1. Warner Music Group Becomes Founding Partner of YouTube Competitor Interlude

    December 22, 2014 4:12 PM EST Warner Music Group's 2014 has been bookended with forward-thinking partnerships. In February, they collaborated with song identification service Shazam , which allowed the major label access to Shazam's data to find and sign promising artists; making a digital push in China by…

  2. Windowing New Music May Not Goose Sales, Study Shows

    December 18, 2014 12:01 PM EST A case study by on one song in two different territories by two Spotify executives shows why windowing releases might not be a good idea. The Spotify duo, director of economic development Will Page and analyst Kenny Ning, chose to look at how Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass…

  3. BandPage Touts Big Sales Metrics for Artists' Merch

    December 18, 2014 9:00 AM EST BandPage has announced a few large metrics today, over a year after signing key deals with Spotify (where it recently became the only way to place merchandise for sale on the platform), iHeartMedia and a notable funding round: 3,000,000 items, ranging from t-shirts to private concerts, are…

  4. Musixmatch Wants to Be the 'IMDb of Music Lyrics,' Launches Lyric Video Messaging App

    December 15, 2014 3:39 PM EST These days, you're almost as likely to get a music message as you are to get an iMessage with increasingly popular apps like Boomio and Rithm , which allows users to send friends and followers texts in the form of, or alongside, a song. Musixmatch , a Bologna, Italy-based lyrics site -…

  5. BSBB Round 3: Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne, "Rather Be" vs. Jeremih feat. YG, "Don't Tell 'Em"

    December 14, 2014 10:02 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Rather Be Clean Bandit feat. Jess Glynne Don't Tell 'Em Jeremih feat. YG DENISE WARNER: It’s almost a toss-up between “Rather Be” and “Don’t Tell ‘Em”: both are vibrant, engaging and memorable. But what it really…

  6. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Nick Jonas, Kiesza, and Tove Lo Help Start a New Chapter for Island Records

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Cool Kids Tove Lo : "Habits (Stay High)" 2 Weeks on Mainstream Top 40 ; 6 Weeks on Hot Rock Songs Kiesza : Sound of a Woman 1 Week on Dance/Electronic Albums Nick Jonas : "Chains" Trending 140 A little more than a year ago, Tove Lo, 27; Kiesza, 25; and Nick Jonas, 22…

  7. Billboard Year in Music 2014: Enrique Iglesias 'Always Knew There was Something Magical' About No. 1 Hit 'Bailando'

    December 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST The Crowd Pleaser "Bailando" 32 Weeks on Hot Latin Songs ; 1 Week on Dance Club Songs When Enrique Iglesias , 39, premiered "Bailando" during the Billboard Latin Music Awards in April, the consensus was immediate: The song was a hit. By midsummer, the irresistible mix of…

  8. Avicii Debuts High, Alesso & Zhu Score No. 1s

    December 11, 2014 9:42 PM EST Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Avicii opens at No. 12 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart with "The Nights," a companion single to his recent "The Days." "The Nights" is to be featured on a…

  9. Shazam Begins Sharing Tagging Activity, Updates App With Useful Streaming Options

    December 10, 2014 1:38 PM EST Shazam has long been a must-have app for its ability to quickly and accurately identify just about any song via a mobile phone. Now the app and the company's website have been updated to offer more to both consumers and the music industry. Most helpful to the music industry is new…

  10. Avicii Has the Most Shazamed Song of All Time

    December 10, 2014 11:33 AM EST Avicii  has the most Shazamed song of all time. The DJ's hit "Wake Me Up" with Aloe Blacc  has collected more than 19 million queries on Shazam to date. Close behind is Robin Thicke 's "Blurred Lines" with T.I. and Pharrell Williams with more than 18 million…

  11. Taylor Swift Exchanged Numbers With The 1975's Matt Healy

    November 29, 2014 9:49 PM EST Sure  Taylor Swift made it a girls' night when she headed out to see British rock ground, The 1975 , earlier this month. And while she was there to hang out with her besties, Selena Gomez and Ellie Goulding , it looks like she also made some time for The 1975's Matt Healy. The…

  12. Big K.R.I.T. Claims No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

    November 20, 2014 5:53 PM EST Meanwhile, Eminem lands on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs & O.T. Genasis debuts with 'CoCo.' Big K.R.I.T. scores his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the entrance of Cadillactica , moving 44,000 in first-week sales (his best week ever), according to Nielsen SoundScan…

  13. Streaming Drives Sales, According to New Study

    November 20, 2014 2:00 PM EST YouTube might be "the devil" to Garth Brooks , but in another's eyes, it's a great source of music discovery. In fact, a new study being released by the Country Music Association suggests that adults 18-plus are far more likely to buy music after being exposed to it on…

  14. Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj & More Give Booty Business a Bump

    November 11, 2014 5:09 PM EST Gym classes that promise a plump posterior are in high demand. A surgery that pumps fat into the buttocks is gaining popularity. And padded panties that give the appearance of a rounder rump are selling out. The U.S. booty business is getting a big bump. Companies are cashing in on growing…

  15. Dean James, U.K. Live Music Mogul, Launches Sixth, a Data-Driven Hive of Ambition

    November 06, 2014 4:39 PM EST In his former guise of co-founder and CEO of MAMA Group, Dean James ran the London-based live music, artist management and consumer services company from its inception in 2005 until his eventual exit in January this year to "focus on outside interests." During his nine years at…

  16. Billboard/THR Film & TV Music Conference Day One Report: Trent Reznor, Mark Mothersbaugh, and More

    November 06, 2014 7:14 AM EST At the Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter Film & TV Music Conference on Wednesday, the intersection of commerce and art was frequently met. The topic came up again and again in panels and discussions that included interviews with film composers and analytics measuring the life of a…

  17. Meghan Trainor Tops Hot 100 For Eighth Week, Hozier Hits Top 10

    October 29, 2014 2:44 PM EDT 'All About That Bass' rules for an eighth week, becoming the longest-leading No. 1 ever on Epic Records. Plus, singer/songwriter Hozier soars 33-9 with 'Take Me to Church.' Meghan Trainor 's "All About That Bass" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for an…

  18. Slipknot Scores Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 29, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Rock band Slipknot crowns the Billboard 200 chart for a second time, as their new album, .5: The Gray Chapter , debuts atop the list. The album sold 132,000 copies in the week ending Oct. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It was released through Roadrunner Records, and is the…

  19. Jhené Aiko Says Staff Member's Assualt Caused Her to Miss Def Jam's 30th Anniversary Concert

    October 20, 2014 6:57 PM EDT As Def Jam celebrated its 30-year anniversary Thursday with a massive Barclays Center blowout featuring performances by Rick Ross , 2 Chainz , Fabolous , DMX , Foxy Brown and many others, one promised guest failed to grace the stage. Jhené Aiko 's absence was noticed, as the young up…

  20. Exclusive: Guy Oseary, Ashton Kutcher's Tech Fund A-Grade Valued at $150 Million

    October 17, 2014 8:00 AM EDT A-Grade Investments, a venture capital fund founded in 2010 by Guy Oseary , Ashton Kutcher and Ron Burkle , has a new valuation: $150 million, as Billboard announces in a new cover story detailing Oseary's new management consortium Maverick . The fund had most recently been valued at…

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