1. Google Commences $1 Billion Expansion in New York City

    December 17, 2018 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 Google is rolling out a major expansion in New York City, spending more than $1 billion on a new campus along the Hudson River that will allow it to double the number of people it already employs here. The internet search giant will fashion a campus ...

  2. Need Tickets? Get in Line, as Emails Reveal How Brokers Get First Crack at Tix for Big Arena Shows

    December 14, 2018 11:39 AM EST 0 0 0 Country star  Eric Church and his management team are known for pushing back against ticket scalping; on his 2017 tour, they canceled the tickets of brokers and those they suspected were professional resellers. But this October, a little over a week ...

  3. Apple Music Connect... Didn't, So It's Being Fazed Out

    December 14, 2018 10:23 AM EST 0 0 0 Widely ignored by artists and fans alike, Apple Music's "Connect" social feature is being fazed out, three years after a splashy public rollout featuring Drake and Jimmy Iovine. Originally envisioned as a major component of Apple Musi ...

  4. Apple Upstages Amazon in Selecting New Tech Hub Locations

    December 14, 2018 9:10 AM EST 0 0 0 One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions — and offer huge sums of public money — in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The oth ...

  5. Apple to Grow Culver City Workforce to Over 1,000 Employees

    December 13, 2018 4:19 PM EST 0 0 0 Apple is confirming what its real estate dealings already signaled: that it plans to significantly expand its presence in Los Angeles as its original programming efforts grow. The iPhone maker announced on Thursday that it will boost its Culver City ...

  6. Kraftwerk Gains Leverage In Epic Copyright Battle Over a 2-Second Sample

    December 13, 2018 2:59 PM EST 0 0 0 Kraftwerk may have been passed over for induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, but the German group may fare better in court in Luxembourg. On Wednesday Advocate General Maciej Szpunar advised the European Court of Justice, which ...

  7. From Social Entertainment to Licensing & Data Challenges: What You Need to Know About Tencent Music's IPO

    December 13, 2018 12:35 PM EST 0 0 0 As a newly-minted public company in the U.S., Tencent Music Entertainment could offer a rather different, and potentially more attractive, offering to investors compared to similar music-streaming stocks like Spotify and Pandora -- but not without i ...

  8. UMG Owner Vivendi Backs Calls for European Union to Address YouTube 'Market Distortion'

    December 13, 2018 11:19 AM EST 0 0 0 Universal Music owner Vivendi is backing calls for the European Parliament to "correct the distortion of the digital marketplace" caused by User Upload Content (UUC) services like YouTube.  The French media giant is one of a number of Euro ...

  9. Apple Building $1 Billion Austin Campus, Smaller Offices in Other Cities

    December 13, 2018 8:39 AM EST 0 0 0 Apple will build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, break ground on smaller locations in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California, and over the next three years will expand in Pittsburgh, New York and Colorado. The tech giant said Thursday ...

  10. Appeals Court Weighs in on Resale of Digital Files

    December 12, 2018 3:11 PM EST 0 0 0 The Second Circuit affirms a copyright judgment against ReDigi, which attempted to assist consumers in reselling purchased iTunes songs, but the appeals court does imagine a legal secondary market for a collection of songs on a thumb drive. Those ho ...

  11. Tencent Music Raises $1.1 Billion in Downsized U.S. IPO

    December 12, 2018 9:35 AM EST 0 0 0 Chinese streaming giant ​Tencent Music enters a bruised U.S. stock market today after raising $1.1 billion in a closely watched IPO, with shares starting at $13 on the New York Stock Exchange. When it firmed-up its listing plans earlier this month , ...

  12. GOP Lawmakers Grill Google CEO on Perceived Bias

    December 11, 2018 3:01 PM EST 0 0 0 House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy kicked off a congressional grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai by noting a “widening gap of distrust” between tech companies and the American people. McCarthy, a California Republican, asked whether tech compani ...

  13. MelodyVR Snags Liam Payne for Its First Virtual Reality Live Broadcast

    December 11, 2018 2:40 PM EST 0 0 0 Liam Payne  has teamed up with London-based music startup MelodyVR to give fans a unique concert experience. On Dec. 19 at 3pm EST (8pm GMT), the singer will perform a headline show in London that fans around the world can watch in virtual reality. ...

  14. Verizon Takes $4.6 Billion Write-Down on Oath Unit

    December 11, 2018 11:43 AM EST 0 0 0 Verizon Communications has recorded a steep goodwill impairment charge on its Oath media division. The telecom giant said on Tuesday that the creation of Oath after it acquired Yahoo for $4.5 billion and merged it with AOL has led to a charge of aro ...

  15. Tough Market for Streaming, Japan Gets Hi-Res Service From Sony Music

    December 11, 2018 11:02 AM EST 0 0 0 "I’m not sure this service will be successful," remarks a Sony Music Entertainment Japan executive on "mora qualitas," a collaboration with Rhapsody. Sony Music’s new Japanese high-resolution streaming service may face an uphill ...

  16. European CMOs PPL & SAMI Partner With Auddly To Fix Metadata Black Hole

    December 10, 2018 3:03 PM EST 0 0 0 Auddly, the Swedish tech start-up co-founded by Swedish songwriters Max Martin and ABBA's Björn Ulvaeus to solve music's well-documented data problems, has teamed up with European CMOs PPL and SAMI as part of its ongoing efforts to accurat ...

  17. Jilted Investor Sues Tencent Music on Eve of IPO

    December 10, 2018 12:41 PM EST 0 0 0 The tech company vows to fight the claims -- that it coerced an investor into selling equity -- "vigorously." Chinese investor Hanwei Guo has taken legal action against Tencent Music Entertainment co-president Guomin Xie , alleging the exe ...

  18. Europe Puts International Stream Rippers and MP3 Pirates on Notice With Inaugural 'Watch List'

    December 07, 2018 10:52 AM EST 0 0 0 Think stream ripping and MP3 pirates are a dying breed now with the rise of legal streaming? Not so fast, as the European Commission today publishes its inaugural list of non-EU websites and firms that they deem responsible for lingering piracy and ...

  19. Tech Execs From Google, Microsoft to Gather at White House Amid Strained Ties

    December 06, 2018 9:32 AM EST 0 0 0 Top executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm are planning to meet at the White House amid strained ties between President Donald Trump 's administration and the tech industry. The White House says the Thursday meeting will ad ...

  20. British Parliament Releases Facebook Emails About Data Privacy

    December 05, 2018 11:27 AM EST 0 0 0 The British Parliament has released some 250 pages worth of documents that show Facebook considered charging developers for data access. Parliament's media committee seized confidential Facebook documents from the developer of a now-defunct bik ...

  21. Lisa Ellis Joins SoundCloud as Global Head of Music

    December 05, 2018 9:37 AM EST 0 0 0 Former Sony Music executive Lisa Ellis has joined SoundCloud as global head of music and artist relations. In her new role, the industry veteran will lead SoundCloud's artist and label services team, working with artists, managers and labels to ...

  22. Lady Gaga Shares Behind-the-Scenes Clip From 'Enigma' Rehearsals: Watch

    December 04, 2018 11:43 AM EST 0 0 0 Mother Monster has got a new look for her Enigma show, and it might be her best one yet. Lady Gaga shared a behind-the-scenes clip on her Instagram Story on Monday (Dec. 3) that showed her in a bodysuit covered in dots.  Gaga appears to be using the ...

  23. Mixcloud Launches Bespoke Low-Price Subscription Model

    December 04, 2018 10:40 AM EST 0 0 0 Mixcloud, the U.K.-based music streaming platform that's long been touted as a rival to SoundCloud, has launched its new bespoke subscription offering, significantly undercutting its rivals in the process.  Entitled Mixcloud Select , subscripti ...

  24. Apple Music Now Has 56 Million Users: Report

    December 03, 2018 9:54 AM EST 0 0 0 Apple Music has been adding an average of one million new subscribers per month and now has 56 million total -- when you combine paid and free trial users, according to a new Financial Times report. In May, Tim Cook revealed in an interview with Blo ...

  25. Capitol Music Group Hosts Inaugural 'Capitol Royale' Creativity and Innovation Marathon In Los Angeles

    December 03, 2018 3:21 AM EST 0 0 0 In the wake of technology changing the landscape of the music industry, companies are shifting their energy towards more cutting-edge and forward-thinking methods of doing business. Enter Capitol Royale: Capitol Music's Group two-day creativity ...

  26. How to Catch Red Bull Music's Live Show in Miami Featuring Ivy Queen

    November 28, 2018 11:33 AM EST 0 0 0 Red Bull Music is hosting a special live edition of Red Bull Radio’s show, Bien Buena, on Wednesday (Nov. 28) in Miami. The event, hosted by Uproot Andy and Riobamba, will feature reggaeton icon Ivy Queen alongside executive director of Latin conten ...

  27. Lele Pons Throws the Best Quinceañera Party Ever With Google Assistant: Watch

    November 28, 2018 10:59 AM EST 0 0 0 Lele Pons is a multifaceted woman. She sings, dances, performs, conducts TV shows, is a comedian -- and now she's the best quinceañera party coordinator, too. Google has just launched its new Google Assistant campaign, and in it, Pons acts as p ...

  28. Scottish Comic Beats Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran in Ticketmaster UK Fan Vote For 'Ticket of the Year'

    November 27, 2018 1:07 PM EST 0 0 0 P!nk & Spice Girls voted most anticipated shows of 2019 Scottish comedian Kevin Bridges was voted the Ticket of the Year by Ticketmaster fans in the UK, maneuvering into the top spot above Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift who landed at No. 3 and 4, r ...

  29. Apple's 30 Percent Transaction Fee For In-App Subscriptions Might Disappear. What Would That Mean For Music Streaming?

    November 27, 2018 12:04 PM EST 0 0 0 The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to allow an antitrust lawsuit to move forward that could force Apple to cut its 30 percent transaction fee it charges software developers who sell apps through iTunes and its App Store. The final ruling could poten ...

  30. Viagogo Agrees to 'Comprehensive' Overhaul of U.K. Ticketing Operations to Avoid Court Battle

    November 27, 2018 11:35 AM EST 0 0 0 British government agency the Competitions and Market Authority (CMA) has scored a "significant" victory in its long-running battle with controversial secondary ticketing site Viagogo. A court order granted in London today forces the Genev ...

  31. Behind the Epic Moral Battle Over Article 13: YouTube Money (Column)

    November 27, 2018 10:12 AM EST 0 0 0 Once upon a time -- 2008 to be exact -- there was a major label CEO who thought YouTube didn't pay enough for music. "We just haven't received enough compensation," he told me in an interview at the time, not long after deciding ...

  32. YouTube Steals the Show at Midem's First Latin American Conference

    November 27, 2018 9:16 AM EST 0 0 0 YouTube is winning the music streaming battle for Latin America, which is growing twice as fast as the rest of the world, according to data released in Rio de Janeiro on Monday by MiDIA Research, at the first-ever Latin America forum for Midem. From ...

  33. Supreme Court to Hear Apple Case Over App Store Fees

    November 26, 2018 9:05 AM EST 0 0 0 The Supreme Court seemed ready Monday to allow an antitrust lawsuit to go forward that claims Apple has unfairly monopolized the market for the sale of iPhone apps. Apple faced skeptical questions from justices who seemed concerned about the control ...

  34. 'El Farsante,' 'Sin Pijama' and More Latin Videos Join YouTube's Billionaire Club in 2018: See List

    November 19, 2018 1:16 PM EST 0 0 0 YouTube has revealed to Billboard the official list of the new Latin videos that have reached the billion views. And, during 2018 the list has grown. Nineteen Latin videos have joined the elite club. Latin videos began to be part of the selected gro ...

  35. iHeartMedia Buys Tech Firm Behind Its Ad Buying Platform

    November 19, 2018 12:31 PM EST 0 0 0 iHeartMedia has acquired cloud-based radio technology firm Jelli, which already powers its SoundPoint platform for programmatic and automated ad buying. The SoundPoint platform allows advertisers and agencies to leverage iHeartMedia's large sta ...

  36. Sound Royalties Pairs With AdRev to Provide Advances for YouTube Creators

    November 19, 2018 10:11 AM EST 0 0 0 Sound Royalties, the finance firm that provides artists with advances on future royalties without having to part with their copyrights, has formed a new strategic marketing relationship with YouTube money monetizer AdRev to provide cash advances to ...

  37. Sonos Reports $273 Million in Q4 Revenue

    November 16, 2018 11:59 AM EST 0 0 0 Sonos on Thursday reported a loss of $1.7 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. The Santa Barbara, Calif.-based company said it had a loss of 2 cents per share during its first quarter as a public company. The maker of wireless speakers and home sou ...

  38. The Chainsmokers Partner With Beat Maker Go App

    November 16, 2018 10:36 AM EST 0 0 0 The Chainsmokers  have partnered with global music app maker  Gismart , it was announced Friday (Nov. 16). The new collaboration kicks off with the EDM stars specifically working with the app Beat Maker Go . The partnership with the beat-making app ...

  39. IMPALA Fires Back At YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Over Copyright Directive Claims

    November 16, 2018 10:07 AM EST 0 0 0 As a war of words heats up between music trade bodies and the tech community over the European Union's copyright directive, indie label trade group IMPALA has responded to recent claims by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki that the reforms threaten th ...

  40. Are Asian Fan Armies Going to Keep Invading the Charts? (Column)

    November 16, 2018 9:04 AM EST 0 0 0 The streaming platform with the most users in China proudly displays the fan metrics showing who bought the most albums for an artist. Until this decade, the power of Asian music fandom has been largely contained overseas, occasionally reaching Amer ...

  41. Ticket Sellers, Promoters & Streaming Giants Discuss How Consumer Data Boosts Ticket Sales at Billboard Live Music Summit

    November 14, 2018 7:53 PM EST 0 0 0 Panelists from AEG, Ticketmaster, Spotify, Bandsintown, See Tickets and Eventellect discussed the importance of cohesion in 21st century ticketing. When it comes to increasing concert ticket sales, there are three key points to consider: Data, data ...

  42. Spotify Pairs With SoundGirls to Launch EQL Directory to Boost Diversity Across Music Industry

    November 13, 2018 3:06 PM EST 0 0 0 Spotify has partnered with SoundGirls, a nonprofit founded by Karrie Keyes and Michelle Sabolchick Pettinato dedicated to expanding opportunities for girls and women in music, to launch EQL Directory , it was announced Tuesday (Nov. 13). The newly c ...

  43. dick clark productions and YouTube Music Partner Up for 'New Year's Rockin' Eve'

    November 13, 2018 2:09 PM EST 0 0 0 Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest  and YouTube Music  have agreed upon a multi-year partnership,  dick clark productions  announced Tuesday (Nov. 13). Viewers of  Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve ...

  44. Amazon Officially Splitting HQ2 Between NYC and Northern Virginia

    November 13, 2018 10:15 AM EST 0 0 0 Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia, the company announced on Tuesday following months of speculation. The decision ends an intense competition between North American c ...

  45. Podcast Choices Got Your Head Spinning? Pandora Launches 'Genome Project' for a Crowded Medium

    November 13, 2018 9:02 AM EST 0 0 0 Music curation is so ubiquitous that any regular listener probably has more quality recommendations than they can sift through, but the same tailoring has not yet reached the burgeoning podcast field. Though 26 percent of Americans listen to podcast ...

  46. Facebook Ends Forced Arbitration of Sexual Misconduct Claims

    November 12, 2018 4:09 PM EST 0 0 0 Facebook is dropping a requirement for mandatory arbitration of sexual misconduct allegations, acceding to a demand recently pressed by other Silicon Valley tech workers. Google made a similar change on Thursday, a week after thousands of employees ...

  47. Nick Bell Out as Snapchat Head of Content: Read His Memo to Staff

    November 12, 2018 1:44 PM EST 0 0 0 Nick Bell is leaving Snapchat.  The company's vp content sent a memo to staff on Monday announcing that he is departing from the company after five years running its media and entertainment efforts. "After nearly five years and a once in a ...

  48. Facebook Launches TikTok Competitor With 'Massive' Library of Licensed Music

    November 12, 2018 10:14 AM EST 0 0 0 Facebook has quietly launched its answer to popular lip-sync video platform TikTok, formerly known as Musical.ly . Available only in the U.S. for now, Lasso "makes it easy for anyone to create and share short videos with fun effects," acco ...

  49. France, Tech Giants Call for Online Fix to Hate Speech, Cyberattacks

    November 12, 2018 9:00 AM EST 0 0 0 France and U.S. technology giants, such as Microsoft, are pushing for governments and companies worldwide to sign up for a new initiative aimed at establishing regulations for the Internet, to fight such online threats as cyber attacks, hate speech ...

  50. Wanna Chat With Migos? Why Artists Are Using 'Stashimi' Chatbots to Bond With Fans on Facebook Messenger

    November 09, 2018 11:25 AM EST 0 0 0 “Yo,” a chatbot has recently started asking fans who visit Migos ’ Facebook page. “Wanna chat with Migos?” By clicking on the “YESSIR” option, marked with a fire emoji, instead of “Nah,” the bot responds: “Cool I’ll keep you updated,” allowing fans ...

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