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  1. Five Ways to Improve Google Music Beta

    August 19, 2011 4:00 PM EDT Google Music Beta has a lot going for it. For starters, it has the benefit of being launched by Google . That means deep pockets, a smart and talented team and integration with Google's popular web and mobile services and products (Google ...

  2. 30 Under 30 Nominees

    July 01, 2011 10:00 AM EDT Congratulations to all of the executives nominated by their peers and co-workers for this year's 30 Under 30 list! JAMIE ABZUG director of publicity, RCA Music Group JAMES ARMSTRONG manager of music resources, EMI Music Publishing NATE AUERBA ...

  3. eMusic Aiming to Launch Cloud This Year

    June 10, 2011 2:20 PM EDT Subscription-based download store eMusic is planning to follow its competitors into the cloud in the second half of the year. The company is "hoping by Q4 of this year" to launch the cloud-based service, CEO Adam Klein told Billboard.biz ...

  4. Business Matters: Inside eMusic's Lack of Subscriber Growth

    June 09, 2011 7:44 PM EDT Inside eMusic's Lack of Subscriber Growth -- While recorded music sales have moved from physical to digital formats, eMusic's subscriber base has remained unchanged over the last four years. "It has been flat," eMusic CEO Adam ...

  5. Business Matters: Digital Album Sales Way Up in 2011 (Thanks Adele!); More Shareholders Sue WMG

    May 24, 2011 5:19 PM EDT Thanks Adele: Digital Album Sales Way Up in 2011 -- Led by Adele's hit "21", this year's best selling new albums are putting up great digital numbers. The top 5 digital albums have sold 1.81 million units through May 15, accord ...

  6. eMusic Adds EMI Catalog -- Store Now Has All Four Majors

    May 19, 2011 11:31 AM EDT eMusic added to its catalog over 15,000 EMI albums Thursday, making it the last of the four majors to join the subscription download store. Only U.S.-based eMusic customers will be able to buy EMI titles. "There is a huge sense of momentum he ...

  7. Guest Blogger: Jay Frank on Breaking the Digital Oligopoly

    March 30, 2011 8:27 AM EDT (This was originally posted by Jay Frank ( @repojay ) at his blog, FutureHit.DNA . Jay is SVP of Music Strategy for CMT, author of the book Futurehit.DNA and a member of Billboard's Twitter 140 list of the most influential music industry blog ...

  8. Billboard's Twitter 140: Music-Industry Characters You Need To Follow

    March 18, 2011 10:30 AM EDT Billboard's Twitter 140: It's not about how many followers. It's not about the quantity of tweets/retweets. It's about quality. Personality. Excellent linkage. These people are followed by those who work the smartest. Whether i ...

  9. Business Matters: Why Some Americans Will Lose Interest in Spotify

    March 15, 2011 6:12 PM EDT Spotify Thrown Over For A WIMP ... -- In "I Broke Up With Spotify," Swedish writer Sam Sundberg explains that he has taken up a relationship with WiMP, the music service that launched last month in partnership with telecom company Telnor ...

  10. Business Matters: The Top 40 Got More Popular in 2010

    February 07, 2011 2:00 PM EST The Top 40 Got More Popular in 2010 -- The top 40 tracks continue to grab an even bigger share of the top 200 tracks, according to Billboard analysis of Nielsen SoundScan data. In 2010, the top 40 accounted for 43.5% of the top 200's sales, u ...

  11. MIDEM Photo Gallery: A2IM Party; WMG Packer's Fan Vs. Ning Bear's Fan; Taylor Hanson

    January 24, 2011 12:00 AM EST At right is Taylor Hanson (yes, THAT Hanson), here promoting his 3CGRecords label ( Billboard.biz's exclusive video interview with Hanson here ). With him are A2IM president Richard Bengloff (middle), and Greenberg Traurig legend Jim Cooper ( ...

  12. The Antitrust Case Against Major Record Labels, in Perspective

    January 11, 2011 12:00 AM EST On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a significant antitrust case brought against the major record labels , clearing the way for the lawsuit to proceed in federal court in New York. The class action suit alleges the labels conspired ...

  13. Business Matters: Why Spotify Still Hasn't Launched In the U.S.: $$$

    January 05, 2011 12:00 AM EST Why Spotify Still Hasn't Launched In the U.S.: $$$ Why has Spotify taken so long to launch? Money, sources tell The Telegraph. "Extremely high cash advances" demanded by record labels, an unnamed senior music executive says. (No ind ...

  14. Business Matters: Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings

    December 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Vevo Leapfrogs Viacom in Online Video Rankings - comScore's U.S. online video rankings for November 2010 show that Vevo ranks Number 3 in total unique viewers with 50.3 million. Viacom Digital, which includes MTV.com, VH1.com and CMT.com, ran ...

  15. Business Matters: Spotify, eMusic, DVD Sales, Hulu

    November 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. Should Spotify Launch Without All The Majors? -- The latest rumor – just a rumor – about Spotify has the company considering a U.S. launch without one or more of the four major record labels. The ...

  16. Report: Spotify Lost $26.5 Million In 2009

    November 22, 2010 12:00 AM EST European streaming music service Spotify, which is still hoping to launch here in the U.S. before the end of the year, reported a net loss in 2009 of $26.5 million, according to a report in Music Ally. That’s on revenues of $7.2 million from adver ...

  17. Emusic Adds Major Labels, Higher Price Tiers

    November 19, 2010 12:00 AM EST Digital music subscription club eMusic launched a new pricing plan this week that charges more for new music but adds tunes from major labels in an effort to broaden its appeal. In the past, the site focused on indie labels and offered discounts o ...

  18. Analysis: eMusic Gains Universal and Sony Frontline, Loses Three Indie Heavyweights

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Late Tuesday night, digital retailer eMusic sent an e-mail to its subscribers, alerting them to the fact that content from indie heavyweights Domino, Beggars and Merge will be gone from the site effective Nov. 18. While providing the basic factual ...

  19. Indies Exit eMusic

    November 17, 2010 12:00 AM EST Repertoire from Domino, Merge and the Beggars Group of labels will no longer be available on the eMusic subscription service from tomorrow (Nov. 18). The announcement was made via a statement published on eMusic's official message board and i ...

  20. eMusic To Add Universal Music Group, Change Pricing

    October 12, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Universal Music Group has licensed its catalog to eMusic, making it the third major record label available at the store. The addition of 250,000 UMG tracks will be available in November for U.S. subscribers only. Concurrent with the addition of UM ...

  21. Business Matters: What's The Potential For Access Models?

    October 07, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music news. What's The Potential For Access Models? -- So what's the potential for access models? Jon Healey's recap of a contentious discussion at the Digital Music Forum West conference under ...

  22. Sony Debuts Online Classical Store Ariama

    October 05, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Just when new ideas in digital downloads seemed to be dead, Sony Music Entertainment debuted a new consumer-oriented classical recorded music store called Ariama on Tuesday. Created to better serve classical consumers, the browser-based store has ...

  23. Business Matters: Warren Buffett, Pandora, Sufjan Stevens

    September 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- From concert promoters to record labels, people in the industry are wondering when consumer spending will return to pre-subprime loan mess levels. Earlier this week, the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the recession official ...

  24. EMusic Nears Major Label Deals For Fall Relaunch

    September 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT eMusic, the subscription digital music service, is close to wrapping up deals with the last two major labels in time for a planned relaunch in November, its chief executive said. The 12-year old start-up is working on deals with Vivendi's Uni ...

  25. Chart Moves: Katy Perry, Vampire Weekend, Cee-Lo, Taylor Swift

    September 02, 2010 12:00 AM EDT A quick look at the most notable jumps and drops on this week's Billboard 200 albums and Hot 100 singles charts. The Billboard 200 -- Katy Perry: As the pop diva scores her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "Teenage Dream" ...

  26. Believe Digital To 'Upstream' Buzz Acts

    August 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT European digital distributor and services provider Believe Digital is to roll out its premium service to unsigned buzz acts. Founded in 2004, Believe Digital claims to be the leading digital distributor and services provider to independent artists ...

  27. Business Matters: Live Nation, Terra Firma, eMusic and more

    August 19, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Opinion and analysis of the day's music business news. -- Has Live Nation’s stock bottomed out? After closing at $8.43 on August 11, the company’s shares have inched upward and closed at $9.09 on Wednesday. Before last week, Live Nation had c ...

  28. Business Matters: AT&T, Rdio, C-32, eMusic, Vevo and More

    June 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT -- Much has been said about AT&T's plan to limit bandwidth of new mobile subscribers. Some have called it the end of young, innovative music services that have blossomed through mobile apps. But is AT&T really crippling these services ...

  29. Business Matters: DOJ, Paperless Ticketing, Bowery Presents and More

    May 27, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Follow Glenn Peoples on Twitter or e-mail him at gpeoples AT billboard.com. -- While the press descends on the news that the Department of Justice is investigating Apple for possible anti-competitive behavior, only eMusic has confirmed on the reco ...

  30. eMusic Lines Up Steven Van Zandt For Rewards Program

    May 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Steven Van Zandt will be the next artist featured in eMusic’s Access & Rewards member benefits program when 25 winners and their guests attend “eMusic Summer School with Steven Van Zandt,” an one-hour event, on Wednesday, June 16, at City Wine ...

  31. The Orchard Shows Gains, Still Posts Loss in Q1

    May 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The Orchard showed improvements in the first quarter of 2010 , growing revenue while posting a modest net loss. The digital distributor had revenues of approximately $17.8 million, up 16.2% from $15.3 million last year. Net loss improved to $447,0 ...

  32. Analysis: A Look Beyond The Album Format

    May 04, 2010 12:00 AM EDT In 2007, the Northern Irish rock band Ash announced it was giving up the album format, which it called “contrived” and “outdated,” and instead decided to release only singles. Last year, it started to release a new digital track every two weeks. C ...

  33. U.K. Recorded Music Revenues Inch Up In 2009

    April 26, 2010 12:00 AM EDT U.K. trade body the BPI said a strong fourth quarter and rising digital sales helped push the recorded music market into growth in 2009. The BPI reported a modest 1.4% year-on-year increase in trade income of £928.8 million ($1.44 billion), based ...

  34. Analysis: CD and Downloads Are Toast? Not If You Want To Make Money Today

    April 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Some discouraging numbers on the economics of digital music have generated a good online discussion about the future of business models. The numbers from the chart came from a January 2010 post at The Cynical Musician blog that claims "the am ...

  35. The Orchard Posts Record Revenue in Fourth Quarter

    March 25, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Digital distributor The Orchard reported a 9% increase in revenue in 2009, but a $14.1 million impairment of goodwill in the third quarter left the company with a loss of $17.8 million. Without the impairment, net loss would have been $3.7 million ...

  36. Analysis: Lower CD Prices Could Provide a Shot in the Arm

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT When news broke last week that Universal Music Group Distribution will lower CD prices to $10 or less, the immediate expectation was an increase in sales. But lower CD prices should have other benefits as well. And even if other majors don’t immed ...

  37. AT&T Revamps Mobile Music Services

    March 24, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Wireless operator AT&T is revamping its entire mobile music offerings by merging several new and existing services into a single application called AT&T Music. The move combines applications like Music ID, streaming radio services, lyrics ...

  38. Better Than Cheap? Distribution as a Commodity

    March 22, 2010 12:00 AM EDT As prices for basic services drop, digital distribution is becoming a commodity with few differences between services. Artists and labels are being well served by low-priced distribution services that charge a flat fee and return 100% of retail sa ...

  39. @SXSW Day 2: Chilton, A2IM, eMusic, Sharon Jones, And More

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Chilton Dedications, Fundraiser At SXSW on Thursday morning, the Memphis Music Foundation booth at the Austin Convention Center was busy with well wishers and those curious about what would happen to the Big Star programming scheduled for the week ...

  40. Business Matters: The Orchard, YouTube, Devo, Sirius XM and more

    March 18, 2010 12:00 AM EDT - The Orchard unveiled a new online data analytics tool for clients that compiles weekly sales activity from the various digital retailers it supports, including iTunes, eMusic, Verizon Wireless, Deezer and YouTube . The tool includes a geolocatio ...

  41. @SXSW: 2010 Full Coverage

    March 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST March musical madness is here again as the annual South By Southwest music, film and interactive festival in Austin kicked off March 12 and runs until March 21. Below, our full coverage including an exhaustive guide to the best and brightest at SX ...

  42. Analysis: How Hard Is It To Find Legal Music?

    March 08, 2010 12:00 AM EST Consumer Focus, a UK statutory organization that acts as a consumer advocate, wants the record industry to do a better job promoting legal alternatives. Research by the group found that four in ten Great Britons are unable to name a single online ...

  43. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Dimensional CEO/eMusic Chairman Danny Stein

    March 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Name: Danny Stein Title: Dimensional Associates CEO and chairman/CEO of eMusic Panel: Purse Stringers: Inside the Minds of the Money Mavens (Thurs. March 4, 4:25 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.). More info at Billboardevents.com. At this moment in time, what mos ...

  44. Business Matters: The Vitality Of The Album Format, 'American Idol,' EMI Christian and more

    February 24, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Don't look now, but a few people are recognizing ...

  45. BETTER KNOW A PANELIST

    February 23, 2010 12:00 AM EST BETTER KNOW A PANELIST: Dimensional CEO/eMusic Chairman Danny Stein Name: Danny Stein Title: Dimensional Associates CEO and chairman/CEO of eMusic Panel: Purse Stringers: Inside the Minds of the Money Mavens (Thurs. March 4, 4:25 p.m. - 5:10 p.m.) ...

  46. Business Matters: Live Nation Ent., AEG, David Pakman

    February 04, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- In the wake of the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger AEG ...

  47. Business Matters: Ustream, eMusic, Facebook, UCLA and More

    February 02, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Ustream has received a $20 million investment from Sof ...

  48. Business Matters: Nokia, Vringo, TalkTalk, Deezer

    January 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. Follow Billboard senior analyst Glenn Peoples on Twitter at twitter.com/billboardglenn . -- Nokia president and CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo discussed ...

  49. @MIDEM: Spain's SGAE Unveils 360 Project

    January 27, 2010 12:00 AM EST Spain's authors' and publishers' collecting society SGAE has presented its new integral project for the music, cinema and theater sectors called SGAE 360, during the MIDEM trade fair. SGAE says its SGAE 360 project covers all the st ...

  50. eMusic Appoints Nadler Chief Marketing Officer

    January 21, 2010 12:00 AM EST Online digital retailer eMusic has announced that it has named Lee Nadler as chief marketing officer. Prior to eMusic, Nadler was founder and CEO of Sherpa Marketing Inc., a marketing consulting firm. His previous experience also includes tenure a ...

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