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  1. MIDEM In Transition: A Startup's Perspective, By Songkick CEO Ian Hogarth

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Ian Hogarth is the co-founder and CEO of Songkick, a London-based startup that allows fans to organize and track their favorite bands and track concerts and dates. Billboard.biz welcomes guest colums - contact Jem.Aswad@billboard.com or any Billbo ...

  2. MIDEM Diary Day 3: Football, Men in Mini Skirts and Spiked Heels

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France--A funny thing happened here late Sunday night here. The broadest collection of music industry professional gathered in one room suddenly stopped talking about music. Their attention, for three hours, turned to football, as the Pack ...

  3. @MIDEM 2011: Can Hacking Save Music?

    January 23, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- In a digital music environment where upstart legal services can take years to go from inception to launch, some technologists are creating new music innovations in a single day. And it's just what the music industry could us ...

  4. MTV's Music Meter Expanding To Select Samsung TVs

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST MTV is expanding its Music Meter artist discovery service to Internet-connected TVs manufactured by Samsung. Under the deal, Samsung will include the Music Meter on select HDTVs, as well as Blu-ray players and home thearter systems through its Sam ...

  5. Business Matters: Will Apple and Google Bid on EMI?

    December 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Will Apple and Google Bid on EMI? -- Now that Citigroup's takeover of EMI seems to be a near certainty, it's time for the pundits to ponder possible acquirers. If history offers any lesson it is that Apple and Google will be frequently c ...

  6. MTV Unveils New Music Discovery Product

    December 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST As first reported in Billboard last month, MTV unveiled the beta launch of its music discover product, the MTV Music Meter. The Music Meter is a way to track which bands are showing the most activity on various types of social media, focused on up ...

  7. @MEL: Jim Lucchese: Future of Music Biz is Apps

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "The future of the music business is application developers. They're the new Tower Records. They're the new college radio. That's great news," the Echo Nest CEO Jim Lucchese told the crowd during his keynote speech at the ...

  8. @MEL: Gibson Wins 'Best Branded App' Award

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Gibson Guitars took home an award Tuesday (Oct. 5) in San Francisco for the 'Best Branded App' at Billboard's Music App Summit. Their learning app Gibson Learn & Master Guitar beat out 50s Sound Lab Vitamin Water, and ZOOZbeat S ...

  9. FULL COVERAGE: Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live Music App Summit in San Francisco #MEL2010

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WATCH: Smule Co-founder Talks Apps, Acquisitions, The Majors and More October 06, 2010 Smule co-founder Ge Wang sat with Billboard at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live The Music App Summit - Smule took home the best artist app award for &quo ...

  10. Echo Nest, The Brains Behind Music Services, Raises $7 Million

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Echo Nest has raised $7 million in funding in a round led by Matrix Partners. Previous backer Commonwealth Capital Ventures also participated in the round. Remember those BASF commercials that said, “We make the products you buy better?” That’ ...

  11. Here's Why You Should Come To Billboard's Music App Summit

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s an unfortunate state of today’s digital music landscape that two creative industries which stand to benefit from cooperation are too often are at odds with one another: the music industry and the developer community. At next week’s Mobile Ent ...

  12. Echo Nest, 7digital Partner For New DIY Platform

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Echo Nest and UK music service 7digital have teamed up to give music app developers a comprehensive technology and music sales platform on which to build new services. The deal adds the ability to sell DRM-free MP3 files from 7digital to any a ...

  13. Report: Music Tops Apps On iTunes

    August 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While iTunes’ App Store is certainly a groundbreaking initiative that has changed the mobile content landscape, music still rules in the iTunes world. According to a new report from NPD Group, 82% of iPhone and iPod Touch users have bought music f ...

  14. Dave Stewart To Keynote Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit

    August 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Industry technology conferences can easily turn into bore-fests, with slide after PowerPoint slide of software architecture diagrams and panelists bantering tired clichés like “it’s all about the music.” We’re going to turn that on it’s head at Mo ...

  15. Business Matters: CRB, Ringtone Royalties, Vevo, Zune and more

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT COURT UPHOLDS CRB DECISION -- Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a 2009 decision by the Copyright Royalty Board that set the mechanical royalty rate for ringtones at 24 cents. The judges found that the CRB’s decision ...

  16. Business Matters: Hastings, Rap-A-Lot, Echo Nest and More

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter -- Entertainment retailer Hastings reported a 4.9% increase in revenue to $129 million in the first quarter of 2010. Net income dropped to $1 million from $1.7 million. Comp store revenue increased 4.9%. Comp store ...

  17. Business Matters: Obama, EMI, WMG, Alison Krauss and More

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Two posts worth reading: The Hollywood Reporter's "Why Hollywood Should Be Very Nervous About Elena Kagan," a post about President Obama's nomination for the Supreme Court, and a follow-up by music attorney Chris Castle . &q ...

  18. Deal Opens Play.ME Catalog To Developers

    May 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than 75 music applications have been built over the course of the last year using music recommendation, remixing and playlisting tools from the Echo Nest developer platform. The company is now adding licensed music to its range of services th ...

  19. Business Matters: Live Nation, MySpace Music, Gibson and More

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- The Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger "should not h ...

  20. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Live Nation, Trans World, Spotify and More

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Department of Justice is set to approve the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger as early as this month, according to M&A Web site The Daily ...

  21. Business Briefs: NARM, Clear Channel, Echo Nest

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The San Diego Union-Tribune has a preview of this year's NARM conference , being held in San Diego from June 7-9. "Today, with CD sales plummeting, NARM faces challenges that would have been unthinkable only a decade ago, with or with ...

  22. PromoBot Unveiled In Cannes

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST PromoBot, a targeted online music promotion system, was unveiled in Cannes during the MidemNet digital music conference. Somerville, M.A.-based music intelligence company the Echo Nest says the services's Web crawling, language processing and ...

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