1. Apple's 2013 WWDC Conference: What to Expect

    June 09, 2013 3:39 PM EDT Apple is expected to reveal a digital radio service and changes to the software behind iPhones and iPads on Monday as the company opens its annual conference for software developers. Apple hasn't said what it will unveil at the Worldwide ...

  2. Omnifone Adds 1.2 Million Subscribers In 6 Months

    June 07, 2013 12:52 PM EDT Omnifone has added 1.2 million subscribers to its cloud-based music services in the last six months. The London-based company, which also has a U.S. office in the Los Angeles area, provides licensing and backend services for a variety of digital ...

  3. Sony/ATV Signs With Apple iRadio, Launch Imminent

    June 07, 2013 12:11 PM EDT As the June 10 opening of the four-day Apple Worldwide Developers Conference nears, Apple has managed to broker deals with nearly all the major music companies just in time to announce its planned music streaming service at the meeting. Sourc ...

  4. Chart Moves: 2 Chainz, Wiz Khalifa Make 'Fast & Furious' Rise; Tim McGraw, Taylor Swift Set Country Airplay Record; Ke$ha Debuts On Hot 100

    June 07, 2013 12:02 PM EDT As previously reported , Macklemore & Ryan Lewis notch a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton. Who else makes news on the Hot 100 and other song charts this week?   -- 2 Chain ...

  5. Chart Moves: Paul McCartney & Wings Return, British Band Bastille Makes Chart Debut

    June 07, 2013 11:39 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart , Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" held on at No. 1 for a second week, shifting 93,000 copies (down 73%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marked only the third album in this year ...

  6. Sony Music Signs Deal With Apple's iRadio (Report)

    June 07, 2013 10:13 AM EDT Sony Music is reportedly the latest and last major label to sign a deal with Apple’s as-of-yet launched music streaming service dubbed “iRadio,” according to a report on All Things D . Sony/ATV Signs With Apple iRadio, Launch Imminent With a d ...

  7. Clear Channel and iHeartRadio Announce 'Show Your Stripes' Veteran Employment Campaign

    June 06, 2013 12:54 PM EDT “Hire Smart – Hire Vets” is the tagline for Clear Channel and its iHeartRadio subsidiary's "Show Your Stripes" initiative , which the media company announced today. "Show Your Stripes" is meant to help U.S. military vete ...

  8. Clear Channel, Dualtone Strike Revenue Agreement

    June 06, 2013 10:52 AM EDT Clear Channel Media has announced its latest direct licensing deal, this time with Dualtone Music Group, an independent rock label based in Nashville, Tenn. The agreement allows Dualtone artists to share revenue from Clear Channel’s broadcast an ...

  9. SlackerEQ Scores Songs' Engagement Power

    June 06, 2013 9:30 AM EDT Is your song hot or not?  Slacker on Thursday launched its "EQ" metric for measuring the hotness quotient millions of tracks to present a weekly top 40 list, becoming the latest streaming music company to give artists and listeners a t ...

  10. Miley Cyrus' New Single Selling Strong, Heading for Hot 100 Chart Debut

    June 05, 2013 5:14 PM EDT Miley Cyrus' new single "We Can't Stop" is off to a solid start, as industry sources forecast it may sell upwards of 180,000 to 200,000 downloads by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, June 9. Its first-week sales, combin ...

  11. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Juggernaut Rolls On: No. 1 on Hot 100 For Fifth Week, 24th Week In Top 10

    June 05, 2013 3:11 PM EDT Macklemore & Ryan Lewis notch a fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton. Robin Thicke, meanwhile, lands his first Hot 100 top 10, as "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and ...

  12. Pandora Announces Television-Optimized, Standards-Compliant Version of Its Player

    June 05, 2013 11:16 AM EDT Pandora today announced the launch of " tv.pandora.com ," a new product aimed at listeners' flatscreen televisions, marking another doorway for the company into listeners' living rooms. As the line between computer screen and ...

  13. Ross On Radio: Did "Ho Hey" Get The Heave-Ho?

    June 05, 2013 7:00 AM EDT How Rihanna and Pink Thwarted The Folk Movement It was only a few months ago when mainstream top 40 surprisingly began accommodating folksy, acoustic hits from Phillip Phillips, Ed Sheeran, the Lumineers and even Mumford & Sons—the band that ...

  14. Business Matters: Apple iRadio's Licensing Vs. Pandora's Licensing

    June 03, 2013 6:30 PM EDT Google and Amazon can follow Apple's example should they choose to launch their own radio services. Apple’s upcoming Internet radio service, unofficially dubbed iRadio, will differ from Pandora in how the music is licensed and the feature ...

  15. Rhapsody Expands to 14 European Countries

    June 03, 2013 5:57 PM EDT Rhapsody on Monday expanded its subscription music service to 14 additional European countries in a bid to accrue scale and more effectively compete with Spotify, Deezer and others in the burgeoning on-demand music market. The expansion brings ...

  16. Clear Channel and Fearless Records Strike Broadcast and Digital Performance Royalty Deal

    June 03, 2013 9:00 AM EDT With a pact now with Fearless Records, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment continues its slow but steady signing of independent label deals in which the broadcaster agrees to pay artist performance royalties from terrestrial radio in exchange ...

  17. Alice in Chains, Little Mix and John Fogerty Bound For Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    May 31, 2013 8:22 PM EDT Rock band Alice in Chains is set for its highest charting album since 1995 as "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" might start in the No. 2 slot on next week's Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources forecast the album might sell around 6 ...

  18. Chart Moves: The Doors' Sales Surge, 'Fast 6' Soundtrack Drives In, David Crowder Band's Latest Top 10

    May 31, 2013 9:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Daft Punk barged in at No. 1 with "Random Access Memories," selling 339,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It led a debut-filled top four, where Darius Rucker, the ...

  19. Exclusive: Pandora Paywall Pays Off, Research Shows

    May 30, 2013 8:30 AM EDT The conventional wisdom of digital business models states that it's a bad idea to start asking people to pay for something they're used to getting for free. Yet, that's exactly what Pandora did in February when it capped the amoun ...

  20. Ross On Radio: Top 40's Tale Of Whoa-Ay-Oh

    May 30, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Why The Chant Goes On Forever I listened to Sirius XM Hits 1 last Thursday and heard it on three out of the first five songs I encountered. I punched over to Sirius XM 20 On 20 to get away from it, and it was there, too, in the first song I hear ...

  21. Business Matters: TuneIn Funding a Good Sign for Radio

    May 29, 2013 8:50 PM EDT The latest fundraising from Internet radio company TuneIn confirms the appeal of traditional radio while bolstering the notion the traditional radio market is ripe for disruption.   Palo Alto, Calif.-based TuneIn has raised $25 million in fundin ...

  22. It’s Official: Daft Punk's ‘Random Access Memories’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 With 339,000

    May 28, 2013 9:00 PM EDT It’s official: Daft Punk's latest album, "Random Access Memories," debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 339,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Random Access Memories," released ...

  23. Chart Moves: 'Great Gatsby' Soundtrack's Sturdy Sales, David Bowie's 'Day' Lengthens, ABBA's Agnetha Fältskog Returns

    May 24, 2013 9:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the top three were all debuts for a second week in a row, as Vampire Weekend, George Strait and Demi Lovato started in the Nos. 1-3 slots, respectively. Elsewhere on the Billboard 200 there were a num ...

  24. Pandora Sees Quarterly Gains in Subscription and Mobile Revenue

    May 23, 2013 5:02 PM EDT Pandora's gains in its most recent fiscal quarter were helped by an increase in subscribers that stemmed from the listening caps the company placed on mobile listening in March. The company added over 700,000 net new subscribers to its Pa ...

  25. Ross On Radio: What's Left Between The Records?

    May 23, 2013 4:55 PM EDT In high school, the only radio stations I wanted to hear were the ones that weren’t playing “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac or “Hotel California” by the Eagles. I wasn’t in search of well-programmed radio stations that played the hits. I was in search ...

  26. Daft Punk's 'Random Access Memories' Set for No. 1, 300,000-plus Debut

    May 22, 2013 7:51 PM EDT As previously reported , Daft Punk is heading for its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with its latest album, "Random Access Memories." The Columbia Records set, released on May 21, could sell upwards of 300,000 copies by w ...

  27. Business Matters: Why are Live Nation and Pandora Shares Outperforming the Market?

    May 22, 2013 6:16 PM EDT Stock markets have had a great run in 2013, but shares of Live Nation and Pandora have fared even better. Live Nation shares are up 46% this year. Pandora shares are up an incredible 78%.   Some of the companies' gains can be attributed to ...

  28. Rara.com With BMW Launches European In-Car Streaming Service

    May 22, 2013 2:30 PM EDT The next generation of in-car music entertainment has moved up a gear following the announcement that U.K.-based music streaming service rara.com has partnered with BMW to launch what is billed as the first direct-to-car music streaming service ...

  29. 'Can't' Stop Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Atop Hot 100

    May 22, 2013 2:16 PM EDT After performing their breakthrough Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Thrift Shop" on the Billboard Music Awards Sunday night (May 19), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis spend a third week atop the survey with "Can't Hold Us," featuri ...

  30. Business Matters: Soundrop Bets on Music as an Activity

    May 21, 2013 6:37 PM EDT The notion that music fits certain activities continues to spread at digital music services. Soundrop, known best for its Spotify app, launched what it calls “theme rooms” Tuesday that allow listeners to choose music based on activities. This a ...

  31. Oklahoma City Radio Works to Help After Disaster

    May 21, 2013 4:05 PM EDT Oklahoma City radio is providing information to a community devastated by yesterday's massive tornado, which struck an area just outside the city. At least 24 people were killed, including nine children, at Plaza Towers Elementary School in ...

  32. The Doors: A Billboard Chart History

    May 20, 2013 9:51 PM EDT Following the death of Doors keyboardist and founding member Ray Manzarek, Billboard looks back on the legendary rock band's chart legacy. Manzarek died Monday at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany. He was 74. The Doors was one of the m ...

  33. Justin Bieber Chosen By Fans as Winner of First-Ever Milestone Award

    May 20, 2013 1:51 AM EDT Justin Bieber was named the winner of the first-ever Milestone Award, presented by Chevrolet at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. Billboard Music Awards 2013: All Our Coverage In its inaugural year, the fan-voted award highlights artists ...

  34. Taylor Swift, Gotye and Rihanna Win Big at Billboard Music Awards

    May 19, 2013 11:19 PM EDT Taylor Swift and her 3.7 million-selling "Red" dominated the 2013 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night (May 19), taking home eight trophies as Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know" swept four major song categories and ...

  35. Taylor Swift Takes Early Lead at Billboard Music Awards

    May 19, 2013 7:30 PM EDT There may be a blue carpet out front, but the Billboard Music Awards already has "Red" all over it. Taylor Swift has jumped out with six awards, including Top Female Artist and Top Billboard 200 Artist, in a pre-telecast announcement f ...

  36. Business Matters: SoundExchange, The Recording Academy, Pandora Step Up Artist Outreach

    May 17, 2013 1:15 PM EDT SoundExchange and the Recording Academy have emailed their members in response to an artist outreach campaign by Internet radio company Pandora. All parties are jockeying for position ahead of a second attempt at legislation -- last year it was ...

  37. Chart Moves: Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines Makes Solo Debut, She & Him Bows on Cassette

    May 17, 2013 9:30 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the top three were all debuts , as Lady Antebellum, "The Great Gatsby" soundtrack and the "Now 46" compilation moved in. Lady A's latest, "Golden," gave the country ...

  38. Top 40 Radio Pioneer Paul Drew Dies at 78

    May 16, 2013 9:29 PM EDT Paul Drew, one of Top 40 radio’s major architects, died Thursday (May 16) of natural causes at Victor Royale Assisted Living in Glendale, Calif. The 78-year-old’s multi-faceted career included stints as a DJ, programmer, broadcasting executive a ...

  39. Business Matters: What if Pandora Did Direct Licenses?

    May 16, 2013 4:32 PM EDT What would happen if Pandora did direct deals with major labels? Less than you might think. As long as Pandora continues to operate as a statutory service, artists would receive 50% of performance royalties -- the same share they currently get f ...

  40. Clear Channel, The CW Network Team-Up For 4 TV Broadcasts, Including IHeartRadio, Jingle Ball

    May 16, 2013 10:12 AM EDT The CW Television Network and Clear Channel are teaming up for TV broadcasts of four Clear Channel event franchises, including the IHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas this September and the Jingle Ball concert series in November and December. The ...

  41. Sony's Music Unlimited Service Expands to Brazil

    May 15, 2013 3:30 PM EDT Sony Network Entertainment International’s Music Unlimited service is live in Brazil, according to a statement released today by the company. The cloud-based digital music subscription service is now available in 19 countries worldwide. The on-d ...

  42. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 'Hold' Atop Hot 100, Selena Gomez 'Get's First Top 10

    May 15, 2013 1:39 PM EDT Macklemore & Ryan Lewis'  "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton, logs a second week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Selena Gomez scores her first top 10 with "Come & Get It" and Mariah Carey debuts at No. ...

  43. Ross On Radio: Fresh Listen, Vancouver Radio

    May 15, 2013 7:00 AM EDT Is EDM still an exotic genre—one that programmers are still grappling with? Or has it long taken over mainstream top 40, one superstar producer at a time? Folk/acoustic product may make a surprise showing. Piano ballads may pile up. Turbo-pop is ...

  44. Exclusive: Pandora's Plan to Share More Streaming Data With Artists

    May 14, 2013 7:59 PM EDT Stung by accusations that it doesn’t pay enough royalties to artists, Pandora Media has been quietly working on a tool that would demonstrate the company's value by giving artists more information on how their songs perform on its Interne ...

  45. Nacional Records, Search Party Launch Placement and Licensing Venture El Search Party Amidst a Shifting Market

    May 13, 2013 4:27 PM EDT Los Angeles-based label Nacional Records and Randall Poster’s Search Party Music have joined forces to create El Search Party, a new venture focusing on Latin music placement and licensing. The partnership comes as Nacional and others are report ...

  46. Clear Channel Study Says Terrestrial Radio Still Draws Huge Numbers

    May 13, 2013 2:00 PM EDT Radio continues to be a popular media choice for people of all ages according to a research study commissioned by Clear Channel Media and Entertainment called “State of Listening in America.” According to the report, which was released Friday, 9 ...

  47. iHeartRadio Surpasses 30 Million Registered Users, Still Well Behind Pandora

    May 13, 2013 12:13 PM EDT Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio has surpassed 30 million registered users less than two years after the launch of its current version. The milestone puts iHeartRadio at roughly 15% of Pandora’s 200 million registered users in the United States, Aust ...

  48. Billboard Music Awards Kick-Off Sunday With Prince, Madonna, Lil Wayne, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, More

    May 11, 2013 4:03 PM EDT There is nothing small about this Sunday night’s Billboard Music Awards at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena airing live on ABC at 8 ET hosted by “30 Rock”’s Tracy Morgan. Just consider for a moment the sheer star power of  those appearing: li ...

  49. Chart Moves: Selena Gomez 'Get's First Hot Digital Songs Top 10; Arianna Drives Onto Hot 100; Florida Georgia Line Dominates Country Airplay

    May 10, 2013 3:47 PM EDT As previously reported , Macklemore & Ryan Lewis log an historic No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, as "Can't Hold Us" (featuring Ray Dalton) follows their "Thrift Shop" (featuring Wanz) to the top, making the ...

  50. Apple, Universal Music Group Reach Agreement for iRadio Service: Report

    May 09, 2013 10:14 PM EDT Universal Music Group has agreed to license its songs to Apple Inc.'s proposed iRadio streaming service, according to the Financial Times.  With the largest record company in the bag, the Cupertino, California, hardware company now only nee ...

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