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  1. Business Matters: Relaunched Myspace Is a Success as Music Service -- But As a Social Network? We'll See ...

    January 16, 2013 2:43 PM EST The redesigned Myspace finally opened up to the public Tuesday. A year and a half in the works, the site is both a social network and a music discovery destination.   The new Myspace would be a success if success were determined on style points al ...

  2. The Year In Social Media: The Rise of the Challengers

    December 14, 2012 8:10 AM EST Facebook, Twitter and YouTube continued to rule the social media landscape in 2012, but other networks made inroads as well, giving the incumbents a run for their money. The upstarts include Instagram, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Google+ and the reinca ...

  3. Business Matters: MySpace Relaunch Plan Is Optimistic -- Maybe Too Optimistic

    November 19, 2012 8:14 PM EST A PowerPoint presentation about MySpace posted at Business Insider shows the company has an incredibly ambitious plan to turn around the social network. But the plan may be too optimistic. According to the presentation given, while seeking $50 mil ...

  4. Justin Timberlake, Tim and Chris Vanderhook Detail MySpace's New Music-Centric Design

    November 16, 2012 5:55 AM EST If the MySpace of yore was about empowering users to make new friends and collect them in a Top 8 column, then the new MySpace under Specific Media and Justin Timberlake wants to make musicians those users and fans those friends in the Top 8. Spea ...

  5. MySpace's Third Act: Why The Social Network Is Doubling Down On Music For Its Latest Incarnation

    October 08, 2012 1:33 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the Up Front story "Myspace's Third Act" from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also includes our cover story on Mumford & Sons' massive sophomore album Babel , features on Dr. L ...

  6. MySpace Relaunch Will Revive Company's Status in Online Music, Sources Say

    June 08, 2012 12:30 PM EDT MySpace has some big plans in store for its forthcoming relaunch. Multiple sources have told Billboard.biz they have been very impressed with the new MySpace platform and say the company wants once again to be music fans' favored place on the ...

  7. Johnny Wright, Rodney Jerkins Talk New MySpace Competition Series 'Take The Stage'

    June 05, 2012 3:40 PM EDT MySpace is going back to its roots. A new music competition series, " Take The Stage " debuts this week with a concept that harkens back to MySpace's origins as a music-discovery platform that helped artists like Katy Perry, Adele a ...

  8. Spotify Tops Survey of U.K. Media Agencies

    March 28, 2012 12:17 PM EDT Spotify's "freemium" business model got some good news this week. The company has taken the top spot in its first appearance in the Online Media Owner Survey by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), a professional bod ...

  9. Business Matters: MySpace, Pinterest Bump Up, Facebook Drops Slightly in Feb. comScore

    March 23, 2012 5:54 PM EDT MySpace Web Traffic Boosts, But Still Isn't Pretty; Facebook Drops Slightly -- MySpace gained more U.S. visitors and Facebook lost a few in February, according to new figures from comScore. MySpace jumped 8 spots to #42 in comScore's lis ...

  10. CES 2012: 8 Cool Things

    January 13, 2012 4:15 PM EST The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV announcement and Justin Bieber helping Tosy Robotics pitch a new dancing robot ...

  11. Apps Reshaping Digital Media Consumption At 2012 CES

    January 13, 2012 8:50 AM EST App -titude test: The floor of the 2012 CES Convention Hall in Las Vegas Las Vegas -- The annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is all about gadgets. But as this year's confab demonstrated, some of the most excitin ...

  12. CES Quick Hits: Tim, Chris Vanderhook on Making MySpace TV 'Complete TV Experience'

    January 11, 2012 7:44 PM EST LAS VEGAS -- Just what exactly is MySpace TV ? As described by Tim and Chris Vanderhook, MySpace's new owners at Specific Media, it's a "linear TV experience" for the app-heavy smart TV marketplace. Launching on Panasonic' ...

  13. Business Matters: Social Newcomers Tumblr and Pinterest Each Beating MySpace in U.S.

    January 11, 2012 6:28 PM EST --Facebook dominates U.S. social media. Well behind Facebook are two growing social networks you might not be aware of, Tumblr and Pinterest. They have fewer users than Twitter and even MySpace, but they command quite a bit of time. Billboard has ...

  14. 2012's Consumer Electronics Show Biz Blog

    January 09, 2012 7:29 AM EST Jan 13, 2012 | Blog Post CES 2012: 8 Cool Things Andrew Hampp, Las Vegas The music industry was all over Las Vegas this week, from Will Smith and Kelly Clarkson at Sony's presentation, Justin Timberlake's cameo at MySpace's TV annou ...

  15. 2011: The Year the Music Business Turned the Corner?

    December 30, 2011 11:20 AM EST My first day as editor of Billboard.biz was January 3rd of this year. There were four major labels, Doug Morris was still at Universal (officially, anyway), Barry Weiss was still with Sony, Edgar Bronfman Jr. was still CEO of Warner, EMI was still ...

  16. Business Matters: Facebook Had 5 Times The U.S. Visitors of Twitter in 2011

    December 29, 2011 5:37 PM EST Facebook: Now Five Times More Than Twitter -- Facebook and Twitter are often mentioned in the same breath. Both are pioneering social media platforms that have changed how people and brands communicate. But year-end numbers from Nielsen shows the ...

  17. Exclusive: MySpace Launches New Music Player, Search Function, Facebook Integration

    December 19, 2011 8:17 AM EST After teasing a few key advertisers with a short presentation in September , MySpace has debuted its first major product offering under new owners Specific Media. The new MySpace music player launches today with enhanced music recommendations and ...

  18. Business Matters: MySpace's U.S. Visitors Dropped 8% Last Month

    October 21, 2011 6:15 PM EDT MySpace's U.S. Visitors Dropped 8% Last Month -- MySpace's U.S. traffic is dropping while the company retools under new ownership. The social network had 30.5 million unique U.S. visitors in September, down 7.6 percent from 33 million in ...

  19. MySpace's Tim Vanderhook Talks Company's Future, Music Plans, Timberlake's Role

    October 03, 2011 4:41 PM EDT MySpace may have lost the social-networking battle to Facebook a long time ago, but it hasn't given up the fight when it comes to music. Specific Media, which acquired the struggling site from News Corp. in June for $35 million , is betting t ...

  20. What's In Store for Myspace? Justin Timberlake, Vanderhooks Hosting Preview Today

    October 03, 2011 11:57 AM EDT What's Justin Timberlake got in store for Myspace? Top marketers and ad execs will get an exclusive peek into the multi-hyphenate performer's plans today at New York's Advertising Week. Timberlake is set to host a private reception ...

  21. Business Matters: Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke, by the Numbers

    September 29, 2011 6:52 PM EDT Why 2011 Is the Year Digital Music Broke 2011 could end being the year digital music broke. Yes, the iTunes Music Store launched back in 2003. But 2011 has been a truly incredible year for digital music. Perhaps most important is the big improveme ...

  22. Business Matters: Spotify Defends Its Practices as Another Metal Label Drops Out

    September 19, 2011 5:54 PM EDT Spotify Defends Its Practices as Another Metal Label Drops Out Spotify is defending its benefit to artists and labels as another metal label, Prosthetic Records, is pulling its catalog from the cloud-based music service. "There [does] not app ...

  23. Business Matters: Three Things to Watch for in Pandora's Q2 Earnings Report

    August 24, 2011 6:52 PM EDT Unpacking Pandora's (Q2 Earnings Report) Box -- Pandora Media will report its first quarterly earnings since its IPO at 5pm ET Thursday. Close scrutiny is both likely and understandable - Pandora is a bellwether of the Internet radio market a ...

  24. Revamped Myspace Planning to Take On iTunes, Spotify

    August 24, 2011 12:00 PM EDT We're still waiting for that press conference from new Myspace creative director Justin Timberlake and new owners Specific Media, which was promised when the company acquired the social network in June . But the new outfit let a few details s ...

  25. Why Tim Vanderhook Paid $35 Mil for MySpace (Q&A)

    July 14, 2011 7:43 AM EDT Few in Hollywood had heard of Specific Media, an online advertising network led by CEO Tim Vanderhook, until it came out of left field in late June to buy News Corp.'s troubled social networking platform MySpace for $35 million. The Irvine, C ...

  26. Justin Timberlake's Manager Says They're Mulling Talent Competition For Revamped Myspace

    July 03, 2011 10:17 PM EDT Justin Timberlake's longtime manager Johnny Wright said Friday (July 2) that a talent show or some other way of developing new artists will be core to the revamp of Myspace. The kernel of an idea is what has emerged from a frenzied two weeks ...

  27. Tom Freston, Fired From Viacom for Failing to Buy Myspace in 2005, 'Smiling' Over Sale

    June 30, 2011 4:07 PM EDT Six years ago, Myspace was the darling of the Internet, a fast growing company that many larger organizations were vying to make a crown jewel in their business. Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation won the race, acquiring the company in 2005 for $ ...

  28. Exclusive: New Myspace Owner Tim Vanderhook Talks About Justin Timberlake and 'Reinvigorating' a Damaged Brand

    June 30, 2011 1:15 PM EDT Yesterday morning, Tim Vanderhook was the CEO of a relatively little-known ad network called Specific Media. Today, he's the owner of Myspace, after Specific Media emerged as the bargain buyer of the pioneering social networking site for a re ...

  29. Myspace Lays off More Than Half Its Staff

    June 30, 2011 10:58 AM EDT In connection with its $35 million sale to Specific Media , social networking site MySpace on Wednesday laid off more than half of its approximately 450 employees, the Wall Street Journal reported . As recently as two years ago, the once high-flyi ...

  30. Myspace Sale Includes Justin Timberlake as Part Owner, Advisor

    June 29, 2011 5:46 PM EDT Specific Media, the advertising network that today signed a deal to acquire Myspace , revealed this afternoon that Justin Timberlake is taking an ownership stake in the company as well, and will be playing a major role in developing the future str ...

  31. Myspace Sold to Specific Media: It's Official

    June 29, 2011 4:02 PM EDT It's official: NewsCorp has sold Myspace to advertising network Specific Media. The official release announcing the move did not mention a sale price, only that as part of the deal NewsCorp will take a minority equity stake in Specific Media. ...

  32. Myspace Sold for $35 Million: Report

    June 29, 2011 2:08 PM EDT AllThingsD reports that NewsCorp has agreed to sell Myspace to advertising network Specific Media for $35 million. Few details were available at press time, only that the deal is in the process of being completed, and that NewsCorp will retain a f ...

  33. Myspace Layoffs, Sale Pending This Week: Report

    June 28, 2011 12:52 PM EDT Lots of movement over at Myspace this week, if reports are accurate. It all started with reports that the company would be laying of some 150 staffers on Wednesday, or around 37% of employees. That comes after nearly half of its workforce was let ...