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  1. IFPI Digital Music Report 2012: Global Digital Revenue Climbs 8%, Overall Market Decline Slows

    January 23, 2012 11:28 AM EST Global revenue from digital sales and services grew by 8 percent in 2011 - up from 5 percent the previous year - while the overall recorded music market shrank by approximately 3 percent in total trade value (both physical and digital), according ...

  2. Is Kazuo Hirai Succeeding Howard Stringer as President of Sony Corp?

    January 09, 2012 7:15 AM EST Sony's deputy president Kazuo Hirai will succeed Howard Stringer as president of Sony Corp. as early as April, according to Japan's largest business newspaper, Nikkei . Hirai, the officer in charge of consumer products & services bus ...

  3. Zynga, Online Game Maker, Prices Today's IPO at $10 a Share

    December 16, 2011 7:45 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) - Zynga is poised to harvest some cold hard cash in its initial public offering. Who knew that selling virtual cows and digital corn on Facebook would create a $7 billion company? The online game developer best known for "FarmVi ...

  4. INgrooves Makes Updates to Its Client Console

    December 13, 2011 8:30 AM EST Digital distributor INgrooves has made some upgrades to the client console used by its label partners. The additions help its clients keep up with the dynamic digital music market, explains CEO and founder Robb McDaniels in a statement. "Deve ...

  5. Labels Like 2011's CD Numbers...Except The One On The Bottom Line

    December 08, 2011 8:35 AM EST Label executives may gnash their teeth about the razor-thin profit margins they derive from the $5 CD being sold in corrugated fixtures and at speed tables in Walmart and Best Buy. But they like the sales bump that this year's new popular con ...

  6. Backbeat: Shaila Durcal Treats Anti-Piracy Lawmakers To Recording Session @ Miami's Hit Factory

    November 29, 2011 12:12 PM EST Legislative Session: From left: Gregg Vickers, VP customer marketing, EMI North America; Congressman Lamar singer Smith; singer Shaila Durcal; Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz; and Sergio Lopes, Sr. VP Capitol Latin, at an impromptu recordin ...

  7. Video: Superfly Presents' Rick Farman Talks Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Interactive Festival Experiences @ FutureSound

    November 18, 2011 12:50 PM EST Speaking to Billboard.biz at the 2011 FutureSound conference, Superfly Presents co-founder and partner Rick Farman revealed how his company approaches entertainment and how they look to make festivals more interactive. Already well-known for their ...

  8. Retail Briefs: NARM Upgrades Database, IRIS To Distribute Saban Artists

    November 18, 2011 7:34 AM EST NARM Upgrades Database NARM has rolled out upgrades to its 15-year old database of music releases, which is dubbed the NARM Product Platform. Starting this week, the product database features a new, streamlined web interface that allows for simple ...

  9. Bushmills, Pitchfork & Bon Iver: The Do's and Don'ts of Touring Sponsorships Panel @ BB Touring Conf

    November 11, 2011 12:16 PM EST Brand Stand (from left): Sig Greenbaum, VP of Marketing/Sponsorships, Rehage Entertainment; Marcie Allen, President, MAC Presents; Jennifer Breithaupt, SVP Entertainment Marketing, Citi; Liana Huth, SVP Partnerships and Events, FUSE; Matt Frampton ...

  10. Billboard FutureSound Conference To Showcase Tomorrow's Startups; More Panelists Announced

    October 28, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Every conference needs keynotes and executives that everyone attending knows and wants to hear from and speak with. But we believe a good digital music conference should also be about discovering new companies and services you've not yet hear ...

  11. Business Matters: The Orchard Branches Out to Action Sports Video

    October 28, 2011 6:20 PM EDT The Orchard Branches Out Into Action Sports Video -- Digital distributor The Orchard has branched out into sports by creating an Action Sports & Lifestyle Film Distribution division. The new division, reported to be launching next week, will b ...

  12. Billboard's Women In Music 2011: Kelly Rich

    October 01, 2011 12:00 AM EDT No. 29 Kelly Rich VP of sales, marketing and interactive, Big Machine Label Group Website: Bigmachinemusic.com Twitter: @Kkrich12 As VP of sales, marketing and interactive at Big Machine Label Group, Kelly Rich is a key member of the team that hel ...

  13. Tero Ojanpera's Farewell Letter to Nokia Staff

    September 30, 2011 10:19 PM EDT Nokia announced in late August that Tero Ojanperä, the executive VP and a member of the the company's leadership team, was leaving the company after 21 years to become managing partner of a new investment fund Vision+. During his time at the ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Michael Nash, Warner Music's 'Top Digital Guru,' Leaving; Stephen Bryan Named Successor

    September 20, 2011 5:00 PM EDT The Warner Music Group top digital guru Michael Nash is leaving the company and will be replaced by Stephen Bryan, who has been promoted to executive VP of digital strategy and business development for recorded music. Bryan, who recently served as ...

  16. Viacom Demands to Be Repaid $131 Million From Shareholders of 'Rock Band' Maker

    September 19, 2011 3:30 PM EDT Shareholder lawsuits against big corporations are quite common. But rarely does a corporation turn around and sue its stockholders. That's what's happening at Viacom, which on Friday sued former stockholders of ex-subsidiary Harmonix Mus ...

  17. Business Matters: Loudbytes Launched Cloud-based Service, Lines Up Advisory Board

    August 31, 2011 8:51 PM EDT Loudbytes Launched Cloud-based Service, Lines Up Advisory Board -- Loudbytes has unveiled an advisory board with a number of well-known industry professionals, including Jason Flom (president, Lava Records), Scott Pascucci (Moneta 9), Jeff Kempler ...

  18. U.K. Music Industry Revenue Falls by $309 Million

    August 04, 2011 7:30 AM EDT LONDON -- Plummeting CD sales, the ongoing toll of digital piracy and a lack of big name acts on tour fuelled a £189 million ($309 million) drop in U.K. music revenues last year, according to The Guardian . The music industry saw revenues decline ...

  19. Clear Channel Radio Revenue Up 4% to $781 Million

    August 04, 2011 6:45 AM EDT CC Media Holdings, the parent company of Clear Channel Communications, reported Wednesday that revenue grew 8% to $1.6 billion in the second quarter, with radio revenue up 4%. The company's billboard business rose 5% domestically and 19% inte ...

  20. Zynga Files for IPO, Lifts Veil On Financial Performance

    July 01, 2011 2:50 PM EDT Online gaming company Zynga filed for an initial public offering on Friday (July 1) following days of expectations the company was preparing a bid to sell its shares on the public market. The company's S-1 filing puts the estimated amount to ...

  21. Tuhin Roy of MXP4 on Blanket Digital Music Licensing From a Developer's Perspective

    June 29, 2011 12:13 PM EDT (Tuhin Roy is Chief Strategy Officer of MXP4, the developer of Bopler Games, a Facebook application that enables users to play multiple music games across a large catalog of music. Tuhin practiced corporate and intellectual property law at Perkins ...

  22. David Israelite, NMPA President's Guest Post: Why Music Publishers Must Adopt Blanket Licensing

    June 24, 2011 1:19 PM EDT National Music Publishers' Assn. president/CEO David Israelite told NMPA members during the trade group's June 16 annual meeting that the lack of blanket licensing for U.S. mechanical and synchronization rights is robbing publishers of g ...

  23. Jim Routh from Smule Guest Post: Why Blanket Licensing Legislation Is Not the Answer to Publishing Quandary

    June 24, 2011 12:06 PM EDT Jim Routh, VP of Business Development at Smule , a leading mobile social app company, has over 18-years experience in business development and product management in software, web services, mobile ventures. He is responsible for managing all Smule& ...

  24. Crunch Digital Launches Service to Help Publishers Collect from Digital Music Providers

    June 21, 2011 5:38 PM EDT To help music publishers deal with the growing number of digital services, Crunch Digital has introduced its new PDX Service to help publishers collect money for their songs' use on cloud-based and other digital music services. The publisher ...

  25. Sega Becomes Latest Gaming Company to be Hacked

    June 20, 2011 7:20 AM EDT TOKYO - Japanese video game developer Sega Corp said on Sunday that information belonging to 1.3 million customers has been stolen from its database, the latest in a rash of global cyber attacks against video game companies. Names, birth dates, e- ...

  26. Video Game Sales Hit Four-Year Low in May

    June 15, 2011 7:32 AM EDT NEW YORK - The video game industry in May hit its lowest monthly U.S. retail revenue from physical product since Oct. 2006. Total games sales of $743.1 million, including hardware, software and accessories, compared with $866.8 million in the year ...

  27. Charles Caldas, Merlin CEO Guest Post: A Gaping Hole in the Clouds -- Indies

    June 03, 2011 11:30 AM EDT (Charles Caldas is CEO of Merlin , a global rights body for independent labels. He was formerly the CEO of Shock Records before starting Merlin in 2007. He has also been on the boards of ARIA, AIR and WIN) Services that are serious about providing ...

  28. Hackers Attack Another Sony Network, Post Data

    June 03, 2011 6:41 AM EDT BOSTON/NEW YORK - Hackers broke into Sony Corp's computer networks and accessed the information of more than 1 million customers to show the vulnerability of the electronic giant's systems, the latest of several security breaches undermi ...

  29. Sony to Begin Restoring PlayStation Network in Asia

    May 27, 2011 8:04 AM EDT TOKYO (Reuters) - Sony Corp said it would begin restoring its PlayStation videogame network in Japan and elsewhere in Asia on Saturday, more than a month after a massive security breach leaked personal details on tens of millions of accounts. The ...

  30. Jimmy Buffet to Launch 3D 'Margaritaville' Game on Facebook, iOS

    May 26, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Beginning this fall, users will be able create their own bands and build island resorts; it will also be available in iPhone and iPad. THQ has partnered with Jimmy Buffett to bring Margaritaville Online to Facebook and iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, i ...

  31. Take-Two Extends Rockstar Games Contract Amidst Weaker Earnings Report

    May 25, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Video game maker Take-Two Interactive Software on Tuesday reported a wider quarterly loss and said it has extended its employment agreements with key members of the creative team of publishing label Rockstar Games, which is responsible for its Gra ...

  32. Best Buy To Give Away Free Lady Gaga Album to Smartphone Buyers

    May 19, 2011 4:58 PM EDT reported last week, the artist teamed up with online video game giant Zynga http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz ...

  33. Sony PlayStation Begins Network Operations Following Massive Security Breach

    May 16, 2011 7:49 AM EDT Sony began restoring its PlayStation Network service in the United States and Europe on Sunday after shutting down the service almost a month ago due to a massive security breach affecting over 100 million online accounts. Restored operations are ...

  34. @NARM: Location Services Not Yet Ready for Prime Time

    May 11, 2011 9:06 PM EDT LOS ANGELES -- Location check-in services like Foursquare and Facebook Places remain a point of great interest to record labels, artist managers and retailers. But so far, their value has yet to be either proven or understood. "We're jus ...

  35. Disney's Rare Revenue Miss Hurts Shares

    May 11, 2011 7:05 AM EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co reported a rare results miss after "Mars Needs Moms" capped a disappointing quarter at the U.S. box office, sending its shares down 3 percent. Strong advertising growth at sports network ESPN and a ris ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Sony Says 'Anonymous' Set Stage for Data Theft

    May 04, 2011 5:08 PM EDT Sony Corp blamed Internet vigilante group Anonymous for indirectly allowing a hacker to gain access to personal data of more than 100 million video game users . The accusation came in a letter to Congress and prompted renewed complaints that the J ...

  38. Rethink Music Panels Look at the Future of Record Labels, Monetization

    April 27, 2011 2:48 PM EDT BOSTON - Exactly what the record companies of the future might look like was the topic of conversation at the "Next Generation Record Label" panel at the Rethink Music conference here, and the panelists found themselves grappling with th ...

  39. Lady Gaga and Zynga; WMG and New Boyz Eye Social Gaming Strategies

    April 21, 2011 2:21 PM EDT News is breaking today about a pair of new social media efforts designed to merge the popularity of social games with music acts. The Wall Street Journal leads with a report that Lady Gaga and Zynga are discussing some sort of collaboration design ...

  40. Video, Computer Game Sales Drop 16% in March: Report

    April 15, 2011 7:54 AM EDT March wasn't a good month for the gaming industry. Sales of video and computer games dropped 16% last month to $735.4 million, according to NPD Group data, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Hardware sales, meanwhile, were up 12%, to $494. ...

  41. Cameo Carlson Guest Post: The Music Vs. Tech Divide: A Third Way

    April 05, 2011 2:35 PM EDT (Cameo Carlson is the former executive VP of Universal Motown Republic Group who last week left the label to take on a new role as head of digital business development for management firm Borman Entertainment.) There is a moment when the game chan ...

  42. Inside the IFPI's Cheery 2010 Numbers

    March 30, 2011 3:45 PM EDT Although it has a cheery, optimistic disposition, there's a lot of bad news in the IFPI's new, meticulous annual report. Countries with stable revenues have faltered, for example, and digital growth has seriously stalled. But it's n ...

  43. Vivendi Appoints Lucian Grainge Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Group

    March 09, 2011 2:38 PM EST In the wake of Doug Morris' early departure from Universal Music Group to take the helm at Sony , Vivendi announced today the appointment of Lucian Grainge as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of UMG. Grainge who was formerly CEO of UMG, w ...

  44. A2IM Disputes Billboard/SoundScan's Label Market-Share Methodology -- What Do You Think?

    March 03, 2011 12:08 PM EST (Following is an op-ed article from American Association of Independent Music President Rich Bengloff, in which he outlines the organization's disagreement with the methodology that Billboard and Nielsen SoundScan use to calculate label marke ...

  45. Exclusive: Island Def Jam, Echo Nest Launch Groundbreaking Music Licensing Pact For Apps

    February 24, 2011 6:00 AM EST Just go to any Music Hack Day -- like the recent ones in New York and at the MIDEM conference -- and meet the developers there working for free to create new and innovative music apps (many of which never see the light of day), and it becomes imme ...

  46. SonicAngel: How a Lord of Acid Intends to Save the Music Industry

    February 17, 2011 3:15 PM EST Sonic Angels? Bart Becks (foreground) and Maurice Engelen (a.k.a. Praga Khan). Online music platform SonicAngel is crossing borders, signing distribution deals with the majors, and promoting and marketing musicians with an unusual business model. ...

  47. No Doubt to Pursue Lawsuit Against Activision

    February 17, 2011 7:57 AM EST This week is shaping up to be a big one in the ongoing struggle to figure out the difference between commercial and expressive speech, the times when entertainment companies can show public figures in the name of the First Amendment and the times ...

  48. Warner Music CEO Edgar Bronfman Optimistic About Spotify, Digital Despite 14% Revenue Drop

    February 08, 2011 11:51 AM EST Even though Warner Music Group's revenues dropped 14% in its last quarter, chairman and CEO Edgar Bronfman Jr. used the company's Tuesday earnings call to express hope for diversified revenue and new cloud-based music services. "We ...

  49. Business Matters: U.S. Retail e-Commerce Up 11% Last Quarter

    February 04, 2011 2:57 PM EST Ecommerce: Increasingly The Real Deal -- U.S. retail ecommerce reached $43.4 billion in the fourth quarter of 2010, according to comScore. That makes for an 11% increase over the fourth quarter of 2009. It was the second time in 2010 a quarter had ...

  50. Universal Music Canada Lays Off 20 Staffers

    January 27, 2011 5:52 PM EST On the heels of last week's layoffs at Universal Music Group in the U.S ., Universal Music Canada was hit with about 20 staff cuts, today and yesterday, according to sources close to the situation. While no official statement or acknowledgeme ...

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