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  1. Grooveshark Wins DMCA Argument in Universal Dispute

    July 11, 2012 12:52 PM EDT It's not a secret that Universal Music isn't much of a fan of Grooveshark, the music discovery service that streams over a billion songs every month. The record giant has been pursuing several court actions against the company, including ...

  2. Kim Dotcom Responds to Extradition Hearing Delay: U.S. 'Doesn't Have a Case'

    July 10, 2012 8:42 AM EDT A New Zealand court has delayed the extradition hearing for Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom until March because of the manner in which the search of Dotcom's countryside residence and the seizure of his assets were handled by authorities. The d ...

  3. Beats Electronics President and COO Luke Wood Talks About Mog Acquisition, Future of Beats

    July 09, 2012 1:30 PM EDT There's more to Beats Electronics than those ubiquitous headphones. The increasingly diversified company grew last week when the company announced it had acquired music subscription service Mog . Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but ...

  4. Vevo Seeking to Raise $100-$150 Million for Overseas Expansion

    July 07, 2012 1:02 PM EDT Vevo is seeking to raise new equity financing in connection with plans to expand its operations overseas, according to reports late Friday in the Wall Street Journa l and Los Angeles Times . The company "is close to" retaining investment ...

  5. U.S. Judge Allows Megaupload to Seek Dismissal, But Not Access to Funds

    July 03, 2012 3:00 PM EDT The U.S. federal judge overseeing the case against Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has decided to allow his attorneys to argue for a motion to dismiss allegations against the company, but has also decided for the moment against the unfreezing of ass ...

  6. Beats Electronics Acquires Mog

    July 02, 2012 10:47 AM EDT Music subscription service Mog has been acquired by Beats Electronics. Terms of the deal, which first made the news back in March, were not disclosed. Mog founder and CEO David Hyman will stay on as CEO and report to Beats president and COO Luke W ...

  7. Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Now Exclusive Music Radio Service at Yahoo!

    June 27, 2012 11:55 PM EDT Clear Channel has reached a deal with Yahoo! to be the web giant's exclusive music radio service. The deal, which covers only the U.S., gives Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Internet radio service a chance to get in front of Yahoo! Media Net ...

  8. Business Matters: Ticketfly Launches Ticketfly Causes To Help Charities, Build a Better Workplace

    June 26, 2012 4:23 PM EDT Ticketfly Causes Works To Help Charities Ticketfly's new charitable initiative is not just an example of a corporation supporting good causes in its community and around the country. Ticketfly Causes is also an attempt to remain an attractive ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Business Matters: Kickstarter Funding Many Small Music Projects, But That Will Change

    June 22, 2012 5:47 PM EDT Kickstarter Funding Many Small Music Projects, But That Will Change -- More than half of all music projects -- 54.2%, to be exact -- on Kickstarter successfully meet their funding goal. This and other statistics are available on Kickstarter's ...

  11. Chris Brown, Drake Club Brawl Causes Social 50 Chart Gains

    June 22, 2012 3:29 PM EDT It's no coincidence that both Drake and Chris Brown received significant online gains this week as news that the two and their respective camps were involved in an altercation at a nightclub in New York. The pair rises 28-20 and 18-12 on Bill ...

  12. Live Nation's Million Tweets of Summer to Exchange Tweets For Tickets

    June 20, 2012 3:59 PM EDT With prizes like concert cash, artist meet and greets, and 2013 Ultimate Access Passes, Live Nation's #MillionTweets of Summer campaign promises to bring fans closer to the music in the coming months. "We have a 24/7 active live music tw ...

  13. Google Moving to Shut Down Sites That Turn YouTube Videos Into Mp3 Clips

    June 20, 2012 12:01 PM EDT Google-owned YouTube has become a central viewing area for many music videos, lyrics videos, and user-uploaded cover songs, and now the company is threatening to sue a number of web sites that offer to convert the audio from videos into downloadab ...

  14. A2IM's Indie Week Day One: U.S.'s Shrinking World Market Share, YouTube Helps Indies, Playing China

    June 20, 2012 9:21 AM EDT A2IM's Exporting to the Emerging Music Market in China Panel: Moderator Robert Singerman, on the far right with (from left), Laura Devine Attorney's lawyer Anastasia Tonello, China Audio-Video Assn. Secretary general Ju Wang; Shanghai Sy ...

  15. What's Going on With Vevo's Numbers?

    June 19, 2012 1:21 PM EDT Music video network Vevo has helped revolutionize online video, has been the subject of IPO rumors and is reported to be wooing investments from Google and Facebook. But exactly what investors would get is a bit fuzzy to outsiders. Vevo's num ...

  16. Songza Reaches One Million iOs Downloads in Ten Days, But Is It The Next Big Thing?

    June 19, 2012 7:49 AM EDT The tech press loves next big things. Last summer it was Turntable.fm. Now it looks like Internet radio service Songza is this summer's next big thing in digital music. On Monday news spread that the service topped one million iOS downloads i ...

  17. Business Matters: Sonos Lands $135 Million for the Future of the Digital Living Room

    June 18, 2012 5:49 PM EDT Sonos Radises $135 Million For Digital Living Room Some major investors appear to be betting that living rooms are finally ready for digital music. Sonos , the maker of digital music listening equipment for the home, has raised $135 million in a r ...

  18. New Zealand High Court Orders Urgent Review of Megaupload Case

    June 15, 2012 1:00 PM EDT New Zealand's High Court is getting involved in the ongoing attempt to extradite Kim Dotcom and other Megaupload employees the U.S. for trial. Last month, a U.S. district court judge decided that it would only be fair to allow Megaupload' ...

  19. Coldplay and 'Princess' Rihanna Rally On Social 50 Chart

    June 14, 2012 9:03 PM EDT Coldplay made some significant strides in the online world this week as the group's newest video for its hit song "Princess of China" (featuring Rihanna) was released on June 2. That causes the rock band to make a big jump on Billbo ...

  20. MySpace Relaunch Will Revive Company's Status in Online Music, Sources Say

    June 08, 2012 12:30 PM EDT MySpace has some big plans in store for its forthcoming relaunch. Multiple sources have told Billboard.biz they have been very impressed with the new MySpace platform and say the company wants once again to be music fans' favored place on the ...

  21. Facebook Rolling Out Centralized App Center

    June 08, 2012 7:55 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- There's more to Facebook apps than "Angry Birds" and Pinterest, but many users wouldn't know that because there hasn't been a good, central way to find them. Facebook Inc. is trying to change that. On Thur ...

  22. Billboard Music Awards: Biggest Televised Event in Shazam's History After Super Bowl, Grammys

    June 08, 2012 7:00 AM EDT Billboard partnered with music-capturing-and-discovery company Shazam for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, and the result is the third-biggest third-most-tagged televised event in Shazam's history, after the 2012 Super Bowl and Grammy Awards. ...

  23. Vevo Co-founder Fred Santarpia Talks About His Years at the Company, New Role at Conde Nast

    June 07, 2012 5:02 PM EDT As a founding partner and general manager of Vevo, Fred Santarpia helped create an online premium-content marketplace for music videos and music-related content. But can he do the same for Conde Nast? As the new executive vice president-chief digi ...

  24. Business Matters: As Clear Channel Lands Royalty Deal, Pandora Speaks Up About Webcasting Royalties

    June 06, 2012 8:30 PM EDT Pandora Speaks Up About 'Very High' Webcasting Royalties -- On the day Clear Channel announced a groundbreaking performance royalty deal with Big Machine Label Group, Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy was reiterating a message about its own perfor ...

  25. Country Music Fans Generally Wealthy, Married, Digitally Engaged, Says CMA

    June 06, 2012 4:55 PM EDT Country music fans are faring well financially, optimistic about the future and engaged with popular digital technologies, according to a survey by the Country Music Association (CMA). Every year the CMA reveals some research findings aimed at hig ...

  26. MOG Hitches Ride With Ford, Allows Voice-Activated Streaming Through Cars' Sync AppLink

    June 06, 2012 11:30 AM EDT MOG has teamed up with Ford today to allow streaming in cars -- provided drivers have a MOG subscription and the updated Sync AppLink. The streaming service will be available via its iPhone app hooked into the car's sound system, and the Sync ...

  27. Johnny Wright, Rodney Jerkins Talk New MySpace Competition Series 'Take The Stage'

    June 05, 2012 3:40 PM EDT MySpace is going back to its roots. A new music competition series, " Take The Stage " debuts this week with a concept that harkens back to MySpace's origins as a music-discovery platform that helped artists like Katy Perry, Adele a ...

  28. Napster Co-Founders Sean Parker, Shawn Fanning Launch Social Video Network Airtime

    June 05, 2012 2:39 PM EDT Napster co-founders Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning reunited Tuesday at a star-studded event to launch Airtime, a new live social video platform. The presentation was made at Milk Studios in New York and included references to the days when the two ...

  29. Business Matters: Music and Entertainment Stocks Got Beat Down Friday But Are Faring Well in 2012

    June 01, 2012 6:44 PM EDT Stocks Down Friday, But Doing Well Overall Friday was rough for the U.S. stock market but was especially brutal for music-related stocks. Some declines were triple -- or close to it -- the declines of 2.2% for the Dow and 2.8% for the Nasdaq. Even ...

  30. Facebook To Let Its 1 Billion Users Vote On Privacy Policy Changes

    June 01, 2012 4:46 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is letting its nearly 1 billion users vote on changes to its privacy policy. The previously announced changes include new sections explaining how it uses people's information. The updates also reflect recently added ...

  31. Google, Facebook Mulling Investments in Vevo (Report)

    May 31, 2012 7:15 AM EDT Online giants Google and Facebook are looking at a potential investment in online music joint venture Vevo that could be part of a broader advertising partnership with the music service, the New York Post reported Thursday. Quoting sources, the pa ...

  32. Business Matters: Grooveshark's New Data Product Beluga Offers Listener Insights

    May 30, 2012 8:35 PM EDT Grooveshark's New Data Product Beluga Offers Listener Insights -- Grooveshark has launched a new analytics tool that provides information on artists' fans while generating revenue for the company. Called Beluga, the service allows anybod ...

  33. Buzzmedia Acquires XLR8R

    May 30, 2012 6:28 PM EDT Buzzmedia has added electronic dance music and culture publication XLR8R to its portfolio of music and culture online properties. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The attractiveness of a well-known electronic dance music property, espe ...

  34. Business Matters: Facebook's IPO Could Have Just Killed Some Digital Music IPOs

    May 29, 2012 6:14 PM EDT Facebook IPO Issues May Deter Vevo and Spotify Facebook's problematic IPO has not only resulted in investor lawsuits and questions about the Nasdaq, it could have killed or postponed the IPO aspirations of Vevo and Spotify. Both companies hav ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Business Matters: Google Shines a Light on Huge Effort to Fight Piracy at Google Search

    May 25, 2012 1:59 PM EDT Google Shines a Light on Huge Effort to Tackle Piracy at Google Search -- Google has lifted the veil on its anti-piracy efforts by launching an online Transparency Report that offers details on the issuers and targets of removal requests for Googl ...

  37. Business Matters: Yahoo! Music Says 'Yoo-Hoo!'

    May 24, 2012 6:42 PM EDT Business Matters: Yahoo Music Says 'Yoo-Hoo!' (With 27 million Monthly Visitors) -- What has 27 million U.S. visitors each month and seems to get less attention in the music business than many music blogs? Yahoo! Music. Yahoo! Music did ...

  38. Vevo's Numbers Climb in First Quarter With Facebook Integration

    May 24, 2012 1:15 PM EDT Vevo's new redesigned homepage with Kanye West. (Screenshot) Vevo's integration with Facebook, part of its design launched in March , appears to have helped increase usage at both Facebook and Vevo.com, according to numbers shared by the ...

  39. Business Matters: Is Vevo Considering An IPO?

    May 23, 2012 4:42 PM EDT Is Vevo Considering an IPO? -- Vevo is seeking new investors to help fund its international expansion, according to reports at Sky News at the Financial Times. A report by Sky News claims the company has hired investment bank Allen & Co to loo ...

  40. Business Matters: Pre-release File Sharing Helps Album Sales, Says a Study. So Why Not Replicate This Legally?

    May 22, 2012 9:17 PM EDT Study Says File Sharing Helps Established Artists Sell More Albums File sharing albums before their release dates reinforces popularity and helps sales, according to a study of BitTorrent traffic by Robert G. Hammond, an assistant professor at Nor ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. Business Matters: Bono Will Make Maybe $10 Million, Not $1.5 Billion, From Facebook's IPO

    May 18, 2012 3:26 PM EDT Bono Will Make Millions -- But Not Billions -- Off Facebook's IPO Bono is rich but not as rich as you have been led to believe in the last few days. A report at NME.com , which was picked up by Spinner, Huffington Post and the New York Post ( ...

  43. 5 Reasons Why Facebook Won't Spend its IPO Money on the Music Business

    May 18, 2012 11:21 AM EDT After raising $6.84 billion in its initial public stock offering, Facebook will have more than enough cash on hand to acquire a major music company or two. A major music publisher or record label can be had for a few billion dollars. Same goes for ...

  44. Facebook's IPO is One of World's Largest

    May 18, 2012 7:39 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook is about to find out just how much status updates, puppy photos and billions of "likes" are worth on Wall Street. GM Vs. Ford: Companies Ask If Advertising on Facebook Pays? Facebook's stock is set to begin ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. Google Unveils 'Knowledge Graph,' Providing Vital Info Alongside Search Results

    May 17, 2012 7:06 AM EDT SAN FRANCISCO - Google is introducing a new tool, designed to make its search engine smarter. The new feature debuted Wednesday (May 16) draws from a Google-built database of more than 500 million people, places and commonly requested things to pr ...

  47. GM Vs. Ford: Companies Ask If Advertising on Facebook Pays?

    May 17, 2012 6:45 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- Responding to extraordinary demand, Facebook said Wednesday that it would sell more stock in the company's initial public offering. But ahead of the IPO, a debate emerged between two of the nation's largest automakers: D ...

  48. Myxer Gets Millionth Install, Plans Bigger Facebook Integration, to Bring Social Listening to Mainstream

    May 16, 2012 2:29 PM EDT Myxer Social Radio has more listeners than it did when we first tested it, but the most populous Featured room boasts only 17 listeners at the moment. While techie hipsters (techsters?) complain that Turntable.fm is so over , most people and even ...

  49. Business Matters: Facebook Says Spotify Has Hit 20 Million Users; Spotify Says It Ain't So

    May 15, 2012 8:39 PM EDT Facebook Says Spotify Has Hit 20 Million Users; Spotify Says It Ain't So -- Spotify has reached 20 million monthly active users, according to a count seen at Facebook. Music industry analyst Mark Mulligan noted the mile market in a post at hi ...

  50. HMV Looks to Grow Ticketing Division by Partnering With Ticketmaster U.K.

    May 15, 2012 2:02 PM EDT Troubled U.K. entertainment retailer HMV has teamed with the British arm of Ticketmaster as it looks to expand its ticketing operations. Announced today (May 15), the strategic partnership comes into effect over the next six to eight weeks and wil ...

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