Wall Street Journal

  1. Business Matters: MySpace Records, Dannie Flesher, eMusic

    January 15, 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 . -- MySpace Records has reduced its staff. A source confir ...

  2. Pandora Says It Was Profitable in Q4 2009

    January 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST A major milestone in digital music has been reached: Online radio service Pandora reached profitability in the fourth quarter of 2009, according to a post at GigaOm . “We became profitable for the fourth quarter of 2009, and now we’re shooting for ...

  3. Apple Buying Quattro Wireless: Report

    January 05, 2010 12:00 AM EST Apple Inc is set to announce it has acquired mobile advertising company Quattro Wireless for $275 million, the Wall Street Journal-affiliated blog All Things Digital reported. An announcement could come as early as Tuesday, said the report, which ...

  4. DoubleTwist Deal Opens Amazon's Options

    December 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital media management software firm DoubleTwist is aiming to take on iTunes through a partnership with Amazon.com's MP3 download store. According to the Wall Street Journal , the deal allows users to buy and download music from Amazon when ...

  5. Business Matters: Nokia, Spotify, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

    December 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- According to Visible Measures, nine of the ten top Internet videos of 2009 were music videos. The trailer for Twilight Saga: New Moon was the # ...

  6. Business Matters: Apple, Vevo, Virgin Media, Spotify

    December 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Apple 's acquisition of Lala : What it might mean for both iTunes and record labels? Lala executives will be in "very significant rol ...

  7. Business Matters: We7, Live Nation, Ticketmaster

    December 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Continuing its series on executive Q&As on the topic of ad-supported music, Music Ally talks to We7's Steve Purdham . While Purdham� ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Citi Rejects Terra Firma's Latest Bid To Save EMI: Report

    November 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST Citigroup Inc recently rejected a proposal from Guy Hands' private equity firm Terra Firma Capital Partners to restructure the debt of music group EMI, the Wall Street Journal said on Monday. The buyout firm had offered to inject about £1 bil ...

  11. Business Matters: Live Nation/Ticketmaster, Net Neutrality, Garth Brooks

    October 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Major concessions would be needed for the Justice Department to approve a merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation , sources have told the Wall Street Journal. The report offered no details or guesses on which concessions could be made. One possi ...

  12. Digital Briefs: Guitar Hero, Steven Van Zandt

    September 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Activision is considering developing a version of Guitar Hero that doesn't require a gaming console to play, according to comments from CEO Bobby Kotick at an investor conference. Exactly how that would happen is not clear, and Kotick did ...

  13. Business Matters: UMG, Richard Branson, YouTube, Van Halen

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A funny thing happened on the way to the future of the record industry: disagreement. Universal Music Group ’s planned ISP-based music service ...

  14. Business Matters: Vevo, SanDisk, Eircom, Apple

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Vevo , the video streaming joint venture between Universal Music Group and YouTube , is raising capital at a $300 million valuation, according ...

  15. Business Matters: UMG, Facebook, Mininova, Anti-Piracy Debate

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. - For complete reading on the UK government's latest position on file sharing, read the entire five-page statement on proposed P2P file-shari ...

  16. Digital Briefs: Slacker, Twitter, Diddy

    August 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The CEO of personalized Internet radio service Slacker has stepped down from the position. According to VentureWire, Dennis Mudd will remain on the board of directors. No details yet on who will be taking over the role. Mudd founded Musicmatch, ...

  17. Sheryl Crow Sells Publishing Catalog To First State Media Group

    August 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sheryl Crow has sold her music publishing catalog to First State Media Group, a Dublin, Ireland-based investor in publishing assets. The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the sale earlier Wednesday, said the deal was valued at about $10 mi ...

  18. EMI Music Publishing Continues Strong Performance

    August 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT While EMI Music continues to struggle with its debt load, as detailed by the Wall Street Journal and summarized in Billboard.biz’ Business Matters column, EMI Music Publishing remains healthy and stands apart from the record label’s trouble. When ...

  19. Business Matters: Guy Hands, EMI, Sony Music, Rhapsody

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Wall Street Journal’s Aaron O. Patrick wrote a very thorough overview of Terra Firma 's struggles with EMI . Notably, the private equi ...

  20. Business Matters: The Orchard, Moby, Zune HD, TVT

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The Orchard 's Q2 2009 earnings had two things common in the digital world: a deeper loss and higher revenue. As the company's scale ...

  21. Report: AEG Live In Negotiations For Michael Jackson Documentary

    July 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AEG Live, the company behind Michael Jackson's planned comeback in London, is negotiating with several Hollywood studios seeking a deal to release in movie theaters a documentary about the final days of the pop singer, the Wall Street journal ...

  22. Briefs: Michael Jackson Sales, Jazz Times, Red Mountain

    July 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- How did the estimate for Michael Jackson 's lifetime sales figure go from 200 million albums to 750 million in recent years? "A likely explanation is that a rough tally of individual songs was misinterpreted or misrepresented to refle ...

  23. 'Long Tail' Author Tackles 'Free' As Industry Experiments With Pricing

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "Free: The Future of a Radical Price," a new book from Wired Magazine editor Chris Anderson tackles the idea of zero price in the digital age. Anderson wrote "The Long Tail," an era-defining book, and just as that book found bo ...

  24. Briefs: Country Sales, EFF, Spotify, TuneUp

    July 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Country album sales dropped 24% last week compared to an 8% drop for the market. But country continues its digital progress. Year to date, digital accounts for 11.4% of album sales. That's just more than half of the digital share of pop al ...

  25. Mystery Surrounds Michael Jackson's Sudden Death

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT One day after Michael Jackson's sudden death, speculation was already turning on Friday to what killed the 50-year-old "King of Pop" just weeks before his long-awaited series of comeback concerts. Jackson, a former child star who be ...

  26. Apple's Jobs Has 'Excellent Prognosis' After Transplant

    June 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple Inc chief executive Steve Jobs underwent a liver transplant at a Tennessee hospital and has "an excellent prognosis," the hospital that performed the operation has confirmed. Jobs, 54, received the transplant because he was "t ...

  27. China To Require Software On PCs To Block Sites

    June 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Chinese government has required that personal computer makers bundle software that filters Internet content from July 1, raising concerns over cyber-security as well as Internet freedoms. The free "Green Dam-Youth Escort" software, d ...

  28. Briefs: UMG, Borders, Pandora, EMI, U2

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A New York Times article claims both Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group "relaxed" the terms of their licensing deals with Imeem to accommodate the music service's inability thus far to find a business model that does so ...

  29. Business Briefs: EMI, Hastings, Ingrid Michaelson

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A report says EMI is likely to sell off the Olympic recording studio in southwest London. ( Times Online ) -- Entertainment retailer Hastings reported net earnings of about $1.7 million for the three month period ended April 30, 2009. Revenues ...

  30. Business Briefs: BitTorrent, Microsoft, Google, WMG

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- BayTSP , which tracks file sharing and sends infringement notices to ISPs, has a list of top sources of recorded infringement. BitTorrent tops the list and eDonkey is second. Ares , a decentralized P2P network, is a very distant third. Spain to ...

  31. Digital Briefs: Kadoink, EMI, Twitter, Imeem

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Kadoink , a company that creates mobile widgets used to promote music and artist-fan interaction, has shut down service two weeks after it was taken over by its primary investor, Hercules Technology growth Capital. The company, which raised $7 ...

  32. Business Briefs: Downloading Study, Echo, Dora, Bandcamp

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A Norwegian study tracked 2,000 online music users over the age of 15 and found that those who downloaded free music, either legally or illegally, purchased ten times more music than people who did not download free music. Not ten times more likel ...

  33. AT&T In Talks To Extend iPhone Deal: Report

    April 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT AT&T Inc is in talks with Apple Inc to extend its exclusive U.S. agreement to sell the iPhone from 2010 to 2011, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson said in an interview that he plans t ...

  34. Morning Briefs: EMI Signs Lottery Deal, Borders' Fiscal Results, Ticket Scalping Laws and More

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - To lure younger people to buy lottery tickets - known in some parts as the idiot tax - EMI and Pollard Banknote Ltd. will team up to offer prizes of music downloads from the entire EMI catalog. At least EMI gets full wholesale cost for each down ...

  35. News Corp President Chernin Leaving

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST News Corp president and COO Peter Chernin will leave after 12 years on the job, depriving the media conglomerate of its second-highest ranking executive as it deals with a severe decline in advertising revenue. Chernin, 57, is a well-regarded Holl ...

  36. Sirius XM Agrees To Liberty Media Deal

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST Satellite Radio firm Sirius XM has avoided a bankruptcy filing, confirming Tuesday morning a deal with John Malone's Liberty Media that will provide it with cash infusions in return for a minority stake in the company. With the agreement, Mal ...

  37. Sirius Creditors Threaten To Oust CEO: Report

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST A group of Sirius XM Radio Inc creditors will seek to remove chief executive Mel Karmazin if the company chooses a bankruptcy filing over a deal with an investor that would let it stay solvent, the Wall Street Journal said. "Creditors will ac ...

  38. Nokia Unveils Online Software Shop

    February 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The world's top cell phone maker Nokia unveiled on Monday its new online software and media store, hoping to follow the runaway success of Apple's App Store. The focus of the cell phone market has been shifting to software development si ...

  39. Live Nation, Ticketmaster Deal: Web Reaction

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Live Nation, Ticketmaster merger has been the talk of the industry for the last few days, with every media outlet speculating about the effect of the deal on the music industry landscape. Below, a selection of analysis and opinion from around ...

  40. Ergen Offers Troubled Sirius A Lifeline: Reports

    February 11, 2009 12:00 AM EST Satellite mogul Charles Ergen has offered to boost the capital and restructure the debt of Sirius XM Radio Inc, which has been preparing for a possible bankruptcy filing, newspapers reported. Ergen has offered to inject several hundred million dol ...

  41. Latest News: Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Billboard.biz Op-Ed: LiveStub CEO Questions TM-LN Merger Complaints March 11, 2009 The CEO of secondary ticket site LiveStub asks regulators to get answers on key questions before approving the Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger. Canada To Investigat ...

  42. Update: Live Nation, Ticketmaster Deal Imminent

    February 10, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster Entertainment and Live Nation are scheduled to announce their pending merger Tuesday morning, according to the Wall Street Journal. A source tells Billboard that the boards of both companies met Sunday and approved the deal, but neith ...

  43. News Corp Posts Steep Loss On Writedown

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rupert Murdoch's News Corp posted its biggest ever quarterly net loss, after taking an $8.4 billion writedown for the value of its Dow Jones acquisition, broadcasting licenses and other assets. Excluding the charge, the results missed Wall St ...

  44. The Billboard Exclusive Q&A: Axl Rose

    February 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST It's been nine years since Axl Rose gave a substantial print interview. For all that time and more, he's been working on the album "Chinese Democracy," which finally arrived in late November. It was an arduous process, to say t ...

  45. Report: EchoStar Amasses Sirius XM Debt

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST Charles Ergen's EchoStar Corp has quietly accumulated a substantial portion of Sirius XM Satellite Radio Inc's maturing debt in what could be the first salvo in an attempt to take control of the company, the Wall Street Journal said, cit ...

  46. Analysis: Potential Live Nation, Ticketmaster Merger

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST The potential merger of Live Nation and Ticketmaster, first reported by the Wall Street Journal last night (Feb. 3), would create a company in control of the majority of box office dollars, the myriad revenues that can come from ticketing and the ...

  47. Report: Live Nation, Ticketmaster Close To Merger

    February 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Ticketmaster Entertainment and Live Nation -- two of the most powerful companies in the music business -- could be merging as soon as next week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The announcement arrives on the heels of Live Nation ...

  48. Dell Plots Smartphone Foray, Eyes Apple: Report

    January 30, 2009 12:00 AM EST Dell Inc is plotting a foray into the cell phone arena as early as next month, making and selling smartphones to revitalize a business walloped by crumbling PC sales and pitting the firm against Apple, the Wall Street Journal reported. The world&# ...

  49. Report: RIAA Ends MediaSentry Deal

    January 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST In addition to ending its litigation campaign against file trading music fans, the RIAA reportedly is ending its relationship with the controversial MediaSentry. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal , the RIAA will no longer use MediaS ...

  50. Report: RIAA Drops File-Sharing Lawsuits

    December 19, 2008 12:00 AM EST The Recording Industry Association of America has signalled its intention to switch tactics in the battle against piracy. It stopped filing mass lawsuits early this fall and will now attempt to cooperate with ISPs on tackling users who are uploadi ...

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