1. Jack White on Record Store Day Makes World's Fastest Studio-to-Store Record

    April 19, 2014 3:53 PM EDT It's official: Jack White has beat the record for the world's fastest released record. Related Articles Record Store Day’s Michael Kurtz on Exponential Growth, Not Selling Out (Video Q&A) Chuck D Q&A: The Record Store Day Ambassa ...

  2. Happy Record Store Day! Tweets from Artists, Retailers, Labels and More

    April 19, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Happy 7th birthday, Record Store Day! To help celebrate the annual musical holiday, dozens of artists, music retailers, record labels and fans around the world took to Twitter today (April 19) to commemorate Record Store Day, which was founded in ...

  3. Record Store Day’s Michael Kurtz on Exponential Growth, Not Selling Out (Video Q&A)

    April 17, 2014 3:34 PM EDT  As Record Store Day's stature has grown over the last seven years, it's easy to lose sight of the international music retail celebration's humble beginnings. Here, on the eve of Saturday's (April 19) event, Billboard sat down ...

  4. Sean 'Diddy' Combs Tops Forbes' Annual List of Hip-Hop's Richest... Again

    April 17, 2014 12:51 PM EDT Forbes has released its eighth annual list of hip-hop's wealthiest artists, and for the second year in a row, Sean "Diddy" Combs tops the list. Since the list was launched in 2007, he has consistently vied with 50 Cent, Jay Z (that ...

  5. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Spends 10th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200, Sales Climb Past 2 Million

    April 16, 2014 11:00 AM EDT The unstoppable soundtrack to Disney's "Frozen" continues its run atop the Billboard 200 as it clocks a 10th nonconsecutive week at No. 1. The set sold 133,000 copies in the week ending April 13, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That ...

  6. TuneCore Downloads, Streams Grow 75%, Paid Out $34 Million in Q1

    April 16, 2014 8:50 AM EDT *Correction appended The market for music download may be taking a hit, but TuneCore's payouts are still climbing.  The self-serve music distribution platform announced it paid out $34.1 million to artists in the first quarter of this year.  ...

  7. Loverboy Pulls In Generations X, Y and Z with Full-On Marketing Blitz (Video)

    April 15, 2014 5:33 PM EDT Never mind working for the weekend... Loverboy are everywhere you look these days, as major companies such as Taco Bell and Radio Shack use the band’s music and iconic red leather jackets and bandanas imagery to promote their products to the ‘80s ...

  8. U.S. Internet Ad Revenue Surpasses Broadcast

    April 11, 2014 10:16 AM EDT For the first time, U.S. Internet advertising revenue has surpassed that of broadcast television thanks to sharp growth in mobile and digital video ads. That's according to a report from the Interactive Advertising Bureau, which said Thursday ...

  9. Marc Anthony Confirmed for Billboard Latin Music Conference Q&A

    April 10, 2014 1:20 PM EDT Superstar Marc Anthony is the latest act confirmed for a Q&A at the upcoming 25th annual Billboard Latin Music Conference. Anthony will be interviewed during the Billboard Icons Q&A, taking place April 23 at 4:15 p.m. at the JW Marriot Mar ...

  10. J&R Music World Closing

    April 09, 2014 9:04 PM EDT 27 2 k 135 11 Music and electronics retailer J&R Music and Computer World will shutter its store on Park Row in lower Manhattan Thursday after 43 years in business.  In a letter to customers on the store's website, owners Joe and Rachelle Friedma ...

  11. Underwhelming Start to iTunes Radio Lights Fire Under Apple

    April 09, 2014 10:00 AM EDT The failure of iTunes Radio to halt the decline of music downloads has prompted Apple Inc. to consider the most dramatic overhaul of its iTunes music store in more than a decade, according to executives familiar with Apple’s internal delibera ...

  12. Unreleased Aphex Twin LP to be Available Digitally on Kickstarter, Physically for $13,500

    April 09, 2014 9:49 AM EDT On April 8,  FACT reported  that a copy of electronic pioneer Aphex Twin's album "Caustic Window" was available on Discogs for the very reasonable price of $13,500. (UPDATE: The disc has actually been up on Discogs for five years, a ...

  13. Imagine Dragons, Lorde, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry Lead 2014 Billboard Music Award Finalists

    April 09, 2014 9:00 AM EDT Katy Perry, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Miley Cyrus and Pharrell will also contend in several major categories The finalists for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards were announced today with Imagine Dragons and Lorde leading all artists followed by J ...

  14. Walmart to Cut Its CD Stock By Nearly Half

    April 08, 2014 11:46 AM EDT This article was first published in the April 12th issue of Billboard Magazine. Buy your copy here and subscribe right here . Walmart, the largest retailer of CDs in the United States, plans to downsize the amount of space it devotes to discs by 4 ...

  15. Samsung's Profit Falls As Smartphones Get Cheaper

    April 08, 2014 8:21 AM EDT Declining smartphone prices hit profit at Samsung Electronics Co. for a second straight quarter. The consumer technology heavyweight said Tuesday that it expects operating income of about 8.4 trillion won ($8 billion) for the January-March quarter ...

  16. Nielsen's Q1 Numbers: Sales Down, Streams Up

    April 07, 2014 12:43 PM EDT The transition to the streaming ecosystem in the U.S. is picking up steam. The decline in download sales accelerated in the first quarter to nearly match historic drops in CD sales from 2007-2010. Q1 At-A-Glance Digital sales (albums + TEA ) Dow ...

  17. Joe Satriani’s 'Chrome Dome': The Shiniest Part of a New Career Retrospective

    April 06, 2014 12:12 PM EDT Grammy-nominated guitarist celebrates three decades in the music business with boxed set in shape of his head, biography and world tour. Joe Satriani is recognized as one of the greatest guitarists in the world. In his early years, he gave less ...

  18. Fleetwood Mac's Music Sales Surge on Reuniting News

    April 05, 2014 2:18 PM EDT Fleetwood Mac's music sales have surged, thanks to the publicity generated by the group's reunion with singer/songwriter Christine McVie. Related Articles Fleetwood Mac With Christine McVie Announce North American Tour Tour Managers of F ...

  19. Business Matters: Why Amazon Wants to Move Into Your Living Room

    April 04, 2014 3:16 PM EDT Fact No. 1: More than half of those surveyed by Edison Research and Triton Digital this year for their Infinite Dial report said they owned a connected TV. Fact No. 2: The market for connected television hardware was an estimated $197.6 billion in ...

  20. Pre-Cancellation Gigs Launch Stones Atop Hot Tours with $41.6M in Ticket Sales

    April 04, 2014 12:35 PM EDT While the Rolling Stones' recent shows in Australia and New Zealand in late March/early April were postponed following the death of Mick Jagger’s partner, L’Wren Scott, on March 17, earlier dates for the legendary band, from February to mid-M ...

  21. Wu-Tang's One-Of-A-Kind Album Gets $5 Million Offer, Says RZA (Exclusive)

    April 02, 2014 12:18 PM EDT Wu-Tang Clan turned the concept of artist compensation on its ear last week with the announcement that they'll be manufacturing just one unique copy of their forthcoming LP, "The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin," and then auct ...

  22. David Bisbal Has His Best Week Ever – For Two Reasons

    April 01, 2014 2:21 PM EDT Aided by a bundling of his album alongside tickets for his tour, and by a feature film where he plays himself, Spanish singer/songwriter David Bisbal delivered the best sales week of his career in his native Spain. Register today for Billboard ...

  23. U.K. Government to Legalize Copying Media (for Personal Use)

    March 31, 2014 5:26 PM EDT Starting June 1, the U.K. government will legalize burning CDs, DVDs, video games, and ebooks "for private purposes such as format shifting or backup." It will remain illegal to distribute these copies.  Under the new rules -- which the ...

  24. New Michael Jackson Album 'Xscape' to Be Released in May

    March 31, 2014 11:40 AM EDT Epic Records and Michael Jackson's estate have announced they'll release "Xscape," an 8-song collection of previously unreleased tracks from the late King of Pop, on May 13. Michael Jackson Hologram Conjures Billionaire's ...

  25. Is the Beyonce 'Surprise' Album Drop Working For Others?

    March 28, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Since midnight on Dec. 13, 2013, "pulling a Beyonce" has become shorthand for the music industry's favorite new marketing tactic -- issuing a "surprise" album with little or no prior fanfare. But has the strategy paid of ...

  26. RadioShack CCMO Jennifer Warren Talks Company's Revamp with Music, Plans for Latin Market (Q&A)

    March 28, 2014 1:43 PM EDT For a while there, everyone thought RadioShack was growing a bit stale. But following a major management change in 2013, the brand is back with a new focus on music -- evidenced through campaigns featuring the likes of Robin Thicke and Steve Aoki ...

  27. Amazon Denies Reports On Free Video Streaming Service (Updated)

    March 28, 2014 4:37 AM EDT UPDATED: The company denies a Wall Street Journal report, saying that "we have no plans to offer a free streaming media service." Amazon is working on a free streaming media service as an alternative to its Prime Instant Video subscript ...

  28. Billboard and Twitter Partner To Create ‘Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts’

    March 27, 2014 10:30 AM EDT New charts will be the first to use Twitter data to identify the top and emerging tracks and artists of the moment  Billboard and social media platform Twitter today announced an exclusive, multi-year partnership to create Billboard Twitter ...

  29. Kiss Inks Multi-Year Merchandising Deal With New Company

    March 25, 2014 1:59 PM EDT The iconic band already has more than 3,000 licensed items and sales over $1 billion but the band and its new partner, Epic Rights, believe there’s lots more global expansion ahead. Kiss has made a new multi-year agreement for merchandising, licen ...

  30. Against the Tide, Christian Rap Grows and Goes Mainstream

    March 24, 2014 12:43 PM EDT "Hip-hop is an expression of what is dearest to you," says Christian rapper KB. "It's coming from who I love. And who I love is Jesus." The Word of God: Songs By Christian Rappers Tackle Everything From Molly to the Da ...

  31. Chuck D, Record Store Day Ambassador, Looks to the Past for Music Retail's Future (Q&A)

    March 21, 2014 12:33 PM EDT   A student of history, Public Enemy founder Chuck D reached back to the early 1950s in his remarks at Amoeba in Hollywood Thursday to suggest an idea that would bring brick and mortar record stores in closer contact with the Internet: Radio stat ...

  32. Barenaked Ladies, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Phillip Phillips Among Record Store Day 2014 In-Store Appearances

    March 20, 2014 7:46 PM EDT Barenaked Ladies, R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, Phillip Phillips and Mark Mulcahy are among the artists already confirmed to do in-store appearances on Records Store Day, April 19. Related Articles Record Store Day Announces 2014 Exclusive Offerings ...

  33. Record Store Day Announces 2014 Exclusive Offerings (Full List)

    March 20, 2014 3:13 PM EDT Related Articles Chuck D, Record Store Day Ambassador, Looks to the Past for Music Retail's Future (Q&A) Record Store Day Announces 2014 Exclusive Offerings (Full List) Bruce Springsteen Live Tribute DVD, Record Store Day EP Coming Soo ...

  34. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Aiming For Its Biggest Week Yet

    March 19, 2014 8:58 PM EDT Disney's "Frozen" runaway hit soundtrack shows no signs of slowing down. Currently in its sixth nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the album is heading for a seventh week atop the list -- and possibly its best sales ...

  35. UBC Media, 7digital Sign Heads of Term for Proposed Acquisition

    March 18, 2014 2:04 PM EDT UBC Media confirmed today the signing of a heads of term for the acquisition of 7digital, which would result in a reverse takeover if consummated. In doing so, the agreement would create a combined company offering the digital music delivery and a ...

  36. IFPI Music Report 2014: Global Recorded Music Revenues Fall 4%, Streaming and Subs Hit $1 Billion

    March 18, 2014 9:03 AM EDT Despite positive signs of growth from many European and Latin American markets, coupled with an increase in the global uptake of streaming and subscription services, the music industry is not out of the woods quite yet. Trade revenue generated ...

  37. Streaming Made Up One-Fifth of U.S. Recorded Music Revenue in 2013

    March 18, 2014 9:02 AM EDT Streaming music revenue in the U.S. grew 39% in 2013, generating $1.4 billion in revenue and making up more than one-fifth of the recorded music industry's business, up from just 15% in 2012, according to figures released Tuesday by the Rec ...

  38. Small Town Media Retailer Hastings to Be Acquired By Owner of Elvis Presley Enterprises

    March 17, 2014 5:50 PM EDT Hastings Entertainment will be acquired by companies owned by Joel Weinshanker, the licensing and merchandising entrepreneur who controls National Entertainment Collectibles Association, Inc., which is a major player in "Twilight" and El ...

  39. Digital, Physical Music Revenue Decline (Again) in Japan

    March 17, 2014 3:05 PM EDT The Recording Industry Association of Japan's annual report of digital music sales shows, yet again, a downward trend over the course of 2013, with overall sales and revenue decreasing from 2012 to 2013. The RIAJ reports Japanese consumers pu ...

  40. 'Frozen' vs. Luke Bryan for No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 14, 2014 6:59 PM EDT There may be a battle of the seasons for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The "Frozen" soundtrack could bring a wintry chill back to No. 1, though Luke Bryan's "Spring Break 6… Like We Ain't Ever" EP is als ...

  41. Lady Gaga Thanks Doritos, Defends 'Artpop' Sales, Slams Critics 'Who Don't Know F--ck About the Music Industry' at SXSW Keynote

    March 14, 2014 4:30 PM EDT She wasn’t quite carried in on a barbecue spit and she didn’t do any theatrical vomiting, as she did on Thursday night during her performance at 5th and Red River (originally scheduled for Stubb's before being relocated), but Lady Gaga came ...

  42. The Orchard's Scott Cohen, Deezer's Axel Dauchez, Daniel Glass and More Ponder the Wide New World of Music

    March 14, 2014 2:38 PM EDT It's surprisingly rare for panel discussions featuring businessmen to bear out a polite but dissenting debate, but that's exactly what "The New Geography of the Music World" had to offer. The panel, presented by Oisin Lunny (Op ...

  43. Live Nation's Watershed Fest Goes Clean In Minutes

    March 14, 2014 10:42 AM EDT The Watershed Music Festival at the Gorge in George, Wash., sold out within 10 minutes of on-sale yesterday.  Over 25,000 three day passes were sold for the third annual music and camping festival on August 1-3 with a lineup of Tim McGraw, Lady An ...

  44. Chart Moves: Thirty Seconds to Mars Makes Post-Oscar Gain, Von Trapp Singers Debut on Billboard 200

    March 14, 2014 10:15 AM EDT This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Rick Ross claimed his fifth No. 1 album , while Pharrell Williams bowed at No. 2 with his second album, "G I R L." Outside the top 10, there were a number of movers and shakers. Let's tak ...

  45. Business Matters: IFPI's Annual Report to Bring 'Cannibalization' Into Focus

    March 14, 2014 8:30 AM EDT When the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry releases its twin annual economic reports on the state of the global music business in the coming days, they likely will unleash a debate that's been steadily heating up regarding ...

  46. 'Frozen' Flirting With Return to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart

    March 12, 2014 8:12 PM EDT The soundtrack to "Frozen" is flirting with a return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. The album could sell between 80,000 and 90,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on March 16, according to industry sources. That co ...

  47. Neil Young on Pono Raising $1.6 Million in 24 Hrs on Kickstarter: 'There Seems To Be a Market There' (Q&A)

    March 12, 2014 5:44 PM EDT Neil Young and his PonoMusic team were all smiles the day after launching the music service and player at South By Southwest, and with good reason. A Kickstarter campaign for player pre-orders doubled its goal in less than 24 hours, with more th ...

  48. Idina Menzel Musical 'If/Then' Earns Nearly $1 Million in First Week of Previews

    March 12, 2014 11:55 AM EDT Idina Menzel didn't just become one of the stars of the Oscars after presenter John Travolta flubbed her name, her success continued back in New York, where the first week of previews for her new musical "If/Then" grossed nearly $1 ...

  49. 'What's Your Cut?' Neil Young's Pono Talk at SXSW Gets Awkward

    March 11, 2014 8:21 PM EDT In Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center during SXSW, Neil Young presented his final thesis -- or, perhaps more accurately, an oddly altruistic sales pitch -- on a long-simmering project: the Pono music player. Young's presentation cent ...

  50. Warner Bros. Records Ups Lori Feldman to EVP of Brand Partnerships/Creative Synch Licensing

    March 11, 2014 7:44 PM EDT Lori Feldman, a nearly 20-year veteran at Warner Bros. Records, has been promoted to executive VP of brand partnerships and creative synch licensing. In her new role, Feldman will continue to create brand partnerships and licensing opportunities f ...

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