1. Record Store Day Chart Recap: Vinyl Album Sales Reach Historic High

    April 24, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Record Store Day (RSD) shakes up Billboard's charts, as a bevy of albums and singles released for the indie retail event on April 19 overwhelm our lists. On the 25-position Tastemakers chart -- which tracks the top-selling albums at independe ...

  2. Meet the Lamb of Wall Street, Broker of Sub Pop-Warner Deal, Buyer of DiCaprio's Cockatoo

    April 23, 2014 1:35 PM EDT "A Bacchanalian orgy for 10 years." This article first appeared in the April 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . "Leo Dicaprio is like my little brother," says Dana Giacchetto, 51, sipping Viking Blod Mead honey wine during a $4 ...

  3. Indies Band Together to Challenge Major Distribution Model

    April 21, 2014 1:42 PM EDT A powerful collective of five independent labels is ratcheting up the tug-of-war between indies and major-label-owned distribution companies with a new agreement that allows its members to keep their digital distribution rights. This article was ...

  4. Country Hall of Fame Doubles in Size, Readies New Class of Inductees

    April 21, 2014 11:15 AM EDT Last week's Grand Opening ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame was celebrated in the fashion that one might expect in Nashville – with a lot of music from some of the city’s heaviest hitters. The Hall, which has been located in its’ dow ...

  5. Alligator Records Founder Bruce Iglauer to Receive Lifetime Achievement Honor at Libera Awards

    April 21, 2014 7:00 AM EDT A2IM's Libera Awards, the organization's toast to the year's most successful indies moves and shakes, scheduled for June 19th at New York's Highline Ballroom, has announced that Bruce Iglauer will be receiving its Lifetime Achi ...

  6. Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry Lead 2014 Billboard Music Award Finalists

    April 09, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus and Pharrell will also contend in several major categories The finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards were announced today with Imagine Dragons and Lorde leading all artists followed by J ...

  7. Manchester Orchestra To Play Interactive Tumblr IRL Showcase In Atlanta April 3 (Exclusive)

    March 27, 2014 3:10 PM EDT Atlanta rockers Manchester Orchestra will celebrate the release of their fourth album “Cope,” out Tuesday (April 1) via Loma Vista/Republic, with a twist on a hometown show next Thursday (April 3). The group will take over Atlanta’s Gallery L1 for ...

  8. Association of Independent Music Announces Date, Judges, Presenters for Annual Indie Awards

    March 27, 2014 2:47 PM EDT DJs John Kennedy (XFM) and Alice Levine (BBC Radio 1) have been announced as the hosts of the fourth-annual AM Independent Music Awards. The event is scheduled to take place on September 2 at the Brewery in Clerkenwell, London. A full list of this ...

  9. Wu-Tang Clan to Release One Copy of Secret Double-Album

    March 26, 2014 3:32 PM EDT The Wu-Tang Clan have been busy trying to finish "A Better Tomorrow," the proper full-length follow-up to 2007's "8 Diagrams" that doubles as a 20th anniversary celebration. However, the veteran rap collective has also rev ...

  10. Wall Street Titans and Their Warbling Daughters

    March 26, 2014 2:10 PM EDT This article first appeared in the March 29th issue of Billboard Magazine -- you can pick up your copy here and subscribe here .   The daughters of some of the most prominent financial executives are making music instead of money, from a hedge fun ...

  11. Beggars, Domino and Secretly Canadian's 'Union' Re-ups with Alternative Distribution Alliance, Continuing Pressure

    March 19, 2014 11:16 AM EDT The Independent Distribution Cooperative (IDC), a consortium of five indie labels, has re-signed with the Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), but mainly for physical distribution. The five labels -- Beggars Group, Domino Records, Merge Record ...

  12. Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon & Arctic Monkeys to Headline Lollapalooza 2014 (Report)

    March 18, 2014 7:45 PM EDT The Lollapalooza lineup has not yet been officially announced, though the Chicago Tribune is convinced it's got the names of its 2014 headliners. Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys will play this year's Lollapalooza (set ...

  13. Primary Wave Launches New Urban AC Division; Taps Eric Benét As Chief

    March 17, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Primary Wave Music has appointed Grammy Award-nominated artist Eric Benét as head of its new Urban AC Division. Benét, also managed by Primary Wave, will serve as the A&R chief for the division, which will focus on signing urban AC artists for ...

  14. American Authors, Betty Who, Phox, Rock BMI/Billboard Acoustic Brunch at SXSW

    March 15, 2014 2:14 PM EDT Boasting perhaps the most stellar lineup in its seven-year history, BMI and Billboard's Acoustic Brunch on the lawn of at the Four Seasons kept the mimosas flowing just as steadily as the hit tunes. American Authors, currently at No. 16 on th ...

  15. Chart Moves: Thirty Seconds to Mars Makes Post-Oscar Gain, Von Trapp Singers Debut on Billboard 200

    March 14, 2014 10:15 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Rick Ross claimed his fifth No. 1 album , while Pharrell Williams bowed at No. 2 with his second album, "G I R L." Outside the top 10, there were a number of movers and shakers. Let's tak ...

  16. Liberty Media Corp Dumps Plans to Acquire SiriusXM Radio

    March 14, 2014 8:44 AM EDT Liberty Media Corp. said Thursday it will reclassify its common stock into two new tracking stocks and, due to the change in structure, it has abandoned its effort to acquire SiriusXM Radio, a company in which it already owns 53%. The plan has the ...

  17. SXSW: Mohawk, Cheer Up Charlie's Staying Open Following Car Crash

    March 13, 2014 7:37 PM EDT Following Wednesday night's deadly car crash outside of the Mohawk and Cheer Up Charlie's on Austin's Red River Street, the planned South By Southwest shows at those two venues will be going on as scheduled on Thursday night (March ...

  18. SXSW: Spandau Ballet Says South by Southwest Accident 'Is an Absolute Tragedy'

    March 13, 2014 6:33 PM EDT During a Q&A at South by Southwest on Thursday afternoon, Spandau Ballet addressed the fatal car accident of the previous night, which resulted in two deaths and 23 people injured. Speaking to the crowd gathered at the Austin Convention Center ...

  19. Dave Chappelle as Rahsaan Roland Kirk? Director Floats Idea at SXSW Premiere

    March 12, 2014 11:16 AM EDT Dave Chappelle as Rahsaan Roland Kirk? Filmmaker Adam Kahan floated that idea at the world premiere of "The Case of the Three Sided Dream," a documentary on the revolutionary saxophonist known for playing multiple reed instruments simult ...

  20. 'What's Your Cut?' Neil Young's Pono Talk at SXSW Gets Awkward

    March 11, 2014 8:21 PM EDT In Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center during SXSW, Neil Young presented his final thesis -- or, perhaps more accurately, an oddly altruistic sales pitch -- on a long-simmering project: the Pono music player. Young's presentation cent ...

  21. Spotify's Ken Parks on an IPO, the Echo Nest Purchase (Q&A)

    March 11, 2014 4:59 AM EDT The past couple of weeks have brought a flurry of headlines about Spotify, beginning last week when it announced its acquisition of the Echo Nest for a reported $100 million and continuing with news this week of a $200 million credit line , leadi ...

  22. Alan McGee Q&A: Life After Creation, Rehab, 359 Music & Making Movies

    March 10, 2014 5:37 AM EDT Every now and then, there comes an industry figure who manages to loom as large as the bands he’s working with. Creation Records founder Alan McGee was certainly one of those people. Despite signing some of the most decadent (Primal Scream), co ...

  23. Billboard's '40 Under 40' for 2014: Cast Your Nominations Here!

    March 07, 2014 9:45 AM EST Who are the rising young executives driving our business forward? Billboard's annual Power Players special feature "40 Under 40" will identify these individuals -- and we invite our readers to offer their nominations online here. ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. Lady Gaga Playing Stubbs at SXSW For Doritos, Must Do 'Bold Mission' To Get In

    March 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Lady Gaga is heading to South By Southwest after all. After reports last week that the singer was denied a permit to perform at the Doritos 56-foot vending machine-shaped #BoldStage on the corner of Austin’s 5th and Red River Streets, the “Artpop” ...

  26. SXSW Hub 2014: All Things Interactive, Film, Music & More

    March 05, 2014 11:47 AM EST Lady Gaga Thanks Doritos, Defends 'Artpop' Sales, Slams Critics 'Who Don't Know F--ck About the Music Industry' at SXSW Keynote SXSW Accident - Music Industry Eyewitnesses: 'It Was Like Watching Evil' The Orchard ...

  27. AEG Live, Transom Capital Merge BandMerch with Cinder Block, Creating Merch Powerhouse

    March 03, 2014 3:23 PM EST AEG Live and Transom Capital Group have announced that their entertainment licensing and merchandising companies, BandMerch and Cinder Block, respectively, will merge into a standalone company. The new Los Angeles-based entity, which will continue ...

  28. Ford Goes Indie For Transit Connect, Teams With Pitchfork and Iamsound

    February 28, 2014 4:54 PM EST Every five years or so, the Ford Motor Company readies what it likes to call “white-space vehicles,” brand-new cars without a direct category or competitor. For its latest offering, the 2014 Transit Connect Wagon, Ford identified the vehicle’s key ...

  29. 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; ...

  30. Regina Spektor's 'Orange Is the New Black' Theme Gets Record Store Day Release

    February 28, 2014 12:30 PM EST Regina Spektor's "Orange Is the New Black" theme, "You've Got Time," is getting a special Record Store Day release. Record Store Day Selects Red Bull Sound Select As Official Partner The singer's Grammy-nominated ...

  31. Kevin Arnold Launches OpenAura Image Distribution Company for Artists

    February 26, 2014 8:30 PM EST Can a picture be worth a thousand dollars or more? That is the hope of OpenAura, a San Francisco company that wants artists to make money from their digital identity by distributing official photos, artwork and other visual content to a growing ar ...

  32. Round Hill Music, Gavin Rossdale Acquire First Four Bush Albums from Kirtland (Exclusive)

    February 26, 2014 7:59 PM EST Round Hill Music and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale has acquired the first four Bush albums from Kirtland Records.   Terms of the deal, which also included a fifth Bush title, were not disclosed. But sources say Round Hill paid about $5 million for ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 4:47 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tappi ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Le1f Signs to Terrible Records/XL Recordings Joint Venture, Listen to New Single 'Boom' (Exclusive)

    February 21, 2014 10:20 AM EST The New York rapper and producer Le1f -- who with the release of standout 2012 Internet single “Wut” became one of the most visible members of hip-hop’s queer, left wing -- has signed a multiple-album recording agreement with Terrible Records as a ...

  37. Doc on Legendary Bassist Jaco Pastorius to Be Official Film of Record Store Day, Compilation Planned (Exclusive)

    February 20, 2014 10:56 AM EST Stephen Kijak's documentary on the revolutionary bass guitarist Jaco Pastorius, "Jaco," will be the official film of this year's Record Store Day and Omnivore Recordings will release a collection of unissued sessions by Pasto ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. Happy 100th Birthday, ASCAP: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

    February 13, 2014 2:25 PM EST This article was first published in the February 15th issue of Billboard . Since that time, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named February 13th, 2014 "ASCAP Day." As well, the organization has put together a playlist of its top so ...

  40. Glassnote Inks Distribution Deal With UMG, Launches Resolved

    February 13, 2014 2:09 AM EST Universal Music Group has signed a worldwide deal to distribute the recordings of Daniel Glass' independent label Glassnote, both parties confirmed in a statement. Related Articles Glassnote Entertainment Expands With London Office Post Pando ...

  41. Executive Playlist: Vevo's Doug McVehil: NIN, Zola Jesus, Jon Hopkins 'Make My Spine Tingle'

    February 12, 2014 7:27 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 tab ...

  42. Merlin's CEO Charles Caldas on Indies, Streaming and the Market Share Issue (Op-Ed)

    February 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST Charles Caldas is the CEO of Merlin , a global rights licensing organization referred to as "the fourth major label" which serves a wide swath of independent labels. Caldas and Merlin were recently recognized as one of Billboard's I ...

  43. Business Matters: Lyor Cohen's Midem Sound and Fury

    February 11, 2014 4:00 PM EST Lyor Cohen, who built a 32-year music career on pulling rabbits out of a hat, tried to do so again last week at Midem, one of the industry’s key conferences. In a keynote talk at the Cannes event, Cohen casually mentioned a deal he had signed the ...

  44. Chuck D Named 2014 Record Store Day Ambassador (Read His Letter on the Appointment)

    February 11, 2014 3:23 PM EST Public Enemy leader and co-founder Chuck D has been tapped as the latest ambassador of Record Store Day 2014, which takes place on April 19. Bringing Record Stores Back to Black: Record Store Day's Carrie Colliton on U2, Retail Celebration ...

  45. From the Billboard Archives 2/15/64: Beatlemania Sweeps the Nation

    February 10, 2014 4:41 PM EST Six days after the Beatles' defining performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on February 9, 1964, Billboard was on red alert for all things Beatlemania, publishing its February 15th issue with no less than six stories on the fully eng ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. Executive Playlist: Jimmy Fallon Music Booker Jonathan Cohen's 'Heavier Post-Punk, Hardcore & Indie Rock' Playlist

    February 07, 2014 4:29 PM EST With this week's  Billboard cover story on Jimmy Fallon taking over "The Tonight Show" and the program's music strategy, Billboard.biz reached out to music booker Jonathan Cohen for his Executive Playlist (below). Related Arti ...

  48. The Int'l Power Players Speak: Seymour Stein, Martin Mills, Alison Wenham, Frances Moore, Willard Ahdritz on Paul McGuinness, Midem & More (Q&A)

    February 06, 2014 4:57 PM EST It only makes sense at this year's Midem, the preeminent global music conference, a large contingent of Billboard's International Power Player list would be in attendance. Here, at Billboard's event honoring longtime U2 manager Paul ...

  49. Skype, Live Nation Team For ‘Ones To Watch’ Concert Series At House of Blues (Exclusive)

    February 06, 2014 3:09 PM EST Skype and Live Nation have introduced the Ones To Watch With Skype, an interactive platform where fans will have direct access to emerging artists using Skype technology with bands performing at Live Nation’s House of Blues venues. The program beg ...

  50. Beats Music Courting Indies, Signs Up Merlin (Exclusive)

    February 06, 2014 7:00 AM EST Beats Music is courting independent artists and labels. Related Articles AT&T Fires Up Beats Music Marketing After Weeklong Delay Billboard International Power Players 2014: Merlin's Charles Caldas Martin Mills Reappointed Chairman of M ...

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