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  1. Beats Music Hires Ex-Gang of Four's Dave Allen as Artist Advocate (Exclusive)

    February 25, 2014 7:00 PM EST In an effort to address the critics of streaming music head on, Beats Music has hired Dave Allen, the former bass guitarist for the post-punk band Gang of Four, to be the company's public face and chief advocate. The newly created positi ...

  2. Exclusive: 'Spotify Landmark' Original Content Series Launches With Nirvana's 'In Utero' (Listen)

    September 18, 2013 4:12 PM EDT Spotify has launched its own original content series and dedicated website called Spotify Landmark, a multi-media documentary series focusing on classic moments in music history. The premiere episode (embed below), entitled “The Real Story of ...

  3. Metadata Confusion Costing the Industry More than Money, Delegates Told at NARM ‘Music Biz’ Summit

    May 07, 2013 12:08 AM EDT Misspellings, multiple identities for a single artist, and multiple release dates are costing the music industry a lot of money and causing great confusion among customers, according to a day-long summit on metadata held at the NARM "Music ...

  4. From A Stream to a Torrent: Music Journalism's Elite Talk Discovery in Age of One-Click Availability at EMP Pop Conf.

    April 20, 2013 1:56 PM EDT In an industry where “music discovery” has become a buzzword -- companies like Twitter and Beats By Dre have invested in high-profile products designed to help users find the unfound -- is there any real ability to wade through the almost unli ...

  5. eMusic Merges with E-Book Distributor K-NFB Reading

    March 18, 2013 10:44 PM EDT Online music service eMusic merged on Monday with an e-book distributor K-NFB Reading to form the new company Media Arc Inc. Media Arc "will offer a comprehensive source of more than 17 million songs, 40,000 audio books and 600,000 eBooks, ...

  6. Video: CES 2013 -- In-Car Innovation, Audio Advertising Are Trends Again, But No Big Changes This Year

    January 11, 2013 6:45 PM EST Billboard tech reporter Alex Pham has tirelessly covered this year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, hitting innumerable press events, product launches, keynotes, panels and parties (as well as a litany of celebrity headphone endorsem ...

  7. Beatport Mixes It Up - And There's More To Come

    November 19, 2012 12:41 PM EST As electronic dance music, or EDM, has exploded in popularity, dance music download site Beatport has transformed into a commercial and community hub far beyond its origins as a place that sold high-quality dance MP3s to DJs. Beatport's gro ...

  8. Business Matters: What is iTunes' U.S. Market Share? Is Google Play Disappointing?

    September 19, 2012 8:27 PM EDT NPD Group released a report Tuesday that said iTunes had a 64% share of U.S. digital download sales and a 29% share of overall sales in the second quarter. The figures came from NPD's consumer panel data of more than two million consumers tha ...

  9. Business Matters: Tesco to Close MP3 Store As Download Market Matures

    August 23, 2012 11:15 AM EDT Starting next week, U.K. customers will have one less legal option for buying MP3s. UK retailer Tesco has announced it will close its MP3 store on September 1. The news was first reported Thursday morning at MusicWeek . The move is clearly an atte ...

  10. Updated: Jeff Price, Peter Wells Out of Tunecore

    August 15, 2012 8:44 PM EDT After several weeks of rumors, Tunecore CEO/President Jeff Price announced today that he and Peter Wells have left the company. Price, Wells and Gary Burke founded the company in 2006. According to sources, the Tunecore board voted to oust Price f ...

  11. Backbeat: The Killers Try Out New Songs at Small NYC Show With Joie Manda, Steve Lillywhite, More

    July 24, 2012 3:59 PM EDT The Killers on stage at Webster Hall Monday night (July 24) for their first show in New York City in three years. Two days after their headlining set at the inaugural Firefly Music Festival in Delaware, the Killers packed a rain-soaked crowd into ...

  12. Backbeat: A$AP Rocky (& Mob), 'Breaking Bad' Fan Oneohtrix Point Never, Indie Rock Elite Hit Pitchfork Fest

    July 19, 2012 12:40 PM EDT The Indie Nation Sea: The scene at Chicago's Union Park for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival. (Photo: Rebecca Smeyne) Held in Chicago's Union Park for the seventh straight year, the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival featured an eclectic mix ...

  13. Guest Opinion: Universal/EMI Deal Would Harm Music Fans and Musicians, by Gigi Sohn and Jodie Griffin of Public Knowledge

    July 16, 2012 9:00 AM EDT The proposed acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division by Universal Music Group continues to inspire debate. This is a guest post from Public Knowledge President/CEO Gigi B. Sohn, who testified at the Senate hearing examining the deal last ...

  14. The Echo Nest Raises $17 Million, Plans to Branch Out From Music Discovery

    July 12, 2012 11:59 AM EDT The Echo Nest unveiled today that they have received $17.3 million in additional funding, with plans to branch out from the music data services that they currently fuel and into social discovery and other areas. The funding was led by Norwest Vent ...

  15. Opinion: Universal-EMI Senate Hearings Filled With Misinformation, Missed Opportunities

    June 26, 2012 5:14 PM EDT Last week's Senate hearing examining the Universal Music Group's pending acquisition of EMI's recorded-music division was a symphony of mission statements, missed opportunities and misinformation. Amid it all, there were some solid ...

  16. Backbeat: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Cathy Bauer, Darius Van Arman Bathe In the Warm Indie Glow of A2IM's Inaugural Libera Awards

    June 22, 2012 7:00 PM EDT Group Rate: Some of A2IM's members: Front row (L to R): Cathy Bauer (Daptone), Glenn Morrow (Bar/None), Pat Berry (Six Degrees), Emmy Black (Bar/None), Molly Neuman (eMusic), Nydia Ines Davila (Daptone), Lori Condon (Acony). 2nd row, L to R: ...

  17. Spotify, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire Take Home First Ever Libera Awards

    June 21, 2012 9:00 PM EDT Bon Iver's self titled release took home the award for Independent Album of the Year (presented by Official.fm) and the Arcade Fire's "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" won Independent Video of the Year at the first ever ...

  18. Music Execs Debate Promise and Threats of Universal-EMI Merger at Senate Hearing

    June 21, 2012 8:28 PM EDT Some of the music industry's top music executives painted various pictures of the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing Thursday afternoon. It was a rare opportunity to see well-known executives queried a ...

  19. Billboard's Live Blog On The U.S. Senate's Hearing On Universal-EMI Merger

    June 21, 2012 7:31 AM EDT The Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights will hold a hearing on the Universal Music Group-EMI merger at around 2pm ET today, Thursday, June 21 and Billboard.biz is live blogging it here (see below). Business Mat ...

  20. A2IM's Indie Week Day Two: Label Execs Warn About Getting Digital Transactions In Order

    June 20, 2012 9:20 PM EDT The "Get Your Digital House In Order" panel on the second day of A2IM's indie week looked at a Kill Rock Stars/Redeye promotion with subscription service Rdio. From left to right: Kills Rock Stars' Portia Sabin explains how the ...

  21. Sean Parker: Universal-EMI Merger Is 'Good Thing for an Industry That Needs Leadership Willing to Drive Change'

    June 20, 2012 8:30 AM EDT New Music Seminar executive director Tommy Silverman (left) interviewing Spotify board member Sean Parker. (Photo: Todd Owyoung) New Music Seminar founder and executive director Tommy Silverman's interview with Sean Parker, tech titan, execut ...

  22. Beggars Group's Martin Mills To Be Honored At A2IM's Inaugural Libera Awards

    May 30, 2012 3:52 PM EDT At the June 21 Libera Awards, Beggars Group founder and CEO Martin Mills will be presented with a lifetime achievement award presented by Sire Records co-founder Seymour Stein. The Amercian Association of Independent Music will launch its inaugura ...

  23. Q&A: eMusic CEO Adam Klein on How Subscription Services Help His Download Business @NARM

    May 11, 2012 3:35 PM EDT You couldn't swing a dead cat at the NARM convention without hearing a conversation about subscription services. Most people have a "wait and see" attitude about upstart companies like Spotify with both paid and free streaming servi ...

  24. NARM Announces New Board Members

    May 09, 2012 3:13 PM EDT NARM announced today its slate of new officers at the organization's annual convention, with the election of iTunes senior marketing manager Brent Muhle as vice chairman; Amazon's director of digital music content acquisition Craig Pape ...

  25. Business Matters: Google Going Vertical, Plans to Invest in Online Video Creator Machinima

    May 07, 2012 5:53 PM EDT Google Invests in Video Company Machinima Get ready for more vertical integration in the online video business. Google is set to invest in video company Machinima, according to a report Monday at All Things D. Machinima offers videos for video gam ...

  26. Business Matters: What it Means For Spotify's Daniel Ek to be Worth $308 Million

    April 30, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Daniel Ek Is Worth $308 Million Because The Market Values Spotify So Highly It may surprise some people that Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek is worth $308 million (£190 million), according to a list of richest British people in music at the S ...

  27. eMusic Rolls Out Record Store Day Heat Map App

    April 20, 2012 2:36 PM EDT Saturday is official Record Store Day, which means it's almost time to implement your H2BB (home-to-business bicycle) to purchase vinyl music, if you're the type, as even relatively young digital music consumers appear to be . Record Sto ...

  28. Business Matters: Pandora Accounts for a Huge Share of SoundExchange Collections

    April 11, 2012 4:25 PM EDT Pandora Accounts For More Than A Third of SoundExchange's Collections Pandora accounted for somewhere between 36.7% and 38.6% of SoundExchange's collections for digital performance royalties in 2012. Angus MacDonald, General Counsel at I ...

  29. Business Matters: Spotify's Reported $4 Billion Valuation in Perspective

    March 26, 2012 5:08 PM EDT Spotify Looking For Billions In Funding Spotify is reported to be seeking funding of $3.5 billion, according to Business Insider , or $4 billion, according to the Financial Times . The company has over 10 million active users, well over 3 million ...

  30. Canadian Music Week: 15 Things You Should Know About the Canadian Music Business

    March 21, 2012 12:50 PM EDT Canada is hot. The market north of the border continues to yield talent that scales the Billboard charts and drives sales worldwide, from Justin Bieber to Michael Bublé, Drake to Deadmau5, Avril Lavigne to Arcade Fire. These acts, among many other ...

  31. A2IM Partners With eMusic for Fan Voting at Libera Awards

    March 21, 2012 12:15 PM EDT A2IM's newly-minted indie-centric Libera Awards (or the "Libbies," as A2IM is calling them) are partnering with eMusic to sponsor an "Up and Comer" category at the award show this June. The category will be split into two ...

  32. The Temptations Join Chorus of Lawsuits Over iTunes Royalties

    March 15, 2012 5:00 PM EDT Another major class-action lawsuit has just been filed on the digital royalties front. The Temptations, the pioneering male vocal group from the 1960s, is suing Universal Music in federal court in California, seeking millions of dollars after alle ...

  33. Hugh Masekela: How the Listen 2 Africa Label Is Hooking Up a 73-Year Old Jazz & World Music Heritage Artist

    February 17, 2012 4:30 PM EST The 73-year old Hugh Masekela whose new album Jabulani is just out on Dave Love's Listen 2 Africa label. Soccer fans remember ESPN's coverage of the FIFA World Cup in 2010. The obnoxious vuvuzela horns that prompted some TV watchers to t ...

  34. Domino Catalog, Including Arctic Monkeys and Animal Collective, Back On eMusic

    February 17, 2012 12:00 PM EST Domino Records has signed back on to have their music sold and streamed on eMusic in the United States. The label, whose artists include Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand, joined up with eMusic back in 2008 and enjoyed the supp ...

  35. Billboard Women In Music 2011: List of Nominees

    December 02, 2011 1:30 PM EST At Billboard's Woman of the Year Ceremony in New York on Friday, Taylor Swift was honored as Woman of the Year, Nicki Minaj as Rising Star, and the list of executives honored was again topped by by Atlantic Records Group Chairman/CEO Julie Gr ...

  36. eMusic Debuts New 'eMusic Scenes' iPad App

    November 15, 2011 4:37 PM EST Music fans are probably finding it increasingly difficult not to own an iPad: Last week music-blog fans got a new Shuffler.fm iPad app; there are iPad-specific apps by Pandora, SoundHound and iHeartMusic; and Android tablets don't come close ...

  37. NARM's Entertainment & Technology Law Conference Series Heads To The Cloud

    November 04, 2011 4:41 PM EDT The National Association of Recording Merchandisers, the music business trade association, presented its latest Entertainment & Technology Law Conference on Thursday in New York City. Part of an ongoing series that encourages dialogue between ...

  38. Backbeat: Indies Mix, Do Business at A2IM Event in NYC

    November 01, 2011 7:30 AM EDT A2IM President Rich Bengloff with Robot of the Century Publishing CEO Doug Keogh. Beyond Oblivion's Tamara Zachary and Ryan Lafferty (far right) prepare for their A2IM pre-CMJ event presentation. A2IM hosted about 200 members at its annual CM ...

  39. Backbeat: Zola Jesus Storms CMJ 2011 With Three Shows in 24 Hours

    October 20, 2011 3:45 PM EDT We're only 40% of the way through this year's CMJ Music Marathon so it's too early to be ranking the buzz bands just yet, but Zola Jesus' three shows in 24 hours definitely make her a prime contender. After catching her show at ...

  40. CMJ 'Be Your Own Label' Panel: How Artists Can Go It Alone (With Some Help)

    October 20, 2011 2:55 PM EDT If you're an artist just starting out, and outside labels haven't noticed you yet, one solution might be to start your own. The Be Your Own Label panel at day two of CMJ, moderated by eMusic's Senior Label Relations Manager Sujan Ho ...

  41. Backbeat: X5's Griff Morris' Birthday On the 73rd Floor of the Empire State Building

    September 27, 2011 6:30 AM EDT Jocelyn Joson, who designed the X5 office space, with her husband, filmmaker Steve Hamilton and Billboard's own George White, digital GM. Retail Track visited the X5 office to enjoy the breathtaking view of New York City from the 73rd floor o ...

  42. F8 Conference Was Digital Music's Generational Divide

    September 23, 2011 11:34 AM EDT Facebook's f8 conference on Thursday may not have been a changing of the guard in digital music, but it will certainly go down as a critical inflection point. There was a noticeable generation gap in the day's events. Missing from f8 wer ...

  43. Business Matters: Spotify Defends Its Practices as Another Metal Label Drops Out

    September 19, 2011 5:54 PM EDT Spotify Defends Its Practices as Another Metal Label Drops Out Spotify is defending its benefit to artists and labels as another metal label, Prosthetic Records, is pulling its catalog from the cloud-based music service. "There [does] not app ...

  44. New eMusic Study Touts Ownership Over Streaming

    September 15, 2011 12:34 PM EDT With all the talk today about streaming music, free streaming, streaming on Facebook and more, it's important to remember that the majority of digital music users still prefer owning their own downloads. That's what music retailer eMusic ...

  45. Exclusive: Bandsintown Acquired By Cellfish

    September 15, 2011 9:45 AM EDT Bandsintown , a popular service for tracking and discovering concerts, has been acquired by mobile developer and publisher Cellfish Media for an undisclosed sum. The deal will help Bandsintown acquire a larger audience by taking advantage of Cellf ...

  46. Business Matters: U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam

    September 14, 2011 5:45 PM EDT U.S. Senate's PROTECT IP Act Gathering Steam -- Support for the PROTECT IP Act is growing. Since being introduced, the bill has attracted 17 co-sponsors including Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Bob Corker (R-TN), Marco R ...

  47. Guest Post: Artist Revenue Stream Survey -- The Importance of Being Data, by John Simson

    September 02, 2011 3:30 PM EDT (The following is a guest post from John Simson, former executive director of SoundExchange now operating as an independent consultant for the Future of Music Coalition's Artist Revenue Stream project . As revenue diversification is seen as t ...

  48. Business Matters: Better Late Than Never? Putumayo Finally Goes Digital

    August 30, 2011 10:41 PM EDT Better Late Than Never? Putumayo Finally Goes Digital -- Better late than never? Putumayo World Music is finally going digital. The label's two newest compilations -- "African Beat" and "Latin Beat" -- are its first distri ...

  49. Business Matters: Pandora Shows Strong Growth, Sees No Impact from Spotify Launch

    August 25, 2011 8:52 PM EDT Pandora Shows Strong Growth, Sees No Impact from Spotify Launch Internet radio company Pandora Media delivered what it needed to deliver in its first earnings release as a public company: growth in the important, top-line categories like active us ...

  50. NARM Appoints Five New Board Members

    August 24, 2011 10:11 AM EDT The National Assn. of Recording Merchandisers has appointed five new board members. They are Christina Calio, director of relationship strategy for the media and entertainment group of Microsoft Interactive Entertainment Business; Alliance Enterta ...

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