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  1. Trent Reznor to Remain With Apple-Owned Beats Music (Confirmed)

    June 02, 2014 2:46 PM EDT Trent Reznor will remain with Beats Music once Apple completes its acquisition of the fledgling digital music service, Billboard has confirmed. The Nine Inch Nails frontman is currently the company's chief creative officer. Spokespersons for ...

  2. Apple Buys Beats in $3 Billion Deal; Iovine, Dr. Dre to Join Tech Giant

    May 28, 2014 4:33 PM EDT 14 2.117 k 173 69 After nearly three weeks of waiting and speculation, Apple has officially announced the acquisition of Beats Electronics and Beats Music in a $3 billion deal.   Beats founders -- Interscope-Geffen-A&M chairman Jimmy Iovine and hip-ho ...

  3. Beats Music Raises $60 Million in Funding

    March 11, 2014 2:51 PM EDT Beats Music has raised a second round of funding of aproximately $60 million, according to a source familiar with the deal. The money comes largely from current investors, including Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre and Access Industries with the cash bein ...

  4. Beats Music Rolls Out Commerce Via Topspin

    February 07, 2014 7:00 AM EST Is Shamal Ranasinghe, the press-shy co-founder of Topspin Media, streaming music's new best friend?  Nearly 12 months ago, Jimmy Iovine made a public promise to artists -- that Beats Music, the music service he co-founded, would directly conn ...

  5. Topspin Layoffs Signal Strategy Shift

    January 30, 2014 4:34 PM EST Topspin Media on Thursday confirmed it has laid off 14 employees, or about 44% of its staff. The layoff signals a strategic shift at the 7-year-old Santa Monica, Calif., company towards being a technology platform and away from hands-on artist ser ...

  6. Twitter Ponders Pulling Plug on #Music App (Report)

    October 21, 2013 4:51 PM EDT Bye bye, Birdie? Twitter Music, which launched to great fanfare in April, may be headed for the delete key, according to reports. The standalone social music app, whose downloads soared in its first few days, quickly plummetted after the celebri ...

  7. Twitter Names Bob Moczydlowsky Head of Music

    September 23, 2013 11:55 AM EDT Twitter has named Bob Moczydlowsky, TopSpin Media's former SVP of product and marketing, as its new head of music. The move, originally reported by AllThingsD and further confirmed by his many "thanks" on Twitter, follows the depa ...

  8. The Ten Most Interesting Startups of 2012

    December 19, 2012 5:16 PM EST Unlike years past, 2012 lacked debuts by big music services that require tens of millions of dollars of venture capital. Rdio, Vevo and Guvera made the list in 2010. Turntable was on last year's list. In fact, this year's list doesn' ...

  9. Business Matters: Topspin Media the Latest to Embrace APIs

    September 18, 2012 7:40 PM EDT Topspin Media has launched a product called ArtistLink that allows developers to tap into the metadata of Topspin GoDirect artists. GoDirect is TopSpin's direct-to-fan platform that's free for users of Artist.MTV or $9.99 for artists who ...

  10. MTV Unveils Artist.MTV Pages, Tries to Catch MySpace Napping

    August 15, 2012 8:30 AM EDT A beta version of Band of Horses Artists.MTV page (Photo: MTV) If MySpace isn't going to be the online destination for musicians, maybe MTV is up for the job. MTV unveiled its long-awaited Artists.MTV platform on Wednesday, launching a public ...

  11. Twitter 140: Page 10

    July 26, 2012 7:17 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Salaam Remi Producer (Nas, Amy Winehouse, Fergie) @SalaamRemi The legendary producer (Nas, Amy Winehouse) turns the bulk of his feed over to retweets of those either mentioning him and his work, talking music pr ...

  12. This Week In Music: String Cheese Incident Discuss Self-Ticketing, Lawsuit With Ticketmaster

    July 18, 2012 2:59 PM EDT In the latest episode of This Week in Music with Ian Rogers, the CEO of Topspin Media hits the backstage of the Greek Theatre where he interviews the entire String Cheese Incident. It turns out the jam band is at the forefront of self-ticketing mo ...

  13. Business Matters: PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Ushers in New Era in Direct-to-Fan Sales

    July 13, 2012 5:04 PM EDT PreSonus Acquires Nimbit, Shaking Up Direct-to-Fan Call it Direct to Fan 2.0: Nimbit, the Boston-based provider of direct-to-fan music services, announced Thursday it had been acquired by PreSonus, a maker of professional hardware and software equ ...

  14. Michael Rapino, Perry Farrell Added to Insomniac's EDMBiz Conference in Las Vegas

    May 23, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino and Lollapalooza founder/Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell are among the latest big names to be added to Insomniac's EDMBiz Conference, set for June 5-7 in Las Vegas in the buildup to the city's ...

  15. INGrooves CEO Robb McDaniels Says Sustainable Industries Will Come Back at NARM Music Biz 2012

    May 09, 2012 6:29 PM EDT In the opening keynote Q&A at the NARM "Music Biz 2012" convention, being held in Los Angeles this week, Robb McDaniels, founder and CEO of Isolation Network, reminded the music industry that every sustainable industry has its ups an ...

  16. Business Matters: Topspin Partners with TuneCore

    May 02, 2012 3:32 PM EDT Topspin and TuneCore Announce a 'Technical Integration' Digital sales and marketing has gotten easier and more affordable as two leaders in their respective fields announced a partnership Wednesday. Digital distributor TuneCore and direc ...

  17. Exclusive: Kaskade, Swedish House Mafia's Steve Angello, Craig Kallman, Marc Geiger Announced For Insomniac's EDMBiz Conference

    May 02, 2012 10:00 AM EDT (Photo Erik Kabik/Retna) In case anyone on the planet still believes Electronic Dance Music isn't a serious business, a list of speakers for this June's inaugural EDMBiz conference announced today by Insomniac Events should dispel any il ...

  18. Insomniac Launching EDMbiz Conference Before Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas

    April 27, 2012 1:01 PM EDT Insomniac has announced it will launch the inaugural EDMbiz conference to be held in Las Vegas June 5-7 just before Electric Daisy Carnival on June 8-10 as part of what the promotions company is calling "EDC Week." The new conference wil ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. Direct-To-Fan Panel at SXSW Explains How Artists, Companies Can Market Outside of the Box

    March 16, 2012 5:09 PM EDT Direct to fan marketing has been breaking down the barriers between artists and fans for some time now, and with mediums like Twitter and Facebook providing a direct link socially and Kickstarter and Pledge Music allowing artists to fund their pro ...

  21. Topspin's New Partnership With MTV's Artists.MTV Music Hub Will Expand Company's Footprint

    March 15, 2012 6:31 PM EDT A company built in the 00's to help artists sell and market direct to their fans stands to get a big boost from a 30-plus-year-old company looking to bring artists and fans together: New artists pages to launch at MTV.com will feature direct- ...

  22. Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog Part 2

    March 14, 2012 2:06 PM EDT Billboard.biz's 2012 SXSW Blog March 17, 2012 | Person ON the Street Man on the Street: Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Fred Mills, Editor, Blurt Magazine Billboard.biz: What's the best band/artist you've seen yet? Fred Mills: Br ...

  23. Backbeat: Heartless Bastards Rock RootMusic's Music Tech Mashup at @SXSWi

    March 14, 2012 9:40 AM EDT Music tech gatherings abounded in Austin Tuesday evening as SXSW's interactive conference ended, and the music attendees arrived in greater numbers. Billboard.biz missed the SXSW Music Tech Meet-Up at the Belmont (sponsored by Songkick, MXP4, ...

  24. Spotify, Shazam, Turntable.fm Are Hot Topics at Grammy Social Media Summit

    February 11, 2012 11:30 AM EST The Grammys drew top-drawer names from the digital music world for this year's edition of their Social Media Rock Star Summit series, with Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher, Turntable.fm Chairman Seth Goldstein, GetGlue CEO Alex Iskold, and Spotify� ...

  25. Business Matters: TastemakerX Raises $1.8 Million to Deliver New Social Music App

    February 08, 2012 6:28 PM EST TastemakerX Called "Fantasy Sports For Music Lovers" Does the world need more music discovery tools? Judging from the ongoing flow of money into the social music space, music discovery is still a major problem in need of great solutions. ...

  26. Business Matters: Looking for a New Kind of Record Label? Here's DigSin ...

    January 30, 2012 5:43 PM EST Looking for a New Kind of Label? Here's DigSin ... -- DigSin -- a free, singles-only label founded in 2011 by Jay Frank, author and most recently SVP Music Strategy at Country Music Television -- has released its first song, " DRNK TXTNG ...

  27. Business Matters: Lessons from the Annual Village Voice Critics Poll

    January 26, 2012 8:37 PM EST Lessons from the Annual Village Voice Critics Poll -- The challenges of today's record business are on full display in the latest Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll . The annual list compiles music critics' votes for the year' ...

  28. This Week In Music: Darius Van Arman of Jagjaguwar

    September 19, 2011 5:16 PM EDT This Week in Music features an elucidating conversation between Topspin Media's Ian Rogers and Darius Van Arman owner of the Jagjaguwar label. Based out of Bloomington, IN, the indie label's formidable roster includes Bon Iver, Okkervil ...

  29. Business Matters: Deezer's Limits on Free Users Increased Subscribers Five-Fold

    September 06, 2011 10:26 PM EDT Deezer's Limits on Free Users Increased Subscribers Five-Fold -- French digital music service Deezer has won a court victory against Universal Music France that reaffirms its ability to stream Universal's catalog. The case stems from Uni ...

  30. This Week In Music: Dropkick Murphys' Ken Casey, Dangerbird Records' CEO Jeff Castelaz (Video)

    September 06, 2011 5:33 PM EDT On This Week in Music, Topspin Media Ian Rogers sits down with Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys and Jeff Castelaz, the band's manager as well the CEO of Dangerbird Records. Here Casey discusses how his band managed to sell four million recor ...

  31. Topspin's Ian Rogers Interviews Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard (Watch)

    July 20, 2011 1:37 PM EDT Topspin Media CEO is host of an online show called "This Week in Music" and the second episode is now ready for viewing. Good stuff if you can get through a 52-minute YouTube video -- although that might be difficult during the middle of ...

  32. CHNL Raises $1.2 Million, Launches With Thievery Corporation

    July 12, 2011 10:05 AM EDT The number of direct-to-fan service providers continues to rise as entrepreneurs and investors pour resources into disruptive technologies that eliminate the retail middleman. CHNL is the newest startup on the scene. The company has raised $1.2 mi ...

  33. Photos: Billboard Pro, Topspin and RootMusic Host Parties in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville

    June 28, 2011 11:30 AM EDT Billboard Digital General Manager George White, RootMusic founder J Sider and Topspin CEO Ian Rogers in NYC (Photo: Jan Ferrer) In the past few weeks, the three up-and-coming musician-servicing sites -- Billboard Pro, Topspin Media and RootMusic - ...

  34. Moontoast, DIY Impulse Now Powering SoundCloud Sales Through Facebook Pages

    June 23, 2011 12:46 PM EDT Moontoast and DIY Media both released products this week that allow SoundCloud users to sell their music directly to fans through their Facebook pages. Moontoast , which builds products that enable commerce on the Facebook platform, now allows Sou ...

  35. Social Commerce Execs Praise Facebook At Billboard Country Summit

    June 06, 2011 9:22 PM EDT Montetizing the Social (from left): Marcus Whitney, CTO/entrepreneur, Moontoast; Andrew Mains, VP Artist and Label Relations, TopSpin Media; Mike Doernberg, Co-Founder/CEO, ReverbNation; Patrick Faucher, Founder, Nimbit; J Sider, CEO, RootMusic; B ...

  36. Billboard Country Music Summit 2011 Hub

    June 05, 2011 11:21 AM EDT June 8, 2011 | VIDEO Q&A Steve Moore, CEO of the Country Music Association, on the State of Country: Video Steve Moore, CEO of the Country Music Association, is an industry vet and former promoter. Here he explains the many reasons why he' ...

  37. Billboard Country Music Summit Kicks Off Monday

    June 03, 2011 1:13 PM EDT The goal of the Billboard Country Music Summit , taking place Monday and Tuesday and produced in association with the Country Music Association , is simple: to bring together key stakeholders in the country music industry to discuss the most impor ...

  38. Better Know a Panelist, Billboard Country Music Summit Edition: Topspin's Ian Rogers

    May 18, 2011 4:58 PM EDT is a large and healthy niche. BB.biz: Is the relationship and level of cooperation between the various ...

  39. Business Matters: Revising the Average TuneCore User's Revenue Up a Few Bucks

    April 27, 2011 8:59 PM EDT Revising the Average TuneCore User's Revenue Up a Few Bucks -- What an average artist makes from digital sales depends on many factors, including the assumptions and math behind one's calculations. On Tuesday, Digital Music News posted t ...

  40. Kenny Chesney to Sit for Q&A at Billboard Country Music Summit

    April 19, 2011 10:33 AM EDT Country superstar Kenny Chesney will sit down for a candid Superstar Q&A at the second annual Billboard Country Music Summit in association with the Country Music Association (CMA). The event, set to take place in Nashville on June 6-7 at the ...

  41. Carrie Underwood For Superstar Q&A At Billboard's Country Music Summit

    March 22, 2011 12:55 PM EDT Billboard has announced that multi-platinum-selling country artist Carrie Underwood will participate in the Superstar Q&A at the second annual Billboard Country Music Summit in association with the Country Music Association. The event, set to ...

  42. RCRD LBL, Topspin Launch Flash Sale Site RCRD DEALS

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Music blog RCRD LBL has partnered with Topspin Media to create RCRD DEALS , a flash sale site that promises "essential music, epic discounts." Here's how it will work: RCRD LBL will use Topspin's direct-to-fan tools to market a ...

  43. Topspin To Offer Direct-to-Fan Platform To All Users

    February 16, 2011 5:12 PM EST Direct-to-fan technology company Topspin Media is opening up its service to all comers: Next month the company will offer a new version of its service that will be open to all users starting at $9.99 per month. The subscription service will have t ...

  44. @SF Music Tech: Beware of Powerful Online Platforms, Lawyers Say

    December 07, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music services may have other issues lurking beneath the copyright mess, explained panelists at the SF Music Tech Summit on Monday. Because a few large companies are dominant access points, they can have the ability to exert a great deal of contro ...

  45. @SF Music Tech: Beware of Powerful Online Platforms, Lawyers Say

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music services may have other issues lurking beneath the copyright mess, explained panelists at the SF Music Tech Summit on Monday. Because a few large companies are dominant access points, they can have the ability to exert a great deal of contro ...

  46. BACKBEAT: Here's What You Missed on Day 2 of Billboard's Touring Conference and Awards

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The 7th Annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards , presented by ShowClix and in association with Music Networx, took place in NYC on November 3rd and 4th. Day 2 of the event featured even more informative panels, controversial discussions, ...

  47. @Billboard Touring Conference: How to Tour and Make Money

    November 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Touring executives sat down today at Billboard's annual Touring Conference and Awards to give advice to up-and-coming artists about the basics of touring. Here are some excerpts from this afternoon's panel, How to Tour and Make Money (Ev ...

  48. PHOTOS: Live At The Billboard Country Music Summit

    June 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For exclusive video interviews with artists and top execs at the Billboard Country Music Summit, click here . For full coverage of the BCMS, click here . Tim McGraw, Blake Shelton, Martina McBride, Big Kenny, Gary Allan and the country music biz w ...

  49. Analysis: Where's The Money?

    March 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Terra Firma’s troubled investment in EMI receives most of the headlines, but there has been much more to music investments over the last two-plus years and the state of music-related deals will be discussed at the Music & Money Symposium on Ma ...

  50. Mobile Roadie Tunes in Android with Madonna, Dolly Parton

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The music industry has given plenty of lip service to making artist-based mobile music apps for devices other than the iPhone, but so far few have seen the light of day. That’s about to change now that Mobile Roadie has expanded its custom app dev ...

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