1. José José's Legacy Remembered by Daddy Yankee, Banda El Recodo & More Artists

    September 28, 2019 8:17 PM EDT 0 0 0 The "Prince of Song" died in Southern Florida at 71 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer, according to published reports. José José may be Mexico's "Prince of Song," but for fans around the world his mastery of the rom ...

  2. Mexicans Listen to More Music Than Global Average, According to New IFPI Report

    September 24, 2019 11:48 AM EDT 0 0 0 People in Mexico listen to 25.6 hours of music a week, surpassing the global average of 18 hours, according to a new survey by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). The IFPI's new Music Listening 2019 report found th ...

  3. GLAD Empire Opens New Audio, Production Studios in Orlando & Puerto Rico

    September 19, 2019 7:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 The expansion includes state-of-the-art facilities in Orlando, Fla. & San Juan, Puerto Rico. GLAD Empire, a key digital music distributor for more than 15 years, has expanded its presence with the opening of two high-tech studios in Florida and ...

  4. Bandsintown Rebrands Artist Portal, Updates With Geo-Targeted Messaging & More

    September 18, 2019 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Concert discovery platform Bandsintown has updated its artist portal with new features and key improvements in order to better help touring artists evolve their careers, the company announced Wednesday (Sept. 18). Now called Bandsintown for Artists, ...

  5. Lunay Is Apple Music's Up Next Artist: Listen to New Single 'Fin de Semana'

    September 16, 2019 10:30 AM EDT 0 0 0 Puerto Rican urban artist Lunay  is anointed Apple Music’s latest Up Next Artist, the streaming platform's monthly artist initiative aimed at identifying, showcasing and elevating rising talent. Lunay has just released a new single, “ Fin de Se ...

  6. Pandora's El Detour Latin Music Station Highlights Acts That Defy Genres

    September 13, 2019 6:24 PM EDT 0 0 0 As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Pandora's new station features a mix of contemporary music from Latinx artists such as Cuco, Kali Uchis, Helado Negro and the Marias. Pandora is adding a new Latin music station, El Detour, which highlights t ...

  7. Spotify Hires Former CBS News Head David Rhodes as Part of Broader Podcasting Push

    September 06, 2019 4:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 The streaming service also tapped former Facebook executive Amy Hudson to help lead its expansion into sports programming. Spotify's push into podcasting continues. On Friday (Sept. 6), sources confimed to Billboard that the streaming service h ...

  8. Apple Music Unveils New Web App

    September 05, 2019 3:33 PM EDT 0 0 0 Apple Music is bringing its streaming service to the world's largest platform. On Thursday (Sept. 5), Apple Music launched a web app accessible using any desktop computer browser. Previously, using Apple Music on a PC or Mac required downloadin ...

  9. Native Instruments Cuts 20% of Staff in Restructuring

    September 05, 2019 10:31 AM EDT 0 0 0 Company head Daniel Haver tells Billboard layoffs were needed to streamline the company's operations. Native Instruments, a leading provider of software and hardware for computer-based music production, is cutting 20% of its staff across all lo ...

  10. Young Afro-Colombian Student Wins Google Doodle Contest

    August 13, 2019 8:47 AM EDT 0 0 0 Google has revealed the winning drawing of its eleventh annual competition, "Doodle for Google," in which K-12 students create a Google Doodle based on what inspires them when they grow up. This year, Arantza Peña Popo, a young Afro-Colomb ...

  11. Apple Music Unveils Free Data Analytics Tool for Artists, Managers

    August 08, 2019 1:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Apple Music for Artists provides detailed metrics on an artist's streaming impact in more than 100 countries Think the band is "big in Japan?" Now, an app can verify that.  On Thursday (August 8), Apple Music for Artists, a free analy ...

  12. Apple Music Launches Apple Digital Masters, New Initiative Combining Its Hi-Res 'Mastered' Collection

    August 07, 2019 8:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 On Wednesday (August 7) Apple Music announced the launch of Apple Digital Masters, a new initiative by the streaming giant that combines all of its “Mastered for iTunes” offerings into one global catalog. This is the company’s first public acknowled ...

  13. Discogs Unveils New Inventory Platform for Professional Record Sellers

    August 06, 2019 5:53 PM EDT Music database and marketplace Discogs has launched a new inventory platform for professional record sellers, the company announced Tuesday (Aug. 6). Called NearMint , Discogs claims the platform will allow sellers to manage their inventory more q ...

  14. Bandzoogle Launches Online Fan Club Feature

    August 06, 2019 8:38 AM EDT 0 0 0 Music website platform Bandzoogle has launched a new subscriptions feature allowing artists to create their own online fan clubs, the company announced Tuesday (Aug. 6). The feature, which is commission-free and available to all three tiers of Bandz ...

  15. Beatport Joins Forces With Online Sample Boutique Loopmasters

    August 02, 2019 11:35 AM EDT Leading DJ digital music store Beatport has joined forces with the like-minded Loopmasters, an English record label and online retailer for sound packs and plugins.  As part of the pact, Beatport has sold its Beatport Sounds business -- a library ...

  16. Tool Catalog Debuts on Streaming Services

    August 02, 2019 8:56 AM EDT 0 0 0 One of the last major holdouts of the streaming era finally joined the digital realm on Friday (Aug. 2) when Tool 's catalog debuted on streaming services. After revealing the news earlier this week on comedian Joe Rogan's podcast , the lo ...

  17. Tool Catalog Debuts on Streaming Services

    August 02, 2019 8:56 AM EDT One of the last major holdouts of the streaming era finally joined the digital realm on Friday (Aug. 2) when Tool 's catalog debuted on streaming services. After revealing the news earlier this week on comedian Joe Rogan's podcast , the ...

  18. Apple Music Rebrands Alternative Playlist as 'ALT CTRL' With Haim, Billie Eilish & More 'Left-Of-Center Tunes'

    August 02, 2019 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Apple Music has rebranded its The A-List: Alternative playlist as ALT CTRL, spotlighting new music across the broad spectrum of alternative music, Billboard can exclusively reveal. The playlist will be handpicked by the company’s staff curators. “Al ...

  19. Apple Music Rebrands Alternative Playlist as 'ALT CTRL' With Haim, Billie Eilish & More 'Left-Of-Center Tunes'

    August 02, 2019 12:00 AM EDT Apple Music has rebranded its The A-List: Alternative playlist as ALT CTRL, spotlighting new music across the broad spectrum of alternative music, Billboard can exclusively reveal. The playlist will be handpicked by the company’s staff curators. “ ...

  20. 'A Brand New Paradigm Shift': UnitedMasters Execs On NBA Deal, Diversity & the Metrics of Success

    August 01, 2019 11:58 AM EDT 0 0 0 “We're in a very fertile market, and we have to build it out,” says CEO Steve Stoute. It’s been an eventful year for UnitedMasters, the artist services and distribution platform founded by Steve Stoute that picked up funding from Alphabet, Andr ...

  21. 'A Brand New Paradigm Shift': UnitedMasters Execs On NBA Deal, Diversity & the Metrics of Success

    August 01, 2019 11:58 AM EDT “We're in a very fertile market, and we have to build it out,” says CEO Steve Stoute. It’s been an eventful year for UnitedMasters, the artist services and distribution platform founded by Steve Stoute that picked up funding from Alphabet, An ...

  22. Spotify Ups Paid User Base to 108 Million, Narrows Losses in Second Quarter

    July 31, 2019 6:51 AM EDT The streamer also announced it has secured new licensing deals with two major label partners. Music streaming giant Spotify on Wednesday reported a smaller second-quarter operating loss and said it grew its user base to 108 million premium, or pai ...

  23. FUGA Acquires Nashville-Based Rights Platform Songspace

    July 30, 2019 5:14 PM EDT 0 0 0 Digital distribution technology and services company FUGA has acquired Nashville-based rights management platform Songspace for an undisclosed sum.  Formed in 2014, Songspace has more than 250 publisher and record label clients including Kobalt, Res ...

  24. FUGA Acquires Nashville-Based Rights Platform Songspace

    July 30, 2019 5:14 PM EDT Digital distribution technology and services company FUGA has acquired Nashville-based rights management platform Songspace for an undisclosed sum.  Formed in 2014, Songspace has more than 250 publisher and record label clients including Kobalt, R ...

  25. Apple's Services Revenue Reaches New High

    July 30, 2019 4:49 PM EDT 0 0 0 The division that includes revenue from subscriptions like Apple Music and Apple Pay had sales of $11.46 billion during the tech giant's fiscal third quarter. Apple's services business was once again a bright spot for the technology compan ...

  26. Apple's Services Revenue Reaches New High

    July 30, 2019 4:49 PM EDT The division that includes revenue from subscriptions like Apple Music and Apple Pay had sales of $11.46 billion during the tech giant's fiscal third quarter. Apple's services business was once again a bright spot for the technology comp ...

  27. Why Humans & Computers Must Work Together to Secure the Future of Music Rights (Guest Op-Ed)

    July 30, 2019 2:39 PM EDT Until very recently, the music industry had been starved for legislation to bring copyright law in line with digital realities. In 2018, more than two decades after the passage of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the Music Modernizatio ...

  28. Executive Turntable: Moves at Mom + Pop Records, Capitol Music Group, MSG and More

    July 26, 2019 3:47 PM EDT 0 0 0 Hannah Gross  has been named vp and head of West Coast A&R at  Mom + Pop Records . The label announced July 22 that Gross is returning to the label after a three-year stint at  Atlantic/Elektra Records .  "Hannah started with us as an inter ...

  29. Trump Vows to Retaliate Against French Digital Tax

    July 26, 2019 3:06 PM EDT 0 0 0 President Donald Trump promised on Friday to retaliate against France for adopting a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook. He also managed to get in a shot at French wine. Trump, who doesn’t drink, tweeted: “I’ve always ...

  30. All Def Digital Files for Insolvency As Freelancers Claim $50k in Unpaid Work: Sources

    July 26, 2019 1:34 PM EDT 0 0 0 Russell Simmons -founded digital entertainment brand All Def Digital has filed for an assignment for the benefit of creditors (ABC), a common alternative to bankruptcy, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. An ABC involves the sale ...

  31. Google Parent Alphabet Crushes Second Quarter Earnings Expectations

    July 25, 2019 5:18 PM EDT 0 0 0 Google parent Alphabet beat analyst expectations for the second quarter Thursday, pleasing investors and sending its shares up sharply. The Mountain View, California-based company brought in revenue of $38.9 billion during the quarter, a 19% bump fr ...

  32. Amazon's Q2 Profits Miss Wall Street Expectations

    July 25, 2019 5:13 PM EDT 0 0 0 Amazon is reporting that second quarter profits are below Wall Street estimates as increasing competition for faster delivery is putting pressure on the online leader’s business. The Seattle-based company says profits for the three-month period ende ...

  33. Facebook Brushes Aside $5B Fine With Strong Second Quarter

    July 24, 2019 8:59 PM EDT 0 0 0 The social media giant, in its earnings report, revealed that it was informed by the FTC in June that the agency had opened an antitrust investigation into the company. On the heels of a $5 billion Federal Trade Commission fine over its handling of ...

  34. Privacy Case Settled, Facebook Discloses FTC Antitrust Probe

    July 24, 2019 7:32 PM EDT 0 0 0 Facebook says it is under antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. The company made the announcement just hours after the agency slapped it with a record $5 billion fine and new oversight on its privacy practices. Facebook said Wedne ...

  35. Justice Dept. Puts Big Tech Under the Antitrust Microscope

    July 24, 2019 7:21 PM EDT 0 0 0 Like Europe before it, the U.S. government looks ready to try reining in its technology giants. But doing so may be more difficult than it seems. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of major technolog ...

  36. Spotify Curator and Executive Mike Biggane Departing for Universal Music Group

    July 24, 2019 6:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Mike Biggane , Spotify’s head of global curation strategy, is leaving the streaming service for Universal Music Group (UMG),  Billboard  has learned. UMG later confirmed that Biggane will be joining the company effective Sept. 13 as executive vice p ...

  37. Snapchat Adds 13 Million Users, Ending Growth Slump

    July 23, 2019 5:37 PM EDT 0 0 0 The stock for Snapchat's parent company surged on Tuesday afternoon on the news that the company had added 13 million users during the period, a signal that its business is growing following a lackluster 2018.  Snap Inc., which owns the messagi ...

  38. Audiomack Partners With Live Nation Urban for Multi-City Tour Based on Its Popular Hometown Heroes Playlists

    July 23, 2019 12:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 The concerts will spotlight emerging artists in cities around the world. Music streaming and discovery platform Audiomack is taking its popular Hometown Heroes playlists on the road, the company announced on Tuesday (July 23). The new initiative, en ...

  39. Ed Sheeran's 'No. 6 Collaborations Project' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    July 21, 2019 3:30 PM EDT 0 0 0 Set launches with biggest week of 2019 for a pop album by a male artist. Ed Sheeran scores his third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as his star-studded No. 6 Collaborations Project album enters atop the tally. The set, which was released on ...

  40. We Should Write Sometime: Why Nashville Songwriters Are Flocking to This App

    July 19, 2019 3:00 PM EDT 0 0 0 For songwriters, finding the perfect co-writer can feel a lot like dating. Now there’s an app for that: We Should Write Sometime. It uses geolocation to help users find nearby songwriting partners from a network that includes Jonathan Singleton ( Ti ...

  41. Apple Music Rebrands Hip-Hop Playlist As 'Rap Life,' With Weekly Beats 1 Radio Show

    July 19, 2019 3:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 "We will move at the speed of culture and some weeks that will be daily as new marquee material drops," says Ebro Darden, global editorial head of hip-hop and R&B. Apple Music is rebranding one of its biggest playlists, The A-List: Hip ...

  42. Spotify Now Has More Than 2 Million Users in India

    July 18, 2019 1:28 AM EDT 0 0 0 HONG KONG — Spotify India reached more than 1 million users following its first week of launch back in February and now has more than 2 million , according to the company's head of global markets, Cecilia Qvist . Qvist revealed the statistics d ...

  43. Six Days After Sony Says Indian Rapper's Video Broke One-Day Record for Views, YouTube Has Yet to Confirm

    July 17, 2019 12:44 PM EDT 0 0 0 Badshah admitted to paying for ads driving “Paagal” to top 75 million views. That total, if made official, would best BTS’ “Boy With Luv” — the current record holder at 74 million views. MUMBAI — Six days after his fans rejoiced when Sony Music Indi ...

  44. Apple to Invest in Original, Exclusive Podcasts: Report

    July 17, 2019 10:53 AM EDT 0 0 0 Apple is reportedly planning to fund exclusive, original podcasts for its listening platform -- as competition around the potentially lucrative podcast industry heats up. Citing anonymous sources familiar with the matter,  Bloomberg  reports that ex ...

  45. Congress Grills Big Tech Companies Over Competition, Money and Power

    July 17, 2019 9:55 AM EDT 0 0 0 Big Tech faced tough questions Tuesday as federal lawmakers focused on issues of potentially anticompetitive behavior by technology giants and expressed bipartisan skepticism over Facebook’s plan for a new digital currency. Companies such as Apple, ...

  46. Google Wins Right to Continue YouTube Kids After Beating 'Googles' Lawsuit

    July 16, 2019 7:26 PM EDT 0 0 0 Lesson: If you acquire a domain like Googles.com, use it or lose it. Google won't have to shut down YouTube Kids thanks to a judge's decision on Tuesday in an unusual lawsuit. The case was brought by SM Kids, which claimed to be the succes ...

  47. Patreon Raises $60 Million to Take Membership Funding Model to a 'New Level'

    July 16, 2019 9:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 The company has paid out nearly $1 billion to creators, many of them music artists. Patreon -- the membership funding platform that lets fans support musicians like Pentatonix and Amanda Palmer  with monthly payments -- has raised $60 million in lat ...

  48. Facebook's New Currency Plan Is Under Scrutiny in Congress

    July 16, 2019 7:59 AM EDT 0 0 0 WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook’s ambitious plan to create a financial eco-system based on a digital currency faces questions from lawmakers, as it’s shadowed by negative comments from President Donald Trump, his treasury secretary and the head of the Fe ...

  49. Xiami Music and MQA Partner to Bring Hi-Res Streaming to China

    July 16, 2019 5:54 AM EDT 0 0 0 China’s Xiami Music has partnered with audio tech company MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) to bring master-quality hi-res audio streaming to one of the world’s fastest-growing music markets.    Effective immediately, Alibaba-owned Xiami Music will ...

  50. A&R Vet Michael Rosenblatt Joins Fan Loyalty Platform Sweet as Executive VP Partnerships

    July 15, 2019 1:29 PM EDT 0 0 0 The social commerce platform rewards users for engaging with artists and brands. Longtime A&R executive Michael Rosenblatt has joined the fan loyalty and social commerce platform Sweet as executive vice president of partnerships, the company ann ...

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