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  1. Morning Fix: UK Olympics Bump, Best Buy's New CEO, Beyonce's 1B Friends, Death at V Festival

    August 20, 2012 8:22 AM EDT Olympics Bump Sends Emeli Sande (and 123 Others) Up UK Charts Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's album is back to No. 1 on the U.K. charts following her appearance at the London 2012 Olympics. Fifty-seven of this week's Top 200 alb ...

  2. Mumford & Sons Debut on Social 50 Chart After Long 'Wait'

    August 17, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Thanks to the release of its new single "I Will Wait," Mumford & Sons make a long-delayed debut on Billboard's Social 50 chart , arriving at a lofty No. 13. The chart premiered in December 2010, but the band never generated enou ...

  3. Matisyahu's 'Spark Seeker' Spotify App: Developer, Manager Break Down Design Process, Tech Details

    August 16, 2012 12:57 PM EDT When Spotify first launched its app platform, it was with aspirations towards providing an easy way for third-party developers to enhance Spotify's music listening experience and ultimately build a vibrant marketplace. Though development on t ...

  4. SongPop Music Quiz App Strikes Social-Gaming Gold

    August 15, 2012 4:54 PM EDT Whenever a music app cracks the top 10 in the ( lowercase ) app stores, we pay attention. While we look at music apps all day, these sudden rushes of popularity are a nice reminder that non-music-nerds get down with this stuff too. SongPop , a rid ...

  5. Business Matters: Songza Lands Investments from Troy Carter, William Morris Endeavor, Others

    August 15, 2012 11:22 AM EDT Songza Lands Investments from Troy Carter, William Morris Endeavor, Others Internet radio service Songza announced some encouraging listener metrics Wednesday, but its new celebrity investors will probably get more attention. SXSWi Q&A: Songza ...

  6. Business Matters: Teens Listen to Music Most on YouTube, Pay for Music More Than Other Age Groups, Nielsen Study Says

    August 14, 2012 5:45 PM EDT A new Nielsen study says teens prefer free, ad-supported streaming over other methods of listening to music. That finding is actually the least surprising item in a report that puts into proper context the ways teens -- and other age groups -- exp ...

  7. Vevo Launches in Brazil

    August 14, 2012 11:03 AM EDT Music video network Vevo announced Tuesday that it has launched in Brazil with localized content and global hits from the catalogs of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music and other partner labels. The site will be localized i ...

  8. Shazam Nets Over One Million Interactions During Olympics' Closing Ceremony

    August 13, 2012 6:25 PM EDT Shazam's social engagement strategies are paying off again. Today the company released a few statistics showing the number of interactions the platform received over the course of the Olympics, including more than one million interactions dur ...

  9. Brookings Institution Calls for Different (And Pandora-Friendly) Standard in Webcast Royalties

    August 13, 2012 5:50 PM EDT Weighing in on the debate over webcasting royalties, Washington D.C. think tank Brookings Institution has called for a different standard for setting digital performance royalties that would result in big cost savings for companies like Pandora. & ...

  10. Business Matters: Pandora Seen Building Up Local Ad Sales Teams

    August 13, 2012 12:27 PM EDT The good news is somebody on Wall Street thinks Pandora is building its local ad sales team to generate more revenue. The bad news is somebody on Wall Street thinks the costs of building out its local ad sales teams will hurt Pandora's profit ...

  11. Spotify Radio Improves With Thumbs-Up (or Down) Function

    August 13, 2012 11:44 AM EDT Spotify has added thumbs to its desktop radio, allowing listeners to fine tune an artist station by giving a song a "thumb up" or "thumb down." This is the latest in what's sure to be a lot of tweaking to its radio product ...

  12. Amazon Planning to Add Physical CD Purchases to Cloud Player Accounts

    August 10, 2012 1:41 PM EDT Sources tell Billboard that Amazon is working to launch a feature that will populate its Cloud Player accounts with tracks from physical CDs purchased on Amazon. One estimate puts the new feature launching this fall. Cloud Player is Amazon's ...

  13. Limited Data Plan? Download the Music Cloud To Go

    August 10, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Wireless data allows people to listen to millions of songs from the cloud, just about anywhere where they go, using all manner of services and sites. But once you lose that signal, the music stops. As we are all too clear , wireless bandwidth is a ...

  14. Rihanna, Lady Gaga Top Forbes List Of Most Social Stars

    August 10, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Who is the most social of them all? Forbes has released its list of social networking superstars -- 10 kings and queens of the status update and the enticing tweet. The magazine used a simple formula, adding a star's Twitter followers with hi ...

  15. Amazon Improves Its Cloud Service

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT Amazon's Cloud Player gets a major-label upgrade Cloud music is getting smarter - and may soon get more mainstream. On July 31 Amazon launched a fully licensed scan-and-match cloud music service, giving it the same features as Apple's cl ...

  16. Business Matters: Warner Getting Big Gains from Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and other Streaming Services

    August 09, 2012 5:23 PM EDT Warner Gets A Quarter of Digital Revenue From Streaming Warner Music Group is getting good growth from streaming services, which now account for 25% of its recorded music digital revenue. The other important news in the company's Thursday ear ...

  17. Why Apple's Decision to Drop YouTube from iOS Is a Big Deal for Music, Apps

    August 08, 2012 3:52 PM EDT When the very first iPhone shipped, literally changing the world as we knew it, it carried a little Trojan horse inside of it called YouTube. The app for Google's video sharing site comes standard with every single iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touc ...

  18. Business Matters: SiriusXM Adds On-Demand Music and 600,000 Subscribers

    August 07, 2012 9:13 PM EDT SiriusXM Adds On-Demand Music and 600,000 Subscribers -- SiriusXM is the latest radio company to launch an on-demand service that allows people to listen to what they want, when they want. Well, sort of. Launched Tuesday, SiriusXM On Demand gives ...

  19. Online Music Downloads Jump In Germany In First Half

    August 07, 2012 12:28 PM EDT A massive 32 percent jump in revenue from downloading music online made up for the continuing decline in the physical sale of music albums and singles in Germany, according to data released Tuesday by the German Music Industry Association, the BVM ...

  20. Will Spotify Roll Out Third-Party Mobile Apps?

    August 06, 2012 1:29 PM EDT As of today, the Spotify desktop client contains 44 optional apps with which users can play music. Is Spotify planning to do the same on the mobile side? Our tipster thinks so We're somewhat obsessed with Spotify apps , because they let devel ...

  21. TuneIn Targeting Music as it Raises $16 Million, Passes 40 Million Active Users

    August 06, 2012 12:37 PM EDT Expect to hear more live music at TuneIn in the near future. The company announced Monday it has raised $16 million in a round of funding, led by General Catalyst Partners , with participation from Jafco Ventures , Google Ventures and existing bus ...

  22. The xx Marks the Spot on Billboard's Social 50

    August 03, 2012 7:00 PM EDT British electro-rock act the xx rides a wave of online activity to a reentry on Billboard's Social 50 chart, returning to the list (No. 27) for the first time in over a year. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo ...

  23. Facebook Bots Are Cause for Concern For Artists and Fans

    August 03, 2012 2:57 PM EDT Facebook isn't the only site for which musicians can buy fake love, but it sure is catching a lot of heat lately." Even as it exerts increasing influence over our public and private lives, this hasn't been the best year for Facebook ...

  24. Business Matters: Ignore the Telegraph, Here's the Real State of Streaming Revenue

    August 02, 2012 4:46 PM EDT Most Musicians Don't Get More From Streaming Than Other Revenue Don't be suckered into believing a Telegraph headline, possibly rehashed without thought by a blog, that musicians are getting more from online streaming than other revenue ...

  25. 40 Under 40: Daniel Ek

    August 02, 2012 4:02 PM EDT Daniel Ek CEO, Spotify Website: Spotify.com Twitter: @ELDSJAL An Ear Toward The Future The people at Spotify spend a lot of time thinking and debating where the company will be in one to five years, CEO Daniel Ek, 29, says: "If you've ar ...

  26. 40 Under 40: Sean Parker

    August 02, 2012 3:37 PM EDT Sean Parker Executive General Partnery, Founders Fund Website: foundersfund.com Twitter: @sparker Guiding the Musical Marketplace Sean Parker, 32, helped raise Facebook, invested in Spotify via Founders Fund and midwifed the partnership between th ...

  27. 40 Under 40: Jim Lucchese

    August 02, 2012 2:50 PM EDT Jim Lucchese CEO, The Echo Nest Website: The.Echonest.com Twitter: @echonest Central Intelligence Jim Lucchese, 39, is leading the growth of "big data" in the music business. But the CEO of the Echo Nest, a music intelligence company bas ...

  28. Samsung Launches U.S. Music Hub With Cloud Storage, Streaming, Radio, Store

    August 01, 2012 8:18 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Samsung launched its Music Hub service in the U.S. on Tuesday. It's an effort to capture some of the buzz around Spotify with a feature that combines a cloud music locker, unlimited song streaming, a radio player and a mus ...

  29. Google Buying Social Media Startup Wildfire

    August 01, 2012 8:00 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Google is buying a company that specializes in social media marketing as it intensifies competition with Facebook for ad dollars and attention. The company, Redwood City, Calif.-based Wildfire, helps businesses such as Cirque du S ...

  30. Business Matters: Is the Luster Off Social Media?

    July 31, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Is the Luster Off Social Media? -- Social media doesn't look as sexy as it did in 2011. Fortunately, investors are not punishing companies just for being affiliated with Facebook. Facebook hit a new all-time low of $21.61 on Tuesday. It was a ...

  31. Amazon Launches Scan-and-Match Service For Cloud Player To Compete With Apple's iTunes Match

    July 31, 2012 2:44 PM EDT Amazon Launches Scan-and-Match Service For Cloud Player To Compete With Apple's iTunes Match Amazon today launched a fully licensed scan-and-match cloud music service giving it a better competitor to Apple's similar service, iTunes Match ...

  32. Spotify Reveals New Numbers: Over 4 Million Subscribers and 15 Million Active Users

    July 31, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Spotify now has 15 million active users and over 4 million subscribers. The new numbers were revealed by chief content officer Ken Parks at the Global Business Summit on Creative Content in London. Put another way, Spotify added over 1 million sub ...

  33. Business Matters: Century Media Was Destined to Return to Spotify

    July 30, 2012 8:53 PM EDT Century Media Was Destined to Return to Spotify -- Citing Spotify's promotional value and feedback from fans, metal label Century Media has returned its catalog to the on-demand subscription service . At the time, the label said Spotify' ...

  34. Century Media Records Make U-Turn On Spotify Involvement

    July 30, 2012 3:36 PM EDT Fans of diverse metallic flavors such as Napalm Death, Divine Heresy, Lacuna Coil, Andrew WK, Winds of Plague, Sick Of it All, and other headbanging-oriented bands from Century Media Records might be pleased to know that all of them are now back o ...

  35. Business Matters: Facebook's Not Alone in its Mobile Problems

    July 27, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Facebook's Numbers Normal, But Stock Dips Anyway Facebook is being punished for being normal. After the company released decent, entirely expected quarterly results Thursday afternoon, investors decided the company doesn't have a strong ...

  36. Twitter 140: Page 13

    July 26, 2012 7:54 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Toy Selectah DJ/Producer/A&R @ToySelectah Selectah is known industry-wide for his creative savvy and is most recently credited for discovering one of Latin music's biggest DJ acts, 3BallMTY. But the pro ...

  37. Business Matters: What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business

    July 26, 2012 6:35 PM EDT What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business -- Games have always provided an outlet for music, but opportunities can be short-lived. A year ago Zynga was going to be the future of entertainment and provide an avenue for music to be used ...

  38. En Breve: Telivisa's New Launch,

    July 26, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Televisa Launches Production Firm Mexican media giant Televisa is launching Televisa USA, a U.S.-based production company set to create English-language content for American TV. The venture follows in the footsteps of Pantelion Films, launched in ...

  39. Twitter 140: Page 4

    July 26, 2012 5:19 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX John Darnielle Lead Singer, Mountain Goats @Mountain_Goats Unlike the deeply personal, often emotionally draining songwriting in his long-running Mountain Goats project, indie rock troubadour John Darnielle uses ...

  40. Facebook's Stock Tumbles After First Public Quarter

    July 26, 2012 4:48 PM EDT Facebook's first earnings report as a public company had solid numbers, but in the end it landed with a thud - much like its rocky initial public offering two months ago. Facebook reported stronger-than-expected revenue and a gain in user num ...

  41. Twitter 140: Page 2

    July 26, 2012 4:46 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Scooter Braun CEO, Schoolboy Records and SB Projects; Entrepreneur in Residence, Universal Music Group Global Creative Investment Program @ScooterBraun All things Justin Bieber and SB Projects, with a healthy do ...

  42. Guest Opinion: Clear Channel/Big Machine Deal Is Step In Right Direction, But Not Far Enough, by Future of Music's Casey Rae

    July 26, 2012 8:00 AM EDT For decades, broadcasters have enjoyed an exemption that allows them to not pay performers and labels when they terrestrially broadcast music. This hardly makes sense, especially compared to digital services like Pandora or Sirius XM, which pay no ...

  43. This Week In Music: Spotify, BLASTmedia, Facebook Reps Discuss Social Media Marketing

    July 25, 2012 6:22 PM EDT On the most recent installment of This Week in Music, Topspin's Ian Rogers talks with Ime Archibong, strategic partner manager at Facebook, Jordan Walker, U.S. Label and Artist Relations rep at Spotify, and Julie Perry, VP, social media direc ...

  44. Music App Machine: Scaleable Apps for Major Label Artists

    July 24, 2012 4:36 PM EDT Nearly three years ago, it was already clear that music apps were going to become a major avenue for all things music, especially for letting artists distribute stuff directly to fans . Some of us even think they could be a major source of music r ...

  45. Business Matters: How Spotify's First Year Compares to Pandora, Vevo, YouTube and Others

    July 23, 2012 8:42 PM EDT How Does Spotify's First Year Stack Up? -- Spotify's tenure in the U.S. has reached one year. Is the performance good, bad or mediocre? See how the service compares to other segments and players in digital music. In honor of its one-year ...

  46. Business Matters: YouTube Has Found Its Groove, Says Google

    July 20, 2012 5:34 PM EDT YouTube Has Found Its Groove, Says Google -- Google believes YouTube has reached a tipping point. "I think we can declare we found our model," said Nikesh Arora, Google's senior vice president and chief business officer, during Thur ...

  47. Frank Ocean Rocks Boat At Retail With iTunes Release

    July 19, 2012 7:40 PM EDT Island Def Jam's surprise exclusive release of Frank Ocean's "Channel Orange" album for one week on iTunes is still angering other retailers. A week after Target refused to carry the album as a result of the digital exclusive, ...

  48. Internet Radio: The Next Digital Underground

    July 19, 2012 6:35 PM EDT One is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Another was recently launched by the world's leading on-demand music subscription service. And yet another has quietly accumulated 30 million monthly users. These three Internet services are part ...

  49. Business Matters: Mr. Westergren and Pandora Go to Washington

    July 19, 2012 4:33 PM EDT Mr. Westergren and Pandora Go to Washington -- Legislation drafted by a U.S. Representative suggests that fights over Internet royalties, and the lobbying and publicity efforts by Internet radio giant Pandora, are starting to heat up. According to ...

  50. Beck Unveiling New Songs on 'Sound Shapes' Video Games

    July 18, 2012 11:43 AM EDT Beck is contributing three unreleased songs to the upcoming video game "Sound Shapes," developer Queasy Games announced on Wednesday. His tracks "Cities," "Touch the People" and "Spiral Staircase," will each ...

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