Video game development

  1. Business Matters: Borders, Lala, Canada's CD Tariff, Buzzmedia, Irving Plaza and More

    June 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Borders reported a greater operating loss and an improved net loss in the first fiscal quarter ending May 1, 2010. The net loss of $64.1 million was a fair improvement over the $86 million net loss in the previous year’s first fiscal quarter. R ...

  2. RIAJ Q1 Figures Show Digital Decline

    May 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) released digital music figures for the first quarter of 2010 and they show sales down for mobile, but up for Internet Downloads. Overall sales were down year-on-year. The digital music market in J ...

  3. Dizzee Rascal Leads Euro Exclusives For Def Jam Rapstar

    May 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British rap stars Dizzee Rascal and Tinie Tempah are both set to feature in the U.K. edition of interactive hip-hop game Def Jam Rapstar - one of several European exclusive versions of the forthcoming game, which will each contain territory specif ...

  4. The Orchard Shows Gains, Still Posts Loss in Q1

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard showed improvements in the first quarter of 2010 , growing revenue while posting a modest net loss. The digital distributor had revenues of approximately $17.8 million, up 16.2% from $15.3 million last year. Net loss improved to $447,0 ...

  5. Led Zep, Floyd, Eagles Make 'Rock Band' Poll

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The "Green Day: Rock Band" videogame is not even out yet, and already the folks behind the franchise are looking for their next artist-focused title. MTV's videogame developer subsidiary Harmonix posted a poll on its developers foru ...

  6. NARM Kicks Off With 'Indie Crash Course'

    May 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While most independent labels are at the cutting edge in using all the new digital tools to market their projects, some executives lamented the erosion of traditional marketing vehicles, like brick-and-mortar retail, during a "Indie Crash Cou ...

  7. Video Game Sales Plunge In April: NPD

    May 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Sales of video game hardware and software plunged 26% in April, industry tracker NPD said, one of the largest declines over the past decade. The research group said sales in the United States, the world's largest market, fell to $766.2 millio ...

  8. Study: Australian File Sharers Will Pay For Music, But Not Much

    May 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Yet another study indicates most digital pirates will pay for music – if the price is right. News.com.au and market research firm CoreData surveyed over 5,700 people who said they had illegally downloaded or streamed music in the previous 12 month ...

  9. WMG Q2 Revenue Stable

    May 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group's total revenue in the second quarter, to March 31, 2010, was down 1.3% year-on-year to $662 million. The decline was 6% on a constant currency basis. WMG said the performance reflected a light release schedulue, the contin ...

  10. Case Study: Digital and Physical Pricing Strategies

    May 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT One of the industry’s biggest challenges right now is this: Figuring out the products and prices that offer a level of value that resonates with buyers. Case in point - Scott Cohen, manager of The Ravonettes (and co-founder and International VP at ...

  11. One In Four Germans Think Illegal Copies O.K.

    April 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Twenty-five percent of Germans think that it is acceptable to use illegal copies of music, films or software according to a survey commissioned by BITKOM, the German Federal Association of Information Technology, Telecommunications and New Media. ...

  12. 5 Things You Need To Know From The IFPI Industry Report

    April 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The IFPI’s 22-page “Recording Industry In Numbers 2010” report offers a great deal of information on global revenue trends, approaches for dealing with piracy and the business models of tomorrow. Here are five important takeaways: No bottom in sig ...

  13. Investment Group Edge Raises Almost $50 Million

    April 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT London-based investment group Edge said its specialist entertainment funds raised $49.6 million in their latest fundraising round. The entertainment industry investment and advisory group said the amount was almost three times last year's tot ...

  14. Entertainment Stocks Jump

    April 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Positive employment data released on Friday by the Labor Department helped boost entertainment stocks this week. The Labor Dept. said U.S. employers added 162,000 jobs in March - the biggest gain since December 2007 - and that the unemployment rat ...

  15. More Free Music: Guvera Launches In US

    March 31, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Guvera, a free, ad-supported music download site, quietly launched in public beta phase in the U.S. on Tuesday. The company launched in Australia last month. Unlike previous ad-supported models, which offer streams or tethered downloads, Guvera wi ...

  16. The Orchard Posts Record Revenue in Fourth Quarter

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital distributor The Orchard reported a 9% increase in revenue in 2009, but a $14.1 million impairment of goodwill in the third quarter left the company with a loss of $17.8 million. Without the impairment, net loss would have been $3.7 million ...

  17. German Biz Eyes Growth In 2011, Hopes To Top U.K.

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The German record industry estimates that in 2011 it will come out of its sales decline, after more than 10 years, and be able to report sales increases again for the market. There is even hope in Germany that with the figures for 2009 the British ...

  18. Hastings Profit Up, Music Sales Down in Fourth Quarter

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Monday, Hastings Entertainment reported $9.1 million of net profit on revenue of $176 million in its fourth quarter ending January 31, 2010. The entertainment retailer's revenue was down 1.4% while its profit was up 123%. Music revenues in ...

  19. @SXSW: The New Brand Hot Spot

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Over 11,000 attendees are expected to flock to Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest, drawn by the conference's growing reputation as a sort of Burning Man festival for digital technology. Among the armies of developers, techies and designers ...

  20. Download Growth Boosts 2009 U.K. Music Royalties

    March 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT British songwriters, composers and music publishers earned £623 million ($937.5 million) in royalties in 2009, up 2.6% on 2008 and the first time the growth in digital revenues outperformed the drop in CD and DVD earnings. But PRS for Music, the g ...

  21. IFPI: $1 Million To Break An Act

    March 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has published a new report outlining the record labels' investment in music talent, which it says now reaches around $5 billion a year. That $5 billion includes A&R development and marketing, and represents around 30% of sales re ...

  22. The Future Of Digital Content: Not All Will Be Free

    March 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Andrew Zolli, a self-proclaimed futurist and executive director of the PopTech network and conference, has quite a mea culpa in the latest issue of Newsweek . Zolli preached the virtues of free digital content for many years. Upon reflection, he d ...

  23. Analysis: Streaming's Impact On Download Sales

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST What does streaming music do to download sales? It's a question that gets to the heart of the future music industry. Today, downloads are the dominant source of digital revenue, but far more revenue will come from webcasting and on-demand mus ...

  24. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Dimensional CEO/eMusic Chairman Danny Stein

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Name: Danny Stein Title: Dimensional Associates CEO and chairman/CEO of eMusic Panel: Purse Stringers: Inside the Minds of the Money Mavens (Thurs. March 4, 4:25 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.). More info at Billboardevents.com. At this moment in time, what mos ...

  25. TuneTribe Launches Ad-Funded Mobile Service

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital entertainment company TuneTribe has partnered with 3rd Space, a provider of global mobile entertainment and marketing services for brands and advertisers. TuneTribe is a content retailer and provider of digital marketing solutions to label ...

  26. Chrysalis Q1 Royalty Income Rises

    February 18, 2010 12:00 AM EST British music publisher Chrysalis said its share of income from royalties rose 9% in the first quarter, helped by successful records from Robbie Williams, Jay-Z and JLS. The company, which publishes some Michael Jackson hits including "Thrill ...

  27. Business Matters: Viacom, Mel Karmazin, Susan Boyle and More

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Viacom is seeking a refund on its 2008 earn-out paymen ...

  28. Viacom CEO: We Need To Pay Less For Music In Videogames

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST During Viacom’s Q4 earnings call , on Thursday, Philippe Dauman, Viacmon’s president and CEO, pointed to lower rates paid to record labels as a part of a broader attempt to boost its struggling video games division. As we go forward, we are contin ...

  29. Activision Results Top Street, Music Games Hit

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Activision Blizzard Inc has posted better-than-expected results fueled by its hit holiday release "Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2," and shares rallied 5.4% as the company said it would start paying an annual dividend. The world's la ...

  30. Analysis: As Digital Revenues Stall, Bronfman Looks To New Models

    February 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Dominated by talk of new digital business models, Warner Music Group's fiscal Q1 earnings call on Tuesday morning exhibited a mix of patience and optimism. The company's flat revenue, small net loss and stalled digital growth were a repe ...

  31. Business Matters: UMPG, EMI, Seeqpod, President Obama and More

    February 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- David Renzer, Universal Music Publishing Group 's ...

  32. Business Matters: Live Nation Ent., AEG, David Pakman

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- In the wake of the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger AEG ...

  33. Plugged/Unplugged: CwF+RtB = WTF?

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Plugged/Unplugged is an online column by Billboard digital and mobile correspondent Antony Bruno. Follow him on Twitter here twitter/billboarddigitl . As my editor/boss was boarding a plane to return home from MIDEM, he shot me an e-mail linking t ...

  34. @MIDEM: BPI: 'U.K. Government Will Pass Anti-Piracy Bill'

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST Britain’s Digital Economy Bill will be passed before the General Election despite a shortage of parliamentary time, according to U.K. labels body the BPI. “We’re doing everything we can to convince [U.K. Prime Minister] Gordon Brown he doesn’t nee ...

  35. @MIDEM: Publishers Spotlight Successful New Initiatives

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST While the industry is grappling with a litany of challenges, it's not surprising that music publishers flocked to the new initiatives panel at MIDEM's publishing summit Tuesday morning (Jan. 26). Among the woes publishers are facing: mec ...

  36. @MIDEM: Labels Learn To Monetize Apps

    January 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music-related apps can build a fan base for artists and create revenue - and they are going to become even more ambitious. That was the message from Ted Mico, EVP Digital, Interscope, Geffen, A&M at day two of the MidemNet digital music confer ...

  37. IFPI Warning On Spain, France, Brazil

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has warned that music markets in Spain, France and Brazil are "suffering acutely" from piracy, as it issued its annual Digital Music Report for 2010. The music industry's global trade body had more positive news on digital ...

  38. OK Go Runs Into Label Policy - Again.

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST OK Go has a knack for attracting attention on the Internet. First it was their innovative, cheaply produced videos . Now, the band is running into problems promoting its innovative, cheaply produced videos. In a post at the OK Go forum , singer Da ...

  39. 'Rock Band' Network Now Open

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Any artist can now create downloadable content for the "Rock Band" music game franchise now that Harmonix has opened up the private beta for its Rock Band Network program to everyone. The Rock Band Network, announced last year , lets art ...

  40. Analysis: Recorded Music Forecasts And Their Spotty History

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Last week, two market research reports were released that forecast the trend of recorded music revenues. The reports are notable for two things: the dates when digital-physical equilibrium will be met and the errant forecasts of their predecessors ...

  41. UMG Layoffs Claim Digital Execs Christian Jorg, Mark Lehmann

    January 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST While new media and digital positions are typically immune from the downsizing taking place across the music industry, Billboard has learned Universal Music Group's layoffs this week included Island Def Jam senior VP of new media and Commerce ...

  42. The Billboard Q&A: MediaNet CEO Alan McGlade

    January 13, 2010 12:00 AM EST In the early days of digital music, MediaNet (then MusicNet) seemed to be in a great place. Big brands of all types were rushing into the market with digital music stores of their own, and MusicNet was there to provide all the back-end technology ...

  43. Electronic Arts Cuts Forecast

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Electronic Arts Inc slashed its fiscal 2010 forecast on weak holiday sales in Europe and a shift to its lower-margin distribution business, sending shares of the video game publisher down 8% in after-hours trading. The publisher of "Madden NF ...

  44. Analysis: Artist Compensation, Pricing Debate Heats Up

    January 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Though not a new topic, how artists and labels are compensated for their works continues to gain momentum as countries pass (or consider to pass) anti-piracy laws, and everybody from musicians to label executives to music publishers ponder how to ...

  45. U.K. Retailers Warn Of Labels' Conservatism

    December 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. entertainment retailers fear that conservatism among music, film and games companies means their products face losing the interest of the British public. That's the core point of a New Year message issued to the entertainment industry to ...

  46. Q3 Earnings: Industry Financial Snapshot

    December 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dour financial results have never looked so good. With a few exceptions, Q3's earnings results offered a snapshot of repeated losses and turnaround plans bearing little fruit. But in today’s environment, survival is a marker of success. Music ...

  47. Mixed Fortunes For Japanese Digital Sales

    December 01, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital music sales volumes in Japan continued to decline in the third quarter -- but an overall year-on-year increase in value was maintained thanks to a rise in the number of full track downloads sold. According to figures released by the Record ...

  48. Business Matters: Spotify, Apple, Digital Economy Bill

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Cyber Monday sales “appear strong,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Analysts think sales could grow 6% to $900 million. The forecast is b ...

  49. Imagem Partners With Ricall To Boost Syncs

    November 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Independent music publisher Imagem Music U.K has signed a deal with online music marketplace Ricall to increase its sync-licensing opportunities. Effective immediately, the deal will see Imagem provide Ricall with access to its catalogue of 200,00 ...

  50. Warner Music Posts Quarterly Loss

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group reported a quarterly loss today due to higher interest expense and charges for job cuts. Top selling artists in the period included Jay-Z, Madonna and Japanese acts Kobukuro and Superfly, but the company noted that the shrinking ...

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