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  1. Songza Introduces Subscription Tier

    June 28, 2013 4:52 PM EDT Internet radio service Songza announced Friday morning a new subscription option for users to enjoy advertising-free listening. Called Club Songza, the subscription tier will drop the ads and double the number of songs that can be skipped. Club ...

  2. Facebook, Twitter Execs Talk Music Apps at SF MusicTech Summit 2013

    May 28, 2013 9:22 PM EDT Facebook Strategic Partnerships manager Ime Archibong handed out social networking tips for musicians and music companies, while Twitter #Music's Stephen Phillips pleaded for patience from the industry at the opening of the SF Musictech Su ...

  3. Morning Fix: Gee Roberson's New Label; BMG Gets Rosetta Catalog; Wiesenthal to WMG

    December 21, 2012 8:54 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's FREE Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters HERE EXCLUSIVE: GEE ROBERSON FORMS NEW LABEL, BLUEPRINT, THROUGH INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M: Geffen Records chairman Gee Roberson will transition to ...

  4. Morning Fix: Jenni Rivera Memorial; Glassnote Being Courted; New SiriusXM CEO's Challenges; 2012's Best Start-ups

    December 20, 2012 7:45 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletter HERE JENNI RIVERA HONORED BY FANS AND STARS IN EMOTIONAL MEMORIAL: The memorial commemorating the life of Jenni Rivera was as dramatic and colorful as the art ...

  5. Morning Fix: Google's Free Scan & Match; Nielsen's Arbitron Deal; .Biz's Year-End Survey Pt. 1

    December 19, 2012 8:35 AM EST ? To subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletter head HERE GOOGLE LAUNCHES FREE LICENSED SCAN-AND-MATCH MUSIC LOCKER IN U.S.: Google, which launched its scan-and-match locker service in Europe ...

  6. Deals to Watch in 2013: AEG, Live Nation, EMI Divestments, More

    December 14, 2012 7:00 AM EST As the year comes to a close, some big deals are still up in the air; and others appear to be waiting in the wings. • The auction for AEG, Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns more than 100 arenas including Los Angeles' Staples Center and ...

  7. Spotify: What the Press Is Saying About Yesterday's Event

    December 07, 2012 2:55 PM EST Along with headline-grabbing items like a Lars Ulrich/Sean Parker public reconciliation, a performance from Frank Ocean and, of course, the recruitment of Metallica's catalog, yesterday's Spotify press conference announced some important ...

  8. Morning Fix: Live Nation Going to Russia; Pandora Stocks Plummet; UMG/EMI Outline Germany Plans

    December 05, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters LIVE NATION EXPANDING TO RUSSIA: Like Apple iTunes , Live Nation Entertainment has announced it plans to expand operations to the Russian li ...

  9. Morning Fix: iTunes Launches In 56 Countries; Simon Fuller's Concord Bid; Clapton, Chris Martin Join 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit

    December 04, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters APPLE LAUNCHES ITUNES IN RUSSIA, TURKEY, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 52 ADDITIONAL COUNTRIES: Apple today announced it has launched its iTunes Stor ...

  10. Morning Fix: Billboard Women In Music Honorees; HMV Sells Mama Group; Zep Honored by Obama; iTunes Coming to Russia?

    December 03, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters BILLBOARD ANNOUNCES 2012 WOMEN IN MUSIC HONOREES: Billboard announced its Women in Music honorees, which recognizes achievement, talent and ...

  11. Morning Fix: Rihanna's First No. 1 Album; Adele Hits 10 Million; Today's Congressional Internet-Royalty Hearing

    November 28, 2012 7:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other FREE music-business newsletters RIHANNA EARNS FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM WITH 'UNAPOLOGETIC' ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: One week after Rihanna scored her 12th No. 1 single on the ...

  12. Morning Fix: Bieber, Minaj Win Big at AMAs; Internet Radio Fairness Opponents Unite; AC/DC Joins iTunes

    November 19, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2012: JUSTIN BIEBER, NICKI MINAJ TOP EXUBERANT NIGHT: Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year at the American Music Awa ...

  13. Morning Fix: Justin Timberlake and Vanderhooks on Myspace; Flom and Rudolph to Bid on UMG's EMI Assets; Easterlin Running Roadrunner; Latin Grammys; FutureSound

    November 16, 2012 8:32 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, VANDERHOOKS DETAIL MYSPACE'S NEW MUSIC-CENTRIC DESIGN: At a press event unveiling the new Myspace's private beta to ...

  14. Business Matters: A $3 Billion Valuation Brings Spotify Expectations Back to Earth

    November 12, 2012 6:10 PM EST News that Spotify raised money at a $3 billion valuation and generated $200 million in revenue in the first half of 2012 is more like the sound of air being let out of a tire rather than a bursting bubble. The company has been hyped more than any ...

  15. Morning Fix: Taylor Swift's Million-Selling 'Red'; UMG Settles Digital Royalties Suit; iTunes 11 Delay

    October 31, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix and other free music-business newsletters TAYLOR SWIFT'S 'RED' SELLS 1.21 MILLION -- BIGGEST SALES WEEK FOR AN ALBUM SINCE 2002: It's official: Taylor Swift's "Re ...

  16. Morning Fix: Beyonce Vs. Madge's Super Bowl; WMG Revenues; Apple Mini iPad Vs. MSFT Source; CMJ

    October 17, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters WARNER MUSIC GROUP EXPECTS TO IMPROVE REVENUES IN Q3: When the Warner Music Group reports its financials for the three-month period ended Sept. 30, the company expects reve ...

  17. Morning Fix: C3's Brazil Expansion; Neil Diamond for Billboard Touring Conference; $18K Stones Tickets

    October 16, 2012 7:45 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters NEIL DIAMOND TO BE HONORED AT 2012 BILLBOARD TOURING AWARDS: Billboard announced today that legendary singer/songwriter Neil Diamond will receive its prestigious Legend of ...

  18. Business Matters: The Truth About Pandora's Payments to Artists

    October 10, 2012 3:05 PM EDT Pandora mounted an effective publicity campaign Tuesday by revealing the amounts of royalties some artists' songs generate on its service (as opposed to how much money those artists are actually collecting). The company is putting its politic ...

  19. Deezer Raises $130 Million: Report

    October 06, 2012 7:40 PM EDT The oft-criticized freemium business model still has the support of investors. Paris-based music subscription service Deezer has raised $130 million from Access Industries, parent company of Warner Music Group, and previous investor Idinvest, acco ...

  20. Morning Fix: EU Approves UMG-EMI, Sony/ATV's Auction, Led Zep Reunites, iHeartRadio Tweets

    September 21, 2012 6:05 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. UNIVERSAL MUSIC-EMI DEAL APPROVED BY EUROPEAN UNION: European Union regulators today formally approved Universal Music Group's $1.9 billion acquisition of EMI Music. ...

  21. Morning Fix: US, Drake Top Illegal Filesharing Report; iPhone 5's Record Sales; Rihanna's MTV EMA Noms

    September 17, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. THE XX'S 'COEXIST' DEBUTS AT NO. 1 ON UK ALBUM CHARTS AHEAD OF BOB DYLAN, THE SCRIPT: The xx's sophomore set Coexist (Young Turks) debuted at No. 1 on ...

  22. Mark Zuckerberg Says Spotify 'Is Killing It' -- But What Does That Mean?

    September 11, 2012 7:00 PM EDT It would take Roget's Thesaurus and a spirited debate to reach the exact meaning behind one of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's statements during his keynote interview at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference on Tuesday. "Spotify is killi ...

  23. Morning Fix: UMG-EMI Merger, YouTube Goes iOS, Russell Simmons Writes To Jay-Z

    September 11, 2012 7:34 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. SPOTIFY PRICING STAYING PUT: Spotify is set on its current prices as reports circulate its working on a browser-based version of its subscription service. Well, for the mo ...

  24. Why Would Spotify Launch a Web Version? Here Are Five Reasons

    September 10, 2012 4:59 PM EDT Right now, Spotify.com promotes the desktop version and various features. Could it transform into a music service in and of itself?" A Saturday TechCrunch report about a browser-based version of Spotify led to thousands of posts over the week ...

  25. Spotify Preparing Browser-Based Version: Report

    September 09, 2012 10:12 AM EDT Spotify may be following its competitors to the Web. The company is planning on launching a browser-based version of its subscription streaming service, according to a report at TechCrunch . A Spotify spokesperson declined to comment when reached ...

  26. Morning Fix: Canada Approves UMG-EMI; Grammy Noms To Nashville; iPhone Leaks, Flaming Lips' Pub Deal

    August 21, 2012 8:20 AM EDT Universal-EMI Merger Approved By Canadian Regulators Universal Music Group's proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded music division has passed another hurdle, albeit not the European Commission or FTC approval the companies are so activel ...

  27. Morning Fix: Liberty Vs. SiriusXM, DJs Stump for Obama, Deezer Comes To Asia

    August 15, 2012 8:25 AM EDT MTV Unveils Artist.MTV Pages, Tries to Catch MySpace Napping If a re-launched MySpace isn't going to be the online destination for musicians it once promised to be, maybe MTV is up for the job. MTV today unveiled its long-awaited Artists.MTV ...

  28. Business Matters: Facebook's Not Alone in its Mobile Problems

    July 27, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Facebook's Numbers Normal, But Stock Dips Anyway Facebook is being punished for being normal. After the company released decent, entirely expected quarterly results Thursday afternoon, investors decided the company doesn't have a strong ...

  29. Vevo Dives Into Mobile Web, Allows Streaming Directly From Browser

    July 06, 2012 4:06 PM EDT Vevo has launched its mobile website, which now allows visitors access to its archive of more than 50,000 music videos without having to download one of its apps, a development first reported at TechCrunch . While it still may be easier -- and qui ...

  30. Business Matters: BPI's Q1 Numbers Suggest Subscription Services Aren't Hurting Purchases in U.K.

    May 31, 2012 3:43 PM EDT BPI Numbers Harm Subscription Service Cannibalization Theory Today there's even less evidence that subscription services cannibalize music purchases. Growth in digital revenue in the U.K. in the first quarter exceeded the loss of physical rev ...

  31. Business Matters: Is Vevo Considering An IPO?

    May 23, 2012 4:42 PM EDT Is Vevo Considering an IPO? -- Vevo is seeking new investors to help fund its international expansion, according to reports at Sky News at the Financial Times. A report by Sky News claims the company has hired investment bank Allen & Co to loo ...

  32. Business Matters: Facebook Says Spotify Has Hit 20 Million Users; Spotify Says It Ain't So

    May 15, 2012 8:39 PM EDT Facebook Says Spotify Has Hit 20 Million Users; Spotify Says It Ain't So -- Spotify has reached 20 million monthly active users, according to a count seen at Facebook. Music industry analyst Mark Mulligan noted the mile market in a post at hi ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Facebook IPO Aiming For May 17 (Report)

    April 19, 2012 2:30 PM EDT Ever since Facebook announced it would be filing for an IPO Feb. 1, speculation has been widespread as to when the company would officially go public. With reports stating the company was aiming for late May coming as far back as January , TechCru ...

  35. Facebook's New Listen Button Plays Artist Catalogs From Spotify, Rdio, MOG

    April 17, 2012 5:46 PM EDT Application Programming Interface, thy name be "awesome!" Excuse the geek-out, if you're not up on your API ABC's, but how else are we to react to the fact that Facebook just added a Listen button to its artist pages that lets ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Facebook SXSW Panel Looks at Music Marketing Beyond the 'Likes'

    March 17, 2012 5:05 PM EDT The "Facebook Music Marketing: Pages, Feeds, and Games" panel at SXSW Music served essentially as a rundown of sorts for every way an artist can maximize Facebook's platform - especially its new features rolled out in Timeline, whic ...

  38. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog

    March 14, 2012 2:11 PM EDT March 20, 2012 | BACKBEAT Backbeat: BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at SXSW BMI, Billboard, Suntrust and Austin's Four Seasons Hotel teamed up to host the BMI & Billboard Acoustic Brunch at the South by Southwest Music Festival on Fri ...

  39. Business Matters: Ticketmaster Debuts iPhone App

    February 29, 2012 7:42 PM EST Ticketmaster Debuts iPhone App -- Ticketmaster released on app for iPhone Tuesday that allows consumers to quickly and easily buy tickets on their Apple mobile device. While the new app is fairly similar to the Live Nation app that debuted in Nove ...

  40. Lady Gaga-Affiliated Backplane Raises $4.5 Million in Series A Funding

    February 17, 2012 3:42 PM EST Backplane (@thebackplane), the digital startup co-founded by Lady Gaga manager Troy Carter, has raised $4.5 million in fresh funding from prominent Silicon Valley investors, according to a report at the Wall Street Journal. The additional funding ...

  41. Business Matters: MySpace Adds 1 Million Users, Now at 25 Million

    February 13, 2012 5:35 PM EST MySpace Sees Growth Potential in Internet Radio Player MySpace says it has nabbed "over 1 million" new registered users since it debuted a new music player on December 19. A MySpace spokesperson tells Billboard.biz that MySpace now has & ...

  42. Business Matters: Vevo Opens Up on Super Bowl Piracy Blunder, RIAA Chief Slams Google

    February 10, 2012 5:07 PM EST Vevo In Hot Water Over Super Bowl Gaffe On Friday the International Intellectual Property Alliance released a report - its annual "Special 301" review -- that documents global copyright piracy. The IIPA calls for "swift action" ...

  43. iLike, Early Digital Music Trailblazer, Officially Dead

    February 08, 2012 2:35 PM EST iLike, an online service for sharing and discovering music that was one of digital music's most exciting startups, is officially dead. Visits to the iLike.com URL are being redirected to a MySpace page with a notice about iLike's demise. ...

  44. Business Matters: Subscriptions and Anti-Piracy Efforts: Helping the Record Industry Make Progress?

    January 24, 2012 8:30 PM EST Subscriptions and Anti-Piracy Efforts: Helping the Record Industry Make Progress? -- Subscription services have finally, pretty much arrived while anti-piracy efforts are showing positive results. The music industry needs to play both offense and ...

  45. SoundCloud Announces New Round of Funding, Led by Kleiner Perkins

    January 03, 2012 7:48 AM EST SoundCloud announced a new funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, the company said in a statement Monday. The size of the funding round was not revealed, but TechCrunch claims the amount is $50 million, which gives the company ...

  46. Must-Read Excerpt From Robert Levine's 'Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back'

    November 02, 2011 9:19 AM EDT [Not] Paid In Full: Why Creators Must Reassert Their Rights In The Information Economy Piracy isn't just draining record-label revenue-it's threatening the economic viability of creating content. In his new book, "Free Ride: How Dig ...

  47. Business Matters: Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise

    October 31, 2011 6:38 PM EDT Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise -- Grooveshark's Facebook app has seen its number of daily users increase fourfold in the last two weeks. Numbers at AppData show the music service's Facebook app went from 100,000 daily a ...

  48. Business Matters: How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels

    October 27, 2011 4:30 PM EDT How Much Do Streaming Services Pay Artists? Ask the Labels -- How much do streaming services pay artists? It's a question that has been asked a lot lately of services such as Spotify, Mog, Rdio, Rhapsody and even iTunes. And it has led to som ...

  49. Business Matters: Rdio Unveils Free Listening Option

    October 06, 2011 6:43 PM EDT Rdio Unveils Free Listening Option -- The freemium business model took another step forward Thursday when subscription service Rdio officially unveiled its free, advertising-free level of service. Rdio also offers web-only access ($4.99 per month) ...

  50. Business Matters: Michael Robertson's DAR.fm Told to Cease and Desist by Univision

    October 05, 2011 9:05 PM EDT Michael Robertson's DAR.fm Told to Cease and Desist by Univision -- Michael Robertson has attracted more legal problems. Most recently he was in court with EMI over MP3tunes.com. In the latest legal dustup, his DAR.fm (which stands for digita ...

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