1. Less Could Mean More: Why Merlin's Deal With Pandora May Pay Off

    December 11, 2014 3:26 PM EST Merlin has come under attack in the last month for making a deal that, according to its critics, lowers its member labels' per-stream royalty rate with Pandora, and thus their revenues. Though in time they may ultimately be correct, those critics don't seem to understand that the…

  2. The 10 Best Country Albums of 2014

    December 11, 2014 2:00 PM EST We're shining the spotlight on the best albums to come from Nashville during the past year representing the many branches of the country tree. (And see our list of the 10 best country songs here .)  Billboard 2014 Year in Music: See All of Our Coverage Here! 10. Sara Evans - Slow Me…

  3. Radio DJ Ray Teret, Friend of Jimmy Savile, Jailed for 25 Years Over Sex Attacks

    December 11, 2014 1:44 PM EST Former radio DJ Ray Teret has been jailed for 25 years following his conviction for a series of rapes and indecent assaults on "star-struck" young girls in the 1960s and 1970s. Teret was found guilty of seven counts of rape and 11 charges of indecent assault carried out on 11…

  4. Warner Music Group Revenues Top $3 Billion Following Acquisitions, Streaming Gains

    December 11, 2014 12:55 PM EST Aided by an acquisition and gains in streaming services, Warner Music Group revenues topped $3 billion for the first time in five years. For the year ended Sept. 30, WMG's revenue increased 5.2 percent to $3.02 billion on a constant currency basis. Operating income was $19 million,…

  5. How the U.S. Government Infiltrated Cuba's Hip-Hop Scene to Spark Change

    December 11, 2014 10:01 AM EST In early 2009, a U.S. government contractor sent a Serbian music promoter to Cuba with these covert marching orders: Recruit one of Havana's most notorious rappers to spark a youth movement against the government. In communist Cuba, it was a project that could have landed Rajko Bozic…

  6. British Trade Body BPI Appoints New Chairman

    December 11, 2014 9:58 AM EST British trade body BPI has appointed former Sony Music UK CEO Ged Doherty as chairman of BPI and the BRIT Awards, effective on New Year's Day. Doherty replaces Tony Wadsworth , who announced in March he was stepping down from the role after seven years. "It's a pleasure to…

  7. People Are Buying Classic iPods for $900

    December 10, 2014 2:28 PM EST Apple officially shelved its beloved MP3 player the iPod Classic back in September, but since then a growing number of nostalgists with deep pockets have begun snatching them up on eBay and other outlets, often at more than twice the retail price. Popular among buyers is the massive 160GB…

  8. 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…

  9. DJ Equipment Producer Vestax Has Reportedly Filed for Bankruptcy

    December 10, 2014 11:53 AM EST Vestax, the Japanese manufacturer of DJ equipment including turntables and digital mixers, has reportedly filed for bankruptcy after more than 37 years. According to Teikoku Databank , a credit research company, Vestax began proceedings in Tokyo District Court on Dec. 5 after falling 90…

  10. Big Mountain Fest Rocks Thailand's Cow Country With Scarecrow, Jagwar Ma

    December 10, 2014 10:56 AM EST The Big Mountain Music Festival (BMMF) continues its run as one of the leading, and largest, music festivals in Southeast Asia with its 6th edition. BMMF took place this past weekend (Dec. 6-7) at the Bonanza Racetrack in Khao Yai, about two hours northeast of Bangkok, with about 70,000…

  11. Former A&M/Octone Execs Launch Hybrid Company Freesolo; Gavin DeGraw, Hunter Hunted Among First Signings

    December 09, 2014 1:37 PM EST Just over a year ago, James Diener found himself at a crossroads common to many record-label executives who've essentially "cashed out" of the music industry. A&M/Octone, the label where he served as president and CEO for 13 years, had just sold its 50% share to…

  12. U2 Extends 'Innocence' Tour After Quick Sellouts

    December 09, 2014 12:30 PM EST As expected, U2 blew out initial on-sales for the upcoming Innocence + Experience tour , selling out in every city that went on sale yesterday. A total of 44 shows went up yesterday, with approximately 660,000 tickets sold. Among the box office triumphs were a record-setting 118,000 fans…

  13. New Twist in Apple iPod Trial: No Plaintiff

    December 09, 2014 9:45 AM EST In an unusual legal twist, a federal judge decided Monday that a billion-dollar, class-action lawsuit over Apple's iPods should continue, even though she also disqualified the last remaining plaintiff named in a case that has been on trial since last week . U.S. District Judge Yvonne…

  14. Exclusive: Roc Nation Sports Preps 'Throne Boxing,' Set to Feature Live Music at MSG

    December 09, 2014 9:00 AM EST Roc Nation Sports, which announced its first Boxing division in August, will present its debut boxing event, "throne boxing," on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015. The event, designed to be a hybrid of boxing and live music, will be telecast live from Madison Square Garden in the first of a…

  15. Capitol Music Group Hires Two Publicity VPs

    December 08, 2014 3:11 PM EST Capitol Music Group has hired industry veterans Jennie Boddy and Erin Cooney as vice presidents of publicity under Ambrosia Healy , the company's head of media strategy and relations. Expect a seamless move for the new hires, who already work with Healy at her indie PR firm The Fun…

  16. YouTube Makes Copyright Clearer

    December 08, 2014 2:08 PM EST YouTube users have long been able to incorporate copyrighted music in the videos. But what will happen to the video once uploaded couldn't be known in advance. Whether a song will be blocked or monetized couldn't be known until the video is uploaded. Related Psy's '…

  17. Rock Veteran Gets Jail Time for Participating in Anonymous Hack

    December 08, 2014 2:04 PM EST A succession of "foolish" clicks on a keyboard four years ago has landed a 66-year-old rock musician in jail. Geoffrey "Jake" Commander , a guitarist with ties to Jeff Lynne and Electric Light Orchestra , was sentenced to ten days in jail last week at U.S. District Court…

  18. Behind the Credit Card Wars to Ink Deals With Artists Including Beyonce and Sam Smith

    December 08, 2014 11:30 AM EST On Nov. 24, Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff took center stage with an on-camera appearance in a new 30-second commercial for JPMorgan Chase. The spot -- the bank's first TV campaign in support of Apple Pay -- came complete with a performance of the band's current single, "…

  19. Boosted By Mobile, Global Ad Revenue to Hit $545 Billion in 2015: Study

    December 08, 2014 10:21 AM EST In large part due to surging revenue generated by advertising on social media sites and mobile devices, the global ad industry should grow five-to-six percent annually for the next three years, according to a study released Sunday from ZenithOptimedia. In 2015, advertising is expected to…

  20. Pharrell and 'Frozen' Top iTunes' Year-End List, Beyonce Named Best Artist

    December 08, 2014 9:20 AM EST Pharrell 's "Happy" and the soundtrack for Disney's Frozen are the year's top-selling song and album of year on iTunes, the online music store revealed on Monday. Apple announced that John Legend 's "All of Me" and Katy Perry 's "Dark Horse…

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