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  1. Analyzing Google Music, a Day After the Launch

    November 17, 2011 6:30 PM EST Google Music's launch event Wednesday revealed a strong product, emphasizing partnership with artists and labels - a good match for the company's cloud and mobile ambitions. Still, some question marks remain. Google Music Launch Unveils ...

  2. iHeartRadio Festival -- Featuring Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas -- Airing on VH1 Thanksgiving Weekend

    November 17, 2011 11:35 AM EST The two-day iHeartRadio Music Festival put on by Clear Channel Radio last September in Las Vegas will come to TV in the form of a two and a half hour special debuting Thanksgiving weekend on VH-1. The special will premiere on Wednesday November 23 ...

  3. Web Trends: CMT's 10 Prime Singles and Songs of the Year, Azis' NSFW Music Video

    November 09, 2011 4:24 PM EST Google Trends: 1. heavy d dead Search about the rap legend's death yesterday is 'Volcanic' according to Google Trends. Twitter Music Trend: No Twitter Music Trends at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. 5 Ways Apple Revolu ...

  4. Spotify, Getty Images Music, Turntable.fm, Slacker Amongst NARM, Digitalmusic.org's Newest Members

    November 08, 2011 3:15 PM EST NARM, the nonprofit trade association for music business, and digitalmusic.org (DMO). the home for NARM's digital incentives, have announced six digital music companies have become the association's newest members. Don't miss Billbo ...

  5. MOG Grows Fastest Among Facebook's On-Demand Music Apps

    November 04, 2011 11:10 AM EDT Charts courtesy of AppData Facebook's recently-launched music features are not perfect , but in the past month-plus, the social network has already boosted usage of Facebook-connected unlimited music services significantly -- and none so much ...

  6. Snoop Dogg Big-Ups Toyota Minivan: The Business of Celebrity Twitter Endorsements

    November 03, 2011 9:28 AM EDT For Shizzle My Twizzle: Snoop tweets about Toyota's 'swagger wagon.' NEW YORK (AP) - Rapper Snoop Dogg gave props on Twitter to an ad for the Toyota Sienna minivan. Actress Tori Spelling linked to a website for rental cars. And real ...

  7. Four Ways to Make Facebook Music a Lot Better

    November 02, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Oversharing on Facebook is certainly nothing new, but the site's new music-sharing option has taken the practice to a new extreme, alarming more than a few people we know in the process. Once a user adds Spotify or iHeartRadio to their timeli ...

  8. Twitter Hires Tatiana Simonian to Specialize in Music Partnerships

    October 26, 2011 1:45 PM EDT Twitter has hired former record label marketing manager Tatiana Simonian ( @drtatiana ) to handle music partnerships for the company's Content and Programming team, a rep for the company confirmed to Billboard.biz today. She was previously ma ...

  9. Business Matters: Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September

    October 24, 2011 10:05 PM EDT Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September -- Music video network Vevo again ranks at #2 on comScore's list of top U.S. online video properties according to number of unique viewers. The company racked up 57.3 million unique visitors and 7 ...

  10. CMJ 'Making Free Music Pay' Panel: 'You Have to Treat Your Music Like It's a Heroin Addiction'

    October 19, 2011 6:27 PM EDT The first day of CMJ's industry panels wrapped up with an afternoon session titled, "Making Free Music Pay," during which experts discussed marketing strategies and promotional tools that can use free music giveaways to produce a pa ...

  11. American Express, Billboard Announce Content Partnership For New Facebook Channel, Coldplay To Kick It Off

    October 19, 2011 2:42 PM EDT American Express and Billboard this week announced a content partnership for Amex Entertainment, a new channel for Facebook that will provide American Express fans and cardmembers with exclusive ticket offers, updates and interviews from across th ...

  12. Google+ Social Network Not Yet Reaching the Mainstream

    October 12, 2011 1:18 PM EDT Building a Facebook killer might be more difficult than people had thought. Google+ appears to have quickly lost its early momentum, according to data from data analytics firm Chitika reported by The Next Web . The social network got an initial sp ...

  13. Coldplay, Clear Channel Partner To Give Fans Preview of New Album

    October 07, 2011 8:06 AM EDT Coldplay fans can get some early previews at the band's upcoming album (and the band gets some extra promotion) in the Clear Channel's new Artist Integration Program starting Oct. 10. "Capitol Records and Coldplay are excited to par ...

  14. Business Matters: Why Bob Pittman Is A Good Clear Channel CEO

    October 03, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Why Bob Pittman Is A Good Clear Channel CEO -- The appointment of Bob Pittman as Clear Channel Outdoor CEO is not only a good move for the company but one that signals a new era in digital music. Clear Channel has long been called a dinosaur and t ...

  15. Jennifer Lopez's 'Papi' Video Drives Her Up Social 50

    September 29, 2011 9:09 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez leaps into the top 30 of Billboard's Social 50 chart, climbing 38-29, thanks to buzz generated by her TV commercial with Fiat, a new music video, and a red-hot performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. During ESPN's & ...

  16. Spotify Launches 'Private' Mode in Response to Facebook Backlash

    September 29, 2011 11:09 AM EDT For all the praise Spotify's integration with Facebook received from music industry chin-strokers over its benefits to music discovery, it received no shortage of complaints from users concerned with the privacy implications of automatically ...

  17. Social Media Draws Big Ad Dollars, But Does It Really Work?

    September 27, 2011 6:29 AM EDT Social media has outgrown its experimental play-money stage. With marketers sinking up to $6 billion into social campaigns this year (according to eMarketer), the category has officially become a legitimate form of advertising. But with newfound l ...

  18. Backbeat: Backstage @ IHeartRadio With Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, Nicole Scherzinger

    September 26, 2011 12:02 PM EDT California Love in Las Vegas: Dr. Dre (left) and Chairman of Interscope/Geffen/A&M Jimmy Iovine (Photo: Getty Images) No matter which backstage hallway anyone wandered down during Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Music Festival , there was bou ...

  19. Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Black Eyed Peas Play Clear Channel's IHeartRadio Star-Studded Launch Concert (Video)

    September 26, 2011 7:00 AM EDT LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Jay-Z rapped about his beef with corporate radio in the monster jam "99 Problems," noting that stations won't play his hits if he doesn't do their shows. But on Friday, he played savior to radio station giant ...

  20. Business Matters: Don't Forget About Internet Radio On f8 Day

    September 22, 2011 7:45 PM EDT Don't Forget About Internet Radio On f8 Day -- Spotify got most of the attention at Facebook's f8 conference on Thursday, but Internet radio services could end up being the big winners. While Pandora was noticeably absent from today' ...

  21. Facebook Music: What it is, What it isn't, and What it Means

    September 22, 2011 4:56 PM EDT "It's not what you're like; but what you like," said John Cusack's character in "High Fidelity." Facebook took that axiom to heart, rolling out massive changes to the popular social networking platform that found ...

  22. Nimbit Revamps MyStore for Facebook, NimbitFree

    September 22, 2011 4:04 PM EDT Nimbit Revamps MyStore for Facebook, NimbitFree Direct-to-fan platform Nimbit unveiled completely revamped version of its MyStore for Facebook as well as its free platform, NimbitFree. "We completely overhauled the user interfaces and underly ...

  23. Turntable.fm Co-Founder Seth Goldstein Talks Site's Success and Future at SoundCtrl Event

    September 22, 2011 12:41 PM EDT Turntable.fm is arguably the hottest digital-music startup of the year, and recent news about the company - its iPhone app, and backing from some of the bigger names in the music business, including Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter, ?uestlove from th ...

  24. Business Matters: Analysts Still Not Agreeing on Pandora Media

    September 21, 2011 10:27 PM EDT Analysts Still Not Agreeing on Pandora Media -- Analysts continue to have widely varying opinions of Pandora (NYSE:P), which fell 4.76% to $10.01 on Wednesday. Wedbush initiated coverage of Pandora on Monday with an "outperform" rating a ...

  25. Myxer Social Radio Unveiled, Set For Fourth Quarter Launch

    September 21, 2011 3:03 PM EDT Myxer has unveiled its new Myxer Social Radio, a free Internet radio service with an emphasis on social features. The free, ad-supported service is available on iPhone and Android devices as well as the web on desktop PCs. It's being shown We ...

  26. Is The New Facebook Real-Time Feed Where the Music Will Go?

    September 21, 2011 11:57 AM EDT Feed For The Soul: Facebook's new real-time feed feature. We can't stop writing about Facebook today, because after months of anticipation , tomorrow is the day when it will announce new sharing features for music and other media that co ...

  27. Business Matters: Grooveshark Inks Deals With Four More Indies

    September 20, 2011 9:33 PM EDT Grooveshark Inks Deals With Four More Indies -- Online music service Grooveshark has signed up four new labels for licensing deals: 101 Records, Nacional Records, Paper Garden Records and SMC Entertainment. "Nacional Records prides itself on ...

  28. Facebook 'App Economy' Worth Up To $15 Billion, More Than 182K Jobs, Study Says

    September 20, 2011 12:53 PM EDT Facebook is responsible for at least 182,000 U.S. jobs worth at least $12.19 billion in wages and benefits, according to a new University of Maryland study. In a paper titled "Facebook App Economy," Il-Horn Hann, Siva Viswanathan and Byu ...

  29. Sonar.me App Breaks Down Barriers Between Fans, Fans and Bands

    September 16, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Clearly, there's no lack of start-ups these days trying to help us merge online and offline identities. At times, the TechCrunch Disrupt conference we checked out earlier this week seemed to be about little else. But the Sonar Mobile Profile ...

  30. Facebook to Organize Friends in 'Smart Lists'

    September 14, 2011 7:47 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - It's a modern-day dilemma: You really want your Facebook friends to see that wild party photo of you wearing bunny ears. But you're not so keen on explaining it to your mother-in-law. Well, Facebook aims to make life easi ...

  31. Americans Spend Nearly a Quarter of Web Time Using Social Media: Study

    September 13, 2011 8:29 AM EDT Facebook has apparently become an even bigger time suck for Americans. A study released Monday by Nielsen revealed that Internet users in the U.S. spent a total of 53 billion minutes on Facebook in May 2011 -- more than any other website. That ...

  32. Business Matters: Three-Strikes Law Having Little Effect on P2P Traffic in New Zealand

    September 09, 2011 6:16 PM EDT Three Strikes Law Having Slight Effect on P2P Traffic in New Zealand -- P2P traffic is down - although not drastically - in New Zealand following the implementation of a "three strikes" anti-piracy law a week earlier. While one ISP' ...

  33. Clear Channel Debuts Revamped iHeartRadio Service

    September 08, 2011 4:26 PM EDT As announced earlier this week, Clear Channel has revamped its iHeartRadio service and added a new personalized Internet radio to its collection of online streams of radio broadcasts. In other words, the company just launched its Pandora killer. R ...

  34. Clear Channel, Echo Nest Team Up for IHeartRadio's 'Pandora Killer'

    September 06, 2011 9:50 AM EDT Clear Channel Radio is finally coming to market with its proposed "Pandora killer." The Echo Nest today announced it is providing Clear Channel with the technology necessary to let users of the iheartradio app create customized radio sta ...

  35. Business Matters: RootMusic, ReverbNation, Vevo Are Top Music Apps on Facebook

    September 02, 2011 3:41 PM EDT RootMusic, ReverbNation, Vevo Are Top Music Apps on Facebook -- RootMusic's BandPage is the top music app on Facebook, according to the AppData. With 32.5 million monthly average users (MAU) as of September 2, BandPage is far and away the mos ...

  36. RootMusic, BandPage Developer, Raises $16 Million in Series B Funding

    August 31, 2011 9:06 AM EDT RootMusic, the developer of BandPage a leading Facebook marketing platform for artists, has announced a Series B funding round of $16 million. The round was led by GGV Capital with new investor Northgate Capital and existing investor Mohr Davidow ...

  37. Beyonce's Baby Announcement Breaks Twitter Record

    August 29, 2011 11:00 PM EDT Beyonce's big news didn't just grab headlines Sunday, it broke records. The singer announced that she is expecting her first child with husband Jay-Z while walking the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards August 28, sparking a Twitte ...

  38. Who Says Country Music Fans Aren't Digitally Savvy? Lady Antebellum Launches Online Scavenger Hunt

    August 26, 2011 12:57 PM EDT Lady Antebellum, taking a page somewhat out of Pearl Jam's playbook , last week launched an online scavenger hunt of sorts that while not even halfway over is already generating eyebrow-raising numbers. According to Cameo Carlson, head of dig ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. Taylor Swift Rockets Up Social 50 With 'Sparks Fly' Video (Watch)

    August 18, 2011 5:40 PM EDT The debut of Taylor Swift's video for her single "Sparks Fly" and a bevy of Teen Choice Awards wins for the singer push her up the Social 50 tally this week. The country/pop superstar zooms 19-10 following "Sparks'" a ...

  42. Foursquare Partners with Songkick For Live Music Check-Ins

    August 18, 2011 2:01 PM EDT Foursquare, the popular social networking site that allows users to broadcast their current location to friends, has announced partnerships with Songkick, ESPN and MovieTickets.com to help users further narrow down their current locations. The par ...

  43. Onesheet Goes Public, Signs Up Over 10,000 Artists

    August 16, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Onesheet, the new service that allows artists to create a web presence in just a few minutes, has exited its private beta mode and is now open to the public. Over 10,000 artists have already signed up to use the service, including major label arti ...

  44. Jay-Z Announced For iHeartRadio Music Festival

    August 16, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Jay-Z has been added to the lineup of Clear Channel's inaugural iHeartRadio Music Festival, hosted by Ryan Seacrest. The rapper will perform solo, without Kanye West, his collaborator on their new album, Watch the Throne. He will close out op ...

  45. Business Matters: Just How Valuable Are Heavy Social-Media Users?

    August 15, 2011 8:11 PM EDT Just How Valuable Are Heavy Social-Media Users? -- Are heavy social-media users more valuable than other consumers? People may guess that social media activity translates into activity in other areas. And they can point to a recent Pew Internet st ...

  46. Former Google Engineer Rolls Out Rolling.fm -- Remarkably Like Turntable.fm

    August 04, 2011 10:40 AM EDT One good turn(table) deserves another, one might say. Hot on the heels of Turntable.fm's big reported round of funding comes Rolling.fm , a Turntable.fm clone that does just about everything the original service does. Will it achieve the same ...

  47. Business Matters: RIAA's Mitch Bainwol in Talks With Auto Trade Group

    July 29, 2011 6:58 PM EDT RIAA's Mitch Bainwol in Talks With Auto Trade Group -- Mitch Bainwol, CEO for the RIAA since 2003, is in talks to take the leadership of automotive trade group the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, as initially reported by CNET and Politi ...

  48. Christina Grimmie & Demi Lovato Climb Social 50 Chart; Akon on the Rise

    July 28, 2011 4:45 PM EDT After falling off Billboard's Social 50 chart last week, Christina Grimmie re-emerges at No. 17, thanks to the success of two YouTube videos. On July 15, she covered Demi Lovato's latest single "Skyscraper," pulling in 3 millio ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. Rihanna Tops Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato Jumps Up on Social 50 Chart

    July 21, 2011 2:19 PM EDT Rihanna Tops Gaga As Most Popular Female Act, Takes No. 1 In the same week where Rihanna trumped Lady Gaga to become the woman with the most fans on Facebook , RiRi takes over the No. 1 slot on Billboard's Social 50 chart. The chart ranks the ...

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