Yahoo steps into live concert streaming

Monday, December 9, 2013 - 12:20pm

Yahoo acquired concert-streaming platform Evntlive, which immediately shut down its ongoing operation. The Evntlive site carries an announcement of the takeover. No world on how much Yahoo spent. Evntlive was seed-funded at $2.3-million.

In a takeover/shutdown of this sort, it is unclear whether the service brand will re-start as a stand-alone property. Its technology platform could be integrated into an existing Yahoo service such as Yahoo Screen, which is cited in Evntlive’s announcement. 

Yahoo! will stream iHeart fest in HD; performances also available on Xbox and Clear Channel stations

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 11:25am

The iHeartRadio Music festival opens tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and will feature performances from Taylor Swift, Aerosmith, Rihanna, Usher, Bon Jovi, Brad Paisley, Lil Wayne, Green Day, Swedish House Mafia, No Doubt, Pitbull, deadmau5, Miranda Lambert, Calvin Harris, Enrique Iglesias, Linkin Park, Jason Aldean, P!nk and Mary J. Blige.  This week superstar performer Shakira bowed out of the 2-day event, announcing she's pregnant.

Also this week Yahoo! announced it will stream the concert live in HD. The show will also be broadcast on Clear Channel radio stations and streamed to the Xbox.

It's the second-annual iHeartRadio concert. The first coincided with the launch of the Clear Channel-owned Internet and mobile radio initiative, iHeartRadio.

A day after switching Spotify for Rhapsody, Yahoo!'s new radio partner takes over for CBS

Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 12:40pm

Today Clear Channel Radio and Yahoo! announce the partnership that makes the broadcaster's iHeartRadio Yahoo!’s "premier digital radio service."

The deal includes both companies promoting content across iHeartRadio, station sites, and Yahoo!'s web network. Yahoo! will be Clear Channel's exclusive web and mobile partner for the iHeartRadio Festival (for which Yahoo! will host the exclusive webcast), as well as a series of other concert events.

Today's announcement presumably ends Yahoo!'s partnership with CBS Radio. Yahoo! Music Radio, the company's own series of Internet-only music radio streams, was born of the formerly-independent LAUNCHcast after the latter's acquistion by Yahoo!. Late in 2008 Yahoo! entered an arrangement with CBS Radio that pretty much replaced the customizable LAUNCHcast channels with pre-programmed online-only music stations and local CBS music, news/talk, and sports streams. Though the press release doesn't explicitly state it, it seems Clear Channel programming is powering all online radio available via Yahoo! 

Yesterday we reported (here) that Yahoo! had announced that Spotify would be its official on-demand music service partner, replacing Rhapsody (Interestingly, Spotify itself made a serious foray into online radio -- our coverage is here -- so technically Yahoo! has two online radio partners).

Read more on today's Yahoo!/Clear Channel deal in here; Radio-Info here; and MediaPost here.

Yahoo! Music reportedly "dismantled" by recent lay-offs

Monday, April 9, 2012 - 11:40am

You've likely heard that Yahoo! recently laid off 2,000 of its employees. Digital Music News reports that inside sources say Yahoo! Music took a pretty significant share of the blow.

Among the reported casualties: Head of Programming & Artist/Label Relations John Lenac (as well as at least some of his staff) and Director of Programming Gina Juliano.

(Yahoo! Music has) "been getting ripped apart," one source inside Yahoo! reportedly told the news source.

Though there's still significant traffic to Yahoo! Music (DMN cites comScore giving it 6 million monthly uniques among 18-34s), Digital Music News faults its generalist, media-portal approach for its failure.

Yahoo! Music alumi include Ian Rogers (now at TopSpin Media), Jay Frank (author and DigSin owner), and David Goldberg (Benchmark Capital, now at SurveyMonkey), and Jeff Bronikowski (AOL Music, then The Echo Nest). Yahoo! Music's online-only radio streams (formerly Goldberg's company's, LaunchCast) were taken over by CBS Radio in 2008 (see RAIN here). founder Mark Cuban sold his aggregation of broadcast radio streams to Yahoo! in 1999 for a reported $5.7 billion. Cuban revealed to RAIN (here) that in the early days of webcasting, Yahoo! voluntarily entered into a royalty deal with the RIAA based on a high, flat rate -- as opposed to a percentage of revenue. This single deal was later used by the Copyright Arbitraton Royalty Board as the free-market basis upon which it determined statutory royalty rates that would almost certainly have quashed the young industry (had relief measures not later been passed).

Read more in Digital Music News here.

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