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  1. Music Web site MUZU Signs Universal Deal

    April 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT MUZU.TV, an Irish-based video Web site which has won plaudits from the music industry for the way it pays artists when their music is played online, has signed a deal with the world's largest label Universal. MUZU.TV, which has also signed de ...

  2. Business Briefs: Terra Firma, Lucien Grainge, P2P, UMG

    April 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The Guardian questioned Terra Firma's financing of its deal with EMI, which came years after Guy Hands demonized debt securitization. The last of Terra Firma's blockbuster deals was its acquisition of EMI. Citigroup provided £2.6 bill ...

  3. Sony, Lionsgate Included In YouTube Deal

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT In a move intended to strike back at the encroaching Hulu, YouTube announced a series of partnerships that will enable it to stream a range of full-length movies and television shows. The pics and episodes, which will be streamed on a separate sec ...

  4. Pirate Bay: What About Google?

    April 17, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Pirate Bay's spokesman Peter Sunde, sentenced to a year in prison for his role in the BitTorrent tracker, was defiant in his response to the Swedish court's verdict and raised the issue of Google providing links to copyrighted materi ...

  5. German Composer Sues Google/YouTube

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German composer Frank Peterson has filed a lawsuit at the Higher District Court in Hamburg against Google/YouTube, claiming that his music videos and other audiovisual repertoire were used illegally. Peterson produces British soprano Sarah Brightm ...

  6. 'Britain's Got Talent' Singer A Global Hit

    April 16, 2009 12:00 AM EDT A 47-year-old charity worker from Scotland has become a global star via the Web, scoring around 20 million hits on YouTube for assorted clips of her performance on U.K. TV show "Britain's Got Talent." Susan Boyle performed "I D ...

  7. Business Briefs: Free Music, Google, Pirate Bay, Live Nation

    April 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Free music will continue to exist on the Internet, but as some companies burn through cash it is clear some users are going to have to pay to subsidize those users who prefer the free version. Ad revenue and royalty rates are such that addition ...

  8. Business Briefs: Sony vs. Tenenbaum, Piper Jaffray, Lala

    April 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- Audio of the April 8th oral arguments in the Sony vs. Tenenbaum file-sharing case is appearing in a number of locations. Follow the links to both MP3 files and YouTube streams. ( Recording Industry vs. the People ) -- More details have emerged ...

  9. UMG, Google In Deal For Video Service

    April 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group and Google finalized their long-awaited deal to create a new music video service called Vevo, expected to launch before the end of the year. Vevo is designed as a central repository for all UMG video content initially—includi ...

  10. German Publishers Back GEMA Over YouTube Row

    April 08, 2009 12:00 AM EDT German music publishers are backing the German collection society GEMA in its dispute with YouTube. Google has blocked access to music videos on YouTube in Germany, following a similar move last month in the U.K. where negotiations for a new licen ...

  11. CISAC To Stage World Copyright Summit in June

    April 07, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers will hold its second annual World Copyright Summit on June 9 and 10 in Washington D.C., with a line-up of more than 100 speakers including the Bee Gees' Robin Gibb, songwri ...

  12. Business Briefs: YouTube, Origami Vinyl, TicketsNow and More

    April 06, 2009 12:00 AM EDT - EMI has launched Your Soundcheck, "an exclusive online research community of people with a passion for music." It appears to be a continuation of the mission to learn about consumer behavior that was started with the consumer-facing EM ...

  13. YouTube Blocks Music Videos In Germany

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Negotiations between Google subsidiary YouTube and the German collection society GEMA about the extension of their licensing agreement have broken down, according to a statement from GEMA's Munich-based CEO Dr. Harald Heker. GEMA reported tha ...

  14. Billboard Mobile Entertainment Live: Smartphones Driving Ad Revenue

    April 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Is advertising the key to making mobile content pay? That's the question that speakers and attendees of Billboard's Mobile Entertainment Live conference in Las Vegas were asking themselves March 31, where the hype over the mobile enterta ...

  15. Analysis: Mixing Downloads With Streams

    March 31, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The new partnership between Spotify , the new darling of streaming music sites, and UK digital media delivery company 7digital will allow Spotify users to buy MP3 downloads of over six million tracks, but combining a streaming service with a paid ...

  16. Songwriters' Online Response To Google

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. songwriters and composers have launched a new Web site to highlight concerns over the use of their work on the Internet. The site, fairplayforcreators.com, went live today (March 25) and has the backing of Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Robbie ...

  17. 'Unafraid' China Apparently Fears YouTube

    March 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT China is not afraid of the Internet, its Foreign Ministry said, even as access to the popular video sharing site YouTube was apparently blocked. YouTube, owned by search giant Google Inc, has been unavailable for users in China, which filters the ...

  18. Editorial: SXSW 2009 Reflections

    March 22, 2009 12:00 AM EDT "If there's a recession, you wouldn't know about it at SXSW," said Jonathan McHugh, the music supervisor and movie producer most prominently connected to the "Saw" series. He was at the Saturday showcase for Chop Shop ...

  19. U.K. Music Slams 'Cynical' Google

    March 13, 2009 12:00 AM EDT U.K. Music, the umbrella organization for the British music industry, has criticized Google's decision to block access to premium music videos on YouTube for users in the U.K. As previously reported, Google began blocking videos March 9 after ...

  20. PRS for Music, Google Still Talking

    March 11, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Representatives from PRS for Music and Google will continue discussions following Google's decision to block premium music videos for British users of YouTube. The two sides are in dispute over the rates they are each seeking to secure a new ...

  21. Publishers 'Dismayed' At YouTube Decision

    March 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The U.K.'s Music Publishers Association (MPA) has voiced its concern at Google's decision to remove music videos from YouTube over a rates row with collecting society PRS for Music, while there are reports the dispute could affect the My ...

  22. YouTube, Performing Right Society Dispute To Nix Music Videos

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Music videos on YouTube in the UK will be silenced after negotiations between the Google-owned service and the countries' Performing Right Society failed to agree on new rates. Both YouTube and the PRS issued statements outlining their respec ...

  23. Free Streaming Service Muziic Hits The Web

    March 09, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Another free online music streaming service has hit the Web, with some questionable legal cover. Muziic is simply an iTunes-like interface that draws on YouTube for music content rather than licensing from the labels and publishers. But unlike mos ...

  24. Digital Briefs: MTV, AT&T, Diddy

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST - MTV's president of global digital media Mika Salmi reportedly is leaving the company at the end of the month. His position will not be filled. - MTV and ISP AT&T have joined forces to bring exclusive content from MTV's archives to ...

  25. Austrian Market Falls 8%

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST In 2008, the recorded music market in Austria posted total revenues of €185 million ($234.4 million), down 8% from 2007's €201 million ($254.6 million). The digital market again increased, by 14% to €11.4 million ($14.4 million), while music ...

  26. INXS Responds To 'Bizarre' Fortune Comments

    March 06, 2009 12:00 AM EST INXS songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player Andrew Farriss and creative director/global business strategist Chris Murphy have spoken exclusively to Billboard.biz about the apparent departure of lead singer J.D. Fortune. The frontman sang lead ...

  27. Music & Money: VC Firms May Pull Back On Music Investments

    March 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST With digital service providers having a hard time making money and new start-ups still having difficulty affording licensing, venture capital firms may be on the verge of pulling back from investing in the music space. That was one of the conclusi ...

  28. UMG, YouTube Move Closer To Premium Video Partnership

    March 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Hulu-like music video service that Universal Music Group has been developing may be close to finding a partner. Sources confirm the label and YouTube are in discussions on an agreement to offer the site together . The exact details of the pote ...

  29. Neil Young: WMG Being Penalized

    March 03, 2009 12:00 AM EST Neil Young has come to the defense of his label Reprise Records and Warner Music Group (WMG) over the ongoing content dispute between WMG and YouTube. On his blog , Young says the major label is being penalized for being the first to sign licensin ...

  30. MTV Games, Warner: No 'Rock Band' Boycott Of WMG Artists

    March 02, 2009 12:00 AM EST MTV Games is not boycotting Warner Music Group artists from the “Rock Band” franchise, despite what an article in the current Wired magazine claims, according to sources from both camps. Rather, the impasse is best described as a stalemate. WMG CE ...

  31. Venevision Overhauls New Media Initiatives

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Venevision International has launched a new entertainment portal, Novulu.com , and a series of new media initiatives. Novulu features films, music, mobile and television content for consumers, which can be viewed or purchased from the site, both a ...

  32. Brits Artists' Sales Surge

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST BRIT Awards performers and winners including Duffy, the Ting Tings and Elbow have already seen a digital sales bounce, following the TV broadcast of the ceremony. According to the Official Charts Co, there was an immediate impact on download sales ...

  33. Next New, Verizon Launch Music Video Site

    February 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Online TV firm Next New Networks and Verizon FiOS are launching an online network Thursday called $99 Music Videos to showcase the talents of emerging musicians and filmmakers. The companies say they are looking to create an MTV for the digital an ...

  34. Omnifone Unveils Unlimited Music For ISPs

    February 17, 2009 12:00 AM EST London-based Omnifone, which powers various all-you-can-eat services with mobile vendors and operators around the world, has unveiled its latest unlimited offering during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and confirmed it is in talks with lea ...

  35. Digital Briefs: Sony, YouTube, 'Rock Band' Suit, Shazam

    February 13, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Sony Music Entertainment has finalized a new licensing deal with YouTube, although no formal announcement has been made. The All Things D blog initially reported the deal, which Billboard has since confirmed. Details include an upfront payment t ...

  36. 6 Questions: Grammys Team Talks Digital Push

    February 05, 2009 12:00 AM EST In the run-up to the Feb. 8 Grammy Awards show, the Recording Academy has launched a number of initiatives designed to broaden the organization's footprint in the digital world. This includes an official Grammy Twitter feed - where performers ...

  37. EFF Mounts Fight Over YouTube Takedowns

    February 04, 2009 12:00 AM EST The Electronic Frontier Foundation is offering to represent YouTube users who wish to fight back when their videos are removed from the user-generated video service at the request of media companies such as record labels. The group posted a missiv ...

  38. Around the Web: RIAA v. Tenenbaum, WMG, YouTube

    January 28, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Ars Technica has a rundown on the weirdness surrounding the RIAA v. Joel Tenenbaum piracy case. In addition to the ongoing back-and-forth over whether the trial can be streamed online, the RIAA is now seeking action against the defendant's ...

  39. MIDEM 2009 In Quotes

    January 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST The music industry's annual five-day trip to the south of France for the MIDEM international music market and conference is over, and most of the execs should now be back at their desks. Here Billboard.biz rounds up the best quotes of the con ...

  40. Starbucks Taps MC Yogi For New Campaign

    January 21, 2009 12:00 AM EST Starbucks this week launched a national ad campaign that uses lyrics and music from California rapper MC Yogi (White Swan Records). MC Yogi last year released a viral video entitled "Obama '08 - Vote for Hope" which has garnered 350 ...

  41. O2 To Offer British Music Experience

    January 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST The British Music Experience, an interactive take on U.K. rock history, will open at London's O2 arena on March 6 with initial backing from the venue's operator AEG Europe and three major sponsors. Promoter Harvey Goldsmith, chairman of ...

  42. MIDEM Day 1: Managers On Digital Revenue Trail

    January 19, 2009 12:00 AM EST Artist managers and entertainment lawyers voiced their concerns about digital music revenue -- how much their acts deserve and how much they're owed -- during the opening day of the MIDEM international music market and conference in Cannes. T ...

  43. PRS For Music Launches In Cannes

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society the MCPS-PRS Alliance has re-branded and will now be called PRS for Music. The new name was announced during the MIDEM international music market and conference in Cannes and becomes effective Monday (Jan. 19). A new writer ...

  44. Google's Eun Defends YouTube

    January 18, 2009 12:00 AM EST Speaking at a MidemNet keynote in Cannes, Google's VP of content partnership David Eun described Warner Music Group ordering the removal of its repertoire from YouTube as "unfortunate." But he insisted label partners can benefit hug ...

  45. IFPI Digital Report Urges Action On Music Piracy

    January 16, 2009 12:00 AM EST The IFPI has estimated that 95% of music downloads are illegal, according to its 2009 Digital Music Report. The estimation is the result of a three-year study in 16 countries, which also indicated more than 40 billion files were illegally file-sha ...

  46. Exclusive: UMG Signs Licensing Deal with Kyte

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Universal Music Group recently closed a deal with Kyte, the media platform which enables companies to connect with audiences in real time on the internet or through mobile phones, Billboard has learned exclusively. Under the worldwide agreement, a ...

  47. Digital Briefs: Last.fm, YouTube, Apple

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST - Last.fm says it experienced explosive growth last year, up 204% in unique visitors, 147% in site visits, 219% in page views and 141% in time spent on site over 2007 levels. - YouTube is letting users opt to have the audio in their videos muted r ...

  48. Billboard Extended Q&A, Part 2: Don Ienner

    January 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Don Ienner, IMO president/owner and the former Sony Music chief, recently sat down with Billboard for his first extensive, on-the-record talk in more than a decade. In this second part of the two-part interview ( first part is here ), Ienner and b ...

  49. Conroy Exits AOL For Univision Digital Post

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Longtime AOL executive Kevin Conroy will exit the Time Warner-owned Web portal to lead Univision's varied digital operations, which the Spanish-language media giant is rebranding as Univision Interactive Media. As of Jan. 12 Conroy, who was m ...

  50. Kat DeLuna Signs With Universal Motown

    January 07, 2009 12:00 AM EST Pop singer Kat DeLuna, who left Epic Records last October, has found a new home at Universal Motown, label reps confirmed. She is scheduled to release a new, as-yet-untitled single featuring Lil Wayne in coming weeks. In a Youtube video posted for ...

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