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Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails top an eclectic lineup for Budweiser's second annual Made In America Festival, scheduled to return to Philadelphia for Labor Day weekend on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Tickets went on sale Wednesday to American Express cardmembers and fans of the Budweiser Made In America Facebook page exclusively through Tuesday April 16 at 10 p.m. ET.
BILLBOARD EXPANDS STREAMING CHARTS WITH SEVEN GENRE-SPECIFIC RANKINGS
Less than two months after launching the Streaming Songs chart, which blends data from a variety of streaming services into one ranking, Billboard today unveils seven genre-specific charts utilizing the same methodology.
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE EARNS THIRD WEEK AT NO. 1; BAND PERRY AT NO. 2; TYLER THE CREATOR AT NO. 3
Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience holds at No. 1 for a third straight week on the Billboard 200, selling another 139,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan (down 56%). It's the first set to spend it first three weeks at No. 1 since Taylor Swift's Red (Nov. 10-Nov. 24, 2012) and the first by a male artist in nearly three years.
Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man" advances 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, granting the pop singer/songwriter his fifth leading title. It also marks just the second No. 1 in the chart's more than five-decade history for a song featuring piano and vocals exclusively.
Tim Carr, an A&R exec who worked with the Beastie Boys, Megadeth, Babes in Toyland, David Byrne, Ash and others during stints with Capitol, Warner Bros. and Dreamworks, was found dead in Thailand. He was 57.
JENNIFER HUDSON, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS TO BE HONORED AT GRAMMYS ON THE HILL AWARDS
Grammy-winning singer Jennifer Hudson and the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry will be honored at this year's Grammys on the Hill Awards, to be held April 17 at the Hamilton in Washington, D.C.
Speaking as part of “The Digital Dash,” panel at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas, Shuman says connectivity is here now thanks to the number of cars with AUX jacks that allow consumers to connect smartphones to their vehicle’s entertainment system, “that’s when you can start to bring in lots of content that competes with radio and people are doing just that.”
PARAMORE AIMING FOR FIRST NO. 1 ALBUM ON BILLBOARD 200 CHART
Rock band Paramore is aiming for its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as its new self-titled set should bow atop the list next week. Industry sources project that the album may sell around 110,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on April 14.
While the Academy of Country Music Awards were staged on the final day of the most recent Nielsen SoundScan tracking week (April 7), the show's impact can still be felt all over the latest Billboard charts. The most visible beneficiary of the show is the Band Perry, which makes a larger-than-expected start on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Packaged goods giant Unilever is debuting only one product in the United States this year — Fruttare Fruit Bars, which is looking to associate itself with music out the gate with a pair of high-profile partnerships. The first is a collaboration with Ne-Yo and Cher Lloyd, in which the two artists will write and perform an original song together inspired by lyrics submitted on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using the brand’s tagline “It’s All Good.” The other is a first-time sponsorship of Coachella.
INDIE BEAT: SUB POP’S JUBILEE, CAROLINE SPONSORS THE LIBBYS, AND COCOROSIE TEAMS WITH REDEYE
Sub Pop is turning 25 this year, so naturally it’s time for a big blowout party in honor of fading youth. Caroline Distribution has joined the American Association of Independent Music as a sponsor of this year’s Libera Awards. Redeye Distribution will distribute the forthcoming album by CocoRosie.
Sirius XM Radio Inc. (SIRI), controlled by cable billionaire John Malone’s Liberty Media Corp., announced a new chairman and directors following the takeover in January. Greg Maffei, chief executive officer of Englewood, Colorado-based Liberty Media, was named chairman, succeeding Eddy Hartenstein, who remains on the board, according to a filing yesterday. New York-based Sirius also added Discovery Communications Inc. (DISCA) CEO David Zaslav and Evan D. Malone to its board.
Sports and entertainment powerhouse IMG — the crown jewel of the late Teddy Forstmann’s empire — is shaping up to be one of the most sought after pieces of banking business this year. The first round of interviews with as many as 20 banks ended two weeks ago. A second round of pitches will kick off shortly with the list of contenders narrowed to about five. IMG is expected to fetch between $2.5 billion and $3 billion, sources said. The sale is expected to draw interest from entertainment agencies Creative Artists Agency and William Morris Endeavor.
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Fresh from his trip to Cuba, Jay-Z surprised fans yesterday with a new song called "Open Letter," in which he teamed up with super-producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland on “Open Letter.” Hov doesn’t hold back, addressing recent hot topics including his controversial trip to Cuba with Beyoncé (“I done turned Havana to Atlanta”), his ownership stake in the Brooklyn Nets (“I still own the building, I’m still keeping my seats”), his new deal with Universal Music (“Got an onion from Universal, read it and weep”), and more.
PAUL MCCARTNEY AND ADELE TOP UK MUSICIANS' RICH LISTS
Paul McCartney and Adele have topped the Sunday Times Rich List polls of the wealthiest musicians. The former Beatle shares an estimated £680 million ($1.045 billion) fortune with his wife Nancy Shevell, according to the researchers who put the list together Meanwhile, Adele has topped the Young Music Rich List poll with a fortune estimated at £30 million ($46 million). The singer made £10 million in the last year, despite taking much of it off to recover from a throat operation and have a baby.
As part of its ongoing relationship with producer Emilio Estefan, Target Corp. will extend and expand its current “Emilio Estefan’s Picks” program, and will also partner with Monster Headphones to launch its new Estefan-branded Sound Machine headphones.
South Korean pop star Psy will release his new song, “Gentleman,” in 119 countries around the world on Friday, his management agency announced Wednesday. The YouTube sensation had originally planned on unveiling the follow-up to his infectious “Gangnam Style” in Korea on Friday and then the rest of the world the following day. But he reset the time to midnight Thursday (GMT +9 hours) on iTunes and local music websites to lessen confusion for fans and onlookers, said YG Entertainment. He will hold a concert dubbed “Happening” at a sports stadium in western Seoul on Saturday before going on an international tour to promote the new track.
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