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June 19, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Vevo, an online streaming service for music videos, has launched on Windows 8, the company said Wednesday.  Users of the Microsoft operating system can access Vevo, which has 75,000 videos, through Vevo's app.  The New York-based company, which provides videos through YouTube, has been expanding viewing options in an effort to increase revenues. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 In March, it launched Vevo TV, a 24-hour broadcast-style network available through its website, mobile devices and game consoles.
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April 24, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Avril Lavigne has answered critics who've labeled her new "Hello Kitty" video as racist. It appears Ms. Lavigne begs to disagree. "RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!! I love Japanese culture and I spend half of my time in Japan. I flew to Tokyo to shoot this video…," she tweeted Wednesday, "…specifically for my Japanese fans, WITH my Japanese label, Japanese choreographers AND a Japanese director IN Japan. The tune, co-written with hubby Chad Kroger of Nickelback, is heavy on references to Japan's " kawaii " culture, which encompasses all things cute.
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BUSINESS
September 22, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Vevo, an online music video start-up, is pressing play on its latest product — a Facebook app that lets bands and musicians showcase their music, sell albums and merchandise, live stream concerts and collect mail addresses from their fans, among other things. The New York company, jointly owned by Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, is the latest player to dive into the crowded do-it-yourself market for apps and services for musicians. Digital start-ups such as ReverbNation, RootMusic, Bandcamp, Topspin and Songkick, as well as established giants such as Live Nation Entertainment, are rushing to be the online broker between bands and fans on Facebook and other digital platforms.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Viewers will find a lot to debate in Lana Del Rey's new “Tropico” video in terms of interpreting the heavy symbolism that ripples through the 27-minute short film directed by Anthony Mandler. But the ambition in this extended morality play about love, lust and loss of innocence is hard to deny, as it invokes multiple religious and pop culture figures in exploring the extremes of human experience. It opens with figures representing Jesus, Elvis Presley, John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe in a wide-open landscape that soon sets the stage for Del Rey and her albino love interest, played by Shaun Ross, to act out the bible's Garden of Eden story.
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December 13, 2012 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," that catchy pop song that dominated the airwaves this year -- and inspired countless parodies -- topped Vevo's list as the most-watched music video of 2012. With a little help from her friend, Justin Bieber, the Canadian singer's song spent nine weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Its official music video attracted more than 360 million views on Vevo, an online distributor of music videos. It even edged out K-pop phenom Psy's viral hit, "Gangnam Style," which initially was released by a Korean production agency.
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July 11, 2012 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Industry veteran Doug Morris, the chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment and founder of Vevo Inc., has issued a threat to Google Inc.: Give us a better rate for our music videos or we'll take them elsewhere. Morris, who launched his music career in the mid-1960s by writing the Chiffons' song "Sweet Talkin' Guy," now is talking tough when it comes to renewing Vevo's contract to distribute its videos on Google's YouTube when the deal expires at the end of the year. That's a serious threat given that Vevo - which features videos of Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Rihanna and about 11,000 other artists - is YouTube's most popular channel, according to ComScore Inc. In May, Vevo's videos generated 617.8 million views on the site, which Google acquired in 2006 for $1.65 billion.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Twitter is blowing up today over One Direction's hit “Best Song Ever,” with hundreds of fans posting messages to the hashtag #donttouchbestsongever -- and that's just in the last 10 minutes. The tweets are flooding in since a blogger in England pointed out a similarity between the opening to the 1D hit and the Who's 1971 rock classic “Baba O'Riley” and suggested that somebody in the British government take the group to task for lifting the musical motif. “Someone should call Trading Standards over the song title as 1D sterilise The Who 's 'Baba O'Riley'," the unidentified contributor at ClickMusic.com wrote . PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners "At a certain point we recognised it had the same type of intro where there's a synth and a piano,” One Direction producer Julian Bunetta has said, “but we really tried to make sure that there was no intellectual property stolen or anything like that.
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July 25, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
One Direction's “Best Song Ever” video has bolted out of the gate with viewers, piling up more than 20 million views in its first 48 hours. The video premiered on Monday and Vevo, the record industry's official platform for music videos, initially reported that it had eclipsed the previous record of 10.7 million views in 24 hours set by Miley Cyrus' “We Can't Stop,” with 10.9 million views. On Thursday, however, Vevo updated that figure, saying final calculations across all its platforms yield a total of 12.3 million views during the first day, and another 10.2 million on the second day. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Although the rapidly popular pop vocal quintet surpassed Cyrus, her video remains a hot property in the music video world.
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September 10, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Nothing like a little -- make that lots of -- nude cavorting on heavy construction equipment to catch viewers' attention, which Miley Cyrus did in record numbers upon Monday's premiere of the music video for her single “Wrecking Ball.” The racy track, which also reveals her amorous feelings for a sledge hammer, tallied 19.3 million views in the first 24 hours, smashing (sorry) the previous record set in July by   One Direction's “Best Song Ever,” which posted 12.3 million views in the first day, according to Vevo, the music industry's official video distribution platform.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Doug Morris has been named the new chief executive of Sony Music Entertainment, an appointment that was widely expected when Morris last year said he would step down as head of Universal Music Group at the end of 2010. Morris, 72, will succeed Rolf Schmidt-Holz on July 1, and Schmidt-Holz will exit Sony at the end of the month, when his contract expires. In the interim, Sony Corp. Chairman Howard Stringer will helm the music company. In a high-level corporate talent swap, a number of Sony executives are expected to move to Universal over the next few months, including Barry Weiss, the chairman of Sony's RCA/Jive Label Group, who is expected to lead Universal's operations in New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 11, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
The folks at Waffle House and IHOP might not swoon over the message at the heart of Prince's new video, “Breakfast Can Wait,” but the Purple One has found plenty of sensual fun in the kitchen to keep pop music fans engaged in this work directed by and starring 18-year-old Danielle Curiel. Who else could make a lyric that includes a menu rundown - “Grits and gravy, cheese eggs and jam” - sound positively sexy but Prince, who reportedly gave his young collaborator complete artistic and directorial control over the video.
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September 30, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Pop phenomenon Lady Gaga, rapper Eminem and indie rock darling Arcade Fire are among the mainstream acts to headline the inaugural YouTube Music Awards. YouTube will host its first live-streamed music awards show Nov. 3 to honor top performers and songs. A day of musical performances from Seoul, Moscow, London and Brazil will precede the 90-minute show, to be live-streamed from Pier 36 in Manhattan. "It's our chance to really celebrate the artists and the songs that have become hits on YouTube over the past year," said Danielle Tiedt, YouTube's vice president of marketing.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Nothing like a little -- make that lots of -- nude cavorting on heavy construction equipment to catch viewers' attention, which Miley Cyrus did in record numbers upon Monday's premiere of the music video for her single “Wrecking Ball.” The racy track, which also reveals her amorous feelings for a sledge hammer, tallied 19.3 million views in the first 24 hours, smashing (sorry) the previous record set in July by   One Direction's “Best Song Ever,” which posted 12.3 million views in the first day, according to Vevo, the music industry's official video distribution platform.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
People can't resist watching Miley Cyrus -- even when she's not twerking. The former Disney Channel star's new music video, "Wrecking Ball," dominated the Vevo Internet streaming service, wracking up 19.3 million views in 24 hours and setting a record for most views. Cyrus displaced the previous record holder, One Direction, whose "Best Song Ever" video had set the previous high water mark for one-day views (12.3 million views). It's not hard to imagine why the music video attracted notice.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 30, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Jay-Z's video for the “Holy Grail” track from his “Magna Carta Holy Grail” album has now made it to YouTube following its 24-hour exclusive premiere on Facebook , a move that's heightened Facebook's profile as a platform for new video content from musicians. Using Facebook, rather than YouTube or Vevo for Thursday's rollout of the "Holy Grail" video, which was directed by Anthony Mandler and features Justin Timberlake during his chunks of the song, “will really allow him to go direct to a massive and instant global audience,” Facebook's head of content partnerships Nick Grudin told Billboard . PHOTOS: Beyonce and Jay-Z through the years “It's something that only Facebook, I think, can really deliver in this way, given the scale of the audiences musicians have and the global nature of those audiences and the social dynamics of what happens when they engage on Facebook," Grudin said.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Twitter is blowing up today over One Direction's hit “Best Song Ever,” with hundreds of fans posting messages to the hashtag #donttouchbestsongever -- and that's just in the last 10 minutes. The tweets are flooding in since a blogger in England pointed out a similarity between the opening to the 1D hit and the Who's 1971 rock classic “Baba O'Riley” and suggested that somebody in the British government take the group to task for lifting the musical motif. “Someone should call Trading Standards over the song title as 1D sterilise The Who 's 'Baba O'Riley'," the unidentified contributor at ClickMusic.com wrote . PHOTOS: Iconic rock guitars and their owners "At a certain point we recognised it had the same type of intro where there's a synth and a piano,” One Direction producer Julian Bunetta has said, “but we really tried to make sure that there was no intellectual property stolen or anything like that.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Ryan Faughnder
The relatively easy-on-the-budget tablet Kindle Fire is getting a gaming revamp. Game developers will now be able to use Amazon.com Inc.'s new set of services called Amazon GameCircle . GameCircle's features will let players keep track of their accomplishments -- like trophies, badges and awards earned. Players also can compare their scores with other players through ranking systems. If all this sounds familiar, that's because Apple's Game Center offers similar services.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Viewers will find a lot to debate in Lana Del Rey's new “Tropico” video in terms of interpreting the heavy symbolism that ripples through the 27-minute short film directed by Anthony Mandler. But the ambition in this extended morality play about love, lust and loss of innocence is hard to deny, as it invokes multiple religious and pop culture figures in exploring the extremes of human experience. It opens with figures representing Jesus, Elvis Presley, John Wayne and Marilyn Monroe in a wide-open landscape that soon sets the stage for Del Rey and her albino love interest, played by Shaun Ross, to act out the bible's Garden of Eden story.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
One Direction's “Best Song Ever” video has bolted out of the gate with viewers, piling up more than 20 million views in its first 48 hours. The video premiered on Monday and Vevo, the record industry's official platform for music videos, initially reported that it had eclipsed the previous record of 10.7 million views in 24 hours set by Miley Cyrus' “We Can't Stop,” with 10.9 million views. On Thursday, however, Vevo updated that figure, saying final calculations across all its platforms yield a total of 12.3 million views during the first day, and another 10.2 million on the second day. TIMELINE: Summer's must see concerts Although the rapidly popular pop vocal quintet surpassed Cyrus, her video remains a hot property in the music video world.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 23, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Music entrepreneurs Russell Simmons and Steve Rifkind, together with friend and veteran film and TV producer Brian Robbins, have partnered with Universal Music Group to launch All Def Music, a label created expressly to sign, develop and promote YouTube artists. All Def Music label will seek to identify and cultivate music talent bubbling up on YouTube, in much the same way Rifkind and Simmons once hit the streets in pursuit of promising hip-hop acts for their respective labels, Loud Records and Def Jam. "How [Russell]
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