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With the Grammys a few short weeks away, Billboard.biz has everything you need for music's biggest night (and week) -- analysis of all the major nominees, a letter from editorial director Bill Werde, behind the scenes with the telecast's longtime producer Ken Ehrlich and much, much more.
The Radio Music License Committee last week lost a skirmish in its lawsuit against SESAC when the judge hearing the case denied the RLMC's request to impose an injunction stopping the performance right organization from raising its rates while the lawsuit is ongoing. But other aspects of the judge's ruling indicates that the RMLC may be winning the war in the early going.
Despite an announced release date of Jan. 14, Bruce Springsteen's "High Hopes" was temporarily available for purchase and download via Amazon two-and-a-half weeks before its release date. Yesterday (Dec. 28), "High Hopes" became available through Amazon's mobile website in an MP3 format. It is unclear whether or not this was the website's intention.
Pharrell Williams claimed the final U.K. No. 1 single of 2013 on Sunday (Dec. 29) as “Happy” (Back Lot) moved 2-1. Robbie Williams’ “Swings Both Ways” (Universal Island) started another week as the best-selling artist album, while “Now! That’s What I Call Music 86” (Sony Music CG/Virgin EMI) leads the compilation chart for a sixth week.
"Call Me Maybe" singer Carly Rae Jepsen has had her calls returned by Broadway. Producers of "Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella" said Sunday that the Canadian singer-songwriter will take over the role of Cinderella starting Feb. 4 for 12 weeks. She'll take over from Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes.
It's hard to top the final season of AMC's Breaking Bad for edge-of-your-seat thrills, but overall, there's a good argument to be made that the best dramas emanating from the entertainment industry happen behind the cameras. Or as the famous Irving Berlin song put it, "There's no business like show business."
Paul McCartney dominates the final Hot Tours tally of the year, earning the No. 1 spot on the weekly recap with more than $40.6 million in ticket sales from the final leg of his Out There! tour. Following jaunts through North and South America and Europe earlier in the year, Sir Paul closed out his world tour with a six-show run through three cities in Japan during November.
For a second year, Billboard presented our weekly "Bubbling Under" column, named after the longtime chart that tracks activity below the Billboard Hot 100. The idea was to spotlight up-and-coming acts on the verge of breakout chart action. Last year, the feature marked, in many cases, our first editorial or chart ink on such eventual stars as Imagine Dragons, Florida Georgia Line, Kendrick Lamar, the Lumineers, Emeli Sande and more.
U2 are to go back to their spiritual home by returning to the record label that discovered them in the 1970s. The band left Island Records more than seven years ago, unhappy with the way they were being treated. But the Irish rock stars are now planning their return to the label for a new album next year.
Online streaming music grew in popularity and reach in 2013, but examples of those doing it profitably are still scarce. Here's what may make next year different.
Just because fans might want to kiss them and hold them and become one entity with them does not mean they want to watch documentaries about their lives.
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