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  1. Bits and Briefs: Google, Vevo, and Sony

    October 08, 2012 1:42 PM EDT Google Play passes 25 billion app downloadsGoogle has surpassed 25 billion app downloads from 675,000 different apps-both free and paid-at Google Play. The announcement was made Sept. 26 at the Offic Google Play passes 25 billion app downloads G ...

  2. Nicki Minaj's 'American Idol' Buzz and Fragrance Launch Stirs Social Buzz

    October 05, 2012 8:02 PM EDT Nicki Minaj's continued media exposure due to her judging role on "American Idol" has generated substantial social returns. An appearance on "The View," coupled with the launch of her own fragrance, brings 130,000 new fans ...

  3. Jeff Price, SOCAN CEO Discuss Price's New Role at Organization

    October 05, 2012 6:30 PM EDT SOCAN -- the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada - announced earlier this week that it has hired TuneCore co-founder and former CEO Jeff Price as a consultant, but the performance rights organization has no plans to start ...

  4. Jay-Z To Stream Final Barclays Concert Live On New YouTube Channel Saturday Night

    October 05, 2012 10:01 AM EDT Jay-Z is live-streaming the last of his eight concerts at New York City's Barclays Center for the launch of his new YouTube channel. Backbeat: Jay-Z, Lyor Cohen, Julie Greenwald, Island Def Jam Execs at Barclays Center's 40/40 Club Launc ...

  5. Morning Fix: Daniel Glass on Mumford & Sons; Microsoft and Rdio; Adele Returns; Jay-Z's New YouTube Channel

    October 05, 2012 8:05 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters JEFF CASTELAZ NAMED PRESIDENT OF ELEKTRA RECORDS: Jeff Castelaz has been named President of Elektra Records, where he will oversee all areas of the label's operation w ...

  6. Morning Fix: Mumford & Sons Face Muse; Nielsen Numbers; Bieber, Rihanna Fan Sites Fined $1 Mil; Replacements Reunion?

    October 04, 2012 7:34 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. JOHN JANICK NAMED PRESIDENT/COO OF INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M: It's official: John Janick has been named president and chief operating officer of Interscope Geffen A&a ...

  7. PSY Rules at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart for Fifth Week

    September 28, 2012 11:36 AM EDT PSY continues to dominate Billboard's Social 50 chart, keeping a firm foothold in the No. 1 spot for a fifth straight week. With so many television and festival appearances directing online attention, one wonders when he finds time to sleep. ...

  8. Global Citizen Festival Aims to be 'Largest Syndicated Charity Broadcast'

    September 27, 2012 10:00 PM EDT With this weekend's Global Citizen Festival, AEG Digital Media (AEGDM) and AEG Network Live will attempt to go where no other digitally syndicated charity music festival has gone before. AEGDM head of business development Chris Roach believes ...

  9. Backbeat: Carly Rae Jepsen Hangs With Cody Simpson, Scooter Braun, Interscope Execs At Album Launch Party

    September 26, 2012 11:45 AM EDT Carly Rae Jepsen signs autographs for fans outside the event. (Photo: Nicole Pajer) Carly Rae Jepsen celebrated the release of Kiss last Thursday with family and industry friends at her West Hollywood release party. The paparazzi swarmed outside o ...

  10. Business Matters: If Apple is Peaking, What Digital Services Are Next?

    September 25, 2012 11:39 PM EDT Apple has had a flurry of uncharacteristically bad news over the last few days. A riot at its Foxconn supplier in China. Weaker-than-expected iPhone 5 sales over the weekend (although sales weren't all that bad, see below). A disappointing fe ...

  11. Concord Music Group Opens Catalog to Rumblefish

    September 25, 2012 7:59 PM EDT Concord Music Group has made its catalog of pop, jazz, rock and soul music available to Rumblefish for use in online user-generated videos. Rumblefish offers recommendation tools for copyright-cleared music and, prior to the inclusion of the Conco ...

  12. Backbeat: Kreayshawn DJs Album Release Party, Works Food Truck

    September 25, 2012 11:52 AM EDT Kreayshawn working the Coolhaus ice cream sandwhich truck at her album release party for Something 'Bout Kreay (Columbia) at Hollywood's Dim Mak Studios. (Photo: Mark Hunter/Cobra Snake) Kreayshawn and Columbia Records are about to disco ...

  13. Morning Fix: The Lyor Cohen Exec Shuffle; MySpace Eye Candy; Psy's Topless Promise

    September 25, 2012 7:44 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. LYOR COHEN, POST WARNER MUSIC: WHO WILL REPLACE HIM, AND WHAT'S HIS NEXT MOVE? The announcement of Lyor Cohen's imminent departure from Warner Music Group sent a ...

  14. Ross on Radio: The Song Of Summer That Almost Wasn't

    September 24, 2012 6:43 AM EDT In their story on Carly Rae Jepsen and social media's role in helping break her "Summer Song of 2012," the New York Times credits Justin Bieber with helping anoint what was "a minor hit in Canada" when he first heard it. I ...

  15. Austin Mahone's 'Say Somethin' Video Sparks Return to Social 50 Chart

    September 21, 2012 9:13 PM EDT Sixteen-year-old Internet sensation Austin Mahone makes a grand re-entry at No. 19 on Billboard's Social 50 chart following the release of his video for "Say Somethin." The clip roused his massive online fan base last week, garnerin ...

  16. Bubbling Under: Kacey Musgraves, Krewella, Blondfire, and Shane Dawson

    September 20, 2012 5:25 PM EDT >>>MUSGRAVES' 'MERRY' DEBUT Kacey Musgraves gains momentum with a 42-38 jump on Hot Country Songs with debut single "Merry Go 'Round" (Mercury). As a songwriter, the Texas native has placed cuts o ...

  17. Business Matters: No Ceiling in Sight for Subscription Services

    September 20, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Independent music analyst Mark Mulligan, formerly with Forrester Research, raised some eyebrows when he told the Future Music Forum in Barcelona that today's music subscription services have a "natural ceiling" that prevent the sort ...

  18. Backbeat: The Killers Thrill NYC For 'American Express: Unstaged' Concert With Werner Herzog

    September 19, 2012 5:36 PM EDT Brandon Flowers of the Killers on stage at the Paradise Theatre in the Bronx. (Photo: Getty: Donald Bowers / American Express Unstaged) "Hello! We're The Killers , brought to you by way of fabulous Las Vegas. This one goes out to Planet ...

  19. Morning Fix: Aussies Approve UMG-EMI; Jay-Z, Beyonce's Obama Fundraiser; Facebookification of Twitter

    September 19, 2012 7:39 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. UNIVERSAL MUSIC-EMI DEAL APPROVED BY AUSTRALIAN REGULATORS WITH NO DIVESTMENTS: Australia's competition and consumer commission has given the thumbs-up to Universal M ...

  20. Psy Still No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, 50 Cent Makes 'Sexy' Return

    September 14, 2012 5:26 PM EDT Psy tops the Billboard Social 50 for the third week in a row as he continues to showcase his "Gangnam Style" song and its signature dance in the United States. Last week, he appeared on MTV's Video Music Awards broadcast (Sept. 6) w ...

  21. Video: Psy Does 'Gangnam Style' on NBC's Today Show -- First Artist Ever to Perform Same Song Twice

    September 14, 2012 2:46 PM EDT Korean pop/dance sensation Psy -- who recently signed to Scooter Braun's Schoolboy Records, a part of Universal Republic -- hit NBC's Today show this morning, and was such a sensation that the show's producers had him perform his vi ...

  22. Business Matters: Can Seth Goldstein's DJZ Disrupt As Well As Entertain?

    September 13, 2012 2:21 PM EDT That Seth Goldstein is aiming his new startup, the content and advertising-driven DJZ at the growing electronic dance music (EDM) scene is not a surprise. Goldstein is chairman at Turntable.fm, the DJ-minded music service that shot to fame in 2011 ...

  23. Grizzly Bear Are Keeping It Cool

    September 13, 2012 12:00 PM EDT On its fourth album, the avant-pop band tries to capitalize on its critical cachet. After a pair of albums that featured slow-moving, elegant soundscapes often stretching past the five-minute mark, Grizzly Bear finally released a brash, catchy sin ...

  24. President Obama's DNC Speech Boosts Bruce Springsteen Song Sales by 409%

    September 12, 2012 8:20 PM EDT The President meets the Boss on this week's Billboard charts, thanks to the Democratic National Convention. After Bruce Springsteen's song "We Take Care Of Our Own" was played at the end of President Obama's speech at the ...

  25. Digital Domain, The Company Behind Tupac Hologram, Files For Bankruptcy

    September 12, 2012 10:44 AM EDT PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) - Less than a year after going public, Digital Domain, the digital production company founded by director James Cameron and most recently in the news for creating the Tupac hologram at Coachella, has filed for Chapter 11 ...

  26. Morning Fix: Tupac Hologram Company Goes Broke, More Coachellas? J.Lo's Cable Channel, iPhone 5!

    September 12, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters: Breaking News, Touring, Top 40, Country and many more. AEG ATTORNEY FIRES BACK OVER MICHAEL JACKSON EMAILS: 'NOBODY IS TELLING THE STORY PROPERLY': A series of c ...

  27. Made In America: Did it Work?

    September 11, 2012 11:36 AM EDT The "Made In America: Did It Work?" story below examines the festival's attendance, sponsors, partnerships, marketing, bookings and branding towards determining if the eventwas a success or not and is from this week's edition o ...

  28. Business Matters: Vevo Report Provides Clearer Picture of Its U.S. Mobile Streams

    September 11, 2012 10:28 AM EDT Vevo's viewership report for April to June 2012 doesn't come right out and say it, but it suggests mobile apps and gaming platforms and responsible for about 1 billion out of 9.3 billion video views in the U.S. in the last 3 months. Busi ...

  29. Morning Fix: UMG-EMI Merger, YouTube Goes iOS, Russell Simmons Writes To Jay-Z

    September 11, 2012 7:34 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. SPOTIFY PRICING STAYING PUT: Spotify is set on its current prices as reports circulate its working on a browser-based version of its subscription service. Well, for the mo ...

  30. Backbeat: The Wanted, Karmin Hit XBOX 360 Event, Rita Ora Performs At MTV/Time Warner VMAs After Party

    September 07, 2012 4:55 PM EDT The Wanted poses for photos with the members of the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team. (Photo: Tiffany Rose/WireImage) Rita Ora tweeted to her 1.2 million fans that she'd be performing at a VMA after-party, but getting in to see the 2 ...

  31. KCON, First-Ever U.S. K-Pop Convention, to Feature 4Minute, B.A.P., More

    September 07, 2012 4:46 PM EDT In the wake of Korean singer/rapper Psy's signing with Scooter Braun's Schoolboy Records , tickets for the first ever K-pop fan convention have gone on sale. KCON, a production by Korean entertainment brand Mnet, comes to the Verizon Amp ...

  32. Psy Remains at No. 1 on Social 50 Chart, Linkin Park's 'Echo'-Fueled Jump

    September 07, 2012 4:17 PM EDT Linkin Park's new Facebook-personalized video for "Lost in the Echo" fuels the band's big jump on the Billboard Social 50 chart this week. The act rises 23-16 on the tally, thanks to social interaction caused by the clip. In th ...

  33. The Piano Guys -- YouTube and Billboard Social 50 Stars -- Sign With Sony Masterworks

    September 07, 2012 12:30 PM EDT The five fathers hailing from Utah who make up YouTube stars The Piano Guys have signed with Sony Masterworks and will release their self-titled debut album on October 2. "Sony Masterworks is going to be able to take our music to more places ...

  34. Preaching To The Choir

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Scala & Kolacny Brothers take the movie and TV world by storm. The female choir heard in the current trailer for Showtime's "Homeland" is the same one that became an Internet sensation after its version of Radiohead's " ...

  35. The xx Finds The Love Below

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Three years after its breakout debut, the xx returns with a plan to keep building buzz from the underground up The Internet shared a collective swoon on July 16, when British trio the xx unveiled "Angels," the first single from its highl ...

  36. Dragonette Says 'Hello' Again

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Fueled by TV exposure and high-profile collaborations, Dragonette heats up with independently released third album. The audience at the "Good Morning America" concert series, staged in New York's Central Park, took shelter under umb ...

  37. Dustin Lynch's Angels And Airwaves

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Young country act Dustin Lynch scores big debut by going back to basics. Dustin Lynch has good reason to celebrate. Fueled by the top 10 single "Cowboys and Angels," he became the only new male artist to have his debut album enter at No. ...

  38. Made In America: Did It Work?

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT Sorting the numbers on the new Jay-Z fest Budweiser Made in America had a lot of elements of a blockbuster: a curated lineup and headlining set from Jay-Z, promotion from Live Nation, live streams from YouTube and Pandora and a title sponsorship f ...

  39. Album Reviews: The Killers, Bob Dylan & more

    September 07, 2012 8:00 AM EDT THE KILLERS Battle Born Producers: various Island Records Release Date: Sept. 18 The Killers covered an impressive amount of ground in pop music across their first three albums. But on "Battle Born", the Las Vegas quartet apparently deci ...

  40. One Direction Solves Legal Issue Over Band Name

    September 06, 2012 8:24 AM EDT One Direction, the mega-selling UK act that was put together by Simon Cowell on The X Factor, has settled a legal war over its band name. Cowell's record label, Syco Entertainment as well as Sony Music and members of the band were sued in Apr ...

  41. Morning Fix: Bankers Big Winners in EMI-UMG Deal; SEO B.S.; VMAs Relevance; Matchbox 20 Aim For No. 1

    September 06, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MATCHBOX TWENTY AIMING FOR FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM ON NEXT WEEK'S BILLBOARD 200: Watch for Matchbox Twenty to nab its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Also heade ...

  42. Morning Fix: Bob Dylan Streaming & Reopening; Spotify Unhitches Facebook; iPhone 5 Predictions

    September 05, 2012 8:30 AM EDT Head HERE now to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. CHRISTINA AGUILERA TO DELIVER KEYNOTE AT BILLBOARD/THR FILM & TV MUSIC CONFERENCE: Christina Aguilera has been announced as a keynote speaker at the 2012 Billboard ...

  43. Nokia Music Comes To U.S.

    September 04, 2012 10:23 AM EDT Nokia announced Tuesday the U.S. launch of the free music streaming service Nokia Music. The service is currently exclusive to owners of the Nokia Lumia 900 or Nokia Lumia 710, who can download the app from the Marketplace. Nicki Minaj Teams With ...

  44. Scooter Braun, Korean Viral Video Sensation Psy Announce Label Partnership

    September 04, 2012 6:50 AM EDT Psy, the Korean pop star and U.S. viral video sensation, uploaded a short clip on his official YouTube channel Monday showing music exec Scooter Braun and himself sharing a drink and making a big announcement: sources have confirmed to Billboard t ...

  45. 'Gangnam Style' Helps Psy Dance Way to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    August 31, 2012 4:10 PM EDT South Korean artist Psy is dancing his way up Billboard's charts with his viral phenomenon single "Gangnam Style." This week, he leaps 9-1 on the Social 50 while the tune hops onto Heatseekers Songs at No. 23 and bows at No. 74 on ...

  46. Psy Charts With 'Style'

    August 30, 2012 7:05 PM EDT YouTube star Psy's 'Gangnam Style' song debuts on multiple lists. South Korean artist Psy is dancing his way up Billboard's charts with his viral phenomenon single, "Gangnam Style." This week, Psy leaps 9-1 on the Soc ...

  47. The Takeover of EDM

    August 30, 2012 5:55 PM EDT A look at the newest (and possibly next) big buys for Sillerman's growing EDM empire. There's no shortage of independent companies in EDM: For the self-sufficient industry, they're the rule, not the exception. Now, Robert F.X. Sille ...

  48. Robert F.X. Sillerman's Empire State of Mind

    August 30, 2012 5:55 PM EDT After conquering both radio and live music, Robert F.X. Sillerman now has $1 billion to spend and his sights set on electronic dance music's explosive live space. Bob Sillerman is laying on a black marble countertop, against a black brocade w ...

  49. The Return Of Music Television

    August 30, 2012 5:30 PM EDT Fuse hopes to capture the music audience that MTV left behind. Fuse is bringing music back to TV. Since it left parent company Rainbow Media and transferred to Madison Square Garden Inc. in 2008, the channel has attempted to keep the songs pumping ...

  50. Casinos Betting Big On Music

    August 30, 2012 5:10 PM EDT As gambling revenue declines, casinos are looking to superstar artists (and DJs) to usher in a new era. The view from above is equal parts privileged and treacherous: A singular perspective, but dizzying in its height, and occasional obstacles-lad ...

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