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As Bieber’s manager and business partner, Braun's story has also become legend: from college dropout to So So Def Records marketing exec to Asher Roth manager, at which point, he stumbled upon a YouTube clip of a talented kid from Canada with all the potential in the world.
It's the second No. 1 set for Gaga, who also debuted at No. 1 with her last album, 2011's "Born This Way." That set bowed with 1.1 million sold in its first week (a number amplified by a temporary 99 cent sale deal by Amazon MP3). "ARTPOP" is also the fifth top 10 for Gaga, following "The Fame" (No. 2), "The Fame Monster" (No. 5), "The Remix" (No. 6) and "Born This Way."
The service, which Dotcom says has been in development for about three-and-a-half years -- before, during and after a raid on his home and the subsequent and ongoing legal proceedings resulting from it -- is still in development by a team of 22 working from Portugal.
Bon Jovi's 1987 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Livin' on a Prayer" returns to the ranking at No. 25 thanks to renewed viral interest. The iconic rock track debuts on Streaming Songs at No. 5 after garnering 5.1 million streams in the U.S. last week (up 390%), according to Nielsen BDS.
TuneCore Inc., one of the world's largest digital music distribution companies, on Wednesday announced it has signed an agreement with INDmusic to better monetize its artists' music on YouTube. The deal calls for INDmusic to adminster the master recording rights on YouTube for TuneCore's library of 290,000 tracks.
Bosé, one of Spain's most celebrated singer/songwriters, is being feted this week in Las Vegas as the Latin Recording Person of the Year. First he will be honored at an invitation-only gala. The following day on Nov. 21, he'll be recognized on the Latin Grammy telecast airing live on Univision.
"Everyone knew Alex in Seattle through his involvement with Tasty Shows, which was one of the premier promoters in town, especially when it came to the burgeoning electronic scene," Jason Reynolds, founder and CEO of the Chords of Fame management company who worked with Calderwood on many occasions, told Billboard in an email conversation.
One of the bizarre side notes to Hollywood's big lawsuit against the cyberlocker Hotfile was a countersuit against Warner Bros. by Hotfile, for using the easy takedown tool that Hotfile had provided, to take down a variety of content that was (a) non-infringing and (b) had nothing to do with Warner Bros. at all (i.e., the company did not hold the copyright on those files).
When Pitchfork launched in 1996, Internet music criticism (or Internet anything) was virtually non-existent, and Pitchfork.com grew into arguably the most influential brand in online music coverage. Now, as many print music magazines shutter or go web-only, Pitchfork is returning to the roots of its trade: on December 14, the company will debut The Pitchfork Review, a quarterly print journal focused on longform music writing and design-focused content.
Winamp was one of the most popular tools for playing MP3s and digital music in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Its popularity coincided with Napster's explosive growth during that time.
The iMac, the iPod, the iPhone, the iPad. These wonder devices were not given to us from the mind of one man, but two. Now with Steve Jobs gone, Apple’s most valuable asset is Jony Ive. Just how valuable? The company would have a hard time recovering if he left, says the man who wrote the book on him.
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