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  1. Amazon Smartphone to Be Carried Exclusively by AT&T

    June 17, 2014 11:30 AM EDT AT&T will be the exclusive mobile carrier for Amazon's smartphone, the Wall Street Journal is reporting . The publication's sources said  that the phone, anticipated to be announced at an event on Wednesday in the online retailer ...

  2. John Oliver Explains Net Neutrality in 13 Minutes on 'Last Week Tonight'

    June 02, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Late night talk-show host John Oliver tackled net neutrality on Sunday night's episode of his HBO show "Last Week Tonight." "Yes, net neutrality," he told the audience. "The only two words in the English language t ...

  3. Tech Giants Join Neutrality Furor in Open Letter, FCC Responds with Open Email

    May 08, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Today has brought two separate reactions to the raging net neutrality debate; the FCC has thrown open its doors, while the most powerful companies on the web have thrown down the gauntlet. Yesterday, a letter was delivered to the FCC addressing th ...

  4. Vodafone Acquires Spanish Mobile Carrier Ono for $10 Billion

    March 17, 2014 10:48 AM EDT British telecommunications company Vodafone agreed on Monday to buy Spain's Ono for 7.2 billion euros ($10 billion) as it seeks to expand operations across Europe. The deal is part of a broader trend of mergers and takeovers in Europe, where ...

  5. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler Announces Net Neutrality Proposals in Wake of January Court Defeat

    February 19, 2014 12:51 PM EST FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has announced  plans for his agency's pursuit of net neutrality rules following the give-and-take ruling handed down by a court of appeals last month . The January ruling reinforced the FCC's authority on interne ...

  6. Open Internet Preservation Act Reinforces Net Neutrality

    February 04, 2014 1:04 PM EST Reps. Henry A. Waxman and Anna Eshoo have introduced new net neutrality legislation that restores the Federal Communication Commission's open internet rules that were struck down last month in a different ruling by D.C. Circuit Court of Appea ...

  7. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Receives Billboard's Industry Icon Award at Midem with Wide-Ranging Keynote

    February 03, 2014 11:53 AM EST At a very early (9:30 a.m.) breakfast on Sunday morning, after a night of dancing on tables at Cannes' boîtes and bars like La Chunga, a gaggle of music execs gathered at a ceremony to pay tribute to U2's greatly esteemed manager Paul ...

  8. Appeals Court Deals Blow to FCC's 'Net Neutrality' Rules

    January 14, 2014 1:04 PM EST In a victory for broadband carriers like AT&T and Verizon, the D.C. Circuit strikes down anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has knocked down major provisions of the FCC's &q ...

  9. 13 Ways to Make Money with Your Songs (Guest Post)

    December 13, 2013 2:17 PM EST Jamie Purpora is TuneCore's President of Music Publishing Administration.  If you write songs, and your songs are sold, downloaded, streamed or used in many other ways, they’re generating songwriter royalties for you.  Awesome, right? Nowad ...

  10. Exclusive: Verizon Teams With Jill Scott for Black History Month Campaign

    January 23, 2013 7:46 PM EST Verizon has teamed with Jill Scott for a multi-tiered print, TV and online advertising campaign to coincide with Black History Month -- a rare artist endorsement deal for both parties -- Billboard has learned. Scott's involvement as one of Ve ...

  11. Barbra Streisand Tops Hot Tours Chart Followed by Andre Rieu, Jennifer Lopez

    November 20, 2012 4:04 PM EST Barbra Streisand reigns atop the weekly Hot Tours ranking with ticket revenue reported from arena performances on her trek through North American markets during October and November. The Live Nation-produced concerts generated more than $31.3 mill ...

  12. Bon Jovi Announce 2013 Tour Dates, Fan-Friendly Ticket Prices

    November 20, 2012 9:00 AM EST Bon Jovi's "Because We Can" tour will hit the road in February with recession-friendly prices. The group's upcoming dates will feature seven price tiers in most markets, including more than 1,000 tickets priced at $19.50 before ...

  13. Justin Bieber Nabs Third Hot Tours No. 1, Phish at No. 2

    November 07, 2012 6:14 PM EST Pop star Justin Bieber makes his third appearance at No. 1 on the weekly Hot Tours recap since launching the North American leg of the Believe Tour in late-September. This week's chart-topping performance is based on $11.8 million in reported ...

  14. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil Tops Hot Tours

    November 01, 2012 4:17 PM EDT Cirque du Soleil's concert touring production, Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour ranks No. 1 on this week's Hot Tours ranking with box office totals reported from an multi-show run in London during October. The O2 Arena hosted the ...

  15. Akinah Rahmaan Named Island Def Jam VP of Marketing

    October 17, 2012 5:00 PM EDT The Island Def Jam Music Group announced today (Oct. 17) that Akinah Rahmaan will step up and fill the role of Vice President of Marketing. Senior Vice President of Marketing Chris Atlas, to whom Rahmaan will report directly, stated that she will ...

  16. James Taylor Suing Warner Bros. Records For $2 Million Over Digital Revenue

    September 14, 2012 2:03 PM EDT Add James Taylor to the list of musicians suing record labels over royalties from iTunes and other digital outlets. The famed singer/songwriter filed a complaint against Warner Bros. Records on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming appro ...

  17. Business Matters: Apple Still King of Digital Music, Unveils New iTunes, iPhone, iPods

    September 12, 2012 3:15 PM EDT Apple confirmed its dominant position in its post-Jobs era Wednesday when it unveiled new versions of iPhone, iTunes, iPod Nano and iPod Touch. The new products it unveiled suggests Apple has a commitment to maintain its leadership in digital musi ...

  18. KCON, First-Ever U.S. K-Pop Convention, to Feature 4Minute, B.A.P., More

    September 07, 2012 4:46 PM EDT In the wake of Korean singer/rapper Psy's signing with Scooter Braun's Schoolboy Records , tickets for the first ever K-pop fan convention have gone on sale. KCON, a production by Korean entertainment brand Mnet, comes to the Verizon Amp ...

  19. Arenas Are Where Content Is King

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Arenas are challenged to have skin in the game in a competitve booking climate. If there's one primary objective for the modern-day arena manager, it's to keep the lights on. Dark nights are a bummer. Content is king, and, frankly, there ...

  20. 6 Questions with DADDY YANKEE

    August 30, 2012 12:55 PM EDT A decade ago, before most artists fully understood the power of branding and DIY promotion, Raymond Ayala, better-known as Daddy Yankee, took charge of his career as a reggaeton artist. He created his own label -- El Cartel -- and started to relea ...

  21. Frankie J. Joins Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Summer Tour After Wisin & Yandel Drop Out

    July 12, 2012 4:09 PM EDT R&B/soul singer Frankie J. has been invited to be part of the Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias summer tour two weeks after Latin urban duo Wisin & Yandel dropped out, according to a spokesperson for the crooner's label. Frankie J, ...

  22. Essence Fest Draws 413K, Record Sponsorship, Men; Announces 2013 Dates

    July 12, 2012 1:02 PM EDT The Essence of Essence (from left): Kimberly Paige: Associate Vice President African-American Marketing, Coca-Cola; comedian Kevin Hart; and Essence Communications president Michelle Ebanks. (Photo: Walik Goshorn) The Essence Music Festival wrappe ...

  23. Out Of Synch

    June 21, 2012 7:45 PM EDT Sound-Alike TV Ads Cause Major Controversy In early June, just as Beach House was enjoying a top 10 debut for its new album, "Bloom," the Baltimore indie band was also getting ready to do battle. After learning that a new Volkswagen ad a ...

  24. Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary: How the Complex Tour Came Together

    May 29, 2012 3:00 PM EDT (Photo: Guy Webster) God only knows how challenging it was to put together the Beach Boys' 50th-anniversary tour. With multiple managers, three booking agencies and the five Beach Boys participating in the reunion -- Brian Wilson, Mike Love, ...

  25. Daddy Yankee Named Face of Verizon's 'Mis Fabulosos Quince' Campaign

    May 25, 2012 8:47 AM EDT Urban star Daddy Yankee is the face of Verizon's new Mis Fabulosos Quince (My Fabulous Quince) campaign. The contest aimed at Latina teenagers will have 15-year-olds submitting essays to win an all-expenses paid Quinceañera party for 100 gues ...

  26. Shazam To Offer Free, Exclusive Download of Usher's 'Climax' During Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Shazam is getting in on this Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards in a big way: fans who use Shazam during the ABC telecast (8:00 p.m EDT) will be able to download an exclusive and free Diplo remix of Usher's chart-topping single " ...

  27. Rdio Hosts Hack Day For In-House Team, Produces RSS, Shazam Apps

    May 08, 2012 12:47 PM EDT At its San Francisco headquarters, Rdio recently held its first-ever hack day -- a marathon event where coders build stuff that works, fast. Most hack days , including the one our editor just attended in Sydney , are open to the public and consist ...

  28. Live Nation's Major Gospel Tour to Feature 'The King's Men,' Four Heavyweights of Gospel Music

    May 03, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Live Nation is bringing gospel to the arena. Today, the company announced that they will be bringing four of the most successful gospel artists of all time - Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin and Israel Houghton, collectively known as & ...

  29. Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias Announce Summer Tour

    April 30, 2012 7:21 PM EDT Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez, two Latin pop stars undergoing impressive career revivals, have joined forces to co-headline a summer tour. The initial 16 dates of the North America trek were announced on Monday (April 30), with more dates to ...

  30. ISPs to Roll Out Copyright Alert Systems This Year, CCI's New Executive Director Says

    April 02, 2012 5:25 PM EDT Expect U.S. Internet service providers to roll out their "copyright alert systems" later this year, says Jill Lesser, the newly appointed executive director of the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). The July 2011 memorandum of under ...

  31. The Temptations Join Chorus of Lawsuits Over iTunes Royalties

    March 15, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Another major class-action lawsuit has just been filed on the digital royalties front. The Temptations, the pioneering male vocal group from the 1960s, is suing Universal Music in federal court in California, seeking millions of dollars after alle ...

  32. RIAA CEO/Chairman Says ISPs Ready To Police Copyright This Summer: Report

    March 15, 2012 9:16 AM EDT The country's largest Internet service providers, including Comcast, Cablevision, Verizon and Time Warnerm, may begin policing U.S. copyright infringement as soon July, according to a report on CNET. The news came from Cary Sherman, CEO/chair ...

  33. How Ten New or Renovated Venues Are Reshaping The Nation's Touring Circuit

    February 22, 2012 2:48 PM EST A rendering of the Barclay's Center slated to open this September in Brooklyn. From Brooklyn to Kansas City, Mo., and points beyond, a wide range of new buildings and freshly renovated veteran facilities are making news and offering new oppor ...

  34. The Cloud Is Running Out of Room: Here's How It Affects Spotify, Pandora and Others

    February 21, 2012 3:17 PM EST CNN Money's chart, which relies on data from the FCC, shows our wireless spectrum surplus becoming a deficit next year It's true what they say: Our digital lives are moving to the cloud. Whenever we fire up Facebook instead of a local em ...

  35. Super Bowl Seen Online Via Live Stream By 2.1 Million

    February 08, 2012 8:15 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - The first live stream of the Super Bowl drew 2.1 million unique viewers, NBC said Tuesday. That's a small fraction of the record 111.3 million viewers that watched NBC's broadcast of the big game. But it was still enough ...

  36. Madonna Announces 2012 World Tour Dates -- Her Biggest Tour Yet

    February 07, 2012 3:00 AM EST Fresh of her halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVI (which was viewed by 114 million people) comes details of the Madonna 2012 World Tour. The trek will begin May 29 in Tel Aviv, Israel, and will be her most extensive tour ever in terms of number ...

  37. Shazam To Offer Exclusive Content For Fans Tagging Songs During Super Bowl

    February 02, 2012 11:00 AM EST Screenshot of Shazam tagging Superbowl content courtesy of Shazam Shazam, the fourth-most-popular iOS app of all time, plans to let Superbowl viewers tag the audio coming out of their television sets on Sunday. Tagging audio essentially provides l ...

  38. Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band 'Wrecking Ball' U.S. Tour Dates Announced

    January 24, 2012 10:00 AM EST Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band launch the first US leg of the 2012 'Wrecking Ball' World Tour on March 18 in Atlanta, the singer announced today. Springsteen's 17th studio album, "Wrecking Ball," will be released ...

  39. Ryan Seacrest Launching TV Network With Mark Cuban, AEG, CAA

    January 18, 2012 8:45 PM EST Ryan Seacrest is getting his own TV network after all. The multi-hyphenate, along with partners AEG and talent agency CAA, have struck a deal with billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban to rebrand Cuban's HDNet as AXS TV (pronounced Access) begi ...

  40. Van Halen Is Back: Announce Nation-Wide Tour, New Album, Play NYC's Cafe Wha?

    January 06, 2012 8:52 AM EST They'll be playing arenas when they tour next month, but on Thursday night, a regrouped Van Halen provided thrills in a tiny club where a VIP crowd stood elbow to elbow as the storied band played some of their greatest hits including "Ju ...

  41. FTC Reviewing Citigroup's Sale of EMI To Universal, Sony: Report

    December 22, 2011 12:09 PM EST The FTC is reviewing Citigroup's sale of EMI's recorded music and publishing divisions, according to a New York Post report . The sale of EMI's divisions - recorded music to Universal Music Group for $1.9 billion and music publishin ...

  42. Business Matters: SOPA Delayed, Not Dead, After House Judiciary Committee Session Ends

    December 16, 2011 4:37 PM EST SOPA: Not Dead Yet -- A House Judiciary Committee ended two days of markup on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) on Friday with plans to reconvene on Wednesday. Most of the amendments introduced to the committee were voted down, but the bill's ...

  43. Bachata Star Romeo Santos Touring Arenas In Early 2012

    December 13, 2011 9:04 PM EST Bachata superstar Romeo Santos is going on a national arena tour in early 2012, according to a spokesperson. The Latin singer/songwriter, who is also the lead vocalist of Aventura, had a successful year as a solo artist in addition to being signed ...

  44. Adele Cancels All 2011 Tour Dates to Undergo Throat Surgery

    October 28, 2011 6:35 PM EDT Just days after Adele's "21" began its 13th week at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 and her "Someone Like You" began its fifth week atop the Hot 100 , the singer announced that she must cancel the rest of her tour dates for 201 ...

  45. Q&A: U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Reflects on Steve Jobs' Passing

    October 07, 2011 10:36 PM EDT The Kitchen Debate: (From left) Interscope-Geffen-A&M Chairman Jimmy Iovine, U2's Bono, Apple founder and CEO the-late Steve Jobs and U2 guitarist The Edge holdeing the black-and-red U2-branded iPod, the plan for which was first negotiate ...

  46. Vevo, iHeartRadio Among New Partners for Microsoft's Xbox Live

    October 05, 2011 2:08 PM EDT Music companies and other TV and entertainment companies are the newest partners of Microsoft's Xbox Live entertainment service for the Xbox 360 gaming platform. The new services will launch with Xbox this holiday season. Nearly 40 companies ...

  47. Wall Street Luke Warm On New Apple iPhone 4S

    October 05, 2011 7:40 AM EDT CUPERTINO, California (AP) - The most closely kept secret about the iPhone 5? There isn't one - yet. The new iPhone is faster, has a better camera and allows you to sync content without needing a computer. It includes a futuristic, voice-acti ...

  48. Adele Cancels U.S. Tour To Rest Injured Voice

    October 04, 2011 7:09 PM EDT Adele has canceled her upcoming U.S. tour due to a hemorrhage in her vocal chord, the singer and her label announced Tuesday. Set to kick off Oct. 7 in Atlantic City and positioned to cover much of the South and Texas over ten dates, the tour was ...

  49. Why Apple Probably Didn't Damage Its Leadership in Digital Music

    October 04, 2011 5:21 PM EDT Apple's media event on Tuesday may have lacked the "wow" moments of the past. Music played only a minor role. But music companies should look at the new products and lower prices as evidence that Apple can maintain mobile market sha ...

  50. Apple Unveils iPhone 4S, iTunes Match Set for Late October Launch

    October 04, 2011 3:08 PM EDT Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: The new iPhone 4S was introduced today at an Apple's media event held in Cupertino, Calif. It didn't have as much music focus as previous product unveilings, nor did it have Steve Jobs, but Apple's ...

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