The New York Times

  1. Online Readership, Advertising Surpasses Newspapers

    March 14, 2011 7:30 AM EDT For the first time, online readership and advertising revenue has surpassed that of print newspapers. Online advertising revenue in the United States is projected to overtake print newspaper ad revenue this year, according to the latest report, th ...

  2. Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark: $65 Mil. Musical Facing Sixth Delay

    March 09, 2011 12:56 PM EST A spokesman for the troubled "Spider-Man" musical on Broadway insisted Wednesday that the show is still scheduled to open next week, as talk swirled that the production will shut down for several weeks and the opening will be put off for ...

  3. MOG Moves to the Living Room, Automobile

    March 08, 2011 11:10 AM EST Subscription music service MOG is making aggressive moves to insert itself into a variety of Internet-connected appliances, unveiling today integrations with a series of TV sets, home entertainment systems and even a car. A deal with LG Electronic ...

  4. Grammy Critic Steve Stoute, Grammy Chief Neil Portnow Issue Joint Statement Pledging To Help Awards 'Evolve'

    March 03, 2011 5:43 PM EST Nearly two weeks after longtime marketing and music executive Steve Stoute took out a full-page ad in the New York Times criticizing the Grammy Awards for a "show [that] has become a series of hypocrisies and contradictions," he and Neil ...

  5. How Much Can A Top-Name Artist Make For Private Shows?

    March 03, 2011 4:00 PM EST Nelly Furtado and Beyonce proved this week that artists can bring in big bucks even when they aren't headlining a major world tour. Both singers have scored a cool $1 million for performing for family members of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddaf ...

  6. Beyonce, Usher, Furtado's Gigs For Gadhafi Raise The Question: Which Private Shows Are Unethical?

    March 02, 2011 3:32 PM EST Moammar Gadhafi (Photo: Salah Malkawi/Getty Images) As revenues from recorded music and other sectors dwindle, corporate and private shows are welcome income for artists at all levels. But given the negative publicity artists including Beyonce, Ma ...

  7. Retail Briefs: McNamee To Give NARM Keynote, Birdel's Records Shutters, March Is Metal Madness

    February 28, 2011 4:15 PM EST Elevation Partners' McNamee To Give NARM Keynote Address -- Elevation Partners' Roger McNamee will make the keynote address at the NARM Convention's "Digital Breakfast," to be held on the last day of the confab, which runs ...

  8. Nelly Furtado to Donate $1 Million From Gaddafi Performance to Charity

    February 28, 2011 12:12 PM EST Nelly Furtado's Tweet of righteousness (Twitter screen grab) Canadian singer Nelly Furtado took to her Twitter account early Monday morning (Feb. 28) to let her fans know that she wants nothing to do with the fruits of Libyan dictator Muammar ...

  9. Arcade Fire Manager Responds To Steve Stoute, Explains Grammy Appearance

    February 23, 2011 6:30 PM EST Marketing and music executive Steve Stoute posted a long letter criticizing the Grammy Awards in the New York Times on Sunday that singled out Arcade Fire -- who performed two songs during the show and capped off the night by winning Album of the ...

  10. P.R. Challenges: Mariah Carey, Beyonce, Usher Reportedly Performed For Libya's Qaddafi Family

    February 23, 2011 8:00 AM EST The Qaddafi family paid Mariah Carey $1 million to sing only four songs at a New Year's Day family bash in the Caribbean, according to American diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks, as picked up by the New York Times. The singer was hired ...

  11. Business Matters: Spotify Readies Payment System for U.S. Launch

    February 08, 2011 3:31 PM EST Waiting For Godot (Spotify): Music Cloud Readies Payment System for U.S. Launch -- Spotify is telling U.S. users (what few exist) that it hopes to launch "in the coming months." Here's part of an email that was sent from Spotify to ...

  12. Guest Columnist Mark Mulligan on Why and How Digital Music Products Are Failing

    January 26, 2011 6:47 PM EST There's been a lot of buzz (some positive and not so positive!) about comments I have made about the current state of the digital music market in the New York Times and at Midem. The quote which really grabbed the attention was "As Thing ...

  13. Warner Music and EMI For Sale? It Could Happen, Insiders Say

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST All hell has broken loose in the music business: The Warner Music Group will be shopped while it prepares to buy EMI, should that company come up for sale, according to reports. Sources told The New York Times that the private equity firms that ow ...

  14. Warner Music and EMI For Sale? It Could Happen, Insiders Say

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST All hell has broken loose in the music business: The Warner Music Group will be shopped while it prepares to buy EMI, should that company come up for sale, according to reports. Sources told The New York Times that the private equity firms that ow ...

  15. Universal Cuts 62 Staffers Amid Top-Level Shakeups

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST Universal today confirmed that it cut approximately 60 staffers, as expected, and also hired former Sony A&R rep Larry Jackson as executive vice president of Interscope Geffen A&M, the New York Times reported . The news comes amid unconfir ...

  16. Report: Warner Hires Goldman Sachs to Find Buyer (and Seller)

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to find a potential buyer for all or part of the company, according to a report by the New York Times' DealBook blog . Warner is said to have been approached in recent months by priva ...

  17. Bob Dylan Signs Six-Book Deal With Simon & Schuster

    January 20, 2011 12:00 AM EST Bob Dylan is reported to have signed a six-book deal that includes two follow-ups to his 2004 best-selling memoir "Chronicles: Volume One". Publishing industry website CrainsNewYork.com cited several industry insiders as saying the deal ...

  18. Smith, Aswad Nab Billboard Posts

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST Danyel Smith has been named editor of Billboard, where she will oversee the editorial operations of the weekly print magazine. Jem Aswad has been named editor of Billboard's business-focused website, Billboard.biz, and will oversee the site&# ...

  19. Margaret Whiting, Iconic Standards Singer, Dies at 86

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST Margaret Whiting, a longtime singer of jazz, pop and country standards perhaps best known for her duet, "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with Johnny Mercer, died of natural causes Monday (Jan. 10) in Englewood, N.J, her daughter confirmed ...

  20. David Fincher Reteams With Trent Reznor for 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Movie

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST Will lightning strike twice for David Fincher? The director of the critically acclaimed "The Social Network" will reteam with Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor for the screen adaptation of Stieg Larsson's bestselling crime novel ...

  21. MySpace Lays Off Nearly Half Its Staff

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST MySpace has announced that nearly half its employees around the globe will be laid off in a broad restructuring of the foundering social network. About 500 employees, or 47% of the company's global staff, will be let go, CEO Mike Jones said i ...

  22. New Study Shows Popular Musicians' Tweets Have Increasing Impact On Current Events

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST News organizations had the most influence on the top Twitter topics in 2010 but some celebrities were not far behind, according to new research. Alok Choudhary, the chair of the electrical engineering and computer science department at Northwester ...

  23. Report: Facebook will disclose financials in '12

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Facebook will be forced by law to start coughing up details of its financial performance or go public by April 2012, according to a published report. The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that privately held Facebook Inc. plans to cross the 50 ...

  24. Simon Cowell Switches From Coke ('American Idol') to Pepsi ('X-Factor') Sponsorship

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Simon Cowell is now a Pepsi man. The U.S. version of The X Factor, which Cowell's Syco Television produces with FremantleMedia North America, has inked a deal with the soft-drink maker to become an official sponsor of the singing competition, ...

  25. Facebook Valued At $50 Billion, More Than Yahoo and Most Entertainment Companies

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Wall Street powerhouse Goldman Sachs has invested $450 million in Facebook, and existing Russian investor Digital Sky Technologies has invested an additional $50 million in a deal that values the social networking firm at $50 billion, the New York ...

  26. Comedy Central's Daily Show & Colbert Report Negotiating Online Video Return to Hulu

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report could soon return to online video site Hulu after a payment disagreement led to their removal in early 2010, the New York Times reported Monday. Executives from Hulu and ...

  27. BACKBEAT: OH YOKO

    January 01, 2011 12:49 PM EST Click through for a roundup of photos from Yoko Ono's visit to Billboard's New York offices The Legendary Yoko Ono stopped by Billboard's New York offices on Dec. 15 to receive a plaque commemorating her fifth consecutive No. 1 song ...

  28. Latest Hit For 'Spider-Man': Injured Actress Quits Show

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST In the latest disappointment for the ambitious Broadway production of "Spider-Man," one of the lead actresses who suffered a concussion during its first preview performance is quitting the show. Natalie Mendoza, who plays the villainess ...

  29. Fourth Actor Injured During Performance of 'Spiderman,' the Most Expensive And Dangerous Show On Broadway

    December 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Monday's night performance was stopped short after an unidentified performer -- either the actor playing the title character or his stunt double -- fell about eight to 10 feet during the final moments of the show, the New York Times reported. ...

  30. Oprah Winfrey Offered U2's Bono a TV Show on OWN

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Oprah Winfrey recently chatted up U2's Bono at a dinner -- and then propositioned a business deal. "Would you like a TV show?" she asked him, according to the New York Times. "I look at everything now through the prism of,  ...

  31. 'Spider-Man' Opening Appears Delayed, Again

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Troubled Broadway musical "Spider-Man," the most expensive show ever created for the Great White Way, appears headed for another delay as producers weigh a decision to push its opening into February, according to media reports on Thursda ...

  32. ICE Shuts U.S File-Sharing Site

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST ICE, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, confirmed it has taken action against websites alleged to be offering pirated content or selling counterfeit products. ICE told the New York Times that the seizures were part of an ongoing inv ...

  33. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Jammie Thomas-Rasset, Rdio

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. How Jammie Thomas-Rasset Helped Rights Holders -- Did the Jammie Thomas-Rasset case backfire on file sharers? CNET's Greg Sandoval asks the question after a jury decided Thomas-Rasset owes $1 ...

  34. Business Matters: 'Trial of the Century' Set To Start Monday

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. 'Trial of the Century' Set To Begin Monday -- It’s called the “Trial of the Century” in London and in the States it’s a pretty big deal too. Terra Firma’s lawsuit against Citigroup start ...

  35. Al Pacino To Play Phil Spector In HBO Movie: Report

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Al Pacino will play imprisoned record producer Phil Spector in an upcoming HBO Films production, according to the New York Times . Spector, 70, was convicted of second-degree murder last year and is now serving 19 years to life for murder. David M ...

  36. Chelsea Handler Panned As VMA Host

    September 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When MTV announced last month that E!'s Chelsea Handler would be hosting this year's Video Music Awards, it was met with some surprise. So how did she do Sunday on one of music's most star-studded nights? "She was among the wor ...

  37. BACKBEAT: Rosanne Cash Celebrates New Book with Sam Phillips and Notable Music

    September 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Rosanne Cash and Sam Phillips relaxed following “An Evening With Rosanne Cash: In Conversation with Marc Weingarten.” The event, held at Beverly Hills’ Sabaan Theatre on August 16 was in celebration of the publication of Rosanne’s autobiography “C ...

  38. Business Matters: Live Nation, Terra Firma, eMusic and more

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Has Live Nation’s stock bottomed out? After closing at $8.43 on August 11, the company’s shares have inched upward and closed at $9.09 on Wednesday. Before last week, Live Nation had c ...

  39. Business Matters: Streaming Music Vs. Piracy, The Flip Side of the '6-Pack' Debated and more

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. -- According to a study commissioned by Aspiro, using a streaming music service cuts down on users’ illegal file-sharing while getting them to listen to more music and discover new music. ...

  40. Wall Street Lukewarm To Hulu IPO Plans

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT News that Hulu is talking to investment banks about an IPO that could value it at more than $2 billion is a mouth-watering prospect for bankers. After all, the last huge, true Hollywood IPO was that of DreamWorks Animation in 2004. But the news of ...

  41. Who Gets Paid When Creators Use Free Music?

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The article on BMI in the New York Times Sunday Magazine offered a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the life of a licensing executive for the performing rights organization and the tenuous relationship many people have with copyright. Near the begin ...

  42. Google, Verizon Deny Mobile Pay Tiers Plan

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google and Verizon Wireless on Thursday denied that they are looking to create pay tiers for websites on mobile phones. "(NY Times) is wrong," Google said on its public policy Twitter feed. "We've not had any convos with VZN (V ...

  43. Business Matters: Pandora, YouTube, Azoff and more

    August 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music business news. Pandora Addresses Privacy Concerns -- Pandora has addressed some privacy concerns. Pandora users can now see their profile and choose to make it either public or private. “We're big ...

  44. ‘Sing Along’ Star Mitch Miller Dies

    August 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mitch Miller, the powerful American music executive who guided some of the biggest U.S. pop stars of the 1950s and had Americans crooning with him on the "Sing Along With Mitch" television show, has died at age 99. Miller, who wore a tra ...

  45. Business Matters: Live Nation, Cassette Comeback, RIAA and more

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LIVE NATION LOSS EXPECTED -- Analysts expect Live Nation to report a loss of $0.11 on revenue of $1.4 billion. The company releases its second-quarter earnings on August 6. ( SmarTrend ) HOW WILL 2010's TOURING SEASON BE DIFFERENT NEXT YEAR? ...

  46. Business Matters: Media Levies, 'Three Strikes,' Pirate Bay and more

    July 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT BLANK CD FEES DROP -- In Sweden, levies meant to compensate copyright owners for private copying are dropping as consumers buy fewer blank discs and more items that do not carry a levy. As a result, fees from the sale of blank CDs and DVDs have fa ...

  47. Business Matters: Live Nation, Swedish Sales, Spotify

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Live Nation 's stock closed Thursday down 10.85% to $10.19. During the afternoon it was down as much as 16%. Investors fled when the company revealed the extent of its summer concert woes during an investor and analyst meeting, although th ...

  48. '60s Anti-War Rocker Tuli Kupferberg Dies

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Tuli Kupferberg, a founding member of the Fugs, one of the first underground rock groups and a staple on the anti-war protest scene in the 1960s, has died. Kupferberg, who had suffered strokes in the past year, died Monday in a Manhattan hospita ...

  49. Business Matters: Sony, Jonas Bros, 'Idol,' HMV and more

    July 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A LOOK AT SONY'S STRATEGY, REVENUE AND PROFIT -- The 360 deal is on a publicity tour. A week after Fast Company highlighted Warner Music Group ’s adaptation to a changed music industry through multi-rights deals, the New York Times does the s ...

  50. M.I.A. Blasts New York Times Writer, Racists in New Song

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT M.I.A. takes aim at "journalists," "haters" and "racists" in a new song called "I'm a Singer," which she posted to her official website on Sunday (May 30) in response to a New York Times profile that br ...

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