1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. 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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. 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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. 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 ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. 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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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 ...

  34. 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, ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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), ...

  39. 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. ...

  40. Avett Brothers, Paul McCartney Heading for Top Five on Billboard 200 Chart

    October 18, 2013 8:38 PM EDT On next week's Billboard 200 chart, Pearl Jam should secure its fifth No. 1 album, while rock legend Paul McCartney is heading for the top five with his latest effort, "New." Also aiming for the top five are the Avett Brothers, wi ...

  41. Katy Perry’s Executive Team On 'PRISM' Roll-Out: Steve Barnett, Martin Kirkup, Greg Thompson In Their Own Words

    October 18, 2013 8:00 AM EDT The unprecedented success of Katy Perry’s 2010 album "Teenage Dream" set the bar for a follow-up extremely high. How, in this day and age, does anyone sell 2.8 million albums? Or surpass a milestone like being the first woman in the ...

  42. Latin Stars Romeo Santos and Prince Royce Debut on Social 50 Chart

    October 17, 2013 7:12 PM EDT Two Latin stars make their respective debuts on Billboard's Social 50 chart this week: Romeo Santos and Prince Royce.   The Social 50 ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Ins ...

  43. Country Music’s Dearth of Females Extends Well Beyond the Artists

    October 17, 2013 2:07 PM EDT Lately, much ado has been made in the consumer press about country music’s female troubles. While format insiders know this is an issue that pops up -- to varying degrees -- about every five years or so, critics have been wound up over the fa ...

  44. Pearl Jam Heading for Fifth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Lightning Bolt'

    October 16, 2013 8:31 PM EDT Pearl Jam is on course for its fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. The band's latest album, "Lighting Bolt," will sell between 170,000 and 180,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Oct. 20, industry sources say. ...

  45. Business Matters: Music Discovery Through Advertising

    October 16, 2013 7:37 PM EDT Brands have long been involved in the music business. The call letters for WSM, the home of the Grand Ole Opry, stand for "We Shield Millions," the slogan of former owner National Life & Accident Insurance Company. Brands that fund ...

  46. Ross On Radio: The End Of Forward Motion

    October 16, 2013 1:41 AM EDT For years it was the sign of a well-programmed radio station: If a song had any kind of intro, the first note would establish itself. The jock would kick in almost immediately. The break would always be about the song that was playing, not the o ...

  47. BMI Names John Lydon an 'Icon,' Recognizes a-ha and Many More at 2013 Awards

    October 15, 2013 5:39 PM EDT At its annual award ceremony  in London, performing rights organization BMI has awarded Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd. frontman John Lydon its Icon Award, given to artists in recognition of their "unique and indelible influence on genera ...

  48. Country Songwriters Find the Fast Track to Radio in Technology

    October 15, 2013 1:53 PM EDT The great songwriters in country music history had one very basic way to create a song: Sit down with a guitar, a pen and a sheet of paper; find some words or a melody; then frame them with the right chord structure. There were exceptions, of co ...

  49. Showcase Director Matt McDonald's Top 5 CMJ Music Marathon Survival Tips (Video)

    October 15, 2013 10:33 AM EDT With the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon kicking off today Tue., Oct. 15 and running through Sat,. Oct. 19 with some 1,277 bands playing some 80 venues, dozens of panels and thousands of fans, artists and industry expected to attend, the New York City f ...

  50. SiriusXM Attacks the Turtles for Playing 'Lawsuit Lottery'

    October 14, 2013 7:59 PM EDT Imagine for a moment never hearing another Beatles song at a bar, rarely ever seeing The Rolling Stones perform their early work again on television and witnessing digital services like Pandora barred from streaming any sound recording made prio ...

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