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  1. Can These Women Make CDs Cool Again?

    June 13, 2014 6:05 PM EDT This article first appeared in the June 21st issue of Billboard Magazine . The market for CDs may be crashing, but the creators of ZinePak are doing their best to keep hope alive. A New York-based startup, the company seeks to recapture the pleasu ...

  2. Target Not Selling Beyonce’s New Album

    December 16, 2013 4:55 PM EST While Beyonce's new fast-selling self-titled album is sure to be on many Christmas wish lists, there's at least one major retailer that's opting not to sell the album: Target. 'Beyonce' Fastest-Selling Album Ever in iTu ...

  3. Cyber Monday Expected to See $2 Billion In Sales

    December 02, 2013 11:02 AM EST It's the day of the online deal. Millions of shoppers are expected to click on items on Monday as retailers rev up deals to grab online holiday shopping dollars on the first working day after the busy holiday weekend. But this year so-called ...

  4. Business Matters: Pandora is not Walmart

    June 19, 2013 6:09 PM EDT A new paper disputes Pandora claims it pays too much in royalties. Written by Dr. Jeffrey Eisenach, "Understanding Webcasting Royalties" shines a light on Pandora's effort to lower its royalty costs. Eisenach is Managing Director ...

  5. iTunes Crosses 25 Billion Songs Sold, Now Sells 21 Million Songs a Day

    February 06, 2013 7:47 PM EST Nearly a decade after Apple Inc. launched its iTunes music store, the company surpassed 25 billion songs sold. The online store, which has expanded its offerings in recent years to include digital books, games, applications, magazines, movies an ...

  6. Tifanie Van Laar-Frever

    November 28, 2012 7:25 AM EST Senior buyer, Walmart Helping Save The CD Tifanie Van Laar-Frever, senior buyer at Walmart, the largest seller of CDs in the United States, has helped transform its $5 CD bin into the premier brick-and-mortar power position in retail. That bin sin ...

  7. Ticketmaster Expands Walmart Partnership

    November 13, 2012 11:39 AM EST Walmart and Ticketmaster today announced an extension of their strategic partnership in the form of the Walmart Ticket Values program, which provides customers access to a pre-selected number of tickets to major league sporting events, FELD Entert ...

  8. Hastings in Q2: Music Sales Down 12%, Most Everything Else Up

    August 21, 2012 4:35 PM EDT Different retailer, same story. Brick-and-mortar retailer Hastings Entertainment reported a second-quarter loss of $3.4 million on revenue of $104.1 million for the quarter ended July 31. The loss was a slight improvement from a $4.1 million loss ...

  9. 40 Under 40: Tifanie Van Laar

    August 02, 2012 3:51 PM EDT Tifanie Van Laar Senior Music Buyer, Walmart Website: walmart.com Twitter: @tifanielee Decisive Strategist Given her position as Walmart's senior music buyer, Tifanie Van Laar, 36, is a force to be reckoned with. But Van Laar is proving to ha ...

  10. Pitbull May Soon Be Chilling-Out at Walmart in Alaska

    July 03, 2012 8:46 AM EDT ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Miami rapper Pitbull might soon be chilling out in Alaska. In a marketing deal, Walmart will send Pitbull, aka Armando Christian Perez, to the store that gets the most "likes" on its Facebook page. Pitbull Says ...

  11. Dottie Mattison Named CEO Of Prometheus Global Media

    July 02, 2012 6:30 PM EDT Dottie Mattison, senior managing director of Guggenheim Partners, has been named CEO of Prometheus Global Media, effective immediately. Prometheus Global Media is the parent company of Billboard as well as other media and entertainment brands Adwe ...

  12. Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, Lionel Richie, Juanes Perform at Walmart Shareholder Meeting, 50th B-Day Bash

    June 01, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores turned portions of its annual shareholder meeting Friday into a music festival of sorts, with Justin Timberlake hosting the event and several musical performances. Adding musical star power to the corporate event were ...

  13. Billboard Latin Conference: Artists Need Brands As Much As Brands Need Artists

    April 24, 2012 7:07 PM EDT Javier M. Delgado-Granados (Multicultural Marketing Manager, Walmart), and Julio Vega (VP of Latin Purchasing, Sales and Marketing, Music, Movies and Books, Anderson Merchandisers) discussing the impact of Walmart's Acceso Total. (Photo: Mich ...

  14. Walmart Launches Disc To Digital Service

    March 14, 2012 8:03 AM EDT LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Wal-Mart pledged to help introduce Hollywood's emerging online movie locker system to its customers, many of whom have never owned anything digital in their lives. People who own DVDs or Blu-ray discs from five participati ...

  15. Billboard Power 100: Tifanie Van Laar

    January 26, 2012 9:52 PM EST No. 63 Tifanie Van Laar Senior Buyer of Music Walmart Twitter: @TifanieLee Still Low Prices. Every Day… Tifanie Van Laar is the senior buyer overseeing music at Walmart, the second-largest music retailer in the United States with an estimated 10.7 ...

  16. Billboard Power 100: John Butcher

    January 26, 2012 8:47 PM EST No. 67 John Butcher VP of Entertainment Target Twitter: @Target_Corp Sharp-Shooter The weight that Target throws around in music retailing--under the leadership of John Butcher--exceeds the estimated 7.8% market share the retail chain captured in ...

  17. Labels Like 2011's CD Numbers...Except The One On The Bottom Line

    December 08, 2011 8:35 AM EST Label executives may gnash their teeth about the razor-thin profit margins they derive from the $5 CD being sold in corrugated fixtures and at speed tables in Walmart and Best Buy. But they like the sales bump that this year's new popular con ...

  18. Cyber Monday Forecast To Set $1.2 Billion Sales Record

    November 28, 2011 7:15 AM EST There's good news for online retailers this year: Black Friday Internet sales jumped 26 percent, while Cyber Monday spending is projected to reach a record $1.2 billion, according to data released Sunday by market research firm ComScore. Blac ...

  19. Backbeat: 'The Voice's' Javier Colon Does Walmart Shoot, Explains Vegetarianism, Not Throwing Blood On Furs

    November 08, 2011 7:29 AM EST Javier Colon films his Walmart performance at Village recording studios in L.A. Javier Colon , winner of the first season of NBC's "The Voice" swooped into Los Angeles Friday for a one-day performance shoot that will be seen in Walm ...

  20. Major Labels Push Back on Best Buy's Price Demands

    November 04, 2011 3:20 PM EDT A Best Buy initiative to have all single-disc albums at an everyday price of $9.99 for the holiday selling season has been turned back by the major labels-at least for now. While some major-label distribution executives expect the conversation to ...

  21. Business Matters: Walmart Shutters MP3 Store

    August 09, 2011 9:15 PM EDT Walmart Shutters MP3 Store -- Need more evidence that the digital music world is moving to an access-over-ownership future? Walmart is shuttering its seven-year-old MP3 store, according to a report in the New York Times . The store's last day ...

  22. Apple Passes Exxon As Most Valuable US Company -- Briefly

    August 09, 2011 4:02 PM EDT Apple briefly surpassed Exxon Mobil as the most valuable company in the U.S. Tuesday afternoon before settling back slightly lower. But the two are now so close that the change of guard is likely to happen soon. Apple Inc.'s stock gained 5.9 ...

  23. Ticketmaster Now Selling Tickets at Walmart

    August 04, 2011 11:02 AM EDT Ticketmaster has partnered with Walmart to sell tickets through kiosks at hundreds of the retailer's locations around the country. Live Nation, parent company of Ticketmaster, first revealed details of a partnership with Walmart back in Febru ...

  24. Latin Power Players: Julio Vega

    August 02, 2011 12:13 AM EDT Julio Vega VP of Latin purchasing, sales and marketing for music, movies and books, Anderson Merchandisers Walmart is the biggest seller of Latin music in the United States, and the man who heads those marketing efforts, via Anderson Merchandisers ...

  25. Wal-Mart Offers Video Streaming Via Vudu Post Netflix Price Increases

    July 26, 2011 8:05 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) - Now playing: Movies at Walmart.com. The world's largest retailer on Tuesday started streaming many movies the same day they come out on DVD, in a second bid for a share of popular movie rental and streaming website Netflix Inc ...

  26. Best Buy Tops Estimates on Strong Mobile Sales

    June 14, 2011 7:01 AM EDT NEW YORK - Best Buy Co Inc (BBY.N) beat quarterly profit and sales estimates as strong demand for mobile phones, calling plans and tablets offset weakness in its TV business, and its shares rose 6 percent. The company, seen as a bellwether in cons ...

  27. Amazon.com's Profit Tumbles More Than Expected

    April 26, 2011 8:12 PM EDT Amazon.com said Tuesday that its net income fell 33 percent in the latest quarter, a steeper drop than Wall Street expected as the online retailer poured more money into expanding its operations. While Amazon's profit was a disappointment, it ...

  28. The Dating Game Between Music and Sponsorships Explored at Billboard Latin Music Conference Panels

    April 26, 2011 7:08 PM EDT The Effectiveness of Local Branding Panelists: (left to right)Carlos Boughton, brand director of Tecate and Tecate Light, Heineken USA; Luis Miguel Messianu, president/chief creative officer of Alma; Carla Dodds, senior director of multicultural m ...

  29. Best Buy Pushes For Sub-$10 Wholesale CD Pricing With As Rackjobber

    April 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Changes are afoot at Best Buy that could have significant ramifications for the retailer's relationship with record labels. The consumer electronics chain recently chose Walmart rackjobber Anderson Merchandisers to handle all music buying and ...

  30. Borders Files Chapter 11, To Close 200 Stores

    February 16, 2011 8:00 AM EST Borders Group is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization after a long struggle to stay afloat as the book and music businesses changed beneath its feet. The 40-year-old company plans to close about 30 percent of its stores, or about 200, o ...

  31. Hastings' John Marmaduke To Be Honored At NARM Confab

    January 14, 2011 12:00 AM EST NARM is gearing up for its 2011 annual convention with the announcement that Hastings Entertainment chairman/CEO/president John Marmaduke will receive the trade group's Presidential Award for sustained executive achievement. The award will be ...

  32. Sears Holdings Introduces Netflix-Like Service

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Retail giant Sears Holdings--parent of Sears and Kmart--has tossed its hat into the online video arena with the launch of a new Netflix-like service called Alphaline Entertainment. The service is powered by Sonic Solutions' RoxioNow platform ...

  33. Wal-Mart's Asda Moves Into Artist Exclusives

    October 11, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wal-Mart-owned U.K. mass merchant Asda has followed arch-rival Tesco's lead and signed its first exclusive CD deal with an artist -- veteran Irish singer/songwriter Chris De Burgh. Asda has not confirmed any plans for future releases, but for ...

  34. Best Buy Results Disappoint

    June 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Best Buy reported lower-than-expected sales and profit, hurt by rising costs of expanding its business and weaker consumer demand, sending its shares down 6%. The top U.S. electronics chain said shoppers proved more tentative in a seasonally weake ...

  35. Rumor Mill: What Does Apple Have Planned For WWDC?

    May 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT With Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference scheduled for the week of June 7, there are already plenty of rumors and speculation about what the company will announce. Adding significant fuel to that fire is Wal-Mart’s Monday announcement that it ...

  36. Wal-Mart Still Selling Miley Cyrus Cadmium Jewelry

    May 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jewelry from two entire lines being sold exclusively at Walmart stores nationwide, including bracelets and necklaces branded by Miley Cyrus, contains high levels of the toxic metal cadmium, according to an Associated Press investigation. Testing o ...

  37. Amazon Outlook Disappoints

    April 23, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Amazon.com Inc forecast lower-than-expected earnings, raising concerns about the online retailer's future margins and sending its shares down about 7%. Like rival eBay Inc, Amazon disappointed investors who had sought greater acceleration in ...

  38. Analysis: Lower CD Prices Could Provide a Shot in the Arm

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When news broke last week that Universal Music Group Distribution will lower CD prices to $10 or less, the immediate expectation was an increase in sales. But lower CD prices should have other benefits as well. And even if other majors don’t immed ...

  39. Live Nation, Wal-Mart Sign Ticketing Partnership

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST Live Nation Entertainment chairman Irving Azoff said the company has entered into an agreement to partner with Wal-Mart to offer tickets at Wal-Mart stores in select markets across the U.S. His remarks came during a panel discussion at the NBA Tec ...

  40. Amazon Blows By Estimates, Sees Strong Q1

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Amazon.com Inc blew past analysts' profit estimates in its closely watched holiday quarter and forecast revenue for early 2010 that topped already-high Wall Street expectations. The world's largest online retailer has been viewed as a wi ...

  41. Clear Channel Radio Launches Ad System

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Clear Channel Radio is rolling out a proprietary system that allows advertisers to more precisely place units against programming content or other ads. Three advertisers -- Visa, Geico and Walmart -- have tested the technology, which works much li ...

  42. Retailers: Chris Brown Album 'Overstocked'

    December 14, 2009 12:00 AM EST Chris Brown's rant that U.S. music retailers are boycotting his new album "Grafitti," appears to be unfounded. Brown took to his Twitter account - which is now inactive - over the weekend to complain about the fulfillment and displa ...

  43. Cyber Monday Misses Music: The Biz Waits For Cyber Week After Christmas Instead

    December 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST While Cyber Monday managed to create a stir in most of the retail world, the music industry is waiting for the last week of December and the first week of January for its digital music bonanza. That's when stores like iTunes realize sales fro ...

  44. The Mouse That Roared At Retail

    July 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Wal-Mart in West Hills, in the far reaches of Southern California's San Fernando Valley, is just like every other Wal-Mart in the country -- crowded parking lot, cavernous warehouse, geriatric greeter. The uniformity is part of the point. ...

  45. Retail Track: The New Face Of Retail At NARM

    June 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new face of retailing will be front and center at this year's 51st annual NARM convention since digital, mobile and other new revenue models will be a key theme at many of the panels and all the keynote addresses. Meanwhile, the old face ...

  46. UMPG Partners With Asda On Clothing, Downloads

    June 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Publishing Group has entered into an exclusive, long-term partnership with clothing range George at ASDA in the U.K., effective June 1. Universal's song lyrics will be printed on a wide range of the British mass merchant' ...

  47. Best Buy Results Beat Estimates

    March 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Best Buy Co posted a 23% drop in quarterly profit, but its shares rose after the retailer's adjusted results topped Wall Street estimates, and it forecast full-year profit above expectations as it benefits from the closure of former rival Cir ...

  48. Army Airforce Exchange Services Unloads To Wholesalers

    March 19, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The once gigantic Army Airforce Exchange Services account, which was a perennial top 10 music account in the early 1990's, has just turned over music, DVD, and video games purchasing and fulfillment to two wholesalers. In a sealed request-for ...

  49. Prince's New 3 CD Set Gets Target Exclusive

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Prince is coming to a Target near you. The superstar is releasing a three-disc CD set through the retailer at the end of this month. The set will include two new albums — "LOtUSFLOW3R" and "MPLSoUND" — as well as a third by his ...

  50. Magazine Distributors Clash With Publishers

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST The parent companies of Anderson Merchandisers and Alliance Entertainment -- the two largest music industry wholesalers -- are caught up in a high stakes and high profile spitting contest with the biggest U.S. magazine publishers. In a move initia ...

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