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  1. Rhapsody Hires Ex-Exfm Staff, Schematic Labs Teams

    August 04, 2014 4:29 PM EDT Rhapsody International has announced two moves to help its music service better connect listeners with songs: the acquisition of the Soundtracking app and technology, as well as the team behind the social music app, and the hiring of the team behi ...

  2. Spotify, MTV Partner on Playlists, Editorial

    July 22, 2014 12:05 PM EDT "Spotify and Viacom have announced an editorial partnership that will bring MTV, VH1 and CMT's apps and curatorial voice to the Spotify platform in the U.S. The partnership will be U.S.-focused at the outset, with it likely to expand to ...

  3. Vulfpeck's 'Silent Album' Half-Joke Made Some Substantial Cash

    July 22, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Los Angeles groove band Vulfpeck’s silent album ‘Sleepify’ may have been a mere prank intended to rack up play counts and royalties, or perhaps it was a more sophisticated act of digital performance art. It's definitely been a rocky road -- b ...

  4. Two Google Execs Cozy Up to Spotify (Report)

    July 21, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Two Google executives, one former and one current, are getting (very) close to Spotify, according to a report from Re/code this afternoon. Omid Kordestani, Google's current interim chief business officer, will be joining Spotify's board, ...

  5. Sam Smith's Spotify Gamble: Did It Pay Off?

    July 21, 2014 11:26 AM EDT A version of this article first appeared in the July 25th issue of Billboard Magazine . Sam Smith lost a battle but not the war. In an effort to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the buzzing Brit's first full-length album, "In the ...

  6. Spotify Founder Daniel Ek Talks Russia, Apple and Beats in Q&A

    July 16, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Spotify chief Daniel Ek closed out Fortune magazine's annual technology conference, Brainstorm, today with a 25-minute Q&A called "Making Cents of Music." He was interviewed by one of the magazine's senior writers, Jessi He ...

  7. Ed Sheeran's New Spotify Record, in Perspective

    July 02, 2014 3:07 PM EDT In its first week of release, Ed Sheeran's "x" generated 6.25 million streams in the U.K. at Spotify -- a new record for the streaming service -- and over 6 million streams in the U.S. The album also set a Spotify record for global ...

  8. Why Did Google Buy Songza? Probably Not Because of Beats Music

    July 02, 2014 8:50 AM EDT Google's announcement Tuesday  that it reached a deal to acquire Internet radio service Songza marks the third entrant in the Internet radio business by a leading technology company in the last nine months. Songza gives Google a webcasting se ...

  9. The 'San Francisco Is Doomed' Compilation Wants to Take Silicon Valley to Task

    June 27, 2014 2:26 PM EDT At the very end of Thee Oh Sees' "You Can Have It," a crusty diatribe against changing neighborhoods, frontman Jeff Dwyer makes things personal: "Fuck you, Google. Fuck you, Twitter." The bitter sentiment isn't far fr ...

  10. Spotify and Beats' Canadian Launch Still Up in the Air

    June 26, 2014 1:33 PM EDT Despite recent reports , the arrival of Spotify in Canada may not be as imminent as suggested. Representatives from Beats and Spotify deny these rumors. A source told Billboard that "It would be inaccurate to claim it's even close to a l ...

  11. Spotify Said to Be Training for Its IPO, Practicing Earnings Calls (Report)

    June 23, 2014 10:20 AM EDT Since early this year, Spotify has been dropping hints that it may go public in the near future -- namely, obtaining a $200 million credit line ,  posting a job listing for an "External Reporting Specialist,"  and acquiring music intelli ...

  12. How YouTube's Subscription Terms Will Hurt Indies – No Content Removal Required

    June 18, 2014 1:25 PM EDT 16 1.009 k 149 0 YouTube might not, in fact, take down music from indies it doesn’t have an agreement with... but it won’t pay them either. Right after Amazon appeared to take independent labels for granted with a take-it-or-leave-it payment scheme for it ...

  13. Annual NMPA Meeting Addresses Membership Benefits, Technological Advances, Songs as 'Hopes and Dreams'

    June 12, 2014 2:44 PM EDT While the U.S. music publishing industry may have generated an annual revenue of $2.21 billion in 2013, National Music Publishers Association president and CEO David Israelite estimated (at the organization's annual meeting on June 11) that i ...

  14. Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Takes Stake in Music Streaming Service Deezer

    June 10, 2014 1:51 PM EDT ProSieben will merge its own music streaming company Ampya with French-based Deezer, which will have access to editorial content from the German media giant. German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 continues its Internet shopping spree, taking a strateg ...

  15. iTunes, Spotify Aren't Pandora Killers Just Yet

    June 05, 2014 4:04 PM EDT Nearly every new mobile music service is hailed as a "Pandora killer," yet the leader in Internet radio continues to defy expectations. Pandora has continued to steadily grow after Apple and Spotify made strong moves into mobile streamin ...

  16. Napster Would Be 15 – a Timeline of Digital Disruption

    June 02, 2014 1:48 PM EDT With the advent of June yesterday, Napster would have turned 15 years young -- had it not gone through as many transformations and transitions as Miley Cyrus has   over the past decade-and-a-half. The "service" was launched in June of 19 ...

  17. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek on Hitting 10 Million Subs, Apple-Beats Deal, IPO (Q&A)

    May 21, 2014 7:16 PM EDT On Wednesday Spotify revealed it now has ten million paying subscribers and 40 million active users. CEO and founder Daniel Ek spoke to Billboard about what the numbers say about where the industry and his own business is right now. Billboard: ...

  18. Spotify Now Has 10 Million Paid Subscribers, 3 Million In U.S. (Exclusive)

    May 21, 2014 8:00 AM EDT New numbers important to both the industry and the music streaming company. The number of paying Spotify subscribers has grown to ten million globally driven by mobile usage -- noting a major landmark number for the music industry as it looks ...

  19. The Echo Nest's Paul Lamere on the Dangers and Solutions to Streaming Discovery (Q&A)

    May 08, 2014 2:21 PM EDT It's become fairly obvious to anyone paying half-attention that music streaming services are the future of consumption for the average listener, offering fans tens of millions of songs practically wherever they go. Because of the number of pe ...

  20. Spotify Silences Vulfpeck's Silent 'Sleepify' Album

    May 06, 2014 3:31 PM EDT This article first appeared in the May 10th issue of Billboard Magazine . The silent listening party is over for Vulfpeck. For about seven weeks, the Los Angeles-based groove band reaped payouts from streams of its album "Sleepify" on Sp ...

  21. Rdio to Expand Its Offerings as Cumulus Partnership Heats Up This Summer

    May 02, 2014 3:09 PM EDT Rdio’s tie-up with terrestrial radio operator Cumulus Media promises to be a transformative deal for the streaming music service, according to comments made by Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey during that company’s first-quarter earnings call April 30. Cumu ...

  22. Pharrell Williams Launches Sprint's HTC M8 Phone with High Tech, Sound Sessions Concert

    April 30, 2014 7:53 PM EDT On Tuesday (April 29) night, Hot 100 leading man (for 10 straight weeks now) Pharrell Williams packed out New York City’s Webster Hall to headline the Sprint Sound Session, a concert event to launch the mobile service provider’s new HTC M8 phone. ...

  23. How Spotify's Daniel Ek, Sprint's Dan Hesse Pulled a Deal Together in a Month

    April 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT It may be hard to believe given the scale of their new partnership, but Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek met for the first time just a month ago in a “spontaneously planned” meeting at San Francisco Airport.  That both companies have ...

  24. Spotify, Sprint Unveil Music Bundling Offer

    April 29, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Spotify and the No.3 wireless operator Sprint unveiled their music offer as part of the phone company’s ‘Framily’ plans, with premium service going as low as $4.99. The two companies did not initially reveal details of their marketing plans, but i ...

  25. Business Matters: Five Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify

    April 17, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and telecommunications companies. Related Articles Is Beats M ...

  26. Dealmaker Fred Davis to Launch Boutique Investment Bank Arista Advisors, Clients Include Spotify

    April 07, 2014 8:24 AM EDT Fred Davis is setting up his own boutique investment bank -- Arista Advisors, which opened for business on April 1st and will focus on digital media, music and technology. Davis, whose father Clive is one of the legends of the music business, is a ...

  27. Business Matters: What's Behind YouTube Music Service's Delays

    April 03, 2014 3:58 PM EDT YouTube, which originally planned to launch its on-demand music streaming service late last year, has pushed its debut to the second quarter or beyond. Related Articles Last.fm Pulls Out of Radio Streaming, Plugs in YouTube YouTube Has Paid Out $1 ...

  28. Last.fm Pulls Out of Radio Streaming, Plugs in YouTube

    March 26, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Last.fm has been considered to be an online music pioneer since starting in 2002. But like many pioneers, it's gotten hit by a few arrows over the years as it tries to find the right business model for streaming music. The latest of those str ...

  29. Predicting What You Want To Hear: Music And Data Get It On

    March 25, 2014 7:30 PM EDT When I log on to Spotify, it recommends I listen to T. Rex because I listened to Marc Bolan. Bolan is the frontman of T. Rex. I roll my eyes and click away. “On the record, I’m going to get rid of that one.” That’s Brian Whitman, co-founder and c ...

  30. Spotify Kills Third-Party App System, Gives American Students a Big Discount

    March 25, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Third Party Apps Go with the Dodo All those promising third-party "apps" (which behave more like widgets within the Spotify platform) you were going to write? Don't bother. Spotify is phasing out its third-party app submissions and ...

  31. Morning Fix: Christian Rap Goes Mainstream; Big Machine Relaunches Dot Records; Meet Us, Vine's First Major-Label Story

    March 25, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE AGAINST THE TIDE, CHRISTIAN RAP GROWS AND GOES MAINSTREAM "We live under the banner of Romans 1:16, which says: 'For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvatio ...

  32. Rhapsody Dropping The Echo Nest

    March 24, 2014 11:41 AM EDT Unsurprisingly, Rhapsody has announced that it is ending its partnership with The Echo Nest, the Cambridge-based data think-tank acquired by Spotify earlier this month. It's the second Echo Nest partner, after Rdio a couple weeks ago , to end ...

  33. Why Pono’s CEO Uses Spotify

    March 18, 2014 11:14 AM EDT Neil Young has been recording his music in the high-resolution music format that the PonoMusic store will sell for quite some time, according to what he told SXSW attendees last night. Many other artists and labels, however, have not been doing t ...

  34. Streaming Made Up One-Fifth of U.S. Recorded Music Revenue in 2013

    March 18, 2014 9:02 AM EDT Streaming music revenue in the U.S. grew 39% in 2013, generating $1.4 billion in revenue and making up more than one-fifth of the recorded music industry's business, up from just 15% in 2012, according to figures released Tuesday by the Rec ...

  35. Vodafone Acquires Spanish Mobile Carrier Ono for $10 Billion

    March 17, 2014 10:48 AM EDT British telecommunications company Vodafone agreed on Monday to buy Spain's Ono for 7.2 billion euros ($10 billion) as it seeks to expand operations across Europe. The deal is part of a broader trend of mergers and takeovers in Europe, where ...

  36. Business Matters: IFPI's Annual Report to Bring 'Cannibalization' Into Focus

    March 14, 2014 8:30 AM EDT When the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry releases its twin annual economic reports on the state of the global music business in the coming days, they likely will unleash a debate that's been steadily heating up regarding ...

  37. Rdio 'Transitioning Away' from Spotify-Owned Echo Nest (Source)

    March 12, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Rdio will likely not renew its business ties with The Echo Nest following Spotify's announcement  last week of its plans to acquire the music intelligence platform.  Speaking with CNBC  at SXSW, Rdio's Chief Executive Anthony Bay said, & ...

  38. Echo Nest Scientist Paul Lamere Explains the Future of Pressing 'Play'

    March 12, 2014 3:56 AM EDT While hordes of musicians were landing or sorting out their hotels on the first day of the SXSW Music, Paul Lamere gave a presentation to a small room in downtown's convention center centered on his experiments with music and data and the ba ...

  39. Beats Music Raises $60 Million in Funding

    March 11, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Beats Music has raised a second round of funding of aproximately $60 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. The money comes largely from current investors, including Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Access Industries with the cash bein ...

  40. Spotify's Ken Parks on an IPO, the Echo Nest Purchase (Q&A)

    March 11, 2014 4:59 AM EDT The past couple of weeks have brought a flurry of headlines about Spotify, beginning last week when it announced its acquisition of the Echo Nest for a reported $100 million and continuing with news this week of a $200 million credit line , leadi ...

  41. Spotify Obtains $200 Million Credit Line In Advance of Possible IPO (Report)

    March 10, 2014 12:46 AM EDT Spotify, one of the world's largest music music subscription services, has obtained a $200 million credit facility from lenders which may indicate an initial public stock offering is in the works, according to a report in the Financial Time ...

  42. Google's Eric Schmidt on Privacy, Power, Tech at SXSWi: 'We Were Attacked by the Chinese in 2010 and the NSA in 2013'

    March 07, 2014 9:27 PM EST The convention center's principal ball room, relatively quiet for the mass of people in town to attend, was all but filled with a half hour to go before the discussion began. It was an appropriate beginning, and introduction, to SXSWi; a talk ...

  43. Spotify's Daniel Ek, Echo Nest's Jim Lucchese Explain What The Big Data Deal Is (Q&A)

    March 07, 2014 2:30 PM EST Spotify, which appears to be putting the pieces in place for a possible initial public offering of its stock, on Thursday added a key component to its company by acquiring The Echo Nest, a data company and recommendation engine used by several of ...

  44. Morning Fix: Why Spotify Bought the Echo Nest; Tom Windish's Exec. SXSW Strategy; Is Gaga's Tour a Flop?; Lady Antebellum, Nancy Pelosi To Be Honored at Grammys on the Hill

    March 07, 2014 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BUSINESS MATTERS: WHY SPOTIFY BOUGHT THE ECHO NEST Spotify's acquisition of the Echo Nest signals the growing importance of data in the music business as context becomes king in a world of virt ...

  45. Business Matters: Why Spotify Bought The Echo Nest

    March 06, 2014 5:15 PM EST Spotify's acquisition of the Echo Nest signals the growing importance of data in the music business as context becomes king in a world of virtually unlimited content. The Swedish on-demand music streaming service has plenty of content, abou ...

  46. Spotify Acquires the Echo Nest

    March 06, 2014 10:19 AM EST Spotify announced today that it has acquired the Echo Nest. The deal will allow the streaming platform to utilize the music intelligence platform's widely-used algorithms to enhance user experience and music discovery for Spotify's mil ...

  47. Spotify Drove Universal Music’s 75% Jump in Streaming Revenue Last Year

    February 25, 2014 8:15 PM EST Spotify drove a large part of the 75% jump Universal Music Group achieved in 2013 in subscription and streaming revenue, according to a source familiar with the music group’s financial statements. During the conference call, Vivendi reported that ...

  48. Data, Spotify and Discovery: Jason Flom, Julia Willinger, Michelle Klein and More Talk Turkey at Social Media Week

    February 24, 2014 10:21 AM EST As streaming music services and social media tools continue to evolve, the music industry is keeping a close eye on the new media’s metrics -- while making sure that quality music remains a priority. This was the overarching theme of "The F ...

  49. Digital Notes: Music Apps Gain Revenue, Vevo Grows Views, Frank & Oak Leverages SoundCloud

    February 19, 2014 9:00 AM EST Music Apps Rock On -- While digital track sales may have fallen 5.7% last year, revenue generated by music apps grew 77% in 2013. This bit of good news comes from a report released Wednesday from App Annie and IHS. Among the biggest revenue-gene ...

  50. Spotify Job Listing Fuels IPO Speculation

    February 17, 2014 2:14 PM EST A new job listing at Spotify seems to bolster rumors of an IPO. First reported by Reuters, the listing, for an "External Reporting Specialist," states as its first requirement of the new hire to "prepare the company for internationa ...

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