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  1. Last.fm To Launch Music VOD Feature

    May 09, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Last.fm is launching a new music video on demand offering, as well as a music video recommendation feature. Indie labels Ninja Tune, Nettwerk Music Group, Domino, Warp and Mute are among the independent labels supplying videos from playback at lau ...

  2. K-Fed Branded Search Engine Launches

    March 20, 2007 12:00 AM EDT In the strangest digital entertainment development in recent memory, Kevin Federline -- the former Mr. Britney Spears -- has launched his own branded search engine in partnership with Web media firm Prodege.com. Powered by Yahoo, the searchwithkev ...

  3. Virtual Idol

    March 15, 2007 12:00 AM EDT While the other broadcast networks look with envy at the iron grip Fox's "American Idol" has on audiences, the show's creators have ensured that its reach goes well beyond its successful primetime slot-all in the name of extend ...

  4. Yahoo's Taiwanese Biz To Shutter Download Service

    March 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Yahoo-Kimo, Yahoo's Taiwanese subsidiary, says it will shut down its music-download service on March 27. Yahoo-Kimo Music launched on March 15, 2006 on a free trial basis and started to charge users on March 27, 2006. "We're termina ...

  5. ASCAP, Digital Services Kick Off Rate Proceedings

    March 01, 2007 12:00 AM EST In what promises to be one of the most hotly contested copyright issues this year, the question of whether downloading a song means that there is a "public performance" of a composition is now officially for a federal court judge in New ...

  6. UMG Ready For More Innovative Deals And Lawsuits

    February 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Zach Horowitz, Universal Music Group president/COO, made a rare public speech during Grammy week here to provide entertainment lawyers with some context to the company's recent initiatives. The company will not shy away from suing social netw ...

  7. Japan's Mixi Starts Video Sharing Service

    February 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Mixi, Japan's biggest social network service, has launched a video file-sharing operation that it says will "revitalize" communication between the company's eight million users. Videos shared through the service cannot be longe ...

  8. Live Nation To Press Button On Web Initiative

    January 31, 2007 12:00 AM EST Live Nation is making a push to be the online hub of all event listings. Beginning next week, the company -- the world's largest promoter -- will offer any venue or promoter the ability to upload event listings and information directly to liv ...

  9. Universal Music CEO Hawkish On Licensing Deals

    January 16, 2007 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group CEO Doug Morris resents that MTV and other cable music channels built multibillion-dollar businesses around videos given away by record companies anxious to promote their artists. So when he saw his own grandson watching 50 C ...

  10. Apple Unveils Long-Awaited iPhone

    January 09, 2007 12:00 AM EST Saying the goal was "to reinvent the phone," Apple CEO Steve Jobs delivered on all expectations today by introducing the much anticipated iPhone -- one part touchscreen video iPod, one part mobile phone, and one part "Internet commu ...

  11. Ezpeer Revives Kuro In Taiwan

    January 08, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kuro, previously Taiwan's largest peer-to-peer network, launched on Jan. 1 a new Web site featuring a music-download service provided by Ezpeer, another local download service. Kuro Web manager Patrick Cheng says the two companies are now tal ...

  12. Report: Kuro Sheds Users After P2P Block

    November 10, 2006 12:00 AM EST Taiwan service loses 70%-plus users. Kuro, previously Taiwan's biggest P2P network, has lost more than 70% of its subscribers since it shut down its illegal peer-to-peer service, according to a survey by Taipei-based online market research fi ...

  13. Yahoo! Music Teams With Nissan For Web, TV Program

    October 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Show kicks off Nov. 15 with Aguilera, Incubus. Yahoo! Music has entered into a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with Nissan North America to create a new music program for both the Web and TV called "Nissan Live Sets on Yahoo! Music.&quo ...

  14. Yahoo! Music Teams With Nissan For Web, TV Program

    October 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Yahoo! Music has entered into a multi-million dollar sponsorship deal with Nissan North America to create a new music program for both the Web and TV called "Nissan Live Sets on Yahoo! Music." Yahoo! Music has entered into a multi-millio ...

  15. AOL To Offer Movie, TV Show Downloads

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Internet giant inks deal with Paramount. Movies and television shows from Paramount Pictures will be available for sale through AOL's new video portal under a deal announced Monday. Classics such as "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and ...

  16. AOL To Offer Movie, TV Show Downloads

    October 23, 2006 12:00 AM EDT AOL and Paramount Pictures have signed a deal that will allow AOL to sell downloadable versions of Paramount films and television shows through its new video portal. Consumers will own the movies and Movies and television shows from Paramount Pict ...

  17. Partial Settlement Reached Over Digital Royalty Rates

    September 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Groups agree on rates for mobile and online uses. A partial settlement over publishers' royalty rates for digital uses was reached today (Sept. 29) as U.K. Copyright Tribunal proceeding were scheduled to begin in London. British labels' ...

  18. Singer To Split With U.K.'s MCPS-PRS

    September 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Adam Singer has tendered his resignation as group CEO of Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance, just 18 months after joining the collecting society. Adam Singer has tendered his resignation as group CEO of Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance, just 18 mont ...

  19. Singer To Split With U.K.'s MCPS-PRS

    September 19, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Adam Singer has tendered his resignation as group CEO of Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance, just 18 months after joining the collecting society. Adam Singer has tendered his resignation as group CEO of Britain's MCPS-PRS Alliance, just 18 mont ...

  20. MTV's 'Urge' Set For Launch

    May 15, 2006 12:00 AM EDT To kick off with 2 million tracks. The underperforming digital subscription business has a new would-be savior: MTV. The music and lifestyle giant on Wednesday (May 17) will unveil its long anticipated digital music service, Urge. MTV tapped Micro ...

  21. Mobile Service Aimed At Tech-savvy Launches

    May 02, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Includes a wireless version of MySpace. Helio, the new mobile service jointly developed by the founders of Earthlink and Korea’s SK Telekom, is now live. Using airtime rented from Sprint, Helio aims to attract young, tech-savvy youngsters though a ...

  22. ASCAP Revenues Up $50M In 2005

    March 13, 2006 12:00 AM EST ASCAP reported increased revenues for 2005 totaling more than $749 million, $50 million more than the prior year. The 6% increase resulted in royalty payments to members topping $645 million. ASCAP reported increased revenues for 2005 totaling mor ...

  23. MySpace Offers Streaming Videos

    February 02, 2006 12:00 AM EST Service to be free to site members. MySpace.com is adding a streaming video-on-demand service to its site, initially offering members access to music videos from Universal Music Group. The social networking site will make the streaming video avail ...

  24. SST To Offer Catalog Through The Orchard

    January 11, 2006 12:00 AM EST Independent record label SST Records is making its catalog available for digital download for the first time through a distribution deal with The Orchard. Independent record label SST Records is making its catalog available for digital download fo ...

  25. Musicians Dominate Yahoo Searches

    December 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST Yahoo released its 2005 report on top searches this week, and while music sales may have kept falling during those 12 months, the popularity of music and music stars remained as popular as ever. Yahoo released its 2005 report on top searches this ...

  26. IODA Strikes Japan Distribution Pacts

    November 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST San Francisco-based Independent Online Distribution Alliance has secured worldwide rights to digitally distribute content from several leading independent Japanese labels and distributors, including D San Francisco-based Independent Online Distrib ...

  27. IODA Strikes Japan Distribution Pacts

    November 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST San Francisco-based Independent Online Distribution Alliance has secured worldwide rights to digitally distribute content from several leading independent Japanese labels and distributors, including D San Francisco-based Independent Online Distrib ...

  28. File-Trading Network i2Hub Shuts Down

    November 22, 2005 12:00 AM EST The i2Hub college-based file-trading network shut down suddenly Nov. 14, apparently the result of ongoing legal challenges by the music and entertainment industry in the wake of the Grokster Supreme C LOS ANGELES -- The i2Hub college-based file-tr ...

  29. File-Trading Network i2Hub Shuts Down

    November 15, 2005 12:00 AM EST Abruptly stopped operating Nov. 14. The i2Hub college-based file-trading network shut down suddenly Nov. 14, apparently the result of ongoing legal challenges by the music and entertainment industry in the wake of the Grokster Supreme Court ruling ...

  30. Groups Differ Over Webcasting Royalty Rates

    November 08, 2005 12:00 AM EST The debate over royalty rates for non-interactive webcasts is heating up. Two major groups -- one representing webcasters and one representing record labels and recording artists -- filed vastly diffe WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The debate over royalty ra ...

  31. Groups Differ Over Webcasting Royalty Rates

    November 02, 2005 12:00 AM EST Label/artists vs. webcasters. The debate over webcasting royalty rates is heating up. Two major groups-one representing webcasters, and one representing record labels and recording artists--filed vastly different recommendations with the new Copyr ...

  32. RealNetworks Partners With Ex-Foe Microsoft

    October 18, 2005 12:00 AM EDT RealNetworks settled its antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft for $761 million, in a deal designed to help both parties better compete against rivals Apple Computer and Yahoo in the battle for digital LOS ANGELES -- RealNetworks settled its antitru ...

  33. UMG To Tap Into New Revenue Streams

    October 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music said it is transforming itself into a broader entertainment company that derives more revenue from untapped sources like advertising. UMG senior executives discussed their strategy wit Universal Music, the world's largest reco ...

  34. Ask Jeeves To Drop Butler Mascot, Change Name

    October 04, 2005 12:00 AM EDT The genteel butler that has been Ask Jeeves Inc.'s face for nearly a decade is getting ousted in a corporate takeover. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The genteel butler that has been Ask Jeeves Inc.'s face for nearly a decade is getting ousted in ...

  35. AIM, eMusic Sign Licensing Pact

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U.S. digital music firm eMusic has entered into a licensing collaboration with British trade group the Assn. of Independent Music. It will initially make available 10,000 titles to download via the Am U.S. digital music firm eMusic has entered int ...

  36. AIM, eMusic Sign Licensing Pact

    September 21, 2005 12:00 AM EDT U.S. digital music firm eMusic has entered into a licensing collaboration with British trade group the Assn. of Independent Music. It will initially make available 10,000 titles to download via the Am U.S. digital music firm eMusic has entered int ...

  37. Concord, American Greetings Enter Digital Pact

    September 14, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Myriad of content being created. Concord Music Group has chosen American Greetings Interactive to develop and distribute digital products and services based on its entire music catalog. The two have partnered to create such applications as rington ...

  38. Ad Agency Jumps In Music Biz

    August 10, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Successful campaign fuels demand for release. In an ad agency first, BBDO Detroit is partnering with New York music production house Joel Simon Music (JSM) to produce and release the mash-up "Unleashed" -- and an accompanying video. The ...

  39. Muze Adds To Management Team

    July 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Grabs vets from All Music Guide, Musicmatch. Muze has beefed up its management staff, bringing aboard two veterans from the All Media Guide and one from MusicMatch. The New York-based information company, which was acquired in May by Enterprise Pa ...

  40. After Grokster, Can Music Business Save Itself?

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT When the Supreme Court handed down a decision in the MGM vs. Grokster case, the news wires immediately heralded it as a "sweeping victory" for our industry. Then, of all people, former Recording Indus Fred Goldring is a founding partner ...

  41. Behind the Deal: Grokster and the Future -- An Interview with John Frankenheimer

    July 12, 2005 12:00 AM EDT After the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the entertainment industry in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios vs. Grokster on June 27, attorney John Frankenheimer shared his thoughts with <i>Billboard/ELW</i>. Fr After the U.S. Supreme Court sided ...

  42. MusicNet To Power Store For Portables

    June 07, 2005 12:00 AM EDT WiFi-connected devices due on market this year. MusicNet will power a new digital music service from MusicGremlin, a New York-based developer of direct-to-device wireless music technology. Under terms of the agreement, MusicNet will support and pr ...

  43. How Many More Monthly Fees Can Consumers Stand?

    May 31, 2005 12:00 AM EDT There's a spirited debate going on between those who think &#224; la carte downloads are the key to music's digital future and those who see subscription services as the cure for what ails the music b Ken Schlager is co-executive edi ...

  44. How Many More Monthly Fees Can Consumers Stand?

    May 24, 2005 12:00 AM EDT There's a spirited debate going on between those who think &#224; la carte downloads are the key to music's digital future and those who see subscription services as the cure for what ails the music b Ken Schlager is co-executive edi ...

  45. The Orchard, Shanachie Shake On Exclusive Deal

    May 20, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Deal covers worldwide distribution, marketing. The Orchard has inked an exclusive worldwide digital distribution and marketing deal with Shanachie Entertainment, Billboard has learned. The Orchard will distribute Shanachie’s catalog through online ...

  46. Sony BMG Wants $ For VOD

    May 19, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Digital programmers told to take down content. Sony BMG is now requiring compensation for the inclusion of its repertoire in online video-on-demand services. The major label struck a VOD distribution agreement with a yet unannounced leading online ...

  47. Clear Channel Plans Web Performance Series

    March 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Rob Thomas, John Legend on board for 'Stripped.' Clear Channel Communications plans to make a big push into the Internet radio space next month with a new performance series that will be syndicated weekly to hundreds of its local-station ...

  48. Yahoo Japan Launches Download Site

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Music Download, Yahoo Japan's first foray into the music-download business, went live today (Feb. 24), just three days after plans for the service were announced. Yahoo Music Download, Yahoo Japan's first foray into the music-downl ...

  49. Yahoo Japan Launches Download Site

    February 24, 2005 12:00 AM EST Yahoo Music Download, Yahoo Japan's first foray into the music-download business, went live today (Feb. 24), just three days after plans for the service were announced. Yahoo Music Download, Yahoo Japan's first foray into the music-downl ...

  50. AIM Relaunches Digital Arm

    January 20, 2005 12:00 AM EST U.K. independent labels trade body the Assn. of Independent Music has relauched its new media arm. U.K. independent labels trade body the Assn. of Independent Music has relauched its new media arm. AIM Digital, formerly known as Musicindie, will n ...

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