1. Billboard 200 Chart Moves: 'Idol' Hits New Low

    August 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT Also: Sale pricing in the iTunes Store lifts Linkin Park, while The Vamps take a historic tumble down the chart. On the latest Billboard 200 albums chart, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack held on to the No. 1 slot for a second week, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17,…

  2. Pay for YouTube? Challenges Ahead for Google's Next Music Subscription Service

    August 22, 2014 2:24 PM EDT Ever since news broke in October that YouTube was planning a subscription service, people have been asking how YouTube would get people to pay to watch music videos. It's more than a fair question. For over nine years, YouTube has conditioned people around the world to watch music videos…

  3. 2014 Is the Best Year for Stadium Concerts in 20 Years

    August 22, 2014 2:22 PM EDT Billboard declared 1994 the "Year of the Stadium." Then receipts began sinking. Now, 20 years later, the big-venue shows are setting records again in a startling comeback. Jason Aldean says that when his team first broached the idea of adding stadiums to his tour route in 2013, “I…

  4. Why Don’t Today’s Hits Reflect The Times?

    August 21, 2014 3:22 PM EDT This week in 1965, the hottest debut on Billboard ’s Hot 100 was Barry McGuire ’s “Eve Of Destruction,” the lyrics of which were a wake-up call, from its opening shot of “The Eastern world, it is explodin’; violence flarin’, bullets loadin’,” to its warning of impending nuclear war (“If the…

  5. 'The Upstairs Bar Is Empty': Ticketfly Acquires Forward-Thinking App WillCall

    August 21, 2014 12:27 PM EDT Deal heralds expanded mobile offerings and the evolution of the in-venue experience -- like settling bar tabs in the app -- for fans and promoters. San Francisco-based digital ticketing firm Ticketfly has acquired WillCall, a concert discovery, ticketing, and in-venue commerce application for…

  6. SoundCloud Debuts Monetization Play With 'On SoundCloud', Announces $100 Million In Funding

    August 21, 2014 11:01 AM EDT The successful audio platform has launched it's first advertising initiative, and plans a subscription service in the near future. It’s a new era for SoundCloud.   The audio platform has long been a home to unsigned, independent and even established artists to debut new material --…

  7. Louis Vuitton to Invest $80 Million in K-Pop Culture Factory YG Entertainment

    August 20, 2014 8:47 PM EDT Louis Vuitton is getting into the K-Pop business. The world's largest luxury brand's private equity arm, LVMH, announced Wednesday it will invest up to $80 million in South Korea's YG Entertainment Inc., the record label and talent agency behind some of the genre's…

  8. Dierks Bentley on His Success: 'I Don't Know How the Hell I'm Here'

    August 20, 2014 5:17 PM EDT “What are all these people doing here?” Dierks Bentley wonders as he looks out at the rapidly filling lawn at the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis. “Don’t they know this is an almost 40 year-old married guy with three kids?”  Bentley, 38, will take the stage in about three hours on this…

  9. Sara Bareilles to Perform During Emmys 'In Memoriam' Tribute

    August 20, 2014 5:03 PM EDT Billy Crystal will honor Robin Williams at the show. Sara Bareilles will perform during the In Memoriam segment and Billy Crystal will pay tribute to the late Robin Williams at the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday. Exclusive: 'Aladdin' Composer Alan Menken Pens Tribute to Robin…

  10. Billboard 200: Did 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Soundtrack Stay at No. 1?

    August 20, 2014 11:13 AM EDT The Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack defends its position at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a second week. The compilation album sold another 93,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 17, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 15 percent from the week previous). Soundtracks have crowned the…

  11. Mixcloud Adds Two Paid Tiers

    August 20, 2014 10:41 AM EDT Mixcloud , the London-based Internet radio company that specializes in long-form EDM content, is offering paid tiers of service to complement its advertising-free radio product. The premium-tier account removes advertisements and costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. A paid tier of…

  12. Apple Stock Reaches All-Time High

    August 20, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Apple's stock touched a new high Wednesday, reflecting investors' renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook 's ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory built by the late Steve Jobs . The milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple&…

  13. Trisha Yearwood Signs With Sony, Announces New Album

    August 19, 2014 7:35 PM EDT Country singer also going strong with her newfound culinary career. Trisha Yearwood is back and gearing up for a very busy fall. On Tuesday evening (Aug. 19) at a press event in Nashville, the Grammy-winning vocalist announced she's signing with Sony Music Nashville, launching her own…

  14. Read Ferguson Native Michael McDonald's Take On Violence, Race & Michael Brown

    August 19, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Before his time with Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers, Michael McDonald learned music growing up in Ferguson, Mo., where he spent 14 years of his childhood. With the nation now watching his hometown in horror and disbelief, McDonald penned an insightful op-ed on Michael Brown's death…

  15. Russian Streaming Startup Zvooq Has a Unique Strategy (and Just Received $20M in Funding)

    August 19, 2014 3:20 PM EDT The piracy-rife country has a new, above-board option for music streamers -- with a pricing twist to boot. Russian music streaming service Zvooq has raised $20 million in Series A funding, led by Russian e-commerce company Ulmart with participation of Essedel Capital, a Finnish private equity…

  16. Guest Post: Why Honda's $50 Million Play for Music Content Isn't Working

    August 19, 2014 2:54 PM EDT The company's expensive play isn't adding up. We all know that music marketing spending is growing exponentially. Like mobile, digital or social, it has the power to improve the bottom line, to unite people, and to put brands in a position of providing actual real-life value. So……

  17. EP to the Rescue! Short Albums Are a Rare Music Business Success Story

    August 19, 2014 2:44 PM EDT How shorter, fan-tested collections are resuscitating the recorded-music business. It’s the rare music sales success story: In resurrecting the EP, or “extended play,” a format comprising eight or fewer songs, record labels are moving enough units to build revenue for a baby act with a song…

  18. Diddy to Obama on Ferguson: 'Get on a Plane -- It's Serious'

    August 19, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Since the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, the nation has watched the situation in Ferguson, Mo., continue to deteriorate as tensions boil between the police and protesters. While watching coverage of Ferguson on TV last night, Diddy took to Instagram to deliver a video message to…

  19. Hear Blake Shelton's 'Neon Light' From Upcoming Album 'Bringing Back the Sunshine'

    August 19, 2014 10:04 AM EDT Taylor Swift wasn't the only country(-ish) artist debuting new music Monday.  Blake Shelton dropped the lead single, "Neon Light," off his upcoming eleventh studio album, Bringing Back The Sunshine . The laid-back tune deals with the glimmer of hope in the distance following a…

  20. Marvel's 'Ant-Man' Adds T.I. to Growing Cast

    August 19, 2014 9:41 AM EDT Marvel's Ant-Man has announced several new castings, including rapper T.I. , Bobby Cannavale ( Boardwalk Empire ), Judy Greer ( Archer ) and John Slattery ( Mad Men ). The film, directed by Peyton Reed , began principal photography on Monday in San Francisco. It stars Paul Rudd  as its…

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