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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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," ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 , ...

  12. @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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. @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 ...

  16. @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.- ...

  17. @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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 # ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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. ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. Spotify CEO Confident For 2010 U.S. Launch

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of music streaming platform Spotify, has said that he is confident that the service will launch in the U.S. in the first half of 2010. Speaking at U.K. industry confab the Media Festival, where he was interviewed by medi ...

  39. MySpace Close To Acquiring Imeem

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace reportedly is in the late stages of negotiating an acquisition of rival music streaming service imeem. Billboard has independently verified initial reports from tech blog TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD , that the negot ...

  40. Business Matters: Spotify, Best Online Marketing Practices, Musicadium

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Spotify has reportedly postponed its launch in the U.S. The company had often said it planned for a launch by the end of 2009. ( TechCrunch ) - ...

  41. Business Matters: BlueBeat.com, Qtrax, Choruss

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A Q&A with Hank Risan, the CEO of BlueBeat.com . Risan explained the technology behind psychoacoustic simulation, the technology at the hea ...

  42. Business Matters: Spotify, Sirius XM, Journey and More

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Register has reported Spotify is doing a better job converting its free users to paid, premium subscribers. The service now has 116,000 pre ...

  43. France's Deezer Launches Premium Services

    November 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Paris-based on-demand streaming service Deezer has unveiled premium offers to complement its free ad-supported service. For €4.99 ($7.44) a month, subscribers can access the on-demand service in a higher quality (up to 320 kbps) without any visual ...

  44. Business Matters: Google, ReverbNation, BlueBeat.com

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- TThe news on Google 's music search partnerships continues with five free tracks at Lala.com, MySpace and iLike by Tim McGraw, Phoenix, Ma ...

  45. Spotify To Preview Robbie Williams Set

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spotify will be streaming the comeback album from Robbie Williams three days ahead of its U.K. release. The ad-funded free streaming service will make "Reality Killed The Video Star" (Virgin/EMI) available to users in the U.K. at midnigh ...

  46. Business Matters: Doug Morris, Rhapsody, EMI, The Beatles

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to BusinessWeek.com, Doug Morris, CEO of Universal Music Group, is "quietly making plans to bring in a successor" - Lucian ...

  47. Lala Deal Extends Believe’s International Presence

    November 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST European digital distribution service Believe Digital has partnered with music website www.Lala.com to provide its repertoire to Google's recently unveiled music service. The deal will also see Believe Digital provide its repertoire through L ...

  48. This Week's 10 Most Popular Stories On Billboard.biz

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The following is a round-up of the 10 most popular stories on Billboard.biz during the past week. 1. Analysis: What Impact Will Google Music Search Have? How successful will this the newly launched Google search be? It depends on (1) how difficult ...

  49. Business Matters: Sony, RealNetworks, Google, Warner Music Nashville and More

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Sony Music reported revenue of $1.38 billion and an operating income of $96 million in Sony Corp’s fiscal Q2 ending September 30. That was a 3% ...

  50. Spotify Offers Lower U.K. Subscription

    October 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sweden-based music streaming service Spotify has lowered its premium subscription rate in the United Kingdom from £9.99 ($16.30) a month to £6.49 ($10.60) for certain customers over a 6-month period. The reduced pricing structure is effective imme ...

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