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  1. Analysis: What Impact Will Google Music Search Have?

    October 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT How successful will this the newly launched Google search be? It depends on (1) how difficult it was previously to find music on Google and (2) how good the partner services are at converting Google exposure to real business. Although Google will ...

  2. News Briefs: New Music Seminar, Bug Music

    September 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -The speaker line-up is set for the Oct. 6 New Music Seminar in Chicago, with Yahoo! Music GM Michael Spiegelman slated to make the keynote address. Like the NMS held in New York in July, the Chicago program is called a Symphony and will feature f ...

  3. Business Matters: The Black Cat, EMI Music Publishing

    September 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- For all shows after September 25, Washington DC venue the Black Cat is switching from Ticketmaster to Ticket Alternative . The proposed Ticketm ...

  4. Island Def Jam Preps Brutha Debut

    October 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Unveiling its first video today (Oct. 15), R&B quintet Brutha sets the stage for the release of its debut album and a forthcoming foray into reality TV. Brutha's self-titled Island Def Jam album is due to hit stores Dec. 9. The project� ...

  5. Pretenders To Roll Out New Album As MP3s

    July 23, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The Pretenders will roll out their new album, "Break Up the Concrete," as one MP3 per week with a different partner leading up to the Sept. 23 CD street date via Shangri-La Music. The first song, "Boots of Chinese Plastic," is ...

  6. Judge Sets ASCAP Streaming Fees

    May 01, 2008 12:00 AM EDT License fees that AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo! must pay to ASCAP for streaming music of the performing rights organization's members have now been set by a federal court judge. The three services, which are parties to a rate-setting proceedin ...

  7. Daniels Joins Sheppard Mullin

    April 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Philip Daniels has joined the Century City, Calif., office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton as a member of the firm's entertainment & media transactional practice group. Daniels represents clients in the fields of music, new media ...

  8. Loeb & Loeb Creates New Practice Group

    March 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Loeb & Loeb has launched a new practice group for new media and technology clients. Media and advertising partner Ken Florin will chair the group. The national emerging media and technology practice group has almost 20 attorneys in New York, C ...

  9. Yahoo Rejects Microsoft Bid

    February 11, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Inc on Monday rejected Microsoft Corp's unsolicited $41.6 billion takeover offer as too low, forcing the software maker to either sweeten its bid or adopt a hostile approach to clinch a deal. Analysts say Microsoft will probably raise i ...

  10. Iglesias, Jeremias Set For 'Pepsi Musica' Re-Launch

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST "Pepsi Musica" will re-launch Feb. 1 as a weekly live variety show on bilingual entertainment channel mun2. The show will also have an online platform via Yahoo! Telemundo and air as a branded segment on parent network Telemundo. The two ...

  11. Sony/ATV Stops Future Licensing of Digital Services

    January 08, 2008 12:00 AM EST Sony/ATV Music Publishing has instructed the Harry Fox Agency today to stop all future licensing of any of the publisher's repertoire for streaming or limited downloads, Billboard.biz has learned. The instruction is expected to impact service ...

  12. DiMA, Publishers Clash Over Rights

    January 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST A major battle is erupting between some digital media companies and major music publishers, which may lead to federal litigation, Billboard.biz has learned. The Digital Media Assn. filed a brief late today in a royalty rate-setting proceeding argu ...

  13. Lopez, Fernandez Among Premios Amigo Nominees

    November 20, 2007 12:00 AM EST Spain's music industry will experience a new look award ceremony on Nov. 27 when the Premios Amigo gala is held for the first time in six years. Details of the return of the top music industry award gala were revealed today in a four-page pre ...

  14. Zel To Exit Telemundo

    October 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Telemundo senior executive VP for strategy Antoinette Zel is leaving the company, the network confirmed. Her contract ends Nov. 15. A Telemundo spokeswoman said the decision not to renew Zel's contract was mutual, and that she is "pursui ...

  15. Major Labels, Large Webcasters Reach Agreement

    August 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Major record labels and SoundExchange have just reached a deal with the large webcasting services over crucial terms covering royalty rates that webcasters must pay to stream sound recordings through 2010, Billboard.biz has learned. Under the deal ...

  16. Frank Exits Yahoo!, Joins CMT As Senior VP

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo! Music VP of music programming and label relations Jay Frank will join CMT in the newly created role of senior VP of music strategy in August. Frank, who will report to CMT executive VP/GM Brian Philips, will oversee CMT's music and tal ...

  17. Simon Webbe Teams With VH1 For India Shows

    June 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT U.K. pop vocalist Simon Webbe, formerly of multi-platinum boy band Blue, is the latest western name to announce live shows in India. Webbe is undertaking a three-date swing through the subcontinent, promoted by VH1 India. His shows mark the unfurl ...

  18. Yahoo, iTunes Japan Link For One-Click Access

    June 14, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo Japan and iTunes Japan have entered into a deal that will give users one-click access from Yahoo Japan music-related sites to the iTunes music store, where they can preview and download music and videos. The deal, which is billed as a first, ...

  19. Goldberg Joins VC Firm

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Former Yahoo VP/Yahoo Music GM Dave Goldberg is joining Benchmark Capital, a Menlo Park, Ca.-based venture capital firm, as an entrepreneur in residence. In his new role, Goldberg will evaluate potential Benchmark investments in music, video, and ...

  20. WPP, UMG Strengthen Joint Venture

    May 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Giulio Brunini has been appointed CEO of BrandAmp, the joint venture set up by Universal Music Group and advertising giant WPP's media investment unit GroupM. Brunini joins London-based BrandAmp from Yahoo!, where he served as marketing direc ...

  21. Sony BMG Vs. Yahoo, Closing Arguments

    April 30, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After a six-year litigation, a federal jury in New York on Friday unanimously found Yahoo! not liable to Sony BMG Music Entertainment for copyright infringement. Billboard attended the closing arguments, and spoke with two of the six jurors after ...

  22. Yahoo! Defeats Sony BMG Infringement Suit

    April 27, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A federal jury in New York decided late today that Yahoo!'s Launchcast is not liable to Sony BMG Music Entertainment for copyright infringement. After a six-year litigation, the jury decided that Launchcast was not required to negotiate licen ...

  23. Paradigm Taps Micone

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Paradigm, the Los Angeles-based film, TV and literary talent agency, has tapped industry vet Ed Micone as head of adult contemporary, Billboard.biz has learned. He will be based in Paradigm's New York offices and report to Monterey Peninsula ...

  24. Bill Would Throw Out New Webcaster Rates

    April 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A bill introduced in the House today (April 26) would change the recent webcaster royalty rates set for sound recordings by the Copyright Royalty Board. The stated purpose of the Internet Radio Equality Act, introduced by Reps. Jay Inslee, D-Wash. ...

  25. No Performance Fees For Music Downloads

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT A senior federal court judge, who has often sided with copyright holders, ruled against ASCAP today (April 25). Digital music services AOL, RealNetworks and Yahoo! won a summary judgment declaring that downloading music files is not a public perfo ...

  26. Judge: No Performance Right In Downloads

    April 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Several sources tell Billboard.biz that a federal court has ruled that there is no performance right for publishers and songwriters in a download. The decision came during a proceeding to determine royalty rates between ASCAP and digital services ...

  27. Capitol Nashville, Yahoo! Partner For Talent Search

    April 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Capitol Records Nashville has partnered with Yahoo!'s online contest site Bix to launch a country music talent search contest. The contest, "The Road to Nashville," gives aspiring country singers the chance to become the label' ...

  28. Sony TVs To Access Free Internet-Based Video

    January 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Sony Electronics is hoping to get in the Internet TV game with the introduction of its BRAVIA Internet Video Link, a new feature it says will allow most Sony TVs to access free Internet-based video. The BRAVIA feature relies on a small module that ...

  29. HFA Halts Negotiations With MusicNet

    December 12, 2006 12:00 AM EST In a letter obtained by Billboard.biz, the Harry Fox Agency notified MusicNet late yesterday (Dec. 12) that it is withdrawing its proposed license for interactive streams from the service, which supplies music for Microsoft, MTV, Yahoo! and others ...

  30. Yahoo! Reorganizes, Top Exec Exits

    December 06, 2006 12:00 AM EST Yahoo! on Tuesday (Dec. 5) conducted a much-anticipated reorganization that structures the business into three groups and marks the departure of the company's media group leader Lloyd Braun. Also leaving the company is chief operating officer ...

  31. Kuro P2P, Yahoo! Form Alliance

    October 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Service reached settlement with IFPI Sept 14. Kuro, Taiwan's largest peer-to-peer (P2P) network, has closed down its service and formed a "strategic alliance" with the local Yahoo! portal as part of its transition into a legitimate ...

  32. Sony Connect Settles With MCPS-PRS

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Sony Connect is the latest digital music firm to reach settlement with U.K. authors' rights society the MCPS-PRS Alliance with regards to the fracas over online and mobile royalty rates. Sony Connect is the latest digital music firm to reach ...

  33. Sony Connect Settles With MCPS-PRS

    October 11, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Three online companies continue with Tribunal action. Sony Connect is the latest digital music firm to reach settlement with U.K. authors' rights society the MCPS-PRS Alliance with regards to the fracas over online and mobile royalty rates. A ...

  34. MusicNet, Napster Settle With MCPS-PRS

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT MusicNet and Napster have reached a settlement with the U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance over online and mobile royalty rates. MusicNet and Napster have reached a settlement with the U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance over online and mobile royalty rates. ...

  35. MusicNet, Napster Settle With MCPS-PRS

    October 09, 2006 12:00 AM EDT MusicNet and Napster have reached a settlement with the U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance over online and mobile royalty rates. MusicNet and Napster have reached a settlement with the U.K.'s MCPS-PRS Alliance over online and mobile royalty rates. ...

  36. T-Mobile Sidekick 3 Arrives

    August 08, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Priced at $299 with a two year contract. The T-Mobile Sidekick 3 has finally arrived. No, it’s not a super phone—it does not aspire to imitate your home entertainment center (though it does now have an MP3 player). It remains true to its roots. “T ...

  37. AOL To Launch New Video Portal

    July 31, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Aims to be 'one-stop source' for online video content. AOL is launching new video portal August 4 that will offer access to music videos, news clips, movie trailers, full length TV shows and user generated content. The portal, AOL Video ...

  38. Publishers File Suit Against Digital Services

    May 16, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Apple, Napster, RealNetworks among those named. A small group of independent music publishers filed a class action lawsuit May 16 against major online music services for failing to secure licenses to sell downloads. The copyright infringement suit ...

  39. The Orchard Launches Video Service

    January 19, 2006 12:00 AM EST Will market to services including iTunes. The Orchard, the online independent music distributor and marketer, has launched a new digital video distribution service. In addition to the videos from the labels which the Orchard represents, additional ...

  40. Google Adds Music Search Function

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Yahoo! launched similar tool earlier this year. Yahoo! launched similar tool earlier this year. News ...

  41. Google Adds Music Search Function

    December 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Yahoo! unveiled a similar tool earlier this year. Online powerhouse Google has added a new music search function to its popular search engine. Music searches on Google will provide basic song and album data, album art, pictures, reviews, as well a ...

  42. Paxson CEO Out As Part Of NBC Uni Settlement

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal and broadcaster Paxson Communications unveiled a broad new agreement Nov. 7 that settles their long-standing legal and financial disputes. NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- NBC Universal and broadcaster Paxson Communications unvei ...

  43. DEMX Awards Finalists Revealed

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Microsoft, Yahoo!, AOL, Napster lead noms. Microsoft, Yahoo!, AOL, Napster lead noms. News ...

  44. DEMX Awards Finalists Revealed

    November 11, 2005 12:00 AM EST Microsoft, Yahoo!, AOL, Napster lead noms. Billboard and Digital Media Wire today announced the finalists for the 2nd annual DEMX Awards. Winners will be revealed at an awards gala dinner that will be held on Thursday, December 1 from 7-10 PM at t ...

  45. AOL Acquires Circuit City's MusicNow

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST America Online said Nov. 3 it has purchased from Circuit City the electronics retailer's MusicNow asset for an undisclosed amount, giving the Time Warner unit a service that looks a lot like the legit (The Hollywood Reporter) -- America Onlin ...

  46. MySpace.com Creates Own Label

    November 03, 2005 12:00 AM EST Imprint to run through Interscope, Fontana. MySpace.com, one of the top music destinations on the Internet, is starting its own record label. The imprint, to be manufactured by Universal Music Group's Interscope Records and distributed by Uni ...

  47. Yahoo! Adds Podcasting

    October 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Service joins Apple, AOL, Blinkx. The podcasting world continues to grow, with Yahoo! introducing its version of a podcast aggregation service. Yahoo! Podcasts, currently offered as a public beta test service, allows users to search for podcasts b ...

  48. Nielsen Adds Tethered Digital Tracking

    September 26, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nielsen Entertainment's Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) will begin tracking tethered digital music downloads, in reponse to the growing business of on-demand music subscription services. Nielsen Entertainment's Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) ...

  49. News Corp. Buys IGN Ent.

    September 13, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. on Sept. 8 made another step toward becoming an Internet powerhouse, unveiling an agreement to acquire online community and entertainment firm IGN Entertainment for about $ NEW YORK (The Hollywood Reporter) -- Rupe ...

  50. Multi-Network Telethon Set For Katrina Relief

    September 08, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul Simon, Rod Stewart and the Dixie Chicks are among the artists that will perform during "Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast" a live telethon to be U2, Alicia Keys, Garth Brooks, Paul S ...

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