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  1. Google Play Finally Adds Warner Music, Debuts Free Scan-and-Match Music Locker

    October 29, 2012 6:37 PM EDT Google may be playing catch-up with its music-download store and online locker service, but the company made up a lot of ground on Monday. Warner Music Group has finally licensed its catalog to Google's music-download store, nearly a year aft ...

  2. Pandora's Mobile Makeover: Playing to the 'Lean-Forward' Listener

    October 29, 2012 6:15 PM EDT Pandora on Monday unveiled a major upgrade to its mobile application in an effort to make its Internet radio service more engaging and social to its 175 million active users. The new features, many of which are already available on Pandora's ...

  3. Songwriters Are Left Out of Pandora's Royalty Plan: Guest Post by Downtown Music's Justin Kalifowitz

    October 29, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Pandora's efforts to lower its royalty rates have inspired conversation and controversy in recent weeks. This editorial by Justin Kalifowitz -- president of Downtown Music Publishing and co-founder / CEO of Songtrust , a royalty collection pl ...

  4. Major Labels, Artist Managers to Meet in New York, Nashville To Discuss Webcasting Rates

    October 26, 2012 6:12 PM EDT Labels and managers will meet in New York and Nashville next week to discuss their plans for addressing the Internet Radio Fairness Act and the coalition of webcasters and trade groups that support both versions of the bill, according to sources. ...

  5. Beyonce's Super Bowl Announcement Spurs Social 50 Rise

    October 26, 2012 2:58 PM EDT As this year's NFL season nears its halfway mark, Beyonce announces her own 'Countdown to Touchdown.' During the charting week, the pop star announced via her website that she'll be performing the halftime show at Super Bowl XL ...

  6. The Great Simplifier: Play iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio from One Mac App

    October 26, 2012 2:38 PM EDT Music apps have quote demonstrably given us more ways to access and listen to music than ever before. As cool as that is, it can also be a headache to jump between them - say, Pandora, iTunes, Rdio, and Spotify. Assuming you're a Mac person, ...

  7. Business Matters: Music Quietly Vital at Apple

    October 25, 2012 9:04 PM EDT Although it was barely mentioned during Apple's fiscal fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday, music is still playing important role in Apple's strategies. Apple said it was "looking forward to launching" the redesigned iTune ...

  8. Apple Radio Service Rumors Crush Pandora Stock

    October 25, 2012 7:59 PM EDT Pity poor Pandora. The Internet radio company's stock price has been getting whiplashed by news of Apple's progress, or lack thereof, in launching a streaming radio service. On Thursday, a Bloomberg report that Apple is on track to go li ...

  9. Fred Wilson Confirmed for Keynote at Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 25, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Venture capitalist Fred Wilson will be a keynote speaker at the Billboard FutureSound Conference, presented in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco. Wilson is managing partner at New York-base ...

  10. Business Matters: Why Taylor Swift's 'Red' is Absent From Subscription Services

    October 23, 2012 6:07 PM EDT Taylor Swift has joined a litany of artists in holding back a new release from subscription services. Her new album Red is conspicuously absent from Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Mog and Xbox Music this week. The album's absence from subscription ...

  11. Business Matters: Mobile Phone Study Brings Both Good and Bad News for Digital Music Services

    October 22, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Nearly half of the world's population has a mobile-phone subscription, according to a new study. The bad news? Just a fraction of those people can subscribe to the music services of Western markets. The world's mobile phone population is ...

  12. The Orchard's Richard Gottehrer on CMJ's New Music Industry Panel: 'The Business Is An Amalgam of Different Revenue Streams'

    October 21, 2012 11:15 AM EDT CMJ Panel Action Shot: The "Seasoned Experience Implemented in New Music Industry" panel (from left): The Orchard's Richard Gotterher; moderator Robert Singerman; Mom + Pop's Michael Goldstone. (Photo: Chris Palermino) The latt ...

  13. 7digital Snags $10 million in Funding, Inks New Deal for BlackBerry 10

    October 18, 2012 9:22 PM EDT digital, a London-based technology company that operates digital music stores and services for companies like Samsung and Hewlett-Packard, said on Thursday it had secured $10 million in financing from undisclosed corporate investors. Billboard� ...

  14. Songza Tops 1 Million Registered Users in Canada in 70 Days

    October 18, 2012 11:11 AM EDT With all the hubbub over Xbox Music, iHeartRadio and other music services associated with large companies, people may overlook a popular Internet radio service by a small company from New York City. Numbers released today might change all that for ...

  15. Spotify Exec Gerrit Meier Leaves

    October 17, 2012 11:33 AM EDT Gerrit Meier has left Spotify after joining in October 2011 to become its General Manager, Distribution & Partnerships, a company spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. The news was first reported at All Things D . Billboard's FutureSound Conf ...

  16. Billboard Insight: Music Business Stays in Apple's Shadow

    October 17, 2012 9:00 AM EDT The late Steve Jobs. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Ed. Note: The full version of this story appeared in the 10/20/2012 issue of Billboard Magazine, which can be purchased here . Apple, famous for its obsession over creating user-friendly p ...

  17. Luke Bryan Signs Marketing, Cross-Promotion Deal With Cabela's

    October 15, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Country star Luke Bryan, managed by Red Light Management, and Cabela's, billed as the World's Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, have inked a multi-year partnership centered around a series of cross-promotions and m ...

  18. Business Matters: Should Pandora Fear Xbox Music?

    October 15, 2012 4:01 PM EDT It's a recurring theme: a new music service hits the market, Pandora's stock price takes a dip. It happened with Spotify. It happened with news of Apple's upcoming radio service. And it happened Monday with Microsoft's new Xbox ...

  19. Music Plays On For Apple

    October 15, 2012 9:27 AM EDT A year after Steve Jobs' death, Apple still has music in its DNA but may have lost some of its passion. That may be a good thing. Apple, famous for its obsession over creating user-friendly products, may have itself become more user-friendl ...

  20. Opening Pandora's Box

    October 15, 2012 7:40 AM EDT The headlines say the Web radio leader is paying artists big bucks -- not so fast. When it comes to digital royalties, the devil is in the details. Pandora founder Tim Westergren continued his campaign for a change in royalty rates on Oct. 9 wit ...

  21. Microsoft Presses Play on New Xbox Music Service

    October 15, 2012 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft is taking on Spotify -- as well as the rest of the streaming music market. The technology giant on Monday is taking the wraps off of its rebranded digital music service, now called Xbox Music, that promises an all-in-one music experience ...

  22. Spotify Planning Launches in Italy, Poland and (Reportedly) Japan: What Are the Challenges?

    October 12, 2012 1:31 PM EDT Spotify is planning launches in Italy and Poland, judging from job postings at its web site, and according to a report Friday it's considering a launch in Japan in early 2013. The company has recently posted job openings for growth managers i ...

  23. Rihanna's 'Diamonds' Drives Gains on Social 50 Chart

    October 12, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Rihanna is back at it. This week she jumps 23-3 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, elevated by attention from her newly released single "Diamonds" off her upcoming album "Unapologetic" (set to be released November 19). The So ...

  24. Coca-Cola in Investment Talks With Spotify

    October 11, 2012 11:47 AM EDT Coca-Cola is in discussions with Spotify to make a small investment in the digital music company. Sources tell Billboard the two companies are in negotiations, but a deal is far from being reached. Sky News first reported on Thursday that the two ...

  25. Business Matters: The Truth About Pandora's Payments to Artists

    October 10, 2012 3:05 PM EDT Pandora mounted an effective publicity campaign Tuesday by revealing the amounts of royalties some artists' songs generate on its service (as opposed to how much money those artists are actually collecting). The company is putting its politic ...

  26. Business Matters: Spotify UK Shows That the Freemium Model Is Not 'Unsustainable'

    October 09, 2012 6:11 PM EDT A business model that pays rights holders nearly every dollar, euro or pound generated is clearly not sustainable. This fact is obvious to Billboard readers as well as a digital service's management and the company's investors. Last week ...

  27. Spotify Nabs Will Page, Former PRS for Music Chief Economist

    October 09, 2012 3:14 PM EDT Will Page, the former chief economist for PRS For Music, has joined Spotify in a senior economics role, a source has confirmed to Billboard.biz. Page left the UK copyright collection society in July. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes ...

  28. Don Was Confirmed For Keynote Q&A At Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 09, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Don Was, president and chief creative officer at Blue Note Records, has been confirmed for a keynote Q&A at the Billboard FutureSound conference in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco, CA ...

  29. Business Matters: Deezer's New Funding Puts It In A Coke/Pepsi Race With Spotify

    October 08, 2012 4:36 PM EDT When music subscription service Deezer confirmed Monday it raised $130 million in a round led by Warner Music Group owner Access Industries , the subscription music market suddenly had two well-funded frontrunners putting their support behind a si ...

  30. Will Internet Radio Raise Or Shrink Royalties?

    October 08, 2012 1:40 PM EDT Two opposing bills on Capitol Hill could determine the future of the webcasting market for Pandora and its rivals The current lame-duck session of Congress represents the calm before a storm that's expected to erupt in full force next year ...

  31. MySpace's Third Act: Why The Social Network Is Doubling Down On Music For Its Latest Incarnation

    October 08, 2012 1:33 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the Up Front story "Myspace's Third Act" from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also includes our cover story on Mumford & Sons' massive sophomore album Babel , features on Dr. L ...

  32. Deezer Raises $130 Million: Report

    October 06, 2012 7:40 PM EDT The oft-criticized freemium business model still has the support of investors. Paris-based music subscription service Deezer has raised $130 million from Access Industries, parent company of Warner Music Group, and previous investor Idinvest, acco ...

  33. Nicki Minaj's 'American Idol' Buzz and Fragrance Launch Stirs Social Buzz

    October 05, 2012 8:02 PM EDT Nicki Minaj's continued media exposure due to her judging role on "American Idol" has generated substantial social returns. An appearance on "The View," coupled with the launch of her own fragrance, brings 130,000 new fans ...

  34. Business Matters: Microsoft and Rdio? That Would Make Sense

    October 04, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Microsoft is in acquisitions talks with music subscription service Rdio, according to various reports. First reported by the Next Web , the rumors bring together two companies connected by a recent acquisition. Rdio co-founders Friis Niklas and Ze ...

  35. Mumford & Sons' No. 1 Record Offers 'Validation To Be an Independent,' Says Daniel Glass

    October 04, 2012 12:59 PM EDT With 600,000 copies sold in its first frame according to Nielsen SoundScan, Mumford & Sons' Babel not only scored the biggest debut sales week of any album this year in the U.S. and the biggest sales week for a rock album in nearly four y ...

  36. Morning Fix: Mumford & Sons Face Muse; Nielsen Numbers; Bieber, Rihanna Fan Sites Fined $1 Mil; Replacements Reunion?

    October 04, 2012 7:34 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. JOHN JANICK NAMED PRESIDENT/COO OF INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M: It's official: John Janick has been named president and chief operating officer of Interscope Geffen A&a ...

  37. Andreessen Horowitz Sinks $15 million Into Rap Genius Website

    October 03, 2012 5:18 PM EDT The art of dissecting hip-hop lyrics just got a $15 million vote of confidence from Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. The firm, whose co-founder Marc Andreessen helped build Mosaic as one of the first Web browsers nearly 20 ...

  38. Business Matters: What A Growing Digital Music Sales Market Really Means

    October 03, 2012 2:21 PM EDT Nielsen announced on Tuesday that digital track and album sales are on track to break new records. That's old news if you follow SoundScan numbers on a regular basis. Records in both categories were set in 2011 and both categories are up this ...

  39. Legimate Streaming Services Cut Down on Piracy, Report Suggests

    October 03, 2012 12:00 AM EDT Does the presence of legitimate music streaming services cut down on piracy? The folks at Musicmetric, a London company that tracks online activity, think so. In a Digital Music Index report set to be released on Wednesday (Oct. 3), Musicmetric fo ...

  40. Business Matters: Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Smashes Spotify Streaming Record

    October 02, 2012 8:35 PM EDT The argument that subscription services cannibalize sales hit a bit of a snag last week. Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," blew past Spotify's record for streams from an album in a single week. Spotify users in th ...

  41. Rdio Embarks on Experiment to Gain Subscribers Through Artists

    October 02, 2012 9:24 AM EDT Music subscription service Rdio has launched a program Tuesday that pays artists directly for the new subscribers they bring to the service. The program is a creative attempt to solve two of subscription service's biggest problems: lack of su ...

  42. Morning Fix: Lucian Grainge's 'Call To Action'; Rdio's $10 Bounties; Death Grips' Gripes

    October 02, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters UNIVERSAL MUSIC CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE'S MEMO/CALL TO ACTION: UMG CEO Lucian Grainge sent a memo to staff following the company's acquisition of EMI Music. The note , ...

  43. One Direction's 'Live While We're Young' Single Accidentally Sold for 99 Cents

    October 01, 2012 9:36 PM EDT A processing error gave One Direction fans a surprising deal in the U.S. iTunes Store on Monday (Oct. 1). Early Monday, One Direction -- which is signed to SYCO/Columbia in the U.S. -- commercially released its fast selling new single "Live W ...

  44. Apple's Internet-Radio Service Faces Many Snags, Not Just Sony/ATV

    October 01, 2012 4:57 PM EDT While digital and satellite radio services may have another level of negotiations to navigate for Apple's forthcoming radio service, a report last week by the New York Post claiming that Sony/ATV Music Publishing is the snag holding up the la ...

  45. Death Grips Top BitTorrent's List of Most Legally Downloaded Music

    October 01, 2012 3:50 PM EDT These artists were the most legally-downloaded on BitTorrent in the first half of 2012 File-sharing company BitTorrent recently announced that it facilitated 124,191,862 legal music downloads in the first six months of 2012. That is 31 percent of ...

  46. Yes, Twitter Is an Apple iTunes Affiliate

    September 27, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Twitter has been adding special iTunes preview panes to every tweet on Twitter.com for nearly two years. However, when the company first announced that it would be working with Apple's now-defunct social network iTunes Ping, it didn't me ...

  47. Spotify U.K. Reports Revenue Growth; Operating Losses Narrow Dramatically To $3.4 Million

    September 27, 2012 3:42 PM EDT Strong growth in subscriptions helped Spotify's U.K. operation generate £95.5 million ($154.9 million) in total revenue in 2011, up from £63.2 million ($102.5 million) the previous year, according to its latest financial statement, as reporte ...

  48. Is iTunes Launching In Russia?

    September 26, 2012 10:09 AM EDT MOSCOW - A local Russian newspaper has reported that an iTunes store is coming to the European country in late 2012 or early 2013. vThe business daily Vedomosti quoted anonymous sources in the online and publishing businesses who claimed Apple is ...

  49. Backbeat: Big Machine's Scott Borchetta On Taylor Swift Going Pop, Clear Channel Royalty Pact

    September 24, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta (left) who told Taylor Swift (right) when she was making her new album Red the she had "artistic license" to head in any music direction she wanted. (Photo: Andrew Hampp) Big Machine Label Grou ...

  50. Spotify Now Paying SoundExchange for Mobile Radio Streams in U.S., Lowers Royalty Bill

    September 24, 2012 12:34 PM EDT Spotify is lowering its royalty obligation in the U.S. The digital service is now paying webcasting royalties to SoundExchange for the streams on the free Internet radio service on its mobile app it launched in June . A company spokesperson confir ...

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