1. Latin Radio Icon Polito Vega to Be Honored at New York Concert

    August 27, 2014 5:12 PM EDT The iconic radio personality Polito Vega will be honored Sept. 21 during a concert at Madison Square Garden featuring some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Juan Luis Guerra , Don Omar , Chayanne and Carlos Vives . Polito Vega Never ...

  2. Casey Kasem's Body to Be Buried in Norway, Wife Cites Heritage

    August 20, 2014 2:58 AM EDT The wife of U.S. radio personality Casey Kasem has cited her Norwegian heritage as one of the reasons for wanting to bury her late husband in Oslo , a spokeswoman for the funeral service agency there said Tuesday. Kasem, the host of "American ...

  3. Top 40 Radio's Complicated Road to Success – and Failure

    August 18, 2014 11:22 AM EDT Five years ago, when CBS launched top 40 stations in New York and Los Angeles, they staked out a very narrow piece of turf between mainstream and rhythmic top 40, a format that was itself a one-time halfway point between top 40 and R&B radio. ...

  4. Not Made In The U.S.A.: Where Today's Hits Are Coming From

    August 08, 2014 3:05 PM EDT There's a new British invasion on the Hot 100 . And, an Australian Invasion. A Canadian, Norwegian and Scottish one, too. The upper ranks of the Hot 100 of late have belonged to acts from outside the U.S., from Canada ( MAGIC! 's " ...

  5. Legendary DJ Alan Freed's Ashes Sent Packing at Rock Hall of Fame

    August 04, 2014 9:30 PM EDT Rock music is constantly reinventing itself, such that even the style's initial promoter, Alan Freed , must eventually step aside to make room for Beyoncé .  The ashes of the Cleveland DJ who coined the term "rock 'n' roll" ...

  6. SiriusXM Hits 26 Million Subscribers, Posts Earnings for 2nd Quarter

    July 29, 2014 8:44 AM EDT SiriusXM Radio on Tuesday reported improved adjusted second-quarter earnings as it continued to grow subscribers. More on SiriusXM Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM President and CCO, on Firing a Host, Streaming, Data (Q&A) SiriusXM's Dance Card ...

  7. Casey Kasem's Son on Corpse-Moving, Meat-Hurling Widow Jean Kasem: 'She's Bat S--- Crazy'

    July 25, 2014 2:11 AM EDT Casey Kasem's body was taken from Tacoma, Washington's Gaffney Funeral Home to Canada, a Gaffney worker confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter on July 23, but his distraught relatives don't have any specific information on the whereabo ...

  8. Is There a Backlash Against Summer Songs?

    July 24, 2014 12:00 PM EDT Remember when everybody loved "Blurred Lines"? It was barely more than a year ago. "Blurred Lines" was still exciting – not quite oozing from listeners’ pores yet. It was the underdog choice, the first hit to steal the Song of ...

  9. MAGIC!'s 'Rude' No. 1 on Hot 100, Sam Smith Surges

    July 23, 2014 2:13 PM EDT The Canadian pop/reggae group spends a second week at the summit, while Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' lifts 5-3 after it became available for streaming on Spotify MAGIC!'s "Rude" rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a second ...

  10. CC Media Holdings, Clear Channel Parent, Reports Second-Quarter Operating Profit Drop

    July 23, 2014 10:16 AM EDT The radio giant, led by CEO Bob Pittman, saw its media and entertainment revenue and total revenue rise slightly. CC Media Holdings, the parent company of radio giant Clear Channel Communications, on Wednesday reported slightly higher second-quart ...

  11. Scott Greenstein, SiriusXM President and CCO, on Firing a Host, Streaming, Data (Q&A)

    July 21, 2014 12:48 PM EDT The satellite vet on firing an "Opie & Anthony" host, adding EDM channels and sharing data. This article first appeared in the July 26th issue of Billboard Magazine . Running programming for 140- channel-strong satellite radio servic ...

  12. RIAA vs. Archived Radio: Licenses Mean Abandoning On-Demand

    July 17, 2014 9:24 AM EDT If you grew up on Top 40 and want to relive those memories by listening to radio as it sounded then, the good news is there are plenty of websites featuring station airchecks from legendary personalities such as Wolfman Jack and Casey Kasem.  Now ...

  13. Clear Channel May Be 'On the Verge' of Something (Report)

    July 16, 2014 2:32 PM EDT Clear Channel's "On the Verge" program for boosting new songs is simple yet effective: Once a track is selected by program directors across the country, each of the company's hundreds of stations must play it at least 150 times ...

  14. SiriusXM Adds Another $2 Billion to Stock Repurchase Program for $6 Billion Total

    July 15, 2014 9:37 PM EDT Sirius XM Holdings Inc. has announced it will add an additional $2 billion to its common stock repurchase program. This move will increase the kitty to an aggregated $6 billion, following the satellite radio company's board of directors appr ...

  15. Gregg 'Opie' Hughes Defends Former Co-Host in 'Strange' Return to Radio

    July 14, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Opie describes his first reaction to Anthony Cumia's lengthy Twitter rant: "Oh my God, we're fired" The show formerly known as Opie & Anthony returned live on SiriusXM Radio Monday, with Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Ji ...

  16. Ex-'Opie & Anthony' Host Won't Apologize For Rant

    July 13, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Radio talk show host Anthony Cumia is offering no apologies for what satellite radio company SiriusXM called a hate-filled Twitter rant that got him fired. The former co-host of the "Opie & Anthony" show was let go July 3 after tweet ...

  17. RIP '20 on 20': A Look Back at SiriusXM's Promising Pop Show

    July 11, 2014 2:06 PM EDT I’ve long felt that “20 on 20,” SiriusXM’s new releases top 40 station, had the potential to be the most influential mainstream top 40 station in the country. Instead, “20 on 20” will sign off in a repackaging of satellite radio channels on July 1 ...

  18. SiriusXM Cancels Top 40 Channel ’20 On 20,’ Replaces With Rhythmic Pop Hits Station

    July 11, 2014 2:03 PM EDT Among the changes taking place as part of satcaster SiriusXM’s latest channel realignment is the cancellation of longtime mainstream top 40 address "20 on 20.” As of July 17 the channel will be replaced by “Venus,” which will focus on rhythmi ...

  19. Billboard Artist 100 Chart Launches; Trey Songz Leads First List

    July 10, 2014 10:03 AM EDT Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, MAGIC! and Luke Bryan among others in the top 10 of Billboard's exclusive new ranking of each week's top acts Today (June 10), Billboard proudly unveils the Artist 100 , the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated t ...

  20. Clear Channel's Brian Lankamp Promoted to President of Digital and Technology Ventures

    July 09, 2014 2:21 PM EDT Clear Channel’s Brian Lakamp was promoted to president of technology and digital ventures from his previous role as vice president of digital media overseeing iHeartRadio. The move is part of the company’s overall goal to expand into consumer-driv ...

  21. What Taylor Swift Failed to Mention In Her Poptimist Op-Ed

    July 09, 2014 1:47 PM EDT It's not every day a music superstar pens an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal and covers a variety of topics in nearly 1,200 words. At a time many artists fret the industry is crumbling, Swift's piece brims with optimism. Taylor Swift ...

  22. Taylor Swift Shares Optimistic View of the Music Industry In Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

    July 07, 2014 10:14 PM EDT Taylor Swift believes there’s still hope for the music industry. In fact, she’s “one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying…it's just coming alive,” the superstar wrote in an op-e ...

  23. Sub Pop Is the First Label to Launch on TuneIn

    July 07, 2014 4:41 PM EDT Radio streaming service TuneIn has announced Seattle institution Sub Pop as its first label station . Launched last week and already at 3,500 followers, the station features Sub Pop's extensive back catalog and current releases for shows like ...

  24. Dublab, Cornerstone of L.A.'s Avant-Electro Scene, Marks 15 Years – But How'd They Stick Around?

    July 07, 2014 10:12 AM EDT Since its founding in 1999 as one of the first 24-hour internet radio stations, Los Angeles' dublab (a portmanteau of "dubbing" and "laboratory") co-founder Mark "Frosty" McNeill" and the rest of the staff & ...

  25. SiriusXM Fires Anthony Cumia Over 'Racially-Charged' Tweets

    July 04, 2014 1:59 PM EDT The host was dropped after making "racially-charged and hate-filled remarks on social media," the satellite radio company said. SiriusXM has fired Opie and Anthony host Anthony Cumia after he posted a series of racist remarks on Twitter ...

  26. Pharrell's 'Happy' Is Radio's Most-Played Song of 2014 (So Far)

    July 03, 2014 12:30 PM EDT Radio never sounded more "Happy" than it did in the first half of 2014.   Pharrell Williams' "Happy" leads Nielsen BDS' mid-year report of the most-played songs in the first half of the year on U.S. terrestrial radio ...

  27. Does EDM Work on Radio? Behind a Boston Station's Pivot from Dance to Country

    July 03, 2014 10:49 AM EDT At 3 p.m. EST on June 14, Boston's Clear Channel all-EDM radio station Evolution 101.7 (WEDX) abruptly switched formats to all-country 101.7 The Bull (WBLW). “We are excited to launch 101.7 The Bull, a fresh new take on Country music, for our ...

  28. Why Did Google Buy Songza? Probably Not Because of Beats Music

    July 02, 2014 8:50 AM EDT Google's announcement Tuesday  that it reached a deal to acquire Internet radio service Songza marks the third entrant in the Internet radio business by a leading technology company in the last nine months. Songza gives Google a webcasting se ...

  29. Court Accepts Claim of SESAC's Alleged Anticompetitive Behavior

    July 01, 2014 12:17 PM EDT SESAC won two favorable rulings by a district court in Pennsylvania last week, but still faces a charge of anti-competitive conduct by the Radio Music License Committee, an organization that represents the commercial radio stations in licensing ma ...

  30. Radio Rules New Nielsen Listening Study

    June 30, 2014 2:23 PM EDT Radio still rules. Most audio consumption is passive listening done by people who value convenience, according to a new Nielsen study. Called the Audio Demand Landscape, the study breaks American consumers into six segments according to listenin ...

  31. Univision Ratings Scandal: 'Someone Needs to Put These Cheaters In Check'

    June 30, 2014 10:04 AM EDT The West Coast radio world was rocked in mid-June by revelations that a Univision executive had manipulated the ratings to boost a Spanish-language talk show. The scandal, which cost the employee his job, rattled confidence in the Nielsen system. ...

  32. For Actors Who Want To Sing, Country Airplay Is Difficult To Obtain

    June 29, 2014 10:46 AM EDT The country format has seen an influx in recent years of artists who gained fame for their acting work, then turned their attention to a music career. With one notable exception, they’ve largely found the doors at country radio closed tight, despi ...

  33. Tomorrow's Hits: Kiesza Moves Front And Center With 'Hideaway'

    June 27, 2014 1:19 PM EDT Each Friday, Billboard presents Tomorrow's Hits, a weekly look at new and noteworthy acts making their way toward Billboard chart success. Up this week: Kiesza, Ella Henderson and Justin Quiles. Artist on the Verge: Kiesza Kiesza Kiesza has g ...

  34. Industry Argues Its Worth to Congress (and Itself) In Second Round of Testimony

    June 25, 2014 4:38 PM EDT A Congressional hearing on music licensing Wednesday turned up mostly the same themes, frustrations and proposed solutions as the hearing two weeks earlier. Representatives of artists, record labels, songwriters, music publishers and broadcasters ...

  35. Rick Rubin Talks Punk Rock Hip-Hop, the Advantage of Big Companies in Rare Interview

    June 24, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Recently, legendary producer Rick Rubin sat down for a rare hour-long interview with BBC Radio One's Zane Lowe at his Shangri-La studio in Los Angeles. The Grammy-winning mastermind behind such canonical records as Beastie Boys' " ...

  36. iHeartRadio Dir. of Digital Programming Mike Abrams Let Go

    June 23, 2014 1:48 PM EDT Mike Abrams, former director of digital programming at iHeartRadio, has left the company. "They eliminated a few positions, including mine," Abrams told Billboard.biz. "I don't know too much about it, since I work in L.A. and [ ...

  37. Ross On Radio: What Is Wimp?

    June 23, 2014 7:10 AM EDT Everybody likes some wimpy songs, just not the same ones. As a researcher working with radio stations, one of the things I've always done for clients is to review their music test lists in hopes of coming up with other songs that might be wor ...

  38. Chart Moves: Soundtracks Rule, Tony Awards Spur 67% Cast Album Sales Gains

    June 20, 2014 1:12 PM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Jack White tallied his second No. 1 album as "Lazaretto" debuted at No. 1 with 138,000 copies sold in the week ending June 15. He also made big news with the vinyl edition of the set, selling ...

  39. Radio Personality Piolin Told to Pay Legal Fees

    June 19, 2014 11:07 AM EDT Spanish-language radio personality Piolin (Pee-oh-LIN') has been ordered to pay more than $100,000 in legal fees for six people he targeted in a failed lawsuit. Lawyers for the six say a Los Angeles judge awarded attorneys' fees Tuesday. ...

  40. Rhapsody Wants You To Pay For Radio

    June 18, 2014 10:00 PM EDT Since being bought by private equity firm Columbus Nova, the Seattle-based Rhapsody International has gone through a rapid period of expansion and reinvention as the No. 2 streaming service looks to differentiate itself from market leader Spotify ...

  41. iHeartRadio Reaches The 50 Million User Milestone

    June 17, 2014 8:03 PM EDT Clear Channel Media & Entertainment’s online radio platform iHeartRadio has signed up its 50 millionth registered user, according to a company statement . The well-promoted app has generated registrations faster than Facebook or Twitter; the f ...

  42. Univision Radio L.A. Station Executive Fired for Cheating System

    June 16, 2014 11:22 PM EDT An employee at an L.A. radio station owned by Univision has been fired for manipulating Nielsen’s ratings system by posing as a member of their sample audience. The revelation is a blow to both the KSCA-FM (101.9) and Nielsen Holdings, which last ...

  43. Top 10 Things You Might Not Know About Casey Kasem

    June 16, 2014 12:11 PM EDT Counting down the top 10 things you might not know about radio personality Casey Kasem, the founding voice of "American Top 40," who died Sunday: 10. Beginning in 1969, Kasem voiced the character Shaggy for the animated series "Scoo ...

  44. Casey Kasem, You’ve Truly Reached The Stars

    June 16, 2014 2:16 AM EDT I’ll say it. I was a radio countdown geek, and Casey Kasem was the king of my world. No, Casey did not invent the countdown. Since the 1940s, stations all over the U.S. reviewed the week’s most popular songs. One such program, titled “Make Believe ...

  45. New Jay Z Remix Available Only on Beats Music

    June 15, 2014 11:45 PM EDT Dr. Dre's mysterious Tweet at Jay Z yesterday which said only “Welcome to the jungle @S_C_” has been explained while at the same time offering a clue to Beats Music's possible future business strategy: exclusives. Welcome to the jungle @ ...

  46. Casey Kasem, Iconic Radio Personality, Dead at 82

    June 15, 2014 10:30 AM EDT Casey Kasem, the American Top 40 radio host who crafted a long and lucrative career out of counting down to No. 1, has died. He was 82. Kasem, who hosted the syndicated weekend show for nearly four decades, died of complications from dementia at S ...

  47. How Radio and Streaming Can Be Complementary at New Music Seminar

    June 12, 2014 7:30 AM EDT Closing out Tuesday’s panels at the New Music Seminar in New York, traditional radio formats were presented as a tool just as necessary as streaming and other online platforms for music discovery and marketing strategies. Rather than pitting ter ...

  48. Casey Kasem's Daughter Can Withhold Fluids, Food, Medication from Ailing Father, Judge Rules

    June 11, 2014 5:15 PM EDT A lawyer says a judge has granted the daughter of Casey Kasem the authority to withhold medication, food and fluids from her ailing father. In the ruling Wednesday, attorney Troy Martin said, Superior Court Judge Daniel Murphy determined that givi ...

  49. Honda Pouring Over $50 Million Ad Dollars Into New Music Platform, Honda Stage

    June 11, 2014 3:04 PM EDT As the United States' fifth-largest automotive advertiser in terms of total spending (according to 2012 figures from WPP’s marketing analytics firm Kantar), Honda has relied heavily on television to achieve the mass-audience reach it requires ...

  50. BBC to Cut 15% of Radio Staff, Consolidate Management

    June 11, 2014 2:17 PM EDT The BBC has announced it will be cutting its Radio division's staff by 15% by 2017. The British media behemoth, funded principally by a license fee charged to British taxpayers which brought in £3.6 billion in 2012/13 (as well as an additiona ...

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