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  1. 6 Questions: Max Hole

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As the new COO of Universal Music Group International (Billboard.biz, March 15), Max Hole will be a serious contender for the title of "most powerful label executive outside America." He'll take over UMGI's central functions fr ...

  2. @SXSW: Spotify’s Daniel Ek Sits For Keynote

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Panel : Keynote Interview with Spotify’s Daniel Ek Participants : Daniel Ek (Spotify), Eliot Van Buskirk (Wired.com) A next generation of streaming services are the newest hope for the digital music business. Will they attract mass adoption or fiz ...

  3. @SXSW: MOG Showcases iPhone, Google Android Apps

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Coming in Q2 will be MOG's apps for the iPhone and Google Android platform, which were debuted at SXSW today. The apps take an excellent product -- the MOG online service -- and put it in an easy-to-use, feature-rich mobile version. CEO David ...

  4. Slacker To Launch On-demand Service

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Slacker customized Internet radio service reportedly plans to add a streaming on-demand subscription service in the coming months. Wired's Epicenter blog reports , and Billboard has confirmed, that the service will combine elements of Pan ...

  5. VC Watch: The Hottest Music-Based Startups

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST With so much music being created and licensed, there is a growing need for companies that add organization and context to it all. Because of this, service-based companies, not streaming or download music services, have emerged as the hottest music ...

  6. France’s Zimbalam Plants Flag In North America

    March 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music distribution network Zimbalam is launching in the U.S. and Canada. Owned by indie music distributor Believe Digital, Zimbalam places clients’ music on 25 different digital music services, including iTunes and Spotify for a flat rate ...

  7. Spotify Debuts Live Set From Amy Macdonald

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST European streaming service Spotify has moved into live concert footage, launching Amy Macdonald's sophomore album with a live set from the Scottish singer songwriter. Spotify last month premiered a promo video for Jimi Hendrix's "Bl ...

  8. MOG Vs. Spotify

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST The UK is getting a first taste of MOG through a hyped “MOG vs. Spotify” matchup. MOG hopes to launch in the UK by June. CEO David Hyman explained to The Guardian his company’s advantage over Spotify: “Where ad-funded services like Spotify end up ...

  9. Business Matters: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness, EMI, Gretchen Wilson

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- In an article at the Times about falling recorded music revenue and its impact on new label signings, the potential of streaming music is briefly discussed. U2 manager Paul McGuinness said "falling CD sales can - hopefully - be made up for ...

  10. Analysis: Where's The Money?

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Terra Firma’s troubled investment in EMI receives most of the headlines, but there has been much more to music investments over the last two-plus years and the state of music-related deals will be discussed at the Music & Money Symposium on Ma ...

  11. Spotify Fires Back

    February 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST The latest debate in digital music is music streaming services’ impact on paid download purchases. In response to new data shared by NPD Group’s Russ Crupnick, Spotify says on-demand music services do not cannibalize music sales. “There is other d ...

  12. Spotify Snags Jimi Hendrix Video Exclusive

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST European streaming service Spotify has secured the global exclusive of the new Jimi Hendrix music video for his previously unreleased cover of blues song "Bleeding Heart." The video, now available on Spotify's free ad-funded service ...

  13. We7 Joins Spotify With Premium Mobile Streaming App, Neither Yet in U.S.

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST UK-based digital music service we7 has a mobile app out for the iPhone, expected on March 1. The Premium Plus app works much like that from competitor Spotify. For 10 pounds a month, users can stream any song in we7's catalog of more than 5 m ...

  14. Business Matters: The Vitality Of The Album Format, 'American Idol,' EMI Christian and more

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Don't look now, but a few people are recognizing ...

  15. Business Matters: Jamendo, Spotify, Vevo, TAG and More

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Jamendo , a site that offers free and legal music publ ...

  16. Business Matters: FCC's Broadband Plan, The Beatles, Pandora, EMI and More

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- On Wednesday, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski discusse ...

  17. Business Matters: Spotify, MOG, Shazam, BTjunkie and More

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said the average Spotify user ha ...

  18. 5 Mantras For The New Music Business

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST The future of digital is access models, according to many top executives. But, there's one main problem: to trade CD and download dollars for access model dimes and nickels, music services need a level of consumer adoption well beyond what ha ...

  19. Spotify: WMG Not Pulling Out

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spotify, which offers ad-funded free streaming and premium subscription services, said that Warner Music Group is not pulling its repertoire from the free service. Although it has not issued a statement, the Swedish and U.K.-based company posted t ...

  20. The Rise of Lucian Grainge

    February 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Lucian Grainge was once described by Doug Morris, the man Grainge will replace as CEO of Universal Music Group (UMG) on Jan. 1, 2011, as a "killer shark." "He is so deceptive with that little kind face and those little glasses," ...

  21. Business Matters: Definitive Jux, Vivendi, Guy Hands and More

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Hip hop label Definitive Jux is going on a hiatus. As ...

  22. Spotify Revamps Artist Recommendation System

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spotify is getting an upgrade this week with a new artist discovery process. The streaming service's research and development team has built a new artist recommendation system that connects Spotify's entire catalog of artists. The system ...

  23. Spotify CEO: U.S. Launch Is 'Looking Pretty Good'

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST A U.S. launch of Spotify "is looking pretty good," according to the company's CEO Daniel Ek. On Tuesday (Feb. 2), Ek was the keynote speaker at the New Music Seminar in Los Angeles. On stage and during an interview afterward, Ek was ...

  24. Business Matters: KKBox, Andersen v. Atlantic Recording Corp., Spotify, Imogen Heap and More

    February 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- KKBox , a Taiwan-based music service akin to Spotify , ...

  25. @MIDEM: Spain's SGAE Unveils 360 Project

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spain's authors' and publishers' collecting society SGAE has presented its new integral project for the music, cinema and theater sectors called SGAE 360, during the MIDEM trade fair. SGAE says its SGAE 360 project covers all the st ...

  26. Pessimistic About Spotify? You’re Not Alone

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Labels continue to show pessimism and caution about ad-supported and hybrid music services. At a MIDEM panel on streaming music , Stephen Bryan, Warner Music Group's senior VP of digital business development, warned of embracing digital servi ...

  27. Business Matters: Spotify, Citizen Cope, IODA and More

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Spotify CEO Daniel Ek tells BBC News a U.S. launch is ...

  28. @MIDEM: Spotify & YouTube Share Streaming Spotlight

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST The importance of streaming services to the music business in 2010 was rammed home at a packed house for the Spotify/YouTube MidemNet double-header keynote. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek and YouTube director of video partnerships for EMEA Patrick Walker c ...

  29. @MIDEM: The Growth Opportunities In Streaming

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST With the slowing pace of digital downloading, particularly in the U.S., MIDEM panelists said streaming is where the growth opportunities lie going forward, according to an industry panel that included executives from Spotify U.K. and Oxford, U.K.- ...

  30. @MIDEM: Pharrell Williams Relaxed About P2P

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Pharrell Williams was the big star name in attendance for the opening day of MidemNet, where there was a generally positive attitude about digital music and the future of the industry. MidemNet launched 11 years ago and the digital-focused confere ...

  31. Photos: Key Moments From MIDEM 2010

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Billboard.biz team was in Cannes, France, where we reported and live tweeted the MIDEM 2010 world trade show and conference. The event kicked off Saturday (Jan. 23) and ran through Wednesday (Jan. 27). Follow us on Twitter here . Wednesday MID ...

  32. Business Matters: Spotify, VC Funding, Citi, EMI and More

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- " Spotify is a very sustainable financial model&q ...

  33. Business Matters: IFPI Sweden, Guvera, Virgin Media, Pemberton Festival

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Recorded music sales in Sweden posted a big turnaround in 2009. According to IFPI Sweden , music sales were up 10.2% -- the first increase since 2000. Digital sales rose 99%, but accounted for only 16% of total sales. Perhaps not coincidentally ...

  34. MIDEM 2010 Preview: Streaming Goes Mobile, World Cup, Key Start-Ups and More

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The MIDEM global trade fair and conference in Cannes remains an essential destination for many industry executives -- not least because of the opportunity to head to the south of France and escape the January freeze. But organizers say they had to ...

  35. Spotify Plans Netherlands Expansion In 2010

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sweden-based music streaming service Spotify has confirmed it has plans to expand into the Netherlands during 2010. During a digital music business panel at European music conference and festival Eurosonic (Jan. 15), the company's global head ...

  36. Fan-Funded Act Signs To Atlantic/Chop Shop

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. rock act Scars on 45 has graduated from fan-funded Web platform Slicethepie to sign a multi-album deal with Atlantic Records/Chop Shop Records. London-based Slicethepie is an online platform that enables acts to secure direct funding from its ...

  37. Analysis: 5 Reasons Why 2010 Will Be Revolutionary For The Music Biz

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST This year will host numerous events that could well change the course of the music industry. From the future of music giant EMI to the impact of the Performance Rights Act, many events that will occur in 2010 could have deep, long-term consequence ...

  38. Thumbplay Launches Streaming Music Service

    January 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seems there's a rush on to provide on-demand, streaming music apps for mobile phones before Spotify hits the market. This time it's Thumbplay , the mobile ringtone powerhouse that today launched a $10 a month streaming music service for ...

  39. Dada Flips Switch On Hybrid Subscription Service

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mobile entertainment service provider Dada Entertainment is today launched a hybrid web-mobile music subscription service called Play.me . The Web-based service operates much like any other music subscription service, offering unlimited streaming ...

  40. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Trans World, Spotify and More

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Department of Justice is set to approve the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger as early as this month, according to M&A Web site The Daily ...

  41. Report: Google To Unveil New Mobile Phone, Spotify Included

    January 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google is expected unveil its much-rumored Nexus One Android-based mobile phone at a Jan. 7 press event, coinciding with the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Google would only confirm that the announcement will be related t ...

  42. FreeAllMusic.com Offers Songs In Exchange For Ads

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST An ad-sponsored digital music download service called FreeAllMusic.com began a private beta this week. The service's first sponsors include large brands like Coca-Cola, Warner Bros. Television, Zappos.com and LG, among others. The DRM-free di ...

  43. Business Matters: Nokia, Spotify, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to Visible Measures, nine of the ten top Internet videos of 2009 were music videos. The trailer for Twilight Saga: New Moon was the # ...

  44. Business Matters: Apple, Vevo, Virgin Media, Spotify

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Apple 's acquisition of Lala : What it might mean for both iTunes and record labels? Lala executives will be in "very significant rol ...

  45. Business Matters: Guvera, Mewbox, Guy Hands, SXSW

    December 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Unlike most ad-supported sites, the upcoming Guvera will offer downloads and streams. And its take on advertising in unique: it plans to align ...

  46. U.K. Biz Welcomes MySpace Music Launch

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has largely welcomed the long-awaited launch of MySpace Music, despite it arriving, as one observer notes, a "little late to the party." Commenting on the long-delayed U.K. bow for MySpace music, which took place ...

  47. Spotify Scores Alicia Keys Album Preview

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Alicia Keys is to unveil her fourth studio set "The Element of Freedom" on music streaming service Spotify in Europe, one week ahead of its official release. "The Element of Freedom" drops in the United Kingdom and Europe Dec. ...

  48. Business Matters: Wayne Rosso, Spotify, Cyber Monday

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global consumer confidence is on the rebound, according to the latest Economic Current by Nielsen. Of the 12 countries surveyed, only Germany s ...

  49. Business Matters: Spotify, Apple, Digital Economy Bill

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Cyber Monday sales “appear strong,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Analysts think sales could grow 6% to $900 million. The forecast is b ...

  50. Business Matters: Warner Music, Robbie Williams, Topspin

    November 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Expectations for Warner Music Group 's fiscal Q4, according to Thomson Reuters, is a 2% drop in revenue (to $836 million) and a 50% increa ...

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