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Yinka Adegoke / Billboard:
Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre could be unveiled as Apple executives at WWDC, deal to be announced later this week   —  Apple May Unveil Iovine, Dr. Dre Exec Appointments at June Conference  —  Apple could unveil Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre as its latest recruits at its Worldwide Developers' Conference in June …
May 12, 2014, 2:30 PMIn context
Billboard:
Beats Music raising another $60-100M; sources estimate subscriber count is “low six figures”   —  Beats Music's First 100 Days: A Bumpy Start  —  As Spotify allies with Sprint, labels say Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre's streaming service is off to a slow start.
Apr 21, 2014, 2:20 PMIn context
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Record Labels Sue Pandora Over Pre-1972 Recordings   —  As expected, the three major labels, ABKCO, and the RIAA filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in New York state court against Pandora for playing pre-Feb. 15, 1972 recordings without making any royalty payments.
Apr 18, 2014, 3:00 PMIn context
Billboard:
YouTube delaying music service to debut polished, differentiated product, not due to licensing   —  Business Matters: What's Behind YouTube Music Service's Delays  —  YouTube was a source of music in the prior week for a third of all people surveyed by Edison Research and Triton Digital for their annual Infinite Dial report.
Apr 4, 2014, 8:35 PMIn context
Billboard:
Billboard and Twitter Partner to Create ‘Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts’ … Questions?  Comments?  Let us know: @billboard
Mar 27, 2014, 3:10 PMIn context
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Apple explores Spotify-like streaming service, iTunes app for Android as downloads decline   —  Apple Mulls Launching Spotify Rival, Android App as Downloads Decline (Sources)  —  The iPhone maker explores multi-pronged strategy to shore up double-digit drops in iTunes downloads, according to IFPI and RIAA data.
Mar 21, 2014, 4:35 PMIn context
Ed Christman / Billboard:
Rate Court Judge Rules Pandora Will Pay ASCAP 1.85% Annual Revenue   —  In what is being viewed as a defeat for songwriters, the ASCAP/Pandora rate court judge has decided that Pandora will pay the performance rights organization a rate of 1.85% of annual revenue.
Mar 14, 2014, 8:25 PMIn context
Billboard:
Beats Music buys Topspin Media, a retail and marketing platform for artists   —  Beats Music Buys Topspin  —  Beats Music's Chief Executive Ian Rogers on Tuesday announced his company is acquiring Topspin Media, a platform that lets artists sell merchandise and albums directly to fans.
Mar 4, 2014, 11:40 AMIn context
Billboard:
Apple Presses Labels For More 'Beyonce'-Type Exclusives In Wake of Downloads' Slide   —  Apple Inc.'s music chief Robert Kondrk has been pressuring major labels for releases similar to last year's Beyonce exclusive, excluding services like YouTube and Spotify to help shore up slowing download sales …
Feb 28, 2014, 11:10 PMIn context
Ed Christman / Billboard:
As streaming grows, digital music sales decreased in 2013, the first time since iTunes launch   —  Digital Music Sales Decrease For First Time in 2013  —  For the first time since the iTunes store opened its doors, the U.S. music industry finished the year with a decrease in digital music sales.
Jan 3, 2014, 10:05 PMIn context

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