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  1. Business Matters: How to Detect Search Engine-Optimized, Bullsh-- Headlines

    September 05, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Writing a good headline is part art, part science and very important. In the age of online news, articles tend to be optimized for maximum traffic from search engines. Keywords, such as Apple or iPhone, are used in the headlines based on the likel ...

  2. How Spotify and Rdio Are De-Socializing Music Streaming

    September 05, 2012 1:30 PM EDT In Rdio's advanced settings, users can now choose a privacy setting that will require approval before other users can view their collection, playlists, activity and full user profile. Streaming music is inherently more social than downloading ...

  3. Morning Fix: Bob Dylan Streaming & Reopening; Spotify Unhitches Facebook; iPhone 5 Predictions

    September 05, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE now to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. CHRISTINA AGUILERA TO DELIVER KEYNOTE AT BILLBOARD/THR FILM & TV MUSIC CONFERENCE: Christina Aguilera has been announced as a keynote speaker at the 2012 Billboard ...

  4. As Facebook Stock Nears $18, Its Focus on Music Will Suffer

    August 31, 2012 4:29 PM EDT Facebook shares dove under $19 and were trading down 4.86% to $18.17 Friday afternoon after slashed price targets and fresh revenue concerns. Citing "challenged" media spending and an inflow of additional shares from lock-up expirations, ...

  5. Business Matters: A Brief History of Spotify Royalties

    August 30, 2012 12:21 PM EDT Spotify's per-stream royalty payments to one independent artist are showing the heft people might have thought impossible just a few years ago. David Harrell of the band t he Layaways regularly posts numbers from his band's CD Baby royal ...

  6. Sony Introduces Inexpensive Tier for Music Unlimited Service

    August 29, 2012 4:22 PM EDT On Wednesday Sony Network Entertainment International announced a €4.99/US $4.99 per month tier, called "Access," to its Music Unlimited subscription service. Sony is employing a familiar marketing strategy by placing a premium on mobili ...

  7. Cricket Wireless Makes Muve Music Available on All New Android Plans

    August 29, 2012 2:00 AM EDT Muve Music by Cricket Wireless has quietly become the second-biggest subscription service in the U.S. Soon, it will be the biggest in the country. On Wednesday, prepaid mobile carrier Cricket announced its Muve Music subscription service will be i ...

  8. Germany Finally Embracing the Digital Era

    August 24, 2012 1:07 PM EDT BERLIN - The German music market, the world's third largest in 2011 according to the IFPI, is finally catching up to the digital era, according to a new study presented by the German music association BVMI (Bundesverband Musikindustrie) toget ...

  9. Spotify Grew Fast, Lost Money in 2011 -- No Surprises

    August 23, 2012 2:07 PM EDT Two bits of unsurprising news could be found in a Wall Street Journal report containing Spotify's 2011 financials: Spotify grew fast and lost money. To no surprise, Spotify's losses mounted as it expanded in the U.S. and elsewhere in 201 ...

  10. Morning Fix: House Sends Letter on UMG-EMI; Spotify 2011 Revenue Up; Trey Songz Headed for No. 1; RIP New Albion

    August 23, 2012 8:25 AM EDT TREY SONGSZ HEADED FOR FIRST NO.1: R&B singer Trey Songz is aiming for his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new Songbook/Atlantic album, "Chapter V." Other albums in the hunt for a high debut next week include DJ ...

  11. Spotify to Launch in Canada: Report

    August 22, 2012 12:33 PM EDT Spotify is planning to launch in Canada, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing accounts filed by the company's Luxembourg-based holding company, Spotify Technologies SA. The company added it may also expand into "countries in ...

  12. Morning Fix: Rick Rubin's Universal Republic Deal; Apple Vs Samsung; Carly Rae's Social Media Model

    August 22, 2012 8:29 AM EDT Billboard.Biz Exclusive: Rick Rubin Brings American Recordings to Universal Republic Rick Rubin has signed a deal to put the next incarnation of American Recordings through Republic Records. According to sources, Universal Republic president/CEO M ...

  13. Why Is Spotify's Monthly Average Users Number Dropping?

    August 21, 2012 12:20 PM EDT A tipster alerted us to an interesting figure regarding Spotify over the weekend. According to AppData , fewer people have used Spotify to listen to music over the past month (on the desktop, smartphone, tablet, with Facebook Connect turned on ), ...

  14. Morning Fix: UK Olympics Bump, Best Buy's New CEO, Beyonce's 1B Friends, Death at V Festival

    August 20, 2012 8:22 AM EDT Olympics Bump Sends Emeli Sande (and 123 Others) Up UK Charts Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé's album is back to No. 1 on the U.K. charts following her appearance at the London 2012 Olympics. Fifty-seven of this week's Top 200 alb ...

  15. Matisyahu's 'Spark Seeker' Spotify App: Developer, Manager Break Down Design Process, Tech Details

    August 16, 2012 12:57 PM EDT When Spotify first launched its app platform, it was with aspirations towards providing an easy way for third-party developers to enhance Spotify's music listening experience and ultimately build a vibrant marketplace. Though development on t ...

  16. Spotify Radio Improves With Thumbs-Up (or Down) Function

    August 13, 2012 11:44 AM EDT Spotify has added thumbs to its desktop radio, allowing listeners to fine tune an artist station by giving a song a "thumb up" or "thumb down." This is the latest in what's sure to be a lot of tweaking to its radio product ...

  17. Business Matters: Warner Getting Big Gains from Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and other Streaming Services

    August 09, 2012 5:23 PM EDT Warner Gets A Quarter of Digital Revenue From Streaming Warner Music Group is getting good growth from streaming services, which now account for 25% of its recorded music digital revenue. The other important news in the company's Thursday ear ...

  18. Why Apple's Decision to Drop YouTube from iOS Is a Big Deal for Music, Apps

    August 08, 2012 3:52 PM EDT When the very first iPhone shipped, literally changing the world as we knew it, it carried a little Trojan horse inside of it called YouTube. The app for Google's video sharing site comes standard with every single iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touc ...

  19. Business Matters: SiriusXM Adds On-Demand Music and 600,000 Subscribers

    August 07, 2012 9:13 PM EDT SiriusXM Adds On-Demand Music and 600,000 Subscribers -- SiriusXM is the latest radio company to launch an on-demand service that allows people to listen to what they want, when they want. Well, sort of. Launched Tuesday, SiriusXM On Demand gives ...

  20. Whitney Hill Named SVP, Strategic Parnerships, Global Digital Business for Sony Music Entertainment

    August 07, 2012 12:52 PM EDT Whitney Hill has been promoted to Senior VP Strategic Partnerships, Global Digital Business for Sony Music Entertainment. The announcement was made by Sony Music's Michael Paull, Executive VP, Global Digital Business, who Hill will report to. ...

  21. Online Music Downloads Jump In Germany In First Half

    August 07, 2012 12:28 PM EDT A massive 32 percent jump in revenue from downloading music online made up for the continuing decline in the physical sale of music albums and singles in Germany, according to data released Tuesday by the German Music Industry Association, the BVM ...

  22. Will Spotify Roll Out Third-Party Mobile Apps?

    August 06, 2012 1:29 PM EDT As of today, the Spotify desktop client contains 44 optional apps with which users can play music. Is Spotify planning to do the same on the mobile side? Our tipster thinks so We're somewhat obsessed with Spotify apps , because they let devel ...

  23. 40 Under 40: Daniel Ek

    August 02, 2012 4:02 PM EDT Daniel Ek CEO, Spotify Website: Spotify.com Twitter: @ELDSJAL An Ear Toward The Future The people at Spotify spend a lot of time thinking and debating where the company will be in one to five years, CEO Daniel Ek, 29, says: "If you've ar ...

  24. 40 Under 40: Sean Parker

    August 02, 2012 3:37 PM EDT Sean Parker Executive General Partnery, Founders Fund Website: foundersfund.com Twitter: @sparker Guiding the Musical Marketplace Sean Parker, 32, helped raise Facebook, invested in Spotify via Founders Fund and midwifed the partnership between th ...

  25. 40 Under 40: Jim Lucchese

    August 02, 2012 2:50 PM EDT Jim Lucchese CEO, The Echo Nest Website: The.Echonest.com Twitter: @echonest Central Intelligence Jim Lucchese, 39, is leading the growth of "big data" in the music business. But the CEO of the Echo Nest, a music intelligence company bas ...

  26. Samsung Launches U.S. Music Hub With Cloud Storage, Streaming, Radio, Store

    August 01, 2012 8:18 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Samsung launched its Music Hub service in the U.S. on Tuesday. It's an effort to capture some of the buzz around Spotify with a feature that combines a cloud music locker, unlimited song streaming, a radio player and a mus ...

  27. Google Buying Social Media Startup Wildfire

    August 01, 2012 8:00 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Google is buying a company that specializes in social media marketing as it intensifies competition with Facebook for ad dollars and attention. The company, Redwood City, Calif.-based Wildfire, helps businesses such as Cirque du S ...

  28. Business Matters: Is the Luster Off Social Media?

    July 31, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Is the Luster Off Social Media? -- Social media doesn't look as sexy as it did in 2011. Fortunately, investors are not punishing companies just for being affiliated with Facebook. Facebook hit a new all-time low of $21.61 on Tuesday. It was a ...

  29. Spotify Reveals New Numbers: Over 4 Million Subscribers and 15 Million Active Users

    July 31, 2012 11:25 AM EDT Spotify now has 15 million active users and over 4 million subscribers. The new numbers were revealed by chief content officer Ken Parks at the Global Business Summit on Creative Content in London. Put another way, Spotify added over 1 million sub ...

  30. Business Matters: Century Media Was Destined to Return to Spotify

    July 30, 2012 8:53 PM EDT Century Media Was Destined to Return to Spotify -- Citing Spotify's promotional value and feedback from fans, metal label Century Media has returned its catalog to the on-demand subscription service . At the time, the label said Spotify' ...

  31. Century Media Records Make U-Turn On Spotify Involvement

    July 30, 2012 3:36 PM EDT Fans of diverse metallic flavors such as Napalm Death, Divine Heresy, Lacuna Coil, Andrew WK, Winds of Plague, Sick Of it All, and other headbanging-oriented bands from Century Media Records might be pleased to know that all of them are now back o ...

  32. Twitter 140: Page 13

    July 26, 2012 7:54 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Toy Selectah DJ/Producer/A&R @ToySelectah Selectah is known industry-wide for his creative savvy and is most recently credited for discovering one of Latin music's biggest DJ acts, 3BallMTY. But the pro ...

  33. Twitter 140: Page 4

    July 26, 2012 5:19 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX John Darnielle Lead Singer, Mountain Goats @Mountain_Goats Unlike the deeply personal, often emotionally draining songwriting in his long-running Mountain Goats project, indie rock troubadour John Darnielle uses ...

  34. Twitter 140: Page 2

    July 26, 2012 4:46 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Scooter Braun CEO, Schoolboy Records and SB Projects; Entrepreneur in Residence, Universal Music Group Global Creative Investment Program @ScooterBraun All things Justin Bieber and SB Projects, with a healthy do ...

  35. This Week In Music: Spotify, BLASTmedia, Facebook Reps Discuss Social Media Marketing

    July 25, 2012 6:22 PM EDT On the most recent installment of This Week in Music, Topspin's Ian Rogers talks with Ime Archibong, strategic partner manager at Facebook, Jordan Walker, U.S. Label and Artist Relations rep at Spotify, and Julie Perry, VP, social media direc ...

  36. Business Matters: How Spotify's First Year Compares to Pandora, Vevo, YouTube and Others

    July 23, 2012 8:42 PM EDT How Does Spotify's First Year Stack Up? -- Spotify's tenure in the U.S. has reached one year. Is the performance good, bad or mediocre? See how the service compares to other segments and players in digital music. In honor of its one-year ...

  37. Internet Radio: The Next Digital Underground

    July 19, 2012 6:35 PM EDT One is traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Another was recently launched by the world's leading on-demand music subscription service. And yet another has quietly accumulated 30 million monthly users. These three Internet services are part ...

  38. Business Matters: Mr. Westergren and Pandora Go to Washington

    July 19, 2012 4:33 PM EDT Mr. Westergren and Pandora Go to Washington -- Legislation drafted by a U.S. Representative suggests that fights over Internet royalties, and the lobbying and publicity efforts by Internet radio giant Pandora, are starting to heat up. According to ...

  39. Business Matters: Vevo Says UK Departures Will Not Impact US Operations

    July 17, 2012 5:51 PM EDT VEVO's Upside of UK Management Changes -- The recent departures of two top executives at Vevo U.K. will not impact U.S. operations, a company spokesperson tells Billboard.biz. A press release issued by Vevo last Friday announced that Nic Jone ...

  40. Live Nation Labs Acquires Music Sharing Startup Rexly

    July 16, 2012 5:39 PM EDT Live Nation Labs has acquired Rexly, the maker of a music sharing app for iPhone. The San Francisco-based startup will become the base of Live Nation Labs' San Francisco operations, according to a post on the Live Nation Labs blog . Terms of ...

  41. Business Matters: Site-Blocking Shows No Signs of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy

    July 16, 2012 5:15 PM EDT Site-Blocking Shows No Sign of Being a Quick Fix for Piracy -- Ordering Internet service providers to block access to file-sharing websites doesn't appear to be a quick fix for piracy. But that's hardly a surprise. Campaigns against pira ...

  42. Sweden's Unique Music Story Continues: Subscriptions Up Big, CDs Flat in First Half of 2012

    July 13, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Music revenues are quite healthy in the land where streaming rules. Figures released this week by the Swedish Recording Industry Association say recorded music revenues grew 30% in the first half of 2012, according to a report at the Swedeish Engl ...

  43. NME Launches Music Recommendation App For Spotify

    July 12, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Revered music magazine New Musical Express ( NME for short) joins the ever-growing list of publishers , brands , and bands teaming up with Spotify with an app that extends its tastemaking prowess to the popular music streaming service. This app co ...

  44. Business Matters: Paper on Post-Napster Industry Just Another Summer Rerun

    July 11, 2012 6:30 PM EDT New Paper On Napster Unveils Little 'New' Material An academic article by a Rutgers School of Law professor, titled " Copyright and Innovation: The Untold Story ," claims to have "uncovered" what was lost from lawsuit ...

  45. Business Matters: Nearly A Third of Consumers Using Streaming Services: Report

    July 09, 2012 5:27 PM EDT Nearly 1/3 of Consumers Use Music Streaming Services Nearly a third of consumers in 25 countries around the world now use a music streaming service. A report at Music Industry Blog , the site of former Forrester analyst Mark Mulligan, taps into EM ...

  46. Alicia Keys' 'New Day' Dawns, Kurt Schneider Debuts on Social 50 Chart

    July 06, 2012 4:09 PM EDT On the Billboard Social 50 this week, Alicia Keys experiences substantial online gains and rises 38-31. The uptick follows a surge in activity following the release of "New Day," a new single Keys released directly to SoundCloud on June ...

  47. Beats Electronics Acquires Mog

    July 02, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Music subscription service Mog has been acquired by Beats Electronics. Terms of the deal, which first made the news back in March, were not disclosed. Mog founder and CEO David Hyman will stay on as CEO and report to Beats president and COO Luke W ...

  48. Business Matters: Rumors Heat Up That Liberty Media Will Buy Out Live Nation

    June 28, 2012 4:10 PM EDT Rumors Heat Up That Liberty Media Will Buy Out Live Nation -- Another summer, another round of speculation that Liberty Media may buy out the remaining shares of Live Nation it does not already own. Liberty Media upped its stake in Live Nation to ...

  49. Business Matters: Is Spotify Labels' #2 Source of Revenue? Probably Not

    June 27, 2012 5:42 PM EDT Streaming Services Not No. 2 Source of Label Revenue Spotify may be the second-largest digital account for major labels, but streaming is hardly their second-largest source of revenue. In fact, it's unlikely that any single subscription servi ...

  50. Opinion: Music Labels Are No Longer Gatekeepers, by David Balto

    June 27, 2012 1:28 PM EDT Last week's Senate hearing examining the Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division has fostered no small amount of conversation, opinion and commentary, and we're happy to host all three on ou ...

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