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On a night when the future of the format was served, the big award of the night went to one of the most legendary stars in the business. George Strait – who won the Entertainer of the Year trophy from the CMA in 1989 and 1990, returned to the ultimate winners' circle after an absence of 23 years.
The IPO won't change much from the music industry's perspective. Twitter was an established promotional tool for musicians well before the IPO. It will continue to be a vital tool well after the IPO.
Streaming services and live events provide brands with an attractive opportunity for engaging fans. Those are two of the big takeaways from the new 2013 Music 360 report from Nielsen.
Deezer, the Paris-based streaming music service available in 182 countries (none of which is the United States), has announced a slew of features, stats, partnerships, appointments and intentions in a statement released yesterday.
Dean Dillon, who has penned hits for George Strait, George Jones, Kenny Chesney and more in his prolific career, was honored as the newest BMI Icon at Tuesday night's (Nov. 5) BMI Country Awards. After Strait, Chesney, Luke Bryan and Lee Ann Womack performed his songs, Dillon delivered a remarkably poignant, humble and candid acceptance speech.
Arcade Fire debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Reflektor," selling 140,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is the band’s second No. 1 album.
According to Nielsen SoundScan (via Billboard), "Reflektor" sold 140,000 copies in its first week out. An impressive feat for Win Butler and crew who've delivered their most ambitious and accessible album yet, it also follows a long and steady, nearly perfectly executed roll-out.
In its fifth week at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and sixth week in the top five of the Billboard 200, Drake's third studio album "Nothing Was the Same" moves 38,000 copies to cross the million copies sold mark.
Whether the country music stars who’ll be front and center at the CMA Awards show from Nashville are coming up with the songs that make the whole world sing could be debated, but they’re certainly some of the most trusted celebrities around.
Los Angeles Times
The political activist and punk veteran says musicians need to adapt to streaming technology rather than try to dictate how to listen to music, adding that “railing against Spotify” was “as helpful to [the artists'] cause as campaigning against the Sony Walkman would have been in the early 80s."
The Major League Baseball Players Association is trying to catch Jay Z on his worst behavior. Reportedly, the MLBPA is investigating whether or not a pricey birthday gift Hova gave Robinson Cano broke their rules.
Bill de Blasio strode onstage in Brooklyn on Tuesday night to give his victory speech as New York City’s mayor-elect to a song by a teenager from New Zealand, “Royals,” by Lorde. “Royals” is currently the No. 1 song in the United States on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100.
New York Times
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