Video game development

  1. WMG Losses Widen In Q2

    May 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group released second quarter earnings results that show slightly increased revenues but widening losses. Revenues grew 2% to $800 million, with digital revenues up 48% to $164 million, compared to the same quarter last year. Digital ...

  2. Plugged & UnPlugged: MSN Music, Would-Be Game Censors

    April 25, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged Cited largely as further proof of how "evil" DRM is, Microsoft this summer will stop authorizing digital music files purchased from the old MSN Music service . Customers will have until the end of August to select which device th ...

  3. MTV Adds Album Downloads For 'Rock Band' Gamers

    April 18, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV Games will begin offering fans of the "Rock Band" music videogame full album downloads, which they can add to the game and play along. The first album will be Judas Priest's "Screaming for Vengeance" beginning April 22 ...

  4. Digital Briefs: 'iTunes Tax,' Gabriel's The Filter, Zomba/Jive

    April 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - Lawmakers in California rejected a bill to tax internet download sales by only one vote, motivating supporters to keep the measure alive and go for another attempt as early as next week. California is one of many states considering a tax on digi ...

  5. Digital Briefs: Nokia, Audible Magic, Rock Band And More

    April 08, 2008 12:00 AM EDT - The Nokia Music Store has launched in the Netherlands, just a week after it began service in Ireland. Nokia plans to continue rolling out the service across Europe. The Dutch site goes live with an offer of five free tracks to the first 10,000 c ...

  6. Wohl Takes On Exec Role At Lionsgate Music

    March 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lenny Wohl will take over the newly created position of GM and executive VP of business affairs for Lionsgate Music. In his new role, Wohl will lead negotiations for publishing, film music, licensing and new digital media agreements. "His cre ...

  7. Report: Videogame Spending Tripled Last Year

    March 11, 2008 12:00 AM EDT It's a good time to be in the videogame business. While spending on music fell 10% in 2007, according to new data from the NPD Group, videogame spending tripled in the same period, and DVD sales were largely flat. Retail sales of videogames j ...

  8. Commentary: Is The DRM Nightmare Finally Over?

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT could finally be the year most independent labels have been waiting for: At last we are starting to see a trend among the major labels to abandon the use of digital rights management, and it seems that we will hopefully be able to close the b ...

  9. The Billboard Q&A: Electronic Arts' Steve Schnur

    March 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Let's roll through the numbers: In third-quarter 2007, the most recent financial data published, videogame company Electronic Arts set a record by making $1.5 billion in revenue. That's a heck of a lot of videogames sold, and it results ...

  10. Two Case Studies: Primary Wave, Bug Music

    March 06, 2008 12:00 AM EST Two independent publishers are finding opportunities by exploiting areas that the major publishing companies are neglecting. In fact, those holes were big enough to inspire Larry Mestel and his partners to form Primary Wave Music Publishing in Jan ...

  11. Games Sales Outpace Music in UK

    March 04, 2008 12:00 AM EST The UK's Entertainment Retailers Association released data this week showing videogame sales in the country have exceeded music sales for the first time, based on last year's totals. In 2007, videogame sales raked in 1.7 billion pounds ( ...

  12. Vivendi Posts Strong Sales; UMG Share Rises In All Markets

    February 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST French media and telecom group Vivendi's adjusted net income rose 8.3% in 2007 and will improve similarly in 2008, Vivendi chairman of the management board and CEO Jean-Bernard Levy announced today (Feb. 29) at a press conference in Paris. Un ...

  13. Live Nation Posts Loss In 4Q

    February 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation has reported a net loss of $18.4 million, or 25 cents per share, in the fourth-quarter ended Dec. 31, 2007. The Los Angeles-based company posted a loss of $33.1 million during the same period in 2006. The narrowed but continued loss oc ...

  14. Mixed Messages On The Digital Biz

    February 26, 2008 12:00 AM EST A pair of analyst reports measuring the digital music space paint a mixed picture for the future of the industry. Looking back at last year, the NPD Group says music fans acquired more music in 2007 over 2006, but paid less for it. Overall, music ...

  15. Zubillaga Splits With WMG

    February 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST Warner Music Group executive VP, digital strategy and business development Alejandro (Alex) Zubillaga, will leave the company June 1 to "pursue entrepreneurial activities in media and other businesses," the music giant said today. His re ...

  16. Vivendi Expects 500,000 Zaoza Subscribers By End ’08

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Vivendi expects its new Internet music, ringtone and videogames provider Zaoza to attract 500,000 subscribers by the end of the year, the French telecoms and media group said. The portal, which commercially launched yesterday (Feb. 20), offers a s ...

  17. Report: Digital To Lead Music Sales In Five Years

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST Digital music sales will surpass CD sales in five years, according to a new report from Forrester Research ominously titled "The End of Music As We Know It." Forrester predicts digital sales will grow by 23% a year through 2012, when the ...

  18. U.K. Downloads To Soar In 2008, Says ERA

    February 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST British consumers will likely spend more than £160 million ($312 million) on digital downloads this year, up by roughly 50% from the previous year, according to new figures published by ERA Digital, a division of the Entertainment Retailers Associ ...

  19. Live Nation Takes It To The Bank

    February 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST Live Nation's new marketing alliance with Citi could herald a wealth of mega-deals to come. The Citi deal (billboard.biz, Feb. 13) is the first to fully leverage the live entertainment giant's evolving, multifaceted music platform. The r ...

  20. Will.i.am: Mobile Music Is The Future

    February 13, 2008 12:00 AM EST The mobile industry, not the record business, will create the next wave of music superstars, according to Black Eyed Peas founder Will.i.am. Speaking at Mobile Backstage, a GSMA/Nielsen production for the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, powere ...

  21. MWC Debates DRM

    February 12, 2008 12:00 AM EST The digital rights management debate moved to the mobile space today, as delegates at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona heard Larry Moores, senior VP global product management for Real Networks, call for DRM-free music to be made more wi ...

  22. Ad-Funded Mobile Music Yet To Take Off, Says MEF

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST A report published by the Mobile Entertainment Forum (MEF) today (Feb. 11) concludes that U.K. ad-funded mobile entertainment will generate £145 million ($282 million) in revenues by 2012. However, Billboard.biz has learned that music will generat ...

  23. Nokia Launching Advisory Council, U.S. Downloads

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST In an effort to bolster musicians' perspectives within its corporate structure, Nokia Entertainment and Communities Group has formed the Nokia Artists Advisory Council/ Musician/producer Dave Stewart has been tapped to head up the council. La ...

  24. Napster Posts Narrower Third-Quarter Loss

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Napster Inc. reported a narrower quarterly loss on Wednesday, beating Wall Street consensus estimates, as revenues rose. The company said its fiscal third-quarter net loss was $2.8 million, or 6 cents per share, compared with a year-earlier net lo ...

  25. EMI Music Pub Adds Monaco To Music Resources

    February 05, 2008 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Publishing has appointed Brian Monaco as COO of its music resources unit, which works with brands and businesses to help them connect with their consumers through the power of music. Monaco joins the publisher from Worldwide Talent Group ...

  26. McGuinness Speech In Full

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The full script of the speech everyone is talking about in Cannes, as made by U2 manager Paul McGuinness at Midem. McGuinness: "Good afternoon and thank you for giving me this opportunity. I don't make many speeches and this is an import ...

  27. Sides Chosen In Royalty Tussle

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST WASHINGTON -- Music publishers, the record labels and digital music distribution outlets began a three-way legal wrestling match today (Jan. 28) over just how much songwriters and the publishing houses should get paid for digitally delivered music ...

  28. Universal Partners With SACEM For Pan-Euro Licenses

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST Ending days of intense speculation at MIDEM, Universal Music Publishing Group has set up a digital licensing scheme in Europe. The publisher has formed a joint venture with French society SACEM which allows that society and France's mechanica ...

  29. MidemNet 08 Wraps, Midem Underway

    January 27, 2008 12:00 AM EST Events off-stage upstaged the panel program at MidemNet's second and final day. The day began with a buzz on Sunday with the launch of QTRAX, a licensed ad-funded P2P music service which claims to offer a colossal 25 million tracks. Today ...

  30. French Retailers Call For Gov't Support

    January 25, 2008 12:00 AM EST French cultural retailer trade body SDLC (formerly known as SDSD) has called for a governmental plan to back CD and video retail, which it claims has been "forgotten" in national leaders' plans to back the music industry. SDLC, whic ...

  31. Healthy Digital Biz Needs Gov't, ISP Help, IFPI Says

    January 24, 2008 12:00 AM EST Led by single-track downloads, worldwide digital music sales reached $2.9 billion in 2007, up almost 40% from the previous year, according to a new publication issued by the IFPI. Digital formats now account for roughly 15% of the global music mar ...

  32. EMI Publishing Promotes Corbett, Kelly

    January 22, 2008 12:00 AM EST The latest changes at EMI Group see EMI Music Publishing promote Leo Corbett to COO and Thomas Kelly to CFO. Corbett was executive VP/CFO for the publisher; Kelly was executive VP of finance. Corbett has spent the past year overseeing the implemen ...

  33. Plugged And Unplugged

    January 18, 2008 12:00 AM EST Plugged The downloadable music sales figures for videogames "Rock Band" and "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" should open a few eyes in the music industry. In just eight weeks, "Rock Band" sold 2.5 million songs as n ...

  34. Managers Weigh Up Hands' EMI Plans

    January 16, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Music Managers Forum has given a guarded welcome to EMI Group chairman Guy Hands' plans to restructure the major. London-based MMF chief executive Jon Webster spoke to Billboard.biz after yesterday's meeting between Hands and more th ...

  35. Universal Music Canada Cuts 19 Jobs

    January 14, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Canada announced 19 job cuts last Friday (Jan. 11), as well as the departure of senior executives, as the company attempts to cope with sagging compact disc sales in the Canadian market. The job cuts were from administrative positi ...

  36. Trans World Hit By Weak Q4

    January 10, 2008 12:00 AM EST Trans World Entertainment is expecting to end its fiscal year Feb. 3 with millions in losses, after a disappointing holiday sales season. "With this season's holiday sales numbers being lower than our expectation, we now expect a net los ...

  37. UMG Ups Gerson To Exec VP

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group has promoted Matthew Gerson from senior VP to executive VP for public policy and government affairs. Gerson will oversee all public policy issues related to the company's business, including directing Universal's in ...

  38. Best Bets '08: Campaign Promises

    December 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST From acquisitions to ad-supported services, from retail to the road, a dozen headlines we'd bet the farm on in 2008: Every Major Latin Label Tries A Revenue-Sharing Model As music sales continue to decline, Latin labels are dramatically chang ...

  39. Ad-Supported Airtist Site Goes Live

    December 27, 2007 12:00 AM EST The French market has its own ad-supported free music download platform, Airtist. The new service went live in mid-December and is available for free, provided visitors complete a free registration process. Users can then download a DRM-free track ...

  40. Plugged And Unplugged

    December 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST As the year winds down to a close, this last Plugged/Unplugged for 2007 wishes you all Happy Holidays. As most of the industry takes the next week off, I hope everybody takes a few moments to relax, reflect on the year that's passed, and prep ...

  41. 'PaRappa The Rapper' Developers Prep New Game

    December 11, 2007 12:00 AM EST The developers behind the original rhythm music game PaRappa the Rapper are at work on a new music-based game exclusive to Nintendo's Wii game console. Japanese video game company NanaOn-Sha is reuniting game designer Masaya Matsuura and arti ...

  42. Vivendi Acquires Majority Stake In Activision

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST Vivendi Games finalized a merger with "Guitar Hero III" publisher Activision over the weekend, creating a massive new videogame company called Activision Blizzard. Vivendi will own the majority stake in the newly formed company, which is ...

  43. Exclusive: Top Companies Form Groundbreaking New Publishing Partnership

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST What began as an indie publisher seeking advice about the Nashville market from a couple of manager friends has turned into a first-of-its-kind publishing partnership. Two competing artist management companies, Red Light Management and Vector Mana ...

  44. VC Dollars Grow In Entertainment Space

    November 28, 2007 12:00 AM EST Where there are people on the Internet, chances are there will soon be money. Social networking and user-generated content sites, online advertising optimizers, casual video games, and virtual worlds are not only attracting growing numbers of cons ...

  45. U.K.'s ERA Throws Support Behind MP3

    November 21, 2007 12:00 AM EST Britain's Entertainment Retailers Assn. has entered into the debate on DRM-free music. The trade body's director general Kim Bayley has written a letter to the Financial Times newspaper in which she called on the music industry to drop D ...

  46. Orchard, DMGI Complete Merger

    November 14, 2007 12:00 AM EST Online music aggregator the Orchard Enterprises Inc. has completed its merger with Digital Music Group Inc., and the combined company today begins trading on the Nasdaq under the symbol "ORCD." The enlarged business is operated under the ...

  47. CMRRA, CRIA Strike New Licensing Agreement

    November 13, 2007 12:00 AM EST The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. and the Canadian Recording Industry Association have entered into a new mechanical licensing agreement that will run through 2012. The deal, which was concluded after a lengthy negotiation, will ...

  48. Six Degrees Launches Free Download Program

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Six Degrees Records will launch a "Download of the Week" service tomorrow which will allow customers to download a free MP3 song from an emerging artist on the label's blog. The download series is intended to compliment the existing ...

  49. U.K. Firms Head West For Synch Mission

    October 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT British labels trade body the BPI has confirmed a delegation of 30 U.K. music companies will take part in its third U.S. synchronisation trade mission, from Oct. 30-Nov. 2 in L.A. Labels ZTT, Lo-Max Records, and Hospital; composer Seanine Joyce an ...

  50. Thompson Joins Zune Team

    October 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft named Rick Thompson the corporate VP of Zune, responsible for overseeing the Zune digital music player. Thompson reports to J. Allard, corporate VP of entertainment & devices division, and is based in Seatlle. Thompson will be in cha ...

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