Pandora has been quietly working on a tool that would give artists more information on how their songs perform on its Internet radio service. The tool is essentially a dashboard that tells artists such things as the spin counts of each of their songs, how many thumbs up (or down) their songs have received and their audience reach by age, gender and geography, among other things.
Google Inc. has landed licensing deals with Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group to introduce an on-demand music streaming service that would compete with Spotify, Rhapsody and others, according to executives knowledgeable with the contracts.
SESAC, the nation's fastest growing performing rights organization, hosted its 17th Annual Pop Awards last night at the prestigious New York Public Library. Rico Love captured top honors at the event taking home both Songwriter of the Year and Song of the Year awards for his hit, "Heart Attack" as recorded by Trey Songz.
The family of regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera has announced the launch of a new label that was inspired by late singer who personally wanted to support and launch aspiring Latino singers, according to family spokesperson.
Third Man Records, the Nashville-based label and vinyl manufactory founded by Jack White, announced today a partnership with another Nashville-based label, Sun Records, in order to reissue the iconic label's vast catalog of classic, influential American music. The series will begin with classic singles by Johnny Cash, Rufus Thomas and The Prisonaires.
Vivendi SA, the French media and communications conglomerate whose holdings include the Universal Music Group, today reported its adjusted net income declined by 18.5% year-over-year. UMG, however, outpaced its parent company as revenues rose 13.5% compared to first quarter 2012 bolstered by better-than-expected results from their EMI labels, an increase in digital income and strong-selling albums by Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Emeli Sande and others.
Edgar Bronfman, Jr., former Chairman and CEO of Warner Music Group, has left the company's board of directors, Warner revealed during its Tuesday morning earnings call. No replacement for Bronfman was announced.
Warner Music Group revenue rose 8% to $675 million in the quarter ended March 31 from $623 million a year earlier. “We recorded an impressive quarter, thanks to great releases from our artists and excellent execution from our operators,” said Stephen Cooper, Warner Music Group’s CEO.
In today's Fix: Warner Music's quarterly earnings; shareholder calls on Sony to spin-off entertainment unit; Aretha Franklin cancels concerts; The making of Daft Punk's album; Congress' copyright hearing; Phil Ramone memorial; UMG, Hyundai team for Marley ad; Bieber stadium show heist; Hadopi under siege; TV upfronts broken model?; Red Bull signs with Sony/ATV; Mariah and Miguel blast onto charts; more.