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Ian Rogers, in his black hoodie and skate shoes, looks more like a college grad student than the chief executive officer of Beats Music, a position he assumed almost exactly a year ago. Despite his youthful appearance, Rogers is a veteran traveler of the intersection between music and technology.
After months of build-up and anticipation, the Beats Music streaming service has officially announced its release for January 21. Billboard obtained a beta version of the music streaming service which places a heavy emphasis on radio-style programming and music curation.
U2 and Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes took home the music awards at the 71st annual Golden Globes Sunday night, while HBO's film on Liberace continued to add trophies to its mantle. U2's "Ordinary Love" from "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" received the Best Original Song trophy, besting recordings from Coldplay, Taylor Swift and others.
Troy Carter’s Atom Factory has signed John Mayer and Miguel as management clients, Billboard has learned, finalizing deals that began in late 2013 with each artist. Miguel has been part of the roster since mid-November, having split with previous firm Red Light, while talks with Mayer began shortly after the singer parted ways with longtime manager Michael McDonald in early December.
Those planning to wait a little bit longer before purchasing tickets to Coachella this year will have to rely on acquiring tickets through different means. The California music festival has already sold out -- and in record time.
Beyoncé tops the weekly Hot Tours ranking with $66.4 million in ticket sales from the Mrs. Carter Show world tour that kicked off in mid-April and wrapped for the year in December. This week’s reported totals include most of the performances from the first leg of the tour that covered 15 European countries from the April 15 launch through the beginning of June.
For the first time since the iTunes store launched in 2003, digital albums and tracks have fallen in sales. The cause? It appears the bottom has fallen out of catalog sales of both, as streaming picks up steam. To be sure, current digital sales for both albums and tracks also were down in the fourth quarter, and these declines might be an indication that current will soon follow digital catalog trends.
Digital music sales for 2013 were up in Canada from the previous year, according to a year-end report released today by Nielsen SoundScan. Digital album sales rose 9% from 2012, moving 11.4 million units from 10.5 million, while digital track sales were up 2% with 116.1 million units from 114.3 million. The trend stands in stark contrast to the U.S. where for the first time digital sales declined as tracks fell some 5.7% in 2013.
Seated in his sleek office, all leather furnishings, marble and expensive lighting, he fizzes with enthusiasm about the future. "I've been in the music industry for 24 years and with God's grace I'll be in it until I take my last breath. And I don't think a speed bump in the road will stop me from doing what I love."
As more and more vendors come forward with their own take on connected speakers, music services find it increasingly hard to pick and chose.
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