1. How Cardi B's 'Bodak Yellow' Exploded on Streaming Services

    September 19, 2017 3:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 "You know how you listen to a song once and you like it, and then you listen to it again and you're like, 'Oh, this is something else'?" Apple Music head of artist curation Carl Chery says about hearing Cardi B 's " ...

  2. CMT Begins Web Overhaul, Away From News

    September 19, 2017 1:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 CMT gave notice to roughly six members of its editorial and production teams in the fallout from an upper-management restructuring that will likely change the fundamental role of its online site. CMT.com editor Calvin Gilbert left his position on Se ...

  3. Patreon Raises $60 Million in Funding Round

    September 19, 2017 12:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Patreon, the San Francisco startup that connects creative people with patrons who help support their work through monthly subscriptions, has raised $60 million in funding as it continues to grow its network of creators. Patreon investor Thrive Capit ...

  4. How We Listen: IFPI Finds Global Uptick in Both Legal Streaming and MP3 Ripping

    September 19, 2017 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 There's good news and bad news in "Connecting With Music," the IFPI's just-released music consumer insight report. One of the main takeaways of the report -- here -- is that music consumers across the globe are increasingly choos ...

  5. Stingray Names Mariana Ferreira New Biz Development Director of Latin America

    September 19, 2017 8:53 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Montreal based business-to-business multi-platform music and in-store media solutions provider Stingray has named Mariana Ferreira as business development director, Latin America. Ferreira, who has more than a decade of business development expe ...

  6. Spotify & Waze Integration Rolls Out to iPhone Users

    September 18, 2017 9:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spotify and Waze users will soon be able to use both apps on iOS devices without switching from one to the other, the GPS navigation app announced Monday (Sept. 18). A blog post on Waze's website says the integrated experience, which was previo ...

  7. Hacker Group Publishes, Deletes Trove of Vevo Data

    September 15, 2017 1:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 OurMine, the hacker group known for targeting firms in order to expose apparent flaws in their cyber-defenses, did just that with Vevo on Thursday, releasing 3.12 terabytes of internal files including videos, charts and media plans. According to Giz ...

  8. Angry Birds Maker Rovio Valued at $1 Billion in Planned IPO

    September 15, 2017 1:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish maker of "Angry Birds" and other popular mobile games, says that its initial public share offering will value it at about $1 billion. The company based in Espoo, Finland said Friday that the shares will be ...

  9. Spotify, Apple Music Plot Divergent Video Strategies

    September 15, 2017 1:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 For a glimpse into the future of video on Spotify, spend five minutes with 2 Chainz as he dons a surgical gown, mask and booties and joins “Dr. Miami” in the operating room to watch the plastic surgeon perform a Brazilian butt-lift. As his expressio ...

  10. Slacker Radio Acquired By LiveXLive for $50 Million

    September 15, 2017 11:12 AM EDT 0 0 0 Revolt Media co-founder Andy Schuon joins LiveXLive as president. Slacker, one of the longest running digital radio and streaming services, has been acquired by live event streaming platform LiveXLive Media. According to an SEC filing dated Sept. 11 ...

  11. Spotify's Motion Denied In Legal Tussle Over Mechanical Rights Payments

    September 15, 2017 10:17 AM EDT 0 0 0 In an important copyright lawsuit from a music publisher that Spotify faces over mechanical rights, a judge just denied a motion from the streaming company that suggested it doesn’t need to license those rights in the first place. Although the denia ...

  12. Catching Up With Labrinth: The Mystery Artist Behind Apple Watch Commercial's Viral Song

    September 14, 2017 9:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 There's been much speculation online over who sings the song in the ad, with Shazam failing to recognize the track. Apple released a new commercial this week advertising their new Series 3 Apple Watch, but viewers seem to be more excited about ...

  13. Spotify iMessage App Allows Users to Share Songs Without Leaving the Conversation

    September 14, 2017 9:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spotify's new iMessage app lets you send and receive songs from friends without closing out of the conversation, Engadget  reports. A spokesperson for Spotify confirmed the launch to the tech website: "Spotify's iMessage app is availa ...

  14. 'South Park' Episode Triggers Viewers' Amazon Alexa, Google Home

    September 14, 2017 6:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 The 21st season of  South Park premiered on Wednesday and, as the show usually does, touched on multiple current topics.  The episode, "White People Renovating Houses," mostly skewered the white nationalist movement, poking fun at members& ...

  15. Mood-Based Playlists Grow Classical Music's Revenue, Cache With Young Fans

    September 14, 2017 4:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 Diehard Bruce Springsteen fan Brandon Shaw used to rock out to The Boss almost exclusively -- until the 27-year-old started streaming Spotify playlists such as Brain Food and Deep Focus in his office about a year ago. Now he has some new obsessions: ...

  16. How Spotify's Argument in Copyright Lawsuit Could Upend the Music Industry's Newfound Recovery

    September 13, 2017 6:04 PM EDT 0 0 0 In financial terms, Spotify is like a high-end mall that was just built on an earthquake fault line. Like other subscription streaming services, it’s driving the music industry’s nascent recovery with recurring revenue. But the company constructed i ...

  17. Legal Campaign Against Spotify Intensifies Ahead of Company's Plan to Go Public

    September 13, 2017 5:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hundreds of settlement objectors (Tom Petty, Rivers Cuomo, Sir Anthony Hopkins, et al.), a new copyright lawsuit and a scathing reply to Spotify's recent bombshell filing. At a critical moment for Spotify, a legal battle is escalating manifold ...

  18. The History of the Music Industry's First-Ever Digital Single For Sale, 20 Years After Its Release

    September 13, 2017 3:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 In September 1997, Capitol Records made history by releasing Duran Duran's "Electric Barbarella" as the internet's first-ever digital single for sale, heralding a massive shift in how the music industry operates Twenty years ago ...

  19. iPhone X Puts Exclamation Point on Apple's Pricing Strategy

    September 13, 2017 1:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 Apple has made a luxury iPhone that punctuates its technological swagger with a high-priced exclamation point. And that exclamation point appears to be a sign of things to come. The long-anticipated iPhone X unveiled Tuesday will sell for $999, doub ...

  20. Would You Pay $1,000 for the iPhone X? Vote!

    September 13, 2017 11:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 Apple hosted a special event Tuesday at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California, where the tech behemoth unveiled three new models of its signature iPhone. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus will both boast new glass exteriors, wireless charging ...

  21. Apple Gives iTunes a Scrub, Removes App Store and Adds Social to Apple Music

    September 13, 2017 9:49 AM EDT 0 0 0 While you were watching new iPhones get introduced at Apple's big reveal on Tuesday, the company quietly revamped its signature desktop app for buying music, movies and TV. Beginning as soon as you download iTunes version 12.7 , you'll not ...

  22. Artificial Intelligence Ushers in the Era of Music Moneyball (Guest Column)

    September 12, 2017 7:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Entertainment litigator James Sammataro explains why non-human creation shouldn't be dismissed as merely monkey business. Monkeys cannot create copyrightable works. This is an actual rule. Seriously. In 2011, British photographer David Slater w ...

  23. Apple Unveils iPhone X and 8, Adds Music to Apple Watch at Special Event

    September 12, 2017 2:56 PM EDT 0 0 0 Apple CEO Tim Cook hosted a special event today (Sept. 12) at the brand-new Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif., in which the company unveiled three new phones: the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and all-new iPhone X, which Cook called "The bigges ...

  24. Watch Apple's Special Event Live Stream Here 

    September 12, 2017 11:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 Ten years after the first iPhone revolutionized the cellphone industry, Apple is expected to announce its newest entry in the line during a special keynote event on Tuesday, Sept. 12. The keynote -- which is the first-ever event to be held at the ne ...

  25. Owner of Music Piracy Network That Delivered 'Gut-Punch' to Artists Pleads Guilty

    September 11, 2017 11:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 Artur Sargsyan , the owner and operator of Sharebeast, a file-sharing site popular among music fans before it was shut down two years ago , has pleaded guilty to criminal copyright infringement. The U.S. Department of Justice said Sargsyan used Shar ...

  26. Apple May Test the Bounds of iPhone Love With $1,000 Model

    September 11, 2017 10:19 AM EDT 0 0 0 Apple is expected to sell its fanciest iPhone yet for $1,000, crossing into a new financial frontier that will test how much consumers are willing to pay for a device that's become an indispensable part of modern life. The unveiling of a dramat ...

  27. Michael and Susan Dell Underwrite Harvey Telethon as Justin Bieber, Drake and Other Stars Sign On

    September 08, 2017 1:01 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation is giving $5 million to underwrite the costs of producing Bun B and Scooter Braun's upcoming hurricane relief telethon . The backing means organizers of Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief , schedu ...

  28. iHeartMedia Loves Podcasts, Unveils Slate of Nashville-Tinged Shows Featuring Bobby Bones, Kristian Bush

    September 08, 2017 11:32 AM EDT 0 0 0 iHeartMedia has announced the launch of the seven-podcast Nashville Podcast Network, established by syndicated morning show host Bobby Bones , during their presentation at the Interactive Advertising Bureau's Upfront in New York on Thursday. Th ...

  29. Spotify Hosting Playlist-Minded Concert Featuring Dizzee Rascal, Bugzy Malone

    September 08, 2017 9:46 AM EDT 0 0 0 Spotify is bringing one of its most popular playlists in the U.K. to the live stage. The music streaming service announced on Friday the launch of Who We Be , taking place Nov. 30 at London's Alexandra Palace and featuring hip-hop and grime art ...

  30. Latin Artists Take Over YouTube's Top 25 Global Songs of the Summer

    September 07, 2017 5:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 It’s not a surprise that Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee ’s “Despacito,” the most viewed video of all times, leads YouTube’s top 25 Songs of the Summer global chart. But what is definitely a surprise is that 16 of 25 songs worldwide this year include La ...

  31. Hulu and Spotify to Launch New Streaming Bundle

    September 07, 2017 2:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hulu and Spotify are teaming up to offer a discounted streaming media bundle to college students. The companies on Thursday announced that they will start offering Hulu with limited advertising and Spotify Premium for $5 per month. That's a dis ...

  32. Courtney Holt Jumps From Disney to Lead Spotify Content Efforts

    September 07, 2017 12:11 PM EDT 0 0 0 Courtney Holt , the former head of Maker Studios, is returning to his roots in music with a new job overseeing video and podcasting efforts at Spotify.  The music streaming service has tapped Holt as vp and head of Spotify Studios and Video. He will ...

  33. Trans World CEO Mike Feurer on Etailz Acquisition, Physical Retail & the Company's 'Transformation'

    September 07, 2017 11:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 With Trans World Entertainment staying within spitting distance of black ink with the release of its half-year financials two weeks ago, it seems likely that the chain will chalk up its seventh profitable year in a row -- if it can duplicate its usu ...

  34. Ed Sheeran and Adele Help Propel British Music Exports 11 Percent to $480 Million

    September 07, 2017 11:37 AM EDT 0 0 0 Huge selling albums by Adele, Ed Sheeran and David Bowie have helped British music exports climb to record levels, contributing nearly £4.4 billion ($5.8 billion) to the U.K.'s overseas earnings since 2000, according to new figures from labels ...

  35. Trans World's Revenue Up, Losses Shrink in Mid-Year Report

    September 07, 2017 10:35 AM EDT 0 0 0 The retail chain makes the most of its profits in Q4, which has put the company in the black for the last six years. Trans World Entertainment lost $5.6 million, or 15 cents per diluted share on sales of $102.5 million for the quarter ended July 29. ...

  36. Apple Music Renews Licensing Deal With Warner Music

    September 07, 2017 10:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 Apple Music has renewed its licensing deal with Warner Music Group in a move that reduces the tech giant's royalty payment commitments to the major as it continues to aggressively build its user base, sources confirm with  Billboard . The deal ...

  37. Incoming Pandora CEO Roger Lynch Shreds With Corporate Bandmates at Aspen Fest: Exclusive Interview

    September 06, 2017 2:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 The rocker-turned-digital music executive talks about his musical roots and his plans to be a "stabilizing force" for his new company SNOWMASS, COLO. -- Pandora's new chief executive officer put on his best John Mayer shred-face durin ...

  38. Should Spotify Try to Become the 'Netflix Of Music'? Not So Fast

    September 06, 2017 1:42 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spotify and Netflix have plenty in common: they exist within media industries which are still grappling with the transition from sales to streaming. They are poaching executives from these very industries that they are disrupting -- from music manag ...

  39. 'Netflix is a Joke' Billboards Revealed as Inside Job

    September 06, 2017 11:13 AM EDT 0 0 0 Mystery solved: The 'Netflix is a Joke' billboards that have been popping up in busy neighborhoods in both New York and Los Angeles in recent days appear to be an inside job, sources tell  The Hollywood Reporter . And it won't be long ...

  40. Will.i.am Joins 'Mobile Record Label' Startup Amuse, Talks 'Defining a New Type of Record Industry'

    September 06, 2017 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The Black Eyed Peas frontman is now a co-founder at the company with an eye on the future of music. will.i.am is betting big on data to drive the future of the music industry, as the Black Eyed Peas frontman announced on Wednesday (Sept. 6) his join ...

  41. Spotify, Bluewater & Mechanical Licensing: What's Really Driving the Streaming Giant's Latest Legal Fight

    September 05, 2017 4:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Does Spotify need mechanical licenses to stream music? Some music industry executives are whipping up outrage over Spotify’s recent court filing that challenges whether it needs mechanical licenses for streaming -- a legal strategy that, if successf ...

  42. Amazon Launches African-American Video-on-Demand Service

    September 05, 2017 4:16 PM EDT 0 0 0 Amazon is launching Brown Sugar, a subscription video-on-demand service that features what it calls the biggest collection of the baddest African-American movies of all time. Brown Sugar offers films such as Shaft , Cotton Comes to Harlem , In the H ...

  43. TIDAL for All Mercedes Drivers Who Use Its 'me' App

    September 05, 2017 1:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mercedes-Benz drivers will soon be able redeem a year's worth of free music streaming from TIDAL, the companies announced on Tuesday. Beginning in 2018, customers who have connected their vehicle to the Mercedes me Portal will receive a 12-mont ...

  44. Popular YouTube Stream Ripping Site to Shut Down

    September 05, 2017 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 YouTube.mp3, the world's top website for creating MP3 files out of YouTube videos, has apparently agreed to shut down and relinquish its domain name, ending a copyright infringement lawsuit filed last year by a coalition of record labels. The p ...

  45. Trump Gets Earful From Tech CEOs: 'Dreamers Are Vital to the Future of Our Companies'

    September 01, 2017 10:05 AM EDT 0 0 0 American business leaders ranging from multi-billionaires to young startup CEOs have signed an open letter to President Trump in an effort to dissuade him from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which allows kids who w ...

  46. Spotify: Don't Compare Us to Napster

    August 31, 2017 5:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 The company has responded to a copyright lawsuit by challenging what rights are truly implicated by streaming. Spotify, facing a lawsuit claiming "staggering" copyright infringement, is attempting to distinguish itself from illegal file sh ...

  47. Universal Music Rides The Growing Streaming Wave To $1.5 Billion in Q2 Revenue

    August 31, 2017 2:25 PM EDT 0 0 0 Streaming accounted for 45 percent of revenue, up from 35.64 percent a year ago. With streaming leading the charge, Universal Music Group enjoyed a 15.6 percent increase in revenue to €1.382 euros ($1.49 billion) for the second-quarter period ending ...

  48. Apple Invites Media to Its New 'Spaceship' for Big iPhone Event

    August 31, 2017 1:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Apple's faithful fans and investors won't have to wait much longer to see what the iPhone maker has in store next. The company sent out invitations Thursday to set Sept. 12 as the date for an annual post-Labor Day showcase. As usual, the f ...

  49. Harvey Relief Funds Being Raised By Carpark Records, Malaco Music

    August 31, 2017 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 At least two record labels have joined fundraising efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Washington D.C.-based indie Carpark Records announced that all of today's digital sales from its Bandcamp account will be donated to the American R ...

  50. BMG Continues Growth Spurt as Revenues Top $276 Million

    August 31, 2017 10:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 BMG continues to post growth in both profits and revenues as the company reported €40 million euros ($47.4 million) in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), on revenues of €233 million ($276 million) for the period ...

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