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  1. Composers Seek Change In Copyright Law

    June 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Nathan Barr has scored horror films such as "Hostel" and the HBO vampire series "True Blood," but what really keeps the composer up at night is fear he will not get paid for music distributed online. "'True Blood' ...

  2. Business Briefs: EMI, Hastings, Ingrid Michaelson

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A report says EMI is likely to sell off the Olympic recording studio in southwest London. ( Times Online ) -- Entertainment retailer Hastings reported net earnings of about $1.7 million for the three month period ended April 30, 2009. Revenues ...

  3. Billboard Q&A: Napster COO Christopher Allen

    May 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Is there a mobile aspect to this new $5 streaming tier? Any Napster Mobile app for these new smartphones with app stores? Not at this time, other than the sideloading of MP3s. We are constantly evaluating different access points for the consumer. ...

  4. Sources: Rio Caraeff To Lead Vevo

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rio Caraeff, executive VP of UMG's eLabs, will be named president of music video service Vevo when it launches later this year, according to sources. In the meantime, Caraeff will continue as head of UMG's digital division, which is resp ...

  5. Q&A: CBS Interactive Music President David Goodman

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT CBS Corp. this week merged its music-related businesses into a new unit, called the CBS Interactive Music group. It consists of the on-demand streaming music service Last.fm along with the interactive websites of every CBS radio station that offer ...

  6. The Music Industry's Hulu Plans

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The four major labels are interested in broadening their online video footprint by adding Hulu, a video site that streams on-demand television shows, to the list of online outlets that offers music videos, as previously reported by Billboard. Labe ...

  7. Analysis: The Industry's Next 'Free' Battle

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The music industry may have to face another battle against free music. Though the industry is looking to mobile as the bright spot for future growth, new signs point to limited interest of paid-for mobile music services. Instead, it seems, free mu ...

  8. UMG, Google In Deal For Video Service

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group and Google finalized their long-awaited deal to create a new music video service called Vevo, expected to launch before the end of the year. Vevo is designed as a central repository for all UMG video content initially—includi ...

  9. Digital Briefs: Activision, John Mellencamp, 'DJ Hero'

    March 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - Former Yahoo COO Dan Rosensweig has been named the new president and CEO of Activision Blizzard's Red Octane division, which is responsible for the "Guitar Hero" franchise. - John Mellencamp, in a Huffington Post article argues th ...

  10. SESAC Latina Summit Set For March

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST SESAC Latina is presenting a one-day conference that will discuss digital distribution specifically as it pertains to the Latin marketplace. The "Latin Music Digital Summit" 2009 will consist of one industry panel and a showcase featurin ...

  11. Brits Artists' Sales Surge

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST BRIT Awards performers and winners including Duffy, the Ting Tings and Elbow have already seen a digital sales bounce, following the TV broadcast of the ceremony. According to the Official Charts Co, there was an immediate impact on download sales ...

  12. No Deal Reached For DIMA, SoundExchange

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Digital Media Association and SoundExchange have failed to come to a compromise agreement on Internet radio royalty rates, setting the stage for a potentially massive realignment of the Internet radio industry. DiMA represents such companies a ...

  13. Google Profit Beats On Strong Ad Sales

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Google Inc's quarterly earnings beat Wall Street forecasts as strong advertising sales on its self-branded Web sites helped the Internet leader defy the gloom pervading the tech sector. The results, which sent Google shares up 2.6% in after-h ...

  14. MySpace To Launch Widget for TV

    January 09, 2009 12:00 AM EST MySpace is looking to make watching the tube a lot more social. The News Corp.-owned social networking giant has announced plans to launch MySpace Widget for TV, an application which essentially will serve as a mini version of the popular site tha ...

  15. Rhapsody Partners For TV Distribution

    January 08, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rhapsody, the music subscription joint venture between MTV and RealNetworks, has teamed up with several partners to bring the music service into the living room via new TVs and other products. The first is VIZIO's new "Connected HDTV&quo ...

  16. Conroy Exits AOL For Univision Digital Post

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Longtime AOL executive Kevin Conroy will exit the Time Warner-owned Web portal to lead Univision's varied digital operations, which the Spanish-language media giant is rebranding as Univision Interactive Media. As of Jan. 12 Conroy, who was m ...

  17. Digital Briefs: UMG, Shazam, Musicane

    December 15, 2008 12:00 AM EST - Universal Music Group ranked among the top 10 most-visited music sites, according to data from Comscore, just making the list behind sites like AOL, Yahoo and MySpace. - Song recognition app Shazam has introduced a new version of the software fo ...

  18. Yahoo, Telemundo to Shutter Yahoo Telemundo

    November 17, 2008 12:00 AM EST Yahoo and Telemundo have agreed to shut down the two-year old co-branded site Yahoo Telemundo by the end of 2008, as each company will essentially launch their own Spanish-language portal next year. On Jan. 1, Telemundo will roll out the stand alo ...

  19. MTV Overhauls Video Site

    October 28, 2008 12:00 AM EDT MTV has revamped its online music video streaming site under the banner MTVmusic.com , aggregating music videos, interviews and live footage into a Hulu-like portal aimed at reclaiming its title of king of the music video market. It's also ai ...

  20. Lala Introduces 'Virtual Ownership' Pricing Model

    October 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Lala , a digital music service that has experimented with several unique business models in the past, relaunched again this week with a new strategy that has won the backing and content of all four major labels as well as a host of independents. L ...

  21. Exclusive Billboard Q&A: UMG's Chairman/CEO Doug Morris

    October 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT What's impressive about Doug Morris' midtown Manhattan office presents itself in modest statements. In one corner is a giant white canvas with a charcoal scrawl of a little boy; it turns out to be a self-portrait by Universal Music Group ...

  22. Billboard To Participate In Advertising Week

    September 19, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Billboard will be participating in a number of events throughout Advertising Week, an annual gathering of advertising and media leaders in New York. All Billboard events will take place at the Nokia Theatre. On Sept. 23, Billboard and Yahoo will p ...

  23. Rhapsody, Yahoo Partner For Full-Song Stream Searches

    September 17, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Rhapsody is expanding its partnership with Yahoo to bring full-song streams to Yahoo search results. Beginning today (Sept. 17), any music-related search result on Yahoo’s search engine will be able to stream the entire song by selecting a “play” ...

  24. MySpace Music To Start With Major Ad Sponsors

    September 15, 2008 12:00 AM EDT News Corp's MySpace, the world's largest social networking site, said on Sunday its long-expected MySpace Music joint venture with three major music labels will launch with four major sponsors underwriting the costs of streaming free mus ...

  25. Spaceland, maniaTV Partner For Web Series

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Spaceland Recordings has partnered with independent online television network maniaTV to launch a 13-episode online concert series, titled At the Show. All concerts will be filmed at Los Angeles venues Spaceland, Echoplex and the Echo. The music s ...

  26. Ad-Supported Sites Navigate Tough Ad Market

    August 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT When MySpace flips the switch on its long-awaited music service next month, advertising-supported free streaming is expected to play a big role. But the social networking bellwether will launch during an economic slowdown, joining an existing ad-s ...

  27. Rhapsody Goes DRM-Free

    June 30, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Add Rhapsody to the ever-growing list of digital music retailers who have stripped DRM from their catalogs. The joint venture between RealNetworks and MTV Networks today (June 30) converted its entire database of five million songs to the unprotec ...

  28. The Indies Issue: The Visionaries

    June 20, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Here, Billboard presents 10 indie innovators who are taking risks and reaping the rewards. Click here to read more information about each innovator. Pennywise Take one venerable punk band, add a pioneering social networking site, throw cash from a ...

  29. Commentary: Court's Decision Is A Landmark For The Digital Age

    May 12, 2008 12:00 AM EDT The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York recently handed down a landmark decision upholding the rights of music creators in the Digital Age. By setting compensation rates for the public performance of music on three Internet s ...

  30. Plugged And Unplugged

    March 21, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Plugged M:Metrics revealed some staggering data this week about the iPhone. It found that while 6.7% of overall mobile users listened to music in some form or another on their phone, and 27.9% of smartphone users did the same, iPhone users blew th ...

  31. Report: MP3 Search Engine Gimado Raises Funds

    February 21, 2008 12:00 AM EST Music search engine Gimado has raised $300,000 in investment funding, according to social networking news site Mashable.com. Gimado launched in January and claims to work like Google or Yahoo, allowing users to do a search for MP3 files on the Int ...

  32. Digital Briefs: Pirate Bay, DoubleTwist, ARTISTdirect

    February 20, 2008 12:00 AM EST -Several tech sites are questioning whether Yahoo is filtering out search results for bitTorrent site Pirate Bay in cooperation with the major record labels. A search for Pirate Bay on Yahoo brings up links to a Wikipedia page and stories about th ...

  33. Tech Firms Respond To McGuinness Blast

    February 01, 2008 12:00 AM EST Paul McGuinness's big-hitting speech at this year's Midem has inspired a wave of reaction, not all of it positive. The U2 manager's lecture became one of the 42nd annual trade fair's hottest talking points, when he used its pod ...

  34. Yahoo To Cut Staff

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Internet giant Yahoo announced it plans to cut 1,000 jobs as part of a restructuring that has been long rumored. Exactly where the cuts will come was not revealed, but said it will come from "low profit" areas. Rumors have been swirling ...

  35. McGuinness Speech In Full

    January 29, 2008 12:00 AM EST The full script of the speech everyone is talking about in Cannes, as made by U2 manager Paul McGuinness at Midem. McGuinness: "Good afternoon and thank you for giving me this opportunity. I don't make many speeches and this is an import ...

  36. Sides Chosen In Royalty Tussle

    January 28, 2008 12:00 AM EST WASHINGTON -- Music publishers, the record labels and digital music distribution outlets began a three-way legal wrestling match today (Jan. 28) over just how much songwriters and the publishing houses should get paid for digitally delivered music ...

  37. NBC Universal Pulls Content From iTunes

    December 03, 2007 12:00 AM EST NBC Universal made good on its declared intent to pull all of its content from Apple's iTunes, following through during the weekend as its contract with the platform expired. This comes as two separate research reports were published Monday a ...

  38. Bosé, Bisbal Win Big At Premios Amigos

    November 29, 2007 12:00 AM EST Miguel Bosé and David Bisbal took the top awards at Spain's revived Premios Amigo on Nov. 27 in Madrid, as the top-selling Spanish artist of the past year and most-popular artist, respectively. The 30-year veteran Bosé won for his latest albu ...

  39. Touring Panel Spotlights Best Promotion Strategies

    November 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Raising awareness for concerts and music-related events among fans is an ongoing challenge for those in the music business. A discussion about how to best reach concertgoers was the topic of yesterday's (Nov. 15) "You Oughta Know" p ...

  40. Spain's Premios Amigo Returns Nov. 27

    November 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Spain's top music award gala, Premios Amigo, is returning on Nov. 27 after a five-year hiatus. Organizers Promusicae initially cancelled the event in protest to high levels of music piracy, which in recent years has reached an estimated 50%. ...

  41. Qloud Launches With Impressive Key Investors

    November 01, 2007 12:00 AM EDT After more than a year in beta and a three-month trial on Facebook, the Qloud music service, and its My Music Facebbok application, have officially gone live. The Qloud My Music application allows users and their friends to stream their entire iTu ...

  42. Hispanic Women Power 25

    October 11, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In selecting the 25 Hispanic Women in Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard focused exclusively on behind-the-scenes players within the film, TV and music industries and only included performers who are also active as producers, writ ...

  43. MSG Overhauls Web Sites

    September 19, 2007 12:00 AM EDT MSG Entertainment's New York venues are getting a brand new digital image. The company has revealed that Web sites for Madison Square Garden , Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre have been newly resigned, while a brand new site has been ...

  44. Yahoo's Social Networks Kicks Off

    September 17, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Yahoo is revving up the competition against social networking sites with Mash, which launched today in a limited public trial mode. Unlike Yahoo's previous stab at social networking -- Yahoo 360 -- Mash does not integrate with other Yahoo app ...

  45. SoundExchange Offers Small Webcasters Deal

    August 22, 2007 12:00 AM EDT SoundExchange is offering an olive branch of sorts to smaller Internet radio outlets as part of an ongoing negotiation over royalty rates. Under the new proposal, webcasters who make less than $1.25 million in total yearly revenue can continue pay ...

  46. Major League Soccer Kicks-Off 'Represent' Campaign

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT With David Beckham's recent arrival stateside to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy, Major League Soccer and sponsor Adidas are hoping to further galvanize fans with team anthems. Music branding company Rock River Music and digital marketer EVB ...

  47. Plugged And Unplugged

    August 03, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Plugged: AT&T's full-song mobile music download partnership with eMusic almost has it right. Almost. I like the fact that the operator is partnering with companies that have expertise in digital music and I like the fact that it exposes a ...

  48. Copyright Tribunal Endorses Online Royalty Settlement

    July 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The U.K. Copyright Tribunal has endorsed the settlement agreement for online and mobile royalty rates reached between the MCPS-PRS Alliance and a string of online music companies. According to the Alliance, the Tribunal decision confirms an agreem ...

  49. Radio's 'Day Of Silence'

    June 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Don't expect to tune into your favorite Web radio station today. Odds are they're off the air. That's because the Webcaster radio community is conducting a "National Day of Silence" to protest the Collective Royalty Board& ...

  50. KCRW Protests New Internet Royalties

    June 21, 2007 12:00 AM EDT KCRW 89.9, a Los Angeles radio station, will shut down its 3 internet radio webstreams on June 26 in protest of new internet royalty rates. The elevated rates were determined by the Copyright Royalty Board in March. Barring any changes, the new ra ...

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