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  1. KUSF Abruptly Goes Online-Only

    January 18, 2011 12:00 AM EST The University of San Francisco abruptly shut the doors of its radio station, KUSF, today and announced that the station is moving to an online-only format, effective immediately. According to several online reports, campus security was called to ...

  2. Rupert Murdoch and Steve Jobs to Unveil iPad-Only Newspaper Next Week?

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch and Apple head Steve Jobs will reportedly appear onstage together next week to unveil The Daily, the much anticipated iPad-only newspaper. According to a report on Yahoo's The Cutline blog , the two CEOs will laun ...

  3. Business Matters: Amazon Preps Android App Store; 2010 Country Music Sales Better Than Overall Music Sales

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Amazon Preps Android App Store -- Amazon is prepping an Android app store of its own, TechCrunch reported on Wednesday just as Apple today announced it was launching an app store for its Macintosh computers and iPads. The lure is obvious beyond th ...

  4. RootMusic Lands $2.3 Million Funding From Mohr Davidow Ventures

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Your Facebook page is about to be a lot more attractive and effective now that RootMusic has pulled in $2.3 million in Series A funding from Mohr Davidow Ventures, founder J Sider tells Billboard. The company had previously received an angel inves ...

  5. Dispatch Offers Fans Entire Back Catalog In Exchange For Promoting New Tour on Social Media

    January 01, 2011 12:00 AM EST Dispatch, the Boston-based independent rock band, today announced their first summer tour in over a decade and a unique promotion: The group is offering its fans their entire back catalog in exchange for spreading the word about the new tour on so ...

  6. Widespread Panic to Celebrate 25th Anniversary in 2011

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Widespread Panic is planning to keep "a pretty high profile" in 2011, as the Georgia jam band marks its 25th anniversary. "I plan to do a lot of celebrating," Dave Schools -- who will also be releasing an album by his other ban ...

  7. Univision Radio Signs PPM Deal

    November 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spanish language radio giant Univision radio has finally signed a multi-year contract for Arbitron’s Portable People Meter in some of the nation’s biggest markets, including New York and Los Angeles. Although Univision had subscribed to Arbitron P ...

  8. Twitter Says Has 'A Lot Of Money In The Bank'

    November 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Twitter co-founder Evan Williams said the popular microblogging company was not running low on capital, amid media reports that the company is considering raising a large round of funding. Williams told an industry gathering in San Francisco on We ...

  9. Facebook Takes On Google, Yahoo In Web Messages

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Facebook rolled out an all-in-one messaging service that for the first time allows its half-billion members to communicate with people outside the social network, intensifying a battle with Google Inc and Yahoo Inc for users' Internet time. A ...

  10. Google, Facebook Rivalry Takes Centerstage

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The technology industry's latest rivalry takes centerstage this week when Internet powers Google Inc and Facebook lay out their competing visions to create a new generation of Web services at a high-profile conference in San Francisco. The re ...

  11. Online Viewers Still Loving Regular TV, Poll Shows

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Pay TV industry has heatedly debated this fall whether consumers are dropping their cable or other TV subscriptions to watch more TV content online. A new study by Nielsen, commissioned by the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Mar ...

  12. Business Matters: Must See Internet Radio Stats, Apple, OK Go and more

    November 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Surprising Internet Radio Stat of the Day -- In the mad race for an on-demand music service that can pay the bills, We7 has offered some numbers that may cause people to re-think the importance of ...

  13. Katy Perry, Maroon 5 Help Launch Windows Phone

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft and AT&T will launch the new Windows Phone with free concerts featuring Katy Perry at the Roseland Ballroom in New York, and Maroon 5 at the Fillmore in San Francisco on Nov. 8, the company announces today. Tickets are available only ...

  14. The Full Round-Up: Tips To Drive Business

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Better bundling of products online, tips on selling more merch, effective tour marketing strategies and much more. Our Wednesday series of tip and lists wraps up with this round-up of all the stories that were aimed at offering business insights a ...

  15. Machete Music Tour 2010 To Launch With Sold Out NY Concert

    October 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Machete Music Tour 2010, organized by Latin urban label Machete Music as part of its five-year anniversary celebration, starts Friday night with a sold-out show at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York. The tour broke ground in the ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. VIDEO: Highlights From The Billboard Mobile Music App Summit and Awards

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music, mobile, app and tech communities came together for the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live! The Music App Summit on Oct. 5 in San Francisco. Check out the blow-by-blow, full coverage round-up here. For the top highlights, see below. Bil ...

  18. Clear Channel Exec Harrison Addresses Pending Departure

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Evan Harrison, president of Clear Channel Radio Digital and executive VP of Clear Channel Radio for the first time addressed his impending departure from the company at Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit in San Francisco. ...

  19. Online Ticketing Heats Up: Eventbrite Raises $20 Million

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Online ticketing company Eventbrite announced on Wednesday it has raised $20 million in Series D funding. The round was led by DAG Ventures. New investor Tenaya Capital and previous investor Sequoia Capital also participated. This funding brings t ...

  20. @MEL: Pandora Blasts Into New Mercedes-Benz Models

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hit online radio app Pandora continues its march into non-traditional devices with the announcement that the service will appear in select Mercedes-Benz models. Pandora is also coming to some GM model vehicles after experiencing explosive growth o ...

  21. @MEL: SoundHound Infinity Grabs Best Music Engagement App Award

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music identification app SoundHound Infinity took home a Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live! Music App Summit award for 'Best Music Engagement App' Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 5) in San Francisco. Summit judges appreciated SoundHound Infini ...

  22. @MEL: Jim Lucchese: Future of Music Biz is Apps

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "The future of the music business is application developers. They're the new Tower Records. They're the new college radio. That's great news," the Echo Nest CEO Jim Lucchese told the crowd during his keynote speech at the ...

  23. @MEL: Gibson Wins 'Best Branded App' Award

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gibson Guitars took home an award Tuesday (Oct. 5) in San Francisco for the 'Best Branded App' at Billboard's Music App Summit. Their learning app Gibson Learn & Master Guitar beat out 50s Sound Lab Vitamin Water, and ZOOZbeat S ...

  24. BACKBEAT: @Billboard's Mobile Entertainment Live Music App Summit

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT “Stand on your chair and call bullshit when you start to hear some on stage,” Bill Werde , editorial director for Billboard, encouraged a room fill of music and tech industry players this morning during opening remarks at the Billboard Mobile Ente ...

  25. BMI: Ringback Tone Market Declines In 2010

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BMI estimates the U.S ringback tone market to be at $181 million for the year ended June 30, 2010. That represents a 7.2% decline from the $195 million (see graph) it calculated for a revised 2009 projection. A ringback is a musical work that play ...

  26. @MEL: Live Phish, I Am T-Pain Among Billboard App Summit Winners

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The best mobile music apps of the year were named at Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit, which took place Oct. 5 in San Francisco. The winners were SoundHound Infinity by SoundHound Inc (Best Music Engagement App), MorphWi ...

  27. @MEL: Purported Pandora Killer Makes Pitch At Innovators Showcase

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pandora reigns among the break-out music technology apps of the era, but now some upstarts think they can outdo the Oakland, Calif-based music service by making streaming radio more of a game. Songza Media CEO Elias Roman pitched his personalized ...

  28. @MEL: The Eurythmics' Dave Stewart Wants To Pay You For Tweeting

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fans will be able to get paid for tweeting about their favorite bands, thanks to a new technology demonstrated by the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, a producer, solo artist and Nokia's innovation advisor and chief disruption advisor. Speaking ...

  29. @MEL: 'I Am T-Pain' Wins Best Artist-Based App Award

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hit iPhone auto-tuner “I Am T-Pain” took home the 'Best Artist-Based App' Award at the Billboard Music App Awards today in San Francisco, beating out finalists Linkin Park's “8-Bit Rebellion” and “TouchChords: Jimmie Vaughan.” Sport ...

  30. @MEL: Key To App Sales Success: Winning Over Apple's Editors

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple's App store editorial department – tasked with selecting and promoting the best apps on the crowded site – now holds enormous power over the success or failure of music industry apps, panelists said during “The New Music Industry” discu ...

  31. @MEL: Live Phish Clinches Best Touring App Award

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A mobile phone app to stream and download Phish concerts after they happen received the Best Touring App award during the Billboard Music App Awards at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live! conference today in San Francisco. Up against Bonnaroo ...

  32. @MEL: 'I Am T-Pain' Creator Smule Sells Two Million iPhone Auto-tuners

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Paid iPhone auto-tuning app “I Am T-Pain” has sold over two million downloads, Ge Wang co-founder, CTO, and chief creative officer of Smule told audiences at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live Music App Summit today in San Francisco. The No. ...

  33. @MEL: Shazam Funder To Music Labels: Don't Be Greedy

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Music labels needs to get apps into users' hands and stop getting hung up on licensing fees, said Matt Murphy, partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Their $200 million iFund has invested in 15 iPhone apps including Shazam, a hit mu ...

  34. @MEL: Motorola Defies WIRED Magazine, Says Web Is Not Dead

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The web is not dead, it's just gone mobile, said Motorola Mobile Devices vice president Christy Wyatt, giving a keynote speech at the Music App summit of Billboard's Mobile Entertainment Live today in San Francisco. Motorola has gone all ...

  35. FULL COVERAGE: Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live Music App Summit in San Francisco #MEL2010

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WATCH: Smule Co-founder Talks Apps, Acquisitions, The Majors and More October 06, 2010 Smule co-founder Ge Wang sat with Billboard at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live The Music App Summit - Smule took home the best artist app award for &quo ...

  36. @MEL: And We're Off...

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bill Werde, editorial director for Billboard, encouraged more than 100 music and tech industry players to “stand on your chair and call bullshit when you start to hear some on stage” this morning during opening remarks at the Billboard Mobile Ente ...

  37. CAA sells 35% stake to TPG Capital

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CAA has sold a 35% equity stake to private investment firm TPG Capital in a transaction expected to help the powerhouse talent agency further build its sports business and monetize the stakes of the partners who own and run the business. TPG has i ...

  38. Muse Ink Global Synch Deal With Virgin Atlantic

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. rock band Muse has signed a global synchronization deal with Virgin Atlantic to soundtrack the airline's biggest ever TV campaign. Muse's cover of the evergreen classic "Feeling Good," originally made famous by Nina Simone ...

  39. Here's Why You Should Come To Billboard's Music App Summit

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s an unfortunate state of today’s digital music landscape that two creative industries which stand to benefit from cooperation are too often are at odds with one another: the music industry and the developer community. At next week’s Mobile Ent ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Media Consultant Paul Vidich

    September 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Paul Vidich Title: Media Consultant & Independent Advisor: ReverbNation, MediaNet, BrightCove, Melodeo, and more Panel: Innovators Showcase (Judge). 1:45 – 2:45. Oct. 5. For more information or to register for Billboard’s Mobile Entertai ...

  43. '50s Pop Singer Eddie Fisher Dies At Age 82

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Pop singer Eddie Fisher, whose clear voice brought him a devoted following of teenage girls in the early 1950s before marriage scandals overshadowed his fame, has died at age 82. He passed away Wednesday night (Sept. 22) at his home in Berkeley of ...

  44. BACKBEAT: Michael Franti And Crystal Bowersox At The 12th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Michael Franti hosted the 12th Annual Power to the Peaceful Festival on September 11 at Speedway Meadow in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. As one of the nation’s largest free annual music festivals, the event hosted 80,000 people for musical per ...

  45. Billboard.biz Q&A: App Developer/Dream Theater Keyboardist Jordan Rudess

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jordan Rudess' claim to fame may be as the keyboardist for the progressive rock outfit Dream Theater, but he’s also emerging as a leading voice for the music app development community. Rudess has created or assisted in the making of several m ...

  46. All You Need To Know About Mobile Apps In One Day

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit is taking place two weeks from today in San Francisco. The day-long event is packed with everything you need to know about the mobile app market tailored both to those in the music industry looking f ...

  47. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Venrock's Dev Khare

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Dev Khare Title: VP, Venrock Panel: On the Horizon. 3:15 – 4:00. Oct. 5. For more information or to register for Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit, Oct. 5 in San Francisco, please visit www.MobileEntertainmentLiveFa ...

  48. Don Omar To Join 'Machete Tour'

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Reggaetón star Don Omar will join the launch of the “Machete Tour” put together by urban Latin label Machete in celebration of the label’s fifth anniversary. The tour kicks off at the Theatre in Madison Square Garden Oct. 22, with Don Omar joining ...

  49. Justin.tv Releases iPhone App

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Livestreaming online site Justin.tv has added an iPhone app to its previously released Android app, which lets users watch live events like concerts from their mobile phones. In addition to viewing, the app also lets users broadcast live video to ...

  50. With Mobile Apps, VCs Becoming More Selective

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile apps are exploding across all platforms, and venture capitalists are getting increasingly selective about which companies and services they’ll back. That’s the upshot of a panel at the AppNation conference taking place in San Francisco this ...

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