Social media

  1. User-Based Web Radio Firm Jelli Makes National Push

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jelli, a company that merges crowdcasting with traditional radio, is hoping to take its user-controlled radio system national through a deal announced late Monday (Oct. 19) with Triton Media Group. As part of the agreement, Triton will syndicate t ...

  2. Spanish-language Twitter Clone Launches

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT What appears to be a Spanish-language Twitter clone has popped up in the form of Birddi.com, which has the same look and feel as Twitter but with a Spanish interface. Aliado Digital reports that a 19-year-old Argentine named Martin De Lio is behin ...

  3. Business Matters: Anti-Piracy Measures, Blackberry, U2

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In a statement following the UK government's consultation period on anti-piracy measures, The UK Music Managers Forum has called for statutory licensing in the event parties cannot agree to voluntary licensing agreements. It carries the fo ...

  4. Twitter Gets New Round Of Funding, New Backers

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Twitter has received $100 million in funding, valuing the company at $1 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter, as investors bet that the Web company's explosive growth will yield actual revenue or a lucrative deal. Investors ...

  5. Business Matters: Rhino Records, Verizon, A2IM

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Rhino Records laid off 30-40 employees on Thursday, according to a report. Jobs were cut from all departments, according to the report. In a st ...

  6. Twitter's Stone Says No Ads In 2009

    September 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Twitter has no plans to put advertisements on the popular microblogging site this year, co-founder Biz Stone said, amid a growing push for the two-year-old Internet sensation to begin making money. Stone, who said Twitter was "pretty good rig ...

  7. Twitter Expands Rules To Allow Advertising

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Twitter, the fast-growing microblogging site now seeking ways to make money, expanded its terms for users on Thursday to allow advertisers to reach the Internet site's more than 45 million monthly visitors. Twitter, the two-year-old venture c ...

  8. Clear Channel Reprising 'Stripped' Music Series

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Clear Channel Radio is bringing its popular "Stripped" on-demand music series to its iheartradio online and mobile channel. Since "Stripped" launched in 2005, more than 125 artists have performed exclusive renditions of their h ...

  9. Facebook Buys Social Media Start-up FriendFeed

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Facebook, the world's largest social networking site, said it will buy FriendFeed, netting a group of prized ex-Google engineers in the fast-growing Internet business. FriendFeed, an up-and-coming social media startup, lets people share conte ...

  10. Hackers Attack Twitter, Facebook Also Slows Down

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A hacker attack Thursday shut down the fast-growing messaging service Twitter, and Facebook also said it was looking into possible site problems. Twitter said in its status blog Thursday that it was "defending against a denial-of-service atta ...

  11. Big Champagne Bolsters Services

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital media measurement firm Big Champagne introduced a new feature to users called the BC Dash, a subscription service that aggregates music sales, broadcast and consumption data with analysis and reporting. Along with it the company has added ...

  12. Digital Briefs: Rhapsody, ArtistData, AFI

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- RealNetworks' Rhapsody music subscription service lost 50,000 subscribers in the second quarter, to 750,000. That's after a 75,000 dip the previous quarter, but still up from the 600,000 total subscribers it had a year ago. Music reve ...

  13. News Corp Sees MySpace As Place For Videogames

    July 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp hopes to transform MySpace, which has been losing users to Facebook, into a stronger online videogaming platform as it works to reposition the six-year-old site as an entertainment destination. News Corp digital head Jonathan Miller said ...

  14. News Corp Won't Buy Twitter

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp is not interested in buying popular microblogging site Twitter and will not sell its struggling social network MySpace, said the media conglomerate's chief executive, Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch, who arrived on Wednesday (July 9) at the ...

  15. Social Nets Explode Around Jackson Death, Memorial

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's memorial service continues to drive a heavy portion of the online conversations occurring on message boards, blogs and social networking platforms nearly 24-hours after its conclusion. However in terms of Web chatter, the se ...

  16. Facebook Flooded With Jackson Updates

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The King of Pop is more popular than the leader of the free world, at least on Facebook. During Tuesday's memorial service for fallen music icon Michael Jackson, when numerous news, music and entertainment events streamed the event live, Face ...

  17. Spears Twitpic Account Hacked

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Hackers have broadcast bogus information about celebrities including Britney Spears and Ellen DeGeneres after breaking into their Twitpic accounts. The Internet messaging system shut down part of its service after the hacking was discovered Sunday ...

  18. Analysis: Conclusions To Draw From Twitter Report

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A recent study by NPD Group on Twitter and music buyers highlights the need for logic in online discussions. Commentators too frequently draw the wrong conclusions from a press release that is carefully worded as to not allow people to draw incorr ...

  19. Report: Twitter Users Buy More Music

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A new NPD Group study finds that active Twitter users buy 77% more digital music downloads on average than non-users. Additionally, 12% of those who have bought music in the last three months also report having used Twitter, versus 8% of overall W ...

  20. Analysis: Twitter Is Effective, But How Effective?

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It may be difficult to fathom with the hullabaloo going on about Twitter, but people bought music before the service launched. In fact, people bought music before the existence of email, the Internet browser, MySpace, the eight-track cassette and ...

  21. Briefs: Crowdsourced Radio Programming, Naxos

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Trying to bridge the gap between Internet and terrestrial radio, startup Jelli has launched with a crowdsourced radio programming model. Listeners will all hear the same playlist, both online and on partner radio stations, but can influence wha ...

  22. MySpace To Cut 30% Of Staff

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace said Tuesday it is cutting nearly 30 percent of its work force in a bid to become more efficient, bringing its staffing level more in line with its more popular rival, Facebook. The move comes less than two months after MySpace, a unit of ...

  23. Facebook, Twitter Cut Into MySpace's User Time

    June 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp. executives often present MySpace and Facebook as competing in different markets, with Facebook used as a communications vehicle and MySpace for entertainment. Whatever the case, a straight line can be drawn between more time spent on Fa ...

  24. Hunting Down Top Twitter Tunes

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT We Are Hunted has launched a new daily music chart (http://wearehunted.com/twitter/) which it says tracks the tunes people on Twitter are listening to and tweeting about. The online buzz aggregator samples Twitter through the day looking for tweet ...

  25. Samsung, Bebo Form Music Partnership

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Samsung Mobile U.K. has formed a strategic partnership with social networking site Bebo, which will include the launch of live music events, a new music show on Bebo and Samsung content on Bebo's music homepage. Starting with an event on June ...

  26. P2P Study Questions Long Tail Theory

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. authors' and composers' collecting society PRS for Music has published a report showing new research into file-sharing over a 12-month period that casts doubt on the long tail theory. Will Page, chief economist at PRS for Music, tea ...

  27. Business Briefs: CIMS, Twitter, Live Nation, ISPs

    May 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Coalition of Independent Record Stores (CIMS) has launched ThinkIndie, its own digital download store. Individual track prices are $1.11 and albums cost $9.99. Files are 320kbps MP3s. Each store in the coalition has its own branded page and ...

  28. Business Briefs: Warner Music, Spotify, Apple

    April 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- David Lammy, the UK minister in charge of intellectual property does not endorse a three strikes plan for fighting illegal file-sharing. Lammy endorses commercial solutions and educating the public about copyright. "We are moving into an e ...

  29. Business Briefs: Best Buy, Verizon, Twitter, iLike

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Best Buy is reported to be considering allotting eight square feet per store (or about 200 titles) to vinyl albums in all of its 1,000-plus stores. A first test of 100 titles per store, according to the article, was successful enough for a bump ...

  30. The Long Tail Redrawn

    April 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Files shared on P2P services skew more toward hits than had been previously believed, according to a preview of a research paper on the long tail of music's black market. The study was done by PRS for Music chief economist Will Page and Eric ...

  31. Music Web site MUZU Signs Universal Deal

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MUZU.TV, an Irish-based video Web site which has won plaudits from the music industry for the way it pays artists when their music is played online, has signed a deal with the world's largest label Universal. MUZU.TV, which has also signed de ...

  32. Business Briefs: Live Nation, AEG Live, Twitter, Brite Revolution

    April 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Brite Revolution was profiled by The Tennessean and is worth reading about. The Nashville-based startup, starting with funds in the mid-six figures, offers subscribers downloads, videos, interviews and performance news for $4.99 per month. The ...

  33. Google Could Be In Talks To Buy Twitter

    April 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc may be in talks to buy Internet start-up Twitter, the free micro-blogging service that allows people to send short text messages to a network of friends, the TechCrunch website reported. TechCrunch's article said the two companies ...

  34. SXSW 2009: Winners And Losers

    March 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As this year's South By Southwest Conference winds down in Austin, Billboard takes a look at the winners and losers of the event. Winners: Twitter: Brevity is usually the soul of wit, but very few people define "omg sxsw rulez! this show ...

  35. Brazilian Authorities Take Down Music Community

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As part of its ongoing battle against online piracy, IFPI's Brazilian chapter (ABPD) in conjunction with the country's Cinema and Music Anti Piracy Organization (APCM) joined with Google Brazil to take down what executives are calling th ...

  36. Digital Briefs: Free Downloads, Clear Channel

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - A Christmas promotion surrounding the UK launch of Amazon's digital music service resulted in the accidental release of unlimited free downloads before the glitch was found. It's not know exactly how many songs were acquired as a resul ...

  37. Nielsen: Social Nets Overtake E-mail

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Social networking has overtaken e-mail as the most popular Internet activity, according to a new study released by Nielsen. Active reach in what Nielsen defines as "member communities" now exceeds e-mail participation by 67 percent to 65 ...

  38. Bebo Partners With Slicethepie

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Social networking platform Bebo has partnered with Slicethepie, an online financing platform for recording artists, to offer Bebo users the opportunity to contribute to the success of their favourite artists. The deal will allow Bebo's commun ...

  39. AEG Live CEO Refutes Exit Speculation

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST AEG Live CEO Randy Phillips refutes media speculation that he might be leaving his post to focus more on artist management. "I just completed the first year of a new five-year contract," Phillips tells Billboard.biz. "I am not going ...

  40. Gambino Exits Bebo

    June 02, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Angel Gambino, global VP, music and content at Bebo, is exiting the social networking service. Bebo recruited Gambino in April 2007 to drive its music activities. She joined the firm at its London premises from MTV, where she was VP commercial, st ...

  41. Live Nation Flips Switch On Facebook Widget

    May 29, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation unveiled a Facebook application that lets users search for and buy concert tickets directly from their profile on the popular social networking site. The application is simply an extension of the My Live Nation Web site, which lets use ...

  42. Plugged And Unplugged: Ringback Tones, Billy Bragg, Bebo

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged Ringback tones never really blew my skirt up. After the saturation of ringtones, I felt they were just another "me too" application that would just annoy a market already prepping for a backlash against ringtones. That, coupled w ...

  43. AOL To Buy Bebo Social Network

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Time Warner Inc's AOL Internet division said on Thursday it will buy social network Bebo for $850 million in cash, bolstering its consumer Internet offerings even as the media conglomerate mulls splitting off the business. Bebo, which claims ...

  44. Bebo, Music Nation Team For Artist Competition

    February 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Social networking site Bebo has joined with independent artist site Music Nation for Bebo Onstage, a competition that will identify an up-and-coming band and help launch their career with a record deal and a performance at this year's SXSW. T ...

  45. Bebo Users Get My Music

    December 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Qloud My Music application is launching on Bebo. The service allows social networking users to stream the full versions of songs listed on profiles of other members, as well as stream their own iTunes library remotely. The widget first launche ...

  46. Bebo Opens Virtual Doors To Media Groups

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST Bebo is tuning in to a new cross-promotional platform, Open Media, which enables media groups to feed content into the youth-oriented social networking service's user-base. Each content partner on Open Media can create a channel through Bebo, ...

  47. Qloud Launches With Impressive Key Investors

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After more than a year in beta and a three-month trial on Facebook, the Qloud music service, and its My Music Facebbok application, have officially gone live. The Qloud My Music application allows users and their friends to stream their entire iTu ...

  48. MySpace Expected To Open Dev Platform

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Reports suggest that MySpace may announce an open application development platform similar to Facebook's at the Web 2.0 Conference in San Francisco next week. According to the blog TechCrunch , several developers say the move -- rumored since ...

  49. AOL Music Rolls Out Widgets

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT AOL Music introduced two new music widgets designed to give users access to their favorite music from multiple Web locations. The first allows users to play the top 100 most-watched music videos from AOL Music from any location, such as a blog pro ...

  50. Atlantic Act To Power Soundtrack To Bebo Webisodes

    October 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Atlantic Records' UK division is teaming up with social networking site Bebo to promote emerging act The Days. The band's music will be featured in Bebo's online series "Kate Modern" -- a spinoff of the "Lonlygirl15&q ...

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