Townsquare Media, the media and entertainment company that operates 311 radio stations in 66 North American markets, has announced its acquisition of legacy hip-hop publication XXL, as well as men's magazine King and lifestyle website Antenna.
Schools focusing specifically on music business education -- and supported by industry executives like Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, whose USC Iovine and Young Academy debuted this year -- are responding to the need to educate a new generation of disruptive entrepreneurs.
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.
Billboard told each artist about Polaris’ grand jury duty -- then asked: How does it make you feel knowing that, behind closed doors, while the gala is happening, that the members of the Grand Jury have all studied and picked apart your album, with one person there as your champion, with everyone debating its merits, and if it should, or shouldn’t, win?
The Polaris Prize will be announced this evening, with our sister to the north's top album being named after what is, apparently, a unique system for determining the winner. Below, Billboard correspondent Karen Bliss explains how the process worked, from her unique vantage as a juror in 2011.
Streaming services are proliferating at an alarming rate, as the industry has come to recognize that access -- storing no files locally, but having millions available -- will overtake ownership as the way that most fans will listen to and interact with their favorite music.