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  1. Senzari, New Internet Radio Service, Launches On Three Continents

    January 20, 2012 7:40 AM EST Senzari, a new music service that offers Internet radio with personalized recommendations and a full integration with Facebook, is preparing to officially launch at an international level by the end of February. Like Pandora, Senzari is Internet s ...

  2. Ticketmaster Launches New Facebook App

    January 18, 2012 9:00 PM EST Ticketmaster raises the stakes in the social marketing game with Wednesday's (Jan. 18) launch of its new Facebook app, highlighted by an integration with Spotify which recommends events to fans based on listening habits. TM's Facebook pl ...

  3. Business Matters: SoundExchange Royalties Smaller Than Downloads, Bigger Than Subscriptions

    January 18, 2012 6:26 PM EST Subscription Services Get All The Attention, Pay Artists Less Than Webcasts SoundExchange made 18,000 payments totaling $89.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. That brought its 2011 distributions to $292 million, an increase of 17 percent fro ...

  4. Morning Heds: SOPA Momentum Shift, SXSW Music Line-Up, Lookout! Records Shutters

    January 17, 2012 8:04 AM EST Momentum shift: SOPA, PIPA opponents now in driver's seat CNET The broad support in the U.S. government for two controversial antipiracy bills appears to be evaporating.... Is Facebook IPO on Track for Late May? All Thngs D According to multi ...

  5. Business Matters: Is Internet Radio A Substitute For Radio?

    January 13, 2012 6:35 PM EST Pandora and Spotify Face Different Issues In Getting Music Rights Let's revisit this statement in 10 or 20 years: Streaming music services such as Pandora and Spotify are "not radio substitutes any more than your Walkman, CD collection o ...

  6. Grooveshark Launches iPhone App in Face of Major Label Lawsuits

    January 13, 2012 10:25 AM EST When a digital music startup distributes massive amounts of unlicensed music and fails to pay for the music it has licensed, most of us know what happens next: They go out of business. Not so with Grooveshark. The popular P2P streaming site, which ...

  7. Facebook Unveils Real-Time Social Listening

    January 12, 2012 6:28 PM EST Facebook took another step towards real-time togetherness on Thursday. Starting today, the social network will help people listen to the same music at the same time . And just like that, the Turntable.fm-style social music experience becomes just ...

  8. Morning Heds: Spotify Says Bye to Free, Sony Goes iOS, Beatles Songs Sold

    January 12, 2012 6:11 AM EST Spotify no longer free for early US subscribers Music Week Early Spotify adopters in the US will see their no-strings, unlimited streaming experience cease next week when their promotional period comes to an end. Why Rhapsody Is (Probably) Bigger ...

  9. Business Matters: Social Newcomers Tumblr and Pinterest Each Beating MySpace in U.S.

    January 11, 2012 6:28 PM EST --Facebook dominates U.S. social media. Well behind Facebook are two growing social networks you might not be aware of, Tumblr and Pinterest. They have fewer users than Twitter and even MySpace, but they command quite a bit of time. Billboard has ...

  10. CES Quick Hits: Could LG's Smart Home Appliances Be the Next Music Player?

    January 11, 2012 4:13 PM EST If a Pandora-playing refrigerator was the talk of last year's CES, could a washing machine be next? LG Electronics showcased its new line of smart home appliances at CES Wednesday, which includes refrigerators, ovens and washer/dryers. Each i ...

  11. TuneCore Expands Into Canada

    January 11, 2012 2:40 PM EST Brooklyn, NY-based TuneCore has expanded its music and video distribution service into Canada. The site, www.tunecore.ca , is exclusive to Canadian artists. The music is priced in Canadian currency and there is no currency conversion on domestic s ...

  12. Business Matters: Kickstarter Pledges Grow 259% To $99 Million In 2011

    January 10, 2012 8:27 PM EST Kickstarter Pledges Grow 259% To $99 Million In 2011 -- Of all the numbers shared Monday by fan-centric fundraising site Kickstarter, one stands out: $99,344,382. That's the dollar amount pledged to projects through the Kickstarter platform i ...

  13. Cricket's Muve Music Quietly Passes 500,000 Subscribers

    January 09, 2012 9:05 AM EST Mobile carrier Cricket Communications announced Monday it surpassed 500,000 subscribers to Muve Music, the unlimited music service it bundles with mobile service. About one year after launch, Muve Music has quietly amassed about half the subscribe ...

  14. Tips on Finding Your Next Favorite Band with SXSW, Last.fm, Spotify

    January 06, 2012 9:43 AM EST The holidays are over, leaving us with 356, 339, and 357 shopping days until Christmas, Hannukkah, and Kwanzaa respectively. Let's use that time productively, shall we? You might not want to think about this now, having recently braved the cr ...

  15. Morning Heds: Music Biz's 2011 Recovery, Why America Loves Skrillex, Frank Ocean & Def Jam Make Up

    January 06, 2012 8:07 AM EST Music Sales, Show Tickets Rose in 2011 Wall Street Journal The music industry showed signs of potential recovery in 2011, as sales of albums and concert tickets reversed declines, though it would be premature to declare a full-fledged recovery. Th ...

  16. Business Matters: EMI Sues Grooveshark (Again), Pandora Takes Longview, Sirius Adds 1.7M Subscribers, EMI Execs' 'Forfeited' Bonuses Overstated

    January 05, 2012 6:39 PM EST EMI Sues Grooveshark for Breach of Contract -- Controversial music-streaming service has been sued by EMI - again. EMI Music Publishing has Grooveshark for breach of contract, according to reports at the New York Times and other outlets. The lawsu ...

  17. Morning Heds: If Adele Was On A Major, The EDM Cruise, Is Spotify's Ek Really That Important?

    January 05, 2012 8:45 AM EST Would Adele have been as successful if she was signed to a major label? The Guardian Adele is an exceptional artist, but she has also been nurtured by her indie label, but would a major label have done the same? Del Rey strikes deal with Next Mode ...

  18. Business Matters: The Death of the Album Review?

    January 04, 2012 6:00 PM EST The Death of the Album Review? -- Is the album review destined to decline in importance as the album format loses ground to songs and playlists? LA Weekly's Ben Westhoff mentioned - almost in passing - that the alternative weekly has stopped ...

  19. 2011: The Year the Music Business Turned the Corner?

    December 30, 2011 11:20 AM EST My first day as editor of Billboard.biz was January 3rd of this year. There were four major labels, Doug Morris was still at Universal (officially, anyway), Barry Weiss was still with Sony, Edgar Bronfman Jr. was still CEO of Warner, EMI was still ...

  20. iOS, Albums, Google+: Three Digital Music Trends to Watch in 2012

    December 29, 2011 3:28 PM EST There is hardly a shortage of trends to watch in digital music. From Internet radio to subscription services to a never-ending stream of services aimed at independent artists, 2012 will be filled with numerous developments that merit close attenti ...

  21. Discovering Music With Your New Holiday Gadgets

    December 29, 2011 9:05 AM EST Happy holidays! So, you scored a new iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad. You've already downloaded Angry Birds, set up email, and possibly had some interesting conversations with Siri. What about the music? You probably have some, and you probably want m ...

  22. Business Matters: Why Spotify Royalties Are Greater Than Radio Royalties

    December 27, 2011 4:48 PM EST Why Spotify Royalties Are Bigger Than Radio Royalties -- Because of its large audience, radio is a more valuable revenue stream than on-demand subscription services. But when compared a revenue-per-listen basis, Spotify royalties exceed those paid ...

  23. Business Matters: How Rhapsody Got to 1 Million Subscribers

    December 22, 2011 4:32 PM EST Rhapsody Continues Rapid Subscription Expansion -- Music subscription service Rhapsody announced Thursday it surpassed 1 million subscribers, just one week after its tenth anniversary. This latest milestone shows the company has increased subscrib ...

  24. Business Matters: Justin Bieber Invests In A Startup

    December 21, 2011 5:13 PM EST Justing Bieber: Pop Icon, Savvy Investor? -- Justin Bieber invested in SoJo Studios , developer of games with a mission "to provide joyful and easily accessible ways for people to join with others to do lasting social good." The startup ...

  25. iTunes Match Launches In Germany, Reaches Agreement With GEMA

    December 21, 2011 8:00 AM EST BERLIN - iTunes Match was launched in Germany last week after the German collectiion society GEMA approved an agreement in Munich. The will service costs €24.99 (about $32.50) per year in Germany and is limited to 25,000 tracks. Business Matters: ...

  26. Exclusive: MySpace Launches New Music Player, Search Function, Facebook Integration

    December 19, 2011 8:17 AM EST After teasing a few key advertisers with a short presentation in September , MySpace has debuted its first major product offering under new owners Specific Media. The new MySpace music player launches today with enhanced music recommendations and ...

  27. The Echo Nest Powers New Spotify Radio -- And Makes the Service More Valuable

    December 16, 2011 2:04 PM EST Music intelligence company The Echo Nest will power Spotify's new radio features. The improved, personalized radio function, along with apps by Billboard and other companies, are available in an update of the Spotify desktop client made avail ...

  28. Australian Retailer JB Hi-Fi Launches Beta Version of 'Now' Streaming Service

    December 15, 2011 11:09 AM EST Australia's leading music retailer JB Hi-Fi has taken a leap into digital music with the beta launch of its Now streaming music service . The month-long trial started this week and means JB has almost certainly beaten Spotify to the punch. Mo ...

  29. Business Matters: Spotify Rising, Now at 10.2 Million Monthly Average Users

    December 14, 2011 6:48 PM EST Spotify Rising, Now at 10.2 Million Monthly Average Users -- Spotify has added about 2.5 million global monthly average users (MAU) in the last month, according to figures available at AppData.com . On Tuesday Spotify's MAU stood at 10.2 mill ...

  30. Black Keys Explain Streaming Service Blackout for 'El Camino'

    December 14, 2011 11:47 AM EST Blues-rock duo The Black Keys, who held their newest LP, "El Camino," from streaming services like Spotify and Rhapsody when it dropped with Nonesuch on December 6, shared their reasoning with VH1 after a week of keeping mum on the decis ...

  31. Rara.com, New Music-Subscription Service, Targets Digital-Music Latecomers

    December 13, 2011 12:39 PM EST Rara.com, a new take on music subscription services, launched Tuesday in 16 territories including the U.S., U.K., France, Germany, Italy and Sweden. It will also launch in seven additional markets, including Canada and Mexico, later this week. The ...

  32. Business Matters: Flaws in the Argument That Spotify Will 'Never' Be Profitable

    December 12, 2011 6:49 PM EST Flaws in the Argument That Spotify Will 'Never' Be Profitable After a few years of media infatuation, success is making Spotify a popular target for criticism. First, Spotify withstood months of criticism about payouts to artists - a fla ...

  33. Spotify's New Radio Features Bring Out Investors' Doubts About Pandora

    December 12, 2011 3:02 PM EST Pandora Media (NYSE:P) shares had dropped 5 percent in midday trading Monday in the wake of music-streaming service Spotify's unveiling of upgraded radio features. The broader market was also down Monday, meaning Spotify wasn't behind th ...

  34. Tim Schaff, Chief of Sony Digital Music: Eight Reasons to Be Optimistic

    December 09, 2011 2:43 PM EST Anyone paying attention to digital music over the past ten years might wonder why Sony would ever bother with digital music again. The company's past is littered with abject failure and spectacular catastrophe - everything from MP3 players th ...

  35. Black Keys Withold New 'El Camino' LP From Spotify, Other Streaming Services

    December 08, 2011 1:00 PM EST Many artists have doubts about music-streaming services, largely due to the fear that companies like Spotify and Rhapsody detract from already declining music sales. The Black Keys are the latest addition to that group: their recently released &qu ...

  36. Spotify, Mog, Rdio: Subscription Services Ride Freemium To New Heights In 2011

    December 08, 2011 7:20 AM EST The most important digital music developments of 2011 have a sum greater than their parts. When combined with the world's biggest social network, the "freemium" business model helped give music subscriptions services a much-needed k ...

  37. SOPA/Protect-IP Acts Fuels the Fire of Disgruntled Music Fans: Guest Column by Manager Ryan Chisholm

    December 07, 2011 6:15 PM EST (Following is a guest column from Ryan Chisholm, a manager at Bill Silva Entertainment in Los Angeles, in response to an earlier guest column by NMPA President/CEO David Israelite . Billboard.biz welcomes guest commentary--please contact Billboard ...

  38. French Music Sales Slow in 2011, Digital Continues Growth

    December 07, 2011 12:28 PM EST The French recorded music market went down -5.6% in trade value for the first nine months of 2011 to €321.3 million, labels body SNEP (Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique) revealed in a late November press conference in Paris. The p ...

  39. Napster Laid To Rest...Inside Rhapsody

    December 01, 2011 5:30 PM EST Digital music's most disruptive brand, Napster, closed down yesterday, swallowed up by nine-year-old, music subscription service Rhapsody. It marks a symbolic end to the notorious file-sharing brand, which tried but failed to turn into a legi ...

  40. Music App Developers Anticipating Spotify-Driven Boom

    December 01, 2011 3:57 PM EST One one level, Spotify's transformation into a music platform was a simple technical matter of exposing an application programming interface (API) to app developers and publications and allowing them to treat Spotify like a web browser for th ...

  41. Why New Spotify-Powered Apps Are Free, Desktop-Only...For Now

    December 01, 2011 8:56 AM EST At Spotify's big press event in New York today, CEO Daniel Ek announced that, as suspected, Spotify has become a music platform atop which app developers can build their own apps. These apps will appear in a new Apps section on the left side ...

  42. Spotify's New Direction: A Big Step Forward for the App Movement

    November 30, 2011 5:20 PM EST At a press conference in New York today, Spotify announced that it is moving in a "new direction" - one that is said to be a "game-changer" for digital music. CEO Daniel Ek announced that the streaming-music service has now bec ...

  43. Spotify Unveils New API Platform, Announces Partnerships With Billboard, Rolling Stone, Others

    November 30, 2011 1:27 PM EST Spotify Founder and CEO Danel Ek at the New York press conference where he announced the opening up of the music streaming service's API to outside developers. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek announced the launch of a new API (Application Programming I ...

  44. Watch Spotify's 'New Direction' Press Conference Livestream Here

    November 30, 2011 11:55 AM EST Last week, Spotify surpassed 2.5 million subscribers worldwide. That same week, the music service announced that it would be holding a global press conference (hosted by CEO Daniel Ek) in New York on November 30, teasing "special guests" ...

  45. Merlin CEO Charles Caldas on Growth of Indie Labels, Changing Music Industry in a Digital World (Video)

    November 29, 2011 9:15 AM EST Charles Caldas, CEO of global rights agency Merlin which works with independent record labels to protect their digital rights online, stopped by after his Billboard FutureSounds panel titled "Cost of Content" to share his views on the fu ...

  46. Spotify Reaches 2.5 Million Subscribers Worldwide

    November 23, 2011 11:57 AM EST Spotify has surpassed 2.5 million subscribers worldwide, the company announced in a blog post Wednesday . It has gained 500,000 subscribers since September and 1 million subscribers since June. Here's a timeline of Spotify's subscriber m ...

  47. Pandora Reaches 40 Million Active Users, Sees No Impact from On-Demand Services

    November 22, 2011 9:11 PM EST Pandora is a radio station and "one of the largest radio stations" in major U.S. markets, CEO Joe Kennedy said during Tuesday's conference call for the company's fiscal third quarter earnings . Kennedy was addressing two common ...

  48. Business Matters: Why A Facebook-HTC Phone Could Help Google Music

    November 22, 2011 7:47 PM EST Why A Facebook-HTC Phone Could Help Google Music -- A successful Facebook phone could end up lending a helping hand to Google Music, the combo MP3 store-cloud music locker launched this year. According to a report at the Wall Street Journal's ...

  49. Business Matters: What to Expect from Spotify's 'New Direction' Press Conference Next Week

    November 21, 2011 6:31 PM EST What to Expect from Spotify's 'New Direction' Press Conference -- Spotify sent out an announcement Monday morning for a "global press conference" that will take place on November 30 in New York. The event will be hosted by ...

  50. Backbeat: Billboard FutureSound With Songkick, Topspin, Myxer, Gracenote and More

    November 21, 2011 5:02 PM EST Billboard's inaugural FutureSound Conference, held in San Francisco late last week, was a complete success by any measure -- none other than Island Def Jam SVP, Digital Strategy & New Business Jon Vanhala tweeted on Saturday "#Future ...

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