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  1. Topspin Sells Remaining Assets to Transom Capital Group (Updated)

    April 03, 2014 2:43 PM EDT Topspin Media, which sold its core technology to Beats Music less than a month ago, has sold the remainder of its e-commerce and marketing assets to Transom Capital Group. Transom will merge Topspin with its existing properties BandMerch and Cinde ...

  2. Beats Music Buys Topspin

    March 04, 2014 11:13 AM EST Beats Music's Chief Executive Ian Rogers on Tuesday announced his company is acquiring Topspin Media, a platform that lets artists sell merchandise and albums directly to fans. Beats Music Hires Ex-Gang of Four's Dave Allen as Artist A ...

  3. Spotify Serenades Artists With Data, Commerce

    December 03, 2013 2:35 PM EST Amid a growing chorus of debate about how much streaming services pay artists, Spotify on Tuesday tried to present its own side of the argument, outlining in a new website how it has paid out $1 billion in music royalties since its launch five ye ...

  4. Morning Fix: Bruno Mars Vs. Taylor Swift on Billboard 200; Clive Davis To Honor L.A. Reid at Pre-Grammy Party; Jenni Rivera Memorial Service

    December 18, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters BRUNO MARS VS. TAYLOR SWIFT FOR NO. 1 ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART: After a surprisingly strong sales weekend for Bruno Mars' new album Unor ...

  5. Topspin Allies With Pledge Music, Firebrand, INgrooves and Artist Growth

    November 15, 2012 8:34 PM EST Topspin, the Santa Monica-based company that helps artists connect directly with their fans online, on Thursday announced non-exclusive agreements with four digital music companies including Pledge Music, Firebrand, INgrooves Fontana and Artist Gr ...

  6. Spotify's Artist In Residence DA Wallach on Apps, Artist Services, and What His Job Title Means

    May 10, 2012 1:40 PM EDT DA Wallach, half of the pop-rock duo Chester French and Spotify's official artist in residence. As one of its many efforts to make itself a different kind of music-subscription service, Spotify brought in an official "artist in residence ...

  7. Backbeat: Topspin CEO Ian Rogers' Haircut Heard 'Round The World @ A2IM MIDEM Party

    January 31, 2012 5:40 PM EST On Monday, the American Assn. of Independent Music held the second of its three MIDEM cocktail parties at Riviera Hall. Among those in attendance was a figure who prompted double-takes when he took the stage earlier in the day to host MIDEM's ...

  8. YouTube Launches Merch Store for Artist Pages

    October 17, 2011 10:17 AM EDT YouTube has unveiled a merch store that will allow artists to sell their merch directly from their YouTube artist pages. Fans will be able to buy "artists' merchandise, digital downloads, concert tickets and even unique experiences like ...

  9. ThingLink Adds Music To Online Photos With iTunes, Topspin Deals

    September 12, 2011 3:15 PM EDT ThingLink is one of those startup companies offering a feature that can either wind up being a big deal or an easily-forgotten blip. It basically allows users to place links in photographs or in this case allows artists to place "buy" li ...

  10. Topspin's Andrew Mains Heading to Mobile Roadie, Named Chief Operating Officer (Exclusive)

    September 12, 2011 12:02 PM EDT Direct to fan marketing platform Topspin is losing its VP of sales and marketing Andrew Mains, who is leaving to join mobile app development firm Mobile Roadie. His new position at Mobile Roadie will be chief operating officer, overseeing business ...

  11. This Week In Music Video Interview: Songkick's Ian Hogarth

    August 29, 2011 11:01 AM EDT For Billboard.biz's new weekly video excerpt from Topspin CEO Ian Roger's "This Week In Music" web program, we feature Rogers' interview with Ian Hogarth, Co-Founder and CEO of Songkick , the concert platform for music fan ...

  12. Topspin, RootMusic Form Partnership to Sell Merch, Music, More on Facebook

    June 06, 2011 1:00 PM EDT Topspin and RootMusic have joined forces to offer artists a new social commerce option on Facebook, it was announced today during Billboard's Country Music Summit in Nashville. Via the new arrangement, artists can integrate their Topspin acco ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. This Week In Apps: Bruno Mars Revenge, Hunt Music on the iPad, Stream with Pitchify and More

    April 29, 2011 7:30 AM EDT Bruno Mars Revenge Bruno Mars joined Katy Perry and Lady Gaga with his own branded version of Tap Tap Revenge from Disney Mobile. The smartphone rhythm game features 10 tracks to play along with, including hits "Grenade" and "Just T ...

  15. Topspin's Ian Rogers Announces New Data Product at Rethink Music Panel

    April 27, 2011 6:10 PM EDT BOSTON -- Data can be just as confounding as anything else in the digital era, data panelists at the Rethink Music conference said. There's plenty of it, but the trick is to know what you want to do with it. "A lot of what we're try ...

  16. Rethink Music's 'Financing Creativity' Panel Explores Concept of Fans as Patrons, Not Consumers

    April 26, 2011 3:05 PM EDT A major theme at the Rethink Music conference taking place in Boston Tuesday (April 26) and Wednesday, musicians and industry professionals are exploring how the industry can adjust, adapt and survive amid the encroachment of technologies that hav ...

  17. Ian Rogers Guest Post: The Unbundling (and Re-Bundling) of Music

    April 20, 2011 2:30 PM EDT The following is a guest post from Ian Rogers, CEO of direct to fan artist platform Topspin. He previously was VP and General Manager of Yahoo! Music and Yahoo! Video. He currently blogs at fistfulayen and on the Topspin site where this post origi ...

  18. Billboard's Twitter 140: Music-Industry Characters You Need To Follow

    March 18, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Billboard's Twitter 140: It's not about how many followers. It's not about the quantity of tweets/retweets. It's about quality. Personality. Excellent linkage. These people are followed by those who work the smartest. Whether i ...

  19. Topspin Opens Its Doors to All Artists. But Can It Compete?

    March 16, 2011 3:25 PM EDT Direct-to-fan technology provider Topspin has finally opened up its platform to all comers. CEO Ian Rogers calls the new Topspin a "warmer, friendlier site and application" and says the company will release a new version of the software ...

  20. Songkick's Facebook App, New Partnerships Make Concert Listings Easier

    March 15, 2011 11:23 AM EDT Concert listings site Songkick has announced two initiatives aimed at reducing the amount of time artists spend on data entry at their various web sites. In addition to a Facebook app that puts concert listings on an artist's Facebook page, S ...

  21. Biz Matters: Spain's Music Sales Dropped 21% In 2010

    January 31, 2011 1:52 PM EST Spain's Recorded Music Dropped 21% Last Year -- Spain's recorded music market dropped 21.1% to €167 million (U.S. $228 million), according to figures released by Promusicae, the country's recorded music industry trade group. The dec ...

  22. MIDEM In Transition: A Startup's Perspective, By Songkick CEO Ian Hogarth

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Ian Hogarth is the co-founder and CEO of Songkick, a London-based startup that allows fans to organize and track their favorite bands and track concerts and dates. Billboard.biz welcomes guest colums - contact Jem.Aswad@billboard.com or any Billbo ...

  23. Ian Rogers CEO Topspin Plays .Biz's Two Questions In A Bar Game @ MIDEM

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Since many of the best conversations at MIDEM happen at bars in the wee hours, Billboard decided to pick the brain of Ian Rogers, CEO of Topspin while at a boite in Cannes. Rogers is widely considered a legitimate digital music star. When he' ...

  24. MIDEM Photo Gallery: A2IM Party; WMG Packer's Fan Vs. Ning Bear's Fan; Taylor Hanson

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST At right is Taylor Hanson (yes, THAT Hanson), here promoting his 3CGRecords label ( Billboard.biz's exclusive video interview with Hanson here ). With him are A2IM president Richard Bengloff (middle), and Greenberg Traurig legend Jim Cooper ( ...

  25. @MEL: Live Phish, I Am T-Pain Among Billboard App Summit Winners

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The best mobile music apps of the year were named at Billboard’s Mobile Entertainment Live: The Music App Summit, which took place Oct. 5 in San Francisco. The winners were SoundHound Infinity by SoundHound Inc (Best Music Engagement App), MorphWi ...

  26. Business Matters: Terra Firma, Citi, Best Buy, Fee For Radio and more

    September 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Terra Firma, Citigroup Head To Court Next Month -- On Tuesday a New York judge ruled that Terra Firma's lawsuit against Citigroup will go to trial next month. The court will hear only two of ...

  27. Ian Rogers: I'm Not Leaving Topspin For Google

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Topspin CEO Ian Rogers' name has been included on the short list of execs that could take the top spot at the not-yet-launched Google Music. But, it looks like we can cross his name off that list. From Rogers' blog: Rest assured, I can h ...

  28. Business Matters: UMG, Ellen DeGeneres, Google and more

    August 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. UMG SPENT $840K LOBBYING IN Q2 Universal Music Group spent $840,000 in Q2 to lobby the federal government, up from the $700,000 spent in the same period a year ago, according to BusinessW ...

  29. The Five Funniest Lines from Billboard’s Country Music Summit

    June 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Billboard’s first Country Music Summit, held earlier this week in Nashville, overflowed with great insights from some of the industry’s top executives and minds. It was full of laughs, too. Here are the five funniest lines from the conference. -- ...

  30. Engaging Your Customers Online: Strategies From The 140 Character Conference

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twitter is fun, easy and effective, but don't expect it to result directly in sales. These were some of the nuggets of wisdom in yesterday's "Music and the Real-Time Web" panel at the 140 Character Conference. You can stream a ...

  31. @SXSW: Start-Ups That Are Changing The Concert Business

    March 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Panel : "How the Internet Is Disrupting the Concert Industry" Participants : Ian Hogharth (Songkick) The presentation gave a quick primer on the concert industry, followed by a snapshot of how new start-ups are impacting how concerts are ...

  32. @MIDEM: The Best Of The Digital Music Start-ups

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST As part of the conference's MIDEMNet digital music focused events, a new company pitch session featured 15 of such hopefuls, hosted by TopSpin CEO Ian Rogers. Each had five minutes to present details on what they did. The MusicAlly blog was t ...

  33. Business Matters: Spotify, Citizen Cope, IODA and More

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Spotify CEO Daniel Ek tells BBC News a U.S. launch is ...

  34. Photos: Key Moments From MIDEM 2010

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Billboard.biz team was in Cannes, France, where we reported and live tweeted the MIDEM 2010 world trade show and conference. The event kicked off Saturday (Jan. 23) and ran through Wednesday (Jan. 27). Follow us on Twitter here . Wednesday MID ...

  35. The Opposite of Crowdsourcing: Hello Music Launches

    January 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST Hello Music, a new online music venture that seeks greater awareness for undiscovered artists, announced it raised $4 million in funding from KVG Partners. The site, at hellomusic.com , launched on Friday. The company was created by Wilshire Media ...

  36. Business Matters: Google, ReverbNation, BlueBeat.com

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- TThe news on Google 's music search partnerships continues with five free tracks at Lala.com, MySpace and iLike by Tim McGraw, Phoenix, Ma ...

  37. NARM Day 2 Video: Execs Discuss Retail Outlook, Catalog Mgmt

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As representatives from 350 different music companies jammed the halls at this year's National Assn. Of Recording Merchandisers convention, which wraps today (June 10) in San Diego, Billboard spoke with three top executives about the major is ...

  38. Billboard.biz Q&A: NARM President Jim Donio

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jim Donio, the president of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), has a tough role to play. As NARM is a trade association comprised of many different types of music merchandisers, Donio is tasked with navigating the trade as ...

  39. SKU'ing Up

    March 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT During the past two years, one 29-year-old Bay Area music fan reckons she's spent about $200 on music. She gets most of her music for free from blogs and BitTorrent trackers, but one recent release struck her as cool enough to get her to lay ...

  40. Legal Drama At MidemNet Opening Keynote

    January 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST It was a case of back to the future at the opening keynote debate at MidemNet in Cannes as one of the speakers from the digital business was unable to make the opening session because of litigation. MidemNet, the music conference focusing on the d ...

  41. Former Yahoo Music Exec Exits For Startup

    April 03, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Having already left his role at Yahoo Music, Ian Rogers has made a complete split with Yahoo by joining digital music startup Topspin. Details of the new company are rather vague -- its Web site only reveals that it is designed to "help indep ...