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  1. Indies Blast YouTube’s ‘Unnecessary & Indefensible’ Tactics as Streaming Service Readies

    May 23, 2014 3:12 AM EDT The independent music community is getting ready to rumble with YouTube after the Internet giant was accused of using bully tactics to sign-up indies for its long-rumored streaming music service. The Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) has said ...

  2. Ryan Seacrest Adds YouTube Event Firm DigiTour to Investment Portfolio

    May 15, 2014 6:09 PM EDT Ryan Seacrest has made an investment in DigiTour Media, a company that produces live concerts and events for YouTube talent.  The producer's investment comes as part of an undisclosed funding round for DigiTour that includes Conde Nast parent ...

  3. In Developing Asian Markets, Mobile and SoundCloud Dominate Listening

    May 15, 2014 3:07 PM EDT Western music services attempting to reach certain emerging markets in Asia will have to contend with a fragmented market for music apps, according to a new study by brand marketing platform developer Jana Mobile . The report examined Asia’s fast- ...

  4. #Selfie Made Men: Chainsmokers Draw Interest from Across the Industry

    May 13, 2014 12:35 PM EDT DJ duo behind this spring's surprise dance hit inks seven-figure contracts. This article was first published in the May 17th issue of Billboard Magazine . The overnight success of The Chainsmokers is a testament to the power of social media&# ...

  5. YouTube at Music Biz Conf: 'Supporting Artists at Any Stage in Their Career’

    May 08, 2014 9:47 PM EDT While some might believe that technology companies and record labels have a long history at being at loggerheads, YouTube is moving beyond that perception by paying over $1 billion to labels and publishers over the last few years. That was the mes ...

  6. YouTube Creator Management Lead Bing Chen Resigns for Stealth Startup

    May 08, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Bing Chen was global creator development and management lead at the Google-owned video streaming service. YouTube is losing its global creator development and management lead.  Bing Chen, who has worked for the Google-owned video streaming platfor ...

  7. Maker Studios Launches Video Streaming Platform

    May 06, 2014 8:30 PM EDT Maker Studios is asserting its independence from YouTube with the launch of its own streaming video platform. The Culver City digital media firm, led by executive chairman Ynon Kreiz and newly appointed head of content Erin McPherson, took the sta ...

  8. Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake's Duet Off To More Than 'Good' Retail, Radio Start

    May 05, 2014 4:37 PM EDT The lead track from 'Xscape,' the late King of Pop's album due May 13, is headed to this week's Hot 100 thanks to a strong first few days of sales, airplay and streaming. Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake's sleek new d ...

  9. Beggars Group's Martin Mills on Why He's Abandoning the 50/50 Streaming Split (Exclusive)

    May 02, 2014 2:05 PM EDT Speaking at a MusicTank event in London last month, Beggars Group head of digital, Simon Wheeler, revealed that the U.K.-based indie label group is planning to lower the 50/50 streaming royalty rate that it and many other independent labels cur ...

  10. YouTube Offers Pharrell, Pepsi, Google Preferred Ad Tool At Upfront

    May 01, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Just two years ago, YouTube touted a lineup of premium content from traditional-media players and Hollywood talent (an investment valued at over $100 million) to pitch advertisers on buying TV-quality content online. But at YouTube (and Google’s) ...

  11. Vevo Owners May Be Looking to Sell (Report)

    April 29, 2014 8:47 AM EDT Universal Music Group, Sony Music, Google and Abu Dhabi Media are considering a sale of Vevo, the music video streaming platform launched in 2009, according a report from Bloomberg. The company is said to be mulling bringing on Goldman Sachs to ov ...

  12. Artist Development: Musicians Are Now in Control (Guest Post)

    April 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Steve Rennie is president of REN Management and host of Renman Music & Business. In addition to having managed  Incubus, Primal Scream and The The, Rennie was a founding member of ArtistDirect and SVP and GM of Epic Records where he worked wit ...

  13. Music Biz Vying For Larger Chunk Of TV’s $20 Billion in Upfront Ad Dollars

    April 25, 2014 5:09 PM EDT This story was first published in the May 3rd issue of Billboard . The upfront season — when media companies secure some $20 billion in early advertising buys with TV, cable and radio networks and online content companies — is underway, and inc ...

  14. One Direction's 'You & I' Video Returns Group to Top 10 on Social 50

    April 24, 2014 6:28 PM EDT After a nine-week absence from the top 10 on the Social 50 chart, One Direction returns to the region, vaulting 14-8 after the debut of their video for "You & I" on April 18. The nine-week vacation from the region was the group' ...

  15. Fred Davis, Rainmaker Who Sheparded Spotify, Sticking Around as IPO Talk Ramps Up

    April 24, 2014 12:39 PM EDT This article was first published in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . When Spotify founder Daniel Ek finally shares details on his company's plans to file an initial public offering (IPO) -- probably later this year -- Fred Davis w ...

  16. Happy Ninth Birthday YouTube: From ‘Me at the Zoo’ to Billions

    April 23, 2014 1:42 PM EDT As groundbreaking recorded media events go, YouTube’s first upload is about as banal as Thomas Edison reciting “Mary Had A Little Lamb” on the first phonograph record. In the eighteen-second clip “Me At The Zoo,” uploaded for the world to see nine ...

  17. TuneCore Downloads, Streams Grow 75%, Paid Out $34 Million in Q1

    April 16, 2014 8:50 AM EDT *Correction appended The market for music download may be taking a hit, but TuneCore's payouts are still climbing.  The self-serve music distribution platform announced it paid out $34.1 million to artists in the first quarter of this year.  ...

  18. Despite Last-Minute Offer By Relativity, Maker Studios Says Disney Deal Already Approved

    April 14, 2014 8:08 PM EDT It was reported earlier today the Ryan Kavanaugh-led Relativity Media was looking to outbid Disney for the YouTube network, but Maker Studios says it is still going with Disney. In a statement, a Maker spokesperson says, "As per the announcem ...

  19. DreamWorks Looking to Acquire a Piece of Vevo

    April 11, 2014 11:40 AM EDT DreamWorks Animation is looking to acquire a piece of music and content distributor Vevo, reports Re/code.  According to sources, earlier this week DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg made an undisclosed bid for the company, which is owned primarily ...

  20. Underwhelming Start to iTunes Radio Lights Fire Under Apple

    April 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The failure of iTunes Radio to halt the decline of music downloads has prompted Apple Inc. to consider the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade, according to executives familiar with Apple’s internal delibera ...

  21. Amway Accuses the Majors of an 'Ambush'

    April 08, 2014 5:28 PM EDT "This case is about the three biggest Record Companies in the world conspiring to break promises they made to Amway, to ambush Amway, and to entrap people who uploaded videos with the Record Companies' copyrighted sound recordings on to ...

  22. Girl Talk on His First Ever Music Video, Produced by Maker Studios (Q&A)

    April 07, 2014 11:36 AM EDT Gregg Michael Gillis, known as Girl Talk, has come out with his first ever music video, a collaboration with rappers Freeway and Waka Flocka Flame. Produced by Maker Studios, "Tolerated" is a major departure from Gillis' previous wo ...

  23. Business Matters: What's Behind YouTube Music Service's Delays

    April 03, 2014 3:58 PM EDT YouTube, which originally planned to launch its on-demand music streaming service late last year, has pushed its debut to the second quarter or beyond. Related Articles Last.fm Pulls Out of Radio Streaming, Plugs in YouTube YouTube Has Paid Out $1 ...

  24. Netflix, Hulu Plus, Dozens of Other Streaming Apps Available on Amazon's Fire TV

    April 02, 2014 8:20 PM EDT Online video providers are fired up about Amazon's new streaming video box, the Fire TV.  The device, which Amazon announced at a media event in New York on Wednesday morning, comes pre-loaded with dozens of apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, ...

  25. Pluto.tv Aims to Turn Online Video Into Lean-Back Experience

    March 31, 2014 5:55 PM EDT As pervasive as online video seems to be, the amount of time people spend with YouTube and other video platforms remains a fraction of how long they spend watching good, old-fashioned television.  Pluto.tv wants to change that. The West Hollywood ...

  26. U.K. Government to Legalize Copying Media (for Personal Use)

    March 31, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Starting June 1, the U.K. government will legalize burning CDs, DVDs, video games, and ebooks "for private purposes such as format shifting or backup." It will remain illegal to distribute these copies.  Under the new rules -- which the ...

  27. Tiësto, Believe Entertainment Announce Third Season of 'In the Booth'

    March 31, 2014 8:30 AM EDT Tiesto, the Dutch producer fresh off performing at Miami's Ultra Music Festival, has announced a third season of his "In the Booth" series. The series will be, as in the past, presented on YouTube. Believe Entertainment is producing ...

  28. Lady Gaga's 'G.U.Y.' Video Prompts Social 50 Chart Re-Entry

    March 27, 2014 9:27 PM EDT Two former collaborators make big moves on the Social 50 chart, as both Lady Gaga and Beyonce shake up the tally. Lady Gaga re-enters the tally at No. 26 in the wake of the debut of her music video "G.U.Y." on March 22. With the debut co ...

  29. Last.fm Pulls Out of Radio Streaming, Plugs in YouTube

    March 26, 2014 7:00 PM EDT Last.fm has been considered to be an online music pioneer since starting in 2002. But like many pioneers, it's gotten hit by a few arrows over the years as it tries to find the right business model for streaming music. The latest of those str ...

  30. Digital Notes: CD Baby's Sync Payout, De La Soul's J Dilla Tribute and Apps' Ad Economics

    March 26, 2014 3:57 PM EDT CD Baby serves up more than just CDs. The Portland, Ore., music distribution company on Wednesday announced it has paid out more than $1 million in YouTube sync licensing to its artists as of February. That amount has accelerated as CD Baby's ...

  31. Disney’s Big-Money Move for Maker Signals Promising Times for Tech Entrepreneurs

    March 26, 2014 2:57 AM EDT Disney's $500 million purchase of YouTube video producer Maker Studios is a sign that the entertainment industry's content and technology startups are coming of age and proving to be as valuable to Hollywood as app makers are to the gi ...

  32. Disney EVP on $500 Mil. Maker Purchase: 'Our Audience Spends a Lot of Time on YouTube'

    March 25, 2014 12:00 PM EDT When Disney bought social game developer Playdom in 2010, it was hailed as one of the hottest startups in Silicon Valley. The media giant paid $563 million for the service and promised up to $763 million if the company performed well. Does the sto ...

  33. Disney Acquires Maker Studios for $500 Million

    March 24, 2014 6:20 PM EDT The deal values the digital media firm at up to $950 million if certain performance targets are met. Disney has agreed to acquire YouTube network Maker Studios for $500 million, the companies announced Monday. The value of the digital media firm c ...

  34. China's Censors Clamp Down on Booming Internet Video Sector

    March 20, 2014 2:34 PM EDT The new rules will require censorship approval for all streaming video, which could dampen recent growth of Hollywood content sales to the country's Internet giants. China’s top industry watchdog has introduced a policy of “censor first, broa ...

  35. What Viacom Has to Show for Seven Years of Pursuing YouTube (Analysis)

    March 18, 2014 5:45 PM EDT The content giant has spent millions of dollars to shape copyright law. In a Manhattan courtroom on Monday, an attorney for one of the nation's biggest copyright holders delivered closing arguments in a trial meant to determine whether one In ...

  36. Google, Viacom Settle YouTube Copyright Lawsuit

    March 18, 2014 10:44 AM EDT The two companies had been locked in a legal battle since 2007 Viacom and Google announced today that they have resolved a massive copyright case. The closely-followed lawsuit was filed in New York federal court in 2007. It was alleged that YouTub ...

  37. Streaming Made Up One-Fifth of U.S. Recorded Music Revenue in 2013

    March 18, 2014 9:02 AM EDT Streaming music revenue in the U.S. grew 39% in 2013, generating $1.4 billion in revenue and making up more than one-fifth of the recorded music industry's business, up from just 15% in 2012, according to figures released Tuesday by the Rec ...

  38. Marc Geiger Invests in Audiam (Exclusive)

    March 17, 2014 7:50 PM EDT Marc Geiger, the head of music for William Morris Endeavor who co-founded Lollapalooza and was an early proponent of digital streaming, has personally invested an undisclosed amount in Audiam, a start-up that collects money from YouTube on behalf ...

  39. The Orchard Acquires BalconyTV (Exclusive)

    March 06, 2014 12:45 PM EST The Orchard today announced it has acquired BalconyTV, a global music channel featuring artists playing on balconies from across the globe. Past performers on BalconyTV include such artists as Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J ...

  40. Digital Notes: LyricFind's BandPage Integration, Audiam's $2M Raise, Aether's Smart Speaker

    March 05, 2014 8:55 AM EST LyricFind integrates BandPage. The lyric licensing company on Wednesday said it has signed a deal with BandPage to allow artists to display band biographies, touring information and link to their online stores alongside lyrics requested by users o ...

  41. 'Harlem Shake' 2.0? '#Selfie' Is Going Viral With Slick Marketing

    March 04, 2014 1:04 PM EST This article first appeared in the March 8th issue of Billboard Magazine. You can buy it here , and subscribe right here . The “selfie” has become so ubiquitous that Oxford Dictionaries named the term its 2013 Word of the Year. Rising DJ duo The C ...

  42. YouTube's Parity Problem, or Why a Billion Isn't That Impressive (Guest Post)

    March 04, 2014 11:58 AM EST Jon Maples is a digital music ­consultant and writer and formerly vp product ­management at Rhapsody. Follow him @jmaples . First it was broadcast radio, then MTV. Now YouTube? Could it be that the music industry is a three-time loser in getting i ...

  43. Vivendi's CanalPlus Acquires Majority Stake in YouTube Network Studio Bagel

    March 03, 2014 10:16 AM EST French pay TV giant CanalPlus, owned by Vivendi, is adding online producer and YouTube network operator Studio Bagel to its portfolio. UMG's Digital Sales Outpace Physical as New Vivendi Content Head Outlines Priorities After announcing the l ...

  44. Apple Presses Labels For More 'Beyonce'-Type Exclusives In Wake of Downloads' Slide

    February 28, 2014 2:22 PM EST iTunes wants more exclusive ‘Beyonce time’ for downloads   THIS ARTICLE IS FROM THE NEW BILLBOARD GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION Apple Inc.’s music chief Robert Kondrk has been pressuring major labels ...

  45. Regina Spektor's 'Orange Is the New Black' Theme Gets Record Store Day Release

    February 28, 2014 12:30 PM EST Regina Spektor's "Orange Is the New Black" theme, "You've Got Time," is getting a special Record Store Day release. Record Store Day Selects Red Bull Sound Select As Official Partner The singer's Grammy-nominated ...

  46. Morning Fix: David Byrne, Marc Ribot, More Rally for Performance Royalties; 'Frozen' Earns Most Weeks at No. 1 for Soundtrack Since 'Titanic'; Ross on Radio: R&B's Almost-Comeback

    February 27, 2014 8:40 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE DAVID BYRNE, MARC RIBOT, CHRIS RUEN LEAD RALLY FOR RADIO TO PAY PERFORMANCE ROYALTIES At the Artists’ Pay for Radio Play Rally at Le Poisson Rouge in New York last night, David Byrne joined hosts mu ...

  47. 'Frozen' Earns Most Weeks At No. 1 For A Soundtrack Since 'Titanic'

    February 26, 2014 11:00 AM EST Disney's unstoppable soundtrack to "Frozen" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, collecting its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the list. 'Frozen' Targeting Longest No. 1 Run for a Soundtrack Since 'Titanic' Osc ...

  48. Justin Bieber, Lena Dunham, Jimmy Fallon Among Shorty Awards Finalists

    February 24, 2014 2:52 PM EST Finalists for the 6th annual Shorty Awards were announced Monday, highlighting the best content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, Vine, and the rest of the social media landscape. Among the top short-form content producers in H ...

  49. Why Live Concert Streaming Has Yet To Take Off

    February 21, 2014 10:46 AM EST In some form or another, jam band Umphrey's McGee posts every show it performs on the Internet -- you can find its 2006 version of "Dick in a Box" on YouTube, listen to nearly 1,000 shows for $9.99 per month via UMLive.net and ...

  50. Bob Marley's Birthday Sends Reggae Legend Up Social 50 Chart

    February 13, 2014 3:35 PM EST Fans celebrating Bob Marley's birthday send the reggae legend flying up Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. Marley's birthday, February 6, was marked by the social awareness campaign #BobMarleyWeek. In turn, Marley zips 35-14 on ...

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