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  1. Warner Music Group Appoints New President of Global Catalog

    July 08, 2014 1:41 PM EDT Warner Music today announced that Tim Fraser-Harding, the label's current SVP of global catalog management based in London, has been promoted to the company's president of global catalog, recorded music. Fraser-Harding will replace Kevin ...

  2. Facebook Introduces Music, TV Audio Recognition Feature

    May 21, 2014 2:56 PM EDT For Shazam and SoundHound, audio recognition and identification is the core of their businesses. But for Facebook, it’s now a feature. Beginning today, the social network is rolling out a new functionality that will enable users to tag status up ...

  3. Universal Music, Sony Music and Warner Music All Take Cash Stakes in Shazam, Betting on IPO

    May 14, 2014 8:56 PM EDT Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and Warner Music Group have all bought stakes in privately held Shazam Entertainment in recent weeks, according to several people familiar with the talks. Related Articles Shazam Narrows Losses As Re ...

  4. Deezer Knocks Spotify Out of Shazam in Four Countries

    May 08, 2014 4:45 PM EDT Shazam's new deal with Deezer puts Spotify in the corner. Music-identification app Shazam has added on-demand streaming service Deezer as a partner, enabling Deezer account holders in four countries to listen to full-length songs immediately ...

  5. Demi Lovato and Shazam Announce Deal to Let Fans Plan New Tour

    April 28, 2014 4:08 PM EDT Pop star Demi Lovato and Shazam have announced a first-of-its-kind partnership today that will put her fans (or those simply curious as to who she is) into the driver's seat of her tour van. The partnership will yield a European tour schedul ...

  6. Former NBCU Executive Lauren Zalaznick Joins Shazam Board

    April 22, 2014 1:48 PM EDT The cable veteran left the company last year after her portfolio of female-focused channels was absorbed by Bonnie Hammer. Former NBCUniversal executive Lauren Zalaznick has joined Shazam's board of directors. Zalaznick spent 12 years at NBCU ...

  7. Shazam and Apple's iOS Cozy Up (Report)

    April 17, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Shazam will be fully integrated into iOS in an upcoming update, according to Bloomberg's sources. The integration will be across the mobile operating system and will likely integrate closely with the iTunes Store and iTunes Radio, which has b ...

  8. Morning Fix: Warner Music CFO Resigns, Warner Japan Gets New CEO, COO; What Disney's Maker Buy Means for Tech; Music and Data Get It On

    March 26, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE WARNER MUSIC CFO BRIAN ROBERTS RESIGNS Warner Music Group's chief financial officer and executive vice president Brian Roberts has resigned, according to a document filed Tuesday with the Secur ...

  9. Shazam Partnering with Juno, Adding Thousands of Vinyl-Only Dance Tracks

    March 25, 2014 3:38 PM EDT Song-tagging service Shazam has partnered with online dance music retailer Juno Records in a deal that will expand Shazam's database by four million tracks, including thousands of previously vinyl-only releases. Shazam Confirms $20M in New Fu ...

  10. Data, Spotify and Discovery: Jason Flom, Julia Willinger, Michelle Klein and More Talk Turkey at Social Media Week

    February 24, 2014 10:21 AM EST As streaming music services and social media tools continue to evolve, the music industry is keeping a close eye on the new media’s metrics -- while making sure that quality music remains a priority. This was the overarching theme of "The F ...

  11. Warner Music's Shazam Deal: What It Means For Music

    February 20, 2014 8:02 PM EST Warner Music Group's announcement this week that it has entered into a strategic collaboration with Shazam is the latest example of traditional music labels embracing social data to reinvent the way they do business. The deal lets Warner a ...

  12. Business Matters: Lyor Cohen's Midem Sound and Fury

    February 11, 2014 4:00 PM EST Lyor Cohen, who built a 32-year music career on pulling rabbits out of a hat, tried to do so again last week at Midem, one of the industry’s key conferences. In a keynote talk at the Cannes event, Cohen casually mentioned a deal he had signed the ...

  13. Super Bowl: Bruno Mars, U2 Top Shazam Searches

    February 03, 2014 7:58 PM EST Between Bruno Mars' halftime performance with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Laurence Fishburne's opera and Ellen Degeneres' Beats commercial, which Super Bowl moment nabbed the most Shazams? The music search app beat its own Super Bowl ...

  14. Shazam Predicts 2014 Grammy Winners

    January 20, 2014 8:00 AM EST Call it the People's Choice. Shazam, the company whose app is used to identify about 16 million songs a day, on Monday issued its predictions for this Sunday's Grammy winners.  The potential winners selected by Shazam are based purely by ...

  15. Top 10 Artists Shazam Expects To Break in 2014, Based on User Curiosity

    December 03, 2013 1:25 PM EST When people hold their phones in the air to identify a song, they are essentially saying, “I don’t know what this song is, but I like it.” As such, Shazam has unique insight into where our collective music taste is headed. Which artists are people ...

  16. Shazam Gets $40 Million Investment from Carlos Slim's America Movil

    July 07, 2013 7:46 PM EDT Shazam has entered into a strategic partnership with, and received an investment from, Mexican telecommunications company America Movil. Part of a conglomerate of companies owned by businessman Carlos Slim Helu, America Movil has put $40 mill ...

  17. Guy Oseary and Ashton Kutcher’s A-GRade Receives $100 Million Valuation

    May 01, 2013 4:26 PM EDT Guy Oseary’s A-GRade, a fund he launched in partnership with Ashton Kutcher and billionaire Ron Burkle in 2010, announced a $100 million valuation at Techcrunch’s Disrupt NY conference on Wednesday. In a panel discussion with Techcrunch founder ...

  18. Shazam Names Rich Riley New CEO, Aiming For Eventual IPO

    April 29, 2013 5:30 AM EDT Shazam has hired longtime Yahoo! executive Rich Riley as its new CEO, promoting longtime chief Andrew Fisher to the newly-created position of Executive Chairman, according to a press release. The company's former Chairman of the Board, John ...

  19. Shazam’s Will Mills on Courting Ads While Staying Faithful to Music (Q&A)

    March 20, 2013 6:06 PM EDT In February, the music recognition app Shazam signed up its 300 millionth user. One of the app revolution’s first success stories, the London-based company has been aggressively expanding its business, broadening its use-case from identifying so ...

  20. Beatport’s Matthew Adell on Shazam Deal, Why Music Biz Is a ‘Disaster Model’

    February 07, 2013 12:03 PM EST Yesterday morning, two of electronic music-media’s biggest names -- the online dance retailer Beatport and the multi-format name-that-tune app Shazam -- announced a new partnership, allowing Shazam access to the “imprints” of 1.5 million EDM ...

  21. Shazam Predicts 2013 Chart Toppers

    November 30, 2012 7:04 PM EST Predicting which artists will hit the Billboard charts can be a vexing parlor game. Shazam wants to turn that game into a science, sprinkled with a little human intuition. The London company, whose name-that-tune app is used by more than 250 milli ...

  22. Shazam Hits 250 Million Users, Expands Across U.S. TV

    September 17, 2012 10:34 AM EDT Audio identification app Shazam announced Monday it has surpassed 250 million users worldwide and has expanded its Shazam for TV service to every channel in the U.S. With one quarter billion users, Shazam is easily one of the most common and most ...

  23. Morning Fix: US, Drake Top Illegal Filesharing Report; iPhone 5's Record Sales; Rihanna's MTV EMA Noms

    September 17, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. THE XX'S 'COEXIST' DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON UK ALBUM CHARTS AHEAD OF BOB DYLAN, THE SCRIPT: The xx's sophomore set Coexist (Young Turks) debuted at No. 1 on ...

  24. Shazam Nets Over One Million Interactions During Olympics' Closing Ceremony

    August 13, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Shazam's social engagement strategies are paying off again. Today the company released a few statistics showing the number of interactions the platform received over the course of the Olympics, including more than one million interactions dur ...

  25. Exclusive: Shazam's 20 Most-Tagged Songs During the Olympics Opening Ceremonies

    August 01, 2012 10:25 PM EDT Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden's "Bonkers" was the most-tagged song during the Olympics' opening ceremonies broadcast on July 27, according to audio search company has shared with Billboard.biz. The list of the top 20 song ...

  26. Billboard Music Awards: Biggest Televised Event in Shazam's History After Super Bowl, Grammys

    June 08, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Billboard partnered with music-capturing-and-discovery company Shazam for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, and the result is the third-biggest third-most-tagged televised event in Shazam's history, after the 2012 Super Bowl and Grammy Awards. ...

  27. Shazam To Offer Free, Exclusive Download of Usher's 'Climax' During Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Shazam is getting in on this Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards in a big way: fans who use Shazam during the ABC telecast (8:00 p.m EDT) will be able to download an exclusive and free Diplo remix of Usher's chart-topping single " ...

  28. Spotify's Artist In Residence DA Wallach on Apps, Artist Services, and What His Job Title Means

    May 10, 2012 1:40 PM EDT DA Wallach, half of the pop-rock duo Chester French and Spotify's official artist in residence. As one of its many efforts to make itself a different kind of music-subscription service, Spotify brought in an official "artist in residence ...

  29. Shazam's David Jones Talks Train Album Preview Campaign, American Idol

    April 16, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Shazam has two new partnerships that show how mobile technology is changing how music fans discover, experience and purchase music. One is the FilterForGood project with Brita that offers Shazam users an exclusive stream of Train's upcoming a ...

  30. Business Matters: Pirate Bay Could Get Blocked in U.K., Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark

    February 21, 2012 6:10 PM EST Pirate Bay Could Leave UK, Grooveshark May Be Out in Denmark The music industry's collective effort to reduce digital piracy made some progress in recent days. Most notable is a UK court's judgment that could end up getting file-sharing ...

  31. Spotify, Shazam, Turntable.fm Are Hot Topics at Grammy Social Media Summit

    February 11, 2012 11:30 AM EST The Grammys drew top-drawer names from the digital music world for this year's edition of their Social Media Rock Star Summit series, with Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher, Turntable.fm Chairman Seth Goldstein, GetGlue CEO Alex Iskold, and Spotify� ...

  32. Shazam Says Super Bowl Audio Tagging Was a Win

    February 06, 2012 6:38 PM EST This is a still frame from Best Buy's Super Bowl commercial, featuring the Shazam audio-tagging app. During yesterday's Super Bowl, the music-tagging app Shazam, which has been making inroads into television programming, helped approxima ...

  33. Shazam Launches New Player That Includes Lyrics, Social Integration, More

    January 11, 2012 8:15 AM EST Music players typically evolve as the mediums that the music is stored upon changes over time. Turntables led to cassette players, which then led to CD players and eventually the MP3 player. Shazam is hoping the next step is the Shazam Player. The ...

  34. Shazam Reacquires Audio Recognition Technology from BMI, Renews Partnership

    November 29, 2011 9:00 AM EST Shazam announced today that it has reacquired ownership of its Audio Recognition technology from business partner BMI in a new agreement that will allow the music discovery app company to expand its services. The new agreement reinstates Shazam� ...

  35. Twitter, SoundTracking, Ticketfly, Slacker, Shazam and More on the Socialization of Music @ Billboard FutureSound

    November 18, 2011 7:37 PM EST Left to right: CEO of Ticketfly Andrew Dreskin, SVP of Strategic Development at Slacker Jack Isquith, Director of Consumer Marketing at Shazam Jeff Roberto, COO at RevrbNation, Jed Carlson and VP of Client Services at Moontoast, Tim Putnam at the ...

  36. Shazam Reverts Back To Free

    September 29, 2011 8:55 AM EDT Shazam, the firm behind the music identification app of the same name, today removed the limitations on how many songs users can ID for free when using its free iPod app. Those paying for the Shazam Encore premium app have long been able to ID as ...

  37. Billboard FutureSound Update: More Speakers, Topics Confirmed

    September 28, 2011 1:32 PM EDT There are a lot of music-industry conferences these days, but we're aiming to do something really different with Billboard's inaugural FutureSound Conference , taking place Nov. 17-18 in San Francisco. This conference is designed to driv ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Business Matters: Pandora Goes Public During Market Downturn, Not That it Matters

    June 15, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Pandora Goes Public During Market Downturn -- Not That it Matters -- Pandora's successful IPO arrives as the broader stock market has gone through a slump. But the timing isn't necessary bad. A cloudy market shouldn't be a problem f ...

  40. Shazam Posts $16 Million In Revenue From 80 Million Users

    April 07, 2011 1:13 PM EDT Digital music is increasingly becoming a mix of large audiences and small revenues. Take, for example, the latest financials of music identification company Shazam. The company had a loss of 635,000 pounds ($957,000) on revenue of 10.6 million ($1 ...

  41. Business Matters: Twittering Bankers; Market to iPad 2: Meh

    March 03, 2011 7:06 PM EST Tweeting Bankers: Is JP Morgan Chase Investing in Twitter? -- Is JPMorgan Chase trying to invest in Twitter at an astounding $4.5 billion? Sort of. New York Magazine has a good explanation of the whole affair. JP Morgan is not going to make a dire ...

  42. Business Matters: SoundHound's Free Unlimited Usage Opens Music I.D. App Floodgates

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music Identification App SoundHound Now Offering Free Unlimited Usage -- The race to identify the world's music is heating up. The free SoundHound music ID app now offers an unlimited number of music IDs. Previously free users were limited to ...

  43. Business Matters: Obama, Grokster, Spotify, Hollywood Records and More

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- On President Obama ’s short list of candidates to fill the position of departing Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is federal appeals court Judge Sidney Thomas. As Ben Sheffner pointed out, Thomas wrote the Ninth Circuit’s decision for MG ...

  44. Business Matters: Google, Music Blogs, the Orchard, Tsar, O2 and More

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- The Daily Swarm's post about music blogs that hav ...

  45. Shazam Clarifies Reports On Download Figures

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music identification outfit Shazam is coverting tags to downloads at a 13% rate at some - but not all - of its partners download stores. "We're approaching 260,000 downloads a day," a Shazam representative told Billboard, making cle ...

  46. @MIDEM: Labels Learn To Monetize Apps

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music-related apps can build a fan base for artists and create revenue - and they are going to become even more ambitious. That was the message from Ted Mico, EVP Digital, Interscope, Geffen, A&M at day two of the MidemNet digital music confer ...

  47. Shazam Unveils New $5 App, Adds Restrictions

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile music discovery provider Shazam launched its new Shazam Encore App today and announced new limitations on its existing free app. The new app - which costs $4.99 - offers improved speed performance, music recommendations and tagging while dr ...

  48. Billboard Q&A: iFund Manager Matt Murphy

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Several months before Apple opened its App Store in July 2008, the venerable Bay Area venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers launched the iFund, a $100 million investment vehicle focused on backing companies developing applicati ...

  49. Shazam Passes 50 Million Users, Secures Investment

    October 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Mobile music discovery service Shazam has secured further investment as it announces that global users have now passed 50 million. The service is available in more than 150 countries and users have increased by 15 million since February 2009, the ...

  50. Billboard.biz Q&A: Neil Smith, VP of Business Management, Rhapsody

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple has approved Rhapsody’s on-demand music streaming application, marking the second time in a week that the company has given the nod to a potentially competing music service on the iPhone and iPod Touch platforms. The Rhapsody app—available i ...

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