1. Cindy Oliver Q&A: Getting to Know the EVP in Charge of Doling Out the Dough to Universal Music Artists

    July 20, 2018 2:45 PM EDT UMG's head of royalties knows "artists expect more" in the streaming era. Hear she talks about her team's efforts to get people paid... faster. As far as artists are ­concerned, Cindy Oliver has one of the most vital jobs in th ...

  2. TuneCore Now Allows Monetization on Facebook & Instagram

    July 19, 2018 3:53 PM EDT Independent digital music distributor TuneCore announced Wednesday (July 18) it will begin allowing users to monetize on Facebook and Instagram. Users can access the free new tool via their TuneCore dashboards, where they can sign up and select el ...

  3. Zac Brown Takes a Pay-It-Forward Approach to Concert Ticketing

    July 19, 2018 3:13 PM EDT A cryptic 13-second Facebook video from  Zac Brown  has circulated in recent weeks, with dancers, horns and glitter teasing an "epic," one-night-only event at Denver's 1st Bank Center Aug. 7. The show is free -- but only a friend ca ...

  4. Why Drake Gave Up More Than a Half-Million Dollars In 'Scorpion' Sales

    July 19, 2018 2:20 PM EDT Label execs defend delaying CD releases because it prevents leaks and (some) piracy. On the eve of the release of Drake ’s Scorpion June 29, a bunch of music retailers nervously wondered if the rapper’s album would eventually come out on CD, since ...

  5. BTS' Label & Other Major K-Pop Companies Launch Service Referred to as a 'Korean Vevo'

    July 19, 2018 11:03 AM EDT Seven of the biggest South Korean entertainment companies attended a signing ceremony on Thursday (July 19) to establish what is being called the Korean VEVO -- a global platform company called Music and Creative Partners Asia Ltd. (MCPA). [The ne ...

  6. EU's $5 Billion Ruling Against Google Opens 'Opportunity,' Rival Firefox Says

    July 19, 2018 10:14 AM EDT European regulators' latest swipe at the dominance of U.S. tech giant Google could open new opportunities for rivals in search and web browsers -- that is, if handset manufacturers decide to make the most of the opening.    The European Commi ...

  7. Spotify Launches New Playlist Consideration Feature for Artists, Labels

    July 19, 2018 9:00 AM EDT Spotify wants to make it easier for artists and labels to put forward new music for playlist consideration. The streaming giant has launched a new feature in beta, which improves the way content owners can reach out to Spotify’s editorial team wit ...

  8. The Orchard Elevates Chris Manning to General Manager UK and Europe

    July 19, 2018 9:00 AM EDT Chris Manning has been named U.K. and Europe general manager of The Orchard, overseeing day-to-day operations in one of the company's key territories.  The London-based exec, who joined The Orchard in 2008 from 7digital, takes up the newly-cr ...

  9. Now 18% of Americans Own a Smart Speaker

    July 18, 2018 6:31 PM EDT That's roughly 48 million people above the age of 18. According to the most recent installment of a recurring study conducted by NPR and Edison, roughly 43 million Americans above the age of 18 -- or 18 percent of the population -- now own sm ...

  10. Concord Music and Euro Music Rights Licensing Hub ICE Announce Direct Deal

    July 18, 2018 11:45 AM EDT As of Tuesday (July 17), Concord Music became the third music publisher this year to join forces with ICE Services -- an online music rights licensing and processing hub based in the UK, Germany and Sweden. Earlier this year, Downtown and peermusi ...

  11. Music Streaming Has Finally Ended the CD's 30-Year Reign in Germany

    July 18, 2018 10:00 AM EDT BVMI also reports that sales of vinyl declined 13.3 percent. Audio streaming now represents nearly half of revenues and has replaced CDs as the largest sales segment on the German record market, reported Florian Drücke , CEO of the German Music In ...

  12. EU Hits Google With Record $5.1 Billion Fine in Android Antitrust Ruling

    July 18, 2018 8:40 AM EDT The European Union on Wednesday hit Google with a record $5.06 billion fine, saying the online giant had been abusing its power in the smartphone market. It was the latest move by European antitrust officials to reduce the market influence of U.S. ...

  13. Univision Content Chief Isaac Lee Is Stepping Down

    July 17, 2018 2:41 PM EDT Univision content chief Isaac Lee is stepping down from his post at the Spanish-language broadcaster as it looks to dismantle the digital business that he spent the last several building.  After more than seven years at Univision, Lee plans to sta ...

  14. Apple Releases Preview of 70 New Emojis For World Emoji Day

    July 17, 2018 12:56 PM EDT In honor of World Emoji Day (July 17), Apple revealed a preview of the 70 new emojis that will be released later this year with the new iSO update. On Monday (July 16) Apple started celebrating the quirky holiday a bit early by releasing a sneak p ...

  15. Over 30? Survey Says You May Suffer From 'Musical Paralysis'

    July 17, 2018 11:00 AM EDT Radio programmers who work in country and other adult-leaning formats might well be heartened by a new study from an online company that suggests listeners over the age of 30 have little time for music discovery. Deezer's poll of 1,000 Americ ...

  16. Amazon Hopes Its Prime Day Doesn't Go to the Dogs

    July 17, 2018 9:35 AM EDT Amazon is hoping customers don't see any more dogs, after early problems on Prime Day meant people trying to shop got only images of the cute canines delivering an apologetic message. Amazon's website ran into some early snags Monday on ...

  17. Facebook Messenger Launching BTS-Inspired Sticker Set With BT21 Partnership: Exclusive

    July 16, 2018 5:18 PM EDT If tens of thousands of New Yorkers buying all the apparel, stationary and stuffed animals they could for the U.S. launch of BTS ' new BT21 collection was any indication, the K-pop group's animated characters are a hit . Now, they'r ...

  18. As Clock Ticks, New Hurdles Mount Against the Music Modernization Act

    July 16, 2018 4:19 PM EDT and Mobile Legal and Management Legal and Management bbbiz ...

  19. Musical.ly Juggernaut Flighthouse Launches YouTube Channel

    July 16, 2018 12:10 PM EDT In the event you're not a teenager there's a good chance you haven't heard of Flighthouse , ostensibly the original content arm of Hollywood-based Create Music Group. The Flighthouse media brand, which is led by 19-year-old CEO Jaco ...

  20. Guns N' Roses Break YouTube Record With 'November Rain' Video: Report

    July 16, 2018 12:08 PM EDT According to a report by Forbes on Saturday (July 14), the “November Rain” video by Guns N’ Roses has become the first music video from the ‘90s to hit over a billion YouTube streams. Forbes also reported that the band holds the title of biggest ‘ ...

  21. Eight Months After Launch, UnitedMasters Quietly Rolls Out Online Distribution Service For Artists

    July 16, 2018 10:28 AM EDT In a crowded, competitive landscape for music streaming, distribution and analytics, UnitedMasters has a tough road ahead. When the startup launched in Nov. 2017 with $70 million in funding from the likes of Alphabet, Andreessen Horowitz and 21st ...

  22. Prime Time: 36 Hours of Deals at Amazon, and at Its Rivals

    July 16, 2018 9:45 AM EDT Amazon is extending its annual "Prime Day" promotion to 36 hours this year and will try to lure more deal-seekers to the aisles of Whole Foods. Shoppers will have plenty of sales to choose from as other retailers offer promotions to try ...

  23. Why Does Spotify Still Separate New York City Listening Data by Borough?

    July 16, 2018 8:40 AM EDT No other major streaming service -- across Apple Music, Tidal, Pandora, Deezer, etc. -- breaks down Big Apple listening data in this manner. Through increasingly detailed dashboards and resources like Spotify for Artists and Apple Music for Artist ...

  24. Drake Cleans Up & Streaming Continues to Grow in Nielsen Music Canada's Mid-Year 2018 Report

    July 12, 2018 2:13 PM EDT Two Drake singles, "God's Plan" and "Nice For What," have spent a combined 14 weeks of the first 26 of 2018 in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Canadian Hot 100, with 98 million and 49 million on-demand streams, respectivel ...

  25. Chilean Firm Ushers In Virtual Record Signings, With Help of Google's Tilt Brush

    July 12, 2018 12:24 PM EDT Signing records virtually with a Google Tilt brush will “bring back a tradition” and keep fans and artists connected, creators say A company in Chile is using Google’s virtual reality Tilt Brush and the reach of YouTube to create a new way to conn ...

  26. YouTube Creators Have a New Tool to Battle Re-Uploads of Their Content

    July 12, 2018 10:59 AM EDT YouTube is launching an additional level of protection for its content creators. The company announced Wednesday (July 11) that creators with over 100,000 subscribers will be able to utilize its new innovative Copyright Match Tool, a notification ...

  27. Sprint Introducing New 'Unlimited Plus' Plans With Tidal Music Streaming Subscription Bundle

    July 12, 2018 9:39 AM EDT Sprint is introducing two new pricing plans for its cell service, including an Unlimited Plus plan that will come bundled with a subscription to Tidal's music streaming service, Billboard has learned. The new plans are expected to be rolled o ...

  28. How Amanda Palmer Is Raising Even More Funding Than She Did on Kickstarter

    July 11, 2018 9:22 PM EDT "I am good at business," she says. "But that's not why people are giving me money. They're giving me money because I'm good at making music." Amanda Palmer has been music's best-known crowdfunding pioneer ev ...

  29. Panorama Music Festival Teams With Postmates to Help Fans Avoid Food Lines

    July 11, 2018 7:17 PM EDT The app will send fans a time when they can head straight for a pickup window to grab their meal. Goldenvoice, who puts on New York’s Panorama festival, has teamed up with food delivery app Postmates to help attendees avoid waiting in line. Rather ...

  30. Ticketmaster UK Data Breach Linked to Other Retail Scams, Threat Researchers Find

    July 11, 2018 5:48 PM EDT “We’ve identified over 800 victim websites from Magecart’s main campaigns making it likely bigger than any other credit card breach to date.” A security breach at Ticketmaster UK brought on by malicious code from a third-party software company cal ...

  31. Music Investment Firm Hipgnosis Buys Majority Stake in The-Dream's Catalog of Hits

    July 11, 2018 1:17 PM EDT Hit record producer, singer and songwriter The-Dream has become the first artist to partner with Hipgnosis Songs, a music IP investment company set up by former Beyoncé and Guns N' Roses manager Merck Mercuriadis .  The deal sees the London S ...

  32. BBC Touts Progress on Gender Pay Gap, Warns of American 'Threat to British Content'

    July 11, 2018 8:59 AM EDT The BBC in its annual report for fiscal year 2017-2018, published Wednesday, touted improvement in its gender pay gap, amid pay cuts for some top-earnings male on-air stars, and highlighted continued challenges from U.S. streaming and technology g ...

  33. Pharrell Williams Curating Second Volume of 'Black History Is Happening Now' With Spotify

    July 10, 2018 7:23 PM EDT Spotify is continuing to pursue their goal of celebrating Black History Month all year round by releasing another volume of "Black History Month is Happening Now", and this time curated by Pharrell Williams. The partnership with creative ...

  34. Aggressive Content Bundling Might Be Spotify's Only Chance of Competing With Apple, Amazon

    July 10, 2018 6:29 PM EDT The music and media industries went abuzz when Spotify announced last month  Dawn Ostroff , former president of entertainment at Condé Nast Entertainment, would be joining the streaming service as its new chief content officer. Leading up to Ostro ...

  35. YouTube Pledges $25 Million in News Grants to Fight False Information

    July 10, 2018 9:35 AM EDT After months of drawing criticism over its promotion of  conspiracy videos and misinformation , YouTube has unveiled a slate of new features to improve the news experience on its platform.  The Google-owned streamer on Monday said that it has team ...

  36. App-y Birthday: Apple's $33 Billion App Store Turns 10

    July 10, 2018 9:05 AM EDT A decade ago, Apple opened a store peddling iPhone apps, unlocking the creativity of software developers and letting users truly make their mobile devices their own. The resulting explosion of phone apps -- there are now more than 2 million for th ...

  37. Sony Stock Hits 10-Year High, Propelling It Back to No. 1 Electronics Maker in Japan

    July 10, 2018 8:46 AM EDT Sony Corp. stock on Tuesday closed at its highest level since January 2008 in Tokyo to become the biggest Japanese electronics maker by market capitalization for the first time in more than 15 years. Sony closed at a 10-year high of ¥5,705 ($51.30 ...

  38. Sony Music's The Orchard Taps Chris Hardy to Lead Canada Expansion

    July 09, 2018 11:54 AM EDT The Orchard has expanded into Canada, setting up an office in Toronto with Chris Hardy helming the operations as country manager, Canada, to further grow the company business nationwide. Hardy was previously director of distributed labels at Sony ...

  39. European Networks Are Joining Forces to Take On Amazon and Netflix

    July 09, 2018 11:02 AM EDT In France, they call it Salto. A joint online video platform,  unveiled last month , operated by the country's three largest broadcast groups — France TV, M6 and TF1. In Germany, commercial TV giant ProSiebenSat.1  recently joined forces  wit ...

  40. Spotify's Artist Platform Runs Op-Ed On Reasons Not to Sign to Record Labels

    July 06, 2018 1:35 PM EDT Greg Puciato , the lead singer and frontman for The Dillinger Escape Plan and, more recently, The Black Queen , has been in the music business for nearly two decades, having recorded albums on labels such as Relapse, Sumerian and Cooking Vinyl, am ...

  41. Kobalt Music Appoints Rian Liebenberg as CTO, Richard Thompson Steps Down

    July 06, 2018 12:34 PM EDT Kobalt Music announced Friday (July 6) that Rian Liebenberg  has been appointed chief technology officer, as Richard Thompson will step down from the position. However, Thompson will continue to advise the company as emeritus CTO. Liebenberg’s res ...

  42. Sonos Officially Files For IPO

    July 06, 2018 10:48 AM EDT Smart speaker and home audio tech company Sonos has officially filed for an initial public offering with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The public filing was first reported back in April , with estimates at the time putting the company’s ...

  43. BROCKHAMPTON Announce 'Things We Lost in the Fire' Beats 1 Radio Show

    July 06, 2018 8:05 AM EDT BROCKHAMPTON's  de-facto leader, Kevin Abstract , took to Twitter on Thursday (July 5) to announce the group's new radio show on Apple Music channel Beats 1, called Things We Lost In The Fire Radio .     The tweet that the announcement i ...

  44. Former Songkick, Taylor Swift Digital Execs Launch Project Admission, a Data-Driven Ticketing Venture

    July 05, 2018 10:58 AM EDT The ticket buying world has evolved over the years, and there's a new company on the block that is hoping to be part of that continuing evolution. Stephen Glicken and Jordan Stone have announced the launch of their new Nashville based company ...

  45. Spotify Promotes Tom Connaughton to Managing Director, UK

    July 03, 2018 1:22 PM EDT Tom Connaughton has earned himself a major promotion at Spotify, just three months after joining the music streaming leader as head of artist and label marketing. The former Vevo exec is now U.K. managing director at Spotify, where he'll driv ...

  46. Music Chiefs Slam Google Lobbying Spend Ahead Of EU Copyright Vote  

    July 03, 2018 9:05 AM EDT Google has spent more than €31 million ($36 million) on lobbying the European Parliament against changes to copyright law, claims umbrella organization UK Music. The figures have been compiled from the European Union's Lobbying Transparency R ...

  47. Millions of Followers? Yes, But Some Top Spotify Playlists Fall Short on Engagement

    July 03, 2018 8:22 AM EDT Spotify is arguably the reason why music-industry analysts and execs alike have deemed playlists “ the new album ” and “ more powerful than radio .” With access to over 157 million monthly active users, the streaming service regularly catapults ar ...

  48. Spotify Subscribers Demand Refunds Over Too Much Drake Promotion

    July 02, 2018 9:54 PM EDT The hip-hop superstar took over the streaming service's playlists this weekend, leaving some customers complaining of advertisements on their ad-free accounts. With the release of Drake 's latest album, Scorpion , on Friday, Spotify spen ...

  49. Former Pitchfork Execs Launch 'Creative Studio' Varyer in Chicago

    July 02, 2018 2:21 PM EDT Former  Pitchfork  president Chris Kaskie and creative director Mike Renaud have formed Chicago-based creative studio Varyer. The move comes a year after the duo left Pitchfork Media, where they had spent 14 years helping build the indie music pub ...

  50. Vince Staples Premieres New Snapchat Show 'F*#! That With Vince Staples'

    July 02, 2018 12:24 PM EDT Vince Staples is taking his talents to Snapchat with the launch of his new original show  F*#! That with Vince Staples.  The debut episode premiered on the multi-messaging platform on Sunday (July 1) and three more episodes are slated to drop week ...

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