiring Spree

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Inc plans to hire more than 2,000 people around the globe, bumping up its workforce as it expands into new markets and battles for talent with faster-growing rivals. The world's largest Internet search engine, whose finance chief told ...

  21. Updated: Viacom To Sell Gaming Unit Harmonix

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Updated: Harmonix released a statement today asserting that Viacom’s sale plans won’t have any affect on its operations. "This morning's announcement does not affect the ongoing work at the studio as we continue to support our existing f ...

  22. RIM Takes On Apple's iPad

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, a late entrant in the booming tablet market, will take on Apple's iPad with competitive pricing of its rival Playbook device. The Canadian firm's tablet, set to launch in the first quarter of next yea ...

  23. AOL Hires Advisers For Options As Eyes Yahoo: Report

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST AOL Inc is exploring strategic options, which include a possible tie-up with Yahoo Inc, and has retained financial advisers to do so, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday (Nov. 7), citing unnamed sources. A source close to Yahoo told Reuters ...

  24. Apple Sues Motorola

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc sued rival Motorola Inc, claiming the Droid smartphone maker infringes on three iPhone patents. Cupertino, California-based Apple says Motorola is purposefully using its touchscreen software, as well as other display technologies. " ...

  25. Nokia To Cut 1,800 Jobs After Strong Q3

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia reported stronger-than-expected profits for the third quarter, boosted by solid demand for its cheap smartphones, and said on Thursday (Oct. 21) it would cut up to 1,800 jobs under its new chief executive. Third-quarter underlying earnings p ...

  26. Business Matters: A Look At Apple's Q4 Numbers

    October 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. A Look At Apple's Q4 Sales Numbers -- Here's a quick look at the sales stats from Apple 's fiscal 2010 fourth quarter ended Sept. 25: 3.89 million Macs (up 27% from last Q4), 14.1 m ...

  27. Business Matters: EMI, Jammie Thomas, 'Napster Moment' For Ebooks

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Terra Firma-Citigroup case starts in a New York City court today (Oct. 18). If the case is going to court, that means the two sides didn't reach the settlement that some in the media were painting as a real possibility before the trial ...

  28. Business Matters: Google To Help Fight Piracy?

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Google To Help Fight Piracy? -- Google has told two music industry trade groups it would have to charge a small fee to to help them track down pirated material more efficiently, reports CNET’s Gre ...

  29. Apple In Talks On Subscription Service: Report

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple is in talks with major record labels to provide a subscription-based music service, allowing unlimited access to songs for a monthly fee, the New York Post said, citing unnamed sources. A few weeks ago, Apple VP of Internet services Eddy Cue ...

  30. Business Matters: Pandora, Net Neutrality Bil, Liz Phair and more

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. 'Staggering' Pandora Fact of the Day -- One in five people aged 12 to 24 have listened to Pandora in the past month, according to a new study by Edison Research. Eleven percent has liste ...

  31. Business Matters: Holiday Sales Predictions, Songkick, Best Buy and more

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Economic Recovery Slow -- On the economic front, U.S. CEOs say they are less willing to hire new workers out of fear that sales growth with lose steam, according to a Business Roundtable survey. “ ...

  32. Business Matters: Reuters Sales Report, Animal Collective, Interscope and more

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. A Second Look At Reuters' Sales Report -- If you read a Reuters article on Monday about flat U.S. digital sales, keep reading to get the full picture. The article had a number of problems tha ...

  33. RIM Unveils PlayBook Tablet To Compete With iPad

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Research In Motion unveiled a tablet computer aimed at its core business customers, as it tries to gain a foothold in a fast-growing market dominated by Apple's consumer-friendly iPad. The BlackBerry PlayBook has a seven-inch (18 cm) touchscr ...

  34. HMV Sales Hit By World Cup

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has had a torrid summer, with the World Cup hitting sales in the U.K. and Ireland. In the 19 weeks to Sept. 4, total sales at HMV U.K. and Ireland were down 13.9% and like for like sales were down 14.9%. HMV did not ...

  35. Microsoft Seeks China Internet Search Partner: Report

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Software giant Microsoft Corp is looking for a partner in China to help the company play a major role in China's Internet search market, Wall Street Journal said. Simon Leung, Microsoft's chief executive for greater China, told the Journ ...

  36. What To Expect From Apple's Upcoming Event

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Now that Apple has confirmed the date of its next "big announcement" for Sept. 1 in San Francisco, the rumor mill has kicked into high gear. The big question is whether Apple will unveil its long-anticipated cloud-based music service, si ...

  37. Wyclef Can't Appeal Haiti Poll Exclusion: Council

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A ruling by Haiti's electoral council that disqualified hip-hop star Wyclef Jean from running for the presidency is final and cannot be appealed, a council lawyer said on Tuesday. The Haitian-born and U.S.-based singer-songwriter said on Sund ...

  38. New Film Explores The Decline In Female Rappers

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For more than a decade the number of women rappers signed to major American record labels has been in steady decline, leading hip-hop industry experts to ask, where have all the female rappers gone? The 1980s and 1990s saw the rise of women rap st ...

  39. Facebook, AOL Mull Online Ad Alliance: Report

    August 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Internet firms Facebook Inc and AOL Inc are discussing a strategic alliance aimed at boosting their online advertisement business, the New York Post said, citing sources. The two companies have been talking for several months about a partnership t ...

  40. Apple In Talks To Buy China's Handseeing

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc is in talks to buy Chinese software maker Handseeing, an executive at the Chinese company said on Friday (Aug. 6), a deal that would mark the iPhone maker's first acquisition in the country. "We should have a decision in about ...

  41. Beatles, iTunes Deal Still At Impasse

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Don't hold your breath waiting for Beatles songs to go on sale at iTunes or other online retailers, says Yoko Ono. The Fab Four have long resisted the allure of digital downloads, instead selling millions of old-fashioned compact discs last y ...

  42. Big Money Bet on Display Ad Tech

    August 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The banner ad is the Web's original advertising format, but many have viewed it as a disappointment. Prices for display ads quickly tumbled, and marketers fell in love with targeted search options. That's not to say display units are on ...

  43. Russian Court Blocks YouTube

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A court in Russia's far east has ordered an Internet provider to block five sites, which it said disseminated extreme views, including the YouTube video service. The decision prompted U.S. Internet giant Google to say on Thursday that the mov ...

  44. U.S. Copyright Office Rules Against Apple In 'Jailbreaking' Case

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. copyright office issued exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copy Act, giving legal protection for people who unlock their smartphones to run third party applications or change the wireless service providers. The move by the copyright off ...

  45. Nokia Declines Comment On Board Support For CEO

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia declined comment on Thursday (July 22) when asked if embattled chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo still enjoys the support of the board. "Nokia's official comment is that we never comment on any market rumors or speculation," ...

  46. Yahoo Revenue Misses Expectations

    July 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo Inc missed Wall Street's revenue estimates in the second quarter as some customers unexpectedly cut spending on online display ads toward the end of June, and shares fell more than 6%. The lower-than-expected revenue, which came even as ...

  47. Smartphones Boost Sony Ericsson Q2

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson posted a second consecutive quarterly profit on Friday (July 16) as sales of more expensive smartphones ramped up but it stuck to its view of only slight market growth this year. After a dismal 2009, when consumers ...

  48. Business Matters: Live Nation, Popjustice, RIAA, UMG and more

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The analyst consensus, according to Barrons, is that Live Nation will take a financial hit this summer but its stock has been punished too much. Barrons talks to some analysts (whose investor notes have been mentioned in this column in recent w ...

  49. Clampdown Rumored As China Twitter-style Sites Down

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chinese social networking websites that provide Twitter-like services have suddenly reverted to testing mode and access has been spotty amid reports of a government clampdown. Although Twitter has been banned for more than a year in China, Chinese ...

  50. Google's China Webpage License Under Review

    July 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google's application to renew its webpage license in China is currently under review with no set deadline, a government official said on Wednesday (July 7). "Google's annual check-in is under way," Wang Lijian, chief propaganda ...

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