1. Are Investors Losing Patience With Pandora?

    July 29, 2014 1:04 PM EDT While the Internet radio company has grown in many areas, investors are still waiting to see profits. Critics are circling Internet radio company Pandora after shares fell as much as 14.5 percent and closed down 10.3 percent Friday following the company's second-quarter earnings release …

  2. Rhapsody Tops 2 Million Global Subscribers

    July 29, 2014 12:01 AM EDT Rhapsody International, working to stay relevant in a crowded market, announced Tuesday (July 29) it has surpassed 2 million global subscribers to its music streaming services. Rhapsody offers an on-demand music subscription service under the brands Rhapsody and Napster. Included in the…

  3. Apple's Swell Buy Signals a Focus on Personalization

    July 28, 2014 1:25 PM EDT Apple's acquisition of Swell , the developer of a podcast streaming app, is another bet on the value of personalized content.   Swell is to podcasts what Beats Music is to music: a service that delivers a personalized collection of audio content. The Swell app learns from a user's…

  4. Tomorrowland 2014 Day 2 Highlights: Hardwell, Tiësto, Audien & More

    July 27, 2014 12:18 PM EDT Tomorrowland’s second weekend hit its halfway point with another star-studded assortment of talent on Saturday (July 26). Despite early indications of rain, the weather held it together for the enthusiastic masses that descended upon the festival’s otherworldly stages and installations.…

  5. Happy 74th Birthday, Billboard Charts!

    July 27, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Seventy-four years ago today, Billboard published its first chart ranking the sales of recorded songs. In the July 27, 1940, issue, the maiden 10-position "National List of Best Selling Retail Records" paved the way for seven decades - and counting - of Billboard's hallmark…

  6. Dept. of Justice Looks to Make Illegal Streaming a Felony

    July 25, 2014 5:01 PM EDT A Department of Justice office told a House Judiciary hearing Thursday he supports a felony penalty for illegal streaming.   Noting the rise of streaming, David Bitkower , Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, said tougher penalties would reflect the reality of today&…

  7. David Byrne Talks Artists' Rights, Spotify & Touring

    July 25, 2014 2:16 PM EDT 'Artists in general can be given more agency regarding what happens to their work,' Byrne tells Billboard. Recording artist, songwriter, label founder, producer, author, actor: David Byrne , 62, has seen the entertainment business from many sides during his four-decade career. Amid…

  8. Randy Newman Inks Deal With Downtown Music Publishing

    July 23, 2014 7:12 PM EDT Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer inks administration agreement for North America. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer, songwriter and film composer Randy Newman has signed an administration agreement for North America with Downtown Music Publishing, it was…

  9. Cyber Thieves Hacked 1,000 StubHub Accounts, Bought Tickets: Officials

    July 23, 2014 12:05 PM EDT Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said. Arrests were expected in a case that sprawled across international borders, said the official…

  10. Netflix Points a Way Forward for Streaming's Success (Analysis)

    July 22, 2014 5:11 PM EDT How does a streaming company turn a profit? There's one good example: Netflix, which released second-quarter earnings Monday. Netflix is the only publicly traded company that deals almost entirely in the streaming of licensed digital media. Streaming accounted for 85.5% of the company&…

  11. Beats' Battle With Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

    July 22, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets and is the fifth such complaint filed by…

  12. Fan Army Face-Off: Which Army Is Strongest? Round 3

    July 21, 2014 1:30 PM EDT UPDATE: Round 3 is now closed! Round 3 of Billboard's Fan Army Face-Off has now begun! There were a few close races, and a few blowouts in Round 2. The Barbz eeked out a win over The Hooligans, while The Victims, The Echelon, and The Glamberts had more comfortable leads over The…

  13. Sam Smith's Spotify Gamble: Did It Pay Off?

    July 21, 2014 11:26 AM EDT Hoping to beat Lana Del Rey to the No. 1 spot in first-week sales, Capitol Music Group took significant risk in betting against streaming. A version of this article first appeared in the July 25th issue of Billboard Magazine . Sam Smith lost a battle but not the war. In an effort to debut at…

  14. Ed Sheeran’s 'X' Continues Streak Atop U.K. Albums Chart

    July 21, 2014 4:47 AM EDT Ed Sheeran’s “X” (Asylum/Warner Music) started a fourth week at the top yesterday (July 20) to become the longest-running No. 1 of the year on the U.K.’s artist album chart. Manchester four-piece Rixton went straight to the singles summit with “Me and My Broken Heart” (Interscope/Universal).…

  15. The Sales Domination of 'Frozen,' In One Chart

    July 18, 2014 3:45 PM EDT This year's U.S. music sales would be almost uneventful if not for the "Frozen" soundtrack. Purchases are down across the board -- even digital albums and tracks. Releases by superstars have stumbled . One album has bucked the trends and is doing brisk business, however.…

  16. Tommy Ramone: His Story as Told to Legs McNeil

    July 14, 2014 4:05 PM EDT In 2003 Tommy Ramone – a.k.a Tommy Erderly or his birth name, Erdelyi Tamas -- sat down for an interview with me for research I was doing on Mickey Leigh’s book, "I Slept With Joey Ramone." (Mickey, whose real name is Mitchel Lee Hyman, was Joey’s brother.)  I knew it was going to…

  17. Fan Army Face-Off: Which Army Is Strongest? Round 2

    July 14, 2014 1:00 PM EDT UPDATE: Round 3 is now open! CLICK HERE TO VOTE . UPDATE: Round 2 Is now closed. Come back on July 21 for Round 3! Which fan army is the strongest? Billboard hopes to answer that question with the Fan Army Face-Off, a bracket-style tournament in which various fan armies will…

  18. All Good Cretins Go to Heaven: The End of the Ramones

    July 13, 2014 10:48 AM EDT Tommy Ramone was the band’s rock of strength, the pulse at the heart of the "Blitzkrieg Bop." And then there were none. The death of original Ramones drummer and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Tommy Ramone ne Erdeliyi at the age of 65, following treatment for cancer of the bile…

  19. Judas Priest Shares The Story Behind 'Redeemer of Souls': Video Premiere

    July 08, 2014 10:26 AM EDT "Most of this music is very classic Priest," says Rob Halford. Rob Halford and his bandmates wanted to "reinvestigate the roots of (Judas) Priest" for "Redeemer of Souls," the Metal Gods' 17th studio album and first set of new material since the concept…

  20. Fan Army Face-Off: Which Army Is Strongest? Round 1

    July 07, 2014 1:00 PM EDT UPDATE: Round 2 is closed and Round 3 is now open. CLICK HERE TO VOTE . UPDATE:  Round 1 is closed and Round 2 is now open. CLICK HERE TO VOTE . In 2014, it's easier than ever for fans of different pop stars to connect with each other. With the explosion of social media making it simpler…

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