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BMI reported its highest collections in the year, taking in $944 million for the year ended June 30, 2013. That represented a 5% increase over the nearly $899 million collected in the prior year.
When Scott Borchetta caught up with Billboard at IHeartRadio in 2012, he was struggling with the best royalty solution for Big Machine Label Group and free streaming music services like Spotify. One year later, however, little has changed about his perspective.
The Internet radio business suddenly got a lot more competitive. Less than one week after its launch, over 11 million people have already tried iTunes Radio. The figure was included in a press release Apple issued Monday morning about last week's record-setting launch of iPhone 5s and 5c models.
Dance music label Ministry of Sound has reportedly sued Spotify in the United Kingdom over playlists of MoS’ well-known compilation albums -- even though MoS doesn’t license to Spotify. How can you tell it’s an MoS compilation? Because Spotify’s playlists say so. And therein lies the rub.
Two months after departing as the editor of E! News and E! Online, Bruce Perlmutter has started as senior vp programming and production for Sean "Diddy" Combs' soon-to-launch cable music network, Revolt TV, which will target urban millennial viewers.
Twitter has named Bob Moczydlowsky, TopSpin Media's former SVP of product and marketing, as its new head of music. The move, originally reported by AllThingsD and further confirmed by his many "thanks" on Twitter, follows the departure of Twitter's former head of music partnerships Tatiana Simonian last month.
The Emmys go all-in on music – Danny Elfman's music for Tim Burton's films will get the star treatment – Tupac biopic to move forward – "American Masters" creator Susan Lacy moves to HBO and much more.
Since 2006, the Polaris Music Prize ceremony has cerebrated the best albums produced by Canadian artists; previous winners include Caribou, Arcade Fire, Final Fantasy and 2012 winner Feist. The 2013 ceremony took place last night in Toronto, with the 11-member jury plumping for the Montreal veterans’ widescreen Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Sponsors have announced the end of London's Hard Rock Calling festival after eight years in the city. With the withdrawal of the main underwriters, Hard Rock International, promoters are uncertain if the annual bash will continue next year.
The Toronto music licensing and production company could tell that once the Alexander Keith’s ad it was written for started airing this spring, viewers would want to know where to find the song. So they recorded a full version, and Toast This Life has been selling respectably on iTunes ever since.
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An insight into the upcoming Beats Music service: it won’t be pumping details of every track users play to Facebook. That’s according to a personal blog post by CEO Ian Rogers, sparked by one too many of his Facebook contacts mistaking his daughter’s Sonos-via-Mog streams for his own tastes (i.e. Taylor Swift).
The site will carry NME magazine’s new cover feature from the issue out this Wednesday (September 25) - but it will only be accessible to those who accept a payment charge. The rest of the site will remain free to read.
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