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  1. Music Industry Working on Global Copyright Database

    January 21, 2011 12:00 AM EST The music industry is working to create a global repertoire database to make it easier and faster for new online music services to come to market. [As mentioned in Billboard.biz's MIDEM preview .] The industry estimates that 100 million euros ...

  2. Beatles iTunes Deal Pays Royalties Directly to Band, Publisher, Sources Say

    January 04, 2011 12:00 AM EST Four decades since their breakup, the Beatles are still sticking with their trailblazing ways. It seems that the EMI/Beatles deal that finally brought the Fab Four's catalog to iTunes may be more groundbreaking than originally thought. Accord ...

  3. From Apple to EMI: Former iTunes Exec Joins Capitol & Virgin Label Group

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Seems like Apple and the major labels won't stop trading execs anytime soon. This time it's iTunes director of global music initiatives Alex Luke jumping ship to EMI, where he will serve as executive VP of A&R at Capitol & Virgin ...

  4. Web Trends: Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Howard Stern and more

    December 06, 2010 12:00 AM EST Google Trends (As of 4p.m.): 16. Kennedy Center Honors 2010 Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey were honored at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors with performances from Jennifer Hudson, Gwen Stefani, Aerosmith and more. Digg Music News/Videos 24 Hours: ...

  5. Highly Anticipated Apple Announcement Coming Tomorrow

    November 15, 2010 12:00 AM EST So what does Apple have in store now? A visit to the Apple website cues up this cryptic message: "Tomorrow is just another day. That you'll never forget. "Below the message are a number of clocks tuned to different time zones that a ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Beatles, iTunes Deal Still At Impasse

    August 06, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Don't hold your breath waiting for Beatles songs to go on sale at iTunes or other online retailers, says Yoko Ono. The Fab Four have long resisted the allure of digital downloads, instead selling millions of old-fashioned compact discs last y ...

  8. Aventura's Label Dukes It Out With Italy's Planet Records

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Premium Latin, the indie label home to urban bachata chart-topper Aventura, and its Italian licensee are suing each other for alleged breach of contract. Premium's suit, filed in October in federal court in New York, alleges that Naples, Ital ...

  9. What To Expect At Apple's WWDC

    May 28, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu in a note to clients today listed a number of expected and potential announcements from Apple at its World Wide Developers Conference June 7, which included the possibility of a Web-based version of iTunes called iTun ...

  10. Google’s Major Push Toward The Cloud

    May 21, 2010 12:00 AM EDT While the world waits for Apple to unveil its post-Lala acquisition cloud strategy for iTunes, rival Google is already in the mix. A late announcement from the company’s I/O conference yesterday pointed to a major push into cloud-based media deliv ...

  11. McCartney Says EMI Keeping Beatles Off iTunes

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT According to Paul McCartney, EMI Music is the reason there's no Beatles music for sale on iTunes . "It's been business hassles, not with us, or iTunes," he told BBC Newsbeat . "It's the people in the middle, the recor ...

  12. NARM Welcomes New Board, Officers

    May 16, 2010 12:00 AM EDT The National Assn of Recording Merchandisers presented its new board and officers at the organization's annual convention this morning. Rachelle Friedman, co-owner of J&R Music World , is chairman, Val Cole, director of worldwide sales at ...

  13. 'Idol' Creator Fuller Marks iTunes Milestone

    May 10, 2010 12:00 AM EDT "American Idol" creator Simon Fuller on Monday (May 10) marked a digital music milestone, and said he was looking to the Internet and other digital platforms for the next big thing in global entertainment. At a time of crisis in the reco ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. Dizzee, Florence BRITs Duet On iTunes

    February 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. trade body the BPI has partnered with iTunes on an exclusive release of the BRIT Awards duet between alt-rock act Florence and the Machine and rapper Dizzee Rascals. The pair will perform "You Got The Dirtee Love" - a mash-up of Flo ...

  18. Voto Latino, iTunes Team To Boost Census Participation

    February 03, 2010 12:00 AM EST Voto Latino is partnering with iTunes to encourage participation in the 2010 U.S. Census. The organization, which promotes political engagement among youth and was co-founded by actress Rosario Dawson, is offering a free download of 25 songs to an ...

  19. Business Matters: Bandcamp, Vodafone, Copyright Policy Analysis and More

    January 26, 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 . -- The business models of personalized radio stations sto ...

  20. PRS For Music, iTunes, Strike Pan-European Deal

    January 26, 2010 12:00 AM EST U.K. collecting society PRS for Music has signed a pan-European performing rights licensing deal with iTunes. Effective immediately, the deal gives iTunes pan-European access to the repertoire of all PRS members for whom it handles performing righ ...

  21. Analysis: Events To Watch In Early 2010

    December 31, 2009 12:00 AM EST The year will get off to a fast start as early 2010 will contain important events for numerous segments of the music industry. In retail, the holiday performance of Trans World will show whether or not the company has started to turn a corner. In ...

  22. RATM Beats 'X Factor' To U.K. Xmas No. 1

    December 20, 2009 12:00 AM EST Rage Against the Machine snowed on teenager Joe McElderry's Christmas parade, as the results of the unlikely battle for the U.K.'s prestigious festive No. 1 single were confirmed on Sunday evening (Dec. 20). The news was the culmination ...

  23. TuneCore, MySpace Music Ink Deal

    December 15, 2009 12:00 AM EST Digital music distribution service TuneCore has added MySpace Music to its list supported digital music outlets. What makes this addition unique is that for the first time, TuneCore is providing music to a primarily ad-supported music streaming se ...

  24. Live Nation, iTunes To Offer Concert Videos

    November 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Live Nation and iTunes are teaming up to sell downloadable concert footage. Under the deal, Live Nation will provide iTunes with exclusive downloadable videos of select concerts performed at more than 80 venues. These high-tech venues are wired fo ...

  25. Business Matters: Google, Apple, Pandora and More

    October 21, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Business Matters is a daily column that offers insight, analysis and opinion on the day's news. -- It is expected that iLike and Lala will announce their involvement in the new Google music service at an event next Wednesday (Oct. 28) in Holl ...

  26. Target Partners With iTunes For Exclusive Content

    August 25, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Target has partnered with iTunes to create its own section on the music store’s Web site that will give customers exclusive material for album releases. The retailer’s area can be accessed through the iTunes music store and Target.com. The first a ...

  27. Analysis: iPhone Surges But Digital Sales Remain Flat

    July 30, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Have sales at iTunes picked up the pace in 2009? Yes, a bit. Are over-the-air downloads from iPhones the cause for the recent burst in sales volume? Doubtful. Apple's CFO points to over-the-air capabilities as the reason behind the doubling o ...

  28. Q&A: JEFF PRICE, TUNECORE FOUNDER/CEO

    July 20, 2009 12:00 AM EDT To many in the music business, TuneCore is the standard-bearer of the anti-label movement, since nearly all of the artists who use its digital distribution service are unsigned. But TuneCore's recent marketing partnership with Universal Music ...

  29. Analysis: Jackson Frenzy Drowns Out Competition

    July 01, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Sales of Michael Jackson's catalog drowned out the competition in the week after his death. Consumers flocked last week to online retailers such as iTunes and Amazon.com to purchase Jackson’s catalog but the flurry of activity did not help ot ...

  30. Michael Jackson Poised To Shake Up Billboard Charts

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Michael Jackson will again make music history as many of his albums are poised to shake up next week's Billboard charts with incredible sales increases. The impact of the singer's passing yesterday (June 25) was felt immediately in the m ...

  31. Jackson Fans Flood Digital Music Services

    June 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT It's not unusual for artists to see digital sales and streams spike after being featured in the news. But like everything else he did in life, Michael Jackson took this to a new level in his death. As word of the pop superstar's passing ...

  32. Classical Web Portal Dilettante Expands

    June 10, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Classical Music Web community Dilettante has entered into the second phase of its development, introducing new ticketing, media and retail partners, video tutorials, a new personalized homepage, Dilettante Radio, a discussion forum and Dilettante ...

  33. Exclusive: Fake Drake Album Sold On iTunes

    June 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Drake is such a hot artist that one of his albums is selling even though he didn't release it. An unauthorized album, "The Girls Love Drake," which features selections from the Toronto rapper's mixtape "So Far Gone" a ...

  34. Business Briefs: NARM, Clear Channel, Echo Nest

    May 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- The San Diego Union-Tribune has a preview of this year's NARM conference , being held in San Diego from June 7-9. "Today, with CD sales plummeting, NARM faces challenges that would have been unthinkable only a decade ago, with or with ...

  35. Analysis: Apple's Rejection Of NIN App

    May 04, 2009 12:00 AM EDT Apple's rejection of a Nine Inch Nails iPhone app update caused a mini-firestorm today across the Internet. Apple-bashing may be the important part of the story to some, but there is a business lesson amidst the noise. The main part of the st ...

  36. Business Briefs: Last.fm, Trans World, AOL, Duff McKagan

    April 23, 2009 12:00 AM EDT -- In an LA Times article about the Canadian band Metric, a few interesting facts are given about the band's latest album. "Fantasies" has sold 9,000 digital albums in its first three weeks of release, and has sold an additional 15, ...

  37. U.K. Consumers Most Satisfied With Play.com

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST Online entertainment retailer Play.com has topped the National Consumer Satisfaction Index (NCSI-U.K.), an online customer survey evaluating goods and services purchased in the U.K. With a score of 87 out of 100, Play.com was the overall leader, b ...

  38. Depeche Mode Headed For iTunes Season Pass

    February 24, 2009 12:00 AM EST The iTunes Season Pass, which has proven to be a popular option for TV shows offered via the store, is being brought to music. Depeche Mode will be the first music artist to offer content through the Season Pass model. In advance of the band' ...

  39. ReverbNation Moves To Digital Distribution

    October 14, 2008 12:00 AM EDT ReverbNation is getting into the digital distribution business. The online music service that, to date, has limited itself to providing artists with online marketing, promotion and measurement tools is now taking on TuneCore, by offering to post m ...

  40. iTunes Radio Show To Launch This Weekend

    August 13, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Premiere Radio Networks will launch a three-hour music countdown show, "The iTunes Download," which will debut on Top 40 radio stations nationwide this weekend. The show will be hosted by iTunes director of music programming Alex Luke an ...

  41. Sony Corp. of America To Acquire Gracenote

    April 22, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Sony Corp. of America is acquiring music identification and technology firm Gracenote for $260 million. The merger is expected to close in late May. Gracenote is perhaps best known to the music industry for its music recognition and lyrics service ...

  42. Plugged & Unplugged: MySpace Music, And Who's No. 1?

    April 04, 2008 12:00 AM EDT PLUGGED No matter how you spin it, the MySpace Music announcement is a net positive for the music industry. But not for the reasons most may think. Frankly, I don't give a hoot if the new MySpace service unseats iTunes or puts Napster out of ...

  43. Last.fm, Majors Finalize Deals

    January 23, 2008 12:00 AM EST Last.fm, the music-based social network now owned by CBS, has finalized licensing agreements with all four major record labels, as well as a number of independents labels and their aggregators. The service now allows free, on-demand streaming of u ...

  44. Kanye, Winehouse, Foo Fighters Lead Grammy Noms

    December 06, 2007 12:00 AM EST Kanye West leads the field for the 2008 Grammy Awards with eight nominations each, followed by Amy Winehouse with six and the Foo Fighters, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and T-Pain, each of whom got five nods. Winehouse's "Rehab&qu ...

  45. Xbox, Gamefly Beef Up Music Offerings

    December 05, 2007 12:00 AM EST As record stores stock fewer music CDs, the music industry is turning to videogames as an alternative method of distribution. Both Microsoft, developer of the Xbox 360 game console, and online game rental service GameFly introduced new music initi ...

  46. A Tipping Point For MP3s

    November 30, 2007 12:00 AM EST The scope of a yearlong download promotion planned between Pepsi and Amazon, Billboard has learned, is among several developments forcing further consideration by Warner Music Group (WMG) and Sony BMG Music Entertainment to follow EMI and Universa ...

  47. TuneCore Preps Free Compilation

    November 12, 2007 12:00 AM EST Digital distribution service TuneCore announced that it plans to give away seven million copies of a compilation entitled "34 Stars" via its Web site and iTunes. The compilation will be available Tuesday, Nov. 12 and features a number of ...

  48. Eagles May Have Week's Best Seller

    October 31, 2007 12:00 AM EDT If Wal-Mart chooses to report sales of its exclusive Eagles album, the veteran band could surpass Britney Spears next week on Billboard's Top Comprehensive Albums, according to Eagles manager Irving Azoff. Spears' "Blackout," h ...

  49. iTunes Welcomes Zeppelin

    October 23, 2007 12:00 AM EDT On what one of its top executives calls "the day we've been waiting for, for four years," Led Zeppelin today (Oct. 23) made its catalog available for pre-order at Apple's iTunes Music Store, leaving the Beatles and Radiohead as ...

  50. Cuba's Rodríguez Gets Digital Debut

    October 18, 2007 12:00 AM EDT The 21-album catalog of Silvio Rodríguez has been made available in digital form for the first time, thanks to a unique deal between iTunes and sDae, the digital division of the Spanish authors' and publishers' society, SGAE. Rodríguez i ...

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