1. Nashville Notes: Roster Shakeup at Sony Music Nashville; 'Classic Eli Young' Album Coming

    February 03, 2016 11:34 AM EST Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. When a Sony Music Nashville publicist escorted independent artist Kane Brown on the Country Music Association Aw ...

  2. Inside Rihanna's Long, Rocky Road to Releasing 'Anti'

    January 28, 2016 10:32 AM EST Until the last minute, Rihanna kept the world -- ­including her own management and label, Roc Nation -- guessing. As recently as two weeks before releasing her Drake -assisted single "Work" exclusively on Tidal and to radio on Jan. 27, R ...

  3. Beyond Gearheads, Shredders and Rock Stars: NAMM 2016's Bright Spots

    January 25, 2016 1:05 PM EST One could be forgiven for mistaking the sprawling 800,000-square-foot Anaheim Convention Center this past weekend for the cantina scene from Star Wars -- a scene of chaotic pageantry starring all manner of gearhead geeks, goths and withered hessia ...

  4. BBC Music Partners With U.K. Record Store Day

    January 22, 2016 11:20 AM EST It's been credited with fueling a revival in vinyl record sales and has undoubtedly helped secure the immediate future of thousands of indie retailers. Now, the U.K. leg of Record Store Day has teamed up with BBC Music to help further promote ...

  5. Inside Country Music's Very Real Sales Dip in 2015

    January 14, 2016 1:51 PM EST As the recorded-music business continues its transition from an ownership economy to a digital streaming model, sales of country albums and songs continued to drop in 2015. But 
Universal Music Group Nashville could find a silver lining in that gl ...

  6. Discogs' VinylHub Database Wants to Document Every Record Store and Event in the World

    December 15, 2015 6:01 PM EST Record junkies have met their pusher(s). Or rather, are invited to add them. The immense community-built music database known as Discogs has announced a new feature to support its brick-and-mortar database VinylHub, which catalogs over 4,700 shops ...

  7. Adele's Label Got 3.6 Million CDs to Stores... But How?

    December 04, 2015 3:14 PM EST Adele’s shipment of 3.6 million CDs of 25 appears to be the second-largest physical shipment of that format ever, after the 4.2 million that NSYNC’s No Strings Attached moved back in 2000. Notice the 'appears' qualifier? While the music ...

  8. Chris Young's 'Over' Not Getting Old; AMAs Boost Carrie Underwood, Sam Hunt

    December 01, 2015 12:07 PM EST Chris Young 's "I'm Comin' Over" tops Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated Dec. 12) for a third week (50.5 million audience impressions, down 3 percent, according to Nielsen Music). Co-written by Young, the singl ...

  9. Adele Is Bringing 'Excitement the Industry Has Sorely Needed,' Retailers Rave

    November 24, 2015 5:16 PM EST What’s the only surprise about the first week sales of Adele ’s 25 ? They’re even bigger than predicted. On Nov. 18, sources told Billboard  that Columbia Records was shipping 3.6 million physical copies of the album to retail stores around the U. ...

  10. Report: 91 Million Americans Plan to Make Tech Purchases During Black Friday Week

    November 20, 2015 12:14 PM EST Ninety-one million people — 37 percent of Americans — expect to purchase tech or tech accessories during Black Friday week, according to the Consumer Technology Association's (formerly Consumer Electronics Association) annual pre-Black Friday ...

  11. Discogs Celebrates 15 Years at the Forefront of the Vinyl Wave, Shares Data on the Boom: Exclusive

    November 16, 2015 10:35 AM EST As Discogs, the online vinyl and CD marketplace, celebrates its 15th anniversary, Billboard estimates that the site has supported $43.5 million in transactions so far this year. That's based on proprietary data supplied by the site to Billboa ...

  12. Justin Bieber and One Direction Vying for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

    November 14, 2015 2:45 PM EST It’s a race for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, as One Direction ’s Made in the A.M. and Justin Bieber ’s Purpose are going head-to-head. Both albums were released on Nov. 13, and are vying for the top slot on the Billboard 200 ...

  13. Justin Bieber vs. One Direction: Who Will Win the Sales Race? Industry Sources Weigh In

    November 11, 2015 3:16 PM EST With just two days before the Nov. 13 release of One Direction 's Made in the A.M.  and Justin Bieber 's Purpose , retail and label industry sources tell Billboard the match-up will be close. "It seems that they are running neck- ...

  14. With Release of 'Mr. Misunderstood,' Eric Church's Manager Wanted to Respect Indie Shops -- While Keeping a Secret

    November 09, 2015 6:03 PM EST Eric Church ’s surprise album Mr. Misunderstood sold 71,000 units -- 70,000 digitally -- in its first day-and-a-quarter of availability, for the week ended Nov. 5, according to Nielsen Music. That was good enough to come in No. 3 on the Billboard ...

  15. Was Eric Church's 'Mr. Misunderstood' a Problematic or Pleasant Surprise to Streaming and Retailers?

    November 06, 2015 11:22 AM EST Eric Church 's new surprise, Mr. Misunderstood -- the singer had CDs arrive unannounced at fan club members' doorsteps the day before the Country Music Awards -- was just as much of a surprise to brick-and-mortar shops and streaming serv ...

  16. Amazon Celebrates Vinyl Store by Giving Away Records, Here's One Indie Store's Response

    October 30, 2015 10:16 PM EDT Since last Friday (Oct. 23), Amazon has been celebrating its newly redesigned vinyl store with 13 days of vinyl record giveaways with titles that include the Grateful Dead 's The Best of The Grateful Dead and the Rolling Stones ' Sticky ...

  17. Adele's '25' Is a Lock to Sell 1 Million in Its First Week -- How About 2?

    October 29, 2015 10:00 AM EDT "F--ing Adele." So cracked a member of Justin Bieber 's team after "Hello," the 27-year-old British singer's first new song since 2012, premiered Oct. 23, siphoning all attention in its wake and pushing aside highly t ...

  18. eMusic Acquired By Foundational Cloud Music Company TriPlay

    October 20, 2015 12:33 PM EDT eMusic, one of the Internet's first digital music stores, has been sold to cloud media startup TriPlay. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but in a statement TriPlay maintains that eMusic's employees and executives will be retaine ...

  19. Amoeba Records Co-Founder Marc Weinstein on Getting Into the Pot Dispensary Business

    October 15, 2015 1:30 PM EDT "It's one of the few products that a brick-and-mortar retailer can get into and consider making a living at," says Amoeba Records co-founder Marc Weinstein, who has submitted an application to open a 3,000-square-foot medical mariju ...

  20. Nashville Notes: Scotty McCreery Pens First Book; Ashley Campbell Signs With Dot

    October 14, 2015 10:30 AM EDT Here is your weekly roundup of goings on -- artist signings, staffing moves, good news and more -- in the wide world of country music. The Judds are making the most of their nine-date, Girls Night Out mini-residency at the Venetian Las Vegas. Foll ...

  21. Amoeba Music Eyes Pot Dispensary at Berkeley Store

    October 12, 2015 2:20 PM EDT Can marijuana save the music industry? Ask Dave Prinz , the co-owner of beloved Bay Area record store chain Amoeba Music, and the answer is an emphatic "yes." Actually, Prinz is talking about the health of his corner of the industry, nam ...

  22. Amazon to Stop Selling Apple & Google Video-Streaming Devices

    October 02, 2015 9:13 AM EDT Amazon will stop allowing the sale of Google and Apple video-streaming devices on its site as it focuses on its own Prime Instant Video streaming service. Prime Video has become an important part of Amazon's $99 annual Prime loyalty membershi ...

  23. What Does the Release-Date Rumble Between One Direction vs. Justin Bieber Mean in the Digital Age?

    September 24, 2015 10:00 AM EDT When One Direction and Justin Bieber release new albums on Nov. 13, it won't be the first time two giants of one genre faced off in a race to the top of the charts. Back in 2007, Kanye West and 50 Cent chose the same Tuesday to drop highly an ...

  24. Garth Brooks Tops Forbes' Country Earners List

    July 30, 2015 12:50 PM EDT Garth Brooks has been crowned the king of  Forbes ’ annual “Country Cash Kings” list, following the icon’s first tour in over a decade. According to their calculations, Brooks has earned $90 million since last June, a record tally for a country ac ...

  25. Jason Aldean 'Looks Good' at No. 1 on Country Radio; Brantley Gilbert Gives An 'Amen'

    July 21, 2015 12:15 PM EDT Jason Aldean 's "Tonight Looks Good on You" jumps 2-1 on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated Aug. 1). His 14th No. 1 score on the list increases by 4 percent to 50.2 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Musi ...

  26. CD-Loving Germany Sees 86 Percent Jump In Streaming, Sales Increase

    July 15, 2015 8:48 AM EDT The German music market increased sales by 4.4 percent in 2015’s first half compared to 2014, according to a report released Wednesday by Germany's Federal Music Industry Association (BVMI).  The revenue from physical and digital music sales ...

  27. Martin Scorsese Brings Brooklyn Record Store Back to the '70s for New HBO Show

    July 09, 2015 10:02 AM EDT The Brooklyn arm of British-borne record store Rough Trade -- also a label of high repute -- underwent a vintage makeover for the second time this year. But instead of remembering the '90s and the semi-seminal Empire Records , the shop redesi ...

  28. Imagine Dragons' 'Radioactive' is now RIAA Certified Diamond

    July 08, 2015 6:43 PM EDT Imagine Dragons ' "Radioactive" is the longest-running song in the history of the Billboard charts, and it continues to reach new heights: It has hit diamond status. Taylor Swift Brings Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons Out for ' ...

  29. Amazon Opens Shop in Mexico

    July 01, 2015 10:31 AM EDT Amazon has formally launched full service operations in Mexico, under the URL amazon.com.mx.   The Amazon launch in Mexico -- its first in Latin America -- comes after nearly two years in which the company has tested the market by selling eBooks v ...

  30. Nas Teams With Chicken & Waffles Joint Sweet Chick to 'Expand the Brand Nationally'

    June 17, 2015 1:16 PM EDT Sweet Chick, a New York City restaurant specializing in chicken and waffles, has teamed with local rap legend Nas to help boost the brand to the national stage. Co-owner John Seymour made the announcement at a one-year anniversary party for the re ...

  31. Hollywood's Vintage-Minded Record Parlour Opens a New Venue, the Americana Lounge: Exclusive

    June 10, 2015 10:39 AM EDT Chris Honetschlaeger , the founder of Hollywood's Record Parlour, has announced the opening of the Americana Lounge, a new music venue set to open in December. The 1,800-foot space located at 1553 Cahuenga Blvd. is around the corner from the ...

  32. Country Notes: Blake Shelton Covers Bob Dylan; New Home for Florida Georgia (Fashion) Line

    June 09, 2015 2:15 PM EDT Here's a selection of the goings on in the wide world of country music. -- When Blake Shelton covered Bob Dylan for the forthcoming movie Max , Shelton ended up recording two versions of the song, perhaps creating bonus material for somewhere ...

  33. Walmart Employees Victorious -- Execs Agree to Play Less Justin Bieber, Celine Dion in Stores

    June 05, 2015 1:29 PM EDT Sad news for Beliebers shopping at Walmart (great news for everyone else, probably): Walmart won't be playing so much Justin Bieber and Celine Dion in stores anymore, citing employee requests. A s part of a Walmart shareholder meeting, Mike M ...

  34. Trans World Entertainment Turns Profit as It Continues Shift From Music

    May 21, 2015 10:56 AM EDT Trans World Entertainment continues its winning ways, posting a profit of $194,000, or one cent per diluted share, on sales of nearly $78 million, in its first quarter ended May 2. That's an improvement on the $386,000 in red ink it posted in ...

  35. CEO of Gibson, Long-Time Guitar Home of B.B. King, Remembers the Legend: 'He Was Truly a King'

    May 15, 2015 4:07 PM EDT One name will always be associated with B.B. King: Lucille, the name he gave to his guitar. King got the  name  from an incident at a club in Arkansas in 1949, when a fight broke out during King's performance, starting a fire. King escaped th ...

  36. Retail Briefs: Bob Seger Gets Vinyl, Redeye Goes Worldwide

    May 08, 2015 2:53 PM EDT -- Redeye , the indie distribution company based in Haws River, N.C., has expanded its capabilities to handle worldwide distribution. As part of that it has opened offices in Toronto, Berlin and Sydney, Austraila, Seattle, Nashville to complement ...

  37. Music Biz President Jim Donio Previews Annual Meeting With Move From LA to Nashville

    April 30, 2015 9:22 PM EDT With the Music Business Association's annual Music Biz meeting coming up May 12-14, it marks a shift. For the first time, the event formerly known as NARM is moving to Nashville and with that new scenery comes new programming.  Billboard ca ...

  38. Corner Office: Designer-Turned-Label Exec John Varvatos on Signing Zac Brown, Respecting the CBGB Site and Why Detroit Is the New Brooklyn

    April 27, 2015 10:22 AM EDT Ask John Varvatos to pinpoint the moment when his -obsession with fashion and music began, and he'll show you a photo of The Stooges taken in 1970. "It was all hippies before these guys," says the Detroit native. "They showed u ...

  39. Distro Info: RED Adds Insane Clown Posse, Faith No More Labels to Roster; INgrooves Gets Into It With Emo Label

    April 22, 2015 11:48 AM EDT In the first three months of the year, RED has added five new labels to its roster, which will result in new albums from the Insane Clown Posse and the first album from Faith No More in 18 years, among others. The new distributed labels are Psycho ...

  40. SoundScan's Q1: 'Uptown Funk' Best-Selling Song, Universal Music Stays On Top

    April 03, 2015 10:01 AM EDT In a slight turnaround from a year ago, digital album sales in the U.S. are up 2.8 percent to 28.26 million in the first quarter, while overall albums are only down 1.8 percent to 60.6 million, according to Nielsen Music. That digital tally wrappe ...

  41. Why Zayn Malik's Departure From One Direction Won't Hurt Band's Music Sales

    March 26, 2015 2:17 PM EDT The departure  of Zayn Malik from One Direction may affect touring numbers, but it probably won't have much impact on recorded music sales. That's because One Direction's recorded music sales almost certainly would continue falling ...

  42. Sony to Launch Virtual-Reality Headset in 2016

    March 04, 2015 8:36 AM EST Sony plans on putting its virtual-reality headset on consumers' noggins next year. The gaming and electronics company announced Tuesday at the Game Developers Conference that its VR system nicknamed Project Morpheus will debut in the first ha ...

  43. Industry Sets Friday as Global Record Release Day

    February 26, 2015 8:42 AM EST After seven months of semi-public back-and-forth, a conversation instigated in part by Aussie piracy and Beyonce's surprise release in December of 2013 has resulted in the global recording industry accepting Friday as the release date f ...

  44. Apple Doesn't Want to Compete -- It Wants to Own the Record Business

    February 13, 2015 10:30 AM EST You didn't have to look too far to spot the action at Clive Davis ' pre-Grammy gala on Feb. 7. Ground zero was table 108, where Apple CEO Tim Cook , senior vp Internet software and services Eddy Cue , iTunes vp Robert Kondrk and Beats c ...

  45. German Music Market Up in 2014 on Continued Strength of CDs, Rise in Streaming

    January 15, 2015 1:31 PM EST Sales in the German music market rose slightly in 2014 for the second consecutive year, according to initial projections. This was announced today by the Federal Association of the Music Industry (BVMI) in Berlin and the German market research c ...

  46. Pharrell and 'Frozen' Top iTunes' Year-End List, Beyonce Named Best Artist

    December 08, 2014 9:20 AM EST Pharrell 's "Happy" and the soundtrack for Disney's Frozen are the year's top-selling song and album of year on iTunes, the online music store revealed on Monday. Apple announced that John Legend 's "All of Me& ...

  47. U2 Copies Beyonce (Again), Releasing Video Album Version of 'Songs of Innocence'

    November 18, 2014 3:59 PM EST After following in the footsteps of Beyonce with the surprise release of their new album Songs of Innocence, U2 are following the blueprint left by Bey again by releasing their new album in music video form . Unlike Beyonce, Bono and Co. will no ...

  48. UK Vinyl Sales on Track to Cross Million Mark

    October 16, 2014 7:00 PM EDT For the first time since the mid-1990s, vinyl sales in the United Kingdom look set to cross the one million mark in a calendar year. According to new figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) in conjunction with labels trade body BP ...

  49. Australia’s Music Retailers Assn Backs Friday Release Date: ‘It Makes Sense’

    October 14, 2014 1:31 AM EDT Australia’s entertainment retail trade association has weighed in on the debate surrounding the IFPI-sanctioned global release date. Friday, according to the Australian Music Retailers Association (AMRA), is good for business. And the Aussies ha ...

  50. SoundScan's Third-Quarter Numbers in One Word: Bleak

    October 10, 2014 4:00 PM EDT Bad news keeps mounting with the roll of the tape. So far this year, 60 digital songs have sold over 1 million units as compared to 83 last year. And after nine months, not one artist-album has yet to hit the million-unit mark, although the Fro ...

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