1. Last Waltz: An Elegy for the iPod Classic

    September 23, 2014 3:54 PM EDT Across twenty-eight thousand songs, one muso's dying refrain. Recent news about Apple discontinuing the iPod Classic was cause for some mild nostalgia among longtime users. Inevitably, massive music storage devices like the Classic (which held about 160 GB) were outmoded by the likes…

  2. Guest Post: What Will the Music Business Look Like in Five Years?

    September 23, 2014 3:27 PM EDT From the dawn of the digital era in 1999, with the introduction of Napster, the U.S. recording industry has seen a cataclysmic decline in income, from $14.5 billion at its peak to less than $7 billion in 2013 (accounting for inflation, a decline of over 65%). In the last three years,…

  3. Male Country Singers Search For Openings In a Crowded Field

    September 23, 2014 2:16 PM EDT Much has been written in the last year about the paucity of female voices on contemporary country radio. What's gone unspoken in that debate is the density it creates for the other gender. There are so many men in the field that establishing a unique brand is a major challenge. Nine of…

  4. Houses of the Holy: Where the Music Biz Celebrates the Jewish High Holidays

    September 23, 2014 1:59 PM EDT Tonight we're gonna party like it's 5775. Here's where some of the music machers and/or mensches celebrate the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) Sept. 24-26 and Yom Kippur (day of atonement) Oct. 3-4. Nashuva (Founder’s Church of Religious Science, 3281 W.…

  5. Luke James Talks Self-Titled Album & Reminisces on 2013 Grammy Nomination

    September 23, 2014 1:30 PM EDT In 2013, Luke James ' "I Want You" was nominated for a Grammy in the Best R&B performance category. Every one of James' fellow nominees -- Usher , Miguel , Estelle , Robert Glasper and Ledisi -- had already released albums. On top of that, Usher and Estelle had…

  6. Album Review: Kenny Chesney Mixes Country Salvation With a Good Time on ‘The Big Revival’

    September 23, 2014 1:05 PM EDT Like Jimmy Buffett in a cowboy hat, Kenny Chesney keeps assuring us there's virtually no problem that a cold beer on a tropical island won't set right. No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems isn’t just the title of his 2002 multimillion-selling album -- it's Chesney's motto.…

  7. Bob Dylan Named MusiCares Person of the Year

    September 23, 2014 12:29 PM EDT Bob Dylan has been chosen as the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year by the Recording Academy. The Grammy winner will be honored at the 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert, set to be held Friday, Feb. 6, two days before the Grammy Awards. More MusiCares Sober Ozzy Osbourne Honored By…

  8. Morning Roundup: Taylor Swift's '1989' Party, the Fate of Beats & 8 Other Stories

    September 23, 2014 10:30 AM EDT The Fate of Beats: TechCrunch is reporting that Apple will be shutting down the Beats Music streaming service it purchased in tandem with its namesake headphones manufacturer for $3 billion. Representatives from Apple said the new was "simply not true." Either way, Dr. Dre' s…

  9. Exclusive: 'Fantasia' Video Game Soundtrack Set for Release

    September 23, 2014 9:39 AM EDT Nile Rodgers ' Sumthing Else Music Works will release a score album to accompany the new video game based on the 1940 Disney animated classic Fantasia . Disney Fantasia: Music Evolved Original Soundtrack , featuring new performances of classical masterpieces recorded with the London…

  10. 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…

  11. Duran Duran & Nile Rodgers Talk New Album

    September 22, 2014 9:23 PM EDT 'I couldn't be happier to be working with my band again,' Rodgers says of reuniting with 'Wild Boys' collaborators. Thirty years ago, Duran Duran and Nile Rodgers teamed for the band's iconic hit single "The Wild Boys." Now, that pairing is back in…

  12. Chart Highlights: Meghan Trainor Tops Pop Songs With 'All About That Bass'

    September 22, 2014 5:15 PM EDT Her debut smash is the chart's record-tying fifth consecutive leader by a rookie act. Plus, new No. 1s for Iggy Azalea, Trey Songz, Tito 'El Bambino' & more. Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. Find out the top songs,…

  13. YouTube Now Has 'Realtime' Stats for Your Videos

    September 22, 2014 2:35 PM EDT Good things come to those who wait, unless you're dying to know how well that video you just uploaded is doing on social media. YouTube has just rolled out realtime reporting on its analytics dashboard, the latest tool to help creators find their audience. "It's a part of us…

  14. Education By Dre (And Iovine, Too): Music Biz Philanthropists Help Schools Rise Up

    September 22, 2014 1:40 PM EDT A look at the many exec-driven programs at the country's top institutions. The late afternoon sun beams into the top floor of a building at the center of the University of Southern California campus as more than 30 excited college freshmen and their parents gather with school officials…

  15. Music Business 101: Top Schools Where You Can Learn About the Industry

    September 22, 2014 1:39 PM EDT A growing number of colleges, universities and other educational institutions are giving students the opportunity to learn about the music business with hands-on experience and classes taught by teachers from the industry. And those schools are increasingly responding to the changes…

  16. Apple Says iPhone 6 Sales Top 10 Million

    September 22, 2014 10:52 AM EDT Record numbers scoop up new iPhones on opening weekend; Meanwhile, Samsung eyes debut of its first Tizen-based device Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models, a record for a new model, in the three days after the phones went on sale. A year ago, Apple Inc. said it…

  17. The Script Beats Barbra Streisand To U.K. No. 1

    September 22, 2014 4:48 AM EDT Dublin pop-rock trio the Script have made it three U.K. No. 1s from four albums, after their new set No Sound Without Silence debuted at the top yesterday (Sept. 21). On the singles chart, British drum ‘n’ bass duo Sigma achieved their second No. 1 single with “Changing” (3 Beat/All Around…

  18. iHeartRadio Fest Saturday Highlights: Iggy Azalea Pulls Double Duty, Lorde Inspires Hair Envy

    September 21, 2014 6:28 AM EDT Check out all the action from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday night! The iHeartRadio Music Festival may be over after just two days, but the musical extravaganza packed a whirlwind of far-ranging talent that made the experience feel much, much longer than 36 hours.…

  19. iHeartRadio Festival: Calvin Harris Debuts 'Blame' Single Live with John Newman

    September 21, 2014 4:25 AM EDT Calvin Harris became the iHeartRadio Music Festival's first EDM headliner in its fourth year on Saturday night (Sept. 20), and the Scottish producer gave the audience at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena a special treat to send them home: the live debut of new single "…

  20. Exclusive: Zac Brown’s Label Partners With John Varvatos Records, Republic & Big Machine

    September 20, 2014 1:41 PM EDT After spending the last year as a free agent, Zac Brown ’s Southern Ground Artists has found a new label home -- a strategic partnership with Universal’s John Varvatos Records, Big Machine Label Group and Republic Records. iHeartRadio Fest 2014: Photos Live from Las Vegas! The deal will…

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