1. Trisha Yearwood's 'Prizefighter' Punches Way Onto Top Country Albums Chart

    November 26, 2014 3:18 PM EST Yearwood scores her 12th top 10 and first since 2007. Plus, Brad Paisley notches his 31st Hot Country Songs top 10. With 13,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Trisha Yearwood 's Prizefighter: Hit After Hit enters Top Country Albums at No. 7. The set marks her 12th top 10 and her…

  2. Famous Aussies Unite for Song Protesting Treatment of Child Asylum Seekers: Watch

    November 26, 2014 4:36 AM EST A roll call of prominent Australians have recorded a song to draw attention to the government’s controversial policy of indefinitely holding child asylum seekers in detention.  The likes of ARIA Hall of Fame inductees Glenn Shorrock of Little River Band and country great John Williamson ,…

  3. Spotify's 2013 Financials: What You Need to Know

    November 25, 2014 4:54 PM EST The company yearly financial reports, filed in Luxembourg, point to... well, it's complicated. The release of Spotify's 2013 financial information (via an article at The Guardian ) comes amidst heavy criticism about the company's freemium business model and the amount of…

  4. Amazon Prime Music Debuts First Exclusive Content

    November 24, 2014 5:11 PM EST Amazon has made exclusive video a component of Prime Instant Video streaming service, its answer to Netflix. Now the company is doing the same with music -- sort of. Amazon quietly debuted last week its first exclusive music release, the 43-track, Christmas-themed All Is Bright , through…

  5. Corner Office: Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, on Surviving Scandal and Setting Up Shop on the Sunset Strip

    November 24, 2014 10:21 AM EST The guitarist-turned-CEO on reimagining a 118-year-old company, surviving scandal and setting up shop on the Sunset Strip. A conversation with Henry Juszkiewicz , chairman/CEO of Gibson Brands, is as colorful as his office and conference room -- peppered with rustic asides and anecdotes…

  6. Trio of Studies Find Digital Listening Drives Sales – But Are They Answering the Right Question?

    November 21, 2014 12:15 PM EST Data released this week have revealed the positive benefits free or listening has on music purchases. A study by Pandora and consumer surveys by the Country Music Association and BitTorrent show, in different ways, that free music can come with benefits. The timing of this new data couldn&…

  7. Why Irving Azoff's New Company Has (Some) Leverage Over YouTube

    November 20, 2014 1:32 PM EST Irving Azoff took to Twitter Wednesday to repeat previously stated contentions that YouTube lacks licenses from Global Music Rights, the performing rights organization created by Azoff's joint venture with Madison Square Garden Entertainment. The legendary artist manager and former…

  8. Ticketfly Launches Mobile Tool for Promoters

    November 18, 2014 5:36 PM EST Ticketfly is trying to make life easier for promoters that use its ticketing platform. Its new Ticketfly Pulse product is a mobile tool that gives easy access to real-time event stats, allowing promoters to quickly see an event's total tickets sold, tickets sold that day, the number of…

  9. Watch Band of Merrymakers' 'Must Be Christmas' Video

    November 18, 2014 2:57 PM EST Get into the holiday spirit with the latest from Band of Merrymakers , a rotating-cast Yuletide supergroup that currently features  Charles Kelley of  Lady Antebellum ,  Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees ,  Fitz of  Fitz & the Tantrums ,  Nick Hexum of 311 , Kevin Griffin of Better Than Ezra …

  10. Frankie Ballard's 'Sunshine' Dawns Atop Country Airplay Chart

    November 18, 2014 10:45 AM EST Ballard becomes the first act to score his first two No. 1s this year. Plus, Brad Paisley returns to the top 10. Frankie Ballard claims his second No. 1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart, as "Sunshine & Whiskey" rises 2-1. He first rang the top bell with "Helluva…

  11. New Study from Pandora Touts the 'Pandora Effect' on Music Sales

    November 18, 2014 10:17 AM EST A study performed earlier this year by Pandora found that its spins have a positive effect on music sales. For new music, the average positive effect was a 2.31-percent increase in sales of track-equivalent albums, a metric that counts 10 tracks as one album. For catalog songs, the average…

  12. Spotify and Uber Reportedly Set to Announce New Partnership

    November 15, 2014 2:01 PM EST Streaming service Spotify has partnered with ride-sharing company Uber to allow Spotify users to play their music in Uber vehicles. The companies are expected to make the announcement during a press call Monday morning that will hosted by Uber chief excutive Travis Kalanick and a "…

  13. Restructuring, Possible Layoffs to Come at SFX

    November 14, 2014 7:04 PM EST CEO Robert Sillerman spoke of consolidations "reductions in workforce" during Friday's earnings call. Change is on the horizon at SFX. During Friday's earnings call, Robert Sillerman, chairman and chief executive, said the company has "made a very significant…

  14. Can YouTube’s New Music Play Mend Its Fences With the Industry?

    November 14, 2014 2:57 PM EST Music Key, the company’s years-in-the-works premium streaming service, arrives Nov. 17. But will consumers want to pay for something they’ve always had for free? After a year of rumors, false starts and belabored label negotiations, YouTube’s streaming subscription service, Music Key, will…

  15. SFX Revenue Nearly Doubles on Strength of Festival Season

    November 14, 2014 12:26 PM EST With festival season in full swing, and with additional acquisitions to bolster its numbers, EDM-focused promoter SFX Entertainment is showing signs of financial life. In the third quarter, the company's revenue increased 194.5 percent to $143.5 million, with about 80 percent coming…

  16. YouTube's Music Key: How Much Could Its New Paid Service Pay Out?

    November 14, 2014 12:08 PM EST Will YouTube Music Key transform streaming revenues and take subscriptions into the mainstream? Or will it fail to capitalize on YouTube massive global footprint? It all depends on YouTube's ability to entice people to pay. With YouTube's announcement on Wednesday (Nov. 12) of…

  17. Daniel Glass, Martin Bandier, Robb McDaniels and More Discuss the Launch of YouTube Music

    November 14, 2014 10:17 AM EST From very exciting to rectifying a wrong, responses to the music world's newest digital gramophone. Two days ago, YouTube announced the launch of its music streaming service. The wise move on Google and YouTube's part, however, was that this streaming service was simply an…

  18. Taylor Swift Earned Less Than $500,000 From Spotify This Year, Label Boss Says

    November 12, 2014 8:18 PM EST That's a much smaller number than the one offered by Spotify's Daniel Ek earlier this week. The Taylor Swift vs. Spotify saga continued Wednesday (Nov. 12) with revelations about royalties the singer generated at the streaming company. Scott Borchetta , head of Swift's…

  19. The Good and the Bad of Spotify Founder Daniel Ek's Streaming Defense

    November 11, 2014 8:13 PM EST Spotify CEO Daniel Ek doesn't walk away from a challenge. After Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich blasted his company's business model , Ek responded with comments on Twitter. Now, after Taylor Swift drew huge attention by pulling her catalog from Spotify, Ek posted an 1,800-word…

  20. Shonda Rhimes to Receive Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Leadership Award

    November 10, 2014 1:45 PM EST The influential showrunner will be honored at the 2014 Women in Entertainment Breakfast, to be held Dec. 10 at Milk Studios in Los Angeles. Shonda Rhimes  has been tapped to receive The Hollywood Reporter's Sherry Lansing Award at its 2014 Women in Entertainment Breakfast. The award,…

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