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  1. Backbeat: 'Digital Dinner' Brings Together Execs From TAG Strategic, Microsoft, Digitalmusic.org At NARM

    May 10, 2012 11:20 AM EDT Ted Cohen (left, Managing Partner, TAG Strategic) and Bill Wilson (right, VP, Digital Strategy and Business Development, digitalmusic.org) congratulate Rob McDermott (Mad Mac Entertainment) on winning the raffle for a Sonos sound system. (Photo: B ...

  2. Tech Types Tackle TV-Music Tie-Ins at NARM

    May 10, 2012 7:40 AM EDT Turning living rooms into virtual record stores guided by television shows and ads is just a few technological clicks away from becoming a reality. How to get there -- and who needs to play role in that development -- was the subject of a presenta ...

  3. Germany and the UK Launch Music Streaming Charts

    May 10, 2012 7:15 AM EDT Much like Billboard did in March when it launched its On-Demand Songs chart with Nielsen and DigitalMusic.org, the UK and Germany have followed suit, announcing the launch of national digital music streaming tallies. Billboard, Nielsen, DigitalMus ...

  4. NARM's Jim Donio Details Organization's Future Plans, Presents Awards at Conference

    May 09, 2012 6:39 PM EDT In the last six years NARM has had to transform itself to "coincide and anticipate the needs and the reshaped profile of the evolving music industry," the organization's president Jim Donio, said at the beginning of his address this ...

  5. NARM Announces New Board Members

    May 09, 2012 3:13 PM EDT NARM announced today its slate of new officers at the organization's annual convention, with the election of iTunes senior marketing manager Brent Muhle as vice chairman; Amazon's director of digital music content acquisition Craig Pape ...

  6. Business Matters: NARM Embraces Big Data -- Will Big Data Reciprocate?

    May 08, 2012 9:29 PM EDT NARM Embraces Big Data -- Will Big Data Reciprocate? -- Big Data invaded the NARM conference on Tuesday afternoon. Terms like "KPI" (key performance indicators) and "regression analysis" popped up in a setting more used to disc ...

  7. Alliance to Distribute CD Baby Catalog

    May 08, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Alliance Entertainment has signed on to distribute CD Baby's inventory of hundreds of thousands of titles to its brick and mortar account base, as well as the online stores serviced by the giant wholesaler. According to the announcement, CD B ...

  8. Facebook Breaks Up With Grooveshark on Eve of IPO

    May 08, 2012 1:19 PM EDT You can't use Facebook to log in to Grooveshark anymore, and Grooveshark can no longer share your plays to Facebook. In our exclusive interview with Grooveshark CEO and co-founder Sam Tarantino a couple of weeks ago, he listed no fewer than e ...

  9. Rdio Hosts Hack Day For In-House Team, Produces RSS, Shazam Apps

    May 08, 2012 12:47 PM EDT At its San Francisco headquarters, Rdio recently held its first-ever hack day -- a marathon event where coders build stuff that works, fast. Most hack days , including the one our editor just attended in Sydney , are open to the public and consist ...

  10. ShareMyPlaylists Launches iOS App For iPhone, iPad

    May 07, 2012 3:37 PM EDT ShareMyPlaylists homepage featuring mixes of Notorious B.I.G. samples and another of Drum 'n Bass ShareMyPlaylists.com has announced the launch of a new music discovery iOS app based around curated Spotify playlists. Since its launch in 2009, ...

  11. Business Matters: fun., Gotye, Justin Bieber Drive Big YTD Gain in Digital Track Sales

    May 04, 2012 4:13 PM EDT Top Few Songs Behind Digital Boost A handful of songs have accounted for a big share of the 31.6-million unit - equal to 7.2% -- gain in track sales in 2012 through April 29. The top 3 songs represent 10.3% of the gain. The top 10 songs account fo ...

  12. Facebook Now Valued at Up to $95B in IPO Price Range

    May 04, 2012 6:15 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook, the company that turned the social Web into a cultural and business phenomenon, is worth as much as $95 billion, according to the price range for its upcoming initial public offering of stock. Facebook's IPO, expect ...

  13. Business Matters: Deezer Opens API, Welcomes Developers to Make Really Cool Apps

    May 03, 2012 7:15 PM EDT Deezer Welcomes App Developers Deezer has opened its API and launched "Open Deezer" roughly five months after Spotify did the same. Open Deezer will allow developers to create applications and services that integrate Deezer's on-dem ...

  14. Live Nation Launches Facebook Concert Calendar App, Readies Summer Twitter Campaign

    May 02, 2012 8:54 PM EDT Live Nation today (May 2) launched its new concert calendar Facebook app, which enables users to discover and share upcoming Live Nation events and all music/comedy shows ticketed through Ticketmaster in North America. "It's based on rec ...

  15. Spotify Introduces First iPad App, Aims To Become 'Home Stereo'

    May 02, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Spotify's rumored iPad app screen grab that sent tech bloggers into a frenzy last week. Spotify's iPad app is finally here. After tech bloggers speculated wildly two weeks ago over an early screen-grab , many assumed it would be the subj ...

  16. Mobile Roadie Adds iPad Apps, Changes Pricing

    May 01, 2012 9:36 AM EDT Mobile Roadie has updated its platform, changed its pricing structure and now offers native iPad apps and mobile-optimized web pages. The three-year-old company offers a do-it-yourself app creation and hosting platform that now powers 3,000 apps - ...

  17. Business Matters: What it Means For Spotify's Daniel Ek to be Worth $308 Million

    April 30, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Daniel Ek Is Worth $308 Million Because The Market Values Spotify So Highly It may surprise some people that Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek is worth $308 million (£190 million), according to a list of richest British people in music at the S ...

  18. Australia's iTunes Music Store to be Probed on Pricing Points

    April 30, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Australia's iTunes Music Store is to be probed on its pricing points, according to reports. Apple Computer and Microsoft will be among technology companies asked to explain to Australia's Parliament why consumers pay considerably more fo ...

  19. Business Matters: Social Media Isn't All That - But You Still Want It

    April 26, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Social Media Is Ubiquitous, But Overhyped Social media is a tough nut to crack. Its benefit is hard to measure but it's become a focal point in sales and marketing efforts. Market research says it plays a minor role relative to traditional me ...

  20. Microsoft to Preview Upcoming Music Service at E3: Report

    April 26, 2012 11:43 AM EDT operating system. The Zune Really Died A Year Ago http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry ...

  21. Latin Conference: Social Savviness, DJ Domination Dictate Current Scene

    April 26, 2012 10:31 AM EDT Living Social (L-R): Mark Coatney (Media Outreach Director, Tumblr), Ashley Simon (manager, media partnerships, Foursquare), Jorge Rincon (CEO, Red Mas), Vivian Lewit (director, music content partnerships, YouTube), Demian Bellumino (VP of Operati ...

  22. Spotify Developing Online Radio to Challenge Pandora (Report)

    April 26, 2012 9:42 AM EDT Spotify, the music streaming service, is reportedly developing a U.S. Internet radio service to compete with Pandora, according to a Reuters report . The report claimed the new service would launch before 2013 and would be ad-supported. It also sa ...

  23. Pandora and Live Nation Disclose Executive Compensation

    April 25, 2012 6:42 PM EDT A couple of music companies reported Wednesday the compensation awarded to their top executives. In the last year, it paid a whole lot more to work for concert promoter and Ticketmaster parent Live Nation Entertainment that it did to work for the ...

  24. Latin Conference: Univision's Jose Valle Says Latin Artists Need To Push Into Mainstream Radio Market

    April 25, 2012 12:15 PM EDT Univision Radio president Jose Valle speaks during his Q&A at the Billboard Latin Music Conference. (Photo: Michael Seto) Radio has changed with social media and with the evolving demographics of music lovers. That's one thing radio execu ...

  25. Rethink Music Hackathon Winners: Having 'The Talk,' Dancing to Make Music, Concert Playlists

    April 25, 2012 8:56 AM EDT This week's Rethink Music conference kicked off with a weekend Hackathon, where participants built and presented 25 music "hacks," or hastily-created apps, at Microsoft's New England Research and Development Center (a.k.a. N.E. ...

  26. Deezer Expands to Canada, Australia & New Zealand

    April 25, 2012 8:41 AM EDT French music streaming service Deezer is debuting in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, marking the company's first forays into those regions in the world. Previously, Deezer had been operational in France, the U.K., and Belgium, but had told ...

  27. Business Matters: Why Concert Listing Sites Like Songkick, Bandsintown Matter in Today's Increasingly Fragmented Market

    April 24, 2012 4:26 PM EDT Why Concert Listing Sites Matter In Today and Tomorrow's Market -- There are far more ways to discover concerts than existed just a few years ago. But are more concert tickets being purchased? Probably not. But that doesn't mean the indu ...

  28. Facebook Reports Lower 1Q Net Income

    April 24, 2012 6:02 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook's first-quarter net income fell 12 percent, weighed down by higher expenses even as its revenue soared, the social networking company said Monday, just a few weeks ahead of its expected initial public offering in May ...

  29. Business Matters: Official.fm Targets Business Users for its Music Platform

    April 23, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Official.fm Simplifies Management For Artists Artists and labels have no shortage of tools for promoting music online. Official.fm wants to simply the process. "Official.fm aims to provide a single place for artists, labels and managers to ma ...

  30. eMusic Launches New Android App

    April 23, 2012 8:01 AM EDT There are two things you should know about eMusic's first smartphone app: it's available only for the Android operating system, and it's pretty good. The app debuted Monday and is available in the Google Play app store. eMusic is jo ...

  31. One Direction Jump Up Social 50, But Justin Bieber Still Social Media King

    April 20, 2012 3:43 PM EDT The five piece juggernaut that is Britain's One Direction is unwavering in its march up the Billboard Social 50 chart. Striding to two spots to No. 2 this week, the group is now nipping at the heels of the social king himself, Justin Bieber ( ...

  32. eMusic Rolls Out Record Store Day Heat Map App

    April 20, 2012 2:36 PM EDT Saturday is official Record Store Day, which means it's almost time to implement your H2BB (home-to-business bicycle) to purchase vinyl music, if you're the type, as even relatively young digital music consumers appear to be . Record Sto ...

  33. Business Matters: TuneUp Media Launches Music I.D. App With Approach Different from Shazam and SoundHound

    April 19, 2012 6:41 PM EDT TuneUp Recognizes Music, But Also Cleans Up Your Music Collection Apparently the market for music identification apps isn't too crowded for new competitor. TuneUp Media has released a song identification app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad to ...

  34. Facebook IPO Aiming For May 17 (Report)

    April 19, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Ever since Facebook announced it would be filing for an IPO Feb. 1, speculation has been widespread as to when the company would officially go public. With reports stating the company was aiming for late May coming as far back as January , TechCru ...

  35. Business Matters: Facebook's Listen Button, Timeline Challenge Developers and Artists

    April 18, 2012 8:00 PM EDT Facebook's Listen Button, Timeline Challenge Developers and Artists -- Facebook's expansion of its Timeline layout in April and the debut this week of its Listen button are presenting new challenges for the companies that provide direct- ...

  36. Spotify, Coca-Cola Team Up for App, Facebook Integration, More

    April 18, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Spotify and Coca-Cola are teaming up for a global partnership that will include a Spotify app, a Facebook integration and a 2013 marketing campaign, among other elements. "This is the beginning of something we both feel will be incredibly lon ...

  37. Spotify Announces Global Deal With Coca-Cola

    April 18, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Spotify CEO Daniel Ek announced a global partnership with Coca-Cola at Ad Age's Digital Conference this morning, according to multiple reports . "I can't reveal more details now," Elk said, "but I'm really excited abo ...

  38. Record Store Day 2012: Useful Apps, In-Store Performances, More

    April 18, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Record Store Day is right around the corner (this Saturday April 21, but you already knew that), so here's a few updates and miscellaneous pieces of information that will help you manage your weekend and make it as enjoyable as possible. Reco ...

  39. Business Matters: Why Sirius XM and Pandora Don't Account For 90% of Soundexchange's Collections

    April 17, 2012 9:18 PM EDT Soundexchange Refutes Earlier Suggestions of Pandora and Sirius' Collections Percentages Pandora and Sirius XM accounted for a large share of SoundExchange's 2011 collections of digital broadcast royalties. Some people say 90%. SoundExch ...

  40. Facebook's New Listen Button Plays Artist Catalogs From Spotify, Rdio, MOG

    April 17, 2012 5:46 PM EDT Application Programming Interface, thy name be "awesome!" Excuse the geek-out, if you're not up on your API ABC's, but how else are we to react to the fact that Facebook just added a Listen button to its artist pages that lets ...

  41. Will Spotify Debut an iPad App Wednesday?

    April 17, 2012 11:06 AM EDT An image of a Spotify iPad app captured in the wild has exploded across the Internet this week, raising expectations the company will finally launch its first app created specifically for the iPad device. The picture was reportedly taken by a Swed ...

  42. Branded Artist Apps Could Make Money and Please Fans

    April 17, 2012 9:59 AM EDT Wahwah.fm already lets you turn the MP3s on your iPhone into a radio station. This would evolve that concept into a real moneymaker for artists, and excellent apps for fans. Say you're a big fan of Sleigh Bells (the band, not the wintertime e ...

  43. Business Matters: Analysis of Martin Mills' Harsh Words on Universal-EMI Merger

    April 16, 2012 6:22 PM EDT Martin Mills of Beggars Group Says EMI-Universal Music Kills Niche Artists Martin Mills, chairman and founder of the Beggars Group, has lodged a complaint with European regulators regarding the Universal Music Group acquisition of EMI's recor ...

  44. Shazam's David Jones Talks Train Album Preview Campaign, American Idol

    April 16, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Shazam has two new partnerships that show how mobile technology is changing how music fans discover, experience and purchase music. One is the FilterForGood project with Brita that offers Shazam users an exclusive stream of Train's upcoming a ...

  45. Vevo Launches in Australia and New Zealand

    April 16, 2012 6:52 AM EDT Vevo has opened for business in Australia and New Zealand. The on-demand music service launched here Monday, through a partnership with locally-based MCM Media, a leading producer of entertainment content for radio, digital, TV and events. Vevo In ...

  46. Spotify May Seek More Funding, But No IPO

    April 13, 2012 2:13 PM EDT Spotify will lose a projected $60 million this year, despite a massive growth in revenue to $889 million, but that's not fazing CEO Daniel Ek. "Our focus is entirely on growth," he told Swedish paper Dagens Industri ( via TechCrunch ...

  47. Business Matters: Is Music Still Core to Sony Corp's Mission?

    April 12, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Music May Be Losing Significance to Sony Sony Corp. wants to revitalize its electronics business, but how will it use music to get there? The company announced a transformation plan Thursday that includes shedding 10,000 jobs , or 6% of its global ...

  48. Spotify Play Button Launches, Aims For Ubiquity

    April 11, 2012 8:25 AM EDT Spotify wants to be the world's music player. Its new streaming music widget, called the Play Button, is a step in that direction. Unveiled Tuesday, the Play Button allows listeners to stream music on the Spotify desktop client via the widget ...

  49. Business Matters: Spotify, Pandora, Google Music, Lady Antebellum Nominated for 2012 Webby Awards

    April 10, 2012 5:58 PM EDT Webby Awards Announce Nominations A handful of music sites and artists have been nominated for the 16th Annual Webby Awards organized by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science to award excellent on the Internet. The awards show will ...

  50. Vevo To YouTube: Sorry, I Like Facebook, Too

    April 09, 2012 6:24 PM EDT Vevo appears to be going to some length to underscore the important role Facebook now plays in its traffic and viewership. The fruits of Vevo's successful integration with Facebook's Open Graph can be found in a post at the Facebook Deve ...

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