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  1. Jean Michel Jarre Calls for ‘Fair Share for Creators’ at Midem

    February 04, 2014 2:41 PM EST French composer and electronic music pioneer Jean Michel Jarre used his Midem keynote speech to call for a closer relationship between the music industry and tech giants such as Google to create a fairer share for artists and content creators.  Sp ...

  2. Open Internet Preservation Act Reinforces Net Neutrality

    February 04, 2014 1:04 PM EST Reps. Henry A. Waxman and Anna Eshoo have introduced new net neutrality legislation that restores the Federal Communication Commission's open internet rules that were struck down last month in a different ruling by D.C. Circuit Court of Appea ...

  3. U2 Manager Paul McGuinness Receives Billboard's Industry Icon Award at Midem with Wide-Ranging Keynote

    February 03, 2014 11:53 AM EST At a very early (9:30 a.m.) breakfast on Sunday morning, after a night of dancing on tables at Cannes' boîtes and bars like La Chunga, a gaggle of music execs gathered at a ceremony to pay tribute to U2's greatly esteemed manager Paul ...

  4. WME’S Marc Geiger Stresses Streaming in Vision of $100B Recorded Music Industry at MIDEM

    February 03, 2014 10:16 AM EST The recorded music industry can grow to a $100 billion-plus business within the next 15 years – but only if it abandons pushing music ownership and fully embraces the streaming subscription model, said Marc Geiger, WME’s global head of music, duri ...

  5. Super Bowl Ads: Why You'll Hear New Music by Passenger, U2, One Republic and Zedd

    January 31, 2014 7:50 PM EST Ever since fun. skyrocketed to stardom from the use of “We Are Young” in a 2012 Super Bowl commercial for Chevrolet , brands, bands, publishers and music supervisors at top ad agencies alike have all been scrambling to re-create the lightning in ...

  6. Will.i.am to Launch Video Platform With Maker Studios

    January 29, 2014 1:05 PM EST The Black Eyed Peas frontman joins Snoop Dogg in developing original video content as the multichannel network expands its star roster. One of the top digital media firms is adding a major pop star to its roster. Maker Studios, which boasts more t ...

  7. New Hip-Hop Dance Craze: 'Drop That #NaeNae'

    January 27, 2014 7:06 PM EST From Atlanta -- the city that taught you how to crank that Soulja Boy, shake that laffy taffy, lean with it, rock with it, and walk it out -- comes a new dance that’s spreading across the country: the Nae Nae. Developed by teen quintet We Are Toon ...

  8. Grammy Week: YouTube's Robert Kyncl Faces Tough Crowd of Lawyers

    January 24, 2014 6:07 PM EST The music industry's top lawyers laid aside their copyright swords the Friday before the Grammy Awards to host a keynote from YouTube's Head of Content, Robert Kyncl (recently put at No. 45 on our Power 100 ). Kyncl acknowledged the some ...

  9. Grammy Week: Songza, Revolt TV, BrokeMogul Execs Discuss Music Discovery, Man, Machine

    January 24, 2014 7:30 AM EST In the quest to surface music to new fans, the industry has relied on two tracks -- algorithms and humans. At Grammy Connect, the music industry's fifth annual confab on digital and social media, the Recording Academy explored the relative me ...

  10. Business Matters: Download Sales Off to Terrible Start in 2014

    January 23, 2014 4:47 PM EST U.S. digital sales are beginning 2014 just like they ended 2013: in negative territory. Through the third week of the year, track sales are down 11.9% and digital album sales are down 13.3%, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Both figures stand i ...

  11. The Grammy's Social Plan: Share The Love, Says the Recording Academy's CMO (Q&A)

    January 21, 2014 9:00 AM EST In many ways, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' viral bus video (above) embodies what the Recording Academy wants to achieve with its social media campaign this year -- shareability. Regardless of whether the people in the video were actors or gen ...

  12. Next Big Sound's 'Year in Rewind' Shows a Skewed Digital Landscape

    January 17, 2014 2:08 PM EST Next Big Sound, the music online analytics company that powers the Billboard Social 50 chart and more recently Spotify’s artist analytics platform, has released their "State of the Industry 2013" report. Akin to their State of Online Mus ...

  13. How Shakira and Rihanna's Social Networks Reacted to Single Rollout: Social 50

    January 17, 2014 9:00 AM EST Even though Rihanna is the featured act on Shakira’s new single, "Can't Remember to Forget You," the former’s online fan base reacted much stronger to the tune’s announcement, as measured by Billboard's Social 50 chart. The Soc ...

  14. TuneCore Claims $371 Million Paid Since Company's Founding, Payouts Up 19% Over 2012

    January 15, 2014 9:09 AM EST TuneCore has made public its payout numbers for 2013, touting a 19% increase in dollars paid over 2012, to $121 million in 2013. The digital distribution service has paid out $371 million to its clients across 5 billion downloads since being found ...

  15. Appeals Court Deals Blow to FCC's 'Net Neutrality' Rules

    January 14, 2014 1:04 PM EST In a victory for broadband carriers like AT&T and Verizon, the D.C. Circuit strikes down anti-discrimination and anti-blocking rules. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has knocked down major provisions of the FCC's &q ...

  16. Beats Music Launching January 21

    January 11, 2014 12:00 PM EST Beats Music, the premium streaming service developed by Trent Reznor, Ian Rogers and the creators of Beats By Dre headphones, is launching on Jan. 21, with AT&T as the exclusive carrier partner, the company said. Beats Music 'Locked an ...

  17. New Year's Eve Programs Yield Big Gains on Social 50 Chart

    January 09, 2014 9:04 PM EST New Year's Eve television broadcast appearances and performances cause several of the artists on the Social 50 to jump up the tally.   Up first is Pitbull, who moves 23-16 after performing “Timber” in Miami on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ...

  18. The Music Biz in 2013: In Flux, Disruptors Disrupted

    January 01, 2014 8:28 AM EST The week before Christmas, pondering a year-end music business essay, a litany of major stories jumped to mind, including: the Twitter and SFX IPOs; Sony and Vivendi investors’ calling for entertainment spin-offs; Live Nation’s record revenues ...

  19. Justin Bieber Returns to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart With Release of 'Journals'

    December 27, 2013 9:58 AM EST With the release of "Journals" on Monday, Dec. 23, Justin Bieber set the online world on fire and, in turn, returns to the No. 1 spot on the Social 50 to reclaim the throne for the first time in 18 weeks. Justin Bieber Tells Twitter: � ...

  20. Morning Fix: Yusef Lateef, Jazz Legend, Dead at 93; Billy Joel Added to 'Dick Clark New Year's Rockin' Eve'; Tribune to Buy Gracenote for $170M; 'Beyonce' Nears 1M U.S. Sales

    December 24, 2013 7:00 AM EST Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE YUSEF LATEEF, JAZZ LEGEND, DEAD AT 93 Yusef Lateef, a Grammy-winning jazz musician, has died. He was 93 He was one of many musicians to come out of the Detroit jazz scene in the '40s and ' ...

  21. Justice Department Releases Evidence Against Kim Dotcom

    December 23, 2013 11:38 AM EST A federal judge has ordered the unsealing of nearly 200 pages of documents outlining how the U.S. government plans to convince a jury that Megaupload was up to no good. The U.S. Justice Department has just released a summary of what it's got ...

  22. Spotify Content Chief Ken Parks Discusses Artist Royalty Payments Controversy, More with Mediaorite's Jason Herskowitz (Podcast)

    December 20, 2013 3:28 PM EST Spotify Chief Content Officer Ken Parks sat down for an extended discussion with leading industry thought leader Jason Herskowitz of Mediaorite about the controversial topic of artist royalty payments. Spotify has been keen to be as transparent an ...

  23. Artists Angry with TuneCore and INDmusic Over YouTube Claims

    December 19, 2013 3:10 PM EST Artists and gamers have taken issue with TuneCore and INDmusic over the companies' recent efforts to claim YouTube videos that contain copyrighted music.  The eruption of complaints on Twitter , Reddit and elsewhere  this week gives a glimpse ...

  24. Weird Al Settles with Sony Music Over Litany of Allegations

    December 18, 2013 12:18 PM EST Among the parodist's claims were that he had been cheated on digital income, that he helped Sony get equity in YouTube and that he hadn't seen money from the Napster settlement. "Weird Al" Yankovic has settled a lawsuit that hi ...

  25. How Lyric Videos on YouTube Became Music's Hottest Star

    December 16, 2013 11:46 AM EST million views for less than $1,000? Major and indie labels are making big money and reaching young fans as DIY-style clips hit the streaming service. In the 1966 documentary Don't Look Back, Bob Dylan is featured in what, at the time, was ...

  26. 13 Ways to Make Money with Your Songs (Guest Post)

    December 13, 2013 2:17 PM EST Jamie Purpora is TuneCore's President of Music Publishing Administration.  If you write songs, and your songs are sold, downloaded, streamed or used in many other ways, they’re generating songwriter royalties for you.  Awesome, right? Nowad ...

  27. Audiam to Pay YouTube Creators for Using Its Tracks (Exclusive)

    December 12, 2013 12:47 PM EST It used to be that users who upload videos to YouTube containing copyrighted music are served with legal threats. In February, they'll have the chance to get a check instead. Audiam, a company that monetizes cover songs on YouTube, is offerin ...

  28. Ylvis' 'The Fox' Is YouTube's Top Trending Video of 2013

    December 11, 2013 1:49 PM EST Ylvis still doesn't know what the fox says, but the Norwegian duo can take comfort: Its viral hit exploring that question has been named YouTube's top trending video of 2013. Also in the top trending videos category revealed Wednesday: a ...

  29. Report Confirms YouTube Paid 'MusicPass' Subscription Details

    December 04, 2013 1:17 PM EST You know how annoying it can be to listen to more than one song on YouTube on a smartphone, compared to on a computer? Music won't play in the background, if you turn your phone's screen off, or if you don't have (or want to use up ...

  30. Spotify Serenades Artists With Data, Commerce

    December 03, 2013 2:35 PM EST Amid a growing chorus of debate about how much streaming services pay artists, Spotify on Tuesday tried to present its own side of the argument, outlining in a new website how it has paid out $1 billion in music royalties since its launch five ye ...

  31. Where Indie Artists Are Making Most of Their Money (From the Magazine)

    December 02, 2013 1:28 PM EST THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION Independent artists have never had access to so many customers. A single distributor can get an artist’s music into digital ...

  32. La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho Storms Social 50 Chart

    November 21, 2013 5:05 PM EST La Arrolladora Banda El Limón De René Camacho, an iconic regional Mexican band, debuts on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week at No. 20 due to a spike in online activity centered around three high-profile concert dates. The Social 50 ranks ...

  33. TuneCore Taps INDmusic to Monetize YouTube

    November 20, 2013 9:00 AM EST TuneCore Inc., one of the world's largest digital music distribution companies, on Wednesday announced it has signed an agreement with INDmusic to better monetize its artists' music on YouTube . The deal calls for INDmusic to adminster ...

  34. Google, VEVO, AOL Top Ranking of Online Video Destinations and Ad Servers

    November 15, 2013 2:55 PM EST Digital metrics company comScore has released its rankings of October's top ten video content destinations, ad servers, and YouTube partners, parsing the viewing habits of 189 million Americans, representing 87% of the American internet aud ...

  35. Live Nation, Citi, Cornerstone, Warner Bros., Mac Presents, Fishbowl Spirits Execs Discuss Brands at Billboard Touring Conference

    November 15, 2013 1:10 PM EST “Let’s zero in on the best of the best,” said Live Nation president of Alliances Russell Wallach about securing sponsorships for one of his newest, biggest clients, U2. “Let’s understand the artist, let’s understand the universe of potential com ...

  36. Deezer Coming to the United States In 2014

    November 14, 2013 7:58 PM EST On-demand subscription service Deezer is finally be headed to the world's biggest music market. The France-based service is expected to launch in the United States in 2014, according to a major label source. While a report at Digital Music ...

  37. Lorde Leaps Up Social 50 Chart

    November 14, 2013 7:53 PM EST Lorde reaches a new peak on the Social 50 chart (rising 20-11) after her debut album, "Pure Heroine," was released in Europe on Oct. 28. (The set’s European bow came a month after its U.S. release on Sept. 30.)   The Social 50 ranks th ...

  38. Google and YouTube Allow Nielsen to Begin Measuring Ads

    November 12, 2013 4:22 PM EST Nielsen, the company which provides statistics on media consumption and purchasing (and which helps power the Billboard charts) will become far more powerful and useful to advertisers across all conceivable markets very soon, when the company� ...

  39. What Does The Fox Say? Soon To Be a Simon & Schuster Children's Book

    November 11, 2013 2:37 PM EST You've probably seen that YouTube video about what the fox says. Soon you'll get to read about it. Simon & Schuster's Children's Publishing has acquired a picture book based on the online sensation devised by the Norwegia ...

  40. Kanye and Kimmel's Recent Dustup Shows That YouTube Is Radio's New Friend (From the Magazine)

    November 11, 2013 1:11 PM EST THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION Far from being fatal for radio stars, video is helping propel some broadcast stations into the era of digital content. That ...

  41. Mariah Carey Hits New High on Social 50 Chart

    November 07, 2013 8:06 PM EST The Halloween holiday helps Mariah Carey hit a new peak on the Social 50, as a photo of the diva’s children sparks her re-entry at No. 24.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, ...

  42. Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor': A Timeline to No. 1

    November 06, 2013 4:10 PM EST The road to "Reflektor," Arcade Fire's fourth album, began when The Suburbs won the Grammy award for album of the year on February 13, 2011. Since that day, the buzz has barely let up on the Montreal-based band, culminating in the ...

  43. YouTube Music Awards Stirs Social Buzz, Negative Comments Dominate Twitter

    November 04, 2013 7:48 PM EST Loved it or hated it, the YouTube Music Awards generated a significant amount of social buzz during the live webcast of its show in New York on Sunday evening.  The bizarre, unscripted anti-awards show, where hosts Jason Schwartzman and Reggie ...

  44. Behind The Data: YouTube Music Awards – Did They Make The Right Nominations?

    November 02, 2013 11:45 AM EDT The moment is fast approaching, when video-streaming platform YouTube will go the way of television networks and music associations alike, and launch their very own awards show. YouTube Music Awards Director Spike Jonze On This Sunday's Ina ...

  45. Lyor Cohen Unveils 300, New 'Content Company' with Atlantic Deal, Google Backing and Ex-Warner Brass (From the Magazine)

    November 01, 2013 11:38 AM EDT Former Warner Music Group recorded music chief Lyor Cohen has named his new label ‘300’ and completed his distribution deal with Atlantic, he revealed to Billboard in an interview in this week’s magazine . Cohen is starting 300 with his fe ...

  46. Kelly Clarkson's Wedding, 'Wrapped in Red' Album Spur Social 50 Chart Gain

    October 31, 2013 9:30 AM EDT Getting married can do wonders for your social life. Just ask Kelly Clarkson, who tied the knot on Oct. 20 and, in turn, hits a new high on Billboard's Social 50 chart. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook ...

  47. Scooter Braun, Will.i.am, Amanda Palmer and More Argue for Artists' Role in the Music Industry During Inaugural 'Disruptor' Talk

    October 30, 2013 12:47 PM EDT In a debate streamed live yesterday titled "Has tech killed the music industry?" -- which you can watch in full below -- panelist and artist manager Scooter Braun proclaimed, "It's not about addressing ‘Will the music industr ...

  48. Google Augments Artist Searches with Knowledge Graph

    October 24, 2013 12:36 PM EDT Google’s Knowledge Graph , the company’s approach to augmenting search results for its users by providing contextual information and media, has gotten a music-focused update which allows users to more easily see song and album information on sea ...

  49. YouTube Close to Launching Subscription Music Service (Breaking)

    October 23, 2013 6:51 PM EDT YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service -- akin to a Spotify, but with video -- to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans. The service, designed with mobile listening in mind, will have ...

  50. YouTube Music Awards Nominations Announced

    October 21, 2013 11:00 PM EDT YouTube on Monday announced nominations for its first Music Awards, to be directed by Spike Jonez and set for live webcasting on Nov. 3 from New York City's Pier 36.  The online video juggernaut asked viewers to vote on the nominations , wh ...

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