Lea Michele is heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources forecast the actress/singer's debut set, "Louder," to sell between 50,000 and 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 9.
Billboard polled a brain trust of veteran music execs to get expert strategies for how best to approach the massive music conference; and to explain why, exactly, it's still worth the ticket to Austin. Today, Billboard.biz talks to Sickamore, A&R at Def Jam, for his seasoned perspective on the industry's annual Texas takeover.
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For its first Three Artists, One Song campaign in nearly two years, Converse is teaming with Diplo, Frank Ocean and the Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon for "Hero," which will be available for free download on Monday, March 10.
"Bubbling Under" alums American Authors score their first No. 1 on an airplay chart with "Best Day of My Life," couple Dawn & Hawkes score a Hot Shot Debut with their cover of the Beatles' "I've Just Seen a Face" from their "Voice" audition, Wisin scores his second No. 1 on Latin Rhythm Airplay with the aid of Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin, and more in today's Chart Moves.
Spotify's acquisition of the Echo Nest signals the growing importance of data - Lady Antebellum, Kevin McCarthy, Nancy Pelosi to be honored at 2014 Grammy on the Hill Awards - Pink and Sony Music prevail in a legal dispute over an administration error - The Orchard acquires global music channel BalconyTV - and much more in this morning's Fix.
Lady Antebellum will be honored with the Recording Artists' Coalition Award during the Recording Academy's 2014 Grammys on the Hill Awards, to be held April 2 in Washington, D.C. House of Representatives majority whip Kevin McCarthy and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi will also be honored.