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  1. Will Neil Young's 'Pono' Player Really Make Music Sound Better?

    October 05, 2012 11:11 AM EDT Since the dawn of the digital age, some audiophiles have maintained that new formats from the CD to the MP3 and beyond have degraded sound quality. Ever since we left vinyl, music has sounded like crap, they say. Some of the down-with-digital crew ...

  2. Bits and Briefs

    September 20, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Survey: Tablet Usage Gaining on Hours Spent at the Computer A J.D. Powers and Associates survey found tablet owners spend 7.5 hours per week on their devices watching videos, listening to music or reading books, compared with spending 9.6 hours pe ...

  3. Apple News Takes Bite Out of Pandora's Market Cap

    September 07, 2012 5:13 PM EDT Shares of Internet radio giant Pandora Media took a big hit Friday as investors absorbed news that Apple is planning - merely planning, mind you - an Internet radio service. After closing at $12.57 on Thursday, Pandora shares opened down 19.4% at ...

  4. Business Matters: How to Detect Search Engine-Optimized, Bullsh-- Headlines

    September 05, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Writing a good headline is part art, part science and very important. In the age of online news, articles tend to be optimized for maximum traffic from search engines. Keywords, such as Apple or iPhone, are used in the headlines based on the likel ...

  5. Business Matters: How Likely Is A Beats By Dre Smartphone?

    August 31, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Beats Electronics may not be rolling out a branded smartphone in the very near future, but don't count out seeing one in stores at some point in the future. Playing down an online report that a Beats-branded, HTC-manufactured "iPhone kil ...

  6. Morning Fix: Best Buy Buy; RZA's New Label; Apple-Samsung Fallout; Buzz Media, More

    August 28, 2012 7:45 AM EDT BUZZ MEDIA PURCHASES FOUR NEW SITES, CREATES PUNK MUSIC NEWS HUB: BuzzMedia is continuing its acquisition spree, purchasing punk websites Under The Gun Review, Alter The Press!, PropertyOfZack, and Punknews.org as part of a new central hub for pun ...

  7. Morning Fix: Rick Rubin's Universal Republic Deal; Apple Vs Samsung; Carly Rae's Social Media Model

    August 22, 2012 8:29 AM EDT Billboard.Biz Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO M ...

  8. The Olympics' Music-Branding Gold Medalists: Jay-Z + Duracell, Samsung + Leftover Cuties, More

    August 14, 2012 3:59 PM EDT When it comes to declaring one winner in music during this year's Olympics - the most-watched U.S. TV event in history , Phillip Phillips is the undisputed gold medalist. The "American Idol" champion's song "Home" vau ...

  9. The Darkness Returns From Hiatus With New Material

    August 09, 2012 4:00 PM EDT ''The world needs the Darkness," declares Justin Hawkins, the group's mustachioed guitarist and falsetto-voiced singer, "whether it knows it or not." As with most things concerning the Darkness - the ludicrously attir ...

  10. Bits and Briefs: Bandcamp, Android, and U.K. Digital Albums

    August 09, 2012 3:35 PM EDT Bandcamp Adds Merch Option Direct-to-fan platform Bandcamp now allows its artists to create a page dedicated to merchandise. The items are integrated in the same shopping cart with digital and physical music items, so artists can bundle merch with ...

  11. Cee Lo Green Signs On As Chief Creative Officer at Primary Wave Music

    August 03, 2012 10:50 AM EDT Cee Lo Green is adding another title to his already impressive résumé. The platinum-selling artist, Grammy winner, Las Vegas showman, actor and coach on NBC's "The Voice" has been appointed chief creative officer of Primary Wave Mus ...

  12. 40 Under 40: Gabe McDonough

    August 02, 2012 3:09 PM EDT Gabe McDonough VP/Music Director, Leo Burnett Website: LeoBurnett.com Twitter: @gabemcdonough Selling With Synchs The Chicago Headquarters of Leo Burnett aren't just the largest single ad agency offices in the world, they're also among t ...

  13. 40 Under 40: Ben Drury

    August 02, 2012 3:04 PM EDT Ben Drury Co-Founder/CEO, 7Digital Website: 7Digital.com Twitter: @BenDrury Driving Web Distribution You've got to give Ben Drury 10 out of 10 for tenacity. The co-founder/CEO of U.K. digital-music platform 7digital has turned a clunky startu ...

  14. Business Matters: Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music

    August 01, 2012 6:24 PM EDT Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music -- Samsung's new Music Hub isn't going to get much credit for being visionary, but the multi-faceted music service is ahead of its time. Music Hub's combination of services ...

  15. How Beats By Dre Got Their Headphones On Olympians' Ears (Despite Violating IOC Policy)

    July 31, 2012 4:30 PM EDT In just a matter of days, Beats By Dre headphones have become one of the most visible - and controversial - brands at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Athletes like British tennis player Laura Robson and soccer player Jack Butland tweeted their love ...

  16. The Branding of EDM: Pepsi, Absolut, Trident, Samsung, Others Make DJs Their Spokesmen

    July 02, 2012 3:29 PM EDT The night of the 2012 summer solstice, June 20, marked a turning point for the electronic dance music scene (EDM). On that night in New York, three of the genre's biggest celebrities-Steve Aoki and Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingross ...

  17. Electronic Dance Music Making Strides With Product Tie-Ins

    June 27, 2012 8:20 PM EDT The night of the 2012 summer solstice, June 20, marked a turning point for the electronic dance music scene (EDM). On that night in New York, three of the genre's biggest celebrities - Steve Aoki and Swedish House Mafia's Sebastian Ingro ...

  18. Inaudible Frequencies, InConcert Amp'd, And More -- 5 Apps That Are Changing Live Music

    June 26, 2012 2:09 PM EDT The Flaming Lips hacked FM radio as part of their boombox experiments, which started in the '90s. Smartphones are better than FM radios. The Flaming Lips blew us away in the '90s, when they invited the crowd onto the stage as part of the ...

  19. Business Matters: Facebook's IPO Could Have Just Killed Some Digital Music IPOs

    May 29, 2012 6:14 PM EDT Facebook IPO Issues May Deter Vevo and Spotify Facebook's problematic IPO has not only resulted in investor lawsuits and questions about the Nasdaq, it could have killed or postponed the IPO aspirations of Vevo and Spotify. Both companies hav ...

  20. Lady Antebellum Teams With Lipton Tea & Honey For New TV Spot

    May 08, 2012 9:42 PM EDT Nicki Minaj isn't the only musician to star in a major ad for PepsiCo this week. Lady Antebellum debuted new 30-second TV spots for Lipton Tea & Honey and Lipton 100% Natural, a new product created in partnership by Pepsi and Unilever.In ...

  21. Russian Publishers, Labels Boycotting Nokia and Samsung

    March 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT MOSCOW - Russia's biggest music publishers and labels are boycotting Nokia and Samsung for their alleged failure to pay music license fees. The labels and publishers which signed the manifesto estimate their losses at 1.2 billion rubles (abou ...

  22. Samsung, Chevrolet, Foursquare, John Mayer Led SXSWi Social Media Chatter

    March 15, 2012 7:56 AM EDT South by Southwest Interactive conference is over, but a few top brands and companies left a considerable trail of social media chatter in their wake. Samsung, Twitter, YouTube, Foursquare and Chevrolet were among the brands that got the most soci ...

  23. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  24. How Beyond Oblivion's Music Startup Model Tanked Before Takeoff

    March 05, 2012 4:50 PM EST Beyond Oblivion was supposed to save the music industry. Instead, it lived up to its name, collapsing in dramatic fashion at the end of 2011 when investors lost their patience with a company that kept promising and never delivering. Years of caree ...

  25. GSMA Mobile World Congress Launches in Barcelona

    February 28, 2012 6:15 AM EST MADRID - The wireless industry turns its attention to Barcelona this week as the Mobile World Congress kicked off Monday, promising potentially game-changing announcements and glimpses of flashy technology to shape how mobile devices are used. The ...

  26. Business Matters: Vevo Should Pay Up, Say Songs Music, Downtown, TuneCore

    February 07, 2012 8:54 PM EST Vevo Should Pay Up, Say Songs Music, Downtown, TuneCore -- Vevo made headlines last week when the video service announced it had generated $150 million in revenue in 2011. To go from launch to $150 million in two years speaks to the company's ...

  27. CES 2012: 8 Cool Things

    January 13, 2012 4:15 PM EST 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 announcement and Justin Bieber helping Tosy Robotics pitch a new dancing robot ...

  28. Apps Reshaping Digital Media Consumption At 2012 CES

    January 13, 2012 8:50 AM EST App -titude test: The floor of the 2012 CES Convention Hall in Las Vegas Las Vegas -- The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is all about gadgets. But as this year's confab demonstrated, some of the most excitin ...

  29. Mog Hitting The Road @ CES

    January 10, 2012 5:56 PM EST JVC multimedia products featuring Mog (Photo: Andrew Hampp) Like many music services at CES , this year, Mog is making in-roads with the automotive industry. The on-demand music service made its first big stride last fall when it became one of BMW ...

  30. What Would CES Be Without an Internet Enabled Refrigerator That Runs Pandora?

    January 10, 2012 4:02 PM EST Would you like Pandora with your ice? The more the Consumer Electronics Show changes , the more it stays the same -- and by "it," we mean the internet-enabled refrigerator that can inevitably be found somewhere on the CES showroom floor. ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. The Year In Branding: Top Tours And Festivals Got Closer With Sponsors This Year

    December 08, 2011 8:40 AM EST The Foo Fighters playing fans' personal garages on behalf of BlackBerry. Weezer rerecording the jingle of State Farm, its Memories tour sponsor. Lady Gaga calling a fan every night from the stage through Virgin Mobile. The abundance of such c ...

  34. BAMM.tv's New Model For Creating, Monetizing Music Videos

    December 07, 2011 4:44 PM EST Before the digital age, conventional wisdom on music videos was that it was something of a promotional loss leader: Bands rarely,, if ever, made a dime off them, but they helped artists gain exposure. With the advent of YouTube and Vevo, however, ...

  35. 7digital Expanding U.S. Presence; Launches Windows Phone App

    December 07, 2011 9:09 AM EST U.K. download store 7digital is targeting sizeable global expansion in 2012, beginning with the launch of a Windows Phone app. The London-based music service has partnered with Microsoft to launch its mobile service on the new range of Windows Pho ...

  36. Linkin Park Partners With Flingo for Connect TV App

    November 30, 2011 4:07 PM EST Linkin Park has partnered with Flingo to create a branded app that delivers non-stop video and entertainment on connected TVs. "Linkin Park TV" is a video-centric app that offers on-demand content along with photos and tour dates, and pr ...

  37. Aurotone Network Launches in UK, Connects Music Licensing Dots

    November 28, 2011 1:29 PM EST The Aurotone Network , a new global initiative that aims to revolutionize the way that music is sourced for advertisements, film and computer games, has launched in the United Kingdom. The organization comprises of over 40 music experts and indust ...

  38. Bushmills, Pitchfork & Bon Iver: The Do's and Don'ts of Touring Sponsorships Panel @ BB Touring Conf

    November 11, 2011 12:16 PM EST Brand Stand (from left): Sig Greenbaum, VP of Marketing/Sponsorships, Rehage Entertainment; Marcie Allen, President, MAC Presents; Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP Entertainment Marketing, Citi; Liana Huth, SVP Partnerships and Events, FUSE; Matt Frampton ...

  39. Bon Jovi, Take That, U2, Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Usher Finalists For Billboard Touring Awards

    November 02, 2011 4:06 PM EDT six-time winner Kenny Chesney for his Goin' Coastal tour; http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  40. Live Music Sponsorships Focus of Panels, Award at Billboard Touring Conference

    October 27, 2011 3:45 PM EDT The growth and vitality of live music branding and sponsorship partnerships will be reflected in high-profile content and awards at the eighth annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards, set for Nov. 9-10 at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York C ...

  41. Muve Music Inks Deal with Merlin, the Self-Proclaimed 'Fifth Major Label'

    October 25, 2011 12:01 PM EDT Muve Music, the music subscription service of Cricket Communications, has signed a licensing deal with global rights agency Merlin. The deal adds more than 2 million songs to the wireless company's music service. Merlin, which calls itself &q ...

  42. Steve Jobs' Vendetta Against Google, Believed Android Stole Apple iPhone's Software

    October 25, 2011 8:25 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google can only hope that Steve Jobs' final vendetta doesn't haunt the Internet search leader from his grave. The depths of Jobs' antipathy toward Google leaps out of Walter Isaacson's authorized biography ...

  43. Google 3Q Numbers Impress Investors

    October 14, 2011 6:29 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Mounting worries about another global recession haven't shaken Google. The online search and advertising leader's third-quarter earnings, released Thursday, are the latest reminder of how Google's position as th ...

  44. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Marcie Allen

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 19 Marcie Allen President, MAC Presents Website: macpresents.com Twitter: @marcieallen It's pure coincidence that Marcie Allen's biggest achievements in music and branding during the past year all happen to involve phones. Between he ...

  45. MOG Now Available on Samsung TVs

    September 27, 2011 12:44 PM EDT Barely a week after unveiling an innovative new free usage tier , streaming music service MOG is now available on a range of Samsung-made smart TVs and Blu-ray players, expanding its interest into the living room. The service makes its way to thes ...

  46. Cricket Rides Muve Music Success to Nationwide Rollout

    September 22, 2011 11:36 AM EDT Cricket Communications, the wireless operator behind the surprise hit Muve Music service, is going national. The pre-paid carrier to date has operated only in select markets nationwide, 35 states and amassed some 5.7 million customers. The plan no ...

  47. Muve Breaks 200,000 Mark, Expands to Android

    September 08, 2011 11:34 AM EDT Cricket Communications' Muve mobile music service continues to grow, now claiming 200,000 subscribers and expanding onto Android-based devices. The service-which bundles unlimited music with unlimited talk, text, and data into a single mobile ...

  48. Road Work: Schedule Of Tours

    September 01, 2011 11:41 AM EDT All acoustic everything: Before starting work on his second album, guitar guy Matt Hires?he of the thick and windswept bangs?is going out on a series with "pianist and beatboxer" Rachel Platten. He starts at Minneapolis' Bunkers ( ...

  49. HMV Rolls Out Expanded Tech Offerings To 150 U.K. Stores

    August 23, 2011 7:49 AM EDT U.K. entertainment retailer HMV is to significantly expand its technology offering -further reducing the amount of shelf space available for music product. As previously reported, the troubled retailer - which reported a net loss of £121.7 million ...

  50. Beyond Netflix: Where Else To Get Your Flick Fix

    July 14, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Even with a fee hike, millions of Netflix subscribers will be spending less each month than what it costs two adults to watch a single movie in a theater. Yet the company, which is usually well-liked, managed to irk many of its 23 ...

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