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  1. Watch: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Calls on Tech 'Geniuses' to Boost Online Music

    April 13, 2011 2:33 PM EDT Longtime U2 manager Paul McGuinness has reiterated his belief that tech companies should do more to help artists. "I really wish those geniuses who bring us Google, Facebook, Amazon and Spotify would get their act together," he said via ...

  2. Business Matters: The Orchard Reaches Profitability

    April 11, 2011 5:51 PM EDT The Orchard Is (Financially) Fertile -- Digital distributor The Orchard is now profitable and grew revenues 14.7% in 2010, according to information the company shared with Billboard. "We had a profitable Q4 and we expect to remain profitable, ...

  3. Business Matters: April Fool's (Jay-Z, Beyonce Buy EMI) And Not (Live Nation's WMG Bid Impacts Stocks)

    April 01, 2011 5:35 PM EDT APRIL FOOLING: Spotify U.S Launches Monday -- April Fool's Day got off to an early start - for those of us in the U.S. - when a post at TechCrunch EU reported that Spotify was immediately ceasing its European operations in order to launch in ...

  4. Rhapsody's Jon Irwin Talks Progress a Year After Spinning Off From Real Networks

    April 01, 2011 3:02 PM EDT Rhapsody's Jon Irwin A year ago today, Real Networks officially split off its Rhapsody music subscription service into a standalone company. Since then, the smaller, nimbler organization has added 100,000 net subscribers for a total of 750,00 ...

  5. Inside the IFPI's Cheery 2010 Numbers

    March 30, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Although it has a cheery, optimistic disposition, there's a lot of bad news in the IFPI's new, meticulous annual report. Countries with stable revenues have faltered, for example, and digital growth has seriously stalled. But it's n ...

  6. Guest Blogger: Jay Frank on Breaking the Digital Oligopoly

    March 30, 2011 8:27 AM EDT (This was originally posted by Jay Frank ( @repojay ) at his blog, FutureHit.DNA . Jay is SVP of Music Strategy for CMT, author of the book Futurehit.DNA and a member of Billboard's Twitter 140 list of the most influential music industry blog ...

  7. Business Matters: Yes, Artists Still Want Label Deals

    March 28, 2011 5:30 PM EDT Think Record Labels Are Redundant? Try Telling That To 75% Of Artists Surveyed … Three out of four independent artists want to be signed to a record label, according to a survey of 1,869 artists by ReverbNation and Digital Music News . When asked ...

  8. The Location-Based Mobile Music App Explosion, A Survey

    March 25, 2011 11:40 AM EDT Adding location awareness to music apps is fast becoming a major mobile trend, as is evident by a rash of new mobile music apps hitting app stores of late. Use of location technology is taking many forms. Many, if not most, are designed to let use ...

  9. Spotify Pulls Display Ads After Malware Attack

    March 25, 2011 11:39 AM EDT Spotify has temporarily pulled down all third-party display advertising on its free service while it investigates a malware problem that arose Thursday. It appears only the ad-supported, free version of the service was affected. A Spotify tweet at ...

  10. Domino's Steve Savoca Headed To Spotify

    March 25, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Spotify is continuing its U.S. staffing effort with the addition of longtime Domino Records head of digital Steve Savoca. The company confirmed Savoca's hiring late last night. He is its new head of content operations, reporting into Ken Park ...

  11. Business Matters: Are Pitchfork's Album Reviews Getting Soft?

    March 22, 2011 8:32 PM EDT Are Pitchfork's Album Reviews Getting Soft? -- Is Pitchfork getting soft? No, the influential music site is probably just finding better music to review. A statistical analysis of the music site's album reviews shows the average score we ...

  12. Top of the Charts in 2015: SXSW Panel Predicts Changes in Fame Game

    March 20, 2011 12:20 PM EDT The traditional path to fame for musicians is rapidly changing course--while major label marketing machines for sales and airplay are still moving artists to the top of the charts, technology and tools like social networking, YouTube and streaming ...

  13. Cloud-based Music Streaming Will Be Dominant by 2016 (Study)

    March 18, 2011 7:45 AM EDT By 2016, cloud-based streaming services will become a more important form of access to music than owning albums, songs or tracks, forecasts ABI Research. "The number of subscribers to mobile music streaming services is expected to approach 5. ...

  14. Business Matters: Why Some Americans Will Lose Interest in Spotify

    March 15, 2011 6:12 PM EDT Spotify Thrown Over For A WIMP ... -- In "I Broke Up With Spotify," Swedish writer Sam Sundberg explains that he has taken up a relationship with WiMP, the music service that launched last month in partnership with telecom company Telnor ...

  15. Apple, Spotify, Pandora: Tech Invades Austin @ SXSWi 2011

    March 12, 2011 12:00 PM EST SXSWi 2011 Begins: Marissa Mayer VP of Consumer Products for Google on the mic. Since yesterday, thousands of people ranging from entrepreneurs with their URL'd t-shirts to buttoned-up executives to troll-like bloggers have shown up at the ba ...

  16. Business Matters: Investor Enthusiasm for the Cloud Continues as Beyond Oblivion Secures $77 Million Funding

    March 08, 2011 8:39 PM EST Beyond Oblivion Secures $77 Million Funding -- Investments in new digital music companies are surprisingly large and frequent these days. The latest example is Beyond Obilvion . The most anticipated cloud-based music service you've never hear ...

  17. Spotify Tops 1 Million Paid Subscribers

    March 08, 2011 7:29 AM EST It's still not available in the U.S., but Spotify has a reason to celebrate: the music service has surpassed one million paying subscribers in the seven European markets in which it operates. The publicly known number of total users, which th ...

  18. Will Global Digital Music Revenue Total $20 Billion In 2015?

    March 07, 2011 8:15 PM EST Market research firm Ovum expects global digital music revenue to grow 20% per year and total $20 billion in 2015, according to a post at The Telegraph. This is just the latest estimate based on incredible optimism about subscription service growt ...

  19. Business Matters: Is the 'Tesco Model' Music Retail's Next Big Problem?

    March 07, 2011 5:20 PM EST Is the "Tesco Model" Music Retail's Next Big Problem? -- U.K. grocery chain Tesco, a major player in CD sales, is pushing record labels to accept small, upfront payments and the remainder of the cost after the CD sold. Tesco would l ...

  20. Business Matters: Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011?

    March 04, 2011 7:58 PM EST Qtrax Inks Short Term Deal with EMI, But Could it Succeed in 2011? -- After many false starts, is Qtrax on its way to a launch? And is it too late? The "free and legal" download service has completed a licensing deal with EMI and may hav ...

  21. Business Matters: Even Obscure Titles Still Selling Mostly CDs and LPs

    March 02, 2011 12:25 PM EST Even Obscure Titles Still Selling Mostly CDs and LPs -- The digital shares of new releases rose in 2010, according to Nielsen SoundScan, but across all sales strata the numbers show physical formats are still vital. At the top of the list, new rel ...

  22. Spotify Staffing Up for U.S. Launch: Who's On The Team?

    March 01, 2011 5:02 PM EST Spotify may still be missing two key major label licensing deals needed to launch. But it appears to be confident enough in its progress to staff up a U.S. team in preparation for bringing the popular European streaming music service to domestic s ...

  23. AllMusic.com Folding Into AllRovi.com for One-Stop Entertainment Shop

    February 28, 2011 9:15 PM EST Online music database AllMusic.com is changing its name and domain. Rovi Corp., the company overseeing the site, is replacing AllMusic with a new website called AllRovi.com , which is designed to combine its music database with its TV and film dat ...

  24. Business Matters: Pandora Slayed All Internet Radio Competition in December

    February 28, 2011 4:54 PM EST Pandora Killed the (Internet) Radio Star -- Pandora was the tops -- by a mile -- in Internet radio in December, according to Ando Media's latest rankings. Pandora was first in the Domestic Ranker (M-F, 6a-8p) with 642,614 active average sessi ...

  25. Microsoft To Self: Why Aren't Xbox Owners Paying For Zune Music Service?

    February 25, 2011 12:20 PM EST Despite the popularity of Microsoft's Xbox games, its users are taking a pass on its Zune Pass Subscription services have one a big problem. It's not Apple's 30% cut of in-app subscription revenue. It's not the friction created ...

  26. Biz Matters: Spotify's New Competition In Sweden Is A Big WiMP

    February 24, 2011 7:05 PM EST Spotify's New Competitor In Sweden Is WiMP -- Spotify is about to get new competition in its home turf of Sweden when the WiMP service launches next week. It is the music service of Aspiro, a Noway-based company that creates TV and music stre ...

  27. Is Spotify Really 'A Few Weeks Away' From Universal Deal? Probably Not, Source Says

    February 24, 2011 1:21 PM EST Is Spotify really "a few weeks away" from signing Universal Music Group to a licensing deal, as reported in a recent Reuters story ? "Anything's possible," a source from one of the companies involved who requested anonymit ...

  28. Is Spotify Really Worth $1 Billion?

    February 22, 2011 11:35 AM EST Spotify has joined the $1 billion club, according to numerous media reports . Russian investor Yuri Milner, who has put money into Facebook, is said to have invested $100 million in Spotify through his Digital Sky Technologies fund. That investmen ...

  29. Spotify, Google Music Rumors Heat Up

    February 17, 2011 6:39 PM EST The EMI Music Group's reportedly "almost there" U.S. licensing deal with Spotify may now be complete. AllThingsD , citing "multiple sources" reported today that the deal is complete. If true, that would make the second maj ...

  30. Apple's New Subscription Rules Could Kill Streaming Music Services

    February 15, 2011 3:37 PM EST Apple today introduced the ability to let app developers charge for in-app content on a subscription basis. While this development is a major boon for developers looking for new ways to monetize their products, it could have devastating affects on ...

  31. Business Matters: Irving Azoff On Battling Business Models; Spotify; YouTube + RightsFlow

    February 10, 2011 1:37 PM EST -- Ray Waddell's series of interviews with Live Nation chairman Irving Azoff on Billboard.biz this week provide a great example of the different approaches being taken in the ticketing world (read parts one , two and three ). One of the most ...

  32. Business Matters: Spotify Readies Payment System for U.S. Launch

    February 08, 2011 3:31 PM EST Waiting For Godot (Spotify): Music Cloud Readies Payment System for U.S. Launch -- Spotify is telling U.S. users (what few exist) that it hopes to launch "in the coming months." Here's part of an email that was sent from Spotify to ...

  33. Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman Optimistic About Spotify, Digital Despite 14% Revenue Drop

    February 08, 2011 11:51 AM EST Even though Warner Music Group's revenues dropped 14% in its last quarter, chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. used the company's Tuesday earnings call to express hope for diversified revenue and new cloud-based music services. "We ...

  34. Last.fm To Listeners: Mobile Is A Premium Service

    February 07, 2011 11:48 AM EST Last.fm will charge for its radio service in mobile apps and home entertainment systems beginning February 15, the company announced on Monday . Last.fm listeners will continue to get free, web-based listening in the U.S., U.K. and Germany. U.S. a ...

  35. On Everyone's Lips @ Midem: The Cloud

    January 26, 2011 5:36 PM EST One topic was constantly on the lips of MIDEM 2011 attendees: The cloud. It is the foundation for feature-rich services on mobile devices, PCs and televisions. It allows an incredible level of interconnectivity between devices and services. Becaus ...

  36. simfy, German Music Streaming Service, Signs Licensing Deal For EMI's Music

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST After nine months of negotiations, the Cologne-based online music service simfy has signed a licensing contract with CELAS. The contract allows simfy until the end of 2011 to offer its German, Austrian and Swiss users EMI Music Publishing's A ...

  37. Billboard Demos Sony Qriocity Music Unlimited Service @ MIDEM, iTunes Latest Challenger

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST As Billbaord.biz reported yesterday , Sony is giving its new Qriocity cloud-based media platform a big push at this year's MIDEM. They launched in the U.K. last week and Germany this week and is expected to arrive in the U.S. in the first qua ...

  38. Pick Your Battles & Your Market, Says Index Ventures' Saul Kelin @ MIDEM

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- Index Ventures' Saul Klein threw cold water on the industry's burning love of global services at a Saturday discussion at MIDEM. "Pick your market," he told the audience. "Win big." In other words, s ...

  39. At MIDEM 2011, Vivendi's Levy Calls For Crackdown On Piracy

    January 22, 2011 12:00 AM EST Photo Credit: © 360 MEDIAS - IMAGE & Co CANNES, France -- Vivendi CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy called on governments to step up their fight against piracy during his keynote interview at the MIDEM conference today. In a half-hour discussion with the ...

  40. Sony Strikes Deals With Spotify, Mobile Roadie

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Sony Music Entertainment has been very busy lately. Originally reported by the Wall Street Journal's AllThingsD blog , and independently confirmed by Billboard, Sony has indeed finalized its long-rumored "almost there" deal with Spo ...

  41. Spotify 'Near' a U.S. Deal: We've Heard That One Before ...

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST Hey! The New York Post is reporting that Spotify is about to launch in the U.S., so it must be true! It's not like we've heard about imminent Spotify launches in the past or anything. Oh wait -- we have. And none of them were true. The P ...

  42. Business Matters: The Pandora Pandemic: The Personalized Internet Radio Service Reaches 75 Million Users

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST The Pandora Pandemic -- Personalized Internet radio service Pandora surpassed 75 million registered users last year and now has 850,000 songs in its catalog, founder Tim Westergren revealed in a blog post. He also shared some metrics that show eng ...

  43. Business Matters: Is EMI Going To Citigroup Sooner Than Later?

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Is Terra Firma Handing Over EMI to Citigroup Sooner Than Later? -- Terra Firma may hand over EMI to Citigroup within weeks and buyers have been lined up for its recorded music and publishing divisions, according to a weekend report in The Guardian ...

  44. Slacker Unveils On-Demand Service, Achieves Freemium Model With a Twist

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Slacker is branching out from its Internet radio roots. At CES in Las Vegas , Slacker unveiled details of its upcoming on-demand subscription service to VentureBeat. No specific date for the launch was given, but VentureBeat reports it will happen ...

  45. RootMusic Lands $2.3 Million Funding From Mohr Davidow Ventures

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Your Facebook page is about to be a lot more attractive and effective now that RootMusic has pulled in $2.3 million in Series A funding from Mohr Davidow Ventures, founder J Sider tells Billboard. The company had previously received an angel inves ...

  46. Business Matters: Why Spotify Still Hasn't Launched In the U.S.: $$$

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Why Spotify Still Hasn't Launched In the U.S.: $$$ Why has Spotify taken so long to launch? Money, sources tell The Telegraph. "Extremely high cash advances" demanded by record labels, an unnamed senior music executive says. (No ind ...

  47. Business Matters: It's 2011, Where is Spotify?

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST It's 2011, Where Is Spotify? -- 2011 is here and Spotify has not yet launched in the U.S. At the onset of 2011, writers are reviewing their January 2010 predictions that Spotify would soon launch in the U.S. They are thinking back to the many ...

  48. Business Matters: Senate Approves Local Community Radio Act

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Senate Approves Local Community Radio Act, Low Power FM Stations To Increase -- The U.S. Senate passed the Local Community Radio Act on Friday. The House of Representatives had already passed the bill. It now awaits the president's approval. ...

  49. BPI: Piracy Accounts for 'Only' 75% of All Tracks Acquired Online

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST A quarter of all digital tracks acquired in the U.K. in 2010 are acquired legally, according to figures in the BPI's 39-page Digital Music Nation 2010 report released Thursday. That ratio of legal-to-illegal tracks implies a far better situat ...

  50. Business Matters: Jack White, DDEX, Spotify and more

    December 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Jack White On Limited Edition Vinyl -- Jack White’s Third Man Records releases limited edition vinyl. Some pieces of vinyl end up on eBay and can sell for hundreds of dollars. So, Third Man recent ...

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