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  1. MegaUpload Threatens to Sue Universal Music for Takedown of Video Starring Kanye West, Diddy, More

    December 12, 2011 4:52 PM EST MegaUpload is threatening to sue Universal Music Group for allegedly sending a takedown notice that resulted in the removal from YouTube of a music video where various superstars endorse the file-sharing platform. Last week, MegaUpload shocked the ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Pancakes, Chris Brown Push Mac Lethal onto Billboard's Social 50 Chart

    December 08, 2011 8:30 PM EST Rapper Mac Lethal debuts on the Social 50 chart at No. 31 after launching two viral memes -- the "Pancake Rap" and "Texts From Bennett" -- on Nov. 30. The first, a video of him rhyming over the beat of Chris Brown's single ...

  4. Facebook Security Flaw Reveal CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Personal Photos

    December 08, 2011 7:59 AM EST NEW YORK (AP) -- Newly unearthed private photos of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg may be a letdown if you were expecting raucous party scenes like the ones in "The Social Network" movie. The photos are tame, some even adorable. They show t ...

  5. Spotify, Mog, Rdio: Subscription Services Ride Freemium To New Heights In 2011

    December 08, 2011 7:20 AM EST The most important digital music developments of 2011 have a sum greater than their parts. When combined with the world's biggest social network, the "freemium" business model helped give music subscriptions services a much-needed k ...

  6. Joel Resnicow, Rexly CEO, On Social Discovery Apps, Artists As Tastemakers (Video)

    December 05, 2011 6:30 AM EST Rexly CEO Joel Resnicow stopped after his presentation at the Visionary Showcase at Billboard's FutureSound conference to discuss social music discovery, tastemakers, and how his company is helping music fans to find the music they like from ...

  7. Nickelback, Michael Buble Post Social 50 Chart Gains

    December 02, 2011 12:50 PM EST Nickelback returns to Billboard's Social 50 chart at No. 30 -- a new high -- thanks to the debut of a new video and a lot of NFL chatter. The clip for "When We Stand Together" arrived Nov. 23, while the band performed a hotly debate ...

  8. Altered Zones, DIY/Indie Blog Collective, Shutters After 16 Months

    November 30, 2011 6:45 PM EST This afternoon, DIY and indie fans are mourning the loss of the Pitchfork-associated blog collective Altered Zones, whose founders posted a farewell message to the site this afternoon, citing new endeavors. The site was a mere 16 months old, but b ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. Facebook To Seek $10 Billion in IPO, According to Report

    November 29, 2011 9:00 AM EST Facebook might finally be laying down the groundwork for a highly anticipated initial public offering, long expected to take place sometime after April 2012. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the world's largest online social network ...

  11. Business Matters: Hastings Earnings Slip as Music Sales Drop Slightly

    November 23, 2011 2:01 PM EST Hastings Earnings Slip as Music Sales Drop Slightly Hastings Entertainment posted a net loss of approximately $5.5 million on revenue of $108.6 million for the quarter ended October 31, 2011. Those figures are slightly worse than the same period i ...

  12. Exclusive: Inside Busta Rhymes' 'Outside the Box' Deal With Cash Money and Google Music

    November 23, 2011 11:00 AM EST Last Wednesday, veteran rapper Busta Rhymes appeared at the launch of Google Music to support his partnership with the newly launched platform -- an announcement that came in confluence with his surprise signing to Cash Money Records , revealed th ...

  13. Grooveshark Responds to Universal Music Lawsuit

    November 22, 2011 6:34 PM EST Grooveshark has responded to the lawsuit Universal Music Group filed against the music service on Friday over alleged copyright violations. Internal Emails in Grooveshark/Universal Case Show Grooveshark Opted to Post First, Ask for Permission Late ...

  14. Video: Grooveshark EVP Paul Geller on Company's Success, Challenges and 'Data Lining Backbone'

    November 22, 2011 5:28 PM EST Speaking to Billboard.biz at the Future Sound Conference, Grooveshark EVP of Strategic Development Paul Geller spilled some details on Grooveshark's new "data lining backbone" tentatively titled "Beluga" and discussed how ...

  15. Grooveshark Lawsuit Reveals Details of Universal Music Group's Allegations

    November 21, 2011 11:12 AM EST Music service Grooveshark calls itself "the world's largest international community of music lovers." But a small number of co-founders and employees are also targets of Universal Music Group's lawsuit against the service' ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Billboard FutureSound Closes With Panels on Making Money in the Digital World, EMI and EchoNest's Developers' Sandbox

    November 19, 2011 6:24 PM EST SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 18: SVP of Digital Strategy & New Business from Island Def Jam John Vanhala, CEO of The Echo Nest Jim Lucchese, VP of Digital Products at EMI Music Group Neil Tinegate, Founder of Muzine Jim Cannella and Founder of ...

  18. Universal Music Group Sues Grooveshark: Report

    November 19, 2011 6:10 PM EST Universal Music Group has reportedly filed a lawsuit against music service Grooveshark over alleged copyright violations. According to a report at CNET , the complaint alleges Grooveshark management has led an effort to upload more than 100,000 so ...

  19. Backbeat: Topspin, RootMusic, Twitter, Loeb & Loeb, Turntable.fm and More at Billboard's FutureSound Conference

    November 19, 2011 11:38 AM EST Billboard's FutureSound Conference in San Francisco drew a who's who of digital-music luminaries -- check out photos of RootMusic's J Sider, Topspin's Ian Rogers, Turntable.fm's Seth Goldstein, Mobile Roadie's Michael ...

  20. Twitter, SoundTracking, Ticketfly, Slacker, Shazam and More on the Socialization of Music @ Billboard FutureSound

    November 18, 2011 7:37 PM EST Left to right: CEO of Ticketfly Andrew Dreskin, SVP of Strategic Development at Slacker Jack Isquith, Director of Consumer Marketing at Shazam Jeff Roberto, COO at RevrbNation, Jed Carlson and VP of Client Services at Moontoast, Tim Putnam at the ...

  21. Grooveshark Has New And Improved Look, But Same Old Problems

    November 18, 2011 2:50 PM EST Music streaming service Groovshark has a new, slicker look that is sure to please its customers. But the Gainvesville, Florida-based company also has the same issues that have followed it for years. . Grooveshark has always carried itself differen ...

  22. Musicians On Tumblr: Ten Dos And Don'ts From Experts

    November 18, 2011 7:00 AM EST If you're an independent musician looking to grow an online fanbase, it's a good idea to start Tumbling. Since launching in 2007, Tumblr has become one of the internet's hottest blogging platforms, often exceeding 50 million posts p ...

  23. Digital Music Startups Outline Challenges, Lessons Learned @ Billboard's FutureSound

    November 17, 2011 10:14 PM EST On the opening day (Nov. 17) of Billboard's FutureSound conference in San Francisco, executives from RootMusic, Mobile Roadie, Grooveshark and Headliner.fm discussed some of the challenges and lessons learned in starting a new digital music c ...

  24. Analyzing Google Music, a Day After the Launch

    November 17, 2011 6:30 PM EST Google Music's launch event Wednesday revealed a strong product, emphasizing partnership with artists and labels - a good match for the company's cloud and mobile ambitions. Still, some question marks remain. Google Music Launch Unveils ...

  25. YouTube, NMPA Reach 'Unprecedented' Deal to Pay Independent Music Publishers

    November 17, 2011 6:11 PM EST The independent music publisher agreement with YouTube first reported in August is finally ready to be implemented, according to the National Music Publishers' Association. Advance payments are expected to follow shortly. In anticipation of p ...

  26. Billboard's FutureSound Conference Gets Underway in San Francisco

    November 17, 2011 5:55 PM EST Royalties and equity, licensing and risk-taking dominated opening discussions at the FutureSound music technology conference hosted by Billboard in San Francisco Thursday afternoon. More than 250 tech company CEOs, music label reps, venture capita ...

  27. Google Music: Four Things We Can Expect from Today's Announcement

    November 16, 2011 7:05 AM EST While the finer points of Google's new music-download store won't be known until the press conference (scheduled for 5 p.m. ET Wednesday in Los Angeles), some aspects have become clear from industry sources and media reports over the las ...

  28. Sony on Board for Google Music Launch Tomorrow: Report

    November 15, 2011 6:37 PM EST In addition to Universal, Sony and the recently sold EMI are expected to be on board when Google announces the addition of MP3 downloads to Google Music at an event Wednesday in Los Angeles, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. A pers ...

  29. Google Music To Be Unveiled Wednesday -- Minus a Couple of Major Labels, Sources Say

    November 14, 2011 6:07 PM EST Google is expected to announce the addition of MP3 downloads to Google Music at an event Wednesday in Los Angeles. But don't expect all majors to be on board when the curtain lifts. Google's deal with Universal Music Group should be fina ...

  30. Business Matters: Find Music Using Facebook's Search Function

    November 09, 2011 8:32 PM EST Find Music Using Facebook's Search Function -- As if people didn't spend enough time on Facebook, the catalogs of numerous music services can now be searched directly within the social network's interface. Which service will appear ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Facebook's Impact on Music Services: 1.5 Billion Shares in Six Weeks

    November 09, 2011 1:01 PM EST The integrations with music services that Facebook unveiled at its f8 developers conference in September were expected to boost consumer adoption and usage. Judging by the numbers Facebook released Tuesday, that's exactly what has happened. I ...

  33. Business Matters: Bands Can Now Sign Up for Google+ Pages

    November 07, 2011 7:20 PM EST Google+ Pages + Your Band = Your Band In Google Search Results -- Google has opened up its social network, Google+, to brands and businesses and made it easier for individuals to immediately connect with them. Google+ Pages is the business side of ...

  34. MOG Grows Fastest Among Facebook's On-Demand Music Apps

    November 04, 2011 11:10 AM EDT Charts courtesy of AppData Facebook's recently-launched music features are not perfect , but in the past month-plus, the social network has already boosted usage of Facebook-connected unlimited music services significantly -- and none so much ...

  35. Snoop Dogg Big-Ups Toyota Minivan: The Business of Celebrity Twitter Endorsements

    November 03, 2011 9:28 AM EDT For Shizzle My Twizzle: Snoop tweets about Toyota's 'swagger wagon.' NEW YORK (AP) - Rapper Snoop Dogg gave props on Twitter to an ad for the Toyota Sienna minivan. Actress Tori Spelling linked to a website for rental cars. And real ...

  36. Web Trends: Watch Nicki Minaj & Big Sean's New Video, Listen To The Weeknd's Lady Gaga Remix

    November 02, 2011 4:30 PM EDT Google Trends: 4. Ben Gibbard After announcing the split between Ben Gibbard and Zooey Deschanel, people are searching about Death Cab For Cutie's lead singer. 6. Bieber Baby Star Magazine is running a cover story that claims a 20 year-old gi ...

  37. Four Ways to Make Facebook Music a Lot Better

    November 02, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Oversharing on Facebook is certainly nothing new, but the site's new music-sharing option has taken the practice to a new extreme, alarming more than a few people we know in the process. Once a user adds Spotify or iHeartRadio to their timeli ...

  38. Business Matters: Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise

    October 31, 2011 6:38 PM EDT Grooveshark's Facebook Activity on the Rise -- Grooveshark's Facebook app has seen its number of daily users increase fourfold in the last two weeks. Numbers at AppData show the music service's Facebook app went from 100,000 daily a ...

  39. Courtney Holt, Former MySpace Music President, Becomes COO at Maker Studios

    October 31, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Maker Studios announced Monday (October 31) that Courtney Holt, the former president of MySpace Music, has joined as chief operating officer. In this newly created role, Holt will be responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the Mak ...

  40. Billboard FutureSound Conference To Showcase Tomorrow's Startups; More Panelists Announced

    October 28, 2011 6:25 PM EDT Every conference needs keynotes and executives that everyone attending knows and wants to hear from and speak with. But we believe a good digital music conference should also be about discovering new companies and services you've not yet hear ...

  41. YouTube Set to Announce TV Initiative With 100 Niche Channels

    October 28, 2011 5:00 PM EDT In a low-budget early effort to compete with satellite and cable TV providers, YouTube is set to announce Friday that it has partnered with several entities to roll out television-style channels with professionally produced shows that will strike ...

  42. 12-Year Old Maddi Jane Makes Social 50 Chart Splash

    October 27, 2011 4:18 PM EDT -year old Maddi Jane -- who has been lighting up YouTube with covers and Adele and Jessie J -- returns to the Billboard Social 50 chart this week, re-entering at No. 36. The youngster, who curated a playlist for YouTube Music Tuesdays on Oct. 17 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 'X Factor' Adds Twitter Voting

    October 26, 2011 10:39 AM EDT On the heels of Tuesday's reveal of The X Factor's top 12 finalists, Fox announces that in association with production companies, Syco Television and Freemantle Media, and official voting sponsor, Verizon, viewers can now vote for their ...

  45. Business Matters: Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September

    October 24, 2011 10:05 PM EDT Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September -- Music video network Vevo again ranks at #2 on comScore's list of top U.S. online video properties according to number of unique viewers. The company racked up 57.3 million unique visitors and 7 ...

  46. Why Justin Bieber Won't Go To Jail For Posting Songs On YouTube (Analysis)

    October 24, 2011 8:01 PM EDT The potential spectacle of Justin Bieber being extradited from Canada to the United States to serve five years in prison has become a new flashpoint in a debate over whether copyright law should be amended. What are the chances the teen heartthrob ...

  47. Business Matters: MySpace's U.S. Visitors Dropped 8% Last Month

    October 21, 2011 6:15 PM EDT MySpace's U.S. Visitors Dropped 8% Last Month -- MySpace's U.S. traffic is dropping while the company retools under new ownership. The social network had 30.5 million unique U.S. visitors in September, down 7.6 percent from 33 million in ...

  48. The (Unofficial, But Still Amazing) Billboard Tumblr Top 30

    October 20, 2011 7:25 PM EDT BILLBOARD ON TUMBLR Over on our new Tumblr, we'll point you in the direction of the features over on our fan-focused site Billboard.com - as well as to selected content from our music industry-focused print magazine - but you can also expect ...

  49. New FutureSound Keynotes: Pandora, Twitter, Superfly Presents, S-Curve Records & More

    October 20, 2011 5:40 PM EDT Billboard's FutureSound conference is coming up fast: Nov. 17 & 18 in San Francisco. And we're proud to announce our latest lineup of exciting keynote speakers: Joe Kennedy, CEO of Pandora, will be joining us on the keynote stage. Th ...

  50. CMJ 'Making Free Music Pay' Panel: 'You Have to Treat Your Music Like It's a Heroin Addiction'

    October 19, 2011 6:27 PM EDT The first day of CMJ's industry panels wrapped up with an afternoon session titled, "Making Free Music Pay," during which experts discussed marketing strategies and promotional tools that can use free music giveaways to produce a pa ...

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