1. Guest Post: Forget the Rhetoric, Streaming Music Is Already Profitable

    August 07, 2014 3:55 PM EDT Just how bright is the future of the music industry really? A new generation has spoken and access (streaming any music in the world from ‘the cloud’) will win out over ownership (collecting a finite number of songs as CDs or files), just as personal radio (interactive Internet radio…

  2. Pop Shop Podcast: Jessie J's 'Bang Bang' Acoustic Performance & Interview

    August 07, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly charts breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events.…

  3. Warner Music Group Sees Revenue Growth After Parlophone Buy, Streaming Strengthens

    August 07, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Digital revenue continued its upward trend, with streaming helping to offset some download losses. Warner Music Group revenue increased 18.9 percent to $788 million in the quarter ended June 30 with the help of its acquisition of Parlophone Label Group and gains from music streaming services.…

  4. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Should Play The Super Bowl, New Petition Argues

    August 06, 2014 6:14 PM EDT "Weird Al" Yankovic collected the first No. 1 album of his 30-year career this year. What's next? Performing during the Super Bowl halftime show, of course. A new petition has urged the White House to influence the National Football League's Super Bowl halftime…

  5. RCA's Tom Corson to Be Honored By T.J. Martell Foundation

    August 05, 2014 8:00 AM EDT RCA Records president/COO Tom Corson will be this year's honoree at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Family Day. Benefiting cancer and AIDS research, the 15th annual Family Day will take place Sept. 28 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. Related News Marcie Allen Named T.J.…

  6. Brian Monaco Elevated to Top Advertising Post at Sony/ATV Music

    August 04, 2014 7:41 PM EDT Brian Monaco has been promoted to executive VP, worldwide head of advertising, film and television at Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Monaco was previously the executive VP of commercial music, overseeing all music licensing for commercials and merchandise. With this move, he's picking up…

  7. Life After 'Animals:' Martin Garrix Reflects on His Dizzying Rise to Dance Stardom

    August 04, 2014 1:36 PM EDT There's a clown in the crowd at Tomorrowland, and no one knows that it's Martin Garrix . The young Dutch dance star ducks and weaves through the masses, clutching a cocktail and a shattered iPhone. A black handkerchief and backwards Spinnin' Records hat frame the painted…

  8. Chris Brown Sets Final Release Date for 'X' Album

    August 04, 2014 9:19 AM EDT Better 14 months late than never? After more than a year of delays , Chris Brown announced his sixth album X will drop Sept. 16. Breezy's been dropping X singles since 2013, including the Lil Wayne collabo "Loyal" and the most recent single, "New Flame," featuring…

  9. Ed Sheeran, MAGIC! Rule U.K. Charts

    August 04, 2014 3:41 AM EDT MAGIC! have made “Rude” a chart-topper on both sides of the Atlantic, after climbing 2-1 with the RCA/Sony single in the U.K. yesterday (Aug. 3). Ed Sheeran’s X (Asylum/Warner Music) moved into a sixth week atop the album chart.  The MAGIC! single made the lower rungs of the U.K. chart on…

  10. Eric Clapton, Shawn Mendes Aiming for Top Five Debuts on Billboard 200

    August 01, 2014 8:00 PM EDT The legendary guitarist is heading for his 14th top 10 album, while YouTube phenom Mendes’ debut is set for a handsome bow. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Eric Clapton is aiming for his 14th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 , as The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale , should debut in the top…

  11. Jody Gerson Named Head of Universal Music Publishing Group

    August 01, 2014 12:15 PM EDT Jody Gerson will assume the reins of power at Universal Music Publishing Group beginning Jan. 1, when she joins that company as chairman/CEO. She replaces Zach Horowitz , who led the company for the past two years. In naming Gerson, Universal Music Group chairman/CEO Lucian Grainge has tapped…

  12. SESAC Gets New Leadership, Plans to Greatly Expand

    July 31, 2014 1:07 PM EDT "SESAC has big plans," says the organization's new chairman and CEO. SESAC, which has been under majority ownership by private equity firm Rizvi Traverse since December 2012, is ready to grow. That's the word coming out of the organization, which just picked John Josephson…

  13. Pop Shop Podcast: Hilary Duff Discusses New Album, Ed Sheeran & Her Seven-Year Break

    July 31, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown. Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast , Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop…

  14. How 5 Seconds of Summer Perfected One Direction's Rock-First Formula

    July 30, 2014 12:35 PM EDT What happens when a male pop group doesn't have to be called a "boy band"? Big sales, as 5SOS is proving. On this week's Billboard 200 chart, 5 Seconds of Summer easily debuts at No. 1 with its first album, as the self-titled full-length moves 259,000 copies in its first…

  15. 5 Seconds Of Summer Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    July 30, 2014 11:01 AM EDT Pop band 5 Seconds of Summer crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 as the Australian group's self-titled full-length debut album arrives atop the list. The set sold 259,000 copies in the week ending July 27, according to Nielsen SoundScan, following the album's release on July…

  16. Bob Hine, Founder of U.K.'s Music Producers Guild, Dies

    July 29, 2014 7:19 PM EDT 'He is simply one of the most important figures in professional music recording of the last 50 years,' producer Robin Millar says. Bob Hine, a founder of the Music Producers Guild, died Saturday in New Milton, U.K., after a two-year struggle with cancer, according to the…

  17. Why Songwriters (and Indie Publishers) Need the PROs

    July 29, 2014 10:54 AM EDT Council of Music Creators' Phil Galdston, Maria Schneider & David Wolfert explain the dangers of withdrawing from the PROs. Are music publishers using the issue of low royalty payments from digital users [Spotify, Pandora, et al.] as a pretext for an unprecedented land grab of rights…

  18. Chart Highlights: MAGIC!, Bleachers, Lil Wayne & Drake Score New No. 1s

    July 28, 2014 6:05 PM EDT MAGIC!'s 'Rude' rules Pop Songs, Bleachers rise to No. 1 on Alternative Songs and Lil Wayne and Drake's collab crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers…

  19. Global Indie Rights Body Merlin Lowers Fee for Members

    July 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Merlin, the global rights agency for the indie label sector, has announced it is lowering the administration fees it charges for its services.  More on Merlin Merlin Doubles Earnings, Digital Accounts for Half of Members' Revenue Merlin's CEO Charles Caldas on Indies, Streaming and…

  20. Ed Sheeran, Cheryl Cole Top U.K. Charts

    July 28, 2014 6:57 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fifth week atop the U.K. album chart yesterday (July 27) to secure the longest consecutive run at No. 1 on the survey since’s Adele’s “21” in 2011. Cheryl Cole’s “Crazy Stupid Love” (Polydor/Universal), featuring Tinie Tempah, debuted at No. 1…

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