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  1. Business Matters: UMG, Richard Branson, YouTube, Van Halen

    September 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- A funny thing happened on the way to the future of the record industry: disagreement. Universal Music Group ’s planned ISP-based music service ...

  2. Business Matters: eMusic, Sony, Perez Hilton, Apple

    September 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- How many file sharers are there in the U.K. and where does that number come from? Ars Technica explains the investigation by a BBC Radio 4 show ...

  3. The Billboard Q&A: Walter Kolm

    September 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Universal Music Group (UMG) restructured its U.S. Latin operations last year in the wake of its acquisition of Univision Music Group, it put its Latin pop, urban, tropical and rock repertoire under the leadership of Walter Kolm, formerly seni ...

  4. Carrie Underwood Rushes New Single After Leak

    September 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT An unfinished version of "Cowboy Casanova," the lead single from Carrie Underwood's third studio album, "Play On," leaked online Wednesday (Sept. 2). The song's premature unveiling prompted Underwood to rush out an of ...

  5. YouTube, PRS Agree Licensing Deal

    September 02, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. users of YouTube will once again be able to watch premium music videos on the service, six months after Google's video streaming site blocked access in the territory as a result of a licensing rate dispute. U.K. authors' and publish ...

  6. Music Label Video Site Vevo In Talks With CBS, NBC

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Vevo, an online music video start-up backed by two major music labels and supported by YouTube's technology platform, is in talks with CBS Corp and NBC to license and develop shows for the Web, according to two people familiar with the talks. ...

  7. Analysis: Are VCs Eyeing Music Investments Again?

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT News arrived last week that Mog and Rightsflow landed additional rounds of equity. One may wonder if investors are being lured into music again. The answer is both yes and no. Except for Spotify, few listening-based music startups have recently ca ...

  8. Business Matters: Vevo, SanDisk, Eircom, Apple

    September 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Vevo , the video streaming joint venture between Universal Music Group and YouTube , is raising capital at a $300 million valuation, according ...

  9. Business Matters: Global Gaming Factory, Live Nation, Spotify

    August 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Global Gaming Factory , the Swedish company that planned to buy The Pirate Bay and transform it into a legitimate company with a bold business ...

  10. Digital Briefs: Facebook, Spotify, Outside Lands Fest

    August 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- A status update by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg reading simply " Spotify is so good" has sparked a rash of speculation that the social networking site may be in partnership talks with the ad-supported streaming music service. Face ...

  11. Business Matters: The Pirate Bay, Audible Magic, Miley Cyrus, Marty Bandier

    August 24, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- The largest ISP in Sweden has been told by a Swedish district court to block access to the Pirate Bay , according to numerous reports on Monday ...

  12. Radiohead Offers Free Download

    August 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT As predicted , Radiohead has offered a new song for download today (Aug. 17). "These Are My Twisted Words" is available from the band's official Web site as a free download. "We've been recording for a while, and this was ...

  13. Speculation Over Radiohead EP Release

    August 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT There is speculation that Radiohead will issue a new digital EP as early as Monday (Aug. 17), following the leak of a track online assumed to be a new song by the band. Fan site At Ease reports that "These Are My Twisted Words" was poste ...

  14. Business Matters: Ticketmaster, YouTube, Grooveshark

    August 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- Ticketmaster will reports its Q2 earnings after the bell Thursday. One analyst expects sales of $396 million and is worried that more venues wi ...

  15. Briefs: MSG, OurStage, Don Ienner, CMX, Spotify

    August 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Madison Square Garden Entertainment is looking for a venue in Washington D.C. "According to sources close to the company, MSG would open a venue of a 6,000 seats or more, requiring up to 100,000 square feet near shopping and public transit ...

  16. T.I., Jay Sean Post Big Numbers On Billboard Hot 100

    August 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT T.I. and U.K. singer Jay Sean tear up the Billboard Hot 100 this week, as T.I. scores the week's highest debut and Jay Sean earns his first top 10 on the chart. The incarcerated T.I.'s "Remember Me," featuring Mary J. Blige, de ...

  17. Google Sells Underperforming Radio Ad Business

    August 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Google Inc. has found a buyer for a radio advertising business it has abandoned as part of efforts to cut costs and jettison underperforming operations. WideOrbit Inc., a privately held company that makes software for the broadcast TV and radio in ...

  18. Briefs: Spotify, Entercom, Imeem, YouTube

    August 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Three new investors have backed Spotify at a valuation of $250 million, according to paidContent. One of the investors is Li Ka-Shing, a Hong Kong-based investor that backed Facebook in 2007, according to reported TechCrunch. In addition, Spoti ...

  19. Viral Wedding Video Gives Chris Brown's 'Forever' A Boost

    July 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When newlyweds Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz asked their wedding party to turn their wedding into a party the result was the latest YouTube hit "JK Wedding Entrance," which featured the entire cast dancing down the aisle to Chris Brown&# ...

  20. Madonna's 'Celebration' Hits Collection Set For Sept.

    July 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Madonna's greatest hits album "Celebration" is set for a Sept. 29 release in the U.S. The Warner Bros. collection will include hits from the Queen of Pop's entire career and boast two new songs. One of those, the title track, w ...

  21. Briefs: Mobile Streaming Growth, Radio Is Dead?

    July 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In its Global Mobile Broadband Traffic Report for Q2 2009 , Allot Communications says mobile HTTP streaming, with sequential quarter growth rate of 58%, is the fastest growing use for mobile data. HTTP streaming covers sites like Hulu, MySpace ...

  22. Warner Music, YouTube Still Talking On Deal

    July 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group is still in talks with video sharing site YouTube to license its artists' music videos even after all its major rivals have renewed their deals. EMI Music, the smallest of the big four music labels, quietly renewed its deal ...

  23. Google Sees YouTube Profitable In Near Future

    July 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Web video site YouTube will be profitable for Google Inc in the near future, the Internet search leader said. Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion in 2006, but has lost money on the site that lets people post and share videos free. Analysts h ...

  24. Analysis: eMusic Upgrades Change User Experience

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT With eMusic's addition of Sony catalog titles, the emergence of album pricing and frequent restrictions, the music download store is, in a few key aspects, a very different place. Once marked by its independent nature and outsider attitude, e ...

  25. Survey: File-Sharing Down In U.K.

    July 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A new survey of U.K. music fans suggests that fewer people are getting music via illegal file-sharing. According to the latest annual survey of more than 1,000 music fans by specialist media and technology research agency the Leading Question, in ...

  26. Analysis: Everything Is Wrong With Free Moby MP3 Story

    July 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Was the power of free the reason Moby's song "Shot in the Back of the Head" was the best-selling track in the debut week of his new album, "Wait For Me"? As Moby wrote to Bob Lefsetz , "it's the track we've ...

  27. 'Long Tail' Author Tackles 'Free' As Industry Experiments With Pricing

    July 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "Free: The Future of a Radical Price," a new book from Wired Magazine editor Chris Anderson tackles the idea of zero price in the digital age. Anderson wrote "The Long Tail," an era-defining book, and just as that book found bo ...

  28. Editorial: Remembering Michael

    July 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT This is the second time in my life I've been heartbroken to miss a Michael Jackson concert. The first time was when I was in the sixth grade, and my 17-year-old sister came home and surprised us with the news that she had tickets to the Jacks ...

  29. What Teens Want: How Teens Use Media

    June 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Don't get too caught up in the hype of digital media usage. That is a key message of "How Teens Use Media," a new research report by the Nielsen Company that it will present in New York on Thursday (June 25) at its annual "What ...

  30. Analysis: What the Virgin Media-UMG Deal Means

    June 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT When Virgin Media, a UK Internet service provider, and Universal Music Group announced their plan to launch a music subscription service, the recording industry took major, positive steps in a new direction. The new service will feature UMG conten ...

  31. Briefs: Capitol vs. Thomas-Rasset, YouTube, Spotify

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- By all accounts, Julius Genachowski breezed through his hearing as President Obama 's nomination to be FCC chairman. Genachowski , a former executive at InterActive Corp. and a co-founder of LaunchBox Digital and Rock Creek Ventures, said ...

  32. France's SPPF Sues YouTube

    June 18, 2009 12:00 AM EDT French independent labels collecting society SPPF has filed a lawsuit against YouTube for alleged copyright infringement. In a statement, the producers' body said that more than 100 music videos of its catalog, which had been taken down by Yo ...

  33. NMPA Vows To Continue YouTube Fight

    June 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The National Music Publishers of America’s top legislative initiative for this year is to get law written that will clarify that there is a performance right for audio-visual downloads, the organization’s president and CEO David Israelite said at ...

  34. Though Hispanics Embrace The Web, Video Content Lags

    June 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The fast-growing Hispanic Web audience has a ravenous appetite for video on the Web. But digital buyers complain of a dearth of content targeted to this group, and say that a huge market exists for the right video purveyor to serve. According to c ...

  35. Court Rules In Favor Of The Ray Charles Foundation

    June 15, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Ray Charles Foundation now holds all rights to the professional name, likeness, celebrity and other intellectual property of Ray Charles. The decisive ruling was handed down on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the late singer's death ( ...

  36. Indie Survey: Friends, Live Shows Big Influencers

    June 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Four out of five independent music store customers cite a recommendation of a friend as being an important factor in a purchase, according to a survey conducted by the Association of Independent Music Stores (AIMS). The online survey queried 1,067 ...

  37. Inside Coca-Cola's Music-Powered Campaign

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "From our perspective, it was a logical choice to inspire people through music," said Coca-Cola Global Music Marketing Manager Umut Özaydinli in the beginning of a case study on Coca-Cola's "Open Happiness" campaign at the ...

  38. Imogen Heap Tweets Album News

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Two-time Grammy nominee Imogen Heap will release "Ellipse," the follow-up to her album "Speak For Yourself," on Aug. 3 in the U.K. The singer songwriter confirmed the release date via Twitter. It will be released through Heap&# ...

  39. Sony Partners With UMG For Vevo

    June 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sony Music Entertainment has joined Universal Music Group’s Vevo online music video streaming service. Although exact details of the deal were not disclosed, but sources say Sony is an equity partner in the new venture as well as a provider of con ...

  40. Analysis: Recent Earnings Spotlight Ongoing Trends

    June 03, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The importance of ancillary revenue streams and continued consolidation - either within a company or between two companies - were some of the ongoing trends spotlighted in the most recent round of earnings reports. As companies manage the transiti ...

  41. YouTube Welcomes PRS Rate Cut

    May 29, 2009 12:00 AM EDT YouTube has reacted positively to U.K. authors rights body PRS for Music's new performance right rates for streaming services in the United Kingdom, but discussions about a new licensing deal are ongoing. YouTube began blocking premium music ...

  42. Spotify Previews Mobile App

    May 28, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music streaming service Spotify has shown off its new mobile service working with Google's Android platform. The company, based in London and Stockholm, has posted a demo online at YouTube . The company stressed that the app for Android-power ...

  43. Business Briefs: Sotomayor, Farkie, Virgin Megastore

    May 27, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- President Obama's choice for the Supreme Court, Judge Sonia Sotomayor , issued at least one major opinion on copyright. Wrote Ben Sheffner at his Copyrights and Campaigns blog, "All in all, Judge Sotomayor's Castle Rock opinion i ...

  44. Business Briefs: Don Law, Live Nation, YouTube

    May 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Country album sales are down only 3.9% through May 17, compared to the overall decline of 13%. Just as country's numbers benefitted from the Eagles a few years ago, they look good this year because the "Hannah Montana" soundtrack ...

  45. Billboard Q&A: iLike CEO Ali Partovi

    May 14, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Fresh off of iLike's expansion into new services like Twitter, YouTube and the iPhone , the company's CEO Ali Partovi sat down to discuss the details of these new features, including whether the iLike service is designed more for artists ...

  46. iLike Expands Social Music Service To New Platforms

    May 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT iLike is expanding its social music service to new platforms such as Twitter, YouTube, MySpace and the iPhone, as well as introducing a new data feature for artists who use it to promote their music. Hoping to address the problem many artists have ...

  47. Microsoft Steps Up Value Attacks On Apple

    May 12, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Microsoft is continuing its attacks on Apple products as overpriced with a new Web campaign for its Zune portable media player. In a Web video, financial planner and former reality show star Wes Moss presents the case that the 120GB iPod would cos ...

  48. Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Pairs Newcomer With Legends

    May 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Columbia Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing are taking a back-to-the-future A&R approach for the debut album by singer/songwriter Nikki Jean: They're pairing her with experienced songwriters. That doesn't sound especially bold—exc ...

  49. Sources: Rio Caraeff To Lead Vevo

    May 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Rio Caraeff, executive VP of UMG's eLabs, will be named president of music video service Vevo when it launches later this year, according to sources. In the meantime, Caraeff will continue as head of UMG's digital division, which is resp ...

  50. Q&A: CBS Interactive Music President David Goodman

    May 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT CBS Corp. this week merged its music-related businesses into a new unit, called the CBS Interactive Music group. It consists of the on-demand streaming music service Last.fm along with the interactive websites of every CBS radio station that offer ...

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