1. Ed Sheeran Announces Australasia Arena Tour

    September 25, 2014 12:07 AM EDT Ed Sheeran will set a new touring standard when he returns to Australia and New Zealand next year. The British singer-songwriter has announced an eight-date trek that will see him become the first musician in 20 years to undertake a national headline arena tour completely solo; he'll…

  2. Rod Stewart Fan Suing Over Soccer Ball Injuries

    September 24, 2014 4:18 PM EDT A soccer ball kicked into the crowd at a Las Vegas concert has bounced back to Rod Stewart in the form of a lawsuit by a Southern California man who says he has lingering injuries after his nose was broken. Rod Stewart: The Billboard Cover Story Mostafa Kashe's civil negligence…

  3. Pandora, Spotify & Apple Among the Top 10 App Publishers in August (Exclusive)

    September 24, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Mobile users are increasingly paying for their favorite music service using in-app purchases. For the first time, streaming music apps by Pandora, Spotify and Apple ranked among the leaders in app revenue in August. According to figures released Wednesday by App Annie, a San Francisco-based…

  4. Guest Post: What Will the Music Business Look Like in Five Years?

    September 23, 2014 3:27 PM EDT From the dawn of the digital era in 1999, with the introduction of Napster, the U.S. recording industry has seen a cataclysmic decline in income, from $14.5 billion at its peak to less than $7 billion in 2013 (accounting for inflation, a decline of over 65%). In the last three years,…

  5. Charli XCX Sweepstakes Rules

    September 21, 2014 2:52 PM EDT Concert Ticket Sweepstakes Sponsored by Billboard (“Sponsor”) OFFICIAL SWEEPSTAKES RULES NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. A purchase will not improve chances of winning. CONSUMER DISCLOSURE You have not yet won. OPEN ONLY TO LEGAL RESIDENTS…

  6. After Hitting Bottom, Scott Storch Is Taking Another Shot at the Top

    September 19, 2014 6:20 PM EDT Ten years ago, the hip-hop producer had one of the hottest streaks in music history. Then he acquired an epic cocaine habit and bankrupted himself. Now he’s mounting a modest comeback using the one resource he never completely squandered: Chutzpah. On a scorching Wednesday in August in…

  7. Mariah Carey Announces ‘Elusive Chanteuse' Tour of Australia

    September 18, 2014 4:10 AM EDT Mariah Carey is heading to Australia for a rare coast-to-coast tour. The pop diva’s Elusive Chanteuse Show  is scheduled to make seven stops Down Under, where she’ll play arenas and a pair of exclusive winery dates. Mariah’s Aussie trek starts Nov. 2 at Sandalford Estate in Perth, then…

  8. The 20 Best Songs About Friendships -- Good, Bad and With Benefits

    September 11, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Friendship is a complicated thing. It can save your life -- like when a good buddy gets you through a bad breakup -- or it can drive you absolutely nuts. After all, some friends lie and let you down, and if they’re not secretly plotting your demise, they might be harboring romantic feelings…

  9. Internet Slowdown Day: Netflix, Reddit Break Out Spinning Wheel to Defend Net Neutrality

    September 10, 2014 1:08 PM EDT It's Internet Slowdown Day for several of the biggest websites on the planet, including Netflix and Reddit, as users will see a spinning wheel in protest of a federal proposal to let broadband companies install fast lanes on the web. The wheel icons on the participating sites won't…

  10. Guest Post: Dept. of Justice Consent Decree Comments Reveal Real Friends, Foes of Songwriters

    September 09, 2014 10:26 AM EDT The Department of Justice's (DOJ)  review of the ASCAP and BMI consent decrees that currently govern compensation for songwriters has several benefits. Foremost, it presents an opportunity for these decades-old decrees to be modernized for the digital era. Perhaps equally important, it…

  11. Twitter Unveils 'In-Tweet' Purchasing; Launches With Brad Paisley, Eminem in Tow

    September 08, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The social giant will streamline in-stream purchasing for artists with a new "buy" button. A year ago when former Ticketmaster CEO Nathan Hubbard joined Twitter as the social networking giant's first head of commerce , he told Billboard , "the music industry should be…

  12. Radio Host Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo Airless Again After SiriusXM Cancels Show

    September 07, 2014 3:14 PM EDT SiriusXM issued a short statement saying they had “mutually agreed to end their relationship.” Less than a year after its launch, Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo’s highly-touted show on SiriusXM radio has been canceled. “El Show de Piolin,” a four-hour daily morning show launched in October 2013,…

  13. Rdio Enters the Internet Radio Business with Free Listening Update

    September 04, 2014 8:08 AM EDT The company looks to expand its subscriber base with a new free radio service aimed at Pandora -- and Spotify. Music subscription service Rdio has finally followed its peers into Internet radio, a type of music service that has become a common tool for paid subscription services to attempt to…

  14. YouTube Unveils 'Fan Funding' on Videos

    September 02, 2014 10:30 AM EDT YouTube has begun rolling out a handy-dandy crowd-funding feature that allows users to donate directly to independent content creators as they watch videos. Announced last month at VidCon by YouTube's Susan Wojcicki , the simply named Fan Funding function appears at the top left of some…

  15. L.A. Mayor Defends Plans for Jay Z's Made in America

    August 29, 2014 8:14 PM EDT 'What's important is that Los Angeles figure out a way to get to 'Yes,'' he says of Jay Z-headed festival. The Made in America festival is coming to downtown Los Angeles, not as an inconvenience, but as a way to boost the local economy and create jobs for crew…

  16. Netflix-Comcast Battle Shows Net Neutrality Has Real Consequences

    August 29, 2014 4:42 PM EDT The case of Netflix vs. Comcast is a lesson on the real-world implications of network neutrality. The term "network neutrality," a principle that all Internet data should be treated equally, has been more of an elusive concept than a well-defined issue in the music industry. It'…

  17. U.K. Group Rallies Musicians, Writers and Performers to Fight Government Cuts

    August 29, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Newly formed U.K. protest group Artists’ Assembly Against Austerity are calling on musicians, writers, artists and performers to voice their opposition against government cuts in public and voluntary services.     Over 500 people working in the creative arts have so far signed up to the…

  18. SiriusXM Has Good Week in Important Legal Battle Over Pre-1972 Music

    August 28, 2014 2:25 PM EDT A judge is leaning toward rejecting jury instructions proposed by Warner, Universal and Sony. SiriusXM could be on the verge of fending off the first major challenge in an ongoing lawsuit brought by major record labels over its royalty-free broadcasting of pre-1972 music. Pitbull Given Own…

  19. T-Mobile Adds Rdio, Songza Grooveshark to Free Data Program

    August 28, 2014 12:14 PM EDT T-Mobile, the fourth-largest mobile carrier in the U.S., announced on Wednesday it has added Rdio, Songza, Grooveshark and others to its Music Freedom program, a perk launched this summer that removes all data charges from streaming music through popular services. The phone carrier also added…

  20. L.A.'s Mayor, Jay Z and Live Nation's Alliance Draws Criticism Over Potential Conflicts

    August 28, 2014 10:00 AM EDT This story first appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.  Revelers at Jay Z's Labor Day weekend Made in America festival might wonder how such a major music event in the center of downtown Los Angeles came together in only a few months without the usual…

Pages