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  1. Spotify and Rdio Expected to Launch in Japan in Coming Months (Report)

    January 11, 2013 2:08 PM EST Spotify and Rdio are expected to launch in Japan in the next few months, according to a report at Japanese music trade McClure Music.   "Rdio and Spotify will have a positive impact on the Japanese market because they're a great form o ...

  2. Business Matters: What Mattered -- and Didn't -- in Digital Music Startup Funding in 2012

    December 26, 2012 4:52 PM EST Was 2012 a good year for music startup fundraising? It probably depends on your definition of a music startup and how many companies you'd like to raise the millions of dollars required to operate a licensed, on-demand music service. But make ...

  3. PSY's 'Gangnam Style' Video Hits 1 Billion Views, Unprecedented Milestone

    December 21, 2012 10:05 AM EST PSYs "Gangnam Style" has just become the first video in the history of the Internet to reach and surpass one billion views. This morning (Dec. 21), Psy's mega-hit reached this unprecedented milestone just 27 days after surpassing Ju ...

  4. Business Matters: Joining Spotify Hasn't Been Good for Metallica's Sales

    December 20, 2012 8:18 PM EST Sales data suggests that the sales of Metallica's studio albums were negatively impacted after the band added its catalog to Spotify on Dec. 6. The world's leading subscription service has been a source of controversy in spite of a lack ...

  5. Deezer Reaches 3 Million Subscribers, Launches Free Service, Adds Features

    December 19, 2012 5:59 PM EST The subscription marketplace is looking more and more like a two-horse race. French subscription service Deezer is launching a free, ad-supported version of its music service in more than 150 countries Thursday (Wednesday in the U.S.) and a host o ...

  6. Billboard.Biz Readers' Survey Results, Part 1: Most Important Event of 2012

    December 19, 2012 7:00 AM EST As part of our year-end special, we asked you, the audience three specific questions about 2012 - and we got dozens of thoughtful, intelligent, well-considered responses. Rather than dropping all of that knowledge in one big pile, we're publi ...

  7. Music Biz 2012: A Look Back at a Tumultuous Year

    December 14, 2012 8:13 AM EST In what has to be the most memorable quote about our industry in recent memory, David Geffen -- during an event for the recent documentary about his towering career -- said "I'd kill myself" rather than get into the music business t ...

  8. Does Streaming Cannibalize Albums?

    December 14, 2012 7:25 AM EST (Illustration by Jan Feindt) Meet Michael Acton. In many ways, he represents the past, present and future of the music business. As a teen growing up in Buckinghamshire, England, in the 1980s, Acton trawled record stores for vinyl. In his 20s, he ...

  9. Warner Music Bullish on Downloads, Subscriptions as Digital Revenue Grows

    December 13, 2012 9:00 PM EST Warner Music Group believes digital music is helping bring growth back to the music business. The company's fiscal year-end numbers show it has benefitted from the surge in subscription services, growth in Internet radio and the continued ris ...

  10. Business Matters: Spotify, Beats/Mog Bringing Us Music Discovery 2.0

    December 11, 2012 6:34 PM EST Upcoming changes to Spotify's music recommendations and improvements coming to Beats-owned Mog - or whatever it will be called in the future - show music services understand it's time to stop boasting about the size of their catalogs and ...

  11. Business Matters: Streaming Services Pay Far Better Than Terrestrial Radio

    December 10, 2012 7:02 PM EST Some artists don't like what they're paid by streaming services. But the problem may stem from artists comparing streaming rates to purchases rather than what they get from terrestrial radio. Compared to terrestrial radio, by far the mos ...

  12. Trent Reznor Reveals Details About Beats by Dre's New Streaming Service

    December 10, 2012 4:19 PM EST Trent Reznor, who recently added the title of Chief Creative Officer for Beats Electronics Inc. to his resume, hinted that the company's forthcoming digital music service, code-named "Daisy," will create a recommendation platform in ...

  13. Spotify: What the Press Is Saying About Yesterday's Event

    December 07, 2012 2:55 PM EST Along with headline-grabbing items like a Lars Ulrich/Sean Parker public reconciliation, a performance from Frank Ocean and, of course, the recruitment of Metallica's catalog, yesterday's Spotify press conference announced some important ...

  14. Spotify Now With 5 Million Paying Subs; Adds Metallica

    December 06, 2012 1:56 PM EST Daniel Ek, the chief executive of Spotify, came a little closer to his ambitious goal of having all the music in the world on his digital service Thursday when he announced that it now had the entire Metallica catalog available for on-demand music ...

  15. Video: Donald Passman on 'All You Need to Know About the Music Business,' and Digital Advice for New Artists

    December 04, 2012 3:58 PM EST For more than two decades, Don Passman has watched a number of business models come and go as he built up a legal practice guiding artists through an ever-changing thicket of licensing deals and other contractual arrangements. Passman, who represe ...

  16. The Importance Of Album Track Order In The Digital Age

    December 04, 2012 12:30 PM EST The sequencing of tracks on an album may have long been subject to artists' creative muses, but, according to A&R and streaming services decision-makers, the order in which songs appear on a set can have far-reaching effects on an acts� ...

  17. Radical.fm, Swedish Streaming Start-up, Takes Aim at Spotify's Crown

    November 19, 2012 11:55 PM EST Sweden, the country that brought the world Spotify, is spawning another free on-demand music service via Radical.fm. The Stockholm-based company, which launched last year as a radio streaming service in Sweden , on Tuesday is adding an unlimited o ...

  18. Morning Fix: Bieber, Minaj Win Big at AMAs; Internet Radio Fairness Opponents Unite; AC/DC Joins iTunes

    November 19, 2012 8:30 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS 2012: JUSTIN BIEBER, NICKI MINAJ TOP EXUBERANT NIGHT: Justin Bieber took home Artist of the Year at the American Music Awa ...

  19. Value of Music Streaming is Data, Says Artist Zoe Keating @FutureSound Conference

    November 18, 2012 9:16 AM EST From left: Ethan Diamond, CEO/Co-Founder, Bandcamp; David Marcus, SVP of Worldwide Artist Services, WMG; Emily White, Co-Founder, Whitesmith Entertainment; Zoe Keating, Artist; consultant Antony Bruno; Jon Irwin, President, Rhapsody International; ...

  20. Startups GetMixxd, Playground.fm, Swarm.fm, Tixie and Tunezy Vie for Title at Billboard's Innovators Showcase

    November 16, 2012 1:00 PM EST The five finalists who presented at Billboard FutureSound Conference's Innovators Showcase (from left): Derrick Fung, Tunezy; Mehul Trivedi, Playground.fm; Jeff Foster, Tixie; Peter Watts, Swarm.fm; Andrew Dever, Swarm.fm, before Innovators s ...

  21. Don Was On Blue Note's 'Radical' Spotify App, OpenEMI, Revitalizing Label at FutureSound Keynote

    November 16, 2012 10:10 AM EST Was, Not Was: Don Was (left) being interviewed by Steve Jang: Co-Founder/CEO, Soundtracking at Billboard's FutureSound Conference. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Blue Note Records president Don Was told San Francisco technologists that the label' ...

  22. Fred Wilson Wary on Music Investments; Questions Spotify's Valuation, Apple's Music Leadership

    November 15, 2012 6:52 PM EST Billboard's Bill Werde interviews investor Fred Wilson during the Billboard FutureSound Conference today in San Francisco. (Photo: Arnold Turner) Investor Fred Wilson ( @fredwilson ) loves music but he's still "relatively cautious&q ...

  23. Spotify Rolls Out Browser-Based Music Player in Beta

    November 15, 2012 3:36 PM EST Spotify is today rolling-out its first ever browser-based music player in beta, according to a report published on The Verge that was confirmed by the company. Spotify told Billboard it is looking to release the fully baked product "over the ...

  24. Morning Fix: Artists Chastise Pandora; Nachsin Leaves Roadrunner; Nine Bidding for Parlophone

    November 15, 2012 8:15 AM EST Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's Morning Fix email and other free music-business newsletters RIHANNA, KATY PERRY, BILLY JOEL, 122 OTHER ARTISTS TELL PANDORA: 'THAT'S NOT HOW PARTNERS WORK TOGETHER': The battle over webcast ...

  25. Business Matters: As Spotify Adds Ireland and Luxembourg, What To Expect in Emerging Markets

    November 13, 2012 7:44 PM EST Spotify has quietly launched in Ireland and Luxembourg, the company's 16th and 17th countries, giving it markets roughly the size of the state of Louisiana plus the city limits of Tucson, Arizona. What exists beyond these small markets will b ...

  26. Business Matters: A $3 Billion Valuation Brings Spotify Expectations Back to Earth

    November 12, 2012 6:10 PM EST News that Spotify raised money at a $3 billion valuation and generated $200 million in revenue in the first half of 2012 is more like the sound of air being let out of a tire rather than a bursting bubble. The company has been hyped more than any ...

  27. Spotify Raising $100m for Expansion; Opening in Latin America, Eastern Europe Next Year

    November 11, 2012 9:00 AM EST Spotify is close to wrapping up a $100 million round of funding at a valuation of $3 billion as it prepares for expansion into Latin America and expanding further across Europe in 2013. The latest round of funding, confirmed by a source familiar w ...

  28. Cazzette Teams with Spotify For Debut Album Campaign

    November 09, 2012 4:18 PM EST Chances are, most people have never heard of Cazzette. But if Spotify has its way, the Swedish electronic music duo will soon enjoy plenty of fame. In an experiment to see if it can become a next-generation digital star-making machine, Spotify is ...

  29. Unlimited Music Heats Up with Big New Spotify Challengers

    November 01, 2012 2:00 PM EDT It's no simple matter to make music fans happy enough to pay $10 per month, even for unlimited access to most of the music in the world, while also paying royalties to record labels, music publishers, and artists. As another indication of jus ...

  30. The Great Simplifier: Play iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio from One Mac App

    October 26, 2012 2:38 PM EDT Music apps have quote demonstrably given us more ways to access and listen to music than ever before. As cool as that is, it can also be a headache to jump between them - say, Pandora, iTunes, Rdio, and Spotify. Assuming you're a Mac person, ...

  31. Business Matters: Why Taylor Swift's 'Red' is Absent From Subscription Services

    October 23, 2012 6:07 PM EDT Taylor Swift has joined a litany of artists in holding back a new release from subscription services. Her new album Red is conspicuously absent from Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, Mog and Xbox Music this week. The album's absence from subscription ...

  32. Spotify Exec Gerrit Meier Leaves

    October 17, 2012 11:33 AM EDT Gerrit Meier has left Spotify after joining in October 2011 to become its General Manager, Distribution & Partnerships, a company spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. The news was first reported at All Things D . Billboard's FutureSound Conf ...

  33. Billboard Insight: Music Business Stays in Apple's Shadow

    October 17, 2012 9:00 AM EDT The late Steve Jobs. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Ed. Note: The full version of this story appeared in the 10/20/2012 issue of Billboard Magazine, which can be purchased here . Apple, famous for its obsession over creating user-friendly p ...

  34. Spotify Planning Launches in Italy, Poland and (Reportedly) Japan: What Are the Challenges?

    October 12, 2012 1:31 PM EDT Spotify is planning launches in Italy and Poland, judging from job postings at its web site, and according to a report Friday it's considering a launch in Japan in early 2013. The company has recently posted job openings for growth managers i ...

  35. Coca-Cola in Investment Talks With Spotify

    October 11, 2012 11:47 AM EDT Coca-Cola is in discussions with Spotify to make a small investment in the digital music company. Sources tell Billboard the two companies are in negotiations, but a deal is far from being reached. Sky News first reported on Thursday that the two ...

  36. Business Matters: Spotify UK Shows That the Freemium Model Is Not 'Unsustainable'

    October 09, 2012 6:11 PM EDT A business model that pays rights holders nearly every dollar, euro or pound generated is clearly not sustainable. This fact is obvious to Billboard readers as well as a digital service's management and the company's investors. Last week ...

  37. Spotify Nabs Will Page, Former PRS for Music Chief Economist

    October 09, 2012 3:14 PM EDT Will Page, the former chief economist for PRS For Music, has joined Spotify in a senior economics role, a source has confirmed to Billboard.biz. Page left the UK copyright collection society in July. Billboard's FutureSound Conference, takes ...

  38. Business Matters: Microsoft and Rdio? That Would Make Sense

    October 04, 2012 8:15 PM EDT Microsoft is in acquisitions talks with music subscription service Rdio, according to various reports. First reported by the Next Web , the rumors bring together two companies connected by a recent acquisition. Rdio co-founders Friis Niklas and Ze ...

  39. Business Matters: Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' Smashes Spotify Streaming Record

    October 02, 2012 8:35 PM EDT The argument that subscription services cannibalize sales hit a bit of a snag last week. Mumford & Sons' sophomore release, "Babel," blew past Spotify's record for streams from an album in a single week. Spotify users in th ...

  40. Morning Fix: Lucian Grainge's 'Call To Action'; Rdio's $10 Bounties; Death Grips' Gripes

    October 02, 2012 7:30 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters UNIVERSAL MUSIC CEO LUCIAN GRAINGE'S MEMO/CALL TO ACTION: UMG CEO Lucian Grainge sent a memo to staff following the company's acquisition of EMI Music. The note , ...

  41. Spotify U.K. Reports Revenue Growth; Operating Losses Narrow Dramatically To $3.4 Million

    September 27, 2012 3:42 PM EDT Strong growth in subscriptions helped Spotify's U.K. operation generate £95.5 million ($154.9 million) in total revenue in 2011, up from £63.2 million ($102.5 million) the previous year, according to its latest financial statement, as reporte ...

  42. Spotify Now Paying SoundExchange for Mobile Radio Streams in U.S., Lowers Royalty Bill

    September 24, 2012 12:34 PM EDT Spotify is lowering its royalty obligation in the U.S. The digital service is now paying webcasting royalties to SoundExchange for the streams on the free Internet radio service on its mobile app it launched in June . A company spokesperson confir ...

  43. Business Matters: Topspin Media the Latest to Embrace APIs

    September 18, 2012 7:40 PM EDT Topspin Media has launched a product called ArtistLink that allows developers to tap into the metadata of Topspin GoDirect artists. GoDirect is TopSpin's direct-to-fan platform that's free for users of Artist.MTV or $9.99 for artists who ...

  44. Inside Blue Note Records' Dazzling Spotify App

    September 13, 2012 6:01 PM EDT Blue Note Records, the renowned American Jazz record label that since 1939 has developed and released the work of some of the genre's most important icons - including John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancoc ...

  45. Morning Fix: Google's Cloud Negotiations, Adios Apple Ping, Dave Matthews' Record, Bonnaroo 2013

    September 13, 2012 7:42 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND HEADING FOR RECORD SIXTH STRAIGHT NO. 1 ALBUM ON THE BILLBOARD 200 Dave Matthews Band should become the first group to score six consecutive No. 1-debut ...

  46. Spotify Pricing Staying Put

    September 10, 2012 8:03 PM EDT Spotify is set on its current prices as reports circulate its working on a browser-based version of its subscription service. Well, for the most part. Sources tell Billboard.biz there is no indication Spotify plans to deviate from the industry sta ...

  47. Why Would Spotify Launch a Web Version? Here Are Five Reasons

    September 10, 2012 4:59 PM EDT Right now, Spotify.com promotes the desktop version and various features. Could it transform into a music service in and of itself?" A Saturday TechCrunch report about a browser-based version of Spotify led to thousands of posts over the week ...

  48. Spotify Preparing Browser-Based Version: Report

    September 09, 2012 10:12 AM EDT Spotify may be following its competitors to the Web. The company is planning on launching a browser-based version of its subscription streaming service, according to a report at TechCrunch . A Spotify spokesperson declined to comment when reached ...

  49. Morning Fix: Bankers Big Winners in EMI-UMG Deal; SEO B.S.; VMAs Relevance; Matchbox 20 Aim For No. 1

    September 06, 2012 7:50 AM EDT Head HERE to subscribe to Billboard's free music-business newsletters. MATCHBOX TWENTY AIMING FOR FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM ON NEXT WEEK'S BILLBOARD 200: Watch for Matchbox Twenty to nab its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 next week. Also heade ...

  50. How Spotify and Rdio Are De-Socializing Music Streaming

    September 05, 2012 1:30 PM EDT In Rdio's advanced settings, users can now choose a privacy setting that will require approval before other users can view their collection, playlists, activity and full user profile. Streaming music is inherently more social than downloading ...

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