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  1. Pandora Shares Rebound After iRadio No-Show

    September 14, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Shares of Pandora Media have recaptured over half the value lost after a Wall Street Journal report alerted investors Apple was considering building an Internet radio service. After starting the week with Apple's boot on its neck, Pandora end ...

  2. Business Matters: HP's Forthcoming Smartphone Means They Need a Digital Music Strategy

    September 14, 2012 5:30 PM EDT A day after Apple unveiled the iPhone 5, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman said in an interview with Fox Business that HP is getting back into the smartphone business. And if history is any precedent, it means HP will need a new digital music strate ...

  3. Psy Still No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, 50 Cent Makes 'Sexy' Return

    September 14, 2012 5:26 PM EDT Psy tops the Billboard Social 50 for the third week in a row as he continues to showcase his "Gangnam Style" song and its signature dance in the United States. Last week, he appeared on MTV's Video Music Awards broadcast (Sept. 6) w ...

  4. From This Week's Billboard: Apple's iRadio Blossoms Into Internet Radio Market

    September 14, 2012 12:38 PM EDT Below is an excerpt from the feature story "Apple's iRadio Blossoms" -- an in-depth look at Apple's forays into the online radio market -- from this week's edition of Billboard Magazine, which also features an in-depth loo ...

  5. Business Matters: Can Seth Goldstein's DJZ Disrupt As Well As Entertain?

    September 13, 2012 2:21 PM EDT That Seth Goldstein is aiming his new startup, the content and advertising-driven DJZ at the growing electronic dance music (EDM) scene is not a surprise. Goldstein is chairman at Turntable.fm, the DJ-minded music service that shot to fame in 2011 ...

  6. New Apple Stuff: What Music Fans Need to Know

    September 13, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Assuming you still care about Apple announcement after playing this drinking game all day -- and you like to listen to music --you're in luck. Evolver.fm has painstakingly assembled every shard of information of interest to music people from ...

  7. '@NotJimmyIovine,' 'Music Editor Real Talk' and Other Hilarious Music-Business Internet Parodies: Update

    September 13, 2012 9:15 AM EDT UPDATE: Turns out those GIF TUMBLR blogs are quick on the responses. See below for reactions to this story. There's no question that the music business sometimes takes itself too seriously. So for those moments when you're fed up with it ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Apple Expected to Unveil New iTunes Today

    September 12, 2012 11:57 AM EDT A dead link found at Apple.com has revealed Apple is expected to unveil a new version of iTunes at its event at noon ET today. New versions of the iPod Nano and iPod Touch could also be revealed. According to the blog Pocket-lint, the search engin ...

  10. Apple iPhone 5 Announcement: What to Expect

    September 12, 2012 9:03 AM EDT Apple is widely expected to announce an iPhone 5 at an event starting at 1 pm ET today. Along with the event comes the usual -- if not more -- speculation given to every product launch to what now stands as the world's most valuable company. ...

  11. Omnifone, Powers Music For Sony, BlackBerry, Rara.com, Turns Profit

    September 11, 2012 12:58 PM EDT Profits of any kind are rare in digital music, but there's money to be made powering other company's services. White-label service Omnifone announced Tuesday its first annual operating profit in the company's nine-year history. The ...

  12. Business Matters: Vevo Report Provides Clearer Picture of Its U.S. Mobile Streams

    September 11, 2012 10:28 AM EDT Vevo's viewership report for April to June 2012 doesn't come right out and say it, but it suggests mobile apps and gaming platforms and responsible for about 1 billion out of 9.3 billion video views in the U.S. in the last 3 months. Busi ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. Spotify Pricing Staying Put

    September 10, 2012 8:03 PM EDT Spotify is set on its current prices as reports circulate its working on a browser-based version of its subscription service. Well, for the most part. Sources tell Billboard.biz there is no indication Spotify plans to deviate from the industry sta ...

  15. Business Matters: If Smartphone Is Stepping Stone to Subscription Growth, U.S. Doing Well

    September 10, 2012 5:53 PM EDT If the smartphone is the gateway to digital music growth, the United States has got a ton of potential. Data from mobile analytics company Flurry show 165 million iOS and Android devices in the U.S. in July. The country's 78% smartphone penet ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. Apple News Takes Bite Out of Pandora's Market Cap

    September 07, 2012 5:13 PM EDT Shares of Internet radio giant Pandora Media took a big hit Friday as investors absorbed news that Apple is planning - merely planning, mind you - an Internet radio service. After closing at $12.57 on Thursday, Pandora shares opened down 19.4% at ...

  19. Psy Remains at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, Linkin Park's 'Echo'-Fueled Jump

    September 07, 2012 4:17 PM EDT Linkin Park's new Facebook-personalized video for "Lost in the Echo" fuels the band's big jump on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. The act rises 23-16 on the tally, thanks to social interaction caused by the clip. In th ...

  20. Business Matters: 5 Reasons Why Apple Wants to Move Into Pandora Territory

    September 07, 2012 10:43 AM EDT Apple is in negotiations with rights holders for an Internet radio service similar to Pandora, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times . It appears Apple executives spot a hole in the needs of their consumers and the ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. Morning Fix: Apple's Pandora-Rival Plans; Obama, Madonna & Twitter; MTV's Not-So-Shocking VMAs

    September 07, 2012 7:32 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MTV VMAS 2012: RIHANNA, ONE DIRECTION FIND LOVE & MOONMEN: The most shocking aspect of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards? That would be the lack of shocking moments at t ...

  23. Dan Deacon's Concert App: Developer Talks Inspiration, Ideation, Creation

    September 06, 2012 5:04 PM EDT With the release of his newest album titled simply "America," electronic musician Dan Deacon has debuted a free smartphone app available for Android and iOS that will, among other things, greatly impact his live shows . Deacon's new ...

  24. Morning Fix: Bankers Big Winners in EMI-UMG Deal; SEO B.S.; VMAs Relevance; Matchbox 20 Aim For No. 1

    September 06, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MATCHBOX TWENTY AIMING FOR FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM ON NEXT WEEK'S BILLBOARD 200: Watch for Matchbox Twenty to nab its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Also heade ...

  25. Business Matters: How to Detect Search Engine-Optimized, Bullsh-- Headlines

    September 05, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Writing a good headline is part art, part science and very important. In the age of online news, articles tend to be optimized for maximum traffic from search engines. Keywords, such as Apple or iPhone, are used in the headlines based on the likel ...

  26. Lady Gaga Says New Album 'Artpop' Will Also be an Interactive App

    September 05, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Albums are so yesterday. Lady Gaga is thinking bigger for her hugely anticipated next release, titled "Artpop," set for early 2013. In a statement posted on Wednesday to her website LittleMonsters.com , the fashion-forward pop diva says ...

  27. Grooveshark Don't Need No Stinkin' App, Debuts HTML5 Mobile Site

    September 05, 2012 5:51 PM EDT Grooveshark launched an HTML5 mobile site Wednesday that should provide an adequate workaround for its problems with the Apple and Google app stores. After a year and a half removed from Google's app store, Grooveshark's Android app reap ...

  28. How Spotify and Rdio Are De-Socializing Music Streaming

    September 05, 2012 1:30 PM EDT In Rdio's advanced settings, users can now choose a privacy setting that will require approval before other users can view their collection, playlists, activity and full user profile. Streaming music is inherently more social than downloading ...

  29. Morning Fix: Bob Dylan Streaming & Reopening; Spotify Unhitches Facebook; iPhone 5 Predictions

    September 05, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE now to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. CHRISTINA AGUILERA TO DELIVER KEYNOTE AT BILLBOARD/THR FILM & TV MUSIC CONFERENCE: Christina Aguilera has been announced as a keynote speaker at the 2012 Billboard ...

  30. Green Day To Help Nokia, AT&T Debut Nokia Music With Playlists, Kickoff Concert

    September 04, 2012 5:36 PM EDT Green Day will join forces with Nokia and AT&T to launch Nokia Music, a new music streaming service offering consumers free and unlimited access to play lists and songs from a global catalog of 17 million tracks. To mark the launch of Nokia Mu ...

  31. Nokia Music Comes To U.S.

    September 04, 2012 10:23 AM EDT Nokia announced Tuesday the U.S. launch of the free music streaming service Nokia Music. The service is currently exclusive to owners of the Nokia Lumia 900 or Nokia Lumia 710, who can download the app from the Marketplace. Nicki Minaj Teams With ...

  32. As Facebook Stock Nears $18, Its Focus on Music Will Suffer

    August 31, 2012 4:29 PM EDT Facebook shares dove under $19 and were trading down 4.86% to $18.17 Friday afternoon after slashed price targets and fresh revenue concerns. Citing "challenged" media spending and an inflow of additional shares from lock-up expirations, ...

  33. Bertelsmann CEO Thomas Rabe on BMG Rights Mgm't, EMI Acquisitions, Getting Back Into the Record Biz

    August 31, 2012 2:15 PM EDT Thomas Rabe, CEO of Bertelsmann, doesn't discount the idea of his company getting back into the record business. BERLIN - Bertelsmann, Europe's largest media group, which controls European broadcaster RTL Group and production powerhouse ...

  34. Business Matters: How Likely Is A Beats By Dre Smartphone?

    August 31, 2012 9:05 AM EDT Beats Electronics may not be rolling out a branded smartphone in the very near future, but don't count out seeing one in stores at some point in the future. Playing down an online report that a Beats-branded, HTC-manufactured "iPhone kil ...

  35. En Breve

    August 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT Luis Miguel, Latin Music Video Network Debuts, and Lokixximo Luis Miguel tops Texas Fest Pop singer Luis Miguel will headline the People en Español Festival Sept. 1-2 in San Antonio. The Warner Music artist, who rarely performs at festivals, will ...

  36. Sony Introduces Inexpensive Tier for Music Unlimited Service

    August 29, 2012 4:22 PM EDT On Wednesday Sony Network Entertainment International announced a €4.99/US $4.99 per month tier, called "Access," to its Music Unlimited subscription service. Sony is employing a familiar marketing strategy by placing a premium on mobili ...

  37. Liberty Media Raises Stake In SiriusXM Again To 48.8 Percent

    August 29, 2012 12:50 PM EDT John Malone's Liberty Media continues to slowly raise its stake in Sirius XM Radio. The satellite radio firm, led by CEO Mel Karmazin, reported in a regulatory filing late Tuesday that Liberty has bought additional stock to take its ownership ...

  38. Morning Fix: Bertelsmann IPO?: Liberty's Sirius XM Stake; RealNetworks Layoffs; Pinterest's Sales Issue

    August 29, 2012 7:47 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MTV, TROJAN TEAM UP FOR FIRST VMA SPONSORSHIP FEATURING LMFAO'S SKYBLU: In a first for the sexual health category , MTV is teaming up with Trojan condoms for a multi- ...

  39. Cricket Wireless Makes Muve Music Available on All New Android Plans

    August 29, 2012 2:00 AM EDT Muve Music by Cricket Wireless has quietly become the second-biggest subscription service in the U.S. Soon, it will be the biggest in the country. On Wednesday, prepaid mobile carrier Cricket announced its Muve Music subscription service will be i ...

  40. MTV Execs Talk New Social, Multiplatform Tools for 2012 Video Music Awards

    August 28, 2012 3:56 PM EDT MTV has long prided itself on keeping on the cutting edge of social programming, integrating Twitter and other forms of interactive participation into many of its broadcasts. This year, the network is continuing its social presence with a little b ...

  41. Which Artists Have the Most Active Twitter Followings? StatusPeople App Shows Some Surprises

    August 28, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Bill Werde ( http://twitter.com/#!/bwerde ) is Billboard's editorial director. This post was originally published on his Tumblr page over the weekend. For those that follow me on Twitter, you know that last night's highlight was followin ...

  42. Morning Fix: Best Buy Buy; RZA's New Label; Apple-Samsung Fallout; Buzz Media, More

    August 28, 2012 7:45 AM EDT BUZZ MEDIA PURCHASES FOUR NEW SITES, CREATES PUNK MUSIC NEWS HUB: BuzzMedia is continuing its acquisition spree, purchasing punk websites Under The Gun Review, Alter The Press!, PropertyOfZack, and Punknews.org as part of a new central hub for pun ...

  43. BandsInTown Concert Audience Research: Fans Need to Be Informed; 'Superfans' Will Spend a Lot More

    August 27, 2012 8:59 AM EDT Facebook concert discovery app BandsInTown , which claims to power tour listings for more than 100,000 artists and track even more, commissioned Insight Strategy Group to conduct a survey that turned up some intriguing results regarding live music ...

  44. Germany Finally Embracing the Digital Era

    August 24, 2012 1:07 PM EDT BERLIN - The German music market, the world's third largest in 2011 according to the IFPI, is finally catching up to the digital era, according to a new study presented by the German music association BVMI (Bundesverband Musikindustrie) toget ...

  45. Primary Wave Hires Stephen Hutton; The Artists Org Promotes Rich Schaefer, Don Van Cleave

    August 24, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Primary Wave Music has hired Stephen Hutton, founder of Uppercut Management, to help build Primary Wave Talent Management's rock and pop divisions. Hutton, who helped build the careers of such artists as Kid Rock, Big Kenny (Big & Rich) ...

  46. Morning Fix: Neon Trees Grow; Mog Sells Off; 'Gangnam Style' Gets Subversive

    August 24, 2012 8:15 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. NEON TREES GROW ON BILLBOARD HOT 100: Neon Trees' "Everybody Talks" claims the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer tag this week, while Demi Lovato 's &q ...

  47. Recording Academy Launches Digital Liner Notes Campaign

    August 24, 2012 7:45 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- As liner notes get scarce in the digital age, the Recording Academy wants fans to still be able to find out who the people are behind their favorite hit. So the Academy announced Thursday that it will launch the "Give Fans th ...

  48. Men in Black: The Musical? Sony Pictures Partners With Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions

    August 23, 2012 3:39 PM EDT Sony Pictures Entertainment Worldwide Music president Lia Vollack will oversee the new deal with Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions and has been given the added title of Executive VP, Theatrical. "Men in Black: The Musical," anyone? So ...

  49. Business Matters: Tesco to Close MP3 Store As Download Market Matures

    August 23, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Starting next week, U.K. customers will have one less legal option for buying MP3s. UK retailer Tesco has announced it will close its MP3 store on September 1. The news was first reported Thursday morning at MusicWeek . The move is clearly an atte ...

  50. Why Is Spotify's Monthly Average Users Number Dropping?

    August 21, 2012 12:20 PM EDT A tipster alerted us to an interesting figure regarding Spotify over the weekend. According to AppData , fewer people have used Spotify to listen to music over the past month (on the desktop, smartphone, tablet, with Facebook Connect turned on ), ...

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