Los Angeles – Last week Billboard named 18 finalists for their first Music App Awards. The finalists will be recognized at their Mobile Entertainment Live!: The Music App Summit. Their list recognizes the "most innovative music-focused apps created for the iPhone, Blackberry, and Android and Nokia platforms." Below is their list:

Best Artist App

  • Linkin Park 8-Bit Rebellion by Artificial Life, Inc. & WBR
  • I Am T-Pain by Smule  
  • TouchChords: Jimmy Vaughan by Curious Brain

Best Music Streaming App

  • Rhapsody by Rhapsody  
  • MOG by MOG  
  • Thumbplay by Thumbplay Inc.  

Best Touring App

  • Live Phish by  
  • R5 by Ticketfly  
  • Bonnaroo by Aloompa  

Best Music Creation App

  • LaDiDa by Khush Inc.  
  • AmpliTube iRig by IK Multimedia  
  • MorphWiz by Wizdom Music  

Best Music Engagement App

  • Tap Tap Revenge 3 by Tapulous  
  • SoundHound Infinity by Soundhound, Inc.  
  • Mix Me In2 Taylor Swift by Fried Green Apps  

Best Branded Music App

  • 50s Sound Lab, Vitamin Water by Skyrockit  
  • ZOOZbeat Sprite by ZOOZ Mobile, Inc.  
  • Gibson Learn & Master Guitar by Gibson Guitar  

There is a lot of activity in the music apps space. For more on this, make sure to attend our  Digital Music Forum West  (Los Angeles, Oct. 6-7) and Billboard’s  Mobile Entertainment Live!  (San Francisco, Oct. 5).