1. Trans World Entertainment Reports 7.2% Sales Decline

    May 22, 2014 12:47 PM EDT Trans World Entertainment reported a loss of $386,000, or one cent per share, on sales of $87.2 million for the fiscal first quarter ended May 3. That compares with the $1.6 million, or 5 cents per share, in profit that the company reported in the ...

  2. Asheville's Harvest Records Hosts Transfigurations II Fest For 10th Anniversary

    May 21, 2014 10:37 PM EDT Beloved Asheville, NC, record shop Harvest Records will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary this year with a three-day mini festival including The Clean, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Mudhoney and others.  Related Articles Roscolusa Songwri ...

  3. Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Face Royalties Claim From Beats Headphones Co-Founder

    May 20, 2014 8:29 PM EDT As the rumored marriage between Apple Computers and Beats Electronics remains stubbornly awaiting its "I do's," a royalty dispute that looks back at the beginning of the headphones giant is heating up. Last Friday, former hedge-fund ...

  4. Jasper Donat on Music Matters 2014: 'Every Year We Bring Something New to the Party'

    May 20, 2014 1:49 PM EDT Music Matters, the largest and most important music conference in Asia, starts Wednesday (May 21) in Singapore and runs through Friday with live music showcases for the event continuing through Saturday. The conference is part of a larger set of e ...

  5. Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons Win Big at Billboard Music Awards

    May 18, 2014 11:30 PM EDT Justin Timberlake received seven Billboard Music Awards Sunday, taking home trophies for Top Artist, Top Billboard 200 Artist and Top Billboard 200 Album ("The 20/20 Experience") in a three-hour show at at the MGM Grand Arena. Imagine Dr ...

  6. Billboard Music Awards 2014: Full Winners List

    May 18, 2014 11:00 PM EDT Justin Timberlake was the big winner at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, with 7 trophies on the night including Top Artist and Top Male Artist. Other winners include Imagine Dragons with five, and Pharrell, Robin Thicke and T.I. each scoring four ...

  7. Mother's Day Lifts U.S. Album Sales For Second Week in a Row

    May 16, 2014 8:18 PM EDT Thanks to Mother's Day (May 11), album sales are up for a second week in a row for the first time since the week ending Dec. 22, 2013. Mother's Day gifting helped spur a 5 percent gain in sales in the week ending May 11 (4.6 million), wh ...

  8. While Sony Corp's Fortunes Decline, Music Holds Its Own

    May 15, 2014 12:25 PM EDT While Sony Corp. had a tough year , losing 128.4 billion yen ($1.25 billion) on sales of 7.77 trillion yen ($75.5 billion), the company's music and visual media operations held its own, posting an operation income of $488 million on sales of ...

  9. 'Now That's What I Call Music' Still Topping Charts at Milestone No. 50

    May 14, 2014 1:13 PM EDT Like many music fans, Taylor Swift's relationship with the "Now That's What I Call Music" series stretches back more than a decade. She and her brother would listen to the series when they were children before Swift became a re ...

  10. Sony Sinks to $1.3 Billion Quarterly Loss

    May 14, 2014 10:18 AM EDT Sony Corp., Sony Music's ailing parent company, sank to a $1.3 billion quarterly loss, hit by costs from selling its personal computer business, and is forecasting more red ink as it struggles to execute a long-promised turnaround. The Tokyo ...

  11. Nash the Slash, Mysterious Canadian Experimental Musician, Dead at 66

    May 13, 2014 5:23 PM EDT He was a mystery until the end who few knew by face. Nash The Slash, the intriguing experimental rock musician who wrapped his head in gauze bandages and wore glasses, a top hat, bowtie and tuxedo — and who esteemed music crit Lester Bangs once de ...

  12. Joan Jett Settles 'Blackheart' Hot Topic Lawsuit

    May 13, 2014 1:39 PM EDT Joan Jett has settled a lawsuit against major retailer Hot Topic for use of her "Blackeart" logo in the company's lingerie line, reports Law360 . Filed last year, the suit claims the store's merchandise line "Lingerie for ...

  13. Weird Merch: St. Vincent's Intelligentsia Coffee

    May 12, 2014 9:11 AM EDT Following the ring stains of musicians with their own coffee lines like James Murphy , David Lynch , and Styx , St. Vincent has unveiled her own brand of java, reports Clash . A longtime fan of Intelligentsia Coffee, St. Vincent (real name Annie C ...

  14. Glenn Danzig Sues Former Misfits Bandmate Over Iconic 'Fiend Skull' (Updated)

    May 09, 2014 11:37 AM EDT The Misfits' unnecessarily plentiful merchandise could be taken as the ultimate symbol of capitalism's shameless commodification of punk rock, but it's also worth a lot of money -- money founding singer Glenn Danzig is suing former ...

  15. Business Matters: Apple & Beats, In Search of the Ultimate Bundle

    May 09, 2014 8:30 AM EDT A year or two from now, when the music subscription business will surely have been transformed further by dealmaking and consolidation, the acquisition of Beats Electronics by Apple may be viewed as the turning point in the story of how the sect ...

  16. J&R’s Rachelle Friedman Resigns as Chairman of Music Business Association

    May 07, 2014 4:53 PM EDT At the Music Business Association's opening meeting, the trade group's chairman Rachelle Friedman resigned her position in a move that was expected due to the shuttering of J&R Music & Computer World, as reported last month. Frie ...

  17. America's Largest Record Plant Expands Thanks to Vinyl Boom – But It's Never Been in Trouble (Q&A)

    May 07, 2014 12:28 PM EDT Vinyl obviously isn't going anywhere any time soon... but did it ever? United Record Pressing, the busiest vinyl pressing company on the globe (and the very same that recently helped Jack White break a world record ) is expanding. The Nash ...

  18. Michael Jackson's Back: How L.A. Reid Planned His 'Xscape' (Cover Story)

    May 07, 2014 11:20 AM EDT A little less than a year ago, L.A. Reid met John Branca for dinner at Cecconi's in West Hollywood. Reid had been the chairman and CEO of Epic Records ("the house that Thriller built," as Reid calls it) since July 2011, and he� ...

  19. Data Breaches Offer CEOs New Nightmares

    May 06, 2014 6:22 PM EDT Add hackers to the long list of things that give CEOs insomnia. Target's chief executive, Gregg Steinhafel, is the first boss of a major corporation to lose his job over a theft of customer data. His exit from the helm of the nation's th ...

  20. Jack White’s 'Lazaretto' ULTRA Vinyl: Dual Grooves, Hidden Tracks, Floating Angel Hologram (Video)

    May 06, 2014 3:39 PM EDT   Jack White’s Nashvile-based Third Man Records has been consistently innovative over the past five years in its analog releases, bringing to life many ideas that were new to the century-old vinyl format. Still, it appears White has outdone himsel ...

  21. Weird Merch: Sun Ra 'Aphrodisiac' Perfume

    May 06, 2014 10:01 AM EDT Anyone who has ever been to a hot, crowded, pungent venue for a show will tell you that music is often a multi-sensory experience. More than a few artists have capitalized on this phenomenon by releasing smells of their own: a few noteworthy examp ...

  22. Jim Donio on What to Expect at This Week's Rebranded Music Biz (Read: Not NARM) Convention

    May 05, 2014 10:00 AM EDT With the first annual Music Business Association (Music Biz) convention being staged in Los Angeles at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel from May 6-9, Billboard caught up with the trade group's president Jim Donio to see what was in stor ...

  23. New Signings: Rufus Wainwright to CAM, ICM Signs T-Pain, Epitaph Inks Roll the Tanks, O.A.R. Joins Reach Music

    May 02, 2014 9:52 PM EDT Here’s a look at the latest artist signings across the music industry, including record labels, artist management firms, publishing companies, booking agencies and more.       RECORD LABELS -- Brazilian singer/songwriter Bebel Gilberto signs with ...

  24. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Heading Toward 13th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    May 02, 2014 8:57 PM EDT Disney's "Frozen" soundtrack, which has racked up 12 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, seems likely to spend a 13th week at No. 1 on the tally. The album could sell another 90,000 to 100,000 copies in the tracking ...

  25. Weird Merch: Drake's OVO/Raptors-Branded Lint Rollers

    May 02, 2014 12:46 PM EDT Drake, it seems, always has the last laugh . Not only did he take it in stride when he drew jeers for lint-rolling his pants  at a Toronto Raptors playoff game (another courtside stunt for the Raptors' "Global Ambassador" following ...

  26. Sony Forecasts Wider Full-Year Loss at $1.27B

    May 01, 2014 8:15 AM EDT Sony Corp., the parent company of Sony Music, announced Thursday it is expecting a larger than predicted loss of $1.27 billion (¥130 billion) for the financial year to March, up from the $1.1 billion loss forecast the company made in February.  Th ...

  27. Florida Georgia Line to Perform at 2014 Billboard Music Awards

    April 30, 2014 3:18 PM EDT Florida Georgia Line appeared on "The View" on Wednesday to announce that they're hitting the stage at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards next month. The country duo joins previously announced performers including Imagine Dragons, Luke ...

  28. Weird Merch: GWAR Gets Into the E-Cig Business

    April 30, 2014 2:55 PM EDT GWAR has joined the e-cigarette revolution -- for some reason. Weird Merch: James Murphy's Coffee Is Here, Named After His Forthcoming Cafe Weird Merch: Slayer Eyewear Available in Matte and Blood "We only use freshly squeezed babies to ...

  29. Steve Albini Says Online Streaming 'Best Thing Since Punk Rock'

    April 30, 2014 10:28 AM EDT Old man Steve Albini does not yell at the Cloud -- at least, not anymore. Just over 20 years after publishing his seminal 1993 essay "The Problem With Music," which painted a bleak picture of an industry driven by record label fat cats p ...

  30. Country Music’s Most Voracious Youth Market? You Might Be Surprised

    April 29, 2014 2:00 PM EDT As country music’s audience skews younger than at any time in its history, what city has the genre’s most fervent 20-something fans? The obvious choices might include Nashville, recognized as country’s business center; Dallas, a stronghold in the ...

  31. Bob Roback Appointed Fender President

    April 28, 2014 8:06 PM EDT Fender Musical Instruments Corporation announced Monday that Bob Roback has joined the company as president and a new member of the board of directors.  Roback comes from Dashbox where he was chief executive officer at the cloud-based workflow ma ...

  32. Jared Leto On Leaving Virgin, Thirty Seconds To Mars Doc 'Artifact'

    April 25, 2014 8:59 PM EDT Jared Leto is a free agent. Fresh off his Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor last month, the singer/actor is feeling freshly confident about his day job as frontman of rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars. 30STM has recently parted ways for good with ...

  33. 'Frozen' Soundtrack Flying Towards 12th Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200

    April 25, 2014 8:43 PM EDT The "Frozen" soundtrack will likely continue its lengthy run at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart next week. According to industry sources, the album could sell around 100,000 copies in the week ending April 27, which should secure its 12 ...

  34. Beyonce Wraps World Tour in Europe with $41.1M in Ticket Sales

    April 25, 2014 12:48 PM EDT Beyoncé heads up Billboard’s weekly slate of top-grossing tours with sales reported from the final leg of her Mrs. Carter Show world tour that wrapped at the end of March.  The pop diva was on the road for the bulk of 2013, performing in 23 countr ...

  35. Spotify Likely to Surge Past iTunes in Europe (Report)

    April 25, 2014 10:09 AM EDT Spotify has amassed more than one million active users in the U.K., one of the streaming service's biggest markets, in the past four months.  With these numbers, Business Insider reports , Spotify is likely to surpass iTunes as the largest ma ...

  36. Amazon Posts 23 Percent Rise in Quarterly Revenue

    April 25, 2014 8:35 AM EDT Amazon.com on Thursday posted financial results that were better than predicted and CEO Jeff Bezos raved about the online retailer's Fire TV device as well as new deal with HBO. Revenue was up 23 percent to $19.8 billion in the first quarter ...

  37. A2IM Libby Awards: Chvrches, William Onyeabor, ATO, Glassnote Among 2014 Nominees (Exclusive)

    April 25, 2014 8:00 AM EDT Chvrches and William Onyeabor lead the artist nominees for the third annual A2IM Libera Awards (known as the LIBBYs), to be held June 19 at the Highline Ballroom in New York. A2IM is a not-for-profit trade organization represending the independent ...

  38. Marc Anthony’s Salsa Revival Sweeps Billboard Latin Music Awards

    April 24, 2014 11:17 PM EDT Anthony Picks Up 10 Awards. Bocelli, Vives And De Vita Receive Special Honors A remake of an Algerian song, set to a salsa beat, helped propel Marc Anthony to become the top winner at the 2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards, which aired live on the ...

  39. Billboard Latin Music Awards 2014: Complete Winners List

    April 24, 2014 11:00 PM EDT A remake of an Algerian song, set to a salsa beat, helped propel Marc Anthony to become the top winner at the  2014 Billboard Latin Music Awards , which aired live on the Telemundo network on April 24. Anthony took home 10 awards, including Artist ...

  40. Record Store Day Chart Recap: Vinyl Album Sales Reach Historic High

    April 24, 2014 7:17 PM EDT Record Store Day (RSD) shakes up Billboard's charts, as a bevy of albums and singles released for the indie retail event on April 19 overwhelm our lists. On the 25-position Tastemakers chart -- which tracks the top-selling albums at independe ...

  41. Vevo Launches Update to iOS App

    April 24, 2014 10:02 AM EDT After announcing an update to its iOS app at this year's SXSW, video streaming platform Vevo has launched the new version, according to TechCrunch , which also filmed a demonstration of how it works.  Latin Conference: Vevo's Rio Caraeff ...

  42. Other Music's Josh Madell on Record Store Day Success, Record Store Woe (Guest Post)

    April 24, 2014 10:00 AM EDT Record Store Day 2014 was the busiest day in Other Music’s nearly 20-year history. Josh Madell co-founded the Other Music shop in Manhattan in 1995, which carries a broad cross-section of underground music from around the world. In 2012, he laun ...

  43. Record Store Day Retailers Report Big Spikes, Best-Ever Sales

    April 24, 2014 7:00 AM EDT In a week when overall U.S. album sales were down 2.2% over the same week in 2013, the independent record store sector collectively rode the Record Store Day sales bonanza to an 11.2% gain, according to Nielsen SoundScan (charts below). Indie ...

  44. Apple Shares Surge on Earnings, Dividend Boost

    April 23, 2014 7:52 PM EDT Apple Inc. on Wednesday posted a modest 4.7% increase in sales and a 7% jump in profit its second quarter that nevertheless beat the expectations of Wall Street analysts and helped send the company's stock soaring more than 8% following the f ...

  45. The Jam's Paul Weller Cries Foul After Record Store Day

    April 23, 2014 12:54 PM EDT Paul Weller has joined the chorus of critics challenging Record Store Day and the sales flips, mostly on eBay, that result of the day's exclusive releases. Writing on Facebook, Weller said that the practice "[is] such a shame because as ...

  46. Apple Crowd-Sources Pixies' 'Gigantic' for iPhone 5S Commercial

    April 23, 2014 11:21 AM EDT Apple has unveiled a new tagline for their iPhone 5S in an ad featuring the Pixies' 1988 hit "Gigantic," according to the Verge .  The minute-and-a-half commercial follows people building the song using predominantly recording or mu ...

  47. Portugal. The Man Releases Endangered 'Sumatran Tiger' Song For Earth Day That Disappears

    April 22, 2014 12:01 AM EDT The topic of endangered tigers is a complicated one to build an indie-pop song around. But psych-rock outfit Portugal. The Man was up for the challenge, and have teamed with the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park Conversation Biology Institut ...

  48. Record Store Day New York: Rough Trade, Generation Records, Permanent Records

    April 20, 2014 8:57 PM EDT April 19's seventh annual Record Store Day was wildly successful in New York, so much so that music fans were still lining up outside stores past 4pm waiting for a chance to purchase coveted releases issued specially for the day. At least tha ...

  49. Record Store Day Washington, D.C.: Smash!, Crooked Beat, Red Onion

    April 20, 2014 6:35 PM EDT In Washington, D.C.'s Adams Morgan neighborhood on Saturday afternoon, set against a backdrop of Ethiopian restaurants and global boutiques lining the area's bustling 18th Street corridor, a conga line of shoppers traipsed up and down th ...

  50. 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 ...

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