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  1. Turntable.fm to Shut Down In December

    November 22, 2013 6:56 PM EST Turntable.fm, the social music service that reached sudden popularity in the summer of 2011, will shut down on Dec. 2. Announcing the decision Friday at its blog , Turntable explained shutting down the streaming service would allow it to focus o ...

  2. Yahoo Takes Big Leap with $1.1B Deal for Tumblr

    May 20, 2013 9:16 AM EDT Yahoo is buying online blogging forum Tumblr for $1.1 billion as CEO Marissa Mayer tries to rejuvenate an Internet icon that had fallen behind the times. The deal announced Monday represents Mayer's boldest move yet since she left Google 10 ...

  3. Video: Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson's Full Keynote Q&A at Billboard's FutureSound Conference

    November 29, 2012 8:15 AM EST Investor Fred Wilson ( @fredwilson ) loves music but he's still "relatively cautious" about investing in it, he said during his keynote Q&A at Billboard's FutureSound Conference with Billboard Editorial director Bill Werde ...

  4. Fred Wilson On Investing In Music Start-Ups, Changing Dynamic Between Labels and Artists, Running UMG (Video)

    November 28, 2012 11:31 AM EST Investor Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) loves music but he's still "relatively cautious" about investing in it, he said during his keynote Q&A at Billboard's FutureSound Conference with Billboard Editorial director Bill Werde (@ ...

  5. Fred Wilson Wary on Music Investments; Questions Spotify's Valuation, Apple's Music Leadership

    November 15, 2012 6:52 PM EST Billboard's Bill Werde interviews investor Fred Wilson during the Billboard FutureSound Conference today in San Francisco. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Investor Fred Wilson ( @fredwilson ) loves music but he's still "relatively cautious&q ...

  6. Fred Wilson Confirmed for Keynote at Billboard FutureSound Conference

    October 25, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Venture capitalist Fred Wilson will be a keynote speaker at the Billboard FutureSound Conference, presented in association with Loeb & Loeb LLP, which will take place November 15-16 in San Francisco. Wilson is managing partner at New York-base ...

  7. Why Would Spotify Launch a Web Version? Here Are Five Reasons

    September 10, 2012 4:59 PM EDT Right now, Spotify.com promotes the desktop version and various features. Could it transform into a music service in and of itself?" A Saturday TechCrunch report about a browser-based version of Spotify led to thousands of posts over the week ...

  8. Twitter 140: Page 14

    July 26, 2012 8:02 PM EDT « PREVIOUS RETURN TO INDEX Storme Warren Host, GAC's "The Collection," "Headline Country" @StormeWarren One of Nashville's best-known TV personalities, Warren will often share updates from his various comings and goin ...

  9. Plug.dj Throws Video Into Turntable.fm-Style Social DJ App Mix

    March 26, 2012 4:56 PM EDT Here I am in the most populous room in Plug.dj... with four other people. What an original idea: A bunch of rooms where cute little avatars can DJ music to each other! That's what we said last May, before breaking the news ( we think ) about ...

  10. Billboard Power 100: Fred Wilson

    January 26, 2012 9:35 PM EST No. 86 Fred Wilson Managing Partner Union Square Ventures Twitter: @FredWilson Thought Leader... When Fred Wilson speaks, people listen. When he invests in a startup, careers are made. A managing partner at venture capital firm Union Square Ventur ...

  11. Business Matters: At 10 Million Users, SoundCloud is Scratching the Surface

    January 23, 2012 7:02 PM EST SoundCloud Hits 10 Millions Registered Users On-demand services and some webcasters might get more headlines, but SoundCloud is currently one of the world's hottest digital music companies. The popular audio hosting-and-sharing platform annou ...

  12. The (Unofficial, But Still Amazing) Billboard Tumblr Top 30

    October 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT BILLBOARD ON TUMBLR Over on our new Tumblr, we'll point you in the direction of the features over on our fan-focused site Billboard.com - as well as to selected content from our music industry-focused print magazine - but you can also expect ...

  13. Business Matters: U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam

    September 14, 2011 5:45 PM EDT U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam -- Support for the PROTECT IP Act is growing. Since being introduced, the bill has attracted 17 co-sponsors including Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), Marco R ...

  14. TechCrunch Disrupt Day Two: Troy Carter Is A Busy Man

    September 13, 2011 4:53 PM EDT Better known as Lady Gaga's manager, Troy Carter's name was all over TechCrunch Disrupt this morning, as two projects he is involved in took center stage. First up was Turntable.fm, the much buzzed about online DJ site, who hit the stage ...

  15. Turntable.fm Reveals iPhone App, Music-Industry Heavy Hitters Behind Funding

    September 13, 2011 4:46 PM EDT Turntable.fm is coming off a hot summer , and today revealed a bit more information about some old funding and new services. The main news is that it officially unveiled its mobile app, the details of which leaked late last week, which essentially ...

  16. Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake Make Vanity Fair's 'New Establishment' List -- Who's Missing?

    September 01, 2011 1:21 PM EDT Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake are among the list of influential business people on Vanity Fair's "New Establishment" list . It represents "innovative new breed of buccaneering visionaries, engineering prodigies, and en ...

  17. Business Matters: Is it Curtains for HP's Planned Music Service?

    August 19, 2011 5:56 PM EDT Is it Curtains for HP's Planned Music Service? -- Hewlett-Packard's new transformation plan puts a big question mark over its planned music service. As Billboard.biz reported back on June 10, Hewlitt-Packard had been in negotiations with ...

  18. Business Matters: The Real Story in Warner Music's Earnings Report: Diversity, Digital Growth

    August 04, 2011 5:26 PM EDT The Real Story in Warner Music's Earnings Report: Diversity, Digital Growth Two things get the headlines in coverage of Warner Music Group's fiscal third quarter ended June 30: Spotify and LimeWire. But dig deeper and you'll find fa ...

  19. Tired Yet of Turntable.fm? Here Are Some Alternatives

    August 03, 2011 8:04 PM EDT Console.fm, with its emphasis on electronic music, might be a better fit for some people's social music experience. Social music site Turntable.fm came out of nowhere this summer to become one of the year's most talked about music servic ...

  20. Turntable.fm Raises $7.5 Million From Union Square Ventures, Valued at $37.5 Million

    August 02, 2011 12:44 PM EDT Hot social music startup Turntable.fm has raised $7.5 million from Union Square Ventures, according to a report at Betabeat. The deal values the company at $37.5 million. Reports of funding - the exact dollar amount and valuation reported today - ...

  21. Business Matters: New Netflix Strategy Shows Demand for Physical Formats Still Alive

    July 13, 2011 5:20 PM EDT Let's Get Physical, Physical, Says Netflix -- For insight into the state of the CD, look to a recent decision by Netflix to unbundle its streaming and DVD rental plans . The 1% gain in U.S. album sales in the first half of 2011 has brought up ...

  22. Turntable.fm Co-founder Denies Funding Report

    July 08, 2011 11:26 AM EDT Turntable.fm may or may not have closed a round of funding, but the startup is definitely hot enough to have the rumor mill in overdrive. Co-founder Seth Goldstein has denied the Business Insider report that the company has raised $7.5 million in ...

  23. SoundCloud Receives Investment from Ashton Kutcher's A-Grade Fund, Passes 5 Million Users

    June 15, 2011 3:01 PM EDT Sound-sharing site SoundCloud has received an undisclosed amount from A-Grade Fund, the venture capital fund led by actor Ashton Kutcher, artist manager/entrepreneur Guy Oseary and billionaire investor Ron Burkle. At the same time, the company ann ...

  24. Google Report on DVD's Decline, Not Death

    April 22, 2011 2:09 PM EDT Google can tell consumer interest in DVDs is waning because of how people use its search engine. DVD-related search terms have been on the decline at Google since late 2008 while Netflix has constantly grown. And that decline in search terms mirro ...

  25. Business Matters: Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter

    April 12, 2011 8:50 PM EDT Music-Related Startups Raise $123 Million In First Quarter -- The money started pouring back into digital music last quarter. Ten music and music-related startups raised $124.3 million in venture capital in the first quarter of 2011. Billboard tra ...

  26. Business Matters: EMI/iTunes '69-Cent Songs' Promotion A Hit At iTunes

    March 18, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Lots Of Love For EMI/iTunes '69-Cent Songs' Promotion -- Usually it's rare to see a lot of songs priced under $1.29 on iTunes' list of its current top 200 tracks. Earlier this week, however, 32 songs priced at $0.69 were on the ...

  27. Kickstarter Got A $10 Million Infusion -- Here's Why That's Important For The Music Business

    March 18, 2011 1:35 PM EDT Union Square Ventures and a host of smaller investors have put $10 million into Kickstarter , the fundraising site that allows fans to fund projects. The funding actually happened some time ago but had been kept quiet until now. Why should the mus ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. Business Matters: U.S. Gov't Lists Worst Piracy Sites/Helpful Piracy Primer

    March 01, 2011 4:38 PM EST Eminem's "Relapse" on Taobao for as low as 8 Yuan or about $1.20 (Photo: Taobao screen shot) U.S. Gov't Lists Worst Piracy Markets/Helpful Piracy Primer -- The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has weighed ...

  30. TuneUp Raises Another $2 Million In Funding

    February 18, 2011 1:34 PM EST While the cloud gets all the attention, TuneUp Media can argue that downloads still have a place in the conversation. That's because the San Francisco-based startup has just secured an additional $2.0 million in funding from previous investor ...

  31. SoundCloud Opening San Francisco Office

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST SoundCloud , the audio platform that allows people to record and share music, today announced that it is extending its operations into North America with the opening of a presence in San Francisco and several planned new hires in the city within t ...

  32. Business Matters: TargetSpot, Largest Online Radio Ad Network, Raises $8 Million; Flying Lotus' Cool New Technology

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST TargetSpot, Largest Online Radio Ad Network, Raises $8 Million -- Online radio ad provider Targetspot has raised $8 million from Union Square Ventures, Bain Capital Ventures, CBS Radio and Milestone Venture Partners. The company boasts the largest ...

  33. Business Matters: Is EMI Going To Citigroup Sooner Than Later?

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST Is Terra Firma Handing Over EMI to Citigroup Sooner Than Later? -- Terra Firma may hand over EMI to Citigroup within weeks and buyers have been lined up for its recorded music and publishing divisions, according to a weekend report in The Guardian ...

  34. Will the Android Be the Dominant App Platform of 2011?

    December 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST Depending on who you believe, the Android smartphone platform either is or isn't going to be the dominant app environment for 2011. On the pro side is famed VC Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, who last week on his A VC blog said Android ...

  35. Business Matters: EMI Pension Fund, Fake Reviews, Bananarama

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI'S PENSION PROBLEMS -- It would be ironic if EMI 's biggest problems came not from its debt but from a liability unrelated to the credit bubble or the recorded music downturn: its pension fund. As ( Billboard.biz has reported ), the U ...

  36. Business Matters: BMI, John Lennon, Foursquare, Lilith and more

    June 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT INTERIM FEE AGREED ON -- BMI and the Radio Music License Committee have agreed on an interim fee starting August 1 that will reduce the radio industry’s fee to $192 million from $217 million. BMI had previously agreed to the lower fee (reduced 7% ...

  37. Research Group Studies Radiohead Sales

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST If a product is worth only what people will pay for it, then what is a digital album worth? Not much, according to Internet research group ComScore. In a study examining how consumers reacted to Radioheads' "set-your-own-price" gamb ...