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  1. Report: Amazon Close To Android App Store Launch

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon reportedly is close to launching its own app store for the Android mobile phone operating system. Details are sketchy still, but according to TechCrunch , essentially the program asks developers to create apps for the Amazon-branded app mar ...

  2. Business Matters: Harry Fox, Smule, Hulu Plus, Blockbuster Bankruptcy and more

    September 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Harry Fox Inks Deal With IODA -- Harry Fox has inked a deal with digital distributor IODA for a clearance and royalty digital process. One feature is the ability of IODA clients to clear digital l ...

  3. RIAA To Google: Help Us Fight Piracy

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A wide-ranging group of more than a dozen music industry associations has sent a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt requesting more information about the anti-piracy implications of the company’s recent network management plan with Verizon . The as ...

  4. Business Matters: Warner Music Group, Hastings, MOG

    August 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Standard & Poor 's downgraded Warner Music Group 's stock to "negative" from "stable" last week. The ratings agency believes a lower rating is proper "until there is an indication that digital sales can re ...

  5. Google/Verizon Policy Statement Not So Neutral

    August 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A joint policy statement issued Monday by Google and Verizon was met with immediate criticism across the Internet. The seven-point plan outlines the companies' vision for an "open Internet." But commentators and net neutrality suppo ...

  6. Aventura, Chayanne Win Big At Premios Juventud

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Shakira floated in on a magic carpet, Pitbull did the bump-and-grind with Mexican pop star Belinda and Wisin & Yandel performed with the dancers from "Step Up 3D" at the seventh annual Premios Juventud ("Youth Awards"), bro ...

  7. Machete Tour 2010 Announces First Seven Concerts

    July 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The AEG Live-promoted Machete Tour 2010 has announced its first seven dates. The tour branded around the Universal-owned Latin urban label is headlined by Ivy Queen and Tego Calderon, with other artists on the bill including Cosculluela, Jowell y ...

  8. Analysis: Subscription Model Takes Another Hit

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT If music subscription services were easy, everybody would be doing them and millions of Americans would be paying. Numbers from RealNetworks’ latest earnings show subscriptions are still one of music’s greatest paradox: so much potential but so fe ...

  9. Espinoza Paz To Visit 12 Cities On First U.S. Headlining Trek

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Regional Mexican artist Espinoza Paz will visit 12 U.S. cities on his “Nace Una Estrella” tour, promoted by AEG Live. The tour starts June 19 at Denver’s Wells Fargo Theatre and wraps Aug. 28 at New York’s Nokia Theatre. This is the first U.S. hea ...

  10. Univision Plans Upfront Showcase In N.Y.

    April 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT After skipping a big New York showcase event during last year's upfront season, Univision will return to that format this year, the network confirmed today. Separately, budding Spanish-language network Estrella TV said it would put on its fir ...

  11. Ad Spending Fell 12% In 2009

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's official: 2009 was a lousy year for the ad industry. Spending on all media fell 12% in the U.S. to $125.3 billion, according to a report from Kantar Media due Wednesday. Of 20 categories, only two were higher in 2009 compared with 2008: ...

  12. Business Matters: MOG, iPhone, Echo Nest, P2P and more

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- MOG is planning to unveil an iPhone app at a press event on March 15, right in the middle of interactive week of SXSW. Look for more coverage at Billboard.biz when the app is in the wild. ( Press release ) -- Echo Nest has received a $500,000 g ...

  13. FCC To Propose Faster Broadband Speeds

    February 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has unveiled a plan that would require Internet providers to offer minimum home connection speeds by 2020, a proposal that some telecommunications companies panned as unrealistic. The FCC wants service pr ...

  14. Ad Recovery Remains Elusive For MTV Nets

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST The advertising marketplace in the fourth quarter began limping down the long road to recovery, as was demonstrated by earnings reports issued by a half-dozen media companies over the course of the last 10 days. And while some programmers have cov ...

  15. Is Twitter The Next Second Life?

    February 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST If you're a marketer who has steered clear of Twitter, your (non)strategy may be paying off! It's possible that this Twitter thing may just take care of itself. In the middle of last year, Twitter's growth slowed from 7.8 million ne ...

  16. News Briefs: Liberman Broadcasting, Associated Press, Univision

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST -Liberman Broadcasting has purchased its eighth TV station, this time in Denver. KWHD Channel 53 (digital channel 46) will begin broadcasting Liberman’s Spanish-language Estrella TV network “as early as the second quarter 2010,” according to a Lib ...

  17. Apple iPad Analysis: What Does It Mean For The Music Biz?

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST It's fair to say that the newly-unveiled, over-hyped and much-anticipated iPad tablet computer will not be the mobile music business game-changer that previous Apple offerings were, like the iPhone and the App Store. That's not to say it ...

  18. UPDATE: It's the iPad! Liveblogging The Apple Announcement

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST :32 p.m. - That's a wrap. Check back today for insight and analysis of today's announcements . Below, the new Apple iPad, which will go on sale in March starting at $499. 2:30 p.m. - Jobs in closing: More than 75 million people already ...

  19. Report: Comcast Considering Streaming Music Service

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Internet and cable provider Comcast reportedly is mulling a streaming music service for both ISP and cable TV subscribers. TechCrunch says Comcast may offer the service as an optional add-on for around $5 a month. It's not clear if Comcast wi ...

  20. Verizon Boots Pirates From Network

    January 20, 2010 12:00 AM EST The veil covering the highly secretive negotiations between the music industry and ISPs over how to handle online piracy was lifted slightly today with Verizon now admitting to operating a graduated response program. In an interview with CNET , Ve ...

  21. Report: BMI Files Suit Against T-Mobile

    January 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST Performing rights organization BMI has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Federal Court against mobile carrier T-Mobile USA for allegedly selling ringback tones without acquiring the proper licenses. A report in the Register says the lawsuit was filed on ...

  22. It's Official: Google Unveils Nexus One Phone

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST As anticipated, Google today officially unveiled the Nexus One smartphone, an Android-based mobile phone which Google will both sell directly to customers as well as through partner T-Mobile. The phone features a 3.7 inch touchscreen with voice-co ...

  23. Black Eyed Peas Announce The E.N.D. World Tour Dates

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Black Eyed Peas announced an ambitious 100-dates world tour, including a series of 2010 shows in North America, the popular hip-hop group's first full-scale tour of the U.S. and Canada in nearly four years. The North American leg of " ...

  24. @ Media & Money: Execs Debate Controlling Digital Content

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the rise of the digital mediums, companies have found it more difficult to place value on their content since it appears on the Internet or on phones instead of in a format the companies can contain. The Controlling Content in a Digital World ...

  25. Ciara Onboard For LG, Verizon Push

    November 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST As a lot of attention falls on high-end smartphones, LG is focusing where much of the volume is—the middle of the market—with a marketing plan that calls for more spending and celeb endorsements. First up is a push for its Chocolate phone in conju ...

  26. Jay-Z Reveals Additional North American Tour Dates

    November 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The second leg of Jay-Z's North American tour will begin on Feb. 22 in Houston and will make stops in Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta and Boston before ending on March 26 in Los Angeles' Staple Center. Jay-Z will be joined by former Def Jam ...

  27. Heated Panel Debates Ticketing Strategies

    November 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST Michael Marion, the GM of North Little Rock, Ark.'s, Verizon Arena (formerly Alltel Arena) drew applause during a morning panel today at the sixth annual Billboard Touring Conference and Awards after sharing his thoughts on a polarizing subje ...

  28. NARM Task Force To Focus On Digital Music Issues

    October 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Association of Recording Merchandisers has launched a Digital Think Tank, a special task force of NARM members dedicated to resolving issues surrounding the business of digital music. "Historically, through the work of our Operat ...

  29. Owl City's 'Fireflies' Lands At No. 1 On Hot 100

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Minnesota native Adam Young, better known as Owl City, moves 7-1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fireflies," his debut effort on the list. The track earns the Digital Gainer honor, moving 2-1 on Digital Songs with 196,000 downloads (up 26 ...

  30. Bon Jovi Announces Meadowlands Concerts, World Tour

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Bon Jovi, the enduring rock band with a name that's synonymous with its home state of New Jersey, today (Oct. 22) announced a two year 2010-11 world tour at a press conference and concert performance at the Meadowlands Entertainment Complex. ...

  31. Business Matters: Live Nation/Ticketmaster, Net Neutrality, Garth Brooks

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Major concessions would be needed for the Justice Department to approve a merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation , sources have told the Wall Street Journal. The report offered no details or guesses on which concessions could be made. One possi ...

  32. Business Matters: Rhino Records, Verizon, A2IM

    September 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Rhino Records laid off 30-40 employees on Thursday, according to a report. Jobs were cut from all departments, according to the report. In a st ...

  33. Will Kanye West's VMAs Outburst Hurt His Upcoming Tour?

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After crashing the stage during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards last weekend and numerous apologies for his outburst - stating he would "take some time off" to reflect - Kanye West will instead join La ...

  34. Analysis: New Forrester Report Highlights Music Release Strategies

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a new study from research firm Forrester, titled “Music Release Windows: The Product Innovation That The Music Business Can't Do Without,” the company has taken an old concept and made it a rallying cry for greater change in the music indu ...

  35. Business Matters: eMusic, Sony, Perez Hilton, Apple

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- How many file sharers are there in the U.K. and where does that number come from? Ars Technica explains the investigation by a BBC Radio 4 show ...

  36. RealNetworks Develops Rhapsody iPhone App

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks says it had developed an iPhone app for its Rhapsody subscription music service, and is submitting it for Apple's approval this week. An overview of the app, including a video demo, was posted over the weekend to the Rhapsody blo ...

  37. Daughtry Arena Tour Dates Unveiled

    August 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Chris Daughtry and the rock band that bears his name are only halfway through a string of summer club dates celebrating the chart-topping album "Leave This Town," but the next extended jaunt through North American arenas is already set. ...

  38. Maxwell Extends 'BLACKsummers'night' Tour

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Following a sold-out summer tour, Maxwell will hit the road again this fall in support of his hit comeback album, "BLACKsummers'night." The Live Nation-produced trek, which upgrades from theaters to larger-capacity arenas, begins at ...

  39. Analysis: Should Real Switch Strategy?

    June 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Is it time for RealNetworks to Switch Gears? That's the headline of an article at the New York Times that questions the strategies and relevancy of RealNetworks, which operates the Rhapsody music store and subscription service. In the piece, ...

  40. Billboard.biz Q&A: NARM President Jim Donio

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Jim Donio, the president of the National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM), has a tough role to play. As NARM is a trade association comprised of many different types of music merchandisers, Donio is tasked with navigating the trade as ...

  41. Analysis: The Orchard Keeps Focus On Long-Term

    May 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The latest earnings results from digital distributor the Orchard painted a picture of a company with a focused long-term strategy for an increasingly competitive marketplace. For Q1 2009 ending March 31, 2009, the company reported revenues of $15. ...

  42. Cablevision Looks To Spin Off MSG, Posts Profit

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Cablevision Systems Corp floated a plan to spin off of its Madison Square Garden business, which includes its New York Knicks basketball team and Radio City Music Hall, and it posted a first-quarter profit. Shares jumped as much as 18% on Thursday ...

  43. Q&A: CBS Interactive Music President David Goodman

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT CBS Corp. this week merged its music-related businesses into a new unit, called the CBS Interactive Music group. It consists of the on-demand streaming music service Last.fm along with the interactive websites of every CBS radio station that offer ...

  44. Urban bachata Duo Xtreme To Star In Reality Show

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Urban bachata duo Xtreme will star in “Xtreme: On the Verge,” a new reality show on mun2 that premieres May 7. The bilingual cable channel will follow Xtreme’s Steve Styles and Danny D for seven episodes as they navigate their business, record mus ...

  45. Beyonce Unveils Summer Tour Dates

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Beyoncé and her all-female band will kickoff a 22-date North American tour at New York's Madison Square Garden in June and will wrap with a four-night residence at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas July 30-August 2. Winners of her "Single Ladies& ...

  46. ASCAP President Marilyn Bergman Steps Down

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Marilyn Bergman, who has led the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for 15 years, is stepping down as president and chairman of the board. Her successor is expected to be elected at the next ASCAP board of directors meeting late ...

  47. The Orchard Within Stones Throw Of Profitability In Q4

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT After getting within sight of profitability, a misstep resulted in a Q4 loss of $306,000 for digital services company The Orchard, the company reported in its Q4 and fiscal 2008 earnings report on Wednesday. Pro-forma revenues for Q4, which accoun ...

  48. Jonas Brothers Roll Out Tour Plans

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nearly two weeks after the premiere of Disney's "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert" film, the siblings have unveiled dates to their upcoming world tour. The 44-date North American leg begins June 20 at the Dallas Cowboys New Stadium i ...

  49. Consultant Spills On Warner Music's ISP Plan

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST A few more details about Warner Music Group’s proposal to issue blanket music licenses to ISPs trickled out at the Digital Music Forum East conference this week, where industry consultant Jim Griffin—the man behind the plan—was a featured speaker. ...

  50. mSpot Licenses Sony Catalog, All Majors Onboard

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile media firm mSpot has licensed Sony Music Entertainment's catalog for its customizable ringtone service. The Make-UR-Tones app, available from operators like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon lets users select the clip of a song they want to ...

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