The New York Times

  1. Business Matters: MySpace's U.S. Visitors Dropped 8% Last Month

    October 21, 2011 6:15 PM EDT MySpace's U.S. Visitors Dropped 8% Last Month -- MySpace's U.S. traffic is dropping while the company retools under new ownership. The social network had 30.5 million unique U.S. visitors in September, down 7.6 percent from 33 million in ...

  2. Backbeat: Zola Jesus Storms CMJ 2011 With Three Shows in 24 Hours

    October 20, 2011 3:45 PM EDT We're only 40% of the way through this year's CMJ Music Marathon so it's too early to be ranking the buzz bands just yet, but Zola Jesus' three shows in 24 hours definitely make her a prime contender. After catching her show at ...

  3. Steve Jobs Remembered at Memorial Service for Apple Employees

    October 19, 2011 8:53 PM EDT Coldplay and Norah Jones performed Wednesday at a Steve Jobs memorial that drew tens of thousands of Apple employees, the Wall Street Journal reported . Apple CEO Tim Cook, who over from Jobs in August, spoke at the outdoor service, held at the co ...

  4. MTVu Campus Invasion Tour With Jason Derulo, Fabolous Adds DJs Diamond Kuts, Chelsea Leyland, Dove Sponsorship

    October 18, 2011 7:55 AM EDT MTVU's Campus Invasion Tour returns Oct. 20 with a new sponsor, Dove Go Fresh, that will be an integrated part of the music festival. The female deodorant and body mist will be represented by two of its official DJs, Diamond Kuts and Chelsea ...

  5. Business Matters: Amazon Becomes a Book Publisher -- Is Music Next?

    October 17, 2011 8:20 PM EDT Amazon Becomes a Book Publisher -- Is Music Next? -- Amazon will publish 122 books in both physical and digital formats this fall, according to the New York Times. It won't just act as an exclusive distributor, however. The company is acting ...

  6. EMI: With Bids Low, Company Considers Whether to Split Up or Postpone Sale

    October 17, 2011 4:05 PM EDT While Citigroup is keeping all five known EMI bidders on the hook, it isn't yet actually conducting a formal third round of bidding with a deadline, sources tell Billboard.biz. Instead, they have been in touch with all bidders, asking them to ...

  7. Business Matters: SoundHound Integrates with Apple iOS 5, Sends Search History to the Cloud

    October 13, 2011 11:12 PM EDT SoundHound Integrates with Apple iOS 5, Sends Search History to the Cloud -- SoundHound's new support for Apple's iOS 5 operating system takes advantage of the iCloud's capabilities. iCloud, Apple's cloud-based media storage se ...

  8. Google Aiming to Launch MP3 Store Within Weeks: Report

    October 13, 2011 7:58 PM EDT Google is weeks away from launching an online music store that will take on Apple and Amazon, though the company's dealings with major labels are far from complete, according to reports in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal . In May t ...

  9. Pitchfork Announces Forms -- New York Music Festival Taking Place in February

    October 12, 2011 7:19 PM EDT With last year's #Offline showcase in Brooklyn and its upcoming music festival in Paris, Pitchfork has been expanding its live music events beyond its Chicago base. And now they're upping it another notch. The influential indie blog toda ...

  10. Steve Jobs: Fond Memories and Insights From President Obama, Mark Zuckerberg, and More

    October 06, 2011 12:32 AM EDT The Internet had no shortage of great articles on Steve Jobs at press time. Aside from the run-of-the-mill news articles and obituaries, there are some standout articles and blog posts from people with special insight and personal experiences with ...

  11. Business Matters: Why Bob Pittman Is A Good Clear Channel CEO

    October 03, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Why Bob Pittman Is A Good Clear Channel CEO -- The appointment of Bob Pittman as Clear Channel Outdoor CEO is not only a good move for the company but one that signals a new era in digital music. Clear Channel has long been called a dinosaur and t ...

  12. Sylvia Robinson, Founder of Sugar Hill Records and Godmother of Hip-Hop, Dead at 75

    September 29, 2011 2:32 PM EDT Sylvia Robinson, who enjoyed a long career as a singer, songwriter, producer and co-founder of Sugar Hill Records, died early today in New Jersey, according to the New York Times and other sources. She was 75. While she had success as an artist in ...

  13. Backbeat: Manny's Auctioning Michael Jackson Self-Portrait, Elvis's First Guitar, Rare Beatles Pix

    September 19, 2011 7:20 AM EDT "To Manny, keep one eye closed at all cost," scrawled Bob Dylan on well-known mid-'60s publicity photo in which the squinting singer had one fist pushed up on his smiling face. "Manny" was Manny Goldrich, whose music instr ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Backbeat: Monster Island's Final Williamsburg, Brooklyn Block Party

    September 13, 2011 1:13 PM EDT Gentrification Blues: After seven years as an alternative arts space, Williamsburg, Brooklyn's Monster Island this past Satruday held what is likely its last block party. (Photo: Andrew St. Clair) This past Saturday, Sept. 10, Monster Island, ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Business Matters: Better Late Than Never? Putumayo Finally Goes Digital

    August 30, 2011 10:41 PM EDT Better Late Than Never? Putumayo Finally Goes Digital -- Better late than never? Putumayo World Music is finally going digital. The label's two newest compilations -- "African Beat" and "Latin Beat" -- are its first distri ...

  18. Business Matters: Pandora Shows Strong Growth, Sees No Impact from Spotify Launch

    August 25, 2011 8:52 PM EDT Pandora Shows Strong Growth, Sees No Impact from Spotify Launch Internet radio company Pandora Media delivered what it needed to deliver in its first earnings release as a public company: growth in the important, top-line categories like active us ...

  19. Village People Singer's Copyright Fight Could Change Music Industry

    August 18, 2011 7:50 AM EDT In what may be the beginning of a major shake-up in the music industry, Victor Willis, the original lead singer of the Village People, has filed paperwork to regain control over his share of the copyright credit for 32 of the band's songs, in ...

  20. Business Matters: Walmart Shutters MP3 Store

    August 09, 2011 9:15 PM EDT Walmart Shutters MP3 Store -- Need more evidence that the digital music world is moving to an access-over-ownership future? Walmart is shuttering its seven-year-old MP3 store, according to a report in the New York Times . The store's last day ...

  21. Business Matters: Digital Subscriptions Actually Kind of Working...At The New York Times

    July 21, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Paywalls Paying Off -- Some of the most encouraging news on digital subscription models is coming from the world of journalism. The New York Times had 281,000 digital subscriptions at the end of June, the company announced Thursday in its second-q ...

  22. Anti-Scalping Groups Actually Financed by Live Nation, StubHub, Report Says

    July 21, 2011 10:43 AM EDT Amid heated competition and consumer complaints about ticket scalping, live event and ticketing giant Live Nation Entertainment and ticket reseller StubHub, part of eBay, have launched nonprofit groups to represent consumer interests as part of a ...

  23. Borders End to Have Ripple Effect Across Country

    July 20, 2011 7:02 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - What happens when a pioneer like Borders goes out of business? Depends on who you ask. A day after the bankrupt Ann Arbor, Mich.-based chain said it would seek court approval to sell off its assets and shutter its remaining 399 sto ...

  24. AARP Launches Music Streaming Service With Concord Music Group

    July 05, 2011 7:58 AM EDT A free online music streaming service launched by the AARP is hoping to capitalize on a rather untapped market: Baby boomers' love of music and relative inexperience with the digital music landscape. Launched last month, the 18-channel player ...

  25. Tom Freston, Fired From Viacom for Failing to Buy Myspace in 2005, 'Smiling' Over Sale

    June 30, 2011 4:07 PM EDT Six years ago, Myspace was the darling of the Internet, a fast growing company that many larger organizations were vying to make a crown jewel in their business. Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation won the race, acquiring the company in 2005 for $ ...

  26. Business Matters: Why We7 Could be the Next Pandora

    June 22, 2011 5:25 PM EDT Is We7 The Next Pandora? -- U.K. digital music service We7 could be the closest thing to Pandora outside of the U.S. With a few years of learning under its belt and a product revamped for the mainstream, and with 3 million unique users a month in ...

  27. Business Matters: Inside eMusic's Lack of Subscriber Growth

    June 09, 2011 7:44 PM EDT Inside eMusic's Lack of Subscriber Growth -- While recorded music sales have moved from physical to digital formats, eMusic's subscriber base has remained unchanged over the last four years. "It has been flat," eMusic CEO Adam ...

  28. Lady Gaga Criticized Apple's Ping in Meeting With Steve Jobs

    June 07, 2011 7:10 AM EDT Lady Gaga isn't intimidated by Apple CEO Steve Jobs, apparently. The singer last year traveled to Cupertino, Calif., along with her business manager, Troy Carter, at Jobs' request to discuss Apple's music-centered social network Pin ...

  29. Pitchfork, LA Times Announce Major Music Staff Changes

    June 03, 2011 3:14 PM EDT It's been a week of significant changes in the world of music criticism and media: Both the Los Angeles Times and the online music magazine Pitchfork have announced new editors. At the Times, Randall Roberts has been named the Pop Music Criti ...

  30. Business Matters: The Numbers Inside the Latest Lawsuit Against Universal Music Group; Apple's Cloud and Music Publishers

    May 20, 2011 5:52 PM EDT The Numbers Inside The Latest Royalties Lawsuit Against Universal -- More artists have filed a class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group over a dispute about royalty calculations . According to the New York Times, Rob Zombie, White Zombie ...

  31. Broadway Musicians' Union Fighting Against Recorded Music in 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert'

    May 17, 2011 8:09 AM EDT The fur - and feather boas - are flying in New York, where the Broadway musicians' union is waging what the New York Times in a story Sunday calls "an unusually aggressive, political-style campaign" against the producers of the musi ...

  32. Facebook Hired P.R. Firm to Plant Stories Critical of Google's Privacy Practices

    May 13, 2011 7:47 AM EDT NEW YORK - The intense rivalry between Facebook and Google just got juicier. In a twist seemingly out of a Hollywood thriller, Facebook hired a prominent public relations firm to try to plant stories harshly criticizing Google's privacy pract ...

  33. Business Matters: Why Live Nation's Q1 Revenue Really Grew 6%, Not 17%

    May 06, 2011 6:40 PM EDT Why Live Nation's Q1 Revenue Really Grew 6%, not 17% -- Live Nation had a decent first quarter of 2011. Concert attendance was flat and ticket sales were up 11%. But revenue growth wasn't really as good as you might have read in various ...

  34. Len Blavatnik's Access Industries Reportedly Close To Purchasing Warner Music Group

    May 05, 2011 7:43 AM EDT Reports emerged over night that Access Industries led by investor Len Blavatnik is close to buying the Warner Music Group for more than $3 billion dollars. The Warner Music Group board has been meeting this week to consider bids from groups that i ...

  35. Songkick Strikes Warner Music Deal for Concert Listings

    May 02, 2011 2:05 PM EDT Songkick is having a pretty good day. On the same day that the New York Times profiled the company as "the go-to Web site for live music," it also unveiled a deal to integrate its live event and ticketing platform into Warner Music Group ...

  36. Report on Warner Music Group's New Suitor Is Inaccurate, Source Says

    April 28, 2011 6:45 PM EDT The New York Times reported Thursday (April 28) that a new suitor for Warner Music Group, which is currently in its third round of bidding, has emerged, although a source told Billboard.biz late Thursday afternoon that the report is inaccurate. Th ...

  37. Facebook Deals Takes on Groupon, LivingSocial

    April 26, 2011 1:28 PM EDT Jumping onto the bandwagon created by Groupon and LivingSocial, Facebook today is unveiling a local discount program for vendors called Facebook Deals. The service will launch on a test basis in five cities: Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego and ...

  38. Amazon Cloud Outage: A Teachable Moment?

    April 25, 2011 11:31 AM EDT Amazon's Elastic Cloud Computing web service was still experiencing problems four days after the initial outage that brought down many web sites. On Monday morning, the EC2 dashboard noted instance connectivity, latency and error rates at the ...

  39. Business Matters: 10 Need-to-Know Twitter Stats

    April 22, 2011 7:44 PM EDT Need-to-Know Twitter Stats -- HubSpot, a maker of Internet marketing software, has a good list of 10 essential Twitter stats online at SlideShare. Slide No. 3 is worth paying attention to: 87% of Americans have heard of Twitter but only 7% actu ...

  40. Details On Spotify's Changes To Free Service

    April 14, 2011 8:10 AM EDT Spotify announced changes to its free service Thursday morning that will add new restrictions on song plays and reduce hours of free listening. "Above all, this means we can continue making Spotify available to all in the long-term," Spo ...

  41. Huffington Post, AOL Sued by Bloggers

    April 13, 2011 7:08 AM EDT The Huffington Post has been hit with a class action lawsuit by a group of bloggers who claim the massively popular site, recently acquired by AOL, mistreats those who enrich it with content. Noted freelance journalist Jonathan Tasini is leading t ...

  42. Business Matters: Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter

    April 12, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter -- The money started pouring back into digital music last quarter. Ten music and music-related startups raised $124.3 million in venture capital in the first quarter of 2011. Billboard tra ...

  43. Justin Bieber, Arcade Fire, Bob Dylan, Angry Birds Among Webby Awards Nominees

    April 12, 2011 6:01 PM EDT Pop sensation Justin Bieber, Grammy Award winner Arcade Fire and the Angry Birds mobile game are among the nominees for the Webby Awards, the leading international honor for web content. Bieber was nominated for the video "Justin Bieber Takes ...

  44. Exclusive: Neil Portnow Discusses Grammys' Award Consolidation

    April 06, 2011 12:20 PM EDT In the broadest reorganization of the Grammy Awards' 53-year history, the Recording Academy has consolidated dozens of awards categories, altered eligibility requirements and rewritten the rule on how members may vote. The impact will be imme ...

  45. Vice Media Secures Investments From Tom Freston, Others

    April 05, 2011 7:41 AM EDT Vice Media Inc., the company spawned from a Montreal-based punk magazine that now includes music, film and book divisions, has secured investments from a trio of heavy hitters in an effort to boost its expanding business. The company is set to ann ...

  46. Pandora Subpoenaed In Federal Investigation Into Smartphone Apps

    April 04, 2011 3:01 PM EDT Pandora has been served a subpoena related to a federal investigation into personal information shared by smartphone apps "that run on the Apple and Android mobile platforms," according to an update to the SEC filing that announced the c ...

  47. Business Matters: April Fool's (Jay-Z, Beyonce Buy EMI) And Not (Live Nation's WMG Bid Impacts Stocks)

    April 01, 2011 5:35 PM EDT APRIL FOOLING: Spotify U.S Launches Monday -- April Fool's Day got off to an early start - for those of us in the U.S. - when a post at TechCrunch EU reported that Spotify was immediately ceasing its European operations in order to launch in ...

  48. Business Matters: Is Clear Channel Playing With Buying Playlist.com?

    March 24, 2011 6:30 PM EDT Is Clear Channel Playing With Buying Playlist.com? -- Clear Channel is said to be interested in the assets of Playlist.com, which filed for bankruptcy in August. From CNET: Details are few, but apparently Clear Channel, the media conglomerate with ...

  49. Business Matters: What Music Companies Can Learn from the New York Times' Pay Wall

    March 17, 2011 5:05 PM EDT What Music Companies Can Learn from the New York Times' Pay Wall -- There should be a few learning lessons after the New York Times puts up a pay wall to its content at its website and mobile apps. Any entertainment business that sells digita ...

  50. Janet Jackson Signs Film Production Deal with Lionsgate

    March 16, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Janet Jackson is becoming a movie producer. The performer-actress has signed a production deal with Lionsgate to select, develop and produce a feature film for the independent studio. Jackson has a thriving music career-she's currently on wor ...

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