1. The Good and the Bad of Spotify Founder Daniel Ek's Streaming Defense

    November 11, 2014 8:13 PM EST Spotify CEO Daniel Ek doesn't walk away from a challenge. After Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich blasted his company's business model , Ek responded with comments on Twitter. Now, after Taylor Swift drew huge attention by pulling her catalog from Spotify, Ek posted an 1,800-word…

  2. Shonda Rhimes to Receive Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award

    November 10, 2014 1:45 PM EST The influential showrunner will be honored at the 2014 Women in Entertainment Breakfast, to be held Dec. 10 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. Shonda Rhimes  has been tapped to receive The Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Award at its 2014 Women in Entertainment Breakfast. The award,…

  3. Michael Cleveland Talks Great Response to Flamekeeper's 'On Down the Line' Album

    November 07, 2014 3:27 PM EST The critics are raving about On Down the Line, the latest Compass disc from bluegrass heavy-hitters Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper . The leader of the band says they are humbled by the kind words the project has received. "It's been really great to have it out," he tells…

  4. No Election Surprises for Music Industry (Including Clay Aiken)

    November 06, 2014 12:16 PM EST As far as the music industry is concerned, Tuesday's elections provided no surprises. Republicans won a majority of seats in the Senate and strengthened their hold in the House of Representatives, and lawmakers expected to hold the reins on music industry issues all won their election…

  5. SoundExchange Payouts Reach Record High in Third Quarter

    November 05, 2014 6:55 PM EST SoundExchange distributed a record $267 million in the third quarter, up 74 percent over the prior-year period and 39.7 percent higher than the $161 million distributed in the second quarter. The number of payees -- both record labels and performing artists -- increased 21 percent. Showing…

  6. Classic Rock Honours Ceremony Comes to America

    November 05, 2014 2:22 PM EST To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their annual awards show, influential U.K. magazine Classic Rock brought the ceremony, Classic Rock Honours, to Los Angeles. Mixing the elite of both Los Angeles -- Henry Rollins presented the inspiration award to the Doors -- and the U.K. -- Def Leppard…

  7. Exclusive Premiere: Herb Alpert's Stop-Motion Animation Video for 'Chattanooga Choo-Choo'

    November 04, 2014 2:23 PM EST Billboard.com is exclusively premiering the latest musical offering from nine-time Grammy winner  Herb Alpert , a new stop-motion animation video for "Chattanooga Choo-Choo." Watch it below: The song enjoys as colorful of a history as Alpert -- a legendary instrumentalist-singer…

  8. What's At Stake for the Music Business in the 2014 Mid-Term Elections?

    November 03, 2014 12:36 PM EST American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken is unlikely to win a seat in the House of Representatives, but there are plenty of reasons for the music business to pay attention to the midterm elections. Over the next two years, Congress could decide if pre-1972 recordings get a digital performance…

  9. How the Upcoming Change in Digital Royalty Rates Will Alter How We All Listen

    October 31, 2014 4:54 PM EDT Big surprise: A huge gap exists between labels' and webcasters' proposed rates. It's not hyperbole to say the future of digital music in the U.S. -- or at least a great part of it -- rides on the outcome of the webcasting royalty rate proceedings now underway. What services…

  10. Live Nation Revenues Up in Third Quarter

    October 30, 2014 5:21 PM EDT Live Nation earnings releases are becoming predictable -- in a good way. Strong demand for concerts, continued gains in ticketing and growth in high-margin sponsorship and advertising revenue have the music behemoth's diversified business model running smoothly and on-target. Third…

  11. New Streaming Service Tidal Joins the Hi-Def Trend

    October 28, 2014 6:26 PM EDT Consumers' desire for high-quality audio will be further tested with Tidal, a music streaming service from Scandinavian company Aspiro, which launched today (Oct. 28) in the United States and the United Kingdom. Deezer Finally Coming to America on Sept. 15 The format and the audio…

  12. Twitter Revenue Up 114% in Q3, But No Mention of Music

    October 27, 2014 8:00 PM EDT Twitter's third-quarter earnings results showed continued growth in revenue and monthly active users, but there was little useful information for onlookers in the music industry. The San Francisco-based company posted net loss of $175.5 million on revenue of $361.3 million, up 114…

  13. Documentary Director Alex Gibney Tackles Frank Sinatra Film & Mick Jagger-Produced James Brown Project

    October 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT When The Eagles were looking for a documentary filmmaker for their History of the Eagles , guitarist Glenn Frey says they went with director Alex Gibney because his work "jumped off the [screen] ... It was so riveting." Rewinding The Charts: Eagles' 'Hotel California&…

  14. 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…

  15. Jack Bruce Remembered by Fellow Bassists and Musicians on Social Media

    October 25, 2014 2:03 PM EDT As news broke of Cream bassist Jack Bruce ’s death on Saturday (Oct. 25) at the age of 71, the music world paid tribute to the virtuoso bassist, bandleader, songwriter and singer on social media. Jack Bruce, Cream Bassist, Bandleader and Solo Musician: An Appreciation “It is with great…

  16. SoundCloud Has Reached Critical Mass – Now It Has to Make Money

    October 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT The world’s biggest audio-streaming service is coping with the biggest growing pain of all: how to make a buck. Like many digital start-ups, SoundCloud -- the world’s largest audio-streaming service -- built a seamless user experience before figuring out how to make money with it. Now the…

  17. Microsoft Had a Big Week in Music, Dropping Streaming and Charging Next to Nothing for Albums

    October 24, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Microsoft has changed its music strategy yet again. The company announced this week its plan to shut down the free, advertising-based version of Xbox Music Pass subscription service in order to focus on paid subscriptions and downloads. Xbox Music Pass will be discontinued on December 1st…

  18. 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…

  19. Deezer Acquires Podcast App Stitcher

    October 24, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Paris-based music streaming service Deezer announced Friday it has acquired Stitcher, an app that streams, organizes and recommends podcasts. The acquisition will allow Deezer to offer 35,000 radio shows and podcasts along with its catalog of over 35 million music tracks to its 16 million…

  20. Pandora Revenue Up 40 Percent, Listening Growth Softens

    October 23, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Pandora, the world's biggest Internet radio company, achieved big revenue gains in the third quarter in spite of a softening in its listener metrics. The company posted a $2 million net loss, an improvement from the $4.1 million loss a year earlier, on record revenue of $239.6 million,…

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