1. Avett Brothers, Paul McCartney Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 18, 2013 8:38 PM EDT On next week's Billboard 200 chart, Pearl Jam should secure its fifth No. 1 album, while rock legend Paul McCartney is heading for the top five with his latest effort, "New." Also aiming for the top five are the Avett Brothers, wi ...

  2. Melanie Fiona, Newly Indie, Teams with Pepsi, Complex for 'Cold Piece' Music Video

    October 17, 2013 3:01 PM EDT Melanie Fiona had infinite options for ways to release her new single “Cold Piece,” having parted ways with Universal earlier this year after recording two R&B/soul albums for Motown (2009’s “The Bridge” and 2012’s “The MF Life”). So, when P ...

  3. CMJ Accused of Hiding Funds, Avoiding Loan Repayment By John Scher's Metropolitan Entertainment (Updated)

    October 17, 2013 2:34 PM EDT Metropolitan Entertainment, a New York-based concert promotions, management and label company headed up by John Scher, is suing CMJ, the company behind the New York music festival -- currently underway -- and magazine for loans and interest give ...

  4. Luscious Jackson Return After 14 Years Thanks to the Crowd (and PledgeMusic)

    October 16, 2013 4:47 PM EDT Following the release of 1999's "Electric Honey" on Capitol, New York alt-rock group Luscious Jackson called it quits. In the time since, the band members-singer/bassist Jill Cunniff, singer/guitarist Gabby Glaser and drummer Kate ...

  5. South By Southwest Reveals First List of Bands for 2014: Los Lonely Boys, Urge Overkill and a Wilco Side Project in the Mix

    October 16, 2013 4:08 PM EDT Acts playing the 2014 edition of South By Southwest have begun to trickle out, with a first band list announced today (Oct. 16). The extensive list, the first of many prior to the March festival, includes a number of musicians and bands, with an ...

  6. Showcase Director Matt McDonald's Top 5 CMJ Music Marathon Survival Tips (Video)

    October 15, 2013 10:33 AM EDT With the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon kicking off today Tue., Oct. 15 and running through Sat,. Oct. 19 with some 1,277 bands playing some 80 venues, dozens of panels and thousands of fans, artists and industry expected to attend, the New York City f ...

  7. SiriusXM Attacks the Turtles for Playing 'Lawsuit Lottery'

    October 14, 2013 7:59 PM EDT Imagine for a moment never hearing another Beatles song at a bar, rarely ever seeing The Rolling Stones perform their early work again on television and witnessing digital services like Pandora barred from streaming any sound recording made prio ...

  8. CMJ Showcase Director Matt McDonald on the Value of the Music Marathon in 2013 (Video)

    October 14, 2013 4:30 PM EDT With CMJ Music Marathon season upon us (it runs Tuesday, Oct. 15 through Saturday Oct. 19) and some 1,277 band expected to play and thousands of fans, artists and industry expected to attend the New York City festival, Billboard.biz sat down wit ...

  9. TuneCore Reports $330 Million Artists’ Earnings Milestone (Exclusive)

    October 14, 2013 2:15 PM EDT Digital distributor TuneCore has shared some impressive numbers, none more eye-catching than the $330 million the company says its artists have earned since it opened for business. TuneCore Artists have earned a third-of-a-billion dollars in sal ...

  10. Chart Moves: Joan Jett Returns to Billboard 200, Randy Travis Album Hits Top 40 on Country Albums, Remixed Rush Debuts

    October 10, 2013 8:25 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, it was all about Justin Timberlake, as the star earned his second No. 1 album this year. His new "The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2)" debuted atop the chart, selling 350,000 copies, according to ...

  11. 'Long Live Rock and Roll': Seymour Stein's (Abandoned) CBGB Icon Award Acceptance Speech In Full

    October 10, 2013 2:35 PM EDT What follows is the full, unedited text of a speech Seymour Stein had intended to deliver to the crowd gathered at the Bowery Hotel the evening of October 9, where Stein was to receive the CBGB Festival's first Icon Award . Stein abandoned ...

  12. No Label, No Problem as 'Idol' Alums Turn to Kickstarter (and Fans) to Fund Their Music

    October 10, 2013 12:42 PM EDT As the music industry becomes increasingly crowded with artists clamoring for ever more elusive record deals, several "American Idol" alums are turning to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter as a way to raise money for their projects whi ...

  13. Independent Study: Mexican Summer

    October 10, 2013 11:40 AM EDT Label: Mexican Summer Founded: 2008 Location: Greenpoint, Brooklyn Number of Employees: 10 Number of Active Artists: 15 Biggest Release: Best Coast, "Crazy For You" (SoundScan 108,000) Next Release: Happy Jawbone Family Band, S/T, Oc ...

  14. Flume Wins Four At Australia’s Independent Music Awards

    October 09, 2013 10:01 AM EDT With four trophies, electronic music producer Harley Streten -- aka Flume -- was the big winner at Australia’s eighth annual Independent Music Awards on Wednesday night. Flume’s self-titled debut won for best independent album and best independe ...

  15. Alan Pell Named Group Managing Director At Distiller

    October 09, 2013 12:44 AM EDT Alan Pell has been appointed group managing director of London-based Distiller Music Group. An A&R specialist, the veteran exec brings with him almost three decades’ experience in the U.K. music industry, working in executive roles with the ...

  16. RED Associated Labels Names Tom Carrabba EVP/GM

    October 08, 2013 3:17 PM EDT Tom Carrabba has been appointed executive VP/GM of RED Associated Labels. Carrabba will oversee RED’s newly created label services division, which will provide marketing and radio radio promotion for select Sony Music venture partner releases di ...

  17. Merlin Hires Roger Gold as US Commercial and Strategic Advisor

    October 07, 2013 5:14 PM EDT Merlin, the global rights agency for the independent label sector, has hired former Warner Music Group executive Roger Gold to assist commercial and licensing activities in the United States. The recorded music rights represented by Merlin accou ...

  18. Indie Beat: Nicolas Jaar on Building a Label for Digital Natives

    October 07, 2013 11:04 AM EDT Perhaps as compelling as Nicolas Jaar’s music -- subtly emotive, restrained yet expansive -- are his ideas about the form itself. The 23-year-old artist/producer made waves in 2011 with his debut album cum minimalist electronic manifesto “Spac ...

  19. New Signings: Warner Music Nabs Ylvis, WME Inks Leah Turner, Maximum Artist Adds Lalah Hathaway, Warner/Chappell Signs Danny Orton

    October 02, 2013 7:45 AM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry. Billboard.biz is interested in your company’s new signings. Please send announcements to Mitchell.Peters@billboard.com for inclusion in our regular report. Click here for the ...

  20. Spotify Throws Its Weight Behind Artist Marketing

    October 01, 2013 11:52 AM EDT Spotify has rolled out a new artist marketing program, called Spotlight , that the company will use to support artists over an extended period of time. The first two Spotlight artists are American trio Haim, whose debut album was released Tuesda ...

  21. Songza Partners With Foursquare for Playlist, Rewards (Q&A)

    September 30, 2013 6:49 PM EDT Internet radio service Songza has partnered with location-based social network Foursquare to reward its listeners for checking into music venues.   Beginning Monday (Sept. 30), Songza users that check into venues on Foursquare will get a Songza ...

  22. !K7 Label Services Signs Up Friends of Friends in Europe, Acid Jazz Worldwide

    September 27, 2013 1:50 PM EDT !K7 Label Services, a division of the Berlin-borne, London-based label and one-stop music biz shop , has announced another round of label partnerships, this time with the fast-on-the-rise L.A. label Friends of Friends (Shlohmo, Groundislava) and ...

  23. Bubbling Under: John Newman's Euro Hit 'Love Me Again' Soars Stateside

    September 27, 2013 10:00 AM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: John Newman, Leah Turner, PartyNextDoor and Alam A.   Following such recent impor ...

  24. How The Weeknd Went From Internet Mystery to Billboard 200 No. 2

    September 25, 2013 4:20 PM EDT What does it mean for an artist to succeed on his/her own terms in 2013? The Weeknd -- the 23-year-old, famously elusive R&B singer born Abel Tesfaye -- sold 95,000 copies of his major label debut album "Kiss Land" last week, accor ...

  25. Slayer’s Booking Agent on North American Headlining Tour, Epic Stage Plans, Performing Without Jeff Hanneman (Q&A)

    September 25, 2013 3:26 PM EDT Losing a key member can sometimes cripple a band, but legendary rock act Slayer continues to trash on in memory of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman , who died at 49 in May from alcohol-related cirrhosis.  Slayer has recently been touring through ...

  26. College Radio Day Continues to Grow, Globally Celebrating a Vital Format

    September 25, 2013 1:22 PM EDT College Radio Day , a worldwide celebration founded by public broadcasting veteran and communications professor at William Paterson University named Robert Quicke, is about to celebrate its third year this coming Tuesday, October 1. The event, ...

  27. Nirvana’s ‘In Utero’ Turns 20: Ex-Geffen Execs' Remembrances, Anecdotes, Marketing Strategy (How 'Rape Me' Became 'Waif Me')

    September 24, 2013 12:43 PM EDT Nirvana had much to live up to following the release of its groundbreaking 1991 album, “Nevermind.” But, with the weight of the world on them, the grunge trio surprised (and perhaps alienated) many with its raucous and emotionally raw follow-u ...

  28. Godspeed You! Black Emperor Takes Polaris Prize, Will Donate $30k Check

    September 24, 2013 11:49 AM EDT Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the post-rock, variably cacophonous and somnambulant Canadian music collective which has re-emerged over the past few years following a decade-long hiatus, has won the 2013 Polaris Prize for its record "Alleluja ...

  29. Brandle’s Global Bits: Aussie Live Biz Enters Spin Cycle, HMV on the Comeback Trail, Mercury Prize Noms, IMPALA's Board

    September 17, 2013 10:00 PM EDT Trouble in Aussie Live Biz Paradise An unusually turbulent few weeks in Australia’s live biz has observers wondering whether there’s trouble in paradise. A handful of festivals are falling over, one has changed hands, the two biggest events are ...

  30. Alex Pham's Digital Notes: Madonna Leverages BitTorrent, Linkin Park Streams on Xbox, Brian Frank Exits Beats Music

    September 17, 2013 3:50 PM EDT Madonna Leverages BitTorrent The queen of pop is the latest established artist to use BitTorrent. In Madonna's case, she will be releasing a free BitTorrent Bundle containing a 17-minute film entitled "secretprohectrevolution" tha ...

  31. Rough Trade Will Open Flagship U.S. Store Nov. 25 in New York (Exclusive)

    September 17, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Rough Trade, the iconic London music retailer that spawned Rough Trade Records and served as a cradle for post-punk music in the late 1970s, will open its first flagship store in the U.S. in New York on Monday, November 25. The store, a 15,00 ...

  32. Mexican Summer Label Announces 5-Year Anniversary Fest, Book

    September 16, 2013 1:00 PM EDT Brooklyn-based independent label Mexican Summer has announced a two-day festival in October and the release of a limited-edition commemorative book to celebrate its five-year anniversary in conjunction with longtime affiliates Software Records, ...

  33. Recording Academy's Neil Portnow Extends Contract Through 2019 (Exclusive)

    September 16, 2013 8:00 AM EDT Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow has been contracted to remain in his post through 2019. The Academy’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend Portnow’s contract, which was set to expire in 2015.   "Neil is a dynamic leade ...

  34. Record Store Day's Adapter Inaugural Prize Winners Include Tame Impala, Postal Service, GZA, Rodriguez

    September 12, 2013 9:38 PM EDT The Record Store Day coalition has named the recipients for its first-ever Adapter prize, so named after specially designed 45 adapters presented to winners. Tame Impala's “Lonerism,” on the Modular and distributed by INgrooves, picked up r ...

  35. Here's Why Warner Music's Deal with Clear Channel Could be Groundbreaking for the Future of the U.S. Music Biz (Analysis)

    September 12, 2013 7:32 PM EDT There's been a lot of confusion online about a groundbreaking new partnership between Clear Channel and Warner Music Group (WMG), but here's what you need to know: Clear Channel is paying artist performance royalties for terrestrial ...

  36. Indie Beat: Basilica Soundscape Arrives as the Anti-Festival

    September 10, 2013 11:45 AM EDT Conceived as a kind of cure for the summer festival hangover, Basilica Soundscape in Hudson, New York aims for less sunburn, long port-a-potty lines and over-booked bands and more intimacy, curation and uncommon connections. The two-day program, ...

  37. Cassette Store Day: Indie Artist Shares Passion For the Forgotten Format (Q&A)

    September 06, 2013 6:22 PM EDT Cassette tapes aren't completely on the comeback trail, but the semi-forgotten format has recently been making inroads. This year alone, artists like She & Him, MGMT and Rilo Kiley have issued cassette releases -- albeit in very limited ...

  38. Bubbling Under: The Colourist Breaks Through at Alternative

    September 06, 2013 2:27 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents "Bubbling Under," a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: the Colourist, Mia Martina, Brothers Osborne and Lantana Southern California band ...

  39. U.K. Indie Cooking Vinyl Launches in Australia

    September 06, 2013 12:23 AM EDT Martin Goldschmidt’s Cooking Vinyl has expanded into Australia. The British indie label has a new office in Melbourne, which is helmed by a twin-track team of two former Shock Records executives, Leigh Gruppetta and Stu Harvey. “Having enjoyed o ...

  40. BitTorrent Is Not a Crime: Once a Pariah, Now Providing Distribution & Data for Music, Movies & TV (From the Magazine)

    September 05, 2013 12:07 PM EDT THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE HERE OR SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE When Converge Studios and Rock Mafia wanted to get the word out in August about an original TV series, they turned to an unconven ...

  41. Super D Acquires Alliance Entertainment, Creating Second Largest US Music Wholesaler (Sources)

    September 04, 2013 9:00 PM EDT Super D has acquired Alliance Entertainment in a move that will create the second largest U.S. wholesaler with revenues of about $920 million, sources tell Billboard. The deal closed earlier Wednesday (Sept. 4) and Super D principals Bruce Ogil ...

  42. Team 8 Founder Rich Cohen Joining Mick Artist Management as Partner

    September 04, 2013 4:07 PM EDT Rich Cohen, founder of Team 8 Management, is joining Mick Artist Management as a partner, joining Mick founder Michael McDonald and general manager Jonathan Eshak in the partnership, Billboard.biz has learned. Cohen founded Team 8 in 2007 and re ...

  43. Cassette Store Day Co-Founder Steve Rose on Top 5 Exclusive Tapes, 'Cassette Stores' (Q&A)

    September 04, 2013 3:27 PM EDT A month and some change ago, a small corner of the web was alight with the news of " Cassette Store Day ." It was something that, at the time, no one could be sure whether they were looking at a time-consuming troll or a promising, if ...

  44. Alternative Distribution Alliance Partners with Partisan, Knitting Factory

    September 03, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Alternative Distribution Alliance (ADA), Warner Music Group's indie music distributor, has announced a partnership with Brooklyn record labels Partisan and Knitting Factory, with ADA contributing its physical and distribution services to re ...

  45. Business Matters: What If Musicians Went on Strike Against Digital Services Like Spotify? It’s Possible

    August 30, 2013 7:23 PM EDT What if musicians went on strike and refused to make their music available on the digital services that have attracted so much negative criticism in recent years? It's not an entirely pointless thought exercise. People go on strike all ...

  46. Our Startup Could Be Your Band’s Life: Dismemberment Plan’s Travis Morrison Launches Shoutabl

    August 30, 2013 4:30 PM EDT When the last Dismemberment Plan album came out in 2001, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and smartphones didn’t exist. But technology isn’t the only thing that’s changed; over the course of those same 12 years, band frontman Travis Morrison joined a ...

  47. New Signings: Boy George Signs with Kobalt, Rick Ross to ICM Partners, BMG Chrysalis US Land the Orwells

    August 30, 2013 7:30 AM EDT 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.Pete ...

  48. Nathan Hubbard, Ex-Ticketmaster CEO, On Bringing Commerce To Twitter: ‘The Music Industry Should Be Tremendously Excited' (Q&A)

    August 28, 2013 4:57 PM EDT In a move that could have huge implications for the music industry, former Ticketmaster CEO and president Nathan Hubbard was named as Twitter’s first head of commerce on Aug. 27 , a move that heralds a broadening for the social networking behemo ...

  49. Tom Windish on Signing 16-Year-Old Lorde To the Windish Agency: 'She Keeps Getting Bigger Every Day'

    August 28, 2013 2:30 PM EDT Tom Windish, the president of boutique booking agency the Windish Agency, was among numerous talent firms competing to sign the highly buzzed-about 16-year-old New Zealand singer Lorde. “At the time, I think there were a few other agencies sniff ...

  50. Independent Study: IAMSOUND Records

    August 28, 2013 11:40 AM EDT Label: IAMSOUND Records Founded: 2006 Location: West Hollywood, L.A. Number of Employees: 5 Number of active artists: 4 Biggest release: Lord Huron, "Lonesome Dreams," Soundscan 46,000 Next release: Kate Boy, Early 2014 Distributor: R ...

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