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  1. Business Matters: Windows 8 Can't Be Helping Xbox Music

    December 24, 2012 1:57 PM EST Reports of a slow start for Windows 8 suggest a bumpy start for Xbox Music, Microsoft's new ad-supported subscription service that was supposed to get a big boost from its integration with its new operation system. Business Insider and the Ne ...

  2. PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Video Hits 1 Billion Views, Unprecedented Milestone

    December 21, 2012 10:05 AM EST PSYs "Gangnam Style" has just become the first video in the history of the Internet to reach and surpass one billion views. This morning (Dec. 21), Psy's mega-hit reached this unprecedented milestone just 27 days after surpassing Ju ...

  3. Business Matters: Joining Spotify Hasn't Been Good for Metallica's Sales

    December 20, 2012 8:18 PM EST Sales data suggests that the sales of Metallica's studio albums were negatively impacted after the band added its catalog to Spotify on Dec. 6. The world's leading subscription service has been a source of controversy in spite of a lack ...

  4. SoundTracking Integrates YouTube in Android Update

    December 20, 2012 5:07 PM EST SoundTracking, the application downloaded by 3 million people who use it to share virtual music postcards with their friends, has integrated YouTube for its latest Android version released Thursday. Developed by Schematic Labs in San Francisco, So ...

  5. Deezer Reaches 3 Million Subscribers, Launches Free Service, Adds Features

    December 19, 2012 5:59 PM EST The subscription marketplace is looking more and more like a two-horse race. French subscription service Deezer is launching a free, ad-supported version of its music service in more than 150 countries Thursday (Wednesday in the U.S.) and a host o ...

  6. The Ten Most Interesting Startups of 2012

    December 19, 2012 5:16 PM EST Unlike years past, 2012 lacked debuts by big music services that require tens of millions of dollars of venture capital. Rdio, Vevo and Guvera made the list in 2010. Turntable was on last year's list. In fact, this year's list doesn' ...

  7. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 1: Most Important Event of 2012

    December 19, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  8. Jenni Rivera Re-Enters Social 50 Chart at No. 3

    December 14, 2012 5:33 PM EST Two late artists return to Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, with Jenni Rivera re-entering at No. 3 and John Lennon debuting at No. 40. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, W ...

  9. Music Biz 2012: A Look Back at a Tumultuous Year

    December 14, 2012 8:13 AM EST In what has to be the most memorable quote about our industry in recent memory, David Geffen -- during an event for the recent documentary about his towering career -- said "I'd kill myself" rather than get into the music business t ...

  10. The Year In Social Media: The Rise of the Challengers

    December 14, 2012 8:10 AM EST Facebook, Twitter and YouTube continued to rule the social media landscape in 2012, but other networks made inroads as well, giving the incumbents a run for their money. The upstarts include Instagram, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Google+ and the reinca ...

  11. Does Streaming Cannibalize Albums?

    December 14, 2012 7:25 AM EST (Illustration by Jan Feindt) Meet Michael Acton. In many ways, he represents the past, present and future of the music business. As a teen growing up in Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1980s, Acton trawled record stores for vinyl. In his 20s, he ...

  12. Five Digital Startups to Watch in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:05 AM EST has been a banner year for digital innovation in music, from Kickstarter's increasing visibility in the mainstream to Spotify's steadily growing influence over how its users consume music. But there are plenty of companies worth wat ...

  13. Deals to Watch in 2013: AEG, Live Nation, EMI Divestments, More

    December 14, 2012 7:00 AM EST As the year comes to a close, some big deals are still up in the air; and others appear to be waiting in the wings. • The auction for AEG, Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns more than 100 arenas including Los Angeles' Staples Center and ...

  14. Warner Music Bullish on Downloads, Subscriptions as Digital Revenue Grows

    December 13, 2012 9:00 PM EST Warner Music Group believes digital music is helping bring growth back to the music business. The company's fiscal year-end numbers show it has benefitted from the surge in subscription services, growth in Internet radio and the continued ris ...

  15. Business Matters: Spotify, Beats/Mog Bringing Us Music Discovery 2.0

    December 11, 2012 6:34 PM EST Upcoming changes to Spotify's music recommendations and improvements coming to Beats-owned Mog - or whatever it will be called in the future - show music services understand it's time to stop boasting about the size of their catalogs and ...

  16. Aussie Bits: ARIA's Streaming Chart, Awards Bump; AC/DC Re-Ups With Albert Music

    December 11, 2012 12:44 PM EST Australian Recording Industry Association Launches Streaming Chart Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have made chart history Down Under, their alternative radio hit "Thrift Shop" bowing as the first No. 1 on Australia's new weekly officia ...

  17. Business Matters: Streaming Services Pay Far Better Than Terrestrial Radio

    December 10, 2012 7:02 PM EST Some artists don't like what they're paid by streaming services. But the problem may stem from artists comparing streaming rates to purchases rather than what they get from terrestrial radio. Compared to terrestrial radio, by far the mos ...

  18. Trent Reznor Reveals Details About Beats by Dre's New Streaming Service

    December 10, 2012 4:19 PM EST Trent Reznor, who recently added the title of Chief Creative Officer for Beats Electronics Inc. to his resume, hinted that the company's forthcoming digital music service, code-named "Daisy," will create a recommendation platform in ...

  19. Spotify: What the Press Is Saying About Yesterday's Event

    December 07, 2012 2:55 PM EST Along with headline-grabbing items like a Lars Ulrich/Sean Parker public reconciliation, a performance from Frank Ocean and, of course, the recruitment of Metallica's catalog, yesterday's Spotify press conference announced some important ...

  20. Spotify Now With 5 Million Paying Subs; Adds Metallica

    December 06, 2012 1:56 PM EST Daniel Ek, the chief executive of Spotify, came a little closer to his ambitious goal of having all the music in the world on his digital service Thursday when he announced that it now had the entire Metallica catalog available for on-demand music ...

  21. Video: Donald Passman on 'All You Need to Know About the Music Business,' and Digital Advice for New Artists

    December 04, 2012 3:58 PM EST For more than two decades, Don Passman has watched a number of business models come and go as he built up a legal practice guiding artists through an ever-changing thicket of licensing deals and other contractual arrangements. Passman, who represe ...

  22. The Importance Of Album Track Order In The Digital Age

    December 04, 2012 12:30 PM EST The sequencing of tracks on an album may have long been subject to artists' creative muses, but, according to A&R and streaming services decision-makers, the order in which songs appear on a set can have far-reaching effects on an acts� ...

  23. Vevo: We've Paid Artists $200 Million Since 2009

    November 28, 2012 9:10 PM EST Vevo announced Tuesday at the Business Inside: Ignition Conference in New York City that the company has paid back $200 million in revenue back to the music industry since being founded in 2009, a figure it touted as higher than any other music-vi ...

  24. Amanda Marks

    November 28, 2012 1:05 PM EST Global head of digital accounts, Universal Music Group Taking Digital Global Amanda Marks, global head of digital accounts for Universal Music Group, is an early record-label innovator in the digital space and, today, the highest-ranking major-lab ...

  25. Morning Fix: Rihanna's First No. 1 Album; Adele Hits 10 Million; Today's Congressional Internet-Royalty Hearing

    November 28, 2012 7:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other FREE music-business newsletters RIHANNA EARNS FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM WITH 'UNAPOLOGETIC' ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: One week after Rihanna scored her 12th No. 1 single on the ...

  26. Business Matters: The Beats Era Begins at Mog -- Can Iovine and Company Recreate Their Headphone Success?

    November 21, 2012 5:58 PM EST Six months after Mog was acquired by Beats Electronics, founder and CEO David Hyman's departure marks the beginning of the Beats era of the music-subscription service. Several sources tell Billboard.biz that Hyman was "never expected to ...

  27. David Hyman Steps Down as Mog CEO

    November 21, 2012 8:31 AM EST In a surprise move, Mog founder David Hyman stepped down as CEO of the company yesterday, just months after selling it to Beats Electronics. The news was first reported in CNET and confirmed by a Beats rep and by Hyman via a Facebook post. "E ...

  28. Radical.fm, Swedish Streaming Start-up, Takes Aim at Spotify's Crown

    November 19, 2012 11:55 PM EST Sweden, the country that brought the world Spotify, is spawning another free on-demand music service via Radical.fm. The Stockholm-based company, which launched last year as a radio streaming service in Sweden , on Tuesday is adding an unlimited o ...

  29. Business Matters: MySpace Relaunch Plan Is Optimistic -- Maybe Too Optimistic

    November 19, 2012 8:14 PM EST A PowerPoint presentation about MySpace posted at Business Insider shows the company has an incredibly ambitious plan to turn around the social network. But the plan may be too optimistic. According to the presentation given, while seeking $50 mil ...

  30. Morning Fix: Bieber, Minaj Win Big at AMAs; Internet Radio Fairness Opponents Unite; AC/DC Joins iTunes

    November 19, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2012: JUSTIN BIEBER, NICKI MINAJ TOP EXUBERANT NIGHT: Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year at the American Music Awa ...

  31. Value of Music Streaming is Data, Says Artist Zoe Keating @FutureSound Conference

    November 18, 2012 9:16 AM EST From left: Ethan Diamond, CEO/Co-Founder, Bandcamp; David Marcus, SVP of Worldwide Artist Services, WMG; Emily White, Co-Founder, Whitesmith Entertainment; Zoe Keating, Artist; consultant Antony Bruno; Jon Irwin, President, Rhapsody International; ...

  32. WME's Marc Geiger: Have Faith, There Will Be a 'Billion Paying Music Subscribers at Some Point'

    November 16, 2012 3:44 PM EST Marc Geiger, William Morris Endeavor head of music (left), with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde during a Billboard FutureSound Conference keynote Q&A. (Photo: Arnold Turner) William Morris Endeavor head of music Marc Geiger said global ...

  33. Startups GetMixxd, Playground.fm, Swarm.fm, Tixie and Tunezy Vie for Title at Billboard's Innovators Showcase

    November 16, 2012 1:00 PM EST The five finalists who presented at Billboard FutureSound Conference's Innovators Showcase (from left): Derrick Fung, Tunezy; Mehul Trivedi, Playground.fm; Jeff Foster, Tixie; Peter Watts, Swarm.fm; Andrew Dever, Swarm.fm, before Innovators s ...

  34. Don Was On Blue Note's 'Radical' Spotify App, OpenEMI, Revitalizing Label at FutureSound Keynote

    November 16, 2012 10:10 AM EST Was, Not Was: Don Was (left) being interviewed by Steve Jang: Co-Founder/CEO, Soundtracking at Billboard's FutureSound Conference. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Blue Note Records president Don Was told San Francisco technologists that the label' ...

  35. Fred Wilson Wary on Music Investments; Questions Spotify's Valuation, Apple's Music Leadership

    November 15, 2012 6:52 PM EST Billboard's Bill Werde interviews investor Fred Wilson during the Billboard FutureSound Conference today in San Francisco. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Investor Fred Wilson ( @fredwilson ) loves music but he's still "relatively cautious&q ...

  36. Spotify Rolls Out Browser-Based Music Player in Beta

    November 15, 2012 3:36 PM EST Spotify is today rolling-out its first ever browser-based music player in beta, according to a report published on The Verge that was confirmed by the company. Spotify told Billboard it is looking to release the fully baked product "over the ...

  37. Rhapsody Adopts Music App Strategy, Partners With Echo Nest

    November 15, 2012 12:41 PM EST The Echo Nest today announced on its blog a partnership with Rhapsody in which the two companies will create APIs to make it easier than ever for developers to build music apps. The news follows a story (below) published in this week's Billbo ...

  38. Morning Fix: Artists Chastise Pandora; Nachsin Leaves Roadrunner; Nine Bidding for Parlophone

    November 15, 2012 8:15 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters RIHANNA, KATY PERRY, BILLY JOEL, 122 OTHER ARTISTS TELL PANDORA: 'THAT'S NOT HOW PARTNERS WORK TOGETHER': The battle over webcast ...

  39. Business Matters: As Spotify Adds Ireland and Luxembourg, What To Expect in Emerging Markets

    November 13, 2012 7:44 PM EST Spotify has quietly launched in Ireland and Luxembourg, the company's 16th and 17th countries, giving it markets roughly the size of the state of Louisiana plus the city limits of Tucson, Arizona. What exists beyond these small markets will b ...

  40. Business Matters: A $3 Billion Valuation Brings Spotify Expectations Back to Earth

    November 12, 2012 6:10 PM EST News that Spotify raised money at a $3 billion valuation and generated $200 million in revenue in the first half of 2012 is more like the sound of air being let out of a tire rather than a bursting bubble. The company has been hyped more than any ...

  41. Spotify Raising $100m for Expansion; Opening in Latin America, Eastern Europe Next Year

    November 11, 2012 9:00 AM EST Spotify is close to wrapping up a $100 million round of funding at a valuation of $3 billion as it prepares for expansion into Latin America and expanding further across Europe in 2013. The latest round of funding, confirmed by a source familiar w ...

  42. Cazzette Teams with Spotify For Debut Album Campaign

    November 09, 2012 4:18 PM EST Chances are, most people have never heard of Cazzette. But if Spotify has its way, the Swedish electronic music duo will soon enjoy plenty of fame. In an experiment to see if it can become a next-generation digital star-making machine, Spotify is ...

  43. Business Matters: Pandora Eating Into CD and Download Listening, Says NPD

    November 08, 2012 4:02 PM EST Radio is as popular as ever, but not all radio is the same. A new report by NPD Group says Pandora is encroaching on the listening habits of its users. NPD says 37% of Internet users listened to Pandora and other Internet radio services in the pas ...

  44. Morning Fix: WMG Realignment; Elections' Impact on Music Biz; Tim Schaaf Leaving Sony; Azoff Speaks Out

    November 08, 2012 8:20 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business news letters WARNER MUSIC REALIGNS STRUCTURE; CAMERON STRANG GETS BIG BOOST: Warner Music is restructuring and dividing itself into 3 divisions: frontline recorde ...

  45. Facebook to Music App Developers: You Need Us

    November 06, 2012 4:28 PM EST Facebook on Tuesday trumpeted its track record as a platform for music applications not named Spotify. In a post entitled, "Facebook Timeline Apps and Music, A Year Later," Facebook engineer Lincoln Hochberg singled out six music apps th ...

  46. Morning Fix: Live Nation's 3Q Earnings; Pandora Sues ASCAP; Google Buries Legal MP3 Sites

    November 06, 2012 8:18 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters LIVE NATION PROFIT, REVENUE SOAR IN THIRD QUARTER: Live Nation got through a tepid global economy to deliver strong growth in revenue and net profit i ...

  47. GetMixxd, Playground.fm, Swarm.fm, Tixie and Tunezy Announced as Billboard FutureSound Innovators Finalists

    November 05, 2012 10:00 AM EST The next digital-music disruption could come from one of the five finalists in the Innovators Showcase at Billboard's upcoming FutureSound conference . GetMixxd, Playground.fm, Swarm.fm, Tixie and Tunezy were chosen from a group of 67 nominee ...

  48. Unlimited Music Heats Up with Big New Spotify Challengers

    November 01, 2012 2:00 PM EDT It's no simple matter to make music fans happy enough to pay $10 per month, even for unlimited access to most of the music in the world, while also paying royalties to record labels, music publishers, and artists. As another indication of jus ...

  49. Turntable.fm Chairman Seth Goldstein Returns With EDM-Centric DJZ

    October 31, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Serial entrepreneur Seth Goldstein, chairman of social music service Turntable.fm , is back with another music project, DJZ - and he's brought in some Silicon Valley backers and an Internet veteran to help him run the company. With its combin ...

  50. Business Matters: 7digital, Amazon and Google Selling Taylor Swift's 'Red' at Deep Discounts

    October 30, 2012 7:45 PM EDT Buyers of the digital version of Taylor Swift's "Red" paid the full fare at iTunes last week -- and turned out in great numbers. Great bargains await those who didn't rush out and buy the artist's latest album. Taylor Swif ...

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