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This post was originally published at billboard.com A spokesman for One Direction is declining to comment on a report that the chart-topping boy band will take an indefinite break starting next March. Publicist Simon Jones says he won’t comment on “speculation.” The Sun newspaper reported Monday that band members would go separate ways after finishing a tour this autumn…

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This post was originally published at musicweek.com Neil Young has provided an update on the status of Pono, his music download service and portable music player. In a lengthy Facebook post, he said Pono had eight business partners and was also working with Warner, Sony and Universal, as well as independent record companies. He said the firm had “no…

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This post was originally published at musicweek.com The Big Music Project is offering paid internships in the music business to young people across the UK. Funded by The Big Lottery Fund and Global’s Make Some Noise, The Big Music Project is a collaboration between Global’s Capital brand and the BPI. Both have joined up with charity UK Youth to…

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This post was originally published at radioinfo.com.au Renting music is becoming more popular. As music streaming services move into the mainstream, they are changing consumer habits and disrupting the traditional music industry business models. This trend has been evident for a while, but new figures show that the industry is reaching a tipping point. Steve Ahern analyses the latest…

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This post was originally published at npr.org Billboard magazine used to be known as “the bible of the music business,” a trade publication trusted for its straightforward analysis of industry trends. But an anonymous questionnaire that leaked online last Thursday has some readers questioning Billboard’s journalistic skills and integrity. The magazine regularly solicits reflections from music business executives. At…

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This post was originally published at billboard.com The first-ever Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival debuted at Jones Beach, NY, on Saturday (Aug. 22) to record-breaking numbers. The fest’s first day shattered single-day attendance records at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, where everyone from Jason Derulo to Little Mix to Lil Wayne to Axwell & Ingrosso to The Weeknd played…

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This post was originally published at businessinsider.com See Also The pot industry is not just for growers anymore. Tech entrepreneurs with high ambitions are finding money in applying startup solutions to the budding industry. There’s already the on-demand delivery startups like Meadow and Eaze which will deliver medical marijuana to your door. Pax has brought Apple-esque simple design to…

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This post was originally published at businessinsider.com Celebrities are usually known for their hot-selling albums, sports playing abilities, and red carpet appearances — but not always for their tech savvy. Some celebrities try to fly drones with code. Others have made the march from Hollywood into Silicon Valley to join venture capital firms. A few are even investors in…

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This post was originally published at billboard.com The first-ever Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival debuted at Jones Beach, NY, on Saturday (Aug. 22) to record-breaking numbers. The fest’s first day shattered single-day attendance records at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, where everyone from Jason Derulo to Little Mix to Lil Wayne to Axwell & Ingrosso to The Weeknd played…

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This post was originally published at businessinsider.com Startups throw out bogus metrics all the time when talking to investors and the press. Prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz wants them to stop. Last night, the firm, which was cofounded by Netscape inventor Marc Andreessen and has invested in big names like Airbnb, Buzzfeed, Facebook, and Twitter, put…

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This post was originally published at businessinsider.com BI Intelligence The embrace of programmatic ad-buying tools is fueling a dramatic uptick in the share of digital ads sold through programmatic platforms, particularly those focused on real-time bidding or RTB. Total US programmatic ad revenue will top nearly $15 billion this year, according to BI Intelligence estimates. RTB, particularly mobile and…

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This post was originally published at billboard.com The weekend’s three R-rated newcomers — Sinister 2, Hitman: Agent 47 and American Ultra — can’t seem to find any summer sizzle. But Universal and Legendary’s Straight Outta Compton, which topped Friday (Aug. 21), is having a strong second weekend, taking in an estimated $8 million Friday, putting it on track to…

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This post was originally published at billboard.com The veteran hip-hop executive on working with The Weeknd, coping with sexism and why “urban” is a useless term. SEated in her third-floor office at Universal Music Group’s headquarters in Santa Monica, Wendy Goldstein is experiencing a welcome bout of deja vu. Last August, Ariana Grande’s MTV Video Music Awards performance helped…

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This post was originally published at businessinsider.com Spotify’s founder and CEO, Daniel Ek, has apologized in a blog post for not explaining the reasoning behind a new privacy policy that has drawn criticism from users. Under the new policy, Spotify is seeking permission to access your sensors, photos, contacts, and GPS, among other things. To be clear, Ek did…

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This post was originally published at billboard.com A list of moves and shakes across the music business, including iHeartMedia, The New York Times, ASCAP, BMG UK and many more. — ICM Partners elevated Mari Davies to agent in the concerts department. — Veteran hip-hop journalist Rob Markman joined Genius as artist relations manager. — NYU’s Steinhardt School appointed associate…

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This post was originally published at digitalmusicnews.com From: Dave Goldberg Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2014 8:58 AM To: Lynton, Michael [mailto:__________@spe.sony.com] Subject: Re: Music strategy-confidential Michael, As we discussed Saturday, I thought I would send you a longer email with my thoughts about the strategy, what the risks are with it and the reasons it hasn’t been done to…

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This post was originally published at musicxray.com Seeking Music for the film ‘Restored Me’ – Exclusive Music Xray placement I’m the lead music supervisor on the upcoming film Restored Me and I want to give an exclusive opportunity to Music Xray artists and composers (guaranteed that artists from Music Xray will be chosen for the placements). Please submit your best…

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