1. Ticketmaster vs. Stubhub: Who’s Winning the Resale Battle?

    October 20, 2014 2:00 PM EDT One year after the Live Nation-owned seller shook up the $5 billion resale market, its primary rival has lowered selling fees and gone aggressive as concertgoers seek more value. While 2013 was the year that Ticketmaster and StubHub battled each other in state legislatures over resale laws…

  2. Twitter 'Audio Cards' Put Music in Your Tweets

    October 16, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Listening to music on Twitter's iOS and Android apps just got easier. On Thursday (Oct. 16), the social media company introduced a new product, the Twitter audio card, which enables audio streaming within the Twitter app. The audio card will be powered through partnerships with third…

  3. Tom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, Elvis Costello Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

    October 16, 2014 2:57 AM EDT Tom Petty, Vince Gill , Cyndi Lauper , Elvis Costello and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds are among the performing songwriters being considered for the Songwriters Hall of Fame . The organization announced its 2015 nominees Wednesday. Other performers up for the honor are Gloria…

  4. MLB Playoffs: All the Intro Songs Revealed

    October 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT What are players rocking when they step to the plate? There’s a lot more than organ music at baseball games these days. Unless we’re talking Chicago’s Wrigley Field (the only stadium that sticks to the classic organ sounds), every MLB player has the opportunity to step to the plate with his…

  5. Hello, World: Gigmor Wants to Be a Facebook, or LinkedIn, for Bands

    October 15, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Name: Gigmor Founder: David Baird Founded: 2011 Location: Santa Monica, CA Launched: October 2013 Business sector(s): Web, Social Media, Digital Music Key Execs: David Baird, Founder/CEO; Tracy Eumont, VP Product; Venk Tatineni, CTO; Blake Kuehn, VP Marketing Funding: $200,000 Investors: …

  6. TuneCore Bucks Digital Trend as Payouts Jump

    October 15, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Digital distributor TuneCore paid out $32 million in the third quarter, a 13.2-percent increase from the prior-year period, bringing total payouts since its 2006 inception to $471.5 million. Although TuneCore does not separate download and streaming royalties, the company revealed its…

  7. Beats Is Still Benefitting from Quarterback's Censored Headphones

    October 14, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback fined $10,000 last week for wearing Beats headphones to a press conference, has found an elegantly simple solution to his sonic steadfastness: tape. During a press conference yesterday the star player appeared with his preferred hot pink…

  8. How 'App Whisperer' Eytan Oren Plays Matchmaker Between Bands Like One Direction and Brands

    October 14, 2014 9:59 AM EDT Ever since Facebook announced its acquisition of WhatsApp for $19 billion, messenger apps have become part of a conversation previously dominated by Facebook and Twitter. Eytan Oren was one of the first to realize their revenue potential for brands and bands. "There are a lot of…

  9. Lucinda Williams Revels In Creative Freedom: 'I'm An Optimist'

    October 14, 2014 3:08 AM EDT Lucinda Williams had considered releasing a double CD at least once before, but her record company argued against it. Now the veteran singer-songwriter is putting music out on her own label. Problem solved. Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone , with 20 songs on two CDs, is available now. …

  10. Lucinda Williams Honors Ailing Dad By Putting Music to His Poem

    October 12, 2014 11:00 PM EDT Lucinda Williams says that during a recent visit her father, acclaimed poet Miller Williams, calmly told her that Alzheimer's disease had robbed him of his ability to write poetry. Her 84-year-old father's increased frailty lent new urgency to Williams' effort to pay tribute…

  11. Ask Billboard: Baseball Hits, Gwen Stefani's Delay & Demi Lovato's Best-Selling Songs

    October 12, 2014 8:05 AM EDT As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to askbb@billboard.com . Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20 HIT RUNS AND ERAS Hi Gary,…

  12. Don Henley Not Taking It Easy on Pun-Loving Clothing Company

    October 10, 2014 6:01 PM EDT Don Henley is suing a Duluth Trading Company over an email advertisement that the Wisconsin-based clothing company might have figured was a harmless pun, but the singer sees as an unauthorized use of his name, trademarks and publicity rights.  The  Eagles front-man takes issue with…

  13. SFX Stock Price Rebounds After Wild Ride Following Bankruptcy Rumors

    October 09, 2014 12:15 PM EDT SFX Entertainment's stock price rebounded Thursday after an anonymous online article led to a sharp decline Wednesday morning. At 10:05am ET, shares of the EDM-focused concert promoter were up 9.8 percent to $4.77 and had gained 33.8 percent from Wednesday's low of $3.52.  The…

  14. Anton Corbijn-Directed Depeche Mode Concert Film Coming Soon

    October 09, 2014 2:54 AM EDT Depeche Mode will release a live album and concert film later this month which documents their concerts in Berlin on the triumphant Delta Machine tour. The British electro-rock outfit’s Live In Berlin DVD is directed by longtime creative collaborator  Anton Corbijn  and will arrive Nov. 17…

  15. Rdio Gets $108 Million in Equity Over 2 Years According to New Filings

    October 08, 2014 5:58 PM EDT Pulser Media, the parent company of Rdio, sold equity, warrants or options worth $108 million from unnamed sources over the last 13 months according to numerous new SEC filings. The filings detail amounts of $25 million in April, $4.4 million in December, $3.8 million in November, and $75…

  16. Holocaust Theater Archive Established at University of Miami

    October 06, 2014 1:22 AM EDT The first comprehensive archive of theater materials related to the Holocaust has been established at the University of Miami, allowing researchers and students worldwide access to such plays as Arthur Millers' Broken Glass , the stage adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank  and the…

  17. Beck Warms Up 2014 ACL Music Festival With Rocking Performance at Stubb’s

    October 04, 2014 10:13 AM EDT The 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival launched on Friday (Oct. 3) just as the heat from the hot Texas summer finally broke, with acts like Chvrches , Childish Gambino , Sam Smith and Outkast delighting the massive crowds. ACL Music Festival 2014 Preview: Double Weekends, Cashless…

  18. Why Convicted Child-Sex Offender Gary Glitter’s ‘Hey Song’ Is Still Getting Played

    October 03, 2014 12:00 PM EDT The sex offender's "Rock and Roll Part 2" is quietly fading from play. Something was missing when the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators played their first home game of the 2014-2015 season on Sept. 25: Gary Glitter . Previously, each time the team scored a goal,…

  19. ACL Music Festival 2014 Preview: Double Weekends, Cashless Wristbands and a Golden Porta Potty

    October 02, 2014 4:32 PM EDT When the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas expanded to two consecutive weekends in October 2013, Austin-based producer C3 Presents proved that Coachella wasn’t the only North American festival that could sell out back-to-back weekends with all-star lineups. “We’ve had ACL festival…

  20. Deezer Expands U.S. Presence With Bose Partnership

    October 02, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Deezer is broadening its U.S. presence with the release of its standard premium tier of music subscription services through a global partnership with home audio company Bose. Premium Plus, the Paris-based company's principle product, will be available in the U.S. on Thursday to owners…

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