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  1. 'American Idol,' 'The Voice' Finales Suffer Sharp Ratings Decline

    May 22, 2014 5:57 PM EDT A sharp decline in viewers for the season finales of "The Voice" and "American Idol" this week raises the question of whether music competition shows on television are fading out. The year's final "American Idol" ...

  2. RIAA Comments On Megaupload Shutdown

    January 24, 2012 4:14 PM EST Last week, after years of effort, the Justice Department led the shutdown of the controversial file-sharing site Megaupload and the arrest of founder Kim "Dotcom" Schmitz and several others . While the site had long been a point of conte ...

  3. Vinyl Posts 14% Sales Gain in 2010

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST The year-end SoundScan numbers , released today, have a lot of minus signs. But one big exception is vinyl sales: While the numbers aren't massive, they still rose 14% from 2009 to 2010, according to the Nielsen Company and Billboard's 2 ...

  4. Business Matters: Holiday Sales Predictions, Songkick, Best Buy and more

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Economic Recovery Slow -- On the economic front, U.S. CEOs say they are less willing to hire new workers out of fear that sales growth with lose steam, according to a Business Roundtable survey. “ ...

  5. Poll: English-Speaking Latinos Turn to Spanish TV

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT An automobile technician by day, Miguel Ramirez often returns home in a mostly white Dallas suburb to a world of romantic telenovelas, futbol or the latest U.S. news on Spanish-language TV. "When there is a Mexican soap opera that is really j ...

  6. The Billboard Q&A: THR Editorial Director Janice Min

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When Janice Min took over as editor of Us Weekly in 2003, the weekly magazine was "hemorrhaging money" (her words) and focused almost exclusively on television and movie actors. By the time she left in 2009, she had made the publication ...

  7. 'American Idol' Finale Attracts 19.6 Million Viewers, Down 15%

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The performance finale of "American Idol" Tuesday night attracted 19.6 million total viewers, according to preliminary ratings numbers provided by the Nielsen Company, down 14.7% from the performance finale ratings last year. Last year ...

  8. 'Glee' Pulls Largest Audience In Season Debut

    April 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The return of "Glee" on Fox was watched by 13.6 million viewers Tuesday night, the best ratings ever for the series, which tallied 9.6 million viewers during its initial debut after "American Idol" in May 2009. According to pre ...

  9. Australia Embraces Digital Radio

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Australians are tuning in to digital radio at a surprising rate, new data suggests. According to the inaugural Digital Radio Industry Report, published today by trade association Commercial Radio Australia (CRA), 449,000 Australians are listening ...

  10. 'X Factor' Sales Impact Revealed

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Data analysis of digital sales, radio play and Web traffic by the Nielsen Company reveals the full impact of an appearance on U.K. music talent show "The X Factor" in the U.K. The ITV1 show secured big names as guest performers on the Su ...

  11. Grammy Nominations Revealed, Beyonce Leads With 10 Nods

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Completing the trifecta of the big three categories, Beyonce topped the nominations for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, with 10 total nods, including album of the year for "I Am...Sasha Fierce," record of the year for "Halo" and ...

  12. Billboard.biz Top Stories Of The Week: Vinyl Sales Surge, 'The Long Tail' and More

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST The following is a round-up of the 10 most popular stories on Billboard.biz during the past week. 1. Analysis: Vinyl, Digital Sales Hit New High Marks Vinyl and single track download sales set new records last week, according to data from Nielsen ...

  13. Best Buy Clears Floorspace For Dr. Dre

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Best Buy is aiming to become a destination for DJs. The retailer has partnered with Monster Cable and Beats by Dr. Dre headphones to launch its new in-store “Club Beats” area. The big box retailer is creating a new section in all its stores where ...

  14. Paper Sheds New Light On Music Listening Habits

    November 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST A new paper by Council for Research Excellence (CRE) with support from the Nielsen Company dispels many of the myths about how people today listen to music. From broadcast radio to MP3 players, some popular notions about listening in the digital a ...

  15. Analysis: What Impact Will Google Music Search Have?

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT How successful will this the newly launched Google search be? It depends on (1) how difficult it was previously to find music on Google and (2) how good the partner services are at converting Google exposure to real business. Although Google will ...

  16. Business Matters: Anti-Piracy Measures, Blackberry, U2

    October 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In a statement following the UK government's consultation period on anti-piracy measures, The UK Music Managers Forum has called for statutory licensing in the event parties cannot agree to voluntary licensing agreements. It carries the fo ...

  17. Business Matters: CRB, Imeem, Pearl Jam, MySpace

    September 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A federal judge has denied a motion by Live365.com that challenged the constitutionality of the Copyright Royalty Board . Members of the Copyri ...

  18. What Teens Want: How Teens Use Media

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Don't get too caught up in the hype of digital media usage. That is a key message of "How Teens Use Media," a new research report by the Nielsen Company that it will present in New York on Thursday (June 25) at its annual "What ...

  19. Rascal Flatts, Good Charlotte Cook Up Dishes For Denny's

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rascal Flatts, Good Charlotte and Sum 41 have created new dishes for Denny’s new Rockstar Menu. The new menu options, available starting June 23, target young diners that visit the restaurant chain late night. They are part of the Denny’s Allnight ...

  20. Digital Boosts 2008 Sales To New Mark

    December 31, 2008 12:00 AM EST Overall music sales hit a new record in 2008, with over 1.5 billion units sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Nielsen Company's annual year-end music industry report, released today, reveals that combined sales of albums, singles, music ...

  21. Nielsen RingScan Adds AT&T Mobility As Data Provider

    June 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT After a long holdout, AT&T Mobility has finally agreed to provide Nielsen RingScan with point-of-sale data on its mobile music sales. The deal means AT&T will now provide both ringtone and ringback tone sales data, which will be included i ...

  22. Redford Takes Spotlight At GSMA Congress

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Oscar winner and independent film stalwart Robert Redford will headline Mobile Backstage, a special one-day mobile entertainment conference produced by the GSM Association and The Nielsen Company, owner of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. Red ...

  23. Nielsen Launches Digital Content Tracker

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Nielsen Company and Digimarc Corp. have teamed on a new service designed to let media companies and other clients monitor how content is distributed on the Internet. (Full disclosure: The Nielsen Company owns Billboard.) The Nielsen Digital Me ...

  24. Billboard, AEG Align For 2008 Awards Show

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Billboard will unveil a new music awards show in 2008, produced in collaboration with AEG Live, the live entertainment division of Los Angeles-based promotion giant AEG. The partnership is a result of the recently formed exclusive strategic allian ...

  25. Time Warner CEO Addresses Media And Money Conference

    November 07, 2007 12:00 AM EST Time Warner must focus on being "the most profitable, not the biggest" entertainment company, and his team must concentrate on boosting the stock "now," CEO designate Jeffrey Bewkes said Wednesday in his first public appearance ...

  26. Nielsen Unveils New Digital Tracking Services

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Nielsen Company unveiled new Internet and mobile measurement services designed to track two of the hotter areas of digital activity today -- blogs and mobile. Nielsen Online combines the company's Nielsen/NetRatings and BuzzMetrics servic ...

  27. Changes At Nielsen Music

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT As part of the Nielsen Company's overall restructuring, Mark Tindle senior VP/GM, for the West Coast and Bryan Canady, BDS format administrator have exited the company. Vinnie Martino becomes director of sales for Nielsen Music, Trudy Lartz r ...

  28. Nielsen Acquires Mobile Research Firm

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The Nielsen Company -- which owns Billboard -- has acquired mobile media research firm Telephia. The company provides syndicated consumer research on mobile media usage. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The deal comes shortly after the ...

  29. EMI Concerns Grow At Warner Music

    April 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Declining profits and growth at EMI Group are becoming "increasingly problematic," said a large shareholder of Warner Music Group, which is pursuing a bid to buy EMI. "We want to be very realistic about what we would be buying and w ...