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  1. 'Gangnam Style' Helps Psy Dance Way to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    August 31, 2012 4:10 PM EDT South Korean artist Psy is dancing his way up Billboard's charts with his viral phenomenon single "Gangnam Style." This week, he leaps 9-1 on the Social 50 while the tune hops onto Heatseekers Songs at No. 23 and bows at No. 74 on ...

  2. Morning Fix: Bertelsmann IPO?: Liberty's Sirius XM Stake; RealNetworks Layoffs; Pinterest's Sales Issue

    August 29, 2012 7:47 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MTV, TROJAN TEAM UP FOR FIRST VMA SPONSORSHIP FEATURING LMFAO'S SKYBLU: In a first for the sexual health category , MTV is teaming up with Trojan condoms for a multi- ...

  3. Google Reinstates Grooveshark App

    August 28, 2012 6:14 PM EDT More than a year after being r emoved from Google's app store for the Android - reportedly under pressure from major labels - Grooveshark's app reappeared today, although the four major labels' lawsuits against the company continue. ...

  4. MTV Execs Talk New Social, Multiplatform Tools for 2012 Video Music Awards

    August 28, 2012 3:56 PM EDT MTV has long prided itself on keeping on the cutting edge of social programming, integrating Twitter and other forms of interactive participation into many of its broadcasts. This year, the network is continuing its social presence with a little b ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. Bandsintown Live-Music App Proves 'Push' Really Does Work

    August 27, 2012 12:22 PM EDT Bandsintown's Insight study of about 1800 music fans identified five distinct types of music fan. Bandsintown's live music app, which allows artists to enter their shows (and display them automatically on Facebook and elsewhere), and sen ...

  7. BandsInTown Concert Audience Research: Fans Need to Be Informed; 'Superfans' Will Spend a Lot More

    August 27, 2012 8:59 AM EDT Facebook concert discovery app BandsInTown , which claims to power tour listings for more than 100,000 artists and track even more, commissioned Insight Strategy Group to conduct a survey that turned up some intriguing results regarding live music ...

  8. Business Matters: SoundExchange Pays Out $95.8 Million in Q2, But Is That Good Enough?

    August 24, 2012 11:14 AM EDT Labels and performing artists are seeing good growth from digital performance royalties these days. But could they do better? SoundExchange, the performance rights organization for non-interactive digital music services like Pandora and SiriusXM, ...

  9. Morning Fix: Neon Trees Grow; Mog Sells Off; 'Gangnam Style' Gets Subversive

    August 24, 2012 8:15 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. NEON TREES GROW ON BILLBOARD HOT 100: Neon Trees' "Everybody Talks" claims the Hot 100's top Airplay Gainer tag this week, while Demi Lovato 's &q ...

  10. Business Matters: Streaming Is Growing -- Is Vevo?

    August 20, 2012 2:19 PM EDT With streaming music the new high-growth segment in digital music, there are expectations on music video network Vevo to put up good numbers every month. But is the company delivering? Well, maybe. Read on. Vevo's comScore July numbers -- inc ...

  11. Mumford & Sons Debut on Social 50 Chart After Long 'Wait'

    August 17, 2012 3:30 PM EDT Thanks to the release of its new single "I Will Wait," Mumford & Sons make a long-delayed debut on Billboard's Social 50 chart , arriving at a lofty No. 13. The chart premiered in December 2010, but the band never generated enou ...

  12. Business Matters: The First Week With Google's Anti-Piracy Search Algorithm

    August 17, 2012 12:11 PM EDT The Pirate Bay isn't worried about Google's new search algorithms that punish sites based on the number copyright removal requests they receive. That may be empty rhetoric on the Pirate Bay's part, but it's safe to say piracy s ...

  13. Morning Fix: Pussy Riot Guilty, Twitter Limits API , Kim Dotcom, RIP Carl Davis

    August 17, 2012 8:22 AM EDT Pussy Riot Found Guilty By Russian Court The three members of Pussy Riot, a Russian punk band/art collective, today were found guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred," according to reports. Prosecutors are seeking a three y ...

  14. Business Matters: Songza Lands Investments from Troy Carter, William Morris Endeavor, Others

    August 15, 2012 11:22 AM EDT Songza Lands Investments from Troy Carter, William Morris Endeavor, Others Internet radio service Songza announced some encouraging listener metrics Wednesday, but its new celebrity investors will probably get more attention. SXSWi Q&A: Songza ...

  15. MTV Unveils Artist.MTV Pages, Tries to Catch MySpace Napping

    August 15, 2012 8:30 AM EDT A beta version of Band of Horses Artists.MTV page (Photo: MTV) If MySpace isn't going to be the online destination for musicians, maybe MTV is up for the job. MTV unveiled its long-awaited Artists.MTV platform on Wednesday, launching a public ...

  16. Business Matters: Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music

    August 10, 2012 8:40 PM EDT Where Venture Capital Money Is Flowing In Music -- It's ironic that Warner Music Group now gets 25% of its recorded music digital revenue from some of services that were supposedly off limits to venture capital. The company announced in its e ...

  17. Google Search Rankings Will Penalize Sites With Removal Notices

    August 10, 2012 4:13 PM EDT Google will start taking into account valid copyright removal notices in its search algorithms. The change, to be made next week, means sites that receive a high number of copyright infringements notices from rights holders could see their search ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. WMG Finds YouTube Success

    August 09, 2012 3:35 PM EDT Though they take different approaches to video programming, Warner Music Group and Maker Studios are showing how YouTube's original channels can transform older businesses and build new ones. WMG's YouTube channel, the Warner Sound, allo ...

  20. The xx Marks the Spot on Billboard's Social 50

    August 03, 2012 7:00 PM EDT British electro-rock act the xx rides a wave of online activity to a reentry on Billboard's Social 50 chart, returning to the list (No. 27) for the first time in over a year. The Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo ...

  21. Facebook Bots Are Cause for Concern For Artists and Fans

    August 03, 2012 2:57 PM EDT Facebook isn't the only site for which musicians can buy fake love, but it sure is catching a lot of heat lately." Even as it exerts increasing influence over our public and private lives, this hasn't been the best year for Facebook ...

  22. 40 Under 40: Rio Caraeff

    August 02, 2012 2:46 PM EDT Rio Caraeff President/CEO, Vevo Website: Vevo.com Twitter: @RioZilla Taking It Worldwide Vevo President/CEO Rio Caraeff, 37, has sought a flexible, nimble startup culture for the music video network. Now, he must be nimble across multiple time zon ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Google Buying Social Media Startup Wildfire

    August 01, 2012 8:00 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Google is buying a company that specializes in social media marketing as it intensifies competition with Facebook for ad dollars and attention. The company, Redwood City, Calif.-based Wildfire, helps businesses such as Cirque du S ...

  25. Business Matters: Facebook's Not Alone in its Mobile Problems

    July 27, 2012 4:15 PM EDT Facebook's Numbers Normal, But Stock Dips Anyway Facebook is being punished for being normal. After the company released decent, entirely expected quarterly results Thursday afternoon, investors decided the company doesn't have a strong ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. Twitter 140: Page 9

    July 26, 2012 7:11 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Minya Oh Founder, MissInfo.TV @missinfo Dishing the inside word on all things hip-hop and R&B, Miss Info tweets a steady diet of new music, videos and other random goings-on around the industry and the Web, ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. Twitter 140: Page 5

    July 26, 2012 5:34 PM EDT « PREVIOUS | NEXT » RETURN TO INDEX Lindsay Gabler Social Media Specialist, The Recording Academy @LndsyGblr The social media guru for the Grammy Awards is a self-admitted Twitter-holic, and finds time to tweet choice pop cuts, celebrity insights, ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. Facebook's Stock Tumbles After First Public Quarter

    July 26, 2012 4:48 PM EDT Facebook's first earnings report as a public company had solid numbers, but in the end it landed with a thud - much like its rocky initial public offering two months ago. Facebook reported stronger-than-expected revenue and a gain in user num ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. This Week In Music: Spotify, BLASTmedia, Facebook Reps Discuss Social Media Marketing

    July 25, 2012 6:22 PM EDT On the most recent installment of This Week in Music, Topspin's Ian Rogers talks with Ime Archibong, strategic partner manager at Facebook, Jordan Walker, U.S. Label and Artist Relations rep at Spotify, and Julie Perry, VP, social media direc ...

  40. Business Matters: BandPage Branches Out

    July 24, 2012 5:16 PM EDT BandPage Everywhere Allows Artists to Update Web Presences From One Place One ongoing trend in digital music startups has been to help artists, managers and labels save time, work more efficiently and basically do more with less. It's seen in ...

  41. Business Matters: How Spotify's First Year Compares to Pandora, Vevo, YouTube and Others

    July 23, 2012 8:42 PM EDT How Does Spotify's First Year Stack Up? -- Spotify's tenure in the U.S. has reached one year. Is the performance good, bad or mediocre? See how the service compares to other segments and players in digital music. In honor of its one-year ...

  42. Business Matters: YouTube Has Found Its Groove, Says Google

    July 20, 2012 5:34 PM EDT YouTube Has Found Its Groove, Says Google -- Google believes YouTube has reached a tipping point. "I think we can declare we found our model," said Nikesh Arora, Google's senior vice president and chief business officer, during Thur ...

  43. Business Matters: Millions and Millions of Take Down Notices Served, But To What Effect?

    July 18, 2012 6:05 PM EDT Business Matters: Are Takedown Requests More Hobby Than Solution? -- The numbers behind infringement takedown notices are staggering yet piracy continues unabated. Putting in a lot of work for little payoff is something a hobbyist does on weekends ...

  44. Kim Dotcom Extradition Judge Steps Down After Joking US Is 'Enemy'

    July 18, 2012 7:30 AM EDT WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- A New Zealand judge has stepped down from overseeing the extradition case of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom after jokingly referring to the United States as "the enemy." New Zealand High Court Declares Kim ...

  45. Marissa Mayer Named Yahoo CEO

    July 16, 2012 3:00 PM EDT Yahoo named longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer its new CEO, replacing Ross Levinsohn, who has been interim CEO since May. The move took by surprise the many Wall Street analysts who had assumed Yahoo's board would stick with Levinsohn, a ...

  46. Exclusive: Tomorrowland, YouTube Create Tomorrowland TV

    July 16, 2012 8:50 AM EDT Tomorrowland, the fantasy-themed Belgian electronic dance music (EDM) festival is joining forces with YouTube to create Tomorrowland TV, Billboard.biz has learned. The first-of-its-kind live-stream-meets-produced-program will run globally on YouTu ...

  47. Flo Rida Shoots Up Social 50 Chart, 'Victorious' Ariana Grande Debuts

    July 13, 2012 8:45 AM EDT Artists usually increase or decrease their standing on Billboard's Social 50 chart in one of two ways: buzz generated by big releases (or lack thereof) or by continuously engaging and growing their fan base. This week's gainers are a mix ...

  48. Vevo vs. Google: Universal, Sony and the Latest Moves in the Chess Game

    July 12, 2012 5:41 PM EDT Vevo's future business arrangements are looking a bit cloudy, as reports this week suggest that the company's deal terms with Google are again in play , and that Universal is re-examining its stake in the company in the relation to UMG&# ...

  49. Legally Monetized Mashups: How New Technology Pays DJs

    July 12, 2012 5:05 PM EDT During the past 10 years, a few small companies have built important tools that helped solve some of the music industry's biggest dilemmas. In that spirit, the new platforms of Thefuture.fm, Beatport and Legitmix may not offer complete soluti ...

  50. Bits and Briefs: Google Play, Nielsen and Facebook, Email Comes Out On Top

    July 12, 2012 5:05 PM EDT Google Play Store Expands Offerings Google Play, the search ­giant's version of the iTunes store, has expanded to offer movies, TV shows and magazines. The additions, announced at Google's annual I/O conference, put Google Play more on p ...

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