1. How To Give Someone 20 Million Songs for 2014

    December 13, 2013 2:05 PM EST If you pay by the month for music, your kith and kin might call you crazy behind your back. Isn't that stuff free ? On the other hand, if you are a subscriber, you've probably realized that if you like music, you could do worse than to p ...

  2. The Year In Music 2013

    December 13, 2013 12:25 PM EST   THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION --> Another year, a thousand game-changers, so many upheavals. Below you will find our year-end features, taking a loo ...

  3. Digital Radio Follows Pandora's Lead

    December 12, 2013 1:30 PM EST Web radio's No. 1 player might have been under fire from parts of the music biz, but the number of rivals joining its space shows the format's promise. Digital music companies have plenty of reason to dive into Internet radio. Mobile a ...

  4. Billboard Playlists Are Spotify’s Most Played in 2013

    December 12, 2013 11:32 AM EST It was a historic and vibrant year for the Billboard charts, which coronated new stars like Lorde, Baauer and Macklemore while welcoming old favorites in Justin Timberlake, Eminem and Katy Perry, just to name a few. As usual, Billboard kept music ...

  5. Billboard Women In Music 2013: Full-List, Features, Video, Desert Island Discs, Gallery, More!

    December 10, 2013 10:55 AM EST On this, the last day of our Women In Music reveal -- and the day of our awards event in New York -- Billboard.biz is making available a slew of features, all below, including an extensive video profile of list-topper Julie Greenwald, a conversa ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Julie Greenwald, Atlantic Records Chairman, COO, Tops Billboard’s 2013 Women In Music List

    December 06, 2013 10:59 AM EST Billboard announced today that for a fourth consecutive year, Julie Greenwald, Chairman and COO of Atlantic Records Group, has topped its Women in Music list. Kathy Willard, Executive Vice President and CFO of Live Nation Entertainment, and Jody G ...

  8. Billboard Wins Two Folio Awards

    December 06, 2013 2:54 AM EST Billboard has won two 2013 Folio Eddie & Ozzie Awards in categories honoring best article and best cover. The awards ceremony, held Thursday (Dec. 3) at New York City’s Grand Hyatt, honored excellence in magazine editorial and design. “I' ...

  9. Billboard 2013 Year-End Survey

    December 05, 2013 4:44 PM EST Welcome to the second annual Billboard.Biz Year End Music Survey. Unlike other traditional polls based on voting, we want your opinions and wisdom on the following three music business questions and your favorite song/album of 2013. Click on the l ...

  10. Digital Notes: Spotify's Spoof, SourceAudio's Clear Channel Deal and Music Mastermind's Zya Launch

    December 05, 2013 1:56 PM EST Spotify's Artist Site Gets Spoofed It was bound to happen. Two days after Spotify announced its Spotify Artists website, a parody site popped up, called Spotify For Artists .  Spotify on Tuesday launched its hyper-earnest site, designed to ex ...

  11. One Direction Scores Historic Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart, Sells 546K

    December 04, 2013 10:28 AM EST One Direction's "Midnight Memories" debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with 546,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.   The act makes history as the first group to debut at No. 1 with its first three albums ...

  12. Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley: Judge Allows Lawsuit Claiming They Stole Song

    December 04, 2013 4:06 AM EST Country music superstars Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley are suddenly facing a very serious lawsuit after a federal judge in Nashville refused on Tuesday to dismiss a songwriter's claim of having her song stolen to create the duo's pla ...

  13. Registration Open for Billboard Latin Music Conference 25th Anniversary Extravaganza

    December 02, 2013 7:13 PM EST The Billboard Latin Music Conference will celebrate its 25th anniversary in Spring of 2014 with three days of panels, showcases, special awards and exclusive Q&As, culminating with the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards, broadcast live on the ...

  14. Perez Hilton Talks New 'Pop Up,' Calls Radio the 'Real Enemy of the Music Industry'

    December 02, 2013 5:34 PM EST "I don’t think that the real enemy of the music industry is illegal downloading," Mario Armando Lavandeira, Jr., professionally known as Perez Hilton, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "I think the real enemy of the music industry is ra ...

  15. Long-Running Charity Album Series From Cities 97 Hits Top 10 on Billboard 200

    November 27, 2013 1:13 PM EST Minneapolis radio station KTCZ (Cities 97) sees its latest charity compilation album blast in at No. 10 on the Billboard 200 chart this week -- a record high for the long-running series. The live effort, "Cities 97 Sampler // Live From Studio ...

  16. Pandora Stops Internet Radio Fairness Act Legislation Efforts, To Focus on CRB (From the Magazine)

    November 25, 2013 4:59 PM EST THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION Pandora has given up its efforts to seek legislation that would help reduce the royalties paid to rights holders, a source k ...

  17. Ross on Radio: How Radio Can Sell Music – Even If Fewer Are Buying

    November 25, 2013 12:37 PM EST Radio used to be emphatically not in the business of selling records. Any convention panel on the radio/record relationship would usually end up with some programmer proclaiming above angry crowd murmurs that his job was to play the hits, not make ...

  18. New Signings: Lindsey Stirling Signs to Reach Music, WME Inks Wale, Paradigm Nabs Solange

    November 25, 2013 11:00 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.peters@b ...

  19. Backbeat: Samsung Thought-Leadership Breakfast Draws Latin Music Leaders

    November 25, 2013 10:58 AM EST As part of Latin Grammys week, Billboard brought together Latin music industry leaders for an exclusive Thought-Leadership breakfast at the Four Seasons hotel on Nov. 21, presented by Samsung Galaxy. Arriving promptly at 9:30 a.m., despite a slew ...

  20. Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake Win Big at American Music Awards

    November 24, 2013 11:47 PM EST Though plenty of stars shined at the 2013 American Music Awards, the night belonged most of all to Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake. Both were tied for most awards won on the night -- three each -- until the "Red" star took home the mo ...

  21. Business Matters: Track Sales on Downward Trend in 2013. Did iTunes Radio Play a Part?

    November 21, 2013 4:08 PM EST It's not clear if iTunes Radio has hurt U.S. track sales since its Sept. 18th launch . One thing is clear, however: aggregate track sales haven't been helped by the arrival of Apple's Internet radio service. A recent dip in track ...

  22. Justin Bieber's Music Mondays Series Reaches Midway Point

    November 16, 2013 10:00 AM EST As Justin Bieber's Music Mondays series reaches its halfway point, let's stop and assess how it's doing thus far. Since his song "Heartbreaker" hit digital retail in the evening of Sunday, Oct. 6, Bieber has released a t ...

  23. Lady Gaga Still Heading for No. 1, Beatles Set for 31st Top 10 Album

    November 15, 2013 6:46 PM EST As reported earlier this week, Lady Gaga's "ARTPOP" album seems destined for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart next week, securing the diva her second chart-topping set. Presently, industry sources forecast the album to sel ...

  24. Spotify Targeted by Class Action Lawsuit Over Automatic Subscription Renewals

    November 13, 2013 5:53 PM EST Spotify continues to grow in popularity, but the music streaming service still needs to prove its mettle as a business. The Sweden-based company has been hit with a class action lawsuit in San Francisco by a subscriber named Melissa Bleak who cl ...

  25. Eminem's Manager Paul Rosenberg On Marketing 'MMLP2': 'It's a Very Different World' (Q&A)

    November 12, 2013 9:13 AM EST For his  Billboard cover feature on Eminem's return  and his new album "The Marshall Mathers LP 2," which at an estimated  750k first-week sales  is projected to be the second-largest debut of the year,  Billboard's Reggi ...

  26. Kanye and Kimmel's Recent Dustup Shows That YouTube Is Radio's New Friend (From the Magazine)

    November 11, 2013 1:11 PM EST THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN BILLBOARD MAGAZINE GET THIS WEEK'S ISSUE – SUBSCRIBE TO BILLBOARD HERE – IPAD EDITION Far from being fatal for radio stars, video is helping propel some broadcast stations into the era of digital content. That ...

  27. After Eminem, Can Albums By One Direction, Lady Gaga or Britney Spears Rack Up Monster Debuts?

    November 09, 2013 11:06 PM EST With Eminem's new album on course for a blockbuster first week, are there any other albums left this year than can also rack up huge, half-million-plus debuts? Yes. But that list is very short. As in: There's just one album on it: On ...

  28. New 24-Hour Latin Alternative Radio Station to Launch with Live Set By Los Lobos

    November 08, 2013 2:32 PM EST A 24-hour Latin alternative radio station is scheduled to launch on Nov. 13 and will stream at LatinAlt.org with a live launch set by the venerable Los Lobos. In partnership with California State University Northridge’s triple A format public ra ...

  29. Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor': A Timeline to No. 1

    November 06, 2013 4:10 PM EST The road to "Reflektor," Arcade Fire's fourth album, began when The Suburbs won the Grammy award for album of the year on February 13, 2011. Since that day, the buzz has barely let up on the Montreal-based band, culminating in the ...

  30. Lorde's 'Royals' Rules Hot 100 For Sixth Week; Eminem Lands Four Tracks in Top 20, Most As Lead Since Beatles in 1964

    November 06, 2013 2:10 PM EST Lorde's "Royals" commands the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week, while Eminem and One Direction soar onto the chart with top 10 debuts. The bow for Eminem is especially notable, as, among other honors, the song grants the rapper ...

  31. Arcade Fire's 'Reflektor' Debuts At No. 1 On Billboard 200

    November 06, 2013 11:00 AM EST Arcade Fire debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with "Reflektor," selling 140,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This is the band’s second No. 1 album. It also bowed atop the list with its last set, 2010 ...

  32. Ross On Radio: Staying In The Continuous Music Business

    November 06, 2013 1:12 AM EST I was streaming a major-market top 40 station a few days ago when I heard something new in the stop set. The tenor and the language of the spot were familiar to anybody who has heard ads for credit card or mortgage relief. This one, however, was ...

  33. Liberty Media Third-Quarter Earnings Drop, Revenue From Media, Entertainment Stakes Rise

    November 05, 2013 9:29 AM EST John Malone's Liberty Media on Tuesday reported lower third-quarter earnings, but improved other key financials amid the inclusion of Sirius XM Radio financials and the exclusion of premium TV firm Starz, which it spun off earlier in the ye ...

  34. Chart Moves: Taylor Swift Makes 'Sweet' Start, Tyga Teams With Justin Bieber on Hot 100

    November 01, 2013 8:07 PM EDT As previously reported , Lorde's "Royals" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week. Who else crowns and makes notable moves on song charts this week?   -- Justin Bieber : All three releases from Justin Bieber's "Musi ...

  35. Eminem and One Direction Set for Big Debuts on Hot 100, Digital Songs Charts

    November 01, 2013 5:17 PM EDT Eminem and One Direction are heading for big debuts on the Digital Songs chart next week. Eminem's latest single, "The Monster," featuring Rihanna, is on course for a No. 1 debut on the Digital Songs chart next week. Industry sour ...

  36. Anatomy Of A Hit: Tyler Farr’s ‘Redneck Crazy’

    November 01, 2013 3:38 PM EDT Not since Dixie Chicks’ 1999 hit “Goodbye Earl” has a country song been as reviled by mainstream media—yet beloved by country radio and fans—as Tyler Farr’s “Redneck Crazy.” But while the Chicks’ song stalled at No. 13, Farr’s hit recently ascen ...

  37. Business Matters: 2% of iOS Device Owners Have Switched to iTunes Radio from Pandora (Survey)

    October 29, 2013 7:24 PM EDT A survey of more than 800 iOS device owners by investment bank Canaccord Genuity found that about 2% of iOS device owners and 8% of iTunes Radio users use the service exclusively. iOS is the operating system that runs on Apple's portable d ...

  38. Ross On Radio: Fitting Everywhere By Fitting Nowhere

    October 29, 2013 1:00 AM EDT Fertile periods in pop music—the early '80s, for example—are usually marked by collaboration and cross-pollination: Chic's Nile Rodgers produces David Bowie. Hip-hop producer Arthur Baker remixes Bruce Springsteen. Michael Jackson draf ...

  39. Lou Reed's Billboard Chart History

    October 27, 2013 6:54 PM EDT In his lifetime, the late Lou Reed charted 23 albums on the Billboard 200 chart, stretching back to his self-titled debut in 1972.  The Grammy Award-winner's most recent chart ink came with his collaboration album "Lulu," with Met ...

  40. Lou Reed's Death: Stars React on Twitter

    October 27, 2013 3:50 PM EDT With the sad news that rock icon Lou Reed died Sunday (October 27) at the age of 71, celebrities across genres and generations have taken to Twitter to share an outpouring of reactions expressing grief and celebrating Reed's life and long c ...

  41. Lou Reed, Rock 'n' Roll Iconoclast, Dead at 71

    October 27, 2013 2:49 PM EDT The walk on the wild side has ended. And it was a wild one, indeed. Lou Reed, who died on Sunday at the age of 71 at home on Long Island, was never on any kind of mission other than to satisfy his own muse. And that muse was meandering -- occas ...

  42. Lorde's 'Royals' Expands Reign To R&B Radio

    October 25, 2013 12:38 PM EDT Even though its lyrics decry some of the clichés of R&B/hip-hop ("Every song's like gold teeth, Grey Goose, tripping in the bathroom"), Lorde's "Royals" is finding favor at the radio format. The track enters Bil ...

  43. Leila Cobo's Latin Notas: Pete Manriquez Goes to Washington; Lexus Goes Latin With SBS; Marc Anthony Crashes Autor3s Concerts in Mexico

    October 25, 2013 11:30 AM EDT Pete Manriquez Goes to Washington: Veteran radio programmer Pete Manriquez has been name PD of CBS Radio Tropical WLZL (El Zol, 107.9 FM) in Washington, D.C .  Manríquez will start in his new post Oct. 28. He was most recently PD for SBS ’ bicul ...

  44. Ricky Martin, Carlos Vives Showcase For Only 93 Cents To Celebrate SBS 30th Anniversary

    October 25, 2013 2:24 AM EDT Ricky Martin, Carlos Vives, Franco De Vita and Ricardo Montaner—four of the most successful leading men in Latin music—will join forces to be part of a series of concerts for the 30th anniversary of the Spanish Broadcasting System. Tickets will ...

  45. Why So Few Female Stars In Country Radio? Theories Abound

    October 24, 2013 1:18 PM EDT For a format that primarily targets women, country radio is playing surprisingly few female artists these days. Equally surprising is how few women there are behind the scenes making programming decisions, as detailed here  last week. This week, ...

  46. Sirius XM Third-Quarter Earnings Drop, Subs Grow

    October 24, 2013 9:06 AM EDT The satellite radio company, controlled by John Malone's Liberty Media, added 513,000 users, raised its full-year sub growth guidance and posted another quarter of record revenue. Sirius XM Radio on Thursday reported lower third-quarter ear ...

  47. Katy Perry's 'Prism' Set for No. 1 Debut on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 23, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Katy Perry is on course for her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as her latest release, "Prism," should easily top the tally next week with her best sales week ever. Industry sources suggest Perry's third album, whic ...

  48. Business Matters: iTunes Radio Starting Strong But Not Yet a Pandora Killer

    October 23, 2013 3:44 PM EDT iTunes Radio is off to a good start, but it’s too early to call it a Pandora killer.   At yesterday's press event, Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the month-old Internet radio service has attracted 20 million users and has played 1 billion son ...

  49. Slacker Adds Univision Radio Stations to Latin Roster

    October 23, 2013 11:11 AM EDT Slacker Radio has expanded its roster of Latin stations with the addition of six Univision Radio stations to its palate. Five of them will be live streams of major terrestrial Univision stations:  romantic KLVE in Los Angeles (107.5 FM, K-Love), ...

  50. First Listen: Miami's 103.5 The Beat

    October 23, 2013 1:00 AM EDT Remember when "Soul Survivor" by Young Jeezy was a pop hit? Going through a list of top songs of the '00s, as I did recently, I was reminded just how long hip-hop, including some relatively harder titles, held sway over pop radio. ...

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