Spotify has announced a new information-rich destination, Spotify Artists. The digital music service says the new offering is dedicated to not only helping artists better understand how they are compensated, but to provide them with contextual data around their music and fans.
Billboard won two 2013 Folio Eddie & Ozzie Awards in categories honoring best article and best cover. The awards ceremony, held Thursday at New York City’s Grand Hyatt, honored excellence in magazine editorial and design.
The soundtrack to the Disney animated film debuts at No. 18, selling 44,000 in its first week. It's the highest-charting soundtrack from an animated film since 2006, when another Disney film, "Cars," drove its soundtrack to No. 6.
Heroic in his deeds, graceful in his manner, sainted in his image, Nelson Mandela long served as both cause and muse in the entertainment community. From the 1960s, when he was a political prisoner and South Africa was under the laws of apartheid, right up to recent times, when the racist laws of the land had fallen and he was among the world's most admired people, Mandela inspired concerts, songs, poems, fiction and movies.
John Mayer and longtime manager Michael McDonald of Mick Management have parted ways, according to two knowledgeable executives. The split was finalized in the midst of Mayer's tour on Dec. 3. "It's been a magnificent journey," McDonald tells Billboard in a statement.
Welcome to the second annual Billboard.Biz Year-End Readers' Survey. Unlike other traditional polls based on voting, we want your opinions and wisdom on four questions about the music industry in 2013. Click through to fill out the survey. The deadline is Dec. 12. We look forward to your responses!
Broods, a brother-sister alternative duo from New Zealand, finalized a label deal with Capitol in the U.S. and Polydor in the U.K. on Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 3). The group's debut EP is due out in February 2014, with a full-length to follow in August.
On Thursday, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts will release the first-ever estimates of the creative sector's contributions to U.S. gross domestic product based on 2011 data, the most recent figures available. GDP measures the nation's production of goods and services.
Rough Trade NYC’s brand-spanking-new Brooklyn retail and venue space is temporarily putting all its live performance "on hold" to "allow additional sound remediation," according to a release put out by the store. The retail portion of the store will remain open. No word was given on when the performance space, operated in conjunction with Bowery Presents, will be re-opened.
Ryan Bingham has written the main title theme and will produce the music for the film “A Country Called Home,” his first film music project since winning an Oscar and a Grammy for 2009’s “Crazy Heart.” “It’s still in the early stages,” he says of the film’s music.