1. Why China's Mobile Providers Are a Giant Problem for Its Music Industry

    December 16, 2014 11:15 AM EST In this guest post, China-based entreprenuer Archie Hamilton explains how the country's music industry is at the mercy of a monopolistic mobile communications industry. So what to do? Back in 2008 and 2009, the debate within the media industries on how to compete with free was raging.…

  2. CMJ, Despite the Internet, Logistics, and Few Brands, Keeps Kicking Out the Jams

    October 20, 2014 8:27 AM EDT Everything you need to know about CMJ Music Marathon naysayers can be found in Brooklyn Vegan 's endlessly infuriating, occasionally informative comments section. Last August, when the initial lineup for New York City's 33rd annual festival and conference was announced , the…

  3. Bleachers Sit Comfortably Atop Alternative Songs

    July 31, 2014 5:00 PM EDT Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the chart with more than one group. Plus, action for Weezer and Crown the Empire. As Bleachers rise 2-1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart with "I Wanna Get Better," frontman Jack Antonoff becomes the latest artist to top the…

  4. Pandora Co-Founder Tim Westergren's Political Donations Show a Singular Focus

    July 28, 2014 5:05 PM EDT A report Monday (July 28) from the Trichordist , a blog that often focuses on regulatory issues that would affect songwriters, accuses Pandora co-founder Tim Westergren of supporting anti-gay politician Jason Chaffetz , but a closer look at Westergren's donation history seems to…

  5. From Alabama to Rihanna, Stars Fight Pandora on Royalties

    November 15, 2012 9:20 AM EST The battle over webcasting royalties went up a notch Wednesday when 125 artists ranging from Alabama to Rihanna wrote an open letter to Internet-radio company Pandora Media over its attempt to change the way the statutory webcasting rates are set. The two-page letter -- which will run as…

  6. Camper Van Beethoven, 'Northern California Girls': Exclusive Song Premiere

    November 08, 2012 11:00 AM EST Band Says First New Album in Nine Years Is Heavily Influenced By 'Holland'-era Beach Boys "La Costa Perdida," Camper Van Beethoven 's first new album in nine years was the result of a fortuitous concert postponement. The group's David Lowery tells Billboard that…

  7. March 26, 2009

    March 26, 2009 12:00 AM EDT – Guitarist Clint Lowery returns to Sevendust to replace Sonny Mayo. 2006 – Swell Maps front man Nikki Sudden dies after a show in New York. He is 49. The cause of death is an enlarged heart. 2005 – Paul Newell Hester of Crowded House commits suicide in Melbourne, Australia. 2004 –…

  8. MARC RIBOT'S CERAMIC DOG, "Party Intellectuals"

    June 24, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Marc Ribot has been an active member of the NYC experimental music scene for years, lending his oddly shaped and often delirious guitar work to everyone from Tom Waits and Elvis Costello to the Lounge Marc Ribot has been an active member of the NYC experimental music scene for years, lending…

  9. Cracker / July 22, 2006 / New York (Bowery Ballroom)

    July 26, 2006 12:00 AM EDT One thing is certain with Cracker's frontman David Lowery -- you never know exactly what you're gonna get at a live show. Like his music, he wears a lot of faces, from mischievous and clever to sad an One thing is certain with Cracker's frontman David Lowery -- you never know…

  10. Molina Finishes Six New Albums, Preps Two For Fall

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Jason Molina, principal force behind acclaimed outfits Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Company, has finished no less than six new albums, Billboard.com has learned. Jason Molina, principal force behind acclaimed outfits Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Company, has finished no less than…

  11. Billboard Bits: 'Nuestro Himno,' Cracker, Marty Stuart

    April 24, 2006 12:00 AM EDT News on 'Nuestro Himno,' Cracker, Marty Stuart Olga Tañón, Gloria Trevi and Wyclef Jean are among the artists adding their voices to "Nuestro Himno" (Our Anthem), a Spanish-language recording of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Produced by Eduardo Reyes, the track is…

  12. CRACKER, "Greatest Hits Redux"

    March 01, 2006 12:00 AM EST What in the wide wide world of sports, you might ask, could possibly warrant a disc of Cracker hits re-recorded in 2005 by the original band? What in the wide wide world of sports, you might ask, could possibly warrant a disc of Cracker hits re-recorded in 2005 by the original band? The…

  13. New Roman Times

    October 30, 2004 12:00 AM EDT It has been 15 years since Camper Van Beethoven's last college radio disc ("Key Lime Pie") and the subsequent road implosion, leading to an ugly band dissolution and David Lowery's spinoff band Cracke It has been 15 years since Camper Van Beethoven's last college…

  14. Camper Van Beethoven Bowls Again

    July 29, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Camper Van Beethoven has reunited to record its first studio album in 15 years. A rock opera of sorts, "New Roman Times" is due Oct. 12 via Pitch-A-Tent/Vanguard and features all five original members Camper Van Beethoven has reunited to record its first studio album in 15 years. A…

  15. Cracker Explores Its 'Countrysides'

    July 10, 2003 12:00 AM EDT Having always been part country band, part rock act, Cracker fully explores its redneck roots on "Countrysides." The set is due July 28 in the U.K. via Cooking Vinyl, and Oct. 14 through iMusic in the Having always been part country band, part rock act, Cracker fully explores its…

  16. Cracker Preps Two New Albums

    March 24, 2003 12:00 AM EST Veteran modern rock act Cracker will release a new studio album, "Oh Cracker, Where Art Thou?," on May 6 through Pitch-A-Tent Records. The follow up to 2002's "Forever" is the first of two new records Veteran modern rock act Cracker will release a new studio album, …

  17. Billboard Bits: LeAnn Rimes, OpryFEST, Camper Van

    September 19, 2002 12:00 AM EDT News on LeAnn Rimes, OpryFEST, Camper Van LeAnn Rimes has been added to the lineup for the 16th Bridge School Benefit concert outside of San Francisco. As reported yesterday , the Oct. 26 roster features Foo Fighters, Radiohead's Thom Yorke, Ryan Adams, James Taylor, Vanessa Carlton,…

  18. Cracker Hits Road; Camper Van Parks In N.Y.

    May 15, 2002 12:00 AM EDT Cracker has announced new tour dates in support of "Forever," the band's fifth and most recent studio album, released in January via Virgin. Cracker has announced new tour dates in support of "Forever," the band's fifth and most recent studio album, released in…

  19. Forever

    February 02, 2002 12:00 AM EST Cracker's Forever—the follow-up to last year's two-disc hits-and-misses set Garage d'Or and the band's first collection of all-new material since 1998's Gentleman's Blues—shows David Low Cracker's Forever—the follow-up to last year's two-disc hits-and…

  20. Cracker Returns After What Seems Like 'Forever'

    January 09, 2002 12:00 AM EST Cracker reappears Jan. 29 with "Forever," the band's first album of all-new original material since "Gentleman's Blues" in 1998. The set -- which follows five releases on Virgin -- is the first collec Cracker reappears Jan. 29 with "Forever," the band&…

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