1. WhoSampled Integrates with Spotify for iPhone App

    February 05, 2016 8:47 PM EST 0 0 0 The music sample sourcing service WhoSampled has announced a new integration with Spotify that will allow listeners to discover the inspirations and origins of songs through the digital streaming service.  8 Rap Songs That Sampled David Bowie A new ...

  2. Sony Music: We'll Also Share Potential Spotify Windfall With Artists

    February 05, 2016 9:33 AM EST 0 0 0 Sony Music Entertainment has followed up this week's revelation that its fellow major, Warner Music Group, plans to share with artists any proceeds from the sale of the company's equity in a streaming company. In a statement also released ...

  3. BBC Owns Digital Listening as Audience Hits Record High

    February 04, 2016 3:37 PM EST 0 0 0 The latest audience figures from official U.K. measuring body RAJAR brought mixed results for BBC’s radio stations.  On the one hand, specialist formatted digital station 6 Music grew its number of weekly listeners to its highest ever level of 2.2 m ...

  4. Reddit Users Put Epic CEO L.A. Reid in a Death Grip

    February 04, 2016 2:20 PM EST 0 0 0 Reddit users bombarded veteran music exec Antonio "L.A." Reid with questions about noise group Death Grips on Wednesday during a frustrating-for-all AMA session . Since the feature isn’t called "ask me anything… and I'll answer y ...

  5. With New Spotify Partnership, Can Annotation Website Genius Finally Take on the World?

    February 04, 2016 12:00 PM EST 0 0 0 On a cold Friday in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Gowanus, the Genius offices are packed with hundreds of ­journalists and industry friends as ­rapper Fabolous rips through a set of hits. Co-founders Tom Lehman and Ilan Zechory , both 32, and their s ...

  6. Apple to Appeal $625 Million 'Patent Troll' Settlement

    February 04, 2016 11:14 AM EST 0 0 0 Score one for the so-called "patent trolls," as a litigation-loving patent firm wins big in Texas. A Texas jury decided on Wednesday that Apple must pay $625.6 million for violating several patents held by VirnetX, a company known for coll ...

  7. Helping Indie Media Enter Digital Age Cited in Merger of WFMU-Borne Audience Engine and Spinitron

    February 03, 2016 2:23 PM EST 0 0 0 Audience Engine, a public media-minded fundraising platform, has merged with radio audience engagement specialists Spinitron. The decision to partner-up and form a public benefit corporation (PBC) is meant to "help independent, public and not-f ...

  8. SoundCloud Introduces New Stations Function

    February 02, 2016 6:40 PM EST 0 0 0 SoundCloud has launched a new stations function that acts as a way for users to hear new music.  SoundCloud Signs Up Universal Music, Subscription Service Comes Closer to Reality The new stations acts similarly to other streaming services "radi ...

  9. Russia's VKontakte, Fresh Off a 'Win' Against the Major Labels, Signs Deal With Country's Largest Publisher

    February 02, 2016 2:30 PM EST 0 0 0 The country's digital music industry continues its push towards legitimacy. The Russian social network VKontakte, a local equivalent of Facebook, has signed an agreement with First Music Publishing that comes as its first ever music deal with a ...

  10. SiriusXM Reports Best Full-Year Subscriber Growth Since 2007

    February 02, 2016 8:15 AM EST 0 0 0 The satellite radio company controlled by John Malone's Liberty Media added 2.28 million net new subs and continues to add 1.4 million in 2016. Satellite radio giant SiriusXM Radio, controlled by John Malone's Liberty Media, on Tuesday rep ...

  11. Google's Parent Company Reports Strong Inaugural Earnings

    February 01, 2016 4:30 PM EST 0 0 0 Alphabet reported fourth quarter revenue of $21.3 billion. Shares of Google parent company Alphabet are soaring on a strong inaugural earnings report. In its first quarter breaking out separate financials for Google and "other bets," Alpha ...

  12. Spotify Has Video and Podcasts Now: Here's What You'll See and Hear

    January 29, 2016 9:39 AM EST Spotify’s long-trumpeted video and podcast features are finally here for users to pour over. And there's a lot of content to begin with. Billboard can reveal a sprawling -- though by no means exhaustive -- list of U.S. partners and shows, whi ...

  13. Amazon Shares Plunge on Holiday Earnings Miss

    January 28, 2016 6:19 PM EST 0 0 0 The e-commerce giant brought in $35.7 billion in sales during the fourth quarter. Amazon shares plunged more than 10 percent during after-hours trading on the Nasdaq after the e-tailing giant reported a weaker-than-expected holiday selling season.  ...

  14. 'It's an Ecosystem': New A2IM CEO Richard James Burgess on Goals for Indies and Beyond

    January 28, 2016 12:46 PM EST 0 0 0 "The most important thing for us is to not be the last one to the table and have to live on crumbs because someone else has eaten most of the cake." The American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) will enter its next phase led by some ...

  15. Beatport Launches First Localized Expansion in The Netherlands

    January 28, 2016 11:37 AM EST 0 0 0 Hallo, Beatport! Electronic music’s digital mecca may be available in more than 220 countries, but  Beatport  today (Jan. 28) announced the launch of a completely localized version of its music service in the Netherlands. Focusing on a specific coun ...

  16. Spotify Raises Half a Billion -- Can It Hold Off Apple Music?

    January 28, 2016 10:19 AM EST 0 0 0 The $500 million is intended for acquisitions to further marketplace consolidation, says report. Can Spotify, the world's largest music subscription service, grab an even larger share of the market? A report from Swedish outlet  SvD Naringsliv ...

  17. Facebook Shares Climb on Quarterly Revenue Gains

    January 27, 2016 8:00 PM EST 0 0 0 The social network beat Wall Street's expectations by bringing in $5.8 billion during the fourth quarter. Facebook's strong fourth quarter sent the social network's shares soaring during after-hours trading on Wednesday. Facebook smas ...

  18. Hannibal Buress Debuts as Spotify's Latest Artist 'In Residence'

    January 27, 2016 3:07 PM EST 0 0 0 Spotify is giving comedian and Broad City actor Hannibal Buress a platform to talk about his favorite songs. As a new host of the In Residence series, Buress "will give listeners insight into his mind and the music he loves" by way of six ...

  19. Chris Price Appointed BBC Radio 1 Head of Music

    January 27, 2016 1:33 PM EST 0 0 0 Chris Price , former head of music at Last.fm, has been appointed head of music at BBC Radio 1 – one of the most influential positions in the U.K. music business. He replaces George Ergatoudis , who announced in December that he would be leaving the ...

  20. YouTube Looks at Super Bowl Halftime Bumps, From Big (Missy) to Small (Nicki)

    January 27, 2016 1:18 PM EST 0 0 0 Playing a supporting role during the Super Bowl halftime show may have a bigger impact on an artist’s career than being the headliner, according to new data from YouTube. The video hosting site says in a post today  that many of the artists most imp ...

  21. Silversun Pickups on Nic Harcourt's New Performance & Interview Webseries: Watch a Sneak Peek

    January 27, 2016 10:31 AM EST 0 0 0 Nic Harcourt has a new performance and interview webseries on its way.  Teaming up with the interactive musicians-to-fans network WorldArts , the renowned tastemaker and radio personality's bi-monthly Transmissions kicks off Tuesday, Feb. 2, wi ...

  22. Adele Slams Door on Justin Bieber's 'Carpool Karaoke' Record

    January 26, 2016 7:54 AM EST 0 0 0 Riding in a car with Adele was a good move by "Late Late Show" host James Corden. It took less than two weeks, but Adele 's epic "Carpool Karaoke" session with Late Late Show host James Corden has already become the show ...

  23. Twitter Names Former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard Interim Head of Media

    January 25, 2016 5:09 PM EST 0 0 0 Twitter's head of commerce Nathan Hubbard is stepping in to oversee media following the departure of Katie Jacobs Stanton. Twitter is temporarily filling the recently vacated head of media role with vp commerce Nathan Hubbard, according to a  r ...

  24. Spotify Is (Finally) Ready to Launch Those Videos: Product VP Shiva Rajaraman on What to Expect

    January 25, 2016 2:01 PM EST 0 0 0 Last May, Spotify announced -- along with several other new features -- that it would be moving into the world of  bite-sized video  as a way to broaden its platform's appeal and offer users a new way of considering the service. As the year shi ...

  25. Twitter CEO Announces Departure of Four Execs

    January 25, 2016 9:04 AM EST 0 0 0 Twitter says that four executives are leaving the company. Its stock fell more than 4 percent in premarket trading. CEO Jack Dorsey posted a statement to the microblogging service saying that Alex Roetter , Skip Schipper , Katie Stanton and Kevin We ...

  26. Sun Records' Deep Catalog Gets a Spotlight in New Sync Licensing Deal

    January 25, 2016 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Wanting a larger share of the sync market, Sun is offering 1,100 tracks from its historic catalog of American music. Sun Records has one of the most revered catalogs in American music. Now its songs, from the legendary Johnny Cash to forgotten music ...

  27. Twitter Media Head, Product Chief Departing Company: Report

    January 24, 2016 3:51 PM EST 0 0 0 VP global media Katie Jacobs Stanton has been with Twitter since 2010. Twitter is losing two senior level executives. VP global media Katie Jacobs Stanton and senior vp product Kevin Weil have both departed from the social media company, according t ...

  28. Spotify Data Reveals Favorite Beatles Songs for Different Age Groups

    January 22, 2016 6:15 PM EST 0 0 0 As it turns out, people really like the Beatles -- who knew? OK, the generation-spanning love for the Fab Four is nothing shocking, but just how popular the Beatles have proven to be in the streaming realm might surprise you. In less than a month, t ...

  29. Study Finds Digital Music Sales the Least Hurt By Piracy... Eight Years Ago

    January 22, 2016 3:02 PM EST 0 0 0 Is there a silver lining to online music piracy? A new research paper (that focuses on some fairly old data) delves into the relationship between file sharing and music sales, coming up with mixed results and little closure for the contentious issue ...

  30. Google Reportedly Paid Apple $1 Billion to Stay on iOS

    January 22, 2016 11:00 AM EST 0 0 0 A lawsuit between Oracle and Google may have inadvertently revealed one of the biggest secrets in tech: how much does Google pay rival Apple to be the default search engine on iOS devices? The answer, according to Bloomberg , is $1 billion. The info ...

  31. App Annie Report 2015: Music Streaming Revenue Doubles, Google Play Passes Apple

    January 21, 2016 12:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Spotify leads the worldwide revenue chart. The shift from ownership to digital streaming as the standard listening experience for consumers kicked into high gear in 2015, with worldwide revenue for the top 10 music-streaming apps more than doubling ...

  32. Looplabs Teams with Beatport for Sounds and Streaming, Eyes Emerging Markets

    January 21, 2016 8:08 AM EST 0 0 0 Looplabs, a cloud-based collaborative music studio that allows producers and musicians to create and share tracks and compositions as a community, has partnered with Beatport to expand and enhance its musical and production experience, marking the f ...

  33. Patreon Raises $30 Million in Series B Funding

    January 20, 2016 10:36 AM EST 0 0 0 The money keeps rolling in for Patreon, the crowdfunding platform for creatives. The San Francisco-based company just closed a round of $30 million in Series B funding, led by Thrive Capital, with plans to make several hirings and to accelerate prod ...

  34. Spotify Acquires Two Startups -- So Expect Its Social Features to Improve

    January 20, 2016 9:18 AM EST 0 0 0 Spotify continues to build out its industry-leading music platform, announcing the acquisition of two startups, the voice-play focused Cord Project and Soundwave, an Irish music-focused social startup. Terms of the acquisitions were not disclosed. S ...

  35. Starbucks Announces Spotify Partnership, App Integration

    January 19, 2016 2:42 PM EST 0 0 0 Starbucks and Spotify have announced a partnership that will drive listenership to the streaming service and allow the chain coffeeshop's customers to easily engage with music played at its 7,500 locations. Through the Starbucks app, customers ...

  36. German Music Market Enjoys Sales Bump, Streaming Growth Tops Forecasts

    January 19, 2016 10:40 AM EST 0 0 0 Germany's music market raked in sales of  €1.5 billion in 2015, the industry's best performance since 2009, when that tally was €1.54 billion. In 2014 the market generated sales of €1.48 billion.  That is a 3.9 percent increase in value in ...

  37. Apple's iTunes Radio Will No Longer Be Free As of Late January

    January 17, 2016 8:19 PM EST 0 0 0 Beginning on Jan. 29, Apple will be discontinuing its ad-supported iTunes Radio station service. Moving forward, Beats 1 will take over as Apple’s only free station. All other stations that were formerly free – those based on music genres and artist ...

  38. Twitter Eavesdropping Lawsuit Withdrawn

    January 16, 2016 11:19 AM EST 0 0 0 On Thursday, Jan. 14, Twitter escaped a lawsuit alleging the social media service surreptitiously eavesdrops on its users’ private communications and alters links. Wilford Raney, the plaintiff in the case, filed a notice of voluntary dismissal. He d ...

  39. Music Videos Should Carry Warnings for Alcohol and Tobacco, Study Suggests

    January 15, 2016 1:52 PM EST 0 0 0 Can YouTube be bad for your health? A new study in Great Britain finds that significant numbers of adolescents are being exposed to tobacco and alcohol content in popular videos from the likes of Jason Derulo and Pitbull . Research from the Universi ...

  40. Vestax Founder to Resurrect Iconic Brand of DJ Gear

    January 15, 2016 10:10 AM EST 0 0 0 Thirteen months after DJ equipment maker Vestax filed for bankruptcy in Japan, its founder has announced that he’s reviving the company name and will release a limited line of products. Hidesato Shiino , who founded the company in 1977 but left in 2 ...

  41. Publishing Briefs: Sony/ATV Signs Jack Antonoff; Warner/Chappell Appoints New Promotions VP

    January 14, 2016 3:17 PM EST Billboard's Ed Christman wraps-up all the big stories happening in the music publishing world. - Warner/Chappell Music has appointed former Philadelphia International Records executive Chuck Gamble as vp of catalog promotions. Gamble has work ...

  42. Apple Music Met With Open Arms (and Lots of Subscribers) in Russia

    January 14, 2016 2:42 PM EST 0 0 0 Russia quickly becomes one of Apple Music's biggest markets. The number of Apple Music subscribers has reportedly reached 300,000 in Russia, making it the fifth largest market for the service. The business daily Vedomosti reported the 300,000 f ...

  43. Inside Country Music's Very Real Sales Dip in 2015

    January 14, 2016 1:51 PM EST 0 0 0 With the rise of streaming, sales of country albums fell 12 percent while song downloads dropped 16 percent. As the recorded-music business continues its transition from an ownership economy to a digital streaming model, sales of country albums and ...

  44. Univision Appoints Jorge Ferradas President of New Music Division: Exclusive

    January 14, 2016 10:13 AM EST 0 0 0 Marking the continuing shift towards the role of music for the organization, Univision Communications has created a new music division, appointing Jorge “Pepo” Ferradas as its president. In the newly created position, Ferradas will be responsible fo ...

  45. Deezer's N. American CEO Explains the Future of Streaming (And Those Confusing Subscriber Numbers)

    January 14, 2016 8:23 AM EST 0 0 0 Podcasts, sports -- turns out people want more than just want music, and subscription services will someday give it to them. Nine out of ten CEOs talk at length and end up saying little. Enter Tyler Goldman , North American CEO of Deezer, a global m ...

  46. YouTube Launches in Pakistan, Where It Is Banned

    January 13, 2016 2:47 PM EST Google has launched a localized version of YouTube in Pakistan, where the site has been banned since 2012. The launch is seen as a positive step in lifting the blockade, put in place after the emergence of an American-made video that depicted the ...

  47. For Spotify and Pandora, Connecting Artists to Fans Is Good Business

    January 13, 2016 11:37 AM EST With newcomer Apple Music already taking a sizable bite out of the market, competing services Spotify and Pandora hope to differentiate themselves by amping up ways to help artists connect with their fans. Spotify continues to refine its artist po ...

  48. SoundCloud Signs Up Universal Music, Subscription Service Comes Closer to Reality

    January 13, 2016 9:00 AM EST SoundCloud has reached a multi-territory licensing deal with Universal Music Group and the Universal Music Publishing Group. The agreement will see UMG monetizing (via the company's On SoundCloud advertising program) and monitoring streams o ...

  49. A Billion Views on YouTube? Once Exclusive Club Is Getting Crowded

    January 12, 2016 1:51 PM EST 0 0 0 And the next YouTube video to reach a billion views will be... Last week, Major Lazer and DJ Snake's MØ-assisted clip for "Lean On" became the 14th music video to hit 1 billion views on YouTube . It won't be the last.  Not only d ...

  50. Snapchat Reaches 7 Billion Daily Views

    January 12, 2016 1:21 PM EST Just how fast is Snapchat growing? Sources confirmed to Billboard that the popular messaging app is now averaging seven billion mobile views per day, up from six less than two months ago . That figure, first reported by Bloomberg , brings Snapchat ...

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