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  1. 'Fantasia: Music Evolved' Wants Gamers Closer to Music, Features Bruno Mars, Queen and More

    June 04, 2013 2:33 PM EDT Disney Interactive and Harmonix have announced the upcoming release of “Fantasia: Music Evolved,” a new motion-responsive video game for Xbox One that reinvents the historic Fantasia brand. Developed by Harmonix, the gaming studio behind the &qu ...

  2. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 3: The Biggest Issue Facing the Music Business Is ... ?

    December 21, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 -- and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. In the last of three questions we asked the industry "What will the mo ...

  3. Muzooka Launches Platform Connecting Artists, Producers; Promises Artists Can Keep 100% of Revenue

    December 12, 2012 7:22 AM EST Muzooka, the latest start-up to tackle the crowded market for digital artist services, launched today with an unusual promise to let artists keep 100% of the revenue from songs they sell by using the service. Based in Marin, Calif., Muzooka aims t ...

  4. Pandora Shares Plummet on Sour Fourth-Quarter Forecast

    December 04, 2012 5:49 PM EST Investors pushed the panic button on Pandora Media Inc.'s shares on Tuesday immediately after the Internet radio company released a disappointing fourth-quarter financial forecast that triggered a 21% slide in its stock price. The Oakland, Ca ...

  5. Universal Music Earnings Dip In First Nine Months

    November 13, 2012 4:22 PM EST Universal Music Group posted a 2.5% decline in earnings before interest taxes and amortization in the first nine months of 2012 compared with a year ago, according to results posted by its French conglomerate parent Vivendi on Tuesday. The world&# ...

  6. Tim Schaaff, Sony's President of Network Entertainment Int'l, Stepping Down

    November 08, 2012 10:05 AM EST The head of Sony Corp.'s Sony Network Entertainment International unit, Tim Schaaff, will step down at the end of the year, with Andy House taking on oversight of Sony's online platforms, which Schaaff has overseen, the company said Thur ...

  7. Clear Channel Parent Posts Improved Third-Quarter Results

    November 02, 2012 11:28 AM EDT CC Media Holdings, the parent company of radio giant Clear Channel Communications, on Friday reported slightly higher first-quarter revenue and a narrowed loss. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes place November 15-16 in San Francisco. ...

  8. Clear Channel Inks Second Radio Royalties Label Deal, This Time With Glassnote

    September 27, 2012 1:41 PM EDT Clear Channel has signed its second deal with an independent record label, teaming up with Glassnote Entertainment Group to pay out digital and terrestrial revenues to the label and its artists. The partnership comes on the heels of the radio gian ...

  9. Big Machine Label Group Signs Terrestrial Royalties Deal With Entercom

    September 20, 2012 10:12 AM EDT Big Machine Label Group, home to such stars as Taylor Swift and Tim McGraw, has followed its landmark deal with Clear Channel by striking a deal with Entercom Communications that allows Big Machine artists to participate in Entercome's terres ...

  10. Universal Music-EMI Deal Approved By Australian Regulators With No Divestments

    September 19, 2012 6:18 AM EDT Australia's competition and consumer commission t he ACCC has given the thumbs-up to Universal Music's planned purchase of EMI Music. With its green-light in this region, Universal Music's tie-up with EMI strides one step closer to ...

  11. Morning Fix: UMG's Revenues Rise; Rolling Stones' Brooklyn Gig; Slaughterhouse & TobyMac's Chart Battle

    August 30, 2012 7:54 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. ROLLING STONES TO PLAY LONDON, BROOKLYN IN NOVEMBER: SOURCE The Rolling Stones will play four dates in November, two at London's O2 Arena and two at the new Barclays ...

  12. Pandora's Second Quarter: As Losses Grow, the Message Shifts to Mobile

    August 29, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Pandora shifted its message for its fiscal second-quarter earnings on Wednesday, putting more emphasis on the growth of its mobile revenue and listening hours. During the earnings call, Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy unveiled an unprecedented number of d ...

  13. RealNetworks to Lay Off 160 in 'Streamlining' Effort

    August 28, 2012 8:54 PM EDT RealNetworks revealed today that it plans to cut 160 jobs -- 14 percent of its workforce -- in an effort to reduce operating expenses, according to AllThingsD and other media reports. Half of the layoffs immediate, with another 80 within the next ...

  14. Vivendi Names Canal+ Chairman Bertrand Meheut To Lead Content Business Review

    August 20, 2012 4:39 PM EDT LONDON - Vivendi said Monday that Canal+ chairman Bertrand Meheut will play a key role in its strategic review, which is expected to lead to the sale of at least some of its businesses. The French entertainment and telecom conglomerate's supe ...

  15. Updated: Jeff Price, Peter Wells Out of Tunecore

    August 15, 2012 8:44 PM EDT After several weeks of rumors, Tunecore CEO/President Jeff Price announced today that he and Peter Wells have left the company. Price, Wells and Gary Burke founded the company in 2006. According to sources, the Tunecore board voted to oust Price f ...

  16. The Darkness Returns From Hiatus With New Material

    August 09, 2012 4:00 PM EDT ''The world needs the Darkness," declares Justin Hawkins, the group's mustachioed guitarist and falsetto-voiced singer, "whether it knows it or not." As with most things concerning the Darkness - the ludicrously attir ...

  17. HMV, UK's Largest Entertainment Retailer, Reports Loss For Fiscal Year

    August 09, 2012 8:08 AM EDT LONDON - U.K. entertainment retail giant HMV on Thursday reported a loss for its latest fiscal year, but vowed to return to profitability in its current fiscal year as it looks to bounce back despite a still-weak economy and competitive pressures. ...

  18. Guest Opinion: Clear Channel/Big Machine Deal Is Step In Right Direction, But Not Far Enough, by Future of Music's Casey Rae

    July 26, 2012 8:00 AM EDT For decades, broadcasters have enjoyed an exemption that allows them to not pay performers and labels when they terrestrially broadcast music. This hardly makes sense, especially compared to digital services like Pandora or Sirius XM, which pay no ...

  19. BPI AGM Touts Global Success of UK Artists, Demands Gov't End 'Love Affair With Big Technology'

    July 03, 2012 3:44 PM EDT The success of British artists on the global stage and the need for stronger Government action to combat piracy - and help ensure the U.K.'s continued status as a major exporter of musical talent - were the two dominant themes at the BPI' ...

  20. Universal-EMI Merger: European Commision's Statement of Objections Leak (Report)

    July 03, 2012 12:15 PM EDT As the music industry anxiously awaits whether or not Universal Music Group's purchase of EMI Music will be approved by European and U.S. regulators, the media is in overdrive reporting every twist and turn of the labyrinth process as if it w ...

  21. Vivendi Committed to UMG's EMI Purchase, Selling Activision (Report)

    July 02, 2012 9:13 AM EDT Whatever the politics within Vivendi that led to the departure of CEO Jean-Bernard Lévy, the company's senior management team still stands behind Universal Music Group and its planned acquisition of EMI, according to an e-mail UMG chairman an ...

  22. Universal Music Parent Vivendi Ordered to Pay $956 Million in Liberty Media Suit

    June 26, 2012 10:50 AM EDT LONDON - Vivendi, the parent company of Universal Music Group, saw its shares slip in European trading Tuesday after the entertainment and telecom conglomerate lost a stage in a court case to John Malone's Liberty Media. Analysts said most in ...

  23. Live, From The Living Room: Online Concerts

    June 21, 2012 4:35 PM EDT A new breed of online video platforms is helping artists make money from live events without getting on a tour bus. With companies like StageIt, Gyroskope and Evinar leading the way, artists have entirely new opportunities to enjoy a career on the ...

  24. Universal Music's Acquisition of EMI To Face EU Commission's Statement of Objections

    June 08, 2012 8:38 AM EDT The approval process of Universal Music's acquisition of EMI's music division is entering another chapter as European Union regulators are preparing a list of concerns about the merger, according to EC Competition Commissioner Joaquin Al ...

  25. The Myth of DIY & The Madness of Traditional Release

    June 07, 2012 10:00 AM EDT Ed. Note: Benji Rogers is the founder and CEO of PledgeMusic, a fundraising platform that works with artists to develop a way to engage their fans in helping fund their projects, such as albums and tours, in exchange for exclusive content. PledgeM ...

  26. Digital Revenue Outstrips Physical in U.K. For First Time

    May 31, 2012 10:54 AM EDT Digital has overtaken physical as the biggest source of recorded music revenue in the United Kingdom, according to new figures released by British labels trade body the BPI. Digital format sales accounted for 55.5% of U.K. trade revenues in the fi ...

  27. Pandora Beats Guidance for Quarter, Raises Guidance for Fiscal Year

    May 23, 2012 7:03 PM EDT Pandora Media pleased investors by beating estimates for its fiscal first quarter revenue and increasing its guidance for the fiscal year. Revenue grew 58% to $80.8 million, easily beating the company's guidance of $72 million to $75 million. ...

  28. What to Expect from Pandora's Earnings Release Today

    May 23, 2012 10:03 AM EDT Look for continued, strong listener growth to be the theme when Pandora Media reports its fiscal first quarter earnings today after the end of the trading day. The company's shares are down 30% to $9.98 since first fourth quarter earnings wer ...

  29. Business Matters: @NARM - Ready or Not, Brands and Music Are BFFs

    May 09, 2012 8:39 PM EDT @NARM - Ready or Not, Brands and Music Are Best Friends Forever -- Brands are getting more involved with music. That may not always be a good thing, but it's a trend that isn't going to reverse course. "Bands and Brands 20 : Who ...

  30. Clear Channel Parent Company Posts Higher Revenue, But First-Quarter Loss

    May 04, 2012 10:54 AM EDT CC Media Holdings, the parent of radio giant Clear Channel Communications, on Friday reported higher first-quarter revenue, but also a bigger loss. The company, led by CEO Bob Pittman, reported a loss of $144 million, up from a year-ago loss of $1 ...

  31. Business Matters: Topspin Partners with TuneCore

    May 02, 2012 3:32 PM EDT Topspin and TuneCore Announce a 'Technical Integration' Digital sales and marketing has gotten easier and more affordable as two leaders in their respective fields announced a partnership Wednesday. Digital distributor TuneCore and direc ...

  32. Telefonica's Terra From Spain to Offer Legal Music, Film Streaming in Europe

    May 01, 2012 6:00 AM EDT MADRID - Telefonica's media unit Terra plans to introduce online films and music in Europe, starting with Spain and Portugal by the end of next month, news reports said Monday. Spanish Court Dismisses Case Against Major P2P Site No one was im ...

  33. Edwin Schroter, PIAS MD, Talks Nordic Expansion, EMI-Universal Merger

    April 30, 2012 1:00 PM EDT Edwin Schroter, PIAS Group Managing Director explained how PIAS Nordic's localized expertise in marketing, promotion and sales is one way to combat the decreased label services distributors can provide . Independent labels are increasingly ta ...

  34. Peter Gabriel's CueSongs Scores Synchs With Three Major Corporations

    April 27, 2012 2:33 PM EDT Screen shot of CueSongs' prcing page -- and they do bespoke! Three global brands are among the first users of CueSongs, the one-stop online music-licensing service co-founded by U.K. superstar Peter Gabriel in January and targeted at the burg ...

  35. Vevo's Rio Caraeff Talks Upfronts, Royalties, Growth, and Says: 'We Have No Intention To Leave YouTube'

    April 24, 2012 12:18 PM EDT It's a transitional time for Vevo, as the No. 1 most-watched YouTube channel (and No. 3 most-watched U.S. video platform on the web, according to Comscore) prepares to host its first upfront event for advertisers and agencies in New York on W ...

  36. Read: Sony/ATV Head Martin Bandier's Letter to Staff in Response to Layoff Reports

    April 18, 2012 7:03 PM EDT Late last night, the New York Times published an article, citing leaked documents, that stated if the consortium led by Sony Corp. of America gets approval to acquire EMI Music Publishing -- which it did on Thursday - - it would cut 326 positions ...

  37. Copyright Royalty Board To Set Mechanical Royalty Rates For Digital Music Services

    April 11, 2012 3:08 PM EDT In a major settlement between the music industry trade associations for record labels, music publishers and digital music providers, the Copyright Royalty Board, is expected to maintain the mechanical rate structure set forth from prior proceeding ...

  38. This Week In Music: FLO Thinkery's Mark Montgomery Gives Artists Career Advice

    March 29, 2012 5:28 PM EDT Mark Montgomery founded FLO Thinkery as a way to help solve many of the problems that businesses encounter, and as an investor in the Artist Growth mobile app he's recognized one of the solutions to the problem of building a career through mu ...

  39. Layoffs at The Orchard Following Ioda Merger

    March 27, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Digital distributors the Orchard has laid off employees just three weeks after its merger with the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA). According sources with knowledge of the layoffs, ten people from the IODA side of the business were ...

  40. Russian Publishers, Labels Boycotting Nokia and Samsung

    March 20, 2012 2:00 PM EDT MOSCOW - Russia's biggest music publishers and labels are boycotting Nokia and Samsung for their alleged failure to pay music license fees. The labels and publishers which signed the manifesto estimate their losses at 1.2 billion rubles (abou ...

  41. SoundHound's Katie McMahon SXSW Q&A

    March 16, 2012 2:30 PM EDT SoundHound VP, Sales and Marketing Katie McMahon takes a break during SXSW (photo: Glenn Peoples) Some tech companies used SXSWi to decorate a vehicle or throw an elaborate party. SoundHound went to Austin for meetings and trend watching. Billboar ...

  42. There Is a Future for Music Packaging, SXSWi Panel Insists

    March 13, 2012 4:47 PM EDT Innovative prototypes for new music packaging--and some discussion of whether they'll ruin or save the industry--were on display at a SXSW Interactive session Tuesday morning entitled "Can Printed Electronics Save the Music Industry?&quo ...

  43. SXSWi's Rainy First Day: Tumblr Ponchos; 'Future of Entertainment' Panel

    March 10, 2012 10:31 AM EST Outside the Austin Convention Center where 2012's SXSW Interactive conference kicked off and where a cross-section of the tech industry were met by raindrops. (photo: Sandira Calviac) There is a saying: when people talk about the weather, it& ...

  44. Corbis Simplifies Music Licensing With GreenLight Launch

    March 07, 2012 9:02 AM EST Bill Gates' online content licensing company Corbis is pushing into the music realm, with the newly-launched GreenLight Music allowing customers to purchase and license tracks from all four major labels for use on websites, corporate function ...

  45. Business Matters: Pandora Needs Investors Ready For the Long Haul

    March 06, 2012 9:29 PM EST Pandora Needs Investors Ready For the Long Haul -- Pandora had a clear message during Tuesday's earnings call for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Jan. 31: We're the future, but the future isn't here just yet. We' ...

  46. Pandora Shares Drop After Fourth-Quarter Earnings Report

    March 06, 2012 5:03 PM EST Shares of Pandora where free-falling 15 percent in after-hours trading on Tuesday after the digital music company reported uninspiring quarterly earnings results. The provider of online music reported revenue and profit that missed the expectation ...

  47. How Beyond Oblivion's Music Startup Model Tanked Before Takeoff

    March 05, 2012 4:50 PM EST Beyond Oblivion was supposed to save the music industry. Instead, it lived up to its name, collapsing in dramatic fashion at the end of 2011 when investors lost their patience with a company that kept promising and never delivering. Years of caree ...

  48. Sony, RCA Sued By Artist Over Music Video Background

    February 27, 2012 5:39 PM EST A Brooklyn-based artist has filed a new lawsuit that raises the question of whether the mise-en-scène from one video production can be appropriated in another. The plaintiff in the case is Maya Hayuk, who has had a strong career through two decade ...

  49. Viacom First Quarter Earnings Shredded by 'Rock Band' Settlement

    February 03, 2012 7:00 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Viacom Inc., the owner of Paramount Pictures, MTV and Comedy Central, on Thursday posted a 65 percent drop in net income for the latest quarter, as it took a charge related to the "Rock Band" series of video games. Revenu ...

  50. Facebook's Dan Rose Talks Music, App Economy, Skrillex @MIDEM Keynote Q&A (VIDEO)

    January 31, 2012 8:23 AM EST Watch live streaming video from midem at livestream.com In just four months, Facebook has become a major player in music streaming. Since the launch of Facebook Music in September, the social-networking giant has helped Spotify skyrocket to over 3 ...

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