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  1. What Really Happened to Sony and Universal's 2 Billion Missing YouTube Views

    December 21, 2012 5:12 PM EST On Thursday, when YouTube sent out its regular reports on view counts, one data company, SocialBlade, noticed that the channel views for Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group saw its channel count sliced by about 2 billion views. That ...

  2. Business Matters: The Big and Small Numbers of Psy's 'Gangnam Style'

    October 19, 2012 9:08 PM EDT Small numbers can tell a big story. Take Psy's "Gangnam Style," for example. His video has been watched about 501 million times on YouTube since being uploaded on July 15. The video is now No. 4 on YouTube's list of most-viewed ...

  3. Guest Post: Google Reclaiming Its YouTube App Is A Win For All, Especially Indie Musicians

    August 16, 2012 1:29 PM EDT This guest post from INDMUSIC co-founder and CEO Brandon Martinez takes a look at the YouTube app's removal from iOS 6. The views presented in this article do not represent those of Billboard or its staff. Billboard.biz welcomes responsible g ...

  4. Google Moving to Shut Down Sites That Turn YouTube Videos Into Mp3 Clips

    June 20, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Google-owned YouTube has become a central viewing area for many music videos, lyrics videos, and user-uploaded cover songs, and now the company is threatening to sue a number of web sites that offer to convert the audio from videos into downloadab ...

  5. Jay-Z Makes Surprise Appearance at YouTube Upfront

    May 03, 2012 10:00 AM EDT When YouTube unveiled its slate of new channels to advertisers in New York City on Tuesday night, the Google-owned company enlisted none other than Jay-Z to close the event with a song we've all heard before but was oh-so-appropriate: that� ...

  6. German Court Rules Against YouTube In GEMA Copyright Case

    April 20, 2012 1:04 PM EDT BERLIN (AP) -- A German court has ruled that online video platform YouTube must install filters to prevent users from uploading some music videos whose rights are held by a music-royalties collecting body. German news agency dapd reported that the ...

  7. Whitney Houston's YouTube & Vevo Plays Gain 4,523%

    February 24, 2012 10:02 PM EST The late Whitney Houston's videos are in high-demand on both YouTube and Vevo, as her play count increased by 4,523% last week, according to Next Big Sound. She went from 868,000 plays to 40.2 million in the week ending Feb. 20. In turn, the ...

  8. Billboard Power 100: Robert Kyncl

    January 26, 2012 9:41 PM EST No. 65 Robert Kyncl Global Head of Content YouTube Twitter: @RKyncl Billions and Billions Served... Robert Kyncl reports to YouTube head Salar Kamangar and oversees content on the video platform. He's no stranger to online content: Kyncl was ...

  9. Pancakes, Chris Brown Push Mac Lethal onto Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    December 08, 2011 8:30 PM EST Rapper Mac Lethal debuts on the Social 50 chart at No. 31 after launching two viral memes -- the "Pancake Rap" and "Texts From Bennett" -- on Nov. 30. The first, a video of him rhyming over the beat of Chris Brown's single ...

  10. Nickelback, Michael Buble Post Social 50 Chart Gains

    December 02, 2011 12:50 PM EST Nickelback returns to Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 30 -- a new high -- thanks to the debut of a new video and a lot of NFL chatter. The clip for "When We Stand Together" arrived Nov. 23, while the band performed a hotly debate ...

  11. Courtney Holt, Former MySpace Music President, Becomes COO at Maker Studios

    October 31, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Maker Studios announced Monday (October 31) that Courtney Holt, the former president of MySpace Music, has joined as chief operating officer. In this newly created role, Holt will be responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the Mak ...

  12. 12-Year Old Maddi Jane Makes Social 50 Chart Splash

    October 27, 2011 4:18 PM EDT -year old Maddi Jane -- who has been lighting up YouTube with covers and Adele and Jessie J -- returns to the Billboard Social 50 chart this week, re-entering at No. 36. The youngster, who curated a playlist for YouTube Music Tuesdays on Oct. 17 ...

  13. Queen Rocks Billboard's Social 50 Chart on Freddie Mercury's 65th Birthday

    September 15, 2011 5:33 PM EDT Queen rocks Billboard's Social 50 chart, debuting at No. 15 on the tally, following buzz generated by what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday on Sept. 5. On the band's official YouTube channel, 17 videos ran to commemor ...

  14. Vevo Viewing Sessions Up Nearly 200% Since January

    June 24, 2011 1:36 PM EDT Music video network Vevo is getting more views from music fans, according to comScore statistics. Created in partnership by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and the Abu Dhabi Media Company, the company is one of the top online video ...

  15. YouTube Turns Six, Now Gets 3 Billion Views a Day

    May 31, 2011 1:56 PM EDT Billions and billions served video everyday As it turns six years old, YouTube is still growing at the rate of a young startup. The company revealed a couple big milestones in a recent blog post . First, more than 48 hours of video is uploaded eve ...

  16. YouTube: Growth In User-Generated Content Is Outpacing Official Videos

    April 14, 2011 6:27 PM EDT By now we've all heard YouTube's assertion that it doubled the amount it pays labels and publishers in music-licensing fees last year, now totaling millions of dollars a month. But while the focus of this figure is on official music vide ...

  17. Britney Spears Is a Social (50) Climber; Rebecca Black, Less So

    April 14, 2011 3:31 PM EDT Britney Spears continues her upward climb on the Social 50 chart as she rises 10-7 -- a new high for the pop diva. Chalk up her leap to a whopping 136% growth in week-over-week Vevo plays thanks to the premiere of her new video "Till the Worl ...

  18. Business Matters: Analysts Expect Drop In WMG Revenue

    November 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Analysts Expect WMG Revenues To Fall -- Citigroup analysts expect Warner Music Group revenues in its fiscal third quarter (the period ending Sept. 30) to drop by 14% to $740 million. In a note to ...

  19. YouTube Signs With France's Sacem

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT French songwriters' and publishers' collecting society Sacem has announced a licensing deal with Youtube France, after three years of negotiations. The deal, described by Sacem as a blanket license, includes Sacem's worldwide repert ...

  20. Interlude, Liquor & Ammo Empowering Fans Through Music Videos

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of the prevailing strategies of today's new music business is improving fan interaction, particularly through the use of interactive technologies. And that's resulted in a number of very unique implementations, the latest of which ar ...

  21. Business Matters: YouTube, Vevo, ShowClix and more

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YOUTUBE BOOSTS UPLOAD LIMIT -- YouTube has increased its upload limit of videos from 10 to 15 minutes for all users. Why now? YouTube explains that the success of its Content ID system allowed for the increase. That is the anti-piracy system that ...

  22. Russian Court Blocks YouTube

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A court in Russia's far east has ordered an Internet provider to block five sites, which it said disseminated extreme views, including the YouTube video service. The decision prompted U.S. Internet giant Google to say on Thursday that the mov ...

  23. YouTube Overhauls Music Landing Page

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has added a special landing page where users can now go to browse through music videos, sorted into categories like genre, recent hits and featured videos. It uses the new playlisting feature that for instance lets users hit “play” atop a ...

  24. Arcade Fire, John Legend To Stream Concerts Live

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Within hours of most any concert, shaky and distorted footage of the show can be found online from front row or the balcony. But online concert video has been steadily building toward live streaming, digital quality video and accompanying social m ...

  25. YouTube Rolls Out New Online Video Editor

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube’s new online video editor looks like it could make user-generated videos even more mainstream. It’s easy to use, takes advantage of YouTube’s existing user base by operating within YouTube and it provides users with pre-approved songs. The ...

  26. YouTube Reaches 2 Billion Daily Streams

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube gave itself a little pat on the back today, boasting a new milestone of 2 billion video streams per day . The stat came as part of a 5-year anniversary post on the company's blog, noting that the number is "nearly double the prim ...

  27. YouTube Outage: How Much Revenue Do Labels Lose?

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YouTube went down because of "technical issues" for an unspecified period this morning (March 25). So Billboard.biz calculated the likely impact on the major labels from an outage on the video site. According to TubeMogul analysis, Vevo ...

  28. U2 Taps YouTube For Live Broadcast

    October 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U2 and YouTube have teamed up to broadcast a live stream of the band's Los Angeles concert this weekend via its YouTube channel. The Sunday, Oct. 25 show is taking place at the Rose Bowl for those paying to attend, but will be free for any fa ...

  29. Warner Music, YouTube Still Talking On Deal

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is still in talks with video sharing site YouTube to license its artists' music videos even after all its major rivals have renewed their deals. EMI Music, the smallest of the big four music labels, quietly renewed its deal ...

  30. Sony, Lionsgate Included In YouTube Deal

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a move intended to strike back at the encroaching Hulu, YouTube announced a series of partnerships that will enable it to stream a range of full-length movies and television shows. The pics and episodes, which will be streamed on a separate sec ...

  31. 'Unafraid' China Apparently Fears YouTube

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China is not afraid of the Internet, its Foreign Ministry said, even as access to the popular video sharing site YouTube was apparently blocked. YouTube, owned by search giant Google Inc, has been unavailable for users in China, which filters the ...

  32. Free Streaming Service Muziic Hits The Web

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Another free online music streaming service has hit the Web, with some questionable legal cover. Muziic is simply an iTunes-like interface that draws on YouTube for music content rather than licensing from the labels and publishers. But unlike mos ...

  33. YouTube To Sell Music, Games In Revenue Push

    October 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT YouTube, the world's most popular video-sharing site, will start to sell music and video games and experiment with new advertising formats to grow revenue, executives said on Tuesday. The Google-owned business is taking the first steps toward ...

  34. E-License Strikes YouTube Content Deal

    May 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based music-copyright agency e-License Inc. said May 20 it has concluded a comprehensive licensing contract with Google for the use of e-License-managed music on Google's YouTube video-sharing site. Under the new agreement, users can le ...

  35. YouTube India Launches

    May 07, 2008 12:00 AM EDT YouTube India has launched with a localized home page (youtube.co.in) featuring user-generated videos alongside licensed content from film and TV production companies, but little authorized music content from labels. "We are very excited to b ...

  36. JRC Strikes Content Deal With YouTube

    March 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Tokyo-based copyright-management agency Japan Rights Clearance (JRC) says it has reached a comprehensive copyright agreement with Google on the use of JRC-managed content on Google-owned YouTube. The agreement enables YouTube users to upload video ...

  37. UMG Hits Billion Mark On YouTube

    February 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has streamed 1 billion music videos on YouTube, making it one of the site's most popular video channels, the two companies announced today. More than 8 million UMG videos are streamed each day on YouTube, keeping it on t ...

  38. YouTube Served India Court Order

    November 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mumbai-based Super Cassettes Industries Ltd. (SCIL), one of India's biggest record and video labels, said yesterday it has obtained a court order that prohibits YouTube's Indian Web site from disseminating SCIL copyrighted content. The D ...

  39. YouTube Launches Filtering Beta

    October 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Following a test of the system earlier this year, YouTube has finally launched a beta version of a copyright identification and filtering system. The company, on its blog , says the system will allow copyright holders to identify when their work i ...

  40. YouTube Seeks Unsigned Hip Hop Artists

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has revealed a new music contest dubbed YouTube OntheRise Rap Edition, which aims to identify the best unsigned hip-hop artists in the United States. YouTube has tapped hip-hop artists 50 Cent, Common and Polow da Don to judge the videos. ...

  41. More Delays For YouTube Filtering Technology?

    July 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The content filtering technology that YouTube has promised media partners for almost a year now may finally see the light of day this fall. Or maybe not. A lawyer for Google (which owns YouTube) told the judge presiding over Viacom's copyrigh ...

  42. Google 'To Launch YouTube' In France

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT French daily financial newspaper Les Echos reports that Google is due to launch a French version of YouTube in the next few days. Google France declined to comment on the report, which suggested the French service would be a test for the launch of ...

  43. YouTube To Share Ad Revenues With Users

    May 04, 2007 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has taken its first steps towards sharing advertising revenue with those creating the user-generated videos that have made the service so popular. On its blog, the company announced a plan to offer revenue partnerships with specific users ...

  44. Wind-up Pacts With YouTube

    February 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Wind-up Records has struck a deal to make its music videos available on YouTube, in return for a share of the company's advertising revenue. The label also is making available a list of pre-cleared tracks that YouTube users can embed into the ...

  45. Indies Up In Arms Over YouTube

    January 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST Key players in the independent label community are preparing for a legal skirmish with YouTube over content being used on the video-sharing site. Sources tell Billboard.biz that the independents are aggrieved with terms proposed by the giant socia ...

  46. JASRAC, YouTube Execs To Meet

    January 26, 2007 12:00 AM EST Japanese authors society JASRAC says key YouTube executives will visit Japan to discuss the ongoing problem of Japanese copyrighted content being uploaded to the popular video-sharing website without rights-holders' permission. According to J ...

  47. YouTube Replies To JASRAC Demands

    December 18, 2006 12:00 AM EST YouTube has pledged to launch a Japanese-language notice on its Web site warning users not to post or upload copyrighted works without permission, according to local authors' society JASRAC. On Dec. 4 , JASRAC sent a letter to YouTube on beha ...

  48. YouTube Taken To Task In Japan

    December 05, 2006 12:00 AM EST Japanese rights holders are demanding that YouTube take steps to prevent their copyrighted content from being uploaded to the popular video-sharing Web site without their permission. In a letter sent to YouTube on Dec. 4 and released on Dec. 5, a ...

  49. Google Buys YouTube

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Online search giant Google agreed to buy viral video sensation YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock, the companies announced this afternoon (Oct. 9). The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter. Online search giant Google agreed to buy viral ...

  50. Google Buys YouTube

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Online search giant Google agreed to buy viral video sensation YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock, the companies announced this afternoon (Oct. 9). The deal is expected to close in the fourth quarter. Online search giant Google agreed to buy viral ...

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