1. 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 ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 ...

  4. 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 ...

  5. 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. 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 ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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, ...

  10. '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 ...

  11. 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 ...

  12. 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 ...

  13. '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 ...

  14. 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 ...

  15. Cher Claims Top Spot on Hot Tours with $15.5M in Revenue

    May 29, 2014 5:01 PM EDT Cher takes her Dressed to Kill tour to No. 1 on the weekly ranking of Hot Tours with more than $15.5 million in revenue reported from the legendary entertainer’s ongoing North American trek. Sold out performances from April 23 through May 17 are i ...

  16. 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 ...

  17. 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 ...

  18. 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 ...

  19. 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 ...

  20. 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 ...

  21. 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 ...

  22. 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 ...

  23. 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 ...

  24. '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 ...

  25. 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 ...

  26. 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 ...

  27. 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 ...

  28. 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 ...

  29. 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 ...

  30. 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 ...

  31. 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 ...

  32. 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 ...

  33. 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� ...

  34. 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 ...

  35. 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 ...

  36. 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 ...

  37. 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 ...

  38. 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 ...

  39. '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 ...

  40. 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 ...

  41. 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 ...

  42. 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 ...

  43. 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 ...

  44. 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 ...

  45. 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 ...

  46. 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 ...

  47. 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 ...

  48. '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 ...

  49. 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 ...

  50. 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 ...

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