Britney Spears' new album "Britney Jean" is on course to score the highest debut on next week's Billboard 200 chart. The likely new No. 1 will be Garth Brooks' box set, "Blame It All On My Roots," which could sell upwards of 150,000.
Documentaries on Nick Cave and of transgender singer Rae Spoon and a musical from Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian are among the 118 full-length films selected for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions and out-of-competition screenings. Other music films include “Song One” staring Anne Hathaway and Johnny Flynn and "Happy Christmas with Anna Kendrick and Lena Dunham.
Due to renewed viral activity, the ballad dethrones Lorde's 'Royals' after a nine-week reign. Plus, new No. 1s for Pitbull and Avicii, while A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera reach the Hot 100's top 10.
The bizarre "rap opera," which first debuted online in 2005 before segueing to IFC, will release additional chapters on the cable network in 2014. The news comes little more than a year after the last batch of "Closet" episodes hit the network after a five-year lapse.
“Soundtracks are an area that I know and love, and this great opportunity comes at a time of renewed excitement about music for visual media," said Kraft. "WBR's legacy includes many landmark soundtracks, from "Purple Rain" to "The Matrix" and "The Dark Knight," so I’m delighted to help grow the label’s reputation as the pre-eminent player in the soundtrack arena."
A lawsuit with the potential of shaking up commonly held assumptions about the broadcasting of older music will be staying in California. Sirius XM is facing a number of lawsuits, including class action suits in California, New York and Florida and two more by the major labels and SoundExchange. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Philip Gutierrez denied Sirius' motion to move the Turtles California lawsuit to New York and spoke about the huge stakes involved.
You know how annoying it can be to listen to more than one song on YouTube on a smartphone, compared to on a computer? Google fixes this and much more with a paid subscription version in an upcoming version of its YouTube Android app, as uncovered by APK Teardown.
C3 Presents, the concert promotion, event production, artist management, and winner of the Top Independent Promoter award at the 2013 Billboard Touring Awards, has brought in Anthony Aymen Saleh, who will join C3's management division as executive vice president, providing a significant boost to C3's efforts in that sector.
One Direction's "Midnight Memories" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week with 546,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The act makes history as the first group to debut at No. 1 with their first three albums since 1967. "Midnight Memories" follows two No. 1s for the act in 2012: their debut album "Up All Night" and sophomore set "Take Me Home."
Spotify unveiled a slick, artist-oriented website chock full of analytics to better understand the economics of the streaming service – Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley have been accused of stealing the song "Remind Me" – A few musical suggestions for Mayor-elect de Blasio – and much more.
Acoustic pop and alternative crossovers often pile up at top 40 waiting for the one "rock slot" among more traditionally rhythmic and mainstream titles. That's why One Direction's "Story Of My Life" needs five weeks to get to the top 20 and OneRepublic's "Counting Stars" needs six months. So what would top 40 sound like if it played those songs right away? A lot like WKRQ (Q102) Cincinnati. So we take a Fresh Listen.
A new Univision Radio morning program, which replaces the former "El Piolin de la Mañana," launched this week in Los Angeles and is scheduled to feature regional Mexican singer/songwriter Gerardo Ortiz as one of the first major on-air guests.