Morning Heds: GoDaddy Now Opposes SOPA, Weeknd's Lucrative Career Path, Sub Pop's 2011 Sea Change
Morning Heds: GoDaddy Now Opposes SOPA, Weeknd's Lucrative Career Path, Sub Pop's 2011 Sea Change

Spotify no longer free for early US subscribers
Music Week
Early Spotify adopters in the US will see their no-strings, unlimited streaming experience cease next week when their promotional period comes to an end.

Why Rhapsody Is (Probably) Bigger Than Spotify - In the U.S.
Peter Kafka in Media ATD
Jon Irwin of Rhapsody can claim a bragging right that Spotify's Daniel Ek doesn't have: The CEO of Rhapsody has more paying subscribers than any other digital music service in the U.S.

Sony Singing Apple's Tune
Wall Street Journal
Sony's music service is moving into Apple's neighborhood. Sony's subscription-based streaming music service, Music Unlimited, will be available as an app for Apple iPhones and iPads sometime this quarter.

Guy Hands Reaped $5.4 Million Dividend From Terra Firma in April


Guy Hands reaped a 3.5 million-pound ($5.4 million) dividend from Terra Firma Capital Partners Ltd. two months after the private-equity firm he founded lost control of record label EMI Group Ltd.

Top Universal Exec: SOPA Has Been "Wildly Mischaracterized In the Media..."

Digital Music News

Universal Music Group is now stumping for SOPA support ahead of important votes on the highly-controversial bill. This industry mass-mailing was sent by Universal Music Group Distribution CEO Jim Urie last night.

US Rights to Six Early Beatles Songs Sold

Financial Times

US rights to six of The Beatles' earliest songs are changing hands for the first time in almost 50 years, after a small music publisher beat larger global groups to a portfolio of copyrights including "She Loves You", "I Saw Her Standing There" and "From Me To You".

Bing moves ahead of Yahoo in US search for the first time, Google still king

Digital Trend
Bing may have edged ahead of Yahoo for the first time in the battle of the search engines, but Google remains way out in the lead.

Coachella 2012 Lineup Creates Annual Music Fan Freakout

Now that 2011's buzz has been calculated and its top 10 lists compiled, music fans can finally focus on what's really important: their packing list for the upcoming Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' will appear on Spotify, manager confirms

Coldplay's manager Dave Holmes has confirmed the band's latest album 'Mylo Xyloto' will eventually appear on the popular music streaming site Spotify, but insists he remains 'very concerned' about the latest medium to offer a free listening service online.

On Board Holy Ship! The Floating Electronic Music Festival
BlackBook Magazine
Brits have their mud-drenched, guitar-soaked Glastonbury, while Stateside hipsters sweat through the indie inferno that is Coachella. But leave it to dance enthusiasts to take the concept of a music festival to a whole other level.

5 Alternatives to Consider After Spotify's Free Music Cutoff


If you're an early Spotify user, you may be looking for a new, free music-streaming service as Spotify's six months of free listening comes to an end.

Chuck D to rap on Meat Loaf track

Meat Loaf is set to release a new album, 'Hell In A Handbasket', on February 27.The album will feature a guest appearance from Public Enemy's Chuck D, who appears on a cover version of Tom Cochrane's 1991 track 'Mad Mad World'.

DJ Shadow's music industry survival guide

To celebrate his astonishing fourth album The Less You Know The Better, DJ Shadow talks to about turning down Apple, Spandau Ballet's hidden gold and how Steve Martin wrecked his Coke deal...

What Live Nation's Acquisition Of BigChampagne Means To Future Of The Live ...

The acquisition of Big Champagne's deep music data experience combined with Live Nation and Ticketmaster's treasure trove of fan and consumer data is the essential next step to drive a transformation of live music based on data rather than the antiquated assumptions of the old guard music industry