1. Robin Williams, Jay Z Among Top Celebrity Online Searches of 2014 (So Far)

    November 26, 2014 9:55 AM EST Death and scandal are the surest ways to generate interest online. Five weeks prior to the new year, the celebrity most often showing up in Internet searches in 2014 has been Robin Williams , whose shocking suicide Aug. 11 led to massive spikes in ...

  2. Spotify's 2013 Financials: What You Need to Know

    November 25, 2014 4:54 PM EST The company yearly financial reports, filed in Luxembourg, point to... well, it's complicated. The release of Spotify's 2013 financial information (via an article at The Guardian ) comes amidst heavy criticism about the company's fr ...

  3. Firechat May Soon Solve Your Texting Woes at Crowded Events

    November 25, 2014 4:00 PM EST A technology that hasn't been practical until recently may be the new solution for jam-packed data networks at large events. Cell phone communication has always been a problem for music festival goers. With upwards of 90,000 people all gat ...

  4. Op-Ed: Independent Musician Ron Pope: How I Made $250K From Streaming

    November 25, 2014 1:58 PM EST The debate around streaming isn't as simple as "streaming versus musicians" -- as independent artist Ron Pope explains. I’d like to start by saying this: I am an honest-to-goodness Taylor Swift fan. I’ve purchased each of her album ...

  5. One Direction Hits One Billion Plays on Spotify (But Are Still Way Behind Eminem)

    November 25, 2014 11:12 AM EST One Direction has surpassed a billion streams on Spotify, joining Coldplay as only the second British band to accomplish that feat on the streaming music service. According to data provided by Spotify, the boy band reached the milestone last week ...

  6. Amazon Prime Music Debuts First Exclusive Content

    November 24, 2014 5:11 PM EST Amazon has made exclusive video a component of Prime Instant Video streaming service, its answer to Netflix. Now the company is doing the same with music -- sort of. Amazon quietly debuted last week its first exclusive music release, the 43-track, ...

  7. Apple to Donate Portions of Holiday Sales to Bono's (RED)

    November 24, 2014 3:18 PM EST The holiday shopping season is upon us and once again Apple is partnering with Product (RED) to generate awareness and a significant amount of money to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS. Related Queen Shares Unreleased '80s Track to Help Fight AID ...

  8. Judge Rules Against Pandora in Licensing Fight

    November 24, 2014 3:17 PM EST Pandora's effort to get BMI rate court Judge Louis L. Stanton to rule that the digital service has a "license-in-effect" with the performance right society has failed, with the Judge ruling last Friday (Nov. 21) against the Oakland ...

  9. Spotify Seems to Be Gaining on YouTube's Streaming Dominance

    November 24, 2014 2:17 PM EST YouTube, the undisputed king of music streams, is getting chipped away at. We break it down. Hozier 's 2014 breakout can be attributed to the popularity of "Take Me to Church's" intriguing music video on YouTube. With an im ...

  10. Awkward: Vice Editor Not a Big Fan of 'Scumbag' Vice Partner Live Nation

    November 24, 2014 11:52 AM EST Earlier this month Live Nation and Vice Media announced a co-branded site to fill a "big white space" in live music content on the web. The news of the currently untitled partnership, due to launch in 2015, is now getting a little added ...

  11. Interscope, Chrysler Team For Ad Spots With Eminem, Fergie, Gwen Stefani & More During AMAs

    November 23, 2014 11:03 PM EST Interscope has new videos coming from Eminem , Fergie , Gwen Stefani , Imagine Dragons and Phillip Phillips -- and the company is going to let you know about them during the American Music Awards telecast on Sunday (Nov. 23), with the help of Chry ...

  12. Music Fans Can Vote for Their Favorite AMA Artists, Submit Fan Art on Twitter

    November 22, 2014 3:29 PM EST It's not too late to grab your paintbrush. Now is your chance to show off all those paintings you've done of One Direction . (Don't pretend like you don't know what we're talking about.) AMAs Producer on Taylor Swift Rece ...

  13. Playlist Live: An Exploration of the Internet in Real Life

    November 21, 2014 8:00 PM EST Rebecca Black, Troye Sivan, Trevor Moran & more YouTube stars take selfies & sell merch at New York conference. The first actual meet-up of Internet-famous people didn't actually happen in real life at all, but in the 2008 episode of ...

  14. Vevo Faces an Uncertain Future With the Departure of CEO Rio Caraeff and a Failed Sale

    November 21, 2014 3:00 PM EST Rio Caraeff 's departure as CEO of Vevo at the end of 2014 -- officially announced Nov. 17 after an internal memo had leaked -- leaves the music-video service at a crossroads. After Caraeff failed to sell the company at a reported $1 billion ...

  15. Essay: Why Streaming (Done Right) Will Save the Music Business

    November 21, 2014 1:00 PM EST Rhapsody’s co-chairmen pick a side in the Taylor Swift vs. Spotify debate. As the first music-streaming service to be licensed by all major labels -- and the No. 2 on-demand music service in the United States -- it may surprise you to learn that ...

  16. Trio of Studies Find Digital Listening Drives Sales – But Are They Answering the Right Question?

    November 21, 2014 12:15 PM EST Data released this week have revealed the positive benefits free or listening has on music purchases. A study by Pandora and consumer surveys by the Country Music Association and BitTorrent show, in different ways, that free music can come with be ...

  17. Behind Hewlett-Packard's $20 Million Ad Spend Behind Meghan Trainor, Beginning with Her New Music Video

    November 21, 2014 11:02 AM EST The "All About That Bass" hitmaker is back, with a few internet friends in tow. The candy-colored, slyly satirical video for Meghan Trainor ’s “All About That Bass” helped make the 20-year-old singer-songwriter a breakthrough star virtua ...

  18. WME's Marc Geiger Sides With Taylor Swift, Calls Free Streaming Services 'F---ed Up'

    November 20, 2014 3:49 PM EST 'It's insane that the industry is so scared of the digital consumers that they have to give away all the content for free,' he says at Billboard Touring Conference. Add one more name to the list of industry figureheads who'v ...

  19. Super-Humanizing: Virtual Reality, Music and the Coming Revolution

    November 20, 2014 2:55 PM EST On Monday morning I drove by Candlestick Park as the first demolition crews set to work on the grand old thing. I was on my way to the Palo Alto office of a company called Jaunt, to strap an Oculus headset to my face and watch a fabulously newfang ...

  20. Streaming Drives Sales, According to New Study

    November 20, 2014 2:00 PM EST YouTube might be "the devil" to Garth Brooks , but in another's eyes, it's a great source of music discovery. In fact, a new study being released by the Country Music Association suggests that adults 18-plus are far more likely ...

  21. Why Irving Azoff's New Company Has (Some) Leverage Over YouTube

    November 20, 2014 1:32 PM EST Irving Azoff took to Twitter Wednesday to repeat previously stated contentions that YouTube lacks licenses from Global Music Rights, the performing rights organization created by Azoff's joint venture with Madison Square Garden Entertainment. ...

  22. YouTube Music Awards Returning in March

    November 20, 2014 10:17 AM EST After taking a breather this calendar year, the YouTube Music Awards are returning in 2015. YouTube announced on Thursday that the sophomore edition of the awards will take place in March, and will incorporate fans in creating new video collaborat ...

  23. Billboard 200 Makeover: Album Chart to Incorporate Streams & Track Sales

    November 19, 2014 8:00 PM EST Ariana Grande among artists likely to benefit from the change; revamped chart will debut online Dec. 4 & in Dec. 13 issue. The Billboard 200 albums chart will premiere its biggest upgrade in more than 23 years, transforming from a pure sales- ...

  24. SiriusXM CEO Outlines Growth Strategy

    November 19, 2014 6:15 PM EST 'I'm pretty bullish on subscriber growth for years to come,' CEO Jim Meyer says. SiriusXM Radio plans to be the dominant product in the connected car of the future, and CEO Jim Meyer expects that by the end of the decade about 70 pe ...

  25. Oh Là Là: Spotify Reportedly Turns First Profit in France

    November 19, 2014 2:30 PM EST Bust out some champagne, Spotify is profitable in France. L'Express is reporting that the Swedish subscription music service grew its revenue by 66 percent in 2013 and now accounts for over a third of the streaming market in that country, whi ...

  26. Apple's Beats Music Relaunch Reportedly Coming in March

    November 19, 2014 2:22 PM EST Forget one album from "the world's biggest band" -- what about millions of records, inside an app, pushed to your phone? Unsurprisingly, word has leaked that Apple plans to bundle a potentially rebranded version of the Beats Music s ...

  27. Berklee Announces New Online Music Degrees

    November 19, 2014 10:28 AM EST The Berklee College of Music has announced a new slate of online degree programs, including two in music creation, cementing its status as the first accredited non-profit music institution to offer Bachelor degrees on the web. Online students wi ...

  28. China Blocks Cloud Services, Thousands of Websites Ahead of Tech Conference

    November 19, 2014 9:28 AM EST The Chinese government is blocking access to thousands of sites and cloud services in the lead up to tech industry conference, reported the South China Morning Post on Tuesday.  Already trigger happy when it came to blocking websites it didn' ...

  29. Justin Timberlake Becomes Co-Owner of Audio Company AfterMaster

    November 19, 2014 8:09 AM EST Justin Timberlake wants to make sure you have a 20/20 sound experience when you listen to music: He's now a co-owner of the audio technology company AfterMaster Audio Labs, Inc. AfterMaster, a subsidiary of Studio One Media Inc., announced We ...

  30. Billy Bragg Says Taylor Swift Sold Her Soul to Google, Her Reps Claim She Didn't

    November 18, 2014 8:33 PM EST Outspoken English singer-songwriter  Billy Bragg  is calling BS on  Taylor Swift 's highly publicized decision to pull her music from Spotify, saying she's just simply chosen one streaming service over another. After seeing that some o ...

  31. What’s It Like to Wear a Woofer? Billboard Tries Out the Kickstarter-Funded Woojer

    November 18, 2014 6:01 PM EST Wearing your woofer. Subwoofers have gone out of vogue in the era of ear­buds. If you want to literally feel your music booming, you’re out of luck -- or rather, you were. Woojer, a Kickstarter project that raised more than $143,000 in December 20 ...

  32. YouTube's Refusal to Remove 20,000 Songs Leads to New Irving Azoff Warning

    November 18, 2014 5:35 PM EST The standoff involves works by Pharrell Williams and other popular songwriters. YouTube has apparently made the decision not to remove songs composed by popular musicians including The Eagles , Pharrell Williams and John Lennon , and as a result, ...

  33. Bruce Springsteen Fans Can Relive the Boss' Top Gigs on New Website

    November 18, 2014 3:20 PM EST For decades, live recordings of Bruce Springsteen concerts were the hottest commodity among the singer's  base -- either for fans looking to relive the magic of a certain show or those who got shut out of tickets. Now, music completists can g ...

  34. Sony Giving Free Streaming Services the Stink Eye

    November 18, 2014 2:45 PM EST Speaking to investors in Tokyo on Tuesday, Sony chief financial officer Kevin Kelleher said the company will take a cautious approach to free, ad-supported streaming services like Spotify in the wake of Taylor Swift 's ground-shaking decision ...

  35. Garth Brooks Calls YouTube 'the Devil'

    November 18, 2014 1:04 PM EST We knew Garth Brooks had friends in low places, but this is ridiculous. Speaking with Access Hollywood , the country music legend took the "devil," also known as the "nice people" at YouTube, to task for what he calls an unfair ...

  36. New Study from Pandora Touts the 'Pandora Effect' on Music Sales

    November 18, 2014 10:17 AM EST A study performed earlier this year by Pandora found that its spins have a positive effect on music sales. For new music, the average positive effect was a 2.31-percent increase in sales of track-equivalent albums, a metric that counts 10 tracks a ...

  37. Watch Steve Albini and His Eagle Shirt Defend the Post-Internet Music Biz

    November 18, 2014 9:50 AM EST Steve Albini 's epic keynote address at Melbourne's Face the Music conference, in which he essentially laid out the case that the internet has cleaned up much of the music biz's waste, is now available to watch in full. Like the maj ...

  38. Trevor Moran's 'XIAT': Exclusive Song Premiere and Q&A

    November 17, 2014 4:24 PM EST Trevor Moran may have gotten his start at 10 years old by posting silly videos of himself dancing in Apple Stores, but nowadays this 16-year-old is no joke. And now, much to the delight of his 1.1 million Twitter followers and 721,000 subscribers ...

  39. Diplo Celebrates 'Flor1da' with a Paid BitTorrent Bundle (Which Are Now Available to the Public)

    November 17, 2014 2:08 PM EST Following in Thom Yorke's footsteps, Diplo is the second artist to release a pay-gated bundle on the platform. To celebrate 10 years since the release of his debut album, Florida , Diplo is re-releasing the LP today by way of a BitTorrent bun ...

  40. Steve Albini Says Many of Music's Problems Have Been Solved, Addresses That 'Purple Dwarf in Assless Chaps'

    November 17, 2014 1:39 PM EST Legendary engineer, producer and musician Steve Albini delivered a densely packed, hour-long keynote speech at Melbourne's Face the Music conference on Saturday. The substantive bulk of his 6,700-or-so-words were spent defending, not lambasti ...

  41. Spotify, Uber Partnership To Launch In 10 Cities Worldwide

    November 17, 2014 11:12 AM EST It’s official: after a weekend of rumors , Spotify and Uber will introduce a new partnership in 10 cities this Friday, November 21, that will enable Spotify Premium users to play their own playlists during their Uber ride. Participating cities are ...

  42. YouTube Music Key Debut Pushed Back to Nov. 18

    November 17, 2014 10:36 AM EST The launch of YouTube Music Key , the streaming giant's paid music subscription option, set to debut today, has been pushed back to tomorrow (Nov. 18), a Google spokesperson has confirmed to Billboard. Music Key lets users stream music ad-fre ...

  43. Thomas Middelhoff, Former Bertelsmann Chief, Convicted Over Flight Costs

    November 16, 2014 3:58 PM EST Thomas Middelhoff, a former CEO of media group Bertelsmann, has been convicted of breach of trust and tax evasion and sentenced to three years in prison over costs he incurred as CEO of a troubled department store company. A prominent German busin ...

  44. Spotify and Uber Reportedly Set to Announce New Partnership

    November 15, 2014 2:01 PM EST Streaming service Spotify has partnered with ride-sharing company Uber to allow Spotify users to play their music in Uber vehicles. The companies are expected to make the announcement during a press call Monday morning that will hosted by Uber ch ...

  45. Report: Vevo CEO Rio Caraeff to Leave Company at End of Year

    November 15, 2014 11:23 AM EST Vevo president/CEO Rio Caraeff is leaving the company at the end of this year, according to the New York Post . He joined the music video service in 2009. 40 Under 40 2014 Spotlight: Rio Caraeff, President/CEO of Vevo Vevo, whose biggest backers a ...

  46. New York Judge Delivers Another SiriusXM Setback in Turtles Lawsuit

    November 15, 2014 8:44 AM EST For the third time in as many months, SiriusXM has been rocked with a court ruling over the issue of pre-1972 sound recordings. This time, a ruling comes in New York, a sign that the satellite radio broadcaster's liability won't be limit ...

  47. Can YouTube’s New Music Play Mend Its Fences With the Industry?

    November 14, 2014 2:57 PM EST Music Key, the company’s years-in-the-works premium streaming service, arrives Nov. 17. But will consumers want to pay for something they’ve always had for free? After a year of rumors, false starts and belabored label negotiations, YouTube’s stre ...

  48. Listen to Jamie Lidell's 'Runaway' From 'Grand Theft Auto V' Relaunch, Music Head Talks Soundtrack: Exclusive

    November 14, 2014 1:00 PM EST When Grand Theft Auto V dropped last year, it was a big deal across all realms of the entertainment industry. Aside from turning heads breaking a number of sales records -- like being the fastest entertainment property to gross $1 billion, which i ...

  49. YouTube's Music Key: How Much Could Its New Paid Service Pay Out?

    November 14, 2014 12:08 PM EST Will YouTube Music Key transform streaming revenues and take subscriptions into the mainstream? Or will it fail to capitalize on YouTube massive global footprint? It all depends on YouTube's ability to entice people to pay. With YouTube' ...

  50. Daniel Glass, Martin Bandier, Robb McDaniels and More Discuss the Launch of YouTube Music

    November 14, 2014 10:17 AM EST From very exciting to rectifying a wrong, responses to the music world's newest digital gramophone. Two days ago, YouTube announced the launch of its music streaming service. The wise move on Google and YouTube's part, however, was tha ...

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