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  1. Guest Columnist Mark Mulligan on Why and How Digital Music Products Are Failing

    January 26, 2011 6:47 PM EST There's been a lot of buzz (some positive and not so positive!) about comments I have made about the current state of the digital music market in the New York Times and at Midem. The quote which really grabbed the attention was "As Thing ...

  2. MIDEM One-on-Ones: Online Ticketing, The Value of Music, Western Acts In Japan

    January 25, 2011 12:00 AM EST Between the music industry panel discussions at this year's MIDEM conference in Cannes, France, Billboard senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples picks the brains of attendee executives to learn what's happening behind the scenes. Exiting ...

  3. @MIDEM 2011: Social Games Are Serious Business -- But Can Others Follow Past Successes?

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST CANNES, France -- There are plenty of individual examples of artists who have experimented successfully with social games. But is there a model here that all artists can follow? Or is it like the mobile app space -- something a handful of artist h ...

  4. MIDEM: Are Mobile Apps Monetizing the Few or the Many?

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST Are mobile apps just for super fans? At a MidemNET discussion on monetizing mobile apps hosted by Mobile Roadie CEO Michael Schneider, a question from the audience brought up a question that was also on other people's minds. Duncan McRae of S ...

  5. Did Viacom Sell Rock Band Developer Harmonix for $50?

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST File this under "who knows?" but Peter Kafka over at All Things Digital's Media Memo blog is reporting that Viacom sold its Rock Band developer unit Harmonix late last year for as little as $50. Now that's a hook-worthy but som ...

  6. Analysis: Viacom's Sale of Harmonix Is No Surprise

    December 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Viacom's decision to sell video game maker Harmonix last week may have seemed out of the ordinary, but the odds of success are often stacked against many such acquisitions. Last week, Viacom sold Harmonix to investment firm Columbus Nova for ...

  7. Viacom Parts Ways With Rock Band

    December 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Viacom Inc has sold Harmonix Music Systems, the developer behind the Rock Band franchise, to the investment firm Columbus Nova, ending a failed foray into the video game business. Analysts have long questioned the value of Rock Band for a company ...

  8. Business Matters: WMG, Live Nation Ratings Downgraded

    December 01, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. WMG, Live Nation Ratings Downgraded -- Both Warner Music Group and Live Nation have recently had their bond ratings downgraded by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service. In other words, one of the ...

  9. Japanese Digital Sales Down 5%

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has released data for sales of digital music for the first three quarters of 2010, January through September, and the overall market is down again. Overall the digital music market value for the t ...

  10. French Biz Down In Q3

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST The French recorded music market has experienced a sudden pause in its fragile recovery, labels trade body Snep revealed. The market had shown signs of recovery earlier this year, amid suggestions that the incoming HADOPI graduated response measur ...

  11. Warner Music Q4 Loss Widens

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group posted a wider-than-expected quarterly loss and said revenue growth in the U.K. and Italy was offset by weakness in the United States, Japan and the rest of Europe. For July-September, the company posted a loss of 31 cents a sha ...

  12. Universal Music Group Revenue Up In Q3

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST In a time when flat is the new up, Universal Music Group is having a pretty good year. In the third quarter of 2010, the UMG's revenue was up 6% (down 3% at constant currency) to 1.03 billion euros ($1.39 billion). Earnings before interest, t ...

  13. Business Matters: Veritix, Ghostly

    November 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Veritix's $100 Million -- Ticketing continues to heat up. Veritix has taken out a five-year, $100 million line of credit to better compete with the resources of Ticketmaster. Put simply, some ...

  14. Super D Acquires Infinity Resources

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wholesaler Super D has acquired Infinity Resources, which should add about $80 million to the company’s yearly revenue, and make the company the second largest U.S. one-stop. Infinity Resources owns the Collector's Choice record label, the de ...

  15. News Corp Exec: Myspace Has “Quarters, Not Years” To Right The Ship

    November 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT During News Corp’s earnings call this week, COO Chase Carey addressed Myspace’s ongoing struggles to return to relevance by stating the unit had a very short time to turn itself around. “The current losses are not acceptable or sustainable,” he sa ...

  16. Updated: Live Nation Shuffles Execs, Garner Exits Company

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Live Nation Entertainment disclosed in an 8-K filing Wednesday that Jason Garner, the head of its concert business, has left the company . In light of the departure, Live Nation has promoted three of its key veteran executives. Longtime promoters ...

  17. Spanish Online Piracy Remains Rampant

    November 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT More than 97% of all music obtained via the Internet in Spain during the first six months of 2010 was downloaded illegally, according to a study by IDC Research. The confirmation of Spain's continuing piracy problem was confirmed by Internet ...

  18. What’s Happening to Digital Album Sales?

    October 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital album sales aren’t falling off a cliff, but they are experiencing a sustained decline for the first time. A Billboard analysis of Nielsen SoundScan data has found that after seven years of strong growth, digital albums are finally starting ...

  19. The Full Round-Up: Tips To Drive Business

    October 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Better bundling of products online, tips on selling more merch, effective tour marketing strategies and much more. Our Wednesday series of tip and lists wraps up with this round-up of all the stories that were aimed at offering business insights a ...

  20. WATCH: Smule Co-founder Talks Apps, Acquisitions, The Majors and more

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Smule co-founder, CTO, and COO, Ge Wang, sat with Billboard at the Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live The Music App Summit to discuss a wide range of topics, including his experience creating "I Am T-Pain," his thoughts on the possibili ...

  21. @MEL: The Eurythmics' Dave Stewart Wants To Pay You For Tweeting

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Fans will be able to get paid for tweeting about their favorite bands, thanks to a new technology demonstrated by the Eurythmics' Dave Stewart, a producer, solo artist and Nokia's innovation advisor and chief disruption advisor. Speaking ...

  22. @Leadership Music Digital Summit Day 2: Genuine Optimism

    October 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Has the music industry reached an inflection point? Maybe it was the forward-looking topics of the panels at the Leadership Music Digital Summit. Most likely it was because of the particular group of industry leaders in attendance. In any case, af ...

  23. What You Missed @Leadership Music Digital Summit Day 1

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Experiments with digital products and business models may not have produced many winners, but it was clear from the discussions at the first day of the Leadership Music Digital Summit, that some people felt progress has been made. The event began ...

  24. Here's Why You Should Come To Billboard's Music App Summit

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s an unfortunate state of today’s digital music landscape that two creative industries which stand to benefit from cooperation are too often are at odds with one another: the music industry and the developer community. At next week’s Mobile Ent ...

  25. For All The Excitement, Mobile Marketing Is Still More Tomorrow Than Today

    September 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Agency executives are of two minds when it comes to mobile. On the one hand, they see a potentially huge market. On the other, it's one that's still quite small. Tuesday's Mobile Ad Summit in New York, part of Advertising Week, attr ...

  26. Jackson Estate Licenses Virtual 'Planet Michael'

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The man who made the moonwalk famous will soon be getting a planet of his own. The Michael Jackson estate has entered a licensing deal with a Los Angeles company that will create an online virtual world based on the King of Pop called "Planet ...

  27. Financial Round-Up: EMI, WMG, Live Nation, HMV and more

    September 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The latest round-up of earnings re-caps: EMI Here is the lone example of an annual earnings report. In August, EMI’s private equity owner, Maltby Capital (which was set up by Terra Firma), released an annual report that offered two important numbe ...

  28. With Mobile Apps, VCs Becoming More Selective

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Mobile apps are exploding across all platforms, and venture capitalists are getting increasingly selective about which companies and services they’ll back. That’s the upshot of a panel at the AppNation conference taking place in San Francisco this ...

  29. Copyright Debates Fire Up Popkomm

    September 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Robbie Williams' manager Tim Clark did his best to spark the panel program, organized by all2gethernow, into life as the congress concentrated on legal matters during its second day. While the policy of holding multiple panels at the same tim ...

  30. Popkomm: German Govt To Act On Internet Piracy

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German music industry generated sales of over €5.5 billion ($7.01 billion) in 2009 in all categories including recorded music, publishing and live entertainment. The sector has 11,000 companies employing a total of 36,300 people. Those impress ...

  31. French Biz Continues To Grow In 2010

    September 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The French recorded music market went up 4.1% in trade value for the first half of 2010 to €239.3 million ($305.1 million), labels body Snep revealed today (Sept. 8) in a press conference in Paris. The physical market went up 2.5% in value to €196 ...

  32. Roger Faxon's Plan For EMI

    September 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Putting his stamp on EMI Group, newly appointed CEO Roger Faxon is moving the company back to a strong centralized leadership and away from the so-called "matrix structure" which was organized around function and had been in place since ...

  33. 4 Strategies To Kickstart The Music Biz

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The music industry’s recent challenges are well documented at this point – sales are down, piracy abounds and the business models of tomorrow are still being developed. But, amidst these challenges are new opportunities to develop fresh talent, ne ...

  34. RIAJ Reveals Weak Digital Sales In Japan

    August 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has released data for sales of digital music that shows the Internet download market growing. But mobile music slipped back, according to the results for January to June 2010. Overall the digital ...

  35. Believe Digital To 'Upstream' Buzz Acts

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European digital distributor and services provider Believe Digital is to roll out its premium service to unsigned buzz acts. Founded in 2004, Believe Digital claims to be the leading digital distributor and services provider to independent artists ...

  36. Trans World Struggles Continue

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment continues to struggle, posting a $15.8 million net loss, or 50 cents per diluted share, on $135.8 million in sales for its fiscal second quarter ended July 31. That slightly narrower than the $17.8 million loss, or 57 cen ...

  37. Business Matters: Qtrax, Slowtrain Music, Live Nation and more

    August 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Qtrax has appointed Lance. J.O. Ford as co-president and chief marketing officer. He previously held those same positions at Rebel Digital, one of Qtrax’s advertising advisors. Little ...

  38. OCC Looks To Cash In On U.K. Charts

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. charts compiler the Official Charts Co. (OCC) will expand its commercial activities, following the appointment of former video games executive Giles Jones to the newly created role of head of commercial development. In his new role, Jones wil ...

  39. Business Matters: Hastings, Gigaboxx, 'Physical Is Dead' and more

    August 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Hastings To Buy Back Stock -- Entertainment retailer Hastings has announced a stock repurchase of up to $10 million. Previously announced stock repurchase programs amount to $27.5 million. Chairman and CEO John H. Marmaduke says in the press relea ...

  40. Viacom Sees Ad Upswing

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Viacom said it is seeing a continued strengthening of the U.S. advertising market. While the economic recovery is coming only in fits and starts, "the overall advertising market continues to strengthen," president and CEO Philippe Dauman ...

  41. Earnings Analysis: WMG Hit By Slow Release Schedule

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A slow release schedule helped Warner Music Group report a 15% drop in revenues in its fiscal third quarter. For the period ended June 30, revenue was $652 million and the operating loss was $1 million, a big drop from $25 million the year before. ...

  42. Warner Music Posts Wider Quarterly Loss

    August 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group posted a wider quarterly loss and disappointing revenue on Thursday (Aug. 5) as a thin slate of new releases hurt sales in the United States, Europe and Japan. Warner, the world's No. 3 music company based on recorded music ...

  43. Secondary Revenues Boost U.K. Music Biz

    August 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. labels body the BPI has released figures showing that British record companies' secondary revenues -- income generated outside of CD sales and digital music services -- grew by 6.6% to £193.5 million ($305.8 million) in 2009. Secondary r ...

  44. Business Matters: Live Nation, HullabaLOU, Verizon and more

    July 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT LIVE NATION EYES IRELAND -- Live Nation has plans to take its UK model to Ireland, according to Denis Desmond of Gaiety Investments. “In England, we’ve got Live Nation/Gaiety, which works great, and the plan is to recreate that in Ireland. We are ...

  45. Ad Agency Exec Hirshberg Named Activision Publishing CEO

    July 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Deutsch/LA's Eric Hirshberg is leaving the agency fold to become worldwide CEO of Activision Publishing, Activision Blizzard said today. In his new role, Hirshberg will lead management of the game maker's studio, product development and ...

  46. Confirmed: Disney Grabs Tap Tap Revenge

    July 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It's confirmed : Tap Tap Revenge developer Tapulous has been acquired by Disney. Still no word on sale price, but the smartphone game developer is officially joining the Disney Mobile team, which is part of the Disney Interactive Media Group. ...

  47. Newly Appointed EMI CEO Faxon Talks Future Challenges

    June 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Newly appointed EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon, who has helmed EMI Music Publishing since 2007, will now be in charge of leading of all of the major's operations, including its recorded music business. In an interview to be published in next week& ...

  48. French Labels Body UPFI Elects New Prez

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT French independent labels body UPFI elected Stephan Bourdoiseau as its new president for a two-year term. Bourdoiseau, CEO of independent record company and distributor Wagram, headed the UPFI between 2004 and 2008. He replaces tot Ou tard founder ...

  49. Australia's Shock Shutters Publishing Arm

    June 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Powerhouse Australian independent music group Shock has closed three of its companies, including its music publishing arm. Citing the global financial crisis, prolonged tough trading conditions and ever-changing consumer behavior, the Melbourne-ba ...

  50. Spanish Online Piracy Rate Nears 96%

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Almost 96% of all recorded music acquired online in Spain is pirated, according to a new report from the Spanish division of U.S. consultant IDC Research. The report, published June 1, covers the second half of 2009 and was commissioned by the Coa ...

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