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  1. Klout CEO Joe Fernandez Wants To Measure Your Social Media Influence

    July 28, 2011 4:02 PM EDT Klout's splash page: The site quantifies your social media influence and claims to have over 1 million active users. With corporations like Coca Cola, Reebok and Chevrolet offering invitations to Spotify's U.S. release, it was a relative ...

  2. Business Matters: Earbits-Powered Radio Station Debuts at SFGate

    July 20, 2011 5:58 PM EDT Earbits-Powered Radio Station Debuts at SFGate -- Internet radio startup Earbits has found a clever way to get its product to market. SFGate, the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle, launched the Earbits-powered SFGate Radio on Wednesday ...

  3. Business Matters: Did You Know 64 Streams Equals One Download?

    July 19, 2011 6:35 PM EDT The Transition From Music Ownership to Access Is Gonna Hurt A Lotta Wallets -- (Editor's note: due to a spreadsheet typo, this article originally stated that 48 streams at 1.146 cents per stream equals the gross revenue rights holders get fro ...

  4. Harry Fox Agency Inks Deal With Spotify For Publishing Licensing, And More

    July 18, 2011 7:33 PM EDT The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) has entered into a publishing licensing, administration and management agreement with Spotify to clear mechanical publishing rights for the digital music service. Under the agreement, Spotify will utilize HFA's end- ...

  5. Spotify Is Finally Available in the U.S. -- Now What?

    July 14, 2011 5:22 PM EDT The speculation is over. Spotify is finally available in the U.S. Now what? First and foremost, the U.S. market gets a true test of consumers' appetite for subscription services. Although the U.S. market has long had Rhapody - which just pass ...

  6. ASCAP Announces U.S. Licensing Agreement With Spotify

    July 14, 2011 10:20 AM EDT Just hours after Spotify made its long-anticipated launch in the United States on Thursday, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) announced that it has reached an agreement with the company to license the public performance ...

  7. Spotify Finally Launches in the U.S. -- Full Details Here

    July 14, 2011 6:16 AM EDT Spotify is finally available for U.S. consumers, ending well over a year of anticipation that a deal with all four U.S. major labels was imminent. A deal with Warner Music Group was finalized Wednesday, according to sources and reports. The compan ...

  8. Business Matters: Spotify Might Predict 50 Million U.S. Subscribers, but Its Payouts Can Be Comically Small ...

    July 08, 2011 6:10 PM EDT Spotify May Dazzle Consumers, but Low Payouts Still Worry People -- As the U.S. launch of Spotify gets closer (apparently ), just about the only topic that hasn't been beaten into the ground is the amount of revenue rights holders will actual ...

  9. Virgin Media to Partner With Spotify: Report

    June 30, 2011 11:05 AM EDT After years of planning an innovative music service, British telecom Virgin Media will instead partner with Spotify, according to a report in The Guardian . The report went on to say the company is planning a limited trial of the service this summ ...

  10. Spotify: 'We Won't Launch In the U.S. Before July 5th'

    June 16, 2011 11:49 AM EDT At a conference in London Tuesday, Spotify's European general manager told attendees that the company was wrapping up its remaining licensing deals for a long-delayed U.S. launch, but that it wouldn't go live before July 5. "We' ...

  11. Can Spotify and Hulu Move Forward Without Killing The Businesses They Rely On?

    June 14, 2011 11:24 AM EDT Traditional media wants to embrace streaming content. But for Spotify and Hulu , two leaders in on-demand music and TV, popularity with consumers often equals infamy with the media executives who rely on albums and primetime ads to make money. Str ...

  12. Report: Apple to Beat Google to the Cloud

    April 22, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Watching the race between Apple and Google to see who launches a cloud-based music service first is kind of like the children's fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. Except they're both Tortoises. But there are signs that the finish line i ...

  13. Details On Spotify's Changes To Free Service

    April 14, 2011 8:10 AM EDT Spotify announced changes to its free service Thursday morning that will add new restrictions on song plays and reduce hours of free listening. "Above all, this means we can continue making Spotify available to all in the long-term," Spo ...

  14. 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, ...

  15. Business Matters: Pirate Bay Claims 5 Million Registered Users

    April 06, 2011 5:39 PM EDT An Enormous Band of Pirates -- The five millionth user account was created at The Pirate Bay on Monday, according to TorrentFreak. For the world's most notorious BitTorrent site, a constant thorn in the side of music companies, five million m ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Billboard's Twitter 140: Music-Industry Characters You Need To Follow

    March 18, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Billboard's Twitter 140: It's not about how many followers. It's not about the quantity of tweets/retweets. It's about quality. Personality. Excellent linkage. These people are followed by those who work the smartest. Whether i ...

  18. 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. ...

  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: 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Jack Isquith Guest Post: What The Music Industry Can Learn From the Super Bowl

    February 03, 2011 2:00 PM EST The following guest post is from Jack Isquith, a digital music expert who has held senior posts at Warner Brothers Records and AOL Music, that originally appeared on his blog Digital Music Insider and is reposted with his permission. The Football ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Business Matters: Spotify, eMusic, DVD Sales, Hulu

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Should Spotify Launch Without All The Majors? -- The latest rumor – just a rumor – about Spotify has the company considering a U.S. launch without one or more of the four major record labels. The ...

  25. What Slowdown? Warner Music Expects Digital Growth to Accelerate

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST To hear Warner Music Group CEO/chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr. speak during the company's fiscal fourth quarter earnings call on Wednesday, you'd think that 2011 will be the year of the new music model. Two company names stood out during the ...

  26. Music Streaming Seen Boosting Mobile Sales: Study

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile operators should ditch their music download stores and opt for partnerships with music streaming services if they want to generate more revenue and make customers stick, a study found. A typical Western European operator -- with 20 million ...

  27. Report: Virgin Media set To Partner With Spotify

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Internet service provider Virgin Media is reportedly set to join with European streaming service Spotify for a music subscription offer. The Daily Telegraph reports that Virgin Media is close to agreeing a deal with Spotify. In June 2009, Vir ...

  28. Business Matters: Spotify, Apple, MPAA and more

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Is Spotify Rattling Apple? -- Is Spotify rattling Apple? Judging from a post by CNET’s Greg Sandoval, Apple is taking Spotify seriously. From the CNET post: “…Apple executives (are) worried about ...

  29. Business Matters: What's The Potential For Access Models?

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. What's The Potential For Access Models? -- So what's the potential for access models? Jon Healey's recap of a contentious discussion at the Digital Music Forum West conference under ...

  30. Business Matters: HullabLOU, WMG, Spotify and more

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. HullabLOU Hit With $5 Million Loss - HullabLOU, the first festival held by Churchill Downs Inc., lost over $5 million. Churchill expected to lose between $2 million to $3 million. The com ...

  31. Updated: Sources: Spotify Reboots U.S. Label Negotiations

    July 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Update: Given the time zone difference, Spotify was unable to comment on the original story, but the company has since cleared up a few things. The rumor that the Founder’s Fund Sean Parker may have been approached to lead the company’s U.S. opera ...

  32. Business Matters: Live Nation, Swedish Sales, Spotify

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation 's stock closed Thursday down 10.85% to $10.19. During the afternoon it was down as much as 16%. Investors fled when the company revealed the extent of its summer concert woes during an investor and analyst meeting, although th ...

  33. Business Matters: Live Nation, RealNetworks, Bronfman Jr., Sonos and more

    June 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LIVE NATION STOCK COOLS -- Live Nation 's hot stock is cooling off. In late May, a Miller Tabac analyst told Reuters Liberty Media's tender offer for Live Nation shares earlier in the year had seemed to have established a floor of $12 fo ...

  34. Spotify Hits Scandinavian TV

    June 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European streaming service Spotify has launched on TV in Sweden and Finland via telco TeliaSonera's digital television services. Spotify is making the music app available to TeliaSonera's digital TV customers who subscribe to the Spotify ...

  35. Analysis: Yes, 30,000 People Could Be Using Spotify in the U.S.

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Does Spotify actually have 30,000 U.S. users, as was reported by TechCrunch on Thursday? Spotify told TechCrunch it doesn't have 30,000 users in the United States and said its report was "completely factually incorrect." But that nu ...

  36. @Great Escape: UMGI On Spotify, Freemium and More

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Speaking at the Great Escape conference in Brighton, England, Universal Music Group International VP of digital Francis Keeling underlined his belief in the subscription model, lauded hot startup Spotify, backed the freemium business model and dec ...

  37. Analysis: Subscription Model Takes Another Hit

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If music subscription services were easy, everybody would be doing them and millions of Americans would be paying. Numbers from RealNetworks’ latest earnings show subscriptions are still one of music’s greatest paradox: so much potential but so fe ...

  38. How Much $ Is Spotify Making?

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Spotify CEO Daniel Ek says his company is one of the top four digital accounts in revenues for major record labels. Data released by the BPI on Monday shows the UK trade value of subscription and ad-supported services combined totaled £20 million ...

  39. Spotify Teams With Metric, Responds To Gaga Reports

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European streaming service Spotify has partnered with Canadian rock act Metric on a promotion for the band's album and tour. The promotion includes a 25% discount on Metric shows for Spotify users, and an offer to buy the current album " ...

  40. U.K. Anti-Piracy Bill Passed By Lords

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Digital Economy Bill, which includes measures to tackle illegal file-sharing, has cleared the House of Lords with a controversial clause set to be introduced in the Commons. The Bill's legislative process will now continue in the Hou ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. @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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Business Matters: Sirius XM, Tower Records, Joel Tenenbaum and More

    January 20, 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 . -- Sirius XM ’s subscribers and free cash flow were both ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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