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  1. Media Investors Back Twitter Analytics Startup SocialRank

    May 13, 2014 8:42 PM EDT Twitter analytics startup SocialRank is getting the support of some big media backers. The New York firm announced on its blog that it has raised more than $1 million in seed funding from investors that include Shari Redstone's Advancit Capit ...

  2. Twitter Revenue, Spending, Users All Up, Stock Down

    April 29, 2014 8:25 PM EDT Twitter revenues more than doubled to $250 million in the first quarter of 2014 from the $114.3 million it produced in the same time last year. Meanwhile, its loss more than quadrupled to $132.4 million from the $27.1 million in red ink it produce ...

  3. Morning Fix: Jenni Rivera Memorial; Glassnote Being Courted; New SiriusXM CEO's Challenges; 2012's Best Start-ups

    December 20, 2012 7:45 AM EST Subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and other music-business newsletter HERE JENNI RIVERA HONORED BY FANS AND STARS IN EMOTIONAL MEMORIAL: The memorial commemorating the life of Jenni Rivera was as dramatic and colorful as the art ...

  4. Whitney Houston, PSY, Hurricane Sandy Were Most-Googled Terms in 2012

    December 13, 2012 12:37 AM EST The world's attention wavered between the tragic and the silly in 2012, and along the way, millions of people searched the Web to find out about a royal princess, the latest iPad, and a record-breaking skydiver. Whitney Houston was the " ...

  5. Morning Fix: Justin Timberlake and Vanderhooks on Myspace; Flom and Rudolph to Bid on UMG's EMI Assets; Easterlin Running Roadrunner; Latin Grammys; FutureSound

    November 16, 2012 8:32 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, VANDERHOOKS DETAIL MYSPACE'S NEW MUSIC-CENTRIC DESIGN: At a press event unveiling the new Myspace's private beta to ...

  6. Beyonce's Super Bowl Announcement Spurs Social 50 Rise

    October 26, 2012 2:58 PM EDT As this year's NFL season nears its halfway mark, Beyonce announces her own 'Countdown to Touchdown.' During the charting week, the pop star announced via her website that she'll be performing the halftime show at Super Bowl XL ...

  7. Billboard Twitter Chat: 9/27 at 3PM ET

    September 26, 2012 2:56 PM EDT Join in on Billboard's first Twitter chat as editorial director Bill Werde ( @bwerde ) leads a discussion with director of charts Silvio Pietroluongo ( @silpiet ) and associate director of charts Keith Caulfield ( @keith_caulfield ) on Thursd ...

  8. '@NotJimmyIovine,' 'Music Editor Real Talk' and Other Hilarious Music-Business Internet Parodies: Update

    September 13, 2012 9:15 AM EDT UPDATE: Turns out those GIF TUMBLR blogs are quick on the responses. See below for reactions to this story. There's no question that the music business sometimes takes itself too seriously. So for those moments when you're fed up with it ...

  9. Psy Remains at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, Linkin Park's 'Echo'-Fueled Jump

    September 07, 2012 4:17 PM EDT Linkin Park's new Facebook-personalized video for "Lost in the Echo" fuels the band's big jump on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. The act rises 23-16 on the tally, thanks to social interaction caused by the clip. In th ...

  10. Which Artists Have the Most Active Twitter Followings? StatusPeople App Shows Some Surprises

    August 28, 2012 11:35 AM EDT Bill Werde ( http://twitter.com/#!/bwerde ) is Billboard's editorial director. This post was originally published on his Tumblr page over the weekend. For those that follow me on Twitter, you know that last night's highlight was followin ...

  11. Rihanna, Lady Gaga Top Forbes List Of Most Social Stars

    August 10, 2012 10:41 AM EDT Who is the most social of them all? Forbes has released its list of social networking superstars -- 10 kings and queens of the status update and the enticing tweet. The magazine used a simple formula, adding a star's Twitter followers with hi ...

  12. Amanda Palmer Talks Twitter: 'It's Replaced Google and Management'

    August 02, 2012 12:27 PM EDT Amanda Palmer has had quite a year. The former Dresden Doll-turned-social media maven made waves with a Kickstarter campaign that netted her over a million dollars towards her new album, largely based off her highly engaged fanbase with whom she c ...

  13. Billboard's Twitter 140: The Music Industry Characters You Need to Follow

    July 27, 2012 1:10 PM EDT TENS OF MILLIONS OF ACCOUNTS. HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF TWEETS, THE MAJORITY ABOUT MUSIC. FORGET #FOLLOWFRIDAYS AND SIMPLY BEGIN HERE (SCROLL DOWN FOR THE FULL "TWITTER 140" HONOREE LIST, AND CLICK ON NAMES FOR A PROFILE OF EACH) If the qu ...

  14. Twitter 140: Page 13

    July 26, 2012 7:54 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Toy Selectah DJ/Producer/A&R @ToySelectah Selectah is known industry-wide for his creative savvy and is most recently credited for discovering one of Latin music's biggest DJ acts, 3BallMTY. But the pro ...

  15. Twitter 140: Page 12

    July 26, 2012 7:43 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Kevin Smyth and Jeremy Johnson Songwriters, We Sing Your Tweet @WeSingYourTweet Combining all of Twitter's major draws-music, comedy and the ridiculous-this duo turns 140 characters into songs, or "Swe ...

  16. Twitter 140: Page 11

    July 26, 2012 7:35 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Ryan Seacrest American Idol host; syndicated radio host @RyanSeacrest The impossibly likable "Idol" host posts entertainment news and updates on his lavish life, but the real draw is his correspondence ...

  17. Twitter 140: Page 10

    July 26, 2012 7:17 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Salaam Remi Producer (Nas, Amy Winehouse, Fergie) @SalaamRemi The legendary producer (Nas, Amy Winehouse) turns the bulk of his feed over to retweets of those either mentioning him and his work, talking music pr ...

  18. Twitter 140: Page 8

    July 26, 2012 7:00 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Joie Manda President, Def Jam @Joeyie The recently installed Def Jam prez packs his timeline with promotional tweets and retweets rooted in his label's stacked roster of marquee hip-hop artists, with the oc ...

  19. Twitter 140: Page 6

    July 26, 2012 5:45 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Perez Hilton Blogger, PerezHilton.com @PerezHilton To get the full, MS Paint-enhanced effect of Perez Hilton's celebrity rumors and tabloid commentary, his long-running site is the place to start. But for a ...

  20. Twitter 140: Page 4

    July 26, 2012 5:19 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX John Darnielle Lead Singer, Mountain Goats @Mountain_Goats Unlike the deeply personal, often emotionally draining songwriting in his long-running Mountain Goats project, indie rock troubadour John Darnielle uses ...

  21. Twitter 140: Page 3

    July 26, 2012 5:02 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Karen Civil Blogger/Online Marketer, Young Money @KarenCivil Karen Civil got her start as an assistant to DJ Funkmaster Flex, but made her name leading social media strategy for Lil Wayne through her own Always ...

  22. Twitter 140: Page 1

    July 26, 2012 1:58 PM EDT NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX A-Trak DJ, Turntablist, Owner of Fool's Gold Records @Atrak Former world champion turntablist turned Kanye West tour DJ turned record label owner and Grammy nominated producer/DJ, A-Trak (a.k.a. Alain Macklovitch) trave ...

  23. Business Matters: Twitter Now a Place to Debut New Music

    June 25, 2012 5:20 PM EDT Blur to Debut New Songs Via Twitter Feed Twitter is the new MySpace -- in a good way. Blur will debut two new songs live on Twitter when they perform two new songs via a worldwide live video stream on Monday 2nd July. The event will take place at ...

  24. Justin Bieber and the Billboard Music Awards: A Tale of Dueling Hashtags

    May 29, 2012 3:15 PM EDT A lot can happen in the blink of an eye when you live your professional life in the social media world. Especially when your section of the social-media world includes some of the most popular artists online: Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Chris Brown, Ri ...

  25. Justin Bieber, Usher, Chris Brown Generate Most Social Activity During Billboard Music Awards

    May 21, 2012 1:35 PM EDT Performances by Chris Brown, Usher and Justin Bieber generated the most Twitter activity and Bieber was the most tweeted performer during the broadcast of Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards. Adele and LMFAO were the night's big winner ...

  26. 2012 Billboard Music Awards -- Now With More Social Media

    May 17, 2012 5:27 PM EDT The Billboard Music Awards returned to prime-time TV after a four-year hiatus in 2011 and received a massive reception from both music fans and industry alike. The show was the highest-rated program of the evening with the three-hour telecast aver ...

  27. Be Sure Your Mobile App Is Something People Actually Need, SXSW Panel Stresses

    March 17, 2012 1:23 PM EDT The importance and utility of mobile apps was the topic of the day at the "Bringing The Arena To Your Phone" panel at day four of SXSW Music. Moderated by Will Mills (director of music content, Shazam), the panel consisted of Anthony Vol ...

  28. Web Trends: Wiz Khalifa Pops The Question, New Singles From Bon Iver and Arcade Fire

    March 02, 2012 4:17 PM EST Google Trends: 
 11. wiz khalifa and amber rose The hip-hop artist proposed the model yesterday. 20. Justin bieber birthday Fans of the teen sensation wish him a happy 18th birthday via Twitter. Twitter Music Trend: There are no musi ...

  29. Twitter Unveils Self-Service Advertising System

    February 17, 2012 7:54 AM EST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Buying ads on Twitter is about to get easier for small businesses as the online messaging service adds a key piece to its moneymaking model. Twitter is unveiling a long-awaited automated system that will enable advertisers to ...

  30. Web Trends: Meet The Coaches for Australian Version of "The Voice," Hear A New Usher/Diplo Track

    February 15, 2012 2:41 PM EST Google Trends: 2. dave matthews band - the band has announced a new album and 2012 tour dates including a show with The Beach Boys 18. sea lion - the term 'sea lion' is trending, most likely due to the fact Shakira was almost attacked by ...

  31. Web Trends: Lana Del Rey Tour-Cancellation Rumors and more

    February 07, 2012 4:59 PM EST Google Trends: 1. The Voice Season 2 - The NBC Show makes debut this week with many people talking 2. Smash - Another NBC show that has gained popularity 3. Katharine McPhee - Her appearances on "Smash" have landed her an online Buzz Twi ...

  32. Doritos, H&M, Chrysler Take Top Super Bowl Ad Honors -- Pepsi's Elton Ad Tops Music

    February 06, 2012 12:53 PM EST As Twitter reached record highs last night - 9,420 sports-related tweets per second, according to Twitter's blog - many brands clamored to lead the conversation in the ever-fickle social media-sphere. According to BrandBowl, a real-time analy ...

  33. Web Trends: Watch Natalia Kills' New Music Video

    January 11, 2012 3:50 PM EST Google Trends: 18. coachella 2012 lineup - Two days after the announcement of the three-day music festival's line-up, it is still a Hot Search. Twitter Music Trend: 1. #TiestoLive - This promoted Trend via @HP refers to a stream of a live Tie ...

  34. Twitter Simplifies In Bid to Engage More Users

    December 09, 2011 7:30 AM EST SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter is changing to address a paradox about a service that revolves around messages limited to just 140 characters. As simple as it sounds, the concept remains too confusing and frustrating for a lot of people. A redesign i ...

  35. Web Trends: Hear 'Jersey Shore' Star Vinny's Song, Watch Morrissey Perform on 'Conan'

    November 30, 2011 4:51 PM EST Google Trends: 6. paulina gretzky the aspiring singer and daughter of Wayne Gretzky closed her racy Twitter account that was infamous for the photos she tweeted. 19. adam levine the lead singer of Maroon 5 is trending most likely due to his perfor ...

  36. Avery*Sunshine Builds Her Social Network Base Onstage and Off

    November 21, 2011 7:25 AM EST "The days when the artist is a lone island are over," says soulful singer/pianist Avery*Sunshine. And she would know. Emerging from the Atlanta area over the past two years, following the 2010 release of her self-titled debut album, she ...

  37. Web Trends: CMT's 10 Prime Singles and Songs of the Year, Azis' NSFW Music Video

    November 09, 2011 4:24 PM EST Google Trends: 1. heavy d dead Search about the rap legend's death yesterday is 'Volcanic' according to Google Trends. Twitter Music Trend: No Twitter Music Trends at this time. Digg Music News/Video 24 Hours: 1. 5 Ways Apple Revolu ...

  38. Twitter Hires Tatiana Simonian to Specialize in Music Partnerships

    October 26, 2011 1:45 PM EDT Twitter has hired former record label marketing manager Tatiana Simonian ( @drtatiana ) to handle music partnerships for the company's Content and Programming team, a rep for the company confirmed to Billboard.biz today. She was previously ma ...

  39. Beyonce's Baby Announcement Breaks Twitter Record

    August 29, 2011 11:00 PM EDT Beyonce's big news didn't just grab headlines Sunday, it broke records. The singer announced that she is expecting her first child with husband Jay-Z while walking the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards August 28, sparking a Twitte ...

  40. Foursquare Partners with Songkick For Live Music Check-Ins

    August 18, 2011 2:01 PM EDT Foursquare, the popular social networking site that allows users to broadcast their current location to friends, has announced partnerships with Songkick, ESPN and MovieTickets.com to help users further narrow down their current locations. The par ...

  41. Twitter Being Investigated by FTC: Report

    July 01, 2011 2:15 PM EDT WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal regulators are looking into the interactions between Twitter and a company called Ubermedia, which develops applications that help users follow and communicate with each other on Twitter's popular online messaging se ...

  42. Biz Stone Leaving Twitter to Relaunch Obvious Corporation

    June 28, 2011 6:02 PM EDT Twitter co-founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams plan to revive Obvious, the company they conceived years ago as a technology project incubator that eventually spawned Twitter. Stone and Williams will continue to advise Twitter on strategic matters ...

  43. How Twitter Raises 'The Voice's Ratings

    June 21, 2011 7:15 AM EDT If The Voice twisted the TV talent show formula, it damn near revolutionized the use of social media in the live viewing experience. For every participant in the process -- contestant to coach to couch potato -- the show provides engagement in mul ...

  44. New Statistics About Country Music Fans Revealed at Billboard Country Summit

    June 08, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Country fans have generally been thought to be rural, less educated, less technically savvy and a lower earning group of people than the general public. But new research from MRI and independent research by the CMA indicates that the new demograph ...

  45. Ashton Kutcher @TechCrunch Disrupt: Wants To Create 'Y Combinator for Media Companies'

    May 24, 2011 12:20 PM EDT Ashton Kutcher -- actor, celebrity and apparently something of a technologist -- took the stage this morning on the second day of TechCrunch Disrupt , and told Charlie Rose that he wants to create a "Y Combinator for media companies." Ku ...

  46. Billboard.biz's Favorite Tweets From SF MusicTech

    May 10, 2011 6:46 PM EDT Monday's SF Music Tech conference in San Francisco had the heavy volume of tweets one would expect from an event at the music and technology capital of the country. If not for some apparent problems at Twitter that resulted in hours of missin ...

  47. 50 Cent Launches Customized UberSocial Theme, 'Uber50'

    April 29, 2011 3:01 PM EDT There's no stopping 5 0 Cent . The Queens rapper has teamed up with UberMedia to launch a customized Twitter theme for their Blackberry application, UberSocial, titled " Uber50 ." Uber50 will include various features such as, custom ...

  48. Business Matters: 10 Need-to-Know Twitter Stats

    April 22, 2011 7:44 PM EDT Need-to-Know Twitter Stats -- HubSpot, a maker of Internet marketing software, has a good list of 10 essential Twitter stats online at SlideShare. Slide No. 3 is worth paying attention to: 87% of Americans have heard of Twitter but only 7% actu ...

  49. Twitter Has Service Disruptions

    April 06, 2011 8:06 AM EDT Twitter experienced service disruptions on Tuesday, displaying an older version of the social networking website to some users and becoming completely inaccessible to others. A message on Twitter's Web page that provides updates on the servic ...

  50. Billboard's Twitter 140: Music-Industry Characters You Need To Follow

    March 18, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Billboard's Twitter 140: It's not about how many followers. It's not about the quantity of tweets/retweets. It's about quality. Personality. Excellent linkage. These people are followed by those who work the smartest. Whether i ...

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