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  1. Universal Music Group Taps Talenthouse for Crowdsourcing Artist Campaigns

    July 21, 2011 12:44 PM EDT Talenthouse has made headlines the last few months conducting crowdsourcing campaigns for artists seeking new creative vendors. This momentum has led to a label-wide deal with Universal Music Group, which will use Talenthouse's platform to co ...

  2. Spotify's Media Metrics: How Much Attention Did the Site's U.S. Launch Get Last Week?

    July 19, 2011 2:10 PM EDT For Spotify to revitalize the U.S. music-subscription market , it needs a lot of media awareness and word-of-mouth buzz from consumers. The company's plan for the U.S. service is to let the media do the heavy lifting, according to marketing m ...

  3. iHeartRadio Music Fest Sells Out in Less Than Ten Minutes

    July 18, 2011 1:23 PM EDT A sold out music festival is a feat in itself; but to sell out in just 10 minutes is a feat the first ever iHeartRadio Music Festival can boast. The two-day concert, taking place in Las Vegas on Sept. 23 and 24, sold out within the first 10 minute ...

  4. Inside Turntable.fm: Social Networking Meets Internet Radio

    July 15, 2011 4:30 PM EDT A strange thing happened on the way to the latest digital music revolution. As U.S. consumers and recording industry executives wait to see if Spotify and Apple can usher in a new era of cloud-based music streaming, Turntable.fm has become the m ...

  5. Taylor Swift Makes 'Sparks Fly' On Social 50 Chart

    July 14, 2011 4:25 PM EDT Taylor Swift flies up the Social 50, rising 21-14 following buzz generated by the news of her latest single, "Sparks Fly." Swift took to Facebook on July 5 to make the announcement. Currently, the song has 19,000 Facebook plays and 12,30 ...

  6. EMI Signs Licensing Deal for MXP4's Facebook Games

    July 13, 2011 5:01 PM EDT MXP4's new Bopler Games, launched in beta Wednesday on Facebook, features music from EMI Music and EMI Publishing that's part of a global licensing agreement between the companies. The deal marks the first time a Facebook app developer h ...

  7. Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Lopez, Many More Announced for iHeartRadio Music Fest

    July 11, 2011 4:07 PM EDT Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez had a big announcement today, and surprisingly, it wasn't about American Idol. Clear Channel radio will hold the first ever iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 23 and 24. Host ...

  8. Business Matters: Games Top Mobile Apps Category, Music Fifth

    July 06, 2011 6:19 PM EDT Gaming Tops Mobile Apps; Music, Not So Much -- Games are the most popular category of mobile apps but music isn't too far behind, according to new figures released by Nielsen. Game apps have been used by 64% of app downloads in the previous 3 ...

  9. Spotify Announces U.S. Launch

    July 06, 2011 1:26 PM EDT After years of promises and excuses, Spotify has finally made its U.S. launch official -- sort of. The company went live today with a launch page saying that it will go live in the U.S. "soon" and asking anyone interested to enter their ...

  10. Google Temporarily Disables 'Realtime' Search

    July 05, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Google Inc. has temporarily shut down a search engine feature that allows users to find real-time updates from Twitter, Facebook, FriendFeed and other social networking sites. A message posted early Monday on Twitter by the team behind Google Real ...

  11. Radiohead Ventures Into Chinese Social Media, Launches Page on Sina.com

    July 03, 2011 10:05 AM EDT HONG KONG (AP) - Radiohead has taken a tentative step into censored Chinese cyberspace, even though the British rock band has been critical of China's human rights record. Radiohead recently launched a page on the "weibo" site of le ...

  12. WhoSay Returns Social Media Copyright Back to Celebrities

    July 01, 2011 2:30 PM EDT When Rihanna, Keith Urban, Demi Lovato or "Glee" star Darren Criss tweets a photo, the link will likely point to a site called WhoSay, rather than to more widely-used photo sharing sites like TwitPic, Yfrog and Plixi. Where the photo is ...

  13. Twitter Being Investigated by FTC: Report

    July 01, 2011 2:15 PM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are looking into the interactions between Twitter and a company called Ubermedia, which develops applications that help users follow and communicate with each other on Twitter's popular online messaging se ...

  14. Business Matters: As Pandora Stock Rises (Past Its IPO), How Does Its Market Value Compare to Peers?

    July 01, 2011 1:03 PM EDT As Pandora Stock Rises (Past Its IPO), How Does Its Market Value Compare to Peers? -- Pandora Media's turbulent stock market ride continues this week as shares of the newly public company have risen over 50% primarily on speculation the compa ...

  15. James 'J' Sider: 30 Under 30

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT James 'J' Sider CEO/Founder, RootMusic James "J" Sider, 26, has squashed a lot into a year. Since he launched the company's Facebook app, BandPage, in March 2010, it's gathered more than 200,000 artist users and nearl ...

  16. Business Matters: What Does Google+ Mean to the Music Business?

    June 29, 2011 7:54 PM EDT What Does Google+ Mean to the Music Business? -- Whenever Google launches a new product -- especially one that will compete with social marketing powerhouse Facebook -- there is a tendency to wonder what it means for the music business. While not ...

  17. Myspace Sale Includes Justin Timberlake as Part Owner, Advisor

    June 29, 2011 5:46 PM EDT Specific Media, the advertising network that today signed a deal to acquire Myspace , revealed this afternoon that Justin Timberlake is taking an ownership stake in the company as well, and will be playing a major role in developing the future str ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. Zynga May File for IPO Tomorrow, Source Says

    June 28, 2011 6:18 PM EDT Online social game company Zynga plans to raise $1.5 billion to $2 billion in an initial public offering and could file paperwork with U.S. regulators as soon as Wednesday, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday. Zynga, the company b ...

  20. Biz Stone Leaving Twitter to Relaunch Obvious Corporation

    June 28, 2011 6:02 PM EDT Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams plan to revive Obvious, the company they conceived years ago as a technology project incubator that eventually spawned Twitter. Stone and Williams will continue to advise Twitter on strategic matters ...

  21. Facebook Gets Tough On Apps

    June 27, 2011 12:01 PM EDT Can't stand those annoying automated Facebook updates you get every time one of your friends plays a Facebook game or uses some app or another? Well, Facebook is cracking down on apps that constantly update on the walls and feeds of users ...

  22. How Twitter Raises 'The Voice's Ratings

    June 21, 2011 7:15 AM EDT If The Voice twisted the TV talent show formula, it damn near revolutionized the use of social media in the live viewing experience. For every participant in the process -- contestant to coach to couch potato -- the show provides engagement in mul ...

  23. Facebook Looking at IPO in First Quarter: Report

    June 13, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Facebook is preparing to file for an initial public offering as early as October or November that could value the popular social networking site at more than $100 billion, financial news channel CNBC reported on Monday. Goldman Sachs is leading th ...

  24. New Statistics About Country Music Fans Revealed at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Country fans have generally been thought to be rural, less educated, less technically savvy and a lower earning group of people than the general public. But new research from MRI and independent research by the CMA indicates that the new demograph ...

  25. Social Commerce Execs Praise Facebook At Billboard Country Summit

    June 06, 2011 9:22 PM EDT Montetizing the Social (from left): Marcus Whitney, CTO/entrepreneur, Moontoast; Andrew Mains, VP Artist and Label Relations, TopSpin Media; Mike Doernberg, Co-Founder/CEO, ReverbNation; Patrick Faucher, Founder, Nimbit; J Sider, CEO, RootMusic; B ...

  26. Topspin, RootMusic Form Partnership to Sell Merch, Music, More on Facebook

    June 06, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Topspin and RootMusic have joined forces to offer artists a new social commerce option on Facebook, it was announced today during Billboard's Country Music Summit in Nashville. Via the new arrangement, artists can integrate their Topspin acco ...

  27. 'Born This Way' Media Blitz A Boon for Lady Gaga's Social Stats, Mostly

    June 02, 2011 3:09 PM EDT The media blitz that coincided with the release Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" gave her a social media boost in every way but one-Myspace. Enjoying the publicity around the album release, Gaga gained 3.32 million new fans on Facebook i ...

  28. Fleet Foxes Make Social 50 Debut; Selena Gomez and LMFAO Rise

    May 26, 2011 4:29 PM EDT Fleet Foxes make their debut on the Social 50 chart, arriving at No. 48. The Seattle-based folk rock group made impressive gains on Facebook (40%) and Twitter (78%), with a weekly total gain of 16,000 fans and 2,100 followers, respectively. In sup ...

  29. Ashton Kutcher @TechCrunch Disrupt: Wants To Create 'Y Combinator for Media Companies'

    May 24, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Ashton Kutcher -- actor, celebrity and apparently something of a technologist -- took the stage this morning on the second day of TechCrunch Disrupt , and told Charlie Rose that he wants to create a "Y Combinator for media companies." Ku ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Business Matters: Myspace's Real Decline

    May 12, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Myspace: Less Your Space -- Artist and digital market experts, take note: MySpace is holding the line on unique visitors but losing momentum on other metrics, according to comScore numbers scrutinized by TechCrunch. People are visiting far less of ...

  32. @NARM: Location Services Not Yet Ready for Prime Time

    May 11, 2011 9:06 PM EDT LOS ANGELES -- Location check-in services like Foursquare and Facebook Places remain a point of great interest to record labels, artist managers and retailers. But so far, their value has yet to be either proven or understood. "We're jus ...

  33. Myspace Music Launches Program for Artists to Move Profiles Onto Facebook Fan Pages

    May 11, 2011 2:27 PM EDT Myspace Music has introduced a new program for artists that will let them transfer all their content currently residing in their Myspace profile onto Facebook, under a new "Music" tab. You can check out the program here . This includes s ...

  34. Billboard.biz's Favorite Tweets From SF MusicTech

    May 10, 2011 6:46 PM EDT Monday's SF Music Tech conference in San Francisco had the heavy volume of tweets one would expect from an event at the music and technology capital of the country. If not for some apparent problems at Twitter that resulted in hours of missin ...

  35. RootMusic To Issue Systemwide Update to Facebook BandPages

    May 05, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Mere weeks after celebrating its one-year anniversary at SXSW, RootMusic today will unveil a major update to its BandPages product for Facebook. The new update extends many of the features formerly available only to paid users (called Plus members ...

  36. Jelli Crowdsourced Programming to Takeover Two Las Vegas Radio Stations

    May 05, 2011 2:04 PM EDT Two radio stations in Las Vegas are converting their entire programming over to Jelli, an online radio programming social game of sorts that has over the years increasingly blurred the lines between Internet and terrestrial radio programming. The ...

  37. What Facebook's Relaunched Music Page Means for Musicians, Venues, Fans

    May 02, 2011 3:57 PM EDT Facebook has relaunched its Music page -- www.facebook.com/music -- officially dubbed "Music on Facebook. With the new music-centric area, the social site answers criticisms of its unwillingness to work with the music industry and at the same ...

  38. 50 Cent Launches Customized UberSocial Theme, 'Uber50'

    April 29, 2011 3:01 PM EDT There's no stopping 5 0 Cent . The Queens rapper has teamed up with UberMedia to launch a customized Twitter theme for their Blackberry application, UberSocial, titled " Uber50 ." Uber50 will include various features such as, custom ...

  39. Business Matters: Tasti D-Lite and Foursquare, One Year Later

    April 28, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Tasti D-Lite and Foursquare: One Year Later -- Frozen yogurt chain Tasti D-Lite has learned a thing or two about its Foursquare users over the last year: Users are younger, spend less and visit more often, says social technology officer B.J. Emers ...

  40. Topspin's Ian Rogers Announces New Data Product at Rethink Music Panel

    April 27, 2011 6:10 PM EDT BOSTON -- Data can be just as confounding as anything else in the digital era, data panelists at the Rethink Music conference said. There's plenty of it, but the trick is to know what you want to do with it. "A lot of what we're try ...

  41. Don Omar Talks His 'Big Vast Social Network' at Billboard Latin Music Conference

    April 26, 2011 5:59 PM EDT The Man of the Hour: Don Omar (Photo: Arnold Turner/A. Turner Archives) MIAMI -- Reggaeton star and web phenomenon Don Omar isn't just an artist these days. He also runs a record label, and attributes a large part of his success to navigating ...

  42. Facebook Deals Takes on Groupon, LivingSocial

    April 26, 2011 1:28 PM EDT Jumping onto the bandwagon created by Groupon and LivingSocial, Facebook today is unveiling a local discount program for vendors called Facebook Deals. The service will launch on a test basis in five cities: Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego and ...

  43. Clear Channel, Big Machine Unite for Big Machine Radio

    April 26, 2011 1:02 PM EDT Big Machine Label Group has teamed up with Clear Channel for Big Machine Radio, a commercial free station included in Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Internet radio service. The announcement was made in a press release Tuesday. Big Machine Radio ...

  44. Business Matters: 10 Need-to-Know Twitter Stats

    April 22, 2011 7:44 PM EDT Need-to-Know Twitter Stats -- HubSpot, a maker of Internet marketing software, has a good list of 10 essential Twitter stats online at SlideShare. Slide No. 3 is worth paying attention to: 87% of Americans have heard of Twitter but only 7% actu ...

  45. Amazon Cloud Outage Impacts Foursquare, Indaba Music, Quora, Reddit and a Town in Canada

    April 21, 2011 3:44 PM EDT Amazon's Web Services is experiencing service issues that have affected a wide range of companies. By midday Thursday, the service health dashboard still showed service disruptions at its Elastic Compute Cloud and Relational Database services ...

  46. Britney Spears Is a Social (50) Climber; Rebecca Black, Less So

    April 14, 2011 3:31 PM EDT Britney Spears continues her upward climb on the Social 50 chart as she rises 10-7 -- a new high for the pop diva. Chalk up her leap to a whopping 136% growth in week-over-week Vevo plays thanks to the premiere of her new video "Till the Worl ...

  47. Twitter Has Service Disruptions

    April 06, 2011 8:06 AM EDT Twitter experienced service disruptions on Tuesday, displaying an older version of the social networking website to some users and becoming completely inaccessible to others. A message on Twitter's Web page that provides updates on the servic ...

  48. Why Google's New +1 Button Matters To the Music Biz

    March 31, 2011 7:35 AM EDT With its new "+1" button , Google is taking on Facebook's popular "like" button and creating a new currency for the measurement of social media influence. The company introduced +1 i n a blog post Wednesday . To recommend ...

  49. Billboard's Twitter 140: Music-Industry Characters You Need To Follow

    March 18, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Billboard's Twitter 140: It's not about how many followers. It's not about the quantity of tweets/retweets. It's about quality. Personality. Excellent linkage. These people are followed by those who work the smartest. Whether i ...

  50. SXSW Social Network Panel Explores How A Band Can Capitalize On Social Success

    March 16, 2011 5:31 PM EDT Got Social Network? (from left) Hannah Hooper of Grouplove, Michael Fiebach , CEO of Fame House's , Paul Sinclair, SVP or Digital Media at Atlantic Records, Dan Scheinman, SVP and General Manager of Cisco, and Bill Werde, Billboard Editorial ...

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