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  1. 5 Seconds of Summer Hit Top 10 on Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    May 22, 2014 8:22 PM EDT Pop/rock quartet 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) is quickly becoming an online force that can sway its online fan army to achieve Social 50 chart success. This week, following 5SOS’ performance on the May 18 Billboard Music Awards, the band surges into ...

  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. Google Buys Drone Maker Titan Aerospace, Plans to Spread the Web

    April 15, 2014 4:35 AM EDT Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems. Financial terms were not disclosed. Google Inc. said Monday that atmospher ...

  4. Record Labels File Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Megaupload

    April 10, 2014 8:02 PM EDT On Thursday, the major record labels including Warner Music, Universal Music, Sony Music and Capitol Records filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Megaupload, Kim Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk. The action comes just three ...

  5. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Dozens of Other Streaming Apps Available on Amazon's Fire TV

    April 02, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Online video providers are fired up about Amazon's new streaming video box, the Fire TV.  The device, which Amazon announced at a media event in New York on Wednesday morning, comes pre-loaded with dozens of apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, ...

  6. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Pay Dropped 67 Percent in 2013

    March 31, 2014 8:08 PM EDT Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg earned $651,165 in 2013, down from $2 million one year prior, the social network company said in a filing Monday. Zuckerberg's compensation fell in part because he took just $1 in base salary, as opposed to $503,2 ...

  7. Bob Marley's Birthday Sends Reggae Legend Up Social 50 Chart

    February 13, 2014 3:35 PM EST Fans celebrating Bob Marley's birthday send the reggae legend flying up Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. Marley's birthday, February 6, was marked by the social awareness campaign #BobMarleyWeek. In turn, Marley zips 35-14 on ...

  8. Facebook Has Strong 4Q As Mobile Revenue Grows

    January 30, 2014 10:10 AM EST Facebook can celebrate its 10th birthday a few days early. Related Articles Facebook Unveils New Trending Tool For News Stories Facebook 'Less Cool,' But Still Popular With Teens, Others in the U.S. Facebook 3Q Earnings Fly Past Expectat ...

  9. The Hubris Behind Google's Demotion of Rap Genius (Guest Post)

    January 15, 2014 6:11 AM EST Chris Castle is managing parter at Christian L. Castle Attorneys in Austin, Texas. Google's attack on Rap Genius proves the company can demote websites when it suits the search giant. Rap Genius recently came in from the cold after topping m ...

  10. Facebook Testing Video Advertisements

    December 18, 2013 3:44 PM EST Investors are giving a thumbs-up to the idea of Facebook making hundreds of millions in new revenue from video advertisements, but some users argue that the social network is already too cluttered and has become more about commercialism than commu ...

  11. AMAs Dominate Twitter Traffic (Exclusive)

    November 26, 2013 6:31 PM EST AMAs Score Best Ratings in Years Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake Win Big at American Music Awards American Music Awards Backbeat Gallery: Lady Gaga Godiva, Johnny Wright, Taylor Swift & Keith Caulfield, Scooter Braun, Wiz Khalifa, Way More! Th ...

  12. Google, VEVO, AOL Top Ranking of Online Video Destinations and Ad Servers

    November 15, 2013 2:55 PM EST Digital metrics company comScore has released its rankings of October's top ten video content destinations, ad servers, and YouTube partners, parsing the viewing habits of 189 million Americans, representing 87% of the American internet aud ...

  13. Myspace Launches 'Portfolio' Artist Feature With Portugal. The Man, Amadéus, Ace Da God (Watch)

    October 17, 2013 1:07 AM EDT Myspace has its first major product update for artists and creators, since its official relaunch this June. Called Portfolio, the new feature will allow users to promote 10 to 31 items of their original work, be it a photo, a video, an animated ...

  14. YouTube To Broaden Subscription Option, Add Royalty-Free Soundtracks for Creators

    August 02, 2013 12:01 AM EDT In an effort to make its platform more useful to its top creators, YouTube on Thursday announced it will soon open its paid subscription option to more video channels and give them tools to find out more about their viewers and message them dir ...

  15. News Genius: Can Rap Genius Successfully Move Toward Its Original Vision?

    May 03, 2013 5:32 PM EDT Rap Genius, the lyric-annotation site, has announced a move toward its founders’ original vision of annotating everything on the Internet with the announcement earlier this week of News Genius, designed to break down breaking news stories. A bi ...

  16. Pitbull Drives Into Top Five on Social 50 Chart

    May 03, 2013 3:22 PM EDT Pitbull and Justin Timberlake make vaults into the top 10 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, following busy weeks for each star, while affinity for the late George Jones results in his making the survey for the first time.   The Social 50 r ...

  17. Exclusive: Tumblr Gets Into Music Discovery

    February 21, 2013 12:26 PM EST Blogging site Tumblr is getting into music discovery. At the core of the blogging company's strategy will be a select group of editors that share music, video and pictures with the site's 95 million users.   "This is our destina ...

  18. BandPage Builds Out 'Pipes' to Twitter, Pandora, SoundCloud and Facebook

    January 23, 2013 5:39 PM EST BandPage on Wednesday announced that its half a million users can update some of their information simultaneously on Twitter, Pandora, SoundCloud and Facebook -- putting in place key pieces of its ambition to give musicians a central location wher ...

  19. Trey Songz Makes 'Chainsaw'-Fueled Return to Social 50 Chart

    January 11, 2013 7:20 PM EST Trey Songz rides the buzz (so to speak) from his role in the slasher flick "Texas Chainsaw 3D" to a re-entry on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, ...

  20. Ian Rogers Named CEO of Beats Electronics' Music Service

    January 10, 2013 2:05 PM EST Beats Electronics today announced that its new music service, project "Daisy," will have Topspin's Ian Rogers as its CEO. Rogers will oversee the "direction, vision and strategy" for project "Daisy" and the tea ...

  21. Billboard.biz's Top News Stories of 2012

    December 31, 2012 3:00 PM EST In this business, "top stories" is a relative term: owing to the vagaries of the Internet, you can never tell what your most popular articles will be. This year, our numeric best-performing stories were led by Billboard's "Powe ...

  22. Bruno Mars Hits High Note on Social 50 Chart; PSY's Billion Views Boost

    December 28, 2012 4:59 PM EST Bruno Mars continues his ascension towards the top of the Billboard Social 50, jumping to a new personal high of No. 2 (up three spots). The rise comes a week after his new album "Unorthodox Jukebox" arrived at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 ...

  23. Business Matters: Instagram Loses Millions of Users. Will They Return?

    December 28, 2012 2:26 PM EST If your label or band uses the photo-sharing app Instagram, your photos aren't being seen by as many people this week. The larger question is whether or not they're coming back. Instagram has lost nearly a quarter of its daily users in a ...

  24. How Diplo's #ExpressYourself Campaign Took on a Life of Its Own

    December 28, 2012 8:50 AM EST Ask any Diplo or Major Lazer fan what comes to mind when you say "Express Yourself" and chances are they'll say something along the lines of "make it clap." For anyone wondering what that means, let's take a look at h ...

  25. Jenni Rivera Memorial Brings Her to No. 1 on Billboard Social 50

    December 21, 2012 2:17 PM EST Jenni Rivera, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month, is No. 1 in the Social 50 tally this past week as expected, due to the culmination of online activity surrounding her passing, particularly the public memorial in Los Angeles on Wed ...

  26. The Grammys Go DIY: Social Media An Emphasis For 2013

    December 21, 2012 11:12 AM EST Despite the ongoing downward trend of TV ratings and pressures on the music industry, the Grammys are bigger than ever. Last year's ceremony, the 54th in the Recording Academy's history, drew nearly 40 million viewers to CBS, according t ...

  27. PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Video Hits 1 Billion Views, Unprecedented Milestone

    December 21, 2012 10:05 AM EST PSYs "Gangnam Style" has just become the first video in the history of the Internet to reach and surpass one billion views. This morning (Dec. 21), Psy's mega-hit reached this unprecedented milestone just 27 days after surpassing Ju ...

  28. Marketing the Grammys Via Social Media: Not as Easy as It Seems

    December 20, 2012 6:03 PM EST You would think that the job of marketing the Grammy Awards would be an easy job. It isn't. No one knows this better than Evan Greene, the Recording Academy's chief marketing officer, who spoke with Billboard.biz as he gears up for the e ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. Morning Fix: Google's Free Scan & Match; Nielsen's Arbitron Deal; .Biz's Year-End Survey Pt. 1

    December 19, 2012 8:35 AM EST ? To subscribe to Billboard's free Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletter head HERE GOOGLE LAUNCHES FREE LICENSED SCAN-AND-MATCH MUSIC LOCKER IN U.S.: Google, which launched its scan-and-match locker service in Europe ...

  31. Google Launches Free Licensed Scan-And-Match Music Locker in U.S.

    December 18, 2012 4:12 PM EST Google, which launched its scan-and-match locker service in Europe in November, today (Dec. 18) introduced the service in the U.S., having secured the necessary copyrights to do so from the three major labels, as well as some independent music lab ...

  32. YouTube 2012: The Year of the DIY Lip-Sync Video

    December 18, 2012 12:05 AM EST On YouTube, 2012 was the year of the D.I.Y. lip sync video, fueled by parodies of "Gangnam Style" and "Call Me Maybe." Unlike years past, when lip-syncing meant watching a lonely girl sing into a hairbrush in her bedroom, the v ...

  33. Jenni Rivera Re-Enters Social 50 Chart at No. 3

    December 14, 2012 5:33 PM EST Two late artists return to Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, with Jenni Rivera re-entering at No. 3 and John Lennon debuting at No. 40. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, W ...

  34. The Year In Social Media: The Rise of the Challengers

    December 14, 2012 8:10 AM EST Facebook, Twitter and YouTube continued to rule the social media landscape in 2012, but other networks made inroads as well, giving the incumbents a run for their money. The upstarts include Instagram, Pinterest, SoundCloud, Google+ and the reinca ...

  35. Five Digital Startups to Watch in 2013

    December 14, 2012 7:05 AM EST has been a banner year for digital innovation in music, from Kickstarter's increasing visibility in the mainstream to Spotify's steadily growing influence over how its users consume music. But there are plenty of companies worth wat ...

  36. 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 " ...

  37. Pew Study: Music, Movies Dominate Global Social Media Conversation

    December 12, 2012 1:45 PM EST A new Pew Research Center report shows people in various countries are more likely to share views about music and movies than any other topics. In 21 countries surveyed, 67% said they were likely to discuss music and movies (63% in the US) while t ...

  38. Facebook 2012: One Direction Nearly as Popular as Obama

    December 12, 2012 7:00 AM EST It's that time of year again when there is a collective urge to reflect on the whirlwind of events that shaped the past 12 months before we salute the New Year. Facebook on Wednesday joined in that annual exercise, releasing its Year in Revie ...

  39. Business Matters: Spotify, Beats/Mog Bringing Us Music Discovery 2.0

    December 11, 2012 6:34 PM EST Upcoming changes to Spotify's music recommendations and improvements coming to Beats-owned Mog - or whatever it will be called in the future - show music services understand it's time to stop boasting about the size of their catalogs and ...

  40. Morning Fix: Jenni Rivera, RIP: Beyonce and Pepsi Re-Team for Super Bowl; Rick Ross Cancels Maybach Music Tour

    December 10, 2012 8:40 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters JENNI RIVERA, QUEEN OF BANDA, DEAD AT 43: Jenni Rivera, the flamboyant, outspoken, big-voiced singer who was the top-selling regional Mexica ...

  41. Two Days Before Deal Expires, Vevo and YouTube Far From Agreement

    December 07, 2012 5:44 PM EST With less than two days before YouTube's deal with Vevo expires on Sunday, the two companies are still far from an agreement, according to a source knowledgeable with the negotiations. But because the contract has a 120-day automatic extensio ...

  42. Shakira's Instagram 'Bumps' Her Into Top Five on Social 50 Chart

    December 07, 2012 2:31 PM EST Shakira (right) with her bump partially on display with Gerard Piqué, her boyfriend and FC Barcelona defender. While Shakira hasn't been particularly active on the music scene as of late, she still manages to keep her fans as engaged via soci ...

  43. Morning Fix: Young Acts Score Big Grammy Noms, But Bieber Snubbed; Concord Shopped To Equity Firms; Instagram Vs. Twitter

    December 06, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters FRANK OCEAN, MUMFORD & SONS, FUN., JAY-Z, KANYE LEAD GRAMMY NOMINATIONS 2013 : The 55th annual Grammys announced its nominees in Nashvil ...

  44. Morning Fix: Live Nation Going to Russia; Pandora Stocks Plummet; UMG/EMI Outline Germany Plans

    December 05, 2012 8:45 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters LIVE NATION EXPANDING TO RUSSIA: Like Apple iTunes , Live Nation Entertainment has announced it plans to expand operations to the Russian li ...

  45. Morning Fix: iTunes Launches In 56 Countries; Simon Fuller's Concord Bid; Clapton, Chris Martin Join 12-12-12 Sandy Benefit

    December 04, 2012 8:35 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and our other free music-business newsletters APPLE LAUNCHES ITUNES IN RUSSIA, TURKEY, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA, 52 ADDITIONAL COUNTRIES: Apple today announced it has launched its iTunes Stor ...

  46. Ke$ha Returns to Social 50 Chart As 'Warrior' Album Launch Nears

    November 30, 2012 8:30 AM EST At No. 48, Ke$ha comes back to the Social 50 chart for the first time since dropping from the list in March 2012. The return comes as she drums up online activity (16% rise in Facebook reaction) to generate buzz around her upcoming album, "Wa ...

  47. Zahavah Levine

    November 28, 2012 5:21 PM EST Director of content partnerships, Google Play/Android (Photo: Annie Tritt) Work And Play Zahavah Levine, director of content partnerships at Google Play/Android, has long been at the forefront of new digital business models. Early on, she helped R ...

  48. The Leading Women In Social Engagement

    November 28, 2012 11:38 AM EST With social media transforming every corner of the music industry, in this Women in Music issue, Billboard chose to salute four executives who are at the forefront of this new era of digital connection. Tatiana Simonian Head of Music Industry Rela ...

  49. Ultra Music's YouTube Channel Hits 1 Million Subscribers, Moxey Calls Video Streaming 'Serious Revenue Source'

    November 28, 2012 8:00 AM EST Dance-music powerhouse Ultra Music will announce later today that its YouTube channel has reached 1 million subscribers, making it the No. 1 independent label channel on the site, and No. 11 channel overall. The milestone comes on the heels of the ...

  50. PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Becomes Most-Watched YouTube Video in History

    November 24, 2012 11:21 AM EST PSY's "Gangnam Style" is now the most-watched YouTube video of all time. The 4:13 clip from the South Korean rapper has earned approximately 803,761,000 views since it was posted on July 15, 2012. Early on Saturday, that total passe ...

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