1. Big Time Rush, 'Man of Steel' Soundtrack Heading for Top 10 on Billboard 200

    June 14, 2013 8:07 PM EDT Big Time Rush and the "Man of Steel" soundtrack are heading for top 10 debuts on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. Industry sources suggest Big Time Rush's new "24/Seven" album could sell around 45,000 copies by ...

  2. Kanye West, Mac Miller, J Cole: Hip-Hop's Super Tuesday

    June 14, 2013 3:01 PM EDT Next week could be the biggest for new rap albums in two-and-a-half years. June 18 sees the release of three hip-hop sets that are all on course for sizable sales debuts: Kanye West's "Yeezus," J. Cole's "Born Sinner&quo ...

  3. SiriusXM Names Frank Flores Vice President of Hispanic Marketing and Sales

    June 13, 2013 3:30 PM EDT As part of its efforts to continue expanding its Latin subscriber base, SiriusXM has appointed Frank Flores as VP of Hispanic Marketing and Sales. Flores will be based in New York, reporting to SiriusXM President and Chief Content Officer Scott ...

  4. NMPA: David Israelite, RIAA's Cary Sherman Work to Mend Fences Between Publishers, Labels

    June 13, 2013 11:39 AM EDT At the National Music Publishers' Association annual meeting yesterday at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, NMPA president David Israelite pointed out that the music industry has moved beyond the period of copyright theft and denial of ...

  5. New Myspace Officially Launches, Moves Out of Beta, Adds Mobile App

    June 12, 2013 2:42 PM EDT The new Myspace officially launched today as its rebuilt platform moves out of beta and adds a new mobile app. Starting today, the new Myspace is officially available at www.myspace.com. Profiles from the classic Myspace have been upgraded to th ...

  6. Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' Hits No. 1 On Hot 100 Chart

    June 12, 2013 1:45 PM EDT Robin Thicke scores his first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, as "Blurred Lines," featuring T.I. and Pharrell, vaults 6-1. Ariana Grande and Mac Miller, meanwhile, return to the top 10 with "The Way" and Miley Cyrus enters at No. ...

  7. ASCAP, NMPA Respond to Pandora's Acquisition of Radio Station

    June 12, 2013 11:29 AM EDT ASCAP and the National Music Publishers' Association have responded harshly to Pandora's purchase of a small-market radio station in an attempt to lower its ASCAP royalties.   Pandora announced Tuesday it has purchased KXMZ-FM in Rapid ...

  8. Ross On Radio: Today, There Really Is "Nothing To See Here"

    June 12, 2013 7:23 AM EDT Some Radio People Still Want Station Tours, Anyway A few weeks ago, an industry friend in Australia radio dropped me a note. A protégé of his was coming to several cities in the United States. Could I help her arrange some station tours? On Satu ...

  9. Pandora Buys Terrestrial Radio Station in South Dakota, Aims for Lower ASCAP Royalties

    June 11, 2013 4:17 PM EDT Internet radio giant Pandora is taking an innovative route to lower ASCAP fees: The purchase of a small-market terrestrial radio station. The company announced Tuesday it has purchased KXMZ-FM in Rapid City, South Dakota. Terms of the deal ...

  10. New Music Seminar: Music Subscription Companies Talk Differentiation in a Crowded Field

    June 11, 2013 12:35 PM EDT A panel of representatives from the music subscription business tackled issues including market differentiation, how to expand internationally and what Apple’s entrance into the space means for competitors Monday at the New Music Seminar. Paneli ...

  11. Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 Launches Streaming Music Service Ampya

    June 11, 2013 10:14 AM EDT German broadcasting giant ProSiebenSat.1 is looking to carve out a piece of the growing music streaming business with the launch of Ampya, an online streaming service akin to Spotify. The new service, which launched this week, features more than ...

  12. Pandora, Spotify, Clear Channel Execs Welcome iTunes Radio, Strategize For the Future at New Music Seminar

    June 10, 2013 5:47 PM EDT With the official announcement that Apple is joining the digital radio space, a New Music Seminar panel of digital radio experts welcomed that news saying it validates their operations and services. While label executives are high on the propo ...

  13. Apple Debuts iTunes Radio

    June 10, 2013 3:27 PM EDT Apple finally introduced the world to its anticipated Internet radio service at its World Wide Developers Conference Monday. Called iTunes Radio, the service works on iPhones, iPod Touches, iPads, iTunes on Mac computers and AppleTV. It will ...

  14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Make History On Mainstream Top 40 Chart

    June 10, 2013 2:11 PM EDT Just as on the Hot 100, the pair is the first duo to send its first two entries to the top of the radio airplay tally. Plus, Daft Punk, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus make news Macklemore & Ryan Lewis rise 2-1 on Billboard's Nielsen BDS-based ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. '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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. 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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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