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  1. 'X Factor' U.S. Boosts Results at TV Unit of Simon Cowell, Sony Venture

    December 05, 2013 5:49 AM EST Fox may have seen weaker ratings at "The X Factor" this season, but the show last year boosted the financials of the TV production business of Syco Entertainment, the joint venture of Simon Cowell and Sony that produces "The X Facto ...

  2. Tame Impala Takes Home Australia's J Award; Mushroom Group's Michael Gudinski Hosts Birthday Bash

    November 26, 2012 12:29 PM EST Billboard's Australia correspondent Lars Brandle (left) partied on Monday night with Mushroom Group chairman Michael Gudinski, Tina Brandle and Mushroom Music Publishing managing director Ian James. Psychedelic revivalists Tame Impala on Frid ...

  3. Morning Fix: Artists Chastise Pandora; Nachsin Leaves Roadrunner; Nine Bidding for Parlophone

    November 15, 2012 8:15 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters RIHANNA, KATY PERRY, BILLY JOEL, 122 OTHER ARTISTS TELL PANDORA: 'THAT'S NOT HOW PARTNERS WORK TOGETHER': The battle over webcast ...

  4. Indie Act Alt-J Wins Mercury Prize

    November 01, 2012 8:50 PM EDT Indie pop quartet Alt-J has won Britain's prestigious Mercury Prize, beating more established acts to the 20,000 pound (roughly $32,000) prize at the Roundhouse in north London. Formed of four Leeds University students who met in 2007, the ...

  5. Billboard Home Front: Shaking Up The Genre Charts

    October 15, 2012 7:36 AM EDT Revamped charts will add streaming and downloads to methodology, breaking out fresh genre lists. Billboard unveils new methodology this issue for the long-standing Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Latin Songs charts. Each rec ...

  6. Universal-EMI: Lucian Grainge, IMPALA, Martin Mills, Other Reactions to Deal's Approval

    September 21, 2012 3:14 PM EDT As expected, the approval by the European Union and the Federal Trade Commission has inspired a number of dramatically opposing comments and reactions from the parties affected by and involved in the deal. Here's a collection of several we� ...

  7. Album Reviews: The xx, Deadmau5, Melissa Etheridge & more

    September 13, 2012 12:35 PM EDT DEADMAU5 >Album Title Goes Here< Producer: Deadmau5 Ultra Music Release Date: Sept. 25 He recently wrote on Tumblr that he plans to "unplug for a wee bit" as a result of being "pretty miserable right now." But bef ...

  8. Morning Fix: Google's Cloud Negotiations, Adios Apple Ping, Dave Matthews' Record, Bonnaroo 2013

    September 13, 2012 7:42 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND HEADING FOR RECORD SIXTH STRAIGHT NO. 1 ALBUM ON THE BILLBOARD 200 Dave Matthews Band should become the first group to score six consecutive No. 1-debut ...

  9. Yinka Adegoke Appointed Deputy Editor of Billboard

    August 30, 2012 4:53 PM EDT Billboard announced today the appointment of Yinka Adegoke as Deputy Editor, effective September 17. In this role, Adegoke will be responsible for driving the business editorial coverage for Billboard Magazine, the Billboard Bulletin e-newsletter, ...

  10. Why Jay-Z Is a Model For Entrepreneurs: Guest Post by Jason Hirschhorn

    August 23, 2012 12:24 PM EDT If you read this blog or follow me on Twitter you know I'm a big Jay-Z fan. His talent, music, swagger, outlook on life and art and most of all his story. Jay grew up in the Marcy Projects in Brooklyn, New York. A former drug dealer, he hustl ...

  11. EMI Reports Fiscal Year Loss Due to Writedown

    August 07, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Music company EMI recorded a pre-tax loss of £349 million ($546 million) for the fiscal year ending March 31, down from the year before due to a writedown, the Guardian reported , citing an internal company memo. The £372 million ($582 million) ch ...

  12. Backbeat: Frank Ocean Plays Intimate After-Show, Co-Manager Kelly Clancy Reflects on Tour

    August 05, 2012 12:30 PM EDT Frank Ocean's co-manager Kelly Clancy of 4 Strikes Management (Photo: Andrew Hampp) Sometimes less is more. Frank Ocean spent the penultimate night of his headlining U.S. Tour Friday night at Chicago's Metro , an 1,100-capacity venue tha ...

  13. Beats by Dre Causes Marketing Controversy at Olympics With Free Headphones for Athletes

    July 31, 2012 1:50 PM EDT LONDON - Dr. Dre and his Beats headphones are at the center of a marketing controversy here at the Summer Olympics. London Olympics organizers and the International Olympic Committee have strict rules to protect official sponsors who have struck m ...

  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. Updated: Universal Music Offers to Sell More Assets to Salvage EMI Deal

    July 19, 2012 8:41 AM EDT Universal Music has upped the ante in its efforts to gain approval for its proposed purchase of EMI's recorded-music division, offering to sell off even more parts of EMI, according to a report in Financial Times. The European Commission reje ...

  16. U.K. Retailer Tesco Buys We7, Digital Music Service Co-Founded by Peter Gabriel

    June 15, 2012 7:44 AM EDT U.K. supermarket giant Tesco has acquired London-based digital music service We7 for £10.8 million ($16.8 million), in which music legend Peter Gabriel owns a stake. The deal expands Tesco's digital entertainment offerings that already includ ...

  17. Business Matters: Grooveshark's New Data Product Beluga Offers Listener Insights

    May 30, 2012 8:35 PM EDT Grooveshark's New Data Product Beluga Offers Listener Insights -- Grooveshark has launched a new analytics tool that provides information on artists' fans while generating revenue for the company. Called Beluga, the service allows anybod ...

  18. Surreal 'Holy Motors' Film With Kylie Minogue Receives Rapturous Cannes Reception

    May 23, 2012 8:00 AM EDT CANNES, France (AP) -- Holy cow. The most rapturous audience reception at the Cannes Film Festival has gone to "Holy Motors," a disorienting, whirling dream of a movie by French director Leos Carax. Starring Denis Lavant as a man who ado ...

  19. Business Matters: RapidShare Plays Good Citizen with New Best Practices Policy, But Should You Buy It?

    April 20, 2012 5:51 PM EDT RapidShare Encourages Customers to Comply With Copyright Law File hosting service RapidShare is playing the role of good corporate citizen with the release of a four-page "Responsible Practices for Cloud Storage Services" document. The p ...

  20. Spotify Play Button Launches, Aims For Ubiquity

    April 11, 2012 8:25 AM EDT Spotify wants to be the world's music player. Its new streaming music widget, called the Play Button, is a step in that direction. Unveiled Tuesday, the Play Button allows listeners to stream music on the Spotify desktop client via the widget ...

  21. Paul Simon Documentary 'Under African Skies' Wins SXSW Audience Award

    March 18, 2012 1:34 PM EDT Joe Berlinger's documentary on Paul Simon's return to South Africa 25 years after the recording of Graceland won the SXSW Audience Award in the 24 Beats per Second Category. "Under African Skies" is the only music film to win a ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. Michael Jackson's Unreleased Tracks Among 50,000 Songs Stolen From Sony By Hackers

    March 05, 2012 6:58 AM EST Hackers have reportedly stolen more than 50,000 music files from Sony Music, including Michael Jackson's entire back catalog and a large number of unreleased songs from the late King of Pop. According to British newspaper The Sunday Times, th ...

  24. Cricket's Muve Music Has Over 600,000 Subscribers, International Expansion Plans (Report)

    February 27, 2012 12:07 PM EST Muve Music, the unlimited music service of mobile carrier Cricket Wireless, has reached 600,000 subscribers and is looking to expand to other markets, according to a report at The Guardian from the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. The number is ...

  25. Sony, Apple U.K. Still Decline Comment on Whitney Houston Price Hike in the Hours After Her Death

    February 14, 2012 11:35 AM EST Reps for Sony and Apple in the U.K. have declined to comment on the label's decision to ramp up the price of the singer's "Ultimate Collection" album by 60% in the hours after news of her death reached England on Sunday. Sony M ...

  26. Morning Heds: Is Megaupload Like YouTube?; Tim Cook's Bang-Up Job; Iggy Pop Reps Record Store Day

    January 25, 2012 6:45 AM EST Tim Cook on His First Four Months as Apple CEO: Just Look at the Results All Things D Asked about his first four months as Apple chief executive, Tim Cook stressed that what he feels most is lucky to be surrounded by his talented colleagues. San F ...

  27. Morning Heds: EMI Vs. Ireland, Example Signs to Universal, Is Colbert Running For Prez?

    January 13, 2012 7:30 AM EST EMI launches High Court action against Irish government Music Week EMI has launched a High Court action against the Irish government in a bid to stop the illegal downloading of music. Example signs US deal with Universal Records Music Week Singer- ...

  28. Morning Heds: CES & SOPA Cud Chewing, L.A.'s Music Box Closes, Homer Backs the Nuge

    January 09, 2012 8:14 AM EST CES 2012: Here's What The Music Biz Will Be Watching For Billboard.biz The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which launches today, has long been the go-to event for the tech and mobile industries and is increasingly becomi ...

  29. Business Matters: EMI Sues Grooveshark (Again), Pandora Takes Longview, Sirius Adds 1.7M Subscribers, EMI Execs' 'Forfeited' Bonuses Overstated

    January 05, 2012 6:39 PM EST EMI Sues Grooveshark for Breach of Contract -- Controversial music-streaming service has been sued by EMI - again. EMI Music Publishing has Grooveshark for breach of contract, according to reports at the New York Times and other outlets. The lawsu ...

  30. Morning Heds: If Adele Was On A Major, The EDM Cruise, Is Spotify's Ek Really That Important?

    January 05, 2012 8:45 AM EST Would Adele have been as successful if she was signed to a major label? The Guardian Adele is an exceptional artist, but she has also been nurtured by her indie label, but would a major label have done the same? Del Rey strikes deal with Next Mode ...

  31. Business Matters: The Death of the Album Review?

    January 04, 2012 6:00 PM EST The Death of the Album Review? -- Is the album review destined to decline in importance as the album format loses ground to songs and playlists? LA Weekly's Ben Westhoff mentioned - almost in passing - that the alternative weekly has stopped ...

  32. Morning Heds: Tom Freston's Billion $ Revenge, HMV Bidders, Western Union Goes Hip-Hop

    January 04, 2012 9:21 AM EST Tom Freston's $1 Billion Revenge: Ex-Viacom Chief Helps Vice Become the Next MTV Forbes After Sumner Redstone fired Tom Freston from MTV, he helped Vice buy out Viacom's stake for an undisclosed amount and joined Vice as an advisor, one ...

  33. Morning Heds: An Apple Announcement, Jive A&R Jeff Sledge, Hip-Hop Helps Sell Moscato

    January 03, 2012 8:43 AM EST Not the iPad 3 or New TV - But Apple Planning Media-Related Event in the Big(ger) Apple This Month AllThingsD According to sources close to the situation, Apple is planning an important - but not large-scale - event to be held in New York at the e ...

  34. Morning Heds: Grammy Cuts, The End of the Blues, Kanye's G.O.O.D. Album

    December 29, 2011 8:25 AM EST Adele's '21' Aiming for 14th Week at No. 1, LMFAO Headed For First Top 10 Album Billboard.biz Adele's "21," the top selling release of 2011, is poised to make yet another return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week ...

  35. Business Matters: Sony Music UK Sees Turnaround in 'Two to Three Years'

    December 19, 2011 8:37 PM EST Sony Music UK Sees Turnaround in 'Two to Three Years' -- As recorded music revenues have slid over the last decade, one common question has been, "Where is the bottom?" Growth in download sales haven't replaced lost CD sal ...

  36. Nick Gatfield, Former EMI Exec, Calls Working Under Guy Hands' Regime 'Uncomfortable'

    December 19, 2011 5:47 PM EST (Bill Werde -- @bwerde -- is Billboard's editorial director. This post first was published on his Tumblr page .) For those who keep abreast on the comings, goings and inner workings of major music companies, the Guardian ran a doozy of an int ...

  37. Business Matters: SOPA Delayed, Not Dead, After House Judiciary Committee Session Ends

    December 16, 2011 4:37 PM EST SOPA: Not Dead Yet -- A House Judiciary Committee ended two days of markup on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) on Friday with plans to reconvene on Wednesday. Most of the amendments introduced to the committee were voted down, but the bill's ...

  38. Business Matters: Ticketfly Launches Facebook Purchase App, Nimbit Touts Facebook Success

    December 15, 2011 4:11 PM EST The Year of Facebook -- Since 2011 has been the year of Facebook (at least in music) it seems fitting there are two more good bits of Facebook-related news before the years closes out. First, Ticketfly announced Thursday a new Facebook purchase ap ...

  39. Aurotone Network Launches in UK, Connects Music Licensing Dots

    November 28, 2011 1:29 PM EST The Aurotone Network , a new global initiative that aims to revolutionize the way that music is sourced for advertisements, film and computer games, has launched in the United Kingdom. The organization comprises of over 40 music experts and indust ...

  40. EMI Split Sale Approaches, But Complications Persist

    November 10, 2011 7:14 PM EST Press reports in the Guardian and the Wall Street Journal may suggest that Citigroup is close to completing two separate deals to sell EMI, but sources say that both negotiations still have complications to overcome. Citigroup is seeking $1.7 mill ...

  41. Business Matters: Bands Can Now Sign Up for Google+ Pages

    November 07, 2011 7:20 PM EST Google+ Pages + Your Band = Your Band In Google Search Results -- Google has opened up its social network, Google+, to brands and businesses and made it easier for individuals to immediately connect with them. Google+ Pages is the business side of ...

  42. British Telecom ISP Ordered to Block Access To Newzbin2 Filesharing Site

    October 26, 2011 11:28 AM EDT LONDON - British Telecom (BT) has been ordered to block access to the alleged filesharing website Newzbin2 BT has been given 14 days to block access to a website accused of promoting illegal filesharing "on a grand scale" by Hollywood st ...

  43. Business Matters: Another Indie Sours on Streaming Services, But How Solid Is the Math?

    September 28, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Another Indie Sours on Streaming Services, But How Solid Is the Math? -- Another indie label has announced it is leaving streaming services due to their low payouts from the music service. Projekt Records founder Sam Rosenthal explained at the Pro ...

  44. Business Matters: f8 Showed That the Future of Sharing is Both Personal and Algorithmic

    September 23, 2011 11:24 PM EDT f8 Showed That the Future of Sharing is Both Personal and Algorithmic -- Thursday's f8 conference highlighted the role personal relationships have in the discovery of everything from food to movies to music. It's almost as if the algorit ...

  45. Backbeat: Vice Pulls Out the Stops for Lavish 'Upfront' Party; Rick Ross, Death From Above 1979, More Perform

    September 16, 2011 1:32 PM EDT (Photo: Bryan Derballa ) BROOKLYN, New York -- After spending much of the last decade being misrepresented by an unintuitive, clunky website -- Viceland.com -- and having its subsequent endeavors fractured across multiple late-coming sites (VBS.tv ...

  46. Business Matters: Make No Mistake, EU Copyright Extension Is Good for Record Labels, Too

    September 12, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Make No Mistake, EU Copyright Extension Is Good for Record Labels, Too -- Artists and performing musicians are feeling the love in the European Union while record labels are being a bit overlooked. If you've read news reports about the EU ...

  47. Guy Hands Launches New Lawsuit Against Citigroup Over EMI

    September 08, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Terra Firma chairman Guy Hands has instigated legal proceedings against Citigroup over the way it acquired EMI, according to reports. U.K. newspaper The Guardian claims Hands has applied to the high court requesting information about the condition ...

  48. Business Matters: Why Spotify Shouldn't Worry About Turning A Profit Right Now

    August 29, 2011 10:31 PM EDT Why Spotify Shouldn't Worry About Turning A Profit Right Now -- Did Spotify make a profit in 2010? It's a nice question, but ultimately one that doesn't matter much. The company is growing quickly and it no doubt has enough capital ...

  49. Business Matters: Will Facebook Announce Spotify Partnership At Developer Conference?

    August 26, 2011 7:40 PM EDT Will A Spotify Partnership Be Announced At Facebook's Developer Conference? -- If Facebook is going to announce any sort of music product or partnership, it could come at the company's just-announced f8 developer conference on Sept. 22. ...

  50. Beyond Oblivion Unveils Boinc Music Service

    August 22, 2011 1:28 PM EDT Beyond Oblivion has finally released details of its device-based music subscription service. Called Boinc, the unlimited, ad-free music service will be bundled with mobile devices and PCs and can also be purchased separately. Visitors to the new B ...

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