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  1. Google Revenue Up 11 Percent on Search, YouTube Growth

    July 16, 2015 6:01 PM EDT Google's second quarter earnings exceeded expectations Thursday, when the search giant announced that it earned $6.99 per share, 29 cents more than Wall Street's estimated $6.70 per share.  Revenue shot up 11 percent during the second qu ...

  2. YouTube's User Personalization 'Going Granular' to Double Its Reach

    June 04, 2015 7:45 PM EDT YouTube is in the process of doubling its users, or trying to at least. And considering the video streaming service currently reaches more than 1 billion people, that should be quite the feat.  The key lies in tailored viewing experiences, accordi ...

  3. The Enterprising Fans of New Music: When Listeners Become Their Own Music Supervisor

    March 12, 2015 9:05 AM EDT By themselves, any of the numbers are sobering for broadcast radio. In the 2015 version of Edison Research's "Infinite Dial" survey, respondents between ages 12-to-24  who say that it is "very important" or "somewhat ...

  4. Freeplay Music Sues Maker Studios, Awesomeness Over Alleged Use of Unlicensed Music

    February 18, 2015 12:04 PM EST On Tuesday, Disney's Maker Studios, DreamWorks Animation's Awesomeness, Big Frame and BroadbandTV Corp. were all slammed with lawsuits that aim to rip the lid off of unlicensed music on YouTube. The copyright infringement claims against ...

  5. TuneCore Unveils 'YouTube Money' to Help Artists Monetize Tracks

    October 21, 2014 9:22 AM EDT Digital distributor TuneCore has announced the launch of YouTube Money, a new service that gives all TuneCore-associated artists a way to further monetize their recordings on YouTube. According to TuneCore, artists choose which tracks they want ...

  6. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud,' Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material -- from Lorde ’s The Love Club EP (which ultimately earned her a record deal with Lava/Republ ...

  7. U.K. to Introduce Age-Based Rating System for Online Music Videos

    August 20, 2014 8:10 AM EDT Overtly sexual and explicit music videos distributed online are to carry advisory age ratings in the United Kingdom from October as part of a pilot scheme 'to help parents protect their children from graphic content,'  British Prime Mini ...

  8. Twitch, Live Video Streaming Giant, to Silence Illegal Audio

    August 07, 2014 8:28 AM EDT Twitch, the streaming video service most well-known for webcasting major video game events, has announced it is implementing a copyright identification system for audio within its videos. It has been rumored since mid-May that Google is planning t ...

  9. YouTube's Fred Beteille Elected Music Biz Chairman

    August 04, 2014 2:35 PM EDT YouTube product manager Fred Beteille has been elected chairman of the Music Business Association (Music Biz) board of directors. The move follows the departure of longtime chair Rachelle Friedman , of J&R Music & Computer World, who annou ...

  10. Former Machinima Exec Sanjay Sharma Joins Russell Simmons' All Def Digital

    July 21, 2014 4:47 PM EDT Sanjay Sharma joins the digital entertainment network as its first president and chief operating officer. All Def Digital, the entertainment network co-founded by music mogul Russell Simmons, has appointed Sanjay Sharma its first president and chi ...

  11. Capitol Music Group and Producer Rodney Jerkins Enter Label Partnership

    July 21, 2014 2:13 PM EDT Grammy winner's Evolve Music Group roster includes Diana Ross’ son Evan Ross. Capitol Music Group (CMG) and Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Rodney Jerkins have signed a multi-year, worldwide agreement on behalf of the latter’s Evolve ...

  12. Two Google Execs Cozy Up to Spotify (Report)

    July 21, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Two Google executives, one former and one current, are getting (very) close to Spotify, according to a report from Re/code this afternoon. Omid Kordestani, Google's current interim chief business officer, will be joining Spotify's board, ...

  13. YouTube Blocks Original RickRoll Video

    July 18, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Rick Astley, you said you wouldn't desert us. YouTube has restricted access to a seven-year-old video upload that spawned the still-popular RickRoll meme, in which people trick others into watching Astley shimmy in his cheesy "Never Gonn ...

  14. Play Store Now Drives Google’s Fastest-Growing Revenue Segment

    July 17, 2014 6:53 PM EDT Sales of apps and content via the Google Play store are primarily responsible for a half-billion dollar revenue increase year-over-year at Google’s fastest-growing business segment, executives reported during the company’s second-quarter earnings ...

  15. Copyright Is Over – If You Want It (Guest Post)

    July 15, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Christian Marclay's massively popular artwork "The Clock" is comprised of thousands of preexisting film clips strung together into a 24-hour minute-by-minute cycle. It's been widely celebrated, attended by crowds around the ...

  16. Live Nation and Yahoo Announce Initial Lineup for Live Stream Concert Partnership

    July 11, 2014 12:02 PM EDT Live Nation and Yahoo have announced the first round of artists scheduled to participate in their new live concert streaming partnership. More than 40 acts (see full list below) are confirmed for the new channel, which will stream one live con ...

  17. YouTube Plans Prepaid Mobile Data Service In India

    July 08, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Google-owned YouTube has struck a deal with Indian cellular service provider Tata DoCoMo to offer a discounted prepaid video data plan , giving consumers an inexpensive alternative to music subscriptions in the world’s second most populous countr ...

  18. The Monstercat Label Model: From YouTube Channel to One Million Record Sales

    July 08, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Monstercat CEO and founder Mike Darlington never intended to make a record label. “People don’t need record labels anymore,” he says. “Artists can do everything on their own. So we either had to do it for them better or provide a platform and mark ...

  19. Music Vault Releases Treasure Trove of Archived Concert Footage to YouTube

    July 08, 2014 10:27 AM EDT Today, online concert footage archive Music Vault is releasing 17,318 videos on its YouTube , give or take a few. "There are probably a couple that will fall out because we still need to go through and scrub for quality," says Bill Sa ...

  20. YouTube Re-Negotiating with Indies Following Outcry (Report)

    July 06, 2014 12:06 PM EDT YouTube has softened its posture in negotiations on a new streaming music service with indie label trade bodies following an uproar in the past weeks over several provisions in the proposed contract, according to a report from the Financial Time ...

  21. Ed Sheeran's New Spotify Record, in Perspective

    July 02, 2014 3:07 PM EDT In its first week of release, Ed Sheeran's "x" generated 6.25 million streams in the U.K. at Spotify -- a new record for the streaming service -- and over 6 million streams in the U.S. The album also set a Spotify record for global ...

  22. SoundCloud vs. Users' Uploads? It's Nothing That Controversial, Really

    July 02, 2014 2:17 PM EDT Does the Universal Music Group have unfettered access to SoundCloud? A minor furor has erupted over SoundCloud's removal of a DJ's radio show and the supposed access SoundCloud gave to Universal Music Group in removing it. An email exc ...

  23. Rebelution Scores Best-Selling Debut Sales Week with 'Count Me In'

    July 01, 2014 10:43 AM EDT “Count Me In," the fourth album from California reggae band Rebelution, released on June 10 as a joint venture between the band’s 87 Music label and New York City's reggae independent Easy Star Records, is their second consecutive debut ...

  24. After a Year of Experimentation, BitTorrent Bundle Wants to Make Artists (and Itself) Money

    June 29, 2014 9:49 AM EDT After hitting the '100 million' milestone, BitTorrent, the data transfer protocol long associated with piracy, continues to try and clear its name. One year and 100 million legal downloads later, the BitTorrent Bundle platform — an ...

  25. IMPALA Files Complaint Against YouTube with European Commission

    June 27, 2014 4:54 PM EDT IMPALA, the trade group of European indie labels, has finally filed a complaint with the European Commission against YouTube, which has been accused of engaging in antitrust conduct. Warner Music Working With Impala, Merlin to Sell Parlophone Asse ...

  26. Ex-Google Exec Alexis Giles Named SoundCloud Director of Business Development

    June 27, 2014 2:42 PM EDT Alexis Giles is the new director of business development at SoundCloud. Based in San Francisco, Giles will look to develop partnerships for the company with platform and distribution partners. Exploration.io's Aaron Davis on Maximizing YouT ...

  27. YouTube Announces Crowdfunding, Donations, Free Music

    June 27, 2014 9:22 AM EDT At the annual VidCon confabulation in Anaheim, California yesterday, YouTube's Susan Wojcicki unveiled a number of additions and features that the site will be adding over the coming months, including links to creators' crowdfunding pr ...

  28. Google's I/O Developer Conference: More of the Same, But From Google This Time

    June 25, 2014 5:18 PM EDT The company unveiled a smattering of offerings, mostly intended to compete with much of the same from other tech giants. Google revealed a host of updates around its Android operating system, mostly targeting developers, at its 2014 I/O event Thur ...

  29. How Grown-Up Beliebers Influenced Ed Sheeran's Pop Stardom

    June 25, 2014 4:32 PM EDT Ed Sheeran released his second full-length album, "x" (as in "multiply") in the U.S. on Monday (June 23), and it's reasonable to expect a very healthy debut sales week. For an artist without much in the way of previous cha ...

  30. Disgust, In Digest: The Top Five Reasons Indies Are Mad at YouTube

    June 23, 2014 4:12 PM EDT Last week, Billboard obtained a typical contract being offered by YouTube to its indie label partners for its new subscription service. Here's a breakdown of the five things that are really upsetting your favorite indie label. 1. YouTube i ...

  31. Drowning In Music: Whyd's Music Bookmarking App Hopes to Be Your Lifeboat

    June 23, 2014 11:04 AM EDT With the massive volume of music created and shared today, discovering a new song isn’t a problem -- remembering it is. Lucky for us, potentially, that music bookmarking service Whyd has released a free mobile app today to help listeners do just t ...

  32. U.K. Singles Chart To Incorporate Music Streams For First Time

    June 23, 2014 8:59 AM EDT The United Kingdom’s Official Singles Chart is to undergo one of the biggest shake-ups in its 62-year history next month when it begins incorporating audio streams for the first time.   The first Official Singles Chart Top 40 to include streaming ...

  33. Inside YouTube's Controversial Contract with Indies

    June 20, 2014 1:42 PM EDT Billboard has obtained a typical contract being offered by YouTube to its indie label partners for its new subscription service. The devil is in the numbers, but also in the overall strategy. Even though YouTube is said to be offering lower r ...

  34. A2IM Head Bengloff Strikes Out at Majors, RIAA, Amazon and YouTube in Keynote

    June 20, 2014 8:47 AM EDT In his keynote address, A2IM president Rich Bengloff said that the trade group's board members cited the main issue their business is facing is how music licensing transactions were evolving and the concept of digital breakage. "Breakage ...

  35. The World Cup's Top 10 Syncs (Watch)

    June 19, 2014 6:15 PM EDT World Cup ads put music’s reputation as the “universal language” to the test in a crowded field where the choice of the song can mean a win or lose for any brand.  This year’s World Cup sponsorship is up 40% from 2010, according to a study by Mc ...

  36. How YouTube's Subscription Terms Will Hurt Indies – No Content Removal Required

    June 18, 2014 1:25 PM EDT 16 1.009 k 149 0 YouTube might not, in fact, take down music from indies it doesn’t have an agreement with... but it won’t pay them either. Right after Amazon appeared to take independent labels for granted with a take-it-or-leave-it payment scheme for it ...

  37. Behind Google's Failed Bid for Playlisting Startup 8tracks

    June 17, 2014 2:15 PM EDT In Google’s quest to acquire a music service, it appears that playlists are a priority . Playlist repository site 8tracks rejected a buyout offer from Google last fall, according to a source close to the San Francisco-based company. The search gia ...

  38. YouTube Confirms Subscription Service Imminent, Warns of Takedowns

    June 17, 2014 12:00 PM EDT 71 4.982 k 303 0 YouTube has confirmed it is close to launching its music subscription service, even as it in the process of pulling down some of the biggest indie label acts in a dispute over payments. Google Transfers VP of Engineering Venkat Panchapake ...

  39. Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith and Linkin Park Lead Mini-Super Tuesday

    June 13, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Next week's No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 seems secure, as industry forecasters say Jack White's "Lazaretto" should bow atop the list without competition. But, look to the following week's list, and the tally should be ...

  40. Chart Moves: Florida Georgia Line On A 'Roll' With Jason Derulo Remix; Jamie N Commons, X Ambassadors Surge Thanks To Beats, 'Orange Is The New Black' Synchs; Ricky Martin's 'Vida' Vaults

    June 13, 2014 12:29 PM EDT As previously reported, Iggy Azalea spends a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, while holding at No. 2 as a guest on Ariana Grande's "Problem." Plus, Sam Smith soars 19-10 with ...

  41. Honda Pouring Over $50 Million Ad Dollars Into New Music Platform, Honda Stage

    June 11, 2014 3:04 PM EDT As the United States' fifth-largest automotive advertiser in terms of total spending (according to 2012 figures from WPP’s marketing analytics firm Kantar), Honda has relied heavily on television to achieve the mass-audience reach it requires ...

  42. New Signings: The Orchard Signs CYHSY, Angaleena Presley Joins Slate Creek, Round Hill Music Nabs Tesla

    June 09, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.     RECORD LABELS  -- Northern California “hip-pop” duo Kalin and Myles sign ...

  43. WIN's Alison Wenham on Licensing Imbroglio: 'YouTube Is Trying To Devalue the Streaming Market'

    June 06, 2014 2:41 PM EDT The on-going dispute between independent labels trade body The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) and YouTube over licensing terms for its new music subscription service shows no sign of abating. On Wednesday June 4, it was confirmed that the Eur ...

  44. Ariana Grande, Iggy Azalea Dominate Billboard's Twitter & Social Charts

    June 05, 2014 4:42 PM EDT Ariana Grande takes the lead of the first weekly Twitter Top Tracks chart as "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea, comes in as the most shared song on the social service for the week. Azalea's own "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX ...

  45. A2IM, WIN Join to Fight YouTube's Licensing Tack

    June 05, 2014 10:30 AM EDT A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music, has joined its European counterparts in asking the regulatory agencies to intervene on their behalf with YouTube, which it accuses of using heavy-handed tactics to force them to license the vide ...

  46. Indie Music Labels Set to File Complaint Over YouTube's 'Strong-Arm' Tactics

    June 04, 2014 9:03 AM EDT The industry body that represents independent music labels worldwide says it has had enough of YouTube's aggressive negotiating tactics and will bring its case to the European Commission for review. The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), wh ...

  47. Worldwide Independent Network to File Complaint Over YouTube's 'Strong-Arm' Tactics

    June 04, 2014 7:22 AM EDT The industry body that represents independent music labels worldwide says it has had enough of YouTube's aggressive negotiating tactics and will bring its case to the European Commission for review. The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN), wh ...

  48. PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Hits 2 Billion YouTube Views

    May 31, 2014 1:08 AM EDT PSY's "Gangnam Style" has hit an unprecedented milestone – again. The mega-hit has just become the first video in history to surpass two billion views on YouTube, a little more than 17 months after becoming the first to surpass the ...

  49. Apple’s Beats Deal: Why Content Is No Longer King (Guest Post)

    May 30, 2014 2:50 PM EDT Benedict Evans is partner at Andreessen Horowitz. Previously, he was a strategy consultant in London, and worked in strategy at NBC Universal, Channel 4 and Orange. Follow him on  his blog , and on Twitter @BenedictEvans . Apple's Beats dea ...

  50. Exploration.io's Aaron Davis on Maximizing YouTube and SoundCloud (Q&A)

    May 23, 2014 10:42 AM EDT Aaron Davis helps content owners take maximum advantage of YouTube and SoundCloud via the services of Exploration.io, the comprehensive digital media management company he founded and where he serves as CEO. Last month, Davis spoke at a SESAC-spon ...

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