1. In the Face of Giants, Indie Concert Promoters Outpaced the Industry at Large This Year

    December 15, 2014 5:37 PM EST The grosses of the top six independent promoters in the U.S. combined increased by more than 15 percent, compared to a 7.7 percent increase for overall. Some 20 years after industry consolidation was supposed to wipe independent promoters off the map, these stubborn, savvy and fiercely…

  2. BSBB Round 1: Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj, "Bang Bang" vs. Maroon 5, "Animals"

    December 14, 2014 10:00 AM EST Best Song Bracket Battle: View the Matchups | Critics and Rules Bang Bang Jessie J, Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj Animals Maroon 5 CRAIG JENKINS: Maroon 5 is a machine of startling pop efficacy in 2014; “Animals” arranges all the notes where they should be -- without ever making you feel…

  3. Sony/ATV Chairman Blasts Payouts from Internet Radio

    December 11, 2014 1:41 PM EST Pandora is coming under fire again for its payouts to songwriters and publishers. In a letter to his staff, Sony/ATV Music Publishing chairman/CEO Marty Bandier notes that despite the success of two of the company's biggest songwriters -- John Legend and Pharrell Williams -- their…

  4. The Year in Christian Music: Carrie Underwood & Hillsong Triumph

    December 09, 2014 12:44 PM EST The multi-metric Hot Christian Songs survey only had two No. 1 songs all year, and they were different in almost every respect from one another -- except that they were both affirmations of the power of faith, prayer and human frailty, and they both used water as the defining theme. See…

  5. 'CMA Country Christmas': Watch Idina Menzel & Jennifer Nettles Slay 'Let It Go'

    December 01, 2014 10:00 PM EST If you thought Frozen fever was thawing out anytime soon, it's quite the opposite. The drop in temperature around the country has only heated up the year-old movie -- as evidenced by the latest cover of the Disney megahit "Let It Go." Christmas in the Country: Five Essential…

  6. The Niche Releases to Watch for on Black Friday -- From a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Mixtape to a Limited-Edition ‘Big Lebowski’ Soundtrack

    November 25, 2014 11:54 AM EST Record Store Day is typically celebrated in April, but since 2010, mom-and-pop shops -- along with labels and even movie studios -- have also welcomed exclusive releases for Black Friday. On tap for 2014: a Guardians of the Galaxy mixtape on cassette, Island/Mercury's limited edition …

  7. Mad Decent Boat Party Highlights: Skrillex's Surprise, Dillion Francis' Alter Ego & More

    November 17, 2014 6:00 PM EST Ever since HARD's Holy Ship! set a lofty standard for dance music cruises, few have succeeded in meeting it. However, Diplo 's label Mad Decent has the star power and curatorial credibility necessary to field a serious contender. Fans from across the globe clamored aboard the…

  8. 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 "…

  9. Bob Lefsetz & Scott Cohen Rail on Music Tech in Spain: 'You're a Zit on the Ass of the Business'

    November 03, 2014 2:00 PM EST "If you really care that much about music, make a f-----g band, make a hit record. Otherwise you're a zit on the ass of the business." Bob Lefsetz took aim at music start-ups, among other targets, when he brought his irascible industry analyst act to the BIME Pro conference…

  10. Billboard Celebrates 120th Anniversary: A Look Back at the Rich History

    November 01, 2014 1:41 PM EDT I was 14 when I discovered Billboard . For a high school student who wanted to be a writer and who was interested in music, it was a window into a business I knew little about. But that quickly changed, as I became familiar with the names of industry leaders and the ever-changing…

  11. Op-Ed: Does BitTorrent Actually Want to Empower Artists?

    October 30, 2014 1:08 PM EDT Film executive Ruth Vitale on "the pirate’s penance" & BitTorrent's "fuzzy math." This is a response to an op-ed, published last week (Oct. 21), from BitTorrent's Chief Content Officer Matt Mason. Below, former film executive and current executive director…

  12. The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1980s

    October 29, 2014 3:20 PM EDT In the '80s, disco's popularity decreased, and the top 20 Hot 100 hits present a more complicated picture than it did a decade before. Not that disco completely disappeared: Diana Ross 's "Upside Down," produced with the help of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards from…

  13. Dillon Francis Gets a Little Help From His 'Friends' on Debut Album

    October 28, 2014 8:55 PM EDT Dance music's class clown graduates from moombahton past on diverse full-length debut. Leaning on a candy-cane tree at TomorrowWorld , Dillon Francis admits his new album is nothing but an elaborate ruse. "It's a lie," he jests. "We've been lying to the whole…

  14. Lachie Rutherford, President, Warner Music Asia Pacific, Will Retire at End of Year

    October 24, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Warner Music Group has announced that Lachie Rutherford , president, Warner Music Asia Pacific, will retire at the end of the year and Simon Robson , who is currently COO and CFO of Warner Music UK, will fill the position. Robson will report to Stu Bergen , president, international, Warner…

  15. Brad Pitt Admits He Loves The 'Friends' Theme Song to Zach Galifianakis

    October 23, 2014 11:55 AM EDT How old were you when you lost your virginity? Zero? What's your tolerance for awkwardness? If you thrive on it, you're going to want to check out the latest episode of Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis ' Funny or Die web talk show. Bradley Pitts Brad Pitt stops by, and…

  16. Album Review: Nico & Vinz’s Debut ‘Black Star Elephant’ Proves Doubters Right

    October 14, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Would you be wrong for thinking that Nico & Vinz could be some-thing for real? Yup. The Norwegian duo may have boasted one of the songs of the summer in "Am I Wrong," but on its debut album, Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery prove the chorus of doubters right. The LP trumpets its…

  17. Is the Party Over for the Sunset Strip's Rock 'n' Roll Scene?

    October 13, 2014 5:00 PM EDT As luxury hotels threaten to displace fans and bands, delivering the boulevard's biggest facelift since 70s rock made way for hair metal, is the party over for LA's sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll epicenter? Rock 'n' roll's most famous street is receiving a…

  18. 'Downton Abbey' Christmas Album Is Coming

    October 13, 2014 2:51 PM EDT This is the best news since the last time the Dowager Countess spoke :  Downton Abbey  will be releasing a Christmas album this year.  Christmas at Downton Abbey  will feature a festive version of the show's theme song as well as traditional hymns and carols, according to ITV , which…

  19. Tomorrow's Hits: Lillywood & Robin Schulz, Logic, Kelsea Ballerini

    October 10, 2014 10:05 AM EDT Lillywood & Robin Schulz French duo Lillywood and German DJ Robin Schulz 's hypnotic "Prayer in C" (RRP) is beginning its rise Stateside after topping charts in 15 countries, including the Official U.K. Singles chart for two weeks in September. First released by the…

  20. 'New York Is Music' Coalition Aims to Stimulate Empire State's Ailing Music Industry

    October 09, 2014 10:30 AM EDT About a year ago on a routine trip to Los Angeles, Downtown Music Publishing CEO Justin Kalifowitz noticed the music industry members he talked to out there -- managers, clients, lawyers -- said they hadn't been to New York in a while because they didn't need to. "The music…

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