1. Miranda Lambert & Dierks Bentley Lead ACM Awards Nominations

    January 30, 2015 9:00 AM EST Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley are the frontrunners heading into the Academy of Country Music Awards, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.  Lambert has a leading eight nominations for the April 19 event, including her fourth nod for entertainer of the year and she's…

  2. Cellist Zoe Keating Opens Up on Her YouTube Battle: 'There's a Lot of Fear Out There'

    January 28, 2015 3:32 PM EST Update, Jan. 29, 2:58pm : YouTube reached out to Billboard to clarify some of Keating's statements in this interview. You can read that here . Zoe Keating  wants control of her music. A cellist based in Northern California, Keating has tried to be an unstoppable force while running…

  3. Magic!, Kiesza and Leonard Cohen Lead Juno Awards Nominations

    January 27, 2015 4:23 PM EST Toronto transplants Magic! -- whose "Rude" was a massive international hit -- lead the Juno Award nominations this year with five nods -- for top single, pop album, Juno fan choice, breakthrough group, and songwriter -- it was announced earlier today at a press conference at…

  4. Pandora Shares Surge on Positive Market Research Report

    January 25, 2015 3:24 PM EST A new market research report claims advertisers expect to buy more advertisements on Pandora. Pandora shares closed up 10.4 percent to $17.57 after an OTR Global report said 17 advertising agencies expected to increase their advertising spending at Pandora. The new OTR Global report says…

  5. Shazam Looking to Increase Users by 500%

    January 23, 2015 7:15 PM EST Shazam wants a five-fold increase in monthly mobile users. Already a must-have app for identifying songs, Shazam is betting different types of identification, and new markets, will help it reach that goal. "We announced [in August] we passed the 100 million active user milestone, and…

  6. Indie Musician Outlines 'Demanding' Contract with YouTube's Music Service

    January 23, 2015 2:36 PM EST Updated: 3:08PM ET, Jan. 23. YouTube has a "demanding" contract for independent musicians, according to a blog post by musician Zoë Keating , a frequent chronicler of her experiences with the digital music business. The five-year contract mandates that her entire catalog be…

  7. It's Volume, Silly: Thinking Global on Digital Music Revenues

    January 21, 2015 12:42 PM EST Global digital revenues will explode in the next five years, according to a new market research report from Technavio . But where will new digital consumers come from and how much will they pay? Technavio, a market research company that covers sectors ranging from healthcare to aerospace…

  8. What Do High-Def Streaming Subscribers Listen To? And What Does It Mean?

    January 15, 2015 10:24 AM EST Are subscribers of high-definition streaming services the same as regular streaming services? A list of top songs and albums released by high-def service Tidal suggests these companies are tapping into a different demographic. The appearance of bands such as Pink Floyd and Foo Fighters on…

  9. Bleachers, Clean Bandit, Marina and the Diamonds & More Announced For SXSW 2015

    January 13, 2015 11:50 AM EST Another day, another massive round of acts announced for South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015. Today (Jan. 13), the Austin festival announced dozens of new acts that will hit the town between March 17 and March 22. Highlights include a few pop-friendly acts that have enjoyed chart success (…

  10. 15 (Or More …) No. 15 Hot 100 Hits for 2015

    January 01, 2015 10:05 AM EST Happy New Year! As 2015 gets underway, Chart Beat remembers 15 songs that rose to No. 15 peaks on the Billboard Hot 100. Despite their falling five spots shy of the top 10, all remain memorable hits among the Hot 100's five-decade-plus history. Actually … in looking through the Hot 100…

  11. Grammys 2015 Preview: The Lowdown on the Best Country Song and Country Album Nominees

    December 30, 2014 2:12 PM EST BEST COUNTRY SONG NOMINEES: THE LOWDOWN "American Kids" Songwriters: Rodney Clawson, Luke Laird, Shane McAnally Artist: Kenny Chesney Publishers: Big Red Toe/Big Loud Bucks/Farm Town Songs/Universal Music/Smack Ink/Songs of Universal/Creative Nation/Twangin and Slangin Songs…

  12. SoundExchange Financials Show Fewer Unclaimed Royalties, Persistent Data Problems

    December 24, 2014 10:48 AM EST A peek under the hood shows SoundExchange has fewer unclaimed royalties, though data issues are a consistent impediment to distributing royalties to artists and labels. SoundExchange's year-end balance, as reported on the organization's Form 990 and detailed for Billboard, grew…

  13. Exclusive: New Company Looks to Improve Digital Sales' Bottom Line By Lowering Credit Card Fees

    December 23, 2014 8:00 AM EST A system designed in the '70s isn't helping an ailing digital music sales industry. Digital commerce has presented the music business with two key problems: First, credit card fees hamper direct-to-fan sales, and second, large online retailers like iTunes don't give sellers…

  14. The True Story of How Vinyl Spun Its Way Back From Near-Extinction

    December 17, 2014 12:59 PM EST Ever see a movie where the protagonist wasn’t born, or the USSR won the Cold War, and the alternate future is different from the present day? Think back to Doc Brown using a chalkboard to draw tangential, alternate futures for Marty McFly in Back to the Future . Well, imagine if vinyl…

  15. Exclusive Q&A: Deezer's New Chief Marketing Officer Aims for U.S. Market

    December 15, 2014 9:10 AM EST Deezer, the world's second-largest music subscription service, has stepped up its bid for the world's largest music market. The Paris-based company debuted in the United States in September with Deezer Elite, a $19-a-month music subscription with CD-quality audio that will precede…

  16. Warner Music Group Revenues Top $3 Billion Following Acquisitions, Streaming Gains

    December 11, 2014 12:55 PM EST Aided by an acquisition and gains in streaming services, Warner Music Group revenues topped $3 billion for the first time in five years. For the year ended Sept. 30, WMG's revenue increased 5.2 percent to $3.02 billion on a constant currency basis. Operating income was $19 million,…

  17. Why Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea Can't Buy His Favorite Artist's Sculpture

    December 05, 2014 1:44 AM EST Many of artist Thomas Houseago's works are too massive to fit in anyone's home. "I wanted to get a piece like six months ago and I didn't have a place to put it," says the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea , who tracked down the artist through Houseago's…

  18. Corner Office: Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, on Surviving Scandal and Setting Up Shop on the Sunset Strip

    November 24, 2014 10:21 AM EST The guitarist-turned-CEO on reimagining a 118-year-old company, surviving scandal and setting up shop on the Sunset Strip. A conversation with Henry Juszkiewicz , chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, is as colorful as his office and conference room -- peppered with rustic asides and anecdotes…

  19. Corner Office: Nashville Mayor Karl Dean on Jack White, TV’s ‘Nashville’ Effect and Running the 'It' City

    October 27, 2014 10:14 AM EDT With the CMAs coming to town, Music City’s chief executive talks tax incentives, TV’s 'Nashville' effect and why Jack White matters. Karl Dean , 59, can spit out music business stats like nobody’s business. He’ll tell you, for example, that the city he has governed since 2007…

  20. Glen Campbell Notches Highest Rank on Hot Country Songs in 25 Years

    October 24, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The icon vaults 50-21 with 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You.' Plus, Jason Aldean logs the longest reign by a solo male in 51 years and Florida Georgia Line storms Top Country Albums at No. 1. With the touching documentary Glen Campbell … I'll Be Me opening in select markets…

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