1. Deezer Expands U.S. Presence With Bose Partnership

    October 02, 2014 1:06 PM EDT Deezer is broadening its U.S. presence with the release of its standard premium tier of music subscription services through a global partnership with home audio company Bose. Premium Plus, the Paris-based company's principle product, will be available in the U.S. on Thursday to owners…

  2. Music Companies Not Spared as Stocks Tumble

    October 01, 2014 5:14 PM EDT It was a tough day on Wall Street. Publicly traded music companies fared no better than any other as stocks across the market plunged on Wednesday. Sparked by weak economic data in the United States and Europe, equity markets suffered from widespread selling by investors seeking safer…

  3. New California Law Toughens Penalties for Device-Based Piracy

    October 01, 2014 3:43 PM EDT A new California bill targets digital piracy through storage devices like flash drives that are often sold by street vendors and at flea markets. Introduced by Assembly member Raul Bocanegra , AB 2122 makes it a crime for a person who sells, rents or manufactures at least 100 recordings of…

  4. Judas Priest Is Back With a Vengeance With a Tour, Which Marks Their 40th Anniversary

    September 29, 2014 2:23 PM EDT Even the heavy metal gods have to do their laundry. Judas Priest 's Rob Halford is calling from his home in England to talk about the upcoming tour by the veteran metal act, and he notes that he's busy washing his underwear at the moment. Thanks for that, Rob. Of course, his…

  5. Five Takeaways from the RIAA's Mid-Year Report

    September 26, 2014 2:24 PM EDT There are a number of stories within the RIAA's release on Thursday of mid-year numbers for the U.S. recording industry. The industry as a whole was down about 5 percent. Within that slight decline are gains, losses, subplots and trends that deserve more analysis. Let's take a…

  6. Six Key Takeaways From This Week's Massive Copyright Decision

    September 25, 2014 10:29 AM EDT The decision by a federal judge in California that came down on Monday -- that owners of master recordings released before Feb. 15, 1972 have an exclusive copyright that applies to performances -- is not only seen as a major victory for Flo & Eddie (the pair who initiated a class…

  7. Bruce Springsteen's First Seven Albums Remastered for New Box Set

    September 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Bruce Springsteen diehards have something to put at the top of their holiday lists. The Boss’ first seven albums are being remastered and reissued for a fancy new box set that’s set to drop Nov. 17. Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984 starts with Greetings From Asbury…

  8. Pandora, Spotify & Apple Among the Top 10 App Publishers in August (Exclusive)

    September 24, 2014 2:00 AM EDT Mobile users are increasingly paying for their favorite music service using in-app purchases. For the first time, streaming music apps by Pandora, Spotify and Apple ranked among the leaders in app revenue in August. According to figures released Wednesday by App Annie, a San Francisco-based…

  9. Wonder.fm, New Site By a We Are Hunted Co-Founder, Simplifies Music Discovery

    September 23, 2014 8:54 AM EDT A new music discovery site called Wonder.fm  is proving the problem of music discovery, an emphasis of streaming sites in recent years, is far from solved. Wonder.fm was created by We Are Hunted co-founder Stephen Phillips. We Are Hunted was acquired by Twitter in April 2013 and morphed…

  10. Madonna Adds DJ Dahi & Blood Diamonds to Collaborators List

    September 21, 2014 2:12 PM EDT The list of collaborators for Madonna ’s next album continues to grow. Who's Working on Madonna's Album? 20 Possible Collaborators The diva posted an Instagram photo on Saturday (Sept. 20) of DJ Dahi and Blood Diamonds working behind a computer, with the caption, “Nothing can stop…

  11. iHeartRadio Village: 5 Seconds of Summer, Iggy Azalea Highlight Day Festival

    September 20, 2014 9:50 PM EDT In between the two nights of the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the music extravaganza moved outside for the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village, in which a collection of pop's rising stars shared a stage in the sweltering Las Vegas heat. Although temperatures surpassed 95 degrees on…

  12. Australia's Music Streaming Market Is Jam-Packed – But Likely Not for Long

    September 19, 2014 1:53 PM EDT There's a rumble going on Down Under. Over the last few years, Australia has become one of the world's most competitive markets for music streaming services. A few companies could strike it rich, but the sparsely populated country could be trouble for many more. Australia is the…

  13. Johnny Rotella, Songwriter for Frank Sinatra, Dies at 93

    September 18, 2014 11:20 PM EDT Johnny Rotella , an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter who wrote the Frank Sinatra standard “Nothing but the Best” and recorded with Neil Diamond , Frank Zappa , Steely Dan and others, has died. He was 93. Rotella, a highly sought-after session man who played with marquee artists…

  14. Lecrae Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    September 17, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Meanwhile, new albums by Jhene Aiko and Ryan Adams start in the Top 5. Rapper Lecrae collects his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as his new Anomaly opens atop the list. It sold 88,000 copies in the week ending Sept. 14, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's also the first…

  15. Listen to Alex & Sierra's New Song 'Here We Go'

    September 17, 2014 3:16 AM EDT Just before the plug was pulled on Fox's X Factor in February, boyfriend-girlfriend duo Alex & Sierra made history as the only group to win the U.S. version of the singing competition. Now, seven months later, the couple is about to release its Columbia/Syco debut, It’s About Us on…

  16. Is Another Tech Bubble Forming Around Music Streaming?

    September 16, 2014 5:41 PM EDT Some of the most well known venture capitalists have sounded an alarm over the state of startups in the United States. Put simply, they think startups' burn rate -- the amount of cash used in excess of cash received -- points to a high level of risk. Bill Gurley , a partner at Benchmark…

  17. Kim Dotcom, Pushing His 'Internet Mana' Party, Brings Snowden But Lacks Bombshell at 'Moment of Truth'

    September 15, 2014 11:16 AM EDT Kim Dotcom , founder of the shuttered MegaUpload and (currently) still-extant Mega file hosting services, assembled Edward Snowden and Julian Assange for his hyped "Moment of Truth" event on Monday, where a discussion about government mass surveillance in New Zealand was…

  18. Madonna Aiming for 2015 Album Release, 'Having a Lot of Fun' With Diplo

    September 12, 2014 1:13 PM EDT Madonna 's been hard at work on her upcoming new album -- as evidenced by her prolific posts on Instagram -- and is planning for it to be released in 2015, according to a representative. Among those she's working with is super-producer Diplo , who has turned up in multiple…

  19. 40 Under 40: Music's Young Power Players

    September 12, 2014 8:00 AM EDT They’re young, they’re innovative, they’re disruptive. From monetizing bite-sized streams to selling out massive stadiums, these are the progressive leaders reshaping the music industry. The honorees on Billboard’s annual 40 Under 40 Power Players list were chosen by Billboard editors from…

  20. SiriusXM Raises Forecast by 200,000 Subscribers for 2014

    September 11, 2014 6:17 PM EDT SiriusXM Radio has increased its forecast for subscription growth by 200,000 accounts. The company now expects to finish the year with net subscriber additions of 1.45 million, which would bring total subscribers to 27 million. SiriusXM Adds Barbra Streisand Channel The increased guidance can…

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