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  1. Apple Unveils Ringtones, 'iTunes LP'

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple CEO Steve Jobs returned to the keynote stage at the company’s press event, for the first time since his liver transplant earlier this year, to announce several upgrades to the iTunes service, as well as a new line of video-recording iPod Nan ...

  2. Verizon's Ed Ruth Talks Mobile Strategy Ahead Of MEL

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In July, Verizon Wireless launched an initiative designed to partner with application developers to jointly create new services, a huge step for a company with a reputation among developers as very difficult to work with. As director of strategic ...

  3. Carrie Underwood Rushes New Single After Leak

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An unfinished version of "Cowboy Casanova," the lead single from Carrie Underwood's third studio album, "Play On," leaked online Wednesday (Sept. 2). The song's premature unveiling prompted Underwood to rush out an of ...

  4. Business Matters: Copyright Debate, Nielsen, WMG

    August 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- News of it has gone almost unnoticed in the U.S., so you may not know the Canadian government is consulting on copyright in advance of new copy ...

  5. DJ AM Found Dead In New York Apartment

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT DJ AM, the stage name of disc jockey Adam Goldstein whose music could be heard on albums by Madonna and Will Smith, was found dead in his New York apartment at age 36 on Friday, according to media reports. John Sweeney, a spokesman for the New Yor ...

  6. Kris Allen Announces Album Release Date On Twitter

    August 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" winner Kris Allen will release his debut album on Nov. 17, the singer announced Thursday night (Aug. 27). A rep for 19 Entertainment has also confirmed the news in a statement to Billboard.biz: "It is a confirmed rel ...

  7. Juanes 'Peace' Concert Stirs Debate Over Cuba

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Plans for Colombian rocker Juanes' "Peace Without Borders" concert in Cuba Sept. 20 continue despite an unabated maelstrom of debate and opinion that the show that will be staged in Havana's Plaza de la Revolución. Although det ...

  8. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Borders, Fillmore Silver Springs, Social Network Maintenance

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Global Gaming Factory story gets weirder by the minute. In an interview with the Globe and Mail, GGF CEO Hans Pandeya laid out a possible P ...

  9. Web Reaction: MySpace, iLike Deal

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace’s acquisition of iLike carries numerous implications. For one, artists and labels need to consider how the pairing will affect their marketing. For example, MySpace could benefit from iLike’s ability to create communities around live conce ...

  10. Gary Go Goes With Twitter

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. singer-songwriter Gary Go has released a new Twitter-inspired song entitled "The Heart Balloon" in aid of the British Heart Foundation (BHF). The song is available from today (Aug. 21) until midnight Aug. 31 from the BHF website bhf ...

  11. Digital Briefs: Slacker, Twitter, Diddy

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The CEO of personalized Internet radio service Slacker has stepped down from the position. According to VentureWire, Dennis Mudd will remain on the board of directors. No details yet on who will be taking over the role. Mudd founded Musicmatch, ...

  12. China To Appeal WTO Ruling

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China will appeal a World Trade Organization ruling that orders an end to state control of movie, book and music imports. "We are actively preparing the documents to appeal," Ministry of Commerce spokesman Yao Jian said Monday (Aug. 17) ...

  13. Business Matters: Guy Hands, EMI, Sony Music, Rhapsody

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Wall Street Journal’s Aaron O. Patrick wrote a very thorough overview of Terra Firma 's struggles with EMI . Notably, the private equi ...

  14. Venevision Novela Returns With More Music, Social Networking

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new season of Venevision International’s tween telenovela, “Somos Tu Y Yo,” launches Aug. 17 with more music and social networking promotions. The series, which airs in Venezuela, features its young cast singing original songs by Daniel Espino ...

  15. Britain's Royal Opera Wants You To Make Tweet Music

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Britain's Royal Opera House (ROH) wants Twitter users to help create the "world's first online opera." The Covent Garden institution, which stages performances of ballet, opera and other classical music productions wants Intern ...

  16. Facebook Buys Social Media Start-up FriendFeed

    August 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Facebook, the world's largest social networking site, said it will buy FriendFeed, netting a group of prized ex-Google engineers in the fast-growing Internet business. FriendFeed, an up-and-coming social media startup, lets people share conte ...

  17. Hackers Attack Twitter, Facebook Also Slows Down

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A hacker attack Thursday shut down the fast-growing messaging service Twitter, and Facebook also said it was looking into possible site problems. Twitter said in its status blog Thursday that it was "defending against a denial-of-service atta ...

  18. After Abdul, 'Idol' Will Still Ad Up

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While her fans might be upset, advertisers don't expect Paula Abdul's exit as an "American Idol" judge to have any significant impact on ad sales or audience ratings for the Fox show. "To me, that show is appointment TV, a ...

  19. Big Champagne Bolsters Services

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital media measurement firm Big Champagne introduced a new feature to users called the BC Dash, a subscription service that aggregates music sales, broadcast and consumption data with analysis and reporting. Along with it the company has added ...

  20. Paula Abdul Quitting 'Idol'

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Paula Abdul says she is quitting "American Idol," a show that she said became an international phenomenon with her help. "With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return" to the hit Fox TV singing contest, Abdul said ...

  21. 1 Dead, 75 Injured In Canada Stage Collapse

    August 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers on Sunday canceled the closing day of a country music festival in central Alberta a day after a fierce thunderstorm caused an outdoor stage to collapse, killing one person and injuring about 75 others. Thousands of fans were camped out ...

  22. Digital Briefs: Rhapsody, ArtistData, AFI

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- RealNetworks' Rhapsody music subscription service lost 50,000 subscribers in the second quarter, to 750,000. That's after a 75,000 dip the previous quarter, but still up from the 600,000 total subscribers it had a year ago. Music reve ...

  23. Latin Briefs: Ricky Martin, Latin Grammys, Ritmo

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Ricky Martin has begun recording his first studio album since 2005's English-language "Life." Martin's album will be produced by Lester Mendez and will contain English and Spanish songs. The album is expected to be released ...

  24. Briefs: Tenenbaum Jury Selection, Kenny Chesney, Verizon

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A recap from the first day of the Joel Tenenbaum file sharing trial as covered by Ben Sheffner. A blurb: "Nearly the entire day was consumed with what Gertner termed "one very long, very tortured day of jury selection." It starte ...

  25. The-Dream: ''Love King' Will Be My Last Album'

    July 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Singer/songwriter The-Dream announced via his Twitter page yesterday (July 23) that his third studio album, "Love King," slated for a late 2009 release, will be his last. "I am engaged and 'Love King' IS going to be my LAS ...

  26. News Corp Sees MySpace As Place For Videogames

    July 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp hopes to transform MySpace, which has been losing users to Facebook, into a stronger online videogaming platform as it works to reposition the six-year-old site as an entertainment destination. News Corp digital head Jonathan Miller said ...

  27. Would-be Buyer Of Pirate Bay Backpedals In Court

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The would-be buyer of Web site the Pirate Bay backpedaled in a Dutch court, saying that it is uncertain whether the purchase will ever be completed. Lawyer Ricardo Dijkstra said Sweden's Global Gaming Factory X would only buy the Pirate Bay i ...

  28. Panel Spotlights Artist-Fan Relationships

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The second panel of the New Music Seminar focused on the importance of managing relationships with fans, and using data from those fans in meaningful ways. Tim Westergren of Pandora told the audience his company is in the process of developing too ...

  29. Yahoo Set To Unveil New Homepage

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo Inc said it plans to introduce a major overhaul of its Internet home page on Tuesday, as the company strives to make itself more relevant to Web surfers and create new ways to sell advertising. The new homepage blends Yahoo's collection ...

  30. 'American Idol' Fans Lobby For Paula Abdul

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" fans have launched a grass-roots campaign to keep Paula Abdul as a judge on the No. 1-rated television show after her manager said she had not received a new contract proposal and might not return. Former "Idol" ...

  31. Ladyhawke Charity Show For Social Network Guestlist

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT London-based New Zealand pop act Ladyhawke will headline a one-off charity concert in London for one person and their social network. The Aug. 26 show at the Relentless Garage in Islington is to raise awareness for skin cancer, as part of Cancer R ...

  32. Briefs: Twitter, BlackBerry, Morgan Stanley

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- How did Rick Astley 's "Never Gonna Give You Up" get to the top of the Twitter chart at MP3 blog aggregator The Hype Machine? A single tweet by TechCrunch to its 916,735 followers. ( TechCrunch ) -- Research in Motion will launch ...

  33. News Corp Won't Buy Twitter

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News Corp is not interested in buying popular microblogging site Twitter and will not sell its struggling social network MySpace, said the media conglomerate's chief executive, Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch, who arrived on Wednesday (July 9) at the ...

  34. Social Nets Explode Around Jackson Death, Memorial

    July 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson's memorial service continues to drive a heavy portion of the online conversations occurring on message boards, blogs and social networking platforms nearly 24-hours after its conclusion. However in terms of Web chatter, the se ...

  35. Lessons Learned From Twitter Windfalls

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Amanda Palmer , a solo artist and member of the Dresden Dolls with releases on Roadrunner Records, has achieved Internet notoriety for using Twitter to gross $19,000 in 19 hours over three separate events. The first was a T-shirt created during a ...

  36. Billboard.biz Q&A: Wiredset Founder Mark Ghuneim

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital marketing outfit Wiredset this week introduced a paid version of its online buzz tracking software called Trendrr Pro. The software monitors the activity of fans and critics online, from forum posts to reviews to shared photos on such site ...

  37. Juanes To Helm Peace Concert In Cuba

    June 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Colombian star Juanes has chosen Havana, Cuba as the site of his next "Paz Sin Fronteras" concert on Sept. 20, according to his Twitter feed. "It's time to start knocking down our own mental walls, to not judge anyone for their ...

  38. Jackson Fans Flood Digital Music Services

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's not unusual for artists to see digital sales and streams spike after being featured in the news. But like everything else he did in life, Michael Jackson took this to a new level in his death. As word of the pop superstar's passing ...

  39. Glastonbury Tributes For Michael Jackson

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT This weekend's Glastonbury Festival in the U.K. is set to feature musical tributes to Michael Jackson, while the site is wet and muddy for yet another year. Australian pop act Gabriella Cilmi performed part of Jackson's "Billie Jean ...

  40. Jackson Dominates iTunes, Amazon, Twitter

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The death of Michael Jackson has had an immediate impact on his sales. Five of the top ten "trending topics" on Twitter are currently Jackson-related and his death dominates Google trends. The singer dominates the U.S. iTunes store' ...

  41. Full Coverage: Pop Icon Michael Jackson Dies

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jackson Memorial Ends With Star's Kids On Stage July 07, 2009 An emotional public memorial for Michael Jackson has concluded in Los Angeles. Facebook Flooded With Jackson Updates July 07, 2009 The King of Pop is more popular than the leader o ...

  42. UPDATED: Michael Jackson Mourned By Friends, Fans, Fellow Musicians

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson died June 25 after reportedly being found unconscious in his Bel Air, Calif., home. Paramedics rushed the 50-year-old icon to UCLA Medical Center, where he was declared dead. Below, a round-up of the music industry's reaction ...

  43. Briefs: CMT Impact On Sales, A Look At Zune HD

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The CMT Awards show resulted in sales bumps for winning and featured artists. Three-trophy winner Brad Paisley got a 72% increase for his song "Waitin' On A Woman" and his album "Play" jumped 52%. Percent increases, how ...

  44. Pirate Bay Founders Sent Summons Via Twitter

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Dutch entertainment industry group has demanded Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay be shut down in the Netherlands and says Pirate Bay founders have been sent their court summons via Twitter and Facebook. Dutch anti-piracy group BREIN said ...

  45. Analysis: Conclusions To Draw From Twitter Report

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A recent study by NPD Group on Twitter and music buyers highlights the need for logic in online discussions. Commentators too frequently draw the wrong conclusions from a press release that is carefully worded as to not allow people to draw incorr ...

  46. Briefs: BitTorrent, Jammie Thomas, Twitter

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Thia was predictable: 41% of BitTorrent users surveyed by TorrentFreak said they will conceal their identities rather than heed ISP warning letters. Only 7% predicted they would obey the warning and stop sharing. The article runs through the gr ...

  47. Report: Twitter Users Buy More Music

    June 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A new NPD Group study finds that active Twitter users buy 77% more digital music downloads on average than non-users. Additionally, 12% of those who have bought music in the last three months also report having used Twitter, versus 8% of overall W ...

  48. Black Eyed Peas Manager Charged With Assault On Perez Hilton

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Toronto police have charged Black Eyed Peas manager Liborio Molina with assault after an alleged confrontation with celebrity blogger Perez Hilton at the MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto. Molina, 36, was charged by the Toronto police's 52 Di ...

  49. Internet Boycott Calls To Mark China Filter Debut

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Chinese Internet users are calling on fellow Web surfers to stay offline on July 1, the debut of a controversial software filter that critics say the Chinese government is using to tighten censorship. New regulations from Beijing mandate "Gre ...

  50. Analysis: Twitter Is Effective, But How Effective?

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It may be difficult to fathom with the hullabaloo going on about Twitter, but people bought music before the service launched. In fact, people bought music before the existence of email, the Internet browser, MySpace, the eight-track cassette and ...

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