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  1. Morning Fix: iTunes Launches In 56 Countries; Simon Fuller's Concord Bid; Clapton, Chris Martin Join 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit

    December 04, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters APPLE LAUNCHES ITUNES IN RUSSIA, TURKEY, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 52 ADDITIONAL COUNTRIES: Apple today announced it has launched its iTunes Stor ...

  2. Business Matters: Twitter Now a Place to Debut New Music

    June 25, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Blur to Debut New Songs Via Twitter Feed Twitter is the new MySpace -- in a good way. Blur will debut two new songs live on Twitter when they perform two new songs via a worldwide live video stream on Monday 2nd July. The event will take place at ...

  3. Business Matters: As Clear Channel Lands Royalty Deal, Pandora Speaks Up About Webcasting Royalties

    June 06, 2012 8:30 PM EDT Pandora Speaks Up About 'Very High' Webcasting Royalties -- On the day Clear Channel announced a groundbreaking performance royalty deal with Big Machine Label Group, Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy was reiterating a message about its own perfor ...

  4. Swizz Beatz Is Not Actually CEO of Megaupload

    January 20, 2012 3:00 PM EST Multi-talented producer and rapper Swizz Beatz is a man of many business ventures - he's designed cars for Lotus and shoes for Reebok, and served as a professor at NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music - but it is his purported ...

  5. Business Matters: Sony's Music Unlimited Coming to iOS Devices

    January 12, 2012 6:54 PM EST Business Matters: Sony's Music Unlimited Coming to iOS Devices -- Sony's Music Unlimited subscription service will be available for the iOS platform this quarter. Tim Schaaff, head of Sony Entertainment Network, broke the news at CES Wed ...

  6. Morning Heds: Bon Iver's Label, David Foster Starts At Verve, Mog To Stream In Subarus

    January 10, 2012 7:05 AM EST Bon Iver Establishes New Record Label Music Feeds Justin Vernon, the man behind one of the most successful Indie projects, Bon Iver, has launched his own record label. The label, called Chigliak Records, is an offshoot of his current label Jagjaag ...

  7. Business Matters: Copyright Office Proposes Federalization of Protections for Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

    December 30, 2011 5:30 PM EST We'll Take 'Em: U.S. Copyright's Office's Plan For Pre-1972 Recordings -- The U.S. Copyright Office has recommended that sound recordings made before February 15, 1972 be under the auspices of the federal government. The report ...

  8. Billboard FutureSound Update: More Speakers, Topics Confirmed

    September 28, 2011 1:32 PM EDT There are a lot of music-industry conferences these days, but we're aiming to do something really different with Billboard's inaugural FutureSound Conference , taking place Nov. 17-18 in San Francisco. This conference is designed to driv ...

  9. Business Matters: Grooveshark Inks Deals With Four More Indies

    September 20, 2011 9:33 PM EDT Grooveshark Inks Deals With Four More Indies -- Online music service Grooveshark has signed up four new labels for licensing deals: 101 Records, Nacional Records, Paper Garden Records and SMC Entertainment. "Nacional Records prides itself on ...

  10. Business Matters: 38% of YouTube's July U.S. Visitors Watched a Vevo Video

    August 16, 2011 7:45 PM EDT % of YouTube's July U.S. Visitors Watched a Vevo Video -- Music videos published by music video network Vevo were seen by a whopping 37.8% of YouTube's monthly U.S. unique visitors, according to comScore. On Wednesday the online measur ...

  11. Business Matters: Americans Getting Into QR Codes -- What About Music?

    August 12, 2011 6:00 PM EDT Americans Getting Into QR Codes -- What About Music? -- Believe it or not, people actually interact with QR codes, those odd-looking, super-pixelated boxes you see in newspaper and magazine ads, posters and postcards. According to comScore, more t ...

  12. Business Matters: As Pandora Stock Rises (Past Its IPO), How Does Its Market Value Compare to Peers?

    July 01, 2011 1:03 PM EDT As Pandora Stock Rises (Past Its IPO), How Does Its Market Value Compare to Peers? -- Pandora Media's turbulent stock market ride continues this week as shares of the newly public company have risen over 50% primarily on speculation the compa ...

  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. Slacker Unveils On-Demand Service, Achieves Freemium Model With a Twist

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Slacker is branching out from its Internet radio roots. At CES in Las Vegas , Slacker unveiled details of its upcoming on-demand subscription service to VentureBeat. No specific date for the launch was given, but VentureBeat reports it will happen ...

  15. Business Matters: Google To Help Fight Piracy?

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Google To Help Fight Piracy? -- Google has told two music industry trade groups it would have to charge a small fee to to help them track down pirated material more efficiently, reports CNET’s Gre ...

  16. Business Matters: Apple, Pandora, Spotify and more

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Apple Loses Lawsuit -- Apple has lost a patent lawsuit brought by Mirror Worlds LLC and is challenging the verdict that could cost the company as much as $625 million. If Apple pays that amount, i ...

  17. Business Matters: Vivendi, Amazon, Pandora and more

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music news. BEHIND THE VIVENDI EARNINGS -- If you look at Vivendi’s Q2 earnings released on Wednesday, two trends become clear: both revenue and EBITA (earnings before interest, taxes and amortization) are fa ...

  18. German Startup Aupeo Pushes Into Auto Market

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of the reasons radio still dominates music listening time is because of it’s ubiquity in the automobile. But Internet radio outlets are starting to gain foothold in the car, and the latest to do so is German startup Aupeo. The company struck a ...

  19. Business Matters: YouTube, Vevo, ShowClix and more

    July 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT YOUTUBE BOOSTS UPLOAD LIMIT -- YouTube has increased its upload limit of videos from 10 to 15 minutes for all users. Why now? YouTube explains that the success of its Content ID system allowed for the increase. That is the anti-piracy system that ...

  20. Business Matters: AEG, Copyright Reform, Another Planet and more

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LABELS + AEG, CONFLICT OF INTEREST? -- Would a conflict of interest prevent major labels from buying a stake in AEG ? The Deal tosses out Live Nation as an example, saying its artist management division’s quest for higher guarantees is fundamental ...

  21. Business Matters: Pandora, Second Life, RouteNote and more

    June 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 'PANDORA' AS A VERB -- Edison Research , which released some Internet radio stats a few days ago, follows up with talk about how webcasters are aiding music discovery and how they might approach their competition with market-leader Pando ...

  22. Business Matters: DOJ, Canadian Copyright Bill, eBay, UMG and more

    June 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The Department of Justice is keeping an eye on Live Nation , the New York Post reported on Thursday. The agency has contacted several independent music companies, according to the report, to see if they have felt any negative effects of the Tic ...

  23. Augmented Reality + How It Can Help Sell Music Products

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music industry is still in the early stages of wrapping its head around the new technology of augmented reality. Helping it along the way is a new implementation of the technology from Metaio and Kooaba. Together, they’ve figured out a way to ...

  24. Business Matters: Borders, Lala, Canada's CD Tariff, Buzzmedia, Irving Plaza and More

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Borders reported a greater operating loss and an improved net loss in the first fiscal quarter ending May 1, 2010. The net loss of $64.1 million was a fair improvement over the $86 million net loss in the previous year’s first fiscal quarter. R ...

  25. UPDATE: Major Shakeup At Xbox

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s official. Microsoft has indeed engineered a major shakeup of its entertainment and devices division, as reported earlier today (below). Out are the two most visible faces of the division: president Robbie Bach—who has led the business unit si ...

  26. Business Matters: TuneCore, MySpace Music, Merch Tips, Bono and More

    April 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- TuneCore has a marketing partnership with MySpace Music that will get MySpace Music-registered artists – which is just about everybody – a 50% discount on TuneCore distribution. That drops the fee for an album sold in 19 stores to $23.49. In ad ...

  27. Twitter Traffic Bounces, Company On Hiring Spree

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Twitter traffic bounced up 8% from December to January, according to new comScore figures released today. The service drew 73.5 million unique visits worldwide last month compared to 65.2 million in December. The uptick follows slow growth - and i ...

  28. Business Matters: EMI, Citi, Suzanne Vega, Tunewiki and More

    February 08, 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 . -- The behind-the-scenes dealmaking involved in the EMI a ...

  29. Business Matters: Vevo, ACTA, EMI, Vampire Weekend and More

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to comScore's tracking numbers, new video streaming site Vevo was the top network in the music-entertainment category in Decembe ...

  30. Business Matters: Keith Urban, UMG, Stock Watch and More

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- In his acceptance speech at the Peoples' Choice Awards on Wednesday night (watch in on YouTube ), Keith Urban thanks his fans and indicate ...

  31. Business Matters: Sony, eMusic, YouTube, Twitter

    December 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The addition of Sony ’s catalog at eMusic , which coincided with higher prices for fewer downloads, has resulted in virtually no change in the ...

  32. Business Matters: Teamsters, MySpace, Imeem

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Composers and lyricists in Hollywood are considering joining the Teamsters , Local 399. According to the Los Angeles Times, about 400 such prof ...

  33. 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, ...

  34. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, YouTube, Grooveshark

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Ticketmaster will reports its Q2 earnings after the bell Thursday. One analyst expects sales of $396 million and is worried that more venues wi ...

  35. Briefs: Twitter, Tapulous, Napster, Green Day

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Twitter is responding to complaints from many celebrities in the sport and entertainment worlds about imposters using their name to start a Twitter account. The company said it will introduced a Verified Accounts program that will authenticate ...

  36. Business Briefs: iLike, Spirit Music Group, NAB, Toby Keith and More

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- iLike CEO Ali Partovi says the company has been cash-flow positive since December . That's not profitability, but it's a great start for an online, music-based service. Profitability would take into account depreciation and amortizati ...

  37. Business Briefs: Live Nation-Ticketmaster Merger, StubHub, TrueAnthem and More

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- NPD Group found that 87% of U.S. digital music buyers used iTunes in 2008 versus 16% who used Amazon.com's MP3 store . Those figures do not indicate volume of purchases, just the percent of consumers who have purchased music at each store. ...

  38. Fans Embrace iLike Facebook App

    September 12, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The iLike application for Facebook went live just this past May, but already it's generating more fan participation for some artists than MySpace, according to an article on VentureBeat . Of the 11 randomly chosen topline acts surveyed, five ...