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  1. New Bills Seek Internet Radio Royalty Parity

    September 21, 2012 8:50 PM EDT U.S. Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Jared Polis (D-CO) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced versions of Internet Radio Fairness Act on Friday to address the high royalties paid by some digital radio platforms. Billboard's FutureSou ...

  2. From This Week's Billboard: EMI Opens Up The Vault

    September 21, 2012 2:04 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the feature story "EMI Opens Up The Vault" -- a look at EMI's attempts to create an API to encourage app development -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features our cover stor ...

  3. Bits and Briefs

    September 20, 2012 4:45 PM EDT Survey: Tablet Usage Gaining on Hours Spent at the Computer A J.D. Powers and Associates survey found tablet owners spend 7.5 hours per week on their devices watching videos, listening to music or reading books, compared with spending 9.6 hours pe ...

  4. Live Nation, TicketMaster, StubHub Apps Add Support For Apple's New Passbook

    September 20, 2012 9:40 AM EDT Apple began pushing out its new iOS 6 operating system Wednesday that includes support for Passbook , a new Apple application that acts like a wallet for concert tickets, boarding passes, movie tickets, retail coupons and loyalty cards. Applicatio ...

  5. Walk The Moon/AT&T Promote Motorola App on Facebook

    September 20, 2012 8:55 AM EDT RCA band Walk The Moon has teamed up with AT&T to promote the Smartactions features on the Motorola Atrix HD device through a dedicated tab on the band's Facebook page . The Motorola Atrix HD is available exclusively from AT&T, and Sm ...

  6. P!nk, 'Cruel Summer' Albums Heading for Top of Next Week's Billboard 200 Chart

    September 19, 2012 7:51 PM EDT Believe it or not, pop superstar P!nk has yet to earn a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. But that may change next week, as industry sources suggest the diva's latest release, "The Truth About Love," may bow atop the list with ...

  7. Business Matters: Topspin Media the Latest to Embrace APIs

    September 18, 2012 7:40 PM EDT Topspin Media has launched a product called ArtistLink that allows developers to tap into the metadata of Topspin GoDirect artists. GoDirect is TopSpin's direct-to-fan platform that's free for users of Artist.MTV or $9.99 for artists who ...

  8. France's Radionomy Gives U.S. Free, Browser-Based Webcast Tools

    September 18, 2012 10:44 AM EDT Rumors of an upcoming Apple Internet radio service is a reminder that radio is still a hotbed of innovation. Now the U.S. is getting its first glimpse at an Internet radio aggregator that is trying to change how people create their own online radi ...

  9. Shazam Hits 250 Million Users, Expands Across U.S. TV

    September 17, 2012 10:34 AM EDT Audio identification app Shazam announced Monday it has surpassed 250 million users worldwide and has expanded its Shazam for TV service to every channel in the U.S. With one quarter billion users, Shazam is easily one of the most common and most ...

  10. From This Week's Billboard: Apple's iRadio Blossoms Into Internet Radio Market

    September 14, 2012 12:38 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the feature story "Apple's iRadio Blossoms" -- an in-depth look at Apple's forays into the online radio market -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features an in-depth loo ...

  11. Inside Blue Note Records' Dazzling Spotify App

    September 13, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Blue Note Records, the renowned American Jazz record label that since 1939 has developed and released the work of some of the genre's most important icons - including John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancoc ...

  12. Business Matters: Can Seth Goldstein's DJZ Disrupt As Well As Entertain?

    September 13, 2012 2:21 PM EDT That Seth Goldstein is aiming his new startup, the content and advertising-driven DJZ at the growing electronic dance music (EDM) scene is not a surprise. Goldstein is chairman at Turntable.fm, the DJ-minded music service that shot to fame in 2011 ...

  13. Morning Fix: Google's Cloud Negotiations, Adios Apple Ping, Dave Matthews' Record, Bonnaroo 2013

    September 13, 2012 7:42 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND HEADING FOR RECORD SIXTH STRAIGHT NO. 1 ALBUM ON THE BILLBOARD 200 Dave Matthews Band should become the first group to score six consecutive No. 1-debut ...

  14. Spain's Sonar Festival Debuting 8-City North American Tour In October

    September 13, 2012 6:30 AM EDT Sonar, Barcelona's cutting-edge music and multimedia arts festival, today announced Sonar on Tour, the event's first-ever road trek. The festival is slated to come to eight North American cities -- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto ...

  15. Business Matters: Apple Still King of Digital Music, Unveils New iTunes, iPhone, iPods

    September 12, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Apple confirmed its dominant position in its post-Jobs era Wednesday when it unveiled new versions of iPhone, iTunes, iPod Nano and iPod Touch. The new products it unveiled suggests Apple has a commitment to maintain its leadership in digital musi ...

  16. Apple Expected to Unveil New iTunes Today

    September 12, 2012 11:57 AM EDT A dead link found at Apple.com has revealed Apple is expected to unveil a new version of iTunes at its event at noon ET today. New versions of the iPod Nano and iPod Touch could also be revealed. According to the blog Pocket-lint, the search engin ...

  17. Apple iPhone 5 Announcement: What to Expect

    September 12, 2012 9:03 AM EDT Apple is widely expected to announce an iPhone 5 at an event starting at 1 pm ET today. Along with the event comes the usual -- if not more -- speculation given to every product launch to what now stands as the world's most valuable company. ...

  18. Mark Zuckerberg Says Spotify 'Is Killing It' -- But What Does That Mean?

    September 11, 2012 7:00 PM EDT It would take Roget's Thesaurus and a spirited debate to reach the exact meaning behind one of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's statements during his keynote interview at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference on Tuesday. "Spotify is killi ...

  19. Morning Fix: UMG-EMI Merger, YouTube Goes iOS, Russell Simmons Writes To Jay-Z

    September 11, 2012 7:34 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. SPOTIFY PRICING STAYING PUT: Spotify is set on its current prices as reports circulate its working on a browser-based version of its subscription service. Well, for the mo ...

  20. Spotify Pricing Staying Put

    September 10, 2012 8:03 PM EDT Spotify is set on its current prices as reports circulate its working on a browser-based version of its subscription service. Well, for the most part. Sources tell Billboard.biz there is no indication Spotify plans to deviate from the industry sta ...

  21. Business Matters: If Smartphone Is Stepping Stone to Subscription Growth, U.S. Doing Well

    September 10, 2012 5:53 PM EDT If the smartphone is the gateway to digital music growth, the United States has got a ton of potential. Data from mobile analytics company Flurry show 165 million iOS and Android devices in the U.S. in July. The country's 78% smartphone penet ...

  22. Why Would Spotify Launch a Web Version? Here Are Five Reasons

    September 10, 2012 4:59 PM EDT Right now, Spotify.com promotes the desktop version and various features. Could it transform into a music service in and of itself?" A Saturday TechCrunch report about a browser-based version of Spotify led to thousands of posts over the week ...

  23. Spotify Preparing Browser-Based Version: Report

    September 09, 2012 10:12 AM EDT Spotify may be following its competitors to the Web. The company is planning on launching a browser-based version of its subscription streaming service, according to a report at TechCrunch . A Spotify spokesperson declined to comment when reached ...

  24. Business Matters: 5 Reasons Why Apple Wants to Move Into Pandora Territory

    September 07, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Apple is in negotiations with rights holders for an Internet radio service similar to Pandora, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times . It appears Apple executives spot a hole in the needs of their consumers and the ...

  25. Business Matters: Why More Artists Will Follow Lady Gaga Into Premium Apps

    September 06, 2012 5:58 PM EDT Labels are always looking for something to fill the void left by declining album sales. Next up: premium artist apps. Lady Gaga is planning a computer application she says will integrate extra content, chats, games, fashion and films along with he ...

  26. Dan Deacon's Concert App: Developer Talks Inspiration, Ideation, Creation

    September 06, 2012 5:04 PM EDT With the release of his newest album titled simply "America," electronic musician Dan Deacon has debuted a free smartphone app available for Android and iOS that will, among other things, greatly impact his live shows . Deacon's new ...

  27. Morning Fix: Bankers Big Winners in EMI-UMG Deal; SEO B.S.; VMAs Relevance; Matchbox 20 Aim For No. 1

    September 06, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MATCHBOX TWENTY AIMING FOR FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM ON NEXT WEEK'S BILLBOARD 200: Watch for Matchbox Twenty to nab its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Also heade ...

  28. Business Matters: How to Detect Search Engine-Optimized, Bullsh-- Headlines

    September 05, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Writing a good headline is part art, part science and very important. In the age of online news, articles tend to be optimized for maximum traffic from search engines. Keywords, such as Apple or iPhone, are used in the headlines based on the likel ...

  29. Grooveshark Don't Need No Stinkin' App, Debuts HTML5 Mobile Site

    September 05, 2012 5:51 PM EDT Grooveshark launched an HTML5 mobile site Wednesday that should provide an adequate workaround for its problems with the Apple and Google app stores. After a year and a half removed from Google's app store, Grooveshark's Android app reap ...

  30. How Spotify and Rdio Are De-Socializing Music Streaming

    September 05, 2012 1:30 PM EDT In Rdio's advanced settings, users can now choose a privacy setting that will require approval before other users can view their collection, playlists, activity and full user profile. Streaming music is inherently more social than downloading ...

  31. Morning Fix: Bob Dylan Streaming & Reopening; Spotify Unhitches Facebook; iPhone 5 Predictions

    September 05, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE now to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. CHRISTINA AGUILERA TO DELIVER KEYNOTE AT BILLBOARD/THR FILM & TV MUSIC CONFERENCE: Christina Aguilera has been announced as a keynote speaker at the 2012 Billboard ...

  32. As Facebook Stock Nears $18, Its Focus on Music Will Suffer

    August 31, 2012 4:29 PM EDT Facebook shares dove under $19 and were trading down 4.86% to $18.17 Friday afternoon after slashed price targets and fresh revenue concerns. Citing "challenged" media spending and an inflow of additional shares from lock-up expirations, ...

  33. 'Gangnam Style' Helps Psy Dance Way to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    August 31, 2012 4:10 PM EDT South Korean artist Psy is dancing his way up Billboard's charts with his viral phenomenon single "Gangnam Style." This week, he leaps 9-1 on the Social 50 while the tune hops onto Heatseekers Songs at No. 23 and bows at No. 74 on ...

  34. Pandora Shares Bounce on Analyst Upgrades

    August 30, 2012 7:21 PM EDT Analyst upgrades and improved fiscal 2013 guidance pushed shares of Pandora Media as high as $12.43 Thursday before ending up 14.3% to $11.52. Trading was heavy at 40.6 million shares versus a daily average of 2.8 million. Pandora's Second Qu ...

  35. Business Matters: A Brief History of Spotify Royalties

    August 30, 2012 12:21 PM EDT Spotify's per-stream royalty payments to one independent artist are showing the heft people might have thought impossible just a few years ago. David Harrell of the band t he Layaways regularly posts numbers from his band's CD Baby royal ...

  36. Morning Fix: UMG's Revenues Rise; Rolling Stones' Brooklyn Gig; Slaughterhouse & TobyMac's Chart Battle

    August 30, 2012 7:54 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. ROLLING STONES TO PLAY LONDON, BROOKLYN IN NOVEMBER: SOURCE The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the new Barclays ...

  37. Pandora's Second Quarter: As Losses Grow, the Message Shifts to Mobile

    August 29, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Pandora shifted its message for its fiscal second-quarter earnings on Wednesday, putting more emphasis on the growth of its mobile revenue and listening hours. During the earnings call, Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy unveiled an unprecedented number of d ...

  38. Pandora Mobile Revenue Outpaces Overall Growth, Yet Losses Grow

    August 29, 2012 4:00 PM EDT Pandora Media grew its revenue 52% to $89.4 million in its fiscal quarter ended July 31 while increasing mobile revenue 85% to $59.2 million. Total revenue for the first six months of the company's fiscal year was $182 million with $160 milli ...

  39. Cricket Wireless Makes Muve Music Available on All New Android Plans

    August 29, 2012 2:00 AM EDT Muve Music by Cricket Wireless has quietly become the second-biggest subscription service in the U.S. Soon, it will be the biggest in the country. On Wednesday, prepaid mobile carrier Cricket announced its Muve Music subscription service will be i ...

  40. RealNetworks to Lay Off 160 in 'Streamlining' Effort

    August 28, 2012 8:54 PM EDT RealNetworks revealed today that it plans to cut 160 jobs -- 14 percent of its workforce -- in an effort to reduce operating expenses, according to AllThingsD and other media reports. Half of the layoffs immediate, with another 80 within the next ...

  41. Google Reinstates Grooveshark App

    August 28, 2012 6:14 PM EDT More than a year after being r emoved from Google's app store for the Android - reportedly under pressure from major labels - Grooveshark's app reappeared today, although the four major labels' lawsuits against the company continue. ...

  42. BandsInTown Concert Audience Research: Fans Need to Be Informed; 'Superfans' Will Spend a Lot More

    August 27, 2012 8:59 AM EDT Facebook concert discovery app BandsInTown , which claims to power tour listings for more than 100,000 artists and track even more, commissioned Insight Strategy Group to conduct a survey that turned up some intriguing results regarding live music ...

  43. Germany Finally Embracing the Digital Era

    August 24, 2012 1:07 PM EDT BERLIN - The German music market, the world's third largest in 2011 according to the IFPI, is finally catching up to the digital era, according to a new study presented by the German music association BVMI (Bundesverband Musikindustrie) toget ...

  44. Business Matters: SoundExchange Pays Out $95.8 Million in Q2, But Is That Good Enough?

    August 24, 2012 11:14 AM EDT Labels and performing artists are seeing good growth from digital performance royalties these days. But could they do better? SoundExchange, the performance rights organization for non-interactive digital music services like Pandora and SiriusXM, ...

  45. Spotify Grew Fast, Lost Money in 2011 -- No Surprises

    August 23, 2012 2:07 PM EDT Two bits of unsurprising news could be found in a Wall Street Journal report containing Spotify's 2011 financials: Spotify grew fast and lost money. To no surprise, Spotify's losses mounted as it expanded in the U.S. and elsewhere in 201 ...

  46. Business Matters: Tesco to Close MP3 Store As Download Market Matures

    August 23, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Starting next week, U.K. customers will have one less legal option for buying MP3s. UK retailer Tesco has announced it will close its MP3 store on September 1. The news was first reported Thursday morning at MusicWeek . The move is clearly an atte ...

  47. Morning Fix: House Sends Letter on UMG-EMI; Spotify 2011 Revenue Up; Trey Songz Headed for No. 1; RIP New Albion

    August 23, 2012 8:25 AM EDT TREY SONGSZ HEADED FOR FIRST NO.1: R&B singer Trey Songz is aiming for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new Songbook/Atlantic album, "Chapter V." Other albums in the hunt for a high debut next week include DJ ...

  48. Spotify to Launch in Canada: Report

    August 22, 2012 12:33 PM EDT Spotify is planning to launch in Canada, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing accounts filed by the company's Luxembourg-based holding company, Spotify Technologies SA. The company added it may also expand into "countries in ...

  49. Morning Fix: Rick Rubin's Universal Republic Deal; Apple Vs Samsung; Carly Rae's Social Media Model

    August 22, 2012 8:29 AM EDT Billboard.Biz Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO M ...

  50. Why Is Spotify's Monthly Average Users Number Dropping?

    August 21, 2012 12:20 PM EDT A tipster alerted us to an interesting figure regarding Spotify over the weekend. According to AppData , fewer people have used Spotify to listen to music over the past month (on the desktop, smartphone, tablet, with Facebook Connect turned on ), ...

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