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Saturday was Record Store Day and with that a good chunk of the Billboard’s Staff was out trolling the bins and aisles: Billboard's intrepid Retail Track visited six New York/New Jersey area record stores in 12 hours; we got the scoop on Williamsburg’s indie retailer Sound Fix's closure; and spoke to Rough Trade co-founder Stephen Godfroy on his store's success and Brooklyn expansion; and more.
Data centered around the launch of #Music, recorded by web data and analytics provider Attensity, provides some insight into the app's update and usage across the social web after its first 24 hours.
BILLBOARD 2013 LATIN MUSIC CONFERENCE KICKS OFF TODAY
For nearly 25 years, the Billboard Latin Music Conference has been universally acknowledged as the most important annual Latin music industry event of the year. What insiders know is that the weeklong Miami event kicking off today is not just about the suits -- conference participants get an all-access pass to the artists that matter in every genre of Latin music, in conversation as well as on stage. Here’s a preview of the stellar line-up at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Conference & Awards
Michael Bublé sold 121,000 copies of “To Be Loved” (Reprise/Warner Music) in the U.K. last week to claim his third No. 1 album there where it’s the fastest-selling artist album of 2013 to date in the territory. Daft Punk single races to No. 3 behind Rudimental and will.i.am featuring Justin Bieber.
GRIMES WIN JUNOS
Carly Rae Jepsen added two more Junos on Sunday night, one of seven trophies given out at Canada’s 42nd annual Juno Awards, which was televised live on CTV from Brandt Centre in Regina. The night before, Jepsen, Leonard Cohen, Carly Rae Jepsen, Metric, Grimes and The Weeknd won Junos at Canada's 2013 Juno Gala Dinner & Awards in Regina, Sask., during a private, untelevised, non-webcast event.
The music service says the French electronic duo's song "Get Lucky" had the biggest streaming day for a single track on Friday in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.
Reddit users found out Thursday that Led Zeppelin is unlikely to reunite and tour, Jimmy Page is selecting previously unleaked material for the upcoming Led Zeppelin box set and Led Zeppelin's music "is up for discussion" in regard to being added to on-demand streaming services.
In an industry where “music discovery” has become a buzzword – companies like Twitter and Beats By Dre have invested in high-profile products designed to help users find the unfound – is there any real ability to wade through the almost unlimited availability of music online?
Industry sources say that Fall Out Boy's latest release, "Save Rock and Roll," is on course to sell around 150,000, while Kid Cudi's new "Indicud" should sell about the same. Those in the know are giving a slight edge to Fall Out Boy, but anything is possible over the weekend.
Adele, Simon Cowell, Paul McCartney and Daniel Radcliffe are among the British entertainment industry figures who saw their fortunes rise last year, according to the annual Sunday Times Rich List. Published on Sunday by the newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., the list of Britain's 1,000 richest people also includes such new entrants as Coldplay star Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow and two other Hollywood power couples - Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, as well as Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas.
Apple could make history tomorrow with its biggest second-quarter sales yet, though it's also expected to record its first decline in profit in 10 years. That's what analysts anticipate in Tuesday's second-quarter earnings report, which will spell out the company's performance through the end of March. One of the key reasons a decline in profit is expected is Apple's gross margins, the amount of money it makes on its products.
The Senate is expected to vote as soon as this week on legislation allowing states to require Internet retailers to collect sales taxes, opening up a battle over a tax break that consumers love but that states say costs millions. The outcome is uncertain, largely because of opposition from some conservatives who see the move as a new tax and an unfair burden on business, and from lawmakers from states that don't tax sales. EBay Inc. sent tens of millions of emails urging its active U.S. sellers to push for changes to Congress's sales-tax bill. The company says the bill's sales threshold for triggering the tax is too low.
Wall Street Journal
Bob Dylan and his band, Wilco, and My Morning Jacket are set to hit the road for the AmericanaramA Festival of Music tour this summer, BobDylan.com announced Sunday. The tour will visit 26 venues, kicking off June 26 at the Cruzan Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida and wrapping-up Aug. 4 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. The dates are presented in-full at the Wilco Website.
Napster.fm, an open source alternative to music services such as Rdio and Spotify, is changing its name to Peer.fm to steer clear of legal issues, since Best Buy acquired the service and brand and shipped it over to Rhapsody in 2011, or whatever is left of it.
As a songwriter and producer for stars like Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston, Preston Glass receives a comfortable stream of music royalties. But when he needed to make a substantial investment to embark on the next phase of his career — as a performing artist in his own right — he had few options to raise the money, he said. So Mr. Glass turned to the Royalty Exchange, a Web site where musicians can sell parts of their royalty income to investors.
New York Times
Chrissy Amphlett, the potent frontwoman of the Divinyls, the ARIA Hall of Fame-inducted group whose sexually-driven song “I Touch Myself” was a global hit in 1991, has died at her home in New York after a battle with breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She was 53.
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