Technology

  1. 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 ...

  2. Vivendi Names Canal+ Chairman Bertrand Meheut To Lead Content Business Review

    August 20, 2012 4:39 PM EDT LONDON - Vivendi said Monday that Canal+ chairman Bertrand Meheut will play a key role in its strategic review, which is expected to lead to the sale of at least some of its businesses. The French entertainment and telecom conglomerate's supe ...

  3. Bandcamp Kills It With New Web-Optimized Mobile Pages

    August 20, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Bandcamp has absolutely killed it with its new mobile-optimized web pages. Life just got a lot more difficult for MTV, which last week put Artist.MTV pages into public beta and will give it a mobile push later this year. MySpace might as well give ...

  4. Business Matters: Streaming Is Growing -- Is Vevo?

    August 20, 2012 2:19 PM EDT With streaming music the new high-growth segment in digital music, there are expectations on music video network Vevo to put up good numbers every month. But is the company delivering? Well, maybe. Read on. Vevo's comScore July numbers -- inc ...

  5. Apple Now Worth Over $600 Billion, Extends Lead As World's Most Valuable Company

    August 17, 2012 1:20 PM EDT News of an upcoming iPad and a possible deal between Apple TV and major networks has pushed Apple's stock to new heights this week. Shares of Apple rose 1.85% to close at an all-time high of $648.11 Friday, pushing the company's world-le ...

  6. Business Matters: The First Week With Google's Anti-Piracy Search Algorithm

    August 17, 2012 12:11 PM EDT The Pirate Bay isn't worried about Google's new search algorithms that punish sites based on the number copyright removal requests they receive. That may be empty rhetoric on the Pirate Bay's part, but it's safe to say piracy s ...

  7. Business Matters: New Report Predicts Digital-Vs.-Physical Tipping Point That Already Happened

    August 16, 2012 6:56 PM EDT Being a day behind the news was acceptable before the rise of the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle. But there's really no excuse for being a year behind major forecasts and trends. The press has been drawn to a new report by Strategy Analy ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Matisyahu's 'Spark Seeker' Spotify App: Developer, Manager Break Down Design Process, Tech Details

    August 16, 2012 12:57 PM EDT When Spotify first launched its app platform, it was with aspirations towards providing an easy way for third-party developers to enhance Spotify's music listening experience and ultimately build a vibrant marketplace. Though development on t ...

  10. SongPop Music Quiz App Strikes Social-Gaming Gold

    August 15, 2012 4:54 PM EDT Whenever a music app cracks the top 10 in the ( lowercase ) app stores, we pay attention. While we look at music apps all day, these sudden rushes of popularity are a nice reminder that non-music-nerds get down with this stuff too. SongPop , a rid ...

  11. MTV Unveils Artist.MTV Pages, Tries to Catch MySpace Napping

    August 15, 2012 8:30 AM EDT A beta version of Band of Horses Artists.MTV page (Photo: MTV) If MySpace isn't going to be the online destination for musicians, maybe MTV is up for the job. MTV unveiled its long-awaited Artists.MTV platform on Wednesday, launching a public ...

  12. Business Matters: Teens Listen to Music Most on YouTube, Pay for Music More Than Other Age Groups, Nielsen Study Says

    August 14, 2012 5:45 PM EDT A new Nielsen study says teens prefer free, ad-supported streaming over other methods of listening to music. That finding is actually the least surprising item in a report that puts into proper context the ways teens -- and other age groups -- exp ...

  13. Gerry Kearby, Co-Founder of Liquid Audio, Remembered by Dick Wingate

    August 14, 2012 5:09 PM EDT Gerry Kearby -- co-founder of Liquid Audio, drummer, equipment designer for the Grateful Dead and others, and a man who turned down an offer from Steve Jobs to buy his company -- died last week when his truck crashed into a tree in a rural area so ...

  14. Vevo Launches in Brazil

    August 14, 2012 11:03 AM EDT Music video network Vevo announced Tuesday that it has launched in Brazil with localized content and global hits from the catalogs of Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, EMI Music and other partner labels. The site will be localized i ...

  15. Spotify Radio Improves With Thumbs-Up (or Down) Function

    August 13, 2012 11:44 AM EDT Spotify has added thumbs to its desktop radio, allowing listeners to fine tune an artist station by giving a song a "thumb up" or "thumb down." This is the latest in what's sure to be a lot of tweaking to its radio product ...

  16. Business Matters: Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music

    August 10, 2012 8:40 PM EDT Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music -- It's ironic that Warner Music Group now gets 25% of its recorded music digital revenue from some of services that were supposedly off limits to venture capital. The company announced in its e ...

  17. Google Search Rankings Will Penalize Sites With Removal Notices

    August 10, 2012 4:13 PM EDT Google will start taking into account valid copyright removal notices in its search algorithms. The change, to be made next week, means sites that receive a high number of copyright infringements notices from rights holders could see their search ...

  18. Amazon Planning to Add Physical CD Purchases to Cloud Player Accounts

    August 10, 2012 1:41 PM EDT Sources tell Billboard that Amazon is working to launch a feature that will populate its Cloud Player accounts with tracks from physical CDs purchased on Amazon. One estimate puts the new feature launching this fall. Cloud Player is Amazon's ...

  19. Limited Data Plan? Download the Music Cloud To Go

    August 10, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Wireless data allows people to listen to millions of songs from the cloud, just about anywhere where they go, using all manner of services and sites. But once you lose that signal, the music stops. As we are all too clear , wireless bandwidth is a ...

  20. Rihanna, Lady Gaga Top Forbes List Of Most Social Stars

    August 10, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Who is the most social of them all? Forbes has released its list of social networking superstars -- 10 kings and queens of the status update and the enticing tweet. The magazine used a simple formula, adding a star's Twitter followers with hi ...

  21. Exclusive: Ultra Music, Ultra Music Festival Announce 'Global Alliance'

    August 10, 2012 9:00 AM EDT Ultra Music and Ultra Music Festival (UMF) will announce today that they are joining forces in what is being called a "global alliance," Billboard.biz has learned. The two companies will form one of the most powerful independent entities ...

  22. Amazon Improves Its Cloud Service

    August 09, 2012 7:25 PM EDT Amazon's Cloud Player gets a major-label upgrade Cloud music is getting smarter - and may soon get more mainstream. On July 31 Amazon launched a fully licensed scan-and-match cloud music service, giving it the same features as Apple's cl ...

  23. Business Matters: Warner Getting Big Gains from Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and other Streaming Services

    August 09, 2012 5:23 PM EDT Warner Gets A Quarter of Digital Revenue From Streaming Warner Music Group is getting good growth from streaming services, which now account for 25% of its recorded music digital revenue. The other important news in the company's Thursday ear ...

  24. WMG Finds YouTube Success

    August 09, 2012 3:35 PM EDT Though they take different approaches to video programming, Warner Music Group and Maker Studios are showing how YouTube's original channels can transform older businesses and build new ones. WMG's YouTube channel, the Warner Sound, allo ...

  25. Bits and Briefs: Bandcamp, Android, and U.K. Digital Albums

    August 09, 2012 3:35 PM EDT Bandcamp Adds Merch Option Direct-to-fan platform Bandcamp now allows its artists to create a page dedicated to merchandise. The items are integrated in the same shopping cart with digital and physical music items, so artists can bundle merch with ...

  26. HMV, UK's Largest Entertainment Retailer, Reports Loss For Fiscal Year

    August 09, 2012 8:08 AM EDT LONDON - U.K. entertainment retail giant HMV on Thursday reported a loss for its latest fiscal year, but vowed to return to profitability in its current fiscal year as it looks to bounce back despite a still-weak economy and competitive pressures. ...

  27. Why Apple's Decision to Drop YouTube from iOS Is a Big Deal for Music, Apps

    August 08, 2012 3:52 PM EDT When the very first iPhone shipped, literally changing the world as we knew it, it carried a little Trojan horse inside of it called YouTube. The app for Google's video sharing site comes standard with every single iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touc ...

  28. Inside EMI's Financials: A Healthy Core Business

    August 08, 2012 8:26 AM EDT The financial results released yesterday by EMI showed a company with healthy core businesses but hit hard by goodwill impairment charges triggered by the market valuations it received from the winning bids in the auction to sell the company. On N ...

  29. Business Matters: SiriusXM Adds On-Demand Music and 600,000 Subscribers

    August 07, 2012 9:13 PM EDT SiriusXM Adds On-Demand Music and 600,000 Subscribers -- SiriusXM is the latest radio company to launch an on-demand service that allows people to listen to what they want, when they want. Well, sort of. Launched Tuesday, SiriusXM On Demand gives ...

  30. Whitney Hill Named SVP, Strategic Parnerships, Global Digital Business for Sony Music Entertainment

    August 07, 2012 12:52 PM EDT Whitney Hill has been promoted to Senior VP Strategic Partnerships, Global Digital Business for Sony Music Entertainment. The announcement was made by Sony Music's Michael Paull, Executive VP, Global Digital Business, who Hill will report to. ...

  31. Antoinette Alfonso Zel Named CEO of EL Rey Cable Network Founded By Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez

    August 07, 2012 9:47 AM EDT Media executive Antoinette Alfonso Zel has been named CEO of El Rey, the cable network founded by filmmaker Robert Rodriguez which is slated to launch at the end of 2013. El Rey is described as a "general entertainment" cable network gea ...

  32. Sony Music Names Jenifer Mallory VP International Marketing

    August 06, 2012 5:32 PM EDT Sony Music today announced that Jenifer Mallory has been promoted to Vice President, International Marketing, Sony Music Entertainment. In her new capacity Mallory will lead international marketing campaigns for Sony's U.S.-signed artists, co ...

  33. United Airlines Adds Digital Music Store To Rewards Program

    August 06, 2012 2:15 PM EDT United Airlines is adding a digital download music store to its MileagePlus Progam, allowing members to redeem miles by turning them in for music. The store, which features 7 million tracks, is run by Choose Digital, a Coral Gables Fla.-based comp ...

  34. Will Spotify Roll Out Third-Party Mobile Apps?

    August 06, 2012 1:29 PM EDT As of today, the Spotify desktop client contains 44 optional apps with which users can play music. Is Spotify planning to do the same on the mobile side? Our tipster thinks so We're somewhat obsessed with Spotify apps , because they let devel ...

  35. TuneIn Targeting Music as it Raises $16 Million, Passes 40 Million Active Users

    August 06, 2012 12:37 PM EDT Expect to hear more live music at TuneIn in the near future. The company announced Monday it has raised $16 million in a round of funding, led by General Catalyst Partners , with participation from Jafco Ventures , Google Ventures and existing bus ...

  36. The xx Marks the Spot on Billboard's Social 50

    August 03, 2012 7:00 PM EDT British electro-rock act the xx rides a wave of online activity to a reentry on Billboard's Social 50 chart, returning to the list (No. 27) for the first time in over a year. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo ...

  37. Facebook Bots Are Cause for Concern For Artists and Fans

    August 03, 2012 2:57 PM EDT Facebook isn't the only site for which musicians can buy fake love, but it sure is catching a lot of heat lately." Even as it exerts increasing influence over our public and private lives, this hasn't been the best year for Facebook ...

  38. Sony Music's Quarter: A Closer Look

    August 02, 2012 6:22 PM EDT Sony Corp.'s music operations -- which consist of three separate companies, Sony Music Entertainment, Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) -- experienced a drop in sales and income as the music category posted 7.3 bi ...

  39. Business Matters: Ignore the Telegraph, Here's the Real State of Streaming Revenue

    August 02, 2012 4:46 PM EDT Most Musicians Don't Get More From Streaming Than Other Revenue Don't be suckered into believing a Telegraph headline, possibly rehashed without thought by a blog, that musicians are getting more from online streaming than other revenue ...

  40. 40 Under 40: Nathan Hubbard

    August 02, 2012 4:21 PM EDT Nathan Hubbard CEO, Ticketmaster Website: Ticketmaster.com Twitter: @NathanCHubbard Spinning The Turnstiles Nathan Hubbard, 37, leads the world's largest ticketing company, simultaneously setting about improving customer service and the analy ...

  41. En Breve: Rhapsody Makes Moves, Pitbull Buys Into Subs

    August 02, 2012 3:50 PM EDT Rhapsody Radar Touts Newcomers Spanish DJ Juan Magan and regional Mexican singer El Bebeto are among those who appear on Rhapsody Radar 2012, a list by music journalists of up-and-coming acts advancing in the music business. This year's picks ...

  42. 40 Under 40: Sean Parker

    August 02, 2012 3:37 PM EDT Sean Parker Executive General Partnery, Founders Fund Website: foundersfund.com Twitter: @sparker Guiding the Musical Marketplace Sean Parker, 32, helped raise Facebook, invested in Spotify via Founders Fund and midwifed the partnership between th ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 40 Under 40: Ben Drury

    August 02, 2012 3:04 PM EDT Ben Drury Co-Founder/CEO, 7Digital Website: 7Digital.com Twitter: @BenDrury Driving Web Distribution You've got to give Ben Drury 10 out of 10 for tenacity. The co-founder/CEO of U.K. digital-music platform 7digital has turned a clunky startu ...

  45. 40 Under 40: Jim Lucchese

    August 02, 2012 2:50 PM EDT Jim Lucchese CEO, The Echo Nest Website: The.Echonest.com Twitter: @echonest Central Intelligence Jim Lucchese, 39, is leading the growth of "big data" in the music business. But the CEO of the Echo Nest, a music intelligence company bas ...

  46. 40 Under 40: Rio Caraeff

    August 02, 2012 2:46 PM EDT Rio Caraeff President/CEO, Vevo Website: Vevo.com Twitter: @RioZilla Taking It Worldwide Vevo President/CEO Rio Caraeff, 37, has sought a flexible, nimble startup culture for the music video network. Now, he must be nimble across multiple time zon ...

  47. 40 Under 40: Alexander Ljung

    August 02, 2012 2:35 PM EDT Alexander Ljung Music Sponsorship Agent, Creative Artists Agency Website: Soundcloud.com Twitter: @Alexanderljung Forecasting Music's Future SoundCloud has grown into a near-ubiquitous platform for sound on the Internet. If you've stream ...

  48. Amanda Palmer Talks Twitter: 'It's Replaced Google and Management'

    August 02, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Amanda Palmer has had quite a year. The former Dresden Doll-turned-social media maven made waves with a Kickstarter campaign that netted her over a million dollars towards her new album, largely based off her highly engaged fanbase with whom she c ...

  49. Simon Fox, HMV CEO, Stepping Down, Trevor Moore Named Successor

    August 02, 2012 10:20 AM EDT The HMV Group, owner of the UK's largest entertainment retailer, today announced in a statement to investors that CEO Simon Fox would be stepping down on September 3 and would be replaced by Trevor Moore. Moore, was formerly the chief executi ...

  50. Sony, Warner Music Settle $50 Million Bankruptcy Claims With Beyond Oblivion

    August 01, 2012 6:56 PM EDT The bankruptcy process doesn't get much more exciting than what's been happening with Beyond Oblivion, the ambitious digital music business that was backed by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and other investors to the tune of $87 millio ...

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