1. CD Baby Partners With Automated Mastering Platform CloudBounce

    May 22, 2019 12:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 Programs that can automatically master a track or an album using sophisticated algorithms have provided a wealth of opportunities for artists who may not have the resources to hire a mastering engineer, especially as they've integrated with rec ...

  2. DJ Khaled, Maren Morris and More Join Pandora's 'Sound of Summer' Campaign

    May 21, 2019 8:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Latest iteration of the streamer's seasonal 'Sound On' series includes personalized playlists, events and activations across the U.S. Streaming service Pandora is launching the third iteration of its recurring “Sound On” series for th ...

  3. Sony/ATV Inks Deal With Music App Developer Gismart

    May 21, 2019 4:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sony/ATV Music Publishing has struck a deal with Gismart to license its content to the music app developer. On Tuesday (May 21), the London-based company announced that the songbook for its karaoke app, Karaoke Face, will be expanding to include tho ...

  4. Spotify Tests Voice-Controlled In-Car Listening Device Called 'Car Thing'

    May 20, 2019 10:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 Spotify is testing a voice-controlled in-car device for music and podcast listening. In what might be a nod to Dr. Seuss nomenclature , the gadget is named "Car Thing," and was rolled out on Friday (May 17). According to a post in the stre ...

  5. FCC Chairman Gives Thumbs Up to T-Mobile's $26.5B Takeover of Sprint

    May 20, 2019 10:43 AM EDT 0 0 0 A key federal regulator says he plans to approve wireless carrier T-Mobile's $26.5 billion takeover of rival Sprint, a crucial step for the deal's approval. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said Monday he agreed to back ...

  6. Sony Music Enters Joint Venture With Laura Mayer & Adam Davidson to Develop Original Podcasts

    May 16, 2019 6:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Sony Music Entertainment has entered a new joint venture with podcast developers Laura Mayer and Adam Davidson to find and develop original podcast talent and programming, the company announced Thursday (May 16). The joint venture will “create and d ...

  7. Time's Up, TikTok: Labels, Publishers Eye Better Licensing Deals With the Buzz-Making App

    May 09, 2019 3:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Chinese-owned video-sharing site helps promote songs like “Old Town Road.” Video-sharing app TikTok, which consumers use to post their own takes on viral dance challenges and memes, helped propel Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" to the ...

  8. Time's Up, TikTok: Labels, Publishers Eye Better Licensing Deals With the Buzz-Making App

    May 09, 2019 3:33 PM EDT The Chinese-owned video-sharing site helps promote songs like “Old Town Road.” Video-sharing app TikTok, which consumers use to post their own takes on viral dance challenges and memes, helped propel Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" to t ...

  9. Facebook Users Can Now Add Birthday Music to Their Stories Using New Feature

    May 09, 2019 9:01 AM EDT 0 0 0 Birthday Stories represents part of a larger effort by the social media giant to incorporate licensed music across its online platforms. Beginning Friday (May 10), Facebook users can add digital cards, photos and videos to Stories to celebrate the b ...

  10. Apple Music Hires Lindsay Rothschild to Head Publishing Creative Services in North America

    May 08, 2019 8:08 PM EDT 0 0 0 She joins the company following a four-year stint at Google. Apple Music has hired Lindsay Rothschild as head of creative services, music publishing, for North America,  Billboard  can confirm. Rothschild joins Apple Music from Google, where she ser ...

  11. PledgeMusic Is Headed for Bankruptcy, Says Crowdfunding Platform's Co-Founder

    May 08, 2019 6:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 In a new letter, Benji Rogers says artist funds raised on the platform will be used to pay off the company's creditors. The direct-to-fan music crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic, which recently came under fire for withholding payments to artist ...

  12. PledgeMusic Is Headed for Bankruptcy, Says Crowdfunding Platform's Co-Founder

    May 08, 2019 6:20 PM EDT In a new open letter, Benji Rogers says artist funds raised on the platform will be used to pay off the company's creditors. The direct-to-fan music crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic, which recently came under fire for withholding payments to ...

  13. Deezer Debuts New Appearance, Updates App

    May 08, 2019 5:35 PM EDT 0 0 0 Paris-based music streaming service Deezer has announced an update to its app and logo that "highlights the brand's human and local identity," according to a press release .  “We want to bring users a modern and human service that sta ...

  14. Hazey Eyes, Herizen, KOLARS, Reptalien and Adrian Jean Join Bandsintown's Big Break Emerging Artists Program

    May 08, 2019 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 The initiative has previously supported Omar Apollo, Cautious Clay, Yungblud and The Marias, among others. Concert discovery tool Bandsintown announced five new inductees to its emerging artists program Big Break  on Wednesday (May 8), including EDM ...

  15. Pandora Begins Offering Premium Plan Discounts to Military, Veterans, Students

    May 07, 2019 2:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 Music-loving students and members of the military now have access to discounted Pandora Premium plans, the company announced in a blog post today (May 7). The newly-introduced Pandora Student and Pandora Military plans offer the full array of premiu ...

  16. RIAA Chief Mitch Glazier Advocates for Industry Consensus to Fight Piracy, Negotiate Radio Royalties at MusicBiz 2019

    May 06, 2019 7:10 PM EDT 0 0 0 In a keynote address at the MusicBiz Nashville conference's opening day Sunday, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) chairman and CEO Mitch Glazier said that the time is ripe for the music industry to try and reach for some long ...

  17. iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman Launches Podcast Quizzing Scooter Braun, Shaggy & More For Success Secrets

    May 06, 2019 12:09 PM EDT 0 0 0 The weekly show will dig up the stories behind entertainment industry successes. As media companies continue to invest in podcasts, iHeartMedia chairman and CEO  Bob Pittman  is launching his own. Pittman's first-ever podcast,  Math & Magic ...

  18. Spotify's Brand Intimacy Ranking Improves as Company Continues Testing New Features

    May 03, 2019 8:48 PM EDT 0 0 0 The streaming giant rose to second place among similar services in a study measuring "the emotional science that measures the bonds we form with the brands we use and love." The apps and social platforms industry has an intimacy problem, a ...

  19. Justin Bieber Working on 'Top Secret Project' With YouTube

    May 02, 2019 10:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Justin Bieber got his start posting cover songs on YouTube and now he’s working with the platform on a “top secret project.”    YouTube announced Thursday that it is planning a project with the Grammy-winning Canadian pop star, set to premiere next ...

  20. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Ramps Up Article 17 Opposition, Promises Copyright Claim Changes

    April 30, 2019 6:39 PM EDT 0 0 0 "This is not the end of our movement, but only the beginning," Wojcicki told creators in a new letter. YouTube creators can expect to see a more balanced copyright claim process on the platform soon, as well as continued efforts from the c ...

  21. Apple Services Boost Tech Giant to Solid Quarterly Earnings

    April 30, 2019 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 Services revenue came in at $11.45 billion, beating Wall Street's expectations. Shares of Apple were climbing 6 percent in after-hours trading when the firm posted second-quarter earnings that beat the expectations of analysts as music and othe ...

  22. Twitter Announces New Video-Content Deals with Live Nation, Viacom & More

    April 29, 2019 8:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 The new initiatives will include an interactive livestream at the MTV VMAs. Twitter is expanding its lineup of live and on demand programming across entertainment, news, sports and gaming with a new round of brand partnerships, including a concert a ...

  23. Google's Advertising Sales Miss Wall Street Expectations

    April 29, 2019 5:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 The internet giant collected $30.7 billion in ad revenue, short of the $32.6 billion that analysts had modeled. Shares of Google parent Alphabet were falling 7 percent after the closing bell on Monday after the company posted smaller revenue than Wa ...

  24. With Taylor Swift's Record-Breaking 'ME!' Premiere, YouTube Is Bringing Back 'FOMO Moments' to Music

    April 29, 2019 3:36 PM EDT 0 0 0 "We started in an audio world, we moved to an audio-visual world, and I think this is the moment when it became a visual-audio world," says global head of music Lyor Cohen. On Friday, as Taylor Swift 's new "ME!" music video ...

  25. TuneCore Reaches Record of $1.5 Billion in Artist Revenue

    April 29, 2019 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Independent digital distributor TuneCore announced today (April 29) that it has reached a record $1.5 billion in download and streaming revenue. The Brooklyn-based service broke down some of the secrets to its success: TuneCore artists earned $83 mi ...

  26. Paste Media Group Acquires NoiseTrade From Embattled Crowdfunding Platform PledgeMusic

    April 26, 2019 7:20 PM EDT 0 0 0 PledgeMusic has withheld payment from dozens of artists and bands who crowdfunded on the platform. NoiseTrade, the music and book discovery platform owned by embattled crowdfunding platform PledgeMusic, has been purchased for an undisclosed amount b ...

  27. 'Failure Is a Mindset Long Before It's a Reality' and Other Takeaways From REBOOT's Female-Empowerment Panel

    April 26, 2019 5:12 PM EDT 0 0 0 What does it take to be your own girl boss in today’s music industry? On Wednesday (April 24) at the YouTube Space in Los Angeles, a group of songwriters, producers and industry professionals gathered to find out. The event was the latest installmen ...

  28. Competing Groups Vying to Form Mechanical Licensing Collective Slam Each Other's Proposals

    April 24, 2019 6:52 PM EDT 0 0 0 While the two applicants vying to be named the group that will build the Mechanical Licensing Collective created by the Music Modernization Act (MMA) have thus far engaged in mudslinging at their competitors, in the comments to the Copyright Office ...

  29. Digital Media Association Weighs in on Dueling Mechanical Licensing Collective Proposals

    April 24, 2019 4:54 PM EDT 0 0 0 One of the most important comments submitted to the U.S. Copyright Office on plans for the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) created by the Music Modernization Act doesn't endorse either of the applicants vying to build and administer the o ...

  30. Black Box Money & Hidden Conflicts: Industry Groups Air Concerns in MLC Comments to Copyright Office

    April 24, 2019 3:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 With Monday (April 22) the final day to submit comments to the Copyright Office, tasked with choosing between two groups to form the mechanical licensing collective (MLC) created by the Music Modernization Act, the politicking and yes, a little mud ...

  31. India's Oldest Label Removes Catalog From Spotify Due to Infringement Claim

    April 24, 2019 12:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Spotify can't seem to catch a break in India. Just days before its launch there  in February , Warner Music Group filed an injunction to stop the streaming service from illegitimately using its publishing rights (matter ongoing); and now the co ...

  32. Childish Gambino Premieres New Song 'Algorythm' With AR App Bringing Concert Experience to Mobile Devices

    April 24, 2019 12:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 After headlining Coachella, artist Donald Glover invites fans to a new dimension. During his first of two headlining sets at this month’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Childish Gambino asked the crowd to put their phones away. “This is ...

  33. Pink Sweat$ Named Apple Music's 'Up Next' Artist

    April 23, 2019 9:20 AM EDT 0 0 0 R&B singer-songwriter Pink Sweat$ has been named Apple Music's latest Up Next artist, joining a class of emerging talent that includes previous Up Next picks Tierra Whack,  6LACK ,  Juice WRLD ,  H.E.R .,  Bad Bunny ,  Billie Eilish ,  Khal ...

  34. Chance the Rapper, Childish Gambino & Kesha Among 2019 Webby Award Winners

    April 23, 2019 8:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Winners for the 23rd annual Webby Awards were announced on Tuesday morning (April 23).  Chance the Rapper , Childish Gambino , Kesha , Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Reynolds are among the winners selected this year by the International Academy of Digital ...

  35. Twitch Launches TikTok-Style Interactive Karaoke Game 'Twitch Sings'

    April 17, 2019 7:43 PM EDT 0 0 0 The Amazon-owned platform has deals in place with all the major music publishers, nearly 200 independent publishers and all copyright collecting societies. Amazon’s game-streaming service Twitch has publicly launched its first game,  Twitch Sings , ...

  36. Bandcamp Launching Vinyl-Pressing Service for Artists

    April 17, 2019 6:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 The format is in its 13th consecutive year of growth. Wax is back. With Nielsen Music reporting a new yearly high for U.S. vinyl sales, marking the 13th consecutive year of growth, Bandcamp  revealed on Wednesday  (April 17) that sales of vinyl reco ...

  37. Tumblr Launches Dedicated K-Pop Hub: Exclusive

    April 17, 2019 2:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 "We want to recognize these fandoms and this community by operating a home base to highlight the best of the best." The K-pop community gets its latest dedicated space in the mainstream digital world today. Billboard is happy to share excl ...

  38. In Nigeria, Battle for Music Streaming Space Goes to Unexpected Places

    April 16, 2019 5:53 PM EDT 0 0 0 uduX has partnered with GTBank to make its streaming platform available inside the bank's Habari app. To make money in Nigeria’s music industry, Chidi Okeke is chasing it at the source: the bank. Last November, the entertainment and technology ...

  39. Music's Big Players: One-Fifth of Streamers Drive Majority of Profits & Should Be a New Industry Focus (Op-Ed)

    April 15, 2019 5:03 PM EDT 0 0 0 The music business has always excelled at mass marketing, but it's more important than ever to launch new projects with targeted marketing. Casinos spend lavishly to attract "whales," high-stakes gamblers whom they lure in with limous ...

  40. How DotMusic Limited Won the .Music Domain War

    April 12, 2019 3:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 How a small company with a big dream beat out heavy hitters like Google and Amazon for the coveted top-level domain extension. The more than decade-long battle over the .music top-level domain extension (TLD) has finally come to an end. The victor: ...

  41. Nashville Songwriters React to Town Hall on CRB Streaming Rate Appeal: 'We Just Want to Be Paid Fairly'

    April 11, 2019 4:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 About 300 members of the the Nashville songwriting community turned out Wednesday afternoon for a town hall meeting to discuss Spotify and other streaming services' appeals of the Copyright Royalty Board's recent rate increase for publishe ...

  42. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek Says Streaming Allows More Artists to Make a Living From Music Than Ever Before

    April 10, 2019 11:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 "I don’t believe that the music industry has to be disrupted. I believe it has to be evolved," he said in expansive interview with the 'Freakonomics Radio' podcast. Spotify will potentially shift focus away from editorial playlis ...

  43. Univision Sells Gizmodo Media Group and The Onion to Great Hill Partners

    April 08, 2019 10:38 AM EDT 0 0 0 Retreating from a wider, millennial-focused market, Univision says it will now concentrate on its core Hispanic media assets "and strengthen its position as the no. 1 media company serving U.S. Hispanics." Univision Communications has anno ...

  44. Drowned In Sound to Cease Publishing After Nearly 20-Year Run

    April 04, 2019 1:46 PM EDT 0 0 0 After nearly 20 years of publishing album reviews, live reviews, interviews, features and news items, online music publication Drowned In Sound will stop publishing new articles.  In a Facebook post , UK-based founder and editor Sean Adams said a lo ...

  45. iHeartMedia Files for IPO

    April 03, 2019 3:40 PM EDT 0 0 0 The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2018 will use net proceeds from the offering to pay off its debt. iHeartMedia filed for an initial public offering on Wednesday (April 3), just months after its Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan was appr ...

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