1. A Great Big World Aiming for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    January 22, 2014 8:53 PM EST Powered by their smash ballad "Say Something," Pop duo a Great Big World is on track to score the highest debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The act's "Is There Anybody Out There?" may sell between 45,000 a ...

  2. Pitbull & Ke$ha's 'Timber' Still Tops Hot 100; Bastille, Lorde Reach Top 10

    January 22, 2014 2:54 PM EST Pitbull and Ke$ha post a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Timber." Meanwhile, OneRepublic scores its first No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart with "Counting Stars" and Beyonce does the same on Streaming Songs with ...

  3. Bruce Springsteen Scores 11th No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    January 22, 2014 11:02 AM EST Bruce Springsteen earns his 11th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this week with the arrival of "High Hopes."   The set, which Columbia Records released Jan. 14, sold 99,000 copies through the week ending Jan. 19, according to Nielsen ...

  4. Anatomy Of A Hit: Parmalee’s No. 1 ‘Carolina’

    January 21, 2014 2:01 PM EST Chris Loss vividly remembers watching Parmalee perform on the Grand Ole Opry last summer and having a knot in his stomach. As VP of promotion for Stoney Creek Records, Loss and his team had been working Parmalee’s second single, “Carolina,” hard f ...

  5. Why the Grammys Matter To Indies: Guest Post By A2IM's Rich Bengloff

    January 21, 2014 12:52 PM EST Rich Bengloff is president of A2IM, the American Association of Independent Music which helps independent music labels improve business by promoting access and parity through advocacy, education and connection-building with one another and affilia ...

  6. Bruce Springsteen Aiming for 11th No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

    January 17, 2014 7:31 PM EST Bruce Springsteen seems set for his 11th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with his new release, "High Hopes." Industry sources forecast the set, which was released on Jan. 14, to sell around 95,000 copies by the end of the tracking ...

  7. How Shakira and Rihanna's Social Networks Reacted to Single Rollout: Social 50

    January 17, 2014 9:00 AM EST Even though Rihanna is the featured act on Shakira’s new single, "Can't Remember to Forget You," the former’s online fan base reacted much stronger to the tune’s announcement, as measured by Billboard's Social 50 chart. The Soc ...

  8. Executive Playlist: Bill Wilson of the Music Business Association Rocks Very Hard

    January 16, 2014 3:20 PM EST Executive Playlist is a new Billboard.biz platform where the movers and hand-shakers of the music business put together a music mix of their choosing. More often than you would think that guy or gal dressed in business casual at the conference ta ...

  9. New Signings: Morrissey Signs with Harvest Records, Warp Music Publishing Inks Death Grips, and More

    January 16, 2014 10:30 AM EST Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, which include label, management, publishing and booking agency deals. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peter ...

  10. 'Frozen' Chills For Second Week At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    January 15, 2014 11:00 AM EST The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" holds for a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, while Beyonce's self-titled album is also stationary, at No. 2.   'Frozen' Musical Is Headed to Broadway 'Frozen' Ma ...

  11. Carrie Underwood Is Top-Earning 'American Idol' Alum

    January 14, 2014 4:43 PM EST Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Phillip Phillips and Adam Lambert also made Forbes' annual list. And the winner is... Carrie Underwood, for being the top-earning alum of "American Idol," according to Forbes' annual list. The c ...

  12. Beatlemania at 50: The Fab Four's Legendary Chart History

    January 13, 2014 2:09 PM EST It's hard to believe that it's been 50 years since Beatlemania arrived in America, but on February 9th, 1964, the Fab Four played "The Ed Sullivan Show" and -- well, you know the rest. It's history. This newest issue of ...

  13. Mario Garcia Durham, CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, On 2014 Conference, Surrealistic Expo Hall

    January 11, 2014 12:03 AM EST On first blush, the 57th annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference, which opens today in New York City and runs through Jan 14, might not seem like it holds much relevance for the more mainstream music industry. The event& ...

  14. Beyonce Heading Back to No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 10, 2014 4:42 PM EST After a one-week vacation from the top slot on the Billboard 200 chart, Beyonce is heading back to No. 1. The diva's self-titled set could sell around 85,000 to 90,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Jan. 12, according to in ...

  15. Chart Moves: Katy Perry's 'PRISM' Hits 1 Million in Sales, OneRepublic Returns to Top 10

    January 10, 2014 3:57 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" iced Beyonce out of the No. 1 slot. The movie's companion album hopped from No. 4 to No. 1, selling 165,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan ...

  16. What’s Behind the Digital Download’s Decline and Can Streaming Save the Day? (From The Magazine)

    January 10, 2014 2:52 PM EST The following article on the decline of digital downloads is from the new Billboard magazine which features an indispensible special package on Nielsen's year-end SoundScan numbers that includes a look at labels' year-end market shares a ...

  17. Eric Church Logs Best Debut On Hot Country Songs

    January 10, 2014 1:02 PM EST Eric Church posts his highest start as a lead artist on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Give Me Back My Hometown," which opens at No. 39. The bow surpasses his No. 43 entrance with "Springsteen" two years ago. Th ...

  18. New Year's Eve Programs Yield Big Gains on Social 50 Chart

    January 09, 2014 9:04 PM EST New Year's Eve television broadcast appearances and performances cause several of the artists on the Social 50 to jump up the tally.   Up first is Pitbull, who moves 23-16 after performing “Timber” in Miami on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin ...

  19. Kid Ink Set For Top Debut on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    January 08, 2014 9:27 PM EST Rapper Kid Ink is poised to make the highest bow on next week's Billboard 200 chart with his major-label debut, "My Own Lane." The set, released Jan. 7 on Tha Alumni Group/88 Classic through RCA Records, may sell between 40,000 and ...

  20. Clear Channel Announces iHeartRadio Country Festival in Austin with Luke Bryan, Carrie Underwood

    January 08, 2014 5:26 PM EST Clear Channel Media and Entertainment got such an overwhelming response to country music performers during the iHeartRadio Music Festivals, they've decided to start one geared toward country fans. The first iHeartRadio Country Festival will b ...

  21. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Storms To No. 1 On Billboard 200

    January 08, 2014 11:00 AM EST The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" blows into the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200, selling 165,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 5, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It rises from No. 4 last week and earns a 55% gain in sales. Beyo ...

  22. New Duties for Curb Execs Norman, Hannon & Childress

    January 08, 2014 3:20 AM EST As part of a realignment at Curb, company veteran Dennis Hannon has been promoted from GM to executive VP of strategic development at Curb Records. With Hannon taking his new role, Curb Group CEO Jim Ed Norman expands his duties to include the ove ...

  23. Florida Georgia Line's 'Cruise' Sets All-Time Country Sales Record

    January 06, 2014 4:21 PM EST Florida Georgia Line's genre-busting "Cruise" is now the top selling country digital song of all-time, according to Nielsen SoundScan. With scans of 84,000 units in the most recent tracking week upping its overall sum to 6.33 millio ...

  24. The Everly Brothers' Country Roots Run Deep: A Look at Their Hall of Fame Career

    January 05, 2014 11:03 AM EST As the music world mourns the passing of Phil Everly this past Friday, the impact of Phil and brother Don on the world of country music simply can't be ignored. Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, the Everlys' roots run ...

  25. The Music Biz Remembers Phil Everly

    January 04, 2014 5:31 PM EST The Everly Brothers' 20 Biggest Hot 100 Hits (With Spotify Music Streams) The Everly Brothers' 20 Biggest Hot 100 Hits The Everly Brothers' Phil Everly Dead at 74 There is perhaps no greater measure of the legendary Everly Brothers& ...

  26. Chart Moves: Bastille Returns to Top 40, Demi Lovato's Big Gain, Zac Brown Band Hits 1 Million

    January 03, 2014 8:41 PM EST This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Beyonce's self-titled album held firm at No. 1 for a third week, marking the diva's longest-running No. 1 set. While no new albums arrived in the top 10, there was still a lot of movement in t ...

  27. Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line Remain Atop Country Charts

    January 03, 2014 11:30 AM EST With a fifth week at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, Garth Brooks' box set "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences" marks the most weeks atop the tally for the Oklahoman in a dozen years. It's ...

  28. Justin Timberlake's '20/20' 2013's Best Selling Album, 'Blurred Lines' Top Song

    January 02, 2014 7:18 PM EST Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" finish 2013 as the year's top selling album and song in the United States, respectively, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Timberlake� ...

  29. The Music Biz in 2013: In Flux, Disruptors Disrupted

    January 01, 2014 8:28 AM EST The week before Christmas, pondering a year-end music business essay, a litany of major stories jumped to mind, including: the Twitter and SFX IPOs; Sony and Vivendi investors’ calling for entertainment spin-offs; Live Nation’s record revenues ...

  30. Justin Bieber Returns to No. 1 on Social 50 Chart With Release of 'Journals'

    December 27, 2013 9:58 AM EST With the release of "Journals" on Monday, Dec. 23, Justin Bieber set the online world on fire and, in turn, returns to the No. 1 spot on the Social 50 to reclaim the throne for the first time in 18 weeks. Justin Bieber Tells Twitter: � ...

  31. Eminem, Rihanna Top Hot 100; Beyonce's 'Drunk in Love' Debuts

    December 26, 2013 6:06 PM EST Eminem and featured artist Rihanna notch a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "The Monster," which holds off Pitbull and Ke$ha's "Timber" at No. 2, also for a third week. Meanwhile, Beyonce bounds onto the c ...

  32. Beyonce Spends Second Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart, Album Nearing 1 Million U.S. Sales

    December 26, 2013 2:09 PM EST 'Beyonce' Closing In on 1 Million U.S. Sales Beyonce on Self-Management, Following Madonna’s Footsteps, Developing Other Artists Beyonce Tops Billboard 200, R. Kelly and Childish Gambino Debut in Top 10 Beyonce's new self-titled alb ...

  33. A Crate-Digger's Christmas Playlist by Paul Cebar

    December 23, 2013 2:55 PM EST Paul Cebar , is a musician out of Milwaukee Wisconsin. His new Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound record "Fine Rude Thing" is out Jan 14 and the band will be on tour this winter. While charmed by the odd balm of a New Orleans Christmas, 15 or s ...

  34. Beyonce Still Set for Second Week at No. 1, Garth Brooks for No. 2

    December 20, 2013 7:06 PM EST Beyonce is still on track to score a second week atop the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast her self-titled album to sell around 260,000 -- if not more -- in the tracking week ending Sunday, Dec. 22. The surprise album bowed on Dec. 1 ...

  35. Beyonce Most Social Artist of the Week, No. 1 on Social 50 Chart

    December 20, 2013 6:40 PM EST Following the surprise debut of Beyonce's new self-titled album -- which sent social networks and the Twittersphere ablaze with chatter about the diva -- she jumps to No. 1 on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week. The Social 50 ranks th ...

  36. Eminem, Rihanna Remain Atop Hot 100 With 'The Monster'

    December 18, 2013 1:56 PM EST The song scores a second week at No. 1, while A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera surge into the top five.   Eminem and featured artist Rihanna tally a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "The Monster," which holds of ...

  37. 'Harlem Shake,' Miley and Beyonce: Music High on Google's Year-End Search Rankings

    December 17, 2013 2:43 PM EST Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year. Three of the world's four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men. Former South African Pr ...

  38. Ray Price Remembrance: ‘A Good Fella, A Damn Good Singer ’

    December 17, 2013 12:07 PM EST Ray Waddell is Billboard's executive director of content and programming for touring and live entertainment. When I heard Ray Price’s final public statement as he went home to face the end of his life, I can’t say I was surprised, not by his ...

  39. Ray Price's 37-Year Run on the Billboard Charts: 46 Top Tens, Eight No. 1's

    December 16, 2013 7:45 PM EST With 109 titles charted between 1952-89, Ray Price's history on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart spans more than 37 years with 46 top 10 entries, eight of those reaching No. 1. The country legend died Monday at his home in Texas after ...

  40. Ray Price, Country Music Legend, Dead at 87

    December 16, 2013 6:00 PM EST Country Music Hall of Famer Ray Price, one of country music’s towering icons and a singer’s singer, died Monday at the age of 87. Price recently entered hospice after hospitalization in Texas and had been fighting a battle against pancreatic ca ...

  41. Billboard Music Awards Announced For May 18, Returning to ABC

    December 16, 2013 11:30 AM EST ABC and Dick Clark Productions have announced the 2014 Billboard Music Awards are set to return to ABC and will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 18. The show will showcase this year’s biggest music star ...

  42. Beyonce Trending Toward No. 1 on Billboard 200, Childish Gambino Top 10

    December 13, 2013 6:48 PM EST As previously reported , Beyonce's self-titled fifth solo studio set is likely headed towards a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 when the chart's top 10 is revealed on Dec. 18. The release has suddenly thrown off what was expected to be ...

  43. The Year In Country 2013: Florida Georgia Line 'Cruise' to the Peak

    December 13, 2013 8:00 AM EST Florida Georgia Line-the duo of Brian Kelley (from Ormond Beach, Fla.) and Tyler Hubbard (from Monroe, Ga.) not only top several year-end recaps but also bring their label home, Republic Nashville, to new heights. YEAR-END CHARTS:  Top Country Art ...

  44. Australia’s Country Music Biz Rocked By Golden Guitars Rift

    December 13, 2013 4:23 AM EST Australia’s typically-collegiate country music scene is going through a bout of infighting and finger-pointing just weeks out from the genre’s biggest party of the year. The legendary singer-songwriter John Williamson quit as president of the Coun ...

  45. R. Kelly's 'Black Panties' Set for Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200

    December 11, 2013 6:52 PM EST R. Kelly is set to collect his 15th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The singer's latest album, "Black Panties," is on course to sell around 100,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Dec. 15 -- so s ...

  46. Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line Win Big At American Country Awards

    December 11, 2013 1:51 AM EST The fans of country music love Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line and they proved it again Tuesday during the American Country Awards. Bryan was named artist of the year and Florida Georgia Line was the top winner, with six trophies, including ne ...

  47. Grammys 2014 Country Award Categories: Kacey Musgraves, Taylor Swift, Lee Brice, Tim McGraw, Vince Gill But No Ashley Monroe

    December 07, 2013 9:52 AM EST As most year-end critics' lists will undoubtedly proclaim, 2013 has been a year where newcomer Kacey Musgraves has dazzled with a sound that is both traditional and irreverent. That being said, it's little surprise that the singer finish ...

  48. Grammy Noms Reflect Recording Academy’s Newfound Love for Popular Music (Analysis)

    December 06, 2013 11:30 PM EST Culturally resonant singles received their due in the nominations for the 56th annual Grammy Awards as songs and artists that dominated radio airplay, streaming and social media were represented in the four major categories.   Grammy Awards 2014 ...

  49. Grammy Awards 2014: Full Nominations List

    December 06, 2013 11:00 PM EST Nominations for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards were announced Friday (Dec. 6), with select categories getting a primetime rollout during the "Grammy Nominations Concert Live!!" special on CBS. In terms of sheer numbers, Jay Z leads all ...

  50. Britney Spears, Jake Owen, 'Sound of Music' Set for Top 20 on Billboard 200

    December 06, 2013 7:48 PM EST Britney Spears' new album, "Britney Jean," is the biggest new release of the week and it's heading for a high debut on Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast the album to sell between 115,000 and 120,000 copies by the e ...

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