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  1. New Year's Eve Programs Yield Big Gains on Social 50 Chart

    January 09, 2014 9:04 PM EST New Year's Eve television broadcast appearances and performances cause several of the artists on the Social 50 to jump up the tally.   Up first is Pitbull, who moves 23-16 after performing “Timber” in Miami on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ...

  2. The Music Biz in 2013: In Flux, Disruptors Disrupted

    January 01, 2014 8:28 AM EST The week before Christmas, pondering a year-end music business essay, a litany of major stories jumped to mind, including: the Twitter and SFX IPOs; Sony and Vivendi investors’ calling for entertainment spin-offs; Live Nation’s record revenues ...

  3. Facebook 'Less Cool,' But Still Popular With Teens, Others in the U.S.

    December 30, 2013 3:33 PM EST Facebook has lost its cool, but isn't experiencing an exodus of young users. If you've paid attention to the news over the holidays, you may have seen reports that teens have all but abandoned the world's largest social media servic ...

  4. Behind the 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' Scenes with Producer Barry Adelman

    December 30, 2013 1:22 PM EST The day after Christmas, Barry Adelman leaves Los Angeles for New York's Times Square, where he is finalizing the production of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2014.” This year's show will feature performances fro ...

  5. Justin Bieber Returns to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart With Release of 'Journals'

    December 27, 2013 9:58 AM EST With the release of "Journals" on Monday, Dec. 23, Justin Bieber set the online world on fire and, in turn, returns to the No. 1 spot on the Social 50 to reclaim the throne for the first time in 18 weeks. Justin Bieber Tells Twitter: � ...

  6. Jury Will Decide If Courtney Love's Tweet Was Defamatory

    December 23, 2013 1:58 PM EST In a summary judgment ruling, a judge denies the singer's argument that the hyperbolic nature of Twitter means that personal views expressed there are opinions instead of statements of fact. At a hearing on Friday morning, a Los Angeles judge ...

  7. Angel Haze Defies Label, Leaks 'Dirty Gold' Album

    December 19, 2013 6:39 AM EST Frustrated by the stalled release of her debut studio album "Dirty Gold," New York-based rapper Angel Haze took matters into her own hands this morning. Following a lengthy Twitter rant about her conflicts with Republic Records, the 22-y ...

  8. Courtney Love Nears Judgment Day on Scandalous Tweet

    December 16, 2013 4:48 PM EST A judge will decide whether the singer defamed her ex-lawyer and what a jury trial next month will examine. Nearly 50 years ago, the United States Supreme Court established that public figures must prove actual malice in order to recover damages f ...

  9. AMAs Dominate Twitter Traffic (Exclusive)

    November 26, 2013 6:31 PM EST AMAs Score Best Ratings in Years Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake Win Big at American Music Awards American Music Awards Backbeat Gallery: Lady Gaga Godiva, Johnny Wright, Taylor Swift & Keith Caulfield, Scooter Braun, Wiz Khalifa, Way More! Th ...

  10. Pandora Has Record Revenues in Q3, Mobile Advertising, Royalties Improve

    November 21, 2013 7:05 PM EST Gains in mobile advertising helped Pandora achieve record revenue in the quarter ended Oct. 31. The company had revenue of $181.6 million in the quarter, a 50.3% improvement over the prior-year period. Net loss was $1.7 million, or $0.01 per share ...

  11. Live Nation, Citi, Cornerstone, Warner Bros., Mac Presents, Fishbowl Spirits Execs Discuss Brands at Billboard Touring Conference

    November 15, 2013 1:10 PM EST “Let’s zero in on the best of the best,” said Live Nation president of Alliances Russell Wallach about securing sponsorships for one of his newest, biggest clients, U2. “Let’s understand the artist, let’s understand the universe of potential com ...

  12. Lorde Leaps Up Social 50 Chart

    November 14, 2013 7:53 PM EST Lorde reaches a new peak on the Social 50 chart (rising 20-11) after her debut album, "Pure Heroine," was released in Europe on Oct. 28. (The set’s European bow came a month after its U.S. release on Sept. 30.)   The Social 50 ranks th ...

  13. Twitter Stocks Slide On Second Day

    November 08, 2013 6:19 PM EST Twitter's stock slid more than 7 percent on its second trading day Friday, after the popular short messaging service saw a huge first-day pop in what turned out to be a smooth public debut. Such volatile trading is common for freshly public ...

  14. Morning Fix: Is Twitter the Next Friendster?; Eminem's 'MMLP2' Marketing Juggernaut; Viacom, Twitter Partner with Cosmetics Firm

    November 08, 2013 8:45 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BUSINESS MATTERS: TWITTER SHARES SOAR, BUT IS IT ALL HYPE - OR THE NEXT FRIENDSTER? Twitter's debut on the New York Stock Exchange was so successful that "bubble" was a commonly hea ...

  15. Viacom, Twitter Sign up Cosmetics Firm for European Social Media Video Ad Campaign

    November 08, 2013 4:57 AM EST Viacom's Viacom International Media Networks unit and Twitter have reached an agreement with cosmetics company Cosnova that they said will make it the first firm to launch a social video advertising campaign via the tech firm's Twitter ...

  16. Business Matters: Twitter Shares Soar, But Is It All Hype — Or the Next Friendster?

    November 07, 2013 8:12 PM EST Twitter's debut on the New York Stock Exchange was so successful that "bubble" was a commonly heard word on Thursday. The closing price of $44.90, about even with the opening price of $45.10 but below the day's high of $50.9 ...

  17. Mariah Carey Hits New High on Social 50 Chart

    November 07, 2013 8:06 PM EST The Halloween holiday helps Mariah Carey hit a new peak on the Social 50, as a photo of the diva’s children sparks her re-entry at No. 24.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, ...

  18. Twitter Soars in Market Debut

    November 07, 2013 4:50 PM EST Shares of Twitter went on sale to the public for the first time Thursday, instantly leaping more than 70 percent above their offering price in a dazzling debut that exceeded even Wall Street's lofty hopes. By the closing bell, the social ne ...

  19. Twitter IPO Live: A Busy Morning

    November 07, 2013 9:24 AM EST It's been a busy morning on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange as Twitter prepares to start trading under the ticker symbol "TWTR." The NYSE has tested its systems, and the floor is busy with both traders and media. ...

  20. Twitter sets IPO price at $26, set to raise $18B

    November 06, 2013 8:16 PM EST Twitter has set a price of $26 for its initial public offering of stock, which means the company's shares can begin trading Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange. The price values Twitter at more than $18 billion based on its outstanding ...

  21. Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor': A Timeline to No. 1

    November 06, 2013 4:10 PM EST The road to "Reflektor," Arcade Fire's fourth album, began when The Suburbs won the Grammy award for album of the year on February 13, 2011. Since that day, the buzz has barely let up on the Montreal-based band, culminating in the ...

  22. MTV Teams With 5 Gum For Artist On The Rise EMA Category

    November 04, 2013 4:06 PM EST MTV has announced its first Artist on the Rise category for the European Music Awards (EMAs), set to air in the U.S. this Sunday at 7 p.m. ET, a socially-driven, fan-voted award sponsored by Wrigley’s 5 Gum. Nominees for the inaugural category a ...

  23. Twitter Amps Up Share Price Ahead of IPO, Though Poll Shows Investor Skepticism

    November 04, 2013 12:32 PM EST Twitter's confidence appears to be increasing ahead of its initial public offering set for later this week. The 7-year-old short messaging service on Monday boosted the price range for the IPO, saying that it now expects to price its shares ...

  24. Beatport CEO Matthew Adell Conducts Reddit AMA, Discusses SFX, Pricing, Sponsored Content

    October 31, 2013 4:41 PM EDT In a “crowdsourced” interview conducted on Reddit yesterday -- called AMAs, or Ask Me Anythings -- Matthew Adell, CEO of dance music retailer and news destination Beatport answered a wide range of questions, many directed at the surprisingly ret ...

  25. Kelly Clarkson's Wedding, 'Wrapped in Red' Album Spur Social 50 Chart Gain

    October 31, 2013 9:30 AM EDT Getting married can do wonders for your social life. Just ask Kelly Clarkson, who tied the knot on Oct. 20 and, in turn, hits a new high on Billboard's Social 50 chart. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook ...

  26. Business Matters: Signs That Teen Interest in Facebook Is Fading

    October 30, 2013 8:14 PM EDT Facebook's stickiness has come into doubt this week after signs that some teens are ditching Facebook in favor of other social media services. The latest evidence came directly from Facebook Wednesday afternoon. The company revealed in its ...

  27. Morning Fix: The Great Lou Reed RIP; Quincy Jones Files Lawsuit Against Michael Jackson; Twitter Tests IPO; Katy Perry, Lorde Top UK Sales Charts

    October 28, 2013 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE LOU REED RIP: WHAT IF EVERYONE WHO BOUGHT THE FIRST VELVET UNDERGROUND ALBUM DID START A BAND? A popular perception of the Velvet Underground, fronted by the late-Lou Reed, is that while the group ...

  28. Twitter Tested on NYSE In Preparation For IPO

    October 27, 2013 10:25 AM EDT The New York Stock Exchange says its test run of Twitter's initial public offering on Saturday was a success, as the exchange takes pains to avoid the technical problems that marred Facebook's debut. While the NYSE frequently does test ...

  29. Russian Social Networking Site Vkontakte Wins Copyright Case Against Music Label

    October 25, 2013 5:15 PM EDT The Russian social networking web site Vkontakte has won a court case against local music label Soyuz, a verdict apparently out of synch with the most recent copyright trends in Russia. Meanwhile, the site has also announced plans to create a pa ...

  30. Latin Stars Romeo Santos and Prince Royce Debut on Social 50 Chart

    October 17, 2013 7:12 PM EDT Two Latin stars make their respective debuts on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week: Romeo Santos and Prince Royce.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Ins ...

  31. Business Matters: Music Discovery Through Advertising

    October 16, 2013 7:37 PM EDT Brands have long been involved in the music business. The call letters for WSM, the home of the Grand Ole Opry, stand for "We Shield Millions," the slogan of former owner National Life & Accident Insurance Company. Brands that fund ...

  32. Viacom International Media Networks Partners With Twitter

    October 08, 2013 1:12 PM EDT Viacom International Media Networks said Wednesday that it has partnered with social media giant Twitter on Twitter Amplify. The social media program will provide the companies a platform to set up social video advertising campaigns around the b ...

  33. YouTube 3.0: Are They Paying Enough? (From the Magazine)

    October 07, 2013 4:07 PM EDT At 26, Lindsey Stirling is already a seasoned YouTube veteran -- a Los Angeles-based artist who has blazed a career path through the platform, garnering more than 3 million subscribers whose views generate enough steady advertising revenue to pa ...

  34. Morning Fix: 2013 Digital Track Sales Down; Rdio Launches Free Internet Radio; Twitter Unseals IPO; Lorde's 'Royals' Debuts on Social 50

    October 04, 2013 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE 2013 DIGITAL TRACK SALES DOWN 3.4%, ALBUM SALES DROP 6.1% U.S. digital sales continue to be under pressure. In the third quarter, the digital track sales decline accelerated and now the slowdown o ...

  35. Lorde's 'Royal' Reign Spurs Debut on Social 50 Chart

    October 03, 2013 7:40 PM EDT In the same week Lorde rises to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with her smash single "Royals," she also debuts on the Social 50 chart. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wiki ...

  36. Twitter IPO Stokes Hot Market for Internet Stocks

    October 02, 2013 5:25 PM EDT Internet stocks are heating up again, just as Twitter is preparing to turn up the temperature with its highly anticipated IPO. Consider what's happened in the past month: The once-scorned stocks of Netflix and Facebook have soared to new hi ...

  37. Spotify Launches Twitter-Style Follow Buttons

    October 02, 2013 1:34 PM EDT Spotify Launches Twitter-Style Follow Buttons Just about any website or artist page you go to these days features a prominent follow button , which typically leads to a Twitter account . As of this week, you'll start seeing Spotify buttons ...

  38. Bob Marley Rises to New High on Social 50 Chart

    September 26, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Bob Marley, who has second-largest social media presence for a dead artist (second only to Michael Jackson), reaches a new peak on the Social 50 chart. He rises 37-8 in his 88th week on the list, marking the third time Marley has climbed into th ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Morning Fix: Britney's 2-Year Vegas Residency; M.I.A.'s Bird Flip vs. NFL; Skrillex, Warren Haynes to Hit Billboard Touring Conf.; Univision Mulling IPO

    September 20, 2013 8:24 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE BRITNEY SPEARS' 2-YEAR LAS VEGAS RESIDENCY: FULL DETAILS (Q&A) Beginning in December, Las Vegas will be the only place on earth where you’ll be able to see Britney Spears perform over the ...

  41. Miley Cyrus Hits No. 1 on Social 50 Chart in Wake of 'Wrecking Ball' Video Debut

    September 19, 2013 5:59 PM EDT This week on the Social 50 chart, Miley Cyrus hits No. 1 for the first time while Linkin Park returns thanks to a 3D game. Cyrus becomes the 16th artist to reach the No. 1 spot on the young chart, thanks to the debut of her “Wrecking Ball” music ...

  42. Twitter #Music is Now on Spotify

    September 13, 2013 2:23 PM EDT Twitter #Music is now on Spotify, the 140-character sharing network announced yesterday. Twitter #Music analyzes popular music based on the volume of tweets and mentions of that song on Twitter, and curates it in a playlist where users can easil ...

  43. Chart Moves: Bastille's 'Bad Blood' Debuts, Fleetwood Mac's 'Opus' Opens, Little Big Town's 'Tornado' Celebrates Anniversary

    September 13, 2013 9:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, budding pop princess Ariana Grande claimed her first No. 1. Her debut album, "Yours Truly," has sold 138,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Behind Grande at No. 2, ...

  44. Katy Perry Returns to No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    September 13, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Billboard's Social 50 chart has a new No. 1 this week, as Katy Perry returns to the top for the first time in more than a year. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace ...

  45. Twitter Files For IPO

    September 12, 2013 5:35 PM EDT In a Tweet (what else?), the Silicon Valley micro-blogging service said it had filed papers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission outlining a proposal to sell shares in the company on the open market. Those looking for details of its ...

  46. Michael Jackson's New Instagram Account Causes Surge on Social 50 Chart

    September 05, 2013 9:57 PM EDT The late Michael Jackson makes a 14-position leap on Billboard's Social 50 chart (27-13) following online activity around his birthday (Aug. 29) and the launch of his Instagram account. Paul McCartney, Prince, Robert Plant: Why Veteran Musi ...

  47. Justin Timberlake Rises on Social 50 Chart, Post-VMAs

    August 29, 2013 4:09 PM EDT Justin Timberlake climbs the 10-3 on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, following his lengthy August 25 performance on the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA). On the show, he performed a 12-song medley that included a brief reunion with his & ...

  48. Nathan Hubbard, Ex-Ticketmaster CEO, On Bringing Commerce To Twitter: ‘The Music Industry Should Be Tremendously Excited' (Q&A)

    August 28, 2013 4:57 PM EDT In a move that could have huge implications for the music industry, former Ticketmaster CEO and president Nathan Hubbard was named as Twitter’s first head of commerce on Aug. 27 , a move that heralds a broadening for the social networking behemo ...

  49. Nathan Hubbard, Former Ticketmaster President, Named Twitter's Chief of Commerce

    August 27, 2013 2:41 PM EDT Nathan Hubbard, the former global president of Ticketmaster who exited the company in a surprise move earlier this month , has been named Twitter's new head of commerce, as Bloomberg reported earlier today . Describing his role, Hubbard exp ...

  50. Beyonce's Short Haircut Yields Big Social 50 Chart Gain

    August 15, 2013 8:31 PM EDT After a three-week hiatus from the Social 50’s top 10, Beyonce bounds 26-6 all thanks to a simple haircut.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The char ...

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