1. Streaming Accounted for 63% of Danish Revenues in First Half of Year

    August 26, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Led by gains in streaming revenues, digital accounted for 82 percent of Denmark's recorded music revenues in the first half of the year, up from 74 percent a year earlier, trade group IFPI announced Tuesday. Streaming represented 63 percent of Danish recorded music revenue, an increase…

  2. Ask Billboard: If Taylor Swift Hits No. 1 ...

    August 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart 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,…

  3. Emmys 2014: And the Winners Are ...

    August 25, 2014 11:08 PM EDT The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony were handed out Monday (Aug. 25) night.  The awards were presented during a live NBC telecast at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.   Seth Meyers served as host of the telecast.  During the show,  Billy Crystal paid tribute to his late friend Robin…

  4. 2014 Emmys: The Best Music One-Liners

    August 25, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Host Seth Meyers & presenter Jimmy Kimmel crack jokes about Beyonce, Justin Bieber & more. While Sunday night was about music with the VMAs and Monday night (Aug. 25) is all about TV with the Emmys, sometimes the two worlds blend together. Lena Dunham's Emmy Dress Is Very fun.…

  5. Lenny Cooper Explains How His Father & Brother Turned Him Into a Country Rapper

    August 25, 2014 5:45 PM EDT With his third album 'The Grind' out this week, Cooper reminisces about his start in the business to Billboard. Country rapper Lenny Cooper 's last album, 2013's Mud Dynasty , cemented his reputation in the business, sending his social media numbers soaring by 750 percent…

  6. Amazon to Buy Twitch for $970 Million

    August 25, 2014 4:31 PM EDT Amazon is acquiring Twitch for $970 million.  Twitch, Live Video Streaming Giant, to Silence Illegal Audio The gaming platform, which primarily hosts live streams of users playing video games that other visitors to the site can then watch and comment on, draws over 55 million unique viewers…

  7. Trade Bodies Say Global Release Day a Good Idea – Just Not the One Proposed

    August 25, 2014 2:34 PM EDT The proposed change to a global streetdate of Friday is receiving pushback from a coalition of independent record stores. When the IFPI has announced that the industry is considering a global Friday streetdate , a spokesman told Billboard that the Friday streetdate is not a done deal, and…

  8. Brad Paisley, 'Moonshine in the Trunk': Track-by-Track Review

    August 25, 2014 2:30 PM EDT Brad Paisley 's previous album, 2013's Wheelhouse , was a finely crafted effort that touched on such weighty topics as racism, domestic violence and heartbreak. It stirred controversy when he duetted with LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist," and the overall album might have…

  9. Raury Releases 'Indigo Child'; LoveRenaissance Talks Signing with Columbia Records

    August 25, 2014 2:00 PM EDT After captivating a generation thirsty to be moved -- and a healthy portion of the music industry -- in less than a year, Raury releases his digital debut album, Indigo Child . The 13-song effort features the singer-songwriter channeling his frustration, which stems from the hardship he faced…

  10. SpinMedia Appoints Stephen Blackwell as CEO

    August 25, 2014 12:57 PM EDT Death and Taxes founder Stephen Blackwell has been named CEO of SpinMedia, the digital publishing company announced on Monday. Related News Hype Machine Partners with Townsquare Media, Departing SpinMedia SpinMedia LLC Acquired By New Investors as SpinMedia Group Receives $10M SpinMedia…

  11. Corner Office: The Agency Group's Gavin O'Reilly on Taking Over Nashville

    August 25, 2014 12:47 PM EDT With the just-closed acquisition of a Nashville mainstay, the new chief talks about taking country global and competing with the behemoths. How an Ireland-born, London-based music industry newbie made waves in Nashville by acquiring the respected 30-year-old Bobby Roberts Company has been a…

  12. 2014 MTV VMAs: Best & Worst Moments, From Political Pleas to Fashion Flubs

    August 25, 2014 1:00 AM EDT The 2014 VMAs won't go down in MTV history as one of the best, but this year's show did give us a few touching and genuinely surprising moments, from Miley's plea for homeless youth to Blue Ivy's flawless hands. Sunday night also had its fair share of screwups: Production…

  13. Common Leads Moment of Silence for Ferguson at VMAs

    August 24, 2014 10:03 PM EDT Common has been one of the most outspoken, reliably honest voices in music since the '90s, so it was fitting that the Chicago rapper took the stage at the 2014 VMAs to address the tragedy and ongoing tensions in Ferguson, Mo. MTV VMAs: News | Photos | Winners List "Hip-hop has…

  14. MTV VMAs to Feature Ferguson Public Service Announcements

    August 24, 2014 3:59 PM EDT One clip is a 15-second quiet reflection on the civil rights protests. A 15-second clip directly addressing the civil rights protests in Ferguson, Mo., is set to air during the commercial time of the main show at the raucous MTV Video Music Awards , a network rep confirmed to The Hollywood…

  15. Listen: Fifth Harmony Unveils Sassy New Song ‘Them Girls Be Like’

    August 23, 2014 2:53 PM EDT “Them Girls Be Like” references everything from "Mean Girls” to Beyonce. Fifth Harmony has dropped some new music ahead of their pre-show performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 24. Fifth Harmony Live: Watch 'Bo$$' Performance & New Song 'We Know'…

  16. Ludacris Q&A: His Next Album, Mourning Paul Walker & Vin Diesel's Rap Skills

    August 22, 2014 6:08 PM EDT Rapper, receiving BMI President's Award this weekend, is looking at November for personal 'Ludaversal' album. This weekend in Los Angeles, rapper Chris " Ludacris " Bridges will be given BMI's President's Award , a honor for songwriting and impact on pop…

  17. 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…

  18. Robert Christgau on 'Get On Up': Putting James Browns' Music First

    August 22, 2014 2:00 PM EDT In his 2006 Rolling Stone profile "Being James Brown," the great lost rock critic Jonathan Lethem made sense of the Hardest Working Man in Show Business, the Minister of Super Heavy Funk, the Augusta Akhenaten, and all the other honorifics Mr. Brown has and will earn by declaring…

  19. A Critical Evaluation of Ariana Grande's Acting

    August 22, 2014 1:10 PM EDT Is the former Nickelodeon star a true double-threat? We take a closer look at the pop singer's onscreen abilities. Though the core of Ariana Grande 's audience was built from the tweens who became fans watching her acting work on Nickelodeon, as a pop star, the 21-year-old caters to…

  20. Christina Aguilera’s Top 20 Billboard Hits

    August 22, 2014 1:00 PM EDT Fifteen years ago this month, Christina Aguilera successfully shed her Disney image with her sultry self-titled debut album , a No. 1 hit and a game-changing moment for the former "Mickey Mouse Club" star. The following decade-and-a-half has been full of such reinventions for…

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