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  1. Facebook To Allow Users To Pre-Approve Photo Tags

    August 24, 2011 7:30 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Drunken revelers rejoice: Facebook will now let you decide whether your friends can attach your name to a photo before it is circulated. Currently, your friends can add your name to a photo on Facebook without your consent or ...

  2. AEG Launches Axs Ticketing Platform To Rival Ticketmaster

    August 22, 2011 8:56 PM EDT Anschutz Entertainment Group has taken its first step in establishing itself as a significant player in the ticketing market and rivaling Live Nation's Ticketmaster by launching a website for its new ticketing platform, axs Ticketing . On Mon ...

  3. Business Matters: Spotify Subscriptions Spike As Free Access Is Limited

    August 18, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Spotify's Increased Subscriptions = Limiting Free Access -- Spotify lost 1.6 million weekly active free users but gained 520,000 paying subscribers in the four-month period during which it implemented limits on free users, according to a repo ...

  4. Skrillex Announces Launch of OWSLA Label

    August 17, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Today (August 17), the American dubstep artist Skrillex announced the launch of his new OWSLA label. Tim Smith, Skrillex's manager and owner of the Blood Company (a management company) as well as Kathryn Frazier (owner of the publicity firm B ...

  5. Is Google's Purchase of Motorola All About The 17,000 Patents?

    August 16, 2011 7:44 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - It may be the boldest move yet by a company known for being audacious: Google is spending $12.5 billion to buy Motorola Mobility. But the big prize isn't Motorola's lineup of cellphones, computer tablets and cable se ...

  6. Chart Moves: Foster the People 'Pump' up Hot 100, Rihanna's 'Cheers' on the Rise

    August 11, 2011 1:54 PM EDT The Billboard Hot 100: As earlier reported, LMFAO keeps its grip on the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 spot with "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, while Katy Perry keeps a patient vigil at No. 2, though she does move t ...

  7. Business Matters: Ticketfly Adds Venues Union Transfer (Philly), The Foundry (Phoenix)

    August 10, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Ticketfly Adds Union Transfer (Philly), The Foundry (Phoenix) -- Ticketmaster may be resigning its top ticketing clients, but other ticketing companies are actively picking up smaller venues and promoters. San Francisco-based Ticketfly has recentl ...

  8. Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Excerpt)

    August 08, 2011 6:44 AM EDT In an excerpt from a new book, early Def Jam Recordings Execs Lyor Cohen, Russel Simmons, Rick Rubin, Chris Lighty, Kevin Liles, Julie Greenwald and Todd Moscowitz tell it like it was--at the founding of perhaps "The Last Great Record Label ...

  9. Google Acquires 15-Month-Old Daily Deal Startup

    August 03, 2011 7:02 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google Inc.'s latest deal aims to help people find the best daily deals on the Web. In its latest acquisition of talent and technology, Google has bought Dealmap. It's a 15-month-old startup that compiles discount of ...

  10. Klout CEO Joe Fernandez Wants To Measure Your Social Media Influence

    July 28, 2011 4:02 PM EDT Klout's splash page: The site quantifies your social media influence and claims to have over 1 million active users. With corporations like Coca Cola, Reebok and Chevrolet offering invitations to Spotify's U.S. release, it was a relative ...

  11. Zoe Announce Tour Dates

    July 27, 2011 2:51 PM EDT Mexican alternative rock band Zoé has landed Jack Daniel's as the official sponsor of their U.S. tour, which begins July 30 in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theatre. The band - vocalist Leon Larregui, guitarist Sergio Acosta, bassist Angel Mosqued ...

  12. Amazon Q2 Profits Fall But Surpass Wall St. Expectations As Shares Rise

    July 27, 2011 6:00 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amazon.com Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter profit fell despite a 51 percent jump in revenue as the leading online retailer spent heavily to expand its business. The results easily beat analyst expectations, as did Am ...

  13. Rock the Bells Teams With Live Nation for House of Blues Tour

    July 25, 2011 7:15 AM EDT In summer of 2010, concert ticket sales were so sluggish that several big-name acts, such as Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Lilith Fair, and the American Idol Live summer outing, were forced to cancel dates, downsize, or in the most dramatic of exam ...

  14. 'Last Airbender,' 'Dexter,' 'Falling Skies' TV Composers Talk Shop at BMI Comic-Con Panel

    July 22, 2011 5:04 PM EDT Panelists Sara Colleton (executive producer, "Dexter"), Daniel Licht (composer, "Dexter"), Michael Dante DiMartino (executive producer, "Avatar: The Last Airbender"), Bryan Konietzko (executive producer, "The Las ...

  15. Labels and Venues are Turning to QR Codes to Boost Marketing Campaigns


    July 22, 2011 1:52 PM EDT We see it happen all the time: An artist employs an emerging new technology in the marketing campaign for a new album. The campaign gets a lot of press because it's new and different. Fans catch on and begin using the technology. The latest ...

  16. 5 Hot Fall Tours: Widespread Panic, Reba McEntire, Foster The People, Tiesto and Pretty Lights

    July 22, 2011 12:56 PM EDT WIDESPREAD PANIC VENUES: Theaters, amphitheaters, arenas DATES: Sept. 15-Dec. 31 SUPPORT: Trombone Shorty, Yonder Mountain String Band, the Futurebirds; most shows billed as "an evening with" BOOKING AGENT: Buck Williams, Progressive G ...

  17. Amazon Gets Go Ahead For Calif Sales Tax Referendum

    July 19, 2011 7:12 AM EDT Amazon says gets OK for Calif sales tax referendum SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Amazon.com Inc. says the California Attorney General's Office has approved its petition for a referendum that would let voters decide whether to overturn a new law that f ...

  18. JDub Records Shutting Down

    July 14, 2011 2:27 PM EDT JDub Records, a Jewish non-profit record label started nine years ago in New York City announced Tuesday (July 12) it is shuttering operations due to financial pressures. "The decision to close was entirely financial," said JDub Presiden ...

  19. Rob Grill, The Grass Roots Singer, Dead at 67

    July 12, 2011 4:08 PM EDT EUSTIS, Fla. (AP) -- Rob Grill, the lead singer of 1960s rock band The Grass Roots, has died near Orlando, an official with the medical examiner's office said Tuesday. He was 67. Grill sang on such hits as "Midnight Confessions," &q ...

  20. Coldplay Launching Samsung AT&T Summer Krush Concert Series

    July 12, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Coldplay will perform in Los Angeles later this summer to help launch the fourth annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush, a free concert series designed to showcase the capabilities of the newly released Samsung Infuse 4G, available exclusively throu ...

  21. Spotify U.S. Is Probably Launching This Week: What Can We Expect?

    July 11, 2011 11:16 AM EDT The long wait could be over this week: According to multiple sources and reports, Spotify will launch in the U.S. this week. Next come the media coverage, the product reviews and the wait to see if Spotify lives up to its billing. Before the launc ...

  22. New Security Holes Discovered in iPhones, iPads

    July 08, 2011 7:26 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A new security hole has opened up in Apple Inc.'s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices, raising alarms about the susceptibility of some of the world's hottest tech gadgets to hacker attacks. Flaws in the software runn ...

  23. Twitter Nearly Doubles In Value to $7 Billion in Seven Months

    July 06, 2011 7:33 AM EDT NEW YORK - While other hot Internet companies have gone public, Twitter is privately raising hundreds of millions of dollars in a new financing round that values the company at as much as $7 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday. It sa ...

  24. Hot Chelle Rae: The Story Behind the Success of 'Tonight Tonight'

    July 05, 2011 2:26 PM EDT They formed in Nashville in 2005, signed with Jive in the fall of 2008 and are having their breakthrough moment with their infectious pop/rock single, "Tonight Tonight." That song has climbed steadily on the Billboard Hot 100, reaching N ...

  25. Musician Coalition Calls For Boycott of CBS Over Grammys Category Cutting

    June 30, 2011 4:35 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - A coalition of musicians that has protested the Recording Academy's decision to drop 31 categories from the Grammy Awards is stepping up the pressure, calling for a boycott of the Grammys' telecast partner, CBS, and hirin ...

  26. Google Unveils Google+ Social Networking Platform

    June 29, 2011 7:35 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Online search leader Google Inc. is taking yet another stab at social networking, as it tries to go up against Facebook in this wildly popular and lucrative segment of the Internet. This time the project is called Google+ and it ai ...

  27. Ticketfly Launches Analytics Dashboard

    June 28, 2011 10:46 AM EDT Ticketing startup Ticketfly has added a feature it hopes will differentiate its service from its competitors. On Tuesday the company unveiled its new analytics dashboard that gives clients a snapshot of various statistics. It's the latest pro ...

  28. Electric Daisy Carnival Kicks Off: Is Las Vegas Becoming America's Answer to Ibiza?

    June 24, 2011 5:25 PM EDT Las Vegas is known internationally for its casinos and hotels, but the city is fast becoming Mecca for 35-and-under dance music fans hell-bent on hedonistic thrills set to a pulsing soundtrack -- day and night. Look no further than this weekend� ...

  29. The 10 Most Influential Clubs in North America

    June 24, 2011 12:24 PM EDT What makes a great club? Intelligent booking, great production values, the ability to raise an act's profile not only locally but regionally or even nationally-the latter entirely possible in this age of social networking. As Patterson Hood ...

  30. Kanye West Intends To Take Legal Action Over 'Mama's Boy' Leak

    June 16, 2011 8:09 AM EDT The artist released a statement Wednesday saying versions of his song "Mama's Boy" that hit the web earlier this week are "bogus" and "unsanctioned." The rapper-producer released a statement late Wednesday declar ...

  31. Lindsey Buckingham Announces New Self-Released Album, Tour

    June 13, 2011 3:35 PM EDT Lindsey Buckingham will self-release his sixth solo album, "Seeds We Sow," on Sept. 6 and embark on 31-city North American tour in September and October. The album's first single is "In Our Own Time." Buckingham's las ...

  32. Apple's iCloud Could Finally Make Music Pirates Pay

    June 07, 2011 7:48 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs on Monday introduced more than just a cloud storage system for songs that fans buy legitimately through iTunes. He unveiled a system that might finally get music lovers to pay for the songs they got through ...

  33. Sony Unveils PlayStation 'Vita' at E3

    June 07, 2011 7:35 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - Sony Corp. on Monday took the wraps off its next generation portable gaming machine, PlayStation Vita, a touch-interface and motion-sensitive handheld that outdoes its workhorse PlayStation Portable and will go on sale before the win ...

  34. BitTorrent Reconsidered: How the Demonized File Sharing Protocol Can Help Your Band (Legally)

    June 06, 2011 1:27 PM EDT Sick of Sarah, whose album "2205" was legally downloaded more than 1.7 million times thanks to BitTorrent's Artist Spotlight . (Photo: Amber McDonald) Sick of Sarah is hardly a household name, but the all-girl punk band from Minneap ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. E3 2011 Kicks Off In Los Angeles This Week

    June 06, 2011 7:00 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - Almost six years ago at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo unveiled what would eventually become known as the Wii. But the Japanese gaming giant didn't show off the new console's distinctive motion-sensing c ...

  37. Eric Schmidt, Google Chairman: 'I Screwed Up' on Facebook

    June 01, 2011 7:37 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO - If he had another chance, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt would have pressed the Internet search leader to focus more on mounting a challenge to Facebook while he was still running the company. "I screwed up," Schmidt said ...

  38. Google Unveils Smartphone Wallet, PayPal Files Lawsuit

    May 27, 2011 7:19 AM EDT NEW YORK - Google Inc. hopes to nudge consumers and merchants into a world where the smartphone has replaced the wallet as the container for credit cards, coupons and receipts. While it tackles that challenge, Google also will have to spar with th ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Business Matters: Digital Album Sales Way Up in 2011 (Thanks Adele!); More Shareholders Sue WMG

    May 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Thanks Adele: Digital Album Sales Way Up in 2011 -- Led by Adele's hit "21", this year's best selling new albums are putting up great digital numbers. The top 5 digital albums have sold 1.81 million units through May 15, accord ...

  41. Blink-182, My Chemical Romance Lead 2011 Honda Civic Tour

    May 23, 2011 8:00 PM EDT Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance will lead the lineup of the 10th annual Honda Civic Tour, which is scheduled to visit North American amphitheaters this summer/fall. Support acts on the 40-plus-date trek include Manchester Orchestra, Rancid and M ...

  42. Three Questions With Mike Martinovich, My Morning Jacket Manager

    May 19, 2011 2:15 PM EDT Mike Martinovich manages My Morning Jacket, known for its epic performances at rock festivals. With their newest studio record, the critically acclaimed "Circuital," coming at the end of this month on ATO Records, MMJ will be hitting the ...

  43. Nacional Records Concert Series Coming To California Venues This Fall

    May 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Latin alternative acts Los Amgios Invisibles, Nortec Collective's Bostich + Fussible and Ana Tijoux have signed on to be part of the Heineken and Nacional Records Road Trip series this fall. The California-exclusive concert series is schedule ...

  44. Eventbrite Raises Another $50 Million, Plans Expansion

    May 18, 2011 2:48 PM EDT Eventbrite has raised an additional $50 million in a venture funding round led by Tiger Global, raising its total to $79.5 million. "They bring a great global perspective to us," CEO Kevin Hartz tells Billboard. Previous Eventbrite inves ...

  45. Author Dean Budnick Talks 'Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry'

    May 18, 2011 12:49 PM EDT Author Dean Budnick Talks 'Ticket Masters: The Rise of the Concert Industry' The blurb on the back cover pretty much says it all: "Reading this book won't make you any happier about spending four hundred bucks to go to a rock s ...

  46. LinkedIn Raises IPO Ante Amid High Investor Demand; Valued at Over $4 Billion

    May 18, 2011 7:36 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO - Investors are clamoring to connect with the online networking service LinkedIn Corp. in the latest sign of the fervor for Internet companies that specialize in bringing together people with common interests. The demand to buy a pie ...

  47. Record Producer, Engineer Marty Lewis Dies at 60

    May 16, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Marty Lewis, a veteran record producer, engineer and mixer whom Jimmy Buffett referred to as the "Sound Sculptor," died April 27 while swimming in the Sea of Cortez in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He was 60. Lewis enjoyed a fruitful collabora ...

  48. Mexican Singer Christian Chavez Recognized By GLAAD

    May 16, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Mexican singer/songwriter Christian Chávez was recognized as the Outstanding Spanish Language Music Artist at the GLAAD Media Awards in San Francisco. Chavez was selected to receive the trophy for his work in increasing the visibility and understa ...

  49. 'Carter,' Veteran Producer and A&R Exec, Dead at 65

    May 12, 2011 2:06 PM EDT John Carter, the A&R exec, producer, songwriter and manager known as simply "Carter," died on May 10 in Palm Springs, Calif. He was 65. Born John S. Carter in East St. Louis, Illinois, his career began in 1967, when he wrote the lyri ...

  50. Thoughts From 51 Hours In SF: @iTunes, @Google and Angry Little Clouds

    May 11, 2011 7:56 PM EDT You didnt have to read between the lines to hear the frustration on the part of Google execs when they launched their locker on Monday but were unable to launch a proper Google Music service with major label licenses. Top Googlers including Zahava ...

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