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  1. NARM Announces New Board Members

    May 09, 2012 3:13 PM EDT NARM announced today its slate of new officers at the organization's annual convention, with the election of iTunes senior marketing manager Brent Muhle as vice chairman; Amazon's director of digital music content acquisition Craig Pape ...

  2. Alliance to Distribute CD Baby Catalog

    May 08, 2012 1:54 PM EDT Alliance Entertainment has signed on to distribute CD Baby's inventory of hundreds of thousands of titles to its brick and mortar account base, as well as the online stores serviced by the giant wholesaler. According to the announcement, CD B ...

  3. Rdio Hosts Hack Day For In-House Team, Produces RSS, Shazam Apps

    May 08, 2012 12:47 PM EDT At its San Francisco headquarters, Rdio recently held its first-ever hack day -- a marathon event where coders build stuff that works, fast. Most hack days , including the one our editor just attended in Sydney , are open to the public and consist ...

  4. ShareMyPlaylists Launches iOS App For iPhone, iPad

    May 07, 2012 3:37 PM EDT ShareMyPlaylists homepage featuring mixes of Notorious B.I.G. samples and another of Drum 'n Bass ShareMyPlaylists.com has announced the launch of a new music discovery iOS app based around curated Spotify playlists. Since its launch in 2009, ...

  5. Business Matters: fun., Gotye, Justin Bieber Drive Big YTD Gain in Digital Track Sales

    May 04, 2012 4:13 PM EDT Top Few Songs Behind Digital Boost A handful of songs have accounted for a big share of the 31.6-million unit - equal to 7.2% -- gain in track sales in 2012 through April 29. The top 3 songs represent 10.3% of the gain. The top 10 songs account fo ...

  6. Business Matters: Deezer Opens API, Welcomes Developers to Make Really Cool Apps

    May 03, 2012 7:15 PM EDT Deezer Welcomes App Developers Deezer has opened its API and launched "Open Deezer" roughly five months after Spotify did the same. Open Deezer will allow developers to create applications and services that integrate Deezer's on-dem ...

  7. Live Nation Launches Facebook Concert Calendar App, Readies Summer Twitter Campaign

    May 02, 2012 8:54 PM EDT Live Nation today (May 2) launched its new concert calendar Facebook app, which enables users to discover and share upcoming Live Nation events and all music/comedy shows ticketed through Ticketmaster in North America. "It's based on rec ...

  8. Spotify Introduces First iPad App, Aims To Become 'Home Stereo'

    May 02, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Spotify's rumored iPad app screen grab that sent tech bloggers into a frenzy last week. Spotify's iPad app is finally here. After tech bloggers speculated wildly two weeks ago over an early screen-grab , many assumed it would be the subj ...

  9. Business Matters: What it Means For Spotify's Daniel Ek to be Worth $308 Million

    April 30, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Daniel Ek Is Worth $308 Million Because The Market Values Spotify So Highly It may surprise some people that Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek is worth $308 million (£190 million), according to a list of richest British people in music at the S ...

  10. Spotify Developing Online Radio to Challenge Pandora (Report)

    April 26, 2012 9:42 AM EDT Spotify, the music streaming service, is reportedly developing a U.S. Internet radio service to compete with Pandora, according to a Reuters report . The report claimed the new service would launch before 2013 and would be ad-supported. It also sa ...

  11. Rethink Music Hackathon Winners: Having 'The Talk,' Dancing to Make Music, Concert Playlists

    April 25, 2012 8:56 AM EDT This week's Rethink Music conference kicked off with a weekend Hackathon, where participants built and presented 25 music "hacks," or hastily-created apps, at Microsoft's New England Research and Development Center (a.k.a. N.E. ...

  12. Business Matters: Why Concert Listing Sites Like Songkick, Bandsintown Matter in Today's Increasingly Fragmented Market

    April 24, 2012 4:26 PM EDT Why Concert Listing Sites Matter In Today and Tomorrow's Market -- There are far more ways to discover concerts than existed just a few years ago. But are more concert tickets being purchased? Probably not. But that doesn't mean the indu ...

  13. Business Matters: Official.fm Targets Business Users for its Music Platform

    April 23, 2012 5:40 PM EDT Official.fm Simplifies Management For Artists Artists and labels have no shortage of tools for promoting music online. Official.fm wants to simply the process. "Official.fm aims to provide a single place for artists, labels and managers to ma ...

  14. eMusic Rolls Out Record Store Day Heat Map App

    April 20, 2012 2:36 PM EDT Saturday is official Record Store Day, which means it's almost time to implement your H2BB (home-to-business bicycle) to purchase vinyl music, if you're the type, as even relatively young digital music consumers appear to be . Record Sto ...

  15. Business Matters: TuneUp Media Launches Music I.D. App With Approach Different from Shazam and SoundHound

    April 19, 2012 6:41 PM EDT TuneUp Recognizes Music, But Also Cleans Up Your Music Collection Apparently the market for music identification apps isn't too crowded for new competitor. TuneUp Media has released a song identification app for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad to ...

  16. Business Matters: Facebook's Listen Button, Timeline Challenge Developers and Artists

    April 18, 2012 8:00 PM EDT Facebook's Listen Button, Timeline Challenge Developers and Artists -- Facebook's expansion of its Timeline layout in April and the debut this week of its Listen button are presenting new challenges for the companies that provide direct- ...

  17. Spotify, Coca-Cola Team Up for App, Facebook Integration, More

    April 18, 2012 12:00 PM EDT Spotify and Coca-Cola are teaming up for a global partnership that will include a Spotify app, a Facebook integration and a 2013 marketing campaign, among other elements. "This is the beginning of something we both feel will be incredibly lon ...

  18. Spotify Announces Global Deal With Coca-Cola

    April 18, 2012 10:40 AM EDT Spotify CEO Daniel Ek announced a global partnership with Coca-Cola at Ad Age's Digital Conference this morning, according to multiple reports . "I can't reveal more details now," Elk said, "but I'm really excited abo ...

  19. Will Spotify Debut an iPad App Wednesday?

    April 17, 2012 11:06 AM EDT An image of a Spotify iPad app captured in the wild has exploded across the Internet this week, raising expectations the company will finally launch its first app created specifically for the iPad device. The picture was reportedly taken by a Swed ...

  20. Branded Artist Apps Could Make Money and Please Fans

    April 17, 2012 9:59 AM EDT Wahwah.fm already lets you turn the MP3s on your iPhone into a radio station. This would evolve that concept into a real moneymaker for artists, and excellent apps for fans. Say you're a big fan of Sleigh Bells (the band, not the wintertime e ...

  21. Business Matters: Analysis of Martin Mills' Harsh Words on Universal-EMI Merger

    April 16, 2012 6:22 PM EDT Martin Mills of Beggars Group Says EMI-Universal Music Kills Niche Artists Martin Mills, chairman and founder of the Beggars Group, has lodged a complaint with European regulators regarding the Universal Music Group acquisition of EMI's recor ...

  22. Vevo Launches in Australia and New Zealand

    April 16, 2012 6:52 AM EDT Vevo has opened for business in Australia and New Zealand. The on-demand music service launched here Monday, through a partnership with locally-based MCM Media, a leading producer of entertainment content for radio, digital, TV and events. Vevo In ...

  23. Spotify May Seek More Funding, But No IPO

    April 13, 2012 2:13 PM EDT Spotify will lose a projected $60 million this year, despite a massive growth in revenue to $889 million, but that's not fazing CEO Daniel Ek. "Our focus is entirely on growth," he told Swedish paper Dagens Industri ( via TechCrunch ...

  24. Business Matters: Is Music Still Core to Sony Corp's Mission?

    April 12, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Music May Be Losing Significance to Sony Sony Corp. wants to revitalize its electronics business, but how will it use music to get there? The company announced a transformation plan Thursday that includes shedding 10,000 jobs , or 6% of its global ...

  25. Spotify Play Button Launches, Aims For Ubiquity

    April 11, 2012 8:25 AM EDT Spotify wants to be the world's music player. Its new streaming music widget, called the Play Button, is a step in that direction. Unveiled Tuesday, the Play Button allows listeners to stream music on the Spotify desktop client via the widget ...

  26. Business Matters: Spotify, Pandora, Google Music, Lady Antebellum Nominated for 2012 Webby Awards

    April 10, 2012 5:58 PM EDT Webby Awards Announce Nominations A handful of music sites and artists have been nominated for the 16th Annual Webby Awards organized by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Science to award excellent on the Internet. The awards show will ...

  27. Business Matters: Pandora's Stock Hits All-Time Low of $9.03

    April 09, 2012 4:41 PM EDT Pandora's Stock Hits All-Time Low Pandora's stock fell to an all-time low of $9.03 Monday and closed at $9.18, a 7.46% dip. The root cause for Monday's decline appears to be an analyst's report that surfaced Thursday but wasn&# ...

  28. Germany Up, Switzerland Down, Austria Mixed in 2011 BVMI Revenue Numbers

    April 06, 2012 7:00 AM EDT In the three countries of the German language music market, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, the economic turnover from 2010 to 2011 was full of contrasts. While the official figures will be reported on April 19 in Berlin, Dr. Florian Drücke, man ...

  29. Business Matters: Internet Radio Services Need To Separate Themselves from the Crowd

    April 05, 2012 8:19 PM EDT Internet Radio Services Need To Separate Themselves from the Crowd -- Upstart Internet radio service Raditaz believes Pandora's problem is "repetition and a lack of diversity," the company says at an Echo Next blog post. So it' ...

  30. If Spotify's Reported 600K U.S. Subscribers Is Disappointing, You Expected Too Much Too Soon

    April 04, 2012 8:48 PM EDT Spotify has amassed three million U.S. users and 600,000 subscribers since its July launch, according to figures reported Wednesday by the New York Post . A major label source tells Billboard.biz that the 600,000 threshold won't be reached fo ...

  31. Editor's Note: What Role Did Bundling and Exclusives Play in Madonna and Justin Bieber's Big Debuts?

    April 04, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Madonna has the no. 1 album on this week's Billboard 200. She sold 359,000 copies of MDNA compared to Lionel Richie's Tuskegee , which opens with a really impressive 199k first week. But many of Madonna's sales came through a bundle ...

  32. Facebook Claims That 17.5 Million People Use Spotify Each Month

    April 03, 2012 6:29 PM EDT It's clear that Spotify is the most popular on-demand music subscription in the world. Less clear is how many people actually use it. Let's start with Spotify's latest numbers as of March, which a spokeswoman sent Evolver.fm yesterd ...

  33. Erica Farber Named President and CEO of Radio Advertising Bureau

    April 03, 2012 12:51 PM EDT Erica Farber, former publisher-CEO of Radio & Records, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Radio Advertising Bureau, effective April 16. Farber, who most recently served as the RAB's executive vice president, will ...

  34. PRS For Music Reports 3.2% Rise in Royalties in 2011

    April 02, 2012 8:14 AM EDT An upbeat U.K. collecting society PRS for Music is attributing the 3.2% increase in the amount of royalties collected in 2011 to growth in income from legitimate digital-music services and the continued popularity of U.K. repertoire overseas. PRS ...

  35. 10 Cool Things on Spotify's 'History of Music' Timeline

    March 30, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Spotify launched its new Facebook Timeline today, with the added wrinkle being that they have compiled a "History of Music," transporting users from the present all the way back to 1000 A.D. and the beginning of "popular music." ...

  36. Spotify Unleashes 'History of Music' on Facebook Timeline

    March 30, 2012 12:11 PM EDT Maybe next week we'll manage to stop writing about Spotify for five seconds, but this is just too interesting to pass up. As of this morning, Spotify's Facebook Timeline now includes over a thousand years of music, which you can listen t ...

  37. Business Matters: Subscription Services Gone Global

    March 29, 2012 9:01 PM EDT Subscription Services Gone Global -- The days of the single-market subscription service are over and the land grab is upon us. From Spotify to Deezer, companies are looking for growth well beyond their countries of origin. Operating in more countr ...

  38. Spotify Lifts Limits on Free Listening in U.S.

    March 29, 2012 10:59 AM EDT The battle for American music lovers heated up Thursday as Spotify lifted listening limits on U.S. users of its free, ad-supported service. When it launched in the U.S. in July, Spotify said it would offer six months of free, unlimited listening t ...

  39. Spotify Integrates With The Echo Nest's API To Improve App Platform

    March 29, 2012 10:30 AM EDT The Echo Nest today announced that it will be integrating its API with Spotify, effectively allowing app developers to use the Echo Nest's vastly influential music intelligence algorithms in order to create apps within the Spotify model. All ...

  40. Business Matters: Thanks to Songkick, 100,000 Fewer People Can Claim Ignorance for Missing a Concert

    March 28, 2012 4:30 PM EDT Songkick Announces 100,000 New Users Through Spotify App There's a common saying in the concert and ticketing businesses that 40% of all tickets go unsold because people weren't aware of the shows. This 40% Rule seems to have come from L ...

  41. Spotify Tops Survey of U.K. Media Agencies

    March 28, 2012 12:17 PM EDT Spotify's "freemium" business model got some good news this week. The company has taken the top spot in its first appearance in the Online Media Owner Survey by the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA), a professional bod ...

  42. The New Music Business Takes Shape: Inside the RIAA's 2011 Year-End Numbers

    March 27, 2012 2:47 PM EDT Growth in digital and synchronization revenue slightly outpaced the decline in physical revenue, leaving the U.S. recorded music business up 0.2% in 2011, according to figures released Monday by the RIAA . For its annual year-end shipments report, ...

  43. Gee Beyond Can Buy Beyond Oblivion Assets, But Not Existing DRM Contracts, Says Court

    March 27, 2012 1:39 PM EDT The bankruptcy court where the case was heard is not usually bedecked in a flag, as it is here Gee Beyond, the company headed by former Beyond Oblivion CEO Adam Kidron, can buy the assets of the bankrupt Beyond Oblivion, a judge ruled on Monday. T ...

  44. Madonna Teams Up With Spotify On 'MDNA' Promotional Streaming Campaign

    March 27, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Despite a career spanning three decades, with the release of her latest album Madonna has made it clear she is not going the traditional route that she may have gone promoting her past albums. Madonna Interviewed by Jimmy Fallon Live on Facebook ( ...

  45. Black Keys Drummer Patrick Carney Calls Sean Parker an 'A--hole' for Exploiting Musicians

    March 26, 2012 5:15 PM EDT The Black Keys had one of the biggest albums of the past six months, were featured in Billboard Magazine, and headlined arenas like Madison Square Garden this month and will do the same at Coachella next month, yet Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney ...

  46. Business Matters: Spotify's Reported $4 Billion Valuation in Perspective

    March 26, 2012 5:08 PM EDT Spotify Looking For Billions In Funding Spotify is reported to be seeking funding of $3.5 billion, according to Business Insider , or $4 billion, according to the Financial Times . The company has over 10 million active users, well over 3 million ...

  47. A Timeline of Spotify's Attempted Journey Toward Becoming the 'OS of Music'

    March 22, 2012 5:26 PM EDT The HotOrNot app, which launched today on Spotify's music platform, runs on Warner Music Group's music. This causes more people to listen to that music within Spotify -- and money to flow to WMG and its artists Spotify recently rolled ou ...

  48. Business Matters: Senate Passes Crowdfunding Bill, Pandora's Vastly Varied Valuation

    March 22, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Senate Passes JOBS Act Aimed At Helping Startups Raise Money Entrepreneurs of all stripes, and certainly some in the media and entertainment field, are likely applauding a bill that helps them raise money. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS ...

  49. All 12 New Spotify Apps Come From Record Labels

    March 22, 2012 1:39 PM EDT Companies that stand to benefit the most from music discovery are creating the technologies to connect Spotify listeners with their music. Record labels created or backed all 12 of the apps unveiled for Spotify's desktop client Thursday. Spot ...

  50. Rdio Launches in Canada, Signs European Deal With PRS

    March 22, 2012 9:26 AM EDT Rdio has released a string of announcements in recent days, with a major cosmetic overhaul debuted at SXSW and the streaming service reaching the 15 million songs threshold. Rdio Announces Major Changes At SXSW Event Now Rdio has signed on to be t ...

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