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  1. Courtney Holt, Former MySpace Music President, Becomes COO at Maker Studios

    October 31, 2011 3:40 PM EDT Maker Studios announced Monday (October 31) that Courtney Holt, the former president of MySpace Music, has joined as chief operating officer. In this newly created role, Holt will be responsible for overseeing the growth and development of the Mak ...

  2. YouTube Set to Announce TV Initiative With 100 Niche Channels

    October 28, 2011 5:00 PM EDT In a low-budget early effort to compete with satellite and cable TV providers, YouTube is set to announce Friday that it has partnered with several entities to roll out television-style channels with professionally produced shows that will strike ...

  3. 12-Year Old Maddi Jane Makes Social 50 Chart Splash

    October 27, 2011 4:18 PM EDT -year old Maddi Jane -- who has been lighting up YouTube with covers and Adele and Jessie J -- returns to the Billboard Social 50 chart this week, re-entering at No. 36. The youngster, who curated a playlist for YouTube Music Tuesdays on Oct. 17 ...

  4. Business Matters: Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September

    October 24, 2011 10:05 PM EDT Vevo Racked Up 748 Million Views in September -- Music video network Vevo again ranks at #2 on comScore's list of top U.S. online video properties according to number of unique viewers. The company racked up 57.3 million unique visitors and 7 ...

  5. Why Justin Bieber Won't Go To Jail For Posting Songs On YouTube (Analysis)

    October 24, 2011 8:01 PM EDT The potential spectacle of Justin Bieber being extradited from Canada to the United States to serve five years in prison has become a new flashpoint in a debate over whether copyright law should be amended. What are the chances the teen heartthrob ...

  6. Dollars From Heaven: CMJ Panel Ponders How Industry Can Monetize The Cloud

    October 21, 2011 2:15 PM EDT A discussion of new cloud-based models of music consumption kicked off Day Three of CMJ. Patrick Sullivan, president and CEO of licensing company Rightsflow, moderated a Thursday planed titled "That Cloud is Shaped Like a $." Sitting wit ...

  7. Rihanna, the 'Sexiest Woman Alive,' Powers Up Social 50 Chart

    October 20, 2011 8:24 AM EDT A racy Esquire magazine cover and a fan-driven Facebook promotional campaign sends Rihanna flying 10-5 on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week, just as the music video for her single "We Found Love" premiered. As for the rest of th ...

  8. YouTube With New Deals Expanding as Music Destination

    October 20, 2011 8:05 AM EDT NEW YORK (AP) -- YouTube has been very good to bedroom singers, who have found a quick path to fame, and major labels, which have benefited from some of the largest digital audiences for their top music videos. But the middle tier - hundreds of in ...

  9. Merlin Reaches Global Licensing Deal With YouTube

    October 19, 2011 11:58 AM EDT Merlin, the independent label master rights licensing agency that refers to itself as the fifth major, has reached a global licensing deal with YouTube. Terms of the deal were not released, but the deal points have been published to its members, w ...

  10. YouTube Launches Merch Store for Artist Pages

    October 17, 2011 10:17 AM EDT YouTube has unveiled a merch store that will allow artists to sell their merch directly from their YouTube artist pages. Fans will be able to buy "artists' merchandise, digital downloads, concert tickets and even unique experiences like ...

  11. Seven of 16 Facebook Music Services Are Now Live -- Here's What They Do

    October 04, 2011 7:30 AM EDT On Sept. 22, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced 16 music partners ranging from almost-unheard-of to the incredibly popular. Of those, seven have completed their integration with Facebook, meaning that they can automatically send users' li ...

  12. Jennifer Lopez's 'Papi' Video Drives Her Up Social 50

    September 29, 2011 9:09 PM EDT Jennifer Lopez leaps into the top 30 of Billboard's Social 50 chart, climbing 38-29, thanks to buzz generated by her TV commercial with Fiat, a new music video, and a red-hot performance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival. During ESPN's & ...

  13. Business Matters: Music Videos Great for Pre-Roll Ads, Study Finds

    September 16, 2011 6:15 PM EDT Music Videos Are Great for Pre-Roll Ads, Study Finds -- Preroll ads shown before music videos perform quite a bit better than prerolls shown before other types of videos, according to numbers shared by TubeMogul , the video advertising platform fo ...

  14. Queen Rocks Billboard's Social 50 Chart on Freddie Mercury's 65th Birthday

    September 15, 2011 5:33 PM EDT Queen rocks Billboard's Social 50 chart, debuting at No. 15 on the tally, following buzz generated by what would have been Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday on Sept. 5. On the band's official YouTube channel, 17 videos ran to commemor ...

  15. Blink-182 Stirs Social 50 Chart With 'Up All Night' Video Debut

    September 08, 2011 4:44 PM EDT Blink-182 debuts at No. 21 on Billboard's Social 50 due to the buzz generated by the release of the video for their latest single "Up All Night." Since debuting on Aug. 25, the video has accumulated 2.2 million YouTube views. The ne ...

  16. Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stream Sends Them to Social 50 Top 10; Tyler Ward, Karmin, DeStorm Rising Up

    September 02, 2011 7:00 AM EDT Red Hot Chili Peppers hit the top 10 of Billboard's Social 50 chart thanks to buzz generated by an iTunes stream of its new album "I'm With You " and pre-release hype of the set, which was released Aug. 30. Last week, the band ...

  17. Vevo Hires Former Myspace VP Michael Cerda To Be Product Head

    August 31, 2011 11:42 AM EDT Vevo Hires Former Myspace Exec Michael Cerda To Be Product Head Former Myspace VP of Tech Michael Cerda has jumped ship for online music video portal Vevo. His new position will be that of senior VP of product development. The company made the ann ...

  18. Business Matters: SXSW 2011 Had $167 Million Impact on Austin

    August 23, 2011 7:19 PM EDT SXSW'S Multi-Million Dollar Trickle Down on Austin -- A new study puts the financial impact of 2011 South By Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conferences and Festivals (SXSW) at $167 million -- $44.6 million of operational output (festiv ...

  19. National Music Publishers' Assoc. Resolves Copyright Lawsuit With YouTube

    August 17, 2011 4:49 PM EDT The National Music Publishers' Association has resolved its copyright infringement lawsuit with YouTube, although details are not yet being made available. According to an announcement from the NMPA, thanks to the resolution, "music publ ...

  20. Business Matters: 38% of YouTube's July U.S. Visitors Watched a Vevo Video

    August 16, 2011 7:45 PM EDT % of YouTube's July U.S. Visitors Watched a Vevo Video -- Music videos published by music video network Vevo were seen by a whopping 37.8% of YouTube's monthly U.S. unique visitors, according to comScore. On Wednesday the online measur ...

  21. Kreayshawn Makes Billboard Social 50 Debut, 'Gucci Gucci' Has Nearly 9 Million YouTube Views

    August 04, 2011 4:38 PM EDT Viral rap star Kreayshawn debuts on Billboard's Social 50 at No. 35 thanks to her continuing building buzz and the growth in popularity of her "Gucci Gucci" video on YouTube. It has amassed nearly 9 million views since it was upload ...

  22. Kings of Leon Management Removes Dallas Show Clips From YouTube

    August 04, 2011 7:15 AM EDT Many fans have already witnessed Kings of Leon's train wreck performance in Dallas last weekend, but the band's management is still attempting to remove YouTube clips of fan-shot videos from the show. Vector Management has successfully r ...

  23. Vevo Adds New Syndication Partners: Artist Direct, Batanga, Gorilla Leak, Others

    August 03, 2011 12:26 PM EDT Vevo, the online music video service backed by Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group, has added several new syndication partners for its network. The company struck syndication deals with ArtistDirect.com, Hispanic music news site Bat ...

  24. Vevo Metrics Point to Heavy Video Use in Bedrooms

    July 26, 2011 12:09 PM EDT In what is pretty clearly a news brief aimed at advertisers and brand marketers, Vevo released a set of user data metrics today that points to how its viewers interact most with the mobile version of the service. Among the many highlights-Vevo use ...

  25. Lady Gaga's YouTube Account Suspended for Copyright Violation

    July 14, 2011 10:10 AM EDT Even though Lady Gaga's videos have racked up more than a billion views on YouTube, even the site's reigning queen can violate its copyright policy. People going to Gaga's YouTube channel on Thursday were greeted by a message saying ...

  26. Selena Gomez Dumps Justin Bieber...From No. 1 Spot on Social 50

    July 07, 2011 4:47 PM EDT Until this week, only four acts had ruled the still-young Social 50 chart: Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. But now, we have a new No. 1 artist: Selena Gomez. And, in an ironic twist, Gomez takes the crown by bumping her ...

  27. Vevo, Fuse Strike Content Deal

    June 28, 2011 3:00 PM EDT While the stalemate between Vevo and MTV continues, Vevo and Fuse have worked out a content sharing and syndication partnership that allows both parties to share content. Most significantly, Fuse will has agreed to syndicate Vevo's online mus ...

  28. Vevo Viewing Sessions Up Nearly 200% Since January

    June 24, 2011 1:36 PM EDT Music video network Vevo is getting more views from music fans, according to comScore statistics. Created in partnership by Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment and the Abu Dhabi Media Company, the company is one of the top online video ...

  29. GEMA Under Fire For Royalties Dispute With YouTube

    June 24, 2011 11:20 AM EDT BERLIN - GEMA, the German collection society, has come under fire in recent days from the music industry as it attempts to settle a two-year long dispute over royalties with Google by preventing access to music videos on YouTube. The issue is set ...

  30. Controversies (Rihanna), Blockbusters (Linkin Park), Weed Videos (Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi) Transform Social 50

    June 09, 2011 5:45 PM EDT In the Social 50 chart's top 10 this week, Rihanna climbs 4-2 thanks to the buzz surrounding the release of her latest music video, "Man Down." The clip, which premiered on June 1, has brought in 12 million Vevo views (earning a 51% ...

  31. YouTube Turns Six, Now Gets 3 Billion Views a Day

    May 31, 2011 1:56 PM EDT Billions and billions served video everyday As it turns six years old, YouTube is still growing at the rate of a young startup. The company revealed a couple big milestones in a recent blog post . First, more than 48 hours of video is uploaded eve ...

  32. Avenged Sevenfold, LMFAO, Christina Grimmie Buzzing Up the Social 50

    May 19, 2011 4:43 PM EDT Last week, Avenged Sevenfold re-entered the Social 50 at No. 44 but now with the premiere of the band's video for "So Far Away" -- the third single off the album "Nightmare" -- on May 10, the group rises 44-37 (595,000 You ...

  33. YouTube Adds 3,000 Movies for Rental Debut

    May 09, 2011 1:30 PM EDT YouTube is adding more than 3,000 movies for its users to rent starting on Monday, along with the millions of free user-created videos the popular website is best known for. Google Inc-owned YouTube is offering a mix of older Hollywood blockbuster ...

  34. Vevo Bulking Up On Original Content, Excutives; Adds Epic's McVehil, Fuse's Reich

    May 02, 2011 2:18 PM EDT Fresh off the heels of an expansion into the UK, online music video hub Vevo is now expanding its executive team. The company added former Epic Records exec. Doug McVehil as senior VP of music, talent & content operations; and Fuse's Scot ...

  35. Vevo Goes Live in the UK

    April 26, 2011 12:56 PM EDT Vevo is now live in the UK, marking the first expansion of the online music video hub outside of North America. The launch also extends to the Vevo iPhone, iPad and Android apps. Vevo is the joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment, Universa ...

  36. Google Grosses $8.6 Billion in Q1, Activating 350K Androids Daily

    April 15, 2011 2:14 PM EDT Google's earnings call Thursday lacked information directly related to the music industry but had a handful of important takeaways. There were no hints of an upcoming Google Music service and no references to the recent House Judiciary Commit ...

  37. Business Matters: New Zealand Lawmakers Pass Strict Anti-Piracy Law

    April 14, 2011 6:52 PM EDT New Zealand Lawmakers Pass Strict Anti-Piracy Law -- New Zealand lawmakers have passed legislation that outlaws file sharing and threatens repeat offenders with disconnection of Internet service up to six months. The new law will go into effect Se ...

  38. YouTube: Growth In User-Generated Content Is Outpacing Official Videos

    April 14, 2011 6:27 PM EDT By now we've all heard YouTube's assertion that it doubled the amount it pays labels and publishers in music-licensing fees last year, now totaling millions of dollars a month. But while the focus of this figure is on official music vide ...

  39. Britney Spears Is a Social (50) Climber; Rebecca Black, Less So

    April 14, 2011 3:31 PM EDT Britney Spears continues her upward climb on the Social 50 chart as she rises 10-7 -- a new high for the pop diva. Chalk up her leap to a whopping 136% growth in week-over-week Vevo plays thanks to the premiere of her new video "Till the Worl ...

  40. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Tops 100 Million YouTube Views

    April 13, 2011 10:26 AM EDT Just hours after passing the 99-million-view mark late Tuesday night, Rebecca Black's video for "Friday" surpassed the 100 million views at YouTube Wednesday morning, making it one of 43 videos to have done so. The low-budget, indep ...

  41. YouTube Launches Live Streaming Page

    April 08, 2011 3:03 PM EDT YouTube, the video site owned by Google, on Friday unveiled a page highlighting live programming and said users have asked for more live streams. "With over 2 billion views a day, it's easy to think about YouTube as a place to watch vide ...

  42. Google Revamping YouTube, Creating Topic Channels

    April 07, 2011 8:24 AM EDT YouTube is planning changes to the homepage that would highlight a set of "channels" around specific topics, like arts and sports, the Wall Street Journal reports. The company, owned by Google, is positioning itself for the rise of Inter ...

  43. Rebecca Black's 'Friday' Disappears From YouTube, Returns Hours Later

    March 29, 2011 7:56 PM EDT After disappearing for a few hours, "Friday" was back at YouTube late Tuesday night. The YouTube page for Ark Music Factory , which posted the official "Friday" video, was up and running again as well. Although there is no evid ...

  44. Vevo and Myspace? Interesting, But Unlikely

    March 29, 2011 1:26 PM EDT As NewsCorp continues its search for a buyer of the struggling Myspace social networking service, we're going to hear about several "interesting" conversations it has with potential partners. The latest, according to Bloomberg , is ...

  45. News Corp in Talks With Vevo on Myspace

    March 29, 2011 7:50 AM EDT News Corp has held talks to give control of Myspace to the music label-owned video site Vevo.com, but the likelihood of a deal being reached was slim, a person with knowledge of the talks said. News Corp in February kicked off the process to explo ...

  46. Vevo Chief: UK Launch Imminent, Middle East, North Africa Next

    March 17, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Online music video service Vevo is prepping an UK launch that could take place before the end of the month. According to a report in The Guardian , Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff told attendees of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit that Vevo is "planning to la ...

  47. Eat at SXSW 2011's CNN Grill for the Future of News, Music

    March 15, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Welcome to the CNN Grill - the SXSW headquarters for the cable news network, and a place for hungry reporters and guests to grab a bite, schmooze and today a presentation on the Future of News, led by KC Estenson, senior vice president and general ...

  48. Business Matters: The Numbers Behind Vevo's Growth

    March 14, 2011 9:40 PM EDT The Numbers Behind Vevo's Growth -- Free, ad-supported videos are one of the few truly bright spots in digital music right now. YouTube has become a dominating force in listening, viewing and discovery. Vevo, the Universal Music Group/Sony Mu ...

  49. Vevo Wants To 'Help Reinvent Music Videos,' CEO Says At Canadian Music Week

    March 11, 2011 11:09 AM EST The opening day of Canadian Music Week Thursday included a keynote by Vevo president and CEO Rio Caraeff about how its "audience business" is monetizing music video views on YouTube with advertising and revealed new information about the ...

  50. YouTube Head Talks Future Under New Leadership

    March 07, 2011 1:42 PM EST YouTube is called by many the most important digital music service on the Web. Next to Myspace, it's the only place where fans can go online to listen to music for free, on-demand. The volume of traffic it receives is said generate lucrative ...

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