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  1. U.K. Singles Chart To Incorporate Music Streams For First Time

    June 23, 2014 8:59 AM EDT The United Kingdom’s Official Singles Chart is to undergo one of the biggest shake-ups in its 62-year history next month when it begins incorporating audio streams for the first time.   The first Official Singles Chart Top 40 to include streaming ...

  2. YouTube Confirms Subscription Service Imminent, Warns of Takedowns

    June 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT 71 4.982 k 303 0 YouTube has confirmed it is close to launching its music subscription service, even as it in the process of pulling down some of the biggest indie label acts in a dispute over payments. Google Transfers VP of Engineering Venkat Panchapake ...

  3. How Radio and Streaming Can Be Complementary at New Music Seminar

    June 12, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Closing out Tuesday’s panels at the New Music Seminar in New York, traditional radio formats were presented as a tool just as necessary as streaming and other online platforms for music discovery and marketing strategies. Rather than pitting ter ...

  4. The SiriusXM Model For Music Streaming & The Rise of Indie Entrepreneurs: New Music Seminar

    June 10, 2014 12:38 PM EDT As streaming and satellite radio services represent an increasingly larger piece of the music consumption puzzle (the services now account for 27% of global revenues ), streaming companies and labels’ monetization question is loud and clear. The t ...

  5. Indie Music Labels Set to File Complaint Over YouTube's 'Strong-Arm' Tactics

    June 04, 2014 9:03 AM EDT The industry body that represents independent music labels worldwide says it has had enough of YouTube's aggressive negotiating tactics and will bring its case to the European Commission for review. The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), wh ...

  6. Worldwide Independent Network to File Complaint Over YouTube's 'Strong-Arm' Tactics

    June 04, 2014 7:22 AM EDT The industry body that represents independent music labels worldwide says it has had enough of YouTube's aggressive negotiating tactics and will bring its case to the European Commission for review. The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), wh ...

  7. Facebook Introduces Music, TV Audio Recognition Feature

    May 21, 2014 2:56 PM EDT For Shazam and SoundHound, audio recognition and identification is the core of their businesses. But for Facebook, it’s now a feature. Beginning today, the social network is rolling out a new functionality that will enable users to tag status up ...

  8. iHeartRadio Publishes Audience Results for Australia

    May 09, 2014 6:56 AM EDT In a rare show of openness for an Australian streaming music service, iHeartRadio’s domestic operation has shared some data on its subscribers and how they’re using it.  As at April, iHeartRadio Australia reports its app had been downloaded 308,00 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Beats Music Is Top Downloaded iTunes Music App

    April 24, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Beats Music, which switched on the ability for listeners to buy subscriptions to the service within its iOS app on Sunday, has climbed up the iTunes charts in recent days. Related Articles Beats Music Adds In-App Purchasing for iOS AT&T To Off ...

  11. Business Matters: How Amazon Could Have ‘Tens of Millions’ of Paid Streaming Music Subscribers Instantly

    April 10, 2014 5:40 PM EDT After nearly a decade and a half of buildup, streaming music services are finally poised to make the leap from niche market to mainstream acceptance. That leap is likely to coincide with the introduction of new services by large, diversified tech ...

  12. Underwhelming Start to iTunes Radio Lights Fire Under Apple

    April 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The failure of iTunes Radio to halt the decline of music downloads has prompted Apple Inc. to consider the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade, according to executives familiar with Apple’s internal delibera ...

  13. Power Of Mobile Rings Rhapsody Back To Growth (Analysis)

    April 08, 2014 12:49 AM EDT What do you do when you have the most unfashionable brands in the fast growing, cutting edge music streaming business? The answer seems to be that you team up with mobile carriers and bundle your service. That at least seems to have worked for R ...

  14. Rhapsody Grows To 1.7 Million Paying Subscribers

    April 07, 2014 7:23 PM EDT Music subscription service Rhapsody International says its paying subscribers have grown 63% to 1.7 million over the past year. Related Articles Rhapsody Dropping The Echo Nest The Deal: Telefonica Is in Rhapsody Mobile Giant Telefónica Takes Sta ...

  15. The Echo Nest CTO Brian Whitman on Spotify Deal, Man Vs. Machine, Why Pandora 'Freaks' Him Out (Q&A)

    March 26, 2014 3:02 PM EDT "We hate this stupid man versus machine dichotomy." As conversations about machine learning occurred on the main stage at Gigaom's Structure Data conference in New York, Brian Whitman spoke in a side suite of the Chelsea Piers eve ...

  16. UK Music Trade Body AMP Calls On Labels To Split Streaming Royalties 50/50

    March 13, 2014 7:00 AM EDT Last week, London-based trade body Artists, Managers, Performers (AMP) - a loose alliance between U.K. organizations the Musicians’ Union (MU), the Music Managers’ Forum (MMF) and the Featured Artists Coalition (FAC), which collectively represents ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Sean Parker Leaves Founders Fund

    March 06, 2014 11:15 PM EST Sean Parker has cut ties with Founders Fund.   Parker helped raise Facebook, invested in Spotify via Founders Fund and facilitated the partnership between the two companies. The maverick executive is a director at Spotify, and on his Facebook page ...

  19. Apple Presses Labels For More 'Beyonce'-Type Exclusives In Wake of Downloads' Slide

    February 28, 2014 2:22 PM EST iTunes wants more exclusive ‘Beyonce time’ for downloads   THIS ARTICLE IS FROM THE NEW BILLBOARD GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION Apple Inc.’s music chief Robert Kondrk has been pressuring major labels ...

  20. Spotify Settles Ministry of Sound's Lawsuit Over User Playlists

    February 27, 2014 4:53 PM EST Spotify and Ministry of Sound have clicked delete on a legal dispute that had the potential of breaking ground. Opinion: Spotify Must Find a Solution for Ministry of Sound Playlist Problem, Other Services Should Take Heed Last September, MoS sued ...

  21. Avicii's 'Wake Me Up' is Spotify's Most-Played Song Ever

    February 27, 2014 10:58 AM EST Avicii's "Wake Me Up" has reached 200 million streams, making it Spotify's most-streamed song of all time. The Swedish EDM producer's Aloe Blacc-assisted global smash has surpassed "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragon ...

  22. David Byrne, Marc Ribot, Chris Ruen Lead Rally For Radio to Pay Performance Royalties

    February 26, 2014 6:23 PM EST The Content Creators Coalition sponsored an event in New York City calling on terrestrial radio to pay artists performance rights royalties.   “Out of respect for the artist, we ask that you not make video recordings of the performances you are a ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Beats Music Hires Ex-Gang of Four's Dave Allen as Artist Advocate (Exclusive)

    February 25, 2014 7:00 PM EST In an effort to address the critics of streaming music head on, Beats Music has hired Dave Allen, the former bass guitarist for the post-punk band Gang of Four, to be the company's public face and chief advocate. The newly created positi ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. Spotify Adds Netflix Experience to Board With Barry McCarthy Appointment

    February 13, 2014 2:48 AM EST Spotify is turning to the world of video for clues on getting its music business to grow. The Swedish on-demand streaming service has tapped Barry McCarthy, the former chief financial officer of Netflix, to be the fifth member of its board. McCart ...

  27. Beats Music Rolls Out Commerce Via Topspin

    February 07, 2014 7:00 AM EST Is Shamal Ranasinghe, the press-shy co-founder of Topspin Media, streaming music's new best friend?  Nearly 12 months ago, Jimmy Iovine made a public promise to artists -- that Beats Music, the music service he co-founded, would directly conn ...

  28. Investors Put $2.4 Billion Into Music In 2013, Streaming Tops List

    January 31, 2014 5:48 PM EST The big got bigger and the rich got richer in 2013. In the 57 investment deals totaling over $2.4 billion tracked by Billboard, nearly 9 in 10 dollars invested went to a traditional music company, an EDM concert promoter or a company that stre ...

  29. Beats Music: What Works and What Doesn’t

    January 21, 2014 4:15 PM EST The basic premise of Beats Music, which officially launched today, is that it’s the same as its many competitors‑‑see Spotify, Rhapsody, Slacker, Rdio, Sony Music Unlimited, Xbox Music, Muve, Google Music and, likely later this year, Deezer and ...

  30. Sony Music Unlimited Integrates with Bandsintown (Exclusive)

    January 17, 2014 9:00 AM EST Bandsintown, a concert listing service used by 40 million unique viewers a month, has integrated Sony's Music Unlimited subscription service into its apps.* Bandsintown and The Agency Group Announce Partnership Sony's Music Unlimited ...

  31. AT&T To Offer $15-A-Month Beats Music Family Plan

    January 12, 2014 1:10 PM EST AT&T says it will start offering customers a subscription to streaming service Beats Music in a package that gives as many as five family members unlimited streaming and song downloading for $15 a month. Ian Rogers: The Man Behind the Beats Be ...

  32. The Music Biz in 2013: In Flux, Disruptors Disrupted

    January 01, 2014 8:28 AM EST The week before Christmas, pondering a year-end music business essay, a litany of major stories jumped to mind, including: the Twitter and SFX IPOs; Sony and Vivendi investors’ calling for entertainment spin-offs; Live Nation’s record revenues ...

  33. Spotify Content Chief Ken Parks Discusses Artist Royalty Payments Controversy, More with Mediaorite's Jason Herskowitz (Podcast)

    December 20, 2013 3:28 PM EST Spotify Chief Content Officer Ken Parks sat down for an extended discussion with leading industry thought leader Jason Herskowitz of Mediaorite about the controversial topic of artist royalty payments. Spotify has been keen to be as transparent an ...

  34. Spotify Readying Free Streaming Mobile Service

    December 06, 2013 5:46 AM EST Spotify, the Swedish music streaming service, is set to announce a new feature that will allow users to pick specific tracks and listen to them on mobile devices for free. That's according to a person familiar with the matter who was not auth ...

  35. Beats Music 'Locked and Loaded' for January

    December 04, 2013 2:20 PM EST Beats Music on Wednesday announced it will debut its music service in January, kicking off a year that promises to crank up the competition in the hotly contested U.S. music subscription business. Beats' Daisy Music Service Dials Up Carrie ...

  36. Spotify Serenades Artists With Data, Commerce

    December 03, 2013 2:35 PM EST Amid a growing chorus of debate about how much streaming services pay artists, Spotify on Tuesday tried to present its own side of the argument, outlining in a new website how it has paid out $1 billion in music royalties since its launch five ye ...

  37. Morning Fix: Did iTunes Radio Dent Track Sales?; RIP Winamp; Carlos Vives, Julio Reyes Win Big at Latin Grammys; ASCAP Reps Go to Washington

    November 22, 2013 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BUSINESS MATTERS: TRACK SALES ON DOWNWARD TREND IN 2013. DID ITUNES RADIO PLAY A PART? It's not clear if iTunes Radio has hurt U.S. track sales since its Sept. 18th launch. One thing is clear, ...

  38. Business Matters: What the Spotify-Vodafone Partnership Means to the U.S. Market

    November 19, 2013 8:25 PM EST News that Spotify has formed a partnership with Vodafone in Ireland is fairly routine. Such partnerships are commonplace, and Spotify has partners throughout Europe. But one news report contained a bit of information that shows the value of a mo ...

  39. Deezer Coming to the United States In 2014

    November 14, 2013 7:58 PM EST On-demand subscription service Deezer is finally be headed to the world's biggest music market. The France-based service is expected to launch in the United States in 2014, according to a major label source. While a report at Digital Music ...

  40. Business Matters: If I Were Thom Yorke's Communications Director

    October 28, 2013 10:15 AM EDT More than three months have passed since Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich, his bandmate in Atoms for Peace and the producer of numerous Radiohead albums, announced they had pulled their songs from Spotify. Aided by additional public comments from Y ...

  41. YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service (Breaking)

    October 23, 2013 6:51 PM EDT YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service -- akin to a Spotify, but with video -- to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans. The service, designed with mobile listening in mind, will have ...

  42. What Does Twitter's IPO Mean To The Music Biz? Not A Whole Lot (Analysis)

    October 04, 2013 12:45 PM EDT Twitter is hoping to raise $1 billion in an initial public stock offering. What does it mean to the music business? Not a whole lot. An IPO is a confirmation of a company's revenue-generating capabilities and business model. Twitter would ...

  43. Spotify Goes Live in Argentina, Greece, Taiwan, Turkey

    September 24, 2013 6:34 AM EDT Digital music service Spotify has launched in  four new countries - Taiwan, Argentina, Greece and Turkey. The latest additions mean that the Sweden-based company has now made its music streaming service available in 32 countries. In Taiwan, Spot ...

  44. Business Matters: What Google Trends Says About Spotify, Deezer, iTunes and the State of Digital Music

    September 16, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Google Trends shows what we already know: subscription services are increasingly popular while interest in paid downloads has peaked. But Google Trends, a Google service that graphs the frequency of search terms, also shows the popularity of ...

  45. Morning Fix: P!nk Named Billboard's 2013 Woman of the Year; Rdio Partners With Cumulus Media; Maroon 5 Sign to Kobalt

    September 16, 2013 5:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE P!NK NAMED BILLBOARD'S 2013 WOMAN OF THE YEAR P!nk has been named Billboard's Woman of the Year and will be honored at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event on Dec. 10 in New York City ...

  46. Twitter #Music is Now on Spotify

    September 13, 2013 2:23 PM EDT Twitter #Music is now on Spotify, the 140-character sharing network announced yesterday. Twitter #Music analyzes popular music based on the volume of tweets and mentions of that song on Twitter, and curates it in a playlist where users can easil ...

  47. Xbox Music Adds Freemium Option, Expands to iOS, Android As App

    September 09, 2013 12:01 AM EDT Xbox Music is breaking out of the Microsoft box. The on-demand music service will be available as apps on Apple's iOS and Google's Android devices starting Monday (Sept. 9), a move designed to broaden Xbox Music's distribution and ...

  48. Spotify Seeking Additional Funding at $5.27 Billion Valuation (Report)

    September 06, 2013 3:40 PM EDT Spotify is seeking cash to help fuel its global growth. According to a report at Swedish news outlet Dagens Industri , the world's largest music subscription company is seeking debt financing at a $5.27 billion valuation.   The report claim ...

  49. Pandora Says August Listener Hours Rose 16 Percent

    September 05, 2013 8:57 PM EDT Pandora managed to boost its listener numbers last month despite rising competition for online music lovers. Total listener hours rose 16 percent in August to 1.35 billion, from 1.16 billion hours in the same month a year ago. That's a 5 pe ...

  50. Ministry of Sound Launches Copyright Lawsuit Against Spotify

    September 04, 2013 6:22 AM EDT British dance music brand Ministry of Sound is taking the extraordinary step of suing Spotify for copyright infringement. London-based MoS launched proceedings Sept. 2 in the U.K.’s High Court, claiming the subscription service had refused to ...

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