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  1. John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality in 13 Minutes on 'Last Week Tonight'

    June 02, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Late night talk-show host John Oliver tackled net neutrality on Sunday night's episode of his HBO show "Last Week Tonight." "Yes, net neutrality," he told the audience. "The only two words in the English language t ...

  2. Biz Poll Results: What's Your Take on Net Neutrality?

    May 08, 2014 2:08 PM EDT Last week, we asked about your opinion on net neutrality following news that the FCC is considering rule changes that would ostensibly create a "fast lane" for Internet-based companies willing to pay for it, which critics contended would ...

  3. How Three Upstarts Derailed Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, And Tyler, the Creator’s Branding Deals: Guest Post by Dan Charnas

    May 10, 2013 12:14 PM EDT Dan Charnas (@dancharnas ) is the author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop (Penguin) and Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label (Rizzoli). Billboard.biz welcomes responsible commentary -- contact ...

  4. YouTube, Partners Needs to Work Harder to Pay Songwriters, Publishers Fairly: Guest Post by Matt Pincus

    March 19, 2013 3:09 PM EDT From Billboard’s groundbreaking decision to factor YouTube views into the charts, to the “Harlem Shake,” to the historic agreements covering UGC content and Vevo videos, YouTube is becoming the mainstream music business. Yet, the ugly truth is t ...

  5. Rolling Stones' Final Anniversary Concert Offered as an Interactive Pay-Per-View

    December 13, 2012 1:21 PM EST The pay-per-view delivery of the Rolling Stones' "50 And Counting" show Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., the final installment of a run of dates commemorating the Stones' 50th anniversary, will be an interacti ...

  6. Clear Channel's John Sykes on 12-12-12 Concert: 'You Never Know What's Gonna Happen'

    December 07, 2012 6:12 PM EST The last time John Sykes teamed up with James Dolan and Harvey Weinstein for a benefit concert it was 2001's Concert For New York City, which ultimately raised $50 million for the Robin Hood Relief Fund. But next week Sykes, former president ...

  7. Lyor Cohen Stepping Down as Warner Music Chairman/CEO

    September 24, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Lyor Cohen, Chairman/CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group, is stepping down from his post effective September 30, the company announced today. He had been at Warner since 2004, beginning as Chairman and CEO, US Recorded Music in March of t ...

  8. Backbeat: The Wanted, Karmin Hit XBOX 360 Event, Rita Ora Performs At MTV/Time Warner VMAs After Party

    September 07, 2012 4:55 PM EDT The Wanted poses for photos with the members of the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team. (Photo: Tiffany Rose/WireImage) Rita Ora tweeted to her 1.2 million fans that she'd be performing at a VMA after-party, but getting in to see the 2 ...

  9. Business Matters: Digital Services Face 18 Months of Licensing Negotiations, Says Study; Cinram Files For Bankruptcy

    June 29, 2012 5:54 PM EDT Licensing Takes As Long As 18 Months, Says a Study Most everybody in the music business knows that new digital services have a tough road to license music from content owners. Few people know exactly how long it takes. Now they have a good estimat ...

  10. Frances Preston Remembered by Dolly Parton, Linda Moran, Lamont Dozier, International Publishing Execs, More

    June 13, 2012 3:03 PM EDT Frances Preston in her role as then-vice president of BMI. (Photo: Billboard Archives) The music community was saddened today by news of the passing of Frances Williams Preston, longtime head of BMI and one of the pioneering female executives in t ...

  11. Bob Pittman, Clear Channel CEO, on the Digital 'Chaos,' AOL's Downfall at Milken Institute

    May 02, 2012 6:27 AM EDT At one time, AOL was the Internet's premiere "walled garden" of services and content. But the removal of that wall that began in 2006 "was probably the downfall of AOL," Bob Pittman said Tuesday. "Facebook is the seco ...

  12. Megaupload Lawyer Accused of Conflict of Interest By U.S. Government

    April 13, 2012 1:30 PM EDT In the coming prosecution of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, the U.S. government says that it intends to call as witnesses many Hollywood and tech executives, including officials from the Walt Disney Co., Fox, Time Warner, Paramount, YouTube and Go ...

  13. Entertainment, Other Stocks End Flat After Dow Exceeds Milestone

    February 22, 2012 7:30 AM EST NEW YORK - U.S. stocks, including shares of entertainment conglomerates, finished Tuesday's trading day flattish after initial gains that pushed the Dow Jones Industrial Average index above 13,000 for the first time since May 2008. Higher oil ...

  14. Warner Music's $205 Million Loss: No Cause for 'Buyer's Remorse'

    December 09, 2011 8:09 AM EST In issuing the first annual financial report since Access Industries completed its acquisition of the Warner Music Group in July , the headline $205 million net loss the company reported will likely fuel more uneducated speculation about Access ha ...

  15. Warner Internal Memos: Bronfman, Blavatnik On Chairman Changes

    December 05, 2011 3:25 PM EST Warner Music Group Chairman Edgar Bronfman Jr., who stepped down as CEO earlier this year, announced to the company's staff in a memo today that he's relinquishing the chairman role as well. WMG, of course, was sold to Len Blavatnik' ...

  16. Entertainment Stocks Pop Amid Stronger U.S. Economic Growth

    October 28, 2011 8:12 AM EDT NEW YORK - Big entertainment stocks saw a nice pop Thursday as U.S. stock markets rose following a European debt deal for Greece and news that the U.S. economy grew at its strongest pace in a year during the third quarter. Gross domestic product i ...

  17. Steve Jobs Remembered by Edgar Bronfman Jr., Martin Bandier and Other Executives

    October 06, 2011 5:13 PM EDT Steve Jobs wasn't just a technological innovator - he created a role for himself and his business in the music industry that hadn't existed before. In these conversations and written remembrances from key executives in the music business ...

  18. Edgar Bronfman's Next Task At Warner Music Group: EMI?

    August 19, 2011 9:05 PM EDT Is Warner Music Group getting ready to put Edgar Bronfman Jr. out to pasture? That may be the reading of some in the business following the company's announcement that the Warner CEO will swap jobs with chairman Stephen F. Cooper. But conside ...

  19. Read Edgar Bronfman, Jr.'s Internal Memo To WMG Staff On Stephen Cooper Being Named CEO

    August 19, 2011 3:33 PM EDT Dear Colleagues: As Warner Music Group begins its next chapter, well-positioned for some truly exciting and unprecedented opportunities, I am pleased to announce we are adding a new member to our management team: Steve Cooper. Effective today, Ste ...

  20. Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman, Jr. and Chairman Stephen Cooper Switch Jobs

    August 19, 2011 3:18 PM EDT Edgar Bronfman, Jr. and Stephen Cooper are switching roles with the former becoming the Warner Music Group chairman and the latter assuming the CEO position and responsible for the company's day-to-day operations. In a memo to employees , Bro ...

  21. Entertainment Conglomerate Stocks Drop Amid Latest Market Decline

    August 19, 2011 8:25 AM EDT NEW YORK - The stocks of U.S. entertainment conglomerates took a big hit again on Thursday trading as U.S. and European markets once again saw a broad selloff amid renewed economic concerns. All major U.S. stock indices were down sharply. The broa ...

  22. Sony Shares Hit 52-Week Low Amid Global Market Sell-Off

    August 05, 2011 7:56 AM EDT UPDATED: The stocks of entertainment conglomerates Walt Disney and Time Warner are now down for the year-to-date period, News Corp. closed at the same price as at the end of 2010, while CBS Corp. and Viacom remain ahead of their 2010 closing price ...

  23. Business Matters: Why Warner Music and EMI Are Like Night and Day

    July 27, 2011 6:21 PM EDT Why Warner Music and EMI Are Like Night and Day -- There was a halfway interesting quote in an otherwise throwaway post at online music site Metronome. An unnamed senior executive at an unnamed company reportedly said of Warner, "the company ...

  24. Business Matters: Skullcandy IPO Shows Market Interest in Premium Headphones

    July 25, 2011 5:34 PM EDT Market On Premium Headphones: Outlook Good -- Last week's IPO by headphone maker Skullcandy indicates investors see potential in the growing market for premium headphones. The company sold 9.4 million shares at $20, which was above the $17-$1 ...

  25. Apple Shares Hit All-Time High

    July 18, 2011 8:10 PM EDT Apple traded at an all-time high Monday of $374.65 before closing a nickel beneath that milestone as investors positioned themselves for what is expected to be impressive quarterly earnings. Apple is scheduled to release financial details of its f ...

  26. Beyond Netflix: Where Else To Get Your Flick Fix

    July 14, 2011 7:30 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Even with a fee hike, millions of Netflix subscribers will be spending less each month than what it costs two adults to watch a single movie in a theater. Yet the company, which is usually well-liked, managed to irk many of its 23 ...

  27. Labels Reach Deal With ISPs on Antipiracy Effort

    July 07, 2011 11:16 AM EDT Nearly three years after the RIAA said it was "close" to getting Internet service providers to help in their fight against online piracy , that assistance has finally arrived. According to a new agreement unveiled today, the music, movie ...

  28. Business Matters: Pandora Goes Public During Market Downturn, Not That it Matters

    June 15, 2011 5:10 PM EDT Pandora Goes Public During Market Downturn -- Not That it Matters -- Pandora's successful IPO arrives as the broader stock market has gone through a slump. But the timing isn't necessary bad. A cloudy market shouldn't be a problem f ...

  29. More Ads Hit Online TV as Web Audiences Grow

    June 09, 2011 7:00 AM EDT LOS ANGELES - One of the rewards of watching TV online is not having to sit through as many commercials. Now the networks are chipping away at that little luxury. CBS shows twice as many ads per show on its website as it did last year. The CW netw ...

  30. Disney is 2010's Top Licensor With $28.6 Billion in Retail Sales

    May 18, 2011 7:18 AM EDT NEW YORK - The Walt Disney Co.'s Disney Consumer Products unit once again ranked as the top licensor in the world in 2010 with $28.6 billion in retail sales of licensed merchandise worldwide, according to an annual ranking by License! Global ...

  31. Lady Gaga, Zynga Team Up to Promote New Album 'Born This Way'

    May 10, 2011 3:15 PM EDT Lady Gaga has teamed up with social gaming giant Zynga to promote and celebrate her new album, "Born This Way," ahead of its launch. The multi-pronged collaboration will allow little monsters across the world to interact with a Lady Gaga ...

  32. Warner Music Group's Latest Quarter Aims to Justify its $3.3 Billion Price Tag

    May 10, 2011 12:39 PM EDT Warner Music Group posted relatively upbeat results for its second fiscal quarter on Tuesday, less than a week after the company agreed to be acquired by Access Industries for $3.3 billion . The results were a glimpse into the reasons why Access w ...

  33. Viacom's Philippe Dauman Tops Wall Street Journal's Highest-Paid CEOs List

    May 09, 2011 12:11 PM EDT CEOs of media, entertainment and TV giants claimed five of the top 10 spots on a Wall Street Journal list of executives with the highest compensation for 2010 . The median value of salaries, bonuses and long-term incentive awards for the CEOs of 3 ...

  34. Big Entertainment Stocks Post First-Quarter Gains

    April 01, 2011 7:35 AM EDT The opening quarter of 2011 saw the shares of a range of entertainment conglomerates hit new multiyear highs as double-digit gains for all sector biggies except Sony Corp. outpaced the broad-based S&P 500 stock index. The gains, led again by C ...

  35. WMG Businesses Receive More Than 10 Bids in Auction

    February 28, 2011 7:00 PM EST The Warner Music Group has received more than 10 bids in the first round of the auction being conducted on its behalf by Goldman Bros., according to Bloomberg News , who quoted anonymous sources. Sony ATV and BMG, the Berteslmann/KKR joint venture ...

  36. Kenny Chesney Announces New Tour Dates

    January 13, 2011 12:00 AM EST After taking 2010 off from touring, Kenny Chesney will return to the road in a big way in 2011 -- the singer announced 41 new arena and amphitheatre dates on his Goin' Coastal tour. These dates, along with 10 previously announced stadium show ...

  37. @CES 2011 Update: Time Warner CEO on Cord-Cutting; Rock Band For Smartphones, Home Video DRM

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST Among the latest news coming out of CES are Time-Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes take on the theory of cord-cutting as well as new product announcements like Rock Band for smartphones, the Ultraviolet digital rights management system for home video and Son ...

  38. Dispute Between Time Warner & Sinclair Broadcast Group May Jeopardize Broadcast of Bowl Games And 'Glee' (Gasp!)

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Time Warner Cable Inc. customers from Portland, Maine, to Pensacola, Fla., could lose access to one of their network TV stations because of a contract dispute with Sinclair Broadcast Group. The dust-up between Sinclair and Time Warner is one of a ...

  39. Business Matters: Regulatory Hurdles In EMI's Future

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. -- If EMI takes the path many people expect, regulatory hurdles are likely to be a part of its future. Now that Terra Firma has lost its lawsuit against Citigroup , many people expect EMI - at lea ...

  40. Time Warner Cable Launches Talent Contest

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Time Warner Cable has launched Alcanza la Fama (Reach Fame) a music talent contest where the winner will get to appear on Time Warner spots and will also get their own music video, produced by an expert in the field. The contest, a partnership wit ...

  41. Billboard En Concierto Series Kicks Off In Miami

    April 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Newcomer Jencarlos Canela and comeback kid Luis Enrique played for nearly 2,000 fans at the inaugural "Billboard en Concierto" show at Miami's Fillmore Theater. Presented by State Farm, the show was the first of five performances pr ...

  42. Ad Spending Fell 12% In 2009

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's official: 2009 was a lousy year for the ad industry. Spending on all media fell 12% in the U.S. to $125.3 billion, according to a report from Kantar Media due Wednesday. Of 20 categories, only two were higher in 2009 compared with 2008: ...

  43. Latin Stars Set For 'Billboard en Concierto'

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Latin music stars Luis Enrique, Jencarlos Canela, Xtreme, El Compa Chuy and Los Dareyes de la Sierra will perform at the inaugural Billboard Latin Music Concert Series "Billboard en Concierto", presented by State Farm and produced by Car ...

  44. Analysis: The Potential In Live Nation Entertainment

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Here's the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger in a nutshell: a company with nearly a 40% gross margin percentage and a slight but positive net profit (Ticketmaster) is going to build a live events powerhouse with a company with a 20% gross margi ...

  45. AOL Chief: Online Content Can Be 'Much Better'

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Online content can be "much better" and will be the focus of the next development stage of the Internet, AOL chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong said here Friday. "That's why we are making such a big bet there," he said during ...

  46. Analysis: Hollywood's Digital Struggle

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Because many parts of the entertainment industry share the same travails and futures, it is worth keeping up with the goings on and the opinions of leaders in the film industry. Music and movie share painful transitions to digital from physical an ...

  47. Nielsen: Total Ad Spend Down 2.6% in '08

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The top 10 advertisers cut ad budgets by 15 percent last year, sending total advertising down 2.6 percent to $136.8 billion in 2008, according to preliminary figures released Friday (March 13) by Nielsen's Monitor-Plus ad tracking service. Of ...

  48. Conroy Exits AOL For Univision Digital Post

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Longtime AOL executive Kevin Conroy will exit the Time Warner-owned Web portal to lead Univision's varied digital operations, which the Spanish-language media giant is rebranding as Univision Interactive Media. As of Jan. 12 Conroy, who was m ...

  49. Exclusive Billboard Q&A: UMG's Chairman/CEO Doug Morris

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT What's impressive about Doug Morris' midtown Manhattan office presents itself in modest statements. In one corner is a giant white canvas with a charcoal scrawl of a little boy; it turns out to be a self-portrait by Universal Music Group ...

  50. SellaBand Teams With AOL, Second Life

    September 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT SellaBand, the Netherlands-originated label of unsigned acts funded by fans, has signed a marketing partnership with AOL Europe and launched a site on virtual world Second Life to gain more exposure for its roster of acts. The agreement with Time ...

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