1. Why 'Weird Al' Yankovic Means Big Business

    July 25, 2014 1:18 PM EDT "Weird Al" equals big business. The comedian’s latest album, Mandatory Fun , which tops the Aug. 2 Billboard 200, is his 15th chart entry in a career that spans 30 years of parodies -- and his first No. 1. Credit an ambitious rollout in ...

  2. Cyber Thieves Compromised 1,000 StubHub Accounts: Officials

    July 23, 2014 11:37 AM EDT Cyber thieves got into more than 1,000 StubHub customers' accounts and fraudulently bought tickets for events through the online ticket reseller, a law enforcement official and the company said. Arrests were expected in a case that sprawled a ...

  3. 'Weird Al' Yankovic Gets First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200

    July 23, 2014 10:55 AM EDT After more than 30 years on the charts, comedian-singer "Weird Al" Yankovic earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "Mandatory Fun" debuts atop the list. The album is the first comedy set to top the chart since ...

  4. Beats' Battle with Counterfeiters Reveals a Mercurial Black Market

    July 22, 2014 9:05 AM EDT Last week, Beats Electronics obtained a restraining order against several copyright and trademark infringing websites alleged to sell counterfeit headphones. The lawsuit, filed July 9, ordered an injunction in Illinois against these online outlets ...

  5. New Watermarking Tech Probably Won't Impact Piracy (Which Isn't Even a Big Deal Anyway?)

    July 21, 2014 3:28 PM EDT Watermarking audio files is nothing new, but a team of international researchers think they've found a way to improve it. On June 30, scientists from Sydney's Deakin University and Aizu University in Japan published an article  about the ...

  6. Chart Moves: Neil Diamond's 52nd Hit Album Debuts, 16-Year-Old Jacob Whitesides Makes Top 40 Bow

    July 19, 2014 9:00 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, singer/songwriter Sia claimed her first No. 1 album , as "1000 Forms of Fear" debuted in the top slot. It sold 52,000 copies in the week ending July 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- Sia&# ...

  7. Billy Corgan Accuses Amazon of Leaking 'Adore' Details Early

    July 17, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Smashing Pumpkins leader Billy Corgan was hoping Wednesday would go as smoothly as his famous pate. Not so, as the planned rollout of full details and track listing for the deluxe reissue of 1998's "Adore" was ruined when Amazon app ...

  8. The Persistence of Punk (Analysis)

    July 15, 2014 6:17 PM EDT It will be 40 years in December, 2015, since the release of Patti Smith's "Horses," on Clive Davis' Arista label, arguably the beginning of the punk movement, emanating from New York's underground in the mid-'70s, ush ...

  9. Catalog Titles Take a Greater Share of Album Sales

    July 14, 2014 4:16 PM EDT People are still buying albums -- millions of them each week -- but new releases are accounting for a smaller percentage of those sales.   Looking at the last five years of album sales, current release sales have fallen 38.1% while catalog sales h ...

  10. Garth Brooks to Finally Go Digital at 'a Stupid Price'

    July 10, 2014 2:23 PM EDT Besides the acknowledgement that Garth Brooks is about to announce a major tour and that he has signed a record deal with Sony Music Nashville  to release his new album, the big news from the country superstar's press conference for music ret ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. Ted Joseph To Manage Relaunched Kalimba Music

    July 07, 2014 10:22 PM EDT EWF founder Maurice White created indie label in late ‘90s Ted Joseph has been appointed label manager for Kalimba Music, relaunched last year by Earth, Wind & Fire founder Maurice White. In his new role, Joseph will also be working with Kalim ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. SoundScan Mid-Year: Albums Down, Stream Equivalents Nearly Double, Vinyl Continues Gain

    July 03, 2014 11:12 AM EDT While digital streaming revenue growth continues to offset the decline in digital album and track sales, the music industry still has the same problem it has wrestled with for over a decade: physical music's decline is outpacing digital' ...

  16. Pharrell, Coldplay Top Mid-Year 2014 Singles, Album Sales in U.K.

    July 03, 2014 9:56 AM EDT Classical crossover act Clean Bandit had the fastest-selling single of the year in Britain with "Rather Be" Pharrell Williams, Clean Bandit and John Legend have sold the most singles in the U.K. during the first half of the year, while C ...

  17. Rough Trade to Open New Retail Store in Nottingham

    July 02, 2014 4:11 PM EDT British music retailer Rough Trade will open its first U.K. store based outside of London this fall. The new outlet will be based in the city of Nottingham and follows Rough Trade Retail Group's acquisition of a majority stake in fellow U.K. ...

  18. Ed Sheeran's 'X' Debuts At No. 1 on Billboard 200

    July 02, 2014 11:00 AM EDT British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran earns his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 , as "x" opens with 210,000 sold in the week ending June 29, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The set is Sheeran's second full-length effort, and ...

  19. Spoon Launches Novel 'Instant Vinyl Gratification' Program Ahead of New Record

    July 01, 2014 11:59 AM EDT Fans are getting a unique peak at Spoon's new album, "They Want My Soul." Even though the release won't be out until August 5, starting Tuesday, July 15th, three of its songs will see the light early with pre-orders by way of a ...

  20. Rebelution Scores Best-Selling Debut Sales Week with 'Count Me In'

    July 01, 2014 10:43 AM EDT “Count Me In," the fourth album from California reggae band Rebelution, released on June 10 as a joint venture between the band’s 87 Music label and New York City's reggae independent Easy Star Records, is their second consecutive debut ...

  21. Lollapalooza Goes Cashless With Digital Wristbands, Pushes Millennials to Tap and Pay

    July 01, 2014 9:27 AM EDT Lolla Cashless is the first effort from a major U.S. music festival to use radio frequency identification-enabled wristbands for payments Lollapalooza is rolling out a new initiative this week called Lolla Cashless, which claims to be the first ef ...

  22. The 'San Francisco Is Doomed' Compilation Wants to Take Silicon Valley to Task

    June 27, 2014 2:26 PM EDT At the very end of Thee Oh Sees' "You Can Have It," a crusty diatribe against changing neighborhoods, frontman Jeff Dwyer makes things personal: "Fuck you, Google. Fuck you, Twitter." The bitter sentiment isn't far fr ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. Marc Anthony Leads Hot Tours with $5.1 Million Mexican Trek

    June 27, 2014 1:01 PM EDT Marc Anthony heads up the weekly slate of top-grossing Hot Tours with ticket sales reported from a string of concerts in Mexican markets during May and June. The brief four-week swing was a continuation of the Latin pop star’s Vivir Mi Vida tour ...

  25. Tupac Musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' Not Ending This Weekend

    June 26, 2014 5:06 PM EDT The producer of "Holler If Ya Hear Me," the Broadway musical based on Tupac Shakur's lyrics, has denied rumors that the show would be closing this Sunday due to low ticket sales. Madonna Attends Preview of Tupac Shakur Broadway Musi ...

  26. Beatles Mono LPs, with Delicate Remastering, Are 'Mandatory Listening,' According to Capitol

    June 26, 2014 2:34 PM EDT Five years after the Beatles' mono recordings were released on CD, Capitol Records and Universal Music are fostering the notion that to hear the Beatles music the way John, Paul, George and Ringo  did in the 1960s, a mono LP is mandatory li ...

  27. 'Like a Rolling Stone' Brings $2M at Auction (Update)

    June 24, 2014 1:48 PM EDT UPDATE: According to a tweet from the Associated Press , "Like a Rolling Stone" sold for $2 million. Sotheby's called it a record for a pop manuscript.  One of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rollin ...

  28. One-Fifth of a Percent? A Closer Look at Amazon's Prime Music Launch

    June 24, 2014 10:43 AM EDT Amazon broke with tradition Monday and released some statistics on early adoption of its new Prime Music service. Although vague, the numbers seem to suggest Prime is off to a decent start. But, again, the numbers are vague. Launched June 12 , Pr ...

  29. Mister Saturday Night's First LP Cements the Dance Party's Community

    June 24, 2014 9:36 AM EDT "Brothers and Sisters," the debut full-length from Brooklyn dance party collective and record label Mister Saturday Night, is first and foremost, not a lot of things. "It's not a techno party, not a throwback party, or a funk a ...

  30. Kevin Liles on Mariah and Jay-Z's Beverages, Lyor's 300 & D'Angelo’s New Record (Q&A)

    June 22, 2014 3:24 PM EDT Kevin Liles calls himself an entrepreneur, and it's hard to imagine a more accurate catch-all term for the items in his overstuffed portfolio. My Day: Kevin Liles, Founder of KWL Enterprises Lyor Cohen Unveils 300, New 'Content Company ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. Bertelsmann Shuts Its German Book and Music Club Business

    June 18, 2014 9:02 AM EDT Marking the end of an era, German media giant Bertelsmann has shut down its German book and music club business, saying the division will be rolled up completely by the end of 2015. The Bertelsmann book club was set up in 1950 by company founder R ...

  33. Amazon Smartphone to Be Carried Exclusively by AT&T

    June 17, 2014 11:30 AM EDT AT&T will be the exclusive mobile carrier for Amazon's smartphone, the Wall Street Journal is reporting . The publication's sources said  that the phone, anticipated to be announced at an event on Wednesday in the online retailer ...

  34. Ticketmaster UK Follows US in Upgrading CAPTCHA, Bane of Ticket-Buyers

    June 16, 2014 1:13 PM EDT Ticketmaster's UK division (Ticketmaster.co.uk and Ticketmaster.ie) has announced that it is doing away with the all-too-familiar, all-too-annoying step in the online ticket-buying process: CAPTCHA, which stands for Completely Automated Publi ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. Can These Women Make CDs Cool Again?

    June 13, 2014 6:05 PM EDT This article first appeared in the June 21st issue of Billboard Magazine . The market for CDs may be crashing, but the creators of ZinePak are doing their best to keep hope alive. A New York-based startup, the company seeks to recapture the pleasu ...

  37. Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith and Linkin Park Lead Mini-Super Tuesday

    June 13, 2014 1:35 PM EDT Next week's No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 seems secure, as industry forecasters say Jack White's "Lazaretto" should bow atop the list without competition. But, look to the following week's list, and the tally should be ...

  38. Mastodon, 50 Cent First Mainstream Acts to Accept Bitcoin Payments

    June 11, 2014 7:08 PM EDT Heavy metal outfit Mastodon has announced it will accept payments in the form of bitcoin for its upcoming album, “Once More ‘Round the Sun.” Related Articles SXSWi: Venture Capitalist Ben Horowitz on 'Notoriously Difficult' Music Tech In ...

  39. 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 ...

  40. Cassette Store Day 2014 Announced

    June 11, 2014 10:10 AM EDT Cassette Store Day is back. Following an inaugural run last year , the unrelated companion to Record Store Day returns to the U.K., Europe, and the U.S. on Sept. 27. As announced on its Tumblr  on Monday, the event will again feature London casset ...

  41. BET, Louder Than Life Partner For 'Music Matters' Compilation Series

    June 09, 2014 5:35 PM EDT BET Networks and its new artist program Music Matters has partnered with Louder Than Life/Red Associated Labels to launch the new compilation album series, "BET Presents Music Matters Vol. 1." Featuring new music from Miguel, Big Sean, M ...

  42. Jefferson Airplane Merchandising Revival Coming for 50th Anniversary

    June 09, 2014 2:00 PM EDT Jefferson Airplane is poised to celebrate its 50th anniversary with a merchandising bonanza courtesy of Epic Rights, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. The move comes as legalized marijuana has become more prevalent across the country ...

  43. Tom Silverman on the 2014 New Music Seminar: 'Who Needs Another Music Convention?'

    June 07, 2014 12:50 PM EDT “There’s really no reason for another conference, there's enough out there,” says Tom Silverman who is three days out from the 23rd iteration of his New Music Seminar , which starts this Sunday, June 8 at New York's Wyndham New Yorker ...

  44. Google Offered $15 Million to Buy Songza (Report)

    June 06, 2014 7:15 PM EDT Google has offered $15 million to acquire curated playlist site Songza, according to the New York Post . The deal would give the search giant company a new music property that could improve its Google Play Music All Access subscription service or ...

  45. Led Zeppelin Reissues Set for Splashy Return to Billboard 200 Chart

    June 06, 2014 6:46 PM EDT Cent heading for sixth top 10, “If/Then” cast album set for big debut Reissues of Led Zeppelin's first three albums are set to storm back onto the Billboard 200 chart next week. The three titles should re-enter the chart within the top 15, ...

  46. 'Dust & Grooves' Author Eilon Paz on OCD Record Collectors, Photography, and Comfort Albums

    June 06, 2014 1:29 PM EDT Eilon Paz spent nearly six years photographing record collectors, starting in New York's East Village at the store Tropicalia in Furs before moving onto the private rooms where collections are kept in all manner of order and chaos. What began ...

  47. Music Industry Veteran Jody Raithel Dead at 66

    June 06, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Jody Raithel , a veteran distribution executive who got his start in the music industry as a record store clerk, passed away from natural causes on May 31. He was 66. His music industry career began with a short stint working at the Music Hall rec ...

  48. What's the Value of 800 Million iTunes Accounts to Beats?

    June 04, 2014 8:12 PM EDT In the wake of Apple's acquisition of Beats Electronics , a frequently mentioned fact has been Apple's 800 million iTunes accounts. Those 800 million accounts are important because they can be leveraged to sell more Beats headphones and ...

  49. 'Elusive' Sales for Mariah Carey's New Album

    June 04, 2014 12:56 PM EDT Mariah Carey collects her 17th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse" enters at No. 3 with 58,000 sold in the week ending June 1 (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Her last non-holiday studio ...

  50. New Digital Music Store to Cater to Theater Fans

    June 02, 2014 10:54 AM EDT The digital age virtually wiped out specialty theater record stores, where show-tune lovers could happily browse aisles bursting with cast albums and sheet music. Now some entrepreneurs are hoping to bring back such an experience -- online, of cou ...

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