1. ‘Glee’ Star Lea Michele's Debut Album Aiming for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    March 07, 2014 7:54 PM EST "Glee" star Lea Michele is heading for the top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. Industry sources forecast the actress/singer's debut set, "Louder," to sell between 50,000 and 60,000 copies by the end of the tracking w ...

  2. George Strait, Dolly Parton Lead Hot Tours Chart with $59.5M and $3.7M

    March 07, 2014 7:12 PM EST Veteran superstars George Strait and Dolly Parton dominate the weekly Hot Tours ranking, lassoing the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, respectively. Strait leads the list with ticket sales reported from two major U.S. markets during the final leg of his Co ...

  3. SXSW Executive Strategies - Tom Windish: 'We Have 121 Artists This Year'

    March 06, 2014 8:53 PM EST Hugh Forrest, SXSW Interactive's Director, on Geek Growing Pains and Massive Success Lady Gaga Playing Stubbs at SXSW For Doritos, Must Do 'Bold Mission' To Get In Has SXSW Jumped the Shark? South By Southwest, which kicks off tomor ...

  4. Chart Moves: Jake Bugg's 'American Idol' Performance Leads to 551% Sales Gain, Celtic Woman Collects 10th No. 1

    March 06, 2014 8:33 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, ScHoolboy Q nabbed his first No. 1 with "Oxymoron," while the top 10 welcomed a total of six debuts. That's the most arrivals in the top 10 since last November. Outside the very busy top ...

  5. The Orchard Acquires BalconyTV (Exclusive)

    March 06, 2014 12:45 PM EST The Orchard today announced it has acquired BalconyTV, a global music channel featuring artists playing on balconies from across the globe. Past performers on BalconyTV include such artists as Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J ...

  6. Chart Moves: Metallica's Best-Selling Black Album Approaches 16 Million in Sales

    February 28, 2014 8:19 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the soundtrack to "Frozen" returned to No. 1 for a fifth nonconsecutive week, marking the longest run at No. 1 for a soundtrack since 1998. The highest debut this week was owned by Cole Swinde ...

  7. Romeo Santos, Kid Cudi Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    February 28, 2014 8:01 PM EST The Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be flush with new arrivals next week, thanks to album releases from ScHoolboy Q, Kid Cudi, Romeo Santos, Beck and Dierks Bentley. ScHoolboy Q's "Oxymoron" seems set for a No. 1 debut, perha ...

  8. Billboard Names Mike Bruno VP of Digital Content & Programming, Shirley Halperin Music Editor

    February 28, 2014 4:50 PM EST Mike Bruno has been named Billboard’s VP of digital content and programming, and Shirley Halperin the publication’s music editor. The announcement was made jointly by Janice Min, Billboard Entertainment Group’s co-president/chief creative officer; ...

  9. ScHoolboy Q Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    February 26, 2014 6:59 PM EST ScHoolboy Q is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The rapper's major-label debut album, "Oxymoron," could sell between 150,000 to 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 2, according to i ...

  10. 'Frozen' Earns Most Weeks At No. 1 For A Soundtrack Since 'Titanic'

    February 26, 2014 11:00 AM EST Disney's unstoppable soundtrack to "Frozen" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, collecting its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the list. 'Frozen' Targeting Longest No. 1 Run for a Soundtrack Since 'Titanic' Osc ...

  11. It’s a Mistake for Tech to Ignore Country Music Fans (Guest Post)

    February 25, 2014 12:42 PM EST Matthew Siegel Leslie Fram Leslie Fram is CMT's SVP of music strategy and Matthew Siegel is Viacom Music Group's VP of music strategy. Here they write about what they say is a "missed opportunity" by the tech industry to activ ...

  12. Why Live Concert Streaming Has Yet To Take Off

    February 21, 2014 10:46 AM EST In some form or another, jam band Umphrey's McGee posts every show it performs on the Internet -- you can find its 2006 version of "Dick in a Box" on YouTube, listen to nearly 1,000 shows for $9.99 per month via UMLive.net and ...

  13. Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup: Kanye West, Elton John, Jack White Headlining

    February 19, 2014 10:04 PM EST Kanye West will return to Bonnaroo six years after a disastrous performance at the Tennessee festival, as the full Roo lineup was unveiled through a broadcasted announcement on Wednesday night (Feb. 19). Elton John, Jack White, Lionel Richie and V ...

  14. Eric Church Eyeing Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    February 19, 2014 9:39 PM EST With no new major competition to compete with, it seems that Eric Church's "The Outsiders" could nab a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Eric Church Scores Second No. 1 Album With 'Outsiders' It's too e ...

  15. Trisha Yearwood Touring ‘Just Because,' Writing Third Cookbook, and Recording New Album

    February 18, 2014 12:02 PM EST In the past few years, Trisha Yearwood’s career has expanded from Grammy winning country chanteuse to best-selling author and Emmy Award-winning host of the Food Network show “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen,” but when a fan recently posed the question ...

  16. CRS Week: The Gulch Offers 'Knock Your Socks Off' Alternative to Standard Power Meal

    February 18, 2014 11:26 AM EST Those attending the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville (Feb. 19-21) have 12 good reasons to venture beyond the convention center. The Gulch, a former tangle of abandoned rail yards, is close enough to Music Row to make it a cool alternative ...

  17. Brett Eldredge Works 'Beat' to Radio: 'I Want to Do This for a Long Time'

    February 18, 2014 11:19 AM EST Since he made his chart debut in 2010 with "Raymond," Brett Eldredge has been a regular at the Country Radio Seminar. That – and a Warner Brothers recording contract aside, wasn't enough to gain him entry into one of the hottest tic ...

  18. CRS Preview: Country Radio's Annual Marathon Includes Stops for Hall of Fame, Humanitarian Award, Panels & More

    February 17, 2014 6:16 AM EST It’s an annual rite of passage for the country radio industry and Nashville music community that tests the stamina (and alcohol tolerance) of its participants every year. Set for Feb. 19-21 at the downtown Nashville Convention Center and the adj ...

  19. Eric Church Heading for Country Music's Best Week in Six Months

    February 14, 2014 9:16 PM EST Country music is about to tally its biggest sales week for an album in six months, thanks to Eric Church. The singer's new album, "The Outsiders," could sell upwards of 280,000 to 300,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Su ...

  20. Eric Church Album Set for No. 1 on Billboard 200, Biggest Sales Week Since December

    February 12, 2014 4:51 PM EST Eric Church's new album, "The Outsiders," is set to crash in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week -- with the best sales week of the year. Industry sources forecast the country album, which was released on Feb. 11, to se ...

  21. 'Now 49' Bumps 'Frozen' From No. 1 On Billboard 200, Bruno Mars Gets Super Bowl Bump

    February 12, 2014 11:24 AM EST After a two-week rule of the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200—and four weeks atop the list overall—the "Frozen" soundtrack steps aside, letting the new "Now 49" hits compilation open atop the list. "Now 49" debuts wit ...

  22. 'The Ellis Island of Music Row': ASCAP Nashville's Michael Martin and LeAnn Phelan on 100 Years (Q&A)

    February 11, 2014 4:28 PM EST Brad Paisley owes a big piece of his bank account to the vision of Victor Herbert. Herbert was a symphony conductor who lobbied Congress to have the copyright laws strengthened in 1909, only to wander into a restaurant and hear one of his songs be ...

  23. Toni Braxton, Babyface Heading for Their Highest Charting Album in Years

    February 07, 2014 8:45 PM EST The musical reunion of Toni Braxton and Babyface on their new album "Love, Marriage & Divorce" has proved profitable. The duo are aiming for the top five on next week's Billboard 200 chart -- the highest charting album since 200 ...

  24. Fox Cancels 'The X Factor'

    February 07, 2014 7:24 PM EST Fox has pulled the plug on "The X Factor." The Hollywood Reporter has learned that there will be no fourth season of the singing competition. The writing has been on the wall, given the expensive series' significant ratings declin ...

  25. Daft Punk, Pharrell Rise on Billboard's Social 50 Chart Post-Grammys

    February 06, 2014 7:43 PM EST It’s all about Daft Punk on the Social 50 this week. The French electronic duo and collaborator Pharrell scale the Social 50 thanks to their wins and performance at the Grammy Awards on Jan. 26. The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouT ...

  26. Country Executives on the Lack Of Female Artists at Radio

    February 06, 2014 4:27 PM EST With evidence continuing to mount that Nashville has a shortage of successful female artists right now, you might expect that Music Row has a corresponding lack of females in the executive ranks. You'd be wrong. While it's true that fewe ...

  27. 'Now 49' vs. 'Frozen' for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart Next Week

    February 05, 2014 10:08 PM EST The top of the Billboard 200 chart has been unusually heavy on soundtracks and compilations lately, and next week will be no exception. The new "Now 49" compilation album is heading for a high debut -- possibly No. 1, industry forecaster ...

  28. Arcade Fire Up for Six Juno Awards: Nominees List

    February 04, 2014 8:16 PM EST Canadian indie rock heroes Arcade Fire on Tuesday snagged a field-leading six nominations for the Junos, Canada's top music awards. Crooner Michael Bublé and Serena Ryder are each up for five noms, while Céline Dion, Drake, Hedley, and Tegan ...

  29. Dolly Parton Signs With APA In North America

    February 03, 2014 2:45 PM EST Dolly Parton has signed with APA in North America. The entertainer is a longtime client of former The Agency Group exec Steve Martin, who joined APA as executive VP of worldwide music in December. The Agency Group's Neil Warnock represents Pa ...

  30. Super Bowl Ads: Why You'll Hear New Music by Passenger, U2, One Republic and Zedd

    January 31, 2014 7:50 PM EST Ever since fun. skyrocketed to stardom from the use of “We Are Young” in a 2012 Super Bowl commercial for Chevrolet , brands, bands, publishers and music supervisors at top ad agencies alike have all been scrambling to re-create the lightning in ...

  31. Chart Moves: Against Me!'s Highest Charting Album, Sara Bareilles' Grammy Gain

    January 31, 2014 7:23 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the "Frozen" soundtrack ruled for a third non-consecutive week at No. 1 , while the "2014 Grammy Nominees" album entered at No. 2. Meanwhile, a number of albums saw early Grammy-rela ...

  32. Daft Punk, Kacey Musgraves Heading for Huge Post-Grammy Sales Gains

    January 31, 2014 6:29 PM EST Daft Punk and Kacey Musgraves are primed to return to the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the wake of Sunday's (Jan. 26) Grammy Awards. Daft Punk, which won multiple awards and performed on the show, will likely see its "Rand ...

  33. Casting Crowns, Of Mice & Men Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    January 31, 2014 5:25 PM EST Casting Crowns and Of Mice & Men are heading for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 chart next week. And for the latter, it'll be their best week ever. Industry sources suggest that Casting Crowns' latest album, “Thrive,” may sell ar ...

  34. Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium: An Inside Look at Hosting the Big Game (Q&A)

    January 30, 2014 6:52 PM EST Over his lengthy career, big-league facility manager Ron VanDeVeen has worked on major sporting events from the World Cup to the NBA Finals. On Sunday, he’ll add the Super Bowl to that list.   “The Super Bowl is definitely the biggest, in regards ...

  35. Grammys Garner Record Social Mentions In 2014, Lorde Most Discussed on Twitter

    January 30, 2014 3:15 PM EST This year's Grammy Awards pulled in 34 million social media interactions on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and Twitter, making the Jan. 26 show television's biggest social event of the season so far. The 2013 Grammy event, by comparison, dr ...

  36. Carrie Underwood on the Lack of Successful Female Country Artists: 'You Would Think We'd Be Farther Along' (Exclusive)

    January 30, 2014 10:46 AM EST 4 1.031 k 150 1 In both 2012 and 2013, just three of the top 25 artists on Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart were solo women. In a Billboard Country Update column last fall, we heard what country radio has to say about this, but what do the artists them ...

  37. 'Grammy Nominees' Album Aiming for First No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 29, 2014 7:25 PM EST The long-running "Grammy Nominees" compilation series may nab its first No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest that the new "2014 Grammy Nominees" compilation -- which boasts an array of artists an ...

  38. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Returns To No. 1 On Billboard 200, Grammy Compilation Debuts At No. 2

    January 29, 2014 10:59 AM EST The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's up 7% compared with its sales in the previous week (87,000). Th ...

  39. More of the 'Same': Mary Lambert's 'She Keeps Me Warm' Rises at Radio

    January 27, 2014 4:34 PM EST The singer of the chorus of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Grammy event track 'Same Love' expanded her vocal into a full song that's now scaling Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart. After appearing on last night's Grammy Awa ...

  40. Where The Music Supes Eat Nigiri: The PJ Bloom, Ron Broitman, Kevin Weaver Grammy Party

    January 27, 2014 1:50 PM EST “If a bomb was dropped here, there would be no more sync business.” So cracks Kevin Weaver EVP, the Atlantic Records Group , about the crowd thronging the patio at the outpost of high-end Japanese restaurant Katsuya located in the shadow of Los An ...

  41. The 2014 Grammy Awards Recap: Weddings, French Robots, Paul & Ringo

    January 27, 2014 12:34 AM EST A pair of duos win big on music's biggest night... Lorde surprises with Song of the Year nod... Kendrick Lamar, Paul McCartney, Katy Perry, Beyonce and Jay Z among performers At a GRAMMY ceremony that will be forever known for a marriage ...

  42. Wiz Khalifa, Alex Da Kid, Linda Perry, Charlie Wilson, Others Share Songwriting Stories at BMI's Pre-Grammy Panel

    January 26, 2014 5:58 PM EST 0 6.746 k 26 0 Similar to last year, when Snoop Dogg lit up during BMI’s annual pre-Grammy Awards “How I Wrote That Song” discussion, rapper Wiz Khalifa walked onto the stage Saturday (Jan. 25) at the House of Blues in Los Angeles puffing on a joint befor ...

  43. Chart Moves: Lorde's Consistent Album Sales, Black Sabbath's Digital Debut Sparks Chart Return

    January 24, 2014 8:14 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Bruce Springsteen collected his 11th No. 1 album with the chart-topping debut of "High Hopes." The Boss' latest release sold 99,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 19, according to Nielsen ...

  44. 'Grammy Nominees' Album With Lorde, Daft Punk Set for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200

    January 24, 2014 6:06 PM EST The star-studded "2014 Grammy Nominees" album is aiming for a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200 chart. The 18-song album "Nominees" compilation may sell around 40,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Jan. 26, according ...

  45. Chart Moves: Beyonce Crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay; Aloe Blacc Bounds Up Hot 100; Hillsong United Makes History

    January 24, 2014 10:00 AM EST As previously reported , Pitbull and Ke$ha rule the Billboard Hot 100 with "Timber" and Lorde and Bastille soar into the chart's top 10. Who else scales Billboard song charts this week? -- Beyonce: In just its sixth week on R&B/ ...

  46. George Strait Begins Final Stand, Tops Hot Tours With $6.2M

    January 23, 2014 3:26 PM EST George Strait tops the weekly Hot Tours ranking with $6.2 million in ticket sales reported from the final leg of his "Cowboy Rides Away" tour that began on Jan. 9 in Louisiana. The tour’s 2014 itinerary kicked off at Bossier City, La.’s ...

  47. William Morris Endeavor Launches Christian Music Division in Nashville

    January 23, 2014 2:23 PM EST William Morris Endeavor Entertainment has announced that it will launch a new Christian music division based in the talent firm’s Nashville office.  WME’s Christian division will be headed up 20-year music industry veteran Mike Snider, who previou ...

  48. Macklemore, Daft Punk, Lorde, Jay Z & Beyonce: Retailers Predict This Year’s Grammys Bump

    January 23, 2014 2:03 PM EST With the GRAMMYs coming up this Sunday, industry prognosticators are laying down their bets on who could be the big sales winners at the show. The industry consensus appears to be that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Lorde have the best chance to ...

  49. Biz Poll Results: Your 2014 Grammy Picks

    January 23, 2014 1:40 PM EST We asked you to give us your picks for the four biggest Grammy Awards categories: Best New Artist, Album, Record and Song. The results are in, here is who you predicted will win on Sunday: Keep track of all of our Grammy coverage here .  Album of ...

  50. Grammy Awards: Staples Center GM Lee Zeidman on 14 Years of Hosting Music’s Biggest Night

    January 23, 2014 10:45 AM EST Since launching in 1959, the Grammy Awards have been held in various locations throughout New York, Los Angeles, Nashville and Chicago. In 2000, Music’s Biggest Night tested the waters with downtown Los Angeles’ four-month-old Staples Center. And ...

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