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Bon Jovi scores its fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as "What About Now" debuts with 96,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The veteran band beats the also-debuting David Bowie, who arrives at a career-high No. 2 with "The Next Day," selling 85,000.
A deal for Australian promoter Paul Dainty and Virgin Music to promote a North American Rolling Stones tour of a confirmed 18 shows has fallen through, and AEG Live has stepped in to promote the shows, sources tell Billboard. The Stones will still roll and an announcement will likely come before the end of the month.
Some of the biggest names in Latin music including Don Omar, Gerardo Ortiz, Michel Telo, Lucero and Carlos Vives are scheduled to perform at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards during an April 25 broadcast on Telemundo. The Billboard Latin Music Awards is the longest running show in Latin music and honors the most popular albums, songs and performers as determined by actual sales, radio airplay, streaming and social data based on Billboard's weekly charts.
14 years later, Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker are older and wiser, but no less passionate about their original mission to give people access to the music they want, when they want it. .Biz caught up with both Parker and Fanning at SXSW, where "Downloaded" had its world premiere and duo had lots to say about Napster, music ownership, their 18-19 year old selves and much more
March Madness, which started Tuesday, understands how to reach people online, how to deliver ad-supported content through social-media and how to create an experience. The music business could take a few pointers from the tournament...
Maria Pallante, Register of Copyrights, will urge Congress to think about passing “the next great copyright act” that will be “more forward thinking and flexible than before” when she testifies before the House Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet on Wednesday.
Romeo Santos, who last week tied Enrique Iglesias as the only Latin artist to score five No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart from a single album, was named Songwriter of the Year at the 21st annual ASCAP Latin Music Awards.
YouTube's multichannel network partners should work harder to pay songwriters and publishers their fair share, argues SONGS Music Publishing founder/CEO and NMPA and ASCAP board member Matt Pincus in our guest editorial.
Subscription music services have yet to profit but that hasn't stopped some of the internet's biggest media distributors from jumping into the business. Amazon, the web's biggest retailer, is the latest to inquire with various music companies about starting a subscription service, multiple sources have told The Verge. The news comes as Google and Apple’s are reportedly ramping up a streaming and web radio businesses, respectively.
Pandora Media Inc., grappling with rising music costs, expects the royalties it pays to artists and record labels to decline to 40 percent of revenue from about 60 percent now, Chief Financial Officer Mike Herring said. The company, the biggest Internet radio provider, expects to reach that target over the next few years, Herring said today at an investor conference sponsored by Roth Capital Partners in Dana Point, California.
Denver billionaire Phil Anschutz is prepping a fresh acquisition strategy for AEG Worldwide — just a week after pulling the entertainment giant off the block. The 73-year-old executive and his new senior team are huddling to finalize a strategy on how best to grow AEG at home and abroad — a plan, sources said, that could include the possible purchase of Live Nation’s Foxwoods Theatre on 42nd Street. “They have big international expansion plans for venues and ticketing,” said one executive involved in the process.
New York Post
Yahoo is in talks to buy a controlling stake in France Telecom SA's online-video site Dailymotion, according to people familiar with the talks, in what would be Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's first major acquisition since taking over the Internet pioneer last year. Yahoo could buy as much as 75% of Dailymotion as part of an ownership structure that is under consideration, these people said. The site could be valued at around $300 million, one of these people said, and would help U.S.-based Yahoo to gain a bigger toehold in online video in parts of Europe and Asia.
Wall Street Journal
AXS TV will set up in New Orleans during Jazz Fest, broadcasting nightly beginning April 26 and offering live performances and event coverage on the festival’s second weekend, May 3-5. It is the first time in its 43 years that the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been televised.
PRINCE ROYCE SIGNS-ON AS SECOND 'LA VOZ KIDS' JUDGE
Bachata star Prince Royce is the second Latin music star to sign on as a coach of “La Voz Kids,” the singing competition for kids 7-14 that will air this Spring on the Telemundo Network. Royce will share coaching duties with Mexican star Paulina Rubio, whose deal was announced Monday, and a third, soon-to-be-announced celebrity.
Michelle Shocked has gone silent after a homophobic rant at a San Francisco concert Sunday night that has left her without a U.S. tour. Ten out of eleven of her upcoming concert dates have been canceled by the venues themselves, Billboard has confirmed. Clubs from Santa Cruz, CA to Evanston, IL have pulled Shocked from their schedules. Meander's Kitchen in Seattle nixed her April 26th show "due to her homophobic performance in San Francisco last night, during which she actually said 'God Hates Fags,'" the club wrote on Facebook.
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