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  1. 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 ...

  2. Forgotify Plays Spotify’s 4 Million Unheard Songs

    February 12, 2014 1:39 PM EST In October, San Francisco-based art director and music aficionado Lane Jordan read that four million songs on Spotify have never been played. Put another way, one-fifth of its on-demand music catalog of over 20 million songs haven't once bee ...

  3. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Receives Billboard's Industry Icon Award at Midem with Wide-Ranging Keynote

    February 03, 2014 11:53 AM EST At a very early (9:30 a.m.) breakfast on Sunday morning, after a night of dancing on tables at Cannes' boîtes and bars like La Chunga, a gaggle of music execs gathered at a ceremony to pay tribute to U2's greatly esteemed manager Paul ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Spotify Predicts Grammy Winners

    January 21, 2014 8:52 PM EST Predicting Grammy Winners has now become a sort of parlor game among digital music companies over the past few years. The idea is to see if large sets of data on listener behavior can be used to pick the winners. The answer is: It depends. If list ...

  6. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Announces Led Zeppelin Deal, Free Mobile Service at New York HQ

    December 11, 2013 11:32 AM EST Spotify on Wednesday made the launch of a free streaming service for tablets, both iPads and Android devices, and other mobile devices official. So far, mobile access required users to pay for a premium version of the otherwise free -- advertisi ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Spotify to Receive $250M Investment, Valued 'North' of $4B (Report)

    November 21, 2013 3:01 PM EST Spotify has secured a $250 million investment round led by Technology Crossover Ventures on a valuation "north" of $4 billion, according to a story from the Wall Street Journal . The news affirms, with slight tweaks, rumors from two week ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Spotify Targeted by Class Action Lawsuit Over Automatic Subscription Renewals

    November 13, 2013 5:53 PM EST Spotify continues to grow in popularity, but the music streaming service still needs to prove its mettle as a business. The Sweden-based company has been hit with a class action lawsuit in San Francisco by a subscriber named Melissa Bleak who cl ...

  13. NFL, MLB & NBA: How Music Biz Can Get a Bigger Slice of Sports Pie

    October 15, 2013 5:31 PM EDT The following is from Billboard magazine's special Sports & Music package and examines how music can play a larger role in the nearly $14 billion brands this year will spend on sports. This special section includes "The Big Scor ...

  14. BBC Announces Playlister Service, Integrated with Deezer, Spotify, YouTube

    October 08, 2013 11:59 AM EDT The British Broadcasting Corporation today announced the launch of BBC Playlister, a new digital service that will allow its audience to add and save music to an online playlist which can be exported to one of the BBC’s digital music partners, i ...

  15. Spotify Launches Twitter-Style Follow Buttons

    October 02, 2013 1:34 PM EDT Spotify Launches Twitter-Style Follow Buttons Just about any website or artist page you go to these days features a prominent follow button , which typically leads to a Twitter account . As of this week, you'll start seeing Spotify buttons ...

  16. Spotify Throws Its Weight Behind Artist Marketing

    October 01, 2013 11:52 AM EDT Spotify has rolled out a new artist marketing program, called Spotlight , that the company will use to support artists over an extended period of time. The first two Spotlight artists are American trio Haim, whose debut album was released Tuesda ...

  17. Guest Post: Compilation Producers vs. Spotify, Round One

    September 23, 2013 4:37 PM EDT Dance music label Ministry of Sound has reportedly sued Spotify in the United Kingdom over playlists of MoS’ well-known compilation albums -- even though MoS doesn’t license to Spotify. How can you tell it’s an MoS compilation? Because Spotify’s ...

  18. Exclusive: 'Spotify Landmark' Original Content Series Launches With Nirvana's 'In Utero' (Listen)

    September 18, 2013 4:12 PM EDT Spotify has launched its own original content series and dedicated website called Spotify Landmark, a multi-media documentary series focusing on classic moments in music history. The premiere episode (embed below), entitled “The Real Story of ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. Business Matters: What If Musicians Went on Strike Against Digital Services Like Spotify? It’s Possible

    August 30, 2013 7:23 PM EDT What if musicians went on strike and refused to make their music available on the digital services that have attracted so much negative criticism in recent years? It's not an entirely pointless thought exercise. People go on strike all ...

  22. Business Matters: Misinterpreting The Size, Shape and Momentum of the Digital Music Marketplace

    July 29, 2013 7:01 PM EDT The data should create the narrative, not the other way around. A number of journalists have ignored this rule in recent weeks. If you stay current on music industry news, you may have read some articles that will give you the wrong impression a ...

  23. Business Matters: Muve Music Has Nearly 1.7 Million Subscribers, But is Spotify Bigger?

    July 18, 2013 7:47 PM EDT The most widespread music subscription service in the United States is not actually the biggest subscription service.   Muve Music has "nearly 1.7 million subscribers," a company spokesperson tells Billboard. That most likely makes it ...

  24. Exclusive: Windowing Hurts Sales, Increases Piracy, Says Paper Released by Spotify

    July 17, 2013 11:48 AM EDT Windowing is doing more harm than good, suggests a new paper by Will Page, director of economics at Spotify and former chief economist at PRS for Music.   In "Adventures in the Netherlands: Spotify, Piracy and the new Dutch experience,&q ...

  25. Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' Sets Spotify Streaming Record -- Despite Samsung Giveaway, Topping Album Chart

    July 17, 2013 10:25 AM EDT Jay-Z's "Magna Carta...Holy Grail" set a record for most streaming activity on Spotify in the United States. The album's songs were streamed over 14 million times in the United States during its first week of release. It al ...

  26. Spotify Reacts to Nigel Godrich and Thom Yorke

    July 15, 2013 12:54 PM EDT Spotify is spending Monday reacting to comments by producer Nigel Godrich that criticize the subscription service's business model. Godrich's statements have received attention throughout the music press, the British press and the Wal ...

  27. Why Radiohead Producer Nigel Godrich Trashed Spotify's Business Model

    July 15, 2013 12:05 AM EDT In a series of Tweets on Sunday, famed producer Nigel Godrich ( @nigelgod ) called Spotify "bad for new music" and said three of his projects had been pulled from the ad-supported subscription service.  Godrich takes issue with the eco ...

  28. Atoms For Peace Pull Album From Spotify, Take To Twitter

    July 14, 2013 11:34 PM EDT If you want to listen to Atoms For Peace, you can’t anymore on Spotify. In a string of tweets today from Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich, both members of the group Atoms For Peace, the two revealed that their album AMOK ...

  29. Business Matters: Norway's Music Streaming Market Is Booming - But Could It Work In The U.S.?

    July 12, 2013 4:10 PM EDT Norway is one of those countries often held up as example of streaming potential. It's no wonder why: streaming revenues carried the country's recorded music market to a 7% gain in 2012 and are the driving force behind a 17% gain in th ...

  30. Streaming Sales Lift Scandinavian Music Market

    July 11, 2013 2:37 PM EDT The Norwegian music industry is having a good year, thanks to Spotify and other online music streaming services. Statistics, published Thursday, by the Norwegian recording industry showed streaming revenue up 66 percent in the first half of this ...

  31. Sunita Kaur Named Spotify's Director for Asia

    July 09, 2013 5:03 PM EDT Sunita Kaur has joined Spotify as the company's director for Asia. For the past three years, Kaur worked for Facebook, leading the social network's expansion into the region. "Spotify has been leading the music revolution across E ...

  32. The Eagles Catalog Available at Subscription Services

    June 25, 2013 11:03 AM EDT One less band is unavailable to the millions of people who pay to access music. As of Tuesday, the Eagles catalog can be found at music subscription services such as Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio and Deezer.   The nine titles available for streaming i ...

  33. 1 Million Streams Later, Pink Floyd's Catalog 'Unlocked' on Spotify

    June 17, 2013 4:35 PM EDT Fans of iconic psychedelic rockers Pink Floyd can now stream the band's entire discography for free on Spotify (and Spotify only), thanks to a promotional campaign between Pink Floyd and the music streaming service. The deal was that as soo ...

  34. Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 Launches Streaming Music Service Ampya

    June 11, 2013 10:14 AM EDT German broadcasting giant ProSiebenSat.1 is looking to carve out a piece of the growing music streaming business with the launch of Ampya, an online streaming service akin to Spotify. The new service, which launched this week, features more than ...

  35. Exclusive: Spotify, Coca-Cola Team-Up For PlaceLists, a New Global Locations-Based App

    June 07, 2013 1:40 PM EDT This exclusive story on Spotify and Coca-Cola's PlaceLists app is from the latest issue of Billboard magazine (cover date: June 15, 2013), which also includes stories on Apple's upcoming iRadio platform, how brands like the NFL and ...

  36. Rhapsody Expands to 14 European Countries

    June 03, 2013 5:57 PM EDT Rhapsody on Monday expanded its subscription music service to 14 additional European countries in a bid to accrue scale and more effectively compete with Spotify, Deezer and others in the burgeoning on-demand music market. The expansion brings ...

  37. Business Matters: Study Says Consumers More Willing to Pay for Music Streaming -- Except in Sweden

    May 31, 2013 4:26 PM EDT Consumers in some European countries are increasingly willing to pay for streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer and WiMP, the sponsor of the survey. The percentage of willing payers has risen to 48% from 33% in Norway. Willing payers rose to ...

  38. Exclusive: Pandora Paywall Pays Off, Research Shows

    May 30, 2013 8:30 AM EDT The conventional wisdom of digital business models states that it's a bad idea to start asking people to pay for something they're used to getting for free. Yet, that's exactly what Pandora did in February when it capped the amoun ...

  39. Freemium: Making Money by Giving Away the Goods (Research)

    May 21, 2013 6:36 PM EDT For years, music has operated on selling things -- vinyl, cassettes, CDs and now downloads. Then came advertising on radio and elsewhere. But there’s a third way -- freemium, a combination of free and premium offerings. Examples of this in music ...

  40. Google Launches 'All Access' Music Streaming Service [Updated]

    May 15, 2013 1:07 PM EDT Google Inc. jumped into the increasingly crowded music subscription business Wednesday, announcing an on-demand service that’s “uniquely Google.” Dubbed All Access, the service debuts Wednesday in the U.S. at $9.99 a month, with a 30-day free ...

  41. Exclusive: Pandora's Plan to Share More Streaming Data With Artists

    May 14, 2013 7:59 PM EDT Stung by accusations that it doesn’t pay enough royalties to artists, Pandora Media has been quietly working on a tool that would demonstrate the company's value by giving artists more information on how their songs perform on its Interne ...

  42. Google Signs Universal, Sony for On-Demand Music Service

    May 14, 2013 6:50 PM EDT Google Inc. has landed licensing deals with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group to introduce an on-demand music streaming service that would compete with Spotify, Rhapsody and others, according to executives knowledgeable with the ...

  43. Exclusive: On-Demand Streams Now Count Toward RIAA Gold & Platinum

    May 09, 2013 10:00 AM EDT In an uncommon move to tinker with the formula used to certify Gold and Platinum awards, the Recording Industry Association of America on Thursday announced it has started to incorporate on-demand streams towards its calculations for certifying ...

  44. Spotify Acquires Music Discovery Service Tunigo

    May 03, 2013 12:08 PM EDT Spotify has acquired music recommendation service Tunigo for an undisclosed sum. The Swedish startup helps listeners find playlists, provides music news and editorial, and offers lists of new releases. The Tunigo app for Spotify has been a Top 1 ...

  45. Guy Oseary and Ashton Kutcher’s A-GRade Receives $100 Million Valuation

    May 01, 2013 4:26 PM EDT Guy Oseary’s A-GRade, a fund he launched in partnership with Ashton Kutcher and billionaire Ron Burkle in 2010, announced a $100 million valuation at Techcrunch’s Disrupt NY conference on Wednesday. In a panel discussion with Techcrunch founder ...

  46. NPR, Pandora, SiriusXM, Deezer, Spotify Execs Discuss Alternative Wavelengths At Latin Music Conference

    April 23, 2013 12:29 PM EDT Panel: Alternative Wave Lengths: Digital, Satellite And Beyond Panel Speakers:  Bahigh Acuna, New Markets Lead, Spotify Latin America Trinity Colón Vice President of Programming, SiriusXM Anya Grundmann Director/Executive Producer, NPR Music Ma ...

  47. Daft Punk Sets Spotify Record With 'Get Lucky'

    April 20, 2013 1:07 PM EDT Daft Punk has set a record on Spotify. The music service says the French electronic duo's song "Get Lucky" had the biggest streaming day for a single track on Friday in the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Spotify wouldn't re ...

  48. Twitter #Music, Hands-On: The Good and the Bad

    April 18, 2013 6:35 PM EDT Twitter music was already a concept long before it was an application, so it comes as little surprise that Twitter’s new #music app is built top to bottom around how users already interact with music on Twitter.  #Music arrives with the potent ...

  49. Business Matters: Twitter #Music Has Potential -- But It’s Limited

    April 18, 2013 6:33 PM EDT The Twitter #Music service launched to the public Thursday is a smart tactical move and a decent music discovery tool. But unless efforts are made to widen its potential reach, Twitter #music will play a small role for the social media company ...

  50. Spotify to Launch in Mexico, 5 Other Markets Tuesday

    April 15, 2013 6:01 PM EDT Spotify will launch in Mexico, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Baltics and Iceland at 1am ET Tuesday, a source tells Billboard. The news of Tuesday's launch was first reported by CNET . As Billboard noted earlier this month, job posti ...

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