1. Jack Bruce Remembered by Fellow Bassists and Musicians on Social Media

    October 25, 2014 2:03 PM EDT As news broke of Cream bassist Jack Bruce ’s death on Saturday (Oct. 25) at the age of 71, the music world paid tribute to the virtuoso bassist, bandleader, songwriter and singer on social media. Jack Bruce, Cream Bassist, Bandleader and Solo Musician: An Appreciation “It is with great…

  2. SoundCloud Has Reached Critical Mass – Now It Has to Make Money

    October 24, 2014 5:00 PM EDT The world’s biggest audio-streaming service is coping with the biggest growing pain of all: how to make a buck. Like many digital start-ups, SoundCloud -- the world’s largest audio-streaming service -- built a seamless user experience before figuring out how to make money with it. Now the…

  3. Microsoft Had a Big Week in Music, Dropping Streaming and Charging Next to Nothing for Albums

    October 24, 2014 3:05 PM EDT Microsoft has changed its music strategy yet again. The company announced this week its plan to shut down the free, advertising-based version of Xbox Music Pass subscription service in order to focus on paid subscriptions and downloads. Xbox Music Pass will be discontinued on December 1st…

  4. Glen Campbell Notches Highest Rank on Hot Country Songs in 25 Years

    October 24, 2014 2:26 PM EDT The icon vaults 50-21 with 'I'm Not Gonna Miss You.' Plus, Jason Aldean logs the longest reign by a solo male in 51 years and Florida Georgia Line storms Top Country Albums at No. 1. With the touching documentary Glen Campbell … I'll Be Me opening in select markets…

  5. Deezer Acquires Podcast App Stitcher

    October 24, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Paris-based music streaming service Deezer announced Friday it has acquired Stitcher, an app that streams, organizes and recommends podcasts. The acquisition will allow Deezer to offer 35,000 radio shows and podcasts along with its catalog of over 35 million music tracks to its 16 million…

  6. Pandora Revenue Up 40 Percent, Listening Growth Softens

    October 23, 2014 5:25 PM EDT Pandora, the world's biggest Internet radio company, achieved big revenue gains in the third quarter in spite of a softening in its listener metrics. The company posted a $2 million net loss, an improvement from the $4.1 million loss a year earlier, on record revenue of $239.6 million,…

  7. Florida Georgia Line Scores First No. 1 Album

    October 22, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Bob Seger, The Game, U2 and Hoodie Allen also score Top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart. Country duo Florida Georgia Line nabs its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the arrival of Anything Goes . The set was released on Republic Nashville and sold 197,000 copies in the…

  8. Pandora Now Sharing Listener Data With Artists

    October 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Starting Wednesday, Pandora will provide artists with data and visualization tools to provide insight into their audiences. Called Pandora AMP , the suite of tools is intended to provide artists with the data for such tasks as picking singles, crafting set lists and routing tours. "…

  9. The Case for Inducting The Oak Ridge Boys Into the Country Music Hall of Fame

    October 21, 2014 6:24 PM EDT Three months ago, we gave you our thoughts on why Don Rich should be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2015 in the musicians' category. This month, we take a look at what is known as the Modern Era category. Open to acts that have been involved in the business for between…

  10. Giants vs. Royals: Who Has the Better Intro Music?

    October 21, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Tonight, the San Francisco Giants visit Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium to take on the Royals in Game One of the 2014 World Series. The Giants are gunning for their third ring in five years, while the Royals -- who have yet to lose this postseason -- are looking to continue an 11-game…

  11. Jason Aldean Tops Country Airplay, Keith Urban Hits Top 10, Toby Keith Returns

    October 21, 2014 2:45 PM EDT With the longest-running No. 1 this year on the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart and a head-turning bow atop the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums last week, Jason Aldean extends his chart-topping celebrations, as "Burnin' It Down" steps 2-1 to become his 12th leader…

  12. Google Play Music Now Integrates Songza

    October 21, 2014 12:01 PM EDT Users of the Google Play All Access subscription service will see a new feature on Tuesday. Activity-based radio stations are the first signs of Google Play's integration of Songza, the Internet radio service Google acquired in July . The activity-based station recommendations became…

  13. Chart Highlights: Iggy Azalea, MAGIC! Score New No. 1s, Foo Fighters Return

    October 20, 2014 6:35 PM EDT 'Black Widow' nets Azalea a Pop Songs honor last earned by Lady Gaga. Plus, MAGIC! tops AC and Foo Fighters storm multiple rock charts and more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs, Greatest Gainers and…

  14. Ticketmaster vs. Stubhub: Who’s Winning the Resale Battle?

    October 20, 2014 2:00 PM EDT One year after the Live Nation-owned seller shook up the $5 billion resale market, its primary rival has lowered selling fees and gone aggressive as concertgoers seek more value. While 2013 was the year that Ticketmaster and StubHub battled each other in state legislatures over resale laws…

  15. Twitter 'Audio Cards' Put Music in Your Tweets

    October 16, 2014 5:32 PM EDT Listening to music on Twitter's iOS and Android apps just got easier. On Thursday (Oct. 16), the social media company introduced a new product, the Twitter audio card, which enables audio streaming within the Twitter app. The audio card will be powered through partnerships with third…

  16. Tom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, Elvis Costello Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

    October 16, 2014 2:57 AM EDT Tom Petty, Vince Gill , Cyndi Lauper , Elvis Costello and Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds are among the performing songwriters being considered for the Songwriters Hall of Fame . The organization announced its 2015 nominees Wednesday. Other performers up for the honor are Gloria…

  17. Exclusive Video: Inside the Making of the Doobie Brothers 'Southbound' Album Featuring Blake Shelton, Zac Brown Band and More

    October 15, 2014 3:49 PM EDT If the Doobie Brothers had gotten their start today instead of four decades ago, they -- like the Eagles -- they might very well be considered more country than pop. Their music influenced many of today's biggest stars in the format, who join the iconic band for the Nov. 4 release of …

  18. Hello, World: Gigmor Wants to Be a Facebook, or LinkedIn, for Bands

    October 15, 2014 1:46 PM EDT Name: Gigmor Founder: David Baird Founded: 2011 Location: Santa Monica, CA Launched: October 2013 Business sector(s): Web, Social Media, Digital Music Key Execs: David Baird, Founder/CEO; Tracy Eumont, VP Product; Venk Tatineni, CTO; Blake Kuehn, VP Marketing Funding: $200,000 Investors: …

  19. TuneCore Bucks Digital Trend as Payouts Jump

    October 15, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Digital distributor TuneCore paid out $32 million in the third quarter, a 13.2-percent increase from the prior-year period, bringing total payouts since its 2006 inception to $471.5 million. Although TuneCore does not separate download and streaming royalties, the company revealed its…

  20. Beats Is Still Benefitting from Quarterback's Censored Headphones

    October 14, 2014 5:45 PM EDT Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco 49ers quarterback fined $10,000 last week for wearing Beats headphones to a press conference, has found an elegantly simple solution to his sonic steadfastness: tape. During a press conference yesterday the star player appeared with his preferred hot pink…

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