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  1. A Look At The Numbers: Vevo's Views Since Launch

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vevo, a new music video site named last week as Fast Company’s #4 most innovative music company of 2010, is getting its traffic the old-fashioned way: through YouTube. Data shared by video tracking and analytics firm TubeMogul indicate Vevo’s vide ...

  2. UPDATED: Sellaband Files For Bankruptcy

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Update: On Tuesday, Sellaband posted a statement on its Web site that indicated the company has obtained a trustee to guide it through its bankruptcy. In addition, the company indicated it expects to find a potential buyer. No indication was given ...

  3. Warner Pulls Catalog From French Streaming Service

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST French streaming service Jiwa has withdrawn Warner Music's catalog and asked for its users to make donations to support the service, a disclaimer on its Web site reads. The removal of Warner catalog follows an order by the record company, Jiw ...

  4. Kings Of Leon Books Biggest U.K. Show

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Kings of Leon will play its biggest ever U.K. show this summer. The U.S. band will perform a Live Nation-promoted date at London's Hyde Park on June 30. The capacity for the show is understood to be around 50,000. Other acts to play Hyde Park ...

  5. Update: Hendrix 'Rock Band' Coming In 2010?

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Update: MTV got back to Billboard.biz with an official statement: “While we have not made any official announcements regarding Jimi Hendrix and Rock Band, we are excited to say that we are in discussions to bring his music to our platform. Stay tu ...

  6. EMI, Australian telco Launch Bundled Music Service

    February 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Australia has teamed with national telco AAPT to create a groundbreaking music service. The new AAPT "Entertainment Bundle" fuses unlimited broadband and home phone line rental with a music subscription, and is a first for the ...

  7. Business Matters: The Price Debate, Rascal Flatts, Thumbplay

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Do higher prices equal slower sales? That's the w ...

  8. Cowell's Haiti Single Sells 200,000 In 2 Days

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.K. benefit single for Haiti organized by Simon Cowell has sold more than 200,000 in two days, according to the Official Charts Company (OCC). The cover of REM's "Everybody Hurts" for the Helping Haiti release from Sony Music f ...

  9. Court Rules Men At Work's 'Down Under' Lifted Riff

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Men At Work will have to dig a little deeper after the Federal Court ruled Thursday (Feb. 4) that the Australian pop giants had lifted a riff in "Down Under" from another song. A Federal Court judge found that Men At Work's memorabl ...

  10. Joaquin Sabina Scores Spain's Top-Selling Album

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Only three albums sold more than 100,000 units in Spain in 2009, according to figures released by labels' association Promusicae. They were "Vinagre Y Rosas" (150,000) by singer-songwriter Joaquin Sabina (Sony Music), "Antes De ...

  11. Simon Cowell's Haiti Single Hits Airwaves

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST A new charity single for Haiti featuring Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi, Susan Boyle and Robbie Williams hit the Internet and airwaves on Tuesday (Feb. 2). The cover version of REM's "Everybody Hurts" was hastily put together by Simon C ...

  12. Business Matters: Bandcamp, Vodafone, Copyright Policy Analysis and More

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- The business models of personalized radio stations sto ...

  13. Analysis: Digital Album Sales Big For Now

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital sales account for an abnormally high percentage of sales for some of this week's top albums. In spite of some incredible digital numbers, these albums appear to be deviations from the norm rather than signals that digital sales growth ...

  14. Photos: Key Moments From MIDEM 2010

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Billboard.biz team was in Cannes, France, where we reported and live tweeted the MIDEM 2010 world trade show and conference. The event kicked off Saturday (Jan. 23) and ran through Wednesday (Jan. 27). Follow us on Twitter here . Wednesday MID ...

  15. OurStage Raises An Additional $2.5 Million

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music discovery Web site OurStage has recently raised about $2.55 million in new funding, according to a company representative. The recent funds bring the total to approximately $5.2 million of a $6 million Series B offering. A SEC filing on Janu ...

  16. Simon Cowell, Sony Music Sign Global Deal

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell and Sony Music Entertainment have renewed their partnership, confirming details of a new long-term global venture to focus on the production and exploitation of music, television, film and digital content. The new venture will own all ...

  17. MIDEM 2010 Preview: Streaming Goes Mobile, World Cup, Key Start-Ups and More

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The MIDEM global trade fair and conference in Cannes remains an essential destination for many industry executives -- not least because of the opportunity to head to the south of France and escape the January freeze. But organizers say they had to ...

  18. 'X Factor' Sales Impact Revealed

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Data analysis of digital sales, radio play and Web traffic by the Nielsen Company reveals the full impact of an appearance on U.K. music talent show "The X Factor" in the U.K. The ITV1 show secured big names as guest performers on the Su ...

  19. Business Matters: Vevo, ACTA, EMI, Vampire Weekend and More

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to comScore's tracking numbers, new video streaming site Vevo was the top network in the music-entertainment category in Decembe ...

  20. Business Matters: Five-year Sales Outlook, Octone Records, Muzak

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- eMarketer reports tend to get a lot of coverage online and actually carry a bit of weight. So one has to wonder if people will take to heart it ...

  21. Take That Lead U.K. Music DVD Sales Surge

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. pop act Take That's "The Circus - Live" (Universal) was the biggest music DVD release of 2009 in Britain, moving 574,000 copies according to the Official Charts Company. Overall, music video sales ended the year up 14.1% compar ...

  22. Australian Copyright Tribunal Sets New Royalty Rate

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Australia has a new royalty rate for digital music and video downloads. The country's Copyright Tribunal has established a new tariff payable to composers, songwriters and music publishers, and in doing so has put an end to a clash which pitt ...

  23. Delta Goodrem Scores Decade's Biggest Australian Album

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Homegrown artists Delta Goodrem and Guy Sebastian scored Australia's best-selling album and single of the 2000s, according to new retrospective over-the-counter sales tallies reported today (Jan. 7) by labels body ARIA. Goodrem's 14-time ...

  24. Boyle Makes Chart History Down Under

    December 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Susan Boyle’s blockbuster debut album “I Dreamed A Dream” (Syco/Sony Music) has made chart history Down Under. The current No. 1 album last week notched the biggest individual chart sales period since national labels body ARIA began collating char ...

  25. Year-End Chart Analysis: Priests, 'Popera' Stars Shine On Classical Charts

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Priests, a group of holy men from Northern Ireland, and Il Divo, the "popera" boy band assembled by "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell, were the year's best sellers on the Traditional Classical and Classical Crossover ...

  26. Analysis: On First Look, Vevo's Three Problems

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Online music video service Vevo "launched" Tuesday night with a party in New York, but the service clearly could not handle the traffic when it first went live. If you could actually get on the site, there were page loading problems and ...

  27. Analysis: Vevo Is A Necessary Experiment For Majors

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST The launch of Vevo Tuesday (Dec. 8) is a necessary experiment for major labels aiming to take a more direct role in charting their digital destiny. After years of letting video sites build a business on their content, music companies must take new ...

  28. Q3 Earnings: Industry Financial Snapshot

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dour financial results have never looked so good. With a few exceptions, Q3's earnings results offered a snapshot of repeated losses and turnaround plans bearing little fruit. But in today’s environment, survival is a marker of success. Music ...

  29. Business Matters: Guvera, Mewbox, Guy Hands, SXSW

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Unlike most ad-supported sites, the upcoming Guvera will offer downloads and streams. And its take on advertising in unique: it plans to align ...

  30. Australian Copyright Tribunal Ponders Download Rate

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Australia's Copyright Tribunal has begun its deliberations over the country's digital download royalty rate for authors rights. The Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) and the society's sister organization AMCOS (Austra ...

  31. U.K. Music Biz Monitors Developments At Borders

    November 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry is keeping a watchful eye over developments at troubled book retail chain Borders U.K. following the company's recent fall into administration - roughly equivalent to Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection (Billboard.biz, No ...

  32. Empire Of The Sun Wins 4 ARIAs

    November 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Empire of the Sun shone brightest at the ARIA Awards in Sydney, where the psychedelic newcomers picked up four awards including best group and the coveted album of the year gong. New Zealand-born pop artist Ladyhawke and veteran rockers AC/DC each ...

  33. Susan Boyle's First-Week U.S. Album Sales Projected At 550K+

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.S. music retailers say they are realizing Susan Boyle’s dreams, as her album “I Dreamed A Dream” is blowing up way beyond sales expectations. Label and distribution executives, meanwhile, project that based on early sales returns at the big box ...

  34. Leona Lewis, 'X Factor' Top U.K. Charts

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST ITV's "The X Factor" series tightened its stranglehold on the U.K. sales charts, securing a double victory for creator/judge Simon Cowell's Sony Music-distributed Syco Music label. The 2007 "X Factor" winner Leona Lew ...

  35. Analysis: Hulu, Vevo And The Rise Of Streaming Video

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST While talk about free, ad-supported music streaming sites dominated the tech and music industries in 2009, who would have thought that ad-supported video streaming sites would finish the year with more optimism? As Billboard reported on Wednesday, ...

  36. Germany's Rock Label SPV Back In Business

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Six months after its insolvency on May 27, Hannover-based hard rock record label SPV GmbH is back, in partnership with Sony Music. The trustee of insolvency, lawyer Manuel Sack confirmed that SPV started a new future with its remaining assets. Acc ...

  37. Donnaruma To Lead Newly Launched Concrete Marketing

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Concrete Marketing is launching a new service, Concrete Compliance, which will be spearheaded by former Sony Music veteran Tom Donnaruma. Concrete Compliance will monitor in-store pricing, promotion and inventory for labels and managers. The servi ...

  38. U.K. iTunes Store Unveils 2009 Albums, Songs Shortlist

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. iTunes store is urging music fans to vote for their favorite song and album of 2009 from a shortlist published today (Nov. 13). The 10 songs and 10 albums were chosen by the iTunes U.K. editorial team in London from the year's releas ...

  39. Business Matters: Sony, RealNetworks, Google, Warner Music Nashville and More

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Sony Music reported revenue of $1.38 billion and an operating income of $96 million in Sony Corp’s fiscal Q2 ending September 30. That was a 3% ...

  40. The Inside Story: Michael Jackson's 'This Is It'

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT For “This Is It,” Michael Jackson’s planned 50-concert residency at London’s O2 Arena, the star’s sudden, tragic death really could have been it, with millions of dollars lost for producer/promoter AEG Live and the star’s vision never realized. n ...

  41. George Michael In One-off Deal With Island

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT George Michael has signed a deal with Universal's Island Records for a one-off Christmas single. "December Song" will be released digitally Dec. 13 in the United Kingdom, with a physical release following one day later. Internationa ...

  42. Frampton Manager Dee Anthony Dies At 83

    October 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dee Anthony, an artist manager who shepherded the careers of Peter Frampton, Tony Bennett and Peter Allen and helped bring '60s U.K. rock acts to prominence in the U.S., died Oct. 25 in Connecticut. He was 83 years old. Born Anthony D'Ad ...

  43. Beyoncé, Maxwell, Keri Hilson Lead Nominations For Soul Train Awards Return

    October 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With four nominations each, Beyoncé, Keri Hilson and Maxwell head the list of nominees for the return of the Soul Train Awards. The awards ceremony, hosted by actors Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, will be the first special aired on BET' ...

  44. 'New' Michael Jackson Single Written In 1983

    October 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson didn't do it his way after all. Hours after the pop singer's first posthumous single "This Is It" was released amid great hype on Monday, it emerged that the tune had been recorded 18 years ago by an obscure P ...

  45. New Michael Jackson Single Hits The Airwaves

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's new single "This Is It" began streaming online and playing across the radio airwaves Monday, nearly four months after the "king of pop" died of a prescription drug overdose aged 50. The track, which featu ...

  46. Streisand's 'Love' Climbs To No. 1 In U.K.

    October 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Barbra Streisand's "Love Is The Answer" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) climbed 4-1 on the new U.K. album chart, becoming her sixth No. 1 on that survey, but her first chart-topping studio album since 1980. Giving Sony labels a ...

  47. German Comedian's Chart Challenge Fails

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Germany's most successful comedian Mario Barth has failed in his attempts to have his latest Sony Music release "Männer Sind Peinlich, Frauen Manchmal Auch" ("Men are embarrassing but so are women sometimes") moved from th ...

  48. Ladyhawke Wins 6 NZ Music Awards

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Ladyhawke was the big winner at the New Zealand Music Awards, taking home six of the awards - known as 'Tuis' - in Auckland. The U.K.-based artist, whose real name is Pip Brown, won the album of the year for "Ladyhawke" (Modula ...

  49. Business Matters: FM Radio, Music Sponsorships, Spotify

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A bill on low power FM radio will get a vote on Thursday in the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. The Local Community Radio Act would allow the FCC to license hundreds of new low power, non-commercial stations. ...

  50. Australian Idol Star Leads ARIA Nominations

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Chart-topping "Australian Idol" alumni Jessica Mauboy, New Zealand-born rising star Ladyhawke and psychedelic electro-pop outfit Empire of the Sun shine bright on the list of contenders for this year's ARIA Awards, organizers reveal ...

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