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  1. Vevo Launch Date Set

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Vevo online music video service is expected to launch Dec. 8, according to sources close to the company. The launch will kick off with an invite-only party at Skylight Studios in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood for key executives and advertisi ...

  2. Spanish Digital Effort To Tackle Piracy Unveiled

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Spain's battle against digital piracy has scored a double victory at the third International Forum of Digital Content (Ficod) in Madrid, a three-day event organized by Red.es that ends tomorrow (Nov. 19) and which is expected to attract over ...

  3. ICM's Jeff Berg Cautious About Mega-Deals

    November 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST Even as Comcast gets set to acquire NBC Universal, International Creative Management (ICM) chairman and CEO Jeff Berg says the industry should keep expectations about the benefits of mega-deals in check. "I've never seen a merger or a fi ...

  4. WMG Inks Online Ad Technology Deal

    November 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group has announced a strategic partnership with FreeWheel, an online advertising technology company. The partnership will enable WMG to manage and monetize its online advertising strategy using San Mateo, California-based FreeWheel&# ...

  5. Delegate Attendance Holds Steady At In The City

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Organizers of the U.K.'s 18th annual In The City (ITC) claim attendance at the conference held steady this year, while declining to reveal official figures. They did state that the three-day conference and live music showcase (Oct. 18-20), wh ...

  6. EC Secures Digital Licensing Agreement

    October 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The European Commission's (EC) Online Roundtable on Music has resulted in a joint statement between the EC and music publishers, collecting societies and digital retailers pledging to improve online music opportunities for European consumers. ...

  7. Billboard MEL Keynote Q&A: AT&T's Rob Hyatt

    September 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The iPhone has sparked a number of changes in how the mobile industry approaches music and other entertainment content, and few operators are as intimately aware of the affect that device has had as AT&T--the exclusive provider of the iPhone i ...

  8. The New Economy: Google Calendar, YouTube, Twitter

    September 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Just about every music industry panel will touch upon new tools available to record, distribute, market, organize and communicate. But Google's Calendar and Documents? The free online services had fans at Thursday’s American Music Conference ...

  9. 24-7 Entertainment Enters Canadian Market

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT European digital entertainment technology provider 24-7 Entertainment has entered the Canadian market in partnership with CD Warehouse/MyMusic.com. The first collaboration is the launch of a Rhino Records direct-to-consumer (D2C) store, www.rhinor ...

  10. Retailers, Trade Unions Demand Action On Piracy

    September 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) and a coalition of trade unions and rights holders has increased the pressure on the U.K. government to tackle illegal file-sharing. Paul Quirk, newly elected chairman of ERA, told the association ...

  11. Verizon's Ed Ruth Talks Mobile Strategy Ahead Of MEL

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In July, Verizon Wireless launched an initiative designed to partner with application developers to jointly create new services, a huge step for a company with a reputation among developers as very difficult to work with. As director of strategic ...

  12. Analysis: The Digital Revenue Slowdown

    September 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Digital music sales in the U.S. are stagnating. You won't read much about this in the news, and analysts tend to gloss over this recent trend in favor of reporting companies' year-over-year digital growth or digital's share of total ...

  13. Analysis: How Relevant Is Old Media?

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT How relevant is old media in breaking new artists? Writer and University College London PhD student Ernesto Priego wrote an excellent commentary at his Never Neutral blog that adroitly challenges many notions in today's music business relatin ...

  14. BMI Reports .4% Fiscal-Year Revenue Increase

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Broadcast Music, Inc. managed to eke out its 25th year in a row of growth, generating $905 million in revenue in its fiscal year ended June 30. That represents an 0.4% increase over the $901 million it collected in the prior fiscal year. Likewise, ...

  15. Business Matters: iLike, Qtrax, Georgia Theater

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Former eMusic president David Pakman , now a partner at venture capital firm Venrock, explains why iLike sold for "peanuts." Short ve ...

  16. Editorial: Let The Seller Beware

    August 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In recent months, industry publications have been full of stories about veteran songwriters and other independent catalog owners selling most or all of their publishing catalogs. This isn't a completely surprising development. Plenty of buyer ...

  17. Briefs: Joel Tenenbaum, Warner Music Group, Tablo

    August 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Joel Tenenbaum, who recently lost a file-sharing lawsuit, talks to the New Yorker. "Most people want to pay for music when they know the revenue goes straight to the artist...When an entire generation has been raised without supervision on ...

  18. Digital Briefs: SplashCast, 'Scratch: The Ultimate DJ'

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Online video firm SplashCast , which counted Sony Music Entertainment as a client, has closed its doors, citing the inability to raise another round of financing to continue operations. ( Portland Business Journal ) -- Changes ahead for "S ...

  19. Warner Music Group Q3 Revenues Down

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In its fiscal third quarter, Warner Music Group continued to diversify its product mix but turned in revenue and earnings characteristic of an industry in a difficult transition. Total revenue dropped to $769 million, down 9% from the prior year q ...

  20. Orchard CEO Discusses New Artist Services

    August 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Indie digital aggregator and marketing firm the Orchard launched a partnership program with more than 10 online sources of marketing, sales and analytics tools in order to bring their services to its clients. Launch partners include Artist Data, M ...

  21. Digital Briefs: Rhapsody, ArtistData, AFI

    July 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- RealNetworks' Rhapsody music subscription service lost 50,000 subscribers in the second quarter, to 750,000. That's after a 75,000 dip the previous quarter, but still up from the 600,000 total subscribers it had a year ago. Music reve ...

  22. 6 Questions With SXSW's Roland Swenson

    July 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While the tough economy forced Popkomm to call off its 2009 confab, this year's South by Southwest conference fared considerably better. Music registrations at SXSW, which was held March 13-22 in Austin, fell about 10% from last year, accordi ...

  23. Q&A: JEFF PRICE, TUNECORE FOUNDER/CEO

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT To many in the music business, TuneCore is the standard-bearer of the anti-label movement, since nearly all of the artists who use its digital distribution service are unsigned. But TuneCore's recent marketing partnership with Universal Music ...

  24. News Briefs: 101 Distribution, theBizmo

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Rick Williams, a veteran distribution executive, has joined the Phoenix-based indie distributor 101 Distribution as GM. "Rick is an industry expert who possesses the knowledge and expertise in building, growing and managing a multi-million ...

  25. Mobile Firm Dada Cuts Staff

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Off-deck mobile content provider Dada Entertainment has begun laying off a number of employees. The scope of the layoffs is not yet clear, nor is the future disposition of the company. Dada Entertainment was a joint venture between Sony Music Ente ...

  26. David Banner, MC Lyte to Judge KFC Hitmaker Contest

    June 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT David Banner and MC Lyte are lending their hip hop skills to a KFC song contest. The rappers will help to select the winners of KFC's Hitmaker contest which launched this month. It invites aspiring artists to submit songs that offer a positiv ...

  27. Briefs: Piracy, Live Nation, Millennium Music

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Feargal Sharkey, chief executive of UK Music , wrote an op-ed for the Guardian that addresses criticism of trade groups' estimates of damages from digital piracy. The short version: it wasn't our estimates, we get a lot of competition ...

  28. Briefs: FCC, Jazz Times, Nokia's Comes With Music

    June 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Senate Commerce Committee approved the confirmation of Julius Genachowski as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission . The committee also approved a second term for Commissioner Robert McDowell. ( Reuters ) -- After more ...

  29. Publishing Briefs: Cherry Lane, RightsFlow

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -Cherry Lane Music Publishing Co. has signed a worldwide, long-term publishing agreement with 2008 "American Idol" winner and songwriter David Cook. As part of the deal, Cherry Lane will be administering Cook’s current catalog and will h ...

  30. Recession? Not For Video Games

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Economic uncertainty that is hampering most media won’t stop the growth in video games. Revenue generated in the U.S. and Canada by the video game industry, minus hardware sales, will grow at an average clip of 5.8% annually over the next five yea ...

  31. The Power Play: Connecting Brands And Bands

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The connection between artists and brands, and the future of this relationship, was the focal point of “The Power of Connecting Brands and Bands” panel at Billboard and Adweek’s Music and Advertising Conference in New York. Moderator Mike Tunnicli ...

  32. IMS Day Three: Dance Biz Looks To The Future

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The third and final day of the Ibiza International Music Summit (IMS) was once again packed with lively, relevant and engaging panels, including opening debate the IMS Think Tank. At the start of the panel, Nokia VP of industry collaboration Mark ...

  33. Track Equivalent Albums Down Less Than 5% In April

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Track equivalent albums (TEAs) dropped 4.6% in April, a vast improvement over the 11.6% drop in March. TEAs were down 5.6% in February and down 4.5% in the slow month of January (track sales are strong in the first week of the year due to the post ...

  34. Live Nation CEO Confident About Summer Touring Season

    May 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Despite Live Nation's first-quarter loss of $102.7 million , due in part because of fewer music fans attending concerts in the North American market, the company's CEO Michael Rapino has assured investors that business will pick up this ...

  35. Business Briefs: Best Buy, Verizon, Twitter, iLike

    April 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Best Buy is reported to be considering allotting eight square feet per store (or about 200 titles) to vinyl albums in all of its 1,000-plus stores. A first test of 100 titles per store, according to the article, was successful enough for a bump ...

  36. Analysis: What The IFPI, RIAA Numbers Reveal

    April 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Recently released numbers by the IFPI (pdf) and RIAA (pdf) show continued losses in physical formats, varying success in mobile and slowing digital growth as markets mature. Fueled by a large drop in CD sales and lower wholesale values, North Amer ...

  37. EMI Music Publishing Targets European Growth

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT EMI Music Publishing CEO and chairman Roger Faxon has expanded the roles of key executives in an effort to drive revenue growth across Europe. The shake-up follows the departure of Peter Ende from his role as president and CEO of EMI Music Publish ...

  38. Van Dyke Parks Signs Up To Big Sound

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Veteran U.S. producer and songwriter Van Dyke Parks is one of the guest speakers confirmed for the Australian Big Sound music industry summit and showcase event this September, organizers said today. Now in its eighth year, the Brisbane, Queenslan ...

  39. U.K. Study Claims Live Beats Recorded Music Revenue

    March 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT This year's ILMC (International Live Music Conference), the annual confab for international promoters, agent and venue owners, kicked off with a positive outlook despite the global recession. The event, which took place March 13-15 at the Roy ...

  40. ASCAP Collections, Payouts Increase

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers collected $933 million last year, an 8% increase from the $863.3 million gathered in 2007, management of the member-owned organization announced at the annual meeting that kicked off its New ...

  41. Billboard Q&A: IODA Chief Kevin Arnold Chats About Unlikely Sales Successes, Statutory Royalty Rates And More

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Kevin Arnold, founder and CEO of the Independent Online Distribution Alliance (IODA), has plenty to celebrate these days. His company, which provides digital distribution for indie labels, is making inroads into new genres and markets. And he just ...

  42. Austrian Market Falls 8%

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST In 2008, the recorded music market in Austria posted total revenues of €185 million ($234.4 million), down 8% from 2007's €201 million ($254.6 million). The digital market again increased, by 14% to €11.4 million ($14.4 million), while music ...

  43. Reality Of 'Price Discovery' Hitting Publishers

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST With the credit crunch and a difficult economy, those involved in the buying and selling of music copyrights are in a period of “price discovery,” peermusic CFO Bill Gorjance said at the Billboard Music & Money Symposium, held today at the St. ...

  44. Billboard Q&A: Former UMG Exec Larry Kenswil

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST A veteran of almost 25 years at Universal Music Group (UMG), Larry Kenswil has seen it all. As president of the label's eLabs digital division, and more recently executive VP of business strategy, he's had a front-row seat to the disrupt ...

  45. U.K. Indie RSK Moves To Trilogy

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. independent RSK Entertainment will move its distribution from Arvato to Trilogy Logistics, effective late April. In a statement, Newbury, Berkshire-based RSK's joint managing director Simon Carver cited "strategic" reasons that ...

  46. Live Nation Posts Q4 Net Loss

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation, which last month announced plans to merge with Ticketmaster Entertainment, has reported a fourth-quarter net loss of $337.5 million or $4.33 per share, compared to a loss of $18.4 million or 25 center per share, during the same period ...

  47. Entravision’s Q4 Revenue Falls 16% To $53 Million

    February 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST Santa Monica, Calif.-based Entravision reports that its fourth quarter revenue slipped to $52.76 million from $62.514 million earned during the same period in 2007. The company said its net loss grew 190% to $136,483 compared to $47,051. That is a ...

  48. Games Boost Belgian Entertainment Sales

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST With a growth of 6% to €650 million ($828 million), the Belgian entertainment market had a positive 2008, despite music sales continuing to decline - down 8.7% from €183 million ($233 million) in 2007 to €167 million ($212.7 million) last year. Th ...

  49. Mobile Entertainment Shrugs Off Credit Crunch

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Global trade body Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) has revealed its members expect an average revenue growth of 27% in the mobile entertainment industry during 2009. The figure comes from the MEF's first quarterly Business Confidence Index (B ...

  50. Viacom Profit Slumps With Charges, Ad Troubles

    February 12, 2009 12:00 AM EST Viacom Inc, owner of MTV Networks and Paramount movie studio, reported sharply lower fourth quarter earnings, battered by an advertising slump, poor ratings at some of its key TV networks and a softening DVD market. Viacom's results for the q ...

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