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  1. Last.fm's Music Discovery Put To Test

    April 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT What would happen if a never-before-digitized song was quietly put online by a member of a long-disbanded rock band? Would people find and listen to the song, proving that long tail music will eventually find a listener? Or would it go unnoticed? ...

  2. MySpace Unveils Ticketing And Events Platform

    April 15, 2010 12:00 AM EDT MySpace finally unveiled its long-promised ticketing and events platform. The move expands the social networking site from a tool for artists to sell more concert tickets to a far broader events platform designed to organize all aspects of users&# ...

  3. A MySpace Subscription Service?

    April 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT On Tuesday a News Corp. exec said MySpace Music is likely to launch a subscription service before the end of 2010. While that may raise a few eyebrows, there’s no reason to think News Corp. was teasing an upcoming launch. Jonathan Miller, News Cor ...

  4. MySpace Readies Site Overhaul To Rekindle Growth

    March 10, 2010 12:00 AM EST With shrinking audiences, deep layoffs and two management shake-ups, MySpace, the one-time leader in Internet social networking, has had a rocky year. Mike Jones, who took over as co-president last month with Jason Hirschhorn, said that even withi ...

  5. Analysis: How Hard Is It To Find Legal Music?

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Consumer Focus, a UK statutory organization that acts as a consumer advocate, wants the record industry to do a better job promoting legal alternatives. Research by the group found that four in ten Great Britons are unable to name a single online ...

  6. Napster Japan To Close

    March 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Napster Japan, a joint venture between the U.S.-based Napster and Tower Records Japan, will shut on May 31, drawing to a close the first digital music subscription service in Japan. Napster Japan released the information on its Web site, saying th ...

  7. Business Matters: Digital Music Forum, Lady Gaga, Sellaband, Napster and More

    February 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- After EMI was acquired by Terra Firma , artists began to hesitate signing with the record label. Now, The Financial Times says the company's debt load is a hindrance. "It would be very difficult to say to your client you should sign t ...

  8. MySpace Tweaks Strategy

    February 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace provided a glimpse into its future during an all-hands-on-deck meeting at the company's headquarters Thursday, featuring the introduction of the company's new co-president leadership team and unveiling of a tweaked product strate ...

  9. Shazam Adds Touring, Last.fm Services

    February 11, 2010 12:00 AM EST Music identification service Shazam continues to add new features thanks to its recent cash, undisclosed investment from the Kleiner Perkins iFund. Those using the $5 version of the app will now receive touring and ticketing information for any ar ...

  10. @MIDEM: SoundCloud, Hype Machine Distribute To Blogs

    January 25, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital platform SoundCloud and blog aggregator the Hype Machine has announced a new partnership during the MIDEM conference in Cannes. Berlin-based SoundCloud is an online service which allows artists and industry professionals to distribute and ...

  11. @MIDEM: Quick Bits From MySpace CEO Keynote

    January 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST MySpace CEO Owen Van Natta gave his first keynote outside the U.S. today (Jan. 23) in an interview with Billboard editorial director Bill Werde. Among the key points Van Natta hit upon on stage: - There are 25,000 artists (major, indie, unsigned) ...

  12. Money Clip: The Legality Of Fan-Created Music Videos

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Ben Sheffner is a copyright attorney who has represented movie studios, TV networks and record labels. Sheffner currently works as an attorney in the NBC Universal Television Group, which is 20% owned by Vivendi, the parent of Universal Music Grou ...

  13. Q&A: Napster ex-CEO Chris Gorog

    January 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST On January 6, the man who led the Napster digital music service for the last 10 years, Chris Gorog, announced he was leaving the company , along with president Brad Duea. There were conflicting reports at the time about whether his departure was v ...

  14. Confirmed: EMI Onboard with FreeAllMusic

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST EMI has licensed its content to ad-supported music site Free All Music, according to sources and evidence on the site, making it the second major label to come to terms with the Atlanta-based startup. EMI has not yet announced the licensing deal. ...

  15. Napster CEO Steps Down

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Update: According to Best Buy, Napster president Brad Duea is also no longer with the company. Both positions were eliminated as part of a executive restructuring and not as voluntary a move as Gorog suggested in the original e-mail announcing the ...

  16. Napster Opens Service To Developers

    January 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST In its ongoing effort to integrate its streaming music service to as many devices and applications as possible, Napster today unveiled its Napster Access program - a web portal where third-party developers can download the tools needed to add Naps ...

  17. Business Matters: Thurston Moore, Sam Goody, Imeem, MySpace

    December 29, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Times has a lengthy look at the cassette , a format it recently realized never really disappeared. The cassette is known for being a good f ...

  18. FreeAllMusic.com Offers Songs In Exchange For Ads

    December 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST An ad-sponsored digital music download service called FreeAllMusic.com began a private beta this week. The service's first sponsors include large brands like Coca-Cola, Warner Bros. Television, Zappos.com and LG, among others. The DRM-free di ...

  19. 'MySpace For Mobile' Flips Switch On Artist Services

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Mobile ringtone and media provider Myxer is expanding into artist services with a new program called MobileStage. Dubbed the "MySpace for Mobile," MobileStage is a suite of mobile marketing tools and services for iPhone, BlackBerry and A ...

  20. TuneCore, MySpace Music Ink Deal

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital music distribution service TuneCore has added MySpace Music to its list supported digital music outlets. What makes this addition unique is that for the first time, TuneCore is providing music to a primarily ad-supported music streaming se ...

  21. Digital Briefs: Snocap, Green Day, Google

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST -- Fallout from MySpace Music's purchase of imeem continues. Artists and labels owed money from sales and streams on the now-defunct imeem won't get any money from the services new owners. Wired's Epicenter blog focuses on the more ...

  22. Business Matters: MySpace, Imeem, Virgin Media, Google

    December 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- On the day MySpace Music closed its purchase of Imeem , the imeem.com domain was redirected to myspace.com/imeem and visitors were greeted with ...

  23. Done Deal: MySpace Music Acquires Imeem

    December 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace's acquisition of imeem is complete. The company officially announced the transaction on its blog after weeks of speculation. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but sources with knowledge of the transaction say it was for less than ...

  24. U.K. Biz Welcomes MySpace Music Launch

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST The U.K. music industry has largely welcomed the long-awaited launch of MySpace Music, despite it arriving, as one observer notes, a "little late to the party." Commenting on the long-delayed U.K. bow for MySpace music, which took place ...

  25. MySpace Music Launches In The U.K.

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST Over a year after its U.S. rollout, MySpace Music has made its long-awaited bow in the United Kingdom, going live at 00.01 U.K. time today (Dec. 3), following a launch gig by U.K. rock band Kasabian at London's Heaven venue. As with the U.S. ...

  26. Business Matters: Last.fm, Xbox, SXSW

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- In light of yesterday's news that music sales have been in the increase in Sweden, it's worth looking at the country's Internet ...

  27. Brands Urged To Engage With Music Fans Via Social Networks

    November 25, 2009 12:00 AM EST Music is playing such a critical role on fast-growing social networks that brand owners can no longer ignore it for brand-awareness strategies, says a new report by Heartbeats International, the Sweden-based international marketing agency. Called ...

  28. Spotify CEO Confident For 2010 U.S. Launch

    November 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Daniel Ek, founder and CEO of music streaming platform Spotify, has said that he is confident that the service will launch in the U.S. in the first half of 2010. Speaking at U.K. industry confab the Media Festival, where he was interviewed by medi ...

  29. Business Matters: Teamsters, MySpace, Imeem

    November 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Composers and lyricists in Hollywood are considering joining the Teamsters , Local 399. According to the Los Angeles Times, about 400 such prof ...

  30. Reports: MySpace Signs Agreement To Acquire Imeem

    November 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace has reportedly signed an agreement to acquire ad-supported on-demand music service imeem. According to reports at TechCrunch and PaidContent , a letter of intent has been signed. The TechCrunch report lists the price at $1 million in cash, ...

  31. MySpace Close To Acquiring Imeem

    November 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace reportedly is in the late stages of negotiating an acquisition of rival music streaming service imeem. Billboard has independently verified initial reports from tech blog TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal’s AllThingsD , that the negot ...

  32. Business Matters: Rdio, Keith Urban, Sky Songs

    November 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- See the first screenshots or Rdio , the on-demand music streaming service created by the founders of Kazaa and Skype . The pictures are of Rdio ...

  33. Analysis: Google To Boost The Music Biz In Three Ways

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google has given the music industry a big push forward with the launch of its expansive new music search capabilities . The connection the new search makes between consumers and content owners - finding and listening to music has never been easier ...

  34. Business Matters: Qtrax, MySpace, Lala, WMG

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Qtrax , which has been holed up in the "where are they now?" file for a few months, issued a press release on Wednesday with details ...

  35. Business Matters: Live Nation, Grand Ole Opry, Twitter

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Financial Times weighed in on the proposed TicketMaster-Live Nation merger with an op-ed on Wednesday. Calling it "an overmighty duo,& ...

  36. Amsterdam Dance Event A Sell-Out

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Day one of the 14th Amsterdam Dance Event, held for the first time on the Wednesday with a full day and evening program, provided solid proof that the event is thriving despite the economic downturn. A mixture of geographic convenience and, accord ...

  37. MySpace Music Unveils Program To Champion Artists

    October 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's no secret that MySpace can be a great place for artists to launch their careers. But MySpace Music is now formalizing the process, flexing its promotional muscles with a new program designed to champion five artists every three months ca ...

  38. MySpace Music Rolls Out New Features

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MySpace Music has unveiled a number of service enhancements designed to appeal to users and content providers, including the addition of a music video hub, the ability to purchase tracks through iTunes, and an artist metrics and analytics tool. Th ...

  39. Regional Mexican Panel Discusses Importance Of Online Media

    October 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The increasing importance of the Internet as a means for marketing and, moreover, artist development, was the crux of the “Image” panel today (Oct. 9) at the Billboard regional Mexican Music Summit, where speakers discussed innovative marketing st ...

  40. Business Matters: FM Radio, Music Sponsorships, Spotify

    October 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A bill on low power FM radio will get a vote on Thursday in the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. The Local Community Radio Act would allow the FCC to license hundreds of new low power, non-commercial stations. ...

  41. Napster Revamps U.K. Service

    October 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Napster is repositioning its U.K. service, with a £5 ($7.97) entry point for monthly access to unlimited streaming and five MP3 downloads to keep. The new version of Napster Unlimited, effective immediately, offers access to a catalog of 8 million ...

  42. Dell To Bundle Napster With Laptops

    October 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Dell and Napster have struck a deal to include a year’s worth of Napster’s streaming music subscription service into various models of Inspiron and Studio laptop computers for no extra cost. It’s a $60 value that also include 60 free downloads fro ...

  43. Digital Briefs: Nettwerk, Last.fm

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nettwerk Music Group has chosen the FUGA digital distribution platform from Dutch firm Independent IP to manage its digital catalog across all digital retailers. More veteran Last.fm employees are set to depart the digital music service. Head of m ...

  44. German Market Set To Return To Growth In 2013

    September 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The German music market is set to grow again as of 2013 when digital revenues are expected to compensate for the losses made in physical sales, according to Stefan Michalk, CEO of the Federal Association of the Music Industry (BVMI) in Berlin. The ...

  45. Analysis: Are VCs Eyeing Music Investments Again?

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News arrived last week that Mog and Rightsflow landed additional rounds of equity. One may wonder if investors are being lured into music again. The answer is both yes and no. Except for Spotify, few listening-based music startups have recently ca ...

  46. Digital Briefs: Live365, CRB, Napster, Live Nation

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Internet radio provider Live365 , one of the few webcasters to turn down the recent SoundExchange compromise agreement for streaming royalty rates, is taking a decidedly different approach to the ongoing dispute - by challenging the constitutio ...

  47. Court: Internet Radio Services Don't Need To License From Labels

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Internet radio services that don’t let users play tracks on demand don’t need to strike content licensing deals with record labels, according to the verdict in the ongoing dispute between Yahoo’s Launchcast and the music industry. The U.S. Second ...

  48. Harry Fox Grows Digital Base

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Harry Fox Agency, Inc. says online music services such as Microsoft, RealNetwork's Rhapsody, la la, Last.fm, and Slacker are choosing HFA as their primary mechanical licensing provider for interactive streams and limited and permanent dow ...

  49. Web Music Players Strike a New Chord

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Back in June, things looked grim for ad-supported online music services. SpiralFrog, well-funded and heavily hyped, had already gone belly up. Pioneering Web radio outfit Pandora warned it would likely shut down. And in April, social music site im ...

  50. Spotify To Launch Service In China

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fast-growing Swedish Internet firm Spotify on Wednesday announced an agreement with Chinese media conglomerate Tom Group to bring Spotify's digital music-streaming service to China. Tom Group, which already has partnerships with eBay and Skyp ...

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