1. Judas Priest Is Back With a Vengeance With a Tour, Which Marks Their 40th Anniversary

    September 29, 2014 2:23 PM EDT Even the heavy metal gods have to do their laundry. Judas Priest 's Rob Halford is calling from his home in England to talk about the upcoming tour by the veteran metal act, and he notes that he's busy washing his underwear at the moment. Thanks for that, Rob. Of course, his…

  2. Five Takeaways from the RIAA's Mid-Year Report

    September 26, 2014 2:24 PM EDT There are a number of stories within the RIAA's release on Thursday of mid-year numbers for the U.S. recording industry. The industry as a whole was down about 5 percent. Within that slight decline are gains, losses, subplots and trends that deserve more analysis. Let's take a…

  3. Six Key Takeaways From This Week's Massive Copyright Decision

    September 25, 2014 10:29 AM EDT The decision by a federal judge in California that came down on Monday -- that owners of master recordings released before Feb. 15, 1972 have an exclusive copyright that applies to performances -- is not only seen as a major victory for Flo & Eddie (the pair who initiated a class…

  4. 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…

  5. Wonder.fm, New Site By a We Are Hunted Co-Founder, Simplifies Music Discovery

    September 23, 2014 8:54 AM EDT A new music discovery site called Wonder.fm  is proving the problem of music discovery, an emphasis of streaming sites in recent years, is far from solved. Wonder.fm was created by We Are Hunted co-founder Stephen Phillips. We Are Hunted was acquired by Twitter in April 2013 and morphed…

  6. iHeartRadio Village: 5 Seconds of Summer, Iggy Azalea Highlight Day Festival

    September 20, 2014 9:50 PM EDT In between the two nights of the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the music extravaganza moved outside for the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village, in which a collection of pop's rising stars shared a stage in the sweltering Las Vegas heat. Although temperatures surpassed 95 degrees on…

  7. Australia's Music Streaming Market Is Jam-Packed – But Likely Not for Long

    September 19, 2014 1:53 PM EDT There's a rumble going on Down Under. Over the last few years, Australia has become one of the world's most competitive markets for music streaming services. A few companies could strike it rich, but the sparsely populated country could be trouble for many more. Australia is the…

  8. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  9. Is Another Tech Bubble Forming Around Music Streaming?

    September 16, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Some of the most well known venture capitalists have sounded an alarm over the state of startups in the United States. Put simply, they think startups' burn rate -- the amount of cash used in excess of cash received -- points to a high level of risk. Bill Gurley , a partner at Benchmark…

  10. Kim Dotcom, Pushing His 'Internet Mana' Party, Brings Snowden But Lacks Bombshell at 'Moment of Truth'

    September 15, 2014 11:16 AM EDT Kim Dotcom , founder of the shuttered MegaUpload and (currently) still-extant Mega file hosting services, assembled Edward Snowden and Julian Assange for his hyped "Moment of Truth" event on Monday, where a discussion about government mass surveillance in New Zealand was…

  11. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  12. SiriusXM Raises Forecast by 200,000 Subscribers for 2014

    September 11, 2014 6:17 PM EDT SiriusXM Radio has increased its forecast for subscription growth by 200,000 accounts. The company now expects to finish the year with net subscriber additions of 1.45 million, which would bring total subscribers to 27 million. SiriusXM Adds Barbra Streisand Channel The increased guidance can…

  13. U2 Album Downloads Off To Decent Start

    September 10, 2014 7:05 PM EDT Sources tell Billboard that, following Apple's press event on Sept. 9, when the company announced it was giving away U2 's new album Songs of Innocence to all 500 million iTunes account holders, the collection was downloaded about 200,000 times in the United States. A Universal…

  14. Deezer Finally Coming to America on Sept. 15

    September 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT The world's second-biggest music subscription service is finally coming to the world's biggest music market. Deezer, which claims to have 5 million subscribers and 16 million monthly users over 180 countries, announced Wednesday it will launch in the United States on Monday the…

  15. NBC's 'Peter Pan' Casts Tony Nominee as Mrs. Darling

    September 09, 2014 5:56 PM EDT Kelli O'Hara joins Allison Williams in live TV event. NBC has found Peter Pan Live 's Mrs. Darling. Five-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara has been tapped to play the wife to George Darling and the mother to Wendy, John and Michael, the network announced Tuesday (Sept. 9). First…

  16. Loretta Lynn Reflects on Religious Roots Ahead of Her Gospel Music Festival

    September 08, 2014 6:42 PM EDT This weekend at Loretta Lynn 's ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN, the legendary vocalist will host the Loretta Lynn Gospel Music Festival with a lineup that includes Grammy winner Jason Crabb, Gospel Music Hall of Fame members The Hoppers, Karen Peck & New River, The Booth Brothers,…

  17. Why Garth Brooks Should Have Gone With iTunes

    September 08, 2014 2:39 PM EDT The superstar took a gamble by launching his own digital store -- can it pay off? Well, the outlook isn't bright. Last week, Garth Brooks debuted GhostTunes , a new music download store seemingly created to be the exclusive source of Brooks' digital catalog. Although the store has a…

  18. Henry Mancini's 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' & More Film Scores Coming to 9-CD Set

    September 04, 2014 9:00 AM EDT A nine-CD collection of 18 film scores by Henry Mancini will be released Nov. 18 by Sony Legacy in celebration of the 90th anniversary of the late composer's birth. Henry Mancini & More Oscar Winners on the Hot 100 Mancini's The Classic Soundtrack Collection includes all his…

  19. 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…

  20. Cellfish Media Rebrands as Bandsintown Group

    September 03, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Cellfish Media has been rebranded as Bandsintown Group three years after the app publisher acquired the concert-tracking app Bandsintown. According to the press release , the move reflects the company's efforts to strengthen its position in live music and entertainment. The company had…

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