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  1. Meet ROK Mobile, a Slightly Different On-Demand Streaming Service from a Tequila Billionaire

    June 26, 2014 11:34 AM EDT The United States is about to get a new on-demand music service. Set for a July 4th launch, ROK Mobile is the creation of John Paul DeJoria, the billionaire behind Paul Mitchell hair products and Patron Tequila, and British mobile entrepreneur ...

  2. Annual NMPA Meeting Addresses Membership Benefits, Technological Advances, Songs as 'Hopes and Dreams'

    June 12, 2014 2:44 PM EDT While the U.S. music publishing industry may have generated an annual revenue of $2.21 billion in 2013, National Music Publishers Association president and CEO David Israelite estimated (at the organization's annual meeting on June 11) that i ...

  3. Sprint and T-Mobile Much Closer to $32 Billion Merger (Report)

    June 05, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Sprint and T-Mobile are set to announce a $32 billion merger sometime this summer, the New York Times is reporting . The Times says the talks are ongoing and could still fall through, but if finalized would see Sprint acquiring T-Mobile for a 40% ...

  4. Business Matters: Apple & Beats, In Search of the Ultimate Bundle

    May 09, 2014 8:30 AM EDT A year or two from now, when the music subscription business will surely have been transformed further by dealmaking and consolidation, the acquisition of Beats Electronics by Apple may be viewed as the turning point in the story of how the sect ...

  5. How Spotify's Daniel Ek, Sprint's Dan Hesse Pulled a Deal Together in a Month

    April 30, 2014 8:00 AM EDT It may be hard to believe given the scale of their new partnership, but Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and Spotify CEO Daniel Ek met for the first time just a month ago in a “spontaneously planned” meeting at San Francisco Airport.  That both companies have ...

  6. Spotify, Sprint Unveil Music Bundling Offer

    April 29, 2014 12:20 PM EDT Spotify and the No.3 wireless operator Sprint unveiled their music offer as part of the phone company’s ‘Framily’ plans, with premium service going as low as $4.99. The two companies did not initially reveal details of their marketing plans, but i ...

  7. Business Matters: Five Ways Sprint Will Help Spotify

    April 17, 2014 11:25 AM EDT The news this week that Sprint could be announcing a partnership with Spotify at its April 29 press event was just the latest in a multitude of pairings between streaming music services and telecommunications companies. Related Articles Is Beats M ...

  8. Backbeat: Billboard's BBMA Pre-Party With Samsung, Buffalo Jeans, Chevrolet -- Oh, and Prince

    May 19, 2013 3:15 PM EDT On Saturday night, Billboard held its official BBMA pre-party at Tryst at the Wynn hotel, sponsored by Samsung, Buffalo Jeans, Chevrolet and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Executives from all of those companies and many others were ...

  9. Bon Jovi Announce 2013 Tour Dates, Fan-Friendly Ticket Prices

    November 20, 2012 9:00 AM EST Bon Jovi's "Because We Can" tour will hit the road in February with recession-friendly prices. The group's upcoming dates will feature seven price tiers in most markets, including more than 1,000 tickets priced at $19.50 before ...

  10. Justin Bieber Nabs Third Hot Tours No. 1, Phish at No. 2

    November 07, 2012 6:14 PM EST Pop star Justin Bieber makes his third appearance at No. 1 on the weekly Hot Tours recap since launching the North American leg of the Believe Tour in late-September. This week's chart-topping performance is based on $11.8 million in reported ...

  11. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil Tops Hot Tours

    November 01, 2012 4:17 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's concert touring production, Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour ranks No. 1 on this week's Hot Tours ranking with box office totals reported from an multi-show run in London during October. The O2 Arena hosted the ...

  12. The Bizarre Dance of the Unlimited iPhone Data Plan Gets Even Weirder

    September 17, 2012 5:51 PM EDT Apple and every cellphone provider that sells the iPhone 5 are over the moon this Monday morning, as the new iPhone set new sales records -- even as its ship date gets pushed back to accommodate the flood of interest from consumers. People simply ...

  13. Business Matters: Apple Still King of Digital Music, Unveils New iTunes, iPhone, iPods

    September 12, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Apple confirmed its dominant position in its post-Jobs era Wednesday when it unveiled new versions of iPhone, iTunes, iPod Nano and iPod Touch. The new products it unveiled suggests Apple has a commitment to maintain its leadership in digital musi ...

  14. Arenas Are Where Content Is King

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Arenas are challenged to have skin in the game in a competitve booking climate. If there's one primary objective for the modern-day arena manager, it's to keep the lights on. Dark nights are a bummer. Content is king, and, frankly, there ...

  15. 40 Under 40: Gabe McDonough

    August 02, 2012 3:09 PM EDT Gabe McDonough VP/Music Director, Leo Burnett Website: LeoBurnett.com Twitter: @gabemcdonough Selling With Synchs The Chicago Headquarters of Leo Burnett aren't just the largest single ad agency offices in the world, they're also among t ...

  16. Joan Sebastian, Pepe Aguilar, Shaila Durcal To Play September Tour Dates

    July 13, 2012 5:28 PM EDT Promoters for a major Latin music co-headlining tour featuring Mexican stars Joan Sebastian, Pepe Aguilar and Shaila Durcal say originally announced Sept. dates will take place despite the fact that the tour's initial eight summer dates have ...

  17. Frankie J. Joins Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Summer Tour After Wisin & Yandel Drop Out

    July 12, 2012 4:09 PM EDT R&B/soul singer Frankie J. has been invited to be part of the Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias summer tour two weeks after Latin urban duo Wisin & Yandel dropped out, according to a spokesperson for the crooner's label. Frankie J, ...

  18. Van Halen Postpone Over 30 Tour Dates without Explanation

    May 17, 2012 8:14 PM EDT Van Halen's 2012 reunion has hit a snag -- the final three months and 31 dates of the group's North American reunion run have been abruptly postponed. The Van Halen tour will continue as regularly scheduled through the group's May 2 ...

  19. Joan Sebastian, Pepe Aguilar, Shaila Durcal Announce 15-city U.S. Tour

    April 20, 2012 3:08 PM EDT Singers Joan Sebastian, Pepe Aguilar and Shaila Durcal, three major artists in Mexican music, are heading to 15 cities as part of a U.S. tour that kicks off June 22 in Washington, D.C., the artists announced during a press conference in Los Angele ...

  20. Hot Tours: Taylor Swift, George Strait, Cirque Du Soleil

    March 29, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Taylor Swift is at a familiar perch atop Hot Tours with box office grosses reported from the last leg of her Speak Now World Tour that wrapped on March 18 in Auckland, New Zealand. The tour's final leg, a six-city trek through Australia and ...

  21. Business Matters: AEG Adding to Collection of West Coast Arenas

    March 21, 2012 8:03 PM EDT AEG Adding to Collection of West Coast Arenas -- AEG's deal to kick in $59 million for the construction of a new arena in Sacramento, Calif., will not only help keep the Sacramento Kings from bolting for Anaheim, but it could bolster AEG Live ...

  22. The Temptations Join Chorus of Lawsuits Over iTunes Royalties

    March 15, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Another major class-action lawsuit has just been filed on the digital royalties front. The Temptations, the pioneering male vocal group from the 1960s, is suing Universal Music in federal court in California, seeking millions of dollars after alle ...

  23. Business Matters: SOPA Delayed, Not Dead, After House Judiciary Committee Session Ends

    December 16, 2011 4:37 PM EST SOPA: Not Dead Yet -- A House Judiciary Committee ended two days of markup on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) on Friday with plans to reconvene on Wednesday. Most of the amendments introduced to the committee were voted down, but the bill's ...

  24. Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj Clean Up at AMAs

    November 21, 2011 1:19 AM EST Taylor Swift made it a perfect 10 at the American Music Awards on Sunday night. The country star won three awards including Artist of the Year at the Nokia Theatre ceremony in Los Angeles, giving her ten AMAs in her career. "This is one of th ...

  25. American Music Awards 2011: Full List of Winners

    November 18, 2011 1:24 AM EST Full list of 2011 American Music Awards Winners: Artist of the Year: Taylor Swift Sprint New Artist of the Year: Hot Chelle Rae Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist: Bruno Mars Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist: Adele Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group: Maro ...

  26. Radiohead Announces 2012 U.S. Tour Dates

    November 07, 2011 11:30 AM EST As expected, Radiohead will head out on an extensive U.S. tour next year in support of their eighth album, "The King of Limbs." The group announced the first dates of its 2012 North American trek on Monday (Nov. 7). The tour, which will ...

  27. Wall Street Luke Warm On New Apple iPhone 4S

    October 05, 2011 7:40 AM EDT CUPERTINO, California (AP) - The most closely kept secret about the iPhone 5? There isn't one - yet. The new iPhone is faster, has a better camera and allows you to sync content without needing a computer. It includes a futuristic, voice-acti ...

  28. Why Apple Probably Didn't Damage Its Leadership in Digital Music

    October 04, 2011 5:21 PM EDT Apple's media event on Tuesday may have lacked the "wow" moments of the past. Music played only a minor role. But music companies should look at the new products and lower prices as evidence that Apple can maintain mobile market sha ...

  29. Apple Unveils iPhone 4S, iTunes Match Set for Late October Launch

    October 04, 2011 3:08 PM EDT Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: The new iPhone 4S was introduced today at an Apple's media event held in Cupertino, Calif. It didn't have as much music focus as previous product unveilings, nor did it have Steve Jobs, but Apple's ...

  30. Cricket Rides Muve Music Success to Nationwide Rollout

    September 22, 2011 11:36 AM EDT Cricket Communications, the wireless operator behind the surprise hit Muve Music service, is going national. The pre-paid carrier to date has operated only in select markets nationwide, 35 states and amassed some 5.7 million customers. The plan no ...

  31. Guns N' Roses Announce First U.S. Tour in Five Years

    September 21, 2011 12:11 PM EDT Veteran rockers Guns N' Roses are heading back on the road for their first major U.S. tour in 5 years, the band announced on Wednesday. The Axl Rose-fronted group will play more than 30 concerts, starting Oct. 28 at Orlando's Amway Cente ...

  32. AEG Launches Axs Ticketing Platform To Rival Ticketmaster

    August 22, 2011 8:56 PM EDT Anschutz Entertainment Group has taken its first step in establishing itself as a significant player in the ticketing market and rivaling Live Nation's Ticketmaster by launching a website for its new ticketing platform, axs Ticketing . On Mon ...

  33. Chris Brown Tour Dates Revealed; T-Pain and Kelly Rowland on the Bill

    August 10, 2011 7:00 PM EDT Chris Brown will kick off his F.A.M.E. tour in Toronto on Sept. 12 and he's taking T-Pain, Kelly Rowland and Tyga along for the cross-country ride that will bring the R&B star to his native Virginia, as well as Los Angeles before ending i ...

  34. Verizon Ends Unlimited Data Plans

    July 06, 2011 12:15 PM EDT Add Verizon Wireless to the fraternity of mobile operators no longer offering unlimited data plans. The carrier today said that starting tomorrow (July 7), new customers will only be offered several tiers of usage-based data plans. Those tiers sta ...

  35. How Twitter Raises 'The Voice's Ratings

    June 21, 2011 7:15 AM EDT If The Voice twisted the TV talent show formula, it damn near revolutionized the use of social media in the live viewing experience. For every participant in the process -- contestant to coach to couch potato -- the show provides engagement in mul ...

  36. Best Buy To Give Away Free Lady Gaga Album to Smartphone Buyers

    May 19, 2011 4:58 PM EDT reported last week, the artist teamed up with online video game giant Zynga http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  37. 'American Idol' -- Reteamed With AEG -- Announces Season 10 Tour Dates

    April 28, 2011 9:53 PM EDT "American Idol" season 10 is gearing up to take the show on the road this summer. The "American Idols Live!" tour kicks off July 6 in West Valley City, Utah and will hit 45 dates before wrapping up September 9, in Rochester, N. ...

  38. AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: Five Ways It Could Impact Music Biz

    March 21, 2011 2:29 PM EDT On the eve of the mobile phone industry's annual CTIA Wireless conference, AT&T dropped the bombshell news that it is acquiring rival T-Mobile for $39 billion. The move has all manner of repercussions for the wireless market, should it pa ...

  39. iPhone Makes Surprisingly Subdued Verizon Debut

    February 10, 2011 5:01 PM EST Apple's iPhone made its debut in Verizon Wireless stores and other retail locations today, officially ending AT&T's exclusive rights to the popular smartphone. But unlike past iPhone unveilings, this didn't spark the kinds of li ...

  40. AEG's Leiweke And Outbox's Rosen Talk to .Biz About Competing With The Ticketmaster Juggernaut

    February 04, 2011 12:13 PM EST The new AEG/Cirque du Soleil/Outbox joint venture is well positioned to make inroads in the volatile ticketing market through its combination of content, venues, credibility and innovative model. But that doesn't mean it will be easy, as Tick ...

  41. Retail Report: NARM Honors American Idol; Redeye Wheeling & Dealing Iris Gets 'Sparticus' Ringtones

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST NARM To Honor 'American Idol' In another move at gearing up for its annual convention, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) announced today that it will honor the American Idol franchise at the convention's fin ...

  42. MTV Unveils New Music Discovery Product

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST As first reported in Billboard last month, MTV unveiled the beta launch of its music discover product, the MTV Music Meter. The Music Meter is a way to track which bands are showing the most activity on various types of social media, focused on up ...

  43. Victor Manuelle Signs Deal With Sprint

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tropical singer/songwriter Victor Manuelle has signed a deal with Sprint in Puerto Rico to promote several of its products. The alliance will include a series of TV commercials for the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tablet and the Blackberry Style, among o ...

  44. Bob Marley Family Loses Case Over Hit Records

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Bob Marley's family lost a lawsuit seeking the copyrights to several of the late Jamaican reggae singer's best-known recordings. U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said the UMG Recordings unit of Vivendi SA's Universal Mus ...

  45. Google's Android Takes No. 2 Spot From iPhone

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc displaced iPhone maker Apple Inc to become the second most popular provider of smartphone software in the United States during the first quarter, the latest sign of the increasing competition in the fast-growing mobile market. But Googl ...

  46. @CTIA: TuneWiki, FunMobility Apps, Android Phones Unveiled

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The CTIA International Wireless convention is underway in Las Vegas, bringing together the leaders of the mobile phone industry to talk policy, technology and new devices and services. With smartphone sales skyrocketing worldwide, the music and en ...

  47. AT&T Revamps Mobile Music Services

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wireless operator AT&T is revamping its entire mobile music offerings by merging several new and existing services into a single application called AT&T Music. The move combines applications like Music ID, streaming radio services, lyrics ...

  48. Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Announce New Album, Tour

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will release "Mojo," their first album in eight years, this spring, the band announced today. The venerable heartland rockers also unveiled dates for a North American summer tour, which kicks off May 6 in ...

  49. RealNetworks, Sprint Forge Mobile Music Deal

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST RealNetworks may have unloaded the struggling Rhapsody streaming music service, but that doesn't mean the company is out of the music business. RealNetworks just struck a deal with wireless operator Sprint to provide a variety of music servic ...

  50. Marketing & Branding Trends To Watch In 2010

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST As a rough 2009 draws to a close, the digital marketing world is looking ahead to 2010, hoping to deliver stronger growth in the sector, which is one of the few bright spots in the media world. What lies ahead? We identified 10 trends that are sur ...

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