When the Source Awards are handed out Sept. 29 in Nashville, Sally Williams, who is one of this year’s seven honorees, will be recognized for her role with one of the nation’s iconic live venues. She spoke to Billboard about the task of keeping the Ryman vibrant.
With newly included metrics from Vine factoring into Billboard's Social 50 chart, Web-grown entertainers/musicians have begun to impact the tally. One of those acts is DeStorm Power, a Los Angeles-based musician and YouTube personality that made his Social 50 debut on the list dated June 27 (the first week Vine and Tumblr metrics were added to list's computation). On the latest chart, Power moves 12-7 to break the Social 50 top 10 for the first time.
YouTube and Google must immediately take action to block videos if they are notified by authors, artists and publishers about concrete copyright infringements, according to a new ruling by a Hamburg regional court on July 1.
Scott Borchetta has decided not to sell his company, the Big Machine Label Group, at least for now, and has re-signed a distribution agreement with Universal Music Group that will give him full ownership of Republic Nashville, according to sources.
Veteran salsa singer Ismael Miranda earns his third No. 1 on Tropical Songs (chart dated July 11), and second this year, as “Bajo, Piano & Bongo,” featuring Bobby Valentin, Richie Ray & Roberto Roena, steps 2-1 (up 34 percent in spins in the week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music).