Google on YouTube: “We’re monetising more than anyone else is making”
Google's David Eun has given an interview to PaidContent in which he says... not very much at all, really. Well, beyond the party line. So YouTube isn't struggling to make money - "we're monetising more than anyone else is...
May 26, 2009
UMG signs up with People’s Music Store
We've been watching People's Music Store closely since its launch earlier this year: it lets music fans set up their own digital music stores, stocked from a central catalogue maintained by the company.
April 28, 2009
Van Natta to MySpace, Sykes to Project Playlist
As predicted, Owen Van Natta has joined MySpace as its new CEO, but his former company Project Playlist has moved fast to replace him with John Sykes, a 25-year MTV veteran whose previous roles include president at VH1.
April 27, 2009
More Than Thieves exclusive sets for Spotify, We7, Last.fm AND Napster
We're used to the likes of Spotify and We7 fighting over pre-release exclusives on new albums, but new band More Than Thieves are taking an innovative approach, recording exclusive live sessions for FOUR different services:...
April 27, 2009
Hulu in talks with major labels to add music videos
US online video site Hulu has so far focused on TV shows and movies, but a report on Bloomberg claims the company is now in talks with all four major labels to add music videos to its catalogue.
April 24, 2009
UMG launches YouTube games for Lady Gaga, Chris Cornell and others
UMG subsidiary Interscope Geffen A&M has found a creative new way to promote its music videos on YouTube - via interactive games.Well, sort of games - its IGA Video Challenge features videos from the likes of Lady Gaga, N.E.R.D,...
April 21, 2009
Let the Whack-A-Mole commence
The Pirate Bay site itself HASN'T been shut down as part of the ruling, although IFPI boss John Kennedy tells the New York Times that music and movie industry groups plan to file additional litigation to take it offline.
April 20, 2009
UMG to drive VEVO biz deals, not Google
When Google and Universal Music Group announced their VEVO premium music videos site last week, we initially assumed it was a Google thing, and that UMG had signed up to it. Not so.
April 16, 2009
UMG and YouTube officially announce Vevo
The rumours were right. Universal Music Group and Google have announced their joint venture, Vevo – a video site offering UMG's music videos, with advertising revenues shared between the two.In addition to the...
April 9, 2009
UMG’s digital boss hails cloud-based future
Check this quote from Rio Caraeff, EVP of the eLabs group at UMG: "I'd rather have access to all my music, TV shows and movies anywhere on any device, rather than `own' 100 files.
March 26, 2009
EMI quits Project Playlist lawsuit after signing licensing deal
Music startup Project Playlist is now being sued by just two major labels - WMG and UMG - after EMI pulled out of the lawsuit and signed a licensing deal with the playlisting site.
March 26, 2009
Judge reinstates Allman Bros digital royalties lawsuit
Eminem's former production company may have lost their recent case against UMG for a larger slice of digital royalties, but a similar lawsuit on behalf of the Allman Brothers Band against Sony Music has just been reinstated.
March 24, 2009