Technology

  1. Business Matters: Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music

    August 01, 2012 6:24 PM EDT Samsung's Music Hub Shows the Future of Digital Music -- Samsung's new Music Hub isn't going to get much credit for being visionary, but the multi-faceted music service is ahead of its time. Music Hub's combination of services ...

  2. Samsung Launches U.S. Music Hub With Cloud Storage, Streaming, Radio, Store

    August 01, 2012 8:18 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Samsung launched its Music Hub service in the U.S. on Tuesday. It's an effort to capture some of the buzz around Spotify with a feature that combines a cloud music locker, unlimited song streaming, a radio player and a mus ...

  3. Google Buying Social Media Startup Wildfire

    August 01, 2012 8:00 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Google is buying a company that specializes in social media marketing as it intensifies competition with Facebook for ad dollars and attention. The company, Redwood City, Calif.-based Wildfire, helps businesses such as Cirque du S ...

  4. Business Matters: Is the Luster Off Social Media?

    July 31, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Is the Luster Off Social Media? -- Social media doesn't look as sexy as it did in 2011. Fortunately, investors are not punishing companies just for being affiliated with Facebook. Facebook hit a new all-time low of $21.61 on Tuesday. It was a ...

  5. Amazon Launches Scan-and-Match Service For Cloud Player To Compete With Apple's iTunes Match

    July 31, 2012 2:44 PM EDT Amazon Launches Scan-and-Match Service For Cloud Player To Compete With Apple's iTunes Match Amazon today launched a fully licensed scan-and-match cloud music service giving it a better competitor to Apple's similar service, iTunes Match ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Billboard's Twitter 140: The Music Industry Characters You Need to Follow

    July 27, 2012 1:10 PM EDT TENS OF MILLIONS OF ACCOUNTS. HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF TWEETS, THE MAJORITY ABOUT MUSIC. FORGET #FOLLOWFRIDAYS AND SIMPLY BEGIN HERE (SCROLL DOWN FOR THE FULL "TWITTER 140" HONOREE LIST, AND CLICK ON NAMES FOR A PROFILE OF EACH) If the qu ...

  8. Twitter 140: Page 13

    July 26, 2012 7:54 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Toy Selectah DJ/Producer/A&R @ToySelectah Selectah is known industry-wide for his creative savvy and is most recently credited for discovering one of Latin music's biggest DJ acts, 3BallMTY. But the pro ...

  9. Twitter 140: Page 12

    July 26, 2012 7:43 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Kevin Smyth and Jeremy Johnson Songwriters, We Sing Your Tweet @WeSingYourTweet Combining all of Twitter's major draws-music, comedy and the ridiculous-this duo turns 140 characters into songs, or "Swe ...

  10. Twitter 140: Page 11

    July 26, 2012 7:35 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Ryan Seacrest American Idol host; syndicated radio host @RyanSeacrest The impossibly likable "Idol" host posts entertainment news and updates on his lavish life, but the real draw is his correspondence ...

  11. Music Gets Analytical

    July 26, 2012 7:20 PM EDT Despite a widely held belief that the market for music-based analytic tools is already overloaded and has more than enough companies servicing the industry, relatively few options actually provide all the data needed to cover the expansive nature ...

  12. Twitter 140: Page 10

    July 26, 2012 7:17 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Salaam Remi Producer (Nas, Amy Winehouse, Fergie) @SalaamRemi The legendary producer (Nas, Amy Winehouse) turns the bulk of his feed over to retweets of those either mentioning him and his work, talking music pr ...

  13. Twitter 140: Page 8

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Joie Manda President, Def Jam @Joeyie The recently installed Def Jam prez packs his timeline with promotional tweets and retweets rooted in his label's stacked roster of marquee hip-hop artists, with the oc ...

  14. Business Matters: What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business

    July 26, 2012 6:35 PM EDT What Zynga's Troubles Mean for the Music Business -- Games have always provided an outlet for music, but opportunities can be short-lived. A year ago Zynga was going to be the future of entertainment and provide an avenue for music to be used ...

  15. Twitter 140: Page 6

    July 26, 2012 5:45 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Perez Hilton Blogger, PerezHilton.com @PerezHilton To get the full, MS Paint-enhanced effect of Perez Hilton's celebrity rumors and tabloid commentary, his long-running site is the place to start. But for a ...

  16. How To Boost Latin Album Sales

    July 26, 2012 5:40 PM EDT As we pointed out last week, there's been a dismal fall in Latin sales, according to midyear Nielsen SoundScan figures. While the entire industry suffered, registering an 11.8% decline in album sales for the first half of 2012 compared with t ...

  17. Twitter 140: Page 5

    July 26, 2012 5:34 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Lindsay Gabler Social Media Specialist, The Recording Academy @LndsyGblr The social media guru for the Grammy Awards is a self-admitted Twitter-holic, and finds time to tweet choice pop cuts, celebrity insights, ...

  18. Twitter 140: Page 4

    July 26, 2012 5:19 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX John Darnielle Lead Singer, Mountain Goats @Mountain_Goats Unlike the deeply personal, often emotionally draining songwriting in his long-running Mountain Goats project, indie rock troubadour John Darnielle uses ...

  19. Twitter 140: Page 3

    July 26, 2012 5:02 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Karen Civil Blogger/Online Marketer, Young Money @KarenCivil Karen Civil got her start as an assistant to DJ Funkmaster Flex, but made her name leading social media strategy for Lil Wayne through her own Always ...

  20. Facebook's Stock Tumbles After First Public Quarter

    July 26, 2012 4:48 PM EDT Facebook's first earnings report as a public company had solid numbers, but in the end it landed with a thud - much like its rocky initial public offering two months ago. Facebook reported stronger-than-expected revenue and a gain in user num ...

  21. Twitter 140: Page 1

    July 26, 2012 1:58 PM EDT NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX A-Trak DJ, Turntablist, Owner of Fool's Gold Records @Atrak Former world champion turntablist turned Kanye West tour DJ turned record label owner and Grammy nominated producer/DJ, A-Trak (a.k.a. Alain Macklovitch) trave ...

  22. Business Matters: Global iTunes Revenue Falls in Successive Quarters

    July 25, 2012 6:35 PM EDT iTunes Expanded, But Revenue Dropped in Fiscal Q3 iTunes started showing its age as its revenue dropped $100 million to $1.8 billion in Apple's fiscal third quarter from $1.9 billion in the fiscal second quarter. The decline occurred even tho ...

  23. This Week In Music: Spotify, BLASTmedia, Facebook Reps Discuss Social Media Marketing

    July 25, 2012 6:22 PM EDT On the most recent installment of This Week in Music, Topspin's Ian Rogers talks with Ime Archibong, strategic partner manager at Facebook, Jordan Walker, U.S. Label and Artist Relations rep at Spotify, and Julie Perry, VP, social media direc ...

  24. Elton John, Pete Townshend, Simon Cowell, Others Call on British Prime Minister, Google to Act Against Music Piracy

    July 25, 2012 7:40 AM EDT Elton John, Robert Plant, Pete Townshend and Simon Cowell were among 11 prominent music figures who signed a letter addressed to British Prime Minister David Cameron asking Google and other search engines, Internet service providers, and online ad ...

  25. Business Matters: BandPage Branches Out

    July 24, 2012 5:16 PM EDT BandPage Everywhere Allows Artists to Update Web Presences From One Place One ongoing trend in digital music startups has been to help artists, managers and labels save time, work more efficiently and basically do more with less. It's seen in ...

  26. Music App Machine: Scaleable Apps for Major Label Artists

    July 24, 2012 4:36 PM EDT Nearly three years ago, it was already clear that music apps were going to become a major avenue for all things music, especially for letting artists distribute stuff directly to fans . Some of us even think they could be a major source of music r ...

  27. Creative Artists Agency Taps EDM Agent Maria May

    July 24, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Creative Artists Agency has tapped Maria May as a music agent. She will be based in the talent firm's London office. Prior to joining CAA, May was an agent at International Talent Booking. During her 17 years at the agency, she worked with su ...

  28. Business Matters: How Spotify's First Year Compares to Pandora, Vevo, YouTube and Others

    July 23, 2012 8:42 PM EDT How Does Spotify's First Year Stack Up? -- Spotify's tenure in the U.S. has reached one year. Is the performance good, bad or mediocre? See how the service compares to other segments and players in digital music. In honor of its one-year ...

  29. Beats Electronics Buys Back Shares, HTC No Longer Majority Owner

    July 23, 2012 11:07 AM EDT Beats Electronics, maker of Beats Audio and the popular Beats By Dr. Dre line of headphones, has bought back a quarter of the company from Taiwanese electronics company HTC. The repurchase increases Beats' ownership share to 74.9% from 49.9% ...

  30. Daryl Berg Named VP Music at Shine America

    July 20, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Daryl Berg has been named vp music at Shine America, where he will be responsible for the company's music strategy. In his new role, Berg will focus on expanding the company's music portfolio, helping to develop music-based productions a ...

  31. Business Matters: YouTube Has Found Its Groove, Says Google

    July 20, 2012 5:34 PM EDT YouTube Has Found Its Groove, Says Google -- Google believes YouTube has reached a tipping point. "I think we can declare we found our model," said Nikesh Arora, Google's senior vice president and chief business officer, during Thur ...

  32. Romney Ad Featuring Obama Singing is Back Online Despite Objections From Music Publisher

    July 18, 2012 9:17 PM EDT A couple of days after BMG Rights Management forced YouTube to take down a Mitt Romney ad because it f eatures President Barack Obama singing one of its songs, several versions of the ads have resurfaced on the Google-owned site. The 35-second ad ...

  33. Comcast-Spectacor's Ticketing Divisions Give Venues New Web Power

    July 18, 2012 7:20 PM EDT Comcast-Spectacor's ticketing divisions give venues new Web power to sell seatsBy Ray Waddell The ticketing divisions of Comcast-­Spectacor - the time-tested software of Paciolan and the forward-thinking white-label services of New Era Ticket ...

  34. Publishing Briefs: Bicycle Music, BMG Chrysalis, Pennywise, Harry Fox, LyricFind, Richard Stumpf

    July 18, 2012 6:00 PM EDT Bicycle Music Partners With Rolf Budde The Bicycle Music Company and its affiliates have partnered with Rolf Budde Muskverlag GmbH to acquire a catalog of songs that includes "The Letter," Always On My Mind," and "Pata Pata.&qu ...

  35. Kim Dotcom Extradition Judge Steps Down After Joking US Is 'Enemy'

    July 18, 2012 7:30 AM EDT WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A New Zealand judge has stepped down from overseeing the extradition case of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom after jokingly referring to the United States as "the enemy." New Zealand High Court Declares Kim ...

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  37. Live Nation Labs Acquires Music Sharing Startup Rexly

    July 16, 2012 5:39 PM EDT Live Nation Labs has acquired Rexly, the maker of a music sharing app for iPhone. The San Francisco-based startup will become the base of Live Nation Labs' San Francisco operations, according to a post on the Live Nation Labs blog . Terms of ...

  38. Marissa Mayer Named Yahoo CEO

    July 16, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Yahoo named longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer its new CEO, replacing Ross Levinsohn, who has been interim CEO since May. The move took by surprise the many Wall Street analysts who had assumed Yahoo's board would stick with Levinsohn, a ...

  39. Universal Music to Submit Divestment Package Within 24 Hours; May Offer to Sell Virgin, EMI Classics in Certain Territories

    July 16, 2012 2:17 PM EDT Within the next 24 hours, the Universal Music Group will submit a package of assets it expects to sell beyond the publishing assets (including the Koch and Brentwood Benson Christian catalogs) already announced earlier this year. According to mult ...

  40. Exclusive: Tomorrowland, YouTube Create Tomorrowland TV

    July 16, 2012 8:50 AM EDT Tomorrowland, the fantasy-themed Belgian electronic dance music (EDM) festival is joining forces with YouTube to create Tomorrowland TV, Billboard.biz has learned. The first-of-its-kind live-stream-meets-produced-program will run globally on YouTu ...

  41. Business Matters: PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Ushers in New Era in Direct-to-Fan Sales

    July 13, 2012 5:04 PM EDT PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Shaking Up Direct-to-Fan Call it Direct to Fan 2.0: Nimbit, the Boston-based provider of direct-to-fan music services, announced Thursday it had been acquired by PreSonus, a maker of professional hardware and software equ ...

  42. Sweden's Unique Music Story Continues: Subscriptions Up Big, CDs Flat in First Half of 2012

    July 13, 2012 2:31 PM EDT Music revenues are quite healthy in the land where streaming rules. Figures released this week by the Swedish Recording Industry Association say recorded music revenues grew 30% in the first half of 2012, according to a report at the Swedeish Engl ...

  43. Brown's Tops While Amazon Promotion Pops

    July 12, 2012 6:55 PM EDT Chris Brown earns his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as "Fortune" debuts atop the chart, selling 135,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It follows his last release, and first No. 1, 2011's "F.A.M.E." Tha ...

  44. Amazon's 99-Cent Deals Sends 20 Titles Soaring Up the Charts, But at What Cost?

    July 12, 2012 6:49 PM EDT Amazon picked last week -- July 3, to be exact -- to remind everyone that it is the low-price music retailer on the Internet, when it offered 20 current albums at 99 cents apiece. Those 20 titles, which included Katy Perry's "Teenage Dre ...

  45. How To Best Support The Artists You Love: Show Them The Money

    July 12, 2012 6:15 PM EDT Earlier this summer, the Internet was lit up-even more than usual-with debate about music in the digital age. The inciting moment was NPR intern Emily White's June 16 blog post, "I Never Owned Any Music to Begin With." White wrote a ...

  46. Bits and Briefs: Google Play, Nielsen and Facebook, Email Comes Out On Top

    July 12, 2012 5:05 PM EDT Google Play Store Expands Offerings Google Play, the search ­giant's version of the iTunes store, has expanded to offer movies, TV shows and magazines. The additions, announced at Google's annual I/O conference, put Google Play more on p ...

  47. Canada's Supreme Court Shakes Up Copyright Laws

    July 12, 2012 3:27 PM EDT The Supreme Court of Canada has come out with five big copyright decisions on Thursday that will shake up licensing of entertainment content in the country. The decisions deal with music used on TV shows and in movies, music and video games downlo ...

  48. NME Launches Music Recommendation App For Spotify

    July 12, 2012 1:55 PM EDT Revered music magazine New Musical Express ( NME for short) joins the ever-growing list of publishers , brands , and bands teaming up with Spotify with an app that extends its tastemaking prowess to the popular music streaming service. This app co ...

  49. The Echo Nest Raises $17 Million, Plans to Branch Out From Music Discovery

    July 12, 2012 11:59 AM EDT The Echo Nest unveiled today that they have received $17.3 million in additional funding, with plans to branch out from the music data services that they currently fuel and into social discovery and other areas. The funding was led by Norwest Vent ...

  50. This Week In Music: Alliance Entertainment's Mike Davis Says They Won't Be Adding Digital Division

    July 11, 2012 2:28 PM EDT The most recent installment of This Week in Music finds Topspin's Ian Rogers speaking to Mike Davis, president of Alliance Entertainment, one of the largest physical distributors in the country. The duo discussed the rise in vinyl records, wi ...

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