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  1. Business Matters: Vevo Says UK Departures Will Not Impact US Operations

    July 17, 2012 5:51 PM EDT VEVO's Upside of UK Management Changes -- The recent departures of two top executives at Vevo U.K. will not impact U.S. operations, a company spokesperson tells Billboard.biz. A press release issued by Vevo last Friday announced that Nic Jone ...

  2. Live Nation Labs Acquires Music Sharing Startup Rexly

    July 16, 2012 5:39 PM EDT Live Nation Labs has acquired Rexly, the maker of a music sharing app for iPhone. The San Francisco-based startup will become the base of Live Nation Labs' San Francisco operations, according to a post on the Live Nation Labs blog . Terms of ...

  3. Business Matters: Site-Blocking Shows No Signs of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy

    July 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Site-Blocking Shows No Sign of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy -- Ordering Internet service providers to block access to file-sharing websites doesn't appear to be a quick fix for piracy. But that's hardly a surprise. Campaigns against pira ...

  4. Business Matters: PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Ushers in New Era in Direct-to-Fan Sales

    July 13, 2012 5:04 PM EDT PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Shaking Up Direct-to-Fan Call it Direct to Fan 2.0: Nimbit, the Boston-based provider of direct-to-fan music services, announced Thursday it had been acquired by PreSonus, a maker of professional hardware and software equ ...

  5. This Week in Music Apps: Automatic Sheet Music, Free MIDI, Your Own Rap Mixtape

    July 13, 2012 4:35 PM EDT As we begin to dig into the second half of 2012, stories and fun abound in the world of music -- to pluck out a few random examples, the Roskilde Festival in Denmark went off, Dan Deacon put together a Steve Reich -esque version of "Call Me M ...

  6. Sweden's Unique Music Story Continues: Subscriptions Up Big, CDs Flat in First Half of 2012

    July 13, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Music revenues are quite healthy in the land where streaming rules. Figures released this week by the Swedish Recording Industry Association say recorded music revenues grew 30% in the first half of 2012, according to a report at the Swedeish Engl ...

  7. Target Refuses to Stock Frank Ocean Album After iTunes Exclusive

    July 12, 2012 7:20 PM EDT Target will not be carrying Frank Ocean's debut studio album, "Channel Orange," which is projected to make an unexpectedly strong debut on the Billboard 200 next week. According to statements from the company and Ocean's manage ...

  8. Brown's Tops While Amazon Promotion Pops

    July 12, 2012 6:55 PM EDT Chris Brown earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Fortune" debuts atop the chart, selling 135,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It follows his last release, and first No. 1, 2011's "F.A.M.E." Tha ...

  9. NME Launches Music Recommendation App For Spotify

    July 12, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Revered music magazine New Musical Express ( NME for short) joins the ever-growing list of publishers , brands , and bands teaming up with Spotify with an app that extends its tastemaking prowess to the popular music streaming service. This app co ...

  10. Target Not Carrying Frank Ocean's 'Channel Orange' in Response to iTunes Exclusive, Not Ocean's Sexuality

    July 11, 2012 6:41 PM EDT Target will not be carrying Frank Ocean's debut studio album Channel Orange , in response to the label's decision to sell it ahead of its scheduled release date via iTunes -- not due to Ocean's sexuality -- according to statements f ...

  11. Business Matters: Paper on Post-Napster Industry Just Another Summer Rerun

    July 11, 2012 6:30 PM EDT New Paper On Napster Unveils Little 'New' Material An academic article by a Rutgers School of Law professor, titled " Copyright and Innovation: The Untold Story ," claims to have "uncovered" what was lost from lawsuit ...

  12. Business Matters: Pandora Growth Stalls As Dog Days of Summer Begin

    July 10, 2012 6:19 PM EDT Pandora Listening Drops As Summer Advances The growth of Internet radio leader Pandora is practically taken for granted as digital music gobbles up time previously spent listening to other formats. So it's a big deal when Pandora's liste ...

  13. Japanese Labels Relaxing Digital Rights Management Copyright Protections

    July 10, 2012 1:41 PM EDT The quickly evolving Japanese digital music market has taken another turn: Local labels are either removing or considering removing copy protection for digital downloads. According to reports, Victor Entertainment and Avex Group Holdings are plann ...

  14. Business Matters: Nearly A Third of Consumers Using Streaming Services: Report

    July 09, 2012 5:27 PM EDT Nearly 1/3 of Consumers Use Music Streaming Services Nearly a third of consumers in 25 countries around the world now use a music streaming service. A report at Music Industry Blog , the site of former Forrester analyst Mark Mulligan, taps into EM ...

  15. Alicia Keys' 'New Day' Dawns, Kurt Schneider Debuts on Social 50 Chart

    July 06, 2012 4:09 PM EDT On the Billboard Social 50 this week, Alicia Keys experiences substantial online gains and rises 38-31. The uptick follows a surge in activity following the release of "New Day," a new single Keys released directly to SoundCloud on June ...

  16. Vevo Dives Into Mobile Web, Allows Streaming Directly From Browser

    July 06, 2012 4:06 PM EDT Vevo has launched its mobile website, which now allows visitors access to its archive of more than 50,000 music videos without having to download one of its apps, a development first reported at TechCrunch . While it still may be easier -- and qui ...

  17. Business Matters: Will Japan Warm Up To Sony Music Unlimited?

    July 03, 2012 4:56 PM EDT Will Japan Warm Up To Sony Music Unlimited? -- Subscription services haven't had much success in Japan. Napster Japan, a joint venture between Napster and Tower Records, failed to grow subscribers to a profitable in three and a half years of ...

  18. Japan's Digital Music Services Leap Forward; Sony Music Unlimited Launches With All Four Majors

    July 03, 2012 11:37 AM EDT Sony Corporation announced the launch in Japan of Music Unlimited, a cloud-based music subscription service that will offer users over 10 million songs. The service will make tracks from Sony Music Entertainment (Japan), Universal Music LLC (Japan ...

  19. Beats Electronics Acquires Mog

    July 02, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Music subscription service Mog has been acquired by Beats Electronics. Terms of the deal, which first made the news back in March, were not disclosed. Mog founder and CEO David Hyman will stay on as CEO and report to Beats president and COO Luke W ...

  20. Business Matters: Rumors Heat Up That Liberty Media Will Buy Out Live Nation

    June 28, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Rumors Heat Up That Liberty Media Will Buy Out Live Nation -- Another summer, another round of speculation that Liberty Media may buy out the remaining shares of Live Nation it does not already own. Liberty Media upped its stake in Live Nation to ...

  21. Google Goes for Digital Living Room -- Again -- With Nexus Q Streaming Device

    June 28, 2012 10:45 AM EDT the company announced http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  22. Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Now Exclusive Music Radio Service at Yahoo!

    June 27, 2012 11:55 PM EDT Clear Channel has reached a deal with Yahoo! to be the web giant's exclusive music radio service. The deal, which covers only the U.S., gives Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Internet radio service a chance to get in front of Yahoo! Media Net ...

  23. Business Matters: Is Spotify Labels' #2 Source of Revenue? Probably Not

    June 27, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Streaming Services Not No. 2 Source of Label Revenue Spotify may be the second-largest digital account for major labels, but streaming is hardly their second-largest source of revenue. In fact, it's unlikely that any single subscription servi ...

  24. Opinion: Music Labels Are No Longer Gatekeepers, by David Balto

    June 27, 2012 1:28 PM EDT Last week's Senate hearing examining the Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division has fostered no small amount of conversation, opinion and commentary, and we're happy to host all three on ou ...

  25. iTunes Launches in 12 Southeast Asian Markets

    June 27, 2012 8:10 AM EDT The world's biggest music store got bigger Wednesday when Apple's iTunes Store launched in a dozen countries in Southeast Asia. It's Official: iTunes Launches In Latin America The 12 markets to get iTunes are Thailand, Hong Kong, Si ...

  26. Yahoo Partners With Spotify For On-Demand Music, Leaves Rhapsody

    June 27, 2012 7:38 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Yahoo is ditching its provider of on-demand music, Rhapsody, for a similar service provided by Swedish subscription-music service Spotify. The changes to the Yahoo Music site are expected to be complete by early Wednesday. Spot ...

  27. Business Matters: Ticketfly Launches Ticketfly Causes To Help Charities, Build a Better Workplace

    June 26, 2012 4:23 PM EDT Ticketfly Causes Works To Help Charities Ticketfly's new charitable initiative is not just an example of a corporation supporting good causes in its community and around the country. Ticketfly Causes is also an attempt to remain an attractive ...

  28. Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Adds Cox Media Group, Emmis Communications

    June 26, 2012 10:56 AM EDT Clear Channel's Internet radio service is getting more local. An agreement announced Tuesday will add to the iHeartRadio platform 86 radio stations from Cox Media Group and another 20 from Emmis Communications. The stations will promote iHear ...

  29. Chris Brown, Drake Club Brawl Causes Social 50 Chart Gains

    June 22, 2012 3:29 PM EDT It's no coincidence that both Drake and Chris Brown received significant online gains this week as news that the two and their respective camps were involved in an altercation at a nightclub in New York. The pair rises 28-20 and 18-12 on Bill ...

  30. Spotify, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire Take Home First Ever Libera Awards

    June 21, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Bon Iver's self titled release took home the award for Independent Album of the Year (presented by Official.fm) and the Arcade Fire's "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" won Independent Video of the Year at the first ever ...

  31. KCRW Becomes First U.S. Radio Station With a Spotify App

    June 21, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Santa Monica's popular radio station KCRW has partnered with streaming music service Spotify to deliver the first US radio collaboration with the service, called the "KCRW Music Mine for Spotify." Modeled after the station's po ...

  32. Exclusive: TuneIn Adds Fox News, Bloomberg and More

    June 21, 2012 1:28 PM EDT Online radio service TuneIn has announced partnerships with more than 20 major broadcasting companies that will add 600 stations to its existing directory of over 50,000 AM/FM and Internet-only broadcasts. The deal includes top talk brands Fox New ...

  33. Guest Post: Jay Frank on NPR's Emily White Vs. David Lowery: Is Stealing Music Really The Problem?

    June 21, 2012 9:30 AM EDT This guest post by Jay Frank originally appeared on his website FutureHitDNA.com . Frank is the owner and CEO of DigSin and the author of "Futurehit.DNA" and "Hack Your Hit." He was formerly the Senior VP of Music Strategy for ...

  34. Sean Parker: Universal-EMI Merger Is 'Good Thing for an Industry That Needs Leadership Willing to Drive Change'

    June 20, 2012 8:30 AM EDT New Music Seminar executive director Tommy Silverman (left) interviewing Spotify board member Sean Parker. (Photo: Todd Owyoung) New Music Seminar founder and executive director Tommy Silverman's interview with Sean Parker, tech titan, execut ...

  35. Business Matters: Spotify Does Many Things Well, But Radio Isn't One of Them

    June 19, 2012 5:32 PM EDT Spotify's Radio Problem -- Since June 2011 it has been quite easy to gauge what people think of the latest digital music service: see how much the market punished Pandora's stock. When Spotify launched on July 14, shares of Pandora fells ...

  36. Emily White's NPR Blog Post: What Do You Think? Let Us Know in the Comments

    June 19, 2012 11:27 AM EDT By now, it seems a huge percentage of the music business has read the NPR blog post titled "I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With," written by 20-year-old intern Emily White and published Sunday. She wrote, "I am an avid music liste ...

  37. Lyor Cohen on Music's Future: 'I Hate When A&R Guys Tell Me Rock Is Dead'

    June 19, 2012 8:54 AM EDT The New Music Seminar's Panel "Crystal Ball Movement: Music Business Visionaries Predict the Future" ( From left): Tyler Gray, Editorial Director, Fast Company; John Sykes, President, Clear Channel Entertainment; NMS Founder/Executi ...

  38. Songza Reaches One Million iOs Downloads in Ten Days, But Is It The Next Big Thing?

    June 19, 2012 7:49 AM EDT The tech press loves next big things. Last summer it was Turntable.fm. Now it looks like Internet radio service Songza is this summer's next big thing in digital music. On Monday news spread that the service topped one million iOS downloads i ...

  39. Spotify Introduces Free Mobile Radio for iPhone, iPad

    June 19, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Spotify today introduced free radio streaming for iPhone and iPad users, making the site more directly competitive with online radio leader Pandora. Using internal data from Spotify's database of 16 million tracks in the U.S., Spotify will cr ...

  40. Microsoft Unveils iPad-Competitor Tablet Computer Called the Surface

    June 18, 2012 10:10 PM EDT Microsoft announced its iPad-competitor tablet computer called the Surface at a press event Monday in Los Angeles. CEO Steve Ballmer unveiled the device, which features a 10.6-inch screen, two USB ports, a magnesium case, Corning's flexible b ...

  41. Business Matters: Sonos Lands $135 Million for the Future of the Digital Living Room

    June 18, 2012 5:49 PM EDT Sonos Radises $135 Million For Digital Living Room Some major investors appear to be betting that living rooms are finally ready for digital music. Sonos , the maker of digital music listening equipment for the home, has raised $135 million in a r ...

  42. How Spotify, SoundCloud Changed the Way Blogs Talk About Music at New Music Seminar

    June 18, 2012 2:38 PM EDT Is Spotify killing the album review? That question and other issues like rights clearances and Mp3 hosting platforms were explored in a panel, "Music Blogs: Discovering The Best New Music," at the New Music Seminar Monday. "Music cr ...

  43. Carly Rae Jepsen Vs. Here's My Number So: The Business Of iTunes Near-Name Knock Offs

    June 18, 2012 2:14 PM EDT An iTunes search of "We Are Young" by fun. failed to bring up the band's massive hit within the first twenty-six results. We Are Young," the smash single from Fueled by Ramen act fun. that spent six weeks atop the Billboard Hot ...

  44. SoundExchange Top $1 Billion in Total Payouts, Surpasses $100 Million in Q1

    June 18, 2012 11:28 AM EDT SoundExchange announced Monday it has paid out $1 billion in digital performance royalties to record labels and recently topped $100 million in a single quarter for the first time. The organization paid out $108.6 million in the first quarter of 2 ...

  45. From Ibiza Sonica to Rockola.fm -- The Best Spanish Language Music Apps

    June 15, 2012 11:13 AM EDT We cover a world of music apps in our curated directory , which is in English. What about the rest of the world, and other languages? In the spirit of inclusiveness -- or in case you've been looking to improve your Spanish while listening to ...

  46. Smule Cracks the Android Market With Songify, Magic Piano Apps

    June 14, 2012 3:52 PM EDT Developers continue to complain that Android is too fragmented and annoying to develop for compared to Apple iOS, but nonetheless Android owns over 50 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. Prerna Gupta , CEO of Khush (acquired by music app powerh ...

  47. This Week In Music: D.A. Wallach on Chester French, Spotify's Roadblocks, 'Accommodationist Culture'

    June 14, 2012 3:17 PM EDT On this episode of This Week in Music live from Sonos' studios in Los Angeles, host Ian Rogers of Topspin sits down with D.A. Wallach of Chester French fame and Spotify's official artist in residence. Here, the technology-minded artist t ...

  48. Business Matters: Songza Takes a Bite Out of Pandora

    June 13, 2012 9:06 PM EDT Songza Takes a Bite Out of Pandora -- An upstart Internet radio company has caused Pandora Media, the leading Internet radio service, to drop 11.2% over the last two trading days and shed $208 million of market value. If you haven't heard of ...

  49. Apple Shutting Down Ping, Source Confirms

    June 13, 2012 4:37 PM EDT Apple is shutting down Ping, its social network and music recommendation service in the next iTunes update, according to multiple media reports and confirmed to Billboard.biz by a source close to the situation. The attempt at a social network by t ...

  50. Business Matters: How Soundrop Is Helping Build the Spotify Economy

    June 12, 2012 6:58 PM EDT Soundrop Benefits From The Spotify Economy -- In a sign that at least one investor thinks Spotify is a valuable platform with longevity, Soundrop raised $3 million in funding from Northzone for its social listening app built specifically for the S ...

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