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  1. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Jessica Steel

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 25 Jessica Steel Executive VP of business and corporate development, Pandora Media Website: Pandora.com Twitter: @pandora_radio Jessica Steel has led Pandora's business development since 2004, when Savage Beast Technologies pivoted into t ...

  2. Business Matters: Apple to 'Talk iPhone' on October 4

    September 27, 2011 4:57 PM EDT Apple to "Talk iPhone" on October 4 -- Apple has announced it will host a special event October 4 to "talk iPhone." The event will take place at the Apple campus in Cupertino, California and will begin at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. ...

  3. Lil Wayne Snags 18 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominations

    September 09, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Days after "Tha Carter IV" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a massive 964,000 copies sold and lands 11 songs on the Hot 100 , Lil Wayne continued a memorable week by leading all nominations for the 2011 BET Hip-Hop Awards, whic ...

  4. Business Matters: Why Spotify Shouldn't Worry About Turning A Profit Right Now

    August 29, 2011 10:31 PM EDT Why Spotify Shouldn't Worry About Turning A Profit Right Now -- Did Spotify make a profit in 2010? It's a nice question, but ultimately one that doesn't matter much. The company is growing quickly and it no doubt has enough capital ...

  5. Jay-Z and Kanye West Reschedule 'Throne' Tour (Report)

    August 02, 2011 11:04 AM EDT The Jay-Z/Kanye West collaboration 'Watch the Throne' hits iTunes in a week (Aug. 8) and brick-and-mortars a week after that, but fans eager to see them in person will have to wait until late October to take in their live show, according ...

  6. Camila To Launch U.S. Tour

    July 26, 2011 5:03 PM EDT Mexican pop trio Camila will launch a 10-city U.S. tour beginning Sept. 8 at the Pharr Event Center in McAllen, TX. The tour, produced by Cardenas Marketing Network (CMN) and presented by 5 Gum, will be the most ambitious to date in the U.S. for t ...

  7. Business Matters: Skullcandy IPO Shows Market Interest in Premium Headphones

    July 25, 2011 5:34 PM EDT Market On Premium Headphones: Outlook Good -- Last week's IPO by headphone maker Skullcandy indicates investors see potential in the growing market for premium headphones. The company sold 9.4 million shares at $20, which was above the $17-$1 ...

  8. Jay-Z and Kanye West, A.K.A. 'The Throne,' Announce Tour

    July 25, 2011 8:31 AM EDT A week after debuting their new single, "Otis," off "Watch the Throne," Jay-Z and Kanye West are joining forces to form the group 'The Throne' and announce their 'Watch the Throne Tour,' kicking off on Septe ...

  9. Pandora Partners with Verizon FiOS for TV Streaming

    July 21, 2011 12:31 PM EDT Pandora Media has partnered with Verizon to offer its Internet radio service to subscribers of Verizon's high-definition TV service FiOS, according to various media reports. The service has already launched in California, Texas and Virginia a ...

  10. Labels Reach Deal With ISPs on Antipiracy Effort

    July 07, 2011 11:16 AM EDT Nearly three years after the RIAA said it was "close" to getting Internet service providers to help in their fight against online piracy , that assistance has finally arrived. According to a new agreement unveiled today, the music, movie ...

  11. Verizon Ends Unlimited Data Plans

    July 06, 2011 12:15 PM EDT Add Verizon Wireless to the fraternity of mobile operators no longer offering unlimited data plans. The carrier today said that starting tomorrow (July 7), new customers will only be offered several tiers of usage-based data plans. Those tiers sta ...

  12. Business Matters: Smartphones Now Over Half of New Phone Sales in US, iPhone Driving Growth

    June 30, 2011 6:01 PM EDT Increasingly American as Apple Pie: Smartphones -- Smartphones have reached an important milestone in the U.S. According to Nielsen, 55% of mobile consumers who reported buying a new handset in the last three months purchased a smartphone instead ...

  13. ISPs Reportedly Joining in Piracy Fight

    June 23, 2011 10:55 AM EDT More than two years ago, the RIAA announced the end of its litigation campaign against individual P2P users, pointing to a new tactic of working with ISPs instead. That plan involved the ISPs voluntarily sending "graduated response" noti ...

  14. Cricket's Muve Music Service Is 'Killing It,' Label Sources Say

    June 09, 2011 12:47 PM EDT While many new music subscription services continue their struggle to make a dent in the U.S. digital music market, the Muve mobile music service offered by Cricket Communications is seeing phenomenal growth, according to multiple record label sou ...

  15. Business Matters: Another Sign of Retail Life -- Hastings Music Sales Up 1.3%

    June 08, 2011 6:45 PM EDT Slightly Better Than Flat Is the New Up! -- Here's another example of brick-and-mortar retail reaching something of a plateau: Hastings' music sales were up 1.3% in the quarter ended April 30. That's a few percentage points better t ...

  16. Business Matters: CDs Down 9% This Year And Getting Cheaper All the Time

    May 17, 2011 5:56 PM EDT CD's Downward Spiral: Declining Sales, Prices -- The year-to-date decline in CD sales may be smaller than the sales drop of years past, but the drop is actually larger when you factor in declining sale prices. The most official information on ...

  17. Marco Antonio Solis, Ana Gabriel Announce Co-Headlining Tour

    May 10, 2011 11:18 AM EDT Mexican artists Marco Antonio Solis and Ana Gabriel today (May 10) announced in Miami a co-headlining U.S. tour, dubbed "Haciendo Historia" (Making History). Both artists have long careers that straddle both pop and regional Mexican real ...

  18. IEG: Marketers To Spend $1.17 Billion On Live Music This Year

    April 27, 2011 11:33 AM EDT A downturn in the concert business in 2010 did not have a negative impact on corporate dollars spent in the space, as North American-based companies will spend $1.17 billion to sponsor music venues, festivals and tours in 2011, a 7.3% increase fro ...

  19. Nicki Minaj Confirms Talks To Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 08, 2011 1:11 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Nicki Minaj confirmed that she is in talks to join Britney Spears' forthcoming tour, as reported in Billboard.biz last week. MTV News spoke with Minaj befo ...

  20. Nicki Minaj In Discussions to Join Britney Spears Tour

    April 01, 2011 1:55 PM EDT Femme Fatales: Will Nicki Minaj (right) open for Britney Spears? (Photo: Getty Images) Sources say that Nicki Minaj is in discussions -- but not confirmed -- to support Britney Spears on the latter's upcoming tour after Enrique Iglesias abrup ...

  21. Britney Spears To Tour With Enrique Iglesias This Summer

    March 29, 2011 6:55 AM EDT Britney Spears will announce on ABC's "Good Morning America" today that she will tour North America with Enrique Iglesias, Billboard.biz has learned. Today is the official release date of Spears' seventh studio album, "Fem ...

  22. AT&T/T-Mobile Merger: Five Ways It Could Impact Music Biz

    March 21, 2011 2:29 PM EDT On the eve of the mobile phone industry's annual CTIA Wireless conference, AT&T dropped the bombshell news that it is acquiring rival T-Mobile for $39 billion. The move has all manner of repercussions for the wireless market, should it pa ...

  23. RightsFlow Builds A Business Around Clearing Song Rights

    March 18, 2011 12:00 PM EDT When it launched in the fall of 2007, RightsFlow comprised four people working out of the living room of president/CEO Patrick Sullivan's apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side.Today, the company has established itself as a disruptive ...

  24. Apple iPad 2 Sales Estimated at a Million

    March 14, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Analysts expect Apple Inc to have sold close to a million iPad 2 tablet computers on its debut weekend -- significantly more than the first iPad, which went on sale last April. "We would not be surprised to see Apple sell closer to 1 million ...

  25. Analysis: What Apple's iPad 2 Means For The Music Industry

    March 03, 2011 6:20 PM EST Wednesday's unveiling of the iPad 2 wasn't much of a surprise, as most everyone following Apple knew it planned to announce an update to the tablet device. What follows now is an analysis of what the new device means. Apple has an uncann ...

  26. Apple -- And Steve Jobs -- Unveil iPad 2, Garage Band App

    March 02, 2011 2:57 PM EST At a special press event today in San Francisco, Apple unveiled the next generation of the iPad, dubbed the iPad 2 . Unlike past events, this reveal was not much of a surprise, since Apple hinted at it pretty clearly in the invitations sent out fo ...

  27. Verizon iPhone Pre-orders Sell out

    February 04, 2011 7:05 AM EST Verizon sold out of iPhones pre-orders less than a day after it began allowing current customers to order the Apple smartphone, according to Mashasble.com A note on the telecommunication's website confirmed that Verizon is "no longer tak ...

  28. Business Matters: For Sale: Barely Used Social Networking Site

    February 03, 2011 1:00 PM EST For Sale: Barely Used Social Networking Site -- News Corp. is ready to sell struggling social network Myspace, chief operating officer Chase Carey said in Tuesday's earnings call. Less than a month after Myspace laid off 500 staffers, Carey s ...

  29. The Daily: Rupert Murdoch's iPad-Only Newspaper Launches, Still A Work In Progress

    February 02, 2011 3:53 PM EST Today marks the launch of The Daily, NewsCorp's iPad newspaper that is founder Rupert Murdoch's vision for the future of digital publishing. Each "issue" features up to 100 "pages" of news, sports, entertainment, goss ...

  30. Business Matters: Homeland Security Shutters Sports Sites Before Super Bowl

    February 02, 2011 2:35 PM EST Homeland Security Shuts Down Sports Sites In Advance of Super Bowl -- With so much attention going to piracy of music, television and film content, it's easy to forget that sports are a heavily pirated good as well. The fact hasn't been ...

  31. Business Matters: The Android Surge: Mobile Is No. 1, Tablets Up Ten-Fold

    February 01, 2011 1:11 PM EST Android Mobile Is No. 1 -- Android overtook Nokia for the top mobile market share in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to Canalys. Google's operating system was used on 33.3 million units shipped in the quarter, up 615% year over year and ...

  32. Business Matters: Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos

    January 28, 2011 1:48 PM EST Hulu Mulls Music Biz Approach to Free Videos -- The free vs. paid debate so common in the music industry is being played out with online video. Wary of giving away too much content, the companies in the Hulu joint venture are considering a transfo ...

  33. Verizon On The Horizon: Apple Releases iTunes Update

    January 28, 2011 8:05 AM EST On Thursday Apple released iTunes 10.1.2, the latest update for the company's popular music and media management system. While stability and performance improvement are ostensibly the reasons behind the new edition, several of the upgrades po ...

  34. Lil Wayne Announces 'I Am Music II' Tour Dates

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Nearly three months after being released from prison, Lil Wayne today (Jan. 24) announced an I Am Music II spring tour, a 24-date trek across North America that kicks off Mar. 18 in Buffalo, N.Y., and wraps May 1 in East Rutherford, N.J., with a h ...

  35. Katy Perry to Kick Off 'California Dreams' U.S. Tour in June

    January 19, 2011 12:00 AM EST Katy Perry announced the North American dates for her California Dreams 2011 world tour during a live chat on Facebook Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 19). The pop star will bring her "Teenage Dream" and "One of the Boys" hits to the ...

  36. Watch: The Daily Show Celebrates Verizon's Apple iPhone Deal -- Loudly!

    January 12, 2011 12:00 AM EST "Today, our long national nightmare is over," Jon Stewart said on last night's Daily Show (video below), referring to yesterday's announcement that starting in February Verizon will begin providing service for the Apple iPhone. ...

  37. Analysis: What Verizon's iPhone Launch Really Means

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST Tech pundits and analysts have been waiting for Verizon to sell the iPhone since the device was first unveiled back in 2007. Now that that day is finally here, they can now turn their attention to what it really means. What does it mean for Verizo ...

  38. If Verizon Gets the iPhone: Five Questions to Ask ...

    January 10, 2011 12:00 AM EST If the rumors swirling throughout the Internet are true, Verizon will announce tomorrow that it will, at long last, start selling Apple's iPhone by the end of the month. What we know for sure is that Verizon is holding a press event, although ...

  39. @CES: Five Gadgets That Rocked This Year's Conference

    January 08, 2011 12:00 AM EST Get past all the crowds, cab lines, celebrity spokespersons, bad food and booth babes, and the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was about nifty little gadgets -- a whole lot of nifty little gadgets that take up more show floor ex ...

  40. @CES 2011: Verizon Unveils Smartphones, Tablets & MiFi

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST CES historically is not a big mobile industry conference. But with smartphones having now eliminated the line that once separated mobile phones from consumer electronics devices, mobile operators flocked to the conference this year to tout their n ...

  41. @CES 2011 Update: Time Warner CEO on Cord-Cutting; Rock Band For Smartphones, Home Video DRM

    January 07, 2011 12:00 AM EST Among the latest news coming out of CES are Time-Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes take on the theory of cord-cutting as well as new product announcements like Rock Band for smartphones, the Ultraviolet digital rights management system for home video and Son ...

  42. @CES 2011: MOG & RDIO Music Streaming Services Move Beyond The Computer

    January 06, 2011 12:00 AM EST Streaming music services MOG and Rdio used the massive media platform that is this year's International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) to unveil their plans to extend their services off the computer and mobile phone and into new devices showc ...

  43. Business Matters: Why Spotify Still Hasn't Launched In the U.S.: $$$

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Why Spotify Still Hasn't Launched In the U.S.: $$$ Why has Spotify taken so long to launch? Money, sources tell The Telegraph. "Extremely high cash advances" demanded by record labels, an unnamed senior music executive says. (No ind ...

  44. Business Matters: It's 2011, Where is Spotify?

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST It's 2011, Where Is Spotify? -- 2011 is here and Spotify has not yet launched in the U.S. At the onset of 2011, writers are reviewing their January 2010 predictions that Spotify would soon launch in the U.S. They are thinking back to the many ...

  45. 2011 Consumer Electronics Show Preview: Tablets, Smartphones & Biz Markie

    January 03, 2011 12:00 AM EST The ringing in of the New Year is now behind us, which means only one thing-CES is just around the corner. The International Consumer Electronics Show -- as it officially is known -- runs from Jan. 6 - 9 in Las Vegas and sets the stage for the yea ...

  46. Muve Service From Cricket Wireless Could Have Big Impact on Mobile Music

    December 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST Mobile companies have not fared particularly well offering their own music services. But prepaid operator Cricket Wireless hopes to buck this trend with the introduction of a new branded mobile music service called Muve, set to go live sometime in ...

  47. FCC Proposes Wireless Use Of Broadcast Airwaves

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.S. telecommunications regulators proposed freeing up more airwaves for wireless services to meet the expanding use of handheld devices. The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday (Nov. 30) to seek public comment on propos ...

  48. Business Matters: Comcast, Holiday Sales Forecast, Spotify and more

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Changes In Consumer Behavior -- Comcast’s latest earnings provide a few telling examples of the changes in how consumers are consuming entertainment. The company lost 265,000 video customers in th ...

  49. Verizon's Plans With Apple

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With rumors still swirling that Verizon will at some point begin carrying the iPhone, Apple and Verizon today revealed that the wireless operator will start selling the iPad as of Oct. 28. While some iPads come with wireless connections to the AT& ...

  50. Business Matters: Holiday Sales Predictions, Songkick, Best Buy and more

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Economic Recovery Slow -- On the economic front, U.S. CEOs say they are less willing to hire new workers out of fear that sales growth with lose steam, according to a Business Roundtable survey. “ ...

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