1. Record Industry Considering a Standard, Global Album Release Day

    August 12, 2014 12:12 PM EDT The change was spurred in part by Beyonce's most recent surprise release, as well as piracy from Down Under. The music industry is on the verge of adopting a global street date that could see all countries issuing new releases on a Friday, probably beginning a year from now, in July…

  2. Brad Paisley Q&A: Country Star Talks 'Moonshine,' 'Accidental Racist' & Air Force One Trophies

    August 12, 2014 5:44 AM EDT Sitting backstage at the Grand Ole Opry recently, Brad Paisley is in his element. Though he’s been busy this summer appearing Sunday nights on ABC’s Rising Star competition and traveling across the U.S. on his Kraft-sponsored Country Nation tour, Paisley is never too busy to come home and…

  3. Sam Gores, Chairman/CEO of Paradigm Talent Agency, on Leading Versus Bossing

    August 11, 2014 1:55 PM EDT The agency giant on the booming concert business, the art of the pitch and why being a leader is different (read: better) than being a boss. Paradigm Talent Agency may be located in the former Beverly Hills campus of MCA, where legendary entertainment moguls like Jules Stein and Lew…

  4. Nico & Vinz Debuts U.S. 'Am I Wrong' Video, Teams With Pepsi

    August 11, 2014 9:35 AM EDT Though Nico & Vinz's "Am I Wrong" has become an out-of-nowhere smash in the U.S. this summer, topping Billboard's Radio Songs chart and spending the last three weeks at No. 4 on the Hot 100, the song hasn't had an updated music video to accompany its Stateside…

  5. Ed Sheeran’s ‘X’ Continues U.K. Chart Streak, Nico & Vinz Score Top Single

    August 11, 2014 2:27 AM EDT Norwegian duo Nico & Vinz have become the first act from that country to score a U.K. No. 1 single since A-ha , more than 28 years ago. Their “Am I Wrong” (Warner Bros./Warner Music) raced from No. 52 to top Sunday’s (Aug. 10) new Official Charts Company survey. On the album chart, there…

  6. 10 Up-and-Coming Reggaeton Artists to Watch

    August 10, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Here are 10 reggaeton acts following trailblazers like Daddy Yankee, Don Omar and Tito el Bambino. Daddy Yankee rose to prominence a decade ago, along with fellow superstars and trailblazers Don Omar, Tito el Bambino and Wisin & Yandel, among many others. Today, these acts maintain…

  7. Godsmack Aiming for Sixth Top 10 Album on Billboard 200

    August 08, 2014 8:35 PM EDT Rock band Godsmack seems set to secure its sixth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week with its new album 1000HP . Industry forecasters suggest the set, which was released on Aug. 5, could sell around 50,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Aug. 10. The Billboard 200'…

  8. Publishers Quarterly: Sony/ATV Rides Country Wave to Top of the Publishing Heap

    August 08, 2014 1:52 PM EDT Round Hill and King of Crunk both break into the top 10 and Pharrell Williams hits No. 1 as Billboard's second-quarter rankings reveal a twang-fueled momentum. Sony/ATV encores as king of the hill among U.S. publishers in the second quarter, with a 32.2 percent slice of the top 100 radio…

  9. No 'Lie' - Lucy Hale Makes Big Social 50 Chart Gain

    August 08, 2014 9:50 AM EDT Plus: Ed Sheeran has The Vamps to thank for a big chart gain, while "Bang Bang" makes a booming debut on the Streaming Songs chart. ABC's Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale continues to forge ahead in her music career with the release of her new music video for "Lie A…

  10. ‘Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' Musical Heading to Broadway

    August 08, 2014 4:10 AM EDT Looks like it’s time for a little twang on Broadway. With a book by Larry L. King and Pete Masterson , and music and lyrics by Carol Hall , The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas is set to open in 2015 in a new production directed and choreographed by Tony, Emmy and Olivier winner Rob Ashford .…

  11. Mexican Star's Death Spurs No. 1 Chart Return

    August 07, 2014 7:54 PM EDT Following the death of Banda Los Recoditos' Luis Fernando Muñoz Castro  on July 25, the group re-enters Regional Mexican Digital Songs at No. 1 with "Mi Ultimo Deseo." The track sold 3,000 downloads in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan, earning a 685…

  12. ASCAP Files Appeal Against Rate Court Decision

    August 07, 2014 4:59 PM EDT Sony/ATV and Universal Music Publishing Group plan to follow suit. ASCAP has filed an appeal to the Pandora rate court ruling that set its annual licensing rate at 1.85% of revenue from the music streaming service and prevents individual music publishers from partially withdrawing its rights…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.…

  15. 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.…

  16. '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…

  17. 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.…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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