1. J&R Music World Closing

    April 09, 2014 9:04 PM EDT 27 2 k 135 11 Music and electronics retailer J&R Music and Computer World will shutter its store on Park Row in lower Manhattan Thursday after 43 years in business.  In a letter to customers on the store's website, owners Joe and Rachelle Friedma ...

  2. Chayanne to Debut New Single at 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 09, 2014 8:34 PM EDT Puerto Rican pop star Chayanne is set to launch the first single from his new album live at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards on April 24.   Register today for Billboard's 2014 Latin Music Conference & Awards Use promo code 'BIZ1 ...

  3. 'Frozen' Aiming for 10th Week Atop Billboard 200

    April 09, 2014 8:16 PM EDT Disney's "Frozen" movie soundtrack is about to enter rare air on the Billboard 200 chart. The hit soundtrack, which has spent nine nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, is heading for a 10th week atop the list -- ...

  4. Dropbox Music? New Carousel Photo App Hints at Plans

    April 09, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Cloud storage and file management system developer Dropbox showed off its newest application, photo-sharing app Carousel, in a presentation and blog post Wednesday. The company says Carousel is part of a broad strategy to turn its utilitarian fold ...

  5. Gary Haber, 68, Entertainment Industry Business Manager, CPA

    April 09, 2014 6:51 PM EDT Gary Haber, an entertainment industry business manager and CPA who divided his time between Los Angeles and Nashville died April 7 at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 68. Founder and president of the Nashville Screenwriters Conference ...

  6. Live Nation Announces JBL Live At Pier 97, New Outdoor NYC Venue (Exclusive)

    April 09, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Live Nation and Harman International are partnering to debut a new outdoor venue in Manhattan, JBL Live at Pier 97, set to open in early summer at New York’s Pier 97 on 57th St. and the West Side Highway. The Fray (July 9), 311 (July 19), The Soul ...

  7. Will Music Save 'Nashville'?

    April 09, 2014 2:17 PM EDT The struggling drama has an imminent three-city concert tour and fourth soundtrack as ABC hopes to convert listeners into viewers. It’s a toss-up whether "Nashville" will return to Nashville. Just two months ago, the hourlong soap set in ...

  8. Twitter Redesign: Now More Mom-Friendly

    April 09, 2014 2:04 PM EDT Twitter wants your Mom to sign-up. That helps explain why they debuted their new redesign on the "Today Show" and why it looks strikingly similar to a Facebook profile page. The more consumer friendly design is clearly targeted to fir ...

  9. Diane Warren Receives MusExpo International Music Industry Person of the Year Award, Shares Stories of Songwriting Success

    April 09, 2014 1:33 PM EDT Diane Warren received the MusExpo International Music Industry Person of the Year Award on Tuesday following a Q&A with conference attendees at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.  Universal Music Publishing North America president Evan Lamberg mod ...

  10. Pharrell Williams Leads Hot 100, John Legend Gains At No. 2

    April 09, 2014 1:02 PM EDT Pharrell Williams' "Happy" tops the Billboard Hot 100 for a seventh week, fending off John Legend's "All of Me," which keeps gaining momentum in its push to take over at the top. The latter song also crowns the subscr ...

  11. PPL Reports Record Q1 International Distribution

    April 09, 2014 11:01 AM EDT Phonographic Performance Ltd (PPL), the British licensing body representing U.K. labels and performers, announced that its members be the beneficiaries of a record-breaking quarter one international revenue distribution, Music Week reports . The p ...

  12. 'Frozen' Hits Ninth Week At No. 1; 5 Seconds Of Summer Debuts At No. 2

    April 09, 2014 11:00 AM EDT Disney's soundtrack to "Frozen" refuses to budge from the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200. The set spends a ninth nonconsecutive week atop the list, having sold 149,000 copies in the week ending April 6 (down 8 percent), according t ...

  13. Underwhelming Start to iTunes Radio Lights Fire Under Apple

    April 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The failure of iTunes Radio to halt the decline of music downloads has prompted Apple Inc. to consider the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade, according to executives familiar with Apple’s internal delibera ...

  14. Unreleased Aphex Twin LP to be Available Digitally on Kickstarter, Physically for $13,500

    April 09, 2014 9:49 AM EDT On April 8,  FACT reported  that a copy of electronic pioneer Aphex Twin's album "Caustic Window" was available on Discogs for the very reasonable price of $13,500. (UPDATE: The disc has actually been up on Discogs for five years, a ...

  15. Azoff's AMSGE Continues Acquisitive Streak, Buys 50% Stake in Burns

    April 09, 2014 9:30 AM EDT The latest acquisition by Azoff MSG Entertainment (AMSGE), the joint venture between Azoff Music Management and the Madison Square Garden Company, sheds further light on CEO Irving Azoff’s master plan as the multifaceted firm continues to beef up ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. U.K. Culture Secretary Maria Miller Resigns Amid Expense Claims Scandal, Replacement Named

    April 09, 2014 8:53 AM EDT The government official responsible for overseeing the burgeoning U.K. media and entertainment sector steps down. Update : Sajid Javid, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, will be named the new secretary for culture, media and sport, Music Week h ...

  18. Morning Fix: Behind Music Videos' Pivot to Games; Amway's Surprise Suit Against the Majors; UMG Buys Eagle Rock

    April 09, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE GAMES: THE NEW MUSIC VIDEO When "Move That Dope," the latest single from Epic Records rapper Future, was released in March, its drug-chase music video got big play on YouTube and Vevo. But ...

  19. Australian Broadcasting Corporation to Launch Double J Station

    April 09, 2014 5:24 AM EDT Australia's Triple J will have a branded sister station by the end of the month. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation will flick the switch on April 30 for Double J, a station which promises a “completely unique offering in the Australian ...

  20. Composer Lowell Liebermann Wins $40,000 Prize

    April 09, 2014 4:57 AM EDT Lowell Liebermann has won the inaugural Virgil Thomson Award, a $40,000 prize given for outstanding composition of vocal works. The honor was announced jointly Tuesday by the Virgil Thomson Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. ...

  21. SESAC Refinances Debt to Cut Interest Payments

    April 08, 2014 9:38 PM EDT SESAC, the privately held performance rights organization, is reshuffling its debt to achieve cost savings in interest payments, according to a report from Moody's Investors Services. The refinancing will see SESAC take on $5 million more in ...

  22. Nederlander on Board to Book and Promote the Sunset Strip Music Festival

    April 08, 2014 8:30 PM EDT The Sunset Strip Music Festival is moving from August to September, expanding to two days and bringing on Nederlander Concerts to book and promote the seventh annual event. The street festival is scheduled to take place Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sund ...

  23. Mick Fleetwood to Host a Series of TV Specials

    April 08, 2014 7:37 PM EDT Mick Fleetwood has been signed to host a series of television specials, 24 Hours with Mick, featuring one-on-one conversations and adventures with an array of his friends and colleagues.  The Fleetwood Mac drummer/founder will spend a day with eac ...

  24. CBS Dominant in TV Ratings With ACM Awards, 'How I Met Your Mother' Finale

    April 08, 2014 7:18 PM EDT A country music awards show, a series finale and the network's usually sturdy regular schedule led CBS to a dominant performance in the weekly television ratings competition. Fourteen of the 20 most-watched programs last week were on CBS, the ...

  25. Sirius XM Radio CEO James Meyer's Compensation Soars 600 Percent to $23M

    April 08, 2014 7:05 PM EDT James Meyer, the CEO of Sirius XM Radio, earned $23.1 million in 2013, up from $3.3 million the year before, the primary difference being $13.6 million in options awards last year compared to zero in 2012. Liberty Overtakes Disney as Most Profitab ...

  26. Amway Accuses the Majors of an 'Ambush'

    April 08, 2014 5:28 PM EDT "This case is about the three biggest Record Companies in the world conspiring to break promises they made to Amway, to ambush Amway, and to entrap people who uploaded videos with the Record Companies' copyrighted sound recordings on to ...

  27. Ed Sheeran's 'Sing' Off To Fast Start At Radio, Retail

    April 08, 2014 5:15 PM EDT After its first day, the singer/songwriter's collab with Pharrell is drawing praise from radio and racking download sales. After its first day of availability, Ed Sheeran's "Sing," which Pharrell Williams co-wrote and co-produc ...

  28. Games: The New Music Video

    April 08, 2014 4:44 PM EDT When "Move That Dope," the latest single from Epic Records rapper Future, was released in March, its drug-chase music video received a warm reception on YouTube and Vevo. But Epic's real marketing coup was a retro-styled Internet ...

  29. African American Music Museum on Track to Be Built in Nashville

    April 08, 2014 1:38 PM EDT Construction on the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville could start as early as next year. Project leaders told The Tennessean the construction will be one component of a larger redevelopment on the site of the old Nashville Con ...

  30. Capitol Music's Brand Partnership Director on How Marketing and Music Are Changing

    April 08, 2014 12:41 PM EDT Who  Zoë Sonquist King New gig Director, brand partnerships, Capitol Music Group Old gig Account manager, Cimarron Group Age 31 Describe your role at Capitol. Our team does anything from product placement to music videos. We work with others insid ...

  31. Former AFTRA Chief Tapped to Lead Musicians Union Residuals Fund

    April 08, 2014 12:03 PM EDT Kim Roberts Hedgpeth will lead the Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund, which processes film and TV residuals for AFM members; however, her tenure at AFTRA was marred by a lack of financial controls. The Film Musicians Secondary Markets Fund on ...

  32. Walmart to Cut Its CD Stock By Nearly Half

    April 08, 2014 11:46 AM EDT This article was first published in the April 12th issue of Billboard Magazine. Buy your copy here and subscribe right here . Walmart, the largest retailer of CDs in the United States, plans to downsize the amount of space it devotes to discs by 4 ...

  33. SFX Acquires Artist Management Firm TMWRK, Creative Agencies Learned Evolution and the Meta Agency

    April 08, 2014 10:58 AM EDT Robert Sillerman announced that his SFX Entertainment has extended its reach even further into the world of EDM with the acquisition of digital and creative agencies the Meta Agency and Learned Evolution and artist management firm TMWRK. SFX Beefi ...

  34. Twitter Rolls Out Redesign

    April 08, 2014 10:08 AM EDT Twitter has announced  a homepage redesign, which the social media platform will roll out in the coming weeks. Billboard and Twitter Partner to Create 'Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts' First tested in February, Twitter's "ne ...

  35. Kobalt Expanding To Latin America, Hires Nestor Casonu Ex-EMI Latin CEO (Exclusive)

    April 08, 2014 9:20 AM EDT Independent music publisher and music services company Kobalt Music Group is expanding into Latin America with the help of veteran music executive Nestor Casonu, former CEO of EMI Latin America.  Casonu, who was also the regional managing director ...

  36. Universal Music Group Buys Eagle Rock Entertainment

    April 08, 2014 8:55 AM EDT Universal Music Group has acquired Eagle Rock Entertainment, the company started by Terry Shand that specializes in music video programming for television and DVDs. While terms of the deal were not disclosed, Billboard estimates that UMG paid abou ...

  37. Morning Fix: U.S. Q1 Sees Sales Fall, Streams Rise; Inside Jann Wenner's Upcoming Biography; Tricked-Out Road Warriors

    April 08, 2014 8:45 AM EDT Get the Morning Fix Delivered To Your Inbox HERE TONY GERVINO NAMED BILLBOARD EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Gervino was previously executive editor of Hearst Magazines International, where he oversaw the editorial direction of the international versions of maga ...

  38. Samsung's Profit Falls As Smartphones Get Cheaper

    April 08, 2014 8:21 AM EDT Declining smartphone prices hit profit at Samsung Electronics Co. for a second straight quarter. The consumer technology heavyweight said Tuesday that it expects operating income of about 8.4 trillion won ($8 billion) for the January-March quarter ...

  39. Power Of Mobile Rings Rhapsody Back To Growth (Analysis)

    April 08, 2014 12:49 AM EDT What do you do when you have the most unfashionable brands in the fast growing, cutting edge music streaming business? The answer seems to be that you team up with mobile carriers and bundle your service. That at least seems to have worked for R ...

  40. Rhapsody Grows To 1.7 Million Paying Subscribers

    April 07, 2014 7:23 PM EDT Music subscription service Rhapsody International says its paying subscribers have grown 63% to 1.7 million over the past year. Related Articles Rhapsody Dropping The Echo Nest The Deal: Telefonica Is in Rhapsody Mobile Giant Telefónica Takes Sta ...

  41. Alain Lanceron Named President, Warner Classics and Erato; Senior Team Confirmed

    April 07, 2014 7:10 PM EDT Warner Music Group has announced Alain Lanceron will lead its Classics division as president. The label also named a full senior team supporting him.  In his newly-created role of President, Warner Classics and Erato, Lanceron will head Warner Mus ...

  42. Broken Friendships, Dramatic Rock-Star Relationships and 7 Figures: Inside the Jann Wenner Bio

    April 07, 2014 5:06 PM EDT When it was disclosed recently that Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner would cooperate with a writer on a seven-figure biography for Alfred A. Knopf, skeptics were quick to point to similar previous projects that had fizzled when Wenner got cold f ...

  43. 'Shameless' Racks Up 750 Synchs (35 in One Episode) on Its Way to a New Soundtrack Release

    April 07, 2014 4:00 PM EDT As "Shameless" characters change, so, too, does the music. Airborne Toxic Event, Exitmusic and Wavves were among the nearly two dozen artists used in the April 6 season four finale of “Shameless,” the Showtime series that has become a su ...

  44. Are Stars Charging $20k and Up to Wear T-Shirts at Coachella? (Report)

    April 07, 2014 3:11 PM EDT Updated : Lacoste's rep tells Billboard that the story about Lea Michele is "100 percent false." Meanwhile, Aaron Paul is, according to the New York Daily News report, asking for $15,000 and at least 2 VIP festival passes. This ...

  45. 21st Century Bus: Upgrading Road Warriors With Better Construction, Digital Apps

    April 07, 2014 2:01 PM EDT How better construction and digital apps are upgrading artists' "home away from home." The modern tour bus is often tricked out with technology that allows bands to record while on the road. But sometimes the most important quest ...

  46. STIM Appoints New Acting CEO

    April 07, 2014 1:45 PM EDT Kobalt/STIM Partnership Concludes Seven Licensing Deals Since Last March YouTube & Sweden's STIM Reach 'Milestone' Licensing Deal Morning Fix: Downtown Scores Classic Beatles Songs; YouTube, STIM's Agreement Good for Rights ...

  47. U.K.'s PRS Releases Positive 2013 Numbers

    April 07, 2014 1:37 PM EDT PRS, the U.K.'s performing rights organization representing over 100,000 members, has announced its overall numbers for 2013. Almost across the board, numbers were up. PRS collected £596 million in revenue distributable to its members in 2013 ...

  48. Nielsen's Q1 Numbers: Sales Down, Streams Up

    April 07, 2014 12:43 PM EDT The transition to the streaming ecosystem in the U.S. is picking up steam. The decline in download sales accelerated in the first quarter to nearly match historic drops in CD sales from 2007-2010. Q1 At-A-Glance Digital sales (albums + TEA ) Dow ...

  49. Scott Borchetta on Big Machine ACM Wins, Motley Crue Tribute Album (Video)

    April 07, 2014 11:51 AM EDT On the ACM red carpet, Big Machine Label Group head Scott Borchetta talks ACM Wins -- Justin Moore, The Band Perry, Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw  -- and the upcoming Motley Crue tribute record. Billboard Staff Legal and Management Legal and Ma ...

  50. Girl Talk on His First Ever Music Video, Produced by Maker Studios (Q&A)

    April 07, 2014 11:36 AM EDT Gregg Michael Gillis, known as Girl Talk, has come out with his first ever music video, a collaboration with rappers Freeway and Waka Flocka Flame. Produced by Maker Studios, "Tolerated" is a major departure from Gillis' previous wo ...

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