Software development

  1. Muzooka Launches Platform Connecting Artists, Producers; Promises Artists Can Keep 100% of Revenue

    December 12, 2012 7:22 AM EST Muzooka, the latest start-up to tackle the crowded market for digital artist services, launched today with an unusual promise to let artists keep 100% of the revenue from songs they sell by using the service. Based in Marin, Calif., Muzooka aims t ...

  2. HMV, UK's Largest Entertainment Retailer, Reports Loss For Fiscal Year

    August 09, 2012 8:08 AM EDT LONDON - U.K. entertainment retail giant HMV on Thursday reported a loss for its latest fiscal year, but vowed to return to profitability in its current fiscal year as it looks to bounce back despite a still-weak economy and competitive pressures. ...

  3. Live, From The Living Room: Online Concerts

    June 21, 2012 4:35 PM EDT A new breed of online video platforms is helping artists make money from live events without getting on a tour bus. With companies like StageIt, Gyroskope and Evinar leading the way, artists have entirely new opportunities to enjoy a career on the ...

  4. Edwin Schroter, PIAS MD, Talks Nordic Expansion, EMI-Universal Merger

    April 30, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Edwin Schroter, PIAS Group Managing Director explained how PIAS Nordic's localized expertise in marketing, promotion and sales is one way to combat the decreased label services distributors can provide . Independent labels are increasingly ta ...

  5. Vevo's Rio Caraeff Talks Upfronts, Royalties, Growth, and Says: 'We Have No Intention To Leave YouTube'

    April 24, 2012 12:18 PM EDT It's a transitional time for Vevo, as the No. 1 most-watched YouTube channel (and No. 3 most-watched U.S. video platform on the web, according to Comscore) prepares to host its first upfront event for advertisers and agencies in New York on W ...

  6. Copyright Royalty Board To Set Mechanical Royalty Rates For Digital Music Services

    April 11, 2012 3:08 PM EDT In a major settlement between the music industry trade associations for record labels, music publishers and digital music providers, the Copyright Royalty Board, is expected to maintain the mechanical rate structure set forth from prior proceeding ...

  7. This Week In Music: FLO Thinkery's Mark Montgomery Gives Artists Career Advice

    March 29, 2012 5:28 PM EDT Mark Montgomery founded FLO Thinkery as a way to help solve many of the problems that businesses encounter, and as an investor in the Artist Growth mobile app he's recognized one of the solutions to the problem of building a career through mu ...

  8. SXSWi's Rainy First Day: Tumblr Ponchos; 'Future of Entertainment' Panel

    March 10, 2012 10:31 AM EST Outside the Austin Convention Center where 2012's SXSW Interactive conference kicked off and where a cross-section of the tech industry were met by raindrops. (photo: Sandira Calviac) There is a saying: when people talk about the weather, it& ...

  9. Corbis Simplifies Music Licensing With GreenLight Launch

    March 07, 2012 9:02 AM EST Bill Gates' online content licensing company Corbis is pushing into the music realm, with the newly-launched GreenLight Music allowing customers to purchase and license tracks from all four major labels for use on websites, corporate function ...

  10. Sony, RCA Sued By Artist Over Music Video Background

    February 27, 2012 5:39 PM EST A Brooklyn-based artist has filed a new lawsuit that raises the question of whether the mise-en-scène from one video production can be appropriated in another. The plaintiff in the case is Maya Hayuk, who has had a strong career through two decade ...

  11. IFPI Digital Music Report 2012: Global Digital Revenue Climbs 8%, Overall Market Decline Slows

    January 23, 2012 11:28 AM EST Global revenue from digital sales and services grew by 8 percent in 2011 - up from 5 percent the previous year - while the overall recorded music market shrank by approximately 3 percent in total trade value (both physical and digital), according ...

  12. Video: Superfly Presents' Rick Farman Talks Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Interactive Festival Experiences @ FutureSound

    November 18, 2011 12:50 PM EST Speaking to Billboard.biz at the 2011 FutureSound conference, Superfly Presents co-founder and partner Rick Farman revealed how his company approaches entertainment and how they look to make festivals more interactive. Already well-known for their ...

  13. Clear Channel Radio Revenue Up 4% to $781 Million

    August 04, 2011 6:45 AM EDT CC Media Holdings, the parent company of Clear Channel Communications, reported Wednesday that revenue grew 8% to $1.6 billion in the second quarter, with radio revenue up 4%. The company's billboard business rose 5% domestically and 19% inte ...

  14. Tuhin Roy of MXP4 on Blanket Digital Music Licensing From a Developer's Perspective

    June 29, 2011 12:13 PM EDT (Tuhin Roy is Chief Strategy Officer of MXP4, the developer of Bopler Games, a Facebook application that enables users to play multiple music games across a large catalog of music. Tuhin practiced corporate and intellectual property law at Perkins ...

  15. David Israelite, NMPA President's Guest Post: Why Music Publishers Must Adopt Blanket Licensing

    June 24, 2011 1:19 PM EDT National Music Publishers' Assn. president/CEO David Israelite told NMPA members during the trade group's June 16 annual meeting that the lack of blanket licensing for U.S. mechanical and synchronization rights is robbing publishers of g ...

  16. Jim Routh from Smule Guest Post: Why Blanket Licensing Legislation Is Not the Answer to Publishing Quandary

    June 24, 2011 12:06 PM EDT Jim Routh, VP of Business Development at Smule , a leading mobile social app company, has over 18-years experience in business development and product management in software, web services, mobile ventures. He is responsible for managing all Smule& ...

  17. Charles Caldas, Merlin CEO Guest Post: A Gaping Hole in the Clouds -- Indies

    June 03, 2011 11:30 AM EDT (Charles Caldas is CEO of Merlin , a global rights body for independent labels. He was formerly the CEO of Shock Records before starting Merlin in 2007. He has also been on the boards of ARIA, AIR and WIN) Services that are serious about providing ...

  18. Rethink Music Panels Look at the Future of Record Labels, Monetization

    April 27, 2011 2:48 PM EDT BOSTON - Exactly what the record companies of the future might look like was the topic of conversation at the "Next Generation Record Label" panel at the Rethink Music conference here, and the panelists found themselves grappling with th ...

  19. Cameo Carlson Guest Post: The Music Vs. Tech Divide: A Third Way

    April 05, 2011 2:35 PM EDT (Cameo Carlson is the former executive VP of Universal Motown Republic Group who last week left the label to take on a new role as head of digital business development for management firm Borman Entertainment.) There is a moment when the game chan ...

  20. Exclusive: Island Def Jam, Echo Nest Launch Groundbreaking Music Licensing Pact For Apps

    February 24, 2011 6:00 AM EST Just go to any Music Hack Day -- like the recent ones in New York and at the MIDEM conference -- and meet the developers there working for free to create new and innovative music apps (many of which never see the light of day), and it becomes imme ...

  21. Business Matters: U.S. Retail e-Commerce Up 11% Last Quarter

    February 04, 2011 2:57 PM EST Ecommerce: Increasingly The Real Deal -- U.S. retail ecommerce reached $43.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to comScore. That makes for an 11% increase over the fourth quarter of 2009. It was the second time in 2010 a quarter had ...

  22. Universal Music Canada Lays Off 20 Staffers

    January 27, 2011 5:52 PM EST On the heels of last week's layoffs at Universal Music Group in the U.S ., Universal Music Canada was hit with about 20 staff cuts, today and yesterday, according to sources close to the situation. While no official statement or acknowledgeme ...

  23. Guest Columnist Mark Mulligan on Why and How Digital Music Products Are Failing

    January 26, 2011 6:47 PM EST There's been a lot of buzz (some positive and not so positive!) about comments I have made about the current state of the digital music market in the New York Times and at Midem. The quote which really grabbed the attention was "As Thing ...

  24. @MIDEM 2011: Social Games Are Serious Business -- But Can Others Follow Past Successes?

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- There are plenty of individual examples of artists who have experimented successfully with social games. But is there a model here that all artists can follow? Or is it like the mobile app space -- something a handful of artist h ...

  25. Japanese Digital Sales Down 5%

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has released data for sales of digital music for the first three quarters of 2010, January through September, and the overall market is down again. Overall the digital music market value for the t ...

  26. French Biz Down In Q3

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The French recorded music market has experienced a sudden pause in its fragile recovery, labels trade body Snep revealed. The market had shown signs of recovery earlier this year, amid suggestions that the incoming HADOPI graduated response measur ...

  27. Warner Music Q4 Loss Widens

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group posted a wider-than-expected quarterly loss and said revenue growth in the U.K. and Italy was offset by weakness in the United States, Japan and the rest of Europe. For July-September, the company posted a loss of 31 cents a sha ...

  28. Updated: Live Nation Shuffles Execs, Garner Exits Company

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment disclosed in an 8-K filing Wednesday that Jason Garner, the head of its concert business, has left the company . In light of the departure, Live Nation has promoted three of its key veteran executives. Longtime promoters ...

  29. What’s Happening to Digital Album Sales?

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital album sales aren’t falling off a cliff, but they are experiencing a sustained decline for the first time. A Billboard analysis of Nielsen SoundScan data has found that after seven years of strong growth, digital albums are finally starting ...

  30. Here's Why You Should Come To Billboard's Music App Summit

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s an unfortunate state of today’s digital music landscape that two creative industries which stand to benefit from cooperation are too often are at odds with one another: the music industry and the developer community. At next week’s Mobile Ent ...

  31. For All The Excitement, Mobile Marketing Is Still More Tomorrow Than Today

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Agency executives are of two minds when it comes to mobile. On the one hand, they see a potentially huge market. On the other, it's one that's still quite small. Tuesday's Mobile Ad Summit in New York, part of Advertising Week, attr ...

  32. French Biz Continues To Grow In 2010

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French recorded music market went up 4.1% in trade value for the first half of 2010 to €239.3 million ($305.1 million), labels body Snep revealed today (Sept. 8) in a press conference in Paris. The physical market went up 2.5% in value to €196 ...

  33. 4 Strategies To Kickstart The Music Biz

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music industry’s recent challenges are well documented at this point – sales are down, piracy abounds and the business models of tomorrow are still being developed. But, amidst these challenges are new opportunities to develop fresh talent, ne ...

  34. RIAJ Reveals Weak Digital Sales In Japan

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has released data for sales of digital music that shows the Internet download market growing. But mobile music slipped back, according to the results for January to June 2010. Overall the digital ...

  35. Believe Digital To 'Upstream' Buzz Acts

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European digital distributor and services provider Believe Digital is to roll out its premium service to unsigned buzz acts. Founded in 2004, Believe Digital claims to be the leading digital distributor and services provider to independent artists ...

  36. Trans World Struggles Continue

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment continues to struggle, posting a $15.8 million net loss, or 50 cents per diluted share, on $135.8 million in sales for its fiscal second quarter ended July 31. That slightly narrower than the $17.8 million loss, or 57 cen ...

  37. Warner Music Posts Wider Quarterly Loss

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group posted a wider quarterly loss and disappointing revenue on Thursday (Aug. 5) as a thin slate of new releases hurt sales in the United States, Europe and Japan. Warner, the world's No. 3 music company based on recorded music ...

  38. Secondary Revenues Boost U.K. Music Biz

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. labels body the BPI has released figures showing that British record companies' secondary revenues -- income generated outside of CD sales and digital music services -- grew by 6.6% to £193.5 million ($305.8 million) in 2009. Secondary r ...

  39. Ad Agency Exec Hirshberg Named Activision Publishing CEO

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Deutsch/LA's Eric Hirshberg is leaving the agency fold to become worldwide CEO of Activision Publishing, Activision Blizzard said today. In his new role, Hirshberg will lead management of the game maker's studio, product development and ...

  40. French Labels Body UPFI Elects New Prez

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT French independent labels body UPFI elected Stephan Bourdoiseau as its new president for a two-year term. Bourdoiseau, CEO of independent record company and distributor Wagram, headed the UPFI between 2004 and 2008. He replaces tot Ou tard founder ...

  41. Australia's Shock Shutters Publishing Arm

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Powerhouse Australian independent music group Shock has closed three of its companies, including its music publishing arm. Citing the global financial crisis, prolonged tough trading conditions and ever-changing consumer behavior, the Melbourne-ba ...

  42. Spanish Online Piracy Rate Nears 96%

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Almost 96% of all recorded music acquired online in Spain is pirated, according to a new report from the Spanish division of U.S. consultant IDC Research. The report, published June 1, covers the second half of 2009 and was commissioned by the Coa ...

  43. RIAJ Q1 Figures Show Digital Decline

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) released digital music figures for the first quarter of 2010 and they show sales down for mobile, but up for Internet Downloads. Overall sales were down year-on-year. The digital music market in J ...

  44. The Orchard Shows Gains, Still Posts Loss in Q1

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard showed improvements in the first quarter of 2010 , growing revenue while posting a modest net loss. The digital distributor had revenues of approximately $17.8 million, up 16.2% from $15.3 million last year. Net loss improved to $447,0 ...

  45. NARM Kicks Off With 'Indie Crash Course'

    May 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While most independent labels are at the cutting edge in using all the new digital tools to market their projects, some executives lamented the erosion of traditional marketing vehicles, like brick-and-mortar retail, during a "Indie Crash Cou ...

  46. Investment Group Edge Raises Almost $50 Million

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT London-based investment group Edge said its specialist entertainment funds raised $49.6 million in their latest fundraising round. The entertainment industry investment and advisory group said the amount was almost three times last year's tot ...

  47. German Biz Eyes Growth In 2011, Hopes To Top U.K.

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German record industry estimates that in 2011 it will come out of its sales decline, after more than 10 years, and be able to report sales increases again for the market. There is even hope in Germany that with the figures for 2009 the British ...

  48. Hastings Profit Up, Music Sales Down in Fourth Quarter

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Monday, Hastings Entertainment reported $9.1 million of net profit on revenue of $176 million in its fourth quarter ending January 31, 2010. The entertainment retailer's revenue was down 1.4% while its profit was up 123%. Music revenues in ...

  49. Download Growth Boosts 2009 U.K. Music Royalties

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British songwriters, composers and music publishers earned £623 million ($937.5 million) in royalties in 2009, up 2.6% on 2008 and the first time the growth in digital revenues outperformed the drop in CD and DVD earnings. But PRS for Music, the g ...

  50. The Future Of Digital Content: Not All Will Be Free

    March 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Andrew Zolli, a self-proclaimed futurist and executive director of the PopTech network and conference, has quite a mea culpa in the latest issue of Newsweek . Zolli preached the virtues of free digital content for many years. Upon reflection, he d ...

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