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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. Rhapsody Wants You To Pay For Radio

    June 18, 2014 10:00 PM EDT Since being bought by private equity firm Columbus Nova, the Seattle-based Rhapsody International has gone through a rapid period of expansion and reinvention as the No. 2 streaming service looks to differentiate itself from market leader Spotify ...

  3. T-Mobile to Make Customers’ Data Free When Streaming Music

    June 18, 2014 10:00 PM EDT The fourth-largest mobile carrier in the U.S. has made a unique entry into digital music. T-Mobile announced Wednesday it will remove all data charges from streaming music on services such as Pandora and Spotify over its 4G LTE network. Named M ...

  4. 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% ...

  5. Deezer Coming to the United States In 2014

    November 14, 2013 7:58 PM EST On-demand subscription service Deezer is finally be headed to the world's biggest music market. The France-based service is expected to launch in the United States in 2014, according to a major label source. While a report at Digital Music ...

  6. Why T-Mobile And Shakira Might Be Prepping a Jay Z/Samsung Deal

    October 10, 2013 5:33 PM EDT When T-Mobile was prepping the news of its unlimited international data plan, announced Oct. 9 in New York’s Bryant Park, the fourth-largest phone carrier was looking for a global celebrity who could communicate such a compelling new offering. ...

  7. Turn On, Tune In, Pay Up

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Cricket Wireless' Muve Music targets underserved mobile consumers in its quest to become the No. 1 U.S. subscription service. In the past, music was primary sold to people through brick-and-mortar stores. Then it helped technology companies s ...

  8. Steve Rifkind Signs Deal To Help Promote New American Basketball League

    September 05, 2012 12:37 PM EDT Steve Rifkind, the label head who founded Loud Records before selling it to Sony and creating SRC Records, has signed a partnership deal with the brand new American Basketball League, the U.S.'s first professional league with international FI ...

  9. Highlights From Azoff, Grainge, Bronfman Testimony in Today's Universal-EMI Senate Hearing

    June 21, 2012 8:01 AM EDT At 1:30 p.m. today, the head of Universal Music Group and EMI will appear before a Congressional hearing to argue for the proposed sale of EMI's music catalog to Universal. Both Lucian Grainge and Roger Faxon will act as witnesses in support ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. Music in Devices: What is Working?

    March 14, 2012 5:00 PM EDT "The computer isn't the most natural listening experience for music- most people don't have a dedicated stereo anymore and all (digital) devices don't work together elegantly, but music lovers want that," said moderator Vi ...

  13. Saatchi CEO Kevin Roberts Declares Death of Marketing, Future of Movements @ MIDEM

    January 30, 2012 10:23 AM EST It wouldn't be a marketing festival in Cannes (home to the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity) without at least one ad agency exec declaring the death of some common practice. At MIDEM's Visionary Monday, Saatchi & Saa ...

  14. Google Music Magnifying Indie Artists

    January 19, 2012 2:39 PM EST One of the biggest technology companies in the world is lending a helping hand to independent artists. Google Music's new "Magnified" program will select artists that are using Artist Hub , a platform that lets an independent artist ...

  15. FTC Reviewing Citigroup's Sale of EMI To Universal, Sony: Report

    December 22, 2011 12:09 PM EST The FTC is reviewing Citigroup's sale of EMI's recorded music and publishing divisions, according to a New York Post report . The sale of EMI's divisions - recorded music to Universal Music Group for $1.9 billion and music publishin ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Business Matters: Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music

    November 16, 2011 9:13 PM EST Digital Executives Excited, Optimistic About Google Music -- It's official: Google is in the digital music business. At an event in Los Angeles on Wednesday the company unveiled a new MP3 store that is integrated with its existing cloud stora ...

  18. Google Music Launch Unveils a Solid Competitor to Apple, Amazon, Spotify

    November 16, 2011 6:36 PM EST Google did not disappoint in its hotly anticipated launch event for Google Music in Los Angeles this afternoon. Although the company is relatively late in launching a music-download store, it has put together a compelling suite of features that sh ...

  19. EMI's Deals WIth Universal, Sony Face Inevitable -- But Different -- Regulatory Scrutiny

    November 11, 2011 5:46 PM EST The sale of EMI is just the beginning in what could be a lengthy process that further consolidates the record and music publishing businesses. Citigroup's sale of EMI -- its recorded-music division to Universal Music Group and its music publi ...

  20. Jenni Rivera Signs Production Deal With mun2

    November 07, 2011 8:31 PM EST Regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera has signed a lucrative long-term, cross-platform production deal with bilingual music cable network mun2 that will have the entertainer and her family at the center of a slate of programs including the second s ...

  21. Backbeat: Black Keys Rock New York for T-Mobile Event

    October 14, 2011 6:30 AM EDT The brains behind the Big Fuel (pictured L-R): Ben Luntz (Group Director, Distribution), Distribution Managers David Chiatt and Davis Cox, Billboard reporter Jillian Mapes. (Photo: Katie Morse) The Roots' ?uestlove followed the Black Keys wit ...

  22. Rhapsody CPO Brendan Benzing Talks Napster Acquisition @ Future of Music Conference

    October 03, 2011 5:17 PM EDT Rhapsody Chief Product Officer Brendan Benzing sat on a panel called "New Frontiers in Mobile & Music and spoke about his company's acquisition of Napster today. (Photo: Sarah Godfrey) Shortly after news of Rhapsody's acquisitio ...

  23. Billboard.biz's Backbeat

    August 01, 2011 3:34 AM EDT From the record release parties to the green rooms, our exclusive look at the people behind the music business -- behind the scenes. FEATURED BACKBEATS: December 12, 2011 - Touring | Radio | Backbeat | Record Labels | Indies | Digital & Mobile ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Business Matters: CDs Down 9% This Year And Getting Cheaper All the Time

    May 17, 2011 5:56 PM EDT CD's Downward Spiral: Declining Sales, Prices -- The year-to-date decline in CD sales may be smaller than the sales drop of years past, but the drop is actually larger when you factor in declining sale prices. The most official information on ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. Biz Matters: Spotify's New Competition In Sweden Is A Big WiMP

    February 24, 2011 7:05 PM EST Spotify's New Competitor In Sweden Is WiMP -- Spotify is about to get new competition in its home turf of Sweden when the WiMP service launches next week. It is the music service of Aspiro, a Noway-based company that creates TV and music stre ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Rihanna, Lenny Kravitz, Cee-Lo Lined Up for NBA All-Star Game Performances

    February 09, 2011 7:26 AM EST Rihanna , Lenny Kravitz , Josh Groban and Cee Lo Green have been tapped as the main musical attractions for the NBA All-Star Game, set for Feb. 20 in Los Angeles. Rihanna will perform her "Loud" hits "What's My Name?" and ...

  30. Bruno Mars, Keri Hilson To Perform On T-Mobile Carpet During NBA All-Star Pregame Show

    February 08, 2011 10:50 AM EST Bruno Mars and Keri Hilson will perform at the NBA All-Star Pregame show on Sunday, February 20. The performances will take place - and stars will arrive - on a special T-Mobile Magenta Carpet before the game, which celebrates its 60th anniversary ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Rollout Plans

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft today unveiled the rollout plans for its long-promised smartphone platform Windows Phone 7. There will be nine different phone models featuring the software for sale starting Nov. 8. Participating manufacturers include LG, Samsung, HTC a ...

  33. Business Matters: Live Nation, We7, RIAA and more

    September 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Live Nation Pushing Back On Artist Guarantees -- Lower ticket prices appear likely in 2011, and artist guarantees will be pulled down in order achieve those lower prices. So said Live Nation CEO M ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. Katy Perry, Deutsche Telekom To Launch 'Firework'

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Katy Perry has entered into a marketing partnership that will see Europe's biggest telecommunications group Deutsche Telekom promote her next single and album, while she supports the company's consumer-brand message. The campaign centers ...

  36. Strong Ratings For Billboard Latin Music Awards

    May 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired live from Puerto Rico April 29, reached more than 5 million viewers in the U.S. alone, for the third consecutive year. According to Nielsen Media Research, the awards averaged 1,254,000 households ...

  37. Aventura Tops Winners At Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Aventura, the urban bachata group from the Bronx that has re-energized the tropical music scene, was the big winner at the 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards, snaring nine trophies, including Latin album and digital album of the year for "The ...

  38. UMLE Dominates Awards At Latin Billboard Bash

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Latin Entertainment (UMLE) and its fully owned labels -- Universal Music Latino, Machete and Disa -- were the big winners at the annual Billboard Bash, honoring the top labels, publishers, producers and songwriters of the year in L ...

  39. @Billboard Latin Conf.: 3 Branding Deal Pitfalls

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Don’t sponsor artists just because they’re a big name. Artists and brands, be transparent about what you need from each other in a campaign. And use social media in a pinpointed, strategic way. Hispanic marketing experts pointed out some common pi ...

  40. Aventura Opens Online Merch Store

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Urban bachata act Aventura is opening an online merch store on its official Web site . The store, powered by Global Merchandising, will sell t-shirts, tank tops and posters initially, with a target launch date of next week. "We will start sim ...

  41. Marco Antonio Solis, Wisin y Yandel Confirm Billboard Latin Music Awards Performances

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nelly Furtado, Ricardo Montaner, Wisin y Yandel, Luis Fonsi, Marco Antonio Solis, Jencarlos Canela, Banda Los Recoditos, and Gilberto Santa Rosa have confirmed performances for the 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm, broadca ...

  42. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Lopez Negrete Communications President Alex Lopez Negrete

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name: Alex Lopez Negrete Title: President, CEO/CCO, Lopez Negrete Communications Panel: Branding For Music/Music For a Brand (Tuesday, April 27, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.; more information at billboardlatinconference.com. ) At this moment in time, what mo ...

  43. Billboard Latin Music Awards To Honor Marc Anthony, Los Temerarios

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Superstar Marc Anthony and iconic Mexican group Los Temerarios will be honored with the Billboard Spirit of Hope and Billboard Lifetime Achievement Awards, respectively, during the 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards presented by State Farm, airing ...

  44. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: David LaPointe, Director of LP Marketing and Promotions

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name : David LaPointe Title : Director, LP Marketing and Promotions Panel : Indie Nation (Wednesday, April 28, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.; more information at billboardlatinconference.com . 1. What needs to change in the Latin music business? I think that ...

  45. Latin Briefs: Univision, Gracenote, Thalia and More

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - Univision and Gracenote have teamed up on a searchable lyrics database on Univision.com. The site is accessible from Univision.com's music page and provides both English- and Spanish-language lyrics from the four major publishers as well as ...

  46. T-Mobile Says Co-Branded Fender Entry Struck a Chord

    April 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While others in the mobile category are fighting a never-ending battle over features, T-Mobile has taken a different approach. In January, the wireless service provider rolled out its myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition handset, which was based on a ...

  47. Juan Luis Guerra, Thalia, Pitbull Confirm Billboard Performances

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Juan Luis Guerra, Camila, Thalia, Tito “El Bambino,” Joan Sebastian, Pitbull, and David Bisbal are the first confirmed performers at the 2010 Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm live from Puerto Rico. The awards show will broadca ...

  48. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Digital Girl President Loren Medina

    April 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name : Loren Medina Title : President, Digital Girl Panel : Social Studies: real-Time Social Networking Review (Tuesday, April 27, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.; more information at billboardlatinconference.com . What needs to change in the Latin music busine ...

  49. MTV, Rock Band, T-Mobile Call On New Artists

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MTV and Rock Band developers Harmonix are teaming up with T-Mobile to promote new artists across their respective media platforms through a new contest called "T-Mobile Artist-of-the-Month." Under the deal, artists will be able to submit ...

  50. Better Know A Panelist: Pedro Guzman, VP A&R, Universal Music Latino/Machete

    April 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Name : Pedro Guzman Title : VP A&R, Universal Music Latino/Machete Panel : "Rising Above: The Evolution of the Latin Urban Movement" (Tuesday, April 27, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.; more information at billboardlatinconference.com . At this mom ...

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