1. Clear Channel's John Sykes On Why We Need Another Award Show (Q&A)

    February 27, 2014 12:45 PM EST Wednesday’s news that Clear Channel would be entering the highly competitive TV awards arena on May 1 with the iHeartRadio Music Awards, airing on NBC from 8 p.m.-11p.m. ET/PT, has been expected since September. But the relatively quick turnaround ...

  2. Ross On Radio: An R&B Comeback, Almost

    February 26, 2014 10:40 PM EST Give Ross On Radio reader and frequent correspondent Steve Sobczuk credit for spotting it early.  A month ago, the Waterloo, Ontario-based Sobczuk wrote, "There was a real R&B drought on top 40 for the better part of 2013, which doesn ...

  3. ScHoolboy Q Heading for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    February 26, 2014 6:59 PM EST ScHoolboy Q is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week. The rapper's major-label debut album, "Oxymoron," could sell between 150,000 to 160,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 2, according to i ...

  4. David Byrne, Marc Ribot, Chris Ruen Lead Rally For Radio to Pay Performance Royalties

    February 26, 2014 6:23 PM EST The Content Creators Coalition sponsored an event in New York City calling on terrestrial radio to pay artists performance rights royalties.   “Out of respect for the artist, we ask that you not make video recordings of the performances you are a ...

  5. 'Frozen' Earns Most Weeks At No. 1 For A Soundtrack Since 'Titanic'

    February 26, 2014 11:00 AM EST Disney's unstoppable soundtrack to "Frozen" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, collecting its fifth nonconsecutive week atop the list. 'Frozen' Targeting Longest No. 1 Run for a Soundtrack Since 'Titanic' Osc ...

  6. Clear Channel, NBC To Air iHeartRadio Music Awards May 1

    February 26, 2014 9:27 AM EST Clear Channel will air its first iHeartRadio Music Awards on NBC May 1, the company announced today, a three-hour, fan-voted award show set to air from 8-11 p.m. ET/PT from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Clear Channel Media and Entertainmen ...

  7. Scott Shannon on His Move to NYC's WCBS-FM: 'It's a Great Situation'

    February 26, 2014 8:00 AM EST Legendary NYC radio jock Scott Shannon resurfaces at NYC's WCBS-FM not long after bidding farewell to his longtime home at WPLJ.   Not long after sharing an on-air goodbye with 23-year “Scott & Todd Morning Show” co-host Todd Pettingill o ...

  8. Bandpage Signs Up Clear Channel, iHeartRadio

    February 25, 2014 9:00 AM EST BandPage, a company used by 500,000 artists to distribute their band information to various online sites, announced an agreement to supply artist bios, photos and tour dates to Clear Channel's iHeartRadio streaming music service as well as th ...

  9. Billboard's Triple A Chart Gets a Makeover

    February 21, 2014 5:22 PM EST The tally welcomes several influential radio stations in major markets, further solidifying the chart's status as a launch pad for multi-format hits. Billboard's Triple A radio airplay chart undergoes a significant makeover, as its repor ...

  10. 'Notice to Black Artists': Behind R&B's Struggle at Radio & The Letter That Has the Industry Buzzing

    February 21, 2014 4:47 PM EST No song spent more time atop the Billboard Hot 100 last year than Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” which logged 12 weeks at No. 1 and set the all-time record for radio audience when it reached 229 million listeners in a week. It did so by tappi ...

  11. ADA Partners with Mute, Beefs Up Management

    February 20, 2014 3:22 PM EST The Alternative Distribution Alliance is taking measures to boost its international capabilities by adding staff and adding the Warner Music Group local teams around the globe to its efforts. In another move, ADA has signed a "partnership&quo ...

  12. Strategy for Pharrell’s ‘G I R L’ Album Banks on Oscars, Red Bull Ad and Europe (Exclusive)

    February 19, 2014 9:34 PM EST Prior to the release of Pharrell Williams’ new album, “G I R L,” on March 3, his music will be heard in a Red Bull TV ad, promos on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and, quite possibly, on eBay. The wildly popular first single, “Happy,” will definit ...

  13. Cumulus Shares 9 Percent Rise on Quarterly Results

    February 18, 2014 6:46 PM EST Shares of Cumulus Media surged 9 percent on Tuesday after the nation's second-largest owner-operator of radio stations said quarterly net revenue rose 5 percent to $275.5 million. Stripping out acquisitions of Townsquare and Westwood One, whi ...

  14. CRS Week: The Gulch Offers 'Knock Your Socks Off' Alternative to Standard Power Meal

    February 18, 2014 11:26 AM EST Those attending the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) in Nashville (Feb. 19-21) have 12 good reasons to venture beyond the convention center. The Gulch, a former tangle of abandoned rail yards, is close enough to Music Row to make it a cool alternative ...

  15. Brett Eldredge Works 'Beat' to Radio: 'I Want to Do This for a Long Time'

    February 18, 2014 11:19 AM EST Since he made his chart debut in 2010 with "Raymond," Brett Eldredge has been a regular at the Country Radio Seminar. That – and a Warner Brothers recording contract aside, wasn't enough to gain him entry into one of the hottest tic ...

  16. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Sells Stock of SiriusXM Controller Liberty Media

    February 17, 2014 10:51 AM EST The billionaire investor's Berkshire Hathaway continues to own stakes in Viacom, Starz, DirecTV and Liberty Media. Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway has disclosed a small stake in John Malone's international cable company Liberty ...

  17. Ross On Radio: They'd Miss Us, So What?

    February 17, 2014 7:30 AM EST Every Format Change Disappoints Someone, But Is Radio Healthier For It? When WJHM Orlando, Fla., became 101.9 Amp Radio last week, it was confirmation of a format evolution to top 40 that had otherwise been completed some time ago. 102 Jamz was, u ...

  18. CRS Preview: Country Radio's Annual Marathon Includes Stops for Hall of Fame, Humanitarian Award, Panels & More

    February 17, 2014 6:16 AM EST It’s an annual rite of passage for the country radio industry and Nashville music community that tests the stamina (and alcohol tolerance) of its participants every year. Set for Feb. 19-21 at the downtown Nashville Convention Center and the adj ...

  19. Eric Church Heading for Country Music's Best Week in Six Months

    February 14, 2014 9:16 PM EST Country music is about to tally its biggest sales week for an album in six months, thanks to Eric Church. The singer's new album, "The Outsiders," could sell upwards of 280,000 to 300,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Su ...

  20. Martin Bandier on Sony/ATV-BMI Agreement: 'It's Critical We Reform the System' (From the Magazine)

    February 14, 2014 2:26 PM EST Martin Bandier, music publishing’s most powerful executive, pulled the industry back from the brink when he decided to finally renew an agreement with BMI, one of the two largest performance rights organizations. Sony/ATV Re-Ups with BMI The Son ...

  21. Business Matters: The Butterfly Effect and Why iTunes Radio Hasn't Increased Track Sales

    February 14, 2014 2:19 PM EST A 1972 research paper by Edward Lorenz titled "Predictability: Does the Flap of a Butterfly's Wings in Brazil Set Off a Tornado in Texas?" introduced the term "the butterfly effect" into popular lexicon. It's genera ...

  22. 65 Million Millennials Listen to Radio Each Week (Study)

    February 13, 2014 8:10 PM EST Despite the hand-wringing about whether all young listeners have migrated to streaming music, many continue to regularly listen to broadcast radio. Related Articles Emmis, Owner of NYC's Hot 97, Buys WBLS, WLIB For $130 Mil, Increases Urban M ...

  23. Univision Fourth-Quarter Revenue Rises

    February 13, 2014 12:57 PM EST The Spanish-language media giant, led by CEO Randy Falco, posted revenue gains in its TV unit, but radio and online revenue declined. Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications on Thursday reported improved fourth-quarter revenue and mi ...

  24. Emmis, Owner of NYC's Hot 97, Buys WBLS, WLIB For $130 Mil, Increases Urban Market Share

    February 13, 2014 10:57 AM EST Emmis Communications, a radio and publishing company which owns WQHT (Hot 97) in New York along with a host of other stations across the country, has announced a deal with YMF Media to purchase two New York radio stations for $131 million in ca ...

  25. Executive Playlist: Vevo's Doug McVehil: NIN, Zola Jesus, Jon Hopkins 'Make My Spine Tingle'

    February 12, 2014 7:27 PM EST Executive Playlist is a new Billboard.biz platform where the movers and hand-shakers of the music business put together a music mix of their choosing. More often than you would think that guy or gal dressed in business casual at the conference tab ...

  26. 'Now 49' Bumps 'Frozen' From No. 1 On Billboard 200, Bruno Mars Gets Super Bowl Bump

    February 12, 2014 11:24 AM EST After a two-week rule of the No. 1 slot on the Billboard 200—and four weeks atop the list overall—the "Frozen" soundtrack steps aside, letting the new "Now 49" hits compilation open atop the list. "Now 49" debuts wit ...

  27. Record Labels Seek to Punish SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Music

    February 06, 2014 8:09 PM EST A lawsuit brought by record labels -- Sony, Universal, Warner and ABKCO* -- against SiriusXM has barely begun, and yet the case is skipping ahead to the issue of jury instruction. This is a dispute that is four decades in the making, ever since s ...

  28. Country Executives on the Lack Of Female Artists at Radio

    February 06, 2014 4:27 PM EST With evidence continuing to mount that Nashville has a shortage of successful female artists right now, you might expect that Music Row has a corresponding lack of females in the executive ranks. You'd be wrong. While it's true that fewe ...

  29. 'Now 49' vs. 'Frozen' for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart Next Week

    February 05, 2014 10:08 PM EST The top of the Billboard 200 chart has been unusually heavy on soundtracks and compilations lately, and next week will be no exception. The new "Now 49" compilation album is heading for a high debut -- possibly No. 1, industry forecaster ...

  30. New Signings: Riff Raff Joins CAA, Verve Inks Sarah McLachlan, Aloe Blacc Signs to Warner/Chappell

    February 05, 2014 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 ...

  31. Romeo Santos, Marc Anthony, Prince Royce Top Finalists For 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards

    February 05, 2014 9:52 AM EST Fresh from landing his third No. 1 debut on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart with “Odio” (featuring Drake), bachata star Romeo Santos led the charge as the top finalist for the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards, presented by State Farm and broadca ...

  32. Sirius XM Reports Record Quarterly Revenue

    February 04, 2014 12:41 PM EST The satellite radio firm, controlled by John Malone's Liberty Media, ended 2013 with 25.6 subscribers. Sirius XM Radio on Tuesday reported record fourth-quarter and full-year revenue and continued subscriber growth. The satellite radio compan ...

  33. Lyor Cohen On New Twitter Partnership: 'We're in the Business of Discovering Artists'

    February 02, 2014 6:29 PM EST Billboard caught up with Lyor Cohen, the former Warner Music head and founder of new music venture 300, at Midem hours after he had made a major announcement during his Keynote Q&A concerning a new partnership with the massive social media p ...

  34. Lyor Cohen Unveils 300 Partnership With Twitter During Midem Keynote

    February 02, 2014 3:04 PM EST Lyor Cohen used his keynote speech at Midem in Cannes, France, to announce that his new label venture, 300, has partnered with Twitter to develop A&R tools that will benefit the whole music business. (Billboard.biz caught up with Lyor Cohen t ...

  35. Dave Grohl, Steven Tyler, Jon Bon Jovi, Adam Levine & More Rock Howard Stern 60th Birthday Bash

    February 01, 2014 10:59 AM EST Rock A-listers, among a throng of other celebrities, feted the King of All Media at his 60th-birthday celebration at the Hammerstein Ballroom Friday night (Jan. 31). In an exclusive interview with Billboard last month, Howard Stern executive pro ...

  36. Super Bowl Ads: Why You'll Hear New Music by Passenger, U2, One Republic and Zedd

    January 31, 2014 7:50 PM EST Ever since fun. skyrocketed to stardom from the use of “We Are Young” in a 2012 Super Bowl commercial for Chevrolet , brands, bands, publishers and music supervisors at top ad agencies alike have all been scrambling to re-create the lightning in ...

  37. Daft Punk, Kacey Musgraves Heading for Huge Post-Grammy Sales Gains

    January 31, 2014 6:29 PM EST Daft Punk and Kacey Musgraves are primed to return to the top 10 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the wake of Sunday's (Jan. 26) Grammy Awards. Daft Punk, which won multiple awards and performed on the show, will likely see its "Rand ...

  38. Investors Put $2.4 Billion Into Music In 2013, Streaming Tops List

    January 31, 2014 5:48 PM EST The big got bigger and the rich got richer in 2013. In the 57 investment deals totaling over $2.4 billion tracked by Billboard, nearly 9 in 10 dollars invested went to a traditional music company, an EDM concert promoter or a company that stre ...

  39. Pandora, Live Nation Shares Rise High, SFX Down

    January 30, 2014 7:37 PM EST Shares of the two largest publicly traded music companies soared Thursday (Jan. 30) as markets rebounded from two days of losses. Pandora shares reached a new high of $37.95 before closing up 11% at $36.53, and shares of Live Nation climbed to a 5 ...

  40. Billboard's 2014 International Power Players List

    January 30, 2014 11:15 AM EST For the first time, leaders from the international music business are honored with a Billboard Power Players report, presented here (being rolled out over three days Jan 29 -31) in association with MIDEM, the leading international event for th ...

  41. Carrie Underwood on the Lack of Successful Female Country Artists: 'You Would Think We'd Be Farther Along' (Exclusive)

    January 30, 2014 10:46 AM EST 4 1.031 k 150 1 In both 2012 and 2013, just three of the top 25 artists on Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart were solo women. In a Billboard Country Update column last fall, we heard what country radio has to say about this, but what do the artists them ...

  42. 'Grammy Nominees' Album Aiming for First No. 1 on Billboard 200

    January 29, 2014 7:25 PM EST The long-running "Grammy Nominees" compilation series may nab its first No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 chart. Industry sources suggest that the new "2014 Grammy Nominees" compilation -- which boasts an array of artists an ...

  43. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Returns To No. 1 On Billboard 200, Grammy Compilation Debuts At No. 2

    January 29, 2014 10:59 AM EST The soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 93,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 26, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's up 7% compared with its sales in the previous week (87,000). Th ...

  44. Sara Bareilles Fires Manager Jordan Feldstein After Grammys Scuffle With Osbournes

    January 28, 2014 6:50 PM EST Sara Bareilles has fired manager Jordan Feldstein, who also counts Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke as clients, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter. The singer, who performed with Carole King at the Grammys, went home empty handed after being nom ...

  45. More of the 'Same': Mary Lambert's 'She Keeps Me Warm' Rises at Radio

    January 27, 2014 4:34 PM EST The singer of the chorus of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Grammy event track 'Same Love' expanded her vocal into a full song that's now scaling Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart. After appearing on last night's Grammy Awa ...

  46. Wiz Khalifa, Alex Da Kid, Linda Perry, Charlie Wilson, Others Share Songwriting Stories at BMI's Pre-Grammy Panel

    January 26, 2014 5:58 PM EST 0 6.746 k 26 0 Similar to last year, when Snoop Dogg lit up during BMI’s annual pre-Grammy Awards “How I Wrote That Song” discussion, rapper Wiz Khalifa walked onto the stage Saturday (Jan. 25) at the House of Blues in Los Angeles puffing on a joint befor ...

  47. Shakira, Target Partner on New Album, Premieres TV Spot During Grammys

    January 25, 2014 7:45 PM EST Target’s first music partnership for 2014 is with Colombian pop star Shakira, who will provide the retailer with an exclusive deluxe edition of her self-titled upcoming album, due out March 25. How Shakira and Rihanna's Social Networks Reacte ...

  48. Chart Moves: Beyonce Crowns R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay; Aloe Blacc Bounds Up Hot 100; Hillsong United Makes History

    January 24, 2014 10:00 AM EST As previously reported , Pitbull and Ke$ha rule the Billboard Hot 100 with "Timber" and Lorde and Bastille soar into the chart's top 10. Who else scales Billboard song charts this week? -- Beyonce: In just its sixth week on R&B/ ...

  49. Silver Lining: 25 Years Of Country Cares For St. Jude Kids

    January 24, 2014 1:36 AM EST There’s no greater testament to the power of radio to make a positive difference in the world than the half-billion dollars country stations have raised in the last 25 years for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Last week in Memphis, many of ...

  50. Pitbull & Ke$ha's 'Timber' Still Tops Hot 100; Bastille, Lorde Reach Top 10

    January 22, 2014 2:54 PM EST Pitbull and Ke$ha post a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Timber." Meanwhile, OneRepublic scores its first No. 1 on the Radio Songs chart with "Counting Stars" and Beyonce does the same on Streaming Songs with ...

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