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  1. Business Matters: Bono Will Make Maybe $10 Million, Not $1.5 Billion, From Facebook's IPO

    May 18, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Bono Will Make Millions -- But Not Billions -- Off Facebook's IPO Bono is rich but not as rich as you have been led to believe in the last few days. A report at NME.com , which was picked up by Spinner, Huffington Post and the New York Post ( ...

  2. 2012 Billboard Music Awards -- Now With More Social Media

    May 17, 2012 5:27 PM EDT The Billboard Music Awards returned to prime-time TV after a four-year hiatus in 2011 and received a massive reception from both music fans and industry alike. The show was the highest-rated program of the evening with the three-hour telecast aver ...

  3. Facebook Considered a Fad By Half of America, Views Divided by Generation (Poll)

    May 15, 2012 6:34 AM EDT Half of Americans think Facebook is a passing fad, according to the results of a new Associated Press-CNBC poll. And, in the run-up to the social network's initial public offering of stock, half of Americans also say the social network's ...

  4. Social Marketing: Adding Dollars to Fan Interaction at NARM Conference

    May 11, 2012 3:11 PM EDT Lil Wayne and Akon were impressing the folks at RootMusic, the creator of BandPage for Facebook, with the fact that both had amassed 20 million likes on their Facebook fan sites. What brought them concern, however, was the fact that each of Akon&# ...

  5. Business Matters: Social Media Isn't All That - But You Still Want It

    April 26, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Social Media Is Ubiquitous, But Overhyped Social media is a tough nut to crack. Its benefit is hard to measure but it's become a focal point in sales and marketing efforts. Market research says it plays a minor role relative to traditional me ...

  6. One Direction Jump Up Social 50, But Justin Bieber Still Social Media King

    April 20, 2012 3:43 PM EDT The five piece juggernaut that is Britain's One Direction is unwavering in its march up the Billboard Social 50 chart. Striding to two spots to No. 2 this week, the group is now nipping at the heels of the social king himself, Justin Bieber ( ...

  7. Business Matters: Facebook's Listen Button, Timeline Challenge Developers and Artists

    April 18, 2012 8:00 PM EDT Facebook's Listen Button, Timeline Challenge Developers and Artists -- Facebook's expansion of its Timeline layout in April and the debut this week of its Listen button are presenting new challenges for the companies that provide direct- ...

  8. Facebook Leaning Toward Nasdaq: Report

    April 06, 2012 7:15 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook will list its shares with Nasdaq, according to media reports. That would be a big win for the Nasdaq, which competes fiercely with NYSE Euronext Inc., especially for an initial public offering as large as Facebook's, ...

  9. Business Matters: Will High Gas Prices Hurt Summer Concert Ticket Sales?

    April 04, 2012 7:11 PM EDT Will High Gas Prices Hurt Summer Concert Ticket Sales? -- High gas prices probably won't get in the way of consumer spending this summer, writes Adam Davidson in a New York Times Sunday Magazine article. Gas prices reached an average of $3.93 ...

  10. Infographic: Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert Generate Most Social Media Activity During ACM Awards Telecast

    April 02, 2012 1:51 PM EDT Social media activity during Sunday night's Academy of Country Music telecast peaked with Taylor Swift's Entertainer of the Year win, according to Bluefin Labs (see Infographic below). Toby Keith's performance of "Solo Red Cup& ...

  11. Nicki Minaj, Skrillex, One Direction Surge Up Social Charts

    March 23, 2012 10:48 AM EDT After a brief sojourn from the top 10 last week, Nicki Minaj is back in the upper tier at No. 4 (up 13 slots) following a 6.1% increase in overall followers over the previous week. The flurry of social activity comes as the diva reigns in the top ...

  12. Jay-Z, Mashable, Jared Leto Sightings: SXSWi Social Media Post-Mortem

    March 23, 2012 8:33 AM EDT Jay-Z and American Express generated some of the greatest social media activity during last week's SXSW Interactive conference. Those and other discoveries can be found in the 11-page "SXSW 2012 Social Media Buzz Report" by social m ...

  13. Exclusive: Gregory Brothers to Join Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, More at Shorty Awards

    March 22, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Viral-video titans the Gregory Brothers will be performing a special at the Shorty Awards, to be held in New York on March 26. The awards, which recognize "content creators, celebrities, agencies and brands on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Y ...

  14. Facebook SXSW Panel Looks at Music Marketing Beyond the 'Likes'

    March 17, 2012 5:05 PM EDT The "Facebook Music Marketing: Pages, Feeds, and Games" panel at SXSW Music served essentially as a rundown of sorts for every way an artist can maximize Facebook's platform - especially its new features rolled out in Timeline, whic ...

  15. Be Sure Your Mobile App Is Something People Actually Need, SXSW Panel Stresses

    March 17, 2012 1:23 PM EDT The importance and utility of mobile apps was the topic of the day at the "Bringing The Arena To Your Phone" panel at day four of SXSW Music. Moderated by Will Mills (director of music content, Shazam), the panel consisted of Anthony Vol ...

  16. Introducing Every App From the SXSW Trade Show

    March 16, 2012 2:36 PM EDT The consensus from SXSW so far appears to be that no single app is dominating the festival, although Highlight and some other apps did see their share of hype. One observer bets that Groupme may have been the breakout hit of SXSW just like last ye ...

  17. 9-Year Old Rapper MattyB Bounds Onto Billboard Social 50 Chart

    March 15, 2012 6:37 PM EDT Making a big debut at No. 11 on the Social 50 this week is a 9-year old rapper from Atlanta, known simply as MattyB. As seen on NBC's "Today" rapping "Ice Ice Baby" and featured on "The Insider," MattyB bows this ...

  18. Mr. Muthaf---in' eXquire, Others Explain How to Create Video Hits With Social Media, Engagement at SXSW Panel

    March 15, 2012 10:57 AM EDT Mr. Muthaf---in' eXquire sure seems to have figured out the formula of turning music videos into music industry successes: relentlessness. The rapper, a panelist at Wednesday's "Importance of Online Video and Social Media" disc ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Business Matters: The Numbers Behind Vevo's Potential Facebook Move

    March 07, 2012 6:50 PM EST What If Facebook And Vevo Really Did Get Together? Facebook and Vevo are reported to be in early talks to move Vevo's catalog of popular music videos and original programming after its deal with YouTube expires in about a year. Whether or not ...

  21. Web Trends: Wiz Khalifa Pops The Question, New Singles From Bon Iver and Arcade Fire

    March 02, 2012 4:17 PM EST Google Trends: 
 11. wiz khalifa and amber rose The hip-hop artist proposed the model yesterday. 20. Justin bieber birthday Fans of the teen sensation wish him a happy 18th birthday via Twitter. Twitter Music Trend: There are no musi ...

  22. What Pinterest's Skyrocketing Social Network Means For Artist Marketing

    March 02, 2012 11:42 AM EST One of Lady Antebellum's Pinterest boards entitled Lady A'ers features links to articles, pictures, merch, contests and much more. Pinterest could be the next big social media tool for artists, labels and music brands-especially if they& ...

  23. Recording Academy Chief Marketing Officer Evan Greene Talks Grammy Social Strategy

    February 17, 2012 12:42 PM EST The numbers prove that the Recording Academy did plenty right when it came to social media surrounding the Grammy Awards (see the chart on pages 24-25 in this week's Billboard Magazine). Heading up those efforts has been Recording Academy chi ...

  24. Twitter Unveils Self-Service Advertising System

    February 17, 2012 7:54 AM EST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buying ads on Twitter is about to get easier for small businesses as the online messaging service adds a key piece to its moneymaking model. Twitter is unveiling a long-awaited automated system that will enable advertisers to ...

  25. Tactics Behind Grammys' Record Social-Media Numbers Revealed at New York Panel

    February 15, 2012 6:34 PM EST It's the second week in February in New York City, and if you work in social media or the digital space, that means one thing: Social Media Week.Growing from a New York-only "unconference" in 2009, Social Media Week now exists in ma ...

  26. Web Trends: Meet The Coaches for Australian Version of "The Voice," Hear A New Usher/Diplo Track

    February 15, 2012 2:41 PM EST Google Trends: 2. dave matthews band - the band has announced a new album and 2012 tour dates including a show with The Beach Boys 18. sea lion - the term 'sea lion' is trending, most likely due to the fact Shakira was almost attacked by ...

  27. Business Matters: MySpace Adds 1 Million Users, Now at 25 Million

    February 13, 2012 5:35 PM EST MySpace Sees Growth Potential in Internet Radio Player MySpace says it has nabbed "over 1 million" new registered users since it debuted a new music player on December 19. A MySpace spokesperson tells Billboard.biz that MySpace now has & ...

  28. Grammys Spawn Record Levels of 'Social TV' Activity, Led By Adele, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson

    February 13, 2012 3:31 PM EST Not only did people tune into Sunday night Grammys telecast, they created a record number of social media comments about the event. The telecast, as well as the 3 hours preceding and following the telecast, generated 13.0 million comments from U.S ...

  29. Web Trends: Lana Del Rey Tour-Cancellation Rumors and more

    February 07, 2012 4:59 PM EST Google Trends: 1. The Voice Season 2 - The NBC Show makes debut this week with many people talking 2. Smash - Another NBC show that has gained popularity 3. Katharine McPhee - Her appearances on "Smash" have landed her an online Buzz Twi ...

  30. Doritos, H&M, Chrysler Take Top Super Bowl Ad Honors -- Pepsi's Elton Ad Tops Music

    February 06, 2012 12:53 PM EST As Twitter reached record highs last night - 9,420 sports-related tweets per second, according to Twitter's blog - many brands clamored to lead the conversation in the ever-fickle social media-sphere. According to BrandBowl, a real-time analy ...

  31. Facebook $5 Billion IPO Fueled By Advertising

    February 02, 2012 6:30 AM EST Even though Facebook has barely gotten started when it comes to advertising, the company can thank Madison Avenue for the stunning $5 billion initial public offering (IPO) it filed on Wednesday (Feb. 1). Advertising dollars accounted for 85 percen ...

  32. Business Matters: Is Facebook Filing a $5 Billion IPO Wednesday?

    January 31, 2012 9:44 PM EST Is Facebook Filing a $5 Billion IPO Wednesday? -- Facebook may file with the SEC on Wednesday to raise $5 billion through an initial public stock offering, according to a report at International Financing Review. A $5 billion IPO is lower than rec ...

  33. Business Matters: Looking for a New Kind of Record Label? Here's DigSin ...

    January 30, 2012 5:43 PM EST Looking for a New Kind of Label? Here's DigSin ... -- DigSin -- a free, singles-only label founded in 2011 by Jay Frank, author and most recently SVP Music Strategy at Country Music Television -- has released its first song, " DRNK TXTNG ...

  34. Billboard Power 100: Fred Wilson

    January 26, 2012 9:35 PM EST No. 86 Fred Wilson Managing Partner Union Square Ventures Twitter: @FredWilson Thought Leader... When Fred Wilson speaks, people listen. When he invests in a startup, careers are made. A managing partner at venture capital firm Union Square Ventur ...

  35. Billboard Power 100: Randy Phillips

    January 26, 2012 10:00 AM EST No. 15 Randy Phillips President/CEO AEG Live Twitter: @aeglive "Look, There's Randy!" As coverage of Michael Jackson's 2009 death deluged TVs across the world, most were thinking, "I can't believe Jackson died." ...

  36. Facebook Forces Users to Switch to Timeline, Exposes Past Usage

    January 25, 2012 1:24 PM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook will start requiring people to switch to a new profile format known as Timeline, making photos, links and personal musings from the past much easier to find. Timeline is essentially a scrapbook of your whole life on Faceb ...

  37. iHeartRadio Adds College Radio Stations -- Is Seeking to Add 'A Lot More'

    January 23, 2012 7:32 PM EST Bob Pittman And, Er, Andy Dick Rock CES iHeartRadio Party http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  38. Backbeat: Will.I.Am, Jimmy Iovine, Bob Pittman And, Er, Andy Dick Rock CES iHeartRadio Party

    January 12, 2012 5:32 PM EST Online radio service iHeartRadio hosted a party at Haze nightclub in the Aria Hotel in Las Vegas Wednesday night that drew some of the most storied stars and celebrities attending the CES conference this year. CES 2012: On the Floor, On the Wires, ...

  39. Business Matters: Social Newcomers Tumblr and Pinterest Each Beating MySpace in U.S.

    January 11, 2012 6:28 PM EST --Facebook dominates U.S. social media. Well behind Facebook are two growing social networks you might not be aware of, Tumblr and Pinterest. They have fewer users than Twitter and even MySpace, but they command quite a bit of time. Billboard has ...

  40. Web Trends: Watch Natalia Kills' New Music Video

    January 11, 2012 3:50 PM EST Google Trends: 18. coachella 2012 lineup - Two days after the announcement of the three-day music festival's line-up, it is still a Hot Search. Twitter Music Trend: 1. #TiestoLive - This promoted Trend via @HP refers to a stream of a live Tie ...

  41. The Echo Nest Partners With Twitter for Better App Integration

    January 10, 2012 11:00 AM EST ://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/digital-and-mobile ...

  42. Moontoast Raises $6 Million

    January 06, 2012 12:40 PM EST Social commerce startup Moontoast has closed a $6 million round of funding from existing investors. Nashville-based The Martin Companies led the round. Investors see a big opportunity in social commerce. "We believe there is a fundamental shi ...

  43. Business Matters: The Death of the Album Review?

    January 04, 2012 6:00 PM EST The Death of the Album Review? -- Is the album review destined to decline in importance as the album format loses ground to songs and playlists? LA Weekly's Ben Westhoff mentioned - almost in passing - that the alternative weekly has stopped ...

  44. Business Matters: Facebook Had 5 Times The U.S. Visitors of Twitter in 2011

    December 29, 2011 5:37 PM EST Facebook: Now Five Times More Than Twitter -- Facebook and Twitter are often mentioned in the same breath. Both are pioneering social media platforms that have changed how people and brands communicate. But year-end numbers from Nielsen shows the ...

  45. Facebook Tries to Grow-Up Ahead of Expected 2012 IPO

    December 23, 2011 11:02 AM EST Mark Zuckerberg-led Facebook has spent the last 18 months preparing itself to look and act more like a grown-up corporation with the goal of making the social network, which is planning to go public, a blue-chip company, the Wall Street Journal re ...

  46. Ethan Kaplan Joins Live Nation-BigChampagne

    December 20, 2011 11:23 AM EST Less than a week after Live Nation's acquisition of BigChampagne was announced comes the news that former Warner Music digital exec Ethan Kaplan will be joining the company. "And away we go. I landed!" Kaplan tweeted http://twitter. ...

  47. Business Matters: Ticketfly Launches Facebook Purchase App, Nimbit Touts Facebook Success

    December 15, 2011 4:11 PM EST The Year of Facebook -- Since 2011 has been the year of Facebook (at least in music) it seems fitting there are two more good bits of Facebook-related news before the years closes out. First, Ticketfly announced Thursday a new Facebook purchase ap ...

  48. Live Nation To Acquire BigChampagne

    December 14, 2011 8:44 PM EST Live Nation will acquire BigChampagne, a Los Angeles-based company that collects and analyzes a wide array of online digital media data, Live Nation announced Tuesday. The acquisition will enhance Live Nation's ability to provide relevant con ...

  49. Twitter Simplifies In Bid to Engage More Users

    December 09, 2011 7:30 AM EST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter is changing to address a paradox about a service that revolves around messages limited to just 140 characters. As simple as it sounds, the concept remains too confusing and frustrating for a lot of people. A redesign i ...

  50. Joel Resnicow, Rexly CEO, On Social Discovery Apps, Artists As Tastemakers (Video)

    December 05, 2011 6:30 AM EST Rexly CEO Joel Resnicow stopped after his presentation at the Visionary Showcase at Billboard's FutureSound conference to discuss social music discovery, tastemakers, and how his company is helping music fans to find the music they like from ...

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