JASON ALDEAN'S 'NIGHT TRAIN' ALBUM HEADING FOR NO. 1 ON NEXT WEEK'S BILLBOARD 200 CHART: Jason Aldean's latest release, "Night Train," is steamrolling its way to a big No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 next week. Industry sources suggest the album could sell 400,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Oct. 21.
| BILLBOARD INSIGHT: MUSIC BUSINESS STAYS IN APPLE'S SHADOW: A year after the passing of Steve Jobs a Billboard investigation by Alex Pham, Ed Christman and Glenn Peoples finds Apple has mellowed slightly in its dealings with major music companies, but the iPhone maker is still putting pressure on smaller companies.
WHAT DOES NASHVILLE THINK OF 'NASHVILLE'? JASON ALDEAN, BOB DOYLE, MORE WEIGH IN: Despite positive advance reviews and strong names attached to it, the premiere of the ABC series "Nashville" last week was greeted with a fair amount of trepidation by many in the city's music community. But after the show's impressive first episode, Billboard.biz asked some of Nashville's industry leaders what they thought of the depiction of their town and their industry.
AEG TO LAUNCH TICKETING SERVICE IN UK - SOURCES: Live music giant AEG is set to go head-to-head with Ticketmaster in the UK, Music Week understands - as it begins the rollout of its AXS.com online sales platform worldwide. Sources close to the promoter and venue operator suggest that tickets for some dates at the AEG-owned O2 Arena will soon be sold through AXS.com - the first time AEG has utilized the platform in the UK
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DEADMAU5 CONFIRMED FOR KEYNOTE AT BILLBOARD FUTURESOUND CONFERENCE: Global dance music superstar Deadmau5 will be a keynote speaker at the Billboard FutureSound Conference which takes place November 15-16 in San Francisco. Deadmau5 joins a distinguished slate of participants, including: Blue Note Records president Don Was, Google's Tim Quirk, Topspin's Ian Rogers, Foursquare's Ashley Simon, Epitaph's Jason Fienberg, GGV Capital's Hany Nada, Tastemaker X's Marc Ruxin and more.
SESAC ACCUSED OF MONOPOLIZING RADIO MUSIC: The Radio Music License Committee, which represents some 10,000 U.S. radio stations, claims SESAC Inc. "is a cartel that has illegally monopolized an essential repertory of copyrighted music, that has quashed all competition with and among its 23,000 copyright-holding affiliates, and that uses its monopoly to coerce the U.S. radio industry and other consumers into paying SESAC supracompetitive prices." The committee seeks an order declaring SESAC in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and barring it from charging "supracompetitive prices," the same condition placed on ASCAP and BMI.
GOOGLE HOSTING ANDROID EVENT OCTOBER 29, NEW SMARTPHONE LIKELY: Google (much like Apple earlier this week) has sent out invites to the press for an Android-themed event in New York. The announcement, set for Oct. 29, will likely be for Google's new Nexus phone, which is rumored to be made by LG. It's also possible Google will team up with other hardware manufacturers to make Nexus devices this year.
BOWIE, DYLAN, WHITE STRIPES DO RECORD STORE DAY BLACK FRIDAY RELEASES: On Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, Record Store Day will again participate in America's hyper-consumerist "Black Friday" happenings, with a string of limited edition releases on sale at independent record shops. Some of this year's offerings include: White Stripes: "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground" b/w " Stop Breaking Down" (Robert Johnson Cover) 7" (Third Man); Bob Dylan: "Duquesne Whistle" b/w "Meet Me in the Morning" 7" (Columbia); David Bowie: "The Jean Genie" 12" picture disc (Virgin) and Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band: Various 7" singles (Sundazed)
CMJ PANEL RECAPS: THE MUSIC PRESS SPIDERWEB; ARTIST DEVELOPMENT, MUSIC PLACEMENT: 2012's CMJ Music Marathon kicked off with a series of panels that cut straight to the chase: Music Journalism Exploded looked at the spiderweb that is today's music press; the Silverboard Room project with Daniel Glass and We Are Free execs examined artist development; and the Connective Tissue Between Content and Advertising focused on music placement.