Wall Street Journal

  1. Best Bet: Apple To Announce Addition of Beatles Catalog to iTunes

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST The smart money on tomorrow's mysterious iTunes announcement is that Apple will finally be adding the Beatles catalog to the digital music store. That's not fully confirmed, but after a day of phone calls, e-mails and cryptic messages, B ...

  2. With E-books Still Young, A Hit Novel Reaches 30% Digital Share

    November 09, 2010 12:00 AM EST Sales of John Grisham’s latest book, “The Confession,” have reached a digital mile marker far faster than digital albums. According to an article at the Wall Street Journal , 70,000 of the 230,000 units sold in the first week were e-book sales. Am ...

  3. AOL Hires Advisers For Options As Eyes Yahoo: Report

    November 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST AOL Inc is exploring strategic options, which include a possible tie-up with Yahoo Inc, and has retained financial advisers to do so, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday (Nov. 7), citing unnamed sources. A source close to Yahoo told Reuters ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. Business Matters: Terra Firma, Tammy Genovese, Pandora and more

    November 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. How Much Could Terra Firma Be Awarded In Lawsuit? -- The Wall Street Journal humorously downplays the impact of huge – but reduced – potential damages in Terra Firma’s lawsuit against Citigroup. L ...

  6. Report: Google To Help Fight Piracy In India

    October 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google India has partnered with three companies on a music service to direct users of the search engine to legal tracks, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Web giant has joined with Indian music company Saregama India in the move to help ta ...

  7. Report: Facebook Apps Transmitted Personal Info

    October 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Wall Street Journal is reporting that 10 popular Facebook applications have been transmitting users' personal identifying information to dozens of advertising and Internet tracking companies. The newspaper said Monday that the breach also ...

  8. Business Matters: 'Trial of the Century' Set To Start Monday

    October 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. 'Trial of the Century' Set To Begin Monday -- It’s called the “Trial of the Century” in London and in the States it’s a pretty big deal too. Terra Firma’s lawsuit against Citigroup start ...

  9. Business Matters: Google To Help Fight Piracy?

    October 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Google To Help Fight Piracy? -- Google has told two music industry trade groups it would have to charge a small fee to to help them track down pirated material more efficiently, reports CNET’s Gre ...

  10. Business Matters: Majors Back Video Site, Android Gains Steam, Hulu CEO Offers Content Strategy and more

    October 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Majors Onboard With Russian Video Portal -- All four majors have licensed their content to Russian online music video service iviMusic. The content of an additional 20 Russian music companies is a ...

  11. Business Matters: Pandora, Net Neutrality Bil, Liz Phair and more

    September 30, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. 'Staggering' Pandora Fact of the Day -- One in five people aged 12 to 24 have listened to Pandora in the past month, according to a new study by Edison Research. Eleven percent has liste ...

  12. Business Matters: Holiday Sales Predictions, Songkick, Best Buy and more

    September 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Economic Recovery Slow -- On the economic front, U.S. CEOs say they are less willing to hire new workers out of fear that sales growth with lose steam, according to a Business Roundtable survey. “ ...

  13. Blockbuster To File For Bankruptcy This Week

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Video rental giant Blockbuster is expected to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as early as today, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday, citing sources. Investor Carl Icahn, who owns about a third of the firm's senior debt, is p ...

  14. Business Matters: Possible Shift In File Share Penalties, BMG Rights Management, 'BlackPad' and more

    September 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Penalties For File Sharers To Fall? -- The penalties given to convicted file sharers could fall dramatically in the future. The Supreme Court has showed interest in a file-sharing case The case is ...

  15. Business Matters: Stock Spikes, Zune, Apple and more

    September 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Stocks Spike On Economic News -- Entertainment stocks had a strong day on Monday as the market rose on news the recession ended in June 2009. The National Bureau of Economic Research agreed that a ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Business Matters: Google's Music Plans, Walkman Outsells iPod and more

    September 03, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. GOOGLE'S MUSIC PLANS: MOBILE, BROWSER Google's music plans are being welcomed by executives who have heard the pitch, according to an LA Times article. The article gives away only two ti ...

  18. Business Matters: Zaptunes, Kickstarter, Vivendi and more

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. THE DEAL WITH ZAPTUNES -- In case you haven’t spent any time this week following Zaptunes, a new music service that touts songs by Radiohead and other stars, here are a few things you should know. ...

  19. Business Matters: Vivendi, Amazon, Pandora and more

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis on the day's music news. BEHIND THE VIVENDI EARNINGS -- If you look at Vivendi’s Q2 earnings released on Wednesday, two trends become clear: both revenue and EBITA (earnings before interest, taxes and amortization) are fa ...

  20. Microsoft Seeks China Internet Search Partner: Report

    September 01, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Software giant Microsoft Corp is looking for a partner in China to help the company play a major role in China's Internet search market, Wall Street Journal said. Simon Leung, Microsoft's chief executive for greater China, told the Journ ...

  21. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Disney, Asthmatic Kitty and more

    August 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Spend some time looking through Twitter comments about Ticketmaster’s new blog and initiatives and you’ll come to a few conclusions. First, many people say they care less about the tim ...

  22. Wall Street Lukewarm To Hulu IPO Plans

    August 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT News that Hulu is talking to investment banks about an IPO that could value it at more than $2 billion is a mouth-watering prospect for bankers. After all, the last huge, true Hollywood IPO was that of DreamWorks Animation in 2004. But the news of ...

  23. Elvis Week Hits Stride As Buyout Talks Heat Up

    August 13, 2010 12:00 AM EDT CKx Inc., owner of the "American Idol" television program and 85% of Elvis Presley Enterprises, is mulling at least two offers to buy the company. At the same time, thousands of Elvis fans have descended on Memphis for Elvis Week, the an ...

  24. Business Matters: Lucian Grainge, Live Nation, Les Savy Fav and more

    July 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT GRAINGE SHIFTS TO LA -- Lucian Grainge, the new co-CEO of Universal Music Group, will be based in Los Angeles rather than New York. The chief executives of the other major music groups tend to be based in New York – although Warner Music Group’s E ...

  25. U.S. Copyright Office Rules Against Apple In 'Jailbreaking' Case

    July 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. copyright office issued exemptions to the Digital Millennium Copy Act, giving legal protection for people who unlock their smartphones to run third party applications or change the wireless service providers. The move by the copyright off ...

  26. Business Matters: Live Nation, SeatGeek, Perf. Royalties and more

    July 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT WALL ST. JOURNAL ON LIVE NATION: 'TRANSPARENCY NOT ENOUGH' -- The reverberations from last week’s Live Nation investor presentation continue. At the Wall Street Journal, Martin Peers reflects on last Thursday’s event and the reasons for ...

  27. Nokia On The Prowl For New CEO: WSJ

    July 20, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Nokia has begun looking for candidates to replace chief executive Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, who has struggled to keep up with nimbler rivals Apple Inc and Google Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported. Kallasvuo may be ousted as early as the end of Jul ...

  28. Business Matters: Live Nation, Popjustice, RIAA, UMG and more

    July 14, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The analyst consensus, according to Barrons, is that Live Nation will take a financial hit this summer but its stock has been punished too much. Barrons talks to some analysts (whose investor notes have been mentioned in this column in recent w ...

  29. Business Matters: WMG, Knitting Factory, Trade Group CEO Salary Comparisons and more

    July 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT ANALYSTS: WMG A 'BUY' -- Needham & Company analysts have reiterated their buy rating on Warner Music Group and have a target price of $8.50. Shares of Warner closed at $4.57 on Friday and were down 11.3% in the last five days of trad ...

  30. Business Matters: Live Nation, Ticket Pricing, Radio Royalties and more

    July 09, 2010 12:00 AM EDT 'AN HONEST TALK ABOUT TICKET PRICES' -- “When 40% of tickets across the industry are going unsold, you have to have an honest talk about ticket prices,” says Jason Garner of Live Nation in an article at the Wall Street Journal. It’s the ...

  31. MySpace Sale Reports 'Fabrications': News Corp Exec

    July 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT News Corp digital chief Jonathan Miller said his company is not in talks to sell its once popular social networking site MySpace and described reports of any discussions as "fabrications." "We are definitely not in any ongoing talks ...

  32. Business Matters: CRB, Ringtone Royalties, Vevo, Zune and more

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT COURT UPHOLDS CRB DECISION -- Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit upheld a 2009 decision by the Copyright Royalty Board that set the mechanical royalty rate for ringtones at 24 cents. The judges found that the CRB’s decision ...

  33. Foursquare Close To Obtaining Funding: Report

    June 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Startup website Foursquare, a location-based services company, is close to getting new funding that would allow it to expand, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The funding, led by Silicon Valley ...

  34. Google Set To Launch Download, Subscription Service

    June 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Google will launch a music download service tied to its search engine later this year followed by a subscription service in 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal. There has been speculation about Google's music plans for several months. ...

  35. Business Matters: Live Nation, EMI, CAA and more

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Billboard senior editorial analyst Glenn Peoples and Billboardbiz on Twitter. LIVE NATION CHATTER OFF TARGET -- Pop music critic De Rogatis is stretching when he tries to link this summer’s spate of cancelled concerts and weaker-than-expect ...

  36. AOL To Sell Bebo

    June 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT AOL Inc will sell its Bebo social network site to private investment firm Criterion Capital Partners for an undisclosed sum, as it tries to restructure its business and deal with declining revenue. Thursday's (June 17) announcement comes as A ...

  37. @D8: Apple's Jobs On Google, Gizmodo, Adobe, and Advice For The Music Biz

    June 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple CEO Steve Jobs rarely speaks at events not hosted by Apple itself. But Tuesday night, less than a week before he’s scheduled to take the keynote stage at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference June 7, he sat down for a 90-minute interview w ...

  38. Simon Fuller To Bid $600M For "American Idol" Owner CKX

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller is trying to buy the company that owns the hit show. Sources confirm to Billboard.biz that the TV mogul and ex-Barclays Capital banker Roger Jenkins will submit a letter outlining a $600 million bid f ...

  39. Business Matters: DOJ, Paperless Ticketing, Bowery Presents and More

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter or e-mail him at gpeoples AT billboard.com. -- While the press descends on the news that the Department of Justice is investigating Apple for possible anti-competitive behavior, only eMusic has confirmed on the reco ...

  40. UPDATE: Major Shakeup At Xbox

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT It’s official. Microsoft has indeed engineered a major shakeup of its entertainment and devices division, as reported earlier today (below). Out are the two most visible faces of the division: president Robbie Bach—who has led the business unit si ...

  41. iPad Mania's Winners and Losers

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Even with 1 million or so iPads out there, no print publishers can lay claim to huge numbers of downloads yet. But among the few that are giving out numbers, USA Today seems to be the big winner so far, with 371,213 downloads as of May 16. The pap ...

  42. Report: Terra Firma Secures EMI Funds

    May 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT EMI Group owner Terra Firma Capital Partners has reportedly secured investors' approval to raise £105 million ($156 million), to avoid a breach of the major's loan covenant with Citigroup. Terra Firma needed the support of 75% of its inv ...

  43. Who's The King Of Smartphones?

    April 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT For the first time, there are more smartphones based on Google’s Android operating system accessing the AdMob mobile advertising network in the U.S. than there are from the iPhone, according to the company’s March data . Here’s the data: Android p ...

  44. Business Matters: New York Times, MXP4, News Corp., Martina McBride and More

    April 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- The New York Times Co., owners of The New York Times and Boston Globe , posted a profit in Q1 2010. The company posted a profit of $12.8 million on revenue of $588 million. National advertising improved. Online revenues grew 15.5% to $90.4 mill ...

  45. Report: Apple May Be Working On iPhone For Verizon

    March 29, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc appears to be working on a new iPhone model for No. 1 U.S. mobile carrier Verizon Wireless, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. Apple, which currently has an exclusive agreement with AT&T Inc to sell iPhones in the United Sta ...

  46. Google Partners Call For Clarity On China Plans

    March 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chinese firms selling advertising space on Google's search pages have demanded clarity about the search giant's plans in China, as speculation increases over Google's future in the world's largest Internet market. Their demand ...

  47. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, Joel Tenenbaum, TuneCore

    February 19, 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 . -- An important aspect of Ticketmaster ’s settlement with ...

  48. Owner Proposed Breaking Up EMI Group

    February 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd chairman and chief executive Guy Hands proposed three months ago to break up music company EMI Group Ltd, court documents filed in New York show. Hands made the proposal in a letter to Chad Leat, head of the altern ...

  49. iPhone's Market Share Slips Amid Smartphone Boom

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST The number of iPhone sales in the fourth quarter of last year increased over the previous quarter, but Apple still lost ground in overall market share thanks to increased smartphone penetration. According to ABI Research, via the Wall Street Journ ...

  50. Business Matters: Ticketmaster-Live Nation Criticism, Apple Sales Predicitons

    January 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST -- Criticism of the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger and the concessions accepted by the Department of Justice is compiled at the Wall Street Journal. Chicago concert promoter Jerry Mickelson makes a good point: there's more to a ticket price ...

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